Jigsaw (Review)

Directors; Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig
Thriller/Crime/Mystery
1h 32 minutes
From 2017

Let’s play a game. The one phrase that makes the hair on your neck stand, the one line that crawls up your spine thanks to that voice that we all could recognize anywhere, anytime.
Jigsaw, another film to the SAW franchise that revolves around John Kramer and his urgent need for others to pay for their sins. Making each and one question how much their life is truly worth to them.

Years after the last film completely certain that John Kramer is dead, dead bodies start to appear and it’s up to the detectives to figure who is behind the new games.
Is it a Jigsaw fan, a copycat, or is Kramer alive?

The chainsaw soundtrack at the beginning brought the chills, not only because of the creepy sound and you know what lies ahead for the characters, but also because I was certain that they had ended the series with the last film. It was pure bliss knowing that the storyline and Tobin Bell (John Kramer) was finally back again.

I loved the movies, and I truly enjoyed this one.
It might not have the thrill, terror, and gore that the previous ones had, but it’s still pretty decent.
The Saw movies are known for its insane traps that used to leave you gasping for air and sitting on needles when the 60 seconds started counting down and you wondering if whoever is trapped, will make it out alive. Here, the traps fall flat, simple, and boring. As a huge fan, one might get slightly disappointed, but it’s still worth a watch. 5/10



The big sick (Bluray Review)

Director; Michael Showalter
Comedy/Drama/Romance
2h
Out on bluray

I am still trying to figure out what was so damn freaking-tastic about this film? I cannot be the only one who didn’t find this as amazing and hilarious as many others have stated on online reviews? It got 7,6 on IMDb, how is that even possible? I did not laugh out loud ONCE! Not even a half-crooked smile throughout the whole movie. I was sitting there wondering when it would end, I ended up picking my phone up and checking my Instagram feed instead. According to the reviews on the cover (by Rolling Stone and The Washington Post) it was the funniest romcom in ages. WHAT? HOW?

Pakistan-born stand-up comedian, Kumail, taunted by his family to get married with a woman from his land and culture, finds himself falling for an all American Girl.

I found it boring, and nothing I’d watch twice. 3/10

Bluray extras;
The making of The Big Sick
The real story
Film festival panel
8 Deleted scenes
The other stuff


Copy from SONY Home.

November Criminals (Bluray Review)

Director; Sacha Gervasi
Drama/Crime
1h 25 minutes
Out on Bluray.

After Baby Driver, it is pretty safe to say that Ansel Elgort is a rising star with a shining future. Here, in November Criminals, though equally enchanting in his performance, the weak storyline overshadowed his talent. The plot was flat, dull, and nothing extraordinary. There was nothing interesting or captivating about it. Once the plot is revealed, you’re sitting there as a human question mark wondering if that was it?

Two high school friends, besides finding out that there is more to their relationship than just best friends, they get themselves involved in trying to solve the murder of a friend.

It was predictable, and it lacked uniqueness and something fresh. 4/10 Not something I’d ever recommend.

Bluray extras:
Taking care – Making November Criminals.


COPY from Sony Home.

Fifty Shades Freed (press-screening review)

Director; James Foley
Romance/Thriller
1h 45 minutes
Swedish premiere; February 9th

Words cannot express the pure bliss and excitement that I felt when attending the press screening for what must be one of the most anticipated movies in 2018 (mostly by ladies).
As most of you know I was devastated after Fifty Shades of Grey, the director had pretty much slaughtered the movie adaption, and it was just painful to sit through something that I had looked forward seeing with every bit of my heart and soul.
When the second one came out, I had zero exceptions for it but
decided to see it anyways, and I finally left the theater with a grin from ear to ear, it wasn’t perfect but definitely a tremendous step up from the first one.
It was a better script, the monologues were much more satisfying, so were the scenes, the clothes, it felt much closer to the novel that we had come to adore so much.
Now, the third book, the final goodbye to the characters we have fallen in love with, swept away by, and in ache knowing this is the end, was great.

