Hypnotic

When I hear the word Hypnotic I automatically think of the fruity alcohol drink. However, “Hypnotic” is also a 2021 Netflix thriller starring Kate Siegel (Hush), Jason O’Mara (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and Dule Hill (Psych). The second one is the one I’ll explore, even though the drink is pretty good.

A woman (Siegel) struggling with some issues goes and sees a hypnotherapist (O’Mara) recommended by her friend. Once she is put under his hypnosis she quickly finds out it has deadly consequences.

Kate Siegel is a great horror/thriller actress, she also plays the lead in “Hush”. Which, if you haven’t seen, you need to. So this movie is right up her alley. It’s quick paced and goes right into it, all the actors and actresses play their roles well. It felt a little shallow though, like you know why he’s doing what he’s doing, but there could have been more conflict than what there was. It felt as it gets resolved a little quick. Overall it’s still a good thriller, and worth the watch, maybe just a little forgettable down the stretch. I give it a 7.5/10.

Avengement

‘Avengement’ is a 2019 Action movie starring Scott Adkins (The Expendables 2), Craig Fairbrass (Villian), Nick Moran (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Thomas Turgoose (This is England) and, Kierston Wareing (Fish Tank).

A convict (Adkins) escapes prison in order to seek revenge on those responsible for putting him in there.

This movie isn’t going to be for everyone, it’s a gritty martial arts movie, a lot of fighting, blood, and cursing. To me though, it was awesome. I love martial art movies, problem is though a lot of the time, the acting and/ or story is cheesy. Which will sink a martial arts film fast, this one though, has a great story. I haven’t heard of Adkins before or just haven’t recognized him, but he can fight. He is Jason Statham esque, even with the way he walks and talks. Although you’re going to see more fighting in this than in one of Statham’s new movies. Sorry Statham, but it’s true. I give this one a 7.5/10. You can currently catch it on Netflix.

Welcome Home

‘Welcome Home’ is a 2018 thriller starring Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Riccardo Scamarcio (John Wick: Chapter 2), and Francesco Acquaroli (Fargo). A couple (Ratajkowski, Paul) whose relationship is on the rocks spend a week in the Italian Countryside in an attempt to fix their relationship. They won’t be left alone by the overfriendly neighbor, and they soon find out his sinister plans.

This movie is basically ‘The Intruder’ with Dennis Quaid mixed with ’13 Cameras’. Instead of the overly nice creepy seller, you have the overly nice creepy neighbor. Then like ’13 Cameras’ you have cameras set up all over the house, with the creepy guy sitting there watching the couple. The best way to describe this movie is, it’s the perfect mashup of those two. I haven’t heard of ‘Welcome Home’, but it just came to Netflix, and I like Aaron Paul, so I figured I would watch it. Honestly it’s a pretty solid movie. It doesn’t have as many twists and turns as I would prefer in a thriller and it was a little predictable, but the acting is really good. Scamarcio plays the creeper part perfect. He reminds me a lot of Javier Bardem’s character in ‘No Country for Old Men’. I was surprised how well Ratajkowski does, she is mostly a model, not a whole lot under her belt as far as acting, but she plays a good part. Overall I give it a 7.5/10.

The White Tiger

‘ The White Tiger’ is 2021 Netflix original drama starring Adarsh Gourav (Die Trying), Rajkummar Rao (Newton), Vijay Maurya (Gully Boy), and Priyanka Chopra (Baywatch). A poor Indian man becomes a driver for a wealthy family, when he sees how the upper-class live he strives to break out of the rooster coop that is poverty and make something of himself.

‘ The White Tiger’ is up for an Oscar for best adapted screenplay in the 93rd Oscars, which happens to be this Sunday. So after Sunday it may be an Oscar winner, not just a nominee. The majority of Oscar nominated movies are really good, not all of them though. Some are just artsy terrible films that are nominated, that’s just how it is. So where does ‘White Tiger’ fall? Honestly, it’s a pretty good movie, it’s dark, it’s gritty, it’s a rag to riches story, and who doesn’t love a good rag to riches story? The accent’s are a little thick, which is okay, it does take place in India. Just be prepared to turn on the subtitles. It’s also a bit of a slow burn, the run time is a little over two hours, which it’s a great story, but not a lot of action. So you feel the full two hours at times. The biggest shock and awe of this movie is how they treat the driver (Gourav), you’re pretty much appalled at it the whole movie. Overall, it’s worth checking out. I give it a 7.5/10.

I Care A Lot

‘I Care A Lot’ is a 2021 thriller on Netflix starring Rosamund Pike (Die Another Day), Peter Dinklage (GOT), Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver), Dianne Wiest (The Birdcage), and Macon Blair (Murder Party). A sleazy business woman makes her profession by claiming elderly are incapable of taking care of themselves and makes herself their legal guardian. She then goes on to stick them in a nursing home and sell all their possessions including, their house, car etc. while pocketing all the profits. She thinks she has finally found the ultimate target but soon finds out she made a horrible mistake when the elderly lady has ties to the Russian mafia.

I don’t know if I have ever been angrier while watching a movie. The main character (Pike) scams elderly people and sticks them away to never see daylight again, and essentially gets away with it at every turn. In fact, they push the fact it’s okay to be yourself and be a wolf and not a sheep, like WTF. It has so much build up and then nothing, she gets off scot free. They push her as the hero of the movie, I was ready to write boycott this movie, but without giving away any spoilers, the ending does reel everything back in, and all is right with the world again. I was seeing red, Pike’s character is probably one of the most evil characters I have ever watched. If you do watch it, watch it all, don’t get mad and give up like I almost did. Even with them pushing it’s okay to scam elderlies and be a wolf not a sheep. I give it a 7.5/10.

