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Saturday Sequel: Resident Evil: Apocalypse

By Paul Anthony

We are marching towards April and yes we are all locked up in our house and we totally forgot that it was Women’s Month and there are so many good movies that represent women in such a strong light and one of the roles that I grew up on was of course the Resident Evil franchise when it first came out way back in 2002. So I wanted to revisit that franchise for this blog. The first film was a big hit, the budget was 33 million and the movie ended up making nearly 103 million dollars and 70 million dollar profit. It is only natural that a franchise would soon start and just two years later we got a sequel. Like all the other films that are sequels, the budget became bigger increasing to 45 million but the good news is that fans wanted to see this film and the numbers increased to 130 million for a total gross and profit of 85 million which was a 15 million increase over the previous film but was it worth it?

Let’s talk about the plot, the film picks up directly where the first film left with Alice being caption and then tested on and when she wakes after amount of time that is wasn’t made clear Raccoon City had to deal with the outbreak and crazy enough, the city was locked up and quarantine from the rest of the country. Once Alice wakes up and escapes she learns what happens to the city. Along the way she meets and befriends other survivors who want to escape and expose the truth to the rest of the world. Well of course Umbrella doesn’t wan the truth to get out there, so they set out to kill all those who want to expose them. However a higher member of Umbrella lost his daughter and wants Alice and her friends to find his daughter and he will give them a way out. of course the fight begins but Alice manages to find the little girl. It is revealed that her father made the virus for her so she could be able to walk and grow like a normal child but the T Virus was taken from him and misused but at the same time he also created a anti-virus as well which his daughter has. When the final fight happens Alice has to go up against her old friend Matt who also bonded with the virus but mutated into some form of a monster though he and her are actually being controlled however they gave her free reigns so she doesn’t know and the fight is pretty much even until Alice gets the slight upper hand but she stops when she realizes who the monster is and Matt regains control and turns on Umbrella saving Alice but then the bomb drops and we learn once again Alice survives and is recused by her friends who also survived and the movie ends when the audience learns Umbrella wanted her to escape.

Well I have to say the movie was a slight improvement over the first film and did a good job at introducing more of the game characters like Jill. They gave us a story that we could get behind with learning what the outbreak was and so forth and they gave us that little thing with having Alice be some type of program and super human. I got to say I did enjoy the action mixed with Mike Epps comedy to switch it up. Certain things like that can go a long way. In the end I have to say I am giving this film a good 90 percent or a good A and I have to say it is one of my favorite sequels so far!

What Lies Beneath Movie Review

By Paul Anthony

Well we are stuck in side and the movie studios are closed and nothing coming out, and the virus is spreading, we forgot about the fact that March was  and is Woman’s month and before all of this I was planning to do some profile blogs on some big time actresses but as we all know our lives were put on hold for a few weeks but nevertheless one of, who I believe to be a top actresses and that is Michelle Pfeiffer. Just look at her body of work to see what I even mean. I was going down her list of films and I stumbled across this film which I remember seeing when I was younger but until now I haven’t watched it recently so I figured it was better than ever to watch it and review it. Now this movie came in July of 2000 and had a budget of 100 million and made 291 million so not a bad profit for a super natural thriller.

The plot revolves around Claire and Norman Spencer. Randomly Claire hears her new neighbors fighting and the wife goes missing which then super natural things start to happen which begin to drive Claire insane and it is becoming a bother to Norman but then as Claire begins to piece things together. Norman Shows her that the neighbors are perfectly fine, Things begin to return to normal for the Spencers but the hauntings start back up and Claire investigates and learns that she is being haunted by a college female who went missing over a year ago. this point she learns that this girl was a student of Norman but there is more to the story that he doesn’t tell her. First he tells her she was a student of his but one night when she is possessed by the girl she flirts with Norman and it helps a suppress memory and she remembers one night when she came home Norman was cheating on her with the girl which Claire left but had an accident and couldn’t remember the events until now. Norman admits to the affair but denies murdering her and called her crazy and claimed she was suicidal after he ended the affair. Claire knew he was lying at this point when he called 9-1-1 and fake a phone call to the police instead he just dialed 4-1-1 then he attacks Claire with halothane, which stops her in her tracks he attempts to drown her in the tub but with the help of Madison scaring Norman. Claire escapes but is attacked by Norman and their truck crashes into the lake where Madison’s corpse which holds Norman in the water to drown him. Some time later Claire leaves a red rose on Madison’s grave.

