Just my prediction of what I think will be the best films of 2021. Because why the hell not in this time. Seriously 2021 seems like where movie life will get back together. Because holy crap who would have thought this would be happening 3 months ago. At least we do have some big movies coming out in 2021.
R | 242 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Determined to ensure Supermans ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne aligns forces with Diana Prince with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions.
I donâ€™t know how to put into words how awesome this is. I have been arguing with people saying the Snyder Cut is real it is out there and Zack will finish what he started. And here it is baby.- Before seeing it.
Now after fully seeing it, I only have one problem- that it is I wish it was longer. Naw Iâ€™m kidding, he does over due the slow motion and the music video aspect at times. And even some lines are a little cheesy. But other than that holy crap this is the movie that really made me go Iâ€™m watching something special here. It is amazing from start to finish because I havenâ€™t been this amazed by anything on this scale in a long time. I also got to say these are my heroes. These fools do not mess around which I love. I have to say that these actors are acting. I know thatâ€™s what they are supposed to do but Iâ€™m serious time after time I was believing in their performances in how much weight this all is. From Cyborg to Wonder Woman to hell even Flash with that end fight. He is amazing in that finally fight. Cyborg of course is more fleshed out and we even see him in human form which makes you realize just how much he lost. He goes through an incredible arc that any person with a brain will go stupid why was this cut out. I can go on and on about what this movie accomplishes but truly it resonated with me in how emotional I got watching a movie about superheroes. It makes me so happy to see Zack finish what he started. It is beautiful. 10/10
R | 126 min | Biography, Drama, History
Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William ONeal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton.
This film does so much right. The performances are all fantastic, director Shaka King masters whatever obstacle is thrown at him, and last this ending hits you like a ton of bricks harder than any ending probably will this year. But the second half of this movie feels rushed to get to that emotional ending that does take its time. Fred Hampton was 21 when he died and Iâ€™m sorry but Daniel Kaluuya looks old in his last moments. It was a little distracting. But I was buying his age up until that point. The movie does so much right but gets a little wrong here and there. This movie still rocks and moves at a brisk pace it is just there something missing. Maybe more time but even might have felt tagged on or forced. Still one of the best movies this year. 9/10
PG-13 | 97 min | Drama
A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.
I am counting it has a 2021 movie but anyway just like Nomadland and Judas and the Black Messiah this does deserve to be nominated for best picture. I have no complaints for it being there or if it took any other films spot. But I still think if this film which takes place all in one flat, for the most part, can get nominated for categories like: picture, editing, acting, and screenplay they maybe One Night in Miami should have gotten more love. Nevertheless this movie is terrific and terrifying in the best way possible for its depiction of someone getting sick. I mean the movie never states what Anthony medically is diagnosed with but we clearly see him getting ill. It is not a pleasant watch but it is something important everyone should watch because this is as raw and real and close without actually experiencing something like this in person. Which I donâ€™t wish on anyone. 9/10
R | 107 min | Drama
A woman in her sixties, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.
I guess I do have to count this as a 2021 movie but screw it this whole award season has fucked everything up. No matter what this movie came out in it is an amazing and interesting look on how people can cope with living. Not just after tragedy but just tired of how this life has beaten us down. Not everyone does this because they donâ€™t have anyone look at David a character who has a son who loves him and even gives a place to stay. Even tho I have to say some topics are a little half baked but even at an hour and 40 minutes I never felt this movie drag. Even tho a lot of people may call this movie boring I never did. I fell in love with movie with more and more time passes. What totally won me over is that last conversation this movie has about accepting lost and moving on without that person you love. God damn this movie hits hard. 9/10
PG | 107 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
In a realm known as Kumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon.
What an amazing film. Not just an animation film, an action film, or even a fantasy film but an overall great movie. It has beat for beat other similarities from other properties and yes predictable in some parts, but holy crap this has been missing in a lot of recent films. A three act structure that moves quickly and entertaining enough for everyone to enjoy. Characters that matter and are not there just to serve as the butt of the joke, but an overall message I can see generations can get behind. It is a lot of fun to be had here and it is as important and beautiful as any animation film has come across in recent memory. Stories like this and especially films like this scream out that animation is not just for kids. Sure you do have you side kicks and your physical gags that can be amusing for younger audiences. But just like all great fantasy stories this hits on all cylinders. By giving you characters you actually want to succeed and support. Let me reiterate you want these characters to win. You want this story to continue. Most importantly you understand all the motivation so it comes off more organically with an ending that is really emotional that I didnâ€™t see coming. Disney has been getting a lot shit lately, with the Mulan debacle, to it as a company, Star Wars, hell to even this being a $30 rental. But this didnâ€™t feel like a studio mandate to hurry up and cash in on the Asian rise. It feels more respected in many ways certainly more than any other Disney film in the past. So I love it. 9/10
R | 106 min | Drama, Romance
A director and his girlfriends relationship is tested after they return home from his movie premiere and face each others turmoil during one long night.
It does look really good. And I like both actors including Sam Levison who is a pretty good director. And the black and white cinematography really does make me want to see this film more.- (Before I saw this movie.)
