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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.
Crocodile Vengeance (2022)
Sluggish, slow-paced and generally very generic...
Well, I can't say that I had actually heard anything about this 2022 movie titled "Croc!" (aka "Crocodile Vengeance") from writer and director Paul W. Franklin, nor seen any trailer or as much as heard a single word. But the movie's cover seemed fairly interesting enough to actually make me want to give the movie a gander. However, I have to admit that I wasn't harboring any expectations, because a lot of these monstrous creature - or killer animals - features tends to be dubious movies at best.
Writer and director Paul W. Franklin managed to deliver a very, very generic creature feature with "Croc!", and even for a movie of this genre then "Croc!" was just bland and amazingly generic. Pretty simplistic storyline really, which worked out well enough, but the movie just felt shallow and sort of pointless really, as "Croc!" didn't offer anything that haven't already been seen and done in other crocodile-based movies.
The acting in "Croc!" was pretty wooden and rigid for the most parts, making the performances on the screen seem sluggish and sort of amateurish. And that wasn't exactly helping to promote "Croc!"
And writer and director Paul W. Franklin had a little bit too much focus on lewd sex scenes, which absolutely meant nothing to the storyline or script, nor helped promote the narrative in any manner. It just felt pointless and ridiculous, and it was something that was very unnecessary to include in the movie.
Now, with "Croc!" being a monstrous creature feature, then of course having believable crocodiles in the movie would be a must. Right? Right! Well, guess what? They didn't have believable crocodiles in the movie, not even believable CGI animated crocodiles. Nay. What they did have, however, was rather poorly animated CGI crocodiles that lacked anything to make them realistic or believable. The way they moved seemed so wrong, and it felt like certainly scenes of the crocodile opening its maw and flapping its tongue around was copied and pasted into the movie at various points throughout the 84 minutes that "Croc!" ran for.
Yeah, "Croc!" was not an impressive foray into the monstrous creature feature. It was a slow paced and sluggish movie which came without notice and will disappear into the mists of oblivion without notice.
My rating of "Croc!" lands on a generous two out of ten stars.
Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! (2022)
Will there be any treats for Scooby and Shaggy?...
I sat down here in 2022 to watch the new "Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!" animated movie with my son, as we both have been enjoying the "Scooby-Doo!" animated movies and series over the years. In fact, I grew up with the animated series on TV back in my childhood, so it is always a blast to return to watch the Mystery Gang on the screen.
Writers Daniel McLellan, Audie Harrison and Laura Pollak put together an enjoyable storyline, which definitely proved entertaining, and also very much felt like a proper "Scooby-Doo!" animated movie. So this was quite enjoyable to watch.
The animation in "Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!" is good, it looks like the good old classic style that we all love, while it still managed to incorporate new elements into the style. So it was a nice little change added to the animation and art style.
With "Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!" being an animated movie, of course it is important to have a good voice ensemble. And of course they had that for "Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!" as well, with the likes of long-time voice actors Frank Welker, Grey Griffin, Matthew Lillard and also Kate Micucci.
If you enjoy the "Scooby-Doo!" franchise, then you will certainly also enjoy this 2022 animated movie from director Audie Harrison. And I will say that this 2022 movie definitely is a suitable animated movie to watch for Halloween.
My rating of "Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!" lands on a six out of ten stars.
Cool World (1992)
Actually, more like not so cool world...
I remember watching the 1992 movie "Cool World" on VHS back in 1992. However, I must admit that I had totally forgotten everything about the plot and storyline of the movie. In fact, I had also forgotten that the movie starred Brad Pitt and Gabriel Byrne. I just remembered the title of the movie, that it was a parts live action movie and parts animated movie and that Kim Basinger was in it.
And sitting down to watch "Cool World" again here in 2022, I have to say that this movie from writers Michael Grais and Mark Victor was a massive swing and a miss. The storyline felt cluttered and erratic, showing little signs of an overall red thread throughout the 102 minutes that the movie ran for.
The animation in "Cool World" felt second rate, it was not a fluid and stylish animation to look at, and you grew very tired of it very quickly. And there was simply just too much chaos happening in every scene, and it stole attention away from what director Ralph Bakshi wanted to be the focal point of the scene, so it made for a poor viewing experience.
The characters in the movie, be it real or animated, just failed to latch onto me, so I didn't really care an ounce about what transpired on the screen to the characters.
Now, this is without a doubt not a movie that I will ever return to watch again. Consider the movie bagged, shelved and left to embrace oblivion.
