Elle (Bluray review)

Director; Paul Verhoeven
2h 10 minutes
Out on Bluray!

Though I from time to time can enjoy a French film, The Intouchables, Blue is the warmest color, La belle et la Bete (French version of Beauty and the Beast), I couldn’t find myself to be the slightly intrigued by this one, Elle. It didn’t grab me at all, I wasn’t hooked nor remotely interested to find out more and get into the depth of the story. Must say, it was a huge disappointment considering all the rave it got, but it wasn’t my cup of tea.

Elle, a businesswoman tries to track down the man that assaulted and raped her in her own home.

First of all, for this type of genre, over two hours is too much, especially when it’s filled with unnecessary dull scenes and moments that could’ve been cut from the final production. Second, I found the character to be too nonchalant about what she had gone through when telling her friends – like she didn’t acknowledge the weight of her horrific experience.

To be frank, it was boring. I yawned several times throughout as it oh so slowly tries to develop but nothing barely happens, it takes a while, and that just made me quickly lose interest. 3/10

Bluray extras;
Celebrating an Icon.
A tale of empowerment: Making Elle.

Fast 8 (Bluray review)

Director; F. Gary Gray
2h 16 minutes

The action-packed franchise never fails to bring some highly entertaining visions filled with stunning views over gorgeous countries and cities, beautiful cars, great effects and on top of the cherry add some humor and a fantastic ensemble.
Though amazing, you could still feel one missing piece of the puzzle, one soul that was taken away far too soon, Paul Walker.
You definitely miss the bond and connection that Dom and Brian had, the one that radiated through each scene they had together in all the previous films. And even though he wasn’t there, he was in spirit.
They still managed to beautifully remember him by naming a special little new member after him.

One thing I truly adore about these films is the powerful loyalty that is practically a character itself, a massive depth between all of them, there is so much heart and emotions that you usually don’t expect nor see in movies in this genre.
It brings something extra to not only the plot but to the entire movie in general. If you’re not a fan of high-speed-action-packed movies, you can still enjoy the other amazing qualities and message it delivers. Such as love, family, and to fully enjoy life. The music alone is also such importance, it makes the movie ten times better. They keep bringing these epic tracks that I continue to listen to even after the movie.

Though great films, and you can see how it keeps becoming better and better, you do get kind of fed up, especially now by the 8th installment.
Because in the end, it’s some weak story and the cast gets a super bad-ass car and you see them in a high-speed racing through some city with some cool music in the background to make it seem and have you believe it’s the dopest sh*t ever.
However, this time, they put the Fast and Furious family into some serious test of loyalty and trust, a game of betrayal that will shake the solid ground they’ve built through each film.

Though they spiced it up this time, surely to keep the audience interested after so many years, it’s still predictable. I won’t get into specifics (due to not spoiling it completely) but I would’ve loved some insane massive turn of events, something so far off that no one saw it coming.
Though again, it wouldn’t be the strong loving effect that it has now if something truly ugly happened. Because it’s the very ending that sums up everything and gives that warm fuzzy feeling and smile on your face. Because who doesn’t love a happy ending?
No matter what, I still enjoyed it, I still loved it, and I’m still hyped to see the next one.

6.5/10 If you’ve seen the previous ones, obviously you must continue and strap up and enjoy the ride of epic explosions, dope cars, and awesome fight scenes!

Kudos to the entire cast and crew! Plus, to see Dwayne, Vin, and Statham in one movie doesn’t get any better! L.O.V.E.
– Now, hurry up and bring me Fast 9! The future of the furious? :D and end it with Fast 10; The ending of the Furious! You’re welcome.

Bluray extras;
The Cuban Spirit.
In the family.
Car culture.
All about the stunts.
Extended fight scenes.
Feature commentary with Director F. Gary Gray

Loving (Bluray review)

Director; Jeff Nichols
2h 3 minutes
Out on bluray.

A beautiful and soulful story that is inspiring and heart-shattering at the same time. Though it’s powerful, the script falls flat and becomes rather dull, but don’t let that overshadow its depth, beauty, and true love – no matter race.

Loving plays out in the sixties, where a couple gets arrest for interracial marriage in Virgina and gets into a filthy battle, a legal war that would become historic in the Supreme Court.

To my opinion it was too long for a drama, a thin thread over two hours that quickly becomes quite boring and dragged out, making you almost lose interest by the second half.
The very slight thrill makes itself present when they go into battle, that is when it becomes somewhat intellectual and gives you some sort of attachment to the characters, the plot, and their story. But it wasn’t enough since throughout the film they never built up anything to grasp and grab a hold of you.
By already knowing what it is about, there is nothing extra to expect.

Not something I’d personally recommend. Found it to be long, flat, and dull to be frank. The only beauty of it is its story. 5/10

Bluray Extras;
Making Loving
A loving ensemble
Loving v. Virgina
Virgina: A loveing backdrop
Commentary with director Jeff Nichols

LIFE (Bluray review)

Director; Daniel Espinosa
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
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.

Fifty shades of Grey (Bluray review)

Director; Sam Taylor-Johnson
2h 5 minutes
From 2015.

I’ve officially given this film three whole chances, praying, wishfully hoping it would somehow change my mind regarding the vision, script, act, and cast.
Sadly, it just continues to destroy me and shatter my spirit with its blue and sad delivery. As many other ladies all around the world, I was completely hooked by the passionate love story between Mr. Grey and Miss Steele.
I devoured the novels with such force, excitement, and love that I still can look back and remember the warm fuzzy feelings I got when entering the captivating world of these two love birds, and it broke my heart that the movie ruined it and rained all over my once blissful read.

