Movie Review: Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

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Rating7/107-10

Year Released: 2014

Directors Name: Kiah Roache-Turner

Lead Actors: Jay Gallagher/Bianca Bradey/Leon Burchill/Keith Agius

Production Company: Guerilla Films

Genre: Horror/Comedy

Movie Blurb(From IMBd): Barry is a talented mechanic and family man whose life is torn apart on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. His sister, Brooke, is kidnapped by a sinister team of gas-mask wearing soldiers & experimented on by a psychotic doctor. While Brooke plans her escape Barry goes out on the road to find her & teams up with Benny, a fellow survivor – together they must arm themselves and prepare to battle their way through hordes of flesh-eating monsters in a harsh Australian bushland.

Review:
Most nights I turn on Netflix in the living room and beg my parents to watch a movie with me. I don’t mind watching movies alone, but I much prefer watching with other people. I have been passing this movie a lot lately, stopping to read the information and then moving on. I finally decided that my parents and I would finally watch this movie and I am so glad that we did!

First of all, you throw in the word Zombie and I will roll my eyes and add it to my list of movies to watch.  I love zombie movies and they seem to have gotten worse over the years. I love the cheesy, crappy, B-movie vibe to them.

Wyrmwood had a three star rating on Netflix, so it was basically a go. Anything over 2 stars we will give a go.

It actually starts out like any other zombie movie. One day everything is fine, the next day everyone is waking up to zombies digging around in their kitchen, or being a zombie themselves. It’s all serious running from zombies and watching the main character killing his family after they have turned.

Until…

One man gets his head blown off in the woods because the idiot with the gun thought it was another zombie. And the hilarity starts.

Yes, this is not just a horror movie, it’s a comedy. I don’t know if what meant to come out that way, but it did and I loved it!

The only thing that really struck me as odd was the beginning. There is a photoshoot and the model basically spazzes out and turns into a zombie. She was not bitten, she didn’t die…she just becomes a zombie. It just didn’t make much sense really. And while it bothered me at first, I realized how genius and hilarious it is that green gas seems to come from the zombies mouths. My favorite line of the movie “He is farting out of  his mouth.”

I went into this looking for a dumb zombie movie. I got my dumb zombie movie, but I enjoyed it fare more than I thought I would. It made me laugh and I like a good horror/comedy that makes me laugh.

I have read some of the reviews for this movie and there seems to be a lot of hate. Yes, it is a low budget movie and the acting isn’t so great, but it was a very entertaining movie and I would watch it again in the future.

This movie has its ups and downs and in the end I give it a 7 out of 10. It’s funny and different and I love all the Australian accents.

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Movie Review: Home

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Rating9/109-10

Year Released: 2015

Directors Name: Tim Johnson

Writers: Tom J. Astle/ Matt Ember

Lead Actors: Jim Parsons/Rihanna/Steve Martin/Jenifer Lopez

Genre: Animation/Adventure/Comedy

Movie Blurb(From IMBd): When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.

Review: This movie is so adorable. I loved every minute and it even made me tear up a little. An alien race takes over Earth and somehow, one human escapes the human round up. Suddenly she is the odd man out. Then there is Oh. An alien who is just clumsy, different, and the outcast of the entire Boov species. While Oh is running from a mistake he runs into Tip and together they go on a quest to find Tip’s mom.

I instantly fell in love with Oh, because he is so much like me. He thinks differently from most of everyone around him. He is clumsy like I am…I trip over flat surfaces and I get tongue tied so easily. I party when no one else parties. I am Oh!

On top of falling in love with Oh, you just feel so bad for Tip. She is the only human left and she has no idea what has happened to the rest of the humans in the world. She doesn’t even know if her mother is still alive.

This movie is so heartwarming and I have no shame in how much I enjoyed it. It’s the perfect movie for days when you are just not having a good day and you need something that make you cry, laugh, and enjoy with a big bag of popcorn. I would recommend this for anyone that wants to watch a good family movie. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

Movie Review: The Boxtrolls

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Rating 8/10
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Year Released: 2014

Directors: Graham Annable/Anthony Stacchi

Production Company: Laika Entertainment

Lead Actors: Isaac Hempstead/Elle Fanning

Genre: Animation/Adventure/Comedy

Rating: 8/10

Movie Blurb(From IMBd): THE BOXTROLLS are a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of a city called Cheesebridge. The story is about a young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator, the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher. When Snatcher comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls. Eggs decides to venture above ground and “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie. Together, they devise a daring plan to save The BoxTrolls family. The film is based upon the children’s novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow.

