Movies: Godzilla: King of the Monsters, The Souvenir, Booksmart

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

“Godzilla and Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah, oh my!” We couldn’t believe the massive IMAX theater was sold out, especially after watching 2 hours and 12 minutes of screeching and hacking on screen. Not to mention the hordes of teens and twenty somethings annoying their fellow movie goers with constant texting on their telephones.

That said, the film fails miserably. The monsters are poorly conceived and executed. The human characters aren’t any better. The script might have been written by a third grader and most of the adult characters wouldn’t make it 10 minutes on a soap opera. Save your money and frustration and skip this one.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Release Date: May 29, 2019
Starring: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe
Genres: Science Fiction, Action, Thriller
Runtime: 132 min
Original Title: Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Legendary Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Cast Godzilla: King of the Monsters

  • Kyle Chandler
  • Role: Mark Russell
  • Vera Farmiga
  • Role: Emma Russell
  • Millie Bobby Brown
  • Role: Madison Russell
  • Ken Watanabe
  • Role: Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
  • Sally Hawkins
  • Role: Dr. Vivienne Graham
  • Bradley Whitford
  • Role: Dr. Rick Stanton
  • Charles Dance
  • Role: Alan Jonah
  • Zhang Ziyi
  • Role: Dr. Ilene Chen/Dr. Ling
  • O'Shea Jackson Jr.
  • Role: Warrent Officer Barnes
  • Thomas Middleditch
  • Role: Dr. Sam Coleman
  • Aisha Hinds
  • Role: Colonel Diane Foster
  • David Strathairn
  • Role: Admiral William Stenz
  • Anthony Ramos
  • Role: Cpl. Mendoza
  • Randy Havens
  • Role: Dr. Tim Mancini
  • Jonathan Howard
  • Role: Asher
  • Elizabeth Ludlow
  • Role: Griffin
  • Van Marten
  • Role: Dr. Chen's assistant
  • Lexi Rabe
  • Role: Young Madison Russell
  • T.J. Storm
  • Role: Godzilla (mo-cap)
  • Jason Liles
  • Role: King Ghidorah (middle head)/Rodan (mo-cap)
  • Richard Dorton
  • Role: King Ghidorah (left head) (mo-cap)
  • Alan Maxson
  • Role: King Ghidorah (right head) (mo-cap)
  • Joe Morton
  • Role: Dr. Houston Brooks
  • CCH Pounder
  • Role: Senator Williams

Crew Godzilla: King of the Monsters

  • Michael Dougherty
  • Director
  • Michael Dougherty
  • Screenplay
  • Max Borenstein
  • Screenplay
  • Zach Shields
  • Screenplay
  • Alex Garcia
  • Executive Producer
  • Jon Jashni
  • Producer
  • Mary Parent
  • Producer
  • Brian Rogers
  • Producer
  • Thomas Tull
  • Producer
  • Scott Chambliss
  • Production Design
  • Daniela Medeiros
  • Set Designer
  • Dean Sherriff
  • Conceptual Design
  • John Hewitt
  • Visual Effects
  • Nick Glennie-Smith
  • Orchestrator
  • Dave Jordan
  • Music Supervisor
  • Lawrence Sher
  • Director of Photography
  • Roger Barton
  • Editor
  • Guillaume Rocheron
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Louise Mingenbach
  • Costume Design
  • Bear McCreary
  • Original Music Composer
  • Bradley Parker
  • Visual Effects
  • Bob Ducsay
  • Editor
  • Richard Pearson
  • Editor
  • Sarah Finn
  • Casting
  • Richard L. Johnson
  • Supervising Art Director
  • Amanda Moss Serino
  • Set Designer
  • Joel Harlow
  • Makeup Department Head
  • Thomas Robinson Harper
  • Second Unit Director


The Souvenir

Oye Vey! The acting isn’t half bad in this film. That’s about the best element. That said, here are some of the tags we found describing the movie: “Pretentious”, “Depressing”, and our favorite “intellectual claptrap”!

