Month: July 2014

San Diego Comic Con Day 3

Ok, so major news Saturday out of Comic Con, I know I am two days late, but there was a lot to talk about. So without any further au due, let’s get into it.

DC opened up with nothing but Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. No rumored Shazaam info, no rumored schedule. Just pictures, and footage. The footage which is unable to be seen by anyone not at Comic Con, which is crap. But, I have a slight description. The footage allegedly opened up in Gotham, Supes is hovering in the air then on comes the Bat Signal. He glances down and it reveals Batman on a rooftop. Batman’s eyes glow blue revealing him to be in his tech armor, very reminiscent of Frank Miller’s the Dark Knight Returns. Supes eyes glow red and he flares up toward Batman and the footage ends. The film seems to take a lot of its cues from the graphic novel, which I think is a great idea. If you’ve read the novel The Dark Knight Returns or seen the animated film, you know how detailed and incredible that story is. From the announcement of the film with the quote from the graphic novel to this test footage, it’s been pretty clear what direction they are taking it. I for one am still not 100% onboard. I think Bat-Fleck is the best thing going for the film but it has its issues. The casting of Mamoa as Aquaman, great casting, but putting Aquaman in the film, unnecessary. Same with Victor Stone, AKA Cyborg. And for Wonder Woman, the casting of Gal Godat is horrendous. They have finally released an image of her, and yes, the costume looks phenomenal. Yes she is very hot. But I don’t by her as Wonder Woman. Yes she was in the Iraqi army, she just too skinny. Not to mention, she is not an actress. She is a model who acts. If you didn’t care to have a trained actress play the most iconic female superhero ever, why would not just get Gina Carano? That’s just my 2 cents. Facebook-20140728-012253 Facebook-20140728-012328 Facebook-20140728-012357 Facebook-20140728-012414

Next up we had Legendary. Legendary had two pretty big major announcements. Godzilla 2 will include more of our favorite monsters. Mothra, Rodan, and King Gidorah, AKA Monster Zero. I was in the camp of the not so thrilled with Godzilla. I felt they needed much more Godzilla in the Godzilla film. However, with the introduction of these three iconic monsters, I am back on board. Will they let me down? That remains to be seen. I will say though, historically, sequels give you more of what you want. Batman Returns more Batman, Terminator 2, more Terminator. So I assume that Godzilla 2, will give us more Godzilla. On a possibly related note. Legendary and Universal will be teaming up to give us what a teaser called Skull Island. Skull Island the legendary home of the iconic King Kong. Rumor has it that the film will give us an origin of Kong. How he back King of this island and the islanders began to worship him. As well that it will be taking place within the Godzilla universe. If this is true, it makes me even more excited that we could get King Kong Vs Godzilla later on down the road!

Warner Brothers also released a trailer and new poster for Mad Max: Fury Road. The film looks fun, Tom Hardy plays the title character and is definitely a good successor for Mel Gibson. It looks action packed, it looks like them going back and taking their time really paid off for them. I cannot wait to see this film!

WB also aired the Pilots of both Flash and Gotham. While most people have already seen the Flash pilot, The Gotham pilot was aired for the first time. Reception seems to be pretty positive. It is said to be much grounded in reality. Not being a Superhero television show, but a cop drama. Even characters like Robin Taylor’s Oswald Cobblepot, and Corey Michael Smith’s Edward Nygma are believable. The Arrow panel seemed to be the most fun with them showing an extended trailer for season 3. Looks like we will be upping the action and drama. Ra’s Al Ghul will apparently be making his long anticipated debut. They spoke of the crossovers that will take place between Flash and Arrow. Most notably Felicity’s presence on both show. The Constantine panel answered a few questions and also showed an extended trailer. Needless to say, DC is on top of their TV game.

I don’t know if there was a full panel, or not but at some point this weekend this image of The Thing pre CGI from the Fantastic FOur reboot surfaced. Looks about the same as The Hulk from the Avenges. First bit of good news in a while coming out of this film. Facebook-20140728-012312

Finally, the bread and butter, the winner of Comic Con, in my opinion. All though they did not announce any of their untitled projects, Marvel did give us a lot. Evangeline Lily will be playing Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym. Will probably be Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang’s love interest. Corey Stoll will be replacing Patrick Wilson as Darren Cross AKA Yellowjacket. Plot seems to revolve around Pym and Cross being business partners. The Ying and Yang of the business. Cross seems to be the one who wants to take the company in an evil direction while Pym is out to help mankind. Seems as Pym will recruit Lang to take his place and become the Ant Man.

