We Need to Do Something – Movie Review

We Need to Do Something 2021

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Hey internet, it’s me, Slick Dungeon. I’m back to review another horror movie. This one is streaming on Hulu right now and is called We Need to Do Something. If you haven’t watched it just a warning there will be some spoilers below.

We Need to Do Something is one of those horror films that basically takes place in a single location. A family of four is trapped in their bathroom after a tornado hits. They’ll need to survive until help can come from the outside but what is out there may be worse than what they are going through.

If you’re not a fan of gore this one will probably not land well with you. However, for all the gore shown in this film, it’s the things not shown on screen that are the most frightening. Like almost all of these types of movies, several characters are keeping secrets of one kind or another and at least one of them knows a lot more about what is going on than anyone else.

About a third of the way into the film there is a definite surprise and things take a decidedly horrific turn.

I was honestly very close to giving this one four stars because the acting here is phenomenal. Even when the incredible is happening, all the actors are perfectly believable. And a lot of the horror is subtle or hinted at which I always like. But for me, the reveal of what was actually happening was a bit underwhelming and not quite believable enough for me to go along with it.

I still think it’s really worth watching and there are absolutely moments that are likely to scare any audience. I found myself having a good time watching it, even with the few flaws it has. I imagine if others do buy into the premise more than I do they would put this higher on their list of good horror films.

If you’re in need of a good scare with quite a lot of psychological terror in the film, this one is definitely worth watching. I would sort of like to see this re-done but with a slightly different character point of view and I think it might be an even more terrifying film.

Have you seen this one? If so, how do you think it compares to other isolation/confinement horror films? Let me know in the comments!

Horrifically yours,

Slick Dungeon

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Movie Review – Unfriended

Unfriended 2014 Film

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Hello people, it’s me Slick Dungeon! I’m back to review another movie for you. If you haven’t seen Unfriended from 2014 you may want to click away from your instant messaging apps, hang up from Skype and log off of Facebook so you can go watch the movie before I spoil the whole thing for you in this review. You have been warned.

For this review, I’m going to start with the good. The acting here is really solid and all the performances are more than believable. The idea of the movie is pretty clever. Basically, a teen girl was bullied into suicide a year ago. A year later a group of her friends are on a Skype call and weird things start happening. At first they blame one another but it’s soon obvious that it’s at the very least a hacker, if not something more supernatural trying to torment them. They use the technology of the time in a way where if that happened to you, you would probably be pretty freaked out by it. This did lend to some mystery and a few decent scare moments. I thought this was a good setup and was hoping for something good to come out of it.

Which brings me to the bad. Some of the problems of this movie are that you are basically watching a zoom call and people typing, editing, re-typing and all of the annoying things you see in a chat message in real life. This has the effect of being distracting and sometimes boring. There are also a ton of pop up windows, resizing frames, moving stuff around on the screen etc. that are just distracting and sort of pointless here. Some of this is actually a function of the fact that this was made in 2014 and it’s honestly kind of impressive how far we have come from then in the way of communication tools.

And like almost all good horror movies there is a twist at the end. I’ve got to say this twist was so obvious and telegraphed that I didn’t find it shocking at all. It’s pretty much what I expected. I think maybe in 2014 this would have worked but it doesn’t in my opinion now.

I feel like this would be an interesting re-make in the age of zoom meetings though and I wouldn’t be surprised if there was something out there like this that I don’t know about. Overall, this was an okay movie but I think the thing I found most horrifying in it was the video connection speeds and user interfaces we used to put up with. (shudder)

Digitally yours,

Slick Dungeon

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Censor – Movie Review

Censor 2021 Film

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Hey out there internet, it’s me Slick Dungeon back to review another movie for you. I found this little horror gem on Hulu called Censor. I’m going to give mild spoilers below so be forewarned.

In the 1980’s in Brittain there was what was called the “Video Nasty” controversy. Basically, there were a lot of low budget, mostly horror, films that were put on videotape but never went through the British version of what our MPAA would be. There was a loophole because video is not the same as film. This caused some controversy because this meant it was possible for kids to get their hands on some pretty gory stuff. And there were religious organizations who thought even watching this stuff could lead to real world violence.

