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All Good Things Must Come To An End. The Same Is True With This Blog.

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Four and a half years ago, I started this blog as an addendum to a project I had already started, mainly to go through and watch all of my DVDs/Blu-Rays to make sure they are still playable. As I went about with the blog, I had a lot of fun with it and stuck with it throughout as I watched the hundreds of movies that I owned. When I finished, I took some time off but decided to continue doing the blog, bouncing between new movies that I bought and random movies that I decided to watch. I also decided to simply make it a weekly blog as opposed to daily, as I will be honest that trying to watch and review a movie every day did get to be exhausting at times. Unfortunately, recent events in my life have made even this slower pace hard to manage. With the new job that I have taken this year, plus my recently started going to school as part of said job, my free time has honestly dropped to next to nil. So unfortunately, this means that, as much as I wish otherwise, I don’t have the time to do this blog anymore. Therefore, I am essentially placing it on an indefinite hiatus. I don’t want to completely write it off and would like to say that I will pick it back up when my schedule eases up, but I will be taking classes for the next 5 years, and I can’t say for certain if I will be able to start this up again when I am finished. To all of my friends and those who have been following my blog over the years, I offer my sincerest thanks for the support and views you have given me. With that being said, I bid you all good night, and happy viewings.

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May 19th, 2019 Movie – Godzilla: City On The Edge Of Battle

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Hah, I just noticed that I am reviewing today’s movie almost exactly 1 year after it came out in theaters in Japan. Well, anyways, we are drawing closer to the release of the new Godzilla movie so lets continue with my reviews of the recent animated trilogy. Now when Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters came out, there were some mixed thoughts coming from the Godzilla fans. Me personally, I enjoyed it and couldn’t wait for the next movie to come out and as soon as it did, I had Netflix on and was watching Godzilla: City On The Edge Of Battle as soon as I got home from work.

