‘Overlord’ Review

The only thing worse than Hitler and a bunch of Nazis. Would be killing those said Nazis only to have them become zombies. Overlord was a ton of fun.

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A small group of American soldiers find horror behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day.


This guy would give Two-Face a run for his money. Overlord is your classic B-Movie fun, with some actual A-Movie material. No one and I mean no one will tell you that during World War II people were having a good time. What history doesn’t want you to know is that the Germans were actually experimenting and trying to create the perfect soldier in the form of well a zombie. Okay, that part isn’t true, but this movie is a part zombie thriller, part revisionist war-drama and an all around gore slugfest. Sometimes you need to just check your brain off and enjoy an entertaining zombie war movie. But the thing is, as the movie progressed I started to like it more and more, and when it was finished I was kind of wanting more.

So when the film begins it wastes no time thrusting you into this world. We start on the eve of D-Day where Boyce (Jovan Adepo) and his fellow platoon are paratroopers who are about to be sent in to destroy a German radio tower. The US cannot advance any further until that radio tower has been destroyed, so when the plane is shot down and only a handful of soldiers survive, the task now seems next to impossible to pull off. The opening sequence of Overload was so impressive. It’s one of my favorite sequences of the entire year, and for such a small movie, director Julius Avery did a remarkable job. Surviving alongside Boyce is Corporal Ford (Wyatt Russell), Chase (Iain De Caestecker) and Tibbet (John Magaro). Now one of the reasons I felt this movie worked so well was because I liked the cast. There are only a few people in this movie, so you really go on a journey with them, so if you dislike them, or they were poorly cast, I think it takes away from the experience. But they all have their quirks and traits, and I just thought they all worked really well. Along the way, they meet a young women Chole (Mathilde Ollivier) who helps them in their fight against the Germans. Now you can’t have a movie about killing Nazis without one badass one now, can you? That honor bestows upon Wafner (Pilou Asbaek) who people might recognize as Euron Greyjoy in that little tiny show called Game of Thrones. He’s the boss man in a little tiny village where Chole is keeping the US soldiers safe, but when Boyce stumbles upon a secret military lab and discovers that, well they be cooking up zombies, he needs to inform Corporal Ford. When he finds some sort of serum he takes it with him, not before reuniting with his pal Rosenfeld (Dominic Applewhite) who is hooked up to some sort of machine waiting to be experimented on. Also the entire time I could have sworn Dominic Applewhite was Timothy Chalmet, it’s uncanny how much they look alike. After a successful rescue, they head back to the village where well you guessed it, all hell breaks loose. One of the soldiers gets infected with the serum, Chole’s little brother gets kidnapped and now time is running out. Everyone’s arc is flushed out nicely, each getting their “moment” to shine, but Wyatt Russell and Adepo are the standouts. Obviously having Kurt Russell has your father is going to help you, but I’ve liked him ever since 22 Jump Street. If I had it my way, I would want Wyatt Russell to play Green Arrow in the DCEU.

Again being a smaller movie, I didn’t expect crazy over the top action set pieces, especially after the opening moments of the film. But the one thing that keeps you going is the intrigue to what is actually going on, and the banter and the back and forth between our heroes. That is what works so well in Overlord, and one of the reasons I think it is critically successful. But that being said, when the action does it, it hits hard. The ending is quite enjoyable, and it really keeps you on your toes. Yes, this is a B-Movie so things are going to cheesy, but it’s done in such a fantastic way, that I found myself not giving a crap. I was entertained the entire runtime of Overlord, and in certain moments I was thinking this movie is pretty damn cool. All the silliness and campiness that goes on is to be expected, but since there are such few characters and you really get invested into all of them, it’s easy to overlook that stuff.

If you like zombies, and you hate Nazis then this movie will be right up your alley, and it’s a boatload of fun.

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Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Overlord = 75/100

‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer

We are all about to be Billy Madison. Sitting around with a bunch of children. This generations Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

When news broke that Ryan Reynolds would be voicing the legend that is Pikachu, the world and myself really didn’t know how to react. But after watching the trailer and looking at this adorable picture, I can’t help but say I’m totally on board. Growing up Pokémon was a big part of my life, at one point in time I was one of the worlds best card players – probably, and I really fell in love with these characters. I can’t believe it’s taken this long to have a live adaptation of these beloved creatures.

I’m getting a vibe of Who Framed Roger Rabbit here, probably a little bit less dark, but they honestly couldn’t have picked a better person to voice Pikachu then good old Ryan Reynolds. But I’m so used to him playing Deadpool that I thought he was going to drop an F-bomb. This is going to be massive at the box-office. And if it turns out the movie is actually quite good as well, this could turn out to be a juggernaut. It looks like a lot of fun, and it was great seeing some of my old favourites again, mixing in some great jokes.

