The Host (2013)

The Host (2013).

 

 

 

The Host (2013)

Director: Andrew Niccol
Screenplay: Andrew Niccol and Stephanie Meyer
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel
Genre: Adventure, Romance, Sci-fi

Budget: n/a
Gross: n/a

Synopsis: When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

Pros: Interesting Storyline. I was very into the movie. I kept wanting to know more. The camera work was great, love all the layers. The hidden community using the mirror device to grow crops was brilliant.

Cons: It would have been nice to know why the aliens hated humans more, it wasn’t completely explained.

Rating: 4.5/ Stars. Definitely a great movie. It makes me want to read Stephanie Meyer’s book “The Host.”

 

 

 

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Blue Lagoon (1980)

Blue Lagoon (1980).

 

 

Blue Lagoon (1980)

Director: Randal Kleiser
Screenplay: Henry De Vere Stacpoole and Douglas Day Stewart
Cast: Brooke Shields, Christopher Aitkens, Leo McKern
Genre: adventure, romance, drama
Budget: $4,500,500
Gross: n/a

Synopsis: In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene.

Pros: This film idea was new at the time, being wrecked in a place no one could find them. It goes back to almost primal times where they had to use the resources available to them.

Cons: It seems to drag on at a point and you forget what happens.

Rating: 2/5 Stars. I would watch this again but not often. It could be remade in a better way.

I, Frakenstein (2014)

I, Frakenstein (2014).

 

I, Frankenstein (2014)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WluF70xjm2A

Director: Stuart Beattie

Screenplay: Stuart Beattie, Kevin Grevioux
Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto, Aden Young
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Budget: $65,000,000
Gross: $19,059,018
Synopsis: Dr Victor Frankenstein dies frozen to death and the creature buries him at the cemetery of his family. However he is attacked by demons but he kills one of them and Gargoyles save him and take him to a Cathedral where the Gargoyles Order gathers. The Queen of the Gargoyles Leonore keeps Dr. Frankenstein’s journal together with the treasures of the Order and gives the name of Adam to the creature. Then she explains to Adam that there is an ancient war between the Gargoyles that are angels and demons under the command of the Prince Naberius. She also invites Adam to join the Gargoyles in the war against demons, but Adam prefers to isolate in a remote place. Two hundred years later, Adam returns and finds a modern society. Soon he learns that Naberius has the intention of creating an army of soulless corpses to be possessed by demons. The scientist Terra is researching a process to create life and Naberius is seeking Dr Frankenstein’s journal to help Terra and raise his army.
Pros: Action scenes were great and action packed.
Cons: Another demons vs angels (gargoyles really) was just another bust.
Rating: 2/5 Stars. From the trailer this thriller looked like it would be fun to see but besides the action scenes I was not a thrilled viewer.

Shrek (2001)

Shrek (2001).

 

Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

Screenplay: Ted Elliot

Cast: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz

Genre: Family, Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Budget: $60,000,000

Gross: $267,652,016

Synopsis: An ogre, Shrek (Mike Myers), goes on a quest to find the king since his swamp is now filled with fairytale creatures, including donkey (Eddie Murphy), who joins the quest. The king decides he will move the creatures if Shrek rescues princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz). However Fiona turns into an ogre at night and is surprised Shrek has come to save her. The only way to break Fiona’s spell is loves first kiss. Without knowing Shrek and Fiona kiss and she turns into an ogre.

Pros: A great family movie. Definitely a movie to watch over and over again with the children.

Cons: It can be a bit scary for the younger kids.

Rating: 4/5 Stars. I would recommend it. It is a great family movie and down right hilarious thanks to Donkey.

Lucy (2014)

Lucy (2014).

 

Just watched this trailer and wow. My gut reaction was another typical crime/ gangster movie but I am wrong. Scarlett Johanson and Morgan Freeman look good. I like the twist and the graphics look interesting. I am excited to go see this and review it.

The Croods (2013)

The Croods (2013).

 

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=croods&qs=n&form=QBVR&pq=croods&sc=8-5&sp=-1&sk=#view=detail&mid=51B45DE56EB4E9BD948E51B45DE56EB4E9BD948EThe Croods (2013)

Director: Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders
Screenplay: Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders
Cast: Nicholas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone,
Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Budget: n/a
Gross: n/a

Synopsis: The Croods, A prehistoric Neanderthal family, travel in search of a new cave because a Homosapien Boy(Ryan Reynolds)  warned Eep (Emma Stone) that their cave will collapse and it did. It is about their fantastic journey of the new world and how it has completely changed their looks on life.

Pros: Great animation. The animators came up with what looked like an Arizona, Colorado inspired landscape. It had such lush color and detail in the Journey. The depth to Ugg, Eep and Guy were also fantastic.

Cons: I have nothing negative to say. This was absolutely a fantastic movie.

Rating: 5/5 stars. A great movie for the whole family. Something for both adults and kids to watch repeatedly. If you haven’t seen it go do so and bring as many people with you.

Scary People, Movies and a real mystery-instead of packing

PBS has an ancestry show called Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. I never saw it before, but the other night Stephen King was one of their subjects so of course I had to tune in. What I like about this show is that in addition to researching articles and records, they do a DNA test that geographically shows where your ancestors are from. What I don’t love is that they focus on 3 people each episode so you’re constantly switching back and forth, and the subjects don’t go on their own journey – they don’t do the research themselves.

But ancestry is always fascinating to hear about. Stephen King learned some incredible things about his ancestors, particularly their actions during the time of slavery. Watching this person, whose mind has invented so many stories and characters, learn details of his own story was actually kind of fun.

 

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