paul_haakonsen

IMDb member since January 2010
    Lifetime Total
    2,500+
    Lifetime Name
    50+
    Lifetime Filmo
    100+
    Lifetime Plot
    10+
    Lifetime Trivia
    50+
    Lifetime Image
    100+
    Top Reviewer
     
    Poll Taker
    1000x
    IMDb Member
    10 years

Reviews

Jumanji: The Next Level
(2019)

As funny as the previous movies...
If you enjoy the "Jumanji" movie franchise, then you will definitely also enjoy this 2019 addition. You know what you are getting yourself into when you sit down to watch the movie, and writers Jake Kasdan, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg definitely deliver as expected.

There is an abundance of fast-paced action, funny characters, witty banter and dialogue, as well as a very wholeheartedly entertainment value to the movie. It is actually quite nice to have the characters return to the screen and having the actors and actresses there as well.

Visually then "Jumanji: The Next Level" definitely is up to par with the previous movie, if not slightly better actually. Everything delivered by the CGI team looks splendid and very realistic. Which is a must for an adventure movie such as this.

The movie is nicely carried by the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Awkwafina, Danny DeVito and Danny Glover. There are also some nice appearances by the likes of Colin Hanks and Bebe Neuwirth.

I can warmly recommend that you sit down to watch "Jumanji: The Next Level" regardless of doing so alone or with the family. This is an enjoyable and entertaining movie, with something for everyone to like and behold.

I am rating "Jumanji: The Next Level" a six out of ten stars.

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
(2019)

Funny...
Needless to say that as a 44 year old then "A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon" is something a swing and a miss for me as being in the target audience. But having a 9 year old son, I sat down to watch this 2019 animated movie with him.

Turns out that "A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon" is actually a wholeheartedly fun and entertaining movie. Maybe because "Shaun the Sheep" is sort of funny, despite it being for kids.

The story is straightforward and easy to follow. Don't expect much of any ups or downs, or plot twists though.

The animation is good and the characters are funny.

All in all, a very enjoyable children's animated movie. I am rating "A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon" a six out of ten stars.

Kaijû daisensô
(1965)

And oldie, but a goodie...
This 1965 addition to the "Godzilla" franchise is not actually as bad as one might assume, given the age of the movie. Sure, the effects are outdated and look crude by today's standards. But keep in mind that this was made in 1965, and the effects are actually quite good.

The storyline is fairly average, in terms of what you would assume to get from a movie in the "Godzilla" universe. Godzilla is awoken to battle another large kaiju. This time he fights King Ghidorah, and he has Rodan to fight along with him again the three-headed serpent. But the story has a twist, because the movie doesn't take place on Earth, but instead on Planet X, circling around Jupiter.

Cheesy, sure, but entertaining, "Invasion of the Astro-Monster" (aka "Kaijû daisensô") is actually a well-worth addition to the "Godzilla" franchise, and it is well-worth sitting down to watch.

As it usually goes in these movies, there isn't enough kaiju action. But when they do fight, it actually was so intense that it more than made up for the lack of more kaiju fighting scenes. And this movie has a lovely scene with Godzilla taunting King Ghidorah in the most hilarious way where he jumps, bellows and does a strange mid-air dance routine. Yes, trust me. You have to see this, for it alone make the movie worthwhile sitting through.

My rating for this movie is a six out of ten stars.

Liar, Liar, Vampire
(2015)

Well, it could have been worse...
I had not heard about this 2015 movie from writer Adrian Vina and director Vince Marcello before now in 2020 when I was given the chance to sit down and watch it.

As the movie was labeled as a comedy, I decided to sit down and watch it, and also because I hadn't seen it before. And now that I have finished the movie, I must say that the movie is watchable, sure, but hardly an overly enjoyable movie. Sure, it was a pseudo-fun approach as a spoof on "Twilight", but the movie just wasn't crammed with enough pranks, jokes and general fun to have me entertained. Plus, the fact that it was a Nickelodeon movie, meant that it was aimed at a somewhat younger audience.

I will say that the acting performances in the movie were actually quite good. Sure, the characters and the script was a bit off for my age, but I will say that the actors and actresses did actually fare quite well.

All in all, "Liar, Liar, Vampire" scores a five out of ten stars rating from me. I am sure that there is a larger audience out there for this type of movie. I just wasn't really in the target audience.

