Big time #horror ghoul, watching mostly genre films and trash and giving them little ratings on this website
Only giving it 4.5 because I know in my heart of hearts that Alien is a better film. Watched the 1990 special edition this time because I got the blu ray, no idea if I usually watch the theatrical cut. No point telling you anything about this, James Cameron does it all, nailing horror, action and a bit of schmaltz. Every character is great, everything looks cool as fuck, etc. I'm always a bit dismissive of Aliens because I'm more a fan of Ridley Scott's focus on the "spooky ancient ruins" side of things, but it's a banger, I just needed reminding.
Loved the setup here, as four travelers make a string of bad decisions (mostly made by the lads) and end up in Dracula's spooky castle. Then just does a slasher movie, but with Dracula in a cool cape. Great atmosphere and some iconic moments, not quite as beautiful as Brides of Dracula.
It's basically exactly what you'd expect, but does a better job at it than you might expect. It's very dumb, but thankfully it's the "haha yes" sort of dumb that King of the Monsters didn't quite master. It takes more from Pacific Rim (a "haha yes" all-time classic) than the previous movie in this series, but ramps the anime-style action up to Promare levels of hyperkinetic craziness. The deliberate, patient camerawork of Godzilla 2014's monster spectacle is replaced with all…
The first half or so, where every single line is exposition, was unbearable. Lots of bad dialogue: Debicki's "...including my son", Branagh's “You don't negotiate with a tiger!", and Pattinson explaining the grandfather paradox stood out. But then when the time bullshit really kicks off, it gets fun. The plot isn't overly muddled, difficult to take a tactical piss break though. The setpieces are really good, especially when the third act lets loose, but the stuff tying it together isn't…