House of Gucci

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House of Gucci may have some cringy acting, but Ridley Scotts’ directing makes it entertaining enough!!!

Real Rating:

4 Gucci Loafers

What I Like:

-They did promote the clothing line Gucci big time, I actually wanted some Gucci shoes after watching the movie

The So So:

-There was some great acting, like Lady Gaga and Al Pacino, some so so acting with Americans or British people playing Italians like Jeremy Irons and Adam Driver, and there were some cringy ones like Jared Leto
-The story is a paint by the numbers biopic of sorts, but Ridley Scott’s direction kept it engaging and intriguing to watch from beginning to end

What I Didn’t Like:

-The makeup on Jared Leto was bad, it was very distracting as well

Overall:

It is an interesting story on how the Gucci family came to be, and how a family can really doom themselves. The direction of Ridley Scott made it engaging, and showing what Scott does best. Some of the acting was good, but also cringy. I’m sure the Italians will not love this at all. Regardless it is an entertaining film, and makes you want to buy some Gucci loafers for sure!!!

Real Rating:

4 Gucci Loafers

8-Bit Christmas (Sidenote: Pig)

A pile of people form the shape of a Christmas tree.

8-Bit Christmas may seem childish at times, but the real message is what’s special here that can remind you of the holiday classics!!!

Real Rating:

4 8-Bit Systems

What I Like:

-Everything was charming and heartfelt, from the story, to the actors, to the 80’s setting, all being that Nintendo was my first video game system, I could strongly relate to, and even laugh
-With all the adventure it has about one goal, the Nintendo, the real message in the end was what made it special, and remind you of the classic Christmas movies from before

The So So:

-David Cross as a inspirational person is as weird as it sounds, especially with what his character is in this film

What I DIdn’t Like:

-It is childish with a lot of their humor, not excruciatingly bad, but bad enough

Overall:

I thought was not going to like this film. Not even a big fan of holiday films. However, it did have relatable content that really made me enjoy it. It reminded me of the holiday classics like Home Alone and A Christmas Story. So I can honestly say, this represented my childhood in good ways. Once you get passed the childish humor, you find it charming and even inspirational. I’m glad that I watched this film, and you all should to with the family!!!

Real Rating:

4 8-Bit Systems

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(Sidenote: Pig – Start off by saying this is the best acting Nicolas Cage has done for the longest time. As for the film, it was not what I was expecting, but it is interesting. I don’t like when indie films don’t explain too much, but the emotion of everything is there. Just wish I could understand it a lot better!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Truffles)

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Lightning cracks from dark green clouds. People get out of a battered 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Sentinel below and look on.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a pure nostalgic film, story is not perfect, but it is something every fan of the Ghostbusters franchise should watch!!!

Real Rating:

4 Stay Puft Marshmallow Men

What I Like:

-This one stays true to the lore of the original Ghostbusters film, even though it is a new cast and what not, the essence of the franchise is very much in tact, that’s why I say if you are a fan of Ghostbusters, you will like this
-The tribute to Harold Ramis as Egon Spengler is very touching and great

The So So:

-It is very, very nostalgic which I didn’t mind, but with a critical eye, it does have the Star Wars: The Force Awakens treatment, it is different but almost the same as the first movie in certain aspects, but with the comedy and the self awareness didn’t make it crindgeworthy

What I Didn’t Like:

-It does have some fan service that made my eyes roll, because of how forced it is
-Also, without spoiling it, there is one character that wasn’t in it that made me disappointed

Overall:

Ghostbusters fans will not be disappointed. This is a great trip through the memories of the franchise. It does provide great nostalgic moments, with a touch of comedy, and thrills to keep you entertained. After the reboot, it did seem like the franchise will be doomed. In this case, this is a true sequel to the franchise that is welcomed with open arms. It’s not the perfect movie, but it is an enjoyable one for sure!!!

Real Rating:

4 Stay Puft Marshmallow Men

King Richard

"Theatrical release poster": A father embraces his two daughters. Underneath them is the tagline: "Venus, Serena and a plan for greatness".

King Richard may be a formulaic sports biopic story, but the acting of Will Smith makes it a story with a lot more passion and soul!!!

