Ticket to Paradise

Not even the charm of George Clooney and Julia Roberts can save this predictable rom-com!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Wedding Customs

What I Like:

-You get what you expect with George Clooney and Julia Roberts reuniting once again for this rom-com, their charm really makes it genuine, and they both have good moments that were very thought provoking
-The cinematography of what it is perceived to be Bali (it was filmed in Australia) was beautiful, the landscapes and beaches looked like a place I want to go to

The So So:

-With all the charm that Clooney and Roberts give, their comedy on hating each other were hit and miss, eventually it got to a point where I was like, ok, I get it, they hate each other, it got old real quick

What I Didn’t Like:

-It was such a cliched typical rom-com, you knew what was going to happen, and it did, and it makes your eyes roll, and hate life as we know it
-The scene with the dolphins CGI looked faker than the Jaws animatronic in Universal Studies

Overall:

As much as I enjoy the reunification of George Clooney and Julia Roberts, it was still an eye rolling rom-com. You knew what was going to happen just by watching the trailer. I guess if you all into these things, it is enjoyable for you all. As for me, at least I can enjoy the cinematography of “Bali,” but then it makes me jealous and angry that I’m not there. What can I say, I didn’t enjoy it!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Wedding Customs

The School for Good and Evil (Sidenote: Where the Crawdads Sing)

The School of Good and Evil may have good intentions, but the with all the makings of a tweenish story made it very juvenile!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Schools

What I Like:

-The premise of this story was interesting to keep me engaged for the first third of this film, the exposition in it was intriguing enough
-The acting was good enough as well, especially Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington

The So So:

-The special effects were hit and miss, some parts it looked really good, and other parts looked like cheap graphics made for the CW

What I Didn’t Like:

-In the end the story got too predictable and tweenish for my liking
-Also, the main characters and the students in general were just too snobby and unlikeable, and really not care in what happens to them

Overall:

It had an interesting premise of a school that teaches kids to be good heroes or evil villains in the fairy tale world. With that said, with everything that happens afterward, it looked like a series you would watch in the CW. It was way too juvenile in their comedy and drama. Let alone it got too predictable. I just didn’t care for it, but it is on Netflix, so it can be a time waster to waste time to!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Schools

(Sidenote: Where the Crawdads Sing – This is a mystery tale with some coming of age and teen romance as well. I did enjoy the mystery part of this, however, it wasn’t their main focus. What it really focused on was the character, Kya, how she grows up living by herself, and her relationships with a couple guys. I wish they focused more on the mystery, because I was more engaged in that story more than anything else. Regardless, it is a decent watch!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Marshes)

Black Adam

Black Adam was everything Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was expected to be, but the strange CGI, lack of charisma, and a typical hero story trope really brings it down to not so good standards!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Slow Mo The Rock Close Ups

What I Like:

-Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was passionate about playing this character, and it shows playing Black Adam, you see the emotion with this character’s history and trauma, you do understand and sympathize with this character, and enjoy everything he has to show with it all
-I also enjoyed Pierce Brosnan’s portrayal as Doctor Fate, his ideals and action scenes are fun and seeing him as the voice of reason to the Justice Society of America (JSA) is a good touch

The So So:

-I did enjoy the characters of Hawkman, Cyclone, and to a lesser extent Atom Smasher, but I felt their stories were way to underdeveloped especially with what is the JSA’s deal with their own society, it is a major plot hole that personally, I am curious about
-It does follow a lot of the superhero tropes in this, especially for DC Extended Universe (DCEU) standards, but it is why I come to love this type of films, but I admit, it is a bit overbearing in this one

What I Didn’t Like:

-The action was completely affected by the CGI, it showed that is clearly green screened, and many times, it just looked really bad, especially with the slow mo scenes where I swear director Jaume Collet-Serra was possessed by Zack Snyder
-Other than the main actors, I felt the rest of people acted very apathetic and wasn’t really feeling what they’re saying, it almost seemed emotionless
-The story was also very uneven, it seemed they couldn’t stick with one main theme and decided to go with all of themes in one, and it just felt like choppy execution, it just didn’t flow well

Overall:

I give credit where credit is due, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson did his things as Black Adam. I thought his portrayal was really good, and captures the character very well. If only he hired better writers and CGI artist. Because everything else looks very sloppy. From the uneven story, to the subpar acting, and the bad CGI, it wasn’t that enjoyable. I wanted to like this, but in the end, despite the few good moments, I just didn’t like it. Add to the fact that the future of the DCEU just looks more glimmer by the minute!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Slow Mo The Rock Close Ups

The Curse of Bridge Hollow (Sidenote: Clerks 3 and The Black Phone)

The Curse of Bridge Hollow is campy and at time dumb, but it flowed well with some actual good special effects!!!