My rating of "Cool World" lands on a very generous two out of ten stars.
The Night Crew (2015)
It has all been done and seen before...
Well, I can't exactly claim that I was harboring any great expectations to the 2015 action thriller "The Night Crew", but I still opted to watch it on the account of it being a movie that I hadn't already seen.
And yeah, I will say that the synopsis did sound interesting enough to catch my attention.
However, writers Paul Sloan and Christian Sesma only managed to put together a somewhat bland and mediocre movie here. The storyline is straight forward and very easy to follow, I will give them that much. But it is so simplistic that there almost is no plot really. So you can essentially start the movie, watch for a bit, then leave and come back later and still be up to speed with the events in the movie.
There are some familiar faces on the cast list, with the likes of Luke Goss, Danny Trejo, Bokeem Woodbine, Jason Mewes, Christine Nguyen and Don Swayze. The acting in the movie was actually fair enough, and you know what you get from these particular actors and actresses.
Visually then "The Night Crew" was adequate. I mean, it is not a movie that makes use of a lot of special effects, so you're not going to find yourself in for an amazing display of special effects. However, whatever effects were used actually served the movie well enough.
All in all, then director Christian Sesma put together a movie that was watchable enough for what it was, though you shouldn't expect a grand cinematic experience here. And while I did managed to sit through all 92 minutes it ran for, I only found myself semi-entertained. This is, however, not a movie that I will be returning to watch a second time.
My rating of "The Night Crew" lands on a four out of ten stars.
Beyond White Space (2018)
Moby Dick in space...
Given my lack of overly interest in the sci-fi genre, then I had not heard about this 2018 sci-fi thriller titled "Beyond White Space" before I stumbled upon it by random chance here in 2022. And since I hadn't already seen it, I opted to give the movie a chance and the benefit of the doubt.
Writers Ryan Colucci and Clay McLeod Chapman put together a storyline that felt most like either a knock-off or an homage to the classic "Moby Dick" story, except it was set in the far reaches of space and in a sci-fi setting. And I am sure that there is an audience out there for a movie such as "Beyond White Space", however, I was only mildly entertained by what director Ken Locsmandi delivered.
The acting performances in the movie were okay, and they did have a good enough cast ensemble. Sure, you're not in for a blockbuster cast ensemble, but I figured you would know that already given the movie's premise and title. But I will say that the actors and actresses put on good enough acting performances.
Something that did impress me in "Beyond White Space" was the CGI and special effects. I really liked the CGI in the movie, because it looked good, realistic and definitely helped to bring the movie to life on the screen in a more enjoyable manner. Interesting and nice creature designs also helped to flesh out the movie in more detail.
While I managed to sit through this 2018 sci-fi thriller to the end, I was only mildly entertained, because the storyline was somewhat lacking in originality. It is not, however, a movie that I will ever return to watch a second time.
My rating of "Beyond White Space" lands on a five out of ten stars.
Way of the Wicked (2014)
Fairly terrible movie...
Right, well I was lured in to watching the 2014 thriller "Way of the Wicked" from the cover, as it seemed fairly interesting. And Christian Slater is a fair enough actor, so I figured that since I hadn't already seen "Way of the Wicked", of course I would do so.
Well, I should perhaps have taken heed of the movie's rather low rating here on IMDb, because it is a clear indicator of what you're actually in for here, when you sit down to watch what writer Matthew Robert Kelly and director Kevin Carraway has to offer.
The storyline told in "Way of the Wicked" is rather pointless, and provided me with next to no entertainment. And I managed to endure just about an hour of the ordeal before I had to turn off the movie, as the self-inflicted torment was just becoming too unbearable. Yeah, the movie is pretty terrible.
The acting performances in "Way of the Wicked" were not great. I mean, you have Vinnie Jones in the leading role, and he isn't expect carved from acting material now is he? And Christian Slater, while having great movies to his resume, felt like he was just running on auto-pilot here.
Visually then "Way of the Wicked" was adequate. I mean, you're not in for a grand spectacle of special effects. And whatever special effects was used served the movie well enough. It was fair enough for what it was.
All in all, this movie was not really worth the time or effort. Nor is it a movie that I will ever return to finish watching, simply because the storyline was too mundane, and the character gallery had zero appeal.
My rating of "Way of the Wicked" lands on a three out of ten stars.
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
Fairly straight forward, albeit somewhat generic, horror movie...
