REVIEW: SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS

CAST

Colin Farrell (Fright Night)
Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2)
Woody Harrelson (Rampart)
Christopher Walken (True Romance)
Tom Waits (Bram Stoker’s Dracula)
Abbie Cornish (Robcop)
Olga Kurylenko (Momentum)
Željko Ivanek (Heroes)
Linda Bright Clay (Before The Border)
Harry Dean Stanton (Avengers Assemble)
Amanda Warren (Mother!)
James Hébert (Westworld)
Kevin Corrigan (The Departed)
Gabourey Sidibe (Grimsby)
Michael Pitt (Ghost In The Shell)
Michael Stuhlbarg (The Post)
Helena Mattsson (Guns, Girls and Gambling)

Christopher Walken and Bonny in Seven Psychopaths (2012)Marty is a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay, Seven Psychopaths. Marty’s best friend, Billy, makes a living by kidnapping dogs and collecting the owners’ rewards for their safe return. Billy’s partner-in-crime is Hans, a religious man with a cancer-stricken wife, Myra.Marty writes a story for another psychopath, the “Quaker”, who stalks his daughter’s killer for decades, driving the killer to suicide. Billy suggests Marty use the “Jack of Diamonds” killer, perpetrator of a recent double murder, as one of the psychopaths. Billy places an advertisement in the newspaper inviting psychopaths to call and share their stories for Marty to use in his script. A man named Zachariah Rigby approaches Marty and shares his story, with the condition that the movie include a message to his partner in crime.Woody Harrelson and Olga Kurylenko in Seven Psychopaths (2012)Billy and Hans steal a Shih Tzu named Bonny, unaware that it is the beloved pet of Charlie Costello, an unpredictable and violent gangster. Charlie’s thugs, led by Paulo, discover Hans’ connection to the kidnapping. They threaten to kill Marty and Hans, but the Jack of Diamonds killer arrives and kills the thugs. Charlie traces Myra to the cancer ward and kills her after she refuses to tell him anything. Billy goes to Costello’s house to meet his girlfriend, Angela, who is also Charlie’s girlfriend. After Billy reveals to her that he kidnapped Bonny, she calls Charlie to tell him. Billy, after finding out that Charlie killed Myra, shoots Angela in retaliation. Charlie arrives at Billy’s address and discovers many packs of playing cards with the jack of diamonds missing, and realizes Billy is the “Jack of Diamonds” killer. Marty, Billy, and Hans leave the city with Bonny. Hans reveals that he was the Quaker. Marty wrote his story after hearing it from a drunken Billy. The trio drive into the desert and set up camp. Billy suggests Seven Psychopaths end with a shootout between the psychopaths and Charlie’s forces.Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, and Colin Farrell in Seven Psychopaths (2012)Marty and Hans see a headline saying that Billy is wanted in connection with the Jack of Diamonds killings. Marty confronts Billy, who reveals that he assumed the Jack of Diamonds persona to give Marty inspiration. Marty tells Billy they must go home. Meanwhile, Hans has a vision of Myra in which she is in a “grey place,” leading Hans to question his belief in the afterlife. He ignores Marty’s reassurances that his vision was a peyote-induced hallucination. Billy sets the car on fire, stranding the trio, and calls Charlie, telling him their location. Billy claims he impersonated Myra, causing Hans to leave. Billy, with Bonny in tow, anxiously waits for Charlie to arrive, intending to have a climactic shootout. Charlie arrives alone, without a weapon apart from a flare gun. An enraged Billy shoots Charlie, feeling cheated out of a shootout. Marty drives away with Charlie, intending to take him to a hospital, while Billy realizes the flare gun’s purpose and fires it. Hans finds Charlie’s thugs awaiting the flare signal. The large group catches the attention of the police, who draw closer. Hans pretends to draw a weapon, causing Paulo to shoot him in front of the police. Before dying, Hans says “It isn’t grey at all”.Woody Harrelson in Seven Psychopaths (2012)The thugs head towards the signal, with police in pursuit, and encounter Marty and Charlie, who reveals that he only suffered a flesh wound. With backup, Charlie returns to Billy’s location. After a shootout, Charlie and Billy have a stand-off, respectively holding Marty and Bonny hostage. Charlie releases Marty and shoots Billy just as the police arrive. Charlie and Paulo are arrested, but Bonny stays at the dying Billy’s side. Marty visits the scene of Hans’s death, and finds a tape recorder with suggestions for Seven Psychopaths. Marty, having adopted Bonny, finishes the screenplay. Some time later, after the Seven Psychopaths movie is shown in theater, Marty receives a call from Zachariah, who intends to kill him for forgetting to leave a message as promised. On hearing Marty’s weary and resigned acceptance, Zachariah realizes that Marty’s experiences have left him a changed man, and decides to spare him.Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken in Seven Psychopaths (2012)If you see this movie you need to see it for the acting and a fun way to spend 110 minutes. If you are looking for a movie that makes some kind of a statement or makes you really think about your life, then don’t see this movie, you will be disappointed.

