By Paul Anthony
Okay where do I start with this honestly, I am trying to wonder why Netflix keeps making movies with Adam Sandler because at first they were but funny. I mean you could watch them and have a laugh or two but then over time the films have gone down hill, all the way down to this film Hubie Halloween. Now if you thought Jack and Jill was bad, then I have news for you that was good movie compared to this. I almost want to break my normal review format and just say don’t watch this because it is that bad but I still have a job to do and I am going to do it.
In this film we meet Adam Sandler who plays Hubie Dubois who is a lonely Deli worker that lives at home with his mother. Hubie is a nice shy person but gets picked on by everyone in the neighborhood. now at some point his mother now gets tired of telling him to defend himself because he just lets people get way with it. When the bullies start to go missing Hubie sets out after the police who are tired of hum and makes him an official member of a fake unit. he sets out to find out what is going on and of course even when he is trying to help people the other people still make fun of it until they even disappear. All of the events leads Hubie home and there he sees the bullies tied up and finds out that his mother is behind it all and wanted Hubie just to stick up for himself, though he some does the bullies still find a way to make fun of him until they are about to die and then they say they are sorry and find the error of their ways and then just at that point Hubie’s mother disappears making it seem like she was a witch. A year later he moves on with his life and even gets married and becomes the mayor of Salem.
I seriously couldn’t wait to finish this film. The cameos and callbacks to Adams hit movies were a good touch but that is all I can say. The movie barely had a plot and Adam Sandler plays the same character that he has always played and it is getting boring to be honest. Honestly there was brief period where I just stop following the movie because it was beyond stupid to me and I have watched stupid movies but this is the worse one. The sad thing is that this film was dedicated to Cameron Boyce, who starred in Grown Ups one and 2 . In the end I am giving this film an D for a rating and that is being nice. I thought this would be a family movie at least but it wasn’t if your bored then give it a try other than that you’ll be wasting your time watching this.
By Paul Anthony
How quickly can things change for a franchise. One movie was pretty good and now this film. It is like two different stories regarding the film. Now count this as part part two of my weekend with reviewing this series. Let’s keep in mind that this franchise was most likely never meant to be a franchise. At least that’s how it seems to me. The script was on ice for three years and then it became a good film which I did enjoy and gave it a good review, as quickly as I heard of the first film I then saw this film and thought hey why not let’s check it out and well let’s look at the plot first before I say anymore.
The film picks up two years later and Cole is now 14 and a junior in high school. Since the first film no one believes Cole and even his own parents decide that he needs help and maybe then he will tell the truth of what really happens that night. the only one who believes him is his only friend Melanie who now has a boyfriend named Jimmy and his friend Diego and also Boom-Boom . At insult injury Cole has a new classmate who is a total Badass named Phoebe. Just when Cole ready to be shipped off, Melanie decides have him run away to the lake where the teens are having a party, which Cole agrees to, there at the party Cole stumbles in room on a boat where he witnesses Melanie and Jimmy and Diego kills Boom-Boom, which they reveal they are part of the cult as well and now then out of nowhere the cult members return from the dead to complete their mission of killing Cole in order for them to be basically reborn and love again, It is at this point Phoebe comes in the room seeking gas for her Jet ski which Cole uses that as a way out and they escape with the cult members both old and new chasing after them. Once on land Coles reveals everything to her in which he believes she won’t believe him but in a shocking twist she actually does and shares her own personal horror story in a bonding moment and trying to fight off the cult they end up having sex but are caught shortly after that and with the demons taking their blood in which they drink it, they begin to die off and they realize that the two innocents had sex making them no longer innocent. At this point Bee returns to fight Melanie which Bee wins and sets Cole and Phoebe free. Bee tells Cole that it was him confessing his love to her that made her see the light and have a change of heart though she is still a demon she decides to drink the blood which kills her for good. in a Mid credit scene on the beach Bee’s book shows up and is still intact waiting for someone else to find it.
