Our recent Weekend Movie Reviews have looked back to 2019 Hugo Nominees that didn’t receive notice here when they hit the theatres. This week, we look back to a 2018 movie that received little notice anywhere, and certainly won’t be winning any awards. However, it fills up this space until Brightburn and Godzilla, King of the Monsters get released later this month.
Did anyone realize they made another live-action Scooby-doo film last year? This one reimagines Velma and Daphne’s first mystery together, before they hooked up with a couple of guys and a talking Great Dane.
The latest subject of Make Me Watch It is (2018), directed by Ruben Fleischer. The updated and maintained list of options for “Make Me Watch It” can be found here. You can name up to ten movies you’d like me to cover here. The series can also be found on Stitcher, on iTunes, or in a direct RSS feed.
You know that footage you saw in the Avengers: Endgame trailers? It’s all from the first 15 minutes of a 184 minute film that feels like an 18.4 minute film. You know how some movies have principal cast members names flash on screen before the proper credits scroll by? I counted 65 of those. You know how our normal review format has a premise, high point, low point, and then at least seven more paragraphs discussing the various aspects in detail? I cannot think of any way to discuss any moment of the film not present in the trailers without spoiling something major. Avengers: Infinity War was just the warm up for this one, and as far as I can tell, every single person involved knocked it out of the park. My expectations for quality were exceeded. My expectations for story points were not only completely off the mark, they were not nearly as good as what we actually got. Suffice it to say that I’m giving the movie a perfect 42/42, and encourage everyone with even the slightest interest to see this before any aspect of the film gets spoiled.
Last weekend, we reviewed Sorry to Bother You, a Hugo-nominated indie film that we missed the first time around. This Weekend Review looks at another genre-warping Hugo-nominee that many people ignored on first run, Annihilation.
The latest subject of Make Me Watch It is Aquaman (2018), directed by James Wan. The updated and maintained list of options for “Make Me Watch It” can be found here. You can name up to ten movies you’d like me to cover here. The series can also be found on Stitcher, on iTunes, or in a direct RSS feed.
Back in the early 1990s, a young auteur set out to make a low-budget, feature length SF film. Negotiations with a backer to fund the film fell through, so she decided to shoot it on her own, with a budget of $250.00, borrowed and donated equipment (she worked for a local cable station), and friends and family as volunteer actors.
In the era before Youtube, it picked up its cult following through local cable broadcasts and SF Cons. It finally found its way to an actual theatre in 2016, and in 2017, a remastered version made it onto DVD.