REVIEW: ANGER MANAGEMENT

CAST

Adam Sandler (Jack & Jill)
Jack Nicholson (Batman)
Marisa Tomei (Captain America: Civil War)
Luis Guzman (Waiting..)
Jonathan Loughran (50 First Dates)
Kurt Fuller (Scary Movie)
Krista Allen (The Final Destination)
January Jones (X-MenL: First Class)
John Turturro (Transformers)
Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games)
Kevin Nealson (Weeds)
Allen Covert (Big Daddy)
John C. Reilly (Cyrus)
Harry Dean Stanton (Avengers Assemble)
Lori Heuring (Wicked Little Things)
Heather Graham (The Hangover)

In 1978, a young Dave Buznik is about to kiss the girl of his dreams, when a local bully, Arnie Shankman, pulls down his pants and underwear, embarrassing him in front of everybody. This leaves Dave with lasting trauma about public affection, as well as repressing his emotions. In the present day, Dave Buznik lives in New York, working as a secretary for Frank Head, an abusive boss who takes credit for Dave’s work. His problems also extend to his private life, his girlfriend Linda’s ex-boyfriend Andrew still being close friends with her and being condescending to Dave at work.
Adam Sandler in Anger Management (2003)
While flying to a business meeting, Dave sits next to a man named Buddy Rydell. After a series of annoyances cause Dave to lose his temper, a sky marshal tasers him, and Dave is arrested and sentenced to anger management therapy. The therapist happens to be Buddy. Buddy’s unorthodox techniques cause Dave to lose his temper, and Buddy tells Dave he recognizes his problem as passive-aggressive anger. After Dave gets into a bar fight caused by another of Buddy’s patients, Chuck, Dave is sent back to court and Buddy intervenes on his behalf, choosing to move in with Dave and shadow him in his life as part of more intensive therapy. Failure to comply will result in a year of jail time for Dave. Having Buddy as an unexpected and hovering roommate irritates Dave, which prompts Buddy to offer more therapeutic advice which, in turn, irritates Dave even more. Although Dave believes Andrew is doing nothing to ruin him at work, Buddy suspects otherwise and tells him that he needs to start fighting back or nothing will change. After receiving a phone call for Buddy informing him his mother is undergoing minor surgery, Dave jokes to him about its seriousness, prompting Buddy to warn he’ll get Dave back.
After seeing Buddy’s mother, the two stop at a restaurant on the way back to New York and after Buddy pressures him Dave flirts with, and goes home with, a young lady, but rejects her amorous advances out of loyalty to Linda. Later, Dave is devastated to learn that Buddy has told Linda about the woman, but Buddy explains the woman was a former patient of his, having set up the encounter to get revenge on Dave for the “dying mother” prank, and he will explain the truth to Linda. Buddy takes a detour to a Buddhist temple, so that Dave can confront a reformed Arnie, who has become a monk. While confronting his tormenter, Arnie expresses his sincerest apologies to Dave for bullying him all his life and asserts that Dave didn’t deserve the abuse. But Arnie laughs when Dave reminds him of the kiss incident and Dave attacks back. Dave and Buddy tease the monks into a rage are chased off the grounds, Dave feeling good on confronting his tormentor. Back in New York, Dave attempts to propose to Linda but loses his nerve, and Linda suggests that they take a break from their relationship. Soon after Buddy begins dating Linda, Dave (not aware this was the next step of his therapy) sees this as the last straw and loses his cool by attacking Buddy. Being called back into court, Dave is given a restraining order by the judge, who threatens to lock him up if Dave has another incident.
