‘Get Duked!’ is a 2020 Amazon Prime original English horror/comedy staring Jonathan Aris (The End of the F***ing World), Samuel Bottomley (Tyrannosaur), Viraj Juneja (Pandora), Rian Gordon (Final Score), and Lewis Gribben (T2 Trainspotting). Four teenage boys are sent to compete in the Duke of Edinburgh Award trek across the highlands in order to help turn their lives around. While hiking across the highlands the boys start getting hunted by a mysterious man and woman.
There isn’t a lot of good horror/comedies out there, and I always compare them to ‘Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil’. While most don’t stack up to it, ‘Get Duked!’ actually does. It’s original, witty, and funny. There were several parts where I laughed out loud. It has the perfect blend of horror mixed with comedy. This one is worth the watch, i give it a 9/10.
‘Logan Lucky’ is a 2017 crime/comedy staring Channing Tatum (Magic Mike), Adam Driver (Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker), Seth MacFarlane (The Orville), Riley Keough (The Lodge), Katie Holmes (Dawson’s Creek), Daniel Craig (Casino Royale), Farrah Mackenzie (Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors), and Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby). Two Brothers Jimmy (Tatum), and Clyde Logan (Driver) decide to rob Charlotte Motor Speedway during Nascar’s biggest race. They need the help of master safe cracker Joe Bang (Craig), only problem is Bang is behind bars, so they must bust him out and get him back before anyone notices he’s gone.
First off ‘Logan Lucky’ has a blockbuster cast, and the story is great. Think of ‘Oceans 11’ except with rednecks, that’s the easiest way to describe it. First and foremost it’s a heist movie, and it’s a great one at that. It’s full of twists and turns and an elaborate plot. There’s not really a movie quite like it, it’s a much watch. You can currently check it out on Amazon Prime, I give it a 9/10.
‘The Show’ is a 2017 thriller/drama directed by and staring Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad). It’s about a new show called “This is Your Death” where contestants go on the show and kill themselves, the audience and viewers raise money for the recently deceased’s family. The “better” the suicide the more money that is raised. “This is Your Death” quickly reaches number one in the world as contestants try to out do each other in their suicides for a big cash prize. Other than Giancarlo Esposito, ‘The Show’ stars Josh Duhamel (Transformers), Famke Janssen (X-Men), Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), and Caitlin FitzGerald (It’s Complicated).
‘The Show’ is a very heavy movie, it’s not for the weak of heart or stomach. With that said, it’s a great film. Giancarlo Esposito nails it on the head with showing how society is more addicted to shock and awe over the value of life. I give ‘The Show’ an 9/10.
‘The Platform’ is a Netflix original 2019 Spanish horror film titled ‘EL Hoyo’, then translated and dubbed over to English. ‘The Platform’ is a multilevel vertical prison with a giant hole running down the middle. Each floor contains two prisoners. A platform descends through the prison starting with floor one all the way to the last floor, the platform is covered in luxiourious foods such as lobster, escargot, wine, etc. Each floor only has a certain amount of time to eat as much as possible before the platform goes to the next floor, it’s only around a minute. You can’t keep anything off the table, if you do the room will heat up to boiling temperatures or freezing until you throw the item down the hole back to the platform. Once the food runs out it runs out, the lower floors are out of luck. Normally food doesn’t make it past level 52. It is unknown how many floors there are but it is speculated over 250. Many of the lower floors have to murder their roommate in order to survive. The prisoners spend one month on their floor then are randomly shuffled to another floor. One new inmate is determined to change this system.
Being a Spanish film, naturally it stars an all Spanish cast. Ivan Massague, Antonia San Juan, and Emilio Buale Coka, star in this film.
I hate giving away things in films, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. There is a political message behind this movie, which I won’t go into. This film is insane from start to finish. It is gory, brutal, and has you saying WTF the entire time. The acting is brilliant, the story is original, and very well executed. This is a gem on Netflix and a must watch. I give it a 9/10
‘1917’ is a war drama about two young British soldiers during WW1 who are given an impossible mission: deliver a message, by dawn, deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers’ brothers, from walking straight into a deadly ambush. ‘1917’ stars George Mackay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, and Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s won and been nominated for several awards, including ten nominations at the Academy awards, and ten at the Oscars.
The realism and cinematography of this film are incredible, the attention to detail is breath taking. War is brutal, unrelenting, and most of all war is real. ‘1917’ really drives these home. The other thing taken away from this movie, the Germans would not stop at any cost, even if it meant harm to themselves. They are like a bunch of wasps whose nest has been disturbed. This is an incredible film and will go down as a war movie classic. This is a must see movie, I give it a 9/10.
Everyone knows the story of Doolittle, a doctor who treats and talks to animals making him the best vet around. The 2020 remake stars Robert Downey Jr, and features a huge celebrity cast which includes Antonio Banderas, Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Craig Robinson, and Selena Gomez. This is about as big as it gets when it comes to a celebrity voice cast. This alone I would say it’s worth seeing. I read a lot of mixed reviews before seeing ‘Doolittle’, a lot bashing the film because of Robert Downey Jr’s fake Scottish accent in the film. Others called it a bunch of cgi fluff and a waste of time and money. So I went in with the bar set pretty low.
Dr. Doolittle has become a recluse with his family of animals after his wife Lilly died at seas. When the queen is poisoned and the only cure is from a fruit that may not exist. Dr Doolittle is convinced to take a voyage with his rag tag family of animals to search for the fruit.
‘Doolittle’ does a fantastic job with its casting. Each animal has a different affliction. Yoshi the polar bear (John Cena) is always cold, Chee the gorilla (Rami Malek) is always scared and carries around a security blanket, Kevin the squirrel (Craig Robinson) is paranoid, plus many others. The parts are played perfectly, and because of this it’s a nonstop laugh fest. The colors and picture quality are outstanding, it reminds me a lot of ‘Avatar’, which by the way I never heard anyone call cgi fluff and a waste of money.
Bottom line it’s a lighthearted family comedy, one you don’t have to do a lot of thinking when you watch it. You just go along for the ride with Dr. Doolittle and his animal family on their adventure, and laugh non stop along the way. This film doesn’t get enough credit for how good it is. It really is a good film and a must see, even with Robert Downey Jr’s fake accent. If a fake accent is your biggest reason to not like a movie, then the movie isn’t that bad. I give ‘Doolittle’ a 9/10.