Monthly Archives: July 2019

Crawl, movie review

I went into this movie with low expectations. I wasn’t even going to see it but its been getting good reviews, so I thought I’d give it a try.

To sum it up briefly, it was like “Deep Blue Sea” only with alligators instead of sharks. So if you like the corny action movies that defy science at every turn, this is a must see for you. And if unrealistic things bother you when shown in a movie, then you should wait until this comes out to rent, and then watch it with your friends, and provide a commentary, because there is plenty of material to make fun of.

I can’t say I was ever bored in the film. Just shocked by the choices the characters made. I mean, right from the start, the leading actress is video chatting from the women’s locker room, with her teammates changing clothes behind her. Uh, pretty sure that behavior alone will get ya kicked off the team. I know my gym has signs up all over saying no photos or videos allowed. Come on now.

The absurdity just gets worse from there. From showing the water level outside to being 2-3 feet deep, while the crawlspace/basement thing is just covered in a few puddles… to the house having pipes and storm drains that no residential building would ever have. Not to mention of course, the alligators swim slower than people and, putting a stint on your leg makes you able to totally walk on a compound fracture.

So sure, I say go see it. You’ll find enjoyment in the movie from one aspect or another. 🙂


Stuber, Movie Review

So I’m a fan of Kumail Nanjiani but not a fan of Dave Bautista. So I was on the fence about seeing this. Since I was unsure which actor would dominate the movie. So keep in mind my opinion of the movie might be bias because of this.

So, as usual, Dave’s acting wasn’t what I would call acting. He performs with a stone face and every line is given with no emotion. Anyone can do that. Sadly, it seemed Kumail also took this stance for most of his character’s screen time too. There were some one liners that came across great, and the chemistry between the two was given a good attempt. The plot was weak, and events too convenient and predictable. Its the classic dirty cop mixed with let’s solve the case type stuff.

The movie tried to be like a remake of “Taxi” from 2004 with Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon. The story plot was about the same, only with the twist of an Uber and an electric car, instead of the enhanced taxi Latifah drove. Sadly, the acting wasn’t as strong, so the movie, in my opinion, wasn’t as good. To be fair, it wasn’t one single person’s fault. The entire movie was a mash up of things that didn’t fit, like the movie was going through an identity crisis and the audience was along for the ride.

So… as much as I like Kumail and I like the general premise behind the film, I have to say, this is a skip it movie. 😦

 


Yesterday, movie review

As seems to be the theme right now, yet another movie is out about famous musicians. This one, isn’t quite like the others. Which is why you may be finding mixed reviews for it.

If you are going to this movie because you loved the Beetles, and you are hoping this tale will tell you about them in some fun biography type fashion, you are going to be disappointed. This is not a movie about the Beetles. I repeat, this is not a movie about the Beetles.

This is a movie about a musician no one has heard of but nearly everyone can relate to. He wants to be discovered but just doesn’t have the special something that will boost him to stardom. His life is amazingly relatable, and when fate makes him special–a black out that alters reality just a bit, and he is one of the few people who remembers how things used to be–he has a chance to become more. Its like when you know the future, and decide to buy a lottery ticket or create an invention that someone else did, only in this movie, its about stealing music that no longer exists.

The Beetles is simply a band that met what the movie needed. Super popular, made a lot of songs, and yes, influenced the world quite a bit.

The movie focuses on this struggling musician’s life. His friends, his choices, and his life. And if you walk into the theater, fully aware and expecting that, then you should enjoy the movie. Its a romantic comedy with a side theme of music.

Now that aside, it is a bit long. I’ll admit there are some parts of the movie that drag on, regardless of what you are expecting the film to be. But overall, its an okay date movie, and you’ll get to hear some good old classics.


Toy Story 4, movie review

Who would have thought this franchise would keep going? What’s even more shocking, is who would have thought the fourth installment is actually better than several of the ones that came before it? Yup. I dare say, this one was on level with the FIRST Toy Story movie.

The film definitely jumped on the feminist wagon. Making the former sweet damsel of Bo Peep, into a street fighting independent woman, who takes every opportunity she can to emasculate Woody. It worked better than I’ve seen in other movies, but personally I was annoyed, because it seems like every movie is doing this.

Buzz didn’t show any growth in the movie, he was pushed to be a side character, so if you are a big fan of him, you may find the movie disappointing.

The toys interact with humans a lot more than before, even letting humans hear their voices! So a bit more liberty was taken in this film.

The new character, Forky, is what makes the movie spectacular. His lines and behavior will make nearly anyone chuckle. And if there is a Toy Story 5, I hope Forky plays a large part in it, because he was a great creation!