Time to get scared. There have been too many Ouija movies lately and the only thing that does is taint the name. This latest edition tries to rein the series back on track and we can start by thanking Lulu Wilson.
Wilson plays the youngest daughter that’s possessed through the board. In some ways she reminded me of the girl from The Ring. The girl herself as to be creepy and uneasy. Over CGI her and you lose the movie. Most of her scare comes from her mannerisms. There are parts in the movie leading up to her possession where you’re not sure if she’s been taken over yet.
The story centers around her widowed mother and daughters running a sham seance before the demon comes out. Add to this a priest who comes to assist the house of liars which itself is funny.
Elizabeth Reaser and Annalise Basso are solid. They were scared which made me scared. The chaos they added to the movie raise the what is going on factor.
What hurts is the PG-13 rating. It prevented Ouija from going to some truly ridiculous places. The movie itself is erratic enough which helps with tension. Then the ending comes and the whole thing falls flat. This is a case where knowing the ending first and working back would have made all the difference. What seemed to happen is a movie that was R got cut down a rating and it shows.
That doesn’t mean it’s a disaster. It’s creepy but not frightening. Don’t compare it to the Conjuring and the The Ring is in a whole different league. But there is a market for people who want to be scared at a level 5 and that’s where this fits.
For what the movie does, it works. There’s scenes where it becomes a guessing game. If you’re looking for a more raw terror the title comes off as misleading. The story does well until the ending.
Who’s going to see this movie? Tabasco horror fans because it won’t too much. Mostly the 16-35 range.
I get so excited over anything Madea. Seriously, Madea Goes To Jail, Madea’s Christmas. Everything. Just give me my Aunt Madea. I was surprised that it took so long for them to get to Halloween. If we’re at the point where we’re getting a Star Wars film once a year, why can’t Tyler Perry do that with this Madea? Don’t say overkill- there are eight Policy Academy movies.
There are some big name Youtubers in this movie. Or so I’ve been told. I had no idea. It’s not a blink and you’ll miss them situation, the whole high school kids scenes was overdone and gimmicky. Beyond the cheesy acting it was so forced. I started thumb tapping waiting for them to get back to Madea and her gang of friends. At least they were believable, body suits and all.
The premise of the movie is Perry’s character paid to babysit to keep a teenage girl from going to a Halloween party. While staying in the house, ghoulish things start happening. You get the feeling you wondered into on the Scary Movie episodes. The thing is, it’s not just cornball scary, it’s funny Madea angry fight back scary. Cassi Davis who plays Aunt Bam and reactionary funny. Patrice Lovely (Hattie) gave fascial jestures that played well off Madea.
These three along with Perry playing multiple characters are the movie. The sprinkled in Youtubers are here to bring the internet kids, but don’t make too much of them. I just wish they were written in to be funny and less annoying.
Who’s going to see this movie? The Madea and Scary Movie fans. Throw in anyone that wants to laugh at your scared aunt for over an hour.
Ratings 8.5 Duffies
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Hilary: "made with Chinese steel."
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Nuclear codes? We clearly can't even trust this man with self tanner #debatenight
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Now imagine if Trump sues when he loses the election. Very possible situation. All brought to you by the Grand Old Party.
Clinton just did ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) October 20, 2016
Trump just denied ever mocking a disabled reporter.https://t.co/U3YNEGKr89
— Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) October 20, 2016
Who's the more honest candidate? It's not even close. pic.twitter.com/lE8KogbNHd
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Trump says we don't make anything anymore. Manufacturing employment may be down in recent decades, but actual production is as high as ever. pic.twitter.com/tvl9eRYFgI
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Hmmmmmm. You want to talk about Wikileaks? pic.twitter.com/lr2WJBPAq1
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Trump directly attacking our military & intelligence community by refuting 2016 Russia election hack. Most anti-American candidate #debate
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“Putin doesn’t respect this person.”
“He would rather have a puppet in the White House.”
Here’s comes Hillary Clinton!
Here comes Trump going back to immigration because he can’t talk Russia. Nevermind, he takes the bait on Putin. He’s starting to go off script again, here it comes.
So did Trump just endorse Obama's immigration strategy? Sounds like it! #debate
— Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) October 20, 2016
Clinton now calling Trump on using illegal immigrants to build his hotels. He can’t dispute it.
Clinton, “You should meet with some of the women…”
No, Hillary, we can’t have Don around anymore women.
Chris Wallace the moderator would love to make this debate 2 hours of how awful Roe v Wade is. There’s all anti-government until they want to regulate your body.
If Felicity Jones does nothing else with this trailer maybe she’ll put to rest the whole filler Star Wars episode rants. First thing, this is how you cut a preview. We finally get to see who is Jones, why is she part of the rebellion, all with a micro-second of Darth Vader.
Introduced is Jyn Erso’s father? Who is he? The likelihood is that he’s not part of the rebellion. Star Wars has always grabbed us with the father storylines. It’s done so well. Even in episode seven we’re still trying to search our brain for Rey’s parents. (My money is on her being the daughter of Erso and Skywalker.)
Next to plot is the supporting characters Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, and Donnie Chen. She needs this to make the movie a standalone and not a mere prequel. Erso even has a brother that’s revealed through casting but not the trailer.
So far so good. The movie stealer look to be Vader. We get him for a second and he might be two minutes in the whole movie but his absence in seven set us up for this anticipation. December sixteenth, people. You’ve been warned.
Max. Steel. Let me confront the problem with this story- there isn’t one. Max and Steel don’t have a comic book background. He is a toy from Mattel. That’s it. The hardware coming before the story wouldn’t be a problem if Mattel hired a few comic book writers and illustrators and gave their property an actual Disney finish. What they did do in the 90s, was slap together a very basic comic book to promote the figurine.
