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Nigerian Prince (2018)
So slow for a two hours thriller ...
The idea of the movie is original and has potentials but the script and the directing didn't quite help .. it was a bit slow especially for the first half , then events picked up and you could feel some action going on ,, but still you can also sense some drag ,, though the ending was unexpected ,, so i gotta give them that at least.
The cast was mediocre,, the two leads , Antonio J Bell and Chinaza Uche did well but they didn't have enough chemistry to make this work .. the other characters were just okay ,,
final judgment, really good concept with below average effort by Faraday Okoro... could've done more.
So real, so tragic, and so worthy of the Oscar nomination.
My goodness !! the story is just heartbreaking and so real !! as a guy who lived in that region for a while i sadly did encounter such tragic and gloomy situation where little kids live in the streets like nothings ... but man the movie, graphic , just captured every bit of the misery the kid Zain has lived.
this is the third collaboration in screenplay writing between Nadine Labaki and Jihad Hojeily and they are both a well known figures in the Lebanese cinema ,, now Directing wise .. Nadine Labaki did one amazing job that led her to the Academy .. the essence and scenery of the struggle actually made me well-up !! i mean capturing a 12 years old in such situations is hard to imagine but wow ,, still impressed and shocked.
The cast was unbelievable good !! that kid Zain and "Rahil" they made a nice duo and they made each and every scene a masterpiece ,, i mean the parents too !! in the court scene .. impressive .
Final thought ,, the movie is easily in the top three foreign movies I've watched this year ,, so please don't miss it .. you won't regret it .. you won't ..
Escape Room (2019)
well it is good ,, but had some mixed feelings at the ending.
The concept of the movie is really good ,, to be honest it is the first time i watch a movie about an Escape room (taking away the fact the Saw movies are kinda escape room theme ) but the idea was nice and the rooms puzzles were intriguing and thrilling in some point .. though i wouldn't say it is a horror movie as some other websites described it .. but IMDB actually got it right with their classification ,, it is a PG-13 Action, Adventure movie .
The cast was okay i guess ,, some of them did actually seemed inexperienced and hesitant, but in general it all went well.
Over all , i would say it is a good movie to watch when you want to watch a thriller but you've already watched all the blockbuster ones on the big screen.
first half creepy a bit jumpy, second half was just jaw-dropper .
Had to wait almost a year to watch this movie ,, regret each an every day .. the movie is just an old type of simple horror with a perfect story and sensational directing.
The first half of the movie was a bit slow gloomy and filled with creepy scenes ,, then things get more jumpy and crazy missed up scenes .. and what's more important and in fact amazing is that the real whole story was not fully understandable up until the last 30 minutes ... it's also where things get more graphic and noting that "someones head was decapitated in the first part of the movie" ... the writing was really good ,, but the directing ,, Ari Aster did one hell of a job.
The cast was amazing ,,, Toni Collette was amazing and her interacting with the scenes and involvement was mesmerizing ... Alex Wolff in that scene in the class "which was shown in the trailer" my goodness that was creepy.. the girl Milly Shapiro did very well too.
final thought ,, the movie is a step-up in the genre so if you haven't watched it ,, go now and do it .. because it'll be mentioned as part of the Horror movies waking up revolution in a couple of years.
A Vigilante (2018)
Nice purposeful idea,, disappointing directing ..
The plot is really good and present a real "heard off" problem in society , globally speaking...written and directed by Sarah Daggar-Nickson which is a known solid feminist and as her first movie , this did not quite deliver the amount of Drama, Thrill or even emotions the way i expected.. i did expected more action and a bit more complexity to the story.
It's an Olivia Wilde movie ,, i love her , she's my American "Emily blunt" :D :D and she did well ,, her facial expressions were on point,, but since we're speaking about cast ,, i kinda didn't see any !!! the cast looked lacking and not memorable at all .. i kinda wished the'd brought another A-lister bu Oh well.
Final thought ,, the movie has a great idea ,, but as i said , the execution was not as thrilling as the trailer advertise it to be.
Durante la tormenta (2018)
Oriol Paulo should have more worldwide recognition
This is the 3rd movie i watch for the Catalan director, and man did he deliver another masterpiece.
