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Crash Pad (2017)
Well, Domhnall Gleeson was really funny in it.
Not as funny as I was hoping but still very entertaining. The whole premises was very interesting, but Thomas Haden Church could have done some better acting. He was a little stale. More importantly Domhnall Gleeson, was historical. I think I've seen him do some comedy, but what he's doing here seems out of his element than what I'm use to seeing him do and he did it well. Interesting little movie about manhood and male bonding. Not the best film but I did laugh and enjoined it.
Another rad animated movie from Pixar. We have another classic on our hands here.
I should talk as much about the short film Olaf's Frozen Adventure, as much as I'm going to talk about Coco. I'm use to Disney and Pixar showing a short animated film before the feature to make the movie longer, but this is the first time the short actually made the animated feature two hours. It was almost like I watched a double feature here.
I'll try to stick to CoCo even though Frozen 1.5 as it should have been called was a spectacular picture on it's own.
CoCo, was amazing. It may not come to a surprise to anyone that Pixar has up the game yet again.
The story was fantastic. Darker than I would expect, but possibly because it of the content. It was about the Mexican culture's celebration of the day of the dead pretty much. It's very perfectly appropriate for children, however.
No Disney Princess on this one, it was a Prince named Miguel in a perfectly design (Modern day) fairy tale (of an original story based on a Mexican tradition) about a boy who comes from a long line of shoe makers because his great great great grandmother forbid music within the family, as it took her husband away from her, but Miguel's passion for song causes him to curse himself which takes him to the land of the dead, where he has until sundown to find the family that would give him the blessing to go back to the world of the living without giving up music.
Like every good Disney Prince(cess) Miguel's journey to the underworld is accompanied by Donte a stray hairless dog that's seems to resemble a spirit animal. It's a perfect Disney formula with a lot of cultural flavor to it that makes it special.
The animation was fantastic. Especially, the backgrounds that were beautiful and rich with the heritage that inspired it. It made the animation feel like a moving painting and that's the best type of animation.
Ironically, the one flaw in the film is that the music is not that memorable. Considering the story is about music. I should not complain as I'm not a fan of musicals, but I did notice that no songs playing got a hold of my soul. It does not hurt that Olaf's Frozen Adventure, which accompanies the film, is filled with musical numbers and is a semi-Sequel to a movie with a song that I herd little girls rock to on their headsets (Also want to point out that Disney (but not Pixar) had a cool catchy song in Moana, performed by Dwayne Johnson (but I'm biased cause I loved the Rock).
Despite this, as if you need me to tell you how great a movie by Pixar is, let me tell you anyway. This is a winner!
A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)
Good for a few laughs but not as good as the original.
Everything about it seems to scream doing it for the money. It does not have the same focus or gusto that the original movie had. Bad Moms was about something while Bad Moms Christmas was all fluff. You would think adding a new set of moms to it would create some a new depth of problems that need to be resolved with another don't give a crap revolution processing because of it, but that's not what happen. The revolution of moms taking back Christmas was weak and that's where the laughs come from in the Bad Moms franchise. Bad moms Christmas has a few laughs but not enough to rush out and see it.
It's too bad, because I really like what Bad Moms was doing and I wanted to see that continue in Bad Moms Christmas but it fall flat of being anything worth wild.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
I'm sorry I must have missed something while I was dozing off.
While the performances of the actors were really good and the whole design of the picture went well for me, I saw a big hole int he plot I can not ignore.
Colin Farrell plays a heart surgery (cool opening scene of his character doing open heart surgery) whose being black mailed by a kid whose dad died on his operating table. How this kid was able to hold such a huge price that he felt was owed cause of his father's death I never fully understood.
Feel the movie thought too much of itself. Looks like the director who also director the Lobster with Colin Farrell got too big for his bridges.
My Friend Dahmer (2017)
Pretty good. Actually it was more OK
The understanding of what may have been going through Jeffery Dahmer's head and made him what he is.
No sparks flew from the screen as I watched the film. At first its slow temple was interesting,but the movie got less interesting as time past. By the end I was dozing off like it lost me.
The life of Dahmer was petty normal if you really thing about it. I think that's the point of the movie and it made their point a little too clear.
I got to the point and nothing much more.
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
It's a good movie that you will watch and then forget.
This is bland. Not bad, but OK, and very unnecessary, which is probability the worse. They made the movie back in 1974, based on this novel, The idea would be to bring something new to either the novel or the book. I saw neither of these two things happen.
Kenneth Branagh I am a fan of his as both an actor and a director (and a director who acts in his own movie). It was well shot and of course you can't beat the stellar ensemble cast, but it's forgettable. Nothing about it stands out too much to make it anything.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Ragnarok is a fun movie with a lot of cool stylized actions scenes. It's never boring, but it is very different in tone than the two previous films, thanks mostly to director Taika Waititi. I recognize his style of humor in movies like Boy and What we Do in Shadows, which he also directed.
It's really enjoyable, and the light tone helps for it to be entertaining. Although if you are following the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially if you have seen the other two Thor movies, The whole purpose of Ragnarok is for Thor to stop his sister, the God of Death (played by Cate Blachett) form ending Asgard, and there are a lot of parts of the movie that I did feel should have been more serious but were disregarded for the lighter tone, but I must admit this is a minor flaw in a movie that was just so amazing.
