Movie Review: Halloween

This movie is a continuation of the Halloween franchise that started 40 years ago in 1978 – this latest film being the sixth. All of these movies follow the same exact pattern. They have several false alarms that happen to startle the audience. The evil murdering villain has no lines and chases people around and kills them horribly using several different methods. No matter what anyone does the murderer does not seem to ever die, even though he sustains injuries more than adequate to cause his death. Most importantly, all of the people involved react in the most stupid ways while running for their lives or trying to fight the murderer. In other words, all of these films are ridiculous and idiotic, this newest one being one of the dumbest.

Jamie Lee Curtis has starred in all of these movies starting out her career at age 20 with the first one, and now at age 60, she looks a good deal older than her age. At the end of this movie, like all the movies there is doubt that Micheal Meyers is finally dead – because if this movie makes a great deal of money, he will be back again, probably in about 2 years. Some 20 years ago, in the movie “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later”, Jamie Lee Curtis takes an ax and cuts off the head of Michael Meyers. So why or how can he now be alive to once again attack everyone? I can only guess that the producers thought that enough time has gone by to make yet another one of these stupid movies even though the main character was decapitated. One day there will be an intelligent slasher movie where everybody involved reacts in intelligent ways to either run away, or fight back. Unfortunately, we are a long way from seeing a movie like that, because once something works and makes money, Hollywood will just do the same thing again because anything else would be too big of a risk.

I am very surprised by the Rotten Tomatoes high ratings for this latest bad slasher movie of 80%, because my rating is in the 20% range. This movie should be missed just like all of the other movies in the Halloween franchise because of its extreme stupidity.

Movie Review: The Hate U Give

The new movie “The Hate U Give” is about a subject that was inevitably going to made into a movie one day; Police violence and shootings of young black men in dangerous neighborhoods. The reason why this movie was brilliantly made is because it perfectly demonstrated both sides of this issue showing how difficult this problem always has been because of the complex gray areas involved.

Police are stopping black men either for cause or no reason and what follows is the understandable resentment and hatred the person stopped has toward the officer. There is no easy or obvious solution to this problem that has existed for many years. Within a dangerous neighborhood, a high percentage of young black men who are stopped by a Police officer own a gun, the officer is terrified of being shot and because of this the tension levels are extremely high. Under circumstances like this, as is explained so well by the actor Common, who plays a police officer in this movie, the officer in some cases reacts out of fear of being shot and so he has no choice but to react. The solution is to train police officers to be better at their jobs and never overreact in any situation. Then the person stopped should follow the officers instructions exactly, never argue or give the officer any reason to fear for his life. An opening scene in this movie shows a black father telling his children if they are ever stopped by the police to put their hands on the dashboard of the car and follow the orders of the officer.

This excellent film is not about the cut and dry shootings of young black men that are entirely about racism, but rather about the difficult problem of police officers trying to do their jobs and black people trying to just live their lives and are unjustly targeted by the police only because they are black.

The Hate U Give stars an upcoming young actress Amandla Stenberg, who is so outstanding in her lead role that she might just win an Academy Award nomination this year for best actress. Other actors in this movie are Common, Anthony Mackie and Regina Hall and all are outstanding in their roles. The screenwriter for this movie is Audrey Wells who tragically died this year of Cancer at only age 58. I predict she will get a nomination for best original screenplay and this film could just win the best picture of the year.

The Rotten Tomatoes rating for this movie is an almost perfect 96% and I agree with this rating. The Hate U Give gets my highest recommendation and it will definitely nominated for best picture this year.

Movie Review: Bad Times at the El Royale

The new movie “Bad Times at the El Royale” tries very hard to be different and it does succeed in being different. I have never seen a movie like this that starts with Hotel with a red line that runs through it dividing its location in half between a Nevada section and a California section. Unfortunately the movie is way too long – over two hours, when the entire story could have been told in 90 minutes. The conclusion and the addition of a character outside of the hotel contains too many loose ends and in the end does not make enough sense.

This film stars Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth with a cameo by Nick Offerman. I thought the acting was good throughout the strange story. The Rotten Tomatoes rating for this movie is a solid 72% with 7.5 on IMDB, but I give this movie a marginal recommendation because it was too long and too boring in several areas.