Real Rating:

3 Vegan Baked Goods

What I Like:

-I was surprised on how good the special effects were, it made the action scenes fun and watchable

The So So:

-With Marlon Wayans antics and the campiness of a kid’s movie, this one was tolerable to watch, you just have to lower your expectations, and enjoy it for what it is

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story is a cliched Halloween movie
-Lauren Lapkus Boston accent was cringy

Overall:

Once again, you have to lower your expectations of a Netflix movie featuring Marlon Wayans. Once you do, it may not be as bad as you think will be. Don’t expect perfection by any means. The campiness and comedy is tolerable enough to actually laugh and enjoy. The good special effects does make it worth your while as well. Just grab you family, and enjoy it for what it is!!!

Real Rating:

3 Vegan Baked Goods

(Sidenote: Clerks 3 – This film is really for the fans of this franchise and Kevin Smith in general. If you understand everything, you can really laugh at their antics and comedy. It actually had an emotional part to it which is genius. In the end, it is just another Clerks movie being nostalgic for its past movies, but you can enjoy the ending of this trilogy!!!
Real Rating: 4 Convenience Stores)

(Sidenote: The Black Phone – This thriller is creepy, and I give credit to Ethan Hawke’s acting as the creepy kidnapper. The kid acting was pretty good as well. It is dark, maybe too dark for me, but I enjoyed the story and theme that it brings out. If you can stomach the dark themes, you can enjoy this film!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Black Balloons)

Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, there was a good story in there somewhere, but even this great cast was wasted in this slog!!!

Real Rating:

3 Eyes

What I Like:

-It had a great cast, and each actor and actress really did their best in this period piece, they definitely looked like they were enjoying their parts in this film
-The direction of David O. Russell was unique with its cinematography, and the focus on the eye of these characters is some interesting to watch

The So So:

There is a interesting conspiracy mystery story in this, but there was too much going on to really understand what is really going on, I believe if it stayed in one focus, it would’ve been a lot more effective film

What I Didn’t Like:

-The middle of the movie was slogfest, I kept losing my interest with all these unnecessary things they keep putting in, honestly, with its great cast, it was practically wasted in the drabness of the script

Overall:

This movie could’ve been better than what it put out. You have such a great and talented cast, and it was wasted by really poor story execution. The premise was wasted as well, and in the end, it was just plain mediocre. It could’ve been a fun period piece, but instead, I had a lullaby!!!

Real Rating:

3 Eyes

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile may have some heartwarming moments, but it is still a huge kids movie trope!!!

Real Rating:

3 Scarves

What I Like:

-There is a lot of heartwarming scenes that makes it a good enough family movie, the acting for the immediate cast was genuine, and at times fun
-The musical performances was nice to hear as well

The So So:

-It does follow all the steps for a big family movie trope, it is expected to see some slapstick and toilet humor (even though that is unnecessary), but the good kid movie tropes does enhance itself to make it tolerable to watch for parents

What I Didn’t Like:

-The CGI was hard to watch in this

Overall:

Yes, it does have all the tropes for a kids movie, but what did you expect with a movie based on a children’s book of many years. It may not be my biggest cup of tea, but I respect it for what it is. Once you open up to it, it can be fun and heartwarming for your whole family to watch. To me that is what counts the most!!!

Real Rating:

3 Scarves

The Munsters

The Munsters was better than I thought with the creativity and production design, but the campiness and lack of plot didn’t make it great!!!

Real Rating:

3 Herman Munster Laughs

What I Like:

-I have to give credit to director Rob Zombie, his passion for this franchise and unique mind really made this a fun spectacle to watch, you can tell he was having a lot of fun making this film

The So So:

-The humor was campy, however, it worked for this type of movie, and really captures the spirit of The Munsters franchise, and even though some jokes were misses, there were a lot of enjoyable hits as well

What I Didn’t Like:

-There was a lack of focus in the story, it seemed there was a lot of episodes in one showing, it may be an origin story of sorts, but the lack of focus made it too all over the place

Overall:

For a Netflix film about a famous TV series directed by a weird person who loves strange horror in Rob Zombie, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The creativity in the production design was remarkable. The story and the too campy humor brought down to an ok film. Still, I wasn’t bored watching this in the comforts of my own home!!!

