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  1. ARCHIVE (2020) 3/5 (No spoilers) This could have been a great cyber-punk thriller if it wasn't for the poor and often confusing editing. ARCHIVE tells the story of an isolated widower (Theo James) secretly working on resurrecting his dead wife's conscience (Stacy Martin) in an android-body. Basically its BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935) fused with a whole bunch of other A.I. thrillers. DON'T go into this film knowing nothing, watch the trailer first, because the set-up is not clear; you need to understand the wife IS dead from the start. But the biggest hurdle I had in this film
  2. All the films I watched that were released in 2020: 1) BAD BOYS FOR LIFE - Seen it twice, still a solid action film. 2) #ALIVE - Outstanding original Korean zombie film focusing on isolation. 3) THE INVISIBLE MAN - Amazing the first time and full of suspense but admittedly slow the 2nd time once you know everything. 4) EXTRACTION - Solid action piece but spoiled by weak characterization. Still no idea why/how 14 yr olds go to niteclubs though. 5) TRAIN TO BUSAN: PENINSULA - Not as bad as they say despite the hokey climax. Unfairly compared to the first film. 6) DA 5 BLOODS - En
  3. KINGDOM (season 1&2) This Korean historical period horror series is one of the best things to ever happen to the zombie genre. The King has secretly turned into a zombie...but The Queen and royal officials declare he is merely sick and keep him hidden and locked away from everyone. Suspecting he's being lied to, the king's illegitimate son; The Crown Prince, defies The Queen and commits treason by leaving the palace against her will in search of the truth and in doing so uncovers a plot to rule the kingdom and the beginnings of a terrible plague. KINGDOM is a clever blend o
  4. WONDER WOMAN 1984 (2020) 2.5 (No spoilers) WW84 was 2020's last hope for a big Hollywood hit but being the only big 'summer' event movie we'd get Warner Bros basically kicked us in the balls and told us to suck it up . It's a joke of film with a shoddy, dumb, goofy script that takes it audience for IDIOTS! Firstly, it's too damn long. Why does it take 2.5 hrs to tell such a simple story? Even the first two AVENGERS films were shorter. The pacing here is really off with some unnecessarily-long sequences and redundant scenes including the pointless prologue followed by an action
  5. #ALIVE (2020) 4/5 (No spoilers) Now showing on Netflix is this Korean zombie-thriller which can only be described as 'CASTAWAY (2000) with zombies'. It tells the story of Oh-Joon (Yoo Ah-In), a young man trapped alone at home while hordes of undead surround his apartment complex. With telephone lines down and no internet, isolation starts to kick in along with lonliness and hunger making this film especially relevant in Covid times. With its intelligent themes this is not your basic zombie action movie like TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016). Although there IS a lot of action in #ALIVE its
  6. Cobra Kai: season 3 was alright. Not as good as the first two seasons IMO but I may be in the minority.
  7. DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990) 4/5 (No spoilers) Saw this at the cinema back in the day and it bored the s*** out of me. Caught it again on TV recently and thought it was really good. I watched the 4hr special edition version this time and although the film isn't as boring as I remember I can certainly see there was plenty of stuff to cut out. It's quite a poetic film with its sweeping landscapes, joining of two cultures and the story of a man "finding himself" so its easy to see why it won Best Picture. At the time Costner was mocked for having made a vanity project but it all worked wel
  8. Da fuq?! Birds of Prey??!!! That's one of my top 3 worst. As for Parasite, I get that foreign language/art-house isn't everyone's cup of tea but that's still pretty low down the list. I see people didn't mention Extraction, Bloodshot or The Old Guard? I'm still waiting for Wonder Woman 1984 before I do a list.
  9. UNHINGED (2020) 3/5 (No spoilers) Here's a cat and mouse thriller with Russell Crowe on top menacing form playing a deranged road-rager. It's a little film under 90 mins with a modest budget and reminded me of THE HITCHER (1986) and FALLING DOWN (1993) only nowhere near as good. I was actually surprised an actor of Crowe's calibre would agree to this film. Although Crowe's performance as the antagonist is good (despite having no emotional range) the writing especially for his character seems to be lacking; this was quite frustrating because with so little known about the antagon
  10. LAST CHRISTMAS (2018) 3/5 (No spoilers) When the trailer came out for this film it seemed everyone had guessed what the twist was so it goes without saying, avoid the trailer if you can. It's a Christmas romantic-comedy and that's all you need to know. Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding make a decent couple and have good chemistry but there's also a lack of intimacy between the two beyond simple flirting. As a result I found the story to not quite be as romantic as I had expected - if you know the twist then you will realize why. I also found that the leading couple weren't necess
  11. TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA (2020) 3.5/5 (No spoilers) The original TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016) was very entertaining and one of the best zombies movies in recent times so obviously the sequel had a lot to live up to. Many people thought this new film was disappointing and a total shift from the original but I enjoyed it. The sequel was never gonna be like the first film cos you can't repeat the same "trapped-with-zombies-in-a-confined-space" scenario all over again. This time the story takes place in the quarantined and zombie-infested South Korean Peninsula where a group of s
  12. BORAT: SUBSEQUENT MOVIE FILM (2020) 3/5 (No spoilers) I never thought we'd get another Borat film so I was happy to see him return - but I wondered how Sasha Baron Cohen's best character as a Kazakhstan journalist could once again go undetected in modern society now that the whole world knows who he is. With this tricky dilemma, I wasn't expecting this new film to be as good as the first but it still has some stand-out moments. What's impressive about this film is that it was shot only recently this past summer 2020 and uses the current state of the world as a well-timed backdro
  13. BLADE: TRINITY (2004) 2/5 (No spoilers) It's well-documented that this was a troubled production largely thanks to Wesley Snipes's behaviour and his disapproval of the newly re-written script despite him being a producer. But if you watch the film you can already see that a lot of the film's criticism has to fall on David S. Goyer's bad direction; he should have stayed in the writer's chair for what was already a bad script, having him direct as well just made it worse. One of the biggest criticisms about BLADE TRINITY is Ryan Reynolds; his jokes are just irritating and do not b
  14. MISSING IN ACTION 2: THE BEGINNING (1985) 2.5/5 (No spoilers) I hadn't seen this film since the early 90s when I had it in my VHS collection and back then I just saw it as harmless fun. As a much more mature viewer now its easier to spot its faults. The fact that it stars Chuck Norris and is a Cannon film should already be a sign you're in for a cheap exploitation movie but there are still a few things that could have been avoided; most notably the bad pacing and obvious exposition in the opening scenes. The plot is fairly simple; Col. Braddock (Chuck) and co are held captive i
  15. Oh I forgot about "Magda" in Octopussy (1983) specifically in her circus ringleader outfit. And Alison Doodey in A View To A Kill (1985) in her riding gear. I love a bit of posh totty. Caroline Moore in The Spy Who Shagged Me (1977) also worthy.
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