Saturday, September 5, 2020

Tenet Review: Christopher Nolan continues to work your mind in Overtime!

The Hit: 

Wow, what a roller coaster of a film, in a good and confusing way. Nolan is known to make his films stand out above the rest and this certainly makes the cut. 

Cast: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Himesh Patel, Dimple Kapadia

Pros: The story was certainly something I have not seen before and new is always a plus. All the effects were mind-boggling, especially people and cars, and the environment going backward while others were going forward. It's tough to explain until you see it, but it was pretty cool. The acting was superb, John and Robert stood out but the entire cast was also amazing. Those that are worried about Pattinson's take on Batman, don't be because he's got it in the bag after seeing him act in this. I like how Nolan uses his actors from previous movies, it continues to show me that he is a great director because they continue to work with him. 

Cons: The biggest con that I can put down is that the story is hard to follow. Towards the end, the pieces were starting to assemble but even then I was a little confused. It might have to take a couple of views to understand it all but I'm sure someone on youtube will do a deep dive in the story and I'll gladly be watching that. However in all honesty that was the only flaw, maybe I'm simple-minded but I do love the challenge to work my brain watching a movie.

If you plan on seeing this, do so on the biggest screen if you can, Christopher Nolan was not wrong by only releasing it in theatres because thinking about it, you wouldn't get the same experience at home. 

Key Info: Rated PG-13. Genres: Action, Sci-Fi

The Verdict:


Sunday, August 30, 2020

The New Mutants Review: Delays, delays, delays, they Finally release New Mutants!

The Hit: 

It's been such a long time not being able to go out and see a movie on the big screen. New Mutants has been delayed so many times even before this pandemic that I didn't mind checking something out. For the time being and hopefully no more closures, I'm happy the option of going out and seeing a movie is available again!

Cast: Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joe, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga

Pros: New Mutants is solely what the title entails, new mutants with powers we haven't seen before unless you've read these particular comics based on these characters which I have not. Some of these new abilities were pretty cool and the visual effects were good. Actors did a great job with the story they had to work with. Mentions of the X-Men got me excited but bummed at the same time none made an appearance. 

Cons: I don't want to hate on this flick but after so many delays, you can see throughout the film why it didn't have that spark. I think it originally was going to be Rated R but after Disney bought Fox they had to scale it back for a lower rating and by doing so had to make some changes I felt hurt the movie more than helped. The Narrative felt rushed and the ending was so abrupt I could only imagine how much they cut out and instead of having a theatrical release they should have released the movie over Disney plus. 

After so many months without going to the theatre, I was happy regardless of how the movie itself was. I was still entertained and maybe you will too but I know this is one flick I don't see myself watching again. 

Key Info: Rated PG-13. Genres: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

The Verdict: 
YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Bloodshot Review: No one can stop Vin, with this Tech!

The Hit:

Based on a comic book I have not read and unrelated to DC or Marvel, this was still pretty entertaining if that's what you are only going for. 

Cast: Vin Diesel, Eiza González, Guy Pearce, Toby Kebbell, Sam Heughan, Talulah Riley, Lamorne Morris

Pros: The character Vin played reminded me of the Movie upgrade but instead of the body being in control by technology and having a mind of its own, you were in complete control. And besides the movie upgrade, this time you can have your face blown off by a shotgun and still live with all the nanites healing you. That part of the technology was pretty cool seeing the body coming back together like nothing happened, basically making you immortal. Other futuristic tech besides bloodshot is shown, for example... a person with robotic legs, cameras making a blind man see, and another character able to breathe underwater. 

Cons: Vin Diesel plays the same person in all of his movies and with being a fan of his for such a long time, I've started to notice it. He is still enjoyable to watch because you already know what to expect but this performance wasn't new. I watched a video about the comic book it's based on and I see the potential for a couple of movies but would work better as a tv series. Some of the CGI threw me off but not enough to hate it but it's noticeable in the final fights. 

