Review – The Layover, Girl’s Trip, and Rough Night!

The Good, Bad, and the Ugly: “The Layover,” “Girl’s Trip,” and “Rough Night” Review

by Kevin Muller

These three movies take the typical comedic situations involving girl trips and creates three very different stories. They all try to make us laugh, with some resorting to the gross out humor more than the others, but only one really succeeds because it abides by the rules of good film-making.  

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Review – IT (2017)

by Kevin Muller

Many people don’t know, but the number 27 and the release of the new film, “IT”, go hand in hand. In the novel, Pennywise, the murderous clown, emerges every 27 years. Secondly, it has been 27 years since the television adaptation of the novel where Tim Curry played Pennywise was released. Finally, the new Pennywise, played by Bill Skarsgard, is 27 as the new film drops. All these are interesting and cool coincidences, but does the new adaptation of the famous Stephen King novel succeed? It has advantages that the television movie didn’t have: production value, gore, and the ability for the characters to talk like real thirteen year olds, who drop swear words like they are going out of style.

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Review – I Do…Until I Don’t (2017)

by Kevin Muller

Lake Bell’s second feature film I Do… Until I Don’t contains all the errors that she avoided with her first film, “In a World.”   The actress, writer, and director definitely has talent in those three areas, but this time she comes up short with something that lacks energy and focus.

Bell plays Alice, a meek young woman who is definitely not comfortable with her sexuality. Ed Helms plays her husband Noah. The awkward, but decent couple have been married for seven years and tried many times to have a children with no success.   Her biological clock is ticking and this has put stress on their relationship. Meanwhile, Alice’s sister, Fanny, and her partner, Zander, live a stress free life and allow different partners into their bed. They are free loving hippies who live off Zander’s trust fund.  Finally, Cybil and Harvey, an older married couple, have completely lost the spark in their thirty years together. These three couples are the subjects of a documentary being put together by a women named Vivian. It is Vivian’s belief that matrimony is a false way of life. She knows she has to spice it up and feeds off the constant confrontations these characters experience with one another, and even gets involved to play puppet master at points.

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Classic Review – Election (1999)

by Kevin Muller

This isn’t a review, but a look at why this specific film is one of my favorite of all time.  Want an extremely short review?  “Election” is a masterpiece in film making that has beautifully subtle direction, a flawless script, incredible performances, and is funny as hell.   

Here, I am going to talk about why this movie can be used as a metaphor for most elections that happen every four years in this country.  The film maybe about a high school election but many of the antics can be applied to the event that defines our Democracy.   Please enjoy….

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Review – The Dark Tower

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by Kevin Muller

“The Dark Tower” is an epic that can be best described as an unforgettable experience.   The themes, plot, characters, and scope of the story is unmatched.  It is something that should be sought out by anyone who wants to partake in something that will stand the test of time.   Well, that is what I have heard about the novel.   My admiration for Stephen King stands with “IT”, which will have its own movie out next month.   I walked into “The Dark Tower” only knowing the basic knowledge of the source material so I strictly judged it as a film.   Even then, I saw a movie is a broken, incomplete, and a lazy affair that definitely fails the source material.

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‘IT’ Trailer 2 Reaction!

by Kevin Muller

The second trailer, or clip, has arrived for the anticipated new adaptation of Stephen King’s horror masterpiece.    This one definitely has more footage than I expected, hell, it basically is a new miniature trailer.  Let’s see what we got this time.

We hear Stan, standing in front of the attendees at his synagogue, talking about how children are supposed to be protected and how the unprotected ones become prey to evil.   Accompanying this speech we see footage of a missing person’s photo along with an image of a very seedy looking adult.  This gives of the feeling that Muschetti will indeed include how Pennywise’s presence does bring out the worst in the town.  It is something that the mini-series didn’t really talk about.  Readers of the novel know that Pennywise casts a very negative energy amongst the residents that definitely influences them to do evil acts.

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You’ll Float with IT in September!

by Kevin Muller

The road for Pennywise to have his day in the sun, or lurking around in the sewers, hasn’t been an easy one.   For years, the project had “floated” around with no hope of every gracing the silver screen.   After his success of the incredible 2014 “True Detective,” Cary Fukanaga soon boarded the project that he aimed for a 2016 release.   Cary and the studio constantly clashed over the tone of the Stephen King novel.   Cary wanted to do more of a slow burn film, while the studio wanted to, as Cary put it, make a typical jump scare horror film.   In a later article, I will review the screenplay that he originally wrote with Chase Palmer that was a dated 2014 script.   Soon after his departure, Andres (Andy) Muschetti, stepped into the director’s chair.   His 2013 film “Mama” wasn’t my favorite film but he seemed serious on bringing something good to this material.

Our first glimpse of Pennywise came back last summer with a facial shot of the character.  Then a few months later an official full body pose came out.  The one thing that stuck out about this interpretation of the murderous clown is that the wardrobe looked like it was from another century.  In actuality that is true of the novel’s presentation of him.   He has been here for hundreds of years and became a clown during the Victorian age.   Muschetti had already nailed the look of the character. Some people were and are still iffy about how the costume will look in motion.    Well, the poster and trailer have been released and I think we are in for one hell of a ride

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