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Remmy’s Review of Death House

Death House 23 February 2018, As you tumble through life, you believe that the government is always on your side. Conspiracy theorists believe the government is out to get you one way or the other. Of course, you have good and evil, and some believe the evil is just a part of human nature. and there is no free will. Odd because a person can decide not to kill and eat an eight-year-old, but they will do it anyway,

The photography of this film reminds me of the WWII Marine films of the time, except in color. Badly photographed, Very disjointed, Lack of proper editing, almost as if it were a US Government propaganda film. A film like this would really throw the average American off track, of course, it is not real, but then again if the Government was behind it, it would be very real

There will be a few underpaid actors in the film you will remember from other films, but none were good enough to get a great salary. Another Government way to do things. In 1993 Chris Carter got a bunch of backing for the Roswell incident and called it the X-Files. Years of work and even though the agents came across the explainable countless times, well there was no evidence. The men in black syndrome.

Do *I* believe in conspiracy theories? Not really. On the other hand, there are so many out there, like stars in the sky, that some of them have to be true. After all, we all know we are not alone in the galaxy, at least that is what people tell me,

This trash film will give you an idea of what our government, like all governments, are doing. Do I believe it? No, but I think it is possible. If you like crude military films with lots of blood and gore, you will love this. I rate it 2 out of 5 stars.

StevenF Review of Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil and Vile

The movie Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil and Vile was released on May 3, 2019. It stars, and was produced by, Zach Efron who plays the psychotic serial killer Ted Bundy. Lily Collins plays Liz Kendall, Bundy’s long-term girlfriend. There were also appearances by Haley Joel Osment (Liz’s co-worker), John Malkovich (Judge Cowart), and Jim Parsons (Florida prosecutor).

The film was directed from the point of view of Bundy’s girlfriend Liz Kendall (Lily Collins). This is a refreshing view of the events which are not really shown and therefor it cuts down on scenes which would have been graphic. Both Efron and Collins did a good job of portraying their characters as being normal and unassuming. The murders are alluded to, but the audience finds itself in the role of a jury member. Other actors who were memorable in their roles were John Malkovich and Jim Parsons as the judge and prosecutor in the trial in Florida.

Over all, for a movie of this genre, it was pretty good. Showing the story between Liz and Ted instead of the murders took away any pre-conceived ideas the audience might have had. The problem is that some scenes were a bit slow. I give this 4 stars out of 5.

Paul’s review of Battleship

Very loosely based on the board game of the same name, Battleship was released on 11th April 2012 and is pretty much full on action for the two-hour length of the film.

It starts with scientists discovering a so called ‘goldilocks’ planet and initiating ‘The Beacon Project’ to send transmissions to it. A goldilocks planet is one that falls within a star’s habitable zone and is capable of hosting life, it is specifically used for planets that are close to the size of Earth.

Fast forward a few years and we are taken to Hawaii, the setting for the RIMPAC naval exercises. Hawaii, rather coincidentally, is also the location for the Beacon Projects radio telescopes that are used to send the transmissions to an orbiting satellite. You can probably work out what happens next….

Forget the rather tenuous link to the board game, this movie is really pretty good. The effects are cool, the soundtrack is a perfect match for the action on screen and I found the acting to be good as well. The only actor I recognised was Liam Neeson who portrays the U.S. Pacific Fleet commander. I really liked the fact that retired soldiers, including ones that had been injured in the line of duty, were used as co-stars of the film as I felt it gave the movie more authenticity. Other people would have also recognised Rihanna, but thankfully I only found this out when writing this review 🙂

This is a movie in my collection, so it will be no surprise that I rated it highly at 4.5/5.

Remmy’s Review of The Ruthless

The Ruthless 8 April 2019, rated Mature Audience, is an Italian film based in fact on the downfall of one of the ‘Ndrangheta (Mafia) groups. Those of you alive in the 1980s will probably remember the worldwide news/newspaper articles about this. It was the biggest Mafia takedown in Italian history and still hasn’t been outdone.

It seems to be a problem with the Mafia worldwide, as soon as they get into drugs, the Feds are after them. Stay away from drugs and they leave you alone, well for the most part anyway.

I know a few Roman words and use them often, not so much Italian. Believe me, there is a big difference. This happened because the Romans didn’t tell their people that they will speak Roman or not get citizenship. That was 2000 years ago, and America didn’t learn from that. So you speak American English or you do not get citizenship, so like in Italy, America now has major language problems as well.

Although there are several people getting killed in this movie, it is not the brutal killing of American made mobster movies. I guess Italians try to hide it better. Or maybe Italians don’t bleed as bad as Americans, who knows?

Although the entire movie was in Italian with subtitles (my friend says it was dubbed in English), I really enjoyed it. I rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

StevenF Review of The Wandering Earth

The Chinese science fiction film The Wandering Earth was released on February 5, 2019. As the Sun is dying, governments all around the world install planetary engines in an effort to shift the planet on a 2500 year journey to a new star system. I am not very good with science, but I’m sure this would be impossible to do.

The main characters are Lui Peiqiang (Jing Wu), a genius who resents his father who is on an international space platform; his adopted sister Han Duoduo (Jin Mai Jaho), and Tim (Mark Kai Sui) a Chinese/Australian troublemaker. This was a well directed film with plenty of action and no weird aliens. The CGI was very well done as far as I could tell. All of the actors were very good and Mark Kai Sui was great as the comic relief. The film was dubbed in English and subtitles only appeared when translations of signs were necessary.

