Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

godzilla-king-of-the-monsters-2019-movieDirector: Michael Dougherty

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 132 Minutes

Main Cast: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Ziyi Zhang, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds

Plot: Following on from the events of 2014’s Godzilla, crypto-zoological agency Monarch are left defending themselves against criticism from the government as well as a bigger threat in the form of the three-headed King Ghidorah.

My Thoughts: I knew I would regret not seeing this in the cinema. Not because it was a cinematic masterpiece, in fact, it was far from it, but the monster scenes are just so damn cool. Yes, they’re quite dark – although not nearly as dark as I expected after all the reviews, or maybe I was remembering that GoT episode where I could see naff all – but I’d rather that than be able to see too much CGI.

Where it falls flat however are the humans. I’m quite happy to have a story arc there, it’s needed to be honest otherwise the movie would be an assault on the senses, but I just didn’t care enough about any of the characters other than Madison, played by Millie Bobby Brown. Also, it could well be because I’m a big fan of hers because of Stranger Things, but I felt like she out-acted everyone else there without even trying. She’s too good for this movie.

At the end of the day though, I watched King of the Monsters because I wanted to see destruction and monsters, and I got plenty of that. I wasn’t bored at any point (although I did keep checking Twitter to see who won Love Island) and so really…my expectations were met! Am I crazily excited for the next Godzilla movie? Not really. Will I go and see it anyway? Absolutely – and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.

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Best Bit: I’d heard that Mothra was a fan favourite but wow – isn’t she just stunning? In fact, all of the monsters are stunning. I also loved how in the credits, the monsters are listed with the other characters and are credited as playing themselves. That made me chuckle.

Worst Bit: Was I meant to laugh when that pilot ejected himself from his jet to avoid being eaten only to fly up into the monster’s jaws and get devoured? Because I did. That was hilarious. Also – anything that came out of Dr. Rick Stanton’s mouth made me cringe. What a gross character.

Fun Trivia: On the map showing the monarch sites for all the found titans, there is an area over Scotland as a nod towards the Loch Ness monster.

My Rating: 3 and a half moths fluttering around your bedroom at night. Just be glad they’re normal-sized…

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Going Off Topic (#18) Summer Lovin’

I’ve been so active on the blog for a few months and yet I haven’t posted anything for a week. You know why? I haven’t watched a movie for a week! Can you believe it?! It’s down to two things. The first being the UK had a bit of a heatwave and I honestly almost melted. The other being I got sucked into the reality show Love Island which took away all of my almost non-existent free time. The final is tonight though so I’m hoping to get back into a regular schedule this week!

What’s coming up next month though is…my 30th Birthday! Urgh. I’m going to be 30. It feels weird to be hitting that milestone age but yet I don’t feel too badly about it. I’m married, I have a gorgeous and hilarious little toddler, we have a house and mortgage, and I feel fairly accomplished with that. Any chance of a career has been pushed aside but hey – you can’t have it all!

So on my 30th Birthday, 23rd August, I’ll be flying out on holiday with said husband and toddler, as well as my parents and littlest brother, to the USA! We’re going to New York for 4 nights and then over to California for 10 nights to do Disney, Universal and chill at the beaches. I honestly can’t wait. I obviously won’t be on the blog for those 2 weeks but I’ve got some of my reviews from my older blog scheduled so at least there will be something posted from here regularly whilst I’m gone.

In other news, I’m almost finished with S3 of Stranger Things. It’s been a slow start and I don’t think it’s better than S2 (yet!) but there have been some amazing moments so far, like Daddy Hopper and the antics at Scoops Ahoy. I’ve heard it ends with a bang so I’m looking forward to it! I’ve also made a start on S2 of Big Little Lies which is looking promising so far.

The cinema releases seem to be unusually quiet for this time of year, but I’m chalking that up to no one wanting to release anything at the same time as The Lion King. I might venture out to see The Current War just for the cast, but other than that there’s nothing worth seeing until this weekend when Hobbs & Shaw comes out! I’ve only seen 2 of the Fast & Furious movies but Hobbs & Shaw looks like so much fun – I can’t wait!

So thanks for bearing with me while I haven’t been around – I’ll be catching up real soon!

The Lake House (2006)

the-lake-house-2006-movie-posterDirector: Alejandro Agresti

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Runtime: 99 Minutes

Main Cast: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Christopher Plummer, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Willeke Van Ammelrooy, Dylan Walsh, Shohreh Aghdashloo

Plot: Kate leaves a letter at her lake house home before she leaves asking the new owner to forward any mail she gets. Alex, the new owner replies with confusion as the house has been abandoned for years. A romance blossoms between the two as they exchange letters but a problem is apparent, Kate lives in 2006 and Alex lives in 2004.

