Mom and Dad Review

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Mom and Dad is a horror/comedy film from 2017 about an artificial mass psychosis that causes parents to murder their own children.  Carly and Josh Ryan spend the day trying to survive their parents murderous attempts, while society crumbles around them.

Spoiler Warning

Mom and Dad is all over the place with its narrative style.  There are several flashbacks thrown right in the middle of intense action scenes that sort of disrupt the flow of things.  There will be an abrupt cut from one scene to another just as the action was building up.  Initially its distracting but it does serve a purpose to help give context to the events that are currently going on.

I went into this thinking it was strictly a horror movie causing myself to be extremely confused by what was happening on the screen as a result.  Nicolas Cage plays Brent Ryan, the father of the two kids.  I thought Nics performance was initially over the top.  I found myself asking “what am I watching?” plenty of times as his character gave extremely exaggerated reactions to situations.  Knowing now that it was intentional, I can say that Cage stole the show.  His character was hilarious.  I broke out in laughter multiple times when he was on screen.  There was one scene where he was chasing his son Josh through the house while barking like a dog for some reason.  In another scene he has a meltdown over his wife asking him why he bought a pool table when he doesn’t even like pool, so he procees to destroy it with a sledgehammer while singing the hokey pokey while his wife doesn’t seem fazed by this behavior.  This movie is one of Cages best performances in recent memory.

All in all this movie is entertaining.  I liked the action, and Cages hilarious acting.  The plot really isn’t new, movies like The Signal, The Crazies, and Cell have all done the “something turns people into murderous psychos” thing before.  Mom and Dad is the first thats added comedy to the mix though, and it does it well.

6.5/10

-Andre

 

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Upcoming Horror Movies 2018

2017 bought some pretty good horror movies like Get Out, IT, Creep 2, and Alien Covenant.  2018 is shaping up to be a good year for horror as well.  We’ve had A Quiet Place, Veronica, and the Ritual that were pretty good, but there’s a lot more coming out to keep your horror hungers satiated!

The First Purge

Always been a fan of the Purge series, they’re fun and entertaining.  The latest entry looks to up the chaos in all the best ways.  We get to see how the country came to the point where the concept of an annual purge was a good idea to implement.

The Nun

A spin off of the popular Conjuring series.  This one follows the creepy character that had a minor part in Conjuring 2.

The Meg

Another shark attack movie, except this one features a giant shark!  This one looks to be a blockbuster.  Will it measure up to Jaws?  Probably not.  Will it be good?  I hope so.

Venom

Venom actually looks amazing in the trailer.  Follows Eddie Brock as he becomes one of the most iconic comic book villains ever.  Somehow there’s no Spider-Man in this and that worries me.  Might have to sit this one out till its on DVD.

Slender Man

Based on the popular creepypasta meme that’s been floating around for a bit.  This one looks like it’ll be genuinely creepy.

Predator

Another Predator movie!  As long as its better than Predator 2 it should be a hit.

Halloween(2018)

The original scream queen returns for the “final” (they said that last time) showdown with her deranged brother Michael.  This one takes place 40 years after the original film ignoring the previous sequels.

Overlord

World War II movie that takes place on D-day.  US troopers drop behind enemy lines to find a Nazi occupied village experimenting with supernatural forces.  J. J. Abrams is attached and there’s speculation that it could be related to the Cloverfield franchise.  Giant monsters maybe?

Suspiria

An american travels to Europe to join a prestigious dance academy.  She finds herself in the midst of brutal murders that may have a supernatural connection.  This ones a remake of the 1977 film.  Never saw it, but I plan to before this one comes out.

-Andre

Bride of Re-animator review

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Last night I decided to check out Bride of Re-animator.  Let me start by saying I’m a huge fan of horror movies.  Horror is practically all I watch these days.  If you’ve seen the first Re-animator movie you’d know that its practical, gory effects are a major component of what makes the movie.  It’s a story about a medical student, Herbert West, and his friend Dan Cain and their attempts to conquer death through reanimation of dead tissue.  I was a big fan of the original because of the unsettling gore and the subtle humor throughout.

To me a good horror movie has great practical effects, a good story that I can’t predict the ending to halfway through, and elements of comedy; intentional or unintentional.  The storyline and the world created in the movie plays a big role just as the CGI and the acting.  The best movie examples of this concept are The Thing and The Mist.  My favorite movie of all time is The Thing, the original, not the remake that was spoiled by bad CGI. The Mist created a suspenseful atmosphere which didn’t rely on CGI to weave a psychological horror film which truly blew me away.  Even though the monsters are CGI the story, atmosphere, and acting made up for it.  As with The Thing you have an outside threat that’s so overwhelming that fear and paranoia takes over the survivors making them just as much of a threat to each other as the monster creating an interesting dynamic that I thought was great.