One thing these movies never fail with is the music, the sound adds a glorious essence of beauty and depth to every moment, and that alone had me smiling like an idiot and getting goosebumps.
The song at the end did it for me, I was bawling my eyes out to the last moment when they were slowly wrapping it up.

If you have read the books, you most certainly know what the film is about, for those who yet have not taken the time to read the fantastic, thrilling, and enticingly love story of Mr. Grey and Miss Steele, then here is a little brief information about the storyline.

Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele are back, this time as Mr. and Mrs. But it ain’t all rainbows and roses after the wedding, they must now face one of the biggest threats out there, Jack Hyde, a man who will stop at nothing for his revenge.

As much as I enjoyed it, I felt as that they could’ve rounded it up to two hours, and added some lines that were missing from the book, or skipped a sex scene or two, and add something else. Besides that, you get enough. I cannot for the life of me figure out why so many are bashing it, especially on IMDb. Haters gonna hate.

I was smiling, crying, and sitting on needles through the thrilling scenes that had me gasping for air. If you have seen the two first ones, you must, of course, check it out. If you haven’t, don’t judge it too quickly simply because the first one was bad.

Dakota and Jamie shines in the last chapter, I could finally see them as Grey and Ana, and I loved that! Thank you to Erika for writing these books, and thank you to the entire cast and crew for bringing Fifty Shades to life. They will be missed. 7/10



The Beguiled (Bluray review)

Director; Sofia Coppola
Drama/Thriller
1h 33 minutes
Out on Bluray.

Quite the disappointment to be honest, or maybe it was me who simply expected something completely different than what the trailer had me believing.
I wanted more thrill, more raw uncertainty on what would go down. It all felt pretty well predictable, I thought I’d be gasping for air, left in awe due to the shock, that I’d be spun around, but it was an hour and a half of dullness, thinking that something was about to happened but never did, the build-up was flat, and so was the story and plot.

However, the acting was what kept me going, I continued watching it toward the very end for the sole purpose that Kidman was phenomenal, a brilliant performance that had me admiring her entire being and character. There is an essence of elegance and peace around her, and that alone is enough to check this film out.

A wounded solider (Colin Farrell) arrives at girls school in Virginia, causing a havoc of the darkest in betrayal and jealousy.

Not something I’d strongly recommend to someone, but also not something to completely turn away from. If you have an hour and half to spare, it is a pretty decent film to kill time with, nothing more, nothing less. 5/10

Bluray extras;
A shift in perspective.
A southern style.

Copy from SONY.

IT (Bluray review)

Director; Andy Muschietti
Horror/Drama
2h 15 minutes
Swedish premiere; September 13th

Andy Muschietti has truly outdone himself in this remarkable remake, the horror classic from the 90’s based on one of Stephen King’s novels, It. A film for this, and future generations to enjoy and be a part of.

The movie is an extraordinary tribute to not only the original, but also to the writer behind the story as well. The eye for every detail in every moment does not go unnoticed, from the vision, sound, to script – from beginning to end, it’s simply flawless.
You’ll have the creeps crawling through every nerve of yours just by seeing the credits, the melodic yet unpleasant soundtrack of children softly singing, the gray and rainy day, to the performance of every single actor involved.

I wouldn’t call it a hardcore-hands-down horror film, but the thrill and suspense is there, and it wasn’t so much ”jump-in-your-face” type of scenes, but tension, shadows, and sound building up and the atmosphere that delivered that great scary touch to it, along side with the amazing work from the makeup and costume department when it came to Pennywise (the clown), and the other ”monster” like characters.

The actors, who were mostly children, were brilliant, truly phenomenal in every aspect of their act.
One that is already such a talent, is Finn Wolfhard. You might recognize him from the amazing hit tv-show Stranger Things that is streaming on Netflix. Oh Lord, what a joy it is to observe and listen to him, I don’t care how young he is, I literally want to be friends with him, he’s definitely the coolest kid on the block!

