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  • Annihilation



    Something struck me as I watched this film. A single entity in a swamp presented more of a threat to mankind than all of the disposable aliens swarming the Avengers or blue beams shooting into the sky in nearly every superhero movie.

    I'd like there to be more science fiction like "Annihilation". It walks you into a strange world where the sense of wonder outweighs the fear of the unknown. It generates a sense of dread and suspense that can…

  • Pulgasari



    It's hard to believe that this was made in 1985. It looks like something out of the sixties. It reminds me so much of the "Daimajin" series of movies released in 1966. There are peasants who are depressed and brutalized by an evil dictator, just like in "Daimajin".

    The giant beast Pulgasari is created by an old blacksmith just before he dies as a way to get revenge on the dictatorship. The monster quickly grows to enormous size by eating…

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming


    This is the superhero for the Young Adult genre. Another cutesy Marvel movie. Formulaic. I'm surprised at how generic and boring the high school kids are. Giving this an extra star because of Michael Keaton.

  • Bridge of Spies

    Bridge of Spies


    Like almost everyone, I really like the works of Steven Spielberg and the acting of Tom Hanks (oh, except for reviewers who called this a "Dad movie"'s too bad you are limiting yourselves to missing a lot of classics based on your silly old guy filter). Together, these two guys are a can't miss duo. They have made some amazing films and "Bridge of Spies" is yet another. I don't know how I missed this. I knew it existed but…

  • Space Amoeba

    Space Amoeba


    My love for giant monster movies was satisfied by this creative little Ishiro Honda/Toho film. The action starts immediately when an alien mist turns a space capsule on its way to Jupiter around and floats it back to Earth. The alien mist eventually possesses a cuttlefish, a crab and a turtle, growing them to massive size. Each of the beasts take their turn attacking a survey crew, who certainly have the benefit of lots of firearms and gasoline for being…

  • Razorback



    "Razorback" is a really strange movie. It's got a good share of interesting cinematography. There are some impressive shots of the desert landscape. At times it looks beautiful but moments later, a character will be crawling around in the mud and filth of a boars' watering hole. There are bones and muck everywhere. Worse yet, the meat processing plant is a grimy, disgusting slaughterhouse full of kangaroo carcasses hanging from meat hooks. There's a couple of brothers who work at…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2


    I don't want to like this because it's so much like every other Marvel movie. It's so predictable. You know that all of the main characters are going to come through the final act together and safe. Every other line delivered is a quip or a joke. There's lots of dangerous neon blue lights shooting into the sky. Nearly all Marvel movies have some kind of bad blue laser, light or stone.

    But I can't dislike this because Kurt Russell is great (as usual) and the movie's planet and space scenes look terrific.

  • The Cloverfield Paradox

    The Cloverfield Paradox


    As a standalone movie, I think "The Cloverfield Paradox" is okay. The story is entertaining, the effects are excellent and the Boson-Higgs particle collider as energy source is wacky. The story is kind of along the lines of "Sunshine", especially the first act, but that's where the similarities end.

    There are lots of strange things occurring. Chaotic things. Alternate dimensional things that allow for weirdness to occur with the convenience of not having to explain why, which is one of…

  • The Mummy

    The Mummy


    It's open season on Tom Cruise these days. After offending an army of female admirers by jumping up and down on Oprah's guest couch, most people will now tell you they don't like Tom Cruise. "He's weird"..."He's icky", they say. It's funny how opinion has changed. I don't know if Cruise deliberately decided to make action movies for dudes now, but it certainly looks that way. Peer at his filmography over the last 10 years and tell me he hasn't…

  • Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze

    Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze


    Doc Savage is a square-jawed hero. He's faultless without a hint of ego or self-importance. He treats every one of his "Amazing Five" cohorts with total respect and every one he interacts with with dignity. I don't know what kind of super powers he actually possesses but he's made out to be perfect.

    He has resources, brains, good looks and amazing strength. He's got custom vehicles, a helicopter, gadgets and a secret lair. So he's basically Batman without the emotional…

  • Logan



    While I can appreciate making a film about worn out and beaten down superheroes, I didn't think this story was anything special. It's still mutants battling villains without the leather costumes or caped pajamas. Yes, Jackman and Stewart are really good but the story is nothing to get excited over. It features Professor X and the Wolverine as we've never seen them before but I much prefer them when not so depressed and desperate.

    One thing that did surprise me,…

  • Colossal



    This is not for anyone that's fond of giant monster movies. It's a drama about alcoholics and abuse. The way the monsters are shoehorned into the story is clumsy and is nothing but a gimmick. The beasts that arrive in Seoul that mimic the behavior of the two main human characters is silly. It made me think of Gareth Edwards's "Monsters" and it's use of giant aliens to comment on immigration or more recently, Bryan Bertino's 2016 effort "The Monster", with it's beast-as-alcoholism story.

    "Colossal" was nothing more than a dark comedy featuring some very self-absorbed characters.