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200AD , Starlord and Tornado devotee.
Love the good old days 1970's where all the best television came from Space 1999, UFO, Blakes 7 and all the best movies ahhh those were the days.
How to review this strange affair?
I find this quite a difficult film to review as it is well produced and well acted but just leaves me cold. Yes I understand it is a study on how a sexual situation can spiral out of control and the title is a reference to what most lawyers would say in court when a rape case is presented as has been the situation recently in America with the preppy college attacks but the overtly gory and perverse nature of the film does not really make this a good film for me just more of the usual torture porn and degradation of women which is all too prevalent these days!
It also I illustrates the way a lot of young men are retreating into their homes in front of a computer and living a virtual sex lifestyle; so yes it does have a few things to say but I cannot in all honesty give it much above a 3/10 as it left me cold and was quite uncomfortable to watch at many points but I guess the intelligentsia will say this is a good thing and why the movie is so good. Not me, I do not buy into all style over content descriptions that this movie has garnered.
If you want to be thoroughly depressed and disgusted then yes by all means watch this film but do not expect to come out with any good feelings. In this day and age it is already depressing enough, I want to come out of the cinema with hope for the future and elevated at having watched something either entertaining, profound or interesting and this is really none of those!
Raccoon Valley (2018)
Interesting what you can do for $175
Going into this you must be aware that the guy who wrote and did almost everything on it from tea boy to director only cost a total of $175 and review it as such.
It does not have zombie hordes or explosions and mass CGI but has a haunting atmosphere, rather subtle music and a very different way of attacking a movie making project and this is what it is and should be reviewed as such.
So yes, it is more of a movie project and less of a film but it does well with what little he had in his wallet and shows what can be done with a very little amount of cash and has to be congratulated for the end result. There will not be many who will appreciate it in this day and age of mass CGI and multi million pound blockbusters and if you are expecting this then you probably will not appreciate or enjoy this film, but hey give it a try and think try to appreciate what could be produced with $175 in your pocket.
I Am Mother (2019)
Superb scifi....at last
So many bad multi million pound sci-fi movies this year, this is the first one to excel beyond its low budget to give us a seemingly high budget effort.
The robot for a start is the first one since Maximillian in the Black Hole or Robby in Forbidden Planet that feels more than just an electronic robot and does make you warm to it thus lulling you into a false sense of security - well done to the special effects guys on this, really quite superb even the running motion of the robot was stunningly executed and realistic.
The acting is superlative with the notable introduction of Clara Rugaard who is just amazing in her first big role and as usual Hilary Swank is as always perfect in any role she is given. Even the voice of the robot Clare Byrne is perfect.
The cgi for a low budget is also extremely well done and the end reminds me a bit of the original Planet Of The Apes and the fields of corn like Terminator so it creates a really believable scenario and does it with gusto.
So what let it down? The end with the baby brother - once again we have to have the politically correct narrative with the baby being of coloured persuasion to appease the blm brigade. If this was a robotic society then colour has been a problem in the human race for millenia so why would these highly logical robots not create a race of one colour it seems illogical to me and if it were a pure white master-race it would have added that sinister element more to the end of the film but the producers had to cop out and give us a politically correct narrative - very sad and not in keeping with how an artificial intelligence would view a perfect society as the robot itself even said the old human race one of whose main problems is race and religion, so it was mothers job to remove all possible conflict and bring the child up with good moral values and logical non destructive emotions! I half expected the robot to put on a bhurka at the end to appease the religious brigade!
All in all though it is a superb film with a good script and stunning visuals and almost perfect in every way for us Scifi lovers that never overreaches itself - watch it you will not be disappointed if you are a true Sci-fi fan!
What is it with Swedes?
They seem to have a fascination with nudity, orgies and lesbo-sex?
In the old days we were told it was because they had a free way of thinking and it was to be admired but these days it comes across as just an excuse for a bit of perving to be -honest; been done before, not interesting and does not add anything to the story, in fact it detracts from what could have been a very good film.
Some of the ideas in the film were good and put together well with good CGI and the end was rather clever; the ship having reached another Earth like world after 5 million or so years with everyone dead except the microbial dna in the ships grow tanks and then crashing into one of this worlds seas presumably and the spores/dna of humanity would then propagate itself again which I thought was a clever way to end the film. It is just a shame the rest of the film could not have been as well written!
