Welcome everyone. This blog mainly exists as a way of tracking all the movies I've been watching and some of the initial thoughts and general feelings I've had about them.

Rating System

5/5 - Fantastic movies; movies which need to be seen and enjoyed by everyone.

4/5 - Movies which are very good but don’t have that spark which compels you to make others watch them as well.

3/5 - Average movies; watchable and enjoyable, but nothing which elevates them higher. The baseline all movies are given before watching.

2/5 - Can be watched but really bland and forgettable.

1/5 - Minimal to no reason to watch these films. It may have some redeeming factors e.g. it’s so bad it’s good or there’s one character that’s awesome enough to make it not a total waste of time.

0/5- Total waste of time. Nothing redeemable about these films.

As with every review blog/site, this is all my own personal opinion so feel free to take everything with a grain of salt.

Also I'm Scottish so all reviews will be in UK English. Get used to theatre, colour and words ending in -ised.

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#267 Species
When humans make first radio contact with an alien species, the aliens provide the humans with a way to replicate the alien DNA on Earth. Doing so they create a human/alien hybrid named Sil (Natasha Henstridge) who rapidly matures into an attractive young woman and escapes. Cutting a bloody swath across LA as she looks for a mate, the government gathers a group of scientists and hunters to track her down and destroy her before she can breed and wipe out the human race.
Even by the low expectations I had coming into this film I was surprised at how bad this creature feature was. While there were a couple of interesting practical effects throughout the film mixed in with a couple of cool deaths the story and characters had no clue where they wanted to be going.
Sil is clearly set up to be the wronged party from the opening sequence/escape but by about half way through the movie, for no discernible reason, she is now clearly the main antagonist going about the place killing for no reason. Similarly Ben Kinglsey has a role in which he’s the head of the team which created Sil. In the opening scenes he’s shown to have some kind of bond with her, so much so that it pains him when they try to do something bad to her. He’s set up to be the moral centre of the group but by the middle of the film he does something which turns him into the government asshole the audience wants to see die horribly (e.g. Burke in Aliens). Either role he falls into is further set up to have some sort of dialogue based showdown with Sil in the finale but that never comes to pass. It’s almost as if a couple of screenplays or character bios got mixed together at some point during production and nobody noticed. 
It’s got a young Forest Whitaker as an empath and Alfred Molina as a professor so if you’re a fan of seeing actors before they became big then there’s that but otherwise I wouldn’t bother. It’s not even really all that entertaining as just a mindless distraction. 1/5
Also alien nipple tentacles means you know this shit is classy.

#267 Species

When humans make first radio contact with an alien species, the aliens provide the humans with a way to replicate the alien DNA on Earth. Doing so they create a human/alien hybrid named Sil (Natasha Henstridge) who rapidly matures into an attractive young woman and escapes. Cutting a bloody swath across LA as she looks for a mate, the government gathers a group of scientists and hunters to track her down and destroy her before she can breed and wipe out the human race.

Even by the low expectations I had coming into this film I was surprised at how bad this creature feature was. While there were a couple of interesting practical effects throughout the film mixed in with a couple of cool deaths the story and characters had no clue where they wanted to be going.

Sil is clearly set up to be the wronged party from the opening sequence/escape but by about half way through the movie, for no discernible reason, she is now clearly the main antagonist going about the place killing for no reason. Similarly Ben Kinglsey has a role in which he’s the head of the team which created Sil. In the opening scenes he’s shown to have some kind of bond with her, so much so that it pains him when they try to do something bad to her. He’s set up to be the moral centre of the group but by the middle of the film he does something which turns him into the government asshole the audience wants to see die horribly (e.g. Burke in Aliens). Either role he falls into is further set up to have some sort of dialogue based showdown with Sil in the finale but that never comes to pass. It’s almost as if a couple of screenplays or character bios got mixed together at some point during production and nobody noticed. 

It’s got a young Forest Whitaker as an empath and Alfred Molina as a professor so if you’re a fan of seeing actors before they became big then there’s that but otherwise I wouldn’t bother. It’s not even really all that entertaining as just a mindless distraction. 1/5

Also alien nipple tentacles means you know this shit is classy.

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