Hey look, it’s every space movie/TV show ever made all mashed in together…this also isn’t a compliment
Stars: Eoin Macken, David Ajala, Jodie Turner-Smith, Angus Sampson
Creators: Jeff Buhler, George R.R. Martin
Synopsis: A collection of scientists and space explorers embark on a trip aboard the Nightflyer, travelling through the void in search of the Alien species called the Volcryn. While the journey seems simple enough, it is instantly plagued by strange occurrences and mysterious deaths and as they get closer to the Volcryn, these weird events start getting worse. Continue reading “Nightflyers – Season 1 (2019)”
Not the bees, not the bees!!
Stars: Margaret Qualley, Anthony Mackie, Danny Huston
Director: Jonathan Helpert
Synopsis: The earth is dying with only a handful of clean air pockets still in existence. Most of the human race have long since fled to a colony station located near Jupiter’s moon IO. However, Sam (Margaret Qualley), the daughter of a renowned scientist, remains on earth trying to find a way to save the planet. She befriends a man (Anthony Mackie) who turns up in a hot air balloon and decides to travel with him to the final transport ship off the planet and finally leave the dying planet behind. Continue reading “Io (2019)”
No one warned me there would be feelings…
Stars: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Synopsis: Set in a future when, due to unknown reasons, humans have evolved into an infertile state. The last child was born 18 years prior and society has fallen into violence and disarray from fear, government corruption and war. In amongst all of this, activist Julian (Julianne Moore) enlists her alcoholic and depressed ex-husband Theo (Clive Owen) as the only person she ultimately trusts to help her get from the war torn city to a safe zone at sea with a very special cargo, a heavily pregnant young woman. Continue reading “Children Of Men (2006)”
No, but seriously, it’s really good!
Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Cena
Director: Travis Knight
Synopsis: Skipping all the way back to the 1980s with cassette tapes, huge analogue televisions and VW beetles we are taken on the journey of how our (my) favourite yellow transformer came to earth, met his first human friend Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), earned his Bumblebee name and together laughed, cried and fought their way to finding their places in the world, all while saving it of course. Continue reading “Bumblebee (2018)”
Be warned, there are creepy ghost children.
Stars: Florence Pugh, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Scott Chambers
Director: Olaf de Fleur Johannesson
Firstly, well done Netflix, well done. As far as direct to video (or streaming service as it may be) this horror film is one of the better ones I’ve seen. Set around a group of young people in 1986 that are making ends meet during collage by faking a medium ability and cleansing houses of ghosts before meeting their match at the home of an old orphanage where a number of girls died in a horrible murder years prior. So lets tick the boxes shall we, ghosts, weird old lady, people scamming others and a run down orphanage ummm yep that’s the makings of a horror movie if I’ve ever seen them. Oh and lets not forget creepy kids because creepy kids are the worst! Continue reading “Malevolent (2018)”
Venom got that family friendly, blood free treatment…still kinda fun though.
Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Riz Ahmed
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Why was I excited to watch this movie? Hello…didn’t you watch the trailer and see the brilliant pairing in the sarcastic, witty and very much self-centred duo of Eddie (Tom Hardy) and Venom (umm also Tom Hardy). And an anti-hero movie, who doesn’t love those?? Okay let me rephrase, I love those!! So why was I suddenly concerned about a month before release and still so as I walked into the cinema this evening? That would be because I read the news that Sony had edited the film to earn it a PG-13 rating in the US (Australia converted that to a basic M), so the R rating (or MA15+ for the aussies following along) I was expecting and had been promised to us was taken away for bigger audience range and box office $$ because there have definitely been no examples recently of non-family friendly superhero movies working (cough…cough…Deadpool & Logan). So yes, I was concerned, I was disappointed and I was letting my excitement for this film get deflated until I reminded myself that hey the Jurassic Park films have those ratings and I love them so what the hell. Let’s do it…..and people, honestly, Venom was kind of great!! Continue reading “Venom (2018)”
Stuff happens, things get weird, it’s in the future and the main guy is an Amish mute.
Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux
Director: Duncan Jones
Set in a future full of flying cars, A.I., cyborg limbs and electronics pretty much everywhere, our star character Leo (Alexander Skarsgard) is of course Amish and devout to the point of turning his back on televisions and living as simplistic a lifestyle as he possibly can in a modern city. To top it off, he’s mute, caused by an accident at a young age that his Amish mother refused to see medical treatment to fix because of their beliefs. Not only is he trying to live as a mute in a world that literally has countless resources to assist with talking (be it a phone or even surgery to provide an electronic voice box) and not using any of them because of his belief system, his girlfriend goes missing and he sets out to find her in the process unravelling a whole other side of her life he wasn’t aware of. Continue reading “Mute (2018)”
And it was all a dream….or was it?
Stars: Michael Peña, Lizzy Caplan, Amelia Crouch
Director: Ben Young
Having seen so many alien invasion films in my movie loving life, you think I’d be rolling my eyes at another and yet, after watching the trailer I was so keen to click play and check it out. This was likely due to the fact that the story revolved around a father who had prophetic dreams about an invasion while his family and friends thought he was crazy until….the invasion happened (insert spooky music here). While we all know an alien invasion movie is always good value, I wanted to see for myself if a dream prophecy story line was any good or if it ruined it. Continue reading “Extinction (2018)”
Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Thomas Jane
Director: Shane Black
Remember the original predator movie that was just so intense, brutal, action packed and in many ways terrifying? Well if you’re hoping for that winning combination again in this film, with the brand new name of ‘The Predator’, you’ll find yourself disappointed. While the action is most definitely there…because you honestly couldn’t have a Predator movie without action….there is basically no suspense at all. I didn’t find myself even close to the edge of my seat at any point and dammit I wanted to be so on the edge I fell off! Continue reading “The Predator (2018)”
Stars: John Krasinski, Charlyne Yi, Jason Sudeikis, David Cross
Directed By: Kevin R. Adams, Joe Ksander
Please Note: The Following May Contain Spoilers (But I Tried Hard Not To)
I stumbled across this trailer in my random browsing through Netflix and thought why not, it looks kinda cute, may as well check it out. Basically, in case you don’t know, it’s the story of Mai who is a teenage girl living in a time where robots and A.I. are everywhere and basically run everything that is used on a daily basis. Like literally, even the instant noodle cups are little robots that cheer you on as you eat. It’s creepy and hilarious and slightly terrifying that society may actually come to this. But sorry, side-tracked, anyway her father left at a young age and her mother is so obsessed with everything robot related thing that basically ignores Mai and this results in her growing to be a moody, chip on the shoulder, lonely teenager. Sprinkle in some crazy antics, a secret robot that becomes a friend and an evil villain and it makes for a fun, though rather unoriginal, movie. Continue reading “Next Gen (2018)”