All posts by Jade

Likes movies, live gigs, bad puns, and Bucky Barnes.

Movie Review: Love and Monsters (2021)

Love and Monsters (dir. Michael Matthews, 2021) – Seven years after surviving a monster apocalypse, Joel finally finds the courage to leave his underground bunker and reunite with his girlfriend.


Nature fights back in Love and Monsters, where humanity’s grand plan to save ourselves spectacularly backfires. Our attempt to destroy an asteroid heading for Earth unfortunately results in a chemical fallout, turning the animal kingdom into massive monsters, all too fond of devouring the human race.

Well, most of us anyway. A handful of men and women live on intact, coupled up in scattered colonies and surviving on scant supplies. For seven years, Joel Dawson (Dylan O’ Brien) has been content in his bunker, alone and away from the monsters. But when a radio call reconnects him with his girlfriend Aimee (Jessica Henwick), he gathers the courage to finally leave his safe place and venture into the unknown for her.

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Book Reviews: April 2021 Reads

Cheers to the bibliophiles out there as April marked the premiere of Shadow and Bone. Based on Leigh Bardugo’s enjoyable trilogy of the same name and her outstanding duology Six of Crows, the Netflix series brought the two worlds together to fans’ delight. It is rare that a series would one-up its source, but that was certainly what’d happened here.

April was incidentally also a great time for good reads off-screen. These are my books of the month, starting with one that I’d love to see adapted on film, somehow.

The Library at Mount Char (Scott Hawkins, 2016)

The Library at Mount Char Novel

“When he disappeared he was working on something called regression completeness,” Peter said. “It’s the notion that the universe is structured in such a way that no matter how many mysteries you solve, there is always a deeper mystery behind it.”

The Library at Mount Char is an extraordinary place that exists outside the rules of the known universe and harbours all the knowledge of our world. It has been built by a God-like figure, who had adopted 12 orphaned children to inherit his life’s work.

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Movie Review: Mortal Kombat (1995)

Mortal Kombat (dir. Paul W. S. Anderson, 1995) – Three fighters are chosen to compete in a tournament known as Mortal Kombat that will decide the fate of the world.


Now that I have watched and loved the new Mortal Kombat, there is no better time to revisit the original movie that birthed half the MK fandom then, including myself. This was the film that introduced the world to director Paul W. S. Anderson, who later went on to build followings with genre classics like Event Horizon, Resident Evil, and Death Race.

But back in 1995, it was a very different story. Anderson was a fairly new name in the business, fresh from his lukewarm directorial debut. Besides, audiences were hardly keen on yet another video game adaptation, with the critical failures of Super Mario Bros (1993) and Street Fighter (1994) lingering in recent memory.

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Movie Review: Mortal Kombat (2021)

Mortal Kombat (dir. Simon McQuoid, 2021) – Earth’s chosen champions stand against the warriors of Outworld in a battle for the universe.


If there is any movie that I’d defend to the ends of the Earthrealm, Mortal Kombat would be it. Yes. 1995, Paul W. S. Anderson, that Mortal Kombat. Even the sequel that you’d call abysmal. Jade isn’t even my birth name. I had adopted it from the very movies that I watched weekly as a kid, until my VHS tapes finally unspooled.

From that to console games and the bloody cool MK: Legacy, my love for the franchise lives on. That only means high hopes for the remake, with my nostalgia demanding an equally charismatic cast and the same genuine reverence for martial arts. Fortunately, the new Mortal Kombat knows exactly what it is doing.

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Movie Review: Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)

Godzilla vs. Kong (dir. Adam Wingard, 2021) – As the title promises.


Godzilla vs. Kong is a movie that defies serious criticism, the laws of physics, and logic. It is so stupidly massive that its sheer scale eventually overshadows any attempt at a decent story. But try it does, introducing each giant franchise with its share of human allies.

From when we last met him, Kong has learnt to communicate via sign language with Jia (Kaylee Hottle), his only friend and the adopted daughter of linguist Ilene (Rebecca Hall). He also gains an defender in geologist Nathan (Alexander Skarsgård), who fears but needs Kong for his own exploration mission.

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Movie Review: Sound of Metal (2021)

Sound of Metal (dir. Darius Marder, 2021) – A metal drummer finds himself spiralling into crisis when he begins to lose his hearing.


Music saved Ruben (Riz Ahmed). Through heavy metal, he found his partner in Lou (Olivia Cooke), formed one half of successful band, and found his reason to quit heroin. But one night changes everything. Terror grips him when he starts to lose his hearing and is forced to give up the biggest part of his life.

Still, he clings onto hope that he can still play on Lou’s cue and eventually, get cochlear implants. Even then, Lou hears between the lines – him spiralling into a relapse, having traded one addiction for another.

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