Movie Review: Hellboy (2019)

It should come as no surprise that I’m a huge fan of Guillermo Del Toro’s two “Hellboy” movies from the mid to late 2000s. They’re fun, character-driven, action movies filled with solid performances. So when a reboot was announced, I got scared. Then set pics came out, and I got less scared. And now I finally watched it. So let’s talk about it.

Ladies and gents… “Hellboy”… the rebootification.

When an evil blood witch (Milla Jovovich) is about to return, it’s up to Hellboy (David Harbour) and his allies to try to stop her. So now we have our plot. And it’s quite a mixed bag. On one hand, it’s an apocalyptic horror-fantasy, and on the other it’s a lighthearted monster romp, and it just clashes. Now, movies can switch between different tones and still work, we’ve seen it so many times. But “Hellboy” doesn’t have the flow to hold it up. Every tonal shift feels so sudden and unwarranted. And even if you take the scenes in on their own, they’re often so blandly written that I just didn’t give much of a shit. And that’s not how I want it. I want to give a shit, I wanted this to be a great story. But as it stands, it’s not great.

The characters in this are, like the story, a bit of a mixed bag. I see the potential in them, but they flip-flop around a bit much. Are they goofy comic action movie characters or are they broody soap opera ones? Both apparently. David Harbour plays the titular horned hero, a demon summoned from the depths of hell, raised to stop evil. He’s a bit of a jerk, but he’s also sometimes a decent enough dude. Seeing him learn more about himself is interesting, even if, as said before, he flip-flops a little bit. But I do think Harbour is good in the role, doing his best with the material he’s given. Next we have Ian McShane as Al Sweareng- I mean Professor Broom, Hellboy’s adoptive father. The reason I made that little joke was because in terms of writing, he feels like a watered down version of Al Swearengen from “Deadwood”.  I love “Deadwood”, but you can’t make everything “Deadwood” just because Ian McShane’s in it. Oh well, at least it’s an enjoyable performance. And Milla Jovovich plays Nimue, the Blood Queen, the movie’s main antagonist of the movie, and she’s fine in the role. Again, subpar material. We also get supporting work from people like Daniel Dae Kim, Sasha Lane, Stephen Graham, Thomas Haden Church, and more, all doing either okay or very well in their respective roles.

The score for the movie was composed by Benjamin Wallfisch, and it was alright. It’s not exactly memorable, but it’s overall well composed. A lot of BWOOOOOM, some emotional strings, and some electronic enhancements, making a decently passable score. Then there are also a whole bunch of licensed tracks used throughout, and I swear, it feels like they went through several of my spotify playlists to pick out some of those tracks. Some of the tracks work fine in their respective scenes, and some are… meh.

Based on the critically acclaimed comics by Mike Mignola, this movie was directed by Neil Marshall, and I think he did an alright job with it. You can tell that he put a lot of work into shot composition and making sure scenes could flow decently well, making for occasionally fun action beats. But then the shit hits the fan again. The editing is really weird, making for some awkward cuts and moments. And let’s talk effects. Most of them are pretty good, both the practical and CG. But then we get to the blood and gore. I don’t mind that shit in a movie, it can be kinda fun or intense. But here it looks like someone tried rendering raspberry jam on a Windows 98, which really took me out of it when I started enjoying parts of the action scenes.

This movie has not been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 17% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 31/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 5,2/10.

I really wanted to like this movie, and it does admittedly have its moments. But in the end “Hellboy” (The Rebootification) is not really a good movie. It has a janky plot, meh characters, good performances, okay music, okay direction, and bad editing/blood effects. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Hellboy” (The Rebootification) is a 4,87/10. So I’d recommend skipping it.

My review of “Hellboy” (The Rebootification) is now completed.

You make me sad, movie.

Movie Review: Suicide Squad (2016)

I guess now was a good a time as any to watch this movie and review it as I didn’t last year when it came out. And I mean, I could technically use this as a sort of lead-up to “Justice League” later this month. Fuck it, moving onto the review.

