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The First Annual Jeebus Awards Podcast

For years I have written my own blogs giving out what I call The Jeebus Awards. For the first time, The Jeebus Awards are now available as an Audio Podcast!

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The Revenant

My last film for the 2015 Jeebus Awards goes to a film that was on my most anticipated of the year, The Revenant! Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, and Domhnall Gleeson. I was very disappointed when I found out I had to wait until January 8th to see this film. Living in Dallas is hindering my movie reviews. However, it was worth the wait guys. Will this be the film that finally gets Leo the Oscar? I think so, I’d even put money on it.

The Revenant tells the true story of Hugh Glass(DiCaprio), a hunter with a crew on a mission for pelts in the wilderness, who was attacked by a bear, and left for dead by the man who supposed to bury him, John Fitzgerald(Hardy). Glass tracks his way across the wilderness, injured, on the verge of death, all in hopes to avenge his son’s death caused by Fitzgerald.

This film is incredible. First off, the acting. Every single star is incredible. I have no doubt about Leo taking home a statue, finally. And Hardy, at the very least, a nomination. These two were at the top of their game this go round, as they really normally are. The only negatives come from Hardy at times falling back on his go to voice. But that’s not anything that takes away from the film.

Now even though I firmly believe Leo will be taking home the Oscar for best actor this year, the true wonder and amazement, and for lack of a better word, star, of the film is the light. What’s that you say? The light? What are you talking about BC? Well in case you do not know, visionary director Alejandro G. Inarritu, who brought us last year’s iconic Birdman, gives us another iconic vision. He used nearly all natural light while filming The Revenant. If they didn’t get the right take in the short amount of time the sun was perfect, then that’s that, we shall wait for the next day. The cinematography is truly breathtaking and awe-inspiring. You are fully immersed in this incredible vision he has painted us. By using the natural light, and seeing what they did, it’s no wonder Tom Hardy had to drop out of Suicide Squad. And while I would’ve liked to see him back in a DC property, he made the right choice.

My only negatives are truly nitpicking. Leo’s character seems to be impervious to the frostbite, and heals rather quickly. While the fight he puts up to survive is gritty and intense, and real, he becomes rather nibble for a man in bear attack. And an attack that is gruesome and violent in its own right. While the use of natural light was beautiful and effective, a few scenes by firelight do not produce enough light to truly film. This is where Alejandro had to use a few lighting techniques and since they are in contrast to the majority of natural light, they stand out. As well the film can drag a little; this is not the high voltage revenge thriller you might expect it to be. It is a true character piece. And while that did not really bother me, I can see it bothering some.

All in all it was an incredible film. One that needs to be seen on the big screen. So go make it a double feature weekend, catch Star Wars again, followed by The Revenant, because the Revenant gets a score of 4.5 with .5 bonus for the beautiful cinematography and amazing shots and score. That gives us a Jeebus Score of 5.0. And what say you Jackass Nation? What is your favorite Leo performance? Are you excited for The Revenant? And don’t forget to Tweet me your favorite film of 2015 vote for Viewer’s Choice at the Jeebus awards with the Hashtag #JeebusViewersChoice. It is what it is!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

It Is What It Is, with The Jackass! Episode 14: Worst Films of 2015 with Jason the X

On this week’s episode of It Is What It Is, BC is joined by the host of SCNS Live Jason The X. They talk the beginings of SCNS Live, bringing BC in as the Intern, a short review of WWE TLC, and they list their worst films of 2015! As well, final thoughts before Star Wars The Force Awakens!

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God of Thunder vs The Great White Whale

It’s the god of Thunder, vs the ruler of the sea. The Mighty Thor has once again traveled to earth, and is pitted in the fight for his life against the great white whale! No but seriously, its Thor vs the whale that inspired Moby Dick? And he has Spidey along for the ride, as well as the Scarecrow before he went mad! That is awesome! Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson take to the sea in Ron Howard’s new film.

In The Heart Of The Sea tells the tale of the of the crew of the whaling ship The Essex in 1820 as they encounter a whale of monstrous size that leaves them stranded at sea. With nothing but heart to carry on they fight to survive the deadly ocean, all while being stalked by the monstrous beast below. A true story that inspired the incredible story we know as Moby Dick.

First off this is a great movie; I see why they pushed the release back to December in hopes of Oscar buzz. It could garnish sum. I don’t see it truly winning any Oscars, but it definitely could sneak in for a nomination or two.