Aliens vs. Titanic
(2017)

Not worth the time, money or effort...
Of course I knew this was going to be a bad movie. I mean, just look at the movie's cover / poster. But still, I decided to sit down and watch it, on the odd chance that the movie might actually be worthwhile watching.

Needless to say that the 2017 movie "Predator World" (aka "Aliens vs. Titanic") was abysmal. It was so bad, in fact, that I only managed to endure about 50 minutes of the prolonged suffering. Then I just couldn't take it anymore and gave up, throwing the towel in the ring.

The CGI in this movie were atrociously bad. It is hard to comprehend how a movie made in 2017 can have CGI graphics that looks like something from a computer game from the early 1990s. It was just such an eyesore to look at.

This movie also had some questionable acting performances, but then again, with a script and storyline as lacking and laughable as they had to work with, whom can blame them.

Do yourself a favor and stay well clear of this movie.

I am rating it a mere two - and a very generous two, mind you - out of ten stars.

Yip Man 4
(2019)

A rather marvelous way to round up the Ip Man legacy...
The 2019 addition to the "Ip Man" franchise is definitely well-worth taking the time to sit down and watch, especially if you have seen the previous movies that also had Donnie Yen in the role as Master Ip Man.

The continuation of the storyline is good, and I will say that the movie definitely is entertaining, and it has a good amount of mixture of genres, ranging from drama to action - of course, with a heavy focus on the latter, naturally.

I will say that "Ip Man 4: The Finale" has some of the most hard-pounding and brutal of fight scenes in the entire franchise. And those alone make it well-worth taking the time to sit down to watch this movie.

Donnie Yen returns to don the mantle of Ip Man, which he has done quite well in the previous movies. And he does so once more again here in the fourth movie.

I am rating "Ip Man 4: The Finale" a well deserving seven out of ten stars, because the storyline was good, the character development was good, and the acting was good. But most importantly, the fighting was good.

Dolittle
(2020)

Just another unnecessary Hollywood cash-in...
Granted, I didn't have much of any expectations for the 2020 movie "Dolittle" as I sat down with the family to watch it.

Sure, this movie is a family movie, entertaining and enjoyable for the youngsters. But for us adult, and anyone whom have a healthy interest in movies, then "Dolittle" was a mediocre, if not actually tame, experience at best.

While "Dolittle" definitely is a visually nice movie to look at, then it was lacking and haltering abysmally in terms of a compelling storyline and characters with depths and personalities.

There is nothing to put a finger on in terms of CGI presentation, because the animals and the dragon were fantastic to look at. They were very realistic and life-like, which definitely worked well in favor of the movie.

But the movie had a massive shortcoming in terms of a mundane and downright mediocre script from writers Stephen Gaghan, Dan Gregor, Doug Mand, Chris McKay and Thomas Shepherd. Actually it is somewhat unfathomable that a storyline and script can become so dull and generic with 5 people writing.

The movie does have some good acting and voice acting talents on the cast list. But given the fact that they were given next to nothing to work with in terms of script and characters served as an anchor around their legs, shunting them in their performances.

I am rating "Dolittle" a very mediocre five out of ten stars. While it is watchable once, with the family, this is hardly a memorable or outstanding movie in any way. Nor is it a movie that I will ever return to watch a second time.

Sleepwalkers
(1992)

This is good old classic horror movie...
The 1992 "Sleepwalkers" movie based on a Stephen King story is actually not all that bad. In fact, it is a movie that I have seen maybe four or five times since it was initially released in 1992.

For a horror movie, then the storyline and script is fairly straightforward, albeit offering very little in terms of surprises or keeping the audience guessing the outcome of the movie. But still, the movie is actually entertaining and enjoyable. And I will say that this movie has that particular feel of a good old classic horror movie to it - you know, the way that they used to make horror movies.

The story briefly summarized is about two shapeshifters having relocated to a new town where they have to find sustenance off of the local residents. I am not going to delve further into details about this story, as it is one that you should watch for yourself.

While "Sleepwalkers" definitely bears the passing of age and time on its CGI effects, the practical effects and creature designs actually still look good when you watch the movie today in 2020. So the bad CGI is not a major concert for the movie.

The movie bolsters a pretty nice ensemble of cast, which includes the likes of Brian Krause, Mädchen Amick, Alice Krige and Ron Perlman. The movie also have some nice appearances from Stephen King himself, along with Clive Barker and Tobe Hooper - yes indeed. And noticeable is Mark Hamill in the start of the movie. This movie was definitely carried so nicely by Alice Krige, to the extend of where it became her movie. She was so well-cast for this particular role and movie.