The plot is genius and most importantly "current" coping with this age and so original. The script itself was tight and connected ,, and even thought it was a bit slow in the beginning but turns so helpful to clear things up before introducing the "time lines change" idea.
The cast were all perfect ,, from the lead Adriana Ugarte to Álvaro Morte (the guy from the Netflix show money heist) and Chino Darín and even the kid was really good.
Netflix knows where to invest ,, the other day i read that Steven Spielberg attacking Netflix that they shouldn't be on the Oscars and so on (After they won three Oscars for Roma by Alfonso Cuarón) .. My say in this was ... "The future is now old man" , Netflix knows whats worth spending money on ,, and they harvest what they planted.
Happy Death Day 2U (2019)
Free lesson on how to make the exact same movie but better.
Oh my goodness how much i enjoyed this , even better than the first movie !!
The plot is the same , time loop , die, wake up again , this was a barely geniune idea of a plot in the first movie but the script was genius ,,, the script in here was even in a higher intense level of action/drama and the comedy was much more noticeable with more funny characters "the guys in the lab" so it looked richer than a usual sequel would look.
The cast was amazing, bringing new faces , "Suraj Sharma" and "Sarah Yarkin" and making "Phi Vu" role surface much more was just what the movie needed , Israel Broussard was really good , and Jessica Rothe was hilarious and her facial expressions were even better.
Final thought, I have not expected for the movie to be this good,, and the ending was a bit open to a third movie "even though it might look unlikely" but still the two movies of "Happy death day" are now on my list of "not to be forgotten" movies... yep it is that good ,, watch it.
By far, best episode of the season to date.
The level of tension was just immeasurable ,, bringing up a new key player to the game all went vague up until the last minutes when we knew for real who "really" killed Nate's father and who's messing up with Laurel ..
This episode is the one that precedes the season finale next week , so i could only imagine what bombshell is waiting for us on the 28th :D just can't wait.
Den skyldige (2018)
What do you really need to make a good movie !!!
Budget : 3.4 million dollar yet the movie looked priceless ... the simplest plot and the most shocking somewhat unpredictable turn of events .. Add to that being purposeful ..
A good man on a phone is all you need... this is the movie that is Directed and written by Gustav Möller ... first shot ,, his first anything on the big screen and sure as hell he didn't miss .. the lead Jakob Cedergren performance was on point , he aced literally every expression .. i mean i don't speak Danish but man he made me be all sucked in into the dialogue with all of that level of tension.
The movie premiered like on October last year yet for some ungodly work it missed out the awards season !!! WHY !!! this should've been there nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film in the Academy this February !!
Singwa hamkke: Ingwa yeon (2018)
MY GOODNESS !! they delivered 200% of what I was waiting for ...
The plot was strong and connected ,, proceeding with saving the soul of Kim Ja-hong during a long trial of 49 days ... and introducing the side story of the kid and the grandfather and their protector was a bold smart choice ,, and finally we know the truth and connection between the trio "Gang-rim, Hae Won-maeg and I Deog-chun" ... It was literally near perfection, the cinematography and visual effects were spot on ,, and even the script had more action than the first movie it still didn't lose the emotional dramatic part.
The cast was even better than last time ,, they now get along "in away" and you can feel the banter and back and forth comedic lines flying :D .
The final two scenes in the credits were amazing and shocking and a possible open gate for "finger crossed" a third and last movie to see how the story of "Kim Ja-hong" will finally end :)
Robin Hood (2018)
I sat through the whole thing .. so i'd give it a fair so very generous 4.
The plot is not as bad as you'd think,, the story is easily followable and good action in some part ... Now here comes the problem that messed the whole thing up and made people really confused ... This is a 100 million dollar budget movie ... yep "100 million" ,, yet they got the historical facts all weird, the make-up and cloths are totally 21st century fashion ,, The accent is soft and almost faked-like and not as it should be !! I mean Russell Crowe "the Australian" was 100 times more 12th century British than this ... Ben Mendelsohn and Tim Minchin accent was awful .. and they casted "Eve Hewson" for Marian !! what are you doing .. even Jamie Foxx was well !! not bad but not good at all .. and i really had my hopes up when it came to Taron Egerton .. I mean even the set !! "Nottingham" it was just all factually wrong ... I mean they got that Nottingham Council House lookalike right "which was built in 1926 :D :D" but then i remember Oh wait I'v been there ,, this is Dubrovnik of Game of Thrones ... Gosh!! i'm still shocked that where did the 100 millions go !!!!
