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MonsterZeroNJ posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 6 days ago

Justice League



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Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written by:
Cast: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe
Studio:
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comic Book, Fantasy
Official Site:
Plot: Superheroes unite as another CGI bad guy threatens the world.

Review:

Justice League is a movie fans have been waiting a long time for and while it’s not the movie we’d hoped we’d get, it is still a lot of fun. Story finds Earth under attack from an ancient being called Steppenwolf (voiced by Ciarán Hinds) who needs three powerful ‘mother boxes’ to come to his full strength and conquer the planet. Bruce Wayne aka Batman (Ben Affleck) and Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) are trying to put together a team of meta humans to join in the fight. They need to convince Arthur Curry aka Aquaman (Jason Mamoa), Victor Stone aka Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Barry Allen aka The Flash (a hilarious Ezra Miller) to unite with them to stop Steppenwolf in his tracks. But even with the heroes united, their only hope of defeating the titan and his army of pandemons, may lie six feet under in a grave in Smallville...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: LelekPL (3/10) , Jedly75 (8/10) > Display all
MonsterZeroNJ posted a BLOG item 6 days ago

review: THE VILLAINESS (2017)

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Korean action flick follows the bloody path of vengeance cut by Sook-hee (Kim Ok-bin) a woman raised to be an assassin since she was a child. As a little girl she watched her father (Park Chul-min), brutally murdered before her eyes. A mysterious man, Lee Joong-sang (Shin Ha-kyun) trains her and eventually marries her, but upon his death, her road to revenge catches the attention of an intelligence agency that wants use of her skills. They want her services for ten years and then Sook-hee will be free. Soon she has a new face, new identity and even a child (Kim Yeon-woo) and new husband (Sung Joon). But when a familiar face resurfaces and she finds herself betrayed by those she trusted, Sook-hee finds herself questioning everything she knew and held dear…and back on a collision course with bloody retribution.

Flick is directed with gusto by Jung Byung-gil from a script by he and brother Jung Byeong-sik and while it is a little plot heavy, it is also loaded with some very intense and gruesome action. The film opens with a bonkers and extremely violent POV scene of Sook-hee shooting and slicing her way through the entire contingency of a large meth lab and this sets the tone for some of the John Woo on crack action scenes that the film is peppered with. There is also a lot of melodrama in between, such as Sook-hee bearing the child of her first husband while at the intelligence agency and dealing with the advances of the handsome Jung Hyun-soo (Sung Joon), who the audience knows from the start is an agency operative sent to keep an eye on her. Don’t worry, the soap opera level dramatics are handled well and just when it teeters on the edge of losing our interest, there is betrayal, murder and the shocking arrival of someone from Sook-hee’s past and soon the blood and bullets are flying again. The climactic fight with an axe wielding Sook-hee on a moving bus is worth watching this for alone. The action scenes are frantic and some of the dizzying camerawork can start to get a bit trying, but there is some real intensity and energy to them and it’s interesting to see where the legendary John Woo’s influence is taken by today’s filmmakers.

The cast are all really good, especially leading lady Kim Ok-bin. She has a screen presence, not only as a beautiful woman, but she is strong in the dramatic scenes and is quite riveting in the action. She has us feeling the pain of her loss and betrayals and we are rooting for her as she cuts and blasts her way through endless amounts of thugs. Shin Ha-kyun is also charismatic as Lee Joong-sang, the man who takes young Sook-hee (Min Ye-ji) and trains her, then marries her once she has grown into a beautiful and deadly woman. Their are some twists involving his character that the actor portrays very well. Sung Joon is also very likable as Jung Hyun-soo. Despite the audience knowing from the beginning that he is an operative, the actor makes us believe he truly cares for Sook-hee and her little girl. Rounding out is Kim Seo-hyung as Sook-hee’s agency boss Chief Kwon, a ruthless woman well rendered by the actress.

Overall, this is an entertaining flick with some dazzling and fast paced action. Sure, some of the frantic camerawork can come close to giving you a headache, but there is plenty of flying bullets, blades and blood to satisfy action fans. There is also a lot of plot and melodrama, but director Jung Byung-gil handles it well and our leading lady keeps our attention when she is not running through her enemies like a lawn mower. One of the best action flicks to come out of Asian cinema in a while and a sign that the Korean cinema is still very much a strong player on the film making scene. 7/10

-MonsterZero NJ


Mood: Happy

MonsterZeroNJ posted a BLOG item 8 days ago

review: THE BABYSITTER (2017)

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Netflix original movie finds nerdy twelve year-old Cole (Judah Lewis) spending the weekend with his hot babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving from Ash vs Evil Dead season 1) when his parents go away. The much picked-on tween thinks his got it made, until he wakes up one night to find Bee and her friends murdering another teen for some satanic ceremony. Now Cole has to somehow survive the night as his once beloved babysitter and her friends find out he knows too much.

