King Kong Review

King Kong is a 2005 epic monster adventure film directed by Peter Jackson, starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Andy Serkis, Jamie Bell, and Adrien Brody.  Serving as a remake of the 1933 film of the same name, the story follows an ambitious filmmaker who coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island, only to encounter Kong, a legendary giant gorilla. Positives: Great performances Great cast Some characters are great Terrific music Terrific visuals Emotionally, compelling story Well-written script Great direction Great action Negatives: Characters…

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Relic (Pendergast #1) Review

Relic (Pendergast #1) is a 1995 science fiction horror thriller novel written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, and published by Tor Books.  As the first installment in the Agent Pendergast Series, the plot follows NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta, FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast, and graduate student Dr. Margo Green who hunt a mythical creature that is killing people in a New York City’s American Museum of Natural History. Positives: Fantastic main characters Mbwun is freakin’ awesome Great atmosphere Well-written story Great dialogue Intense, brutal scenes Great pacing Very educational…

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Howl Review

Howl is a 2015 direct-to-video British monster horror film directed by Paul Hyett, starring Ed Speleers, Sean Pertwee, Holly Weston, Shauna Macdonald, Elliot Cowan, Rosie Day, Calvin Dean, Duncan Preston, and Ross Mullan.  The plot follows passengers on a train who are attacked by a creature, they must band together in order to survive until morning. Positions: Good characters Interesting premise Good direction Good performances Good use of special effects Good score Negatives: Story isn’t compelling Character troupes Plot:  We’ve had snakes on a train, we’ve had zombies on a…

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Kong: Skull Island Review

Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 monster film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, and John C. Reilly.  The film is a reboot of the King Kong franchise and serves as the second film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, following a team of scientists and Vietnam War soldiers who travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific and encounter terrifying creatures and the mighty Kong. Positives: Good characters Great story Great visuals Good direction by Vogt-Roberts Great score Fantastic cast Negatives: Some…

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