Ladies and gents, what are we, some kind of… “Suicide Squad”.

When a supernatural entity threatens to wipe a lot of stuff out, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) decides to put together a team of criminals to try to stop the evil shit. So now we have our action movie plot. So is it any good? Difficult to give a hard answer. On the one hand, unlike “BvS”, it doesn’t have a thousand plot threads that get all tangled up, making it feel a bit more streamlined. And there are some decent ideas throughout the plot, but the overall execution feels a bit weak. I was interested enough to keep watching, but I never felt truly invested in the plot in any way. The stakes were high(ish), but it never felt like that. The plot here was… eh.

The characters in this range from interesting to duller than dishwater. Will Smith plays Deadshot, the most accurate marksman in the DC universe. Out of all the characters in this, he’s given the most development, and I found myself actually kind of caring about him. And Will Smith is really good in the role. Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn, psychiatrist turned crazy person. She’s given some decent development, and she’s pretty enjoyable. And Robbie is really good in the role. Viola Davis plays Amanda Waller, the take-no-shit-from-no-one woman who puts together this squad. And like her comic/cartoon counterparts, she’s tougher than tough and kind of badass even if some things involving her in the movie are kinda dumb. But David was great in the role. Then we have Joel Kinnaman as Colonel Rick Flag, the non-criminal member of the squad. And while they try to give him some emotional weight in this, he is quite bland and I didn’t care about him. And Kinnaman is just… fine here. Jared Leto as the god damn Joker… I see the potential in him, there are bright spots in his performance, showing that he could be a good Joker. But his rather brief appearance and less than stellar writing doesn’t exactly help him out. But overall I guess he’s fine… could’a cut him out of the movie. Jay Hernandez (who should return to “The Expanse”, please and thank you) plays Diablo, a troubled man with fire powers. He is given a decent emotional core and I thought his character was pretty interesting. And Hernandez was good in the role. Then we have Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. One of my least favorite actors as a character I have a hard time taking seriously. And somehow, against all odds, I actually enjoyed his appearance in this movie. He was a less serious character than some of the others, and I thought he was entertaining. So yeah, Courtney is surprisingly good in this (who’da thought?). Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje plays Killer Croc, and he gets sidelined for most of the movie… he does almost nothing here. And he’s… meh in the role, mainly due to writing/sidelining. Cara Delevingne plays Enchantress, the villain of the movie (there, I said it). She is clearly supposed to be a somewhat complex and interesting villain, but she just comes off as a dancing idiot. And Delevingne is… okay in the role. Then we have Karen Fukuhara as Katana, she’s got my back, I would advice not getting killed by her, her sword traps the souls of it’s victims. That is an actual exposition dump from this movie. And while she sounds kind of badass, she’s sidelined here. Does jack fucking shit in the grand scheme of things. So I can’t exactly comment on Fukuhara’s performance here other than saying that I think she was fine… I guess. Also, this movie waste’s a couple good actors. David Harbour, Common, Scott Eastwood, Kenneth Choi… wasted. But overall the movie is pretty well acted.

The score for the movie was composed by Steven Price and it was fine. Typical orchestral stuff with some mild electronic sounds thrown in every now and then. Not bad, not great… good. Worked decently well in some scenes, didn’t do much for others. They also used a whole bunch of licensed tracks throughout the movie, from The Animals to Skrillex. Some tracks were used pretty well throughout, actually kind of fitting the scene. Other times it feels like they chose some random tracks to throw in… strangely enough it is the tracks pertaining to my music tastes that mainly felt out of place. So overall this movie has some good music.

This movie was written and directed by David Ayer, but edited by Warner Bros. I say this because I can tell that David Ayer directed a tight(ish) and interesting action movie, and then some WB people came in and edited a lot of it. Parts feel like they’ve been cut to pieces, missing key parts. And then during certain scenes there are these weird edits thrown in that the execs probably thought were “cool”, but just came off as obnoxious and annoying. As for the action in this action movie, it’s not bad… mostly. The battle(s) in the streets aren’t mind-blowing, but they’re still pretty entertaining. The action in dark, close quarters offices were… okay, I guess. The final encounter… not very good, could barely see what was going on. So the action here ranges from good to… shit. As for humor (since they wanted to attempt that here), it is okay. Some jokes land, some don’t. The CGI in this movie is also like that. Some of it looks awesome, and some wasn’t good.

