Joel has written 32 reviews for films during 2020.
The Host 2020
The Host wants so bad to be Psycho that it steals most of its story but executes it in such a bland way with terrible acting, poor direction and cinematography that comes off as cheap and a feel that is cheesy and also very bland. Hate knocking on a film that lacks a budget to look great, but The Host fails to be anything memorable and is just forgettable at the end of the day.
The Grudge 2019
January horror films are usually not good and this continues the tradition with this loose blending of several stories of this entity terrorizing them because of their connection to the cursed house and it has a great cast (with John Cho, Lin Shaye, Betty Gilpin, Demian Bichir, Jackie Weaver and William Sadler among others) and give them nothing to do. The stories are all predictable full of jump scares, cliche horror imagery and scenes that come off as laughingly bad…
Underwater has hints of the Abyss, Aliens and Sphere when it keeps whats lurking in the water at a distance and has this cerebral feel to the story while Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel and even TJ Miller excel in this survival situation they're in as they are dealing with the elements and scenarios they encounter(air supply, broken machinery etc) but when what is in the water is revealed, it quickly becomes reminiscent of the Meg and not in the best…
Like a Boss 2020
Like A Boss has great actresses in Tiffany Haddish, Rose Bryne and Salma Hayek that have proven before to be great in comedy roles but the story and humor they given just doesn't turn out to be funny at all and often times is often cringeworthy. Jennifer Coolidge and Billy Porter had more to work with as far as the comedy is concerned and are actually funny but are only in a few scenes with Porter's best scene being placed…
Brahms: The Boy II 2020
The sequel to the 2016 original The Boy that replaces Lauren Cohan with Katie Holmes(to lesser acting success) and takes the bizarre events of the original and retcons them to add this supernatural element to Brahms the doll.
The dream sequences and jump scares continue to drag down the franchise along with the bland acting from Katie Holmes and it assumes the audience has seen the first movie as the doll just appears with no explanation of what Brahms is,…
The latest adaptation of the Dr Dolittle story wrote by Hugh Lofting, Dolittle continues to show Hollywood doesn't know what to do with Robert Downing Jr outside of the MCU. Dolittle has this lighthearted nature to it that has a story that keeps Dolittle and his furry friends moving through their quest in a good pace that will keep young children entertained along with many good actors doing voices they will like as well.
Unfortunately, the humor(mostly revolving around animal…
Seberg is a Kristen Stewart led film as French actress Jean Seberg who becomes a target of the FBI when she supports the Civil Right movement during the 60s and while Stewart is great in her role, the story just never goes anywhere worthy of that performance and lacks depth as it moves through the events without much to say about it. Anthony Mackie and Zazie Beetz also turn in great performance as well as Jack O Connell who might…
Bad Boys for Life 2020
Bad Boys For Life brought Will Smith & Martin Lawrence back to a franchise that hadn't been visited since 2003 and it picks up right where the franchise left off (except for Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi replacing Michael Bay in the director's chair) and this continues to be a dependable franchise.
The storyline continues to be cliche cop action movie and is predictable in where the story will go (as was its predecessors) but Smith and Lawrence continue this…
The Gentlemen 2019
Guy Ritchie is back to the British crime action films that made him such a great director(Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and that slick stylistic look that made those films so crisp along with a cast that comprised of Charlie Hunnam, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Grant and Henry Golding who all worked so well together thanks to that classic Guy Ritchie dialogue and humor injected into those intense scenes that really sets his films apart…
Color Out of Space 2019
Richard Stanley returns to the director chair after mostly been absent since the 1996 disaster that was the Island of Dr Moreau( that he was fired from) to give us this bonkers film based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft and with another insane performance from Nicolas Cage(reminiscent of his recent performances in Mom & Dad and Mandy) and delivers the most loyal to Lovecraft adaptation in terms of feel and story direction. Some may not love where the story goes…
The Call of the Wild 2020
The Call of the Wild is a Chris Sanders directed film based on the 1903 Jack London novel that yes, does have a CGI dog center stage in Buck, a St Bernard that is stolen from a home and goes on a journey to find where he belongs.
While I knew many that were put off by the CGI dog, I got over it quickly and got invested in Buck’s plight and easily became immersed in the story as Buck…
Weathering with You 2019
Weathering With You is that latest film from director Makoto Shinkai whose 2016 film Your Name which such a phenomenal film and while this film has the same look and feel, the overall story didn't engage me as much as its predecessor that really did have a lot of heart in the story.
The story of a boy who meets a girl that can manipulate the weather with her emotions seems like it wouldn't but like the body swapping in…