By Paul Anthony
We are in the month of award nominations and we are about to kick off award season. First up in the award season is the Golden Globes which will air January 5th, 2020. So who are the lucky ones with the nominations? Well I got the list for you!
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)
Ben Platt (“The Politician”)
Paul Rudd (“Living with Yourself”)
Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Christina Applegate (“Dead to Me”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Kirsten Dunst (“On Becoming a God in Central Florida”)
Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama
Brian Cox (“Succession”)
Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”)
Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”)
Tobias Menzies (“The Crown”)
Billy Porter (“Pose”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama
Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”)
Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”)
Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”)
Reese Witherspoon (“The Morning Show”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Christopher Abbott (“Catch-22”)
Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Spy”)
Russell Crowe (“The Loudest Voice”)
Jared Harris (“Chernobyl”)
Sam Rockwell (“Fosse/Verdon”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kaitlyn Dever (“Unbelievable”)
Joey King (“The Act”)
Helen Mirren (“Catherine the Great”)
Merritt Wever (“Unbelievable”)
Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”)
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Loudest Voice
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Patricia Arquette (“The Act”)
Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
Meryl Streep (“Big Little Lies”)
Emily Watson (“Chernobyl”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”)
Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)
Andrew Scott (“Fleabag”)
Stellan Skarsgård (“Chernobyl”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)
Best Television Series — Drama
“Big Little Lies”
“The Morning Show”
Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy
“The Kominsky Method”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Dolemite Is My Name”
Best Motion Picture — Drama
“The Two Popes”
Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language
“Pain and Glory”
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”
Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”)
Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won (“Parasite”)
Anthony McCarten (“The Two Popes”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Steven Zaillian (“The Irishman”)
Best Original Song — Motion Picture
“Beautiful Ghosts” (“Cats”)
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” (“Rocketman”)
“Into the Unknown” (“Frozen II”)
“Spirit” (“The Lion King”)
“Stand Up” (“Harriet”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”)
Anthony Hopkins (“The Two Popes”)
Al Pacino (“The Irishman”)
Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”)
Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Kathy Bates (“Richard Jewell”)
Annette Bening (“The Report”)
Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”)
Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”)
Margot Robbie (“Bombshell”)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Daniel Craig (“Knives Out”)
Roman Griffin Davis (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”)
Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”)
Best Motion Picture — Animated
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“Toy Story 4”
Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Christian Bale (“Ford v Ferrari”)
Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”)
Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”)
Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)
Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”)
Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”)
Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”)
Renée Zellweger (“Judy”)
Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Awkwafina (“The Farewell”)
Ana de Armas (“Knives Out”)
Cate Blanchett (“Where’d You Go, Bernadette”)
Beanie Feldstein (“Booksmart”)
Emma Thompson (“Late Night”)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Daniel Craig (“Knives Out”)
Roman Griffin Davis (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Leonardo Dicaprio (“Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood”)
Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”)
Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite is My Name”)
Best Director — Motion Picture
Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”)
Sam Mendes (“1917”)
Todd Phillips (“Joker”)
Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Now here are the shows and movies that have more then one nomination!
The following films received multiple nominations:
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Two Popes
Dolemite Is My Name
The Lion King
Pain and Glory
he following television programs received multiple nominations:
Big Little Lies
The Kominsky Method
The Morning Show
The Loudest Voice
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
By: Justin Hopkins
Dashing rapidly through this holiday season and we come to our next holiday horror movie, in hopes of finding the elusive holiday spirit, in the form of a 1997 classic, Jack Frost. A festive thrill ride that gets talked about a lot this time a year. May have gotten panned by professional reviewers, but is a rather beloved B Movie Gem. The fan base alone managed to power it to a sequel. Does it deserve the accolations though? Let’s dive in and discuss shall we, and see where Jack Frost lays.
