The Dark Tower (press screening review)

Director; Nikolaj Arcel
Adventure/Fantasy
1h 35 minutes
Swedish premiere; August 16th

One Scandinavian director after the other one is popping up.
This time it’s Nikolaj Arcel, a Danish director who is the man behind the movie adaption to one of Stephen King’s bestsellers, The Dark Tower. Delivering a somewhat entertaining motion picture with a blended cocktail of elements such as fantasy and adventure with some semi action and a spark of comedy.

I haven’t read the book, so I won’t be able to compare it to the actual movie, so this review is sole-based on what I saw today, which can be a good thing since usually, I end up being very disappointed in the product and then have a favorite book being completely ruined.

Jake, a boy who keeps having one dream after the other about a world far from the one he lives and knows all about and repeatedly keeps seeing two characters, a dark, evil one, and Roland – a gunslinger that is in a battle with Walter, the closest thing they got to a devil.
Jake must now enter their world and help Roland, together they embark on a journey to save the dark tower, the one holding the worlds together.

There was a good balance between all genres, I had some laugh out loud moments which fitted perfectly in the scenes, it felt natural and not forced like they tried to be funny and it ends up being bad, especially in this type of movie where usually humor does not exist.
The fantasy, however, was a little too much in my opinion, to a point where it almost became lame, all the portals between each world came off as juvenile making it impossible to take those scenes seriously.
Another thing I didn’t enjoy was the sound, the music on each scene felt flat and soulless. There was no meaning to it, music is a huge part of delivering those special feelings during a film, and it lacked here.

Besides this, it was rather entertaining, the length was enough, an hour and a half, usually they drag this genre out and it becomes dull and boring with a bunch of unnecessary scenes, it was perfect.
You got enough, I was satisfied. However, I’m certain that fans of Stephen King’s work won’t be, and I completely understand them.

One thing I loved was the performance of ”Jake”, played by a child actor, Tom Taylor. What a talent. He was mesmerizingly good, every time the camera focused on him you got struck by his expressions, persona, and act altogether – a star on the rising.

5.5/10

Real Rob (Review)

Director; Rob Schneider
Comedy / ”Reality”
30 minutes
Out on Netflix.

Not too shabby, I actually enjoyed it despite the negative reviews and comments I found online, maybe being a fan of his could be the main reason why I liked it, had a fun time watching it, I don’t know, but I found it to be entertaining enough to continue watching it and write about it.

It’s a semi reality show in a way, not like your typical reality show nor like your typical average tv show.
It has a thin line and balance between a comedy show like any other yet with a twist, giving you that small dash of reality at the same time due to the actors having their real names, and it revolves around the actor Rob Schneider’s real life living in Hollywood.

If you have bad humor like I tend to have and laugh at silly almost stupid lines, then this is for you. You’ll have very few laugh out loud moments, but it’ll be worth it. 5/10


The Sinner (review)

Creator; Derek Simonds
Mystery/Drama
1h
Season 1 from 2017 – Episode 1 & 2 out now.

It’s quite too soon to actually write a review after sole seeing two episodes, but I am already hooked and deeply interested in the outcome and what lies ahead of this mystery, slowly waiting for the plot to unveil itself and characters to blossom throughout the storyline.

So far, it’s been intellectual and dark with a promising future, and I feel that the show can develop brutally as it goes on, they can go deeper, twist things up some more, and deliver some good tv with infinite suspense and thrill. It’s all up to the writers how they wanna play this out really, but if they continue this pace, they’ll have a fan base looking forward to season two before they know it.

Cora Tannetti, played by the immense talent and beautiful Jessica Biel, is a young mother and wife who out of the blue has some sort of meltdown and murders a young boy in cold blood. Now, they all must figure out what is causing and triggering these violent tendencies while giving you glimpses of her past in order to try to connect the dots and figure her out.

Definitely something to check out. 6.8/10



LIFE (Bluray review)

Director; Daniel Espinosa
Sci-Fi
1h 44 minutes
Out on Bluray!

