Gaga: Five Foot Two Review

Gaga: Five Foot Two

When I had seen this on Netflix I knew that I had to watch it. I have been one of Gaga’s Little Monsters from the start. Those of you who know my PSN tag could probably already tell that, so it was a given that when this documentary premiered that I just had to watch it. I was a little nervous about the length because sometimes that can go in either a good direction or a bad one. Keep reading to see what I thought of the documentary as a whole.

Gaga: Five Foot Two, stars Lady Gaga. That’s kind of a given right? Anyway, it’s basically a documentary that follows her as she makes her fifth studio album Joanne. Not only does the documentary show an inside look into her writing and recording process, but it also gives an inside look into Lady Gaga herself. It shows the emotional struggles that she goes through on a daily basis as well as her physical struggles. All of this leads up to her amazing half time performance at this past years Super Bowl. You get this small sneak peek into her family life as it shows her interactions with her mother, father, and grandmother as well as some of the struggles she faced while filming American Horror Story: Roanoke. There’s even some stuff in there about her feud with Madonna.

I genuinely enjoyed this documentary. I thought that after Lady Gaga’s first three albums, The Fame, The Fame Monster, and Born This way, that the fourth one, Artpop, fell a little flat and I didn’t even purchase it. I did however purchase Joanne because it felt like Lady Gaga was going back to her original roots with the album and it sounded more like the Lady Gaga that I had come to admire and respect. Although I felt that it was a hit and miss with some songs, I absolutely loved Perfect Illusion and A Million Reasons, I thought that other songs fell flat. That was until I watched this documentary. I have a new found respect for this album especially the song Joanne. I had known a little bit of the back story, but knowing the full story and watching Lady Gaga present the song to her grandmother was just heartbreaking. I feel the same way about the rest of the album now and it’s all because of this documentary.

An inside look into Lady Gaga and who she is, is a little confusing at times and I imagine that’s just how she is. Her mind works differently and although she’s a brilliant song writer and performer that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t struggle. During the course of the documentary, she does a good job of opening up and not only showing her physical pain but her mental pain as well. It made her seem more relatable and human. She’s known for being put up on this platform, but this documentary kind of normalizes her and it’s not a bad thing.

Overall I give this movie a 4.5 out of 5.

This is going to be a must for any Lady Gaga fan as it shows how she created her alum Joanne all the way to her busting her ass to get that half time performance at the Super Bowl. While at times the documentary was a little slow and had its moments that seemed a little off balanced, it was still watchable and enjoyable. After all these years I have a new found respect for Lady Gaga and her writing process, not to mention a new found respect and understanding for her latest album Joanne. If you’re not a Lady Gaga fan, I’m going to say that you should probably give this a chance because she’s not the same person that you see in the media and everywhere else. It’s just the persona that she takes on. It’s a good documentary and should at least be given a chance to see what an amazing song writer and performer this woman is.

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What Happened to Monday Review

What Happened To Monday

I had started watching this movie during Hurricane Irma, but because of many interruptions, like the threat of tornados, I ended the movie about fifteen minutes in and decided to save it for another day. That Saturday finally came and I was able to sit down and actually watch this movie. I had waited a couple of weeks after the hurricane to actually watch this movie and was pretty eager to do so. Keep reading to see if it was worth the wait.

What Happened to Monday is set in the year 2073 where it is illegal to have more than one child, thanks to Nicolette Cayman, played by Glenn Close, who developed the Child Allocation Act. Climate change is in full swing and the world is overpopulated. This means that people having more than one child have to choose which child they want and put the other into cryo-stasis. Thirty years prior to 2073, a set of seven identical girls were born. While their mother died during child birth, their grandfather, played by Willem Dafoe, decides to take the seven girls and name them for each day of the week. During their childhood he’ll train them to be different while inside of their super-secret top of the line technology house, but when they leave the house on the day on the day of the week they’re named for they have to act like the same person. Cut to 2073 where each girl takes on the persona of Karin Settman, played by Noomi Rapace. Everything is going as planned with each girl having her own personality at home, but then being Karin Settman when they go out until Monday goes missing. Has someone found out about what they’re doing, which is highly illegal, or is something else going on? You’ll have to watch and find out in this gripping thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat until the end of the movie.