Z day has a third act monologue that is amazing. It floored me. Iâ€™ll be honest I like both these actors but I was hesitant to sit and watch only two of them for the whole movie. I have to say Iâ€™m glad I did. The only reason why that monologue works is because the first two acts are building blocks for that scene. Just the whole ending won me over. I love the last shot and the unfolding of the argument is handled so well that it captivated me to keep watching. I looked at my phone once while this was playing and put it back down immediately. I honestly didnâ€™t think I would like this much but I did. As for awards chances in the 2021 Oscars, it did get shut out at the globes which the reason why this film was shown so early was for this film to get nominations. But sadly not Globes or SAG nominated this film. I can see the Oscars maybe, maybe nominate Zendaya but itâ€™s looking less likely. But Iâ€™m going to count this as a 2021 film I mean I guess I have no other choice. So both Zendaya and John David Washington will be among the top best performances of 2021. Along with Sam Levinson for directing and writing to me. 9/10
PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Music
As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the familys fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her love of music and her fear of abandoning her parents.
The breakout hit out of Sundance this year may be overhyped only if based on the fact that it is the most expensive purchase in Sundance history.
Movies like this get release every year. It is a predictable yet feel good family drama that surely is easily digestible and if you say that to anyone who loves this movie they take that as an insult. But to me the joy of this movie is exactly for that reason. Sure that doesnâ€™t sound like high praise but we have come accustom to watching long TV shows, or movies where they last for 2 and a half hours only to end on a cliff hanger to showcase the next installment. And it will never happen.
Good thing CODA is none of that. It is a single contained film that doesnâ€™t over stay itâ€™s welcome and this is important the movie feels complete. I donâ€™t feel the need to watch a whole 10 episode season, I donâ€™t need a sequel, or a prequel, or really any of that stuff. This movie did its job with the story it had and made me feel great. I sat and watched this almost 2 hour movie uninterrupted by phones along with other distractions. It was really good which makes this film stand out from the rest of the other Summer movies that couldnâ€™t offer what this movie does. As much as I love AOTD and other films that came out this year these movie have the same formula. Yes this does follow technically a plot you can see coming from a mile away. If you couldnâ€™t tell beat by best what was going to happen at the end then you really havenâ€™t watched a lot of movies.
But even with its predictability this movie will still get you. Sian Heder directorial debut in 2016 Tallulah was a nice little film but to me this elevates her to do bigger material. Her along with Emma Seligman are really talented and are not presented enough to do bigger projects. Just whatever screenplay they have in store ready to direct they should have the go ahead.
Emilia Jones who plays the CODA is an ultimate triple threat. She can act, do sign language, and yeah she can fucking sing. Seriously if TimothÃ©e Chalamet got so much praise out of Call Me by Your Name than the same love and credit should be given to her. Along with the rest of her family. Her dad, her mom, and her brother are all a slap in the face to Hollywood to cast the appropriate actors. Sure Emilia Jones may not actually not be a CODA but having actual deaf actors play her family members make the moments of intimacy more realistic than any other film I have seen this year. I really had a great time watching it.
Apple TV+ might be a hard sell because it is another streaming service but damn if I havenâ€™t love what they have been putting out.
TV-MA | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
On a lonely road, a prison transport is brutally assaulted. Martin, the policeman who was driving, survives and fortifies his position while the con men search for a way to finish him.
We are all aware of subverting expectations. I mean itâ€™s the one thing people want without actually wanting it. Because whenever a really good movie does i.e. The Last Zedi people complain the crap out of it. Anyhoe enough about that movie this movie is awesome. Kinda like last yearâ€™s also Spanish Netflix film The Platform, this is a smart, interesting, and truly captivating of a fun crime thriller. I like cold crime thrillers and this is one of the good ones because holy crap I felt the cold. Wind River, Fargo, and so on, this film is apart of that great list of movies. Half way through I thought it was just a fun little thriller. But then the last 20 minutes happened and Iâ€™m telling you it made a B level movie into an A territory. I think all the performances from the prisoners to the cops are all great and add more entertaining trying to figure their backstory which this movie gives you enough to keep your attention. You have your favorites and you can tell which ones are going to live and die but Iâ€™m telling you the journey to that place is worth it. You get a lot of the characters motivation which I have to say is missing in a lot modern films where characters do dumb stuff for no reason. Some characters are dumb but at the moment it adds more tension because this are not big name actors so you donâ€™t know if all these people will live or die. This is a great ride that will keep you guessing throughout this film. Thrillers are easy to come by because they are so many of them. But good ones like this that have great characters, an interesting story, and thrills for any audience member who enjoys films that give you the thrill but also ones that hit you in the gut. 9/10
R | 148 min | Action, Crime, Horror
Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.
Votes: 137,587 | Gross: $1.00M
Yes, yes, yes, YES! Itâ€™s coming out this year for the summer and I canâ€™t f-ing wait. Yes Iâ€™m huge Synder fan and this looks awesome. I also think of the story outside the movie. Zack dealing with his family issue and then after the WB fiasco to Netflix basically letting him do his thing. I donâ€™t know if he will go into it but I find uplifting for someone who has been down to see someone excel in making a film their way. Plus as selfish reason my homeboy Raul Castillo who is not my home boy looks f-ing insane in this movie. The blonde locks and him screaming while shooting that gun looks awesome.-before I saw the movie.
I love Zackâ€™s Dawn of the Dead. Almost every chance I get I put it on and watch it. I love the characters the story the action all of it. It is so damn interesting to see tho just how much his films have developed over time. Trust me this is not what you think.
They are some real surprises like jaw on the floor surprises that you may not see coming. Like holy crap this movie goes for the jugular and doesnâ€™t stop. At first it is your usual we are putting together a team movie. So it is a heist movie mixed in with the zombie genre. But even before the story sets stage I have input the incredible work behind the camera first.
