By Paul Anthony
It seems like back in the earlier 2000’s Billy Bob Thornton was making a name for himself with his style of acting and that being a mean and yet sarcastic A-Hole, it only made sense that he would be good in this role. 2003 was good year for him and Bad Santa was a hit and could he struck gold again? I think over time this film began to have a cult following but at the time of its release the budget was 35 million and it only grossed 34 million which would make it a failure. I wonder why the budget was so high to begin with, I would have thought this film’s budget would be around 15-20 million, because minus Billy Bob Thornton and Marcia Gay Harden, there really wasn’t any other big name that would command a lot of money, most of the cast was just kids or extras. A lot of times most of the budget will go to graphics or big names stars, which makes me wonder how much Billy Bob was going to get for this film. As I stated this film should have been around 20 million tops. In the end it doesn’t matter I don’t think they were aiming for a series unless the numbers really wowed the studio.
Here we meet Morris Buttermaker a washed up former baseball player who works as a exterminator and wanting to make more money because a coach for a baseball team, which are basically the wild crazy kids of the losing team. Added in the equation the Buttermaker who drinks and flirts with women actually fit in with the kids, he then realizes he needs to put together a winning team after arguing with another coach. They then get a sponsor even though it was a strip club and Buttermaker recruits a girl who is a daughter of his ex and a hot shot kid who can bat and things start to change for the team but then Buttermaker changes his ways when he realizes he is having fun and wants the kids to do the same. they make it to the championship game where Buttermaker pulls his stars. so the others could play the game and they come up just short but doesn’t matter he celebrates with the team for coming in second place with non-alcoholic beer.
Now I never watch the very first film so I can’t compare the two films, I think the best part of the film was Billy himself, the rest of the laughs were far in between with the kids not being actually funny just being kids. Which can be a hit and miss and in this cast was a miss. Now the story was good but the execution just wasn’t there. In the end the film could have been better at the time. In the end I am giving this film a C for a rating. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good either. Obviously the film didn’t make a profit so we never got a sequel but as I stated before I don’t think they were aiming for a series.
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By Paul Anthony
When you on on top of the world and you are making the most money and you keep producing hit after hit you will have your haters and now Disney and Marvel is facing that from some pretty big names but who is bashing the machine that marvel has become? Some of those people well the biggest names is Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.
Here is the thing that bothers me the most with those two speaking out against Marvel and don’t get me wrong they have every right to do so but Scorsese said that Marvel films aren’t cinema but my question is what is cinema? We know there are several genres of film and the best description of the word is art of motion picture. Now through the years we can say its a film that tells a good story and deliver all the elements of literature and most of all it entertains us and keeps us hooked. I have watched many movies of Martin Scorsese and I do enjoy his work and many of his films I do own. But Is he right for calling a genre trash?
Scorsese and Coppola were some of the directors that started the new wave in Hollywood and changed the game, Some of Scorsese’s films include gang violence of the mafia or just gangs outright but they always had a little of everything but yet many people don’t like them as well but no one called it trash.
See it doesn’t make sense to me for him to call it trash, maybe it’s sour grapes or something because of the money Marvel. Scorsese highest grossing film was Wolf of Wall Street which grossed 392 million dollars and is a great movie to watch. When you look Marvel Studios movies that number would rank on the low end of list, still once again no need to trash something and it’s not like these films are poorly reviewed either so a lot of people don’t think this type of films are trash. Now I know a bunch of actors have came out and said hey they can say whatever they want to say and indeed they can, take nothing away they are legends but even legends can be wrong and in this case I have to say they are wrong but have the right to say that.
Now maybe behind the scenes Scorsese is feeling the pressure to make a mega hit like avengers type of gross and it’s not his style. In the end Marvel films are very much cinema, it is a modern art and they do get a lot more praise for their films then most other comic book films do. I am sure a lot of people are feeling the pressure to maybe put up Marvel like numbers for their studio but money isn’t everything. Maybe one day Scorsese could do a comic book film and with his style it would actually be a great if not the best comic book film ever!
