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Thugs of Hindostan (2018)
I think they should have ripped off more to make Bollywood's rip off of Pirates of the Caribbean
I was actually interested in seeing this movie when I saw the poster at the theater. Usually when I go see Bollywood films, they are straight up action movies with the manliest of men doing feats of strength to save the world and his woman (And in-between they do a song and dance which always puts me out of the mood).
The only difference between those and Thugs of Hindostan is the fact that it takes place in a Pirates of the Caribbean backdrop. It's a pretty well laid out rip off: The main protagonist is just like Jack Sparrow, he's suppose to be the hero, but you never know which side he's actually on. Although he's not as entertaining as Johnny Depp he does have his own theme music (Which actually becomes a bad running gag after a while).
So this guy Firangi is a con artist hired by a British company to spy on a group of Rebels looking to overturn the empire that took over their country.
The film even has it's own Elizabeth Swan in a though as nails princess who does some pretty cool movies. There's also another woman in the movie, Suraiyya who looks like she was just inserted to make up for the lack of eye candy.
I am impress with the effort the film is doing. It tries hard to be an epic action adventure. Although in comparison of Pirates of the Caribbean it feels cheap, or rather closed in. It feels like it was filmed on a movie set that did not have enough space. The action scenes were not loose enough, not extravagant enough. Every one was boxed in and they really couldn't let go in the area they were filming.
Despite that, I die enjoy it. something different from the Bollywood genre, but I guess it will take more money than Bollywood is willing to give to do that.
Cool title and the movie lives up to it.
Sounds like a Motorhead Album.
Doing that From Dust till Dawn thing, the movie starts out as a war epic about a group of soldiers on a mission to destroy a tower so that America can storm a beach against the Nazis.
It's everything you would expect from a good war epic: Action, thrills, no holds barred violence, and the troops. Many different kinds from many different places coming together for good old Uncle Sam, (Even has the one soldier who totally becomes a man on the battlefield) but then out of nowhere in the tower they need to blow the Nazis are doing some strange experiments with some horrific science fiction results, and as such it flips the script and becomes amazing!
Just amazing in mood and feel. The two combined genres make for a film that's jam packed with excitement. It does not even give itself a chance to slow down.
This one will be worth seeing over and over again.
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
If you love Queen, Rami Malek will bring Freddie Mercury to life.
I loved the movie. I had been dying to see it since I herd of it. Rami Malek just looked the part so I wanted to see it for that. For the most part Bryan Singer creates a very formulated rock epic indeed, but I think that's just how a biopic about Queen would be. If the film is at all accurate about Queen then the band did not really have enough drama to make a movie about. It was so cool to see that there is a band that truly gets along like family(and they kept on playing till the end)
However, most of the flick is about the life of the late Freddy Mercury, the focus mostly goes through his own personal journey from the time he met the other members of the band that would become Queen, to his death.
Rami Malek was absolute incredible in his transformation. He made you a believer. Thank god, cause if he just looked like Mercury without anything else this movie would tank.
What made the film so great for me was the relationship Mercury seemed to have with the band. Like I said before, it does not seem like the band had much drama between them throughout their life span so most of the film is about four friends making music together, and that's great. The chemistry between Malek and the other actors was well received, just beautiful to watch.
Bohemian Rhapsody is a love affair with Queen cause it's a lot of their music in it performed by the actors, not really most likely, but it did look like I was watching the ultimate cover band in IMAX. As well as they acted their parts they also Semi-performed the songs well. They look really good lip syncing and if you love Queen, this will be something you want to see.
Fantastic, exciting, witty, overall well done. Thanks Mike Myers for the introduce in Wayne's World that made me love the music more.
London Fields (2018)
On the weak side
Oh wow! I just saw this in theaters and your telling me it's been out since 2015? I guess that's the biz of showbiz, this movie is bizarre enough for me to believe that they could not find anyone who wanted to distribute it.
