Monday, December 30, 2019

Flick Hit's Top 10 Movies of 2019

Jason

1. Avengers: Endgame
How could this not be my number one? A culmination of 10 YEARS led to this huge finale. I don't believe anything after will have the same effect as this, but wow it wrapped up the infinity saga perfectly. 


2. Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie all in a Quentin Tarantino movie based on real events but with a happier ending. I walked out of the theatre, loving how it all unfolded. That final Scene was a jaw-dropper.

3. Ford v Ferrari
Matt and Christian's first time acting together was stellar and the battle between two big car company juggernauts in that era was exhilarating. 

4. Joker
A new twist to the famous DC Villian. You've heard the term from one of Batmans DC comics, "It takes one bad day to reduce the sanest man to lunacy". Well, this joker had A LOT of bad days, in the end, he kinda had a good excuse for his madness. 

5. Knives out
I love who done it movies and Rian Johnson and his cast knocked it out of the park. If you are a fan of the genre, don't skip out on watching this either on DVD or streaming service.

6. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
I love Keanu Reeves, he is such a badass and this whole world he is a part of is gold for the fans of action and thriller. The use of weapons in cinema is 90% never realistic but they have approached each film to make it 100% real, and that's what I love. 

7. Godzilla: King of the Monsters
This was Monster vs Monster. Pure Action with a little story. The adrenaline was always on a high watching this, as it should have been for Godzilla. 

8. Dragon Ball Super: Broly
Seeing Goku and Vegeta battle it out against a new Saiyan, who is now FINALLY canon in the story on the big screen, made any dragon ball fans dream. I remember the release date and even though there wasn't anything else big coming out, this was number one in the U.S box office for that week and that brought a smile to my face. 

9. One Piece: Stampede
Dragon Ball used to always be my number one anime but upon discovering this a few years back, it has taken that spot. Seeing the majority of the characters from the story all in this, was similar to the Avengers and that made it very entertaining. I'm excited to see more anime movies on the big screen!

10. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The big end of the Skywalker saga comes to a close. There has been lots of hate for this film but I enjoyed it more than the last Jedi and possibly more than Force Awakens. JJ did the best he could and I believe he did great! 

Honorable Mentions:
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home
  • Frozen II
  • Alita: Battle Angel
  • Jumanji: The Next Level
  • Shazam!
  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Lee


1. Avengers: Endgame 
Honestly a great film, sure it had its flaws, but the 10-year saga came to an end in epic fashion, and a fan could not have asked for more.


2. Joker 
This movie was fantastic displaying the way one with a mental illness spirals down into the person he eventually becomes. It touched very well on the mental health part as well as the coloring and the score was phenomenal.

3. The Highwaymen 
Although this was Netflix released, it was a great film all the way through. The cast had great chemistry with Woody and Kevin.

4. Once upon a Time... in Hollywood 
A great film by Quentin Tarantino, a little slow at first but that's what you get with him.

5. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
Action-packed and a really good story being told, also the fact that Keanu Reeves does actual gunplay in this film makes it that much more entertaining as well as Halle Berry.

6. Jumanji: The Next Level
Very well done sequel without actually re-doing the first movie.

7. Shazam! 
I really enjoyed this film, DC was trying to copy marvel mixing humor with action and emotions, and it worked, now if they could do that with all the other movies it will work out for them.

8. Godzilla: King of the Monsters 
I genuinely enjoyed this flick although a lot of people hated it.

9. Spider-Man: Far From Home
Good movie taken place right after endgame, but we all knew what was gonna happen with tony out of the picture.

10. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Disappointing end to a childhood favorite franchise. To give credit JJ had a lot of damage control to do.

Honorable Mentions:
N/A


Derek

1. Midway
One of the most visceral, no-hold-barred, greatest war movies of all time. There aren't many films that could top Endgame, but this one did.

2. Avengers: Endgame
A film that ties up an era of a franchise has a lot of big expectations. Endgame delivered in a big way. RIP Tony.

3. The Highwaymen
If all of the Netflix-Produced films this year were as good as Highwaymen, I am missing out. Costner and Harrelson were an excellent combination that I want more of.

4. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Sure it had its issues, but so does every Star Wars movie. This was one heck of a ride that Hearkened back to the classics.

5. Spider-Man: Far From Home
Far from Home could have been one of those "middle" movies that got lost. Instead, it built upon everything that its predecessor did well in addition to continuing the Avengers story after Endgame.

6. Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Just an all-around fun movie with a great cast. It had everything great about Pokémon without the monotony of the show. 

7. Klaus
I sat down to watch this expecting to see an entertaining if somewhat cookie-cutter Christmas story. I was wrong. Beautiful animation, excellent story, Christmas-themed or otherwise. Another Netflix win.

8. Ad Astra
There's a big jump from my top seven movies to the bottom three. This was quite the ride and not what I was expecting. Wasn't a huge fan of the story but the acting was phenomenal.

9. Captain Marvel
Another solid installment in the Marvel Universe. Fun movie that didn't have any glaring issues.

10. Aladdin
Honestly, Aladdin and Toy Story 4 were a tossup for me. Will Smith did deliver as the genie, though.


Honorable Mentions:
N/A

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Louis

1. Avengers: Endgame
The climactic ending of the Marvel Saga that started with Ironman. When Ironman came out, I would’ve never guessed that the beginning and ending was going to be with Tony Stark. I would consider this the best movie of the decade.

2. The Irishman
The Irishman is an old school masterpiece and the best movie of 2019 that was not released in movie theatres. Going forward, expect media service providers to bring even more movies forward.  

3. Knives Out
An amazing murder mystery that keeps you guessing throughout the entire movie. It’s fun, clever, and highly entertaining.

4. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
A worthy conclusion to the ending of the Skywalker Saga.  

5. Ford v Ferrari
Based on the true story of American car designer/engineer Carroll Shelby, and British-born driver Ken Miles. Matt Damon and Christian Bale were perfect in their roles and after watching this movie, I wanted to learn more of the history of Ford Motor Co., Carroll Shelby, and most of all Ken Miles.

6. Joker
This movie was dark but beautifully composed where it keeps you wanting to see how Arthur Flek becomes the Joker.  

7. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
The John Wick Series is probably one of the most hardcore movies ever made.  A captivating watch full of action, suspense and thrill.

8. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino brings an A+ casting together. Tarantino helps portray an amazing story with flawed characters going through life trying to do what’s best for each other and move on with life.

9. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
A spinoff to the Fast and Furious series which can be a standalone film. This movie is full of action and has some epic cameos that were unexpected.

10. Us
This is the first movie of Jordan Peele that I saw and I did not know what to expect. It’s a unique horror film that didn’t feel like a horror film until after I left. There were twists at the end that I truly did not expect.

Honorable Mentions:
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home
  • Captain Marvel
  • It Chapter Two
  • Frozen 2
  • Dolemite is My Name
  • Always Be My Maybe


Sam

1. The Irishman
A cold, and majestic look at mobster life. Haunting and excellent.

2. Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood
A Tarantino style twist on a tragic event that also shows the warts of old-time hollywood. Pitt and Dicaprio absolutely kill it.

3. Joker
Phoenix showed us what a “Joker” would look like in today's world. A realistic spin on an over the top character that hit the bullseye.

4. Ford v Ferrari
‘Murica baby. What more is there to say? Beautiful cars and a great story.

5. Avengers: Endgame
Exciting and rapid story progression that delivered a satisfying, if flawed, conclusion to the Avengers as we know them.

6. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Obvious weaknesses are overpowered by beautiful visuals and much needed development of Rey’s character. Overall it was quite good.

7. The Art of Racing in the Rain
A truly human story told from the eyes of a faithful dog. Only movie to make me misty eyed this year.

8. The Mustang
No pun intended, but Scheonaerts is my dark horse candidate for Best Actor. If this film had a bit more subtlety, plot-wise, it would be my #1.

9. Lego Movie 2
Sibling relationships are portrayed in a poignant way. Plus Rex Dangervest is the realest lego dude around.

10. Shazam
This film probably doesn't deserve to be on a list like this. But it was earnest, didn't take itself too seriously, and showed how important family can be. I liked it a lot.

