Glass (Review)

Director; M. Night Shyamalan
Thriller/Sci-fi
2h 9 minutes
From January 2019

He introduced Unbreakable, left us in awe with Split and ended with Glass. From the year 2000 has M. Night Shyamalan given us three psychological thrillers that makes you think and use your brain to the very core. It’s not your typical thriller/Sci-fi, it is a script that with its depth, intrigued and heavy dialogue, and supreme acting, will leave you gasping for air, moments after the credits, leaving you stunned with question marks because you don’t feel like you’ve had enough.

Glass is the third film in the trilogy, Unbreakable that came out in 2000, Split from 2016, and now Glass. There is a red thread, so you must obviously watch all 3 to comprehend the complexity of the story and plot. James Mcavoy plays, well, he’s split. A man diagnosed with 24 personalities, one more diffuse than the other, a multiplex persona who switches from one personality/character to another in a matter of minutes, seconds even. His story is brought up in the 2016 release, and we get to meet just a few of the names, here we get introduced to a few others while bringing back Mr. Glass and David Dunn from Unbreakable.

I loved Split, I found it intriguing, dark, fascinating, and brilliant. Glass, however, was duller to my taste. The slow pace had me snoozing off every now and then that I quickly lost interest. It’s a good movie, it just isn’t great nor as near as phenomenal as Split.
And though I thought I would get some answers, I was left with more questions instead.

David Dunn (Willis), uses his supernatural powers to track down Kevin (McAvoy), the man from Split. Once he thinks he finally has him, Dr. Ellie Staple (Paulson) takes them both and locks them in, trying to solve the case once and for all, wondering what causes these men to believe they are supernatural.

I wouldn’t say that if you enjoyed the first two you’ll automatically enjoy this one, at least that wasn’t my case, but it’s worth a watch. 6/10



Johnny English Strikes Again (Bluray Review)

Director; David Kerr
Action/Comedy
1h 29 minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by Sony Home

Not too shabby, not being such a big fan of the first one I didn’t quite know what to expect of the sequel, well, to be completely honest, I didn’t have any expectations at all.
I kept stalling and dragging out the time to sit down and watch it, I just wasn’t in the mood for it, but yesterday decided to once and for all to sit down and watch it, just so I could post this reviews for you guys,sooo,you’re welcome.

It took me by surprise on how much I actually enjoyed it, I don’t recall laughing this much during the first one, hence the uncertainty to watch this one.
Atkinson is a legend, the man oozes humor and is the embodiment of pure comedy. All you have to do is to look at him and you will laugh, your face will light up, and I mean that in the sweetest and most genuine possible way ever.
Truly one of a kind, a fine actor who should always stick to this genre because he does it so effortlessly and perfect, nailing it every time.

Johnny English Strikes Again, the title itself says it all. He is back and equally raw and clumsy. After a massive cyber attack in Britain, English must come back after his retirement and track down the hacker.
Bough and Johnny himself partners up and hop on an adventurous ride filled with old school gadgets, cool cars, and loads of shenanigans. A joyful ride for the entire family. 6.5/10

Extras;
The comedy genius Rowan Atkinson
The cars
The gadgets
Location and design
+ much more



Halloween (Bluray Review)

Director; David Gordon Green
Horror/Thriller
1h 46 minutes
Out on bluray.
Copy provided by SONY HOME.

A disgrace to all horror movies out there, a snoozing fest at its best, counting the minutes for this dull, dragged out, and altogether boring movie to come to an end.
It has been quite some time since I truly was this bored during a film, I didn’t know what to do with myself, completely losing it and about to climb the walls.

It has been been four decades since the horrific Halloween night, and now, years later, Laurie finally confronts her long-time enemy, Michael Myers.

