Saturday, August 17, 2019

Good Boys Review: And you thought your childhood was wild...

The Hit:

You're in for a wild ride if you've seen Superbad, Neighbors, and Sausage Party and If you enjoyed those like I did, I'm sure you'll have a blast. 

Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Midori Francis, Josh Caras, Will Forte

Pros: The trio were hilarious and all were a standout among the rest of the cast. Jacob Tremblay especially has been in serious and dramatic roles and has a real talent in acting, now he can add comedy to the roles he can pull off. The story was similar to Superbad but instead of taking booze to a party, they needed to make sure to not get in any trouble the whole day to make said party of their own. Their bickering with teenage girls and each other made for some good laughs. 


Cons: Although this movie was about a long day of adventure and crazy antics, seeing kids of this age swearing every now and then didn't really bother me a whole lot but it did to a point. I didn't mind it at all with the three movies mentioned above but it hit differently for this. Not saying I'm soft, I've seen some higher grade R rated flicks without batting an eye, it was just a little too much this time around. Out of the four, this might be the weakest as well but still worth the watch if you're a fan.


If you want a good laugh regardless and see how kids act to certain things in the movie you'll still find enjoyment. 

Key Info: Rated R. Genres; Adventure, Comedy.


The Verdict:

YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Review: Need MORE Scary Stories!

The Hit:

An old childhood book of creepy tales brought to life on the big screen. If you are familiar with them and are excited about this, you may find enjoyment. 


Cast: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, Natalie Ganzhorn, Austin Abrams, Gil Bellows, Dean Norris, Kathleen Pollard, Lorraine Toussaint

Pros: The Creepy factor was pretty high with some of the stories and although I can't really remember most of them, and from what I do, some did nail it on the head. It reminded me of a more adult version of goosebumps but not extremely, it was more in the middle and that seemed just fine. The special effects and music really made certain scenes stand out, but that sort of element always helps out with movies of this genre. 


Cons: To me, this flick was just average. Thinking about it, it could have been better if the stories were made into a mini tv series through Netflix or Hulu. For example, we only got a few and I would have liked to see more.  


I know I didn't have much to say but this felt like a movie at least worth watching once but as a rental or streaming service. But if you want to go to the big screen and make your own judgment feel free. It's not terrible and it's not great, but average is still good enough. 

Key Info: PG-13. Genres; Horror, Mystery, and Thriller. 

The Verdict:

YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw Review: An Unlikely team up, to save the World!

The Hit:

In this spin-off from the Fast and Furious movies, we get two big-time characters in a head to head riot to save a certain person and the world, from annihilation.  

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Helen Mirren, Eiza Gonzáles, Lori Pelenise Tuisano, Joe Anoa'i


Pros: We know how ridiculous these movies are in terms of reality and what is possible and what is not, but knowing that by its history, they are always entertaining. So, in turn, we get more of those scenes and it makes for a great popcorn muncher. I loved the chemistry between Hobbs and Shaw and their jabs at each other was hilarious! As of right now Fast 5 overall is my favorite in the series but this one wins in a comedic point of view. Vanessa Kirby had a big role to play as well and she kicked ass, not only is she a great actress but she made a great buffer between two big guys (one slightly bigger) with even bigger egos. I'm excited to see more of her in this story and other works. Idris Elba has been in talks in his fan base that he could be the new face to play as James bond, and from his past works, I personally think he would be great. I don't know for certain if he wants the same but I know if he ever wanted to play more villainous roles he has it in the bag. They really went all out with a great cast in this flick and without spoiling anything, there is a couple of additions who had short roles but were absolutely hilarious and I would love to see them again in more of these movies. 


Cons: As mentioned in my pros, some scenes are out of the ordinary and you question them without a second thought but going into this franchise it is to be expected if you've seen them all from the beginning. It doesn't bother me but if you were a first-time watcher it might you. 


This was entertaining from start to finish and although Dwayne Johnson has been in a whole lot of movies, I'm always ready for his next one. Bring on Jumanji: The Next Level.

P.s. STAY throughout the ENTIRETY of the credits, there are extra scenes. 

The Verdict:

GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood Review: Leonardo, Brad, and Margot equals a magnificent trio!

The Hit:

In this movie set in the late 1960's era of Hollywood, we follow three different entertaining people; Rick Dalton, Cliff Booth, and Sharon Tate. All played by phenomenal actors including other familiar faces along the way too.

