Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Project Power 2020 8 out of 10. (Netflix Movie)


Project Power 2020 8 out of 10.  (Netflix Movie)

Finally a direct to Netflix movie worth watching. The film had a terrific cast.  It was basically an interesting Super Hero meets cop drug story.  I would give it points for originality --expect for the fact that the drugs that could give people super powers actually reminded me of the Inhumans story line on Agents of Shield from a couple years back.  The angle of making it a drug that someone could take and the powers only being temporary gave the story and interesting angle and the strong cast made for a surprisingly compelling story.  I'd definitely say that this take on a superhero tale was worth a watch.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Portals 2019 5 out of 10 (Quick Thoughts)


Portals 2019  5 out of 10

This movie had a really cool concept like something out of an Arthur C Clarke novel- but instead of trying to tell one really good story involving the concept it ended up telling 3 mediocre stories.  The idea of a bunch of mysterious portals showing up all over the earth was such a cool idea. It almost feels like the creatives behind this had this original concept --but couldn't agree so instead told three versions of what it could be instead of just really concentrating on one great idea of what it was.  It made for a movie that had potential -- but didn't live up to it.

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Palm Springs 2020. 8+ out of 10. (Time Travel Movie #20)


Palm Springs 2020. 8+ out of 10.  (Time Travel Movie #20)

I'm not a huge Andy Sandberg fan --but the second I found out it was a Time Loop movie I was in.   Since 2020 has been such a crazy year and literally almost all 2020 movies have been either delayed or sent straight to streaming this may actually end up being my favorite film of the year.   It plays around with the concept of a time loop in the same way as the movie Groundhog's Day did --except the main character starts the movie out having already been in the time loop for quite some time and the twist is a couple other people have over time become trapped in the loop as well.  The way the movie has fun with and plays with this concept was a delight.  The main character almost just plays around with the world as if he is in a video game because he has been stuck in this loop for so long.   We get to see this loop more through the eyes of the girl from the wedding that he wakes up as a guest of everyday since she is new to the loop.   Just writing this blog makes me like the film better.  This may be the kind of film that I like more upon repeated viewings.   If you enjoyed Groundhog's Day and like Time Loop flicks I would rank this as a must see fun comedy film.

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

It Came From he Desert 2017. 5 out of 10. (Quick thoughts)


It Came From he Desert 2017. 5 out of 10. 

The trailer and poster gave me false hope that it could be better than it was. It was an average Giant Ant film with motorbikes. I was hoping the film was going to be funnier.  The trailer gave the impression that it was more of a parody of these types of movies, but it just fell kind of flat in the delivery.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Beyond the Time Barrier 1960 4 out of 10 (Time Travel Movie # 19)


Beyond the Time Barrier  1960    4 out of 10

I'm a sucker for anything Time Travel Related and I got some suggested movies that came to my attention on Amazon Prime.  Beyond the Time Barrier from 1960 has a great poster -- unfortunately the movie was just so-so.   The story follows a military test pilot that ends up going through a time wrap that during a test flight and ends up in the year 2024  (the distant future back then).   Of course as in most of these old time travel movies the future is a bleak place thanks to a plague  (oh crap).  

(Apparently all the mutants shop at the same store.)

The theme of the story was cool -but the plot moved along slowly and there were too many scenes of just dialogue.  I felt like I've seen better and more interesting versions of similar stories in old Twilight Zone episodes so as a movie this left me really underwhelmed.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Terminator: Dark Fate 2019 5 out of 10 (Time Travel Movie # 18)


Terminator: Dark Fate 2019  5out of 10 (Time Travel Movie # 18) 

I have to be honest .....  I was really disappointed with this film.  It brought back Linda Hamilton --who has been absent from the franchise since T-2.  It brought back James Cameron (at least being involved in the series again) and it brought back an older more out of shape Arnold.  Honestly watching this film made me really question whether Disney should do Indy 5 with Harrison Ford.     I don't mean to be mean --but bringing back Linda Hamilton seemed like a good idea on paper -but instead of the bad-ass I remember from T-2, I felt like I was watching someones grumpy old grandma going on adventures.  

Instead of following the events of the past Terminator (which I enjoyed) the series tries unsuccessfully to reboot itself yet again further damaging the brand.   It is like some weird attempt at doing a bad sequel to T-2.  It takes the franchise in another new direction where apparently John Connor has been killed by an Arnold Terminator after Skynet was stopped and yet further in the Timeline the robots still rise and now a new girl is the one that will lead the rebellion.    I didn't find myself liking any of the new characters that were introduced to the franchise.  The story seemed uninspired and unoriginal.   It was only watchable because there were some fun action sequences in the film.   As a Terminator fan I  would consider this film an unnecessary watch.  Box office wise this sixth installment was a disaster and may have permanently damaged a once thriving series.  

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