Posts Tagged ‘Netflix’

the open houseI have been a big fan of Dylan Minnette (Let Me In) since I had seen him in the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why. We have already checked out one film this year that starred Dylan and there was an Netflix original film that peaked my interest so I figured why not? So for today, I have chosen to check out his latest film The Open House which stars Minnette as Logan Wallace, your everyday teenager with aspirations to make the Olympics. Things are put on halt when he witnesses the death of his father (Aaron Abrams) who was hit by a car. So along with his mother Naomi (Piercey Dalton), they decide to take some time and live in her sisters mountain house. The only catch is that on Sundays they have to leave for a while because the Realtors hold an open house there, but that is when the weird stuff begins to happen around the house and they can’t figure it out. The film also stars Patricia Bethune (General Hospital) as Martha, Sharif Atkins (Close To Home) as Chris, Edward Olson (Illusions) as The Man In Black, Katie Walder (Bitter Brew) as Allison, Leigh Parker (The Funhouse Massacre) as Ed, Kathryn Beckwith as Joannie, and the film was written and directed by Matt Angel (Ha/lf) and Suzanne Coote.

the-open-house-netflixI do have to admit that I was a little bit confused as to what in the hell was going on throughout the whole film. I kept wondering is this going to be one of those supernatural films with an evil spirit? Is this going to be one of those films where a cult lives inside of this house, or is this about someone that is stalking them without knowing? You don’t have any indication of another person stalking them for a whole entire film because all you get is a woman who has dementia and thinks her husband is alive at times and dead at other times and then it’s not told whether a person is messing with them or is it a ghost. I was quite annoyed with the film at that because they chose to focus on the breakdown of this relationship between mother and son instead of letting us know that it is a person that is messing with them. Other than those major points, the rest of the film actually had some plus sides like great setting for a film and an amazing cast that did a good job with what they had. I think part of the problem is that I went into to this thinking that it was going to be a lot like the 80’s horror film Open House. One thing that I will say is that the killer is very creative when it comes to what he does to them in the last 15 minutes or so of the film. I also want to say that Piercey Dalton also has a very nice tush that you will see in the film. I am going to give the film an C+ for a final grade.

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maxresdefaultOne of my very favorite Netflix shows has been Stranger Things and even that show has become a fall and October tradition on the site. With that being said, one of the stars of the show is in the film that I chose to watch for today in Marrowbone (a.k.a. The Secret Of Marrowbone). When the matriarch (Nicola Harrison) of the family passes away, Jack (Peter Pan’s George MacKay) swears to protect his three siblings no matter the cost. Unfortunately as time rolls on in the house, they start to notice that things are deteriorating and the thing they have trapped in the attic may not be as dead as they thought it was. The film also stars Mia Goth (A Cure For Wellness) as Jane, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Billy, Matthew Stagg (War & Peace) as Sam,  Anna Taylor-Joy (The Witch) as Allie, Kyle Soller (You, Me, and The Apocalypse) as Porter, Tom Fisher (The Mummy Returns) as Father, Robert Nairne (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as the Monster, Paul Jesson (The Tragedy of Coriolanus) as Doctor, and the film was written and directed by Sergio G. Sánchez (Palm Trees In The Snow),

Marrowbone_Filmpicture_13457-1200x520One thing is for sure and that is at first I was trying to find the horror in the film or even the thriller to be honest. When you get through a portion of the film you start to figure out that this one is definitely a slow burn of sorts and you can figure out where they are going with the horror. That is when the film starts getting really good especially as you are trying to figure out why they can’t look into the mirrors and then you are wondering well what the hell is in the attic that they are so worried about? Then it continues to get really good when they start introducing what the father had done that made them change their names and their location. If I am being 100% honest with all of you, it’s hard to pick an actor that did better than the rest because they all served a purpose and they all did great. Anna Taylor-Joy for the amount of screen time that she had was great and Kyle Soller was a very good antagonist. As far as the siblings, Mia Goth was great and Charlie Heaton was great in the film too. This film had a small cast, but It worked to their advantage because you didn’t need a huge cast for this picture. One of the other things I loved about this film was the cinematography and those great shots of the surrounding landscape and the house. Those were some amazing shots and the other great thing as well is the set itself. The house was old, falling apart, and it was creepy. This is a very story driven film that has a huge twist at the end that I did not see coming so check it out. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

streetIt has been a very long time since the last Tuesday Night Fights was done and I have been itching to get back in the game. We didn’t want this one to be an every week ordeal just to keep it special when it does happen. So, needless to say this is a very special edition of TNF because for today only, it’s Thursday Night Fights. The film we are looking at is an independent film by the name of Street. Casper Smart (Dirty Dancing) plays our title character Remo Street, a kid who has been down on his luck. One day after saving a guy, it becomes a double edged sword where it sees him get mixed up with the wrong people, but it also helps find him an in at a gym where he’ll go from the maintenance guy to a fighter. After a mix up sends one of the star fighters to the hospital, Remo will step in to take on his greatest challenge in Donan Manta (Uriah Hall) with everything on the line for the gym. The film also stars John Hennigan (Sharknado 5) as Monstrovia, Kate Miner (Fired Up!) as Jasmine, Quincy Brown (Dope) as Dante, Shashawnee Hall (Friend Request) as Coach Oz, John Brickner (W.M.D.) as Greg, and the film was directed by Bradford May (Favorite Son).