I will always have a soft spot for Pokémon, I’m sure a lot of people my age do. It was some what resurrected with Pokémon Go a few years ago, but this trailer just put a smile on my face maybe it’s because Reynolds was voicing the title character. I will for sure be there opening weekend, like I said this movie is going to be MASSIVE.

Here’s the trailer.

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‘Suspiria’ Review

This is a dark atmospheric journey, that will mess with your mind, body and soul. It did not help that I was totally stoned. Suspiria drags you to the depths of hell.

As darkness swirls at the centre of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.


So yes I got stoned for Suspiria. For someone who never does that, I felt to get the full experience of this film I needed to be a little under the influence. Boy, it did not disappoint. It’s legal here in the Great White North, so if you have a problem with that, take a hike!

But any who, Suspiria is a remake of the 1977 classic that was really genre defining when it was released. If you go back and watch the original you will notice the use of bright and vibrant colours and the use of colour is so highly regarded for that film, that going into the new version I expected the same. This movie is not at all like its predecessor when it comes to the colour scheme, rather I found the movie to be mostly dull. A lot of grey and beige, I guess it makes sense as this is 1970’s West Germany, but still to go from one extreme to another, probably through off a lot of fans in the process. I went into Suspiria with a open mind, I usually don’t go see movies like this, this is an art house film, with a ton of layers, symbolism and metaphors that are thrown into your face. After sleeping on it and really thinking hard about it today, I enjoyed Suspiria for what it is and if you don’t mind the run time of just over 2 hours and 30 minutes and enjoy the horror genre, I would recommend this movie for you.

I won’t go to deep into the plot or details of it because I don’t want to spoil anything, but like the original, it’s about a dance company that doubles as a breeding ground for Witches. We have Susie (Dakota Johnson) the new girl from Ohio, who sweeps the studio off their feet within seconds of her audition. Mainly her teacher Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton), who is a world renowned dancer and someone the girls at the company greatly respect. They immediately form a close and unique bond, and just in a few short days, Susie is dancing in the lead role for the company. Now I mentioned that this dance company is run by witches, so when I mean dance, they are secretly performing rituals, because these witches need the perfect sacrifice in order to resurrect their master. So Susie befriends a few of the girls in her class, one girl in particular Sara (Mia Goth) who over time becomes suspicious to her surroundings and what might be going on behind the scenes. You see one girl has “gone missing” Patricia (Chole Grace Moretz) who has found compassion and friendship in an 80 year old psychotherapist Josef (Tilda Swinton). Throughout the movie I knew something was up with this old man, he didn’t look right, it wasn’t until after the movie I found out that Tilda plays the role. She’s playing two parts here. It really just threw me off because something didn’t look right. Whether it was the makeup or the mask she was wearing, it didn’t look great and it was taking me out of the movie completely. So when Patricia goes missing, Josef takes it upon himself to investigate which ultimately leads him to Sara. They discuss the possibility of the Madame’s being witches.

Speaking of witches and witchcraft. This is a horror movie and there is some extreme graphic nature throughout. Without giving it away, there’s a scene which involves a room full of mirrors and some torture that well is the energize bunny because it just keeps going and going. Remember that Simpson’s episode, “Stop! Stop it! He’s already dead!” – yeah this is the equivalent to that. After about 30 seconds I was like this poor girl has had enough, 3 minutes later, I was telling myself – WHY IS THIS STILL HAPPENING? Without doubt the scene that will be stuck in my head for a long time and it’s the scene you will remember most when walking away from this movie. That was the highlight of the film for me, because the rest of the movie is so overstuffed and filled with fluff. It was hard to keep track of what was really going on, who was who and what these witches were even doing in West Germany to begin with. There is zero and I mean zero backstory or even acknowledgment of where they came from or how long they have been here, and I found that to be annoying. This movie is so long, and the fact they didn’t even decide to address that tells me the director Luca Guadagnino who is coming off Call Me By Your Name maybe bit off more than he could chew with Suspiria. It’s just so congested and at times confusing and I just think a few seconds to explain itself could have done wonders for the overall product.

I haven’t been the biggest fan of Dakota Johnson, but I must say, she impressed me here. I throughly enjoyed her overall performance in Suspiria, and I almost feel like she was the perfect choice for this role. Her quiet demeanour, and the way she moves and her body language really spoke volumes to me. She honestly kind of saved the movie from being a complete and utter train wreck. Her chemistry with Tilda Swinton is also great, she is another standout among the cast. Although I found it totally unnecessary that she play the role of Josef, for the reasons I mentioned above. The performances are certainly not the downfall to Suspiria. Pacing issues, bloated-ness and overall a lack of structure in the film making are the reasons this movie just isn’t as a whole, very good. Yes, there are some great moments of horror and fear to be had, some intense and gruesome deaths, but I expect that in a horror movie. What I want and what needs to happen in order for that genre to be successful is a well put together film. That isn’t achieved here with Suspiria, and I found myself lost for the most part.