Okay let’s look at some terrible issues with this plot. One Cole is 14 in the 11th grade how is that even possible, next Melanie is in the same cult but when did she join and why. Next Bee looks like an angel but yet she attacked a Fire fighter at the end of the first film so when did she decide to have a change of heart instead of seeking revenge. To me this was clear that there was never meant to be a sequel and they did one on the go which causing the plot to be messed up. the same humor and cast was there but that’s as much of a positive as I can say about the film and sadly giving this film a D for a rating. For everything they did right in the first film they did wrong in the second film.
By Paul Anthony
We are in one of our favorite months of the year, where we love talking about everything that is horror but recently I have been looking into the the new age genre of Horror Comedy. Still not the biggest fan of this but then I came across this film on Netflix and it began to peek my interest so I decided to review this film. Let me make a note here that for this week Sequel Saturday will be the direct sequel to this film, so almost called this part one of the weekend blogs.
The script for this film has been around for a few years now and appeared on the 2014 Black List which rates scripts and labels the best ones that haven’t been produced. With that being said the script turned into a movie just three years later.
The movie revolves a pre teen named Cole who seems to be a shy but smart 12 year old. Sadly he gets picked on from the school bullies but then one day he is saved by an older girl who reveals herself to be named Bee and they develop a friendship though Cole begins to have a crush on her and even begins to forget his only friend Melanie, who actually has a crush on him, though he doesn’t realize this until the end. One day Cole’s parents go out for the night and Bee then becomes not only his friend and his crush but now his babysitter. Bee and Cole has a little party just the two of them, which she hopes he passes out but Cole didn’t take the drugs or alcohol that she had given him. Melanie encourages him to spy on Bee because her friends come over and are playing spin the bottle. Here we meet Bee’s friends, Sonya, Max, Allison, John and Samuel. We quickly learn that Samuel is new to the group and he barely knows them but wins a chance to kiss Bee and just as they were about to kiss Bee stabs him in the head. We learn that Bee and her friends are part of a demonic Cult which feeds on the innocent, which is why she befriended Cole but they learn that Cole is awake and chase after him but he passes out and he awakes tied up and they reveal themselves to him but the cops come thanks to Melanie but the team takes care of them quickly. Cole escapes once again and one by one Cole kills each member until its just Bee and him. Bee tells him the full truth how she sold her soul to the devil to get whatever she wants and in return she must spill the innocents blood but then she decides that she wants Cole to join her but Bee is ran over by Melanie. In her dying breath Cole reveals that he loves her which makes Bee cry before she dies and Cole shares a kiss with Melanie. In the post credit scene a Fire fighter is attacked by BEE.
This felt like a truly a new age film to me and that’s not a bad thing. They mixed in a good story of coming to age but that just used comedy and horror to tell the story. I do think this film has done a good job of using all the elements to tell a story and make a film that all ages can enjoy! In the end I am giving this film a B for a rating and think its a good movie to watch!
By: Justin Hopkins
My knowledge on Sherlock Holmes is minimal. Besides the Robert Downey Jr. movies, I only read a few of the books. I know much about Enola Holmes. Didn’t know she existed, until the trailer dropped, but looked pretty good and a fan of Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill so was pretty hyped for the release. Opting to go in blind so I wouldn’t be trying to compare and enjoy the story the movie was trying to tell and now that I watched. Lets dive in and discuss shall we.
