Author: The Movie Guys

The Ten Wurst Films of 2017 (If Only They Tasted Better…)

Review by Ray Schillaci The Movie Guys Sometimes a movie can be so awful that it catapults itself to the sublime and the ridiculous, as in Tommy Wiseau’s The Room. Then there are the tragedies of cinema: missed opportunities, complete misfires, and awkward misguidedness. Here are the movies I found from bad to worst. I know, there will be those that will argue over my picks and wonder why a favorite of theirs is listed and not something like The Emoji Movie or Monster Trucks. My answer is, why even bother? They’re not even worth listing. Also, films well crafted with uninteresting stories and...

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DEATH WISH – What’s Wrong with This Picture?

  What’s Wrong With This Picture? Review by Ray Schillaci The Movie Guys In my world, rarely is a reboot called for. Once in a great while, there will be a remake that will justify itself. Some that come to mind are Peter Jackson’s King Kong, Cronenberg’s The Fly, Carpenter’s The Thing, the Coen Brothers’ True Grit, John Sturges’ The Magnificent Seven (not the sorry 2016 rehash), and even Marcus Nispel’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. These filmmakers not only paid homage, but made these films all their own, but far too many times I cringe when I hear about an underground classic being redone. Making it even...

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Movie Review – BRIGHT

QUITE DULL Bright Review by Ray Schillaci The Movie Guys Stumbling into the department of “What Were They Thinking?”… At first glance, this new Will Smith/David Ayer fantasy feature draws far too much familiarity from another ill-conceived 1988 feature film, Alien Nation. But this time, the aliens are replaced with orcs, elves and fairies thrust into a future that resembles todays more downtrodden downtown L.A. adding a high tech, nouveau elf city green screen. Now, for those not familiar with the 1988 film that spawned an ill-fated season of a TV show that deservedly went nowhere, Alien Nation was about aliens landing on...

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Movie Review – ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD

MORE. All The Money in The World by Paul Preston The Movie Guys All the Money in the World arrives in theaters with a load of backstory behind it. Ridley Scott’s take on the kidnapping of J. Paul Getty’s grandson is now notorious for originally casting Kevin Spacey as Getty until Spacey’s sexual assault charges came to light, prompting Scott and the filmmakers to re-shoot his entire role with Christopher Plummer as Getty. Word from Scott is that he wanted Plummer all along, but the studio (Tri-Star) suggested Spacey to attach someone more appealing at the box office. The result is...

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Anything DC Can Do, Marvel Can Do Better

by Paul Preston The Movie Guys DC and Marvel cinematic universe spoilers abound. Sing it! “…Marvel can do anything better than DC” This title reflects an old Irving Berlin song, but, although catchy as hell, doesn’t really frame the Marvel/DC dichotomy correctly because it lists Marvel as following DC, which has never, ever happened. To DC’s credit, they’ve wanted a Justice League movie since the early 2000s, before the Marvel Cinematic Universe began. Directors like Wolfgang Petersen and George Miller were batted around to make it, but it could never get off the ground. By 2007, production on Iron Man had begun and the...

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Review – TOO FUNNY TO FAIL: The Life and Death of the Dana Carvey Show

THEY KILLED IT   Too Funny to Fail: The Life and Death of the Dana Carvey Show by Paul Preston The Movie Guys I was a big watcher of The Dana Carvey Show back in 1996. Well, as big as one could be watching a show that only lasted seven episodes. But I watched them all until the show pissed off everyone at ABC and its sponsors and was never heard from again. The comedy drummed up on The Dana Carvey Show was legendary and the show’s demise was legendary, too. All the above is chronicled in Josh Greenbaum’s new documentary, Too Funny to Fail...

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Movie Review – AMERICAN MADE

GHOST PROTOCOL American Made by Paul Preston The Movie Guys OK, you have homework. See American Made before it leaves theaters! Not sure why it took me a month to see this re-teaming of the star and director of the fantastic sci-fi pic Edge of Tomorrow, but it was worth the wait. American Made is a damn-near equally entertaining epic with another well-cast Tom Cruise performance driving the whole picture. I’ve said in these reviews before that I love white-guys-in-trouble movies. The Wolf of Wall Street, The Hangover, War Dogs, Gold, I’ll take all of it. I don’t even necessarily root for them, there’s an unseemly...

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Movie Review – BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL

MANGA + MIIKE = MARVELOUS Blade of the Immortal Review by Ray Schillaci The Movie Guys With the introduction of the prolific director’s 100th film, Takashi Miike turns to the ever popular Japanese Manga comics to bring his unique vision to the screen. Specifically, one with a big fan base, Blade of the Immortal. This story of a lone samurai that cannot die, recruited by a young girl to avenge her father’s death has been just as popular as its anime version. Miike has taken the best of his storytelling skills and brought to life the characters from the anime world. Blade...

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Movie Review – THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (NEW AND SELECTED)

FEATURING SIGOURNEY WEAVER AS HERSELF The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) by Paul Preston The Movie Guys Noah Baumbach’s latest film, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), begins in a car as Adam Sandler’s character Danny tries to have a heart-to-heart with his daughter Eliza all while attempting to find a place to park on a busy Manhattan block. Their personable talk is frequently interrupted by Danny screaming at the other drivers. They’re headed to Harold Meyerowitz’s apartment and the energy in the car is only right for the person they’re about to see. Harold isn’t an outright bully or belligerent...

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New on DVD, Blu-Ray & Streaming – CULT OF CHUCKY

CHUCKY’S BACK, SLASHING AND SNARKING AWAY Cult of Chucky Review by Ray Schillaci The Movie Guys Our favorite “Good Guy” doll, Chucky, is back in action with his unique set of skills: torment, torture and murder, all with a wink and a devilish smile. Add to the mix practically everybody that’s been allowed to survive in the franchise (Andy, Nica, the voice of Chucky, Brad Dourif, and Tiffany – both the doll and Jennifer Tilly) and the original writer, Don Mancini (also directing here), and you have a biting and potent mix of thrills, chills and dark laughs. Cult of Chucky also...

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