Lights Out: This Summer’s Scare

Martin is experiencing a horrifying apparition every time the lights are out in his home. He tries to convince and ask for help from his mom, but doing so he is told to go to back to bed. His grades and sanity are jeopardized because of his night time scares, and his older sister tries to take custody over him when his mother doesn’t pick him up from school. We find out that his sister has been having these troubles in her past as well. The apparition the two are seeing has come from their mothers past an torment their family.

As soon as the movie starts, you get the jump scares. The jump scare scenes are actually disturbingly creepy although pretty well done. We get mannequins for the first jump scare, and it doesn’t disappoint. There are really only two scenes that really scared me. I was only anticipating the scare and the characters trying to protect themselves from the apparition.

Now the plot was pretty fast paced. We get an explanation of the monster and the relation to the characters back-story in 3 scenes and we get the characters trying to figure out how to stop the creature for the rest of the film. The pacing of the story was pretty good among the jump scares. The creature was not designed very well, however, she had a grudge kinda look and an obscured face with only glowing eyes showing. That’s a lazy kind of design right there if you ask me. Another problem I have is that the movie feels rushed. We did get everything we needed for the movie, but it just felt really short which is not a bad thing. It was well done however; it had nothing new to put out to the horror genre.

Lights out gets 3 out of 5

+ exceedingly creepy ideas put to scare

+ gave the creature purpose and backstory

+setup is creepy

-needed more plot and character development

– feels rushed

-something more interesting needed to be added


 10628120_1145366598809304_2350042831562140609_nGaylene A. is the lead artist and contributing writer for Teh Lunchbox Publications! For all your news, up to date information, previews, and reviews on the entertainment world, keep it here on tehlunchboxpub.wordpress.com and LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitch!

Sausage Party: Scar You for Life

The R- rated animated film that no kid should ever see… or anybody who has any sanity left. Sausage Party is about a world of processed food items living their cushy lives until they finally get picked by the gods, (which are humans). To be taken to the other side (which is outside the grocery store) which they were told that they will be taken to a better place. However their world is turned upside down after Frank (Seth Rogan) learns the truth about going to the outside. After warning the grocery store and his pals, he must devise a plan to escape the humans.


Jumping into this movie I’m not going to lie, I did do some research on spoiler free YouTube reviews. What I got from it is that, this movie was supposed to parody Disney and Pixar movies. Low and behold it did. Now, I may be crucified for typing this but, this movie was not as bad as many (such as myself) thought it would be. Let me start with the good, the highlight of this movie is the jokes. And holy cow are they done well. There was a lot of raunchy sex, religion, stereotype, and rape jokes, a lot of pop culture references that made the jokes make sense in the movie. The jokes were done very well.

A lot of the characters were also themselves puns for the jokes in the movie. There’s a lot I can say about the jokes that fit into the movie. The Villain, was also the highlight of the movie. I can’t say a lot about him without spoiling the movie but, his character literally is a ‘joke’ he’s written and his voice actor did a fantastic job. Now, the animation is pretty decent. It’s not hideous (Only the humans are cg’d pretty hideously) every single detail made into the characters, the backgrounds are bright and pleasing for every situational scene made. The only animated scene that was visually unlikable was the “certain” CRINGEY scene you get at the end. I’m just gonna say this, that scene really didn’t need to be in this movie at all. Overall, the only thing that didn’t set well with my stomach was that scene and other cringe scenes. I think that scene was the only thing that was keeping people from watching it. This movie wasn’t bad, just don’t expect to see food the same way again.

Sausage Party gets 3.5 out of 5

+ The jokes were amazing

+ The twist at the end was great

+ Very entertaining if you turn off your brain

-Not for everyone

– The cringe scene was real

– Sometimes the jokes ran on too long

10628120_1145366598809304_2350042831562140609_nGaylene A. is the lead artist and contributing writer for Teh Lunchbox Publications! For all your news, up to date information, previews, and reviews on the entertainment world, keep it here on tehlunchboxpub.wordpress.com and LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitch!

Krampus Christmas: Naughty, Nice, or maybe Not?

