Thursday, November 28, 2019

Knives Out Review: Daniel Craig and Cast shine in this Murder Mystery!

The Hit:

Just to get this out of the way, Rian Johnson literally split the Star Wars fandom in half with his directing with The Last Jedi. After watching this mystery, he shines and excels and I soon realize that maybe he should do these types (non-mega blockbuster) of movies without the fear of getting so much hate again. 

Cast: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Riki Lindhome, Edi Patterson, Noah Segan

Pros: Murder mystery movies are hard to talk about without spoiling so I'll try my best. I will say this, the ending turned everything around from what I already fit together on its head and it was glorious. Daniel Craig took me off guard with the accent he uses in the film but after a little while I got used to it and from being a badass in his role of James Bond, I quickly got used to him being a great detective as well. I enjoyed putting the pieces together as much as Daniel's character did and following each persons course of events the night of the murder, really made me ponder who dun it and when a movie makes me think and gets my brain going, it's very exciting. This was a solid cast all around, I could talk to you about every single person but that would take too much of this review. Just know that every single cast member, well, minus one or two (only said a couple of lines) made this movie enjoyable to watch. 

Cons: It's a little slow in the beginning but when it gets traction, it picks up the pace and keeps you focused and intrigued. Like I just talked about, one or two characters didn't do too much of anything but stand there and say a few lines, they could have increased those lines or even not have included them in the movie but that's all I can say. 

I love murder mysteries because it involves the viewers and helps eliminate suspects along with the detective. And if you are wrong, it's awesome seeing why and the how. This movie is great and if that's what you are into then don't miss out. Maybe your own family can relate to a few things throughout, hopefully not murder but other topics mentioned. Thanksgiving can bring about drama in the family, so this film is perfect this holiday season. 

Key Info: Rated PG-13. Genres: Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Verdict:


Friday, November 22, 2019

Frozen 2 Review: Elsa, Anna and crew make their grand return!

The Hit:

It has been six years since Frozen has come out and although that's a big gap between sequels, it turned out to be something that ended up working out for the better. 

Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, Alfred Molina, Martha Plimpton

Pros: After much thought, this follow up, in my opinion, is better than the first. Maybe because I'm a guy the story was just a tad darker, not so much that kids shouldn't go see this but it wasn't so happy and cheery a whole chunk of the movie like its predecessor. It had more moments where it dived into what happened to Elsa and Anna's past and how their parents met their unfortunate demise. Another reason it is my favorite out of the two, is we get to see more action shots involving Elsa and her powers and other creatures as well. The story flowed pretty nicely and was easy to follow. Musical numbers were good, not great, but good. I call that a positive because you won't be hearing a song from this new Disney flick be overplayed like some songs from the original and I call that a win. I don't get emotional a whole lot with Disney movies, but sometimes they do get me to tear up just a little and I got that toward the end, so be warned. Voice actors new and old did a wonderful job as expected. Animation blew me away and one new addition that really caught my eye was the water horse from the trailers, it was beautiful and majestic. 

Cons: The ending was predictable, but what can you expect from a Disney movie. Also, be warned, children will be noisy throughout the theatre and if that bothers you, then you might need to wait till it's available to purchase to watch at home. 

This is definitely one you take your family out to enjoy. Me saying that it's a tad darker is not something that should scare you from going. Kids won't understand what is being said but we adults will. It sorta targets both children and adult audiences alike and that makes it more enjoyable for everyone.

Key Info: Rated PG. Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The Verdict:

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Ford v Ferrari Review: Christian and Matt bring this iconic story to life!

The Hit:

Have you heard of a race that legit goes for 24 hrs straight? If yes, then you surely knew more than I ever did. In 1966, ford faces off against a monster (Ferrari) and it takes a lot of trial and error to even have a chance of overcoming and winning that tremendous feat.

Cast: Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Caitriona Balfe, Noah Jupe, Jon Bernthal, Josh Lucas, Tracy Letts

Pros: This movie is going to be in my top ten this year and the reason being is the story and acting was superb! You get a lot of heavy hitters and Christian and Matt are two that hit it out of the park. I do not believe they've ever been in a movie together but they make a great tag team and if they decide to do another one down the line I'll be there. Historically I knew Ford is a godfather in the auto industry but I didn't know Ferrari outclassed them in the racing portion, as seen in trailers Matt's character, Carroll Shelby wants Ken Miles (Christian bale) to race but Ken laughs and mentions a timeline of when that could happen, in 2 or 300 years but Carroll says 90 days. This whole movie is not just about being in the car the whole time but creating a car capable of lasting 24 hrs non stop besides quick pit stops of course, and fixing a lot of failures towards that objective. I also liked how the owners and staff were involved and with having so much power, greed and pride were also a factor early on when they failed in the early stages. 