Bride of Re-animator arguably upped the gore over its predecessor, though it wasn’t as humorous.  Some of the scenes were exactly like the first which kind of bored me as it was something that I’d seen already.  Altogether, I would say it was a pretty average horror movie with great effects and it’s worth a watch if you’re into gory horror or just a horror fan in general.  There’s enough blood, severed limbs, and guts to keep gore fiends happy.  I’d give this one a 5/10, best when you’re in the mood for a campy and cheesy horror in the spirit of 80s and early 90s gore flicks.

-Andre

We’ll Always Have #SadTomBrady and Other Super Bowl Thoughts

Good news Bears fans! If the season that the Philadelphia Eagles just had (going 13-3 in the regular season and then soundly beating THE PATRIOTS to win the Super Bowl) is any arbiter of fortune, then about two years from now the Bears will also win the Super Bowl! Although, two years from now the Bears most likely won’t have Safety Malcom Jenkins, TE Zach Ertz, and definitely NOT WR Alshon Jeffrey. However, if the Bears are lucky, Eddie Jackson could be like Malcolm Jenkins Jr., Adam Shaheen could at least be a serviceable football player (fingers crossed), and a wide receiver draft pick could actually play more than 5 games…

Sigh. In the meantime, Bears fans can still revel in what was certainly one of the best played Super Bowl games in the past few years; oh yeah, and Tom Brady and the Patriots lost, which is always a good thing. (Quick aside: the halftime show was bad. Moving on.) The Eagles and Patriots played an exciting offensive game. While I would say that though both teams’ defenses were lacking, a high scoring game going down to a Tom Brady Hail Mary pass, and the Patriots still lost, was just what the NFL needed after a rocky and tumultuous season. My personal favorite highlight was seeing Tom Brady attempt to catch a pass, look down in dismay as he misses, and me turning to my older brother quoting the “E*Trade” commercial that aired not two minutes before saying: “I’m 85, and I wanna go home!”.

Normally with important television events, such as championship games and awards shows, I’m glued to Twitter to see what other people, experts or not, are saying about the event. For the first time in a long time, though, my phone was unchecked for most of the game. It really was that good. However, once the game ended, Twitter became open season for #SadTomBrady, and I was here for it!

Here are some of my favorite takes that popped up on my feed from Sunday’s game:

-This tweet is in reference to Tom Brady’s unconventional diet where he doesn’t eat certain foods because of their color. Seriously.

-This tweet was for the fumble that Brandon Graham forced on Tom Brady towards the end of the game. *Side note: someone responded to this tweet with “Phantom Throw”, which is a reference to the Daniel Day-Lewis movie “Phantom Thread”.

-The area may be pounded with snow soon, but we DO still have #SadTomBrady and as of today, Thursday, February 8, Black Panther comes out in 8 days! (Can’t wait for that one.)

-This is my personal favorite as this is in reference to Tom Brady’s personal health guru and trainer, Alex Guerrero, who in a report that surface back in January, other Patriots players aside from Tom Brady were seeking health and medical advice from Guerrero despite the fact that Guerrero is not a doctor, nor has an M.D. license.

Though the Super Bowl was almost a week ago, I hope you all had a fun weekend watching a great game, and also seeing a deserving Philadelphia Eagles team take down the “Evil Empire” of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and those pesky Patriots. Stay safe out there this weekend with the snow, and when you’re feeling down, just remember, your failures were not televised around the world for all to see.

-JW

Don’t Miss the Doctor Who Celebration this Saturday!

Fountaindale Public Library’s Doctor Who Celebration is next week! This fun all-ages event will be a galaxy of Whovian adventure and unexpected surprises!

What type of surprises, you ask? Here’s a sneak peak at a few of the cool things you’ll see throughout the day!

10th Doctor TardisThe TARDIS Lands In The Lobby

The TARDIS will be refueling from a rift located in the lobby of the library! As the Doctor, his companions, and a few villains will be out and about, the TARDIS doors will be locked. However, bring your cameras and your smart phones for photographic proof of your encounter with this unique piece of history!

Doctor Who Team Trivia

Are you in tune with all things Whovian? Sign up for the Doctor Who Team Trivia Game which will run from 2-3pm in our large meeting room! Create your own team or join a team of six people and get ready to answer questions from regarding ALL eleven Doctors and their subsequent adventures. If you are new to team trivia, Pub Trivia USA will be here to introduce you to the game, and ensure that everyone has a fantastic time! Registration runs from 11 am to 1:50 pm, and the trivia game begins promptly at 2 pm!

Doctor Who Costume Contest

This All-Ages Costume Contest is will be held at 1 pm in the large meeting room. You must be registered to win! Registration runs from 11 am to 12:45 pm, with the contest starting promptly at 1 pm. Bring your camera and get ready to win great prizes!