Called into work and yelled at by his boss, Dave finally snaps when he learns that his boss intentionally passed him and gave the promotion to Andrew. He immediately confronts both men for the way they’ve mistreated him in the past. Dave calls Andrew out for trying to interfere with both his promotion and relationship with Linda, revealing he wants Andrew out of their lives permanently. Andrew attempts to insult him about being too dependent on Buddy to back him up and admits he isn’t good enough for Linda. Taking Buddy’s advice, Dave debunks the claim and knocks him out cold. He proceeds to humiliate his boss by using a golf club to wreck his office and reminding him of all the years of his loyal services just to be denied of the promotion he wanted so much in favor of someone who didn’t deserve it. Dave then tells his boss that if he ever gets out of jail within three years, he expects his boss to do the right thing and give the promotion to him that Andrew presumably resigned from.
Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler in Anger Management (2003)His boss agrees and before Dave leaves, he warns his boss to treat his cat, Meatball, with more respect because he is eating his crab cakes as revenge for the mistreatment he put him through. As Dave leaves, he intentionally steps on Andrew’s head as one last bit of revenge. Learning Buddy has taken Linda to a New York Yankees game, Dave assumes Buddy intends to steal his proposal idea and races to the stadium. Security captures him and begins to remove him from the stadium but Mayor Rudy Giuliani orders them to allow Dave to speak. After admitting that he does have an anger problem and is willing to change, Dave agrees to kiss Linda in front of the stadium in exchange for her marrying him. Linda and Buddy then reveal that the game was the final part of Dave’s therapy, and explain that the tormentors and aggravations he has been put through were Buddy’s doing to teach him how to unleash his anger in healthy doses to avoid it building up. The passenger, the Judge, the waitress and the flight attendant are Buddy’s friends. Dave then asks about the Sky Marshall who tased him if he was involved with Buddy and Linda admits he wasn’t. The marshall was just having a bad day (briefly shown to be angered over the fact he is in the middle of two sleeping obese people).
The three attend a picnic with Buddy’s other patients, where Dave plays a final joke on Buddy with a friend holding the group up with a water pistol, and the film ends as the friends sing “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story together.
Jack Nicholson in Anger Management (2003)
Adam Sandler plays a good part but no where near as good as Jack Nicholson. Nicholson’s potrayal of the doctor who tries to cure Adam Sandler’s character is fantastic! Nicholson’s jokes are hilarious and his general manor and quotes are just brilliant!  It’s a must see for any Nicholson fan and a generally funny film.

REVIEW: MISSING LINK

Starring

Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover)
Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine)
Zoe Saldana (Avatar)
Stephen Fry (Bones)
Timothy Olyphant (Santa Clarita Diet)
Emma Thompson (Men In BLack: International)
Amrita Acharia (Game of Thrones)
Matt Lucas (Bridesmaids)
David Walliams (Murder Mystery)
Adam Godley (Powers)
Bridget Hoffman (Herucles: TLJ)
Scott Menville (Teen Titans)