The plot: In orbit above the Earth, the captain of the Aratrum listens to the communications from the ground crew as they encounter the original Godzilla. When their data says that Godzilla is over 300 meters tall and his heat ray can reach their ship, some of the crew want to retreat to the moon’s orbit but the captain refuses to simply abandon Haruo and the others, ordering drones to search for survivors for the next 48 hours before they do so. Back on Earth, Haruo regains consciousness and and finds that his wounds have been healed by some strange powder. As he looks around his surroundings, a girl appears bringing a bowl of fruit but when she sees Haruo is on his feet, she drops the bowl and runs out of the hut. Haruo chases after her, discovering the hut he is on is on a cliff, beneath a dense layer of fog. Haruo climbs up the ladder built into the side of the cliff but loses sight of the girl. Haruo tries to see if anyone else from his crew survived but when he is unable to contact them, he heads off in the direction his locator points him towards. The strange girl follows after him and when he starts to walk through a pit, she yells out to him causing him to turn back. Haruo tries talking with the girl, teaching her how to say his name, but when he tries to learn her name, the girl runs off and he follows after her, making contact with Yuko as he does. Yuko, Adam, Belu-Be, and another crew member are being attacked by a girl that looks like the one that healed Haruo. When Haruo arrives, they find themselves surrounded by more members of the girls tribe and are taken prisoner. The group is taken to the tribes village, which is built inside a mountain, and placed in a room, where they find Martin, Galu-Gu, and several other members of their team are being held, but Haruo is saddened to learn that Metphies is not among them. As the group discuss their captors, and whether or not they are descendants of humans, Haruo says that they need to figure out how to escape and locate the landing ship his scanner picked up, then find what weapons they can. When guards escort them from the room, they discover that the girl that healed Haruo and the one that attacked Yuko and the others are twins. Haruo and the others learn that the tribe is called the Houtua and worship the egg of their fallen god. The twins, utilizing the egg’s powers, are able to speak telepathically to Haruo and the others, asking them why they burned their lands and attacked them. Haruo apologizes for the misunderstanding and says that they were there to kill Godzilla. This shocks the tribal elders, as their god had fallen in battle to Godzilla, and the girls say they will not be held captive. The group is taken to another room, where one of the stressed crew members blames Haruo for what has befallen them. Back on the Aratrum , the captain and his crew notice that Godzilla is moving around, seemingly to reclaim his territory. Back on Earth, Haruo and the others are escorted outside and they make plans to rendezvous with the landing ship, with the twins coming with them. As they make their way through the jungle, they learn that the girl that saved Haruo is called Miana, and the one that attacked Yuko and the others is called Maian. Yuko, feeling jealous of the attention Miana is giving Haruo, goes ahead and discovers the pit that Haruo had seen earlier. Going inside, Yuko is attacked by some strange vines and when she screams, the others try to save her but their bullets have no effect on the vines. Miana and Maina shoot the vines with their arrows, which kill them, and Galu-Gu asks to see the arrows but when he goes to touch one, they warn him that it is poisoned. Suddenly, the flying creatures attack the vines and group but they are saved by Metphies, who has arrived with some armored units. Regrouping at the landing ship, they make contact with the Aratrum , who sends a landing ship down to retrieve the survivors. Metphies tells Haruo that the committee has voted to leave the solar system again and asks him what he wants to do but before he responds, Galu-Gu and Belu-Be ask to speak with Haruo, telling him that they can beat Godzilla. When the landing ship arrives, Haruo assembles everyone to tell them the situation. Galu-Gu then tells everyone that the Houtua weapons are made from nanometal, which could only have come from the armor of the Mechagodzilla that they had been building to combat Godzilla, and that they must be harvesting it from somewhere. Haruo gives everyone a choice on whether they want to stay or leave, and the majority of people choose to stay and fight, with only 3 men going back to the Aratrum. As the twins lead Haruo and the others through a tunnel to where the nanometal lies, Martin talks with Haruo and tells him his theory about how the planet seemed to have adapted itself to serve Godzilla’s interests. When they exit the tunnel, they are attacked by some of the flying creatures and they begin defending themselves when spikes suddenly appear out of the ground and kill the creatures, then begin transforming them into nanometal. The group suddenly see a massive city and discover that the city is completely made of nanometal and Galu-Gu says that Mechagodzilla was still alive and had been growing and adapting for the last 20,000 years to continue it’s order to kill Godzilla. The twins warn Haruo that the city is poison, then head back to their village while Haruo and the others move down to explore the city. As they do, they discover that the city had been producing the strange fog/cloud cover, which served as an active camoflauge, and that the atmosphere inside was breathable for them. Inside the main building, they are horrified to see that the nanometal had absorbed human bodies but Galu-Gu says that it could only have happened if the bodies were already dead, as nanometal is not supposed to absorb living humans. They eventually find that half of Mechagodzilla’s AI had survived and Galu-Gu powers it up, then uses it to rebuild a control center inside the room where Mechagodzilla’ head lie. Haruo makes contact with the Aratrum , who are upset that he is disobeying orders by continuing to fight. After reviewing the data they received from the mothership, they see that Godzilla’ pattern of movement has him circling the area, as if he senses something is happening. Galu-Gu and Haruo come up with a plan to kill Godzilla but Martin voices some concerns about the Bilusaludo’s plan to work without rest on the fortifications and new attack mechs, the Vultures. Back in the Houtua village, the elders give the twins a cryptic warning about what is happening in Mechagodzilla City, saying a snake is waiting to strike inside. Back in Mechagodzilla City, Yujo test flies the first of the new Vultures and Galu-Gu says that as long as she stays within 5km of the city, she will have an endless supply of power. That night, Yuko confesses her feelings to Haruo and moves to kiss him but he pulls back as his wounds begin aggravating him. Later, Martin talks with Haruo and says that some of the crew, particularly those that the Houtua had treated for injuries, were feeling sick since they entered the city but when he took them out of the city, they felt better. Haruo goes to talk with Metphies, who is leading a sermon among some of the people that are beginning to follow the Exif faith, The two end up in a philosphical discussion concerning the Bilusaludo’s reliance on technology and Metphies tells Haruo there are worse monsters than Godzilla in the universe, telling him the name of the creature that destroyed his planet. Back on the Aratrum , the Bilusaludo on board refuse to leave the solar system and want to join with Mechagodzilla City to fight, while the Exif are converting more followers to the idea to join them and stay as well. Meanwhile, Godzilla’a movements suddenly change and Haruo alters his plans in order to try and make them fit the new timetable. Adam and some other crew members discover some of the Bilusaludo being absorbed by the nanometal and tell Haruo but Galu-Gu and Belu-Be say that the Bilusaludo are voluntarily joining with the nanometal to become one with Mechagodzilla. As Haruo, Martin, and Adam argue with Galu-Gu and Belu-Be over the issue, Yuko sides with the Bilusaludo, saying that they are doing it to help them fight Godzilla. Suddenly, the gas cloud covering the city begins to disperse and Godzilla, sensing the city, fires his heat ray at it but Galu-Gu manages to get the defenses up in time to deflect most of it. With Godzilla heading towards them and the fortifications needing more time to be completed, Belu-Be volunteers to pilot one of the Vultures with Yuko, and Haruo says he will pilot the third, telling Galu-Gu quietly that they need to show a united front in spite of their earlier argument. The three Vultures begin attacking Godzilla, luring it into position for their trap and they begin acting as bait but when Godzilla fires it’s heat ray at Haruo, he is able to dodge at the last minute thanks to a telepathic warning from the twins, who are watching the battle from a nearby mountain. When Godzilla reaches the capture point, the seal off the area and pour liquid nanometal into the area, trapping Godzilla in the space, then begin firing their weapons at him. Their assault seems to succeed and they manage to shoot 2 EMP harpoons into Godzilla in order to kill him but instead of exploding, Godzilla suddenly begins heating up. As the temperature continues to rise, Martin says it is getting to dangerous and orders an evacuation but Galu-Gu says that they need to calm down and merge with Mechagodzilla in order to finish off Godzilla. Outside, Haruo, Belu-Be, and Yuko attempt to attack Godzilla and get it to fire it’s heat ray so they can finish it off but their attacks have no effect. Galu-Gu says they should head up to the troposphere and use a suicide bomb attack to finish off Godzilla. Galu-Gu then initiates the nanometal in the Vultures to take over Yuko and the others but Haruo is somehow immune to the nanometal, due to the healing effects of the Houtua. Metphies contacts Haruo and tells him he needs to take out Galu-Gu’s control center, as it would stop the nanometal from spreading and save Yuko. As Galu-Gu and Metphies argue over what Haruo should do, Godzilla begins to recover from the assault and Haruo, not willing to sacrifice his humanity in order to defeat Godzilla, destroys the command center. Godzilla recovers and begins to destroy the city while Haruo, carrying Yuko’s Vulture, lands and helps her from the cockpit only to find that she has become comatose due to the nanometal’s infiltration into her body. In a post credit scene, it is learned that the monster who destroyed the Exif planet is Ghidorah.

