Raw (Bluray review)

Director; Julia Ducournau
Drama/Thriller
1h 39 minutes
Out on Bluray!

Though the film is listed under horror, I felt that drama with a touch of suspense was more suitable for the script that literally crawled underneath my skin with its crude and beautifully twisted vision. Like the title itself, it is raw to the core – I had to several times look away from the graphic pictures that turned all of my organs into a knot, praying that it would soon go away – and this is coming from someone who eats during the Saw movies.

Being someone who doesn’t eat any sort of animal meat, much like Justine (Garance Marillier), I could somewhat relate to her throughout her journey in the beginning of the movie.

When Justine, a vegetarian since birth undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at a vet school, forcing her to eat a rabbit’s kidney, suddenly something strange starts developing inside of her system, creating an itch for blood and meat.

The story plays out in France, with an ensemble of great French actors and actresses. The movie definitely gets your mind spinning, my head was going insane throughout the movie, wondering if something even remotely similar would ever happen to someone who suddenly gets a form of raw animal product into their system after having stayed away from it for so long?
I haven’t had animal meat in almost ten years, that is almost a whole decade, and though right now I could never see myself ever going anywhere near any form of meat, I do am curious to how I would react if ever having a taste? I highly doubt I’ll eat a human finger like Justine, but it must do something to your psyche? Gotta look into it.

The movie is raw with a whole lot of tension. 6/10

Fast 8 (Bluray review)

Director; F. Gary Gray
Action/Crime
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


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


Loving (Bluray review)

Director; Jeff Nichols
Drama/Romance
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


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.