Godzilla vs. Kong

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Godzilla vs. Kong you get what you want see, some good old kaiju battles, if only the human stories weren’t subpar!!!

Real Rating: 4 Power Axes

What I Like:

-You get what you pay for, some good fights between Godzilla vs King Kong, the CGI and special effects were amazing, and you can sit back and have fun with this spectacle
-I give credit to director Adam Wingard, for beautifully creating a colorful film, especially the scenes in Hong Kong which made the city beautiful before it got destroyed in the ensuing fight, I mean, he even made the city of Pensacola, Florida look very nice and cinematic, for a director who pretty much has done independent horror films, he showed he has the chops to make a big epic movie

The So So:

-Once again the whole story with the humans, and how they get Godzilla and Kong to meet is subpar once again, but at least this time it didn’t affect the film this time around, the human scenes were pretty minimal, and we actually see what we came for, and that is kaiju fights

What I Didn’t Like:

-Without spoiling it, there were some questions I have that didn’t make sense to me which affected the story a little bit

Overall:

You get what you came for, and that is some good kaiju fights between Godzilla vs Kong. The CGI and special effects were on point, and the cinematic visuals directed by Adam Wingard makes this a fun spectacle. Storywise, especially with the humans wasn’t the best, but at least it didn’t affect the film this time around. You get more beasts and more fights, and that’s what you really want to see. This film is far better than Godzilla: King of the Monsters for sure, and make the MonstersVerse relevant. Now let’s see what the future entails, because I have no idea what they can do now!!!

Real Rating: 4 Power Axes

Bad Trip

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Bad Trip is the type of movie you want to sit back and laugh at the crazy stunts they do to real people!!!

Real Rating: 4 White Chicks

What I Like:

-It was funny, the stunts they pulled off were hilarious, seeing the real people’s reactions were priceless, and the banter between Eric Andre and Lil Rey Howery is pretty funny, for what the film try to do, it did its job fine

The So So:

-With all the stunts it pulled, they really tried to make it into a movie, for the most part, it worked, however, it is the cliched type of film where I knew what will happen, at least it gives some comedic moments for me to not worry about it
-You do get Tiffany Haddish being Tiffany Haddish which can be a good thing and a bad thing, with her she needs to come in a good mix where she doesn’t overdo things, and in this case, there were some scenes that did seem overdone, but there were some that was just right

What I Didn’t Like:

-There were some stunts where I’m like, can’t the people tell that it is fake? Like the gorilla scene for an example. Makes me wonder if people are really that naive
-I don’t need to see Eric Andre naked, he likes to be naked a lot, and I can only do so much

Overall:

For a Netflix film, it is a film when you have nothing to do and need a laugh, this will do its job. For the same reason people watch Jackass and Impractical Jokers, it is funny and spends the time away. Eric Andre definitely has what it takes to be a comedic stunt performer, and I hope he keeps doing more. Just keep your pants on please!!!

Real Rating: 4 White Chicks

Nobody

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Nobody is the type of action movie I love, fun, gritty, and a touch of comedy which really broadens the horizons for Bob Odenkirk!!!

Real Rating: 4 Kitty Cat Bracelets

What I Like:

-It has been a while since I seen a pure good action comedy, it reminded me of the good old times of 90’s action movies with pure good practical actions scenes, not CGI made action scenes, the fighting was great, very gritty and very bloody that actually makes sense for this film, and the comedy was funny and on point, not corny like a 90’s action movie, it is the action movie I actually love to watch

-I never thought I would see Bob Odenkirk as an action film star, I always seen him as a comedic actor with a way of words to get him out of a situation, for one great example, Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul, here he proves himself that he does have what it takes to be an action star, and i was pretty impressed in seeing him go at it in these action scenes, and being very BA, this may open up doors for Odenkirk, and I’m all for it

-The villain is also a typical 90’s action villain, an eccentric Russian, played by Aleksei Serebryakov, a guy who seems like a fun guy to be with, but can get crazy in a split second, I sort of miss those kind of villains that are weird, but scary at the same time

-Without spoiling it, there are a couple actors that you would not expect to be in an action movie, and it was a pleasant surprise, and really fun to watch them in action, and I will leave it at that

The So So:

-For this type of action film it is a little bit of the guy going back to his past and revenge type of ordeal, but I like how the story kind of twists it to something sort of unique to make this a fun action film

What I Didn’t Like:

