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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.

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The Harder They Fall




A Winning Wild West story

PRAISE: In Director Jeymes Samuel and Writer Boaz Yakin's story about an outlaw discovering his enemy is being released from prison, so he reunites his gang to seek revenge,their love for legendary black cowboys shines through. It's very stylish with a Quentin Tarantino like feel the stars of the film shine that include : Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, Lakeith Stanfield, RJ Cyler, Danielle Deadwyler, and Edi Gathegi.
As the salty lines from the script leapt from their mouths with a smoothness and intensity I found myself smiling as it is coupled with great presence and swagger. The action sequences are done well and are relentlessly intense.Some of the brutality may not be for the faint of heart.
There are great nods to some Hollywood icons that have sadly passed away.The atmosphere of the film is absolutely terrific from its opening to closing shots which made me recall several great westerns.This is definitely a fun,suspenseful and intense ride.


PROBLEMS: Some dwelling moments could have been shaved off the films over 2 hour running time. The script could have been a bit tighter


I hope the story continues and is linked more to how things played out for the people in the film in real life.

Scale of 1 to 10 a 9




Eternals




New but unchanging story

PRAISE: I remember finding and reading Eternals comics with the interesting banner When Gods Walk Among Us drawn by the great Jack Kirby.
I followed their adventures for a bit but years later Sersi and Starfox/Eros were the only ones I would see in the comics regularly. I was so curious to see how much of The Eternals history would be put into the film because it's quite extensive. The film is able to sum up some of the history in various ways but of course there were alterations.
The cast including: Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Harish Patel, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie do a fine job each given time to shine with wit,dramatic and action packed moments.There is a great flow of chemistry between the characters.
The SFX and action sequences are nearly flawless .It definitely brought back memories of Kirbys splash pages in comics. The Celestials are displayed in a grand way. The most effective story thread to me was The Eternals involvement and non involvement in human history.
The two end credit scenes were fun an interesting.

PROBLEMS: By altering certain things and attempting to explain away why The Eternals didn't help take on Thanos the film opens itself up to plot holes. Especially when I watched what happens in this film.
One thread is been there done that and I just thought it was kind of weak. As it played out I kept saying they couldn't come up with something different? You have such a huge history to play with use it !!
I actually think they borrowed part of it from a film and book that is referenced in the movie. I understand the diversity and love it but these beings are supposed to be perfect but you gave them impairments?

Not a complete stumble but this could have been far better.

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Red Notice




Definitely in the red

PRAISE : In this movie about an Interpol agent attempts to hunt down and capture the world's most wanted art thief.
I have to give them credit for trying to switch things up a bit when it comes to movies like this. Ryan Reynolds and Dwayne Johnson are basically doing what they always do and I can't fault them for that because I wasn't expecting anything mind blowing from them in this flick.
Gal Gadot does ok at least she looks like she's having fun and I appreciated the long and lingering shots of her.
I really liked Ritu Arya as the no nonsense Inspector Das. Some of the set designs were impressive.
There's some cool stunts and action sequences. I was shocked that I laughed a lot at the jokes and one liners.

PROBLEMS: Not only was the plot very predictable but there's the addition of characters spelling out what's going to happen a few minutes later.
Most of this plays out the same way it does in so many other caper/action flicks.
This has been hyped as Netflix's most expensive movie and I kept thinking 160 to 200 million doesn't buy what it used to.
There are a few things they could have done to make this flick better and that's the true shame of it all.

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QueenPins had some good moments but it really ran out of steam in the last half hour and its about 15 minutes to long but Bebe Rexha is so friggin cute in this !! Scale of 1 to 10 a 7


 

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Ghostbusters Afterlife




Who you gonna call......

