mum and dad
Yet again, I got my parents to sit and watch another horror with me - this time, 47 Metres Down: Uncaged. "Four teen girls diving in a ruined underwater city quickly learn they've entered the territory of the deadliest shark species in the claustrophobic labyrinth of submerged caves."
Just an FYI here, we have all seen the first one, and enjoyed it. Enjoyed it but didn't love it as much as Deep Blue Sea... I have to say it! 47 Metres Down is not a bad film, but is 47 Metres Down: Uncaged? It's not awful but is definitely not that good. I feel they tried to use the whole 'big names in a film' to sell the film, but when I watch a shark film, I tend to watch it for the sharks and not for the big names. The big names in this film tended to be daughters of very successful actors - Foxx and Stallone - and then if you're a Big Fat Greek Wedding fan, like myself, John Corbitt. As I said, I don't really watch shark films for the actors, I love sharks and creature films tend to have some of the best deaths too.
There are some good deaths in Uncaged - it's normal name is too long to keep typing, so I am going to call it Uncaged from now on - some that come out of nowhere too, and I loved those. Some were deserved too - very deserved. I loved all the deaths. But that was about as far as my love for this film got to...
Uncaged just is not that good a film. It's alright. The group of friends kind of get themselves into all these trouble, and then pull everyone else down into it, and you don't really feel much sympathy towards them for that. It is pretty much all their fault. And the film is not good enough for you to really even care about the characters as a whole - I was pretty much on the sharks side...
Mum and dad felt the exact same way. Dad didn't like it much at all and was skipping in and out while watching it, where as mum was stressed but again, didn't really care about whether they lived or died.
As a whole, I preferred the first film, but Uncaged as still kind of fun - watch it if you want to watch some sharks kills.
Oh! And as I normally say, SHARKS ARE NOT LIKE THIS IN REAL LIFE. They are not the serial killers of the sea! I will be doing a TED talk about sharks soon over on my Youtube and Podcast...
I had heard great things about this films. It had good reviews, one of my best friends mum even recommended it to me, and I had heard about how spooky the original books were - have never read them though, I must admit. So I was thrilled to see that it was on Prime. And obviously, as the whole of the UK is pretty much on lockdown, the parents had agreed to watch it with me! "On Halloween 1968, reclusive Stella and her two friends meet a mysterious drifter, Ramón, and uncover a sinister notebook of stories."
I showed the parents the trailer, and both actually seemed into it. So into it that they both seemed to forget the original plan was to watch Gone with the Wind...
From the get go and start, all three of us were into this film, even though it is based off children's books, this film is definitely not for children... It is definitely a 15 for a reason, that's for sure. The books seem to be like Goosebumps, scary but for kids, but unlike the new Goosebumps film, Scary Stories to tell in the Dark has not been made for children at all. And I loved that. All the monsters have been kept to the original scary looks as in the books, and all of them were made by hand, with as a little CGI as possible - such effort was put into this film to make it stay as close as possible to the books, and it makes it even nicer to watch.
I did really like this film, and so did the parents, mum was actually really quite stressed - those damn monsters do not give up chasing people in this! Each story is set out in the best way, tension being built in every scene and taking full advantage of those damn monsters. I have to say, The Big Toe - so weird - and The Pale Lady had to be my favorites - what can I say, I am a fan of a chase.
The one thing I didn't really like about it, was Stella, one of the main characters. She just could not stop being nosey and snooping through other peoples stuff! It was pretty much her fault that this all happened, and even when she started all this trouble, she still couldn't help but be nosey. Her friends were all too nice to blame her - fair enough - but why not tell her in the nicest way possible to ring her neck in?! Saying all this though, if she hadn't been nosey and awoken Sarah, I wouldn't have been able to have seen this film...
Overall, all three of us, me, mum and dad, all really did like this film, and of course we are thrilled it seems they have left it as an open cliff hanger. No one more excited than me... And, even though I didn't read the books, I know there are more - I'll wait for the next film.
I am a huge, a HUGE, fan of the Brendan Fraser Mummy, and also even The Mummy Returns - it really is not that bad...
The new Mummy was on all of our watch it lists, me and my parents, and so we found it and watched it, and, without giving too much away - it actually wasn't that bad. "An ancient Egyptian princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension."