I only mention all of this because it’s necessary to know a little bit about that in order to fully enjoy Censor. In the movie, Enid Baines is working at the British Board of Film Classification where they are going through a backlog of these videos. When Enid was little her younger sister disappeared and Enid was there when it happened. She doesn’t have a full memory of exactly what happened but Enid believes her sister could still be alive. One day while at work she sees a video with an actress that she is convinced is her sister.

I can’t go much further into the plot from there without spoiling things so I’m going to stop there with the description. However, I can say the film is deeply psychological and keeps you guessing. I imagine there will be a segment of viewers who don’t appreciate the ending but in my opinion it was cleverly done. There is some gore in this movie, some of which looks rather fake, and some of which looks much better. If you are averse to gore this would be one to skip. But if you can handle that sort of thing this is a great little film to watch. It’s well acted and has interesting twists to it.

If you’re looking for something with a bit of blood but that is also smart, definitely check this one out.

Cleverly yours,

Slick Dungeon

Challenge Yourself! Books, Movies and RPGs for 2022

Hey Everyone, Slick Dungeon here. 2021 was a year full of challenges for most of us. Instead of the kind that life throws in our way I thought we could have some fun with challenges I made myself. Rather than the challenge of just muddling through life, let’s have a book, movie, and tabletop RPG challenge!

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This is the second year I have thrown down challenges but I would love to know what you all think of them so please let me know and also, feel free to play along all year. Each list has 12 challenges so one per month should be doable but if you are an overachiever, feel free to knock these out in 12 days or less. If you do take up the challenge let me know how it went. And if you happen to post it onto your blog, let me know, so that I can link to your challenge on my blog.

Below are the rules as far as I am going to follow them. You don’t have to follow the same way I do but these are the rules I set for myself. They are the same rules I followed last year.

How Does This Work? The Rules

  1. There are three separate challenges, one for books, one for movies and one for books, movies and RPGs lumped together. I will tell you a little more about each one and give some potential suggestions for what I think I will do to complete the checkboxes.
  2. Once I finish a challenge I plan to check it off and then post about it on my blog. If you just want to do this for fun and not post on your blog, that is totally cool. If you do post on your blog, let’s compare notes!
  3. These can be done in any order. Feel free to skip to the bottom, go to the middle or meticulously hit each one as they are listed.
  4. I am not in the camp of double dipping so I will not be doing that. (Although there may be time constraints and I reserve the right to change my mind!) If you want to, you won’t get any judgement from me.
  5. If you complete any one of my challenges and post about it on your blog, I will let you choose any one thing in that list’s category for me to review (within reason). For example if you complete my movie challenge and you want me to review The Emoji Movie, I will do it. If you complete my book challenge and want me to read and review a book that you published, I will do it. If you complete my Read-Watch-Play challenge and you want me to play an RPG that you think is really cool, I will play and then review it. Side note: I won’t review anything that I think is too extreme and I have ultimate veto power over what I post on my blog but otherwise, you can tell me what to review.
  6. This is not a rule but these are all downloadable PDF’s so feel free to download and print them or pass them on to friends, relatives, neighbors or office mates looking for something to do! Share, share, share!

Challenge 1: Book Challenge

The book challenge should be pretty straightforward. Pick one of the challenges and find a book that matches. Or if you are reading a book and realize that it fits in one of these categories, check it off once you have finished the book!

Some examples of what I plan to do are as follows. The first book I remember reading is Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. That should be a pretty quick read. I am reading Revival by Stephen King and that one is definitely more than 500 pages long. I’m not sure what I will do for the rest yet but you get the idea.

Slick Dungeon’s 2022 Book Challenge!

Challenge 2: Movie Challenge

This one should also be pretty straightforward. Watch a movie that matches the category and check off the box once you have finished watching. I watch a lot of movies so for this one I might just watch first and then see if it fits the category after, although I do have some ideas for some of these. For a Horror Comedy I might go back to the Toxic Avenger series. The first movie I remember seeing in a theater was The Great Muppet Caper where the muppets try to steal the “baseball diamond”. I’ve had an intense love for film, and puns, not to mention muppets, ever since. I will likely watch The Godfather II for a sequel that is better than the original but I have a couple other ideas in mind for that one as well. Remember, you get to decide if the movie you are watching fits into your category so you do you.

