Adam Sandler’s latest collaboration with Netflix is a halloween-comedy focused around a very Sandler character named Hubie Dubois. Hubie is the town moron, who goes around with a “Swiss Army Thermos” in order to keep everyone safe. Usually this means just harassing the police about petty misdemeanors made by teenagers.
Being constantly abused and bullied, Hubie has all of the makings of a classic Sandler protagonist, right down to the strange, silly baby voice.
Hubie’s favorite night of the year is Halloween. Which is strange due to how easily he gets scared (See: Screaming in terror over a kid in a Frankenstein mask.) Hubie sees it as his responsibility to keep the whole town safe on the scariest night of the year.
After a mental patient escapes from the asylum, a werewolf is seen running around, and people are disappearing. It’s up to Hubie Dubois to save the day!
The movie is actually a ton of fun. Even though Sandler’s baby talking voice can be pretty annoying and hard to hear at times, Sandler is genuinely really funny. The physical comedy that he pulls off is hysterical, and he even has some really solid one liners that cracked me up.
It also doesn’t hurt that they pulled out an all star cast. Consisting of a plethora of SNL cast members (former and current) as well as some big former Disney stars like China Anne McClain and Karan Brar.
It has all of Sandler’s usual film buddies, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, Steve Buscemi. As well as some other big names like Noah Schnapp, Ben Stiller, and even Shaquille O’Neal.
The cast is absolutely hilarious, and everyone lands at least one solid joke. Don’t even get me started on Steve Buscemi, who steals the show every time he is on screen. The comedy chemistry between this wide array of stars old and young makes this film a must watch for the entire family.
Usually I would talk about how the story lacked a bit of substance, but to be honest it was a simple plot that helped move along the really strange and goofy comedy. If it was too complicated it would have taken away from the humor.
The movie is really really weird. If you try to take it too seriously then you aren’t going to like it. But if you want to see things like Adam Sandler getting sent flying through the air and hit a tree, catch flying eggs in a thermos, and then use the same thermos as a grappling hook; then this is the movie for you.
It’s PG-13 rating suits it well. It’s silly enough for the kids to enjoy, while having enough adult humor for teenagers and parents. I personally really enjoyed watching this movie, and I can see it becoming a fun one to watch every October.
What did you guys think about the movie? Is it going to become a Halloween favorite? Tell us about it!
Batman is one of the most famous superheroes of all time. There is a reason we see some sort of Batman in film and television constantly. Already a comic book favorite, his fan base grew larger and larger when he was one of the only super heroes that were able to have successful ventures into mainstream film and tv.
Thanks to all of the different movies over the years we have seen tons of versions of Bruce Wayne and Batman. We’ve seen the different bat suits, bat-mobiles, and even bat signals. We have seen several different actors play Alfred Pennyworth, Commissioner Gordon, and The Joker. Tons of the The Joker.
However, someone that we have not seen a ton of is Robin, The Boy Wonder. Batman’s famous sidekick that is a major part of the comics, and the animated versions of Batman. He has shown up a few times over the years, but die-hard Batman fan’s just haven’t gotten to see one we really like on the big screen.
Hopefully Matt Reeves’ The Batman trilogy will finally give us a Robin we can all be proud of. But until then, let’s take a look at some of the great (and not so great) live action Robins from Film and TV!
BURT WARD (Batman 1966)
Adam West and Burt Ward were the first versions of Batman and Robin to really hit the mainstream with the hit show that ran from 1966-1968. As well as the live action movie they did in 1966!
Burt Ward’s version of Robin was silly and campy just as the show and movie was, but people absolutely loved it. In fact, many die hard Batman fans, especially ones that grew up watching the show and movie, consider him the greatest to ever don the Robin tights!
CHRIS O’DONNELL (batman forever, batman & robin)
Chris O’Donnell was brought into the 90’s Batman movie series to play the first live action version of the character since Burt Ward. After the first two Batman films in the series, Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) were big hits thanks to director Tim Burton, the studio wanted to make a third one.
Director Tim Burton was set to return, as was Batman actor Michael Keaton. But after a falling out caused Burton to leave the directing chair, Keaton followed him out the door. The studio decided to make the film anyway, replacing Michael Keaton as Batman with Val Kilmer.