Story starts out with a bit of narration from an exaggeratedly sounded little girl and creepy old uncle. Telling her the story of Serial Killer Jack Frost, while the screen pans over a Christmas Tree and credits on ornaments. Finishing with him saying Jack is set to be executed at midnight and we just to him being transported to his execution. Showing off his lethality, by killing a guard while shackled, to get his cigarette. The truck collides with a GCC truck, allowing him to momentarily escape. Before he can kill the guard though. Gets doused in acid and melts, but the acid bonds him into the snow on a molecular level. As he disappears. The snow begins to bubbles, rises, and he escapes. We jump to Sheriff Sam Tiler, returning from a trip with his family. Haunted by the memory of Jack. He was the small town Sheriff who busted him and his threat to kill him, his family, and the town. Relieved to see the clock pass midnight and relieved by him thinking Jack was gone. He goes through the accident scene, but doesn’t think much on it. We see a bit going on, but not much. Jumping to the next day, we meet Sam’s family. His wife and idiot son (More on that later) and we go through the towns folks. Setting up Jack’s threat from earlier. Ending with him getting to the police station and finding out, Old Man Harper is dead. He call the FBI and gets Agent Manners, who lies about Jack being dead, and we see him talking to Stone. Learning more about the acid. Back in town, the townsfolk are already up in arms and ready to hunt the killer down. Fueled by the shopkeep. Slashing the price of ammo, in a scene that made me laugh. Back at Sam’s house though. His son is confronted by a group of bullies who want to use the drive to sled ride..on straight ground. When one gets to close, Jack, in the form of the snowman attacks, and lead bully gets his head cut off by one of the metal sleds. Of course, no one believes him, and later that night. Jack takes out the bullies parents and this is where the movie gets rolling and perfect place to stop for those who haven’t watched yet.
I gotta tip my hat to writer director Michael Cooney, the writer director, because he managed to do so much with so little to work with. As corny of a story this was, he really made it work quite well. As a horror comedy movie. Knew when it was time to laugh and when to be serious, wove it together perfectly. Snowman jack looked good and utilized him so well. The deaths were gory. Particularly when Jack was dissolved by acid and when Tommy was spiked by icicles. The bathroom scene was so over the top, circled right back to funny again. Good moments of foreshadowing, with the Oats and the woman’s conversation about being the star on the christmas tree. Michael Cooney knew exactly what kind of movie this was and brought them together the best he could, and think it would have suffered without him.
On the casting side, think there best was Scott MacDonald, was picture perfect. His voice work was awesome, and that was so needed for a killer snowman, but at the start, when he was human, he excelled. We didn’t get much, which was a shame, because he carried himself with sadistic poise and believed he was every bit as lethal as they feared him to be. Would almost been nice to see more of that version, but it did help carry over to the snowman version. Along with having the likes of Christopher Allport playing the protagonist Sam. Able to bring out the small town sheriff in a likeable way. Coming across as the guy who loves his town and knows every single person on a personal and friendly way. Such a pure good guy who is rocked and traumatized by his brief time around the pure evil Jack. Chris and Scott not only played well off one another and elevated one another in the process.
Even the support cast was pretty decent. Shannon Elizabeth played Jill and her death scene will probably be what will be one of the most remembered scenes, but her and Tommy’s undressing scene was hysterical. Rob LaBelle did a good job as the weasel Stone and the over the top agent was made special by Stephen Mendel. No one seemed out of place and played as people you would expect to find in a small, hick town.
Alright, on to the negatives. The biggest one, being Sam’s son, and this might very well be on me, but that kid seemed a little to old to not know he shouldn’t put Antifreeze in food. Feeling like the writing got a bit sloppy around him quite a bit. The food being the biggest one, and then again with the whole bully situation. I get that him saying the snowman did it was something no one would believe, but the Jack’s arm hangs out for a long while for everyone to see and why are they sledding on flat ground anyway. I don’t dislike the kid, but anytime he was present. Just knew something dumb was soon to follow.
Some of the jokes tend to fall flat from time to time. I don’t mind them. Not bashing them for making the jokes. Just weren’t that funny. Don’t read much into this complaint, cause it never ones breaks my immersion, but just something that I wish was a little better.
This movie has always been high up on my viewing list for this time of year. It is corny and over the top, but it is so much fun. The people in the town are relatable and Scott makes Jack a credible threat before the transformation which is such an underrated value. Would gladly suggest this film to anyone who hasn’t seen it yet. Perfect movie to watch this time of year.
Thank you for reading
By Paul Anthony
Here in this blog we are soon approaching the first full month of Disney Plus and I sat back thought man I should review this streaming service that had so much hype. This streaming service once had the nickname Netflix Killer just like how Netflix killed the rental industry. So did it really have that type of impact? My answer is no in the end Disney plus is great but never lived up being the so called Netflix killer. I’ll break it down for you.
