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Devotion Review

I didn’t really know anything about this movie before I went to see it so I thought it was going to be more like Top Gun but during the Korean War, and boy was I wrong. This was an emotional war movie that had me crying at the end. Both the leads and the cinematography were great but I think the best part of this movie was the fact it shared a story about the Korean War. We get plenty of movies about the World Wars and even a good chunk about Vietnam but we don’t get that many movies about the Korean War. So, I find it nice to have a new movie about a war we don’t talk about a lot.

The only complaint I would have is that there could have been more scenes with them flying Just one or two more would have been good because it’s always cool to see how they fly the fighter planes. But besides that, I would rate the movie a 7 out of 10.

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My hopes for Teen Wolf: The Movie

With the release date inching ever closer and the hype getting stronger every day that passes I wanted to talk about some of my wishes for this movie.

  • Like everyone else(probably) I too wish they’re pulling an Andrew Garfield moment and lying to us about Dylan O’Brien not being in the movie. Realistically I know he’s not going to be in it but I just can’t believe they wouldn’t wait till a time he was free, it just doesn’t make sense to me. But since I know he’s not going to be in the movie I at least hope some character has a scene where they’re just hanging up the phone and they say something along the lines of “Stiles says hi but he’s working on an FBI case…”.
  • There better not be any falling out or drifting apart between the pack at the start. I’m fine if it’s along the lines of “we now have adult lives and are always busy so we haven’t seen each other in a few weeks”. But if Scott and the others are not close anymore at the beginning I’m rioting.(at least until the get back together)
  • Scott better not be with Malia still. This might be because I am still a die-hard Scallison shipper and fully believe they are the OTP but I hated them putting Scott and Malia together. It felt so forced to me especially since I always saw their relationship as more of a brother/sister relationship, plus I never noticed anything romantic between until the moment they got together. So the whole relationship felt wrong to me.
  • On the relationship note I really really really hope that by the end of the movie Allison is herself (because it’s pretty clear she’s not herself from the trailer) and alive and Scott and she can be happy together. I just want my babies to be happy is that so wrong!?

Besides those few things I’m not too worried about anything else that happens because I am just extremely stoked that we’re getting more Teen Wolf because I never thought I’d get to watch more of my favorite show!

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Bones and All Review

Before I get to my opinions on the movie I want to get some facts straight for those who are confused about this movie. First, the cannibalism in the movie is supernatural(think vampire/zombie) cannibalism and not serial killer cannibalism. Which still isn’t good obviously but it is better than the latter. Also, it’s definitely a romance/coming-of-age story, any horror aspects are mainly due to the gore. Which wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be but it was still pretty bad.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the actual review, which will spoil the ending (sorry). I was actually really enjoying the movie up to a certain part. Even the semi-confusing nightmare/flashback combo dreams didn’t bother me that much because the story was unique and the actors were great. Taylor Russell was great and I absolutely loved Timothée Chalamet as Lee. I got so invested in Maren learning about her mom and her budding relationship with Lee that I almost forgot it was about cannibals. I also loved Lee who very quickly became my favorite thing about the movie. But then came the ending. I know it’s kind of stupid but I’m a huge sucker for “happy” endings or at least endings where both of the main characters are alive! Lee and Maren’s lives were going to be hard enough being eaters you could at least let them be happy together! If the ending was different this movie could have been a much higher rating for me but because they had to go and kill Lee it made me very upset so I have to give it a 6 out of 10. If Lee lived I would probably give it an 8 out of 10 but sadly I can only dream. Or at the very least I can create a headcanon where they both get to live happily ever after.

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She Said Review

All you really need to know about this movie is that it is intense. Before watching this movie I knew the rough outline of what happened but I didn’t really know any details. And boy was I floored by the details. This movie did a great job of telling this story, the actresses and actors were amazing. But what made this movie such a good true story movie was that even though I knew the outcome I was worried, stressed, and even a little bit afraid that the story was going to fail. I had to keep saying to myself “don’t worry they succeed and he gets taken down”. This is a good mark of a successful true story movie if it can take you out of reality enough that it’s almost like you’re reliving events for the first time even though you know the outcome.

The most powerful choice this movie made was the use of hotel hallways. The fact that they could make scenes with nothing but an empty hallway exude such a strong feeling of overwhelming pressure and helplessness was impressive. This movie is a prime example of how to make a “based on a true story” movie and it full deserves a 10 out of 10.

