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Just How Crazy is Henry Selick’s Wendell and Wild?

20 Nov

Wendell and WildStreaming on Netflix

Henry Selick doesn’t get to make a lot of movies, and that’s mostly because the stop-motion medium is very time-consuming. In his latest independent work, Wendell and Wild is perhaps his darkest work to date. It concerns themes concerning how to deal with life after the death of loved ones, and making pacts with the devil. In this film’s case, it’s about two demons. They get top billing in the posters than the actual heroine, Kat (Lyric Ross).

She has to face her fears. This teen blames herself for causing the car accident which resulted in the loss of her parents a long time ago. To come to terms with what actually happened is tough, and that’s enough to get Wendell (Keegan-Michael Key) and Wild (Jordan Peele, who also helped co-write) to take notice. These two creatures from the nether realm want to run away, but to go somewhere where their father can’t find them means getting help from the mortal world. And the only way they can is with a Hellmaiden. When they learn Kat is next in line, they haunt her dreams in no time and offer her a chance to see her parents again.

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It’s Hard to Say No to Watching Nope on Home Video Because…

6 Nov

Spoiler Alert

When Jordan Peele’s take on alien invasion, UAPs, and animal mutilation, what can go wrong? The answer is that he won’t say Nope on what he believes is going on. In the back of my mind, I’m thinking his take may well reveal what’s going on that History Channel’s Secrets of Skinwalker Ranch is trying to uncover. Perhaps there is a sentience out there that wants to reveal itself, but it’s biding its time for when the time is right.

This filmmaker’s feature deals with more humane concerns, and it’s a rather long exposition. Despite the lengthy run time and build up to the confrontation, the scares he’s setting viewers up for are very satisfying and grim. Because this motion picture has to fully develop the characters. Any sense of whom the threat is—and what it represents as a wake-up call—doesn’t come until much later. His style is like M. Night Shyamalan’s, and the surprise is effectively good.

Thus, we can finally wonder if the Haywood family deserves their fate. Father is hurt, and the tale shifts to OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and Emerald (Keke Palmer) attempting to save the farm from bankruptcy. Jupe (Steven Yeun) offers to help, but even has a past he can’t escape, and he’s the second banana who is helping the brother and sister team to deal with this alien threat.

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What Does Warner Bros’ Storks Intend to Deliver?

30 Sep

storks-posterBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Mild Spoiler Alert

Warner Bros. animated film Storks does not quite deliver the goods — not the babies as they used to do in the past — just right. There’s a bit of an in-joke with how Cornerstore (i.e. Amazon) is the one and only place to order all goods and it will be sent to your home on time, every time (and returns are just as fast) which I like, but for the average viewer, the narratives flies in your face and fast. There are two tales in this film, and while they run parallel to come together by the finale, just which story is more important feels muddled.

On one side of the coin is a story that seems more fitting for an Angry Birds movie; Junior (Andy Samberg) is a top delivery bird about to get a promotion, but he has to fire the only human Tulip (Katie Crown) living with this flock who never found her parents because of a mess-up in the past. The device containing the information of her forever home is lost.

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