Wow was this movie awesome. I mean seriously, it was well worth the wait as the whole movie was just mind blowing. Just when you think you have it figured out and you know what happened to Monday, the whole thing changes and your mind is just blown. Like seriously, what a twist and what an ending. Anyway, without spoiling it, I will say that the movie is gripping and held my attention for the full time that it was on. I actually wished it was a little longer and would have concentrated on the girls childhood a little bit more along with a “normal” week before getting into the disappearance of Monday. Other than that, the movie was just perfect. It had a great mix of action and suspense along with a WTF ending just to make it even better.

The star of this movie is clearly Noomi Rapace as she plays seven different roles at once. At first I thought this was going to be awkward even though I am a huge Noomi Rapce fan, but I was completely wrong because she plays each part of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Karin Settman to perfection. When all seven girls are in one place at one time, it’s amazing how she plays each different personality and makes it actually believable. That being said, I also thought that Glenn Close played the perfect villain to this movie because it was one of those roles where you think that she’s trying to help the world when really she’s not.

Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.

This movie was amazing and much better than a lot of the AAA movies that are out there today, yes I’m looking at you La La Land. If you have Netflix and want to watch a movie that will keep you guessing to the very end because every time you think you have something figured out you don’t, then this is the movie for you. The whole movie is filled with action and suspense and will have you on the edge of your seat. Definitely one of the Netflix originals that cannot be missed.

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La La Land Review

La La Land

I was super excited to finally be able to see this movie because I had been waiting since it was in theaters. I used to go to the theaters all the time, but with the rising cost I usually don’t venture out unless it’s something that I really really want to see and I couldn’t’ justify it for this movie. I was content waiting and figured that I would either rent it on PSN or wait for it on HBO. Luckily my wait wasn’t a long one, so keep reading to see if this movie was worth the wait.

Set in modern times, I didn’t get that vibe from the promo’s but I rolled with it, Mia, played by Emma Stone, is trying to do what everyone in Hollywood is trying to do and that’s become a famous actress. She’ll go to audition after audition while she works her day job as a barista. Mia will find out that this is an uphill climb that really isn’t working out all that well for her even though she’s doing everything right. She’s never right for the part and she really just doesn’t fit into the whole Hollywood stereotype thing. Then there’s Sebastian, played by Ryan Gosling. He’s a jazz musician in a dying industry as no one really wants to listen to classic jazz anymore. He isn’t having it though as he works on trying to open up his own club which doesn’t exactly go as planned. Both Sebastian and Mia will meet and fall in love before the pressures of Hollywood will pull them apart in this musical. The question is though, will love conquer all and will everyone get the happy Hollywood ending they deserve?

I really hate saying this, but 20 minutes into the movie I knew that I was going to absolutely without a doubt hate this movie. By the end of the movie, I don’t think I could have hated it anymore. I don’t see what was so hugely special about this movie that everyone went crazy over it. For a musical, the singing is just awful and the story line is just a clichéd one. I can’t say that there was a single scene in this movie that I actually enjoyed and didn’t cringe at. I tried to like this movie, I really did especially since I had heard such great things about it, but it feels like everyone was watching a different movie than I was because this movie just didn’t have it. The movie tried to mix this old timey feel with modern times and it became annoying really quick. Just as you were getting into this old timey Singing in the Rain type vibe a cell phone would go off, pulling you right out of the moment and giving you a WTF moment. Not to mention the fact that this musical was really missing it’s mark with the music and the singing itself. Both the music and the singing were subpar and really took away from the movie as a whole.

That Damn Ending! Not only do I have a strong dislike for the movie, but I have a strong dislike for the ending. It was intentionally an unhappy one, and not one in the same respect as Moulin Rouge where it ended that way for a reason. This movie ended in a way where basically everyone got what they wanted but really didn’t. An “alternate” version was shown as a tease and then quickly rectified as the movie ended on a bittersweet note. I’m not saying that the ending would have improved my dislike for this movie, but it would have helped just a little and maybe put a smile on my face instead of having me roll my eyes because someone thought it would be more artistic and sad to end the movie they way it was ended.

