Cry Macho

The film's logo above Clint Eastwood in a cowboy hat and the tagline: "A story about being lost... and found."

Cry Macho isn’t quite as I expected, which is a good thing in my standpoint, but it is boring!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Roosters

What I Like:

-Not much really

The So So:

-The culture it tried to show in Mexico is somewhat positive, but it does focus a lot on the bad things and poverty, not sure what it is trying to prove, but in the end, it wasn’t effective enough
-The acting was decent, Eduardo Minett did a decent job, but at times he sounded way too spoiled, and Clint Eastwood is the best we got in his age which for some of you all that is a good thing

What I Didn’t Like:

-The pacing, the point of the story, the acting, it all really made the execution of everything really slow, I felt like I was riding through the desert with them and just want to fall asleep, it really was that boring

Overall:

I’m not sure what was the point of all this. I don’t think they tried to show the country of Mexico in a positive light. Aside from that, it was way too slow. Having Clint Eastwood talk in all of this just doesn’t do anything to make it good. Maybe Eastwood is trying to rehash his old western cowboy movies days, but honestly, he just needs to leave it all behind and retire. Maybe that is a favor for all of us!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Roosters

Copshop

In a colorful comic book-style format, the main characters of the film.

Copshop has a Tarantino-esque type of ordeal with the fun dialogue and action, but in the end, it is a typical action film!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Jail Cells

What I Like:

-If you like Quentin Tarantino movies, this one will intrigue you, the dialogue and banter is funny, and the action scenes are a lot of fun
-The acting was really good, Gerard Butler and Frank Grillo do play along well together, and Alexis Louder was great as well in her role

The So So:

-Is it crazy and weird, you’re darn right it is, but it is just the right amount of crazy and weird for you to enjoy and not be overwhelmed by it

What I Didn’t Like:

-In the end of it all, it is just a typical over the top action movie, did it bring anything new to the table, not really, and without spoiling it, there is a part I knew was going to happen, but hoped it didn’t, but low and behold it did

Overall:

As I said before, this definitely had a Quinten Tarantino film vibe. The dialogue was funny and interesting. The action had the right blend of crazy and weird with a little bit of fun. It is a typical action movie in the end, but it is a good watch when you have the time to do so!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Jail Cells

The Card Counter

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The Card Counter is a twist of many different things, but Oscar Isaac’s acting is superb!!!

Real Rating:

4 Grey and Black Suits and Ties

What I Like:

-I really enjoyed Oscar Isaac in his role, the way he made himself into a mystery protagonist made it engaging to watch, you’re not sure what he is feeling, but when moments get fun it is, and when moments get tense, it can be scary
-The execution of themes between fun, to creepy, to downright scary really can take a toll on your emotions in a good way

The So So:

-The story can be all over the place, and I had a hard time seeing the main point, but with the execution of everything, it all flowed very well, and it kept you guessing on what will happen next
-The chemistry between Isaac and Tiffany Haddish is weird to watch, but it did have a genuine purpose of why things went the way it did
-The scenes where it became dark and creepy can take a toll on you emotionally, but they are quick and it is gone before you can process it

What I Didn’t Like:

-Some scenes can drag and can go on unnecessarily too long

Overall:

What made this film great was Oscar Isaac’s acting. What made it interesting was the shifts in tone and themes that makes it engaging. It can drag at times, it can be fun at times, and at times, it can be disturbing. It is a film that can keep you guessing on what will happen. In this circumstance, it is the execution that made it unique to watch!!!

Real Rating:

4 Grey and Black Suits and Ties

Kate

A young girl pointing her fingers like a gun, and bruised and batter a woman holding up a gun with a silencer, and a serious looking bald man. At the bottom of the poster is the rear spoilers of a sports car.

