EXTRACTION (Internet Release USA 2020)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì

Extraction—serves up a good portion of WOW! excitement—gives an eyeful of Chris Hemsworth as a more mature actor. Be aware that the movie starts a little roughly, but as Hemsworth gets into the flow of the mission, the movie upswings to its ending scenes. The action is almost gripping at times. The cast is well chosen and it has a satisfying conclusion that makes the audience feel justice has been served. This movie works at the level of True Lies in entertainment level.

Storyline

A mercenary soldier takes the task of rescuing a kidnapped boy.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Sam Hargrave for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Ari Costa, David Guillod, Junyi Hu, Todd Makurath, Patrick Newall, Steven V. Scavelli, Zhonglei Wang, and Zhongjun Wang for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth), Rake’s Son (Bryon Lerum), Rake’s Son (Ryder Lerum), Ovi Mahajan (Rudhraksh Jaiswal), Sachin (Shivam Vichare), Arjun (Piyush Khati), Cute Girl (Sara Rumao), Saju (Randeep Hooda), Pari/Ovi’s Maid (Aarti Kulkarni), Cop #1 (Umakant Patil), Cop #2 (Praveen Indu), Prison Guard (Swapnil Kokam), Ovi Mahajan Sr. (Pankaj Tripathi), Neysa (Neha Mahajan), and Aarav (Pallas Prjapati).


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Easy-to-follow movie, good enough to deserve a night out at a theater. Good date film.


Ben Meyers

THE X FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE (Theatrical Release USA 2008)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì

The X Files: I Want to Believe—classic X-Files story turned into a movie—has the typical format that the television series used and will satisfy the X-Files fan. The main roles are reprised by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Director Chris Carter did an outstanding job re-capturing the original flavor and intent of the show. The acting is good; the portrayal is great; the suspense is the same.

Storyline

Russians kidnap people for medical experimentation and Mulder with Scully are on the case.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Chris Carter for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Brent O’Connor for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), ASAC Dakota Whitney (Amanda Peet), Father Joseph Crissman (Billy Connolly), Agent Mosley Drummy (Xzibit), Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi), Callum Keith Rennie (2nd Abductor), Father Ybarra (Adam Godley), Gaunt Man (Alex Diakun), 2nd Victim (Nicki Avcox), 1st Abductor (Fagin Woodcock), Christian Fearon (Marco Niccoli), Margaret Fearon (Carrie Ruscheinsky), Blair Fearon (Spencer Maybee), and Female Assistant (Veronika Hadrava).


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This is well made and entertaining.

Ben Meyers

JEWEL OF THE NILE (Theatrical Release USA 1985)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì

Jewel of the Nile—sequel movie to Romancing the Stone—accesses comedy through Actor Danny DeVito, reprises Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner to tell a solid story. It is not as entertaining as Romancing the Stone, but still manages to serve up a fair amount of action and comedy. It’s worth a watch. Watch for Avner Eisenberg. He shows strong personality onscreen.

Storyline

A boyfriend and his friend go to rescue a girlfriend and find more adventure than they expected.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Lewis Teague for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Michael Douglas for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Jack (Michael Douglas), Joan (Kathleen Turner), Ralph (Danny Devito), Omar (Spyros Focas), Jewel (Avner Eisenberg), Tarak (Paul Dvid Magid), Barak (Howard Jay Patterson), Karak (Randall Edwin Nelson), JTarak (Paul David Magid), Barak (Howard Jay Patterson), Karak (Randall Edwin Nelson), Arak (Samuel Ross Williams), Gloria (Holland Taylor), Le Vasseur (Guy Cuevas), Missionary (Peter DePalma), Pirate (Mark Daly Richards), Nubian Chief (Sadeke Colobanane), Nubian Wrestler (Hyacinthe N'Iaye), and Rock Promoter (Daniel Peacock). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

 Yes. This is good afternoon watch. 


Ben Meyers

HIGH AND DIZZY (Theatrical Release USA 1920)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì

High and Dizzy—cute short film—plays, surprisingly, for a fairly mature audience with its chosen storyline. This Harold Lloyd movie completely entertains with a neat script and professional acting.

