Miami Connection (An Average Meandering)

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”                      

Aristotle

There is a problem we have to deal with as movie goers. An ongoing conundrum that is to decide what is good and what is bad. Deep down, we know when a movie is bad (the dialogue is terrible, the movie looks like crap, the editing is atrocious, etc.). But on some occasions, we break our own rules governing movie taste by seeing one of those that are “so bad that they’re good”. For those movies, the problem then arises with a simple question: why did I like this movie?

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Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse (An Average Review)

Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule.

Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, 1861.

Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse was one of the best films that I watched in 2018 and has subsequently become my favorite Spider-man movie (finally taking the title away from Spider-man 2). Immediately after the first viewing on opening weekend, I knew that it was a film that I needed to own. It contained amazingly animated sequences of action, fun characters that are easy to get invested in, and drama that I’m not ashamed to admit had me in tears. Compared to most of the other spider-films, this one is on a completely different level. I would highly encourage you to watch this movie about a boy and his spider friends before continuing through this review.

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Terminator: Dark Fate (an average review)

“‘can I copy your homework?’/ ‘yeah just change it up a bit so it doesn’t look obvious you copied’ / ‘ok'”.

– Popular meme format, 2016.

As far as movie franchises go, the Terminator series is one of a farcical nature in today’s day. When I think about this series, there is always a clear distinction: the original two movies, the other three. I bring my personal distinction into this review with purpose because, through watching this latest installment, I think that the franchise can now be represented as a Venn diagram with a single movie placed in the center. This movie is both good and bad in nearly every aspect; there is nothing I see that is genuinely one or the other. Let’s talk about what I mean: Continue reading “Terminator: Dark Fate (an average review)”

Ad Astra: an average review

Per ardua ad astra

(Through adversity to the stars)

– Motto of the British Royal Air Force

Ad Astra is a movie that I believe would be perfect to start with for a new reviewer of cinema. It is very well shot with many gorgeous vistas, serviceable dialogue that got the point of the movie across, and it was a good reminder that it doesn’t need to be a sequel in a long, drawn out franchise in order to be an excellent film. If I were to sum up the movie with two words, it would be these: beautifully boring. Allow me to elaborate with a spoiler filled review. Continue reading “Ad Astra: an average review”

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