Month: March 2017

Wilson Quick Review

Wilson is a downer project that isn’t nearly as funny as it thinks it is. A Drinking game without the game brings more humor than this film.

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CHiPs Quick Review

This isn’t the comedy of the year or even a smash hit, it just isn’t as bad as I thought it was. Dax Shepard put a lot of effort into this film and overall it was a decent effort. The chemistry works, the jokes are hit and miss, and Vincent D’Onofrio is never a waste of a film. CHiPs may have nothing to do with the original by it is a good movie to rent.

Life Quick Review

Life was on pace to be a decent B movie with high budget effects, but the ending to this film was such an epic fail (in terms of the character’s plan, not the writing) that I had to give them an extra star just for writing such a ballsy ending.

Power Rangers Review

Will Power Rangers fans enjoyed this film? Probably not, you’ll spend all your time nitpicking things that aren’t like the original series. Will your average moviegoers like this film? Honestly, yes. This is not a great movie by any stretch, but it is watchable and its better than the 1995 counterpart which wasn’t a hard task to complete. I’m very indifferent toward Power Rangers at this point. I can’t be too positive or too negative one way or another, but if this film gets anything right, is it that you are really going to want some donuts when this is all over

Gifted Quick Review

Gifted is cliché at times and tends to go the route of hoping an adorable little girl can win your hearts with sass and occasional swearing. While she may not completely win you over, the film empathizes the importance of a strong stable family and for that, it is worthy of a favorable rating.

Personal Shopper Review

When it comes to Personal Shopper, there is a lot to like about this film, but you really have to question the decision-making in the writing. The ending is pretty bad as it serves to ask more questions that will never be answered and feels very out of place with the other 100 minutes. The film was booed at Cannes and it seems justified. Personal Shopper is what happens when you shoot yourself in the foot creatively.

Lion (Guest Review Ft. Movie Man Jackson)

It may be the editing, which isn’t perfect in the first half, but adequate. In the second half, elapsed time isn’t clearly defined, and some character introductions/relationships/reintroductions are a little clunky as a result. Chemistry between Patel and Rooney Mara is average. The scenes they share extensively together (not a ton) is when Lion becomes a tad clichéd and its pace compromised

But even with that, Lion does a lot more to be legitimately emotional than the average solely Oscar-centric movie. In simplicity, a moving tale is found.

The Belko Experiment Review

The Belko Experiment ultimately delivers on a simple premise, workplace violence turned up to 100. With low expectations, the film is a fun thriller worthy of seeing with a few friends or enjoying in the comfort of your own home. James Gunn gets credit for trying to do something different like with most Blumhouse Films. The only negative here is you just wish they took a little more risk to truly be something special.

Beauty and the Beast (Guest Review Ft. KeithLovesMovies)

Overall, this was a good adaptation of the animated classic that stayed true to the source material. While the film took advantage of its budget, the overproduction of the musical numbers often did more harm than good. The film depended on the relationship between Belle and the Beast’s but it wasn’t the most believable because of the lack of development and chemistry between Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.

Manchester by the Sea (Guest Review ft. ScreenZealots)

While it’s a genuine look at the grieving process, I wanted this movie to be so much better than it actually is. I feel Affleck’s incredible performance is clouding everyone’s opinion of this film and if they’d simply take a step back, they’d notice the multitude of aspects that don’t work, like classical music used for the score and the poor direction that feels more like a Robert Altman rip-off than a sincere, original style.

Fences (Guest Review ft. Amari Sali)

A film which makes you think, reflect, and feel. I don’t feel like I watch enough of those. So when films like this come along, it is like cleaning your palate. It is like, being reminded of what a quality drama can be, and how from the old to the young, it isn’t unfair to expect every character to make an effort to not just connect with you but to make you feel something. Now, I might not have cried like I thought I would, but damn if this doesn’t put some perspective on your life, maybe your daddy’s life, and make you contemplate on your way home what you going to do about your life.

Moonlight (Guest Review ft. CineMuseFilms)

Moonlight has more in common with impressionist paintings than modern cinema. It is soft-focused and visceral. It is not about race or sexuality or masculinity, yet it takes us into those spaces to experience the film rather than just watch. It defies holistic labels and compels engagement with its fragments. You do not see this film for entertainment but to share a journey into darkness to find light.

Kong: Skull Island Review

Kong: Skull Island really wants to be taken seriously, but can’t shake the fact that it feels like a B-movie with a 200 million dollar budget. It may be too early to say this, but King Kong might only be the second-best movie about Apes this year.

Before I Fall Quick Review

By the time Samantha discovers that Juliet dies in every scenario and that she need to save her, she really doesn’t ‘try’ to save her. She always waits until the last 10 minutes before she dies when she had all day to convince her not to commit suicide. So when she finally jumps in front of the truck my first thought was “I don’t think you had to do that”

Logan Review

Unlike previous films, this one keeps it simple and the ‘less is more’ technique delivers the Wolverine film that we have wanted for over a decade and it is disappointing that we finally get it in the final installment.