This also explains why Amber Heard and Johnny Depp are in the same movie. In 2015 I think the two were still together. They did not share any scenes in the movie (Maybe they had to reedited so that was the case explaining the long delay of release).
London Fields love itself far too much that it's not listening to anyone telling it how dull this is. I will say this, I did not see the ending coming of this mystery because of the oddness of the film, which I can totally respect.
Billy Bob Thornton plays a washed up writer from Hell's kitchen who switches homes with a hot shot writer from London in hopes he can write his next book and he gets and idea when he discovers his next store neighbor, Amber Herd has predicted that someone will kill her and has agreed to let the writer observe to see how it will lay out.
The film looks beautiful and gets you in the mood of the Murder Mystery. I found it interesting that I could not tell what time period the movie falls under. I think it's a near future, that has better cell phones then we do now, but I'm not sure. Amber Heard does help in the beauty of this film as it's definitely her purpose in the film to play that classic Femme Fatale.
I like Billy Bob Thornton and he was interesting enough, although his narration of the film did not get me into the story. This is true of most of the male cast members including Depp who quirky behavior was just corny. I say don't see it.
Viper Club (2018)
Suesan Sarandon touches you
For me, the movie does not let down. Susan Sarandon plays a nurse whose son's a freelance journalist who gets kidnapped, while in Syria and she struggles to do what needs to be done to get him back.
It would be a Lifetime movie of the week if it was not for Susan Sarandon's involvement, and it really helps. Such a fine actress portraying the frustration of a woman who's son has been missing for three months and it seems like her government is not doing anything and she's not sure if an alternative that was given to her (the Viper Club the pulls their resources together in order to pay ransoms for kidnapped people the government will not help) will work.
It's also different from Lifetime as the movie is a real downer, but Ironically that's what makes it good.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
It's been a while since Melissa McCarthy gave me such good laughs.
I tend to put Mrs. McCarthy on a high pedestal since her appearance in Bridesmaids. When I see she's doing a movie I come in ready to bust a gut.
The Advantage of Can you Ever Forgive Me? is that it looks like a drama, so I'm expecting it to go another way so when McCarthy lays down a good laugh it hits me hard. It's the most amusing stories I've seen in a while.
A true story about Lee Israel who was a best selling Arthur that hit a rut, and could not get interest in another book, but found another way to make cash by writing letters she past on as the works of other writers.
If you think about the movie in perspective, though an interesting topic, especially for a round the table conversation over coffee, but an entire movie? I guess that's the magic of Lee Israel's writing, who wrote a book that this movie is getting it's info from.
McCarthy gives a stellar performance stepping out of her safe zone to show you a little depth as writer cliche (During this time in her life (1991 to be exact) Israel was an old and bitter booze hound hanging out in bars trying to hang onto the fame of her last book while hating on Tom Clancy whose getting paid three million dollars to write swallow macho idiocy while she can't even get a book deal cause she's too much of an artist to play the game
McCarthy does have one buffer in the movie in the shape of her husband Ben Falcone who plays a book shop owner who does not look too hard at the letters he's buying from Israel.
Absolutely adorable Picture by McCarthy
The Night Comes for Us (2018)
Cool title makes for one of Iko Uwais best films!
What a cool title. It screams kick ass crime drama.
The fight scenes are brutal. I forgot the name of the specific marshal art that these cats do over in Indonesia, but it makes for some brutal battles.
I could tell you what the story is about. It's tangled up in Asia's Triad and Trafficking problems, but I did not come here to see that story that makes it a movie, I came here to see fight after fight after fight and they know that's why I'm here cause that's what they give me.
Everything is a little more coordinated than the Raid, not as raw and natural a dance, and they used a lot of slick and polished camera angles (Met to look shake of course) but that's OK cause they so make up for it with some really cool finishing movies that end in this focus on some victims blood body (neat!)
And when it comes down to it, the one reason I wanted to see this so bad Mr. Uwais, totally proving he's at the top of this game. I can't wait to see him and Tony Jaa in Triple Threat. It amazes me how one movie can just be summed up in one awesome scene, but it happens.
