Camp X-Ray is one of those well made movies that, unfortunately, goes unnoticed by the general viewing public.
Kristen Stewart plays Amy Cole, a first time Guantanamo Bay guard who forges an unexpected friendship with Ali, one of the facility’s longtime detainees. They first strike up a conversation over Harry Potter and other works of literature then move on to sharing more personal details of each other’s lives. Of course, none of the other guards follow her example due to their unsound belief that every single detainee at Guantanamo had some kind of involvement in the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11th.
At one point, she is unjustly reprimanded by her superior for treating the detainees as the human beings that they are. Still, this does not stop her from having meaningful conversations with Ali.
I didn’t know what to expect from this movie but I was surprised to see a movie accurately portray the absurdities surrounding the “war on terror.” Not to mention, the many inhumane ways in which the detainees are treated.
One interesting thing I learned from this movie is that everything that occurs at Guantanamo is considered to be technically legal under the Geneva Convention because they substitute the word prisoner with the word detainee. Yet, I couldn’t help feeling a sense of disdain over that fact.
I believe Kristen Stewart gives her best performance to date in this movie! She definitely did her research and stretched her acting chops farther than they’ve ever gone before. The story itself is very well written and really makes one think about the dangers of ethnic profiling.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give Camp X-Ray 8 tamales! 😎
*Warning! This review contains spoilers!*
I’ve already seen Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice twice and I gotta’ admit… It is insanely awesome! It’s got practically everything a DC Comics fan like me could ever ask for!
Yes, it is a mix of different storylines and some details have been changed but it is still worthy of standing on its own as a solid DC movie.
One of the biggest complaints some of the so called “critics” have against it is the fact that it’s unrealistic. Duh! Of course it’s unrealistic! It’s a freakin’ super hero movie! Everyone knows there’s no such person as Superman or Batman!
Before I get into some details I want to point out… Henry Cavill rocks as Superman! Ben Affleck rocks as Batman! Gal Gadot rocks as Wonder Woman and Jesse Eisenberg rocks as Lex Luthor Jr.!
That’s right, the Lex Luthor in this movie is the original Lex Luthor’s son! So, technically he’s allowed to act as crazy or psychotic as he wants to… and he is quite the loon.
The most intense Lex Luthor scene is when he shows Superman some Polaroids of his tied and gagged mother, Martha Kent. He then says she will die in an hour unless he kills Batman. Lex actually appears to derive some kind of sick satisfaction from this.
Right from the get go Superman does not want to kill Batman, let alone fight him. So, the actual battle between the two caped men is relatively short. Batman gets in some good hits with the aid of a suit of armor, Kryptonite smoke bombs and a Kryptonite tipped spear. Of course, it’s also easy to tell that Superman really held back. He even makes a point of telling Batman that if he wanted him dead he would’ve done it already.
Eventually, Superman manages to choke out that Lex Luthor is holding his mother captive. It turns out that Bruce Wayne’s mother was also named Martha. This then causes him to flashback to a memory of his long deceased mother, Martha Wayne. The fight then comes to an abrupt end. Superman goes after Lex Luthor and Batman goes to rescue Martha Kent.
In my opinion, the best battle is the intense faceoff against Doomsday. That also happens to be the first official introduction of Wonder Woman. Her Amazonian strength helps give Batman and Superman a fighting chance. For those unfamiliar with Wonder Woman’s origins it may look as though she appears out of nowhere. (This will be rectified in a stand alone Wonder Woman movie due out in theaters June 23, 2017.)
There are also some short yet gratifying cameos made by Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern and Cyborg. That fulfills the Dawn of Justice part of the movie.
And for those of you who don’t know… there will eventually be a Justice League movie after each member gets their own stand alone movie.
I won’t spoil the ending. It is very tragic but trust me when I say it’s not a final ending. It’s only the beginning!
If you are a DC Comics fan you’ll enjoy this movie. If you’re not into super hero movies or are more of a Marvel fan… It’s safe to say you won’t enjoy it.
I give Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice 10 out of 10 tamales! In fact… I’ll even throw in an extra tamale. That’s right… I believe it is worthy of my first 11 tamale rating! 😎
Sausage Party is… hilarious but definitely not for kids. I think it barely passes as a suitable adult movie.
Seth Rogen voices Frank, a self aware sausage who eventually discovers that all food gets devoured by humans. Don’t worry that’s not a spoiler. The story itself is pretty straight forward but it also invokes themes of oppression and revolution.
Most of the jokes are pretty clever but they’re just a couple of steps above toilet humor. The whole time I was watching I couldn’t help but wonder how high Seth Rogen and his friends were when they wrote the script. Nevertheless, I laughed out loud many times.
If you like movies that make you question reality and laugh at the same time then I recommend watching Sausage Party.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 8 self aware tamales! 😎
Alice (Dakota Johnson), college graduate, decides to take a break from her long-term boyfriend Josh. She moves to New York City and starts living the single life. Or rather… she tries to live the single life but she really sucks at it.
Her fun-loving coworker, Robin (Rebel Wilson), serves as her guide through the singles’ night life. She teaches her how to flirt with men and get free drinks and be promiscuous. Yes, promiscuous.
I really didn’t like this movie. Dakota Johnson just comes off as another superficial flaky character who has no idea what she wants out of life. Rebel Wilson is mildly entertaining but limited by such a stale storyline.
Most of the acting also seemed very forced. I mean, it was hard to tell if this movie was supposed to be a serious drama or lighthearted comedy.
I don’t know why I bothered renting it in the first place. Though, to be fair I’m clearly not this movie’s intended demographic.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give How To Be Single 5 tamales! 😎
Predestination is unlike most time travel movies. Well, it is and it isn’t.
John (Ethan Hawke) is a temporal agent working for an extremely top secret bureau that uses time travel to prevent horrible crimes from happening. The movie begins with John’s last failed attempt at catching a criminal known as the Fizzle Bomber. He prevents a bomb from exploding but gets his face scorched in the process.
Once back at the bureau, his face is reconstructed but doesn’t look quite the same. He still wants to go after the Fizzle Bomber but is told that he must retire and find a suitable replacement. (Temporal agents can only time travel a limited number of times before it starts to affect their physical and mental health.)
So, he travels to 1970s New York City and takes a job as a bartender at a crummy bar. A few weeks later, he strikes up a conversation with a young patron who also happens to be a writer of some notoriety. He eventually proves to be a suitable replacement, John then discloses everything he needs to know about being a temporal agent.
I wish I could go into more detail about the rest of the plot but doing so would really spoil the entire movie. However, I will say that this movie deals with an often ignored aspect of time travel that will really make you think.
If you like scifi movies that make you think I highly recommend it! Even if you don’t like scifi movies that make you think… I still recommend it! I believe everyone should watch Predestination at least once in their lifetime.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 9 delicious tamales! 😎