Review: Downsizing Is A Gimmick To Preach On World Issues

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.

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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.

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The Shape of Water Review

As far back as I can remember, I don’t think I have ever seen a monster movie that was an authentic love story as its main tone throughout the film. Well, now I can cross that off the list. While there is probably more out there with the same tone, Guillermo del Toro writes and directs a touching and social satire story surrounding the unique and different kind of people as they struggle to find their place in a world that looks at them different and navigate love along the way.

Out of all the famous iconic monsters or creatures Del Toro could have used, he chose the gil man. This is a very interesting choice because we don’t see much surrounding the monster as the vampire, Frankenstein’s monster, and the werewolf is more popular to use in a film. Synopsis provided by Imdb.com, In a 1960s research facility, a mute janitor forms a relationship with an aquatic creature. That mute janitor is played by talented actress Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine, Godzilla 2014) and the aquatic creature is played by the infamous Doug Jones (Hocus Pocus, Hellboy) who is known to cover his face with makeup to make any fantastical creature come to life and he just brings that creation to life on screen so perfectly every time.

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Review: Kong Skull Island Where The Creatures Outshined Their Human Co-Stars

It took me a little while to see this movie. That should tell you something already about this film. Let’s face it, you know the story. With King Kong, the movies that feature the oversize primate seem to have the same thing happening but just in a different location. So in that regard, it’s very important that the words “Skull Island” is included in the title because the location and its inhabitants is what makes this film fun and entertaining.

John Goodman plays Bill Randa, a scientist who is bored of his life and can’t help with tamper with things meant to kept hidden takes a group of soldiers to an unknown Island to discover that life and evolution has been amped up encountering many creatures including our beloved Kong.

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Review: Logan is Real, Gritty, and a Strong Redemption Story in More Ways Than One.

The time has come for Logan a.k.a The Wolverine to hang up his claws and go out with a bang or should I say “Snikt” in this particular case, as Hugh Jackman plays the rough around the edges hero one last time in the character’s latest movie titled Logan. Hugh Jackman has played The Wolverine in nine total movies from 2000 to present day. He has also voiced the character in video games as well as played himself in movies that would poke fun at the character as well.

Logan is very different from what you are used to seeing from this character as well as an X-men associated movie. First off, the movie is Rated-R. From what I heard about the graphic novel this story is based on, it was a smart choice to match the more adult and bloody content for authenticity. Second, this isn’t your typical X-men/superhero movie. No elaborate costumes, less special effect and ranged powers and abilities used, or the use of an over the top villain/hero game. 

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Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

To the fans of Harry Potter movies who thought they would never see another movie from this magical world, will jump for joy to know that J.K. Rowling is far from over and to prepare ourselves for another set of movies. Over the weekend, the first of I am sure many to come was released. I am a Harry Potter Fan. I discovered I would be a member of the Hufflepuff house in Hogwarts school of Wizardry. The kind of fan that have seen the movies but not read the books. So this review is based on the perspective of such a fan.

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Double Take: B is for Batteries Not Included

Today’s tbt movie is Batteries Not Included starring Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, and Elizabeth Peña(I miss you) in a PG family film involving a cast of featured tenants in a rundown apartment building in its last counting days of being demolished and trying to rid the remaining people who stay there. With no way of stopping this from happening out of no where some robotic aliens come to help not only save their building but give them hope to live happy lives.

I can’t remember my exact age when i watched this but this movie was released back in 1987. It’s been a long time since ive seen this movie but what i can remember is it gave me that sense of fun and imagination from the cool robot flying saucers, to the likeable child-like tenants, and also the upbeat happy score throughout the film. I never asked any questions like, where did they robots come from? Why did they come to help them? Were they sent there by someone? Maybe now that I am older, i can watch this film and get some answers. This holds a bit of nostalgia for me because i would watch this with my cousins all the time so we can stay quiet for almost two hours. Let’s see if this movie holds up to its uplifting message 29 years later.

One hour and Forty six minutes later….

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Movie Review: Alice Through the Looking Glass

The follow-up movie to Alice in Wonderland (2010) continues the story with the return of Alice back to Wonderland to discover that her bestie, The Mad Hatter, has become fairly ill because he believes that his family, who supposedly died during an attack, is actually alive but no one believes him. Alice determined to get The Mad Hatter back to help, she turns to the White Queen and Time himself to go back in time and figure out what happened to his family the day of the accident. Which also causes a chain of events that could wipe Wonderland from existence.

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