Smart Vs HallNow Street has been involved in some serious brawls before entering the Commerce Casino Ballroom for his fight against Manta. Manta obviously being the more experienced man in the Octagon was going to be the favorite in the fight. That was deterring Street though from stepping in and giving it his all. In the opening round, Street was doing a decent job trying to evade the strikes from Manta, but Manta was too good and he was landing the shots that counted and you could tell with the bloody nose Street received. Coach Oz seemed confident in his fighter as he kept reinforcing that he had to remember everything they worked on in training. The second round featured a better effort from Street as he remained wise while also delivering some nice shots of his own that sent Manta to the canvas at one point. Both men were giving it all as if their life depended on it. You have to admire that kind of tenacity from these fighters. Nonetheless, there was definitely more work to be done cause this fight was far from over.

Smart Vs Hall 2The third round started in a very ferocious way as both men were just going at it. They were throwing everything they had at each other, but at some points it looked like Street had the advantage with his punches and knees to the gut. That was until he took a vicious straight right right to the face that sent him to the mat. Manta began to pounce on him throwing some vicious kicks until Street was able to create enough separation as he went back on the attack. He started throwing everything at Manta and for the most part Manta was taking every shot until Street connected with a superman punch. Manta hit the mat like a sack of wet noodles and Street took advantage placing Manta in a cross arm breaker. The whole venue watched as Street struggled to lock it in fully, but as soon as he was able to do it, Manta tapped out. That was all she wrote as Remo Street was your new champion! This was a pretty decent film that had everything that fighting movies have, but the final fight was too quick. The final fight should be the fight that we all get excited for, but it was just too quick. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

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beyond the gatesWhen I search for horror movies to watch for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween, I always try to find films that strike some kind of interest from me. One of those things can be anything having to do with the 1980’s whether it be a theme or maybe a star from that era like the beautiful Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator). While cruising through Netflix’s horror section, I came across today’s film which is called Beyond The Gates. Brothers Gordon (Graham Skipper) and John Hardesty (Chase Williamson) are forced to see each once again when their father goes missing and is presumed dead. The two have to clean out their father’s video rental store that is made up of all old VHS cassettes. One day while in the office of the store, they stumble on an old VHS adventure game called Beyond The Gates. What they don’t realize is once they play the tape, they are forced to play the game or it will claim their souls. The film also stars Brea Grant (Rob Zombie’s Halloween II) as Margo, Matt Mercer (Contracted: Phase II) as Derek, Justin Welborn (The Final Destination) as Hank, Jesse Merlin (12 Deadly Days) as Elric, Sara Malakul Lane (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) as Dahlia, Henry LeBlanc (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Dad, Pierson Ryan (Red Team Go) as Ghoul, and the film was directed by Jackson Stewart (Supernatural). 

barbaraI always give you guys my honest opinion on everything I watch because I am a horror fan and it’s my genre of choice. Beyond The Gates is an excellent film that while it had some quirks to it (not many), it was a well written film and very well acted. The story itself was a very interesting one where what if you started playing a game and it wouldn’t let you go until you either finished it or it took your soul. What would you do? You’d have no other choice, but to finish the game because now it messes with reality. The kills in the film were a very interesting part of the film where the main characters are doing it without really doing it. I know that makes no sense, but what if the game told you to go outside and find the X. You find it only to dig it up and you find a doll. The game tells you there is a key inside so you tear the doll apart looking for it without realizing that your tearing a friend’s insides out. That is what I am talking about and I actually liked that about the film. It was very different than usual and very cool. Barbara Crampton was amazing as usual as the gamekeeper from hell who forces our brothers to play the game. The camera work is great and the editing is on point as well. I love the intro to the film that kind of shows you how a VHS cassette worked. I thought that was a cool nostalgic thing. I am however going to give the film an A- for a final grade and it’s available on Netflix as we speak.

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babysitter'I usually try to say that I rarely get excited with a lot of films, but then I would be a liar especially when it comes to Netflix. I have been a big proponent of everything Netflix produces from the original shows like Stranger Things, comedy specials, and even original films. When I first saw the trailer for today’s film, I was instantly excited because it looked like it could be pretty epic. The film I chose for today is called The Babysitter and it stars Judah Lewis (Demolition) as Cole, a lonely 12 year old kid who is constantly getting pushed around by everyone at school, but he has one thing that they all do not have. That thing is this hot and super cool babysitter by the name of Bee (Samara Weaving) who treats Cole like he’s normal. After his neighbor dares him to stay up when he is supposed to be sleeping, he finds out that there’s more to her then he knows. The film also stars Bella Thorne (The DUFF) as Allison, Hana Mae Lee (Pitch Perfect) as Sonya, Robbie Amell (The DUFF) as Max, Andrew Bachelor (We Are Your Friends) as John, Doug Haley (Code Black) as Samuel, Ken Marino (Role Models) as Dad, Leslie Bibb (Iron Man) as Mom, Emily Alyn Lind (Enter The Void) as Melanie, and the film was directed by McG (Charlie’s Angels). 