All things considered, I’m happy I saw it. I went outside my comfort zone with this one and I believe some people will love it. But for the average movie-goer, this will not be their cup of tea. There’s also one witch that looks identical to Tina from Bobs Burgers, so maybe this is some sort of prequel or something, I dunno.

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Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Suspiria = 60/100

‘First Man’ Review

Damien Chazelle’s 3rd outing proves he is one of Hollywoods great young directors. First Man is a stupendous technical achievement, but at times can feel sluggish and monotoned.

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A look at the life of the astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.


Have you ever really thought about it? The Moon landing? It’s something that happened almost 50 years ago, actually, next July will be the 50th anniversary of one of the most important and significant events in the history of mankind. While I sat in the theatre and looked up at that massive IMAX screen, it hit me. I actually didn’t know anything about Neil Armstrong and his fascinating life story, even less about the insane journey that NASA went on to finally put a man on the Moon. Maybe that’s because the Moon landing although a massive achievement is celebrated by Americans. Over a billion people watched their TVs on July 20th, 1969. I walked away from this movie, not thinking about the film itself, but rather the sympathy and pain I felt for the heroic man that pretty much sacrificed everything so he could accomplish something very few men have ever done.

I had high expectations for First Man. Coming off Whiplash and La La Land, Damien Chazelle is held in pretty high regards when it comes to directors with me. I don’t like comparing movies, but I felt this was his weakest film to date, but not by much. As the film opens up, the first 5 minutes is almost utter silence. The sounds of intense wind, and heavy breathing, but there is zero dialogue. That’s how I described this film, it’s very quiet. There are several moments of long pauses, and immense quiet, which can be successful in certain scenes but can make the overall film feel long and drawn out. If you had to choose one word to describe Ryan Gosling, for me, the word that always comes to mind is stoic. He’s a quiet actor to begin with. Actually, he does some of his best work when he isn’t saying anything at all. Drive, Blade Runner 2049, all these great performances are done not with words, but rather his face and his body. Well, First Man is no different. Neil Armstrong was a private person, especially after the death of his infant daughter. He becomes recluse and doesn’t know even how to treat his other two children. Death can change a person, and it was pretty clear that the death of his daughter took an immense toll on him, even if he didn’t let it show through. Gosling is as usual, fantastic, and I’m certain he will nab an Oscar nomination.

But he has two roles here. Neil Armstrong the family man, and Neil Armstrong the astronaut. For me, this is where the movie falters. The space exploration and the Moon landing is movie making at its finest, and what the movie will be remembered for. But it all feels so detached from everything else that is going on. That is the films biggest downfall. But for me, that is just a tiny nitpick, because the movie does flow really well, and it’s such an incredible story, that small details like that shouldn’t matter. Ryan Gosling isn’t the only one giving a terrific performance. Claire Foy plays his wife Janet Armstrong who has to deal with a lot herself on this journey. She doesn’t work and has to take care of the kids, but at times has to listen to the mission control room through a tiny little radio, while her husband is literally fighting for his life. Talk about tension and talk about nerves. She’s really great here, and you can feel the discomfort and the disconnect that her and Neil share after the death of their daughter Karen. Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Ciaran Hinds, this really is a jammed packed cast, with everyone contributing in their own way. It’s an “oh that guy” kind of cast, but it’s super effective.

The filmmaking aspect is really a special achievement. From the get-go, it felt different. The screen almost looked fuzzy, like we were watching some old footage. I found like I was actually traveling back in time. But when the space exploration takes place, you really are blown away. I’m not sure how they pulled it off, but Chazelle deserves a ton of credit. He’s now 3-for-3 with this feature films and after a disappointing weekend at the box-office, it will be interesting to see how this fairs come awards season. It’s a slow burn, and I think audiences going in thought this might be a little more like Gravity, and a bit more intense. The claustrophobic space stuff does get intense and it makes you tighten your grip on the armrest, but when you know history and you know how this story ends, that tension and intensity can feel a little fake.

Overall, I rather enjoyed First Man despite its flaws. Was it everything I wanted it to be? No. But that doesn’t take away from the overall achievement of the film-making here. It’s not going to transcend the film industry or even the space genre, but rather it should be considered a technological achievement. Damien Chazelle is going to be in our lives for a long time, and I can’t wait to see what he pumps out next. I just wanted a little bit more, but learning about Neil’s life and his journey was worth it for me. The most emotional beat in the whole movie is something that I feel uneasy about. I have tried to research it, and it’s hard to talk about without spoiling the ending. I’m sure they talked to Neil’s family, but this moment was something that they were building throughout the whole film. If this was just added for theatrical effect, I’m not going to lie, I’m going to be a tad upset. But if this moment really did take place on the Moon, boy, it makes it all more special and emotional. This movie won’t be for everyone, but for cinephiles like myself, I certainly loved the ride.

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Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – First Man = 86/100

‘A Star Is Born’ Review

Bradley Cooper delivers the best performances of his career and lets the world know that he is a force to be reckoned with behind the director’s chair.

