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.
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.
The Christmas Chronicles(22 Nov 2018) In everyone’s hearts there is always the hope of something better, and The Christmas Chronicles delivers. Santa is played by Kurt Russell, yeah I know it is a little hard to believe, but he does it well. This is a fantasy, for children, just remember what I say at the end of this and make sure the children know it. There are several child actors that play Teddy and Kat at different ages, all did well. Judah Lewis plays the oldest who is not a believer and you actually feel for him. His little sister is played by Darby Camp, who by the way, steals the show.
If your children see this as a fantasy, then all is well. If they are expected to believe it, shame on you. It will be a great Christmas Story the whole family will enjoy. Based on that I give it a 4.5 out of 5, taking off a little for the cartoonish elves. I guess they didn’t want to pay for short kids or adults to play them, so sad. Personally, I would have preferred kids, or short people playing those parts, after all, that is what you expect in a Christmas Story… Don’t worry, the children in your house won’t notice… I hope. This was an enjoyable movie.
As a youngster I never believed in Santa Claus, however, I do believe in Sinter Klaus ie Saint Nick who was a robber baron in the old world, by all intents and purposes gave out candy to children, but when he left the town he took several with him, they were never to be seen again. a demon by any name. Let’s face it when kids first see Santa Clause, they scream bloody murder wondering why their parents forsook them. Then they are taught that the evil clown brings them presents. That lasts for several years until, at nine to eleven, their schoolmates tell them the truth! Bad parenting. Now they will never trust you 100% anymore. You lied about the tooth fairy, you lied about the Easter bunny, and you lied about Santa Clause, not to mention all the lies Disney tells them.
I would not buy this, and if my arm was twisted I may watch it again.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Nov 2018) A good singing cowboy that can outshoot Roy Rogers, although I can’t say he can outsing him, at least at first. However, it gets better. There are actually several stories in this movie Each with a different message, and outcome. I enjoyed this video because it made me laugh at people. Oh yeah, there are like twenty major stars in it, so be on the lookout for them, and these are actors, not High Paid He-men… These guys and girls actually act, several times I found myself saying “No it can’t be he/she” but it was!
The directing was great, the acting was great, the writing was great, and hilarious at times. This is one of those, ‘you don’t want to miss this one’ movie, All is fair and it is rated R… I am not sure why, it did have a bit of blood, and only one speck of gore, and no foul language that I heard, hardly worth rating it ‘R’. Then again I hear best friend’s foul mouth, who lives in England, so much lately that maybe I just tune it out.
I think anyone over thirteen will enjoy it. I rate this movie 5 out of 5 stars!
The film Outlaw King was released on November 9, 2018. It is an historical film dealing with the history of Scotland under the role of Robert the Bruce (1275-1329). It starts with the submission of the Scottish lords to King Edward I of England in 1304. Chris Pine plays Robert the Bruce and Stephen Dillane is King Edward I. The film is a bit slow in the beginning due to the presentation of other historical persons, such as Queen Margaret of Scotland and Prince Edward of England and various influential lords.
This was a very bloody time in the history of Scotland but this was not shown until halfway through the film. The death of William Wallace was skimmed over. Another thing that is a problem with biopics is that historical facts are sometimes presented out of sequence. I understand the reasoning behind this, which is due to time limitations, but it presents a prejudicial viewpoint of history. Putting this aside, Outlaw King was a well written story. For the most part it keeps the viewer’s interest. The acting was sufficient and believable. The direction was excellent. I admit that if every battle ever fought by the English and the Scots, the back door politics, and other factors were shown in this film, it would probably last about 6-7 hours.
I like historical films for the most part if the subject is of interest. I knew a bit about Robert the Bruce and King Edward I, but this film gives an interesting perspective on the interaction between these two countries. I would watch it again and I would recommend it others. I give this 4 stars out of 5.
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.
This family-friendly movie was released on DVD in the United States on October 9, 2018. James Nash (Lucius Hoyos) discovers a robot in the forest behind his house. Dr. Andi Palmer (Kelly Hu) is its creator and she has decided to hide it from her unscrupulous boss (Angus Macfadyen). James seeks help from his friend Danny (Reid Miller) and, eventually James’ girlfriend Natalie (Casimere Jollette). The aim is to return F.R.E.D.I. to Dr. Palmer and prevent the bad guys to use F.R.E.D.I. for an instrument of war.
The story line is not really original and the acting of the adult actors, especially the bad guys, reminded me more of a Three Stooges skit. Hoyos, Miller, and Jollette were believable and it actually looked like the actors were the appropriate ages. There was no foul language used, but the dialogue was kind of bland. Some minor characters were not even worth having in the movie, such as the water gun squirting bullies. The directing was good as well as the scenery. The fact that they called the laboratories where F.R.E.D.I. was created ArachnaCorp (SpiderCorp.) was cute when I suppose it was meant to be sinister.
I can’t really say that I hated this movie, because there were some well done scenes. I wouldn’t buy this for my collection, but for families with young children, this would be a nice movie to keep them entertained. As for a rating…I suppose I would give it 3 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.
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
Gehenna: Where death lives, (2018 TV MA) It is a pretty good scary movie and it has all the features of a grade A movie, including some good stars that have walk-on roles at the beginning of the film. I am guessing it is so people think it will be better than it is. The special effects were great for this film, the dialog was believable and the story line was different. I thought the acting was pretty good as well as the photography, although most of it is filmed in a bunker, which gives its own lighting problems for the light men and photographers.
This has several essentials, Karma for one, people from your past that haunt you, a time shift feeling (not time travel) Overall this was a great film.
I gave it 3 out of 5 stars, and you probably want to know why. I see things with logic, and several scenes although good were not very logical nor were they explained. For horror lovers, this is a movie to see