It’s rare for such a well received movie to slip through the cracks time and time again when trying to fill in the gaps of your movie watching resume. But with Hollywood releasing over 700 titles a year, not all movies are as accessible as others.
On that note, Netflix has come through with a great list of movies to kick off the 2019 year! One of which is Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan’s story of two brothers who must resort to robbing banks in order to keep their property. And while that is captivating enough to watch, the real brilliance of the film is realized by Jeff Bridge’s detective work and country charm as he tries to anticipate the brother’s next heist. Another positive takeaway is the excellent cast. Every actor is given the chance to show their chops and there isn’t a weak link in the chain.
The most impressive aspect of this film is how contained, yet layered it is. There aren’t a dozen characters to keep track of and the world isn’t ending, but for these characters, the stakes have never been higher. The movie does a great job of presenting a moral dilemma that dictates the rest of the movie. And although I know Chris Pine’s solution is wrong in the law’s eyes, he does it for the right reasons. Few movies try to rationalize the “bad guy’s” motivations, but Hell or High Water earns points here because it isn’t afraid to give us both (good and bad) perspectives throughout. Overall, this is an A+ big recommend from me. Until next time, Happy Watching!
If you liked the humor and action in the first movie, but weren’t the biggest fan of his sexcapades, you’re going to enjoy this movie a whole lot more. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Deadpool, but this sequel solidifies his “Hero” in my mind. Ryan Reynolds has essentially become this character and you can tell from his performance that he’s having a lot of fun.
Be ready to laugh out loud! This movie dialed up the humor to 11 and it kills, sometimes literally! There is so much to unpack from this movie, I can only see it getting better on repeat viewings. I’ll give it a solid B for now. Happy Watching!
It seems as though super hero movies have become their own genre this past decade, and I’m okay with that. It doesn’t mean they’ll all be box office hits or even that enjoyable to watch, but more often than not, they are a good time. However, not all comic book movies are created equal, it depends on personal preference. For instance, I enjoy most of Marvel’s comic book movies, but DC has fallen flat for me more than once. I have several theories as to why that is, but I’ll bring up the glaringly obvious reason: Humor.
Marvel has never shied away from puns and one liners, it is expected at this point. Thor: Ragnarok is no exception. In fact, I would consider this Marvel’s funniest movie to date. Yes, even funnier than Guardians of the Galaxy. At the very least, they’re at the same level, which is saying a lot.
This movie had me smiling and laughing throughout and that’s enough reason for me to wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone I know. Solid A! Happy Watching.
“The revolution has begun!”
It’s clear to see the talent behind the camera in this film. Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for the first time, and the result is exactly as good as it sounds. Daniel Day-Lewis’ character is terrifying, but extremely watchable. Solid acting and directing makes Gangs of New York an achievement of a film. It’s a long movie, grab a popcorn. Happy watching.
I wouldn’t normally describe any movie as “perfect”, but after my most recent viewing of James Cameron’s Titanic, I’ll have to change that rule. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have the sort of chemistry that other on-screen couples can only dream of achieving. That’s impressive by itself, but the rest of the movie is shot so beautifully, you might forget this movie is 3 hours long! The only VHS I can remember that needed 2 separate tapes! It’s ironic, because what I found particularly interesting on this repeat viewing was the fact that you could look at Titanic as 2 completely separate movies. The first half is a romantic drama, telling the age-old story of forbidden love. The second half, however, is an action thriller. Once the Titanic hits the iceberg and the ship begins to sink, the movie becomes about survival. And because of the blossoming love we witnessed in the first half of the film, the gravity of the situation is only heightened. I’ve seen the movie at least 10 times, and even thought I know how it ends, it doesn’t take away from my enjoyment of the film. The journey that James Cameron takes us on is beautifully inspired and I can’t recommend this movie enough. I’m not crying, you’re crying! Happy watching.
“I’m the king of the world!”
Look, if you put Jackie Chan in a movie, I’m there. Johnny Knoxville also makes an appearance in this film I’m not sure what to think about that, but for better or for worse, this combination is exactly what you would expect it to be. We’ve seen it before with Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon. For whatever reason, Jackie Chan plays a great straight man opposite an eccentric wingman. I was mostly along for the ride, but I didn’t have high expectations. The best thing I can say is that this movie is that a good sense of humor about itself, but I probably won’t return to this movie for a while, if ever.
Side note: I’m convinced this movie was made for China and there’s nothing wrong with that. Dub better.
“I’m actually on a cleanse.” – Johnny Knoxville as Jackie Chan feeds him a goat testicle.