Retro Reviews: My review for WWF Royal Rumble 1999
Right in the middle of that phase of pro wrestling having "attitude" implemented into it's programming, the 12th annual "Royal Rumble" event took place in Anaheim, California. In the era where the business was thriving with it's engaging storytelling and it's explicit content, the 1999 "Royal Rumble" was truly an event to remember. And funny thing about it, did anybody else notice how the first three matches had DX members in each of them? I find that interesting. .
Big Bossman vs Road Dogg: An oddly stipulated bout, the match that featured the Hardcore champion wasn't a Hardcore match! The belt wasn't even on the line! The bout was filled with punches, chokes, rest holds, and repeat. Nothing spectacular. A standard "Monday Night Raw" match on a ppv to say the least. 4/10
Billy Gunn vs Ken Shamrock: This bout is an ideal feud storyline in this "edgy" era. The set up was Gunn mooned Shamrock's sister.... yeah, what did I tell you? A slugged out brawl at the opening bell, the two were able to tell a serviceable story in the ring with Shamrock working and wearing down Gunn's leg for the "Ankle Lock". I loved Shamrock as a heel, as he's liked a "Terminator" and destroyed his opponents with his MMA style of wrestling. Val Venis came in when the ref went down and gave a DDT to Shamrock, building upon another feud that also involved Shamrock's sister! It was a decent bout, nevertheless. 6/10
Gangrel vs X-Pac: A fast paced bout, both wrestlers worked quite well with each other and gave a pretty good match. Minus the horrendous referee botch of counting the 3 accidentally but ignored it like nothing happened. This was done by yours truly, Teddy Long. "Holla Holla!" 6/10 * Continues in the comments *
➖Movie Review #122 ➖
The Void Review -
Directed by: Steven Kostanski & Jeremy Gillespie -
Starring: Aaron Poole, Ellen Wong, Kathleen Monroe, Kenneth Walsh, Daniel Fathers -
Rating: C+ ▪
The Void is welcome if very unsettling throwback to the horrors of the 80's, offering a hefty dose of nostalgia and effective thrills that is sure to satisfy gorehounds alike. The performances given in The Void are solid enough. The cast does their best with the work they're given and offer enough charisma and emotion into their roles that make the film work as well as it does. The characters are surprisingly well developed, well at least a few of them, as it is quite apparent that due to the absolutely stacked cast, that they ultimately struggle to really make too much of an impact. Backstories are hinted at but never quite come to fruition with the film trying to balance as much as it has to offer. Set in a hospital, The Void offers a simple premise in which the inhabitants are trapped within by the dangers outside, that nevertheless, due to some unexpected twists and turns and ambition, rises above its seemingly linear narrative to become something much more. With its apparent Lovecraftian themes and the way it handles itself, it feels more akin to 80's feel. Where this film stumbles, however, is towards its third act. While promising enough, the third act quickly devolves into sheer lunacy, complete with jarring transitions into alien-esque and Hellraiser territory that don't quite mesh well with what's been building up initially. Regardless, Kostanki and Gillepsie's direction is, for the most part, terrific. In everything from their deceptively shot camera angles to their welcome embrace of classic culture to their unsettling execution of dread is notable. Coupled with the intense score, The Void is a deeply unsettling film and that's down to how the film uses well-worn tropes against your expectations and how well it embraces it's gory nature. The director's love of practical effects really shine through, as instead of using tricks such as flashing lights, etc, the scale and design of the creatures is shown in all of it's glory. With it's relentlessly bloody nature, The V
MOVIES THAT MAKE ME CRY~ I actually like The Fault in Our Stars (the movie more than the book) I love Woodley and it's her best performance yet. I love the soundtrack, which introduced me to m83, one of my favorite things in life. I'm a sucker for coming of age/romance films I suppose but the scenes toward the end of this film feel real and I think about the message of this film a lot even if it does has it's issues I still love it.
