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Cooties (2014) Movie Review By Darrin Gauthier


Directors: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion
Writers: Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan
Stars: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill

Plot:  A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the kids into a feral swarm of mass savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives.
Running Time: 88 Minutes
IMDB Score: 5.7

Why I Watched it: I’ll be honest here itunes at it on for .99 cents, so I gave it a try.

Random Thoughts: This is kind of an odd movie, when it was first coming out I heard a buzz in the horror world and the fact that Leigh Whannell had co-wrote it there was hope this would be one of those rare horror/comedies that would work then it kind of came out and just went and most reviews were negative.  It’s got a good cast but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it gain the horror black comedy is the hardest sub-genre to pull off, you’re almost better to go hard in one direction, just make it a horror that has some humor or do a comedy that has splashes of horror.

What I Liked: I’ll be real honest here for the first third I really didn’t like this film, the jokes didn’t land and it was just bad but to it’s credit it did pick up and things did begin to roll close to the second act and then the third act was fine, once they embraced the horror element(zombie kids) the film found it’s feet.
The cast is good but mostly miscast, the standout is Wood, he’s a genre vet and he makes his very thin character work and once the action starts he’s very good.
The script is a mixed bag, it doesn’t work as a comedy but the action and zombie stuff was pretty well done for of course kind of being a PG-13 horror film, they didn’t have the balls to go all out. The best thing I can say about the film is that it got better and you can’t say that for many genre films, it did improve and everyone was at least trying.

What I Didn’t Like: The script is the weak link here, the characters just don’t work, outside the three main characters no one has more than one character trait, he’s the weird one, poor Jack McBrayer only has that his character is in the closet to play with, I didn’t even know what he taught.  That is why the first half of the film was bad, we didn’t know these characters and really no one was that likable.  The Rainn Wilson was cliched but man he was miscast, didn’t buy him as a former jock at all.  Alison Pill was just bland and really the love triangle thing was the only thing she had going as a character.

The film failed on all levels to be funny and the first 3rd was really not funny, the jokes just did not land.  So has a comedy it was bad, as a horror film it hurt itself trying to be funny.  The directors just didn’t have a handle on the script or what they wanted to do unless they wanted to make an unfunny horror comedy.
Some people might thing it was because it was kids being used as the zombies but I don’t buy it, anything can work this didn’t not because of the source material, zombie can be funny these just weren’t.

Final Thoughts: I made it through it which at points I didn’t think would happen and by the end I kind of not hated it, it was just short of fine.

Rating: 4/10


Goon: Last Of The Enforcers (2017) Movie Review By Darrin Gauthier


Director: Jay Baruchel
Writers: Jay Baruchel (screenplay by), Jesse Chabot (screenplay by)
Stars: Seann William Scott, Alison Pill, Marc-André Grondin

Plot:  A hockey player plagued by injuries is confronted with the possibility of retirement when a tough new player challenges his status as the league’s top enforcer.

Running Time: 1 hour 41 minutes

IMDB Score: 5.8

Why I Watched it: Saw the first one and I liked it and add in the fact it’s about hockey well that would be in my double wheelhouse if that was a thing.

Random thoughts: Showing hockey in a movie is tricky, it moves fast and really it’s hard to do in quick moments, the game really has to play out more but I will say Goon does a good job of giving you a feel of the game on the ice.

Also to point out Baruchel directed this one, he wrote the first one and was in that one more here it’s more a cameo.

What I liked: The film like the first one is full of heart and character, it understands what hockey is about, the team, I like they focus on character here than a hockey score, sure this one is about the team making the playoffs but it’s also about the team dynamic.

This film is full of great Canadian actors getting little moments, like to see Kim Coates play something other than a bad guy, and Callum Keith Rennie is always welcome, nice to see Elisha Cuthbert play against type she’s pretty funny here.

Liev Schreiber is so good here and let me get on my soap box and say how underrated he is as an actor lead of supporting he never gives a bad performance.  Seann William Scott is good again pretty much doing the same think as the first but I do thing that’s the point, his character is a what you see is what you get.  Give him credit it’s hard to play not bright but also not stupid, he’s a real character not a cliche. Wyatt Russell not only has acting in his blood but also played hockey but I’ll say this he will one day make it big playing a psycho bad guy, I’ve seen him close twice he has the crazy/dead eyes and the intensity to pull it off big time.

The film is not a great hockey movie but it’s a fun and well meaning story and it’s very entertaining, it does hit home what it’s like to be a part of a team/family.  The film has it’s heart and fists in the right place.

What I didn’t like: The hockey fights here, like the first one, are shot more like boxing matches they’re much more over the top, the film does at times feel like a fight movie on skates, that’s not the way hockey fights are.

The other big thing is I thought the film would hit on the fact that fighting is getting pushed out of hockey, the title says it and it does pay some lip service to it but it doesn’t really show it that well.

I thought this film feel into the sports movie cliches more than the first one did, even with the wife role being very cliched , yes she does have a good line about not wanting to be that type of wife but she’s choosing to be that type of wife.  Also the wife role here is not only under written but her main purpose plot wise is to be pregnant.

Final Thoughts: Not as good as the first one but still a lot of fun, it made me laugh a couple of times and it’s a warm hearted film with some nice performances.

Rating: 6/10