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Happy MLK Day everyone. I wanted to bring you my thoughts on the movie Proud Mary a.k.a. one of Tina Turner’s best hits. Now I know most of you are asking one of the following questions: “This movie is out already?” or “I have never heard of it, what’s it about?”. These are fair questions. Do to the lack of exposure in advertisement, I wouldn’t be surprised if anyone knew about this movie until it was too late. I have seen the trailer on multiple movies and a poster here and there. The trailer itself didn’t really give much to the story, which I will get into later. First let me tell you about the movie you probably never heard of.
“She is not one to be played with.” picture via rogerebert.com
Taraji P. Henson, known to most people as Cookie Lyon on the hit drama “Empire” on Fox, plays a woman named Mary, naturally. She is a hit woman working for Benny (Danny Glover). Benny is a mob boss or drug lord with his own territory along with other rival crews looking to take over everything. Mary just happens to put a hit on a bookie who owed some money but unbeknownst to Mary, this man has a son and she refuses to kill a child. Fast Forward a year later and the child is working for one of the rival gangs against Benny. The kid is Danny, played by Jahi Di’Allo Winston, who did a great job I might add is not doing so well physically and mentally running around as an errand boy, Mary takes him in to take care of him as to make amends for her sins. This act causes her world and life to be altered as she now has to face the realization that she wants more out of life then the one she has been used to most of her life. Add a bunch of assassin like gun play, some catchy r&b soul tunes, and Henson’s “I’m not playing boy” attitude and you got yourself an action drama.
As much as I enjoy Insidious and its franchise, I didn’t think it would be making any additional chapters, especially continuing the original story and still make it interesting. Alas, we now have chapter 4, another prequel to the first one but a sequel to chapter 3. My first review of 2018 is the latest horror movie in the franchise Insidious Chapter 4 a.k.a The Last Key. I did enjoy the film and it was creepy in some parts but you can tell that it is starting to lose some of its initial steam.
This latest entry follows the complex and layered life of Elise Rainier, our favorite seer into the other side. This time we see everything from her childhood dealing with her gift and the one case that hit so close to home it almost threatened her life and those really close to her.
Judging from the trailer I had a sneaking suspicion that I wasn’t going to get a movie about humans being shrunk to live in a different community. I guess I should have done my research before going into the film. I don’t really like hearing too much about a movie before going to avoid expectation. Having said that, what I got from this film is exactly what I didn’t want to see in the movie.
picture via heyuguys.com
Matt Damon stars in this imaginative world where they have discovered the ability to shrink humans down to the size of an ant and use it to help with the population problem and hopefully gain the economy back as well as solve a lot of world problems we are facing today. I would say this can be categorized as a dramady. Sort of in the same way that Matt Damon’s The Martian was labeled. A dramatic tale with a lot of humor in it. I was ready and wanting to see how adapting to life as a shrunk person would play out. Not really in a physical comedy sort of way but to see how the world would handle which such technology. Instead I was given more of a commentary on prejudice, world hunger, our belief in global warming, and how no matter what we do, the world, specifically the U.S. will always find a way to take something great and powerful and use it in the worse way possible. Basically, we are just not allowed to have nice things. For my last review of 2017, here are my thoughts on Downsizing.
Aside from going to the movies as much as possible I do love a chill night in with good ol’ Netflix. With the ENDLESS amount of content on the streaming service, Netflix also loves putting out their own original movies and T.V. In between my trips to the theatre I just so happened to be able to catch a movie here and there throughout the year and like last year, here are the list of movies l watched with a brief review of how they turned out in no particular order.
In my opinion as a movie critic or just someone who shares their thoughts and views on movies to the world have the responsibility to keep an open mind. To be appreciative of the movies they watch and hopefully present an opinion without a bias. Having said that, I have expressed more than once that I am not a Star Wars fan. I am just not as hyped up for the franchise as most moviegoers out there. Do I really have a reason to post a review about a movie that I already have a bias opinion on?
For those who enjoy reading my reviews and just want a different perspective on the latest in the series, I will give my opinion just based on entertainment value alone. To be honest, you are either a Star Wars fan or you are not so the only reviews people really want to read are the ones where they either agree with your opinion of the movie themselves. This will be a spoiler free review as well. Hopefully I do a justice to my followers.
This review is brought to you by someone who has never seen The Room or know who Tommy Wiseau even is. So, my thoughts on the film doesn’t come with any previous content to compare this true story directed by James Franco who also stars as Tommy Wiseau whose dream is to become a famous movie star. Hollywood doesn’t see him how he sees himself so Wiseau along with a friend, Greg Sestero, played by real life brother Dave Franco, he met in acting class decide to make a movie of their own. With an endless amount of money for budget, and a skeptical staff who is just living the dream assist him on making his vision come true.
Tommy Wiseau and James Franco. picture via avclub.com
Written by Wiseau himself, he creates a film that would go down in history as one of the worst movies ever made with one of the biggest unnecessary budgets ever. We get to see the story behind the movie as we witness the love of film between two people who move from San Francisco to Los Angeles to become actors but have trouble getting into the industry. Once they decide to make their own film together, you see the hardship that comes from working with the mind that is Tommy Wiseau. This wasn’t an easy ride for both of them and along the way they are tested to see if fame and fortune is worth risking their friendship for.