Thursday, July 5, 2018

Movie Review: 8 BROKEN HEARTS (2017)



Pain is something we all deal with at some point in our lives, and it’s something that can shape who we are as people.  But the true test is how we handle it and whether or not we allow it to control our lives.  This documentary showcases eight brave individuals who all bare their own form of pain and how they were able to deal with it.  8 Broken Hearts captures the stories of these courageous individuals who undergo a moving transformation by sharing their experiences and courageously baring their souls. As the film reveals, pain is a feeling that sticks around, often with great detail, but it is something that everyone shares.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Movie Review: MARY SHELLEY (2018)



I love films that tell the stories of writers, especially if they are female. Most people have heard of the classic, Frankenstein. However, its true author, Mary Shelley, almost didn't get the credit she deserved. Besides being a great writer, she's also known for her marriage to Percy Shelley. During the time period in which they both lived, his views on love and wealth were radical, to say the least. The film, Mary Shelley, explores her relationship with Percy and her writing. It's a great depiction of a woman who was ahead of her time.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Movie Review: JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (2018)


25 years ago, I fell in love with a film for the first time, and in turn, fell in love with film as a whole.  Jurassic Park was everything to me.  It gave me a wonderful escape to a land I’d never experienced before, and it has stuck with me for two and a half decades.  And over those years, I’ve seen several sequels come and go, none living up to sheer awe and wonder of the original.  But Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom managed to do the next best thing by evoking the essence of the first film while bringing something wholly new to the franchise.

Short Film Spotlight: PORCELAIN STARE


Horror is, by far, one of my favorite genres of film, and anytime I’m looking for a short film to review, it’s usually either Sci-Fi or Horror.  So, when I was asked to give this one a watch, I was definitely intrigued.  From the poster alone, I knew I had to check it out.  And I’m glad I did.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Movie Review: BATMAN NINJA (2018)



DC’s animated film line is one that I almost always look forward to seeing what is released next.  They have been able to adapt some of my favorite storylines from the comics, bringing them to life in a way I never thought would happen.  So, when I heard that they were gearing up to release a new, original film inspired by the world of anime, I was definitely intrigued.  Now, what you need to realize is that I’m not a huge anime fan.  I’ve seen a few of the older anime films, like Akira, Project A-ko, Vampire Hunter D, etc., but never really got into it as a genre. However, once I saw the trailer for Batman Ninja, I was sold.  It looked amazing, from the intricate details to the fantastically unique character designs, and the story seemed interesting.  So, once I got my copy, I was ready to give this baby a whirl.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Check Out The Official Trailer For LONDON FIELDS Right Here!



London Fields tells the story of a clairvoyant, femme fatale named Nicola Six who has been living with a dark premonition of her impending death. She begins a tangled love affair with three uniquely different men: one of whom she knows will be her murderer.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Movie Review: SET IT UP (2018)


Quality romantic comedies are few and far between these days.  As the 90’s ended, so did the tidal wave of rom-coms (both good and bad) that saturated the market.  Occasionally we still get a decent one here and there, but they’ve become almost like an endangered species.  Luckily we have places like Netflix who aren’t afraid to throw a few out onto the table for the masses.  Earlier this year I watched one called When We First Met starring Adam Devine, and I found it to be enjoyable.  Was it a masterpiece? No, but very few rom-coms are, but it was a fun watch, and that’s exactly how I felt about Set It Up.  This was an enjoyable film to watch with some good performances and an interesting, though not unique, premise.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

How To Train Your Dragon 3 Poster Officially Released



The first official poster for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World has been released.

It shows Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III (Jay Baruchel) and his friend Toothless meeting an ethereal-looking female Night Fury. Based on the series of children's books by Cressida Cowell, the How to Train Your Dragon films have taken audiences' collective breath away with their gorgeous animation, broad horizons, and heartfelt stories of family and friendship.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Podcast Episode #6: CINEMACON 2018 & Avengers: Infinity War NON-SPOILER Review



Hey there, fellow Mercs!  Check out the sixth episode of the official Merc With A Movie Blog podcast!

During this episode, I discuss all the big news that came out of CinemaCon 2018 from all the major studios!

I also give a short NON-SPOILER review of Avengers: Infinity War!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Movie Review: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (Non-Spoiler Review)


Ten years ago, Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. started something that no one could've foreseen becoming what it is today.  Iron Man began a decade-long journey with characters from all over the globe and beyond, which has taken us to places no comic book fan ever thought they'd see on the big screen, and some that just shouldn't have been possible.  But they were.  We saw characters like Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk, and the aforementioned Iron Man, most of which were characters that the average person on the street had never heard of, and yet, within four years, they would grow to super stardom as Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige managed to bring them all together for the what many people considered the cinematic event of the decade...The Avengers.