By: Justin Hopkins
I know, it’s Sunday and this is not the normally B-Movie Review, but wanted to mix it up just a little bit, and in line with the rest of the lists I have put up this month. It would be almost a shame to not make one up for these as well. After all, this is the season of gory slashers, monsters, ghosts and all things that go bump in the night. It can be easy to get lost in the big three, Stephen King, and various others that might sneak onto TV, but these 8 can mix it up a little bit. While they may or may not hold up to the norm. They are still entertaining and is good to mix up your usual watch list from time to time. However, I have changed some things up, and a few important things to note before I begin. Number 1, being the obvious, I have had to of seen the movie to make the list. I don’t want to B.S a about a movie that I have never seen before. I am sorry, but wouldn’t be right to you and I am not going to do it. So, movies like Dead Alive or Terrifier or Satan’s Little Helper may be excellent movies, but haven’t seen them. So, they are not here. 2, I normally go for B-Movies that don’t have a theater run, but have lifted that rule, just a little and have allowed for limited runs to be present. Number 3, this is not a normal ranking, from worst to best kind of deal. Don’t take the numbers to literally. It’s just 8 suggestions that I feel can be fun to kick back and watch. Nothing more than that. With that said, lets get things rolling.
8. House Of The Dead
It would almost be a mistake to no include a Uwe Boll. To be fair, despite some over acting and cheesy moments. This zombie packed film isn’t a bad one. Bringing the arcade game to life, in gory fashion. Some fun characters in the form of Kirk and Skipper, and over the top zombie kills. Particularly enjoy the montage to the song Fury, where you get a long action sequence of the survivors taking out waves of zombies, with bits of gameplay weaved throughout. It’s a fun movie, not to be taken seriously, and in an over bloated genre such as zombies are now a days. That is all I am asking for.
There is always room for giant man eating monsters, and while we have the likes of Anaconda and Boa floating around. Python has been my go to for a long time. Really enjoyed the characters throughout the story. The little town setting and the issues they were having, that did not revolve around the giant snake. Of course, having a horror icon Robert Englund goes a long way as well. The CGI snake didn’t look to bad and the kills were fun and because of the attention they had on building characters. The deaths felt like they meant something to the story. All big pluses and a reason to give it a watch.
6. Killer Klowns From Outer Space
I mean, do I really have to give a reason to watch this. It’s killer aliens designed as clowns. It’s great fun from start to finish. Kills are over the top and fantastic. Being as creative as they could with stuff you’d find at a carnival to weaponize. I did a review on this a few weeks ago, and if you haven’t watched it. Now is the best time. If you have watch it again. Can never have enough of this one.
5. The Stuff
This is still one of the most bizarre movies I have ever scene. Right from the start, where the two men find white stuff coming out of the ground and eat it and turn it into a food craze that the world loves, and turns people crazy and under mind control and slowly eating them alive from the inside. With an investigator trying to sabotage them and later stop them before it is to late. Crazy ride from start to finish.
4. Black Sheep
This tongue and cheek, gore fest of a B-Movie is brought to us from New Zealand and is tremendous. It’s so hard to look away, no matter what craziness they throw at you. From flocks of deranged, scientifically altered sheep, Weresheep, and stupid one liners. The actors were top notch, characters were a joy to watch. Felt sorry for the main and his genuine fear of sheep in seriously traumatizing moment and enjoyed Angus get his comeuppance. And for those who like bloody and extreme death scenes. Black Sheep has you covered.
I want to remind everyone, this is not an official list. Sharktopus, is one of my favorite shark movies and movies in general. Do I think of it as the best of either category, no of course not, but I find it to be one of the most fun movies I have watched, and it is hard to explain why. The story is as out there as they come. Think the actors had a good chemistry together. The main characters took the situation seriously, while the side characters and those meant to die, were goofy and over the top. I enjoyed the look of Shaktapus himself. Crack up every time I watch him using the tentacles to walk across the beach and through the resort. Why do I suggest this, because with all the serious and dark movies to watch during Halloween and on this list. Sharktopus has a light heartedness to break them up and give you a bit of a break between them.