This horror-comedy Christmas tale, beckons a tale of a huge holiday family reunion gone horribly wrong. Young Max and his dysfunctional family, get an overwhelming visit from their Aunt Linda, Uncle Howard, their three annoying children and obnoxious Aunt Dorothy. Max, wanting to have a wholesome good Christmas with his whole family is constantly brought down by the hijinks and Christmas commotion of his “charismatic” visitors and his parents, snaps and shuts himself in his room.  Max loses hope in having a good Christmas and rips up his letter to Santa in which chaos ensues.

A massive blizzard appears the upcoming day and Krampus’s nightmarish minions seize the entire neighborhood and close into Max’s family. Now, they must fight against these nightmarish creatures and fight for survival and protect each other.

If anyone has ever heard or read the tale of Krampus, forget about it because it is nothing like the movie. While watching this movie, you have to remember, it’s a comedy-horror. This movie battled both with its comedic and horror parts. When it comes to comedy and horror combined, it was really hard to take anything seriously even when they were trying to be serious. Although when they did have serious moments, it was really hard to care for the characters because of its inconsistent characterization. Having high expectations for this movie I was quite disappointed, but I can say it had great effects as the monsters looked amazingly creepy. The acting was fine (If you’ve ever seen anything with David Koechner), the progression of the movie was weak and expected, but the final turnout of the movie stayed true to the horror concept.

Final verdict: I am ashamed that they didn’t use actual folklore for the movie. I’m just nit-picking but they could’ve done a better job with  storytelling and credibility.  I can say that it is entertaining holiday movie and if you’re into black comedy, check out Krampus.

Krampus gets 3 out of 5

+ The monsters are creepy! (Krampus’s creature model is perfect)

+ Tries to have creative storytelling

+  Something to watch for the holidays

Inconsistent characterization

Needs better execution of overall story

Jump scares were cut out, or not as effective


10628120_1145366598809304_2350042831562140609_nGaylene A. is the lead artist and contributing writer for Teh Lunchbox Publications! For all your news, up to date information, previews, and reviews on the entertainment world, keep it here on tehlunchboxpub.wordpress.com and LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitch!

 

Paper or Plastic? Conveyor Belt Review

Short films have the ability to prove to viewers that filmmakers only need 15 minutes or less to make a great story or script come to life. For Brett Melnick, that ability comes to play in his film, Conveyor Belt.

Conveyor BeltThe film follows a grocery cashier named Max (played by Remy Tyndle), as he goes through a tedious day to night shift facing off rude or weird customers and a tenacious boss. As he goes from box to box in each aisle, it seems as if hope is hard to grasp at this point, until one customer comes in.

While watching this movie,  some viewers might feel as if you have a connection to Max, depicting the hardships and challenges of working in marketing or retail. Remy does a great job showing it off, through facial expression and body motions.

Melnick does a great job taking shots from different angles or switching from scene to scene in order to show perspective. For one example, there are scenes where Max can be shown doing his job, unpacking boxes, counting inventory, sweeping floors, where the camera can be placed on the floor or adjusted to the middle. Another example can be a transition scene, where Max is taking care of checking out grocers while in the background, the clock is slowly passing by, just to show how time is moving slowly.

Conveyor Belt is a must see for any rising or pursuing filmmaker or actor/actress, just to show how it’s never to complicated to make something simple is less than 15 minutes.

Click here to check out Conveyor Belt on Brett Melnick’s YouTube Page!


Me Chibi!Grayson M. is the Editor in Chief of Teh Lunchbox Publications and he can’t wait to see more of Melnick’s work and Remy’s acting skills! For more news, up to date information, previews, and reviews, keep it here on tehlunchboxpub.wordpress.com and LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Twitch!

 

Jurassic World: More Teeth is Very Deadly

jworld-banner-44Located off the coast of Costa Rica, the Jurassic World luxury resort provides a habitat for an array of genetically engineered dinosaurs, including the vicious and intelligent Indominus Rex. When the massive creature escapes, it sets off a chain reaction that causes the other dinosaurs to run all over the place. Now, it’s up to a former military man and animal expert (Chris Pratt) to use his special skills to save two young brothers and the rest of the tourists from an all-out, prehistoric assault.