Now, I was going to compare the Brendan Fraser Mummy to the Tom Cruise Mummy, this one, but both are completely different stories so really, it's not fair to do that. All I am going to say, is that I really do love the Brendan Fraser one, and due to that, I do prefer it, but saying that, the Tom Cruise one really is not that bad.
I think the Tom Cruise Mummy, (that is its new name now), is a great little fun action number. I feel, even though it is about a horror character, it's more of an action film, a family friendly action film, with horror characters.
I did like the fact they also brought in Dr Jeykll and Mr Hyde, since seeing the Pagemaster, I've always been a fan...
Overall, I liked The Mummy, it's fun. It's not the most amazing, but it's fun and entertaining and what else would you want from a Tom Cruise film!?
Mum and dad also pretty much agreed with me, not too bad, and no complaints as it is a fun little one.
Oh. My. Good. Golly. This film is something else - something else I tell you! "A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence." One thing about this film, is hardly anything gives it away for you. I went into this pretty damn blind and I had a great time!
If you haven'rt already noticed, this is in a folder on this website that is special - yes, I watched it with Mum and Dad. I mentioned it was on Netflix and mum decided on Sunday she would like to watch it, so we did.
I feel we all had the same thought as the credits rolled; whaaaaaaaaaaat?! Obviously, I am not going to say any spoilers because that is just not fun. I will break it down a little though, and just say what helped me enjoy the film even more. I feel I have jumped a little though, I'l go back...
The film as a whole is, in our eyes, very strange. It starts with a fairly normal storyline, a few bits that made you scratch your head, but nothing too confusing. It actually starts as quite a nice film, but you know shit is going to hit the biggest fan, you've, like I had, have heard of this film, and heard how some couldn't even finish this film. You know you're in for a treat. It all goes down the pan when they get a knock at the door... Damn people knocking at your door! Him, no one really has any names in this by the way, I haven't just been lazy and forgotten their names, lets the strange man in, with no discussion with Mother, and all a sudden, more shit and more fans.
Now, I don't want to say too much, as I really feel Mother! is something you need to see for yourself. As far as I can see, the main ideas that we only found out after Googling it, are only revealed when you Google them yourself. No small intros or anything really dig into - so I will not mention any of it.
What I will say though, is don't judge it by the first watch, I thought it was very confusing and mum and dad both hated it, until they had a Google and found out what it really is about. Then, it all made sense, it all made sense, and actually, changed all of our minds. Mother! is an insanely well done film, that has great scenes, a great storyline, great acting and parts of it that will genuinely shock you - but you already knew it had those scenes, didn't you?
Mother! is one of a kind and even though I've been saying about having to Google it, wait to do this, go and watch the film first, and then Google it. Go in with an open mind and do not judge. You will probably be surprised...
Saturday night and me and the parents want a film to watch. Turn on Netflix to find Surrounded, a film with sharks that just seemed to pop out of nowhere - and, let's be fair, I love a good creature/shark film, and so does mother. Mother especially loves them. I had never heard of Surrounded, but that doesn't stop me watching it, even the fact that it was a SyFy movie didn't stop me - and sometimes SyFy movies aren't the best. "In the aftermath of a plane crash, two sisters try to get away from a school of killer sharks."
Yeahhhhh, I have a lot to say about this film, and not a lot of it is good. To start with though, my shark TED talk:
Welcome! Today, like I have done before, I will be talking about sharks and how they are portrayed in movies. In Surrounded, and other films, sharks are portrayed as relentless killers, who do not give up until they kill the victim, and often roar. None of this is true. Sharks really are nice creatures, and actually do not like the taste of human flesh. They especially do not stalk their prey until whatever it is is dead. Like most animals, they would get bored and go and find something else easier to eat if they wanted to. Sharks are nice and need to be loved, they are very misunderstood creatures.
Thank you for listening to my TED talk.
Carrying on, Surrounded is not that great a film. Starts off as an alright film, and doesn't ever really get above that 'not that great' feeling. The characters aren't that likeable, even the 'good' girl who is the nicest of bunch, well, let's just say, you're not really that bothered if a shark eats her.