Once again, it was different and while it did seem like nothing more than a placeholder for the last movie, it wasn’t a bad movie overall. The voice acting was pretty good all around, with the addition of the Houtua voices adding a new dynamic in the tone of the movie. The story was very interesting on two fronts; the main focus with the battle against Godzilla and the subplot one on how much of one’s humanity should be sacrificed in the conflict. The fact that they made that struggle such an integral part of the final battle gave it a lot more emphasis. While the monsters were referenced. both directly and indirectly, I liked that they weren’t really introduced into the movie, as it honestly would have taken away from the whole man/monster struggle that they built up in the first movie. Mechagodzilla being nothing more than a semi-living city was actually a rather unique idea and I thought they did a pretty good job explaining how the AI had evolved over 20 centuries to reach that point. I also liked how they handled Mothra by saying that she had fought Godzilla and died, leaving an egg behind. I also liked the introduction of the Houtuas, who are essentially there to represent the inhabitants of Infant Island and the Cosmos, who were the worshipers/mouthpiece for Mothra. I also thought the idea that they are some sort of human/insect hybrid helped them fit with their worshiping of Mothra. The end credit scene mentioning Ghidorah was honestly a pretty cheap set up for the final movie, as it is obvious that the two monsters will end up fighting. The animation was great, with some muted colors at some points mixing well with the bright, vibrant colors, especially during the fight against Godzilla. I will say that the Vultures looked too much like some of the mechs from the Gundam anime series, which kind of took away a little of the awe from me. It’s a good movie but I wished that it was able to stand on it’s own a little more.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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May 12th, 2019 Movie – Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters

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I am sure a couple of my friends have been wondering why I haven’t reviewed these movies at the beginning of the year. Well the answer is that I was purposefully saving them for right now, so I could watch and review them in the weeks leading up to Godzilla: King Of The Monsters (2019). Now When I first heard that there was going to be an animated Godzilla movie, I was all for it. I mean, Shin Godzilla had occurred the year before, and it would be another 2 years before the next Godzilla movie would come out from Legendary. The fact that it was going to be an anime style move didn’t bother me because most anime movies, at the very least, are visually entertaining and the stories are usually well written. So I waited patiently for the movie to come out on Netflix and once it did, I immediately sat back and enjoyed watching Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters.

The plot: Some time in the future, the Atrium is approaching the planet Tau-e. Inside the ship, Haruo Sakaki has locked himself into a landing shuttle and refuses to leave, threatening to detonate it unless the ruling council changes their mind about sending a volunteer group consisting of the elderly, including Sakaki’s grandfather, to the surface. Sakaki says they are sending the elderly because the ship is running out of resources and it would be less mouths to feed but Sakaki’s grandfather talks to him, saying that the group want to go to the planet as they can’t endure being in space any longer. Sakaki is taken into custody and as he is being led away, he watches the volunteers’ shuttle breaking apart as it enters Tau-e’s atmosphere. In flashback, we learn that at the end of the 20th century, kaiju suddenly begin appearing and destroying the Earth, with the most powerful of them being Godzilla. As the military fails to stop them, two different groups of aliens, the Exif ( a race of religious observers and predictors) and the Bilusaludo (a technologically advanced race from the third planet of a nearby system that was swallowed a black hole) arrive on Earth and offer their help to the humans. Despite the aliens help, there was no stopping Godzilla, who had begun destroying the other kaiju as well as humanity, so all three races were forced to flee the Earth. Young Sakaki is being taken to a shuttle to reach the space ship Atrium when Godzilla attacks the launch facility, destroying two nearby shuttles and killing Sakaki’s parents who were approaching on some busses. Back in the present, the Exif Metphies is in Sakaki’s cell to take his confession but secretly gives him data on Godzilla. Sakaki, who has a burning hatred of Godzilla for killing his parents, feels that humanity, and the other aliens, gave up simply because they didn’t understand Godzilla or how to fight him. Later, the council is discussing their situation, and the demoralizing effect that the exploding landing shuttle had on the crew, when Metphies brings up a research paper posted on the net regarding how to beat Godzilla and argues it might be a sign to try and go back to Earth. As the crew discuss the rumors about going back to Earth and fighting Godzilla, Metphies pays a visit to the Bilusaludo Mulu-Elu Galu-Gu, who knows that Metphies has been secretly helping Sakaki and posting the stuff on the net. As the two discuss the situation, both comment on how each races’ plans for Earth didn’t work, forcing them to flee with the humans. The Atrium initiates a space warp so they can reach the Earth quicker, but when they check their data, they discover that 10,000 have passed since they left Earth. Recon drones are sent out to investigate if the Earth is habitable and when one of them is destroyed, the audio reveals that Godzilla is still alive. The council discusses the situation and Metphies says their only option is to destroy Godzilla, revealing that Sakaki is the one who wrote the thesis on how to do it. Sakaki is released from the brig and discusses his plan to the council, who balk at the number of people he would need for his mission but reluctantly agree to do so. The strike force is assembled and the shuttles are launched for the Earth’s surface, splitting off after entering the atmosphere so they can reach their assigned landing spots, with one of the ships seemingly attacked by something in the air. Sakaki asks to be part of the scouting team and Yuko Tani, a former member of his squad, is assigned as his handler. As they head out, Yuko talks to Sakaki and asks if he thinks the council deliberately sabotaged the landing shuttle that killed his grandfather and Sakaki says he doesn’t want to think that the council is that corrupt. The scouting team eventually reaches the remains of a city and they are surprised to see the shape of the structures remained for this long, unaware that they are being observed. Meanwhile, the base camp is attacked by a group of flying and land based creatures, killing 12 and injuring 35 people. Later, Martin Lazzari, the science officer, is studying the animals and determines that they are similar in their make up to Godzilla. He also says that their initial time frame was off and that carbon dating shows that 20,000 years have passed on Earth, not 10,000. Commander Leland says that they should retreat back to the Atrium and set up a colony on the moon, then send shuttles to Earth for resources. Sakaki calls Leland a coward but as they argue, Metphies says that retreat is moot since the creatures had disabled all of their landing shuttles. Their only choice was to meet up with one of the other groups, but that would take them through the pass that they had planned to trap Godzilla in. The group manage to restore one shuttle, then they head off to the other groups, only to encounter Godzilla along the way. The group take evasive actions but the shuttle can’t take the strain and ends up crashing. Metphies releases Sakaki from his shackles and Sakaki grabs a scout flier and takes off to face Godzilla, hoping to get the necessary data on Godzilla’s shield. Sakaki’s attacks have no effect and so he prepares a kamikaze run againts Godzilla, telling Martin to record the attack, but before he can strike, Leland, in a heavier armed vehicle, attacks Godzilla. Sakaki is able to get the data he needs thanks to Leland’s attack but Godzilla kills Leland in the process. Later, Sakaki, Martin, and Belu-be (another Bilusaludo) study the data and discover that Godzilla’s dorsal fins are what power his shield, and once they damage them enough to lower his shield, they will be able to plant an EMP probe that will kill Godzilla. Meanwhile, Metphies has been given command of the ground forces by the council but he turns around and gives it to Sakaki, saying he is the one that can defeat Godzilla. Belu-Be leads the scout fliers and they begin attacking Godzilla, diverting him into the pass so they can spring their trap. When the flying creatures begin attacking them, Sakaki orders some me to grab the landing shuttles and use them to bomb the area, forcing Godzilla to move even quicker into their trap. The plan works and they spring the trap, trapping Godzilla in a landslide. Artillery begin attacking Godzilla and when they disable the shield, Sakaki leads a special forces team in power suits to attack him, using EMP probes to permanently disable his shield. Godzilla frees himself and goes to attack again but the probes disrupt his ability, causing it to turn inwards and he ends up exploding. As Sakaki and the others celebrate, Martin tells him that the creature fought was likely not the original Godzilla, but an offspring. Sakaki realizes that there might be more creatures but says that since they know how to beat them, they can do a better job if they encounter another one. Suddenly, the ground begins trembling as the original Godzilla emerges from a nearby mountain. Sakaki orders everyone to clear the area as Godzilla attacks, destroying several ships and scattering the camp. As Sakaki lies pinned beneath some debris, he sees Godzilla and swears to kill him before he loses consciousness. When Sakaki regains consciousness, he finds himself in a strange dwelling, with a human-like figure watching him.

Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters was well received by the critics, holding an 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While there isn’t a critical consensus on the site, the critics all thought the animation was great but some felt that the story lacked some with character development. During the flashback scene in the movie, two monsters that had never appeared in a Godzilla movie before, Dogora and Dagahra, were briefly shown, Dogora had appeared in his own movie, while Dagahra appeared in Rebirth Of Mothra II. The movie was released in theaters in Japan on November 17, 2017, where it made $3.3 million in the East Asian market, then would debut on Netflix 2 months later on January 17, 2018.

I won’t go so far and say that it was a perfect Godzilla movie, but this was still pretty good. The voice acting was pretty good, with the actors doing good jobs with their inflections when they are voicing the different aliens; such as Lucien Dodge giving Metphies a more lofty, scholarly air to his voice while Jamieson Price and Rich Brown (Galu-Gu and Belu-Be respectively) were more gruff and militaristic with their deliveries, which fit the more war-minded Bilusaludo. The story was pretty good, as I liked the idea of humanity having to leave Earth to escape Godzilla and the other monsters, and when they come back, they discover that not only did Godzilla survive, but had actually become an influencing aspect of the planets evolution, as the plants and animals began developing Godzilla-like characteristics. I also liked that they incorporated some of the aliens that were in the Godzilla movies, primarily the aliens from the 3rd planet of the black hole. I only wish that they had made them more simian looking, like they looked in Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla (1974). I will admit that aside from Sakaki, who had some obvious motivation in his wanting revenge against Godzilla and his anger at having run from the Earth, the other characters in the movie really felt pretty bland. The animation was great, with the designs for Godzilla and the other creatures being a nice take off of the original design, with Godzilla himself looking a lot more menacing with the sharper edges to his scales. The one thing that was a little disappointing was that there wasn’t the collateral property damage that is typical of a kaiju movie, since there were no city’s really left on Earth. Aside from that, this was a fun movie and one that Godzilla fans will enjoy.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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April 21st, 2019 Movie – The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

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“Klaatu Barada Nicto”. Arguably one of the most famous three word lines in all of science fiction. Now let me let you all in on a little secret; I have never seen today’s movie all the way through in one sitting. Don’t get me wrong. I have seen the film in it’s entirety, but it was done by managing to catch it at certain parts when it was on. I have long considered this to be a massive oversight that I needed to rectify sooner, rather than later, but would always get sidetracked by other things before I could rectify it. Well that all ends today as part of my classic sci-fi month so let’s get right into a true classic of the sci-fi genre with today’s movie, The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951).