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A musician helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral


So Bradley Cooper can really sing. They let you know this from the very opening moments of this film. Not only can this man sing, but he can also direct and he can act. Is there anything that this man cannot do? Going into A Star Is Born, the directorial debut of Bradley Cooper expectations were high. Reviews had been pouring in and everyone was declaring this a sensation and one of the best films of 2018. When it appeared at TIFF word of mouth was spreading fast, and this instantly shot up the ranks of my most anticipated movies to see before the end of the year.

Imagine a chance meeting, that is almost like a fairy tale playing out in reality. One of the biggest rock stars in the world, drunk off his ass, stumbles into the drag bar where you are performing. Well, when Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) does just that and is mesmerized by Ally (Lady Gaga) the moment he hears her open her mouth and sings, you know these two are destined for greatness together. So when Jackson asks her to have a drink with her, he wants to get to know this mysterious singer/songwriter. See Jackson might be a bonafide rock star, but he is battling inner demons. He has massive alcohol and drug issues, and he is looking for motivation and a new spark in his life. Jack is also losing his hearing from an issue he’s been dealing with his entire life. When Ally agrees to go to one of his shows, he drags her on stage to perform one of her songs together, and the crowd goes wild. In just a matter of minutes, Ally’s life is completely turned upside down, and she is thrust into this lifestyle of the rich and famous. From there we go on this rollercoaster emotional journey, that is filled with heartfelt love songs, the ups, and downs of being famous and the battle with the bottle. A Star Is Born is really everything I wanted it to be and more.

First things first, the music is incredible. I knew that Bradley Cooper could sing, but I didn’t know I would be blown away like I was. The concert scenes feel so authentic and real, I thought I was just watching a live taping of a band performing in concert. You get emotionally invested in these people because of the performances they are giving. Lady Gaga is phenomenal here. She isn’t the first singer to crossover into acting and gives an outstanding performance. Madonna and Jennifer Hudson both come to mind, but Lady Gaga sheds her usual over the top fashion look and transforms into another person completely. Their chemistry is great, and in a movie like this, that is either going to carry the film into great heights, or it will inevitably be its downfall. I believed that they were in love and that they fell for one another, which means that they probably spent some time together before filming.

It was interesting to watch Ally’s rise to fame while watching Jack battle his demons, all while trying to show her ropes of the business. One is flying high, while the other is battling each and every day with something that he doesn’t always want to share with those closest. His older brother Bobby (Sam Elliot) is the last family he’s got, and they have an intense and personal relationship. All three of them should be nominated come Oscar season, I can see big nominations for this. Bradley will not only get nominated for acting, but he should get a nomination for directing and this will be nominated for best picture. It’s a spectacle, and Bradley Cooper deserves so much credit for everything he has accomplished. Even Lady Gaga shocked me. She became so real, at times, I forgot just how overzealous she is in real life, I almost like this version of her better.

When you’re in love, you will do whatever it takes to make that person feel special. This is quite the love story. It’s a story about taking a chance on someone, even if they are from a different world. Alcoholism is a scary disease and I thought Cooper did an excellent job depicting addiction and how it not only affects those around you but how it ultimately runs your entire life. Addiction can consume you, no matter how much love and support you have in your life. Jack deals with it his entire life until it catches up with him, and he needs to go to rehab. This is an emotional film, with powerful performances, and it leaves you wondering if this is what life is truly like for world-famous rock stars.

Overall I thought the soundtrack and performances carried this movie really well. Bradley kind of sucks you in straight away and his performance is almost hypnotic. When you haven’t seen a certain actor do something like sing, you can really become invested in their role. The ending is soul crushing and it kind of leaves you wanting a little bit more. I know I’ll be pumping the soundtrack for the next few weeks.

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Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – A Star Is Born = 91/100

‘The Predator’ Review

  • Shane Black fails to relaunch this iconic franchise in a new and unique way. Instead leaving us fans wondering what could have been in more capable hands

  • I can’t believe it’s been 31 years since the release of Predator. One of the best action movies ever made, it spit out more elected officials than any other movie in history. It just also happens to be the most macho movie in existence. Look at that cast, you can almost smell the creatine when watching it. It gave us so many iconic moments and lines, that I still say today. It also introduced us to the most badass monster in the entire universe. Unfortunately in the newest instalment, he gets reduced to kind of a, well, a joke.