Not something I’d ever recommend, I just waited for the credits to start rolling.
Don’t get me wrong, Jamie-Lee Curtis is legendary, as always she’s brilliant in front of the camera, pure finesse and has mastered fine acting, however all that gets shadowed by the bad plot and writing. The script lacked thrill and suspense, two important factors in horrors. 3/10

Extras;
Back in Haddonfield: Making Halloween
The Original Scream Queen
The Legacy of Halloween
Journey of the Mask
+ more



Second Act (review)

Director; Peter Segal
Comedy/Drama
1h 43 minutes
From; January 4th

Peter Segal gives us a sweet, charming, and a quite lovely film, nothing more, and nothing less.
I wouldn’t call it ”comedy” per-say, I don’t recall laughing once nor even so much as cracking half a smile, yet, it was heartwarming.
A semi-predictable script with a fantastic cast.

I cannot help but become completely smitten by Jennifer Lopez whenever I see her, she is most certainly a girl crush of mine. I simply adore her, she has an essence of charm and beauty that radiates through the screen that is quite impossible to ignore. However, I feel like she isn’t reaching her full potential with scripts and movies like this one. She can do so much more, yet here we are.

Maya, a 40-something woman without any fancy educations decides to reinvent her life and wants to show what street-smarts can do.
After 15-years at the same place as a store worker, she gets a call from a big brand wanting to take her in as a consult, little does she know that the reason behind that position is because of a decision she made when she was 16 and is now coming face to face with a special someone she never thought she would ever see again.

It’s a cute movie, definitely worth your time. 5/10



First Man (Bluray review)

Director; Damien Chazelle
Biography/Drama
2h 21 minutes
Out on Bluray.
Copy provided by SONY HOME

Watching paint dry would have been a much more entertaining Saturday night than watching this long depressing dull drag of a movie.
A film that didn’t even capture my attention nor slightly kept me interested for one bit. Not a single moment went by without me praying for its end.

I haven’t been this bored during a movie in a long time, and hope not to go through it again anytime soon. First Man is an historic event yet I didn’t experience anything remotely near something as legendary as I would’ve hoped from such story, it quickly becomes dull and dry and nothing I’d ever watch twice nor personally recommend. Making a motion picture that is over 2 hours long is one thing but making it THAT boring is just cruel.

A look at Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.

A sleeping pill at its finest. A film that you will do just fine not watching. 2/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes.
Shooting at NASA.
Astronaut Training.
Recreating the Moon Landing.
+ more.



Instant Family (press screening review)

Director; Sean Anders
Comedy
1h 58 minutes
Swedish premiere; February 27th

A delightful, heartwarming, and soul-touching film based on a true story.
A well-written script with its sharp, entertaining, and reasonable dialogue to phenomenal acting, truly a movie worth your time.

I was pleasantly surprised at this unexpectedly great family movie for everyone to enjoy, it grabs a sweet and gentle hold of you and doesn’t let go until the very end, it was an emotional roller coaster and I was ready to hop on a second time around once the credits started rolling because I had a blast, like one I haven’t had in a long time.
I laughed, I smiled, and I shed a tear and loved every second of it.

Based on directors Sean Anders life, a couple decides to open their home and hearts to become foster parents. And what first seems like the perfect set of siblings turns slowly into a living nightmare for Pete and Ellie when nothing goes as hoped.

It’s the perfect feel-good movie, a story that will have you smiling from ear-to-ear, and have a great time and be in the best mood when leaving the theater. Strongly recommended. 8/10



How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Premiere review)

Director; Dean DeBlois
Animation/Adventure
1h 44 minutes
Swedish release; February 22end

A heartfelt goodbye to a magical adventure and colorful journey. In the final installment, we get to say our farewell to Hiccup, Astrid, and our favorite dragon, Toothless. In the last thrilling battle, we get to join the team in hopes to take down Grimmel and save the remaining dragons under his grim care.

It is an adorable film for the entire family to enjoy and get a kick out of, I even shared a few laughs and plenty of smiles during what must be this years cutest movie, a story that warms your heart and touches your soul with its loving bond between a human and his pet, no matter what kind of creature.

