Saturday, March 17, 2018

Coco (Animated 2017)

So this movie got a bunch of positive reviews from all corners of the world it seems. Personally I didn't think much of the previews so I wasn't expecting folks to like it that much. I missed seeing it in the theaters so when it came out for a rental I gave it a go.

To cut to the chase the movie wasn't bad, as it flowed at the same pace of other Pixar films, but the characters and dog didn't really draw me in either. The story was simple and made sense but unfortunately I didn't find it too enjoyable. This isn't to say that it was negative per se, but it sure didn't have that humanistic feel that other Pixar films usually have.
Rating - B

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Sci-Fi Action 2017)

I remember when this movie first came out. It had an interesting trailer with some nice visual shots so it seemed to have some potential. So did it live up to that initial impression? As Ducky would say, "Nope nope nope."

Although the movie did have this campy Fifth Element feel to it, it certainly wasn't up to that caliber because it didn't have Milla in it....and because it generally sucked. The animation of many of the characters was clumsy and way past any baseline CG. It was actually terrible considering that it was made in 2017. I've seen regular video games half a decade old have better computer animation.

The characters were hella forgetful and the main guy was a friggin' annoying-ass turd who reminded me of this lame Millennial generation of turd kids. The story was blah and I think the bad acting and crappy animation made it seem like a 3rd rate film school project. Totally not worth the time to watch.
Rating - D

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Outsider (Drama 2018)

So here was an interesting movie that had some potential. Jared Leto played this white boy who was in Japan after WWII, got tossed in jail, and then through a series of events joined the Yakuza. Cool premise but how was the execution? Eh.

The movie had a slow feel to it, just like other Japanese gangster movies from the 90s/2000s. But as a whole it seemed like a focused attempt with amateur results. The plot wasn't strong enough to make up for the pace and ending. I suppose it was fair, but I didn't think it was that good of a film. It's good that Netflix is investing in different ideas though, so I'll give them props for that.
Rating - C

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Black Panther (Action 2018)

Well this movie sure had a ton of hype behind it. Although the trailer music seemed pretty cool, the rest of the film was an unknown.

So let's cut to the chase. The movie was seemed to try to integrate real social and historical issues into a superhero Marvel movie. Not too sure what I think about all that. Was it the time/place? Eh. Not really but who knows these days right? Personally I just wanted to see some good action and if there was a decent story then bonus points all around.

It did live up to expectations regarding plot, action, special effects, etc. Some of the acting was overly done and/or some of the dialog was odd and misplaced, especially with the little sister, but overall it was a good film. The whole sub-story regarding humanity, anthropology, technology, causes, radicalization, etc. was a deeper twist to a comic book plot, but yeah. Folks shouldn't take it too seriously with regards to alternate history because it's just that; alternate.

So to compare, it was a little bit better than Winter Soldier, but not as good as IronMan.
Rating - B

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Cloverfield Paradox (Sci-Fi 2018)

You know I was actually shocked by the IMDB rating of this Netflix movie because it was actually a fairly solid Sci-Fi flick. I wasn't expecting much since I don't really like the Cloverfield series and recently any sci-fi film has been pretty disappointing with regards to story.

This movie, I thought, was a pretty solid Sci-Fi flick. It had an intro plot, normal characters, a purpose, regular emotions, and flawed characters. Bam. Special effects and music were good and the ending was odd but place-able. Not sure what the debate is all about with regards to the ending since it's a straightforward concept.
Rating - B 

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Action Comedy 2017)

You know I was wondering why this movie was still in theaters after so long, and now I know. This movie was friggin' hilarious. The concept was funny enough but the actors really know how to act. I totally dug it. Action, jokes, plot, and acting were all pretty much on par with a good comedy.

Even though the film is kid-like, I think it's still trying to hit a certain older demographic, so it's not an immature film. As I'm rethinking more about it, I can't really say any part was bad. It was solid and truly entertaining.
Rating - A

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Fences (Drama 2016)

This movie truly is one that shows why Denzel is a pimp actor. I didn't think I would say something like that from what the preview displayed, but I was pleasantly surprised just a few minutes in. The film is done in an interesting style where there is a ton of dialog and monologues, but in the frame of a light-ish story. There isn't a long, complicated plot; it actually sorta seems more like some live theater production of sorts, but it really takes talent to pull off the streams of dialog that this movie was full of.

Again it's a different film in that there isn't a bunch going on, but you can tell the quality of the work. Not too shabby at all.
Rating - B