Brothers Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins) Mitchell go to visit their aunt Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), the park’s operations manager, but all she cares about is work to care for them. Instead leaves them with her assistant, Zara (Katie McGrath) . Unfortunately, she doesn’t do much to care for them at all. Now, the neglect of children is bad, but of course the movie isn’t about that. This is about deadly dinosaurs that should never have been genetically made in the first place.

maxresdefault (4)Jurassic’s World scientists decide it’s a good idea to create a new dinosaur called the Indominus Rex. Sounds deadly right? Well… you have no idea. These idiots mix the DNA of Jurassic’s most deadliest predators, T-Rex and Velociraptor. Like WHY??!! When your boss says more teeth and screen-shot-2015-03-13-at-11-39-05-jurassic-world-raptor-squad-chris-pratt-t-rex-who-can-stop-indominus-rex-png-301401scary he didn’t mean a deadly weapon that you can’t take down when it gets out of control. Don’t worry I’m not going to give away anymore, go see it because it’s that amazing.

What I really love about this movie is how they showed the original park in a scene (very small, but very cool) and the theme music, It gave me so much chills. It just make me happy that they didn’t change a lot of things and made for an all too familiar feel to the movie. Much credit to Director Colin Trevorrow. It was a huge nostalgia trip!!


This film is amazing. The only issue is that it will never beat the original Jurassic Park movie (but that doesn’t have to be all bad). Jurassic World had its own uniqueness that cannot be understated and it blew my mind! It is a must-see movie for everyone, so get out there and go see it. Oh, and remember… More teeth is more deadly!

Jurassic World gets a 5 out of 5

+ The theme music and the look at the original park was so great

+ The Indominus Rex is next level in terms of brutality (and intelligence)

+ Still has a unique and somewhat original approach that allows the movie to stand on it’s own


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Insidious Chapter 3: Get Lost in The Further

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When teenager Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) senses that her late mother is trying to contact her, she seeks help from gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye). However, Elise’s tragic past makes her reluctant to use her abilities. After Quinn is attacked by a malevolent entity, her father (Dermot Mulroney) pleads with Elise for help. With support from two parapsychologists, Elise ventures deep into The Further — where she finds a powerful demon with an insatiable craving for human souls. Did I mention that Elise is a total boss in this film?


This chilling prequel did not disappoint me one bit, if anything it made me very scared. Its been insidious-3-shadowyone week and I still check the dark corners before bed! None of the jump scares were false, they each lead to something terrifying.

Personally I was hoping that this 3rd chapter would continue from chapter 2 where Elise saw something terrifying behind Allison (see Chapter 2), how come they didn’t show it? Is there going to be an Insidious Chapter 4? I wish there was more to the story because the potential was there to polish it up, but hey who knows? All I know is that It’s not over (horror movie franchises rarely are).


Insidious-3-Story-and-Character-DetailsVerdict: The scares were good, but I also felt like there could’ve been more to the story. The movie was leaning too much on the jump scare and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing (in fact, it is the staple of any horror movie), it shouldn’t be the only thing that carries the entertainment value of the movie. Still, it is a good time at the movies so if you want to be scared go see this film!

Insidious: Chapter 3 gets a 4 out of 5

+ It… Is… Scary

+ Elise is a great character in the movie

+ Although it isn’t a sequel, the movie left the door open for more potential films

– Could have fleshed out the story a bit more

Insidious: Chapter 3 is in theaters now


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Avengers Age of Ultron: Dominating The World As We Know It

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This weekend finally saw the release of one of the years most anticipated movies in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s not a secret that this movie is gonna rake in the money and at this point the argument isn’t about whether the movie is good or not, but will it surpass its 2012 predecessor. No need to go any further, lets just jump right in.


Unlike the first movie, the team is already working together and have their hands full when they take on Ultron; a peace initiative designed by Tony Stark turned ruthless A.I. that’s hell-bent on human extinction. Ultron isn’t the only problem as the team has to deal with a pair of super-powered twins who seem to have their own agenda.


avengers_age_of_ultron_teamThe movie begins not unlike how the previous movie ended. The team is doing the “avengers” thing and it’s cool. It’s a good way to get people into the movie by giving them a piece of what made the first one so beloved. It doesn’t take long to move off the tracks a little bit because once all the fighting is over, it seems like we get thrown almost right away into the middle of the story without a proper set-up. It almost made the villain feel forced into the story and that’s not a good thing because it messes with the pacing of 1936dbdceaa4644169795e9c4f972d83the movie (don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt the quality of the movie itself but we’ll get to that later). It doesn’t help that if you blink you kind of miss the entire back story of two of the more important characters in Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) Maximoff. Also, there were some instances that saw plot points from the first movie being rehashed (and is even covertly mentioned by one of the characters) and keeps this movie from distinguishing itself from the former as a more original entity. Besides a couple other small scenes that seemed a bit unnecessary or could have been done better, the movie flows pretty seamlessly.