Zack Synder said that this was his smallest crew he worked with, and most of the shots are done by himself. I saw this in a theater mainly because I had to see this movie and support someone like him. But he doesnâ€™t disappoint because holy crap I love how he shoots the movie because as a horror lover this movie is pretty damn scary. Itâ€™s also really frightening. Yeah, you have slow motion in the movie but not over done. I thought it worked it the scenes it was in. Some moments Zack just let the scene play out and it happens so fast that your brain canâ€™t even cope what the hell just happened. So as a horror movie it works. I got scared more than a couple of times in the movie.
But the action. Hell yes. First off these are cool characters. Maybe not the most well developed characters but wow they are cool. Mist notably- Samantha Win which I hope you will be hearing her name a lot. Because she is a show stealer. And a pretty darn good actress. No just a damn good actor who can handle her own on screen with other professionals around her. Sheâ€™s great I want to she more from her. Which brings up another reason why Zack is a bad ass. How many other directors will cast a stunt actor in a role like this. Like legit she has a good meaty role and she doesnâ€™t fail. Every scene she is in just adds more confident that we should be taking stunt actors and performers more seriously. Others include people like Omari Hardwick who I have been shouting from the rooftop to give this man some work. And again here he does not disappoint. And where his character goes just put a huge smile on my face. Nora Arnezeder may not have a huge action set piece but she has something different. A back story that I really want to see. Like honestly Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, and Ana de la Reguera that trio story is done. But Nora I want to see a prequel with her character because of what they set up with her is so damn fascinating that I love it. She is the one character that I wanted more from. Of course I love my boy RaÃºl Castillo and a nice introduction to Matthias SchweighÃ¶fer who will be getting that prequel. Even Tig Notaro who almost steals this whole damn show adds a lot with her character.
In the end a real nice balance of action and horror. Which has been missing a lot lately. So it was so damn nice to see a change of pace in a genre that has been lacking some verity. Not to say there hasnâ€™t been original horror movies but that horror action genre is almost non existent at this point. But this ups the ante to a level where this should be the standard. I love it.
R | 109 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Shadyside, 1978. Schools out for summer and the activities at Camp Nightwing are about to begin. But when another Shadysider is possessed with the urge to kill, the fun in the sun becomes a gruesome fight for survival.
Way better than the first one. I mean I give that film barley a 7. But this, I freaking love this one. Iâ€™m a huge horror fan and one of my favorite sub genres in horror are slashers. So I like that aspect from the first one but this one kicks it up a notch. From the build up of no one even getting killed in the first 45 minutes to actually setting up these characters so when shit hits the fan and trust me it does man does this film kick into high gear. It has an energy that is both relentless and pulse pounding something that has been missing from the horror genre. This one doesnâ€™t try to shoe horn in any type of romance. I mean yeah it kinda does with Sadie Sink and Ted Sutherland but it is quick enough that it never brings down the movie. But holy crap does Sadie Sink kill it in this movie. She is a revelation that truly proves she might become the best actor to come out of Stranger Things. And she wasnâ€™t even in the first season. But here she is awesome. Sure she is kinda playing a similar character Max. But I honestly felt more for her here. The relationship she has with her sister Cindy is cliche but both of the actresses do a great job that it never annoyed me. It is the female friendship between Cindy and Alice that really sink its hooks into me. So a majority of their screen time consist of them being trapped underground. So yeah you can see where it is going but it works. Man just everything clicked for me and that is the one benefit I can say that this film holds over the previous film. Nothing felt forced or not needed and I just love that this one open the story to really connect the curse that is plaguing this town. It just adds more weight to the rivalry between the two towns and it makes everything just that much more interesting to watch. I have been craving for a good horror film and to me this fixed that. It has everything I love about horror slasher movies that characters I like, a story that is expansive to latch onto, and it does not skip out on the kills. This thing is freaking brutal and I love it. 9/10
R | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.
DCâ€™s year is 2021. Well I wrote that when Black Adam and The Batman were still coming out in 2021.
TV-MA | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A musical comedy special shot and performed by Bo Burnham, alone, over the course of a very unusual year.
This is honestly just insane. It is almost purposelessly to review because this special really wears the message on its sleeve. This special isnâ€™t trying to be anything other than Bo Burnham and his thoughts. So donâ€™t take it seriously like most of his work. Which is why the second to last song hits so well. But honestly like what is the point of even reviewing this. What I can say is this inspired me to do something that I love. And do it because it is something that I want to do. No matter the outcome both positive and negative I have to at least try. So I can at least say thank you for that. 9/10
TV-MA | 116 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A three-person crew on a mission to Mars faces an impossible choice when an unplanned passenger jeopardizes the lives of everyone on board.
I can honestly say that this is Anna Kendrickâ€™s best performance to date. Loved her. She is kinda playing that same enthusiastic happy go lucky sweet person that is the audience but here she has many more layers behind her character that I havenâ€™t seen from her in other movies. She is amazing.
Aside from her the rest of the cast gives a great performance. Shamier Anderson who gives a great cry face without actually crying got me a couple of times. Toni Collete never disappoints but she is not the lead of the film and she plays your typical captain of a crew who has to make tough decisions but she does come off really well and sells her scenes with the others. Last their is Daniel Dae Kim who surprised me here at how good he is. While I never watched him on tv and the movies he has been in have him play small parts his performance here is nothing sort of great. Honestly the more I think about his position and where he is coming from the more Iâ€™m liking his character.