This movie hasn’t been the most well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 25% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 40/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,2/10. The movie won 1 Oscar (wut?) in the category of Best makeup and hair. 

“Suicide Squad” is… fine. It has a meh plot, okay characters, good performances, good music, good(ish) directing, weird editing, and okay humor. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Suicide Squad” is a 6,22/10. While heavily flawed, I’d say that it might be worth a rental.

My review of “Suicide Squad” is now completed.

Since I’m in the middle, will both sides of the argument hate me now?

Series Review: Stranger Things – Season 2 (2017)

The Month of Spooks, still going strong! And on the plate today we have the second season of last year’s smash hit Netflix series. So let’s get into it.

Ladies and gents… “Stranger Things” season 2.

It’s 1984, one year has passed since the horrifying events that transpired in Hawkins, Indiana. And ever since he’d been rescued from the Upside Down, Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) ihas been experiencing a series of terrifying visions. And we soon find out that a new threat in looming over the sleepy little town, ready to take over. And that’s just the main plot here, we do get several sub-plots as well. This is an ambitious narrative, both in making the monstrous threat feel bigger, and in just expanding this world that we’ve gotten to know. And while that is a risky move for any show, since the multiple sub-plots aspect can tangle itself up and become convoluted, I feel like “Stranger Things” pulls it off nicely. You have the tension of the monster plot, you have the drama of finding out more about Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), you have the kids meeting this new girl (Sadie Sink) that comes to town, you have the struggles of Nancy, Jonathan, and Steve (Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery)… what I’m trying to say is that there’s a metric buttload of threads here, and they never feel like they tangle into a mess. It’s a solid plot filled with good drama, mystery, and charm.

The characters in “Stranger Things” are likable, layered, and endlessly interesting. Let’s start with Will Byers, played by Noah Schnapp, because he is more or less the focus of this season. Sure, he’s safe(ish) from the Upside Down, but he’s experiencing these horrifying/traumatic visions, putting him in a more vulnerable position. And Schnapp is great in the role. Then we have Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, the pseudo-leader of this group of friends. Seeing him trying to cope after his friend/love Eleven has been out of his life is actually a bit heartbreaking, but he’s not some mopey idiot about it, keeping him interesting. And Wolfhard is great in the role. Then let’s go with David Harbour who once again plays police chief Jim Hopper. He’s still a stern man with his heart in the right place. Hopper was my fave last season and he still might be. So yeah, Harbour is great in the role. Gaten Matarazzo returns as Dustin, the funny and slightly naive little man with the colorful hat. Like I said, he’s a bit naive, but he’s not stupid. He’s also the funniest of the four main kids. And Matarazzo is great in the role. Caleb McLaughlin returns as Lucas, the slightly more serious one in the group. And McLaughlin is great in the role. Then we have Winona Ryder once again as Joyce, mother of Will, and slightly neurotic person. However, her being a bit nervous like that is understandable after everything that happened last season. But she seems to have found a decent system for her life… until shit starts getting real again, that is. And Ryder is great in the role. Natalia Dyer returns as Nancy and she’s really good. Charlie Heaton returns as Jonathan, and he’s great in the role. Joe Keery is back as Steve, and he’s great in the role. Millie Bobby Brown returns as Eleven, and she’s great in the role. Right, returning faces done, now for some newbies. We get Sean Astin as Bob, Joyce’s new boyfriend. He’s a bit of a dork, but he’s a good person and he does everything to try to be a good pseudo-father for the Byers boys. And Astin is really good in the role. Sadie Sink plays Max, the new girl in town with a seemingly troubled home life. She meets the boys and more or less starts befriending them. And Sink is great in the role. Then we have Dacre Montgomery as Billy, a new guy in town who is a big asshole bully. And while he doesn’t have much of an arc, Montgomery is really in the role. And finally, we have Paul Reiser as a doctor who is likable and kind, but seems to have some shady shit going on. And Reiser is great in the role. Overall, this has great characters and the performances are great.

