Bloodshot

“Bloodshot” is based on the best-selling comic book of the same name. Vin Diesel is Ray Garrison a decorated Soldier who gets killed in the line of duty. Ray is brought back to life by the RST Corporation. Loaded with a lot of nano-technology in his veins Ray is stronger than ever and is able to heal quickly if injured.

Although Ray is not in complete control of his mind and that’s where the problems start. The RST Corporation can alter Ray’s memories at any given time. Ray does not know what is real and what isn’t, but he is determined to get to the bottom of the situation. The story unfolds from there…

There is no plot. No solid story, but tons of non-stop action and special effects. The Cinematography was on point! It’s a bit sad…I had high hopes for “Bloodshot”. I counted down the minutes to when I could leave the theater. Vin Diesel does a good job with what he was given, but he isn’t the only person in the movie.

“Bloodshot” is best viewed on Cable, Blu-Ray or DVD.

This is a 2 Star Movie!!

The Way Back

FINALLY…A decent movie!! I haven’t written a post in three weeks!!

Ben Affleck is Jack Cunningham who back in high school was a basketball superstar who could have been the next big thing in the Pros, but he walked away from it all.
Years later Jack has a chance to come back to basketball when his old Alma Mater reaches out to him asking him to come coach the struggling team. Jack is very reluctant, but his old principal is very persistent. The story unfolds from there…

“The Way Back” is a great story about life and its struggles. There isn’t much of a plot, but you get the gist of what’s going on. The story is moving and some parts are relate-able. Ben Affleck gives an excellent performance. His seriousness and sincerity are on point.

“The Way Back” is definitely a surprise to me. I did not know what to expect going in. The movie is definitely worth a look.

This is a 4 ½ Star Movie!!

The Photograph

“The Photograph” is a story about a famed photographer Christina Eames who unexpectedly dies and leaves letters to her estranged daughter Mae Morton (Issa Rae) and the man she loved, but never married.

After retrieving the letters and instructions from a safe deposit box, Mae finds herself on a journey that leads her to delve into her Mother’s early life and it sets up an unexpected romance between Mae and a star journalist Michael Block (LaKeith Standfield). The story unfolds from there…

You know they say “Love is Complicated” that rings true in “The Photograph”. The story is a back and forth novel unraveling piece by piece. As the pieces come together the story becomes more intriguing and includes a few surprises along the way. The movie has a good cast and will keep you entertained. Opening on Valentine’s Day was a good move for the “The Photograph”.

This is a 3 ½ Star Movie!!

The 92nd Academy Awards

I am a few days late with my commentary regarding the 92nd Academy Awards. I traveled for business this week and could not write until I got back home.

It’s been a couple of years since the Best Picture Winner was a movie I did not see, but I never heard of “Parasite” and I am not aware that it ever was shown at a theater in my area.

5 of the 8 Best Picture Nominees were movies I saw, “1917”, “Ford v Ferrari”, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, “Little Women” and “The Irishmen” (This is on Netflix).

If you have Netflix I highly recommend “The Irishmen”

I did score on a few of the categories:

Brad Pitt – Best Supporting Actor – Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Toy Story 4 – Best Animated Feature Film
Hair Love – Animated Short (I saw this short animated film as a lead in to The Secret Life of Pets 2)
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” scored on Achievement in Production

I am glad “Little Women” did not go home empty handed as it scored on Costume Design
“Ford v Ferrari” scored 2 statues, Sound Editing and Film editing
“1917” made off with 3 Statues, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects and Cinematography
Surprisingly “Bombshell” won for Hair Styling and Makeup

One of the best moments was when Renee Zellweger won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as Judy Garland in “Judy”
She definitely deserved that win!!

That wraps up the 92nd Academy Awards.

I highly recommend “Ford v Ferrari” and “Little Women”
If you like War Movies check out “1917”
If you are a Kid at Heart check out “Toy Story 4”
If you are interested in Judy Garland’s life check out “Judy(2019)”
If you are a Quentin Tarantino fan check out “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood”

I gave all of these movies 4 or 5 Stars!!