In this new version of the movie, they brought in actor Chris O’Donnell to play along side Kilmer as the famous sidekick. After the movie came out to…mixed reviews, O’Donnell still signed on to reprise his role in the fourth film Batman & Robin (1997) this time he was fighting along side the new Batman, George Clooney.
Batman & Robin was not loved by the Batman fans, or anyone for that matter. So needless to say, O’Donnell’s version of Robin is not one that is thought about fondly. It also did not help that O’Donnell was 27 at the time of the movie, and Robin is typically shown as 12 year old boy.
They did a decent job of explaining that this version of Robin was around 17 or 18, but it still felt pretty weird.
MARLON WAYANS (Burton’s third batman Film)
What? Marlon Wayans never played Robin! While Wayans never officially played the role, he did however get hired AND paid to play Tim Burton’s version of Robin in his sequel to Batman Returns.
If Burton had not have left the franchise, Wayans would have been the boy wonder along side Michael Keaton. But alas, Burton DID leave, and we will never see this version of Robin on the big screen. But what would it have been like?
Wayans would have been in his early 20’s when his version of Robin would have come out. And while he probably wouldn’t have looked quite as old as O’Donnell he still would have been an older version of Robin.
Do you think that Burton would have done a better job with the sidekick? Or was it doomed to fail no matter who was in the directors chair?
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT (The dark knight rises 2012)
The most recent and most popular Batman franchise is Christopher Nolan’s films with Christian Bale as the bat-costumed hero. An amazing trilogy that gave us a gritty, real world version of Batman that we had never seen before.
The first two films of the trilogy, Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008) focused on Batman as a lone protagonist. It didn’t even hint towards a sidekick or any version of Robin. How could they? This grounded version of Batman has no room for a 12 year old boy in tights!
But Christopher Nolan surprised us all in his third and final film of the series The Dark Knight Rises (2012) when at the end of the movie the character John Blake, a police officer who helped Batman throughout, revealed that his real name was Robin.
This version of Robin was more of a nod to fans instead of an actual live action Robin, but still! It counts! People loved the reveal and thought that Joseph Gordon-Levitt deserved a solo movie as Robin or as Nightwing (the hero that the original Robin, Dick Grayson becomes.) That movie never came to fruition.
BRENTON THWAITES (Titans 2018-current)
When DC Universe started their original show Titans, fans were super excited to see a live action version of the famous Teen Titan comic book team. What became even more exciting is when the show came out and gave us a look at the live action Dick Grayson played by Brenton Thwaites.
Playing an older version of Robin at the beginning of the show, and showing the transformation into his own hero Nightwing, was one of the greatest parts of the series. The show is still running, in fact it just got picked up as a HBO Max original and will continue to show us Thwaites as Dick Grayson, the first ever Robin.
The show has it’s ups and downs, but no-one can deny that Thwaites is an amazing live action Robin and we are super excited to see more of him.
CURRAN WALTERS (titans 2018-current)
Dick Grayson isn’t the only Robin in the show Titans. The show introduces Jason Todd, the boy who becomes Robin after Dick Grayson leaves Batman’s side to become his own hero. In the comics, Jason Todd is infamous for being killed by The Joker and becoming the anti-hero Red Hood.
The show introduces Jason Todd played by Curran Walters in the first season, and he becomes a huge part of the show. Walters plays the hot headed character so well, that he immediately steals the show whenever on screen.
Knowing where the character is headed is exciting, because it means that we will get to see Walters as the Red Hood in season three of Titans. This is the first time we are seeing a live action version of Jason Todd and it will be the first ever live action version of Red Hood.
Usually when Robin is portrayed in live action, it is the Dick Grayson character. The one that starts off the Robin legacy. So getting to see the second Robin in action has been a huge highlight for Batman and Robin fans.
Here’s to hoping that we will get to see some more awesome live action Robin’s in the future. Matt Reeves’ The Batman series will hopefully give us a live action version of Robin that is more accurate to the comics, unlike the ones played by O’Donnell and Gordon-Levitt. It would be super cool to see a young Dick Grayson on the big screen.
Another potential live action Robin could be brought in by Titans. If the show plans on killing Jason Todd and turning him into the Red Hood, then how long before we get to see Tim Drake? The third Robin who takes up the tights after Jason Todd’s death.
