Bullet Train

Bullet Train is not perfect, but the gonzoness it brings, all you can do is sit back and enjoy it!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Briefcases

What I Like:

-This movie is gonzo, and I mean that in a good way, it is so crazy that it is enjoyable to grab some food, sit back, and watch the insane action and fights in a train
-All the actors, and some cameos, also made this film fun to watch, the dialogue is witty with their arguments and what not, but I did enjoy Brad Pitt in the major mess he put himself in and how he reacts to everything

The So So:

-The story can be seen confusing at first, it was almost Tarantino like but with a lot more action that can be distracting to the main narrative, however, once it all came together, everything makes sense, and you can just sit back and enjoy the fun

What I Didn’t Like:

-Some parts were just way too extreme, even for a movie like this, it is almost like you have to throw logic out the window, but why do we have to stoop down to that level to enjoy it

Overall:

Once you get through all the gonzoness going around in this film, and just sit back and throw out any type of sense to it, you can enjoy this ride. The action, fights, and violence makes it fun. You can see a Tarantinoness with the dialogue and stunts, but times that by two, especially with the violence. Regardless, it may not make sense, but in the end it does come together. So if you just enjoy the fun with an interesting pay off, you will enjoy the movie at the very least. As a matter of fact, just seeing Brad Pitt i this film is entertaining enough!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Briefcases

Prey

Prey is that sequel that went back to its roots from the first movie, and actually made a thrilling and fun movie featuring the Predator!!!

Real Rating:

4 Comanche Warriors

What I Like:

-The reason this prequel is successful is because it finally went back to what made the first Predator movie good, that is the intensity and creepiness of know the Predator is around but it doesn’t show up until it jumps at you, that is an effective way of story telling, keep it creepy and not show the monster until the climax of the story
-The setting for this film works very well, first the representation of the Comanche Natives in the 1700s gives it some great authenticity, with the Predator which is still fairly advanced but the weapons are not too futuristic but still kept the essence of the Predator we all know well, and the cinematography of everything does give it a great landscape for the fun battles that will ensue
-The action scenes is what we love the most of this franchise, and this one did not disappoint, the violence and gore was excellent, and the way it showed how unfair this battle is, makes it even more interesting

The So So:

-I didn’t like how even for Comanche Natives they still have their bias towards woman, it was very heavy handed in that regard, regardless, it does make good character development for Naru and her relationships with everybody, I just wish they do it a better way instead of the cliche of stereotyping the woman negatively

What I Didn’t Like:

-I didn’t like it that the Comanche Natives spoke English, and yes, Hulu did have a version where it is dubbed in the Comanche dialect, but I saw pieces of it, and it doesn’t look right, what they should’ve done is like how they did in the film Apocalypto, where they have the Natives speak in their tongue and put English subtitles, it would’ve worked a lot better, and make it more authentic
-This film should’ve been in the theaters and enjoyed from there, instead of Hulu

Overall:

Can they every make a sequel or prequel of The Predator? The answer is yes they can with Prey. It really went back to the roots of the original Predator movie, and made it creepy and thrilling. The Predator was scary again, and the battles and violence just made it a really fun watch with many thrills in it. It is not perfect, but it is better than any sequel we got. It is worth getting Hulu to watch, but this should’ve been in theaters!!!

Real Rating:

4 Comanche Warriors

DC League of Super-Pets (Sidenote: Memory)

DC League of Super-Pets may have its tropes for an animated and superhero film, but in the end, it is a fun watch for the family!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Thor Hulk Guinea Pigs

What I Like:

-It is a fun movie, seeing animals getting super powers and fighting against evil is just a lot of fun to watch, I mean if you’re a fan of superhero movies you will enjoy it, the animation is good enough to enjoy, most of all, it is good enough for the whole family to watch and enjoy
-One of the reason why it is enjoyable is the voice cast, with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart, you will get that chemistry, and also Kate McKinnon as the villain, Lulu, was fun to watch, plus, who doesn’t like Keanu Reeves voicing Batman

The So So:

-The story was a typical animated/superhero film, it is something we all have seen before, especially with the cliches of a group trying to work together, the main hero learning to be team player, and many others, but the one cliche that never gets old to me is seeing characters realizing their true potential, not only in their powers, but with themselves as well, for a kids movie, it is always a good message to preach
-The comedy is hit or miss, there were some moments that were funny, but the juvenile humor were big misses, I mean, you know there will be poop and pee jokes when it comes to pets

What I Didn’t Like:

-Did I mention cliches and poop and pee jokes, yeah it made it from a good movie to only decent at best

Overall:

If you see one animated/superhero movies, you’ve seen it all. With all that said, I’m still a big sucker for these type of films, because they are fun. It does bring touching moments at times, comedy, and enjoyment for the whole family. In the end, it is not a great movie, but it is fun and entertaining enough for the family. What more can you ask for?

