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I am a big fan of Asian cinema in particular, and I am quite fond of especially South Korean and Hong Kong movies.
My favorite genre is, and always have been, horror, with a preference to anything with zombies in it.
I believe that every movie should be given the chance of being seen - a belief that has lead me to watch many a questionable movies.
Dark Haul (2014)
Just another standard SyFy movie...
I stumbled upon the 2014 movie "Dark Haul" here in 2021. And needless to say that I had never heard about the movie prior to getting to sit down to watch it. Since I hadn't already seen it, of course I opted to give the movie a chance.
When I saw the SyFy logo on the screen, my hopes for this being possibly an entertaining or cheesy enough movie sort of went out the window.
And true enough, "Dark Haul" is your average SyFy dribble, for better or worse. Sure there is an audience out there for these movies, and every now and again SyFy does manage to churn out something worthwhile watching. "Dark Haul", however, wasn't one such movie.
The storyline told in "Dark Haul", as written by Ben Crane was essentially some very generic and mundane stuff. Things that have been seen and done before in other movies, and often so with more success. So director Colin Theys didn't really deliver a wholesome movie experience here.
The acting in the movie was as to be expected for a movie such as this. And you have Tom Sizemore on the cast list, which pretty much indicates the standard of what you are in for.
And this being a typical SyFy movie, you know you are in for some dubious special effects. And yeah, the CGI effects in "Dark Haul" were laughable to say the least. Imagine computer game graphics from the mid-1990s, and you have the level of CGI in the movie.
I endured about an hour of "Dark Haul", then I hauled myself out of the movie. I just couldn't take anymore of the generic dribble that passed by on the screen.
My rating of "Dark Haul" lands on a generous three out of ten stars.
Inseparable Bros (2019)
A story from the heart...
I had the opportunity to sit down and watch the 2019 South Korean movie "Inseparable Bros", and needless to say that I jumped at the opportunity, as I hadn't already seen the movie.
And I must admit that the movie's synopsis definitely sounded like the movie would be worthwhile watching. And indeed, writers Hyeon Na, Lee Soo-ah and Sang-Hyo Yook did come up with a storyline that was every bit as enjoyable and entertaining as it was one that sinks right into the heart.
The movie has a pretty good ensemble of actors and actresses, but I must really point out actors Shin Ha-kyun (playing Se-Ha) and Kwang-Soo Lee (playing Dong-Goo) because they were phenomenal in this movie and put on really realistic performances that makes you care about the characters and take them to heart.
"Inseparable Bros" is sort of a make-you-feel-good movie given the storyline and its positive energy. I was more than genuinely entertained by the movie, and it is definitely a movie that is well worth taking the time and effort to sit down and watch.
My rating of this movie lands on a well-deserved six out of ten stars.
A different approach to the werewolf genre...
Well, if nothing else, then "Teddy" certainly was a different approach on the werewolf genre.
When I stumbled upon this 2020 French movie titled "Teddy", I must admit that I was under the impression that I would be in for a horror comedy, given the movie's cover. And of course, with it being a movie that I hadn't already seen, of course I found the time to sit down and watch it.
And "Teddy" is definitely a watchable movie, although it wasn't particularly a movie that fell well into my particular taste in movies. Now, don't get me wrong here, because "Teddy" is entertaining enough, however, it just fell short of being what I assumed it would be, and there just wasn't enough happening throughout the course of the entire movie to properly keep me entertained.
There were some good moments throughout the course of the movie, where writers and directors Ludovic Boukherma and Zoran Boukherma definitely were delivering some wholehearted and well-written material. But ultimately, then "Teddy" was just too mundane.
Now, as I am by no means well-traversed in the French cinema, then I can't claim to be familiar with actor Anthony Bajon at all. But he definitely put on a very convincing performance and carried the movie well enough here, with the lead role in "Teddy".
Visually then there were potential in "Teddy", although you shouldn't be expecting to be in for a grand display of special effects or CGI. And for a werewolf movie, then there wasn't a whole lot of traditional things going on here, such as a full transformation scene.
And now that I have seen "Teddy", I can say that it is not a movie that I will be returning to watch a second time. Did it offer anything revolutionary or new to the werewolf genre? No, not really. Was it an outstanding or memorable foray into the werewolf genre? No, not realy.
I am rating "Teddy" a less than mediocre four out of ten stars.
The boredom of Ramree island...
When I stumbled upon this 2021 movie "Saltwater: The Battle for Ramree Island" from writer and director Steve Lawson, I must admit that the fact that the cover had a massive crocodile on it and that it stated "based on actual events" made me want to watch it.
But of course I was having that gnawing voice at the back of my head telling me that this will be another bad creature feature. But still, I opted to sit down to watch it.
