Saturday, November 10, 2018

Outlaw King (Drama 2018)

Talk about marketing man... If you were anywhere near www.usatoday.com this week you would've run into a billion sum advertisements for this Netflix movie. It worked though; when I saw the picture for the movie I ended up clicking and seeing what the advertisements were all about.

The movie wasn't half bad but it was too fast and started scene jumping towards the end. I guess you can't really compare it to Braveheart and how long the story was in that, but there are times when a film just needs to marinate some more vs having a plot race through.

So yeah it was a good watch and all, but the end happened too suddenly and it didn't feel quite right.
Rating - C

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Beirut (Crime Drama 2018)

It's funny whenever I see Rosamund Pike in a movie, I can only remember her from the movie Gone Girl where she played that nutter of a wife lol. Good movie that one.

So this one was a crime spy drama based in the 70s. They sure have the fashion dress and sideburns down to a tee. Fairly fast moving film and decent plot. It's highly forgettable though, so I will not be remembering anything about the movie, but still OK.
Rating - B

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Ocean's Eight (Crime Comedy 2018)

This one was a pretty good movie for what it was. Very similar to Ocean's Eleven with regards to pace and twists. It's a fun movie that should be watched on a plane or on some relaxing Saturday evening. Besides the all-female cast it was no different from the status quo, but still enjoyable.
Rating - B

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Action 2018)

Yeah it probably doesn't take a lot of thinking to know that this movie wasn't going to be too good. Trailers made it seem like a short money-grab and unfortunately that's what it was.

I remember the third Jurassic Park being the worst and even thought that may still be the case, this one is definitely a close second. It was a rush job that felt like a straight to DVD type of film. The story and events were silly and laughable, the characters besides the primaries were cardboard cutouts, and yeah it didn't feel like a real summer blockbuster at all. Boo on a waste of money.
Rating - D

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