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Halloween Spoiler-Free Review: A Surprisingly Interesting Sequel That Improves off of the Mediocre Most Recent Entries

7.5 out 0f 10 – 7.5/10

It has been 40 years since that night where Micheal Myers struck for the first time now the time has come for him and his previously escaped victim Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) to resume their dangerous feud. This film is a direct sequel to the first movie created by John Carpenter that released all the way back in 1978. Admittedly I didn’t quite know what to expect coming into this motion picture, but I certainly was not disappointed. Instead of an hour and 44 minutes of Myers going around leaving blood and gore wherever he goes, the movie seems to be more sophisticated than that. Director, David Gordon Green doesn’t play it safe which was a fear of minegoing into the film. I can say now that this movie benefited from being independent of the other sequels.

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A lot has changed since we saw both Myers and Strode on the big screen. Myers has been locked in an Institution for 40 years, but when a bus transfer goes haywire he’s on the loose once again. Strode has been preparing herself for this moment for a long time and she’s finally ready to face her fear and kill the masked murderer.

As mentioned previously the movie doesn’t begin with blood everywhere, in fact, it’s the second half of the film that gets all of the action. I cannot complain about the way Green went about pacing the first act though. We meet all of the important characters of the film early on and get a sense of what they’re like. The most interesting in my opinion is Strode. Being attacked by Myers changed her life forever and she is living in constant fear. While watching this film I believe that she is ready to deal with her demon, but she’s fearful. She wants Myers out of her life for good and she is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve that goal.

As much as I would like to praise this film the dumb horror tropes are something to be frowned upon in this suspenseful sequel. I won’t get into specifics, but the classic questions pop into viewers heads while watching this film: “Why did he go in there?” “How did she trip?” “Why aren’t they running?”. It’s very frustrating because not all of the scenes are like that. Sometimes characters don’t deserve to die because they did something stupid they died because the antagonist was smarter than them. At the end of the day though I can’t really forgive the ways some particular characters lost their lives.

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As horror movies have evolved they generally have one thing in common and that’s jump scares. They are the fart jokes of comedy movies, just so expected and disappointing to see in a large abundance. While watching this film I didn’t think it was scary none of the scenes made me jump in terror. However, that’s fine I normally don’t react to most horror films. Ultimately though I think this movie could’ve been scarier if they didn’t rely on so many jump scares. The only thing worse than a jump scare is a jump scare everyone in the audience saw coming. In most horror movies that manage to scare their audiences the people watching most of the time didn’t expect what actually scared them to occur at the time it did. For example, if someone slowly opens a closet and the murderer is behind that door no one gets surprised. I don’t know if the director meant for this to be a terrifying film, but if that was his goal he did not achieve it.

In Conclusion, Halloween (2018) is just the change that this series needed. Rebooting after some terrible sequels sometimes are the perfect way to launch your series back into the limelight. Strode is the reason why I enjoy this movie as much as I do. She really holds the film together even at the slower parts of the film. This movie admittedly could’ve been scarier and there are some scenes that will upset you with a character’s actions. However, at the end of the day, I think this movie achieved its goal of bringing the Halloween series to a new generation, but also leaving enough for the audiences who saw where it all began.

Brad Miller

Review: With Incredibles 2, Pixar Brings Their “A” Game to This Much Anticipated Sequel

This film blows all expectations out of the water with its much-improved factors over the original. There are so many amazing moments in this movie. From Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) having a somewhat epic battle with a raccoon to having Helen Parr (Holly Hunter) slingshot herself onto a train at full speed. Not to mention the animation upgrade is not to be ignored. The facial expressions and general look of the characters are improved greatly when looking back on the previous film. The balance between action and comedy is done so incredibly well it makes me think of Marvel films.

The film begins where the last ended off. Our heroes are faced with defeating the Underminer (John Ratzenberger). Although Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson), Helen, Violet (Sarah Vowell), and Dash (Huck Milner) give the job their best effort plenty of damage is done to the city. After this incident, it truly looked dark for our heroes until they were given another chance. A man by the name of Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) and his sister Evelyn Deavor (Catherine Keener) still have faith in superheroes. They want the public to also feel the same way that they do. Their plan is to have Helen otherwise known as Elastigirl to be the first super back in action. Mostly because she doesn’t leave much devastation in her wake. Thus, switching the roles from the first movie.

Incredibles 2 Official Trailer 

Now, Bob known as Mr. Incredible must stay at home and take care of the kids. This, of course, is a nice change of pace between action, drama, and comedy. The film hits all three of the categories without much trouble. Bob deals with relatable issues like helping Dash with math only to realize that the way they’re doing it in school is different from the way he learned it growing up. There are boy issues with Violet and the discovery of all the crazy types of powers Jack-Jack possesses. All of these combine to give a touching story about a family and is not only enjoyable to watch its relatable in many ways.

While this sequel did come out 14 years later the overall feel of the film is very vintage. At particular times in the movie, there are conflicts where I feel like I’m watching a 70’s superhero show. Its nostalgic, but they don’t shy away from darker themes not seen in movies or shows from that era. Deaths took place in this film and that’s not something I expected. While I think that the creators obviously want to appeal to the older audiences who grew up with the original. I don’t think that bringing very young children to the film is wise. While I don’t believe it should be rated PG-13 there is a little language you might not want a three-year-old to hear.

