Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Bluray review)

Director; Quentin Tarantino
Drama/Comedy
2h 41 minutes
Out on bluray
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Watching paint dry would’ve been a much more entertaining Saturday than watching this! You truly have to be a lover of 60s retro because of the stunning cinematography to enjoy this, but oh lord what a dull script. It was the most boring motion picture I have seen in a long time, the acting was brilliant, Dicaprio never fails to deliver, and Pitt was great but the writing, the pace, the story, it was tiresome, life drainingly even – the almost 3 hours were not easy to watch thanks to the mundane dialogues!

Quintin Tarantino delivers his 9th film, this time set in old Hollywood in the late ’60s. Colliding Brad Pitt, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Margot Robbie, he creates little snippets stories parallel to each other as the star actor Dalton (DiCaprio) and his stuntman Booth (Pitt) tries to achieve fame in the city of angels.

Not something I’d ever recommend unless it’s an enemy of mine and I wish them nothing else but to waste 3 hours of their lives. 5/10 – and those 5 are sole based on the acting and visual.

Bluray extras;
The Fashion 1969
7 additional scenes
Restoring Hollywood
+ more



Ad Astra (Bluray review by guest writer)

Director; James Gray
Adventure/Drama
2h 3 minutes
Out on Bluray
Thanks to 20th Century Fox for the copy

The seasoned astronaut Roy McBride has had his fair share of space travel and is now amazed to know that his father might be alive after considering him to be dead for a long time.
The space agency otherwise does not take lightly on interstellar warfare, they believe that Clifford McBride, Roy’s father, is behind the recent power surges that recently have created major damage on Earth infrastructure, let alone damaging humanities greatest accomplishment; The International Space Antenna, and nearly killing his own son.
Knowing that Roy would be loyal to the agency, they send him out to the moon to try to hitch a ride to Mars where he will try to communicate with his father and hopefully bring an end to the power surges.
First stop, the Dark Side of The Moon, where the broadcast will be sent to Neptune, Clifford’s recent location and it seems here that the Moon is no longer a scientific exploitation that strives to understand the planet and space overall but has become more of a tourist attraction, but I’m not shocked – somehow there’s always money to be made, even for fast-food franchises such as Applebee’s and space pirates.
I know, who would even think to allow space pirates on the Moon?
Coming to the launch pad, the Moon seems to be more rough than usual since space pirates are trying to kill you and steal your… I don’t know, metal, gold sheets, and technology?

With its dreadful script and dull visual, the movie was a sad attempt to maybe become the new Interstellar, but it became a tragic crash instead. It failed miserably, almost insulting the genre and it won’t be the next big ”space” film. 5/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes
To the stars
The art of Ad Astra
Audio Commentary by James Gray
+ so much more




Review by Atlas Hawa.

It: Chapter two (Blu-ray review)

Director; Andy Muschietti
Fantasy/Horror
2h 49 minutes
Copy provided by 20th Century Fox Movies
and special thanks to Sara & Marianne

Following the highly anticipated film from 2017, chapter two is a new chapter with an old demon known as It, continuing the haunt and his mission to torment Beverly, Bill, Mike, Richie, Ben, Eddie & Stanley once again – several years later.

I wanted to genuinely love it, but my heart failed miserably to do so, my soul carefully trying its hardest to enjoy it since it so much enjoyed the first one, ecstatic to finally see it ever since an announcement for a sequel was released, and though it wasn’t terrible, it wasn’t what we fans deserved after the brilliance that was the first movie.

27 years later, the losers are all grown up, shattered around the land doing their own things until one phone call gatherers them all back to where it all once began, facing the one they terrify the most, It.

I am once again lost at where to place this film, genre-wise it is more of a comedy meets dark thriller than a horror. The horror essence is subtle, slowly making itself known throughout the movie, however, I felt it wasn’t enough to call it a horror film.
The acting, just as superb as the first, personally I am fully satisfied with not only the chosen actors to play the losers as adults but also how they managed to find actors who actually looked what one would’ve thought they would look like as older. The ”demons” tormenting them were okey but nothing that would keep you up at night, and I believe that the length for this genre was a tad to long.

Something that I think would be quite intriguing and entertaining to see would be an origin story of It – to explore more him and his roots. That is what I wanted more of, where it all began for him, the creation of this demon who has become a cult, history, and do I even dare to say the legend of nightmares? No offense to Freddy.