We open with Enola riding her bike through the country side while talking directly to the camera. Explaining her life with her Mom. Her name being purposely named Enola because it is alone spelled backward. She was taught to always think and watch and read classical, intellectual books. On top of sports and fighting and one day, her Mother was just gone. Leaving behind a simple gift for Enola. She didn’t really know her brother Sherlock and Mycroft. To the point they didn’t recognize her at the train station. Mycroft is horrified to see the house in the shape it is and how Enola acts and plans to send her to a Boarding School. Even sending for Miss Harrison, head of a boarding school to break her and build her into a proper woman. While, Sherlock’s job is to find Mother. After a little push from Sherlock, she looks into the gift and finds clues that leads her to a wealth of cash and another clue that leads her to London. Laying clues to try and send Sherlock into the opposite direction and hopes a train to London. Where she encounters soon to be Lord, Tewkesbury. On the run from his family and a man who wants to kill him. Enola is reluctant to help him at first, but manages to save him and ditch the assassin by leaping off a train. After making it to London they go their separate ways and she continues to search for her Mother. Showing that she may have a lot of strengths, but city life is not one of them. Getting conned into a disheveled place to stay. strats to follow leads from a tea room to an abandon warehouse where she discovers her Mother had been making explosives. A little distracted by this, misses the return of the assassin from the train, till her head was underwater. Managing to fight out of it and brawling their way through where she manages to get rid of him after setting off the gunpowder. Back in her room, decides that she can’t just leave Tewkesbury, putting her investigation to the side to help and save Tewkesbury, and that is where I will leave it for now.
Enola Holmes was an interesting story. Had humor, an intriguing adventure, coming to own story. With two separate mysteries entwinned in both and Enola was just the perfect person to go through it all with. She was likeable character who was easy to get behind. Wanting to see her get through all the obstacles facing her. A world not kind to women like herself, the best detective in the world on her trail, Scotland Yard, and whoever is trying to kill Tewkesbury. All while trying to find her Mom. Barring that least learn to cycle. The Tewkesbury Mystery. Should have seen it after the conversation with the Grandmother, but went right over my head.
Millie Bobby Brown was tremendous as Enola. Brought out the very best and very worst of Enola. How capable she could be in her own right, but how easy things go over her head when dropped in the city. Growing throughout and that’s largely due to Millie’s Performance. Helena Bonham Carter was fun as Eudoria. Want to see so much from her in sequels. Somewhat of a mysterious character that I want to learn so much more about. Henry Cavill was amazing as Sherlock Holmes. Had the charisma and deduction down. If they came out and said they want to do a standalone with him, I would be all for it.
For what it is worth, Sam Claflin did well as Mycroft, I just found him to be incredibly boring. I get where they were going with his character. Being a brash old schooler who though women were nothing more than people to marry, breed and be seen. All of which she was already going through in the real world. Having it at home was just overkill and couldn’t really tug on the emotional side cause they didn’t have a relationship with one another in the first place and that was all he was.
A much smaller negative, was her constantly looking at the camera and talking. About eighty percent of the time it was fine and made the movie unique. Her winking and asking the camera questions though was far more cringey then anything else. Like I said, small negative and won’t actually complain about it. but one that was still present.
Had some fun with Enola Holmes and would suggest giving it a watch. Great characters throughout, compelling mysteries and plenty of room to grow from her. Looking forward to seeing where they take Enola from here. Hoping for new characters and more intricate mysteries, seeing how where her and Sherlock go from here and with more coming out about her Mother. Final Grade – A
As always, I hope you enjoyed and….
Thank You For Reading.
By Paul Anthony
Netflix has no doubt made a name for themselves with making documentaries and in fact I will watch them over and over again. However this one has to be one of the more powerful ones I have watched and its crazy because it is only 4 episodes long. Which to be honest may not be long enough, if you want each victim to have a voice and share their story of how they got sucked into this Jeffrey Epstein drama. But at the same time they told the story that we had to know about how this guy used people and his power to get away with whatever he wanted.
The show starts basically telling us who Jeffery Epstein was and how he came to be, basically we learn from earlier on that Jeffery, does have one good ability and that is being a con man. We see that he is too smart for his own good because he uses his ability to rise up in the society and gain power and watch he got that power then he began get the money, that we all dream of. The Second episode we see the people he is connected when he gets away the first time, basically serving a fraction of jailtime. We begin to see that his sweet plea deal was his connections pulling strings and getting him off on the serious charges. The third episode we now see his chamber which is actually a full island in the virgin islands. We also learn through these first 3 episodes that he uses his power and money to get young girls that are under 18 and flashes money to blind them to have sex with them even when they say no.