I did not love or hate this movie, but it was still entertaining, I knew what I was getting into and walked out saying, "it was okay". If you feel the same, go check it out or wait to rent. 

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

The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

Friday, March 6, 2020

Onward Review: Two Bros and half a dad on a road trip to make him whole!

The Hit:

You all know Disney/Pixar movies are pretty much gold mines out of the get-go. So going in I was already pumped. Onward is a world where all sorts of magical creatures exist and besides the Cars Trilogy and a bugs life, this is the third series in the Pixar animation studio that no humans are present. 

Voice Cast: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, Mel Rodriguez

Pros: The voice actors are people we know and love, especially Tom and Chris from the Marvel movies. The animation is top tier like always, and that is something that you never need to worry about in these family-friendly flicks. The feat to retrieve a gem to fully bring back their dad reminded me of a lot of fantasy embarking adventures. I loved the relationship between the siblings and that ending got me in the feels. 

Cons: Although this has elements of family, this movie didn't affect me entirely like the recent Toy Story 4, Coco, or even Incredibles 2. We do need more original content besides sequels of course, and although Coco was amazing, I didn't feel that same love for this.  The ending was very touching and heartfelt but I've seen it before and it wasn't something new that sticks out. It's already been a day and I somehow already forgot about this movie. It's still great to take the kids but don't be thinking you'll walk out praising it. 

Even though it's not noteworthy in my opinion, the animation was great and how the different creatures were portrayed was in some part pretty funny and who knows you might end up loving it more than me, but this is one Disney/Pixar film I don't see myself praising in the future. 

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

The Verdict:

YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

Saturday, February 29, 2020

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising Review: The Entire Class 1-A Shines!

The Hit:

Most of you don't know this series but in summary, it's a setting where the majority of the world has a Quirk (Super Power, think mutants from X-men but worldwide and if you don't have one, then that's rare). Anyways, if you want to become a hero you need to apply for a school and make that as a career. We follow class 1-A to an island for temporary hero duties. Again these are high school kids and if a villain shows up they are on their own and that's when this story begins. 

Voice Cast: Johnny Yong Bosch, Justin Briner, Dani Chambers, Maxey Whitehead, Clifford Chapin, David Matranga, Luci Christian, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Justin Cook, Caitlin Glass, Josh Grelle, Kyle Phillips, Brina Palencia, Lydia Mackay, J. Michael Tatum, Monica Rial, Trina Nishimura, Christopher R. Sabat, Christopher Wehkamp, 
Christopher Bevins, Mike McFarland, Greg Ayres, Cris George, Joel Mcdonald, Ian Sinclair, Felecia Angelle, Zeno Robinson

Pros: The concept of them being alone on this island with no official hero around is pretty cool because when the threat eventually comes, it focused a lot on the students and how mature they have gotten throughout the series. Some did get more of the spotlight but the majority of the 20 classmates did get a good chunk of screen time. The animation was glorious in the fight scenes and I could tell the difference from the episodic anime and in this movie format. I'm not really a Bakugo fan but this made me enjoy him a lot more. He is pretty much a "don't need help from anybody" kind of person but when he teamed up with Deku, it made this very enjoyable to watch them kick some serious villain butt. The main villain "Nine" and his 3 followers were a real threat and put our heroes in the ringer more than a couple of times, so making him not a pushover was a great idea and his "quirk" was pretty O.P. That ending fight and that ending team up with Deku and Bakugo solidified the greatness that this anime has become. It was so intense, I know the packed theatre and I felt goosebumps. This second movie was by far better than the first and I do plan on watching this again. 

Cons: Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki are to be considered the strongest in the class but this flick really Nerfed (to reduce power, weaken, or effectiveness) the character of Todoroki. He has the power of half hot and half cold, basically fire and ice. I've seen how powerful he is in the anime and the manga, but they did him dirty in this movie, I was not amused.

