Nerdy Trailer Alert: Venom Get’s a New Trailer but Is It Going to Be a Blockbuster Movie?

How awesome does the new Venom trailer look?

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Comic-Con had a bunch of new footage/trailers that were released but none more exciting than the latest Venom trailer. I am personally super pumped to see this movie but I’m not sure what to make of the new trailer, let me know in the comments below and share with your friends.

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Mean Girls: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #25

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So, I get lots of feedback from people about my reviews. One of the most common responses I receive is having more range with what I review. I looked back on my posts and decided it was time to review something different. Enough of the superhero movies and the violent guy films. For this weeks review, I found two girly films, White Chicks and Mean Girls, and pitted them against each other. Mean Girls won the vote, with 67% of the vote, making it this weeks review.

From director Mark Waters (also known for Freaky Friday and The Spiderwick Chronicles) is Mean Girls, the 2004 hit largely based off the book ‘Queen Bee and the Wannabes’ by Rosalind Wiseman. Mean Girls tells the story of Cady Heron, a teenager starting high school in America after having lived in Africa for her whole life. She eventually gets sucked into ‘The Plastics’, a small group of girls who are all ‘good friends’. Clichés and backstabbings inevitably ensue, causing divides and disputes within the group in this comedic classic.

Ok, admittedly that was a pretty boring summary of the film. It was an actually good film. It’s fair to say that Mean Girls took me by surprise. One thing I quite liked in Mean Girls was the use of cuts of flashbacks. It’s something that most films use and do, but I think the way that Mean Girls did it was better than most, and the way it was used depending on the mood was great. Cady Heron was played by Lindsay Lohan, and honestly, I didn’t really like her character. She was a bit dull and monotonous and there was nothing really special about her. I thought as the main character in a film full of clichés she should have stood out more, but it was the other Plastics that were far more interesting characters than her. That’s partially down to the character, but I think Lindsay Lohan could’ve done something a bit more with her character too. The head of the Plastics, Regina George, was played by Rachel McAdams. McAdams’ performance was so fantastic and memorable performance, and it made Regina George a favourite character for quite a few people, myself included. It’s good fun watching how Regina’s evil character unfolds, and the way that McAdams delivers the role is awesome. Amanda Seyfried plays Karen Smith, a ditsy member of the Plastics. She was such a funny and great character, and the way that Seyfried executed the role was fantastic. The last member of the Plastics is Gretchen Weiners, played by Lacey Chabert. If Gretchen was made to be an unlikable character, then Chabert did a good job in doing so. I didn’t like Gretchen, so Chabert succeeded in her mission there. Against Regina and the Plastics was Janis Ian and Damien. Janis was played by Lizzy Caplan and was a hilarious character, but was made even funnier by Daniel Franzese’s Damien. Damien is arguably the best character in the film, as he was just so funny and awesome. Mean Girls wouldn’t be complete without Ms Norbury (played by Tina Fey) and Mr Duvall (played by Tim Meadows). Both characters are played well, but I loved how Meadows made Mr Duvall a funny and interesting character. It’s also worth mentioning Kevin Gnapoor who was played by Rajiv Surendra. I loved Kevin’s character as he was part stereotypical nerd and part playboy. He was hilarious and I’d love to have seen more from his character. The film tried to slot him in places but there still should have been more from him. I feel that some of the character chemistry, like Janis and Damien, was very well done on the actors part, but others like Cady and Gretchen or Cady and Karen were quite sloppy and could have been better. My favourite characters were Regina George, Karen, Damien, Mr Duvall and Kevin G.

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Cady meets The Plastics for the first time.

The music in Mean Girls was good but forgettable. For me, music is a key part of a film as it tells a story and sets the tone for the film. For Mean Girls, the music was just used to emphasise what was happening. Like Blondie’s ‘One Way or Another’, only used to tell us that one way or another, Regina will be caught. There were good songs in the film, but some of it was used for the wrong reasons and was just mismatched to the movie.

