Those Who Wish Me Dead

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Those Who Wish Me Dead had good characters to care for, but the story didn’t flow well which created some unevenness in tone!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Hot Shots

What I Like:

-The character development was pretty good, it actually made me give a care to what they been through and what is happening at the moment, even the villains had a strong motive in all of this mess as well
-During the times there was some action, it was pretty intense and thrilling

The So So:

-Looking through the eyes of the villains, I thought for the most part they were pretty intense assassins trying to finish the job, I thought Aidan Gillen was pretty good and Nicholas Hoult had his moments to make it scary, but there were some moments where what they did were head scratchers to me as well, without spoiling it, but if they thought things through a little better at the beginning, maybe they wouldn’t be in a wrose predicament

What I Didn’t Like:

-Even though the story had great character development, the transitions to the different characters really didn’t flow well, it made it uneven in tone, and that was pretty much the first two thirds of the film, I felt it could’ve been edited a lot better, and maybe some moments wouldn’t have dragged at times either

Overall:

I really liked how they developed the characters well giving them some good backstories that worked well with the movie’s presence. The acting was good, the villains were scary good, and the action was thrilling. It did have some tonal problems with their transitions which didn’t make it flow well, and even made it drag a little. With all that said, it does come together well, and made it for an interesting story to watch!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Hot Shots

Wrath of Man

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Wrath of Man is an entertaining action film with an interesting twist of things, however, it can be hard to follow at times!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Armored Trucks

What I Like:

-Jason Statham fans will not be disappointed with this one, it has everything you want, heist story, gritty action, and Statham being the BA he likes to be
-Without spoiling it, I like the twist the story brings, all I will say is, it is not your typical revenge type of story

The So So:

-Armored truck heist can be one of the same for sure, because there is so much you can do when stealing an armored truck, but the execution of everything was still thrilling and fun, and can keep you guessing in what will happen soon, so I give it credit to Guy Ritchie for that at the very least

What I Didn’t Like:

-They made it out like a book, and divided it into chapters, good transitions, but what it does is that it makes us relearn what is going on, and redevelop new characters which can get frustrating and a bit confusing, it all comes together in the end, but it is almost like rewatching something new every time which I didn’t like

Overall:

It is a decent movie, it wasn’t boring and I was properly entertained from beginning to end. Yes, the transitions and development were annoying and confusing with the way they did it, but if you came for some pure Jason Statham action, you will not be disappointed. Guy Ritchie does make things entertaining, and bringing his old buddy Statham is probably a match made in heaven. Bottomline, you go in what you’re looking for, but nowhere near the masterpiece some people will want!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Armored Trucks

Monster

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Monster is a film that can make you think, but it wasn’t effective enough for me to keep my attention!!!

Real Rating: 3 Jury Members

What I Like:

  • The acting was there, Kelvin Harrison Jr. playing the protagonist, Steve, did a good job playing a person being falsely accused of murder, I liked seeing the collaborations with other people, especially the moments with his parents, played by Jennifer Hudson and Jeffrey Wright, I thought those were the best moments to watch that gave the best emotional effect

The So So:

  • I thought this was a movie about moments, and the best moments was about Steve and his life before being arrested and during his time being arrested, just seeing what he is all about and the type of person he is through those flashbacks gave me an ounce of care for this character, but it was so sporadic between the court case and everything in between that it made me lose my focus on what is going on and the development of his character

What I Didn’t Like:

  • This film could’ve been a lot more effective, it did have a good story in there, but the execution just wasn’t right, it felt too sporadic and muddled for me to see what is happening, and there was way too much narration that made it boring, it could’ve been a lot better to add effectiveness to make the people watching it care more and not lose interest

Overall:

There is a good story in there. Unfortunately, it got lost with bad execution and ineffective storytelling. Especially when it comes to court dramas, you have to make it interesting before people get lost in the lawyer jargon. Unfortunately, it didn’t do that. With that said, there are some good acting moments that can give you an ounce of care for the character Steve, and hope for the best for him. Probably a better structure to the story and making it less boring can bring more emotion than it really did!!!

Real Rating: 3 Jury Members

The Mitchells vs. the Machines

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The Mitchells vs. The Machines is that one movie that is funny, greatly animated, a good message, and fun action for the whole family to enjoy!!!

