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Reviewing 2015

Where shall I start? Some of the year favorite reviews is probably the least since last nights adventure which tops my list of the best seen movies for 2015. Yet out of the three categories I call, I might as well start with the lists.

Fantasy movies for 2015

  1.  The Hobbit:- The Battle of the Five Armies
  2. Fairy Tale

Horror movies for 2015

  1. Hellraiser all movies
  2. Insidious plus chapter2
  3. Dracula 2000, ascension and legacy
  4. Cube trilogy*

Science Fiction movies for 2015

  1. Star Wars  I-VII
  2. Terminator Gensys
  3. Cube Trilogy*

* is combined as science fiction and horror category which is why I have an asterisk.

Thank goodness that is over for the year as of today I’ll have a break from reviewing and should be back sometime after the fifth of January.

Star Wars VII:- The Force Awakens

Before I start on this review, I think you should read this, if you have watch it then you know what my review will be.

Just before I go on about the review

given in bags, with magic dust of gold.

I want to say this some of my thoughts and dreams of prediction has come true. Everything in my dreams has come to be as expected. Firstly I like to say that J J Abrams has given the scope of the Star Wars Universe with a great vigilance to the works of George Lucas’s universe. Respect to the creator of the Star Wars Universe, this film has given in bags, with magic dust of gold.

Can I predict that next year this will be nominated for an Oscar and will win a couple Oscars. Okay it is too early but hey, it is that good, and I must say it is worth the look.

Those that think of Space Opera as a genre, can name Star Wars. Of course, it is the first thing that come to my mind when I think of Space Opera.

How can one write a review without spoilers? It has been a week days since I went to watch the film on the day it went viral. I do mean viral as I just read that they made $238 million USD and the reports are stating that it could reach $2.7 billion USD. Here in Australia, it reach 18.9 million dollars and I believe it will rise in the coming weeks. Let these fact sink in for a moment. Before I go on my review, I have been doubting my review would help anyone but when I went to my dentist I thought, what could be a spoiler? Of course, spoiler alert warning below is for those who have not seen the movie. If you are bold enough like me to venture pass this warning, please be aware you have been warned.

Plot

Thirty years after the Galactic Empire’s defeat, is rebuilding as the First Order and the galaxy face a new evil in Kylo Ren. A Stormtrooper in the First Order is having doubts, and with these doubts comes to save a Rebel. The Rebel, Poe gives a name to Stormtrooper – Fin. The escape from the First Order brings the Tie-Fighter that the two Poe and Fin crash land on Jakku. A scavenger name Rey lives on Jakku and saves a BB8 droid and eventually meets Fin. A short time, The First Order come in search for Fin. As Rey and Fin escape the First Order, they steel a spaceship and encounter a tractor-beam from a ship of the First Order. From the meeting of Han and Chewie to the Rebel Resistance; the search for Luke Skywalker gets underway…

Overview

I eagerly waited for the opening credits and I can say it was just as it should be. What more can one ask for? If I could say one thing every part of it was in my opinion – excellent.  I feel more, like I was watching a Lucas Film but then I have to remember Abrams directed it. I see why he didn’t want to write or direct it. I must say who would have done a better job. I know I can’t. But I do know one man and it is J J Abrams – look at Star Trek and its new look – excellent in every way.

Even though he was part of three writers, his direction was beautifully done. Kylo Ren – Adam Driver is an excellent actor and it is so beautiful that I get so fan-like to see an evil character grow into the moment when he questions himself. This was done by Anakin Skywalker, again by Anakin as Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. The old is new is exactly, as the new cast are good and of course the old cast need to bring the connection to this new three part series of Star Wars.

Of the casts of the old, Mark Hamil, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and the people who did Chewie, R2D2 and C3P0 all return in this movie as their characters which made the Star Wars in 1977 and the 1980’s as great and popular as I had foreseen it to be. Just for one moment in the movie it will be sad. It will wrench in the hearts of fans but for me, I expected this sad moment. I knew it would come and who it was – even before I saw it.

Like I said in the link above which goes to the post called, “Star Wars is coming” – I have seen the movie in my dreams. It is even before the movie comes out that I smile knowing to well what will happen. It is such that I smiled my ear to ear grin, as I watched this movie. As with all movies I watch, my Mum also comes to watch it and from her I get the reaction which I also expect. You see I look around to gain the audience attention. If kids are in the cinema, and there was, I look at them and they were all jumping on their chairs with excitement. It look like those Facebook video posts where the hands pointing and shaking at the tie-fighter. Well this gives me a sense of the audience enjoyment.