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Damon Herriman, Luke Perry, Al Pacino, Margaret Qualley, Maya Hawke, Austin Butler, Kurt Russell, Mike Moh


Pros: I loved the chemistry between Leonardo and Brad, two iconic actors that made the film enjoyable to watch, and the beautiful Margot Robbie killed it as well. I wasn't alive back in that day but the theatre I was in was full of those that were, and I could tell by laughter and whispers of them pointing at certain old businesses and locations that they loved the film. I enjoyed the film being based on real-life events but with fictional elements as well. We get to see the Manson family throughout and are portrayed very well from an old podcast I listened to describing them. Because Sharon Tate is involved you sort of know where it goes from there. The ending is perhaps one of my favorite scenes and knowing the work of Quentin Tarantino, you can safely assume it's quite entertaining and over the top. 


Cons: It's pretty slow in the beginning and it surely takes a little bit to understand each character's own story but after a little while, pieces begin to fit and you'll get the bigger picture. This movie is almost three hours long and I think if you are not well acquainted with Taratino's work you might find it boring. Like I said it was slow but I got in the groove of things after a little bit. Out of the main 3, Leo's Rick Dalton character was the slowest to fall in love with, but knowing how great Leo is as an actor he can catch your attention pretty quick. 

Not only was this Thriller/Drama very amusing, but the added comedic factor and over the top scenes you'd expect from a well known director is also enough to see this multiple times. 

The Verdict:

GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Friday, July 19, 2019

The Lion King (2019) Review: Showing emotion certainly makes the original stand out

The Hit:

Disney has been pumping out live adaptations like it's nobody's business, but is all of them a certain hit? or miss? This flick sure does teeter totter those two questions. 

Cast: James Earl Jones, Donald Glover, Beyoncé, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, John Kani, Alfre Woodard, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Penny Johnson Jerald, Keegan-Michael Key, Eric André, Florence Kasumba

Pros: We get a beloved favorite movie from our childhood remade into a live-action film. How awesome is that? We get to see how a real-life animal would look like and the work that was done to achieve that was amazing. Music, of course, was a hit and nothing really can hinder a classic soundtrack. Nothing new is added that stands out and it follows the original frame to frame so you won't be confused if something fresh pops up. I enjoyed hearing the new voice actors and Timon and Pumbaa stood out like they always do. The scenery was also very nice to look at. 

Cons: This movie has me on the edge and although the work that was done to make this which I'm sure there were hours upon hours, bringing it to life in the outcome felt like it had no heart and soul throughout the whole movie. By that I mean there isn't any emotion in each character like the original animation. I know the whole point is to show how a real live animal would look like if this was real, but the facial expressions were gone from the very start. For example, the fate of Mufasa was not sad at all, including other key moments from singing the catchy tunes and so on. You don't see fear, happiness, anger, sadness and so forth, sure you know from the cartoon you can imagine what emotion in the scene is supposed to be, but that was my biggest con. I tried to ignore it but that just stood out the whole time.

The movie was average and you just may enjoy it more than I did. If you decide to just watch the original instead I won't blame you. 

The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Spider-Man: Far From Home Review: Vacation? No such thing as a Superhero

The Hit:

With the drastic events from Avengers: Endgame, we get a break down of the world after the snap that brought everyone back. (If you haven't seen endgame by now and are mad that I just spoiled it, that's on you). #notsorry. 


Cast: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Samuel L. Jackson, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Cobie Smulders, Angourie Rice, Tony Revolori


Pros: The tone of the movie was more fun and comedic and the idea of being on vacation worked well after such depressing events from endgame. Peter and his fellow classmates had me smile from ear to ear with funny antics, he also forms new bonds along the way that will help him become the hero tony always wanted him to be. He also goes through hardships and somehow the movie focuses on that and makes you put yourself in his shoes and although he is an avenger now himself, he's still a kid and that tears him apart for wanting to be normal for a second. At times you'll see Nick Fury be a certain way with him but it's only out of love. New suits are always a plus and action scenes always steal the show. Without pointing anything out, if you guessed how the story was going to go from the very first trailer, you were probably right and because of that, I still enjoyed the movie very much. Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio was a perfect addition to the MCU. A perfect ending to this phase of the MCU and beginning to the next set. 

Cons: Wish it was longer. I also would have enjoyed a cameo or two of some current avengers but we don't and one bonus scene had my head in deep thought and not in a good way. Maybe with the next installment, we'll see where it goes.