Real Rating:

3 Herman Munster Laughs

Hocus Pocus 2

Hocus Pocus 2 is everything you want for a sequel of the previous cult classic, it may be subpar in story, but it excels in its acting and heart!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Rhuumbas

What I Like:

-If you are a fan of the first movie, you will enjoy this one as well, it is a lot of campy fun, and the comedy will make you chuckle, and some moments that makes you feel good
-One of the reasons why this is so enjoyable is because the three leads of Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker all really enjoy playing the characters of the Sanderson sisters, and if they are having fun with it, you should too

The So So:

-It is campy, but a good kind of campy, like there are scenes where it is just plain old dumb, but it is a funny good kind of dumb that you just have to sit back and enjoy for what it is

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story is a cliched Halloween family type of movie, if you’re expecting something more, you will be deeply disappointed

Overall:

The first film is a cult Halloween family movie classic. This sequel just adds to the fun of what you loved from the first film. The ladies playing the Sanderson Sisters did add some passion and fun to their roles, and that is all you can ever ask of them. Add the new cast into the mix, it does give you some freshness into a film that came out in the early 90’s. It’s on Disney+, it is Halloween time, get your family and enjoy a good old campy film!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Rhuumbas

The Greatest Beer Run Ever

The Greatest Beer Run Ever had good intentions, but overall it really wasn’t that exciting to watch!!!

Real Rating:

3 Beer Cans

What I Like:

-The acting was fine, Zac Efron was fine, Bill Murray was fine, Russell Crowe was fine, everything was fine

The So So:

-It does have a decent storyline about how the US was handling the Vietnam War where you have some people saying these soldiers are dying for nothing, while some say these soldiers are great heroes, and the Vietnam War treaded a thin line between that, with that said making the character, Chickie played by Zac Efron, realizing that was just a cliche way of seeing that instead of a true transformation

What I Didn’t Like:

-In the end, the storyline wasn’t effective enough, it was just about a guy going to Vietnam during the war and giving beer to his friends who are fighting in it, it wasn’t heroic, it wasn’t even impactful in ay way, it was just a quick youtube video about a feel good story

Overall:

The thought was good about the politics of the Vietnam War, but the overall emphasis is really nothing for us to care about. There are a lot more effective films about the Vietnam War with more emotion than seeing Zac Efron weasel his way around situations and giving beer to his friends. At best, it is just a feel good movie, maybe!!!

Real Rating:

3 Beer Cans

Blonde

In Blonde, you can’t knock on Ana de Armas portrayal of her, but you can knock on the rest of the film!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Old Big Cameras with the Really Bright Flash

What I Like:

-It’s all about Ana de Armas, it was controversial when she was casted to play Marilyn Monroe, but she stood up to the challenge and killed this role, I didn’t hear any accent that other people try to say, I felt I was seeing a biopic of the late famous actress, she did well with what she got and then some

The So So:

-Director, Andrew Dominik, took some chances in making this film very artsy, most notably the changing between color and black and white in the picture which is something I did enjoy, but the other things he took chances on just seem straight up weird or too much, I wanted to see a story but it almost fell to the status of a Terrence Malick film which I don’t like

What I Didn’t Like:

-I wanted to see a biopic of the Marilyn Monroe, however, the focus in this film about her life just showed all the negative things that Monroe experienced in her life, I felt it showed too much trauma and not enough of the good things she has done in her life, it just became all too depressing for me to watch

Overall:

I felt this biopic could’ve been a lot better. It’s focus on Marilyn Monroe’s life was the wrong focus. Too much traumatic experiences, and not enough good things she did. I felt the focus should of been the reverse, and give a better appreciation to her art. Instead, it was once big sad movie that was artful. The artfulness I sort of give, but at least the real good thing is that Ana de Armas killed in every scene she’s in. She is the only reason why it is worth a watch on Netflix. Other than that, watch at your own risk!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Old Big Cameras with the Really Bright Flash