Dog days (Review)

Director; Ken Marino
Comedy/Drama
1h 53 minutes
From 2018

One of the greatest feel-good movies I’ve seen in a long time, I can’t recall the last time I enjoyed a film so much, and related to it beyond words. It was sweet, charming, and even delivered a few laugh out loud moments, something that truly surprised me. Definitely something I’d be able to watch twice, if not more.

Dog Days revolves around different characters and little stories that by the end comes together as one. You got love, pain, jobs, family, everything that a person has deal with from a day to day basis, only here they join forces with the most loyal of them all, dogs.
Dog days is a heartwarming and soul-hugging tribute to our fury friends, if you like myself is a proud owner of a beautiful creature of four legs, you of all will relate the most to it.
Besides, you get to follow these phenomenal beings as the try to make it through this fantastic thing we call life.

Dog Days is something I personally would recommend everyone to take the time to watch and enjoy. It’s a cute script that delivers so much heart and depth that you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy by the end. 8/10



Bumblebee (Press screening review)

Director; Travis Knight
Action/Sci-fi
1h 53 minutes
Swedish premiere; December 25th

Travis Knight just wiped his brilliant behind with Michael Bay. Knight delivered a highly entertained, action-packed, fantastically cast – altogether great blockbuster! I then remembered why I so much loved the first Transformers movie and BumbleBee. Knight brought back that cute and charming robot back into our lives and this time, also created that amazing bond between the teen and the robot that we got to experience in the first one. There is a touch of heart and soul in that relationship that Bay lacked to continue to deliver in the rest of the franchise films.

BumbleBee is in a way a prequel to all Transformers movies, the background story to how BumbleBee lost his voice and how it all began. A great script to know more about the Autobots that we’ve come to enjoy over the past 11 years (Insane how it has been 11 years since the first one, I remember seeing it and having such crush on Shia LaBeouf haha)

1987, and Bumblebee must find refuge in a little town in Cali, and that is when he meets Charlie, a heartbroken 17-year-old trying to find herself again after the loss of her beloved father.

It’s a fantastic roller coaster of robot fights, supreme music, and young love with a splash of humor. It has everything and a little bit more, strongly recommended. 8/10


The Neighborhood (Review)

Creator; Jim Reynolds
30 minutes
Comedy
Season 1

The Neighborhood is a sit-com that is somewhat half-charming and semi-enjoyable but nothing else. It’s your typical comedy show with the laughters in the background and all-ages-friendly punchlines. However, you got great talent and potential and it’s all lost and wasted here. The plot is somewhat close to racist, a script about mocking white people and their stereotypes.

A friendly and social family moves into a tougher community in L.A and tries their outmost to fit in.

It’s lighthearted, stale, and lacks originality. It’s not even close to good nor entertaining.
Highly doubt it’ll last long or get renewed, could barely watch the entire episode.
You’ll get a smile in with luck but not a full on laugh out loud moment. I wouldn’t recommend this. 2/10



The First Purge (Bluray review)

Director; Gerard McMurray
Action/Crime
1h 38 minutes
Bluray/DVD release; November 12th
Copy provided by UIP/SONY Home

Hands down, the worst movie of 2018. I haven’t seen a film this fantastically awful in a long time, I enjoyed the previous ones but watching The First Purge was a waste of time from beginning to end.
The poor storyline, the dull plot that falls flat, and vision was just painful to witness. Pure embarrassment altogether.

As the title says, the film is pretty much about how it all came together, what made America start the actual purge that we got to follow through the previous movies. What led them to offer this outlet to inhabitants of the states and the answer was simple, anger.

I was quite excited for this film since the other ones had that delicate touch of the right amount of suspense, horror, and thrill. The story had you sitting on needles, you were gasping for air, wondering how it would turn out, and would the good ones make it through the horrid 24 hours…

Here, I was bored. I kept looking at the watch, praying to the movie lords for the film to come to an end. It doesn’t once, not even for a slight second grab you, capture, nor intrigue you. It doesn’t become interesting enough to grasp your attention. Nothing I’d ever recommend, stick with the ones you’ve seen and don’t even bother watching this. 1/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scene
A radical experiment
Bringing the chaos
The masks of the first purge



Crazy Rich Asians (Review)

Director; Jon M. Chu
Comedy/Romance
2h
Out; September 21st

Though categorized under ”comedy”, I must say that personally, I’d mark it with a huge stamp that says ”drama” instead because I did not laugh nor cracked a smile once during the 120 minutes. To call this film a romance would be too much of a stretch as well since it was mostly a story that involved one dilemma, and nothing else.

Nick Young comes from a wealthy Asian family and meets a Chinese/American girl in New York and decides to take her to Singapore to a wedding and introduce her to his family, though thinking it’ll be a smooth and harmless act, his family and friends tries their utter best to show that she doesn’t fit in.

Tale old as time, nothing more, nothing less. It wasn’t fresh, it was something that we’ve heard and seen over a million times before.
The mother who believes that no woman is good enough for her son, especially one that doesn’t come from wealth yet the mother was in the exact same position years ago, her husbands’ mother not approving of her. That annoys me, you’d think that out of EVERYONE she’d be the most understanding then but no.

It speeds up rather fast, it doesn’t go slow yet it falls flat and dull when there’s no building up to the actual plot, alongside flashy cars, fancy dresses, and huge mansions the movie lacks depth and soul. It’s just a script about a group of people flashing their millions thinking that money makes them better than anyone else. 3/10



Pacific Rim: Uprising (Bluray Review)

Director; Steven S. DeKnight
Sci-fi/Action
1h 51 minutes
Out on Bluray.
Copy by UIP/SONY Home.

