Skip to main content
Now building my TET.Life Store.

Movie Reviews: Kin (2018) / See You Yesterday (2019)

Kin Movie.
I've been watching a few movies on Netflix lately and thought I'd draw your attention to a couple of Sci-Fi & Fantasy flicks that, coincidentally, would probably make for a good double feature since they share a few similar themes. Both are well acted, have interesting stories, and are well worth your time.

Kin (2018)


This movie did get a cinema release but apparently did not do so well. It's a shame because it's a really great film that, almost surprisingly, tells a complete story while leaving itself open to a second film, that could be amazing but isn't essential to this movies story.

Set in Detroit, a lonely kid, stumbles across a weapon unlike anything from this world, unwittingly drawing himself and his ex-con brother into a secret war, that sees them on the run from the law.

I will admit Kin isn't quite what I expected. Weapon aside the story is far more about family relationships. Though there's just enough interesting future tech in this to keep you hooked into the sci-fi aspect.

In fact the owners of the weapon are almost an aside to the other events in the film, until the end where it all becomes satisfyingly clear and you realize, you might just want to see a sequel even though it's not really needed.

All of the performances in the movie are well acted. Miles Tuitt as Eli carries the lead role convincingly. You completely believe he's just your average kid trying to make the best of his situation.

Jack Reynor as Jimmy, Eli's older brother by adoption, is very likeable. Despite his character's life choices, you feel he is trying to do the right thing but never quite gets there.

James Franco's performance as Taylor, something of a small time criminal trying to be a kingpin, is particularly great. Somehow he makes you kind of like his character despite his all round ability to be nothing but a nasty piece of work.

Overall an enjoyable film that will have you wondering how it's going to tie everything up in the end, and will surprise you that it actually does.

See You Yesterday Movie.

See You Yesterday (2019)


A Netflix movie, See You Yesterday, is about two Brooklyn teen prodigies who try to master the art of time travel. When a tragic police shooting occurs, they embark on a series of dangerous trips to the past to try to change the outcome.

Firstly kudos to this movie for a great, and unexpected cameo. You'll know it when you see it if you're a fan of time travel films at all (and haven't been spoiled by looking at the cast list). It has little to nothing to do with anything other than maybe reinforcing the two lead character's credibility as total and complete science geeks, but it's great all the same.

Unlike Kin, I'm not sure if this movie actually tells a complete story. I think it does but it definitely leaves you thinking maybe you need to give it another watch just to get the chain of events right, to be sure.

Despite that, like most time travel films, you'll probably be debating the pseudo time travel science, along with the timeline, at great length, if you're one to take deep dives on impossible movie science.

Eden Duncan-Smith and Dante Crichlow play Claudette 'C.J.' Walker and Sebastian Thomas respectively, with CJ being the more outgoing and spirited while Sebastian is somewhat more cautious and thoughtful. Together they have good 'chemistry' (pun clearly intended) as super brainy science nerds. In fact, I'd probably watch a whole TV series based on the travels of these two through time.

Plot wise the story is pretty straight forward for time travel movies. The protagonists need to change something in time in order to create a desired future. The fun is in seeing what they do and what effects their efforts have, though this movie does deal with some pretty dark events that stop it from being a light hearted 'teen' movie.

My only real criticism is that everyone seems to become an expert in the mechanics of time travel really quickly, along with some very convenient but unrelated tech becoming a crucial component to extending the science. Not especially uncommon with time travel films though since it's pointless trying to explain impossible science in great detail. It just has to sound like it would work.

Otherwise this is a pretty fun flick, in so much as a flick that uses gun violence as a backdrop for the main plot can be. There are some great light hearted moments prior to the film's stakes really escalating, after which time, you do get more engaged with the mechanics of C.J. and Sebastian's revised plans.

I did enjoy See You Yesterday but, as I said, I'm not entirely sure the ending gave me enough to see it as a completed story. It implies an outcome but I'd need a rewatch to really sort out what that is. Maybe you'll get it on the first time around.

Good movie though. I could totally see this being developed into a TV series.




Comments


Buy Gifts and Apparel featuring art by TET

Popular posts from this blog

Guest Post: MY SOOPER DOOPER NEW CONSERVATORY/ART STUDIO!

Today's guest post is by Artist, Writer, and Mental Health Advocate, Jo B Creative who writes for her blog, Creating My Oddessey.

You should see our (almost) brand new conservatory, half of which is my art studio. 'Lucky me!' I think to myself. Not every creative bod can boast that. It's HUGE! Like a giant greenhouse.

We first moved to our pleasant cul-de-sac house - great for raising kids - when our son, who's on the cusp of thirty-one, was four. One of the main reasons that we wanted it was that, apart from its location on the fringes of a historic market town in rural Hampshire, UK, it had a sizable conservatory looking onto the back garden. It was brown wood framed and had a corrugated transparent roof sloping down from downstairs ceiling height. On the face of it, it doesn't sound that glamourous, but we loved the idea of a conservatory. Luxury! I even liked the red brick walls which it was built against - the original exterior of the house - and the light …

getpaidtodraw.com - Your Questions Answered.