While writer and director Victor Salva wasn't exactly revolutionizing the horror genre back in 2001 with the movie "Jeepers Creepers", I will actually say that he managed to put together an entertaining enough movie. It is a watchable movie, for sure, though it is not one I would at the top of my mind be the first horror movie I would recommend newcomers to the horror genre to watch.
The storyline in "Jeepers Creepers" is pretty straight forward, and you just simply lean back in the seat, munch on your snack and enjoy the movie. And that is what makes "Jeepers Creepers" watchable, because it is easy to sit down and watch, requiring nothing from the audience. But it is also a fairly generic horror formula that writer and director Victor Salva opted to follow, for better or worse.
The whole thing with the truck is sort of something that had been done too many times in the past in other movies, so that wasn't particularly inventive from writer and director Victor Salva.
The acting performances in the movie are fairly okay, and the actors and actresses generally performed adequately throughout the course of the movie. I was only familiar with Justin Long and Eileen Brennan on the cast list in this 2001 horror movie.
Visually then "Jeepers Creepers" is a fairly okay movie. I mean, the special effects are adequate and serve the purpose of the movie well enough, but you're not in for a grand spectacle here.
My rating of "Jeepers Creepers" lands on a five out of ten stars.
Archetypical 90s sci-fi horror...
Stumbling upon the 1990 sci-fi horror movie "Metamorphosis" by random luck here in 2022, of course I opted to sit down and watch it, as I had never seen the movie before, nor even heard about it.
I will say that the movie's synopsis definitely sounded like it could be an interesting movie, so of course I gave it a view.
The storyline in "Metamorphosis" was actually interesting enough, though the movie was ultimately somewhat generic, and a very archetypical 90s sci-fi horror movie. But hey, if that is your preference, then you should find great enjoyment in "Metamorphosis", no doubt about it.
The acting performances in the movie were adequate. I wasn only familiar with Laura Gemser in the movie, and she was only playing a small support role.
Visually then the most of the movie was good. The creature that Dr. Peter Houseman turned into towards the end of the movie almost had me spilling my drink. It was so hilariously fake and ridiculous to look at. Even for a creature from 1990s, then it was bad.
Writer and director George Eastman mananaged to put together an okay enough movie for a single viewing, but this was hardly a sci-fi horror classic.
My rating of "Metamorphosis" lands on a four out of ten stars.
Trapped Alive (1988)
Pretty generic subterranean horror story...
I had never heard about this 1988 horror movie titled "Trapped Alive" prior to sitting down to watch it here in 2022. I stumbled upon "Trapped Alive" by random chance, and of course I had to watch it, as it was a horror movie that I had never seen before.
The storyline in "Trapped Alive", as written by Leszek Burzynski and Julian Weaver. Is pretty straight forward actually, and easy to follow. However, on the same note, it should also be said that "Trapped Alive" is also a very generic and predictable movie. But at the same time it is a late 1980s horror movie that essentially has every corny ingredient to it; a generic horror plot, an implausible storyline that makes little sense if you look at it objectively, amazingly well-lit subterranean mine shafts, characters dumber than wood, a subterranean cannibalistic crazed person, toe-curling bad acting performances. So what's not to like here?
The acting performances in the movie were for the majority fairly okay for a movie of this caliber. But the acting performance put on towards the end of the movie by actress Elizabeth Kent (playing Rachel) was just so cringeworthy to behold that it has to be seen to be believed.
The pacing of the movie is slow, and nothing much of anything worthwhile happens before 51 minutes into the ordeal. And with a movie that runs at 92 minutes, then it was just too little too late.
Visually then director Leszek Burzynski's 1988 movie wasn't outstanding. The creature design wasn't scary or anything, and it made for a very sloppy on-screen-creature.
While I managed to sit through "Trapped Alive", I was only mildly entertained. And I can in all honesty say that this is not a movie that I will ever be returning to watch a second time.
My rating of "Trapped Alive" lands on a very generous four out of ten stars.
Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005)
Meh. Just another subpar addition to the franchise...
I sat down in 2022 to watch the 2005 "Hellraiser: Hellworld" for the second or third time since the movie was originally released. I have to say that despite having seen the movie more than once, the storyline and plot completely eluded me and was gone from memory. But I haven't been impressed with the "Hellraiser" franchise since after the third movie, so I wasn't expecting this very forgettable movie from director Rick Bota to be any better now in 2022.