    The original has a special in my heart. It came out 1 year before I was even born, but it’s one of the earliest movie memories I have. The lure of Predator was instilled very early on in my childhood, yeah it has an insane amount of swearing and gore, but I turned out just fine. I have my badass grandfather to thank for this. He was responsible was letting me watch this masterpiece at such an early age. We even got together, went out for dinner and went to see Alien vs. Predator together, and I recall having a great time, and hoped that when I become his age, I’m just as cool as he was. So when I sat down to watch Shane Black’s The Predator Thursday night, my mind couldn’t help but shift to that night with my grandpa and the great time we had. Remembering that this 70 year old man, couldn’t wait to watch two of cinemas greatest monsters battle it out. He was a kid all over again. Plus the fact he was cool enough to let a 5 year old kid watch the original. Shane Black, who played Hawkins in the first, the comic relief of the elite mercenary team, that gets picked off one-by-one in the heart of the jungle by a mysterious foe. Coming off the spectacular Nice Guys in 2016 I had really high hopes. After the first few trailers, I was on the fence. But after seeing it last night, I know for a fact, just like myself, my grandfather would have also been heartbroken. Because this movie just flat out stinks.

    Without doubt, this will be the most disappointing movie of 2018. It is by far the worst Predator movie to date. Let me be clear, it seems like everyone had a blast making it. One of the strongest aspects of the film is the comradery between the cast, it’s a ton of fun, but after that, there isn’t a whole lot here. I adore Shane Black, and everyone involved here, but with all this talent. All the inner workings he has had with this franchise, this is what he cooked up? Something doesn’t make sense about this whole thing. It feels like just a bunch of poorly put together scenes involving a few Predators. The whole thing wants to be a comedy, but that can’t be right. One of the most feared creatures we’ve ever seen, and literally they are making him do prop jokes. So there I am, sitting waiting for this to begin and it starts. Let me tell you, the first 10 minutes, I was saying in my head “oh shit, this is going to be good!” It gets off to a fantastic start. Then the whole thing just utterly falls apart. Again, I don’t want to say I could have done a better movie or written a better script, but my god. I don’t think it’s difficult to write and make a great Predator movie. I don’t care what anyone says, drop a team of bad ass soldiers in an isolated location and have them get picked off one-by-one. We will always watch that. But the biggest thing we DONT need in a Predator movie, is a child. Jacob Trembley you’re cute as a button kid, but you have zero place in a movie like this. It ruined the whole thing, well mixed with about a dozen other reasons, but it just threw off the vibe and tone completely. I thought Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Sterling K Brown, who was eating the shit out of every scene he was in were great. Keegan Michael Key actually felt well casted. He was terrific and you could tell he had the most fun out of anyone on set.Now for the star of the show, the Predator themselves. The costume and design of the normal Predator I thought was the best I’d ever seen, but there wasn’t enough of him. There wasn’t enough stalking your prey, when the gore gets going, it’s enjoyable. But the whole movie takes place at night and that always takes away from them. You can’t see in the dark to begin with, so I feel it takes away from their character and their tactic of being camouflaged right out of the picture. I just wanted more of that. As for the new bigger badder one, unfinished CGI took me right out of it. Towards the end our main team is dying and it happens so fast and so rapidly, you’re left wondering who was left standing. Which again, they just rushed the whole 3rd act, and you never cared for these people, so when they did die, you weren’t invested to begin with, so why care?

    Just overall, I’m still shocked this is the movie Shane Black pumped out. He’s a very reliable director and he had a ton of talent to work with. What went wrong? How was this the best idea he came up with? Coming back to earth to take a kid with Autism? We are so far gone from what not only made this franchise successful, but why I loved it in the first place. It’s going to bomb and we will have to wait another 10 years for a reboot or something. There are still great Predator stories to be told, let’s make it happen please.

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    Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – The Predator = 45/100

    ‘BlacKKKlansMan’ Review

    The best Spike Lee movie since Inside Man, which came out over a decade ago. To say Spike is back is an understatement.

    Remember the name Ron Stallworth. So this is based off some historical reference, making the story seem even more bizarre. Spike makes sure to mention this in the beginning moments of his newest film, because well, this whole story is kind of bat shit crazy.

    It’s 1972 and the world is a different place, well actually it’s not that much different, as Spike comments on numerous times throughout the film. Stallworth (David John Washington) wants to be the first African-American police officer in Colorado. From the very get-go you get the sense that even the police themselves don’t know how to handle this situation and they are unsure of how to use Ron properly. He’s literally the first of his kind, there has never been an African-American police officer in his town. So when a Black Power activist holds a rally, they send Ron in undercover. There he meets Patrica (Laura Harrier) head of the black student union at the local university. Just like in Spider-Man Homecoming, Laura proves to be a great and up and coming actress. She is the one responsible for putting this rally together. We meet Kwame Ture played by Corey Hawkins, who comes is so hot. He’s pitching 100 miles per hour, he’s only in one scene, but it could have been one of my favourite scenes of the movie. He’s electric, and I just thought he did an unbelievable job for the little screen time he gets. Local police are worried about the black community protesting and causing trouble and they even believe there could be a civil war on the horizon. Ron suggests otherwise and that Kwame was just trying to get a rise out of the crowd and that they are harmless.

