Stuber: A Buddy Cop Movie without a White Guy!

Ok guys, so let me tell you a little bit about my weekends. I usually see two to three movies, usually all in one day, for this blog. If I didn’t work I would see them Thursday or Friday the first showing I could, but unfortunately I am often stuck going Saturday. I don’t mind, this is a labor of love, an obsession really. But it is lovely when I get to actually enjoy the movie I see!

Stuber will never give down in history as a ground breaking, amazing movie. The script huge holes. Detective Vic, Dave Bautista’s character is a detective who could be considered legally blind without his glasses who is doggedly pursuing a drug dealer, Iko Uwais. He can’t drive because he got laser surgery to correct his eye sight so he ropes in an uber driver to help him catch a drug dealer? How does this make any sense. Even a loner on the force would have a friend he could call instead of endangering a civilian right. But who cares, because honestly this movie is hilarious and me and ALL of my fellow patrons were to busy laughing to care how crazy stupid the plot was.

Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani have amazing chemistry together. Bautista is a great straight man for Nanjiani’s brand of wit. On top of that they both nailed the physical humor. By the time the got to the fight in the sporting goods store I was loudly laughing and I have not done that in a theater in YEARS. Solid humor with just a sprinkling of sincerity. The joke at the end landed. Definitely worth seeing if for no other reason than to encourage the production companies to make more movies that work like this.

Less big budget tech more good old fashion humor and fun. Unlike the other movie I watched this weekend I did not feel the time I spent on the seat and enjoyed every minute of it.

Stuber (US Release Date 7/11/2019)

Director Michael Dowse

Writer Tripper Clancy

Cast Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Natalie Morales, Iko Uwais, Mira Sorvino

Trailer https://youtu.be/i5l6a5RiR1E

Crawl: Florida Man’s Jaws

This will be a nice short review because let’s face it this was a nice short movie. There is very little to this movie so there is not to much to say. It centers on the story of a father and daughter trapped in a house inexplicably filled with alligators. The house was empty, but the neighborhood wasn’t so the premise is flimsy, but hey, suspension of disbelief people. So let’s go along for the ride and have fun right. Eh, maybe.

There are some good jump scares, some touching scenes, a few tense moments. None of the deaths are particularly gruesome. Bucking the recent movie trend, SPOILER, the dog might actually make it. Over all I felt like this movie just did not push it. At the end I kind of wanted the alligators to win. This was just a blah movie that I will forget about by the time I drive home.

Crawl (US Release Date 7/11/2019)

Director Alexander Aja

Writer Michael and Shawn Rasmussen

Cast Kaya Suadelsnio, Barry Peper, Ami Metcalf, Colin Mcfarlane, Anson Boon

Trailer https://youtu.be/H6MLJG0RdDE

Spiderman Far From Home: Third Times a Charm

What I love about the Marvel universe is that they have always know how to keep things light. While DC is dark, brooding and ultra violent. Marvel remembers to serve up its end of the world level violence with light hearted jokes and an ability to laugh at itself too. Spiderman Far From Home is no exception. Pre-credits we are introduced to Nick Fury, Agent Smulders, and Mysterio.

After the credits we are treated to a memorial of those who have fallen: Iron Man, Capain America. The Black Widow and Tony Stark. Done so well I thought they were seriously dedicating this movie to the characters they killed. But wait for it, it, there’s a reason. And it is good and funny!

This movie of course, continues one year after the end of Avengers Endgame. The return of the dead has been called the Blip creating it’s own unique set of story lines for the world to deal with. Peter Parker after going through so much in the last adventure just wants a vacation. Unfortunately, Mysterio needs his help defeating elemental monsters that are appearing in our world and trying to destroy it. There is of course a struggle of conscience, a plot twist, and the ultimate question of who will be the next Iron Man.

First off I love Zendaya’s MJ. She is Sassy and dark with out being stereotypical goth. She’s just smart and quirky. Their romance is done well without being overbearing.

Tom Holland does a fantastic job playing a Spiderman who isn’t afraid to be a hero, but is afraid to be the world’s hero. It is easy to make Spiderman a whiny bitch. That’s a common problem in many of the other iterations before this. These current movies do a great job, by one keeping him in highschool, two making him funny but not whinny, and three making him earnest but not obnoxious. It’s a hard balance between awkward teen and annoying wiseass no one really likes. We care about Peter and want him to make the right call. Even when he doesn’t, however; you get it and just want yo see him fix it. Cause you know he will.

When Mysterio finally uses his powers it is great. You found yourself thinking how can you possibly fight this. The final battle was worth watching! And the answer they come up with as to who will take Starks place is well done.

I think this movie is worth the theater trip. Fair warning, pee before it starts so you can stay for the two scenes in the credits.

Spiderman Far From Home (US release date 7/4/2019)

Director Jon Watts

Writer Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers

Cast Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Samuel L Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya

Trailer https://youtu.be/Nt9L1jCKGnE

Yesterday: Nearly a Perfect Hit!

In my home growing up, the Beatles was part of my musical education. My parents, being hippies, introduced me to the Beatles, the Steve Miller Band, and John Taylor. Not only did I have Sgt Pepper Lonelyhearts Club Band on record, but when it was rereleased in theaters we went to see the movie too. Every year I watched the Yellow Submarine on TV. They were two of my favorite musicals growing up, aside from Grease of course. So yeah, I was excited for this movie.