The storyline was simple and the way it was executed was good. The thing that irritated me was the references back to Africa. I get that Cady’s been brought up there her whole life and it’s important to her character, but the whole thing in the mall with the watering hole, for example, was just unnecessary.

Now, for my favourite scenes. The scene where we first meet Damien and Janis and Mr Duvall was great, as it set the tone and brought in a comedic element that would be met throughout the film. I think the introduction to the Plastics through Janis explaining in the back building and the first lunchtime meeting was actually really well done, as it showed their popularity in a fun way and showed just how easily Cady got sucked into the Plastics. The whole Halloween scene was good, but the Christmas talent show with Kevin G rapping and Damien was hilarious. The film got a little boring and cliché from there, but overall it was a good, fun film.

Mean Girls gets a 7.1/10 from me. It lacked in some areas and was a little dull in places, but is nonetheless a great and hilarious movie that you will have fun watching.

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #24

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I got back from my Duke of Edinburgh Gold expedition on Thursday, and it was pretty good. One of the things that kept me going were scenes from movies and songs from movies. And one film which is about being in the wilderness and camping(ish) is one of my favourites. I’d never heard of Hunt for the Wilderpeople but after watching it, it was one of my favourites.

Taika Waititi (probably most famous for this film and Thor: Ragnarok) directs the story of Ricky Baker, a mischievous orphan who is taken into care by foster parents Bella and Hector. Life is good for this newly-formed family until Bella passes away. Before she died, Bella told Ricky that she is a wilderperson, and she will be going back to where she came from when she dies. Ricky flees from home, in search of where Bella came from, but this leads to a national manhunt for Ricky and Hector.

Julian Dennison plays Ricky Baker, and I absolutely loved him in this role. For such a young actor, he was amazing. It’s a combination of his Kiwi accent and the way that he portrays Ricky Baker that not only proves Dennison’s incredible acting ability but also makes Ricky Baker one of my all-time favourite movie characters. Sam Neill played Uncle Hector and he was a bit of an unlikable character, but his character chemistry with Ricky was fantastic. One of the best things about this film was how the character chemistry between Ricky and Hector developed. I think it was executed neatly and it was great to see how it morphed from how it was at the start to what it ended up as. Neill played Hector with the perfect blend of a gruff and tough tone mixed with an element of sincerity. Auntie, or Bella, was played by Rima Te Wiata who, for the brief period of time that she was in the film for, was a great character who made Ricky’s life a little bit more enjoyable. She was a cheery person and the way that this was done by Te Wiata was very well done. Rachel House starred in Hunt for the Wilderpeople, her third film with Taika Waititi. She played Paula, a social worker who was in charge of ensuring Ricky found a home and wasn’t misbehaving. Her character made me laugh a few times and I liked the way that House delivered the act. My favourite characters were Ricky Baker, as for such a young actor the way Dennison played his role was outstanding, and his moments on screen had me laughing quite a bit. I also liked the Minister, played by Taika Waititi himself. Though he’s in the film for a short scene, his scene was absolutely hilarious. I had to rewind it and watch it again, as it was just too awesome. Click/tap here to see that scene for yourself!

To my surprise, the music in Hunt for the Wilderpeople was actually really good. There was a soundtrack from Moniker, which was not bad, but I felt could have been altered in places to better suit the movie. The best track from Moniker’s soundtrack for this film has to go to Milestone 2 (Skux Life), from the iconic scene where Ricky and Hector are found by the police and the army and Ricky drives them off. The music here was perfect for this scene it was used for and it was great fun to watch.

I think the storyline was a both good and bad. It was smart and great fun to watch it unravel, but I found myself a little bored in some places, and it seemed to jump around a bit too much for my liking. The ending was forgettable too, where I was able to remember other parts of the film aside from the ending. It’s not exactly what you want, especially in a film as fantastic as this.

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Ricky Baker learning how to survive in the wilderness.

