Showing posts with label 2022 Movie Reviews. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2022 Movie Reviews. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Emergency Declaration / 비상선언 - Movie Review


The Movie: Emergency Declaration / 비상선언

The Director: Han Jae-rim

The Cast: Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Nam-gil, Kim So-jin, Park Hae-joon

The Story: After a terror incident occurs mid-flight, a passenger jet declares an emergency.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Thor: Love and Thunder - Movie Review


The Movie: Thor: Love and Thunder

The Director: Taika Waititi

The Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe, Natalie Portman

The Story: Thor enlists the help of Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster to fight Gorr the God Butcher, who intends to make the gods extinct.

Monday, July 4, 2022

Asking For It - Movie Review


The Movie: Asking For It

The Director: Eamon O'Rourke

The Cast: Kiersey Clemons, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexandra Shipp, Ezra Miller, Radha Mitchell, Gabourey Sidibe, Luke Hemsworth

The Story: After a small town waitress is sexually assaulted after a date with her old friend she befriends a mysterious stranger who introducers her to an all femme gang.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Lux Æterna - Movie Review


The Movie: Lux Æterna

The Director: Gaspar Noé

The Cast: Béatrice Dalle, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Félix Maritaud, Clara Deshayes, Karl Glusman, Abbey Lee

The Story: Two actresses, Béatrice Dalle and Charlotte Gainsbourg, are on a film set telling stories about witches - but that's not all. 'Lux Æterna' is also an essay on cinema, the love of film, and on-set hysterics.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Lightyear - Movie Review


The Movie: Lightyear

The Director: Angus MacLane

The Cast: Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn, Taika Waititi, Dale Soules, James Brolin,
Uzo Aduba, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Efren Ramirez,
Keira Hairston

The Story: While spending years attempting to return home, marooned Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear encounters an army of ruthless robots commanded by Zurg who are attempting to steal his fuel source.

Friday, June 10, 2022

Jurassic World Dominion - Movie Review


The Movie: Jurassic World Dominion

The Director: Colin Trevorrow

The Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, DeWanda Wise, Mamoudou Athie, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Isabella Sermon, Campbell Scott, Justice Smith, Scott Haze, Dichen Lachman, Daniella Pineda

The Story: Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, dinosaurs now live--and hunt--alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history's most fearsome creatures in a new Era.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Row 19 - Movie Review


The Movie: Row 19

The Director: Alexander Babaev

The Cast: Svetlana Ivanova, Marta Timofeeva, Wolfgang Cerni, Ekaterina Vilkova, Anatoliy Kot, Victoria Korlyakova

The Story: A young female doctor with a 6-year-old daughter is on a night flight caught in a terrible storm. In a half-empty cabin, she faces unexplained deaths of her fellow passengers, loses her grip on reality and relives the worst nightmare from her childhood.

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Maika: The Girl From Another Galaxy - Movie Review


The Movie: Maika: The Girl From Another Galaxy

The Director: Ham Tran

The Cast: Phu Truong Lai, Diep Anh Chu, Tin Tin, Ngoc Tuong, Kim Nha

The Story: After a meteor falls to earth, 8-year-old Hung meets an alien girl from the planet Maika, searching for her lost friend. The alien helps Hung make new friends and heal a broken heart. But danger lurks everywhere.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Top Gun Maverick - Movie Review


The Movie: Top Gun Maverick

The Director: Joseph Kosinski

The Cast: Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell, Bashir Salahuddin, Monica Barbaro, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Greg Tarzan Davis, Ed Harris, Val Kilmer

The Story: Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

Friday, May 13, 2022

The Innocents (2022) - Movie Review


The Movie: The Innocents

The Director: Eskil Vogt

The Cast: Rakel Lenora Fløttum, Alva Brynsmo Ramstad, Mina Yasmin Bremseth Asheim, Sam Ashraf, Ellen Dorrit Pedersen, Morten Svartveit, Kadra Yusuf, Lisa Tønne

