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Gilbert Speaks on the2017 “Ghost in the Shell”

17 Apr

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Yes, dear readers, I know all about the Ghost in the Shell manga and the Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie…I have grandchildren who are true manga disciples so I’m not even going to touch on the whole “whitewash” debate or if the GITS had been too Hollywood…I don’t care! I want to review what I truly enjoyed about the film even though it had been bashed with a fury resembling Negan’s swinging Lucille at the skulls of Abe and Glenn. Meet me after the jump. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “Lights Out” A 2016 Horror Flick

14 Apr

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When you’re able to see dead people, you’re also able see the negative spirits that roam this world. As a psychic/medium, I now know how to protect myself from harmful entities…but as a child…I slept with the lights on. The house, in which I lived in until I was seven, was haunted by a nasty elderly woman. The only thing that kept this ghost from entering my bedroom was an old lamp. In “Lights Out” our antagonist has her work cut out for her. Who will win? Grab your flashlight and follow me. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on the 2017 Film, “Life”

4 Apr

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I’ve heard bad reviews about this film, and a few likes, but I’ve always been the type of person that had to see the film for themselves. I’ve learned over time that films are like fine wine. While I don’t enjoy the full bodied reds, I do enjoy the Zinfandels and Pinot Noirs. My daughter and I headed to the Deptford Eight on Sunday to see the science fiction horror film directed by Daniel Espinosa. Did I enjoy Life? Find out after the jump. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “Holy Man”

15 Mar

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It was the storm of the century, we were told by every news station and talking head. The predictions were flipping back and forth from 4 to 12 inches to 12 to 20 inches. I woke up to a sheet of ice that covered the ground, shrubbery and trees, but the snow precipitation was a little over 4 inches. It was the ice that screwed up my schedule and kept me home, but I didn’t mind. I had a chance to see a film that I’d never seen before. It starred Jeff Goldblum and Eddie Murphy. Was Holy Man snow worthy? Find out after the jump.

Plot

The 1998 comedy drama, Holy Man, directed by Stephen Herek was about the people who worked at a Home Shopping Network. Tensions are high to push products and Ricky Hayman (Jeff Goldblum) is not meeting his boss’s expectations. Mr. McBainbridge (Robert Loggia) brings on a sharp shooter to boost sales.

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Katie (Kelly Preston) and Ricky butt heads as soon as they meet, but they join forces to save the Good Buy Studio. If you’ve ever watched the Home Shopping Network, then you know that the salespeople are under the gun to sell as many products as they can in an allotted time slot. Ricky needs a miracle and he finds it on the side of a busy highway.

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Eddie Murphy plays the part of a holy man who wears Gandhi clothing and is on a pilgrimage to bring happiness to the world. He wants people to live the simple life and not to be pulled into the world of commercialism. So, it’s kind of counterproductive to find him working at Good Buy studio after Ricky almost hits him with his car.

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“G” walks onto the stage one day uninvited, but the audience loves him so much, that he is hired to help sell the slow moving products. “G” uses a religious approach to spending your money on stuff you don’t need, and it works!

Conclusion

“G” is getting tired of the rat race and he wants to go back to his pilgrimage, but he feels duty bound to help Ricky keep his job. When Ricky loses Katie and realizes the harm he’s causing to G, then he allows the mystic to leave.

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I love Eddie Murphy and Jeff Goldblum, and I expected the best because they were both in this film. Unfortunately for all involved, the film sucked big time. The acting was great, but the script was as sad as a drowned starfish and beyond any holy man’s prayer.

The lesson for today is: The weathermen never get it right and sometimes a movie is a flop no matter how much you want it to succeed.

Gilbert Speaks on “Bubba Ho-Tep

11 Mar

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I’m always on the search for movies that are strange enough to add to my “Granny’s Insomnia Theater” category. Last night I came across a Don Coscarelli’s cult favorite on Watch Comet TV. It was different. It was weird. But, did Bubba Ho-Tep meet all my expectations? Find out after the jump.

Plot

Don Coscarelli is best known Phantasm and The Beastmaster, and I was happy to learn that he was the recipient of the Bram Stoker Award for Best Screenplay for Bubba Ho-Tep which stars Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead franchise) and Ossie Davis.

Bubba Ho-Tep is a 2002 American comedy/horror film about the real Elvis Presley living in a nursing home under an assumed name. The film is based on a novella by Joe R. Lansdale. The film begins with an elderly man recovering from a hip injury at the Shady Rest Retirement Home in East Texas. Sebastian Hall (Bruce Campbell) is really Elvis Presley, but the staff thinks he’s hallucinating or has dementia. We learn that Elvis grew weary of the fast life, drugs and one-night-stands. One day, he switched identities with a down on his luck Elvis impersonator, Sebastian Haff.