PRAISE: I still remember sitting in the theater watching the first Ghostbusters with my father,and that's what Ghostbusters Afterlife is about...memories with a story about a single mother and her two children move to a new town, they soon discover they have a connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.
The cast including : Finn Wolfhard, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Celeste O’Connor, Logan Kim, Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, and McKenna Gracedoes well.
Grace She is the standout and I was amazed at how she was able to capture some of the late great Harold Ramis's mannerisms.
I'm glad they kept the kids in a new town cliches to a minimum.
Sure there are some funny jokes, one liners,fun ghosts, and great SFX but at the core of this movie is a great story about family and sacrifice.
There are some really nice touches and tributes to the original cast and movies.
I'm not sure I'd there will be more Ghostbusters movies but I hope they land in the capable hands of Jason Reitman.
If you can stick around for the 2 after credits scenes.

PROBLEMS: The film definitely starts to lose its originality in its last 30 minutes.
There's an odd laid back reaction some of the characters have to other worldly situations.
This is the third movie I've seen this year that has a simple one sentence answer or explanation for something that I just couldn't get on board with.
It bothered me that situations that were EXTREMELY unforgettable had mainly become just footnotes.

Scale of 1 to 10 a 7½
 
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My big list of Movies I have been watching from the end of September/ Start of October until November

Cruella - 6.5

Dave Chappell: The Closer - 6.5

Black Widow - 6.5

Injustice (animated) - 6.5/10

Garfield 1 & 2 - 6/10

John Wick 1 - 3 - 10/10

Brightburn - 6/10

Us - 5/10

Without Remorse - 6/10

Batman Soul of a Dragon (animated) 6.5/10

Justice Society World War 2 (animated) - 8/10

Queen and Slim - 8/10

Good Boys - 6/10

Booksmart - 5/10

Lego Movie 2 - 8/10

Nobody - 8.5/10

The Art of Self Defense - 7.5/10

Wrath of Man - 7.5/10

Men in Black International - 5/10

A quiet Place 2 - 8/10

Ready or Not - 6/10

American Skin - 7/10

Once upon a time in Hollywood - 7.5/10

Zombieland Double Tap - 8/10

Hellboy 2019 - 5/10

Snake Eyes - 5/10

The Purge: The Forever Purge - 6/10

Jumanji 2 - 6.5/10

Fast Furious 9 - 7.5/10

Hitman’s bodyguard Wife - 8/10

Free Guy - 8/10

Candyman - (1992 - 7.5/10) (2021 - 7.5/10)

Werewolves Within - 6/10

Vacation Friends - 7.5/10

Halloween Kills 2021 - 6/10

Escape Room - 7/10

Lamb - 5.5 /10

Burn After Reading - 6/10

Old - 4.5/10

The Green Knight - 7/10

Dune - 7.5 / 10

Don’t Breathe 1 & 2 - 7/10 (part 2, 6.5/10)

Army of Darkness - 6/10

Shang Chi - 8/10

Venom Carnage - 6/10

007 No time to Die - 8/10

Red Notice - 7/10



Also

{Red Notice
Fast & Furious 9
The Hitmans Body Guard
I’m probably missing one }= ALL THE SAME MOVIE


I may as well back away from films for a while because everything seems to be the same. I have been giving everything a 7/7.5, binge watching all these movies and can hardly remember them. Also they all kind of do the same thing. Once you seen one type of genre of film whether it is a kids animated, spy movie, superhero, or awkward teen kid movie, you seen them all.

Gay
Strong female
Punk ass black dudes
White guy still saving the day
Awkward ass teen that no one acts like
I need to back away
 
