Franchise Weekend – Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (2017)

Director: Hiroyuki Seshita, Kobun Shizuno

Writer: Gen Urobuchi (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Marmoru Miyano, Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa, Tomokazu, Yuki Kaji, Jun’ichi Suwabe

 

Plot: Years into the future and the human race has been defeated several times by the new ruling force of the planet: “kaijus”. And the ruler of that force is Godzilla, The King of the Monsters. Humanity is in such defeat, plans to leave the planet have been made, and several people have been chosen to look at a new planet to see if it is inhabitable. Realizing it’s not, though, the human race resorts to plan B: to defeat Godzilla and take back their planet.


Tagline – Who will be ruined, Human or Godzilla.

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Sci-fi Godzilla Movie

 

Story: Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters starts as we dive into the future, Godzilla has taken over the world and the human race has been driven into space, Haruo Sakaki gives us the lesson as he waits in jail after not following orders, he wants to go and fight Godzilla back on Earth, with Metphies guiding him through his choice.

Failing to find a new home, Metphies talks the higher ups to return to Earth to defeat Godzilla once and for to take back the planet with Haruo leading the charge.

 

Thoughts on Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters

 

Characters – Haruo Sakaki saw the Earth taken over by Godzilla as a young boy, he has grown up to want to defeat Godzilla learning a method that was planned before, he goes against orders to keep people alive leaving him in jail, though when they return to Earth he leads the mission against Godzila. Metphies is the religious figure on the ship, he listens to Haruo’s plan talking the commanders into returning to Earth for the battle. Yuko Tani is the young lady that has always stood by Haruo, she joins the mission on the Earth next to him. Godzilla is the king of the monster ruling Earth with a deadly method.

StoryThe story here follows the last remaining human survivors who return to Earth to fight Godzilla, who has taken over the planet. The movie takes us well into the future, the battle itself is 10,000 in the future which takes away any sort of confusion between the two different universes Godzilla is in right now. The preparation to the battle is the main focus which for the most part is good and fills the boxes you would expect to see from them, this helps show us just where the battle will take place and just what it means for the dwindling number of humans. For a Godzilla based movie this is great fun story showing us how deadly it can be.

Sci-FiThe sci-fi side of the film puts us in the future against Godzilla in a battle that puts us in the middle of a sci-fi monster movie.

SettingsThe film takes place partial in space and partial on a future Earth that has been destroyed after humans were forced to leave, the future look of the planet show how it could survive without humans being involved.

AnimationThe animation standard for this film is great quality, it plays into the modern computer version with have been used for the Resident Evil movies over the pure anime ones.


Scene of the Movie –
The battle.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The time jump is over dramatic.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun sci-fi movie circling around Godzilla an icon of cinema, giving the opportunity to give us a bigger story without the mindless destruction the live action films give us.

 

Overall: Great beginning to a new Godzilla saga.

Rating

 

 

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Anchor and Hope (2018)

Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet

Writer: Carlos Marques-Marcet, Jules Nurrish (Screenplay)

Starring: Geraldine Chaplin, Oona Chaplin, Natalia Tena, Charlotte Atkinson, Lara Rossi, Trevor White, David Verdaguer

 

Plot: Two women, Eva and Kat, and the best friend of one of them, Roger. A boat in the canals of London and a question: Is it possible to live love, family, and life in such different ways and yet remain united?

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Authentic Look at Love

 

Story: Anchor and Hope starts as we meet our couple Eva (Chaplin) and Kat (Tena) who live in a boat on the canals of London, they are at a crossroads in their lives and their relationship as they are figuring out the next steps, Kat’s friend Roger (Verdaguer) joins them as the life questions get asked.

When Eva manages to convince Kat they should have a baby, the couple get Roger to be their sperm donor and now they must prepare for a future with a potential baby even if their methods are not the most medically actuate.

 

Thoughts on Anchor and Hope

 

Characters – Eva is one half of the couple, she wants to have her own child and is pushing her girlfriend to consider starting a family, she doesn’t want to follow the normal and keep her free spirit identity. Kat is the partner who is enjoying the life of just the two of them, not wanting to start a family, but will make that sacrifice for the one she loves. The two have great chemistry and you do believe their relationship. Roger is the old friend of Kat that joins them in, he becomes the choice to be the sperm donor and stays around to make sure they couple get what they want.

PerformancesOona Chaplin and Natalia Tena are both fantastic in the lead roles, they show us great chemistry between them, they hit the emotional range they must go through during the film and make us believe we are watching two-real people. David Verdaguer is good too through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a young lesbian couple and their friend who are trying to just enjoy life while escaping responsibilities, making big life decisions and being happy. We follow a stage of their life as they prepare to make a big decision which will test them more than ever. The story makes us feel like we watching a real relationship with real decisions being made which is always refreshing. My only negative is left wondering just how they live this sort of life in the first place, we don’t get any sort of indication that they have jobs or anything.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in this film works for the most part, we have moments or enjoyment that will get a laugh or two from the audience, the romance shows us just how difficult relationships can be for anyone involved.