Challenge 3: Read-Watch-Play Challenge

Out of all my challenges, this is the one that I will most likely do in order. It’s pretty easy to find books and movies to fit these categories but I realize that not everyone is familiar with good Tabletop RPG choices so I am going to tell you the ones I plan on doing and even provide you with helpful links if you need a suggestion. (These are affiliate links and if you do buy anything there it helps this blog out immensely at no extra cost to you. No pressure though, never buy anything from a website that you don’t want)

For the first role playing game I remember playing, it is of course Dungeons & Dragons and you can get started on it for free using the basic rules.

For a Tabletop RPG I have never played before I have three that I am thinking about. I may end up playing them all but we’ll see. If you have played any of these, let me know what you think. The first one I am considering is Cyberpunk Red. While the video game release was a mess, I’ve always thought Cyberpunk made more sense as a tabletop game anyway. I wanted to play this last year but I never quite got around to it. The second I am considering is Traveller. This is a space role playing game and it has been around forever but I have not yet played it. I’m curious how it would compare to something like the several Star Wars, Star Trek and Alien role playing games since this one is not set in a licensed movie or television world. The third one I am considering is The One Ring, the TTRPG based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. For as much inspiration as other role playing games take from those books, it has not been often that LOTR has gotten involved in tabletop gaming with the actual franchise. I’m very curious how it compares to the sword and sorcery heavy Dungeons & Dragons.

For a sci-fi role playing game I plan to play Stars Without Number: Revised Edition. It’s a game about humans returning to the skies after their empire has fallen. I played it a little bit last year and had a blast so I’m ready to go back!

For a one page Tabletop RPG I plan to play Crash Pandas. The reason I want to play it? I’m just going to let the description here speak for itself: “You’re a bunch of raccoons, all trying to drive the same souped-up sports car, desperate to make a name for yourselves on the cut-throat LA street-racing circuit. But: why?” Yeah, who wouldn’t want to play that?? Seriously.

I hope you enjoy the challenges I have come up with. Don’t forget to let me know if you plan to play along and how it goes if you do.

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Challengingly yours,

Slick Dungeon

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Movie Review – Don’t Look Up

Don’t Look Up

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Hello out there internet people, it’s me Slick Dungeon. I’m back to review another movie for you. I watched Don’t Look UP on Netflix. Fair warning that there will be spoilers below so if you haven’t seen it and want to, have a look first and then come back here.

Stop me if this sounds familiar. There is an impending global crisis, almost certain to wipe out all life on the planet. There is solid, irrefutable scientific proof of this event. However, due to political considerations, a distracted public, and enormous financial interests on the part of the wealthy, the clear reversal of this problem is completely ignored. The wealthy get to come up with alternative solutions more friendly to them at the cost of everyone else. Don’t Look Up is a disaster comedy that hits way, way, too close to reality.

The whole film is an obvious allegory for climate change but really it could apply to any number of impending global crises we have going on now. The film is chock full of big name stars, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and Jonah Hill.

While the subject matter of the film would make anyone who believes in science uncomfortable, there are laugh out loud moments that are impossible to ignore. As usual Leonardo DiCaprio puts in a fantastic performance but the lines that keep sticking in my mind in this movie come from Jonah Hill and Jennifer Lawrence. There’s also a really funny sequence involving a four star general and some snacks that cracked me up.

It’s also a very American film. The basic premise is straight forward. There is an impending comet heading toward Earth, large enough to be an extinction level event that will wipe out not only humans but a good chunk of the planet itself. The science is solid and the group of scientists who discover the comet have to go convince the president to do something about it. But, political times being what they are, the president is more focused on her poll numbers than committing to a real solution. Because of this inaction there is a wide swath of the population that simply doesn’t believe a comet exists at all. Soon people are on both sides of the issue, the media doesn’t want to cover it because there are stories that get better ratings, and the scientists are trying to get people to understand doom is actually impending.

All in all it is a brilliant film, if a bit on the nose. If you watch it, I promise there are laughs to be had but don’t go in expecting this to be a feel good movie. It’s just so close to the surface of reality it’s genuinely frightening.