The story as i said it did well in the Action/Adventure genre , I gotta be honest it had a bit of excitement and explosions which was a nice modernization but every couple of minutes I get back into being distracted but some silly cheap obvious mistake in the production or the Set Decoration or the Costume Design.
Anyway, the movie is a total disappointment ,, it's been on the screen since November last year and lost 20 millions so that gotta tell you something.
J. J. Abrams definitely does not mess around when it comes to his own money ;)
"Produced by JJ Abrams" ,, this was all i needed to hear to just jump and go watch the movie on the same day.
The plot might look at first or when you watch the trailer a bit silly or repetitive ,, well it's anything but ... the story is captivating and goes really quick ,, so no time for a single yawn ,, please keep in mind, the plot is not about "Zombis Nazis" or another "Dead Snow".. the movie is much more mature than that .. the script is spotless and easily followable.
The cast did a very good job, they literally all did well,, from Wyatt Russell to Jovan Adepo and John Magaro and even that Nazi officer :D
Go watch it and don't even waste more time reading reviews ,, it is totally worth it .
wouldn't say the best this year, but definitely got something special in here.
So the plot is good ,, got all of that mystery drama mix perfectly ,, the script was a bit confusing and somewhat short but it kinda didn't matter because for me the focus was so concentrated on the phenomenal physical and facial expressions , so you rarely notice any dullness or gaps.
Cast wise ,, the lead Ah-in Yoo was amazing ,, and on the shoking ending just left me gobsmacked ,, Jong-seo Jun was also fine ,, but come to the legend Steven Yeun ,, i wished he would have taken much more part in this ,, i mean the minute he left the show, "AMC walking dead" has gone downhill . I liked him in "Mayhem" he did well in there . so i wanted him to pop in here ,, but i think as a first Korean experience he did fine.
final thought,, the movie is absolutely what you want to see in a mystery genre film ,, so don't miss it .
The story of the Baudelaire orphans has finally come to an end
On January 13th 2017, the Journey of the Baudelaire orphans started with a caution ...
"Look away, look away ... This show will wreck your evening , your whole life, and your day ... Every single episode is nothing but dismay ... So, look away ... Look away, look away ... Just look away, ... There's nothing but horror and inconvenience on the way ... Ask any stable person, "Should I watch?" and they will say: ... Look away. ... "
And they didn't lie, but thank goodness we didn't listen and we looked instead, stared and glared .. followed each and every moment of the story not matter what type of tragedy they face.
"A daring life of impulsive passion leads only to tragedy".
Since day one , the show have proved to be not only a Netflix hit but a TV phenomena ,, with the passion presented by the writers and amazing work by the directors ,, the makeup , the visual effects, and the music ,, it all made us the viewers be more and more entangled into this web of unfortunate events .. what makes me agitated that in the TV business this show, over the last three years, has never been properly recognized !!! i mean even the Emmy nominations were for things like "Costumes" and "Outstanding Children's Program" ,,, Neil Patrick Harris performance alone should have collected 2 Emmy's ,, but again who knows how the business works... I mean "Jim Carrey" himself wasn't recognized for his amazing performance of the same role back 2004 .. so .!!!
The whole crew from Actors to Directors, Writers, to Composers "especially Jim Dooley", film editors , Production team , Costumes , a long list of Makeup department, visual and special effects, they all have made this project possible ,, An of course to Netflix for being "statistically" by a mile the best streaming service network ever.
As for the finale, it was as satisfying as ever,, ended the journey perfectly , and gave conclusion to literally each and every character in the show ... so, Farewell Baudelaires and everyone who tried to help them but failed and Farewell Count Olaf and all his henchpeople.😁😁
Soltera Codiciada (2018)
Enjoyable and quite funny at times ..
The plot is not that original but it is funny had a different environment ,, people in Peru all in Spanish ,, i really liked it ,, it gave a new sense of cultural style ...
The script is simple, familiar and has more than few funny lines .
The casting was good,, Gisela Ponce de León was really funny ,, reminds me of "Nia Vardalos" from "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" ,, and the whole cast looked fine.