Real Rating: 4.5 Evil Appliances

What I Like:

-It is everything you need in a animated film, first off the animation is great with the blend of cartoon and comic booky type with a lot of fun action that keeps you engaged from beginning to end, I mean it is humans vs all kinds of robots, what’s not to like
-The voice acting is great and the reason why the comedy was great, I actually laughed out loud with their jokes and quirkiness, from Danny McBride to Maya Rudolph, to Fred Armisen to Eric Andre, and even to Olivia Coleman to Conan O’Brien was all hilarious, and lets not forget the lead in Abbi Jacobson who lead the charge in this fun film
-The biggest thing that made it great was their message, the big theme is about humans obsession with technology especially with their phones and Internet and how it can consume you, but the touch of family and setting your differences aside to come together to do something great spectacular

The So So:

-Yes, it can get a little over the top in the end, even for this movie, but it is still a lot of fun regardless

What I Didn’t Like:

-Without spoiling it, the ending could’ve been better and meaningful, but it wasn’t terrible

Overall:

This is a pretty good movie for the whole family to watch, laugh, and enjoy. The message it brings is a good one, and you can have fun in the process for two hours. It is a good surprise in how well made and well written it is, and I guess anything with the name Lord and Miller in it shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise. With all that said, it is on Netflix, so get your family and watch this film. It will not be a waste of time and money for sure!!!

Real Rating: 4.5 Evil Appliances

Without Remorse

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Without Remorse is the same old revenge and political thriller story, only this time with Michael B. Jordan and less exciting action!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Betrayals

What I Like:

-I believe Michael B. Jordan did the best he can with the script he got, I believed his emotions, and he does have what it takes to be an action star, there is not no doubt about that

The So So:

-The action was ok, you have a lot of militaristic type of action, kind of Zero Dark Thirty like type of action, but my issue with it is that many scenes were too dark for my liking, it was hard for me to keep engaged with everything that is going on, it wasn’t boring, but it didn’t blow me away

What I Didn’t Like:

-If you see one film about revenge, you seen them all, if you seen one political thriller, you practically seen them all, this one was no different, and it just made it bland

Overall:

This is part of Tom Clancy’s famous novels, and a precursor to his most famous stories. It is also the first Jack Ryan story without featuring Jack Ryan. I have a love/hate relationship with the Jack Ryan stories, but this one goes to the hate part. It was a lackluster film that Michael B. Jordan couldn’t save. It did set up for a sequel, but if it does get greenlit, they need a better director to make it mind blowing at the very least. If not, it just falls to less than mediocrity!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Betrayals

Mortal Kombat (Sidenote: Willy’s Wonderland)

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Mortal Kombat was an upgrade on action, fights, and well needed gore, but the story still lagged any type of sense whatsoever!!!

Real Rating: 3 Arcanas

What I Like:

-The fights and action scenes were fun to see, it is not a Mortal Kombat movie without blood and gore and you get a lot of that for sure, but I really enjoyed the choreography of the fights especially the fights in the beginning and the final fight, those were my favorite ones for sure, the fights really made this film fun to watch at the very least
-Some of the characters I really enjoyed, I liked Sub-Zero as a villain who was definitely terrifying, but my biggest surprise was Kano, Josh Lawson really encapsulates his character very well, he was also hilarious with his jokes and showing a true personality of how Kano suppose to be

The So So:

-The acting was a little subpar, but it wasn’t so terrible that it was unbearable, there was some awkward chemistry issues which can seem cringy
-There were some good development with some characters, and some characters development were nonexistent, I know for a film with a lot of characters can be hard to develop everybody well, but at least give them some purpose at least
-The remix of the classic Mortal Kombat song is different, but not sure if I like it, it might be too much, but it is in today’s music standards which is not good in my book, but I don’t hate it

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story did not make any sense whatsoever, it seems like where they focus too much on wasn’t worthwhile, and the good parts where just rushed, to me it lingered on the wrong places, and lost it focus, and that’s unfortunate
-Without spoiling it, the whole story of Cole just seemed unnecessary to me, and I will leave it at that
-I hated how they treated one of my favorite characters, Kabal, in this, first off, he looks like a rejected character from the Snyder Cut, and his character really has no purpose, just a fighter with attitude, I can say the same for Mileena and Goro as well, very underdeveloped, and Shang Tsung was not intimidating whatsoever, and that is disappointing greatly, the villains really were underdeveloped here

Overall:

I did not hate this movie. First off, I like the first Mortal Kombat movie, even though the CGI and special effects didn’t age well. With that said, the story was still a lot better than this new film. It just didn’t make sense to me. I am a fan of the video game franchise, and I am familiar with the story, but their focus wasn’t right in this. Let alone how some of their characters were way too underdeveloped. What really worked was the fights, the special effects, the choreography, and yes the blood and gore was a welcome sight for this. It does set up for a sequel, but if that gets greenlit, I hope they can come up with a better story. I know it is hard to make a really good movie with so many beloved characters, but there has to be some try in this. If not, it is finished before I can even say, “Finish Him!!!”