There’s no doubt about it that both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have great on screen chemistry. This is not only seen in this movie, which is difficult to believe, but also in other movies they have both starred in. Needless to say though, these actors weren’t fit for their respective roles and it make the whole movie awkward. I have to say that for two actors who I have a great amount of respect for and as much as I enjoy their work, they did not make this movie any easier to watch as they were both wrong for the roles of Mia and Sebastian.

An Oscar for Best Actress? Really? I know the race for best actress this past Oscar season was a little lackluster because Natalie Portman was nominated for Jackie which was just a huge failure, you can read why I think that here, but seriously how the hell did Emma Stone win for best actress? Granted, besides Jackie I didn’t see Ruth Negga in Loving, Isabelle Huppert in Elle, or Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins, but seriously out of all of these actress’s, Emma Stone was the best? In that respect I think Emma Stone is a great actress, but this was definitely not the role that should have been her first Oscar win.

Overall I give this movie a 1 out of 5.

If you’re a huge fan of musicals like myself, then please do yourself a favor and skip this movie. From beginning to end, that damn ending, it’s just horrible and not even worthy to be compared to the great musicals of any time. The story is a clichéd one, the music is bad (who knew a musical had to have good music), the singing is off, and the acting as much as it tries to work just doesn’t. I’m sorry, but if you’re looking for a good musical to watch I would say try watching Singing in the Rain, Moulin Rouge, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, or Rent. You’ll have a much better experience watching these movies and you’ll come out not feeling like you just waisted two hours of your life.

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Hidden Figures Review

Hidden Figures

Being the sorta NASA geek that I am, this movie really intrigued me because before this movie I had never known about these women that worked at NASA and helped John Glenn get into space on the Friendship 7. This was another one of my “hunker down” for Hurricane Irma movies and I figured that while the power was still on I would watch this since I had wanted to watch it and hope that the power didn’t go out. Luckily it didn’t for this movie so keep reading to see what I thought about this movie.

Hidden Figures is about three African-American women who work at NASA and are just brilliant. You have Katherine Johnson, played by Taraji P. Henson, who was just a brilliant mathematician who was able to crunch numbers like no one else. She was the one who was able to figure out the coordinates for the Friendship 7 mission to pin point exactly where John Glenn’s space craft would land in the ocean so he could be picked up. Then there’s Dorothy Vaughn, played by Octavia Spencer, who taught herself about computer programming and did what people who were trained to do couldn’t, which was program the IBM computers that could run the numbers and calculations that NASA needed faster than their human computers. Finally there was Mary Jackson, played by Janelle Monae, who was a brilliant engineer who faced so many obstacles in order to finish one class so that she could become the first woman and first African-American engineer for NASA.

This movie, just like the women portrayed in it, was just brilliant. It gave you an inside look into Virginia in the 1960’s where there was segregation and it was completely unheard of for not only women, but African-American women to hold such highly powerful jobs. These three women helped shape NASA and it was just an amazing movie to watch. I enjoyed every single moment of it and enjoyed that despite everything each and every one of the obstacles that those women had to face, they each succeeded and went above and beyond. The movie itself was an interesting look into what it was like to work for NASA during that time period and everything that was done in order to get John Glenn into space.

Of course the stars of this movie were Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae who each played the part that they played to perfection and made the movie feel as real as it actually was. The way they portrayed there characters made you feel like their struggles were your struggles and it pulled you into the movie. Kevin Costner and Jim Parsons were also in this movie and played excellent parts. Kevin Costner plays the man who gets things done and helps these women break those barriers while Jim Parsons plays a more cruel and mean spirited Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory. The cast of actors works though and really brings this movie together as a whole.

Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.

This is an excellent movie and if you’re a NASA geek you’ll want to watch it. Even if you aren’t a NASA geek this is still an amazing movie to watch as shows you what these women in 1960 had to endure through and struggle through in order to make it. It didn’t matter how brilliant they were, but that fact that they were not only women but also African-American played a big part in the obstacles that they overcame. Please do not pass this movie up, because not only is it a part of history, but it’s also an amazing movie about three truly amazing women who did amazing things.

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Second Chance Dogs Review

Second Chance Dogs

I had put this documentary in my list on Netflix a while ago but have been ignoring it. I decided to watch this movie because there was Hurricane Irma coming and when you’re told to “hunker down” you make your hurricane preparations and you do what the weather man says. I also figured that while I still had power, I might as well watch something and for some reason this was it. Keep reading to see what I thought about this movie.