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The biggest strength of the movie is in its character development and the dynamic relationships the heroes share. One of the best scenes in the movie involved the heroes… well… not actually being heroes for once. 130123_oriThe interactions between any combination of Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Steve Rodgers/Captain America (Chris Evans), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) contained either humor, drama, or a mixture of both and were delivered admirably. Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Natasha Romanov/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) both share intimate scenes which accomplish the task of providing both exposition of who they are as people and depth to characters who were severely lacking it. Speaking of characters who severely lacked depth, there was definitely a concerted effort to make Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) a more important character and it was done almost flawlessly. I won’t spend much time on him (because it would spoil it a bit) but, his character was a joy in the movie and was a crucial part in more ways than one. Even the cameos (none of which I will spoil) were great and made an impact on the movie outside of just taking up screen time.

If you didn’t think the heroes were the brightest spot of the movie, then it was because Ultron (James Spader) stole the show. Ultron is probably the most polished villain the cinematic universe has put on-screen. He was calculated, ruthless, but not without purpose and Spader was just about as good an actorcleaner-lead-age-of-ultron-trailer-leak-141022-665x385 as you could find to fill this role. While some may have found his mannerisms a bit too humanistic, I would remind them that this is a different story with different core aspects and therefore Ultron’s character reflects that quite a bit. By extension, the inclusion of Vision (Paul Bettany) was almost, if not, just as important and show stealing to me. The stark contrast in the characters and their ideals made for great moments at times in the more tense scenes. He really became one of my favorite characters by the time the whole thing was over.


9F5KAva55gWxAnd What would the movie be without a big action sequence, I mean c’mon, this is still an action movie right? Was it big? Yeah it was! Did it raise the stakes from the first movie? Definitely! It was what everyone was waiting for and did not disappoint. So much of the action was vivid, clean, and looked as if it were ripped right off the pages of a comic book. The tone was refreshingly different and It definitely brought the feeling of desperation among the heroes. Many of times there was a question of what was gonna happen next, because the tension mounted with every passing scene. Every character gets a piece of the action, but unlike the last time the end is a bit different.


130122_oriVerdict: This movie is everything you want in a blockbuster. It was fun, action packed, and felt like an event. I wish the Maximoff twins had been better utilized. It seemed as though there was a lot left out and considering the fact that the blu-ray will contain an extended version (three hours) and an alternate ending, we’ll see if it was for the best, but a longer run-time actually could have been beneficial. Also, the humor wears on you by the end of the film, but there is no denying that Joss Wheden knows how to handle a large cast of characters. Many had reservations because the cast seemed so large, but this movie handles a large cast better than any movie I have seen. Even with that, Everyone who plays a role in the movie and  the cinematic universe at large seem genuinely excited to be apart of what is happening and you can see how comfortable they have all come to be in their roles. As someone who will continue to watch the cinematic universe grow, that is what I am happiest to see. I am ready to see Whedon move on though as I feel we’ve reached the limit of what to expect from his style. The Russo’s were effective in creating a great story for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and I think their direction is one well worth taking.

Avengers: Age of Ultron gets a 4 out of 5

+ Great chemistry among the entire cast

+ Action scenes were second to none

+ The slight change in tone works well throughout and especially in the climax

+ Ultron… nuff said

– Could have been paced better

– Just needed more scenes with the twins (because they were pretty good when they were there)

Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters now.


