Mel’s 5 Second Review: The Fourth Kind

The Fourth Kind
(2009) Milla Jovovich, Will Patton, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Corey Johnson, Enzo Cilenti, Elias Koteas, Eric Loren, Mia McKenna-Bruce, Raphaël Coleman and Charlotte Milchard

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So, this is a pretty big meh. Had a few good scenes, but nothing spectacular. Also the “actual footage” thing only works when said footage is real. The “real” Dr Taylor is played by an actress named Charlotte Milchard. That kinda kills the whole credibility thing. I had heard that the film was really scary, so my expectations were pretty high when I started watching it. Needless to say, my expectations were nowhere near met. A very disappointing 5/10.

This movie is currently streaming on Netflix, if you don’t wanna take my word for it.

M.

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Mel’s 5 Second Review: Earth Girls Are Easy

Earth Girls Are Easy
(1989) Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Julie Brown, Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans, Charles Rocket, Michael McKean, Angelyne, June C Ellis, Rick Overton and Stacey Travis

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So silly, so fluffy, so utterly ridiculous. And yet I absolutely love it. It always makes me laugh when I see reviews of this film that say things like “what the hell is this ridiculous thing??” because they’ve missed the entire point of the film. It’s SUPPOSED to be ridiculous. That was the point. It’s obvious while watching it (to anyone with half a brain, anyways) that this film isn’t meant to be taken seriously. It’s a musical about horny, furry aliens who crash land in a ditzy valley-girl’s pool, and she shows them around town and stuff. Just hearing that synopsis should be enough to tell you that it’s not a serious film. But it’s great fun. Not all the songs are good (I always skip “Cause I’m a Blonde“), but there aren’t that many, most of the dialogue is spoken, so I guess it’s not a true musical, hehe. Best part of the film? When Jeff Goldblum steps out of the machine at the hair salon (after having a full body shave). Hubba hubba… Great fun, it gets a solid 8/10.

This film is currently streaming on Netflix. If you haven’t seen it and are looking for a good laugh, I reccomend it đŸ™‚

 

M.

Mel’s 5 Second Review: Dark Skies

Dark Skies
(2013) Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett, JK Simmons, LJ Benet, Annie Thurman and Jake Washburn

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Slow in some parts, but overall, a pretty decent alien flick. Not very scary, but it still manages to be subtly creepy in some parts. You never see the aliens full on, only in shadows and out-of-focus behind or beside the actors, which I think, unless you’ve got HR Giger as your designer, is the best way to do it. The acting was pretty good, a little sketchy at times, but never downright bad. And the story manages to take the over-hashed abduction story and breathe some new life into it. I give it a well deserved 7/10.

The film isn’t currently on Netflix, and the only version I found on YouTube is this french version. But go ahead and track it down. It’s worth it.

M.