Speaking of dark and gritty, we land on the love letter to the 80’s Slasher Genre, Hatchet. Telling the story of the deformed Victor Crowley and his sad demise and vengeful return and my god they do not hold back on anything in this. Victor rips and tears people apart with his bare hands and chucks body parts at poor Ben. This movie gets you from the start with some fun moments of mardi gras and solid character build ups before a rather great introduction to Crowley himself. This should be a regular Halloween watch, but if it’s not. Then do yourself a favor and add. It is well worth the time.
1. Evil Dead
Could it be anything else. The King of the B-Movies. Almost hard to think of something new to say here that hasn’t already been said before. It’s not a particularly scary movie, but gave us a wild tale, of Ash becoming the least likely hero of all time. Everyone involved loved this movie and wanted it to be successful and showed first hand how well a B Movie can do. Of course you have seen it. If you ever needed a reason to watch it again. None better then now.
And that would be that. My 8 B-Movie suggestions to watch for Halloween time. Tell me what B- Movies you like to watch in the comments below. Be back next week with our regular scheduled B-Movie review and in the meantime.
Thanks for reading
By Paul Anthony
Back in the early 90’s the horror genre was basically dying right in front of our eyes, besides the big name guys in the horror films most other films were heading to Direct to DVD but then in 1996 a new franchise started and was indeed credited for saving the horror genre, that series was none other then the Scream franchise. Scream part 1 came out in December of 96 and was a big time hit which meant a sequel was coming. Based on the fact that Scream 2 was released just a year later, it was clear they had this planned from the start. So Basically two years in a row this series kept the game strong but was part 2 really that good well here in my take on it.
Part 2 now begins two years later after the events of the first film, the story continues to follow Sidney Prescott who is now in college and things begin to unravel just like the first film but she knows that the true killers are dead so we are now face with a copycat killer but why? Sidney is once again reunited with her crew the film geek Randy, now retired officer Dewey and Reporter Gal. The film keeps the true killer a mystery and no plot is actually is given until the very. At this point this film makes sense . We learn that Billy’s Mom who lost her son and her husband was seeking revenge but we know there are always two killers, one killer being Mrs. Loomis who goes by the name Debbie Salt and one of Sidney’s very own college friends Micky who is played by Timothy Olyphant. Now Through the whole film Mickey does have a very creepy vibe about him which confuses you as the why Sidney would befriend someone like that with her past situation. Nonetheless Sidney with Gal and Dewey survive though both Gal and Dewey takes a beating in the process.
Most studios try to make the sequels better and bigger, it is rare to catch a sequel like this where they didn’t do too much, the film alone was on par with the first, which may be the joy of filming films back to back. The story was a good story to me because it only made sense that someone would be seeking revenge because Billy was only a high school student when he was killed. We know this film did good enough to spawn a third film which would come out 3 years later and the final film to date came out in 2011 and a TV series started as well to continue on the legacy of this film.
By Paul Anthony
Okay let’s just stop the rumors right now, should there be a It chapter three and that answer should be be a no, makes no sense right now because there is no material for prequel or sequel. Pennywise the dancing clown was clearly defeated and died. Please explain to me why there needs to be a third film? If you want to explore the orgins of Pennywise would be the best idea but Stephen King doesn’t think because if he did he would have written it by now since after all the book came out in 1986, he would have had time by now to do so.
Now we know from this film it is clear that Pennywise is an ancient Cosmic force that awakens every 27 years and basically eat children. now I don’t get point of explaining anymore about where he came from? You want to know more well here he came from a planet outside of our solar system, boom there you go the prequel is made. Now there are something that could have been explain in the film like, was Pennywise ever was a real human like we saw in those pictures of him or was that just mind control, who knows but do I really want to know?
Truth is I don’t want to know anymore about Pennywise because here is the thing with King’s novels the mystery is part of the magic for his story. Keeping this movie as a horror film with talking about aliens basically would kill the whole vibe of the film. I love King’s novels I really do, he is master of horror for the pages. He uses very little sci-Fi to give the story a little kick. Why would we want to ruin that?
Okay so I broke down the pointless prequel but what a about a sequel. I say no to that as well because we know the loser club found the ritual to kill him for good not just stab him, which he really only went away to rest, they got lucky. Basically anything after this would just be a repeat of the story which would just kill the story and film after that. Sure it would make a little money and probably keep the studio happy for awhile but it would kill the legacy of this small franchise.
