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Interstellar – A Review

“We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars, now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.” – Cooper Blurb: In Earth’s future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth’s population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind’s new home (IMDB). Starring: Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike, True Detective, MUD),  John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun, The Crown, How I Met Your Mother), David Oloweyo (Star Wars Rebels, Queen of Katwe, A Wrinkle in Time), David Gyasi (Troy: Fall of a City, Containment, Man in the Orange Shirt), Anne Hathaway (The Intern, Get Smart), Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea, Gone Baby Gone, Ocean’s Eleven), …

Moonlight – A Review

“You the only man that’s ever touched me. The only one. I haven’t really touch anyone since.” – Chiron Starring: Mahershala Ali (Hidden Figures), Trevante Rhodes (12 Strong, The Predator), Naomi Harris (Skyfall, Ninja Assassin), André Holland (The Knick, Selma) Blurb: A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him (IMDB) Review: I cannot begin to tell you how profoundly this movie affected me. Do you know, sometimes when you’re watching a movie it feels rushed–like when they were making it they were trying to cram every bit of dialogue into a dictated one hour and thirty minutes. With Moonlight, while watching, I couldn’t help thinking the creators were taking me on a road trip and they were in no hurry, they wanted me to sit there, an immerse myself in every second, every bump of the journey, every smell, ever stop for bad street-food along the way.  Though the …

Black Panther – A review

“Just bury me in the ocean with my ancestors that jumped from the ships. ‘Cause they knew death was better than bondage.” – Killmonger This review is going to set up differently than all the others. Why? This is Black Panther! After weeks of things getting in the way, I FINALLY saw the movie everyone has been raving about.  Usually, I would list only the main characters. This movie deserve all its players to be listed. So, hold tight. Starring: Chadwick Boseman (42, James Brown), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitville Station, Creed), Lupita N’yongo (12 Years a Slave, Star Wars The Force Awakens), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead, All Eyez on Me), Forest Whittaker (The Last King of Scotland, The Butler), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Sicario), Angela Bassett (Waiting to Exhale, American Horror Story), Winston Duke (The Messengers), Sterling K Brown (This is Us, American Crime Story), Letitia Wright (The Commuter, Urban Hymn), Florence Kasumba (Transpapa, Mute), Martin Freeman (Sherlock, Fargo), Andy Serkis (War for the Planet of the Apes, Lord of the Rings), Isaac de …

Krampus

“I just got my ass kicked by a bunch of Christmas cookies!” Blurb: A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a festive demon to his family home (IMDB). Starring: Emjay Anthony (Rake, Grey’s Anatomy), Adam Scott (Big Little Lies, Veep), Toni Collette (Wanderlust, xXx: Return of Xander Cage), Conchata Ferrell (Two and a Half Men, The Ranch), Krista Stadler (The Strauss Dynasty, Cinderella). Review: Let’s get this out of the way. All through watching Krampus, I couldn’t help feeling like I do every year on valentine’s day – that this was another thing created to force society to conform to the norms. It was weirdly preachy for something that should be fiction and that alone tend to make me seriously dislike things like that.  I believe we all can believe in whatever/whomever we believe in without shoving it down other people’s throat. This movie has a little bit of that feeling to it. But let’s see what else I can say about this flick. I’ve always shad a strange fascination with …

Kanika – A Review

Starring: Sharad Ponkshe, Smita Shewale, Chaitrali Gupte, Kamlakar Saatpute, Aananda Karekar, alguni Rajni, Vandana Marathe and Nilesh Behere Blurb: A doctor and his colleagues, who conducted unethical testing on patients, face retribution from a supernatural victim. (IMDB) Review: Before I dip into the movie, a little history. I learned this in a law class I took in high school *cough* years ago. In the  not so distance past, in 1994, India outlawed prenatal sex discernment. No, this has nothing to do with gay/straight. It has everything to do with male/female. Why? Well, girls are expensive for an Indian family. They prized boys. After all, boys does not require a groom price. Fathers of females must pay the parents of the male to marry their daughter. It’s a dowry system. Due to this fact, families would use use prenatal sex discernment to know the sex of the child. If it was male, they kept it. Females would get aborted. You don’t have to be a genius to see the future repercussions of this. So after 1994, it …