When discovering that Toothless isn’t the only Night Fury, Hiccup must lead his family and friends into a courageous path in search of ”The Hidden World”, a magical dragon paradise before his enemy finds it first.

With its beautiful scenery and animation plus unique story, it’s a film that must be seen, especially if you’re a fan of the previous ones. 6/10



For pictures of the premiere go to Instagram @beautymartinez, and they should be under the highlight ”Movies” if they haven’t ran out of time on my story. Enjoy ;)

Venom (bluray review)

Director: Ruben Fleischer
Action/Sci-fi
1h 52 minutes
Out on bluray
Copy provided by Sony Home

Let us start off with the fact that I haven’t read the comics, however, do most often enjoyed the motion pictures based on them.
Venom took me by surprise, mainly because I had no expectations, it was one of the heroes I had missed and never heard of, yet, it was a movie that I felt had to be seen when coming out.

It turned out being one of the films that I truly enjoyed of 2018, it had a gentle mix of everything and it never got too much nor too dull, it was kept at a good pace with a well-written script, the dialogue was there, the visuals, and act and story was enough to keep you both entertained and intrigued.

Brady as Venom/Eddie Brock was brilliant, he brought a slight essence of humor and action to his character, making it a very likable one even though he’s supposed to be an ”anti-hero”, it became a lovable one despite the horrid look.

A reporter becomes bonded with an alien entity who slowly takes a liking to not only Eddie himself, but to earth as well, and together they decide to save the planet from the aliens who are determined to take over.

A fantastic ride, both action packed and fun. 7/10

Extras;
The Anti-Hero
Venom Vision
Designing Venom
Venom Mode: Trivia Track
+ more



Alita: Battle Angel (press screening review)

Director; Robert Rodriguez
Adventure/Action
2h
Swedish Premiere; February 13th

An IMAX experience at its finest, such a cinematic event that blew me away with its visual beauty, fine details, and immense finesse. A motion picture that takes you on a fantastic and thrilling ride from beginning to end with an entertaining story, well-written script, interesting build up until the actual plot.

ALITA shook me, it was everything I expected and more, and it will be an amazing choice for everyone who decides to visit the theater once it is released. You won’t be disappointed, because you have a little bit of everything that one craves from a movie.
The thrill and action were superb, the dialogue was just enough to keep you intrigued, the visual was brilliant, and such impeccable quality that I was left in awe – such as the eyebrows to the pores.
The fear and the drama to a touch of romance, it all blended into a great cocktail definitely worth your time.

DR. Ido played by the phenomenal Christoph Waltz finds a cyborg in a junkyard and takes her back to his place to rebuild her, he names her Alita and slowly as she wakes up, she must now carefully try to figure out who she was and what she was meant to do.

I loved it and a little tingle tells me we might be in for a second ride due to the opening they left at the end, so a sequel must already be in the talks and making. Go see it on IMAX. 8/10



Alpha (Bluray review)

Director; Albert Hughes
Adventure/Drama
1h 36 minutes
From 2018
Copy provided by SONY HOME

The trailer alone had me flying above clouds, waiting eagerly for this film to be released so I could fall in love, sadly, I didn’t even become smitten for the slightest of a second.
To be honest, I don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t this.
First of all, there barely was a dialogue throughout the entire movie, the silence quickly becomes dull, the poor dialogue falls flat, and it feels dragged out after just a few minutes in.

Keda gets lost from his tribe and finds companionship with a lost and injured wolf.

It felt like something that could be epic in scale when it came to the plot, script, and sound. But it terribly fails, and not even halfway in and you’re already praying for its end.
The visual however was beautiful, the landscapes truly were something taken out of a tale, and the star is not the kid but his new best friend, such a gorgeous creature to look at and dream about having one, besides that, not something I’d ever recommend. 3/10

Extras;
Director’s cut
Alternate opening & ending
Deleted scenes
Boy & wolf
Building the world
+ more