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‘Signs’ Is One of the Creepiest Science-Fiction Movies I’ve Ever Seen

Have you ever heard of Signs, an M. Night Shyamalan movie from 2002 starring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix as two brothers living in the Midwest when strange things start happening at their farm.

Yeah, it was a film that I had never heard of before last week but when I watched it I knew I would never forget it.

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I watched the movie’s trailer and I knew it was probably going to be a little spooky but it wasn’t until I actually watched the film and found out that it was a M. Night Shyamalan movie that I began to get worried.

I’ve seen The Sixth Sense and Split so I know Shyamalan is good at scaring you and sure enough Signs had me wholly frightened for roughly two hours. Like A Quiet Place, Signs messes with the psyche for much of the duration of the movie but frankly I think Signs is scarier than A Quiet Place.

Is it better than A Quiet Place? No. A Quiet Place is more cohesive and has a stronger ending but Signs is one to watch if you’re a fan of scary sci-fi movies. I honestly have never been so terrified watching a science-fiction movie because when I watched Alien I already knew what the alien looked like and I knew some various scenes thanks to my father always mentioning how much those scenes scared him when he first saw it.

All in all, I’ll give Signs 85 out of 100 and 4 out of 5 stars. It was pretty good but I can’t give it anything over a B.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a tremendous day.

‘Joker’ After a Second Viewing

One, after a second viewing it is very clear that Heath Ledger is still the best Joker and probably will be for a while (if Joaquin Phoenix couldn’t dethrone him I don’t know who can.) Two, while Joker is pretty good and an intriguing origin story it definitely didn’t deserve the win for Best Picture. In fact, it can be a bit boring as it drags along this mystery surrounding Arthur Fleck and his slow-burn downward spiral into madness. However, the ending is pretty good and by the time he paints his “happy face” you understand him and why he has finally cracked.

Push someone to the brink and eventually, they will push back. It’s why we’re seeing the #BlackLivesMatter movement so prominently and racist statues being taken down. And now sporting organizations and food companies have to change their brands as the world now sees their marketing as a sign of still promoting past prejudiced thinking.

The last thirty minutes of Joker is definitely worth the wait. By the conclusion, you kind of can’t help but wish for another film that features Phoenix’s Joker taking on a new, darker version of Batman but that probably won’t happen. So, until then, we just have to watch this film which takes comic book movies into that gritty place that I’ve always wanted to see.

However, there’s no denying that powerful, melancholy musical score that won Hildur Guðnadóttir an Oscar. It is hauntingly brilliant.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.

 

Movie Review Flashback: My Review of ‘Joker’

I’ve heard the hype since the Venice Film Festival when a screening of Joker received an eight-minute standing ovation by the critics at the film’s conclusion. I saw the scintillating reviews and the words of praise directed to the movie. I saw the trailers and commercials which painted a riveting picture of a film that would, in detail, describe Arthur Fleck’s descent into further madness and the eventual alter-ego that he would become, Joker.

After the film garnered two Golden Globes for Best Original Score and Best Actor my family and I decided to finally watch it. Believe the hype because this movie is really good.

Is it the best comic book movie I’ve ever seen? No. That honor still stands with The Dark Knight. But it is, undoubtedly, one of the best comic book movies I’ve seen in recent years and promising development for where comic book movies can go in the coming decade. Continue reading Movie Review Flashback: My Review of ‘Joker’

My Review of ‘Joker’

I’ve heard the hype since the Venice Film Festival when a screening of Joker received an eight-minute standing ovation by the critics at the film’s conclusion. I saw the scintillating reviews and the words of praise directed to the movie. I saw the trailers and commercials which painted a riveting picture of a film that would, in detail, describe Arthur Fleck’s descent into further madness and the eventual alter-ego that he would become, Joker.

After the film garnered two Golden Globes for Best Original Score and Best Actor my family and I decided to finally watch it. Believe the hype because this movie is really good.

Is it the best comic book movie I’ve ever seen? No. That honor still stands with The Dark Knight. But it is, undoubtedly, one of the best comic book movies I’ve seen in recent years and promising development for where comic book movies can go in the coming decade. Continue reading My Review of ‘Joker’

The Golden Globes: Who’s Taking Home the Prize?

The Golden Globes are tonight (woo-hoo!) and that means the first major movie award season has begun. Who will win? What surprises are in store? And will it dictate the outcome of the Oscars? We’ll find out soon enough. But for now, here’s my prediction of the Golden Globe results from tonight. Enjoy!

Best Animated Feature Film

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While Toy Story 4 isn’t the best installment in the quadrilogy going up against films like Missing LinkHow to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, and even Frozen 2, which would not receive the same amount of praise as its predecessor, it seems like Toy Story 4 is the clear favorite to win. Continue reading The Golden Globes: Who’s Taking Home the Prize?

Here is the Fascinating List of Golden Globe Nominations!

The list of the Golden Globe nominations was released yesterday and it was clearly exciting. This is the moment I wait for all year and while this isn’t a definitive idea of what to expect for the Oscars it’s very clear that this award season is going to be stacked to the rafters with talent and arguments for each actor and actress to win the awards this season. So, with no further delay, here’s the list of Golden Globe nominations.

(I will stick to listing the movies and not the television shows.)

Best Animated Feature Film

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Three animated Disney movies in the run for Best Animated Film at the Golden Globes. Which one will win? I’m guessing that Toy Story 4 will probably take home the title, considering that it was a legitimately good story with plenty of heart, as expected. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, if better, would probably be the home run favorite for the recipient of this prize. And Frozen II, while smashing box-office expectations, was said to feel a bit derivative and not unique enough to stand out. Continue reading Here is the Fascinating List of Golden Globe Nominations!