I am pretty sure most of you know the over hyped plot by now, if you haven’t, instead of getting into the fact that you’ve must’ve lived under a rock these past few years, I will happily enlighten you.

Literature student, innocent, and shy Anastasia Steele, stumbles into the office of multi-millionaire Christian Grey, and she steps into a world BDSM and a powerful love that will change her life into one she never saw herself ever having or even experiencing.

I am well aware that the movies, hardly, ever, live up to the actual book, but I am pretty sure that with the high anticipation of this movie adaption and the large budget, they could’ve given us fans something more, something much greater and better. Everything was wrong from beginning to end, it wasn’t what the readers deserved to get after such long wait. 3/10

Bluray extras;
The unseen version.
Extended version with an alternative ending.
A teaser of Fifty shades darker.

Behind the scenes.
E.L James and Fifty Shades.
The pleasure of pain.
Music videos.
360 set explorer with hot spots.
Behind the scenes of ”Earned it.”
The world of Fifty Shades – Christian, Ana, friends and family.

T2 Trainspotting (Bluray review)

Director; Danny Boyle
1h 57 minutes
Out on Bluray!

20 years later and these guys still got it and brings out the same amount of entertainment as the first one did in 96. Though the movie is great, I am pretty sure that it is my admiration for the actor Ewan McGregor that makes me adore this film even more.

He stole my heart as Obi-Wan, but he also fed my soul with his characters such as ”Henry” in The Impossible, ”Michael” in the Perfect Sense, ”Camerlengo Patrick McKenna” in Angels & Demons, and many others.
There’s a certain charisma about him and a glint in his eyes that grabs a hold of you, and you end up loving every second that you’re being trapped under his unique spell as an actor.

In T2 Trainspotting, we get to see our old friends such as Renton, Spud, Sick Boy, and Begbie, become reunited in Scotland and follow them and their antics that’ll occur when they gather up!

Jump on the train that’ll take you back – a massive nostalgic travel that will make you smile and keep you entertained from beginning to end. 6.5/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes.
20 years in the making; a conversation with Danny Boyle and the cast.
Commentary with Danny Boyle and John Hodge.

20th Century Women (Bluray review)

Director; Mike Mills
1h 59 minutes
Out on Bluray!

Watching paint actually dry would’ve been more entertaining, it must’ve been one of the dullest movies and script I’ve ever seen, definitely not my cup of tea – and I legit want my two hours back after watching this. How it got such great reviews and the high score is beyond me, and it just truly shows how everyone has different tastes and opinion regarding movies and genre.

The story revolves around a mother played by Annette Bening and her son Jamie (Billy Crudup)
who is being raised by his mother and two other girls, Julie (Elle Fanning) and Abbie (Greta Gerwig) through the late 1070’s in Southern California.

Not to say it was awful, it simply wasn’t enough to keep me even the slightly interested or remotely hooked. I felt forced to continue watching it until the end, no desire whatsoever to finish it but I did anyway simply for the sole purpose of being able to write and post this review to enlight people.
Also, how is this even classified as a comedy? I am still questioning that because I don’t recall laughing, nor even smiling throughout the film. On top of it, apparently, it’s nominated for an Oscar, I’m done!

The only reason it’s even getting a solid four is due to its ensemble of talented women from different generations, but even their performance was overshadowed by the rather weak plot and outcome.

Bluray extras;
Audio commentary by writer and director, Mike Mills.
Making 20th Century women.
Modern woman.
Greta Gerwing.
Finding the story.
Annette Benning.
A time in my life.
The one who raise us.
Santa Barbara 1979.

Split (review)

Director; M. Night Shyamalan
1h 57 minutes
Out on Bluray!

M. Night Shyamalan, the mastermind behind works such as The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and many others is back with one hell of a brilliant, deep, and intelligent script.
Here, he both directs and writes the perfection that is Split – a highly suspense thriller with a standout and phenomenal performance by James McAvoy.

Kevin (McAvoy), portrays the man that was diagnosed with twenty-three distinct personalities and creating a twenty-fourth one toward the end of his story.
We get to see as a few of them come to light as one of the personalities kidnaps three young girls and they must know figure out which one of the personalities will be willing to help them escape.

As much as I was completely in awe of the script, act, and intelligence of this film, there are few flaws here and there that caught my attention but still did not manage to ruin the entire movie.
I won’t get into details or spoil, but I will, however, share a small scene that you can see in the trailer.
During the moment the girls get kidnapped, I felt as they were too slow to react to what was happening. If someone that I didn’t know, gets in the car, I would’ve screamed my lungs out until they were fuming.
Or maybe they dragged out that particular scene, and it should’ve been much shorter than what it actually was. It’s not so much a flaw, but it did get me annoyed and wondered what kind of IQ they all possessed.

What I would’ve loved more was to hear more about this certain mental illness, what triggers it in a human, what causes such disease. There are small glimpse and pieces were we get to hear a psychologist share a little information, but not enough to quench my curiosity. I find these topics/subject interesting, and by the end of the movie I ended up researching for more facts regarding it.

Besides this, the movie is fantastic, a true and dark thriller with a lot of intense moments that will grab you and suck you in into its beauty and scintillating act by James McAvoy and Betty Buckley, that plays Dr. Fletcher.

I loved it, I was hooked, interested by the dialog between one of the personalities that was making itself present and Dr.Fletcher. McAvoy deserves an Oscar for his immense pure talent in this movie. 9/10

Thank you to Sony Home Entertainment Nordic, and Jesper Nordgren for the copy. Keep on delivering these babies! <3