2017 · Danny McBride · Horror · Michael Fassbender · Syfy · Uncategorized

#5 Movie Review: Alien: Covenant (2017)

Such a big Alien/Aliens fan, and was soooo looking forward to this, after reading/hearing what Ridley Scott was attempting to do, so enough about that lets get into the synopsis of the movie and what we are in for…

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.

The Cast ( I will just point out the main characters of the movie, if you like to see the full cast click here)

  • Michael Fassbender as David / Walter
  • Katherine Waterston as Daniels
  • Billy Crudup as Oram
  • Danny McBride as Tennessee
  • Demián Bichir as Lope
  • Carmen Ejogo as Karine

So here we go! My quick review be warned SPOILERS!…

I was one of those people who was really let down by Prometheus (2012). I liked what Prometheus was TRYING to do, I loved the mythology are TRYING to setup but they failed, HOWEVER Alien: Covenant (2017) pickup on and completed what Ridley Scott was attempting to do.

Personally for me the first act of the movie was a bit slow for my liking, the build up, getting to know the crew, however you see James Franco (uncredited appearance) when watching the prologue scene with James Franco, didn’t know what his role was …. But we do NOW, he was the first person to DIE!!

The second and third act was brilliantly done it had a mixture of both Alien and Aliens movies, being a 15 (BBFC rating) I must say the death scenes were BRUTAL (but enjoyable). There is plenty to admire in this movie firstly the sound design is masterful, the deadly silence on this petrified planet crackles with icy dread.

Fassbender’s performance is eye catching (when is he not!) his performance is a standout, which effortlessly delineates between the two identical androids.
If you enjoy the Alien movies I would high recommend this!

Overall 4.5/5

2016 · Ghost · Horror · Jessica Alba · Lily Rabe · Shannon Woodward · Slasher · Thomas Jane · Uncategorized

#4 Movie Review: The Veil (2016)

WOW I’m on a roll here now!! Film number 4! Again it’s a horror movie….think you’ll get an theme with that here, so lets do this, the actual Film synopsis

Thirty years after a charismatic cult leader convinced his followers to kill themselves, a survivor returns to the scene of the horror with a documentary crew.

The Cast ( I will just point out the main characters of the movie, if you like to see the full cast click here)

  • Jessica Alba as Maggie Price
  • Thomas Jane as Jim Jacobs
  • Lily Rabe as Sarah Hope
  • Shannon Woodward as Jill

The story is an interesting one. to start off with we open up and immediately believe we’re about to be sucked into the world of an outlandish and far-out thinking cult. A number of unexpected twists keep the story moving along at a stealthy pace while avoiding the delivery of a film that seems to freely “borrow” content from other similar features. Make no doubt, you’ll spot a handful of genre clichés, but the turns the story takes before finally reaching its conclusion keep us a little off guard.

The questions I got asked a lot were: is this a slasher movie?, ghost story?, or just a cult type of movie?….well the answer is yes … YES to all those questions, there hints to sub-genres within the movie itself but the import thing is how the writer Robert Ben Garant and director Phil Joanou give a dual middle finger to the rules of horror, and work their own vision that adopts mannerisms of countless other films.

Jessica Alba does a great job as the strong-willed final girl. Thomas Jane is nearly unrecognizable as the cult leader Jim Jacobs who leads his few dozen followers in a mission of mass suicide, you also  got impressive supporters like Lily Rabe who’s perfectly impossible to read as Sarah.

Is this movie for you? If you want to be entertained then YES The Veil will give you that!

Overall 3/5

2017 · Caterina Murino · Emilia Clarke · Eric D Howell · Gothic · Kate Linder · Lisa Gastoni · Marton Csokas

#3 Movie Review: Voice from the Stone

So here is my THIRD movie review!, as before I will talk about the actual film synopsis, so you’ll know what the story is about….

Verena (Emilia Clarke) is a determined young nurse hired to help a mute young heir (Edward Dring) within an isolated castle in Tuscany. The more she observes the boy, the more Verena becomes convinced he has fallen under the spell of a powerful and otherworldly persona trapped in the villa’s stone walls, one that seems to be rapidly entwining with her own.