So what did I think? For starters, Himesh Patel is a standout. Not only does he do a fantastic job acting in the movie, his facial expressions are perfect, but his singing is great. He gets the emotional tone of each song spot on. While yesterday was poignant, Help Me was a cry of frustration and desperation. Then at the same time you get moments where you see he knows nothing about the songs except the words and melody. Why? He didn’t write them.

The twist in the movie are genuinely unexpected but fit the story line beautifully.

Ed Sheeran does a great job portraying himself. Unsurprisingly Kate McKinnon is awesome. I adored his parents played by Sanjeev Bashkar and Meera Syal.

The only part of the story I could have done without is the romance between Jack and Ellie. Are we really supposed to believe that this woman who has been his biggest fan and supporter since the 6th grade suddenly finds she cannot support him when he becomes famous? Of course this movie is written by a man because they cannot write a good role for a woman. I would have believed it if she had realised the songs weren’t his on her own, found his behavior suspicious, or just got fed up and said “I can’t keep waiting for you to love me so bye” and made a clean break. Instead their entire love story is that he must choose between success and her, even though until now she’s the one who has been pushing him to pursue his career. I liked the moral delimea about taking credit for the songs. But the love story needed major rewriting. I did not mind how it all ended up so over all I say finish reading and go get your tickets.

Yesterday (US release date 6/28/2019)

Director Danny Boyle

Writers Jack Barth. Richard Curtis

Cast Himesh Patel, Lily James, Mira Syal, Kate McKinnon, Ed Sheeran, Joe, Fry, Sanjeev Bhaskar

Trailer https://youtu.be/HY0GBmOxyYY

Annabelle: Doesn’t Bring Home the Scares

I wanted more scares! Let’s face it dolls are creepy AF! My husband and daughter won’t let any be kept in our bedrooms, I have a few from my granfmothers. So they live in the livingroom. My first experience with the idea of scary dolls was the 1987 movie “Dolls ” by Stuart Gordon. Stupid creepy.

This movie, part of the conjuring universe takes place one year after Annabelle is taken home to Ed and Loraine Waren house for safe keeping. The babysitter has a friend over who let’s Annabelle out.

There is a SLOW build to scares and the final pay off. It involves children and is supposed to be based on real life events. There are some good comic moments, a few well done camera angles and one ghost that is legitimately gave me a good scare. Otherwise no one in my theater was jumping. No one was talking on their way out. You’d think we had just watched a drama. I hate to say this again, but watch this one at home! The series is definitely losing it’s gas.

Annabelle Comes Home (US release date 6/36/2029)

Director Gary Dauberman

Writer James Wan and Gary Dauberman

Cast McKenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katir Sarife, Michael Cimino, Vira Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Samiara Lee

Trailer https://youtu.be/bCxm7cTpBAs

Men in Black International : What a Let Down

Let’s just say this movie is not going to jump start the series. While it is an OK movie it did nothing to wow me, and at times I was definitely bored. Hemsworth and Thompson while playing well off each other just are not able to carry this movie. You immediately know the big twist at the end so there is literally no surprise. They try to make you look one way but it is just too obvious what is really happening. With three writers you think they’d have a better script but I tend to find the more writers, the more cliches. By the time the movie went to Marakesh for the 2nd time I was ready to leave.

I will give props to the special effects designer who created the digital protagonist alien played by Lauren and Larry bourgeois where work they were kind of cool. They were not your typical plastic looking blob thankfully, but a nebulous electrical cloud like creature. Save yourself the money and check this movie out on the small screen or better yet just don’t waste your time.

MIB International (US release date 6/14/2019)

Director: F. Gary Gray

Writer: Matt Holloway, Art Marcom. Lowell Cunningham

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson

Trailer: https://youtu.be/F3lJwV7ZIIk

The Dead Don’t Die, They Just Play It Very Dry!

This movie is definitely not for everyone. Its humor is slow, dry and relies on fans of the genre. But to those who love classic horror films and have a quirky sense of humor, this is your next cult classic. While I laughed readily many times at this film I had a few problems with it. Overall though I will say it was very well done and left me feeling very happy I got to see at least 9ne good movie today!

First the good things about this film, Bill Murray and Adam Driver are a great pair. They do black humor with such a straight face and under stated performance it was beautiful.

There are beautiful scenes that are an homage to classic zombie films and fifties horror films that I grew up watching on late night TV. Scenes of empty American towns and nature going crazy were not just a commentary on modern politics (it was) but also a nod to those classical that came before.

What I had a problem with. So jokes really date the movie. The MAGA hat joke, while cute, dates the movie and is just an easy, low shot.

The narration was not bad but at th end it became soooooo on the nose it assumes the audience is too dumb to get the point. I was actually a bit offended.

Overall I’d say this is a curl up at home movie. While I love to support independent films, this one was so nitch it will only appeal to a select audience. If you love quirky, odd, dry humor than this is the zombie movie for you. Other wise try something else.

The Dead Don’t Die (US release date 6/14/2019)

Director/Writer: Jim Jar Musch

Cast: Bill Murry, Adam Driver. Tom Watts, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Taliyan Whitaker, Jahi Di’Allo Winston

Trailer: https://youtu.be/bs5ZOcU6Bnw