Last onto the director. Joe Penna who made his directorial debut with 2018â€™s Arctic, really shines here by making sure the movie is two steps ahead its audience. While not trying to overly explain itself or even undersell the dyer situation this crew finds itself. Little things here and there are presented throughout to make sure you understand just how important it comes up later in the movie.
While yes the ending (no spoilers) does stop short of giving the audience something satisfying to take away from the movie I found it more melancholy which honestly worked out best for this movie. Because it leads whoever is watching a different path on realizing what movie this truly is. You can still take away a lot from this movie and not feel like you have wasted your time. I really enjoyed it and found it riveting to say the least.
Also the last 30 minutes have been the most exciting ending to a movie I have seen in a while.
TV-MA | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Set in the year 2092 and follows the crew of a space junk collector ship called The Victory. When they discover a humanoid robot named Dorothy thats known to be a weapon of mass destruction, they get involved in a risky business deal.
This is movie is awesome. The first hour may not be as exciting as it should be because I myself wasnâ€™t fully engaged into the story yet. But after that first hour this thing gets into hyper speed and blasts off like a rocket. The action is shot really well, the space battles are some of the best I have ever seen, it is a smart science fiction film that doesnâ€™t try to over explain everything, and the story itself really pulls no punches. This movie is dark in some places and people die. I mean the story is about this organization trying to kill this little girl. It is exactly the type of film I love to watch and have a good time with. O yeah so glad to see so much talent on screen do an incredible job with some killer performances. Just cool characters. Some straight out of a Guy Ritchie movie which is more than I can ask for. 8/10
PG | 113 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A quirky, dysfunctional familys road trip is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanitys unlikeliest last hope.
The negatives I have:
-let Katie be gay throughout the movie and stop queer baiting.
-why does the son sound like a grown ass man. Plus he has a love interest and it doesnâ€™t help that she does sound like a child, so you have a grown ass sounding kid voiced by an adult going after a young child who sounds like a child.
-if Maya Rudolph is black and it looks like she is voicing a black character then shouldnâ€™t that reflect in her kids.
This is a fast pace hilarious family movie that I havenâ€™t seen since the last Lord & Miller Sony Animated movie. The mall fight scene has to be my favorite part of the movie.
And that emotional tear jerker of an ending that yeah I saw coming from a mile away but it still hit in the feels.
PG-13 | 134 min | Comedy, Crime
A live-action prequel feature film following a young Cruella de Vil.
She might have been your mother, but she wasnâ€™t your mommy. - this is also why I hate film Twitter. You guys will sit up and say, â€œwhy does Zack Synder have to make his movies too long. Who makes a 2 hour plus zombie heist movie.â€ But then a movie like this that is a two hour plus heist movie people are responding positively. Let these artist make the film they want to make.
Idk if that is a spoiler but whatever. Just like that cheesy line this movie does have a lot of cheesy moments where it is edited pretty poorly in some scenes that took me out of it. Well that is all the complaints I have.
Holy crap this movie is so good. I really liked it. Even after a day of seeing it I kinda want to say that it is better than A Quiet Place Part 2. But this movie has an incredible and by incredible I mean a stunning and striking lead performance in Emma Stone. Holy shit she is by far the best thing in this movie. Emma Thompson of course is a great counter to what Emma is doing here. But after all these years of of seeing Emma Stone in many projects never before has she hit a home run like this. Thompson can do this performance in her sleep but she canâ€™t help bring that British dryness that is so present in this type of role. And yeah some other actress could have made it into a farce but that is why Thompson is so good at what she does.
I canâ€™t stress enough by saying when the punk rock music starts to play my head was rocking, my shoulders were shifting, whatever this movie was on I had some as well. O yeah I love the ending line and the way Emma made her eyes. Gosh she is so good here. It is a little predictable and a lot of convinces started to happen. And yeah things happen for plot reason. Like really the day of all days Emma Thompson shows up just happens to be the day Emma Stone gets drunk and makes a fabulous dress in the window so everyone can see. It is far fetch but holy crap was I in love with this movie. I had a blast and honestly I wasnâ€™t really thinking a lot about the plot holes or coincidences. So I really liked it.
R | 110 min | Drama
An ex-convict strikes up a friendship with a boy from a troubled home.
I am a huge JT fan so if he is doing a drama film where he is actually trying to act Iâ€™ll be there. (Preview)
It hasnâ€™t been getting a lot of good reviews. But for me I was moved by this emotional story dealing with second chances to not let anyone decide what your actions dictate who you are. JT is really good here. But also surprisingly tho the script is also very emotional that it did get a tear out of my eye. It is not over the top with itâ€™s what seems to be a cliche story but it still has enough here to make anyone enjoy this movie. This is what Hillbilly Elegy wishes it had done. No narration which is a good choice because it would have been too corny and no big speech about how important it is to be a good person. Which it is true. However, this movie is not about beating your head in with a message it is a very entertaining drama that yes you may have seen before but with some excellent performances, some good writing, and okay direction it did put a smile on my face at the end. Along with any film to make me cry it gets my recommendation to watch. (Actual review) 8/10
R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
The plot follows H, a cold and mysterious character working at a cash truck company responsible for moving hundreds of millions of dollars around Los Angeles each week.
It was nice just to escape and see a film with some hard ass action scenes and a story that I think is well developed enough for you to care about the action going on screen. Also the Stathantor honestly has never been better. He does elevate the material because he plays his character so straight that you know he is going to break and you do not want to be anywhere near him when that happens. The first half is just written pretty bad and I wish some of the supporting actors had a little more time to shine but when they do it is mainly dialogue to suit the narrative, never for the sake of getting to know these people. Only Jeffery Donavon is when you kinda get a sense of who he is outside of the narrative to actually care about him. But this is the Jason Statham show and he does not disappoint here. I had a blast. 8/10
PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Music, Musical
A film version of the Broadway musical in which Usnavi, a sympathetic New York bodega owner, saves every penny every day as he imagines and sings about a better life.
