The Photograph (Sidenote: Playing With Fire)

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The Photograph has an interesting story, but in the end, it was way too sappy for my liking!!!

Real Rating: 3 Photographs

What I Like:

-The chemistry between Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield does look genuine
-The story for me was interesting seeing about how work can prevent you from caring, let alone, loving somebody, shows how busy a successful life can be
-The background music of jazz and neo-soul added a nice touch to the tone of this film

The So So:

-Nothing really in the middle, it follows my taste of what I like and dislike in a romance movie

What I Didn’t Like:

-In the end, this film got way too sappy for me, I guess one of my main reasons is I’m asking myself, “Why should I care about these two?, I guess it was too genuine for me

Overall:

It is a typical romance type of movie. It wasn’t really a romantic comedy. The story is interesting about two people with successful jobs dealing with their relationship issues which really weren’t huge issues at all. In the end, I cared more about their jobs than their relationships. In my book, that is a fail, but I’m not the right one to judge in these types of films!!!

Real Rating: 3 Photographs

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(Sidenote: Playing with Fire- Right now anything from Nickelodeon will not appease me, and this film is a prime example. It is a kid’s movie, but the way too juvenileness will make parents want to run into the fire. The comedy was not funny, even with Keegan-Michael Key and John Leguizamo. The story was very cliched and predictable, and the characters weren’t really genuinely relatable. Overall, another miss by Nickelodeon!!!
Real Rating: 2.5 Stars)

 

Sonic the Hedgehog

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Sonic the Hedgehog may have a predictable and juvenile story, but it had a lot of charm and Jim Carrey makes it sort of worth it!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Donut Lords

What I Like:

-Jim Carrey as the famed video game villain, Dr. Robotnik was great, you get Jim Carrey at his finest, and I really enjoyed seeing his obsessive behavior, it was fun seeing him
-This film had a lot of charm which works great for a kids movie, the biggest reason why is because Ben Schwartz voicing Sonic worked really well, and the chemistry with James Marsden really made it authentic
-The action scenes worked well, didn’t really look too fake at all, and that is not easy to do

The So So:

-The comedy was very juvenile, but then again, what did you expect from a kid’s movie, though there are some parts that got me laughing, especially with the things Dr. Robotnik and Sonic says, but do they really have to add a fart joke, smh

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story was very predictable mainly because it is a typical kid’s movie, it is not surprising, but definitely not fresh

Overall:

Although I wasn’t a fan of changing Sonic’s look because of public outcry, because it makes these “fans” too entitled to speak their minds, I’m glad the new classic look worked. The story may be way too ordinary, but the comedy kept it afloat and the charm and Jim Carrey makes it sort of worth. I use to play the original video games, and watching this film does actually bring back memories. For that I appreciate it!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Donut Lords

Fantasy Island

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Fantasy Island had a lot of potential, but the conclusion just became a serious mess!!!

Real Rating: 3 Fantasies

What I Like:

-The premise of this story was very intriguing about how not all fantasies will end well, the fact that I never watched the TV show is probably why I give this a higher rating, I thought the writing for the first two thirds of this film was actually good
-The cinematography of the island which is the island of Fiji, was awesome, it did look like paradise

The So So:

-I thought the acting was decent, Michael Pena as Mr. Roarke was great, and I also enjoyed Maggie Q’s characterization as well, everybody else was a hit or miss but the character of Melanie was really eye rolling for me

What I Didn’t Like:

-The last part of the film really came rolling down to a serious mess, at first I liked how each fantasy was intertwined with each other, but the twist and payoff at the end was just rushed, confusing, and really badly executed, it was a huge letdown, and the fan service in the end was just really stupid
-Having this film as a horror/suspense film, probably didn’t do justice for the fans of the TV show

Overall:

As I said before, I thought this started off pretty good. It kept my interest with the characters and their fantasies. However, the conclusion was so bad. It’s like having a great appetizer and entree, but the worst dessert ever. It’s a shame really, it’s like they had great writers at first, but they all quit, and got amateurs to finish it. Regardless, I believe the TV show is still much better!!!

Real Rating: 3 Fantasies

 

Downhill (Sidenote: Jay and Silent Bob Reboot)

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Downhill is an awkward bore, yes they made it possible to make it that way!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Skis

What I Like:

-Pretty much the only bright spot in this film was the acting by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, I thought her emotions were expressed very authentically and good to see

The So So:

-The story had a lot of potential, I knew going in it was going to be a dramedy, and the setup was rushed, but pretty good, but the execution the rest of the way just fell way too flat

What I Didn’t Like:

-Once it fell flat it was all downhill (pun intended), it was just too awkward and boring, the chemistry between Will Ferrell and Dreyfus did not feel genuine enough to earn the ending it did, it left me very unsatisfied

Overall:

As I said before, the premise of the story started off interestingly good and then it was an avalanche after that. It was just an unmerited awkwardness that wasn’t really that funny, and in the end, it was just straight up boring. It’s too bad really, and a wasted role for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who doesn’t do movie roles often, and probably be a while after this slog!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Skis

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(Sidenote: Jay and Silent Bob Reboot- Some movies that Kevin Smith does are either really good or really bad. Add this to the really bad column. It just seems that this film was just made for fan service with bringing back gags from before, and crazy cameos that sometimes feels forced. Overall, it really wasn’t that funny to me, and I actually expected better from Kevin Smith. So in a way, it was really disappointing to me!!!
Real Rating: 2.5 Stars)

Birds of Prey (Sidenote: Downton Abbey)

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Birds of Prey is a fun action movie with some great acting, even though the story can be too outrageous and weird at times!!!