There are two main stories going forward. The first being Herman Melville (Whishaw) pursuing Thomas Nickerson (Gleeson) in the twilight of his life about the story. These scenes were so well done. SO much heart portrayed by Gleeson has he recounts the horrific tale to the would-be author. They really found a way to make what could have come off as boring dialog, very intriguing and riveting. These two grew a bond in being the only person to truly recount the entire story, to the only person to hear the true story.

Then they return as the film grows to the action. This will go down as one of Thor’s best performances I think. It will rank up there with Rush. The fearless first mate fights to prove once again he is worthy of the captains title, while a young captain (Walker) furiously begins his own legacy to his legendary name. The crew fight hard, none more than young Nickerson (Holland) the cabin boy, looking to grow up, maybe a little soon. The tension is high, the drama is deep, but it’s fun. It literally had me on the edge of my seat as the story unfolded. It even made me want to go read Moby Dick. Imagine that.

The visuals are beautiful, in the scenes at sea, there are times you dive under sea and see dozens of whales. And it is amazing to see. However the problems lie in the green screen. Terribly noticed green screen. You see this amazing whale, that looks amazing, but it never feels like he is really there. There is not a ton of character development early on, so you don’t really identify or connect to the characters other Tom Holland’s character.

All in all this is a pretty cool film. I don’t think it will ultimately get any Oscars, but it may get a few noms. It gets slow at times, and you don’t feel the weight of the situations. The portrayals are good, and whale is cool, and there are good times to be had. I’m giving it a Jeebus score of 3.5. But what say you Jackass Nation? Have you read Moby Dick? Are you excited to see Thor vs the Whale? Sound off in the comments below, and remember, it is what it is!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

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Victor Frankenstein

I walked into this film ready to hate it. The marketing, or rather a lack of, has been terrible. The trailers looked awful, plus the Universal Monster type film has not had the best track record as of late. The Wolfman, I, Frankenstein, and Dracula Untold. Not great movies. However, I look at every movie I see with a hope that it will be great. No one WANTS to sit down and watch a movie that they hate. So all though I preserved it to be bad experience, I checked that emotion at the door, and sat down to judge Victor Frankenstein with an open mind. And boy was I surprised.

Though Fox has not had the best year, thank you Fant-4-stic, this one had a promising crew. Even with a less then seasoned director, Paul McGuilan who focuses mostly on television, he did pump out a film I really liked in Lucky Number Slevin. Also Victor Frankenstein had Max Landis in its corner as a writer. Landis while a pretty eccentric character in his own right has a brilliant mind when it comes to putting a story down. And to top things off, the film stars young Professor Xavier and Harry Potter. That’s right; James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe take the reins of this adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel.

Victor Frankenstein follows a circus hunchback who is rescued by Dr. Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy), and given the alias of Igor (Radcliffe). Frankenstein sees a genius in Igor and works to bring it out in him. Helps him fix his back and assimilate into society, as much as Frankenstein himself is any way. Soon Igor realizes that the though the Doctor has the best of intentions he might be a little out of his league. And as the authorities’ breathe down their neck, they work to create life out of nothing. When Frankenstein is driven mad by the project Igor must fight to save his friend from his own monstrous creation.

I was honestly worried about this film going into it. That was not just an opening line. I have wanted new adaptions of classic Universal Monster films for quite a long time. And have yet to be satisfied by the likes of what we have been given. However, this film really surprised me. It is it fun, and exciting, and keeps you on the edge of you seat. A very intense high powered action film. Missing the horror aspect that ideally I would like for it have, and few minor story issues, but not enough to really take away from the film.

A well shot and crafted film makes it a fun experience. Crisp shots full of color and great set designs transports you back in time for the genuine time piece type of film. No shaky cam, and when action sequences start it is pretty fun to see. I walked in with a buddy of mine who said he was expecting a “Sherlock Holmes” type of feel to it, to which I was very confused and doubted. Yet the opening scene had me second guessing that opinion. It almost felt like a Guy Richie inspired film. Weather that was McGuilan’s idea, or simply coincidence I don’t know, but it worked very well.

The cast was great. In my eyes, other than the leads, most unknowns. With Andrew Scott, Mark Gatiss, Callum Turner, and Daniel Mays filling in rolls, all of which I have not really seen, heard of, or remembered from other works. However they filled their roles flawlessly. Charles Dance pops up for a fun little cameo, and then there was Jessica Brown Findlay as Igor’s love interest Lorelei. She was good in the role, but the role itself I will delve into in a moment. More Importantly are the two leads. McAvoy and Radcliffe. These two had great chemistry and played off each other very well. It was very fun to see their interactions, even if said interactions seemed very reminiscent of Professor X with his students.