Cons: This movie was well balanced out and don't have too much to say negatively. Maybe more facts before the credits rolled would have been a little nicer. We do get a few but they could have added 2 or 3 more facts of the events and people involved.

If you want to see an entertaining movie but also worthy of an Oscar contender, do go see this film and I know you'll walk out loving the story it tells. Car enthusiast or not, it's a good ride from start to finish.

Key Info: Rated PG-13. Genres: Action, Biography, Drama

The Verdict:

Friday, November 8, 2019

Last Christmas Review: The Heartwarming movie to kick off this holiday season!

The Hit:

I usually don't see too many "chick flicks" but now and then I give a couple a chance. This time around our main actress is the queen herself, from Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke and I am a huge fan of so many actors from that legendary T.V series that I couldn't pass this up, and I'm glad I didn't. 

Cast: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Emma Thompson

Pros: I've seen a couple of hallmark movies here and there and most are very cheesy and predictable but sometimes some are pretty good. This is one of those movies that are in the good range but great enough to make it in theaters. Sure there is a couple of cheesy moments but with very well known actors from top-notch T.V. shows and movies, it made this enjoyable to watch with little to no cringe moments! Speaking about actors, Emilia Clarke is such a wonderful actress and steals the show in every scene she's in. Although she played a more serious role in G.O.T, she is more herself, such as cheery, funny and peppy in this holiday movie. Now that I think about it, she almost showed the same energy when she played in 'Me Before you', also worth checking out if you're a big fan of hers. The story hit the feels and that's what these movies are supposed to do, you see someone down in the dumps and with the help of a certain someone, Henry Golding's character you see what Christmas is all about. Michelle and Emma also brought in some comedy into the mix and really helped to balance out the film. That ending didn't leave me in tears, but for you ladies who plan on seeing this, bring some tissues. 

Cons: It's a typical Christmas movie about finding something during this holiday season that makes a negative situation into a positive one. So many films have done this trope but what else can they do involving the spirit of Christmas time?. Around midway into the movie I figured out how it was going to end, but instead of getting annoyed or disappointed I still enjoyed it.

This movie is so much better than any hallmark movie so if you're significant other is hesitant to see it, the acting helps out because Last Christmas has a great line up. Bring some tissues and enjoy this movie to kick off the holiday season!

Key Info: Rated PG-13. Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Verdict:

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Terminator: Dark Fate Review: Why are the original two films just so hard to one up?

The Hit:

Sarah Connor helped stop the apocalypse from happening by taking down Skynet and saving the future. But, technology doesn't seem like it wants to give up.

Cast: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta

Pros: What stood out from the beginning was how well de-aging technology can be used in portraying a younger version of someone, both Linda and Arnold in a "past scene" looked very real and well done. The new terminator was much more hard to stop and gave those trying to escape and survive a very hard time. This franchise has had its ups and downs but one thing it always prevails in is the action, such as gunfights, explosions, and thrilling moments, it is always an adrenaline rush. Seeing Linda and Arnold interact with each other was a treat, their last movie together if I am correct was Terminator 2 and that movie was a complete hell of a good sequel. Mackenzie Davis's character comes from the new future and is embedded with a tech that makes her a new kind of super-soldier, that new twist worked well for the time being. 

Cons: Sarah and company saved the world and its future with stopping Skynet so you would assume any terminators would cease to exist even from "her" future. A scene early on shows that they sent a couple of terminators to achieve their mission and this is after saving the world, so in turn, those still trying to get rid of John should have disappeared. I think that was just lazy writing regarding the timeline she helped from stopping. You'll know what I mean after seeing this movie, but it just raises questions about the term "Time Travel" and its effects. Some of the acting didn't do it for me and it had a little outcome on how I felt about the entirety of the flick but I've noticed with remakes or reboots of these classic titles that actors or actresses who are not well known sometimes hurt more than help a film. 

