The DVD Lowedown – July 2018



Well, another month has gone by fellow space travellers…What did you watch on DVD? July is one month where I absolutely watch the same movie every year.

Independance Day (1996)

Here’s a classic Lowedown review of “Independence Day” (PG-13 – 1996 – US)

Genre: Sci-Fi/Invasion

My Score: 9.5

Cast=10 Acting=8 Plot=10 Ending=9 Story=8

CGI=11 Violent=10 Pace=9 Alien=10 Invasion=10

“And should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice, ‘We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on, we’re going to survive.’ Today we celebrate our independence day!”

But we’re not here to talk about the past.  Let’s get the Lowedown on the movies I watched on DVD and Blu-Ray for this the month of July.


July 2

Here’s The Lowedown on “Braven” (R – 2018 – Canada)…We need to talk.

Genre: Action/Gun
My Score: 5.9
Cast=5 Acting=5 Plot=4 Ending=7 Story=5
Violent=8 Pace=5 F/X=7 Gun=6 Fights=7
Joe Braven is a family man trying to provide for his wife, son, and ailing father. When a sociopathic drug lord threatens this, he does what he must to protect them.
No that is not a trident
“First time your old man asked for my help with anything.” I like Jason Momoa and I enjoyed the action in this. The plot was very thin and there were some holes in the story…I wanted more depth in the characters (especially the wife) All in all, I can’t give it much more than a meh. If you want some mindless action in the snow…this might be worth your time.

July 3

Here’s The Lowedown on “The Hurricane Heist” (PG-13 – 2018 – US)…Money is honey!!

Hurricane Heist
Genre: Action/Disaster/Heist
My Score: 7.5
Cast=7 Acting=6 Plot=9 Ending=8 Story=4
Violent=8 Pace=9 F/X=9 Disaster=9 Heist=6
Thieves attempt a massive heist against the U.S. Treasury as a Category 5 hurricane approaches one of its Mint facilities.
“I ran out of bullets.”
“Well, how did that happen?”
“I shot them all.”
Just a bit windy
I liked this movie a lot more than I should have…I mean a disaster movie on top of a heist movie is like steak and lobster!! There were some major story issues, but the blistering pace cancelled that out for me.  It was like blam blam blam, oh wait we need a plan blam BLAM BLAM!! Those are technical terms…wrap this all up and it could be no more than a meh for some. I call it a guilty pleasure…enjoy!

July 4

Here’s The Lowedown on “Game Night” (R – 2018 – US)…That’s a strong glass table!!

Game Night
Genre: Comedy/Physical
My Score: 7.8
Cast=8 Acting=7 Plot=7 Ending=9 Story=7
Funny=8 Chemistry=8 Script=7 Physical=9 Ad-Lib=8
A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery when the shady brother of one of them is seemingly kidnapped by dangerous gangsters.
This isn't a real gun...
“A guy who rents a house this big must be making up for something pretty small, I’d say.” This was fun…full of action, laughter, and a few curveballs to keep you on your toes. There was an attention to detail here that was cool…and some really good foreshadowing to let you know what to prepare for.  IMO it’s a solid comedy across the board…worth a look if you are in the mood for a laugh and your sense of humor is as dry as mine.

July 11

Here’s The Lowedown on “Suburbicon” (R – 2017 – US)…I’m sorry for his loss.

Genre: Thriller/Crime/Comedy
My Score: 6.1
Cast=8 Acting=9 Plot=7 Ending=6 Story=5
Intense=5 Pace=4 Twist=8 Crime=6 Funny=3
As a 1950s suburban community self-destructs, a home invasion has sinister consequences for one seemingly normal family.
This sandwich tastes funny
“What do you think you know, big man? Hmm? Because I know a lot of things.” I was really looking forward to this film, it’s too bad it could not live up to it. I did not like the racial element at all…I understand that we were awful back then, but it felt like neon orange curtain in a haunted house. The film ended and I was like WTF just happened…took me a while to get it. It was one of those with a great twist that I didn’t catch until after I put the Blu-Ray back on the shelf I am not a fan of the Coen brothers (aside from “Burn After Reading”) and I should have known I wouldn’t care for this one.

July 13

Here’s a Better Late Than Never review of “Friend Request” (R – 2016 – US)…I just want to be friends!

Friend Request
Genre: Horror/Paranormal
My Score: 6.6
Cast=6 Acting=7 Plot=9 Ending=8 Story=5
Scare=4 Jump=4 F/X=7 Creep=8 Twist=8
When a college student unfriends a mysterious girl online, she finds herself fighting a demonic presence that wants to make her lonely by killing her closest friends.
What a lovely singing voice
“I don’t think it was a suicide…it was a ritual.” Ever since I watched this, I always look twice before I accept a friend request! I can’t say I was happy with the story and it was not very scary. That being said, it was creepy and I loved the ending…the twist really takes it out of the norm of an American style ending. With an R rating, I expected more gore. I actually liked this more than I thought I would…it’s worth watching more as a supernatural thriller than a paranormal horror movie.

July 14

Here’s The Lowedown on “Mother!” (R – 2017 – US)…Am I gonna lose you?

