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Half in the Bag: Child’s Play (2019)…


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Date: June 25, 2019

01) Half in the Bag: Child’s Play (2019)


“Mike and Jay saw the new Chucky movie. The reboot. Not the other new Chucky movie that only came out a couple of years ago. It’s a different Chucky now. But there’s a new Chucky TV series coming out next year as well. That’s going to be the original Chucky. The Chucky they’re talking about in this video is the new Chucky. There’s two Chuckys. For some reason.”

There’s been a curious resurgence in the “Child’s Play” series, over the last three or four years…

They put out “Revenge of Chucky”…and then “Cult of Chucky”…neither of which I’ve seen…and I presume they didn’t do all that well…

…I wasn’t expecting a reboot…

…It just seems like…”What for?”…

I’m interested in seeing all the ones I’ve not seen yet, though…including this new one…and at this point, it looks like there’s more that I have not seen, than the ones I have seen.

I’ve seen the first two…parts of the third…and “Seed of Chucky” [which I absolutely loved]…never seen any of the others.

On the side…they mention “The Boy”…a movie I really liked…I’ll have to find something, and maybe even write something, about that movie…

I have a thing for creepy doll movies…I love them.

The “Child’s Play” series is really comedy, however…It’s barely even horror.

I do like the way Chucky looks in this reboot.


Child’s Play:

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Justice League…


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Date: November 29, 2017

With low expectations…I ended up seriously enjoying this movie.

Not only was this the most enjoyment I got out of a DC Universe movie [though I’ve not seen Wonder Woman yet…Shame on me!]…I thought this was a rather good movie, on it’s own.

Could it have been better?…of course…But it was focused, coherent, fun and engaging.

There are valid complaints…like the massive amounts of CGI…or the story being extremely minimal…or the villain only being about a quarter of a step deeper than Doomsday…

The movie still seems to work, despite these quibbles…and the fact that some things could have been fleshed out a bit better.

I think this movie is mostly suffering from living in the shadow of “Man of Steel”, “Batman V Superman”…and probably “Suicide Squad”…

This is the second DCU movie I’ve seen, thus far…that I was reasonably happy with.

It would be a shame, if they didn’t move forward…

…Though, if they do reboot…I’ll still be looking forward to that.

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No More “Age Verification” Free Video Embedding…


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Date: March 23, 2017

I’ve stopped using the embedding code, that sidesteps the YouTube age verification.

Potentially, you’ve noticed that a lot of the embedded videos from YouTube are all giving a playback error?

For years, I’ve used the embedding code that is supposed to let anyone watch a video outright, without worrying about logging into YouTube to verify their age…This was done as a courtesy to my visitors.

As always…YouTube has recently made changes to their website…and from the looks of it, they’ve disabled this method of embedding…whether intentional, or not.

This means for me, that I have already dropped the usage of it…To be honest, it was annoying having to deal with a few things about it, anyway…I’m glad to be done with it.

But, now a ton of embedded videos won’t play on this blog…Fortunately, this is why I’ve always included a direct link to the YouTube video page…So, there should be no real issue…Just click on the link…Watch it on YouTube.

All the best…

– Steve

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Went to See Ghostbusters 2016: Had Fun…


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Date: July 15, 2016

I actually went to see this on it’s opening day…without any preplanned intention.

Oh…I was expecting to see it, ever since it was first announced…But I wasn’t chomping at the bit, to be there on opening day…It’s just how it worked out.

The theater could have been more full…but it was hardly empty.

…A kind of funny thing happened before the movie started, as I spotted a family enter the theater, led by a rather cute boy [I’d say seven or eight years old]…they scanned the theater for somewhere to set…and I thought to myself, “Hey!…Come set next to me!”…Next thing I know, this cute boy is leading the group up to my row…and takes a seat, one empty seat removed from my own…

…Such a curious omen…The boy read my mind?…I suppose, I wasn’t too scary to keep that young lad away from me…Which is pretty typical, to be honest.

The actual movie had tons of references to the original Ghostbusters movie…Maybe a few too many…But it didn’t badly detract from the enjoyment of the movie, in my opinion.