If Titans continues to show us the history of the Robins, then we could even run into Damien Wayne eventually. The son of Bruce Wayne and the fourth and current Robin in the main comic book canon.
Finally, the only other place that we could currently run into a live action Robin would be in the CW’s Batwoman show. Perhaps Batwoman will call upon a fellow member of the Bat Family for help in a future season.
So what do you think about the live action Robins? Which is your favorite? Do you hope to see one in The Batman (2021)? Are you a fan of the Titans versions of Robin? Tell us about it!
One of the most beautiful things in the world, is art. Art is defined as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination.” Art can be anything from a painting, to a performance of theatre. Art is every song you hear, and every movie you watch.
Art is just as important to life as things like science and math. The contributions that artists make to this world are just as important as anything done by Sir Isaac Newton, or Einstein. However, art faces problems that do not occur in other contributions. Problems that do not come from the art itself, but from the creator.
We live in a time where people are being held more accountable for their actions than ever before. Which is an incredible thing, and a big step forward in humanity. But leaves us with a complex issue when the person being held accountable, is an artist.
A musician whose music has moved and changed the lives of millions of people. An actor or actress whose performances have inspired countless of human beings. A writer, A painter, A poet, whose art has truly changed the world and left it in a different way than when they found it.
What do we do when these people, these artist, are terrible and vile monsters? Do we get rid of their contributions altogether? Do we try to ignore the things they’ve done and just enjoy the art as usual? How do we separate the art from the artist? And should we?
If art is as important to humanity as science and math. Maybe we should look at how we would handle the situation when controversy strikes in their realm. If it came out tomorrow that Sir Isaac Newton was a violent, crazed, serial killer what would we do?
Would we throw out calculus? No longer believe in gravity? Would we rename Newton’s Laws of Motion? I don’t think we would. I think we would continue to use and appreciate the contributions that he had made, while still detesting him for the murders that he committed.
Should we do the same thing for art? Can we continue to watch House of Cards and enjoy the show, while hating Kevin Spacey for committing terrible crimes in real life? Does listening to Thriller on Halloween, show support and appreciation for just the song, or does it also show support to the man who sings it?
Perhaps it depends on the situation. I’ve heard people say that they can separate the art from the artist usually, but certain cases give them chills. They can watch The Cosby Show and still laugh, but when R Kelly comes on the radio, they change the station.
One certain response to this question gave me chills. Stating that you absolutely must separate the art from the artist because the greatest art comes from the most broken people. And it is the most broken people, who hurt others the most.
Another person told me that they will never separate the two. Because everything that a person makes, reflects who that person is. The art and the artist are one and the same.
I think that the answer to all of this is beautifully simple. Every individual interprets art differently. Two people can look at the same work of art and feel very different things. Art is and has always been subjective. Perhaps how we decide to separate or not separate the art from the artist is just as subjective.
Maybe how we each personally decide to deal with a certain song and their singer, an actor and their film, a painter and their painting. Is an art form of it’s own.
What a week it’s been. Due to situations within my personal life, I have been spending a ton of time locked in my room. With all of this sudden free time on my hands, you would think I would have gotten a ton of articles done. Well you would be wrong.
Instead, I decided to start watching Game of Thrones for the first time. What a journey I have decided to embark on. First of all, the show is absolutely awesome. I just finished the first season and I am absolutely hooked.
The complex names and relationships were a bit difficult to keep track of for the first few episodes, but boy once I figured out who was who, I was HOOKED. The really interesting thing about this first season, is how low of a budget they seem to have.
For the first few episodes, it feels like a soap opera. A drama told through tons of dialogue and not a lot action. The writing is so great that you find yourself not even needing giant fight scenes or CGI dragons. The actors are tremendous, they really make you feel immersed in the time period and this fictional world.
As the episodes go along in the first season, we start to see more action. We get to witness the complicated relationships between the characters get even more complex. I’m very glad that I have been able to just sit down and practically binge the entire season, so that I don’t forget anything from the episode before.
Watching Game of Thrones now is a bit strange, as I am extremely late to party. However, I think that is going to be more helpful as I get to the later seasons. When people were going crazy for the seasons as they came out, having watch parties and talking about the show on a weekly basis; they became very disappointed with the final seasons.