Stephon W. is a contributing Editor for Teh Lunchbox Publications and sorry, he doesn’t do social media. But you can follow the team on facebook (Teh Lunchbox Publications), and on twitter @tehlunchboxpub

Predestination: Turning Everything I Knew Upside down

wp_ss_20150123_0008[1]I think we all know that the first few months of every year sees nothing but duds for movies. Why no one takes advantage of this and puts out a decent film around this time (at least for the cash grab if for nothing else) is beyond my comprehension. Instead of paying for a film that makes me and my wallet sad, I figured I’d take the advice and offer from a friend and see a foreign film for a change. I don’t see a lot of them, but this one seemed right up my alley as I like sci-fi and I enjoy it even more with a little mystery and thrill mixed in. Enter Predestination; an Austrailian film written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig (Daybreakers). It is definitely a different movie but one that will set the bar for the rest of the year in movies for me.


wp_ss_20150123_0006[1]Predestination stars Ethan Hawke (in what seems like his millionth movie role) as a time travel agent on his final mission to stop a criminal from committing a terrorist attack in 1975 New York that involveswp_ss_20150123_0001[1] the deaths of hundreds. He tries to do so by following clues gathered through numerous failed attempts to catch the bomber. As the clues begin to unravel, the situation takes an unexpected (but a familiar) turn.

Now where do I start with this movie. It really is hard to because this movie is simply made with such an original take on so many different things such as time trwp_ss_20150123_0002[1]avel and sci-fi along with mystery. Not only that but The cast is very small with the majority of the time being afforded to Ethan Hawke’s character who spends the majority of his time as undercover as a barkeeper and actress Sarah Snook who plays a pivotal role (really the most important role) as well. Because of this the movie has to do a good job of making the plot move without becoming stale and it definitely does that. I think Ethan Hawke has carved a real niche for himself in movies like this as he seems to take them quite often and look comfortable doing them Both actors (especially Sarah) did a great job of carrying the film and do real justice to their interactions on-screen. There are so many moving parts but because the characters are so far and few, it was condensed making the movie easier to follow.

The movie really does have layers. Following the movie through the unraveling of the mystery of the Fizzle bomber (yes that name is stupid and the movie admits it) is the best part of the movie and the whole rewp_ss_20150123_0005[1]ason to watch. The deeper you get into the movie the, more you realize that what you thought you knew well… isn’t what you thought you knew (as crazy as that sentence sounds, it is the truth). Now it does have it’s share of dialogue to begin with but it is far from mundane and is actually quite charming because it’s a moment with two individuals and is much more of a setup for what is to come. Once the plot truly sets in motion, that is where you’re trying to remember what you picked up on in the first half to figure out what is gonna happen. However, what sets this movie apart from others is that you can only figure out so much before something else hits you to change almost everything you thought before. I know it may sound like the movie is too complex but it really isn’t.


Verdict: The intricacies of the plot are served well by the smooth pace of the movie. It turns elements of sci-fi, mystery, and drama on its head by using them in a more conscious and conservative way. Many of times these are elements that drive a film and it tends to hover over it with that pressure to deliver. This film sizes all of those elements down and creates a balance between them for a more considerate and enjoyable experience. It is quite the ride without being a blockbuster and there’s not a lot of SFX nor does it need it. The revelations that come as the movie progresses will have you intrigued and on edge right up until it all comes together for you. Whenever that is for you depends on how well you follow the clues and how much you remember. All together, it is really a movie that comes at a time where there’s not a lot out there (as this is normally a dead season for movies) and this one manages holds its own. Because it is a foreign film it has already had its domestic release as well as other places well before so it is only a limited release, but you can find and purchase it on-line. It could be considered a hit or miss, but I will speak for myself and say that it really was a hit with me.

Predestination gets a 4 out of 5

+ Original take on sci-fi and thriller styles of film

+ Condensed and intimate script with great pacing

+ Real depth in the plot keeping the film entertaining from beginning to end

+ Good work from both Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook

You can find Predestination already for sale on amazon or you can see it now in select theaters


Stephon W. is a contributing Editor for Teh Lunchbox Publications and sorry, he doesn’t do social media. But you can follow the team on facebook (Teh Lunchbox Publications), and on twitter @tehlunchboxpub.

Inherent Vice: Everything I Didn’t Want it to Be

wp_ss_20150121_0009[1]So I’ve never been a stoner. Never even tried the stuff and never wanted to. So before I went into this movie I tried to figure out if it would help to be high before I watch the movie; y’know just to see if I would enjoy the movie more. Not that it mattered because I was never gonna do it. It’s just that there are movies out there made specifically to get high to and watch. In the end, what I saw was a movie that confused the hell out of me and would have made anyone that would have been high an absolute mess of a person when they left. But before I digress let’s get to the movie.


