This mystery, sci-fi movie literally blew me away! I was on the edge of my seat for about 75% of the time. Typical alien movies are basically monster movies, but Arrival flips the norm and delivers a much different perspective. Instead of an action thriller, it’s more suspenseful, but it builds up beautifully. The alien lifeforms are intelligent, but our protagonists are also intelligent. Amy Adams’ performance was fantastic and all of her interactions with the aliens are phenomenal. This movie plays with time in a way I’ve never seen before and I loved it! Can’t recommend this movie enough!
Most of my reviews so far have been from movies I’ve seen several times. If not several times, I’ve at least been able to enjoy them from the comfort of my own living room. For new releases, I find that it’s helpful to come home from the theater and either talk about the film at length or write a short phrase or synopsis to better remember it. I’m glad, however, that I did not do that with this movie. I watched “mother!” several days ago, and if I wrote a review that same night, it would be completely different than the one I’m about to write now. See, my first reaction to this movie was that I hated it. Not “didn’t like it that much” or “wasn’t for me”, but I seriously did not enjoy it at all. Halfway through the movie I was ready to walk out, that’s how unbelievably stressful this movie was. Not only stressful, but confusing too. This movie has no plot, and Javier Bardem’s character is catalyzing everything, but his motivations are unclear/nonexistent. Since then, I’ve learned that this movie is a metaphor for the book of Genesis in the Bible. I honestly love this concept, but I wish the movie itself made this a bit clearer. There are subtle hints (very subtle), but the few lines of dialogue are too broad to draw any sort of conclusion. Jennifer Lawrence plays mother nature, so spoiler alert, it doesn’t turn out well for her. Understanding what the film is based on makes me like it more, but I think a film should stand on it’s own, without requiring internet research.
After taking a step back and a deep breath, it’s hard to deny the talent behind the camera. Darren Aronofsky does a brilliant job showing us every little detail about the house, the only setting in the entire movie. And although I was very stressed toward the end, the effects and the scenes were visually stunning. I still can’t point to any one scene and say “That was good, I liked that.” Which is kind of an issue for me, but maybe that says less about the movie, and more about the Bible. Either way, good or bad, I cannot stop thinking about this movie. I don’t think any review can prepare you for the madness, but this movie is worth watching for the after discussion alone. Happy Watching!
IT was a truly terrifying remake… Good terrifying. With horror movies generally lacking substance these days, Andy Muschietti delivers a powerful film with a lot (A LOT) to chew on. I’m usually not keen on child actors, but all of the children in this movie are directed so perfectly, by the end of the movie, I felt like I knew all 6! It’s difficult for most horror movies to develop more than 2 or 3 characters, but I think, in time, we’re going to look back on this movie as a road map to the future of scary movies. I hope so anyways, because although I was frightened several times throughout the film, I genuinely enjoyed the ride. On the edge of my seat, even. Bill Skarsgard’s performance as Pennywise is the only reason you need to watch this, but you’ll be glad you did. Happy Watching.
“You’ll float, too!”
It’s clear to see the talent behind the camera in this film. Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for the first time, and the result is exactly as good as it sounds. Daniel Day-Lewis’ character is terrifying, but extremely watchable. Solid acting and directing makes Gangs of New York an achievement of a film. It’s a long movie, grab a popcorn. Happy watching.
I wouldn’t normally describe any movie as “perfect”, but after my most recent viewing of James Cameron’s Titanic, I’ll have to change that rule. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have the sort of chemistry that other on-screen couples can only dream of achieving. That’s impressive by itself, but the rest of the movie is shot so beautifully, you might forget this movie is 3 hours long! The only VHS I can remember that needed 2 separate tapes! It’s ironic, because what I found particularly interesting on this repeat viewing was the fact that you could look at Titanic as 2 completely separate movies. The first half is a romantic drama, telling the age-old story of forbidden love. The second half, however, is an action thriller. Once the Titanic hits the iceberg and the ship begins to sink, the movie becomes about survival. And because of the blossoming love we witnessed in the first half of the film, the gravity of the situation is only heightened. I’ve seen the movie at least 10 times, and even thought I know how it ends, it doesn’t take away from my enjoyment of the film. The journey that James Cameron takes us on is beautifully inspired and I can’t recommend this movie enough. I’m not crying, you’re crying! Happy watching.
“I’m the king of the world!”