I have the benefit of not expecting too much out of them, since I already know how disappointing they were upon release. So I am going through the series enjoying it for what it is. Not for what it could be, as so many fans did in the past.
Before I had started watching Game of Thrones this week, I had actually started watching the Netflix show ‘Peaky Blinders.’ Another period drama that has a huge fan base. I finished the first season in just over a day, and really enjoy it.
I have taken a break before starting season 2 in order to watch Game of Thrones. But once I finish the series, I’m looking forward to throwing myself right back into Peaky Blinders. Peaky Blinders has done what shows like Sons of Anarchy have done before, which is make me want to start my own gang.
I always think it’s a good idea, but then I remember that in real life, it is a lot easier to get caught. Or killed. Either way, I love Peaky Blinders and I am excited to see how the story goes in the rest of the series.
Other things that I have been doing this week, is running a Greatest Actor/Actress tournament on the Exciting Incident instagram. The tournament is a collection of some of the greatest actors and actresses acting today. However, with only so many spots, I missed out on a ton of great actors and actresses for the tournament.
Maybe I will do another tournament after this one is done, and put the winner of this one up against a whole new bracket of amazing talent. If you want to participate in the tournament, voting takes place each day! So go jump in!
So that is what I have been doing and watching for this week! What have you guys been up to? Tell us about it!
It’s October 1st, which means that it is officially Halloween. Right? Every year our resident horror fanatic, Grace Bennett, creates her Halloween-a-thon schedule! Every night of October is paired with a horror or halloween film to really make the most of the spookiest time of the year.
If you want to participate in the Halloween-a-thon this year, here’s what we are watching every night! If you do end up watching along, be sure to tell us about it on Twitter or Instagram!
OCTOBER 1ST – hocus pocus
OCTOBER 2ND- escape room
OCTOBER 3RD – the creature from the black lagoon
OCTOBER 4TH – haunted mansion
OCTOBER 5TH – scooby doo
OCTOBER 6TH – sweeney todd
OCTOBER 7TH – halloweentown
OCTOBER 8TH – the thing
OCTOBER 9TH – clue
OCTOBER 10TH – get out
OCTOBER 11TH – corpse bride
OCTOBER 12TH – it
OCTOBER 13TH – friday the 13th
OCTOBER 14TH – pet semetary
OCTOBER 15TH – what we do in the shadows
OCTOBER 16TH – poltergeist
OCTOBER 17TH – the shining
OCTOBER 18TH – night of the living dead
OCTOBER 19TH – ghostbusters
OCTOBER 20TH – ready or not
OCTOBER 21ST – beetlejuice
OCTOBER 22ND – scream
OCTOBER 23RD – candyman
OCTOBER 24TH – the nightmare before christmas
OCTOBER 25TH – the ring
OCTOBER 26TH – house on haunted hill
OCTOBER 27TH – nightmare on elm street
OCTOBER 28TH – silence of the lambs
OCTOBER 29TH – hereditary
OCTOBER 30TH – cabin in the woods
OCTOBER 31ST – halloween
Have fun watching this collection of horror classics, and fun family films! We know we will be having a blast!
I know. You’ve all been wondering the same thing I have. Where the heck is Vince Vaughn? The actor known for comedic roles in films such as Dodgeball (2004) and Wedding Crashers (2005) has been missing from pop culture as of late.
Well, luckily, God has answered our prayers and brought our favorite tall funnyman back to screens, but not how you’d think.
Early this September, the trailer for Blumhouse’s new horror feature, FREAKY, appeared on the internet featuring Vince Vaughn as a killer that trades bodies with a high school nobody. Vaughn seems to be taking on a Jack Black Jumanji-type role, in which he is tasked with playing a high school girl trapped inside of a grown man’s body.
After switching bodies under mysterious circumstances, Vince Vaughn’s character is tasked with making things right while her killer is waltzing around in her female body and killing her fellow students left and right.
From the trailer, one can see that Vince wears this character well. Even Stephen King was praising the actor stating that Vaughn “has GOT to get nominated for an Academy Award.”
The new Universal and Blumhouse film is set to hit the theaters Friday, November 13, 2020. Our expectations are high, Vince. Please do not disappoint us. We doubt that you will.