The movie has a message and Daveed Diggs delivered just on time.
Oh my !! this is the second "Rap" movie i watch after Bodied ,, and the movie is a wowzer .. has a clear message and at the end the message was delivered out loud and in style ,, the sad truth in the movie is it is classified as "Comedy/Crime " genre which is shocking .. i mean the movie had a couple of scene just presenting a sad reality that the African-Americans live everyday ,, fear of being shot just because you look different and "It was a necessity accident ".
The cast delivered in all parts ,, engaging and emotional .. from Daveed Diggs to Rafael Casal and Jasmine Cephas Jones .
a 100% recommended.
Candy Jar (2018)
not an amazing comedy yet sweet and purposeful.
The movie has a clear purposeful plot ,, which is something kids in highschools have been facing for years .. but also gives a broad look at life in general and telling us not to always chase the unknown because life has its way at the end if you did what you gotta do and enjoyed it.
The script was sweet ,, the cast was good ,, Jacob Latimore and Sami Gayle did a good job ,, and Christina Hendricks !! Oh my !!! I watched the whole thing because i saw her name on the poster ... she is a wowzer ,, and she was funny too.
Cuando los ángeles duermen (2018)
Wouldn't say it's the perfect thriller, but it got dark really fast :º\
So to cut it short the movie mediocre ,, BUT ,, it does have some unpredictability and the events at the second half escalate really quick .. again it is not the perfect thrill/drama mix ,, but it had some unexpected ending "for me" ,, i mean the guy is or was :D a good guy but circumstances would bring the devil out of the angel.
The story is good,, even though the "chasing" looked long, the script was a bit short and direct ,, it had one unnecessary branch though , "the neighbor" i don't think that was related ,
The casting was very good,, the lead "Julián Villagrán" was amazing ,, his facial expressions were just perfection, and the girl "Ester Expósito" was also good ,. over-reacting and all.
Overall, the movie is not amazing piece of art ,, but it was good and it works fine in the thrill genre ,, and this is maybe only the 2nd Spanish movie i watch this year so i wouldn't say i'm disappointed.
The Oath (2018)
A movie about thanksgiving family mess .. So all of these reviewers saying this is an anti-Trump propaganda, How did you figure that out ?
So here's an honest review ,, no politics , just the movie ,, which what the users need to read ,, if you wanna read politics go to the pages of FOX or CNN and fight there ..
The movie plot is genuine ,,, extreme and bold yet enjoyable .. for the thrill and drama the genre was satisfying ,, as for the comedy ,, it wasn't as i hoped for , but there were actually few funny enjoyable moments, but not laughable .. The screenplay is by Ike Barinholtz which is also the director and the lead ,, and i like the guy ,, he was hilarious in The Mindy Project, presenting that innocent spontaneous comedy , which sadly was lacking in here ,, but i think he's all grown up now "as an entertainer" so . the movie showed a bit of that intense on-edge comedy, but still wasn't "hilarious".
Anyway , as for the cast ,, beside Ike ,, i like Tiffany Haddish ,, this year is her year with 4 blockbuster movies and a series with Tracy Morgan ,, so she's doing good ,, the whole cast were good overall... John Cho was also funny is his few lines :D
Final thought,, These 1 star reviewers saying this is an anti trump propaganda ,, and trump wasn't even once mentioned, in fact they said in the end "the president house in North Carolina", so How did these reviewers know its about trump !! or is it because they believe that the only one would do such thing is trump ?! I don't know ;) This is a movie about a family thanksgiving mess... full-stop.
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018)
Ingenious 90 minutes premiere for season 5 :D ...Just can't wait ...
Black Mirror the TV series is one of the most creative unconventional shows to date ,, so for Netflix to snatch it from Channel 4 and now making a Netflix movie is the absolute satisfaction for both, the Network and us the viewers.
The plot is as good and genuine as the first 2 seasons were "if you still remember" with every minute it just keeps on dragging you into a shock after another. .. the script which was written by the 4 times Emmy winner Charlie Brooker,, and was the writer of the legendary episodes "Fifteen Million Merits" and "The National Anthem" of the show back in 2011,, did one amazing job ,, the whole thing looked so connected yet mysterious,, keeps you wondering what's real and what's not ,, "Who's in control !!!"