See You at the Movies!!

The Gentlemen

Matthew McConaughey plays an American expat by the name of Mickey Pearson. Mickey built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. Word gets out that Mickey is looking to cash out of the business forever. This triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal Mickey’s empire out from under him and his lovely wife. The story unfolds from there…

Plain and simple I think the movie is awesome! I was thoroughly entertained! My favorite character was Ray (Charlie Hunnam), who was Mickey’s right-hand man. He appeared quiet and unassuming, but was a “Bad Ass” when necessary.

“The Gentlemen” was never short on intrigue. The story continued to roll right up to the end. At times the movie was a bit bloody, but that is to be expected given the story and plot.

This is a Guy Ritchie production, you must pay attention so you do not miss anything because the story goes back and forth.

If you like your Crime Dramas with a small side of Comedy, I highly recommend “The Gentlemen”.

This is a 4 Star Movie!

Dolittle

Robert Downey Jr. sheds his Marvel Universe Super Hero persona to play Dr. John Dolittle, who is an eccentric doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England.

After losing his wife seven years earlier, Dr. Dolittle became a hermit, hiding away from the public eye. His only companions are the animals that he previously cared for. He talks to them and plays with them.

A messenger from the Queen summons Dr. Dolittle when the young queen falls ill and no one is able to determine what is wrong. Once Dr. Dolittle diagnoses the symptoms the queen exhibits, he then goes on a journey to locate a cure. The story unfolds from there…

“Dolittle” is definitely not Robert Downey Jr’s best work. During most of the movie the dialog from Robert Downey Jr. is not understandable. There is some comic relief that comes from the animals, but there aren’t any other redeemable qualities about the movie. It seems like it was just thrown together with no thought about a plot.

Young children may find “Dolittle” entertaining, but the movie is not worth the price of admission. The paid critics did not like “Dolittle”. I should have skipped it.

This is a 1 Star Movie!!

Bad Boys for Life in AMC Dolby

I was not writing movie reviews back in 1995 when the first “Bad Boys” hit the big screen. In fact I can’t remember if I liked the first installment or not. I can however confidently state that I do in fact like “Bad Boys for Life”.

It’s been twenty five years since Mike Lowery (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) first became partners. Fast forward to 2020, Mike and Marcus get together for one last ride…

This installment of the Bad Boy franchise is really good. The movie is fun to watch from start to finish. There is a back story that is carefully laid out, but there is a hole in the plot that does not quite get filled. However that does not take away from the entertainment factor of the movie. There is plenty of action, crazy car and motorcycle chases, but brace yourself…Things do get bloody. The cinematography is on point. The comic relief is alive and well.

I recommend “Bad Boys for Life” for some fun entertainment during this MLK Day Holiday weekend.

This is a 3 ½ Star Movie!!

Just Mercy

“Just Mercy” is a painful reminder that our Legal and Judicial Systems continues to have flaws although some progress has been made. Based on a true story “Just Mercy” takes you through the intensity of Walter McMillan (Jamie Foxx) being in prison and on death row for a crime he did not commit.

Lawyer Brian Stevens (Michael B. Jordan) who works for an organization that fights for citizens who can’t afford legal representation takes on Walter’s case and eventually goes all the way to the Supreme Court to seek justice. The story unfolds from there…

“Just Mercy” is executed brilliantly. The movie is understated while getting to the point. Things do get a bit emotional but that is expected given the subject matter.

Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan are excellent together. Will “Just Mercy” get an Oscar nod? Only the Academy knows. I think the performances of Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx definitely deserve some consideration.

If you can stand to feel anger, sadness, fear and jubilation all in two hours and 16 minutes, I recommend “Just Mercy”.

This is a 4 Star Movie!!