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein returned to do the score for this season, and once again they killed it. The synth-heavy sounds perfectly capture the era and tone, and does even manage to create some decent tension at times. Really, it’s more of the good synth-y stuff, not much else I can say. And since this is set in the 80s, we of course get some really awesome licensed songs throughout from not only the 80s, but also 60s and 70s… it’s really just an awesome soundtrack that made me very happy. Overall, great music.

The show was created by the Duffer brothers, and written/directed by a whole bunch of people. And it’s just overall very well handled. The directing is tense, fun, and filled with energy. And Tod Campbell’s cinematography is of course absolutely stunning. And the visual effects in the show look great too. There’s also plenty of comedy in this show, and I thought it was all really funny. I also enjoy that it never overshadows the drama/Lovecraftian sci-fi, but just is another part of the world that comes into play every now and then.

This show/season just came out but has already been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 94% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 78/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,9/10 and is ranked #37 on the “Top 250 TV” list.

“Stranger Things” season 2 is pretty awesome. It has a great plot, great characters, great performances, fantastic music, and great directing/cinematography/writing. Time for my final score. *Rawr*. My review of “Stranger Things” season 2 is a 9,86/10. So it of course gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Stranger Things” season 2 is now completed.

Awesome.

“Hellboy” reboot announced

Hello there, ladies and gentlemen of the internet, I hope you’re all having a good day. As you read in the title of this post, a reboot of the “Hellboy” movie franchise has been announced. Now, this was announced earlier this week, but I had to take a few days to really think about this. For those who have lived under a rock for the past 15 years, “Hellboy” is a movie directed by Guillermo Del Toro, based on the comic book series of the same name written by Mike Mignola. The movie starred Ron Perlman as the titular hero. It also got a sequel in 2008 called “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”. Both of these movies were critically acclaimed, being loved by both critics and general audiences. For the longest time there were rumors and speculation regarding a third movie in the series, something both the fans, the star, and the director wanted. So Del Toro had a meeting earlier this year with Perlman (Or Da Perl, as he lovingly called him) and Mignola regarding the possibility of “Hellboy 3” happening. It was then announced that it wouldn’t happen, which made a lot of fans (including myself) really fucking sad.

Sad Hellboy representing us fans.

Skip ahead a few months to earlier this week and we get an announcement that a new “Hellboy” movie is being made. Then it turns out it’s a reboot that doesn’t include Del Toro, Da Perl, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, or any of the people from the first two movies. Instead it would be directed by Neil Marshall, the director behind the very popular horror film “The Descent”, as well as directing episodes of “Game of Thrones”, “Constantine”, “Hannibal”, and “Westworld” (among a bunch of other things). And the titular red one would be played by David Harbour, the man who most people probably know as Sheriff Jim Hopper from Netflix’s “Stranger Things”. And this is why I needed to take a few days before I actually talked about this rebootification. Because I’m a huge fan of the two “Hellboy” movies, so if I had written anything right as it was announced, I would probably have nothing but negative things to say, and I’m only human so change is obviously not something I’m happy with. But now that I’ve taken a few days to think about it and I’m ready to say something.

Lower the gun, Red. We have to be calm and reasonable.

While I’m not the most thrilled to be getting a reboot of this series, I am not 100% against it. The director has made some good stuff, and while I haven’t seen “The Descent”, people seems to love that movie. Plus, the shows I mentioned before are good, so I know that the man has serious talent. And while I would have loved to see Da Perl don the Red makeup and prosthetics again, David Harbour is a good choice for the role. The man is big, and his performance in “Stranger Things” has me convinced that he can do the gruff but still good-hearted style very well. My biggest problem here is how the effects will be handled. The original movies had amazing creature effects, both practical and CGI. So this rebootification has some big fuckin’ shoes to fill. I forgot to mention, this reboot will apparently be rated R. I haven’t read the comics, so I don’t know if the age rating can serve the story in any way. If someone out there has read the comics, please tell me if the R-rating can be justified for the movie.