-Especially in the final action scene, there were some moments that were way too outrageous that had me say, “Really now?” it can be minor, but it did leave me with some questions about physics

Overall:

I really enjoyed this movie. It was an action movie that not only I love but I missed, cuz I haven’t seen something like this for a long time. It reminded me of the 90’s action film with the practical effects and gritty fight scenes, and less corny jokes and one liners. The most surprising thing about this film is that it showed that Bob Odenkirk has what it takes to be a good action star, and I believe this expands his horizons to more movies he can do. I’m excited for him. After all that said, maybe it may not do well in the box office (who knows with Corona), but I definitely believe this will be a cult classic for sure!!!

Real Rating: 4 Kitty Cat Bracelets

Sound of Metal

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Sound of Metal wasn’t what I thought it would be, and I mean that in a pleasant way!!!

Real Rating: 4 Moments of Silence

What I Like:

-I thought this was going to be some kind of against all odds type of story, and continuing to be who you can despite the major speed bumps, cliched, yes, but it didn’t go down that route whatsoever, instead it is more of a story of adapting and accepting what has happened to you, in this case, a heavy metal drummer going deaf and not getting everything he needs at once which made it unique in its own way

-Riz Ahmed really acted tremoundesly of a person suffering with what has happened to him, and how he endured with his disability, it was interesting to watch, especially during his time in the rehab clinic where he is working for the community and really excelling in it

-The biggest thing that made this film fun to watch was the sound editing and mixing, hearing the character going deaf, and hearing the mixture of noise and silence made it a viewing and hearing pleasure, and also added an authentic touch

The So So:

-Without spoiling it, the way it ended was not what I was expecting, and though I get and understand why it went down that certain route which once again makes it unique, I wanted something more uplifting in the end

What I Didn’t Like:

-With the title and the premise of this movie, I expected to hear more heavy metal music, mainly drumming music like what I saw in the film Whiplash, but no, didn’t really get that, and I was slightly disappointed

Overall:

Going in, I expected something, going out, it was something different. With that said, it was still a pleasant surprise with a unique story. A story with a strong lead acting in Riz Ahmed, and some of the best sound editing that will make you say, Oscar worthy. Not the ending I hoped for, but an ending that does make you think, and give you a unique spin in accepting a personal tragedy. In that regard, it is worth the watch!!!

Real Rating: 4 Moments of Silence

The Father (Sidenote: Pinocchio)

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The Father shows why Anthony Hopkins is a legend in acting even though the story can be depressing and sad!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Memory Losses

What I Like:

-Sir Anthony Hopkins continues to show why he is a legend in Hollywood acting, this time as an elderly man suffering from strong dementia, his performance was believable with a subject that hit close to home with me, Hopkins legacy continues with this movie

The So So:

-The way the story went down it was confusing and distorted, you were not sure what is really going on, but the genius of it is that it is supposed to be that way, it takes you to the mind of Anthony and actually feel what he is feeling, it is like a journey you are taking with him

What I Didn’t Like:

-It is a sad journey to experience, dementia is a terrible thing for a person to go through, and seeing Anthony go through with this and how it affects other people, it is depressing, and as I said before, seeing this happening to someone close to me, it is scary, and an unpleasant ending that is not uplifting, and I hate feeling that way
-It did have a slow start which almost made me lose focus on the movie

Overall:

As I mentioned before, this continues the legacy of Sir Anthony Hopkins with a performance that is more personal and sad instead of his usual big and defiant characters he plays. Also, the way it portrays how scary a person with dementia can be. In the end, it is sad and depressing seeing a person suffering with this condition. Too sad for my taste. Especially when I personally knew someone that has went through it. May my grandma RIP!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Memory Losses

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(Sidenote: Pinocchio – A classic Italian childhood story went back to its origin roots. Once you get passed through the disturbing makeup, the graphics are weirdly good. It is the same old story, but it is authentic. The English dub does make it weird too. If you are a fan of the original story, you may enjoy this film. Scary makeup and all!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Coins)

Zack Snyder’s Justice League (Sidenote: The Personal History of David Copperfield and Fatale)

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League is what I expected, better, but it didn’t add nothing really new to the table other than another two hours!!!

