Dogman and Yesterday

07/14/2019 What I’ve Been Watching – Dogman, Yesterday. Dog grooming is a tough, thankless job, and so is dealing coke. Speaking of coke, what if the drink never existed, nor the Beatles?

I review 2 movies in this episode: Dogman and Yesterday.

Show Notes:

Intro/Monologue

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Dogman
Dogman, marcello

Groomer/pitbull

Dog grooming is a tough, thankless job, and so is dealing coke.

Dealing coke wih Daughter there. At least he makes an attept to keep her innocent

He scores for his team players. We never see him takng drugs, their deslings are strictly for economic survival.

He’s a single part time dad.touching scenes with his daughter.

Simone robs mac’s neighbor, The police want marc to turn him in

does the time for Simone.

A good man can be taken fown so easily.

He’s changed after jail

His friends shun him publicly

The bully keeps on keeping on. Is he weak to turn the other cheek?

When must you fight back?

Thid guy spent a year in jail protecting a guy who doesn’t care if he lives or dies

Getsattacked whole taking in dig boarder

Now he’s with his daughter. Scuba diving Is she in danger.

Lovely shot holding his daughter on a boat.

I love how he got Simone to pit himself into the cage.

Lowering bed contraption ingenious

Chokes him to death

Burns the body

Has he gone crazy?

Carries Simone twice his size

Showing the guys in the yard what he’s dome

Miving the body all ariund

In the end, it’s wuiet. Me alone with my hoicrs.

Yesterday

he lead actor in this is definitely boosted by his manager Lily James’ performance. There’s a lot here not to tell about them because it’s fun to see the spoilers come out.

How odd it would be if household names like The Beatles or Coca Cola were suddenly removed in a sort of alternative universe. What if you were the only one who remembered them?

A dead end singer/songwriter find himself in that position. He decides to put the songs out as his ow and it’s quite a ride from there. The Beatles’ songs have the same effect on a 2019 listening public that they did from the 4 lads themselves.

We see a frustrated guy about to go back and be a teacher because he just can’t get people interested in his songs. Lily James plays his manager and lifelong friend. As I said, their chemistry is great and makes this film work at the high level it does.

I had issues with so much Beatles music being played in the film by the cryptic unknown singer. No one will be rushing out to buy his versions as they did with Mamma Mia, Rock of Ages, or Sing Street. Still, it’s not that kind of a movie.

What we have here is a bohemian back-to-my-roots movie where one learns values about fame. In that way, there is a lot of Notting Hill here. Our singer even travels with a childhood friend with verbal diarrhea spouting just as the similar character in Hugh Grant’s flat did.

I guess that’s another gripe I have. It doesn’t try to make any sense. I like Sc-Fi that comes together, this sprawled everywhere, The plot does end well though and it seems the right lesson was learned about love and focus in ones life. I plan to see it again, I recommend it.

Midsommar

Ari Aster has given us a second horror film and he calls it “Midsommar.” Did I like it? Eh, not really. Maybe more than Hereditary, his first horror film. The visuals were brighter and the black comedy more prevalent. I’ll call it part of his formula. Let me explain that, he researches horror from the 70’s and transfers the tropes into his new horror films. Hereditary was heavily influenced by Rosemary’s Baby; Midsommar is a very near kin to The Wicker Man.

I guess he’s growing on me. If we were talking about oldies music and someone imitating that sound, I might see that as cool and talented thing to do. Harry Connick Junior imitates Frank Sinatra old blue eyes. Daft Punk sometimes imitate old Disco sounds … this can be a good policy for an artist. In Midsommar we have a definite wink at the Wicker Man and layers that feel like Coachella acid trips by wayward college students. The jury is still out on Ari Aster as horror director. He may become something huger than now. My hope is he will try something new but that might not be what he’s interested in doing. As an artist I say: follow your bliss and for these two initial horrors of this, that bliss is using horror movie tropes and themes from the 70’s. Midsommar’s strengths are its wide open colorful spaces, and the ethereal quality of going to a faroff place. As far as the story? Eh, it’s pretty weak but I think the movie is meant to be a vacation for the senses instead of a thought provoking grid for discussion. It is a dreamy hallucination, and at times it’s very relaxing and enjoyable. Other times it seems to not know where it’s going or what it’s doing. One thing is sure though, it looks amazing and the cultic folk music is very good.

