Something wicked ‘The Craft’ comes

To keep with my strictly and unintentional reviewing of mostly 90’s movies, I thought it was only fitting to check out probably one of the most requested movies that I have gotten. Now I watched this movie when it first came out. I was five years old so I don’t remember that movie fondly. Here’s the review for the cult hit “The Craft.”

Oh, relax it’s only magic

“The Craft” was released in the spring of 1996. It was directed by Andrew Flemming, who went on to direct the first six episodes of Netflix’s “Insatiable.” Starring in the movie is Robin Tunney (“Prison Break,” “The Mentalist”), Fairuza Balk (“Return to OZ,” “Almost Famous”), Neve Campbell (“Scream,” “Party of Five”), and Rachel True (“Half Baked,” “Nowhere”). Also in the movie is Skeet Ulrich (“Riverdale,” “Scream”), Christine Taylor (“The Brady Bunch Movie,” “Zoolander”), and Breckin Meyer (“Clueless, “Franklin & Bash”) The acting in the movie is rather good for a mid-90s teen-oriented movie. The cast is rather good and all of them do a phenomenal job in this movie.

The movie follows a group of four girls in high school that aren’t quite the most popular in school. They end up getting involved with witchcraft, hence the title and use it for the personal gain. They must then deal with the rule of Three, which one’s actions, whether good or bad, will return to that person times three.

The movie is a cult classic and it’s easy to see why. It’s a very good movie. The characters are believable and there’s enough character development for you to truly understand the motivations of each character when it comes what they do with their witchcraft for their gain. It also kind of gets you to think “Would I do the same?” Don’t lie, you probably would. I probably would.

The plot is okay. It’s your average 90s teen plot just with witchcraft. I’m not sure how this movie is classified as a supernatural horror movie. It’s not really scary but it does have some elements that are just freaky. I can see where they tried to make more horror but it really doesn’t. Because of this, I wouldn’t call it horror but more of a dark supernatural comedy. That seems more fitting for this movie.

Pacing is an issue with “The Craft.” The movie is rather long and tends to drag towards the middle while the ending is rushed. If they would have made the ending a little more climatic then it would have been better. The ending itself is amazing, but it just comes off just so rushed. I would have liked more of pay off for everything. There really isn’t any sort of pay off to it. Sure, it’s fulfilling and wraps up the entire plot. But it’s just a rushed ending.

“The Craft” is rather good and intriguing movie. Pacing is what really hurts the movie. It gets too long in the middle and leaves you wanting more in the ending. I do recommend watching the movie as it’s a classic. I can see why it’s getting a remake because frankly, it’s a very good movie for it’s time.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Noah Centineo swoons you in ‘The Perfect Date’

It’s springtime and you know what that means. Love is in the air and it’s time for a new Noah Centineo movie. Sure, We have the sequel for “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” coming for but apparently we need more Noah Centineo in our lives. Netflix has answered our prayers with “The Perfect Date.”

Get it?

Be yourself is all that you can do

“The Perfect Date” is your typical teen romantic comedy. The movie stars Noah Centineo (What hasn’t this boy been in lately?”), Laura Marano (“Austin & Ally”), Odiseas Gerorgiadis (“Gotham”), Camila Mendes (“Riverdale”), and Matt Walsh (“Veep”). The acting in the film is rather good. It’s your average acting in a teen romantic comedy. The movie is based on the book “The Stand-In” by Steve Bloom, which was released in 2017.

The movie follows Brooks (Noah) as he and his best friend Murph (Odiseas) as they team up to create an app to help Brooks raise money so he can go to the college of his dream, Yale. The app has Brooks going on dates, both platonic and romantic, with people and they can choose what personality they want him to have. Things take a turn when Brooks side job starts to change him and cause him to push away his friends and a potential love interest.

Noah Centineo

The movie itself is a fine movie and is rather cute and enjoyable. If this was the first Noah Centineo movie on the platform then the rating for this movie would probably be different. As much as I like Noah Centineo, this movie just came across as something we have already seen. The plot was reminiscent of what we got in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” It’s just that Laura Jean has a penis and six-pack abs. It doesn’t help that he was in that too as well. It’s just too much Noah Centineo. Teen movies are already too predictable, to begin with. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before. It would have been better if they changed it up a tad.

