‘Black Panther’ Review

‘Black Panther’ Review

‘Black Panther’ is finally here.  In my lifetime, I have not seen an excitement level for a film this high, that isn’t called ‘Star Wars’. This was one of my most anticipated movies of 2018 for four reasons. The first being, it’s a marvel film. Marvel has been killing it lately, as you probably know. The second being, a man named Ryan Coogler, the director of this film. He has made two films that I feel are INCREDIBLE, those being ‘Fruitvale Station’ and ‘Creed’. I feel he is one of the best young directors working today. The third, being Black Panther’s role and introduction in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ I thought was incredible and it made me want to see his solo film immediately. And the final reason is the cultural significance of this film and the impact that it was hopefully going to have in the world and Hollywood. It’s the first ever African decent superhero with basically an all-black cast as well as a black director, which is a huge step forward Hollywood. So how was the movie? Guys believe the hype. This is by far one of Marvel’s best films, if not the best solo film. One of the things that I admire so much about Marvel and why I think they are able to stay relevant for 10 years now with 18 films under their belt now, is that they are able to make each one of these films feel different from one another. And ‘Black Panther’ is no exception to that. The positive of this film is a LONG list. The first thing I’m gonna mention is the cast. This cast is the most incredible cast Marvel has pulled together for a stand-alone film. Chadwick Bosemen, Michael B. Jordan, Luptia Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Angel Basset, Andy Serkis, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya and Martin Freeman star in this film. That is a hell of a cast. And let me tell you, they are all fantastic. What puts this over the edge of any other stand-alone Marvel film is the emphasis on character. Each character in this film is fleshed out and interesting. Coogler even fleshes side characters that you would not think would be fleshed out. This makes the film more dense and intriguing and since a lot of this movie hinges on caring about the fictional country of Wakanda, it is imperative that we get to know the inhabitants of Wakanda, so we care. But the character other than T’Challa (Black Panther) that everyone will be talking about is Erik Killmonger played by Michael B. Jordan. This is the best villain Marvel has ever written so far. Killmonger is a character in which you know his motives and they make sense. You feel for this character and Michael B. Jordan is a great actor and he gives a great performance as Killmonger. Killmonger’s arc in the film is truly powerful and I can’t wait for y’all to see it. This leads me to the deep and inlining social and political message of this film that is, again, something that Marvel hasn’t done before. The commentary that this film had given me chills and I loved it. The message being one about race and the state that it’s in in the United States. While Coogler doesn’t hit us over the head with this, he does it in a very clever way and it’s a current throughout the film. The action scenes are great, but I would say don’t get your hopes up to much about the action. While there are a few action set pieces in this movie, this movie’s main focus is on character. It’s not so much worried about having exciting action rather it’s more worried about having compelling characters, which is how you’re supposed to make a film. There are two action scenes in particular that are going to go down as iconic for the MCU. The last positive that I wanted to mention is the music in this film. Ludwig Goransson’s score is incredible, along with some of the original songs that KUNG FU KENNY himself (Kendrick Lamar), made for the soundtrack are really fun as well and it adds to the vibe and pace of this film which is very particular and different for the MCU. As for negatives, the only negative that I found in this film is some of the CGI at the end of the film seemed a little off. And that’s seriously it. This film exceeded my expectations and I find it really hard for someone who enjoys these types of films to not like this.

9.5/10

Top 5 Worst Movies of 2017

Top 5 Worst Movies of 2017

HELLO EVERYONE!! Welcome to the WORST MOVIES of 2017 list!! This one is another video! I thought that since my BEST list was a video, might as well make the “sequel”, as you will, a video as well! Hope you guys enjoy me ranting and acting like a fool about these stinky, stinky, STINKY films. Sorry about the swears in advance. These films made me MAD!

 

Top 15 Movies of 2017

Top 15 Movies of 2017

Hey everyone! Welcome to my Top 15 Movies of The Year List! Instead of writing a ridiculously long article listing my favorite films of 2017, I decided to do something new. Below is a video that I made, listing my favorite films of 2017. I hope you enjoy it, and If you don’t like it…..leave a comment and I will never do this again! Thanks for watching and reading my reviews!

