Searching (2018) Review
Release Date: August 24th, 2018
Starring: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Michelle La, Sara Sohn, Alex Jayne Go, Thomas Barbusca, Gage Biltoft
Plot Summary: David Kim becomes desperate when his 16-year-old daughter Margot disappears and an immediate police investigation leads nowhere. He soon decides to search the one place that no one else has -- Margot's laptop. Hoping to trace her digital footprints, David contacts her friends and looks at photos and videos for any possible clues to her whereabouts.
I was extremely hesitant about Searching. When movies are told through a computer, camera, or phone, I get nervous. The characters better be damn good at selling themselves on screen or it can go really bad.
In this case, John Cho was excellent as David Kim. I was invested in the story and really enjoyed the mystery. It's full of plot twists and emotional scenes that are directed extremely well. Searching did a great job at using a current topic - social media/technology - without being cheesy. Each step in the process was realistic, therefore creating a gripping story. I suggest you check it out. I was pleasantly surprised.
The Meg (2018) Review
Release Date: August 10th, 2018
Starring: Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis, Winston Chao, Shuya Sophia Cai, Ruby Rose, Page Kennedy
Plot Summary: Previously thought to be extinct, a massive creature attacks a deep-sea submersible, leaving it disabled and trapping the crew at the bottom of the Pacific. With time running out, a visionary oceanographer recruits rescue diver Jonas Taylor to save the crew and the sea itself from an unimaginable threat -- a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as the Megalodon.
Jason, what the hell are you doing?
The Meg is... dumb. There's no other way to put it. The tagline is, "Pleased to eat you." I mean, really? If I wasn't laughing at the cringe-worthy "romance" forced down my throat, I was wishing I could get comfortable enough in my reclining seat to take a two-hour nap... but I couldn't because Rainn Wilson annoyed me to death through the entire thing. The trailer made it seem more intense, but what we got was a sloppy, unrealistic mess that I still can't believe made it to theaters. Save your money, even on RedBox, and make fun of this with your friends when you're drunk.
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Review
Release Date: August 15th, 2018
Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina , Harry Shum Jr., Ken Jeong
Plot Summary: Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick (Henry Golding), to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. She's also surprised to learn that Nick's family is extremely wealthy and he's considered one of the country's most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse -- Nick's disapproving mother.
I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed Crazy Rich Asians! Most romantic comedies are very cookie-cutter. This movie follows a similar path, but it does a great job at each stop. This plot has been done a million times, but the charm of this movie is evident. It's funny, emotional, and relatable. It was awesome to see a different culture on the big screen because this genre is very repetitive. I think this movie was cast extremely well, even down to the supporting cast members. The story was believable and easy to follow. It's definitely a pleasant surprise to end the summer.
The First Purge (2018) Review
Release Date: July 4th, 2018
Starring: Y'lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Mugga , Patch Darragh, Marisa Tomei, Luna Lauren Velez, Kristen Solis
Plot Summary: To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America try a radical sociological experiment that allows citizens to vent their aggression for one night in an isolated community. The idea soon explodes across the nation when the violence of the oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized.
In the first Purge movie, a family is trapped in their home during Purge Night.
The second movie moves from the suburbs to the inner city.
Election Year focused on the resistance to Purge Night.
I wanted this film to follow that trend, showing the all-out war between lower and upper class. I mean, that's what they've been building since 2013, right? Interestingly enough, they take it back to a prequel, giving us the Purge in its experimental stage. It's made very clear in The First Purge that Purge Night is for the powerful to cut down the poor without consequences. I wanted to like this movie so bad, but the tension and "horror" vibe is replaced by more action. I loved the dread of the Purge Night sirens in the first two movies, but it seems like each installment loses half a point in rating for one reason or another. As far as performances, Y'lan Noel is great as Dmitri. Besides him, there's nothing really special about these characters. Overall, The First Purge takes a few steps back from the original.
Skyscraper (2018) Review
Release Date: July 13th, 2018
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber, McKenna Roberts
Plot Summary: Will Sawyer is a former FBI agent and U.S. war veteran who now assesses security for skyscrapers. While he's on assignment in China, the world's tallest and safest building catches on fire -- and Will gets framed for it. Now a wanted man and on the run, he must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family members when they become trapped inside the inferno.
The Rock. Skyscrapers. Explosions. Gun fights. Ridiculous stunts.
I get it. Skyscraper is a stereotypical Dwayne Johnson movie, but underneath all the cliches and ridiculousness, there's an entertaining story. Dwayne had a great performance as Will Sawyer. The supporting cast delivered as well, especially his family. I enjoyed the action and gun fights, and as impractical as most of the scenes were, I liked the stunts too. There were a few times I busted out laughing because this massive guy with a fake leg is able to fight so well, but hey... It kind of worked. At the end of the day, I don't have anything bad to say about Skyscraper. It's definitely not an elaborate masterpiece by any means, but it would be cool for a friendly get-together.