No movie is perfect, and this one sure isn’t. It does have its share of problems. Though I enjoyed the film I definitely feel it could have been better. The Love interest, played by Findlay, is completely unnecessary for the film. Seems like they put the part in just because “we need a girl”. I honestly felt it hurt the film more than anything. A storyline involving a cop, which is rather rushed, and has no real power to it. We are meant to care about his quest to find out the truth about Frankenstein, but they never really give us a reason to care.

As well Victor Frankenstein is a monster movie, without a monster. There is a great sequence midway through the film with a well-crafted monkey created by the doctor, but his iconic monster does not show until well into the third act. An act I feel was very rushed. There is a lot of character development between the Doctor and Igor, but then the film because a mess in an attempt to bring it to a close. They don’t show you much of the creation of the monster. And when he finally is created they quickly go into an action sequence that ends the film on a quick note. With no real explanation or clean up to issues between our two main characters.

All in all, it is a fun film. A film that you can take an afternoon to go to the theater and enjoy. Maybe one you might pick for a movie night with family when it hits the red box, or Netflix. Is it going to win any awards? No, probably not. Is it going to really be a staple when asked about the movies of 2015? Not really. But it will be a fun time sitting and watching. It has its high notes. Im giving Victor Frankenstein a Jeebus score of 3.3. But what say you Jackass Nation? Sound off in the comments below! What is your favorite rendition of Frankenstein? And remember, it is, what it is!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

CREED

Creed is an incredibly passionate deep and intense film. It takes what you loved about the original Rocky and brings it back to life. Never settling for anything less than an incredible writing, the story takes you on an emotional rollercoaster of fun, excitement, drama, and even a twist or two of nostalgia. But never so much that it takes away from its own identity. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, and Tony Bellew. It is written, produced, and directed by Ryan Coogler.

I spent all day rewatching the entire Rocky Franchise. Yes, even the dreaded Rocky V with Tommy Gunn. This franchise is one that helped shape my love for film. Growing up with Rocky seeing him become this bigger than life hero, yet always remain the good hearted man he was. His story is one of triumph, and gives us all something to strive for. If you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth! A lesson I have always taken home form the one and only Champ. And now a new saga begins in the shadow of Rocky. The Story of Creed. The illegitimate son of Rocky’s greatest foe and ally, Apollo Creed. And while this is in fact a Rocky film, it is no longer his story. It is now Creed’s legacy.

It’s not very often a film comes a long and can truly suck you in. A film that makes you completely forget you are watching a movie and makes you feel like you are there. And Coogler and his team have done just that. Whether you are sitting with Adonis in a cell, or training alongside of him. This movie takes you for a ride you will not soon forget. The struggles that Adonis goes through to find his heart, to prove to himself that he is worthy of the name that is Creed, you take those steps with him. Coogler has done an incredible job on this script. From the editing bay, to the actors, to the sound mixing, to framing ever single shot perfectly.

I’m going to start with the negatives, because they are few and far between. The love story, while I understand what they were going for was a little on the shaky side. There are a few scenes between Adonis and Bianca (Thompson) that where a little dry and stereotypical. Welp now that I got that out of the way…

Amazing film. The story is so true to the original Rocky. It’s not necessarily a sports film, but a drama with sports in it. You follow Jordan’s character as he struggles to find his heart. This mirrors so perfectly the original film. With Rocky putting on his Mickey hat, and properly this time, you really feel a connection between the 2. The chemistry was perfect, no one could have played this role any better than Jordan did. While a few aspects of the love story are little weak, you still feel the chemistry between Bianca and Adonis as well.

All movie long I sat with a grin on my face, and had I not known already, I never would’ve guessed that this was the first Rocky film not to be written by Stallone himself. Coogler who worked with Jordan in 2013’s Fruitvale Station knows how to write to his strengths. And Jordan is at the top of his game because of it. Stallone as well is at his best. When Rocky falls ill, there runs the risk of overuse. However Stallone’s performance, and Cooglers direction and shots use it perfect. Not as a gimmick, not overbearing, but just enough that it pulls on your heartstrings, and gets it point across that is dire situation. There is no beating you over the head with a message, other than in this story, we fight.