Marvel brought out the Avengers and they answered some fun questions. Hemsworth was asked where he would like them to take Thor, to which he replied “I’d like to see them turn him into a woman”. Ruffalo joked about how he used to be nobody now he walks down the street and has a name, everyone yells “Hi Hulk”. All he pieces of the puzzle have been released and they create an amazing picture of the Avengers all being over powered by Ultron Drones. Most notably The Vision appears in the background in the top left corner. Finally they showed some footage. Do you remember the photo released a about a week ago with the Avengers all hanging out in plain clothes in Avengers Tower? Well the apparently the footage opened up there will all the Avengers joking and hanging around trying to pick up Mjolnir. Stark can’t do it, not even with an Iron Man glove or help from Rhodey, Banner can’t move, then Cap steps up to the plate and it budges just a little and they all go nuts. That is until a ruffling is heard and out walks a damaged Iron Man suit, that begins to speak of the extinction of the human race, and that he is the Ultron. A montage of action footage rolls, including Black Widow in her new outfit, Banner in a strait jacket, tanks being thrown. The footage ends with the Avengers laid out in a desolate desert. The Hulk raging out, then in comes Iron Man, in the Hulk Buster gear. The two go at it and the footage ends. I don’t know about you, but just the mere thought of how this looked gives me Goosebumps. I am so excited for next year!

To end Marvels panel they brought out James Gunn who revealed that Guardians 2 is coming. Says a lot for the studio to green light the film before the first has even been released. Guardians of the Galaxy is my most anticipated film of the year and I cannot wait to see it this Thursday night!!!!

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San Diego Comic Con Day 2

Most of today’s news from Comic Con comes in the form of television. A lot of the shows like Game of Thrones and Walking Dead I don’t watch so I can’t really speculate. But 3 of the big shows they did speak of are pretty interesting news. We got some more character concept art from Avengers, which all seems to add together to make one huge photo. I will wait to talk and post that until the final pieces are revealed tomorrow. In the meantime, let’s get into the news.

The Arrow panel seemed a lot of fun. Olicity fans got pretty excited. I am not a fan of Olicity. While I will concede that Emily Rickards who plays Felicity is smoking ass hot, she is now where as fine as Caity Lotz who plays the Black Canary, Sara Lance. Lotz was not at the panel, which worried me until I saw the Canary in the trailer for season 3. Trailer is pretty epic. It looks like we will get some heat in the Arrow camp. As Diggle and Ollie seem to be having out. Felicity looks like she will be taking some bumps. And as for Roy, well we already showed the Arsenal costume. Thea’s story arc looks like it will be very exciting two. Thea, played by Willa Holland and he father Malcom Merlin, played by John Barrowman, seemed to be having the most fun on the panel. They said the Thea we know is no more, and I for one can’t wait to see, Speedy.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. announced some new cast members. Lucy Lawless will be playing Isabelle Hartley. A Veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agent that Coulson recruits to help rebuild the organization. Lance Hunter will be played by Nick Blood. Hunter is a mercenary who in the comics is the leader of S.T.R.I.K.E., the British counterpart to S.H.I.E.L.D.. Reed Diamond joins the cast Daniel Whitehall, a.k.a. Kraken. Whitehall seems to be the overarching bad guy for the season as he will be a leader in the Hydra organization. Hail Hydra. In the comics, Kraken possess a helmet that gives its wearer a magical and indestructible armor. Our final character will be Barbara Morse, the Mockingbird. No word yet on who will play her, but the character is a superbly trained athlete, gymnast, unarmed combatant, and spy. She is enhanced to the peak of human potential physically, and pretty much a pretty bad A chick. I admit the first season of S.H.I.E.L.D. was very slow, and basically, not good. But I stuck with it, and sooner, well more like later, it got a lot better. Most notably after Lady Sif showed. I am excited for the next season.

