Sunday, December 30, 2018

Flick Hit's Top 10 Movies of 2018


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


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:


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:


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


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

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp Review: Wasp steals the show

The Hit:
Ant-Man has been under house arrest after the events of Civil War and just days before he's home free, another mission calls for his help but he can only do it secretly or else he'll spend prison time. Being a father and a hero is really hard work.

Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, T.I., David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Douglas

Pros: We get to see Ant Man again! Yeah, he isn't my all-time favorite Marvel hero but his story, his world is really stellar. We dive further into the Quantum Realm and in that particular teeny tiny world is someone they need to save who will possibly develop the story even further. Action scenes were kick ass and Evangeline Lilly didn't hold back as the Wasp, she is a great addition to the butt kicking females of the MCU. Scott Lang aka Ant Man beat people up too but Wasp stole the show in the majority of the scenes. I liked how Scott also showed his father side to his daughter and does everything to benefit her in the end. He doesn't think of himself but those loved ones around him. He knows he's under house arrest and makes it a point to try not to get caught. Also, loved that we get another dialogue story out of Michael Peña's character Luis, those were my favorite from the first film. No reviewer I saw on youtube mentioned it, so I grinned from ear to ear when it was shown!

Cons: Well guys and girls, we all know that no Marvel film will probably top Thanos as a villian for a long time, and in this case, this movie's villian was weak. Sure she had her reasons to add to the story but didn't really cause a worldwide or universal threat. Some minor CGI kind of bugged me (
no pun intended) but that's it.  

The Verdict:


Make sure to stay for during and after the credits, it sets up for the continuation of the next Avengers film. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review: Dinomite fun

The Hit:

Truly a fallen kingdom when a volcano is about to take a whole island of dinosaurs out of existence, again. Can Peter Quill, I mean Owen Grady save them? That's for you to witness yourself! 

Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, Jeff Goldblum, BD Wong, Isabella Sermon, Geraldine Chaplin.

Pros: I love the dinosaurs and seeing them again is always a plus. We get to see how Blue and the rest of the raptors got to respect Owen when they were growing up, and seeing him as their "mom" made me want to have raptor like blue if I'm being honest. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard's chemistry on screen is very astounding and if they end up doing a third adaptation or any other movie I'd love to see these two cast together. Story took a surprise turn half way through the movie and I didn't expect that, it kept the movie rolling and I enjoyed it. Throughout the film you get to see two sides of emotions about saving the dinosaurs or letting them die, and although both sides had valid points, it was nice pondering as I sat there watching the movie what side I would take. 

Cons: We don't see much of the island a whole lot and that bummed me out, which I wished most of the movie was on the island, but the direction they took made sense. Jeff Goldblum makes his grand appearance but don't expect many scenes with him, it was probably like three minutes or less, what a waste of even bringing him back in my opinion. 

The Verdict:


Seeing Dinosaurs on the big screen is always a plus which in turn make you feel emotions for them, even those carnivorous types made it a little more special. You'll have fun watching this movie full of adventure! 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Incredibles 2 Review: Worth the wait

The Hit:

It's been 14 long years for an Incredibles sequel to finally emerge but what a great flick it turned out to be!

Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Catherine Keener, Eli Fucile, Bob Odenkirk, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Bird, Sophia Bush, Brad Bird, Phil LaMarr.

Pros: We dive into the family we all know and love and get to know each one on a personal level. Bob is stuck being a stay at home dad while Helen is out trying to show the world supers can become legal again by setting a good example, and this is when the comedy comes into play. Bob soon realizes taking care of three kids is really hard work especially with Jack Jack's budding powers. Jack Jack stole the show in every scene he was in, not only do you get to see more powers than he showed in the first film, you will be surprised at how overpowered he becomes. Frozone had a bigger role to play this time around and that was great, he was always one of my faves. The story never stopped moving along, it would go from the comedy of Violet being a teenager, to solving math problems with Dash, to the serious side of Elastigirl fighting crime. Incredibles 2 never faltered. I really liked the message about family, even at tough moments, is always there to help out.