The storyline in "Hellraiser: Hellworld", as written by Joel Soisson and Carl V. Dupré, is pretty straight forward and easy to follow. And with that being said, it should also be said that "Hellraiser: Hellworld" is just another low budget horror movie that has been slapped the stamp of the "Hellraiser" franchise on it without actually being much of a "Hellraiser" movie. Sure, Pinhead and some other Cenobites were in the movie, but this was no "Hellraiser" movie.
The acting performances in the movie were fair enough, and that at least counted for something. The movie does, however, have a rather impressive cast ensemble with the likes of Henry Cavill, Lance Henriksen, Khary Payton and of course Doug Bradley himself as Pinhead. But it should be noted that even with such talents on the cast list, there was only so little to be gotten from the storyline.
Visually then "Hellraiser: Hellworld" is an okay enough movie. Not outstanding or particularly memorable in this department either, but good enough for a single viewing.
My rating of "Hellraiser: Hellworld" lands on a four out of ten stars.
Hellraiser: Inferno (2000)
Yeah, not much of a "Hellraiser" movie actually...
I believe that now in 2022 is the third time that I actually watch the 2000 "Hellraiser: Inferno". And truth be told, as I sat down to watch it again here in 2022, I had entirely forgotten about the plot and storyline entirely.
I must admit that I wasn't really harboring any high hopes for the movie, despite of having entirely forgotten about the movie from watching it before. So yeah, there was that factor, that the movie had been so forgettable that it was entirely gone from memory. But also the fact that the movies had been steadily slipping down a steep slope since around after the third movie.
And the storyline in "Hellraiser: Inferno" is weak, if you sit down to watch writers Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson's 2000 movie with the intentions of watching a Hellish foray into the dark, twisted world of Cenobites and the puzzle box. Yeah, not much of that going on here. However, if you do sit down to watch "Hellraiser: Inferno" with the intention of watching a psychological thriller about a police detective's descend into madness, then you're in for quite the movie. I, however, watched it on the account of it being a "Hellraiser" movie, so I was sorely disappointed here. Sure, you had Pinhead and some unknown Cenobites in the movie, but they were mere background characters and had little screen time.
It should be said that they actually had a pretty good cast ensemble to participate in the movie, with the likes of Craig Sheffer, James Remar and Nicholas Turturro. And of course it is always nice to have Doug Bradley appear as Pinhead.
Visually then "Hellraiser: Inferno" is a good enough movie. But it is a psychological thriller that is dressed up all pretty in a "Hellraiser" packaging.
A watchable enough movie, but you are sort of lured into believing that you're in for a "Hellraiser" movie here, and it does border on being false advertisement.
My rating of "Hellraiser: Inferno" lands on a four out of ten stars. There is a reason why this movie was entirely forgettable, even after having seen it twice.
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
Open the Gates of Hell...
I enjoyed the original "Hellraiser" movie and have been watching all the movies in the franchise as they have been released. Though I have to say that with each passing new movie that the franchise spawned, the quality of the storyline and ideas just grew weaker and weaker. However, the 1988 "Hellbound: Hellraiser II" is almost as good as the original movie.
The storyline in "Hellbound: Hellraiser II", as written by Peter Atkins, picks up after the events of the 1987 "Hellraiser" movie, and it is a good continuation of the storyline. There is a good continuity between the 1987 movie and this 1988 sequel, and that works very well in favor of the movie.
It was nice to see cast members from the original movie, such as Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins and Sean Chapman return to reprise their characters from the first movie. Just as it was great to see the Cenobites return to the screen as well; that being Doug Bradley, Simon Bamford, Barbie Wilde and Nicholas Vince. I am not sure if all of those playing the Cenobites were from the first movie, though.
Visually then "Hellbound: Hellraiser II" is good. Sure, the movie is showing signs of being 34 years old already, but the effects are still adequate today and keep the movie as being watchable.
I enjoyed "Hellbound: Hellraiser II" and have seen it about five times or so, since it was originally released.
My rating of "Hellbound: Hellraiser II", from director Tony Randel, lands on a six out of ten stars.
Well, it was what it was...
I was initially thrilled about another series set in "The Walking Dead" franchise and universe. And the trailers for "The Walking Dead: World Beyond" seemed rather interesting.
However, the relatively young main characters was somewhat of a hurdle for me, as it just didn't feel right somehow. I had problems taking a liking to the characters, and I just never really bought into the fact that teenagers would or could be able to accomplish what Hope, Elton, Iris and Silas managed to do. But hey, I stuck with the show, as it was a zombie series taking place within "The Walking Dead" universe.
