Movie Review: Wonder Woman

Details: Released in 2017. About two hours and twenty minutes long. Stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright.

I didn’t read any reviews before watching this movie in order to avoid spoilers. After seeing the movie, I went and scavenged over all the reviews on the internet to see what other people thought. Generally, people love this movie. I’ve even heard it called a perfect superhero movie. Personally, I enjoyed the movie, but I think it is far, far away from a masterpiece. I also think there are many existing comic book movies that are easily superior to this one. No spoilers except a brief summary of the premise.

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Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Details: Released in 2017. Over two hours long. Stars Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem.

One of my deepest, darkest secrets is that I have enjoyed, perhaps even loved, every single movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Every. Single. One. I’ve enjoyed the predictable plot twists, the jokes, the action, the special effects, the pirates, and I’ve enjoyed Depp’s performances. You’d be hard pressed to find another franchise that so blatantly shows how an entire billion dollar franchise can rest upon one man, in this case Johnny Depp.  It’s a fun franchise and if you walk into the theater looking for some lighthearted fun, that’s what you usually get with these movies.

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Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast

Details: Released in 2017. Over two hours long. Stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans.

There is a lot working in this movie and at the same time, there is a lot in this movie that doesn’t work. One of the biggest mistakes made here was similar to that of La La Land; they forsook musical talent in exchange for a name brand actress whose musical talents were insufficient.

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Movie Review: A Fistful of Dollars

Details: Released in 1964. About an hour and forty minutes long. Directed by Sergio Leone. Stars Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch.

Of the three Sergio Leone westerns, I’d say The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is the best, For A Few Dollars More is the worst, and A Fistful of Dollars is in the middle. This is a good movie and has a lot of what I enjoyed from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, except they fit it into an hour and forty minute run-time versus a three hour run-time.

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Movie Review: Singin’ in the Rain

Details: Released in 1952. About an hour and forty minutes long. Stars Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds.

What a satisfying movie. I love musicals and Singin’ in the Rain is as classic a musical as they come. Singin’ in the Rain is the kind of movie that La La Land hoped and fell short of becoming. It’s a great musical that easily holds up today.

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Movie Review: Léon: The Professional

Details: Released in 1994. About two hours long. Directed by Luc Besson. Stars Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman.

Leon: The Professional is another one of those classic movies that I’ve often seen mentioned on the internet but I’d never seen. Going into it, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. What I found was a movie that made me uncomfortable and cringe a lot. I think that’s the generally accepted response to statutory rape.

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Movie Review: 12 Angry Men

Details: Released in 1957. About an hour and a half long. Stars Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam.

12 Angry Men is a movie I’ve attempted to watch a number of times, but have walked away from because of waning interest. I finally decided to sit down through the whole thing and was entertained by what I saw.

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Movie Review: The Green Mile

Details: Released in 1999. Over three hours long. Stars Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse.

I’ve read a lot of positive opinions about The Green Mile and how its a tear-jerker. It’s a good movie, but not a masterpiece.

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Movie Review: Your Name

Details: The Japanese title is Kimi No Na Wa. Released in 2016. About an hour and forty-five minutes long. Written and directed by Makoto Shinkai.

The first time I tried to watch this movie was on an airplane. About fifteen minutes in I found it too boring and opted to take a nap instead. Prior to that, I had read a lot of positive reviews about this movie and of its director, Makoto Shinkai. Shinkai has won a lot of awards in the past for his work in animation and I’d seen his prior movie, 5 Centimeters Per Second. Well, some time has passed since that plane ride and I decided to sit down and give the film another try. I found the film much more enjoyable this time.

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Movie Review: The Fate of the Furious

Details: Released in 2017. A little under two hours and twenty minutes long. Stars Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson.

I don’t know what it is about this movie, but I didn’t enjoy it. It’s surprising because I enjoy over the top action. I loved John Wick, and while this is about cars, not gun play, I found this movie really dull. I found myself wanting to just speed over the story parts and going straight to the action scenes. This movie did not need to be over two hours long.

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