The Movie was much longer then it needed to be. Which means they added stuff that just dragged out the plot. I did enjoy Harrison Ford’s performance as well as Michelle Pfeiffer. The jump scares were far in between and didn’t work because it was clear that you saw it coming. Other than that I did enjoy the film in the end I am giving a good B plus and hey it was good to pass the time!

 

Box Office Rundown: Update

By Paul Anthony

Hello to all of our fans out there and across the globe. I want to say from the bottom of my heart I hope all is well. I know Each week I would run down the numbers from the box office and give my predictions about the upcoming week but here is the problem the government have now started to close places like the theaters and the numbers just won’t be there, so until things pick back up at the box office this series will be on pause but no worries this series will return. Also we haven’t stop writing we will continue on with everything as the best we can do and we hope you enjoy our podcast as well during this rough time! Thank you and remain safe and healthy!

Saturday Sequel Presents: Friday the 13th part 4

By Paul Anthony

Welcome to this week’s edition of Sequel Saturday, this doesn’t happen to often, well maybe once or twice a year but we all know what this weekend is! yesterday was Friday the 13th and that means this is Jason’s weekend! Yesterday we read in Classic 13 Justin’s review of Friday the 13th part 3 so today I had to review part 4 which when it first came out and well to this day is called The Final Chapter. Now of course we know that there was plenty of Jason films after this one but much like part 3 where the series was suppose to end this film as well was suppose to end the series. Part 3 did leave a cliffhanger to where had the movie made money, they could do a fourth film. Sure enough they gave us a story that could follow part 3 and that was Jason killing random teenagers near or at the lake in which he was suppose to drown at. The movie was a hit of course, it opened in 1600 screens and made 33 million dollars off of a budget that was only 2.3 million so you knew a fifth film would come even though it was called the Final Chapter.

Let’s start with plot, here we have the film pick up directly where the third film left off. The police show up at the Higgins Haven to clean up the mess that Jason has caused and they find Jason’s body which he appears dead to them, so they send him to the morgue but at that point he wakes up and kills the nurse and coroner and he makes his way back to the area he knows oh so well. With a new film comes new teens who Jason kills off one by one to the point that they are just here to waste time. The main characters really are Trish Jarvis and her brother Tommy, we also meet a guy named Rob who seems random at first but learn Jason killed his sister in the second film and he is bent on killing Jason for good.

However Jason in the end gets the upper hand on Rob and kills him leaving only Trish and Tommy. Tommy comes up with a plan to make himself look like a younger Jason to buy his sister time to kill Jason which it worked to a degree but Tommy then notices that Jason is still moving and that is when he flips and begins to hack at Jason killing him for good. Trish wakes up in the hospital and right away wants to know if Tommy is okay and they reassure her that he is and she even gets to hug him that’s where the movie ends with Tommy having a death look in his eyes. We know this would begin a three movie arc with Tommy going up against Jason.

I believe this was one of a few Jason films that had a story to it that was somewhat decent. Jason character was never suppose to go this long and of course it showed with each film. he is a killing machine but these first four films all made sense in a way, Adding Rob to the mix was a good callback. It gave this film some purpose. The acting was what is was and you couldn’t expect more from a low budget film. Most people would give this film a bad review but I want give a good review based on other slasher genre films so in the end I am giving it a C or a good 70 percent!

Sequel Saturday presents Sister Act 2: back In The Habit

By Paul Anthony

With Black History month coming to an end, I decided to review a sequel that honestly I long have forgotten about. Whoopi Goldberg has been famous in this generation for being a talk show host and all of that fun stuff but for previous generations she was a comedian and a actress. One of her more famous roles was in the Sister Act franchise, which she played Deloris Van Cartier / Sister Mary Clarence. the first film of the series proved to be a big box office hit because the budget was 31 million and the movie grossed 231 million and when you make a 200 million dollar profit you know a sequel would soon follow and they didn’t waste no time. Just under two years and honestly it doesn’t seem like because the first film came out in 1992 and part 2 came out 1993 just towards the end of the year. Now with rushing a sequel would it be better than the first better question would it do better? Well the budget was 38 million just 7 million higher than the first film but the gross was far lower than 231 million in fact it did not even clear 100 million. The total gross came to 57.3 million which basically made it disappointment but was it really that bad?

Sometimes when a movie comes out and its a hit but the story proves that it doesn’t need to be a sequel. I felt like this was the case but here we are. In this film since the events of the first film Deloris is a headliner in Vegas and all seems to be going well until her old nun friends come to see her with some bad news. The nuns are actually teachers at St. Francis Academy where Deloris went as a child. Problem is the school is going to close if the school’s reputation does not change. So the Nuns need her to be Sister Mary once more and teach Music because the school use to be good in music, where they won awards and everything, so they need her to teach music and get these kids to sing. The problem is the school’s administrator, Mr. Crisp, who wants to shut the school down and retire. Sister Mary now has to deal with him and getting these kids to see that they have beautiful voices. In the end everything works out well because they school win the state championship in  Choir. Of course Sister Mary saves the day and the school and once again she part ways for Vegas until she is needed again.

