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Aquaman (2018)

Aquaman (2018)

Where I'm from, the sea carries our tears away...

It's a love story as well as a superhero story, and one DC really did right this time.

It starts great. I love when they do creative things with the logos. The earliest good example I can think of is the one Banlieue 13, and before this it was Alita. Maybe it's becoming a trend again. It's a great way to immerse the viewer, when even credits and intro are somehow within the movie world.

And from start to finish you stay immersed. It's a beautiful aquatic world, with a foray of inspiring performers (with such contrasts as Willem Dafoe and Dolph Lundgren), an impeccable main character duo with Jason Momoa and Amber Heard, as well as as a both tragic and beautiful backstory, an epic war a brewing, and Nicole Kidman, and the great pirate, and then some. They work better than I expected together. The chemistry's there. Or maybe, considering the characters are pretty much all at war: it's not there. That works too.

The story is that of Aquaman, who meets a beautiful aquatic princess with red hair and goes on a treasure hunt to get the great trident that'll let him inherit the throne of Atlantis. Of course he's a bit hesitant at first, but soon they're going full steam ahead, partaking in a both magical, and romantic, and awesome conquest.

The Transformer sounds are really becoming a grievance, but other than that I have little to complain about here. The special effects work well, considering their whole world is pretty much built upon them, and the harness-method of motion to emulate an underwater world worked surprisingly well too. Wouldn't have thought they actually filmed all of this on land.

As far as I'm concerned this is the first DC superhero movie I see that I really liked, flashy or no, fake or no, it's just an amazing adventure from start to finish, and I like the characters as much as I like the sceneries they traverse on route towards that one epic finale. I love water. Maybe that has something to do with it. Great watch.

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome

Escape Room (2019)

Escape Room (2019)

Next level of Saw right here! It's to be expected, but it's really quite the journey.

Props Adam Robitel on setting the scene, and props Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Deborah Ann Woll and Nik Dodani on really making their way through the maze too. Well, the few of them that actually make it that far. I won't spoil it.

The premise is simple: six people are trapped in what they at first think is a game, but soon turns out to be so much more than that, but the levels make it all the more complex. Turns out they all have something in common, and as they traverse their trials they come closer and closer to resolution... only to end up right back where they started. In a game to the death. That's how it always goes with movies like this after all!

There's nothing to complain about except for maybe the predictability with the ending. The effects are good. The props are good. The desperation's there. The sacrifice and shock: it's got everything it needs, along with both varied and somewhat creative stages for each of the levels of escape. It's a thriller all the way, and those hallucinogenic effects were pretty cool too.

You gotta wonder if Stallone's recent Escape franchise might've inspired this too... not that it's really the same thing, but it seems like it all comes together. That and the Maze movies. It's trending, and I wouldn't mind a few more either. It's a working premise.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Barbershop (2002)

Barbershop (2002)

It's just another day in the hood again! With Ice Cube and the barbers.

It's got the same vibe as Friday, but a few more people. The plot's similarly simple, following the events of an ATM robbery and a Barbershop sale in parallel, the dialog often trivial and non-mentionable, but it's lively, it's fun; it's really not bad. It starts in a good way, and ends in a good way, and it has you entertained all the way through. Props Anthony Anderson, Cedric the Entertainer, Michael Ealy, Keith David, Jazsmin Lewis, Eve and Troy Garity (solid performance) on getting a good thing together!

I think I'll be watching the sequel too.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

The Meg (2018)

The Meg (2018)

What kind of a name is The Meg for a shark movie anyway?

Oh. Short for Megalodon. The largest, most vicious shark ever to live, with no natural predators. Until Statham came along, that is.

It was a species thought to be extinct by now, but on a fictional trip to the bottom of the ocean, a group of scientists discover this was not the case after all, one escapes the depths and comes after them, and you know who is there to save the day!

Chinese sponsors? Yupp. But I appreciate it. They bring together American and Chinese culture in a good way, paying respect to each other.

I don't recognize all of the participants, but Ruby Rose seems familiar, Bingbing Li is beautiful, and I've definitely seen Jessica McNamee somewhere... they guy's aren't bad either, but Jason's the definitive here here.

I was almost a bit disappointed they didn't in some way at least try to recreate the so iconic Jaws soundtrack, but they have a good one in its place, and I guess it really isn't all that similar a movie after all. It's just the shark thing, and the research station, and both the place and the beast are way bigger this time around. Nothing to critique really. It's solid.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

The Nun (2018)

The Nun (2018)

This one really could have been on par with The Exorcism of Emily Rose, but they took it just a few steps too far! Unfortunately, since it really had a lot going for it. The atmosphere was impeccable. And it had it's ghastly moments too amidst the all too visual ones. It had good characters. It had a good setting. It had it all, really, just took it a little bit too far.

You recognize The Ring and Silent Hill and all of those traditional scary movie elements within it, with the creaking bones, and turning heads, and worst of all: jump scares.

I can't rate it too low though since it's still definitely the best scary movie I've seen in some time! Can't critique the filmography overall. There are really no flaws. Even that which might first seem like a stereotypically clumsy evil all works according to a bigger plan after all: it leads them where it wants them to go, slowly, suggestively, one clue at a time... even though it sometimes seems to try to kill them in the process.

I'm writing this in a dark house, alone, but I'm not really seeing shadows or ghosts around me though. It left me a little shook, but not scared out of my mind. Not possessed. Not in a fear that'll take some time to calm down. If only it had toned down the jumpscares a little bit more...

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

An erotic thriller/adventure movie with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman?! How had I never heard of this one before?

It doesn't disappoint either. It delves into a world of sex and mystery that I'd rather not detail here, just enjoy. There's duality as well as ambiguity. There's both the theatrical and the authentic. It's a clash of worlds, and a glimpse into one that the main character might never have believed he'd step into.

I'm not entirely convinced with Tom's acting, it doesn't feel on par with everyone around him, but everything else... well, what can I say. It's something else. It's one of those movies I never expected to see, and one I didn't expect to go as deep as it did. Stanley Kubrick knows his thing.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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