Storyline

A sleepwalker challenges a doctor’s skills to help her survive.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Hal Roach for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Suzanne Lloyd Hayes for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: The Boy (Harold Lloyd), The Girl (Mildred Davis), His Friend (Roy Brooks), and Her Father (Wallace Howe).

 

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This is great afternoon watch…fits a lunch break well or two morning/afternoon breaks.


Ben Meyers

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (Theatrical Release USA 2005)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì

 Kingdom of Heaven—interesting overall—needs an audience with a good background in the Crusade stories to appreciate the significance of this story. It loses itself due to failure to link itself strongly to culture and history. The actors are well picked. This story, however, seems complicated and the character, Balien de Ibelin (Orlando Bloom), seems to beg the question: Why is he important to the story at large? 

Storyline 

A man travels to Jerusalem to fight against its people and ends up fighting for the people who live there. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Ridley Scott for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Lisa Elizey, Branko Lustig, and Terry Needham for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Gravedigger (Martin Hancock), Priest (Michael Sheen), Balian’s Wife (Nathalie Cox), Firuz (Eriq Ebouaney), Odo (Jouko Ahola), Hospitaler (David Thewlis), Godfrey de Ibelin (Liam Neeson), Squire (Philip Gelnister), Balian de Ibelin (Orlando Bloom), Apprentice (Bronson Webb), English Sergeant (Kevin McKidd), Village Sheriff (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Angelic Priest (Steven Robertson), Guy de Lusignan (Marton Csokas), and Imad (Alexander Siddig).

  Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This is a movie that needs a plotline read, before going, to follow the story and to understand the significance of its story as it relates to history. 

Ben Meyers

JOAN THE WOMAN (Theatrical Release USA 1916)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì

Joan the Woman—interesting, easy-to-understand silent movie—serves up a long piece of entertainment that intersperses fast delivery scenes with slower paced scenes that verge on the edge of boredom. The cast has been well chosen and delivers strong skillful interpretations of their roles. One leaves this movie thinking it would be a more powerful read than an onscreen watch.

Storyline

Before deployment, a World War I soldier has a dream about Joan of Arc.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Cecille B. DeMille for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Cecille B. DeMille for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Joan of Arc (Geraldine Farrar), Charles VII (Raymond Hatton), General La Hire (Hobart Bosworth), Cauchon (Theodore Roberts), Eric Trent (Wallace Reid), La Tremouille (Charles Clary), Laxart (James Neill), L’Oiseleur (Tully Marshall), Gaspard (Lawrence Peyton), Jacques d’Arc (Horace B. Carpenter), The King’s Favorite (Cleo Ridgely), Isambeau (Lillian Leighton), Katherine (Marjorie Daw), Rrnest Joy), and Jean de Metz (John Oaker).


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This fills in some details of the Joan of Arc story as the approach is a little different. Be aware that it delivers a lengthy exploration of its subject—a full 2 hours and 18 minutes.

 Ben Meyers

DAREDEVIL (Theatrical Release USA 2003)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì

Daredevil—average superhero movie—lacks realism. Part of the challenge lies in the less than spectacular special effects. The other challenge lies with how the actors interpreted and delivered their respective roles. A remake could correct these two flaws or alternatively move on to a sequel with these corrected. Leading man Ben Affleck seems a little light for his part which unbalances the movie and allows Colin Farrell and Jennifer Garner to come forward as the strongest actors here. This movie will most likely move into cult classic status.

 Storyline

A young man becomes a superhero after being blinded.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Mark Steven Johnson for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Bernard Williams and Stan Lee for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Ben Affleck), Elektra Natchios (Jennifer Garner), Bulleyes (Colin Farrell), Wisk Fisk/The Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan), Franklin Nelson (Jon Favreau), Leland Orser), Nick Manolis (Lennie Loftin), Ben Urich (Joe Pantliano), Wesley Owen Welch ((Leland Orser), Nick Manolis Father Everett (Derrick O' (Lennie Loftin),  (Young Matt (Scott Terra), Karen Page (Ellen Pompeo), Nikolas Natchios (Erick Avari), Father Everett (Derrick O’Connor), Jose Quesada (Paul Ben Victor), Jack Murdock (David Keith), and Abusive Father (Frankie J. Allison).

