Last Saturday, I went to the movies for a triple feature and for the second movie of the day, I saw "Child's play" (the 2019 movie) and it is a lot more entertaining than I thought it would be. Child's Play is a 2019 American slasher film directed by Lars Klevberg and written by Tyler Burton Smith. It serves as a remake and reboot of the 1988 film of the same title, following a family that is terrorized by a high-tech doll that rejects its programming and becomes self-aware. The film stars Gabriel Bateman, Aubrey Plaza and Brian Tyree Henry, with Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky. I wanted to see this film knowing there’s basically two different Chucky franchises now.
In February 2018, it was announced that a television series is in development with involvement from franchise creator Don Mancini, and producer David Kirschner. The show will share continuity with the original film series, and be a continuation of that story. Mancini stated that besides the TV series, feature films will still continue to be developed. By June of the same year, it was confirmed that Brad Dourif would return for the 8-part series to voice Charles Lee "Chucky" Ray. The film was officially announced in July 2018, developing at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer without the involvement of franchise creator Don Mancini or Brad Dourif. Lars Klevberg and writer Tyler Burton Smith signed on as director and screenwriter, respectively, alongside It producers Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg.
The film has stranger thing/The goonies meets iRobot, Eagle Eye & small soldier vibes and I’m really stuck between a rock and a hard place. Someone asked me if I had to pick between the classic Chucky/Child's play movie and the new one, which one do I prefer and I couldn’t give a proper answer. It’s not the same movie. It’s two different movies to be exact. One film is about a serial killer possessed doll who’s try to get back into his body (and later, the body of the child he first told his secret to) where the new film is about a defective home assistant/doll (similar to smart devices like Alexa and the new smart technology Barbie dolls) that goes iRobot on his owner. I enjoy the original story line but I enjoy the new story as well. One of the guys in the “half in the bag” movie review series called this film a cover, in the way musicians cover songs by other musicians and I actually like that way of describing the film. It’s a cover. A remix. A reimagining.
Definitely not a remake. Now I do want to see where the “Chucky” franchise is going with the new tv show and movies in the original universe. Curse/Cult of Chucky still lives up to Bride of Chucky (but I wouldn’t consider them my favorite in the series) but I’m equally excited to see what they will do with the child's play universe. I just wish it wasn’t the Chucky character they used in the new movie. It could of been any other good guy doll! Could of even been from the same manufacturer but of course, people won’t go to the theaters unless they recognize the “brand”/IP. If I have to pick l, I love the new one. It’s probably my favorite but it’s hallow when it comes to the personality of the killer Charles Ray. The new doll is a baby robot who learns to kill. Sometimes cute but creepy when it “shows it’s loyalty”. Charles Ray was a wise cracking asshole who could make you laugh after witnessing a brutal murder. Love the update but the classics can never be replaced.
One of the films I’m excited to see is the upcoming "Black and Blue" movie directed by Deon Taylor (who is becoming one of my favorite film directors). Now I didn’t like Meet the blacks (which he already shot the sequel) and though I like the plot of supremacy, I didn’t like the ending but every film Deon has done since then has been an improvement. Traffik was really good (I feel like it had a horrible trailer tho) and The Intruder was even better! I have a feeling Deon is one of those next directors to watch. His films are great social commentary to the world we live in now and are very entertaining and black and blue doesn’t look any different. @NaomieHarris and @Tyresestar in #BlackAndBlueMovie
Black and Blue is an upcoming American thriller film directed by Deon Taylor, from a screenplay by Peter A. Dowling. It stars Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Reid Scott, Beau Knapp, Mike Colter and Frank Grillo. It was previously scheduled to be released on September 20, 2019 but is scheduled to be released on October 25, 2019 by Screen Gems. In August 2017, it was announced Screen Gems had acquired the script written by Peter A. Dowling, Sean Sorensen will produce the film under his Royal Viking Entertainment banner. In August 2018, it was announced Deon Taylor would direct the film, Roxanne Avent will serve as an executive producer under her Hidden Empire Film Group banner. In December 2018, Naomie Harris joined the cast of the film. In January 2019, Frank Grillo, Reid Scott, Tyrese Gibson, Beau Knapp, Mike Colter and Nafessa Williams joined the cast of the film. In March 2019, James Moses Black joined the cast of the film. In April 2019, Frankie Smith joined the cast of the film. Principal photography began on January 16, 2019. Production concluded on February 28, 2019.
I love a good popcorn action flick. Growing up I would sit in my classrooms, day dreaming and writing out trailers and action set pieces/sequences like the ones you see in the fast and furious movies and mission impossible. Matter fact when I produced my first full length feature "New York Shorties" I didn’t look at it as an crime thriller, I saw it as an action comedy (but I quickly learned if you film any action in a low budget street movie, it automatically becomes a hood action comedy).
Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America's Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever — and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister — these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.
Granted, they shoot these films with 100s of millions of dollars and my first movie was shot for less than $2k but when I see these big budget movies, I become a big kid in excitement for all the explosions and martial arts. As much as I love my indie dramas that express the directors/writers social commentary & message to the world, I do love these popcorn fast food flicks. Can’t wait to see the rock, Idris elba and Jason statham in Hobbs and Shaw.