Dad made a good point, he wasn't a huge fan of this film either, but he mentioned how in Jaws, you have sympathy towards the characters such as Brody, but in Surrounded, you kind of really hope they all get eaten by the sharks... The characters just are not the best, not that likeable and by the end, they have all wound you up, so much, that you hope the sharks eat them.
I had a few little things I had to say about this film, and I shall put it all into little a helpful little list of bullet points.
1. The sharks in this roar, why?!
2. Without giving away any spoilers, some of the characters do not use their resources well. They decide to risk their lives instead of using what is around them. That's all I will say about that section...
3. That rubber raft they had was very resilient against shark teeth.
4. Sharks would have given up trying to eat these people by now, as soon as they didn't get them the first time, they'd have left.
5. From being stuck in the water for how ever long, the camera on the footage was still brilliant and probably 4k.
6. The CGI on the water could have had more white and detail in it. Mainly as the sharks swam through the sea, no water movement in front of the fins... Not that I am an expert though.
Saying all that, Surrounded had a few good moments. One being that when the sharks were underwater and not attacking, they actually looked pretty realistic, and that some of the basic gore was not too shabby either, one leg wound in it especially.
Overall, Surrounded is not that good, you'll have a bit of a laugh with it, but at it. It's fairly fun, and if you like sharks, go for it, no harm in that.
Just remember my TED talk!!
Hmmmm, now I wonder what a horror film called The Sand is about - sounds so dramatic too, right?! In the style of Hong Kong Phooey, could it be about the song Enter the Sandman, or about the actual Sandman who helps you fall asleep, orrrr, is it just about a surfer style dude who just loves sand, man? Nahhhh, it's about killer sand, and actually, I had a great time watching it. "After an all-night party, hung over revelers awaken to a beating sun and a carnivorous beach that devours anything with a heartbeat."
I watched this with dad as mum had gone to sleep, and actually, he chose it. I have a fair few horror films saved on TiVo and he actually chose this all by himself - and actually rather enjoyed it too. It's an easy to watch, fun little movie, and you can't really go wrong with one of those. You can also very easily turn your brain off with this one, and on a Saturday night, that is what I wanted.
Know when I also said that Dismissed used a Disney star, The Sand also does, good old Mitchel Musso trying to get his end over, unlike in Hannah Montana where he was with Lily and being a good boy. They don't really do stereotypes in this film, in the way that each person is a certain one - they are all the same one. This film is literally about young people who like to party and drink and have sex, or try to, and then start dying. They even act thick sometimes too... It makes it so damn easy to watch.
I also love the little Jamie Kennedy cameo as the beach patrol-er, who, sadly, does not warn them about how to survive a horror film, unlike he did in Scream... There was no, "Kids, don't do drugs or have sex or else this sand will eat you". I still enjoyed it though, won't hold it against the film just for that teeny thing.
The Sand is definitely not high budget or a big film in anyway, but until the end, me and my dad both complimented that the effects were not too shabby. The ending kind of ruins that though, as they do seem to try and go big, but without the budget, and it just wasn't pulled off unlike the rest.
The ending I also didn't feel was that good, it does the old cliff hanger trick, which I liked, but it took the easy way out, and I feel like I would have maybe liked some sort of twist to it instead. See, all that about the ending and no spoilers. Woo.
Saying all that though, both me and dad enjoyed this film and it was a laugh and that's the main thing.
Sorry to my mate who I was meant to watch this with, but he took too long to meet me. Missed his chance to see this masterpiece...
I had to get on the bandwagon of this film of course, I am a massive Black Mirror fan after all - and it's interactive, I had to see this! "In 1984, a young programmer begins to question reality as he works to adapt a fantasy novel into a video game."
I was impressed. I am a fairly simple human being and little things can impress me - this is one of those things. Happily watching it with my dad - yes, dad watched it too - and suddenly a black bar rises up at the bottom of the screen, giving you two answers and you having to choose. Yes, fun at first, such as what cereal shall Stefan eat, but then you start getting stressed... The questions start getting harder and more able to ruin a life, and I don't know about anyone else, but I was feeling the pressure - especially with the ten seconds counting down.
