Director; Martin Scorsese
3h 30 minutes
Streaming on Netflix
Cinematic art at its finest – Scorsese truly knows how to capture the viewer with the classic film format that he uses while gathering a few legends, all of them delivering one of the best performances this year. The Irishman is everything and little bit more, a superb film that must be experienced, with its brilliant script polished to perfection, magnetic and soul capturing acting, awe-inspired visual, sound, and costumes – the movie takes gangster films of this decade to a whole new level, making once again history alongside classics such as Good Fellas, Scarface, Godfather, Once Upon a Time in America, and so many others – with this film being released new generations get to finally experience the magic of radiant gangster stories.
Pesci is outstanding, Pacino mesmerizing, and De Niro – well, a fine master that never fails. The makeup department must take home the Oscar for their work on this movie, seeing these actors in different timelines of their lives and careers throughout the 3 hours and 30 minutes, not had they only aged gracefully like fine wine, but it was extremely well done, even up close, the details were incredible.
The movie, based on the memoir by Charles Brandt – Heard You Paint Houses from 2004, showcases the may or may not involvement of the mafia hitman Frank Sheeran (De Niro) revolving the death of Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino) – all wrapped into a roller coaster of drama, crime, money, depth, and questioning loyalty. With Frank Sheeran narrating his own story from beginning to end, beautiful scenery, and dialogue out of this world, it is a movie you cannot miss. It is going to make you think, wonder, and be in awe – almost in a nirvana state of mind. 9/10
Director; Jon Watts
2h 9 minutes
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Yes! Yes! And YES! Tom Holland has truly made this Marvel character his own, with his boyish charm and radiant charisma, the actor has delivered besides a fantastic performance, an outstanding new take and fresh look on the spidey we all know so well by now thanks to the beloved comics.
Besides a grim villain and an entertaining plot, this story was exactly what we needed after Avengers – Endgame. It’s fun, fast-paced, and with its great visual, sound, and acting, the movie is definitely worth your time, especially if you’re a Marvel fan.
The witty writing overshadowed the somewhat small cliches moments that came up every now and then, you only notice them by paying attention, and not something that’ll ruin the script or effects – a brilliant installment to the franchise.
Following the tragic events after Endgame, Peter Park (Holland) must on his own face the new threats threating his world, all while balancing school and love. 7/10
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Directors; Chris Renaud & Jonathan del Val
1h 26 minutes
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Following the previous journey that came out in 2016, we get to once again bark on a roller coaster of meanings, fun, and heart – The Secret Life Of Pets 2 is a great sequel for everyone to enjoy no matter how old you are, it is an entertaining, laughable, and cute film, ready to steal your heart with its endearing moments – everything wrapped into a fantastic animation flick truly worthy of your time.
The story revolves around Max and his fluffy pet friends, following their secret lives and shenanigans throughout the hours the owners are at work. With its great voice over actors, beautiful colors, sound, and visuals with a well-written script and story, the movie truly captures your soul, especially if you are a pet-owner yourself. 5/10
80 minutes of original content
Director; Good Boys
1h 30 minutes
The Goonies, Stranger Things, and It. – These movies and many others have through the years created this charismatic and charming setting revolving a group of kids, feeding off each other and their endlessly energy-hype that normally only little boys can radiate.
Good Boys was entertaining, yet, somehow it wasn’t as brilliant as the movies I mentioned above. It was rather dull at times, the script seemed forced almost like a desperate attempt to come off as fun and it failed.
It’s dumb, it is 90 minutes of pure stupidity as it goes along and nothing more, it is not a movie that should be taken seriously – because having little kids dropping the F-word, playing with adult toys, or talking about sex isn’t comedy. But you will get a few smiles in, not a full-on laugh out loud moments unless you are equally dumb, but it’s worth a watch. 4/10
Creators; Carol Barbee & Dennis Liu
Season 1 streaming on Netflix
I haven’t complained this much during a tv-show in ages.
First of all, let me start with that it ain’t all that bad, as much as I practically demolished it negatively episode by episode, I was still hooked on it – unable to stop myself from watching.
It is a kid-friendly-easy to watch and somewhat enjoyable show yet with the downsides of terrible acting and most of all, the creation of a certain character.
Dion, the kid who the show practically revolves around annoyed the living hell out of me – I’ve never experienced such dislike toward a child’s acting as I did when watching this show, he is obnoxious, annoying, irritating, and simply disturbing on a whole other level – his work of portraying this role is terrible and gut-wrenchingly bad.
I enjoyed the script, it had potential, it is the right story just with the wrong actors that sorts of ruin the good in the story and visual.
And the fact that kid NEVER listens to the mother just made me flip several times throughout, she never gets mad or puts him in place, always too emotional and pretty much lets him get away with everything.
The second character that annoyed me was Pat, Dions godfather. Toward the end, he becomes obsessed with Nicole (Dion’s mother) but in an annoying and ugly way – not the hot obsession like Ben Foster in Hostage, Mark Whalberg in Fear, or Michael Ealy in The Perfect Guy. Those roles had a slight essence of sexy in their possession behavior, here you just wanted to whoop his ass.
In conclusion, you love to hate on it! You want to continue watching it because in all its bad, it grabs you and doesn’t let you go and before you know it, you’ve binged the entire first season without realizing it. 4/10
Director; David Yarovesky
1h 30 minutes
Out on Bluray
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Well, that was a waste of time.
A new story that had both potential and quite an interesting concept, yet it failed miserably.
I had some high hopes, I guess, one has in one way or another wondered ”what if?” – debating the thought if Superman was the opposite of good? What if he was part of the dark side, not wanting to save the world and instead of helping others, actually hurting them.
Well someone thought of it as well and created Brightburn – the same story but with a twist.
Tory and Kyle, a couple unable to conceive think they’ve had their prayers heard when a child from another planet crash-lands near their landscape. The only problem, as he grows, something more sinister starts to take over his within, and instead of becoming a hero, he grows into being someone everyone around him fears.
It starts dull, slow, and dragged out – and it doesn’t get any better nor even slightly entertaining as it goes on. It missed the high suspense, the true elements of a real horror flick. Not something I’d personally recommend nor watch twice. 4/10 And that is solely based on that I enjoyed seeing Elizabeth Banks on a more serious role rather than the fun-light-hearted character she tends to play.
Creating a New Supervillain
Quick Burns – Vignette Social Series
Director; Tosca Musk
2h 6 minutes
Now streaming on Passionflix.
Based on the novel by Jodi Ellen Malpas with the same name, Passionflix, an online streaming website that turns popular romance novels into movies and series decided to make the movie adaption of this book – as excited as I first was to finally see The Protector on the screen, and not just through the pages as I had done since I bought the novel, I must say, that excitement quickly faded away into thin air.
It was simply bad, gut-wrenching, and it hurt my eyes.
My soul was torn, my heart in pieces shattered on the floor, and in shock that the author even approved this – who in their right mind would sell out so easy on a work they’ve been working so hard on for someone else to ruin in 2 hours and 6 minutes?!
Everything was bad; the second-class acting, the poor script, the unpleasant visual, and worst? The painful sound that made my entire essence cringe. I pray to the every lord above that they don’t try to turn another of my favorite novels into movies or I will rip my eyeballs out, because one thing I cannot stand is directors, producers, and script creators slaughtering my lovable books that I read with passion, excitement, and so much enthusiasm – for them to crap all over it.
If you’ve read the novel, don’t dare watching the movie. 0/10