Ambulance

Ambulance is Michael Bay at his finest, that may be a good thing or a bad thing depending who you are!!!

Real Rating:

3 Jake Gyllenhaals Yelling

What I Like:

-The action is Michael Bay at his finest, it reminded me of a classic car chase film, Speed, the car chase of police car and a ambulance was just pure chaos, and I’m here for it
-The acting was pretty good, I mean, if you have to be in a small place for long periods of time, it may take a toll on you, but the actors really gave it their all

The So So:

-The story was up and down for me, at times it is a full speed chase movie, but the beginning, middle, and end can seem either stupid at times, or scenes with a lot of heart and decent character development, it can mess with your emotions while watching this

What I Didn’t Like:

-The latter of Michael Bay at his finest, from beginning to end, there was so much quick edits, lens flares, crazy filming angles that it is exhausting, and for a two hour film, I was exhausted, it was a crazy ride that I wouldn’t do again
-This may be a love letter for the city of Los Angeles, but practically showing all what LA is with their cliched scenery and cinematography

Overall:

As I said before, this is Michael Bay at his finest. That can either make you enjoy it, or be repulsed by it. To me I appreciate it for what it is. The action and suspense really kept me engaged. However, all of the crafts of Michael Bay’s filmmaking can leave you exhausted in the end. So take it as how you like it, but you can’t deny Michael Bay’s way of making movies. For better or worse!!!

Real Rating:

3 Jake Gyllanhaals Yelling

Morbius

Morbius was just a great disappointment even for Sony standards!!!

Real Rating:

2 Face Changes

What I Like:

-Al Madrigal playing a detective was fun to watch

The So So:

-Though the special effects were cool enough, what was really distracting was the black aura around the living vampires when they fly around, also the excessive slow motion can be eye rolling as well, other than that some of the fights and other effects was decent at best

What I Didn’t Like:

-First off, the story was a bland old story, it looked like it took a bite out the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) playbook, but failed miserably, the whole origin story just felt uninspired, boring, and cliched
-What was really cliched was the villain, Milo, first of all he was boring, and second, he had no real motive, just power and murderous for blood, no depth in his character whatsoever
-I had a tough time taking Jared Leto as Morbius seriously, his voice still sounded like his character in House of Gucci, and seeing him trying to control from turning to a vampire to human was comical in a bad sort of way
-Lastly, and without spoiling it, the mid credit scenes just really made no sense whatsoever

Overall:

I just don’t get what Sony deal is. To me their solo movies are terrible and uninspired, and the only things successful are when they collaborate with the MCU or have Miles Morales. Unfortunately, that is enough for them to keep the film rights to Spider-Man (GRRRRRR!!!). For this character of villain/anti-hero Morbius, it really felt boring and cliched. At least Venom and Let There Be Carnage was funny at the very least. I believe Sony just needs to stop, let the MCU and Lord and Miller do what’s best, and back off. Cuz freaking Sony is just greedy and it really shows!!!

Real Rating:

2 Face Changes

The Lost City (Sidenote: The Worst Person in the World)

The Lost City can be outrageous, but it has their comedic moments that made it fun to watch!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Jungles

What I Like:

-The comedic chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum is actually pretty good, they both have a charm to them that actually made this movie watchable
-The rest of the cast was good as well, most notably Brad Pitt as a former Navy Seal soldier and his BAness in the rescue mission, and among others
-The cinematography of the landscape of the island was beautiful to see

The So So:

-The comedy was actually pretty funny, it was mostly hits that actually made me laugh, but there was also their corny moments that made shake my head and suck my teeth
-Daniel Radcliffe played the villain in this film, though he is the stereotypical billionaire greedy villain, he was funny and intense at the same time which made the story of this film more enjoyable

What I Didn’t Like:

-I didn’t care for the romance stuff in this film, it just seemed a little forced and dumb
-The action is very outrageous that made it funny, and not in a good way

Overall:

This movie is more enjoyable than I thought it would be. Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum really brought some funny comedy in this action comedy. Add a little of Brad Pitt and Daniel Radcliffe, it makes a good mix of comedy and fun. Yes it does have its tropes and the nauseating romance scene, but it did make me laugh. I would recommend it as a Date Night film that won’t be boring, but fun in the end!!!