In conclusion, our heroes make this film what it is. Helen brings the great action to the film in a way we’re not used to seeing. She isn’t using her super strength to defeat her foes she’s outthinking them and using her powers to the best of her ability. While I don’t believe they used Lucius (Samuel L. Jackson) as much as I think they should, he does deliver with general care for the Parr family and his powers truly shine on the big screen. As for the rest of the family of heroes when brought together they are a sight to behold. All supers in this film can hold their own, but when they come together on the big screen there’s just nothing like it.

10/10
– Brad Miller

Spoiler Discussion: Avengers: Infinity War Takes the Superhero Genre to Places It’s Never Been

Thanos Level Villains Are the Expectation Going Forward

Most superhero movies don’t have memorable villains, which is a shame. When Infinity War released it changed that reputation. That’s not to say that there are no good villains in superhero flicks, however the bad definitely outweighs the good. Thanos is a character that as an audience you want to hate, but you also realize he isn’t just evil in general. He’s attempting to save the universe, but he’s going about it in the wrong way.

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On Titan, one of the best battles took place. Thanos possesses a weapon that makes him one of the most powerful beings in the universe. It was important to make it seem that he does have an insane amount of power. We haven’t seen that very often where we fear our heroes might not win the fight. Iron Man, Spiderman, Doctor Strange, Starlord, and Mantis all come together here to make an amazing battle sequence. This is the first time in the film, we see Thanos actually show off some of the impressive powers of his gauntlet. At one point he even drops a moon on Tony Stark which just shows he is so incredibly strong and that’s good. I think it’s important for the villains of these types of film to challenge the heroes. If there’s no challenge its hard to take the antagonist as a threat.
Marvel did not disappoint here at all with the ending of this movie either. They did something most people in the audience could not believe. Thanos wins and defeats our heroes. Once he gets all of the infinity stones half of the population gets wiped out. People begin to turn to dust and the Avengers cannot believe what they’re seeing. It left chills down my spine after the movie ended. I seriously was in shock, I expected a couple of deaths, but never did I think that the Avengers would lose the fight. On top of that, they end the film with so many questions to be answered. I’m sure this will make audiences flood the theatre when the next Avengers film comes out and I am truly excited for the sequel.

Review: Deadpool 2 the Prime Example for R-Rated Superhero Flicks

Spoiler-free review: Deadpool 2 may take a while to get into the bloody action and the fourth wall breaking jokes. However, when it does this film easily proves why Deadpool belongs in the cinema.

For the past few years, it feels like Marvel has completely taken over the superhero movie audience. These movies while enjoyable also tend to have quite a lot in common. Deadpool shakes up that formula and it is very refreshing. Ryan Reynolds truly is Deadpool he has taken this character much further than most even anticipated. Only a few actors can make their face stick to a character and Reynolds surely gets that job done in this violent comedy.

The first film spends a lot of its runtime catching the viewer up with the current events of the film. This sequence ends up taking about one act away from the film which makes you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere. Deadpool 2 doesn’t have many long sequences the story flows well and doesn’t have that awkward period in the first film where there is just an overabundance of violence with no comedic sections.

The action in this movie is easily better than in the previous film. Deadpool 2 ties jokes even into the action which leaves audiences laughing even at the goriest moments. Other characters within the film make up for the fact Deadpool has no flashy powers. Black Panther suffered from this during its action sequences. there’s just nothing very special about a fist fight in a super suit. When audiences come to view superhero movies they want to see things they haven’t seen a billion times.

Deadpool 2 – Official Trailer 

In a film where your protagonist can break the fourth wall and can regenerate from almost everything, it’s hard to feel tense while they are in combat. You know Deadpool will get the job done so there’s not really any tension during the action sequences. That’s not a complaint either that’s just how this character works, however that means there must be a fine balance of comedy within the action. In this sequel, l it seems that they drop many more jokes than in the first. Even if all the jokes don’t land for you there’s a good amount throughout the whole film so you’ll most likely find yourself laughing at some point in this comedy.

If plot-heavy films are your preference this will not be the film for you. It is very all over the place and only in the third act do they focus on the antagonist of this film. The villain leaves a bit to be desired, however, they do give hope to a brighter future in the Deadpool franchise. In conclusion, Deadpool 2 does many things better than its predecessor. The pacing is improved, the action is certainly better, and the introduction of new characters leaves a bright future for the murk with a mouth.

Is Disenchantment your next binge watch?

Disenchantment was created by the same minds that gave us the Simpsons & Futurama. The question looming over many people’s heads is if the show lives up to the hype. In some ways, I believe the first season of Disenchantment surpasses Futurama and even the earlier seasons of the Simpsons. There are definitely flaws, but they don’t make this show a deal breaker at least for me.

Tons of Potential

Being funny and having an ongoing story in adult animation isn’t an easy thing to do but Disenchantment balances them well. The main characters all shine with many comedic moments. Luci stands out and I think that the voice actor is great. He really captures the devilish trait that he should have for this role.
I shouldn’t leave out Bean or Elfo either. These three characters work so well when they’re on screen together. Elfo being so simple minded because he doesn’t know the world very well works great with Bean and her evil sidekick Luci. The best parts of the show are when these characters are present. I can’t wait to see the dynamic between these characters if this show is renewed for a second season.

Does it Drag-On?

Many people have mentioned that the first few episodes drag on, but I don’t particularly feel that way. This show has a more serious tone than the Simpsons so I think it’s important to set up the characters. Not to mention the set up for the story was entertaining at least to me.

Conclusion

The first season of this series was pretty good. The story is complemented by the characters put in place. The dynamic of the cast truly stands out here and everyone has something to say. While there is a bit of a build up it’s certainly worth it after you delve into the season a bit. I recommend that you watch at least a few episodes it’s worth a shot.