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Otherlife (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Otherlife
Year: 2017
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Sci-fi
Directed By: Ben C. Lucas
Starring: Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Cocquerel, T.J. Power
About: After inventing a drug that induces time-compressed virtual realities, young Ren grapples with partner Sam over how to use their powerful creation.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qav2Z0TgYMA

My Review:
Seeing a film on Netflix that didn't sound familiar but was also sci-fi I had to give Otherlife a watch and this did surprise me however didn't leave me as satisfied as I hoped that it would.

Otherlife is about a drug which creates a virtual reality however seems to be like real memories and a days worth of memories can be done very quickly. While trying to get funding Ren by accident ends up killing someone due to a glitch in the programme. As a result of this she gets put in an isolation in her own mind for a year due to the government wanting to use it on prisoners which is only an hour in the real world.

I found that this movie h…

My Teacher, My Obsession (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: My Teacher, My Obsession
Year: 2018
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Directed By: Damian Romay
Starring: Lucy Loken, Laura Bilgeri, Rusty Joiner
About: Riley struggles to meet friends after transferring to a new high school where her father is an English teacher. When she meets Kyla, a fellow loner, they become close friends until Riley learns that Kyla is obsessed with her father.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4F3Sn-Xzzo

My Review:
Wanting a style of film I don't usually watch but do enjoy I decided to watch the stalker movie that is My Teacher, My Obsession which is based on an English teacher who starts at a new school. However, when one of the students gets obsessed with him she will do anything to be with him including secluding him from everyone else.

I liked the foreshadowing at the beginning of the movie which matched up to the ending very well and shows how throughout the movie that this was coming up. I also liked how the film showed how the student was getting close to…

Kubo and the two strings (film review)

Film: Kubo and the Two Strings
Year: 2016
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Directed By: Travis Knight
Starring: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey
About: A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armour worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4-6qJzeb3A

My Review:
While watching movies with my mum it got to my turn to decide the movie and having had this movie catching my eye for the last month gave it a watch which I was pleased I did as it did make me enjoy it a lot more than I expected.

Kubo and the Two Strings is about a boy who after disobeying his mother in staying out past the dark has his evil aunts and grandfather trying to capture him and take his other eye. However, the mother transports him to another land where with the help of a monkey and a beetle he is trying to defeat his grandfather and find out more about his father.

I found that this film was really original and one…

Guardians of the Galaxy (film review)

Film: Guardians of the Galaxy
Year: 2014
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper
About: A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d96cjJhvlMA

My Review:
Having a movie day with my mother we decided to choose a film each and at her choice of film chose the amazing Guardians of the Galaxy which is a film I have loved since I first seen it in the cinema when it came out and still do years later.

Guardians of the Galaxy is about a man called Peter Quill who when scavenging comes across an orb for a lot of money and goes to sell it however things don't go his way and when the evil Ronan tries to get his hands on it. Will the guardians be able to stop Ronan and save the galaxy as a result or will Ronan succeed?

I love this film and all of the action in which it contains due to being able to see how each …

Lord Of The Flies (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Lord of the Flies
Year: 1990
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Directed By: Harry Hook
Starring: Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh, Danuel Pipoly
About: Stranded on an island, a group of schoolboys degenerate into savagery.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnCn2VTzY90

My Review:
Having not seen the film since I was in high school due to studying the book I decided to give this a watch and found that I still loved the film.

Lord of the Flies is about a group of boys who when they end up on a stranded island try and obey the rules however as time goes on the boys start to become more savage. Will the boys be able to get rescued before it goes too far however?

I think that this film is great at showing a lot of symbolism and foreshadowing throughout the film and showing how without rules in which to follow the human impulses are able to get through which are more violent. Showing the two camps the watcher is able to see how some people are able to stay humble and good while remembering …

He Never Died (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: He Never Died
Year: 2015
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Directed By: Jason Krawczyk
Starring: Henry Rollins, Booboo Stewart, Kate Greenhouse
About: Jack, a social outcast, is thrust out of his comfort zone when the outside world bangs on his door and he can't contain his violent past.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyWralJ2pkk

My Review:
Letting my mum choose the movie for us to watch she took a look on Netflix and decided to put on He Never Died. This film although sounding familiar to me I couldn't place and found myself really liking this movie.

The film is about a man named Jack who seems to do nothing all day until his daughter arrives at his door and everything changes as mobsters try to kill him. However, nothing is as it seems about Jack!

