Black and Blue (Bluray Review)

Director; Deon Taylor
1h 48 minutes
Action/Crime
Out on Bluray
COPY proivded by SONY Entertainment

Heyy, not too shabby, a quite decent action film that’ll surely keep you entertained during these dark times that we are facing and have upon us. The gripping suspense, crime, and intriguing monologues are there, great visuals with enough tension and action to keep you locked on the screen.

Alicia (Naomie Harris) a female rookie-cop in New Orleans must now be on the down-low, doing her utmost to stay safe and to reveal the truth after witnessing two corrupt cops committing murder.

For a low budget film it’s truly great, because how much can you truly expect? It delivers quite a bit and a tad more to the viewer, having us not lose all hope on film making these days and realizing that it hasn’t to be a big blockbuster film with endless sources to be good – providing us with exactly what we need, a satisfactory action flick with wonderful acting to keep us entertained while time being.
There won’t be a massive character developing, Oscar-worthy costumes, writing, or shocking plot, but it’s not bad. Definitely worth a watch. 5,5/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes
Line of fire
Be the change in the big easy



Black Christmas (Bluray review)

Director; Sophia Takal
1h 32 minutes
Horror/Thriller
Out on Bluray
COPY provided by SONY Entertainment

So what do the years 1974, 2006, 2016, all have in common? They all released a version of Black Christmas, a dark story of a killer returning to his childhood home only to find out that it has been turned into a sorority house and decides to take the girls down, one by one. Now several years later, a new version has dropped and it is a disgrace to the previous films, making you truly question today’s writers, directors, and producers.

It is dull, poorly written, the visual is quite painful, and I am not even going to get near on commenting the acting because that along will take all day. It was so bad that it became sad, a tragic mess, and quite frankly, an insult to the genre. Whoever gave this motion picture a green go should have their mental health re-evaluated. Simply awful and I want nothing more than to get my 1 hour and 30 minutes back.

Few females students are being stalked by a complete stranger on Christmas Break, as their break takes a grim turn, the sorority soon discovers there are much more layers to the person behind the mask than just a random killing spree.

Don’t. Waste. Your. Time. 0/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes
Extended scenes
Feature commentary
Welcome to Mu Kappa Epsilon
+ more



Jumanji: The Next Level (Bluray review)

Director; Jake Kasdan
Adventure/Comedy
2h 3 minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by SONY ENTERTAINMENT

This pandemic is slowly taking a toll on us humans, but one thing we can still count on is Kevin Hart to make us laugh during such dark times.
Jumanji: The Next Level is a great sequel that delivers adventure, laughs, and warmth. From beginning to end its a fantastic ride to hop on for the second time, enjoying it as much as one did the first time back in 2017 – a film for the entire family to get lost in for 2 hours during this ”quarantine.”

Here we get to once again get inside the video game that is JUMANJI, modernizing it since the original was a board game, now it is a video game. As the gang returns to rescue one of their friends who went back in, a glitch in the game has managed to create a slight error causing this time one hell of a roller coaster for the old and new players.

I loved it, as much as I did the first one. It is an enjoyable movie that offers so much to the viewer, a fun adventure with stunning visuals of desserts, jungles, and snowy mountains + hilarious dialogues, great sound effects, friendship, love, and action. The cast is equally phenomenal this time, delivering amazing impressions of one another.
You’ll be satisfied, no doubt about it. 7/10

Bluray extras;
Gag Reel
Back together – reuniting the cast
Body swapping
+ much more



The Hunt (Review)

Director; Craig Zobel
Thriller/Action
1h 30 minutes
Out now

It is practically a satire film more than anything else, a lot of killing combined with dark humor – an adult and more bloody version of Hunger Games in other words.
It was quite fun, delivering a splash of entertainment wrapped into a script that shouldn’t be taken seriously, no message, no point.
Just plain comedy with some action, some thrill, and the last condiment to make it a little more extra – some political spices.

12 strangers wake up in the middle of nowhere, not knowing how they got there or whom brought them there. Now with the veapons they’ve ben handled they must defend for themselves while being on the hunt.