The Little Stranger (2018)
A little strange and a lot of boring.
I hate to say it like that but it really was one of the most boring ghost stories I have ever seen.
It could be that I'm just use to the actual ghost appearing on the screen but the actual story itself was boring. Maybe it would have been better with less than the illusion of ghost, but it was not suppose to be that story. Too bad.
Too bad, I like Domhnall Gleeson as an actor. This was not one of his best outings. Gleeson plays a poor kid who grows up to be a doctor assigned to do house calls on the servants of a house he use to visit and admire as a kid. A house that according to Will Pouter's character, Roderick has bad vibes.
Will Pouter did a great job as Roderick though. The most enjoyable part of this Slow Burn.
Other than at it's really bland and not really worth it.
The Happytime Murders (2018)
Funny, but I was expecting more funny.
Did Jim Henson's Son do this movie?
I think it was a little too dark and disturbing for the late great muppets creator, but Brian Henson makes a film that fits right up Melissa McCarthy's alley, but not as much as I would have liked. It's good for a few giggles, but it's not as funny as I hoped. It seems like I may have McCarthy on too high of a Pedestal these days cause I was expecting to get knocked out of the park when all I got was a bunt. This had a lot to do with the fact that the movie really focus on the puppets more than the humans and Melissa McCarthy was just a famous face they could put on the poster next top a blue puppet. It has it's moments of real messed up giggles (puppets having sex, puppets getting their face blown off and my favorite, a puppet who gets surgery to look more human), plus it's another team up between McCarthy and Maya Rudolph, but It's barely holding a candle top what McCarthy was attached to in the past.
Amusing, beautiful and educational
But your preaching to the choir.
Cameron Post is a young woman discovering her sexuality when she is caught doing things unchristian like, so her family takes her to a camp that's met brainwash you into believing your something that your not. What's really messed up is at that young age she does not even know who she is and they are try to destroy it before she does.
It is a movie that gets me asking a lot of questions that I already know the answers to, but it's questions that always should be ask cause I feel that it does help with the process of tolerance in the world.
In the The Miseducation of Cameron Post we become educated, in a movie that does it in a fun and enjoyable matter, but I'm a bit biased cause I'm a huge fan of Chloë Grace Moretz, who I thought was so fantastic as Cameron Post.
The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)
An Action comedy, that's surprisingly way more action than comedy.
When I think Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon doing a movie together, I'm thinking that it would be funnier.
The movie is amusing, but what makes it awesome is the large amount of action that is in the flick. I was not expecting this level of violence. I'm sure the filmmakers thought the violence would be funny, but it did not come across that way. It's almost like True Lies or something.
Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon make a wonderful team. They are extremely entertaining together. Reminds me a lot of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys: Two people better known for making us laugh are put in an action movie.
In fact I'm sure that's what happen and I like it a lot. It confusing a little at times cause I was there to laugh but that's OK I had a good time.
Not the best movie in the world but I could watch it over and over again.
I never thought we would actually get to the point in which we would see a six installments of the franchise. No matter how good you think Mission: Impossible III was it should not have even gotten that far, but I do feel it was that movie that started the franchise in going the direction of a true franchise.
Fallout once again features Cruse as Ethan Hunt, head of the Mission: Impossible field agents. Continuing from the movies previous Ethan and his team have to stop a rogue agency from using stolen plutonium to make three nuclear bombs.
Once again on Ethan's side is Luther Stickell, played by Ving Rhames who has been in every Mission: Impossible movie since number one, and let me tell you, I love just seeing that Ving Rhames is still in this franchise. As good as Ghost Protocol was on it's own the best part about it was that they did not forget about Luther who made a cameo at the end. Also joining Ethan again is Benji Dunn played by Simon Pegg who has been doing this since Mission Impossible III .
The adventures of Ethan Hunt and his team have become episodic. In a lot of ways I like it cause it makes a lot of the missions more mimic those done in the original series (only bigger obviously). Although it does mean that you have to have seen the other Mission Impossible movies to follow the actual story that's going on.
