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Jondalar 06-02-2021 10:57 AM

2021 Movie Reviews
 
1. Cruella, grade C+ = although this movie got better toward the end, I really didnít like it that much. It an origin story and has a weak plot. To give the movie energy, they have music blaring in the background almost throughout the entire movie. It almost feels like a big music video and it gave me Cat Woman vibes, which was a terrible movie starring Halle Berry. The best thing about this movie is Emma Thompson. She gives a great performance as the main villain. I wouldnít really want to watch this movie again.

Jondalar 06-02-2021 11:03 AM

2. The Quiet Place 2, grade B+ = this is a good horror movie. Everything is solid about it. There are plenty of tense moments and lots of action. The reason I didnít give it an A is it is too much like The Quiet Place 1 and we donít learn that much more about the monsters. However, it is still effective and I would definitely watch it again. I think this is best seen on the big screen. Also, there is definitely going to be another sequel.

TrueFaith77 06-04-2021 10:35 PM

After last yearís relative wasteland this has been an astonishing year for movies ... letís see if I have the energy to articulate why ... but donít miss these great-to-remarkable films

Shoplifters of the World
Summer of 85
Saint-Narcisse
Sublet
Zack Snyderís Justice League
Army of the Dead
Sin
About Endlessness
Keep an Eye Out
Coming 2 America
Sin Hijos
Mandibles
Dear Comrades
Cliff Walkers
Sophie Jones
French Exit
Georgetown

Jondalar 06-09-2021 06:48 AM

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Originally Posted by TrueFaith77 (Post 1267501)
After last yearís relative wasteland this has been an astonishing year for movies ... letís see if I have the energy to articulate why ... but donít miss these great-to-remarkable films

Shoplifters of the World
Summer of 85
Saint-Narcisse
Sublet
Zack Snyderís Justice League
Army of the Dead
Sin
About Endlessness
Keep an Eye Out
Coming 2 America
Sin Hijos
Mandibles
Dear Comrades
Cliff Walkers
Sophie Jones
French Exit
Georgetown

Never heard of some of these.

Jondalar 06-09-2021 06:52 AM

3. The Conjuring 3, the Devil Made Me Do it, grade B- = not near as good as the first two Conjuring movies, but does have it's moments. It also has high production values and some of the exorcism scenes are done really well. I love horror movies, and this wasn't bad. The story just wasn't as good as the first two movies.

TrueFaith77 06-09-2021 08:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Jondalar (Post 1267638)
Never heard of some of these.

You have much pleasure ahead!

Example: Shoplifters was the first movie I saw when theaters reopened in NYC — and I kept going back! I truly think it’s a great movie — but the subject matter transcends its value as a movie for me. It’s like my dream movie.

Jondalar 07-13-2021 03:23 AM

4. Black Widow, grade B = This was a solid movie. There are really good action sequences in it, the acting is good and the relationships between the characters are fleshed out. It's also funny. However, the villain sucks. It feels like the movie isn't really about the villain, it's about Black Widow's pseudo family. The lack of a strong villain brings the movie down. The movie seemed small and almost too personal. Although, I liked the movie, I kept thinking this was a missed opportunity for a better movie: it had all the great action sequences, good character development but the stakes weren't just high enough. Still, it was worth viewing.

Jondalar 07-13-2021 03:28 AM

5. The Forever Purge, grade D = Another purge movie. None of them are great. This movie tries to send a message about immigration, which just makes it desperate. The bottom line is are the kills unique and is the movie scary? The answer is NO! This movie is boring. Blah.

Jondalar 07-25-2021 07:51 PM

6. Old, grade C+ = This movie isn't bad, it's just not that good. It's a cheap horror movie about aging but it's not really scary. M Night Shamaylan is the director and he directed the Sixth Sense, Signs, Split, Unbreakable and The Visit, which are pretty good movies. However, he has also directed a bunch of duds. This movie falls somewhere in the middle pack. I don't want to give away any spoilers but the ending saves this movies. I wish that parts of the big reveal at the end of the movie would have been spread out over the duration of the movie instead of just summarized at the end.

Jondalar 07-25-2021 07:53 PM

7. Snake Eyes, D - = This is the new GI movie. It's really bad. The marital arts sequences suck, and the movie feels cheap. It's also a bit confusing. Don't waste your money on this movie.

BombaySapphire3 07-30-2021 09:34 PM

Anyone seen The Green Knight yet? This looks like something that it might be worth going the multi-plex for.

Jondalar 07-31-2021 07:46 PM

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Originally Posted by BombaySapphire3 (Post 1268511)
Anyone seen The Green Knight yet? This looks like something that it might be worth going the multi-plex for.

It's not playing where I live. It's getting good reviews too.

Jondalar 08-05-2021 10:47 PM

8. Suicide Squad 2, grade A- = this movie is funny, gorey, and a real triumph for the DC Universe considering that the first Suicide Squad was a bad movie. It's packed with unique characters, good performances and I think most people are going to like this movie. This is the best I've seen Harley Quinn and it has great cinematography and action sequences. I hope James Gunn directs more DC films. I am going to rewatch this one.

UnwindedDreams 08-08-2021 11:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Jondalar (Post 1268600)
8. Suicide Squad 2, grade A- = this movie is funny, gorey, and a real triumph for the DC Universe considering that the first Suicide Squad was a bad movie. It's packed with unique characters, good performances and I think most people are going to like this movie. This is the best I've seen Harley Quinn and it has great cinematography and action sequences. I hope James Gunn directs more DC films. I am going to rewatch this one.

Next to Army of the Dead (the Vegas horror film with Bautista)... is this one funnier?

The Shark character just looks too lame for me.

TrueFaith77 08-13-2021 08:43 AM

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Originally Posted by UnwindedDreams (Post 1268620)
Next to Army of the Dead (the Vegas horror film with Bautista)... is this one funnier?

The Shark character just looks too lame for me.

THE Suicide Squad is not funny or fun. It’s nihilistic and visually repellent.


Meanwhile, here was my mini-review of the original superior film:

Suicide Squad (David Ayer): “You are looking for friends, I’m looking for leverage”: devious Viola Davis sums up divisive Politics 2016. This post-credits dialogue with Bruce Wayne also clarifies the spiritual-comic book underpinning of auteur-producer Zack Snyder and director Ayer’s approach to the conceit of supervillains doing good. Private longings unite this team, as explored in the members’ pop song-scored backstories. Ayer externalizes this longing in graphic-novel imagery that recalls von Sternberg films and Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry music (a karaoke performance of “Love Is the Drug” notably appeared in Snyder’s own Sucker Punch). Such bracing Romanticism climaxes in the final sucker punch landed by MVP Margot Robbie’s Joker-devoted Harley Quinn who refuses to kneel at the altar of power, remaining faithful to an idolatry of love.

2016 JOHNNIE AWARD WINNER: Best Actress (Margot Robbie)


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