Old

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Old represents the best and worst of M. Night Shyamalan, at least his movies are always engaging!!!

Real Rating: 3 Names and Occupations

What I Like:

-It kept me engaged with the story’s concept, it made me want to see what will happen next, a talent that M. Night Shyamalan always have in his films
-The makeup is great, and really creative the effectiveness of what it wanted to achieve

The So So:

-The cinematography was awesome with the beach setting, which is always a plus for me, Shyamalan went with his inner Alfonso Cuaron in making long panoramic scenes, however, the fading of the images and scenes were really distracting and kind of ruined the whole moment of what it tries to achieve
-The acting either had some great dramatic moments, or some really cheesy and dumb moments, it was so tonally uneven that it ruins the flow at times

What I Didn’t Like:

-Shyamalan almost always likes to add a twist in his films, and this one was expected to happen, but for me, and without spoiling it, the twist I practically predicted from the middle of the movie, and with all that said, once the twist happens it left me with a lot of questions, but in the end it really made things really dumb, and the payoff wasn’t effective at all

Overall:

This film represents the best and worst that M. Night Shyamalan has to offer. The best is that his stories and concepts are always intriguing and it does keep you engaged to see what will happen. The worst is the usual Shyamalan twists that, in this case, really made the movie worse instead of mind blowingly better. This twist didn’t make too much sense, and really made it dumb in the end. With this latest entry for Shyamalan I thought his cinematography was good for the most part, but his execution with his actors needed some work. All in all, this will make you either like, hate, respect, or maybe all of the above in what M. Night Shyamalan does in his movies!!!

Real Rating: 3 Names and Occupations

Space Jam: A New Legacy

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Space Jam: A New Legacy may be too outrageous, may be derivative, and may lack total sense, but did I have fun watching it, you darn right I did!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Speedy Gonzales’s

What I Like:

-It did bring in a little nostalgia to a movie I loved as a kid, which I can appreciate, plus with all the surprise cameos and other themed scenes did make it fun and entertaining for me
-Don Cheadle playing the villain, Al G. Rhythm, was great, you can tell that Cheadle was having fun in this role, and really gave it his best
-The 3D animation of the game was pretty cool to watch
-It does have its funny moments which made me laugh out loud big time

The So So:

-It pretty much followed the same formula as the first one, but it gave me nostalgia, it was so much more outrageous than its predecessor, but it was entertaining, it lacked a total sense of sense, but seriously, who watches Space Jam for things to make sense, the craziness is what makes it fun, and that is what it brings out, at least the story brought more of an emotional impact this time around
-Is this a reason for Warner Brothers Studios to showcase all of their stuff in one sitting, yes, but at least it was a creative way of doing it

What I Didn’t Like

– Lebron James’ acting was not good, especially his voice acting, and he definitely had a lot more lines than Michael Jordan
-Without spoiling it, there was a character that was there, but it really gave no huge role, but just being there, and this character needed justice

Overall:

This is just like the first Space Jam movie, but only on the most expensive steroids you can find in Eastern Europe. There is a lot of things you can criticize as a movie, but just like the first movie, you don’t care. Why? Because it was fun and entertaining to watch. I’m personally glad to see the Looney Tunes back which is a big part of my childhood. My love for the game of basketball will always keep me happy in any theme for a movie. The surprises and cameos makes it enjoyable, even for adults. Lastly, it was nostalgic for me. For all its flaws this time around, they are still fun flaws, and I don’t care what anybody says, I enjoyed it!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Speedy Gonzales’s

Gunpowder Milkshake

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Gunpowder Milkshake is a fun action flick, but it does lack good depth in their story and character development!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Laughing Gases

What I Like:

-I give a lot of credit to director Navot Papushado for making this film fun, the action scenes were entertaining, the set designs were beautifully crafted, and the color and cinematography was definitely a work of art

The So So:

-They have a tremendous cast in this, but I felt almost all the character were one dimensional, it really lacked some substantial character depth to add any type of emotional impact, but having the women be stone cold assassins really brings out the entertainment level at the very least

What I didn’t Like:

-The story lacked a lot of depth as well, with all the action in the world, I didn’t really like the stakes for all of this calamities to happen, I almost believed that Michael Bay or Zack Snyder was involved with this somehow, and when some developed moments happen, it just seemed slow and flat

Overall:

It is entertaining with amazingly shot scenes. I do give it credit for that. The acting did well with what it had to execute the best they can. It just needed some more impactful depth to everything else. It didn’t really made me care about the main characters that much. All it made me care about is seeing great action scenes which really did its part. Regardless, it is a fun film to watch on Netflix when you need a movie to watch!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Laughing Gases

Black Widow

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Black Widow is everything you need it to be with a Marvel movie, and a well overdue backstory for the character, but it didn’t blow me away!!!