But all in all the film felt disjointed and it did not flow as it should with scenes merely added for the Directors vanity and to fill in what the writers obviously could not.
Could have been above average but once again it remains average. Don't you love how all the intellectual types think this is a masterpiece when we all know it tries to be and fails miserably!
Sound effects are magic but that is as far as it goes
The sound effects in this are the best thing about it - reminiscent of an old Hammer horror movie and quite atmospheric but that is as far as it goes as the movie stinks worse than my feet after a hard day on the go!
No story, no scares , no acting talent - sad really when Sam Raimi proved you can still make great horror movies with shadows, sound effects and not much else!
It is also a good advert for cigarette manufacturers!
Head Count (2018)
Started off really well, lots of atmosphere, good sound effects and great photography of the Arizona desert then it all went to pot - literally!
Confused acting and poor script, running around screaming, illogical acts of nonsense and you do not even get to see the monster or history of where it originated from. No characterisation either.
Could have been good but sadly it was another Elmer Fudd!
Captive State (2019)
Dialogue stolen from the Hunger Games
Utterly miserable movie effort.
Full of the usual BLM agenda once again and that would be ok if the actors were any good but they are not - it is getting really tedious now quite apart from the fact you can hardly understand what half of these neanderthal zero talent actors are saying for most of the movie; either destroying the english language or making up their own. The new Hollywood BLM appeasement agenda is destroying the remnants of the movie industry for sure and especially when there are actually some good black actors out there like Djimon Honsou for one!
This movie does not even merit being titled as Scifi. No wonder it did not make it into the cinema!
Captain Marvel (2019)
Did I just hear Samuel Jackson use the mf word in a PG movie?
Well the mf moment when Samuel Jackson was scratched by the cat in his eye was the best bit in this movie. I laughed so hard I almost messed my pontalooms and almost gave this 10/10 just for that magical moment but sadly i came back to reality with a thud in the next scene.
If they had spent more time finding decent actors and obsessing over the third wave feminist claptrap it might have been decent, instead we have a story that could be any mixed with the usual flying and shooting beams nonsense it was pretty dire.
Unfortunately they just threw actors who could not act in to fit the usual BLM narrative as is the want nowadays instead of using good black actors, although the immensely talented Djimon honsu was there but only had a few lines sadly. Then we have the LGBT feminist claptrap mixed in and music so inappropriate at times - i hate to say it but this is why women should not be allowed to direct movies like this as they have not got a clue.
Poor old Brie Larsson had about as much charisma as the cheese of the same name and just about as cheesy - god what were they thinking choosing her when they had Margot Robbie or the cat!
Puerile rubbish and a clone of every other Marvel drossbag movie out there , absolutely all style over substance for sure and it seems to be getting worse if this is anything to judge by.
Samuel Jackson and the mf cat were the best thing in it - At least we now know how Nick Fury lost his eye - The cat did it lol
Clever and more scifi than horror
The movie for me got better as it played on and not as many reviewers have said died out towards the end.
I cannot for the life of me understand how so many people did not understand the movie and have posted so many questions about who this was and why when it was almost spelled out by the writers.
It was a rather novel and interesting plot even though there may have been a fair few plotholes , who cares , its a movie we go to be entertained not disect the movie as we watch it - this for me is an example of how people cannot let their imagination go and just go with the flow and be entertained as well as having everything spelled out on a plate.
She was the clone at the end yet so many people did not get it - she swapped in the hall of mirrors.
Really good performances and a novel story make this a bit of a treat albeit with a slow beginning it gets better as it goes along until the final denouement!
Death Kiss (2018)
Has it all except the voice
Good for a laugh a homage to the old death wish series.
He has the face, the mannerisms, good muscle build and hell, he even has the Paul Kersey walk down pat but the dubbed voice is out of place, they should have let him try and use his own.
