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Wrath of Man (2021)
A joke of a movie.
Seriously?! That was Guy Richie's new movie??? Gah! What the hell?! Ridiculously terrible.
At the start of the movie they tried too hard to have cool fast talking lingo. Then there was horribly terrible bad acting, especially by Josh Hartnett getting freaked out. And get this...after all the digging Jason Statham's character did to find out who was responsible for his son's death someone just up and tells Jason, oh, by the way, I'm the inside person for the trucks being hit. Yep. That just happened. Holy absurdity Batman.
No Sudden Move (2021)
Didn't quite follow the story.
That was so convoluted. I had to rewind a number of times trying to follow who's backstabbing who and I still didn't understand it all. The acting was fine - ought to be with so many good actors. Just wish the story had been a little simpler.
Gangs of London (2020)
Had good potential
There was a lot of great intrigue and characters. It kept my interest for the most part, however there were laughably stupid cheesy moments. I can't believe some of those over the top moments were left in there. Didn't anyone view it and give feedback? The worst offender was episode 9. I don't know what the name of theSo his but it's a full scale orchestra with vocals leading up to a loud crescendo. They used this piece of music while showing signs of a big tear rolling down the face as a gigantic explosion is taking place...in slo-mo. Oh man. If I was one of the actors and saw how this came together I would be mortified. I still kept my rating at a 6 because it was quite suspenseful at times. If there happens to be a season 2 I won't spend any of my time watching it though.
The Limehouse Golem (2016)
An enjoyable flick
I love the grim dark moodiness of the film. The acting was done well. I liked how as each new suspect came up we watched how they could have done the murder. It made them seem a more plausible suspect. I wished it would've been more challenging to figure out who the actual murderer was, but I still was engrossed by the film.
Enjoyed every moment!
This movie is so endearing. I love the quirky humor and style such as interjecting Boy's Michael Jackson idolization onto his father creating dream-like scenes of his dad doing classic Michael Jackson moves and also the other son's imaginative drawings. I think I'm a little in love with Taika Waititi.
Search Party (2016)
I've watched the first 6 episodes and don't care for it much. I find it bland and the characters irritate me. I read some reviews to find out what others think of the show and there are so many who absolutely love it, going so far as to call it a masterpiece. Isn't it crazy how different our tastes are? Crazy in a good way though.
Murder Among the Mormons (2021)
I just finished watching The Undoing on HBO and went into watching this. A real life sociopath compared to a fictionalized sociopath. The real life one was certainly much more scary. It was horrifying listening to the killer's interview when he seemed to answer questions honestly. He felt no remorse. He hadn't cared if a child had picked up the bomb. He figured that a person dying from a bomb was no different than the person dying in a car accident.
My real entertainment came from watching Shannon Flynn. I found him like an adorable over-the-top man with his little bow tie. At one point during the series there was a recreated "flashback" of Shannon Flynn and Michael Hoffman acting like Miami Vice dudes flying around in a sports car and shooting an Uzi. It seemed at times that Shannon still liked to act like an ultra-ego of himself and other moments when it seemed like they caught him on film almost showing his true self which was more fearful and sad.
The Little Things (2021)
3 Great Actors
The 3 main guys really are terrific actors and they did their standard fare...really good performances. So i should've enjoyed it much more than I did. But it was a snooze fest. At one point in the movie we watch 2 cops become really bored by the tedium of a boring stakeout and I could relate. Why in the heck did we watched them for so long being bored. ?? The highlight was the ending. Not because it was finally over but because it made me think. It left me contemplating if things can only be good or bad (like the forensic doc in the movie claimed). I quite loved the ending. So much moral ambiguity. It also left me wondering how many crimes are committed like that. I shudder to think.
A fizzle and a bomb
Thankfully I rented the movie. Every few minutes I had to stop and rewind and kept rewinding some parts over and over. I also had closed captioning on but was still left confused, What a bummer. I had been really looking forward to this movie.
I was also rather disappointed in the protagonist - John David Washington. He was not expressive, didn't show enough depth, and sometimes seemed awkward delivering his lines. I don't think he was able to carry this movie on his shoulders. (Even though he does have quite strong shoulders! - as we were certain to notice from his 2 pull-up scenes. Seriously, an aerial shot of him doing pull-ups on a massive tanker ship!? Common, we get it, John David Washington is very fit guy.) I'm happy that the main character wasn't the standard white dude, but I can think of a number of other guys who could've done a better job (Idris Elba, Will Smith, Bokeem Woodbine....). On the other hand, I have been very impressed with Robert Pattinson over the years. He stole every scene that he was in.