Sightless

‘Sightless’ is a 2020 thriller, it has a small cast starring Madelaine Petsch (Polaroid), Alexander Koch (Under the Dome), and December Ensminger (True Detective). A young talented violinist (Petsch) is attacked and left blind. She is moved to a new apartment and given a caregiver (Koch) to help her adjust to her new lifestyle. However, paranoia soon sets in.

You can currently check this one out on Netflix, it starts out a little slow but about halfway through the movie, it starts to pick up, so bear with it. It’s pretty easy to guess what the twist is with basically a three person cast, I called it early in the film, but it’s still a good watch. It throws some misdirection in here and there with seeing what she thinks she is seeing, and may have you question what’s going on. I give it a 7.5/10.

Eddie the Eagle

‘Eddie the Eagle’ is a 2015 sport/biography movie with an excellent cast starring Taron Egerton (Rocketman), Hugh Jackman (X-Men: Origins Wolverine), Edvin Endre (Vikings), and Jo Hartley (This is England). ‘Eddie the Eagle’ is a semi-fictional account of the rise to fame of Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, Britain’s first Olympic Ski jumper since 1929 who competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics. Eddie overcame several obstacles to get there, with the odds stacked up against him at every turn.

I remember seeing this previewed in theaters and thinking how great of a movie it looked like, but then never saw it released in a theater near me. Luckily, Disney + is currently streaming it, so I was finally able to check it out. Chalk this movie up with the other great feel good, underdog sports movies such as Rudy, Rocky, Invincible, and Cool Runnings. With everything stacked against them they all beat the odds, and we love them because of it, and ‘Eddie the Eagle’ isn’t any different. I’m not sure how much of the story is fiction and what is true, but it’s a great movie that is heartfelt and full of triumph. I found myself cheering out loud for Eddie in the end, I give ‘Eddie the Eagle’ a 7.5/10.

Love and Monsters

‘Love and Monsters’ is a 2020 adventure monster film starring Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf), Jessica Henwick (The Defenders), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Ariana Greenblatt (Avengers: Infinity War).

The world has been hit with an asteroid causing bugs and other creatures to mutate several times their size to monstrous size. 90 percent of the human population has been wiped out within a year and, the survivors have been forced to live underground in colonies. Joel (O’Brien) decides to go to the surface and travel 85 miles (7 days) to his girlfriends colony, who he hasn’t seen in seven years. The hard part isn’t the 85 mile trek but surviving the monster infested surface.

Think of ‘Daybreak’, ‘Zombieland’, and ‘Warm Bodies’ all mixed together. It’s the end of the world (essentially), and a kid is doing whatever it takes to find his girlfriend (take ‘Daybreak’). He has a list of rules to survival (‘Zombieland’), and it has the same sense of humor as ‘Warm Bodies.’ Honestly I was surprised at how good this movie is. The monsters look a little cheesy, but that’s the only downfall. It’s fresh, funny, and a light hearted post apocalyptic movie. Plus the main character teams up with a furry four legged friend, and who wouldn’t like that? You can currently find it in Redbox, I give it a 7.5

Come to Daddy

‘Come to Daddy’ is a 2019 horror/thriller starring Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings), Stephen McHattie (Watchmen), Madeleine Sami (The Breaker Upperers), Martin Donovan (Big Little Lies), and Michael Smiley (Luther). Elijah Wood’s character receives a letter from his estranged father who walked out of his life when he was five years old. He takes this as a chance to reconnect with him by going to visit him. Problem is, his dad isn’t what he expected.

I really like Elijah Wood, and Daniel Radcliffe, but it’s not because of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ series or the Harry Potter movies. It’s because of all the random insane rolls both take on ever since the movies listed above. I love it, and ‘Come to Daddy’ is no different for Elijah Woods. This movie starts out slow but once you get to the half way point the movie takes off hard. It has one of the bloodiest and most unique on screen kills I’ve seen, and that’s up there with Terrifier’s sawing the naked upside down woman in half. If you love these random Radcliffe and Wood roles like I do, and want to see Wood go ham on some people, then ‘Come to Daddy’ is for you. I give it a 7.5/10.

The Way Back

‘The Way Back’ follows the story of Jack Cunningham (Ben Affleck). Jack was a phenomenal High school basketball star and had a full ride to Kansas before stepping away from the game, he now struggles with alcohol issues after the death of his son, and a divorce. He is asked to coach his old alma mater, the team hasn’t had a play off appearance in twenty years since Jack led them to state. He must find a way to bring this rag tag team together while struggling with his own issues off the court, the main one being alcohol abuse.

‘The Way Back’ has a large cast, his basketball team, his family, coaches, etc… So I’ll just list a few of the bigger parts. Other than Ben Affleck, ‘The Way Back’ stars Al Madrigal (Night School), Michaela Watkins (The Unicorn), Janina Gavankar (The League), Brandon Wilson (Pele: Birth of a Legend), and John Aylward (Armageddon). All the acting is great and flows well.

If anyone has ever faced addiction, they know the path to sobriety is not an easy one. It’s not a straight line, it is filled with several ups and downs. You wake mornings swearing to never touch another drink, but morning gives way to day and day gives way to night, and by night you have forgotten about morning and you have another drink. One of the things I like about this film it’s not a feel good hey I’m going to quit drinking and the underdog wins all story. It’s real and full of struggle. It’s also a good basketball story, so that’s a double bonus. It’s great to see Ben Affleck back, I give it a 7.5/10.