Quest for 100: A Covenant, a Lost City, and a Pearl

Well if it isn’t?

Welcome back to my personal quest to watch 100 movies in the Theater in 1 year. I also let you know how many beers I’d recommend while watching these movies to make them much more entertaining – IF they are needed at all.

 

Alien Covenant

Yes, Yes, so much Yes! I really do love the Alien franchise despite some of it’s misses in this series. When Prometheus was released in 2012 I was a little disappointed as it seemed they forced an Alien tie-in during the final conclusion of that film. It just didn’t feel right. I was still a huge fan of the movie because it gave the Alien Universe a wonderful back story, and they fleshed it out almost flawlessly except for some of those final scenes. Now with Alien Covenant it was a beautiful, and gorgeous coming together for both parts of this series. Ridley Scott is making some big promises about giving us more of these prequel movies before they completely connect to the original film.

The acting was top notch as normal with a Scott film, and once again Fassbender is a force to be reckoned with as always, and does a great job of keeping this film moving forward. Danny McBride also throws down in this film, and is one of the more surprising pieces. It’s always great to see someone who is known for his comedy get an opportunity to stretch his range, and to tell you the truth it didn’t feel like much of a stretch since McBride completely owned the role of Tennessee. He brought some excellent emotion and a real amazing character to the big screen. I am excited to see how he gets to fit in the next film.

In the end, I would have liked more time with Katherine Waterson being a bad ass. Even in her moment of alien fighting it felt a little more like dumb luck than kicking its Xenomorph ass like her female predecessors did before her.

3 beers recommended because of some really bad Alien moments. I can’t wait to watch it again because of the excellent acting throughout the film.

 

The Lost City of Z

I am very happy I didn’t do much research into what this film was about. I knew it was a British film but I wasn’t sure what genre it was in. If I had known it was going to be more of a Biography styled adventure film I may have skipped out on this one, and knowing what I know now I would have been relieved, and simultaneously disappointed if I had not watched this movie.

Charlie Hunnam fails to impress in this role, and kept pulling me out of the world he was in. I still am not able to see him as anything other than his roles in Green Street Hooligans and Sons of Anarchy. I still haven’t figured out if he is just a one trick pony, or was he so good in those roles I can’t see him as anything else? (Read my previous article on King Arthur to see which way I am leaning.)

The big surprise which made me really enjoy this film were by two other actors who had me completely locked in to what was going on. Robert Pattinson – yes Cedric the sparkle vampire Digory himself – was excellent in his role. So was Tom Holland – who plays Charlie Hunnam’s son in the third act of this movie. Both of these gentleman were surprising to see, and honestly I felt both of them acted circles around Charlie in this film. Amazon Movie Studios made another excellent film with The Lost of City Z but I wish they could have found a stronger lead for this role.

5 beers needed. The Lost City of Z slows down a few times, and unless Hunnam is getting riled up by his surroundings there isn’t a whole lot to keep your mind from wondering. I will not be watching again.

 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Here we are once again with the 5th film in the Pirates franchise, and what will hopefully be the last one. I was a big fan of the first movie, and the fondness for that film somehow keeps me coming back to this series praying, and hoping, for a return to form for this franchise. Well let me tell you what Dead Men Tell No Lies is not that film. The addition of Javier Bardem is what got me to watch this movie. I completely skipped the fourth movie On Stranger Tides. Once again the trailers spoiled all but about 20 minutes of this movie. Which left me nothing to enjoy while I sat in the theater. Each laugh was muted due to the fact that every trailer I had witnessed gave away all the punchlines.

I wish I had more positive things to say about this film. Even the small plot points that weren’t spoiled in trailers, I saw from miles away. During the conclusion it was nice to see Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley have a nice moment. It happened much too late in the film to be anything but a tease for a 6th Movie. Rather than this being a wonderful stand alone film it felt more like a set-up for Pirates 6. Make sure to stay after the credits for a nice scene and what all but confirms a 6th film. According to IMDB it is on the way.

A bottle of Rum and your favorite mixer. Yo ho yo ho, I will not watch again.

 

Thank you all so much for joining me on this journey; currently I stand at 19/100 movies for the year after starting in March. Please check out all of our other articles from amazing contributors here at Malice Corp. Please remember to drive home safely if you are trying out some of my recommendations to enhance these films. Follow me below on many of my other adventures. Also check out the newest podcast Nerd Moshpit Ep. 1-3 as a part of the Malice Corp family of podcasts.

 

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