The plot: All around the world, news stations are reporting about an alien spacecraft that is circling the Earth, eventually landing in Washington D.C. As the military and police rush to cordon off the area around the saucer, a doorway opens and a humanoid figure emerges from the craft, saying he comes in peace and good will. As he approaches the soldiers, he pulls a device from his suit, causing a nervous soldier to fire on him, damaging the device and wounding the alien. Suddenly, an large robot appears and begin disintegrating the soldiers’ rifles, as well as a tank and some cannons, until the alien orders it to stand down. The alien, Klaatu, tells the soldiers that the device was for the President so that he could study life on other planets, then is taken to a hospital for treatment, While there, Mr. Harley, the President’s Secretary speaks with Klaatu, who tells Harley that he must speak with the leaders of all nations at once, and Harley says he will relay the message to the President but doubts it will get anywhere. Meanwhile, the military tries to get into the saucer but is unable to pierce the saucer’s hull. The next day, Harley returns and tells Klaatu that the world’s leaders can’t agree on a common location for the meeting and when Klaatu suggests he go out among the people and see how things are for himself, Harley tells him that he is not permitted to leave the hospital. Klaatu manages to escape the hospital and gains lodging at a boarding house, telling the people there his name is Carpenter, the name on the suit he stole. The next day, Klaatu is at breakfast listening to the other lodgers giving their opinions about the alien and while most of them are suspicious about the alien coming to Earth, one of them, Helen Benson, says that the alien probably was sincere in his coming in peace and is simply scared now. When Helen’s boyfriend Tom shows up to take her on a picnic, she asks if her son Bobby can come, as she has nobody to watch him, and Klaatu offers to watch him for her. Bobby has Klaatu take him to Arlington Cemetery, where his dad is buried, then they walk around D.C., visiting the Lincoln Memorial and then the park where the saucer is. As they are walking, Klaatu asks who the greatest person in the world is, Bobby mentions Professor Barnhardt and so they go to pay him a visit. When they get there, they find Barnhardt isn’t home and Klaatu decides to work on the formula Barnhardt had been working on as way of a calling card before they are sent away by Barnhardt’s housekeeper. That night, a government agent appears at the lodging house and takes Klaatu to Barnhardt’s house, where they find Barnhardt working on his formula. After Barnhardt dismisses the agent, Klaatu reveals his identity to Barnhardt and reveals his mission on Earth. He tells Barnhardt that his planet has been observing Earth and knows that they have discovered a rudimentary atomic power and beginnings of study into rockets. As long as they contain their wars to their own planet, their won’t be a problem but if they decide to place their atomic power onto their rockets, then they will be considered a danger and the Earth will be eliminated. Barnhardt asks that Klaatu speak to some scientists that he will try to gather and Klaatu agrees to do so, as well as provide a harmless demonstration of power to prove his threat is real. The next night, as Helen and Tom are about to leave, Tom voices his suspicions about Klaatu, which Helen brushes off but causes her to ask Bobby not to spend too much time with him. That night, Klaatu sneaks off to the saucer, unaware that Bobby sees him and follows him and sees Klaatu signal the robot, Gort, to render the two guards unconscious, and then Klaatu enters the saucer. Bobby returns back to the house and when Helen and Tom return, Bobby tells them what he saw. Helen is skeptical but when Tom goes to see if Klaatu is in his room, he finds one of Klaatu’s diamonds and takes it, as his suspicions about Klaatu are growing. The next day, Klaatu goes to see Helen at her work, wanting to talk to her about what Bobby said. The two get into an elevator, just as the power goes out, and Klaatu says it will be out for the next 30 minutes. As Klaatu explains who he is to Helen, the whole world panics over the fact that the power is out everywhere, except for hospitals and planes in flight. Meanwhile, Tom had gone to a jeweler to get the diamond appraised and when he is told that it is like no diamond on Earth, he realizes that Carpenter is Klaatu and rushes back to his officer, telling his secretary to get the Pentagon on the phone for him. Helen goes to see Tom and when she realizes he is trying to contact the Pentagon to have them get Klaatu, she breaks up with him, then heads home to try and warn Klaatu, managing to leave with him before the army arrives. The army begins to close in on Klaatu and Helen and Klaatu, worrying about what Gort might do if something happens to him, teaches Helen the phrase “Klaatu Barada Nicto” and tells her to go to Gort and say that if anything happens. The military manages to box in the cab and Klaatu attempts to leave only to be shot and he tells Helen to get his message to Gort before he dies. At the park, Gort had been encased in a block of super strong plastic but he disintegrates it, then proceeds to do the same to the 2 guards. Helen approaches Gort, who turns his gaze on her and she manages to shout out the phrase before it attacks her, causing him to lower his visor and carry Helen into the saucer, then leave and head to the police station to retrieve Klaatu’s body. Gort is able to revive Klaatu but he admits to Helen that it is temporary and he has no idea how long it will last. Outside the saucer, Barnhardt is told that his meeting must be cancelled and he is in the process of telling his fellow scientists when the saucer opens and Klaatu and Gort emerge. Klaatu tells the assembled crowd that he belongs to an interplanetary organization that developed a race of super power robots to protect the peace, giving them absolute authority to deal with aggression. He tells them that the choice is simple, join them and live in peace, or continue on their present course and face obliteration. After giving a sad look goodbye to Helen, Klaatu and Gort enter the saucer and it takes off back into space.

The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) has been well received by the critics, currently holding a certified fresh rating of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “Socially minded yet entertaining, The Day the Earth Stood Still imparts its moral of peace and understanding without didacticism.” Some reference works state that George Reeves, who played Superman in Adventures Of Superman (1952), had a cameo as a glasses wearing reporter during one sequence but this was debunked by director Robert Wise and it is assumed that someone simply jumped to conclusions because the reporter was wearing glasses and roughly looked like Clark Kent. The movie was a modest hit at the box office, earning $1.85 million domestically off of a $995,000 budget and would be considered one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time. In 1995, the movie would be selected for preservation in the National Film Registry and a remake starring Keanu Reeves was released in 2008.

This is a fantastic movie on several different levels. The acting was really good, with Michael Rennie doing a fantastic job as Klaatu, while Patricia Neal (Helen), Billy Gray (Bobby), and Sam Jaffe’s (Barnhardt) performances helped accentuate his character. The story was great on a couple of levels. For one, you got a different story involving a flying saucer coming to Earth, as the occupant did not want to take over the planet, but simply came with a message to promote peace. You also had the Cold War paranoia creeping into the film with everyone’s suspicions about the alien’s “true intentions”. The drama in Klaatu trying to get a better understanding of humanity and also his search to find someone that would be willing to believe him really helped drive this movie, as the drama and tension kept building in the last half hour once Klaatu had caused the power to go out all over the world. The only real special effects were mainly centered around Gort and his disintegrating items but the limited special effects helped as this movie needed to focus more on the story and not effects. Definitely one of those must-see classic sci-fi movies that should be on everyone’s bucket list of movies to watch.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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January 6th, 2019 Movie – 6-Headed Shark Attack

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A new year is upon us and, as promised, I have returned with more movies to watch and review. Since I cut back on my movie purchasing after I finished my initial run, I am only going to be posting reviews over the weekend, primarily on Sunday but I could do them on Saturday as well depending on how busy I am. So, let’s dust this thing off and get right into a new movie. Today’s movie was part of Syfy’s Sharknado week last year and is the latest installment in the multi-headed shark franchise (I don’t think they have an actual title for the series). This was one of the movies I was most looking forward to seeing during that week, mainly to see how the shark was going to look with all of those heads; with the actual plot of the movie being a distant second. Luckily, the movie actually turned out to be pretty entertaining, much like the other movies in the series. So let’s sit back and enjoy today’s movie, 6-Headed Shark Attack.

