‘Malevolent’ Mini-Film Review

Grade: D+

Florence Pugh in Malevolent (2018)

When it comes to Halloween, Netflix seems to be the go-to for anything horror, yet I personally would not recommend ‘Malevolent’. You can dismiss this and watch it if you are looking for some scares, but from my personal experience, I found it disappointing. My girlfriend and I watched this movie as a way to celebrate the month of Halloween; though she liked it more than I did. I will say that if you are a horror buff like she is, you might actually enjoy it for what it is. It is not a terrible movie, or one that is regretfully awful, but it is one that needs more meat on its bones.

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‘The Titan’ Film Review

Grade: B

Sam Worthington and Taylor Schilling in The Titan (2018)

I checked out ‘The Titan’ not too long ago. Although science-fiction is not nearly my interest (especially content that looks released for DVD), I found it to be as engaging and endearing way more than I expected it to be. Netflix has been making great content lately, and the popular streaming site shows no sign of stopping. Every month, there is always a new show, or movie released with the hope that viewers will tune in. While I do not see many audiences watching ‘The Titan’, those who are into science-fiction or want to think will find themselves immersed.

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‘Okja’ Film Review

Grade: A-

Okja (2017)

Throughout my life, I have always wanted a pig of my own. However, after watching the Netflix original film ‘Okja’ – Directed by Joon-ho Bong (‘The Host’, ‘Snowpiercer’) – I want a super pig! At first glance it sounds like a ridiculous wish, but among the ranks of Gizmo from ‘Gremlins’, or E.T., Okja is a pet that anyone would want to have. From the moment we are introduced to the creature and her owner – a little girl named Mija (Seo-Hyun Ahn), to the dangerous experiences they both face, you see Okja as not just a beautiful visual effect, but a living, breathing creature with feelings and an emotional connection to her owner that touches you. 

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‘Before I Wake’ Film Review

Grade: A-

For a while, Mike Flanagan’s ‘Before I Wake’ was suspended; at the time, Relativity Media (the original distributor of the horror film) filed for bankruptcy, causing it not to have a theatrical release for quite some time. Who knew that it would be a Netflix original film in 2018! It was quite the surprise to see that the film – starring Kate Bosworth and up-and-comer Jacob Tremblay – had finally got the release after quite some time. I decided to watch ‘Before I Wake’ with my girl two weeks ago when she was in the mood for a movie. She was excited, yet I was skeptical. Horror movies are lacking in quality with incessant jump scares, and over-exploitation of gore just to get a reaction from audiences. Thankfully, ‘Before I Wake’ uses very little of these out-of-nowhere shocks, and mainly delivers a surprisingly deep story to overcome its horror movie tropes.

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‘Bright’ Film Review

Grade: C+

Contrary to how critics have felt about David Ayer’s ‘Bright’ (Netflix’s newest attempt at a movie), I honestly felt that it was better than what it was given credit for. Though, beneath its visual splendor and thrilling action lies social commentary we have been exposed to before with the same reluctant-detective-teaming-up-with-a-different-species-to-right-a-wrong premise we have seen in ‘Zootopia’, ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’, and many others. Only this time, it feels more like ‘The Lord of the Rings’ as a crime drama set in present day Los Angeles (If Netflix did not step up to the plate, the film could have been distributed by Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, and MGM).  There are orcs, elves, fairies, and dwarves (Maybe we will see hobbits in the sequel?) all living side by side with humans.

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‘Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton’ Film Review

Grade: A-

When it comes to my personality, two of my biggest influences are: Jim Carrey, and Andy Kaufman! These two stars in the comedy business were not afraid to be themselves, no matter how controversial (or offensive) their antics were! Weird in both their own way. It was quite a perfect decision for Director Milos Forman to cast Carrey as the always quirky comedian in ‘Man on the Moon’; and Carrey adopted Kaufman’s persona — almost too literally!

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‘True Memoirs of an International Assassin’ Film Review.

Grade: C-

The True Memoirs of an International Assassin Movie Poster

The only thing charismatic about Kevin James is his smile, I’m thinking that’s why he is the star of an action-comedy. Either that, or Netflix must have thought that it was unfair for him to be left out of ‘The Ridiculous Six’ and ‘The Do-Over’ starring Adam Sandler and most of his buddies. Yep! That’s the reason. All bets are off the table now! It’s time for Mr. James to be the center of attention when it comes to the first thing you see on your Netflix. While this could be a home-run for Sandler and his band of merry men, it may not be the case for the film critic. I do admit that like ‘The Ridiculous Six’ and ‘The Do-Over’, ‘True Memoirs of an International Assassin’ is a decent film; but it is also a bit of a low point in comedy. Continue reading “‘True Memoirs of an International Assassin’ Film Review.”

‘Mascots’ Film Review

Grade: D-

Mascots Movie Poster

Christopher Guest (Known for his role as guitarist Nigel Tufnel in ‘This is Spinal Tap.) has returned to the director’s chair (and even has a little cameo) for the Netflix original film ‘Mascots’, which introduces us, in semi-mockumentary form, to people who live lives as mascots for sports events at different schools in different locations. They tell the cameraman about the ups, as well as the often humorous downs of being dressed up in fuzzy outfits. Guest has also directed ‘Waiting For Guffman’, and ‘Best in Show’. (Two films I have yet to watch.) With the material he and Jim Piddock have written, the Netflix original has potential to be clever, and it tries; but almost none of the jokes hit. In fact, this film would work better as a BBC series in the same vein as ‘The Office’ with Ricky Gervais. Continue reading “‘Mascots’ Film Review”