Saturday Sequel: Resident Evil: Apocalypse
By Paul Anthony
We are marching towards April and yes we are all locked up in our house and we totally forgot that it was Women’s Month and there are so many good movies that represent women in such a strong light and one of the roles that I grew up on was of course the Resident Evil franchise when it first came out way back in 2002. So I wanted to revisit that franchise for this blog. The first film was a big hit, the budget was 33 million and the movie ended up making nearly 103 million dollars and 70 million dollar profit. It is only natural that a franchise would soon start and just two years later we got a sequel. Like all the other films that are sequels, the budget became bigger increasing to 45 million but the good news is that fans wanted to see this film and the numbers increased to 130 million for a total gross and profit of 85 million which was a 15 million increase over the previous film but was it worth it?
Let’s talk about the plot, the film picks up directly where the first film left with Alice being caption and then tested on and when she wakes after amount of time that is wasn’t made clear Raccoon City had to deal with the outbreak and crazy enough, the city was locked up and quarantine from the rest of the country. Once Alice wakes up and escapes she learns what happens to the city. Along the way she meets and befriends other survivors who want to escape and expose the truth to the rest of the world. Well of course Umbrella doesn’t wan the truth to get out there, so they set out to kill all those who want to expose them. However a higher member of Umbrella lost his daughter and wants Alice and her friends to find his daughter and he will give them a way out. of course the fight begins but Alice manages to find the little girl. It is revealed that her father made the virus for her so she could be able to walk and grow like a normal child but the T Virus was taken from him and misused but at the same time he also created a anti-virus as well which his daughter has. When the final fight happens Alice has to go up against her old friend Matt who also bonded with the virus but mutated into some form of a monster though he and her are actually being controlled however they gave her free reigns so she doesn’t know and the fight is pretty much even until Alice gets the slight upper hand but she stops when she realizes who the monster is and Matt regains control and turns on Umbrella saving Alice but then the bomb drops and we learn once again Alice survives and is recused by her friends who also survived and the movie ends when the audience learns Umbrella wanted her to escape.
Well I have to say the movie was a slight improvement over the first film and did a good job at introducing more of the game characters like Jill. They gave us a story that we could get behind with learning what the outbreak was and so forth and they gave us that little thing with having Alice be some type of program and super human. I got to say I did enjoy the action mixed with Mike Epps comedy to switch it up. Certain things like that can go a long way. In the end I have to say I am giving this film a good 90 percent or a good A and I have to say it is one of my favorite sequels so far!
What Lies Beneath Movie Review
By Paul Anthony
Well we are stuck in side and the movie studios are closed and nothing coming out, and the virus is spreading, we forgot about the fact that March was and is Woman’s month and before all of this I was planning to do some profile blogs on some big time actresses but as we all know our lives were put on hold for a few weeks but nevertheless one of, who I believe to be a top actresses and that is Michelle Pfeiffer. Just look at her body of work to see what I even mean. I was going down her list of films and I stumbled across this film which I remember seeing when I was younger but until now I haven’t watched it recently so I figured it was better than ever to watch it and review it. Now this movie came in July of 2000 and had a budget of 100 million and made 291 million so not a bad profit for a super natural thriller.
The plot revolves around Claire and Norman Spencer. Randomly Claire hears her new neighbors fighting and the wife goes missing which then super natural things start to happen which begin to drive Claire insane and it is becoming a bother to Norman but then as Claire begins to piece things together. Norman Shows her that the neighbors are perfectly fine, Things begin to return to normal for the Spencers but the hauntings start back up and Claire investigates and learns that she is being haunted by a college female who went missing over a year ago. this point she learns that this girl was a student of Norman but there is more to the story that he doesn’t tell her. First he tells her she was a student of his but one night when she is possessed by the girl she flirts with Norman and it helps a suppress memory and she remembers one night when she came home Norman was cheating on her with the girl which Claire left but had an accident and couldn’t remember the events until now. Norman admits to the affair but denies murdering her and called her crazy and claimed she was suicidal after he ended the affair. Claire knew he was lying at this point when he called 9-1-1 and fake a phone call to the police instead he just dialed 4-1-1 then he attacks Claire with halothane, which stops her in her tracks he attempts to drown her in the tub but with the help of Madison scaring Norman. Claire escapes but is attacked by Norman and their truck crashes into the lake where Madison’s corpse which holds Norman in the water to drown him. Some time later Claire leaves a red rose on Madison’s grave.
