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‘Hover’ Review



Genre : Science Fiction
Rating: N/A
Director: Matt Osterman

Cleopatra Coleman
Shane Coffey
Craig muMs Grant


It is easy to write off Syfy movies. Since 2001 the TV channel have been producing original television movies of, let’s just say, varying quality. Full of genre film oddities, movies like Sharknado, 3-Headed Shark and Frankenfish are more appropriate for YouTube reviewers than the Academy Awards. Knowing their reputation, the Syfy Channel has taken the first steps in growing their reputation and launched Syfy Films. Teaming up with indie studios they have begun distributing independent films such as Atomcia, Realive and 400 Days. Their latest attempt is the drone-based sci-fi feature Hover.

In the near future ecological conditions have caused food shortages all around the globe. Thanks to technology from the Vastgrow corporation, drones have been able to slowly rebuild the farmland. Traveling the heartland are two care providers Claudia (Cleopatra Coleman) and John (Craig muMs Grant). When John dies suddenly, Claudia is led on a quest uncovering the truth behind the drones and their connection to a mysterious illness.


Coming out of Hover what struck me most was how un-Syfy it was. Trying it’s best to avoid the comparisons to movies like Lake Placid vs Anaconda, Hover is the studio’s attempt at serious science fiction. Directed by Matt Osterman, instead of going for over-the-top laughs it tries to tell a more serious tale about corporations and technology. And for the most part, Osterman is able to pull it off. His second collaboration with Syfy Films (his first 2015’s 400 Days) he brings a more original take on science fiction by avoiding neon lights and skyscrapers to focus on rural America. And instead of green screen spectacle the focus is more on the mystery being unraveled. Whether due to budget constraints or not focusing on flyover country is a refreshing change of scenery. That isn’t to say it completely avoids all science fiction tradition. Featuring a score from Polish composer Wojciech Golczewski (We Are Still Here, Beyond the Gates), Hover has the kind of synthy-laden soundscape reminiscent of It Follows and Upgrade. Hover also covers the long classic sci-fi trope of questioning technology and its impact on humans. Once again, it’s a departure from the more typical Syfy Films plot and it works out well. That isn’t to say Hover completely outruns it’s TV channel roots.

Despite the cast and crew’s attempts to do something different from your typical Syfy movie they couldn’t quite pull it off. While the ambition is there the money isn’t and it shows. Cutaways and stock sound effects are a regular occurrence whenever a character dies. The CGI isn’t much better with everything looking more like green screen mixed with basic photoshop than anything else. Admittedly there are practical effects which look better. Thankfully the script doesn’t require the drones or futuristic effects too often and instead focusing more on the ideas. In fact, Hover does a good job making the drones feel like a threat and a big reason for this is Cleopatra Coleman.

Most famous for her supporting roles on The Last Man on Earth, not only is Coleman the movie’s star but she also worked on it as a writer. And I have to say, the Australian actress does both jobs quite well. Covering some well-worn territory Hover‘s script is fine if predictable at times. That said I did appreciate how seriously it took itself. Don’t expect any Lavalantula fourth wall breaking, this is pure science fiction. Where she really shines is her performance as Claudia. Playing a more subdued character than we’ve seen before she still has a warmth to her; a warmth particularly evident when acting against Craig muMs Grant. As her mentor John, the two have great chemistry. Mostly seen traveling together the two had a very natural and friendly repertoire between one another. It’s a shame we can’t say the same for the rest of the cast. Aside from Coleman and Grant the supporting cast is just plain bad. Most of the remaining cast not named John or Claudia being little more than clichés painted in the broadest of strokes. Making it worse are the actors who fit less appropriate for a movie about fear of technology and more like one-off characters on an episode of Z Nation. It isn’t exactly film breaking but it can distract nevertheless.


At its best science fiction can be a reflection of real-world issues. No matter how far into the future it takes place or the aliens that show up movies like Ex Machina and shows like Black Mirror are beloved because they hit audiences in a way giant summer blockbuster don’t. Surprisingly Hover is able to hit on similar beats. Ideas such as fear of technology and corporate greed are handled in an interesting if familiar way. The first hour or so is an interesting, if predictable, slice of paranoia. But as the film heads towards its conclusion a mix of plot holes, overacting and effects that make Ghost Shark look like Insidious. The only thing keeping the film completely falling apart is the screen presence of star Cleopatra Coleman. While Hover may not be the next sci-fi classic it’s worth seeing on the Syfy channel and Coleman shows a lot of potential in whatever she does next.



