The Invisible Man

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The Invisible Man did its job with the creepiness, but I wish the final execution made better sense!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Knives

What I Like:

-The biggest thing about this film is the creepiness it brings, it reminded me of Paranormal Activity (the first movie), you know the invisible man is around, and yet you don’t see anything, or see something small move that makes you jump with anxiety
-The action and special effects is what makes this film splendidly creepy
-The acting from Elisabeth Moss really added to the authenticity of the suspense it brings

The So So:

-Other than being a creepy thriller, it also deal with the story of marital abuse,  and for some reason Elisabeth Moss seems to always play the victim of abuse, though it was interesting, I thought with the tone of the film it didn’t really mix well, and I knew that this will not end well for the abuser

What I Didn’t Like:

-The execution of the end really didn’t work for me, the way things went down just did not make any sense, and not to spoil it, but I thought the protagonist way of getting closure was just stupid, I will just leave it at that

Overall:

I really enjoyed the premise, the tone, and showing true horrors of actually having an evil invisible man in the vicinity. Plus the great acting of Elisabeth Moss, really made it a great thriller. It’s just too bad the ending left a bad taste in my mouth. With all that said, it is a decent thriller to watch!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Knives

Impractical Jokers: The Movie (Sidenote: Waves)

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Impractical Jokers: The Movie had its moments, but I wish they concentrate more on their schtick than actually making a story to this film!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Murr’s Hotel Parties

What I Like:

-If you’re a fan of the Impractical Jokers, you will enjoy the stuff they do here in this movie, I mean, what more can you expect on a movie about guys doing jokes and stunts

The So So:

-With all that you enjoyed from these jokers, when it ended, I wanted more, more jokes, more stunts, and maybe even more cameos, it did leave me wanting more jokes for me to laugh and enjoy

What I Didn’t Like:

-The fact that they try to make a story out of it really just didn’t work for me, adding Paula Abdul in all this and a road trip all just seemed forced, I just wish they just continue on with their schtick and maybe add a huge punishment after that, nothing more nothing less

Overall:

As I said before, if you all like the TV show, this will be entertaining for you. You get everything you love from The Tenderloins and their shenanigans. I just wished they kept it in the same format as the TV show instead of making some kind of movie story out of it which really did not do it for me. Instead, it left me wanting more jokes and maybe more punishments. That is what the Impractical Jokers is all about. That is what we come to love and enjoy!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Murr’s Hotel Parties

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(Sidenote: Waves – This is a very interesting film about a modern family living in South Florida. First thing is that I love the direction of Trey Edwards Schults. It was like a mixture of Terrence Malick and Barry Jenkins. As for the story, I was definitely intrigued with the family, however, once the big climax happened, the rest of it dragged a little for me. With all that said, it is still a decent watch that can be gut wrenching!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Stars)

The Call of the Wild

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The Call of the Wild is a decent story, but this is a case of too much CGI where it can be distracting!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Dog Sleds

What I Like:

-Even though it is all CGI’d, the landscapes does look beautiful, especially at night with the northern lights

The So So:

-The story really had good characterization for the dog Buck, but it does follow a formulaic plot of strength and courage, with that said, I was still engaged to the story

What I Didn’t Like:

-This was engorged with CGI, from the dogs and animals, to the set pieces, it got to a point where all this CGI got too distracting for my liking, if they wanted to go with a realistic story, they might as well gone with real animals
-The villain of this film, was just a stupid, revenger deranged kind of guy that we really don’t care for

Overall:

I enjoyed this film more than I thought I would. Mainly because I actually cared to see what happens to the dog Buck. With all that said, the CGI was just way too much, and just created distractions of unrealness. At least in The Lion King, the tone wasn’t realistic, but for this film, the tone was more realistic, and they should’ve gone with real animals (much to PETA’s chagrin). With all that said, it was good enough for the family to come and watch!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Dog Sleds

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)