Are you excited for the movie? Do you have reservations? Tell us about it!
Enola Holmes was one of the more anticipated Netflix films as of late. The trailer had Sherlock Holmes’ fans very excited to see not only a new take on the iconic detective novels, but also a new Sherlock himself.
The film was released on Netflix on September 23, 2020 and quickly shot up the Netflix Top 10 list. I watched the film and well, I don’t think it was quite what I had hoped it to be.
The film is about Enola Holmes, the little sister of Sherlock and Mycroft. After their mother disappears, leaving young Enola all by herself, Mycroft takes her in as his ward.
Mycroft is played by Sam Claflin, and he does a fantastic job of playing Sherlock Holmes’ brother. A very proper english gentleman, who believes deeply in the government, and that men should be the ones leading it.
He plays Mycroft as not an evil man, as some versions of the character come across as, but as a politician. A man who is stuck in his ways. He believes that Enola should be a proper woman, wearing proper clothes, and marry a man to take care of her.
Forcing her into a very un-feminist, girl’s training school, Mycroft comes across as a prick. Making him very unlikable, but not evil. He is very much the least likable of the Holmes’ family and I think this version of Mycroft is very accurate to the character portrayed in the novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
After Enola evades Mycroft and goes on the run, she meets a young man of English royalty named Tewkesbury. Who we know immediately is going to be Enola’s love interest. We get to watch the two of them grow closer throughout the film, and the film very quickly shifts plots.
No longer is the film about Enola finding her mother, but now it’s about saving her new friend Tewkesbury from the assassination attempts being made on him. All while trying to evade her brothers.
Sherlock obviously finds her, and they have a nice moment where they talk in detail about their relationship. Sherlock is enamored by Enola and very impressed with her. This version of Sherlock is being played by Henry Cavill.
Henry Cavill very slickly has tossed his name into the “Who is the best Sherlock” conversation. Playing a more quiet, calm, sophisticated version of the character as opposed to the versions played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and Robert Downy Jr.
Cavill plays Holmes as very soft-spoken and kind. You can feel the lack of emotion and empathy that is famous of the character, but instead of being a sociopath, he just comes across as a man who focuses on facts rather than emotion.
Any time that we see Sherlock, either with Enola or on his own, is a highlight of the film. Hopefully we will get to see more of Cavill as Sherlock Holmes.
Enola and Tewkesbury take turns saving each other until finally we have the big reveal. The person behind the assassination attempts was Tewkesbury’s own grandmother. All of it being a ploy to keep the young man from voting against her political ideals in the upcoming vote.
If the review seems a bit underwhelming, it’s because it is. The film is a lot of fun to watch, due to the great characters, creative fourth wall breaking, and a nice look into old timey London.
However, when it comes to story, it lacks a lot of substance. The film does not stay on track long enough for us to even realize what we are supposed to be caring about. First we think that finding her mother is the most important thing. Then we totally forget about the mother and are worried about politics and the assasination of a young man.
Add in the combination of a rivalry with the headmistress of the school, and her relationship with her brothers, and it just becomes to much to juggle. The film is something that a younger audience will surely adore however.
With a plot that is complex enough to keep them interested, while being simple enough to follow. The younger audience doesn’t really know or care about the pacing and timing of a story, so they probably won’t even notice the lackluster parts of the film.
Overall, I think the film was fun to watch. I know I’ve said that a few times now, but it’s the best way to really describe it…fun. Millie Bobby Brown does a fantastic job of bringing to life the younger sister in the Holmes’ family.
Showing off how intelligent, strong, and extraordinary the character is; all while showing the struggles that come from being a teenager. Her performance is truly believable as a young woman who could step up to solve mysteries along side her famous brother, or even alone.
In fact, one of the highlights of the film is at the end. When Sherlock visits Inspector Lestrade to tell him that he had completely solved the mystery. Just for Lestrade to humor him, until informing him that Enola had already solved it.
With a smug grin, and a “Ha!” Sherlock ends the film showing just how proud of Enola he is. Maybe this could lead to a sequel where instead of a Dr. Watson, we see Sherlock solve a major mystery along side his little sister.
