By Paul Anthony
I catch myself watching Netflix’s films more and more and it seems like they keep getting better and better and not too mention they keep getting some big names as well, as before I did a review on the Bird Box film simply because I started to hear about the challenges that were going on which basically forced me to watch the film. I recently heard about Netflix doing an Ted Bundy film. Now if you never heard of him, he was serial killer who stocked and raped and murdered young woman in 70s, he was later caught and escaped from prison a couple times and finally in Florida he was caught for good and sentenced to death which did happen in January of 1989.
It is important to note that this film was not from Ted’s point of view but his Girlfriend Liz, who for the longest time believed he was innocent until the evidence was clear and he finally confessed to her and others that he did in fact kill over 30 women. The title of the movie was creative which the film was called Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which was the words of judge Edward Cowart who was the judge who sentence Bundy to death. The film had Zac Efron as Bundy and Jim Parsons as Larry Simpson, John Malkovich as Judge Edward Cowart. Not to mention the film also had Dyan Baker and Jeffery Donovan and Haley Joel Osment. So a Pretty good cast.
The film’s story starts with Liz and Ted meeting at a bar in 1969 and shortly after that they began to date. Then out of no where Newscasts starts to pop up and talking about women missing and then Bundy being accused of theses crimes after he is pulled over. It wasn’t until the end we find out that Liz gave his name to police when she saw a sketch of the possible suspect. Through the film, which because of Liz, it seems like Bundy is a innocent man. The problem I had through this point is that we have yet to see anything Ted did that made you believe he was guilty. Though It’s from Liz’s view certain scenes did happen that Liz wouldn’t have known so why not show us something if it was tease. We get that little tease at the end the end but for me it was just a little too late.
I wasn’t much a Zac Efron fan when he was a young kid and it seemed like he was going to fall flat on his face but he has been improving and taking on different roles and he continues to shine. The best part of this film was hands down his performance. Looking over the footage of Bundy that I saw, it seems like Efron did his homework on Bundy.
With that being said I am giving this film a good three stars out of five, they didn’t blow it out of the water but they did do enough for the film to be watchable.
By Paul Anthony
I wan think about something here, how do you steal the spotlight at a art costume fund raiser? Well I think that is something we should ask Jared Leto that because for the second year in a row he is the talk of the town. Here we have it the 2019 Met gala, which is a art fundraiser that as we know it been around since the 40’s. Today it is where celebrities try to show off how artistic they can can dress and how they aren’t artistic. We have celebrities like Kim Kardashian and her sisters who want to use porn like dresses and call it art to the very Artistic Lady gaga. With that being said once again How did Jared Leto steal the show?
First like I mention Jared is on a roll, because this is the second year in a row, Last year when this event was going, he showed up looking like Jesus Christ in Gucci. It made sense because last year theme Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and catholic imagination. But this year theme was Camp: Notes on Fashion, which was a reference to Writer Susan Sontag’s famous 1964 essay which was called Notes on camp.
Leto showed up in a long sleeve silk gown which was diamond encrusted detail along the bodice. Now it was nice but it didn’t stand out, what did stand out was the decapitated Wax head that looked like him. Creepy and weird, I know right but that is called art.
As creepy as it is , I am glad he got to shine because after all this is a art fundraiser because when the Kardashians show up usually they take the spotlight because they have to be half nude and Now Kim can gloat about helping release 17 prisoners around the world in three months needless to say it was nice to see the spotlight taken away from anyone who likes to use sexual input to get what they want, Instead Creative and weird took the spotlight.
Each year this fund raiser does raise money, last year it was around 12 million but I can’t say for sure. What I can say is that they are predicting to raise 200 million when this event ends in September, which would be a new record. Either way we will keep an eye on this event to see anymore excitement comes from this. As long as true art keeps on shining we should all sit back and enjoy it!
By Paul Anthony
Now we know how the beginning of the weekend started, let’s talk about how the weekend ended. I have been a big Game of Thrones fan and last’s Sunday night episode was the battle of the living vs the dead, the Night king vs Jon Snow and his army at Winterfell and did it leave up to the hype of waiting so many years? I like to think so, it was the first long episode of the short and final season. If I had to give this episode a good 4.5 stars out of 5 stars. The action from what you could see was there. The moments you thought your favorite characters were going to die were there and of course the lost of some characters. Then the ending was as awesome as you can get and yes, this blog contains spoilers. If you are living under the rock build up was aiming for Jon and the Night King to go one on one but in stead it was Arya Stark that took on the Night King and just when you thought she was going to die she came through and killed the Night King. Theon Greyjoy’s story finally came to an end. He was task with protecting Bran from The Night King which he showed his bad ass skills and protected Bran until the Night King himself showed up and made quick work of him but not before Bran thanked him and told him he was good man. We know his story was dark one after season one but as dark as it became and the pain he went through with Ramsey, he slowly started to redeem himself. I never seen such a character arc like his besides Darth Vader himself in some ways they are same person.