My Thoughts: Ah yes, I’ve slipped into that stage of actor obsession where I start digging up their old romance movies. In my defence, my local cinema doesn’t seem to showing anything other than 30 screenings a day of The Lion King. Although, I’m behind on the Blind Spot Series and my watch list certainly isn’t getting any smaller so…

Anyway – onto the movie! I’m marking this as spoilers because I’m not sure how much of the plot is general knowledge. It took me far too long to actually let my brain switch off and enjoy this movie for what it is, I was definitely taking it too seriously for too long. You know that meme of Charlie Day with his map and markers looking a bit crazy? That was me for the first 45 minutes at least. I kept pausing and trying to work out how any of it was possible!

If you don’t like the sound of a magical mailbox with the power to deliver letters to and from the future then this isn’t the movie for you. But if you can push that to one side, The Lake House is actually a nice little romantic story. If Sandra Bullock gets to do another romantic movie with one of my favourite actors though I swear…it’s just not fair!

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Best Bit: I’m not normally this sappy but I loved the final scene where Kate and Alex finally meet again. Just too darn cute!

Worst Bit: The Lady who works the counter at that fancy restaurant is the worst. Like, you get all snobby when announcing that you’re fully booked till October because that’s just how good the place is, then get all confused when Keanu Reeves wants to book a table in 2 years time? If Keanu wants a table in 2 years time you GIVE him the table in 2 years time!

Fun Trivia: The actual house did not exist, and was built for the movie, then dismantled. In using Google Earth to see the house, enter 41.7142, -87.8901 in the window on the Fly To tab. This will take you to the center of the lake. Zoom to the clearing on the eastern shore. Then select April 29, 2005 as the date.

My Rating: 3 copies of Persuasion by Jane Austen, and if you happen to leave them behind at a train station, just ask Keanu to fetch them for you!

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Top 5 Non-Christmassy Christmas Movies: Christmas in July Blogathon

Originally posted at Drew’s Movie Reviews to kick off his blogathon. Go check out Drew’s blog now if you don’t follow him already!

You try saying that title after a few cups of eggnog! Does anyone actually drink eggnog? I’ve heard it in Christmas songs I’ve seen it in Christmas movies…but I’ve never actually had any! I guess there’s a first time for everything. Speaking of which, this is certainly not the first time I’ve taken part in Drew’s Christmas in July Blogathon, but it IS the first time I’ve sent my post to him on time! For…any actual Blogathon he’s hosted, actually. I’m so sorry Drew!

It’s getting tougher each year to pick a topic for my post, but after last year when I defended Die Hard’s status as a Christmas movie my theme for this year has picked itself out. I’m going to list my Top 5 Non-Christmassy Christmas movies! You know, those movies you find yourself watching in October or November when the festive vibes are kicking in, but it’s not socially acceptable to be in the festive spirit yet!

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#5 Die Hard (1988)

Defending Die Hard’s Christmassy status is difficult enough, but last year Bruce Wilis himself declared that it wasn’t a Christmas movie. C’mon, man! When the winter months are filled with sickly sweet family movies, sometimes you need to see Bruce Willis kick some ass whilst still feeling festive.

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#4 Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)

I love a good rom com, and Bridget Jones’ Diary is up there with the best of the very best. Bridget is just so relatable, and the scene with her and Mark Darcy with his ugly Christmas jumper is brilliant!

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#3 The Harry Potter Series (2001 – 2011)

Christmas features very sporadically in all of the Harry Potter movies but for years now, the main UK TV channels feature them heavily in December, and so for that reason, it’s sort of become a tradition to watch them annually at that time of year.

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#2 Shazam! (2019)

This year has actually brought a new movie to my annual Christmas watch list! (I’m going to have to START in July at this rate). Shazam! has it all, it’s a cool and funny superhero movie, it has some touching family moments…and it takes place at Christmas! Winner winner, turkey dinner.

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#1 Just Friends (2005)

I’m a huuuge Ryan Reynolds fan, and Just Friends features Ryan Reynolds at what I consider one of the best moments in his career. Embarrassingly, I could probably recite the entire movie to you, I’ve watched it that often!

Now, as part of Drew’s blogathon, he hosts a huge celebrity party (ever the hostess with the most-ess) and we’re allowed to bring any guest we choose. I seem to have worked my way through the entire male Star Wars cast…but I don’t think you need more than one guess as to who I’m bringing this year…

Keanu, we are going to have a most excellent time!

