Marry Me (2022) Review!!

Something for all you romantics out there…….

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Synopsis – Music superstars Kat Valdez and Bastian are getting married before a global audience of fans. But when Kat learns, seconds before her vows, that Bastian has been unfaithful, she decides to marry Charlie, a stranger in the crowd, instead.

My Take – Marred by a limitless supply of clichés and overdose of over-sentimental Lifetime channel backed releases, the romantic comedy genre has been taken a huge beating in the last decade or so, only with a few occasional surprises thrown in.

However, in a now rare occurrence, the biggest hook of this latest entry is that it is actually headlined by two A-listers, Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson. Two actors who have made a killing numerous times in the now dying genre especially at the height of its powers, and how they still continue to be so uncomplicatedly likable in this is almost refreshing.

The considerable…

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Death on the Nile

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Director Kenneth Branagh is having a moment. On February 8th, Belfast was nominated for an impressive 7 Oscars — including Best Picture. The celebrated filmmaker has followed up his movie with the more box office-friendly Death on the Nile. It was the #1 movie in theaters this weekend.

The mystery is of course based on the 1937 novel by Agatha Christie. Kenneth Branagh is not only the director and producer, but he also reprises his role as detective Hercule Poirot. It’s a sequel of sorts to his remake of Murder on the Orient Express, a monetarily successful adaption that came out in 2017. I wasn’t a fan, but I’m happy to report this one is significantly better.

All aboard the S. S. Karnak! This trip down the river Nile is an old-fashioned throwback — in a good way. Where Orient felt tired and stuffy, this…

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Flash Movie Review: The Unforgivable

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I NEED TO GIVE YOU SOME background first, for today’s review to make sense. There was a student in my class, who you never wanted to get into a fight with her. Yes, I said her. She was tough looking; though, part of the reason may be due to her having to repeat 6th grade. I sat near her in class. Because I was one seat behind her, she was forced to cheat off the boy sitting across from her; he was a “B” student. She was the first peer of mine who smoked cigarettes. Her usual spot to smoke besides the girl’s restroom was outside on the stairs that led up to the service door, at the back of the school. Let me call her Judy, Judy had a red leather cigarette case that had a gold clasp on top, that she would tap her fingernails on while she…

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Superman Returns (2006) Movie Review

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Title:Superman Returns.
Rated: PG-13.

Director: Bryan Singer.
: Michael Dougherty & Dan Harris.
: Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty & Dan Harris.
Release Date: 2006.
Runtime:  154 min.

Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi.
Cast: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden, Parker Posey, Frank Langella, and many more!
$270,000,000 (estimated).

My Overall Rating:


Previously in the Superman film series:
Superman (1978).
Superman II (1980).


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Following the catastrophic failure that was Superman IV: The Quest for Peace back in 1987, it was only 19 years later that director Bryan Singer, known for unveiling to the world the X-Men on the silver screen, identifies actor Brandon Routh as his best candidate to take on the mantle of the Man of Steel. While a modernized take on the Big Blue Boy Scout was critically needed to revitalize…

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Black Widow (2021)

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Natasha Romanoff, also known as Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. (Letterboxd)
Shortland nails the film’s spy-action component; it has a good tone and pace, the fights and set pieces are all well done, the comedy is well placed (see the awkward helicopter reunion after prison break), and the VFX looks good, save for in the sky. Despite good performances, the family drama has more issues; for such a traumatic and complex situation that’s steeped for 20+ years, the attempts at laughs feel misguided, and the dinner table scene does not come close to justifying the resolve.
7/10 (Good)

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Random Thoughts: On the 2022 Oscar Nominations

Some Oscar talk here.

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A peculiar 2021 movie year semi-officially comes to an end with the 2022 Academy Awards. This morning the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced their much anticipated nominees for this year’s Oscars. As is the case every year, this batch has its share of surprises – a few good, plenty of bad, and some that are downright perplexing. Needless to say they’ve left us with plenty to talk about. Here are a few random thoughts about the 2022 Oscar nominations.

  • It was a big morning for “Dune” which I loved to see. It ended the morning with a total of 10 Oscar nominations. It was my favorite movie of the year so clearly no arguments here.
  • Except in Best Director! How on earth did Denis Villeneuve not get a directing nomination for “Dune”? It scores a nod in so many other eligible category but not Best Director? Anderson…

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Face/Off – Movie Review!

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Obsessed with bringing terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) to justice, FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) tracks down Troy, who has boarded a plane in Los Angeles. After the plane crashes and Troy is severely injured, possibly dead, Archer undergoes surgery to remove his face and replace it with Troy’s. As Archer tries to use his disguise to elicit information about a bomb from Troy’s brother, Troy awakes from a coma and forces the doctor who performed the surgery to give him Archer’s face.”

Ranking 7.2 on IMDB and 92% on Rotten Tomatoes!

Face/Off, one of Nicolas Cage biggest 90s movies. They magical days of Cages career in a 90s decade which saw him in blockbusters movies like Con Air, The Rock, Face/Off, Snake Eyes, 8mm, Kiss of Death, Leaving Las Vegas and City of Angels among others.

Run time : 2 hours 18 mins

Director: John Woo

Genre…

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Ranked: Top 10 Films of 2021

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This last year felt like it was packed with cinematic surprises around every corner. From a surprise trilogy that was released entirely in under a month, to a long-awaited and much-debated director’s cut, there was much to love about the films released in 2021. With all that said, let’s get into my picks for what topped this last year in film.


Honourable Mentions

Unfortunately, not everything could make this list, but these 5 films deserve a mention despite just falling short. Firstly, Halloween Kills took the franchise in a direction I didn’t expect – going very light on story and relentlessly brutal on violence. It was almost 2 hours of pure horror slasher violence, and I had a blast just watching the mindless brutality unfold. After years of buildup and anticipation, Godzilla vs. Kong delivered a thrilling clash of giants with incredible visuals, an engaging story and a monster showdown…

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‘The Power of the Dog’ is a Fascinating Exercise in Filmmaking

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons as Phil and George Burbank in The Power of the Dog

“Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog” (Psalm 22:20)

Does anyone remember Jane Campion? Allow me to clarify: does anyone, who is not a complete film nerd, remember Jane Campion? The name may bring up fond memories of the 1993 filmThe Piano, a winner of three Academy Awards. She also more recently directed the movieBright Star, which tells the tragic love story between romantic poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne. After a twelve-year hiatus, Campion is relevant once again and has possibly made her best film yet.The Power of the Doghas arrived on Netflix to much critical acclaim and is also nominated for seven Golden Globes (whatever those are worth these days).

Benedict Cumberbatch plays rancher Phil Burbank, a man who…

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Oh, Yes, It’s Ladies Night with The 355

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The Stream: A very predictable and kind of generic spy/secret agent action movie.

The Big Screen: A great ensemble of formidable women with a standout performance from Penelope Cruz.

The Final Bill: A strong cast saves this otherwise unremarkable action movie.

– Trip Fontaine
Director: Simon Kinberg
Writers: Simon Kinberg and Theresa Rebeck
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz, Diane Kruger and Sebastian Stan
Genre: Action, Thriller
Rating: PG-13 for violence and some strong language
Runtime: 1 hour 56 minutes
Production Companies: Universal Pictures, FilmNation Entertainment, Perfect World Pictures
Platform: In Theaters January 7, 2022
Trailers: Uncharted, Moonfall, The Batman, Marry Me, Ambulance

Hey, Streamers! Are you ready for a history lesson? According to The 355, the title is a reference to the codename of an unidentified woman who was a secret agent for the Patriots during the American…

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