Joel has written 4 reviews for films rated during 2020.

  • The Grudge

    The Grudge

    January horror films are usually not good and this continues the tradition with this loose blending of several stories of this entity terrorizing them because of their connection to the cursed house and it has a great cast (with John Cho, Lin Shaye, Betty Gilpin, Demian Bichir, Jackie Weaver and William Sadler among others) and give them nothing to do. The stories are all predictable full of jump scares, cliche horror imagery and scenes that come off as laughingly bad…

  • Like a Boss

    Like a Boss

    Like A Boss has great actresses in Tiffany Haddish, Rose Bryne and Salma Hayek that have proven before to be great in comedy roles but the story and humor they given just doesn't turn out to be funny at all and often times is often cringeworthy. Jennifer Coolidge and Billy Porter had more to work with as far as the comedy is concerned and are actually funny but are only in a few scenes with Porter's best scene being placed…

  • Brahms: The Boy II

    Brahms: The Boy II

    The sequel to the 2016 original The Boy that replaces Lauren Cohan with Katie Holmes(to lesser acting success) and takes the bizarre events of the original and retcons them to add this supernatural element to Brahms the doll.
    The dream sequences and jump scares continue to drag down the franchise along with the bland acting from Katie Holmes and it assumes the audience has seen the first movie as the doll just appears with no explanation of what Brahms is,…

  • Fantasy Island

    Fantasy Island

    Fantasy Island is a Blumhouse horror that misses the boat on almost every level imaginable. The story of an island that gives you what you wish for but not as you intended and this is a perfectly fine premise(the tv show lasted seven seasons) but the story quickly turned into this slasher movie and every twist and turn was more absurd than the last.
    The cast also didn't mess well together as Lucy Hale and Maggie Q brought more dramatic…