Space Dogs: Return to Earth (2020) Movie Review

Director: Inna Evlannikova

Starring: (Voice Talents) Mauriett Chayeb, Maria Anonieta Monge

Plot: When a mysterious and dangerous whirlpool phenomenon appears in the tropics of the Atlantic Ocean, Belka and Strelka, the first astronauts on their way back from a mission to Saturn, are sent to investigate. As they venture down into the swirling ocean depths, they discover a mysterious UFO attempting to steal all of Earth’s water. With the help of their good friends, Belka and Strelka once again perform a heroic mission to save both our planet and the distant home of their new alien friends.

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Space Dogs: Return to Earth starts when space dogs Strekla and Belka are called back from their mission on a Saturn moon, to investigate a series of cyclones in the Atlantic Ocean, meanwhile there rat best friend Lenny is looking to get to the cyclones too, traveling to Cuba in an attempt to solve the mystery.

The three will look to meet up and try and save the world from an unknown threat while dealing with their own weaknesses.

Thoughts on Space Dogs: Return to Earth

Thoughts – Space Dogs: Return to Earth is a family friendly animal animation that will put different animals from the lead dogs, a rat, cockroach, jellyfish, elephant and many more into an adventure to save the planet from a new invader that wants the water from the ocean. This is one movie that will play into the family audience with ease, you will get some laughs, deal with the teamwork, as both Belka and Strelka will both have weaknesses the other will cover up and help them through. We do have a small message about the importance of the world’s water sources are, but it isn’t thrown down our throats. The musical numbers work well through the film, while the animation looks great for the world created.

Final Thoughts Space Dogs: Return of Earth is an enjoyable family film that will get laughs along the way.

Signature Entertainment presents Space Dogs: Return to Earth in Cinemas 11th December

Safe Spaces (2019) Movie Review

Director: Daniel Schechter

Writer: Daniel Schechter (Screenplay)

Starring: Justin Long, Kate Berlant, Lynn Cohen, Michael Godere, Fran Drescher, Richard Schiff

Plot: An NYC professor spends a week re-connecting with his family while defending his reputation over controversial behavior at his college.


Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Safe Spaces starts as we meet the New York City creative writer professor Josh Cohn (Long) sees what looks like a positive class turn against him with the creative writing pushed one of the students the wrong way, outside of his work Josh is seeing his grandmother Agatha (Cohen) dying in a hospital, with his sister Jackie (Berlant) and brother David (Godere) visiting her daily.

Josh finds himself needing to face the reality of losing his closest family member and potentially losing his job that he has worked so hard for in an evolving world or political correctness.

Thoughts on Safe Spaces

Characters – Josh is a man in his mid-30s that has just got his dream entry level teaching job in creative writing, which looks like it is going well, until one lesson sees him offend a student causing him to try and understand what happened. His personal life isn’t going well either, with his sister needing his help, his older brother looking down on him, piling on the pressure to find something more on his life. Jackie is the sister that has turned to Josh for help after a break up with her boyfriend, she always turns to Josh for help, while still having her own problems with their father. Agatha is the grandmother that has been dying slowly in the hospital, she is still filled with plenty of positive attitude, but she knows deep down she doesn’t have much time left. David is the older brother, he has settled down starting his own family and usually takes on the more serious details of dealing with their grandmother. We do meet other family members that Josh needs to fix his relationships with or being the connection for other members that are feeling out of place. The students are the hardest part to get behind, because they are so opinionated nothing anyone does seems to be right anymore for the professor.

PerformancesJustin Long is great in the leading role, showing his nice guy persona, which will have a defensive side that will show how he doesn’t always understand how he could be wrong. Kate Berlant is strong in the supporting role, along with the whole cast that is easy to watch through the film.