Zach Galifianakis and Hugh Jackman in Missing Link (2019)In 1886, Sir Lionel Frost, a struggling investigator of mythical creatures, has continuously searched for different creatures to study and announce their presence in the world, which would allow him to be accepted into the “Society of Great Men,” which is led by Sir Lionel’s rival Lord Piggot-Dunceby. Lionel receives a letter acknowledging the presence of a Sasquatch, making a deal with Piggot-Dunceby that would allow him to join the society if he proved that the creature was real.Zach Galifianakis, Hugh Jackman, and Zoe Saldana in Missing Link (2019)Lionel travels to the Pacific Northwest, eventually stumbling upon the Sasquatch in a forest. After dubbing him “Mr. Link,” Lionel is told by the Sasquatch that he was, in fact, the one who sent the letter. Mr. Link requests Lionel’s help in finding his relatives, the Yetis, in the Himalayas. Lionel agrees to help him but is unaware of the fact that Piggot-Dunceby has hired a bounty hunter named Willard Stenk to track Lionel and kill him, ensuring that the pro-imperialist conservative views of the society remain unchallenged.Zach Galifianakis in Missing Link (2019)Lionel’s old lover Adelina Fortnight has a map to the Himalayas locked at her house in Santa Ana, California, in a safe that belonged to her late husband, one of Lionel’s past partners, so the two visit her mansion to acquire it. However, Adelina harbors resentment for Lionel missing her husband’s funeral and kicks him out when he offers to pay her for the map. Lionel and Mr. Link come back later at night and break-in, but Mr. Link’s noise-making awakens Adelina, and the safe eventually falls out of the top floor window, cracking open in the aftermath. Mr. Link and Lionel grab the map and escape but are discovered the next day by Adelina, who allows them to search for the Yetis as long as she is there to accompany them. Stenk arrives, and a shootout ensues, but the trio tricks their pursuer into hopping on the train to search for them.Zach Galifianakis in Missing Link (2019)The trio makes their journey via boat, and Adelina pressures Lionel into reaching out to Mr. Link to prove his sincerity. Lionel enjoys a heartwarming talk with Mr. Link on the boat’s deck, where Mr. Link gives himself the name “Susan” after a friendly prospector he once encountered. However, they are once again ambushed by Stenk. After various scuffles across different parts of the ship, the trio eventually locks Stenk in the boat’s boarding rooms while they make another escape.Zach Galifianakis in Missing Link (2019)The trio eventually makes their way to the Himalayas and is pointed in the direction of the Yeti temple, and led to their Queen, who reveals their secluded valley to the group. She then reveals their disdain for mankind extends to Susan, who’s interacted closely with them. They throw the trio in a pit for them to stay until they die. Susan gives Adelina a boost, and she knocks down a few Yeti guards, allowing them to stack them and escape. They run across the ice bridge, where an armed Piggot-Dunceby and Stenk are waiting at the center of the bridge. Lionel denounces his rival’s pride and defends Susan as more human than the society ever will be.Hugh Jackman in Missing Link (2019)As a result, the insane Piggot-Dunceby starts firing his rifle at the ice bridge to kill the trio, until Susan stops Piggot-Dunceby from getting any further, still causing it to crack and break. Piggot-Dunceby and his assistant Mr. Collick fall to their deaths while the trio and Stenk make a run for it. They are too late and are left hanging on the edge of the destroyed ice bridge. Stenk, who has made it all the way across, taunts Lionel, which leads to the two engaging in a slapping fight while hanging on the bridge. The trio works together to rid themselves of Stenk, who falls to his death after an icicle breaks and falls on him. Lionel appoints Susan as his new partner in investigations, who blows a raspberry at the Yeti leader.Zach Galifianakis and Hugh Jackman in Missing Link (2019)After arriving home, Adelina tells Lionel that she will be adventuring on her own for a while and departs, but not before the pair share a brief mutual acceptance of their feelings for each other. Susan and Lionel arrive back at the latter’s work-space and begin their next case to find Atlantis. After they leave, the end credits reveal maps and souvenirs of their subsequent adventures.Missing Link (2019)Missing Link is not missing anything, it has everything. A smart movie based on an old fashioned plot, but treated as it is brand new with some of the greatest characterizations of all time in animation-films stories and it gives us all a remarkable story, sensations and unique personality. Funny, amazingly designed and conceived (technically speaking), catchy direction on a pure-talented cast and again on an amazing story. One of the best animation films of all time, challenging and maybe winning the biggests we already saw.

