American Made (press screening review)

Director; Doug Liman
Action/Biography
1h 55 minutes
Swedish premiere; August 25th

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


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

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


War for the Planet of the Apes (Press-screening review)

Director; Matt Reeves
Adventure/Drama
2h 20 minutes
Swedish Premiere; July 12th

Attended the screening of War for the Planet of the Apes yesterday, and been overloaded with work so couldn’t write and post the review until now, my apologies.

Just like the previous films, they continue to entertain and amaze me with its beautiful CGI, landscapes in which this time was more like winter-wonderland, and its pain and humor mildly mixed together to make you feel and go through an emotional roller coaster throughout the movie.
You will share some laughter, some sorrow, and enjoy its great action and beautiful script.

This time, we get to follow Caesar on a quest for revenge while he struggles with his inner darkness.

What tends to leave me in awe after these films, are the beauty and depth that the production gets into to create the amazing face expression of the apes, the body language, facial features, look in their eyes, and movement of their mouth/lips.
It’s fascinating, and that alone has you hooked on the vision, then it delivers a rather deep story, making it a great cinematic experience for the audience to enjoy.

I found it rather long, two hours and twenty minutes were too much for me, toward the end you kind of get impatient, and you start losing focus, besides that, it’s a beautiful and fantastic visual experience. 7.9/10



Okja (Review)

Director; Joon-ho Bong
Adventure/Drama
1h 58 minutes
Out on Netflix!

Powerful, grasping, and beautiful are just a few words to describe Okja, a soul warming script about a girl and her super pig. It’s bold, and it will crawl underneath your skin, into your heart, and stay there. It will even give you a whole new outlook on the livestock and meat industry.

The movie is an inspiration to the human population worldwide, and its unique boldness might even turn you vegan. It will open up your eyes to not only how farm animals are being treated, but also how much life these creatures possess.
They are living, breathing, and emotional beings that deserve to be alive, and not slaughter simply for pleasuring the human taste bud.

To bring life into existence for the sole purpose of killing them sounds like an act of psychopathy, yet it’s called ”farming.” The concept is absurd and cruel.
Animals are beautiful creatures with feelings, depth, and heart. Just because you might not understand their language does not mean you should accept the cruelty that is caused to these innocent lives.
By eating meat, you are contributing to leveling 80% of Amazonian rain forest, wasting of 15 trillion gallons of water, and killing 59 billion animals each year.
Farmers are responsible for 53% of water pollution incidents, by going vegan you’ll be saving the environment, it’ll be less water, fewer forests and landmarks getting torn down to create agricultural farms that are killing these innocent and voiceless beings.
Meat industries and farms are causing global warming, they’re the reasons to the Amazon and rain forests being destroyed, animals becoming extinct, and also damaging our oceans.

Strongly recommended, and though I hated the character that Jake Gyllenhaal portrayed, he was absolutely brilliant and phenomenal.  Kudos to the entire cast and crew for delivering this. 7.4/10


Thank you ♡


Sony Home Entertainment Nordic, I adore you. I cannot express my gratitude enough for these copies that keeps on dropping in my mail for me to review. Thank you for the work and keeping my favorite occupation alive by letting me do what I love the most, combining stories, motion pictures, and writing. Reviews will be up soon as usual.

What the Health

What The Health, is a brilliant, sharp, eye-opening, and mind-blowing documentary about the truth behind animal products and dairy.
When will people realize that by consuming it you’re guiding your body through the path toward a slow death?
Research and studies show the damages this diet is causing the human health, diseases such as diabetes and cancer cards will be dealt if people don’t start changing their lifestyles and the way they eat.
Industries, government, pharmaceutical, and health organizations do not want you to get well, they don’t make anything by you being healthy and not needing them. A clean diet doesn’t mean organic MEAT OR CHICKEN.
95% of animal meat products contain fecal contamination and filled with infections, there’s NOTHING clean about it.
I’m getting sick of fitness/Insta models recommending it as part of a healthy lifestyle. STOP encouraging people to get ill by posting bs about chicken breast or meat. Open a book, watch a documentary, or go to a lecture rather than posting selfies at the gym!
You want your protein to come from plants because plant-based protein has a much more beneficial effect on our physiology.
Kip, and to everyone involved, thank you for delivering this, it was just as phenomenal as Cowspiracy! 10/10

12 Feet Deep (Review)

Director; Matt Eskandari
Thriller
From; June 2017

Inspired by true events, this film, though looking low budget has its thrilling moments, frustrations, and decent acting. It’s simple yet entertaining and definitely not a waste.
The premise isn’t awful and has you rather intrigued throughout the script. Some moments more intense than others, but in overall a good thriller to kill time with.

Two sisters who do not have the greatest relationship gets trapped under the fiberglass cover of an Olympic-sized public pool during closing hours.

Leading toward the plot, you learn bits and pieces about the characters, not a whole lot but enough to understand the story and relationship.
There are some frustrating moments, especially by one character, a woman who is some sort of ”janitor/cleaner”.
Besides being a jailbird and completely derailed, she made me several times want to get into the screen and strangle her to death.
She was the frustrating ingredient during the entire film, and as much as I would’ve skipped her – if the story is based on true events, I guess she must have been a crucial part to make the movie adaption.

I don’t know if I’d personally recommend it, I made it toward the end, so it did keep me quite entertained.
If you want something mellow, slow paced, with some intense thrill every now and then, don’t mind massive gaps and logic, then go for it. 4.9/10