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The Voyeurs





Mind your own business!!

PRAISE: In this story about innocent curiosity turning into full-blown obsession when a young Montreal couple spy on their eccentric neighbors across the street.
I thought the cast including : Sydney Sweeney,Justice Smith,Ben Hardy and Natasha Liu Bordizzo was fun and enthusiastic and I said it's going to be fun to see what kind of trouble this nosy couple is going to get into. The dwelling looks like David looking at Bathsheba added a great sexy element and the flick is beautifully shot. I did laugh at the fates of a couple of the characters and a visual at the end was pretty funny...in fact I'm still laughing as I write this.Oh and how could I forget the great nude scenes.


PROBLEMS: I stopped caring when a character who should have shown more care or remorse ...well they did for about 2 seconds but went right back to being oblivious and I didn't care what happened to the character. The film attempted to evolve into a twisty thriller but the set up was laughable instead of being involving and they tried to do all of this in about 20 minutes!!

Scale of 1 to 10 a 4½
 

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Old - 4/5

Dare I say this shit was good? I thought the ending was good and was waiting for it to end like most of his movies on some dumb shit.

I might watch this again frfr.
 

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Cry Macho




Twilight for a cowboy

PRAISE : Its still fun to watch Clint Eastwood be gruff,dole out insults,one liners and poetic lines about life in this story about a onetime rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder, in 1978, takes a job from an ex-boss to bring the man's young son home and away from his alcoholic mom.
Eastwood still has a great eye for beauty, western culture and the cowboy way.
He and Eduardo Minett as Rafael "Rafo" Polkplay well together.
Rafo is street smart with a good sense of humor but there is a sadness to him and all of the aforementioned make him a likeable character.
There are a couple of nice touches Eastwood and writers Nick Schenk and N. Richard Nash
add to Mike Milo to make him more realistic.
I enjoyed the really beautiful and quiet performances in the film particularly from Natalia Traven as Marta Dwight Yoakam once again place a jerk to a T but this time with some heart.

PROBLEMS: The film goes down some clichéd road trip paths.It does slow down some here and there .Definitely not as strong or involving as some of Eastwood's previous films.

Scale of 1 to 10 a 7½



Don't Breathe 2




.....or breathe if you want to


PRAISE : Old man Norman Nordstrom is back and people come by his place pestering him again, wanting something he has. High praise to Stephen Lang for completely throwing himself into the role.
The whole kid in peril factor worked for me. There are some great and creative kills. The violence is dwelling and intense ....so not for those that are faint of the heart.
Also nice jump scares.


PROBLEMS: The motives of a couple of characters was ultra predictable and so was the ending. It felt like the suspense that was so off the charts great in the first movie was sacrificed for more gore and destruction in this sequel.

Scale of 1 to 10 a 6½
 

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FREE GUY






FREE FALLING ASLEEP

PRAISE: This story about a non-player character in an open-world video game at times offered a nice mix of multiple stories I've watched over the years about part digital, part real world fantasies and adventures. The always game Ryan Reynolds is on point with his usual flair playing characters like this. There's some cool SFX and if you know something about video games and played them over the years like myself you can definitely relate to what happens in this movie.Some of the jokes worked for me.

PROBLEMS: I got bored about 45 minutes in.Once I figured out the big mystery of the film I found myself being distracted because none of the story threads pulled me in completely. Far to many obnoxious characters and whenever these characters spoke my ears literally began to hurt. Some movies are just not for me. This movie is for people that are into gaming 8 to 24 hours a day,and teenagers. The way things were summed up were clichéd and predictable.

Scale of 1 to 10 a 4½
 

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The Many Saints of Newark





Sopranos Lite

PRAISE : After watching 6 seasons of the great The Sopranos series on HBO this epilogue to the series has its moments.
It was great to watch some of the situations that were merely mentioned in the series play out in this film.
The cast including: Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Ray Liotta do a good job for the most part. The standouts are Ray Liotta and Vera Farmiga
Michael Gandolfini son of the late great James Gandolfini does pretty well he actually made me feel sympathy for the young Tony Soprano in his portrayal. You have this kid who really has no one to turn to for guidance except for one person that reaches out but is also involved in sinister things but because he's the person in your corner you still look up to him. I thought this played out well in the film.Some nice nods to the series.

