Besides a Nefarious Octavia Spencer Performance, Ma Is a Bit of a Mess

The second you give me a horror film starring Octavia Spencer as the villain, I’m there. Ma, a new thriller from the director of The Help and The Girl on a Train, held the promise of that, but aside from a devilishly fun performance from Spencer in the titular role, it doesn’t offer much else. It … Continue reading Besides a Nefarious Octavia Spencer Performance, Ma Is a Bit of a Mess

Escape Room – A Genuinely Fun Thriller That Completely Faceplants at the Finish Line

A new year means new movies, but the month of January is a notoriously slow time at the theater. Infamously known as the dumping ground of Hollywood, January and February are the two months of the year where movie studios take out the trash, releasing films that they have little faith in during a time … Continue reading Escape Room – A Genuinely Fun Thriller That Completely Faceplants at the Finish Line

“Mandy” – The Insane, Violent, and Tragic Ballad of Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage is a true enigma of a human being. He is endlessly lampooned, idolized, studied, quoted, and ironically loved to the point where it is no longer ironic. Montages of the actor "losing his shit" or just straight freaking out onscreen have garnered over a million views, and there was even an episode of … Continue reading “Mandy” – The Insane, Violent, and Tragic Ballad of Nicolas Cage

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Plot and Character Take a Backseat to Cheap Thrills

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, AKA Jurassic World 2, AKA Jurassic Park 5, is a frustrating film. At times, it’s more or less a personification of everything that’s wrong with the bad blockbusters of today. It has paper thin characters, especially in the case of the villains, who’s “I only care about money” attitudes seem plucked … Continue reading Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Plot and Character Take a Backseat to Cheap Thrills