Day 1 here we go people were so excited since we heard stories of all the shows they were going to have but the problem most of those shows weren’t actually finished just yet. Sure we had a few new shows and few movies, the biggest show that is taking center stage is the Star Wars show The Mandalorian with the bounty hunter who has no name yet and baby Yoda which isn’t his name but that is what everyone is calling him. When they bought Fox we knew the Simpsons would be on their way to Disney plus and sure enough they were on there. Yet Family guy wasn’t once again there is a fan base that is lost that Disney didn’t jump on. As a Marvel fan I am exciting for all the Marvel shows that are coming yet they were no where near ready which is bummer. We all know we love to binge watch shows on these streaming services and I get it Disney wanted to be different but not having resume feature at first was a joke. They did add this feature but only after the fact when the fans started to cry that this didn’t make sense and they were right. How could they could they miss something so simple, I’m not sure.
Last also go back to the launch and how it nearly crash the website, I get that certain things you can’t predict but you should have expected people would flock in the millions to sign up and log in and right off the bat watch their favorite shows, I mean Darkwing Duck was trending at one point and I loved singing the Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers song over and over again. If there is one thing Disney plus did was it brought back our childhood but that is all, no it is not a Netflix killer as many people called it, truth is as of right now it is another streaming service with great content at a cheap price and in the end its the cable companies that need to worry not Netflix.
By Paul Anthony
Last week I reviewed Rocky 2 and I gave it high remarks and I don’t think anyone would disagree with me. As we know the Rocky franchise began to shift away from Rocky the Boxer to Rocker the trainer storylines where Rocky is now a supporting character rather then the main character, there the series brings in Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed whos is the son of Rocky’s former rival turn friend Apollo Creed. Now I must have to admit I never saw the first Creed film and I am disappointed in myself but I am sure I will see it sooner or later. In some ways Creed 2 storyline followed Rocky 2 where the boxer now has to deal with fame this time Adonis didn’t retire and lose money no he became the champ and lived a pretty good life. Now the film received pretty good reviews and made a good profit. The film was made from a 50 million dollar budget and grossed 214 million, which was a increase from the first film which grossed 173 million dollars so a modest increase.
Now the film takes place 3 years after the events of the first film, Donnie since that lost is now on a 6 match winning streak gets a shot at the title and wins the title. Life is going good until Rocky’s old enemy who killed Apollo Creed, Ivan Drago trains his son to become even a bigger machine then he was, Viktor Drago starts to win fights and thanks to a snake of a boxing promoter they bait Creed into a fight with Viktor. Ivan meets up with Rocky and reveals he lost everything including his wife because of the fight he lost to Rocky. Creed agrees to the fight but Rocky doesn’t want him to do and soon they part ways. Creed proposes to his girlfriend Bianca, life gets even better when he learns Bianca is expecting their first child, Creed begins to train without Rocky and then the fight takes place and Creed barely surviving the fight suffers from major injuries and it is clear that he is about to lose however because of a dirty hit Viktor gets disqualified, Creed remains the champion but has a long road to recovery. Viktor realizes that Ivan wanted this fight for himself to get the fame he once had in the end Viktor doesn’t care about the people who left them behind but still wants the title and they begin to campaign for a rematch. Creed in the mean time battle his inner demons and even reconnects with Rocky who once again trains him for the fight, the fight takes place in Russia and at first Viktor gets the upper hand but Creed continues to fight back and wears him down and soon Ivan sees his son is now on the losing end of the fight throws in the towel and tells him its okay. The movie preaches the importance of family. Donnie brings his newborn daughter to his father’s grave and Rocky reconnects with his son and meets his grandson, life moves on.
This move had great acting to it and I loved the character development it made me feel the pain the characters emotions and how they are dealing with what comes their way, this is my favorite part of the whole film and with everything on the wall I have to give it and A or a 93 percent. Creed 3 might not happen instead Rocky might be training a new boxer which could set up a cameo of sorts, we shall see what the next film will be!
By Paul Anthony
Welcome to another addition of Roundabout where we talk about stories that may have went under the radar but let’s not waste anytime. Now this week we saw a release of some great movie trailers, we saw the release of the first trailer for Black Widow, which is slated to be in May of 2020, needless to say the trailer was awesome and honestly I wouldn’t release any other trailer, we know the story will take place after Civil War when she is on the run. Next we had a favorite of mine and that was the trailer for Daniel Craig’s final Bond film No Time To Die. Once again it was another good trailer and if this is the end I am looking forward to it. The last Big trailer at least for this week was the latest trailer for Mulan. Now I have yet to watch this trailer but Disney is on good streak and to think this won’t good would be so far from the truth! Wonder Woman 1984 is set to be released Sunday night and this trailer will have my attention, I thought Wonder Woman help DC turn the corner, It raised the bar so I am very excited to see where this sequel goes. Now this week we also saw the first poster for the new Ghostbuster’s film and even a title but when will a trailer be released rumor is sometime next week and as for the title? Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
Now remember this whole Justin Timberlake cheating thing, well this week he finally broke his silence about holding hands with another woman other than his wife, well he did apologize in a public statement and blamed it on alcohol and preached that it was innocent and nothing else happened. I believe though I disagree with it holding hands is a no no but if he speaks the truth then his family will remain intact.