Horror/comedy is directed with an over-the-top style by McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator: Salvation) from a script by Brian Duffield and is a lot of fun. It’s got a hip sense of humor and has a good time with some of the clichés of the horror genre, while spilling quite a lot of blood in giddy fashion. Cole and Bee actually have a very sweet friendship, especially considering how Cole is treated by his peers and it makes it much more effective when she turns all “big bad” on the kid. It’s fun to watch Cole uses his cleverness to evade and sometimes unintentionally off Bee’s fellow cultists and even if it’s not the most original story, it has fun with it’s oft told premise. The cast are having a good time here and Weaving makes a solid femme fatale, as much as, Lewis a charming young hero. A fun 90 minutes of blood, pop culture references and playfully poking the horror genre in the ribs. Also stars Leslie Bibb and Ken Marino as Cole’s oblivious parents and Robbie Armell and Bella Thorne as two of Bee’s sinister group. 7/10

-MonsterZero NJ


Mood: Happy

LelekPL
LelekPL at 08:35 AM Nov 15

I really liked it! I think even more than I should have. Out of the three main “fun horror” movies this year (this, Better Watch Out and Happy Death Day) this one was my favorite, although I enjoyed all of them. Here’s hoping Tragedy Girls also delivers

MonsterZeroNJ posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 10 days ago

War for the Planet of the Apes



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Directed by: Matt Reeves
Written by: Matt Reeves
Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Science-Fiction
Official Site:
Plot: A psychotic colonel crusades to wipe out the apes once and for all.

Review:

Third installment of this series, that acts as both prequel and reboot, joins the war between humans and apes two years after the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that started it. The war is starting to turn against Caesar (Andy Serkis) and the apes due to the aggressive methods of a psychotic colonel (Woody Harrelson). Caesar suffers personal loss and while on a mission of revenge, the apes are captured and enslaved by the colonel and his troops. Can Caesar free the apes and get them to a safe haven across the dessert before the colonel sees them all dead...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: OldKingClancy (10/10) , TreyTheMovieMan (9/10) > Display all
Moviefreak2010
Moviefreak2010 at 01:05 PM Nov 13

want to see

MonsterZeroNJ posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 13 days ago

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets



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Directed by: Luc Besson
Written by: Luc Besson
Cast: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman
Studio: EuropaCorp
Genre: Science-Fiction
Official Site: EuropaCorp
Plot: Silly and shallow but sumptuously designed sci-fi epic from Luc Besson

Review:

Goofy space adventure finds Major Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and his partner Sgt. Laureline (Cara Delevigne) trying to protect a small creature called a Converter from a bunch of pursuing aliens in a massive space city….and that’s it.

French Sci-fi flick is written and directed by The Fifth Element’s Luc Besson based on the French comic book Valérian and Laureline. It’s an overindulgent spectacle with some sumptuous design and visuals that could have used a more involving story and a lead with a little more screen presence. Dehaan is a good actor, but is not really a leading man/hero type, though model Cara Delevigne (Suicide Squad) shows a bit of spunk and fire as his partner/love interest Laureline. Another problem is that the flick jumps from set piece to set piece and seems like it’s being made up as it goes along. There is also the lack of a strong villain, though there are numerous sequences which dazzle the eye and provide lots of action even if we don’t feel the movie really accomplishes anything by it’s conclusion. A shallow, but beautifully designed diversion that gets a lot of credit for imagination from it’s art and SPFX departments. Too bad there wasn’t the same imagination in the script, then this could have been something special. Also stars Clive Owen as Commander Filitt and appearances by Ethan Hawke and Rihanna as a brothel owner and performer respectively.

-MonsterZero NJ

Other reviews of this film: Moviefreak2010 (10/10) , Cochise (5/10) > Display all
MonsterZeroNJ posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 17 days ago

A Bad Moms Christmas



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Directed by: Jon Lucas
Written by: Scott Moore
Cast: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn
Studio:
Genre: Comedy
Official Site:
Plot: The Bad Moms get visited by their bad moms at Christmas time.

