Jan 2, 2019

Monthly Movie Recap - December 2018

I held off on posting this yesterday, presuming everyone would be too hung over to look at the internet. Happy New Year!

Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)
I'm just here for the giant robots fighting things and the movie had enough of that to keep me interested. The plot is like something from a Saturday morning cartoon but again, give me giant robots and I'm set.

Rating: 6/10

This is an R trailer for nudity

Sorceress (1982, Prime)
This movie is not great. The acting is terrible. The beast-men costumes are laughable. There isn't even really a Sorceress in the movie, just a Sorcerer!
I pretty much fell in love with it after the first 15 minutes. It really is so bad it's good. Okay, maybe not good but definitely fun! It's got a cheesy sense of humor like it's laughing at itself which just makes it that much more endearing.

Rating: 7/10 for the fun factor. If that trailer doesn't get you all in, nothing will.

Slay Belles (2018)
I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about this one. On the one hand, I love Barry Bostwick's Santa, the Santa lore, and the Krampus. On the other, most of the time I can barely stand 2/3 of the leads and he occasional really terrible EDM music. It's a good time but it feels like a lot of the beginning is watching the girls frolic around before anything actually happens. If I'm thinking three attractive women in skimpy outfits wandering around an abandoned amusement park is wasting time, you're doing it wrong.

Rating: 6.5/10, if you want to learn more about the park where this was shot check this out

Hardcore Henry (2015, Netflix)
Straight up over the top, balls to wall, crazy sci-fi action flick all done from the first person view. Not much else to say other than it's a lot of fun.

Rating: 8/10

All the Creatures Were Stirring (2018)
An oddball holiday horror anthology. Each story stands on its own and most of them have a bit of humor to them, mostly dark. It's also got a weird wraparound story that frames the anthology. There are a couple of stand out stories, the rest are okay at best.

Rating: 6/10, give it a spin

Aquaman (2018)
Look, I don't know what you're expecting from a movie based on a comic book character that is primarily known for talking to fish but this was more fun than I was expecting. What it lacks in acting and logical story, it makes up for with visuals. The way Momoa delivers his one liners and strikes poses for a beefcake calendar, I feel like he's the only one that knows what movie he's in. Everyone else seems to think it's community theater Shakespeare.

Rating: 7/10

You Can't Do That on Film (2004)
As much as I watched this show, seeing the documentary makes me realize just how much of the show I never saw. A lot of the cast that show up for interviews came after I stopped watching. Not that it's a bad thing, I was just hoping for more from the likes of Christine and Lisa. I was very happy to see a lot of Les Lye. All in all, if you were a fan of the show at any point, I think you'd get a kick out of hearing the stories.

Into the Dark: Pooka! (2018)
I had a good time with this one. It was a bit odd but that's one of the things that kept me interested. I can't say too much without giving anything away, it's best you see it for yourself! Be warned, you will get an annoying song (and maybe even a dance) stuck in your head.

Rating: 7/10

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
For lack of a better word, amazing what they managed to do here. I was going to wait for home video but I saw so many people praising it, I had to see it. Happy to say it deserves all the praise! I thought the jerky animation would bother me but it really is like a comic book come to life. This had everything I could want in any superhero movie.

Rating: 9/10, hoping the end credits is a hint of things to come.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005, Netflix)
It's been a long while since I read the book bu from what I remember, it seems like they did a great job of adapting it. It definitely has that odd British sense of humor so if you don't know the book and hate Monty Python, you should probably pass on it.

Rating: 7.5/10

Month Total
New: 10  Rewatch: 0

Year Total
New: 80  Rewatch:5


  1. Well Sorceress seems up my alley! Where did you find You Can't Do That on Film? I would love to check that out and Hardcore Henry is on my list to watch soon looks like a blast.

    1. Sorceress is on Amazon Prime. I try to list the streaming service in the title so people can find it :)

      YCDTOF is a DVD from Shout Factory. I got it for Christmas last year and just pulled it out.

  2. Outstanding. I will have to see Slay Belles - just the title makes me want to see it.

  3. Now I gotta track down Slay Belles to watch around next Christmas. Thanks for the info!