Crawl

POSITIVES…

  • Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper are good in their roles here, as people trying to survive against alligators, while trapped in a crawl space, while a Category 5 hurricane is going on.

  • There’s enough basic work given to Scodelario and Pepper’s characters, that you should find yourself invested with what happens to them.

  • As a horror thriller, there’s definitely entertainment to be had for fans of the genre.

  • The main reason to see this is of course the alligator attacks and this movie does not disappoint. They are fantastic!

  • Alligators look great in this movie too.

  • The other reason to see this movie; and this might not be for everybody, is the gore work. Graphic? Why, yes. Prepare to squirm and wince. Awesome stuff.

  • Fun movie to see with an audience.

NEGATIVES…

  • This has a stupidly simple premise, to the point where it may as well not have bothered writing a story for the movie..

  • I get that people can push themselves harder even when hurt, but wow did it seem so unbelievable for the characters to achieve what they achieve when they look like they should just curl up in a ball and just die. Really pushed my suspension of disbelief here.

  • Some stupid things happened. ‘nuff said.

  • Some overly coincidental things happened. ‘nuff said.

P.S….

  • Can we please stop putting dogs in movies involving human chomping creatures? We’re all just anticipating that something bad is going to happen to the dogs, and we don’t want to see that. People getting torn apart though? Go ahead. It’s make believe. hehe

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Stuber

POSITIVES…

  • The premise is decently solid for a buddy action-comedy.

  • Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani have great chemistry together here, and are both super entertaining in their roles.

  • Bautista is fun as the overbearing hard boiled cop, and Nanjiani is very enjoyable as the wise cracking civilian that’s dragged into these extreme situations.

  • Some of the visual gags are entertaining enough to see play out.

  • There are some jokes that did crack me up.

  • Did I already mention that Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani are the sole reasons to even bother checking this movie out?

NEGATIVES…

  • If it wasn’t for Bautista and Nanjiani, this would have been such a big dud of a movie.

  • The movie acts like it’s this super energetic action comedy, but it never really felt that exciting.

  • Basically, the narrative involves a lot of half baked hijinks and action set pieces that do not feel super thought through in terms of actually being super entertaining, or in making sense. Maybe on paper it did?

  • It doesn’t help that this movie does the whole close up shaky cam thing when it’s showing the action. News flash! That isn’t the best method for me to properly see the action.

  • Iko Uwais’ talents as an action star is so wasted in this movie.

  • Somehow, Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino is just sidelined here. Another talent wasted.

  • Jimmy Tatro’s character was also just a big NO. So not needed.

  • Story-wise and Comedy-wise, it’s a big hit or miss. Mostly miss.

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Midsommar

POSITIVES…

  • Writer / Director Ari Aster once again gives us an interesting non-typical horror movie, that’s going to make you uncomfortable and disturbed by it.

  • The way the narrative is told should be enough to give you that extra bit of uneasy paranoia while watching it, because you know something bad is suppose to happen.

  • Tonally, the film is spot on. The gradual yet casual tense build up of the events in this movie, punctuated by shocking imagery, are what you should expect from this type of horror experience.

  • Prepare to get weirded out by several scenes in this film.

  • Thematically provocative and captivating in what this movie is trying to tell you. Thought provoking for sure.

  • The supporting cast are great here, but they are overshadowed by Florence Pugh. She continues to prove what a versatile and great actress she is, and is showcasing all her talents as her character Dani.

  • Stuff that happens in the background of some scenes really enhances the whole experience of watching this.

  • The cinematography is simply amazing in this. A visual treat for sure.

  • Considering the subject matter, this is arguably the funniest movie Ari Aster has done so far. Take it as you will.

  • Did I mention that there are definitely moments that are going to make you feel really uncomfortable watching this?

NEGATIVES…

  • There could be a huge flaw with how the movie ends, because I couldn’t get over the potential “real world” repercussions that should surely come about, because of what happened to the characters.

  • Some of the things that Jack Reynor’s character does in this just boggles my mind, to the point where I had to question my suspension of disbelief.

  • There will be people who will just get too weirded out by this movie to actually enjoy it.

P.S….

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Spider-Man Far From Home

POSITIVES…

  • Having the epilogue story for Avengers: Endgame be a Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero take on the European Vacation Adventure Comedy genre is simply brilliant!

  • Give Director Jon Watts some extra credit for pulling off so many enjoyable set pieces through a wide variety of different set locations.

  • Does a good job being mostly a plot driven movie, but I’ll give acknowledgement to some of the themes that the story is tackling.

  • The whole cast was like a finely tuned ensemble group. Tom Holland is amazing in his role, but kudos to the rest of the cast for their equally spectacular work here.

  • Besides Holland, standouts for me were Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, Samuel L Jackson, Angourie Rice, Martin Starr, J.B. Smoove, Zendaya, and of course Jake Gyllenhaal as Quentin Beck AKA Mysterio.

