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
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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
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
Director; Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett
1h 35 minutes
Swedish premiere; August 23rd
A mixture of good and bad, entertaining yet frustrating, annoying but somehow thrilling. The bad is based solely on certain characters and their acting plus some scenes. Regarding the characters, one in particular, who was a cokehead obviously didn’t do research or watch enough movies to be able to portray an addict, and some scenes were frustrating because bad moments could’ve been avoided.
The script itself was quite entertaining and refreshing, so was the monologues, there was a slight essence of humor which lighted up the dark, it delivers a few laughs that were well planned and put, and some part were a total nail-biter. The length was perfect, it didn’t become too long nor too dull, it was enough and they would’ve just ruined it if they dragged it out.
Grace’s wedding night takes a grim turn when following her inlaws traditions. What she believes might just be an innocent play of hide and seek turns out to be a total nightmare, and now she only has until dawn to come out alive.
Definitely worth a watch if you want a little laugh and some thrill wrapped into one mystery fest.6,5/10
Director; Michael Tiddes
1 37 minutes
Out on Netflix
Let’s start with that I truly enjoy Marlon Wayans on screen. He has charm, charisma, and is hilarious – when he wants to be. Lately, however, is like his main mission is to deliver the worst movies, portraying the most idiotic characters, and you sit there wondering who was the fool who gave this script a go.
Alan (Wayans) finds out he one of 6 siblings (sextuplets) and goes on a journey to find each and one of them but runs into few obstacles on the way.
Wayans, portraying all of the siblings is just plain clownish here, every character more annoying than the other, too exaggerating, and simply stupid. They’re overdoing it with these personas, and it comes off as a desperate attempt to be fun but flops.
It is a waste of talent (because we know he has it), waste of budget, and most importantly, waste of your time or energy.
Painful to watch and something I’d never recommend.1/10
Director; Chris Addison
1h 35 minutes
From May 2019
I completely understand the negative comments, sure, this isn’t a movie for the bright one, one who is searching for something intellectual, something with depth, and something fresh and epic.
But, if you watch it with a drink in one hand, it ain’t that bad and you’ll actually find yourself enjoying what could be a dull afternoon.
Two female scam artist, two complete different opposite of one another meet and while thinking they’re the doing the con, they get what they deserve from a third party.
It’s not that shabby, it is quite entertaining, and one should not judge it too quickly nor get grabbed by the negativism, it’s a remake from the classic from 88 – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, but with a twist. However, nothing will live up to the two phenomenal Steve Martin and Michael Cane, but Hathaway and Wilson have chemistry, and though the acting wasn’t superb this time, they bring some smiles and that should sometimes be enough. 4/10
Director; Charles Martin Smith
1h 36 minutes
Out on Bluray
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Heartwarming, feel-good, and warm. Just a few words and ways to describe this film. It practically hugs your soul, and you love every minute of it. I won’t compare it to similar dog movies that have been out such as A dogs purpose and A dogs journey because those two were beside the best dog movies, but a total cry-fest. I hadn’t bawled my eyes in such a long time, but those brought it out of me – and though this film wasn’t close to those two, it was still a joy to watch and something I’d recommend if you, like myself love dogs.
Bella, a beautiful dog gets lost from her family and home, as she goes through highs and lows facing obstacles and strangers, trying to get back to the ones she loves the most she also discovers a whole new world.
You will laugh, you will smile, but mostly, you’ll be wiping away tears. It is an adventure for the whole family to enjoy, to get inspired, experience goosebumps, and simply not knowing you could love dogs more than you already do.
Though great and entertaining, I was quite disappointed with the visual at certain points, it screamed computerized, I mean, I completely understand that you cannot add a mountain lion and a dog and expect them to act together and be friends, but the mountain lion looked way too fake, so a little more work on the details would have made this movie a nice 10.
An unforgettable journey
DIY doggie treats with Shelby