We didn’t get much info on Agent Carter. What we did learn is that rather unknown Louis D’Esposito will direct the pilot, Russo brothers who brought us the Winter Soldier will direct episodes 2 and 3. And The First Avenger Director will helm episode 4. When asked about Dominic Coper’s Howard Stark, Haley Atwell replied “That would be fantastic if that could happen” So I’m going to take that as a no, or he will show up very little, like Nick Fury does for S.H.I.E.L.D.. I can’t really say I am super excited for this one. I’ll watch it, but it’s not really on my countdown to list. It’s going to take place in the past, and outside the timeline, it just doesn’t seem like there is much they can do.

That’s pretty much all I got out of today. Tomorrow is the big day in Hall H. DC/WB, Fox, Sony, and Marvel. Can’t wait!

 

I AM HERCULES!

HERCULES! Starring Kellen Lutz, wait, scratch that, wrong film. Hercules! Starring The Rock! That’s better. Hercules tells the story of the Son of Zeus, as told in the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars. The film is the second film based on Hercules this year, and all though I haven’t seen The Legend of Hercules, I had high hopes that this film would be better than I was told Legend was. Hercules is Directed by everybody’s favorite X-Men ruining director Brett Ratner, now hold on, he did the Rush Hour films, those were good. Ratner directs The Rock along with Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, and John Hurt. So the questions remains, does The Rock’s bring Hercules to life? Or is Ratner’s film a Greek tragedy? Well……

It’s a Brett Ratner film……

That sums up the most of it. That sums up the most of it. The Film follows Hercules (Rock), the alleged son of Zeus, and his band of mercenaries. Hercules has a troubled past, yet is good at heart. His services are hired to over throw a tyrant who is taking the land one city at a time. As Hercules and his crew fight a war that is not theirs, they slowly realize they may not be in a war that believed they were.

The story in my mind is rather weak. I wanted a true Hercules story. I wanted the son of Zeus. This version of Hercules is more of a maybe he is, maybe he isn’t story. Are the legends true? Is he a mere mortal? We’ll just leave that up to you. Thanks Ratner.

Hercules starts out, I will say terribly. The opening scene is literally a remake of the opening scene of The Scorpion King. I was immediately worried about what I was watching. However, as the film progresses, despite its flaws, it actually becomes fun. It just takes a minute to get there. Eventually though, it’s a fun popcorn film. I found myself sitting back and no longer worrying about the terrible dialog or horrible direction, and I just began to enjoy the craziness.

Like I said the dialog is horrendous. I mean I didn’t expect the 300 dialect, but at least try a little. This is ancient Greece, there shouldn’t be todays slang. As well you a very aware you are watching a cheesy Ratner film. Puns, crappy jokes, terrible story. There’s also the very cliché “Haha I’m the bad guy out of nowhere, and I’m bad because I’m bad” villain moment that takes you out of the film. Luckily Rock is able to pull you back.

The casting is pretty decent. Rock is The Rock. John Hurt is great as City’s, King of Thrace. Rufus Sewell plays Hercules wise all-knowing companion, and is probably one the most entertaining characters in the film. There is also discount Lady Sif, played by discount Jaimie Alexander. Well I guess discount Xena played by discount Lucy Lawless is more appropriate. Either way Ingrid Bolso Berdal was in the film. I don’t really know who she is either, don’t worry.

In the end, Hercules is definitely more fun Transformers Age of Extinction was. Goes to show you can have a mindless movie that makes no sense but is at least still fun. I’m Giving Hercules a Jeebus Score of 3.1. Check out the Matinee.

San Diego Comic Con day 1 top news stories

So today was a little tid bit of information out today, let’s just dive into and start with the DreamWorks panel. They released their upcoming schedule and it looks like we got some decent films coming our way. They first showed a short teaser for a film called Home. The plot seems to center around an alien race who attempt to take refuge on earth while hiding from their mortal enemy and make earth their new home. While attempting to relocate the humans, a young girl escapes and is accompanied on the run by a banished member of the alien race named Oh. Next up is a film called B.O.O. the Bureau of Otherworldly Operations. B.O.O. seems to center around a government organization that employs ghost to protect humans from hauntings. Two of the newest agents uncover a plot to destroy the organization and it is up to them to save the day. Finally, we get a little bit on the movie of the Penguins of Madagascar! Out came Comic Con virgins John Malkovich, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Apparently the Hall couldn’t help but ask Cumberbatch about the Dr. Strange rumors. To which he only replied maybe he’d be playing Nurse Normal. Funny guy. The three films seem fun. Penguins more than the other two.

Paramount took the stage next and dropped some major bombs. To start they announced a 2nd SpongeBob movie. Followed by the Ninja Turtles panel where they played some footage and talked about the film. Nothing new here. I haven’t seen many of the newer trailers and I’m pretty excited for the film. Next up they debuted the Hot Tub Time Machine 2 trailer. Which I will try to post at the bottom, don’t really know how. But it wasn’t anything special. Liked the first one, and you can’t judge a book by its cover, or a film by its trailer. There are a few funny spots, the nerd song, and the final clip.

Next up, well, I’ll get to what’s next. First they finished the Paramount panel with Interstellar. Matthew McConaughey and Chris Nolan showed up to discuss the film! I am very excited for this one, sadly I don’t think we get to see the trailer just yet, but from what I’ve heard it’ll be great. But now, Finally, The Rock has showed up at Comic Con! The Rock came out to apparently a tremendous ovation. He invited everyone to s special screening of Hercules, to which he was greeted by chants of Rocky, no, wait, it was another word, SHAZAAM! I think this entire Shazaam talk is misdirection. I think he’s going to be Black Adam. You don’t get the Rock, the most electrifying man in sports or entertainment and only let him on the screen half the time.IMG_1297 Aliens-Search-For-a-Home-in-First-Trailer-For-DreamWorks-Animation-Comedy IMG_1290 IMG_1292 IMG_1296 www.indiewire.com_-600x421

All pictures credited to SchmoesKnow.com

San Diego Comic Con Preview Day News

Ok so I am going to do my best to keep up with a little bit of San Diego Comic Con info. Sadly I am un able to attend this year. So obviously this is not going to be the first you’ve heard of this news, or if it is, thanks for coming here to get it. But I will do my best to give you a little insight on what I believe it all means, and where my opinions on what we got.

So today we got actually got a little bit of news today, and we kick it off with what I think is the most exciting, The Ant-Man concept art poster. Now keep this in mind, this is concept art. This isn’t a true poster. But from the look of it, I like it. You get Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd in the back, plus a pretty, Bad A looking Ant Man front and center. Ant Man is still a pretty big risk for Marvel. Much like Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be. Luckily it looks and sounds like Marvel has knocked it out of the park with Guardians. The hope is that even with all the drama behind Ant Man, if this concept art is any in indication of the tone the film will take, I for one, am very excited.

Next up, is CW’s Arrow. We have finally gotten our first look at Colton Haynes’ Arsenal costume. If you do not watch Arrow, you need! Arrow is, in my opinion, one of if not the best show on Television today. Haynes plays Roy Harper, who is training to be the hero we know as Arsenal and from the look of this, we are just about there. A lot of people have their opinions about the character, I for one actually enjoy his story arcs. And this costume, is awesome! It plays off of Stephen Amell’s Arrow costume very well.

We got some Spider-Man news. After what was a mixed reception to Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the internet blew up in speculation about what was next for the franchise. A lot of people feared their planned spin offs and sequels would be cancelled. Well luckily (in my humble opinion) that will not be happing. Sony announced that while yes The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been pushed back to 2018, in its place, we will be getting the Sinister Six film on November 11 2016. This film has me really excited. While I enjoyed TASM2, I understand it had it problems. Sony does not have a very large gallery of hero’s to create a shared universe like Fox has with the X-Men and Fantastic 4, and WB has with all the DC property’s, and Marvel has done so perfectly with the Avengers. What Sony does have is Spider-Man’s rogue gallery. Which next to Batman is one of the largest and most interesting group of villains. The thought a villain centric film excites me. A movie where you are rooting against your main characters. I am excited to watch this develop.

