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The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)
Women Buddy Comedy
What has worked for men (mostly in the 80s and 90s) in the Buddy Cop movie "genre" (it's not really a genre, but you catch my drift). Now some may feel this is a blast from the past and that either works in favor of the movie or against it. One thing is for sure: It is quite raunchy, as are many other comedies of the same ilk/blueprint.
The chemistry is there and while you may find some things annoying (or Kate's character to be specific), I'd argue all works in favor of the movie. And it is heighten reality, even if it sometimes grounds and stays in reality. So it is a mix of both, a really good one. And some of the stuff is just hillarious. Comedy is alway in the eye of the beholder, so it may differ from your taste - it's still more than well done
Ridiculous, scary - true
When I first heard of the premise of the movie, I thought something many thought I guess: That's a joke and not really a movie. And I and some others who have seen the Dave Chappelle Show were also thinking about the sketch/skit he did on that show. A black man becoming a member of the Klan? I mean come on, that didn't really happen now did it? It did? Now that should have woken up your interest.
If you are a fan of the Klan (and no you are not amongst very fine people no matter what the current Potus says), I'm guessing you feel anger when hearing this. Normally one should feel shame, but I doubt Klan fans will. If you do though it means, you may be on the right track and should reconsider ... you don't want to be associated with them.
But back to the movie or rather the real life story. It may be heightened at places, but overall it does feel real. It's also quite funny for a serious matter like this. Which makes the ending even harder to swallow. It's not really a spoiler, though I won't say what I mean and if one is technical the punch to the gut comes from something that is "removed" from the main story, yet very much connected. If that does not touch you ... Spike Lee was very vocal when the movie was released and talks about Agent Orange. Whatever you think of that, this movie is essential
The Secret (2006)
One way mind(?)
Another reviewer stated it very eloquently. Since he has studied the law of attraction (the real complex one, not the simplified version you get served here), he should know what he's talking about. But as he also stated, if this movie has helped people do better, that's good. And the overall message is positive. I just hope it didn't bring people to expect things that they might not get.
In other words, a kid is not responsible for any disease he or she might accumulated. If you can single that out and concentrate on the message, something I do on a smaller scale anyway, than the message is, think positive. And I also just simplified what the movie is telling you. But that is enough and hopefully something achievable for many
La enfermedad del domingo (2018)
Sound of illness/silence
As another reviewer put it: this is not for everyone. Reviewer was quite short in how they view things. Statements involved that the movie is boring, slow and dark. As the saying goes: One man's trash, is another man's treasure (obviously applies to women too).
In this case you have to know that this is not at all trying to be entertaining. There are quite a few passages that are just silent. You get looks and actors expressing their emotions or the scene/story by not talking. If that sounds tedious to you, the movie might not be something you will find rewarding to watch. The interaction and the acting is really top notch though. So if this does float your boat, it will haunt you and grip you (in the best way possible)
A really neat idea and and a well thought out piece overall. Unfortunately it is a bit shaken by performances and dialog. Now if you are not fluent and nuanced in the German language you may not notice the lack of emotion behind the spoken words. It's not that every sentence or word lacks it, but you can feel people repeating words and not having experienced them.
It's like if you read something that someone else wrote but you can't get emotionally behind. That lack or power in the performance is something that impacted my rating. Again you may not feel that, especially if you see it in a subtitled form. Even then you may notice some "strange" dialog choices. Whatever you make of it, the twist at the end is a bit much and just another attempt to sway the viewer with a shock ... I don't think it works in its favor
The Full Monty (1997)
And yet still sweet to a degree. It does not start that way. And you get the usual macho attitude by the men. Some things may not be seen or done the same way today, but they are necessary to understand the characters. Unemployment is high, people don't know how to make money and then they see something as an easy way out.
There is language and some nudity to be taken into account, if you feel they matter in any way.The actors involved have done quite a few good movies and especially one interaction between Wilkinson and Carlyle might not have worked with a weaker set of actors. They have to overcome a scene, an incident that should break the movie or rather the plot. In real life this should not be that easy to overcome. So in a sense Tom W. character is giving in at one point and is very forgiving. Otherwise this would have sunk ... as it is this barely survives but goes on and entertains if you let it
The title says it all and while that should be a deal breaker, the show still is able to reel you in. Maybe they do find something. And in a way they do, but I won't say what. You may also be able to make up your own mind and/or see new conspiracies. Some may make sense, others may be too much. There is almost nothing that has not been said I reckon, but it's really well depicted in the 10 part show here.
