The Outpost

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The Outpost had a slow start, but a thrilling end does make the ends meet!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Random Explosions

What I Like:

-The final battle scene was great to watch seeing the soldiers being surprised attacked, and fighting to stay alive in their outpost of Afghanistan, a lot of gunshot, explosion and death

The So So:

-The acting was decent, it is what you see with relationships with different soldiers from differing places, just funny hearing Orlando Bloom in a US Southern accent, some of the acting was subpar too, but nothing too distracting
-For a movie in the recent war in Afghanistan, I expected it to be more bloody, not gory bloody, but definitely more blood than what they showed, and with war movies it needs to be as real as possible

What I Didn’t Like:

-It really had a slow and dragging start, I get that it is needed for character development, but I believe they could’ve done it in a better way, because of that, I didn’t really cared for who died or not in the final battle

Overall:

As a war film, it could’ve been better. With that said, that final battle scene was the greatest part of the whole movie. It has their thrilling and fun even though it wasn’t bloody enough for me. The slow start really affected the film tremendously, but if you’re patient, you will get somewhat of a satisfying ending!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Random Explosions

Irresistible

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Irresistible is a very interesting film, where John Stewart directed his point effectively, despite the fact I hate political jargon crap!!!

Real Rating: 4 Campaigns

What I Like:

-John Stewart directed this political satire film, and I thought he did a great job in execution, dialogue, and getting his point across, bravo to him
-The acting of Steve Carrell was great as a democratic campaign manager, and loved the dialogue between him and Rose Byrne, who played the republican campaign manager, it was fun rivalry banter between them

The So So:

-Without spoiling it, the big twist at the end gave me mixed feelings and emotions, it is crazy what desperate people will do to benefit themselves, families, and communities, I hated it but was greatly astonished about how things went down in the small town of Deerlaken, Wisconsin

What I Didn’t Like:

-I hate politics, I hate hearing all that CNN and MSNBC jargon that actually confuses me more than understand, bottomline, I just don’t care for it, and this movie is full of it, maybe for some of you all will love it, but for me, it is meh

Overall:

I did like this film for what it is. I was impressed with the direction of John Stewart in making this political satire. It is entertaining enough, especially if you are fan of The Daily Show. With great acting by Steve Carell and Rose Byrne, you will be entertained by their banter. As for me political movies are exhausting for me emotionally, and really don’t care for!!!

Real Rating: 4 Campaigns

My Spy (Sidenote: Greed)

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My Spy does have a sweet charm to it, but in the end, it is a hugely cliched spy movie!!!

Real Rating: 3 Blueberries

What I Like:

-For a film with a big former wrestler action star and a little girl, it does have some charm to it, the relationship with Dave Bautista (Batista) and Chloe Coleman was sweet and effective during the emotional parts

The So So:

-It was very, very predictable, but without spoiling it, there is one part that I did not see coming, even though it was short lived, but I was mildly surprised
-Not sure with Batista’s acting whether he was directed that way or he really can’t act with a lot of emotion, I believe the former is true, but it did appear his acting was weird and awkward, but it kind of makes sense for the film

What I Didn’t Like:

-If you watched any spy film, you will know that this is a cliched mess, the predictability, the developments, and even the villain was all something we have seen before

Overall:

Now that this film was finally shown (Almost a year later from its initial release), it is what I expected since the first trailer. It is a cliched, but a sweet and charming spy film involving children. You can add Batista to the list of action stars dealing with kids in film. Not sure why they have to go through with that, but some of them are good and some of them can be really awkward. For this film it is right around the middle. It could have been a lot better, but it isn’t bad either. I’m just glad it finally got its release date, and finally showed it!!!

Real Rating: 3 Blueberries

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(Sidenote: Greed – This film definitely had identity issues of being a political satire (or for real), drama, or some kind of biopic documentary. Regardless, I was mildly entertained and amused. Even though Steve Coogan acted well with his character, but his character of fashion mogul, Sir Richard McCreadie, was definitely not a likable character. Him, and his family, just make you hate on greedy rich people who don’t care about anything. Maybe that is its main point, but it could’ve been more effective in it!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Sewing Machines)

7500

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7500 is a basic thriller that is also intimate that creates a chill like never before!!!