The acting performances was for the majority good, though there were several characters throughout the series that I just never could take a liking to or really enjoy, and that was primarily Iris (played by Aliyah Royale) and Huck (played by Annet Mahendru). Not that there was anything wrong with the actresses, but the characters were just unfathomably unlikeable.
The storyline in "The Walking Dead: World Beyond" was semi-adequate. I mean, it was watchable, but it was just difficult for me to fully submerse myself into the setting and the plot, given the young four main characters and their adventures.
I did managed to sit through the entire series, as it is a zombie series, and I am a sucker for all things zombie. And yeah, I was moderately entertained throughout the course of "The Walking Dead: World Beyond", mostly because of the gore and the speciel effects. I have to admit that the speciel effects department that work on the various "The Walking Dead" series are just doing phenomenal jobs. And they really helped to make "The Walking Dead: World Beyond" all the more watchable and enjoyable.
However, I doubt that I will ever return to watch "The Walking Dead: World Beyond" a second time.
My rating of "The Walking Dead: World Beyond" lands on a six out of ten stars.
Fear the Walking Dead (2015)
Good spin-off series...
Initially when "Fear the Walking Dead" started back in 2015, I wasn't all that impressed with the first season, but I have managed to stick with the series throughout the years. Why? Well, it is a zombie series after all, and I am a sucker for all things zombie.
And yeah, there has been various quality of script writing, dialogue writing and character writing throughout the seasons. Of course there has. It would be utopia to believe anything else. Some seasons have been more enjoyable than others, while some have been phenomenal and others have been practical dumpster fires.
I especially enjoyed "Fear the Walking Dead" with the original cast from season one. But have to admit that once Nick was killed off, then the series started to stagger - no pun intended. And while it has been watchable still since then, I just feel that the most interesting character in the series was missing.
The character gallery throughout the series have been a mixed bag of nuts. Some characters have been thoroughly likeable, while others not so much. And some characters have evolved throughout the seasons, some for the better and some for the worse. I can't say that I am much a fan of Victor Strand in the seasons since Nick died.
The acting performances in "Fear the Walking Dead" is good. They have quite a good cast ensemble here. Lots of great talented actors and actresses.
The special effects in "Fear the Walking Dead" is good. I love the zombie make-up, special effects and prosthetics in this series. But then again, it has been phenomenal in all of the various series and spin-off series that is a part of "The Walking Dead" universe and franchise.
If you enjoy or enjoyed the original "The Walking Dead" series, then you would most likely also enjoy "Fear the Walking Dead".
My rating of "Fear the Walking Dead" lands on a seven out of ten stars. It is good, but not up to level with the original "The Walking Dead" series.
Vê Si Sài Gòn (2016)
Enjoyable action comedy...
Needless to say that I hadn't heard about this 2016 Vietnamese action comedy titled "Vê Si Sài Gòn" (aka "Saigon Bodyguards") before now in 2022, as I had the opportunity to sit down and watch it. And of course, with my interest in Asian cinema, of course I opted to watch it.
Writers Ken Ochiai and Michael Thai managed to put together a storyline that proved entertaining. It was a good combination of action and comedy. And if you enjoy the works of Jackie Chan, then you will probably also enjoy this 2016 movie from director Ken Ochiai, as it is very much akin to the movies that Jackie Chan usually makes.
The acting in the movie was good, and I do like watching Thai Hoa in movies. Actually, he is the only Vietnamese actor I am familiar with, so go figure. Then again, I am not well-traversed in the Vietnamese cinema. But I will say that all actors and actresses on the cast list here performed quite well.
I was genuinely entertained by this movie, and it is a well-worth watching.
My rating of "Vê Si Sài Gòn" lands on a six out of ten stars.
The Curse of Humpty Dumpty (2021)
Sure, why not?...
Well, from the movie's title and its cover/poster, I have to say that I wasn't exactly harboring much of any grand expectations to writer and director Scott Jeffrey's 2021 horror movie titled "The Curse of Humpty Dumpty". However, I still opted to watch it on the off-chance that it might actually be a worthwhile horror experience.
Let me just be blunt here and say that it wasn't.
