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Ghostbusters 2016 review

Ghostbusters finally came to my pay movie channel where I could watch it and to be honest, it’s a perfect TV movie. Is this a sequel or a reboot? Oh, sorry, “reimagination?” It’s officially been referred to as a reboot but I’m not sure why they would go that route and not maybe ping off the excellent groundwork the first film put out there. But don’t worry, even though it’s a reboot, the original cast and fixtures make cameos that are pretty cute or “ah!” moments in the film.

Ghostbusters is directed by Paul Feig (Spy, Bridesmaids) and stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones as the ghost busting team, along with Chris Hemsworth and cameos by Dan Akroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson & Annie Potts. Plus cameos by Slimer, the Stay Puft Marchmallow Man and even their original firehouse headquarters! Weaver’s appearance is during the closing credits.

Ghostbusters on Amazon.

The first 45 minutes is pure story setup as we learn about the characters, the first few ghostly encounters, equipment development and testing, and what not. All stuff to make us care about the people and enjoy their testing. It almost worked, but Wiig, as funny as she can be, was running on empty in this part of the film.

The story is familiar and not. There are some great little cameos by the original cast members at different times as well as a cute nod towards the original film’s headquarters building, but since it costs $15k a month to rent. So, um, no, our squad can’t afford that!

But as the story tries to be original, they still delve into the old story line of first one ghost, then another, then a ghost possession of one of the team members, then the local government body trying to discredit the team, and finally the culmination of a city being overrun by ghosts.

Sound familiar? And maybe it’s obvious how they approach the story. But still…

The new team brings the usual assortment of proton guns, but they also have some additional new toys for the team that aren’t so cumbersome as the backpacks.

McCarthy was not delivering her usual style, but a bit more of a subdued version of her usual style.

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George Clooney and Jack O'Connell in Money Monster, A ReviewMoney Monster is a slightly above average crime thriller with an interesting but mild twist of a story.

The film is directed by Jodie Foster and stars George Clooney as Lee Gates, a slightly extravagant television money analyst who is more about the ratings than some of the content he delivers. Imagine if you will, Howard Stern being a television financial analyst with his showmanship attached to it. Yea, there you go. But this mode of how Gates delivers information gets him in a bit of hot water with one viewer (played by Jack O’Connell) who takes something Gates says to heart, invests his entire savings in a stock, only to lose it all on the venture.

The man shows up during a live telecast and takes Gates and his production crew hostage with a gun and a vest bomb strapped to Gates. After that Gates and his producer, Patty (played by Julia Roberts) works at figuring out how to diffuse the situation and this highly irritated fan.

George Clooney movies.

This is the oddest character that I’ve seen Clooney play. His characters are usually more serious and in control of their realm, but this one, though smart within his realm of finances, exudes less of a dominating mindset and more of a hopeful personality when he’s not on camera in his finance show. He’s more a product of his extravagant production values than the power of his knowledge. Throughout the film, he maintains this flimsy character positioning, where he knows what he’s talking about, but he just does not feel like he believes himself. That alone is pretty impressive as far as roles go.

Roberts plays his no-nonsense producer, which falls right within her skill set as an actor. She is the backbone of the secondary story.

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WILD CARD (2015) Review, W/ Jason Statham

March 26, 2017

Wild Card stars Jason Statham and is directed by Simon West (The Expendables 2, Con Air, The Mechanic (2011)), is a second film adaptation of the novel, Heat. The short description of the film is, “A bodyguard (Jason Statham) goes after the sadistic thug who beat his friend, only to find that the object of […]

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NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING Review

March 24, 2017

Neighbors 2 sees Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, Chloe Grace Moretz, Rose Byrne reprising their roles from the 2014 film. Neighbors 2 also reprises the same kind of dynamic and routine as the first film, with the usual or more of the crass humor from the first film. If you’re a fan of the foul-mouthed, sexually […]

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Kong: Skull Island (2017) Review

March 18, 2017

Apocalypse Kong! Kong: Skull Island is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts off a script by Dan Gilroy (Real Steel, The Bourne Legacy), Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Minority Report) and Derek Connolly (Jurassic World, Monster Trucks). Vogt-Roberts brings a lot of television directing experience to the plate, along with Kings of Summer that he helmed. The cast includes […]

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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 Film Review