Iâ€™m glad more representation is coming for us Latinos in another lends other than you know gang members and cartel members but actual human beings who are just trying to live in modern day America. How undocumented immigrants have to go thur just to understand what it means to live like everyone else. It is amazing how a film that has a blanket of a fun musical, updates a story but feel timeless with its message that if any kid who fears of not reaching their full potential can watch this and see them represented on screen. That is where the movie has a heart and it never fails or is lost on myself to never consider that what Iâ€™m watching isnâ€™t well made. But all of this came from after I watch the movie. The first half is okay but after a certain music number that is when I knew I was watching something special. It was a lot of fun and even tho I didnâ€™t see it in a theater I still had a great time watching a fresh new take on a musical because even tho Iâ€™m not a huge fan of musicals. Even I can say that at least this doesnâ€™t feel like a stage play and an actual movie. Which is a high praise when it comes to musicals. 8/10 but it could be a 8.5/10
R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A bystander who intervenes to help a woman being harassed by a group of men becomes the target of a vengeful drug lord.
Believe or not this is my most anticipated film of 2021. Kind of. Like most people Bob Odenkirk is just flat out an amazing actor. Anyone who even watches at least one episode of Better Call Saul can tell you that. But Iâ€™m so excited to see him as a lead in an action film. I also have faith in director Ilya Naishuller from Hardcore Henry to give us something special and Iâ€™m looking forward for this movie.- Before seeing it.
First movie back in theater and it couldnâ€™t have been a better choice. It may not be the home run I was expecting but it still delivers on laughs and some awesome action scenes. Just a couple of things tho I wish it was a little more gory basing Hardcore Henry was extremely gory. Also director Ilya Naishuller who has directed music videos before for his band really shows here. I donâ€™t mind if a movie gets repetitive with action scenes and feels like a video game but even here I have to say it did feel like a video game mixed with a music video.
Aside from that this is an incredibly entertaining ride that I was having so much fun with. Saul Goodman is proving that Bob Odenkirk should be cast in more movies because he is flat out an outstanding choice for the lead here. He really does put in the time to seem like a regular guy so when his first fight scene happened and it doesnâ€™t have any music or quick cuts I knew it was going to be good. Thatâ€™s the best fight in the whole movie.
So if they do plan on doing more of these than I have to say I would be open to see where this story would continue.
R | 111 min | Drama
Sent to live with his estranged father for the summer, a rebellious teen finds kinship in a tight-knit Philadelphia community of Black cowboys.
The best type of dramas donâ€™t wrap everything up at the end with a nice happy bow. This isnâ€™t that movie. It feels real with the added benefit of having actual Fletcher Street Rider. This movie has stars like Idris Elba, Method Man, and others to note. But the real joy is seeing the real people like Jamil Prattis â€œParisâ€ and even Ivannah Mercedes â€œEshaâ€ who while they donâ€™t have huge roles they make enough of an impact to make sure you understand why anyone would do this. Quite like Nomadland itâ€™s the real people who live day and day at these places to make it feel more accepted. The movie has some inconsistencies with some cliches that are very noticeable. But I thought the most impressive aspects of the film are dealing with Caleb McLaughlin arc of becoming a better human being with the help of a hard as nails father. Which yes we have seen before in a ton of other coming of age dramas. His encounters with a great actor like Jharrel Jerome make those scenes so much better. Because you do get the sense his character wasnâ€™t always this way but how your environment and your own ambitions can get in the way of what is best for you. And that is what a lot of our fathers are trying to teach us. Like I said the movie doesnâ€™t hit all the marks but I think it hits enough to make an impression of you take the time to watch a coming of age story with a different setting quite like the most recent coming of age movies out there. 8/10
R | 142 min | Crime, Drama
Cherry drifts from college dropout to army medic in Iraq - anchored only by his true love, Emily. But after returning from the war with PTSD, his life spirals into drugs and crime as he struggles to find his place in the world.
So this will get a 2021 release but it is a play for the 2021 Oscars that has 2020 films so does this mean this is a 2020 film which again why did the Academy push back like that. We had a hole throughout November and December so why couldnâ€™t these film come out during those time. Same thing with Malcom and Marie and Judas and the Black Messiah. But I think you can count these as 2021 movies but it is just very weird.- Before I saw the movie.
Before I get into each part or chapters of the film. Let me just say, I have seen bad movies. I have seen badly written movies, badly acted movies, and boring movies. This is no where near any of those things. Sure yes it is crowded and some chapters are not as good as the other. But I am no where near a person who gives a movie a pass because of who is in it, but even with its problems I still can enjoy and take away a lot of what this movie has to offer. Letâ€™s break this shit down.
Prologue: The shortest because all it is, is a scene later on in the movie to try to say how did we get here.
Chapter 1: Student. It is a development story between him and his future wife, Emily, played here by Ciara Bravo. It kicks the story off so I understand for it being so visual because it has to grab your attention and bring you into what is going to happen throughout the rest of the movie. The chemistry between the two are really believable for how young they are you buy into just how love is between them and why Tomâ€™s character is so heartbroken over their break up.
