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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Parodising the 1813 novel by Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies combines the lovestory set in victorian London with zombieslaying girls...Yeah, I agree, that seems like a mighty odd concept...Even though the movie went to production hell, as it originally would star Nathalie Portman, it still has a rather strong cast including Matt Smith and GoT illuminati Lena Headey and Charles Dance.  It follows the original storyline of the classic novel, but adds elements of horror and zombies into it as it goes along, making for an entertaining film.Especially since it never becomes really dark or Walking Dead like.  As London is the last remaining city in England not overrun by Zombies, the Bennet sisters are trained to fend off zombie attacks.  But as a lady in that era was required, they also have to look for good husband to marry.During the courting with various prospects, a charming soldier named Wickham shows Elizabeth that there is a chance to coexist with zombies, but his plan is quickly

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Captain Marvel

So the MCU has finally brought in the big hitters to tackle on Thanos, with this female lead (it is apparently a thing in today's society) origins story.Captain Marvel is as such the final movie before the Avengers: Endgame, and with half the heroes wiped out by the snap, it seemed the cavalry has been brought in big time.Now, what I liked about the movie especially, is all the knot backs to movies from before, like how the SHIELD base is the one from the beginning of The Avengers, or how the Kree Empire doesn't have that doom and gloom look yet it has in Guardians of the Galaxy.  Or how MCU Fury lost his eye...The story itself is how a Kree warrior called Vers seems to have flashbacks to a previous life.  Tought to hunt the shapechanging Skrull, she feels something is wrong and goes back to Earth to discover her past.Here she learns that she isn't who she appears to be, and how slowly her memories return with the help of a young Fury.  During a hunt for a renegade Skrull scientist, Talos, she

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Venom

A bit under the radar in the end, Venom was one of the anti-hero Marvel movies of 2018, produced by Sony in the Spider-verse.So we sat down and where ready to be emerged in what should become part of a joined universe... which now all is going to roll into the MCU apparently... While exploring space for new habitable worlds, a probe belonging to the bio-engineering corporation Life Foundation discovers a comet covered in symbiotic lifeforms. The probe returns to Earth with four samples, but one escapes and causes the ship to crash in Malaysia. The Life Foundation recovers the other three and transports them to their research facility in San Francisco, where they discover that the symbiotes cannot survive without oxygen-breathing hosts, which often fatally reject the symbiosis. Investigative journalist Eddie Brock reads about these human trials in a classified document in the possession of his fiancée Anne Weying, an attorney preparing a lawsuit defense for the Life Foundation. Brock confronts Life Foundati

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Mary Poppins Returns

Initially, even though I loved Mary Poppins, I wasn`t intrested in this rumoured reboot.But then we saw the first trailer, and learned it was a sequel indeed... so me and Noshi sat down for some good Disney time.The film is set in 1930s London. After the death of his wife a year earlier, Michael Banks lives in his childhood home with his three children, Annabel, John, and Georgie, and with his sister Jane. Michael has taken a loan from his employer, the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, and Wilkins, the bank's corrupt new chairman, sends associates to warn him that his house will be repossessed if the loan is not repaid in full by Friday. Michael and Jane recall that their father had left them shares in the bank that should cover the loan, and they search the house for the share certificate. During the search Michael finds his childhood kite and decides to dispose of it.While out in the park with Annabel and John, Georgie finds the kite and flies it. Mary Poppins descends from the sky with the kite in her ha

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The Warriors Gate

The most recent film we found scrolling randomly through Netflix, is this French - Chinese action movie from 2016.The traditional story of a kid having to find his bravery, it is an enjoyable little film with nice action scenes and some good jokes (like the dumb henchmen executioner of the evil overlord).Jack Bronson is a teenager who spends his free time playing warrior video games and working at a Chinese curios and antiques shop. His mother is trying to sell the house they live in before it goes into foreclosure. When Jack goes to a biking park, Travis, a neighbourhood bully and his friends chase after him and he hides inside his bosses shop and helps out. A family heirloom, The Warriors Gate, from Mr Cheng’s cousin in Beijing arrives at the shop and he gives it to Jack as a gift.Jack goes to sleep with the thing in his room and wakes up with a sword at his neck. A warrior, Zhao  tells him that the ‘Black Knight’ has to look after the most precious thing in the kingdom; the Princess. Jack gets

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Aquaman

"Something, something, trident"Okay, so that actual movie quote sums up Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, nicely: a great film with humour.It's something that started already since Suicide Squad: more colour and humour in the DCEU movies, as they where severly losing terrain on the more light hearted MCEU movies.  Then Wonder Woman pulled up the "level" of quality of the films, and mix those two together and you get Aquaman.It's the origin story of Arthur Curry (who looks "a bit different" from his school boy comic look), child of two worlds which where never meant to meet, let alone have a child.  But he is also the heir to the throne of Atlantis.And let Atlantis, regented over by his half brother Orim, be in turmoil and on the brink of declaring war on the surface dwellers due to them poluting the oceans.  While orim, through treachery and plot, unites most of the tribes into a mighty army, Aquaman is convinced by the (gorgeous) Mera to stand up and claim his heritage by finding the Trident of A

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Bohemian Rhapsody

And I cried, and I cried and I crieeeeeeeeeddd....No truly, I don't mean the lyrics of Somebody to Love, I actually did to that extend that Noshi by manner of speaking forbade me to see that movie ever again...You see, I have a hate / love relationship with Queen.  Not in liking or disliking their music and styles, because I adore those darling, but it is the music that has always been part of my life in both good and bad days, from pump you up songs like Breakthrough, down to feeling depressed and looking to The Show Must Go On.So Rami Malik stars as Freddy Mercury (really, pro-critics, "lip syncing"????  Are you guys having it so high up the stiff behind that you actually believe someone can match his voice and range???) in the story of how the poor Zanzibari bagage hauler gets to meet a small band and it grows out to perhaps the most varied band ever.Through all his exentricities and being badly influenced, to finding at last true love and true friendship, and to the strong handling, and refusal