The film might not blow you away but better watch out, leave a bad review and Charlie might come a lookin for ya! Blam blam. What will totally blow you away is that the Charles Bronson similarity is uncanny and I speak as an expert having had a Charlie B Magnificent Seven Movie poster on my walls as a kid and many others - he was and still is my favourite actor and such a nice guy in real life in a day and age when men were real men and actors were great like Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum and we now have Dicaprio, Afflecks - Oh dear how sad!
Back to the movie it basically a blast em up - not much story but hey who cares the blood splatter and explosion effects are top class and although the acting is pants the movie made me smile with its breathy synth riffs reminiscent of an old John Carpenter or Tangerine Dream soundtrack all done on an old analogue Korg - luvvly jubbly!!!!
The Professor (2018)
Average Movie but Depp and Huston shine!
Well it is always amazing when a major movie is released to see the shills in action posting so many false 10/10 reviews. If you check them all, as usual only one review and obviously false accounts. Amazing how IMDB can censor our reviews yet cannot weed out all the false ones as they did just that to this one and rejected it as they will probably do again.
10/10 means it is the best movie you have ever seen imo and this is not it. Yes it is funny and has its moments but it is just an average 5/10. It is in no way profound in its writing and really has nothing new to say as it has been done to "death"; pardon the pun, far better in many other movies notably "The Bucket List". I was hoping for some profound and clever writing and there are some good lines "Is that the angels, No its the accapela choir next door" but there is not much of that, merely a lot of swearing and outraging of the other characters.
What does rise it above the average 5/10 is Jonny Depp's acting ability and his friend in the shape of Huston who always gives an interesting performance. Every other character is instantly forgettable.
The end of the film is also incongruous to his character when I expected him to leave and go die on his own up in the Appalachian mountains and yet he tells everyone at the dinner party with a rather pitiful speech which spoiled the finale. Still , it is a 6/10 for me purely based on Depp's superlative acting and the ability to carry a movie purely on his own
See You Yesterday (2019)
More BLM Claptrap
Stick in any old black actors, throw in a poor script and cheap effects and you instantly have a perfect example of why the blm narrative is hogwash and this illustrates why there are not many black actors winning oscars if this is the talent and movies they produce.
Why when you have Forrest Whitaker, Denzel Washington and the excellent Djimon Hounsou who proves there are plenty of good black actors waiting in the wings for a chance, so why not find and use them instead of picking any old tat off the corner.
The picture on the advert for this movie says it all - ridiculous is the word!
Quite a good effort for a low budget thriller
I was not expecting much going into this when i saw Jack Coleman from Dynasty was starring in this but I was pleasantly surprised as the film is quite short but it does well with what it had to work with on the budget so re-iterates you should never judge on appearances.
Jimmy Jean-Louis does steal the show though; he blows all the other actors out of the water; the BLM movement are always complaining about good black actors in movies and yet we have actors like Jimmy who deserve more roles yet they give them to zero talent wasters like John Boyega. Just goes to show there are a lot of good black actors out there but for some reason they insist on casting any old black actor just so that it can fulfill the "BLM quota" when we have immensely talented actors like Forrest Whittaker, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding and many more.
It easily beats a lot of multi million pound so called thrillers that have come out this year and as we say in Scotland the "double twist in the tale" denoument was a very pleasant surprise and puts the cherry on top of the cake and elevates this above merely an average 5 stars for me to a 6/10.
American Exit (2019)
Lacklustre road movie
I was really hoping for something special with this as it has the wonderfully weird Udo Kier in it and I like Dane Cook and there is even an appearance from old timer John Savage but the film has such terrible writing that it goes nowhere even with all that acting talent.
They should have carried the journey further to Mexico and made more effort with some exciting scenes down Mexico way but instead it goes nowhere and ends on a dusty road. The script is about as dusty and barren as the road they end up on. I also did not like the photography with its yellow tone and poor panning shots, it made the film feel cramped and a bit depressing.
The action is very poorly orchestrated and the character interaction between father and son seems overly forced and unbelievable. The story seems as if it has been written and then re-written and still not right so they just decided to go with it and cross their fingers.
Everything about the film just says meh!
Room for Rent (2019)
Quite shocking in parts and worth a watch!
Lin Shaye is good in whatever she stars in - she could wear a sack and gag and still steal the show and she does it in spades in this film.
