Elvis

Elvis may follow the biopic tropes, but I found the story of the iconic singer fascinating with superb acting!!!

Real Rating:

4 Soda Bottles

What I Like:

-I have to commend the acting, most notably Austin Butler playing the role of Elvis Presley, Butler captured his demeanor and singing very well, and Tom Hanks playing his manager, Col. Tom Parker, with the make up and acting, sometimes I forgot that it is Tom Hanks playing this role, and a manipulative evil role which is something Hanks usually doesn’t do, the acting really made this movie

The So So:

-Even though it follows all the biopic tropes, I found this story of the life of Elvis, I found it amusing the whole story of Elvis getting into trouble for moving his hips to much, and the manipulation of Col. Parker, but seeing the downfall of Elvis was tragic to see
-Director Baz Luhrmann really added a lot of pizazz especially in the intro in the beginning, and the transitions which is fine, but in the beginning with the graphics and fast editing made me lightheaded from all the craziness, maybe I am getting old, but still, I respected Luhrmann’s craft

What I Didn’t Like:

-Not much I really hated, but since it was a biopic of Elvis’ full life, I thought the different aspects have gone too quickly, and concentrated on his singing and performances a little too much, but maybe I’m being nitpicky

Overall:

Yes, this follows the whole formula of a biopic on Elvis Presley’s whole life. With all that said, I did find his life story fascinating and tragic. The acting from Austin Butler as the iconic singer, and Tom Hanks as his manager is what made this film great. I wasn’t too familiar with his life story, and I’m surprised this biopic was made sooner. Regardless, his life story is fascinating and fan of his music or not (I’m not), it is a good watch!!!

Real Rating:

4 Soda Bottles

The Man from Toronto

The Man from Toronto’s story is transparent thin, but the action and the two leads keeps this barely afloat!!!

Real Rating:

3 Teddy Its

What I Like:

-Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson’s charismas really made it watchable, you do get the Hart’s antics that some of us love, and Harrelson’s weird charm, but their chemistry is pretty good
-The action is fun, especially one scene where it is all unedited was a lot of fun

The So So:

-The comedy is hit or miss, Hart and Harrelson’s antics can make you smile or roll your eyes

What I Didn’t Like:

-Let’s face it, the story is terrible, it is thin, formulaic, and very cliched, also has dumb execution too

Overall:

It is one if those films where the story is thinner than grade school paper, however, the two leads of Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson just barely kept it afloat to make it entertaining enough to enjoy a Netflix night. There is no other to explain, but I’m not mad that I saw it on Netflix!!!

Real Rating:

3 Teddy Its

Lightyear

Lightyear may not have the great Pixar story, but it is still a fun sci-fi greatly animated film!!!

Real Rating:

4 Mechanical Kittens

What I Like:

-This is a fun film, a cool sci-fi adventure, I was engaged throughout, and the fact is that it really came into its own, and not another Toy Story movie
-Another reason why it was great is because of its animation, it was awesome to see, especially in theaters
-I thought Chris Evans voicing Buzz Lightyear was a breathe of fresh air, and really came into his own voicing a more serious Buzz, like a respected hero, the rest of the voice cast was great, but Peter Sohn voicing the character Sox, the mechanical cat, really steals the show

The So So:

-The story wasn’t up to Pixar standards, there wasn’t anything new to the table other than a typical sci-fi story, however, it still brings some emotional moments, even though its brief, its there, and the writing to make it a sci-fi action was good enough, just not great

What I Didn’t Like:

-The twist does leave me with some questions that probably won’t be easily answered

Overall:

If it didn’t have the pressures of a Pixar movie, this film would be good on its own. I do believe that once you get into that universe, you forget that it is a spin off from the Toy Story franchise. The sci-fi writing does make it a fun adventure along with the great voice cast, and great animation. I do believe you need to see it in IMAX to really get the full feel of it. Probably will take you places lightyears away, or maybe to infinity and beyond!!!