Real Rating: 4 Bad Russian Accents

What I Like:

-It has everything you expect in a Marvel movie, the fight scenes were very Jason Bourne-ish, and the overall action was great, plus all the minimal Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) tie ins, makes this an enjoyable experience
-The story was a good spy story, something we didn’t have in the MCU since Captain America: The WInter Soldier, the villains are a force to be reckoned with

The So So:

-It finally gave some backstory for the character of Black Widow, and gives you an even more of an understanding of where she comes from, which was great, but way overdue, I just don’t understand why this films starts out phase four of the MCU, with the setting of this film, it should’ve came out in phase three after Captain America: Civil War and before Avengers: Infinity War, the timing of this was off
-The acting was good, especially dealing with the family, Florence Pugh does bring a lot of emotion to the table, David Harbour brings the comic relief, and Rachel Weisz brings the mother figure emotional support, but you have to get used to the bad Russian accents
-The villain Taskmaster wasn’t there for much of the film, but when you do see the villain, they were fun scenes

What I Didn’t Like:

-It is one of those Marvel films that didn’t blew me away, it reveal some minor secrets, but it was whatever for me, it is not in the rankings of the top MCU films that’s for sure

Overall:

As a standalone film, it is a good spy film. Almost James Bond-ish type of film. Everything is good, and what you expected to happen with the action, story, and acting for the most part. When you put it into par with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is good, but it didn’t blow me away as it should. Maybe the timing of everything with its setting and what not wasn’t the right decision, but I still needed something more to really love it. In the end, it will be one of those good MCU films that maybe may not be memorable!!!

Real Rating: 4 Bad Russian Accents

The Boss Baby: Family Business

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Like its predecessor, it can be eye rollingly cheesy, but this one at least packs an emotional punch!!!

Real Rating: 3 Time Out Rooms with Enya Music

What I Like:

-Animation is good as it gets with Dreamworks
-Voice cast is also pretty good, and unlike its predecessor, it doesn’t have Alec Baldwin dominate too much, which is a good thing in my book

The So So:

-Unlike its predecessor, this film wasn’t dominated by animated action, they actually took some to add some emotional depth to it, and in short spurts, gave some good moments, and even some laughs
-Jeff Goldblum voiced the villain in this, but you either get the Goldblum charm in some scenes, or him phoning it in

What I Didn’t Like:

-Like its predecessor, you get that over the top action that is eye rollingly cheesy, even for a kid’s movie, and it is one of those films where it just doesn’t make sense, because they can’t pick whether to be take itself seriously or not

Overall:

If you like the first film, which I didn’t, then you will like this one for sure. As for me, it was more of the same, but at least it gave a little more depth to their emotional scenes and not concentrate on over the top animation action. Because of the emotional depth, it did make it that much better. Not greatly better, but just a smidge. It does make a difference for sure!!!

Real Rating: 3 Time Out Rooms with Enya Music

No Sudden Move

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No Sudden Move is an interesting crime thriller that keeps you engaged, and shows why Steven Soderbergh is a directing genius!!!

Real Rating: 4 Fedora Hats

What I Like:

-It is an interesting of a 50s crime plan, and how it all went down, it does keep you engaged from beginning to end
-The acting was tremendous with their major cast with Don Cheadle and Benicio Del Toro leading the way, and everybody else contributing, there even is some pleasant surprise cameos in there as well
-Director Steven Soderbergh proved once again why he is a directing genius, the camera work was remarkable, the setting and 50s look was great, and the tense moments really felt gritty where the payoff was worth it

The So So:

-It does take time for things to develop, but if you have patience for the slow burn, you may enjoy what this film has to offer

What I Didn’t Like:

-It got really crazy in the end where it can be confusing, I had to rewind it so I can understand it better

Overall:

This is a good crime thriller that shows why Steven Soderbergh is a directing genius. The acting was sensational, and execution of everything was pretty good. It is a slow burn at times, but you have to be patient, and you need to pay attention in the last half hour or so to know everything that happened. It will make it worth your while!!!

Real Rating: 4 Fedora Hats

The Tomorrow War

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The Tomorrow War can be the typical alien war movie with mindless action, but it is still entertaining with a good cast!!!