Real Rating: 4 Cuts

What I Like:

-The biggest thing I liked about the Snyder Cut is that is added more depth to the story which made a lot more sense, and it especially added more depth to the character of Cyborg and his backstory, and Steppenwolf and his true purpose which made a lot more sense, it is a clearer picture which I can appreciate

The So So:

-Did it have to be four hours, the simple answer is no, but it was necessary to make it more clear to the story and character development, but since a lot of the scenes were the same thing only with new and improved action of today’s standards, it really didn’t bring nothing new to the table in regards to the Justice League, it would’ve benefited if they had more individual movies of each character before this team up, but more on this later

What I Didn’t Like:

-In the action scenes, it definitely had Snyder’s hands all over it, especially with all the slow motion parts which is always unnecessary
-With the theatrical run, there parts I like that weren’t there in the Snyder Cut, like more funnier lines for Aquaman instead he was more of a stubborn jerk, and also making Superman’s suit black instead of the traditional colors was a head scratcher for me as well
-The last scenes may seem cool for some people but for me it was deemed very unnecessary, mainly because there is no sequel for this, so why get fans excited for future movies that will never happen

Overall:

As I predicted, I knew this will be better. It added more depth to the story and character development which made it flow better and made more sense. Did it bring anything new to the table? Definitely not. It is practically the same old story only you actually get to see Darkseid this time around. I didn’t hate the so called “Josstice League” either, but it definitely had its flaws. The true villain in this calamity is Warner Brothers in meddling into this instead of letting the directors do their thing. They force the changes that prolonged the movie, and really made it more of a mess than it should of been. These people care more about the money than the characters the fans love and adore, and they need to back off, and just let directors who love these characters and bring them to life. Just like, dare I say, the Marvel Cinematic Universe!!!

Real Rating: 4 Cuts

(Sidenote: The Personal History of David Copperfield – To put it briefly, the story was all over the place which made it confusing. The main character was too boring for me to care. I didn’t read the books, and honestly why should I? At least it has diversity in their cast. Needless to say, I’m not a fan!!!
Real Rating: 2.5 Dinner Tables)

(Sidenote: Fatale – For a film that features Hilary Swank as a desperate psycho, which can intrigue a lot of you all, this is pretty much a cliched film. It is well acted, but this whole infidelity leading to big trouble is something we have already seen before. Heck, even the title makes it sound cliched!!!
Real Rating: 3 Infidelities)

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run

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The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run may feel lesser than the previous movies, but fans will still love the zaninest it brings with all the characters we love!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Tumbleweeds with Keanu Reeves Head

What I Like:

-You have to be a fan of Spongebob to enjoy this film, in its heart it still has the Spongebob charm, and the zany comedy it always deliver, the character we all grew to love is still there, and for me, as long as you have Patrick being the dumb character we all love, you will have a good time
-They have introduced some characters and cameos, without spoiling it too much, my personal favorite is seeing Keanu Reeves as a tumbleweed named Sage as a spiritual guide for Spongebob and Patrick, the funniest part for me is seeing Keanu Reeves or Sage, get frustrated with them which adds some hilarity
-I also enjoyed the 3D CGI animation, it gave a nice new touch and brought more life to the scenes
-The soundtrack is a lot of fun as well

The So So:

-For a show that has gone for almost 22 years, they definitely took a Simpsons approach with their continuity of their characters, I’m not going to spoil it, but die hard fans may not like some of the changes they made, for me, it did seem minor, but that’s just me

What I Didn’t Like:

-I’m almost certain the cartoon already did some sort of story of Spongebob losing his pet snail Gary, it may have been a long time ago, but it is still a derivative plot point, I feel the other movies had a better storyline than this film

Overall:

Out of the three movies which are all different in their own way, storywise, this one was the weakest out of the three. With all that said, I still had fun watching and laughing at all the zany things that go on with the characters we all love. The new animation still makes it look awesome, and it still brings a lot of heart into it which is really what Spongebob is all about. This is another fun one for the family to come together and laugh, and have a good time!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Tumbleweeds with Keanu Reeves Head

Minari

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Minari is a fascinating tale that dives into different themes of an immigrant Korean family trying to make it in rural America!!!

