Aftermath

‘Aftermath’ is a 2021 horror/drama starring Ashley Greene (Twilight), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men), and Sharif Atkins (The Open House). A young couple whose relationship is on the rocks, buys a nice home above their means trying to get a new start. Creepy, paranormal things start happening in the house which begins to put even more strain on their rocky realtionship.

Not a lot happens in this horror movie, it relies on creepiness factor more than jump scares. Then there’s a lot of fat in the film that could be cut out. Like for Instance the husband’s relationship with his study partner, it hints that he’s going to cheat since he doesn’t trust his wife for her cheating, but nothing ever comes of it. There’s really no point as why she is written in, it doesn’t add to the story. The acting overall is pretty cheesy, the one good thing about the movie is the twist ending. It’s a simple ending but it’s done well where you don’t see it coming. I give them that, you’re not going to be able to guess it. I just wished they focused more on the character involved in the ending, because he has no part in the movie till the end. So the ending isn’t as good as it could have been. Overall it’s a so so movie, there’s better but there’s also worse. I give it a 5.5/10.

Yes Day

‘Yes Day’ is Netflix’s new 2021 family comedy starring Jennifer Garner (Peppermint), Edgar Ramirez (Gold), Jenna Ortega (You), Julian Lerner (Leo the Lionhearted), and Everly Carganilla. A mom (Garner), and dad (Ramirez) give their kids a yes day, where they can’t say no, but yes to all the kids requests, with a few ground rules of course.

So the plot sounds identical to Jim Carrey’s movie ‘Yes Man’ where he decides to say yes to everything and give up saying no. This is just the watered down family version. The trailer looks pretty good, and I like the concept, but the movie doesn’t deliver. It’s one of those where all the best parts are in trailer, and not too funny past that. It’s a good family movie that your kids will probably enjoy, but just not a good stand alone movie. Fun fact though, Jennifer Garner actually has yes days with her kids in real life, which is pretty cool, and would be a cool thing to try. The movie though, I give it a 5.5/10.

Wrong Turn (2021)

‘Wrong Turn’ is a 2021 horror/thriller starring Charlotte Vega (The Misfits Club), Adain Bradley (Riverdale), Bill Sage (American Psycho), Daisy Head (Underworld: Blood Wars), and Matthew Modine (Stranger Things). A group of young friends hike the Appalachian trail. While in a small redneck town, that part of it runs through, they stray off the designated trail. They end up getting lost and end up running into a primitive colony that was setup before the civil war to divide themselves from America and the direction it was headed. The colony has the woods booby trapped. If they survive the booby traps, the colony uses deadly force to get them out of their woods.

I didn’t even know they were making a new ‘Wrong Turn’ movie, I never saw a trailer or anything about it. I first heard about it a few weeks ago when I was looking at what movies were in theaters. I saw this was playing, figured it was worth seeing, I liked the original 2003 film, but when I went to purchase the tickets they were sixteen dollars apiece, which is weird considering in my area, tickets are about nine dollars apiece. It also only stayed in theaters in my area for like two days, so maybe that’s why the prices were almost double, so I gave it a pass, and checked it out on Redbox. This one has a two hour run time, think of the horror movie ‘The Empty Man’, that also had a 2 hour run time. Like I said in ‘The Empty Man’, two hours for a horror movie is way too long. Even if it’s really scary, you’re eventually going to get bored with the story being that long. Horror movies just aren’t made to be that long, it’s not in their formula. So it already has that going against it, then it’s just weird. The movie goes in one direction, and then goes in a different one. They’re not only hunting the kids, but then they make one their bride and then it has kind of a fantasy type feel to it. I think it could be really good, if they cut out about 30 mins, and got some better actors. The actors and actresses aren’t bad but a little cheesy in parts. Overall it’s an okay film, I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it, but if it was on I’d probably watch it. I give it a 5.5/10.

No Escape Room

‘No Escape Room’ is 2018 horror/mystery starring Jeni Ross (Stage Fright), Mark Ghanime (The Age of Adaline), Kathryn Davis (The Wedding Planners), and Dennis Andres (Workin’ Moms). A father (Ghanime), and daughter (Ross) go on a bonding trip by going to an escape room. They join three others at the escape room, only problem is, the escape room doesn’t want them to leave, and it has deadly consequences.

It’s interesting that this came out a year before ‘Escape Room’ did. Did ‘Escape Room’ copy the idea or is it a coincidence? ‘Escape Room’ is one of the best thriller/horrors out there, ‘No Escape Room’ not so much. It is a lot better than most of the horror/thriller movies streaming on Netflix, but it falls at okay. The Acting starts out a little cheesy but it get’s good once they get to the escape room. It hooks you in, and has you wanting to know what happens next. The middle falls flat, it’s almost like the writers didn’t know what to do once they were at the escape room. There’s random parts thrown in that have nothing to do with anything. For instance, the dad randomly goes into a painting, and is seduced by a woman coming out of a river. Doesn’t play any part into the movie whatsoever, the writers were like hell let’s throw that in there. After you get past the middle of the film it starts to get good again. In short, ‘Escape Room’ is definitely the better version of ‘No Escape Room.’ If you do want to check it out, you can currently find it on Netflix. I give it a 5.5/10

Godmothered

‘Godmothered’ is a 2020 Disney Christmas comedy starring Jillian Bell (Workaholics), Jane Curtain (3rd Rock from the Sun), Stephnie Weir (MADtv), Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Santiago Cabrera (Transformers: The Last Knight), and Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers).

‘Godmothered’ follows the story of a fairy god mother in training (Bell) who is determined to save fairy god mothers everywhere by bringing back happily ever after to humanity once again. (Bell) finds a note from a kid wishing to find her one true love, she must now travel to earth to fulfill the girls wish. One problem though, the kid is now a grown adult with two kids who is also cynical in the love department.

The story takes place at Christmas time, but that’s about it. Other than that it has no elements of Christmas, so I wouldn’t really call it a Christmas movie. Jillian Bell plays a ditzy blonde, which she does in most of her roles. Take workaholics for instance, same role, she’s just a fair god mother in this one. Which speaking of Workaholics first Disney casts Adam Devine in a new original movie, and now Jillian Bell. Definitely interesting choices from Disney, I find both hilarious, but their comedy is pretty adult. Back to the movie at hand, other than having nothing to do with Christmas, it’s hard to get invested in the characters. They say Mackenzie’s (Fisher) husband died, and she doesn’t believe in love, and that’s about it. It doesn’t go anymore in depth than that. It focus’s on Eleanor’s (Bell) incompetence, which has it’s funny parts, but it doesn’t give the story any substance. It’s cute and it’s an okay watch, but overall it’s forgettable. You can check this one out on Disney +, I give it a 5.5/10

Wheels of Fortune.

‘Wheels of Fortune’, not to be confused with the popular game show ‘Wheel of Fortune’, is a 2020 comedy that you can currently find on Netflix. It isn’t really popular as it’s hard to find anything online about it, reviews, etc.. It stars Matt Jones (Breaking Bad), Noureen DeWulf (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), John Ducey (Will & Grace), and Matty Cardarople (Stranger Things). Bo Jackson (Jones) is a redneck gearhead who never met his father, after his father dies, he finds out he is left in his very wealthy father’s will. In order to collect his inheritance he must compete in a series of races to prove he’s a winner/worthy of the money.

‘Wheels of Fortune’ has it’s funny moments, and the story is original. However it’s pretty predictable, you can pretty much guess what is going to happen at every turn, which makes it an okay movie. The cast isn’t strong enough to be a great movie. Jones, DeWulf, and Cardarople are all good actors/actresses but they’ve all been side role characters up to this point. It might have been a better movie with a different cast headlining. In the end I give a 5.5/10.

Hubies Halloween

‘Hubies Halloween’ is a 2020 Netflix comedy exclusive from Happy Madison Productions. Anytime you see Happy Madison Productions you know Adam Sandler is bringing the whole crew, I love it. It’s like watching ‘American Horror Story’ and seeing what character your favorite actor/actress is playing this season. ‘Hubies Halloween’ stars Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Sandler, and the Big man himself Shaq, as per usual as most his movies. Outside the normal crew it also stars Ben Stiller (Dodgeball), Kenan Thompson (Kenan & Kel), Tim Medows (Son of Zorn), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), Michael Chiklis (Gotham), and Julie Brown (Modern Family). This cast is loaded.

‘Hubies Halloween’ follows Hubie (Sandler), a man who has been bullied by the entire town his whole life. Nevertheless, he still loves his town and feels it’s his duty to protect its citizens when weird things start happening on Halloween.