The cast again ,, was phenomenal .. my personal view ,, the British actors do better job in Black Mirror the series than the American ones "seasons 3 and 4" and here their facial expressions tells a whole astory .. credits go to Fionn Whitehead "Stefan" and Will Poulter ,, and honestly the whole cast were great.
Final thought ,, I consider this as a "behold" moment ,, just giving us a taste of what's to come in season 5 "god knows when!!" ,., and man !! i can't wait .. Recommended.
Good writing, a very good directing ,, and it is kinda underrated.
So 2018 is about to end and i'm watching it now, 6 years after it came out,, i'm not saying it's the most hilarious movie ever,, but the movie got a strong plot , a well written screenplay ,, and there were more than a few funny scenes, so i think it needs more recognition than this.
The casting was really good,, Manu Payet is really good with com-rom movies this was a strict comedy so he had to do a bit more .. the whole cast did well ,, and Smithers with the "winning" moment was hilarious.
Jonah Hill presenting life in 90 minutes.
As Jonah Hill debut ... bravo ,, he aced it both ways,, directing and writing ,, the movie has solid plot ,, as i was a 10 years old kid, Back in the mid 90's, even though i wouldn't say i relate to the events per say "smoking and drinking and all" but I have just felt it through the lingo, trying to fit in , find your group of friends and the music, Oh my!! the music was and emotional captivation. .. anyway , the script was really good ,, so balanced ,, when it gets somewhat slow, just for a second it picks up real fast..
The cast was amazing ,, don't know how these kids are or how they found them but they did one perfect job,, first time seeing Sunny Suljic ,, wow ,, his face and acting skills we really good,, as for Lucas Hedges "the brother" i mean i knew him ,, i think he was nominated for an Oscar some years back ,, he was good too.. the other kids , F#ck-sh!t, Fourth Grade, Ray they were a perfect fit for the roles. and Na-kel Smith first movie ,, and his emotional scene was wow.
Final say,, I don't think the movie is specifically about skateboarding as much as it's about friendship/ family/ trying to fit in and about life, Just life, so Recommended.
Dead Awake (2016)
How to say this respectfully !!! It was just not good .. at all.
So first i gotta complement Jocelin Donahue ,, she did well in the beginning of the movie doing the two sisters roles ,, but the movie plot was just bad ,, the script was slow for a Horror/Thriller genre ,, watched it on my laptop "thankfully" so i kept on speeding up to see the good part till i found myself in the credits :D
The cast was okay ,, i watched Jesse Bradford before "in a comedy" :D so this was weird ,, Jesse Borrego "Dr. Hassan" was just not sensible to be a psychiatric , and even Lori Petty "Dr. Sykes" was so obvious and not engaging .
My advice find some other movie to watch ,, Not recommended.
The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)
So unsatisfying it makes me mad !!!
A movie with cast like this should not have turned like that !! it looks so cheap , even though i bet the budget was in tens of millions ,, i mean even the fight scenes were so old ,, and to be fair there were a couple of scenes like in the end for instance were it got a bit of real action/thrill but other than that the script was all over the place ,, i mean the plot was clear but to reach the ending it was torture.
The cast was good, A listers ,, but Russell Crowe's scenes at the beginning got a bit weird and so over and unnecessarily ... weird !!! but i think that goes to the script too ,, Lucy Liu had the same issue ,, RZA "the man with iron fist" didn't really pop up until the far end ..
wouldn't say recommended at all :(
Gruesome in the beginning, then long Dramatic dialog in the middle then back to shocking and sad ..
From Hunger to 12 Years a Slave it took Steve McQueen 3 movies to make his name in Hollywood ,, through movies of suffering and injustice ,, just wow !! and the amount of dedication by Michael Fassbender was unimaginable..
The story itself reflect its reality upon the events and just leave us shocked ,, the script was somewhat good ,, the start was as i said gruesome and so shocking to a point where its unwatchable ,, then comes the dialog between "Bobby" and "Father Dominic" , ease things up ,, but intensify the drama ,, then at the end it goes back to the suffering part.
The cast was unbelievably amazing , from Michael Fassbender to Stuart Graham, the two actors in the beginning ,, they all did very well.