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Arrival (2016)
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Hugely enjoyable and thought provoking it may be, but Arrival simply dishes up, yet again, the direct descendants of the 1950's "men in rubber suits" as aliens. Surely a highly advanced civilisation would remember a time when it was at the same stage in development to our own and reached out accordingly. Instead we get the usual galvanised forms with no clothing, objects or appurtenances of any kind and dwelling in unfurnished habitats that look like an ad for concrete. Instead we get five legged creatures drawing interesting circles. A worthy effort it's true but the paucity of ideas concerning extraterrestrial life is even more frustrating than Star Trek's famous facial prosthetics.

After Earth
After Earth (2013)
8 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I had hoped that After Earth actually has some positives but sadly no. It is hilarious at times though, watching Smith & Son make right royal arses of themselves. But Smith senior's semi-comatose "shopping list" dialogue and Smith junior's whinny snivelling do grate on the nerves after a while. And conflating fatherhood with the domineering control of a military martinet is painful. As is watching the hapless sprog, sent out on a near suicide mission, being knocked from pillar to post by the local fauna (mind you, Top Cat & co. would prove a challenge). Bad Sci Fi can be redeemed by great special effects, alas I've seen scarier things watching Doctor Who back in the 80's. Will Smith became Won't Smith in this stinker.

The Hateful Eight
9 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Reminiscent of Reservoir Dogs, in that a group of violent people have to share the same space. Once hostilities inevitably break out the blood starts to fly. Typical Tarantino fare with a terrific cast. Murder most foul is never better rendered then by the master of amoral maestro of gore himself, Quentin Tarantino.