The plot: In 1984, a graduation party for the UCSB School of Biology is being held on the floating Marine Research Station off the coast of Isla Corazón in Baja, Mexico. During the party, a couple argue over the man’s flirting and actions at the party, causing the woman to throw her engagement ring into the water. As the man heads back inside to the party, the woman stays outside to cry when she notices a large shadow moving through the water, just as a 6-headed shark begins attacking the station. In the present day, Isla Corazón has been bought by William and turned into a marriage boot camp. William is holding a session with the latest group at camp, Mary and James, Duke and Daphne, Angie and Kip, and Jake and Sarah, but when James questions where William’s wife is, William brushes off the question. After the group finishes the first task, with James refusing to participate, William notices a boat approaching the island and tells the group to grab their wetsuits and meet him on the beach, then tells his assistants Brad and Rebecca to prepare the next challenge while he goes to meet the boat. Brad and Rebecca set up the challenge, then head off to enjoy the surf but they are attacked and killed by the 6-headed shark. Meanwhile, William paddles out to the boat, where his wife/ex Suzanne and her new boyfriend greet him, and as William argues with his wife about her giving up on the camp, he reluctantly signs the papers she asks for so she can dissolve their business. On shore, the couples are all getting ready for the next task, with Jake telling Sarah his belief that the island was the home for a secret government project that was shut down during the Cold War. Meanwhile, Daphne flirts with Kip, causing tensions to flare between Angie, Kip, and Daphne, while James and Mary argue about their being at the camp and James telling Mary he is jealous about how William was looking at her. William is trying to get in touch with Brad and Rebecca when Mary approaches him, telling him that James and her want to leave. When William tries to convince her to stay, she threatens to sue him for false advertising and William relents and says that he will take them back the next day and refund their money. Mary rejoins the others, telling James that they can’t leave until tomorrow, and they all head out to the floating dock, where their supplies are. Meanwhile, William discovers a severed foot in the shallow water of the beach and rushes to join the others, just as Brad’s body surfaces near Mary. As Everyone reacts in shock on the small dock, William tells them that their only chance is to head to the boat, as the tide is to low for him to risk bringing it to them, and after James argues with him for a bit, William comes up with a plan and they all begin paddling the floating dock towards the boat. They manage to reach the boat and William tries to radio for help but is unable to reach anybody. William decides to head back and try to find Rebecca, despite the objections of the guests, and Duke decides to go with him, fashioning a make-shift bang-stick to use against the shark. They head towards the beach, where Duke spots a shadow in the water and heads out to kill the shark, while the others raise the boat’s anchors and head out to try and help them. As the shark approaches Duke and William, Duke jabs it with the boom stick, seemingly killing it, but as he talks with William, the shark revives and attacks him, ripping him in half between it’s heads, then rips off the damaged head, which quickly grows back. Meanwhile, the others are shocked by what they saw and end up running aground on the rocks and William swims out to them and tells them they have to swim back to shore. Everyone reluctantly does so and William has to help Daphne through her guilt for Duke’s death before she starts swimming. The group manage to make it to shore, where Sarah blames William for what has happened and as tempers start to flare up, Daphne points out an approaching storm system and Sarah tells them that the intensity of the storm will put the whole island underwater. William suggests heading to an old lighthouse but Sarah says that is in the direction of the storm and they won’t make it in time. Jake says they should head to the lab, as it is on floating docks, and convinces the others to go with them, with William and Daphne, who says she will go where he goes, reluctantly following. When they get to the lab, they try to find something to help them survive, with William finding a radio and attempting to call for help again. Meanwhile, James and Jake discover that the shark had been created at the lab, which had been testing the regenerative properties of sharks. Suddenly, a storm swell rocks the labs, causing Jake to fall into the water and a shelf to fall onto the opening. Sarah and the others lift the shelf so Jake can get back onto the lab but as Sarah embraces him, the shark leaps up from the opening and grabs both Jake and Sarah, killing them, then tries to get the others. William works on fending the shark off, allowing the others to escape, then starts to swim for shore himself when he hears Suzanne speaking over the radio. William rushes to the radio and makes contact with Suzanne, telling her to meet him and the others at the lighthouse, then avoids the shark before making his own swim to shore. The others reach shore and after James spots the lighthouse, they all start heading for it. As they make their way there, Kip and Angie end up falling behind and discuss their relationship. As they decide to make it work, they are shocked to see the shark approaching them, using 4 of it’s heads to walk across the sand, and Kip and Angie are both killed. Mary, James, and Daphne run for the lighthouse, with the shark shuffling after them and as it moves to attack Mary and Daphne, William appears and cuts off one of the shark’s heads, then chases it away from them so they can get to the lighthouse. When they reach the lighthouse, William and James work on finding the fuse box and getting power to the lighthouse while Mary tends to Daphne, who is in shock but when Mary leaves Daphne to look around for supplies, Daphne leaves the lighthouse and wanders to the nearby rocks to scream out her frustrations, only for the shark to kill her. Back in the lighthouse, James confronts William over his imagined affair with Mary, pointing a rifle that he finds at him but William quickly grabs the box of bullets. Mary appears with some acetylene canisters and they start bringing them up to the light to use when James spots Suzanne’s boat approaching. When the shark moves towards the boat and begins circling it, causing a vortex to drag the boat underwater, James tells William to hand him the shells but William refuses, not wanting to risk James hitting Suzanne. William leaves the lighthouse and Mary follows after him but they can only watch helplessly as the boat is dragged under and Suzanne and her boyfriend are killed. William decides to use the acetylene canisters to kill the shark, handing James some bullets for the rifle while he and Mary place the canisters on the beach and prepare to lure the shark towards them so James can shoot the canisters but James instead attempts to shoot William but Mary realizes what he is doing and knocks William aside, saving his life. James then shoots the shark in one of it’s heads but the shark simply rips it off and flings it at the lighthouse, crushing James underneath it. The shark heads back to the water and William tells MAry to grab the canisters and they swim back out to his boat, which has come free of the rocks due to the storm swell. With the motor damages, William says they will have to use the sails to get out of there, just as the shark starts attacking the boat. Mary fashions a spear to attack the shark and after fending off the shark, William grabs it and heads down into the hold to attack the shark as it tries to break through. William manages to stab the skark in the head and pin it to the ship just as Mary drops the canisters down there, flooding the hold with the gas. William shoots a flare at the shark, attempting to kill it with the gas, but the flare doesn’t ignite and they quickly swim to shore, with the shark getting free and following them. As they run from the shark, it leaps after them and gets stuck in the rocks and William shoots another flare at the canisters, causing an explosion which blows off all 6 of the shark’s heads. With the shark finally dead for good, William and Mary embrace each other before heading back towards the camp so they can try to signal for a rescue off the island.

