Monthly Archives: December 2018

StevenF Review of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

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.

Remmy’s Review of SAMSON

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.

Paul’s review of Bird Box

Bird Box is a post-apocalyptic thriller that was released on December 21st, 2018 and rated 15 in the UK (PG-13). Sandra Bullock stars as Malorie Hayes, an artist who is pregnant with her first child. She is taken to the hospital by her sister who as already warned her that there is an outbreak of mass suicide in Russia and Europe. When they are leaving the hospital, they soon realise that the outbreak has now spread to North America when a woman starts to head-butt a toughened glass window. The outbreak soon spreads and Malorie is forced to take refuse in a nearby home. The movie then alternates between the original incident and what is happening five years later. When movies do this it can be confusing, but in this instance, it was easy to follow, and you knew exactly what time frame you were in.

The reason for the outbreak is not entirely clear but it is definitely a sinister entity and the intrigue will keep you watching for the full two hours. There is also lots of blood, but nothing that I would consider over the top. The acting is very good and the two children, particularly the boy, play their parts well. You will enjoy this movie and I would give it a strong four out of five. I would watch it again but won’t be adding it to my collection.

StevenF Review of The Favourite

The vaguely historical film of Queen Anne’s reign (1702-1714) The Favourite was released on December 21, 2018. The names and titles of the characters were about the only historical facts in this film. The director, Yorgos Lanimithos, apparently wanted to capture the flavor of the time period since this is listed as a dark comedy. The story revolves around the Queen’s favorite Lady Sarah Churchill and her impoverished cousin Abigail Masham.

These three women are the main focus of this film. The fact that Queen Anne had a husband was ignored, while men in general were downplayed. Whether this caused the story line to be weakened or strengthened is left up to the audience. Most of the musical score was appropriate to the time period, while there were scenes which used modern orchestral music which irritated me. The only other thing that I had a problem with was the unevenness of the directing.

If you watch this film expecting to gain a history lesson, you will be sorely disappointed. There were some anachronisms, i.e. at this time, rabbits were not kept as pets. The acting, I admit, was very good and the story was an interesting diversion, but I can only give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

Remmy’s Review of Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines 14 December 2018, rated PG=13 Of course, London is known for its arrogant demeanor to outsiders, so having a city on an Engine that travels around sucking in everyone and everything isn’t something I personally would take lightly. Naturally there is a lack of food, so where do they get it? Of course, there are other regimes that would do the same, most have the technology to do what has been done here.

For those of you that are not familiar with Steampunk, it simply refers to the beginning of the Victorian age when things became mechanical because of the use of steam. In a society that does not have electric, this is the only way to do it. (Unless Tesla comes back and finishes electric generating power.)

This is a Christian Rivers film, but it has Peter Jackson all over it. and so you can bet, steampunk or not, it has many things dealing with Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars. A scary thought, and I didn’t see that much else that was new or different. I have to say that I was not ready for metal centipedes!

Although I think 50 quirks (quid) is a lot for 4 quirks of sausage, and I mean 120 pounds of sausage, still it kept my attention. So cannibals, in the future you can buy processed meat for 4 quirks! There are lots of sad stories here, but Jackson couldn’t bring anyone to tears with them. A sad state of affairs for a writer or a director.

For the eyes, this is a masterpiece that you will have to watch many times. As far as action, it is all there, photography is outstanding, the acting is mediocre, as well as directing. Who am I trying to fool, this is a love story plain and simple. Most will love this film. I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.