At the end of the day, this is not a movie that I will be watching over and over again. However, I am hopeful that it will bring about a sequel or even an entire franchise where we can dive more into this version of Sherlock Holmes.
I’m not the only one who has noticed this right? Pattinson has been in every trailer, every movie, and every tweet I have seen over the past few months. And I am not complaining.
For a very long time, the name Robert Pattinson was associated with the word vampire. I won’t even say that is necessarily a bad thing (a great actor in a bad movie is still a great actor.) After his role as Edward in the Twilight Saga, Pattinson was a house hold name. Until he wasn’t.
Just as quickly as he rose to fame, he seemed to disappear. He went from being every Tumblr girl’s dream celeb for four years, to a very niche, independent actor. Starring in mostly unheard of films like The Rover, and Life.
That is not a diss at Pattinson, by any means. After he finished his time as everyones favorite sparkly blood sucker, he went on to put on some amazing performances. Slowly but surely becoming one of the most talented character actors going.
In 2017, Pattinson was thrust back into the lime light a bit with his film Good Times, which was directed by The Safdie Brothers (Uncut Gems.) The film was a low budget, financial and critical success, receiving a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
A brief reminder of who he was, and how talented he is, the film caused Pattinson’s name to spread through the internet like wildfire. Everyone talking about his time as Edward, and how far he had come. He used this momentum to ride right back into Hollywood.
But it was two years later, in 2019 where Pattinson started his quick take over of the film industry. Starting the year off hot, starring in The Lighthouse along side Willem Defoe, Pattinson received critical acclaim for his amazing performance, even being nominated for an independent spirit award.
He did not slow down there, as he grabbed everyones attention in the Netflix film The King, where his role (and french accent) stole the show every time he walked on screen. Once again everyone on twitter was talking about Robert Pattinson.
His third and final film of 2019 was ‘Waiting For The Barbarians’ a film that premiered at the Venice Film Festival. The film has mixed reviews, but considering Pattinson stars along side fellow character actor Johnny Depp, it was definitely a solid move for his career.
Riding the momentum of these three films into 2020, Pattinson returned to blockbuster films in a big way. Starring along side John David Washington in Christopher Nolan’s latest mind bending film ‘Tenet.’ The film became of the biggest of the year, and the first major film to release in theatres after the COVID-19 shut down months earlier.
Pattinson’s performance in Tenet was loved by everyone, casual movie goers, and critics alike. Even when someone complained about the movie, they mentioned that Pattinson was a highlight nonetheless.
After the blockbuster that Tenet was, Pattinson kept up the releases with his second film with Netflix, The Devil All The Time. The film is absolutely amazing, and his performance as a demented southern pastor is untouchable. If you want to read our review of the film, click here.
All of these outstanding performances in independent films and blockbusters just in the last two years, must mean that Pattinson is on his way to becoming one of the biggest names in acting right?
Oh, still not convinced? In May of 2019, Pattinson was announced to be taking up the mantle of Batman in the upcoming The Batman movie, directed by Matt Reeves. After the announcement was made, it was met with a ton of hate from die hard DC fans.
All hate was immediately shut down when the first trailer was released on August 22nd 2020, showing the world the brand new Batman. People absolutely lost their minds when they saw the trailer. Pattinson as Batman went from being looked down on, to being called the best iteration of the iconic hero after JUST THE TRAILER.
Pattinson’s future is extremely bright, already proving himself to be one of the greatest actors of our generation. If he continues to put out performances like he has the past two years, there is no telling the heights he will reach.
The hype for ‘The Devil All The Time’, the latest Netflix film starring Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, and Bill Skarsgard; has been huge ever since the release of the trailer last month.
The star studded cast taking on the southern story based on the book of the same name, was so intriguing to most, especially since a majority of the cast was not actually American, let alone southern.
In fact, eight of the thirteen main cast members are from other countries. That includes, Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgard, Robert Pattinson, Jason Clark, and Eliza Scanlen; who make up a majority of the screen time.
One of the things that got everyone so interested after seeing the trailer was the southern accents that all of the cast members used. It came across almost silly at first watch. As someone from the south, I heard tons of people around me say
“Do they think that’s what southern people sound like?” And to answer their question, yes. And they nailed it.
