Gameboys: The Movie (2021) Movie Review


Gameboys: The Movie – Movie Review

Director: Ivan Andrew Payawal

Writer: Ash Malanum, Jun Lana (Screenplay)


  • Kokoy De Santos
  • Elijah Canlas
  • Adrianna So
  • Kyle Velino
  • Miggy Jimenez

Plot: Gamers turned lovers Cairo and Gavreel spend time together a few weeks before Cairo returns to his province. Their relationship is tested as they have to deal with distance, the pandemic, fate and circumstances.

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Gameboys: The Movie starts as we meet the two gamers and lovers Gavreel (De Santos) and Cairo (Canlas). As the pandemic comes over the world, the couple lives together, unable to see many of their friends and family.

The couple’s friends bring more drama into their lives, as jealousy starts taking over life for the couple. All this with the pressure of knowing Cairo is going to be returning to his province in a matter of weeks.

Verdict on Gameboys: The Movie

Gameboys: The Movie is a follow-up to the television show of the same name. this picks ups with the couple now established and looking to start the next chapter of their lives together.

In this romance movie, we get to see close-knit friends that have had dramas going on around them. They struggle with knowing they are going in different directions but at the end of the time together.

The performances from the whole cast are strong and you did feel like this is a world we can return to. It seems like we have more stories to tell around these characters.

Final ThoughtsGameboys: The Movie is a nice romance.

ABC Film Challenge – 2000s Movies – J – Johnny English (2003) Movie Review


Director: Peter Howitt

Writer: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, William Davies (Screenplay)

Starring: Rowan Atkinson, John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia, Tasha de Vasconcelos, Ben Miller, Greg Wise

Plot: After a sudden attack on MI5, Johnny English, Britain’s most confident, yet unintelligent spy, becomes Britain’s only spy.

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Johnny English starts when Britain loses its best spies, forcing them to turn to the one man willing to step up, Johnny English (Atkinson) a hapless unintelligent man who is filled with passion.

Johnny’s first case is to track down Pascal Sauvage (Malkovich) after he steals the crown jewels and looks to use his place in history to take over the throne that was taken from his family in the past.

Thoughts on Johnny English

ThoughtsJohnny English is an action comedy looking to poke some fun at the super spy movies that were taking over the industry, with James Bond, Mission Impossible and the start of the Bourne franchise. This will fall into the Rowan Atkinson slapstick style, which isn’t going to be for everyone, with a lot of the humour not getting many if any laughs at all, leaving us feeling flat, because it is more like a series of sketches looking to see how silly certain spy situations might well be. The story does feel paper thin too, with John Malkovich enjoying playing the crazed villain once again. Johnny English will not offer much if you are a big spy fan, leave you disappointed with how everything unfolds and most of all, not getting enough laugh.

Final Thoughts Johnny English struggles to get the laughs it wants to.

Conjuring: The Beyond (2022) Movie Review


Conjuring: The Beyond – Movie Review

Director: Calvin Morie McCarthy

Writer: Calvin Morie McCarthy (Screenplay)


  • Victoria Grace Borrello
  • Steve Larkin
  • Joe Meggison
  • Erik Skybak
  • Stephanie Leet

Plot: A sleep study goes awry when participants start to go missing.

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Conjuring: The Beyond starts when a young woman Wanda (Borrello) has been struggling after her divorce. She has found a sleep study held by Dr Pretorious (Larkin) that she wants to use to handle her anxiety. Joined by other patients, the experiment starts with hypnosis.

After the first session, Wanda and the other patients start having terrifying nightmares of a figure visiting them. As they start disappearing, one by one, Wanda looks to solve the mystery of the figure that is visiting them.

Verdict on Conjuring: The Beyond

Conjuring: The Beyond is a horror thriller that follows a woman trying to deal with her own anxiety in life by taking part in a sleep study. This soon spirals out of control, as she finds herself dealing with a terrifying figure that comes for the patients during their sleep.

The story does offer up a nice mystery but it does feel like it ends up falling flat around how everything unfolds. When it comes to the pure haunting moments, they do offer up a scary situation using sleep paralysis as the main terror.

These performances in the film are great, where nobody looks out of place when it comes to dealing with terror. The location involved uses isolation to create tension between the people.

Where to Watch: Conjuring the Beyond will arrive on September 13 on DVD and Digital, VOD platforms including iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Xbox, Vudu, as well as local cable and satellite providers.

Final ThoughtsConjuring: The Beyond is a solid horror movie that leaves too much hidden.