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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…

Paul’s review of Grapes of Rome Book 2

This is a continuation of the excellent first book by Mr. Meggs and continues the story of young Dante the son of a Roman Senator who has shown himself to be a great warrior as he leads his army into battle. Don’t just think this is a story about war as it isn’t as there are lots of distractions along the way. It genuinely shows the angst a young man has as he is growing up, gaining an identity and finding love along the way. You will be intrigued as he learns how to deal with new emotions but also genuinely wincing as he inflicts the most brutal punishments to those who fight against him or hurt his friends. This is yet another 5-star rating that I couldn’t put down.

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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.

Paul’s review of Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

Mowgli was released on 29th November 2018 and is directed by Andy Serkis who also voices one of the characters in the movie. It is based on Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book and stars Rohan Chand in the lead role.

 The first thing that hits you when the movie opens is that this is not going to be the same as the cutesy, sing-along Disney version as there is a lot of blood and death which will probably explain its 12-rating. So, I would not recommend it for a younger audience. The story is very good and the acting from young Rohan was very believable. The voices for the main characters are from very well known, mainly British, actors and I thought they played their parts very well. The usual characters are all there as well as one I have never seen before, a young albino wolf voiced by Louis Ashbourne Serkis. If Bhoot does not make you cry, you are HEARTLESS! The CGI was also very good with a good musical score to help with the tension.

I really enjoyed this movie, it was a lot darker than what I was expecting and Remmy tells me that this was closer to what Kipling wrote in his book. I am glad someone decided to write and release something other than the Disney version (which I also liked!). I hope it becomes available to buy on disc as I want it in my collection. An easy 5/5 from me.

Paul’s review of 211

211 was released on June 2018 with a 15 (R) rating and stars Nicolas Cage as Mike Chandler an almost retired cop who has been given the task of taking a quiet high school student as a ride along following a fighting incident at his school. Chandler has lost his wife through cancer and has basically lost contact with his daughter even though her husband is his partner in the police force.

On their patrol with the ride along they come across a car parked in a restricted zone and decide to investigate. What they don’t know is that it is a getaway vehicle for a group of mercenaries who are trying to retrieve money owed to them following a deal that went wrong. What follows is full on action for the rest of the movie.

I found this movie to be exciting and the acting for the most part was believable. The storyline was good, but I do feel that there was some unnecessary killing that could have easily been left out with no detrimental effect. I would rate it 4 out of 5 and would it watch again.

Paul’s review of The Humanity Bureau

Humanity Bureau is a Canadian science fiction film released on 6th April 2018 and stars Nicholas Cage as Noah Cross, a government agent tasked with relocating people who are no longer contributing to society after the war that has devastated America’s lush resources. They are promised a new life at New Eden where they can live a meaningful existence again. On one visit, he meets a mother and her son, Lucas, who are desperately trying to avoid being relocated following rumours that the New Eden project is not what it is promised to be. He seems to bond with the family, particularly the boy, and he delays submitting his report to allow Lucas to perform in his school recital. His boss is concerned by this and warns Noah but also starts to covertly investigate him. Meanwhile, Noah also starts to make investigations into the Eden Project.

This was a really good story and the acting was great throughout, you could really feel the tension building and some scenes were upsetting. It will make you think what would happen should the worse happen to our fragile planet due to humanity’s incompetence. The movie is rated R/15 (PG-13) for violence as there is quite a lot of blood. I really enjoyed this movie and would rate it a strong 4 out of 5. I wouldn’t add it to my collection but I would watch it again.

Paul’s review of The Beyond

The Beyond was released on 9th January 2018 in the UK with a Guidance rating and is set in 2019 chronicling a ground-breaking mission to send advanced AI astronauts through a newly discovered wormhole trying to see what is on the other side. It is filmed as a behind the scenes documentary and this was sufficient to get a background to the new anomaly. However, after this they should have reverted back to usual. The actual story was good, but it could have been a lot better and you can see that compromises were made to explain how the new AI’s were being produced. I did not recognise any of the actors but this did not detract from the movie and the CGI was adequate. Part way through the movie I did become a little bored, but the action did improve later, and the ending was good if a little bit confusing as to what they were actually saved from. Overall, I would give it 3 out of 5 stars and it won’t be added to my collection.

Paul’s review of Camp Cool Kids

Camp Cool Kids was released on 11th July 2017 with a PG rating and is written and directed by Lisa Arnold. The only major name in the movie is Michael Gross who plays the grandfather of two boys who have recently lost their air force father. They have moved into his house with their mum and are due to attend a camp for the summer. The younger of the two boys, Spence, is not looking forward to it and really does not want to go. His older brother, Dean, is supposedly the cool one of the family and does not want to babysit him for the full two weeks.

When Spence gets to camp, he is extremely nervous but a camp regular soon befriends him and takes him into his bunk where he cheers up a little. The boys in the bunk are nice and between them they have some funny moments. They also end up having a mini-war with the boys from Dean’s bunk. I don’t want to spoil the movie but parts of this was unrealistic but maybe that would happen in a real camp?

The story is very Christian based even with quotes from the bible and this was really annoying and could have been done a lot better. There is no need to ram the messages home in this way and I have detracted a star because of this. I did enjoy the movie, the storyline could have been a lot different, but I am guessing that would change the message that was being put forward? Overall though a strong 4 from 5, but I wouldn’t add it to my collection.

Paul’s Review of I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore

I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore was released on February 24th, 2017 and is the story of depressed nurse Ruth (Melanie Lynskey) who returns home to find that she has been burgled. She reports the incident to the police and all they do is give her advice to not leave the property unlocked. She decides to find the perpetrators herself and starts to ask her neighbours if they had seen anything. This is when she meets her rather weird neighbour Tony (Elijah Wood) who becomes enraged with the incident and together they decide to find her stolen property. The story then descends into what can only be described as blood, guts, comedy and a sense of wanting her to get justice for what has happened to her.

I really enjoyed this movie and can safely say that after the first half hour I was not expecting it to turn into such an enjoyable movie. Lynskey and Wood play off each other well and along with the supporting cast they make the story believable in a weird kind of way. The police officer however must have been completely stupid or couldn’t care and I would hope that real ones were not as inept as this one was. I would give this a high rating of 4.5/5 but as I have watched it once I don’t think a second time would be as much fun. Consequently, I will not be adding it to my collection.

 

Paul’s review of The Good Neighbor

The Good Neighbor stars James Caan as Harold Grainey a reclusive old man whose teenage neighbours decide to conduct a study on him to see how he will react if he thinks his house is haunted. The film was released on September 16th 2016 and is rated R/15.

Logan Miller and Keir Gilchrist are Ethan and Shaun the two high school students who set up spy cameras and other devices to watch and control devices within Grainey’s house. They monitor and record it all from Ethan’s house across the street. However, what starts out as a prank soon leads to a devastating tragedy due to a series of weird coincidences.

When I started to watch I thought I had picked another rubbish movie, but this was soon dismissed as I became enthralled with what was happening. Miller and Gilchrist play their parts well, but James Caan definitely steals the show with his portrayal of a grumpy old man, and you will feel for him towards the end of the movie. Overall, I would have to rate this 5 out of 5.