Saturday, June 22, 2019

A Most Wanted Man (Thriller 2014)

This was a slower thriller movie with lots of talking so be prepared. The plot was pretty developed as were the characters. Philip Seymour Hoffman was pretty good especially if you remember him in Capote. You can tell how much skill he has to play such different characters.

It's an interesting thing with some of these slower films. They are well written and directed but in a few days I would've forgotten 90% of what I just watched. Good and memorable are different things it seems.
Rating - B

Monday, June 17, 2019

The Upside (Drama 2017)

So this movie was pretty much as expected. The story and stuff were OK, but there's definitely something wrong with Kevin Hart's actual acting skills. I don't think he much. He generally plays the same type of character in all of his films and he just doesn't have much talent outside his regular comedic act. As a standalone comedian he's quite funny, but in a drama film or any other type of film I've seen in him, there just isn't a lot of substance there.

The movie's plot wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. There isn't a huge level of depth, but there was enough going on to push it through. Cranston's acting was solid and Kidman was good as well.

This film falls into the category of an airplane film. Okay to watch when you're on the start of a vacation.
Rating - C


Sunday, June 02, 2019

Always Be My Maybe (Romantic Comedy 2019)

So this was a Netflix film that was recently released and lightly marketed. It had two comedic Asian Americans as the primaries, so that's something I haven't seen too often in my lifetime. The reviews were kinda half and half so I didn't know what to expect. That's the thing with Netflix films. Their source material can come from all different kinds of places such that you really don't know what you're getting into. Luckily, this movie was pretty good for a rom-com.

So the main positives are that the writers dropped in quite a few jokes and topics that totally cater to other Asian Americans from this generation. That = funny. Additionally, Ali Wong is pretty funny all on her own and she doesn't "over do it" like she does in her comedy specials. I'd say her acting is actually pretty good when compared to her co-start Randall Park, who isn't as good but still decent.

Some scenes didn't need to be there and others felt like filler, so some more polishing would've helped, but overall it was an entertaining film.
Rating - B

Sunday, May 26, 2019

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Animated 2019)

You know I'm glad that this movie series will end with this film - hopefully it's the last one. All of these types of animated ideas are great when they first start out, but slowly and surely they always end up going down the crapper the more they pump 'em out. Kung-Fu Panda is a perfect example of this phenomena; it should've just ended with the first.

So yeah this movie was nothing compared to the first. I guess I was much younger back then, but back then the story was better as well. This one was blah relatively speaking...there is a girl dragon and yet another baddie who just wants to start shit. Fairly simple cartoon plot.

The whole ending was 'eh' and I didn't feel it, but then again, I haven't been able to watch cartoon movies in the same way for quite some time. It takes a pretty damn good animated flick to impress me these days.
Rating - C

Sunday, May 19, 2019

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (Action 2019)

So although I enjoyed the first and second of this series, this last one was a bit too much. A lot of the fight sequences were still stellar but man, they did drag ass a lot towards the end. I mean how many gun-battles that were similar to the ones before can you really have? A lot apparently.

So that's all I can really say about it. I like the whole knives and sword stuff but again, they could've made it shorter and it would've been a nice and simple action flick.
Rating - C

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Wandering Earth (Action 2019)

Holy shit did this movie suck. I think I saw a trailer while wandering around YouTube once and then out of the blue it got released on Netflix. It was supposed to be a nice Saturday afternoon of movie-watching, but this pile of trash turned my weekend into something far more disappointing.

Let's just get it out of the way. Most Chinese filmmakers don't know how to make a good action movie at all. It was as if they never went to film school and were just given a huge budget stemming from ill-gotten gains. This whole movie was a mess, much like many other action films I've seen in the past. It had an excessive amount of special effects, too much action, and scene jumping all over the place. There was almost zero character development or plot development and I'm hard pressed to even wonder who thought that was a good idea.

They also tried to mix in a whole bunch of unnecessary patriotism and anti-US bullshit that was way too forced and immature. Like for this movie, it had a bunch of Chinese, French, and Russians up in space but not one American flag...yeah right buddy.

I tried to but couldn't finish this movie. It was too reminiscent of the last few Transformer films that undoubtedly had a lot of Chinese funding or influence because the hella wrong action equation were in those movies as well...zero development but lots and lots of random scenes that probably cost hella $ with no purpose. From a societal point of view it does say something about mentality of the folks in China who bought tickets and skyrocketed the domestic total sales revenue. It really was a horrible movie.
Rating - F

Monday, May 06, 2019

Avengers: Endgame (Action 2019)

So this movie was a long time coming. Lots of hype surrounding it and man was it hard to stay away from all of the online spoilers. That being said, was it worth the wait and such? Yes with an asterisk.

The movie was definitely one of the better Marvel films. It was epic in that it had everything going for it and a ton of interwoven stories and characters from all of the other movies. That's a pretty big accomplishment for any one film.

But if you compare the movie to a normal movie, the quality and such was not stupendous, but we're only really looking at it from the general comic book action point of view, so from that angle it was very well done. I'm surprised that they managed to shove so much into it. It'll be interesting to see if Marvel will just try to continue on like they have been, riding the gravy train and such or if they will try to go in a different direction with all of the characters.
Rating - A