‘Call Me by Your Name’ Review

‘Call Me by Your Name’ Review

One of the years most buzzed about movies, ‘Call Me by Your Name’ is a story about first love that stars upcoming star Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer. Chalamet plays Elio, a seventeen-year-old spending his summer in the beautiful landscapes of Italy with his family which he does every year. His father, played by Michael Stuhlbarg, is a professor who takes a research assistant each summer and this summer it is Oliver, played by Armie Hammer. The two form a beautiful romance, in a film that is an honest portrayal of first love.  I loved this film. Director Luca Guadagino’s vision for this film is so pitch perfect in the sense that while the romance in this film is fantastic and Chalamet and Hammer give excellent performances, Guadagino adds details to this film that make it a more compelling film about first love. Guadagino expertly crafts this film around the Italian landscape and how nature can influence feelings as well as included motifs like the music that really enhance the feel and style of the film. The motif of a fly is very interesting, and the best thing I can say about this film is that the romance feels SO natural and realistic. There is no like “revelation” that shows the two realizing that the fall in love with each other. It just naturally happens and it’s so beautiful to watch it on-screen. Another thing that makes this film special is this is also a really good coming of age story. Elio is one of the most complex and interesting teenagers that’s been put to film in a while. Chalamet is absolutely incredible. I admire him to play this teenager who is discovering his sexuality at such a young age. That is a really challenging role I would imagine, and for him to play Elio so honestly and mature its something special. I do believe that he will win the academy award for this film. He is truly that amazing in this movie. Armie Hammer is also excellent. I usually don’t really like Armie Hammer in films but I thought he did a fantastic job in this film. The dialogue, the cinematography, and the craftsmanship of the film are all top-notch. My only issue that I had with this film is that it felt a little too long. But, it’s strange because part of me feels that the movie was the perfect length because it sells the natural bond that Elio and Oliver form. But part of me can’t deny that the film dragged a little bit in the middle. That’s the only negative I have though. The ending to this film is heartbreaking. It’s the tear-jerker of the year, I’ll tell you that. The last shot is stunning and while for sure break you. This is definitely one of the best movies of the year and if you get a chance to see it I highly recommend it.

8.8/10

‘The Shape of Water’ Review

‘The Shape of Water’ Review

‘The Shape of Water’ is the new film from visionary writer/director Guillermo del Toro, and is the story of a mute janitor, Elisa (played brilliantly by Sally Hawkins) who works at a research facility during the cold war era 60s. This isn’t any ordinary research facility though, as the boss of the facility (Michael Shannon) finds a creature, that has a resemblance to the creature from the black lagoon, they hold this creature at the facility for research. This film centers around the bond and the romance that Elisa and the creature form. This may sound strange to you but, this is one of my favorite films of the year and quite possibly my favorite Del Toro film. This is a beautiful film, in terms of the look of it and in terms of the story and its substance. I basically loved almost everything about this film. Del Toro does not disappoint with his direction. Like all of his films, the production design, the cinematography in this movie is all top notch. Every frame is like a damn painting. While all the visuals are what you come to expect when you walk into a Del Toro film, what I didn’t come to expect was how moved by the romance I was going to be. By the end, I was hit with such an emotional gut punch that I haven’t been able to get the film out of my head and the overall message of what the “shape of water” means. All the performances are truly exceptional. Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, and Richard Jenkins will all get nominated without a doubt. Doug Jones, who is a Del Toro veteran and is the Marlon Brando of practical creature performances, is amazing as the creature. And what’s so impressive about Del Toro, Hawkins, and Jones is that they really sell the bond and connection that Elisa and this creature have with one another without any dialogue. They both use their eyes and bodies to really sell the romance and it works beautifully. And that’s what this film is ultimately about: connection. It’s a film about how two living beings, no matter what they look like or any differences the two might have can fall in love or just for a connection. I don’t want to go into any more details of this film, mainly because I can talk about this film for a long time. But I also don’t want to spoil some things that happen because I think it’s best if you go in not knowing the many layers that this film has to offer.