(Sidenote: The Worst Person in the World – My last Oscar watch. It is a foreign language film from Norway. I enjoyed the narrative of it dealing with a person who doesn’t really know what they want in their life. It’s interesting to see how it affects everybody in her life. It can get frustrating seeing certain scenes, and some scenes can drag. With all that said, it is a good psychological piece to watch!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Norwegian Words)

The Outfit (Sidenotes: Parallel Mothers, Paw Patrol: The Movie, and National Champions)

The Outfit is as good as a mob story would get with their cliches!!!

Real Rating:

4 Shears

What I Like:

-The story of this film was executed greatly, it was thrilling, it kept you guessing, and the dialogue was witty enough to keep you engaged
-Another reason why this movie was engaging is the acting of Mark Rylance, his cool calm demeanor really made it an interesting character to see in this story about the mob, and all their aspects of what it had to do with his character
-There are some twists that payoff pretty well

The So So:

– There is a lot of dialogue that had me engaging mainly because of the demeanor of Mark Rylance’s character and the attitudes of the mobsters, with that said, the story can drag a little bit before some more thrills come back again, but it is minor drags which I can be patient for

What I Didn’t Like:

– It is cliched for a mob story which is why it can drag a bit

Overall:

I really did enjoy this film. It is a simple mob story, but the dialogue and acting really kept it engaging. Once it gets to the thrilling parts, you really cared to see what will happen. Mark Rylance really graced the set in this picture, and shows why he is a joy to watch. Mob movies can get cliched, but this one is definitely worth a watch!!!

Real Rating:

4 Shears

(Sidenote: Parallel Mothers – This is my last Oscar watch. This foreign film had a very interesting story about a relationship between two mothers who had their babies at the same time. As the story progressed, it does get interesting and tragic. Director Pedro Almodovar does know how to show emotion in his films, and this one was no different!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Spanish Babies)

(Sidenote: Paw Patrol: The Movie – When you lower your expectations, because of the type of movie it is, you can actually enjoy it. That is what I did, and it brings what you expect in a children’s movie. The animation is great, it is funny, and bottomline, it is a good film to watch with your family!!!
Real Rating: 4 Dog Biscuits)

(Sidenote: National Champions – This film is a political film about college football players and what they have to endure during their time playing college football. It is interesting to see how things go down when the pressure is on, and it does bring out great acting. Most notably J.K. Simmons as one of the head coaches. I didn’t like how it ended, but it does make you think about what really is going on behind closed doors!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Screw the NCAA)

Turning Red

Turning Red is fine for what it is, but for Pixar standards, it is not up to par!!!

Real Rating: 4 Boy Bands

What I Like:

-I like the representation it brings for an Asian-Canadian culture, I may not understand everything, and I do have a lot of questions, I can appreciate it for trying to teach us a new culture
-As usual with Pixar, the animation is top notch

The So So:

-The story really pertains to middle school pre-teen girls, and what they have to go through during that time period, I can see this being huge for that demographic, and I believe it does subtly hint on ladies hitting puberty and how drastic that can be for them, unfortunately for me, I’m not part of the demographic, let alone, I don’t have a daughter around that age, the story didn’t pertain to me, so I won’t get everything, but I’m fine with that, and willing to hear from people in who it pertains to

What I Didn’t Like:

– I do understand the big picture message it tries to bring about over bearing and protective parents, but the lesson here is what I don’t agree, the way I got is to live happy is to not listen to your parents once you get to a certain age? Maybe, I didn’t see it the right way, but I did see it twice and got the same conclusion, and if that is the message, I completely disagree with it
-Also, the emotional moments weren’t as impactful enough, for a Pixar movie, it didn’t have that tear jerker moment which is disappointing

Overall:

This is a fine film for preteen girls and their parents. It is all about them, but unfortunately, it wasn’t for me. With that said, I did enjoy the new representation it brings. As a Pixar movie, I didn’t think it lived up to the Pixar standards, especially with the emotional route which it usually brings. Let alone that I didn’t quite get the big message, let alone agree with it. With all that said, I believe it is a fine film for the demographic, and I’m sure what I couldn’t relate, they can relate big time. So this film is for them!!!