It is rare that I really notice the soundtrack for a movie, but for "Sleepwalkers" I must say that the music was great. Especially the main theme, that is oddly haunting and beautiful at the same time. Once you've heard it, it is hard to forget this particular melody.

My rating of "Sleepwalkers" is a sound six out of ten stars, and if you haven't already seen this 1992 horror movie, and if you are given the chance, you should do so. Definitely do so. Well worth the time and effort.

A Demon Within
(2017)

You might just want to leave this demon within and watch something else...
Well, you shouldn't get your knickers in a bundle in excitement to watch the 2017 movie "A Demon Within", because it was a fairly weak and boring horror movie, to be bluntly honest.

I sat down to watch "A Demon Within" from directors Ayush Banker and Justin LaReau without knowing what the movie was about, nor whom was in it. The only thing I knew was that it was apparently a horror movie. And that was essentially all I needed to know, because I do enjoy horror movies.

Turns out that "A Demon Within" wasn't a particularly thrilling or entertaining movie in any way. In fact, it was actually rather mundane, boring and downright generic. It offered nothing to the horror genre that a seasoned horror fan as myself haven't already seen countless times in other movies.

The acting in the movie was adequate, although there wasn't any particular performance that was memorable or outstanding. I am not saying that the actors and actresses didn't perform adequately, because they did, but I am saying that there was nothing memorable to behold here.

For a horror movie, then "A Demon Within" was frightfully devoid of anything even remotely scary. There were a few commonly-used horror effects here and there, but nothing grand or extraordinary.

I am rating "A Demon Within" a mere three out of ten stars, because this wasn't an enjoyable movie.

Asura
(2016)

Lots of potential, but ultimately generic and mediocre...
I didn't even know about "Asura" from 2016 from writer and director Sung-su Kim before I stumbled upon it in 2020 and was given the chance to sit down and watch it. Naturally I took the time to do so, as I am a fan of Asian cinema, and South Korean cinema is usually quite good.

This movie, however, was just bland and mediocre. Now, I will say that they had a strong cast ensemble to perform the various roles and bring the characters to life, and the movie does have some strong performances by both Woo-sung Jung and Jung-min Hwang. But ultimately, the storyline was just too slow-paced and not enough of any worthwhile did happen throughout the course of the 2 hours and 15 minutes the movie played for.

The entire storyline was just mundane and generic. It wasn't particularly outstanding or memorable in the least, and the movie suffered horribly from having such a generic storyline. It was a shame, because there were some really nice acting performances, but they could only do so much to help lift up the blandness that was the script and storyline.

For a South Korean action / crime movie, then "Asura" was not particularly exceptional, and there are far better choices if you like this particular genre of movies readily available on the Asian movie market.

I am rating "Asura" a mediocre five out of ten stars, because entertainment-wise then the movie wasn't cutting it for me. This is not a movie that warrants a second viewing in any way.

Jojo Rabbit
(2019)

Hilarious...
Right, well I didn't really know what I was getting myself into when I sat down to watch the 2019 movie "Jojo Rabbit", except for knowing it to be a comedy of sorts and that it was set during World War II.

I must say that "Jojo Rabbit" is a very unique movie, and it was a funny approach for a movie revolving around events of World War II. This is definitely not something you'd see in other war movies. For better or worse, some might not like it, however, I happened to enjoy it quite a lot. It was a refreshing take on a matter as serious as World War II.

And director and writer Taika Waititi managed to create a movie that had equal amounts of seriousness and comedy to it, in a way that really worked well in favor of the movie. To Taika Waititi's praise, I must say that this movie was enjoyable, quirky, sure, but enjoyable.

The movie had wonderful props, sets and costumes, and they had a glorious cast ensemble to perform the various roles in the movie. I must say that I really enjoyed the performance of Taika Waititi in the role of Adolf Hitler, that was just brilliant and hilarious. I was surprised to see Sam Rockwell and Scarlett Johansson in a movie such as this, but they complimented the movie quite well. I think it was a shame that Rebel Wilson didn't have a larger part in the movie, because her character had so much to offer.

I enjoyed "Jojo Rabbit" from start to end, and I can warmly recommend that you take the time to sit down and watch this odd war movie. Lots of laughs throughout the course of the movie. This is definitely well worth the money, effort and time to sit down and watch.