Pacific Rim: Uprising is a blend of Transformers meets Alien with a splash of Enders Game from 2013.
A cocktail of cities getting destroyed, futuristic technology, giant robots, and kids. A new generation being recruited to become Jaeger pilots.

Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost played by John Boyega, mostly known for his role as Finn in the latest Star Wars installment, reunites with Mako and join forces with his former rival Lambert, played by Scott Eastwood to dive into battle and save the world from a new Kaiju threat.

There was no depth nor soul, it felt flat throughout until it reaches the ending, and not even then does it deliver with an epic closing, besides the predictable and obvious end that was bound to happen and easy to figure out due to previous similar films.

It tried desperately to come off as lighthearted at times, and to make the audience laugh or at least smile but failed miserably.
It felt forced. Let’s take the first Transformers as an example, the humor came naturally to Sam Witwicky and Agent Simmons played by Shia Labeouf and John Turturro, even the second and third film delivered some really good laughing moments that you felt in your core, making the entire theater crack up and shed a tear of joy. Here, I practically cringed.

The vision wasn’t spectacular, the shades ended up being dull, grey, and slightly average. The cinematic experience felt almost jacked from a Michael Bay action flick, and the music was pretty much none-excisting.
Not my cup of tea and I highly doubt it’ll become a huge blockbuster, however, did you enjoy the first one, then I am certain you’ll have a good time during the sequel. 4,5/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes with commentary.
Hall of heroes.
Bridge to uprising.
Becoming cadets.
Unexpected villain.
Next level jaegers
+ more.


In darkness (Bluray review)

Director; Anthony Byrne
Thriller/Mystery
1h 40 minutes
Out on Bluray.
Copy by UIP/SONY Home.

Natalie Dormer, the face you might recognize from not only The Forest but also the great TV hit show Games of Thrones is back in a questionable thriller with a twist that will leave you looking like a question mark throughout the film wondering what you’ve might’ve gotten yourself into when deciding to watch it.
In darkness follows the actress, this time portraying the role of a blind pianist, Sofia. When her hearing senses capture the murder of someone above her apartment, she enters a mysterious ride of London’s grim and criminalistic underworld.

Besides being a very confused script, In Darkness is also a film that will completely have you question your own intelligence, leaving you in wonder, uncertain if you’ve missed something or perhaps the director just wanted it to be impossible to make any sense of. It had the potential of becoming something great, a nail-biting thriller that would have the audience in awe, sadly, it became nothing but ashes after 30 minutes in and you’re left with unreasonable twists and no phoenix rising to the top with an impeccable finish as one would’ve hoped. 3.5/10

Bluray extra;
Interview with director and cast.


Deadpool 2 (Press screening review)

Director; David Leitch
Action/Adventure/Comedy
2h
Swedish Premiere; May 16th
Press screening provided by 20th Century Fox Movies.

Ryan Reynolds is finally back in the highly anticipated sequel to what could be one of Marvel’s greatest yet most idiotic superhero, Deadpool. David Leitch, delivers an action-packed cinematic experience, however, with a very oh so gentle script that needed a much more stronger dialogue, one that ended up being slightly light and very kid-friendly.

The sequel rarely, if ever, lives up to the first one and that was proven here. It ended up being Disney and soft compared to the first one, and that was a disappointment. The script was kind of weak in the sense of conversations and Deadpool’s lines, it tried so hard to come off as hilarious and raw but it ended up being close to desperate.

Here, we get to follow Wade Wilson AKA Deadpool, gather a team of mutants to save a young boy from supernatural powers that even himself cannot handle. Together, they all join forces and it all becomes a roller coaster of fast cars, explosions, and fun.

Ryan Reynolds is phenomenal and shines like a diamond in the darkened sky as Deadpool, and delivered another fantastic performance, and thankfully it wasn’t overshadowed by the somewhat weak script that was missing more of the raw vulgarity humor that the first one had.

The action is there, the visual just as beautiful, but it still didn’t satisfy my burning yearning for everything that is Deadpool. 6.5/10


Rampage: Big Meets Bigger (Review)

Director; Brad Peyton
1h 47 minutes
Action/Adventure

Big Meets Bigger definitely delivers action, loudness, and a whole lot of humor that will make you have a blast from beginning to end. Rampage, is epic in every aspect from vision, sound, to the actors’ performance. A cinematic experience that can only be truly enjoyed and appreciated on the big screen.

Like the title itself, Rampage is about three animals being infected with a dangerous virus that makes them almost bigger than life, and a primatologist and a geneticist must now team up to make sure that these gigantic creatures don’t destroy the city and their home that is Chicago.

It’s an entertaining motion picture that will surely have your eyes bulge when seeing these enormous animals taking over the city, the effects were somewhat gorgeous though some misses were found here and there, but nothing that ruined the experience. 7/10



Blade Runner 2049 (Review)

Director; Denis Villeneuve
2h 44 minutes
Sci-fi/Mystery
From 2017

Let’s continue with snoozing fiesta number 2.
Blade Runner 2049, an even stronger sleeping pill that simply sends you into an early death, I could physically hear my heart-rate going flat on the EKG during these 164 minutes.
Could be my own fault though, I might’ve set my expectations ridiculously high due to the massive hype this film got at its release. The high online reviews, the high IMDb rating of 8.2, and the 5 Oscar nominations, and the total of 121 Award nominations and 57 wins! HOW?

The first film and this are officially the most boring thing I have ever let my vision witness, and I feel like apologizing to my own eyes for torturing them with this. My question now is, what is it about these films that people love and compliment so much?

The only positive thing about this experience, trying to find a silver lining, next time someone asks, ”which is the most boring, slowest, and dullest film you’ve ever seen?” I will have an actual answer other than, ”Oh, I don’t know. Don’t think I’ve ever seen such sucky movie.”
Now I officially have, it’s called Blade Runner 1 & 2.
1/10