Tom Holland is really the Spiderman we always wanted on the big screen and is very likable, can't wait to see him in the next one along with everyone else, including his classmates, aunt may and happy. Make sure you don't miss out on this flick and you may just want to see it more than once, it was very enjoyable. 

The Verdict:

GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Make sure to stay throughout the Credits!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Flick Hit's Top 10 Movies of 2018

J-Dawg

1. Avengers: Infinity War
No other movie this entire year has made me go through every emotion. That ending has never been done on the big screen in comics. This movie was very well done, kudos to the Russo brothers and I cant' wait for EndGame!

2. Ready Player One
Lots of easter eggs to pop culture of times before I was even born and some added since. Felt like a kid reminiscing things through my childhood, and that Gundam reveal in the final battle, gave me a grin from ear to ear.

3. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
The story of a different Spider-Man is good once in a while, and it was great when they picked Miles Morales. Animation and story involving other SpiderMan's was a year-end treat. Marvel is raking in that green. 

4. A Quiet Place
There's not much I can say about this film other than when a whole entire theatre is quiet along with the movie going on, it was something I have never experienced. And with everyone knowing John Krasinski from "The Office", who would have thought he could have created such a horrifyingly great film. 

5. Bohemian Rhapsody
Seeing the story of 'Queen' and wanting to sing along with them made this very exciting without even having to go to a concert in real life and Rami Malek knocked it out of the park with his Freddy Mercury rendition. 

6. Mission: Impossible-Fallout
Tom Cruise is such an animal when it comes to making movies. He does most of his stunts and finding out the dedication he put in this film is no joke. In regards to action and suspense and edge of your seat, this movie by far beats anything this whole year. 

7. Creed 2
Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed is as exciting as the first installment. (Read this next sentence slowly)... Fighting for his family when the son of his fathers killer challenges him to a fight, and getting all cocky and in turn also getting humbled real quick, to rise back up as a true champion is what movies like this are really about. It's always great to see Rocky in it too, spreading wisdom. 

8. Hostiles
Christian Bale in an old western? Count me in. I love the character development that he goes through, and the crazy dangerous path he has to take for some Native American Indian prisoners back to freedom.

9. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin return for a sequel we were all itching to have. It shows us even more how crazy that lifestyle is, and the story kept me very well entertained. That ending was pretty intense too. 

10. The Mule
Most horrible movie this year was Clint Eastwood's "15:17 to Paris", but he did a complete 180 with this film. His acting is still as superb as ever and with his age, I really hope we get to see more of his work, either in directing or acting. 

Honorable Mentions:

  • Aquaman
  • Venom
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Incredibles 2
  • Black Panther
  • A Simple Favor

D-Sidd

1. Hostiles
Damn, this movie didn’t tug your heartstrings, it tore them right out of your chest. Christian Bale really showcased his depth here. An all-around incredible, gripping film.

2. Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse
This movie had it all: beautiful, clever animation, an excellent story, awesome characters, you name it. The best Spiderman yet and an awesome direction for Marvel to take.

3. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Another excellent compilation. I appreciated how clever and well put together this series of shorts were. The Coen Brothers ran the gamut of human emotion. It's a shame more people won't get the chance to see this.

4. Christopher Robin
This movie didn’t get as much love as it deserved. I haven’t seen Mary Poppins but loved a trip down memory lane to Pooh Corner. Ewan McGregor was solid as ever.

5. Bohemian Rhapsody
Man, my top five movies are all really close together. I loved the variety in theaters throughout 2018. Another solid film with plenty of heart and perfect delivery of Queen’s music as well.

6. Avengers: Infinity War
Half a movie (yeah, yeah, I know there’s a part two but it could have stood on its own better). Although Infinity War knocked emotional resonance and fanfare out of the park, it had plenty of plot holes and problems.

7. Solo: A Star Wars Story
I think the backlash to this came more from The Last Jedi than anything Solo did wrong. A great standalone movie with plenty of Easter Eggs that added. Fun all around.

8. Black Panther
Andy Serkis was wasted as a villain in this story. A solid cast all around and a breath of fresh air for Marvel.

9. Incredibles 2
I felt like we got more of the same with this movie, which isn’t a bad thing. How low Incredibles 2 is on my list speaks more to the strength of the films above than anything it lacked.

10.Tomb Raider
An enjoyable reboot that felt fresh enough to stand on its own. There’s a lot of potential with this new series. I missed a handful of better movies that would have edged Laura Croft out.

