(not so) Family of Music

As a lover of Disney-Pixar, I am honestly horrified that it took me this long to get around to watching Coco. I just thank Netflix for having this movie on their streaming service. This movie was just so cute. I loved the inclusion of the Latinx culture (I want to say this movie takes place in Mexico since one of the songs in from the Mexican Institute of Sound, but I’m not sure). It was just very well integrated. Yes, the movie was kinda predictable, but I’m just saying that as someone who watched too many children’s movies while not being a child. I was still crying towards the end. All of the main characters are enjoyable and you just want to hug them…well most of them. The character development was substantially by not even just the main character. The music was beautiful and catchy. I will definitely watch this movie again when I have the itch for a Disney-Pixar night.

The Super Family is Back

Let me begin this post by saying that I have been waiting for this movie for fourteen years. I wasn’t very hype for it from the trailers, but the Incredibles 2 movie was exactly what I wanted. It fits in perfectly from the end of the last movie, and it was very seemless. The character’s hadn’t changed too much but there was still area’s of growth. I just absolutely loved Bob’s (the dad’s) internal conflict. It was so well done. Also, the villian made slightly more sense than the original did, but the justaposition was intriguing. I also got a very X-men vibe from the movie. If you replace “supers” with “mutants,” the message of the movies are very similar, but you just can’t hate a family superhero movie. If they were to make another movie, not saying they should, but I would like to see older Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack taking on a world that is more accepting of “supers” to see what new problems emerge in their society. I just personally think that that would be really interesting to see.

To Explain the Weird

When something weird happens, everyone needs a best fitting explanation to go along with it. It’s even better when it is in the form of a movie. This would be The Disaster Artist. This is the movie that explains how the movie The Room was made. I watched this directly after watching The Room, and feel that this is totally necessary to get the most enjoyment from the film. It goes through every single tiny detail that you have when watching the original movie. Why is that line of dialogue needed? What’s with all the football throwing? Everything is brought up that you wanted a reasonable answer for. It doesn’t answer the vaguest question of who is this guy, but do you really want the answer to that? I don’t.

The Best of Trash

Recently, after wanting to see this movie for a couple of years now, I finally got around to watching The Room, a now cult classic. This movie is kinda awful in the best ways possible. I was laughing through the entire thing, cringing through all of the sex scenes and waiting for there to be plot again. If you are a movie snob, just know that this is not for you. This is not a movie to be taken seriously. Would I watch this again? Most definitely. I now need to make an effort to watch this movie every so often. It’s going to be my new guilty pleasure, and there will be no shame from anyone. This might be one of my new favorite movies.

Long Live the King

Recently, I watch the amazing movie that was Black Panther. It took me a while to actually write this because that movie is so much to unpack. I even went to a discussion about the movie this past Tuesday, and it just opened new cans of worms. There is just so much to unpack. I feel like I might accidentally spoil something, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet… First of all, what have you guys been doing with your time? Second, this is the only warning you are going to get.

First off, once again, this movie was amazing. It is officially one of my favorite Marvel movies. (I have to make a distinction because my favorite movie of all time is Silence of the Lambs). The visuals were bold, vibrant and beautifully done. All of the main characters stood out on there own and all the background characters were visually associated with their tribes. There was no mistake as who was with who, yet at the same time, I could feel that everyone was their own individual person. And there was not one single wasted scene. In the beginning, I was a bit iffy of the beginning with the scene of kids playing basketball. I was wondering what was going on and if it was going to be a scene that is typically in a “black movie.” I was completely blown away when that scene turned out to be completely relevant. Other times, it goes absolutely nowhere, but this time it did. Yet, this was only two hours of a four-hour film. I honestly want to see everything. When it comes out, I want to see the extended cut. According to some of my sources, A.K.A. my friend who is obsessed with the entire Black Panther story, told me that everything was scored. I want to see the entire story. I’m hoping that those extra two-hours add on to the experience instead of taking it away.

Another thing that I loved were the outfits. I know that sounds a bit skin-deep, but let me explain for those who are not in the know.  The majority of the outfits worn by characters in the movie worn clothing and jewelry that is representative of different cultures within Africa. After the first trailer was released, people were all over that. I also enjoyed the fact that when numerous characters were on screen together, they were wearing the colors of the Pan-African flag. This flag represents uniting everyone that is of African heritage. It was amazing to see.

I would also be very remised if I didn’t mention to women. The women were written so well. They were strong characters with their own wills. They were not defined by their relationships with their love interests. They had their own ideas of what should happen and where not afraid to have a debate about it. I was also just ecstatic, as a scientist, I was excited for Shuri. She showed the world what a scientist and inventor could be. Yes, we love our work, but we are also goofy and have inside jokes a well. We are everyday people, and it was awesome to see what I saw as me on the screen. As a female, I was happy to see many of the women on screen. They were everything I could have wished. I just hope Marvel knows that my expectation for their female characters has risen exponentially.  I will be disappointed if I see another weak character. I might cry.

I feel like I have talked (written?) your ears off. There’s a lot I could say, but I just didn’t want to talk too much about it. There is just so much to unravel. My favorite scenes it the entire movie had to be where the T’Challa and Killmonger go to the ancestral plane. There is just so much juxtaposition the between the two guys, and then a just loved the juxtaposition between T’Challa’s two scenes in the plane. There is just so much there, or at the very least, what I interpreted as being there.

I just cannot say it enough. The movie is amazing. If anyone would like to talk about it in the comments with me, I would be happy to talk some more. I just kinda feel like I’m going on a rant at this point. So, that’s all for now. Hopefully, Marvel has some more greatness in store for us.

PINEAPPLES!!!

A movie that I have been super excited to see has recently come out, and it was everything that I could have hoped for. Actually, it could have done one thing and it would have been perfect. I’m talking about Psych: The Movie. If you haven’t guessed, the one thing that could have made it better was my favorite character, Lassie. I missed him so much. They did this CGI Lassie that was pretty noticeable, but it was enjoyable none-the-less. It felt like no time had passed between the original show and this movie. All of the chemistry was still there and had some of the jokes that everyone loves. They brought back some of the best villains for small cameos. *Insert fangirl squeal* I would really love for the writers and producers to do something else similar to this. I would greatly enjoy it. Anyone who loved the original show will love this. It’s also on the USA website, so you don’t have to pay to watch it. I would definitely suggest supporting this movie. It was beautiful, and I really want more.

Not at All What I Was Expecting

Recently, I watched the Netflix original movie Death Note, and it was not at all what I was expecting. It was a good movie. I won’t say that it is the best movie I have ever seen but I had some really good elements. I loved the cinematography and there wasn’t a lot of spoken exposition like I was expecting. I know that a lot of people hated it. I read the reviews myself. They were full of hate but had no real reasoning for it. The people who actually had reasons for disliking it, other than the fact that it wasn’t word for word out of the manga or anime, had reasoning that I could understand why they felt that way. To me, a live action is not supposed to be exactly like what it is in the source material, especially when it is crossing cultural borders. While watching it, I was completely in the moment and for the most part forgot all about the manga (I haven’t watched the anime yet. Don’t hate me.). If you haven’t watched or read the original Death Note or if you completely separate yourself from the original, you would consider it a decent movie. Not the best, but definitely not the worst. Ryuk and L were definitely the best part of the film no matter what way you see it. Those two made the film.