And as it would turn out, then "Saltwater: The Battle for Ramree Island" was indeed a bad creature feature. In fact, it is a not a movie that I would recommend you waste your time, money or effort on.
The movie takes place during the year of 1945 where we follow a very small British task force trying to make their way to a Japanese installation on some island. But they have to make haste and cross across swamp land to get to their objective. But the swamp is the territory of ferocious crocodiles.
Now, it should be said that the movie didn't really have all that much action with crocodiles in it. It was mostly just the audience following the British soldiers as they sat around bickering or accusing each other for their predicament. So it was essentially more of a boring drama than it was an action movie.
And whether or not this movie is actually based on true events, I know not, nor do I really care after having seen the movie. But if British troops did lead a battalion of Japanese soldiers into crocodile infested swamplands would be a nifty tactical way of thinking outside the box.
The acting in the movie was nothing to write home about. I am sure that the actors were doing their best, but they virtually had nothing solid or noteworthy to work with in terms of script, storyline, dialogue or interesting characters.
"Saltwater: The Battle for Ramree Island" lands a generous two out of ten stars from me.
SAS: Red Notice (2021)
Good old fashioned action thriller...
For an action thriller, then I will say that writer
Laurence Malkin actually managed to churn out something that felt like a good old fashioned action thriller. But of course, as the movie is based on an Andy McNab novel.
The storyline told in "SAS: Red Notice", as directed by Magnus Martens, actually was interesting and captivating from the very beginning and up to the end. So this movie was essentially without any dull moments for me.
The acting in the movie was adequate for a movie such as this. And while I can't claim to be overly familiar with actor Sam Heughan, then he did carry "SAS: Red Notice" quite well.
There is a good amount of action in the movie, nicely crammed into the storyline and it actually made for a good combination of action and storytelling. Sure, the storyline was predictable, but hey, aren't most action thrillers following the same formula anyway? And I will say that the action sequences in the movie had a very dynamic feel to it.
I was genuinely entertained by "SAS: Red Notice", and it is a movie that actually is well-worth taking the time to sit down and watch. My rating of "SAS: Red Notice" lands on a six out of ten stars.
Weird, definitely a weird movie...
Wow, this movie was out there. Really, really out there.
This 2021 horror movie titled "Son" by writer and director Ivan Kavanagh was something else, I will say that much. So you should definitely take that into consideration when you sit down to watch this movie.
I had no idea what I was in for here, when I sat down to watch "Son", as I had never heard about it, seen any trailers, so I knew virtually nothing about the movie, aside from it being a horror movie.
And sure, "Son" was a watchable movie, and to some extend it was actually entertaining. I will definitely say that there is a good amount of violence, blood, gore and mayhem in the movie to keep it afloat. But the storyline itself was somewhat stale and forced.
Something that puzzled me about the movie was just what was actually going on. As the movie progressed, the storyline turned more and more weird, and I felt more and more at a loss. I was initially thinking that this movie was essentially just about the mothers descent into stark raving madness. But then the ending came about, and the movie just took a whole different turn, for better or worse.
The pacing of the movie is slow, but it served as both something the benefitted the storyline, but also held it back. Let me clarify that. The pacing of the movie was a good way to actually just slowly reveal more and more of what was going on and let the audience try to make sense of things. But at the same time, the movie felt way too long and slow paced, with some scenes becoming excruciatingly long.
I am not overly familiar with actress Andi Matichak, but she really put on a very powerful performance in "Son" and she definitely was able to portray a mother in distress and at the threshold of madness.
While I managed to sit through the entire movie, I was only mildly entertained by the storyline told in "Son". And while the special effects were good, then the storyline was just a bit too confusing and out there for my liking. That results in a mediocre rating of five out of ten stars.
"Son" is hardly a movie that I will ever return to watch a second time, as the storyline just is too vague and slow paced to support more than a single viewing.
Super Hot (2021)
Essentially not all that bad...
I had the opportunity to watch the 2021 movie "Super Hot", and without ever having heard about the movie, of course I sat down to watch it. I mean, the movie's synopsis did sound interesting enough, and like this could be an enjoyable horror comedy.
Initially the movie was listed as being a horror movie, but no, "Super Hot" is actually a horror comedy, albeit not an overly funny one, sadly.
Sure, "Super Hot" is a watchable movie and provided me with adequate enough entertainment. However, the movie's storyline just wasn't particularly outstanding, so it made for a somewhat lukewarm movie experience. But yeah, there was definitely some potential here, and for a low budget movie it wasn't actually all that shabby.