Real Rating: 4 Leg Breaks

What I Like:

-The acting was great in this most notably Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn who really encapsulates her role as one of the famous Batman villains, and brings it as her own character, I also really enjoyed Ewan McGregor as Black Mask, he was very intimidating at times as a shot caller type of villain, but there were times where he was really weird, but with the tone of the movie, it works
-The tone and action was really fun and incredible, I give credit to director Cathy Yan for making it very dark and colorful, the fight scene at the clubhouse was such a spectacular scene that was fun and awesome that I have to see it again
The So So:

-There was a lot of weird and quirky moments, like Mr. Zsasz weird moments with Black Mask, and the comedy was hit or miss sometime, but it works with the tone of what the film is really all about
-The other characters like Black Canary, Renee Montoya, and Huntress really worked well even though their roles were small at times

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story with Harley Quinn as the narrator was a little choppy which kind of ruined the flow at times
-Also the tone can be too outrageous for my liking, which I understand that is what they are going for, but it doesn’t necessarily make it great

Overall:

Fans of Harley Quinn will not be disappointed. Margot Robbie as the villain in her own story really worked well, and made it her own without any dependance with anybody. There was other great acting like Ewan McGregor as Black Mask and among others. Plus the fun and colorful direction Cathy Yan, it can really be seen as a true and deranged work of art!!!

Real Rating: 4 Leg Breaks

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(Sidenote: Downton Abbey- I will make this real quick. I don’t understand the fuss of of this TV show and now movie. I just found it boring and uninteresting. Maybe for fans you get what you want, but for me it was a great sleeping pill!!!
Real Rating: 2 Stars)

The Rhythm Section (Sidenote: The Lighthouse, Parasite, and Pain and Glory)

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The Rhythm Section was a thriller, only without the thrills!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Explosions

What I Like:

-This film had some cool action moments, especially that car chase, which sort of peaked my interest

The So So:

-I thought Blake Lively did a fine job, but I wouldn’t consider her an action star, at least not yet

What I Didn’t Like:

-This film is suppose to be a thriller, but I wasn’t thrilled at all, the execution was subpar, and with a cliched storyline, I pretty much knew how this film goes down, despite the “twist” in the end

Overall:

I didn’t expect much before I watched this film, but I expected to be somewhat thrilled. I didn’t get to the edge of my seat, I barely was in the middle of it. The execution for the most part was subpar, with a cliched storyline, and it was predictable. With a lot of good actors, I honestly expected better. I shouldn’t be surprised, but I can say, I am just a little bit with how deadpan this film is!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Explosions

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(Sidenote: The Lighthouse- Add this film to one of the weirdest movie I have ever seen. I give credit to the creepiness of Willem Dafoe, and director Robert Eggers for making a black and white film creepy as well. With all that said, it was too weird for my liking. It was hard for me to keep my interest until that crazy ending. I felt the tone was all over the place as well. I could see why these actors gone mad in the end!!!
Real Rating: 3 Stars)

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(Sidenote: Parasite- For a foreign film, this had some great story telling. I liked the theme of a poor family trying to leach off a rich family. That part was pure genius. With that said, the way the whole movie went down was crazy to say the least. The themes just changed so quick and messes with your mind, that I don’t know how good this film got. It is interesting to say the least, and I recommend it even if it is a foreign film!!!
Real Rating 4 Stars)

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(Sidenote: Pain and Glory- This foreign film you see a side of Antonio Banderas that you never seen before playing a washed away filmmaker dealing with pain and depression. It is an interesting take seeing how his life unwinded from childhood until now in many different takes in the past and present. Very well thought out story at the very least!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Stars)

The Gentlemen (Sidenote: Jojo Rabbit)

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The Gentlemen took some time for me to get use to hearing all the different British accents, but once the film got going I enjoyed what it offered!!!

Real Rating: 4 C-Words

What I Like:

-The different characters in this film and their roles, especially Hugh Grant, Colin Farrell, and Matthew McConaughey, their roles were entertainingly quirky and really made this film funny to watch
-The last two thirds of the film was just some great story telling that really made it worthwhile for me to stick to the end

The So So:

-It took me a while to get use to the accents by all these British characters, they were all different, and McConaughey seemed like he started with an accent and forgot it in the end, once I got use to it, I can enjoy the film more

What I Didn’t Like:

-The comedy I didn’t get too much, there were very minimal parts where I actually laughed out loud, but for this film, I enjoyed the drama more than the comedy

Overall:

Once I got used to everything British, I did sit back and enjoy the film for what it really brings. A good gangster film with a well put together story that was enjoyable to the end. The acting and character development was great, and I give kudos to director Guy Ritchie into adding substance to a film that has already been done before!!!

Real Rating: 4 C-Words

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(Sidenote: Jojo Rabbit- I never thought a movie involving Hitler would be funny, but that’s what Taika Waititi did. The beginning of the film was hilarious satire about Germany during World War II, but the genius part was how it got serious in the end to really make you think. This was a well put together story mixing comedy and drama in a way only Taika Waititi can do. Bravo to him!!!
Real Rating: 4 Stars)