Blake gets access to a pre-screening of Annabelle: Creation and reviews Detroit and Dark Tower.
On episode 4 of Grab Your Popcorn, host Blake Bamper goes through some Reel News with news around the movie industry before diving into movie reviews. This week Blake reviewed Annabelle: Creation, the latest movie in The Conjuring series, historical piece Detroit, and a Stephen King novel turned movie, The Dark Tower.
In the new segment, Reel News, Blake talks about the recent decision by Disney to pull all of their content from Netflix, as well as the 18th birthday of popular internet company, Mr. Skin.
Detroit was a great historical piece about a time in a America that many people would sooner forget. The film stars John Boyega (Star Wars: Episode VII), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, All The Way), and Will Poulter (The Maze Runner, We're The Millers), all of whom do an excellent job bringing the characters in this story to life. The film focuses on the controversial Algiers Motel Incident during the race riots of 1967, which saw 3 unarmed men gunned down and numerous others savagely beaten. Blake gave this film 4/5 buckets for its intensity, and heart wrenching story.
Stephen King's latest novel turned movie, The Dark Tower was not received as well as many people thought. However, Blake enjoyed the film citing Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey's performances. The two renowned actors delivered in their roles beyond Blake's expectations, and while elements of the plot were predictable the film mixes in several smaller surprises that keep it fresh. Blake gave this film 3/5 buckets because while it had its problems it was overall an entertaining ride.
Thanks to one of the producers at LineupMedia.fm, Blake was able to see Annabelle: Creation before it came out in theaters, which was a first on the show. Annabelle: Creation is the latest movie in The Conjuring series which currently includes The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, and Annabelle. Blake felt that certain points in this film were unintentionally comedic, and that several plot points didn't seem to make much sense. Even a few of the parts designed to make audiences jump, were somewhat predictable, bordering on cheesy. All in all, Blake thought it was a decent film that delivers a few big scares, but nothing too special; he awarded Annabelle: Creation 2/5 buckets.