[Netflix] Movie Review – The Flatliners

This movie has a ton of well known actors, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt, and the main character: Keifer Sutherland. It’s a sci-fi movie from 1990 that has been recently remade in 2017. This is the 1990 version that I watched and am talking about.

As med students, the group of five friends have questions about death and what happens afterwards. Julia Roberts for example, likes interviewing patients who have had near death experiences. And then Keifer Sutherland decides to experiment. That experiment is causing himself to flatline, or die for a short period of time and then have his friends bring him back.

Eventually four out of the five friends flatline, each with unintended consequences. Their sins come back to haunt them, but only after nearly all of them have flatlined do they actually confront this piece of information.

Its an amazing cast of popular 90s actors and I love that, its very rare to have more than one star actor in a movie (unless you count the collaborative Marvel movies).

 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – The Devil and Father Amorth

This is a documentary of the inspiration behind the movie The Exorcist. It features an interview with the author of the book The Exorcist is based on, and even delves into the original exorcism that was based on.

However, this documentary features and builds up to an exorcism performed by Father Amorth, an Italian Catholic Priest who is one of the best at what he does. Father Amorth is elderly and by the end of the documentary has already succumbed to pneumonia.

The host is William Friedkin, the producer and director of The Exorcist, he explores exorcism from a religious stand point, but interviews several neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and other members of the clergy on their thoughts about the phenomena.

I have not yet watched the original movie, but I have watched other exorcism movies that are based on this idea. It is interesting to explore the basis of the movies and the myriad beliefs surrounding it.

 

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[DVD] Movie Review – Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters


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The saga continues with Sea of Monsters, the tree that has protected the camp is now dying, so Percy and his friends must brave the Sea of Monsters to retrieve the Golden Fleece, an item that could resurrect the tree.

However, their troubles follow them as Luke is also after the fleece, intending to resurrect Kronos, who in turn intends on destroying the world. Battles and fights ensue each intent on possessing the fabulous fleece.

In the end, things work out a little too well, and now a new situation evolves…

Many of the same actors from the first film reappear along with a few new faces, including Hermes, Dionysus, and Chiron.  I’m guessing that the second movie was contingent on the success of the first, so the actors were not contracted for more than one movie. It appears that there will not be a third movie at this time.

I do enjoy mythology and am glad that someone took the time to build on those myths and I enjoyed the series because of the mythology. The plot was somewhat similar to what was found in the original myths, gods playing up on one another with mortals as their pawns. I enjoyed the film, and do wish there were more.

 

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[DVD] Movie Review – Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief

I am well versed in Ancient Greek Mythology, the stories are some of my favorites. So it isn’t that far fetched for me to be interested in these new stories from Rick Riordan. I have the first book series, but yet to read them.

Pierce Brosnan is Chiron, Sean Bean (LotR) is Zeus, Uma Thurman is Medusa, and many other actors and actresses portray the other gods and demigods. This is a large cast for a single film and one that only had one sequel.

This is not another mythological story as to the beginning of the worlds or why nature is the way it is, this is a story about the War of the Gods, well their children actually. The demigods seem almost as powerful as the gods themselves (which doesn’t make sense), but the plot was semi-intriguing.

As an introduction to the series it works as an introduction to most of the characters, but as an introduction to plots it’s very limited. I’ll have to see what the movie sequel brings.

 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – I Know What You Did Last Summer

This is a classic 90s slasher film staring Jennifer Love Hewitt along with Sarah Michell Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr, Ryan Phillip, and Anne Heche. It starts innocently enough with a group of Seniors enjoying their last days of high school: beaches, booze, and babes.

Then it all goes a little bit wrong.

And then there’s the aftermath. I have watched this movie several times as it is an older movie. Though I’ve watched it with enough time in between to not clearly remember how it ends, so the ending always gets me; the Whodunit part at the end.

With so many 90s stars in the cast its fun to relive the nostalgia of that decade; the fashion, the actors themselves, and my own time in school (I was a high schooler at the time of this movie, roughly). I like re-watching it every now and again.

 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – Apollo 13

Apollo 13 is an older movie now on Netflix, I’ve seen it before and still enjoy watching it. It’s a piece of history brought to light through the movie industry. Staring Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxon, and Ed Harris.

Its the story after the moon landing, how Apollo 13 almost landed on the moon, and the race to get the three astronauts home safely. It’s a space survival story that isn’t science fiction, it actually happened.

I’m no stranger to Tom Hanks’ survival movies (I have Castaway on VHS!) and I’ve enjoyed them immensely every time I re-watch them. Apollo 13 is no exception, each time I get to relive the suspense of whether or not the astronauts will get home.

 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – The Lovely Bones

Even though this is my third time watching this movie, I only just found out that it’s based on a book by Alice Sebold of the same name. From what I gather, the movie is a severely condense version of the book (which I have not read).

Staring Saoirse Ronan, Stanely Tucci, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, and Susan Sarandon, this is a not-so-creepy ghost story. Susie (Ronan) is murdered pretty much at the beginning of the movie, there is a little build up to it, but it’s obvious that’s what’s happening.

As the “watcher” we have omnipotence and know all. We know who murdered her (Tucci). We know what the police are doing. We know what Mom (Weisz), Dad (Wahlberg), and Grandma (Sarandon) are doing. We even know what Susie is doing.

It’s interesting to see how everyone copes with the murder, including the murderer and Susie (even though she’s now deceased). I do enjoy the ending, it is beautifully done, I think it’s my favorite part, and the movie builds up to it in a unique way.

 

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