The Mitchells vs. the Machines

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The Mitchells vs. The Machines is that one movie that is funny, greatly animated, a good message, and fun action for the whole family to enjoy!!!

Real Rating: 4.5 Evil Appliances

What I Like:

-It is everything you need in a animated film, first off the animation is great with the blend of cartoon and comic booky type with a lot of fun action that keeps you engaged from beginning to end, I mean it is humans vs all kinds of robots, what’s not to like
-The voice acting is great and the reason why the comedy was great, I actually laughed out loud with their jokes and quirkiness, from Danny McBride to Maya Rudolph, to Fred Armisen to Eric Andre, and even to Olivia Coleman to Conan O’Brien was all hilarious, and lets not forget the lead in Abbi Jacobson who lead the charge in this fun film
-The biggest thing that made it great was their message, the big theme is about humans obsession with technology especially with their phones and Internet and how it can consume you, but the touch of family and setting your differences aside to come together to do something great spectacular

The So So:

-Yes, it can get a little over the top in the end, even for this movie, but it is still a lot of fun regardless

What I Didn’t Like:

-Without spoiling it, the ending could’ve been better and meaningful, but it wasn’t terrible

Overall:

This is a pretty good movie for the whole family to watch, laugh, and enjoy. The message it brings is a good one, and you can have fun in the process for two hours. It is a good surprise in how well made and well written it is, and I guess anything with the name Lord and Miller in it shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise. With all that said, it is on Netflix, so get your family and watch this film. It will not be a waste of time and money for sure!!!

Real Rating: 4.5 Evil Appliances

Without Remorse

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Without Remorse is the same old revenge and political thriller story, only this time with Michael B. Jordan and less exciting action!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Betrayals

What I Like:

-I believe Michael B. Jordan did the best he can with the script he got, I believed his emotions, and he does have what it takes to be an action star, there is not no doubt about that

The So So:

-The action was ok, you have a lot of militaristic type of action, kind of Zero Dark Thirty like type of action, but my issue with it is that many scenes were too dark for my liking, it was hard for me to keep engaged with everything that is going on, it wasn’t boring, but it didn’t blow me away

What I Didn’t Like:

-If you see one film about revenge, you seen them all, if you seen one political thriller, you practically seen them all, this one was no different, and it just made it bland

Overall:

This is part of Tom Clancy’s famous novels, and a precursor to his most famous stories. It is also the first Jack Ryan story without featuring Jack Ryan. I have a love/hate relationship with the Jack Ryan stories, but this one goes to the hate part. It was a lackluster film that Michael B. Jordan couldn’t save. It did set up for a sequel, but if it does get greenlit, they need a better director to make it mind blowing at the very least. If not, it just falls to less than mediocrity!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Betrayals

Mortal Kombat (Sidenote: Willy’s Wonderland)

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Mortal Kombat was an upgrade on action, fights, and well needed gore, but the story still lagged any type of sense whatsoever!!!

Real Rating: 3 Arcanas

What I Like:

-The fights and action scenes were fun to see, it is not a Mortal Kombat movie without blood and gore and you get a lot of that for sure, but I really enjoyed the choreography of the fights especially the fights in the beginning and the final fight, those were my favorite ones for sure, the fights really made this film fun to watch at the very least
-Some of the characters I really enjoyed, I liked Sub-Zero as a villain who was definitely terrifying, but my biggest surprise was Kano, Josh Lawson really encapsulates his character very well, he was also hilarious with his jokes and showing a true personality of how Kano suppose to be

The So So:

-The acting was a little subpar, but it wasn’t so terrible that it was unbearable, there was some awkward chemistry issues which can seem cringy
-There were some good development with some characters, and some characters development were nonexistent, I know for a film with a lot of characters can be hard to develop everybody well, but at least give them some purpose at least
-The remix of the classic Mortal Kombat song is different, but not sure if I like it, it might be too much, but it is in today’s music standards which is not good in my book, but I don’t hate it