Comparing it to the original…the first movie is deeper, and better fleshed out…Yet, this one is not bad…It moves along briskly, and it’s constantly entertaining…even if it gets a little bit tacky, at a point or two.

Filming style and atmosphere are on par, with what you’d expect from the franchise.

I’m not going to say much about the plot, because it’s paper thin…and it’s just something to give an excuse behind the end confrontation.

…Some people have knocked this movie over the plot and the villain, claiming the original was meant to be taken more seriously…and I have to disagree…Ghostbusters was never meant to be taken at all seriously…It’s a comedy…and maybe even a spoof on horror movies, in a sense.

I was pleased with the cameos…which were one of the reasons I wanted to see this movie…Sure…It would have been nicer, had more of the original cast had deeper roles…but, it was just fun to see them return.

I would recommend going to see this movie…Just don’t expect the deepest story…Other than that, I think they hit the anticipated bases of the franchise quite well.

About the last several months:

I feel compelled to say something about all the complaining over this movie, well before it was released.

It seems to me, Ghostbusters 2016 was the unfortunate victim…of finding itself in the crosshairs of at least two substantial push-back movements of our time…

1) A lot of people are very tired of seeing the studios crank out remakes and reboots, of movies we love…when usually, they end up being inferior…and not something we like.

It’s kind of like click bait, to get us into the movie theater…Of course, if we loved the original…we are going to have a natural interest in seeing the remake…But experience has taught many of us, that it just wont be able to recapture the magic of the original.

…And as for reboots…some franchises [IE: Spiderman] have become quite confused, because it’s hard to keep memories of the previous movies separate.

2) The seemingly forced nature of social narratives in entertainment, has become truly obnoxious…dare I say, insulting…And a lot of us are just done with it.

…We don’t really want to patron something, where we leave feeling like we were just fed a carefully laid out, moral message on how we are supposed to view the world…And more so, when that moral message is based on pop culture ethics…which are maybe based on shaky reasoning.

Given the replacement of the male cast with a female one…it’s clear to see, where this movie became an easy target for people who are tired of having “fads of the day” shoved down their throats.

“Women are interchangeable with [or superior too] men” has become the cliché norm…right alongside with representing men as dumb and incompetent…inferior to women.

Mind you…in the setting of this movie…it’s hard to really take any of this seriously…But a lot of people obviously thought, it was shaping up to be that.

3) A potential third string in all of this…is the fact that many people are getting fed up with the really insane strain of “feminism”, which we are being assaulted with today.

Even though this movie does not deserve being tainted by that…there is probably some pushback over obnoxious, overbearing and aggressive [sometimes mean and nasty] “feminists”, rubbing off on people’s perception of this movie…

…And they likely interpreted the changes in this franchise, as catering to the demands of those kinds of “feminists”.

…If you reject those kinds of “feminists”…then you wont likely want what they’ve heavily influenced, either.

Conclusion:

It’s really unfortunate that this movie has been dogged like this, by what amounts to a social backlash towards extremes.

I never got the sense that this movie ever meant to be anything, beyond a fun couple hours of viewing.

If you are curious…don’t let the noise of the last several months stop you from seeing this…

…Don’t expect it to be just like the original…Expect a corny scene or two…But expect to have fun…because you likely will, if you’re not taking it too seriously.

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Batman Vs. Superman: A Review…


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Date: March 28, 2016

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It’s not as bad as some people are making it out to be…but I agree with many people, that they seriously need to change the direction of this series…Otherwise, it’s going into the toilet.

They’ve already blown through the “one, two” punch, of reboot Superman, and then reboot Batman [fighting Superman]…And they’ve never managed anything more than a lukewarm movie, each time.

Having seen Man of Steel…my expectations were not high…and I left, thinking I’d seen an okay movie…But that’s the problem…This movie should not have been just “okay”…It should have been phenomenal.

I think the best element was Batman…a character I really liked, in this version. It was nice to see Wonder Woman, also.

Beyond that…the storyline isn’t terribly coherent…And there are things going on, that just should not have been. I think there were too many dream sequences…and not any real exploration of them…They are just there, as something that gets salted into the main movie…They largely feel disconnected from the rest of the movie…which is my major gripe with Man of Steel, also…Where it was as if they put two or three separate movies into a blender, and came up with one…And it just did not work, as an over all movie. Batman V Superman suffers from the same syndrome.