Honorable Mentions:
  • Triple Frontier
  • Captain Marvel
  • The Two Popes

                                                                                                                                          

Flick Hit's Top 10 Movies of 2019

(Based on an average of the above rankings)


1. Avengers: Endgame
2. Joker
3. Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood
4. Ford v Ferrari
5. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
6. The Irishman
7. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
8. Knives Out
9. Godzilla: King of the Monsters
10. The Highwaymen

Honorable Mention 

  • Midway




Friday, December 20, 2019

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Review: The end of an era!

The Hit:

This Legendary franchise is no means the end of "Star Wars" because side stories like the Mandalorian will be created. But it is the end of the Skywalker saga, and knowing Disney is a big money producing machine, that could always change in the future. 

Cast: Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Ian McDiarmid, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Billy Dee Williams, Joonas Suotamo, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell


Pros: It's gonna be hard not spoiling this movie but I'll do my best. I think we get a proper send-off for the whole series and they tie in all the movies to make it so. I think because Rian Johnson went off the rails and made his own movie in Last Jedi, JJ had to do some damage control and a good portion of the fans including myself saw those changes. I am in the minority that liked how it went. There are some questionable things but what more could he have done? They did a proper goodbye to Carrie Fisher's character and I did speculate how they were going to do that, but it worked out. I love me some Lightsaber action and even though I like a good story being told, I am usually all in for the action that star wars brings, which includes the fights on land and all the way into space as well, that surely didn't skip a beat. Letting this marinate overnight, I am happy with the outcome and each character and story overall had a good ending. I loved seeing how great the Light side of the force can be, which in turn also how more terrifying the Dark side can be as well.


Cons: Although we get a good ending, this could have been split into two movies by how some parts and the overall story felt rushed to finish it in its 2hr 21min runtime. I've seen some other reviews mention there was no concrete road map from the beginning and that I completely agree with. There are some connections or relationships within characters I didn't quite like, but I feel all the negatives don't pass the positives in closing this book. 


I do not know where you stand but do not pass this one by because of what you are seeing or reading. Even though Last Jedi got a Green from me, I look back knowing it should have been a Yellow. But that movie should have still been watched regardless if you are a long time fan or not. They all still connect but did so sloppily. Star Wars is a precious story and it's sad and also comforting to see it end. May the Force be with you on your way to the theatre! 

Key Info: Rated PG-13. Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy


The Verdict:

GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Friday, December 13, 2019

Jumanji: The Next Level Review: New adventure, same story, but new faces made this fun to watch!

The Hit:

After surviving the game in the last installment, who would have thought going back in was a smart idea. 

Cast: Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Danny DeVito, Danny Glover, Nick Jonas, Madison Iseman, Awkwafina, Rory McCann, Rhys Darby, Ser'Darius Blain, Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner, Colin Hanks

Pros: We get the crew back together, each with their fun and comedic personalities, as well as new faces because the game is not just centered around the jungle but different areas altogether. Danny Devito and Danny Glover enter the game and somehow Dwayne and Kevin act out how they would be if they were in their bodies so perfectly and also hilariously. Having more characters playing different forms of the avatars from the first was gold. Seeing Jack Black go from the character of Fridge to others without spoiling who, is such a treat and it was a lot of fun watching it unfold. Let's just say they didn't enjoy being someone else from when they first went in. The story was better in a way because we explore a whole new world other than the jungle of Jumanji and with sequels, it tends to follow the same path, so this helped by branching out to new areas and a new adventure.

Cons: Although it covers new places unforeseen, the game mission is like the first movie so in a way it is repetitive but adding all the new faces, comedy, and new adventure behind it was still quite entertaining to watch. 

The last Jumanji we got a little easter egg from when Robin Williams's character was in the game and this time we get another one at the end. I had one of those moments where I was like, "oh I know this person!" It was cool, and hopefully, you catch it. This movie is fun and if you haven't seen the last one you possibly will be a little lost, so I encourage you to watch that first before seeing this. The cast seems to enjoy working with each other on and off the screen and it shows. It was a good time.

Key Info: Rated PG-13. Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

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:

GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

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:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

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:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

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:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

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 myanimelist.net 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:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

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:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Joker Review: If you enjoy true crime or the character himself, this is worth the watch!

