Day of The Dead: Bloodlines – Dead from the Start.

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Rating: ★

This is what happens when bad writing happens to good actors.

A small group of military personnel and survivalists dwell in an underground bunker as they seek to find a cure in a world overrun by zombies.

I love zombie movies, and when they are done good, they are great. Think of (of course) The Walking Dead and World War Z, both different media formats but both take zombies and turn it into their own.

Day of The Dead is what happens when it doesn’t work.

Like other zombie-takes, they try and give zombies another name that isn’t zombie. The name giving in Day of The Dead is ‘rotters’. Rotters just doesn’t have the same ring to it and worst of all, there’s no reasoning behind it. They just call them ‘rotters’, because well…yea, we never find out. Should’ve just stuck with zombie.

There was constantly an aspect of the movie that was missing the mark, whether the writing was good in a certain scene, the editing would ruin it or a weak actor would butcher their lines or the storyline would bomb.

Oh, the storyline- it uses too just too many cliché to move the story along that it never connects…rape to make to just make a baddie a baddie also to have the much needed melodrama with the two main couple, yep! Gotta to have flashback moment for good measure.

The acting from the majority of the actors was great…much better than you’d expect from the mediocre writing and overall storyline.

Zombie and horror lovers, just give this one a miss.

Jurassic World [2015] – Review

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Rating:

I’m a bit late on the scene with this. It’s been out for about 2 weeks now, and its the one movie I’ve been waiting to see for this summer [anyone else notice that the cinema is quiet this year?]. This movie knows what it’s up against: A world that has seen it all before. It’s the whole reason it even exists, and for me. It fails- because we’ve seen it all before.

The only way a movie can blow me away nowadays is if it has great characters and a brilliant storyline, this has neither.

Jurassic Park is a cult classic. We all know about it, and we all fell in love with it, but rehashing the same ideas in a world that just keeps churning out rehashes off old movies doesn’t work. It sucks.

We get the same one-dimensional characters of every-single-other badly made movie. The graphics were great, but graphics don’t give me a good story or characters to fall in love with, and that is where this movie fell apart. It needed to be sent  straight to the beginning of film-making, and instead of worrying about the amazing effects and huge fight scenes, start with the small details- like the characters.

I don’t go to see 3D movies to be blown away, because I’ve seen it too many times now. I go to see 3D movies, just to know that I’m getting the full experience, but I need the characters and storyline to make me love the movie.

Jurassic World just did not do that for me.

We get the two brother’s – the bigger brother is the macho big protector, while the younger one is still emotional and looks up to his bigger brother…really? I know the brother/sister dynamic works like this, but don’t base a large chunk of the character’s interaction with one another on it, because it’s lame.

Sexism plays a HUGE role in this movie, and it pissed me the hell off. How can a woman not be a proffesional business woman, but still need a man to save her? or just have to run around in six-inch heels?…I mean, really? Anyone with two brain cells, would have ditched those heels the second ‘running’ came to mind. Also, why did she need a romantic story? Why can’t women not be strong and independent in movies. Jurassic World use romance just to make her interesting and have the main man kiss them?? I don’t know if Rick Java and Amanda Silver know what originality even stands for. It means coming up with new ideas. 

I also got completely lost at what was in Padlock 9, I know now- but it completely stumped me for a good minute- which only means that it wasn’t wasn’t written well into the storyline. I wished they would’ve told us more in conversation on who was inside there [not giving away spoilers].

I’ve waited my whole life [after all the mediocre sequels from the first] for this movie, and it failed. I kinda already had a feeling it wasn’t gong to be anywhere near as good as Jurassic Park. If they spent more time on the characters,  it might’ve stood a chance.

Annabelle [2014]

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I don’t know how to mark this movie. So I’m going to leave the marking system out of this one.

I wanted to see Annabelle the minute it hit cinema, because I think there is something about dolls that scare most people, and the majority of people will have a scary story to tell about a certain doll. I thought it was going to be dark and jumping-out-of-your-skin scary. What we got was a water-down, not-even-there story of a couple and their baby with a certain demonic doll.

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