REVIEW: FIRST SUNDAY

Sarring

Ice Cube (21 Jump Street)
Tracy Morgan (Cop Out)
Katt Williams (Scary Movie 5)
Loretta Devine (Naked)
Michael Beach (Aquaman)
Keith David (Pitch Black)
Regina Hall (Shaft)
Retta (Good Boys)
Malinda Williams (A Day In The Life)
Chi McBride (Human Target)
Clifton Powell (Lockdown)
Nicholas Turturro (Takers)
Olivia Cole (L.A. Law)
P. J. Byrne (Black Lightning)

Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan in First Sunday (2008)Durell (pronounced Darrell) (Ice Cube) and LeeJohn (Tracy Morgan) are best friends and bumbling petty criminals living in Baltimore. The two have are struggling to find stable jobs due to their criminal records. Simultaneously, Durell’s son will have to move to Atlanta unless Durell gives his ex some money to pay her lease on her business premises. Desperate for money, they sell wheelchairs provided by con man Blahka (Paul Campbell), but the duo lose them in a police chase. They are sentenced to 5,000 hours of community service and have 24 hours to pay Blahka $12,000 or they will be shot dead. They try to get a loan from a guy named Mordecai (Jasmine Masters) but it turns out to be facade. Durrel and LeeJohn attend a church service and LeeJohn comes up with a desperate scheme to rob their neighborhood church. Durell is against the idea but eventually agrees, seeing no other option.Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan in First Sunday (2008)They enter the church’s office and hold the church members hostage. The Deacon wants to move the church which angers some of the members including the Pastor’s daughter Tianna ((Malinda Williams)). Durrel explains to them how what he is there for but no one takes hims seriously, so he fires a gun into the air and gain the church’s attention. However, they find out that the money already been stolen. Enraged, they still hold the church hostage until the money turns up. Durrel interrogates everyone about the money’s whereabouts. He appears to suspect Tianna, who looks down on him for obvious reasons. Meanwhile, LeeJohn takes Timmy, a little boy, to the bathroom as he was making a fuss about wanting to go. When he says that he will return the child back to his mother the kind sister Doris (Loretta Devine), the boy reveals that his real mother has left him.Chi McBride in First Sunday (2008)The police pass by and Durrel orders everyone to the back room and orders Ricky (Katt Williams) to poke his head out the door and talk to the police and the police simply figure that he is eccentric. The church is hot and Durell fixed the broken air conditioner, while LeeJohn watches over the hostages. To LeeJohn’s bewilderment, sister Doris begins cooking for everyone, using the church’s kitchen. Doris gives him a plate, and fondly remembers how her husband loved her cooking on his birthday. He expresses his sadness at never having had a birthday, and is comforted by Sister Doris.After an awkward conversation, where Tianna warms to Durell and questions what he is doing, they finally get the air-conditioning going. Durell then orders everyone back to the lobby. The blind, deaf janitor finds the missing money. Durell receives a phone call from his son, which he is ashamed to answer. Momma T (Olivia Cole) then asks for Durell’s purpose for what he is doing. Durell claims that he is doing it for his son. Momma T rejects his claim and says that Durell is doing it for himself, as he is blaming everyone but the person responsible, himself.Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan in First Sunday (2008)He drops the money. Unfortunately, cops have surrounded the church. The pastor (Chi McBride) tells them to escape out the back, but the two are caught in a chase. At their trial, which the entire church attends, the Deacon (Michael Beach) says that they have been accused of stealing $64,000. But the amount of money he claims was almost stolen was twice the amount the Deacon claimed was collected. This puts the Deacon at question. The case is dropped after no one stands when witnesses are called. Durell goes back to Omunique’s (Regina Hall) apartment, where he is confronted by the men who gave them the wheelchairs.Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan, and Katt Williams in First Sunday (2008)After he explains his situation, the two men allow him to go and get his son. Omunique opens the door, yelling at Durell and asking him where the money come from. The money was left at her doorstep and Durell tells her it was a gift. He implores her not to take his son away, claiming that his son is all he has. She responds that she will stay. In the end, LeeJohn and Durell appear much happier. It is implied that Durell is closer to his ex-wife and son, while LeeJohn remains close to Doris and Timothy. The remaining money is used to restore the community and Tianna is seen painting a community center.Ice Cube, Keith David, and Tracy Morgan in First Sunday (2008)Is it a great movie? N0. Is it a terrible waste of time? Absolutely not. It is light-hearted entertainment with some serious twists. It is worth seeing.

