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This review contains mild spoilers for Daniel Isn’t Real.
Imaginary friends have a way of getting a little dicey in media. They start out sweet. They act as a companion and build up the confidence of their hosts. Then the next thing you know they’re telling you to put glue in your sister’s shampoo and hair on your mom’s toothbrush. But what would happen if that imaginary friend took things to a more sinister place? Daniel Isn’t Real is here to answer that question.
Luke has struggled from a young age. His father left he and his mother pretty early on in his life due to his mother’s deteriorating mental health and her refusal to do anything about it. Finding himself alone in his own home, Luke created Daniel. So far as imaginary friends go, Daniel’s pretty lowkey! He just wants to play knights and keep his head in the clouds with his best friend. But that all changes after the boys witness a gruesome shooting at a local coffee shop.
The boys continue to play their games and have their fun, but young Daniel begins to worry that Luke’s mother is trying to cut him out of the picture. In response to that fear he suggests pouring a bottle of pills into her smoothie. Naturally, Luke’s mother insists that it’s time for Daniel to go away once she recovers.
Following his mother’s orders, Luke locks Daniel away in his grandmother’s creepy old doll house. It’s a battle at first, but with much insistence and a turn of a key, Daniel’s locked away for good. That is, he’s locked away for good until Luke’s mother spirals harder than ever before. Unsure on how to keep her safe while under his care, Luke commits her to a mental institution. Feeling weak and alone, he also makes the decision to let his friend out for some air.
With the turn of a key, a fully-grown Daniel Patrick Schwarzenegger skips back into Luke’s life. Things are just as they were in the old days! Daniel spends days gassing up his friend. He helps him find his confidence and to dive back into his art again, all the while just seemingly happy to be around. Things don’t start to get dicey between the two of them until Cassie Sasha Lane starts taking up more attention than Daniel likes. Though the pattern of mischief repeats itself, you can rest assured that the second verse is very different from the first. The grown-up version of Daniel is a whole heck of a lot smarter than the kid version, and Luke could lose it all if he’s not careful.
That’s as far as I dare go into the plot without going into spoiler town, but I’ll leave it at this: the narrative of this film doesn’t go in any direction that you’d expect it to. Things go from zero to one hundred very quickly, and then you’re done! The final act of Daniel Isn’t Real is a neon-soaked torture chamber of weird that I liked more the longer...
When you’ve got Lin Shaye in a horror movie, you know you’re in for some thrills. The horror stalwart has become an unusual new scream queen in recent years, with roles in the Insidious movies and Oujia. Now she’s lending her genre star power to The Grudge, a remake directed by The Eyes of My Mother filmmaker Nicolas Pesce. As the film hits theaters this weekend, Sony Pictures has released a new The Grudge clip showing Shaye playing a rather creepy game of peekaboo. Watch The Grudge clip below.The Grudge Clip
ComingSoon.Net debuted The Grudge clip, which follows Lorna Moody Jackie Weaver as she attempts to communicate with an unstable elderly woman, Faith Matheson Shaye, whose strange behavior had begun to worry her husband Frankie Faison. As Lorna gently tries to speak with Faith, Faith ignores her until she spots something in front of her that no one else sees. Smiling, Faith plays peekaboo with this invisible entity, who she calls “Melinda.” Based on the history of this franchise, I get the feeling that this isn’t an imaginary friend as much as it is a vengeful ghost.
The Grudge is a reboot of the 2004 horror movie The Grudge, itself an American remake of the 2002 Japanese movie Ju-On: The Grudge. In addition to directing the film, Pesce co-writes The Grudge with Jeff Buhler. Sam Raimi, who produced the first two installments of the American remakes trilogy, is producing alongside Rob Tapert for Ghost House. The Grudge also stars John Cho, Demian Bichir, and Andrea Riseborough.
The Grudge opens in theaters on January 3, 2020.
A single mother and young detective, Muldoon Andrea Riseborough, discovers that a suburban house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death. Now, she runs to save herself and her son from demonic spirits from the cursed house in her neighborhood.
The Office and Jack Ryan star John Krasinski recently started passing some of his time in self-quarantine by hosting a web series called Some Good News. Recorded from the home office of the A Quiet Place director/star, the series highlights some uplifting stories from around the web to help drown out the hellish nightmare of news from our government and the coronavirus pandemic that is claiming lives everyday.
The first episode of Some Good News brought the wonderful surprise of The Office star Steve Carell appearing on the show for a chat, just in time for the NBC workplace comedy’s 15th anniversary. But an even more impressive reunion comes in this week’s second episode as John Krasinski assembled the entire original cast of the Broadway music Hamilton and had them perform a musical number on the video conference service Zoom, all for a little girl who missed the show due to coronavirus cancellations.Virtual Hamilton Reunion on John Krasinski’s Some Good News
The episode delivers some good news hey, that’s the title of the show! about the healthcare professionals across the world who are risking their lives to help save patients diagnosed with coronavirus, not to mention the various companies and manufacturers who are churning out ventilators, masks, and other personal protective equipment to help. But the episode shifts gears with a special treat for a little girl.
Through the grapevine, John Krasinski heard that a young girl missed out on her chance to see the stage production of Hamilton for the first time. He also found out she was a fan of Mary Poppins Returns, and since he just so happens to be married to the sequel’s Mary Poppins herself, Emily Blunt, he was able to arrange a cute online meeting for them. But that was just the beginning of the surprise.
Suddenly, the Zoom meeting between Krasinski, Blunt and the little girl was interrupted by Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who proceeded to bring in the entire original cast of Hamilton for a virtual musical number. Daveed Diggs, Leslie Odom Jr., Anthony Ramos, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Christopher Jackson, Jonathan Groff, and many more are all there. Despite being done across Zoom, the sound quality is outstanding, and it’s so cool to see each of the cast members in their respective homes for this Hamilton reunion. It’s an absolute delight and it will have you wanting to listen to the Hamilton soundtrack all over again.
This may not be as thrilling as seeing Hamilton on stage, but it’ll hold us over until the theaters re-open and the musical gets brought to movie theaters next year, and we’ll take what we can get during these dark times. We can’t wait to see what John Krasinski has up his sleeve for next week.
Free Guy, the film in which Ryan Reynolds plays an NPC living in a violent video game world, was among the many movies that Disney shuffled around on the release calendar today due to the coronavirus pandemic. The movie, which was initially supposed to arrive this July, will now hit theaters on December 11, 2020. To make that delay a little more bearable, Reynolds shared a clip from the film on his YouTube page of his character sitting inside his apartment as the outside world goes absolutely insane around him. #RelatableAFFree Guy Clip
In his caption to the video, Reynolds wrote:
Free Guy is moving to Dec. 11. Here’s a clip that’s weirdly appropriate. We cut it a while ago while there was still a Fox and before it was just 20th Century Pictures and couldn’t finish it so ignore the watermarks. Thanks to Aspect for cutting it.
Seems like it could be the opening scene of the movie, since it does a good job of setting the stage and painting a grim picture of the insane world that this character is living in. I’m probably one of the few people who weren’t super impressed by the first trailer that came out, but I enjoyed this clip, so I’m hoping that I’ll dig the movie when it’s eventually released and that the construction of the trailer below isn’t fully representative of the final product.
Shawn Levy Real Steel, Stranger Things, Night at the Museum directs, marking his first feature directing gig in six years. The story is from Matt Lieberman The Christmas Chronicles, Scoob!, and Lieberman wrote the screenplay with Zak Penn Ready Player One. Reynolds stars alongside Jodie Comer Killing Eve, Joe Keery Stranger Things, Lil Rel Howery Get Out, Utkarsh Ambudkar he did that bizarre recap rap at this year’s Oscars, which feels like it happened several lifetimes ago, and Taika Waititi Thor: Ragnarok.
Here’s the official description which is slightly outdated, since it’s still described as a “Fox” movie instead of 20th Century Studios:
In Twentieth Century Fox’s epic adventure-comedy “Free Guy,” a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game, decides to become the hero of his own story…one he rewrites himself. Now in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way…before it is too late.
Free Guy now hopes to hit theaters on December 11, 2020.