The Lego Batman Movie

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3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.”

I absolutely loved  The Lego Movie, I thought it was smart and funny with a great song that we were honestly singing all over my college campus.  To me, The Lego Batman Movie was kind of a step down, but still a decent movie.

Robin kind of plays the role the Batman did in the first movie, where everything he says is funny and you just want to see more.  Seriously, he was adorable!  Batman on the other hand seemed a little different from how he was before character-wise.  Was this supposed to be after the first movie or did none of that even happen?  But I guess it’s meant to be a kids movie so I’m probably putting too much thought into it.

There are definitely some funny moments, but nothing that I would write home about.  While I would watch the first movie over again, once is probably enough for this one.

Hell or High Water

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3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas.”

Ehhhhh.

I didn’t love the movie, but I also didn’t hate it.  Hell or High Water is basically a modern day Western, while a lot of the time it’s easy to forget it is happening in modern day (for me at least).

The acting in the movie is great and it has a good plot, it just didn’t hook me as much as I would have liked.  I really don’t understand all the rave reviews people have written for it.

Personally, I could have done without the whole plot line of Jeff Bridges’ character.  I only really cared what he was up to at the very end, and by then, what’s the point?  I think the movie was missing some backstory elements that could have made you feel more for the characters earlier on instead of everything coming together in the second half.

If you can handle a slow paced movie about little more than robbing banks for 80% of it, give the movie a try and let me know what you think!

Passengers

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3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “On a routine journey through space to a new home, two passengers, sleeping in suspended animation, are awakened 90 years too early when their ship malfunctions. As Jim and Aurora face living the rest of their lives on board, with every luxury they could ever ask for, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction… until they discover the ship is in grave danger. With the lives of 5000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all.”

No doubtably, you have seen the trailer for this movie more than a few times.  It was shown before every movie I saw in theatres for months and months, which usually means the movie isn’t going to be that good, so I was a little worried.  While it wasn’t the best movie I’ve seen all year, it was good and worth watching.

I have to admit though, the movie is geared a little more to romance than the trailer suggests.  It tried to be both an action and romance movie at the same time and to me fell short.  A little bit more of one or the other would have made a big difference in the story.

Ignore all the hype they tried to put around this movie and go watch it for the acting and the nice story.

Easy

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3.5/5 Stars

I’m not even going to bother giving the summary of Easy because it would be much easier (ha) to just explain it.  This show is an anthology so each episode is completely different.  Some have reoccurring characters but all are about relationships in some kind of way.

I started watching this a while ago and then completely forgotten about it until the other day.  It’s a good light watching kind of show.  A quick half hour, you don’t even really have to watch them in order except for two of them.

Each story/episode is interesting and even if you aren’t hooked by the first few minutes, you will be by the end.  Which is where my problem with this series is.  The endings of the episodes aren’t satisfying and you really don’t get to see what happens to the characters after those 30 minutes.  Some of them I was like how could you leave it there?! I’m not ready for the next story.

Maybe if there is a second season, we will get to go back to each of these people and see what is going on in their lives.  Hopefully.

It’s a fun watch if you like romance but not in that overly romantic kind of way.

Available on Netflix.

Race

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3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Jesse Owens’ quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.”

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, it should be obvious that I like watching movies based on true stories—except for horror; that I will avoid like the plague.

Race is the story of Jesse Owens, who I had never heard of before the movie.  It’s really an incredible story considering everything that was going on in the world at the time of these Olympic games.  The movie was entertaining to watch and moving at times.

However, I wouldn’t say it is the best movie of this kind to be made.  The movie shifts between Jesse’s personal life, his racing life, and the politics of the 1936 Olympic games.  I felt like the only part to get a satisfying amount of time was the racing.  Which, I get is the point of the movie, but I would have liked either more of the political aspect or for the personal side to Jesse to have had more meaning.

Overall, good movie but not something that special.

Available on HBO Go.

Tell

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3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “A small-time thief makes a big score and tries to keep it from his ex-partner, his ex-wife and other greedy sorts.”

Fair warning before hand, this isn’t an “A movie,” but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it.  So give it a chance, ignore the people on IMDB who obviously don’t have good taste in movies.

