Dystopia & Horror

  • Is the girl from A Quiet Place deaf in real life? Is the girl from A Quiet Place deaf in real life? In a word, yes. The girl, aptly played by Millicent Simmonds, is deaf and speaks American Sign Language. And she’ll definitely be in this year’s follow up film, but presumably older and wiser. Representing Disability in A Quiet Place Actor-director John ...
  • A Real Conversation with my Passive-Aggressive Alexa A conversation I had with my Amazon Alexa device today proves computers can have hurt feelings and a passive-aggressive nature. Follow this dialog… And no, I’m not making any of it up: Me: Alexa, play All the Stars from Black Panther. Alexa: I cannot play All the Stars unless you purchase — Me: ...
  • Unfaithful Horror Movie Adaptations Horror movie The Turning opens January 24.  Aware moviegoers may notice the connection to the Henry James novel The Turn of the Screw.  However, aside from a basic premise (a nanny is terrorized by her two charges), the film has little to do with the book it’s based on.  This ...
  • Critic Movie Reviews v RunPee Family Reviews Not having professional or writer-educated staff (besides First Officer/COO Jill Florio, who was a journalist and magazine editor back when people still had real jobs), RunPee’s reviews are written from the heart, and are hopefully more useful than what we get from the well-paid critics of Rotten Tomatoes…  Because we ...
  • Movie Review – Underwater Underwater was much better than I was expecting. I had fun watching it;  they definitely did a great job with the suspense. I took my granddaughter with me and she whispered the funniest thing to me half way through. She says, “Don’t worry Grandma, I’m not gonna ask you to ...
  • Is there anything extra during the end credits of Underwater? No, there are not any extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Underwater. View details and movie information… Please share and help RunPee grow:FacebookTwitterPinterestRedditLike this:Like Loading...
  • Movie Review – The Grudge The Grudge didn’t impress me at all. It was a cool story but it was told all wrong. Before I get into everything I felt was wrong with it, my one compliment: there are chilling moments. A few times the hair on my neck stood up. It had potential. My biggest ...
  • A History of The Grudge – from Japan to America (and every remake in the franchise) The Grudge hits theaters January 3.  It’s been fourteen years since the 2004 American remake, also titled The Grudge, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar.  This horror franchise has had a long history in Japan and America.  So here’s a deep dive into the story of The Grudge. Origin of the Series Director Takashi ...
  • Movie Review – Black Christmas   I was so excited to find out I was going to get to see Black Christmas on Friday the 13th! It’s always been a lucky day for me, until today. Today …that trend ended. I was so disappointed with Black Christmas. Let me first state that I have not seen the ...
  • What is the best all-time series franchise? So many movie franchises, so little time. While it’s easy for producers to add yet another movie to any long-running series, it’s not so easy to have every one of them qualify as good, quality films. And in some series, all are decent, but none are outstanding. How to decide ...
  • Spoiler-iffic Review of Terminator – Dark Fate Please don’t read this review if you haven’t seen Terminator: Dark Fate yet. You’ve now been warned. So, I did a story where I neatly ranked every Terminator film from 1984 through 2015, and they slot themselves perfectly by year. As in the first being the best, T2 coming close on ...
  • The 5 Best and Worst Films of Tom Hanks There’s something so satisfying about the idea of Tom Hanks playing children’s TV show host Mr. Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.  Who can resist one of America’s favorite actors playing one of America’s most beloved TV icons?  And I know Mr. Rogers was beloved because every time ...
  • Movie Review – Doctor Sleep I’ll admit to being a bit dubious about coming to see this. Be honest… Did you think The Shining needed a sequel? Or worse still, something that just seemed to be using the name to attract bums on seats? In my defense, I know nothing about the alternative comic book ...
  • Movie Review – Motherless Brooklyn   It seems clear a lot of critics like this movie. I’ll go along with this to an extent — it’s clearly a labor of love for Edward Norton, who not only managed every aspect of the film and starred in it, but did some excellent research on the mental illness ...
  • Ranking the Terminator Movies Well, cool, I just rewatched the entire run of Terminator movies and realized it will be easier to rank them in order of greatness than I thought. For each movie (I’ll get to the TV show later), the best to worst go in order of first to last created. That ...
  • Movie Review – Countdown   Countdown was a fun little flick. I enjoyed it — there were some scare moments balanced with just enough humor to add to its overall balance. In today’s world, we are all attached to our phones. They’ve become an extension of our hands. In Countdown, they become your own personal countdown ...
  • Movie Review – The Lighthouse   It’s no secret I have issues with A24 productions. I have seen them all. I go in with an open mind — and every time but twice I’ve hated them. Spring Breakers and Tusk get a free pass; those entertained me. When I saw the trailers for The Lighthouse, I was ...
  • In Defense of Terminator 3 Terminator: Dark Fate opens this week.  It’s the sixth movie in the Terminator franchise.  However, it is the official sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day…which basically invalidates Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, one of my favorite entries in the entire franchise. Billy Crystal once joked that Arnold Schwarzenegger signed on ...
  • Movie Review – Zombieland: Double Tap Zombieland: Double Tap wasn’t great, but it was better than I expected and certainly satisfying. I’m happy to say that Double Tap avoids the typical disappointment from sequels that were added on to a successful movie as a money grab. #ZL2 has the same charm and wit as the original. I’m ...
  • What are the Rules for Zombieland? Here are the rules presented on the big screen in 2009’s Zombieland, one of the two greatest Rom-Com-Zom movies ever made. (Just so you don’t have to guess, the other is Shaun of the Dead.) With Zombieland 2: Double Tap coming out, RunPee thought a refresher on zombie survival rules was in ...
  • Best Zombie Movies Ever Zombieland 2: Double Tap opens this week and I have a feeling I’m not the only one hungry for Twinkies.  It’s been ten years since the first Zombieland and if the sequel does well, they’re talking about making a third one in another ten years.  In case you need more ...
  • The Essential Will Smith   Gemini Man opens October 11.  The name Will Smith has become synonymous with  sci-fi action films.  Smith has had a long and varied career, even if his genre roles are my favorite.  I’ve been a fan of his since I was a kid.  Somewhere I have a Soundtracks cassette of ...
  • Movie Review – It Chapter Two   I’ve got so much to say about It Chapter Two, I’m not usually one for long reviews, but this one calls for it. Here we go… Let’s start off on a positive note. The beginning absolutely captivated me. I loved how each of the Losers were contacted and asked to come back ...
  • Who is Who in IT – Chapter 2 IT: Chapter 2 opens this week, promising bigger scares and more blood than the first part.  (Is that even possible?)  If you’re like me, you haven’t visited these Stephen King characters since the first IT movie came out two years ago. IMPORTANT: IT Chapter 2 is almost 3 hours long…you’re going ...
  • Movie Review – The Matrix   After reading RunPee Dan’s amazing retrospective on “The Matrix After 20 Years“, I’m a little intimidated to try and pen my own review. He’s RunPee’s resident Matrix EXPERT. And I don’t say that lightly. Uber. Fan. I especially get nervous trying to do justice to classic A+ level films. But I ...
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