Now, what did work out in "Super Hot" was the character gallery, because they had some wonderfully quirky characters that were just very likeable and also very relatable. And the movie seemed to be made with an abundance of spirit by those involved.
I will say that the lead actress Kandace Kale really carried this movie quite well with her performance as the laid-back slacker nerd girl. And if Kandace Kale continues on in the acting business, she is definitely one that could go on to bigger and more successful things.
Visually then "Super Hot" wasn't great. And yeah, of course with it being a low budget movie, then of course that was to be expected. But hey, for a low budget movie, then "Super Hot" did alright, and it was by no means among the top worst of special effects movies.
While I managed to sit through "Super Hot", I was only mildly entertained. And since the movie's script and storyline was lacking that special ingredient to make it an outstanding and more enjoyable movie, I am rating writer and director Taylor King's 2021 movie "Super Hot" a somewhat less than mediocre four out of ten stars.
The Paper Tigers (2020)
A light action movie for the dads out there dreaming of Kung Fu skills...
I had the chance to watch writer and director
Quoc Bao Tran's 2020 movie "The Paper Tigers" here in 2021. Sure, I hadn't even heard about the movie prior to getting to sit down for watching it, but of course I opted to watch it, as it was a movie that I hadn't already seen.
And while "The Paper Tigers" is a watchable movie, there was just something missing from the script and storyline to make the movie outstanding. It was lacking that particular ingredient that makes the movie pop out. A shame really, because there was definitely something interesting here.
The storyline is pretty straight forward, but at the same it was a bit too simplistic, and it was here that writer and director Quoc Bao Tran went wrong in terms of providing me with sufficient entertainment.
Of the entire cast here, then I was only familiar with Yuji Okumoto, and he was only in the movie for about a minute. Regardless, it should be said that the movie had good enough actors and actresses, though it was the performance of Alain Uy in particular that carried the majority of the movie.
"The Paper Tigers" is listed as an action comedy, well sure, I suppose that it was in a way. But the comedy aspects to the movie were barely there, and this is by no means a movie that will make you break out in loud laughter. So don't sit down to watch "The Paper Tigers" with the expectations of it being a great comedy.
The action and martial arts sequences in this movie were actually adequate for a movie such as this. Of course, this is not going to be an over the top martial arts display like you'd see many other martial arts action movies.
This movie came and went without leaving much impact, so it was a somewhat forgettable movie. And as such, I am rating it a mere four out of ten stars.
Witch Hunt (2021)
Slow paced and without much magic...
When I sat down to watch the 2021 movie "Witch Hunt", I must admit that I was expecting more in the horror department from writer and director Elle Callahan. But instead I found myself in for a political horror of sorts.
The storyline told in "Witch Hunt" definitely was one that failed to entertain me in a memorable way. Sure, the movie was watchable, but I found the storyline to be rather uneventful and slow paced. There was just simply too little happening of any worth throughout the course of the movie, so I wasn't particularly entertained.
And while the movie does have a good cast ensemble, with the likes of Elizabeth Mitchell and Lulu Antariksa on the cast list, then the storyline was just an anchor around their ankles, holding them back.
There is a little bit of CGI involved in the movie, as there is a dash of witchcraft actually to be seen in the movie. Sure, the effects were good, but I must admit for a movie that was based on witchcraft, then I was expecting more in the magic department. But I guess that the movie's title was referring more to the thing when people run a campaign against someone because of their opinions, views or beliefs, and not really actual magical witchcraft.
Regardless, then "Witch Hunt" was a movie that fell short of providing me with wholehearted entertainment. And as such, then my rating of writer and director Elle Callahan's 2021 movie lands on a mere three out of ten stars.
Werewolves Within (2021)
Definitely a different approach to the werewolf genre...
When I sat down to watch "Werewolves Within", I must admit that I hadn't even heard about the movie, nor seen a trailer or anything, so I wasn't really sure what I was in for here. Yeah, of course the title does sell the concept of this being a werewolf movie, but aside from that, then I only knew this was a horror comedy.
So with that clean slate, I sat down to watch the movie, so writer Mishna Wolff - and boy what a coincidence with that surname and the concept of movie, huh? - had every opportunity to win me over.
And I will admit that the movie was actually quite interesting. Sure, the werewolf aspect of the movie was there, but there wasn't a whole lot of actual showcasing the lycanthrope itself in the movie. So if you sit down to watch it for that, which I had hoped it would be, then the movie might be a bit disappointing for you.
The storyline was interesting, as it managed to combine a handful of different elements and genres in a rather fulfilling and entertaining manner. Director Josh Ruben definitely managed to put the script and storyline to life on the screen in a pleasing way.
"Werewolves Within" is actually a who did it murder mystery with a supernatural twist to it. So yeah, this wasn't exactly your average werewolf creature feature.