Bandersnatch, I have to admit, is not the best story line, it's pretty simple and doesn't really stand out, but it works so well with the interactive side of it. It fitted perfectly. I feel the simple storyline was on purpose due to the fact that you lead it, and it can change at any question, so I shall let it off due to the fact I have never ever watched an interactive film before and I had such a great time.
It really did take me back to my childhood and the interactive Goosebumps book I used to read... Good times.
I actually don't really know what to say about this film as I really don't want to give anything away, so I shall just say sorry to Stefan for ruining his life when I watched it, but also to mention that I never actually finished it. Me and dad sat there for almost two hours before having to go to bed, and I found out today that it apparently actually goes around in a loop unless you quit out of it - so that's fun. Could have been sat there all week, and I probably would have I was that invested in it.
I don't think it's a film I would rewatch unless I wanted to see the other scenarios, but I was still very much impressed and still very much think Charlie Brooker is so damn clever... Especially with the 'Netflix' and 'Fuck Yeah' buttons - very smart indeed.
On a side note, dad liked it, and found it quite enjoyable, but did say the same as me about the storyline. Not the strongest storyline, (he said he probably wouldn't even be able to tell you what the full story was), but you didn't need a strong one as you mainly watched it for the interactive side of it - a side he, like me, very much enjoyed. Again, sorry Stefan...
Oh, and small little TED TALK, be nice to actors, they are human and are not the characters they portray in films. I am looking at the people being horrible to Will Poulter... BE NICE. Thank you for listening to my TED TALK.
DON'T TAKE YOUR BLINDFOLD OFF, NOOOOOOO!
Look at me go, I am watching new horror films, only a week after it came out, (this review took a few days to write, but I did watch Birdbox a week after it came out.), I have seen Birdbox. And bonus - I managed to get both parents to join me, well, both joined me, then mum went to bed, so watched it with dad, and then watched it with mum the next day... "Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a mother and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety."
I had very high hopes for this film, very very high hopes actually, so high that you could almost get vertigo from it. Before it was even released, there were articles everywhere stating how good and scary it was. Not only that, but it had Sandra Bullock in it - good old Sandra Bullock, and who doesn't love her?!
TED TALK THOUGH. Before getting into the actual review, I have seen a few articles on how Millenials are only just learning who Sandra Bullock is, and are referring to her as 'Birdbox lady' or are comparing her to Michael Jackson after he's had his nose surgery. This is the biggest load of Bullock, I have ever heard! I am a Millenial and we are born between 1981 and 1996 and so definitely, 100% know who Sandra Bullock is and love her. Some might be more Miss Congeniality fans, I on the other hand, as much as I love Miss Congeniality, am 100% a Speed lover - that film is so damn great. What a classic. The generation that might not know Sandra Bullock, shockingly, would more feasibly be Post-Millenials, born between 1997 and now, but even they should know her. My nan probably doesn't know her by name though, so it might even be the old people... Definitely not Millenials... Stop trying to make us look bad. THANK YOU FOR COMING TO MY TED TALK. Resuming the review...now.
I was very pleasantly and impressed by Birdbox. I hands down agree with all the reviews saying how it's one of the best films of the year and it definitely deserved being watched over 45 million times in its opening week. I completely get why, I mean, I did watch it twice in two days due to the parents but I do not regret either.
Birdbox just kept me watching the whole way through, there is just a feeling of impending doom with it too, as you know how hard it would be to not look, and if you did look, you would commit suicide. Not good. I liked all the characters in this film, even the ones that were nasty as they added to the story - some were a bit stupid though, I can't lie, thanks to them, people died. And died in glorious ways they did - oh so many glorious ways. I obviously don't like it when good people in films die, but if they have to, I want them to go in a highly original and bloody way, and in Birdbox, they did not disappoint. Not the goriest but there was still blood and there was still originality - kind of like a more tense and better version of The Happening - even though I actually don't mind that film... It is very much like if The Happening, Don't Breath and A Quiet Place had an orgy and made some form of a love child. I have to say though, out of all of those films, Birdbox is my favourite, I really did enjoy it.
Birdbox was a lovely like surprise that actually stood up to the hype. It wasn't perfect, and I feel it could have been scarier, but I still enjoyed it thoroughly and would happily watch it again. Part of me kind of wishes they had left in the alternative ending, as it was definitely less happy... What I won't be doing though, is the #birdboxchallenge... Do I want to blindfold myself and do everyday things that suddenly turn dangerous when you can't see? Nope!