When I was younger I use love Jersey shore but then I grew up and they brought the show back in the form of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation which was basically them doing dumb stuff but older now. Snooki revealed today on her podcast that she is retiring from Jersey Shore and won’t be back for season four if there is one. I know most of the highlights from the show had to involve Snooki if she sticks to her word then no doubt the show will take a hit and in this case then that wouldn’t be a bad thing.
Over the past week it was revealed that two judges left the hit show of America’s Got Talent and those two judges were the horrible Gabrielle Union and Juliane Hough left the show due to racism and so forth, rumor is that Union took offense to a joke that Leno told when he was on the show and explain how producers commented her looks as well as Hough’s looks. Are we really that insecure that we can’t take jokes, I guess so. Now with that other claims with Union with racism I hope they turned out to be not true considering the show’s history, in the end though I didn’t think they were good judges, the show made them look good with judging because this season had so much stand out talent. Well there you have it in this week’s Roundabout!
By: Justin Hopkins
I have been pretty hyped for this show since the teaser dropped. Which sort of feels like so long ago. Admittedly, about 50 percent of my excitement was seeing Poison Ivy, but the other 50 was excited to see the direction they were going with Harley. Whose fan base has not only grown since her debut, but has seem to hit a fever pitch since Suicide Squad, and has a pretty decent library of solo comics to nitpick from and is a great character for an adult show in her own right. Excitement growing even more when they said she would be seperated from Joker as well. A character that she has outgrown by leaps and bounds and doesn’t really need anymore. With it finally debuting on Friday, lets recap and discuss and see if it lived up to the hype.
The Episode opens up with a group of rich people on a yacht. Celebrating their new found wealth that they stole from the poor, when Harley interrupted. Planning to steal the money. Wasting no time in making you know that this is an Adult Series, with swear words flying and when one guy laughs at her. Saying they aren’t afraid of Joker’s Girlfriend. Earning him a graphic broken leg from her mallet. Before she can have her big moment however. The host rips of his face and it is Joker. While they are taking care of the guys, have an argument. Showing Harley wants to be more than a Sidekick, and Joker finds that to be hilarious and doesn’t want bothered. Batman shows up, and Harley is tricked into taking the fall. After a conversation with Commissioner Gordon, who is going crazy and Batman. Where she is certain Joker will break her out of Arkham by the end of the night. We jump three months ahead, and she is still waiting. Poison Ivy is trying to reason with her, but isn’t having it. We get two more time jumps, where even more are jumping into the mix. Riddler, Killer Croc, and pretty much every other prisoner is telling her, he aint coming, but she is steadfast. Even when Ivy has her plants running rough house and breaks her out. Still believes he is coming. Back at Ivy’s house, and a delusional conversation with herself. Is ready to break up, but is once again manipulated back to Joker’s side, and that is where I will leave off with the story recap to not spoil too much of the ending.
This was so worth the wait. As much as I want to see Harley on her own adventures with her own set of supporting characters. Starting off with the separation was the best way to go. Showed her first steps down her own path and was a creative way to show her transition by shedding off the iconic jester outfit, for the one she brandished in Rebirth. Even had a special moment of her getting the baseball bat. Ending with her walking away, with no found confidence and want to know what is in store next.
Voice acting was spot on throughout. Was little worried when the first announced Kaley Cuoco as Harley, but put those worries to bed with the teaser, and was spectacular in episode one. Really bringing out what makes Harley special. The frantic whirlwind of emotions that are packed into her character. Funny and dangerous and so much more and Kaley hit them all. From the lighthearted moments with Ivy to the deeper one, where her memory is being proven wrong. Kaley brought out the best of all of it and is making this character her own.
The casting was great beyond that though. Diedrich Bader is an interesting one for Batman but is pretty funny in his delivery. I hope we see more of Stan Rash’s Riddler, but my favorite of the group, maybe even more than Kaley; was Lake Bell’s Poison Ivy. I loved her portrayal of Ivy. Her attitude toward Joker and love of her plants and her relationship with Harley. Chemistry she has with Kaley is apparent and a huge plus.
