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Insidious: The Last Key
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I actually forgot this movie came out and maybe I shoulda kept it that way. Taking place after the events of Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) which in itself was a prequel to the first two films. This movie mostly follows the psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) who was featured prominently in the original film. We find out about her troubled past where at her childhood home she uncovered a demon that killed her mother. Here's where some problems start. Elise's father Gerald (Josh Stewart) for some odd ass reason doesn't like that Elise can communicate with the dead and is very abusive toward her. Why is he like this? They truly never even talk about it. He seems like a very troubled guy and being a prison guard he's obviously seen some stuff, but why the weirdness toward Elise's abilities? Anyways years go on and Elise starts her own business helping people with their issues such as ghost hauntings, etc. It's absolutely ridiculous, but oh well. Elise receives a call one day from a man that tells her he lives in her old house and believes its haunted. Thus begins the story here and Elise uncovers the demon that she met years back. It's hard to explain the rest because there are so so so so many plot holes. We uncover a sort of kidnapping, we uncover a ghost, theres some hints of time travel. It's bizarre and told very poorly. The pacing here is terrible too. It takes 50 minutes to get to the beginning of the plot. And this is not a long movie. The film does have some creepy moments, but everything is ruined by some really terrible dialogue, some really dumb subplots and overall this is just not a good movie. I would avoid this one if you can (unlike me).

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

It's rare when you get to the third film in a franchise and it's the best one. Normally sequels get worse and worse never living up to the previous movies. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum is super over the top, but man it is great. Taking place immediately after the events of John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) we find John Wick (Keanu Reeves) on the run since he's been excommunicated from the High Table. On the run and constantly being attacked by other hit men and assassins John is finding hard to find any help on the streets of New York City. Meanwhile, an Adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillon) arrives and is hunting down the people that helped John in the previous film including Winston (Ian McShane) and the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne). John reaches out to an old friend named Sofia (Halle Berry) to find the leader of the High Table and try and get his life back. Sound kinda nuts and confusing? This is definitely a movie that is a better pay off by rewatching the other movies right before this one (which I did). It easily has some of the best choreography I've ever seen outside of some martial artist films. The film is fast paced and throws you right into the middle of everything. Once again my only gripe is that there is so much lore and background to this world, but we never ever get a real explanation of everything. With the hint of John Wick: Chapter 4 coming (as well as an official announcement) I am already ready to jump right back in and keep exploring the possibilities this franchise has. Highly recommend checking this one out!

Justice League vs the Fatal Five
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This movie is set in the Bruce Timm directed Justice League show so it's sort of a bonus episode thats being released years later (but it's a movie). This film follows the Justice League consisting of Batman (Kevin Conroy), Wonder Woman (Susan Eisenberg), Superman (George Newbern), Mr. Terrific (Kevin Michael Richardson) and trainee Miss Martian (Daniela Bobadilla) as they take on a group of villains from the 31st century known as the Fatal Five. The film really actually mainly focuses on two characters for the most part. We follow new Green Lantern Jessica Cruz (Diane Guerrero) who doesn't want anything to do with being a hero and a hero from the future named Starboy (Elyes Gabriel). Starboy battled the Fatal Five in the 31st Century, but because of a series of events is sent to the 21st Century. The Fatal Five for the most five are pretty forgettable. I didn't especially find any of em too menacing (although they do some pretty messed up stuff), but this definitely seemed like a D Squad Injustice League. It's not even worth it to tell you who they are because they just don't matter much. I enjoyed the animation here and the action was cool, but the plot itself is sort of slow and I found myself getting bored with this one. For the most part if you're a DC animation fan check it out. At the very least give it a rent, but for most people this will be a skip.

Mid90s
Mid90s (2018)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I finally got to this one. The movie is about a thirteen year old named Stevie (Sunny Suljic) who lives in 1990's Los Angeles with his single mom Dabney (Katherine Waterston) and his older brother Ian (Lucas Hedges). Stevie soon befriends a group of older skater kids named Ray (Na-Kel Smith) the oldest of the bunch and the one that actually seems to have a future in professional skating, Fuckshit (Olan Prenatt) the wild bunch of the group who likes to party, Ruben (Gio Galicia) who's kinda just an asshole and Fourth Grade (Ryder McLaughlin) who is the dude on the crew that video tapes everything. The movie was shot on 16mm giving it a very 90's look (especially with the 4:3 aspect ratio). The movie narratively is pretty loose, but I would say it's about Stevie growing up a bit fast and finding a group of friends that he connects with. His home life isn't the greatest. His brother Ian is sort of a menace and his mom is just kinda there. The film is damn near shot like a dude from the 90's shot a skating video and that's the vibe of the entire film. It was a movie where I could connect to how the characters talked and I recognized a lot of stuff that I myself saw and did in the 90's, but for the most part I wasn't chilling in Los Angeles skating around in the summer of 94 or so. It still does a great job creating that atmosphere here, but I was disappointed by the ending and didn't think it really cleared up or closed the book in the best way. Sunny Suljic was good in this as the lead, but at times his newness at acting does show. Overall, not a bad film from first time Director Jonah Hill. I look forward to what he brings next to the table.

Batman & Robin
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Hands down this is easily the worst of the first four Batman movies. The cheese and camp in this one is hit at an all time max. Don't get me wrong as a kid I enjoyed it ( this being another movie that I watched in theaters as a kid), I had a ton of the toys and liked how advertised it was. Well let's just say 22 years later it doesn't quite add up. The movie even draws a lot of inspiration from the 1960's show with Mr. Freeze using puns and even wacky noises happening during the fight sequences. This time around Batman (George Clooney who truthfully isn't super terrible in the role) and Robin (Chris O'Donnell) face off against Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) a scientist turned mad who is addicted to stealing diamonds and turning all of Gotham into ice. Teamed up with Mr. Freeze is Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman) a scientist turned deadly vixen who can kill any person with just a kiss. Ivy wants to see all of man kind destroyed since she finds it despicable that man has been killing the Earth for years. She also randomly has Bane (Jeep Swenson) as her right hand man. Bane is so random in this movie, but he's not the most random character. That goes to Barbara Wilson (Alicia Silverstone) hands down a character that could have been removed from this movie and it actually would have helped. The eventual Batgirl in this story is Alfred's (Michael Gough) niece that comes to stay with the group. Alfred meanwhile is battling a life threatening disease and by now you can tell there's too many god damn subplots and characters in this movie. It's hammy, and man so so cringe worthy at times, but it's strange I somewhat still enjoy this movie. Arnold as Freeze just works for the most part and you can tell out of everyone on set probably was having the most fun. O'Donnell does a better job this time around as Robin and like I said previously Clooney isn't as bad as I remember. He's a better Bruce Wayne than Batman if that makes sense. Silverstone is absolutely terrible and seems to have been added late into the writing here. Bane is misused and for the most part Poison Ivy just doesn't work. The action is hit or miss here and there's so many moments that just don't make sense. How did they get a vehicle on the 50th floor of a skyscraper? When did the trio have time to switch costumes before the finale? It's a rushed production that hopes you just kind fo turn your brain off for two hours. One last thing I did like was the interactions between Bruce and Alfred it's actually quite touching and probably the best filmed parts in the movie. Most people will skip this one, but for me it was worth checking out again if you haven't seen it in years mostly since it almost comes off as a comedy at this point!