  • There were definitely a lot of fun comedy bits found throughout the movie. Loved the humor!

  • The running jokes. Who doesn’t love running jokes? This movie has some very entertaining ones.

  • Several of the heart to heart moments between certain characters, were done really well.

  • Some of those action sequences, especially during the final act, were just a blast to watch.

  • Fantastic mid-credits and post-credits scenes. Wow!!!

NEGATIVES…

  • There are some moments that relies a little too much on coincidences and conveniences.

  • A few scenes that slowed the momentum of the movie more than I would have preferred. Some would call those scenes “pee breaks.”

  • Kinda predictable in certain ways.

  • As a comic book fan, I regret to say that there was one particular reveal that just didn’t hit as hard to me, as it probably would have to non-comic book readers. Not the movie’s fault really. Just saying.

P.S….

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Yesterday

POSITIVES…

  • Needless to say, if you are a fan of The Beatles, then this is a movie you’ll want to check out.

  • While it’s not a full on movie musical, several songs are performed on screen, by actor Himesh Patel himself.

  • The premise of the movie is in itself a lot of fun, and you’ll want to see how it all plays out.

  • There’s also a running joke related to the premise; that also involves google, that I found to be quite entertaining.

  • Besides being able to pull off those Beatles songs for the movie, watching Himesh Patel’s character Jack Malik navigate through this whole experience is a lot of fun. There’s also that little bit of thrill, since you know what he’s trying to pull off here.

  • Lily James is simply a delight in this movie. ‘nuff said.

  • The supporting cast from Joel Fry, Kate Mckinnon, and even Ed Sheeran, were all good in this movie as well.

  • There’s a particular surprise that’s revealed before the final act of the movie that caught me off guard in a very pleasant way.

  • Despite the lighthearted and “what if” nature of this movie, there’s surprisingly a lot of thought provoking thematic messaging found in it. Things I’d like to discuss, but…. spoilers.

NEGATIVES…

  • I’m a little divided with how they go about the conclusion to this story. It almost broke my overall enjoyment of the movie.

  • Have a strong suspension of disbelief when seeing this, that’s for sure.

  • Despite some fresh ideas found in this film, it still has a relatively predictable plot progression.

  • There are certain plot turns that should make the story even more complicated than it has to be, yet the movie seemed annoyingly afraid to actually tackle such things.

  • The movie can also feel a bit patronizing at times too.

  • There’s one particular scene that involves Ed Sheeran that kinda bugged me more than it should.

P.S….

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Murder Mystery

POSITIVES…

  • If you like a more fun lighthearted version of an Agatha Christie type of murder mystery, then this just might be for you.

  • A key ingredient in a solid whodunnit story that I look for, is that it allows me to play along with the mystery. This movie does that! It’s always fun guessing along with the characters.

  • Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston are good in this! They have good chemistry playing a couple, and I just love the bantering that they do throughout the movie.

  • The supporting cast are good in this too, and add to the entertainment factor.

  • There are some thrilling set pieces, and fun sight gags, to go along with the situational comedy parts of the movie.

  • I also appreciated how this movie and the lead characters have a certain self-awareness to how they are living through a real life murder mystery. Good stuff.

NEGATIVES…

  • Despite the positives, this is still a straight-forward mystery comedy that doesn’t really add too much new to the genre.

  • Some people may not find the mystery that interesting, or may not find the humor that funny, or both. To each his own.

  • It’s not exactly unique, and can feel a little derivative at times.

  • The supporting cast are essentially just caricatures or one-dimensional enough to serve their purpose for the plot.

  • Multiple times you’re going to have to suspend your disbelief for some of the more unbelievable moments that happens throughout the movie.

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Annabelle Comes Home

POSITIVES…

  • That Annabelle doll is still hella creepy to look at, much to the movie’s benefit.

  • The main three leading leads are spectacular in this. McKenna Grace, Madison Iseman, and Katie Sarife. Their characters weren’t immune to making ill advised decisions, but the actresses brings a believability to their roles.

  • The tone and pacing of this movie worked. Does entertaining suspenseful moments and disconcerting visuals well.

  • It actually has some funny bits, and I was definitely entertained by them.

  • I liked that there’s quite a bit of variety in the type of supernatural encounters found in this movie.

  • It’s a generally solid straightforward take on a haunted house type of scary movie. Some good scares here and there.

NEGATIVES…

  • May not be ambitious enough in terms of scope for a modern horror/scary movie, that it may seem inconsequential.

  • There’s a good chunk of the movie’s runtime that is NOT dedicated to the scares, which might frustrate some people.

  • Some of the scary scenarios may not be fleshed out enough to be truly memorable.

  • Silly convenient coincidences here and there.

  • The ending might not be satisfactory enough.

P.S….