Real Rating: 4 Pilots

What I Like:

-Joseph Gordon-Levitt (JGL), who hasn’t acted in film in a while, really gave a great performance where he showed a lot of emotion, and keeping a cool head when everywhere else is going crazy, even like talking to the terrorist to calm down the situation really speaks volumes to his character
-Everything in the film pretty much happens in the cockpit of the airplane, because of that it does create a thrill of seeing and hearing what the protagonist sees, you don’t know what is going one, and when the things you do know is going down you react, that’s why I call it an intimate thriller, being in one setting does create a unique thrill
-I also enjoyed actually seeing what really goes on in the cockpit with real pilots, it is an interesting watch to learn and understand

The So So:

-The thrills really comes from a basic story of terrorism, the rationale is some thing we all know too well and why it happens, with all that said, the way the execution happens really made it gut wrenchingly thrilling, and I applaud to director Patrick Vollrath for that

What I Didn’t Like:

-The character of one of the terrorist, Vedat, was an interesting character, but I wish I can understand more of him, and why he participated with the other terrorist, I want to learn more, and unfortunately for him, it was all too vague

Overall:

Yes, it is a typical thriller involving terrorist, but this give it a unique approach to view it in the eyes of a pilot post 9/11. It was very interesting, and I did enjoy the execution of the film and made us care. For a thriller to make you on the edge of your seat, it did its job effectively!!!

Real Rating: 4 Pilots

You Should Have Left

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You Should Have Left was an ineffective horror/thriller film with a story thinner than a sheet of paper!!!

Real Rating: 2 Stetlers

What I Like:

-Did it kept my interest to see what will happen? It actually did

The So So:

-The acting was good, but I felt this was wasted roles for both Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story was very thin, with minimal character development, and lack of a true real motive for the characters
-Also, for a horror/thriller, it was very ineffective, it wasn’t scary, even the jump scares didn’t do anything for me, it wasn’t creepy or keeping me on the edge of my seat, really it didn’t do nothing for me

Overall:

This was suppose to be a horror/thriller type of film, but it didn’t do its job whatsoever. As I was keeping my attention to see what will happen, in the end, it was nothing but a same old penance story, this time, it involves a house. Story so thin with barely some character development or motive, that really is surprising that two great actors and actresses took on this role. This is bad, even for Blumhouse standards!!!

Real Rating: 2 Stetlers

Artemis Fowl

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Artemis Fowl is a rushed cliched action fantasy that would probably work better as a TV show than an expensive movie!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Trolls

What I Like:

-The special effects were cool, which is probably where all the money went
-The one great thing I enjoyed in this film is Josh Gad playing a dwarf, Mulch Diggums, I thought he was entertainingly good, sort of Han Solo like, and I enjoyed his character the most in this film

The So So:

-From a guy who hasn’t read the book, I thought the story was interesting, but it did felt very rushed to get to the main part of the story, because of that, the character development wasn’t great

What I Didn’t Like:

-The way the execution of the story went, it was a movie that I have already seen before, reminded me of Lord of the Rings, Bright, Harry Potter, just to name a few
-This film really banked on having sequels, and having this film setup everything, in a horrible fashion if I may add, it just ended the film with more questions than answers, with all that said, the budget for this film is huge and they put it on Disney+ because of CoronaVirus instead of postponing it, it felt like Disney just gave up on this film before it even came out, so much for another big franchise
-Dame Judi Dench just felt out of place in this movie

Overall:

Another film from a famous book, and it pretty much is a typical start of a franchise film. Honestly, it was very anticlimactic for my liking. The CGI was fun at the very least, but not even the greatness of Josh Gad could make this something I should really care about. Add this to the list of failed franchise starter movies!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Trolls

Da 5 Bloods

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Da 5 Bloods is a fascinating story with a good premise, and some great character development that really makes Spike Lee doing the right thing in film!!!

Real Rating: 4.5 Gold Bars

What I Like:

-The premise of the story is very interesting, and the execution of everything was practically excellent, there were great moments and even some thrilling scenes that left me breathing deeply
-The four actors were great, they have great chemistry with one another with some great character development for each of them, but most notably the character of Paul, played by Delroy Lindo, was a fascinating character, a veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other inner demons, and how he deals with everything whether it is good or bad, his story made it a fascinating tragedy
-Spike Lee really made this story with some great themes about war, living life as a black veteran in America, and about greed and values, and unlike most Spike Lee joints, this film did not feel too preachy, rather, it all felt genuine and entertaining, Spike Lee is on a roll right now with his films
-The soundtrack of old school soul and protest music, really sets a good vibe when watching

The So So:

-The structure of this whole film can be a little uneven and can throw you off, but it all ties in well in the end

What I Didn’t Like:

-One part that bothered me was a choice Spike Lee made when he created scenes during the Vietnam War, for the main characters they still played themselves back in the War, and there was no real attempt to make them look younger, not sure why they made that decision, but it did distract me a lot

Overall:

Spike Lee is on a roll not only in directing, but in writing as well. He is definitely doing the right thing (pun intended). An interesting premise that wasn’t boring. Instead, it was entertaining with some great thrilling moments and action. It also had some fascinating character development with some great actors who gave a great performance with some good chemistry with one another. It may be too early to speak now, but I can see some Oscar buzz already!!!