REVIEW: HIGH FIDELITY (2020) – SEASON 1

Zoë Kravitz in High Fidelity (2020)

Starring

Zoë Kravitz (The Batman)
Jake Lacy (How To Be Single)
Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Office Christmas Party)
David Holmes (Mindhunter))

Zoë Kravitz and Kingsley Ben-Adir in High Fidelity (2020)

Recuurring / Notable Guest Cast

Rainbow Francks (Stargate: Atlantis)
Kingsley Ben-Adir (King Arthur: Legend of The Sword)
Thomas Doherty (Legacies)
Nadine Malouf (May In The Summer)
Chloe Fineman (Search Party)
Dana Drori (Straight Up)
Sydney Mae Diaz (Iron Fist)
Tara Summers (Ringer)

Zoë Kravitz in High Fidelity (2020)I had zero knowledge of the source material before I watched Hulu’s High Fidelity. I unusually went in blind, feeling safe in the knowledge that rising-star Zoë Kravitz was taking the lead as a record-store owner in a fresh-looking drama-comedy. And I was absorbed; Zoe plays Rob, a heartbroken Brooklyn resident that ponders love, music, pop culture, and top-five lists. I had the benefit of not having anything to compare the 10-episode series to…Zoë Kravitz in High Fidelity (2020)Some will likely believe it strays from the original while others will think it’s a great cover of the source material, but regardless, the consensus is that this adaptation is really good and I agree. It vibes with audiences with the love for music and Zoe’s absorbing attempts to break the fourth wall keep audiences engaged and at her fingertips. Like the other adaptations, and from what I’m led to believe, High Fidelity Season 1 follows a similar path. After Rob suffers another heartbreak and setback, she wallows in self-pity, creating top five lists, obsessing over music playlists and wondering why her relationships always hit the dirt path. She revisits her exes and wonders what went wrong while trying to run a record store.Once More, For Old Time’s SakeWithout research, I would not have known that the 2020 reboot was a gender swap, but what I find missing from the previews is that many outlets fail to mention that Rob is a person of color and sexually fluid — one of her exes is a woman. I tend to stray on the side of “make original stories” but High Fidelity 3.0 proves that with fresh writing mixed with nostalgic elements, you can make a real story out of seen-before sources. I was amused by Rob’s wallowing approach to life, summoning playlists to understand her state of mind and rummaging through her exes to understand that romantic need. The music that shines through the Hulu series is on-point and helps the binge.Long WeekendZoë Kravitz’s take on the character is absorbing and engaging. Hulu series High Fidelity could be an early contender for one of the best series on their platform this year — it’s a fresh, quirky and a diverse adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel.

REVIEW: LITTLE MONSTERS

Starring

Lupita Nyong’o (Us)
Alexander England (Gods of Egypt)
Josh Gad (Frozen)
Diesel La Torraca (Lambs of God)
Kat Stewart (Sucker)
Nadia Townsend (Knowing)
Stephen Peacocke (Hercules)
Felix Williamson (The Great Gatsby)