SettingsThe film is set in and around the canals in London, what makes the settings feel completely natural is how the scenes are shot with what seems like natural everyday life going on behind them.


Scene of the Movie –
The canal cruising is always beautiful to watch.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Trying to figure out how they afford this life.

Final ThoughtsThis is a beautiful story of love between two people that need to learn to grow together for one of the biggest decisions of their life.

 

Overall: Love story that feels real.

Rating

 

 

ABC Film Challenge – Romance – B – Blind (2017)

Director: Michael Mailer

Writer: Diane Fisher, John Buffalo Mailer (Screenplay)

Starring: Demi Moore, Alec Baldwin, Dylan McDermott, Viva Bianca, Dorothy Lyman, Renee Willett

 

Plot: A novelist blinded in a car crash which killed his wife rediscovers his passion for both life and writing when he embarks on an affair with the neglected wife of an indicted businessman.


Tagline – Love… Unexpected.

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple Romantic Drama

 

Story: Blind starts as wife Suzanne (Moore) of businessman Mark (McDermott) finds her life shattered after his dealings, which leave her with community service, her time is work novelist and teacher Bill Oakland (Baldwin), blind after an accident that killed his wife.

As the two spend more time together they learn that they have a connection they could never imagine, but how will Mark take this from behind bars?

 

Thoughts on Blind

 

Characters – Suzanne is a happily married woman in the higher society of life in New York, her life is changed when Mark is placed in jail for his business activities, this means Suzanne must do community service for her part where she meets a man that changes her view on her life. Bill Oakland is a novelist who lost his wife and sight in an accident, he still teaches, but at times short-tempered, he lost he desire to write and now his life is open to new things and return to his writing. Mark is the husband of Suzanne, a businessman that has ben jailed for his activities, always staying one step of a situation, dirty as they come.

PerformancesDemi Moore is good in her role, she fits the role well for the age and the draw. Alec Baldwin is also good in his role, he plays the blind character without looking out of place. Dylan McDermott plays the creep well and this is no different.

StoryThe story here shows to unlikely people coming together, finding themselves connecting in a way that can’t be good for anything long term with one being married. The story doesn’t do enough to address the tragic side of Bill’s life, we get a glimpse, but this should be front and centre, until way too lat in the film. It is also hard to see this romance happening and when we get into a supporting character Gavin we need something more about this character’s story too.

RomanceThe romance in this film plays us along the lines of it never being too late to meet someone that will change your life forever,

SettingsThe setting for the movie is New York, which shows us how difficult and how modernised to make it a place that the blind could get around with ease compared to other locations.


Scene of the Movie –
Not over stating the idea he is blind.

That Moment That Annoyed Me He is just a short story, I am a novel, barf

Final ThoughtsThis is a standard romantic movie, it checks the boxes but never reaches any level of memorability.

 

Overall: Ticks the boxes and keeps between the lines.

Rating

 

 

Mayhem (2017)

Director: Joe Lynch

Writer: Matias Caruso (Screenplay)

Starring: Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, Steven Brand, Caroline Chikezie, Kerry Fox, Dallas Roberts, Mark Frost, Claire Dellamar

 

Plot: A virus spreads through an office complex causing white collar workers to act out their worst impulses.


Tagline – Hostile. Work. Environment.

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Chaotic Fun

 

Story: Mayhem starts as we enter the world where there is a virus that hits the stress levels of the victims turning them into violent sociopaths. Derek Cho (Yeun) tells us how the virus has hit offices before and how he has been rising up the rankings of the law firm, but today is different, the stress levels have increased in the building and Derek is being fired for a mistake which isn’t his.

The virus hits the building before Derek leaves giving the people in the building 8 hours before the cure kicks in as the people must stay quarantined. Derek teams up with disgruntled client Melanie Cross (Weaving) to take out the members of staff that have ruined his career.

 

Thoughts on Mayhem

 

Characters – Derek Cho has worked his way up the law firm for years, he went from fresh faced newcomer to worn out stressed out employee, he does have to make difficult decisions that will hurt people and has enemies above him in the firm. Once he is infected with the virus he uses all his pent-up stress and rage to get even on his bosses that have walked all over him and fired him. Melanie Cross is a client that is about to lose her house, she gets trapped in the building with Derek and joins him in a battle to get revenge on the people who are going to make her homeless. John Towers is the boss that will fire anyone who can be blamed for a problem in the firm including Derek.