Movie Review: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (Full Spoiler Review)


Ten years ago, Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. started something that no one could've foreseen becoming what it is today.  Iron Man began a decade-long journey with characters from all over the globe and beyond, which has taken us to places no comic book fan ever thought they'd see on the big screen, and some that just shouldn't have been possible.  But they were.  We saw characters like Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk, and the aforementioned Iron Man, most of which were characters that the average person on the street had never heard of, and yet, within four years, they would grow to super stardom as Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige managed to bring them all together for the what many people considered the cinematic event of the decade...The Avengers.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

TV Review: ROSEANNE - Season 10 (Episodes 1-5)



If you came of age in the 90's, then you'll probably remember a little show called Roseanne. It ran for nine seasons from 1988 to 1997, which were my adolescent years.  It told the story of a working-class family with three kids, not unlike my own family or my friends'.  They had their ups and downs, but in the end, it was all about family.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Movie Review: I FEEL PRETTY (2018)




In an age of Instagram models and Keeping Up With The Kardashians, self-worth and self-love is paramount.  So many people, both men and women, suffer from self-esteem issues from an increasingly early age, so when I first heard about this movie I was both excited and nervous.  Would this be more like Shallow Hal, where a filmmaker is trying to get a good message across, but fails at doing it well?  Thankfully it wasn’t, as Amy Schumer and directors Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein tell a fun story with a message that will hit home with many people.


Exclusive Interview With Don 'The Dragon' Wilson on His Role in 'Paying Mr. McGetty'




If you have followed the world of martial arts films and actors, then you are familiar with the legendary Don 'The Dragon' Wilson. He is an American 11-time professional kickboxing world champion who scored 47 knockouts in four decades and is listed as a European Martial Arts Hall of Famer. Wilson is described as "Perhaps the greatest kickboxer in American history”. Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson is also known as an action star with more than two dozen films to his credit.   One of his latest films is Paying Mr. McGetty, a Film Festival award-winning, action-packed comedy from director Michael Baumgarten (The Martial Arts Kid) and Traditionz Entertainment. I recently had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Don 'The Dragon' Wilson about his role as the enforcer Shota Kabu.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Podcast Episode #5: Big Casting News From Aquaman, Terminator, Mulan, and more


Hey there, fellow Mercs!  Check out the fifth episode of the official Merc With A Movie Blog podcast!

During this episode, I discuss some big casting news from films like Aquaman, Terminator, and Mulan, as well as John Krasinski's new project and much, much more!

I also give quick reviews of A Quiet Place and Blumhouse's Truth or Dare.

Podcast Episode #4: Creed 2 Begins Filming; Solo: A Star Wars Story To Debut At Cannes Film Festival


Hey there, fellow Mercs!  Check out the fourth episode of the official Merc With A Movie Blog podcast!

During this episode, I discuss Creed 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Wonder Woman 2, Blockers, and much more!

Podcast Episode #3: FOX Pushes Back X-Men: Dark Phoenix & New Mutants; James Wan Adapts The Tommyknockers


Hey there, fellow Mercs!  Check out the third episode of the official Merc With A Movie Blog podcast!

During this episode, I discuss FOX pushing X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants back, a new adaptation of Stephen King's The Tommyknockers by James Wan, Jurassic World, Wonder Woman 2, and much more!

Movie Review: ACRIMONY (2018)

I know there are people who don't think Tyler Perry has any talent as an actor or filmmaker, but I'm not one of those people. Two of my favorite movies of his are Madea's Family Reunion and The Family That Preys.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Movie Review: LOVE, SIMON


Every so often a movie comes out that hits you in a way you never would’ve expected.  Maybe it makes you laugh in a certain way, or think about things differently.  Maybe it makes you cry, or look inside yourself.  These are the films that stick with you, the films that you remember and watch time and time again, the films that you share with friends and family because it’s something you believe they truly need to see.  These are the rare films that remind you just how great filmmaking can be because they’re able to reach in and touch your soul.  This year, for me, that film was Love, Simon.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Movie Review: TOMB RAIDER (2018)


Video game adaptations have always had a rough time finding their way, both financially and in quality, with only a handful making over $200 million at the worldwide box office, and only one coming in at the 50% or higher mark on Rotten Tomatoes.  And that one is the latest adaptation of Tomb Raider.  Now, don’t get what I’m saying confused…this isn’t the holy grail of video game movies, as its performance at the domestic box office has been quite poor, and it’s currently sitting at a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes.  However, this is a film that understands what it is, and leans right into it in all the best ways possible.