If you haven’t seen this movie before, you might think it’s overrated, but I can assure you it is not. This “coming of age” movie pulled me in right away and was a blast to watch! Robin Williams teaching poetry and mentoring a small group of boys doesn’t necessarily sound like a movie you “have” to see, but this film is executed so beautifully that it is. There is a hint of nostalgia I get from some of the classroom scenes, although this was years before my time. I could have swore I was watching young children at the beginning of this movie, but along the way it’s clear to see that these boys are actually young adults. And Robin Williams is there to guide them and us through their journey. There is a fantastic scene where Ethan Hawke adlibs a poem in front of the classroom with the support of Robin Williams and it’s tearjerkingly satisfying. I honestly can’t say enough great things about this movie. I’m surprised it’s only rated 8/10 stars on IMDb. This is a must see. Happy Watching.
“O Captain! My Captain!”
I got slightly more gore than I had predicted with this sci-fi horror flick, but it was hard to stop watching! I wasn’t sure what to expect and the writers/directors kept me guessing throughout. Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski are both credited for writing and directing this film and they both have an extensive background in filmography. Most recently, they worked on Suicide Squad in the Art and Makeup Department, respectively. Unlike Suicide Squad, I can actually find something good to say about this movie. Although the gore was a bit over the top, the monsters in this movie were truly terrifying. And they don’t shy away from showing you every gross imperfection. It’s plain to see how each of the director’s backgrounds contributed toward this horror movie. Definitely not for the faint of heart! Happy Watching.
“Statistically you’re more likely to die in a hospital than anywhere else.”
This dark comedy is just what the doctor ordered! At this point, I’ll give any Netflix original I try and Little Evil doesn’t disappoint. It has it’s lulls, but it makes up for it with well timed jokes or scares. Adam Scott is always a pleasure to watch and I think that’s partly due to his characters being super relatable and engaging. He’s easy to root for and, in this movie, he needs all the help he can get. it’s your typical step-father film, but the twist is that his step-son may or may not be the anti-Christ. And the hilarity ensues from there.
Opening line: “I.. Want.. A divorce!”
Regrettably, I’ve never seen the tv show Lost in Space was based on, but don’t hold that against me. I’m reviewing the movie here, not the show. I was 6 when this movie came out and probably at the perfect age to really get sucked into this story. Almost 20 years later and I still have a good time watching it. It’s like a space, road trip, adventure movie which are all positive things in my book! In fact, I foresee myself reviewing a lot more sci-fi movies in the future. There’s something about being in space that makes even the lowest budget flicks seem grand and expansive. Anyways, Lost in Space banks on that love for space by having the Robinson family continually hurdle over space related obstacles, only to find more hardships (pun intended). I could list several things that I like about this movie, but I’d rather list the one thing that I don’t: the ending. Aside from the fact that the movie gives itself at least 3 acceptable opportunities to end, but gets dragged out, somebody decided it would be a good idea to add a time travel element to this space, road trip, adventure move. See, that’s when those positive things I mentioned earlier become too much. If there’s going to be time travel in your movie, please warn me right away and don’t try to sneak it in during the last scene. I’m no time travel expert, but I guarantee you that the people who made this movie weren’t either. Did I mention that Gary Oldman turns into a spider-crab monster? Because they also throw that in there at the end. Happy Watching.
“Danger, Will Robinson, danger!”
I guess I’ve been on some kind of horror kick recently. It’s ironic too, because horror movies generally tend to have the most flaws compared to any other genre, in my opinion. However, horror movies are a good way to get your heart racing and usually offer a welcome change of pace after watching the endless stream of comedies and dramas. Regardless of all that, you may want to stay away from this movie. Sitting at 5.3 out of 10 stars on IMDb, this movie is grossly overrated. Now, that doesn’t mean that the acting was bad, quite the opposite in fact. Sarah Wayne Callies could go toe to toe with any other actress in a horror movie and come out on top, but in the end, not even acceptable acting could distract from this movie’s ridiculous premise. This is where most horror movies are lacking, but what really got under my skin was the title “The Other Side of the Door”. Now, I think that’s a title worthy of a horror movie, but what does that make you think of? I like going into movies sometimes knowing as little as possible about what I’m about to watch and when I saw “The Other Side of the Door”, I thought monsters, I thought the Boogie Man or something like that. The movie delivers something else and it just falls flat for me. If you want to know what is on The Other Side of the Door, you can read the movie’s summary. It’s not trying to hide it, which is also disappointing because that could have added another horror element. It has a few moments, but mainly relies on jump scares. Anyways, I’ve already spent too much time on this movie! If you liked it better than I did, let me know why in the comments!
The whole movie summed up by one quote: “Did you think that you could bring back somebody from the world of the dead and they would be the same? Did you think there would be no consequences?”
I can’t imagine a bigger consequence than having to sit through that again! Happy Watching.