Adamantium Bullet
21Oct/18

Reviews: BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE / GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN / FIRST MAN

J Bryant and AngieBee discuss the twisty thriller BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE starring Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, and Chris Hemsworth; the spooky silly sequel GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN starring Madison Iseman and Jack Black; and the epic biopic FIRST MAN starring Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, and Jason Clarke.

Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption …before everything goes to hell.

Writer/Director Drew Goddard's process of selling the script was under heavy secrecy, only sending it to top studio execs. Potential buyers had to read it on a tablet and then return it when finished. (IMDB)

J Bryant

AngieBee

GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN follows the Quinn family – high school senior SARAH (Madison Iseman), her middle school brother SONNY (Jeremy Ray Taylor), and their mother KATHY (Wendi McLendon-Covey) — into an entirely new set of spooky, exciting, and funny events. Sonny and schoolmate SAM (Caleel Harris) are best friends with a side job as the “Junk Brothers,” collecting discarded stuff other people don’t want. But it’s a gig that unfortunately leads them right into the path of (gulp) SLAPPY, the mischievous ventriloquist dummy from an unpublished Goosebumps book.

At first, Slappy seems to want nothing more than to be part of the Quinn family, but when his hijinks go too far, Sarah, Sonny and Sam realize that this pernicious puppet must be stopped. Rejected in his obsessive need to be a member of the Quinn household, Slappy decides to build his own “family” by kidnapping Kathy and bringing all of his Halloween friends back to life – including new right-hand Ogre WALTER (Chris Parnell).

As Halloween transforms their sleepy town into a full-on monster mash-up, boasting such hilariously freaky creatures as giant gummy bears and creepy garden gnomes, Sarah, the boys, and neighbor MR. CHU (Ken Jeong) team up to save Kathy and the town from Slappy’s wicked plan.

This will be Jack Black's and Madison Iseman's second collaboration following JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE, where they both played the same character. However, unlike in this movie, they didn't share any screen time. (IMDB)

J Bryant

AngieBee

The riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

Some of the voices heard in FIRST MAN are actual recordings from the space program. For example, when Apollo 11 lands on the moon, the reply from Houston is the original. It's the voice of astronaut Charlie Duke, who had the job of communicating with Apollo 11 during the landing. Neil Armstrong says "Houston, Tranquility Base here, the Eagle Has Landed", then Charlie Duke says "Roger, Tranquility, we copy you on the ground. You've got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot." (IMDB)

J Bryant

AngieBee

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