Now I will have to say this movie didn’t have the magic and charm of the first one and jokes well flat. To be honest it felt like the cast was tired and didn’t want to return. The acting from the rest of the cast seem stiffed at times and the plot was predictable. Now In the end I am giving this film a C or 70 percent because in the end it felt like an average sequel!

Top 7 Video Game Movies

By: Justin Hopkins

I know what you are thinking. That there are no such thing as a good video game movies. That they are all bad and should have never have happened, and others may say that there is perhaps one, maybe two, but no way could I actually have found seven. True, it was a bit of a challenge towards the bottom of the list. Wishing I could just go the normal route of Top 5, but with that said, I do enjoy all seven of these films. They may not be classics, but not asking for them to be. Just want to kick back and let the story take me along for a ride, with the tools that make the game they come from so enjoyable. Before we start, there was one rule, and it’s the same as always. I can’t judge a movie without having seen it. So, movies like Rampage and Detective Pikachu, along with a few others were out of the running. Alright, with that said, lets begin.

7. Dead Rising: Watchtower

The only movie on the list to not spend time in the theaters, which for me is kind of a surprise. It also took a second viewing for me to really enjoy it as well, but they do a lot of enjoyable things throughout. Going with a new lead character in the form of Chase was a bit of a questionable choice, but Jesse Metcalfe performed really well at the rule to make us care enough about him. They way they incorporated them making their own unique weapons and having a psychopath as the main villain was wonderful. Dennis Haysbert did great as the General. Fans on the game know there is always a conspiracy going on, and his soothing voice and tone really adds to the menace when you get to the end. Would be higher on the list had they treated Frank West better than they did, but still an enjoyable film.

6. Doom

Wait, please don’t go. Hear me out. I know, they did the game wrong in quite a few places. I am not disagreeing with you there. Had they dropped all the scientific and super soldier like shot. All they had to do is keep them demons from Hell. This could have been really something. The action was great. Liked the characters and set pieces. The actors did as well as they could with what they had to work with, and that First Person Point of View shot they did is still beautiful. Respect they had for the BFG. They had a fun assortment of demons, loved Pinky, and they could have easily swapped the science bits for demons and ran everything and would easily be jockeying for the top spot, and maybe have The Rock go full on Demon at the end, for Urban to square off with. Also, watching Doom Annihilation, this one is light years better.

5. Tomb Raider (2018)

This movie had a lot of things going for me, loved the story and the dark tones and atmosphere, but what really made this movie so good for me, was Alicia Vikander’s performance as Lara Croft. That she wasn’t this over the top can do anything characters. Playing her with gritty realism of a character who was in over her head. Having to scrape and claw and fight for her survival, because she isn’t the over the top, legendary Lara Croft yet. By playing it the way she did, left her so much room to grow in the future, and thankfully, we will be getting a sequel, which will hopefully be even better.

4. Resident Evil

Yes, this series went screaming down the draining faster than even I expected it to, and the seventh one, was one of the worst finales of anything I have ever seen in general, but the first one though. That is still a good watch. The atmosphere of the lab and the music were fantastic. The zombies were perfect and the Licker looked gorgeous. Even the fact that it transformed was reminiscent of the game. Feel the danger around every corner. Milla Jovovich gave us a character, at least for this movie, felt like a character that could have appeared in a Resident Evil Game. If Paul carried this much love forward, who knows how good this run could have been after the second one, but the first, Definitely still a good time.

3. Sonic The Hedgehog

This one and entry number 2 had to of changed spots at least a dozen times and they are razor close to one another. You can check out my review for this for more details, but they hit a homerun with this film. Sonic came across in a great way. Having a hyper friendly attitude you would expect for him to have. Fun use of the rings, and callbacks to the games. While, Jim Carrey was spectacular as Robotnik.  Check it out if you haven’t. You’ll have a best.

2. Mortal Kombat

The song alone earns it’s spot as one of the best of all times. Almost impossible to say the name without trying to imitate the famous scream of, MORTAL KOMBAT! In all seriousness though, this is fun from start to finish. The fights were well choreographed and done so well. The characters all felt ripped straight from the game. The lines, as hokey as they were. All felt like something they would say. Again, if you want to hear more, can check out our review on it. Paul W.S. Anderson hit gold with this, and to many, it never got better. Well.. except for one, in my opinion.

1. Silent Hill

It couldn’t be anything else. When they take the entire opening scene of Harry chasing who he thinks is Cheryl until he is attacked by they Grey Children, and replicate it shot for shot with Rose and who she thinks is Sharon. The psychological elements are deep and great. From sins of the mother and the town being tortured by Alessa in their own version of Silent Hill and wanting to finally crush them for good. The gore was awesome and Jodelle Ferland is still one of the creepiest kids in a movie. Way she danced around in the blood raining down and then moving straight to the camera. Excellent from start to finish and wears the crown as best video game movie.

Do you disagree? Feel free to let me know in the comments. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed, and as always…

Thank you for reading.

 

Box Office Rundown 2/24/20

By Paul Anthony

Here we are new week and new predictions, last weekend we saw the release of The Call of the Wild which stars Harrison Ford and CGI animals, which is funny because I think we had another movie using CGI animals and a big name actor. The Movie was going up against the surprise hit Sonic. The biggest question is could Sonic hold the number one spot with many predicting that Ford’s movie would come in at number 1 and the winner is Sonic The Hedgehog. The Call of the Wild came in a close second only lost out by two million. Even though Sonic is the repeat winner we do have some losers this week first we have Fantasy Island which went from three to 7th and the biggest loser is The Photograph that went from number 4 last week to number 10 this week. And now the rest of your top ten!

  1. Sonic The Hedgehog, 26.300 million
  2.  The Call Of The Wild, 24.820 million
  3.  Birds Of Prey, 7,005 million
  4.  Brahms, The Boys 2, 5.900 million
  5.  bad Boys For Life, 5.860 million
  6. 1917, 4.400 million
  7.  Fantasy island, 4.185 million
  8.  Parasite, 3.121 million
  9.  Jumanji: The next Level, 3 million
  10.  The Photograph, 2.800 million

Now here are the predictions for the next box office weekend!

  1. Sonic The Hedgehog
  2.  The Call Of The Wild
  3.  The Invisible Man
  4.  Birds of Prey
  5.  Bad Boys For Life
  6.  Brahms: The Boy 2
  7.  1917
  8.  Fantasy Island
  9.  Parasite
  10.  Jumanji: The Next Level

Sequel Saturday Presents Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

By Paul Anthony

Recently Johnny Depp has been in the media’s eye for abusing Amber heard well that is what she claims but then a tape got recent and it was Amber who was the abusing luckily the truth came out and cleared Johnny’s name. So With that being said I decided it was time to review a Johnny Depp movie and then I decided on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Here is the run down, Dead Man’s Chest is a direct sequel to the first film which is The Curse of the Black Pearl, which came out in 2003 and grossed over 650 million dollars from a budget of 140 million. Which back then was a pretty good amount, by today’s standards that would be the low point where a movie should be at. Nevertheless a sequel was coming. Three years later we got Dead Man’s chest. Like always the budget got larger it went from 140 million to 225 million which is an increase of 85 million, did it pay off for them in the end? Well it sure did  because it grossed over a billion dollars and ended up becoming the highest grossing film of the series only the fourth film came close to it. it’s one thing to make a lot of money but another to live up to the film so the question is did?

The film starts with Will and Elizabeth wedding which comes to an halt when they get arrested for allowing Jack to escape at the end of first film. At this point I would have to assume the events of the first film was only a few months ago because it couldn’t have taken years for Lord Cutler Beckett to arrive and arrest them. At this point Will’s father Bill visits Jack on his ship to reveal that the debt he owes Davy Jones needs to repaid which Jack made a deal with him years ago to raise the Black Pearl and jack would join his crew for 100 years or 100 souls, this debt was something Jack was never going to repay and forgot all about it. Commodore James Norrington who gave Jack a one day lead to escape is on the run and disappears but is also set to be arrested for his action. All Three men want Davy Jones’s chest which contains his heart for their own goals some better than others. Will wants the heart to free his father and Jack wants it to free his debt and Norrington wants it so he can join the navy again. The adventure begins and they have a good one on one on one sword fight but Davy Jones’s crew catches up with them and battle begins and at first Jack runs away when the Kraken is released Elizabeth realizes the monster only wants Jack so she tricks him and chains him to the ship which allows the others to escape and Jack goes down. Its not long after that we learn Norrington won the battle for the heart and rejoins the Navy. The group now decides to rescue Jack but first they need a captain whose been there and the resurrected Hector Barbossa to lead the way and the film ends.

the film overall did get better but did seem at times that they couldn’t figure out when to actually end the film but found the perfect ending. The story had a good twist with the good guys not truly winning, which was gambit if this film would have failed. The highlights for me was the sword fight and the ending of course but other than that there wasn’t too much magic that carried over from the first film. In the end I am giving this film a good high B grade or 89 percent.

