Author: The Movie Guys

Movie Review – A GHOST STORY

A BONUS EPISODE OF TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN A Ghost Story by Paul Preston The Movie Guys A Ghost Story is the film director David Lowery has chosen to follow his remake of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, about a boy and his invisible dragon who lives in the woods. Points to Lowery for not wanting to get pigeon-holed, because his follow-up is a languid, patience-testing meditative experimental film with big-name actors in it. Pete’s Dragon was a folksy take on the famous story of the orphan and his best friend dragon. It was a very good film that earned about $143 Million worldwide on a...

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Movie Review – BRAVE NEW JERSEY

SWEET NOSTALGIA Brave New Jersey Review by Ray Schillaci The Movie Guys In Brave New Jersey, director/co-writer Jody Lambert and co-writer Michael Dowling deliver a wonderful nostalgic tale based on the ridiculous premise that Martians were out to invade New Jersey in 1938, and the panic that ensued. Sounds far-fetched, but on that year, the night before Halloween, Orson Welles scared the bee-jeebies out of people with his War of the Worlds broadcast. Lambert and Dowling take us to the small town of Lullaby, only a couple of hours aways from Grover Mills, New Jersey where the supposed Martian attack takes place....

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Jody Lambert – The Movie Guys Interview

My Lunch With Lambert: Journey to a First Feature Review by Ray Schillaci The Movie Guys The idea of taking the infamous 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast, and giving us a slice of small town life as it happens to be engulfed in panic, could easily be a tension-filled drama. To have someone turn it into a gentile, reflective comedy takes quite a deft touch. Writers Jody Lambert and Michael Dowling, with Lambert directing, have proven to be more than up to the task. The film festival favorite Brave New Jersey has gone on to win awards, the hearts of audiences, and many...

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Movie Review: WIND RIVER

ANIMAL CONTROL Wind River by Paul Preston The Movie Guys Wind River is one of the year’s best films and quickly shoots writer Taylor Sheridan to the top of the class. Sheridan previously wrote Sicario and Hell or High Water and here he directs for the first time, finding a unique and strong voice for American cinema. The title refers to an Indian Reservation where a murdered girl is discovered by a wildlife officer, played by Jeremy Renner. He calls in the Feds in the form of F.B.I. officer Jane Banner, played by Elizabeth Olsen. She doesn’t exactly blend well with Reservation law enforcement, so...

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Movie Review: TO THE BONE

  THE ENDING WAS TOUGH TO SWALLOW To The Bone by Paul Preston The Movie Guys To The Bone has all the characteristics of its two main players – Sundance and Netflix. It’s a personal drama with quirky characters, a low budget and a mix of star power (Keanu Reeves) with indie cred (Lili Taylor and Brooke Smith), which is perfect for Sundance, where it premiered. Netflix went on a buying spree at Park City where they picked up To The Bone to brand their own and it’s a good fit for them – not overly-cinematic like Dunkirk or Valerian and the City of a Thousand...

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Movie Review – ATOMIC BLONDE

Atomic Blonde by Paul Preston The Movie Guys In Atomic Blonde, Charlize Theron plays Lorraine Broughton, an MI6 agent working undercover during the late ‘80s who is called on to track down a list of double agents that, if exposed, could prevent the Cold War from ending. Well, this sounds slightly exciting, but another NOC list? Since 1996’s Mission: Impossible, it feels like there have been many elusive NOC list movies. And the first third of Atomic Blonde doesn’t help rouse more excitement as Lorraine learns of the death of a colleague, is sent to Berlin to meet with an embedded agent (James McAvoy)...

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Movie Review – DUNKIRK

MISSES THE BOAT Dunkirk Review by Ray Schillaci The Movie Guys Once again, just like with writer/director Christopher Nolan’s last effort, Interstellar, his latest is being termed his greatest. I could not help but think…that’s not a compliment. Interstellar was labeled his “greatest”. Many critics raved, but many audiences were left bewildered as to what the critics were talking about. Were they even watching the same movie? I’m going to go out on a limb and say the same of Dunkirk. Over-bloated, overrated, and unfortunately underwhelming. Now before all you Nolan lovers go over the edge, hear me out. Saying that this film was...

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Remembering George A. Romero

Remembering George A. Romero Review by Ray Schillaci The Movie Guys My first memory of hearing about George A. Romero was in 1972. My mother always gave each child the opportunity to pick what movie we were going to see. There were four of us boys altogether. Sometimes a re-release of a Disney or James Bond film was picked, and there were any number of $3 single cinema houses to choose from in the San Fernando Valley. It was fall, Halloween was looming, and my choice would be a strategic one. I was in junior high school, and the word...

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Movie Review – WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

ALL BUSINESS War For The Planet of the Apes by Paul Preston The Movie Guys Looking for that fun vacation-time diversion in the movie theater? This ain’t it. This is one of the more sober and dark summer films to hit the cinema in a long while. But it’s effective. This is a war movie. I’m curious to see how it compares to the all-human war movie Dunkirk, coming out next week. The centerpiece of these Planet of the Apes reboots is Caesar, the ape from Rise of the Planet of the Apes who gains the ability to think and speak like a human. By...

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Movie Review – VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS

BESSON’S VISION OF A THOUSAND SIGHTS AND SOUNDS Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Review by Ray Schillaci The Movie Guys A good way to gauge whether or not you are the audience that writer/director Luc Besson’s (The Professional, Lucy) latest visual dynamo is catering to, one may only ask the easy question. Were you a fan of Besson’s The Fifth Element? If not, then you probably should skip Valerian. But, if you loved that eye-popping romp of pop sci-fi with its over-the-top humor and visual effects, then there is a good chance you will enjoy the wild ride Valerian and the...

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