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:

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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


Make sure to stay throughout the Credits!