9.5/10 

‘The Disaster Artist’ Review

‘The Disaster Artist’ Review

This was one of my most anticipated movies of 2017. You may know from an earlier post of mine, I am a huge fan of the cult classic ‘The Room’. It is one of my favorite film experiences I’ve ever had. A movie so incredibly awful that you cannot take your eyes off it. ‘The Disaster Artist’ is about the making of ‘The Room’ and stars James Franco as the “human” behind this movie, the one the only Tommy Wiseau. James also directed this film. Dave Franco plays Greg Sestero the actor who plays “Mark” in the room and is the writer of the book that this movie is based on. The cast is crazy. There is a long list of stars who appear in this movie. While I was really excited to see this, I was really worried as well. I really hoped James Franco was going to respect Tommy and ‘The Room’. I was hoping that it wasn’t going to be a movie where it seemed like Franco is making fun of Tommy and ‘The Room’. And I am so happy to say that Franco did not do that. This is a really funny, heartwarming, and actually really inspiring film. While the scenes of Tommy making ‘The Room’ are quite hilarious if you’ve seen ‘The Room’, the rest of the film is about a friendship. A really sweet friendship between Greg and Tommy. James Franco as Tommy is unbelievable in this film. He is going to get nominated for an Oscar without a doubt. He NAILS the “New Orleans” accent of Tommy and the overall weirdness of the man, but what makes his performance so great is the humanity that Franco brings to the role. While it would be easy for Franco and co, to “poke fun” at Tommy, instead they celebrate the man. They celebrate two people, Greg and Tommy, who chased their dreams and got this movie made. There is something so inspiring about that. And it’s also heartbreaking when they show Tommy’s reaction to the first time people were laughing at his movie. But it also shows the actual genius of Tommy. He saw this and embraced the laughter and capitalized on it. ‘The Room’ is played in every major city in the country, as well as in international markets like London. and has a huge cult following with almost every screening sold out. When you see Tommy react to the reaction that his film which he put his heart and soul into, it’s truly heartbreaking. And for me as someone who wants to create for a living or any artist, it will speak to you. For something to be perceived in a totally different way in which you’ve intended that you put your blood, sweat, and tears into it’s really hard to deal with. But this movie teaches the lesson to push through that. Dave Franco as Greg is excellent, Seth Rogen steals the film for me in some scenes, and Zac Efron….is probably my favorite cameo or role in this film it’s hilarious what he does. I loved ‘The Disaster Artist’. It was everything that I wanted to see about this story and more.  Don’t be surprised if this film gets a lot of nominations this year.

9.5/10

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review

It’s HERE! Ever since 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ literal “cliffhanger” of an ending, I salivated at the thought of Episode VIII. Not only was I just exited because it was another Star Wars film, this film is directed by Rian Johnson. Who if you don’t know, is a fantastic filmmaker who is the man behind films like Brick and Looper. So I waited two long years, but I finally got to lay eyes on Star Wars: The Last Jedi last night. And after my first viewing I can safely say that I absolutely LOVE this film. Now, I don’t think this is a perfect film. But, god damn, I had a blast with this film. To get my negatives out of the way, without spoiling the film, the character of Finn and the newcomer Rose have a story line in this film that I thought screeched the film to a halt. It makes the film feel a little long because it drags. I do like the character of Rose, but I think their story line is pretty weak. While enjoyable, I was invested in other stories that made me wish that we were not watching what they were doing. I know that was very vague and I am just making sure I don’t spoil any thing for you guys. Now on to my positives. The performances in this film are the best I’ve ever seen in a Star Wars film. Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, once again is fantastic. Daisy Ridley as Rey, as well such a great actress. But the obvious stand out to me is Mark freakin’ Hamill as Luke Skywalker. He is truly special in this film and that’s all I’ll say. Oscar Issac again is so much fun as Poe. He has a lot more to do in this movie and I was really happy to see that because I really liked him in The Force Awakens. Carrie Fisher, in her last performance as Leia due to unfortunate passing, is the best she’s ever been in a Star Wars film. Now the action in this film…..oh man. Some of the best action scenes in any Star Wars film. So stuff involving lightsabers made me so happy because there are shots and sequences that I have wanted to see for YEARS. That leads me into the cinematography. This is by far the most beautiful Star Wars film yet. Rian Johnson directed the hell out of this film and there are a couple shots in particular that are so strikingly beautiful that I want to hang on my wall like now. Now lets talk about the meat of the film. Without spoiling ANYTHING (I would never do that), this film takes a lot of risks. It does things with characters that I really wasn’t expecting. Twists and turns that I was constantly surprised. Now some of you, may not be on board with some of the risks they take. For me, and I think for most hardcore Star Wars fans like myself, will be. To me, the risks they take were EXTREMELY satisfying. And there is incredible fan service in this film. But, it’s not cheap fan service. It’s not like in Rogue One, where the fanservice happened and didn’t serve the story. The fanservice in this film serves the story. It’s there for a reason and bravo to Rian Johnson for brilliant writing for this film. The humor in this movie is very strong too. It’s a really funny movie there are a lot of jokes that hit hard for me. And yes the Porgs and crystal foxes are freaking adorable. This is a powerful, satisfying, fun, and emotional rollercoaster of a film. This is a Star Wars film that builds on the previous films so well while having a basis for the future that I can’t wait for and I can’t wait to watch this film about 5 more times in the theater.

9/10