The film Deadly Scholars (AKA #Squadgoals) was released on January 16, 2018. It is about a high school reporter who investigates a couple of murders at her school. At the time that it was released it was Unrated.
It was very difficult to find anything positive about this film. I suppose the best I can say is that the acting was decent even though the script was dull and predictable. This was listed as a thriller, but it came across more as a chiller. The actors were, apparently, more used to working on TV channels like Nickelodeon or Disney. The murders were hardly scary or gory. And the other major sin of this film (I can’t even bring myself to call it a movie) was that the “teen” actors were in their mid-20s or older.
I consider it my duty to warn people about wasting their time when it comes to entertainment. This film was a major disappointment and should be avoided at all costs unless you need a sleep remedy. Another clue to watch for is when the producers can’t decide on a title to stick with. I give it 1 star out of 5.
Corbin Nash, April 2018, If you love vampire movies you are sure to like this. The premise is that the original vampires were angels sent from heaven to inherit the earth. At that point they are demons. According to the movie that is exactly what happened. Not sure where the teeth came from.
There is no gore, but there is plenty of blood. Corbin Nash (played by Englishman Dean Jagger) our protagonist is a cop whose parents were murdered at a baseball game. Overall the movie is action packed if you can get over the vampires, and senselessness of it all. I didn’t even know the English played baseball.
The vampires really like street fighting, to tenderize the meat I presume. None of that is shown, so you cannibals are out of luck.
Corey Feldman, who I did not recognize at all, plays Queenie… a part I sure would not have played but I guess money is money to some people. I do have to give kudo’s here, he did it well.
There are a couple of other big name stars in it, you will have to figure which is tho (without looking it up on IMDB!)
Do my best to get over the stupidity of the infamous vampire genre I found it hard to give this movie 3 stars, but i did, just because you guys will rip my throat out and leave me to die if I don’t. 3 out of 5 stars. I will not watch this again nor will I buy the movie. But the title and graphics were cool!
The Chinese film Detective Dee :The Four Heavenly Kings is the third in a series which blends martial arts, action, and fantasy. It was released in the United States on July 27, 2018. I will admit that I fell in love with this series from the very first film.
Detective Dee (Mark Chao) is commissioned by the Emperor to protect the Dragon-Taming Mace which is a symbol of the Emperor’s power. Unfortunately, the Empress Wu (Carina Lau) plots against Detective Dee. She convinces Dee’s best friend to help her and he hires a troupe of wizards in this mission. To top it off, there is a cult seeking revenge against the Imperial dynasty. This is where the fantasy elements are brought in.
The actors were all excellent as were the martial arts scenes. I also enjoyed the CGI effects. The only disappointment in the movie were the subtitles which sometimes flashed for a second on the screen. I give this 5 stars out of 5.
This is a Ukrainian SciFi/Fantasy film, October 2017, and yes it has subtitles, which was good since I cannot speak Ukrainian.
The movie starts out quickly enough, and escalates from there. A boy who loses it anytime he is high up and actually wets himself is sent back one thousand years in time. Too bad for him, his best friend is in the correct time about ready to fall to his death because our protagonist was too afraid to get close to the edge of a gorge. Not only that the class is on a field trip to see a solar eclipse.
There are multiple scenes going on at the same time, in a logical order. You may find it hard to follow the language with the subtitles because it moves too fast, but that shouldn’t bother you, in this case you can tell what is happening just from the film itself.
Of course, there are bad guys and evil men. Daniil Kamenskyi (17 at the time of the filming but looks like 14) plays our young protagonist well. I was more than surprised. The story itself is different than I ever imagined, I expected a remake of some Disney film, and it is not, this is a heartwarming film that is actually believable, except for the fantasy parts.
A good beginning and a great ending and the middle was superb. CGI, acting, Directing, and story alike were over the top. 5 out of 5 stars from me.
The film Velvet Buzzsaw was released on February 1, 2019. It is a horror/thriller about what happens when the art of a reclusive artist is promoted by greed. The artist wanted his work destroyed, but a neighbor of his uses it for her own enrichment. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a bisexual art critic, Rene Russo is a art promoter, and John Malkovich is an ex-alcoholic artist who is losing his talent.
All of the actors portrayed their characters very well, but the subject matter was not very interesting. The movie started out slow and the portrayal of this select group of people did not do much to make the film relatable. The murder scenes were interesting and the CGI was well done.
This is definitely an, excuse the pun, “art house” movie. The cinematography was excellent but overall, I would only give this 3 stars.
I too found the start a little slow but it certainly improved throughout. Once the actual ‘action’ began I found it really good and Gyllenaal portrayed his character really well I thought. It did prove that when people become rich and famous they can change completely and sometimes act like spoilt-brats if they are not getting there own way or people are not treating them how they think they deserve to be treated.
I found the story to be original and if you can get over the first half-hour it becomes enjoyable. I rate this 4 stars.