Review:
I remember seeing  previews for this movie and my inner child screamed at me that it needed to see this movie. The trolls were adorable and the one scene in the previews where Eggs (Boy pretending to be a troll) takes off his box and all the Boxtrolls freak out because he is suddenly a human, just too funny. I love kids movies, so when I found this on Netflix I knew I had to check it out!

The beginning was adorable, watching this human child being raised by trolls, but his bond with Fish goes beyond his bond with the other trolls. Eggs grows up thinking he is no different from the creatures he has grown up around. Until he meets Winnie, a little rich girl who knows something is wrong with what they have been told about the Boxtrolls. Honestly, my first thought of Winnie was that she was a whiny little rich girl, but she saw something that the adults didn’t see. She saw the human boy among the trolls.

It is so true to real life, because a child will always see what an adult is too busy to see.

From there, the whole town starts to develop and wake up to what this little girl has been trying to tell them. Eggs is out to save his Boxtroll friends from being hunted down by Archibald Snatcher, the evil man looking to make a profit off  the misfortune of these misunderstood creatures.

The more I think about it, the more it says about our own human nature. How we are so quick to judge and run from things we don’t understand.

Let’s not get into that though.

The only thing that I found odd about this movie was how well Eggs spoke English when the trolls didn’t say much at all. I assume that Eggs is not around many humans at all, he has been raised by trolls to fear the humans. So, explain to me how he can clearly communicate with Winnie when he first meets her. There was no lack of communication, he just spoke and explained everything. I understand this is a child’s movie, but even as a child I feel like I would have questioned how well Eggs spoke. Maybe the Boxtrolls knew just enough to teach Eggs?

In the end, I really enjoyed this movie. It was cute and it made me smile. I would surly watch it again. And if you are looking forward to seeing it, it’s still available on Netflix as I post this. No telling how long that will last though. Ugh, Netflix.

If you have seen this, what did you think about it? Do you plan on checking it out? Am I crazy for loving this kids movie?

Movie Review: The 5th Wave

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My Rating:
9.5 Stars

Overall Reaction:

I loved this movie. I have read the book…a few times actually. I went into this not expecting much. I thought it would be a great movie simply because of Chloe Moretz. I love her as an actress, she never disappoints. But I didn’t expect this to really follow the book to well.

It actually followed the book close enough to keep me happy. They made Teacup way to soft for my liking. She was a tough little girl in the book. The romance between Cassie and Evan didn’t really spark until they left his farm, which in the book the romance happened while they were at his farm.  And then there is the romance between Ringer and Zombie, which is not super prominent in the book, but it was almost non existent in the movie. My mom said she could tell there was a little something there, so maybe I am just being too harsh on the movie.

The Acting:

All the actors were so amazing! Chloe Moretz did not disappoint. She gave a great performance as I expected. Zackary Arthur (Sam) was such an amazing little actor and I loved Sam even more for Zackary’s acting. He is such a talented kid and I hope we see more from him.

Now, I don’t know if it was Maika Monroe, who played Ringer, or if it was just the character all together, but honestly I could not stand Ringer. I wanted to punch her half the time. Her only saving grace was towards the end of the movie, but again, it could just be the character and have nothing to do with the acting.

And how gorgeous is Alex Roe, who played Evan Walker. I know everyone is focused on Nick Robinson, who played Ben Parish and he is an amazing actor and adorable. But Alex Roe…the eyes maybe. Or maybe I just love Evan Walker more than Ben Parish? Am I too attached to the characters of the book and ignore the greatness of the characters of the movie?

The Story line:

Aside from the book, the story line was really well done. There was really nothing that a viewer would be lost about, that someone who read the book would understand. Everything was seamless and so well written. I feel like it was never lost that these were just teenagers and young kids, being forced to fight for their lives. Maybe it was the show of hormones that helped keep things in perspective.

Conclusion:

Please, do yourself a favor and go see this movie. It really is a fantastic movie and worth the 12 bucks to go to the theater to see it. It’s so full of emotion. There are moments where you will cry, moments where you will laugh, and moments where you will sit on the edge of your seat. Action, a little sprinkle of romance, and wonderful actors. If I wasn’t so broke, I would go see it again.

Movie Review: The Visit

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Rating: 5 Stars

Release Date: September 11th, 2015
Director/Writer: M. Night Shyamalan

I’m sure there is more information you should know about this…but we will go with what I got there.

So, I went with some friends Friday night to see this movie. Granted, I have not seen a movie in theaters since November of last year. I haven’t had the money…okay, that’s a lie. I haven’t had the friends to go with. Thank goodness I have a few friends that will go to the movies with me now.

Of course, being the big fan of horror and M. Night Shyamalan that I am, I was determined to go see The Visit. Lucky for me, the guys I went with wanted to see it too. Yay! 

This starts off pretty interesting, you find out that the mother of the two kids has not seen her parents since she was 19. It has been a long time, and she isn’t going with them to see their grandparents. You quickly realize that the movie is going to be from the perspective of the kids, as they are filming everything.

I know, this whole genre…or whatever it’s called, has been played to death. So many movies are now taking the whole “home video” route that it’s just annoying now. Actually, I always thought that it was annoying. Luckily, this is not like those movies. The camera is not all over the place and totally shaky. It’s really well done and didn’t annoy the crap out of me.

This movie does stay true to the M. Night twist that we are all used to, so I will not go further into detail about this movie. I would hate to ruin it for you. I will say that I loved this movie. I jumped at least three times and screamed/squeaked once. It’s not so much of a scary/bloody movie as it is a more psychological thriller. It’s interesting.

I would say that it is totally worth the price of seeing it in theaters, because jumps scares are always better on the big screen.

Have you seen it yet? What did you think? Please, no spoilers in the comments.

Netflix Movie Review: The Babadook

If it’s in a word. Or it’s in a look. You can’t get rid of…The Babadook.
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Let’s get a little information out of the way first.

Release Date: November 28, 2014
Director and Writer: Jennifer Kent
Main Stars: Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman
Production Company: Causeway films and Smoking Gun Productions
Length: 93 Minutes
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller

IMDb Blurb
A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

My Blurb
Amelia was in a tragic accident while on the way to the hospital to give birth to her son, Samuel. The wreck caused the death of her husband, leaving her alone with their child. Now, Sam is a trouble child who is always making things difficult on Amelia. It’s so bad that her own sister doesn’t even want to be around Sam. Leaving Amelia even more alone.
Sam also has a fear of monsters, and it’s not until Amelia reads a childrens story to Sam that she starts to realize, that maybe the monsters are real after all. Or at least one, the Babadook.

My Thoughts
I went into this movie the way I go into all horror movies now days, ready to be disappointed and not expecting much out of it. I took the advice of a blogger friend TheRobotDrummer and decided to check it out. Again, a little leery because the movies that most people like and find scary, I end up laughing at and questioning why I watched it in the first place.

To my surprise I very much enjoyed this movie. The whole thing was fantastically put together. The whole movie had a dark look to it, everything was washed out. It was the perfect mix of dark and light to give it a good scary movie feel without having to cut out all the lights so you could see what was going on.

There were a few jump scares that I enjoyed and while I didn’t have trouble sleeping that night, I did have a moment of panic while I was watching the movie. The hair on the back of my neck, though only a second, did raise.

If you plan to watch the movie, avoid this next section. I can’t help it, I just have to talk about it. But when you watch it, come back and let me know what you thought.

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There is one part in the movie where I was certain that the mother had just gone crazy. She is super stressed, as she is the only one providing for this small family. She has no time to date because she is too busy working and taking care of her son. She is lonely, and her son can be a handful.

About mid way through the movie I was wondering if maybe there was no monster at all, but the mother had flipped her lid and was harming her son without actually realizing it.

There is one part where the mother goes to the police station to tell them about the book and that there may be someone stalking her. Her hands are covered in black, which I first thought was the soot from where she burned the book. I then remembered earlier on in the movie her sister had said something about Amelia had been a writer. It made me think that the black on her hands was ink and she was the one who had written the book to scare her son.

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Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. It kept me on edge. It really messes with your head too. I would totally watch this movie again and would add it to the shelf of favorite horror movies.

Toodles

Netflix Movie Review: Silent House

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Okay people of the internet…and those wonderful enough to follow my blog. It’s high time I brought you a new movie review. My goal here is to review at least one movie found on Netflix, once a month. Simply because that allows me to have an excuse to sit down and watch a movie, but it’s not a ton of time out of my busy schedule. It’s a win win for everyone.

I went searching for a movie to watch and came across Silent House. I remember the previews for it and decided I wanted to watch it simply because another Olsen sister has surfaced and there is a possibility she is a better actor than her sisters. Let’s face it, the Olsen twins are not great actors…they were cute once.

Moving on. This movie waste no time getting into the thrill. Maybe ten minutes into the movie, Sarah (Elizabeth Olsen), starts hearing things upstairs.

But let’s back up for a minute. The movie is about a girl, her father, and her uncle, working on a family vacation home. They are renovating it so they can put it on the market. You will notice that all the windows are blackened out and the only light source in the house are the lanterns and flashlights that the three have.

As I was saying before, it’s not long before Sarah starts hearing things upstairs. Her uncle has left the house to blow off steam, leaving Sarah and her father alone to explore the house, to find what is making the noise. Once every room and corner has been checked, Sarah is scolded by her father for not having her room packed. She is left in her room to finish. A few minutes later something bangs the wall, causing pictures to fall.

Of course, Sarah is going to go check it out. What kind of horror movie would this be if she didn’t. She finds her father knocked out in one of the rooms. Of course, the house has no phone line and the cell phones have no service. Sarah tries to get out of the house, but for some odd reason they have locked the door from the inside, and the key that usually hangs beside the door is missing.

Blah blah blah. We all know how the story goes. Now, I am not going to lie. I had this movie figured out in the first five minutes. It was too obvious!

So, if you want to watch the movie, go right ahead, but skip to the end of the post to avoid spoilers. If not, scroll on down and read the spoiler!

SpoilerSo here is what happened. Sarah was molested by her father and evidently her uncle knew about it. Or he was in on it too.. I didn’t really understand that much. Being back in the house has caused Sarah to go a little mental. Why wouldn’t she though? She was molested by the one man a girl should always be able to trust!

The person in the house ends up being her. She is the one who knocked out her father and she is also the one who kills him, though it’s obvious when this happens. It’s just like the story line of “The Uninvited.” They could have at least tried to hide it a little better.

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Let’s talk about the other parts of the movie that annoyed me. I understand this was supposed to be one of those “in the moment” movies where you follow the main character, almost as if you are in the movie. But…didn’t they learn anything from “Cloverfield?” Can we please be over the movies where the camera moves all over the place? It bothers my eyes and I just can’t enjoy the movie.

So why only 2 Jason Mask rating? Because it was predictable and not at all scary. It didn’t make me jump…”Not even a little bit, Not even at all.” (Tell me what movie that quote is from and I will give you a cookie…Hint: It’s not a horror movie.)

Have you seen Silent House? What did you think?

Toodles

Movie Review: Big Hero 6

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I am not going to lie, I have been looking forward to this movie since the first preview. I am a sucker for Disney movies and giant cuddly robots. I just can’t help myself. I am a nerd living in a fantasy world.

I was so excited to finally see it that I just couldn’t contain myself. I have been saying “Hairy Baby” for weeks now.

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The movie starts out with Hiro entering into a robot match. Not exactly legal, and not exactly for a 14 year old kid to be into. Of course, we all know that Hiro is some kind of genius and he wins the robot fight, making the other guy angry. Like…”I’m going to let my goons kill you” kind of angry. Then, Hiro’s big brother, Tadashi drives in to save the day.

Tadashi scolds Hiro about participating in robot fights, you know, the big brother stuff. Tadashi then introduces Hiro to his “nerd school” friends. After meeting the professor that Hiro idolizes he decides he wants to put away his robot and do something good with his nerd brain and go to the college his brother goes to. You find out early on that Hiro graduated high school at the age of 13.

I am going to go ahead and tell you that this movie does not stay light and fluffy and funny for long. Something happens at the school and Tadashi dies. But, if you pay attention to the previews you already knew this was going to happen. Also, as my brother mentioned, it’s Disney. We never get away without someone dying in Disney movies. The go straight for the feels!

Hiro finds out that someone has stolen his invention and isn’t using it for good things. This invention he thought was destroyed in the accident that killed Tadashi. Now there is a mad man on the lose and Hiro, along with Tadashi’s invention, Baymax, and some friends, decide to find out who the bad guy is and stop him.

My Thoughts

To be honest, I may be a little biased when it comes to this movie. It has everything I love. A cuddly giant, a sad story, a happy ending, and tons of laughs. Also, it’s Disney and I just feel like Disney can do no wrong. I know that many disagree with me, but…we are just talking about my own personal opinion so leave me to my own.

The movie really was fantastic. I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. The graphics, of course, we fantastic. Now I want a Baymax of my own…and a genius brain of course.

I think that if you feel like watching a cute movie you should totally check it out. Or you can be one of those people that snarls your nose up at Disney and not watch it. You know…if you hate things like rainbows and kittens and puppies and unicorns. It’s okay, you can be boring if you want.