So in conclusion. I’m not too excited for this reboot, but I’m not gonna hate on it too much either, because there are some genuinely talented people behind it. I just needed to get this out there because I love the movies so much. Feel free to share your thoughts on all of this in the comments.
Have a good one.

HB: Is this asshole for real? AS: It seems like it. HB: Damn.

Movie Review: The Equalizer (2014)

An action movie starring Denzel? Where do I sign?

Ladies and gents… “The Equalizer”.

Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a man with a dark and mysterious past that he has put behind himself. When we meet him he lives a quiet and happy life working at a hardware store. However, when a local girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) gets the shit beaten out of her by some Russian gangsters, McCall gets back into action to try to stop the assholes. And now we have a tale of an older man kicking the asses of bad dudes because of a young girl and holy shit, this is “Taken”. Okay fine, it’s not exactly like “Taken”, but you can’t deny the similarities. With that said, the plot here is not great. It’s not bad, but it’s also not the most compelling or interesting. There’s also a bunch of side stories to it. You have the main one which is McCall in trouble with the Russians, but then you also have various side plots featuring him helping people out. Combine all these side things with a main plot that is really average and you get a little bit of a mess. Again, not bad. It’s just… fine.

The characters in this movie are all pretty entertaining and surprisingly interesting. Robert McCall is a character that we don’t know a lot about in the movie, but he’s still interesting. You can tell that those eyes have seen some shit. And Denzel Washington is awesome in the role,but you knew that already… IT’S DENZEL! Chloë Grace Moretz isn’t in the movie for too long, but she does give a really good performance as this young and troubled woman. Marton Csokas (How the fuck do you pronounce his last name, send help) plays the main bad guy of the movie and this is a character that you can tell knows what the hell he’s doing. And Csokas (seriously, help) is great in the role even though he always seems like he’s two seconds away from letting out an evil cackle. David Harbour plays one of Csokas’ (please) helpers/allies, and he’s really good. We also get Haley Bennett as a prostitute and she gives a really good performance. Overall it’s a very well acted movie.

The score was composed by Harry Gregson-Williams and it was really good. It was dramatic, tense, exciting, and overall fit the movie very well. There were also a bunch of licensed tracks troughout the movie and they were used very well too.

This movie was directed by Antoine Fuqua and I think he did a really good job. Overall it is a really good looking movie that perfectly captures the uneasy and grimy feel of Boston’s underworld. And the action scenes in the movie are quite fun. What I especially like about them is that McCall doesn’t just a grab a gun and start some simple shooty-bang-bang against the bad guys, but he more often than not will figure out some creative/brutal way to dispatch of the assholes. He’s basically a more violent version of Kevin McCallister from “Home Alone”. By the way, the brutal thing I mentioned isn’t just a simple “oh, there’s a little bit of violence here”, oh no. This movie is really violent, which means there’s a good amount of blood being spilled in this movie. Just saying that if anyone out there is really squeamish. Me on the other hand… yeah, I had fun.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 60% postive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 57/10. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10.

“The Equalizer” is a flawed but still really solid action-thriller. It has an okay plot, pretty good characters, great performances, great music, and really good directing. My main problem with the movie stems from the plot thing I mentioned earlier in the review. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for “The Equalizer” is an 8,99/10. So even though it’s flawed I’d say that it’s worth buying.

My review of “The Equalizer” is now completed.

Based on an old TV-show… okay.

“Stranger Things” season 2 Super Bowl trailer

Hello there, ladies and gentlemen. It’s time to once again talk about a trailer.