Polar, 25 Jan 2019 rated Mature Audience, is one action movie that you do not want to miss. The movie is based on the Darkhorse Graphic Comic “Polar: Came from the Cold” The protagonist is played by Mads Mikkelsen from Denmark and you will see Vanessa Anne Hudgens, the cute little Martin Zolotarev , Richard Dreyfuss that many of you will not recognize, and other upcoming greats.
This is non stop action all the way through, and the few scenes that slow down really help push the movie to the next level. I cannot say enough good about this movie, action, blood, a touch of gore, The director Jonas Åkerlund from Sweden was excellent, as the photography which was breathtaking at times, and the editing, and the acting was over the top. 5 out of 5 stars from me. Akerlund is a true action director!
Close, Jan 2019. When looking for a movie to watch or buy, most people go by the actors. Over the years we have seen some big film stars, some didn’t deserve the accolades they received, but because they looked like sweethearts or macho men, they made the big screen and we all fell for it, yes including me.
Some people go by the directors. I like action films not too bloody but even if there is gore I can stand that as long as the action is there. Then you have movies like this one. Two lead women and a woman director. Naomi Rapace plays a bodyguard who must protect a rich heiress played by Sophie Nilesse. I had never heard of either actress or the Director, but still, I wanted to see what a ‘girly’ film called action crime would be like.
I have to say that I was pleased. The acting was very good, the directing above par and the story was believable for the most part But what really got me was the ending, you won’t be ready for that. I rate this 5 out of 5, it was that good.
Revenger, 15 January 2019, rated for Mature Audiences. Do not let the cover fool you. This German/Korean film has subtitles and much of it is in English surprisingly enough. An Interpol detective loses his family in the harshest of ways. Although the perpetrator goes to prison, the detective wants revenge and gets himself sent to an island for criminals, to seek it.
This reminded me of an old-time movie because you can really tell who the bad guys and the good guys are. There is no nudity, there is no gore, but there is plenty of blood. He is befriended by a little girl, in trouble, and has to deal with good guys that want him dead, and the bad guy he is after.
You will not see anything new in this film, a bunch of Karate style fighting, which by the way brings me to one thing I noticed. The Roman Republic armies used a certain way to place their feet for balance and to push into the enemy. This movie has that, but for some reason the actors could not keep their balance, I thought it was strange.
Overall the movie was good, you get to see sights you do not normally see, and the acting was sub par, but it is still an enjoyable action flick. I rate it 4 stars out of 5.
Normally, Black Mirror is a television series, but this “episode” Bandersnatch is a stand alone video which is movie version length. It was released on December 28, 2018. It is an interesting film in that the viewer is given choices during the movie of how to direct the characters. If the viewer does not choose one of the options within a 10 second interval, the story goes to a default setting.
The basic story line takes place in the summer of 1984. Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead) is an amateur game developer who is working on a game based on a book his late mother had. The acting was very good. The interactive aspect of the movie was good and, at times, funny. The story line was somewhat improved by the producers and writers going with this concept, but I imagine it must have been just as stressful for them as it was for the actors to keep the time line straightened out.
The concept of “Life is full of choices” was the main theme of this story. It was well done and the acting was believable. I thought this was well worth watching and give it 4 stars out of 5.
Samson 2018, PG-13 The writing of this fairy tale was less than par, within the first minute, Samson and his kin steals corn of all things. Corn that came into existence on Turtle Island, now known as the United States, there was no way they had corn in the Philistine countries. In the first hour we see the Philistines with acres of corn stalks. Not likely.
But keeping this fairy tale going, the story of David and Goliath (Goliath being a Philistine) so the bible says, but Goliath was the son of the Nephilim one hunred years after Samson, or so we are told. An ogre with no education, he was dumb and like all of the ogres of old, which either were trained to be warriors or used as cattle. Like most ogres, they are not that bright, and they have a short temper. Can you name a famous American that has those traits and is over six foot tall? Granted not all Ogres are this dumb or bad, but they all have short tempers, must be a lack of oxygen to the brain to create seratonin.
Hercules is the same. They say his father was Zeus (Greek mythology) was actually the son of another Nephilim. Then comes Samson, (Hebrew) and you find that there are many similarities in the stories Coincidences or lies?
Every country wants their heroes. Even Americans have their fictitious heroes, but the human spirit wants a hero that will save us from the injustices of the hierarchy that runs the world. As in almost all Christian stories, there are always the evil women to bring a man down.
Although the writing was terrible because they did not use historical knowledge of the time period nor did they use any logic, the acting was almost good, the photography was excellent and the directing and editing standard, I thought it was a good movie. I rate this 3 out of 5 stars but remember all of the stories are pure fiction, and this is where Marvel and D.C. got their ideas for heroes. Of course you are ordered to believe this fairy tale or risk going to hell for not being a believer, or so we are told.