Chapter 2: Solider. Itâ€™s the first half of Full Metal Jacket. The frame ratio is shrunk to make you feel claustrophobic almost like there is nowhere to run. You are stuck here with these men, well the point the movie is trying to make is how young these men are who put into this position and none of them are prepared to what is to come. Which makes the next chapter so predictable.
Chapter 3: Cherry. These two chapters are probably the least interesting because it is a retread of Full Metal Jacket just told in a different type of lens. It is more flashy but where you end of is the same story that ultimately goes exactly where you think it is going. I donâ€™t want to spoil it but these two chapters donâ€™t do anything you havenâ€™t seen before it is just a showcase of how visually stunning this movie can get.
Chapter 4: Home. Now to me, chapter 4 & 5 is where this movie picks up and gets my blood pumping. Because it made me care. We see both Tom and Emily put through the ringer of drug abuse and it does not shy away from it. Yes it still is very flashy and style over substance but I think it at least to me itâ€™s gets more interesting to watch. It may be a chore for some people to sit through but I was impressed of the ups and down these two went through. It made at least to me why the parts of our lead character life matter.
Chapter 5: Thief. My favorite part of the movie. Bank heists are some of my favorite type of movies. And as long as you can make someone sympathetic and make you route for the robber to me you have done your job. I just saw another bank robbery movie where the movie makes you sympathetic of what happened to the robbers and you just go I donâ€™t care for even the slightest. The opposite is here. It is also really funny and sweet in a very messed up kind of way that I just love watching.
Epilogue: It is just a very emotional music video where it is a time lapse to catch up and end the movie on a high note. It almost succeeds but the movie took me on such a roller coaster ride that I ultimately fell for this movie.
Again it is not perfect but it is ambitious and some subject matters it does not shy away from the true horror of what so many other will shy away from.
R | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
A crooked legal guardian who drains the savings of her elderly wards meets her match when a woman she tries to swindle turns out to be more than she first appears.
Iâ€™m not saying if you canâ€™t attach yourself to this character then you are a misogynist but this movie is in the same vein as something like Nightcrawler. And we definitely donâ€™t have a problem with that movie. I also got to say this movie has the balls to do what promising young woman failed to do at the end. Rosamund Pike is more than capable to give a good performance but this is perfect casting to a point where I canâ€™t see anyone playing a character like this. She is so damn good i feel like she should be in the conversation with the top 5 best actress not just this award season but if given more roles she could take in that top 5 spot. She is remarkably perfect as this character along it is amazing to watch her win in this movie where a lot of movies donâ€™t let the villain be the hero. It is an awesome ride. But yes I can understand if you couldnâ€™t get involved in this movie. But I found it awesome. 8/10
PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.
The prologue for this movie where we see Day One when the monsters attack is something to behold. The first trailer doesnâ€™t spoil anything. If you think the trailer shows too much trust me it doesnâ€™t. But when I say that opening is some of the best directing, writing, acting, and overall just a thrill ride of putting you in the seat of these characters it more than makes up any problems I had with the first one. I love the opening and even when I had problems after the opening 10-15 minutes at least the movie keeps you guessing to what will happen next.
If I can compare this to a video game franchise I would compare the first Quiet Place to RE7 and A Quiet Place part 2 to Resident Evil Village. Both first installments established great concepts in horror/suspense and it took its time to develop enough story for you to care. Then by the third act that is when shit hits the fan and we watch a thriller take place. Then we move on to the sequel and after a opening that sets the tone it is from there that it is a non stop thrill ride.
Just like Resident Evil Village there is more action in this one. Kinda spoilers but they kill more than one monster in this movie. But it is exciting enough for you to enjoy both properties even tho I had major problems with A Quiet Place part 2.
I donâ€™t love this movie. And even on rewatches of the first one I realize Iâ€™m not in love with that one either. It also had a great opening. But as a character study of Jim and his family that first one well established them enough for me to care if they live. So when I tell you this feels like a bridge movie to get to one movie from the other it kinda does. It sucks to say that but I honestly feel like this part 2 is just a bridge for part 3. Now I donâ€™t even know if Abbott family will even be in next movie but it certainly seems like that. So that was a little disappointing.
But letâ€™s move on to the family. Emily Blunt yes can prove she can do no wrong and she is the anchor holding everything together. Cillian Murphy shows up and he is at first someone who you understand why he is like the way he is. But as the movie progresses he really stepped up to the plate and deliver some incredible acting chops. And there is a Last of Us type scene where he goes full on Joel. But the two who are this movie who should be getting more work just off of one scene in this movie are the two young child actors. The first is Noah Jupe who does the most ridiculous things you can do in a movie like this, but I do like his arc. And he is so talented and gifted that his acting abilities are off the charts amazing. But for my money the best performance in this movie is yeah Millicent Simmmonds. She stole the show in the first movie and she is stealing the show here. No spoilers but her arc and last scene in the movie is a total bad ass scene that I wanted to jump up in there air and say hell yeah. I just realized if they want to make a Life is Strange into a movie or tv show get her to play Max.
Overall John Krasinski has proved that his talents behind the camera are not just limited to directing. He is the sole screenplay writer and yes it is not a dialogue heavy film every once and a while he will write a scene where a character has to prove of what they are willing to do in order to survive. And for me as a post apocalyptic movie is good enough for me to care about the characters. It is just I wish this movie had a stronger third act and gotten to that place in a more organically fashion than what we gotten.
8/10 itâ€™s good. But it falls short in the one place that good make this movie great.
R | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
Reenactments drive this documentary investigating the mastermind behind a scam to sneak the kids of rich and famous families into top US universities.