 


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

 Maybe. Better Marvel films to see are Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

 Ben Meyers

THE EXPENDABLES 3 (Theatrical Release USA 2014)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì

The Expendables 3—much, much better than the first two films in this series—capitalizes on the action and adventure that we expect from these actors. It’s a down-to-business, realistic action movie with a great storyline…all around notable. Antonio Banderas is a welcome addition, balances the movie, and contributes well to the story. He does the ‘hotshot’ personality well. Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, and Kellan Lutz are new cast members that create this terrific mix that just works. The female interest Ronda Rousey adds pepper to the mix. All together made an intense piece of entertainment. Worth its watch.

Storyline

A team forms to fight evil.

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Patrick Hughes for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Guymon Casady, John Constantine, Boaz Davidson, Jon Feltheimer, Basil Iwanyk, Eda Kowan, and Trevor Short for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Drummer (Harrison Ford), Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger), Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), Doc (Wesley Snipes), Gunner (Dolph Lundgren), Toll Road (Randy Couture), Caesar (Terry Crews), Bonaparte (Kelsey Grammar), Thorn (Glen Powell), Galgo (Antonio Banderas), Mars (Victor Ortiz), Luna (Ronda Rousey), and Smilee (Kellan Lutz). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Director Patrick Hughes pulls this movie into a solid 4-star rating by means of mixing up and balancing the cast. The movie is more than worth a watch and will satisfy all action movie fans. No apologies here. It’s action-packed. Don’t pass on it.  

Ben Meyers

CAPTAIN KIDD’S KIDS (Theatrical Release USA 1919)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì

Captain Kidd’s Kids—silent short film with a good storyline—backs itself with terrific camerawork and background scenery. It accesses the talents of Harold Lloyd, ‘Snub’ Pollard, and Bebe Daniels to portray the story with Hal Roach in the directing chair.

Storyline

After a bachelor party a young man has an amazing dream.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Hal Roach for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Hal Roach for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: The Boy (Harold Lloyd), The Girl (Bebe Daniels), The Valet (Snub Pollard), Ah Nix (Fred C. Newmeyer), The Girl’s Mother (Helen Gilmore), Servant (Charles Stevenson), Big Pirate (Noah Young), and Pirate Girl (Marie Mosquini) and Small Pirate (Sammy Brooks).


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. A wonderful film to see for an afternoon lunch watch. Not much has really changed from then until now. That is a good life lesson to learn early. This is a simple story told well.

Ben Meyers

ARE CROOKS DISHONEST? (Theatrical Release USA 1918)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì

 Are Crooks Dishonest?—silent short film—has good storytelling techniques in place. This short movie takes its audience on a journey that as professionally done as any movie today. Harold Lloyd, ‘Snub’ Pollard, and Bebe Daniels entertain the audience. Director Gilbert Pratt shows skillful direction.

 Storyline 

Two conmen try to take advantage of a young woman and her father. 

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Gilbert Pratt for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Hal Roach for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Harold (Harold Lloyd), Miss Goulash (Bebe Daniels), Snub (Snub Pollard), William Blaisdell, Sammy Brooks, Lige Conley, William Gillespie, Old Lady in the Park (Helen Gilmore), Lew Harvey, Charles Stevenson, and Old Man in the Park (Gus Leonard).

 

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. Great work. 

Ben Meyers

HAUNTED SPOOKS (Theatrical Release USA 1920)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì 

Haunted Spooks—silent short film—takes a simple script from the paper it’s written on, transforms it to the big screen, and makes a likable ghost story that still serves the whole family well. Not too scary, just right, and it makes a short entertainment piece that can be shared as a family before retiring for the evening. It also serves as a good introduction to Harold Lloyd as an actor. The film is wonderful. 

