Monday, June 16, 2014

22 Jump Street movie review

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's 22 Jump Street lived up to its hype. This Rate-R action comedy movie delivered chronic laughs like its predecessor, 21 Jump Street. It's official that 22 Jump Street now certifies Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as comedy superstars, powering this buddy cop tandem through the Hollywood ceiling. 22 Jump Street made it crystal clear that A-listers Tatum and Hill will most likely follow-up their current 22 Jump Street movie with another hilarious 23 Jump Street rendition. Stay tuned for more laughs and goofy action.

22 Jump Street opens with a recap of the original 21 Jump movie to speed viewers up on previous events like a television episode. Officer Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) prepare to infiltrate a drug supplier; however, Schmidt comes up with a plan to pose as cholos to protect their cop cover. As seen in the movie trailer, this opening scene is where an octopus poops in Schmidt's mouth.

Jenko and Schmidt enter the new headquarters at 22 Jump Street, a huge step above the 21 Jump Street Korean church. This time we are introduced to a state-of-the-art facility where Schmidt makes an inside job directed toward Captain Dickson (Ice Cube). This high-tech facility is also a past Asian church.

Captain Dickson briefs Jenko and Schmidt on their new case. The same structure is in motion, as the first movie from this franchise also revealed a student taking a drug and dying shortly after. Schmidt prays to another Jesus about being scared again. We have the Back to the Future structure in which the writers add the exact ingredients with including the standard movie trademark.

Jenko and Schmidt walk onto the college campus and see exciting college life in action. There is an opposing twist this time around with giving Jenko what he missed out in 21 Jump Street. Relationship is established as a big theme in 22 Jump Street. The directors do a great at making moviegoers care about the two characters, and showing that real partnerships are better structured than party friends.

We can share that Schmidt finds another attractive, sexy girl to fall for his goofy self. One plot twist in this relationship is sure to make viewers laugh a storm. If you haven't laughed yet, this scene is front loaded and ready to deliver some shots.

21 Jump Street favored Schmidt, but it is now geared toward giving Jenko his moment. In the first movie, Schmidt believes he, too, could get into UC Berkeley. This confidence resulted in Eric sharing his Cal academic goals. Jenko is the center of attention in 22 Jump Street.

Jenko learns that his newfound college fame is about to burst through all ceilings placed in front of him. His dream to play football in college and party like it's 1999 are made possible. Nevertheless, Jenko shines in the moment like Schmidt did with making social connections in 21 Jump Street. In this drug case, 22 Jump Street takes a reversal of roles to test the strength of this police partnership.

22 Jump Street depicts the life we think we wanted to live. The truth is that adult life is just as exciting, if you find the right dream job and accept that fun is done in moderation. For Jenko and Schmidt, visiting college and testing the waters gave them a sense of satisfaction to respect their careers.

Watch 22 Jump Street with care. These two goofballs are going to make you laugh non-stop.

9.5 out of 10 stars.


Weekend Box Office Results: June 13-15 2014

Weekend Box Office Results: June 13-15, 2014

Top 10 Box Office Movies

  1. 22 Jump Street - $60 million
  2. How to Train your Dragon - $50 million 
  3. Maleficent - $19 million
  4. Edge of Tomorrow - $16.2 million
  5. The Fault in Our Stars - $15.7 million 
  6. X-Men: Days of Future Past - $9.5 million
  7. Godzilla - $3.2 million
  8. A Million Ways to Die in the West - $3.1 million
  9. Neighbors - $2.5 million
  10. Chef - $2.28 million 


Friday, June 13, 2014

Weekend Box Office: June 6-8 2014

Top Ten Box Office Movies: 

  1. The Fault In Our Stars $48 million
  2. Maleficent $34.3 million
  3. Edge of Tomorrow $28.8 million
  4. X-Men: Days of Future Past $15.2 million
  5. A million Ways to Die in the West $7.3 million
  6. Godzilla $6.1 million
  7. Neighbors $5.3 million
  8. Blended $4.1 million 
  9. Chef $2.6 million
  10. Million Dollar Arm $2.01 million 


Monday, September 23, 2013

Insidious Chapter 2 movie review

The much anticipated Insidious Chapter 2 attracted a large movie following in its opening weekend. However, this movie was lacking the scares that made the original Insidious a success. This Insidious movie never created the jump-out-of-your-seat moments we expected. James Wan and Leigh Whannell put forth a better effort in Insidious (2011) than in Insidious Chapter 2.

We enjoyed the fan reaction more than the Insidious Chapter 2 movie itself. Insidious Chapter 2 was cool to watch on Friday the 13th, but this horror movie seemed like an unfinished or rushed project. An example of this is when you write an excellent paper (Insidious), and then later you complete a mediocre assignment (Insidious Chapter 2) just to satisfy the requirements. Insidious Chapter 2 reminded us about all those horror sequels that attempted to reveal too much exposition and over concentrated on ineffective scares.

In 1986, Elise is called to to the Lambert's home to help young Josh with his night terrors. Josh's mother Lorraine shows Elise pictures of an old woman who keeps appearing next to Josh and is terrorizing his dreams. This opening scene gives us some backstory fillers that were left out in the original Insidious.

The execution of this scene made the astral horror movie appear amateurish. It felt like watching a SyFy movie with a higher production cost and better special effects. The scares were too staged and never created any real fear. The audience reaction provided better entertainment, as do most scary movies involving this sub-genre of horror.

Watching a female ghost sitting on a sofa is not scary. Seeing dice roll and communicating that spirits are around is not scary. The original Insidious created that fear factor. The old woman in that movie added that element of fear we did not feel in this sequel. Most horror sequels use exposition to explain too much; it is like watching Kill Bill Vol. 2 all over again.

Insidious Chapter 2 was fun to watch. We stayed true to our mission to cover Insidious 2. As you remember, we wrote plenty of content on AstralWriter.com about astral projection and Insidious. Horror fans enjoyed astral projection in Insidious, which we never hear about in the dialogue during Insidious Chapter 2. We see Dalton astral project. This dynamic technique of leaving the physical body by way of an astral body is never mentioned, it is just shown and implied to remind us.

Leigh Whannell is a talented screenwriter. He knows how to write a screenplay. James Wan is the most popular movie director in Hollywood right now. This moviemaking duo were given $5 million to shoot Insidious Chapter 2. The multiple locations and unbelievable backstory with the old woman ruined the plot. We enjoyed the scary old woman in the original movie. Her spookiness freaked out moviegoers.

In this second edition, learning the real truth the old woman desensitized the scares. We just didn't feel the fear and connected this lack of horror to the backstory. Why do we need to see Renai getting interrogated by a detective who mocks the paranormal? Do the apparitions appearing in the daytime really scare fans? Will a story of a troubled boy spirit that mimics The House at the End of the Street or Sleepaway Camp plot cause chills?

Rocking horses are not scary. We need more than just implied horror to get us scared. Don't get us wrong; we enjoyed Insidious Chapter 2. However, this latest sequel is nothing like Insidious (2011). Sure, there are a few scenes in Insidious that were silly moments (red-faced demon behind Lorraine). For the most part, the astral projection discussion and watching Josh astral project into The Further were awesome plot devices.

Insidious Chapter 2 focused on the old woman and her story instead of showing us the spooky nature of The Further. In the movie ending, there was no immediacy in this sequel. If you are an Insidious fan, then you know the difference between the two movie endings.

Overall, Insidious Chapter 2 was written and directed good. It was not as scary as we expected. We've watched scarier moments in paranormal television shows than in Insidious 2. Insidious (2011) was an awesome movie that got made for only $1.5 million. James and Leigh had to take a huge pay cut to accept this original movie. Their gamble sure paid off in a huge way last weekend.

Insidious Chapter 2 entered movie theaters at the right moment and entertained horror fans looking for scary fun on Friday the 13th. The Insidious Chapter 2 ending hints to us that a number #3 is in the future. It is almost certain that Insidious 3 will be arriving in movie theaters in the next few years.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Insidious Chapter 2 leads Thursday box office

Insidious Chapter 2 has led the daily box office for the 7th straight day. This horror sequel is performing well through its first full week in release, though the true test is how the second weekend plays out. Insidious Chapter 2 will likely slow down, a sign that moviegoers are more interested in good storytelling rather than recycled scares. The Apparition is living proof that this formula is ineffective.

In comparison, The Conjuring performed extremely well in its second weekend and surpassed initial projections established prior to this paranormal movie breaking July records for Rated-R horror movies. Director James Wan certified himself a superstar filmmaker with making two horror movies that opened above $40 million in the same year.

Insidious Chapter 2 earned $1.2 million on Thursday night, one week after the movie delivered above $20 million on Friday the 13th.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Insidious Chapter 2 Box Office Results

Insidious Chapter 2 finished number #1 in the weekend box office from September 13-15. This astral horror movie earned $40.27 million in its first weekend in release. On Monday September 16, Insidious 2 generated $1.78 million in ticket sales and another $1.87 million on Tuesday September 17. On Wednesday September 18, this Insidious sequel produced $1.24 million in box office receipts.

Overall, Insidious Chapter 2 is lagging behind The Conjuring, James Wan's paranormal movie that struck gold in July. However, Insidious Chapter 2 will pass the original Insidious movie in its second weekend out. As for reaching $100 million in the domestic box office, Insidious Chapter 2 will need to better word of mouth to maintain a grip on horror movie fans.

Insidious Chapter 2 box office results:

Opening Weekend: September 13-15- $40.27 million
Monday September 16 - $1.78 million
Tuesday September 17 - $1.87 million
Wednesday September 18 - $1.24 million

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Insidious Chapter 2 box office

Insidious Chapter 2 is the follow-up to the sleeper hit Insidious, the ultra breakout multi-genre movie (astral projection/demonic possession/haunted house/paranormal) released back in April 2011. This movie sparked a frenzy on what is astral projection. As soon as Elise mentioned astral projection, movie fans raised their eyebrows to question this practice.

What? Really? An astral body can actually leave the human body to move about the subplanes? Astral projection, astral travel and out of body experience are essentially interchangeable terms describing an act of leaving the human body through the middle forehead and traveling in this invisible form into the astral world. Insidious latched onto this sub-genre to catapult the $1.5 million production into nearly $100 million worldwide.

Insidious Chapter 2 now has its own unique creativity to expand beyond astral projection. We heard time travel may become another new sub-genre injected into this sequel. In actuality, time travel is basically disguised as astral projection. Any character employing time travel is transferring a body double of themselves into a dual dimension.

If this character is living as their young self in the past, the common belief is that these two bodies cannot touch each other or else they risk deconstructing. Insidious Chapter 2 is still making good use of demonic possession, a sub-genre we see often in exorcism movies. The sequel has a lot working in its favor with the opening day falling on Friday the 13th and Insidious fans riding the wave to this second chapter.

Ready to see where Insidious Chapter 2 takes you? Visit a movie theater near you to time travel into Josh's disturbing past, which sets the tone for his current demonic possession. Insidious Chapter 2 open on 9-13-2013.


Insidious Chapter 2 box office prediction (weekend box office September 13-15)

$50 million