Monthly Archives: February 2019

StevenF Review of Deadly Scholars

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.

Remmy’s Review of Corbin Nash

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!

StevenF Review of Detective Dee:The Four Heavenly Kings

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.

Remmy’s Review of The Stronghold

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.

Where the Wild Thing’s Live??

Everybody knows Remmy takes a camera wherever he goes, but I’m sure he wasn’t expecting to see this on his travels.

Obviously, Roswell is renowned for its stories of aliens and other weird things. but this sight was really strange. Can you imagine seeing this creature roaming in your neighbourhood? And worse still, imagine if there were more than one there?

The funny thing is, he never saw any other wild animals on his travels this day so it does make you wonder who is highest on the food chain now…

PaulM and StevenF Review of Velvet Buzzsaw

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.