This Eli Roth Fantasy Lacks Magic!
By Kevin Thomas
Watching The House With a Clock in its Walls
is like being on a massive sugar high: It’s way too fast, very confusing, and eventually causes you as a viewer to crash and fight falling asleep. Why horror director Eli Roth
creator Eric Kripke were chosen to helm this project is a mystery given that neither are known for family entertainment, and it really shows here. Add a completely miscast Jack Black, underused Cate Blanchett, and a child actor with little screen presence, and you have one of the dullest fantasies of the year, for adults anyway. The kids in my audience laughed a lot, so I’m sure this film will be a hit at 12-year-old slumber parties on dark stormy nights, if that’s any consolation.
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By Kevin Thomas
Mismarketed Puppet Film a Decent Crime Drama, With Raunch
3 out of 5 stars (Average)
The Hapytime Murders is by far the most heavily mismarketed film of 2018. Advertised as a wild and raunchy comedy, the film is actually a decent crime drama with raunchy humor that showcases that puppets can do far more in movies than sing to your kids. However, people who want a unique (if flawed) crime drama with some ribald humor will likely be impressed at the immaculate puppetry on display here, along with a solid human cast that plays surprisingly well off of their stuffed cast members. The Happytime Murders is a good step in legitimizing puppetry as adult entertainment, despite a few bad jokes and some questionable script decisions. It’s not as good as it could be, but my God, if it couldn’t be a lot worse. Continue reading Movie Review: Happytime Murders 3/5 Stars
By Gregory Castel
In 2017, we had what was seemingly a clear-cut winner for hottest song of the summer with “Bodak Yellow” by last year’s rising star, Cardi B. However, within this inning, we had a strong lineup up full of heavy hitters. Many artists got on base. We saw a few strikeouts, many were walked, and we even saw some hits. In June, we even had bases loaded, but unfortunately, I don’t know if anybody delivered a jam that I can classify as a home run. Crushing the the ball out of the park.
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