Of course, the excitement was like a kid opening his gifts at Christmas. This was what it was for me as I watched The Force Awakens. Yes and like any fan, the battle of spaceships flying around a star-destroyer that has been through a battle and scavengers taken parts to live on Jakku. One of the theories out on the internet say that Jakku is Tatooine. If you think about it, it will be possible but not so. Jakku is in a different start system with a sun, this is where Rey is introduced and the accident of the tie-fighter, where Fin and Poe part ways.

Where did The Force Awakens? In the beginning where the Stormtroopers pick Poe where Fin was a number, and Kylo Ren stops to see Fin standing there. Is it when Kylo Ren questions himself as he feels the Force within himself. When Rey holds the Lightsaber or the end of the movie. Or when Fin holds the Lightsaber. How will it be answered? Go and see it. I’m not telling  but if you insist then it is all of it.

Looking at the film and getting to the end for me was the best part. There is more questions? It satisfies the fans – old and new. I for one will wait patiently for the next installment of Star Wars in May 2017 for its 40th anniversary. Until then I must finish this review. It feels fairly obvious that I enjoyed it all and I will watch it again. ♥ I’m a fan.

Hellraiser, Hellraiser2 and Hellraiser 3

Basic Plot Overview

A Second world war veteran had found a puzzle box which he paid money for, and then disappeared. Frank finds the box in Morocco and returns home. He starts to play with the box and then dies in the house. Frank’s brother and his family move into the house. The box is in the attic until Larry (Frank’s Brother) picks it up and accidentally pricks his hand on the box. Blood drips to the floor, murders and mayhem starts as Kirsty finds out about the box.

Kirsty returns to the demented hell as she is in the hospital. Two doctors are looking after her and one who has studied her case has bought so many items. Somehow the mattress from Kirsty’s step mums’ was brought to the house of the doctor who is in charge of Kirsty’s case. The young doctor soon comes to believe her after he investigates at his colleague’s house and he witnesses a murder.

A television reporter investigates a man who is a key figure in a certain number of murders but she soon finds that her theories were wrong. As she came to be involve with the criminal who owns the club and here Pinhead and his Cenobites raise hell on earth for those in the club.

Note – Movie is R Rated.

Overview of Hellraiser 1, Hellraiser 2 & Hellraiser 3

Loved Hellraiser even though the second had made a big mistake in continuity otherwise it was okay. The third did continue from the second and it made sense why they did the third movie.

Obviously the first was better for me because it was particular to the person who wrote the short story and the script writer – Clive Barker. He also directed it as well. It was for me the quintessential part to the formula for Hellraiser.  In the eighties there was what I called B-movies in horror and even though I would not class this as one it was at the time to be the best movie for I heard at the time about Pinhead. The most diabolical creature who ever invented such is a hero of horror fans. Of course, I found out after when I could afford the internet and now I watched it over the week of the end of October, 2015; I enjoyed it immensely that I want to buy it and keep it in my growing collection.

The continuity issue was obvious from the first to the second movie. The first movie the house was burnt down and in the second movie, everything in the house and the house was for sale(If my memory is right). Apart from this, I left my imagination follow the movie so I could enjoy it. It was a good movie but comparable to the first it needed more and it did deliver more with the maze like existence of something more greater, as another world. In a way hell can be anything and it looked liked a world from a H P Lovecraft novel. After the initial doubt of the movie, everything came to be enjoyed but it did keep you in tune to Pinhead’s reality.

The third movie also had a good story and this made up for the continuity as you’ll find out. I hate spoilers thus the feel was such that it also satisfied me. The same terror of torture was partly gruesome, but delicious to my alter ego Mr. Vampire. I think it is the human condition which abhors such things still like to watch it, at the same time. I think fear plays a part and this brought loads more on the plain sense that Hell on Earth could be a possible reality. Yet, the news on TV has given us fear to last us for a long time – real life is more upsetting than a movie.

Hellraiser is a ♥ rating, Hellraiser 2 is a ♠♠♠½ rating and Hellraiser 3 is a ♠♠♠♠ rating.

Please note – my budget could not be anticipate that I could get to rent the movie Hellraiser 4 but I hope in the new year I’ll be able to rent it and it will be a movie to review for 2016.

 

What’s been happening?

Last month was Nanowrimo and if you like to know more then look here. And as Christmas is counting down and Star Wars – VII:- The Force Awakens is coming out, I’ve decided to leave my reviews until I have seen the new Star Wars movie which will also start my holiday season for two weeks. There is just another 3/4 days before I do a big review which will be my Christmas present to you all. So just watch this space… 😉