Pumpkinhead

Pumpkinhead (1988)

synopsis

After a tragic accident, a man conjures up a towering, vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers.

~ Internet Movie Database

review

I finally had an opportunity to watch this movie and I liked it. Especially the scene where Lance Henriksen (Ed Harley) is doing something shirtless. As the movie’s focus is about revenge albeit misdirected vengeance, is the main reason I liked this movie. I supposed the movie could be likened to a cautionary tale. There was one scene that actually made me jump, but I am not going to tell you about it so as not to spoil it. Aside from that one jump the movie was creepy enough to keep me watching. I guessed the denouement, but still would love to see the sequel, if there is one.

Silence

Silence (2016)

synopsis

Legendary director Martin Scorsese’s Silence tells the stunning and “powerful” story of two Christian missionaries (Adam Driver and Oscar® nominee Andrew Garfield) who travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Academy Award® nominee Liam Neeson) at a time when Christianity was outlawed. When they are captured and imprisoned, both men are plunged into an odyssey that will test their faith, challenge their sanity and, perhaps, risk their very lives in this “passionate, harrowing, beautiful” masterpiece.

~ movie website

review

Very powerful and appearing at a very interesting time of my life, having just learned that cancer activity was detected in my thyroid and I am scheduled for a biospy and mri in three days; also noticed spine compression (?) fractures.

Anyway, I been thinking on this subject way too much lately.

However, let it be known that in my opinion nothing “”tangible” matters!” My last thought was that my physical being will cease to exist…completely, memory too…if I have a spirit/soul, why would it be tortured with all my physical trappings? Memory included?

Frankly, I was kinda of freaked out how a culture could “loose faith -” for lack of a more analytical term – yet be willing to sacrifice one’s life for another culture’s faith? I’ve always found this practice revolting. Let people believe what they want: One rule, one law for all.

*Brian Truitt, USA TODAY
 **Ty Burr, BOSTON GLOBE
 †2016, Best Actor, Hacksaw Ridge
 ††1993, Best Actor, Schindler’s List
Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange (2016)

synopsis

From Marvel Studios comes “Doctor Strange,” the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing—and hope—in an unlikely place: a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.

“Doctor Strange” stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt and Scott Adkins, with Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. Scott Derrickson is directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Charles Newirth and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Jon Spaihts and Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill wrote the screenplay. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying and totally mind-bending journey when Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016.

~ movie website

review

Strange. 🙂 About 90% sure when Dr. Strange became a super hero 😕 but felt decision lacked transformation development time: surgeon > Supreme Master? Why Strange? What is the connection that empowers his powers? Knowledge? Subtle, but true. Unlike Batman: civilian > crime fighter…self-explanatory!

Take that one step further: how does the stealing of the page connect Dormammu to Stephen Strange? At least Batman had a reason to get the person that murdered his parents: Vengeance!

In the end, I was agreeing with Mordo 🙁

Graphically and filmography related, reminded me of Inception :O 🙂

Benjamin looks good with all the make up accentuations.

Split

Split (2016)

synopsis

Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns with an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him – as well as everyone around him – as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

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review

:O Wow! Not what I expected, but then I had no idea what to expect…even after having read the synopsis on the cover.

James McAvoy shines!

Brilliantly done! I actually understood the scientific point being put forward about – in my poor words reverse biology.

Not your ordinary scenario. Highly unpredictable. Gripping!

After all the hype, felt the cause did not justify the effects; feeling the “fit” accidental fate.

Huh…Betty Buckley, as Dr. Fletcher.

 

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2016)

synopsis

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” takes us to a new era in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away.

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars in the central role of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.

There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction of No-Majs (American for Muggles) bent on eradicating them. And the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away…and is now nowhere to be found.

Unaware of the rising tensions, Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures, some of which are safeguarded in the hidden dimensions of his deceptively nondescript leather case. But potential disaster strikes when unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski inadvertently lets some of Newt’s beasts loose in a city already on edge—a serious breach of the Statute of Secrecy that former Auror Tina Goldstein jumps on, seeing ther chance to regain her post. However, things take an ominous turn when Percival Graves, the enigmatic Director of Magical Security at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA), casts his suspicions on both Newt…and Tina.

