Documentary Review: Map of Hell

mapofhellReviewing an excellent documentary this week, Map of Hell narrated by Danny Trejo. Here’s what it’s about:

“Danny Trejo asks “What happens to bad guys when they die?” Many people believe Hell is a real place, so Danny’s taking a journey into the afterlife to map out where the idea of Hell came from. He’s exploring the darkest recesses of both the underworld and the human imagination. It’s a terrifying journey through 3,000 years of ideas, each more scary than the last, taking us from ancient Greece through the birth of Christianity to medieval Europe and modern America, visiting real locations believed to be portals to Hell and using hair-raising CG to re-create ideas about the terrifying place so many people believe exists.”

Seriously, who could better take us on a tour of Hell than Danny Trejo. Oh, yeah, Dante. LOL!

Like I said, this is an excellent documentary about the evolution of Hell as we humans have created it. The visuals are the best part, with a mix of great artwork depicting Hell down through centuries and well done cinematography.

This documentary takes us back over 2500 years to the Greeks and continues on to modern day. The whole while, Danny Trejo adds his own spin, wondering where he might end up in Hell when he dies.

Watch it! Map of Hell is both entertaining and educational.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

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Movie Review: Home Sweet Hell

homesweethellThis week’s review is a surprisingly decent movie, Home Sweet Hell. Here’s what it’s about:

“Don Champagne seems to have it all: a successful business, a perfect house, perfect kids and a perfect wife. Unfortunately, when his wife, Mona (Katherine Heigl), learns of Don’s affair with a pretty new salesgirl (Jordana Brewster), this suburban slice of heaven spirals out of control. Don soon realizes that Mona will stop at nothing, including murder, to maintain their storybook life where “perception is everything”.”

Once again, my love of movies that everyone else hates comes in to play. Catherine Heigl was even nominated for a Razzie Award for this one. In my opinion, she was excellent in her role as a psycho housewife. The nomination might have been ‘Heigl Hate’ thanks to her reputation of being a difficult actress.

This movie is a dark dark comedy, and I wonder if people go in to it thinking it’s more comedy. For me it was the perfect mix that made me cringe and laugh all at once.

The main character, Don Champagne, played by Patrick Wilson, makes one bad choice after another. He’s so delightfully pliable by the women in his life. You know, the bumbling idiot of a husband. The fact that he’s so easily convinced to follow, yet surprised by each and every outcome was a plus in the storyline.

Home Sweet Hell is funny and entertaining. Give it a chance.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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TV Review: The Exorcist

theexorcistThis week I’m providing my 2 cents about the new TV series for, The Exorcist. Here’s what it’s about:

“Angela, is plagued by increasingly frightening nightmares, her husband is slowly losing his mind, her older daughter spends her time locked in her room and her younger daughter hears strange noises from inside the walls. Two priests are brought together, as all their fates become entangled in a battle against an ancient force of evil.”

*SPOILERS THIS WEEK*

First off, I’m glad to see people are enjoying the show and it has a high rating. The dark atmosphere is right on. I find it chilling, especially because of the characters. Shout out to Hannah Kasulka who plays Casey. From the start she has that good girl look, and is so very convincing as her demon takes over.

I’m disappointed that Angela is Regan, the twist over the last few episodes. I suppose it had to happen, and Gina Davis is playing the character well. The storyline was similar yet refreshing until now. Then again, viewers wouldn’t have been so drawn in if they’d turned it more remake from the beginning.

I love the priests, especially Father Marcus. He’s just the sort of worn out priest you’d expect to have specialized in exorcisms. Actually, I could go on and on about all the things I love about the characters.

I’m really looking forward to future episodes. This is one to binge watch before bedtime if you dare.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Movie Review: Inferno

infernoI went to see Inferno in the theater Sunday and decided to review it this week. Here’s what it’s about.

When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

First I have to say that I don’t like Dan Brown’s books. I never finished The DaVinci Code and never tried to read any of his other books. But I do love the movies, and I was entertained through this one as I was the others. It held my attention the whole way.

I think Ron Howard did a good job with his version of the book, even though I haven’t read it. I liked that I didn’t trust anyone while I watched and kept guessing who might be the true threat. I also liked how this story started, with Robert Langdon having amnesia. As a viewer, I was as confused as the main character, which added to the suspense.

I’ll grade Tom Hanks as consistent with his role in each of the movies. He was quite beat up in this one, so I’ll also grade him high on being a good sport. There was also a hint of a love story going on that worked. I wish they would have taken it further.

My favorite parts were solving the puzzles, as always. This one’s focus on Dante’s Inferno a huge plus. I say watch and enjoy and don’t compare it to the book.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Hellish Flames

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TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 7 Premier

walkingdeadseason-7-premiereThis week was the season 7 premier of The Walking Dead, so I thought it fitting to tell you my thoughts. I won’t bother to tell you what the show is about and just jump in this time.

YES, THERE ARE SPOILERS HERE
IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED.

It fell a little short for me. While I watched I was sick to my stomach, a thing that typically happens when I watch one of the more disturbing episodes. Unfortunately that feeling wore off quickly. A nicely disturbing episode usually keeps me up at night or provokes nightmares. It also sticks with me for at least a day. Instead I spent Monday wondering what went wrong, and why I came down so quickly from my sickening high.

First of all, I felt it was too easy to figure out who would die. Both men were my top 2 choices and wham, bang, Abraham and Glenn both got their brains bashed in. It didn’t even surprise me that 2 instead of 1 got whacked. The fact that they spent so much time on Abraham at the end of last season and put him in a transition was the first giveaway. The other giveaway was Abraham sticking out his chest and making eye contact with Negan. For Glenn, I think it was one of the writers who said he would be back in some capacity after we first thought he was dead. After that I knew his return would be short lived.

Second, the flashing back and forth in time was distracting and took away from the excitement of the moment. Rick’s performance was in as much of a cloud as the smokey background, which didn’t work for me.

And finally, Negan didn’t go far enough. He wasn’t nearly as brutal as I expected in the season opener. I wanted more of a shocking and manipulative discussion between he and Rick. After all, Negan does like to talk as much as swing that bat. I think he should have forced Rick to take off Carl’s hand. Actually, when I saw the preview, and Negan dragged Rick into the RV, I was sure he’d take of Rick’s hand. That’s what I would have done. Cripple your enemies. So in the end, I felt Negan is really weak.

In the end, Maggie stood out most. They’ve been strengthening her character, and I can’t wait to see where they take her next. And there’s always next week in The Kingdom with Carol and Morgan.

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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