Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Meg (Action 2018)

So yeah one shouldn't expect too much from this film, but I guess it was entertaining in a B sorta way. The story wasn't all that bad. It kinda made sense but I'm not an oceanographer or scientist by any stretch.

The shark scenes were good in the beginning and then it became more of a mess towards the end. All of the Chinese scenes were so weird and artificial. I'm talking the dialog, the extras, and all the weird stuff...it really felt out of place and you know why? Because a bunch of it was funded by a foreign production company and it seemed like they totally injected scenes and people into the script as an afterthought. So it's cool that these peeps were able to make a shark movie, but forcing the audience to try to read subtitles for people they don't give a shit about it just awkward.

Statham seemed like he was having fun earning another paycheck, but yeah this movie was not something to be taken too seriously. Just think of a really bad Jurassic Park film except with random Chinese people here and there with bad accents. One thing I did like was the abrupt scene changes where people will be trying to escape from the shark one second and the very next they are happily jumping in the water to become bait or sit in a see-through shark cage. Friggin' funny.
Rating - C

Monday, September 03, 2018

Hostiles (Drama 2017)

Ever since I was a kid, I've always had a thing for slow western movies. Not sure why since I don't like horses; they equal rashes. I don't like being outdoors either, since insects reside there. And I don't like camping since it gets cold at night. But I have no problem watching these westerns films. This movie is one of them.

Like with most, this one had very good character development. It gave you hints at what occurred in the past, but it was the slow-telling of Batman's character that gave the film its charm. I wasn't perfect, but I know what the writer and director were aiming for when they made this movie, and it was still good stuff.
Rating - B

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians (Romantic Comedy 2018)

So it seems like this has quickly become the third Team Yellow movie that has come along during my lifetime. First was The Last Emperor, second was The Joy Luck Club, and now this. I'm oddly a big fan of rom-coms, so it wasn't a problem at all getting me to watch this. The US equation for romantic comedies hasn't changed much over the years, so I'm used to most twists and turns that are created, artificial or not.

This movie was different because it injected a bunch of random cultural stuff regarding 'filiality' that you would honestly have to be an ABC to fully understand.

I'll be quick and say that the movie was pretty good. It was over the top with some of the "rich" scenes, but they were quick and fleeting so it didn't overstay its welcome. The main plot flowed quickly and it got to the point with regards to the cultural nuances that appear within Chinese families. I do have to say that real Chinese immigrant families and their odd cultural stuff has 20x more BS and wacky shit that happens in real life, but I think showing more than 1 topic would alienate any semblance of a Western audience, so they kept it very light.

I liked how they had a bunch of major Asian actors and some newcomers as well; it's a good mix. I the film makes a ton of money to show that there is indeed a separate demographic that can be profitable. The media is is currently eating this movie up, but its worth the hype if you like rom-coms.
Rating - A

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Out with the Lexus

Well it's about that time again, except it seems like it's every year that I'm changing cars. It's not that I really want to...it's just that I'm never satisfied with what I got and I'm trying to find that one even keel car.

So my NX was fine as a small CUV, but really I hated how the car handled. I'm so used to wagons or sedans and this CUV turned like a boat. Sure it was a sportier boat when compared to a real SUV or truck but still. Besides that the car really was good. I liked the seats and the sound system was excellent. 26 MPG is nothing to write home about but it was a tolerable MPG.

Here's the kicker though. I really hated how the car shifted. It had massive turbo lag and the whole 6-speed thing wasn't cutting it. The car really needed to be an 8-speed and then we could've re-evaluated the whole turbo thing. I'm still a fan of turbochargers, but they're certainly not engineered the same.

So when my registration for the year was up, I didn't want to pay for another year on this car so I upgraded again. This time it's a 3-year lease so I'm locked in; I'll see how I feel about doing a long-term rent. Hopefully it'll work out and I'll like the experience but we'll see. Mathematically it works out but I'm sure there will be other side things that I haven't taken under consideration yet. Right now I'm digging the brand new concept, paying less per month vs financing, and also having all maintenance and stuff covered for 3 years.

I decided to go with a BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid so I could plug it in at home. Initial feels are positive. I like how the car drives and I like plugging in my car for free or reduced price juice at home.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Incredibles 2 (Animated 2018)

Weird, I thought I had already written my review of this one, but it seems as though I spaced on it. Yeah this was the long awaited sequel to the Incredibles which was badass back in the day and luckily, this second one didn't disappoint this time around. CGI got a bit better and the story and writing were still up to par with Pixar's high standards. Not much else to say other than it was exactly what it was meant to be; fun and entertaining.
Rating - A

Mission: Impossible - Fallout (Action 2018)

So you want to set the gold standard for what an action movie is all about? Here you have it. This film is now the new gold standard. Better than Bond, better than Ironman, and espcailly better than anything that Michael Bay produces these days. This movie was friggin' fantastic. This is what the first Mission Impossible should've been back in the 90s. I'm sure some special effects couldn't have been pulled off, but the camera work shouldn't have been that hard.

This movie was a super fast pace action extravaganza filled with damn good fights, car chases, and interesting spy on spy deception. This one takes that cake for this summer's blockbuster. I doubt anything else will top it with regards to pure action.
Rating - A

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Drama 2011)

This movie was an older flick. Not sure if it made it into theaters but I do remember seeing the trailer a long time ago. For a period piece mixed in with modern times it was OK, but as a drama it wasn't that good. The plot took way too long to build and the middle wasn't artsy and didn't have any compelling transitions. It was the same adolescent film-making equation of scene, next scene, next scene, bam hopefully a movie appears. I guess there was a reason that barely anyone saw it. I think if there was a different director and a bit more added to the writing, it could've been something different.
Rating - C