Toodles

Netflix Movie Review: Horns

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I have wanted to see this movie since the day I heard about it. Mainly because Daniel Radcliffe was staring in it. I can’t help my little nerd heart wanting to see everything that the Harry Potter clan has done. This was actually the first movie that I have gone into and expected it to be really good. My brother had already seen it and said I would like it. We don’t always agree what movies are okay, but I trust him to know what kind of things I like.

The movie is based on a novel by Joe Hill, also called Horns. I have not read the book, but after loving the movie I will be putting it on my TBR list. What can I say, I am a nerd who loves to compare novels to their movies.

Synopsis

Ig has been in love with Merrin since they were young kids. And she has been in love with him all the same. They have made plans together, marriage, kids, the whole nine yards. Then something happens and Merrin is found dead in the woods. The only person to blame is Ig.

Ig tries to convince the world that he would never hurt Merrin and that he loved her more than life itself and only one person believes him. His lawyer, Lee, who just happens to be his childhood best friend as well.

After a crazy drunken night he wakes up to find that horns have sprouted out of his head. He soon realizes that the horns come with the ability to make people spill their greatest sins to him, and do bad things on his command. Now Ig has a mission. He is going to track down Merrin’s killer and clear his name.

Personal Perspective

I was pleasantly pleased with this movie. Honestly, I was blaming the whole town for Merrin’s death, even Ig at one very small point. Spoiler: He didn’t do it, but you had to have assumed that already.

The actors were fantastic and the story line kept moving along and never stopped for too long. There was never a dull moment, not even the flash backs to Ig’s childhood. There are some crazy things going on in this little logging town though. There are two gay cops who have secretly thought of one another in…adult ways. A doctor who likes young girls (like jail bait young girls), a nurse who doesn’t want to face the fact that her boyfriend is cheating on her, and a mother who would rather take off and leave her kid somewhere.

Let’s not mention the things that Ig’s friends and family confess to him. It’s heartbreaking to see his own mother’s sin spilling confessions.

Overall it was a great movie and I couldn’t stop smiling after the movie ended. You spend the whole movie trying to figure out what in the world is going on and who killed Ig’s girlfriend. And while he tries to find the killer you are privilaged to all the wonderful messed up people that inhabit this little town.

The only thing I would say is that if you are easily offended by crude language and sexual content…don’t watch it. It is also a good idea not to let your young kids watch it.

So, if you have seen it, what do you think? And if you see it after reading my review, please share your thoughts with me!

Toodles

Netflix Movie Review: Neverlake

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The other night my parents and I decided to hit up Netflix for a movie. We didn’t know what we wanted to watch, but there was nothing on TV so we always go for Netflix for help. I have seen many horrible movies by hitting up Netflix and thinking it would be a good movie. Especially horror movies. Being the horror movie fanatic that I am I always go for a horror movie.

Truth be known, I love stupid horror movies that are so bad you almost can’t finish them. The only thing that gets you to the end is curiosity.

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Lucky for me, Neverlake was not one of those movies! I was terribly shocked at how much I enjoyed this movie. Which is why you get a review on it. I am trying to convince you to watch this movie. If you have Netflix and some free time, what do you have to lose?

Synopsis:

Jenny has come home from school to visit her father. What she thought was going to be a fun trip spent with her father soon became boring. Jenny’s father is always away, doing something other than what he has promised Jenny. Jenny is left home with her father’s nurse.

Since her father decided not to take her on a walk through the woods to see the lake, she leaves the house to take on the adventure alone.

While at the lake, Jenny runs into a young girl who seems to be blind. The girl leads her back to a hospital where sick children are kept. Being the only kids Jenny has met on her trip and desperate for some companionship, Jenny returns to the hospital daily to read to the sick children.

Soon Jenny realizes that there is something off about the children and her father.

Opinion 

The start of the movie was a little slow. I would say give it at least 20 minutes before you go cutting off the movie. I almost turned it off to watch something else, but my mom convinced me to continue to watch it. I am so glad that I did. The movie kept me guessing the entire time and when you finally get to the root of the problem, you never would have guessed it!

This is one of those movies that I would watch over and over again. It was creepy, scary, and magical all at the same time. The ending was perfect! Unlike most horror movies that leave and open ending that makes no sense.

So, go watch it…right now. And tell me what you think!

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P.S. What do you think of me making this a regular thing on the blog? One Netflix movie review every week or every other week? It could be fun!