The Super Bowl was this weekend, and as someone who doesn’t like sports, I didn’t give two shits. The only thing about it that was exciting to me was the potential trailers that could come out of it. And it’s delivered with our first look the second season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things”. For anyone that’s been living under a rock for the past year, “Stranger Things” is a Netflix original scifi/mystery series heavily influenced by 1980s Steven Spielberg and Stephen King. I thoroughly enjoyed the first season, so I was excited when an ad for season 2 came out during the Super Bowl. So what do we see in this 30 second trailer/ad? Well… a lot of intensity and interesting stuff. Like I said, it’s only 30 second s long, and the shots are very rapidly edited, possibly to avoid too many spoilers. That said, I’m really looking forward to this. “Stranger Things” season 2 is set to come out on Halloween (spooky) of this year.

What are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to the second season of “Stranger Things”? And what do you think of the first season? leave any and all answers in the comments.
Enjoy the trailer.

Series Review: Stranger Things – Season 1 (2016)

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I may have been born in the late 1990’s, but I am still familiar with the 1980’s. The movies, the music, the TV shows… I know that stuff. So when that stuff is brought up in some way, I’m in. Yeah, that was the best I could come up with for the intro.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Stranger Things” season 1!

The year is 1983 and we’re in the town of Hawkins, Indiana. One late night, young Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) disappears under mysterious circumstances. So now his mother (Winona Ryder), the local police chief (David Harbour), and his best friends (Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin) have to look for him. All of this while a mysterious girl called Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) shows up and creates even more mystery on what the hell is going on. And from that we get supernatural stuff and drama and government conspiracies and I’m not gonna say anymore about that because the plot of the show is terrific and should be experienced. The plot itself reminds me a lot of movies from 1980’s, with a lot of similar themes going on as those classic things. But the story is not just an homage to all of those classic movies and books, because it’s also a pretty original mystery with plenty of great dramatic moments, suspenseful scenes, and twisty turns. The mystery is interesting and it always kept me guessing what was going on and I just loved that. Not gonna lie, there was a moment during the last episode that actually made me tear up… It’s manly to cry, okay!

The characters in this show are great, there’s no doubt about that one. Winona Ryder is an actress I’ve been a fan of for a long time, thanks to movies like “Beetlejuice” and “Edward Scissorhands”. And she is absolutely terrific in this show, playing a mother who just wants her son back, but starts going crazy… in the eyes of the community, that is. David Harbour as Chief Jim Hopper is simply one of the greatest characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing in a show. Not only does he give us some genuinely funny lines, but he has a good arc and his performance is absolutely terrific. The three central kids in the show are really good too. And not only because their performance are overall good and they happen to be likable… but because they actually act like real kids. What I mean by that is that when adults write dialog for kids, it doesn’t really fit kids, feels fake. But not here, this stuff is real, this is what kids are actually like. And then we have Millie Bobby Brown as the mysterious girl Eleven… yeah, she blew my damn mind. It’s like the acting talent of an Oscar winning actor… crammed into a 12 year old girl. And the character overall is really interesting, with plenty of backstory given throughout the season. Seriously, give a big hand to this girl for giving such a fantastic performance. We also have Matthew Modine as a strange science man in the show and he’s fine, never really blows me away in any way… but he was pretty good.

The score for the show is aboslutely fantastic! If you’ve seen any of John Carpenter’s films from the 80’s or if you’ve at least seen the sci-fi classic “Blade Runner”, then you should know what the music in this show sounds like. A lot of synths and ominous sounds and I love it, it’s so great. Thank you, Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein for creating this lovely score for the show. But it’s not just that synth-based score, we also get some 80’s songs and they are all really good too and used perfectly throughout the show.

This show was created by the Duffer brothers and it’s clear that they love the Spielberg/Carpenter films of the 1980’s. They also directed six of the eight episodes and this is a very good looking show. The camera work is terrific and the cinematography is great. I also really enjoyed the 2.00:1 aspect ratio, gave it a very interesting look. There is some CGI in this show, but not too much. And when it’s used, it looks pretty good, never blew my mind but also never insulted my eyes. I also have to say that the show at times was surprisingly scary. I am not one to be scared by movies and such easily, so the fact that the last few episodes managed to scare me was pretty impressive.

This show has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 94% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 75/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 9,1/10 and is ranked #23 on the “Top 250 TV” list.