Real Rating:

4 Mechanical Cats

Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride is good remake culturally-wise, but everything else just made it seem like a tenderhearted soap opera!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Latin Bands

What I Like:

-The culture this film remake brings, that Miami Latin culture makes it fun and vibrant with the music, Spanish language, and the touch of family from both the Cuban and Mexican culture
-It is a family movie that does have a good hearted touch

The So So:

-The acting was good, but the one that stood out that didn’t so it for me was Gloria Estefan, I didn’t believe in what she is trying to say, it’s not like she was terrible, but I felt it wasn’t authentic enough

What I Didn’t Like:

-All the problems and issues just felt like a family soap opera which I personally just don’t like, it was cringy for me

Overall:

The Steve Martin version (there is an older version of this film that I haven’t seen) was nice, but it over relied on Steve Martin’s antics. This one, I can appreciate the culture which I can relate to. I’m sure every Latin wedding goes through these types of dramas. In the end, it just seemed like one big family soap opera with cringy drama that just didn’t do it for me. At least I can appreciate the Latin music which is always a joy for me!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Latin Bands

Spiderhead (Sidenote: X)

Spiderhead had an interesting premise that just falls flat!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Arguments

What I Like:

-The premise was interesting

The So So:

-I do believe Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, and Jurnee Smollett did their best in their acting, but with everything they gave, it just didn’t feel genuine enough to take them seriously

What I Didn’t Like:

-The execution of the story was just boring, I ended up not caring on what is going to happen
-It was also very predictable, I mean, I called what was going to happen to the T right after the first scene

Overall:

The premise and acting could not save this film at all. The execution of everything was just not interesting whatsoever. Let alone how predictable it is as well. It’s hard to believe that director Joseph Kosinski go from Top Gun: Maverick to this boring mess, but it happened!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Arguments

(Sidenote: X – So this A24 film horror film about a group of people going to a rural farm in Texas to film a porno movie 70’s style. However, the owners of the farm are murderous old people. It is weird as it sounds. For some people they will like this bloody, gory, mess, but for me, not only it wasn’t scary, it just didn’t do it for me!!!
Real Rating: 2.5 Stabbings)

Jurassic World Dominion

Jurassic World Dominion has the dino action you all pay for, but the story really makes this franchise wearing out its welcome!!!

Real Rating:

3 Locusts

What I Like:

-Let’s face it, you come to watch for the dino action, this time it added more practical effects instead of just cgi which is a good mix to make these action scenes fun

The So So:

-It definitely took the approach of old school actors and the new school actors coming together, which is starting to become a cliche, which is still nostalgic fun, but the way they all came together just didn’t do it for me, but it was still fun seeing the old school people together again, especially Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm who is hilarious as always

What I Didn’t Like:

-It really tried hard to put all the movies together into one cohesive story, but it just didn’t make sense on how things went down, it was also very predictable with its execution, it just didn’t quite work

Overall:

The story may not make sense at all, and the execution of the plot was predictable. With that said, the dino action, which is what the people come for, is still pretty top notch and entertaining. Also a small dose of nostalgia helped it a little. Regardless, this franchise is starting to wear out its welcome. It does seem to be the finale of it all, but it didn’t quite stick the landing!!!

Real Rating:

3 Locusts

Hustle

Hustle is a good sports movie, with superb acting by Adam Sandler, any basketball fan will enjoy this!!!

Real Rating:

4 Training Montages

What I Like:

-I have to start with Adam Sandler, his acting was great, his wittiness and hard nose coaching was great to see, and the chemistry with Queen Latifah as his wife was genuine as well, I have said this once, and I will say it again, Adam Sandler needs to do more drama movies, he is a good fit and excels at it
-As a basketball fan, you love to see the ins and outs of how the NBA works, and how the coaches recruit and train their players, it is fun to watch, and the cameos of players, coaches, legends, and even media people gave it a nice touch
-I also enjoyed the vibe of the city of Philadelphia, from the Philly music, the culture, the people, heck even the training sessions were Rocky-esch, add that with the 76’ers organization, you get a pure Philly movie

The So So:

-It does have the sports movie cliche, but I am a sucker for it, the story is inspirational at the very least

What I Didn’t Like:

-A little petty here, but Juancho Hernangomez playing Bo Cruz as a Celtic and seeing the Sixers highlights against them does give a sad taste in my mouth as a huge Celtics fan, plus the recent negative comments Juancho said about the Celtics doesn’t make me really root for him, I know, it is petty in my part, but I’m a Celtics fan till the day I die

Overall:

Adam Sandler for once made a Netflix movie through his Happy Madison Productions that was actually good. In this case a dramatic basketball movie which I enjoyed watching from beginning to end. The whole NBA vibe makes it fun, the whole Philly vibe makes authentic, and the sports cliche does make it inspirational. I was impressed with Adam Sandler, and makes me believe he knows a lot about the sport of basketball, and his acting in this film puts it as one of my favorite roles he has played in. Keep doing the dramatic roles, and maybe an Oscar will come soon!!!