The ending of the movie is underwhelming, which fits with the plot. It happens in the right amount of time but at the same time, just doesn’t feel like it would happen like that in real life. It just happens to fast once they reached the climax. I wish they would haven’t rushed the ending. The pacing for the movie before that has been fine.

One thing that slightly irritated me was the fact that they gave Camila Mendes starring credits but yet they really don’t have her in the movie heavily. It’s kind of like they just had for that “Riverdale” clout. They didn’t need her for that since had Noah Centineo. Camila deserved better. They also kept Noah’s shirt on. That was a travesty in itself.

“The Perfect Date” is a cute and fine movie. It just suffers from the male lead being overexposed in too similar of movies. Because of this, the entire thing comes across like we have seen it before. The acting wasn’t bad at all and everyone was likable. The plot and the climax just leaves you underwhelmed when it’s all said and done. I do recommend watching the movie but it’s only worth one time watch.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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It’s fight or flight time with ‘Final Destination 2’

After watching “Final Destination,” I thought it was fitting to watch the second film in this five-film franchise, or what I like to call Filogy. I’ll work on a better title for the next review. Now, after what “Cruel Intentions 2” was, I lowered all expectation of this movie being any good. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, I’m on to you.

Click here for the review of “Final Destination”

You can’t cheat Death. There are no escapes. 

“Final Destination 2” was released in 2003, over three years from the first movie. It was directed by David R. Ellis (“Snakes on a Plane” and “Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco”). David also directed the fourth installment, “The Final Destination.” The only cast member to come back from the first movie was Ali Larter. Joining the cast for this installment in a starring role was A.J. Cook (“Criminal Minds”) and Michael Landes (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”).

The casting for this movie was a little weird but it worked for the movie. The acting is good in the movie. It on the same level as what we got in the first movie. A.J., Ali, and Michael are the stand-outs, which is due in part for they have the most screen time. But meshed well together, especially A.J. and Michael.

The movie takes place a year after the event that took place in the first movie. Kimberly Corman (A.J.) prevents her and eight others from dying in a major and deadly car pile-up with a premonition. Because she’s saved their lives, they must look out for each other as death is looking to take them out. In order to stay alive, Kimberly looks for help from Clear River (Ali) and Deputy Thomas Burke (Michael) as she tries to keep everyone alive.

I personally thought that “Final Destination 2” was a more well-rounded movie than what we got in “Final Destination.” I got more invested in the characters. There was more of development for the characters and you got to know the character more. Now, this wasn’t the case for the characters that

I really enjoyed the continuity that happen in this movie. It made both movie seem they were in their own little world. This world learned from the events that happened in “Final Destination” and are using these events to help keep everyone safe. This is the role that Clear brought to the film. She bridged the gap because “Final Destination” and “Final Destination 2.” She’s used her knowledge to help.

In the first movie, everyone thought Alex was crazy for having these visions about death. They treated Kimberly’s visions as legitimate more. While I don’t really like the character of Clear, her arc during this film were great. It did its purpose better than if it was Alex, who they killed off in between movies. With both Alex and Kimberly having visions, it would have created a problem. While it would have been an interesting problem, it would have been confusing.

The death in this film is my major complaint. While they are still real life things that can happen, they kind of get a little out of hand. They kind of has gotten a little laughable and outlandish. Like one death had a ladies head stuck in the elevator as it was moving and resulted in her being decapitated. While it’s possible, it just kind of made you laugh. The first movie death were all things you can really see happening. These were a mixture of both. They were still produced wonderfully, they could have been handled better.

