GLASS (2019)

A film by M. Night Shyamalan

Cast:  Anya Taylor-Joy, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis,

Shortly after the events reported in Split, David Dunn – the unbreakable man – continues his hunt for The Beast, nickname given to Kevin Crumb since it is known to be able to endorse 23 different personalities. ON the other side, the mysterious man suffering from the glass bones syndrome Elijah Price is once again arousing the interest of the police by claiming to hold vital information about the two men …

The long awaited sequel Glass is finally here. First as you know you have Unbreakable, Split, and then Glass. David Dunn has been tracking down multi-personality serial killer Kevin Wendell Crumbs (James McAvoy). He eventually manages to locate his whereabouts and an inevitable confrontation with the police at which point landed both of the in the psychiatric hospital under the supervision of Dr Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson). It happen to be that Elijah Price a.k.a. Mr Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) is heavily sedated in a vegetative state. All three of them believe that they have super power. And the doctor Staple has three days to break them down.

The story is told in three part first the super heroes goes on about their lives and then get locked up in a psychiatric hospital. The second part is what is going on in the hospital. And third the final showdown. We all know that Shyamalan shoot a slow pace thriller and the action scenes are shot from a far. He does thing differently which is a good thing. The plot, with comics heroes, good vs evil, ended in the form of “justice rendered”. And Glass returns in the third act. Plus you have the twist towards the end as usual. The director is has taken elements from the previous films, s smart move there. As you as you like the universe that the director has created with the beautiful performances from the actors, plus the films that are connected to each other it is going to be entertaining ride.

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THE HITMAN’S BODY GUARD (2017)

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A film by Patrick Hughes

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman

The best bodyguard in the world is committed to protecting a hitman. Together, they have 24 hours to reach The Hague before being caught by an Eastern European dictator and his minions.

Ok here is just an other action film that is funny with some cruel jokes at times and a lot of profanity. Not too bad here it is funny as hell at times. The comic duo Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, works well here. It is a cross of a lot of film like Lethal weapon, 48 hours, Mr. and Ms Smith well you get the point. Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds)  is forced to keep reckless Darius Kincaid  ( Sam Jackson) safe while transporting him from London to the Hague so he can testify against a genocidal Belarusian tyrant (Gary Oldman) . It is the race against the clock as we already saw many times before. Oldman does a daily nice job here but let’s give him something with more substance. The duo however does fine here but at the end it is getting a bit old. In an other word have fun if you want to see this one it is just an other guilty pleasure film. I do love the chase scene through out Amsterdam.

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KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017)

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A film by Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson 

Kong: Skull island is a turbo charge film with plenty of explosion and gun fire Gee I think this film is made in America. And yes if you have an action picture like that you are going to have Sam Jackson in the mix to be this hard ass soldier and bring you pop corn and sodas because you are in for a hell of a ride. Here is the thing remember those film B-rated about this giant spider, or other monsters fighting monster well it is an homage to all those films with better actors.

The story goes like this. It takes place in 1973 and the movie was primarily shot in Vietnam and yes you are going to see how beautiful Vietnam is. A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific. when they get there not long after they find an inviting beast that is going to change the course of their life. Yes the CGI came out very well here plus I hate to say it is a formulaic film with predictability but it is entertaining as hell. The film takes places in 1973 and you will see the technology of that era ho! my god yeah I know. Still, the nature of Larson’s role is one of the film’s biggest surprises, and the key manner in which Skull Island deviates from the conventional Kong. Do not compare this film with the old Kong this one is different from most. So if you find some time on your hand go see that one you might be surprise pleasantly at that.

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THE HATEFUL EIGHT (2015)

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A film by Quentin Tarantino

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh

In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner with two other shady character that he picked up along the way find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of miscreant  characters.

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Yes an other Tarantino film and a western, but this on is a whodunit western. He kept true to the genre and a new cool dusty score from Ennio Morricone. The film is broken up into five chapters, led by a musical overture and split by an intermission old school-style, but there film takes a while to really kick in. In the film there is quite a bunch of shady characters “The Hangman” John Ruth (Kurt Russell, perfectly suited for the role as the grizzly bear type  and the criminal  he intends to see hanged, Daisy Dormegue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) she is all fangs and vicious  as hell. But first before they go the their destination they are hold up by two characters that he picks up along the way.The first one is white-hunting former Union soldier Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), who carries around a note written to him by President Abraham Lincoln (I love that one). The second is Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), the supposed new Sheriff of Red Rock, which happens to be where Daisy is meant to meet to be hang . Coincidence? Yeah right! You know better than that. As they have to stop to this cabin because of the blizzard is greeted by a Mexican Bob The Mexican (Demian Bichir), who tells them the owners are out of town; Inside the cabin are Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock; the silent and secretive cowboy Joe Gage (Michael Madsen); and the racist Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). You right there and then you are in for some serious dialogue  and bloody carnage.

Tarantino builds up the tension slowly at first then you will get a punch in the gut as the story goes along. A great ensemble  cast that delivers a kick ass dialogue. The level of details is this film is amazing down right scary. There is comedy, blood, gun fight, fighting , slapstick shock ,and tense as well just like those Spaghetti western and yes Quentin does stylize his film. That is all folks I will say no more than rush to the theater to see this one.

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KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE (2014)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A film by Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson

In 1997, a man is killed while protecting his comrades. it is soon revealed that man was working for a secret organization call the Kingsman. An agent named Harry Hart (Colin Firth) takes it upon himself to visit the man’s family and leaves a bravery medal with the man’s young son, Eggsy. he tells him if you ever need help to call that number on the back. 17 years later Eggsy gets in trouble with the local thugs and steals his car. Eggsy who is at the police station calls the number which lead to Harry Hart to show up takes him as his protégé and introduce him to be a Kingsman.

It is from the comic book that this film pop up and what better to have Matthew Vaughn to direct this film after all he has done a great job with kick Ass. when I saw the trailer I was not really going to see this film but a lot of people loved it so I wanted to see for myself and I was not disappointed. Of course a kingsman should wear a suit when he goes to battle. Another Great performance by Sam Jackson who plays the villain Richmond Valentine who has a lisp to top it all off can’t stand violence and the sight of blood. Dude what kind of villain is that. The films hilarious at times plus the fighting scenes the one in the church is outstanding especially to see Colin Firth bent his body in his fifties like that is amazing. In an interview he said that was the most difficult thing to do especially at my age, I didn’t know it could be done. It was spectacular to see that scene, it takes a lot of practice to pull that off. A film debut of Welsh actor Taron Egerton and he handles the role brilliantly. Firth has the definition of a gentleman who is an experience spy and plays it well, it feels just right. Great action scene violent at that but fun to watch. Matthew Vaughn redefine the spy movie a little bit a la James bond/ a la Quentin Tarantino.

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