Color Out of Space

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Color Out of Space is weird, but it is a beautiful weirdness!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Alpacas

What I Like:

-The cinematography is spectacular, the way director Richard Stanley mixes the color purple in the scenes is great, and it knows when to look spooky and when to look beautiful

The So So:

-The story is pretty straight forward, something happens and things just get weirder and more dangerous, plotwise is nothing great, but at the very lest, it is easy to follow
-Nicolas Cage’s eccentric acting, you will either love it or hate it, as for me it made me laugh which is probably not the movie’s intention

What I Didn’t Like:

-It did end on a tragic note, not to give too much away, but the way the characters of the family were developed, you expected something a good conclusion for the family, instead it just gets weirder and weirder

Overall:

Does the film has its flaws, yes, but if you watch it for what it is, you may be entertained. It is a sci fi in a very weird fashion. With all that said, the cinematography that mixes the color of purple really made this a beautiful spectacle. Yes, Niclas Cage is in it, but don’t worry about him. Just watch how things unravel!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Alpacas

Greyhound

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Greyhound doesn’t give anything spectacular, but the grounded action is thrilling to watch!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Non Eaten Lunch Trays

What I Like:

-For Tom Hanks he acted very well which is expected, but the fact that he wrote the screenplay I am impressed, I know writing a story like that is not easy, and Hanks really did well with all the details it entails
-The film is 90 minutes, and that was perfect, it got to the point of the story, and you just sit back and watch how it all unfolds

The So So:

The action wasn’t anything spectacular, no type of Michael Bay, Roland Emmerich, or even Antoine Fuqua, it is a grounded World War II naval war movie, it brought a sense of realism to what is really like during that aspect of this war, and I appreciate that, with that said, it can make it boring at times

What I Didn’t Like:

-The film is pretty much the point of view by the commanding officer, which is fine, but it does sacrifice the character development of everybody else, and there was a lot of naval jargon which can get redundant and flat for a movie, they might as well got rid of the beginning part of the commanding officer and his love interest, and just get on with the battles

Overall:

It’s a good grounded historical naval war movie, but don’t expect anything spectacular that you may be use to. Though the groundedness in its action and the tense moments does make it good to watch. Tom Hanks really does what he does best, and you can just appreciate taking on a role of leadership in this film, and see how it goes down in history!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Non Eaten Lunch Trays

Palm Springs

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Palm Springs does bring a unique way of involving a rom com with sci fi, sort of, Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti really made it work somehow!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Wake Ups

What I Like:

-Cristin Milioti and surprisingly Andy Samberg really made this story work, their development and their ideologies of life in general really made it interesting to watch, Samberg is still goofy and what not, but in his serious parts, I thought he did real well, and show great chemistry with Milioti, and made the whole ordeal genuine
-The theme of how you view life, and how different it can be from one person to another is fascinating to watch, and how you approach with things like being stuck in a time loop, shows your true character, that can be inspirational for people

The So So:

-The story is definitely something we have seen before, with that said, the different angles they put on it does have a unique twist that works, it does make it fun to see what will happen next

What I Didn’t Like:

-Even though this is a rom com, I didn’t feel the love is merited, and maybe because it is rushed in the end, but I felt it might of been forced too abruptly
-Yes dealing with time jumps or time in general can lead to plotholes and loopholes, and this one is no different, even then it is minor, but hard for me to shake off, so maybe it’s just me

Overall:

Yes this film has some minor flaws, but it is still a fascinating story to see. It may tickle your soul on how you view life, and that could be a great thing. Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti really made this story work in the end. Watch it with an open mind, and you may get something that can make you think!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Wake Ups

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga may appease to fans who love this kind of thing, but the typical humor from Will Ferrell can get old real quick!!!

Real Rating: 3 Elves

What I Like:

-The charm between Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams was nice to see

The So So:

-It is not my cup of tea, but for fans of these type of singing shows will most likely love it, it does bring great moments like some of the performances and the sing off in the party were great, but for me it was whatever, it’s not my type of thing
-Some of the comedy was hit and miss, but the scenes with the Americans actually made me laugh

What I Didn’t Like:

-This is a typical Will Ferrell type of humor which can be a good thing or a bad thing, in this case, it was a bad thing because seeing Ferrell a inconsiderate jerk most of the times really doesn’t bode well for him, let alone that some of the jokes were not really funny
-A thin story doesn’t help much either, it just loses its effectiveness

Overall:

It is a typical Will Ferrell comedy, but this time around it is more on the obnoxious side of things which doesn’t work right. The hot and miss comedy and thin story did not help at all. With all that said, the musical performance which is the main point of this film, really does flourish. Fans of these type of contests would really enjoy this for sure. As for me, it wasn’t really my thing, but for those that do like it, more power to you!!!