However, if you chose not to follow the story, Fallout is filled with some great and unique action sequences that were outright impressive. Mission: Impossible goes for the more realistic suspense and low tone over the archetype dramatic hype.
It's a change of tone that allows the filmmakers to add humor to the movie that blends in pretty well (Better if you have been following the Mission: Impossible franchise).
Mission: Impossible Fallout is a great movie, it's good action and if you are into the franchise the humor is nice, especially between Cruse Rhames and Pegg who lead the charge.
Gauguin - Voyage de Tahiti (2017)
Altogether Cassell was great in it.
Bitter sweet inspiration about a man who truly struggled for his art.
I've been a fan of Vincent Cassell for years and he is the only reason why I wanted to see this movie when I saw the poster in a near by theater. Cassell plays Paul Gauguin, an artist who was willing to give up everything: his wife, his 5 children, all to travel down to Tahiti in hopes that the journey would make him a better artist. While down there he stars a romance with a woman who becomes his muse.
Cassell, himself was so good in the movie. It was a mixed bag of emotions as Cassell portrays a very selfish man who give up way too much to become a starving artist holding on to the dream that he would find pure inspiration. It was indeed a struggle, but Cassell's performance also show a man who was focus on living his best life.
Another great yet low key performance was done by Tuheï Adams who plays Tehura, the muse who became the focus of many of Gauguin's painting. I felt the two of them together had enough chemistry to keep the movie going.
Overall, I went to see this movie for Vincent Cassell and I'm very stratified with his performance enough to be interested in the man he portrayed (ignoring how a movie set in the late 1800s is painting a clear picture of what Gentrification looks like today.) Plus Tuhei Adams was a pleasant bonus and I hope to see more of her.
I loved it like a guilty pleasure
It Starts off just another day in a small town in Australia. Than it turns into a really cool Sci-Fi film, about a group of pretty bad ass looking aliens taking over the town.
I'm very impress with the visual effects overall, and it feels like the effects team knows how good they are and sometimes gets corny with it, but that's ok, cause the thing is so live.
They are trying to do an Independence Day like movie on a minor budget and it's working on me for the most Point.
Some of the action sequences are strangely dramatic and a bit surrealistic without trying to be that. Very Ozploitation in it's tone.
It's pretty cliche with the theme of everyone uniting over a common threat, But I'm far too impress with the large amount of sci-fi in what looks like a pretty small movie. The visual effects the make up and costumes and the small amount of CGI. It was fantastic to watch.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
Colorfully and funny but found the musical part boring.
I don't think I ever went into a movie with such low hopes.
A co worker told me that she went to go see the film cause the original was one of her favs (Don't even remember if I saw the original), but she said she did not like the fact that this sequel was so aware that it was a musical.
My Co-worker was right, It felt like a musical. I thought it was jumpy and choppy and the movie could have worked without the numbers, which felt inserted, altogether which is why it's aware it's a musical.
It's funny, I'll give it that but for a guy not into musicals, like myself, and not into ABBA as much as I thought. I knew the hit songs and loved hearing them performed but other than one song Pierce Brosnan whispered, none of it clicked.
I do respect what a happy movie this was. It was all about celebrating life and I got that notion.
Overall I liked it better than I expected. It could do without the musical numbers cause it made the film long and boring, but it was very colorful. Fun and funny.
Oakland is in the House
I never been to Oakland myself but I do feel like I got a real insight of what's going on there after watching Blindspotting.
It's funny as hell as it tells the story of Collin, an ex-con trying to get through probation without slipping, but find that hard to do while chillin with his old friends.
Blindspotting is hilarious, without a doubt. It's one of those kind of funny that makes you laugh cause you know all too well the observation the film is making. From Gentrification, to the integration of black culture, we all see it happening and when the movie points it out to us we laugh in agreement.