Rating 4/10
Links : IMDB

Hover is now in theaters and VOD and Digital HD on July 3, 2018.


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Charlie Michael Baker: Journey of Autism, Social Media and Working with Kylie Jenner (EXCLUSIVE)



Charlie Michael Baker and Kylie Jenner

At just 17, Charlie Michael Baker is giving his all to change the world. Baker is a renowned author, entrepreneur, actor, and journalist and he is on a mission to help millions of people suffering from autism. Charlie Michael Baker previously told Costal House Media he raised over £400,000 to help people with autism. He faced many challenges since childhood but his determination and perseverance were the key to his success.

Baker is a Social Media sensation with over 1.2M followers on Instagram. Charlie Michael Baker is one of the many influencers being bullied on social media every day. He receives 300-500 rape and death threats daily!

Charlie Michael Baker

Charlie Michael Baker

We had the honor to connect with Charlie Michael Baker. You can read our conversation below.

Nikita Pahwa: Congratulations on launching your new book! What can you tell us about it?

Charlie Michael Baker: So my new book is about social media, specifically, the dangers of social media. All young kids now want to grow up and be ‘famous’ but don’t know the bad side of it all. I was one of those kids, I’d always wanted to be famous, it’s something I’d always dreamed of!

NP: How do you deal with death and rape threats?

CMB: The short answer is, I don’t, really. I stopped reading my DMs a few months back because of it all. I don’t deal with negativity and there’s too many trolls to block each and every one, so they all just get ignored.

Charlie Michael Baker Social Media and I

Charlie Michael Baker Social Media and I (Photo: @kaybeephotography2 on Instagram)

NP: What advice would you give to people in similar situations?

CMB: I’d say don’t listen to them, do what I do and just don’t read them. It’s better that way. What you don’t see can’t hurt you!

NP: If you could say one thing to people sending you threats, what would it be?

CMB: Without ruining my career *lol* I’d say just to be a bit kinder. If there’s something going on in your life that you’re not very happy with, ask someone for help. Speak to someone you trust rather than swaying to a life of being a keyboard warrior. It’s not nice!

NP: Is your new book related to Charlie Baker: Autism and Me?

CMB: It is! It will be written in the same – ish way BUT Charlie Michael Baker Social Media And I will be exclusively E – book sold on my website

NP: Are you currently working on a new venture with Kylie Jenner?

CMB: I am! We’re working with the same brand – glow beverages. We’re working alongside an NBA star too whose name I cannot remember for the life of me – oops lol.

Kylie Jenner and Charlie Michael Baker

Kylie Jenner and Charlie Michael Baker

NP: Are you planning to collaborate with more celebrities in the future?

CMB: I love working with celebrities. Mostly just to see what they’re like to be honest. Kylie is so nice though honestly I keep messaging her life updates!

NP: Last question, is it true that you’re working on the Charlie Baker: Autism and Me movie? Are we going to see it on the big screen?

CMB: Yes, it is! I’m filming something very very special this year with Creation Media 22 which should appear on Netflix and Prime Video which is so exciting! It will be my first time in front of an actual TV camera so it’s a bit different to daily vlogs!

You can get your Charlie Michael Baker Social Media And I E-copy on March, 1 for £0.01 (yes, a penny!). Get your Charlie Baker: Autism and Me copy on Amazon.

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EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Michael Baker, A 16-Year-Old CEO Changing the World of Autism and Anxiety



Charlie Michael Baker

Today, at the adolescent age of sixteen, Charlie Michael Baker is already set on his journey to help millions of people worldwide suffering from autism. Baker is more than just an influencer, CEO, and an accomplished author. After being diagnosed with autism Charlie has always tried to transform society and aware people of the difficulties one faces. From being bullied in school to collaborating with Kylie Jenner, Baker is the true definition of a champion as he continues to conquer everything against all odds!

We had the opportunity to connect with Charlie Michael Baker to understand his journey better. Read our conversation below.

At the mere age of 16 you’re helping kids and parents understand autism with your book Charlie Baker: Autism And Me, how do you think it’s creating an impact and helping people going through something similar as you did?

At just 16, it feels like I’ve accomplished so much in such a short amount of time and it’s so rewarding! My book, Charlie Baker: Autism And Me, has helped so many people which is such a rewarding thing to me. The whole reason I wrote my book was to help people and I even helped myself more than anything. Speaking up about what happened to me in school was such a relief for me because I felt like I had nobody to talk to when I was going through it.