Real Rating: 4 Farms

What I Like:

-I thought the story was fascinating seeing an immigrant Korean family trying to make it as a farmer in rural area of Arkansas, the pacing of the story was great, the character development was good, and seeing the different relationships it brings with this family taking a leap of faith, the acting was strong which makes the story effective
-It does dive into different themes about preserving culture, learning to adapt to a completely different setting, sacrificing for family, and that fine line between pride and doing what is right, it brings some great talking points that can nourish great discussion

The So So:

-Out of all the family members, I thought the daughter, Anne, got the least amount of development and time and you barely get her thoughts and feelings on everything that goes on, you do see some great chemistry between her and her brother, David, and how she takes care of him, but other than that, not much is developed about her
-Going into this film, I was expecting to see more of an immigrant family living in rural America facing ignorance and discrimination which it touches on very very briefly, but instead it was all about the relationships in the family which is still good, not what I expected, on the contrary, they actually showed how helpful the people are when they moved in which added a fine touch

What I Didn’t Like:

-There were parts where it lagged a little bit, but it was very rare

Overall:

This is a fascinating story about family and really about perseverance. The strong acting really made the story effective and very authentic in the culture it brings. I enjoyed seeing the different relationships, and seeing this family trying to adapt to a very different lifestyle. It can be a film we can relate to in one way or another, and that is what makes this film personal and even powerful!!!

Real Rating: 4 Farms

Chaos Walking (Sidenote: Monster Hunter)

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Chaos Walking does bring a unique premise, but in the end, it was just an awkward predictable story!!!

Real Rating: 3 I Am Todd Hewitts

What I Like:

-The premise of this story is intriguing, the fact of a place where men live and their thoughts are played out in the open in some sort of purple smoke called noise, and then a woman who doesn’t have noise comes along and all craziness breaks loose, it was interesting to see the setting up of this sci-fi story, and the world it builds

The So So:

-The paring of Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley does seem very awkward, especially seeing the noise into action, I mean can you imagine a woman always seeing your inner thoughts, even though I believe for the story it is supposed to be that way, I didn’t really feel any genuine chemistry between, it just felt strange and awkward, even at the end, maybe it is more realistic that way, but it just didn’t work for me

What I Didn’t Like:

-Once the story starts to unravel, I knew where it was going, it just became a very predictable type of story we all seen before with the twist that I have seen from 100 miles away
-There was some plot holes as well, but I guess they were banking on making this story a trilogy which may have been putting all their eggs in one basket sort of ordeal

Overall:

As I said before, the story is intriguing that keeps you in for the most part of the film. With that said, once it all unravels, it all goes down to a predictable trope. Let alone the awkward acting between the two leads doesn’t make it something we should really care about. With this film, they wanted to make it a trilogy which explains some of the loose ends, but in the end, it just led me with more questions instead of building a new world we all should care about!!!

Real Rating: 3 I Am Todd Hewitts

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(Sidenote: Monster Hunter – Apparently this film is based on a video game which I have no idea about. Regardless, all it has is some mind blowing action involving beasts featuring Milla Jovovich. The story is very thin, and really can be a bore at times when the stakes are not something you really care about. At least you have monster action which is about the only thing the movie guarantees!!!
Real Rating: 2.5 Monsters)

Raya and the Last Dragon

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Raya and the Last Dragon may follow all the Disney tropes, but the great animation and great story of unity really makes this a fun film for the whole family to watch!!!

Real Rating: 4 Slinky Swords

What I Like:

-The animation, as usual, was on point, the scenery was beautifully made and captures the culture and history of Southeast Asia
-I really enjoyed the message about unity, settling your differences for a greater good, I believe it is a great message for the whole family
-The voice casting was great as well, Kelly Marie Tran as the protagonist, Raya was great showing courage, determination, and emotion, and Awkwafina as Sisu the dragon provided some good comic relief, I liked the fact that it was primarily voiced by an Asian cast that added authenticity and diversity

The So So:

-The story does have almost all the Disney tropes which makes it predictable, especially in the beginning, but the execution from then on really makes up for it, and you really enjoy the adventure
-It did provide some great fight scenes, but I wish it had more for me to enjoy

What I Didn’t Like:

-There was really nothing I hated, any takeaway I had, they really made up for it, but my only nitpicky thing is how is a baby that skillful and smart, but that is the best I can come up, and it does remind me a lot of the cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender storywise

Overall:

This is a fun movie for the family to enjoy. Disney is really upping the ante in making more cultural films, and I really do appreciate that. This one not only provided great animation, but a cool world building adventure, some cool fights, and a message we could all use about unity and strength. I highly recommend it for the whole family to sit down and watch, and hopefully inspire!!!

Real Rating: 4 Slinky Swords