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story did not make any sense whatsoever, it seems like where they focus too much on wasn’t worthwhile, and the good parts where just rushed, to me it lingered on the wrong places, and lost it focus, and that’s unfortunate
-Without spoiling it, the whole story of Cole just seemed unnecessary to me, and I will leave it at that
-I hated how they treated one of my favorite characters, Kabal, in this, first off, he looks like a rejected character from the Snyder Cut, and his character really has no purpose, just a fighter with attitude, I can say the same for Mileena and Goro as well, very underdeveloped, and Shang Tsung was not intimidating whatsoever, and that is disappointing greatly, the villains really were underdeveloped here

Overall:

I did not hate this movie. First off, I like the first Mortal Kombat movie, even though the CGI and special effects didn’t age well. With that said, the story was still a lot better than this new film. It just didn’t make sense to me. I am a fan of the video game franchise, and I am familiar with the story, but their focus wasn’t right in this. Let alone how some of their characters were way too underdeveloped. What really worked was the fights, the special effects, the choreography, and yes the blood and gore was a welcome sight for this. It does set up for a sequel, but if that gets greenlit, I hope they can come up with a better story. I know it is hard to make a really good movie with so many beloved characters, but there has to be some try in this. If not, it is finished before I can even say, “Finish Him!!!”

Real Rating: 3 Arcanas

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(Sidenote: Willy’s Wonderland – You want Nic Cage being BA without saying a single word, yet still being Nic Cage? This is your movie. This does follow your the typical horror movie tropes, but the outrageousness it brings, kind of makes it fun. I mean, who doesn’t want to see Nic Cage beating up evil animatronics?
Real Rating: 3.5 Animatronics)

Concrete Cowboy

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Concrete Cowboy is predictable, but in terms of showing a lifestyle, it is fascinating!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Poop Shoveling

What I Like:

-The unique lifestyle it is trying to show is definitely fascinating, I mean you’re talking about cowboys in the city of Philadelphia, it is actually a true lifestyle that does really happen, the culture it shows is very interesting to see how they live their lives, and actually raise horses in a city, it sounds too crazy to believe, but it is actually true
-The acting was superb as well, most notably Idris Elba playing one of the city cowboys

The So So:

-It was a little uneven with the tone between city cowboy and urban life which can confuse a little bit, but once you realize what is going on, you can put it all together

What I Didn’t Like:

-For a coming of age type of story, it was definitely by the numbers, and I practically predicted on what is going to happen before it all ended, it didn’t bring anything new or groundbreaking storywise

Overall:

As I said before, it is a fascinating look at a unique culture about actual cowboys in the city of Philadelphia. Makes you think about why they chose that type of lifestyle, even though it will never be easy. The story is way too predictable for my liking, but once you get pass that it is interesting. Especially with the fine acting, most notably Idris Elba as one of this urban cowboys. I can’t help but think, that maybe this would’ve been better as a documentary to really show what this lifestyle is really all about!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Poop Shoveling

Thunder Force

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Thunder Force may have its moments, but it does fall into the realm of mediocreness!!!

Real Rating: 3 Andrews or Andys

What I Like:

-I thought the chemistry between Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer is actually a genuine friendship, and really the high point of this film

The So So:

-Their comedy comes and goes, there were some moments and lines that made me chuckle, but there were a lot of misses as well which is typical with a film involving McCarthy and directed by her husband Ben Falcone
-The story was intriguing at first involving superheroes and what not, but as it continues it just became cliched, predictable, and even a bit confusing
-The villains were funny as well at times, but their motives were typical villains that we’ve seen or read

What I Didn’t Like:

-Without spoiling it, there were some moments that were just plain weird for my liking

Overall:

I went into this with an open mind, and that’s probably why I started to like it, but the more it progressed the more it became a same old superhero movie. The comedy didn’t always hit, the action was decent, and the acting worked well with what they had. It just fell into the pool of mediocrity. At least it is on Netflix where if you have nothing else, you can watch this film for what it is!!!

Real Rating: 3 Andrews or Andys

Voyagers

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Voyagers is that sci-fi cliched mess that will infuriate you more than entertain!!!

