Review: A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

I have a question for you movie geeks; Am I the only person who didn’t read this book as a child? I feel like I didn’t have a proper childhood when I found out that A Wrinkle In Time, written by Madeleine L’Engle, is this legendary book that everyone was either forced to read in school or read it at home as a bedtime story. So the news that a movie adaptation is to be written and also directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma, Netflix’s 13), and I notice the world went nuts to find out this was being made.

I am not going to lie; I saw the trailer to this and thought to myself, this looks pretty interesting. Also the fact that they got not only Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Mindy Sterling; they also pulled off getting Oprah Winfrey to join the cast. This movie had to be great. The fan base is already locked in from what I thought because of how beloved the book is. This feels like a win from all angles. I have to say that by the end of the movie, I was a little disappointed.

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Love, Simon Brings A Long Overdue Love Story to Mainstream

It’s about damn time. Greg Berlanti, producer, writer, director known for his work in movies (The Broken Hearts Club, Life as We Know It) and TV (Arrow, Flash), brings us the first gay teen romance movie to the big screen on more screens you would normally see for a movie with a homosexual main plot. Yes, Moonlight may have won the Oscar for best movie last year but that movie only made it on 600+ screens. Love, Simon has made it onto over 2,000 screens. Kudos to 20th Century Fox for taking the chance as the first major studio to release this film under their label.

This honest and heartfelt film adapted from the book “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda”, involves Simon, a teenager who has a huge secret he is keeping from his friends, family, and classmates that he is gay. A situation threatens that secret being revealed and he must face those he loves and come to terms with his own identity. The lead playing the loveable and relatable Simon Spier is Nick Robinson, who stole our hearts before in Everything, everything another teen romance adapted from a book. With both his voice in narration and his on-screen presence shines on screen. He did a great job playing Simon in the film.

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Annihilation Review

Just like the scrambled species and plant life discovered in the movie Annihilation, my emotions and thoughts on this film are just as scrambled. I am torn about how I feel about this movie. From a PR perspective that is a good thing. Walking out of a movie with thoughts and opinions about it means that people are talking about this film and not forgetting about it once the credits roll up. While there is a lot that people can discuss at the water cooler, it still doesn’t scream “smash hit” following the impressive movie Ex Machina from Director and Writer Alex Garland.  Judging from an entertainment stand point it missed the mark but with the right fan, this movie actually can be their contender for one of the best of 2018.


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This movie is brought to you by the novel of the same title written by Jeff VanderMeer, which teeters on the same sci-fi fantasy trip Garland took us on with Ex Machina. This movie stars Natalie Portman and reunites Oscar Isaacs (Ex Machina) as husband and wife whose lives are broken apart when Isaacs character Kane goes on an expedition into a part of a forest that has been surrounded by this fluorescent color shield and explore the inhabitants within. He returns not himself and very ill from his journey. To understand what happened to him, Lena (Portman) along with a crew of highly intelligent and skilled women go in to explore and collect data and discover what this new phenomenon is before it can potentially destroy the planet.

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Review: Wonder (2017)

Wonder is one of those movies that reminds you to love the little things in life. Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder is full of heart, it’s inspiring, and just makes you feel good to be alive when you walk out of a theatre. There are many ways escapism works when you go to the movies and this film provides you with a reminder that even through the hard times we could be facing in our world today, it is possible to be happy and that positive attitude can be contagious to others.

This feel good movie involves Jacob Tremblay (Room) as Auggie, a boy who is entering the fifth grade after being homeschooled by his mother, Isabel, played by Julia Roberts. This is his first time going to a public school which should be exciting for a kid but Auggie is a unique individual who has facial differences. Auggie and his family also including his Father, Nate (Owen Wilson), and sister, Via (Izabela Vidovic) are concerned with how people will receive him because he looks different.

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IT Is That Rare Horror Movie You Didn’t Want To End


Wonder what your kids are doing when they go out to hang out and play with their friends? If you are in Derry, Maine, they are out saving the town from an evil clown out to devour kids. Young kids take center stage in the big fight between good and evil all before bedtime as they face their fears as well as the struggles of growing up in a small town where you’re looking to not only stay alive but feel like you belong.