Storyline

A young couple will inherit a home if they live there for a year. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Hal Roach and Alfred J. Goulding for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Suzanne Lloyd Hayes for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: The Boy (Harold Lloyd), The Girl (Mildred Davis), and The Butler (Wallace Howe). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. It’s a light, sweet romp that’s easy on the mind.

 Ben Meyers

THE BEYOND (Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest Berlin Germany 2017)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì

 The Beyond—weird story—takes careful watching to follow its complicated, intellectual plot. It borders on the edge of slow, but that helps to understand its complex story. The actors and actresses add an international flare that is always welcome and adds interest to its presentation.

 Storyline

 Human brains get sent through a worm hole.

 Additional Thanks

 Thank you to Director Hasraf Dulull for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Stuart Ashton, Craig Cohon, Scott Glassgold, Patrick Hussey, and David Sheldon-Hicks for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Alex Grant (Nigel Barber), Jessica Johnson (Noeleen Comiskey), Dr. Kuresh (Ezra Froque Khan), Jessica 2.0 (Voice of Kosha Engler),  Michael Locross (Stuart Ashton), Soldier 2.0 (Alexander Clay), Mary Laroux (Louise Hollway), Jim Marcell (Wes Nike), UK News Anchor (Melissa Graham), David Johnson (Brian Deacon), Jacob (David Bailie), Charles Higgins (Neil Percival), Carl Roberts (Tom Chistian), and Classified Military Rep (Nick Kokotakis).


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

 Yes. Unique film and worth a watch.

Ben Meyers

STRANGER THAN FICTION (Theatrical Release USA 2006)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.4|5.0 Starsìììì

 Stranger Than Fiction—creative, fresh—accesses the acting talents of Will Farrell and Emma Thompson to tell its story. Add Maggie Gyllenhaal and guest star Dustin Hoffman and you’ve got cake with frosting. When Queen Latifah shows up, it’s flare on the cake’s candles. It’s a little piece of WOW entertainment that would be easy to miss. Just watch it. It’s fun entertainment with a terrific storyline.

 Storyline

An IRS worker hears a narrator narrating his life.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Marc Forster for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Joseph Drake, Nathan Kahane, and Eric Kopeloff for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Harold Crick (Will Ferrell), IRS 1 (William Dick), IRS 2 (Guy Massey), IRS Worker 3 (Martha Espinoza), IRS Worker 4 (T.J. Jagodowski), IRS Worker 5 (Peter Grosz), IRS Worker 6 (Tonray Ho), Young Boy (Ricky Adams), Young Boy’s Father (Christian Stolte), Kronecker Bus Driver (Denise Hughes), Polish Woman (Peggy Roeder), Dave (Tony Hale), Dave (Tony Hale), Ana Pascal (Maggie Gyllenhaal), Bakery Employee 1 (Danny Rhodes), and Bakery Customer (Helen Young).


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes.

 Ben Meyers

THE TRAMP (Theatrical Release USA 1915)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì

 The Tramp—silent film—must be watched carefully to follow its storyline because the story runs fast and it is easy to miss something even with a turn of the head. It tells its story very well and it’s a wonderful introduction to Charlie Chaplin’s acting talents.  

 Storyline

 The Tramp shows his character.

 Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Charlie Chaplin for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Jess Robbins for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: The Tramo (Charlie Chaplin), Farmer’s Daughter (Edna Purviance), Edna’s Fiancé (Lloyd Bacon), First Thief (Leo White), Third Thief (Bud Jamison), Farmer (Ernest Van Pelt), Farmhand (Paddy McGuire), and Minister (Billy Armstrong).

 


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

 Yes. The movie still holds entertainment value despite its age.

 Ben Meyers

THE CHAMPION (Theatrical Release USA 1915)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì

 The Champion—comical, cream of the crop entertainment—has not lost a single percent of its value despite the passage of over 100 years. Great addition to the family home entertainment library.