Man, was I ever glad that this movie lived up to my expectations because it was exactly the sort of ridiculously funny movie that I enjoy watching. The acting was pretty good, with Brandon Auret doing a good job as the lead role of William. Thandi Sebe (Mary), Cord Newman (James), and Jonathan Pienaar (Duke) were also pretty good in their roles but nobody else really stood out much. The story was good in the sense that they actually attempted an explanation of how the shark came to be, though I will admit that they could have done a better job using that explanation. Unfortunately, there were some plot holes in the movie, with the biggest ones being the storm that was approaching the island, prompting the discussion on whether the lighthouse or the labs would be safer, but then it never actually materialized and seemed to have been completely forgotten towards the end of the movie. The special effects were pretty good and I loved that they finally had the shark look similar to a starfish, which is what the shark was rumored to look like in 5-Headed Shark Attack before the design was changed. I especially loved the part where they had the shark walking on land, using the snouts from the 4 back heads to move itself, as I thought that was the funniest, and most original thing I had seen from this type of movie and it literally had me falling out of my chair laughing. So it’s a fun bit of horror/sci-fi shark entertainment and if you were a fan of the other movies in the series, then you will enjoy this one as well.

Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5

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See You Next Year

Well folks, Yesterday marked the last movie I own that needed to be reviewed, which means I am temporarily done with the blog. I had a lot of fun doing this blog and plan on continue picking it back up but I am honestly a tad bit burnt out. So I am going to take a break from writing til the end of the year (like I said I would do) and pick things up at the beginning of 2019…well, the first weekend of 2019. See, with the way my new job is keeping me busy, I decided that in the future, I will just do the reviews over the weekend, so i am not stressed in trying to get my review in after getting home from work. Since I won’t be buying 7 movies a week, this will be ample time to review any new movies I pick up and also any movies I feel like reviewing. I might make another change or two down the road but for now, that is the only thing I know for certain. So thanks to everyone that has been following me and reading my reviews and I will have more fun next year with this.

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November 9th, 2018 Movie – Teen Witch

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*Sigh*. For the record, this was not something I purchased for myself. This is yet another gift that was bought for me by my friends because they will find it amusing for me to review it. Now this is one of those movies that most people have heard of but not as many will admit to seeing. I myself have seen it a couple of times over the years, usually during bouts of insomnia where I am up late at night with nothing to do but try and watch mindless television in the hopes that I will pass out. A while back, Teen Witch came up in conversation and once I saw the look in my friend’s eyes, I just knew that I was going to end up with a copy in my possession pretty soon. Sure enough, that happened so let’s get right into watching today’s movie.