While watching the film, you completely forget all about the fact that these are your favorite actors. They no longer were Spider-Man, Pennywise the Clown, and Edward. They became Arvin Russel, Willard Russel, and the despicable Reverend Preston.
The film is unique in the fact that it trades off main characters throughout, all being tied together by the narrator Donald Ray Pollock, who is the original author of the book.
The film starts following the story of Willard Russel, a man haunted by the war who on his return back home, meets a woman and falls in love. They have a son named Arvin, and everything seems really good.
While we are watching the nice family life of the Russels, we meet the extreme pastor Roy Laferty. Who after demonstrating that God has his back by pouring live spiders all over him, marries a nice girl named Helen Hatton. They have a child and everything seems really good. (See the pattern?)
Roy becomes more and more deranged until he finally snaps, thinking that God has given him the powers to resurrect the dead. He tries to prove this, by stabbing his wife in the neck.
Turns out, God did not give him the power to resurrect the dead. Who would have thought?
He hides the body and tries to get back home to see his daughter, but gets kidnapped by serial killer, husband and wife duo, Carl and Sandy. Roy becomes one of the several victims that Carl forces to sleep with his wife, photographs, and then murders.
That leaves Roy and Helen’s daughter Lenora in the custody of their close friend and neighbor, Emma Russel, Willard’s mother.
We snap back into the nice little home of Willard, his wife, and his now nine year old son Arvin. Everything is going quite nicely, Willard is a good father, Arvin is a good kid, it’s a great life for the family.
That is until Willard’s wife gets cancer and sends Willard over the edge. After some pretty disgusting, terrible, and tragic events, (See: Crucified Family Dog), the film shifts its focus to the now grown, orphaned Arvin.
After the death of his parents, Arvin is now in the custody of his grandmother, Emma. Not only did he gain a new maternal figure, but he also gained a sister. The also orphaned Lenora.
They are as close as sibling get, they did everything together. Arvin would get into fights with the boys who picked on his sister, and sit with her at her mothers grave every day after school.
Then the towns pastor has to go away on some business, and in his place, his nephew Reverend Preston takes over.
Reverend Preston is Robert Pattinson’s latest amazing performance. Playing the role of southern despicable human, and southern amazing preacher, with such believability that I almost forgot that I was looking at the new Batman!
Everything he says makes you want to punch him in the face, and that only escalates after he manipulates Lenora into sleeping with him. He gets her pregnant, then tells her that she should just find a way to get rid of the baby. Which in turn, causes her death.
With his sister now dead, we watch Arvin take on revenge like an old friend, as he visits the Reverend in the church. After an incredible scene between Holland and Pattinson, that kick starts with the line
“Excuse me, Preacher. You got time for a sinner?”
Phew. Gives me chills. The rest of the film follows Arvin on the run from the law, running into our favorite serial killer spouses, and eventually the police.
The film ends open ended, just like the novel. With Arvin hitchhiking, contemplating about his future. After everything he has been through, seeing him fall asleep in a strangers car made me nervous that something bad was going to happen, but alas we will never know.
Tom Holland’s performance was superb throughout the entire film, showing that he has the range to be more than just a Marvel hero. His complete dive into the southern accent, complex anger issues, and fight scenes; show how great of an actor he really is.
The moment when he is at a standstill with Sandy, begging her to put her gun down, was the perfect example of how great Holland really is. When Sandy pulls the trigger first, and Holland shoots his gun in panic, the look on his face was so genuine that it stuck in my head even a day later as I’m writing this.
Holland isn’t the only acting masterclass in this film, Bill Skarsgard gives such a great performance as the war vet who is driven insane. That his switch from attractive, wholesome family man, to deranged christian is not only so fun to watch, but is so organic.
Not to be out-acted, Robert Pattinson’s performance as the evil Reverend, cannot be spoken about enough. Already known as an amazing character actor, he takes the extra step to disguise himself in the role. With the year he is having, there is no doubt he will be known as one of the greatest of our generation for decades to come.
The hidden gem of the entire film is the performance of Riley Keough as Sandy. The way that she shows the fall from grace of an attractive young woman into the depressed, abused woman that her husband turns her into, is phenomenal.
There is a sadness in her eyes, as she is forced to take part in the serial killing again and again, all the way until she is forced to pull the trigger herself. Leading to her death. Keough does an absolute amazing job playing a character of such deep trauma and abuse.