 Storyline

 A young man trains for professional boxing.

 Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Charles Chaplin for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Jess Robbins for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Challenger (Charles Chaplin), Trainer’s Daughter (Edna Purviance), Spike Dugan (Ernest Van Pelt), Second Sparring Partner (Lloyd Bacon), Crooked Gambler (Leo White), Sparring Partner (Carl Stockdale), Sparring Partner (Billy Armstrong), Paddy McGuire (Sparring Partner) Bob Uppercut (Bud Jamison)   , and Ringside Vendor (Ben Turpin).

 


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

 Yes. A wonderful, short, entertaining, and non-stressful watch.

 Ben Meyers

LIFTED (Feel Good Film Festival 2010)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

 Lifted—better than most Christian-made films—has a meaningful, heartfelt storyline that deeply encourages one to follow personal dreams and persistently face all obstacles in one’s path with resolution and courage. Watch for Uriah Shelton and Trace Adkins.

 Storyline

 A boy becomes interested in participating in a singing contest.

 Additional Thanks

 Thank you to Director Lexi Allen for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Tommy Alastra, Peter Lang, Kris Petersen, Derek Thornton, and Clark Williams for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Lisa Matthews (Nicki Aycox), Henry Matthews (Uriah Shelton), William Matthews (Dash Mihok), Jeb (Thad Mickler), Pastor Johnson (Ruben Studdard), Carl (Howard Green), Mrs. Declaire (Barbara Kincaid Hill), Travis (James Handy), Clayton (Jonathan Fuller), Mr. Shelton (Danny Vinson), Laurie (Maggie Ballard), Jody (Peggy Vanek Titus), Toby (Cory Gluck), Judge 1 (Jerry Douglass Sims), and Tiffany Rose Walton (Anna Marie Dobbins).

 


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s an important watch because it details the hardships that military families endure when a spouse is deployed.

Ben Meyers

TERMINATOR: DARK FATE (Theatrical Release USA 2019)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì

Terminator: Dark Fate, actually better than the last film Terminator Genisys, has an improved plotline/storyline. However, The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and maybe the Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines still top the entertainment value of the Terminator series including this film, Terminator: Dark Fate. The James Cameron directed films seem more realistic and flow better than the rest of the series to include the Jonathan Mostow-directed film Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Now that being said, let’s get into what makes the film work. Terminator: Dark Fate’s acting is good with Linda Hamilton from the first two films reprising her role after 37 years has passed since 1984’s The Terminator. release to theaters. This film has good actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalie Reyes, Gabriel Luna, and Diego Boneta. Overall, the movie is a good watch, but it seems the series has almost run its course even though the story has been set up for a sequel.

 Storyline

 A Terminator hunts down a girl and Sarah Connors steps in to prevent her murder.

 Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Tim Miller for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Edward Cheng, Bonnie Curtis, Dana Goldberg, David S. Goyer, Don Granger, John J. Kelly, Julie Lynn, Tim Miller, and Peter Welter Soler for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Sarah Connors (Linda Hamilton), T-800/Carl (Arnold Schwarzenegger), Grace (Mackenzie Davis), Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), Gabriel/REV-9 (Gabriel Luna), Diego Ramos (Diego Boneta), Flacco (Ferran Fernández), Felipe Gandal (Tristán Ulloa), Lucas/Floor Guard (Tomás Alverez), William Hadrell (Tom Hopper), Alicia (Alicia Borrachero), Vicente (Enrique Arce), Mateo (Manuel Pacific), Major Dean (Fraser James), and Cholo (Pedro Rudolphi).

 


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

 Yes. The movie serves as a fair watch for both old and new Terminator fans.

 Ben Meyers

TREMORS: SHRIEKER ISLAND (Direct to Video Release USA 2020)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.6|5.0 Starsììì

Tremors: Shrieker Island—either seems better than Tremors 2 through 6 or we just got used to the series and cannot tell anymore what is good or bad—serves Tremors fans with the same plotline: Take out the Graboids and Shriekers so the human race can sustain itself. Average acting and portrayal, nothing new except some new actors. Michael Gross, as Burt Gummer, sustains his role to lead a Graboid hunt.

