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Everything works in this sequel. All the great elements of the first season are still very present. The budget was better, so this leads to better special effects, better acting (more takes) and an even cooler soundtrack! 1984 is the year and the eighties references are legit (if that’s a word they already used back then). They even got original Goonie Sean Austin to play a new character, Winona Ryder’s love interest! Excellent. There are more new characters and they all are a great addition to the already amazing cast. It’s brilliant how the story writers were able to still have the diverse bunch of people from the first season work together again. And even though it’s a science fiction fantasy trip, you believe everything these characters do and say. Yep. The first season as just an introduction. This is perfection.

 

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I’m finally contemplating getting Netflix. BUT it will ruin my life. Binge watching will lead to gaining dozens of extra pounds and sleepless nights. However, there’s stuff on Netflix that you can’t find anywhere else. Stranger Things for instance, which hasn’t been released on dvd (yet) in Europe. A series that everyone raves about and recommends.

Well. A visit to a friend with Netflix solved the problem. It led to a night of binge watching the eight episodes of this science fiction drama, focussing on the mysterious events taking place in a small midwestern town and affecting several high school kids. However, it’s not aimed at kids, but at those adults who were high school kids in the eighties and who grew up with Spielberg produced or directed movies and tv shows.

Sure, the eighties vibe is cool. But it’s just a gimmick which is consistent throughout the series. That alone wouldn’t make it a great series. But the story, acting and atmosphere do. Winona Ryder is back! And she’s really good as the mother of a missing kid, who disappeared without a trace, but somehow communicates via the electricity. His best friends (a bunch of nerdy kids who get bullied in school, but are quite adventurous) decide to go look for him. In the mean time the troubled police officer of the town is leading the investigation as well. And all clues lead to an electricity company nearby, which operates as a secret governmental research center (lead by Matthew Modine!). There are other subplots of course. But you don’t need to know about them. Let yourself emerge in the story. The first six episodes are great. There’s humor. There’s tension. There’s a bit of horror. There’s a bit of drama. The balance is perfect. The last two episodes feel different though. As if the production team ran out of money and the story needed to be told fast within two episodes with as little expenses as possible.

The second season is available on Netflix. So maybe I’ll just have to go subscribe.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4574334

Damn. The expectations were too high. The anticipation too great. Episode VIII disappoints. Bummer. It’s still a great movie though. Entertaining and funny. A few new creatures and settings that look generally good. But there’s just so much going on (it never bores) that it doesn’t really focus on anything in particular. Apart from the ‘new’ connecting force between Kylo Ren and Rey, which intrigues, but not quite captivates as much as you want. It’s all pretty superficial.

Go see it anyways. It’s fun. And don’t listen to all the negativity.

Great trailer by the way.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2527336

 

Much needed re-watch in anticipation of The Last Jedi. Because… Kylo Ren, Poe, Finn, Rey, BB8…. aren’t quite as memorable as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princes Leia, R2D2, etc… It’s been two years now. And the overall impression of Episode VII is one of great joy. But what was it about again?

Rey is some orphaned scavenger on a planet somewhere. She stumbles upon a robot called BB8 who has the whereabouts information of Luke Skywalker. This data needs to be delivered to the Rebel base, but that’s easier said than done. In the meantime somewhere else in the galaxy a young Kylo Ren is getting ready to follow the footsteps of his grand-father Darth Vader. Yep. Kylo Ren used to be Ben Solo at one time, the estranged son of Han Solo and Prinses Leia, who has turned to the Dark Side.

Oh. Finn is a stormtrooper traitor, joining the rebel cause. Poe is one of the best rebel fighters. And that’s all you need to know really.

Episode is still very entertaining. This second time around the surprises are gone and you do find yourself realising the story isn’t quite that original. But the action is great, the acting is good, the settings are fun, the special effects are great! Can’t wait for The Last Jedi, out for a few days now.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2488496

The Dark Tower – *(*)

Posted: December 13, 2017 in 2017, Action, Fantasy, USA, X1/2

Saw this on a flight twelve days ago. Finished it, so it wasn’t that bad. But it wasn’t good either. It’s intriguing. To some extent. Idris Elba is in it. He doesn’t look like he’s having a good time. Blame it on his character. He’s a ‘gunslinger’ out for revenge, trying to kill the most evil of all evil beings, the Man in Black, played by Matthew McConaughey.  But it’s really about a kid who’s trapped between several worlds and whose powerful mind is disturbing for the parents, but of much interest to the Man in Black.

Watch it when you’re on a plane and there’s nothing else on.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1648190

In case you wonder why this is one here: it was a 99 cent rental and all the fuss about the ‘gay’ characters made it intriguing.

Well…

This is crap movie. The live action doesn’t add anything to the story. Unlike The Jungle Book, which was great fun. The CGI is terrible. A talking clock and chandelier? It does NOT work in live action. Even when they are interpreted by Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen. In fact, all the acting is terrible too. Not even Emma Watson can save this from being a total disaster. But a lucrative disaster. The most profitable movie of the year (so far). It makes you wonder how many people went to see it again after having suffered to watch it the first time around.

Then the ‘gay’ moments. There’s a flamboyant effeminate character, yes. If that’s your definition of ‘gay’ than there you go, Disney has its first gay character. But it’s an annoying twat. Hooray for gay emancipation! A poof representing the community in a ‘fairy’ tale. More fun is that short scene when three soldiers get magically dressed like girls and one actually likes it. That was more tongue in cheek.

Not a good movie.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2771200 

 

Kids’ movies don’t always make good adult movies. Not even when they are made by Tim Burton. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is so flawed, that it’s difficult to focus on the story and watch it until the end.

Nothing works. The story isn’t captivating. It’s probably too complicated for kids anyways. It’s about ‘peculiar’ children (a bit like the X-Men, but then much less awesome) who live in a time loop of 24 hours as a protection against monsters who can turn human again after eating their eyeballs. Yep. Read that sentence again. That’s what it is about. Oh and about a nerdy kid who leave Florida after his grandfather died to find out on an island in Wales what made his dad ‘peculiar’ and what his ‘peculiarity’ is.

Again, nothing works. The acting is bad. Especially because of the terrible dialogue. Some scenes don’t make sense at all. Too many characters are introduced that don’t really need to be in the story at all. There’s no empathy for any of the main characters. Yes, the special effects are fascinating. But that’s about it.

This is NOT a good movie.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1935859