I'm sure most of you readers don't watch anime but this one would be worth your time if you like the superhero genre of Marvel and DC. It has its serious tones and also instances of some slice of life. This movie was very entertaining and I hope you give it a shot because it will not let you down. You don't really need to have seen the anime but I'm sure you will have questions after, so there's always that option to do so if you end up loving it.

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

The Verdict:

Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Invisible Man Review: You'll definitely win hide and seek with this tech!

The Hit:

The way someone goes completely invisible in this fictional movie, somehow makes me believe the technology used could happen in the near or far future, and the thought of that makes this movie even scarier. 

Cast: Elizabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Michael Dorman, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

Pros: This is one of those edge of your seat type of thrillers and I was surprisingly all in. Not only is the concept of someone near you without you knowing already creepy, but the way it's portrayed was also astounding. The musical score like so many horror and thrillers movies made you get ready to jump, but not that annoying every scene type, however in key moments, and that helped this movie get you more under your skin. The camera work made me guess at times where he could be because it would pan out and I'm sure the director wanted you to focus on a background to try to see if you could tell where he was, and sometimes you could see some things move and other times not at all. I don't see many things with Elizabeth Moss but she did amazing, her character desperately kept trying to prove that she was being stalked and everyone around her thought of her as being crazy. She is an actress I'm gonna keep an eye out, and I knew I recognized her in something and I just checked and came across that she's in the Handmaid's tale, definitely checking that out. 

Cons: I always make it a goal to at least add a couple of cons but I can't think of any, I know this movie is not perfect but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Kept me on the edge of my seat and focused all the way through. 

This movie is up there for me. There have been some hit and miss Horror flicks but this is a hit. Go check it out! 

Key Info: Rated R. Genres: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The Verdict:


Friday, February 14, 2020

Sonic the Hedgehog Review: Gotta Go Fast!

The Hit:

Well, after the atrocity of the first official design of Sonic was criticized by the fans and then soon changed, I knew I had to go see this movie to see that outcome. 

Cast: Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Lee Majdoub

Pros: This movie was fun and exciting through and through. The Sonic we get reminded me of the old animated show but especially the game of the classic Sega console. I remember playing those games and miss turning into a blue ball and wrecking anything in my way. Which by the way we do get to see that move here and that nostalgia was very electrifying. Jim Carrey played a very good Dr. Robotnik and although he doesn't resemble the game's version physically, he brought out that character regardless and gave me that cartoonish humor. Seeing James Marsden's character and also Tika's interacting with Sonic reminded me of Detective Pikachu and if this continues, I'd love to see more games come to live-action. This is a good family film and although kids nowadays might not know the source material, I'm sure they'll still enjoy it. 

Cons: Towards the end, there are some plot holes that needed to be filled and if I really give it a lot of thought I'd be annoyed wondering how they resolved that issue but it doesn't affect me overall. There's some child humor that as an adult might not be funny but that was to be expected. There was a well-known actor at the beginning of the film that was introduced and we don't see him again, it was just random for him to be there and not worth the cameo. 

Sonic was great and if you ever played the games when you were younger and are still a fan deep inside, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. It brought back memories of me turning on that Sega and hearing it's classic start-up sound. Take the family as well, kids will love it. 

P.S. Stay during the Mid credits for an extra little scene of another Sonic counterpart.

Key Info: Rated PG. Genres: Action, Adventure, Family

The Verdict:

Friday, February 7, 2020

Birds of Prey Review: Slightly better than Suicide Squad! But, still a ways to go...

The Hit:

For a character like Harley Quinn, Joker's right-hand gal, the rating helped this movie but not by very much. 

Cast: Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ewan McGregor,  Ella Jay Basco, Chris Messina

Pros: It's brutal and the things she did to hurt others were both hard to watch but had a nice touch with adding a little comedic factor to it. Margot Robbie was made for this role and she brought that same Charisma from Suicide Squad, which she was one of the characters that made that movie a little bearable to see in the first place. Seeing Harley down in the dumps after Joker cut ties with her was something that she had to overcome being on her own and that journey to not rely on others made me root for her along the way. She made new friends of course but, she is not one to trust fully just yet. Ewan's character Black Mask, surprised me being such an evil scumbag, and even though Harley is a criminal too, he showed me that out of the two he is the eviler one. When all the girls got together the fight scenes were top notch. 