Real Rating: 3 Elves

 

The Old Guard

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The Old Guard turns a comic book movie to a very grounded and gritty which makes a good story and decent action!!!

Real Rating: 4 Bone Breaks

What I Like:

-The story was great, it made a comic book story from fantastical to very gritty and grounded, I give it credit for making characters with immortal powers very emotional and and making their power not as great as it sounds on paper
-The acting of these immortal warriors were great with their character development, especially Charlize Theron as the leader of the group, I swear, when she is in great action movies, she excels, and want to see more of that

The So So:

-The action was decent, I loved hearing the bone crunching in the fights, and the Bourne movies style of  of choreography and cinematography, but it wasn’t any action that blew my mind, not that is a bad thing, cuz the story definitely makes up for it

What I Didn’t Like:

-As great the story is, the minor twists were predictable, but not effective enough to bring the movie down

Overall:

I enjoyed this comic book film but not for the action, which was decent, but the grounded story really made this a good watch. Charlize Theron and the rest of the gang provided great characters for us to care for in the execution of their character development. It is fun, enjoyable, and thrilling enough to enjoy a Netflix movie night or Party with this one!!!

Real Rating: 4 Bone Breaks

John Henry

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John Henry is horrible in acting, writing, and direction, ironically, I wasn’t bored!!!

Real Rating: 2 Sledgehammers

What I Like:

-The only thing I give credit for is that it wasn’t boring

The So So:

-It is definitely not its intention, but I found it hilarious, even on the serious parts with how bad the execution and acting, it is up there with hilariously bad movies like The Room

What I Didn’t Like:

-What can I say, everything is bad with this, the acting seemed phoned in, the direction seemed like the budget was very, very low, and the writing was way too predictable, I’m surprised that Terry Crews took this role, heck it is even too low for Chris “Ludacris” Bridges standards
-I was hoping for some great gory action involving sledgehammers, but I didn’t even get that, everything violent act was played off screen which is greatly disappointing
-They could’ve had a good message about immigration, but it just runs way too thin in that aspect

Overall:

This was just a terrible movie, and not sure why Netflix even bothered for this film to be produced. I’m surprised Terry Crews and Ludacris took these roles. I’m surprised this story was even written outside of high school students. With all that said, I was just entertained and laughing in how bad this film is. It is up in the status of The Room of hilariously bad films. So I give it credit for not making it boring, but not for the reasons they want it to be!!!

Real Rating: 2 Sledgehammers

The Outpost

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The Outpost had a slow start, but a thrilling end does make the ends meet!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Random Explosions

What I Like:

-The final battle scene was great to watch seeing the soldiers being surprised attacked, and fighting to stay alive in their outpost of Afghanistan, a lot of gunshot, explosion and death

The So So:

-The acting was decent, it is what you see with relationships with different soldiers from differing places, just funny hearing Orlando Bloom in a US Southern accent, some of the acting was subpar too, but nothing too distracting
-For a movie in the recent war in Afghanistan, I expected it to be more bloody, not gory bloody, but definitely more blood than what they showed, and with war movies it needs to be as real as possible

What I Didn’t Like:

-It really had a slow and dragging start, I get that it is needed for character development, but I believe they could’ve done it in a better way, because of that, I didn’t really cared for who died or not in the final battle

Overall:

As a war film, it could’ve been better. With that said, that final battle scene was the greatest part of the whole movie. It has their thrilling and fun even though it wasn’t bloody enough for me. The slow start really affected the film tremendously, but if you’re patient, you will get somewhat of a satisfying ending!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Random Explosions

Irresistible

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Irresistible is a very interesting film, where John Stewart directed his point effectively, despite the fact I hate political jargon crap!!!

