Life

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.”

So if you are a diehard fan of the original Alien movie, I kind of have the feeling you’re not going to like this movie.  Only because Life is obviously inspired by it, and you might just spend the entire time comparing the two.  I honestly didn’t like Alien that much, so I was able to enjoy this movie.

It’s got a little bit of suspense and horror mixed in with it’s sci-fi genre.  I like the fact that 99% of the movie was contained to what was going on inside the space station and not going back and forth between people down on Earth trying to help or do something, like we usually see in this type of movie nowadays.

I was a little bit disappointed in the deaths of the characters because they kept killing off the ones that I liked (that’s not really spoiler-y I hope—you don’t know who I like).

Which leads to the ending.  No spoilers, but I do want to say that I really liked the direction the ending went.  I kind of wish it was done a little better, the whole lead up to the final scenes was meh, but as a whole, I liked it.

Split

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all of the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him — as well as everyone around him — as the walls between his compartments shatter.”

I have been waiting for this movie to come out since I first saw the trailer MONTHS ago!  While it wasn’t exactly what I had hoped it was going to be, it didn’t disappoint.

If you’re like me and think stories about Dissociative Identity Disorder are really interesting (Sybil United States of Tara), you’re going to want to give Split a try.  James McAvoy plays the different personalities incredibly well, each with different accents and mannerisms.  One of the plot lines in the movie is about a therapist who studies the disorder, which leads to some interesting ideas about it including the little twist at the end.

The one thing that was a bit disappointing, for me at least, was that it wasn’t that creepy or suspenseful.  I feel like it really had the potential to leave you on the edge of your seat, but it never got there.  It’s still an enjoyable thriller with different pieces that come together really well in the end.

Because it’s written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, I had my doubts about the movie (I still haven’t forgiven him for butchering The Last Airbender) but I feel like he’s back in a good place with this one.

Loved it?  Hated it?  Let me know in the comments.

10 Cloverfield Lane

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4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “After surviving a car accident, Michelle wakes up to find herself in an underground bunker with two men. Howard tells her that a massive chemical attack has rendered the air unbreathable, and their only hope of survival is to remain inside. Despite the comforts of home, Howard’s controlling and menacing nature makes Michelle want to escape. After taking matters into her own hands, the young woman finally discovers the truth about the outside world.”

If you only like movies with fulfilling endings, you should probably not even bother with 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Still with me?  Good.

I expected to not like this movie based on the first in the series (is it even a series?).  I couldn’t even finish Cloverfield because all the camera movements was making me dizzy.  But don’t worry, you don’t have to have seen or even heard of the other movie because it didn’t really matter.

It’s got all new characters, completely different tone, and filmed with regular cameras thank God!

The mystery in this movie is so well done that just when you think you are catching on to their clues and have figured it out, turns out you were wrong and something else is going on.  But is it?  Ahh, I loved the back and forth!!!

Story, acting, suspense is all great and I would highly recommend this if you like to watch movies that take you on a ride and are okay with not always knowing what is going on.

Also, sequel, please!!!!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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3/5 Stars

Summary: “In the 19th century, a mysterious plague turns the English countryside into a war zone. No one is safe as the dead come back to life to terrorize the land. Fate leads Elizabeth Bennet, a master of martial arts and weaponry, to join forces with Mr. Darcy, a handsome but arrogant gentleman. Elizabeth can’t stand Darcy, but respects his skills as a zombie killer. Casting aside their personal differences, they unite on the blood-soaked battlefield to save their country.”

Mehhh.

I can’t say I didn’t like Pride + Prejudice + Zombies, but I can’t really say I liked it either.  I’ve never been able to get through any version of Pride and Prejudice that I have tried to read/watch, so it shouldn’t have surprised me that I didn’t love the story.  I feel like fans of the original story would appreciate the movie a little more, if they’re fine with the whole zombie thing.

In my opinion, it was more Jane Austin than zombie movie, which was what disappointed me.  I’m not sure what the Pride + Prejudice + Zombies book is like, but I wanted the girls to be badass zombie killers who were out there fighting to survive and then getting home in time for tea or something like that.

With the exception for a few bits, you could almost forget that they’re living in the zombie apocalypse.

I don’t know, wouldn’t watch it again, but not upset that I saw it in the first place.  If you’ve read the book, let me know what you thought, I don’t know anyone who has!

A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.”

A Monster Calls is the perfect book to pick up when you’re looking for a quick read that will tug at your heartstrings.  Seriously, you’ll probably cry.

It’s slow-paced and written in a non-traditional way that makes it a breath of fresh air.  I’m pretty sure the book is written for a younger audience, teens maybe?  That didn’t stop it from being enjoyable to me as a 24 year old.

This story is a beautiful depiction of grief and death and kind of has the feeling of the old fables.  I don’t want to give anything away, so just go and give it a read.  It might take a few pages to get into it, but once you do you won’t want to put it down until it’s finished.

The Forest

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3/5 Stars

Summary: “A woman goes into Japan’s Suicide Forest to find her twin sister, and confronts supernatural terror.”

Ask anyone, I am not a fan of horror movies.  Ghost things scare the heck out of me ever since watching Poltergeist when I was way to young to be watching it.  But every once in a while, one looks interesting and I talk myself into watching it…just not the really scary ones that people who watch horror movies all the time are actually afraid of.

So, while most people would probably not find The Forest that scary, I was definitely creeped out.  For a horror movie though, there was a surprising lack of jump scares.  Now after watching it, I can’t really think of what made it scary in the first place.  I feel like it is more the story behind it all rather than the story in the movie.

The plot was lacking in a big way, from beginning to end.  It would touch on things and then never fully go into detail.  Before I knew it, the movie was over.  At first, I was mad about the ending.  Since it felt so short, it seemed like the movie just stopped in the middle of the story.  After thinking about it though, it worked.  In a weird way, it was the best part of the movie.

I read a theory on IMDB that makes the whole movie seem a bit more interesting.  If it is meant to be true, which I kind of hope it is, I would’ve loved to see some actual confirmation of it in the movie.

Watch this movie only if you’re moderately into horror.  I think any real fan would’t be that interested or scared.

Available on HBO Go.

The Voices

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3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “A mentally unhinged factory worker must decide whether to listen to his talking cat and become a killer, or follow his dog’s advice to keep striving for normalcy.”

Next time you’re looking for a weird movie, this is the one to watch.  Seriously, it was nothing like I’d expected it to be and I wasn’t really sure what to think afterwards.

Ryan Reynolds’s character basically hears voices, mostly from his cat and dog, that convince him to kill the girl he was falling for.  He’s then left to figure out where to go from there.  It does a pretty good job at telling the story of someone with a mental illness in a different way than we’re used to.  Jerry isn’t a good guy, but he isn’t the evil person another movie might have made him out to be.

The look of this movie is what made me enjoy it the most.  There is one part where the colors and feel of the room change, perfectly fitting with the main characters mental state.  It was a movies version of the unreliable narrator and I loved it.

The best way I can think to describe this movie is Napoleon Dynamite meets horror movie…not something I would ever think existed.  It’s funny and can have some light-hearted moments while being extremely dark at the same time.  It’s not the type of movie that is going to leave you with a warm, happy feeling at the end–credit scene not included.

Still, I’m not really sure how to feel about this movie.  I wish I had watched it with someone else and could talk to them about it.  So you guys have to fill that void.  Go check it out and come back to let me know what you thought.

Available on Amazon Prime.