Rumors do often start when the film does well at the box office, because it most cases it does make sense to do another film but once the story is over do we really need another film and the answer is no. It Chapter 2 is killing the box office, it has already made nearly 200 million before its second weekend. There is where the rumors start, a franchise can be a strong one for years to come with only two films if it is done right and trust me this film was done right. In the end a third film would ruin what these two films did. I say hey let it rest for another twenty years and just reboot it and that is the only way I would be okay with a third film until then don’t worry about it just enjoy it!
By Paul Anthony
Disney has been having a great year so far and that is an understatement, let’s look at the titles they have so far, Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Aladdin and now The Lion King. Sure Disney had a flop or two I’m looking at you Dumbo but even so that movie made a good amount of money as well. Remakes for the new age can be tricky because you still have a fan base who love the 1994 film. Could this film live up to that film. Well I guess you have to read on and find out.
First I want to point out the things I do like about this film. Now the graphics were top notch which when your film is nothing but CGI which this film was then the graphics need to be up there and it was, there was only a few moments that I could tell it was CGI. The casting was another high point for me, the favorite was casting James Earl Jones Mufasa. Lion King is in fact a musical so the singing was on par with Beyonce leading the way. Sounds like there are a lot of things to like about this film but there are things that I didn’t like.
First calling this a live action film was joke and that whole campaign was just annoying, The Lion King could never be live action unless you used make up instead of CGI. Next the story was pretty much the same there really wasn’t any change which I wouldn’t mind the small changes that catches you off guard but doesn’t change plot or the outcome. Now some critics have knock the film for lack of facial expressions on the lions, I won’t knock them for that because they were trying to be authentic and lions don’t have many features, I will however knock them for a scene that they changed for the 94 film. That scene was when scar was getting his troops together and some compared it to the Nazi Army which made sense because it gave you an idea of how Scar was going to rule the pride land. In this film they changed it big time to something basic, I guess they didn’t want to get any backlash but you need to show scar as being evil and stressing how evil he is.
SO in the end I had to ask myself did this film live up to the legacy of 94? My answer is no it did not but that doesn’t mean this film was a bad film and I would say please take your family to see it because it still had some tear jerker scenes that we loved . Now what grade would I give this film and the Answer is a B rating. They did good but they could have did great!
By Paul Anthony
This may come as a shocker but I am giving this film a good review, some critics might be bashing it but for the third Godzilla film to be made in the United States but I feel like they got it right this time and they needed to with going into what might be the finale movie of Godzilla in next year’s Kong vs Godzilla movie. We know last time in 2014 the biggest knock of Godzilla was not enough of him, which I actually did like, it was a cheaper way of not having him in the film so much to have the profits look a lot, it was a good move on their part but now it is different.
Let’s start with what I thought was the weakest part of the film and that was the story. Now I know they can’t really do much more here but regardless it was weak. We basically have the broken family that became broken from the events of the last film which one parent being a bad parent but in the thin twist is the good guy and the good parent is really working for the bad guys. They come back together only to broken up again with a death of the real bad guy, sounds confusing but in the film it’s not. They do a good job at introducing a new bad guy though rumor is he won’t be in Kong vs Godzilla which is a smart move but the future is not set with what will happen next.
This film gave us a chance to see where Godzilla lives and rest in between the decades that he is not seen and shows that he was truly worshiped as a god and protector of the humans through out his history which was a good touch. We saw that battles and I thought the effects for this was good and the music for the scenes was another good touch. people may bash the film for having too much monsters on the screen but you saw the story and the writing to make it clear this was going to be a monster movie, I will not bash them for it.
One of my favorite parts was the credits because they told the story after the film with the effects of Godzilla winning and the titans following him and a glimpse what is to come next and how Kong and Godzilla were always destine to fight with the final article headline reading what is a king to a god? To me that was a highlight in those credits.
When it is all said and done I will give this movie 3.5 stars and praise it for being good follow up to both Godzilla and Kong. Numbers are tracking it to be number one this weekend which will be a good start for it because there are plenty of more movies on it’s way!