    After a successful undercover job, Ron gets promoted to the intelligence unit. That’s where this story takes a weird but altogether incredible journey. There he meets Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) his soon to be “white counterpart.” Ron feeling good about himself sees an ad in the local paper about joining the KKK. Inclined, he calls the phone number listed and talks to the director of the Colorado section Walter (Ryan Eggold). The two hit it off on the phone, so Ron obviously wants to peruse things further. That will prove to be difficult, because, well…..he’s black. So that’s where Flip comes into play. He goes undercover as Ron and together they infiltrate the KKK. Ron, as he describes is fluid in both “white man” and “jive” and that’s how he is able to talk to these white KKK members. Because as they love to mention, “they can always tell when they aren’t talking to a white man on the phone.” The back and forth on the phone is hysterical, and Washington has some tremendous comedic chops. This really is a star making performance by the man. Couldn’t be happier for him, he’s about to be on the rise.

    Topher Grace pops up and plays David Duke, and it was really nice to see Topher back working on a great project. He delivers quite the performance here, and obviously a lot of his language used throughout the movie is just god awful. A few of the Klan members, sorry, “organization” members are interesting characters themselves. Some you just need to see for yourselves. I said organization because they didn’t want to go by the Klan I guess, and it’s funny to hear them correct people throughout the film about this little mistake. I bet making a movie like this can serve to be a little difficult. I mentioned the language, which a movie about the KKK, there is going to be extremely strong offensive language used by everyone. But I recently listened to a podcast with Washington, who said that on set, Spike is so great with the entire cast and crew and makes everyone feel comfortable and relaxed, that it makes the whole process that much easier. Those are the tall tale signs of a mature, veteran film-maker, and Spike happens to be all of that.

    Spike is really on his game here, the film is shot beautifully, and there’s even a classic floating dolly sequence that Spike has become known for. This is a powerful movie. It feels powerful from the very opening moments of it. Yes there is a ton of comedic moments, but thats because the premise of it is so unbelievable. Spike wants to get a message across, and by the end of it, the message is pretty damn clear. Powerful message, powerful performances, and once the film is over, they bring it all back to present day America. This was the hardest hitting part of the movie, because this thing takes place in 1972, and in present day America, things don’t seem that much different. This should be nominated come awards season, well it better be. I’m ecstatic for everyone who was involved. Adam Driver once again proves he can do anything, Overall, one of 2018’s best films to date, with a strong message behind it, made by the right man. Again it’s a smaller film that scores big from me, not another sequel or generic summer blockbuster. Go see this movie! Support smaller movies!

    Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – BlacKKKlansMan = 95/100

    ‘SkyScraper’ Review

    I’ve said it a million times, I’ll watch anything with Dwayne Johnson in it, but can he start doing better movies please and thank you.

    Fun fact, someone took this photo to a scientist to see if he in fact would make this leap of faith. Guess what? Turns out he would plummet to his death, and that’s not even the most unbelievable thing that occurs in this generic blockbuster. Rawson Marshall Thurber the man who brought us Dodgeball and Central Intelligence brings us this cheap Diehard knock off, that is pretty painful to be perfectly honest. It’s been 30 years since one of the greatest action movies ever released came to theatres and this is by no stretch of the imagination an homage to that. But it fails miserably in every aspect of doing so. Skyscraper has a pretty straightforward premise. Man’s family is trapped in worlds tallest building, man must climb his way to the top. Simple enough, yet the movie trips over itself time and time again. This movie wanted to be Diehard so badly, the marketing team fully invested into that notion and produced replica posters for this movie in honour of Diehard and The Towering Inferno. Walking into the theatre thinking we could have a little Diehard on our hands was a fun treat, instead we got the worst of the worst when it comes to the Diehard franchise, and nobody and I mean nobody wants that.

    It’s really hard to get behind a movie, when you know the whole point of the movie, “The Pearl” the worlds tallest building in Hong Kong was made in an editing room after the movie was done filming. As the movie chugs along it got harder and harder to believe anything I was watching. The whole movie feels green-screened and nothing felt real. When that occurs it’s very hard to buy into what you’re watching. It doesn’t make for a enjoyable movie going experience. If you can’t believe what’s going on in front of you, it’s really hard to stay focused throughout. It’s just another run of the mill disaster flick, which happens to star the most likeable movie star on the planet. I was hoping that if this movie did turn out to be a pile of fiery rubble, then at least I would get to see Dwayne Johnson kick some ass for 90 mins. NOPE. That doesn’t even happen, I was stunned that we didn’t get more action, because well, the worlds biggest action star is in the movie. The action is so weak and bloodless, where Diehard was the polar opposite. He’s never really trying to survive from the people inside the building. He is trying to survive from the building itself. So instead they have him doing things that are so preposterous, it leaves you shaking your head. But I’ll reiterate that the only thing this movie has going for it is well Dwayne Johnson and Neve Campbell. YES! The return of Sydney Prescott baby. I forgot just how wonderful Neve Campbell is and why it bothers me so much that she really doesn’t act anymore. It really bothers me that she decided this would be her triumphant comeback, because although she is great, the movie is not.

    Everyone else just gets lost in the shuffle as the film plays out. You’re going to try and make Diehard for this generation but you don’t want to at least attempt to have an iconic villain? Hans Gruber is one of cinemas greatest foes, and the late Alan Rickman did a wonderful job in that role. I had to go look up the name of the bad guy for SkyScraper because that’s just how generic he was. Roland Moller plays Kores Botha, muscle for hire essentially and for me it just didn’t work. There are just so many forgettable characters floating around and you know all the twists and turns 20 minutes before they even happen. Even the bad guys plot is so mind numbingly dumb, by the end of the movie you forget why he is even doing this in the first place. Screen writing in big Hollywood blockbusters is dead. There is not one iconic line of dialogue in this whole thing, which was a total bummer. Everyone knows at least a fine lines from Diehard, that’s what made it so great. You’re telling me, that you have Dwayne Johnson in a movie like this and you can’t have him say one cool line? Who are getting to write these things nowadays? Is it monkeys using type writers? Did the Simpsons predict that as well?

    This is just the definition of watered down Hollywood generic action. No one will be talking about SkyScraper in a few weeks, no one will be talking about this movie at all. I just didn’t buy a single moment of the film, because it was all to fake to me. This whole movie was put together in the editing room and that’s by far the biggest weakness of it. DJ is fine in this role, but it’s certainly not one of  his best performances, and he can do so much better. It’s just hard to get behind a movie, where it wants you to throw everything you know about what a human being can do out the window and quite frankly I just don’t think the studio cared all that much. We deserve better movies than this. It’s the middle of July right now and every summer blockbuster that has come out since Infinity War has been hot garbage. Lazy writing, sub-par acting and a film where nothing is believable is not a recipe for success. I expected so much more, I wanted to be reminded of Diehard, yet everything in this movie is a total ripoff of something that has come before it. There really isn’t one original idea to be had in the whole thing.

    Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – SkyScraper = 45/100

    ‘Ant-Man & The Wasp’ Review

    So we’ve gotten 2 solo Ant-Man movies in the last 4 years and zero Batman movies in the last 6………

    After Marvel dropped Infinity War earlier this year, it was pretty hard to get yourself psyched up for the next Ant-Man outing. Rightfully so, after the events of Infinity War how could anyone really care what Scott Lang and the gang were up to? Let me tell you this, I have completely forgotten this entire movie. You look up bland and meh in the dictionary, well this might fall under it.

    I like the Ant-Man character, I think Paul Rudd was perfectly casted. Just the whole movie was an excuse to show us an after credits scene. I’m not lying, the whole movie was a set up for a 90 second scene that – spoilers, shows Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) disappearing just like half the universe, all while Scott Lang is now trapped in the Quantum Realm. Pretty much indicating that Ant-Man once again will not be suiting up with the rest of the Avengers in next years Infinity War finale. That’s my biggest takeaway from the movie. It’s predictable, dull and I don’t understand the science behind anything that goes on and Marvel just decides not to explain this science to us. I’m not picky when it comes to this kind of stuff, but for this movie, where the laws of physics are just being thrown out the window, a little education would be nice. I was totally fine with the first Ant-Man it was a fun time, and I actually really liked the villain from it. Yellow-Jacket is a underrated bad guy, and their fight sequences were a ton of fun. This time around, Hannah John-Kamen suits up as Ghost and well, yikes. Marvel had kind of been on a hot streak for villains, but Ghost is so forgettable and she’s almost not even a villain. It’s murky with her, so that’s where Walton Goggins character of Sonny Burch comes in. He’s like a bad cartoon character come to life. A lot of the new characters introduced are just god awful. This might be one of the worst MCU villains.

    So if you’ve seen the first you know a little bit of the backstory. Hank Pym was once Ant-Man and Janet was The Wasp, now after a rescue mission gone wrong, Janet has been stuck in the Quantum Realm for over 30 years. When Scott went into the realm himself at the end of the first movie, some how they became connected. Now Hank and Hope have the technology and the means to rescue her from the Quantum Realm. That’s pretty much the entire movie, Scott is on house arrest because of the events of Civil War, so when he has a dream in which he sees Janet, Hank and Hope bust him out and try to rescue her before it’s to late. Just like the first one, this has a ton of comedic moments and Michael Pena steals the show, because the only time I was really having fun with this movie was when he was on screen. There’s a whole bit about truth serum and it’s so great, and when he tells his stories, you can’t help but burst into laugher, but that simply can’t save the entire movie. The action sequences are just boring, I enjoyed them much more in the previous incarnation. The movie is kind of a blur, because everything really isn’t making sense and it’s almost like one long game of hot potato. They are able to shrink an entire building down, and it turns into a suitcase on wheels pretty much, and that’s where their lab is located. So it keeps going back and forth between the good guys and the bad guys, and that goes on for 90 minutes. Don’t get my wrong, this is a Marvel movie, it’s enjoyable, Ant-Man is a great character and you’ll laugh really hard in certain spots. But this shouldn’t have come out after Infinity War, it just felt so underwhelming. Knowing what we know now, and what’s to come, a solo Ant-Man adventure is just something I wasn’t really looking forward to. So I think they dropped the ball big time with this release date, and I honestly think this shouldn’t have taken place when it did. Like I previously mentioned this just felt like an excuse to tell us again why Ant-Man wasn’t around during Infinity War and that he sure as hell won’t be suiting up next summer. They could have just made this post credit scene after Infinity War and saved themselves a ton of work hours and money. This didn’t even crack 80 million dollars on it’s opening weekend. For a Marvel movie, that’s not great. I don’t see this movie having much legs either, because word of mouth won’t be great.

    If you’re a fan of these movies go see it, if you’re on the fence about it, you should probably sit this one out. Movies keep disappointing this summer, we haven’t had to many hits on our hands. I didn’t expect much from Ant-Man & The Wasp but I expected just a little bit more.

    Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Ant-Man & The Wasp = 65/100

    ‘Incredibles 2’ Review

    Jack-Jack, you the real MVP.

    So last night was a first for me. As I walked into the theatre, it was the very first time I had done so alone. Yes, when you wait 14 years for something you really can’t sit around and wait for people to tag along. I needed to see this opening night, this was a long time coming. Pixar knows that they made us all wait a lifetime. There’s even a tiny PSA at the beginning thanking everyone for being so patient. You never see that with a long awaited sequel. And I’ll say that it was worth the wait.

    Brad Bird once again writes and directs what will ultimately be the best action movie of 2018. How can the best action movie be animated you ask? Well first off, you need to check this out, and secondly animated features can pull things off only live action movies can dream of. There are just some really incredible – no pun intended, action pieces, and that’s just gravy for me. The Incredibles is a superhero movie, but it’s about more than just violence and action, at the heart of this movie, it’s about family. I like to think of this movie as a combination of Mr. Mom meets Unbreakable. Where you have Mr. Incredible trying to be the super Dad at home, while Mrs. Incredible is out trying to save the world. Remember in this world Superheroes are outlawed and when Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) comes up with a plan to change the way society sees Supers, he picks Elastigirl to be the face of his project. The Unbreakable part comes from the villain Screenslaver causing disasters to make our heroes come out from hiding. Look the first Incredibles had such a memorable villain in Syndrome, with Jason Lee doing incredible voice work for the character. He was such a strong villain because of how personal he was to the story. He represents kind of nerd culture today, where you can become so obsessed with something, that you’ll do anything to have it be apart of your life, and when expectations fall short, or things don’t go the way you want them, well all hell can break loose. It would be really hard to follow that up, so I’m not shocked I wasn’t blown away by the villain, you see the twist coming a mile away, but ultimately this movie didn’t need a strong villain to be great. It needed a good story, and be more about the evolution of our characters, because remember this movie literally takes place right after the events of the first one. That’s what we get, the progression of this family, and learning what it means to be a Superhero family.

    Once again the voice acting is spot on, with everyone chipping in. They add a bunch of great new voices to the cast, and this time around we get a lot more Frozone, which everyone wanted to see. The animation has come a long way in the last 14 years, and it really showed when they were showing off Frozone’s powers. But more importantly for when they were showing off Jack-Jack’s powers. He steals the entire movie, and when they released the first teaser trailer way back when, you knew that would be the case. He’s so cute and adorable, and has so many unique and hilarious powers, he keeps you engaged and laughing every time he’s on screen. Jack-Jack is a baby, but he’s a powerful and pretty independent one. He has a scuffle with a raccoon that was probably the highlight of the movie for me. He loves watching the Twilight Zone and eating cookies, and I was so happy they really showcased him in this film. It’s a great way for quick laughs just not for the kids, but for the adults as well. Dash and Violet are great again, Dash didn’t really have a lot going on in this, most of the time it was him trying to figure out his math homework, which I thought was a total letdown. I feel like he was the only family member who didn’t progress in this. Violet is trying to over come boy problems and figure out how to get someone to notice you, funny because her powers involve her being invisible.

    I just had a ton of fun watching this, again Pixar knows what they are doing, and unlike their previous Pixar sequels, this didn’t feel unnecessary. It just felt right, and I think making it take place right after the events of the first movie made it feel like it belonged. Nothing was shoehorned in, and nothing felt rushed. Everything just kind of fell into place, and it was just like waiting a long time for part 2 of something you knew should be two parts. Now do I think this should be a trilogy? Yes I do. But I want it to end right. We don’t need another 14 year gap between movies, this is going to be a box-office juggernaut, but surely they must have some sort of idea of where to take this thing. There’s so many laughs to be had, great action sequences, a ton of heartfelt moments and overall a really great Pixar movie. Bring the family, bring a date, or pull a me and go alone. I know for a fact you won’t be disappointed.

    Check ya later.

    Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Incredibles 2 = 93/100