Real Rating: 2 Blue Liquids

What I Like:

-The premise was intriguing for about 15 minutes or so, and Colin Farrell was the only bright spot in this movie

The So So:

-The set designs were cool, but typical sci-fi type of ordeal
-For a sci-fi film the story and the scientific theories need to make sense, and not be boring, the science here is very basic and straightforward here, and for the most part, it wasn’t boring either, but it is a cliched type of formula about space that really doesn’t quite bring anything new, instead, it turned to a different kind of film which I will explain in the next part

What I Didn’t Like:

-It turned to be one of those teenish, YA type of stories, only this time inside a spaceship which really started to annoy me once the teens (or young adults, who cares) started to have minds of their own, then it became from annoying to infuriating into the decisions that they make and I started to not care what happens to them, the way things go down really didn’t make any sense, and I was throwing my hands up in disgust once the credits rolled

Overall:

People will always point the finger at me, and say you don’t get sci-fi movies. I know that is not true in myself, but I really want to hear how people will defend this annoying YA film. It wasn’t really what I was expecting either, and the turns it took was defiintely for the worse. I was getting mad and madder as the film progresses, and shaking my head in a disbelievement of disgust once it was done. Bottomline, I did not like it, and if you did, then come at me. I’m looking for a good laugh anyways!!!

Real Rating: 2 Blue Liquids

Godzilla vs. Kong

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Godzilla vs. Kong you get what you want see, some good old kaiju battles, if only the human stories weren’t subpar!!!

Real Rating: 4 Power Axes

What I Like:

-You get what you pay for, some good fights between Godzilla vs King Kong, the CGI and special effects were amazing, and you can sit back and have fun with this spectacle
-I give credit to director Adam Wingard, for beautifully creating a colorful film, especially the scenes in Hong Kong which made the city beautiful before it got destroyed in the ensuing fight, I mean, he even made the city of Pensacola, Florida look very nice and cinematic, for a director who pretty much has done independent horror films, he showed he has the chops to make a big epic movie

The So So:

-Once again the whole story with the humans, and how they get Godzilla and Kong to meet is subpar once again, but at least this time it didn’t affect the film this time around, the human scenes were pretty minimal, and we actually see what we came for, and that is kaiju fights

What I Didn’t Like:

-Without spoiling it, there were some questions I have that didn’t make sense to me which affected the story a little bit

Overall:

You get what you came for, and that is some good kaiju fights between Godzilla vs Kong. The CGI and special effects were on point, and the cinematic visuals directed by Adam Wingard makes this a fun spectacle. Storywise, especially with the humans wasn’t the best, but at least it didn’t affect the film this time around. You get more beasts and more fights, and that’s what you really want to see. This film is far better than Godzilla: King of the Monsters for sure, and make the MonstersVerse relevant. Now let’s see what the future entails, because I have no idea what they can do now!!!

Real Rating: 4 Power Axes

Bad Trip

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Bad Trip is the type of movie you want to sit back and laugh at the crazy stunts they do to real people!!!

Real Rating: 4 White Chicks

What I Like:

-It was funny, the stunts they pulled off were hilarious, seeing the real people’s reactions were priceless, and the banter between Eric Andre and Lil Rey Howery is pretty funny, for what the film try to do, it did its job fine

The So So:

-With all the stunts it pulled, they really tried to make it into a movie, for the most part, it worked, however, it is the cliched type of film where I knew what will happen, at least it gives some comedic moments for me to not worry about it
-You do get Tiffany Haddish being Tiffany Haddish which can be a good thing and a bad thing, with her she needs to come in a good mix where she doesn’t overdo things, and in this case, there were some scenes that did seem overdone, but there were some that was just right

What I Didn’t Like:

-There were some stunts where I’m like, can’t the people tell that it is fake? Like the gorilla scene for an example. Makes me wonder if people are really that naive
-I don’t need to see Eric Andre naked, he likes to be naked a lot, and I can only do so much

Overall:

For a Netflix film, it is a film when you have nothing to do and need a laugh, this will do its job. For the same reason people watch Jackass and Impractical Jokers, it is funny and spends the time away. Eric Andre definitely has what it takes to be a comedic stunt performer, and I hope he keeps doing more. Just keep your pants on please!!!