In some other quick tad bits. Mad Max: Fury Road has released a new poster and image. This looks like it’s going to be a legit film. And we finally have gotten a logo for Warcraft starring Collin Ferrell. Pretty simple, and basic, hopefully this one does well. Along with Michael Fassbender’s Assassins Creed film this will do a lot for the future of video game movies (ZELDA!) Marvel has released two more conceptual art photos of Iron Man and the Scarlett which kicking some major robot butt. The marketing campaign for Age of Ultron looks to already be running and I love how it’s going. Finally the first image/logo for the Hitman film, another video game property, Agent 47 has been released. Exciting! Not much to tell from these photos other then they are all really cool!

Finally, last week Marvel announced 5 dates for upcoming Marvel films. None of which have been named. Today, a 6th was announced. May 4th 2018. So all together that gives us Avengers 2 on 5/1/15, Ant Man on 7/17/15, Cap 3 on 5/6/16, and untitled mystery films on 7/8/16, 5/5/17, 7/28/17, 11/3/17, 5/4/18, 7/6/18, 11/2/18 and 5/3/19. That’s a lot. Me personally, I think you got to assume the 1st is Dr Strange. Followed Guardians 2, followed Black Panther in 2017. Then you the new one which I will get into, Ant Man 2, and Thor 3 in 18, and finally Avengers 3 in 19. But what excites me about this separate date they announced, is Robert Downey Jr’s comments today. Downey said, “It’s down to Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios president] and Ike [Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel Entertainment] and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that’s on us to agree or disagree,” Downey said. “When things are going great, there’s a lot of agreement.” He continued with “It’s that thing of: Why give up the belt when it feels like you can barely get jabbed?” he says—then adds a caveat. “Most people are saying that right when they get knocked out.” So that leaves me to believe that May 4th 2019 will be Iron Man 4. I am in the camp that was not a fan of Iron Man 3, but I still trust in Marvel. Hopefully these comments mean a deal will be worked out, and Iron Man 4 is coming! Hopefully with Jon Favreau back in the directors.

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The Purge: Anarchy

The annual Purge has commenced. The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to 2013’s The Purge. This go around James DeMonaco returns to direct a new cast including Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiel Sanchez, Zoe Soul, and Michael K. Williams in Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes’ film. While the first film was wildly perceived as a let down due to its nature of nothing more than a home invasion horror film, this film takes the concept of the Purge to the streets. Which is what the fan base vocally stated in their distaste for the misconception of what the first film as about. SO the question is, do the fans get what they wanted this go around? I’d say, yes, yes they do.

The Purge: Anarchy follows a group of 4 people who are not into the Purge movement but find themselves in the middle of downtown stranded out on the most dangerous and deadly night of the Year. Shane(Gilford) and Liz(Sanchez) a couple whose relationship is in a rocky spot get stranded as their car breaks down on their way to their sisters home. Mother and daughter Eva(Ejogo) and Cali(Soul) find themselves out on the streets after well armed tactical group of Purgers break in and attempt to take them. The 4 get together following a Purger(Grillo) who saves Eva and Cali. Now the 5 must survive the night together, all while their protector has an agenda of his own.

As the first film attempted to be a horror film, this film corrected that mistake and went all out action thriller. The Purge series lends itself to action much better than horror and Anarchy proves that. The focus is now on the thrills and action rather than attempting to scare the audience and it makes the film much more enjoyable. There are so many ways they can now take this franchise in the future. All thanks to genre switch. The film moves from the home invasion to the streets and the characters attempt to make their way through a town with basically a war going on all around them.

The cast is much stronger this go round too. Nothing against Lena Headey, she was awesome in Dredd, just whiny and weak in The Purge. And I’ve never liked Ethan Hawke, Training Day not with standing. But this cast, of, well to me, relative unknowns fits well. They are normal people who attempt to stand up and do what they must in the face adversary and danger. And Grillo, mark my words, is the next Liam Neeson. He is a bonafide action star. Definitely miscast in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Don’t get me wrong, Grillo makes for a great Crossbones, but ill be damned if he wouldn’t make for the perfect Punisher. There is one character that is horribly miss cast in Anarchy, Samuel L. Jackson should have been in this movie. When you watch it, you’ll know exactly who I am talking about.