Cons: The title of the movie is misleading, it's mostly following Harley becoming her own person rather than the whole team. In the end, we do get the "Birds of Prey", but it should have been early on. It jumps from present to past a lot to cover each girl's backstories and although I've seen my fair share of that throughout tv and film, it got a little old. 

I'm a big DC fan and prefer it over Marvel in some areas but being that this was slightly better than Suicide Squad, it isn't that great. I was still entertained no doubt about it but this was just an average movie. If you enjoyed Margot kill it as Harley in the latter, you'll love this. 

Key Info: Rated R. Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime

The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed With Caution)

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Bad Boys for Life Review: "We Ride Together, We Die Together. Bad Boys for Life" The Duo are back!

The Hit:

I think the title "Bad Boys for Life" would have worked better if it was for a fourth installment but it's alright I guess. If there is a potential fourth, then they missed an opportunity for "Bad Boys 4 Life". Aside from that, this movie is great.  

Cast: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Paola Nuñez, Kate del Castillo, Joe Pantoliano, Jacob Scipio, Alexander Ludwig, Vanessa Hudgens, Charles Melton 

Pros: I got those classic 90's movies vibe and entertainment. Michael Bay brought the first two movies to life and everyone knows how he does his movies, just entertaining shots, and explosions. This time around we get a new Director and added a little Bay Magic to honor the creator. But what made me choose this movie as my favorite out of the three is that it had a great story. Sure the original two had one yes, but this time around it really focused more on drawing the audience to each original and new character and also expanding the story in a sensical manner. If you are just in it for the entertainment, you'll get that but I loved the fleshed-out story way more. Seeing Will and Martin back together was such a treat and had so many laughs throughout, I missed seeing their chemistry. Although comedic, it has it's serious tones and some moments had me gasp and ask, "I can't believe they did that". New Characters helped balance the old-timers with this generation and that was funny seeing those interactions. 

Cons: There are a few action shots where it is not realistic and I and a friend both said, "Nah that wouldn't happen in real life". But we only got a few of those.

I ended up enjoying this movie and usually, January movies are meant for flicks that end up bombing at the box office. But its been so far so good with the ones I've seen lately. If you are a long time fan of this series you won't leave disappointed. 

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

The Verdict:

Thursday, January 9, 2020

1917 Review: A War Movie that keeps you focused from Start to Finish!

The Hit:

If this was released worldwide back in December, it would have definitely cracked my Top 10.  

Cast: Dean-Charles Chapman, George Mackay, Colin Firth, Andrew Scott

Pros: Mentioned this to a couple of friends, War in and of itself is Hell. When depicting a movie regarding the subject, an R rating is detrimental to the success of that film, and I'm glad how it turned out. Saving Private Ryan is by far my most favorite War Movie and you know that opening scene is gruesome, but don't worry, we don't get anything that truly realistic here but rather really close. This movie is shot in a single continuous take, by that I mean the movie has no cut scenes or focuses on another character. Sure there are some scenes where it pans out to see the horrors of War but only very minor. That was a first for me, I've never seen a movie do that before and I'm intrigued to see more of that style. The story is simple, take a letter to another company who is walking into a trap. That's it. But seeing the journey of two soldiers do it is simple while you sip your drink and eat popcorn. They go through obstacles that would make anyone pucker up and fear death at every corner. We get a few star actors which I won't mention who, but it was cool seeing them at glances. 

Cons: Very minor slow drawn out scenes in the story. 

If you are into history or not, this is worth watching. It was beautifully shot and we don't get WW1 movies in general. 

Key Info: Rated R. Genres: Drama, War

The Verdict: