Category Archives: Movie Reviews

Movie Recommendation – Robert the Bruce (2019)

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The story of the nobleman-turned-outlaw hero who was crowned king of Scots in the 14th century.

Director: Richard Gray

Robert The Bruce: Angus Macfadyen(I)
The story of the nobleman-turned-outlaw hero who was crowned king of Scots in the 14th century.
IMDB Rating: 5.1
My Rating: 8.0
Who else better to play Robert the Bruce than Angus MacFadyen.

Movie Recommendation – The Silence (2019)

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When the world is under attack from terrifying creatures who hunt their human prey by sound, 16-year old Ally Andrews (Kiernan Shipka), who lost her hearing at 13, and her family seek refuge in a remote haven.

IMDB Rating: 5.2
My Rating: 7.0

If you enjoyed watching Bird Box or A Quiet Place, then you will like this film, that is all I have to say.

Movie Review – The Shadow People (2017)

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Director: Brian T. Jaynes

Writer: David Wilson

Stars: Bug Hall, Kat Steffens, C. Thomas Howell

Storyline

Newlyweds Megan (Kat Steffens, Parkland) and Andrew (Bug Hall, Castle) have just moved into their dream home with aspirations to start a family. But soon strange events start happening. Voices and shadowy figures haunt Megan, and even Andrew, starts questioning his own sanity as their marriage is being torn apart. The visions grow increasingly real..and threatening, yet Megan is unwilling to relinquish her home. When the appearance of a mysterious priest (C. Thomas Howell, The Amazing Spiderman) unveils the truth behind their nightmare, Megan’s reality takes a desperate turn that her haunting visions never could have predicted.

 

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Review:

I would not say that this movie is all bad. The Shadow People starts out bland enough. A newlywed couple driving home swerve to avoid a person on the road, and ultimately, their car gets stuck. What follows in n unraveling sequence of events that, at first only Megan can see.

My initial thoughts here were: Why didn’t Andrew turn off the car before they decided to prance home in the rain? Why didn’t one of them call a tow truck when they got home instead of getting down to sex? Was Cain supposed to be a remake of a similar character (Kain) in Poltergeist?

It is not until the final act that we see the reality of what happened in that “near miss car accident with mysterious girl on the road”.

I am not going to say anything here to give away the spoilers, but, the acting by Kat Steffens and Bug Hall was good enough to make me watch to the end.

IMDB Rating: 3.1
My Rating: 6.0

Movie Review – Dark Phoenix

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Storyline

The X-Men. Protectors of peace. Jean Grey is one of the most beloved X-Men. But when a mission goes wrong, Jean is exposed to a dark and ancient power. This power has destroyed everything it comes in contact with, until her. Now that this power is becoming unstable, she releases it with destruction and anger. Now that this foreign power is consuming her, and the world is threatened, the X-Men have to face an important truth: they must save either the world, or their friend who threatens it.

Director: Simon Kinberg

Writers:  Simon Kinberg, Stan Lee (comic book created by)

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Plot: Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all of humanity.

My Review: Overall this was a good film – if it was an indie film spin-off from the Marvel universe – however, as this is a Marvel Studios film, how does this film “Dark Phoenix” fit into the X-Men universe as it should play out?

Yes, it is set in the younger years of the X-Men, but when Jean Grey was a late teen-early twenties, shouldn’t have Wolverine had a cameo in this, as he did all the others?

Also a few other things to the time-line of X-Men/Marvel Universe:

1. Mystique being killed off early in the sequence? (Wouldn’t this affect ALL the other X-men films?)

2. Towards the end Jean-Grey sacrificing herself for the classical Star Trek cliche of “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” (Although she didn’t say it, this is what the scene referred.

3. No Wolverine?

This is NOT X-Men, unless a lame attempt to introduce us to the “Elementals“, which, if it is, kinda borders in the story lines of “Thanos“. After all, if “Dark Phoenix” has the tie-in to “all things Marvel”, shouldn’t there be a film of Elementals defeating Thanos, rather than just the X-Men?

Yeah, just NO.

My Rating: 5 out of 10.

Meh….. The Marvel Universe Does Your Head In With The BS……

Movie Review – Wolf Mother (2016)

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Wolf Mother (2016)
Director: Erik Peter Carlson
Writer: Erik Peter Carlson
Stars: Tom SizemoreKevin PinassiMary CareyNajarra TownsendMaria Olsen, and Ellen Ho

Plot: In an attempt to rectify their criminal past, a once successful Hollywood starlet, turned prostitute, and a petty, misogynistic thief, set out together to solve a high profile child abduction case in San Francisco.

Tagline: Zelda has some baggage.

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Review: I admit I got about as far as Najarra and Tom sitting in the cafe and her chowing down like there’s no tomorrow. That was enough to tell me this film was absolute rubbish and a waste of time and money. I give this a zero out of 100, it was that bad.

Verdict: Cheesy, predictable, failed to rise to any occasion.

Rating: 0/10

Movie Review – #Captured

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Director: Joe Homokay
Writer: Lizze Gordon
Stars: Lizze Gordon, Gabrielle Romanello, Megan Medellin

Plot: A group of privileged high school kids run an illicit chat room where they livestream their drug fueled sex parties to paying viewers on the internet. Little do they know there’s a murderous zealot on a mission to rid the internet of sin.

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Review: I managed all of 10 minutes before I had to stop watching this monstrosity of amateur softcare wanna-be porn film. Budget must have had a grand scale of ten dollars as none of these people could act to save their lives.

Don’t waste your time on this one.

My Rating: 0/10

Movie Review – Avengers Grimm: Time Wars (2018)

 

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Avengers Grimm: Time Wars (2018)
Stars:  Lauren Parkinson, Elizabeth Eileen, Marah Fairclough, Christina Licciardi, Michael Marcel,
Director: Maximilian Elfeldt
Writer: Jeremy M. Inman (screenplay)

Plot: Unhappy being ruler of the Underworld, Rumpelstiltskin frees himself and goes into hiding, making plans to take over Earth once and for all. As the Avengers Grimm fight to stop him, they quickly discover it’s not where Rumpelstiltskin is hiding, but when, forcing our heroes to fight through the ages.

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Review: Every writer knows that the first rule of being a writer is read over your own work, then edit and change as necessary. However, in the case of this film, I do think that the writer and director missed a lot.

I wonder if the writer and the director got together for a basic script read and wondered to themselves, “Do we or don’t we?”

This is one of those scenarios where they should have reviewed the script and diced it completely.

Where can I begin? The acting was lame, the Director was obviously asleep at the wheel, and I cannot image how in hell this POC got funded. Then again, this “Masterpiece of crap” does come from the gang at The Asylum, so what else can we expect….

I know that this was released to “try” and capitalize on Avengers: Infinity War, but .. Well, what can I say here? Maybe they should have stopped with the first installment, rather than carry on the charade of bad acting and bad directing.

Verdict: No. Not just no, but, Hell No!
Rating: 1 out of 10

Movie Review – Isle Of The Dead

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Isle Of The Dead (2016)

Director: Nick Lyon
Writers: Jacob Cooney (screenplay), Brandon Trenz (screenplay)
Stars: Joey Lawrence, Maryse Mizanin, Todd Cattell

Plot: A military squad is sent to a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean in order to secure top secret records involving a zombie epidemic that wiped out the large scientific team experimenting with various test chemicals and toxins which leads to the team battling not only zombies, but the lone surviving scientist who has plans for the future of the human race.

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Tagline: They’re more than dead!
My Tagline: Hmmmm…

Review: I love a good zombie flick as much as the next person. With some actors like Joey Lawrence (Blossom), (Brotherly Love), one would expect the acting performance to be a lot better. although there are some scenes in here which bend the norm of all zombie flicks (such as the Z Vs Z Fight Scene), this film did not reach the expectations that it could have done.

To be frank, the film reminded me of much of the game play on Dead Island series.

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Make Up effects were good, which is saying something. The acting could have been a lot better. But overall, a film I may watch again.

IMDB Rating: 5.3
My Rating: 6.5

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