There were plenty of amazing scenes, but there are a few that are better than the rest and are my favourites. I liked the little montage showing all the naughty things that Ricky has done because the way it was shot was awesome. Auntie’s funeral scene was also really good to watch. I know this sounds insensitive, but it was such a funny scene, especially with the whole ‘vegetables’ debate. The scene of Hector and Ricky running off into the wilderness with ‘Sinnerman’ playing in the back was great, as well as the scene where Ricky meets the girl and the Flake advert plays and the guy comes to take pictures with Ricky. I swear I almost died of laughter from that scene.  Lastly, the whole scene of Ricky and Hector fleeing the cops with Milestone 2 blasting was awesome. It had so much energy and adrenaline and was just so amazing to watch.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople gets an 8.3/10 from me. It’s a beautifully told story with heart and humour that’s such great fun to watch, despite lacking in a few areas. I had a blast watching this film, and I can guarantee that you will love this film (and Ricky Baker) after watching Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #23

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After watching ‘The Lobster’, my friend Jack then urged me to watch ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’. I saw the trailer for it and it seemed pretty interesting but not a film that I needed to watch urgently. After it was added onto Amazon Prime (and Jack had seen it), I had no choice to watch it. And to say the least, it was weird but pretty damn awesome too.

From Yorgos Lanthimos, director of ‘The Lobster’ is ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’. Dr Stephen Murphy is a cardiovascular surgeon who lives an almost-perfect with his wife, Anna, and his two children, Kim and Bob. He secretly meets with Martin, the son of a man who died while Stephen was operating on him. When Stephen introduces Martin to his family, Kim and Martin will form a close relationship. When Bob suddenly falls ill, Martin reveals to Stephen that he must kill one of his family members to stop Bob’s suffering. The last stage before death is bleeding from the eyes. Eventually, Kim falls ill too and she will inevitably die like Bob will, and Stephen kidnaps Martin trying to end this curse on his family. Stephen can’t bring himself to kill Martin, but it is then that Bob’s condition worsens and he begins to bleed from his eyes. Stephen decides that he must kill one of his family members. He tapes Anna, Kim and Bob’s mouths, hands and feet together, before putting a pillowcase over each of their heads. He places them in different places in a room, before loading a gun and blindfolding himself. He spins around, fires once, and misses. He reloads again, spins around again and misses. He reloads again. He spins around again. He fires for one last time. I will not say anymore because it’s a spoiler. Go watch it on Amazon Prime, amazing film.

One thing that was absolutely amazing in this film was the camera work. It didn’t rely on constant cuts or anything, but it used interesting camera angles and the one-shot take, like in Ryan Coogler’s films. Whether it be turning a light on in a basement or walking down a corridor, the camera work was beautiful. Something that did annoy me though was the dialogue throughout the film. It sounded The Room’s dialogue which was basically having any conversation for the sake of it. The dialogue also weird as hell. From Kim telling Martin that she just got her first period, to Stephen telling his son that he jerked off his father (I tried to make this sound posh and less vulgar but honestly could not). It was just weird. Colin Farrell played Dr Stephen Murphy and I must hand it to him. He’s a fantastic actor and the way he executed this role was spot on. I honestly wouldn’t have changed anything in the way that Farrell played Dr Stephen Murphy. His wife, Anna Murphy, was played by Nicole Kidman, and she was good. I honestly would have liked to have seen more of her character, as she seemed quite interesting. Barry Keoghan played Martin, and I didn’t like his character. Don’t get me wrong, Keoghan’s acting was some of the best in this film, but Martin was just an unlikable character. I don’t really have much to say about Kim and Bob, but I will say that the acting by Raffey Cassidy and Sunny Suljic was fantastic. For young actors, they really pulled it off well, so well done to them.

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Martin (right) tells Stephen (left) that he must kill one of his family members or they will all die

The music was actually one of the best things in The Killing of a Sacred Deer. It was so awesome. Suspenseful and eerie and perfectly timed with the movie, the music in this film was amazing.