It should be said that the acting in the movie is rather good. Although I was not overly familiar with actor Sam Richardson, then I will say that he definitely was well-cast for this movie.
My rating of "Werewolves Within" lands on a six out of ten stars.
The House Next Door (2021)
Yeah okay, sure, why not?...
Granted, I didn't watch the 2016 "Meet the Blacks" movie, so I didn't really know what I was in for here, aside from it being a comedy.
I suppose that "The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2" was watchable, although I have to admit that I wasn't particularly impressed with the outcome of the movie. Perhaps I was just wasn't the right target audience.
The concept idea was sort of straight forward, I mean if you think "Blacula" mixed with "The 'Burbs" and you sort of have "The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2" in a way.
The movie does, however, feel like someone was tripping on bad mushrooms. The movie was all over the place and very strange, and crammed with even stranger characters. And I have to admit that the obscene language in the movie didn't really appeal to me. No, I am not a prude or anything, but the foul language in the movie just feel out of place for a movie such as this. Well, or perhaps the dialogue was just poorly written.
Visually then "The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2" was okay. It wasn't a movie that blew me away with its special effects, but it managed to stay afloat sufficiently.
The acting in the movie was, I suppose, also adequate. But again, I didn't enjoy the storyline or the characters, so there just wasn't much appeal here in the acting performances for me.
I am rating "The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2" a less than mediocre four out of ten stars. This was a movie that came and went without as much anything, and it is a movie that I will most likely have forgotten come the end of the week.
Star Wars: Droids (1985)
The adventures of C3-P0 and R2-D2.
After having sat through two seasons of "Ewoks", I must admit that my expectations for another "Star Wars" animated show wasn't really all that great. But still, with it being "Star Wars", of course I had to sit down and watch it. Oddly enough, then I never had the opportunity to sit through "Star Wars: Droids" before now in 2021, 36 years after it was released.
Well, while "Star Wars: Droids" was by no means overly outstanding, it was certainly watchable, and somewhat better than "Ewoks", I will say that much for this 1985-1986 animated cartoon.
"Star Wars: Droids" definitely feels a lot more like something that belongs in the "Star Wars" universe, in comparison to how the "Ewoks" cartoons turned out to be. And in "Star Wars: Droids" you get to meet a lot more of actual characters and vehicles that you've seen in the "Star Wars" movies, so that counts for something.
And it was of course good that they had Anthony Daniels to voice C3-P0 in this animated series, as his voice is just the one and only for this droid. And the series has listed R2-D2 as himself, sure, why not?
The animation and art style in "Star Wars: Droids" is a bit more in my liking, as in comparison to "Ewoks". However, you have to keep in mind that this is a cartoon and an animated show, so the bodies of R2-D2 and C3-P0 bends and stretched in ways they can't in the movies. And for some reason C3-P0 has pupils in his eyes in this animated show.
The voice acting in "Star Wars: Droids" is a bit all over the place. I mean, sure you have Anthony Daniels carrying the show, but then there were some dubious voicing like the one done for Govenor Koong.
It was definitely fun to watch a chubby character named Kybo Ren appear in this animated show. Even more so because he was a goofball and he looked like he was wearing a discount knock-off Darth Vader costume a couple of sizes too tight.
"Star Wars: Droids" is a children's show, certain, but it does have a broader appeal to a more adult audience in some aspect as well.
I am rating "Star Wars: Droids" a five out of ten stars. It is watchable and entertaining enough for what it turned out to be, but this was aimed at a younger audience. And while i have sat through all episodes now, I doubt I will ever return to watch this again, as it just lacks the appeal of the later animated "Star Wars" shows, such as "Clone Wars" or "Rebels":
Alien Siege (2005)
An alien threat movie without the sense of any threat...
I stumbled upon the 2005 sci-fi movie "Alien Siege" and opted to watch it as the movie had Carl Weathers on the cast list, plus it was a movie that I hadn't already seen.
And while "Alien Siege" may be watchable to some, writers Bill Lundy, Paul Salamoff, Robert Stadd and Ian Valentine just failed to collectively put together a script and storyline that proved overly entertaining or enjoyable to me.
If you have seen the 1983/1984 "V" series, or even the 2009 reboot of "V", then you already have seen "Alien Siege", except that "V" managed to do a lot better than director Robert Stadd did with "Alien Siege".
The acting in the movie was adequate, taking into consideration the concept of the whole thing, the budget and the frames that the actors and actresses had to work with. However, you shouldn't go expecting any grand acting performances though. Not even Carl Weathers managed to lift up this movie, as he was only briefly in the movie.