Daniel Espinosa, another Swedish director who is making a name for himself in Hollywood, now delivers LIFE – a sci-fi/thriller that literally made me yawn after barely ten minutes into the story. Watching football would’ve been more entertaining and that alone says a lot coming from me considering that I hate sports. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a good intense sci-fi flick but this was dragged out, flat, and had zero common sense.

The script was poor with no logic and was pretty much unwatchable. I forced myself through the entire film in hope that it would kick off somewhere in the middle, or maybe the ending would compensate for the lack of entertainment at the beginning, it didn’t.

A group of scientists aboard on the International Space Station gets in contact with a life form that ends up threatening the life of the crew members.

They sure as hell made it sound interesting. This could’ve been something good, great even, a total nail-biter, but sadly each character’s poor decision ruined it and made a total flop out of the entire film. 3/10

Bluray Extras;
Deleted scenes.
Claustrophobic Terror: creating a thriller in space.
Life: In Zero G.
The art and reality of Calvin.
Astronaut Diaries.


Kong Skull Island (Bluray review)

Director; Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Adventure
1h 58 minutes
Out on Bluray!

Maybe not watching it at the theater on a massive screen with a killer sound system made it dull, not giving it justice enough, I don’t know honestly what the reason might be, but I was rather disappointed with the final product or maybe I was too hyped and had expectations I should not of had.
I guess I expected more, definitely a stronger story, better picture, and more logic since half the stuff they did throughout the movie didn’t make any sense at all.
They came off as characters without any sense of knowing right and wrong, taking a step back to rethink their actions, and practically heartless, no depth or soul.
More like plain killers without any affection toward anyone, they were being non-rational, their first instinct and move was to shoot and kill no matter the situation, then, getting riled up over a huge gorilla attacking them when they attacked first? They stepped on HIS territory, dropping grenades, and then wonder why he’s trying to defend himself in the only way he knows how to? Of course, the animal is mad, and he had every right to be. Besides that, nothing really happened for almost two hours.

A couple of scientists team up to explore an unknown and uncharted island, entering a place much similar to a jungle with animals bigger than they could’ve ever imagined.

It sounded exciting, intense, almost scary in some way but they didn’t deliver as much as such plot could’ve given us. 4.8/10

Bluray Extras;
Creating a King.
Monarch files 2.0.
Tom Hiddleston: The intrepid traveler.
Deleted scenes.
Director’s commentary.
And more.



Annabelle: Creation (Press screening review)

Director; David F. Sandberg
Horror/Thriller
1h 49 minutes
Swedish premiere; August 9th

David F. Sandberg, the Swedish director behind the movie Lights Out, delivers another heart throbbing, nail biting, and pulse rising mystery that will capture your attention due to its beautiful vision, well-made script, and phenomenal acting from the entire ensemble.

Annabelle: Creation AKA Annabelle 2 is a prequel of a prequel, Anabelle was the prequel to The Conjuring, and this is the prequel to that, hence the name ”Creation”.
Besides giving fans a fantastic story, it has set the bar high for future prequels and horror films due to its great work.

Here, we get to join in the making of Annabelle and what lures behind the porcelain vintage doll that will give you the creeps crawling up your spine whenever the camera lens focuses on her.

Husband and Wife, the Mullins, lose their precious daughter after a horrific accident that takes her away from them way too soon. Through their sorrow, they turn to higher forces in hope to somehow get in contact with their little Bee, only to find out that whoever has entered their home, ain’t their daughter they so were longing to have back in the lives.
Years later, they welcome a nun and few girls from an orphanage to live with them, and soon, whatever entity that was there once before, makes itself present all over again…

I found it to be a great asset to previous films, the plot was well done and intriguing, keeping you interested throughout the movie. Plus, the best part of it all? It has a scene that connects with the previous Annabelle, giving you a massive ”aha moment” when seeing it.

For anyone expecting massive horror will be disappointed, it’s more of a thriller with a splash of mystery and a dash of suspense. If you’ve seen the previous ones, I strongly recommend this one. 7/10