Real Rating:

3.5 Thor Hulk Guinea Pigs

(Sidenote: Memory – Another subpar action film starring Liam Neeson. I mean, it has the potential to be an ok film at best with the action. However, it was just got boring seeing Liam Neeson trying to remember things. They play with his old age for an action star, but is that what we really want to see?
Real Rating: 2.5 Hitmen)

Nope

Nope is a good thriller where it keeps you guessing until the end!!!

Real Rating:

4 Inflatable Wavy Balloons

What I Like:

-It is a good thriller, we know who the antagonist is, but we’re not sure what will happen while watching it, it does keep you on the edge of your seat
-The acting was great, Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer really brings out their characters and shows a lot of good emotion
-There are scenes that are straight up creepy to watch, you just have to see it to see what I mean
-Also, the cinematography was great, even for the night shots was awesome

The So So:

-Usually films directed by Jordan Peele has some meaning or theme to it, but for this one I couldn’t put my finger on it, to me it was just a straight up sci-fi/horror film, but I know later on we will see reviews trying to unravel everything, I don’t get the subtle message if there is one, not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing

What I Didn’t Like:

-Without spoiling it, I thought the ending didn’t pay off well, kind of lost its creepiness in the end

Overall:

To me it is a good straight up sci fi/horror film. It has some creepy scenes where it can really mess with your mind and emotions. It will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat with trying to find out what happens next. Even though I was disappointed with the ending, I still felt it was a good film. The acting, the direction, and cinematography is what made this film another good film from Jordan Peele!!!

Real Rating:

4 Inflatable Wavy Balloons

The Gray Man (Sidenote: Downton Abbey: A New Era)

The Gray Man has everything we love from the Russo Brothers, but the story was all one big cliche!!!

Real Rating:

3 Ryan Gosling’s Groans

What I Like:

-The action was pretty good, it is everything you love from the Russo brothers, the fight scenes were gritty, and the explosions and car chases were fun, makes it worth it to watch on Netflix
-The cast was pretty good, playing with some intensity, especially Chris Evans playing the villain, he was crazily fun

The So So:

-Ryan Gosling’s character was a fun secret agent, however, given his past movies and his future role as Ken in the Barbie movie, it is really hard for me to take him seriously as an action star, he has the looks, but not the coolness of an action hero, so the jury is still out for him as an action hero

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story is basically every spy action movie in the past 25 years, it is one big cliche, and it is getting, if not already, really old, I mean right from the beginning, you know how it is going to go, and it makes it whatever
-Some of the scenes were too dark for me to follow, and I hate it when movies do that, especially for an action movie
-That mustache on Chris Evans really was not working for him, looks like a wannabe 80’s cop who is corrupt

Overall:

For the most expensive Netflix movie ever you get the best and worst of a Netflix movie. The best is the fun action you always get with the Russo brothers, and a very solid cast. The worst is the storyline is one big action/secret agent movie cliche that we all have seen before. It’s like Netflix was banking on something great, but wants to keep its characteristics in their movies. With all that said, it is a fun movie to watch at home. Just don’t expect anything great!!!

Real Rating:

3 Ryan Gosling’s Groans

(Sidenote: Downton Abbey: A New Era – I am not a fan of this show, or the the first movie. With all that said, I was intrigued with the whole old movie filming concept, and the story with the French villa. After a while, I started to get bored with all this rich British people drama. These films are just not for me, but it wasn’t as boring as the past film!!!
Real Rating: 3 Film Reels)

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank may not take itself seriously, but the humor is juvenile and even problematic!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Catnips

What I Like:

-There were some jokes that made me laugh, even a movie that stupid can have some funny stuff, but at the very least it knows not to take itself too seriously

The So So:

-I understood the story is about racism and tolerance, but the juvenile humor really takes away from their main point
-Also, it did remind me a lot of Blazing Saddles which is a great classic to pay homage to, but not the parts that made me laugh in that film

What I Didn’t Like:

-This film is problematic, let’s just start with a film about samurais, the main cast are not Asian, only two minor characters, also the fat shaming was too much as well, shame on Nickelodeon for not realizing that

Overall:

It may give me a few laughs, but overall, it was really stupid. The juvenile humor really made it bad. Also, a film with the theme of racism and tolerance, and have their man cast voices not Asian really makes it hypocritical in my book. I thought Nickelodeon would know better, but I guess they only excel in the stupidity of everything!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Catnips