I am rating the movie six out of ten stars.

Bad Actress
(2017)

Bad actress? Bad movie!...
Wow. Just wow!

This movie was bad. Phenomenally bad. It was so awful that I only managed to endure 25 minutes of the ordeal that is known as "Bad Actress". Then I just simply gave up and tossed the towel into the ring. There was nothing, literally nothing, worthwhile watching in this movie.

"Bad Actress" had no plausible or coherent storyline. It was essentially just about the main character Valentina - played by Excelina Ordonez - wandering aimlessly about doing nothing of any importance. In fact, the entire movie felt like an exposé of showing off Excelina Ordonez's body, with a main focus on her breasts. It was so tacky and tasteless that it wasn't even supplementing the movie.

I have zero interest in the movie and absolutely no intention of returning to watch the rest of the movie. Why? Well, because I wasn't even the least bit entertained with what I suffered through - and yeah, I did suffer through - the 25 minutes of the movie that I watched.

Bad acting. Bad story. Just a downright bad movie.

I am rating this a mere one out of ten stars. This movie is not worth the time, money or effort in any way.

Mekagojira no gyakushu
(1975)

Just another entry in the long franchise of "Godzilla"...
This 1975 movie titled "The Terror of Mechagodzilla" wasn't exactly an outstanding chapter in the long, long "Godzilla" franchise. But still, I was given the chance to watch it, and since I hadn't already seen it, of course I took the time to sit down and watch it.

I wasn't particularly entertained though with what transpired on the screen. There was a whole lot of focus on the human story aspect of the movie, which was just boring. I don't sit down to watch the human drama in the "Godzilla" movies, no. I want to watch kaiju action, battles and destruction. And there wasn't enough of that going on in this movie.

You essentially know what you are getting with this 1975 movie from directors Ishirô Honda and Jun Fukuda. But then again, all these movies in the franchise seem to follow that particular same blueprint, now don't they?

"The Terror of Mechagodzilla" failed to make itself outstanding in the overwhelming amount of movies that already exist in the franchise. So it essentially just drowned in the masses and became just another movie added to the long list of movies to make the legacy of "Godzilla".

This is hardly a "Godzilla" movie that I will be returning to watch a second time around. And my rating of it lands on a very mediocre five out of ten stars.

Tooku de zutto soba ni iru
(2013)

So much potential, but so little told throughout the course of the movie...
"Far Away, So Close" (aka "Tooku de zutto soba ni iru") is something of an odd movie. Now, I happened to stumble upon this, as I do enjoy Asian cinema quite a lot. And since I hadn't seen this movie before, much less even heard about it, when I was given the chance to sit down and watch it, needless to say that I jumped at said chance.

The storyline in this 2013 movie from writer Kyôko Inukai and director Masahiko Nagasawa definitely had some interesting enough moments, but the movie just felt prolonged, unnecessarily so. And I suppose that was because nothing much really happened throughout the course of the movie. It was a shame, because it dragged down the overall enjoyment of the movie, where the concept idea had so much potential.

I managed to watch the entire movie, but I can't really claim that I was impressed, nor were I overly entertained. Sure, the movie was watchable, but this is hardly a movie that I will watch again, nor one I would recommend to people to actually sit down and watch.

The acting performances in the movie were quite good, I will say that much. And the lead actress Kana Kurashina actually held her own quite well and carried the movie nicely with her performance.

All in all then "Far Away, So Close" is a movie that had a lot to offer and tell, but managed to do little of both. As such, I am rating the movie a very mediocre five out of ten stars.

I Am a Ghost
(2012)

The daily routines of a ghost...
I hadn't even heard about this 2012 movie "I Am a Ghost" from writer and director H.P. Mendoza before now in 2020, when I was given the opportunity to sit down and watch it. All I knew about the movie, prior to watching it, was that it was a horror movie. Which, in itself, is more than enough to get my attention.

First of all I must say that "I Am a Ghost" is a unique movie, for better or worse. And this movie will not find a broader appeal with everyone in the audience, that is for sure.

The movie follows the ghost Emily - played by Anna Ishida - in her daily routines as her spirit lingers, trapped within a house. This was actually quite interesting and a touch of genius from writer H.P. Mendoza, because this is not something that you see often.