Is it a scam? Is the sales message too good to be true? Can you really sit back, relax and get paid thousands of dollars in residual payments?

If you've discovered the site getpaidtodraw.com and have been looking for someone who has bought this product before taking that leap then this review will peel back the glossy sales message and give you the answers. Prior to buying this product I came across much distrust and misinformation about getpaidtodraw.com by people who hadn't purchased it. There was a real need for information so I decided to take the leap and make the purchase specifically so I could write this informed review. Note that I am not, in any way, a getpaidtodraw.com affiliate.

For this review I will be focusing on the getpaidtodraw system which includes; the ebook, instructional videos and database along with access to the systems author Jules Camber (who replies to emails as 'Jamie, President of Champ Entertainment, Inc and Beats365, LLC'). I'll touch …

Kids today are smarter than their parents?

How often have you heard it said that kids today are smarter than their parents? I’ve heard it quite frequently in the media – even Dr Phil has said it. I say speak for your self. It’s not true and don’t let the media fool you.

Today’s kids may have access to more information that may give them more choices but in my experience, they only take in what they want to hear and still make stupid, uninformed decisions. Just like we used to at their age.

Like any cross section of people there will be exceptions. There are kids that are genuinely smarter, more mature and responsible for their age. However the vast majority know everything they need to know by the time they turn fourteen. They’re ‘adult’ enough to be responsible for all their own decision making so parents should just let them do what they please…right? Just like we thought at fourteen.

Don’t be fooled. Just because your son knows how to download MP3’s onto an ipod, or your daughter can chat to five friends at the same time on he…

Finding Time to Skate - Swap a Skateboard Session into Your Weekly Workout Routine

A common problem among skaters dealing with work/life commitments (typically older skaters with families, careers, or both) is finding the time to actually spend on a skateboard. In fact, life in general getting in the way of skateboarding, is what often leads so many to drop out of the sport, only to rediscover it later, once everything else starts to even out.

I'm certainly in that category. Never really giving skateboarding away altogether but only using a skateboard to get from A to B, when I didn't have a vehicle, for many years. In the last couple of years I've been trying to get back into the sport properly, i.e. building up my trick list and skating for fun and not just to get from A to B.

The problem is I have so many interests, projects, paid work, and more, that I would often leave skateboarding to the end of my day. Kind of as something to look forward to. Except I wouldn't be that motivated to really improve because my mind would be fried from everything …

How to Make Your CafePress Online Store Mobile Friendly? Use My Custom Store, Shop Template

Using CafePress you can open your own online clothing and giftware store with no upfront costs.

Everything in your store is printed on demand and sent to your customers by CafePress. They charge a base price for each of the over 250+ items you can sell. You earn whatever markup you place on each item. All you have to do is keep your store stocked with fresh designs, and drive your target market to your store.

Once you're set up it's a side hustle you can tinker away at from any device. Create designs on your tablet while watching the TV, promote your shop when you're browsing social media on the bus. Notify your customers of new designs using the built in newsletter features while you sip a fresh brew at your local coffee shop. It's the business you can take anywhere and work on anytime!

Unfortunately it's not as convenient for your customers. Not a single one of CafePress' official shop templates (at the time of writing) are mobile friendly. They're passa…

Gunner Bill's Gallery - Bute, South Australia

May 17, 2009

I was all ready to bag the town of Bute as not being worth the visit but then Enigma and I had a look around Gunner Bill's Gallery in Bute and I changed my mind. First though, let's back up a bit.

After spending our Saturday at the Cornish Festival in Moonta, Enigma and I were wondering how to spend our Sunday, the final day of our holiday? We knew there was a fair on at Kadina for the final day of the Cornish Festival but we had a sneaking suspicion we'd see pretty much all the same food vans we saw at the fair at Moonta so decided not to go.

I read in a tourist magazine a single paragraph about the town of Bute which mentioned that the town had an award winning fauna park and a Gallery/museum/craft shop. Thinking the fauna park might be a good animal photo opportunity and the Gallery could be interesting we decided to go. Bute was on the way home anyway (we passed through it on the trip to Port Broughton but it was dark then).

Bute is small so the fauna park was…

Cy Twombly. Art you can love...or not?

The lawyer for the plaintiffs, Agnes Tricoire, presents to the court a reproduction of the kiss mark on a painting by artist American Cy Twombly.
Photo: MSNBC


In researching this post I'm happy to say that American artist, Cy Twombly's all white artwork, 'Untitled', is an exception to his art rather than the norm. Perhaps that is why the artwork is valued at just over 2.8 million dollars and lays some credibility on my rationale in pricing my own blank canvas in my video guide to Pricing your artwork for sale.

Regular readers will know my distaste for blank canvas artworks so I could not pass up this opportunity to comment on Rindy Sam, a 30 year old, female French artist, who loved Twombly's blank artwork enough to kiss it with fully, lipstick loaded, lips.

The incident happened on July 19, 2007, where the painting was part of a traveling exhibition on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in the southern French city of Avignon. The kiss was described as an 'a…