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

 

 

The Lovebirds

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The Lovebirds does give great chemistry between Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae, but it is all wasted with a very cliched story and not funny dialogue!!!

Real Rating: 3 Plague Masks

What I Like:

-The chemistry between Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae were great, the way they acted and compose themselves, it was actually watching a real couple, it gives great representation that the two leads is a Middle Eastern guy, and a black woman, and just for that, it is groundbreaking for diversity in films

The So So:

-Even though the chemistry was there to make great dramatic dialogue, as a comedy, the jokes were definitely a lot of misses, I barely laughed in the whole movie, and their funniest moments were already in the trailers, it almost would’ve been better if this was a drama than a comedy

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story was all way, way too familiar, the way this story was executed was way too cliched on all aspects on rom-coms and even buddy films, especially when escaping from police for a crime they didn’t commit, because of that, everything just straight up falls flat after the development

Overall:

This film is groundbreaking with a diverse cast and great chemistry between Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae. They did their best with what they got for their roles. I do give major credit for that. If it wasn’t for that, this film would’ve had a lower rating by me, because it was way too cliched and for the most part, not funny. All in all, it was a wasted opportunity, and that is a big shame!!!

Real Rating: 3 Plague Masks

 

Capone

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Capone is a tragic look at the infamous gangster of Al Capone’s life deteriorating, because of that, it can drag at times!!!

Real Rating: 3 Italian Sayings

What I Like:

-I thought Tom Hardy, play Al Capone deteriorating to death was pretty good, I’m not sure about the voice, but with everything else, it was interesting to watch
-I also like how not only his health was slowly going away, but his family as well, it does give a nice correlation of where the story is going
-I thought the direction from Josh Trank was really good as well, especially the nice blend of light and darkness from scene to scene in its cinematography

The So So:

-Seeing Capone health going down was disgustingly tragic, however, that was life suffering from the last stages of syphilis and early dementia, at times you don’t know what he is saying or doing which can lead to confusion while watching it, but his interactions with other people, whether they were real or not, was definitely fascinating

What I Didn’t Like:

-There were a lot of slow points which really can drag the film for very long periods of time, maybe it was intended for dramatic effects, but I rather if they get to the point

Overall:

It is a interesting tragedy of seeing the infamous gangster of Al Capone’s last year of life. It was sad to see how his health and his family was slowly deteriorating. Tom Hardy did his best. No doubt about that. Director Josh Trank also did his best, in showing us how bad it was in Capone’s final days. Unfortunately, the slow and dragging points really didn’t do the story justice in the end!!!

Real Rating: 3 Italian Sayings

Scoob! (Sidenote: The Last Full Measure)

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Scoob! may have the great animation and comedy, but it doesn’t have the essence of a true Scooby-Doo story!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Random Hanna-Barbara Characters Cameos

What I Like:

-The animation is stupendous for sure, kind of wish it was in theaters to see it in 3D, the characters were animated with authenticity, and did capture the character’s essence at least
-The comedy was actually pretty funny, not too juvenile, but light enough for everyone watching can enjoy, the voice cast for the most part is great
-The soundtrack does give the Scooby-Doo franchise a breathe of fresh air

The So So:

-I’m really glad that they tried to add some Latino representation with the character of Velma voiced by the beautiful Gina Rodriguez, with that said, I felt this type of representation was very forced in, I mean the character is named Velma Dinkley, and she only said one word in Spanish which just didn’t seem genuine enough, I would’ve been ok if they just left it how it is

What I Didn’t Like:

-I was asking myself is this really a Scooby-Doo movie? Truth be told, it really isn’t, it wasn’t a mystery solving type of story, instead, it was a cliched saving the world from the apocalypse by stopping a villain type of ordeal, and because of that, the essence of a Scooby-Doo story was nonexistence
-I was hoping for more of an origin story not only between Shaggy and Scooby, but with the whole mystery solving gang coming together, but instead, that whole origin story thing was greatly rushed

Overall:

For an animated film for the family, it is pretty good with its animation and comedy. However, as a Scooby-Doo movie, it really is not. It really lost its touch on what a true Scooby-Doo story is, and that is greatly disappointing. All in all, in the end, with Scooby-Doo aside, it is a decent action animated movie that is greatly cliched!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Random Hannah-Barbara Characters Cameos

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(Sidenote: The Last Full Measure – I did expect a lot more war battle scenes, but I understood what the story is all about. It can be inspiring for a soldier that is greatly deserving of a high honor, but I want to see more of what happened during that bloody day in the Vietnam War. Instead, it was more of a political drama which can drag the film a lot!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Medals of Honor)