DH: Before I respond to the responses I am reposting this quote because it's the one line directly aimed at you:
The Belko Experiment (2016)
If you're a fan of Guardians, then you'd do better checking out Slither, which also benefits from Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks and (of course) Michael Rooker
You weren't around for the days of Slither (or Serenity). Have you seen or even heard of James Gunn's slug-fest?
Their Finest (2016)
* * * - Good
Out of all those movies, that one deserved to be properly seen at home.
Is that because of particular cinematic qualities or because it's the one you liked? I would say that Life would possibly benefit most from the bigger screen and superior sound. Or Ghost in the Shell, if I cared.
What about the visual spectacle?
It's mostly loaded into the beginning, then everything feels like stage work except for some sweeping shots of the city. I was initially wowed by the multi-story holographic advertising, but as the film chugged along it was diminishing returns and is a single tacked-on element compared to Speed Racer, which created true visual spectacle with an eye-popping amount of colorful details.
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I felt hoodwinked by the trailer. It promised a comedy and the movie was definitely not that. The light, fun air of the movie disappears very quickly and doesn't come back. I liked the idea of where the film went and how it used the genre in a new way, but nothing about it was exceptionally handled. And I still wish It had been a comedy with Jason Manzoukis...
I originally planned to watch this with Mrs. 1SO for a cute Shocktober surprise to cap out Kaiju mini-Marathon, and I'm glad I didn't because it is not what the trailer suggests. It also completely wastes Dan Stevens, I'll show her The Guest before I have her watch this. I would like to see the comedy version of this high-conecept idea or make it a straight-up thriller, giving Sudeikis' performance a proper frame.
I agree about the starfish in Life. Also Next Picture Show got it right that the film would've been better by simply changing the title to Murder Squid, which represents the type of horror film this is.