‘Hubies Halloween’ is a lighthearted, feel good, Halloween movie, think along the lines of ‘Ernest Scared Stupid’, but mixed with ‘The Warriors’, and ‘Halloween.’ Adam Sandler brings back his ‘Little Nicky’ style voice, which is a little annoying at times, it makes it hard to understand what he’s saying. I find Adam Sandler funnier without the voice, but some people might like it for nostalgia sake. I’m not one of those people. It’s also not as funny as I was hoping it would be, but in the end it pulls it all together, and teaches us to love one another no matter how different we are. I give it a 5.5/10

The Last Shift

‘The Last Shift’ is a 2020 independent comedy/drama starring Richard Jenkins (Burn After Reading), Ed O’Neil (Modern Family), and Shane Paul McGhie (What Men Want). ‘The Last Shift’ is about an older white guy named Stanley (Jenkins), who has worked in the same fast food restaurant for the past 38 years. He’s finally going to leave his job, but first he must train his replacement, a young black guy named Jevon (McGhie).

‘The Last Shift’ looks pretty good from trailers, but that’s about it. There isn’t much comedy, just mostly drama, and unfortunately it’s a let down. The acting from O’Neil and McGhie is good, and they play their roles well, but the story just doesn’t go anywhere. They slide racial tension in the movie as well, but that doesn’t even really go anywhere. O’Neil and Mcghie butt heads throughout the movie, and how they both have it rough. In the end you see that Stanley has it worse than Jevon, then it just ends. ‘The Last Shift’ has a few flashes here and there but mostly there is no direction. In the end it’s a forgettable movie, I give it a 5.5/10.

Trolls World Tour

‘Trolls World Tour’ is the 2020 sequel to the 2016 film ‘Trolls’. Since theaters are closed, for obvious reasons, ‘Trolls World Tour’ dropped streaming world wide a couple of days ago on Friday April 10th. I find it really cool they did this, it still gives everyone a chance to see it, versus pushing back the opening date.

The pop trolls find out they’re not the only troll nation. Their world is made up of six providences Funk, Country, Pop, Techno, Classical, and Rock. Each Nation has a guitar string that controls their music. Barb the Queen of Rock is determined to steal all the guitar strings and turn the nations into one under Rock. Now Poppy and Branch must find a way to stop Barb.

‘Trolls World Tour’ has a fantastic cast starring Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom (Robot Chicken), James Corden (Carpool Karaoke), Kelly Clarkson, Ozzy Osbourne, Kenan Thompson (Kenan & Kel), and Sam Rockwell (Seven Psychopaths), plus many more.

The first trolls movie is really good, so naturally there is a lot of anticipation for the second one. Unfortunately it falls flat. I think this is the case with a lot of sequels when the first one is so good, its hard to live up to the hype. The plot is good, but they focus a little too much on the music and not enough on the story, so it’s not really brought 100 percent together. Now if you have kids I suggest still getting it, they will love all the music and dancing, but just don’t expect to like it as much. I give it a 5.5/10.

Wilding

As mentioned in previous reviews while the majority of us are stuck at home watching streaming services such as Netflix, I’m going to be mostly reviewing movies found on streaming services. This time I’ll be reviewing ‘Wilding’. ‘Wilding’ is a 2018 fantasy/horror movie that you can find on Netflix. It follows the story of Anna (Bel Powley) who spends her entire life in captivity, she’s not allowed to go outside or leave her room because the Wilding may get her. A Wilding is a werewolf like creature who only eats children. The only socialization Anna gets is from her daddy (Brad Dourif). When Anna is sixteen, her daddy shoots himself in the head and both end up being hospitalized. A friendly sheriff takes Anna in, and for the first time in her life she is experiencing the outside world.

‘Wilding’ cast includes Bel Powley (White Boy Rick), Brad Dourif (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Child’s Play), James Legros (Hunters), Liv Tyler (Armageddon), and Collin Kelly-Sordelet (Radium Girls).

‘Wilding’ has a real brothers grimm feel to it in the beginning, she’s captive in a house in the woods and there’s a supernatural creature in the woods. First half or more is really good, it’s mysterious and her interactions with society for the first time really draws you in. The next half or so takes a weird turn and becomes kind of boring. It reminds me of ‘Sorry to Bother You’ in that aspect, really good movie then just takes a hard left turn and becomes weird when all of a sudden they are being turned into horse people with giant horse dicks. Honestly where did that even come from. I still like the originality of this film, it’s hard to find good creature horror films. I think it’s still worth the watch even though it didn’t remain as good as it started out. I give it a 5.5/10.