The storyline was weird but actually quite smart too. Turns out that The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a story from Greek mythology, but the way that Lanthimos twisted the story and shaped it into this film was awesome. There are moments during the film when you think to yourself ‘what the hell am I watching’ or ‘did he really just say that’, but it is worth it for the ending is a true shock. I didn’t really have a favourite moment, but the ending was incredible. It will leave you in shock, and it kind of makes up for the absurdness in this film.

Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ gets a 7.7/10 from me. I liked it more than The Lobster, but it did still have its weird elements. The ending really brought it back though, and it’s not as awesome as the ending from Se7en, but it’s in the same tier.

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Baywatch: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #22

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Summer is finally upon us. For readers in the States, it’s now summer break. Reader’s in the UK are also in summer, with a brilliant heatwave that we must suffer through school and work with. But despite all this, summer has finally arrived. So I thought let’s review a summer movie to celebrate everyone’s favourite season. I opened up a poll with seven movies related to summer (Jaws, Dirty Dancing, 500 Days of Summer, Grease, Baywatch, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Goonies). The winner was Baywatch, making it this week’s review.

Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief) directs the movie version of Baywatch. With an all-star cast of Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario and Kelly Rohrbach, Baywatch tells the story of head lifeguard Mitch Buchannon assembling a team of lifeguards including Summer Quinn and ex-Olympian Matt Brody to tackle a new wave of crime that puts their beloved bay in danger.

Baywatch had its good points and bad points. And I hate to be a critic, but that’s exactly the purpose of this blog. So we’ll start with the bad. First off, too many sex jokes. I don’t know if it’s just the style of American comedies or anything, but while sex may sell, there is a point where jokes of a sexual nature just reach a point where it’s no longer funny and just flat out weird to watch. In the case of Baywatch, a few of the sex jokes were actually pretty good and funny, but the rest seemed to fall flat on its face. As a matter of fact, most of the jokes and gags try to hit the comedic spot and miss. Baywatch tried to copy what the Jump Street series has done but failed. Secondly, The Rock. Don’t get me wrong, I love The Rock. He’s an incredible actor and is a man of many talents, but I feel that he’s in every film that needs a cocky, charming, strong, muscular character. He’s literally playing the same character in every film. Jumanji, big, strong, cocky, charming, muscular video game character. Central Intelligence, big, strong, cocky, charming, muscular CIA agent. Even Moana, where he played a big, strong, cocky, charming, muscular, animated God. Baywatch is no exception. I get that there’s no other role he can play, but there are other actors out there, and slapping The Rock’s name on there to rake in more money just seems a little too played out. Don’t get me wrong, Dwayne Johnson is an incredible actor, and he was great in Baywatch, but he could’ve been better in places, and seeing Johnson play a big, strong, cocky, charming, muscular guy but with profession changing depending on the film is something we see too often. The last major problem I had with Baywatch was its villain, played by Priyanka Chopra. In all honesty, you can’t blame Chopra for being a bad villain, as most of it comes down to the writing and character development. She was rarely funny, boring and a bit dull, and I feel that more could have been done with her character.

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The Classic Baywatch Beach Run

In all fairness, Baywatch wasn’t a terrible film. One thing that I loved was the chemistry between the characters. I know I just criticised him, but this is something that The Rock does perfectly in every film. Every character that The Rock plays has amazing character chemistry with other characters. In Baywatch, I particularly liked his chemistry with Zac Efron’s Matt Brody. The music in Baywatch was also one of its best parts. Baywatch features amazing music like ‘Legend Has It’ by Run The Jewels, ‘Go’ by The Chemical Brothers and ‘Say You, Say Me’ by Lionel Richie, the music was one of the best parts about Baywatch. The best characters had to go to Summer Quinn and Matt Brody. Summer Quinn (played by the lovable Alexandra Daddario) was actually a really fun and likeable character. I also really liked Matt Brody, played by Zac Efron. His character arc was quite interesting and he was a great character.

That’s literally all I have to say about Baywatch. It had its ups and downs and gets a 6.2/10 from Ryan’s Movie Reviews. It wasn’t a terrible movie, but it was just a big let down.

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