If it wasn’t for the colorful, cool action scenes, Kate is one big pile of cliches!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Poisons

What I Like:

-The colorfulness of the scenes in Osaka, Japan was cool to watch during this whole ordeal
-The action and fight scenes is what makes this watchable at the very least

The So So:

-I know the story was written to explain, but for the two main leads to be American in Japan may put a bad taste in my mouth, and don’t get me wrong, the acting was good enough, but there is something that does seem off, and possibly wrong

What I Didn’t Like:

-You have seen all the action flicks in your life, and when you watch this one, it seems it has all all of those movies in this one, I just knew what was going to happen right from the beginning of the movie, it was that bad that I lost focus of watching film, and not caring what happens next, cuz I know what will happen and I was practically 95% correct

Overall:

Simply put, if it wasn’t for the colorful and cool action scenes, this would’ve been more than forgettable. It is a film that makes sense to be on Netflix, and take what you can get. It is one wretched pile of tropes and cliches from any past action movie you’ve seen. Makes me wonder why Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Woody Harrelson would take on this film. I don’t know, but it is a bleep in their otherwise stellar film careers!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Poisons

Cinderella

Cinderella in purple ballgown, flanked by the other characters

Cinderella is a unique spin and colorful cinematography, but the music is not original which can be a good thing or bad thing!!!

Real Rating:

3 Mice

What I Like:

-I really enjoyed the cinematography and the set designs, it was really colorful and bright and fun for the eyes
-The acting and singing from the actors were pretty good for the most part, I mean, can you go wrong with Camila Cabello and Idina Menzel

The So So:

-The story was practically Cinderella, but they did take some liberties in changing the story, some are good, like having the fairy godmother a guy which worked very well, and other liberties I can’t say without spoiling it, but there were other liberties which didn’t quite hit the mark for me
-There were some original songs which were nice, but a lot of the musical performances were from other songs we know, some were fun, but others didn’t quite work well, especially the final performances

What I Didn’t Like:

-It is still practically the same Cinderella story
-Why does James Corden have to be in every musical?

Overall:

It is a musical from a classic story. If you love the story you will either enjoy it, or hate it. Personally, it is not bad, but not great either. It did take some liberties, and it either worked or didn’t. The music was great, but I like the original songs better than the remakes of the other classic songs. It is colorful and fun, but nothing really blew me away. So take it as you will when you watch it on Amazon Prime!!!

Real Rating:

3 Mice

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a fun and unique Marvel film even though it was a predictable in the end!!!

Real Rating: 4 Dragon Scales

What I Like:

-The biggest thing is the Asian representation, they finally have a Marvel movie with an Asian lead that was good and not stereotypical, it is the Asian’s version of Black Panther
-The action, especially in the beginning was a lot of fun, you have some good hand to hand combat with great choreography, and with some great cinematography in the background
-The acting was great for the most part, Simu Liu had what it takes to be in a Marvel film, and what they did with the Mandarin just made a lot of sense for villain purposes, everybody in the main cast really had a purpose which they executed well

The So So:

-I liked the story two thirds of the way, they started off with a bang with the action and the character development was unraveled in the middle for a good story on family and purpose, with that said, the third act, though it was fun, it was very predictable on how things went down which was very obvious

What I Didn’t Like:

-Some scenes were way too dark for me to enjoy, CGI and smog really didn’t mix in the end
-Without spoiling it, it does continue the Marvel narrative, but left me with unanswered questions which I am forced to wait on
-Awkwafina’s voice, but not for the reasons from woke Twitter

Overall:

I do believe the Asian community will be proud of it, and have a person to call their Marvel hero. It was definitely needed. It is a lot of fun with the action, choreography, and cinematography that is eye candy for everyone. The acting was great, and the surprises will be enjoyed. The story was good enough despite the predictability in the end. Regardless, this hero will be important in the future of the MCU, and I’m here for that!!!