Another one that blew me away, (well they all did), but especially, was Jack Dylan Grazer. I don’t know if it was his role, the outfit, but he literally reminded me of Steve Carell in a mini version. He was fantastic. They were all amazing, probably more talented than most grown up actors to be honest.
Superb job from the entire cast and crew. It was a perfect cocktail of drama, horror elements with a dash of comedy thanks to the epic comebacks the kids had for each other. 9/10 And applause to our Swedish actor for giving such classic character justice with his supreme act.

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes.
The losers’ club.
Pennywise lives.
Author of fear.



Copy from Fox Movies.

Baby Driver (Bluray review)

Director; Edgar Wright
Action/Crime
1h 52 minutes
Out on Bluray!

Though running at a rather dull and slow pace, I couldn’t keep my eyes away from the screen, which says a lot considering nothing EPIC ever happened.
You hope, you pray, and it has you believe that something is about to completely turn your stomach upside down of the thrill and action, but it doesn’t, yet you sit there with your eyes glued due to the phenomenal performance, stylish vision, and the sensation of being a part of the team; screaming cliché and vanilla type of characters, it is still a film worth your time.

Baby (Ansel Elgort) a getaway driver who must pay off his debt to a crime boss by being a driver to the heists planned and covered by the boss’s team, until his final one goes wrong.

It has en essence of elegance and style wrapped around its weak story. 5/10

Bluray extras;
Over 20 minutes extended and deleted scenes.
Mozart in a go-cart.
Ansel drives.
Animatics.

+ more




Bluray copy from UIP.

American Made (Bluray review)

Director; Doug Liman
Action/Biography
1h 55 minutes
Out on bluray

From A few good men, Jerry Maguire, Collateral, Eyes Wide Shut, to Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles and I’m certain no one can get over the epic underpants scene in Risky Business from 83 – it is safe to say that I adore Cruise in every aspect of his being, from the talented actor that he is to the persona he appears to be on interviews, red carpet, and talk shows.
There is a charisma to him, glint in his green eyes and charming smile, though the movie did not end up on my top 3, it was definitely a come back from the mess that was The Mummy.

Doug Liman, the man who also directed Cruise in Edge Of Tomorrow brings us now American Made, a real life-based story about a pilot who besides ends up working for the CIA also becomes a drug smuggler in the south during the 80s.

Cruise portrayed the character in the only way he knows how to, light-hearted and delightful. The man simply oozes a certain attraction that many others lack, no matter plot, script, or vision he still manages to shine like a diamond in the darkened sky that he is.

Stunning vision and colors though I hated the camera switches from one picture to another, the cutting was simply bad, but I won’t be so hard on it considering that the movie is supposed to come off as a documentary as well and since Edge of Tomorrow was fantastic, I am pretty sure it was not something that was handled poorly or by mistake.
The length, however, was slightly long, almost two hours which becomes dragged out for this genre, yet its subtle humor here and there makes it rather enjoyable. 6.7/10

Bluray Extras;
Deleted scenes.
American storytellers.
Cruise and Liman.
Shooting American Made.
Flying high.
The real Barry Seal.




Bluray copy from UIP.

Transformers: The Last Knight (Bluray review)

Director; Michael Bay
Sci-Fi/Action
2h 35 minutes
Out on bluray!

I absolutely adore the Transformers franchise and Mark Wahlberg himself. He was my second celebrity crush after seeing him in Fear (first was DiCaprio in Titanic), then his work as both an actor and producer has always been something that I’ve enjoyed watching through the years.
Whether it is a thrillingly speedful action flick like Shooter or comedy like Ted and Daddy’s Home, I simply love the roles he has taken on since his days as Marky Mark, sadly, I just feel that he doesn’t belong in here.
These movies just keep getting worse, lacking the soul and heart the first film had, I cannot wrap my head around how on earth they have become so bad when once, being a massive blockbuster that I would look forward seeing.

