Blade Runner 2049 (Review)

Director; Denis Villeneuve
2h 44 minutes
Sci-fi/Mystery
From 2017

Let’s continue with snoozing fiesta number 2.
Blade Runner 2049, an even stronger sleeping pill that simply sends you into an early death, I could physically hear my heart-rate going flat on the EKG during these 164 minutes.
Could be my own fault though, I might’ve set my expectations ridiculously high due to the massive hype this film got at its release. The high online reviews, the high IMDb rating of 8.2, and the 5 Oscar nominations, and the total of 121 Award nominations and 57 wins! HOW?

The first film and this are officially the most boring thing I have ever let my vision witness, and I feel like apologizing to my own eyes for torturing them with this. My question now is, what is it about these films that people love and compliment so much?

The only positive thing about this experience, trying to find a silver lining, next time someone asks, ”which is the most boring, slowest, and dullest film you’ve ever seen?” I will have an actual answer other than, ”Oh, I don’t know. Don’t think I’ve ever seen such sucky movie.”
Now I officially have, it’s called Blade Runner 1 & 2.
1/10



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



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.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Press-screening review)

Director; Jake Kasdan
Adventure/Comedy
1h 59 minutes
Swedish premiere; December 22end

An adventurous ride that will you have you laugh from beginning to end, a blasting and thrillingly roller coaster that has everything one seeks in movies of these genres, and a little more.

It has been twenty-two years since Jumanji came out, a true classic ‘till this day, and it was a blast to finally once again be able to be a part of the new adventure. This time, not only welcoming new faces but also a more modern twist to the story and plot.

Four teens, while stuck in detention discovers an old tv-game and get sucked into the jungle where the game plays out and become the avatars they chose. They must now work together to break the curse of Jumanji; the only way for the game to come to an end, and so they can return back home.

It is humor all the way out, I laughed several times throughout, the chemistry between the cast truly shines in every scene, and you will have a joy watching them all together in the beautiful place and scenery that is the jungle.

Don’t walk into the theater expecting it to be a remake of the original, you’ll only start comparing them, and it ain’t what this movie is.
For two hours, put the old version to the side, and enjoy this film with a pair of brand new eyes and an open heart and mind. It won’t be the Jumanji you remember and loved so much, but it won’t disappoint you. 7/10



The greatest showman (press-screening review)

Director; Michael Gracey
Biography/Musical
1h 45 minutes
Swedish premiere; December 25th

I’m not a fan of musicals, the only one that I find tolerable and actually find myself enjoy watching is, Mamma Mia. Other than that, I simply find it annoying and close to ridiculous, but that took a whole new turn after watching The Greatest Showman.

I cannot find the correct words to express the exclusivity of it.
It wasn’t simply your typical average looking musical, it was pure magic, from beginning to end.
It is so extraordinary that it will transport you into a dreamful world of flawless image, stunning movements, and brilliant performances; a motion picture that is just the finest of pure perfection, down to every single scene.
It reminded me why I loved movies so much, that is what this film does to you – suddenly, you’re a child again. Your heart and soul chanting with glory, every bone and muscle wants to burst out and dance right there on the spot.
For a brief moment, you will find yourself in this enchanting atmosphere, praying that it’ll never come to end.
You won’t even know how to continue with your life after it, how to even cope when coming back to reality.

The details were perfect, there is no doubt about it. Every scene was the essence of beauty and wonder, a cocktail that left me drunk swimming in bliss and joy. Once the film ended, besides one glistening tear escaping my eye, (truly a vision for sore eyes), I just couldn’t wait for the actual premiere so I could go see it once again. Like a drug, I got addicted to it, craving for even a crumb of more that is everything this film holds.

I loved it. I worshiped it. I bow to it. 10/10


Also, I’d like to thank 20th Century Fox Movies for besides delivering breakfast, they also delivered lunch due to the technical issues that dragged out the time. It was definitely not necessary, or something they had to do, but it was very kind and highly appreciated.

The shape of water (press-screening review)

Director; Guillermo del Toro
Fantasy/Drama
2h 3 minutes
Swedish premiere; February 14th 2018

It definitely won’t be for everyone, and that is the beauty of it.
Its uniqueness, oddness, and authenticity of the script; the thrillingly-strange romance between a human and an aquatic creature.
We’ve all seen movies through history where the ”monster” captures our heart. We see the beauty in their darkness, and suddenly we see them in a whole new light, and just like that? We’re cheering for them, yet, they never get their happy ending.
King Kong, Frankenstein, etc. There are several movies where the ”monster” never gets the girl, and finally, Del Toro changed that.

In a research facility in the 1960’s, a mute cleaning lady develops a relationship with an aquatic creature.

I genuinely enjoyed it, though again, I’ve always been into scripts out of the ordinary. The combination of the time era, the ”forbidden” romance between two completely different species, the weirdness of the plot, and rareness of it all captures your interest. I did ask myself several times, ”what the hell did I just see?”, ”are they for real?” and that was the humor and freshness of it.

In all its strange and close to even an uncomfortable story, there is a delightful tale that will grab ahold of your soul. 7.7/10


The Disaster Artist (press-screening review)

Director; James Franco
Biography/Comedy
1h 44 minutes
Swedish premiere; February 9th 2018

Another piece by James Franco that delivered laughter and a glimpse of insight into what is known to be the best worst movie ever made, The Room by Tommy Wiseau. Walking into the screening without any sort of expectations, or having watched the trailer, was one of the best decisions I had ever made. Because otherwise, I wouldn’t have given it a fair chance and missed out on a brilliant performance by Franco, a joyful comedy, and a great time.

Jame Franco is simply phenomenal and stays true to his character from beginning to end. Besides his acting, his heart and soul radiates through, helping you as a viewer to find compassion, love, and care for him despite his strange, odd, and eccentric persona.

Greg (Dave Franco), a struggling yet shy actor who hasn’t find a way to break through his shell takes on Tommy Wiseau, portrayed by James Franco as his mentor. Together they move to the city of angels to make their dreams come true. A weird friendship that blossoms thanks to their common dream and goal, to be Hollywood stars.

I had a blast, it’s an abstract motion picture piece of art. 7/10

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Press-screening review)

Director; Rian Johnson
2h 32 minutes
Adventure/Fantasy
Swedish premiere; December 13th

Due to having signed an embargo stating that I couldn’t post a review until after a certain date and time, I had to wait before writing and sharing my thoughts on the latest installment of one of the history’s most beloved films, Star Wars.

I simply adore them, maybe not all of them equally, but the love and excitement to see every single one is always there. My heart simply chants songs of joy at just the mere thought of once again seeing the beautiful galaxies, the action-filled lightsaber battles, the troops, the wise words and life lesson by the precious Yoda, the cute-yet-impossible-to-understand Chewie, the cuteness of R2D2 and C3PO, the slight essence of romance, and the powerful hope and faith these movies possess.

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we welcome Rey, and here we once again get to follow her through the journey of finding more about herself and the powers within her, while also being part of the emotional roller coaster that is fighting the dark side, unlocking forces, and discovering more secrets from the past.

The vision still manages to blow me away, several years later. It still holds the beauty that the previous films had, if not even better thanks to today’s technology. The details are close to flawless, a blessing for sore eyes, reaching in and touching your very soul and inner child. An amazing cinematic experience that has to be seen in IMAX 3D. 6,8/10



Thank you to Nordic Disney.