It Floats

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It is a movie adaption of a Steven King novel that does work surprisingly well I personally never understood the near common fear of clowns but in this movie, they sure know how to make him demonic.

It is the name of Pennywise the Dancing Clown played by Bill Skarsgard. This clown resides by the sewer system in the local town. Pennywise captures and possesses children and teenagers by transforming himself into their worst fear (like a boggart in the Harry Potter series) before consuming them. It is up to a team of five pre-adolescents to find a way to stop Pennywise the Dancing Clown from continuously terrorizing the city.

It the movie is but it is genuinely scary. I would have loved more scares but am I being too greedy? Who really knows because a lot of the time the movie is about the lives of the five kids in the movie and it spends a lot of time exploring the interaction with these characters and it is entertaining to watch.

What I love about the dialogue in this movie is that the accuracy of how tweens speak. The dialogue is along the lines of “Your mother” and “That’s what she said” but with more wit and vulgarity. I don’t expect any of the child actors to that quick on the trigger in real life but it did serve as comic relief. Their insults and banter were smarter than Mark Whalberg’s banter and insults in the Transformers franchise.

What is a million times scarier than Mark Whalbergs banter though are the slash scenes. Most of the time they work because they put a new spin on the old set-up and slash scenes from lesser horror movies. One of my favorites from It is the very first scene with Pennywise talking to a kid called Georgie from the drain. Georgie’s paper boat fell down the drain where Pennywise is and Pennywise tells George to put his hand out to get the paper boat from him. You know when George puts his hand in the drain something bad is going to happen to his arm, but the set-up was ingenious and the payoff was surprisingly graphic, which made the scene feel unique and terrifying.

One of the main frustrating things about It though is how they only commit halfway to Pennywise the Dancing Clowns motives and origins. The ending may be a justification as to why, but for those kinds of things, I am an all-in or nothing kind of guy. It tries to have an origin story (and I use the term loosely) that is vague, to say the least. They entertain the idea of how Pennywise lives for so long, but they don’t commit to it. Also, It does not show as to why Pennywise preys on fear. I have not read the book so I am only left with unlikely assumptions. I personally find that annoying.

Nevertheless, It is excellent in the film because all of the creative ways the Pennywise manifests into many forms of fear outweigh it’s probably going to be the highest grossing horror film of the year and if you do like It, there are recent horror films like Get Out (a horror movie that redefines the genre), Ouija Origin of Evil (A movie that was so scary, my hands shook with adreline when I walked out) and Don’t Breathe (A brillantly told horror story that is both intriguing and terrifying) that I would recommend too if you have the time if you are a casual moviegoer and you want to delve into more recent horror pictures

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Alien Covenant: A nice addition to the Franchise

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What works in Alien: Covenant: Production design, slash sequences, establishment of characters and cinematography

What was ok: Dialogue and story,

What sucked: The majority of the third act making no sense (in my mind) and some leaps in internal logic.

Alien: Covenant is a film that I think gets the thousand little things right and the 2 or 3 big things wrong. However, there is strength in numbers and because it got a lot right Alian: Covenant turns out to be quite enjoyable.

I think that Alien: Covenant will satisfy a lot of fans as it sticks to the anesthetics that made it memorable and it does not move anywhere near outside its comfort zone. If you are not a fan of space, science fiction or aliens spawning out of the flesh of a human than you have come to the wrong place.

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Chuck Norris incubates and breeds neomorphs for breakfast. I don’t want to take up the hobby. 

Alien: Covenant exposes the sadistic part of me that show the art in gruesome scary sequences. It’s one of the few films that shows the viscera of life and death without descending into shock value. The filmmakers establish the world beautifully and give believable motives as to why the crew investigates a specific planet before the gore begins which is the major selling point of Alien: Covenant.

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Very menacing but it had a MAJOR momentary editing issue. He is in one location then goes to another without any explanation as to how it got from point A to B.

The other thing I was mostly pleased at was the establishment of characters. This was an ensemble and they were uniquely presented making me interested in each of the characters. They all have their quirks, Walter/David (Michael Fassbender) for example has the intelligence and has a “creative” hobby. How they develop some of the key characters is a little rocky but at least it’s not terrible.

The two or three major problems I have with Alien:Covenant descends into massive spoiler territory but to sum it up: It didn’t make a lot of sense to me. Things happen in which people (or things) appear when it’s impossible to be where they are and have been given no explanation as to why. That includes the ending, which was also completely predictable if have ever seen a horror movie in your life. Had those moments make a lick of sense, Alien Covenant would have made for a much better film.

Still, I liked this movie because of the majority of Alien: Covenant works as passable entertainment. I see it not as a standout of the franchise but it does hold a place in it. ⭐⭐⭐1/4

Get Out: A New Twist in Horror

Get Out is a rare cinematic treat. It is one of the most daring films that I have seen and it’s a masterpiece that I have understood but not fully processed. Pushing the boundaries is an understatement for this movie. I can guarantee you, the reader, that Get Out is unlike any other horror film you have seen.

Get Out is one of the very few movies where I was trying to deconstruct it in my head, yearning to get to the core of the movie’s concepts. Normally, I either understand the movie or I don’t. Get Out manages to become a film that explores social commentary on race relations from a perspective I haven’t seen before. It succeeds in finding that very tricky balance of horror, comedy and social commentary.

The plot: Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams) are a young romantic couple and are going to meet Rose’s parents. Chris is worried that Rose’s parents (who are white) won’t accept Chris because he is black. When Chris meets Rose’s parents, they accept him because he is black.

Make no mistake, Get Out is a horror movie. Get Out follows the conventions of a horror movie with set-ups, tension, suspense, the villain with the evil and messed-up motive and the resolution. But how the movie executes these elements is something that is unquestionably unique and, in my opinion, quite extraordinary.

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Never have such uncontroversal statements said by these Whitford and Keener feel so controversal

Rarely does a horror movie build suspense and tension through dialogue that’s unsettling but never disturbing. With all the commentary on black people, I would argue that Get Out is never a racist film, but builds the tension by constantly teetering on the brink by going way too far into the opposite direction of ignorance. It’s done by the family being over complimentary about Chris for his “talents” that “inherited” from being black. I used quotation marks here because it’s from the perspective of the majority of the characters. Those passages of dialogue were so great because of it.

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This ensemble was something special. My third favourite movie ensemble since I started writing reviews

The other thing that was so great was the acting from the whole cast as they give it replay value for me. I would like to watch it again, knowing what I know now after seeing the movie I would love to see the subtleties in the performances of Catherine Keener as the mother (who was so amazing) Bradley Whitford who was the father and especially Allison Williams (Chris’ girlfriend). There were also incredibly freaky performances played by Marcus Henderson and Betty Gabriel who play housekeepers. There were also performances by Get Out is not a movie that needs to be seen twice to understand it, however, I think I will gain a new perspective on the performances having seen the movie.

If you are remotely into horror I think that Get Out is one of those films that pulls itself away from the rest of the pack. It is both an intense and a thinking kind of movie which gave Get Out a weird sense of an indescribable (and somewhat odd) cathartic release. ⭐⭐⭐⭐3/4