Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hands on activities are always better for kids. Getting away from a desk and into the wilderness would be an effective way to foster problem solving skills in a child. What’s more, real life problems yield better solutions than ones in book at a desk in a public school. These are ideals I agree with, even as a public school teacher myself.

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This is a quirky and strange movie if you don’t pour some sort of meaning into it. Early on, I had a meaning I got from it and that’s why I think I enjoyed it so much. I’ll tell you what it was, as long as you remember that movies are like all art: you get out what you perceive from it.

The evil social worker lady represented the restrictive educational policies of George Bush. They were called. as most will recall, “No Child Left Behind.” She in fact repeats this phrase many times as her battle cry to find the protagonist. It’s also derived from the bumper sticker wisdom: “All who wander are not lost.”

This film looks a lot like Moonrise Kingdom in its silliness and campy presentation. Some will find humor in that alone. A preteen juvenile delinquent keeps escaping from school and eventually, after his caretaker aunt dies, he goes on a wilderness expedition with his “step-uncle.” A bunch of stuff happens, some interesting, some funny, some dull. At any rate, it becomes another aphorism: “Life is a journey.” It’s made to show how much more this child gets out of surviving with his uncle than he would in public school, or the juvenile correctional system anyway. The actors are all speaking in australian accents which makes it seem like an independent film (which in fact it is).

If you’re willing to sit through a whole movie of goofiness to see this director’s point about open and unbridled education, you’ll probably laugh a lot. I’ve seen better quirkiness like this in the film Nacho Libre. That’s also about an underdog who emerges victorious … and the jokes are funny. I’d recommend this film for fans of understated humor and who don’t agree with restrictive educational policies. I’d say it will be liked six and one half-dozen the other by the general public.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Asking me to rate a Harry Potter spinoff/prequel is a lot like asking a mean old man in the mid 1950’s to rate a Beatles album. To him it’s shit. To me this is shit. I was twisting and turning in my seat the entire time. I related with very little, which is an important feature for me in a film.

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I had some interest in the Harry Potter films, emphasize SOME, but this new film has just enough in it to keep the die-hard-trekkie types reeled in. I even saw a compatriot teacher I recognized dressed in a Harry Potter hooded witch costume, replete with wand and glasses. That’s when I knew I really shouldn’t have come.

I won’t waste your time saying much about this film, I’m simply not qualified due to my lack of interest in Harry Potter films. The beasts are as cool as to be expected. J.K Rowling is a billionaire from her many Harry exploits so it stands to reason she would spare no expense in creating cool CGI beasts. The trouble is, you don’t see them much. In fact, you have to wait very long before you get to gaze upon them for any length of time. I loved some of these beasts. They should have had them gracing the screen much more than they did.

I won’t attempt to give you the story line here because it isn’t interesting and this film really didn’t resonate with me enough to care to do that. I usually give a summary, here I won’t it isn’t worth your time. I haven’t walked out of a film in several years. The last one I recall walking out on was The Passion of the Christ (2004). I’ve actually never reviewed that film and for good reason. It falls into the Mel Gibson line of beating the hell out of the protagonist. I guess I wasnt in the mood that day.

Eddie Redmayne was just ok in this. I wanted to slap him he mumbled so much. I wasn’t impressed by his wand either. Why is Ezra Miller in this? I usually like him too but all I could think about when seeing him was: “Oh crap, another big name actor that will merit making a backstory thereby making this film longer.”

I could go on but I won’t.

The only people I can recommend this for are those with Harry Potter action figures and costumery. They are so starved for a new film, they may enjoy this one. As for me? I’m glad I walked out and went through the mall to buy my wife See’s caramels instead.

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Ed Gein, 2000 – ★★½

My review of Ed Gein, 2000 – ★★½

A documentary that works also as a horror movie. Very disgusting guy. The more you understand, the more you cringe. A bit on the low budget side but overall worth a watch.

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The Rite, 2011 – ★★★ (contains spoilers)

My review of The Rite, 2011 – ★★★ (contains spoilers) http://bit.ly/2FJueU6

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This in is marginal to good horror. There is one scene I loved for comedy: Anthony Hopkins character leaves an exorcism to take a cell phone call. Nothing to write home about. Anthony Hopkins does a great job. Writing is a little weak, not very scary for a possession film. Creepy scenes and moods, which I love.

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White God, 2014 – ★★★★

My review of White God, 2014 – ★★★★ http://bit.ly/2OGmcOR

This is an amazing movie. I wouldn’t banner it as horror though there are some bloody parts. It’s about dogs loose in the streets so you can imagine some horror scenes from that. It’s quirky and I would say ok for older kids who like dogs. This was an unexpected delight. I recommend it.

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Resident Evil, 2002 – ★★★½

My review of Resident Evil, 2002 – ★★★½ http://bit.ly/2UkCzps

This is a great horror/action flick. It looks like a video game because it’s based on one. Racoon City is the breeding ground for zombies. The virus has been created by the big company and it’s perpetuated with the help of a mother computer with the voice and appearance of a little girl.

Mila Jovivich is the unwittig heroine. She wakes up unaware of the changes that have gone on. She is a fighter for good. It’s great watching her, she is badass. I do recommend this first movie. I plan to see the rest of the in the series.

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Lords of Chaos, 2018 – ★★★

My review of Lords of Chaos, 2018 – ★★★ http://bit.ly/2CDV91t

Good not great. When directors give up the challenge to give meaning, the movies suck. This was like that. I wasn’t milennial enough to get it? It had interesting moments but, no thanks.

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Intruders, 2011 – ★★½ (contains spoilers)

My review of Intruders, 2011 – ★★½ (contains spoilers) http://bit.ly/2JMZ6ak

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John is one tortured MF. He has to watch an intruder attack his daughter only to have the police and his wife tell him he imagined it.

There are some really good scares in this film. It brings in folklore and religion to present the story and it’s not clear throughout what makes this scary intruder tick. In that way it’s a pretty good mystery. Ella Purnell plays the daughter with hypnotic prowess. It’s those eyes perhaps that make her so effective in this scary tale.

Soundtrack is top notch, really keeps the suspense high. Ultimately this film is more about invented fears and NOT like the Boogeyman or Freddy Krueger. Spooky ride though! Worth a watch.

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The Prodigy, 2019 – ★★★★

My review of The Prodigy, 2019 – ★★★★ http://bit.ly/2OtSFYo

Better than Us and Hereditary – See it!

I’ve had so many let downs lately with horror. I caught this film at the dollar theater where the movies go before DVD. Tonight, as I watched “The Prodigy” I was released from my horror funk! This film takes you into the nursery and gets really emotional and comfortable with you and at one point starts the meat grinder on you!

It is unsettling and painstakingly made. Creativity with the camera and music is just as good as the acting and plot. No one had paid me to say these things. I highly recommend this film.

I’m unimpressed with Jordan Peele and the director of “Hereditary.” Pay attention to Nicholas McCarthy, the director of this original film. Don’t watch it expecting much, that way you’ll be surprised and delighted by this horror film. See if you agree iwith me, this horror has renewed my hope in what horror can be in 2019. See it!

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