Mandy (2018) Review

"You are a vicious snowflake." -Red Miller

Red Miller (Nicolas Cage) lives with his girlfriend, Mandy (Andrea Riseborough), in a fairly reclusive lifestyle in the woods.  One night, they are attacked by a group of hippie-cultists, led by Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache), who brutally murders Mandy.  Red embarks on a brutal and insane journey to kill the cultists and avenge Mandy.

What Works:
Mandy is perhaps the most bonkers movie I have ever seen.  I cannot understate how insane this film is.  What keeps it at least mildly grounded is Nicolas Cage.  He gives one his best performances as a normal guy driven to insanity.  We get plenty of Crazy-Cage, but we really understand his motivation and we're rooting for him.  He's a very likable character amidst all of the ultra-violence.
The style for this movie is fantastic with insane lighting and shot competition.  It's certainly unique.  I've never seen a film do stuff like this.  It's pretty fantastic and leaves a…

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Episode 8, "You Get What You Give" Analysis

"Hello, my name's Threat." -Christian Hubicki

HOLY CRAP!  This was one of the best episodes of Survivor in years.  I was on the edge of my seat and losing my mind during that tribal council.  This episode was epic and to call it anything less would be a grave injustice.  But who had epic moves and who had epic fails?  Let's take a look.

Who Played Well:
We'll start with Alec, who probably had the best night of all the Goliaths.  He was the one who gave Nick the information he needed to mix things up, which is good for Alec's game.  Luckily, Nick did not blow up Alec's spot, so I think Alec will be the one Goliath the Davids will trust moving forward.  He's keeping his options open and options are always good.
Moving on to Nick, Mr. Kentucky found the Vote Steal, helped convinced Davie to save Christian, and was involved in the brilliant plan of spitting the votes between Angelina and John.  I don't know who came up with the idea to split the votes…

Mortuary (2005) Review

"First vandalism, then babies." -Sheriff Howell

After the death of the family patriarch, the Doyle family moves to a new town where Leslie (Denise Crosby) is going to be the town mortician.  The mortuary is actually inside their new house, much to the displeasure of her children, Jonathan (Dan Byrd) and Jamie (Stephanie Patton).  As Jonathan notices strange occurrences in the house and outside, in the graveyard, he also learns the murderous and mysterious history of his new house, and he might be the only one who can save his family.

What Works:
The best part of Mortuary without a doubt is our protagonist, Jonathan.  Dan Byrd does a really good job with the material he is given and it's no wonder he has gone on to have a solid acting career.  He's really likable and not too moody.  For the classic character of a teenage boy forced to move to a new town, he's about as likable as you can get.
Mortuary is a sort of infection/zombie movie.  Once characters become infe…

The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Review

"I don't care.  Just shoot me." -Lisbeth Salander 

This soft reboot of the Millennium series follows hacker and vigilante Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) as she helps steal an extremely powerful computer program from the NSA.  Her theft quickly catches the attention of several groups and organizations that all want to get their hands on the program and Lisbeth, her friends, and allies all quickly find themselves in mortal peril.  As Lisbeth tries to sort out the mess, she discovers that one of the people after the program is from her past and has a bone to pick with her.

What Works:
I was skeptical of Claire Foy being cast as Lisbeth, who is one of my favorite fictional characters of all time, but she proved me wrong.  Foy does a solid job in the role.  She's tough and resourceful, likable, yet prickly.  Lisbeth is a phenomenal character and, for the most part, Foy does justice to the role.
The action scenes are all pretty solid and entertaining.  They felt more like s…

Johnny English (2003) Review

"The word "mistake", sir, is not one that appears in my dictionary."
-Johnny English

After the deaths of all of MI7's top secret agents, the secret service is forced to send Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) into the field.  English is basically the worst secret agent ever, but he is England's only hope of stopping Pascal Sauvage (John Malkovich), a wealthy, French, prison owner, from taking over the country.
I am a huge James Bond fan and with a 3rd Johnny English movie out, I figured now is as good a time as any to watch this series.  I feel obligated to watch any James Bond parody, so how does Johnny English do?  Let's have a look...

What Works:
First in foremost, this movie is funny.  Sure, there are plenty of immature jokes, which I'll get to later, but there is a lot of solid physical comedy.  Moments like Johnny accidentally throwing his coat out the window cracked me up and there were plenty of hilarious moments throughout.
Rowan Atkinson does…

Overlord (2018) Review

"What did you do to me?!" -Pvt. Chase

On the night before D-Day, a squad of of paratroopers is flown into France to take out a German radio tower to prevent the Germans from calling for reinforcements when the invasion begins.  Most of the squad is killed in the landing and the few who survive make it to the small village where the radio tower is located.  They discover that beneath the tower is a lab where the Nazis are performing experiments on people and what happens next is more nightmarish than any of them could have imagined.

What Works:
When I saw the trailer for Overlord, I was immediately intrigued and excited for the film.  I just wanted it to be twisted and weird.  I wanted what they found in the lab to be very f****d up and I was extremely satisfied on that front.  I won't go into details, but what out heroes find and witness is disturbing and insane and I loved every second of it.
The characters are all very likable and interesting.  We're rooting for th…

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Episode 7 "There's Gonna Be Tears Shed" Analysis

"I ain't done anything astronomical." -Dan Rengering

Considering the final outcome was 12-1, this easily could have been a boring, predictable episode, but this merge episode was anything but that.  It was really exciting and I truly didn't know how it was all going to shake out.  A great episode, but was the gameplay great?  Let's take a look!

Who Played Well:
We'll start with Alec, who came out swinging for the fences.  He pulled together a cross-tribe alliance, which I really hope comes to fruition.  He manipulated John, Dan, and Alison into changing the vote back to Elizabeth and was never the bad guy.  He saved Christian while keeping everyone else happy.  And the only person who is seemingly not high on Alec right now is Angelina, who is now the least popular person in the game.  Alec played a stellar game in this episode and it will be interesting to see if he can keep it up.
The cross-tribe alliance, in general, had a good episode, and will probably b…