Movie Review – The Nun

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Some real creepy shit here

Sit back, relax, and pull off your habit. It’s time for The Nun to have some fun. Seriously, I’ve been waiting for this movie since the day I was born. I felt it in my bones. The Conjuring Universe has consistently been one of the greatest franchises ever put to film. The amount of expectation for each new release is kind of like the feeling you get when you buy a new car. You sit there and take a deep breath in and smell the newness. They always give us something new, but still remain true to the ongoing saga. I’m in love with it.

The Nun is a prequel to the main Conjuring franchise, expanding on a character that was first mentioned in The Conjuring 2. The way that the makers tie all of these films together is so refreshing and new that I can’t praise them enough.

The setting of The Nun is awesome. It was filmed entirely in Romania. Visiting there has been on my bucket list for years. I felt like I was there. Now I really want to go. The Abbey that they were in was breathtakingly creepy and beautiful. I have no complaints about the movie. You’ll enjoy the many scream scenes. The makeup job on The Nun is spot on. There are a ton of jump out of your seat moments. The season of horror movies is just now starting, so I recommend this one to get your Halloween spirit into high gear.

Grade: A

About the Peetimes: The Nun is a really short movie. I 100% recommend the Peetime at the beginning of the movie. There is a 2nd Peetime listed later, but that should only be used for emergencies. 

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Avengers Infinity War – what does the post credit scene mean?

Major spoilers. Do not read until AFTER you see Infinity War.

What happens –

In the post-credits scene of Avengers – Infinity War, Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders (Hill) are alerted of Thanos’ attack on Wakanda. While they’re gathering information, a car crashes in front of them. They check the car and they realize no one is driving it.

Seconds later, Hill is vaporized, to Fury’s horror.

We know that this is the effect of Thanos eliminating half of humanity — but Fury doesn’t know that. As he begins to vaporize into nothingness, he manages to fire off one last message on, what looks like, an antiquated communications device. After vaporizing, the camera zooms in on the pager. It has a star-shaped logo and shows confirmation that his message was received.

What it means – 

The message was being sent to  Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel.

If you don’t know her already, you’re going to hear plenty in the coming year. She is the ultimate Avenger. Her power is, as some have described, the sum of all the other Avengers combined, and then multiplied.

She gets her own origin story movie (starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers) , set in the 1990s, on March 6, 2019, when Captain Marvel hits theaters.

Presumably Captain Marvel will be set up to be introduced to the Avengers in the yet unnamed Avengers 4, which comes out about 2 months later. The onscreen text following the extra scene promised that “Thanos will return.” 

If you’re a big fan of Spiderman, Black Panther, et al., then don’t worry. They’re dead, but not dead-dead. We already know there is a scheduled Spiderman Homecoming sequel set for the summer of 2019 and at least as few others as well.

The story isn’t over.

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New Black Panther Trailer is Fantastic – Watch the Video Show Off Wakanda

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Wakanda – A utopia of peace, plenty, and magical high tech.

I saw the new Black Panther trailer when I went to see Thor  – Ragnarok, and it looks GORGEOUS. Sumptuous. Luxuriously detailed and kind of intense. Seriously, I could watch this preview all day.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe sure knows how to create anticipation for their constellation of movies. It’s all about the story, and the producers keep me wanting more, and wanting it now. I’m shocked to find I’m more into the MCU than the Star Wars films (I’m and a true geek who waited in line for hours back in 1978, to see the original Star Wars in the theater…at least a dozen times).

Anyway. Watch this Black Panther trailer and enjoy!

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Movie Review – A Dog’s Purpose – A Brutal Experience in Non-Stop Crying

Movie Review - A Dog's PurposeThis was a hard movie to rate, because I feel so angry at the producers for even making this emotionally manipulative sob fest. Nobody should see this.

The target audience: people who love dogs beyond measure, AND don’t mind crying almost nonstop for an entire film.

