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About mizner13

Welcome to my blog! I live in Florida with my husband and our Kitty, a rescued Abyssinian. I have several novels published under the name "Nina Schluntz". I’m an avid movie goer, so most of my blog posts will be a review of the most recent movie I happened to see. Sometimes I’ll mix it up and read a book too. Or… my favorite, I’ll see the movie then read the book it was based on!

Peanut Butter Falcon, Movie Review

I’ll say upfront, I saw Peanut Butter Falcon because Shia LaBeouf is in it, a person I have been a fan of since his childhood acting days on Even Stevens. When I walked into the theater and saw only people with white or gray hair in the audience, I was a bit stumped as to their motivation for seeing the film. Judging by their comments when the credits rolled, I think they were confused about why they were there as well.

So the movie… sadly I am still a bit lost on the target audience this movie was aiming for. And that alone might damage its success, because although it is a good movie, without a demographic to appeal to… who is going to see it?

Its sort of a play on Mark Twain’s classic Tom and Huckleberry, but not really. Fulfilling a person’s dream of being a wrestler is the main theme, sort of a make a wish type deal, but wrestling isn’t present enough to inspire fans of wrestling to come watch the movie. Although, now that I think about it, there was a cameo of Jake the Snake, so maybe the older folks were there to see him. I get their disappointment now, cause he plays a very small role.

You are basically watching a heart warming tale of two misfit boys off on an adventure by foot, neither of them belong in society and by finding each other, they find a purpose. Would I suggest seeing it? Well. If you like feel good stories, yes. This has some amusing moments scattered throughout, has a great message, is well written and has great acting. I enjoyed it, but I would also be happy just watching Shia ramble to himself in an empty room… so I might be bias.

So yes, go see it, but be prepared for a slow paced southern movie that is meant to be heart warming, not action wrestler focused.

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Good Boys, Movie Review

If you watched the trailer for this movie, then you’ve seen the best parts of this movie. I’d almost say you saw more funny moments than what the movie has. The editing job removed some of the scenes that are shown in the trailer, and to me, some of those scenes were the best. There is a nice plot hidden in the array of jokes. Some good lessons to be learned by kids, which weirdly isn’t the audience this movie is meant for, so, not sure what to say about that.

It was nice to see kids being kids, and anyone who goes is bound to laugh at some of the jokes, though likely not all. Sadly, I can’t give the movie a “must see” review. The trailer, absolutely, if you haven’t see that, go watch it, and view some of the sample scenes available. But the movie itself drags on for too long and works too hard at maintaining a plot with meaning, leaving the jokes too spread out. Its okay to see, but there’s other movies out right now that are better.


47 Meters Down, Uncaged

For a horror movie, this film has more plot than one would expect. I was impressed with the effort put in to make the audience care about the main characters. They got a background story, were put in situations that are relatable, overall, the plot was well done.

Now, as for the realistic side of things, a lot of liberty was taken. So much so, that I was a bit confused at some parts. Like, how is a large shark surviving in those caves, what is it eating? How is it moving around in the caves? Are we really supposed to believe they grew up down there and are stuck in various areas?

If you’ve ever been scuba diving, you’ll find a lot of errors in how things are done. Science and biology doesn’t apply in this movie like it does in the rest of the world. There was also a lacking of presence of Mexicans for a movie taking place in Mexico.

So yes, I have a lot of complaints about the movie. But if you are looking for a horror movie, or if you enjoy shark movies, then this is a great movie to see. So weirdly, I do give this a thumbs up. I am torn between saying see it at home or see it in the theaters. At home, you can openly make fun of the twisted logic, but in the movie theater you an enjoy the special effects of the sharks on the big screen. So pick which matters more to you, and do that!


Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Movie Review

I’ll be honest, I saw this movie because there just weren’t many movies out that looked appealing. So I figured, meh, maybe I’ll learn some Spanish if I see this one. I’ve only see bits and pieces of the actual cartoon, just enough to know the basics of who Dora is. So I’m sure there were tons of things in the movie that avid fans would have laughed at or enjoyed that were lost on me. So keep in mind, this is a review from someone who doesn’t know the cartoon.

The acting, surprisingly good, from everyone. Dora keeps her upbeat spirit, but she loses it a few times when those around her lash out, making her feel very human and relatable. And although Dora seems plucked right from the cartoon, her costars are very realistic and point out the oddities everyone is thinking but won’t say. Like, “I can’t leave my cousin alone with some sweaty, anxious guy we just met.” A nice touch, since so often in kid adventures the kids just run off with random adults like that’s an okay thing.

There’s tons of funny moments, that often tie back to the cartoon. For example, when the guy says he’s prepared and all he has is juice boxes and a princess wand. But even with all the cute cartoon-ish moments, the story plot is very well thought out and has some great teaching moments. Dora goes from being a loner to understanding the benefits of having friends. And the fact she befriends people who are hard to befriend, makes it even better.

So to me, this movie is great to see. Whether you’re like me and just need a movie to get a few laughs, or if you have kids and want to show them a good PG flick, this is a great choice.


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.