Movies were made for the big screen. There is no other feeling like sitting in a packed theater, with sound system on point and everyone going for this ride together. And Creed is no exception to this. Matters a fact, if you only see one film in theaters, go see this. Grant it I have not seen Star Wars yet, the impact of this film in the theater is amazing. The sound mixing alone is worth the trip to the theater. I know I know, movie jargon, but the way they shot this film, you feel as if you are in the ring with Adonis. You hear the sound coming from over your shoulder as Rocky shouts out to him frim ringside. Ever hit, every fall, you feel it with you entire body. And by the time it is all said and done, you are sitting on the edge of your seat as if you are watching your favorite sports team or fighter in action.

Creed has by far taken my top spot as best movie of the year. Not only that, but in my opinion, takes the top spot of the franchise. Dare i say best sports film in the past decade. If you have the opportunity to go out and see it, scratch that, make sure you have the opportunity to go see it. This is the perfect film to come out over Thanksgiving weekend, and with any hope, we can move forward and see more of the story of the son of one the greatest boxers the world has ever known. Not only that, I put to you, That Sly, might get himself an Oscar Nom.

I don’t want to give much away. This is one that you need to experience. Whether you are a lifelong Rocky fan like I am, or a casual fan or you’ve never seen a single Rocky film. You will enjoy this. All the performances are top notch, the direction is incredible, and it has you sucked in from the moment the film starts.  I’m giving it a score of 5.2, plus a .4 bonus for the feels, and the excitement. That gives us a Jeebus score of 5.6. Well what say you Jackass Nation? Are you excited for Creed? What is your favorite Rocky moment? Sound of in the comments below. And remember, It is what it is!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

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007: Spectre Nation

Bond is back, and I’m not even going to try to build up suspense, he is showing us why he is the best spy in the game! Daniel Craig returns as 007 along with Ralph Fiennes, Batista, Lea Seydoux, Naomi Harris, Christoph Waltz, and Ben Whishaw. Once again directed by Sam Mendez. Growing up a Bond fan I have come to expect a certain level of fun, and near perfection from James Bond films. Have I been let down? Most certainly, Die another Day, Quantum of Solace anybody? But Spectre is by no means a letdown. It is not a perfect film, but it is a fun Bond adventure.

After the events in Skyfall we find Bond (Craig) on his own personal mission to hunt down an organization that has been brought to light. Lead by a power hungry mad man (Waltz). With the help from the only people he can trust, but against their wishes Bond must do what he does best. Save the girl, stop the villain, and save England and the World.

There is a lot to enjoy about this film. Most notably the cinematography. Spectre is probably the most beautifully shot Bond film I have ever seen. From the very opening scene, this starts off with an incredible one shot, all the way down to the action sequences, and the major finale. Every scene, crisp and clear. No shaky cam. Not wasted visuals. Perfectly framed, perfectly lit. If Spectre is to follow up Skyfall with its own Oscar nominations, Cinematography is its spot to do so.

Another high spot of the film is Daniel Craig. Craig has become James Bond. He will go down in history as synonymously with the name of Bond. Much like the only actor to surpass him as Bond, Sean Connery. You no longer see Craig on screen, when you the movie opens you see bond, you feel Bond. And make no mistake about it; this is the most Bond that Craig has been.

While Skyfall paid great homage, and had many through backs to the Bonds of the past, Spectre is a Bond film. The drinks, the gadgets, the car, the villain, the plan, the Henchmen. Batista is the best Bond henchman since Oddjob. Used perfectly, and is very intimidating. The storyline is by far the most Bond, the insane plot, the ever so infamous villain monologueing. It goes back to the old school Bond formula, but it works extremely well in film.

Christoph Waltz is one the greatest Bond villains ever. Unfortunately you don’t get to see much of it. This definitely is my major negative on the film. The few scenes that Waltz’ character is in, are intense, and gritty, and beautiful. His introduction rivals Javier Bardem’s. The back and forth he has with Bond in various scenes is incredible. Some of the best dialog written. But he is literally in maybe 3 scenes of the film. Built up to be what seems to be a new interpretation of Dr No, is wasted with very little screen time.

Another negative involves the story. They through in this sub plot that feels like it is only there to move along the story. As well the sub plot is precisely the exact story of Mission Impossible Rogue Nation. Which I could not stop focusing on all film long. It constantly felt like I was watching a remake of MI5 in a James Bond film. I feel these scenes could’ve been scrapped in favor of more substance on the criminal organization, or more screen time for Christoph Waltz.

