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LOVE AND MONSTERS (2020): The Things I Liked…

Love And Monsters (2020), Dylan O’brien
Love And Monsters (2020), Dylan O’brien

Love and Monsters is a fun/funny comedy/adventure about a young man named Joel and his hero journey; a journey where he learns how to survive a monster apocalypse to get to his girlfriend who’s eighty miles away.

Starring Dylan O’Brien, Michael Rooker and Jessica Henwick; it’s the monster special effects that grabbed my attention in the trailer. And let me say, they did not let me down. The images of giant snails and other oversized creepy crawlies had me watching some of the action through my t-shirt. Yet, I still found those scenes oddly thrilling and fun. Of course, ideally, I’d have liked to be less of a wuss. But I guess I now have a slightly better understanding of the kind of thrills some people get when watching scary movies. Particularly since there’s no denying that giant bugs are often gross and undeniably scary.

The humour in the introductory voice-over in the first third of the movie is one of the key highlights. The other highlights include any encounters with oversized creatures which are both well-choreographed and scary; the latter especially if you’re not into bugs of any size. The only part I didn’t love so much is around the middle of the film, once Joel finds himself alone once more. It may be my impatience acting up here but the pacing seemed to slow down a tad. And the way the editing milked a very key moment for our hero just really annoyed me.

Still, I’d watch part two if it were coming. I mean, yeah, I don’t love bugs but for the first time in my life, being scared was actually fun. I honestly didn’t think that was possible for me.

Watch Love and Monsters because it’s fun. It’s a good hero’s journey/ coming of age story with exciting monsters and heroics.

Happy Film Loving


MAZE RUNNER – THE DEATH CURE (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Maze Runner - The Death Cure (2018). Dylan O'Brien, Giancarlo Esposito, Dexter Darden, Rosa Salazar
Maze Runner – The Death Cure (2018). Dylan O’Brien, Giancarlo Esposito, Dexter Darden, Rosa Salazar

Maze Runner – The Death Cure, the final instalment in the young adult science fiction trilogy set in a post apocalyptic dystopian world is generally OK. Having already seen the first two Maze Runner films and also finding them mainly adequate, I wanted to watch The Death Cure to finish what I’d started. I was very happy to see that the films main actor Dylan O’Brien appeared to have recovered fully following the serious 2016 on-set accident that put production on hold for months.

Even though I’m not in love with this movie, I don’t regret having sat through it for reasons including, the acting isn’t terrible overall, I like the consistent pace and there are a couple of in-air stunts that had my attention. Beyond that though, I’d say that director Wes Ball’s film is an easy distraction that doesn’t ask too much of you. In which case, perhaps hit that play button – for a casual viewing. I say that whilst knowing that big fans of the books (I’ve never read them) probably wouldn’t sit down to this movie ‘casually.’ Nevertheless though, every movie has its place in everybody’s mind. From ‘this deserves my undivided attention’ to ‘I’m definitely skipping that.’ 

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AMERICAN ASSASSIN (2017): The Thing I Liked…

American Assassin (2017), Dylan O'Brien
American Assassin (2017), Dylan O’Brien

American Assassin isn’t exactly a terrible movie, it’s just that director Michael Cuesta’s film didn’t have anything particularly new to show me. At least not until the thing that happens on / in the ocean towards the end. That moment definitely had my attention.

Starring Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan and Dylan O’Brien, I must admit that I struggled to remain interested during numerous scenes that I felt I’d seen many times before in other better executed action thrillers; The Bourne Identity (2002) being one such film.

Performance-wise, O’Brien didn’t do a bad job. As for Taylor Kitsch though, I can’t say I bought into his character’s anger completely.

Assuming that this movie was shot after the Maze Runner – The Death Cure on-set accident, I was certainly happy to see O’brien looking physically well again. Overall, the story of this movie simply wasn’t new enough for me. At least not new in enough ways to prevent it from feeling tedious.