I enjoy getting lost in movies, but this was the wrong kind of lost. I like being drawn into the journey of the characters onscreen, The only thing I was drawn into was finding the rewind button on my remote control over and over again.
Brassic: The Intruder (2020)
One of the best
Oh man this one was just fantastic! Took me on an emotional trip. Parts of it I laughed so stinkin hard. I had to rewind and watch a few times the stealing of the birdbath. I'm sure my neighbors in the next door apartments could hear me. And then in a few min I teared up a bit. Had me thinking about people that I've come into contact with and judged rashly or not extended real empathy to. Reminded me of the human warmth we all need in our lives.
Season 2 has been phenomenal so far. I need to rewatch season 1.
The Devil All the Time (2020)
It was hard to see how much hurt people did to each other. Once I finally accepted that it was likely everyone was going to meet a bad end it did t bother me so much anymore and I could enjoy the story better. (Not everyone comes to a bad end, so no spoilers here.).
As others have mentioned, the acting was top notch. I've seen Robert Patterson in a few movies recently and I've been surprised with his acting skills. I've had it in my mind, as likely many others have, that he's just a one trick pony vampire teeny bopper heartthrob. But that's not him at all. He's probably had to work extra hard to get rid of his Twillight reputation. Kudos to him. Everyone else is also stellar.
Well that was the mother of all surprises...literally and figuratively! I don't recall being so taken off guard like that in a "who's done it?" movie in a long time. I gasped and sat with my hand to my mouth for a few minutes. I love being surprised!
The actress who portrayed the mother was really good. It was really telling when she met with the institutional escapee and broke down crying because he didn't have a mother. You could see in her face how distraught she was to think he didn't have a mother to protect him or go the extra mile for him like she would for her own son. Occasionally I felt like the guy who played the son did a little overkill and made himself look like an imbecile instead of a guy with a low IQ. I noticed that when he wanted to look especially dumb he'd let his jaw hang loose and would even do this when he drank making it a little difficult to swallow. Folks with a low IQ can still drink normally. This is really inconsequential, more of a personal irritant as I work with folks with a variety of disabilities.
A very enjoyable movie!
Good Time (2017)
Not very interesting
Dull, boring, dumb. I kept hoping for something exciting to happen....umm we got to watch a police car drive through the city from a high overhead shot. Woohoo. I thought there was going to be more action and navigating through the criminal underworld, but it really didn't go that deep.
I believe I see what the intention of the movie was, but it didn't move me. Robert Pattinson was really convincing as a manipulative jerk who knew precisely what to say to get the other person to follow his lead.
Lovecraft Country (2020)
Oh man this is just corny. I thought the first episode was promising and I was intrigued by the story of the family/history of the big mansion. It's too bad they didn't keep the story focused there. I've just finished the 3rd episode and laughed at the "horror" scenes. They were so bad, like all the ridiculous B horror flicks out there. It's so silly and over-the-top that there's no way I can take it seriously. I'm really surprised. I don't think of HBO putting out cheesy shows like this. The only redeeming quality is that this is from an African American viewpoint. I won't be watching the 4th episode.
I am in the camp of folks who didn't enjoy this movie. Actually, I left the theater incredibly disappointed. I had excitedly looked forward to this film for a few years. Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio...um, yes!, sign me up! I purchased a ticket as soon as I could for the earliest show and ditched work for it. I was that excited. I didn't even care that I was going to see it without friends. I figured I'd watch it the first time myself and then go with friends to see it again. I was that positive I was going to be blown away.
But no, I was so bored! Aaggh! I kept thinking that this couldn't be it. I even entertained thoughts of walking out of the theater. The plot was non existent. It seemed to meander along like a slow little stream of water that suddenly plunged over a massive waterfall at the end.
I could tell that the film was lovingly and carefully made. The sets were thorough and captured the time. The actors all acted well. Brad Pitt is a master of his trade. Even though these points were excellent, I was still bored and dejected. I was so thunderstruck at how underwhelmed I was at the end of the movie I sat down next to another couple and asked if they also thought that was a heap of trash. They were kind of startled at my presence and had a noncommittal response.
There's been times when after after hearing high praise for a movie I didn't like that I second guessed myself, but nope, not this time. I did give it a 4 though because of the good qualities I mentioned above.