Visually then "Alien Siege" was not a great movie. The special effects were adequate, but felt inferior and especially the green screen effects were a hindrance for the movie, as they were rather lousy.
There was just no particular sense of this being an alien threat movie, as the 'aliens' weren't particularly threatening, menacing or even remotely alien-like.
I managed to sit through the entire movie, though I was dangerously close to drifting off a couple of times throughout the ordeal.
My rating of "Alien Siege" lands on a two out of ten stars. This was by no means a glorious moment in the history of sci-fi movies, not even for a sci-fi TV movie.
Run Hide Fight (2020)
Ugh, no. Just no...
I stumbled upon the 2020 movie "Run Hide Fight" in 2021, and as I hadn't even heard about it, I didn't know what I was in for here. Yeah, I hadn't even seen a trailer or anything. I saw that Thomas Jane was in the movie, and that was essentially enough to make me want to watch it. Well, that, and also because I hadn't already seen "Run Hide Fight" before.
And I managed to sit through the movie, sure enough. But I can in all honesty say that this is the first and only time that I will be watching "Run Hide Fight". Yeah, this movie from writer and director Kyle Rankin just didn't sit well with me.
First of all, no, I am not an American, so I am not accustomed to having school shootings where I live. But I think that a movie with a storyline as told in "Run Hide Fight" was a bit tacky and tasteless, especially with the problem of school shootings in the USA.
Then there was the issues with the characters in the movie, as most of them were essentially just faceless drones milling about with no sense of personality, depth, motivation and what not. So whether one person died or survived, it was just brushed off with a casual shrug. And I wasn't particularly pleased with the portrayal of the main character Zoe Hull and the way she just heroically took down the school shooting perpetrators without any regards to the safety of herself, her school mates, teachers or staff at the faculty.
And the script and storyline felt just a bit too corny and superficial. But then again, I didn't really like a movie about school shootings, so...
I am sure that the acting in "Run Hide Fight" was adequate, but it sort of drowned out in the swing and miss of the storyline for me, and the movie just trotted on in a monotonous blur for me.
This movie failed to entertain me, and actually left me with a somewhat foul taste in my mouth. Normally I am not picky or a prude, or easily offended, but there was just something about this movie that rubbed me the wrong way.
I am rating "Run Hide Fight" a generous three out of ten stars. And that is mostly because of the production value of the movie and also because Thomas Jane was here.
Pervert Park (2014)
Adequate enough documentary...
When you sit down to watch a documentary such as "Pervert Park" which deals with registered sex offenders, you have to do so with a neutral state of mind. I mean, you can't really go into watching something like this and either be judgmental or sympathetic in advance. No, you have to leave your own morale stand and views at the threshold.
And I did that when I sat down to watch the 2014 documentary "Pervert Park" here in 2021. I had never even heard about it, but had the opportunity to watch it.
Writers and directors Frida Barkfors and Lasse Barkfors does sort of set up a let's-feel-sympathetic-for-these-people portrait with the way that the documentary is narrated and by the questions asked. Sure, it does offer some insight into the mentality of the people that were interviewed, and hats off to them for participating in such a documentary and baring their stories and experiences.
There definitely were some very deviant experiences and backstories here in the documentary, and I will say that I sort of feel like the documentary should do a follow-up on the people, to see what happened since the interview and where they are in their lives and living/relationship situations some time after this documentary was shot.
And I also think that the documentary is sort of biased, as it only showcases the stories from the sides of the registered offenders. It would have been nice to have had some interviews with the victims or those closely related to the victims, to have their sides of the events brought out in the light as well.
I was adequately entertained by the documentary. And when I say "entertained", I mean that I feel that the documentary provided me with enough insight and enlightenment into some of the topics here. But at the same time was rather vague in other aspects. But all in all, adequate enough for a viewing.
I am rating this 2014 documentary a five out of ten stars.
Good enough entertainment for what it was...
I stumbled upon the 2021 movie "Infinite" and actually hadn't even heard about it prior to getting to sit down to watch it. Weird, I know, right?
But I must admit that the movie's synopsis sounded interesting enough, and usually Mark Wahlberg tends to provide adequate entertainment, so of course I gave "Infinite" a watch.
And I will say that writers Ian Shorr and Todd Stein definitely managed to churn out a story that provided with solid entertainment for the course of the movie. And it was a storyline that actually had a lot of interesting aspects to it. So yeah, I was definitely well entertained while watching "Infinite".
This movie is driven by a good combination of action and storytelling. Sure, this wasn't a tongue in cheek narrative that required all that much attention from the viewers, but the writers managed to make the storyline deep enough to actually involve the audience a bit more than just popcorn munching.
