[Header: Lulu Wilson as Becky | Quiver Distribution, Redbox Entertainment]
While I may not have been the one to pick Becky to watch, I ended up having such a good time with it! The movie follows Becky (Lulu Wilson) whose weekend with her dad at the family lakehouse suddenly turns violent when some escaped prisoners come looking for something.
At its core, this is a revenge movie so there are definitely familiar elements that are expected of that genre but Becky makes one major change in that it has a 13-year-old at the centre of it. Now, that fact does not mean the violence is turned down because it most certainly isn’t. There’s still lots of blood and gore and death throughout. Her age does not really alter the typical rampage you would expect from the main character seeking revenge on those who harmed her (and/or the people she loves) although, because she is so young, her tactics and the overall approach to the storyline are altered to fit that detail.
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NOS4A2 is a book I have been putting off for a long time. In part, it’s because I didn’t feel any particular way about Joe Hill’s other novel, Horns, and I didn’t want this one to disappoint. Going into it, the storyline was definitely more up my alley and thankfully, it impressed me more than I expected it to.
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[Header Image: Nicolas Cage as Brent Ryan | Momentum Pictures]
“It’s a Sawzall. That means it saws ALL!”
Oh, boy, was this a wild ride. I really should have guessed knowing that Brian Taylor was behind the directing and writing. Let’s just say this, Mom and Dad is pretty bizarre and incredibly fun. It takes a very simple concept — parents across a suburban community find themselves with the uncontrollable desire to kill their children — and just goes to town with it. The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to go into this with zero expectations and ready to have an entertaining time. It’s not the type of movie that should be deeply analysed or overthought. Sitting at just under an hour and a half, it hits the ground running and wastes no time in dragging you on this journey that is both hilarious and oddly intriguing. If you’ve seen any of Taylor’s previous work (like Crank or Happy!) you’ll have some rough idea of what you’re possibly going to get yourself into.
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This one was definitely a surprise. When it first popped up on Netflix it caught my attention because it was clearly a sci-fi movie, a genre I’m always interested in checking out. Recently, I decided to look a little further into it and after discovering the plot, I finally decided to sit down and watch it. I’ll be honest and say I’m still a little unsure of how I feel about it entirely but I’m definitely glad I checked it out. It’s completely worth it.
The overall premise isn’t necessarily groundbreaking but it is explored and executed in really interesting ways. I Am Mother follows a teenage girl known as daughter (Clara Rugaard) who is raised by a robot – Mother (Luke Hawker, voiced by Rose Byrne) – following an extinction of mankind, however, one day a stranger (Hilary Swank) arrives. The movie is really well paced, albeit a little slow on a couple of occasions, and the overall structure of it is easy to follow even with the many twists and turns along the way. It doesn’t overcomplicate anything and while it is an ambitious movie, it never gets too over the top. That being said, there’s always something going on even if some scenes are very tame.
Continue reading I Am Mother (2019) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]
This review contains SPOILERS for both Zom-B Underground and the previous books. If you would like to read the other reviews you can find them in the Zom-B series tag.
“I can give you two words,” I tell him. “The second is off. Can you guess the first?”
In a way, this book and the first one, while being arguably very different, are both introductions to the series. Zom-B introduces us to our main character B and got the ball rolling when it comes to the zombies (and mutants). If you think of that book more as a preface then Zom-B Underground is really the start to the series. You do need both to fully prepare yourself but the first book is more like the calm before the storm in a lot of ways and Zom-B Underground is the start of the actual storm. The pair of them connect really well and it definitely feels like the pacing and structure is going to be good across the entire series and not just during the individual books.
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