The entire film is filled with amazing performances, even smaller roles like Roy Laferty, played by Harry Melling (Dudley from Harry Potter), are so in depth and entertaining, that I find myself not able to remember one thing that I didn’t like.
Surely, the film has it’s issues, but I was so distracted by the amazing characters that these actors and actresses brought to life. As well as the phenomenal script which gave us some of the most quotable moments from film this year. I don’t even want to search from problems, I just want to enjoy and appreciate what I just saw.
Have you watched The Devil All The Time? Did you enjoy it? Tell us what you think!
If you over hear someone talking about 21 Jump Street now a days, you would assume that they were talking about the action comedy film starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. And while we here at Exciting Incident enjoy that movie, as well as the sequel 22 Jump Street, we want to highlight the source material.
21 Jump Street was a crime drama that aired from 1987 to 1991. The show centered around a group of baby-faced cops who went undercover in local high schools solving crimes. The show gained tons of popularity due to its tackling of real life issues, and of course jump-started the career of Johnny Depp.
Depp played the lead, Tom Hanson. A young cop with anger issues after the death of his father turns him into the hardest working cadet at the academy. Along with Sergeant Hoffs (played by Holly Robinson), Officer Penhall (played by Peter DeLuise), Sergeant Ioki (played by Dustin Nguyen), and being led by Captain Adam Fuller (played by Steven Williams), the team went on to a five season run before eventually being cancelled.
The first half of season one, did not age well watching it back in 2020. However, the second half of the season has a huge increase in the writing which causes the show to become the classic that it is. Getting to watch Johnny Depp take on different under cover identities in the effort of catching the bad guy is extremely fun, and really shows how great of an actor he was and still is.
The show did something that a lot of current shows often fail to do. Which is slowly but genuinely build a bond and relationship between each of the characters, making the audience truly care about the stories as they unfold.
The brother like bond between Tom Hanson and his partner Penhall has you so invested in them, that when something happens to them, you really care. Same goes with the father and child like bond between Captain Fuller and his team.
The show proceeds to get even better for the second season, having some of the greatest episodes in the series. The third season following suit by introducing new character Detective Booker (played by Richard Grieco) and adding a whole new dynamic to the team.
But as much as I love this show, there are always going to be flaws.
One of these big flaws is the lack of fleshing out the whole team during the first two seasons. We see a rotation episode to episode. This episode we see Depp and DeLuise go undercover together, the next week we see Depp and Robinson, the week after that we see Robinson and Deluise.
Do you see the missing element? They have a whole other person on the team that was never highlighted. Ioki. We would go episodes without even seeing him! Sometimes, he would show up for thirty seconds just to say that he’s doing paper work in his office. Heck, even Captain Fuller would go undercover with the team on occasion leaving Ioki to hold down the fort back at the station.
This situation gets better after season two however, as Johnny Depp begins his hatred for the show and slowly leaves the fore front, Ioki gets utilized more often. Teaming up with Penhall and Hoffs in local high schools. Even getting his own entire episode giving him a very in-depth backstory.
Another issue with the show, is after season three, Johnny Depp began doing everything he could to get out of the show. Phoning in his performances, refusing to do certain episodes, etc. He didn’t agree with how some of the episodes handled their sensitive topics such as race and sexual assault. He eventually leaves the show after the fourth season.
Depp was a huge reason that the show is as good as it is, so when he checks out (figuratively and literally) the show takes a dive in quality. Depp isn’t the only one done with the show, as Nguyen also leaves after season four.
Grieco left the show after season four to star in his own spinoff show Booker, and DeLuise’s Penhall was reduced to a minor role for the last season. With a majority of the main cast leaving, the fifth and final season did not do well at all.
This show has some absolutely awesome moments, such as when Hanson and Penhall go undercover as THE MCQUAID BROTHAS!!! or the episode Orpheus 3.3 where Johnny Depp gives the best performance of the entire show. It is jam packed with awesome crime solving, comedy, and action. All while giving a really down to earth story about a group of co-workers and how they become a family.
I can’t recommend this show enough, and it is available to stream on Amazon Prime and NBC’s new Peacock streaming service. If you are looking for a new show to binge this weekend, this is the show to watch!