Rating: 3.5 Volcano Nerds

What I Like:

-What really made this work was the cast, Chris Pratt is at his best with a more serious role, but his charm always makes himself a fun character to watch, I also enjoyed Sam Richardson as the comedic relief, and seeing him in a more expanded role this time around
-The aliens were also a force to be reckoned with, they were scary, vicious, and crazy, some of the best designed aliens I’ve seen in a while, and with no gimmicks

The So So:

-The action was pretty good, but for an alien war movie, once you see one, you practically seen them all, not much has changed since Independence Day

What I Didn’t Like:

-When it comes to the sci-fi part of it, a lot doesn’t make sense

Overall:

You don’t watch this film for the sci-fi stuff. You watch it for the action. Even though it can be derivative, it still entertaining and fun. The cast really does well in executing this war, and the aliens are really scary good. All in all, it was a decent film to watch and enjoy!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Volcano Nerds

F9

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F9 is the same old thing, over the top action which is wearing out its welcome for me, but at least with Justin Lin back, there is more development!!!

Real Rating: 3 Tyrese Claims of Being Invincible

What I Like:

-With Justin Lin back at the helm of this franchise, I realize one thing that is strong than its couple pass movies, it had better character development, it added more heart, more of a concept of family which the movie always preach about, so when Dom Toretto deals with a personal issue, it feels more emotional, and adds better depth

The So So:

-Fans of the franchise will most likely enjoy what it offers with the action, as for me, the over the top action is really starting to wear out its welcome for me, it is just getting old and to a point where it is just plain dumb when it comes to its action
-The whole story with Dom and his brother Jacob, played by John Cena, is a bit cliched with the sibling rivalry and there are some parts that could’ve been done better, but the emotion it brought out was definitely heartfelt, and I give credit to Justin Lin for that

What I Didn’t Like:

-Everything else storywise was just way too predictable and way too over the top, how some characters won’t just stay dead really loses the emotional depth of the past movies, and that’s why these films are losing me now, the stakes are low for me, and less thrilling as well

Overall:

As I said before, fans of the franchise will enjoy it for what it is, the way over the top action with cool cars. As for me, which I believe should’ve stopped after Furious 7, and the death of Paul Walker. It really is wearing out its welcome for me, and getting real old. The action just doesn’t blow me away like it use to. Instead, it is making me roll my eyes. At least with Justin Lin back at the helm, the character development is stronger, and it is making it worthwhile to watch it. There is two more films to end this franchise, though I’m not holding my breath that it will actually end. It does need to end, because it is not as exhilarating as it use to be!!!

Real Rating: 3 Tyrese Claims of Being Invincible

Infinite

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Infinite was probably a great idea of a movie with decent action that just falls flat!!!

Real Ratings: 2.5 Katanas

What I Like:

-The action was decent, it is director Antoine Fuqua at his finest when it comes to action, it’s the only thing that kept my attention

The So So:

-Nothing much in the middle really, the good and bad is black and white

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story seemed to be a good idea, but the pure exposition of everything just made really boring to watch, once everything starting going, I just really didn’t care anymore
-The acting really felt like both Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor were just phoning it in which contributed to the boringness to this film

Overall:

I do believe the thought of this story was something good. It was the whole execution of practically everything just falls real flat. Too much exposition, the acting was uninspired, and once the action started getting good, it was all whatever. I could see why this went straight to Paramount+, cuz it wasn’t worth putting this into theaters. I expected better from Mark Wahlberg, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and director Antoine Fuqua!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Katanas

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

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Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway just had more charm and laughs than its predecessor, but the story is more convoluted!!!

Real Rating: 3 Frollickings

What I Like:

-This time around, I laughed more in its comedy, it wasn’t too juvenile than its predecessor, and it seemed like it has more charm and heart in this one as well which made it less painful to watch
-The human acting was believable as long with the voice acting
-The CGI animation is actually pretty good in this one

The So So:

-James Corden does have an annoying voice, but at least the film calls it out on it

What I Didn’t Like:

-The beginning of the film the story actually made sense, but right in the middle it took a big free fall, it was all over the place, very convoluted, and even for a kid’s movie, it just doesn’t make sense, it just got too outrageous for my liking

Overall:

I hated the first film because its comedy was too slapstick and juvenile. This one was a lot better for me with their comedy and it did had a lot more charm and heart. It seemed the acting and the voice acting was cohesive and genuine. The story started off good, but then it just got way too convoluted for my liking. It was all over the place, and way too outrageous. It had potential to be something good, but it lost its focus in the middle of it. I guess James Corden’s voice annoyed a good story away!!!

Real Rating: 3 Frollickings