The storyline in "The Curse of Humpty Dumpty", as written by Scott Jeffrey, was sort of simplistic. It wasn't that it was lazy writing or anything for the script; it was just sort of very bland and generic. Now, I will say that I thoroughly liked the dementia aspect to the storyline that Wendy Loomas (played by Nicola Wright) was suffering from, and the gradual return of warped and twisted memories as she and her daughters stayed at their family home.
I was only familiar with actress Nicola Wright on the cast list. But I will say that the actresses and actors did actually put on good enough performances, despite of the restrictions and limitations imposed by a somewhat bland script and storyline.
Visually then you're not in for a grand treat here. The doll was so painstakingly obvious just a guy wearing a costume and alternating between two blatantly obvious latex masks, given their inarticulate features.
For a horror movie then "The Curse of Humpty Dumpty" doesn't really impress. The movie just doesn't bring anything new to the genre. And it was lacking somewhat in the scare department.
My rating of "The Curse of Humpty Dumpty" lands on a very generous three out of ten stars.
Wrong Place (2022)
A fair enough action thriller...
I must admit that when I sat down to watch the 2022 action crime thriller "Wrong Place" from writer Bill Lawrence and director Mike Burns then I wasn't really expecting a whole lot. Why? Well, simply because the last couple of years in Bruce Willis career have been mostly dubious movies.
However, as I hadn't already seen "Wrong Place" then of course I opted to watch it. You know, giving the movie the benefit of the doubt.
And I will say that writer Bill Lawrence did actually manage to put together a fair enough storyline here. Sure, it was somewhat generic and straight forward, but it made for an adequate viewing experience. Sure, you're not in for anything spectacular here when you watch "Wrong Place", but it was what it was.
The cast in the movie was quite okay, and I will say that this wasn't as bad as I had expected it to be in terms of Bruce Willis spewing out another direct-to-video movie of questionable quality. He actually did fairly okay here. It was, however, actor Michael Sirow (playing Jake) that carried the movie with his performance.
For an action thriller then "Wrong Place" is pretty straight forward. Watchable and enjoyable enough for what it turned out to be.
My rating of "Wrong Place" from director Mike Burns lands on a five out of ten stars.
Top Gunner: Danger Zone (2022)
Wait, another mockbuster?...
Well, with another brilliant release from The Asylum, you know pretty much what you are in for here. Yup, another mockbuster cashing in on the potent success of another blockbuster. And this time it is, well, isn't pretty obvious with a title like "Top Gunner: Danger Zone"?
Right, well I was expecting "Top Gunner: Danger Zone" to be a movie about brash fighter pilots doing reckless things in high altitudes and at high speeds. Yeah, that is what the movie's title would imply. But lo and behold, writer Marc Gottlieb opted to go a wholly different direction here with his script and storyline for "Top Gunner: Danger Zone". Yeah. Instead of high altitude and high speed, we have an action thriller about an explosive device on a commercial airliner.
Talk about not meeting the expectations here.
If you look aside from the movie's horrible title and the thing it is meant to cash in upon, and look at "Top Gunner: Danger Zone" as an action thriller with an airliner carrying an explosive device, then the movie isn't actually all that bad.
Of the entire cast ensemble, then I was only familiar with Michael Paré here. I will say, though, that the cast in the movie were actually putting on good performances in bringing their characters and the story to life on the screen.
Visually then "Top Gunner: Danger Zone" was actually surprisingly good, for a production from The Asylum. Just goes to prove that every now and again then The Asylum does up their game and strap up and deliver something worthwhile.
I was actually pleasantly surprised with "Top Gunner: Danger Zone", because it wasn't the lousy mockbuster that I was expecting it to be from the very moment of seeing The Asylum's name appear on the screen. However, this is hardly a movie that I will return to watch a second time.
My rating of "Top Gunner: Danger Zone" lands on a five out of ten stars.
Oh dear lord...
I sat down to watch the 2021 sci-fi series "Invasion" here in 2022. I had actually never heard about it, but stumbled upon it by random chance. Normally I am not a big fan of sci-fi, but I figured I would branch out a bit and try something new. And I will say that the poster/cover and synopsis for "Invasion" seemed interesting enough.
And episode 1 was pretty good. It had suspense and was slowly building up to something, plus it had Sam Neill in it as well. But as the episodes went on, less and less actually happened in the episodes, and they all just felt like massive fillers. But fillers that lead to nowhere. I managed to sit through 5 episodes of this ordeal before I called it quits and tossed the towel in the ring. "Invasion" is so unfathomably slow paced, uneventful and pointless that it is unimaginable.