Around this time the MeTo movement was in full swing and with that being said everything was getting expose and sexual harassment and assault was becoming more and more important and finally the victims got their justice when Epstein was finally sent to jail where he belongs. In the fourth and finally episode Jeffery found a way out like he always does and this time it was him taking his life, which meant he had the last word, though it is debated on if someone killed him or he did he do it to himself. We learn the victims never wanted him to die but instead just sit in jail where he would have spent the rest of his life at. It disappoints the victims that once again he found a way out. We learn at the end that the victims come together and see each other and exchange stories to help cope with the pain they went through and it is very touching.
The stories were put together very well, though I wish they gave us more details on how he truly got away with everything that he did and what did he have on people of power that he used their connections to get away with everything. In the end this was a powerful one that made me keep watching and I love programs like that. In the end I am giving this series a A for a rating or 90 percent!
By Paul Anthony
One of the first shows that I got into as a kid growing up that wasn’t a cartoon or sitcom had to be this show Unsolved Mysteries. Like many of the fans of the show I would watch reruns and when they brought the show back in 2008 I would watch those episodes as well then the show ended again and for ten long years the show was on ice until now when Netflix brought it back and of course I had to watch it and though the season only consist of 6 episodes so far with another 6 on the way but the question becomes did these episodes so far live up to the legacy of the show before it?
Let’s break down each episode plot for you first. As I mentioned before the show has 6 episodes so far with 6 more on the way. Episode one is about the death and disappearance of Rey Rivera and the episode is titled Mystery on the Rooftop. Second episode titled 13 minutes which involves Patrice Endres, a salon owner who disappears in a 13 minute window that she had for a break. Third episode titled House of Terror which involves the Dupont’s family Murder and the disappearance of the father and husband Xavier Dupont. Fourth Episode titled No Ride Home features the death of Alfonzo Brooks. Fifth episode is titled Berkshires UFO which the title basically explain the plot which was about the Berkshires county UFO sighting and Alien Adduction. The final episode is called the missing witness which is about Lena Chapin.
Each episode basically have the victim’s friends and family giving the good side of the victims and then explaining what could have happen and so forth and they also have former investigators of the crime to explain their side of things and why everything hasn’t been solved yet. Each episode in it’s own right is intense and gives you a good amount of details where you can come up with your own conclusion even if it you can’t prove it.
Ranking the episodes from my point of view goes a little like this. 1. Missing Witness, 2. No Ride Home, 3. Mystery on the Rooftop, 4. 13 Minutes, 5. Berkshires UFO and 6 House of Terror. The Missing Witness is my favorite by far because of the situation with the witness being the daughter of the murderer and when she is ready to tell the world key evidence about her missing Step-father, she to is killed with no body found and leaves behind a son that the mother who is the murderer has custody to and it is very twisted and just sad. My least favorite is House of Terror and its not a knock on the episode but I know it in involves an French family but having the entire episode in French and reading the subtitles as you are trying to follow the story was just not working for me.
The big and only con about this show is the fact it no longer has a host which does make it feel like every other Netflix show, but that is just being picky right there. In the end they did a great job with the show and I am looking forward to more episodes.
Please if you have any information regarding the cases of the show please go to http://www.unsolved.com
By Paul Anthony
In This review will be going over a little movie called The Main Event which is made by WWE Studios and released on Netflix. Now currently Netflix is making headlines by a another movie I which we will review at a later date. now that film is a hardcore action film, so when I describe this film I am truly saying it in a good way. When I first saw the previews I have to admit I thought this film was kind of dumb. In part the trailer showed a kid beating a and lifting a pro wrestler. Now Wrestling is already under the light because of it being staged and etc, so I figured it would hurt that sport even more because they did in fact use real wrestlers. Then I did watch the film and it explain why he was able to do what he did. Now at this point this blog does contain spoilers so you have been warn!