Josh Gad in Little Monsters (2019)Dave is a foul mouthed, washed-up musician who goes through a rough break up with his girlfriend and is forced to stay with his sister and her son, Felix. While dropping Felix off at school, Dave meets Miss Caroline, Felix’s kindergarten teacher and is attracted to her. After a parent drops out from an upcoming field trip to a farm, Dave volunteers to chaperone, mostly to be near Miss Caroline. On the day of the field trip, Dave is upset to learn that children’s television personality, Teddy McGiggle is filming his show there and that Miss Caroline is engaged to someone else. Meanwhile, zombies break out of a U.S. testing facility and head straight for the farm. During a tractor ride, the class is attacked by zombies and try to escape only to find the whole farm overrun with zombies.Lupita Nyong'o in Little Monsters (2019)They try to escape back to the bus, but find it too is overrun with zombies. They try to seek shelter in the gift shop only to find Teddy McGiggle locked in and refusing to let them in. Dave breaks in from the roof, beats up Teddy, and lets Miss Caroline and the kids in. Felix then has an allergic reaction after Dave accidentally feeds him chips with dairy in them. After a botched attempt to give Felix epinephrine, Miss Caroline rushes to get some from Felix’s backpack, which was left in the tractor with the others. She makes it back as Teddy tries to signal a military helicopter. He falls off the roof and is rescued by Dave who Teddy reveals to him that he’s an alcoholic sex addict who hates children.Alexander England and Lupita Nyong'o in Little Monsters (2019)That night while Teddy and the children are asleep, Dave and Miss Caroline talk to each other. Dave tells her about how his father left him when he was young and that only his sister was there for him. Miss Caroline reveals that she is not engaged as her husband had cheated on her. She only wears the ring to keep single fathers away. The next day, the military plans to bomb the gift shop and destroy the zombies to prevent an outbreak. The survivors decide to get a large vehicle and drive to safety. Teddy and Dave attempt to get Teddy’s McGiggle mobile, but Teddy betrays him before he is eaten by a zombie in the car. Felix later saves Dave by driving the tractor(he has a fascination with tractors) and they rescue Miss Caroline and the kids. As they drive to safety, they find the zombies respond to the music Miss Caroline plays. The reach the military and escape just as the military bombs the farm and kills all the zombies.Lupita Nyong'o in Little Monsters (2019)Dave and Miss Caroline share a kiss as they and the kids are taken away by men in radiation suits. The survivors are placed in quarantine for 48 hrs in case of infection. The final scene show Dave, Miss Caroline, and the kids sing Taylor Swift’s, “Shake it off,” which Dave previously hated.Lupita Nyong'o, Caliah Pinones, Vivienne Albany, Kim Doan, and Diesel La Torraca in Little Monsters (2019)While much of this film is inspired by George A Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and its sequels, Forsythe infuses Little Monsters with his own brand of crass comedy, some utterly tasteless and even crude with the inclusion of Josh Gad as a child TV personality. Gad is super bad, albeit intentional with profanity, but also a scene stealer when it comes to iterating how conflicted celebrities can be in showbiz. The film also has questionable origins to the zombie outbreak in an undisclosed location in Australia, where the amusement park is conveniently set next to a ‘US Army Testing Facility’. This doesn’t live up to the Romero films that inspired it, but as a zombie film, Little Monsters is cuteness overload with a lot of heart and a lot of cheer, and also blood and gore to match.

REVIEW: MYTHIC QUEST: RAVEN’S BANQUET – SEASON 1

Rob McElhenney in Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet (2020)

Starring

Rob McElhenney (Wonder Boys)
F. Murray Abraham (Star Trek: Insurrection)
Imani Hakim (Reign Over Me)
David Hornsby (Minority Report)
Danny Pudi (Powerless)
Ashly Burch (Critical Role)
Charlotte Nicdao (Thor: Ragnarok)
Jessie Ennis (Better Call Saul)

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Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Elisha Henig (American Vandal)
Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother)
Caitlin McGee (Plus One)
Jake Johnson (New Girl)

