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.

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Black Mirror

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “A television anthology series that shows the dark side of life and technology.”

This is a great show for people who like to think about things, even though you can still enjoy it more passively.  Each episode has a completely different cast, topic, and feel to it.  But they all are kind of like what if ____ .

Some of the scenarios are really creepy to think about because they could easily happen/kind of already have.  This isn’t a show that is going to make you feel happy and positive about technology, I’ll just say that.

You can watch the episodes in any order that you want, though there are a few things that you’ll pick up on if you watch certain ones in the correct order.  Some of them will leave you really wanting more and some were kind of meh, but overall it’s a great series and I hope there will be more.

Available on Netflix.

Nocturnal Animals

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3/5 Stars

Summary: “A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.”

Okay so maybe I just didn’t get it?

Nocturnal Animals juggles the stories of present day Susan, flashbacks of her life with her ex-husband, and the events of the book that he wrote which was apparently inspired by her.  That’s a lot to cover for any movie.  I feel like a plot like this where there is an entire story within the story can be dangerous because you run the risk of one being wayyy more interesting than the other.

That is exactly what happened here.  Throw out the present day, throw out Susan all together and expand a bit upon the “book” and it could have been a really good movie.  The three pieces never really came together for me.  I’m thinking the final scene is supposed to be some kind of aha moment maybe (?) but it wasn’t.  It was a let down.

There was no closure to two of the storylines and really no point to the movie itself other than style and shock value.

If you’re going to watch this one, enjoy the book plot line and ignore the rest of it.  Definitely more enjoyable that way.  And if you got something that I apparently missed, let me know in the comments!

The Loft

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “For five men, the opportunity to share a penthouse in the city — in which to carry on extramarital affairs — is a dream come true, until the dead body of an unknown woman turns up. Realizing that her killer must be one of their group, the men are gripped by paranoia as each one suspects another. Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned, and marriages crumble while fear and suspicion run rampant.”

Fifteen minutes into this movie I almost turned if off thinking it was just going to be some blah movie that was trying too hard to be good by putting together a handful of actors that were good in other things.  I kept watching anyway and was pleasantly surprised.

It’s actually pretty good!

Some of the dialogue in parts is a little iffy, but the story will leave you guessing up until the very end.  Just when you think you’ve put all the pieces together and figured it out, you find something else out and are left guessing again, which I love.

I do think the movie goes on for just a bit too long and something about the ending doesn’t feel right.  There is a six months later bit, which I could have done without entirely, but also the final scenes are full of too much information for such a short amount of time.

When I saw the bad reviews for this movie online, I read through a couple of them and kind of get where they’re coming from.  I guess the movie was marketed to be a sexy thriller I guess?  And it isn’t really, so go into it expecting a thriller minus the erotic part (which is apparently what half the people reviewing on Metacritic expected).

Available on Netflix.

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.

The OA

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4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Prairie returns home, now in her 20s with her sight restored. While many believe she is a miracle, others worry that she could be dangerous.”

Here is your next show to binge, but it’s only 8 episodes so far so prepare yourself for the disappointment of it being over way too soon.

I feel like there have been a lot of shows about kidnapping lately, so you might be like, why bother?  The OA is definitely one of the best and you need to give it a try!

The story goes back and forth between present day and back when Prairie was missing.  A lot of times when shows do this, there is one part that is more interesting than the other, but both of these are so good.  You want to know what is going to happen next but also what already happened so you can put all the pieces together.

The actors are all fantastic including Lucius Malfoy, Phyllis from The Office, and Hershel (head in tact) from The Walking Dead…also the mom from Dinotopia if any of you have watched that.

The ending leaves some things up for interpretation and it is driving me crazy!  So go watch all the episodes and get back to me on what you think it all means.

Available on Netflix.

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!!!!