March 10, 2017

This is a movie review with some moderate story spoilers, but they are necessary for me to make some points. Keanu Reeves returns to a role that matches his classic film personality in John Wick: Chapter 2. And like the first one, this film is nothing but a fun, gun-porn kind of vengeance film, with […]

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LOGAN (2017) Review – Spoiler Free

March 7, 2017

–Logan by far, is the best developed and written Marvel film to date. It stars Hugh Jackman & Patrick Stewart reprising their roles of Wolverine and Professor X, along with Dafne Keen as Laura, Eriq La Salle, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant & Elizabeth Rodriguez. The film was directed by James Mangold (Girl, Interrupted, Walk the […]

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TAKEN Series Premiere Review

March 6, 2017

After watching the series premiere episode of Taken on NBC, I have to say that it left me feeling a bit hollow inside. Not to mention that the first episode pretty much set off all my “premiere warning bells,” during that premiere episode. The premise is: A young Bryan Mills (played by Clive Standen) must […]

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X-Men Apocalypse, A Movie Review

March 5, 2017

X-Men Apocalypse continues the saga of the rebooted Marvel property of the X-Men film franchise from Fox, but to be honest, if they’re going to reboot a film franchise, they need to make it better than the first version they’re trying to wipe the slate clean of! But more to the point, it’s more of […]

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Review

March 5, 2017

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a 2016 film directed and co-produced by Michael Bay (Transformers), written by Chuck Hogan (The Strain, The Town), based on a 2014 book by Mitchell Zuckoff, called 13 Hours. If you like gritty military action, this is the film for you. Michael Bay movies. In 2012, the […]

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NBC’s POWERLESS Review

February 28, 2017

(Even Tudyk looks suspicious of the TV ratings of Powerless) NBC‘s Powerless is nothing more than a thinly veiled sitcom wrapped within the world of DC‘s land of vigilantes and meta humans. And it’s even failing at doing that. It feels like even the creative team behind the show has no clue how to handle […]

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THE SHALLOWS A Review

February 25, 2017

The Shallows stars Blake Lively as Nancy Adams, in a surfer’s survivor movie where Nancy goes to a hidden cove to spend some quality surfing time. And it was not quite as bad as I thought it could have been! As the film starts, while Nancy is in the water, she spots a dead humpback […]

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NEVER GO ALONE by Denison Hatch Book Review

February 24, 2017

Denison Hatch‘s latest book is titled Never Go Alone… A Jake Rivett Thriller. In Hatch’s last Jake Rivett novel, his first, we had a compelling bank heist with the bad guys being investigated by NYPD’s brash and daring detective, Jake Rivett. What I liked about that book was that we followed the characters involved in […]

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Marvel’s Legion TV Review

February 12, 2017

Legion is based on the Marvel Comic title by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. It’s the story of Scott Young (Dan Stevens), a troubled but very special young man. In his youth he was diagnosed as schizophrenic and finds himself in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his 20’s and finding himself […]

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Colin F. Barnes CODE BREAKERS Book Review

February 7, 2017

Colin F. Barnes has made a world out of place in time in the Code Breakers series where the future has fantastic technology layered in the dust of a post apocalyptic world ravaged by narcissistic avarice and nuclear weaponry. I mean, what could go wrong there? It’s not a pretty world but as we are […]

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THE VISIT Review

February 7, 2017

The Visit, from filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, can be a very tense film experience, but not necessarily for the reasons that you think! It’s a slow build that is worth the wait while you find yourself becoming vested in our characters throughout the film. – Before this film, M. Night Shyamalan has had some bit […]

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CHANNEL ZERO: CANDLE COVE From Syfy

January 19, 2017

Syfy‘s Channel Zero: Candle Cove, through the run of its short season, felt like Rectify meets Fortitude meets Fargo and they all end up meeting American Horror Story!!! IT was surprisingly good. Channel Zero is an anthology series telling the stories of Creepypastas, Internet short form horror stories, including Candle Cove and the No-End House. […]

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NOW YOU SEE ME 2 Review

January 15, 2017

Now You See Me 2 sees the old gang from the excellent first film back together but this time around, instead of having their victims chasing their own tails, the whole gang themselves are forced to figure a way out of traps and snares set for them by old and new enemies. But this time […]

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