Watch it if you absolutely must. Otherwise, three words: The Bourne Identity (2002). Two more words:  Casino Royale (2006). Three more words: I joke, I have no more words… at this time.

Happy Film loving.


MAZE RUNNER – THE DEATH CURE (2018): New Trailer From Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Walton Goggins, Nathalie Emmanuel…

Maze Runner - The Death Cure (2018), Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Maze Runner – The Death Cure (2018), Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Director Wes Ball is back with stars Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario in Maze Runner – The Death Cure. In this third instalment, young Thomas is determined to find a cure to a deadly disease called the “Flare”.

Why will I watch this, you may wonder. Well, the truth is I feel as though I began so I must finish. Not that I’m this committed with all films – let alone franchises that I start watching. There’s also the horrible on-set accident that nearly ended Mr. O’Brien. I kind of want to watch and remember how close it came to him not being here, whilst being very glad that he is. He is a young man in his prime after all. A worse end than what’s transpired would have been awful.

Nathalie Emmanuel and Walton Goggins also star.

Maze Runner – The Death Cure Release Dates: January 26th, 2018 (US); February 9th, 2018 (UK)…

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AMERICAN ASSASSIN (2017): New Trailer From Dylan O’Brien, Sanaa Lathan, Scott Adkins, Michael Keaton…

American Assassin (2017), Dylan O'Brien
American Assassin (2017), Dylan O’Brien

American Assassin stars Dylan O’Brien, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Keaton and Taylor Kitsch. Directed by Michael Cuesta, the story centres on counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp (O’Brien)…

There’s a hint of good ‘gunplay’ in this trailer; something I do rather enjoy in movies. Nevertheless though, the most this American Assassin trailer has done for me is make me want to re-watch Skyfall (2012). I don’t know if the story just doesn’t seem fresh and new enough or perhaps Daniel Craig’s James Bond just has too big a piece of my heart.

Scott Adkins, and David Suchet also star.

American Assassin Release Dates: September 15th, 2017 (US & UK)…

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DEEPWATER HORIZON (2016): New Trailer Starring Mark Whalberg, Dylan O’brien & Kate Hudson

Deepwater Horizon (2016), Mark Wahlberg
Deepwater Horizon (2016), Mark Wahlberg

Deepwater Horizon is the latest from Mark Wahlberg, the story about the explosion of the drilling rig that caused the worst oil spill in US history…

Teaser trailer

I like what they’ve done concept wise with this teaser trailer, though I don’t find myself particularly excited about the movie at this point. Perhaps the release of the non-teaser will change that – and it has…

No doubt the ending will be heroic. I’m really hoping that Gina Rodriguez’s character doesn’t die.

John Malkovich, Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell and Dylan O’brien also star.

Deepwater Horizon Release Dates: September 30th, 2016 (US & UK); September 29th, 2016 (GER); October 12th, 2016 (FR)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂


MAZE RUNNER – THE SCORCH TRIALS (2015): Great New Trailer

Maze Runner - The Scorch Trials (2015), Kaya Scodelario, Dylan O'Brien
Maze Runner – The Scorch Trials (2015), Kaya Scodelario, Dylan O’Brien

I found the first instalment in the Maze Runner series ok. The best parts being a few well executed tense and edge of your seat moments.

With trailer 2, things are looking even more exciting…

May the film be at least half as thrilling as this trailer.

Happy Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials 🙂


THE INTERNSHIP 2013: Better Than You Might Expect

The Internship (2013): Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson
The Internship (2013): Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson

Starring Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and several other  known comic actors, I found The Internship to be good light-hearted fun – which also happens to highlight the importance of effective team work and being good with people.

The Internship is a movie that’ll speak to anyone who has ever had to start over as well as any underdog.

If all that still hasn’t convinced you, how about the fact that the setting is Google’s US Headquarters? Also the character played by Josh Gad was a pleasant surprise. However unsettling his facial hair.

Happy The Internship 🙂