My final negative is also a positive. While I loved Lea Seydoux as our Bond Girl, the character was not well written. It was as if the writers just wanted to make sure you knew she was a female James Bond. And she was the One for Bond. Look, I am a Bond fan. I grew up on this. I’m reading the books. There is only one, the one for Bond, and that was Vesper Lynd, Maybe an argument can be made for Miss Moneypenny. But I don’t need you to force a romantic interest on me. It comes off feeling unnatural. Especially in a Bond film.

All in all, Spectre is full of action, and is a fun ride. The music is great, despite the fact that I was not a fan of the opening titles theme. The cinematography was beautiful. Craig is perfect as Bond, and the rest of the cast was great with what they were given. It just needed a few more times in the rewrites department. I will also say, i was not a huge fan of the finish. While this was the most Bond of the Daniel Craig films, the finish was not very Bond to me. But I’m giving Spectre a Jeebus score of 3.6. But what say you Jackass Nation? What are your favorite Bond moments? Sound off in the comments below, and remember, it is what it is!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

Paranormal Activity The please for the love of god be the last dimension

Using a special camera that can see spirits, a Ryan and Emily Fleeges must protect their daughter from an evil entity with a sinister plan. Joined by Ryan’s brother Mike, and family friend Skyler, they attempt to survive and make sense of what is happening around them, including mysterious tapes that eerily connect them to a young Kristi and Katie.

Ok guys, I am going to try and give you as much as I can on this, but there’s simply not much to say. Paranormal Activity The Ghost Dimension is the 5th and alleged final installment of the Paranormal Activity franchise. And to the thought of this film putting an end to the franchise, all I can say is it is about time.

This was not a good movie. And I am a horror movie fan. Every year I watch nearly 100 horror flicks leading up to Halloween.  Today, I spent the entire day revisiting the entire Paranormal Activity franchise. I watched them all before going to see The Ghost Dimension. Did that help or hurt my feelings on the film? I cannot really say. All I can say is that this was just bad.

Before I get into what was so bad let’s talk the few positives. I was unaware that I was walking into a screening for a 3d version of the film. I am not a 3D fan. However they had a good use of 3D on this one. It was space and used as a background effect rather than trying to make everything 3D. They also didn’t do what a few of the more recent films had done and linger on a setting for a long period time with no payoff. Nor did they take too long to get into all the jump scare action. Very little set up. But honestly, we don’t go to these films for the set up.

That said, this was garbage. The film stars Chris J. Murray (discount Luke Wilson), Brit Shaw, Dan Gill, Ivy George, Olivia Taylor Dudley, and Michael Krawic (discount John Malkovich). It is directed by a debuting director who served as an editor for the past 4 films in the franchise, Gregory Plotkin. The actors and crew while not completely horrible are just kind of plain. There is nothing memorable about their performances, nothing to make this film stick out in your mind at all. At least I remember the feeling of watching Katie and Micah go through this torture. I felt afraid when Kristi and Katie were haunted in their room. This go around, there’s a pretty blond. And then some basic people.

While we don’t go to these films for a spectacular story, in the film meant to be the definitive end to the Paranormal Activity Franchise, there is no end. No wrap up, same old cliché cliffhanger ending. And to be real, you got the game twisted if you think for one second I believe this is what they have in mind for an end. The explanation is lacking and all it really succeeded in doing was pretty much making more plot holes.

Speaking to their attempt to end everything and tie things together. They add in some exposition on what exactly happened to the girls, Katie and Kristi, after their Grandmother took possession of them in the 3rd installment. But then does nothing to tie up the loose ends of where they went from there. It leaves the entire story of Robbie and the family from the 4th installment completely alone. I still have no idea where that kid came from. The Marked Ones is not touched on at all. The end might be left to interpretation of what became of Toby, but there are still loose ends. Which once again leads me to believe this isn’t the end.

The gimmick they have thrown in for finally being able to see the activity is pretty cool. Actually giving Toby a shape through this magical camera the family has come across was pretty interesting. However it also takes away some of the fear that not seeing the entity the first film had. While most of the sequels have not lived up to the fear the original placed in us, I feel that they have for the most part been fun. Now, between the last film and this one, it has gotten a little boring, and there is absolutely no substance.

