'ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL' (2019) Movie Review
Several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg to his clinic. When Alita awakens, she has no memory of who she is or any recognition of the world she finds herself in. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious past.
GLASS (2019) Movie Review
YouTube.com/FilmGob — Director M. Night Shyamalan brings together narratives from his previous films Unbreakable and Split, into one final thriller: Glass.
BIRD BOX (2018) Movie Review
Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a mother and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety. — Manages to avoid being dismissed as another The Happening and comes close to matching A Quiet Place, Bird Box does enough to stand out as another Netflix success.
MORTAL ENGINES (2018) Movie Review
YouTube.com/FilmGob — In a post-apocalyptic world where cities ride on wheels and consume each other to survive, two people meet in London and try to stop a conspiracy.
WIDOWS (2018) Review
Spoilers! — Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
VENOM Movie Review
YouTube.com/FilmGob — When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of an alien symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego VENOM to save his life.Director Ruben Fleischer spends a little too long to get to our main character Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) through his early misfortunes and set the plot in motion. Once Eddie and Venom become one, the action picks up considerably. Hardy’s performance as Eddie is enjoyable, his comedic skills are rarely seen and here he gets to have some fun when possessed by the alien symbiote. Michelle Williams as the love interest is fine and has enough screen time, but lacks chemistry with Hardy. Riz Ahmed as villainous scientist and entrepreneur Carlton Drake is very cliche, he serves his purpose but nothing more.The real star of course is VENOM. In my opinion, this is possibly the best live action realisation one could hope for. The visual effects show our Lethal Protector maneuvering in erratic and chaotic ways. Eddie and the symbiote taking on the SWAT team was particularly impressive and a standout action scene. VENOM’s deep and menacing voice is a joy to listen to, the back and forth between him and Eddie is hilarious.There are moments of horror and violence that could have been pushed further, but Sony Pictures wanted to keep this a mainstream comic book movie and obviously appeal to a wide audience. Ruben Fleischer and Tom Hardy took on what many bloggers had decided long ago, that a Venom movie without Spider-Man was not possible or wanted. They took it upon themselves to speak for every fan and (in some cases) convince movie-goers not to see this film. They failed. With an opening weekend US box office take of around $80 million (more than Marvel Studios’ phase one movies Thor and Captain America or the recent Ant-Man & The Wasp), a sequel is all but guaranteed.Despite the predictable over reaction from most critics, I agree the movie lacks the weight of the best comic book movies. Still, VENOM somehow finds it’s feet with an enthusiastic performance from Hardy, a creepy anti-hero alien brought to life and solid action.
Blackkklansman (2018) Movie Review
Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the first African-American police officer to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan with the help of his more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver). Together, they plan to take down the extremist hate group that’s aiming to spread their violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.
THE MEG (2018) Movie Review
YouTube.com/FilmGob — After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.
‘Mission: Impossible - Fallout’ Review
YouTube.com/FilmGob — Ethan Hunt and the IMF team join forces with CIA's August Walker to prevent an elusive arms dealer ("John Lark") and a group of terrorists ("the Apostles") from using three plutonium cores for a worldwide nuclear attack.
‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Review
Visit YouTube.com/FilmGob for a full spoiler review — The summer movie season begins with this overstuffed sausage of spandex heroism, built up as a grande finale but turns out to be another setup for a future episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Black Panther (2018) Movie Review
Jane Tomato reviews Black Panther for @FilmGob — Don't believe the hype, Black Panther is a stodgy tale of internecine feuding, like Thor but more African looking. An insipid, soulless, and overproduced bore in which the superhero T'Challa doesn't get to do much of the 'jump around beating-up bad guys' thing that Marvel delightfully fed us over the past 10 years. The giddy exuberance is gone, with no Baby Groot in sight. What is here is Michael B Jordan, doing that angry face he does.
IT (2017) Movie Review
When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, neighborhood kids band together to square off against Pennywise, an evil clown whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (Spoiler Free Review)
YouTube.com/FilmGob — X-Men: Apocalypse is another fine chapter in a franchise that director Bryan Singer brilliantly set up in 2000, and returned to with the excellent Days of Future Past in 2014. Yes, it may be a CGI-heavy action-adventure but it's bold, effortlessly mixing action, characterisation, social commentary and mythology that we have come to expect from this saga.
REVIEW Captain America: Civil War
*Contains Spoilers* — Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man. Politics. Rifts. Allies. That basically sums up this take on Civil War fairly well. And replace 'War' with 'Selfish Disputes'. There's little to sink your teeth into despite marketing "OMG ARE YOU TEAM CAP OR TEAM IRON MAN!?" The end result is Team Neither. Two and half hours of bravado and nobody dies. Oh, except Peggy Carter, she dies from old age. SHOCKING! Captain America: Civil War is not a Captain America film. Fact. Early this week the Russo Bros let slip that they feel Civil War was a reaction to Warner Bros announcing Batman v Superman. And it shows, feeling like just another product off the Disney assembly line: safe, cookie cutter fluff. Considering you all tweet and post MCU related memes, fan theories all year round, there wasn't much point in rewatching previous Marvel films before this release, it's everywhere we go, wether we want it or not. It's not comic book movie fatigue, i'm sick of this middle of the road, stale Marvel Cinematic Universe.
REVIEW Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Spoiler free review — Fearing the actions of Superman are being left unchecked, The Dark Knight takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With a new threat arising, it's up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences and stop the destruction of the world, their home. With a new cast of heroes and villains joining the universe that was setup brilliantly in Man of Steel, Batman v Superman cranks it up to 11, and as enjoyable as it may be, if falters along the way.
Non Spoiler Review: Star Wars The Force Awakens
REVIEW: Steve Jobs
This review contains spoilers! [YouTube.com/FilmGob] — Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.
This review contains spoilers! — Life changes for Malcolm, a geek from a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.
Video review at YouTube.com/FilmGob — SPOILERS AHEAD! A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.