[Netflix] Movie Review – Oculus

I have watched this movie at least 3 times by this point. I watched it the first time, forgot I watched it, then watched it again, and now I’m watching for the third time. It still gets me even though this is the third time.

Staring Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites as a brother and sister who have survived a horrible family tragedy. They reunite as adults trying to sort out just exactly what went on in their childhood to cause the death of their parents.

An antique mirror is suggested as the source so the two set up an elaborate test. What follows is a psychological thriller that leaves me guessing (still) all the way up to the end.

I should also mention that by the time this post is up Oculus is no longer featured on Netflix, but you can get it on online streaming sites such as YouTube and Amazon.

 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – Ghostship

Yes, it’s true I like horror/thriller movies on the open waters. From JAWS to 47 Meters Down, I have liked them all. But now it’s time for something a little different. Ghostship.

An ocean liner mysteriously appears in waters off the coast and a salvage crew is hired to bring her in. Of course if everything went to plan the movie would be a little boring, so indeed it doesn’t go to plan.

Gabriel Byrne (aka D’Artagnan), Julianna Margulies, and Desmond Harrington (of DEXTER fame) star in this little known horror flick. Karl Urban (the new Spock of Star Trek) is also on deck as part of the salvage crew under Byrne and Margulies. Harrington was the one who found the liner and hired the salvage crew.

Trouble follows their every move, from blowing up their tugboat, stranding them on the ship, and what follows afterwards. Which if you didn’t know, is a plot twist! I love a good plot twist. I also have a secret love of horror movies, even if they aren’t critically acclaimed, which this one isn’t. But I still like it.

 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – 47 Meters Down

If I had to relate this movie to another it would be the JAWS franchise, though there is a twist with this one that makes it a little more fun to watch. Staring Mandy Moore (remember her?) and Claire Holdt, with Matthew Modine, this is a very scary underwater survival movie.

What started out as a Mexican vacation to soothe a messy breakup for Lisa (Moore) with her sister Kate (Holdt), goes ever so slightly wrong when the winch snaps during a fairly routine shark sighting dive. What follows are the boat captain’s (Modine) attempts to rescue the girls who are stranded 47 meters down.

As I have said there is twist at the end, and that’s part of why I’m liking this movie. It just doesn’t end like you think it does, and I love a good plot twist. Mandy Moore was also part of my school years, but as a singer not an actress, but she does really well in this movie.

 

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[DVD] Movie Review – The Goonies

The Goonies was not a movie I grew up watching, I came into it later in life and then wished I had grown up with it. Staring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, and Jonathan Ke Huy Quan, four young friends and one older brother join in an adventure to save their homes from becoming a country club.

They run into some trouble, or else it wouldn’t be a very good movie, and it is, and has become a cult classic. A group of criminals is soon hot an their tails as the search for One-Eyed Willy continues.

I really do wish I had grown up with this movie, especially since Cyndi Lauper has a cameo in it, and I still enjoy her music too, but maybe I would have found her and loved her music earlier too. This movie has become a favorite of mine now too.

 

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[DVD] Movie Review – The Wiz

I had no idea this movie even existed until I watched it in a music appreciation class (that class taught me a lot about musicals). This is a true musical as there is very little speaking and lots of singing.

Starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, and Lena Horne, this movie features a nearly all people of color cast and has an urban setting with lots of R&B, soul, hip hop, and wonderful music of the late 70s. Ease on Down the Road is the counterpart to Follow the Yellow Brick Road, and is quite lovely by itself.

I also appreciate one of the ending celebratory songs Everybody Rejoice / Brand New Day after the Wicked Witch’s demise. Some other differences from the original include the scarecrow being stuffed with garbage, the tin man is part of a carnival sideshow, and the lion is a library lion.

It’s a wonderful, updated, take on The Wizard of Oz with some awesome performers and some original storyline deviations. Lena Horne is perfect as Glinda, and Richard Pryor makes a very good wizard. I leave you now with one of my favorite songs from the movie.

 

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[DVD] Movie Review – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

My best friend once lent me her omnibus of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and later on I found the continuation of the series after Douglas Adams’ death (And Another Thing). If I can find the omnibus again I’d love to read it again.

In this rendition, Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Zoey Deschanel, and Sam Rockwell star as the major characters along with the voices of Stephen Fry and Alan Rickman. It’s a great cast and they play their roles very well.

This is a silly space adventure, and the books read as a comedy, the movie plays along with that very well, having you giggling along for the ride.

 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – JAWS: The Revenge

Lorraine Gary returns in this fourth movie alongside Michael Caine, to bring the circle of movies back around to the beginning. Character development throughout these movies is a bit sketchy. The characters are afraid of the water and then they’re not, and then they are again.

Anyway, Michael is now in the Bahamas on a research grant, instead of an engineer at Sea World. While Martin and Michael have been the heroes of the past movies, I thoroughly believe Ellen is the savior of this one. This time it’s her that no one listens to.

There’s less death and destruction in this movie, and thus far this one is my favorite. Maybe I’m biased towards a female lead, or maybe its because I do like Michael Caine, or maybe it’s the “Little Mermaid-esque” ending to the shark.

 

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