Real Rating: 3 Arcanas

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(Sidenote: Willy’s Wonderland – You want Nic Cage being BA without saying a single word, yet still being Nic Cage? This is your movie. This does follow your the typical horror movie tropes, but the outrageousness it brings, kind of makes it fun. I mean, who doesn’t want to see Nic Cage beating up evil animatronics?
Real Rating: 3.5 Animatronics)

Concrete Cowboy

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Concrete Cowboy is predictable, but in terms of showing a lifestyle, it is fascinating!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Poop Shoveling

What I Like:

-The unique lifestyle it is trying to show is definitely fascinating, I mean you’re talking about cowboys in the city of Philadelphia, it is actually a true lifestyle that does really happen, the culture it shows is very interesting to see how they live their lives, and actually raise horses in a city, it sounds too crazy to believe, but it is actually true
-The acting was superb as well, most notably Idris Elba playing one of the city cowboys

The So So:

-It was a little uneven with the tone between city cowboy and urban life which can confuse a little bit, but once you realize what is going on, you can put it all together

What I Didn’t Like:

-For a coming of age type of story, it was definitely by the numbers, and I practically predicted on what is going to happen before it all ended, it didn’t bring anything new or groundbreaking storywise

Overall:

As I said before, it is a fascinating look at a unique culture about actual cowboys in the city of Philadelphia. Makes you think about why they chose that type of lifestyle, even though it will never be easy. The story is way too predictable for my liking, but once you get pass that it is interesting. Especially with the fine acting, most notably Idris Elba as one of this urban cowboys. I can’t help but think, that maybe this would’ve been better as a documentary to really show what this lifestyle is really all about!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Poop Shoveling

Thunder Force

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Thunder Force may have its moments, but it does fall into the realm of mediocreness!!!

Real Rating: 3 Andrews or Andys

What I Like:

-I thought the chemistry between Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer is actually a genuine friendship, and really the high point of this film

The So So:

-Their comedy comes and goes, there were some moments and lines that made me chuckle, but there were a lot of misses as well which is typical with a film involving McCarthy and directed by her husband Ben Falcone
-The story was intriguing at first involving superheroes and what not, but as it continues it just became cliched, predictable, and even a bit confusing
-The villains were funny as well at times, but their motives were typical villains that we’ve seen or read

What I Didn’t Like:

-Without spoiling it, there were some moments that were just plain weird for my liking

Overall:

I went into this with an open mind, and that’s probably why I started to like it, but the more it progressed the more it became a same old superhero movie. The comedy didn’t always hit, the action was decent, and the acting worked well with what they had. It just fell into the pool of mediocrity. At least it is on Netflix where if you have nothing else, you can watch this film for what it is!!!

Real Rating: 3 Andrews or Andys

Voyagers

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Voyagers is that sci-fi cliched mess that will infuriate you more than entertain!!!

Real Rating: 2 Blue Liquids

What I Like:

-The premise was intriguing for about 15 minutes or so, and Colin Farrell was the only bright spot in this movie

The So So:

-The set designs were cool, but typical sci-fi type of ordeal
-For a sci-fi film the story and the scientific theories need to make sense, and not be boring, the science here is very basic and straightforward here, and for the most part, it wasn’t boring either, but it is a cliched type of formula about space that really doesn’t quite bring anything new, instead, it turned to a different kind of film which I will explain in the next part

What I Didn’t Like:

-It turned to be one of those teenish, YA type of stories, only this time inside a spaceship which really started to annoy me once the teens (or young adults, who cares) started to have minds of their own, then it became from annoying to infuriating into the decisions that they make and I started to not care what happens to them, the way things go down really didn’t make any sense, and I was throwing my hands up in disgust once the credits rolled

Overall:

People will always point the finger at me, and say you don’t get sci-fi movies. I know that is not true in myself, but I really want to hear how people will defend this annoying YA film. It wasn’t really what I was expecting either, and the turns it took was defiintely for the worse. I was getting mad and madder as the film progresses, and shaking my head in a disbelievement of disgust once it was done. Bottomline, I did not like it, and if you did, then come at me. I’m looking for a good laugh anyways!!!

Real Rating: 2 Blue Liquids

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