Review:

Sequel takes place at Christmas time with our three Bad Moms, Amy, Kiki and Carla (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn) getting visits from their own moms (Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon respectively). This turns their lives upside down and threatens to ruin their holidays...[more]...

MonsterZeroNJ posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 20 days ago

Thor: Ragnarok



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Directed by: Taika Waititi
Written by:
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Karl Urban, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum
Studio: Marvel Studios
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comic Book, Fantasy, Science-Fiction
Official Site:
Plot: Thor is exiled by his evil sister Hela who plans to conquer Asgard.

Review:

Third solo flick for the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) has his sister, Hela The God of Death (Cate Blanchett) returning from exile and claiming the throne of Asgard. She destroys Thor’s hammer and casts he and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) into space, where they land on the anarchic planet of Sakaar. While Hela lays waste to Asgard’s armies, Thor is taken prisoner and forced into a gladiatorial arena where he finds his old ally Hulk is the reigning champion. Ever determined to save his world, Thor plots to escape with Hulk, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and a Asgardian Valkyrie warrior (Tessa Thompson) in hiding, who has faced Hela before...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: KcMsterpce (4/10) , Moviefreak2010 (10/10) > Display all
Moviefreak2010
Moviefreak2010 at 02:29 AM Nov 22

loved it

MonsterZeroNJ posted a BLOG item 21 days ago

review: JEEPERS CREEPERS 3 (2017)

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Odd sequel takes place between the first and second films opening directly after the end of the first. One aspect of the story finds a relentless lawman (Stan Shaw) in pursuit of the Creeper (Jonathan Breck), who he faced 23 years earlier and a woman, Gaylen (Meg Foster), whose farm holds a secret the Creeper wants kept that way. Obviously, many innocents get caught in the middle including Gaylen’s granddaughter Addison (Gabrielle Haugh).

Victor Salva writes and directs again and the film comes across as a bit of a disjointed mess. There are multiple stories running at once with the villainous Creeper bouncing back and forth between them. This gives the film a very fractured continuity and the editing seems just as uneven. Having the film sandwiched between the first and second robs us of any hope of a satisfying conclusion, as we know the Creeper has a busload of kids to kill and the end cameo by a first film cast member only seems to indicate this whole thing was a set-up for a fourth flick, anyway. The dialog is outright awful in spots and some of the acting is no thrill either. The CGI effects are downright terrible and giving the Creeper’s van a host of James Bond meets Freddy Krueger traps and gadgets is just plain silly. An extremely sub-par sequel that adds nothing to the franchise mythos and whose only purpose seems to be to act as a place holder for a fourth film. This review is based on the SYFY Channel presentation and not the theatrical cut, which is apparently longer and may solve some of the editing inconsistencies. 5/10

PERSONAL NOTE: I certainly do not condone or support Victor Salva’s activities leading to his incarceration in 1988 for sexual misconduct with a minor. I watch his films only to provide others with critique and commentary on his film work. Such improper activities, should be punished to the full extent of the law no matter what the perpetrator has accomplished in his professional life.

-MonsterZero NJ


Mood: Bored

timmyd
timmyd at 05:20 PM Nov 02

Like I said earlier , it's nice to see the Creeper back , but this film was a shitshow.

MonsterZeroNJ posted an IMAGE item: 22 days ago
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Cheers and a Happy Halloween to all here at MFC!

BATeMAN
BATeMAN at 01:16 PM Nov 01

Happy Halloween!

timmyd
timmyd at 05:21 PM Nov 01

you too , buddy.

Laksmikanti
Laksmikanti at 04:28 AM Nov 02

Hey! that is a great halloween picture! You look good!

MonsterZeroNJ updated his STATUS: 23 days ago

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
grelber37
grelber37 at 10:21 AM Oct 31

Same to you, MonsterZeroNJ. Thanks for all of the outstanding horror recommendations throughout the year.

timmyd
timmyd at 12:21 PM Oct 31

Happy Halloween my man.