 Storyline

 Burt Gummer takes down an age-old enemy again.

 Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Don Michael Paul for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Chris Lowenstein for  making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Freddie (Jackie Cruz), Burt Gummer (Michael Gross), Jimmy (Jon Heder), Bill (Richard Brake), Jas (Caroline Langrishe), Anna (Cassie Clare), Mohawk (Bear Williams), Hunter (Ron Smooreburg), Researcher Iris (Iris Park), Mr. Bowtie (Sahajak Boonthanakit), Snub nose hunter (Brahim Chab), Ishimon (Boonma Lamphol), Pretty Boy (David Asavanond), Burly Hunter (Alexander Winters), and Wall Street (Randy Kalsi).

 


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

 Maybe. The first film had a cult classic likableness that this movie fails to catch as completely. Its profit is about the same as all the other Tremors movies and suggests that Tremors made a sustainable income for many years for a certain set of actors and will continue to provide income as the series moves into the definition of cult classic. It supports Tremors fans.

 Ben Meyers

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET (Theatrical Release UK 2020)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.6|5.0 Starsìììì

David Attenborough: A Life on our Planet—exceptionally sophisticated and well presented documentary—completes itself well with sophisticated interviews with David Attenborough and fantastic videos of scenery around the world by some of our best photographers. The camera work is beyond critical analysis. David Attenborough’s theories are broad and presented with strong logic. This documentary presents strong reasoning to support the environmentalist mindset and does an excellent job of doing that without offense. The one weakness in this documentary is that it gives no position of another possible side of the story…but the scope of knowledge that goes into the final conclusion forgives that lack. Brain stimulating and opens minds to at least explore points made in the discussion. The film is a good watch for family and friends and makes for a very interesting afternoon watch.

 Storyline

 David Attenborough makes a statement about the earth’s environment.

 Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Alastair Fathergill, Jonathan Hughes, and Keith Scholey for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Colin Butfield, Alastair Fothergill, and Keith Scholey for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: David Attenborough and Max Hughes.


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. An intellectual watch that presents a solid and well-supported argument of David Attenborough’s view of our world.

Ben Meyers

OKKO’S INN (Annecy International Animation Film Festival Annecy France 2018)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì

Okko’s Inn has difficulty creating relatability to its characters and seems a bit boring throughout its story. The plotline is jagged and uneven, almost disjointed at times. The idea is great, but it needs smoothing to be a better watch. Still, it is a good visit into other cultures’ interpretation and viewpoint of similar ideas in one’s own culture.

 Storyline

Okko goes to help her grandmother run an inn and finds there are others who are living there besides herself and her grandmother.

 Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Kitarô Kôsaka for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Kazuhiro Asou, Takayuki Hirobe, Kôji Hyakutake, Akiko Inoue, Ray Kamiya, Ryô Karino, Takashi Kawashima, Tsutomu Koganezawa, Takuya Matsushita, Keigo Mito, Kazuhiro Miyawaki, Atsuko Nakamura, Yûichi Oshida, Masahiro Saito, Makoto Shiraishi, Kayoko Suzushô, Satoshi Umetsu, Noboru Yamada, and Nao Yoshida for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast incude: Tateuri Makoto (Voice of Satsumi Matsuda), Akino Miyo (Voice of Rina Ednô), Suzuki (Voice of Etsuko Kozakura), Seki Mineko (Voice of Yôko Asagami), Seki Mineko (Kana Hanazawa), Tajima Etsuko (Voice of Teiyû Ichiryûsai), Minoda Kônosuke (Voice of Masaki Terasoma), Kise Torako (Voice of Fumiko Orikasa), Kanda Akane (Voice of Mikako Komatsu), Kise Shôta (Voice of Masato Tanaka). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. The basic idea is good. Not as interesting as it could have been. 