Real Rating:

4 Boy Bands

The Adam Project (Sidenote: Drive My Car)

The Adam Project has a lot of charm, but the story still is a cliched mess!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Worm Holes

What I Like:

-What really makes this movie works is the cast, starting with Ryan Reynolds who does add charm with his character and with the other characters, especially with Zoe Saldana who plays his wife, and Mark Ruffalo who plays his father, they actually give a good emotional touch and characterization
-The special effects and CGI for a Netflix film is amazing

The So So:

-Although it is funny with the dialogue, I’m not sure why Adam (Ryan Reynolds) is so rude to his younger self (Walker Scobell), he has been a victim of bullying which he does know first hand, but is still mean to him, to me that doesn’t bode well with his character at all, but it is entertaining in the ways of Ryan Reynolds

What I Didn’t Like:

-It is a typical time travel movie with all the cliches, all the things you shouldn’t do with time travel and it must be stopped, heck even Mark Ruffalo in a time travel movie is starting to become cliched, I mean it is hard to make a unique time travel movie, but you really can’t, nothing can beat the original story, The Time Machine

Overall:

For a Netflix movie, it does bring a lot of good like the special effects and cgi, and the great acting and charm by everyone. The story is a cliched mess. It is something we have seen before, but it is hard to do on a story of time traveling. Regardless, I still believe it is a decent watch for the family. With Ryan Reynolds his charm can entertain you at the very least!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Warm Holes

(Sidenote: Drive My Car – This is my Oscar Watch. This Oscar nominated film for Best Picture and Best Foreign Film, and other awards. Unlike Parasite, this is more drama than action packed. There is some good substance and themes, but for a three our movie reading in subtitles, it drags a lot. The main theme of self-realization after a tragedy is intriguing, but I probably would’ve enjoyed it more if it didn’t drag so much!!!
Real Rating: 3 Chauffeurs)

The Batman

The Batman is a good and gritty detective story, but for three hours, it does drag!!!

Real Rating:

4 Contact Cameras

What I Like:

-I do like the dark grittiness it brings, plus seeing Batman playing the detective to find the murdering Riddler does keep it engaging
-Paul Dano as The Riddler was a good addition for this certain villain, he was creepily good, and in the end he is becoming more maniacal, plus his mysteriousness kept us guessing on his true motive, it was really good
-The acting overall was pretty good, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon was great and working with Batman, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman was good, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone was really good, and Colin Farrell as Penguin added some comedic relief in this dark picture
-When the action does happen, it is a lot of fun, especially seeing Batman get hit a few times really makes it a lot more grounded

The So So:

-I’m still stuck on how good Robert Pattison portrayed Batman, his tall brooding demeanor was really intimidating, but his voice just didn’t sound right for me, also his portrayal as Bruce Wayne was pretty much nonexistent, he was mostly a brooding young adult obsessive on becoming Batman every night

What I Didn’t Like:

-All that detective work can lag a lot, for three hours, I felt it drag a lot, seeing Batman look for things can get old really quick
-Without spoiling it, they did take some liberties to the lore of Batman which I didn’t quite like

Overall:

It is a really good Batman story. I prefer the dark and grittiness over campiness any day. The detective work is fun, but it also can drag. For a 3 hour movie, it did drag a lot. Regardless, I still like the creepiness from The Riddler, the action was very grounded for the most part, and seeing a fairly new Batman learning about himself and what he is capable of doing. I do believe Batman fans will enjoy it. I don’t think it is as good as the Christopher Nolan’s Batman, but at least it is better than the Snyder/Whedon cut. With all that said, I also appreciate seeing some sort of portrayal of the Dark Knight on the big screen!!!