That said, how any highly intelligent feminist filmmaker could submit to the domination of her heroine addicted boyfriend is beyond comprehension.

It’s a shame really given some of the A-list actors. Parents should reconsider before allowing children and teens to view this production.

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The Souvenir (2019)

Release Date: May 17, 2019
Starring: Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton, Richard Ayoade
Genres: Romance, Mystery, Drama
Runtime: 119 min
Original Title: The Souvenir
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: BBC Films, Sikelia Productions, Protagonist Pictures, BFI Film Fund, JWH Films
A shy but ambitious film student falls into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship with a charismatic but untrustworthy older man.

Cast The Souvenir

  • Honor Swinton Byrne
  • Role: Julie
  • Tom Burke
  • Role: Anthony
  • Tilda Swinton
  • Role: Rosalind
  • Richard Ayoade
  • Role: Patrick
  • Ariane Labed
  • Role: Garance
  • Jaygann Ayeh
  • Role: Marland
  • Jack McMullen
  • Role: Jack
  • Chyna Terrelonge Vaughan
  • Role: Tamara
  • Tosin Cole
  • Role: Phil
  • Hannah Ashby Ward
  • Role: Tracey
  • Frankie Wilson
  • Role: Frankie
  • James Spencer Ashworth
  • Role: William
  • Janet Etuk
  • Role: Lora
  • Alice McMillan
  • Role: Elisa
  • Jake Phillips Head
  • Role: Julie's Lover
  • Barbara Peirson
  • Role: Barbara
  • Lydia Fox
  • Role: Lydia
  • James Dodds
  • Role: James
  • El Pilkington
  • Role: Susan
  • Neil Young
  • Role: Radio Interviewer
  • Dick Fontaine
  • Role: Head of Film School
  • Steve Gough
  • Role: Head of Direction
  • Crispin Buxton
  • Role: Head of Production
  • Grace Snell
  • Role: Dress Maker
  • Siobhan Harper Ryan
  • Role: Makeup Artist
  • Leighton Spence
  • Role: Student Cameraman
  • Lee Martin
  • Role: School Handyman
  • Nicholas Gallop
  • Role: Doctor
  • Leonardo Bozzo
  • Role: Bell Boy Venice
  • Carla Ornstein
  • Role: NA Speaker
  • Jaz Dalrymple
  • Role: NA Member
  • Peter Hall
  • Role: NA Member
  • Estelle Long
  • Role: NA Member
  • James Barrett
  • Role: Film School Student
  • Roscoe Gibson-Denney
  • Role: Film School Student
  • Eleanor Goff
  • Role: Film School Student
  • Ben Hecking
  • Role: Film School Student
  • Pedro Moura
  • Role: Film School Student
  • Calhan Mundy
  • Role: Film School Student
  • Keifer Nyron Taylor
  • Role: Film School Student
  • Tom Rout
  • Role: Film School Student
  • Fabrizio Matteini
  • Role: Concierge (uncredited)
  • Jack W. Gregory
  • Role: Ray (uncredited)
  • Richard Tree
  • Role: Hotel Guest (uncredited)
  • Dora
  • Role: Dora
  • Rosie
  • Role: Rosie

