Skylines (2020) Movie Review

Skylines – Bigger & More Open

Director: Liam O’Donnell

Writer: Matthew E Chausse, Liam O’Donnell (Screenplay)

Starring: Lindsey Morgan, Jonathan Howard, Daniel Bernhardt, Rhona Mitra, James Cosmo, Yahan Ruhian, Alexander Siddig

Plot: When a virus threatens to turn the now earth-dwelling friendly alien hybrids against humans, Captain Rose Corley must lead a team of elite mercenaries on a mission to the alien world in order to save what’s left of humanity.


Tagline – To save our world she must invade theirs

Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Skylines starts in the aftermath of Rose (Morgan) leading the fight back against the aliens, winning the war but at a cost, one she must live with. Rose has gone into hiding, until Radford (Siddig) sends out for searching party for her, looking for her to go on a final mission.

Rose must lead a group on a mission to the alien world this time, one that will stop their next invasion and offer up the cure to the alien bodies that have been living on Earth, hand in hand with the humans, that have become infected with an unknown virus.

Thoughts on Skylines

Characters & Performances – Rose is the leader of the fight back against the aliens, her abilities discovered in the previous film are what makes her the deadliest weapon against the aliens. She does live in regret about what happened in the war, which led to millions dying, she is forced out of hiding to come back on a new mission to fight for humanity on the alien world. Lindsey Morgan takes over the leading role in this film, where she is strong with what she needs to do, being the most interesting of all the mission based characters, with her performance. When it comes to the other soldiers on the mission, they are mostly forgettable, seeming to be easy to mix up and with the random invasion angle on Earth, the characters we meet just don’t get much screen time.

StoryThe story picks up in the aftermath of the last movie, showing us how the world has changed since the war was one, but now a new threat is coming, with the soldier that led the fight back, needing to step up and finish it all off. This is a bigger story that anything we have seen before, with the battle being more in the opening, with little going on, turning into the aftermath and potential next invasion. It shows that even in the aftermath of a war, the two sides will still see tension between them, which can cause problems. We do get a side story on Earth, which can feel like filler. The most amazing part of the story comes from the fact we could still see more in the future.

ThemesSkylines has gone big with everything this time, bringing a new level to the sci-fi action we are witnesses, using the new environment of the home world of the aliens and new version of them on the planet. The world does give us the true experience that we are no longer on Earth, bringing a level of horror back to the proceedings.

Skylines is a bigger more ambitious world creator that is always looking to continue the bigger battle between the species.

Howard Original (2021) Movie Review

Howard Original – Clever Comedy

 

Director: Natalie Rodriguez

Story and Written By: Kevin Sean Michaels and Natalie Rodriguez 

Starring: Kevin Sean Michaels, Ivon Millan, Alessandra Manon, Natasha Galano, Iliyana Apostolova, Jasmine Richards

Plot: In this award-winning comedy-drama satire about the entertainment industry, a washed-up screenwriter encounters multiple life crises when his pet cat comes to life.

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Howard Original starts when down on his luck screenwriter Howard (Michaels) is looking to make his script Space Cats a film, he has found his own inspiration in his new neighbour turned girlfriend Hannah (Galano). Howard goes through the audition process where he gets to meet a string of actresses for the role, as he continues to learn the different problems he will face when it comes to making a movie.

Thoughts on Howard Original

ThoughtsHoward Original is a comedy that will take a look at the movie making process from the early stages through the eyes of a screenwriter trying to get their vision across to people, be it getting the words on the paper, or have performers say the lines like they imagined it. This will highlight just how determined writers will have to be to make their work seen by the audience and how they want it their way, while showing us the other side of life, what it can take out of people. The deeper side to what has been happening to Howard is filled with the struggles of life. The performances through the film are strong, with the truly funniest scenes being the castings, which bring a different approach to the same scenes.

 

Howard Original is a clever comedy focusing on the movie writing world.

A Good Woman is Hard to Find – Coming to Amazon Prime

Signature Entertainment presents A Good Woman Is Hard To Find on Amazon Prime Video 16th July

Synopsis: This crowd-pleasing and violent kitchen-sink revenge thriller is a dark and daring journey through Northern Ireland’s criminal underbelly. Recently widowed mother of two Sarah (a tour-de-force Sarah BolgerMayans M.C.) is desperate to know who murdered her husband in front of their young son, rendering him mute. Coerced into helping a low-life drug-dealer, she’s forced to go beyond her humanity to protect her children and learn the truth.  Directed by Abner Pastoll. Starring Sarah BolgerEdward HoggAndrew Simpson and Jane Brennan. Written by Academy Award® nominee and BAFTA winner Ronan Blaney.