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Scoob (2020)

Scoob (2020)

Scoob is back!

Though now in company of Falcon Fury, with a little obvious Minions/Despicable Me inspiration, and Transformers (more like Decepticons?), and way more sci-fi than mystery, and the classy intro sound turned into modern pop... though it was still fun to see the homages of old there.

I wasn't sure I'd be into this after the so very atypical intro, new style of animation and all, but as the characters grow they start to resemble themselves a bit more too. And I like those versions.

It's really a blast from start to finish, both fun and action-packed, with a familiar beach-vibe intro, though at the same time... this ain't really
Scooby Doo.

It's like DOOM to DOOM 3. Almost too big a change to feel true to the old, original, and still all so awesome seventies ghostbuster gang.

Different... but not bad. Just different. Solid VA work too.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Alone (2017)

Alone (2017)

When Mark Woods, a survivor of a deadly virus that wiped out mankind, goes city to city in search for other survivors, he slowly discovers that his traumatic past holds the key to his survival.

After Attack The Bloc it seems post-apocalyptic French sci-fi movies became a thing! Or maybe they were before, too... need to catch up if so.

They do a good job here. They capture the isolation maybe better than I Am Legend did, without relying on special effects so much to map out the city. Or maybe it's that the sun never shines here. There's a nod to The Fog too, and Lost, and a lot of things. It's a horror sci-fi circus of the macabre!

For a moment I thought they'd actually depicted heaven too, but is that heaven? What an ending. Damn. Was a solid four already but that just brought it all a little bit higher. And I really hope you aren't reading this if you haven't already watched the movie...

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome

Body Cam (2020)

Body Cam (2020)

I thought this'd be a bit like Black And Blue, or that other similar movie I can't recall the name of, but it was a real horror story instead, with the bodycam more as an excuse than main theme. In the end it was evidence, but what good did it really do? It was the ghost who did all work after all.

It starts off with Paranormal Activity vibes - horror movie on a budget made to look like that's how it's supposed to be - but it soon turns pretty intense, and captivating, and though the perfection of special effects is all diluted by darkness, and that how police officers don't always see what we see somehow seems to come across more as bad filming/acting than a clever viewpoint, it really does bring an eerie atmosphere with it.

And you don't see it all coming at all.

It started off in a way that I thought it'd be more about police injustices than anything else, and in the end it is but... not really.

Almost feels like the neighborhood scene might've been something they added in later on. Or maybe they just rushed release, and it didn't turn out exactly as intended.

Doesn't feel entirely wholesome, but not bad at all.

Props on twist.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

Sniper 8 - Assassin's End (2020)

Sniper 8 - Assassin's End (2020)

Legendary sniper Thomas Beckett and his son, Special Ops Sniper Brandon Beckett, are on the run from the CIA, Russian Mercenaries, and a Yakuza-trained assassin with sniper skills that rival both legendary sharp shooters.

What a legacy these movies brought with them! It may be budget, the actors/characters may get on your nerves occasionally, the plot may seem superficial and predictable, but at least Tom Berenger's still around.

And Chad Michael Collins's not so bad either.

Nor the mysterious Sayaka Akimoto, AKA Lady Death.

It's really not about war anymore but... almost gets a four.

Not bad.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

10 To Midnight (1983)

10 To Midnight (1983)

Charles Bronson man! Absolute justice.

Here's a gritty action thriller about a serial rapist who comes after his daughter... and you already know how that'll go.

It gets dark sometimes. And feels authentic in a wild eighties kind of way, with plenty of faces I recognize individually but never expected would be in the same movie. Might've been a high-budget gathering back in the eighties.

Gene Davis plays a convincing villain too, methodical and merciless.

If you like thrillers this here's a good one, no more no less.

Ends with trademark hopelessness/desperation/ambiguity and all. Well, before it really ends, at least.

Because Charles Bronson.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Rise Of The Zombies (2012)

Rise Of The Zombies (2012)

A zombie movie with Danny Trejo too?! Hell yeah!

He keeps it gritty a while, and Alcatraz seemed like a suitable HQ, though the rest of the movie...

Crappy special effects. Ditto acting. Messy plot.

The blood's realistic, most of the time. It's interesting to see the My Name Is Earl sidekick and that one guy from Fast & Furious in a zombie movie too, and they bring in some disturbing (albeit not new) themes like the infected baby but... unfortunately there's little redeeming quality in the end.

Didn't think it was possible to make a bad zombie movie.

Always a first.

 rated 1.5/5: almost decent

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