MonsterZeroNJ posted a BLOG item 24 days ago

review: STRANGER THINGS season 2 (2017)

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Stranger Things returns with nine new episodes on Netflix that take place a year later, delightfully around Halloween. The story returns us to Hawkins, Indiana, now in 1984 with new trouble brewing. Our four heroes, Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Will (Noah Schnapp), are a year older, though still feeling the effects of their encounter with the Upside Down, especially Will. Unknown to the gang, a new threat is emerging from that paranormal dimension and has it’s sights set on Will. Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) has escaped and is now being hidden by police chief Hopper (David Harbour) from the Hawkins Laboratory folks who are still messing in otherworldly matters. While the group start to realize Will is once again in danger, Eleven goes on a journey to discover her real name and find her birth mother (Aimee Mullins) and half-sister (Linnea Berthelsen). Obviously all the characters’ stories will collide before the season is over.

Second season is just as good as the first and in some ways even more effective as now we are emotionally invested in the familiar characters. Ross and Matt Duffer (Hidden) again pay homage and give plentiful references to the sci-fi and horror flicks of the 80s, while still giving Stranger Things is very own heart and soul. They mange to expand the story, while keeping it familiar, also introducing us to some new characters like new gang member Maxine “Max” Hargrove (Sadie Sink) and her enormous jerk of a brother, Billy (Dacre Montgomery from Better Watch Out). The Duffer Brothers still manage to blend in so many 80s references and yet without them being intrusive or overwhelming, or becoming the main focus. There is another great soundtrack of 80s tunes and the original score, again by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, really adds atmosphere as it did for season one. The FX are top notch, like last time and this season helps give the proceedings a bit bigger scale to go with it’s massive monster. There’s plenty of action, suspense, drama and otherworldly critters to keep it’s core audience happy while rooting for our favorite characters to battle evil once more.

The cast are just as good as last time with new facets being added to the characters. Winona Ryder is again solid as Will’s mother, who is now a bit overprotective, but more of a fighter when her boy is again in danger. Millie Bobby Brown really shines as Eleven, who is now frustrated at being kept from her friends and needing to find out who she really is and where her lost relatives are. As the gang, Wolfhard, Matarazzo, Schnapp and McLaughlin all are really strong and get to play the characters a year older, but still the lovable nerds we last saw, but now with an added strength of being heroes. Schnapp especially gets to show his stuff with Will being a far more present character this season with a strong connection to our story. Harbour is again, a good hero as police chief Hopper, who is going to great lengths to protect Eleven and has made a deal with the Devil, per say, to keep the bad guys out of Hawkins. The rest of the supporting cast get more to do and do it well and the new faces such as Sink, Montgomery and veteran Paul Reiser as Dr. Owens, a shady scientist, all add to the character mix quite nicely. The Duffers juggle a lot of characters, but everyone gets their moment.

This was another solid and very entertaining season. The 80s nostalgia was again very enjoyable as was the recreation of the look and feel of the 80s decade. It took the story in new directions, introduced new characters, yet never lost that Stranger Things feel. The cast are all good, both new and returning and the FX were top notch. There were plenty of chills, suspense, thrills and surprises and some cool critters, too. Can’t wait for season 3 and now there is little doubt the Duffer Brothers can deliver the goods.

EPISODE LIST

1. MADMAX – directed and written by The Duffer Brothers
2. Trick or Treat, Freak – directed and written by The Duffer Brothers
3. The Pollywog – directed by Shawn Levy and written by Jessica Mecklenburg
4. Will the Wise – directed by Shawn Levy and written by Paul Dichter
5. Dig Dug – directed by Andrew Stanton written by Jessie Nickson-Lopez
6. The Spy – directed by Andrew Stanton and written by Kate Trefry
7. The Lost Sister – directed by Rebbeca Thomas and written by Justin Doble
8. The Mind Flayer – directed and written by The Duffer Brothers
9. The Gate – directed and written by The Duffer Brothers

-MonsterZero NJ


Mood: Happy

MonsterZeroNJ posted a BLOG item 27 days ago

review: HELL HOUSE LLC (2016)

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Found footage flick begins by revealing there has been a fatal occurrence at the grand opening of a Halloween haunt called Hell House. A number of guests and crew were killed and there is a veil of secrecy as to what actually happened. Years later, a documentary filmmaker (Alice Bahlke) tries to find out the real story and is given some of the crew’s own footage by surviving member Sara (Ryan Jennifer), leading up to that fateful night. As the footage is reviewed, it’s found that strange things were happening during the event set-up at the former Abbadon Hotel, a place with an already dark history, and something sinister might have actually been the cause of the catastrophe.