Makes me want to see Sorry to Bother you Again. I can't help but to think about it when I see what's going on in this film. Both movies have in common a focus on African American ideals with an ensemble cast that is truly diverse, but while Sorry to Bother You takes it's bizarre to a new level, Blindspotting keeps it more tame. Most likely to get that message across
that message being this is funny and you should go see it.
Unfriended: Dark Web (2018)
Now that was scary!
I don't recall unfriended being that good. I understand why they made a second one, it's a horror film, but a forgettable one I thought. Then someone comes up with a great idea to make the original concept even more horrifying.
So some guy gets a new used lab top that just happens to belong to another guy who's affairs in the dark web are...well... dark, and will stop at nothing to get that info back and erase everyone who saw it if you get my drift.
The idea for the original movie was scary too, However, Dark Web was able to take the elements of the first film and create something that frighten me with the whole real life situation of the whole thing.
This was done over the fact that the movie's cast was not filled with the best actors on the planet. Some performances can take you out of the movie altogether cause they are bad.
Overall, however this movie did have me on the edge of my seat with suspense, with a concept that seem to be better done, and also the scary music had a lot to do with it.
The Equalizer 2 (2018)
There is no equal when it comes to Denzel.
I'm starting to think that Denzel low key loves action movies and wants to do them. It seems odd that such a heavy hitter like Denzel is a victim of type casting, but it's true. He's such a high caliber actor that many would say it's beneath him to do such a mindless thing as an action movie, but I wouldn't be surprise if Denzel saw his boy Wesley Snipes in Blade or something and was like "I want to do that". So when stuff like the Equalizer showcases a fuller acting spectrum, Mr. Washington jumps on the band wagon.
That first Equalizer was so good. Denzel and director Antoine Fuqua has a masterful combo of action thriller. Something that you don't want to mess with and try to copy (but you know Hollywood)
However, Lighting strikes twice and it strikes hard. I feel that Equalizer 2 is arguably better than the original film. One of the things that makes it better is how this sequel kinda flushes out how the TV series this movie is based on works. It's almost like 2002's Spider-Man vs. Spider-Man 2 type of situation, in which the Spider-Man 2 is considered a better movie because they get to concentrate on the character now that the origin story is out of the way. Although McCall's life as a spy that's suppose to be dead makes it hard to reveal anything from his origin in the original film, in the sequel we get to see the character develop when he seeks vengeance for the murder of his closet friend (Played by Melessia Leo), at the same time, there are several subplots of McCall just doing his thing, helping random people out who need help.
Denzel is electrifying in this movie. He's just the type of actor who always gets an emotion out of me, and you never catch Denzel sleepin on his thespian skills.
That's why Antoine Fuqua has to come correct with this film. Making sure he's making something more than some action fluff, that it has the substance that's Denzel approved, making him a sophisticated action hero (Almost better than Liam Neeson)
It's one of the best sequels ever.
La nuit a dévoré le monde (2018)
Excellent Zombie movie!
A dope movie about a guy who goes to a party to pick up stuff he left with his ex-girlfriend and while waiting for her he falls asleep and wakes up in a Zombie Apocalypse.
One of the best Zombie movies ever seen (and that's saying a lot cause Zombie movies are the best!), it's a quiet tone as this dude goes through an I am Legend type situation thinking he's the last man on the planet (or at least in Paris)
The dude who they got playing the last man on Earth is a pretty good actor cause he had to be interesting for 90 minutes and he pulls it off, making us laugh, making us sad, and making us believe he lost his mind from loneliness. It's a stellar performance.
A little on the weak side for Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves makes a very good dramatic thriller.
It's a slow burn that takes a while to get to the punchline but it's a good punch line.
Reeves plays a dude who works as a diamond trader. His partner disappears and is on a journey to find this cat, which leads to an affair with a Russian woman.
It actually helps how much I like Reeves, other wise the film would not be that good. It does have some great cinematography, basically a great picture to watch.
Very by the numbers animated movie.
A little surprise that Hotel Transylvania made it up to three squeals. I did not think the first flick was so good to produce three more.