The plot: Louise Miller is having a dream about her high school crush Brad when she is woken up by her brother Richie, who is eating the food he had hidden in her room. After getting ready for school, she heads outside to meet her friend Polly and they watch as rad picks up his girlfriend Randa, who is Louise’s neighbor across the street. When they get to school, Louise is late to her first period class and her teacher, Mr. Weaver, calls her out for her tardiness, then embarrasses her further by reading out an excerpt from her journal that had been stuck to the back of her assignment. Louise runs from the class and hides in the bathroom until Polly finds her and convinces her to come out but later that afternoon, Louise finds herself auditioning for the lead role in the school play, with Brad acting in the scene with her. Louise is excited to think she will get the part but is saddened to see it go to someone else while she is assigned as assistant costume mistress. Louise is riding her bike home that night when she is almost runover by Brad, who was distracted by Randa. Brad helps Louise get her bike up and offers her a ride home but Louise is embarrassed and tells him she is ok. Louise walks her bike home when she notices a strange mansion and knocks on the door, hoping to use the owner’s phone so she can call her parents for a ride. Entering the home, she is greeted by Madame Serena, the seer that owns the house, ans she invites Louise inside to have her palm read. Serena reads Louise’s palm and says that Louise is a witch, like herself, and says that she will get her powers on her 16th birthday party. On her 16th birthday, Louise is helping with the costumes for the play when the drama teacher finds an old necklace she doesn’t remember seeing before and gives it to Louise. As Louise is walking to another class with Polly, Randa stops her and says her cousin David is in town and asks if Louise would like to go to the harvest dance with them and Louise agrees. As the day of the dance arrives, Louise is upset by the outfit her mom got her but her dad cheers her up by showing her an old picture of her mother in junior high, revealing that she did not wear the most popular clothes back then. Louise is disappointed when she sees her date and decides to change her clothes once they get to the dance but he laughs at her. As Louise is sitting at a table and talking with Polly, they watch Brad dancing with Randa. Louise wishes that Brad would look at her and when he suddenly does, she wishes he would talk to her. Brad comes over and asks Louise if they can head outside to talk and Louise agrees, leaving an astonished Polly sitting there. Louise is nervous about talking to Brad but is disappointed to learn he wants to come to her house so she can help him with his English paper. Randa and David show up and Randa tells Brad to give David his car keys, as they are going to Kiki’s house for a party. As David is driving Kiki to the party, he keeps trying to grope Louise and when she says she wishes he would leave her alone, he suddenly disappears, leaving Louise to steer the car to avoid a wreck. Louise rushes to Madame Serena’s house to get her help only to find her shop closed so she heads back home. Inside, she finds Richie making a mess in the kitchen and as they trade insults at each other, Richie suddenly turns into a dog. Richie freaks out and Louise says that she will fix things and when their parents get home, she rushes Richie upstairs and throws him in a bath to hide, with Richie suddenly turning back to normal. The next day, Serena talks with Louise about what has happened to her when she notices the necklace Louise is wearing. Serena grabs an old book and shows Louise a picture of Louise in a previous lifetime from the 1600’s, also pointing out that Serena herself has been alive for centuries. She tells Louise that the necklace belongs to her and had been searching for her, like it had for centuries. When Serena shows Louise how to cast a spell to make money, Louise gets freaked out and goes to leave but Serena tells her she knows what she is going through in high school and tells her that with her help, Louise cna change how people treat her. Louise thanks her and takes a book that Serena gives her to practice her magic, heading to a closed amusement park to practice some of the spells, then continues to read them that night in bed. The next day at school, Louise tries a truth spell on Randa and her friends, keeping what she is doing a secret from Polly, and they both watch as the girls reveal what they really think about each other. Louise goes to tell Serena what happened at school and then asks her if she could get Brad to love her. Serena gives her some powder and tells her what to do but when Brad shows up for her study date with him, Louise is unable to complete the spell. The next day, Louise and Brad are talking when Mr. Weaver chastises them, then proceeds to embarrass Louise by commenting on all of the things that had fallen out of her purse when it fell over. Louise decides to get even by making a voodoo doll of Mr. Weaver and forcing him to undress in front of the class. When Louise gets home from school, Richie and her mom both handle the dog, resulting in Mr. Weaver falling down some stairs and later going through a car wash. Later, Louise and Polly are riding their bikes back from tennis practice when they spot Rhet and his friends rapping nearby. Polly has a crush on Rhet and wants to take a different route home but Louise subtly uses her powers to make Polly go up and rap back at Rhet, showing him up instead. Louise goes to see Serena, who asks her about Brad, and Louise admits that she couldn’t do it as she wanted Brad to like her for herself. Serena tells her that she should try to become popular instead. Louise takes Polly with her to a concert, where she is able to get them backstage, and the singer gives Louise her jacket. After performing the spell, Louise finds herself transformed and notices the difference when Brad and Randa tell her to ride to school with them and Louise accepts, leaving Polly to ride to school alone. As the days go by, Louise’s popularity continues to grow but as she revels in it, she continues to ignore Polly. Eventually, Louise ends up alone with Brad, who takes her out to a deserted farm house, where they begin kissing. Louise feels bad, as she doesn’t know if Brad likes her for herself or because of the spell. Meanwhile, Polly is feeling hurt that Louise has ignored her since she got her newfound popularity and when Kiki falls and breaks her leg during the play’s dress rehearsal, Louise is forced to fill in since she is her understudy and Polly accuses her of doing it on purpose. Louise tries talking with Polly the next day but Polly is still upset with her, calling her out for abandoning her since she became popular, and refuses to talk with her. As things get more crazy in her life, Brad asks Louise to the dance and she refuses, saying that none of this is real. Louise reads through the book to try and find a way to reverse her spell and when she doesn’t find anything, she goes to see Serena for help. Serena is reluctant to help her, as she was able to make her own life better as she was helping Louise but she finally tells Louise what she needs to do. The night of the dance, Louise shows up with Serena and as Louise stands on the dance floor, she tosses the necklace to Serena, who picks it up. Brad approaches Louise and the two start dancing and share a kiss, which Louise happily accepts as she knows he is doing it because he wants to.

Teen Witch did not fare well with the critics, currently holding a 38% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While there isn’t a critical consensus on the site, many of the critics state that the movie is full of cheesy, 80’s teen fluff, but admit that that gives the movie a “so bad it’s good” quality to it. The creepy house Louise Miller walks into at the start of the movie, is the same house used by Michael Jackson in his 1982 music video “Thriller”. The movie was a box office dud, earning $27,843 off of a $2.5 million budget but would become something of a cult classic due to it’s regular airings on cable and on ABC Family’s 13 Nights Of Halloween.

Good grief. This movie is so ridiculously cheesy, and not in a good way (yeh, I said it.) That being said, this was an ok movie for the most part, even if it wasn’t exactly original. The acting was ok, with Robyn Lively and Zelda Rubenstein doing good jobs in their roles of Louise and Serena respectively. I also liked Mandy Ingber (Polly) but thought that Dan Gauthier (Brad) was kind of boring. The story was not that original, as it was essentially the stale story of the girl who was unnoticed or laughed at wanting to be popular and when she finally becomes what she thought she wanted, realizes she was happier as she was. The addition of magic to this movie didn’t really change the fact that the basic story was boring. The one thing that I did have to laugh at every time they were on screen was Rhet and his crew rapping during several of the scenes. I don’t know why but that just cracked me up. The drama in the movie was your typical teenage movie crap that honestly made me feel dumber for watching them. I understand why this became a cult classic but as far as bad movies go, this one isn’t for me.

Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5

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