• Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★

    I was worried this would suck for a couple reasons: 1) Wes Craven wasn’t behind it (for obvious reasons).  2) it was dumped in the dead zone month where 99% of horror films released in January suck.  3) It’s the 5th film in the franchise.  

    But it manages to beat the odds and what we have is a fun and clever installment that’s quite possibly the best sequel in the franchise.  Almost reaching levels of the first, but not quite hitting the mark.  Several fun surprises throughout.  I hope they continue the franchise.  It’d be cool to see more with this new group.

  • RocketMan

    RocketMan

    ★★

    Fred Randall: “It wasn’t me”
    Shaggy: “shit, I gotta write that down”

    Family friendly fun that’s great for kids but not great for adults.  This was a very annoying film.

  • The Nutty Professor

    The Nutty Professor

    ★★★

    Eddie Murphy is so convincing as all of these characters he plays.  From Sherman, to Buddy, to his family and especially as the fitness guru Lance Perkins which Murphy is completely unrecognizable. Being a remake of the 1963 Jerry Lewis comedy of the same name - which itself was a loose adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s book The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, this film manages to hold its own as a 90s comedy staple thanks to Murphy’s…

  • House II: The Second Story

    House II: The Second Story

    ★★★

    This was a lot of fun.  They decided to switch from a horror comedy to a fantasy adventure comedy, which worked really well!  The make up effects and puppetry were greatly improved from the first film.  The writing is probably better for the first film, but I preferred the ride this film took me on.

  • House

    House

    ★★½

    What a fever dream of a film!  This was a lot of fun to watch.  Kind of crazy at how similar it was to Evil Dead 2 despite being released a year early.  Some of the make up and creatures haven’t aged well - if they were ever good to begin with.  But they have charm - which is more than you can say for modern CGI monsters.  Kind of all over the place, but it was fun.

  • The Babysitter: Killer Queen

    The Babysitter: Killer Queen

    ★½

    Gee, let’s take everything that was bad about the first and amp it up to 13.   McG has absolutely no subtlety or nuance to his films.  No character feels like an actual person and the one note this film manages to hit perfectly is the brown note.  Because it’s a pile of shit.  

    Only giving this 1.5/5 for the effects.  Most of it was garbage, but the climax looked pretty good.

  • The Babysitter

    The Babysitter

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The Babysitter is such a roller-coaster of a film.  Samara Weaving does such a good job of being like-able and charming that when her true self is revealed, it’s not only jarring, but kind of off-putting.  

    McG has never been known to be a subtle director, and his work here is about what you’d expect from him.  Loud, chaotic, cringey, and lacks restraint.  I will say, I didn’t hate this, but I think if someone else had directed it,…