MORE MOVIES THAT MAKE ME CRY~
Logan is such a heartbreaking but satisfying end to a badass superhero. I know I wasn't the only teary eyed one in the theater when I saw it. I haven't watched it since, people say it's the best superhero movie but was unfortunately forgettable for me, except that "killer" ending.
MOVIES THAT MAKE ME CRY~ Return of the King is part of the LOTR trilogy and they are some of the best films ever made and best stories ever written. It's a franchise that I've loved for a long time and I tear up every time Frodo unexpectedly leaves and Sam is just like crushed. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect ending to a long journey.
Cinema Watch: Another Spielberg film to end the weekend, this time his newest:
- The Post takes an important subject, uses a masterful director and casts two powerhouse actors to create a thrilling journalistic drama. I consistently read "this is so Oscar-bait" or "another nomination for Streep again!" to which I just have to say "no, you're wrong! Get out!". Opinions are opinions but if reviewers moan when acting is bad or a film is poorly made, to then complain that the talent on and off screen clearly desire awards...well, you're just contradicting yourself. It rarely gets better than this! Detailing the 'Pentagon Paper Leak Scandal' that involved The Washington Post and New York Times in debating to publish government secret documents. An ultimatum where each decision has a consequence. Publish the article and risk imprisonment, or hold off and let the administration continue unnecessarily sending troops to Vietnam. Freedom of speech is the clear theme here, and it is masterfully conveyed through a concise script that is executed perfectly by every single actor on screen. Honestly, I have no nails left...just kept on biting them! The journalism involved, both in the news reporting and in the company board, was electrifyingly intense. A subject unknown to me, I was enthralled and left the film factually educated which is always a bonus. Female empowerment is also evoked as the head of The Washington Post is having to fight her way through a board room of old school men. Hold up! Everyone put your film caps on...and ready: Tom Hanks plus Meryl Streep plus Steven Spielberg equals powerhouse talent. My mind couldn't comprehend the competence that was being shown to me. Give Streep the anxious character so that she can eventually stand tall (great scene by the way). Give Hanks the bullish character so he can throw his forceful, yet likeable, personality around the room. Spielberg just lets them talk. Just...dialogue. Nice long takes. Hanks and Streep. Talking. Yup, it's all I wanted. My only criticism is that the beginning was a tad too slow, but the gradual build up of tension was effective. Journalistic dramas rarely exceed The Post.
The Post = 9/10
Ninth and tenth in 18 for '18 series 🚨 (9/18) MAUVE GLOVES & MADMEN, CLUTTER & VINE and (10/18) RADICAL CHIC & MAU-MAUING THE FLAK CATCHERS by Tom Wolfe. Read about the original “Me Generation.” “The old alchemical dream was changing base metals into gold. The new alchemical dream is: changing one’s personality—remaking, remodeling, elevating, and polishing one’s very self . . . and observing, studying, and doting on it. (Me!) This has always been an aristocratic luxury, confined throughout most of history to the life of the courts, since only the very wealthiest classes had the free time and the surplus income to dwell upon this sweetest and vainest of pastimes. It smacked so much of vanity, in fact, that the noble folk involved in it always took care to call it quite something else... By the mid-1960's this service, this luxury, had become available for one and all, i.e., the middle classes.” (THE ME DECADE AND THE THIRD GREAT AWAKENING) 🖋 Illustrated by the Author
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In an industry filled with comedy's and political dramas, here comes something a little bolder, a little risky and darker. Erica Wissel plays a woman who was involved in culpable homicide of a young black gardener. The film is narrated through a slam poetry/comic on stage who illustrates our main character as a villain who slowly manipulates her friend Jade (Petronella Tsuma) into covering up her crimes. The psychological drama is well scripted, and excellently shot. The grading pallet seems very David Fincher which is always a great idea, while pacing is slow, and some actors can be underplayed Hatchet Hour is one South African movie that is highly recommended for its bold direction by Judy Naidoo who I'm quite honored to know personally. Erica Wissel and Petronella are brilliant in their roles. It gets a 7.5/10 #southafrican#localtalent#localactors#hatchethour#judynaidoo#films#filmfan#thriller#critic#filmcritic#review#moviereviewer#movies#localmovie#nfvf#jozi#localislekker#femalecast#filmmaking#actors @heyjude_za