This movie is an ASPCA documentary. Everyone knows that the ASPCA recues dogs that are mistreated, raised in puppy mills, and are horded by people. But what happens to these dogs after they’re rescued? What happens to the dogs that are so afraid of people, don’t know how to interact with people, and don’t know how to be a normal dog? This is where this documentary comes into play and shows the rehabilitation center that is dedicated to giving these dogs who have been in isolation so long a second chance. They do this by going through different routines with them to basically normalize them and make them adoptable so that they can find their forever homes.

Personal Note: On a personal note, I know what it’s like to get a puppy from a puppy mill. My first dog, Scrappy, picture below was my little Mini-Dachshund that my parents had gotten me from a local flea market. She was from a puppy mill and that was before I had known what puppy mills were or how they operated. It was only her and her brother in this little cage and I choose her because she was different, like me. On the same day someone adopted her bother as well, we actually exchanged numbers with this person because we thought it would be cute to have them meet up every once in a while since we were both local. Turns out that her brother only lasted a few weeks though as he suffered from one of the many diseases that dogs get from being raised in a puppy mill. At the time I felt lucky because Scrappy was perfectly fine, until the seizures started. With the help of a really great vet she was able to live a happy and normal life until she had her final seizure when she was 13. I was with her through every seizure and even a period of time when she couldn’t walk, but I gave her the best possible life I could. She was a happy dog and my best friend. It was hard to let go of her, but when I did I swore that if I were to ever get another dog it wouldn’t be from a puppy mill again. That’s what made me go to my local shelter and adopt my little buddy that sometimes makes an appearance on my twitter page.

Scrappy

Back to the documentary though. I thought it was an amazing documentary about these amazing women who work really hard to make sure these dogs feel like they’re loved and cared for and to not be afraid anymore. It was an amazing tale of these dogs, that included Dachshund’s, that were brought from puppy mills and animal hording situations and then rehabilitated. These dogs were totally unfit for any kind of living situation, but with the help of these dedicated women at the ASPCA, they became less fearful of people and found really loving homes. The super happy ending where every dog found their forever home of course hit a chord with me and made me cry like a baby, but it was nice thing to see.

The stars of this documentary are the super hero’s at the ASPCA who dedicate their lives to rehabilitating these dogs. They do amazing things and because of these amazing things that they do they give these dogs a second chance at having a better life. I applaud them and give them the highest amount of credibility because without them these dogs wouldn’t exist and would be euthanized.

Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.

This documentary is a short watch and it should be watched especially if you’re an animal lover. Even if you aren’t an animal lover, this is still a great documentary about the horrible conditions some animals are forced to live in and the people who rescue them and give them a second chance. I would say that this is a documentary that can’t be missed.

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Jackie Review

Jackie

I’ve been wanting to see this movie for a while now because I felt like it was just one of those movies that had to be seen. It centers on an important part of American history, the assassination of JFK, but instead of telling that story, it tells the story of Jackie Kennedy in the days after. I was glad when I was able to catch this movie on HBO one Saturday night. Keep reading to see if it was worth the wait or if it was just not worth it at all.

Jackie revolves around Jackie Kennedy, played by Natalie Portman, who is being interviewed a few months after the assassination of her husband and president of the United States John F. Kennedy. The interview turns more into a therapy session as she recalls the day and the days after her husband died. While she tries to remain unaffected by it she’ll break down a few times as she describes the actual events of what happened in Texas along with planning out the funeral and how it’s going to be handled. The movie also goes into what Jackie is feeling herself after her husband is dead. At this point she doesn’t even want to go on and live for herself or her children, she even talks about praying for death every night before bed, but she does anyway because she refuses to take her own life. The story is a deep one and it tries to give you an inside look into what it was like for Jackie Kennedy after an event that shocked the nation.