The Red Witch too fulfilled her prophecy and passed away after the battle was won, she removed her necklace, she then faded into the light. The Dragons had there moment in the spotlight as well, they roamed the sky and took on each other, seemed like each dragon took a beating but they all survived except when the Night King died then his dragon went with him.
However, the hardest thing about this episode was the lightening, they made the episode dark which was by design however fans didn’t like it. Sure, we could have just fixed the lightening on our screens to see better but we were so into the episode that we did not want to miss beat of what was happening.
The ratings were off the chart with this as well in all 17.8 million people watched this episode. Which is pretty good number for episode number three of six and first of the longer episodes we are expected to get. Now this war is over they will be moving towards the war to end all wars and finally someone will take the throne for good, well at least in the end of series! We got to see what Sunday will bring us!
by Paul Anthony
Can you think of any other weekend in entertainment history that was magic like the one we just had? I’ll wait until you think about it…. just kidding, I am going to talk about this weekend regardless if you think about it or not. This weekend we had two big events, we had Avengers: Endgame getting released and we had one of the best episodes air on Sunday night from Game of Thrones. That’s right the war of the dead vs living sure did live up to the hype, after 8 years we finally got to see this battle, but I will save that for a little later but first let’s talk about Avengers first.
As I mention the event that was ten years in building finally happened, twenty-two film story arc and tons of character arcs finally came to an end and the question did it live up to the hype? The movie was long, but it was a great one, the film managed to wrap up all the original Avengers story arcs and they did give more screen time to those who didn’t have enough time in Infinity war. The action was there, which we knew would be as well as the effects which with the budget they had and just overall money they had from Disney it only makes sense that the effects would be on par. Here is a thing that did take me by storm and that is the emotions that it had. We had a little of everything when it comes to the emotions, but the best part was the sadness. Now when Iron Man lost his life to defeat Thanos it truly struck a cord with many and I mean many fans, Robert Downey Jr put on a award winning performance like no other which made sense Jr is a great actor and he has the resume to prove it.
I would give this movie a 4.8 stars just shy from being perfect because at the end of the day a film over three hours can drag a story out which it did seem like the film was dragging out the rather then build it but there is always a thin line but nonetheless if it fail on anything it would have been that part but only barely.
Now an event like this you can only imagine the money this film is making and yes, this film is making a lot of money. In it’s opening weekend worldwide the film made 1.2 billion dollars and first ever film to do so on it’s opening weekend. Even on the week days this film is making money as of today the film sits at 1.4 billion and we have yet to reach the second weekend and nothing big is opening this weekend. The Next closest film won’t be out until May 12th. We also have Memorial Day weekend at the end of the month which is far out but could keep Avengers in the top ten still, crazy I know right? Just think that is only part one of weekend
By Paul Anthony
It is the last movie in what will be one of the greatest sagas in cinema history. Star Wars Episode 9 released its first trailer and gave us the title of the film, which will be called Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker. Judging by the title and how this film is being billed as the last film in the Skywalker saga, you know this film needs to be epic. The trailer started off will the basic stuff for a teaser but then the trailer went dark and you heard a laugh which sounded like the one and only Emperor Palpatine. Soon as we heard that let’s be honest the fan base went crazy and so did I.
Then it was clear they made it official and clear that yes that was the emperor’s laugh and that he would be in the film however we don’t know though. Last time we saw him was in episode 6 Return of the Jedi. In which Darth Vader threw him down a reactor shaft because Vader at that point saw the light and became Anakin again because the Emperor was using Force lighting on Luke. At that point we assumed he did in fact died. We know in “Legends” Palpatine used clones to continue living long after Vader fulfilled his prophecy with bringing balance. But once disney took over and rebooted everything it was never made it clear we just assumed that he did in fact die.
If you are a big fan of Star Wars then you almost saw this coming, just look at what happen for Darth Maul, he was sliced in half and fell a very long way but yet they brought him back and even had a cameo in the Solo film. Even if you think about in the story sense, Siths seem to thrive on pain, Maul cut in half lived on, Vader himself had his limbs cut and was burned alive and still became one of the strongest siths ever. We know the Emperor was even more stronger then the black suit Vader so this makes sense but why did it take forty years and what was he up to these past 4 decades?
If this is the last film in the Skywalker saga, it makes sense to bring him back because it was him and his master messing with force to have Vader born. This also raises another question, Why haven’t we seen Anakin’s force ghost yet which he became one shortly after his death yet he was never seen again? I have to wonder if they are holding out on us like they did with darth maul cameo. If they do this the way fans what them to do then watch out because this film could make a run for the number one spot of all time. It is sad to say we have to wait until December for this film to be released!
By Paul Anthony
Sunday will mark the beginning of the end if you’re a fan of the HBO show Game of Thrones, I know I am. It seems like we have been waiting ten years for this season to happen but really it has only been just about a year in a half since the season 7 ended. We knew for sometime now this would be the end, well going far back as season 6 actually. All the stories of the show will come to an end, which I am excited. We know HBO wanted this show to go ten seasons with ten episodes each but sadly there wasn’t enough material to carry the load and some would even argue at times there would be pointless fillers to kill the time but nonetheless an era coming to an end.
With the season about to start we will finally see how long these episodes will be, we heard that they would be around two hours, which if they are then they need to be exciting, So what does this season have in store for us besides the season being short and episodes longer, well we know the white walker war will start, we saw that in season 7 as they got through the wall and continue to march north and now they have a dragon. We have to wonder how strong are the white walkers importantly how strong is their leader, he took down a dragon with a spear and then resurrected it and there they took down the wall that kept the living safe.
We also learn the truth about Jon Snow’s parents which has been in question since day 1. Ned Stark was stand up guy no way he would have cheated on his wife but now we know that Jon is actually Ned’s nephew and Jon’s parents is Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen which makes Daenerys Targaryen his first cousin which we know they had sex in the end. Mind you he doesn’t that just the audience and I have to wonder will he ever find out and if he does how will he react to that. Inbreeding is nothing new to the game of Thrones. Our favorite couple Ser Jaime and Cersei Lannister. we know Cersei does not intend to help fight the white walkers despite the fact that she said she would help, Jaime is still torn over the seasons he has slowly went from a bad guy to a good guy but yet his love for his sister he has remained loyal to her even when he knows she is wrong. I’m going to guess he will finally turn his back on her and join the fight against the true enemy. Bran future is still up in the air the theory is since he can time travel that he is the leader though I don’t fully believe that but we shall see because anything is possible at this point.
One of the biggest things that happen during this break was the so called leak of season 8 which claims who will win the throne and so forth. Even if theses were true plots that were leaked, I am still looking forward to see it for myself but nonetheless if you did read the leaks I would take them with a grain of salt.
It sad to see this show end but all good things come to an end, there still the possible rumor that there will be a spin off which to me won’t be the same to, now with that being said I want this season to start!
By Paul Anthony
I remember the hype for the film IT which came out in 2017, the people were pouring their emotions out that this “Remake” would hurt the franchise of IT. People failed to remember that IT from the early nineties was a mini series that was later converted into a movie format. So back to the story well the film came out and it blew our mind and we saw a classic in front of us. Now that film set the bar high for any Stephen King movies then it was announced Pet Sematary would be having a reboot. People were excited heck I was one of them, I saw the first trailer and it was the only trailer I ever saw and i knew I wanted to review this movie.
Well the dust has settled and I have to be honest I don’t think it was even on the same level IT and to me that is a shame. I don’t want to say this film was bad but the truth is that it could have been better and it was a roller coaster ride. It started the way it should and reached it peak and then fell hard. If you are looking for the jump scares this film which is a basic element any horror movie should have. Next I did enjoyed the quality of acting which was led by the talent of Jason Clarke which I am big fan of the talent he brings to the table. John Lithgow as Jud seemed to be slightly out-of-place but that rest more on the casting rather than himself. The Story seemed to be on the track but certain points in the story seemed to be rushed to get to the end of the movie. The run time was only one hour and forty minutes which may have explain the issues in the story usually theses problems go hand in hand. The effects were just about average though this was one scene where it did look like it was poorly done, since I don’t do spoilers I will let you figure it out. If you are a fan of the book and the 89 movie then you will see some changes in the two films which you may not like, for example the relationship between Louis and Jud is different in this film then the first. once again you can decide on which is better.
I am a fan of a good story and music for a horror both can really help sell a good scary movie in this case both seemed to be average which was just not good enough for the hype that was surrounding this film.
The Movie was made on 21 million dollar budget and based on friday night numbers made 10 million so the movie won’t be number 1 but could still make it’s budget by the end of the weekend and by the end of its run could be on the same pace as the 89 film. In All I would say if you have the time go and see it but for me I am giving it two of five stars and even label this as a miss.
By Paul Anthony
When we think of rap music, what do we think about? We think of people who are clever enough to rhythm words together and tell a story while they do it. When we also think of rappers we think of gangs and people who won’t think twice about hitting someone. But with that being said we intend to forget that they are people as well. Sunday the rapper Nipsey Hussle passed away but more importantly the man Ermias Joesph Asghedom passed away. You would think I am talking about two people but I am really just talking about one person.
Not too many rappers give back to the community in which they came from but Nipsey did. Ermias Joesph Asghedom was born on August 15th, 1985 and was raised in Crenshaw neighborhood of south Los Angeles. There he went to school and shined and even asked if he could be tested to join his school’s gifted program. Sadly like many youths in his area he went on to join a gang. He joined the local Rollin 60’s neighborhood gang which is part of the crips. He began to rap and by 2005 he was sending out mixtapes and finally in 2018 he had his debut album and was actually even nominated for best rap album at this past year’s grammy awards. Asghedom started to go by his stage name when a friend of his called him Nipsey Hussel which is play from a comic Nipsey Russell. But now it is sad to say the past year of his life was the best and now it is over.
Once he got the fame and money he started to give back which says a lot about his true character. he even went to officials of the LAPD to set up a meeting with trying to end Gang violence. it came to an end when 29 year Eric Holder shot him three times with one of those shots was at his head. When Eric was arrested the police found out that he shot Nipsey because they got into a personal dispute just a few hours earlier.
Sad to say that a guy who was trying to end violence in his neighborhood gets gunned down in front of his own store. he leaves behind a child, a girlfriend, a mother and father and a brother, he was a family man. I may not listen to his music but from what I read he was the rapper that we needed in the rap game. I am sure Nipsey you will be missed !!
By Paul Anthony
Over the last few months, I have heard so much about the Netflix film Bird Box. There was the movie itself and the stupid Bird Box challenge that was beyond dangerous. I kept pushing off the idea for a review of the film until now. I know it is a little late but I wanted to see this film and due to it still being popular I watched it. Now I have formed my opinion of the film and let me take a deep breath.
As I watched the film I started to be torn in half on how I actually felt about the film. There were parts of the film that blew it out of the park then parts there were parts that just hurt the film. For an example lets look at the cast. The cast was strong with some big names like Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich and B.D. Wong however they then have Machine Gun Kelly as a pointless character called Felix, Now Kelly can’t act and honestly looks like he was just busy himself which hurt the film because even when he spoke it just was bad lets put it that way.
With a movie like this in my mind when you add pointless characters added by people who can’t act, it really does hurt the film luckily his character wasn’t in the film long. Next part that I did like is the jump in time which if done right we know can help the plot which doesn’t seem to drag the story out and in this case they do a good job. We Sandra Character with kids by herself going down a river. What we don’t know how she came to be alone with the kids, the time jump helps explains why she is alone. The biggest thing I have heard about this film was it was a rip off of A Quiet Place and yes there was parts that are the same but there are parts that were different. These two films were no where a like with how Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down.
Overall we knew she would be alone but the Mass Suicide Sides were a great twisted touch. Now it was a cool touch to have the crazies as they call them to see these entities and live only to pass their message to the people the downfall was that this felt so random. The crazies weren’t in a lot of scenes, they little explain their reasons and besides that wasn’t around much.
With everything being up and down this Horror movie sits in the middle of the pack so with that being said i give it three out of five stars and would say if you have time and want something to watch then watch it!
By Paul Anthony
Can you believe Dance Moms is coming back to Lifetime! Okay Okay I know what you are thinking, you want to tell me to calm down. We can’t deny the show became a big hit in the first seven years to the point I am talking about it and I am not a fan of the Lifetime channel but when a show reaches the top the only thing it can do is go down and that is exactly what happen.
When a show gets to the top, the stars get to the top as well and that becomes a problem because the stars in this case were the dancers on the team that the show is based around. They have other talents and decided to explore that and that was step one of the down fall. The show made stars out of Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler and the Sparky JOJO not to mention NiA as well. The show also belongs to the mothers of the dancers hence the title of the show is Dance Moms which these moms used their children talent to recapture their youth since they do nothing else but “manage their children”. We love to hate them to say the very least. But there is also another star of the show and that is Abby Lee Miller.
In season 7 Abby started to become distance and seemed frustrated even beyond the normal. Then we learn she was going to prison for bankruptcy fraud and it only got worse from there. After prison she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphona then had emergency back Surgey and just last June she has Spinal Surgey and had to learn how to walk again.
It seemed like the show was over and then we got a shocker and that shocker was that after all this Abby lee Miller annouced that she would start filming season 8 at the end of january and the season will start on june 4th!
We know that there will be 8 new dancers which means 8 new moms which also means the same old drama but Abby lee also said she wants to get back to basics which I guess it means she wants the show to focus on the dancing and not the drama. However that may hurt the ratings which I don’t think Lifetime wants to see happen. However we are still a few months away so if your fan of the show then I bet you can’t wait to see what happens in this new season!