REVIEW: THE OUTPOST – SEASON 2

CAST

Jessica Green (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Jake Stormoen (War Pigs)
Imogen Waterhouse (Nocturnal Animals)
Anand Desai-Barochia (A Holiday Heist)
Robyn Malcolm (The Code)
Aaron Fontaine (Doctors)
Glynis Barber (Eastenders)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Andrew Howard (Bates Motel)
Philip Brodie (Broken News)
Amita Suman (Doctor Who)
Elizabeth Birkner (Behind You)
Sonalii Castillo (Heroes)
Lilli Hollunder (Spides)
Adam Johnson (Mythica: The Godslayer)
Amy De Bhrún (Jason Bourne)
Jelena Gavrilovic (Komsije)
Magnus Samuelsson (The Last Kingdom)
Reece Ritchie (The Lovely Bones)
Jarren Dalmeda (Pennyworth)
James Downie (The Last Front)
Patrick Lyster (Black Sails)

Anand Desai-Barochia and Jessica Green in The Outpost (2018)If you liked the Shannara Chronicles or Mythica, you will like this show. It does not hurt either that the lead actress Jessica Green is every bit as beautiful and charismatic as Ivana Baquero. With striking blue eyes and a general sexiness about her it makes the scenes where guys are affected by her very believable. Additionally, the actions scenes are helped by her real life training in mixed martial arts.This is not Lord of the Rings, and it will never be. But it does not have to be. Season 2 brings alot for mythos to the show, from the start of Season 2 the show gtes better and better.Imogen Waterhouse in The Outpost (2018)The budget is obviously limited, as evidenced by the sets. Some of the pieces do look a bit like they were made for a play. The costumes are average, and above average for the villains. Very striking. Most costumes and outfits look new, but there is a decent attempt for the wardrobe to look topic appropriate. It actually costs more money to make things look old or worn, so with a limited budget it is understandable. The acting is fine for the lions share of the episodes. Jessica Green is very good , obviously a seasoned actress with a couple of tv shows in her resume. The actions scenes benefit from her experience with MMA. Choreography is decent. Male leads Jake Stormoen (was an elve in Mythica) and Andrew Howard are great for the parts and fun to watch. The plot, for season 2 is so much richer than the first each episode is o much better and with each new episode, we have better villains, better visuals, and the last 2 episode are pure brilliance. lets hope for a third season.Jake Stormoen and Jessica Green in The Outpost (2018)

 

 

REVIEW: CASSANDRA’S DREAM

CAST

Ewan McGregor (Star Wars – Episode I)
Colin Farrell (Intermission)
Hayley Atwell (Cinderella)
Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins)
Andrew Howard (Agents of Shield)
Ashley Madekwe (Venus)
Sally Hawkins (Layer Cake)
Clare Higgins (Hellraiser)
Tamzin Outhwaite (Eastenders)

Brothers Terry (Colin Farrell) and Ian (Ewan McGregor), who live in South London, were raised by a weak father Brian (John Benfield) who runs a restaurant, and a strong mother Dorothy (Clare Higgins) who taught her sons to look up to their uncle Howard (Tom Wilkinson), a successful plastic surgeon and businessman.cassandras-dream-640x360The brothers buy a sailboat at an oddly low price, despite its near pristine condition. They name it Cassandra’s Dream, after a greyhound that won Terry the money to buy the boat. Knowing nothing of Greek mythology, they are unaware of the ominous antecedents of this name—the ancient prophetess Cassandra, whose prophecies of doom went unheeded by those around her. While driving home from a day’s sailing in a borrowed car, Ian crosses paths with beautiful actress Angela Stark (Hayley Atwell), with whom he becomes infatuated.Terry has a gambling addiction that sinks him deeper in debt. Ian wishes to invest in hotels in California to finance a new life with Angela. To overcome their financial issues, they ask Howard for help. He agrees to help them, but asks for a favor in return: they must murder someone for him. Howard faces imprisonment for unspecified crimes and his future is threatened by Martin Burns (Phil Davis), a former business partner who plans to testify against him. Howard asks his nephews to get rid of Burns, and in return he will reward them financially. After initial reluctance, the brothers agree. They make two zip guns, untraceable and easily destroyed. Lying in wait in Burns’ home, their plan is foiled when Burns arrives with a woman. Their resolve shaken, they leave and agree to commit the murder the next day.