I really wanted to like this movie, I tried so hard to like this movie, but I just couldn’t. It’s not because this movie was way before my time and I didn’t understand the events of what happened, it was because they portrayed Jackie Kennedy as this alcoholic psychopath the days after JFK’s assassination. I know it must have been extremely hard because she witnessed her husband’s head get blow off right in front of her, but still. The movie just didn’t do Jackie Kennedy the person any justice. Instead of showing a struggle as she came to terms with JFK’s death and how to handle the funeral, it just made her look erratic and psychotic. It was a struggle to watch the movie as it jumped in and out of different times and even more of a struggle to keep up with what was going on. What should have been an amazing Academy Award winning movie, turned into a mess of a movie that made no sense at all.

As much as I enjoy Natalie Portman’s work, this was not one of her best roles. She played a horrible Jackie Kennedy and her accent throughout the movie was just weird and kept throwing the whole movie off. I don’t know who she was trying to imitate, but instead of seeming like Jackie Kennedy, she seemed like Marylin Monroe. It was just weird. There are of course other actors and actresses in this movie, but they have no effect on it as it’s about Jackie Kennedy. I don’t’ know who else they could have gotten to play Jackie, but it for sure wasn’t Natalie Portman.

Overall I give this movie a 1 out of 5.

I was expecting so much out of this movie as it was supposed to show an inside look at the struggles of Jackie Kennedy following JFK’s assassination, but it just turned into this weird movie that made a mockery out of Jackie Kennedy as she was portrayed as an alcoholic psychopath. I know that people grieve differently and her situation was completely horrible, but still. I think the movie could have been handled with a little more class and dignity for a woman that went through so much. No matter what, it’s my strong recommendation that this movie be passed up.

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The Boss Baby Review

The Boss Baby

I wanted to see this movie because it looked funny, but sometimes when it comes to cartoon type movies, I usually wait until they hit Netflix of HBO. Lucky for me though PlayStation has been doing this $.99 rental each week with a different popular movie and this was one of them. Not wanting to pass the chance to only pay $.99 to see this movie, I decided to take a Saturday night to watch it.

The Boss Baby is about Tim, played by Toby Maguire, who is an only child. He gets all of his parents attention and they basically worship the ground he walks on. As a side note, I’m an only child and that never ever happened but it must be nice. So Mom, played by Lisa Kudrow, and Dad, played by Jimmy Kimmel, do anything that will make little Tim feel special and loved and all this other stuff. That is until the arrival of his new baby brother Boss Baby, played by Alec Baldwin. Boss Baby isn’t there to take Tim’s spot though, even though he takes up all of Mom and Dad’s attention he’s there for a super-secret spy mission. It seems like puppies are becoming more adorable and lovable then babies. This can’t happen and Boss Baby is going to solve that problem. He’ll need some help though and hearing that once this problem is solved and babies are the number one commodity again Boss Baby will be leaving, Tim decides to help him out.

I can without a doubt say that I absolutely loved this movie. It was just funny and touching throughout the whole movie. There wasn’t a time when I was bored with the movie and actually would have been OK with it being a little bit longer. I liked that even though this movie was geared towards children, which happens with these movies, there were some adult things throw in there for the hell of it and they made the movie even more funnier. It was a great movie that could be enjoyed by a whole family and not just children or just adults. I really enjoy these movies that everyone can watch and this was one of them. The interactions between Boss Baby and Tim are fun to watch and it’s nice to see how they both go from despising one another to deciding to work together and then finally to actually caring for one another as two brothers should. This made the movie touching, but not in a way where I would actually want a sibling because it’s not always rainbows and cupcakes.

The cast of this movie is really what makes it. Sure the movie was funny, but it wouldn’t have been so funny without the proper people. Even though this is an ensemble movie, it’s Alec Baldwin that makes the movie. It also really banks on the current fame of Alec Baldwin to propel this movie, but I think that even if Alec Baldwin wasn’t as famous as he is for a certain impersonation, it still would have been a great movie and it would have worked. The rest of the cast does a great job of voicing the characters they play and it makes the whole movie.

Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy this movie and I would recommend it to anyone. It was a real joy to watch as it was constantly funny and threw in those touching moments because every cartoon like movie has them. The touching moments didn’t feel forced though as Tim and Boss Baby actually learn from each other. It’s a nice little story that will have you laughing from beginning to end and shouldn’t be missed. I can see myself watching this movie again if it were to come on Netflix or HBO.