The Story: During the bright Nordic summer, a group of children reveal their dark and mysterious powers when the adults aren't looking.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness - Movie Review


The Movie: Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness

The Director: Sam Raimi

The Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stühlbarg, Rachel McAdams

The Story: Dr. Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens the doorway to the multiverse, including alternate versions of himself, whose threat to humanity is too great for the combined forces of Strange, Wong, and Wanda Maximoff.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - Movie Review


The Movie: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

The Director: Tom Gormican

The Cast: Nicolas Cage, Tiffany Haddish, Pedro Pascal, Sharon Horgan, Lily Mo Sheen, Neil Patrick Harris

The Story: A cash-strapped Nicolas Cage agrees to make a paid appearance at a billionaire super fan's birthday party, but is really an informant for the CIA since the billionaire fan is a drug kingpin and gets cast in a Tarantino movie.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

The Northman - Movie Review


The Movie: The Northman

The Director: Robert Eggers

The Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Björk, Willem Dafoe

The Story: From visionary director Robert Eggers comes The Northman, an action-filled epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge his father's murder.

Friday, April 15, 2022

Infinite Storm - Movie Review


The Movie: Infinite Storm

The Director: Małgorzata Szumowska

The Cast: Naomi Watts, Billy Howle, Denis O'Hare, Parker Sawyers

The Story: When a climber gets caught in a blizzard, she encounters a stranded stranger and must get them both down the mountain before nightfall.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Studio 666 - Movie Review


The Movie: Studio 666

The Director: Dave Grohl

The Cast: Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett
Rami Jaffee, Whitney Cummings, Leslie Grossman, Will Forte, Jenna Ortega, Jeff Garlin

The Story: Legendary rock band Foo Fighters move into an Encino mansion steeped in grisly rock and roll history to record their much anticipated 10th album.

Spiritwalker / 유체이탈자 - Movie Review


The Movie: Spiritwalker / 유체이탈자

The Director: Yoon Jae-keun

The Cast: Yoon Kye-sang, Park Yong-woo, Lim Ji-yeon

The Story: A fantasy action film that revolves around a man who loses his memory and subsequently wakes up in a new body every twelve hours.

Friday, April 8, 2022

Gagarine - Movie Review


The Movie: Gagarine

The Directors: Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh

The Cast: Alseni Bathily, Lyna Khoudri, Jamil McCraven, Finnegan Oldfield

The Story: A brilliant teenager attempts to save Gagarine Cité, a vast red brick housing project on the outskirts of Paris that he has called home for his entire life.

Sunday, April 3, 2022

6:45 - Movie Review


The Movie: 6:45

The Director: Craig Singer

The Cast: Michael Reed, Augie Duke, Armen Garo, Thomas G. Waites

The Story: What if one of the best days of your life suddenly turned into your very worst nightmare? And what if you were forced to relive that same day again and again?

Friday, April 1, 2022

Everything Everywhere All At Once - Movie Review


The Movie: Everything Everywhere All At Once

The Director: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert

The Cast: Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr., James Hong and Jamie Lee Curtis

The Story: An aging Chinese immigrant is swept up in an insane adventure, where she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led.


The Review:
Every once in a while, a movie comes along that changes the game, creates new possibilities, and gives us something we never knew we needed or wanted. From the moment I first saw the trailer for Everything Everywhere All At Once, I had a feeling it was going to be something special. There are definite parallels and similarities to other movies and yet it is a wholly original work of art that will absolutely blow your mind. If you want comparisons, there are some obvious ones with the MCU and it's newly unraveling multiverse, The Matrix and it's concepts of identity and Neo being "The One", and I'll throw in inception because of how idealized it is as a theatrical experience.

This movie is created by the dynamic directing duo of  Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as "The Daniels" and they also wrote the story which is an achievement in and of itself. What they have put together with this movie, the story, the visuals, the chorography, the music, and just everything, is something I don't think will be topped this year and I say that knowing we have Doctor Strange, Spiderverse, and Avatars on the way. It's not that this is a huge spectacle type movie that will make your head explode like those franchises, but it does have elements of each of them and it does them in a way that maintains a contained and intimate story, if that makes sense.