Real Rating: 4 White Chicks

Nobody

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Nobody is the type of action movie I love, fun, gritty, and a touch of comedy which really broadens the horizons for Bob Odenkirk!!!

Real Rating: 4 Kitty Cat Bracelets

What I Like:

-It has been a while since I seen a pure good action comedy, it reminded me of the good old times of 90’s action movies with pure good practical actions scenes, not CGI made action scenes, the fighting was great, very gritty and very bloody that actually makes sense for this film, and the comedy was funny and on point, not corny like a 90’s action movie, it is the action movie I actually love to watch

-I never thought I would see Bob Odenkirk as an action film star, I always seen him as a comedic actor with a way of words to get him out of a situation, for one great example, Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul, here he proves himself that he does have what it takes to be an action star, and i was pretty impressed in seeing him go at it in these action scenes, and being very BA, this may open up doors for Odenkirk, and I’m all for it

-The villain is also a typical 90’s action villain, an eccentric Russian, played by Aleksei Serebryakov, a guy who seems like a fun guy to be with, but can get crazy in a split second, I sort of miss those kind of villains that are weird, but scary at the same time

-Without spoiling it, there are a couple actors that you would not expect to be in an action movie, and it was a pleasant surprise, and really fun to watch them in action, and I will leave it at that

The So So:

-For this type of action film it is a little bit of the guy going back to his past and revenge type of ordeal, but I like how the story kind of twists it to something sort of unique to make this a fun action film

What I Didn’t Like:

-Especially in the final action scene, there were some moments that were way too outrageous that had me say, “Really now?” it can be minor, but it did leave me with some questions about physics

Overall:

I really enjoyed this movie. It was an action movie that not only I love but I missed, cuz I haven’t seen something like this for a long time. It reminded me of the 90’s action film with the practical effects and gritty fight scenes, and less corny jokes and one liners. The most surprising thing about this film is that it showed that Bob Odenkirk has what it takes to be a good action star, and I believe this expands his horizons to more movies he can do. I’m excited for him. After all that said, maybe it may not do well in the box office (who knows with Corona), but I definitely believe this will be a cult classic for sure!!!

Real Rating: 4 Kitty Cat Bracelets

Sound of Metal

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Sound of Metal wasn’t what I thought it would be, and I mean that in a pleasant way!!!

Real Rating: 4 Moments of Silence

What I Like:

-I thought this was going to be some kind of against all odds type of story, and continuing to be who you can despite the major speed bumps, cliched, yes, but it didn’t go down that route whatsoever, instead it is more of a story of adapting and accepting what has happened to you, in this case, a heavy metal drummer going deaf and not getting everything he needs at once which made it unique in its own way

-Riz Ahmed really acted tremoundesly of a person suffering with what has happened to him, and how he endured with his disability, it was interesting to watch, especially during his time in the rehab clinic where he is working for the community and really excelling in it

-The biggest thing that made this film fun to watch was the sound editing and mixing, hearing the character going deaf, and hearing the mixture of noise and silence made it a viewing and hearing pleasure, and also added an authentic touch

The So So:

-Without spoiling it, the way it ended was not what I was expecting, and though I get and understand why it went down that certain route which once again makes it unique, I wanted something more uplifting in the end

What I Didn’t Like:

-With the title and the premise of this movie, I expected to hear more heavy metal music, mainly drumming music like what I saw in the film Whiplash, but no, didn’t really get that, and I was slightly disappointed

Overall:

Going in, I expected something, going out, it was something different. With that said, it was still a pleasant surprise with a unique story. A story with a strong lead acting in Riz Ahmed, and some of the best sound editing that will make you say, Oscar worthy. Not the ending I hoped for, but an ending that does make you think, and give you a unique spin in accepting a personal tragedy. In that regard, it is worth the watch!!!

Real Rating: 4 Moments of Silence