This film was 2 hours and five minutes long, but the story line moved at a very good pace. The subtext of the film dealt with family relationships and one of the final scenes was very touching. I liked this movie and would watch it again. The science may be outlandish, but as an action film I must say I was into this film. For this reason alone, I give this movie 5 stars.

StevenF Review of John Carter

The Disney film John Carter was released on March 9, 2012. It is based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs story A Princess of Mars. John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is a Civil War veteran running away from the US cavalry. He enters a cave, discovers gold, and is attacked by a strange man. Carter ends up being transported to Barsoom, i.e. Mars. Daryl Sabara (Spy Kids series) plays Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Willem Dafoe voices the Thark leader Tars Tarkas.

Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) escapes from an unwanted marriage and is taken by the Tharks where she meets John Carter. Dejah thinks Carter can help her but he is only interested in getting back to Earth.

There is plenty of action and intrigue in this film. There are also some humorous lines, as well as an alien guard dog named Wolla. The CGI in this film and the story line itself were done well. The director did a good job in keeping the story flowing. I have read Burroughs’ Barsoom Stories and believe this version followed the original. I can recommend this film for those who are fans of Burroughs and those who enjoy one of the early classics of science fiction. I give this 4.5 stars out of 5.

StevenF Review of 14 Blades

This film was released on August 22, 2014. 14 Blades takes place at the beginning of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and concerns special secret agent Qinglong (Donnie Yen) who was selected as a child for training. While sent on a mission for the Emperor, Qinglong is betrayed by his fellow agents. His mission changes when he meets Qiao Hua (Wei Zhao) and her father who runs an armed security escort company facing bankruptcy.

The 14 blades referred to in the title are swords meant to represent honor and used to dispense justice. The acting was very good as well as the directing. The story line, whether historically accurate or not, was action packed with lots of blood (no gore or beheadings shown). The only thing that tended to distract from the story was the individual fight scenes which resorted to using the “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” flying fight technique.

The film flowed along very nicely and there was hardly a dull moment in it. The film was in Chinese with English subtitles, which I could deal with. Except for the mixing of regular fighting styles and flying styles, this was a good film. I give it 4 stars out of 5.

Paul’s review of CHAPPiE

CHAPPiE was released on March 6th, 2015 and is set in the future where a high crime rates in Johannesburg, South Africa leads to the introduction of state-of-the-art armour plated robots. These succeed where their human counterparts have failed. So pleased with their success the programmer decides he wants to make them more human-like and updates their software with AI capabilities. His boss however does not agree. All would be fine until a gang of thugs decide they have had enough of the new police presence and decide they want to kidnap the programmer.

The movie is one that I found to be fairly original and in the most part I enjoyed it. The AI robot was well done and funny with the other cast being believable in their selected roles. Hugh Jackman was good in his role as the programmer’s rival in the company and Sigourney Weaver made a good boss. The thing that let it down was the amount of foul language, some of it I could take but it became tiresome as the story went on. I enjoyed the movie and would give it 3 out of 5.

Remmy’s Review of The Saint

The Saint 11 July 2017, Not Rated. We need a little history on this one. The Saint was originally written in 1920. This is important because other writers used this as a base for their books, Batman (1930), James Bond (1951) are two of them. Simon Templar, The Saint, watches his parents murdered in their mansion. He is raised an orphan of course, which is where this version of the movie fails. In the books, everything is explained, but they took that out of the movie.

This is not the first book written with this theme, as we can go back in history and see many books of the same genre’ however this is the first book to get a worldwide audience in a short amount of time. Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin known by his pen name Leslie Charteris wrote this, and I for one found it fascinating. This movie lets you see how writers mimic each other when they don’t have original ideas, and based on Vampire stories alone, I prove my point.

As for the movie, it was exciting, the acting was great, the photography was great. but there were problems with the movie. The script writers need to learn how things are done in real life, it lacked in that department. For instance, there are wounded or dead people around and when the police arrive they pay no attention to those people. Odd to say the least since those people had automatic weapons and if still alive could hurt a lot of people, not to mention they may have needed first aid.

Simon Templar is a modern-day filthy rich good guy that does some not so sweet things. He only kills when trying to survive, but his actions show that he does not need to kill at all, and two, he steals only from bad guys, and then only to pay for his cars and mansion, well and sometimes he donated to organizations to help others, but based on this movie, it was only when there was an agreement for it.

This movie and several of the books have been remade several times over the years with actors including Roger Moore (1962) and Val Kilmer (1997). This is without a doubt a modern Spy movie, without the spies.

I rate this movie 4 out of 5 stars taking off for the bad script writing.

StevenF Review of Fantastic Beasts 2

The film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was released on November 16, 2018. After the chaos created in New York City from the first movie, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is forbidden from leaving the country. With some secret help from Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), he manages to get to France hoping to recapture Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) who has escaped from prison.

If you are a fan of Ms. Rowling’s other novel series then you may be disappointed that Harry Potter isn’t in this. Dumbledore and Hogwarts are the only crossovers. There is enough magical action to keep the audience satisfied and the characters are all very good. The CGI is impressive and the story line is good. There are a couple of humorous scenes, but over all the film is decent for this genre.

I can’t say that there were a lot of things wrong with this film. I wasn’t as engaged with this part as I was with the first film. Basically it is a mixture of fantasy, espionage, and a commentary on Mankind’s tendencies towards war. I probably wouldn’t buy it, but I will give it 4 stars out of 5.