I can’t even begin to describe how painful this movie experience is. I feel terrible, lonely, and even broken. The entire audience was weeping all around me, over and over, with every dog death. After the movie, people leaving the theater only mentioned how dreadfully sad they were.

The movie employees also mentioned they will never see this one, after seeing the condition people are in afterward.

I will have to add more thoughts after I sleep this off. The good: the movie is not poorly made. The dog voiceover had charm. Puppies are cute. Horse-dogs are amusing.

So much pain is going on in the real world right now. I don’t recommend paying money and deliberately going out for an evening of celluloid sorrow. Last note: if you do go, do not see this alone.

UPDATE: I promised I would add more, so I am looking over my written review notes. Things I wrote:

“A ‘fluff’ movie — forgive the doggie pun — with a people-oriented Hollywood ending almost nobody will be happy with. Sure, these things happen, but few of us are lucky enough to have the timing right. The message of the movie seems to be about being lonely – no matter what revelation the dog felt compelled to tack on at the end. One person attempted to clap after it was over, and it was roundly ignored by the rest of the theater, in seeming solidarity. That person was even shushed by their seatmate.”

I never warned anyone off a movie before, but am now telling everyone I meet: this one is a manipulative dog turd.

Grade: C

About The Peetimes: This was a tough movie to find Peetimes for, since many of the lives Bailey experiences fly through rather quickly. I added Peetimes that are easy to sum up.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of A Dog’s Purpose. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG) for thematic elements and some peril
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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Movie Review – Batman vs. Superman

BMvSM[Spoilers are limited to things seen in the movie trailer]

I have to say, Batman vs. Superman didn’t wow me. That’s not completely true. Parts of it wowed me, but not many. Most of the movie tried to crank up the tension, which got a little tedious at times, and the payoff wasn’t always worth the buildup.

What I liked best

It was pretty awesome when they finally got around to introducing Wonder Woman. I could hear the giddiness of the people in the theater. I think we’ve all been waiting to see Wonder Woman on the big screen now for, lets see, FOREVER!

The fight scene she was involved in was okay. I thought that the biggest problem was that it was filmed at night, so it was hard to see details. Also the scale made it difficult. Doomsday is huge, and dwarfs the three that are fighting him. In many shots it was almost hard to even make out Wonder Woman chopping away at him with her sword. They had some closeup scenes, but I think they needed more.

The fight between Batman and Superman was good, but not great. I think the choreography of the movements, especially Batman’s, was too laborious. However, the way the fight actually went, the back and forth between them was decent.

Grade: C+

[Major Batman vs. Superman spoilers below. Don’t read until after you’ve seen the movie.]

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I found Batman’s dream sequences to be quite annoying. They started right at the beginning of the movie with the young Bruce Wayne levitating out of the cave, seemingly flying with the bats. Then Bruce Wayne awakens in the present day. I don’t think the dream sequences would have been so annoying if we had known from the start that’s what was happening. There were entire action scenes that never happened.

And it wasn’t just Batman. Superman had his “father vision” in the arctic. What was that all about? Was that his father’s spirit? Was it all Superman’s imagination? They can’t just stick things like that in there without some basic explanation. We got to see Jor-El in the first two Superman movies and they had a decent explanation for what was going on. This time they just plopped Jonathan Kent into the story and said, “Don’t ask how.”

I have to say, Superman is my least favorite superhero. He’s just too powerful. To me the most important characteristic of a superhero isn’t their powers–it’s their weaknesses. And Superman’s only weakness is kryptonite — which okay, at least there’s something — but that’s hard to keep playing up. I’m bored with every Superman fight because he’s indestructible. He was right on top of a nuclear bomb explosion and didn’t get much more than a sunburn. Come on, at least show him with his hair messed up.

And that brings us to the movies end. Yes, it was cool that Superman sacrificed himself to destroy Doomsday. But then they drag us through all these funeral scenes that take up about eight minutes, and end with the hint: wait a second, maybe he’s not dead. Oh really. That’s a shocker. Of course he comes back. He’s Superman. You can’t have a Justice League without him. So it isn’t, “if he comes back,” it’s, “how he comes back.”