Some of the scenes I found quite shocking and I am not easily shocked; notably the scene with the young thugs trying to molest her. Coupled with some very weird dialogue it does push this film into the more disturbing thriller/horror shelves. It is also quite sad in many ways illustrating the loneliness of being on your own in later years and the search for meaning.
Sadly the film although better than average, never rises above that due to the writing and lack of tension, the story just seems to meander all over the place as if it was written by several people or chopped to much in the cutting room.
Still it makes a good job of what it has to work with and is a lot better than some of the awful so called high budget movies being pumped out; seemingly daily.
Some reviewer said he did not understand the ending; seems simple to me she killed everyone in order to have the child she was obviously missing and once she had returned from Holiday and the baby had been born she obviously killed the young girl and was now Grandma to the kid - seemples but seems some folks need it spelled out for them!
Gets better and better with every viewing
This awesome sci-fi horror made it into my favourite sci-fi top ten movies of all time it is really that good.
Superb acting , it even features Norman Reedus (our man Daryl from Walking Dead in an early role) and has a rather gorgeous female Ripley character in Antje Traue whom I expected to see a lot more of after this excellent Scifi blockbuster but sadly she seems to have disappeared into movie oblivion! It also has the "you dont give me what i want" Ben Foster from 30 Days Of Night so has a full feature cast.
It has it all - the sheer terror of Aliens, a real sense of dread so palpable it made my heart race and a great story played out with almost perfect pacing and an excellent reveal at the end just topped the movie off - I have just watched it again for the 7th time and spotted new things I had not noticed in the first 6 viewings - that adds up to a truly superb movie for me. I simply cannot for the life of me understand why it did not do well at the box office; although I surmise at the number of times it is repeated on UK tv that it has more than made its money back and I must admit I am truyl disappointed that the trilogy will never be completed.
Bates Motel (2013)
Absolutely sublime acting, writing and camerawork
I just started watching this yesterday 6 years after the first episode came out and Hannibal and I wish I had watched them when they first came out as they both provide the same superlative level of acting ability, story telling and just about everything you need in a top of the range series.
The writing in Hannibal was yes a bit more creative and philisophical in its meanderings but Bates Motel really tries to examine the way in which someone becomes a psychopath from the dog being hit on the road and the links to the girlfriend shunning young Norman to his seemingly off balance mother and superb character performance from his brother. The acting as with Hannibal is really top class in every way and I cannot think of one single actor in this who is not in the top league, especially Vera Farmiga, Freddy Highmore and Max Thieriot who carry the whole show! The addition of the secondary disabled girlfriend in the stunningly beautiful Olivia Cooke is a masterstroke and just polishes what already is a diamond of a series - I cannot wait to watch the rest of the series to see if it maintains this level of enjoyment like Hannibal did!
I was not expecting this at all and was expecting it to be a bit hackneyed and old but it brings a whole new dimension and freshness to the Psycho legend and exceeds any of your expectations should you be an older fan of Hitchcock and have not watched this yet - If you have not watched this then dive in - You will be addicted from the very first episode which is a rare thing these days!
Soul to Keep (2018)
Total nonsense - How not to make a movie!
They have tried to use the sign language gimmick but it is just irritating and detracts even more from the annoying actors; all of whom could not act their way out of a wet paper bag. Throw in the obligatory annoying, shaky cam or was the camera man just out of it - probably!
If you check all the 10/10 reviewers they have exactly the same number of reviews of every single film on each of their lists, its a shame the site cannot weed these shills out as I just wasted an hour and half of my life on this utter drivel - they seem to spend most of their time rejecting reviews because of formatting and political correctness as they have rejected this review 7 times now!
I very rarely give a movie 1/10 as that means its the worst movie you have ever seen but this deserves it in spades; it is almost as bad as The Bad Batch with Keanu Reeves but at least it doesn't try to be what it is not and avoids any arty pretention. I very rarely give a 1 star for any movie but this is bad! Anyone giving this a rating above 1 must be a shill!
The Prodigy (2019)
Good addition to the genre
Just when you think the scary kid horror genre has been done to death , along comes another to prove you wrong.
Well acted especially by Jackson Scott who steals the show, well directed and although the story was not stellar it punches well above its weight for a low budget horror.