In conclusion, it’s a great film to keep you entertained on a rainy Saturday afternoon, do you need to buy it? No.
Can you wait until Netflix does? Yes.

Extras;
Behind the scenes
Commentary by director
+ more



The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Bluray review)

Directors; Chris Renaud & Jonathan del Val
Animation
1h 26 minutes
Copy provided by Sony Home

Following the previous journey that came out in 2016, we get to once again bark on a roller coaster of meanings, fun, and heart – The Secret Life Of Pets 2 is a great sequel for everyone to enjoy no matter how old you are, it is an entertaining, laughable, and cute film, ready to steal your heart with its endearing moments – everything wrapped into a fantastic animation flick truly worthy of your time.

The story revolves around Max and his fluffy pet friends, following their secret lives and shenanigans throughout the hours the owners are at work. With its great voice over actors, beautiful colors, sound, and visuals with a well-written script and story, the movie truly captures your soul, especially if you are a pet-owner yourself. 5/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes
80 minutes of original content
Two mini-movies
+ more



Brightburn (Bluray review)

Director; David Yarovesky
Horror/Sci-fi
1h 30 minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by SONY Home

Well, that was a waste of time.
A new story that had both potential and quite an interesting concept, yet it failed miserably.
I had some high hopes, I guess, one has in one way or another wondered ”what if?” – debating the thought if Superman was the opposite of good? What if he was part of the dark side, not wanting to save the world and instead of helping others, actually hurting them.
Well someone thought of it as well and created Brightburn – the same story but with a twist.

Tory and Kyle, a couple unable to conceive think they’ve had their prayers heard when a child from another planet crash-lands near their landscape. The only problem, as he grows, something more sinister starts to take over his within, and instead of becoming a hero, he grows into being someone everyone around him fears.

It starts dull, slow, and dragged out – and it doesn’t get any better nor even slightly entertaining as it goes on. It missed the high suspense, the true elements of a real horror flick. Not something I’d personally recommend nor watch twice. 4/10 And that is solely based on that I enjoyed seeing Elizabeth Banks on a more serious role rather than the fun-light-hearted character she tends to play.

Extras;
Filmmaker Commentary
Creating a New Supervillain
Quick Burns – Vignette Social Series
+ more



A dog’s way home (Bluray review)

Director; Charles Martin Smith
Drama/Family
1h 36 minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by Sony HOME

Heartwarming, feel-good, and warm. Just a few words and ways to describe this film. It practically hugs your soul, and you love every minute of it. I won’t compare it to similar dog movies that have been out such as A dogs purpose and A dogs journey because those two were beside the best dog movies, but a total cry-fest. I hadn’t bawled my eyes in such a long time, but those brought it out of me – and though this film wasn’t close to those two, it was still a joy to watch and something I’d recommend if you, like myself love dogs.

Bella, a beautiful dog gets lost from her family and home, as she goes through highs and lows facing obstacles and strangers, trying to get back to the ones she loves the most she also discovers a whole new world.

You will laugh, you will smile, but mostly, you’ll be wiping away tears. It is an adventure for the whole family to enjoy, to get inspired, experience goosebumps, and simply not knowing you could love dogs more than you already do.

Though great and entertaining, I was quite disappointed with the visual at certain points, it screamed computerized, I mean, I completely understand that you cannot add a mountain lion and a dog and expect them to act together and be friends, but the mountain lion looked way too fake, so a little more work on the details would have made this movie a nice 10.
6/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes
An unforgettable journey
DIY doggie treats with Shelby
+ more



Destroyer (Bluray review)

Director; Karyn Kusama
Crime/Drama
2h 1 minute
Copy provided by SONY Home

Destroyer brought me mixed emotions, caught between dark and light, good and bad – struggling to comprehend what I was truly experiencing and feeling throughout this piece of work.
The bad, its awful pace, it quickly becomes dull and you sit there, on the edge to falling asleep, unable to keep your eyes open and your head starts to get heavy and before you know it everything goes black.
The good, it is like nothing you’ve ever seen Kidman in before, brilliantly as she is she delivers such dark role with only the elegance and essence only she could.

Without revealing too much of the plot, a detective reconnects with some bad people from her past. The script is well written and so is the dialogue, yet the scenery becomes rather simple and then boring because they feel too long.
This movie will either destroy your will to live or reboot you with pure passion and love for film making.

Not something I’d personally recommend unless you are out of titles to check out on a rainy day. 5/10 and that is sole for the phenomanal perfomance of Nicole Kidman – her best act yet.



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



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