Fish Fingers and CustardFish Fingers and Custard

The 11th Doctor found harbored a craving for fish fingers and custard in his first full episode “The Eleventh Hour“. In honor of this bizarre yet filling combination, Brooks Cafe has created their own yummier version of Fish Fingers and Custard made out of graham cracker coated sugar cookies and vanilla pudding. Brooks Cafe will be serving their Fish Fingers and Custard for $2.30, as well as TARDIS Blue-Lemonade from their refreshment area on the first floor.

Submit Your Doctor Who Art for Our Contest!

Submit your artwork for our Doctor Who Art Contest! This all-ages art contest is accepting submissions through Thursday, November 7! All mediums accepted—Painting, sketching, clay, quilting, knitting, graphic arts ect! Artwork can be based on characters, locations, books, or movies centered in the Doctor Who universe. There’s great prizes to be won, so download a 2013 FPLD Doctor Who Entry Form and bring your art to the library today!

Schedule of Events

11 am – 1 pm
• Pin the Fez on the Doctor
• Make Your Own Brigadier Mustaches
• Make Your Own River Song Journal

1 pm  Costume Contest

2 pm Doctor Who Team Trivia

2 pm – 4 pm
• Make Your Own Adipose
• Weeping Angel Race
• Make Your Own Doctor Who Bottle Cap Necklace

All Day (11am-4pm)
• Sound Like a Dalek Station
• Where in the Universe? Green Screen Photos
• Exterminate! Dalek Invasion Photo Shoot
• Make Your Own Doctor Who Buttons
• Sign The Doctor Who Anniversary Card
• Doctor Who Board Games

To participate in our prize drawings, you’ll need to pick up your ‘Psychic Paper Passport’ and participate in five Doctor Who themed activities! Prizes are also awarded for the Doctor Who Team Trivia and Costume Contests! So come celebrate with your fellow Doctor Who fans!  You’ll also see several Doctors, companions, and special guests roaming around!
For more information regarding the Fountaindale Public Library Doctor Who Celebration, contact Randi at (630) 685-4175 or Debra at (630) 685-4201.

See You At The Library!

Debra

“Lighten up, it’s just fashion!”

Illustration by Cassandra Rhodin

Every time I read that quote, “Lighten up, it’s just fashion!” I see Santino Rice singing in my mind. I was devoted to On the Road with Austin and Santino and Project Runway Season 8 last fall. I had high hopes for one Designer from the first episode on Project Runway. I live tweeted my support with hundreds of other fans each week. I still love Mondo Guerra. After the disappointing finale, I no longer want to watch Project Runway but I was still intrigued by fashion behind-the-scenes. I found The Frisky’s post about 20 fashion documentaries and have been going through list. Much to my surprise, I found several of the titles on Netflix streaming.  Here’s what I’ve enjoyed so far (with descriptions from IMDB):

September Issue (2009) “A documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue.”

Seamless (2005) “A look at what it takes for young designers to make it in the fashion world.”

Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008) “A look at the life of legendary fashion designer Valentino.”

Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times (2002) “A look into the life of the man who re-imagined women’s fashion.” (Austin Scarlett really reminds me of Yves.)

Eleven Minutes (2008) “Feature documentary following fashion designer, Jay McCarroll’s year-long journey preparing his first independent runway show and selling his clothing line to stores.”

Unzipped (1995) “Isaac Mizrahi, one of the most successful designers in high fashion, plans his fall 1994 collection.”

Want more? Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2011 is February 10-17.  Check out photos & videos from Spring 2011! Even more? Check out this list of Fashion Biographies and Memoirs.

-Sabrina

The Walking Dead

 

As previously stated in the last post here, last night marked the debut episode of the new series on AMC (American Movie Classics) called The Walking Dead.    The Walking Dead tells the story of the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse and follows a small group of survivors traveling across the United States  in search of a new home away from the hordes of zombies. The group is led by Rick Grimes, who was a police officer in the old world. As their situation grows more and more grim, the group’s desperation to survive pushes them to do almost anything to stay alive.  Here is a trailer for the show:

 

 

 

 

The show is actually based off the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard.

 

 

The show is already getting rave reviews and it’s hard not to see why.  The material is presented pretty faithfully to the comic, encompassing the world in its gritty and stark manner.  The actors chosen look pretty close to the characters in the comic.  The show also looks very cinematic for the small screen and the actors are presented in a realistic way instead of the usual over the top manner of other movies relating to this subject.  If Sunday’s show is any barometer to the rest of the season, we are going to have something to really sink our teeth into.  Sunday nights used to be for True Blood but now it is going be The Walking Dead, Halloween may be over but zombies are here to stay…

 

– Brian S.