Now that summer’s in full swing, let’s bring on those sequels! Because that’s what Hollywood is serving up… anymore. Why? Because movies fund the lives of the entertainment community, and so they gotta make what you like. But you don’t like these sequels? Well then, thank everyone else on the planet for making them a success. In the meanwhile, drink up, ‘coz it’s summer!
Get your dose of Denzel! Even if it isn’t better than the last one 🙂 Hey it’s better than nothing, right? This sequel is slicker, and the abundant violence is almost nauseating. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought the Equalizer went after baddies in a non-violent way? In any case, we may not blame the director Mr. Antoine Fuqua for that—it was probably an edict handed down by studio execs who believe the audience wants its action flicks slick and violent. For those of you interested in the story—this time around, Robert McCall (Denzel) is a Lyft driver serving up justice to a*holes everywhere. While he’s not being a father figure to a struggling up-and-coming artist (Ashton Sanders), he’s assisting his ex-handler (Melissa Leo) get out of trouble. Denzel’s always a hit in everything he does, and this one is no exception. But it’s just so strange seeing him in such a… B movie. But, whatever makes money, right? Here’s the trailer:
UNFRIENDED 2: DARK WEB
This woulda been much more credible (and therefore scary) if the filmmakers hadn’t gone out of their way to make the protagonist that stupid and arrogant. I know they do have to do a bit of that to engage the audience, but too far! Way too far this time. No one is that dumb, not even millenials (just kidding, people… everyone is equally stupid!) 🙂 But, yeah, young Mr. Matias (Colin Woodell) is apparently a super stupid hacker, ignoring all the creepy signs along his cyber path to Doom. That the other characters behave like cardboard cut outs doesn’t help. The original was far better. Here’s the trailer of this lovely sequel, also starring the competent Stephanie Nogueras as Matias’ girlfriend:
MAMA MIA 2: HERE WE GO AGAIN!
Why? Because people have to pay their mortgages. Even stars! Of this sad lot, Meryl Streep was the smartest, in that she’s managed to have only one tiny scene, because her character (thankfully?) died. Poor Amanda Seyfried stars as her daughter Sophie, trying to figure out who’s her daddy (choices played by Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, and Stellan Skarsgard), all while building the hotel Bella Donna in some rain-sodden hellhole (hey! location tax rebate, okay? Streep isn’t cheap) and having her engagement party with her douchy fiance aptly named Sky. Think the singing will save you? Let’s see—do you like tone-deaf? But wait, there’s more! Cher—as the grandma! Seriously, skip. Those still vacillating, here’s the trailer:
I believe your choices are (streamingly) clear. Those of you going against my advice, tell me what you spent that sweet money on. Here’s to our next date in cyberspace, right here, next weekend!