The Hit:

Don't go thinking you'll be seeing the Batman take down The Joker in this original retelling of the caped crusader's most popular villain. But some familiar names will stick out and that certainly was a little treat. 

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Robert De Niro 


Pros: Wow, what can I say about this movie? It certainly was different from the comic version of Joker we all know and love but this version was more real in the fact that someone in real life could snap and do this but being a person who listens to true crime, this has happened, not in a grand scope like it's portrayed in the film but smaller and that aspect alone is why I really enjoyed this flick. It kept me on my toes figuring out what was real and what was in his head. It's one of those movies that makes you pay attention and I loved it. In my personal opinion, Heath is thee Joker but Joaquin is definitely in that second spot. He deserves an oscar by the time award season comes around after his performance. Secondary cast and familiar places came through as well and using characters in the Batman story like the Waynes sucked me in. 


Cons: I enjoyed this film so I don't have very many cons, but I will admit that it's slow in the beginning and slowly starts to pick up. I would have liked to see more references to that DC world and we got a tiny bit but I'd like to see more characters shown. It was also a Joker movie so the focus was more on him so I really shouldn't complain. 


Here is a little quote given by his version of Joker by Alan Moore, creator of a one-shot graphic novel, Batman: The killing joke, "All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That's how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day." Joaquin's Joker definitely had a lot of bad days. Again, this is a more slow storytelling, mental, crazy side version of Joker and if that stuff bores you I don't recommend you seeing this but if it does, Go and enjoy dissecting it as much I did.

Key Info: Rated R. Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller


The Verdict:

GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Friday, September 20, 2019

Rambo: Last Blood Review: Mess with Rambo? You don't mess with Rambo

The Hit:

This may not be the last installment in this franchise but it did go out with a bang in the climax, so if they decide to stop, it would be a good way to end it.

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Yvette Monreal, Adriana Barraza, Óscar Jaenada, Sergio Peris-Mencheta


Pros: What is Rambo known for? Bloody good violence and taking down the bad guys that do people harm. We got a lot of that in this action flick with even more clever and over the top gnarly kills. I enjoyed the new element that was introduced as family and protecting them at whatever the cost. Simply put, you don't mess with Rambo or you're gonna receive the pointy end of his extremely sharp knife. 


Cons: Usually in Rambo movies, we get a lot more action and engagement than dialogue, and that aspect hurt the movie for me. The most recent movie in the series had some great actors but this time around the secondary cast didn't really do it for me. Some scenes were a little cringy at times. And although it didn't overall hurt the movie, it left a little sour taste.


Don't miss out if you're a fan, I'm sure you'll love it. That was just my one gripe about it, but it lingered in my head throughout the film. That aside, the action, the adrenaline side of the Rambo we love is there and it was great!

Key Info: Rated R. Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Western


The Verdict:

YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

Saturday, September 7, 2019

It Chapter two Review: Bill Skarsgård IS Pennywise the clown!

The Hit:

Pennywise the clown is back terrorizing the town of Derry and only those lucky enough to survive And beat him the first time around have to come back to try to finish the job or else many more lives will be lost. 


Cast: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff


Pros: I honestly got more scared this time around because instead of scaring children in the first one they amped it up to target a more adult audience. I had a few more jump scares and other moments in the film were more creepy and disturbing, which was great for a horror movie. I only remember bits and pieces of the very old tv version of IT and I enjoyed this most recent one a whole lot more. Mainly for the access and up to date technology we have today, it made it more exciting to watch. Bill Skarsgård continues to prove he's the better clown, Tim Curry had his moment but if you were to compare the two, bill has him beat. The adult versions of the kids were so spot on and I was in awe how they adapted their mannerisms and looks. Whoever was in charge of the casting did an amazing job and I can't say that enough. 


Cons: The movie was too long in some aspects. I also think they tried to rush an ending and add too much information in scenes where it didn't need, or they could have done a trilogy and spaced the story a little further. 


I was prepared for the runtime but I can see that being a problem for some. It is still very entertaining and worth going to see on the big screen. 

Key Info: Rated R. Genre; Horror


The Verdict:

GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)