Verdict

“Final Destination 2” is a better and more rounded movie than the first. It has a lot more character development while also using the continuity to its advantage. It is sad that the death scenes aren’t as good as they were in the first. They become slightly laughable in some instances. It doesn’t hurt that film that much besides in making it a less serious horror film. This movie is also available on Netflix. I recommend it, especially when if you were a fan of the first movie.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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The live action​ ‘Kim Possible’ isn’t what dreams are made of

As a someone who grew up during the late 90s and early 00s, my heart filled with joy and then freaked out when I heard that they were going to be making a live action “Kim Possible” movie. Besides the fact that recent Disney Channel programming has been rather crappy, reboots that take cartoons and make them live action don’t typically do well. They rather suck if now done right. Spoiler: this is one of those reviews where I watch things so you don’t have to. You’re Welcome

What’s the sitch?

“Kim Possible” was released on Disney Channel as a Disney Channel Original Movie, or DCOM, on February 15, 2019. It was directed by newcomer Adam Stein and former DCOM actor turned director Zach Lipovsky. It pretty much stars a bunch of unknowns/newcomers. The only real big name that is heavily in the movie is Alyson Hannigan (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “How I Met Your Mother”). The OG Kim Possible and Disney Channel legend Christy Carlson Romano has a small cameo in the movie as well as the original voice of Rufus, Nancy Cartwright reprises her role as Rufus. The acting in this movie isn’t bad. If I had to rate it, it would 6/10. It’s honestly the younger cast is what wasn’t working when it came to acting. They did all right, especially when you think about it’s most of their first big role.

The plot of this movie is one that’s hard to follow. It’s pretty much just Kim Possible living her life as a teenage crime fighter with her best friend Ron Stoppable. Her life gets turned upside down when she befriends a new student named Athena. Then Kim starts questioning herself once Athena starts to still her thunder and become a better version of Kim. In between this, Kim’s archnemesis Dr. Drakken and his henchwomen Shego create a masterplan to defeat Kim once and for all.

The writing for this movie was actually the highlight of this film. It was rather witty at times and I laughed at some of the times. The writing didn’t take itself seriously and made fun of itself. The effects were also something that was rather good. It wasn’t like a blockbuster movie with the effects but it was still good. There wasn’t any clear direction with the writing and production.

I feel bad that this is her first major role

Who was the attended audience? They don’t air the original show besides on their Disney Now app. None of their current generation of Disney Channel fans would know about Kim Possible. Sure, it really shouldn’t matter. But the movie alienates the older fans that know and love KP with the sometimes childish approach and doesn’t give the newer fan information on why KP is KP and won’t get them interested beside “Who is this girl and why is she fighting crime?”

My biggest complaint with the entire movie is the characterization of characters. Like I’m supposed to like Kim Possible and want her to succeed but I honestly found her the worst character in the entire movie. She came off as just a showoff and someone that just gets everything handed to them. At first, I wasn’t sure if it was how they were portraying Kim or it was just the actress. I went back to watch the original and Kim was portrayed the same but she was just super more likable.

The way they portrayed Kim in the film vs how portrayed Kim in the cartoon was like night and day. Kim in the cartoon was still perfect but she didn’t really rub it into everyone’s faces. One thing that stood out was that cartoon Kim denied Wade, her super genius benefactor, help for her homework. In the movie, Kim literally used Wade for things that didn’t have to do with missions or saving the world. It was little things like attention to details like that I wish they pulled over. I should want to like Kim Possible not want her to lose. I was totally rooting for Dr. Drakken and Shego to win. They were the best characters and had the best characterization. I also didn’t like Athena, at all.

I think a lot of this has to do with the fact the movie was directed by two people. There are two different visions there. While the original creators were involved, which you can tell with the writing, I feel like the two directors with two different amount of directing experience is what severely hurt the movie. It’s like you are putting a newborn puppy with a full adult dog and expecting them both to fetch. You really only need one director because there will be plenty of other people, like producers, to help if the director needs to run things off of people. Now, I’m not saying that the new director would have sucked by himself or vice versa. But the fact they had two directors on the films could have been why it felt like the film had no direction.

Overall, I would avoid watching “Kim Possible” unless it’s one of the original two DCOM movies or the original series. This movie wasn’t any good.

Rating: 1 out of 5

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