1917

“1917” takes you on a journey starting at the height of the first World War. The focus is on two soldiers, Scofield and Blake and the impossible mission they are assigned. They race against time and across the enemy’s line to deliver a message to stop the possibility of an attack on hundreds of Soldiers, Blake’s brother is among them. The story unfolds from there…

Watching “1917” you will feel like you are on the battle field, crawling across enemy lines and trying to avoid getting shot. The camera angles and cinematography are just that good.
You can’t help but to have empathy for the soldiers. The story is moving and suspenseful. The film is tastefully executed. You will definitely see war through the eyes of these soldiers. All of the Golden Globe awards that were won were definitely earned.

If you like war movies then you should definitely check out “1917”.

This is a 4 ½ Star Movie!!

Future Movie Reviews in 2020 and Beyond

Here is a Short list of Movies I plan to see in 2020 and beyond. This list will be updated periodically during 2020.

Clemency – Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Wendell Pierce, Richard Schiff

The New Mutants – Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, Alice Braga

The Rhythm Section – Blake Lively, Sterling K. Brown, Jude Law, Max Casella, Richard Brake, Geoff Bell, Daniel Mays

Little Things – Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto, Sofia Vassilieva, Natalie Morales

1917 – Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays, Colin Firth, Pip Carter, Andy Apollo, Paul Tinto

Just Mercy – Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, Brie Larson

Bad Boys for Life – Will Smith, Martin Lawrenece, Jacob Scipio, Paola Nunez, Vanessa Hudgens

Dolittle – Robert Downey, Jr, Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Rami Malek, Tom Holland, Selena Gomez, John Cena, Carmen Ejogo, Ralph Fiennes, Octavia Spencer, Emma Thompson, Marion Cotillard

The Gentlemen – Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant

Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn – Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Ewan McGregor Chris Messina, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

The Photograph – Issa Rae, Lakeith Lee Stanfield, Chante Adams, Y’Lan Noel

Call of the Wild – Terry Notary, Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Omar Sy, Colin Woodell, Bradley Whitford

The Way Back – Ben Affleck, Janina Gavankar, Rachael Carpani

I Still Believe – Gary Sinise, K.J. Apa, Britt Robertson, Shania Twain, Melissa Roxburgh, Nathan Parsons

Mulan – Liu Yifei, Gong Li, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Xana Tang, Chum Ehelepola, Yoson An

No Time To Die – Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Ana de Armas, Ben Whishaw, Rami Malek, Ralph Fiennes, JEffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz

Black Widow – Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Ray Winstone, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, Robert Downey, Jr.

Fast and Furious 9 – Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Nathalie Emmanuel

Wonder Woman 1984 – Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Gabriella Wilde, Ravi Patel, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen

Top Gun: Maverick – Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Lewis James Pullman, Gen Powell, Jennifer Connelly

Tenet – John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clemence Poesy, Elizabeth Debicki, Himesh Patel

The Kings Man – Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Bruhl, Djimon Hounsou, Charles Dance

Venom 2 – Tom Hardy, Woody Harrleson, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris

The Eternals – Kumail Nanjiani, Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Gemma Chan

Godzilla vs Kong – Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Jessica Henwick, Eiza Gonzalez, Demian Bichir

Coming to America 2 – Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Kiki Layne, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Wesley Snipes, Jermaine Fowler, James Earl Jones, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan

Dune – Timothee Chalamet, Dave Bautista, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Charlotte Rampling, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin

Death on the Nile (2020) – Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Kenneth Branagh, Annette Bening, Letitia Wright

Red Notice (2020) – Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Kazi Maubert

Honest Thief – Liam Neeson, Jai Courtney, Robert Patrick, Kate Walsh, Jeffrey Donovan, Anthony Ramos

Let Them All Talk – Meryl Streep, Gemma Chan, Lucas Hedges, Dianne Wiest, Candice Bergen, Saskia Larsen

Good Morning, Midnight – George Clooney, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Kyle Handler, Demian Bichir, Tiffany Boone

Samaritan – Sylvester Stallone