The Equalizer 2 (2018) Review
Release Date: July 20th, 2018
Starring: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, Jonathan Scarfe, Orson Bean, Tamara Hickey
Plot Summary: If you have a problem and there is nowhere else to turn, the mysterious and elusive Robert McCall will deliver the vigilante justice you seek. This time, however, McCall's past cuts especially close to home when thugs kill Susan Plummer -- his best friend and former colleague. Now out for revenge, McCall must take on a crew of highly trained assassins who'll stop at nothing to destroy him.
When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I got chills. I remembered how much I LOVED the first movie, but I immediately asked myself, "Where could they go with the story?" The appeal of the original Equalizer was Robert McCall living a normal life despite being a retired CIA agent. He read books, drank coffee, and helped a big guy get in shop for a Security Guard position. What a guy. He only stepped in to help when it was absolutely necessary - when a criminal wanted to harm someone that couldn't defend themselves. He was a hero without a cape. A lone wolf.
Unfortunately, they turned him into a Lyft driver by day and a vigilante by night. Denzel's performance was great, as usual, but everything around him felt forced into place. There was a neighbor kid getting involved with the wrong crowd and McCall was the "father figure" throughout the movie. The main bad guys killed McCall's former CIA handler, which triggers him hunting them down. Instead of being a tactful hero fighting for the less fortunate, Denzel becomes a generic action hero. There was also a heavy focus on McCall's late wife that could have been much more effective. Overall, I was disappointed, but I had a weird gut feeling leading up to it. This was Denzel's first sequel, although I wouldn't brag about that to anyone if I were him.
Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Review
Release Date: July 6th, 2018
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Pfeiffer
Plot Summary: Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy.
Going into Ant-Man and The Wasp, I honestly wasn't expecting much. In the grandeur of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man often gets overshadowed by more mainstream heroes such as Thor, Spider-Man, Captain America, etc. Why? I'm not sure. All I know is the original Ant-Man only topped some X-Men movies and a few Marvel movies from the early 2000s at the box office.
I say all that to say this - I really enjoyed Ant-Man and The Wasp together. It was definitely lightweight and easygoing - a lot of silly humor and kid-friendly jokes. But I can't knock the story and action sequences! I think this movie was awesome visually. Paul Rudd is great and knows how to deliver Ant-Man to an audience. Michael Pena had a hilarious character as well. He really brightens everybody's mood. I think my favorite part was how this movie fits on the MCU timeline - you know what I mean if you saw it. Overall, it was a good movie. Ant-Man has earned his spot on a true Marvel fans' list.
Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018) Review
Release Date: July 27th, 2018
Starring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan
Plot Summary: Ethan Hunt and the IMF team join forces with CIA assassin August Walker to prevent a disaster of epic proportions. Arms dealer John Lark and a group of terrorists known as the Apostles plan to use three plutonium cores for a simultaneous nuclear attack on the Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. When the weapons go missing, Ethan and his crew find themselves in a desperate race against time to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.
Mission Impossible: Fallout - Action-packed. Intense. Redemption. These are the first words that come to mind when I think of this movie. Tom Cruise gave me faith in this franchise again. The movie is almost 2 1/2 hours long, but you don't notice it. There are so many interweaving stories and characters, and writer-director Christopher McQuarrie does an excellent job at juggling them all. I love when a movie is complex but easy to follow. Some scripts want to be so "daring" that the plot loses its mojo. Not here. You will enjoy familiar faces like Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg, while introducing new ones like Henry Cavill - whose performance was great, by the way. I loved the fights, car chases, and everything in between. It's hard to believe Cruise is 56 and doing most of his stunts... But he's not slowing down any time soon.
Nobody’s Fool = (3.7/5)
Tyler Perry hasn’t directed great films yet after 10 years of being a director but is he really focused on making award winning caliber movies? No, he is rather focused on making people enjoy his mediocre films, some are garbage to be honest; besides to that, a lot of his fans religiously watch his films so every movie he makes... cha ching, boom box office win. Nobody’s Fool is no different from his other films although I thoroughly enjoyed this movie a lot. It has Tiffany Haddish in it which I’m a big fan and she had the usual goofy, don’t give a fuck kind of vibe. However, like I’ve said this is just your typical Tyler Perry type of movie so I don’t think this is a great movie, it got weak premise, ending was predictable, some jokes were awkwardly flat but hey it’s a Tyler Perry movie so why complain. Despite those negative thoughts, I was still entertained throughout the movie. You know those kind of movies where you know along the way it’s a terrible one but still watches it nonetheless for some reason? Nobody’s Fool is a hundred percent like that so if you would just like to sit down and relax, have some good laughs, this is a perfect movie to see.. just don’t expect any Christopher Nolan or Shyamalan twists or something.
Starring: Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Amber Riley & Whoopi Goldberg
Director: Tyler Perry
Movie watched: November 13, 2018
Would I recommend? YES
“You unlocked something inside me that day, something I didn't even realize was there. And right then, I knew that nothing in my life was ever going to be the same.” #quikMOOreviews
Unsane is one of the year's more pleasant surprises, revolving around a woman who is involuntarily committed to the Highland Creek Behavioral Center after consulting with a therapist. You spend the entire movie conflicted as to whether she’s the one who’s unhinged or if the people around her are. And if this nightmare scenario wasn’t enough, she believes that a stalker from her past is inside the mental institution with her acting as one of the staffers. Oh, and this movie was shot entirely on an iPhone 7 Plus.
