I, Tonya

This film features some of the best acting performances of the 2019 year. With everyone portraying their roles perfectly to the real life people they play. With stand out performances by Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn), Sebastian Stan (Avengers, Winter soldier), and the real star of the show in Allison Janney (American Pie, Mom, The West Wing), this film is sure to leave you gripped in anticipation as you can’t help but laugh at the comedy of the situations that take place in this true life film about the famous ice skater, Tonya Harding, and her famous feud with Nancy Kerrigan. Put together like a documentary almost it’s very interesting to see how things played out and they report it very honestly, maybe even a little nicer and cleaner then some of the people really were, but true to the real life story. If your a fan of history or Biopics, this is one you will want to sit down for it’s entire 2 hour runtime and enjoy. The real star of the film is Allison Janney’s portrayal of the figure skaters mother. With lots of self destruction, drama, and eventual bitter ending this film attempts to tell the story through the eyes of some of the people involved. I would say it was one of the best movies put out last year and it’s a must watch. I give it a 9 out of 10.

Sleepless

First of I want to say going in I kind of expected it to be a big Hollywood action movie and it is but, the drama and tension set this film apart from most others. Starring assorted crew of big names in Jamie Foxx(Ray), T.I. (ATL), David Harbour (Stranger Things, Hellboy), Scoot McNairy (Scream) and many more. Movies like this can either be great or absolute trash but I think this one falls into the great catagory. Directed by Baran Bo Odar (Dark), he keeps the theme of dark settings going by making this film about a cop who is involved in illegal robbery and because of it, his son is kidnapped. Now he must return the money and drugs to keep his son alive. With lots of shooting, car chases, fighting, breaking glass, and blood this movie is sure to get your adrenaline going if that’s what your looking for. With a quick runtime of only 1 hour and 35 minutes it’s a quick paced, guns blazing, fight to the death, gritty ride that will leave you satisfied. Being though it doesn’t separate itself enough to have stood out more I’d give this one a 7 out of 10. For anyone who is an action fan or enjoyed dark movies like Oldboy, or Running Scared, this film is for you.

Palm Springs

If you are in the mood for a quick and witty, strange comedy then give this movie a try. With two excellent comedy stars leading this movie in Andy Sandberg (SNL, Brooklyn 99) and Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother) it’s sure to leave you rolling laughing. It also has a more serious side though also bringing you pinches of distress, drama, and fear. Max Barbakow directed this soon to be break out hit for him. The film follows a woman on vacation who’s sister is getting married and she meets a guy who she falls in love with. Through strange circumstances they get stuck in a time loop, forced to relive eachday. Will they grow together or grow sick of eachother? Filled with loads of laugh out loud comedy and even so romantic and serious drama this one is sure not to disappoint, so if you have a free 1 hour and 30 minutes go ahead and check this one out if your in the mood to sit back and laugh. I give it a 8 out of 10. If your a fan of the last missy, or 50 first dates, this is a must for romantic comedy fans.

High Flying Bird

Being the first full film shot completely from an iPhone, going into this movie I knew that it would be a unique experience. With a world wide famous director in Steven Soderbergh (Oceans 11-13, Erin Brockovich) and a cast of actors/actresses on the top of their game in Andre Holland (AHS, Moonlight), Zazie Beats (Deadpool 2, Joker), Melvin Greg (American Vandal). This film was very unique in every way from style of shooting, camera choice, story, cast, cameos, and soundtrack. Following a NBA agent trying to get his client a rookie deal during the lockout, he realizes he may have to change the rules of the game to make a lasting positive impact for the players of the game he loves. This film reminds me alot in pacing and vibe overall of Uncut Gems. If you were a fan of that, this will be right up your alley. It’s a little slow with the 1 hour and 33 minute runtime being filled with lots of stress, unconfidence in the future, but overall it’s very entertaining as he fights to get his client the best deal he can and even makes some lasting changes that affect the way rookie contracts are approached in the professional basketball world. Also Featuring supporting cast of Zachary Quinto and Kyle McLachlan adding the antigonistic elements in the film, I would rate this one pretty high with a 9/10. If you are a fan of films by Guy Ritchie, give this a shot too. In the same vein of mystery that he likes to do.

Uncut gems

Alright so here we go I know not everyone’s going to agree with everything in this review but it’s ok, at the end of the day it’s just an opinion and you should always watch a movie solely on whether you want to or not. With that being said the Safdie brothers deliver a fast paced, anxiety ridden but enjoyable ride throughout the 2 hour and 15 minutes of nailbiting and heavy feeling movie. With stars like Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, and Idina Menzel and studded with pop ups from names like The Weeknd and Kevin Garnett this film carried so much hype and anticipation that it would be hard to find someone who hasn’t heard about it. With the massive pressure like that on a film, it’s not always a recipe for success, but I think it pulls it off mostly. This movie follows a jeweler who Gambles his earnings away in the world of high stakes sports betting. It’s a rush from start to finish as you follow him going through his day, making anxiety ridden decisions and desperate movies all in the hopes of pulling off a massive score. This movie is not for the faint of heart but is a real gem to watch. I will say it is not the best film of the year, mainly because it has a lot of holes and is very hard to watch. Also, really I think if they had picked any other leading man and he did just as well, we wouldn’t even know about this movie. While we know Adam Sandler is actually a gifted dramatic actor, it still seems that was most of the draw of the film. While a great film, the choice of lead protagonist actually may take away from the film by the distraction of how well his performance is. I give this one a 8 out of 10.

