[rating:1.5] – (2016) – Anthology of six stories that focus on space chicks, the comatose, a skip tracer, identity swapping, murder contemplation, and a male-free future. A dreadful collection of lame tales that share two common traits: they all take place in a MOTEL and they all stink. The final story shows some signs of mild creativity, but the others merely follow trails of cliches.
[rating:1.5] – (2008) – Aliens that almost depleted Earth’s population return to deplete Earth’s population. Bottom of the barrel sci-fi junk that’s jam packed with atrocious acting, nauseating dialog, and inept F/X. Goes through every routine disaster movie motion while refusing to accomplish anything remotely original.
[rating:1.5] – (2019) – Small creatures invade a small town and terrorize small minded townspeople. Barely attempts building character arcs, as nothing about any of them is remotely unique. Exploits feminism by use of a female alien savior and an outcast lead, but any social point is lost in what is ultimately mundane and unoriginal.
[rating:2] – (2019) – A married couple takes in a child from another world and later discover his malicious nature. Moves so fast in the early stages that none of the characters or the overall situation is fully established. While there are a few shocking and gruesome moments, there are also too many illogical and aggravating ones, mostly dealing with the rather dim parents. Worthwhile, but hollow.
[rating:2] – (1980) – A space crew investigates a planet where colonists have been killed by a mostly unseen creature. Though the premise sounds like something straight out of Starship Troopers, the output doesn’t carry one ounce of that film’s energy. Instead, we’re treated to characters who talk and talk and talk before they’re killed via an alien’s point of view. The overall cheapness, however, adds some merit.
[rating:3] – (2014) – A reluctant soldier is forced to relive his dying day over and again in order to figure out how to save the world from an alien invasion. A successful blend of Groundhog Day and Starship Troopers that has plenty of innovative ideas to call its own despite combined ideas. A tad dry in the area of soul, but packs in plenty of action wallops atop some truly humorous moments.
[rating:1.5] – (1968) – Astronauts unwittingly bring back an ooze from an asteroid that morphs into monsters. Though the goofy special F/X and creature designs do amuse, they’re all but wasted in a movie that refuses to move beyond the speed of molasses. Might have worked better if it displayed a pulse.
[rating:2.5] – (1983) – Two aliens grown from pods either befriend a boy or murder locals. A strange blend of a children’s movie and horror tale that’s pretty creepy one moment and blatantly absurd the next. A bit too slow in spots, but most always offers an amusement and does have a depressing outcome.
[rating:1] – (2018) – Humans aim to destroy Godzilla to restore Earth’s environment to habitable conditions. The few monster moments are okay, but 95% of this consists of characters rambling on and on and on about what should be done instead of actually doing it. A mighty bore that even seasoned fans will yawn through.
[rating:2] – (2017) – Johnny Rico and his troopers try to outlast bugs and a politician who wants to wipe out Mars. For every moment of interest there are several of repetitiveness and rock bottom dialog. Has a rather sensitive moment featuring a past character, and the visuals are cool, but there’s little new here.