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 staring 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 staring 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.

Freaks

Here’s another Netflix movie review while the world is still in quarantine and lockdown mode. ‘Freaks’ is a 2018 action/ sci fi film, that has spent most of its time in the U.S. top ten of the day on Netflix since being released. There are people who look just like us, but they posses superpowers, these people are called freaks. Freaks are forbidden and feared by society, they are rounded up or shot and killed. The movie ‘Freaks’ follows the story of a seven year old freak and her over protective and paranoid father who is keeping her sheltered from the rest of the world.

‘Freaks’ stars Emile Hirsh (Into the Wild, The Girl Next Door.), Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.), Amanda Crew (The Haunting in Connecticut.), Aleks Paunovic (War for the Planet of the Apes.), and Lexy Kolker.

I love the concept of this film, and the acting is solid. This is what really would happen if super humas walked among us. Society would condemn them out of fear and for being different. A super hero team wouldn’t form like in the movies. With that being said and it being such a good concept, I feel like the movie could have been better. Half the movie you’re not sure what is going on, you just know something weird is going on. The other half of the movie it’s non stop action. It never really touches on why the freaks are being hunted and what they did, just that world is unsafe for them. It’s not a bad watch, but it could have been bigger and better. I give it a 5.5/10.