This is an average movie and still very entertaining, but the story didn't completely pull me in. The original and Sequel are still hard to beat. 

Key Info: Rated R. Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

Friday, October 25, 2019

One Piece: Stampede Review: An astounding culmination of a series in one film!

The Hit:

This one is a little different because not too many of you- my readers follow Japanese animation, so I'll try to narrow this down the best I can. This is based on a Manga "Japanese comic book" that has been going on for 20 years, Yes TWENTY years and it is still going. If you wish to read it or watch the anime you'll understand why. It's a vast story that hits every subject in storytelling an author strives for. And it is why it is my utmost all-time favorite piece of media, beyond T.V shows, books, and movies. Nothing has come close to how great this series is. 

Cast: Mayumi Tanaka, Kazuya Nakai, Akemi Okamura, Kappei Yamaguchi, Hiroaki Hirata, Ikue Ohtani, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Kazuki Yao, Chô, Hiroshi Kamiya, Mahito Ōba, Junko Noda, Shigeru Chiba, Tsutomu Isobe and many more wonderful voice actors!

Pros: We get to see so many past characters from the span of 20 years, old faces make an appearance ranging from Pirates, Warlords, Navy, Cipher Pol, and Revolutionary army. This movie was pure fan service and I loved it! The animation was similar to an earlier anime movie this year, which was Dragon Ball Super: Broly, another very popular series that most of you have heard of. We get to see a new very powerful foe by the name of Douglas Bullet who is known for being a crew member of the previous King of the Pirates Gol D. Roger, known as the Roger Pirates. Because Bullet is said to be a monster, he gave our Protagonist a hard time, Straw Hat Luffy and also his allies and rivals, who are also shooting for the title of being the new king of the pirates. What made me grin from ear to ear is so many characters interacting with each other, it felt like a glimpse into the final arc of the series and that makes me excited!

Cons: In the current story arc Luffy is facing off against one of the four emperors of the sea and we don't get to see any of them and although that's a minor detail and from seeing so many headliners in this already, they could have squeezed them in somehow. There's not much of a story in only 2 hrs, just mostly fighting but with a flick like this, it's easily justified. 

This movie is only out in select theatres and also during a very limited time so don't miss your chance if you are a fan. If not, I'd highly recommend watching or reading but take your time, it's a very long and very well worth it of a series. If anime isn't your cup of tea because the main reason I always seem to hear is people think it's a cartoon you see on Disney channel or nickelodeon, then you are hugely mistaken. There are so many Genres to look into and of so many age groups, try looking at for starters and maybe you'll fall in love with a series you never knew you would. 

Key Info: Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure

The Verdict:

Friday, October 18, 2019

Zombieland: Double Tap Review: Zombies don't stand a chance against these OG's!

The Hit:

I know by this time around you are sick of hearing the term "Zombies" because when the first one came out, it started a boom with other movies and t.v. shows, but this was worth the wait if you loved the original cast.

Cast: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Zoey Deutch, Avan Jogia, Rosario Dawson, Luke Wilson, Thomas Middleditch

Pros: We get the same humor that made the first one so great plus more. The new additions to the cast helped the original four standout and Zoey Deutch playing a blonde bimbo was annoying at first but I slowly got attached to her airheaded character. Acting didn't hurt this at all, since the first, all the main leads have been nominated for academy awards and Emma being the only one so far having won one, that part of the film made this superb. But this is certainly no Oscar runner, it just wasn't cringy at all like some horror/comedy movies usually are. The story branches out but stays similar to its roots so it was easy to follow. 

Cons: Like the above last statement in the pros, it is not an exact copy of the first but I could see how some people would look at it that way. It's been 10 years since the first and a sequel to take that long is sometimes good or bad. Sure, the four leads each had their projects and other movies they worked on but It easily could have come out at the era when "Zombies" were still fresh in everyone's minds. 

In no way shape or form is this movie hurting from the time gap, I believe that if you were a big fan of the first, and seeing the original cast come back is a huge positive. Most actors wouldn't do that, so fans of the first you will love this sequel and if you haven't seen the first, you might have to see it or else you'll be lost in this follow up. 

P.S. Also, make sure to stay during and after the credits for extra scenes. More so the mid-credit scene than the very end at least. 

Key Info: Rated R. Genres: Action, Comedy, Horror

The Verdict: