Hereditary

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I have mixed feelings about this. One of the creepier movies I’ve seen in a long time but I felt the ending was unsatisfying. Another horror movie with a silly twist ending. There was a lot of good here but ultimately it is just okay. The acting is amazing and top notch cast starring Toni Collette and Alex Wolff. Featuring Ann Dowd who I recognized as Aunt Lidia from The Handmaiden’s Tale.

I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

The Night Eats The World

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I liked this zombie film a lot. More than any of the genre I’ve seen, it really addressed the problem of isolation. I love films like this that are mostly quiet and all about a single characters internal journey. The way the zombies were portrayed was also pretty unique, if not completely original. How many ways can one depict reanimated corpses? They were similar to the infected in 28 Days Later but were actually diseased. But unlike The Walking Dead, the animated corpses didn’t seem to continue to rot and decay whereas genuinely deceased bodies did.

I give it a 5 out of 5 stars.

The Boy

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It started out as a very spooky but quickly turned dumb. It had some good jump scares and a creepy vibe happening and then they made it stupid and ruined the supernatural elements into some “people under the stairs” BS. A stupid twist ending just to have a twist. I hate when filmmakers do that.

I give it a 2 out of 5 stars.

How It Ends

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A film starring Forest Whitaker and Theo James. Interesting apocalypse movie in that it dealt with the dynamic of a man and his father-in-law. I felt the performances where very strong for the leads of film and overall I thought it was pretty good.

I originally gave it a 3.75 out of 5 stars because I liked the relationship between the father in law and son in law but after viewing the ending again and being honest it gets a 2.25 overall.

Lady Bird

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I thought it was a pretty good coming-of-age drama and had some good parts. I’m not sure, for me, that it was as great as the critics thought. It was well acted and directed for sure, but there was nothing transcendent about the story. It was good and I liked it, but not particularly ground-breaking or a masterpiece.

I give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

The Titan

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An interesting though somewhat odd science fiction movie. There is a lot that I liked about the film, but there were some perplexing plot turns that didn’t make sense and just seemed to be in there to up the stakes but for seemingly no good reason. Overall I liked it.

I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

Fullmetal Alchemists

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A liveaction film adaptation of “Fullmetal Alchemists” anime. I saw half of the original anime years ago on cartoon network. It was pretty close to the anime as far as my memory goes.

The reverse white washing felt weird. The anime was made in Japan but takes place in an alternate time line roughly in Germany. Seeing south-east Asian actors with blond wigs calling each other by Germanic names that they couldn’t pronounce was a little confusing at first but you eventuall halfway get used to it. It’s no weirder than the normal Hollywood white washing though so it’s no big deal at this point.

I liked that it went through a lot of the story in the film that the anime dragged out laboriously. It was an okay movie overall but some of the cinematography looks like cheap TV and other times looks highly polished.

It’s worth checking out if you liked the anime but some fanbois might find too much fault with the pace and character portrayals that casual viewers of the series could ignore.

I give it a 3.5 out of 5.

Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets

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Nobody does futuristic movies like Luc Besson. It was incredibly visually stunning. The aliens, technology, and environments were really mind-blowing. Sure, there was some really silly Jar Jar Binks level silliness and plenty of stuff seemed to be ripped off from his earlier work, specifically The Fifth Element. But I really enjoyed the overall movie. I even enjoyed Rihanna’s scenes but I felt that Herbie Hancock’s cameo was a little confusing; his performance wasn’t up to snuff for how much of the film he’s in. I’m sure there’s some production backstory or something as to why he was in the film that I’m not aware of but I don’t think that it would make up for his choppy line delivery and poor acting performance.

I give the movie a 4 out of 5 stars.

Voice From The Stone

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An odd horror film starring Emilia Clarke. It was very atmospheric and the end was actually a surprise twist that I didn’t see coming. It’s a weird film that feels at times impressionistic. It reminded me of a European film, not just because it takes place in Europe; it is an American film. Overall I liked it.

I give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Morgan

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A 2016 movie directed by Luke Scott. It was a rather lackluster and typical sci-fi horror. It was “okay” but rather predictable and brought nothing new to the genre. I agree with the critic consensus that the film focused on action instead of character development.

I did think that the “twist ending”, while predictable, was the right choice storywise and I would have been annoyed if they had gone in a different direction. Granted, the predictability did slightly decrease the enjoyment since there was no surprise.

I give it a 2.75 out of 5 stars.