It seems like a strange blockbuster franchise for Adam Sandler, who comes back as Count Dracula who with the rest of his monstrous hotel staff go on a cruse.
the animation style was fantastic. Classic Genndy Tartakovsky, but I though the jokes were a little stale, the would hit me with something and most of it would just bounce off. I got nothing.
not my favorite.
Brilliant, especially Joaquin Phoenix
I found it to be a strangely dark comedy. Or rather it was funny despite the subject manner.
So technically a true story about a man named John Callahan who was an alcoholic and became paralyzed in a car accident because of his addiction to the bottle, but ends up living his best life due to his involvement with alcoholics anonymous.
So maybe not so dark now that I think about it as the story was uplifting and inspiring.
Joaquin Phoenix was a pleasure to see on the screen. Very lively and believable as a man chasing some demons, but keeping his sense of humor and positive attitude.
And we needed that liveliness as some of the 12 steps in the movie were not that flush out as well as others.
Gus Van Sant's ability to do such a serious content and give it to us in a humorous way makes for an Impressive film.
I love watching the Rock even in the most mediocre of films
Yeah, it reminds me of Die Hard but not as Die Hard as you think.
It's Dwayne Johnson trying to save his family who are stuck in the world's tallest building while it's on fire. And yeah, Johnson had to do it playing Will Sawyer, a man with one leg.
I wonder how people with one leg feel about this movie?
I say this, Dwayne Johnson has a battle scene with Pablo Schreiber in the film. It's got to be the greatest fight scene featuring a man pretending to have a prosthetic limb ever done.
Is this movie a good promotion for people with prosthetics as Johnson proves that you can even save the world with one leg? Cause it did not stop the over dramatic cinematic feats of strength that come along with an action size action hero like The Rock. It would be corny as hell if Dwayne Johnson was not the most electrifying man in entertainment! I love cheering for him.
And give it up for Neve Campbell playing the Rock's wife and mother to his beige children. She was not just a damsel in distress as she got to explore her own heroic moments trying to save her kids and her husband.
Not a bad film
It's definitely a great three out of four acts.
The four acts go by pretty fast, which is good. It's like an uncooked Kill Bill as Marlina kills her rapist and the men who he was traveling with who wanted a chance to assault her as well. Then it's a strange slow burn as Marlina attempts a journey to inform the police of what happen, while avoiding another set of men looking for her attackers.
It's one of those flicks that has an interesting story line, that your expecting far more action and drama from, but the filmmakers chose to keep a quiet approach possibly to respect the real situation of sexual assault.
Plus it's done in a different culture other than my own. A contemporary place that co-exist with my place but in so many ways very different than what I know. That really does add to the interesting element of the film.
And I love the pacing of the film. It seems to go slowly but it does not feel like it at all. Perfect!
Absolute great watch!
I think the kingdom fell off a little from the last flick
Like with The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Fallen Kingdom takes the dinosaurs out the park, although happening much faster here with actually very little of the movie taking place in the destroyed theme park, which is a key element to making this movie far different from Jurassic World.
Fallen Kingdom is not as exciting as Jurassic world, in fact it was one of those dark sequels. Not super dark, but it's definitely not the fun thrill ride the first Jurassic World was sporting. There was too many real life human issues going on. The whole movie is basically about was man kind right to bring the dinosaurs back and sometimes man kind's attempts to advance itself have lead to disasters because All we know how to do is exploit stuff. A marriage of messages that was in all the other films in the franchise, but did not feel so knife in the gut as this one.
Though I loved Jeff Goldblum's cameo as Dr. Malcolm, cause it was cool seeing him there, I admit it was preachy, and set that grim tone.
I feel like Chris Pratt did not get to shine the way he's good at. Did not use his humorous personality as mush in this film, same with Bryce Dallas Howard. They still have what they have in the first film, but unusual for a sequel it seems more tone down than boosted up.
Overall, as cliche as it is to say Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is not as good as Jurassic World
It looks like the franchise is going the way of the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise, in that case I am looking forward to seeing the next movie.