Kong: Skull Island (2017)

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Kong: Skull Island is the second film in Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse (after 2014’s Godzilla) and it is a very bad sign for the future of this cinematic universe. This movie is pretty easily the worst I have seen this year, the editing is atrocious, the characters are terribly uninteresting, the camera is aimed at Tom Hiddleston’s tight shirt for a ridiculous amount of the runtime, the attempts to be like a 70’s Vietnam movie got on my nerves pretty quickly, Kong himself looks cartoonish, and most of the scenes look like they were shot on a totally green set even when they weren’t. The first 30 to 50 minutes are moderately enjoyable as a popcorn flick but as soon as Tom Hiddleston grabs a katana out of midair, puts on a gas mask, runs through poison gas slicing monster-birds out of the air, and then proceeds to remove said gas mask while standing in poison gas without any consequences, Kong: Skull Island falls deep into an abyss of shockingly bad filmmaking. If you’re looking for a so-bad-it’s-good film to laugh at, this might be the one to watch, but if you were looking for a promising future for the MonsterVerse, than prepare for a huge disappointment. The fact that this is currently higher on Rotten Tomatoes than Godzilla, an exceptional film, baffles me to no end.

There is a lot of violence in Kong: Skull Island but I think kids 11 or 12 and up can probably handle it.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.

Colossal (2017)

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Colossal is a sci-fi dramedy about a young alcoholic woman named Gloria (Anne Hathaway) who is kicked out of her life in New York city and moves back to her hometown, meanwhile a seemingly unrelated giant monster is attacking South Korea. This movie is wholeheartedly original and fairly compelling, however, even though it is advertised as a comedy, it is much more a drama than a comedy. The characters are complicated but somewhat unrealistic. Although it suffers from these flaws, Colossal is still a fresh and entertaining story I recommend viewing.

Colossal is much darker than advertised so I wouldn’t propose kids younger than 13 see it.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.

TV Review: Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

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UNMISSABLE

Breaking Bad is a crime drama about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer who starts cooking crystal meth, and I regard it as the closest to perfection any filmmaker has ever gotten, especially on TV. The acting and characterization are outstanding and the writing is beyond phenomenal. The cinematography as well as the music, original and otherwise, are extremely favorable. Breaking Bad is unparalleled as the best Television series I’ve ever watched so I strongly urge you to start binge-watching right away if you haven’t already seen it.

I wouldn’t advise kids younger than 13, maybe 12, watch Breaking Bad.

Available on iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon.

TV Review: Babylon 5 (1994-1998)

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Babylon 5 is a complex space opera that centers around the space station known as Babylon 5 and it’s mission to create piece between humans and aliens in the year 2258. Unlike most science fiction TV at the time this series was created, Babylon 5 is set in a “five season video novel format” which entails that the many plot lines of the series last multiple seasons and aren’t wrapped up in 40 minutes. You may dislike or even hate the pilot episode but if you stick with it you will be rewarded with great character development and a startlingly realistic tense political drama, in space. My only large complaint about Babylon 5 is that season five feels very tacked on, this is because during production of season four it was looking like the series was going to be canceled, so nearly all main plot lines were wrapped up before the final season even started. Overall I think Babylon 5 succeeded at its goal of creating a long novel-esque political space opera with very good characters, so if you can find it I recommend giving it a try, and remember it gets a lot better than the pilot.

All of the content in Babylon 5 is likely suitable for kids 10 and up, however they may not enjoy it until around 13.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

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Ghost in the Shell is a sci-fi action film that takes place in a future where technological advances have allowed humans to cyber-enhance themselves with synthetic/robotic parts. The film centers around Major, the first of her kind, a human who’s brain has been implanted into a fully synthetic body and is placed in Section 9, an intelligence department tasked with taking down dangerous criminals. The amazing CGI and great music that are seamlessly blended into the film along with the well done cinematography create an extremely well realized world, with a very unique atmosphere and style. Though I cannot compare them to the original performances in the 1995 anime having never seen it, I really enjoyed the characters who are quite unique as well. The 1st and 2nd acts did feel a little bit slow to me, but within acceptable standards so I would still recommend going to see this movie even if you’re not a fan of the original and especially if you like stylized and visually developed science-fiction.

I think kids 13 and up should be able to handle everything in this film.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a prequel to the Harry Potter films about Newt Scamander’s adventures in 1920s New York. I was not very excited for this movie and did not see it in theaters, even so I was disappointed. The plot is scatterbrained, the twists can be seen coming from miles away and there is just too much CGI. The sole writer of the film is J.K. Rowling, an author not a film-writer, that shows heavily, the plot and the over-use of CGI wouldn’t have been a problem if this was a book instead of a movie. The characters don’t have much chemistry and the music almost never works with the scenes. Overall Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them spends too much time setting up its 4 sequels and showing off its special effects and not enough time being a coherent and entertaining story.

Kids over the age of 9 should be able to handle Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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Arrival (2016)

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Arrival is a hard science fiction film about mysterious spaceships suddenly appearing around earth and revolves around the linguist who is selected to communicate with the alien visitors. I was a little bit underwhelmed by this film because it had been over-hyped to me but it is a great movie with really good production design. Arrival is a slow burn but it pulls it off very well, If you enjoy the hard sci-fi genre then you will no doubt like this film.

Kids 10 and up should be able to watch Arrival but some may find it boring.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.