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Sing Review

Sing

When it comes to these types of movies, I’m basically a sucker for them. I won’t rent them unless they are super cheap, and I usually wait until they come onto Netflix, just like The Secret Life of Pets which you can read my review of here, or are on HBO. Anyway, this one was on Netflix and I was in a rare mood of not wanting to game so I decided to watch this movie and see if it could help get me out of this weird funk that I was in. Cheerful movies do that right? Eh, it’s debatable.

Sing is about a little Koala Bear named Buster Moon, voiced by Matthew McConaughey, who since he was a child just wanted to own the local theater. After the hard work of his father, he finally does but it’s failing. He has one last chance to make it work and he’s going to do that by holding a singing competition with the grand prize of $1,000. Too bad his little old Iguana assistant, Miss Crawley, voiced by Garth Jennings, makes a mistake and puts that the prize is $100,000. This makes a whole lot of animals show up for the audition until it’s limited down to just a few. It’s clear when the movie starts who’s going to be in because they concentrate on the lives of these characters. You have Mike, the mouse, voiced by Seth McFarlane, who is a street performer with stars in his eyes, Ash, the porcupine, voiced by Scarlett Johansson, who is constantly put down by her boyfriend because they’re supposed to be a team and he’s the star of the show, Rosita, the pig, voiced by Reese Witherspoon, who is your typical housewife dreaming of more, Johnny, the Gorilla, voiced by Taron Egerton, who wants to be more than the burglar his father is, and super shy Meena, the elephant, voiced by Tori Kelly, who is amazing but can’t come out of her shell. Thinking that he’s already going to win, Mike takes out a $100,000 loan to impress a lady mouse and ends up getting everyone in a whole lot of trouble.

This movie was lighthearted and cute at first, but then it just dragged on until it was either going to end or I was just going to fall asleep during it. Luckily it ended before I could fall asleep, but the movie just took forever to get the point that it was trying to make. I don’t know what the point was, I guess every individual character had their own lesson to learn, but it all comes together in the fairy tale ending that you would expect from these types of movies, but it just wasn’t entertaining enough. There were those funny parts that you come to expect in this type of movie, but they were few and far in between as most of the movie was just a snooze fest. I thought this was kind of sad because it could have been so much more, but it just failed in so many ways and was way too long. The length of the movie wouldn’t have mattered if it was actually halfway decent, but I found myself looking at the clock way too many times during the movie as it failed to hold my attention.

This is one of those movies where the cast of characters are just thrown together and really don’t work well together. I felt like the voices were mismatched for the characters and the casting just wasn’t good. Just because a movie has some pretty big stars in it, doesn’t mean that it’s going to make the movie better. This made the watching experience even worse because I was constantly thinking of who would have been better suited for these roles instead of the cast that was chosen.

Overall I give this movie a 2 out of 5.

While this movie has its moments they are few and far in between. The casting was all wrong and after a while it became a snooze fest as this movie just dragged along. I’m going to say that if you have kids you’ll probably want to stick them in front of the TV to watch this one because they’ll want to watch it anyway. While they watch I would suggest playing some random mobile game or maybe using your unused PS Vita that you have lying around somewhere. If you’re looking at this movie as an adult because it’s ok for an adult to love animation movies, look elsewhere because this one just doesn’t do it.

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Collateral Beauty Review

Collateral Beauty

It seems like months since HBO had something on a Saturday night that I actually wanted to watch. It kinda made me feel like I only get HBO for Game of Thrones, even though that would be fine they do promise a bunch of new movies. None of them are usually what I want to watch, but finally this movie came along and I had wanted to see it since it was in the movie theater but never got the chance. I heard mixed reviews going in and was a little unsure, keep reading to see if I ended up enjoying it or not.

Collateral Beauty is about Howard, played by Will Smith, who kind of has it all. He runs a successful business with his business partner Whit, played by Edward Norton, and their other associates Simon, played by Michael Pena, and Claire, played by Kate Winslet, and has the perfect life. Cut to three years later where his daughter is dead and basically so is Howard. The once successful company is going under as he can’t come to terms with his daughters death. Whit, Simon, and Claire have tried to intervene multiple times unsuccessfully until they learn that he’s been writing grief letters to Love, Time, and Death. Deciding to have three actors, played by Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, and Jacob Latimore, take on these roles and confront Howard, they not only try to help Howard but maybe learn some lessons about themselves.