The movie is about an eleven year boy named Leo who gets picked on by bullies and begins to lose his confidence. Leo lives with his grandmother and father and the film reveals not only does he get picked on but also his mom left them behind forcing his dad to work two jobs to keep the house running. But one day when Leo is getting chased by bullies he stumbles a crossed a wrestler’s mask but this mask is special which when Leo puts it on he has a strength and personality of a confident wrestler. At this point he learns that WWE NXT is coming to town for a tournament and the winner gets 50,000 dollars and a WWE contract. The money is the important part because Leo’s dad needs 20,000 dollars in order to keep the house and return to working one job and can spend time with Leo. As the tournament goes on Leo becomes the talk of the town and favorite to win, which causes him to do promos and sign autographs which takes him away from his friends, which then Leo goes back to having low confidence because he realizes he loves his friends and family more than anything. In The final match his opponent steals his mask before their match, which is something he should have noticed beforehand but never mind that. When Leo learns that the mask is fake, he begins to get scared which at this time his father shows up and guides him through the cage match where he tells Leo that everyone has a weakness and his opponent’s weakness is height which Leo coaches him to climb the cage and look down which basically causes the guy to pass out and fall allowing Leo to go for the pin and the win. When they discover that Leo is just a kid which means he can not get the contract but passes it to another wrestler, Leo keeps the money and saves his family’s home.
The movie was a good family over the top film with nice feel good story which I know we all need right now. Some things were over the top even for that type of film. The comedy did fall flat and I only caught myself giving a giggle here and there. Even the acting was stiff at moments but in the end I would say this was decent family movie. With that being said I giving this film a C for a grade yes it had it’s moments but it just felt like an average film.
By Paul Anthony
These days all we can do is review stuff it seems like is on Netflix and I find crazy how their series of shows always managed to grab us and we get hooked big time!. But does that mean the shows are actually good or is just the perfect timing for the most part, they are just that good but a few are just perfect timing and this series was just that. I am reviewing a Netflix series called Pandemic: How To Prevent An Outbreak. Catchy little title in the perfect time. Since I have been reviewing films and shows I generally don’t lose interest in what I am watching unless its something that is truly boring. I get it Netflix filmed this before everything started to happened but once again timing can be everything.
The series contain 6 episodes that were about 45 to 60 minute long. The first episode was about the front line workers such as doctors and nurses treating the patients that have these viruses and no doubt they show the audience the hard work that they do cure and prevent a virus from getting worse. the Episode was a good start to the series and it made me even value our frontline workers even more, its the following episodes that began to bore me because they step away from the frontline workers to show us the research side of things. We spend the five hours of our lives following researchers around as they find a way to make a cure and test it on pigs and other animals. Now I get it that it is a job that is required to help everyone and once again it starts off good but then it tails off and starts to drag. The title caught me because I thought because of what we are dealing with that this series should be interesting and it had potential to be just that. Maybe if the series was 3 or at the max 4 episodes I would be praising it rather then bashing it. It is hard to praise something that you begin lose much interest in. the topic was a hot but it didn’t need to be dragged out. They give us more information then most of us have ever known about outbreaks and what frontline workers and health officals have to go through and it was nice to see that, it really was.
We are now in the end of the blog where I have to give the final say of what I think of it. In the end I believe the series was just too long for its own good and because that, it becomes very boring at times and you begin to wonder and lose track of the information they are giving you and even they realize that by adding stuff about people who are against vaccines and goes the opposite way of their title. If the show is called how to prevent an outbreak and your showing me segments where people bash the health process and then clearly you ran out of material to give to us. Should have made the series shorter. In the end I am giving this series a D for a review and would say overall this was a miss for Netflix.
By Paul Anthony
Welcome to another edition of Roundabout and sorry for the delay, as we all know this has been a tough week for all of us. We know what has been going with the virus and how everything is shutting down for the next two weeks or so, and hopefully that will work.