Love, Death & Robots (2019)
Wow, Wow, and Wow!! These stories are amazing! I am not typically into animated stuff but figured I'd watch an episode because they're so short. Now I can't stop watching. Each one is brilliant. Of course, some I like more than others (Lucky 13 & Three Robots), but all of them have caused a strong reaction or emotional response. Like with Helping Hand I had to watch through my fingers. That was intense, made all the more so because of how good the animation was. At times I wondered if it really was animation.
So if you're like me and not too into animation, just give one or two episodes a try, I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Holy Cheesiness, Batman!
There are wonderful reviews about this show so I was very eager to watch it. The first episode was really good. The scenery was beautiful and I loved the intensity and intrigue. I love zombie flicks and then throw in a Korean period piece....what's not to love?!
But by the 3rd episode the tone completely changed and it seemed like the show didn't take itself seriously anymore. I hated the bumbling buffoonery of some of the town leaders. The zombies became like all the B rated horror movies that we laugh at. It was cringe worthy and I couldn't stomach it. Very disappointing.
I might have to give it another try though.
Altered Carbon (2018)
Had such a great starting!
As a number of others mentioned, this show started out good. It seemed like this was a high-end well put together show. But as it went on, ugh, just cheesy! It started to remind me of other shows meant for teeny boppers (like Vampire Diaries, etc) that has over-the-top acting and cliche dialogue. Two of the female actors made me want to fast forward through their parts - embarrassing to watch how soap operish their acting was.
Also, there were a number of times when I struggled to follow the plot. There was a lot of jumping around and so much dumped into the story. I'm guessing that with the book having more room to be fleshed out that it's easier to grasp all the tid bits, but I probably won't read it now that I have the who, what, when, where and why answers.
A hot mess
This was just a mess - in my opinion. I absolutely love the TV show, one of my favorites. But the movie seems pointless. It roams all over. I get that it is trying to show what life was like for the army hospital, but I still expect movies to have a clear plot line. I read that Elliot Gould and Donald Sutherland complained about the Director's style and I completely agree with their complaints! I don't like how everyone talks over each other. There wasn't enough focus on the main guys and following of their lives within the army. There is so much potential, I want more of the buildup of the pranks and goofs these guys pulled. I'll just keep watching the TV show. That gives me the stories I like.
*Very minor inconsequential spoilers
I am in stitches!!! Oh man! I just watched the 5th episode, "Nobody Beats the Biebs". I am in awe of the wit of this show - and the balls to showcase Justin this way. Actually, the best part of the episode was Darius' experience. How can we not love Darius? I sit eagerly waiting to see what crazy thing he will do or say next and he is so sincere about it all.
The social commentary this episode sure put me in my place. I felt very uncomfortable to see Darius hang up a picture of a dog for his target practice at the shooting range. It was no surprise to have others around him become angry and insist he take the picture of the dog down. Brilliantly, Darius points out that the others are using pictures of people for their target practice and wonders how this is more appropriate. My words can't convey how cleverly this scene was done through the writing, the acting, and the filming. Atlanta is full of this kind of deftly maneuvered commentary. I also appreciate that it unabashedly shows life in poorer inner city communities.
Another reviewer mentioned that this show gives us the full unleashing of Donald Glover and I wholeheartedly agree. He has a brilliant mind for understated humor. Everything is so serious, but oftentimes cleverly hilarious.
Wow! This show is so amazingly good! I wish more people new about it. If it was on a well-known cable channel tons of people would be talking about it. I really like the grittiness of it and how they show the juxtaposition of cultures/rich/poor all within Miami.
The casting is great. Martin Freeman is like nothing I've ever seen him in before. In fact, he creeped me out a lot and normally Martin plays the kind of guy that is so likable. Just the small looks he gives, like when a one night stand told him she didn't want the breakfast he made special for her. I was waiting for him to lash out at her. He didn't have to say a word, but you could see the heat in his eyes calling her many vulgar names.
Edi Gathegi. What an actor! He gave such a commanding performance and I couldn't take my eyes off of him whenever he was on the screen.
The story kept me wanting more. I watched 9/10 episodes in one day and it has been a long time since I've found a TV show that I've wanted to binge. I don't want to have to wait for season 2. Oh man, I hope there will be a season 2! I also loved that I could watch the series on my TV through Xfinity On Demand. I will be spreading the word about the show. So many people would love it.
Downhill after the first episode, but climbed back on top at the end
The first episode blew my socks off! I even watched it a second time. It kept my eyes glued to the screen the whole time. A 10 out of 10. The introduction of Tulip and the vampire (can't recall his name) were ingenious. Crazy action that was darkly comedic.