The Crazies – A Review

Starring: Radha Mitchell (London Has Fallen, Pitch Black), Timothy Olyphant (Santa Clarita Diet, Hitman, Justified), Danielle Panabaker (Read it and Weep, The Flash). Blurb: About the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply (IMDB) I was entirely unprepared for how good this movie was. I know, when you click on a little known movie these days you have no clue what you will get. I mean, you often time take your chances. The Crazies hit me with such greatness, I had to smile when it was over. I have to admit the title didn’t give me much hope. But from the very moment the movie began, I was left sitting on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t wait for the next thing. Sure, the formula is typical but I was very happy with the way this played out. The acting was amazing. Timothy Olyphant was in his element as the sheriff. I’ve always liked him as an actor. Radha Mitchel, …

Pandorum

Starring: Ben Foster (The Mechanic, Hell or High Water), Dennis Quaid (Field of Dreams, The Parent Trap), Antje Truae (Man of Steel, Seventh Son), Norma Reedus (The Walking Dead, The Boondocks Saints), Cam Gigandet (Never Back Down, Burlesque), Cung Le (Mixed Martial Arts fighter, Hawaii Five-O). Blurb: A pair of crew members aboard a spaceship wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities (IMDB). Review: I am super stunned by this movie. I didn’t think I would enjoy it but I adore Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster is pretty dope. I clicked on it because of those two and Cung Le. The movie is another one of those “we’ve screwed earth so now we have to find a new planet” deals. I’ve watched so many of those in the last little while. This one has an added twist of the memory gap and creepies that go BANG in the vents. It had me on the edge of my seat from the second it started. I really enjoyed the graphics and the fight scenes. …

Battle Drone

Starring: Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, AWOL-72), Dan Southworth (Power Rangers Time Force, Kickin’ It), Jason Earles (Hannah Montana, Kickin’ It), Dominique Swain. Blurb: A team of mercenaries that is working with the CIA accepts an off-the-books mission in Chernobyl, where deadly human-controlled droids prepare an ambush (IMDB) Review: This movie is The Expendables meet Terminator. I am not a huge Terminator fan (Shocker there) and I am only a fan of the first two Expendables movie but I clicked on this because it has Dan Southworth in it. I grew up watching him in Power Rangers Time Force as Eric Meyers, the Quantum Ranger. It’s been years and every time I see his face I giggle, get giddy and flail. I’ve been dying to see him in something again and I was so happy to find this movie. Anyway, the team is made up of actors who I thought had been lost to the Hollywood grind. I mean, I can’t remember seeing Louis Mandylor in anything since My Big Fat Greek Wedding and yes I am aware …

7 Guardians of the Tomb

Starring: Kelsey Grammer (Fraiser, Cheers), Li Bingbing (Transformers: Age of Extinction, World Without Thieves), Kellan Lutz (Twilight, The Legend of Hercules, Immortals), Wu Chen (Saving General Yang, Magic to Win) Blurb: The discovery of a mysterious labyrinth holding the mummified remains of an emperor leads to the unleashing of a horde of carnivorous spiders (IMDB). Review: Let me start this review by saying this: if you’re not a an of spiders, you might wanna skip this movie. With that said, here’s what I think. 7 Guardians of the Tomb isn’t an appropriate title for this movie. I don’t get the seven guardians bit. The movie was predictable at best because I could pretty much tell you what was going to happen, who would become spider food and who the bad guy would turn out to be. It wasn’t hard at all.  The acting was a bit stiff. I mean Kelsey Grammer isn’t the greatest actor of all time and Kellan Lutz won’t win any prizes in that department. The accents weren’t the issue. Li Bingbing and Wu Chen did …

The Rift: Dark Side of the Moon

Blurb:  A sleeper CIA agent in Belgrade who is one of many agents dispatched to secure the remains of a crash landed satellite somewhere in Eastern Serbia. When the team finally reaches the crash site, they discover the satellite has vanished and eventually find themselves battling evil forces to unlock the terrifying truth behind their ill-fated mission. (Rotten Tomato) Starring: Ken Foree (Water for Elephants, True Blood), Katrina Cas (Wolf of Wallstreet, Death in Paradise), Monte Markam (Great Ships, Hot Pursuit), Dragan Micanovic (Bad Company, Layer Cake). Review: Seriously, I need to stop clicking on movies on Netflix based on the poster and title. I really need to start reading the dang blurbs, then Googling for reviews on the them. Again, this movie is a hot mess. Let me save you the time and wanting to throw your computer/television out the nearest window in frustration. The movie starts out with a woman in a hospital, in a gown. We later find out that this woman is Liz Waid who is apparently a CIA sleeper agent in Belgrade. For …