Cons: I personally thought the villain in the first was better than the Incredibles 2 villain. You might have a different opinion so let me know what your thoughts are in the comments! It was predictable who the bad guy was going to be and although that didn't bother me in the slightest I think it would have been more shocking if it was someone else entirely. I want more story out of this family -- hopefully, there is an Incredibles 3 in the works!

The Verdict:


When the whole theatre cheers for a movie before and after, you know it was a long wait coming. It was one of those moments that reminds me of a Marvel movie when it happens there too. Incredibles 2 was very entertaining from beginning to end. There is also a short film before the actual film begins and don't worry it is not even as close to bad as that Frozen short before Coco. It actually portrays the topic of family as well. Go enjoy Incredibles 2 with a date or family, you won't be disappointed. 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story Review: Good, but missed the magic

The Hit:

Another Star Wars side story based on a beloved character we all know and love. Does Solo meet the hype? In a way, it does but may be just as divisive as The Last Jedi.

Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany

Pros: The parts of Solo I enjoyed were all the scenes with Emilia Clarke, she is the mother of dragons and I am such a fanboy over anything she is in. Han and Chewbacca's first meeting and also how Han gets his blaster, as well as the Millenium Falcon, were also great. Lando was a standout and Donald Glover nailed playing a younger version of the character. A close friend argued that the Millenium Falcon was not the real ship but you get to see why it is because of the damage it takes, so fixing it and repairing it really changes the look over its course of life, but it was nice seeing how clean and new it was from the start. 

Cons: The story to me didn't catch my attention. After debating with a friend I couldn't find the words why I didn't love this movie but after much thought, I simply didn't feel the "magic" that Star Wars usually brings. Solo didn't do it for me. Like I said above, there are some cool scenes where we see how Han becomes who he is and the relationships he makes but other than that, we've seen heist movies thousands of times and it just didn't grab my attention and passion for this film. I don't know if it was because of change of directors or simply how the story bloomed, but I didn't walk out jumping in glee or even telling friends to go see it ASAP. The con really to me, is that this origin movie was just an okay film and that pains me to say that. 

The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Procced with Caution)

You may feel different from my opinion and that's great!, but if you are a Star Wars fan then this is a movie you have to watch but if you are semi hesitant then I wouldn't really push you out the door to go see it. It's a good adventure movie but didn't give me that Star Wars magic that the franchise almost always gives me. If you feel different feel free to let me know below. May the Force be with you. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Deadpool 2 Review: A dead-on sequel hit

The Hit:

Wade Wilson a.k.a "Deadpool" is the anti-hero we have all been waiting to see again and Deadpool 2 sure did live up to the hype. 

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Brianna Hildebrand, Julian Dennison, Stefan Kapicic, Karan Soni.

Pros: The jokes and the jabs ranging from fellow Marvel heroes and movies to references of our everyday lives, to sci-fi and Star Wars, made Deadpool 2 even funnier than the first installment. The movie as a whole goes in a different direction and adds more drama which I won't spoil but I personally enjoyed it going that way. Cabel (Josh Brolin) was a great addition to this world and it's actually funny that Deadpool calls him out by another Marvel name which I'm sure you ALL know. The X-Force, that is all. One particular power that would be cool to have is Domino's, the power of good luck and seeing it work on screen made it that much cooler and yet scary if the wrong person had such an ability. It probably would have helped against the fight against Thanos am I right?

Cons: Some characters that were in the trailers weren't seen much in the film and Deadpool 2 only really focused on some of the main cast, including past characters from the first film. I wish they had made a little more time with the new people to get to know their powers and traits.  One particular newcomer, in particular, wasn't that great but knowing he was a big part of Deadpool's journey to being a better hero made me tolerate him at least a little. Still, I thought some of his lines were boring and annoying as a whole. 

The Verdict:

I haven't had a good laugh in such a long time and Deadpool 2 had me in tears. Definitely worth the watch and there is a particular scene towards the end that had me really wiping my eyes from crying out of laughter, so good luck holding it in because the whole theatre lost it too. Also, stay during the credits for a couple scenes! There is nothing after the credits. 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War Review: The shock and awe deliver

The Hit:

I am still in shock at what a movie Infinity War unfolded out to be. That ending was something I was not ready for and the events that led up to it showcased very good story writing.