Real Rating: 4 Campaigns

What I Like:

-John Stewart directed this political satire film, and I thought he did a great job in execution, dialogue, and getting his point across, bravo to him
-The acting of Steve Carrell was great as a democratic campaign manager, and loved the dialogue between him and Rose Byrne, who played the republican campaign manager, it was fun rivalry banter between them

The So So:

-Without spoiling it, the big twist at the end gave me mixed feelings and emotions, it is crazy what desperate people will do to benefit themselves, families, and communities, I hated it but was greatly astonished about how things went down in the small town of Deerlaken, Wisconsin

What I Didn’t Like:

-I hate politics, I hate hearing all that CNN and MSNBC jargon that actually confuses me more than understand, bottomline, I just don’t care for it, and this movie is full of it, maybe for some of you all will love it, but for me, it is meh

Overall:

I did like this film for what it is. I was impressed with the direction of John Stewart in making this political satire. It is entertaining enough, especially if you are fan of The Daily Show. With great acting by Steve Carell and Rose Byrne, you will be entertained by their banter. As for me political movies are exhausting for me emotionally, and really don’t care for!!!

Real Rating: 4 Campaigns

My Spy (Sidenote: Greed)

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My Spy does have a sweet charm to it, but in the end, it is a hugely cliched spy movie!!!

Real Rating: 3 Blueberries

What I Like:

-For a film with a big former wrestler action star and a little girl, it does have some charm to it, the relationship with Dave Bautista (Batista) and Chloe Coleman was sweet and effective during the emotional parts

The So So:

-It was very, very predictable, but without spoiling it, there is one part that I did not see coming, even though it was short lived, but I was mildly surprised
-Not sure with Batista’s acting whether he was directed that way or he really can’t act with a lot of emotion, I believe the former is true, but it did appear his acting was weird and awkward, but it kind of makes sense for the film

What I Didn’t Like:

-If you watched any spy film, you will know that this is a cliched mess, the predictability, the developments, and even the villain was all something we have seen before

Overall:

Now that this film was finally shown (Almost a year later from its initial release), it is what I expected since the first trailer. It is a cliched, but a sweet and charming spy film involving children. You can add Batista to the list of action stars dealing with kids in film. Not sure why they have to go through with that, but some of them are good and some of them can be really awkward. For this film it is right around the middle. It could have been a lot better, but it isn’t bad either. I’m just glad it finally got its release date, and finally showed it!!!

Real Rating: 3 Blueberries

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(Sidenote: Greed – This film definitely had identity issues of being a political satire (or for real), drama, or some kind of biopic documentary. Regardless, I was mildly entertained and amused. Even though Steve Coogan acted well with his character, but his character of fashion mogul, Sir Richard McCreadie, was definitely not a likable character. Him, and his family, just make you hate on greedy rich people who don’t care about anything. Maybe that is its main point, but it could’ve been more effective in it!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Sewing Machines)

7500

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7500 is a basic thriller that is also intimate that creates a chill like never before!!!

Real Rating: 4 Pilots

What I Like:

-Joseph Gordon-Levitt (JGL), who hasn’t acted in film in a while, really gave a great performance where he showed a lot of emotion, and keeping a cool head when everywhere else is going crazy, even like talking to the terrorist to calm down the situation really speaks volumes to his character
-Everything in the film pretty much happens in the cockpit of the airplane, because of that it does create a thrill of seeing and hearing what the protagonist sees, you don’t know what is going one, and when the things you do know is going down you react, that’s why I call it an intimate thriller, being in one setting does create a unique thrill
-I also enjoyed actually seeing what really goes on in the cockpit with real pilots, it is an interesting watch to learn and understand

The So So:

-The thrills really comes from a basic story of terrorism, the rationale is some thing we all know too well and why it happens, with all that said, the way the execution happens really made it gut wrenchingly thrilling, and I applaud to director Patrick Vollrath for that

What I Didn’t Like:

-The character of one of the terrorist, Vedat, was an interesting character, but I wish I can understand more of him, and why he participated with the other terrorist, I want to learn more, and unfortunately for him, it was all too vague

Overall:

Yes, it is a typical thriller involving terrorist, but this give it a unique approach to view it in the eyes of a pilot post 9/11. It was very interesting, and I did enjoy the execution of the film and made us care. For a thriller to make you on the edge of your seat, it did its job effectively!!!

Real Rating: 4 Pilots