Academy Awards Winners are!

By Paul Anthony

Here we are again another award show honestly the biggest one of the season and to say it was a dud would be an understatement. Every year it does seem like that this show does take a hit. They went without a host and jokes went over people’s head and the speeches were predictable and there were enough of weird moments and the crowd was basically falling asleep, well I was but then a surprise performance by Eminem which woke the crowd but if you missed the show here are the winners of this years Academy Awards!

Best picture
1917
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Winner= Parasite
Ford v Ferrari
Best actress
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Winner= Renée Zellweger, Judy
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Best actor
Winner= Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
Best director
Winner= Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
Sam Mendes, 1917
Todd Phillips, Joker
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Music (original song)
“I’m Standing With You” from Breakthrough
“Into The Unknown” from Frozen II
“Stand Up” from Harriet
Winner= “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4
“Glasgow” from Wild Rose
Music (original score)
Winner= Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
International feature film
France, Les Misérables
North Macedonia, Honeyland
Poland, Corpus Christi
Winner= South Korea, Parasite
Spain, Pain and Glory
Makeup and hairstyling
Winner= Bombshell
Joker
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917
Visual effects
Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
Winner= 1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Best film editing
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Winner= Ford v Ferrari
Parasite
Best cinematography
Winner= Roger Deakins, 1917
Rodrigo Prieto, The Irishman
Lawrence Sher, Joker
Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse
Robert Richardson, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Best sound mixing
Ad Astra
Joker
Winner= 1917
Ford v Ferrari
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Best sound editing
1917
Winner= Ford v Ferrari
Joker
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Best supporting actress
Winner= Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Documentary short feature
In the Absence
Winner= Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha
Documentary feature
Winner= American Factory
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland
Best costume design
Sandy Powell & Christopher Peterson, The Irishman
Mark Bridges, Joker
Arianne Phillips, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Winner= Jacqueline Durran, Little Women
Mayes C. Rubeo, Jojo Rabbit
Best production design
Winner= Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
The Irishman
1917
Jojo Rabbit
Parasite
Live-action short film
Brotherhood
Nefta Football Club
Winner= The Neighbors’ Window
Saria
A Sister
Best adapted screenplay
Steven Zaillian, The Irishman
Greta Gerwig, Little Women
Winner= Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes
Todd Phillips & Scott Silver, Joker
Best original screenplay
Rian Johnson, Knives Out
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Winner= Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
Animated short film
Dcera (Daughter)
Winner= Hair Love
Kitbull
Memorable
Sister
Animated feature film
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link
Winner =Toy Story 4
Best supporting actor
Winner= Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Box Office Rundown 2/10/2020

By Paul Anthony

Welcome back to another week of where we find who made it to the number 1 spot and who came up short. This week we saw the release of Birds of Prey which as predicted debuted at number 1. However the problem is the numbers were underwhelming with barely making it to 34 million but with international numbers which saves a lot of movies to worldwide gross came to around 81 million dollars. Another winner in my eyes has been Knives Out this movie last week was out of the top ten only to be back in the top 10 and been in the top ten for most of it’s box office run which started at the end of November. We can’t have winners without Losers though only one of these two films are actually an loser both Gretel and Hansel and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker fell three spots though both remain in the top ten. This week will no doubt shake things up a bit because we have three new movies joining the box office with one being a big name. We have Sonic the Hedgehog which is predicted to be number and then you have Fantasy Island and The Photograph. 2020 hasn’t been all that kind to horror films so it will be interesting to see how well Fantasy Island will actually do.

  1. Birds of Prey, 33.250 million
  2.  Bad Boys For Life, 12.005 million
  3. 1917, 9 million
  4. Dolittle, 6.660 million
  5. Jumanji: The Next Level, 5.553 million
  6. The Gentlemen, 4.180 million
  7.  Gretel and Hansel, 3.510 million
  8.  Knives Out, 2.350 million
  9.  Little Women, 2.325 million
  10.  Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, 2.226 million

 

Predictions

  1. Sonic
  2. Birds of Prey
  3. Bad Boys for Life
  4. Fantasy Island
  5. The Photograph
  6. 1917
  7. Jumanji: The Next Level
  8. The Gentlemen
  9. DoLittle
  10. Knives Out