Real Rating:

4.5 Tennis Coaches

What I Like:

-This film is really all about Will Smith, he immersed himself into his character of the father of Venus and Serena Williams, he gave a sports biopic film a lot of passion of a father desperately bringing up his daughters to be great tennis players, and the soul with his great speeches about life and hard work, I was in awe, and always knew Will Smith had a lot more to give
-I also enjoyed Jon Bernthal as tennis coach Rick Macci, you can see his eccentric passion as a coach and a person, and a different role for Bernthal that worked in every way

The So So:

-It is a typical sports biopic story, but I am a sucker for sports stories, I did enjoy seeing the upbringing of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams which their story is very unique, you can’t feeling nothing but happiness for these ladies and how they grew up into great woman and great athletes

What I Didn’t Like:

-I wanted to see more of the story, like when both of these ladies got into the pros and how that felt like

Overall:

Will Smith being a father sacrificing everything for what’s best for his daughters, yet pushing them to be not only great athletes but great people is awesome to see. Forget for a second about the formulaic sports biopic story. Look at it as a parent knowing what their kids are capable of, and learning himself how to be inspirational in more ways than one. That is what Will Smith brought to the table, and I hear the Oscars calling on this one loud and clear!!!

Tick, Tick… Boom!

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Tick, Tick… Boom! had some fine acting in Andrew Garfield’s part, even though it was interesting at first, it sort of fell flat for me in the end!!!

Real Rating:

3 Show Tunes

What I Like:

-Andrew Garfield was fine playing music theater writer, Jonathan Larson, I didn’t know he could sing, but not only did he nailed that, but really immersed himself into his character and captured Larson’s essence
-I thought Lin-Manuel Miranda as the director was decent, he really did make a film but a stage set as well which worked pretty well for this type of film

The So So:

-It started out interesting, seeing how a musical show gets started and put into form, but after a while, I started losing focus, and probably because musicals are not my thing

What I Didn’t Like:

-This musical is also a biopic on how Jonathan Larson got started in the business, but it is pretty formulaic, not that inspiring for me, and overall not interesting enough, I was more interested in his friends’ story more than him

Overall:

I’m not a musical guy. Let alone, I haven’t seen Rent. For me to like a musical, it has to grasp my attention fully. Unfortunately, this musical film didn’t really do it for me. I respect what Andrew Garfield has done, and also the direction of Lin-Manuel Miranda. However, the story just wasn’t interesting enough for me. With that said, I believe fans of musicals and this one in particular may enjoy it a lot more than me. Bottomline, it is not my cup of tea!!!

Real Rating:

3 Show Tunes

Red Notice

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Red Notice is not a good movie, but the three leads were entertaining enough to endure from beginning to end!!!

Real Rating:

3 Eggs

What I Like:

-It was watchable because of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot, their charisma and chemistry with one another was entertaining, plus the comedic chemistry with The Rock and Reynolds was pretty funny

The So So:

-The film story is dumb, but at the very least it is self aware of the dumbness and tropes that happen, that is what made it entertaining enough, knowing that it doesn’t take itself too serious makes it work
-Some of the action scenes were great, while others seemed way to green screened

What I Didn’t Like:

-As I said before, the story is a huge mess with so many tropes, even the big twist at the end wasn’t that great, it was whatever really

Overall:

If this film didn’t have their three leads, it would’ve been a terrible movie. Plain and simple. With that said, the self aware comedy and some of the fight scenes, and since it is on Netflix, it was tolerable enough to watch from beginning to end. I could be nitpicky and point out a lot of things, but in the end, it is a movie available on livestream, and that is that!!!

Real Rating:

3 Eggs

Spencer (Sidenote: Army of Thieves)

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Spencer is all about Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, and not much else!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Family Meals

What I Like:

-It really is all about Kristen Stewart and her portrayal as Princess Diana during a big life changing moment, I thought she captured the character well, and showing her true emotion

The So So:

-Reading the premise I knew what it is all about and understood what Princess Diana is going through which was interesting, but if I didn’t do that, I would’ve been lost in what is going on with this story, and really not understanding why she felt that way, it didn’t really specify what is really going on

What I Didn’t Like:

-In the end, I asked myself why should I care? It just wasn’t interesting enough for me to care what is going on, it was just another crisis in the Royal Family which honestly, I don’t really care for, and I’m also surprised I didn’t hear British people exorcising this film for having an American actress playing a big name in the Royal Family, but then again what do I know, and more importantly, why do I care?

Overall:

It really is all about Kristen Stewart, and she is getting all the buzz as awards season is coming up quickly. She has come a long way since Twilight. As far as for the rest of the film, it was really a bore, and vastly underdeveloped storywise. Maybe it’s because I don’t care about the Royal Family, but if you do care, maybe it may be fascinating for you!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Family Meals

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(Sidenote: Army of Thieves – This is a prequel to Army of Darkness. With the only character from the other film is Matthias Schweigh√∂fer playing the safecracker, Ludwig Dieter. It is a heist film which can be interesting to see, but in the end, it is about a guy proving he can crack safes. If it wasn’t for the fact that it is a prequel to a zombie movie, it wouldn’t as been just as interesting. At least it wasn’t directed by Zack Snyder which probably would’ve made it worse. With all that said, it is a fun heist film at the very least!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Safes)

Clifford the Big Red Dog (Sidenote: Joe Bell)