What I’ve Been Watching: Child’s Play (2019) + 5 More

Child’s Play (2019), Annabelle Comes Home, Inside, Escape Room, Omnivores, Frontier(s), Mars Attacks, Y Tu Mama Tambien are covered in this episode.

1. Child’s Play (2019)

R | 90 min | Horror 6.4  6 48 Metascore

A mother gives her 13-year-old son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.

Director: Lars Klevberg | Stars: Aubrey PlazaMark HamillGabriel Bateman,Brian Tyree Henry

Votes: 6,621 | Gross: $19.13MGet Showtimes & Tickets 
Playing at Cinemark Jess Ranch [and 11 others]

Annabelle Comes Home

2. Annabelle Comes Home (2019)

R | 106 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller 6.7  6 53 Metascore

While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.

Director: Gary Dauberman | Stars: Vera FarmigaPatrick WilsonMckenna GraceMadison Iseman

Votes: 3,235 | Gross: $10.83MGet Showtimes & Tickets 
Playing at Cinemark Jess Ranch [and 12 others]

Inside

3. Inside (2007)

R | 82 min | Horror 6.8  8

Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.

Directors: Alexandre BustilloJulien Maury | Stars: Alysson ParadisJean-Baptiste TabourinClaude LuléDominique Frot

Votes: 34,540Watch Now 
From $9.99 on Prime Video

Escape Room

4. Escape Room (I) (2019)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Horror 6.4  6 48 Metascore

Six strangers find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms and must use their wits to survive.

Director: Adam Robitel | Stars: Taylor RussellLogan MillerJay EllisTyler Labine

Votes: 45,985 | Gross: $57.01MWatch Now 
From $4.99 on Prime Video

Omnivores

5. Omnivores (2013)

87 min | Horror, Thriller 5.7  7

A restaurant critic writing about secret supper clubs gets the chance to join an elitist society of cannibals.

Director: Óscar Rojo | Stars: Ángel AceroFernando AlbizuCarina Björne,Mario de la Rosa

Votes: 786Watch Now 
With Prime Video + 1 more

Frontier(s)

6. Frontier(s) (2007)

Unrated | 108 min | Horror 6.3  7 44 Metascore

A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis.

Director: Xavier Gens | Stars: Karina TestaAurélien WiikPatrick Ligardes,Samuel Le Bihan

Votes: 23,450Watch Now 
From $3.99 on Prime Video

Mars Attacks!

7. Mars Attacks! (1996)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi 6.3  9 52 Metascore

Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Jack NicholsonPierce BrosnanSarah Jessica ParkerAnnette Bening

Votes: 197,079 | Gross: $37.77MWatch for Free 
on IMDb TV + 1 more

Y Tu Mamá También

8. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama 7.7  10 88 Metascore

In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Maribel VerdúGael García BernalDaniel Giménez CachoAna López Mercado

Votes: 107,477 | Gross: $13.62MWatch Now 
From $3.99 on Prime Video

Godzilla (2014)

I had a lot of fun here talking about this film. As I say in the show, it was an incredible reminder for me that I needed to see it. After all, 2014 was 3 years ago and I somehow missed this action/thriller? Shall we call it a horror? Eh, maybe not but so so good. The monsters are glorious and so much fun to watch. Please check out my recorded podcast!

Music: Take me Higher by Jahzzar

Godzilla: King of the Monsters & What I’ve Been Watching

Plus mini reviews of Gremlins 2, Fire in the Sky, The Girl in the Spiderweb, Infliction, The Car, Bubba Ho-Tep, Eden Log, & Testament.

Glassland

There is a scattered and often intriguing plot here with the incredible performance of Jack Raynor, I won’t criticize the plot much. He carries this film and makes it amazing.