Now allied, Newt and Tina, together with Tina’s sister, Queenie, and their new No-Maj friend, Jacob form a band of unlikely heroes, who must recover Newt’s missing beasts before they come to harm. But the stakes are higher than these four outsiders—now branded fugitives—ever imagined, as their mission puts them on a collision course with dark forces that could push the wizarding and No-Maj worlds to the brink of war.

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review

Five-star genre!

Eddie so nerdily hot!

Nostalgic return to Potter times! Makes me wish I could really geek out of paraphernalia and backstories.

My last thought was that I was cheated out of an extra weep, but can’t remember how specifically…hmmm

Spoiler or not: I thought it was completely unfair/unkind to obliviate Hector.

Seems like some shortcuts were taken on effects; having said that where seams intentional? still not a fan!

Particularly hard time understanding creature names distinctly.

Watched twice already: once during the day; once at night.

La La Land

La La Land (2016)

synopsis

Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

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review

I lust Ryan Gosling <3

Being a true gay, I <3 a good musical

I loved La La Land’s production design and cinematography. The colors were outrageously combined and so vibrant.

The music of jazz has always been a favorite of mine. I loved the breakdown of the definition, only adding to my enjoyment of this music genre.

I was not a fan of the multiple reprise of the main theme and the key(?) of the music sounded off to me.

sorry, ry, but I wasn’t expecting much to “sing” with you

If I still believed in romance, I would’ve only like La La Land more, but sadly, I just felt over-saturated by emotion.

One viewing was enough.

The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Booksynopsis

In an epic adventure directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known. Featuring an all-star voice cast including Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley and Scarlett Johansson, The Jungle Book is “stunning” (Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter).

~ The Jungle Book

review

Wow! This has to be the best version of The Jungle Book I have ever seen, including Disney’s original animated movie. I almost cried at least three times because the scenes – I think because they involved animals – were so innocent, moving, touching, endearing. And the excitement at the suspenseful scenes was just as enticing!

Exceptional!

Angry Birds (2016)

Angry Birds
synopsis

In this hilarious animated adventure comedy, you’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry. In an island paradise populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely, Red, a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck, and the volatile Bomb have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

~ The Angry Birds Movie

review

Without a car, no job and tired of repeat television, I have turned to Netflix for my entertainment now. I admit I was surprised to find full-length movies on the website, but pleasantly pleased. This will allow me to crochet/knit faster as I watch.

This movie was entertaining despite having never played the game. At least I now know what made the birds angry! Damn medication had me dozing at the beginning, but not so much that I could not follow the story.

Cute characters, especially Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride) and Terrence (Sean Penn). Wouldn’t you know the antagonist would be named Leonard (Bill Hader). Other notable voice talents included Maya Rudolph (Matilda), Peter Dinklage (Mighty Eagle) and Keegan-Michael Key (Judge Peckinpah).

Suicide Squad (2016)

Suicide Squad

synopsis

From director David Ayer (“Fury,” “End of Watch”) comes “Suicide Squad,” starring Oscar nominee Will Smith (“Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness”), Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Focus”), Joel Kinnaman (Netflix’s “House of Cards”) and Oscar nominee Viola Davis (“The Help,” “Doubt”).

It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

~ Suicide Squad

review

Loved it! Jared Leto as The Joker was so fuckin’ sexy! I just love a lithe male body :* Always pleased to see Will Smith, especially with all that muscle. There was one scene that showed him standing from the back and his neck was so sexy and masculine! Diablo (Jay Hernandez) was the third – literally – hottie in the movie. Even Croc was looking good under all the makeup.

The story was easy enough to follow and very entertaining. However, there is a clip after all the credits that I missed. I just found it on YouTube…really only indicates “another” comic book movie…I’m thinking Justice League! I just hope they include Zan and Jayna.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016)

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

synopsis

From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.

~ Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

review

Wow! I was not expecting such an involved plot, much less one that I found expertly presented in this peculiar movie. Just like the X-men, I enjoy movies about people with special powers and this movie delivered. There is a time element in this movie, but it is so played down, that it did not affect my enjoyment of the movie.

I found Jake (Asa Butterfield) quite attractive in a Topher Grace, Jesse Eisenberg, Shia la Beouf kind of way. Other actors of note include Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett and Allison Janney.