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.
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.
The film Deadly Switch was released on January 15, 2019. It is a thriller about a foreign student Ana (Hayley McLaughlin) who feels threatened by a stalker and is befriended by Monica (Danika Yarosh) who offers to help her get away from the stress at her family’s country home.
The acting was good as well as the director. The major problem with this film is that it is suppose to be a thriller, but it seems as if Disney tried to make a thriller. The plot is predictable and there was no bloody scenes. The musical score, which can sometimes enhance the feeling of the film was a failure when it came to Deadly Switch.
The pacing of the movie and the lackluster musical score were the major flaws of this film. The acting was, as I said, decent but all of these things do not make this movie worth seeing. I give it 2 stars out of 5.
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.
The comedy film The Last Laugh was released on January 11, 2019. It stars Chevy Chase as Al Hart, a retired talent agent and Richard Dreyfuss as Buddy Green, a comedian who quit show business 50 years ago. Al talks Buddy into reviving his career and going on tour, hoping to get on The Late Show.
This was a good movie with a very impressive cast. Also included were Andie MacDowell as a free spirited writer who joins the two for part of the tour, Richard Kind as a Chicago nightclub owner, Lewis Black as Al’s first artiste, and Kate Micucci as Al’s granddaughter. All of the actors did a great job and the directing was excellent. The only thing I didn’t care for was a musical interlude. I felt it distracted from the story.
I did enjoy this movie, however some of the scenes weren’t too original. I would watch this again because it does have some very funny scenes. I give 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.
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.