I just finished watching the 6th episode and feel so disappointed. It seems like the show is really dragging and it's hard to keep interested in it. There are definitely great scenes in each episode, they always involved over-the-top action. The action seems to be where the gold is and Tulip and the Vampire make for some good fun. I keep hoping it will take off. I think the town is dull. It is hard to transition from some crazy exciting lethal action to the dust blowing over barren land.
I do have faith that it will at some point turn around and take off. The first episode shows that it is possible. Hopefully the writers and directors will hear what people are saying about the show dragging and produce a brilliant second season. I'll keep watching and waiting.
Edit: finished the first season and the last two episodes, especially the last episode, was perfect! Yes! I knew they could do it. Those were the kind of episodes I was expecting to come from the mind of Seth Rogan.
P.s. Those two angels are great. It is hard not to find them endearing with their sweet murderous charm. Having hired a hit-man of sorts will certainly add some flavor to season two. I am eager to see the mayhem that the Preacher, his Tulip, and the Vamp will unleash.
Hap and Leonard (2016)
My spoilers are super minor, nothing that will jeopardize your viewing pleasure.
This show keeps getting better and better. I have just finished watching the 4th episode and there is something so quirky about it. It is supposed to take place in the 80's (thereabouts) and centers around crime - trying to locate stolen money and dealing with the results. It is set in Texas with the 2 main characters wearing cowboy boots and hats, giving it a westernish vibe. But then you throw in the spandex wearing, spike-haired, blue eye-shadowed, 80's murderous vixen and the show becomes a little more off kiltered, but in an entirely good way. This mix of characters makes me feel like I am watching a blend of a Guy Ritchie Film and Pulp Fiction turned into a TV show. The violence reminds me of this combo as well. It is extreme and bloody but done with flair and frivolity.
There are some excellent and well-known actors in the show: James Purefoy, Michael Kenneth Williams, and the ever lovely Christina Hendricks. Michael and James have really good chemistry together and It is completely believable that they have been best of friends since childhood. I do have to say, though, that Enrique Murciano's acting was cringe worthy (an ex-lover to Leonard (Michael's character)). It was so over the top. But I have to wonder if the director wanted it to look like that because otherwise one would think that he would have redone the scenes. Fortunately Enrique's role is very minor.
I am rating Hap and Leonard a 8 because of how entertaining, quirky, and amusing it is. The show is not up there with such monumental TV like Breaking Bad or The Wire, but I am surprised that more people aren't watching this and proclaiming its superb entertainment value. Shows like this and Fargo demonstrate that TV can be even more than good writing and acting, they can be art.
Into the Badlands (2015)
Absolutely amazing! I am just blown away by the storyline, the fighting, the beauty, the colors, and the creativity.
I saw one reviewer wrote about it being too unbelievable and that the actors look too perfect. I don't think that person quite understands the whole concept. The series is supposed to be like that. The colors are supposed to be incongruous to the depravity of the time and supposed to dazzle the eye.
I think the acting is great! I think that some of the actors, like the Barron and his son, are supposed to be over the top just like the colors are. I thoroughly enjoyed the premier episode and in fact, watched it a second time. I am mesmerized by it all.
Update after watching season 1: My affinity for the show only grew. I felt connected with the characters and naturally am concerned about their futures. As the season went on the stories of the "villians" were more flushed out which gave some insight into their reasonings and made them more relatable.
I am looking forward for season 2.
What a disappointment. I was quite intrigued by the trailers for the show and I actually found the first episode to be pretty good. The body covered in tattoos is a cool concept and I like that she doesn't have any memory of who she is. I felt this set up the show to have an interesting story line (even though it is reminiscent of other shows/movies like Prison Break and Bourne).
But then I watched the second episode and it fell completely flat for me. The acting and writing was irritatingly contrived. I like to get immersed in whatever I watch (probably like most everyone else). Unfortunately, the actors made me so aware they were acting. Instead of seeing a cop and a gal with no memory, I saw 2 people trying to act and convince us that they were a cop and an amnesiac. Also, the writing was clunky. It was obvious when characters asked questions solely for the purpose to provide needed information to the viewer. I want the writing to flow and information to be shared in a much more natural manner.
Another disappointment with the second episode was that it became apparent they are going down the path of having a "mystery" each show to solve. So Blindspot is a formulaic procedural show where the actors are to save the world (or a portion of if) each week based on information that they just happen to miraculously interpret from the gal's tattoos. What a bore.