Their fight is not terribly epic, either…And it’s over with way to fast, and way to simplistically…It’s just not believable…For a warped vigilante who hates Superman…Batman should not be acting like he and Superman were friends, by the end of this movie…That is some type of spite, which should linger, flair up and mellow…over two or three movies…not be quickly done and forgotten…On the contrary…If this series manages to go ten movies, they should still b a bit snotty with each other at least going into the fifth movie.

Doomsday was just…senseless…I don’t see why they felt like this was needed…because it made the movie jumbled…and I think they could have made a great movie, solely with Batman and Superman at each others throats…Wonder Woman could have been the peace maker…And the vicious rivalry could have spilled into a second movie…which then could introduced more characters [Luther…Doomsday, etc.]…

No spoilers here…but, I’m glad they made Batman come off as strong as he did…And I’m glad they let the movie end where it did [if they was going to pursue the storyline they did]…and that they didn’t do any last minute swerves, to set everything right again before the movie ends.

I would still recommend going to see it…because it wasn’t a bad movie…It just wasn’t as good as it needed to be.

They’re going to have to step up their game…because if they do a three-peat with this formula on Suicide Squad…they might not have enough momentum and political capital left, to justify a fourth movie.

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Sinister 2…

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Date: August 31, 2015

I know for many, the horror genre is not your cup of tea…I just thought it would be wrong of me not to give a heads up, over the drop dead cute boys, who are all over the place in this movie…

The cute boy screen time here is well worth the admission price…They dominate a large portion of this movie…One is repeatedly seen in his sleeping clothes, consisting of a tank top and shorts…These compliment him well…[I think I’m officially in swoon mode, again].

There is violence, including the children…one gets beaten up, and has an abusive father…Most of these boys [and a few girls] are already dead…another dies…And of course, the trademark execution movies are present here…

This is an advancement of the story, by way of fleshing out a “child recruitment”…but really, there isn’t much new or unexpected here…Only one real swerve of significance.

They reprised the atmosphere of Sinister well.

I loved the first Sinister for it’s storyline and atmosphere…I love the second Sinister for it’s mad sexy cute boys and atmosphere…and the storyline was okay.

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Evilenko…

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Date: February 16, 2015

01) YouTube Link


Don’t bother watching this…But if you do, here…so you don’t have to waste your time, looking it up.

“Evilenko is a 2004 Italian drama-thriller film very loosely based on the Soviet serial killer Andrei Chikatilo. The film was directed and written by David Grieco. It stars Malcolm McDowell, Marton Csokas and Ronald Pickup.”

Oh no they didn’t!…Oh dear lord…somebody actually did!…

This has got to be, hands down, the single worst piece of anti-pedophile propaganda in “entertainment” movie form, which I have ever watched…

It’s just all around outrageous and horrible…Badly crafted, and everything.

I almost feel bad for Malcolm McDowell, for having agreed to have anything to do with this insanity…It could not have done anything good for his career.

His character is a communist pedophile, who begins early on by getting fired from his teaching job…for attempting to rape an eleven year old girl…a pupil of his…

…Then things really start getting strange, as he gets inexplicably hired by…some agency, or something, that has him traveling all over the place…for inspections, or spying on people, or something…This movie isn’t terribly good at explaining what’s going on…

…But, he decides to start raping and murdering young people, while on his trips…then, inexplicably, he decides to start dismembering their bodies, also…Then, he gets stumbled upon, while chewing on a bloody mouthful of one of his dismembered victims…

…Then nobody can remember or identify him, because he has this mysterious power to hypnotize people with his gaze…

The acting in this movie is barely passable…and one of the “high points”, is an interrogation where the officer fakes being hypnotized, and allows himself to be ordered [by Malcolm’s character] to get naked, and masturbate him [Malcolm’s character]…

…And the “gotcha!” moment, is when the officer lets on, he’s not really hypnotized, but was just playing along…to get him to let his guard down, and do something insane…like what is going on, right that very minute…Oh, and to prove he is lying about being sexually impotent…

Oh dear, this movie is horrible…

Malcolm McDowell spends, like…two minutes approaching and leering at the camera, while the end credits roll…

I am guessing, nobody suggested that he be able to fart demons out of his butt, or suck victims brains out through their nose…or that he be endowed, with a steel jawed penis that devours his victims from the inside…

…Otherwise, these “gems” surely would have made it into the movie…Wouldn’t they?