Disastrously yours,

Slick Dungeon

Movie Review – Beasts of No Nation

Beasts of No Nation

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Hello out there internet! I hope you are having a great New Year’s Eve, unless you are reading this somewhere that has already reached the new year in which case, Happy New Year! Well, I did it, I finished my own movie challenge for the year. My final challenge was to watch a movie that helps you see the world with a different perspective. For this part of the challenge I watched the gripping film Beasts of No Nation. There will be some mild spoilers below so fair warning for that.

Beasts of No Nation tells the story of Agu, a young boy who is thrown into a war far outside of his control. It starts with him doing things typical of a young boy. He plays games with his friends, doesn’t really enjoy school, plays pranks on his brother and is overall a good kid. He might be a bit mischievous but he doesn’t do anything terrible. The film escalates quickly as government soldiers come and kill a bunch of people in his town. Pretty soon Agu is separated from his family, his older brother and father are killed and he ends up wandering in the jungle.

Agu is then recruited into a sort of guerrilla army made up of mostly child soldiers. Idris Elba plays the Commandant of these rebel forces. He expects these child soldiers to kill anyone he deems an enemy and brutally kills people himself. Agu obviously doesn’t have much choice but to join up. Things continue to get terrible through the rest of the film for Agu and his fellow child soldiers.

Idris Elba, as usual puts in an incredible performance but the stand out star has to be Abraham Atta who plays Agu with a touching and personal performance that is outstanding. We’re with Agu from start to finish in this film and you simply can’t look away.

The film is gripping, heartbreaking, terrifying, and yet somehow hopeful. The movie helped me see the world with a different perspective. It’s not like I didn’t know about child soldiers being a huge problem in war torn countries but this film personalizes it in a way that I think only film can. It’s this kind of film that makes us remember why we have a need to tell stories. The fact that it is a fictional story doesn’t take away any of the truth of it.

Sincerely yours,

Slick Dungeon

Movie Review – Simon Sez

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Hello internet people, it’s me Slick Dungeon. I’m back again to review another movie for my movie challenge this year. This time it was to watch a movie with a rotten tomatoes score of 25% or less. The reason I recommend for people to watch movies with such a low rating is because sometimes these films can surprise you. You see things you might never see in any other film. So, to be clear, just because I gave this one star does not mean that you should not watch it. If you want to see something a little odd and interesting and wonder how this whole thing could have even happened this is still worth a view. Be warned that I am going to spoil this movie a bit but really, you have to see it to believe it.

Who would make a great spy for Interpol in a French town? The flashy and unmistakeable 6’7″ basketball player from the Chicago Bulls, Dennis Rodman of course! What, did you think it would be someone else? Ha! It’s not like spying is about quietly collecting information without being noticed or anything. And who would be the best partner for Dennis Rodman? Why foul mouthed comedian Dane Cook of course! You get to see him do an impression of a velociraptor in this movie because, reasons I guess. And where would be the best place for Dennis Rodman aka Simon Sez to base his secret spy operations? In a church with John Pinette and Ricky Harris who disguise themselves as monks but are also super hackers and tech guys who support Simon. Yes, they are the guys in the chairs for this movie. And finally, with such a big athlete you know there will be action scenes but this is the only movie where you can see Dennis Rodman play bocce ball! He misses because of Dane Cook so we see almost none of Rodman’s actual athletic skills.

The action scenes are slow and telegraphed and the trick car they use for one scene is such a hilariously dumb knock off of a James Bond vehicle that you just have to watch it to know what it does. Rodman is awkward in most of his acting and Dane Cook does no better. Only in 1999 could a movie like this have been made. It has a score of 0% on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus being – “Simon Sez no matter how starved you are for something to watch, there has to be a better option than this dreadfully misguided action thriller.” It’s absolutely misguided but I mean come on, you could see yet another superhero film any time you want. Seeing Dennis Rodman and Dane Cook parachute in a car onto a French beach? That’s a once in a lifetime experience. Just don’t expect it to be a good film.

