IT

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I took this snap of the entry way to the theater.  Pennywise is behind the curtain.  Ooooooohhhhhh

We were not in theater 3 at 11:00 however.  Nope, we were in theater 6 at 1:30.  Turns out all but one theater at Alamo Draft House North was showing IT.  The lonely only was Home Again with Reese Witherspoon.  Originally, they had other movies on the schedule but when the tickets were not selling, they converted those movies to additional showings of IT.  Sunday schedule goes back to normal.

Well that must mean the movie was good.  In fact, very good but I am still surprised by the popularity.  What’s even more freaky is that tonight at 9:15, there is a clown only showing and one must dress as a clown to attend.  Not only NO but uh HELL NO.  Scary enough without sitting in a dark theater with a bunch of clowns.

No spoilers because the world should know by now.  This is a remake.  The story is mostly unchanged and stays true to the book.  Only chapter 1 is presented;  the Losers Club being bullied and forging tight bonds.  We see their first attempt to slay the killer clown (or snake like earthworm thingy with rows and rows of teeth that lives inside the clown).

Despite a 150 minute run time, the pace was good and moved along.  Scare factor well that depends on who you ask.  B did not find it even mildly frightening.  To him, everything rang as fake/farfetched.  Nothing ever scares but but then again, my daughter in law felt the same – not scary to her either.  And Me? I jumped once or twice and watched through my fingers with my hands over my eyes at some parts.  But I also laughed too.  Beep, beep Ritchie.  No Seth Green but this new kid, well he’s really good too. Actually all of the kids are perfectly cast.

I give this one a solid A.  Go see it if you dare. Bwahahahaha!

 

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Movies I Want To See

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The previews before the Hitman’s Bodyguard gave me a good idea of what to see next.  This Saturday 9/9/17, we’re all set to see IT.  After that, who knows?  But for sure, I am adding the following to my list:

  1. Jumanji remake – Aptly title Jumanji Welcome to The Jungle.  At first I was like oh hell no.  HELL, HELL no!  Robin did it best.  But this appears to have a different take.  After seeing the previews, I am in.
  2. Kingsman: The Golden Circle.  I never saw the first Kingsman all the way through, just parts as it came on TV.  I liked the little bits I saw.  This one has Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges in addition to Colin Firth.  Hubba, hubba. And a strong female like Halle Berry, what is not to potentially love?  Don’t let me down sequel, but of course I guess I have to see the original first.
  3. Death Wish and this preview is when B groaned.  Another remake? No originality.   After the preview I asked him if the story line was the same.  I seem to remember Charles Bronson avenging just his family’s death.  B assures me this is the same story.  I will watch it though because of Mr. Yippee Ki Yay Willis as the new Charlie B  – action hero archetype, be still my beating heart.  I am certain he will save the day!!!!
  4. Justice League – Move over Affleck, Enter Gal Gadot!!! Because Ben Affleck as Batman does nothing for me.  And Jeremy Irons as Alfred will take some getting used to … Jeremy might always be Humbert Humbert to me :(.  And whoever this new Aquaman is … sign … me … up! to watch this action thriller.  DC vs. Marvel and in this instance, DC may almost stand a chance.

So many movies, so little time. Lol!  As always, more to come.

 

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Movie 🎥 Reviews J-Dubs Rotten 🍎

No spoilers, just high level observations.

In my humble opinion, this was a good movie. Stellar …not exactly … but good … action packed! Solid performances by Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds.  Supporting work was good too.  I mean c’mon when is Gary Oldman not the most excellent bad guy?  In fact, has mister Oldman ever played a good guy?  If so, not as good as he does evil.  And here he is country dictator sort of wicked. And his right hand man Ivan, I was rooting for Ivan to die.  In real life, I could never get away with that.  The movies allow me to escape and I surely did need that!

Even in this violent movie, I found life lessons.  Beliefs.  People seeing themselves one way or another … perceptions baby.  It is all about perception.  After the movie has been out awhile, I might come back and lay down some direct quotes and you’ll get what I mean.

The planner to every nth detail … that’s me.  Let’s just say I need a character like Darius in my life to help me live a little.  And I would be remiss if I did not mention the comedic deadpan delivery of Mr. Reynolds.  He was sarcastic and appealing in his tight little suit.  Suffice it to say, you should see this movie specifically for his scene at the outdoor bar.  Well that and a killer soundtrack.

On a base level, I knew I was not supposed to be laughing.  Really, not appropriate to laugh but I could not help myself. You see, the affable Mr. Jackson why he’s a hitman with a heart of gold.  He loves his wife and that is a beautiful thing to see.

Not sure exactly what my rating methodology will be for this category.  Too soon to tell. For a simplicity, I say B+.  The critics know nothing.

As always, more to come.