StoryThe story here shows how a creative writer professor sees his career start to spiral out of control when is involved in a comment in class, while outside the college, he is having his own personal life problems, with his grandmother dying in hospital and the family not being as connected as he would hope. This is story that does show us how somebody might not know everything about someone else’s personal life, which will cause them problems that might offend, with it being reflected on how Josh is having his own problems. We do go to the extremes of what might be seen as the problems, which apart from the first person who is against the comment, the students seem like they are to opinionated about the world they know nothing about.

ComedyThe comedy in the film focuses on the life of Josh, which will have you laughing more at how extra the conversations end up being.

SettingsThe film is set in New York which shows us just how many different stories you might not know about people.


Scene of the Movie – The family together in the hospital.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Some of the students are unbearable.

Final Thoughts Safe Spaces shows how people will never know the problems in people’s lives, with Justin Long shining through the film.


Safe Spaces will be available on Digital Download from 7th December

ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – S – The Skeleton Twins (2014)

Director: Craig Johnson

Writer: Craig Johnson, Mark Heyman (Screenplay)

Starring: Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell, Boyd Holbrooke, Joanna Gleason

 

Plot: Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.


Tagline – Family is a cruel joke.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Important Life Drama

 

Story: Skeleton Twins starts as a pair of twins, Milo (Hader) and Maggie (Wiig) who have grown apart, Milo does attempt suicide at the same moment Maggie is starting to question her own life chices. This event brings the twins back together as Maggie invites Milo to stay with her and her husband Lance (Wilson) to help him get his feet back on the ground.

As the twins spend time together they get to look at the problems they are facing in life as they search for answers in the future.

 

Thoughts on Skeleton Twins

 

Characters – Milo is a depressed out of work actor who tries to kill himself, this reunites him with his twin sister after time away from her. He gets face his own problems look into his past and find a reason to stay on better contact with his sister. Maggie is married only struggling with her decisions and a way to tell her husband she isn’t ready for children. She enjoys reconnecting with her brother which will give her somebody to talk to about her problems. Lance is the husband of Maggie’s he is always trying to show a positive attitude, welcoming Milo into their life without question.

PerformancesBill Hader and Kristen Wiig in the leading roles put aside the comedy they are most famous for, to show they are brilliant in the dramatic roles. Luke Wilson and Ty Burrell in the supporting roles are solid enough without taking the spotlight from the leads.

StoryThe story follows twins who reconnect after years apart at a difficult time in both their lives, as they learn to support each other through the difficult times. We tackle a host of serious issues here, with depression being the most focal of these, we can see how people can see their lives in different eyes with family over friends. The other serious issues that get addressed head into spoiler land, so we don’t tackle them today. If you do want a laugh out loud comedy this story will not be for you, this is one of the braver stories out there that wants to try and shine a spotlight on the serious problems people can have in life.

Comedy/RomanceThis isn’t going to be a laugh out loud comedy, we get a couple of chuckles which will get a giggle, we get a look a relationships and how difficult it can be for depressed people to have them, however it is the drama of the serious nature of these problems which makes this film standout.

SettingsThe film shows us the two different lives the pair have been living, how they can adapt to each other’s lives too.


Scene of the Movie –
We still have each other.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Goldfish.

Final ThoughtsThis is a movie that will tackle big issues people have in life in a smart manner that people can relate too.

 

Overall: Serious drama that needs to be watched.

Rating

 

 

Sasquatch Among Wildmen (2020) Movie Review

Director: Darcy Weir

Plot: Following the success of Darcy Weir’s explosively popular Bigfoot documentary, The Unwonted Sasquatch, he is back with a follow up feature to flesh out the history of this creature and it’s possible Relic Hominid cousins internationally.

Runtime: 1 Hour 13 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Sasquatch Among Wildmen starts as we learn the basic history of the Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Wildmen of the world, seeing how there could be a large number of different species around the world, see how in China there has been searches for different species, that came up with no results.