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One of the few times he’s not high in the movie… I think

Inherent Vice is a movie that takes place in the early 1970’s and centers around a stoner of a private investigator in Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) who has to solve a case that was kind of given to him by his ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterson) to save her billionaire boyfriend from his wife and boyfriend from putting him in a “special” home. Things get pretty intense quick as things aren’t exactly making sense and Doc has to dig a little deeper to see what is really going on.

I couldn’t really get a good grasp on the movie because the plot was about as jumbled as Doc’s brain was through most of the movie. To be fair it really did start out trying to save the girls boyfriend… but then it was about getting another guy back to his family… but then it was about finding the ex-girlfriend who went missing at one point. The movie didn’t drag because it never focused on one aspect of the plot long enough to (don’t really know if that’s a good thing or not yet). Not to mention the ending while pretty definitive was still a bit confusing. You have to be pretty sharp to see where it is all going and you really have to be a fan of those types of movies to appreciate the format it went with. I can’t say I was exactly a fan myself but it was an unfamiliar situation to be placed in and was interesting to say the least.

wp_ss_20150121_0008[1]The acting felt right at home as I really was a fan of Joaqwp_ss_20150121_0005[1]uin Phoenix as Doc. He was a hippy in every sense of the word without glorifying it or becoming a caricature of the image in the way that other movies seem to do. He was level-headed, but always functioned with a sense of urgency and played up the intelligence of his character very well. He also did sooo many drugs in the movie. You almost wonder how he did anything at all. Between his and Josh Brolin’s character Lieutenant “Bigfoot” Bjornsen, there was consistent dialogue both humorous and not so humorous. In fact much of the movie was unexpectedly funny. They really made it feel like this noir style of movie and that in and of itself is a plus as well. I even enjoyed Owen Wilson’s as Coy Harlingen and I thought I would never say that about any role he plays.


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This scene provided a much needed contrast in setting to the movie and thought it was well received.

What surprised me the most about the movie was just the ambiance of the movie. The filters used to shoot the movie were of a slightly grainy texture that makes the movie look more rigid; like it was shot in the 70’s. The look and the setting were all a joy to see and added to the noir style experience of the movie. I love to see movies go the extra mile like that because it provides more authenticity and validity than any gimmick like 3D does. I mean seriously, I saw movies like American Hustle and Wolf of Wall-street (both good movies, especially the latter) and outside of the clothing didn’t feel like they were in the time-frame they said to be set in.


Final Verdict: I can’t say the movie was bad just like I can’t say the movie was the Oscar contender it was praised as. I really wanted to like the movie, but It really just felt like a glorified indie film if nothing else. Now that’s not a bad thing but with so many quality actors being apart of the film you would have thought it would have a bigger feel and showcase that strength of star power going in. It did not do that for me but what it did do was provide me with an experience I had not had before. In the end there were more things I liked than didn’t. It’s just that what I didn’t like were what I felt was more crucial to the films quality. The movie is based on a book which apparently has the writing style the movie plays off of so I guess it wasn’t the movie taking liberties as much as it was actually staying true to the author and their work. For that I have much respect. The movie is probably better on a second or third showing so you can really sink your teeth into the plot. Maybe it’s an interesting new marketing strategy to give a movie a limited release and get them to see it more than once. If it works then it works but for this movie specifically it’s not for me. But check it out if you happen to find a theater that is showing it and maybe you’ll receive it a bit differently than I did.

Inherent Vice gets 3.5 out of 5

+ Style and overall production of the movie was top-notch

+ Most, if not, all the characters were enjoyable

+ It was actually pretty funny for what it was worth

– Plot gets convoluted fast even though the events and development runs concurrently

– Needed a better finish to the film

Inherent Vice is now playing in select theaters


Stephon W. is a contributing Editor for Teh Lunchbox Publications and sorry, he doesn’t do social media. But you can follow the team on facebook (Teh Lunchbox Publications), and on twitter @tehlunchboxpub.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

wp_ss_20141217_0015[1]Full disclosure, I’ve never been real interested in the original LOTR trilogy. I never saw any of the movies and read none of the books. However, I was kind of pulled into the trilogy and was quite entertained. It was no surprise that a marathon was going on for the final movie and I figured it might be worth it.


wp_ss_20141217_0023[1]Before I really begin I think everyone knows but its still worth mentioning that the movie is heavily CGI. It’s probably more than the previous movies. I personally did not have a problem with it because even though some have issues, I felt it kind of worked especially in this world of monsters and magic and it looked really nice on screen. The movie was apparently shot specifically for 3-D which also worked to its benefit. Along with the other two movies, it was easily the best 3-D experience I have had and one of the only movies have seen it work for in such a way that is beyond a gimmick.


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Best… Dragon… Ever… Maybe

Of course everyone should know that the movie begins exactly where the last one left off. It is pretty intense and one of the best parts of the movie… for like the first 15 minutes or so. It honestly didn’t need to be apart of this movie and could have been included in the last movie to put it over the top as a great movie instwp_ss_20141217_0017[1]ead of a great tease. Other than that this movie really is all about the battle of the five armies (I think, I don’t know if it was five armies because no one I talked to counted five, maybe I could get some help with this). The battle really was the majority of the movie and while epic in grand nature, it really played up the suspension of disbelief with some of the spots (don’t worry, no spoilers). There were some standouts during but it’s your usual suspects with guys like Thorin (Richard Armitage), Thranduil (Lee Pace), Bard (Luke Evans) etc. I was perplexed by the shoehorning of Legolas (Orlando Bloom) into the movie as I’m under the impression that he wasn’t necessary for anything but to add depth to an awkward love story that was less than needed and turned me off in a way the movie before didn’t for whatever reason.

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Treasure is a hell of a drug

The only thing was that in order for the battle to really mean something you have to have some sort of reason which would have come across better if the circumstances surrounding Thorin were not so… odd. The motions he was going through were a bit forced and coming wp_ss_20141217_0022[1]wp_ss_20141217_0019[1]out of it was just as convenient. Not only that, it doesn’t help that Thranduil was almost as bad and if you blinked you missed the whole reason he was such a tool. Bard seemed to be the best part of the movie from a character standpoint as he was kind of an everyman that became a hero to his people and led them was because those following him weren’t warriors. They were just people (which by the way either speaks highly of his ability as a teacher or the orc’s futility as warriors… or both). Once Thorin and his people joined it really meant something. I needed Thorin to settle his score with Azog in spectacular fashion and for the most part I was satisfied.

Bilbo (Martin Freeman) had somewhat of a smaller role but the moments with him in the film did count as he played the foil to Thorin and did so in this one and their scenes (especially at the end) felt natural and heartfelt. This was his story and it was an extraordinary journey taken on by an ordinary guy to get a small wp_ss_20141217_0020[1]group of people their home back. Also, having Gandalf (Ian McKellen) looking over you and providing his wisdom doesn’t hurt. Which brings me to the only part I didn’t touch on which the film kind of glossed over too. The necromancer seemed to be a bigger issue than even Smaug or the treasure hidden in the mountain. Instead, it got resolved by a couple of overpowered wizards and another mary-sue of a wizard that seemed to be on her death bead at one point before no-selling everything the big bad Sauron could throw at her. I don’t know, just thought it deserved more (but the nine rings thing was pretty cool).


wp_ss_20141216_0016[1]Verdict: For it being the final installment, they sure threw everything at it they could from a visual and action aspect. Some were still left wanting a cleaner battle but it’s fine for me. My time in the theaters (nine hours) was pretty worth it as I think seeing them all consecutively made the movie slightly better than it may have been alone. I don’t claim to know about LOTR or any of the lore surrounding the franchise so I’m sure there were some displeased in one way or another (there always is). I’m just speaking as a person who wanted to see a good ending to a solid trilogy and I guess I got that much. There were clear instances were the movie was more flash over substance but in the end it is a children’s story. The movie (especially some of the lines and characters) actually felt like I was watching GoT for kids to which both stories teach the same lesson… just learn to share.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies gets a 3.5 out of 5

+ Best movie to date to see in 3-D

+ Loved Bard at just about every part of the movie

+ The battle for the most part was quite enjoyable

– Love story was highly unnecessary

– Wished they would have fleshed out some of the characters and plot points instead of taking the easy way out

You can watch The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in theaters worldwide now