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02) Serial Killers – Andrei Chikatilo (Butcher of Rostov) – Documentary


“Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo was a Soviet serial killer, nicknamed The Butcher of Rostov, The Red Ripper, and The Rostov Ripper, who committed the sexual assault, murder and mutilation of a minimum of 52 women and children between 1978 and 1990 in the Russian SFSR. Chikatilo confessed to a total of 56 murders and was tried for 53 of these killings in April 1992.”

This is the guy, that movie is supposedly based upon.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies…


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Date: December 17, 2014

I did not expect to go see the final Hobbit movie tonight, but I noticed it was playing at a favorite theater of mine…and had one show time left…So, I was out the door.

This is an especially nice theater, as it is something of a theater and restaurant hybrid…You pay out the nose, but you get really, really good food…I love the gourmet flat bread pizzas…

Leather seating…but they also serve alcohol…so, sometimes…loud and obnoxious idiots might be setting in close proximity to you…I’m not sure, but I think two of these giggling idiots [college kids] were talking to each other on their cell phones, for about the last fifth of the movie…Strangely, it wasn’t bothersome enough to complain and get them thrown out…because this movie was primarily one fight/battle scene after the next.

I suppose that’s not a horrible thing, since this is presumably the last Middle Earth movie we are ever going to get…and the battles are something fans love…It’s something to remember, and leave on a bang with.

I still kind of wish there had been more underlying depth and storyline…It wasn’t boring at any point…but it felt like a lot of padding…Like they were just wrapping things up, and didn’t have much left to offer other than the obvious inevitable.

It was neat seeing them set the stage for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, though…I liked the tie in…Now I kind of wish they’d re-release those, and let us watch them on the big screen again…Maybe that’s just me…Heck, I’d go to see various movies again at the theater, if they’d release them again.

Like always…it is sad to see the final movie arrive…because there is nothing left to look forward to.

In terms of the rest of the trilogy, I would put Five Armies as probably my second favorite of the series…following Unexpected Journey…Interestingly, Desolation of Smaug just didn’t quite…I don’t know…I felt like it did too many things that just took you out of a consistent experience, of the Middle Earth world…Maybe that is a dumb comment…I mean, heck…In this movie, Legolas survives an extremely unlikely fight sequence, involving a fallen and crumbling tower…as it is wedged between two cliffs…But then, he was swinging all around on giant war elephants, in Return of the King.

There is a bit of comedy in this movie…and I don’t want to say it feels out of place…but it feels kind of weird…Like you know, it was made up [possibly being made up, as shooting went along], and it just acts as shallow padding…Not terribly funny, but it might get a chuckle.

I don’t know what else to say about this movie…except that I enjoyed it…I was never bored…despite that when you really figure everything out…they dispatched with Smaug early on, and then it was pretty much just a lot of fun to watch padding, on the remainder of a story that probably only needed an hour and a half to wrap up. They did good at making most of this padding effortless to watch…and time passes pretty quickly.

I guess I’ll give this one three stars…I wish I’d come away raving about the movie, but…no.

It’s still a nice way to end the trilogy…even if it wasn’t a necessary movie to be made.

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Introducing The Steve Diamond Movie Review!…


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Date: December 02, 2013

Since I just know each and every single one of you out there is totally dying to know my opinion on the latest [or most ancient] movies, and you almost certainly spend hours dreaming of browsing my private movie collection…What?…No?!!…

…Well…too bad!…I am inflicting my bad movie reviews upon you, anyway!…And so I give you, “The Steve Diamond Movie Review”!!!

If you want to know the ratings system, click here.

This series will wander between serious movie reviews…and warnings of dreadful theatrical tragedies.

– Steve

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