The Movie was much longer then it needed to be. Which means they added stuff that just dragged out the plot. I did enjoy Harrison Ford’s performance as well as Michelle Pfeiffer. The jump scares were far in between and didn’t work because it was clear that you saw it coming. Other than that I did enjoy the film in the end I am giving a good B plus and hey it was good to pass the time!
Captain Marvel: Review
By Paul Anthony
D.C. first big hit was Wonder Woman for their DCEU and Ironically enough Marvel released their first woman led heroine film. Which marks the first film for Marvel Studios. Let’s disregard the Marvel film Elektra since it was a Fox’s film which completely bombed and in my eyes hurt the heroine genre but now we know things have changed since then.
We knew going into Avengers: EndGame that Captain Marvel would be the X-factor to fight Thanos, well at least that is what marvel seems to be making us believe. If that is truly the case which I believe is the case, they needed to build her up, which would make sense to have her film come out way beforehand instead of 7 weeks before Endgame. With that being said they needed this film to be good and lets say Marvel didn’t disappoint us.
Like many first movies in what will be a series, it was a origin movie of sorts. This may be played out, so Marvel had to make it interesting and they did exactly that. We get carol with her powers already and on the StarForce team, what we don’t see how she got her powers and joined the team. This created a little of a Mystery which helped the plot of the film. Now instead of wasting a whole film they made it into one scene it worked out well.
The acting was on par with the other Marvel film, they do a great job with casting, Brie Larson fits the mold and made the role all hers. She spent time getting into the shape and with the sarcasm and good heart it felt different but she wasn’t the only cast member to stand out, we had Samuel L. Jackson as a young Fury and Jude law and let’s not forget a rookie Agent Coulson played by Clark Gregg.
As I watched this film it did feel like Captain Marvel and Captain America were the same person and film both were weak but had the will to keep fighting the good fight and in the end the hard work paid off. If Captain Marvel is the X-Factor this film needed to show her off what she is fully capable of. They exactly did that, from the start she was not afraid of using her powers and as the movie went on she only got stronger and more confident. The effects for her power was spot on and even the hand to hand combat was good.
We knew this movie was going to be a hit and barely a week in the movie has gross over 450 million dollars and the numbers will continue to go up though April is looking like a tough month, so the film will need to make its money this month. In the end I am giving it four stars and recommend everyone to go see it!
Tampon Stunt Gone Wrong
By Paul Anthony
We all love Wrestling and we all know what it is about and how everything is planned out and predetermine. What makes wrestling so great is when the planned is executed it is such a great thing and its hard to tell if the stuff is scripted. However some stunts can go overboard or be down right gross. We now got to witness a stunt that was truly gross and that stunt was a tampon going into someone’s mouth.
No you didn’t misread that I did in fact say a tampon. Priscilla Kelly, who some will remember was in the WWE Mae Young Classic Tournament just last year which mind you she lost in the first round and that pretty much was it, once again the headlines claimed her to be a WWE star which is far from the truth so let’s not get it twisted, this has nothing to do with WWE. Anyway in a Match last month Kelly decided to shove what to be a bloody tampon in her opponent mouth. How do we know it was a tampon? Besides the fact she took it out of her crotch and treated it as a tampon, yes we have good evidence it was a tampon. Not long after the match the video went viral and it gave Kelly the fame she was seeking but as popular as she become, some people aren’t happy about it and rightfully so.
Both WWE and TNA have been giving the women’s wrestling the push they deserve and by having them main Event PPVs and WWE even did their own female PPV, the women have shown they don’t need to be eye candy material to put on a good show and have the fans behind them, so why didn’t Kelly factor this into her planning. Sure the crowd loved it and started to chant Holy Sh*t and you sick f*ck.
The fans who were there may have loved it but most of the wrestling community are pretty much disgusted by her stunt. Names like Gail Kim, Road Dog and Jim Ross are people who are against her and sure she has her supporter in Tommy Dreamer. Now this is the first time I have heard of her and I am sure this will take her career to new heights and get her more bookings because promoters love to draw crowds and right now all eyes are on her. As for her future in WWE well even though they are big leagues of sorts she probably doesn’t have a future with them but then again never say never. If Kelly is smart she will wise up and use the smart light to get better but we will see.