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Clifford the Big Red Dog may have a few special moments, but bottomline, it is made for kids, and not much else!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Condensed Milk

What I Like:

-Clifford is so cute, and the CGI on himself is great, and showed the dog’s true emotion
-Jack Whitehall was pretty funny in his role as Uncle Casey, John Cleese was great as well in his purposes

The So So:

-It does have some special and emotional moments, but it does get overshadowed by the kids movie goofiness it mostly brings
-Tony Hale playing the villain was good, but the intentions of the villains are so cliched

What I Didn’t Like:

-In the end, it is a kids movie, and it will be something kids will enjoy and laugh, but adults will endure on the juvenile humor

Overall:

I like the thought they put in on this classic children’s story. I remember reading these books as a kid. With that said, sometimes keeping it in books are just better than putting it on the big screen. It does have moments, but the childish goofiness and lower tier comedy was just something for kids to laugh and enjoy, but adults will want something extra in their diet cokes. The acting does show passion, but everything was overshadowed by kids movies tropes. I rather remember the books than this film!!!

Real Rating:

2.5 Condensed Milk

A man wearing camping gear and his son walk on an empty road.

(Sidenote: Joe Bell – This film is about about a dad, played by Mark Wahlberg, feeling guilty about the suicidal death of his son who was bullied for being gay. So he embarks on a cross country walk to raise awareness in bullying. During this ordeal he deals with his past demons of how he could’ve been a better father. The film is interesting, but I didn’t think it is effective enough to hit the main themes of what it is trying to show. It could’ve been a lot better, but we just got an average movie!!!
Real Rating: 3 Hikes)

Eternals

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Eternals is not the greatest Marvel Cinematic Universe film, but the world building and diversity in the cast makes it a critical point for its next phase!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Saliva Beers

What I Like:

-The cast is good, not only do you have top notch actors, but you have some great diversity in it as well, not only you have different races involved, you also have a real person that is deaf as a hero, and some LGTBQ+ representation, in this regard, you it is ground breaking for sure
-I did enjoy some characters, I enjoyed Don Lee as Gilgamesh, I loved his brute power, but also showing that he has a great heart as well, and I also enjoyed Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo bringing in the comedy relief
-The mid and end credits scene does make you excited to see what is next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)

The So So:

-With Chloe Zhao as director, you know you are going to get great cinematography, those scenes at the beach was awesome, and the CGI backgrounds were awesome, the world building is pretty good, but my complaint with Chloe Zhao has always been the way she tells her story can lean to the boring side, there was a lot of slow and lagging moments that can make a two and a half movie
-The character development was good enough, but some people did get the short end of the stick or was rushed in general

What I Didn’t Like:

-Just like my complaints with Dune about all the exposition that does seem long and boring, only this type of exposition was slow and confusing at times, I believe it could’ve been done better, but they unfortunately have to build that part of the MCU as quick as possible for the real treat of the future, sort of like Thor with Asgard

Overall:

This film does have a lot of good moments with a stellar cast, decent action, and great cinematography. I give Chloe Zhao a lot of credit for that, but the long and boring exposition really is a thorn for this world building for the Eternals. It was a little slow, and it did lag at times. Once it got going, it can be entertaining to watch once you get through it. Regardless, this is a world building film that will enhance the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to bigger scales for sure. With all that said, and I hope I am wrong, I believe through the big picture of it all, it will be one of those MCU films which are crucial for story building, but forgettable in the end!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Saliva Beers

Last Night in Soho

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Last Night in Soho is beautifully shot, but once the story got going, the horror of it all turns out to be cliched!!!

Real Rating:

4 Mirrors

What I Like:

-Director Edgar Wright created, shot, and executed a cinematographic masterpiece, the use of light, color, and a views of Soho of today and the 60s, was awesome to see
-Add to the fact the great blend of classic 60s music really added an authentic touch
-The acting was really good, both Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy really gave strong and effective performances in their roles

The So So:

-The story did keep me engaged from beginning to end, with that said, once the story starts to unravel, there were some moments that were weird, which probably was the intention, but also some parts that doesn’t make sense, without spoiling it, the twist wasn’t that effective to really surprise you

What I Didn’t Like:

-Edgar Wright tried to do horror, but the reliance on jump scares and creepy beings really made it a horror cliche, I believe this story could’ve been more effective and unique without those types of horror movie cliches

Overall:

Watch this for the art of cinematography from Edgar Wright. He really knows how to make a shot stand out in the most beautiful way. Add to the fact the acting and the musical blend makes it a worthwhile watch. As for the horror aspect, I believe if they made it more psychological creepiness instead of the horror cliches and tropes, it would’ve been a lot more effective film. Regardless, it is still a good watch, especially for Edgar Wright fans!!!

Real Rating:

4 Mirrors