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Sk8er Boi Movie Idea

I’ve been thinking about this idea for a while now after hearing the song again at work so I want to share with you my rough outline for what I think is an amazing idea for a movie.

Main cast

Sk8er Boi- adult and younger

Ballerina- adult and younger

Jock- adult and younger

Punk girl

Modern time

So, the movie opens up with a mid to late 30’s punk guy in a music studio who we will dub Sk8ter Boi. He’s trying to write a song but it’s not quite working out(the viewers would recognize some of the tune for Sk8ter Boi) then in comes Punk girl. She clearly knows what he’s trying to write about so she offers her help by saying “Maybe I could help you figure out this block if you tell me the whole story from the beginning?”.

Flashback– early 2000’s(movie will primarily take place in flashback time)

Okay, first some background for the flashback. It’s summer before senior year and Sk8er Boi and Ballerina go to the same fancy private school for gifted children and such. Like it has curricula to prepare the kids for futures in everything from STEM, the arts, and even politics. Ballerina is of course there for ballet and Sk8er Boi is there for music(he’s a prodigy duh). Now I can’t decide if I want him to be just a plain scholarship kid or make it more complex. By complex I mean the idea I had is that he’s also a rich kid but all of the other students think he’s a “poor scholarship kid(you know classic mean kid stuff)” because he, of course, dresses in punk/skater clothes. So, they’ve been going to school together for a while but they never interacted before because their clicks never interacted obviously. But over the summer they bump into each other somehow and then start hanging out on the down low and then on the even more down low they start dating. Then school starts and then both agree to keep their relationship a secret even though Sk8er Boi clearly doesn’t seem that into the idea of hiding it. Throughout the school year, we see the couple continue to see each other secretly while Sk8er Boi is being bullied mainly by Jock(whose is doing the curriculum for future politicians) and Ballerina ignores it. There’s a little bit of that “I want to stop it but I’m afraid of what my friends will think” coming from Ballerina but ultimately she doesn’t do anything(red flag). There could also be a scene where Sk8er Boi invites Ballerina over to his house and that’s when she learns that he’s actually also rich. Which then causes Ballerina to be like “if you’re rich why don’t you tell people, then they’d leave you alone(treat you as an equal)” and Sk8er Boi says something along the lines of “because I don’t care what they all think, plus after I graduate I’m not going to take any help from my parents”. I think it would be important to specify the fact that he loves his parents and vice versa, he just wants to go off on his own and make it the rest of the way on his own merit. Which makes Ballerina nervous after hearing that Sk8er Boi basically is going to be a starving artist after high-school. After that Prom starts getting closer and Sk8er Boi asks Ballerina to go with him and finally make their relationship public and Ballerina agrees only if they meet at the prom and not go there together. So, then it’s the night of prom and Sk8er Boi gets there all excited only to see Ballerina is actually the date of the main Jock/bully and they have an almost Carrie-like situation where the rest of the popular kids are laughing at Sk8er Boi for thinking that Ballerina would actually go to the Prom with him (during all of this Ballerina is behind Jock looking sad/apologetic/embarrassed).

Modern time

Now, it’s back to modern time again in the same studio a few hours later and Punk girl is like “ok how about you make the song…” and it then switches to a grown-up Ballerina in a big fancy house with a baby. On the wall, we see photos and such of her and her husband(Jock) who has become a congressman. After putting the baby down for the nap we see Ballerina go into the kitchen where a laptop is open with an article on it talking about Jock’s campaign for president right next to a tabloid paper that shows Jock soliciting a prostitute. She then listens to a voicemail from Jock claiming the article is a lie and that he and his team are working on it (she’s angry and clearly doesn’t believe him). Then she turns on the tv and something like TMZ or Entertainment Weekly is talking about Sk8er Boi’s sold-out concert. Which then she calls her friends and it turns out they have an extra ticket that she can use. Most of the concert is a montage until it gets to the last song where Sk8er Boi brings out his fiancée (Punk girl) to help him sing a song about a girl he used to know. And I imagine that song would be a more ballad-like duet version of Sk8er Boi. Now the movie could either end there or there could be a scene after that where Ballerina and her friends get to meet Sk8er Boi backstage. The friends would be all happy and excited acting like they also weren’t part of the bullying while Ballerina is once again looking sad/embarrassed because unlike her friends she knows that the song was about her. She then proceeds to apologize to him about everything and then there’s a big pause before Sk8er Boi forgives her and gives her a hug where he whispers in her ear that she deserves better than Jock. During all of this Punk girl is standing off to the side distractedly talking to some of the friends while she’s actually watching the confrontation between Sk8er Boi and Ballerina. And she’s smiling because she knows Sk8er Boi is finally getting the closure he deserved.