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Mortal Engines

The newest masterpiece by Peter Jackson, and while it might not top his crowning achievement of The Lord of the Rings, his movies are always, as we say over here in flemish, visually "af".And so it is again with the sci-fi epos Mortal Engines, based on the book with the same name by Philip Reeve.Earth has had it's continents shattered after a huge war, and cities have been wiped out.  Civilisation survives in small, often mobile, villages.  But amongst them are also the Predator Cities, like London.  Huge machines with thousands of inhabitants, these roam the lands looking for small communities to absorb and process.Thaddeus Valentine, lead scientist of London, has other plans though.  He is secretly working on a forbidden weapon, called Medusa, to breach the great wall into the east and the lands beyond.  But he is assailed by a mysterious scarred girl, Hester Shaw, with whom's mother he had a romance.  Until he killed her for a piece of technology of ages gone by.As London adva

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Date A Live Mayuri Judgement

Taking place after the second season, and before the recently started third one (at last), me and Noshi sat down to watch this very fun harem anime's latest instalment.Though I am convinced she wants to adopt Yoshino in the meantime...One day, Shido and the girls are enjoying Miku's latest concert, but on the train home he notices a strange blonde girl.  When morning comes, he sees a large orb over the city, but apparently he is the only one able to.Investigations learn that this is an orb made of the jealousy energy of the spirits upon each other, as they all are in love with him.  To break up the orb as such, he must go on individual dates with all of the girls, but he keeps seeing the blonde girl everywhere.She turns out to be a creation of the orb to see if he is worthy of storing the spirit energies, and as such is in love with him as well. Her jealousy however causes her angel to go berserk and they must all stand together to defeat him...An enjoyable movie, with a dramatic finale albeit not a

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Seventh Son

Our latest Netflix endeavour, Seventh Son is a 2014 fantasy movie with actually quit a cast...Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander... add to that 5 minutes of "Jon Snow" so you can add him on the movie poster and you can have a "not crappy, unknown fantasy movie".Based on the novel The Spook's Apprentice by Joseph Delaney, it follows Thomas Ward as he is enlisted by Gregory to become a witch hunter.  Being the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, and son of a witch to boot, he also bears a mighty talisman called the Umbran stone.When Mother Malik, queen of the witches, escapes her prison, it comes to Gregory and Thomas to set out and try to destroy her.  To that end, Gregory first starts training Thomas in the way of a Spook, how a hunter of the paranormal is called.  But he meets and falls in love with a witch called Alice.  The niece of mother Malik, she has been sent out to spy on the spooks as they progress.Alice will betray Thomas and steal the stone, but doubts her aunt more and mo

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Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald

The first movie theatre report of the year, as me, Noshi and her brother went to see the latest Wizarding World instalment right before new year.And with the first movie being such great fun, I wondered what this would bring.The movie starts with Grindelwald's escape in America, and he sets chase after Credence, residing now in Paris.  Here he has teamed up with Nagini, yes, the same that would become Voldemorts companion in a few decennia.Newt in the meantime is forbidden to leave London, but as we learn he works for Dumbledore, he travels to Paris after all, joined by Jacob who is looking for Queenie.  Here he traces the trail of Tina and Grindelwald, leading to the Lestrange tomb where Grindelwald wants to show the wizard community why they should rule.  A large fight ensures, costing the lives of some dear friends, but it unveils the big secret of the Lestrange family... and in the aftermath, the true identity of Credence.It's not a feel good movie with a lot of fun beasties like the first

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The House with a Clock in the Walls

Last week, Noshi and me sat down to watch this fantasy family movie together, after seeing the trailer online a while ago.Now, since I haven`t read the book, I can`t say if it`s a good adaptation or not, but with Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, it's cast looked good.After his parents are killed in a car crash, ten-year-old Lewis Barnavelt moves to live with his uncle Jonathan. All he has left of his parents is a Magic 8-Ball they had given him. He meets Jonathan's neighbor and best friend, Florence Zimmerman. During the night, Lewis is puzzled when he hears a ticking sound in the walls. Lewis begins exploring the house and stumbles upon Jonathan smashing a wall with an ax. Frightened, he runs away and stumbles upon multiple household objects coming to life. Jonathan confesses that he is a warlock and Florence is a witch. The house's previous owners were a sinister warlock named Isaac Izard and his equally wicked wife Selena, who had hidden a clock within the walls of the house before they died. Jonat

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The latest Disney movie, so off I went with Noshi to the movie theatre and hopefully enjoy the latest release from the studio.Now, from the trailers it was imminent that this would be a visual spectacle, but was it any good?In Victorian London in England, one Christmas Eve, Mr. Stahlbaum gives his children Christmas presents to fulfill his wife Marie's dying wish. The younger daughter, Clara, receives a handcrafted egg-shaped box, which she is unable to unlock. In the package, she discovers a note from her mother that states that the inside of the egg is all she would ever need. The Stahlbaum family then heads to a Christmas Eve ball, hosted by the children's godfather and skilled engineer Drosselmeyer. Refusing to dance with her father, Clara scurries from the crowd to ask Drosselmeyer how to unlock her egg. He then reveals to Clara that the egg was a creation of his that he gifted to Clara's mother when she was younger, and that her mother's wish was to bestow the gift to her daughter.Returning t

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