And yeah, the storyline does come off as being rather predictable, which it also is at times.
There were some moments in the movie where the laws of physics were simply and blatantly just disregarded, which made me curl my toes. But it was just a minor thing, because the movie proved to be entertaining.
Sure, this is essentially your average run-of-the-mill action movie with Mark Wahlberg, and a lot of things could be said for his acting. But I was entertained for the action ride that it was.
I am rating "Infinite" a six out of ten stars. The movie is worth a watch, as it combines action and story well enough.
Jungle Cruise (2021)
Good old fashioned adventure for the entire family...
Well, the 2021 adventure movie "Jungle Cruise" is a definite must watch movie if you enjoy movies that have Dwayne Johnson in it.
I sat down to watch this 2021 Disney movie with a certain amount of expectations to it, since it was both a Disney movie, but also had Dwayne Johnson on the cast list. I think he is very well-cut, pardon the pun, for the adventure movie genre.
And he doesn't disappoint in "Jungle Cruise", let me just say that right away. Yup, he is so well-cast for this movie and really carries it phenomenally with his performance and that particular character.
The storyline told in "Jungle Cruise", as written by Michael Green, Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, John Norville, Josh Goldstein and Glenn Ficarra definitely was a very entertaining one. And it was the type of storyline that quickly picks you up from the very beginning and takes you along with it for quite the thrill ride throughout the jungle. I was expecting it to be good, but I must admit that the story actually turned out to be way more interesting and detailed than I had anticipated.
Visually then "Jungle Cruise" is just spectacular. The jungle really offers a lot to look at, and just makes for a grand setting for the movie. But also things like the wardrobe, props, etc. Were really spot on and very detailed, adding a lot to the movie.
The CGI in the movie was good, but of course with this being Disney, why wouldn't it be? And the jaguar pet really was a nice touch to the movie.
"Jungle Cruise" definitely has a good cast. Of course Dwayne Johnson is the main attraction and he carries the movie so wonderfully. I wasn't initially thrilled about it being Emily Blunt to co-star alongside Dwayne Johnson, but she really put on a great performance and I liked her in this movie. It was really nice to see Paul Giamatti in the movie, and he had a wonderful character here, just a shame that he wasn't given more on-screen time.
If you get the chance to watch director Jaume Collet-Serra's "Jungle Cruise", you must do so. Especially if you enjoy family movies and adventure movies. So if you enjoyed movies like "The Goonies", "Indiana Jones", "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island", etc. Then you most certainly will also enjoy "Jungle Cruise".
This is a movie that I can warmly recommend you sit down to watch.
I am rating "Jungle Cruise" a well-deserved seven out of ten stars.
The Horrific Evil Monsters (2021)
Ugh, well no. Just no...
Sure, when I sat down to watch the 2021 movie "The Horrific Evil Monsters" I didn't really have much of any expectations or hopes for the movie. Why? Well, given the movie's cover/poster, its synopsis and the whole vibe that the title was giving.
Yet, I did sit down to watch writers Adam R. Steigert and Kristin Steigert's 2021 movie, as I hadn't already seen it, nor actually heard about it. And who knew, it might actually be one of those low budget movies that are so bad in every aspect that they become great fun and entertaining to watch.
But that wasn't the case with "The Horrific Evil Monsters". It was just horrible.
The script was lousy and felt like it had been written by a teenager given a homework assignment of writing some fantasy fiction. Not good fantasy fiction, mind you.
The acting in the movie was wooden, rigid and fairly much without conviction or emotion. A lot of the times, the dialogue and acting performances become cringeworthy.
The characters in the movie were, well, let's just say colorful. At least the writers were trying to go out of their way with having a variety of characters in the movie, even going as far as blatantly copying "Halloween".
This movie is listed as a action horror comedy. Well, I suppose technically the movie does encompass those genres. But it doesn't mean that it provides good examples of those genres.
I am rating "The Horrific Evil Monsters" a generous two out of ten stars. The movie was not overly interesting or entertaining, but at least they tried.
Black Samurai (1976)
Rather generic cheese here...
Granted, when I sat down in 2021 to watch the 1976 movie "Black Samurai" for the first time, then I wasn't really harboring much of any expectations for it. Why? Well, I am not overly keen on the whole blaxploitation genre.
But since I hadn't already seen "Black Samurai" and finding myself with the chance to do so, of course I managed to find the time to watch Al Adamson's 1976 movie.
And now having seen it, I can't say that I was overly impressed or entertained by what I saw. I suppose that the movie is adequate enough for this particular genre of movie. But I just wanted more entertainment from a movie other than watching Jim Kelly run around from scene to scene across the continent for some reason and fight a number of people, some of which even show up again after they have been killed.