Thoughts on Sasquatch Among Wildmen

Final Thoughts Sasquatch Among Wildmen is the latest in the search for the unknown through the different names that have been going through the countries for decades, Bigfoot, Skunk Ape, Yeti just to mention a few. While some of the technology might well be new in the search, which does have moments of interest, we don’t seem to get into any new true evidence either way, with many of the stories being another version of one we might well have heard before. With everything being interesting, it doesn’t seem to have the most complete feel to the information, like we would see on the documentary channels, which make us feel like we are watching information, over seeing information being presented to us on camera.



S.O.S. Survive or Sacrifice (2019) Movie Review

Director: Roman Doronin

Writer: Roman Doronin, Marcus Jerrome (Screenplay)

Starring: William Baldwin, Jeannine Kaspar, Zach Rose, Diljohn Singh, Loris Curci, Marianna Rosset

Plot: Two sisters living separate lives on different continents are reunited on a Mediterranean Island. The two barely have time to bond and revive family ties as Kate, the elder, meets a group of locals and agrees to an exciting ride on a hot air balloon. But disaster strikes and as the result of a freak accident, the balloon is carried far out to sea. Their cell phones out of range, and the balloon running out of gas, Kate and her friends are battling for their lives. While, back on land, the younger sister, Liz, has become an unwanted “material witness” to a crime. Matters then take a dramatic twist, one that will mark their lives forever.

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: S.O.S. Survive or Sacrifice starts when Kate (Kaspar) and her younger sister Liz (Pinch) are travelling for the first time together in their lives, they have comes from different worlds, with this being a chance to try and get to know each other. With Liz asleep, Kate looks to go for a party where she meets local Myrianthy (Rosset) who encourages Kate to continue the party into the morning with a balloon ride.

Only for balloon trip takes a turn for the worse as the balloon floats of to the open ocean, while Liz wakes up alone with a strange man Jack (Baldwin) lurking around hotel room, Kate and Myrianthy must work together to survive, even if the original plan was to lure her away for Jack to commit the robbery.

Thoughts on S.O.S. Survive or Sacrifice

Characters – Kate is taking her estranged sister on holiday, she hasn’t been raised around her, with this being the big moment in their lives, she must take the parental figure out of the relationship, but still has a wild child side, which sees her going out partying, agreeing to go on a balloon ride, when things get out of hand, she proves to be the most resourceful of the people on the balloon in her desperate attempts to return to her sister. Liz is the younger sister that doesn’t want to be on this trip and wakes up to find herself alone with a stranger trying to break into their room, she goes on a mission with a social worker to locate her sister and prove she is a neglected child. Myrianthy is the woman Kate meets on a night out, who offers Kate a chance for a party time, only she is bait to lure people away from their rooms for the robbery for Jack to commit, Jack is the criminal who knows the plan is bust after getting caught, he is always doing something, but doesn’t feel like he needs to be part of the main survival story.

PerformancesWhen it comes to the performances, Jeannine Kaspar and Marianna Rosset are both giving a more physically demanding roles in the film, William Baldwin does have a strange role, which doesn’t always feel connected to the main story.

StoryThe story here follows two estranged sisters that are spending a holiday together, only to become separated when the older Kate gets involved with some locals and becomes standard on a balloon over the open ocean. This is a survival story which will see how people will need to figure out how to survive being trapped in a balloon that is going out to open water, without having anyone who knows how to pilot it. It does fit into the idea of a survival story and will get the praise it deserves for how everything is portrayed through the film. There is a side story about the robberies happening, which never feel as interesting as they want to.

AdventureThe adventure side of this film shows us what will happen if a good time adventure goes terribly wrong.

SettingsThe film uses the balloon stranded as the intense side of the story, while Liz trying to locate Kate does offer a few interesting locations, including the open water.


Scene of the Movie – The wind farm.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Worst Social Worker Ever.

Final Thoughts This is a film that does have an intense idea for survival, showing just how impossible the position might well be, with a series of excellently worked stunts.

The Vision Films action-thriller will release On-Demand and On-Digital on October 27th, 2020.