Let’s get into some wrestling news because I touched upon this with my blog earlier regarding WWE biggest event WrestleMania but that is still a few weeks away but they do have shows to do. For a couple of days we knew Smackdown was going to be switched from Detroit to the Performance Center in Tampa without an audience. other sports leagues were thinking about doing this but instead just paused their seasons all together. Now we know Monday Night Raw which was suppose to take place here in Pittsburgh will now also be at the Performance Center. it’s sad for us here because we were all excited to see Stone Cold Steve Austin for the first time in 17 years and on 3 16 but now that will have to wait until next time. However we can expect that WWE will do their shows without the crowds for the next few weeks until things become safe again.
AMC which is one of the bigger movie theater chains will remain open even though most state governments have order that there should be no mass gathers. now I don’t know what AMC plans to do because movies are getting delayed left and right. I guess some companies want try to remain normal through this period of time.
As we know a lot of studios are pretty much shutting down production on all of their shows and movies. Netflix and Disney and AMC all pretty much came out and said their shows will not finish production at this moment.
T.V shows aren’t the only thing being pushed back. Some big time movies have pushed their release dates way back, here are some as of right now F9, No Time to Die, Lovebirds, Mulan, The New Mutants, A Quiet Place Part II, and Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway and My Spy. It’s unclear if more movies that are done will follow. We know Vin Diesel new film Bloodshot is expected to take the number 1 spot.
Now the next big film to be released is Black Widow which is set to come out in the first week of May and many are wondering if this film should get pushed back as well and I have my answer and as of right now it should be no. May is still over a month away and already because we are following in China’s foot steps we should be able to contain this outbreak, there are cases now where people already recovered from it. At the very least we should wait another three weeks or so and see if it got worse before we start to cancel the summer.
Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson announced that they tested positive for Covid-19 in Australia where Hanks was filming a new movie. he updated us with him saying they are taking things day by day. This is our first true case where we can see as a public of how bad it is or how bad we think it is. Here at Smash we want to say we hope Tom and Rita make a full recovery.
By Paul Anthony
Netflix seems to be on good track in 2020 with their films and shows. I recently reviewed The Witcher and I did enjoy it, when I enjoy one show I have to give them the chance again with another show. Now Locke and Key was starting to be advertised and once I finished with The Witcher I decided to give Locke and key a chance. Could Netflix struck gold again? Well at first I wasn’t so sure but as I watched the show the more and more I started to realize that I am enjoying it. Not to mention you can’t go wrong with a product that was created by Stephen King’s son Joe Hill though he doesn’t like to tell people who his father is , which is a good choice, now onto the show right?
This season which is the first season does consist of 10 episodes and each episode is between 40 to 60 minutes long. Now I know this series is based on the comic book series, which I have not read, I can’t say how close to the source it really is, I can only base the review off of what I watched. The season focuses on the Locke family as they move from their home in Seattle to Matheson, Massachusetts when the children loses their father Rendell who is murdered by a former student of his. This situation forces them to move to their father’s family Home and there after the three kids, Tyler, Kinsey and Bode begin to find keys that opens magical doors but then soon realize that opening these doors do cause problems and reveal stuff about their father that they never knew. All this magic and fun and learning they doing they also have to battle a demon that they basically helped release by opening doors that they knew nothing about. Slowly with the help of their friends they battle the demon and the monsters but little did they know that the demon did a body switch and prisoned the wrong person who was a friend of their father and one of their friends is now possessed to make matters worse and that is how the season ends.
Now when a show is ten episodes and an hour long, sometimes a story can be dragged out and I feel like that is what we have here. Please understand that I am not saying it was dragged out too much but at times it did seem like they were dragging. I did enjoy the horror and magic mixed together it was good blend. I did like the other highlight of seeing children grow from and deal with the trauma of losing their father. I am interested in seeing what happens in season two. If you looking for a good show to watch I would say you will enjoy this show much. In the end I am giving this show a good 80 percent or a B rating.