My review for Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Things could have gone terribly wrong, especially since it's a anime that they're adapting. Being faithful to the source material is one thing, being generic is another. "Ghost in the Shell" is directed by Rupert Sanders and it's an American live action adaptation to the 1989 manga of the same name. Taking place in a future where human advancements are being made with cyber-enhancements, a woman, with just her brain, is made into a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. All that changes once she encounters a terrorist whose capable to hack into others shells. The aesthetics and cinematography is absolutely beautiful. While CGI is not my preferable choice, the cityscape and all it's futuristic advancements are truly remarkable. The dark megalopolis is correctly reproduced here from it's original source material. After praising all the scenery, that's basically all I can give it. The rich complexity and the deep philosophical themes are all absent here. While since it's an American adaptation and it has to be over-simplify, the narrative becomes nothing more than a generic action film about good versus evil. Not bad. Not good. Just forgettable. The film was successful in capturing some of the iconic moments from the source material without being a frame for frame remake, however in return, overlooks the intellectual questioning about identity, ownership, and humanity itself that made the source material such a memorable tale. This problem is present mostly in the third act. While some interesting ideas are explored, the film dials itself back to simplicity. The film doesn't know what it's actual message is. The over the top final climax holds little to no substance as it's just there to serve the purpose of having a giant final battle. The film lack it's faith in the audience understanding the complex themes and instead gives us a average CGI filled climax that doesn't really tie into the main narrative till the near end. It's by no means a satisfying conclusion. * Continues in part 2 *
▪️Hidden Gem▪️Jason Aldean|Don’t Change Gone▪️ “...it don't change gone, won't bring her back
She's moved on, and I'm stuck with that
I could change whatever I want
But it don't change gone”▪️I always wonder why is seems like the best songs on a album are never singles. I love this songs style I always felt this song had a nighttime feel. I wish more songs where like this simply yet poignant.▪️#review#commentary#critic#jasonaldean#oldbootsnewdirt#countrymusic#music
Happy unbirthday to everyone, except me! My theme for this year’s birthday is EAT. PRAY. LOVE. TRAVEL. PAY IT FORWARD.
I am beyond excited about the plans that are shaping my life in 2018. But first and foremost, I want to thank God for blessing me much more than I ever deserved. With His grace, I am going nowhere and everywhere, with no one and everyone, doing nothing and everything. Yet in the midst of it all, I regret nothing. My heart is overflowing with the love I have received from around the world! If you are reading this, my birthday gift is the prayer of "Our Father" dedicated to you. Thank you kindly for being part of my journey. Y’all complete me more than you will ever know. You really, really, do. ~ Leilani
The Florida Project (2017)
Dir. by Sean Baker
Don't get me wrong I'm a big believer in indie films and I love them but this one didn't do anything for me. This isn't technically a full review since I didn't finish watching it but I have enough to say about it. The color pallet and camera work is great here, if not for the hollow story. I couldn't get into the characters and the six year old main character was just irritating. She acts like that on the red carpet as well ugh. I understand the film is through the eyes of a child and that alone is an interesting concept. Other than that there just wasn't much going on plot wise. People actually praise the script but all I hear is kids mumbling or screaming obnoxiously. I'm not always game for child actors and this was an increase of my hatred towards children actors. Unfortunately I hated the 30 minutes of this film that I painfully endured. Some people hated it others called it the best film of the year. Okay...dissapointing nonethelss. Haven't been liking to many 2017 releases anyways.