TrailerWatch – “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”

I’m one of those folks who didn’t mind Venom. Hardy did a great job of balancing Eddie Brock and the symbiote Venom. And Woody Harrelson gave us all a taste of the manic villain Carnage. So basically I’m up for a film that digs in to the conflict between these two. (Plus, I’m looking forward to seeing more from Michelle Williams. Give that award winning gal more screen time, Marvel!) Synopsis!

Tom Hardy returns to the big screen as the lethal protector Venom, one of MARVEL’s greatest and most complex characters. Directed by Andy Serkis, the film also stars Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris and Woody Harrelson, in the role of the villain Cletus Kasady/Carnage.

Venom: Let There be Carnage hits theaters – AND ONLY THEATERS – on September 24th, 2021.

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Freaky Fridays – “Stay Out of the F**king Attic”

Horror, Cult Movies, Exploitation Cinema, 70s Schlock, and more! Let’s look at something cool!

“I got no signal.” [Of course you don’t, sweet pea. Are you new?]

Genre: Houses You Shouldn’t Go Into Fright Fests
Year Released: 2021
Pedigree: Shudder Original
Where I Watched: Shudder

Synopsis: Second Chance Moving Co.; a group of ex-cons who went straight and want to make some honest green. The old guy who hired them wants his home cleared out overnight, throwing more and more money at them when our gang think the job isn’t a good idea. But I’m sure there’s nothing iffy about that. They don’t even have to deal with the attic; it’s padlocked. But I’m sure there’s nothing iffy about that. And the old dude is sitting back, watching them via a bank of CCTVs. But I’m sure there’s nothing iffy about that

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Elsewhere Reviews – “Ritter Sport Dark Chocolate with Marzipan”

Originally published on The Green Man Review!

I have a love/hate relationship with almond candies. I adore candies with the whole (or chopped) nut added in. Candied almonds are also quite yummy. But then there’s marzipan. Perhaps it’s because I was raised on the quality stuff straight from German markets (thank you, Grossie), but cheaply made marzipan is an abomination. Syrupy, heavy handed with “almond flavoring”…it’s disappointment wrapped in foil. Give me the OG marzipan. Like this bar, for example. As my Grossie would say, Dem Germans know how to make marzipan. I concur.

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TrailerWatch – “Summer of Soul”

During this year’s Oscars, Questlove briefly mentioned the documentary he’d been working on. Now we get a glimpse of his work. And a whole lot of fantastic music. Synopsis!

In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now. SUMMER OF SOUL shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Ray Baretto, Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach and more.

#SummerOfSoulMovie hits Hulu – and theaters – July 2nd, 2021.

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Freaky Fridays – “Slaxx”

Horror, Cult Movies, Exploitation Cinema, 70s Schlock, and more! Let’s look at something cool!

“We take care of our own here at CCC.”

Genre: Surprisingly Deep Horror Comedies
Year Released: 2020 [film fests – 2021 wide release]
Pedigree: From the writer/director of Naughty Soxxx. [YEP]
Where I Watched:  Shudder

Synopsis: Libby is stoked to be working at CCC (Canadian Cotton Clothing). She’s been dreaming about working there. Poor thing quickly finds out everyone who works there is an asshat. But hey, they’re working at for a company that’s fair trade, organic, and sweatshop free! Wait, why is that pair of jeans so damn murderous? Lockdowns before season reveals can be MURDER, y’all…

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Catch-up Review – “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

“A democratic convention is about to begin in a police state. There just doesn’t seem to be any other way to say it.” – an actual on-air statement from Walter Cronkite used in the beginning of this film

Nixon’s White House, eager to lock up “long hairs”. An untested law. Real history y’all. Add in rapid-fire kickass dialogue courtesy of Alan Sorkin, and performances that made me forget that Borat and Newt Scamander were playing revolutionaries? You’ve got a damn compelling two hours of courtroom shenanigans and genuine emotional impact.

The plot jumps from the seven (eight, really) individually getting ready for the Chicago Democratic Convention protests, and then suddenly cuts to day one of the trial. This keeps viewers off-base, eager to find out what happened, and why. Using dramatic recreations and historical footage, the film shows that the screenplay ain’t just liberal mumbo jumbo, it’s based on real documented events. It’s a sobering juxtaposition among the comedic back and forth between the main characters.

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TrailerWatch – “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” drops a badass first trailer

“Son, it’s time for you to take your place by my side.”

Aaaaaah YEAH! Ready for some seriously fun Marvel martial arts? (Sorry Iron Fist. But points for trying.) Because Rings looks like it’s gonna be an action throw down with tons of fun, fantastical Hong Kong studio coolness. Synopsis!

When Shang-Chi is drawn into the clandestine Ten Rings organization, he is forced to confront the past he thought he left behind.

Simu Liu looks totally badass as Shang-Chi, and from what brief bits of fight choreography the trailer shows, he can really move. (And anyone else getting serious Nobody vibes from the bus fight?) I’m looking forward to seeing Akwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend/sidekick Katy. Mostly because I’m having Crazy Rich Asians withdrawal, and need to see her on the big screen again. (Get that sequel up and running, Hollywood!)

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings hits theaters September 3rd, 2021.

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Watch “Army Of The Dead Trailer Reaction – The Leaked Script Is True?” on YouTube

“It’s a goddamn zombie tiger. That’s crossing the line.”

Okay, so the Zack Snyder film I’VE been looking forward to has dropped a three minute trailer. And it looks like the zombies are evolving even more than the basics we saw in Land of the Dead. I’m not sure how the revamped zombies will play out – zombie on horseback, anyone? – but gotta admit Dave Bautista and Tig Notaro look badass. Synopsis!

After a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries takes the ultimate gamble by venturing into the quarantine zone for the greatest heist ever.

I’ll be checking this one out, because I’m a horrible junkie and Romero universe completist. But right now I’m stoked for the visuals, but not putting much hope for a social commentary ala the original series directed by the master. Cool Suicide Squad-esque poster, and gorgeous cinematography though.

Army of the Dead hits theaters and Netflix

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“Honest Trailers | The Oscars” nails the fabulous and frustrating of 2020’s movie…thing

“So…we’re still hitting these firsts after almost 100 years at the Oscars, huh? Good for us. Yaaaaay.”

Yeah, it’s been a year. But luckily the folks over at Screen Junkies delivered an Oscar noms video, even though last year was a freaking nightmare. (At least my buddy got me a sound bar for the holidays, so I can crank Godzilla vs Kong to 11. It’s the small things y’all.) And yes, Screen Junkies. Mountain Dew is delicious.

If you haven’t seen these flicks, let the Junkies tempt you…and maybe I’ll get up off it to make a few Catch-up Reviews. But this sofa is soooo cooooozy.)

Enjoy! And check out the Oscars (aka The Sober Golden Globes) on April 25th!

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Freaky Fridays – “Let’s Scare Julie”

Horror, Cult Movies, Exploitation Cinema, 70s Schlock, and more! Let’s look at something cool!

“Just be good to people. No matter what.”

Genre: Assholes Attending A Sleepover Gone Wrong
Year Released: 2019
Pedigree: First feature film by writer/director Jud Cremata.
Where I Watched: Shudder

Synopsis: Emma and her sister Lilly just moved in with her cousin Taylor after Emma’s parents passed away. And there are two more new faces in the neighborhood; Julie and her dad, Taylor’s new neighbors. So Taylor and her three bitchy friends decide to go get to know Julie the only way they know how; by pranking her. I’m sure nothing bad will happen from this brilliant plan. Did I mention that house was supposed to have been haunted?

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