I Still Believe (Sidenote: Lady and the Tramp)

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I Still Believe was very cheesy at first, but the message is there, if only it can be a little more effective!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Guitars

What I Like:

-Acting wasn’t bad at least

The So So:

-The message and theme for a Christian movie was clear about continuing your faith after a terrible tragedy which I got, but unlike its predecessor, I Can Only Imagine, it wasn’t as effective for me, didn’t give me that feel good spiritual sense that I look for in these films, wasn’t powerful enough

What I Didn’t Like:

-The romance part of it was just so cheesy and cliched that it actually made my eyes roll a lot, it just felt too rushed and non genuine

Overall:

As I said before, it is way too cheesy and cliched in the romance part. As for the message part, it was clear, but just not effective enough for me to be inspired. It is that simple for a Christian movie. If it is not that inspiring, it is not that good. It’s too bad, because the message does bring a lot of true potential!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Guitars

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(Sidenote: Lady and the Tramp- I thought this film had a little more substance than its original version. It’s not as rushed with the story, and with a little better character development. Other than that, it is practically the same movie. With that said, it is still enjoyable reawakening of a Disney classic!!!
Real Rating: 4 Stars)

Emma. (Sidenote: Arctic Dogs)

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Emma. has a story that is all over the place, it was hard to keep up, and in the end, I just didn’t care!!!

Real Rating: 2 Marital Rejections

What I Like:

-I guess the cinematography, but that’s about it

The So So:

-I guess Anya Taylor-Joy acted well, but I just really didn’t care for her character and why she is that way

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story seemed all over the place, and it was very hard for me to follow, because of that I ended up not caring for any of the characters in it
-If this was suppose to be a comedy, it failed miserably, not even a chuckle from me

Overall:

People will say to me you just don’t care for British films. That is slightly true, especially the comedies, but honestly, they just don’t call my attention whatsoever. I’m not aware of the books, and really why should I care for this spoiled character named Emma. It just didn’t do it for me in any way!!!

Real Rating: 2 Marriage Rejections

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(Sidenote: Arctic Dogs- It had a great voice cast and cool animation, but it is a cliched kids movie. The story is a little outrageous for my liking as well. All I can say is who would grow up to aspire to be a package deliverer? My thoughts exactly!!!
Real Rating 2.5 Stars)

Bloodshot

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Bloodshot is a pure action film mess, but a somewhat organized mess!!!

Real Rating: 3 Nanobots

What I Like:

-I thought the action was decent, it made it entertaining at the very least to watch these action scenes

The So So:

-The story is where I have some issues with because I believe the premise is good, but the character development did seem rushed, the motives for some characters weren’t that clear to me, it was like the writers tried to make the bare minimum in their story, and then rely on the CGI action to make up for it, that is where the organize mess comes in

What I Didn’t Like:

-What really makes it a mess is the execution of everything, the motives from both the good guys and the bad guys just wasn’t clear for me, and the last action scene was really all over the place, and really just didn’t work to who Bloodshot really is, I’m not sure if this film gave the character justice because I’m not familiar with this comic character

Overall:

The action was decent enough, while everything else seem to be a mess that is organized in tone and leaning on their minimal strengths. I have to hear fans from the comic story to see if this film gave the character any justice, or if Vin Diesel did the character well. With all that said, as a movie, I give it an ok at best!!!

Real Rating: 3 Nanobots

 

The Hunt (Sidenote: The Aeronauts)

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The Hunt really tries hard to be a political satire, but it would’ve been better if it was just an old bloody black comedy!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Gas Stations

What I Like:

-The part where where the hunt actually starts was a great scene and how everything goes down was pretty bloody disgusting
-The last fighting scene was cool to watch
-Betty Gilpin’s character as Crystal was awesome to watch

The So So:

-The gas station scene was interesting, though I knew what was going to happen, the way that scene was executed was great, probably my favorite scene, predictable yet satisfying

What I Didn’t Like:

-Once the bloody action calms down, that is when the story kicks in, and here where it starts to have identity issues, I liked the bloody entertainment at first, but it calms down and never comes back really, instead they really double down on the political satire aspect which really wasn’t effective enough, they just played to the character’s stereotypes with no real development, and really affected the true purpose of this film
-The direction of the story just really made it all way too confusing, when things are being revealed, it left me with more questions, and hate that it ended with a conclusion that left me confused

Overall:

I really just thought it would’ve been better if it was just a black comedy with bloody violence like the beginning of this film. Once they went to the political satire route, it just didn’t do it for me. It just left me with more questions, than true powerful satirical answers. The lack of blending things together really drops it from being an ok to decent movie to not good to maybe ok. It literally shot itself in the foot with that change of tone!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Gas Stations

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(Sidenote: The Aeronauts- I found this film interesting in seeing how scientists risk themselves to prove they can predict weather by flying a hot air ballon. There are some thrilling scenes that can raise your anxiety levels, especially if you’re afraid of heights. With that said, the way the story was formed, kind of made flat at times, and really wants you to go back to the balloons scenes. Fun thrilling movie nonetheless!!!
Real Rating 3.5 Stars)

Onward

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Onward is not your typical Pixar movie, but it still is a lot of fun with some feels!!!