PROBLEMS:One story thread was so forced I kept saying is this going somewhere? I laughed at the "bonus" part of it and said so what? There's a hollow feel to some of the film.Some character portrayals felt like odd impersonations of actors from the series.
At times certain scenes felt like extended flashbacks never hitting the right notes the writers and Director were hoping to hit.
I have to agree with others that have said this may have worked better as a 4 to 6 part series.

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Yo "someone's in your house" or whatever it's called was fucking dumb. The only good thing were the actual killings of people but the movie was so fucking stupid
 

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The dark and the wicked was butt
 

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No Time To Die



Welcome back Bond,Farewell Craig

PRAISE : The story set up for this 007 chapter is done so sharply and intensely with a story about James Bond enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica after leaving active service. However, his peace is short-lived as his old CIA friend, Felix Leiter, shows up and asks for help.
Words are said at the top of the film that made me feel dread for Bond and Co. and placed me at the edge of my seat for the entire 2 hour and 43 minute run time
Daniel Craig brings all the right amounts of intensity ,sorrow and heart to his final bow as Bond. Also a wonderful heartfelt performance from Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann , the chemistry between her and Craig is off the charts.
Rami Malek as Lyutsifer Safin makes the most of his time on screen displaying an intense and quiet coldness. Lashana Lynch as Nomi does ok as a new double 0 I would say just the right amount was done with the rivalry between her and 007 that it didn't become annoying.
There are good turns from Ben Whishaw as Q,Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny,Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter,Christoph Waltz as Ernst Stavro Blofeld
and Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory / M.
The action sequences have an intense well choreographed sharpness to them.I enjoyed the questionable morality story thread in the film
Director Cary Joji Fukunaga and writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade do a good job of striking the right emotional chords.
I've always felt the Bond films in which he shows that he actually has a soul worked a lot better for me and this one does so at an extremely high level.

PROBLEMS : There was a character that was supposed to be funny but just turned out to be obnoxious. Even though I knew the climax of the film was leading to a point it still felt a bit drawn out.There were a couple of predictable paths the film takes.Unfortunately the film casted one of those actor's in which i immediately knew what they were up to.



The film makes an ambitious and gutsy move and it's going to be interesting if they take it a step further and how they are going to move forward.

Scale of 1 to 10 an 8½
 
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Just watched the Yvonne Orji standup special on HBO Max.

That shit was really, really good!!

Usually I don't be digging women's specials because I can't relate or they just try too hard to be funny instead of just being funny.

This one though was so natural and she had great stories and punchlines. Really liked how she highlighted her home in Nigeria and family.
 

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The Card Counter



Forgetting the past.....not in the cards !!

PRAISE: Odd but riveting story about William Tell a gambler and former serviceman who sets out to reform a young man seeking revenge on a mutual enemy from their past.
Some meandering moments are uplifted by strong performances by Oscar Isaac,Tiffany Haddish (great legs too) Tyler Sheridan and Willem Dafoe
A good study of redemption and revenge and my love for the Casino atmosphere and gambling made the film even more appealing to me. The way the film let's you slowly into the main characters mind and rituals was mesmerizing. There's great chemistry between the characters and when there's an explosion of violence even off screen it's stunning.


PROBLEMS: The pacing is definitely off at times .Some dwelling moments go on so long I started to laugh even though they were dramatic moments

Scale of 1 to 10 a 7½
 

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INJUSTICE




True justice.....who decides?

Praise : I was kind of shocked but thrilled by the intense story threads in this DC animated film about an alternate Earth, in wich the Joker tricks Superman into killing Lois Lane, which sends the hero on a path of destruction. A lot of it reminded me of the great Infinite Crisis series and the stories of the alternate universes of Earth 3 or Earth-148.
A good tale of morality and who polices the world and if anyone has the right to.
Great action sequences and a tons of popular DC characters added to the fun.
Great enthusiastic voicework by the entire cast.

Problems : For such a thoroughly intense film I thought the ending was kind of lackluster.

Scale of 1 to 10 an 8½


Halloween Kills




Hilarious Halloween Hijinks

Praise : I have to praise Jamie Lee Curtis for maintaining her role as Laurie Strode for the past 40 plus years and sure by now she's ½being paid really well and her back end percentage is probably mind blowing but her ability to keep a straight face through this deserves an ovation .The story this time around is about Michael Myers escaping from Laurie Strode's trap to continue his ritual bloodbath. Injured and taken to the hospital, Laurie fights through the pain as she inspires residents of Haddonfield
There are some great kills and some are definitely not for the faint of heart and I actually enjoyed some of the situations the characters found themselves in.


PROBLEMS: About 20 minutes in I knew this was just going to be a semi mediocre experience. This was mainly weak and silly. Some characters actually stand around or meander and wait to get taken out by the seemingly invincible Michael Meyers. I kept saying wow who wrote and structured this film. Anything that was supposed to be serious was laughable because of the actions of the characters and what they did to each other and to themselves a lot of over acting.The visuals of the chanting townspeople determined to take out Meyers......HILARIOUS. It was just to funny because it was as if the characters were saying ohhh when will it be my turn to be killed by Meyers?

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Any of y’all already seen the injustice movie?
 

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DUNE




SPICE WARS !!

PRAISE: The 1984 film version of DUNE was an ambitious ,interesting, ponderous, oddity.
Under the great direction of Denis Villeneuve and an enthusiastic and on point cast including : Timothee Chalamet, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, and Charlotte Rampling This story about Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people story threads of
war,uneasy alliances, betrayal and destiny has been made more comprehensive without diluting the strengths of the story. It's enhanced by great SFX, sound and action sequences.
Visually it's a mesmerizing experience.

PROBLEMS: The film does stall at times.I wondered why the nice flow of the movie went down disruptive paths.
I was looking for more from certain characters and unfortunately I didn't get it.

In the end Villeneuve and crew left me wanting more and that's a good thing

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LAMB




Narnia in 2021?

PRAISE: I've watched a lot of memorabily strange movies over the years and LAMB is right up there with them. The story is about , a childless couple who discover a strange and unnatural newborn in their sheep barn. They decide to raise her as their own, but sinister forces are determined to return the creature to the wilderness that birthed her. Hats off to all of the actors including Noomi Rapace,Hilmir Snær Guðnason ,Björn Hlynur Haraldsson and Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson
to attacking their roles with enthusiasm and believability.
I was drawn in by the way the story plays out because I was hoping for answers. I did laugh but in a good way because there were reactions I was expecting from the characters especially when one character leaned to the way I was thinking. Trying to figure out how everything came about in the film was fun for me. The film is beautifully shot.I was charmed by the little lamb.

PROBLEMS: I was never scared by what happened in this horror labeled movie I was more like WTF ?!?
The pacing is like counting sheep.This is another movie with to many dwelling moments. The SFX were a bit off in a couple of scenes. Even though I read a couple of semi explanatory statements from the actors and directors about the film and accepted it as a modern day fable the film was to ambiguous for me.

Scale of 1 to 10 a 7



Army of Thieves



Theft of my time

PRAISE: In this prequel to Army of the Dead a mysterious woman recruits bank teller Dieter to assist in a heist of impossible-to-crack safes across Europe
I found myself rooting for Dieter portrayed by Matthias Schweighöfer,
i wanted him to succeed and be respected.
I thought Nathalie Emmanuel as Gwendoline (lovely as ever !!)did quite well in her role and Ruby O. Fee as Korina adds some nice touches of personality to her character
There are some slick visuals and heists.
There are mentions of the ever growing zombie apocalypse and its worked in well in a couple of scenes.

PROBLEMS: I got very bored in the middle of this. Even with all of its slickness it can't quite outmaneuvere its predictable and repetitive obstacles. A couple of characters were so cookie cutter that all it took was a couple of lines and looks and I knew exactly what they were going to do .I believe they were going with humor with a certain character and where this person kept ending up but it didn't work because it kept happening. This has been pulled off in far better films because the situation happens and it's one and done.But not this time.

Scale of 1 to 10 a 6
 
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