Real Rating: 4.5 Gold Bars

The King of Staten Island

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The King of Staten Island is Judd Apatow at his finest, bringing out great characters in real situations, even though some scenes did drag more than it should!!!

Real Rating: 4 Tattoos

What I Like:

-Judd Apatow really does bring out great character development in his films, and I do appreciate the grounded situations that this movie brings, I do give Apatow even more credit by making Pete Davidson act very well, he gave him that good balance of being awkwardly funny, but also giving him the dramatic touch to really bring out his character, it was a breathe of fresh air to see
-Other than Davidson, the acting was great all around, Marisa Tomei was great, and Bill Burr not only was funny as he usually is with his hilarious rants, but he actually gave some great acting chops as well
-I just appreciated the fact that this story can be relatable for people, it can pull you on some emotional strings

The So So:

-It did bring out some funny moments, but, without spoiling it, there are some scenes that will definitely make you very uncomfortable, when you watch, you will know what I mean

What I Didn’t Like:

-The film was over two hours, and there are great moments, but some of these moments could have been more concise, there were times where it definitely drags, and you’re like, ok, let’s move it along, and maybe there were some scenes that could have been added to the deleted scenes portion of the DVD

Overall:

I wasn’t expecting too much, but I actually enjoyed this film. I was surprised with what Pete Davidson showed in this film. I think I can stop saying that he is the worst comedian in Saturday Night Live that is more known by being dumped by Ariana Grande than being funny. The story was grounded, real, and relatable. I will say it again, this is Judd Apatow at his finest, and once again he is bringing out another mediocre comedian to a spotlight of greatness. Also, this film will relate more to millennials in life than ever!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

The Last Days of American Crime

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The Last Days of American Crime needs to have a last day of horrible films with a story that doesn’t make any sense, and in the end, just really dumb, even with the cool action!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 APIs

What I Like:

-If you into just action scenes with car chases, shoot outs, and explosions that will make Michael Bay proud, then you will like this

The So So:

-The acting was over the top, but it was a good over the top acting once you get use to it, at least it strangely kept my interest

What I Didn’t Like:

-Where can I start? For a heist film, this lacked a lot of intelligence, it was just too straight forward where it was practically unrealistic
-The twists I saw coming from the longest mile you will ever seen, so predictable it is ridiculous
-The character development was either too one dimensional, or not enough that made the subplots confusing
-The pacing was confusing in general which made me confused to follow along, and figure out reasons of why things happen that way
-In the end, it was just a dumb film that is not worth your time of 2 and a half hours

Overall:

The only credit I give is that the action does make it fun at the very sincere least. Everything else was pretty much straight up garbage. People criticize Michael Bay for his films of great action, but thin plots, but this film takes the cake of being worse than Michael Bay. At least Bay’s characters are more developed, and actions scenes were merited. Honestly, even though it was on Netflix, but seeing this film should be a true crime, and make that a last crime!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 APIs

 

The High Note

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The High Note is a feel good movie about the music industry, but the last third of the film just really didn’t make sense!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Sound Mixers

What I Like:

-I like the premise about how the music industry work, it was interesting to see how things go down in a life of a music artist icon who is trying to stay relevant
-The acting was great, I like the artist and assistant aspect between Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross, it does seem genuine enough to believe it, and seeing Dakota Johnson’s character really hustling to pursue a dream, even Ice Cube as the manager was good enough
-The old school music vibe was great to listen to, and I can’t believe Tracee Ellis Ross actually sang, makes it more authentic

The So So:

-I like the execution from the beginning which really grabbed my attention, but then it starts to fall on all too familiar tropes, with that said, a lot of these tropes do make sense for the story, and that goes with great execution

What I Didn’t Like:

-Without spoiling it, there was a twist which really did not make sense to me whatsoever, and honestly created a dent in what was a decent story, I believe it could’ve been written a lot better to be more effective than defective

Overall:

It is a feel good movie that we all need with these times. I enjoyed the music, and a good story about working hard in making your dreams come true. Yeah it has its tropes like any other movie and a pretty bad third part, bu the execution by director Nisha Ganatra really made it good enough to watch. As I said before, with these times right now, we need a film like this to make us happy about life. Even for a minute!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Sound Mixers