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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‘Horse Girl’ Film Review

Grade: C-

Alison Brie in Horse Girl (2020)  After watching ‘Horse Girl’, there is no doubt that you will be filled with so many questions. What happened? What did it all mean? What did I get out of it? Then, you end up going on Youtube to find some analysis’s to see if anything made sense. It is clear that this is one of those independent features that makes you think in frustration, all while admiring its technique and an unhinged performance by Alison Brie.

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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”

‘Jojo Rabbit’ Film Review

Grade: A-                                                                                                          

Sam Rockwell, Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, Rebel Wilson, Thomasin McKenzie, and Roman Griffin Davis in Jojo Rabbit (2019)     You would never believe that a movie like ‘Jojo Rabbit’ would ever be made today, let alone become an Academy Award nominee. Its subject matter is portrayed in tasteless form; something that Mel Brooks could make, yet what separates ‘Jojo Rabbit’ from all the offensive satires is its heart to counteract its goofy nature. One moment, we get a parody of one of the most chilling times in WWII history, the next, we get an emotional drama that challenges stereotypes with a tale of an unlikely friendship between a ten-year-old boy training to be a part of Hitler’s army, and a Jewish girl he discovers in his sister’s basement.

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Jacob’s Top 10 Worst Movies of 2019

Just when you thought that I was done talking about the movies of 2019, with it now February, it turns out that I have some garbage to dig up. The Best of 2019 was only the beginning, now it is time to bring up the stinkers, the disappointments, sh*tstorms, and buzzkills, which I am more than ready to get off my chest once and for all.

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‘Parasite’ Film Review

Grade: A

Kang-ho Song, Hyun-jun Jung, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, and Woo-sik Choi in Gisaengchung (2019)It is that time of year again where I talk about the Oscar nominees for ‘Best Picture’. As always, my favorite time of year is awards season, which gives me the opportunity to catch as many nominees as I can before the big night happens. One of the films I have seen over the weekend was ‘Parasite’, a South-Koran comedy-thriller, of sorts, directed by Bong Joon-Ho (‘The Host’, ‘Snowpiercer’, ‘Okja’). It is a twisted, albeit depraved, look at the clash between the rich and poor; a wickedly brilliant satire that welcomes you into its devilish delights. It doesn’t just shock you, it also makes sure you have a good time until you get there.

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Jacob’s Top 10 Movies of 2019

This is it! The moment you have finally been waiting for! Here are my Top 10 movies of 2019! I apologize if it took me so long to do. I not only had a lot on my plate in terms of work and raising a baby, but I felt the need to catch up on a few movies (and for good reason). Now the wait is finally over, let us begin! Just a side note! These are my personal picks for what I thought to be the best films that came out last year, so if you feel like something is missing, then it probably did not make the cut, as there were much better movies in my opinion. Without further ado, let’s get started!

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Jacob’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2020 (A.K.A. New Decade/Newer Movies)

We are finally in the year: 2020, which not only means a new decade, but also another year of new upcoming films to look forward to. As always, these are the films I am personally looking forward to in the new year, so the films I am anticipating may be different than anyone else’s. Without further ado, here are the ten films I am looking forward to in 2020!

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