The acting in "Invasion" was adequate, but it was hard to sit through, as the actors and actresses had nothing interesting to work with in terms of a properly written script with entertainment value to it.
"Invasion", from creators Simon Kinberg and David Weil, was such a massive swing and a miss, and it just feels like a complete waste of time. And trust me, after 5 episodes of virtually nothing happening, well aside from a bit of suspense in episode 1, then I am not ever going to return to "Invasion" to watch the rest. I just simply have zero interest in this dumpster fire.
My rating of "Invasion" lands on a generous two out of ten stars, and that is based on the acting performances and production values, because there simply isn't anything entertaining to be enjoyed here.
War of the Worlds (2005)
Having just sat down to watch the original 1953 movie, of course I opted to follow up with director Steven Spielberg's 2005 movie "War of the Worlds". Sure, I had seen it a couple of times before, but this movie is one of those types of movies that have replay value to it.
The storyline in this 2005 interpretation of H. G. Well's written work is interesting and it differs from the 1953 movie, so this felt like something that could very well have been taking place during the events of the original movie, because we follow different characters and a different plot. Sure, the concept of the Martian invasion is the same, and the end result is the same, but everything else here was different. And that was a good approach from writers Josh Friedman and David Koepp.
The cast ensemble in "War of the Worlds" was good, and they had a good amount of talented actors and actresses on the cast list. This movie, at least in my opinion, is one of Tom Cruise's best movies ever. He performed quite well in the role of Ray Ferrier, as did Dakota Fanning in the role of Rachel Ferrier. And Tim Robbins was just spectacularly cast for the role of Harlan Ogilvy.
Visually then "War of the Worlds" was and still is a very, very impressive movie. The special effects and CGI in this 2005 movie are through the roof. The effects are still very impressive today, 17 years later. It looks and feels realistic, and they really put in a lot of work in the details and bringing the Martians and their war machines to life on the screen.
If you enjoyed the novel or the 1953 movie, then you most certainly will also enjoy the 2005 movie from director Steven Spielberg. If you haven't already seen it, then you have to do so, should you get the chance. This is top entertainment. I find this 2005 movie to be even better than the original 1953 movie.
My rating of "War of the Worlds" lands on an eight out of ten stars.
The War of the Worlds (1953)
Definitely a classic...
I sat down to watch the 1953 sci-fi classic "The War of the Worlds" again here in 2022, which makes it the second or third time I have actually seen the movie. I have seen it on TV sometime during my childhood and late teenage years, but never really paid much attention to it, as I am not all that keen on sci-fi.
However, having sat down in 2022 to watch director Byron Haskin bring "The War of the Worlds" to life on the screen was quite the treat. This 1953 movie is definitely a sci-fi classic in every definition. And as I have matured, I have come to appreciate the storyline way more, and found a lot more enjoyment in the movie this time.
It is a pretty straight forward storyline which proves compelling and entertaining from the very beginning. And director Byron Haskin doesn't release the audience from his grip before the movie comes to an end. Yeah, the story in "The War of the Worlds" is that good.
Needless to say that I wasn't familiar with the cast ensemble here, as this movie was made way before I was born in 1975. However, I have just sat through "When Worlds Collide" prior to watching "The War of the Worlds", and I think there was a recurring actor playing a scientist in both these movies.
Visually then "The War of the Worlds" is impressive, even now in 2022 the movie still holds up. I am quite amazed that they could pull off these effects back in 1953, when there are sci-fi movies that come out today with effects not even reaching the effects in "The War of the Worlds" to the ankles.
If you haven't already seen "The War of the Worlds", then you most certainly should do so, because this is good entertainment through and through.
My rating of "The War of the Worlds" lands on a seven out of ten stars.
When Worlds Collide (1951)
And oldie, but a goodie...
I had the opportunity to sit down and watch the 1951 sci-fi movie "When Worlds Collide" for the very first time ever here in 2022. And while I am not overly a sci-fi fan, then I did opt to watch it, given its age.
Needless to say that I wasn't really harboring much of any expectations to "When Worlds Collide", as the movie is 71 years old. But color me impressed. Writer Sydney Boehm managed to put together an enjoyable and entertaining storyline here, based on the written works of Edwin Balmer and Philip Wylie. I was genuinely entertained from start to end, I as sat through "When Worlds Collide".
The movie clocks in at 83 minutes, but the storyline is so compelling and well-told that the movie actually felt a lot short, as time just flew by.