Steven Soderbergh, an avid filmmaking experimenter, uses the iPhone camera to amplify sensations of claustrophobia as we are carried jarringly close to the action, invading Sawyer’s personal space and trailing behind her as she wanders through what seems to be hell on earth. Operating as his own cinematographer and editor, Soderbergh maintains the film’s intrigue and intensity despite being constrained technically and story-wise. In fact, it’s the film’s restrictiveness that makes it all the more effective in its confusion, terror, and rage.
Claire Foy pulls off this unreliable, deeply flawed protagonist role so convincingly well. I’m shocked that her performance isn’t getting more of a buzz from award circles. The feisty nature with which she plays this character makes her seem all the crazier to the staff of this hospital, which specializes in the horrific incarceration of, for lack of a better term, normal people against their will to exploit their health insurance coverage. This is a scenario that already horrifies me on paper, but seeing it play out onscreen truly made my skin crawl.
This is a movie that we’ve all seen remnants of before but never told in this specific way. The grainy, overstretched pixels and invasive surveillance feel of an iPhone shot adeptly fit the film’s themes of warped psychoses and unstable realities. If psychological thrillers that takes place largely in a single setting interest you then look no further than Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane’.
Our review of “Green Book” can be read on NextBestPicture.com (Link In Bio)
Finally!! I had to wait for 1 month to watch 'First Man' because the country I live in released it not till last week. Tonight I finally could enjoyed it and I liked it but I have to say: it was good but not great.
They were some aspects of the film that I was not hooked by.
However the landing on the moon was truly amazing!
Did you like First Man?
We have picked the top 5 best boxing movies that you have to watch. #communitv
🎬 Southpaw (2015)
Watch the complete Top 5 on YouTube. Link in Bio.
Wir haben die Top 5 der besten Boxfilme ausgesucht, die du unbedingt sehen musst. #communitv
🎬 Southpaw (2015)
Schaue dir die komplette Top 5 auf YouTube an. Link in Bio.
Did you know, that in terms of box office, Gran Torino (2008) is the most successful Clint Eastwood movie ever, both in the U.S. and the U.K? #communitv
Wusstest du, dass der flammenschießende Gitarrist in MAD Max: Fury Road der australische Musiker Sean Hape, besser bekannt als Iota ist? In einem Interview auf Vice sagte er, dass die Gitarre 132 Pfund wog und echte Gasflammen schoss, die er mit der Whammybar kontrollierte. #communitv
Our throwback review of “Bridesmaids” (2011) can be read on NextBestPicture.com (Link In Bio)
Overlord = (4.9/5)
Overlord won the battles in terms of its premise, energy, style, heart pounding sequences that makes it one of the most surprising films of the year. To be honest, the trailers didn’t look promising and I hated it, but the fact that J.J. Abrams is producing this and the early reviews were great, I gave it a shot and it was absolutely worth my time. An original genre movie that started with a blast and ended up really satisfying, never wasted a single moment. The pacing was exquisite and nice; there are funny moments, gruesome moments with a lot of blood and guts and the actors were all outstanding. It’s a whole lot of fun, a great experience and a highly recommended movie that everyone should check out.
Starring: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell & John Magaro
Director: Julius Avery
Movie watched: November 12, 2018
Would I recommend? YES
😔 a superhero is someone who does more than the average person would do in order to right a wrong. Take care of an injustice. “
Stan you were a true hero.. bold, and creative.
Our review of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald” can be read on NextBestPicture.com (Link In Bio)
Big Trouble in Little China is a B movie and 80's gem from the legend himself, John Carpenter.
The film stars Kurt Russell who's character gets caught up in the weird, dangerous and magical underworld of San Francisco's Chinatown. His buddy's bride is captured and kidnapped by a tribe of an ancient evil. Their leader requires the girl to break an ancient curse that keeps him a fleshless and immortal spirit. Therefore it is up to Kurt Russell and his magic using and kick ass Asian friends to save the girl.
Big Trouble in Little China is a B movie through and through and it is a glorious one indeed. The story may be straight forward but Carpenter and his crew create such a fun, interesting and inventive world that you can't helped but get sucked in.
The film is also so full of likeable, absurd and over the top characters that there is never a dull moment.
The martial arts and magic action is shot well, over the top like all elements of the film and most importantly fun and highly entertaining to watch.
Kurt Russell is fantastic in the lead role. He is such a charismatic and likeable presence, you can't help but love him. Especially with his sass and memorable dialogue. "Okay, sit tight, hold the fort, and keep the home fires burning and if we’re not back by dawn, call the President."
Admittedly this is the first time I have seen the film and I loved it, I have a feeling it will grow on me even more with re-watches. For now...
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