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November 14, 2021 @ 15:10

Space Sweepers: Campy and silly, in the vein of The Fifth Element - wow this was awesome!

Cosmic Sin: Seriously, is Bruce Willis washed up enough to star in something this bad? Typical alien first contact then they kill us movie, with a bit of zombies mixed in.

Beyond Skyline and Skylines: I started with Skylines because I didn't realize it was part of a series. There are a lot of concepts I really liked so I went back and watched the prequel once I realized it existed. Overall, these aren't very good movies, but they fit in that category of movies I'll watch even when I know they're not going to be great.

The Vault: Genious engineer plans a heist. Formulaic and predictable, there's nothing new here. Go watch The Italian Job instead. Either one.

Gunpowder Milkshake: Pretty basic premise, a campy "assassin screwed up and now everyone's out to get her" kind of thing. To pull it off they needed great acting and believeable action. This had neither.

How I Became a Superhero: It seems superhero movies are popular these days, but I really enjoyed this one! I really liked how it's got a bit of the feel of the original Watchmen comic.

Code 8: Yet another "average guy with superpowers" movie. Nothing really new here, and not executed well.

Project Power: And another superpowers movie. It's based on a clever idea. Just okay.

The Midnight Sky: Half this movie is a typical "manufactured crisis after crisis in a space ship" movie, but not done well at all. The George Clooney half... it's just boring.

ARQ: A time loop movie, ala Groundhog Day, but a post-apocalyptic. Neat concept, but ultimately not a great movie.

TAU: Girl gets kidnapped and imprisioned by a jerk who invented an AI, then makes friends with the AI. A bit slow, and none of the characters are all that likable. They kinda phoned in the end.

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October 27, 2019 @ 01:00

The Cloverfield Paradox: A sort of thriller/horror in a space station. Reminds me a bit of Event Horizon, which isn't a bad thing in general, but there just isn't much original here.

And then they went and tied this into the Cloverfield series, which makes absolutely no sense at all.

Rotor DR1: This movie is actually a film-length cut of a web series, with a budget of $300k. Overall, it feels amateurish and unpolished, often disjointed, and doesn't flow very well. Feels really 1980s in a lot of ways - the drone race is especially hilarious. It even has a music video scene!

I'm going to just say "meh".

Bright: The usual "buddy cop" movie with an alien, basically Alien Nation but with magical elves. Really predictable ending, though I didn't mind watching it. Honestly, there's something cool about bad-ass elves.

Hotel Artemis: JWZ described this one really well: "If you wanted a spinoff story about the John Wick hotel manager, this is that. I did want that. It delivered." I also wanted that.

Scorched Earth: A sort of post-apocalyptic western. I seem to be watching a lot of low-budget crap lately, but this one was just one predictable cliché after another. All of the characters were exceptionally unlikable. Should I also point out that while one of the main quirks of the world is poisoned air, they treat the insides of buildings as if the air in them is perfectly fine, but there are no airlocks? Maybe I shouldn't.

Don't miss the dodge Dodge Charger Daytona made up to look like some weird 4WD thing.

I got as far as the Big Baddie's Sgt. Pepper dinner outfit and bailed.

There is, however, one scene where the character "Doc" is wearing a hat which looks like a bird pooped on it - I cracked up imagining the prop people getting all excited when they were putting that one together.

AXL: A boy and his (robot) dog. Predictable, seems like low-budget but they sure did a lot of CG. Don't waste your time.

IO: Another post-apocalyptic wasteland movie. The idea here was somewhat interesting, but the movie ended up being kinda boring. And then the "big reveal" near the end wasn't much of a surprise by the time it finally happened. I hoped for better.

Annihilation: I went into this one having never seen the trailer or heard anything at all about it. If you can do that, you should - this movie was really freaky and overall pretty amazing. I was on the edge of my seat! The ending wasn't much of a climax, and leaves more questions than answers, but it works.