Tell is a fun watch.  Sometimes I’m in the mood for a movie that doesn’t require too much thinking , but is still something I want to watch and like.  This is that type of movie.  It’s fun and entertaining even while being an action movie.  I will like almost anything with Milo Ventimiglia in it honestly though.

Give it a watch next time you’ve got a free hour and a half and let me know what you think!

Available on Netflix.

 

Binge – Tyler Oakley

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3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Pop culture phenomenon, social rights advocate, and the most prominent LGBTQ+ voice on YouTube, Tyler Oakley brings you his first collection of witty, personal, and hilarious essays written in the voice that’s earned him more than 10 million followers across social media.”

So that summary didn’t exactly give anything about the book away…

I had heard good things about this book online, and I thought I’d give it a listen while at work—even though I only occasionally watch Tyler’s videos on Youtube.  It was entertaining, and I found myself laughing at some of the parts.  I loved that it was read by him as well.  I knew I wanted to listen to the book instead of reading the hard copy because it makes it feel more personal.  It was kind of like watching a Youtube video in itself.

The only reason I didn’t give it a higher score is because it wasn’t really about topics that I would usually pick up to read.  I mean, I probably wouldn’t have gotten the book if it had been written by anyone other than Tyler.

If you are a fan of him on Youtube, I’d definitely say you should check this one out (audiobook especially).

The Accountant

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3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Christian Wolff is a mathematics savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Using a small-town CPA office as a cover, he makes his living as a freelance accountant for dangerous criminal organizations. With a Treasury agent hot on his heels, Christian takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a legitimate client. As Wolff gets closer to the truth about a discrepancy that involves millions of dollars, the body count starts to rise.”

Surprisingly, at least to me, this was a smartly made movie.  Usually when I think action movie, I think about the plot being sacrificed for explosions and guns.  The Accountant was different.  Throughout the movie, I kept picking up on little things that don’t mean much, but everything at the same time.  Having a main character with autism leads to these very intricate details.

The movie has some decent twists in it.  My complaint would be that I saw the two major ones coming from early on.  Maybe I’m getting to the point where I watch too many movies or maybe they were too obvious.  My dad and brother didn’t pick up on them though, so who knows?

I kind of felt like there were one too many story lines causing some of them to be a little bit confusing.  Other than that, I loved the acting and the comedic bits throughout.  And Jon Bernthal, of course.

Go see this movie for some smart action with some heart thrown in.

The Shallows

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3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Still reeling from the loss of her mother, medical student Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) travels to a secluded beach for some much-needed solace. Despite the danger of surfing alone, Nancy decides to soak up the sun and hit the waves. Suddenly, a great white shark attacks, forcing her to swim to a giant rock for safety. Left injured and stranded 200 yards from shore, the frightened young woman must fight for her life as the deadly predator circles her in its feeding ground.”

If you’re like me and think, how could a movie about a girl stuck in the ocean with a shark make an entire movie?  I’m here to tell you to give it a chance!

The Shallows is the most stressful movie I have seen in a long time.  It had the whole tension thing down to a T, it was great.  Don’t watch this with someone who yells at the screen, because they are going to be doing it a lot and I know how annoying that can get.

While it is still a movie that is 90% Blake Lively acting on her own, I didn’t find it boring or dragging on for too long.  That had been the reason I didn’t rush to see it in theatres.

The CGI for the shark, honestly, wasn’t the greatest at all times. Plus the fact that the shark hung around and did what it did for so long seemed a little ridiculous.

Other than that, it was an enjoyable movie you should be watching if you’re in the mood for something that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Waffle Street

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3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “A rags-to-riches tale of a jaded financier who, after losing his Wall Street job, finds redemption and an unlikely friendship as a waiter in a 24-hour diner.”

I honestly didn’t really expect much from this movie.  Something about the name, I think. In the end, it was an enjoyable watch.

It’s not the most original story, most of what happened was pretty predictable.  There are some good lessons in the movie about trying hard to achieve your dreams and all that.  The characters and the story weren’t as likable as I think it was meant to be.  And it wasn’t really that funny.

I was surprised at the end to learn this was a true story.  Maybe that’s why it kind of lacks that extra something required for a good movie.

Available on Netflix.