Honorable Mentions:
N/A

Sam


1. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

2. Sicario: Day of the Soldado

3. Sorry to Bother you

4. Annihilation

5. Mission: Impossible-Fallout

6. Hostiles

7. Outlaw King

8. Avengers: Infinity War

9. Incredibles 2

10. Bohemian Rhapsody

Honorable Mentions:
N/A


Lee


1. Avengers: Infinity War 
Just had to put this for my number one, just because. Russo Brothers did what nobody ever does, (not a spoiler, you should have seen this movie by now) kill off the main characters, a bunch of them, and it was a great way to do so. It has humor, action, and tugs at your heartstrings if you're a big fan of the MCU.

2. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
Great story and action Packed. Brolin and Del Toro work very well together and it is great from start to finish. The soundtrack really gets you into the scenes.

3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Great Story about how animals are treated like property instead of actual living beings.

4. Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Not a huge MI fan, but this one was one of the greatest in the franchise. Keeps you on the edge of your seat right until the very end. 

5. Hostiles
Great Western film in a time where western films are almost obsolete.

6. Deadpool 2
Doesn't crack top 5 because I felt like they tried too hard to make it funny. Action packed and Josh Brolin is the man.

7. Equalizer 2
Denzel Delivers again, in his first ever sequel in his career.

8. Ant-Man and the Wasp
Ties in the MCU and ghost was a great villain.

9. Venom
Wish it would have been rated R, good origin story which was very well done. Tom Hardy did a great Eddie Brock.

10. Mile 22
Mark Whalberg. Another action-packed movie from start to finish and a crazy twist at the end. 

Honorable Mentions:
  • Black Panther
  • Hunter Killer


Louis

1. Avengers: Infinity War
Iron Man, Captain America, Dr. Strange, Starlord, Black Panther, Spiderman, The Hulk, and the villain Thanos. That's all I need to say

2. Bohemian Rhapsody
I LIKED Queen prior to watching this movie and after watching it, I LOVE Queen. Rami Malek does an exceptional job playing Freddie Mercury and does him justice in the movie. 

3. Mission: Impossible-Fallout
If you liked the previous Mission Impossible movies you'll definitely like this one as well. It's filled with action and insane stunts from start to finish.

4. Ready Player One
Pop culture fans will love this movie. I've seen this movie twice and there are so many little pop culture things in the background that I know when I see it a third time, I will find something new that I didn't notice in the previous two times. 

5. Aquaman
DC Comics has stepped up their game in making movies lately. I've been a big fan of Jason Momoa since he was Kral Drogo in Game of Thrones. The development of the story in this movie doesn't feel rushed and flows naturally compared to previous DC films. This is by far the best DC movie that has been made since Christian Bale was Batman.

6. Creed 2
This movie is great but not as great as the first Creed. Tying Rocky 4 to the Creed movies was a smart idea as it showed what happened after one of the best fights in the Rocky series. Each Rocky/Creed movie has had at least one great training montage and this movie did not disappoint. 

7. Venom
This movie got a lot of crap from Rotten Tomatoes but it hands down was the second best Marvel movie of this year. Tom Hardy is such a versatile actor and he plays the part of Eddie Brock perfectly. This movie has action, comedy, and a bit of romance that all tie together to make a great movie. 

8. Game Night
I wasn't expecting this movie to be as good as it should be prior to watching it but I am sure happy that it exceeded my expectations. This movie has so many twists when game night goes wrong that you don't know which events are part of the game or not. It's a fun and exciting movie that will keep you thinking until the very end. 

9. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 
Not much to say about this movie as it has a good storyline, amazing visuals, and dinosaurs. It's just as great as Jurassic Park, but with more action. 

10. A Quiet Place
I personally haven't seen this movie but everyone that I have spoken to that has seen it, has loved it. John Krasinski aka Jim Halpert was the director and shares the lead role with his wife Emily Blunt. 

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Solo: A star Wars Story
  • The Mule
  • Black Panther
  • Deadpool 2
  • Incredibles 2
                                                                                                                                                  

Flick Hit's Top 10 Movies of 2018

(Based on an average of the above rankings)

1. Avengers: Infinity War
2. Mission Impossible-Fallout
3. Hostiles
4. Bohemian Rhapsody
5. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
6. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
7. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
8. Ready Player One
9. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
10. Creed 2