The Wrong Missy

Sorry for not posting in a while but I have quiet a few reviews coming up. The first one to start with is the film ” The Wrong Missy” starring David Spade (Tommy Boy, Joe Dirt), Lauren Lapkus (Big Bang Theory and OITNB), and Nick Swardson (Grown Ups and Grandma’s Boy). Directed by another comedic actor Tyler Spindle (Father of the year) this film surpasses expectations. The guys in this film have been on a steady decline since their more famous roles but, much like the Happy Gilmore production company that creates this hilarious comedy, they have put out a great performance. The real star though is the standout laugh out loud performance by Lauren Lapkus. The story plays out as a guy going on blind dates when he meets one women he can’t get away from and one he can’t get off his mind. He mixes up there names and accidently invites the crazy one to his companies couple vacation. All hell breaks loose as her interactions with his co-workers threatens his job. This quick comedy sits at 90 minutes but delivers nonstop laughs from start to finish and I would say it’s one of the best comedies of the year. I give it a 9/10.

I Lost My Body

Sorry for the break between posts but, back with something new. This is my first foreign and first animated film I’m reviewing. This film is a movie that will keeps you distracted from the world. Directed by Jeremy Claplin and starring Hakim Faris and Victoire Du Bois it leaves you captivated from the first seconds to the closing moments. This film is one of those metaphorical, kinda trippy films you kind of just have to ride along with to enjoy. The story follows naoufel who just can’t seem to catch a break until he falls in love with a woman he meets at work. He decides to pursue her and quits his job to work for her uncle to swoon her but things don’t play out as planned and also there is a severed hand that escapes from a lab to find it’s body and the adventures it goes through. Dripping in symbology for many different topics like how sometimes the things we do to survive hurt other people, sometimes when you think you are doing something good for you it’s harming someone else, and how every small choice and step we make a lasting impact on our world even in the smallest ways. It’s beautifully animated and tells a enthralling story that leaves you engulfed every pixel. With a quick runtime of 81 minutes it’s a breeze to complete and leaves a lasting impression on you after. It is a very deep and sometimes sad movie so trigger warning there. But overall it tells a well executed story, with great animation, excellent voice acting, and a moving and memorable story. I give this one a 9/10. Would rewatch this many times over.

Coffee & Kareem

As this break continues to stretch on, I think it’s important to try to stay in a good mood so, here goes comedy number 2. Coffee & Kareem is the one of the newest comedies recently released by Netflix and it stars a all around great cast in veteran comedic actor Ed Helms( The Hangover, cedar rapids), stand out star in any movie she stars in, Tareji P. Henson (Empire, Hidden Figures, and new comer to film Terrance Little Gardenhigh (Disney channel). Directed by acclaimed comedic director Michael Dowse ( Stuber, Goon). This film quickly stands out with a hilarious performance by all involved but, the real star of the movie is Terrance Little Gardenhigh’s character Kareem. A smartass, tough as nails kid who finds out his mom’s secret boyfriend is a cop. After he decides this could ruin his future rap career, he decides to have him set up by a local gangster. The plan goes awry when Kareem witnesses something he shouldn’t and it’s up to them to team up to save his mom. This movie is nonstop action and laughs from beginning to end. It gives you the adrenaline rush of a great action movie but with hilarious obstacles and situations along the way. With great dialogue, quick paced camera work, editing, perfect comedic chemistry between all it’s stars, and a quick 1 and 28 minute runtime. I would have to suggest this one to anyone who enjoys any kind of comedy or action. It’s a great pick me up kind of movie too that can help you forget about the worries and world around you. I give this one a 9 out of 10. In my opinion this movie makes the hangover look amateur. Check it out if you have the time or just want to have a quick laugh.

Murder Mystery

First off let me start by saying I’m generally not a fan of comedies too much, most come off corny or predictable much like this movies lead star Adam Sandler used to make. In the 90’s he created comedy gold with his SNL career, Happy Gilmore, billy Madison etc. Lately he has been known for creating terrible movies through his production company but neverless, I tried to give this move a fair shot and to be honest.. it was hilarious. Held up by his costars in excellent supporting performances from Luke Evans( Hobbit series, fast series,) and the always wonderful Jennifer Aniston. This modern comedy classic was also directed by Kyle Newachek(workaholics) and usually when you have such a great cast in a comedy it’s going to tank but this one really stands out. Following a couple who go on a vacation to Spain, who meet a rich Lord who invites them to join them on his yacht for a party. They accept and during the time on the ship, the head of the family is murdered. They quickly become suspects and most prove their innocence to find the real killer. Filled with beautiful scenery, the old hit comedic writing we miss out of Adam Sandler, and a fresh take on murder mysteries. This movie does not disappoint and is a must see for fans of comedy or any of these stars. With a 1 hour and 30 minute runtime, I could rewatch this movie over and over again. I’m happy to see the return of a comedy icon and give this film a 9/10. Up next we continue with the comedic relief with Coffee & Kareem.

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