Alien: Covenant: A Tale of Two Tales (An Average Conclusion)

Long is the way and hard, that out of hell leads up to light

John Milton, Paradise Lost

As the level of anticipation for this last Alien entry has risen to be nearly palpable, so too rises the level of disappointment of the movies overall. Looking back over the series, you can track the quality of the movies and almost create a roller coaster ride with the line connecting them. The thunderous beginning of the series, followed by twists and turns and corkscrews in the movies that come after. All of these aspects inevitably ending with this movie: a slow and sad end of the ride. Ending a series with a movie like this reminds us all of lessons taught repeatedly throughout many franchises in the last decade: a simple premise  CANNOT uphold 40 years of movies and still remain as fresh as the start. I’m pretty bad at analogies involving roller coasters, but I’m pretty good at being bitter and jaded about movies, so let’s end this project with Alien: Covenant.

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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Film Review

Grade: A

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Everyone knows that the Coen brothers are master storytellers, so it seems to be no surprise that their latest feature, ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ is an anthology film. It is not a collection of many genres (despite having elements of comedy, drama, and action), but a series of vignettes set in the old west. It is in line with ‘No Country For Old Men’, and their remake of ‘True Grit’ as a western, yet more fun and exciting. Its stories range from the ridiculous and absurd to dark, cautionary, and gritty; which is what the Coens have been about for their many years of film-making.

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‘The Little Prince’ Film Review

Grade: B-

The Little Prince Movie Poster

‘The Little Prince’ had promise to be a great animated film. The first trailer I’ve seen of this film made it seem to be a sweet, heartwarming drama about the friendship between an old man (Voiced by Jeff Bridges) and a little girl (Voiced by Mackenzie Foy) as they experience the story of ‘The Little Prince’. (titled “Le Petit Prince” in France, where the story first originated) I expected emotion, heart, and tears to stream down my face by the time the film ended; what I got was a plot element that needed to be worked on more. As a movie however, ‘The Little Prince’ seems to do well with what it’s presenting. It is a take on what it is like to lose childhood innocence as you grow older and face the dark cruel world of reality, and a tendency to leave your memories of childhood behind you.

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