The direction is solid, the story is decent, the cast is great. It is refreshing to see a sequel to a not so good movie that the directors and writers listen to the fan base and give us what we want. The Purge: Anarchy is a fun action thriller. When I scored it, I gave the film a Jeebus Score of 4.0, a Good Time at the Theater.

Apes on Horses!

APES ON HORSES! As the gentlemen over at Schmoes Know have affectionately named the newest installment in the long lived Planet of the Apes Franchise. The much anticipated sequel to 2011’s Planet of the Apes reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. This film has been one of the top films I have been looking forward to this year. Rise was such a surprise and phenomenal film Dawn had a lot to live up too. Needless to say, not only doe Dawn live up to its predecessor, it may even surpass it.

For 10 years what has been known as the Simian Flu has plagued the world. The survivors that still do what they can to combat the virus, have come to a thin line of peace with the genetically evolved primates led by Caesar. Caesar who still has a soft spot for humans due to his upbringing. The peace as thought proves to be too fragile to keep and war breaks out to determine who will survive as Earths dominate species. Man, or Ape.

The film stars Andy Serkis in the role as Caesar, and as Serkis has become the king of motion capture in film, this is no exception. Alongside Serkis are Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Judy Greer, and, Kodi Smit-McPhee. Dawn is written once again by Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa, and joining them is Mark Bomback. This go around Matt Reeves takes up the director’s chair.

Everything about Dawn is incredible. The script is nearly perfect. Every time you think you know where the story is going, there is a turn you don’t see coming. It is almost predictable. Watching the film I saw where it was going and said to myself “ok here is the story, got it, pretty cool….. Oh wait no” and that happened numerous times! The Story is not complex, but it is deep. It shows what can be wrong with society, and how bad things can turn quickly.

The Apes have built up their community, and are living in their society and you sit there in awe of what the film makers were able to do. You believe in the trust and strength within the Ape community. And each Ape has their own personality, the actors behind the Motion Capture do a wonderful job.

Speaking of Mo-Cap. I find it would be incredibly disrespectful not to mention how Andy Serkis deserves a freaking Oscar nomination. He brings Caesar to life. You see Serkis behind the eyes of Caesar. You see him in his movements. This isn’t some CGI monkey. Caesar is Serkis. And he is just perfect in the role. You feel for him, you care about him. When he is off screen, you notice he is not there. Not that the film is lacking anything when he is gone, but at the same time, you wait and are ready for what Serkis brings to film.

As Rise was in fact James Franco’s movie, stolen by Serkis’ Caesar, Dawn is Caesar’s film, Stolen by Kebbell and his portrayal of Koba. You remember Koba, he was the bad mother F’er that showed up in Rise knowing the drill in labs. He is Caesar’s right hand Ape, yet is not afraid to tell Caesar when he is wrong. Even with all the power Caesar holds over the Apes, Koba will let him know what is up, but is quick to back down to place. And Kebbell is instrumental in bringing Koba to life. What Serkis has done to Caesar, Kebbell is doing with Koba.

When it all comes down, I ranked Dawn of the Planet of the Apes pretty high. I gave it a 5.6, with a full bonus of .5 for APES ON HORSES! That rounds the score out to 6.1, our second JEEBUS-TACULAR of the year!

Deliver Us From Evil

Deliver Us From Evil, the newest exorcism film from Scott Derrickson. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Eric Banal, Edgar Ramirez, Sean Harris, Olivia Munn, and Joel McHale. Follows the true events depicted in the book Beware the Night written by NYPD St. Ralphie Sarchie about events that he encountered while working for the NYPD police force. Going into he film I wasn’t aware that it was an exorcism film. I generally try to avoid exorcism films, they tend to be the same clichés and stories over and over. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

Deliver Us From Evil follows NYPD St. Ralphie Sarchie(Bana) as he runs across a case that sends him into the realm of exorcism. He is joined by his partner(McHale) and they encounter the help of a Jesuit Priest(Ramirez). As the clues of possession begin to unravel, Sarchie must find away to not only stop this entity, but save his wife(Munn) and daughter as well.