The Cast (I will just point out the main characters of the movie, if you like to see the full cast just click here)

  • Emilia Clarke as Verena
  • Marton Csokas as Klaus
  • Caterina Murino as Malvina
  • Kate Linder as LaVecchia
  • Lisa Gastoni as Lilia

So here we go! My quick review be warned SPOILERS!…

Emilia Clarke really stands out in these smaller dramatic roles with Marton Csokas as an excellent co-lead. Where the movie was filmed, the scenery of a beautiful Italian setting and gothic overtones was the setting for a wonderfully creepy and suspenseful tale by Eric D Howell. The third act had a (sort of) Edgar Allan Poe/Hitchcock inspired vibe to it which really took you into the movie. Would definitely recommend this to someone whom would enjoy an 1950s style gothic thriller.

Overall I would give this a 3/5

 

2016 · Abigail Spencer · Chris Messina · Comedy · Drama · Indie · J.D. Evermore · Karan Soni · Tyson Ritter

#2 Movie Review: The Sweet Life

So here is my second movie review!, as before I will talk about the actual film synopsis, so you’ll know what the story is about….

Kenny Parker (Chris Messina) and Lolita Nowicki (Abigail Spencer), each struggling with their own brand of demons, meet by chance in Chicago and form a pact to travel across the country to the Golden Gate Bridge to commit suicide together.

The Cast (I will just point out the main characters of the movie, if you like to see the full cast just click here)

  • Chris Messina as Kenny Pantalio
  • Abigail Spencer as Lolita Nowicki
  • Karan Soni as Convenience Store Clerk
  • Tyson Ritter as Marlon
  • D. Evermore as Brandon

So here we go! My quick review be warned SPOILERS!…

Firstly  I must say both lead actors Chris Messina and Abigail Spencer showed natural charisma and vulnerability that’s right for the genre of a movie. There were some very comedic scenes such as the attempted robbery of the convenience store followed by the pickup off the hitchhikers (play off, of the fake gun from convenience store) the stolen a car with a kidney getting cops to help out and the therapy dance haha. But also had dramatic aspect when Kenny visited his ex whom left him at the alter and when Lalita went to see her mother…such touching moments. Both Rob Spera and Jared Rappaport deserve a lot of praise for bring such a movie to our screens where The Sweet Life” lives up to its title. Would definitely recommend this movie everyone

Overall I would give this a 4/5

2016 · Chase Williamson · Hannah Fierman · Hayes Mercure · Horror · Justin Welborn · Michael Aaron Milligan · Movies

First movie review: SiREN

To start off with the is the actual Film synopsis, so let’s dive straight in

One week before his wedding day, Jonah and his groomsmen hit the town for a wild night of club hopping and debauchery. The night soon takes a twisted turn for the worse when the group is invited to a seedy underground club. After Jonah frees a seemingly imprisoned dancer, he realizes that the woman he released is actually a terrifying, legendary creature that will stop at nothing to claim her prey.

The Cast ( I will just point out the main characters of the movie, if you like to see the full cast click here)

  • Chase Williamson as Jonah
  • Hannah Fierman as Lily
  • Justin Welborn as Mr. Nyx
  • Hayes Mercure as Rand
  • Michael Aaron Milligan as Mac

So here we go! My quick review be warned SPOILERS!…

To start off I must say the script by David Bruckner is very done very cleverly, the style of this movie resembles a classic style Japanese horror manga movie. The movie itself has going for it is a genuinely formidable, charismatic antagonist, played by Justin Welborn (known for his roles in Justified, final destination, V/H/S viral and many other shows/movies) and the big scary Hannah Fierman, her practical makeup in the close-ups works wonderfully, from her taloned fingers to the bloody maw running down the centre of her face. Hannah Fierman plays lily unbelievably​well both as a mythological and biological creature. Well definitely recommend this movie to anyone whom is a horror fan and someone wanting to know more about the world V/H/S movies have created.

Overall I would give this a 3.5/5