Film Reviews - what have you seen lately, what did you think?

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  1. T REX

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    Does it have anything to do with the other two? This coulda been done well and made some money.
     
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    I guess. It’s sort of linked at the end.
     
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    Just saw this movie. It was excellent. Made me well up. Will Smith was superb in this movie. 8/10
     
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    American made - after DG’s review I read more into this before watching and at least the director admits that it is a lie based on a true story. It does affect how you view the movie a little. If you strip that away and just look at it as a movie and not a true story it is an ok tom cruise movie. Entertaining but you definitely need to treat it as a fictional story. 6/10
     
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    Yeah, I just enjoyed it for what it was.
     
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    All eyes on me - Tupac biopic. This one tried to be as good as the one about NWA but isn’t. We will skip the first of it where all cops are bad. Once again however like the one about NWA tries to paint him as this amazing human being on the personal side for the most part but we know he had his faults. They once again use Suge Knight as a semi villain holding him hostage and manipulating him at times. Very little is shown of the bad boy records guys and you gat a brief encounter with Dre and a good dose of snoop and how his relationship of being easy going was viewed.

    The actors were fine, but the music scenes were horrible. There were times they didn’t even pretend to li sing and just had their mouths closed while words were going. It is way to long though at 2.5 hours. They should trim 45 minutes off and it would be better. Up to you to watch. 5/10
     
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    Two more for you

    Collide - two brits play Americans (beast from the new xmen and the girl from rogue one) expatriates living in Germany. They meet, fall in love and she gets sick. He then joins a crime crew led by a crazy turk (Ben Kingsley’s) and falls on the bad side of Anthony Hopkins. You then get about an hour and a half of car chases. 4/10.

    Brawl on cell block 99 - Vince Vaughn in a prison movie and he’s a badass. This movie is violent. He’s the muscle in a criminal scene and goes to prison after double crossed but doesn’t talk. He then manipulates his way through the system to take out people that have his wife. It’s slow but very good. 8/10
     
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    Here, I'll review it as a (Marvel) film, and leave out the 'black' social commentary, though that last line of the quote sums it up - a notch below it's peers. The opening has a killing dated 1992, then it jumps to current day next generation - unfortunately, while the historical scene helps explain the main plot and sets up key characters, the jump to action is disconnected and leaves you wondering why that was put in the film. Next complaint - first two major fight scenes (jungle convoy, and casino) are likely very exciting and action packed, but I couldn't really tell you because it was too much black on black to see what the hell was going on. I get that BP may use darkness to his advantage, but his whole schtick is being bulletproof and doing all kinds of gymnastics - stealth is not applied. I only had a clue to the jungle fight because of muzzle blasts.

    Some good would be our first real villain of Klaue, simply because he is "fun" and kinda high tech with a rocket arm. Second would the main villain of Killmonger (Michael B Jordan) who is really buff (no homo) and plays his role fairly well....though they give him a bit more backstory that doesn't conflict with our storyline, but it doesn't help much and just adds some filler you didn't need. Our 'good guys' actors are good at what they do, nothing stellar and nothing awful. Two comments on that - one is I didn't know Forest Whitaker was in this, and he seems to be doing the same old godfather type roles lately :yawn:, and I didn't know Martin Freeman was in this, which I absolutely adore him in Netflix's "Sherlock Holmes" with Benedict Cumberbatch as our all too human Dr. Watson, but in this film he feels like the token white guy who doesn't get killed (spoiler!). Not inspiring, nor memorable here on either of their parts.

    Plot is ok and makes sense with no major holes - any possible ones get filled effectively. Action is pretty decent, aside from the two all dark fight scenes. Oi, and there was a third and final gato-a-gato fight scene - two guys in BP outfits fighting inside a cavernous mountain with iffy lighting...we saw what was going on, but it was still a little difficult. Maybe it is my old eyesight. Anyway, fight scenes throughout were ok - there were some pretty cool gadgets (remote control from the lab!) but also a bit silly CGI going on. Rarely any laughs, no real emotional investment anywhere with attachments to character or humor in situations...just riding along. No boobs, though they likely would have been harmed had they been brought out.

    Marvel films should run 8-9 on my grades, this is a solid 6.5. Only see it if you can a) shut out all the black media talk and can try to enjoy an action film, or b) you are strictly going to see the black media aspects. Either way, you will leave disappointed.
     
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    Wonder Boy (2010)

    A straight A student who lost his mom in a car jacking as a 10yr old (he was in the back seat when she was killed) turns to a vigilante at night, primarily seeking out guys he knows killed someone and got away with it. After school he spends time in the PD supposedly going through mug shots hoping to find the guy who killed his mom (maybe true, maybe a way of finding guys to hit). Mix in a new detective to the PD that he makes friends with who starts chasing the vigilante (not knowing it is him) is predictable but it works. A cool twist is that midway through, we start seeing him in double scenes - a scene with dialogue, but it is rough cut together as what is really happening and how he is interpreting it so you get both and know he's not right in the head. The last 25 min things start blending and turning, what with the kid KNOWING who killed his mom, how it crosses with the detective, and how his f'd up dad screwed him up in the head over the years. He loses it, in a bad way, which builds to the finale that isn't exactly predictable but isn't too much of a surprise. I can't say it is a great movie, but solidly good. No boobs were seen or harmed. 7.5/10
     

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