Crew The Souvenir

  • Joanna Hogg
  • Director
  • Joanna Hogg
  • Writer
  • Joanna Hogg
  • Producer
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Executive Producer
  • Luke Schiller
  • Producer
  • Emma Tillinger Koskoff
  • Executive Producer
  • Andrew Starke
  • Executive Producer
  • Lizzie Francke
  • Executive Producer
  • Rose Garnett
  • Executive Producer
  • Lesley Stewart
  • Line Producer
  • David Raedeker
  • Director of Photography
  • Helle le Fevre
  • Editor
  • Olivia Scott-Webb
  • Casting
  • Stéphane Collonge
  • Production Design
  • Pedro Moura
  • Art Direction
  • Rebecca Gillies
  • Set Decoration
  • Mimi Winsor
  • Set Decoration
  • Grace Snell
  • Costume Design
  • Siobhan Harper Ryan
  • Hair Designer
  • Siobhan Harper Ryan
  • Makeup Designer
  • Sara Doughty
  • Script Supervisor
  • Ilona Cheshire
  • Music Supervisor
  • Matthew Winter
  • Location Scout
  • Nicola Dove
  • Still Photographer
  • Charles-Jean Boucher
  • VFX Artist
  • Paolo Guglielmotti
  • First Assistant Director
  • Toby Hosking
  • Second Assistant Director
  • Jack Sauverin
  • Third Assistant Director
  • Robyn Forsythe
  • Production Manager

Booksmart

If you are in the mood for a quick paced reminder of what high school kids are thinking and doing these days, this is your movie. That said, the script and the acting toggles between slapstick and stupid. It quickly becomes tedious and annoying. Considering these are all Seniors in their final days in High School, it should be concerning that all the parents are missing in action.

We found this film mildly entertaining and a minimal improvement over the other films this week. It makes one wonder what is going on in the movie industry these days. Where are all the foreign films?

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Booksmart (2019)

Release Date: May 24, 2019
Starring: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis
Genres: Comedy
Runtime: 102 min
Original Title: Booksmart
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Annapurna Pictures, Gary Sanchez Productions
Two academic teenage superstars realize, on the eve of their high school graduation, that they should have worked less and played more. Determined to never fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.

Cast Booksmart

  • Kaitlyn Dever
  • Role: Amy
  • Beanie Feldstein
  • Role: Molly
  • Jessica Williams
  • Role: Ms. Fine
  • Jason Sudeikis
  • Role: Principal Jordan Brown
  • Diana Silvers
  • Role: Hope
  • Skyler Gisondo
  • Role: Jared
  • Billie Lourd
  • Role: Gigi
  • Molly Gordon
  • Role: Annabelle "Triple A"
  • Mason Gooding
  • Role: Nick
  • Eduardo Franco
  • Role: Theo
  • Lisa Kudrow
  • Role: Charmaine
  • Will Forte
  • Role: Doug
  • Victoria Ruesga
  • Role: Ryan
  • Noah Galvin
  • Role: George
  • Austin Crute
  • Role: Alan
  • Michael Patrick O'Brien
  • Role: Pat the Pizza Guy
  • Nico Hiraga
  • Role: Tanner
  • Kyle Samples
  • Role: Butler
  • Stephanie Styles
  • Role: Alison
  • Christopher Avila
  • Role: Rob
  • Gideon Lang
  • Role: Skip
  • Adam Krist
  • Role: Dick
  • Deb Hiett
  • Role: George's Mom
  • Ben Harris
  • Role: Yacht Waiter
  • John Hartman
  • Role: Yacht Waiter #2
  • Ellen Doyle
  • Role: Murder Mystery Nurse
  • Maya Rudolph
  • Role: Motivational Voice (voice)

Crew Booksmart

  • Olivia Wilde
  • Director
  • Emily Halpern
  • Writer
  • Sarah Haskins
  • Writer
  • Chelsea Barnard
  • Producer
  • David Distenfeld
  • Producer
  • Megan Ellison
  • Producer
  • Susanna Fogel
  • Writer
  • Katie Silberman
  • Writer
  • Will Ferrell
  • Executive Producer
  • Adam McKay
  • Executive Producer
  • Jessica Elbaum
  • Executive Producer
  • Jillian Longnecker
  • Executive Producer
  • Katie Silberman
  • Executive Producer
  • Scott Robertson
  • Executive Producer
  • Jason McCormick
  • Director of Photography
  • Allison Jones
  • Casting
  • April Napier
  • Costume Design
  • Katie Byron
  • Production Design
  • Jamie Gross
  • Editor

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