It's like when film critics say, it's a thrill ride, they are totally talking about blockbusters like Thor: Ragnarok. It's a big adventure with a lot of things going on, done in this 80s Sci-fi and Fantasy style.
Chris Hemsworth was everything as Thor: an action hero, charming, dramatic, just perfect star power, and Tom Hiddleson once again kills it as his brother Loki, who takes more of a heroes journey having to help his brother save all the Realms form their newly discovered older sister Hella, the goddess of Death, played by Blachett, who does not normally do movies like this and after seeing her play a great marvel villain here, I hope she'll decide to do more. The cinematic Universe's first female villain (or rather lead antagonist), Blachett does beautiful and deadly all at the same time. She looked sooooo good in that costume, and she brought the right type of evil. It's a shame she did not get more screen time (Feel like it had something to do with the fact that she was a woman), but Blachett's time as a villain had to be shared with the other antagonist in the film, The Grnadmaster, played by the great Jeff Goldblum who also gave a stellar performance as a cosmic being who runs the contest of champions Thor ends up being force to participate in where he meets his old Avengers buddy, the Hulk (Making up for the fact that he was not in Captain America: Civil War). The movie also features Tessa Thompson who plays Valkyrie, and gave some pretty cool fight scenes.
Ragnarok is a huge story almost like a Star Wars film, it's got everything, and does everything and the humorous undertone does make it work better (Though I think I still prefer Empire Strikes back over return of the Jedi)
It's a good movie that should have been advertised more.
Based on a true story (That was first turned into a book) Stronger almost feels like a section of the movie Patriot's Day which is also about the bombing at the Boston marathon in 2013 (And I feel got the same small amount of promotion for it). It's like Jeff Bauman (who Gyllenhaal plays) was a subplot in Patriot's Day and they decided to extended that subplot into a larger film that not only goes over his experience that day, but tells his story about his year after the bombing with him adjusting to the lost of his legs
I though the picture painted a realistic picture of what it's like not to have two legs. I have both my legs so it's hard to fully imagine what this man went through. Even less now as I see Gyllenhaal brilliantly showing us a life with no legs. It was a pretty good performance.
I'm still getting use to an age where something happens in recent history barely four years ago and we make a movie about it, but it is indeed a good movie. Just like Patriot's Day, I just wished both movies were promoted better so everyone could had went to the theater to see them.
A little picture that does a lot of stuff with style.
Wheelman seems to be a lot of things at once. It's nothing I have not seen before but a great mixture of everything I love about car movies.
With most of the movie taking place in a car, Frank Grillo plays the Wheelman, a driver just trying to pay his dues for the people who looked out for him while he was in jail, but in the process of doing his "work" someone pulls a double cross on the job.
It's very weird how Wheel man reminds me of a lot of movies. From the 80s style found in the movie Drive, to the 1978 movie The Driver (In which Ryan O'Neal plays a Wheelman), to a Tom Hardy movie called Locke (Which completely takes place in a car), but despite what looks like on the surface as Wheelman coping the tone and style of a lot of films, It's saving grace is that it does a excellent job putting it all together. I don't know how hard or time consuming doing production in a car is, but I can see the filmmakers did a solid job with it, and good work Frank Grillo for keeping us interested in his character while in the car.
Sound is very important in this movie. It's interesting. instead of the usually burn rubber sounds we are use to, most of the car sounds come form inside the car. Crisp details from the backing up beep to the windshield wiper, puts us in the environment of the car. Netflix films and shows love to add background environment sounds, and this time it really makes the movie. Especially, at times when the Wheelman is on the cell phone communicating with actors who are not on screen.
So, not bad. I'm seeing a lot of different elements to a lot of different movies all warped up in one package and I like it a lot.
A very typical sequel, but enjoyable laughs.
So as far as sequels go, this is a very typical one. I went to see Boo 2 because though Tyler Perry movies are not really my thing, I actually enjoined the first Boo, so I took the chance that I would enjoy the second one.
I totally did, too. It's not as good as the original. As much as I found the original funny, it also had an attempt to show family values in it that was not lost on me. This time around their attempt (If there was one cause I did not see it) was literally taken out to make more room for laughs. In a lot of ways it made the film like the second episode of one of Perry's shows (Which I like more than his movies), as it seems nobody learned the lesson from the first Madea Halloween.
Case in point, like the original, Boo 2 is about Joe trying to discipline his entitled daughter, Tiffany. Once again she defies her overbearing father's wishes in order to go to a party at midnight in the woods at a camp where a bunch of people got murdered. Now I understand the natural urge for a teenager not to want to listen to her dad, but when your aunt is someone like Madea, you would think you would think twice about this woman coming to track you down, especially after what happen in the last movie.
Like the last film, Boo 2 focuses on Madea and her friends running into terror and danger while trying to get to Tiffany. The film likes to Parody current themes in horror like with influences of Korean horror and it also pokes a nod to old school Horror with the film taking place at a camp and the underage teens being hunted by a man with a mask and a chainsaw.
Overall, I much prefer the more light hearted Tyler Perry movies. Sometimes his stuff can be too over dramatic for me, but I seem to like it when he goes for straight up Sitcom style on us and that's Boo 2!
It's crazy and filled with laughs and no matter where it fails compare to the first one, we are there to laugh and that's what makes this sequel enjoyable.