I also liked the end as I dont like the usual hollywood wrap it all up happy endings so it gets 6.5 from me!
Scottish reworking of Hammer House Of Horror
And it does it not badly for a low budget movie.
People seem to forget you should be reviewing the movie on its merits based on the budget and the acting and contrary to other reviewers i thought the two main actors were very good but Julie Hannan made the movie for me, she played the part perfectly.
Its a shame the director, producers, cast members had to fill the first 10 or so reviews with 10/10 shill reviews when all those accounts were created at the same time and have only one review its so transparent and its not needed as the movie is well above your average rubbish horror fare this year.
It does evoke the old Hammer House Of Horror feel and being as it is set in my home country of Scotland it offers something a little bit different. Yes some of the Scottish actors were a bit pants but good for a laugh especially the two "wallopers" in the tent scene.
Overall its better than it should be but its nowhere near more than 6/10 but its also not a 2 or 3 which is very unfair I think when this movie trumps most of the low budgeters that have come out of the USA this year and the UK English horror efforts!
Better than average 6 out of 10 for me!
Only Mine (2019)
Bored Housewife On A Sunday Afternoon Fare!
You have seen it all before on a wet Sunday afternoon when there was nothing decent on the telly or mid-week ladies afternoon movie to watch whilst the kids are at nursery or doing the laundry.
Story is nothing new despite being based on factual events. Acting was not exactly stellar, pacing was lugubrious, dialogue was average. There is not really much to say about this film as it has nothing to give.
Give it a miss unless you have nothing else to watch!
White Chamber (2018)
Low budget British Borefest + 1
What did I just watch?
Well for a start it was a complete bore-fest from beginning to the last second of the end.
Whoever wrote this needs to go back to writing school and the direction and acting was as ham-fisted as they get even though it had Oded Fehr in it and he was the only saving grace.
I am not even going to mention the quite obvious political agenda that has become so prevalent in the libtard PC agenda these days which seems to infiltrate every film now.
This is one of those completely tedious, overly pontificating, tedious British dramas trying to be the excellent Cube on a 10p and a bag of monkey nuts budget and it shows!
Avoid this if you do not want to be bored rigid!
Steel Country (2018)
Superb small town mystery thriller
I thought this was going to be a run of the mill thriller but it turned out to be quite engrossing all the way to the end mostly due to the superb acting ability of Andrew Scott who deserves an Oscar for his performance and this elevated the movie beyond your average pot boiler thriller aided and abetted by the performance from Bronagh Waugh.
For such a slow moving small movie it pulls a big punch and keeps the viewer interested and on the edge of the seat right to the rather surprising end and tackles a sadly very common and terrifying thought for any parent which gives the movie even more gravitas. Good camerawork and directing adds to the mix - If you are looking for an interesting mystery thriller that will not disappoint you cannot go far wrong with this one!
Dragged Across Concrete (2018)
Dragged on for an hour too long!
Desperately trying to emulate Tarantino and failing misereably.
Very weird with cameo appearances that went nowhere from Udo Keir, Don Jonson and Jennifer Carpenter as if they were just stuck in for star appeal.
The film was very disjointed and became somewhat tedious after an initial interesting beginning and bank robbery it soon went downhill and the producers were right, it should have been trimmed by at least an hour.
Mel And Vince were the only things of interest in the film. Tries too hard to be another Heat with a bit of Tarantino weirdness mixed in but it just falls flat!
Z for Zachariah (2015)
Boring derivative post-apocalyptic tosh without anything post apocalyptic in it!
There are a glut of these type of movies on the market at the moment and all of them are equally boring, tedious and without a story as this one is - Stir in the usual BLM Hollywood agenda for no apparent reason and makes the movie even more annoying - Take your pick!
I do not know what the director was doing as this was nothing at all like the book - You may ask what is the Z for Zachariah in the title, i believe as she was religious Adam was the first so Z for Zaccariah has to be the last man on earth. In the book he tries to rape her and he shoots her and eventually she leaves in the radition suit to get away from him and moves to the irradiated city to die and nothing of what is in the book apart from him killing Chris Pines character was in the movie so in effect its a totally different story and so fails miserably!