Rottenly yours,

Slick Dungeon

Movie Review – John Wick

John Wick

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Hey dungeon crawlers it’s me. Slick Dungeon, back to review another movie off of my movie challenge for the year. This challenge was to watch a movie that is all action and no plot. I chose John Wick. There will be mild spoilers for the movie so consider yourself and your dog warned.

Okay to be fair, there is a plot to this movie but it’s about as thin as you can get. Keanu Reeves plays the titular character who is an ex-assassin. He’s lost his wife, he loves his car, and he has a puppy. He loves that car and he loves that puppy. His car gets stolen, his puppy is killed and he is pissed about that. John Wick then goes on a rampage of killing bad guys. He kills so many I literally lost count. They’re all bad though and they are willing to kill a puppy so in movie terms, they get what is coming to them.

Other assassins come after him and there is a really cool idea with these coins these assassins use in a sort of no man’s land hotel. But of course our anti-hero is who we want to win because, well that dog was really cute.

The movie is a wild thrill ride and a ton of fun. Don’t let the thin plot idea here fool you, the action is smart and cool and makes the movie a blast. This is one of those movies to watch when you are just in the mood for some fun action and not a lot else. I’ve always believed there is a place for these kinds of movies in cinema and this one is totally worth it.

Plotlessly yours,

Slick Dungeon

Movie Review – The Bourne Identity

The Bourne Identity

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Hello internet people, it’s me Slick Dungeon. I’m here to review another movie off of my movie challenge list. This one may be a bit of a controversial take to some but I think The Bourne Identity movie is better than the book. It’s a close call but in my mind the film just edges it out. There will be some mild spoilers for both the book and the movie below so consider yourself warned.

The Bourne Identity, both the book and the film, deal with a man who wakes up in the middle of the ocean with no memory of who he is. Although he doesn’t remember his own identity he somehow is able to speak multiple languages, knows how to tie complex sailor knots and is more skilled than a normal person should be. In addition he has a mysterious bank account number hidden in his hip. Once he reaches land he goes to the secure bank and discovers weapons, passports, money and all kinds of mysterious items in his safe deposit box.

On top of all of that there are quite a few people who seem to want to kill him. Going by the identity Jason Bourne he has to try to figure out who he is and why he does what he does. Along the way he meets Marie Kreutz who decides to help him. He has to protect her while getting answers for himself. In the movie, Jason Bourne is overall trying to look out for her and is aware of how his actions could affect her. In the book he has moments where he is a real jerk to her, up to the point of not caring that she got raped. For that reason I have to give the movie the edge. I realize the book was written a while ago and attitudes were different in the past but that doesn’t really make that scene in the book better.

The film is what I would have called a “smart James Bond” prior to the Daniel Craig films. These movies are full of action and Matt Damon pulls of the character very well. It’s not often I think a movie is better than a book but this is one that worked for me.

Have you seen a movie you think is better than the book? If so let me know what it is in the comments.

Mysteriously yours,

Slick Dungeon

Movie Review – Death at a Funeral (2010)

Death at a Funeral (2010)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Hey there, movie fanatics, it’s me Slick Dungeon. I’m still working my way through my movie challenge and for this one it was to watch a movie that makes you laugh so hard you cry. After this one I only have four more to go for the year so I am getting there. I decided to watch Death at a Funeral from 2010 which is an American remake of the original Death at a Funeral from 2007.

Death at a Funeral starts with a somber look at a man in a casket who turns out to be the wrong body. From there, the farce continues and things become more and more outrageous. I don’t want to spoil too much here because it takes away from the comedy if I do but let’s just say things get absolutely ridiculous. And by the end if you haven’t laughed, there may be something wrong with you.

There are solid performances from Chris Rock, Marin Lawrence, Danny Glover, Kevin Hart, Zoe Saldana and a host of other recognizable names.

While it doesn’t necessarily make you laugh from start to finish, the funny parts are funny enough that yes, I did end up laughing so hard I cried. So fair warning, don’t choke on your popcorn with this one. If you haven’t seen it I definitely recommend it. If anyone has seen both the original and the 2010 version let me know which one you think is better. I would have watched the original first but it wasn’t on any of the streaming services I have and I didn’t want to pay for it when I could already see the remake.

Hilariously yours,

Slick Dungeon