Real Rating: 4 Pixie Bikers

What I Like:

-The animation, as usual for Pixar, was phenomenal the mix of city and landscape was a great blend of setting that you can enjoy
-One of the themes I enjoyed about this film is about sibling brotherhood, me having two younger brothers, I can understand the importance of having that special relationship even though we can be completely different people, that bond can be strong and special

The So So:

-This is a different type of Pixar film for me, for the most part it is a creative film with with a lot of emotion with an adventure on the side, that is what we expect, this case it was really all about the adventure, and the emotion at the end, in the end, it still worked, just not what I expected
-One thing that was different for me, and without spoiling it, was the ending, it did pack a lot of good emotion, but I just didn’t like the execution of the story, mainly because it was too sad for me, and I don’t like being sad

What I Didn’t Like:

-The laughs weren’t really there for me with this film, and that is odd for a Pixar film
-There are a lot of themes in this film, but the whole thing about people forgetting magic and who their are just seemed a little too farfetched for me, can people really forget about magic because of science and convenience, I don’t know

Overall:

As I said before, it is not your typical Pixar film, but I still found it enjoyable with the animation, adventure story, and the brief emotion in the end. I can appreciate the different themes this film tries to show, but the one about sibling brotherhood is something I can keep to my heart. In the end, I believe there is a lot of good in watching this film with the family. It could be a good point to know about the importance of family!!!

Real Rating: 4 Pixie Bikers

 

The Way Back

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The Way Back excels in its character development and acting, but the story follows the sports movie formula!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Press Defenses

What I Like:

-The best part of the film is seeing Ben Affleck play the part of Jack Cunningham, an alcoholic construction worker with past demons in his life becoming a head basketball coach to his alma matter, I thought Affleck played the role very genuine, and seeing him trying to get his life back together gives it a sense of realism for his character, the best part of the movie
-I also enjoyed seeing the acting chops from comedian Al Madrigal in a dramatic role, I thought he carried himself very well, and actually made me believe he is a legit assistant basketball coach, I actually enjoyed his supporting character very much

The So So:

-With all the dramatics on character, this is a basketball sports movie, and man does it follow all the cliches in a sports movie, most notably the part of a team that is not a good team, and one man makes them to a great team, with all that said, being a basketball coach myself, I’m a sap for these things, because I still find them inspiring, and I can relate to some of the issues this team can go through

What I Didn’t Like:

-The character twist in the end is somewhat tragic, without giving too much away, the ending did left me a little unsatisfied, mainly for the character of Jack Cunningham, sometimes sad endings are not merited, and this was one of them

Overall:

Yes it is a sports movie with all the cliches and typical formulas. However, do watch this movie for the acting of Ben Affleck and the characterization of his character jack Cunningham. To me that is worth the watch even though I hated the way it ended. Regardless, it is something worthwhile to see for me!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Press Defenses

Spenser Confidential (Sidenote: Last Christmas)

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Spenser Confidential is a fun action movie, only thing, it is a typical action movie!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Machetes

What I Like:

-The action was fun, it wasn’t over the top, it is simple enough to make it enjoyable, the fight scenes is where I really felt the punches for sure
-The acting by Mark Wahlberg (The Great Marky Mark), Winston Duke, and Alan Arkin was entertaining for me, seeing three different personalities come together really added a nice touch
-The cinematography of showing the beauty of the city of Boston was awesome to see

The So So:

-It is set in Boston, but no real Boston accents, not that authentic, but maybe it would’ve been too distracting for this type of film

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story was a typical action cop story that we have seen for the past 30 years, yes for a cop story, there will be corrupt cops, which is why the twist wasn’t surprising at all, the disgraced protagonist to a hero, check, somebody getting kidnapped to set up the final battle, check, it was all way too typical which just makes a film to ok, then great

Overall:

If you’re into action flicks, then yes go ahead, watch it, enjoy what it has to offer. If you’re expecting more, don’t bother, you’ll be greatly disappointed. For this type of film, it is perfect for it to be on Netflix, that way you don’t regret too much in coming out to watch it. You can watch it in the comforts of your home, and that’s that. That’s what I did, and I had fun watching it. Maybe more than I should have, but whatever!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Machetes

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(Sidenote: Last Christmas- Another romantic Christmas movie. What more can you expect. This time with Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding. To me, I like the chemistry and charm these two bring, but the story is not something I really cared for. Didn’t really peaked my interest. Even with the twist, I kind of saw it coming. If you’re a George Michael fan, then you may like this film!!!
Real Rating: 3 Stars)