My hope is that Superman won’t be in the next DC movie. Let Wonder Woman and Batman assemble the Justice League themselves and have a decent fight against a decent foe. Then bring Superman back for the following movie, or never. I’d be good with that as well.

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Fast and the Furious – Furious 7 Movie Review

 

furious7I have been waiting on pins and needles for this movie. I am undeniably Paul Walker’s biggest fan. (Based on an extensive poll I conducted during lunch today with my daughter.) I had absolutely no idea how they were going to proceed with his last film. They didn’t disappoint me. It was tastefully done; they didn’t go cheesy.

Throughout the entire film, I was worried that the movie was going to take a turn that was going to devastate me. I won’t lie and say that I didn’t cry. I did. It was touching. At the end of the movie the screen flashed, “For Paul.” The theater erupted into a furious (lol) applause. I felt a wonderful sense of pride for a truly talented actor. Paul will be forever missed.

So, I have to do a special shout out to Tyrese Gibson; that dude is hysterical! He has such a presence that you can’t help but cackle at what and how he says things. He brought another special layer to this movie. I was appreciative of the fact that there was a bunch of humor thrown in. It helped pull the movie together.

I can’t decide who gets the bad ass award. Jason Statham, The Rock, Vin Diesel or Michelle Rodriguez? They all kicked some serious arse. All the fight scenes were incredible. No complaints in that department.

Then, the cars. Oh man, the cars. They are racing down the sides of mountains, parachuting out of planes and crashing through skyscrapers in Abu Dhabi. Enough said: that stuff was off the charts.

If there were a grade better than an A+, this movie would get it! Thank you movie makers. You made this fan super happy.

Grade: A+

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Movie Review – The Conjuring

TheConjuringThe Conjuring was by far the best scary movie I have seen since I was a little girl. At one point I was wishing for my blanket to cover my head and hide my eyes with. I do not have one bad thing to say abut this movie. It was great.

The entire cast gave top-notch performances. Special notice goes to Vera Farmiga and Lili Taylor. These two woman were superb. They had great chemistry together and brought the movie to life.

I have to mention that as I sat waiting to see if there was anything after the credits I overheard a conversation between an older couple. The wife was actually crying because she had gotten so scared. She told her husband as she walked by me, “Don’t ever make me watch this again. I’m going to have bad dreams forever.”

The Conjuring rekindled my love for scary movies. Great job!

Grade: A

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Movie Review – Iron Man – Genius, Philanthropist, etc who started it all

Movie Review - Iron ManThis is the movie that started it all for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it still holds up after all this time. In fact, knowing the character arc of Tony Stark (at least up to the end of Infinity War) makes this first movie even better. Not many franchises can say that.

Those doubts about Iron Man, so long ago, put to rest

One of the few criticisms the MCU has had over the years is that many of their villains have been rather cardboardy. That has been said of this first Iron Man, but I tend to disagree. First, they didn’t try to set up an ongoing villain. They created one that was a one-and-done, which works best for an origin story.

Secondly, they made up for it with the misdirection. We think we know who the villain is going to be — then we get a 180. For a first time movie viewing it worked really well. The humor, the pathos…it WORKS. Robert Downey Jr single-handedly improvised his way into something brand new in the superhero genre — and created the entire foundation of MCU greatness. Just ask the box office for Avengers: Endgame, and ten year’s worth of rabid fans.

I remember when I first saw previews for this movie. My first thought was: Robert Downey Jr., as a superhero? Seriously? This must be some sort of joke.

Little did we know what was to come. No one could have done Iron Man better, or set up what’s become the world’s most exciting continuous franchise. No one else comes close.

Grade: B+

About The Peetimes: The first Iron Man movie predates RunPee — by about one year. We added these Peetimes retrospectively, just to create continuity with all the other MCU movies.

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Iron Man. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG-13) for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and brief suggestive content
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Superhero