The Sea Beast

The Sea Beast was very predictable, but the animation was so beautiful it cannot be ignored!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Sea Monsters

What I Like:

-The animation was probably the greatest thing in this film, the water was so lifelike I couldn’t stop being in awe of how awesome it looks, especially with the action, honestly, this one of the few films that would look great in 3D

The So So:

-It does bring a lot of diversity with their characters, and I do appreciate that, however, I also question the time of this film for this diversity to happen, I know it is being nitpicky, but I do question it

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story was very, very predictable, even before the movie started I pretty much had a great idea how this will go down, not only it seems that PETA were producing it, but it does follow a lot of tropes of past books and movies like Moby Dick and Avatar

Overall:

I’m still in awe with the great animation this film brings. The action and ocean stills makes this Netflix film worth watching. It is very predictable in the terms of story, but who doesn’t like a sea adventure. I know I do. It is on Netflix, and it is a good family film for everyone to enjoy!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Sea Monsters

Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder was not as good as its predecessor, but I still enjoyed it for what it is!!!

Real Rating:

4 Screaming Goats

What I Like:

-I love the old characters like Thor and Valkyrie with new challenges they have, and bringing back Jane Foster as Mighty Thor was a breathe of fresh air, plus I really enjoyed Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher and his motives was interesting to watch
-The action is always fun, but I really enjoyed the battle scenes in all black and white with hints of color, that was a very cool scene
-The soundtrack of Guns N Roses was a nice touch

The So So:

-I get the whole story in general, I mean the title says it all, and I knew what I was getting myself into, especially with Taika Waititi at the helm, once you realize everything, you can sit back and relax and enjoy it, but it wasn’t as funny or fresh as Thor: Ragnarok, but at least it is better than the first two movies
-The whole world that was built for Omnipotent City looked cool in all, but I was disappointed with how fast that scene went with Zues and all, I expected better

What I Didn’t Like:

-There were some characters that were cut from the movie which is greatly disappointing for me

Overall:

It wasn’t great as Thor: Ragnarok, but it wasn’t mild as the first two movies. With the title of Love and Thunder, you get what you hear. I enjoyed the better development, especially with Jane Foster and Thor as well, and the villain Gorr the God Butcher. I also enjoyed the fun action action scenes. Even though it didn’t live up to its hype like it’s previous movie, it is still a good time. Just sit back and relax, and enjoy!!!

Real Rating:

4 Screaming Goats

Minons: The Rise of Gru

Minions: The Rise of Gru is a lot better than the other Minions movie, and maybe better than the other films, I guess the zaniness is starting to open up to me!!!

Real Rating:

4 Stupid Twinkies

What I Like:

-What really made this Minions movie work is that it had a good story not just for them, but for Gru as well, it was good enough to keep my attention, and even had heart to it, plus all the zaniness made it funny
-What also worked was the voice cast, it was great to hear Steve Carell as a young Gru, and the strong cast of the Vicious 6 which included Taraji P. Henson and Alan Arkin, plus Julie Andrews plays Gru’s mom, how is that not awesome?

The So So:

-It does have its cliches, but they do make fun of itself for that
-Also, what I didn’t like about the last Minions movie is that it was way too much Minions for my likeing that it got annoying, in this one, it had a good balance of Minions plus Gru and other things, it made the zaniness more tolerable even though some parts may have go on longer than it should

What I Didn’t Like:

-I did have some questions about continuity with the other films

Overall:

I always thought the Despicable Me franchise was decent at best, but the Minions movie was just too much zaniness. With this film, I thought it had a good blend of Minions, Gru, and all the other things pertaining to this story. It made me laugh, and the story actually brings a lot of heart to it. I actually enjoyed this more than the other films. Maybe I am starting to warm up to it, but at least I wasn’t bored and too much annoyed by it!!!

Real Rating:

4 Stupid Twinkies

The Princess

The Princess may not be great in story, but the action does make it fun to watch!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Sword Fights

What I Like:

-The action, it was a bloody good time, the fights and choreography was awesome, and had some comedic moments as well

The So So:

-The acting was good, but some characters seem to fall flat, like Ed Stoppard as the King, and some may be overdoing it like Dominic Cooper as the evil Julius, but it is a good enough blend to disregard it
-Even though it is on the nose on female empowerment type of story, I enjoyed it for what it is

What I Didn’t Like:

-It was way too predictable, almost to a T

Overall:

It is a fun movie to watch on Hulu. The action is bloody and fun, and you end up rooting for the Princess to succeed. I guess that is what you want out of a movie on female empowerment, but I get the message. Despite its flaws, I wasn’t bored at all. It is a good twist on a same old story!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Sword Fights