What’s On The Grill? March 20th – March 27th

Welcome Exiles to this week’s  What’s On The Grill?, the weekly mini-review corner where we get to blast about whatever we’ve caught recently, feasted on with our eyes as some say.

WOTG? question of the week-

Did anyone do an actual NCAA March Madness bracket? How is your bracket doing?

 


Us (2019)

“A family’s serenity turns to chaos when a group of doppelgängers begins to terrorize them.”

4/5- There is so much to unpack here but it would be tough to do so without spoilers. This was really good and I am glad the it lived up to the hype. It wasn’t as tight as I would have liked and I would have liked somethings to have been left more open ended in some areas but I enjoy Peele’s style. He knows how to tell a story in a unique way by dropping subtle and not so subtle hints and pieces of information. You have to pay attention. His use of humor is really well done although there seemed to be some unintentional humor at times that didn’t hurt but didn’t help. Every actor did a really good job with Lupita Nyong’o just killing it in both roles. I look forward to what Peele does in the future.

 


 

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018)

“All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets up for auction at a convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that’s motivated by an evil as old as time.”

2.5/5- I mean it’s a Puppet Master movie. Had some decent humor and gore with 1 1/2 extremely disturbing kill. Worth a watch for fans of low budget horror like Puppet Master films. Love seeing Thomas Lennon in anything though.

 


Shivers (1975)

“The residents of a suburban high-rise apartment building are being infected by a strain of parasites that turn them into mindless, sex-crazed fiends out to infect others by the slightest sexual contact.”

3/5- Being a Cronenberg film I enjoyed this to a point. He always has something to say and here it seemed to be leaving the old fashioned prim and proper lifestyle to embrace the free living and loving lifestyle. He just uses assault, rape, murder and a grotesque slug type thing to infect people.

 


Dead Ringers (1988)

“Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.”

4/5- This may be one of Cronenberg’s best directing jobs with Jeremy Irons playing a dual role terrifically. Irons was able to give each twin a different feel to make you consider them two different people. It wasn’t as creepy as I remember or wanted but it’s a damn fine film.

 


Unsane (2018)

“A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution, where she is confronted by her greatest fear–but is it real or a product of her delusion?”

1.5/5- I didn’t like anything about this. I can appreciate what director Soderbergh was going for but it just didn’t work. No suspense and no feeling of well anything honestly. Completely unmemorable. 

 


Death line AKA Raw Meat (1972)

“When a government official disappears in the London tunnels, after several reports of missing people in the same location, Scotland Yard start to take the matter seriously, along with a couple who stumble into a victim by accident.”

2.5/5- Some decent shots and decent feeling of dread but that’s about it. Donald Pleasance does a fine job. This was just too boring and overly comical in some areas for my liking.

 


TV Watched-

The Rookie- S1, Ep 16-Greenlight

This was more of some overblown drama for most part of the episode but ended with an emotional punch that was well done. I have said it before, this show is at its best when toned down and focused on character driven drama.

Critters: A New Binge

It was fun to the Crites again but this was pretty painful to watch. After a couple of “episodes” you can tell they just cut a movie into 8 sections and called it a series. There were some enjoyable pop culture references but this was just bad. Gilbert Gottfried and Lori Petty are looking pretty similar now days.

 

That’s it for another What’s On The Grill?, folks!

Tell us about what YOU’VE been watching lately in the comments below! Any great shows that caught you off guard or movies that rocked your world?

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