Samara WeavingThe one thing that you have to remember going into this film is that this is going to have that big Hollywood feel to it as far as the look and feel is concerned. I actually loved the film from beginning to end with Samara being the star of this film for sure. The movie at first has that comedy element to it because you’re learning just how much of a p*ssy he really is, but when he finds out her dirty little secret well that is when the real fun begins. I have to give Robbie Amell some credit because he plays that Jock everyone knows that is always hopped up on adrenaline and her does it well. The film then begins to take a Home Alone kind of approach, but the only problem is that things get executed by accident and not on how he attended them to go. The cinematography is excellent in this film, the story is pretty tight, and the cast is amazing. There is some pretty cool kills in the film even if some of them he did not intend to make. McG has a certain style to him as far as how his films look and it shines through in this one so if you’re a fan then cool, but if not then you may want to avoid it. I think you should at least give it a watch because I am giving the film an A- for a final grade cause I thought it was bad ass. Check it out on Netflix now!

jeff dunhamThere is an avenue of comedy that hasn’t really been explored much and that is the act of Ventriloquism. Now I am not saying that it isn’t being practiced, but before 2007 or 05, had you heard of any famous Ventriloquist having comedy specials on Comedy Central? I’ll even let you think for a minute before I give you this next answer. Time is up and I didn’t think so. You couldn’t come up with anyone at the time other than Jeff Dunham, the world famous Ventriloquist with his famous puppets Bubba J, Walter, Peanut, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, and more. The only thing is that it has been a couple of years since his last comedy special and now Jeff has a new one that is a Netflix Original stand up special in Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster where he performs in the country of Ireland and presents all of his friends and even a brand new puppet as they tackle topics like drinking, fatherhood, and even maybe the secret of Jeff’s own beginnings and so much more.

dunhamI am a huge fan of Jeff Dunham and I have laughed so many times at his comedy specials, but this one lives up to the name of the special. The thing that bothered me is that I could see him lipping everything that the dolls were saying. That was an issue for me because I saw a little girl belt out a song on America’s Got Talent and she did a better job than Jeff. That wasn’t the least of his troubles in this special, the problem is that he is trying to grow with the times considering he is a new dad, but it just wasn’t completely funny. The best segments of the special came with the new puppet Baby Sheamus, Peanut, and some of Achmed’s segment. The rest of it was just kind of boring and them going back and forth about Jeff being old and having kids at his age. This isn’t a terrible special, but some comedians just don’t transition well into that fatherhood stage of their careers. The Baby Sheamus was a nice touch and a nice way to win over the crowd in Ireland, it’ll be interesting to see how the show grows with that puppet. I think this special is worth a least one viewing or maybe two at most. I am going to give it an B- for a final grade.

marc maronI have preached the brilliance of Netflix for a very long time now whether it be original movies, Original TV Series, documentaries, or even their original comedy specials. Earlier in the summer, Netflix had released a new series entitled G.L.O.W. that is loosely based on the all women’s wrestling show of the 80’s. One of the stars of that show is stand up comedian Marc Maron who is also the host of an amazing podcast called the WTF With Marc Maron. I instantly became a huge fan of his just from watching the show and when I heard that he had a comedy special on Netflix, I had to check it out. So for today’s Tuesday Stand Up, we are checking out his special Marc Maron: Too Real which was recorded at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, CA. In the special, Marc tackles all sorts of topics like Donald Trump, hate groups, making decisions based on how long you have to live, being spiritual/meditating, fun, his father, media, The Rolling Stones, his mother, doctors, The Dave Matthews Band, stupid hats, cats, and so much more.

marc maron 2It has been quite some time since I had seen a comedy special and there have been times when I watch them, but I don’t review them. I knew I wanted to review this one because as I said above, I am a huge fan of his and his work. You don’t have to be smart to watch this comedy special, but it’s a smart comedy special. There is a lot of laughter in the wisdom of the brilliant Marc Maron and only intelligent people will get it for sure. One of my favorite topics that he gets into is when he starts reading his post it notes thoughts that he writes while driving. He gets into this whole conversation about Dave Matthews and I felt instantly like Marc understood my frustration behind that music. You’ll have to watch the special to know what I am referring to, but it was genius. The shtick he does on The Rolling Stones is great as you can see from the pic I provided to you guys in this paragraph. I definitely think you guys should give this special a shot and just check it out. It’s always good to have something different and with all the specials I have watched, he gives me something a little different. I am going to give the special an A for a final grade.