You totally need a box of Kleenex. Without any spoilers, you probably know this movie is going to be sad because it’s about a man that loses his daughter, but I never expected to be crying for the whole movie. I mean seriously, there’s maybe a few minutes where I didn’t cry, but the rest of the movie was an absolute sob fest.

Through the tears, I have to say that I really enjoyed this movie. I think the reviews that I read about this movie were kind of wrong and maybe didn’t understand the whole point of the movie. To me this movie wasn’t just about Howard. It was also about Whit, Claire, and Simon who are going through the same struggles as Howard as each of them deal with Love, Time, and Death. Each of them will struggle although their main goal is to help Howard. I could go further into details but I don’t want to ruin the movie for anyone that hasn’t seen it yet. That being said, not only is it a good movie, but it’s a movie that will make you think as well. The only real problem that I had with this movie was that even though it was long, I never felt myself looking at the time, I wish it would have wrapped up a few more stories a little bit better than it did. Other than that everything came together nicely.

Star studded casts can go two ways. It can either be great, or it can be really horrible. This went the first way and was really great as each actor was perfectly chosen for the part that they played. The cast worked together well and it was believable that they were people who cared about each other and genuinely wanted to help one another.

Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.

This is a really great movie and it proves that not all the reviews are right. It’s not my favorite movie because it’s really sad and it’s one of those movies that you watch once for the experience and never watch again, but it’s defiantly worth the watch. Not only is this movie sad and will have you crying, but it will also have you thinking as well as you watch and piece together all of the little pieces of this movie to get the real meaning of the movie out of it. I would say to not pass this one up and judge it for yourself.

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The LEGO Batman Movie Review

The LEGO Batman Movie

I first seen the trailer for this movie about a year ago when a friend of mine had showed it to me. We watched it together and I thought it was the funniest thing I had ever seen. Being a fan of LEGO games and The LEGO movie, I figured I would give this one a try. Being a PS+ member, I was also able to rent this movie for $.99 so I couldn’t go wrong. Keep reading to see what I thought about the movie.

This is basically a Batman movie, just with LEGO’s. I wouldn’t call it a children’s movie because there was stuff thrown in there for the adults watching, but it had a simple enough story to follow for a child. As everyone knows, Batman, played by Will Arnet, is always the hero and Joker, played by Zach Galifianakis, is basically always the enemy. Unwilling to admit that Batman needs Joker to be the hero that he is, he tells Joker that he doesn’t need him and that he could still be Batman without him. This leads to Joker turning himself in when Barbra Gorden, played by Rosario Dawson, takes over as city commissioner for Gotham. This will lead Batman down a dark path and an unexpected one as he unknowingly adopts a young Robin, played by Michael Cera. Manipulating Robin, Batman gets a hold of Superman’s projector to send Joker to the Phantom Zone. Doing this turns out to be a huge catastrophe as he unwilling releases everyone in the Phantom Zone. Batman must learn to work with others no in order to save Gotham one more time.

This is another one of those movies where the trailer was much funnier than the movie itself. A lot of the times I found myself sitting there watching the time go by or looking for my phone to see if I could do something to keep myself awake during the movie. This is never a good thing for a movie when you can’t keep your audience captivated for more than 10-15 minutes at a time. If as an adult I couldn’t stay focused for this long, I don’t think a child would either. I also thought the movie was way to long and dragged on for more time than necessary. I was truly disappointed with this movie because it was one that I wanted to see, looked funny, and even interesting, but turned out to be boring and uninteresting.

The only saving grace of this movie is the actors themselves as they play each part to perfection. Wil Arnet reprises his role as Batman from The LEGO movie and it’s the same Batman that was in the LEGO movie so when he was funny, he was funny. The rest of the cast also does a good job of bringing the movie together and trying to make it work as much as possible.

Overall I give this movie a 2 out of 5.

I was expecting a lot more out of this movie and was sadly let down. For $.99 it wasn’t bad though and it was a nice way to kill some time, but other than that it wasn’t as funny as it was supposed to be and just felt like a lot of things were missed that could have been funny. Unfortunately this kind of misses the mark on a lot of things and turns out to be not so funny and not so interesting. Unless you have kids that you want to try and keep entertained, I would recommend skipping this one.

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