Overlord, Movie review

Watching this movie reminded me of a good old video game to movie adaptation. Surprisingly, its not based directly on any video game, although the theme of killings Nazis and zombies is one seen in many.

The effects are the best part of the film. All the blood, guts, and gore, seem and feel, very real. The actors are also amazing at expressing their anguish, both the ones who are injured and the ones who are watching their friends suffer. I was squirming in my seat a lot during the second half of the film.

The plot is unique, to me anyway. The film is focused on being a war movie, with a simple mission. And it stays focused on that. Air drop some men in and take out a radio tower. Never did the soldiers give up on that mission, even as the unnatural events started occurring. Keeping the actor’s reactions true, and not taking the fantasy parts to any extremes, kept the movie grounded. The believably is what made it ring true and keep an audience engaged.

Now yes, there were the normal moments as seen in any horror movie, where you are wondering how the Nazi solders didn’t see him sneaking by, or why they didn’t close a door to shut the monster out, and so on, but to me, those were forgivable because the people were in shock and not thinking clearly.

Overall, I give the movie a must see for anyone who enjoys a good horror with lots of gore.

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The Shape of Water, movie review

I never saw this movie in theaters, I didn’t even add it to my to-see list when it got several Oscar nominations and a few wins. Somehow a movie where both main characters can’t talk, didn’t seem appealing. It didn’t help that the trailers gave me no real idea what the film was about.

And so, it took me seeing a few scenes while it was airing on HBO to finally convince me to give this movie a go.

I’m glad I did. The secondary characters truly shine, with a bubbly chatter-box coworker and struggling artist / gay man as a neighbor, the movie is filled with plenty of dialogue. The villains of the film add a comical twist, reminding me of old Bullwinkle cartoons. There is one musical number that is oddly placed, but musical numbers seem to be “in” right now in Hollywood, so I can’t blame the writers for putting it in there.

The plot is very sound and has elements nearly everyone will be able to relate to. Its very grounded and shows the audience how even the most normal and inconsequential of people, can rise to be the hero.

 


Bohemian Rhapsody, movie review

I’m always down for a hollywood-ized documentary. Entertainment with a splash of education. I’ve never followed Queen well enough to know how accurate this movie portrayed things, but I feel it did as good as most others.

I will say, I was not thrilled with the actor choice to play Freddie Mercury. Nothing against the actor, I’ve seen him in other things, and he’s been great. He’s just not what I think of when I envision a Freddie Mercury impersonator. He’s too short and most distracting was the overbite/fake teeth the actor wore. He looked like someone wearing metal braces struggling to extend his upper lip so he can close his mouth. Maybe I just never paid enough attention to know Freddie Mercury had that problem. Either way, in the film it stood out more than I thought it should. If I’m distracted by an actor’s mouth, odds are there’s something wrong with the movie.

Odd things were highlighted, like the pet cats. They got a lot of camera time. Like, a weird amount. I was waiting to find out the movie was dedicated to them, or the ones in the show were descendants of Freddie’s original cats–neither of which is true. That I know of.

In telling the story of Freddie Mercury and the origins of Queen, the movie did succeed. There was a great story to be told, and I think they accomplished it. Even if this tale did have some room for improvement in a few areas.

I will say, I’ve read a few reviews for this film that said Freddie Mercury’s personal life and “gay” side was glossed over in this film. When I saw it, I didn’t think so. Its made very clear that he is gay and struggling with accepting that side of himself. Not to mention, struggling to find a social group that he feels fits him. I’m not sure if viewers are expecting all movies to do the down and dirty X rated side of people’s lives, like HBO tends to do, but that’s not something we usually see on the big screen. It wasn’t needed in the tale this movie was aiming for, and in my opinion, it was done in a manner the fans will respect.


New Release! Fourth book in shape-shifting dragon series!

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Elemental Dragon Mages

ebook2.jpgMeant to bring harmony to the Earth after years of turmoil from the dragon invasion, Elemental Dragons emerge and seek their human counterparts—Dragon Mages.

Deemed a threat to all current social orders and leaders, some seek to prevent the Elemental Dragons from finding their mages and attaining their true powers. Others offer a recruitment program, wanting to capitalize on their abilities.

Xander has spent most of his life loyal to the dragon king, who adopted him as a hatchling. Upon his encounter with a human who can become his Dragon Mage, he feels his first independent desires and his loyalties are tested.

Kaylee never knew her background, or that much about dragons. Finding herself with a bloodline capable of making her into a powerful mage, she must decide which Elemental Dragon she desires to bond with, and which leader she wishes to align with.

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Enukara Book Series (Dragon Shifters)

Updates to my Dragon series! Artwork has been released for book four that comes out this week, as well as a sneak peak for the artwork on book five!

The next in the series focuses on Xander’s story as he discovers his mate and begins to understand the powers he has that makes him different from all other dragons!

Visit my Enukara Series page to see the details!

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Unfriended: Dark Web, movie review

I wasn’t planning to see this movie, but the timing worked out so it was the one I saw. I am happy to say, I am glad I saw it.

The movie is told completely from the point of view of a laptop. The film starts with you seeing a person trying to log into a laptop by guessing the password, so you know something is fishy. You then get to watch the person log in, check his Facebook, and begin a Skype game night with his friends.

Not to give away too many spoilers, but since this is a horror, you can probably guess, the members of this game night are going to get picked off one by one. The laptop was left in an open place, with the intent of someone taking it, in a creative means of finding victims for a dark web betting game, where people pay to see people murdered in various gruesome ways, plus place bets on how they will react to various horrific events.

So basically, the movie audience is watching the movie, as if they are one of the rich folks watching events unfold. It would def be cool to watch this movie on your laptop, because then you really would feel like you were part of the game.

Not only is the means of story telling original, but the acting is some of the best I have seen in a while. These actors, which many seemed unknown, were giving it their all, crying, screaming, and truly making the story believable. You connect with the people in the short time you are exposed to them, and are quickly cheering along with them, even though, as most horror movies do, you are wishing they made better choices.

So yes, this is a horror movie worth seeing!! In whatever means you can.


Skyscraper, movie review

This is pretty much a movie like most that the Dwayne Johnson is in these days. Action movie focused around family. The trailer pretty much shows you what you are getting. Dwayne Johnson‘s character is hired to give a security check on a super tall Skyscraper that is both mall, zoo, and apartments. Various betrayals occur, that the writers must have known were predictable because they didn’t keep them secret for very long. It all leads to the Skyscraper being on fire and Johnson’s character, apparently the only person capable of saving the day, using duct tape as his primary tool.

The movie gets a happy ending, go figure, all players or rather “good guys” get a role of empowerment, even the kids, showing that anyone can be a hero and there’s the usual, tons of action and special effects.

Its an okay movie to see, but there’s nothing special about it. If you watch the trailer and think it looks good, then go see it. But don’t expect more than what you see in the trailer.