And while there was a Christopher (Biggie) Wallace and a Tupac (Shakur) movie too, there are still things here, that may surprise some people. The setting is not simple either, as the murders themselves. You get 3 different timelines. Before/during the murders, right after the BIG murder and a decade after that. The latter being kicked off ... well you'l see while watching. Intriguing to say the least, but also quite draining. Not to mention sad - and even though some may hope for a different outcome: It's inevitable! Great acting overall with something that really happened (though some things may be heightened)
You have to wonder how things would wind up, if people didn't do ... well certain things. Now this is about two friends going on a trip, celebrating before one of them is going on with his married life. You know letting the demons out. As you can imagine with this being a thriller, something will go wrong. And if you read the summary, you probably know what.
Even if you do know where this is heading, the suspense is high. The acting is superb and there are quite a few twists and turns and you may feel dreadful while watching it. The tension is high and you may wonder where this is going. You may also feel hostile when it comes to our main protagonists. There are and should be mixed feelings ... which play into where this leads ...
I didn't know one thing when I started watching this and I really was trying to figure out what route this would take. If you don't know what the story is, it is quite intriguing. I will not spoiler anything, but just saying the genre will tell you something (more than I knew): It's Science Fiction. And it also involves AI and a closed space.
So while we are confined set wise, this still has some value to it. It's strange to see a woman that has to endure quite a lot and might do something you did not expect for a "not living" thing. But it is more than understandable when you follow the story and their relationship. The idea is quite nice and while it's not material for a classic movie, it's still quite alright
Córki dancingu (2015)
Criterion is the label - for special titles. Some say for classics (instant or not), others refer to the label for special movies in general. Movies that may not fit into a category. So this fits that category. It may not be a classic for various reasons, but at the end you may see and hopefully feel something that comes close to that feeling.
Up to that point there is some pacing issues, some timeline jumping issues and some issues with people and the way they behave, when faced with ... well our female main characters. If you can call their characters female that is. There is nudity, there is violence and there is singing too. A lot actually, so if you have issues with one or more of those things, this may not be for you in the first place. Otherwise a modern day fairy tale is what you get ...
La Hora Final (2017)
Political thrillers can be draining and this easily falls into this category. Presenting itself in an era and with protagonists that really had some issues to work out. Not an easy watch by a far stretch and more than likely something certain people will try to avoid. This is mean and it is gritty and dark to a degree that you may sometimes wonder if the level of realism was necessary (I would answer with yes and it depends on taste of course).
While on the hunt personal stories should take a back seat, but we are all humans, aren't we? And so our main characters may do things and act in a fashion they should probably not, but overall it's understandable. Read what it's about and if it sounds interesting, it will be believe me
No relation to a TV show, except obviously having Jon Hamm in the leading role. But there are bad men here, so there we go. Although you may not be able to tell "Who's bad?" as a famous singer once sang. Because this political thriller tries to keep the viewer on his and her toes. It's not see through from the get go, though I reckon it does become predictable to some.
The acting is above bar and the tension builds up nicely. It probably won't become a classic, but as thrillers go this is more than decent. Being so close to reality and treating it that way shows too. Some may like that approach and the story others not so much. Whatever your liking is, keep that in mind before or even while watching the movie
The Equalizer 2 (2018)
More but not just the same
Now depending on how you will see things, you may like the way this goes story-wise or you may hate it. First of all it's not just a rehash of what we saw in the first movie. It also tries to combine a few storylines, that tie together more or less. You have an elderly, a young student sort of thing, a mentor thing and what the Equalizer is good at of course.