Michelle Yeah is the star of this movie. Let me say that again. Michelle Yeah is the star of this movie. She is the star of the movie in every way a person can be. She absolutely owns everything about her character Evelyn Wang from the high powered martial arts expert fans have always loved her for to the struggling small business owner and failing matriarch that we can more than appreciate as a real life human being. There are so many layers to Evelyn and so much to unpack about her being a businesswoman, a mom, a wife, a mother, a woman, an Asian American, and a human being, every bit of which is somehow explored in fine detail while an insane multiverse story is unfolding around her.

I can't say enough about how good Michelle Yeoh's performance is in this movie because there is just so much being asked of her physically, mentally, emotionally, and every other type of -ally you can think of. She has been a queen in the industry for decades going all the way back to action films and martial arts movies of the early to mid 80's. A lot of people might know her from her roles as Eleanor Young Crazy Rich Asians and Ying Nan in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, but she's been doing it and doing it big for nearly four decades. I would recommend checking out the Supercop and Heroic Trio franchises to get an idea of how she first burst onto the scene.

From this point forward, it's really hard to explain anything else about the movie or why it is so good because it really starts to go off the rails in the most amazingly wild and entertaining ways. I love how the directors go all in with the multiverse concept and they aren't afraid to just get real weird with it. This is the first time I've seen any movie that involves a multiverse or alternate realities really convey the concept of infinite possibility because if you choose to go down that rabbit hole, every moment, every decision, every action literally has infinite possibilities.

I think at this point it's best to tell you to just go see this movie and prepare for anything to happen because everything does happen and all of it is amazing. Does it get goofy and wacky and insane at times? Absolutely yes and then more on top of that. It's a minor miracle that the filmmakers are able to make sense of everything they throw at you and within that, Evelyn's personal journey as a mom, a wife, and a business owner is fully realized in a very emotional and thought provoking way.

Finally, I will say that the casting all the around is just brilliant and you are going to love Jamie Lee Curtis in this movie, dives head first into a character named Deirdre Beaubeirdra, yes you read that right, and you can tell she had a blast making the movie. Jenny Slate, as Big Nose (yes, you also read that right), is also in the movie and she is hilarious because she's always hilarious but in this movie it's in a very different way than we normally see her and it's just perfect. Legendary actor James Hong is also on board as Evelyn's father along with Stephanie Hsu in a surprisingly fun role as Evelyn's daughter, who is very aptly named Joy. I don't mean surprising because I didn't expect it from her but surprising in ways that you just have to see again because the movie is so bonkers.

On top of all of that brilliant casting, the unsung hero of the movie absolutely goes to Ke Huy Quan who does just about everything and anything an actor can be asked to do in a movie playing multiple versions of Evelyn's husband Waymond Wang. Of course, fans will recognize him as Short Round from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and as Data from The Goonies and I feel like we can add Waymond to his list of iconic roles and performances.

I know I said finally already but I'm not done yet, there's too many thoughts about this movie and at the same time, I don't want to hype it up too much for you. Please go into this movie with a completely open mind and ready to take in a truly entertaining cinematic experience. This movie is special in so many ways and is one of those movies I could see myself watching multiple times. Okay, for real, that's all from me. Go watch the movie.


The Verdict:
Everything Everywhere All At Once is everything I was hoping it would be and so much more. This might be the wildest, craziest, and most ambitious movie you will watch this year and all of it works. Please go watch this movie in a movie theater and enjoy an experience that includes an iconic performance from Michelle Yeoh who cements her status as an absolute legend.





Thursday, March 31, 2022

Morbius - Movie Review


The Movie: Morbius

The Director: Daniel Espinosa

The Cast: Jared Leto, Jared Harris, Matt Smith, Tyrese Gibson, Michael Keaton, Adria Arjona, Corey Johnson

The Story: Biochemist Michael Morbius tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, but he inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism instead.

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