Tag: Rated R

Review: Annabelle Creation

Posted July 20, 2021 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Annabelle Creation

Starring: Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Anthony LaPiglia
Year Released: 2017
Rating: R
Run Time: 1 hour, 49 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Where I Watched It: HBO Max
Recommended By: Therese
Who I Watched It For: Therese

Former toy maker Sam Mullins and his wife, Esther, are happy to welcome a nun and six orphaned girls into their California farmhouse. Years earlier, the couple’s 7-year-old daughter Annabelle died in a tragic car accident. Terror soon strikes when one child sneaks into a forbidden room and finds a seemingly innocent doll that appears to have a life of its own.

This week’s movie review goes to the next movie in the conjuring series lineup. Annabelle Creation, which was released in 2017. This is where we learn where the hell Annabelle came from. That damn doll is old as hell and has been scaring the hell out of people for hella years.

So this movie shows how Annabelle was created. A toymaker made her and then after a car accident takes the life of his 7-year-old daughter, named Annabelle, her spirit shows up in the doll and years later, when a bunch of orphaned girls with their nun nanny comes to live with the still grieving couple, the Annabelle doll comes to life after one of the girls sneaks into the forbidden room and wakes up the evil spirit. *rolls eyes* Why do people don’t mind their business and stay out of shit that doesn’t have anything to do with you? *sigh*

I spent most of this movie annoyed with Janice because…ugh, STAY OUT OF THE ROOM YOU DUMBASS! I was also annoyed at the adults in the movie too because they were shit caretakers…and the older girls were a bunch of bitches too.

I can’t say that I was all that invested in what was going on. The Annabelle movies so far are my least favorite. I’m just not that interested in a haunted doll that comes to life when people don’t mind their damn business. Or when they stir up shit they should leave well enough alone. For this one, I was mostly curious about how Janice would end up after all was said and done. I knew that she was out there somewhere, being a freaking crazy person and I wasn’t wrong. I will say that the way that the conjuring moviemakers tie in characters and things from the other movies is something that I enjoyed while watching these. I loved fitting the puzzle pieces together and when I figured out stuff from the other movies that were featured in this movie, it was my favorite. Other than that, this movie was pretty slow-moving and just okay IMO.

Final Rating

3 out of 5

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Review: The Nun

Posted July 15, 2021 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

The Nun

Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Damien Bichir, Jonas Bloquet
Year Released: 2018
Rating: R
Run Time: 1 hour, 36 minutes
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Where I Watched It: HBO Max
Recommended By: Theresa
Who I Watched It For: Theresa

When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together, they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.

Last month, my best friend and I binge-watched all of The Conjuring movies and I decided that I was going to review all of the movies so that I can keep my thoughts straight on all of them. I’ll be reviewing them in chronological order instead of by release date. Which means that first up? It’s The Nun.

In the Nun, we meet Sister Irene and Father Burke who are sent to Romania to investigate the suicide of a young nun. When they get there, they’re escorted by a young man who found the dead nun. Together they uncover a pretty dark story about dead nuns and evil spirits and they unravel secret after secret after secret. Not all is as it seems and they have no one to lean on in trying to figure out what’s going on, or to fight the evil spirits at the abbey so they must rely on each other to fight evil.

I’m new to watching scary movies and I thought this one would be a scary one since it’s got the religious tilt to it but I don’t know. There were moments in the movie where I jumped from being scared but overall, I didn’t think the movie was all that scary nor was I heavily invested in the characters and what was going on for that matter. I was much more interested toward the end when things started clicking about just who Sister Irene was and then seeing the French guy at the end and putting two and two together of what I know from the other conjuring movies. I mean, during the movie, I was putting the pieces of the conjuring puzzle together but once everything is confirmed – I was like, oh. Oh, okay. Nice touch with casting Lorraine’s real life sister as the main character in this one. I kept thinking, OMG is she connected to Lorraine cause she looks just like her…only to find out that their characters don’t connect in any way other than Lorraine talks about Irene’s case in her present-day lectures and talks.

I watched this movie in parts because I fell asleep in the beginning twice but was determined to finish it so I did just that. I’m glad that I did because even though the beginning was slow, I still enjoyed the overall story and how it connects the other movies together. Will I watch it again? Probably not. Am I mad that I watched it at all? Nah. So, would I recommend it? If you’re interested in the Conjuring series and watching all of the movies connected then yes, I recommend you start with this one. That’s all I got though.

Final Rating

3.25 out of 5

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Review: Wind River

Posted October 11, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Wind River (2017)
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Kelsey Asbille, Julia Jones, Teo Briones
Director: Taylor Sheridan
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Rating: R
Run Time: 1:47
Movie Type: Crime, Drama

A veteran tracker with the Fish and Wildlife Service helps to investigate the murder of a young Native American woman, and uses the case as a means of seeking redemption for an earlier act of irresponsibility which ended in tragedy.

I went and saw this movie on a recommendation from Ames. She’s my go-to girl for book, movie, tv show and planner sticker recommendations. Actually, she’s my go-to girl for everything. She’s like an extension of myself because we love all of the same things and when she said that she highly recommends this movie, I knew I was going to see it.