PerformancesSteven Yeun fresh out of the Walking Dead gets a leading role in this film and he does a great job getting into the psychical moments through the film. Samara Weaving is making a big name for herself in the action horror style movies, she is a joy to watch with the twisted smile only adding to her character. Steven Brand is an actor you can always put into a villainous role and enjoy, with the rest of the cast fitting the type of crazy we needed.

StoryThe story here shows us the effects of a virus which increases stress turning it into rage to unless the violence they have towards other employees. The story introduces the idea that this can happen randomly, it can be cured after a limit time and you can’t be charged for anything you do while under the influence. It does offer a fantasy idea that people you work with who annoy you could get what they deserve, but we can’t do that without an excuse like the story here offers. This is just one day at work when someone gets pushed too far and, in the end, gets an excuse for doing anything he wants.

Action/ComedyThe action in the film is aggressive bloody fights which do feel over-the-top which adds to the enjoyment of this film. the twisted comedy in the film shows us just how much enjoyment Melanie is getting from the day.

SettingsThe film is set within the single location, a law firm building, the people can’t escape until they are cured and this helps with the fighting as it involves the rise up the floors to the people he wants to get too.

Special EffectsThe effects through this film are practical ones for the most part, they show us the affects of the fight between the people in the building.


Scene of the Movie –
Put the music on.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The virus is slightly confusing with how different people react.

Final ThoughtsThis is a beautifully over the top action comedy, it does let people fantasise the ideas of working with people you don’t get on with and what you sometimes wish you could do to them.

 

Overall: This is an enjoyable action comedy.

Rating

 

 

The Senator (2018)

Director: John Curran

Writer: Taylor Allen, Andrew Logan (Screenplay)

Starring: Jason Clarke, Kata Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan, Olivia Thirlby, Clancy Brown

 

Plot: Depicting Ted Kennedy’s involvement in the fatal 1969 car accident that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.


Tagline – The Untold True Story

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Strong Political Thriller

 

Story: The Senator starts on July 18th 1969, man is about to land on the moon and Senator Ted Kennedy (Clarke) the last remaining Kennedy child is start his early Presidential campaign. That night Ted and friends are celebrating when he drives one of the campaign strategists Mary Jo Kopechne (Mara) home, when they are involved in an accident, killing Mary Jo.

The morning after the news breaks and Ted must use all of his team to help come up with a smart enough story that will cover him from any wrong doing, the bonus for Ted, man just landed on the moon is the biggest story in the world.

 

Thoughts on The Senator

 

Characters – When we look at the character, we must first acknowledge that these were real people. Ted Kennedy is the last of the Kennedy siblings, always in the shadows of his brothers, now embarking on his own journey to become President. He is involved in a car accident which leads to a death of a young woman and we see how he is planning to keep his career on the right path showing how difficult each decision he was making. Mary Jo Kopechne was the victim, she has been a key part of the previous Kennedy campaigns with her work and Ted was recruiting to his latest one. Joseph Gargan is the most trusted man to Ted, he knows what should have been done and gets increasingly frustrated with the attempted cover up. Joseph Kennedy is the father of the Kennedy’s he wants to see Ted follow in his brother’s footsteps always feeling let down by his last remaining son.

PerformancesJason Clarke is the leading role is wonderful, when it comes to serious roles he hasn’t always been given the leading role, here he shows us that he is ready to be taken seriously in a leading role. Kate Mara is good for her smaller part which is all we needed. Ed Helms surprises in a serious role because we are used to see him in comedic roles. Bruce Dern shines in role which shows him in a disabled role where he still shows the disappointment on his face.

StoryThe story we follow takes us into the week surrounding the death of Mary Jo Kopechne which had an impact on the political career of Ted Kennedy. The story shows us how the Kennedy camp was trying to put a spin on the accident to clear Ted of any wrong doing. This plays into how this is an incident is one that remained a talking point even though it was overshadowed by the bigger story in human history. Seeing how the politics system was run to spin any story to show innocence to the keep campaign strong even if it means stepping on the people who are affected by the act.  This is strange because we always seem to get two major news events together where one will end ups getting forgotten.  

History/ThrillerThis is a look at a moment in history that would have had a lot bigger story nearly any other day of the week, one that never really got too the truth about. This does keep us on edge as we wait to see just what will happen if the truth was to come out.

SettingsThe settings in this film show how behind closed doors the operation to clean up a political disaster works.


Scene of the Movie –
The speech.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It would have been interesting to see more of the girl’s impact after the death of their friend.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good political historical drama that shows us just how one story about one of the biggest iconic family’s in America history the Kennedys.

 

Overall: Interesting political thriller.

Rating