Baby Driver (Bluray review)

Director; Edgar Wright
Action/Crime
1h 52 minutes
Out on Bluray!

Though running at a rather dull and slow pace, I couldn’t keep my eyes away from the screen, which says a lot considering nothing EPIC ever happened.
You hope, you pray, and it has you believe that something is about to completely turn your stomach upside down of the thrill and action, but it doesn’t, yet you sit there with your eyes glued due to the phenomenal performance, stylish vision, and the sensation of being a part of the team; screaming cliché and vanilla type of characters, it is still a film worth your time.

Baby (Ansel Elgort) a getaway driver who must pay off his debt to a crime boss by being a driver to the heists planned and covered by the boss’s team, until his final one goes wrong.

It has en essence of elegance and style wrapped around its weak story. 5/10

Bluray extras;
Over 20 minutes extended and deleted scenes.
Mozart in a go-cart.
Ansel drives.
Animatics.

+ more




Bluray copy from UIP.

American Made (Bluray review)

Director; Doug Liman
Action/Biography
1h 55 minutes
Out on bluray

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

Bluray Extras;
Deleted scenes.
American storytellers.
Cruise and Liman.
Shooting American Made.
Flying high.
The real Barry Seal.




Bluray copy from UIP.

Transformers: The Last Knight (Bluray review)

Director; Michael Bay
Sci-Fi/Action
2h 35 minutes
Out on bluray!

I absolutely adore the Transformers franchise and Mark Wahlberg himself. He was my second celebrity crush after seeing him in Fear (first was DiCaprio in Titanic), then his work as both an actor and producer has always been something that I’ve enjoyed watching through the years.
Whether it is a thrillingly speedful action flick like Shooter or comedy like Ted and Daddy’s Home, I simply love the roles he has taken on since his days as Marky Mark, sadly, I just feel that he doesn’t belong in here.
These movies just keep getting worse, lacking the soul and heart the first film had, I cannot wrap my head around how on earth they have become so bad when once, being a massive blockbuster that I would look forward seeing.

I kind of lost interest when the fourth movie came out, when welcoming a whole new cast and introducing a brand new story, yet the plot in a way always remains the same.
Suddenly, we had to say goodbye to Shia LaBeouf as Sam, and get familiar with the new faces that were taking over; a father (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter.
Shia was like a shooting star, definitely one a kind, and any other actor after would only be compared him. So, I think it was rather clever from Bay to start from the beginning, it just didn’t work out, and I believe it is time for us fans all around the globe to send a final farewell to the films we’ve come to love.

With Prime gone and the good and bad at war, Cade is in-between a battle of both trying to protect the Autobots while finding out more about the Transformer’s history alongside Vivian (Laura Haddock).

A messy disaster that won’t capture your attention, just pure agony, knowing that the Transformers you once adored so much, is gone. 3,9/10

Bluray Extras;
Merging Mythologies – The secret of Transformers history.
Climbing the ranks.
The royal treatment.
Alien landscape.

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Bluray copy from 20th century Fox.

The greatest showman (press-screening review)

Director; Michael Gracey
Biography/Musical
1h 45 minutes
Swedish premiere; December 25th

I’m not a fan of musicals, the only one that I find tolerable and actually find myself enjoy watching is, Mamma Mia. Other than that, I simply find it annoying and close to ridiculous, but that took a whole new turn after watching The Greatest Showman.

I cannot find the correct words to express the exclusivity of it.
It wasn’t simply your typical average looking musical, it was pure magic, from beginning to end.
It is so extraordinary that it will transport you into a dreamful world of flawless image, stunning movements, and brilliant performances; a motion picture that is just the finest of pure perfection, down to every single scene.
It reminded me why I loved movies so much, that is what this film does to you – suddenly, you’re a child again. Your heart and soul chanting with glory, every bone and muscle wants to burst out and dance right there on the spot.
For a brief moment, you will find yourself in this enchanting atmosphere, praying that it’ll never come to end.
You won’t even know how to continue with your life after it, how to even cope when coming back to reality.

The details were perfect, there is no doubt about it. Every scene was the essence of beauty and wonder, a cocktail that left me drunk swimming in bliss and joy. Once the film ended, besides one glistening tear escaping my eye, (truly a vision for sore eyes), I just couldn’t wait for the actual premiere so I could go see it once again. Like a drug, I got addicted to it, craving for even a crumb of more that is everything this film holds.