The first film was special. While franchises like Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and even Saw, may have drug past their prime, they always found a way to go and stay entertaining. This franchise does not have that magic. Relying on the found footage genre is not enough to keep these films going. Though I have no doubt this will make money because that’s what they do. They are made for very cheap and have an audience. However at $10 Million The Ghost Dimension is the most expensive of the franchise. With not much to fight at the box office this weekend, despite it being a poor film, I could see it still making its money. Which in turn will churn out another of these terrible films.

There is really not much to say. Paranormal Activity The Ghost Dimension is a waste. If you like the franchise you might have a little fun with it, but even then I doubt it. There are a good amount of one liners in it. I think I laughed more at them then I jumped at the cheesy predictable jump scares. All in all, don’t waste your time. We going Jeebus Score of 2.1, hey that’s better than The Seventh Son! Well what say you Jackass Nation, you looking forward to this “final installment”? What is your favorite film in the Paranormal Activity franchise? Sound off in the comments below. And remember, it is, what it is.

IT IS WHAT IT IS SPECIAL EPISODE! STAR WARS TRAILER BREAKDOWN!

I am geeking out folks cause they released the official full trailer for Star Wars! and it is awesome!

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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs stars Ashton Kutcher as the title character, wait, no, that’s not right, that was 2013. Steve Jobs is the 2015 version of the film! While Kutcher did a phenomenal job (pun intended) portraying the mind behind Apple, he did not have the amazing team that this film has behind it. Steve Jobs stars Michael Fassbender, Magneto himself, as Steve Jobs, with Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak in a film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin. Like I said, Kutcher didn’t have the team.

This film was plagued by all sorts of setbacks. Going into pre-production with David Fincher set to direct, and Christian Bale to play jobs, it hit its first set back with Fincher leaving. Then Bale decided to pass on the project. Boyle came in and wanted DiCaprio to star. Who eventually passed. Bale came back and accepted the role, then left the project months later. With Jessica Chastain, Ike Barinholtz, and Scarlett Johansson all vying for roles they all eventually dropped and passed. Sony then dropped the project all together and Universal picked it up with started negotiations with Natalie Portman to join the project. She then passed. Eventually its current cast was set and production was finally underway. I never thought the film was coming.

But now it is here, and by here I mean limited release here. It is only playing in I think 2 theaters here in Dallas. Last weekend it was just 4, 2 in New York and 2 in LA. So we have a little wider release this week, and then a full wide release will hit theaters October 23.

Question is, is did all the drama affect the movie? How is it? Well in going to tell you. Unlike its Kutcher counterpart that selected random event throughout Steve Jobs’ life, this film focuses on 3 events. 3 separate days. The days leading up to his 3 biggest announcements, and all the drama and planning that went on behind the scenes.

First off, yes, it is freaking amazing. At first I was bothered by Magneto playing Jobs. Because I did not see Jobs. I saw Fassbender. Almost with a little mixture of Robert Downey Jr. in there. I know, weird. But that’s all I could focus on. But as the film plays out, Fassbender begins to disappear. You get over it, and you can see Steve Jobs. In the performance. The character becomes too much to ignore and you forget about the actor, and you see a character. Not necessarily the person, but you see the character. And it is astonishing. This is another performance I would chalk up to the Best actor category. Not a winner, but a nominee.

Everyone else is incredible in their roles. Honestly, even though I knew it was Kate Winslet, She was immediately gone into the part. And Seth Rogen is little bit of his normal self, mixed in with a great performance. But the second nominee for this film is of course Jeff Daniels. Between the Martian and Steve Jobs that guy better take home the damn supporting actor statue. True story.

The way it is filmed is a work of art in and of itself. Danny Boyle perfectly adapts Sorkin’s script. Especially filming act 1 in 16 MM, Act 2 in 35 MM, and Act 3 in digital. As Jobs brings out the next evolution of technology, the film grows with you. It may sound like a gimmick, but it works in this instance perfectly. And Sorkin is at his best with this script. This is a walk and talk, dialog heavy film. And it flushes out every single character beautifully.

The only real negatives on the film would be the neatness that a few things get wrapped up. But in a film adaption that is going to happen. Especially with a project like this. But it still leaves the door open that maybe not everything is tied up perfectly, but perhaps settled for the time being.

Steve Jobs can become his own genre of film. While Jobs itself was not fantastic, it was entertaining for Kutchers performance. And now, this film is a remarkable top tier film. I’m giving it a Jeebus score of 4.2. Go out; go see it next week when it goes wide. But what say you Jackass Nation? Are you an Apple User? Did you enjoy Jobs? Are you excited for this film? Sound off in the comments below, and remember, it is what it is.

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.