With so many movies hitting Netflix they really have diversified their portfolio to be different from the rest. And this is a great example to take different routes in making a documentary. This is all things that even some great narrative movies have accomplished. It is a crime drama, a whistleblower to all of these elite colleges who are legit oblivious to what was happening in front of them, and even more fascinating it is also a thriller. Seriously I love the reenactment format they choose for this documentary because it made it that much more fascinating to see they did they really say all of this. Apparently all of this happened which just to goes to show you that people will say anything when they donâ€™t know they are being recorded. At an hour and a half this is a great documentary to touch on something tho I think it is 45% in fault of the parents and the rest is the colleges. These places should know better. White boy Rick here just knows how to play the game. Donâ€™t hate the player hate the game. 8/10
TV-MA | 107 min | Comedy
Follows a straight-laced high school student and her slacker best friend who, after a regrettable first sexual encounter, have 24 hours to hunt down a Plan B pill in Americas heartland.
Way better than last yearâ€™s Unpregnant on HBOMax. And I kinda hate to say it but while it may not be better film than Booksmart I have to say it might be funnier. I honestly laughed so much at this film. I reference those two films because it is a comedy duo of females, even unpreganant tried to have some diversity but Barbie Ferreira I wouldnâ€™t count as Latina. But Victoria Moroles as Lupe is the right type of representation Latinos should be earning for. First they mention multiple times that she is Mexican and showcase how religion in a Mexican house hold is very present. That along with multiple white people continuing to mention how they want a piece of that taco. Which is something Latinas have been dealing for a long time. Plus Lupe is a great friend. She is so funny that she had me holding my stomach of laughing so hard. Iâ€™m so glad they made her the slacker best friend instead of the one looking for the Plan B. She has so much to her character and it was such a joy to see a Latina character so front and center that stands by her friend and she was not annoying.
Onto the actual lead of the movie Kuhoo Verma who plays Sunny. The girl who is the center of needing the Plan B. But she is also so great here. She has a great number of laughs here as yeah it is typical to have the Southeast Asian character have strict a parent who focuses on school. But even here her race is mentioned but listen I like to hear these characters be proud of who they are. Because thatâ€™s how real people talk. The whole Indian supremacy running bit is hilarious. So she is great. And of course there is a drug trip and she is totally game for the challenge.
And some of the guys (not all) are actually pretty understanding and good people. Where as Unpregant had no likable male characters. And Hunter says a line about having an older sister which makes sense as why he is the way he is. Compared to the teaching of sex Ed.
Now onto the director herself. Natalie Morales who I have been a huge fan of here knocks this shit out of the park. The script here is wildly funny and even tho yes you have seen this before. Blockers, Booksmart, and Unpregant are here but this stands out for being fresh even tho it still covers a lot of cliches you see in these types of movies.
The more I talk about this movie the more I like it. Even my home boy Monty is so funny in this. But I really like it and it is an enjoyable enough comedy for everyone to enjoy.
7.5/10 but I can see it going up to an 8.
R | 89 min | Drama, Thriller
A Marine veteran working as a school janitor tries to mend his relationship with his son after a divorce. When his son is killed by a police officer found innocent without standing trial, he takes matters into his own hands.
Listen I donâ€™t condone anything Nate Parker has done. Even back in 2016 when Birth of a Nation came out his handling of the situation with interviews. Listen I know people will be like separate the art from the artist but after seeing Promising Young Woman which beat for beat is telling the Nate Parker story even his â€œredemptionâ€ continuing his life with what happened in his rear view while others never forget. Do you see the parallels between what happened in real life reflected in this film. This movie however is trying to say something important and Iâ€™m actually glad he is coming at it swinging. Seriously this is an angry film in a good way because it backs up what it is trying to say. Iâ€™ll keep it simple the movie is good. The directing and writing by Parker himself is I would say is the strongest effort in the film. Especially the writing to me. I really like the writing and how the story unfolds. You can tell all actors are giving it all while I do have to say some of cops are a little over the top. I donâ€™t know if that was intentional but these mother f-ers are screaming half their lines. But with the situation they are in I can understand. Honestly the story did grab me and refused to let go. Which for an hour and 25 minutes it was pretty enticing to see how far a father will go to get justice for his son. The other cast members like Omari Hardwick I really wished he had more screen time because he has a really tragic storyline which fits along well with what is going on in this movie. Something I need to point out is that this film is not pandering to one side. I know some might look at this story and think it is one sided, along with the fact that Spike Lee is producing this film. But this provides both sides. Iâ€™m not kidding they have both cops and non police officers having conversations back and forth about the brutality police have been doing for decades. It says yes a cop job is hard. Which I have to say the BLM movement have never stated a cop job is hard. This movie just wants people to be accountable. There is one character who is one of the filmmakers making this movie about this story and his speech about justice and accountability. Thatâ€™s all these people want. That is what Linc who plays the main character who lost his son wants. The climax at the end is really tense and what a good climax should do which everything we have witness comes together at the end with a point and ends with a pulse pounding last moments. I know that some people will just shove this movie to the side because who is involved but please understand that this is an important movie about police brutality and the affect it has on the families which should overshadow what ever behind the scenes. This is a good movie with a great message which should not go unnoticed. 8/10 so far my favorite movie to watch of 2021.
PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama, History
An archaeologist embarks on the historically important excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938.