I loved it. I worshiped it. I bow to it. 10/10


Also, I’d like to thank 20th Century Fox Movies for besides delivering breakfast, they also delivered lunch due to the technical issues that dragged out the time. It was definitely not necessary, or something they had to do, but it was very kind and highly appreciated.

The shape of water (press-screening review)

Director; Guillermo del Toro
Fantasy/Drama
2h 3 minutes
Swedish premiere; February 14th 2018

It definitely won’t be for everyone, and that is the beauty of it.
Its uniqueness, oddness, and authenticity of the script; the thrillingly-strange romance between a human and an aquatic creature.
We’ve all seen movies through history where the ”monster” captures our heart. We see the beauty in their darkness, and suddenly we see them in a whole new light, and just like that? We’re cheering for them, yet, they never get their happy ending.
King Kong, Frankenstein, etc. There are several movies where the ”monster” never gets the girl, and finally, Del Toro changed that.

In a research facility in the 1960’s, a mute cleaning lady develops a relationship with an aquatic creature.

I genuinely enjoyed it, though again, I’ve always been into scripts out of the ordinary. The combination of the time era, the ”forbidden” romance between two completely different species, the weirdness of the plot, and rareness of it all captures your interest. I did ask myself several times, ”what the hell did I just see?”, ”are they for real?” and that was the humor and freshness of it.

In all its strange and close to even an uncomfortable story, there is a delightful tale that will grab ahold of your soul. 7.7/10


The Disaster Artist (press-screening review)

Director; James Franco
Biography/Comedy
1h 44 minutes
Swedish premiere; February 9th 2018

Another piece by James Franco that delivered laughter and a glimpse of insight into what is known to be the best worst movie ever made, The Room by Tommy Wiseau. Walking into the screening without any sort of expectations, or having watched the trailer, was one of the best decisions I had ever made. Because otherwise, I wouldn’t have given it a fair chance and missed out on a brilliant performance by Franco, a joyful comedy, and a great time.

Jame Franco is simply phenomenal and stays true to his character from beginning to end. Besides his acting, his heart and soul radiates through, helping you as a viewer to find compassion, love, and care for him despite his strange, odd, and eccentric persona.

Greg (Dave Franco), a struggling yet shy actor who hasn’t find a way to break through his shell takes on Tommy Wiseau, portrayed by James Franco as his mentor. Together they move to the city of angels to make their dreams come true. A weird friendship that blossoms thanks to their common dream and goal, to be Hollywood stars.

I had a blast, it’s an abstract motion picture piece of art. 7/10

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Press-screening review)

Director; Rian Johnson
2h 32 minutes
Adventure/Fantasy
Swedish premiere; December 13th

Due to having signed an embargo stating that I couldn’t post a review until after a certain date and time, I had to wait before writing and sharing my thoughts on the latest installment of one of the history’s most beloved films, Star Wars.

I simply adore them, maybe not all of them equally, but the love and excitement to see every single one is always there. My heart simply chants songs of joy at just the mere thought of once again seeing the beautiful galaxies, the action-filled lightsaber battles, the troops, the wise words and life lesson by the precious Yoda, the cute-yet-impossible-to-understand Chewie, the cuteness of R2D2 and C3PO, the slight essence of romance, and the powerful hope and faith these movies possess.

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we welcome Rey, and here we once again get to follow her through the journey of finding more about herself and the powers within her, while also being part of the emotional roller coaster that is fighting the dark side, unlocking forces, and discovering more secrets from the past.

The vision still manages to blow me away, several years later. It still holds the beauty that the previous films had, if not even better thanks to today’s technology. The details are close to flawless, a blessing for sore eyes, reaching in and touching your very soul and inner child. An amazing cinematic experience that has to be seen in IMAX 3D. 6,8/10



Thank you to Nordic Disney.

Dismissed (Review)

Director; Benjamin Arfmann
Thriller/Horror
1h 27 minutes

An exquisite violently written script that will lure you in with its depth, thrill, and beauty.

Lucas, a student who comes off as every teachers dream; punctual, straight A’s, and eager to learn, but don’t let that excellence fool you, underneath hides a complicated and obsessed persona that’ll do practically anything for a good grade.

Though it’s categorized under horror as well, I found it to be more of a thriller/drama than anything else. But the essence of a horror film is there – the tension, the sound, and the dark emotions.