The story isn’t anything new. Hard ass cop doesn’t believe in religion, has to forget all he thinks he knows to save the day. But this tome around it has a little twist that seems to make it work. I don’t know if it is a cop drama with an exorcism twist, or an Exorcism film with a cop twist. But whatever it is. It is very entertaining. All the characters are well written, and the performances are spot on. Watching the film, I didn’t even realize that Olivia Munn played the Sgt. wife. Seriously, I didn’t notice Olivia Munn. Olivia, Munn. I didn’t notice her, I just saw the character. I was afraid going in, that I wouldn’t be able to get Any Lee’s HULK out of my mind. The only other Eric Banal film I have seen. But again, Banal was hidden behind this tough New York Cop.

It’s not all good though. The film is jam-packed with horror film clichés. Every one in the book is here and in full force. Creek noises, scratches under the kids bed, flickering lights, flash lights cutting out at just the right moment. And Jump scares galore! Jump scares by cats, by creepy bloody people who aren’t there, by dead bodies, by lions(Yes lions) and bears(yes, bears) and dogs. Let me say something real quick too about jump scares. It is really annoying that directors expect us to believe dogs are completely silent until just that moment that they need jump out scare you and then bark continually. I think that is really becoming one of my biggest pet peeves about horror films.

Scott Derrickson does a great job at showing he is one the premier up and coming horror directors. And if you allow me to geek out for a moment. It was really cool knowing he’s directing this and he will be the director of the Upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film Dr. Strange.  The dark feel of the film felt perfect for what a Dr. Strange film should be. It’s also pretty cool that one of the possible, and rumored front runners for Dr. Steven Strange, Edgar Ramirez was in this film. They worked well together and I’m pretty excited for the possibility of what’s to come with these two.

Ok sorry, back to Deliver Us From Evil. I gave the film a Jeebus score of 4.0, a good time at the theater. It is dark, creepy, well acted, and well-directed. Go forth and see this film!

Tammy

Melissa McCarthy is back playing Melissa McCarthy, this time her name is Tammy. She has brought along Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon as her grandma. Tammy is directed and written by McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone. Tammy follows the story of a down on her luck girl who is fired from her job and catches her husband cheating on her. She then embarks on a road trip along with her alcoholic grandmother, while on the road, high jinx ensue, and fun happens, or a lack of fun.

I think it is safe to say that McCarthy has been type cast. And I don’t blame her for it. In the 90’s you saw Jim Carrey being Jim Carrey in film after film. Chris Farley played the same character again and again. And they were golden. Today Vince Vaughn plays himself over and over and over. As do Will Ferrell and John C Reilly. Its a golden opportunity to find what you are good at in comedy and run with it. So seeing Melissa McCarthy play the same character is no surprise. Especially as seeing as she is incredible at it. However maybe its that I’m getting wise to the gag, or over the character but it did not work in Tammy. I hardly ever laughed at the film, other then the spots that happened to be in the trailer.

Speaking of the trailer, they did an excellent job at bait and switch. Giving you a clip and making you believe this was the film you were seeing, not a road trip find yourself kind of film. The sad part is that the scene from the trailer, is by far the best part of the film. More of that and maybe this wouldn’t of been such a train wreck. I say that, but the plot was, well no where to be seen. I mean there is a general outline of what the movie is about, but no real plot. Its not necessarily a road trip film, and its not a rom com, even though there is a very low level basic love interest thrust into the film, that you won’t even realize is happening.

The shimmer of light in the film is the one and only Susan Sarandon. As well as Kathy Bates. The two, almost phoning it in, are still on top of the game. Bates plays Sarandon’s lesbian cousin, and the two make for some pretty ok comedy. Sarandon’s grandma Pearl, is an alcoholic who is very wild to say the least. She is tired of sitting at home and see hers grand daughters trip as a way out. Bates’ makes for the voice of reason and sets up one of the best, and only heartfelt moments in the film. Sandra Oh shows up in the film as Bates’ girlfriend, and is a fun little part.

All in all the film is pretty forgettable. I gave Tammy a Jeebus score of 1.5, with a .2 bonus for a surprise cameo for Tammy’s father, that I won’t ruin in case you want to actually see the film, bringing the score to a whopping 1.7. You’ll see this a lot on FX, they have the movies……