Glassland (2014)
1h 33min | Drama | 18 March 2016 (USA)
Set in Dublin, ‘Glassland’ tells the story of a young taxi driver who gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking while trying to save his mother from drug addiction.
Director: Gerard Barrett
Writer: Gerard Barrett
Stars: Toni Collette, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter

My Summary: John is a taxi driver in Dublin. He has no family or girlfriend and has the self-assumed role of taking care of his alcoholic mother, Jean. Through time, John gets frustrated and takes his mother to rehab. At that point is some of the best acting Raynor does in the film. Jean shows little promise of quitting drinking. John has demands on him financially so he enters into an unspeakable side job for his boss.

My take: You may have surmised by now I loved Raynor’s acting in this film. I must warn you it is very slow and not much is revealed ever about what the director wants to say. You come to your own conclusions. Still, it is a very entertaining film despite its plot flaws. If you like Jack Raynor, go see this movie. If you don’t, I am not sure how much you’ll like the film. In my opinion, a film should have more going for it than the talent of the lead actor.

6/10

Podcast Music: Zombie Disco by Six Umbrellas

Clown

I know I’ve posted this before but I really think this is an amazing horror and people should check it out. Produced by Eli Roth.

R | 1h 40min | Horror, Thriller | 17 June 2016 (USA)

A loving father finds a clown suit for his son’s birthday party, only to realize that it’s cursed.
Director: Jon Watts
Writers: Christopher Ford, Jon Watts
Stars: Andy Powers, Laura Allen, Peter Stormare

Creep (2004)

Another great indy horror from dir/writer Christopher Smith. Listen to my review! Trapped in a London subway station, a woman who’s being pursued by a potential attacker heads into the unknown labyrinth of tunnels beneath the city’s streets.
Director: Christopher Smith
Writer: Christopher Smith
Stars: Franka Potente, Sean Harris, Vas Blackwood

Airplane

Great comedy like this doesn’t just fall out of the sky. Much should be remembered about how the three directors worked for years to build a style of comedy in a theater group they would later mold into the 1980 film Airplane! In addition to being laugh-a-minute hilarious, it also stands as evidence that hard work pays off in Hollywood.

The directors of this film, David and Jerry Zucker as well as Jim Abrahams Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker (abbreviated ZAZ) made something to be quintessentially proud of here. They had worked on the Kentucky Fried Theater group together so they had a lot of experience riffing and coming up with improv stuff before they ever directed any movies. John Landis took their humor they had developed and made it into a film called The Kentucky Fried Movie. It is full of dichotomous humor juxtaposing serious settings and scenes with surreal and slapstick humor. Watching the Landis film yields all sorts of influences seen in Airplane! It is a lot more racy however, specifically in its nudity.

This film stars Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty and features Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Lorna Patterson. There are several other cameos by then well-known actors and celebrities. Robert Hays, the lead actor, was an unknown at the time. He does a good job but his role is more of a cog in a larger machine of comedic actors. Leslie Nielsen is by far the most memorable actor in the film. He had been in loads of episodic television as well as films like The Poseidon Adventure. Though he hadn’t done comedy before, Airplane! showed the world he was a closet comedian.

The film is a fairly simple plot derived from the 1957 film, Zero Hour! Note the exclamation mark in both titles. His serious look helps the deadpan humor work so well. The rest of the cast is side-splitting making the film a must watch for any filmcritic or lover of films.

As a kid growing up in the 80’s, this film was alluring to me. Older kids would talk about it and how their parents let them see it. After all, there is a bare breasted woman in it for about 2 whole seconds (the scandal!). Unfortunately I didn’t see it until after I was 10. I don’t recall my exact age but I know it was in my teens. It was the funniest film I had ever seen. Others have come close since, but I think it still hovers around that ranking with me still.

FINAL THOUGHTS
It’s no wonder Airplane! is one of the worlds funniest films. Its three directors took years to hone their comedic skills and work together. Finally, they put their own money up to pitch the idea to movie studios. After persistence and hard work, the film was made and it remains to this day one of the most exciting and funny films ever made. I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

10/10

Ma

Jason Blum has given us a winning horror this time! It’s a good thing too because I was starting to wonder if horror would reside in his films anymore. Ma wants to give kids booze, ad they are all to happy to accept. But could there be an ulterior motive? Plus I give podcast updates, movie news, and my 50th birthday update since I am turning as such tomorrow!