Now onto my parents thoughts.
Mum is easier to get to watch horror films with, as she can be persuaded fairly easily, dad on the other hand, is harder work but he will still watch some but he doesn't tend to be a fan and can't remember most of the horror films he has watched.
In this instance, he actually liked this film, and mum did not think much of it at all - mum wasn't even that stressed during it, and she normally is during horrors.
On a side note though, dad has always had a little thing for Sandra Bullock so that may have swayed him ever so slightly... At least one of them liked it though...
After reading that Cam was just like a long length and film version of a Black Mirror episode, I was in! I wanted this on my TV and on my eyeballs. "A camgirl has her principles, until a mysterious woman who looks just like her takes over her channel."
I had heard soooooooo much about this film, which is crazy as it's only just came out. It was just covering my Twitter feed - I was up to my eyeballs with Cam! So, one evening, mum had gone to bed and dad asked if I had any idea on what to watch, I obviously suggested this and dad said yes. Woo.
Cam is great, honestly, it really is, it keeps you guessing and as on edge as you could be, as Cam isn't really that scary. It's definitely got a horror side to it, but doesn't terrify you or really make you jump, it's more psychological I would say. Plays more on the idea of what would happen if this happened to you, and how would you prove it, and also, people might not believe you - you could be screwed. I would have no idea because I didn't see the ending coming at all - if I was her, I'd have, hands down, lost my cam channel.
Cam is not just an interesting film, it's a clever one, and it teaches you a new way of looking at taboo subjects. The taboo subject here being cam girls. I feel most poo-poo this job and just think it means for girls to get their boobs out and doing things that you wouldn't want anyone seeing, especially your nan on the internet. This film shows that it isn't all that, Alice eats steak on one show, and her viewers love it, I've heard of girls playing with balloons, and eating gummy bears and one in the film is even reading to hers. It also shows what the women who do this job are like, not sleazy, or dirty, normal women who have normal lives. Fun fact, one of the writers was once a cam girl herself, so she knows what it is like, what you see in the film is probably as close to the real job as you could imagine and I like that. Fun facts are my favourite things.
Cam is also a really pretty film to watch, like so pretty, the lighting and set up of Alice's room, I want. It's also like they knew I would watch it, as they added in some lovely gore, just for me I feel.
I liked this film, it's a very clever little thing and really gets you thinking. Yes, I don't feel some of it was cleared up and I still feel I need to Google it, but I was entertained the whole time and I would watch it again at some point. Not sure I am going to be a cam girl anytime soon, unless someone would pay me to watch horror films or go to the gym, then I am in.
Did you know there was a second Deep Blue Sea? Yeah, most didn't either, you're not alone. "A shark conservationist is hired as a consultant on a top-secret project on genetically-enhanced sharks, funded by a pharmaceutical billionaire. But soon the highly intelligent super-sharks turn on their masters and begin to pick them off one by one."
Before I put this on, I warned my parents that it was straight to DVD and I feel I am glad I did, this is a bit of a stinker... I love the first one, it is my all time favourite shark film, and I will pretty much watch any shark film as I love sharks - but this one is something else.
It is still kind of fun, I mean, what do you expect from the sequel to Deep Blue Sea 2, but it is kind of slow. So slow that dad actually nodded off a few times during it... I would also like to say that it is a slow burner, but it really isn't, it's just entertaining in its own little way.
What I did like about Deep Blue Sea 2 though, was the fact they used different sharks, Bull Sharks are the main villains in this, which is nice to give Great White and Makos a rest. Bull Sharks are the most dangerous sharks, and these aren't just normal, oh no, they are much much smarter. Yep, no one took any advice from the first film about making smart animals, like sharks, and making them even smarter and changing their DNA - doesn't it just sound so smart. They also still used the same pool in the ground technique that Samuel L Jackson lost his arm in in the first one... again, very smart.
One question though... SINCE WHEN DID SHARKS ROAR?!
Yeahhhhh, if you want a shark film to watch, watch Deep Blue Sea, unless you are really curious or have nothing else, then do this one...
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