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


Fifty shades of Grey (Bluray review)

Director; Sam Taylor-Johnson
Drama/Romance
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.

Bonus;
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
Drama
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
Drama/Comedy
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!

4/10
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.
Cast.
Modern woman.
Greta Gerwing.
Finding the story.
Annette Benning.
A time in my life.
The one who raise us.
Santa Barbara 1979.


Feed (review)

Director; Tommy Bertelsen
1h 35 minutes
Drama/Thriller

Troian Bellisario, (mostly known as Spencer from the hit TV-show Pretty Little Liars) debut as a screenwriter is nothing less than beautiful, dark, and bringing the depth and struggles of mental illness and eating disorders into the light.
Truly showcasing how it feels like and our wars with the demons within, the ones making themselves present when going through some sort of post traumatic stress.

Bellisario and Tom Felton starts together in this grasping script of two twins that live in a world of privilege and pure perfection, but once a tragedy splits them apart, she must now try to cope without him – leading her toward the path of anorexia and mental instability.

It’s a brilliant writing about topics that tend to be a taboo. It’s relatable, intellectual, and deep with a twist.
It will crawl underneath your skin and grab you, completely shake you up from the very core and give you a whole new outlook regarding people all around the globe dealing with this type of diseases on a daily basis. 7.7/10

Bellisario and the rest of the cast and crew did a phenomenal job delivering this.

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


Split (review)

Director; M. Night Shyamalan
Thriller
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