And the part that had.. a fair bit of my anticipation and that was Poison Ivy. Loved how they handled the dynamic between the two. A popular tandem in comics, and they nailed a big detail about the couple that I don’t hear very often, and that was Harley playing a big role in Ivy’s growth. Before they met, Ivy pretty much hated the human race, and everyone in it. Meeting Harley however is what started changing her perspective. Whether or not that she was her therapist, like they were in the show, I am not sure, but loved the fact that they included that here. Hope we get a lot more of these two throughout the next few episodes.
Last positive, is the animation style. Very much of its own thing. Colors going through a wide spectrum. Doesn’t try to be the usual stuff we would see from an animated Gotham and helps out considerably. Fight sequences are well down, and the gore enough to be fun, but not overdone.
Negative wise, I hope Frank is a one off. He was funny for about a minute and got old really fast. I doubt we have seen the last of him, unfortunately. Just hope that it is used sparingly, and in the same vein. We get it, you are R rated. You really didn’t have to try so hard for it. Small nitpick, just some jokes are used just to be funny, but are just dumb attempt at pushing the envelope a little to much. Nothing that takes away from the enjoyment, just something that stood out a little too much at times.
With all that said, I am thoroughly satisfied with the first episode. If you ever need a reason to get DC Universe, this is definitely is. It’s a fun ride, with tons of gore and brutal fights, and a lot of funny moments, with just enough emotion underneath. Voice cast brings the characters to life in glorious fashion, and highly recommend checking it out.
Thanks for reading.
By: Justin Hopkins
It is that time a year. Getting that much more colder out. Shopping is at a fever pitch. Christmas lights and holiday stress abound and nearly every movie is packed to the rim with feel good cheer, and not that there’s anything wrong with that, but from time to time. Want to kick back and watch those same holiday traditions be turned into murder weapons in some good gratuitous forms and luckily for us. December is teeming with some excellent shlocky B Movies for us to jump right into. Going through the list, 2005 Santa’s Slay jumped out like a beacon of hope. Going in hoping for a fun ride and got a blast in return. Let’s break down this holiday gem and discuss shall we.
Movie opens up with perhaps the worst family of all time. Wasting no time in declaring we will soon be killed and you will love it. Rich guy married to a young woman, who is having an affair with the Daughter’s Husband and everyone is spoiled rotten and racist to boot, with a yappy little dog who has it’s on bed. Enter Santa who starts his rampage by booting the dog into the ceiling fan and taking each family member out in brutal fashion. From using a star off the tree as a ninja star, to drowning another in a bowl of eggnog after catching her on fire, and my favorite, the husband jumps up, yells ” You want some” and after a series of bizarre hand motions and gets booted into a china hutch. It is all very silly but sets the stage perfectly for things to come. That it’s not taking itself seriously and Santa is a wrecking ball. From there, we go a a Deli in Hells Township. Where we meet our main characters Nicolas and Mary. Nicholas is being berated for his saracam by a rather mean old woman, who throws out insult after insult, and soon after she leaves, is run off the road by Santa’s Sleigh, being pulled by the angriest looking… Buffalo. They call it a reindeer, but looks like a buffalo to me. Anyways, back at the store, the Deli Owner gives them gifts, including a clock that plays toward the end. We go and meet the Grandfather that most people in town call crazy and being that he built a stocked bunker in the basement, and all seems to surround the fact that it is Christmas. He starts to explain, but is interrupted by a visit from Mary. An evening that goes bad when she gets into an argument with Nicolas. After she leaves, he picks back up the book and reads that Santa is the son of Satan, and after he lost a bet with an angel, had to turn the day of slaves, into the day of giving for one thousand years. A bet that had officially run its course this year and while this was going on. Santa was tearing his way through a strip club. A lot more gruesome kills mixed with some jokes. Some stuck, but some didn’t. Still fun though. Then, the next day, Christmas day we see two smart mouthed kids get their heads blown off by gifts brought by Santa. Then, his rampage takes a turn from sporadic to focused, on Nicolas and his Grandfather. As more is learned about what happened a thousand years ago and won’t spoil anymore, cause if you haven’t seen it, you really should.
This movie really embraced what it was, and that was a fun movie. It is not a ” Good ” movie by any definition, but it didn’t have to be. From the over the top kills to the stupid jokes that were very much, hit or miss. The strip club scene is a pretty good example of that. Was just a fun movie from start to finish. To the point where it is almost hard to put into words. The chemistry between the actors was evident from how well everyone seemed to work off the other. Cgi was comically bad, the head pops on the kids were a bit dumb, but we also got ones that looked great like the tree star kill and the deli clerk getting speared through the glass bar and then hung to the wall, by a Hanukkah Candle to the neck. Everything they did just seemed to work.