Relive your childhood fears and for those who read the book and/or watched the TV Miniseries, the memory of The Loser’s Club, seven kids who are the outcast at school who form a bond and friendship that can overpower anything, including a creepy spirit named Pennywise, the dancing clown, played by Bill Skarsgard. As a big fan of the miniseries, there was always a thought in my mind that would wonder, “what would this movie be like if it were rated R?” Sept. 7th 2017 my curiosity was played out on the big screen for me and I couldn’t be happier.

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Death Note: Not As Bad As I Thought But Still A Miss

I am sure that for those who pay attention to the latest in movie news you heard of the adaptation that premiered today on Netflix. I am referring to the Netflix original movie Death Note which is adapted by the popular manga/anime. This is one of those anime that I have had the pleasure of viewing and I really fell for the cat & mouse battle of wits that the two lead characters Light and L play on one another while the entire world are caught in the middle as possible collateral damage.
This premiere comes with a bit of publicity leading up to its release due to the fact that the anime/manga features Asian characters and the U.S. adaptation on Netflix takes it out of Japan and puts it in Seattle with a dominant Caucasian cast. In other words, the term “whitewashing” has been thrown around. While I am a little bias writing this review, I will review this title based on the content of the movie from my entertainment parameters I use on all my reviews.

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Death Note Trailer Removes Some Hope For A Successful Movie

Raise your hand if you even know what Death Note is? *raises hand. I am a late bloomer to this wonderful gem but among all the anime that I have seen in my years on this earth Death Note is one that captivates me. I am sure there are others that are just as good but this one caught my eye and I just enjoy everything about it. The characters, the story, the moral convictions, the atmosphere, the supernatural elements, the dark tone, and heavy drama all play a part as to why Death Note is so successful.

Originated from a popular Manga this story has been adapted to an animated series which then turned into a live action movie that spawned a sequel and a spin-off movie with one of their characters. There is only one thing left to do…adapt for the U.S. to make it more relatable to Americans.

So here we go, check out the trailer…

Now, I don’t have a problem with remakes and reboots. I think there are many successful ways to tell a story. Many people are attached to the ones they grew up with or have a connection with that has no room for different interpretation. However, it is a problem when you do take away the core value of what makes a story so great. Any movie or series that is loosely based on some other material should just be given a new name, character names, anything to tie it to the loosely used original material. 

The trailer I am seeing above so far doesn’t really capture what makes Death Note so great. Sure, the plot is very similar but so far I’m looking at a trailer to something that could have just been made with a similar plot but a different title. If you want to take away the location, the ethnicity of the characters, and the tone of the movie just make your own movie. Start your own possible franchise. Death Note to me is good because of the character development. Most of the anime and movies are very dialogue driven. You learn so much about the people who are involved in this story and the psyche behind Light/Kira and his God complex, The obsession of Misa towards Light, and the strange and unusual methods of L one of the greatest detectives ever.

I haven’t seen the movie yet so I can’t make any final judgment call until I see the movie and I will be watching it. I just don’t see it in this trailer so I am a little skeptical.  I do like the fact that his specific manga is being recognized as a story that should be noticed by more people. I would have liked it to be as authentic as the manga is. I don’t want the exact story to be told to us, but if you change a few things in your own artistic eye, just make sure to keep the identity of the original material or make your own movie and don’t take the title and the fans of the original content.

After watching the trailer, are you excited for this version of Death Note?  Comment below and share your opinions, I’d love to hear from all of you. I am actually curious to hear from anyone who doesn’t know what Death Note is. Just from this trailer, are you interested in this movie based on what you have seen so far?

P.S. There is talk of white-washing the cast to make sure that this movie be seen by more Americans. It is unfortunate that this movie didn’t get the opportunity to showcase Asian actors and actress in the film. The diverse cast of putting a Caucasion and a African-American man as the two leads I don’t have a problem with. For the most part the explanation was that the two leads Nat Wolff (Light) and Lakeith Stanfield fit the setting of the movie. White and black actors are used because it takes place in Seattle. There are Asian people that do live in America. So you best believe I am going to watch those two like a hawk during the film and make sure I see some acting skilla that no Asian actor couldn’t perform for these roles.