Dylan Sprouse shines like a diamond in the darkened sky in this role, and though his character was dark, complex, and destructive, he still came off ass alluring and beautifully twisted in this thrillingly breathtaking motion picture – delivering a psychopath with grace and elegance from beginning to end. This movie truly showcases his talent as an actor, his ability to transform, and also being able to act out any type of role and character he is given to play.

It’s about diversity, of being a chameleon – in the end, isn’t that what acting is about, of playing someone else?
Just take a look at Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Cruise, though fantastic actors, DiCaprio being one of my many favorites, somehow, the roles he plays are very similar in a way, same with Cruise.
Now think of Matthew McConaughey, he went from How to lose a guy in 10 days, to Magic Mike, to Dallas Buyers Club, THAT is diversity, that is talent. That is what Sprouse shows here, that he can do it all, but most important that his talent hasn’t faded away through those years away from the camera – all grown up, this is a brilliant comeback for him. He will enchant you with his performance and dazzling good looks. 8.3/10 Strongly recommended, kudos to the entire cast and crew for their performances and work.


Daddy’s Home 2 (Press-screening review)

Director; Sean Anders
1h 40 minutes
Comedy
Swedish premiere; November 24th

Sean Anders is my type of director when it comes to comedy, I loved Horrible Bosses 2, We’re The Millers, and of course, the first Daddy’s Home. This time, we hop-on an insane roller coaster of family drama that includes step-kids, step-dads, and new wifes and of course, welcoming the grandpas.

Mel Gibson became a warm welcoming into the cast, adding him and his character was a joy to watch, and only made the movie better. Truly enjoyed it from beginning to end, from the story to delivering that warm fuzzy feeling making you look forward to celebrating Christmas, wearing lame X-mas sweaters, fireplaces, and listening X-mas music.

In the sequal we once again meet Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, this time getting along by co-parenting the kids, though everything seems to float smoothly and better than it has ever been, their fathers join in to celebrate the Holidays with them and turns everything upside down.

It’s entertaining and soulful with a lot of heart, sweet moments that will warm you and have you leave the theater with that good-feeling that we often crave after these types of family films.
6.5/10


Spider-man Homecoming (Bluray review)

Director; Jon Watts
Action/Adventure
2h 13 minutes
Out on Bluray

An insult to Spider-man fans all around the globe and previous films. Marvel has practically self-sabotaged it for themselves with this film. I’m questioning how on earth no one on the crew said something before releasing it?

I enjoyed the previous Spider-man movies, going way back to when Tobey Maguire played Peter Parker, a student who got bitten by a radioactive spider that completely changed his life. The story itself was something I liked, had fun times watching, and it was a fantastic cinematic experience between the visuals of beautiful New York, skyscrapers, and being part of his everyday life struggle of being a normal kid and a superhero.

Marvel itself had brought us some really good work throughout the years, some better than others but always equally entertaining, heartfelt, with some great CGI that would leave you in a trance of amazing effects and theater experience, sitting on your seat in a total bliss of the beauty that is today’s technology.

Peter Parker played by the new face of Spider-man (Tom Holland) tries to balance a life between school and being an intern for Tony Stark aka Iron Man. When Tony doesn’t see his potential, all frustrated, Peter takes on the street crimes all alone to prove himself as a superhero.

It wasn’t all terrible, Tom Holland makes a quite decent Spider-Man. What actually caught my attention was his innocent and sweet voice, and though his acting is good the plot was just dull and so was the visual, nothing extraordinary.
One role or character that was unnecessary and a complete waste was Michelle, played by Zendaya.
I wonder if they used most of the budget to hire her that it ended up with them not having enough for the actual production and to hire better CGI guys that would do a much better work.
I cannot for the life of me figure out what was the actual point of having her? Maybe it was because of her large following, to attract more people to watch the movie? But if that was the case, they could’ve given her a better role with more meaning.

Don’t waste your time. Stick to re-watching the old Spidey movies and skip this one. 3.1/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes and extended scenes.
Cast Gag Reel.
The Spidey study guide: A pop-up factoid track.
Unseen alternative Captain America PSAs.
Aftermath: Filmmakers bridge the gap from the battle of New York.
A tangled web: Spider-man’s integration into the Marvel universe.
And more.


Thank you to SONY HOME for the copy.