Goosebumps (2015)

Starring: Jack Black, Amy Ryan, Ken Marino, Jillian Bell, R.L. StinePlotline: A mother/son combo move to small-town U.S.A. and find out the town has something to hide. Something... Monstrous!Review:  So it's a Monday night and nothing is really going on in my life.  I ask my room mate if he wants to come see Goosebumps with me and he replies "Really?  Goosebumps? What the hell, I'm in a good mood and if it's that bad it won't bother me, it'll be free, let's do it" (I paraphrase, I couldn't tell you exactly what he said).  I expected it to be a dumb want of a movie that provided a laugh or two, but nothing major.  Man was I wrong.  I loved this movie!  Maybe it was because I haven't seen Jack Black in anything for a while, maybe it was because this was a nostalgic movie made from things from my childhood, but hot damn was this great.The acting was all done decently well too, considering that it's mainly unknowns, Jack Black as the Hermetic R.L. Stine was a nice Jack Black on 8, but he ALSO voiced Slappy, the villainous puppet from "Night of the living Doll", and that gave us Jack Black on 12, so it evened out quite nicely. Ken Marino plays a bit part as a gym teacher, and I would have liked to see more of him, but I can never complain about seeing him in a movie.The best part of the movie was that it started super cheesy like a Goosebumps tv show from back in the day, but then evolved into so much more and made fun of itself, took itself seriously all the while providing good laughs.The effects were done pretty good too, from the Abominable Snowman to Slappy the ventriloquist doll (Who gets mad when you call him a dummy), to the wolf man that looked pretty impressive.  The giant Praying Mantis was super fun too.Just an overall fun movie that I enjoyed a whole bunch and I think if you're a fan of horror comedy with a childish tinge, or a a fan of RL Stine in general you would enjoy it too.

The Maze Runner (2013)

Starring: some kids.Plot: Thomas gets thrown into a giant open area called the glade, but he doesn't remember anything leading up to that point. He meets a bunch of dudes and finds out he's in a giant maze that they can't get out of surrounded by traps and giant creatures called "grievers". But Thomas has different plans, he plans to get out.....Review: I watched the trailer for the sequel to this movie, "the scorch trials" and figured what the hell, I hate my life, may as well watch this and see what it's about, and let me tell you... I still don't know a single thing that it's about. So much so that during the movie (that I was watching alone) I often found myself asking questions out loud in hopes that someone was stalking me and could give me the answer. No dice though.The acting was pretty poor and it seemed like a really bad imitation of Lord of the flies, which has been done so many times before, so I wasn't a huge fan of it. The filming of it was half good, in the daytime it was really pretty and vibrant, but at night I had difficulty seeing things that weren't human. Which could have been the purpose, I'm not positive on that front.The grievers were like... Giant blobs with a mouth... I guess it would be as if a child plucked a monster from their minds. A big bulbous creature with no eyes that I saw and too much mouth, but also had mechanical legs to chase after people AND a mechanical stinger...The stinger! So there's multiple scenes in the movie where people discuss someone "being stung", and the the main dude Thomas says "by what?" One time, but never again. So it's a very difficult thing when they talk about being stung and I had no fucking clue what they were talking about until like....45 minutes into the movie.The movie was also decently predictable in, well, every way. It's a group of young men, so naturally when a girl comes in you know the movie is hitting its peak, hell they even tell you that in the movie! There's a little fat kid with the group that befriends the main guy a bit, so he dies very predictably. The only part of the movie that confused me was the very end when one of the guys in "the glade" meets up with the Heroes of the movie, but they don't say how he got there. He passed through all the ordeals, got through the giant maze he's never been through, hit a combination for a lock he didn't know and made it through decently unscathed. Fuck I hate my life during this movie.You find out they're all being used to attempt to find a cure for some global genocide that only affects people who are older than they are or something? And the woman who put them through this maze is dead, but you find out she's not and it was all part of their plan. Jesus.I mean... Maybe watch this movie? It wasn't completely awful, just pretty mundane and dumb. Your call, I did it because the trailer for the second one looks kinda cool, but I imagine I am going to get into a car accident on my way home from watching it so that I don't have to watch the third one. Patrick out.