Archive for April, 2019

Stepping Back Into Minor Hiatus

Friends, family and followers: With the release date of my new novel, Threads, looming on the horizon, I will be taking a semi/short hiatus from my blog, social media and networking for the month of May.

What does that mean? It simply means I will not be posting any movie reviews throughout May (reviews will return in June), and I will be spending less time (if any) on social media and networking events so that I can put my full energy behind finishing the edit for the book and make sure it is in perfect shape for it’s publication on May 21.

Thanks for all of your continued support, and I will see you again in a month with a new novel!

Threads — Coming May 21, 2019

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Movie Mayhem – Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame — 2019; Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo; Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Jeremy Renner, and Don Cheadle.

22 movies over 10 years all come down to this — Avengers: Endgame. Prior to 2008, attempting to tell a continuous story over ten years probably seemed impossible, a pipe-dream that would never come to fruition. Yet producer Kevin Feige somehow managed to masterfully weave dozens of characters, stories and directors into a grand symphony that have only had a few missteps among a bevy of incredible highs. (Even more astounding is how they only had two major and one minor cast change throughout). It’s a feat that is, and will be, incredibly hard to replicate as evidenced by the mostly critical, if not financial failure of those producers who have tried ever since Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) announced that he was Iron Man and was first approached by S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) about the Avengers Initiative. And now here we are, at the end of an era; and oh, what a ride it has been.

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Movie Mayhem – Little

Little — 2019; Directed by Tina Gordon; Starring Regina Hall, Issa Rae, Marsai Martin, Tone Bell and Mikey Day

Body switch films have been a staple for a very long time. Whether it’s two people switching bodies (Freaky Friday, Vice-Versa) or a kid becoming an adult overnight (Big, 13 Going on 30), they’re popular because we can relate to what struggles may weigh upon us as we discover the world through a different lens. The idea of traveling in someone else’s shoes to allow this new perspective to change us in a meaningful way, not only physically, but emotionally, is something we’ve all pondered at some point in our lives. But, like any genre, these types of films don’t always work, either because the writing is flawed or, in the case of Little, the newest entry into the body-switch genre, the person afflicted with the magic to become someone new fails to grow in any meaningful way.

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Movie Mayhem – Pet Sematary (2019)

Pet Sematary — 2019; Directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer; Starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, Jeté Laurence and John Lithgow.

Adaptations of Stephen King novels and short stories have been happening since 1976, when Sissy Spacek first went psycho prom queen in King’s first official novel, Carrie. Since then, there have been some super highs (The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, The Shining, It and Misery), some incredibly low lows (Needful Things anyone? No thanks!), and a few remakes and sequels that aren’t necessarily good, but aren’t necessarily bad.

Pet Sematary, the story of a man who discovers a way to bring things back to life, sat closer to the Needful Things end of the King adaptation spectrum. Even though it stayed mostly true to the book and had one frightening little four-year-old, Sematary was one of those films that was in need of a heavy makeover. After thirty years (and one wholly unnecessary sequel), we finally got it. And although the last third of the newest adaptation is mostly altered from both the original film and the book, these changes (including a role reversal) work to improve the story within the context of how directors Kevin Kölsh and Dennis Widmyer have set up.

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