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Linda Cardellini, Pom Klementieff, Zoe Saldana, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Vin Diesel, Letitia Wright, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Paul Bettany, Dave Bautista, Paul Rudd, Benicio Del Toro, Kerry Condon, Bradley Cooper, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sean Gunn, winston Duke, Anthony Mackie, Benedict Wong, don Cheadle, Florence Kasumba, Jacob Batalon, Terry Notary, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Angela Bassett, Carrie Coon and lots more. 

Pros: I will try my utmost best not to spoil anything: Ten years of movies all lead up to the big bad Thanos in one action-packed ride of a movie. Different combinations of the heroes we love from the Avengers and Guardians all mix and mash which is fun and exciting to see. We never really get a good villain out of the Marvel Universe and DC always has them beat but this time around, Thanos (Josh Brolin) has left his mark. He is the savior for Marvel as the ultimate antagonist. Not only is he all powerful, it was great seeing his motives as he forces our heroes into a corner. He alone made Infinity Wars a must-see. I loved the action scenes in Civil War but this was on a whole other level and seeing everyone come together again with their powers and abilities was jaw-dropping. The ending seals the deal: it is something the Marvel movies have never done and am still amazed at the Russo Brothers for doing something so shocking and bold.  

Cons: My only con is that there is so much going on with different storylines that Infinity War could have been longer. Because it's already a two-part part movie, maybe even splitting it into three would have been best. It doesn't hinder things overall but you've got to keep up with the pacing

Infinity War is definetly the movie of the year and people will talk about it until Part 2 next year. Not only is this a must see but a must own when it's available. Take your friends, significant other, parents, kids -- whoever. Just don't miss out on Avengers: Infinity War. 
P.s. if you plan on seeing it more than once, make sure you see it in IMAX one of those times. 

The Verdict:


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Blockers Review: Hilarious moments but nothing we haven't seen before

The Hit:

Blockers is a comedy where three parents try to stop a pact in which their daughters made to have sex on prom night. Along the way, we get to see a lot of things that make you cringe and laugh at the same time. 

Cast:  Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon, Miles Robbins, Graham Phillips, Jimmy Bellinger

Pros: The three parents were awesome trying to foil their kids' plans and the actors who played them had great chemistry. Leslie Mann is a natural in comedy so no worries there, and Ike as well but John Cena had me a little skeptical. I think he was the best out of all three in the majority of the film. He's a big guy and doesn't wear the pants in the relationship so you can see how that can go, he was hilarious. The three girls are probably best friends outside of the movie because they never fell out of tune with each other and that's a very great thing to have especially in a comedy. I laughed with tears rolling down my cheeks about 4 or 5 times because some scenes were great! Besides the jokes, it gets real in some scenes and really made this film more for parents, who will probably get more of a chuckle watching this flick and mature adults. 

Cons: They left some funny parts out of the trailers and they were smart by doing that but some you saw coming and that wasn't as funny. I felt like some scenes were forced and made you want to react in a way to laugh and although after the scene some worked, other scenes not so much. 

I had a great time watching Blockers but didn't feel a burning passion towards the entirety of the movie because I felt like I've seen this type of film before. It was still a good laugh and I'm sure you'll still have fun! 

The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed With Caution)

A Quiet Place Review: A breakout film for John Krasinski

The Hit:

There are many opinions that A Quiet Place is this year's Get Out and I am throwing my hat into the same ring. I was surprised that this was written and Directed by John Krasinski, he must have learned some stuff from "The Office". 

Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cade Woodward

Pros: The Silence. You get a few and I mean very few instances where the characters talk but the silence and sign language was very intriguing. Body language and gestures can really tell how a person is acting or feeling, you get to see that when someone was mad, sad, scared, alone and more just by body language and without even saying a word, I thought that was incredible and really well done. The monsters are scary and can hear everything. It was fun thinking out of my own personal friends who wouldn't survive cause they are so loud. Chemistry was on point, Emily and John are married in real life but their interaction with their fellow cast mates made it feel like they were a real family. The concept of doing everything in their daily lives quietly would be so hard. John did a marvelous job showing us this thriller world. 

Cons: Nothing with the film but a A BIG con was a group of teenagers behind me talking and even laughing at scenes where it wasn't funny AT ALL. It was really annoying, I didn't enjoy the film as much because of that.