The next day, they succeed in carrying out the murder and later destroy the guns. Ian is content to move on as if nothing happened, but Terry is consumed by guilt and begins abusing alcohol and other drugs. His behavior frightens his fiancée (Sally Hawkins), who tells Ian about the situation and that Terry believes he has killed someone. After Terry confides that he wants to turn himself in to the police, Ian goes to Howard for advice. They agree there is no alternative but to get rid of Terry. Ian plans to poison Terry during an outing on the boat. Ian can’t bring himself to kill his own brother, and attacks him in a fit of rage. In the chaos, Terry knocks Ian down the steps into the cabin, killing him.

The boat is later discovered adrift by the police, and the audience learns that Terry snapped and drowned himself after killing his brother. The last shot is of Cassandra’s Dream, still in beautiful condition despite the tragedies it set in motion.

Really good drama from woody Allen that shows his versatility and ability at writing drama. Definitely worth a watch even if you’re not a woody Allen fan.

REVIEW: MONIKA: A WRONG WAY TO DIE

CAST
Cerina Vincent (Power Rangers Lost Galaxy)
Jason Wilkes (Scream: The Series)
Jeff Branson (Supergirl)
Andrew Howard (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
C. Thomas Howell (The Amazing Spider-Man)
Elisa Donovan (Sabrina: The Teenage Witch)
Lew Temple (Unstoppable)
Shayla Beesley (Reaper)
Tim Thomerson (Dollman)
Suzanne Ford (The Informers)
Chad Lindberg (The Cape)
Scott Menville (Teen Titans)
This 2012 supernatural revenge thriller is a modern day petty gangster movie in which slacker Reagan [Jason Wiles] has visions and premonitions, and goes to Las Vegas where he meets the flirtatious Monika. The following day his friend informs him Monika was murdered before his arrival. What follows is a basic film with a twist as the pair try to aid one another in the screwed up situation they find themselves in.

This is a film you need to listen too in the beginning to get the main theme of Monika being a Revenant –but she’s not referred to as such. This isn’t a classic in the making and some of the acting is hit and miss, but it is humorous and good entertainment. There is strong language throughout and many references to drugs with some sex scenes with nudity, which gives this it’s 15 rating. The single disc offers no real features other than 2.0 or 5.1 audio, play and scene selection.
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The overall approach is much like ‘Sin City’ or ‘the spirit’ with its 50’s voiceover and opening stylised graphics and its lazy pace, but it’s not meant to be taken too seriously being filled with humorous moments –such as the bad guy practising his accents and speeches. The final half hour was gripping and action packed, turning with a number of  twists to the emotional ending. A must watch for Cerina Vincent fan.

REVIEW: THE OUTPOST – SEASON 1

CAST

Jessica Green (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Jake Stormoen (War Pigs)
Imogen Waterhouse (Nocturnal Animals)
Anand Desai-Barochia (A Holiday Heist)
Andrew Howard (Bates Motel)
Robyn Malcolm (The Code)
Kevin McNally (Pirates of The Caribbean)

Jessica Green in The Outpost (2018)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Richard Ashton (The New Adventures of Robin Hood)
Philip Brodie (Broken News)
Julian Cihi (Gypsy)
Cokey Falkow (Starship Troopers 3)
Thor Knai (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
Michael Flynn (The Hollow Point)
Adam Johnson (Waffle Street)
Ric Sarabia (Runaways)
David Ury (3 From Hell)
William Rubio (Show Offs)
Jake Suazo (Zombie Hunter)
Sonalii Castillo (Voodoo Vanessa)
Medalion Rahimi (My Dead Ex)
Baylee Self (The Appearance)
Medalion Rahimi (The Catch)
Elizabeth Birkner (Behind You)