Yeah, the whole concept of "Black Samurai" was just shallow and poorly written. There were no proper contents to the storyline here, as written by B. Readick and Marco Joachim. So I was finding myself getting bored with the monotonous and repetitive material that seemed to be this movie.
The acting in "Black Samurai", well I suppose that was pretty average for a movie of this type and caliber.
I am rating "Black Samurai" a less than mediocre, but generous, four out of ten stars. I have watched it now and can check it off of the watched movie list. But I can honestly say that I am not going to return to watch it a second time.
Ninja Busters (1984)
Average mid-1980s cheese...
I stumbled upon the 1984 movie "Ninja Busters" here in 2021. And never having seen it or even heard about it, of course I sat down to watch it. Especially since I was a kid during the 1980s, so I watched a bunch of those good, old, cheesy ninja movies from the 1980s. So of course I had to watch "Ninja Busters" as well.
And while "Ninja Busters" is watchable, I must admit that I was expecting it a bit more in the comedy department, since the movie was listed as being an action comedy. There were odd bits and pieces of attempted comedy here and there, but nothing that made me laugh.
The storyline is pretty straight forward, although rather simplistic. But I suppose that writers Sid Campbell and William C. Martell made an appropriate enough movie for 1984.
As for the action in the movie, well it was archetypical 1980s cheese. Of course it was. And that is what made the movie watchable and bearable to sit through.
The acting in the movie was lukewarm, dubious at times, but it was adequate enough for a movie such as this, I suppose. At least it felt consistent with the tone of the movie and the way it was portrayed on the screen.
Then there is the action sequences. Yeah, I am sure that they looked great back in 1984, but in 2021 then it was just a tad too staged and rigidly choreographed, lacking the fluidity of natural movements during fighting. Well, it was watchable and enjoyable enough, but don't go expecting a grand spectacle of martial arts here.
All in all, "Ninja Busters" is enjoyable enough for what it turned out to be, a mediocre mid-1980s cheesy action comedy. My rating of director Paul Kyriazi's 1984 movie lands on a mediocre five out of ten stars.
It went from good to laughable in a split second...
I wasn't sure what to expect from writer and director
Neil Burger with this 2021 sci-fi thriller, but I must admit that the synopsis for the movie sounded fairly interesting. And so without having even seen a trailer or even heard about the movie prior to watching it, I sat down to watch "Voyagers".
And while "Voyagers" did actually start out pretty interesting, and had me entertained, the movie just fell into pieces upon the act where the character Richard died. After that, the movie just became laughable and downright annoying to watch.
After the death of Richard, the movie became a pointless theater of fighting, bickering, deception and debauchery, and throw in a hefty bit of bland characters that constantly look like they are seriously constipated. Essentially the movie slipped from being an interesting and atmospheric sci-fi thriller to becoming a mindless clone of "Lord of the Flies", but set in space.
What really ticked me off here was the ignorance and the behavior of the adolescent characters in the movie. Seriously, they're stuck aboard a space vessel with nowhere to go, and they succumb to such behavior. No, it just seemed way to incomprehensible and ludicrous.
Visually then "Voyagers" was actually quite good, and there was a good atmospheric sense of claustrophobia and of being crammed inside a space vessel. Just a shame that the storyline had to become such dripple.
Essentially watch the movie up to the point where Richard dies, then turn off the movie. At least that way you will walk away with a wholehearted experience of the movie and have good memories of the story. Just don't bother with the second half of the movie, because it was just a big heap of... Well, you know what I mean.
"Voyagers" had potential to be such a great movie and a rather interesting one as well. But a horrible writing of script changed that experience into a joke.
I am rating "Voyagers" a generous three out of ten stars, and that is mostly based on Colin Farrell's acting, the atmosphere of the first part of the movie and the visuals.
She swung and she missed...
Without ever having heard anything about this 2020 horror movie titled "Bloomfield" from writer and director
Brianna Young, then I had the opportunity to sit down and watch it.
Now, I must say that when a movie is written, directed and starring one and the same person, then chances are that you will be in for a lousy movie experience. Sad to say, but the track record just has that tendency. So I wasn't really harboring much of any expectations to "Bloomfield" when I saw that this was one of those movies with the writer, director and star being the same person.
Still, giving "Bloomfield" the benefit of the doubt, I sat down to watch it. And boy was that a mistake on my part. "Bloomfield" is insanely slow paced, monotonous and actually downright pointless and boring.
I found no entertainment in the storyline simply because it took forever in the narrative to go nowhere. So yeah, there was just nothing to enjoy here. And it didn't really help much that the character gallery in the movie was about as interesting as something constructed in a kindergarten arts and crafts class.
