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The Duke (2020)

The Duke (2020)

The end's a bit predictable, but overall this is one interchangeably bright, and chaotic movie of the working man.

Starring Jim Broadbent as that working man - and leading man - who you'll probably recognize from a great many other British films.

Also notably Helen Mirren - whom I do know but didn't recognize at all here! Great actress.

The sceneries are reminiscent of the time the movie's from. Of the Sixties, I suppose - I would've thought it was further back, in which Kempton Bunton, a 60 year old taxi driver, steals Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London.

True story.

Which makes it all the cooler.

But it still is a little mediocre...

Good watch, though. Creative transitions. A charming cast. Overall: it's a good one.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

The Inspectors (1998)

The Inspectors (1998)

Stumbled upon the second one of these just recently, and it was GOOD! Had to see this one too.

It follows a similar formula - starts the same way - mysteriously but meticulously, and builds from there, you don't know which way it's going....

And this one was waaay more brutal than the last one was! With the initial scene. The bomb scene. After that not so much.

I recognize the little kid, though they overplayed the little kid-edness on that scene, for real... do little kids actually act that way? Would he have been so gullible? And if he had been would be really have waited with the package while everybody was gathered around?

Everything else is solid though, even if there's not much action to show for it. There's a lot of stake-out, take-out and dialog, but the relations are nice to watch. I do love action but it's not bad with something like this either. Something a bit more realistic. Like for example with any other average action movie you'd for sure have had a violent confrontation with the sheriff, or with the perpetrator, or with SOMEONE, at least! Here you don't. The investigation's key, and everything else is just extraneous circumstance. They catch the bad guys in passing. Hell some are even caught before the movie begins.

I like it. It really is an investigation; they do things differently here. Though too many like this and I think it'd tire too... I definitely lean more for action than not, but it's nice to get a more technical; more social; more counter-intelligence counterpart every once in a while.

These guys do that well.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Day Shift (2022)

Day Shift (2022)

Vampire movies, it seems they're back for real now! And I found another good one!

It's not just because the ever-so-talented Jamie Foxx is in it - which is always a plus, but they have a twist. And they have good action scenes. And they the vampire mannerisms down to the finest detail, and play around with all the clichés we know of. Mirrors, yupp. Fight scene with missing reflection, yupp. Sunlight, yupp. Modern stake varieties. Red eyes. Fangs - very intricate this bit. Bloodlust. Sensuality. Age. From the shotgun to the kind to everything between it, and that bangin' beautiful wife of his... Jamie doesn't have shit covered but he has character, and charisma, and the tenacity required to truly hunt the beasts of moonlight.

The main thing about it being a day job instead of a night one, that's the big twist, and witticism. And they play on it beyond what they'd need to for it to be the title.

Also check out Night Teeth if you haven't. Another good movie. Another original.

They show the Hollywood sign in the intro too - as another movie I watched recently did. I thought there were copyright issues with that... maybe no longer? Or they pay a hefty fee to feature it.

JJ Pierce btw, Karla Souza, Meagan Good, Dave Franco, Snoop The One And Only D O Double GG - and don't miss the Steve Howey and Scott Adkins sequence! They've got a lot of good names in this. Peter Stormare too. And Oliver Masucci fits his role just perfect.

I love this. Maybe ought give it a full five after all...

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome

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Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Tom Cruise is back. Top Gun is back. And it's a blockbuster, like you haven't seen in a long time.

Wholesome. Quality. Feelgood. Tension. So great. So great. Patriotic yes. Some cliché yes. But I love it all, it feels like it's almost a movie outside the movie. Like Tom's dedication makes it real. Like they break the fourth wall with the authenticity - and not just with his two sideway glances at the initial bar scene.

Authenticity really does take a movie to the next level, but some of these scenes are so authentic that the set seems to slip up at the seams. Like with that guard booth. You see through the cracks.

Some might consider that a flaw in filming but... it's just so cool to see.
To know they hadn't actually planned on that roof blowing off, but that the force of that plane was just that strong. Couldn't help it.

And the major (played by Ed Harris) comes across all the more a bad-ass for legitimately standing his ground.

The flight scenes, and the fight scenes... god damn man. Sometimes feels like this isn't long enough, like they skipped some things they could've added in... but it's so wholesome. Best movie 2022? Just might be.

I need to watch this one again soon... on the big screen preferably. Oughta be all the more special there.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

Bring It On: Cheer Or Die (2022)

Bring It On: Cheer Or Die (2022)

Got a newfound appreciation for cheerleading after this! And a feeling like maybe scary movies that are also FUN are finally coming back in style. inspired by Scream? Just in the right time, in parallel with the one originator of old and ancient; the greatest nation (I mean Scream just rebooted, too)?

I loved this. The blood and gore and all is barely there - could've maybe had a bit bigger budget with that bit, but on the other hand maybe the gruesome is just a distraction, and non-essential for a story like this, which is really all about the dance. And about proving yourself. It's about self-actualization and... motion. The art of.

A bit like Step Up meets scary movies!

Thought it'd be more like John Tucker Must Die. I'm positively surprised.

Kerri Medders sure has a nice smile too. Solid choice for the main girl.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Peppermint (2018)

Peppermint (2018)

The girl from Alias, Jennifer Garner? She's got a lead role as bad-ass chick with a thirst for vengeance, and oh boy does she have grit.

You can feel her desperation. You can feel the cold in the world. You appreciate the villain. The action's heavy. The shots are good. This was all I hoped and expected it'd be, and yet it somehow feels oddly inapproachable, like nineties action movies did. It plays out well, but they miss a layer. They get the action, they don't get the... not sure what.

I REALLY liked this though. The choreography's great. Action scenes are brutal. The villain's don't compromise either. It's female empowerment done right, though I do wonder how it would've been with a tougher-looking chick, like say Gina Carano. And why this name...

Cold like a mint, hot like pepper? Breath of fresh air? It still doesn't really fit at all. Not serious like the movie.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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