A very solid and enjoyable film. It reminded me of last yearâ€™s Emma. Which also happens to star Johnny Flynn. Both professionally well made with performances that amazing to say the least. My only quiver is that I honestly didnâ€™t care much about Lily James and her storyline. She is an amazing actress and does a great job here. But the two characters I feel more in lined with and couldnâ€™t take my eyes off screen were Carey Mulligan who has been killing it and of course Ralph Fiennes. Who we rarely see in a lead role anymore. Here he is playing his usual self but I found him much more interesting his story dealing with his wife and time spent on this job. He defends Mrs. Pretty along with being reliable and trustworthy never turning his back on her. That part of the film is enjoyable because a wrench is thrown into the mix so I had no idea where it was going. Sadly I knew exactly where Lily James and Johnny Flynnâ€™s storyline was going. So I didnâ€™t care that much. The movie I have to say ends quite beautifully to say the least. It is kinda depressing because ultimately I myself can predict well after reading about this particular time I know what happens next. So it was nice to see Basil Brown get his due. Because at the time this guy was not even mentioned of what he discovered. So it is nice to see both Basil Brown and for that matter Edith Pretty be given such a well crafted movie that made me care about them. So it does not uplifting or anything like that it is just I donâ€™t know it is something I can say it did stick with me at the end. 8/10
R | 114 min | Horror, Mystery
The origins of Sarah Fiers curse are finally revealed as history comes full circle on a night that changes the lives of Shadysiders forever.
Only 1994 wonâ€™t be on this list but it should be mentioned that this trilogy is some of the best entertainment I can ask for out of my love for horror movies. And 1666 is right up my alley. Up until they leave 1666. Nevertheless these movies are fun as hell and these people really need to stop taking this shit so damn serious. I mean I have seen some angry comments towards these movies and I honestly canâ€™t see what they are getting mad at. I love the relationship between Sarah and Hannah here more than the relationship set up in 1994. But I still had a great time with this trilogy and I donâ€™t regret watching any of these.
TV-MA | 94 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A retired Special Forces officer is trapped in a never-ending time loop on the day of his death.
I havenâ€™t seen it. But I do live close to LA where the director Joe Carnahan held a special screening way back in February and the way someone I know who did go to the screening told me I would love this movie. Like it is almost Taylor made for me. With the exception of Mel Gibson. But I am looking forward to actual seeing this film myself.- Before seeing it.
Joe Caranha has a very specific way of making his movies and I never realize just how much him and I have so much in common. Seriously if I was making an action movie it would be something like this. Take no mistake this is an action science film with also a lot of comedy in the mix as well. Frank Grillo here is the best action star to get for your film. He is great as Crossbones but he really does shine in films like The Purge and even an underrated action film like the Wheelman is where he can really shine. Iâ€™m just a fan of these types of action movies and listen I hate Mel Gibson but he does play a pretty good bad guy. 7/10
PG-13 | 98 min | Drama
Passing follows the unexpected reunion of two high school friends, whose renewed acquaintance ignites a mutual obsession that threatens both of their carefully constructed realities.
116 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery | Completed
An aspiring fashion designer is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer. But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something darker.
Edgar Wright is one of my favorite directors and it is a shame we didnâ€™t get to see this film in 2020. But 2021 is looking kinda better. I really hope this will be awesome. October is a good date for this because this is a major turn in direction for Wright so I canâ€™t freaking wait.
PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Two unlikely companions embark on a perilous adventure through the badlands of an unexplored planet as they try to escape a dangerous and disorienting reality where all thoughts are seen and heard by everyone.
Maybe now it will come out.- o shit itâ€™s out.
145 min | Comedy | Post-production
The story of two low-level astronomers, who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet earth.
I love JLaw and Iâ€™m glad to see her back in action. Iâ€™m okay with her here as a lead and a nice little break is maybe what other people need. I certainly think she could be in a movie a year no problem but seeing what JGL has done in 2020 with hit after hit maybe a little break is what people need.
PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A vacationing family discovers that the secluded beach where theyre relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly, reducing their entire lives into a single day.
There is actually a lot of original films that sound pretty well. And this looks like one of them. So I canâ€™t wait.
PG-13 | Action, Drama | Completed
After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navys top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.
Yep I knew it.
PG-13 | 163 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller | Completed
James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Damn they just released the music video for Billie Eyelash song for this movie. O well it is what it is.
PG-13 | 155 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi | Completed
Feature adaptation of Frank Herberts science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.
Iâ€™m at least glad it is still going to play in theaters but damn it took the Batman spot. Curse you Timmy you bested Rbats again. At the same time tho the more I hear these millionaires complain that their film wonâ€™t play in theaters not because it has to save theaters but they know they will not gross the same amount of money as it would if it release only in theaters. But why canâ€™t we have both I donâ€™t understand it still will play in theaters but us consumers donâ€™t want to risk our lives. I just got over my own Covid sickness and I wouldnâ€™t wish that on anyone. So Iâ€™m not saying screw movie theaters but instead screw these Denis V, and Legendary saying we need our film on the big screen. Stop with these lies they just want money. Which hey then donâ€™t release any more trailers or set photos or anything and push this film back next year. And if it gets release next year then let it bomb. But I still love Denis V. And this cast is amazing but whatever Iâ€™ll still canâ€™t wait for this film cause it looks awesome.
PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Thriller | Completed
Tom Hardy returns to the big screen as the lethal protector Venom, one of MARVELs greatest and most complex characters. Directed by Andy Serkis, the film also stars Michelle Williams, ... See full summary »
Just got changed and will be one of many films supposed to come out in 2020 to now come out in 2021.
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