Now some may feel that it all is a bit convoluted. Others may cherish that it tries so many things and steers things away from what the first one achieved (being straight forward and all). I liked the sequel even though I didn't expect it to go that way at all. Still it has some really good stunts and there is obviously violence too. With the charisma of Denzel you can never really go wrong character wise either of course. Strong sequel overall
Boardwalk Empire (2010)
Getting rid of prohibition, inhibition and all the other "bitions"
The quality of this show can be seen from the very start. And it's not just because you get glimpses of what is to come (Chalky White and other characters introduced even if just for a short amount of time), but because of what information is packed inside it. It's so rich with detail, both in the costume and set department/design and also the character insight.
Obviously you need actors to pull that off and it doesn't hurt that Martin Scorsese is directing the very first episode. But there is more to it. As you can see (if you wish) in the extras/behind the scenes stuff, you have great visionaries behind the camera. The attention to detail is tremendous and it really pays off screen. Letting characters stay in the dark about how and where they are heading is genius too. It keeps them on their toes. Throwing in historical figures and making it look so smoothly is also quite a feat.
There is obviously violence and nudity and all that grown up stuff. But how else would you be able to depict the era or someone like Al Capone? So if you are open minded and have no issues with the above but embrace that kind of film and storytelling, you will have the best of time ...
The Meg (2018)
Deep Blue ... Meg
Now don't confuse this with the Asylum movie "The Megalodon". Which I guess is similar to this, but without Jason Statham and a rather smaller budget. Now since I haven't seen the "cheaper" version, I can't tell you how much fun it is. Asylum has done some interesting movies to say the least. Mostly copying the concept and not the whole (Hollywood) movie it is based on.
Back to this, which is a whole lot of fun, even though they went the PG-13 route. I have to admit I was skeptical at first, but there is still violence, there is still death and there is even blood. So the bar on what can be shown might have been moved anyway. This might have been R-rated decades ago. It doesn't make much sense and there might be a touch too much drama and a weird love story patched on it, but overall it is what it is - you can't blame the movie if you don't like it is what I'm getting at. Watch it at own "peril"
(Oops)He did it again
Whatever you may think of Cruise, be it his acting or his private life (and associations), you can't fault his charisma and his willingness to go all the way. The stunts he is willing to put himself through? The dedication to learn new things? Although I guess you may argue it's the best way to find an excuse for someone to pay for you to learn how to fly a helicopter or free climbing lessons or whatever is next.
Action and stunts are really good, story wise you can guess what is going to happen. Then again, I reckon there are a few surprises you may not have seen all the way through. Unless you have seen the trailer, which make a few things kind of redundant. Or maybe more interesting because you may be looking for clues. Whatever the case, this may very well be a very good farewell ...
Doesn't let up
Some movie series do let up at some point, but this one seems to be on a good way to keep going. Even if you may be a bit fed up about yet another romantic kerkuffle. It's not the same confusion as the times before, but there is tension again between the lovers and it's another indecision by our main character that makes that happen.
But if you are invested into the characters (and there may not be as much detail or depth to some of them, like the brother or the friends, as in some of the previous entries), you will absolutely love this. Quirks and craziness ensue and you will be interested in yet another outcome ... and we want more. So while I haven't read any of the novels this is based on yet, I hope there is more to come. German cinema and cinema overall needs great oddities like this!
Cliche upon cliche upon cliche ...
From the beginning you may be in shock and disbelieve. Once you start shaking your head, you won't stop shaking it. I'm still giving it a 2, because it tries and I've literally seen worse. Believe me - in this case you can, even though that phrase might have been ruined by a different individual, using it but not meaning it - or rather lying nonetheless.
But I got off point. Not that it matters really. If this would be your first movie, you would know what's going to happen. Calling the main character gullible would be an insult to gullible people. This is way beyond that. Maybe you like one of the actors, but if not there is almost no saving grace and no reason to watch this. You surely have better things to do
From the minute this starts, you know where it'll go (no pun intended) and where it'll end. It's predictable like that. You can't blame the characters being surprised by the obvious "twists" or story turns. The actors are decent and as another reviewer wrote: It's a family movie with a positive message. Something that people need in general.