I wasn't familiar with a single actor or actress on the cast list here, but they did put on good performances to bring the movie to life on the screen.
And I have to say that I was rather impressed with the effects in "When Worlds Collide", especially since the movie is 71 years old. The special effects were rather good and still holds up for the most parts today. Surprisingly enough, then there are sci-fi movies being made today that has more dubious and worse effects than what they had in "When Worlds Collide", and that was 71 years ago.
If you enjoy sci-fi and haven't already seen "When Worlds Collide", then you definitely should do so. As a casual viewer and not a particular sci-fi buff, then I can honestly say that I was genuinely entertained here.
My rating of "When Worlds Collide" lands on a six out of ten stars.
The Invitation (2022)
Went from good to bad quite fast...
I hadn't heard about the 2022 horror movie "The Invitation" prior to sitting down to watch it. In fact, I hadn't even bothered to read the movie's synopsis. I liked the movie's cover/poster, and it being a horror movie was essentially sufficient to make me sit down and watch it regardless.
The story starts out nice enough, and writer Blair Butler definitely is capable of putting together an interesting enough mystery, where the movie gradually intensifies in disturbing things, so director Jessica M. Thompson was given something to work with.
But wait, then sudden, as the movie is up and at it, running on all cylinders, then writer Blair Butler throws a curveball and the storyline just takes a very unforeseen turn of events. And at start it was definitely not predictable and also a very welcomed change to the storyline. But then the movie snapped and it took a turn for the ludicrous. And it was when you come to find out who the leader of the family really is. That is where the movie just shattered for me, and it went from being an okay enough movie to being a laughably bad one.
They had put together an interesting cast, and I will say that actress Nathalie Emmanuel carried the movie quite nicely. It was also nice to see Sean Petwee in the movie.
There was potential here, for sure, but ultimately it fell through as the writing just became poor and ridiculous. If you are a horror fan, then you might want to skip on "The Invitation", because this wasn't a gem in the horror cinema.
My rating of "The Invitation" lands on a four out of ten stars.
Tiszta szívvel (2016)
A very different storyline...
Stumbling upon the 2016 Hungarian action comedy drama "Tiszta Szívvel" (aka "Kills on Wheels") by random chance here in 2022, I must admit that the movie's synopsis sounded interesting. So of course I opted to sit down and watch what writer and director Attila Till had to offer.
The storyline in the movie was adequate. I was, however, expecting a bit more comedy here, but writer and director Attila Till was focusing more on the drama aspect here. So the movie was a little bit different than what I was expecting. And with that being said, don't get me wrong here, because I am not saying that this is a bad movie. The storyline was actually adequately entertaining.
Needless to say that I wasn't familiar the cast ensemble in the movie, but the three leading actors definitely put on good performances and carried the movie quite well.
This is somewhat of an acquired taste of a movie, as I don't think the storyline will find an appeal with just everyone in the audience. And while I did manage to sit through the entire movie, this is not a movie that I will be returning to watch a second time, simply because the storyline was a bit too bland and mundane for my liking. However, I will say that "Tiszta Szívvel" is definitely worth checking out.
My rating of "Tiszta Szívvel" from writer and director Attila Till lands on a five out of ten stars.
The Munsters (2022)
Being only vaguely familiar with the TV series, I have to admit that this movie was not something that had me worked up. But with it being a movie with Rob Zombie at the helm, of course I opted to check it out. However, I wasn't really harboring much of any expectations.
And I suppose that "The Munsters" is a movie that will appeal primarily to the fans of the TV show. I was only mildly entertained here, and it was not a movie that had me worked up, nor is it a movie that I will ever return to watch a second time.
Something that works in favor of the movie is the costumes, wardrobes, props and general appearance of things in the movie. There is a very interesting atmosphere, and you can clearly see Rob Zombie's influence on the style.
They had put together a good cast ensemble, many of which have collaborated with Rob Zombie before in other movies. It was nice to see the likes of Jeff Daniel Phillips, Cassandra Peterson, Richard Brake, Daniel Roebuck, Dee Wallace, Jorge Garcia and Sheri Moon Zombie on the screen in various roles.
While "The Munsters" was a watchable movie, it was not an outstanding movie, nor a particularly memorable one either. And for a Rob Zombie movie it ranks in fairly mediocre. Just because it was directed by Rob Zombie didn't mean it was automatically something golden and fantastic.
My rating of "The Munsters" lands on a bland five out of ten stars.