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The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

the-dead-don't-die-movie-poster-2019Director: Jim Jarmusch

Genre: Comedy, Horror

Runtime: 104 Minutes

Main Cast: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Carol Kane, Caleb Landry Jones, Selena Gomez

Plot: Something’s going wrong in Centerville. It isn’t getting dark at night, phone and TV signal is becoming dodgy at best, there’s a crazy Scottish lady working at the funeral parlour…and the dead are coming back to life.

My Thoughts: The last Jim Jarmusch movie I saw was Patterson, and I dragged my friend Jenna with me to see it. She…fell asleep. I think movie fans can agree Jarmusch’s movies are very different to most mainstream movies. I liked Patterson just fine, but that’s about it. My local wasn’t even showing The Dead Don’t Die, so I started my hunt for a movie date. Jenna was a firm no, but my bestie Steph who also loves Adam Driver was up for it! I’m not sure I’ll have company for the next movie though…

What can I say? I think I loved it. The tone is set straight away. It’s quiet, it’s slow, the humour is deadpan and the lines are all delivered in monotone. It certainly isn’t a movie that will appeal to many! In fact, I think Steph summed it up perfectly when the credits rolled and she turned to me and said ‘What the f**k did I just watch?!’. I mean, it comes to something when painting the faces of two corpses who keep waking up is the least weird thing that Tilda Swinton did.

In fact, I know I loved it. I loved Hermit Bob not giving a toss about the cops, I loved Steve Buscemi being an absolute jerk, and I loved watching Adam Driver rock up to a crime scene in a Smart car with the roof down because it’s the only way he could possibly fit in! I like my movies to be a bit weird, out there and different from anything else I’ve seen before, and this just ticked all of my boxes. Besides, I can’t turn down the opportunity to see Adam Driver in not only thick-rimmed glasses but in uniform!

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Best Bit: Apart from the Smart car, and the conversation between Adam Driver and Bill Murray about ‘the script’, I loved the diner scene when each of them entered slowly, looked at both corpses, walked back out, and came up with the exact same theory. It even got repeated word for word on the radio later on. I also need that song in my car!

Worst Bit: I’ve watched a fair few horrors recently, Midsommar, It, Brightburn, Us…none of them made me feel so ill as when that guy scooped his cat’s food onto a plate and then PUT THE FORK IN HIS MOUTH. I just gagged even thinking about it.

Fun Trivia: When the three cops are driving down the road toward the cemetery, Adam Driver’s character leans out the window with a machete to cut off the head of one particular zombie. This zombie is dressed in the same clothes and with the same hair as Bill Murray’s character in the 2009 zom-com Zombieland.

My Rating: 4 and a half UFOs, because…honestly, I don’t know!

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Thursday Movie Picks: Blockbuster Flops

Sometimes, after spending literally hundreds of millions of dollars on acting talent, special effects and marketing, a movie flops at the box office. More often than not, these movies are Blockbusters – those movies sometimes based on other movies, books or TV shows. Most of the time, the flop is justified. The movie was just downright terrible. But that isn’t always the case, and I guess this week Wandering Through the Shelves has set us bloggers the task of defending some of those failed movies.

I used this Wikipedia article to help me define what the biggest movie flops are, and these are 3 of those movies that I don’t think deserved to do so badly.

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Ghostbusters (2016) Production Budget: $144m Worldwide Gross: £229m

I loved the all-female Ghostbusters remake. Not because I’m a woman and I want women to have bigger roles in the industry, but because it was a fun movie and it made me laugh. In fact, it was the first Ghostbusters movie I ever watched, I watched the original for the first time last year and wasn’t that impressed (don’t @ me). What annoys me so much is wondering how much of a factor internet trolls were to the failure of the remake. If anyone’s seen the movie and hated it that’s fine, everyone has their own opinion, but to hate on a movie before even seeing it is just childish!

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Rise of the Guardians (2012) Production Budget: $145m Worldwide Gross: £306m

Honestly, I was shocked to find Rise of the Guardians in that Wikipedia list. I think it’s such a beautiful animated movie. It’s definitely geared more towards being a Christmas movie but it covers a lot of other holidays too. The voice cast is stellar (Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law to name a few) and the story is so sweet. If you’ve never seen it before please just do me this one favour and give it a try!

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Green Lantern (2011) Production Budget: $220m Worldwide Gross: $219m

Yeah, yeah, you rolled your eyes so hard I heard them! I know Green Lantern isn’t a good movie. I watched it before I got into the genre and didn’t know better. Anyone who’s ever read a Green Lantern comic could write a better script, and the bad guy was butchered in the development phases. BUT. Are you telling me that Green Lantern deserves a flop sticker when movies like Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad are labeled as huge successes?