As Black History Month comes to a close for the year, America is given a film that not only gives us some wonderful entertainment and its topic is dealing with the struggle of oppression against African-Americans and people of color. Get Out brings out the stereotypes and racism faced with black people and the complex reactions to interracial dating with a suspenseful twist. It may even make black men think twice about dating a white woman.
Jorden Peele, who is known for his role in the sketch comedy show “Key & Peele”, took a stab at giving us scares but still providing a bit of comedy with smart script. This story is about Chris Washington played by Daniel Kayuula (Sicario, Kick-Ass 2) a black man who has agreed to spend the weekend at his girlfriend Allison’s parents house in the country. Allison just happens to be a white and Chris is a little hesitant to meet them because this is the first time she has brought a black man home to meet them. Once there he notices a lot of obvious awkwardness and underlined racism but that something isn’t right with this family and the people who work for them.
I chose Yes Man because I am Jim Carrey fan. I am even a “post Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” fan. After that movie, his movies have been up and down for me and Yes Man was one of them. My memory of this movie watching it back in 2008 was that it wasn’t that great. Way too far fetch for a comedy even. Didn’t really have a desire to watch it again or recommend it. Decided to watch it again to see if I have changed my opinion on the film.
My goal with watching A Cure For Wellness was to get an intriguing unique puzzle to solve and get creeped out in the process. The trailer definitely gives you that vibe that you are going to be taken on a wild and weird ride questioning what is real and what isn’t. The sales pitch was great but they took a very long time to close the deal.
Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, Kill Your Darlings) plays Lockhart, an ambitious money hungry executive sent on a mission to retrieve his companies CEO to complete a merger that will make him and the other board members a lot of money. The CEO Mr. Pembroke is staying in a sanctuary in the Swiss Alps run by Volmer played by Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter Series) where they give patients and opportunity to go through treatments and the cure to help with their illness. During this journey Lockhart uncovers a mystery that doesn’t want to be discovered.
A look back at a movie I dreamed of living but at the same time felt too close to home.
I remember my first time watching X-men on tv. It was the Saturday morning cartoon that introduced me to the wonderful world of mutants and the X-men. I fell in love with it right away as a proud geek who watched it thinking one day will my superpowers come into play when I am a teen.
This franchise has seen its ups and downs with trying to live up to the highly expectation of the comic book and cartoon we all grew up with. The casting, special effects, even down to the sound that wolverine’s claws make when they come out of his hands were important in making these films successful. For the most part, the series is loved by many and have many devoted fans who will stick by the series no matter which direction they take. I couldn’t wait to watch this film on the big screen let alone get live action likeness of the characters I grew up with. Just seeing them on screen made me fall in love with this movie and made me look forward to each and every sequel thereafter. However, with that in mind, my geeking out may have blinded me from really critiquing this movie for what it is. Was the first one brought to us by Bryan Singer a good comic book adaptation? I tend to find out as I rewatched the movie again after 17 years.
1 hour and 44 mins later….
WARNING: If you clicked on this review, that means that you have just a little bit of curiosity about this film and its characters. Just dig deep and accept that you want to see it. No judgement here. Just deal with it and watch it for yourself. Feel free to do it in private so nobody finds out.
For those readers that saw the first film, Let me start by saying this review is written by a fan of the first one. I didn’t read the books but I saw the first movie and while it lacks great dialogue it still provided a sexy and entertaining escape from the real world for a couple of hours. Like the first movie, I watched the sequel on Valentine’s Day like most of America. My viewing at the movies was sold out at least. Unfortunately, while the sequel provided more depth into the characters of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, the film lacked structure with a cluttered and chaotic script.
Let’s just say that the ads around L.A. It is hard to walk down any street in Hollywood without seeing a poster, overhead billboard, and also commercials all over TV advertising this film. With every glimpse made me even more excited to see this film. So you can say that my expectation is pretty high going in.
Just as a recap, the first film brought us a boy has girl, boy loses girl, boy gets a puppy, boy loses puppy and car to a dumbass, boy is pissed and seeks revenge, boy gets revenge story. Typical action film. With a whole lot of bang, bang, pow, punch, kick, flip, stab, stab all in between. Now Chapter 2 begins with him completing his mission by getting his car back and going back home to lock this away and finally be at peace but someone from his past that he is indebted to has come to collect since John Wick has resurfaced. John refuses to pay his debt so once again his life is disrupted in a way that calls for more vengeance and justice. You think he is tired and banged and bruise to fight again. John Wick is just getting started.