I kind of lost interest when the fourth movie came out, when welcoming a whole new cast and introducing a brand new story, yet the plot in a way always remains the same.
Suddenly, we had to say goodbye to Shia LaBeouf as Sam, and get familiar with the new faces that were taking over; a father (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter.
Shia was like a shooting star, definitely one a kind, and any other actor after would only be compared him. So, I think it was rather clever from Bay to start from the beginning, it just didn’t work out, and I believe it is time for us fans all around the globe to send a final farewell to the films we’ve come to love.

With Prime gone and the good and bad at war, Cade is in-between a battle of both trying to protect the Autobots while finding out more about the Transformer’s history alongside Vivian (Laura Haddock).

A messy disaster that won’t capture your attention, just pure agony, knowing that the Transformers you once adored so much, is gone. 3,9/10

Bluray Extras;
Merging Mythologies – The secret of Transformers history.
Climbing the ranks.
The royal treatment.
Alien landscape.

+ more.



Bluray copy from 20th century Fox.

Guest entry by Filmtopp.se

Tre svenska filmer att se fram emot;
Nu när filmåret närmar sig sitt slut är det både kul att se tillbaka på vilka guldkorn vi har fått ta del av och vilka vi godbitar vi har att se fram emot. 2017 var ett stabilt år för svensk film, vi fick exempelvis ta del av framtida klassiker som Sameblod och The Square och fick en skrattfest med sköna Solsidan. Filmerna kvalade in på vår lista med årets bästa filmer 2017. Men hur ser det egentligen ut för 2018? Nedan listar vi tre svenska filmer att se fram emot. Vilken längtar du mest efter?

Tårtgeneralen
Radarparet Filip Hammar och Fredrik Wikingsson skrev manus till Karin af Klintbergs dokumentär Trevligt folk från 2015. Nu är de tillbaka med en ny biofilm, Tårtgeneralen, som de både har skrivit och regisserat. I centrum står den sanna historien om när Köping utsågs till Sveriges tråkigaste stad, något som köpingsbon Hasse Pettersson vägrade att gå med på. För att motbevisa domen ska han göra världens längsta smörgåstårta. Som Hasse ser vi Mikael Persbrandt och Helena Bergström spelar Dyr-Gunilla.

Lyrro Ut & Invandrarna
Komikergänget ”Lorry” är tillbaka. Denna gången med en film om människor på flytt. Vi får se svenskar som rör sig till varmare breddgrader och människor från andra länder som flyttar till Sverige.
Lorry-gänget blev stora med TV-serien med samma namn, som byggde på sketcher – inte alltid helt okontroversiella ska tilläggas. Så det ska bli spännande att se om de tänker provocera i dagens samhällsklimat med. De flesta av originalskådespelarna – Suzanne Reuter, Henrik Dorsin, Claes Månsson, Johan Ulvesson och Peter Dalle – kommer att medverka.

Ted – För kärlekens skull

Biopremiär: 5/1

Ted – För kärlekens skull har det pratats om länge. I januari kan vi ta del av filmen om Ted Gärdestads liv. I titelrollen ser vi Adam Pålsson och som Teds bror Kenneth, ser vi Peter Viitanen. Vi kan också förvänta oss en underbar Jonas Karlsson som musikproducenten Stikkan Andersson.

Få svenska artister har haft ett lika fascinerande liv som Ted Gärdestad, som utöver att vara med i en indisk sekt och var Björn Borgs tennisrival i unga dagar, också var en tidig misstänkt för mordet på Olof Palme. Detta kommer att bli en given publiksuccé.

Är du nyfiken på vilka fler filmer som kommer kan du läsa mer om våra filmtips för 2018.

Vilken av de svenska filmerna ser du mest fram emot?

Written by filmtopp.