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Death At A Funeral (2010)

Death At A Funeral (2010)

You never know what can wrong at a funeral! Or in this case: everything goes wrong.

Maybe most notably the Valium goes missing, only it's really not Valium, a midget shows up with an unwanted secret, Uncle Russel's in a bad mood, Derek still wants his girl back and Ryan and Aaron just can't get along. Both intrigue and comedy's set at an early stage.

And the actors are fantastic. Props James Marsden on maybe the best performance of all.

Chris Rock, though he holds a lead role, is probably one of the least funny characters here, but they're all iconic in their own way. If they don't have you laughing out loud they at least have you smiling, or recognizing certain quirks and personality traits you can relate to. It's a big family, and a big set of folks outside the family too.

It's a movie about a funeral, and as such it's all set in a single place, but they really make the most of it! When it's over you wish it never really would've ended after all. How the most mundane things are turned into such memorable moments. I'm always impressed when they do it.

I watched this one a few years back, and a few years before that, and I'll probably watch it again, too. Props Kevin Hart, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan Tracy Morgan, Danny Glover, Keith David, Columbus Short, Regina Hall, all of the above and beyond. It's not often you get these many awesome guys in one movie. I haven't seen the old version of the movie with the same name (it's a dominantly white cast in that one) but I'd doubt it if it compares to this. This is just comedy with the perfect kind of crazy, and so much of it thanks to James Marsden, but it wouldn't be anything without their chemistry all together.

Great watch.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

Danger One (2018)

Danger One (2018)

One night, two guys in an ambulance pick up a guy in a car crash, who unfortunately dies in their ambulance, but not before they discover his coat is lined with one million dollars worth of cash.

The first death is unintentional, but as they look at that money, that probably nobody else knows about, they start getting ideas... and as the night progresses there come deaths that aren't all as unintentional. The Danger One is the ambulance, and the drivers become - in part unwillingly - involved in something so much bigger than them. It turns out some people did know about that money after all, and both keeping it, and keeping it a secret, and keeping alive becomes all the more difficult as the dawn draws near.

It's a movie with somewhat limited scenery, and cast, and not anyone I really know that I know, but they all make a great thing together. The props feel real, the blood feels real, the setting: a strange kind of comedy and action blend, all blends together well. The occasional budgetary special effect pops up to lower the score a bit, but overall this was a solid one. Danger one. They got it done. Not bad at all.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

Do Women Have A Higher Sex Drive? (2018)

Do Women Have A Higher Sex Drive? (2018)

Short answer: yes they do!

If you've ever wondered about the female libido, other biological differences between the genders, the dangers of birth control pills, cultural differences between times and places, the polygamous cultures of old, mating selection, the masculanization of the world via conquest, midwifery and witchery, modern feminism, the church, Playgirl, movies directed by women, Fifty Shades of Grey and everything in between: this is it.

It may not have the best interviewer (don't get me started on all those 'really's), or the most natural interviews, but she does shed light on some really interesting topics, even if it's most definitely both directed from, and towards, a more female perspective. It feels like they do try to keep it bias-free, though. Cater to all audiences. Take up the topics above in a way that'd interest everyone, and I do agree: I wouldn't mind seeing more authentic sex scenes in movies either. If women had stayed on top of the movie directing game I wonder how different the titles we'd be seeing today would be... yet with the surplus of strong female-leads in movies these days I wonder if they aren't getting there again. If men are the ones directing these movies with the female audience in mind it'd explain why I just really don't like them, though. They feel angled. The new Ghostbusters. The new MIB. It's a trend that brings out the strong woman over man, and yet in a way shames her with an added arrogance and superiority that I'm sure neither gender really wants to see. Or do they?

That's beyond the scope of this movie though, and I didn't really get a statistical or definitive answer on who has the higher sex drive either, but I did learn a lot. In terms of content I'd rate this higher, but as for the full picture:

 rated 3/5: not bad

Flashout (2019)

Flashout (2019)

FLASHOUT (90 minutes) SYNOPSIS: Inside a space habitat in a parallel universe, three young women play the blind date reality game InterMate in order to experience the euphoria of the FLASHOUT. Unexpectedly they find themselves trapped on Earth seeking the missing player of their game. They encounter a jogger, a rocker, a biker, an exploitative owner of an escort service, a radio telescope supervisor, and others vulnerable to their ecstatic FLASHOUT. All the while they are pursued by an awkward Reality Repairman whose assignment is to seal the hole between realities before the Multiverse is permanently altered.

This one's a spacey one! Abrim with special effects, and girls, most notably Allison Dunbar (though she's not from the future - also hope I'm not mixing together names).

It's about a realm where people (girls, in this case) play virtual games, but get tricked into a different world by another player, who seeks to end their universe, but he messes up when he can't get one of the girls to interact with him, so he calls and escort and... hmm? Sounds messy? The synopsis above probably makes more sense than the plot does within the movie itself.

Because it is. It's very messy. The acting's unstable and the special effects are all but realistic, but it's not without entertainment value. A e s t h e t i c s. You know. It's fun, charming, and creatively unique, but not without flaws. A fun and near-decent tale of intergalactic neighbors, that might've been pretty cool with a bigger budget, richer scenery and effects. But maybe most of all: a more fleshed-out and apprehensible plot.

 rated 2.5/5: almost not bad

Destroyer (2018)

Destroyer (2018)

No it's not about a submarine. I thought that too at first.

It's a typical run down cop story... with a twist. Reminds me of Memento. Hope that's not a spoiler.

Nicole Kidman (she's so in character I had no idea it was her!) plays a killer main character though. It's unusual with a female lead - well at least it used to be, but even more unusual now with a weak female lead. A rundown one, I mean. She's strong in her own way. But a lead that shows weakness, and bad personality traits, while at the same time being female. That's new. That's unusual.

I feel in these overly feminist times that's a rare thing to dare showcase - but it's something I'm happy to see. The world like it is. Nuances. And she's a pretty bad-ass persona, run down or no.

The movie's definitely not one of the most positive ones I've seen in recent times. It leaves you... feeling like you've watched a good movie, but not particularly happy about it. It's simple. it's complex. It combines flashbacks with real-time in a clever way, family relations and work, existential tidbits, and the time's as much a mesh as the rest of the movie. It's refreshing that way. Refreshingly truthful too, and dark, even on the bright of day. The atmosphere reminds me a bit of Dirty - another cop movie with similary saturated scenery, which I both liked and didn't like at the same time. Didn't like mainly because it was plain depressing. And this was similar, though thankfully it also felt like a movie with a cause.

This one I do like. It's a new take on the franchise, and a very personal story that follows a sequence of events that doesn't necessarily seem obvious, but is very well-selected after all. You'll see when it goes full circle. It's like a movie made up of those moments you see when your journey's over, and your life flashes in front of your eyes.

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome

The Outlaws (2017)

The Outlaws (2017)

A South Korean crime squad arrested 30 gangsters in 2004.

It doesn't sound all that sensational when they say it like that, but that's how they end it! Factually. Matter-of-factedly. I guess it's a cultural thing?

Until the end: it's a blast. It really is. South Korean action has an edge of realness to it, but also an element of: not so serious? How do I put it. They slap each other rather than punch each other. Where the Malaysian/Indonesian action movies have people slicing off fingers with knifes, these guys slap people with their hands... sometimes. But with this one it does get a bit fiercer than most, maybe because some of the anti-heroes come from across the border, and when it's all over it was a blast. Really. Korean action based upon facts, charismatic actors and tact. Good villain, message, and everything. It's a solid movie all the way.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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