Genre: Thriller/Suspense
My Score: 7.1
Cast=9 Acting=10 Plot=4 Ending=7 Story=6
Intense=7 Pace=5 Script=8 Mystery=7 Twist=8
A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
What th =e heck is going on?
“You never loved me…you just loved how much I loved you.” Brilliantly casted and well acted…there is a lot to like about this movie. Despite the score, I believe I was disappointed in the movie overall. There were some intense scenes, but the movie made no sense to me. This is one of those movies that it not greater than the sum of it’s parts. I wish I could recommend it, but I just can’t. But if all you want is a great cast and some amazing performances…you could like this.

July 15

Here’s The Lowedown on “The Incredibles 2” (PG – Theatrical – US)…Suit up, it might get weird!!

Incredibes 2
Genre: Animated/Comic
My Score: 9.2
Cast=9 Acting=8 Plot=10 Ending=10 Story=9
Voice=10 Art=10 Music=7 Comic=9 Funny=10
Still unable to return to the limelight, the Parr family remains underground. The tables have turned, as Elastigirl is recruited by a billionaire to begin giving heroes some positive PR…and Mr. Incredible is more like Mr. Mom.
It's Elastigirl!
“If you wanna get out of the hole, first you gotta put down the shovel.” My thought it that you have all this stuff that defies the laws of physics…what I call a four-color universe. When you are met with a part of the story that doesn’t make sense, It’s just one of those things you have to accept and move on. This is what you have to understand when you watch a comic book movie…it doesn’t have to be believable to enjoy. This is definitely one to watch!!

July 20

Here’s a Better Late than Never review of “Only the Brave” (PG-13 – 2017 – US)…It’s not easy sharing your man with the fire.

Only the Brave
Genre: Drama/BOTS
My Score: 7.9
Cast=9 Acting=8 Plot=8 Ending=7 Story=10
Interest=8 Script=9 Filming=7 History=8 Pace=5
Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters who risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.
Is it hot out here or is it just me?
“I know you boys are looking for sympathy…you’ll find that in the dictionary somewhere between s#!% and syphilis.” There are a lot of things to like about this film…the cast, acting, script, and most impacting was the story.  I live in a high fire area, so this movie definitely hit home for me. It was really slow in a couple spots and although the ending was right I still wasn’t happy about it. Come feel the heat and check this movie out…it’s worth a watch at least once.

July 21

Here’s a Better Late than Never review of “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” (R – 2017 – US)…Don’t call me an idiot, Dixon!

Three Billboards
Genre: Comedy/Dark
My Score: 8.7
Cast=10 Acting=10 Plot=7 Ending=7 Story=10
Funny=7 Chemistry=10 Script=10 Dark=9 Twist=7
After seven months with no result, a distraught mother calls out the local police for not finding her daughter’s killer. All the while, she has to deal with her current demons.
This is how it starts...
“There will be no more “c#$ts” in this house. You got that, mister?” “What? Are you moving out?” For quality alone, this is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time!! Well deserving of all nominations, there is no doubt this should be watched at least once. There is a but here and it is a big but…I did not like the way it played out. On a personal level, it is not my type of movie. But I will give credit where credit is due. As far as I’m concerned…I watched it and I feel better for it, but I don’t need to see it again.

July 24

Here’s The Lowedown on “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (PG-13 – Theatrical – US)…You can’t put it back in the box!!

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom
Genre: Sci-Fi/Monster
My Score: 8.0
Cast=10 Acting=7 Plot=8 Ending=6 Story=6
CGI=9 Pace=8 Violent=9 Monster=10 Twist=7
When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.
Oh how cute...OMG my face!!
“If I don’t make it back, remember you’re the one who made me come here.” This was a sequel that couldn’t possibly match up to what the first one did. Once you build a bridge (so you can get over it….ha ha ha I kill me), you’ll realize that this was a good movie. With a total worldwide gross as of July 22 of 1.2 billion dollars, it seems that others thought it was a good movie as well. Could you wait for video? Sure you can, but either way you slice it this is worth a watch.

July 27

Here’s The Lowedown on “Pacific Rim Uprising” (PG-13 – 2018 – UK/US)…Fire everything you got!!
Pacific Rim Uprising
Genre: Sci-Fi/Monster
My Score: 7.3
Cast=7 Acting=6 Plot=8 Ending=8 Story=4
CGI=9 Pace=8 Violent=9 Monster=8 Twist=6
Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.
Alright...who fed this guy?
“Your father said he always wanted you to be a pilot.” Now you might be disappointed if you look at this as a true sequel. I thought there was not a lot of substance, but it was a lot of fun to watch. The CGI and monster F/X were not as good except for one part which I loved. The twist came around the corner before the movie did, so I spotted it early. You can’t expect it to be as good as the first, but it was a solid monster movie if you want to see something cool.

July 31

Here’s The Lowedown on “A Quiet Place” (PG-13 – 2018 – US)…It…won’t…work!!

A Quiet Place
Genre: Horror/Monster/Post
My Score: 8.1
Cast=7 Acting=10 Plot=10 Ending=8 Story=8
Scare=6 Jump=9 F/X=8 Monster=8 Post=7
In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.
That's like ringing the dinner bell
“Who are we if we can’t protect them? We have to protect them.” I loved the acting and the plot…it is the most unique concept I have seen in years!! I can’t say it was super scary, but there were a lot of good jumps and the monster was cool.  I think I would have wanted less monster visuals…more of a shock and terror at the end would have increased the suspense. Wait till night, turn off all the lights, and watch this with the volume turned up to enhance the jumps.

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