So, that’s my very rough outline of a movie based off of Avril Lavigne’s song Sk8er Boi. I hope it’s not too confusing to read.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Review

Wakanda Forever was a perfect and worthy sequel. I enjoyed it just as much and maybe even a little bit more than the first. As usual, it had amazing acting, CGI, and music so I’m not going to bother talking about the obvious. But there are 2 specific things I do want to talk about. First is of course Shuri’s journey throughout this movie. She was already pretty fun, to begin with, but seeing her go through this emotional journey gave her character the depth that she needed. Shuri went from being the fun, smart aleck, younger sister to a strong warrior.

Now, the second thing I want to talk about is Namor of course. More specifically I want to talk about how I enjoyed the fact that for 90% of the movie Namor was a straight-up villain. I would say there were only a few moments where I felt where he was coming from, but then he immediately said some stupid-ass villain stuff and I was like “oh yeah never mind you’re bad bad not misunderstood bad”. I can’t help comparing him to Killmoger whose movie did a good job of making you feel conflicted about him. While in Wakanda Forever it did a really good job of making sure Namor was seen as a villain. Sure he might have had a “good and noble” motivation but he just kept saying and doing very bad things. And that felt very refreshing for me, after watching a bunch of movies with a bunch of complex villains who you can’t help but wonder if they were right. You know sometimes you just want a bad guy who’s a bad guy and nothing more.

So I feel like this movie gets a nice and solid 8 out of 10.

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Enola Holmes 2 Review

I liked the first movie, but I enjoyed this one way more. That’s probably because Sherlock is more present in this one. I think Sherlock being in this one more helped make the movie better for multiple reasons. The first and I think least impactful reason is that I just plain like Sherlock so I enjoy it when he’s around. But the more important reason was that having Sherlock around showed the viewers how different Enola is from her brothers. By having the comparison between Sherlock and Enola up front and center it allowed us to see that Enola is still learning and growing up so we get more of that coming-of-age story(and who doesn’t love a good coming-of-age story?!). I also feel like it helped make Enola look “better” in a way since we could see how much better she is at making meaningful connections to other people compared to Sherlock(who we all know has very limited people skills).

This brother-sister bond just makes the crime-solving part of the movie that much better because it adds that bit of competition to it. Although if you’re like me you end up rooting for both of them and can’t decide if you want Enola or Sherlock to figure out the mystery first. All in all, I would give this movie a 7 out of 10, I thought it was pretty good and I would like to see more of the siblings together(and maybe even throw in a little bit of Mycroft).

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Till Review

This movie had me crying almost the whole time, which is high praise for a highly emotional movie like this. Danielle Deadwyler was amazing in this movie as Mamie. Her acting was so good that I felt like I was experiencing everything with her and not just watching a movie. Not only was the acting top-notch but the score was perfect. It enhanced every scene excellently, whether the characters were feeling sad, angry, or worried the music helped give the emotions even more weight.

Like most movies based on true stories that I end up seeing I didn’t really know that much about the story beforehand. So, because of that I usually don’t like to say whether a movie like this is accurate or not but there’s just something about this movie that makes it feel accurate. It just gives off that feeling that they put effort into making this movie as truthful as they could be. Which makes this a perfect “based on a true story” movie, informative yet highly emotional and I would give it an 8 out of 10.

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Ticket to Paradise Review

I don’t have much to say about this movie, so this review will be pretty short. Basically, this movie was perfectly fine and there was nothing wrong with it. But for some reason, I can’t quite put into words I wasn’t really that into it. That might be due to the fact that I thought it was going to be more comedic but turned out to be more serious. Which semi disappointed me because I was looking forward to some really good laughs. But more likely it just wasn’t my cup of tea(it was for sure my moms cup of tea though).

I feel like the best way to explain how I feel about this movie is by saying that it was one of those movies that I don’t regret seeing in theaters but would definitely not pay to see again. But it was a pleasant change of pace from the movies I usually watch so I’d give this movie a 6 out of 10.