Real Rating:

4 Training Montages

Interceptor

Interceptor has all the ingredients for a bad movie, however, it can be thrilling in a cliched sort of way!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Inappropriate Chris Hemsworth Cameos

What I Like:

Elsa Pataky’s character, as Captain J.J. Collins, was pretty BA

The So So:

-Part of the character development for Collins was her life being tortured after speaking up for being sexually harassed by a general, too me it was a little too heavy handed and not too much emphasis, but it does speak volumes of how strong she really is
-It was thrilling with the fights, action, and drama, but it all happened in cliched sort of ways, at least it wasn’t greatly outrageous where it just looked stupid, it was enough to keep you thrilled

What I Didn’t Like:

-It had everything it needed for a bad B movie, some bad acting, a quick but dumb story, bad dialogue, stereotypical characters, over the top sequences, things that don’t really make sense at all, and things that are way too cliched, put it all together, and you get this movie

Overall:

It is a dumb but thrilling movie. It makes sense why this is on Netflix. I give credit to Elsa Pataky for being a tough minded, BA women fighting for everything. It is not a great movie by any retrospect, but at least it wasn’t boring. All I can say is that if you’re bored, maybe give this film a try. Other than that, I wouldn’t highly recommend it!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Inappropriate Chris Hemsworth Cameos

Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick had a really enjoyable action and story, until the third act happened, which was eye rolling!!!

Real Rating:

4 Cockpits

What I Like:

-I always said that the movie Top Gun was overrated because of a lack of plot, but the story in this one is far better than the original, it had some depth and gives you something to care about, not just a bunch of guys having a measuring contest
-The action is awesome, really make you feel like you’re actually flying with them, it kept you engaged from beginning to end

The So So:

-I did say the story was better than the original, with that said, it wasn’t perfect, it is a little formulaic and some reliance on nostalgia, but it was a story that worked enough to give the thrills and enjoyment

What I Didn’t Like:

-I was all in the first two thirds of the movie, then the third act happened which to me was eyerollingly bad, I can’t say much cuz of spoilers, but all I can say is, the ending could’ve been a lot better

Overall:

I liked this film better than the first one. Though, it is not saying much because I thought the first one was overrated. You get everything you need in a Tom Cruise movie. At least this time around, the story is something that makes it more engaging, thrilling, and enjoyable. Unfortunately, the third act really made the difference from a good movie, to a great movie. Let’s just say, it all depends on how you view Tom Cruise, and the decision may be made!!!

Real Rating:

4 Cockpits

The Bob’s Burgers Movie

I believe true fans will enjoy The Bob’s Burgers Movie, for everyone else, it is a decent comedy with their sets of cliches!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Burger Patties

What I Like:

-From a person who hasn’t seen the show, I did enjoy the characters, as quirky they are, they do have great personalities with a sense of realism as well, I do like the true emotion they show in their given situation
-H. Jon Benjamin has a great voice, I love him in Archer, and here I enjoy the great blend of comedy and realism in his character of Bob Belcher

The So So:

-Their comedy is a blend of quirky weirdness and deadpan which fans of the show will definitely enjoy, for me, it made me chuckle with dialogue which is amusing at times

What I Didn’t Like:

-The overall story is cliched, and it does seem like an extended episode season finale instead of a movie

Overall:

It’s hard for me to write a review on a movie based on a show I haven’t watched. With that said, I can see why people really like this show. The characters are quirky and do show a great sense of realism as well. The comedy may be good for fans, but for me, it is ok at best. Lastly, it did seem like an extended episode than a movie with its cliched storyline. Bottomline, fans will enjoy it. As for me, I will always enjoy hearing the voice of H. Jon Benjamin in his comedy!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Burger Patties