Welcome to Sudden Death

‘Welcome to Sudden Death’ is a 2020 action film staring Michael Jai White (SPAWN), Michael Eklund (The Call), and Gary Owen (Daddy Day Care). ‘Welcome to Sudden Death’ was released today 9/29/2020 and is a sequel to 1995 film ‘Sudden Death’ staring Jean-Claude Van Damme. I haven’t watched ‘Sudden Death’, so I can’t compare the two, I can only talk about this one.

Jesse (White) is a security guard who works at a professional basketball arena. He has taken his two kids to a game when a group of terrorist’s disguised as tech workers take over the arena. Unknown to them though, Jesse has an extensive background in special ops.

From what I’ve read about ‘Sudden Death’, ‘Welcome to Sudden Death’ doesn’t seem like a sequel but more of a remake. The main difference seems to be instead of a hockey arena, it takes place at a basketball arena. The acting is terrible, but no one watches a Michael Jai White film, or a Jean-Claude Van Damme for that matter, for quality acting. We know it’s going to be cheesy, we know the acting is going to suck, we watch it to see Michael Jai White kick ass. I love Michael Jai White, he’s one of the baddest dudes on the face of the planet. So a recap, this movie is cheesy, the acting is bad, and Michael Jai White kicks ass. Is it worth watching? Yes. Is it a quality movie? No. But it will kill an afternoon. You can catch this one on Netflix, I give it a 6.5/10.

Words on Bathroom Walls

‘Words on Bathrooms Walls’ is a 2020 drama/ love story staring Charlie Plummer (Looking for Alaska), Taylor Russell (Lost in Space), Beth Grant (No Country for Old Men), Molly Parker (Lost in Space), Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight), and Lobo Sebastian (The Longest Yard). ‘Words on Bathroom Walls’ follows the story of Adam (Plummer) who is a high school student diagnosed with schizophrenia. None of the drugs or treatments are helping with the voices or seeing things that aren’t there. He starts a new trial drug that seems to be helping, and meets a girl he falls for at his new school, but how long can normality keep up?

This is pretty much your typical teen movie, high school kids fall in love and have something great to overcome. A typical them against the world situation, it just happens this time the situation is mental illness. ‘Words on Bathroom Walls’ does a good job at touching on the sensitive subject of mental illness. Which mental illness has it’s back turned on too much in our society, and it’s good to see movies touching on this subject. The acting is good and the movie is heart felt, however I was expecting a little more. I felt that it was dragged out and lagged in some parts. It’s not a bad movie, just a little disappointing. I give it a 6.5/10

Magic Camp

‘Magic Camp’ is a 2020 Disney family comedy that you can stream on Disney+, it stars Adam Devine (Workaholics), Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Gillian Jacobs (Community), and Nathaniel Logan Mcintyre (David Makes Man). Andy (Devine) returns to a prestigious magic institute as a camp counselor where he was once a stand out magician. He has been given a bunk of newbies who struggle in magic. He must help them pull together and win the coveted golden hat that goes to the best bunk.

‘Magic Camp’ is a typical Disney movie where a rag tag team pulls together to accomplish their goal. What is surprising about this movie is their casting choice in Adam Devine, I love Devine, I find him hilarious. His comedy however, is very raunchy, just take ‘Workaholics’, ‘Jexi’, and ‘Game Over, Man!’ for instance, so Disney casting him in this is an odd choice. Devine plays a great part though, even with his comedy toned way down. ‘Magic Camp’ is a heartfelt movie that the whole family will love. I give it a 6.5/10.

You Should Have Left

‘You Should Have Left’ is a 2020 horror/mystery by Blumhouse Productions staring Kevin Bacon (Footloose), Amanda Seyfried (The Clapper), and Avery Tiiu Essex. A Husband rents a house in the countryside of Wales for a vacation with his wife and their six year old daughter. The family starts having strange nightmares, and the house may not be what it seems.

I had my reservations about this movie. I don’t think Kevin Bacon is a strong lead, but Blumhouse always puts out strong movies so I figured I would give it a shot. The acting is solid especially from Avery Tiiu Essex, she holds her own with a much more experienced Amanda Seyfried and Kevin Bacon. Kevin Bacon also pleasantly surprised me and did a good job as the lead role.

‘You Should Have Left’ has the creepy factor going for it, and what I like most about this movie is it leaves a lot up for interpretation. However, parts of it drag more than most Blumhouse movies. I give it a 6.5/10.

The Lodge

‘The Lodge’ is a 2019 horror/ thriller staring Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road), Alicia Silverstone (Clueless), Jaeden Martell (IT), Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), and Lia McHugh (Totem). Two kids are stuck in a cabin with their future mother in law for a couple of days once their father is forced to leave for the city due to work. The kids are bitter over their mothers own death, and blame their future mother in law. Now being snowed in and stuck with her, they’re unsure they will survive.

‘The Lodge’ starts off with a bang, literally. After that however it is a drag for a solid 50 minutes where nothing happens, to the point where I almost fell asleep during it. After that though the movie takes off and is non stop, it has you on the edge of your seat filled with WTF moments. In that aspect it’s a great horror movie, if it wasn’t for the solid 50 minute lag I would score it higher, but I have to give it a 6.5/10.

The Invisible Man

‘The Invisible Man’ is a 2020 horror/ thriller with it’s own take on the classic story of ‘The Invisible Man’. A woman’s abusive ex dies leaving her five million on the condition she is mentally sound. If she is proved to be mentally unsound, she loses all the money. She is convinced her ex faked his death and is now tormenting her as an invisible force. ‘The Invisible Man’ stars Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Oliver Jackson- Cohen (Faster), Harriet Dyer (No Activity), and Aldis Hodge (What Men Want).

‘The Invisible Man’ is put out by Blumhouse productions, and like I mentioned in my review on ‘Fantasy Island’, Blumhouse puts out some really good horror movies. So I was excited when this came out, after seeing the trailer I was a little hesitant, it appeared to be one of those that basically show the entire movie in the trailer. I figured I would still give it a shot though. It’s a decent movie, a little slow of a build up for my tastes. Also I found it to be predictable, other than that the writing is good, it does manage to throw a couple of twists in there, and the acting is solid from the main stars. I have to go with a 6.5/10.

The Wrong Missy

‘The Wrong Missy’ is Netflix’s new comedy staring David Spade (Joe Dirt), and Lauren Lapkus ( The Big Bang Theory). It’s currently number one in the U.S. for Netflix. Tim (Spade) goes on a blind date with Melissa (Lapkus), Melissa turns out to be beyond crazy and Tim hopes to never see her again. He ends up inviting her to Hawaii by mistake after meeting another Melissa. He texts the blind date by mistake thinking it is the new Melissa and now Tim is stuck in Hawaii on a corporate retreat with the crazy one.

‘The Wrong Missy’ is a Happy Madison production. You know when it’s a Happy Madison production, Adam Sandler is going to bring the whole crew. I love it, I love how he uses pretty much the same actors in all Happy Madison productions. ‘The Wrong Missy’ isn’t any different, other than David Spade it has Nick Swardson, Jackie Sandler, Rob Schneider, Jorge Garcia, Jonathan Loughran, Jared Sandler, and Vanilla Ice. You watch any Adam Sandler film you’re going to see one or several of these guys in it.

The film is a little on the crude side, if you don’t like those type of movies this ones not for you. It’s pretty good, Lauren Lapkus steals the show with her crazy part. She has you saying WTF more than once, it also has its laugh out loud parts. I give it a 6.5/10

Troop Zero

‘Troop Zero’ is a 2020 Amazon exclusive family comedy. It takes place in rural Georgia in 1977, following the story of misfit little girl who dreams of space. She finds out a golden record is being put together of voice recordings that will be transmitted into space. The winning Birdie Scouts troop of the jamboree will be recorded on the golden record. She must now put together a rag tag group of other misfits in order to be able to compete at the jamboree.

‘Troop Zero’ stars Viola Davis (Widows, The Help), McKenna Grace (Gifted), Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show), Mike Epps ( Next Friday, Friday after Next), and Allison Janney (I, Tonya).

With the rag tag team bonding, and realizing their differences make them special, makes ‘Troop Zero’ a feel good movie for the whole family. It reminds me of other movies such as ‘Little Giants’, or ‘The Little Rascals’. Who doesn’t love a good underdog story with a loveable cast of misfits? I give it a 6.5/10.

Girl on the Third Floor

‘Girl on the Third Floor’ is a horror film that Netflix has been pushing lately. Even has a little tag on the picture saying top 10 in the U.S. Today. Top ten exactly what? Top ten best movies, worst movies, most disgusting movies? People see a top ten and automatically assume it is for something great, when really you can list anything in a top ten category of some kind. ‘Girl on the Third Floor’ is about a husband and his pregnant wife leaving the city and buying a run down house in the suburbs. Unknown to them, the house use to be a brothel and not all the spirits have left. The husband is fixing up the house, getting it ready before his pregnant wife joins him. He ends up cheating on his wife, and soon there will be hell to pay.

There’s not really a big or well known cast, unless you are big into wrestling. Which I am not. The movie stars CM Punk, Trieste Kelly Dunn, and Sarah Brooks. I saw different stories about this movie saying it’s Netflix’s most disturbing movie, and grossest movie. I say these people don’t know horror, and haven’t seen much horror if they think this is the most disturbing movie out there. Just watch ‘Terrifier’ it beats this movie in the gore aspect, and disturbing part.

The acting is pretty good, especially on Sarah Brooks end. She really nails down the crazy role. I do think there is some unnecessary gore. Throughout the film the house has semen come out of it’s sockets, shower head, faucets, etc.. along with blood oozing out of the walls. Which the Semen part is pretty gross, and I get where the people who said this movie is disturbing are coming from. If you can get past this aspect it is a pretty decent film that has you saying WTF several times throughout it. All in all I give it a 6.5/10.