Found footage horror is written and directed by Stephen Cognetti and not only is it’s premise clever and spooky, but there are some downright scary bits in this little chiller. The idea of an ambitious crew setting up a Halloween haunt in a building that is already rumored to be haunted, works well and Cognetti gets a lot of mileage out of his story. The location used has a lot of dark places, especially the creepy cellar and having it already dressed for Halloween makes the filmmaker’s specters and shadows all the more creepier. Add in the manipulation of some scary clown mannequins and this is one unsettling little flick at times. Not everything works, the shock ending didn’t seem as much of a shock/surprise as it should have been and the actual disaster doesn’t seem quite as spooky as expectations lead us to believe it would be. But there is a lot of fun, creepy stuff leading up to the finale and the cast of unfamiliar faces do perform well enough to give the illusion that this is someone’s footage and not actors. Director Cognetti knows how to build scares and smartly gets things started fairly quickly, where most found footage movies take a while to get going. The flick also spares us a lot of the shaky cam until all Hell breaks loose at Hell House during the climactic disaster.

Overall, this was a spooky surprise. It’s a found footage flick that has some very scary moments thanks to a clever idea and script by Stephen Cognetti and some skillful direction. The makers get some good use out of it’s location and really do well in establishing early on that there is a malevolent presence in this notorious hotel. The climactic scenes could have used a little more punch, but there is some outright scary stuff leading up to it. A spooky little Halloween found footage flick from Stephen Cognetti. 7/10

-MonsterZero NJ


Mood: Surprised

MonsterZeroNJ posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 28 days ago

Creep 2



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Directed by: Patrick Brice
Written by: Patrick Brice
Cast: Mark Duplass, Patrick Brice
Studio:
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Official Site:
Plot: Duplass' serial killer returns to make a documentary about himself with the help of a young woman.

Review:

Creep had some disturbing and uncomfortable moments, even if it’s last act was a bit of a let-down. Sequel is the opposite with only it’s last few minutes showing some spark after over an hour of dull and borderline silly moments with Duplass’ serial killer. In this sequel the killer, now amusingly calling himself Aaron, invites a young woman (Desiree Akhavan) to his secluded cabin, who is making her own failing web series called Encounters. He reveals to her that he is a killer and that he wants to make a documentary about his homicidal habits. Sara sees a golden opportunity despite her fears and over the next 24 hours, she and “Aaron” start to form a strange bond as the filming progresses...[more]...

timmyd
timmyd at 05:28 PM Oct 26

this looked pretty mediocre . at best.

MonsterZeroNJ
MonsterZeroNJ at 06:41 AM Oct 27

So boring. I don't get all the praise it's getting. Tedious and dumb.

MonsterZeroNJ posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

Happy Death Day



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Directed by: Christopher Landon
Written by: Christopher Landon
Cast: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine
Studio:
Genre: Horror
Official Site:
Plot: Slasher take on Groundhog Day finds a pretty co-ed forced to keep reliving her death till she solves her own murder.

Review:

College student Theresa (Jessica Rothe) is having a really bad day…over and over again. She wakes up in the dorm of a strange guy, she’s mean to those around her, she’s sleeping with one of her professors, it’s a birthday she doesn’t want to face and someone is trying to kill her…and does. But Theresa keeps waking up at the moment of her death, starting the day all over again. She soon realizes that if she is to break the loop, she has to find out who this masked killer is and stop them. Easier said than done if there weren’t so many people who might want her dead...[more]...

timmyd
timmyd at 05:11 PM Oct 25

I saw this again last night and had even more fun than the first time . This flick has got a lot of heart and , as you pointed out , Rothe and Broussard are great . Really dug it .

MonsterZeroNJ
MonsterZeroNJ at 06:35 AM Oct 26

I had a lot of fun with it. Great example of taking a well used concept and having a good time with it.

MonsterZeroNJ created a LIST: about 1 month ago

MONSTERZERO NJ’S 12 HORROR FLICKS ABOUT HORROR FLICKS!

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1. The Hills Run Red
2. Midnight Movie
3. The Final Girls
4. Anguish
5. Monster X
6. Demons
7. Madhouse 1974
8. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
9. Scream 3
10. Popcorn
11. The Town That Dreaded Sundown 2014
12. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
timmyd
timmyd at 05:43 PM Oct 20

nicely done . I dig a lot of these flicks . LOVE The Hills Run Red.

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