The Hunt is proving once again that people with money need to find an extraordinary type of sports to find themselves entertained, even by the cost of other people’s lives.
It’s quite fast-paced, it doesn’t become dull, or dragged out, the one hour and thirty minutes were more than enough for the viewer to catch up on the writing, trying to figure out the plot, and to enjoy some not so shabby acting and performances.
It isn’t a movie with meaning, so don’t look for one, nor expect one.
It is just mainly to pass the time. 5/10



The Invisible Man (Review)

Director; Leigh Whannell
Mystery/Thriller/”horror”
2h 4 minutes
From February

What can I say? I LOVED it. Yes, there are some holes here and there that should’ve been filled for the ”perfect” motion picture, however, not something that I was affected by.
Those few moments leaving you with a question mark doesn’t weigh for the entire film, it was a great flick to enjoy with terrific suspense from the very beginning even though it lacked logic at a certain point and small issues with the script and plot of the movie.

Personally, I found it to be fantastic, mainly because the massive tension was there, and your anxiety kicks in, you got your blood pumping, heart racing, and unable to look away, craving more of the story – there wasn’t so much development as one would’ve hoped for, but I found it to be enough to be entertained by the film – plus, the camera simply adores Elisabeth moss, she has a certain sensual and delicate beauty that I can’t really put my finger on, but I just become mesmerized whenever the focus is on her.

As Cecilia manages to escape her abusive boyfriend she soon enough finds out that he’s taken his own life and left her his fortune.
Although, with very slight belief that she’s finally out of his hands for good, lethal occurrences start taking places, ones she has no idea how are they are happening but by someone she cannot see…

I loved it, I truly couldn’t keep my eyes away from the screen the entire time, though flawed, it was still a film with few twists, thrill, and the horror essence makes itself present throughout the story keeping the viewer on its toes and interested.
Def. a recomendation 8.5/10



Underwater (Review)

Director; William Eubank
Action/Drama/Sci-fi
1h 35 minutes
Premieres; January 10th

Eh, que? First of all, if you suffer from any kind of anxiety then this isn’t a movie for you, besides that, it was mostly noise and no development of character or plot whatsoever.
The thrill made a very short appearance at the very beginning, greeting us with its wallop presence, but fails shortly afterward by leaving us, and never coming back – leaving it to Mrs. Stewart to practically carry the whole film alongside Sir ”dull” and Sir ”cliche” – because we’ve seen this, we’ve heard it, and we’re done with it.

I wanted more of everything, more thrill, more action, more development and information on everyone on board, on the project, and most importantly on the core of the film, the actual sea monster / alien or whatever that ugly creature was. The movie lacks dialogue, creativity, and shock value, only plus was the cinematography.

After a massive ”earthquake-like” devastates their deepwater drilling facility located at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, a group of researches must now try to find a way to not only survive on the inside but also on the outside in the deep blue waters, realizing they’re not alone out there.

Quite disappointed since I like many others, I believed the hype of the trailer and got excited.
Not something I’d recommend. 3/10



Onward (review)

Director; Dan Scanlon
Animation
1h 42 minutes
Swedish premiere; March 6th

What a bloody cry fest! I mean, the bursting out in tears at the end, I was bawling my eyes out, no clue why I have become so sensitive these past weeks, or I am just suddenly paying more attention to the writing, the story, and truly connecting to it, either that or I am slowly becoming the puss of all puss!

Onward deliveries that warm fuzzy feeling from beginning to end, it was emotional on so many levels because it is relatable to so many, that is what made the movie so beautiful because it pulls the strings of your heart and touches your soul.
It is an adventurous animation with wonderful colors that’ll burst through the screen, moments that’ll make you smile, and appreciate so many great things that sometimes, one takes for granted.

Two elven brothers receive a gift from their mother once they both are over 16 – a magical item that can bring their father back for one day, and they embark on a roller coaster of a journey to make it happen.

It’s cute, and to some it will sadly hit a little too close to home toward the ending, and my heart was a raisin throughout, just by the thought.
With its great and detailed graphic, some laughs and a lot of crying, it is a moving film for the whole family to enjoy. 7/10



Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Bluray review)

Director; Quentin Tarantino
Drama/Comedy
2h 41 minutes
Out on bluray
Copy Provided by SONY ENTERTAINMENT

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