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Toy Story 4

POSITIVES…

  • After a successful trilogy of movies, it’s easy to conclude that Toy Story 4 is just not a necessary addition to this most loved franchise. Wrong! It’s an amazing installment that somehow made a solid case for itself, of potentially being the best one out of all of them.

  • The plot and premise is really strong, and it capitalizes the recurring tropes from the previous installments, and fine-tunes them all into this animated masterpiece of storytelling.

  • A huge strength of this movie’s story, is that it contains thought-provoking thematic layers and layers of themes. Covers so much ground in things to say, that I want to share here… but spoilers!

  • I will argue that this is possibly the funniest Toy Story out of all of them.

  • From sight-gags, clever word plays, running jokes, wacky hi-jinks, to your simple but effective straightforward funny moments, this movie made me laugh much more than I thought I would.

  • Give some comedy medals to Tony Hale as Forky, Key & Peele as Bunny & Ducky, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, Ally Maki as Giggle McDimples, Jeff Garlin as Buttercup, Keanu Reeves as Duke Caboom, plus many more. There are some funny stuff that these characters say and do.

  • Speaking of characters. The whole cast is super solid here, but shout out to Tom Hanks as Woody, Annie Potts as Bo Beep, Christina Hendricks as Gabby, and Joan Cusack as Jessie.

  • I will also argue that this is possibly the most dramatically emotional Toy Story out of all of them.

  • Emotionally packs a huge wallop! This movie just knew how to trigger a huge variety of feelings from me, via multiple scenes throughout the story. Wait until you get to the conclusion.

  • Although the after credits is silly and brief, it’s also a very very satisfying pay-off to a joke from earlier in the movie.

  • Oh, and just in case I still need to mention it. Amazing animation work here. Just seeing Forky move around in his very limited way is simply fantastic to look at.

  • Thank you to Director Josh Cooley; and all the people credited in writing this movie, for giving me a satisfying “new” conclusion to this storied franchise. You’re making it hard to choose on which had the best pay off for a series of movies, Toy Story 4, or Avengers Endgame.

NEGATIVES…

  • A lot of your favorite Toy Story characters from the previous films are mostly relegated to just being supporting characters, and don’t show up in this movie as often as you’d probably prefer.

  • There are some hanging plot threads that unfortunately were not addressed.

  • Some plot holes here and there.

  • Being a full grown adult, trying to hide the tears freely flowing out of his eyes, in a full movie theater screening.

P.S….

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Child's Play

POSITIVES…

  • This remake’s character design of Chucky is creepy looking enough. Plus Mark Hamill was expectedly good in giving the doll it’s voice.

  • The added capabilities of Chucky did produce some interesting ideas for horror, which plays on a very familiar plot trope popularized by the Terminator.

  • I generally liked the cast in this movie, and appreciated the brevity in the writing to give their characters just enough development to make me care.

  • The violence and the gore! Well done on that department here!

  • There’s a whole plot line involving a dead part of a body that entertained me much more than it probably should have.

NEGATIVES…

  • This remake’s character design of Chucky looks too CG for my taste.

  • They kinda go overboard with the things Chucky can do in this movie.

  • The reasoning as to why the doll is evil is just dumb.

  • I don’t know about you, but I’m over the whole “I don’t believe you because you’re a kid” plot trope.

  • There’s a lot of nonsensical stuff that happens in this movie that will totally push your suspension of disbelief.

  • The whole last act of chaos was just all over the place. It’s like they just gave up attempting to make some sense of it all, and just straight out pandered to the audience with certain sequences.

P.S….

  • So just so we’re clear. This movie is telling us not to put our virtual assistant speakers into robots. “Alexa, don’t kill me.”

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Men in Black International

POSITIVES…

  • The montage that chronicles Agent M’s origin story was nice.

  • There were some cool looking Aliens shown in the movie that were fascinating to gawk at.

  • The special effects that make up the twin antagonist characters were pretty good

  • I liked the set pieces involving the island fortress.

  • Kumail Nanjiani as Pawny was the best thing about this movie.

NEGATIVES…

  • MIB stands for “Men In Black” right? For this movie it’s more like “Man It’s Bland.” Maybe it should be “Might Incite Boredom.” No? How about “Misguided Insipid Bull$#!^.” Oh wait I know, how about just “Make It Better.”

  • Unfortunately the character development for Agent M and Agent H were severely lacking.

  • Poor Rafe Spall. Why did you accept doing the role?

  • Doesn’t have the charm of the previous MIB films.

  • Story just moves along because the plot dictates it, and not because it comes about naturally.

  • Derivative as it comes.

  • Many logical gaps to be had here.

  • The movie is not as clever as it thinks it really is. I saw those big plot reveals coming a mile away screenwriters!

  • Speaking of the writing. I would say 95% of the comedy found in this movie falls flat. So very flat.

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