This movie was a crime mystery that had me trying to figure out who was killing these Native American girls because I wasn’t too sure until right before the big reveal. I’m really terrible at trying to guess these things so I wasn’t too surprised that it took me forever to figure everything out but that didn’t stop me from eating everything up in this movie.

It’s not an easy movie to watch by any means but oh goodness, it was engrossing. I didn’t know that that we don’t track the deaths of Native American women. WTF is up with that?

Anyway, this movie is about Jeremy Renner’s character, his name is Cory Lambert and he’s a tracker with the Fish and Wildlife Service. He’s asked to help track down a murderer who attacked and killed a young Native American woman and because the case hits a little close to his own home, he’s in. The closer he got to getting some answers, the more my heart double-timed in my chest. When everything finally comes to a head, I was glad. I didn’t think my heart could take much more thrilling moments. I was sickened with the bad guys and yet relieved that they were found and justice was served for those poor girls. I cried when we got the full story of what happened and I loved Cory Lambert all the more for that scene of him taking the last bad guy up into the mountains. I really like when the good guys beat the bad guys.

The acting was really good, no cheesy dialogue. No WTF scenes that don’t add anything to the story so all in all, this was a great movie that I highly recommend.

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My Rating

5 out of 5

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Review: Room

Posted September 28, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Room (2015)
Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Joan Allen
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Release Date: January 22, 2016
Rating: R
Run Time: 1:58
Movie Type: Drama

ROOM tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted mother. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical–they are trapped–confined to a 10-by-10-foot space that Ma has euphemistically named Room. Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world.

I went into this movie blind. I had heard of the book and then the movie but I didn’t have any plans on reading the book or watching the movie. I didn’t know what it was about but I saw that everyone was talking about it and loving it when the movie first came out. So last week when I was browsing through the movies on Amazon Prime, I came across Room and remembered all of the praise this movie got on Twitter last year and since I was tired of browsing through the movies, I hit play.

This movie hit me right in the gut and before the movie hit its stride, Brenna had come in and sat down next to me, just as intrigued with what was going on as I was.

The movie starts off in Room with Jack and his Ma. Jack is greeting the toilet, the bed, the wardrobe as if they’re his friends and then we see him and Ma go about their day. Their day looks like any normal day filled with meals, exercise, reading lessons and tv watching but what makes their day different is that the entire day is spent in a tiny room. At first, I was confused wondering why in the hell this little boy was talking to the furniture and then it hit me. It hit me at the same time that it hit Brenna, what was going on and holy cow, I couldn’t stop watching.

My heart hurt for Ma, to live through each day knowing the truth about their situation and then having to rely on Jack, her adorable 5-year-old son to set them both free. It was terrifying at the same time that it was thrilling and I seriously, could not stop watching. I was cheering for both Jack and for Ma to get through their ordeal with minimal scrapes and bruises and what really hit me was Jack.

Seeing Jack experience life outside Room was heartbreaking but it was also really good. I thought he was the strongest person in the movie and I just adored the hell out of him.

The acting in this movie was fantastic. Quite often, I’m taken out of a show or a movie because the acting is terrible but that wasn’t the case with this movie. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay and even Sean Bridgers did a fabulous job of bringing these characters to life. There wasn’t one thing that I didn’t like about the movie. It was full of great for me. I highly recommend everyone to watch it.

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My Rating

5 out of 5

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Review: The Accountant

Posted January 19, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 10 Comments

Starring: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Release Date: 14 October 2016
Rating: R
Run Time: 2:08
Movie Type: Action, Crime, Drama

Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.

Last year, I wanted to make a point to watch more movies. I watch a lot of TV shows but not a lot of movies and well, that needed to change because there’s a lot of great movies out there and for a while, The Accountant was on my radar. Well, I finally watched it and I’m so glad that I did because it was good.

Ben Affleck stars in The Accountant as Christian Wolff, a smart ass mathematician, and accountant who is hired by the most dangerous people in the world to audit their companies to find the missing money. Chris has trouble being around people and he’s got some serious OCD issues. As a kid, he didn’t have any friends except his younger brother and after their mother left them (because she couldn’t handle his crazy), Christian’s father, an Army guy, trained him up and turned him into a violent little kid. As a grown up, Christian spends some time in jail and it is in there that he cooks up his next occupation.

The accountant freelancing gig but when the feds start investigating him, Christian takes a legit client and a shit storm brews there. He finds a lot more than missing money when auditing this robotics company and he puts himself and CPA Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick) in danger. In an effort to save them both and finish the job he started…Christian goes freaking nuts on a mission to find out who is after them and figure out why the money went missing in the first place.

Ben Affleck played the role of Christian Wolfe really well. I believed him to be capable of the shit that Chris did day in and day out. I really liked his portrayal of the character and I adored Kendrick’s character, Dana Cummings. She really shines as a nerdy CPA and I wasn’t surprised because Kendrick freaking rocks. This was an action packed drama that had me guessing what was happening and who was going to die next at every turn. It was good stuff and yes, I recommend it.

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My Rating

Good Stuff

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