Ben Meyers

THE COOK (Theatrical Release USA 1918)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì

The Cook—silent short film—emphasizes the challenges a waiter and a cook have while trying to make restaurant meals. This particular movie may not be as good as others from the silent era, but it is a good dip into the past with Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle and Buster Keaton. It’s comical and light on the mind.

 Storyline

 A cook and a waiter try to serve a restaurant guest.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Roscoe Arbuckle for directing efforts. Thank you to Paramount Productions for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Buster Keaton, Roscoe Arbuckle, and Al St. John.

 

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Surprisingly good entertainment. The silence is welcome. The shortness of the story is welcome…busy society needs a short piece of entertainment that is light on the mind, has morality, and does not exhaust the psyche with heavy play on evoking strong emotion. The black and white or light  and soft colorization of an old black and white is welcome. The slower pace is welcome. The lack of reproving for the realities of life is welcome. The down-to-earth subject matter is welcome. And, it is a good thing to see how humans, human needs, and human thinking really haven’t changed that much. It’s a different time and different place, but same challenges, desires, and comical situations without excuses. This is an easy, short watch to unwind at the end of taut work days before going to bed at night. It does not define what life should be and demands its audience do the same. It just is…it is not manipulative…and that is welcome.

 A very good watch for this film is available at:

Colorized Enhanced – Silent Movies

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYjKTdqoE6lxSmKXDtUbUBw

 Ben Meyers

JOHN WAS TRYING TO CONTACT ALIENS (Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Salt Lake City, and Provo City’s Sundance Resort Utah USA 2020)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì

John Was Trying to Contact Aliens—documentary short film—tells a story about John Shepherd, a man who spent his whole life broadcasting music into outer space. With no results he has finally decided to acclimate to earth and seek new ventures.

Storyline

A man spends his whole life trying to contact aliens by sending music into outerspace.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Matthew Killip for directing effort. Additional characters/cast include: John Shepherd and John Litrenta. 


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

 Yes. A good, interesting, intellectual watch.

 Ben Meyers

MONEYBALL (Theatrical Release USA 2011)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì

 Moneyball  has that 'real' feeling that makes a good movie even better.  While Brad Pitt may not be the best casting choice for this film, he makes it work. This film is a good choice for sports fans who enjoy sport history and changes that occur behind the scenes to make games even more competitive.

 Storylinegives the sports fan

 Can a computer help define one’s professional ball team member choices?

 Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Bennett Miller for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Mark Bakshi, Andew S. Karsch, Sidney Kimmel, Scott Rudin, and Elizabeth W. Scott  for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hofman), Sharon (Robin Wright), Scott Hatteberg (Chris Pratt), David Justice (Chris Pratt), David Justice (Stephen Bishop), Mark Shapiro (Reed Dimond), Ron Washington (Brent Jennings), Grady Fuson (Ken Medlock), Elizabeth Hatteberg (Tammy Blanchard), John Poloni (Jack McGee), Pittaro (Vyto Ruginis), Matt Keough (Nick Searcy), Ron Hopkins (Glenn Morshower), and Chad Bradford (Casey Bond).


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s a good history of changes that professional sports make…how effective they can be. Good watch for sports fans.

 Ben Meyers

WARGAMES (Theatrical Release USA 1983)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì

WarGames—cult classic—has a simple, easy-to-follow storyline that only needs one watch and takes its audience on a interesting journey into war gaming and possible consequences.

 Storyline

 Computer gaming takes a twist as it takes a backdoor into military software.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director John Badham for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Leonard Goldberg for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: David (Matthew Broderick), McKittrick (Dabney Coleman), Falken (John Wood), Jennifer (Ally Sheedy), General Beringer (Barry Corbin), Pat Healy (Juanin Clay), Cabot (Kent Williams), Watson (Dennis Lipscomb), Conley (Joe Dorsey), Richter (Irving Metzman), Beringer’s Aide (Michael Ensign), Mr. Lightman (William Bogert), Mrs. Lightman (Susan Davis), Wigan (James Tolkan), and Stockman (David Clover).


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It serves as a wonderful lunch watch for teens and adults.

 Ben Meyers