New releases: Gay swimmers, psycho grandparents, and redeeming rappers

NATCHA ON FILM – There are always bad films coming out and this week these are “Hor Taew Tak 5,” a horror-comedy full of famous comedians who cross-dress for a laugh, “The Visit,” another horror about creepy grandparents, and “The Last Witch Hunter” starring Vin Diesel. The movies that you can’t miss this week are “Straight Outta Compton,” “Bridge of Spies” and “The Little Prince.”
 

Hor Taew Tak 5

I didn’t even know this movie already had four parts until I saw the trailer for the fifth installment, which just reminded me of the previous ones.

Titled “Oh My Ghost” in English, I can’t even begin to tell you what this film is about. But I’ll try: Famous Thai comedians live in a haunted dorm and their mission is to evict the ghosts. It’s a mix of comedy and horror, weird right? Not for Thailand.

Get ready for the classic Thai humor where straight comedians cross-dress just to be funny. Slapping and calling each other names are also considered funny. The majority of the theater will laugh while you just look at yourself and wonder, why?
 

Water Boyy

If we take out the homosexual aspect of the film, then we’d have a generic romance flick.

“Water Boyy” is about an all-gay swim team whose newest member is a straight dude who has to share a room with one of the players. The straight guy seems kind of confused about his sexual orientation because he already has a girlfriend but somehow falls for his gay roommate.
 

Vanishing Point

This Thai drama won the Hivos Tiger Awards during the 2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam.

“Vanishing Point” tells the story of three different people who face hardships and try their very best to escape from the harsh reality. Throughout the film, they learn that they can’t really turn back time to change what’s happened in the past and have to live with the consequences.

These types of film seem to be really deep and philosophical which is what makes it so interesting.
 

The Visit

Ever heard of M. Night Shyamalan, the talented director who made such amazing films like “The Last Airbender” and “After Earth”? (That’s me being sarcastic.) Well, he’s just made another disaster of a film.

“The Visit” is about a single mother who sends her two children to their grandparents’ house for the weekend so she can spend time with her new boyfriend. One of the kids decide to document their stay to help her mom reconnect with the grandparents, but soon find out a dark secret about them.

This is supposed to be some twisted horror film that scares children from visiting their grandparents. I’m not sure what direction they were trying to go for but it seems like it’s headed downhill.
 

The Little Prince

“The Little Prince” is about a little girl befriending her neighbor who happens to be an aviator. She is being vigorously prepared by her mother to live in the grown up world, but is introduced by the aviator to a world where anything is possible and where it’s the human connections that matter the most, not the things that her mom has been teaching her.

This doesn’t look that bad for an animation film and could turn out to be really good. I like the plot of the film as it seems like this actually has some valuable lesson to be learned rather than the recent pointless animations that have been released. It is based on the classic book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
 

The Last Witch Hunter

I normally feel neutral to fantasy films with witches and all that but seeing Vin Diesel sporting a long, white beard somehow makes me doubt this film.

“The Last Witch Hunter” is about Vin Diesel being Vin Diesel and doing what he does best: kick people’s ass. He has to hunt the Queen Witch in order to bring peace to humanity or something like that.

We all know how these movies end up. Spoiler Alert: Vin Diesel probably ends up winning.
 

Bridge of Spies

I like how there’s starting to be more films about past wars like the Cold War as I feel like war films taking place the Middle East is starting to get a little boring.

“Bridge of Spies” is about an American lawyer who is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to retrieve a pilot taken as prisoner by the Soviet Union.

I’m somewhat looking forward to watching this film, which looks promising since Steven Spielberg directed it.
 

Straight Outta Compton

Even if you’re not into rap music or have no idea what it’s about, I think this film tells a pretty good story of its origins.

“Straight Outta Compton” is about rap group NWA growing up in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in America where their only escape from the violence and crime was making music about it. The film tells the true story of how it was to live in Compton during the ‘80s and facing oppression was a daily thing that they had to overcome.

This is definitely a must-watch film this week.

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