I thought that this was good at showing a man who feels like he has given up with the world and how he stays to himself till he is forced to do otherwise. With the addition of his daughter you could see that he was starting to…

Miracles from Heaven (film review)

Film: Miracles from Heaven
Year: 2016
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Directed By: Patricia Riggen
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rodgers, Martin Henderson
About: MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is based on the incredible true story of the Beam family. When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter's healing as she searches for a solution.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CldGTG6iVrU

My Review:
Wanting a tearjerker film to watch Miracles from Heaven came to my attention and seeing that it was based on a true story made me want to watch this even more.

The film is about a girl who ends up getting a rare stomach disease which could make her no longer able to digest food and is dying the parents go through trying to save their daughter no matter what it takes and how the mother goes through losing her faith and how she manages to get it back.

I found this film was really mo…

Inception (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Inception
Year: 2010
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page
About: A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3A3-zSOBT4

My Rating:
Having been recommended to watch Inception and not having seen it in years I gave it a watch and was surprised on how great this movie was and how I had not given this film more attention in the past.

Inception is about a mission to help break up a company of a competitor through the use of planting the idea in his head through layers which can only be made through going into other people's dreams. Not only this but when the main operative's own subconscious comes through could it destroy everything?

I love the concept of this film and thought that it was acted out brilliantly and executed in a way which was very und…

The Lodgers (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: The Lodgers
Year: 2017
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Directed By: Brian O'Malley
Starring: Charlotte Vega, David Bradley, Eugene Simon
About: Twin siblings live under a curse in their ancestral home, but one of them is tempted to defy the house rules, angering the spirits keeping them hostage.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltIcW2xMuzs

My Review:
Wanting to see a horror film in which I hadn't seen before and something that wasn't from America as a lot of horror movies I see are I couldn't resist but to see The Lodgers.

The film is about a girl who is trapped into her house with her brother after the house keeps talking to them and their parents die. Not wanting to be there anymore the girl decides she wants to leave but the house has other ideas.

I thought that this film seemed familiar to me as in I had seen something similar before however this didn't take away from the movie for me. I liked how the girl reached out and really tried to escape the house a…

The Secret Life of Pets (film review)

Film: The Secret Life of Pets
Year: 2016
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: Chris Renaud
Starring: Louis C.K, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart
About: The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-80SGWfEjM

My Review:
Having wanted to see this for years I was glad that Netflix added it as a title and couldn't resist giving it a watch and I was really glad that I did.

The Secret Life of Pets is about a dog named Max who ends up with a new dog living with him called Duke. As the two don't get along they plan to get rid of each other however this leads to them going on an adventure together to get back home and creating a friendship.

I thought that this was really relateable for pet owners to see how the different pets reacted to when the owner left and how they came home from work. I also thought that it was good in showing how sometimes you won't get along with …

The Beyond (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: The Beyond
Year: 2017
Genre: Sci-fi
Directed By: Hasraf Dulull
Starring: David Bailie, Jane Perry, Brian Deacon
About: Set in 2019, The Beyond chronicles the groundbreaking mission which sent astronauts - modified with advanced robotics, through a newly discovered worm hole known as the Void. When the mission returns unexpectedly, the space agency races to discover what the astronauts encountered on their first of its kind interstellar space journey.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQE7NGkJZHs

My Review:
Letting my mum choose the movie for tonight she chose the film The Beyond which made me go into the film blind knowing nothing more than it was a sci-fi movie. I am glad I did go into this blind however as I am not sure I would have seen it otherwise.

The Beyond is about a black hole which appears just outside of Earth and how astronauts are going to try and find out what is on the other side and what would happen if this did happen in the next year.

I thought that this film ha…

Mulholland Drive (film review)

Film: Mulholland Drive
Year: 2001
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Directed By: David Lynch
Starring: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring , Justin Theroux
About: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbZJ487oJlY

My Review:
Having been asked to watch Mulholland Drive I decided to go into this movie completely blind and not know anything about this film before giving it a watch. I do wish however that I did check it out before I watched it and found out that this film personally just wasn't for me.

Mulholland Drive is about a girl who ends up coming to Los Angeles and finds another woman in her aunt's apartment who has no memory of who she is. As a result both woman try to find out who the woman is coming across loads of clues but not all is as it seems.

Personally, I didn't understand …