general review

my top two movies of 2018

I’ve tried to pick two movies out of the year that were my favorites.  One tends to be the movie I’ve viewed the most, a lot of the times it’s the movie that I’ve paid to see more than once.  And the other movie is one that I just want to be recognized or pointed out. This year was tough, there was one worth mentioning and then the other(s) came down to the numbers.

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the mule – takes its time to a satisfying conclusion

The Mule is the latest from Clint Eastwood, here he produces, directs and plays the lead role. The screenplay is by Nick Schenk based on the New York Times article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule” by Same Dolnick. This film stars Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Pena, Dianne Wiest and Andy Garcia. The Mule is about an elderly veteran who becomes a drug courier for the Cartel. Continue reading

bumblebee – rollout to the movies!

Bumblebee is a prequel to those so called Transformers live action “movies.” Bumblebee is the first live action film directed by Travis Knight (you may know him from the Laika movies… Kubo and the Two Strings and Coraline). It’s written by Christina Hodson, the film stars; Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, Dylan O’Brien, Angela Basset, Justin Theroux, and Peter Cullen. It’s about Charlie, a girl in 1987, that’s dealing with a family issue and finds solace in a yellow Volkswagen Beetle that is more than meets the eye. Continue reading

mary poppins returns – return to a simpler time

Mary Poppins Returns is a musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall, with a screenplay by David Magee and a story by Magee, Marshall, and John DeLuca. It’s based on the book series of the same name by P.L. Travers. This is a direct sequel to the 1964 Mary Poppins film. It stars; Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whinshaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, and Colin Firth.  Music and Score are done by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
The film is set in 1930s London, thirty years after the events of the original film, Mary Poppins returns to the Banks’ home to assist during a time of trouble. Continue reading

spider-man: into the spider-verse – spectacularly amazing

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the latest Spider-Man movie. This time around is a CG animated film and has Miles Morales in the titular role. The film is directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, it’s got a screenplay by Phil Lord and Rothman. It stars; Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, John Mulaney, Nicolas Cage and Liev Schreiber. This film opens up the multiverse called the Spider-Verse to Miles Morales as he comes into his own, in his own New York. Continue reading

instant family – just add tears

Instant Family is a comedy drama directed by Sean Anders, he also wrote the screenplay with John Morris. It’s based on Anders’ own experiences. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner, Gustavo Quiroz, Juliana Gamiz, Margo Martindale, Julie Hagerty, Tig Notaro and Octavia Spencer.
It’s about a couple who adopts three young children, they’re all siblings, and one of them is a sassy teenager. Continue reading

fahrenheit 11/9 – the state of the union

Fahrenheit 11/9 is the latest political documentary by Michael Moore. It’s about the 2016 election that led to the presidency of Donald Trump. But it also a lot more than that. Continue reading

the happytime murders – definitely all street

The Happytime Murders is a comedy crime film directed by Brian Henson and written by Todd Berger. The film stars Bill Barretta, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, Leslie David Baker, and Elizabeth Banks. It’s about private eye Phil Phillips who’s a puppet, in a world where puppets and humans co-exist, and he joins up with the police to solve a recent crime spree. Continue reading

three identical strangers – triple the punch

Three Identical Strangers is a documentary directed by Tim Wardle, it stars Robert Shafran, Edward Galland, and David Kellman. It follows a set of triplets who were adopted at a young age by different families, each unaware that they have a brother. This was all done in the name of science… “nature vs nurture.” Continue reading

sorry to bother you – need a moment of your time

Sorry to Bother You is an absurdist dark comedy that’s written and directed by Boots Riley, this is his directorial debut. The film stars Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun, and Armie Hammer. It’s about a young African-American telemarketer in Oakland who adopts a white accent in order to thrive at his jobs, once he does, things start to escalate, and he has to choose between making money or retaining his humanity. Continue reading