Then came the tv series. Now, they were actually giving their character better plots and a legitimate villain. The issue- it’s a choppy story that you’re promoting to a movie.
The skeleton story revolves around Max McGrath. Teenage boy struggling with his own identity, who doesn’t know the story of his father, comes into universal strength with an alien sidekick, who helps him channel is power. Sound familiar? Yeah, that’s the problem. If you’re going to write a very generic story there needs to be interesting characters, shocking villains, and a plot that blows everything away. But when you’re coming from no comic book structure, that isn’t even possible.
Ben Winchell (Max McGrath) did a good job with the script he was given. He can’t rewrite his character. The movie’s savior is Josh Brener (Steel). If it’s not going to be a well written comic book movie, at least it’s funny. He looks like a futuristic drone but sounds like the snowman from Frozen.
When you watch the trailer, you’re given the impression this is from the Marvel or DC universe. Don’t kid yourself. This is a Disney Channel movie with an overdose of CGI and a good budget. With that budget came a solid fight scene and visually appealing morphing. That’s ten minutes out of an hour and thirty.
I wanted to love Max Steel, but it’s not a total mess. The visuals are great where the story is muddy. The fight scenes are strong. It’s the story that comes off as bland and that can’t carry the movie.
Who is going to see this movie? Anyone that came from the animated series. This is your movie. If you’re coming from a comic book fandom, remember it’s no Guardians of the Galaxy.
Ratings: 6 out of 10 Duffies
Best indication of who won the debate is the market. Goes up for Clinton, gets spooked with Trump.
He's nothing more than the old guy at the donut shop who mutters angrily to himself over his cruller and lukewarm coffee. #debate
— HimForHer (@ThomboyD) October 10, 2016
— Kenny BooYah! (@KwikWarren) October 10, 2016
Trump talking foreign policy is like me talking color blocking. I don’t know the point of orange trims but I don’t build my reputation on it.
Stop with the FACTS.
The Iran deal was not done by clinton. It was done by Kerry.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) October 10, 2016
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) October 10, 2016
Trump left out that Russia is fighting alongside Assad. Not that Trump or his supporters know who that is.
Anderson Cooper totally misrepresented Bill Clinton's remarks on Obamacare, which were about specific glitches, not general indictment
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) October 10, 2016
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That’s the spirit.
Every debate from now on for the rest of my life is gonna seem boring cause I've been gifted this as the 1st election I can vote in.#debate
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How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
—Benjamin Disraeli #debate
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Trump doesn’t want to answer questions. That’s why he’s steering the debate into Jerry Springer territory.
Did they get the audience from The Jerry Springer Show? I swear I just heard someone yell "Oh snap!" during the applause.#debate
— Noah Kinsey (@thenoahkinsey) October 10, 2016
You know those people that we unfollow of Facebook because of their Fox News monologues? Trump. Tonight.
“So she’s allowed to do this but not me? That’s fair. If you look at Bill Clinton-” Not even twenty minutes in.
My god, he's the king of not staying on topic….
— Stracciatella (@DenverForDinner) October 10, 2016
Kellyanne Conway is actually a solid Republican strategist. The latest Trump Facebook video is all Donald. She didn’t advise that.
Ah, here comes 20th Century Fox with trying to mastermind the next franchise series. Initially, I thought, they are going to treat this as Xmen: Cousins Edition. They almost went there. You could feel the beginning of this movie being guided that way, but it didn’t last long. In the middle of the first act, the movie began to shake off the impostor syndrome.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Particular Children is a stellar book- with solid characters and writing. What Tim Burton has a problem doing is telling that story with Tim Burton cinematography. The first two acts become painfully generic. Over formulated. Being Tim Burton he could have experimented with structure and saved the pacing. If he had, then we could have still chastised him for his diversity in film comments but praised his originality in the film. Neither happens.
The story is about Jake, who doesn’t fit in to his life outside this island for special powered kids, but doesn’t think he’s weird enough to be one of them. In the book, it does a great job of him not coming off as broodish, just out of place. When he meets Miss Peregrine, he still an outsider and that’s a good story the book tells. You belong when you’re comfortable with yourself first. No magical house will fix it. In the movie, Asa Butterfield just gives off a very meh feeling. Meh to meeting new people, meh at their powers, meh at his role in the house. I don’t blame Butterfield, I blame Burton because I’m sure that was the direction. Don’t convey too much. Be the white wall. I’m telling you, the invisible boy was more interesting.
Your entire ticket price is going to Eva Green and Samuel L. Jackson. Green wasn’t the female Xavier, she is the leader of the misfits. The last thing you need in the movie is to be reminded of how badly Fox destroyed the Xmen series. Green puts a little big of herself in the character, with the winks and the mannerisms. You didn’t feel that in the book, but you do feel her the actor. It’s not detracting and serves well. Jackson doesn’t appear until the third act. He lifts the movie to a place that you wished had come in the second act. The middle dragged and saving everything for the end of the movie is a waste of film and time. There’s also a great fight scene towards the end that would have been good with a mild prequel early on. Something to make you salivate. Instead there are parts of the movie where you’re just waiting.
I can’t end this review without talking about the children. Bronwyn is a giggling mini Hulk. Fiona is underestimated. My favorite is the sheer creepiness of the twins.
Who is going to see this movie? Anyone across the demographic that read the book. Also Tim Burton fans. Is this more preteen? Yes, but so was Harry Potter and the Hunger Games and they picked up a huge chunk of the 18-34 movie goers. Is it as great as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe? Nope, but still not as stale as Twilight.
Ratings: 4 Duffies