Raising £350,000 for autism charities is praiseworthy, how do you plan to proceed further to help more autistic people worldwide?

So far, we’ve raised just over £400,000 ($485,000+, €458,000+). This is an unimaginable amount of money and has helped lots of people worldwide! I plan to continue to donate every cent of the proceeds to my book to charities helping people with autism forever!

Charlie Michael Baker

Charlie Michael Baker

How can other people help in your contribution?

Charlie: Purchasing my book, Charlie Baker: Autism And Me contributes to many charities globally helping autistic people who are not able to work due to their disability. Purchasing my book is a massive help to everyone currently struggling!

You suffered a lot, and even got suicidal at one point, how do you think the youth can protect themselves from situations like you faced?

Charlie: I was in a really dark place at that time… suicide crossed my mind a few times and it was so bad that I even had to lock myself into school toilets to get away from my bullies. My book was my only escape. I found myself in my writing and it’s honestly the most rewarding thing ever! If anyone is going through any sort of unkindness, tell someone that can help! Tell an adult, a friend, a family member. They can help so don’t be afraid to ask for it!

You once mentioned that you were physically assaulted and your teacher “did nothing about it”. Do you think your life would have been different if some action was taken?

Charlie: I was physically assaulted by another student at a school I was at and we were even right beside a teacher…. Not just any teacher, though, the head of safeguarding. The lead of the safeguarding team ignored what had just happened even though it was caught on camera. Many teachers have even bought my book and they were just as disgusted at this behaviour and have been very vocal about it! My book does circulate some school libraries in England which is such a rewarding feeling. Teachers and schooling staff know of my existence and I know some action is being taken off the back of people like me speaking out.

Charlie Michael Baker

Charlie Michael Baker

How do you feel about your bullies now?

Charlie: My bullies still message me to this day. Whether it’s asking me for money, or asking me to shout them out on Instagram… they are still around!

You once mentioned about having a job and working 9 to 5, what do you aim for your future?

Charlie: I work a 9-5 currently at a beauty company in Manchester, England and I love it there! I’ve always loved working and not just ‘sitting around and making money off of Instagram’ as some people may think that’s what we do, so I work full time! All money that I make through Instagram goes into a trust and is helping me build my future. I’m so thankful to every one of my followers, fans and even my not – so – friendly followers. Just remember, it’s nice to be nice!

Charlie Michael Baker

Charlie Michael Baker

Baker has been vocal about anxiety, ADHD, autism, and mental health problems. He continues to donate and help people in all ways he can. You can support his cause by getting a copy of his book Charlie Baker: Autism and Me.

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On Sale Today: The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai

The perfect tie-in for the fifth season of ‘Cobra Kai’ is here.



This feature was made possible by an advance copy from Harper Collins and Dey Street Books.

As the holiday season approaches and fans of the wildly-popular Cobra Kai have likely binged the show’s fifth season, a new addition has arrived that is a must-have for any true sensei. That would be The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai; a new book chronicling the history and making of the Netflix series.

Serving as the official companion to the series, The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai is filled with vibrant page-turning designs with complete character breakdowns, interviews (including an insightful chat with stunt coordinator Don Lee) and beautiful pictures from the show and behind-the-scenes.

For a complete synopsis of what to expect from the book, see the official one courtesy of Harper Collins below:

The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai is a celebration of the superfans — an essential companion to the show acting as a master sensei ready to guide readers through the karate-crazed San Fernando Valley. The legacy of The Karate Kid and Cobra Kai continues with never-before-seen photographs and illustrations as well as interviews with Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso), William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence), Martin Kove (John Kreese), Xolo Maridueña(Miguel Diaz), Mary Mouser (Samantha LaRusso), and MUCH MORE!
The show’s creators will give an unprecedented look inside the making of Cobra Kai: the writing, directing, and production of this beloved franchise that has grown from scrappy underdog to a global phenomenon. You will hear directly from the show’s crew, including our stunt team who will give you an exclusive behind the scenes look into fight choreography, journey through the Valley from the magical retreat of the Miyagi-do dojo to the humble strip mall that houses the Cobra Kai dojo with our set designers, and hear from our composers how the badass soundtrack for the show was conceived. And much more!

What better time than while you wait for the sixth season of the show to read through this incredible guide to all things Cobra Kai? Plus, what would your sensei likely suggest you do? Strike first and get your copy of The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai today.

Check out their official website for more information, including where to buy the book.

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