The Outpost (2018)To be honest no one can truely judge a TV show just after one episode but after so many do. The Outpost is a Low Budget High-Fantasy project from movie makers in Utah. The sets are well chosen even if they had to use very often green screen, something that can look cheap if you give it a closer look. Still I see the love for details in the set and appreciate that. Either you find nothing that seems out of place, everything in the set fits in.Michael Flynn and Imogen Waterhouse in The Outpost (2018)I think 90 % of the reviews on imdb  expected another Game of Thrones, and that isn’t the case here, and it wasn’t supposed to be that way. If a show is something new it is hard to tell right at the pilot. I liked the actors yet, the acting was decent and the story introduction a little rushed to get it into the first episode without getting too slow and not bore the audience. A little too much action but I understand why they did so. The effects aren’t high-end but decent as well. It gives the show a slight retro fantasy series look. The story yet has a few minor logic and plot holes but nothing to worry about. Some logic holes you have to deal with at fantasy stories and plot holes happen to the best writer.Anand Desai-Barochia and Jessica Green in The Outpost (2018)One of the best parts in the opening episode was the grand Music in the background, something that never gets enough attention. The most costumes look new and clean but I see no issue in that, people have still to see that it’s a low budget production. The Armors are very detailed and well made, I saw worse ones in movies with a higher budget, and there too is a love for details. The show has humor, and even if there are very clean and yet plane characters, that doesn’t mean that they are not supposed to get deeper. Andrew Howard and Jessica Green in The Outpost (2018)I think many who wrote reviews on imdb are too spoiled by expensive CGI and Special Effects and don’t see that even bigger and more popular shows are full with problems they here whine about. As the show continues through it’s 10 episode run, it gets better and better and becomes must see show.

REVIEW: WATCHMEN – SEASON 1

Regina King in Watchmen (2019)

Main Cast

Regina King (The Big Bang Theory)
Don Johnson (Cold In July)
Tim Blake Nelson (Fantastic Four)
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman)
Andrew Howard (The Outpost)
Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow)
Sara Vickers (Endeavour)
Dylan Schombing (Sharp Objects)
Louis Gossett Jr. (The Punisher)
Jeremy Irons (Batman V Superman)
Jean Smart (Legion)
Hong Chau (Artemis Fowl)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Jacob Ming-Trent (Ray Donovan)
Jessica Camacho (The Flash)
Frances Fisher (Titanic)
Wayne Pére (Cloak & Dagger)
James Wolk (Mad men)
Jim Beaver (Breaking Bad)
Robert Wisdom (The Dark Knight Rises)
Cheyenne Jackson (Descendats 3)
Dustin Ingram (The Magicians)
David Andrews (Terminator 3)
Lee Tergesen (The Purge TV)
Robert Pralgo (The Vampire Diaries)
Paula Malcomson (Caprica)
Jovan Adepo (Mother!)
Jake McDorman (Limitless TV)
Anatole Taubman (Hex)
Glenn Fleshler (Joker)

Watchmen is a bold, ambitious show. There’s no mistaking it for some wallflower or small, quiet drama. This is a big-budget, high-profile production that declares its presence. You can’t ignore it and you wouldn’t want to because it’s extremely compulsive viewing. The latest offering from HBO, the nine-episode Watchmen is based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic and beloved 1980s comic book series of the same name.Jeremy Irons in Watchmen (2019)Before you roll your eyes and chuck a Scorsese or Coppola and go, “oh, it’s a comics thing,” know that Watchmen strikes a hard-to-achieve balance between spectacle and groundedness. And you don’t need to be familiar with the comics or the 2009 Zack Snyder movie adaptation to dig in. Created for TV by Lost and The Leftovers’ Damon Lindelof, this version of Watchmen has been described as more of a companion series. Lindelof explained it as, if the comics were the Old Testament, then this series is the New Testament — and there are still plenty of Easter eggs and direct references for old fans.The original comics were set in the mid-1980s and the TV show time jumps to our present day, 2019. So it’s set some 30 years after the events of the books, and only carries over a handful of the characters. The world of Watchmen is similar to ours except there’s no internet, throngs of tiny squid sometimes rain from the sky and Robert Redford has been the US president since the 1990s.The early focus is on Angela Abar (Regina King), a Tulsa, Oklahoma police detective whose masked persona is known as Sister Night. To the outside world, she’s a retired cop after a calamitous event some three years earlier. But in reality, she’s one of legion of masked cops who now have to hide their identities for fear of retribution against them and their families — despite the fact vigilante heroes are now outlawed.Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in Watchmen (2019)The villain(s) of the series is a white supremacist group called The Seventh Cavalry who have co-opted the now-dead anti-hero Rorschach’s image on their masks. They’re the ones who are violently targeting police in Tulsa. But when both the good guys and the bad guys wear masks, who can you really trust? In Watchmen, the police go too far, meting out extrajudicial justice with little hesitation. At one point, one character says to another, “You know how you can tell the difference between a masked cop and a vigilante?” to which the other responds, “No”. While the show exists in an alternate version of our world and many of its markers feel heightened and exaggerated, it feels very resonant of America in 2019. The series is racially charged and declares itself so in the opening sequence which is a dramatisation of the real-life Tulsa race riots in which white mobs killed hundreds of African-Americans and injured even more.Regina King in Watchmen (2019)Watchmen plays in the grey space between black and white with its moral complexity. While we follow Angela, she also commits acts we personally wouldn’t approve of from our own law enforcement. This constant negotiation of our empathies is the kind of layered storytelling Lindelof excels in, having done so previously in The Leftovers, another HBO series. Watchmen is packed with striking visuals — the first two episodes are directed by Nicole Kassell — and the production values are extraordinary, including a visceral score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Clearly a lot of money has been spent and it shows. The pilot episode is strong and has a great twist that guarantees you’ll be back for more. It also features compelling performances from Oscar winner King, Don Johnson as Tulsa police chief Judd Crawford, Tim Blake Nelson as Looking Glass and Louis Gossett Jr as the mysterious Will Reeve. These are new characters to the Watchmen world.Among the comic original characters, there’s Jeremy Irons as Adrian Veidt, also known as Ozymandias, who is now exiled (as it were) in a luxurious country estate where he delights in strange games with his strange servants. But it’s Jean Smart as Laurie Blake/Silk Spectre who steals the third episode, which is her first appearance. The former superhero is now working for the FBI in the anti-vigilante squad and her combination of no-bullshit tenacity, concealed vulnerability and killer instincts make her a magnetic character. The very blue-hued and powered Doctor Manhattan will also appear. Watchmen is a thrilling and scintillating series that is sure to find armies of fans, old and new, who will undoubtedly be besotted. You might as well see for yourself what they’re all going to be obsessing about.

 

REVIEW: ANNA

Starring

Sasha Luss (Valerian)
Helen Mirren (Red)
Luke Evans (Dracula Untold)
Cillian Murphy (Red Lights)
Andrew Howard (The Outpost)
Alexander Petrov (Ice)
Nikita Pavlenko (Elastiko)
Anna Krippa (McMafia)

Sasha Luss in Anna (2019)Anna, a young Russian beauty who has been the victim of domestic abuse, will do anything to escape the life she is trapped in. In a twist of fate, she reluctantly accepts an offer by KGB officer Alex. After a year of training, she is to work as a KGB assassin for five years under a handler named Olga, after which she will be free to continue her life as she pleases. KGB head Vassiliev is not willing to honor this agreement, implying that the only way out of the KGB is death.Sasha Luss in Anna (2019)She goes undercover as a fashion model and is hired to work in Paris. At the same time she completes various missions and assassinations. When she is found out by the CIA, she agrees to work for them as a double agent with Agent Miller as her handler, in exchange for the promise of immediate retirement and a protected life in Hawaii. Miller later tasks her with assassinating Vassiliev, with the CIA hoping that his absence would lead to smoother relations with the KGB. Anna kills Vassiliev and fights her way out of the KGB. She later arranges a meet with Alex and Miller, bartering information she stole from the two agencies in exchange for a six-month reprieve. As she is leaving, she is ambushed by Olga and fatally shot for her betrayal. However, she uses a body double to fake her death and escape.Sasha Luss in Anna (2019)It is revealed that Olga had earlier discovered Anna’s association with the CIA and the planned assassination of Vassiliev. Both women conspired to go along with the CIA’s plan so that Olga could succeed Vassiliev and later faked Anna’s execution to fool both agencies and set Anna free. Olga views a recorded message left for her by Anna, who expresses her gratitude to Olga but reveals she kept evidence of Olga’s involvement in Vassiliev’s murder in case Olga betrays her.Sasha Luss in Anna (2019)Another great Luc Besson movie with tons of action sequences and great spy story. Lots of twists which makes it an awesome film. The acting from the main 4 characters is excellent. The music score suits the whole ambience through out the film. Truly recommend it.