With that being said, then I must say that Anna Ishida actually carries the movie quite well, especially when she is essentially the only one performing in the movie. I am not familiar with the acting talent of Anna Ishida, but the movie definitely displays her talent, and I would like to see more of her movies if given the chance.

However, the movie does suffer from it being not interesting enough. Too little happens actually throughout the course of the story. And while showing the same scenes again and again does help to set a mood of repetition, then it sort of grew stale and annoying fairly quickly.

"I Am a Ghost" is actually well-worth sitting down to watch, if you want a ghost movie that differs from the usual blueprint that ghost movies tend to follow. Just take into consideration that this is not a movie with a whole lot of things going on, so you might be bored.

I am rating "I Am a Ghost" five out of ten stars. I watched the entire movie, and was mildly entertained, but this is hardly a movie that I would return to watch a second time.

3022
(2019)

Boring, uneventful and devoid of lighting...
All I knew about "3022" when I sat down to watch it was that it was a sci-fi movie of sorts. I had no idea what the story was about, nor whom was in it. Normally, I am not overly keen on sci-fi movies, but was given the chance to watch it, so I did.

First I have to say that "3022" is not an overly interesting movie. In fact, it was sort of boring and very uneventful. More than once was I tempted to get up and go watch something else. But I endured and stuck with it to the end - to the boring, unsatisfactory end.

For a sci-fi movie then this 2019 movie from writer Ryan Binaco and director John Suits was mundane, generic and downright boring. There was simply way too little of any interest going on to keep the movie going and keep it interesting.

I will say, though, that the acting performances were good, despite of the actors and actresses having very little to work with. Most memorable in the movie was Angus Macfadyen, without a doubt, given his strong performance.

The movie is dark, a bit too dark if you ask me. It makes no sense that there was so little illumination about a space station. Sure, it sets the mood for a thriller or a horror movie, but it makes absolutely no common sense whatsoever.

I endured "3022" to the end, and can honestly say that this is not a movie that I will be returning to watch a second time. My rating of the movie lands of a less than mediocre four out of ten stars.

Bad Blood: The Movie
(2016)

Good, but not that good...
I hadn't even heard about "Bad Blood: The Movie" before now in 2020, when I happened to stumble upon it by sheer random chance. It is a horror movie, and that was essentially enough to make me pick it up and give it a chance.

I had expected it to be a werewolf movie, and it was - in a way. Except it wasn't wolves, but amphibian reptilian creature instead. And that was actually interesting enough, trust me. However, the storyline just turned out to be way too generic and stereotypical. Which resulted in a slightly less than mediocre end result. While the movie is watchable, it is not an outstanding or memorable movie.

The special effects in the movie were good, although they didn't always make sense. I mean, during the metamorphosis from human to reptilian, why would the room be illuminated in a strange green light, emanating from apparently nowhere. That was just odd. And while the thing with the girl's teeth all falling out in order to make room for the vile fangs of the reptilian creature was cool, it made no sense that she had all her teeth again once reverted to human state.

I watched all of the movie, and I was mildly entertained. However, this is not a movie that I will watch more than a single time. And my rating of "Bad Blood: The Movie" settles on a four out of ten stars.

It had some interesting enough moments, but the movie - as a whole - just didn't really cut it.

Bloodrunners
(2017)

This was an empty showcasing of nothing...
This movie was definitely not my cup of tea. In fact, I only managed to endure 50 minutes of the ordeal before I turned it off out of complete and utter boredom.

There simply was nothing interesting to the storyline, nor the characters, and I quickly lost interest in the movie, but still, I opted to give it a chance and managed to endure 50 minutes. But the movie was just lacking on all fronts, and there was nothing entertaining here for me.

Initially, when I saw that it was Ice T that was on the cast list, I was ready to skip on the movie. Yeah, I can't claim to be much of a fan of him neither in movies nor music.

But still, it was a vampire movie, so I decided to watch it. But turned out that the vampire aspect was a mere backdrop to the movie.

I am rating "Bloodrunners" three out of ten stars, solely because it did have some adequate production value. But for terms of entertainment, then this movie failed to provide any for me.

Hydra
(2009)

Multiple heads doesn't multiple the enjoyment of the movie...
Well, granted, I didn't have much of any expectations to this 2009 movie titled "Hydra", but still I sat down to watch it, as I haven't seen it before. And I do like creature features, although a great many number of them turns out to be horrible. Still, perhaps "Hydra" would be a hidden gem.

No. It definitely wasn't.

This movie was bad, from the script and storyline to the atrocious CGI effects that were abysmal and such an eyesore to behold. You have to look long and hard to find CGI effects that are this bad and actually make it through the editing room and into the final cut of the movie. I mean, the hydra looked like something taken straight out of a mid-1990s computer game. It was horrible to look at, and it dragged the enjoyment of the movie down badly. Nay, I will say that it sucked the enjoyment of the movie right out of it.

The acting in the movie was as to be expected from a movie such as this, and take into consideration that the actors and actresses had next to nothing to work with in terms of script and storyline, much less having proper characters to act upon.

All in all, "Hydra" is a movie to give a wide berth. Then again, who wouldn't give a hydra a wide berth?

I am rating "Hydra" a mere two out of ten stars. And it was so bad that I didn't even manage to endure the entire movie to the end. I just simply couldn't stand it, as it failed to entertain me on so many accounts.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
(2003)

Phenomenal...
The 2003 conclusion to the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy is a tour de force. This is by all accounts the best movie in the entire trilogy.

Why? Well, because the characters are already well-established and painted out on the screen by now, and the storyline is all chalked up. So everything was pitched for a homerun, and Peter Jackson did just that with "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King".

There is such an abundance of action in the movie that you just lean back and enjoy the ride. The battle scenes are massive and well-choreographed, and at times it even feels like you are there on the battlefield amidst men, hobbits and orcs yourself.

Needless to say that the sets, props and costumes are amazing here, just as they were in the previous two movies.

The performances of the cast were good, as they had been in the previous movies as well. And it has been a blast to follow the characters and watch them in the quests and endeavors on the screen. And they had an abundance of really great actors and actresses to perform the various roles and bring their characters to life on the scree.

For me this was a very full and wholeheartedly completion of the trilogy, one that had been so well lined up by Peter Jackson, and it delivered on all accounts.

My rating for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" is a solid eight out of ten stars.

The Lighthouse
(2019)

Well, it was unique...
I finally got the chance to sit down and watch the 2019 movie "The Lighthouse" from director and writer Robert Eggers. And I must admit that it was with a great level of expectation that I did so, because I had heard nothing but praise and good things about the movie.

First of all, personally I think having shot the movie in black and white wasn't a great move, because a lot of details were lost in the lack of color, and I just don't overly enjoy watching black and white movies in general. But this was a minor nuisance.

I will say that the movie was really nicely carried by both leads, that being Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson. Initially I had some doubt about Robert Pattinson being able to pull a movie like this off with grace, but wow, he sure did. He definitely has cast aside that horrible mantle that was the sparkling vampire of "Twilight".

The characters in the movie were nicely detailed and given lots of personalities and quirks. And both Dafoe and Pattinson really gave their heart and soul in the performances, and it bore fruit well in favor of the movie.

The dialogue in the movie is just splendid. Especially the dialogue given to Thomas Wake - the character portrayed by Willem Dafoe.

It should be said that "The Lighthouse" is not your average movie, not even remotely. This is a bizarre movie and a very unique movie for sure. And I don't think that it will fall well in favor with everyone in the audience. This is a very detailed and vivid descent into madness. And the movie even have a hint of Lovecraftian atmosphere, which I enjoyed.

I had expected more from the movie, given all the praise it had been receiving. Sure, this was an enjoyable and entertaining movie, but it just fell short of my expectations somehow.

My rating for "The Lighthouse" is a six out of ten stars.

Battle Star Wars
(2020)

Don't bothing with this one...
Well, this being a movie from The Asylum, and given the title of the movie, you know that you are most likely in for something questionable. Why watch it then, you might ask. Well, once in a blue moon The Asylum does produce a movie that is worthwhile watching. So of course I sat down to watch "Battle Star Wars".

This was definitely not one of those moments where The Asylum had struck gold. Not by a long shot. This movie was laughable and just downright stupid actually. And while it was meant as a mockbuster on "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker", it was not even remotely close to being anything like "Star Wars". Well, except for the main character resembling Poe Dameron.

I am not even going to bother getting into details on the storyline, because it was just not worth it. You have to watch it yourself.

The acting in the movie was as expected for a movie of this type. So don't get your hopes up.

The special effects were actually adequate, although looking like something from the early 2000s. Again, don't get your hopes up, because the special effects and CGI will not salvage the movie.

I am rating "Battle Star Wars" a mere two out of ten stars. And this is not a movie that I will be returning to watch a second time. I got through it the first time, and that was more than enough.

Color Out of Space
(2019)

This was surprisingly good...
Initially when I heard about this 2019 movie adaptation of the classic Lovecraft story, I must admit that I was more than thrilled. Then I found out that Nicolas Cage was set to star in it, and my excitement plummeted. Granted, Nicolas Cage is definitely not an actor whose performances I am particularly fond of. But this was a Lovecraft adaptation, so it had to be watched.

And I am glad that I did. Despite having Nicolas Cage in the lead, I will say that director Richard Stanley really managed to pull together a blast of a movie. The story starts out slowly, setting the mood and introducing the characters. And gradually more and more layers were added to the story, that being after the impact of the celestial object, that is. And I loved the subtle changes that took place both in the environment, but also with the characters. It was so nicely done, very subtle, but still very noticeable and enjoyable.

I was very entertained with "Color Out of Space" and the movie really turned out a lot more enjoyable and entertaining than I had anticipated.

Nicolas Cage acted well enough in the movie, although there is that classic and archetypical Cage style to it, for better or worse, like it or not. The movie held some really nice performances by Joely Richardson and Madeleine Arthur. And as for having Tommy Chong in the movie, well... I will just let that be up to you to judge upon.

Now, "Color Out of Space" had some impressive special effects, and the CGI team really managed to pull it off quite nicely. The special effects were really good and helped bring the movie to life on the screen in that particularly cosmically dreadful manner that was needed to carry with it the Lovecraftian feel.

If you enjoy the Lovecraft story, then I can warmly recommend that you sit down and watch the 2019 movie adaptation. And my rating of the movie is a solid seven out of ten stars. Yes, I was entertained, and watched the movie twice; once for the story, and the second time for the details in the shots and to absorb the atmosphere and minute details better.

Lava Storm
(2008)

Not really worth the time or effort...
Granted, I didn't have much of any high expectations to the 2008 movie "Lava Storm" when I sat down to watch it here in 2020. In fact, I hadn't even heard of the movie. And given the synopsis, then chances were high that this was going to be another low budget disaster movie with a predictable plot and questionable CGI effect.

Turns out that it was exactly that. The plot and storyline was so generic that it was essentially pointless and non-existing. A volcanic eruption destroys an American city and it is up to the 5 members of a single local family to stop the forces of nature and put an end to the destruction. Questionable? Yes. Stupid? Yes. Predictable? Yes. This was as generic as it could possibly be. And you knew the outcome of the movie even before it started.

As for the special effects, well it was a combination of stock footage from what I assume was documentaries and some laughable CGI effects, which hardly fooled anyone into believing them to be real. And I loved the fact that they used footage of an ocean brushing against molten lava rock when the dam burst. If a dam bursts, the water flows continuously, and it doesn't ebb and flow. It was just so stupid. The props and sets were equally questionable as the special effects.

The acting in the movie was as you'd expect from a movie such as this. But people actually did fairly with their performances, given the fact that they had next to nothing to work with.

If you enjoy disaster movies, you shouldn't be wasting your time with "Lava Storm". Some of us suffered through it, so you don't have to.

I am rating "Lava Storm" a generous two out of ten stars.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
(2002)

More action-packed than the previous movie...
First of all, I must say that "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" was significantly more easy to sit through than "The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring", as this movie had more action, and wasn't as slow-paced with as much storytelling and setting the mood as the first movie did.

Needless to say that you need to watch the first movie prior to watching this 2002 sequel, unless you want to be missing out on a great deal of information about the characters and the storyline.

As a direct continuation of the previous movie "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" was a nice upscale in pace, and I must admit that I was enjoying this a lot more than the previous movie.

While "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" is driven by a solid story and character development, much like the first movie, then "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" adds a much needed element of action and fantasy battles.

It shouldn't be necessary to say that you are in for a grand adventure when you sit down to watch "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers", especially if you are a fan of the sword and sorcery fantasy genre, which I happen to be.

And it was marvelous to have the original cast return to perform their roles again, making for a wonderful continuation of the storyline, and not having to adjust to a new face on an already established character.

Definitely well worth taking the time to sit down and watch the extended version. Just keep about 4 hours free for it. I am rating "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" a well-deserving seven out of ten stars.

See all reviews