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Elvis is the one stuck in the nursing home because all his documentation proving he is Elvis was destroyed in a campground fire, thus cutting him off from his billions in royalties and his family. To add to his dilemma, Elvis broke his hip over twenty years ago in a freak stage accident…he also has a cancerous growth on his penis. Bruce Campbell is amazing as Elvis and, he portrays his character with dignity as Elvis comes to terms with the horrors of old age. We feel every ache and we feel the angst a once famous man must endure via the natural aging process.

Coscarelli’s did something very touching with this film when he added a few insertions showing how Campbell’s Elvis observed the passage of time with the mundane parade of sameness as nurses enter and leave and new roommates come and go. The POV was there for all of us to understand: Death is a frequent visitor at all retirement homes. I did not expect this thoughtful consideration from a low budget horror film, but there it was.

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Elvis has one friend in that home who believes him and it’s no other than President John F. Kennedy. Ossie Davis plays a black man who insists that he is President Kennedy and that Lyndon Johnson had him dyed black after the assassination attempt failed. Johnson also had the hole in Kennedy’s head filled with sand. There is a mysterious scar that finally convinces Elvis to believe Jack when people start dying mysteriously at the nursing home. Elvis and Kennedy join forces to save their friends from an ancient creature.

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Bubba Ho-Tep (Bob Ivy) is a re-animated ancient Egyptian mummy that was stolen while on a U.S. Museum Tour. Somehow this mummy winds up in a river near to the nursing home when the robber’s bus crashed during a storm.

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Bubba stays alive by sucking the souls from the elderly and with a nursing home full of forgotten senior citizens; this mummy is definitely enjoying the Shady Rest smorgasbord. We’re not told how the mummy became re-animated or why he’s wearing cowboy clothing or boots, but it kind of goes well with the rest of the weirdness.

Conclusion

I successfully talked hubby into watching this film with me and he really enjoyed it as much as I did.

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Bruce Campbell did a wonderful job of reminding us that even the famous must give into the pearls of old age, but that doesn’t mean we should consider them a disability. When there is a battle to be won, the elderly are pretty damn resourceful. Watch this film if you can. You won’t be sorry you did

Gilbert Speaks on “Arrival”

6 Mar

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If you haven’t seen the Denis Villeneuve film, Arrival, I suggest you do so as soon as possible. Although, the film is about communicating with alien life, the true story is about the time/space continuum and how we as humans communicate with others. Do we listen to the actual words that are spoken, or do we only listen to what we think was said? How can we expect to communicate with alien lifeforms if we can’t even talk among ourselves? Meet me after the jump to learn more. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “Monkey Business”

11 Feb

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I had planned on knocking out a few more chapters for the last book of my Roof Oasis Series, Warriors in the Mist, along with doing two interviews for Biff Bam Pop on the science fiction books I’ve been reviewing…but sometimes life throws you a curve ball. My plans were changed because of a double ear infection which I am now nursing myself through with the help of antibiotics and lots of hot apple cider.

The good news, at least for my blog, is that I’m stuck on the sofa and watching lots of television. I had the pleasure of watching Monkey Business this morning. Did the film help me forget my fever and chills? Grab your thermometer and find out after the jump.

Plot

Monkey Business is a 1952 comedy that was directed by Howard Hawks and stars Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn and Marilyn Monroe. But, please don’t confuse this film with the 1931 Marx Brothers adventure with the same title.

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Cary Grant, in my opinion, is one of those rare gems who can play any role exquisitely; be it comedy or drama. No matter what film Cary Grant is in, I will watch it, and I am never disappointed. In this film, Cary Grant plays the role of Dr. Barnaby Fulton. Dr. Fulton is a research chemist who is working on an elixir of youth. Dr. Fulton is helped with his research by his wife, Edwina (Ginger Rogers), and his assistant Dr. Kitzel (Henri Letondal). There is one more assistant that lives in the lab and decides to do its own experiment…and this is when the foolery begins. What the chimpanzee accidently concocted makes anyone who drinks the formula act like silly school children.

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As in all of Cary Grant’s comedies, funny antics are involved and Dr. Fulton even gets to flirt with Mr. Oxly’s (Charles Coburn) secretary who is played by a rather innocent, although sexy as ever, Marilyn Monroe. The give and take between Grant and Monroe while Dr. Fulton is under the effects of the elixir is priceless as are the scenes with the chimpanzee mixing up the beakers. Let’s just say that this chimp took away some of the spotlight in the film from its human co-stars.

Conclusion

Monkey Business is one of many films that Cary Grant and Howard Hawks worked on together. We even get to hear Hawks’ voice in the beginning of the film. The film does a great job of showing how differently adults and children react to a situation. The fight scenes between Grant and Rogers while they are under the influence of the elixir are downright hilarious.

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If you enjoy screwball comedy, then you need to watch Monkey Business. It didn’t cure my ear infection, but it sure as hell made my day a lot brighter.