Cyrano (Sidenotes: The Eyes of Tammy Faye and The Lost Daughter)

Cyrano is a fine love story, a basic story, but the acting sells it!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Letters

What I Like:

-I believe what really makes this film is the acting, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Ben Mendelsohn really did a great job, but Peter Dinklage as Cyrano really took the cake, Dinklage not only added a lot of emotion in his character, but his charisma and and stunts with fighting really encapsulate the character very well
-The production sets were very beautiful, really captures the historical time if this event

The So So:

-The music was great, but I can’t say the same for the singing which I thought it was bad, but if you try to get pass that, you may enjoy the song, but for a musical, you do need good singers which I thought was a big fail
-The story is a nice tragic love story which does sound cliche, but the execution of the story is what made a cliche into something worthwhile to see

What I Didn’t Like:

-It does lag a lot before it gets to the good parts

Overall:

Since I am not familiar with the play, I thought it was a fine love story. It can be a little cliched, but it still captures your attention. The music is good, but the singing is cringy. In the end, the acting in the dramatic scenes really brings this whole thing to life. It is enjoyable, and anything with Peter Dinklage now is worth a watch!!!

Real Rating:

3 Letters

(Sidenote: The Eyes of Tammy Faye – An Oscar watch. This is an interesting watch about televangelists which feature the famous Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker. Some moments can be very cringy, but there is some interesting themes that can make you think on this true story. One things for sure both Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield’s acting is pretty spot on. Overall it is an interesting watch!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Giggles)

(Sidenote: The Lost Daughter – Another Oscar watch. This one is directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal and starring Olivia Colman. This is about a mid-age woman on a vacation, but is reminded of her past of being a bad mother to her daughters. It is interesting to see, but the cinematography and execution of everything was very distracting and lacks a focus. The real moments were good stuff, but didn’t like the direction it took. To me, it could’ve been a lot better!!!
Real Rating: 3 Dolls)

Uncharted

Uncharted may be a story we have all seen before, but I enjoyed it for their two main leads playing the beloved video game characters!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Trust Issues

What I Like:

-Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg as Nathan Drake and Sully were fun leads to watch, seeing them working together and bickering is hilarious
-The action was decent enough to keep me engaged to see what happens next

The So So:

-It is a movie based on a video game which doesn’t have a good track record, with that said, I thought for a film it does capture the essence of the beloved video game characters, you can tell that they were developed that way to satisfy fans, and to keep the movie flowing, it is not perfect, but I believe they did their best with what they got

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story is something we all seen before, does it follow the video game standards, yes, but for film there is nothing more you can do, but become predictable
-After the two leads, the rest of the actors were questionable at best, whether it is lack of development, or just bad accents

Overall:

I am a fan of the video game franchise. I can appreciate the justice they gave to the protagonists of Nathan Drake and Sully, and Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg did their best. They still shown good chemistry. With all that said, it is hard to make this franchise not be so routined. The action was fun, and the execution was good for the most part. Not sure how other fans will like this, but I wasn’t greatly disappointed with this first film, and look forward to more if possible!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 Trust Issues

Dog (Sidenote: CODA)

Dog is very predictable, but it does have its fine moments!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 “C’mon Dog”

What I Like:

-There are some heartwarming scenes that will teach you that all dogs can be good no matter the background they were raised before
-For Channing Tatum to co-direct this, not bad, not bad at all

The So So:

-There are some themes that didn’t put enough emphasis on, like the protagonists estranged daughter, and put too much emphasis on other things like being tranquilized and tied up for no reason, or his scene in jail, maybe the focus on certain things need to be rearranged to make it better

What I Didn’t Like:

-It is way too cliched, I mean if you didn’t predict what’s going to happen, than you haven’t watched enough movies

Overall:

It is a nice film. You get what you get with Channing Tatum not only as an actor, but a director as well. It is predictable and cliched, but the strong moments are great. You can appreciate dogs more, even the vicious ones!!!

Real Rating:

3.5 “C’mon Dog”

(Sidenote: CODA – This is an Oscar watch. I really enjoyed this film. Not just for the great representation of a deaf family dealing with life, but seeing a coming of age story of a girl who grew up with this family as the only person who can hear. Seeing all the troubles and tribulations of everyday life, and her pursuing her dream in music. Eugenio Derbez as the choir teacher was hilarious to watch. In the end, it does give some heartwarming moments that can make you emotional in a good way!!!
Real Rating: 4 Fishboats)