Film Review: Bird Box (2018)

‘[It] has an extremely interesting premise […] however I feel that it didn’t quite live up to the hype’   Bird Box, 2018 Directed by: Susanne Bier Written by: Eric Heisserer Starring: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Danielle Macdonald, Lil Rey Howery, Jacki Weaver, Rosa Salazar, Colson Baker, BD Wong, Tom Hollander, Sarah PoulsonContinue reading “Film Review: Bird Box (2018)”

Film Review: Extinction (2018)

‘As generic-as-they-come in terms of alien invasion films’ Extinction, 2018 Directed by: Ben Young Starring: Lizzy Caplan, Michael Pena, Mike Colter, Lilly Aspell, Emma Booth, Israel Broussard   Peter (Michael Pena) is haunted by vivid visions of an alien invasion and slowly they begin to affect his working and personal life. He’s close to seeingContinue reading “Film Review: Extinction (2018)”

Original vs. Remake: The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) vs. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)   The second edition of Original vs. Remake is another alien-invasion film made initially in the 1950’s and remade in the early 21st century, but will the original win out again? The story of the film (spoiler alert, by theContinue reading “Original vs. Remake: The Day the Earth Stood Still”

Classic Film Review: The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

‘This is how not to remake a film’ The Day the Earth Stood Still, 2008 Directed by: Scott Derrickson Starring: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Jaden Smith, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, John Cleese, Kyle Chandler   If a remake wants to do something different: great, but you need to retain the overall themes that the originalContinue reading “Classic Film Review: The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)”

Classic Film Review: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

‘A wonderfully told story with an ending full of missed possibilities’ The Day the Earth Stood Still, 1951 Directed by: Robert Wise Starring: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe   Klaatu (Michael Rennie), a humanoid alien, arrives on Earth with an eight-food tall robot, Gort (Lock Martin), to give a warning to aContinue reading “Classic Film Review: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)”

Film Review: How It Ends (2018)

‘They managed to succeed in making the end of the world a rather dull affair’ How It Ends, 2018 Directed by: David M. Rosenthal Starring: Theo James, Forest Whitaker, Kat Graham, Mark O’Brien   Will (Theo James) leaves Seattle, where his girlfriend, Sam (Kat Graham) stays, to have dinner with Sam’s dad, Tom (Forest Whitaker,Continue reading “Film Review: How It Ends (2018)”

Original vs. Remake: The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds (1953) vs. War of the Worlds (2005)   The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by author H. G. Wells, first published in 1897, and focused on the earth in the days of an alien invasion. 56 years later, it was adapted to a film. The originalContinue reading “Original vs. Remake: The War of the Worlds”

Classic Film Review: War of the Worlds (2005)

‘It’s a fairly decent film hampered by its acting, storytelling and time’ War of the Worlds, 2005 Directed by: Steven Spielberg Starring: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Miranda Otto, Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman   Classic novel, brilliant director, big-name actor, rising young actress, remake of a popular film; what could possibly go wrong? BasedContinue reading “Classic Film Review: War of the Worlds (2005)”

Classic Film Review: The War of the Worlds (1953)

‘On the whole, including the brutally beautiful final sequence of the aliens destroying a city, the film looks beautiful’ The War of the Worlds, 1953 Directed by: Byron Haskin Starring: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson   Based on H. G. Wells’ novel of the same name, The War of the Worlds takes place in California (notContinue reading “Classic Film Review: The War of the Worlds (1953)”