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But it’s maybe for the best that one of the first series to take it seriously — while also making merciless, informed fun of it — is “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet,” a new comedy from the “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” team that has a sly bite behind every hilarious joke.MV5BMDVjNWVlNGItNzU3MS00NTlhLWFlMTMtZGRlMWE3NTNjNDI2XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTkxNjUyNQ@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1579,1000_AL_As conceived by Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Megan Ganz, “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet” — so named for the long-awaited “Raven’s Banquet” expansion that launches in the pilot episode — is smart to take most of its structural cues from other workplace comedies, including character archetypes including an insecure and unpredictable boss Ian (McElhenney), the not-so-secretly diabolical assistant (Jessie Ennis), and a beleaguered HR representative trying desperately to convince everyone that she is not, in fact, a free in-house therapist. Every character, from Ian to the pair of game testers (Ashly Burch and Imani Hakim) tentatively flirting in the wings, is drawn with specific and vivid detail that gives their individual sense of humor context and drive.MV5BYTUxOTJmZTUtOGY4Mi00NDRmLTk2ZTYtZjZlMTcwMWI5MzQ0XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTkxNjUyNQ@@._V1_SY1000_SX1500_AL_Ian is the chaotic creative mind behind “Mythic Quest,” a “World of Warcraft”-esque collaborative game that steadily generates millions even while fending off constant competitors. The original inspiration for the game came from the novels of C.W. Longbottom (Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham, having the time of his life), an eccentric sci-fi writer who doesn’t need to understand video games to bask in the praise his stories have been getting since Ian got a hold of them. Meanwhile, ostensible righthand man David (“It’s Always Sunny” recurring player David Hornsby) is mostly an anxious mess set to a constant low boil, while resident corporate shark Brad (a measured, scene-stealing Danny Pudi) keeps his cool at all times in the pursuit of finding more ways to bleed their customers dry. All four of these men, collectively played with a calculated grin, are variations on a theme of character that “It’s Always Sunny” has perfected over its 14 (and counting!) seasons: insecure, egotistical men who make life harder for most everyone around them, both by accident and design. There’s even a mini-me in the making with Elisa Henig’s “Pootie Shoe,” a teen streaming sensation who can make or break a game — and, much to everyone else’s annoyance, knows it.aZNohuRuxYWLNjEs87aCvLImR11On the flip side is Ian’s real secret weapon Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao), a brilliant young programmer who nonetheless spends half her time trying to corral Ian’s more ludicrous instincts. Nicdao gives as good as she gets from McElhenney, making Poppy and Ian a wonderful, compelling odd couple (of friends — there’s never a hint of romance between them, a refreshing and frankly necessary change of pace). But the real key to Poppy, the show’s anchor and immediate standout, is that she isn’t some basic, annoyed voice of reason. She’s ambitious, smart, power hungry, and downright weird in her own right. At her best (or at least funniest), she’s enraged as she constantly has to keep proving herself, and try to make her own mark on Mythic Quest beyond making Ian’s dreams come to life.MV5BYTUxOTJmZTUtOGY4Mi00NDRmLTk2ZTYtZjZlMTcwMWI5MzQ0XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTkxNjUyNQ@@._V1_SY1000_SX1500_AL_Outside of the characters, the show’s also smart in the ways it tackles some of the particular issues facing the industry it’s depicting. One episode, for instance, has David scrambling to give an empowering tour of the office to a group of wide-eyed schoolgirls, only to have the few female employees available confirm that even though they love it, yes, it is very hard to be A Woman in Gaming. Another has the characters attempting to handle an influx of white supremacist players, first by immediately agreeing to ban them, before backsliding into semantic debates all too familiar to anyone unfortunate enough to have frequented Twitter in the past decade. Then there’s the one in which the game get hacked, leading to Ian scoffing that “no one cares about privacy, they just want a good story” — and ultimately, being proved right. One of the best episodes is a complete tonal departure in the form of an extended flashback, starring perpetual sitcom MVPs Jake Johnson and Cristin Milioti as partners in life and business whose gaming company quickly buckles under the pressures of cynical corporate demands.193500093It would be enough for “Mythic Quest” to be funny, and it is. But in taking on the complex, under-examined world of video gaming, the creative team gave themselves a rich area in which their wild, clever, selfish characters can bounce around unlike any other currently on TV.