“Stranger Things” is a show that for me just came out of nowhere. I wasn’t really anticipating this show at all prior to it getting so many good/great reviews. But now that I’ve seen it… holy shit. The story is great, the characters are great, the acting is great, the music is great, the directing is great, everything is great! Time for my final score. *Cough*. My final score for the frist of season of “Stranger Things” is a 9,93/10. So yeah… it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of “Stranger Things” season 1 is now completed.

“Mornings are for coffee and contemplation” – Chief Jim Hopper. A sentiment I agree with.

Movie Review: End of Watch (2012)

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Cops are an important part of our society. Sure, a lot of them are corrupted and take bribes and some have shot innocent people (mostly black people for whatever reason) without reason, in turn killing them. But there are a few cops out there who actually do their fucking job properly. There are also a lot of movies about cops out there… most of them portraying cops as these badasses who can’t be beaten. It is incredibly rare to find a cop movie with some kind of realistic portrayal of the officers out there. But back in 2012 there came a movie that people claimed was a realistic portrayal of some officers. Well we will see about that in my review of said movie!

Sirs and ma’ams… “End of Watch”.

This movie is done in a sort of documenary(ish) way and follows police officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Peña). Like I said, they are two police officers and this movie follows their everyday job as officers. You know, patrolling the streets, investigating things and doing some paperwork. But this movie is more about the friendship between the two men and how they as officers often have to deal with tough situations on a day-to-day basis. They even get involved in a little trouble with a certain Mexican-American gang. And what realle sells this movie to me is the realism of the situations and how they are handled. As you may have guessed, I was very interested in the story of this movie. I thought it was well-written, realistic but most importantly; interesting. I really enjoyed watching these two go through their lives and how they would make it through these situations. The story… fucking A-grade writing here!

The characters in this movie didn’t really feel like characters at all to me. They honestly felt like real people, not just actors doing another role even though I was aware that they are actors playing a fictional character. They were not only portrayed so fantastically and realistically, but they were also superbly written! Just listening to the dialogue in this movie was great even though nothing really happened other than people talking. I also gotta give major praise to Gyllenhaal and Peña because not only were their performances fantastic in this movie, but their chemistry was fantastic as well! They really felt like they were real friends and not just two actors sharing time on screen. The dialogue sessions between these two were honestly some of the best scenes in movie history (in my opinion). They were well-written, well-acted, hilarious and even a little bit deep. So yeah, the characters in this movie… realistically portrayed and very well-written.

The music was fantastic in this movie. There weren’t really any new tracks for it, only licensed tracks… but I didn’t mind. The soundtrack really fit the feel that South Central Los Angeles gave away. They were also very fun to listen to because of how nice you could join in on the groove of them. The tracks also worked fantastically with the different situations they and the characters took part in. Also, I am all for Latino pop/rap music (which there was a good amount of in this movie).

Fun fact about his movie: The actors got to come along with real cops to get the feel of how they work while they were preparing for this movie. They rode with them on different jobs to get the feel of it. They also took part in five months of intensive training for their roles. Now wasn’t that interesting? Also, this is one of the few films that have honestly made me cry. It is not easy to make me cry with the help of a movie. And I don’t mean in the “shed a tear” kind of way, but properly cry. Not gonna spoil what happened, but I seriously cried like a little kid… good job movie.

“End of Watch” is one of those movies that got good reception all across the board (except for those assholes who hate everything that is considered good). On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 85% score with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a 68/100. Roger Ebert really liked it, giving it 4/4 stars and said:

“one of the best police movies in recent years, a virtuoso fusion of performances and often startling action” 

On imdb.com this movie has a score of 7,7/10.

With some great performances, well-written story, well-written dialogue, great music, great action and some of the best on-screen chemistry I have ever seen in a movie (Gyllenhaal and Peña), this movie is one I really liked. Time for the final score. My final score for “End of Watch” is a 9,81/10 which grants it the “SEAL OF APPRVOAL!”
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“End of Watch” is now reviewed.

Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they co… sorry.