Casting Bill Goldberg as your main villain was a big risk. Wrestlers have made some good actors, but not very many, but he filled this role perfectly, by playing directly to his strengths. He owned every scene that he was in. Used his massive frame to intimidate and destroy everything in his path, with goofy one-liners. Some were more cringe worthy than others but since he either did something awesome or about to do something awesome. I am kind of inclined to give him a pass on it. Big props to whoever worked on his suit. I don’t know much about Nordic religion and Yule, but his Suit definitely seemed to come from their traditions and looked beautiful and worked perfectly for the Santa they were going for.
Then you had Robert Culp who did a good job as Grandpa. Then you had Douglas Smith as Nicolas, and was nearly a negative for me. His character was just so inept and everything he said was so dumb… then Santa smacked him in the face with A Christmas Carol, and it dawned on me; he is supposed to be the dumb character, and it was Mary, played by Emilie de Ravin was the one keeping him going, and she was a terrific character by herself, but they worked so much better. She was a more mature rounded character to his more naive teenager, and they kind of felt like two real teens in this sort of situation. Like when they were discussing going on the offense, but were so loud they never got out of the school, and when they were hiding in the shelves, but in front of a mirror. Which in itself, made them more adoring. They were just two kids in a dangerous situation who don’t know what they are doing.
I also really enjoyed what they did with the credits. Adding the naughty or nice list to everyone’s name. Not just actor wise, but stunt coordinators and animal handler. Helped bring attention to unsung people behind the camera and made you pay attention to who was naught and who was nice just to see where everyone ended up.
Negative wise, besides the bad jokes and spotty CGI that I already discussed. Was the end. They didn’t really seem to know how to end this. I am glad they didn’t kill him or lose another bet, but maybe should have just ended on the kids, after it was revealed that he set the pastor up to die in his place. Showing him in the airport, getting a Plane Ticket to the North Pole was a bit overkill. One bad joke to many. This does have a post credit scene that is a hundred percent fan service, with him looking at his list and saying, Who’s Next. As a wrestling fan, definitely enjoyed it but again. Really not needed though.
This was just a fun movie all the way around and in my opinion, the perfect way to start this month. A ton of Christmas themed deaths, with a terrifying Santa in an awesome suit. If you haven’t checked it out, would highly suggest it.
Thank you for reading.
By Paul Anthony
Okay now I love Mafia movies I really do and I love Mafia movies made from Martin Scorsese. I love Goodfellas and Casino and even The Departed. When I heard about this film I was excited I mean who wouldn’t just look at the talent leading the way. Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino and you had the normal Italian actors playing the Mafia roles. Like many Mafia movies it tells a story at a slow pace and builds a good strong character development which is a key to the success of this type of movie but this film had one major problem and that was it just didn’t know when to end!
The Movie tells the story of Frank Sheeran or his nickname is the Irishmen, but it is from his perspective which many don’t fully believe but anyway he tells his story that he was a war veteran and became a truck driver by trade but began to sell his meat from his trucks to local Mafias and when he got caught, they bailed him out then that’s when he began working for the mafia as a hitman. The film then shifts to a time where he becomes friends with Jimmy Hoffa and sadly because of Hoffa wouldn’t listen to the Mafia, Frank who try to warned him had no other choice but to kill him, which historians and detectives dispute this claim and bunch of other kills Frank claims that he did.
The Movie made not be the most accurate film but it this did come from Frank himself which many claim that he was lying but no there is no evidence that says he wasn’t either. I won’t knock the film for that because he was telling the story and they wanted to tell Frank’s story then this is what he told them. Now there is a issue I have with casting and that was they casted Anna Paquin as Frank’s oldest daughter Peggy, the woman is seen for a few minutes and not given one line yet she is the reason for Frank confessing everything, I don’t know if they were on a tight budget because they used most of it to de age the main cast for their flashback scenes and all they could get was Anna with no lines to me this just seems like a waste of casting and money to that matter. Frank made had a long story to tell rather it was fact or fiction but this movie didn’t need to tell every single word of it.
In the end I am giving this film a B or 83 percent, I liked it and thought it had a lot of good going towards it but the poor casting of a few people and the length just ruin it to me but if you have time and I do mean if you have time then take a watch!