What is it about scary stories that makes them so enamouring? The idea of ghostly hauntings continues to thrill all ages even to this day and it does in a variety of mediums; but happens when scary stories come to life? That is the concept that manifests itself in the new horror film Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Directed by Andre Ovredal Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is based on the book series by Alvin Schwartz. Along with being an adaptation, this film featured the contribution of acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro who produced the movie and helped with the story. Needless to say it never hurts to have Del Toro attach to a project such as this one. The preview for this film looked promising as the twisted imagery was enough to peak my interest. So, while it took me a bit to see it, I had a chance to endure this new horror film and although it did not frighten me out of my seat, I must say Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was still an engaging ghost story.
For many years horror fans have been familiar with the Stephen King novel It thanks to the book finding even greater notoriety with the television miniseries released in 1990. Then in 2017 the pop culture world was reintroduced to the tale when It came to the big screen, and it certainly made an impression. In the case of this Film Adventurer It was a frightening sight to behold as its stellar sense of story and character was only matched by its creative scares. Needless to say It was a horror film to remember, but it would not be the end of this story as two years later It Chapter Two would creep onto the silver screen. Once again directed by Andy Mushietti Chapter Two centers on the second part of the novel which features the losers club as adults. Aside from following up its predecessor I was curious to see just how this finale would wrap up. After experiencing all 2 hours and 49 minutes of this horror film I can say with certainty that It Chapter Two was both a worthy conclusion to this frightening adaptation.
Out of the superheroes out there I have always been a fan of Marvel’s iconic web slinger Spider-Man. From his quips to his relatability the Wall Crawler has been a cherished character to me in not just comic books, but pop culture as well. In the case of movies Spider-Man has had his share of hits and misses, but each entry in the franchise has brought something to the table; even Spider-Man 3 has something to offer, though its contributions comes in small doses. Recently Spider-Man has swung into a much bigger world since joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It began with the character appearing in Captain America: Civil War, followed by the Web Slinger’s own adventure,Spider-Man: Homecoming, and then the hero found himself in the massive blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War. Now the Webhead finds himself on a global adventure in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Directed by Jon Watts (the director of Homecoming) Far From Home is not only the next chapter for Spider-Man but is also the last part in Marvel’s Phase 3 ;which brings the Infinity Saga to a close. Despite my previous statement I have been apprehensive about this sequel as, not only am I just tired of the MCU, I have found Spider-Man’s direction in the shared universe to be problematic. So I was concerned going into this superhero movie, but after seeing it I found myself quite satisfied with Spider-Man: Far From Home
There have been many features to define the animation genre, but few have the prestige as the Toy Story series. The film that kicked off Pixar’s cinematic career has become one of the most successful franchises in movie history. Yet all good things must come to an end […]
When thinking of Marvel Comics on the silver screen many look towards The Avengers. However before Earth Mightiest Heroes assembled another Marvel team was making a name for themselves. Since 2001 the X-Men have played a role in movies and though the franchise has had its share of highs and lows Marvel’s team of mutants continue to be a prominent player for the superhero movie genres. However, with 20th Century Fox merging with Disney, it seems that change is upon the series and this was evident in the latest film in the X-Men franchise: Dark Phoenix. Directed by Simon Kinberg Dark Phoenix is a finale of sorts for the story that began in 2011’s X-Men: First Class as well as another attempt to adapt one of the X-Men’s most iconic stories to the big screen. Despite the delays Dark Phoenix has finally made its way to theaters and while it may not be the most stand out entry in the X-Men franchise there is something special about this superhero film.
A few years ago a little action film by the name of John Wick hit the scene. I thought little of it as the movie looked to be just another action movie, and ever since I have been kicking myself for not getting on this thrilling ride. John Wick was more than just another action film as its compelling world and endearing lead character made the movie an exciting experience; and its sequel, John Wick Chapter 2, only enhanced on the first film’s strength. Now the story of famed hitman continues in John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum. Parabellum ups the stakes for the action hero as John (Keanu Reeves) finds himself on the run from an array of assassins, and the sequel sees Chad Stahelski return to the director’s chair. The latest instalment had much to live up to thanks to its predecessors making such bold statements. How this film ranks in the series I cannot say, but I can say that John Wick Chapter 3 is an action blockbuster worthy of the summer season.
There have been many monsters to grace the silver screen, but of all of them there is only one king; well two kings if you count the colossal ape. For years Godzilla has played a big role in pop culture as the atomic lizard has had over 30 films to his name. The icon made his return to states in the 2014 film, Godzilla, and the blockbuster found some success during to its run in theaters. It took a bit but the sequel to that film has found its way to theaters as the monstrous reptile returns in the massive blockbuster Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Directed by Michael Dougherty King of the Monsters brings a titanic showdown to the big screen as the movie features some of the series’ most prominent kaijus. Being a Godzilla fan I was eager to see the new film and wondered just what would be instore for this blockbuster; and in this Film Adventurer’s opinion Godzilla King of the Monsters is a monster movie through and through.
Disney’s live action adaptations are in full motion. The concept of bringing Walt Disney’s classics into the second dimension has been going on for a few years now with the studio already adapting some of their most cherished movies. With this year featuring five of these adaptations, with the first being Dumbo, the latest remake takes moviegoers to a whole new world with none other than Aladdin. Aladdin is one of the most notable films to come from the Disney Renaissance and now this eastern tale turned animated classic seeks to be told in a new new format with director Guy Ritchie bringing the story to life. Aladdin has always been a significant film to me and while I was not anticipating this new interpretation I must admit the film still peaked my interest. Venturing to see this Arabian Night for myself I discovered that while it may not have been filled with wonder there was still a little magic to Aladdin.
When it comes to the world of video games perhaps no series has broken more ground than that of Pokemon. What started off as games for the gameboy became a worldwide phenomenon as Pokemon has played in a pivotal role in pop culture such as trading cards games and television. Pokemon is no stranger to the silver screen as the series has had a several movies to its name. Now the franchise seeks to break new ground yet again with its first live action film Pokemon: Detective Pikachu. Directed by Rob Letterman Detective Pikachu is based off the 2016 adventure game where players solved mysteries with a sleuth Pikachu. With its intriguing concept, as well as its energetic title character, Detective Pikachu looked to be a delight for the summer season. The film has now made its way theaters and while it may not be the most flashy of blockbusters, Detective Pikachu was still an entertaining adaptation.
And there came a movie unlike any other when The Avengers came to big screen. Throughout the years Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have graced the silver screen with their various adventures and their massive team ups. However after 21 movies the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings the Infinity Saga to a close with Avengers: Endgame. Directed by the Russo brothers, Endgame continues the events of Infinity War with the Avengers heading into one final clash with Thanos (Josh Brolin) and the Infinity Stones. With a year of build up and culminating a decade of storytelling, the stakes for this finale were at all time high. So when dust settled on Avengers: Endgame I did not find myself in complete awe, but I was satisfied with this conclusion.