REVIEW: TRUTH OR DARE

CAST

Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars)
Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf)
Violett Beane (The Flash)
Hayden Szeto (The Good Place)
Landon Liboiron (Hemlock Grove)
Nolan Gerard Funk (Arrow)
Sophia Taylor Ali (Mono)
Sam Lerner (The Goldbergs)
Aurora Perrineau (Passengers)
Tom Choi (Hall Pass)
Andrew Howard (The Outpost)

Tyler Posey, Nolan Gerard Funk, Sam Lerner, Lucy Hale, Sophia Ali, and Violett Beane in Truth or Dare (2018)Olivia Barron, her best friend Markie Cameron, Markie’s boyfriend Lucas Moreno, along with Penelope Amari and her boyfriend Tyson Curran, and Brad Chang go on a trip to Rosarito, Mexico. In Mexico, Olivia runs into fellow student Ronnie who proceeds to harass her until a man intervenes on her behalf. The man introduces himself as Carter and eventually convinces her and her friends to join him for drinks at the ruins of a mission. There, Carter initiates a game of Truth or Dare with Olivia and her friends, plus Ronnie, who followed the group. Eventually, the game ends when Carter reveals that he deceived Olivia as a means of tricking her and her friends to the mission to offer them in his place in the supernatural game of Truth or Dare. As Carter leaves, he explains to Olivia that the game will follow them and they must not refuse it.Tyler Posey and Violett Beane in Truth or Dare (2018)At a local college bar, sometime after everyone returned from Mexico, Ronnie dies when he fails to complete a dare. Olivia, having become convinced that Carter was telling the truth, gathers and attempts to convince her friends that the game is real. The game, playing in accordance to the order the group played in Mexico, turns to Markie, having already appeared to Olivia and Lucas, and she is forced to break Olivia’s hand. At the hospital, Brad is then forced by the game into revealing to his father, Officer Han Chang, his homosexuality.Nolan Gerard Funk, Lucy Hale, Sophia Ali, and Hayden Szeto in Truth or Dare (2018)The next day, the skeptical Tyson lies when forced to tell a truth and, as a result, dies. A drunken Penelope is next forced by the game to drink and finish a full bottle of vodka whilst walking along the edge of the roof of a house. She eventually falls from the roof after finishing the bottle, but is saved by Brad, Markie, and Olivia. The group manage to come into contact with a woman named Giselle, who is also a participant in a separate incarnation of the game, and the group go to meet her.Tyler Posey, Lucy Hale, Sophia Ali, Aurora Perrineau, Hayden Szeto, and Violett Beane in Truth or Dare (2018)Giselle reveals that she and her friends played the game and her friend Sam, the only other survivor of her incarnation of the game, was responsible for the game becoming reality in the first place, having wrecked the ruins of the mission. Giselle reveals that a truth can only be chosen twice before the next player is forced to chose dare. Giselle draws a handgun on Olivia and shoots, confessing that she was dared to kill her. However, Penelope jumps in front of Olivia and is shot and killed. Failing to kill Olivia, Giselle shoots herself in the head. Later, following Olivia, Lucas, and Markie’s turns in the game, Brad is dared to withdraw his father’s gun and make him beg for his life. However, in the act, Brad is shot and killed by an approaching officer. At the precinct, Olivia learns that Carter is Sam.Tyler Posey, Lucy Hale, and Violett Beane in Truth or Dare (2018)Olivia and Lucas drive to Tijuana and meet with a mute woman and former nun who operated out of the church in which they originally played the game. The woman informs them that they are dealing with a demon she first summoned, who possessed the game of Truth or Dare and can only be stopped if the last person who evoked it sacrifices their tongue into an urn and seals it with wax after an incantation is made in the church.Tyler Posey, Lucy Hale, and Violett Beane in Truth or Dare (2018)Olivia, Markie, and Lucas find Sam and force him at gunpoint back to the ruins of the church in Mexico. There, Sam begins the ritual and is about to sever his tongue when it becomes Lucas’ turn to play the game. Lucas is dared to kill either Olivia or Markie, which he refuses. Possessed by the demon controlling the game, Lucas is forced to kill Sam, before the latter can complete the ritual to end the game. He then proceeds to slit his throat and die.Lucy Hale in Truth or Dare (2018)Olivia forces the demon to reveal to her whether or not there was a definitive way to end the game with Markie and herself alive. The demon reveals that now that Sam is dead, there is not – but they can draw more people into the game and prolong their turn in it. Olivia hastily records and uploads a video to YouTube, warning of the game and its rules, before challenging the viewer of the video to Truth or Dare, initiating them, effectively involving millions of new Truth or Dare players therefore postponing her and Markie’s involvement in the game for the rest of their lives thus saving them.Tyler Posey, Lucy Hale, Hayden Szeto, and Violett Beane in Truth or Dare (2018)Wow the haters all came out for this one. There was nothing wrong with this film. The directing, writing/screenplay, acting, cinematography, score and vfx where all on point! I really enjoyed this one and it was much better than most of the films out lately in this genre. Watch it, you will be happy you did.