Real Rating:

4 Dragon Scales

Candyman

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Candyman brings in the creepiness for sure, but I sort of wish the story gave me more of this legendary horror character!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Shadow Puppets

What I Like:

-For a horror pic, this brought out the creepiness, it didn’t rely on jump scares or scary figures to give us that horror experience, it just built tension which is enough to give what you are asking for
-I give credit to director Nia DaCosta for her cinematography and her way of making the legendary character creepy than scary

The So So:

-I do give credit to Jordan Peele and company in adding more depth to The Candyman legend, and giving undertones of racial tensions of the past and present, I just wish I would’ve seen more of Candyman instead of in flashes, see him in the flesh, but I understand why they did it that way

What I Didn’t Like:

-I wanted more gore, just didn’t really felt like a Candyman movie without some more blood splatter, and I wanted more Candyman action as well, it ended with me wanting more, maybe I need to summon him by myself (actually maybe not)

Overall:

I will say it again, the story added more depth to the legend of Candyman and why he is more than just a horror figure. Director Nia DaCosta had a plan with this picture, and it worked. It ended with me wanting more of Candyman. I guess I actually wanted more gore in this film which is rare for me to say. Reagrdless, this is some creative storytelling that horror enthusiasts should enjoy, and the racial themes it brings out can make you think at the very least. That is where Jordan Peele excels in his film writing!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Shadow Puppets

Vacation Friends

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Vacation Friends may seem like a familiar comedy, but the charm of their leads does offer some good humor!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Drugs

What I Like:

-What made this comedy work was their leads, especially John Cena and Lil Rel Howery, John Cena actually had some charm in a crazy way, but no matter how crazy he really is, he has a lot of heart, and for Lil Rel, he was like an everyman that you can relate to who learns something about himself and his purpose, the chemistry between the two really worked

The So So:

-The story and execution of it may seem something we have already seen before, Meet the Parents comes to my mind, but the craziness this film brings does bring in a unique twist that makes it enjoyable and funny

What I Didn’t Like:

-Some of the comedy were misses, I mean a joke about drugs all the time can lose out its luster after the original joke

Overall:

It is a typical comedy that you would see since maybe the 50’s. However, when you have good leads that give you a great charming attitude to yourself, you have to just laugh at all the craziness that ensues. I enjoyed it for what it is, and John Cena and Lil Rel Howery do brings some fun chemistry with each other. It is on Hulu, so what do you have to lose? If you need a laugh, this will be a decent one for sure!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Drugs

Beckett

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Beckett had potential, but the execution of everything made it flatter than it should’ve been!!!

Real Rating:

3 Activists

What I Like:

-I believe John David Washington did his best in this series, didn’t have much dialogue, all he really did was run away, a lot, for his life, but his facial expressions really did the acting in this case

The So So:

-The premise had potential of being a good action film, but as the story unravels, there were a lot of things that didn’t make sense, the execution on the action was here and there as well, some parts were cool, some parts actually look kind of dumb

What I Didn’t Like:

-It took some liberties to make this unique, but one thing I didn’t like is that there was barely and music which took away a lot of the thrills in scenes that is supposed to be intense, in the end, it made it more boring

Overall:

This movie had a lot of potential, but the execution of most things really didn’t pan out. It made a thriller fall really flat. Not even John David Washington’s facial expressions and running away couldn’t quite save this from mediocrity. It is on Netflix, and if you have time to spend, I guess watch it. However, don’t say I didn’t warn you!!!

Real Rating:

3 Activists

Reminiscence

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Reminiscence had a lot of potential, but it turned out to be a big slogfest!!!

Real Rating:

2 Hugh Jackman’s Voiceovers

What I Like:

-Honestly, the premise is what peaked my interest, a dystopian mystery featuring Hugh Jackman, it had potential to show why climate change is important showing the city of Miami looking like Venice, Italy, it showed a lot of promise

The So So:

-Hugh Jackman is great, but you can only take so much of hearing his soft spoken voiceovers which was practically the whole movie, didn’t know Hugh Jackman could put me to sleep

What I Didn’t Like:

-There may be something good hidden in there, but it was a major slogfest, it was so boring, luckily it was on HBO Max, so when I fell asleep, I could rewind in what I missed, it was that bad for me, the execution didn’t do justice to the story they were trying to tell

Overall:

I love Hugh Jackman. He is a man of many talents. However, this one is not one of his memorable performances. I do believe the execution is what ruined everything. It was so slow from beginning to end that I didn’t care about the conclusion of the mystery. I kept falling asleep to the voice of Hugh Jackman. I guess I know what to do if I have insomnia, just watch this movie!!!

Real Rating:

2 Hugh Jackman’s Voiceovers