video review : Antlers

video review : Antlers

This is a horror flick based not on killer deer but the wendigo; a mythological creature that “devours mankind”. It’s a decent concept, but the plot, which reminds me of Stephen King’s Gray Matter, is riddled with cinematic clichés and implausibilities. It seems even the most horrendous villains have a weakness for protagonists.

The boy the man turned wendigo fathers is fine. It’s his nosey school teacher; the wendigo is less creepy; I was hoping he’d use as beast feed. Instead, while her cop brother, attacked and injured, lies conveniently out of commission, she ends up playing a heroine of sorts. The movie is about as silly as the folklore it encompasses.

my rating : 2 of 5

2021

video review : Short Circuit

video review : Short Circuit

Number 5 is alive? No, but he thinks he is. He’s a military robot created at Nova Laboratories. It’s when he gets struck by a magical lightning bolt and inadvertently escapes to the home of a girl named Stephanie that the plots kicks into gear.

A potentially interesting concept is ruined by the movie’s chosen genre. Short Circuit would be better as serious science fiction. Instead it presents itself as mostly comedy; the star robot is constantly making jokes; except it’s mostly corny.

my rating : 2 of 5

1986

video review : Short Circuit 2

You Know They Got A Hell Of A Band ( story ) … Stephen King

This is a good story during its early stages as a married couple, Mary and Clark, drive down a back road in the “boonies” of Oregon. The two being lost, surrounded by wilderness, as the sun heads west conjure a genuine sense of suspense.

The road goes awry from there. Where they end up and what (who) they see when they get there is a major letdown in comparison to what came before. An engaging tale based in reality is spirited away to a silly dream-like fantasy world.

my rating : 2 of 5

1992

You Know They Got A Hell Of A Band ( story ) ... Stephen King

an Early Learner map of The United States

an Early Learner map of The United States

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video review : Unidentified : Inside America’s UFO Investigation [ Season 1 ]

video review : Unidentified : Inside America's UFO Investigation [ Season 1 ]

The one glaring flaw of this show, which follows Lue Elizondo as he attempts to “expose” the truth about UFOs, is that it extends what should be a two-hour documentary to a six part (four-hour) miniseries. It does so by repeating itself ad nauseam.

Perhaps the point is to make each episode stand on its own, but it gets annoying. It’s the compelling concept that keeps it interesting. Though Elizondo places too much importance on eyewitness testimony, which simply isn’t reliable, there is video evidence.

Unidentified revolves (aerodynamically) around the three Pentagon videos revealed by The New York Times in 2017, probably the most government-official clips of UFOs ever released in the US. It starts with what one pilot describes as “a giant Tic Tac”.

my rating : 4 of 5

2019

video review : Unidentified : Inside America’s UFO Investigation [ Season 2 ]

video review : Missing 411

video review : Missing 411

This documentary is unnecessary; the subject of people gone missing in the wilderness is better covered by David Paulides on Coast To Coast AM and other talk shows; but it’s an interesting watch. It focuses on a handful of the hundreds of cases he covers in his books, all involving kids.

My problem with the Missing 411 concept is how David Paulides suggests there’s something supernatural tying all the cases together instead of presenting them as individual mysteries. He surprisingly goes against that here by presenting some of the family/friends as possible killers.

my rating : 4 of 5

2016

video review : Missing 411 : The Hunted