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.............But not broken


PRAISE : Halle Berry not only makes some impressive displays here and there in her feature film directorial debut but i was very impressed by her physical changes and the rigorous workout routines in the film and off screen. The story : Jackie Justice, a disgraced MMA fighter who has failed at the one thing she's ever been good at - fighting. When 6-year-old Manny, the son she walked out on years ago, returns to her doorstep, Jackie has to conquer her own demons.
Also quite impressive are Danny Boyd Jr Jackie's 6-year-old son, Manny.The 6 year old is laser focused and then some,so young and so unflinching i was amazed.
Sheila Atim, who plays Jackie's trainer, Buddhakan turns in a tough as nails but soft around the edges performance.Adriane Lenox as Angel McQueen Jackie's mom also impressive she definitely gave me flash backs of women i knew from the neighborhood.
Always great to see the talents of Stephen McKinley Henderson,and Shamier Anderson.
The story definitely hits the right emotional chords at times .It's gritty and edgy as we go from underground fights to the more glitzier but still brutal MMA fighting rings.The fight sequences are intense and rousing and if DC comics is looking to cast Giganta one day look no further than Amanda Nunes !!


PROBLEMS : One thread in the story is ultra predictable 30 minutes into the film. Some of the fight sequences could have been a bit tighter because i could actually see some of the pulled punches. Definitely some cliched turns in the story.

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King Richard





Kingly performance ! !

PRAISE: Will Smith gives a wonderful and strong performance as Richard Williams a father determined to write his two daughters, Venus and Serena, into history.
I'm so glad that this is a warts and all biopic.
Richard wasn't a saint but he is a loving and nurturing father. He wanted more for his children and nothing was going to get in his way. Not gangs,working long nights,racism or butting heads with various tennis coaches and I thought the film brought out the aforementioned beautifully. The supporting cast including :
Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Tony Goldwyn, Mikayla Lashae Bartholomew, Daniele Lawson, and Layla Crawford
are all top notch. I was very moved by some stand out scenes. Some are humorous some are heavily dramatic but the fact is the film actually made me feel something. I love when performances leap off the screen. There were some things I had forgotten and never knew about the game of tennis and thankfully the film gave nice lessons and helped me to recall.
Sure Richard's ego got in the way sometimes and it got to him the way he may be looked at by the public and the media but in the end it all came from wanting more and love and the two are not bad things at all.

PROBLEMS: NONE

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PRAISE : Halle Berry not only makes some impressive displays here and there in her feature film directorial debut but i was very impressed by her physical changes and the rigorous workout routines in the film and off screen. The story : Jackie Justice, a disgraced MMA fighter who has failed at the one thing she's ever been good at - fighting. When 6-year-old Manny, the son she walked out on years ago, returns to her doorstep, Jackie has to conquer her own demons.
Also quite impressive are Danny Boyd Jr Jackie's 6-year-old son, Manny.The 6 year old is laser focused and then some,so young and so unflinching i was amazed.
Sheila Atim, who plays Jackie's trainer, Buddhakan turns in a tough as nails but soft around the edges performance.Adriane Lenox as Angel McQueen Jackie's mom also impressive she definitely gave me flash backs of women i knew from the neighborhood.
Always great to see the talents of Stephen McKinley Henderson,and Shamier Anderson.
The story definitely hits the right emotional chords at times .It's gritty and edgy as we go from underground fights to the more glitzier but still brutal MMA fighting rings.The fight sequences are intense and rousing and if DC comics is looking to cast Giganta one day look no further than Amanda Nunes !!


PROBLEMS : One thread in the story is ultra predictable 30 minutes into the film. Some of the fight sequences could have been a bit tighter because i could actually see some of the pulled punches. Definitely some cliched turns in the story.

Scale of 1 to 10 a 7½
I surprisingly liked this movie. I would give it a 7. It did move me and my favorite part is when he spoke! The film put Halle in a whole new acting light for me. While she has played a role fighting...this seemed less "feminine" and way more gritty for her.
 
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Venom : Let there be Carnage

I admit i did laugh a few times and i thought the CGI was pretty good but i was shocked to see so much stalled acting from Tom Hardy · Woody Harrelson · Michelle Williams and Naomie Harris.I like seeing Williams in comedic roles at times but i know she likely was forced to come back because of her contract with SONY. By the time the movie was in the middle of it's last act i was longing for it to be over.Im glad i watched this at home i will never see another Venom film in the theater.I see these movies as modern day Jekyl & Hyde comedies.

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