I do not quite agree with his 10/10 rating, but that is me. I reckon he was very joyful watching him and I wouldn't blame anyone for that. Actually good for that reviewer or anyone else who'll enjoy this, maybe even due to the fact that either they are not as cynical or have watched as many movies as I have. For others this will seem like time wasted, even though it isn't really a bad movie
Man About Town (2006)
If you are used to getting everything or even having everything, just the notion of someone else having some of that, might completely crash your world. Now I'm not saying that another character did right by him, but his (Ben Affleck character) entitlement is really bad. This character flaw is important to the story and his journey.
Another thing that stunned me: The cast was more than solid. There are people in here, I didn't know where in the movie. So I reckon if you know some of them, a positive "I know him/her" might overwhelm you. It's still not the best drama (or love story if you want to call it that) out there of course, but it's pretty solid overall and a decent watch of a troubled man, fighting with himself on how to overcome other things (job, family, friends)
Beach Rats (2017)
Love, Drugs and Violence
Although all are quite shallow or rather not fully formed. The protagonist obviously doesn't know what he wants. He tries things out, including searching the internet for older gay men. Now if just that sentence makes you squeamish, the movie itself might not be the right choice for you to watch. It is about more than that, but some might have issues with watching a movie that has themes like that in it.
If however you choose to watch, there is a coming of age story, with a teenager who is troubled. Actually that is almost an understatement. As a straight man you may feel annoyed at how nonchalant he treats a girl who's into him. But it's all part of his flaws and maybe of his growing up issues - mixing in drugs into all that, is definitely not a good idea ...
Sometimes you have to wonder: What really happened? Why would a person do something like that? And then you may go: Wait! Was it that person? Or was it someone else, who schemed something bigger? Is it "simple" or complicated? Life generally tends to be more complicated. Can crazy be calculated? And if so to what end would one go? And of course we are to the why question.
If you are interested in mystery, you are at the right place. This is rather twisted and sometimes missleading. But only so to add to the mystery. You may lose yourself inside the story and who did what, when and for what reason. Still the "show" (it was split in parts) is quite compelling and "conclusive" enough to enjoy overall.
Boys will be boys ...
The incredible thing here? That this is actually based on a true story. I mean at the end you get to see the real life persons behind the characters. And yes the movie enhances things and takes liberty to tell a story. But still having adults doing this all their life and be so close to each other should warm your heart (if you have one that is - just kidding).
So if you like some meat behind your comedy, this should be your thing. It gets low at times (joke-wise) and it has some cringe worthy depictions of things. But if you can over that, you will realize the drive behind it. Friendship, holding on to fantasy and childhood. As some may already understood, this can be seen as a bad thing too (for the adults that is) - but that will be in the eyes of the beholder. In this case the movie really can win you over and it was made with a lot of heart - can't stress that enough
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Two is better than one
And I don't mean the sequel is better than the original. No you have the Wasp here (it's in the title) coming and aiding our Ant Man. I still like the first one better, but that does not take anything away from the sequel. Now since I've seen all the MCU movies, it's tough to say how someone who is not up to date will feel about this.
Don't get me wrong, I think it works even without having seen the first one, let alone all the other movies. If you don't mind superhero movies, I don't have to sell this to you. I know that some have a sort of fatigue when it comes to them. After over a decade of very succesful making of an Universe (Marvel Cinematic Universe that is) that is not really that surprising. Especially because others try this out. And not just DC with their crossovers, but also the classic Monster crossover that almost happened (or maybe will happen, The Mummy was not succesful enough I reckon) and the Conjuring universe, with Annabelle and the Nun, right now.
This is a "in the meantime", while Avengers Infinity War was going on. I for one can't wait for the next one ... Fun, light and of course with some holes, but always makng fun of itself too (the Quantum thing for example)
Hotel Artemis (2018)
Well if you ever need a room at the Hotel Artemis ... you are definitely not well. Pun very much intended. But watching the inhabitants of that establishment, is kind of fun. I might have thought there would be more to the film, it's a bit understating and it is also very low maintenance. But that doesn't have to be a bad thing at all.
Bautista may have a better and bigger role in Guardians (or maybe it's had, the future will show what will happen there), so it may also feel underwhelming what he is allowed to play with here. Even on Blade Runner 2049, where he had less screen time he seems to have had more impact. But different movies, different roles and all that. This is an ensemle thriller and it achieves what it sets out to do. Cool characters and good action/stunt sequences