This Philippine film was released in the US on September 21, 2018. Goyo: The Boy General is about Gregorio del Pilar, one of the youngest generals in the Philippine-American War (1899-1902). He died at the age of 24 at the Battle of Tirad Pass. The film covers the last few months of his life.
I admit that I know very little about Philippine history, but this was a decent look behind the personalities, politics, and struggle of the Philippine people. The cinematography was excellent and showed the beauty of the country. The pace of the film was fine,the editing was a bit haphazard. Paulo Avelino, as Goyo, did an excellent portrayal of the young general and ladies man. The Tirad Pass battle scene was done well and both sides of the conflict were portrayed fairly.
This version of the film was 2 hours and 29 minutes long. A film that long has to really grab me in order to hold my interest. Some of the romantic scenes could have been shorter, and some scenes of the general’s flashbacks could have been explained better. The film was subtitled, but some scenes did use English. I give this 4 stars out of 5.
The film The House with a Clock in its Walls was released on September 21, 2018 and is rated PG for some sorcery, action, rude language. Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) is sent to live with his uncle Johnathon (Jack Black) after his parents’ deaths. He meets his uncle’s friend Florence Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett), who has a love/hate relationship with Johnathon. Lewis learns that his uncle is a warlock.
The former owner of his uncle’s house was another warlock (Kyle McLachlan) who hid a clock in the house that would end the world. Lewis is trained to learn magic in order to help his uncle. This fantastical tale is not as heavy laden with mythic creatures as in the Harry Potter series. It does, however, have two cute creatures, a chair that acts like a dog and a lion-shaped hedge. The acting was good and there were a couple of scenes which had good creep elements which might cause some jump scares. Some scenes were shot in darkness and it was hard to see anything, which would contribute to the scare factor.
I was recently gifted with this movie and I found it enjoyable if a bit dark. The only complaint I might have with the story line is when Lewis goes to school. I felt like these scenes were put in as filler. For the most part, Black, Blanchett, and, to an extent Vaccaro, were the main foci of the film. There are extras with this movie of which the Gag Reel and the Alternate Opening and Ending were of main interest. I give this 4 stars out of 5.
The Predator 14, September 2018 Rated R for blood and gore. Take a look at the cute kid in the picture, notice what is on his left hand. If you have watched other predator movies you are not going to be ready for this. Blood and Gore abound big time. Lots of foul language, and dead bodies, including a man that throws rotten fruit at the boy.
New space ships and they are awesome, well two new space ships. A good-bad guy space ship and a bad guy space ship. The CGI was great. But the boy, is he the evil incarnate or just a whiz kid that makes fool of everyone? You will have to be the judge on that. I can tell you this much, this nine year old is no one to mess with. Yes he is a nine year old, but with the brain of a host of super computers.
His father is in Special Forces and kills people as a sniper, the kid knows this, and he knows killing sometimes helps… well no one knows who the good guys are anyway but I digress.
I rate this 5 out of 5 stars, good photography, good directing, good acting, and a great story line, just so you know the boy (Jacob Tremblay) is in many scenes.
Silencer (not rated) Sep 2018. This movie is classified as an action/thriller, however, the action started at the beginning for a couple of moments when we didn’t have any more until the last thirty minutes of the film.
I felt sorry for the actors because the script, well it sucked, on the good side the actors were decent, the photography was great and the directing and editing were passable. I give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars
Mara was released on September 7, 2018. It is a thriller which revolves around the theory that 40% of people are afflicted by sleep paralysis. In this film, the theory is taken one step further and contends that a sleep demon kills people in their sleep. Psychologist Kate Fuller (Olga Kurylenko) is called when a woman is accused of murdering her husband and their 8 year old daughter (Mackenzie Imsand) is the only witness.
There were a couple scenes at the beginning of the film that made me jump. This was enhanced by the music score. After a while, the tension of the film lost some of its impact. The acting wasn’t too bad, but by the time the demon was seen in the film, I was starting to lose interest. It’s not a great idea to make sleep as the main theme of a movie because I was, as some points, falling asleep myself. Other than the acting, the photography was good.
If you are the sort of person who enjoys these kind of movies, then you will enjoy this film. It had its good moments and its bad moments. I, however, am only willing to give it 3 stars out of 5. The subject matter was weak and the demon was not frightening enough.