A Quiet Place was a great Thriller, Horror, and dramatic flick that might be tough to beat in that genre this year. I'm excited for more work from John, he knocked it out of the park! And I wouldn't even mind a sequel from this story either. 

The Verdict:


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Ready Player One Review: A thrilling pop culture nerd ride

The Hit:

A movie based on a book I have never read but if the book is anything like the movie adaptation of Ready Player One, it is absolutely one of the greatest nerd stories ever.

Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Mark Rylance, Phillip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Simon Pegg, Hannah John-Kamen.

Pros: I loved that the story revolved around a world where you can enter a virtual reality called the Oasis and try to beat levels so that when you succeed you become a trillionaire in the real world and become the new owner. Ready Player One had so many references to old movies, games and other pop culture from the 80s to the present time. Just that in general is what made this film amazing, you see old characters you played with and movies you've seen, it literally made the inner child inside me jump with glee. I was so entranced by Ready Player One that my heart couldn't stop beating in scenes and my hands were shaking after it was over. I cannot remember the last time I had a smile from ear to ear in such a long time throughout most of the whole film. The story, the actors, the world in Oasis was brilliant and beautiful at the same time. I will repeat this again but the story from a non-reader's perspective seemed to keep a pace that kept you on the edge of your seat and I never felt bored or negative about any scene. Seeing the main character go through struggles in finding the next clue and seeking help from friends made it just like a video game and that enthralled me. 

Cons: I don't have any cons that I can think of but to put at least one down I will mention that a couple friends of mine that did read the book felt like the film didn't go into too much detail and was rushed because the books go into more depth. I personally didn't feel that way and to fall more in love with this great story I will be ordering the book to read.

I highly urge, encourage and recommend you see Ready Player One -- 100%, do not miss out on this fantastic movie! I am planning on seeing it again to find more easter eggs that I've missed. By the end of this year, this will definitely be in my Top 5 movies of 2018 list. Do not miss out on this soon to be classic, this will become a must-own when it's available for bluray/Dvd. 

The Verdict:


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Pacific Rim: Uprising Review: True to fans of the series

The Hit:

Robots the size of skyscrapers are back for another sequel in Pacific Rim: Uprising and what a joyous return to see them in action once again!

Cast: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Burn Gorman, Charlie Day, Tian Jing, Rinko Kikuchi

Pros: I love big robots but I knew Pacific Rim: Uprising would either be a hit or miss because sequels usually are. Walking out I really couldn't decide which one was better and that's good. The new designs on the Jaegers were more appealing to me this time around. Action scenes were epic! The story was not something I was expecting and if you really enjoyed the first movie then the story in this really made sense and I liked the direction it went with that. John Boyega really can act beyond Star Wars and that is exciting because he's very likable on screen. Cailee is another actress I've never seen before and she has promise as well. In the first installment it was mostly Jaegers vs Kaiju but this time around we get good Jaegers vs bad Jaegers and seeing such conflict against two robots pitted against each other is just as exciting. There is a brief scene towards the end that shows a statue of a Gundam, since the first movie that is what Jaegers reminded me of -- Mecha Japanese anime that I adore, so seeing that on screen was something that made me smile.

Cons: There were scenes with forced humor and some cringy moments as well and while it didn't get in the way of the movie it could have been cut out and used that extra dialogue for other scenes instead. Charlie Day is a character and sure is funny, but I didn't like the way he was used in this flick. I can see why he was used in such a way to progress the story but maybe I just need to let it soak in because I guess it needed to be done. I didn't really like the ending because it abruptly ends in a way that they hope will get another sequel, so fingers crossed that it happens, otherwise ending it like that was not smart. 

I may just have goggles on that can't really see the negatives of Pacific Rim: Uprising because some critics are giving it a low score or even a mediocre one but I really enjoyed it. Don't go in thinking too much about it and have a fun time. If you liked the first Pacific Rim I hope and assume you will like this one too!

The Verdict:


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Tomb Raider Review: True to its video game roots

The Hit:

Tomb Raider has had films made before which were great, but this adaptation doesn't hurt it in the slightest with a great story and adventure to go along with it. 

Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas. 

Pros: The thrill of an adventure movie like Tomb Raider is always something I enjoy and Alicia Vikander as Lara made that great to see. Nothing against Angelina Jolie's take on the video game character which those were great too but Alicia's take on Lara was more in tune with the story from the video games. Action scenes and parts where she had to use stealth made it feel like a video game and it was exciting. I liked the tomb and all its deadly traps. The objective of such tomb, in the end, was really cool if you were in detective mode throughout the movie to put the pieces together, which I wasn't and I was surprised. 

Cons: You get a typical villain of the story and I just couldn't take him seriously -- maybe because the last time I saw him was on an HBO comedy called Vice Principals but Walton Goggins still had some good moments where he made you hate him on screen but only some. Alicia Vikander, bless her heart, got annoying with her grunts and screaming. Great actress, but it got in the way of the movie.

Tomb Raider ended with a setup for a sequel and you'll see that she's up against an evil bigger than just herself so seeing more Alicia Vikander as Lara is something to be excited for. Trust me when I say this, this was a whole lot better than that last crappy film video game adaptation, Assasins Creed. Go check out this entertaining movie!

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go see it)

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Red Sparrow Review: Jennifer Lawrence excels in this dark thriller

The Hit:

From a famous Russian Ballerina to a sparrow 'Russian intelligence service,' Jennifer Lawrence has no choice but to serve her country until she meets a CIA agent that offers her a chance for a new life in return for information. Red Sparrow is a spy story I wasn't really ready for. 

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Jeremy Irons, Douglas Hodge. 

Pros: Jennifer Lawrence's performance really made this story very interesting. I could never tell if her character was on a particular side. She pulls off a decent but not great Russian accent. Training to be a Red Sparrow was something I've never seen before but I could see how seduction could be used to get information. The rest of the cast did well and the story kept me intrigued from start to finish. Red Sparrow is rather deep so be prepared to really pay attention — stories like this really keep me on my toes. It's not all action but watching a slow spy movie is good once in a while. Jennifer really stole the show, she did great. 

Cons: Some scenes were awkward and disturbing. I've never seen anyone walk out of a theatre before but some people did while I was watching because of moments through the film. I don't want to spoil too much but scenes from the part of her training were pretty hard to watch, and torture scenes as well. Like I previously mentioned I got lost while following the story but that's my fault, just don't lose track and the pieces will fall together in the end. 

Red Sparrow isn't a film that made me leave and say damn that was great or that sucked but it was just okay. Jennifer Lawrence really made this film enjoyable and she continues to be a great actress in any role she takes. This film might be one of her most challenging roles yet. If you're a fan don't miss out. 

The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Black Panther Review: An all-star cast breaks the Marvel mold

The Hit:

Black Panther is not my favorite Marvel film but it does its job to show us a rich backstory of where he comes from and it was beautiful.

Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman,  Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, John Kani, and many more. 

Pros: I liked the story we got and how we dove into the culture of Africa and also what makes Wakanda such a technological wonder that it is kept secret. Seeing T'Challa take the mantle of a king and the process that takes was something I didn't expect. Not knowing anything really about Black Panther, in general, it was an eye-opener. The fight scenes were epic and the higher tech involved made it so much better, I think even Iron Man might have a tough time against Wakanda's inventions. A lot of reviewers are saying Michael B. Jordan's character Killmonger might be one of the greatest villians since Loki and I will have to agree. He's not just a villian who is going to just destroy the world which in turn the heroes have to stop him but he helps T'Challa find something within himself to become a better hero and king to his people, almost like a Batman and Joker type of relationship. I liked Killmonger's motives and somehow you could side with him which made the story more interesting. Chemistry was great within the whole cast and with big top actors involved you could tell scenes went by smoothly. 

Cons: Notieceable cons were really just the CGI, Instead of going out and shooting scenes with actual mountains or grass in the background you could tell the CGI took their place. It didn't really hinder the entirety of the film but with a big Marvel movie like this, I don't know why they couldn't go out and add little things like that in their budget. 

Black Panther is a great Marvel Film and opens the whole franchise even more with access to new technology and an even greater cast. And just like always, stick around for those classic end credit scenes. 

The Verdict: