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SBox Recommends: A Quiet Place (Movie Review)

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Welcome back to SBox Recommends, where our motto is “every film has its fans”. Here I see a movie, review it, and then find out who will like it most and who will like it least.

Early last year was the first time I decided to watch The Office (US) series all the way through. Before then, I saw a couple of scattered episodes here and there (mostly Christmas episodes and the Firedrill episode every Office fan uses to get their loved ones into the show), but never the whole series. Long story short, I loved it and it’s one of the best bingeing marathons I think I ever had. And, of course, one of the standout characters of the show was Jim Halpert, played by John Krasinski, because he was the guy everyone wanted to be. Laid-back, cool, funny, and able to go home with Pam everyday (but that’s besides the point).

Since The Office, Krasinski has been relatively unseen by most on either the big or small screen. I personally enjoyed seeing him again in 13 Hours as well as his brief yet memorable cameo in last year’s Detroit. However, now our old friend Jim has graced our screens once more not only as the main star but as a director. This wouldn’t be Krasinski’s first time in the director’s chair, having previously helmed The Hollars and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. However, this appears to be a much more personal project of his, and one that has gotten a good ton of traction since trailers came out late last year. Question is, is A Quiet Place the magnum opus we’re all hoping it’ll be, or should Jim not quit his day-job at Dunder-Mifflin? Continue reading SBox Recommends: A Quiet Place (Movie Review)

Intro to 2017 Movie Countdown

Greetings one and all, and welcome to yet another year of life on this beautiful planet of ours. What makes this planet so beautiful you may ask? Well, just take a look at all the exciting things that happened last year. There was a guy who turned into a multiple-personality disordered super villain back in January. In February, two teachers got into a fist fight. Giant alien robots were fighting over the summer, and a guy in red and blue spandex teamed up with another guy in a flying metal suit. Some kids fought off a killer clown back in September, and then in December the greatest show ever was put on.

Every year is exciting when you’re a movie fan.

Yes, we here at The Ranting SBox love our movies, which is why I am so happy to kick off 2018 with one of the blog’s longest lasting traditions: the annual movie countdown. For those unfamiliar, every year in January I like to look back at all the movies I saw the previous year (in this case 2017) and cover them from worst to best throughout the months of January and February. It’s one of my favorite things to do on the blog, and despite these countdowns always proving to be a huger endeavor than I realize, I can’t help but look forward to it every year. Continue reading Intro to 2017 Movie Countdown

SBox Recommends: It (Movie Review)

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Welcome back to SBox Recommends, where our motto is “every movie has its fans”. Here I see a movie, review it, and then find out who will like it most and who will like it least.

When thinking about horror movie villains, many memorable and iconic characters may come to one’s mind. Whether it’s more classic villains like Dracula or Frankenstein, slightly more contemporary ones like Freddie Kruger or Jason Vorhees, or even cult favorites like Chucky or Eraserhead, horror films have captured the imaginations of many with these clever, conniving, and threatening characters. However, what list of popular horror villains would be complete without the clown prince of nightmares (not to be confused with the clown prince of “crime”) himself, Pennywise the Dancing Clown — otherwise simply known as It? Continue reading SBox Recommends: It (Movie Review)

SBox Recommends: Get Out (Movie Review)

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Talk about a movie that just sneaks up on you out of nowhere. My experiences with this movie prior to seeing it only trace back to last month. My brother came to visit one night, and I was talking about all the movies I was looking forward to in 2017. I was rattling off several big name films like Logan and Wonder Woman before he says “Have you heard of this movie, Get Out?” I and the rest of my family answered no, so we decided to watch the trailer together. I was impressed, curious, and bewildered by the film’s director’s credit: Jordan Peele? As in Key & Peele without the Key? As in Peele, the cowriter and co-lead of Keanu?… Now you have my attention. Let’s see how it turned out! Continue reading SBox Recommends: Get Out (Movie Review)

My 2015 Movies: Paranormal Activity – The Ghost Dimension (#33)


I think I did a pretty good job in 2015 of heeding people’s warnings. I didn’t see many bad movies this year. Even this particular movie I didn’t despise, though it’s not that great of a film. So, this will be my final entry on the “negative” side. Continue reading My 2015 Movies: Paranormal Activity – The Ghost Dimension (#33)

SBox Soapbox: My Unconventional Halloween Games

If you’re like me, you don’t have any specific plans for Halloween. Not sure what your excuse is, but mine is that all my friends are scattered at different colleges. So what is a person like me to do besides give out Halloween candy and post a “forever alone” post on social media? The easy answer is that you turn to your movies and games. That’s my plan at least, and if you need a little help, allow me to point you to share some of my ideas. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: My Unconventional Halloween Games

My 2014 Movies: Annabelle (#23)

Ironically, we follow a movie about a boy who visits heaven with a movie about a possessed doll who steals souls. And both of these movies are based on true stories. Maybe this says something disturbing about me. Or it may just be my likelihood to watch either film again. Anyway, let’s discuss this one.

Annabelle is a prequel to the Conjuring. (I never saw the Conjuring). In the 1970s, a couple lives a simple life until their cultist neighbors attempt to kill them and their unborn baby. Before police kill the neighbors, one of them bleeds on a porcelain doll they happen to own. Ever since then the wife experiences paranormal and unusual behavior. Eventually she gives birth to the child. It appears that whatever spirit exists in the house is taking an interest in the baby. So it’s up to her to get to the bottom of this and save her child.

This movie is a little bit of a milestone for me personally. It’s my first horror movie to be seen in the theater. To some that sounds like a weak start, but I actually found the movie decent. Probably not horrifying, but not terrible either.

Horror movies in recent years have received a lot of criticism for relying too heavily on jump scares, creating uninteresting, stupid characters, and having very weak writing. Annabelle may have some of those things going for it as well, but I would say that it’s rather light on all of those elements. The writing is sort of predictable in places, but has a decent flow and payoff to it. The best way to describe the writing is “formulaic” or “paint-by-numbers”.

Now what does that mean for the scares? There are one or two really good scares in the movie. There was one scene in the middle where I actually screamed. I’m not joking. I screamed in the theater at one point. So, it’s not that the film is all jump scares and cheap jolts. Don’t get me wrong, they do exist, and they are probably more numerous than the genuine scares; but, you’ll be surprised at what this movie is capable of. That’s helped by the movie’s ability to effectively build suspense.

I realize I called the writing formulaic, but that doesn’t make it bad. The general story never bored or lost me, and the characters were memorable enough to describe. I can’t name any of the characters aside from Annabelle, but I can at least recall persaonalities and faces. The effects look great as per usual for a AAA production. I particularly admired the make-up of the creepy little girl. Cinematography, acting, and score were also well-done.

I know many people who hated the movie and many people who liked it. It was definitely the movie to see in October last year. I would say the movie is most ideal as a rental for a late night get-together with friends or a sleepover. Horror film purist would most likely hate the movie, but any casual moviegoer wouldn’t have too much of a problem with the film. Won’t win any awards, but it’s a fun little watch.

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Before I go, as a little bonus I wish to share a quote with you:

Fellman told The Washington Post that the studio was considering a franchise based on the film. A sequel is currently in the works and cast is unknown.[48]Don Mancini wants to make Chucky and Annabelle work together in the near future.

Well, this went south fast. The idea of an Annabelle sequel isn’t too thrilling to me to begin with, but a crossover with Chucky? I’m not digging it.