As for "Bloomfield" being a horror movie, well that definitely depends on how abstract your definition of the word horror goes.
I am rating "Bloomfield" a generous two out of ten stars.
Sadly this was just too slow paced and rather monotonous...
I must admit that I had expected a lot more from the 2020 movie "Josée" from writer Seiko Tanabe and director Jong-kwan Kim.
Now, don't get me wrong here, because I am not saying that "Josée" is a bad movie or anything. It just didn't deliver what I was expecting it to. Sure, the movie is watchable and all, but it was just somewhat very monotonously paced and sort of confusing.
Director Jong-kwan Kim leaves a lot of imagery in the movie up for the audience to interpret upon, for better or worse. So depending on whether you like movies that don't serve you all the answers on a silver plate or not, then you might find some enjoyment in "Josée".
I will say that there were definitely some touching moments in the movie, just as there were confusing moments that often left me wondering what was actually going on in the storyline.
"Josée" is amazingly well carried by the two leads, that being Han Ji-min (playing Josée) and Nam Joo-Hyuk (playing Yeong-Suk). They had really good chemistry together on the screen, and they individually and together delivered some really emotional and believable performances. And I will say that their performances alone is actually sufficient reason for sitting down to watch the movie.
Now, I wasn't as entertained as I had hoped I would be when this movie came to an end. And while "Josée" was watchable, it just didn't strike me as an overly memorable movie. Nor is it a movie that I will return to watch a second time, as the storyline was just too vague and thin for such.
I am rating "Josée" a bland five out of ten stars.
Heart of the Home (2021)
Could have been better...
I sat down to watch the 2021 movie "Heart of the Home" here in 2021, without ever having heard of the movie prior to watching it. So I wasn't sure what to expect from writers Sami Sonnesso and Elisabeth Steen-Nokleberg.
And while "Heart of the Home" is a watchable movie, it just ultimately fell into that particular trope of thrillers with having to share a home with a psychopath. Yeah, there is a bunch of similar movies out there already with the same storyline, more or less, and many of which fared better and proved more entertaining than what "Heart of the Home" turned out to be.
I will say that there were definitely aspects to the storyline here that were rather interesting, but some dubious directing from David Palmieri just put the movie in bad light at times, because it could definitely have been done better.
The acting in "Heart of the Home" was somewhat staggering and wooden, which lead to some of the scenes being cringeworthy or coming off as horribly staged and forced. Especially with some of the delivery of the mediocre dialogue. The movie was held afloat almost exclusively by the performance given by Mia Ando.
I do like the police that turned up in the movie, as they didn't give any warnings before slapping handcuffs on a person, or the fact that they totally ignored the victim on the ground with a knife wound and didn't even bother to check for life signs or start on cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Great writing right there.
"Heart of the Home" feels like a film school project, but I am sure that the people involved in the making of this movie were enjoying it.
I sat through the entire ordeal here, and I find myself less than averagely entertained by what "Heart of the Home" delivered. Sure, it is watchable, but it is not an outstanding movie, nor a particularly memorable one.
My rating of "Heart of the Home" lands on a less than mediocre four out of ten stars. Watchable yes, but not a movie that warrants more than a single viewing.
Me You Madness (2021)
This was just horrible...
Right, well I was lured in to watch the 2021 comedy "Me You Madness" given the movie's cover and also from the movie's synopsis. Sure, I hadn't heard about the movie before sitting down to watch it, but it seemed like it could be a good enough movie.
Seemed like it...
In fact, the movie's cover/poster was actually the best thing about the entire ordeal. Yeah, it is that kind of bad movie.
But it wasn't. Nope. This movie was just downright atrocious. And of course, with a movie that is written by, directed by and starring one and the same person, well then you are usually not in for a good old time. I hadn't taken notice of the fact that Louise Linton was the writer, director and starred in the movie before now, as I write the review.
The storyline told in "Me You Madness" was just, hands down, pointless and boring. The movie utterly failed to capture my interest, so sitting through this ordeal was quite a struggle. Needless to say that I succumbed to better judgement and gave up on the movie way before it had come to an end.
The acting in "Me You Madness" was not something you'd rush out to write home about. Nay. The acting in the movie was actually wooden and rigid, never really seemed to have a natural flow to it. But hey, with a script that pointless, I suppose the acting would follow in the same footsteps.
As for "Me You Madness" being a comedy? Well, that might be stretching it quite a bit. I didn't laugh once through the ordeal. Actually the movie didn't even manage to put a smirk on my lips.
This was a massive swing and a miss, not to mention completely waste of time, money and effort.
My rating of the 2021 movie "Me You Madness" lands on a one out of ten stars.