James White Movie Review 

​James White is one of those rare gems that goes unnoticed by the public.
It’s a heartwrenching story about the bond between a mother and her son and what happens when that bond is tested by a terrible disease.
When his mother’s debilitating cancer returns James White struggles to cope and finds it very difficult to give up his hard partying ways.
Christopher Abbott gives a very powerful performance as James White! He doesn’t hold back. Cynthia Nixon is also superb as his mother, Gail White.
If you like movies with well written stories and strong lead performances then I highly recommend watching James White.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 9 delicious tamales! 😎

Race Movie Review 

​Race turned out to be much better than I expected. I mean, I already knew that Jesse Owens was an awesome track and field athlete who competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany. What I didn’t know was just how hard he worked to get there.
Yes, most athletes do train very hard in order to qualify for the Olympics but Jesse Owens did it during a time of heightened prejudice. Try to imagine being an awesome track star, one of the fastest that ever lived, who breaks a bunch of records and wins a handful of gold medals but is still considered to be a non-person by the majority of Americans. Can you imagine? Can you? No, you can’t.
Of course, Adolf Hitler does appear in this movie but he remains silently bigoted while Owens proves he’s a better athlete than Hitler’s prized Aryan athletes.
Stephan James is superb as Jesse Owens and Jason Sudeikis is also pretty good as coach Larry Snyder. I do wish Owens’ childhood had been depicted in this movie but it makes sense that it would be left out because the bulk of the movie is about what he experienced before and during the Olympic games.
If you like movies about athletes and/or movies that recreate certain historical moments then I recommend watching Race.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 9 tamales! 😎

Eye In The Sky Movie Review 

​A lieutenant general (Alan Rickman) and a colonel (Helen Mirren) face political opposition after ordering a drone missile strike to take out a group of suicide bombers in Nairobi, Kenya.
This movie isn’t heavy on the details but that’s because it mostly revolves around one gut-wrenching event. Unfortunately, I don’t believe I can explain the plot any further without giving away the insanely heartwrenching ending.
But I will state that war is perhaps the most unsound ideal ever created by mankind. The end rarely justifies the means.
As far as the acting is concerned… the entire cast delivers superb performances. The story is also well written and quite realistic. 
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give Eye In The Sky 8 tamales! 😎

I Saw The Light Movie Review 

​I Saw The Light is an illuminating bio pic on the life of singer, songwriter Hank Williams.
Williams rose to fame during the 1940s. Unfortunately, alcohol abuse and infidelity eventually took a toll on his career and marriage to fellow musician Audrey Mae Williams.
I must admit I’ve never been a fan of country music but I do like watching biographical movies about musicians. But that’s probably because I’ve been a musician for the past 17 years.
I had no idea that Hank Williams wrote so many popular and catchy songs. Nor did I know that he also recorded spoken word poetry under the name Luke The Drifter. Though, that does make sense because the more I paid attention to his lyrics the more I realized he was a poet at heart.
Tom Hiddleston definitely gives an amazing performance as Hank Williams. Elizabeth Olsen is also quite good as Audrey Mae Williams. The entire cast is great!
If you’re a Hank Williams fan and/or fan of country music then I recommend watching I Saw The Light. If you’re not a fan of either but like watching well made biographical movies then I definitely recommend watching I Saw The Light.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 9 spicy tamales! 😎

Independence Day Resurgence Movie Review (Repost)

​Independence Day Resurgence is awesome! 
Sure, it may have been over-hyped but it is still chock full of alien killing action!
It takes place twenty years after the first movie and depicts an alternate reality in which all countries have united and lived in peace ever since the first invasion. There’s also been a lot of cool technological advancements such as flying vehicles and a global defense system based on the moon.
The story is similar to the first movie but this time the aliens mean business. They show up in a mothership so huge that it literally almost covers half of the Earth! Not to mention, all of the technological advancements they were able to achieve over the course of twenty years makes Earth’s global defense system look like an obsolete gaming console. (Atari comes to mind.)
Most of the original cast returns. Will Smith is the most noticeably missing. Apparently, he wanted to be paid way more this time around. The budget didn’t allow for any one actor to be paid the equivalent of a country’s entire net worth. (Rumor?)
Smith’s character, Steve Hiller, is said to be long deceased. Though, the circumstances surrounding his death are never made quite clear. His son/stepson, Dylan, appears to have followed in his footsteps. Dylan Hiller quickly became captain of his own fighting squad.
It’s also great to see so many other familiar faces. Jeff Goldblum returns in fine form as David Levinson – He now has a well paid position with the government as a tech expert / global defense advisor. Judd Hirsch returns as David’s ever eccentric father, Julius Levinson. Bill Pullman returns as former President Thomas Whitmore – for the past twenty years he’s somehow maintained his telepathic link to the alien invaders. Vivica A. Fox returns as former stripper now turned physician Jasmine Dubrow. Even the once thought deceased Dr. Brackish Okun (Brent Spiner) awakens from a twenty year coma and still looks like your stereotypical reclusive genius scientist.
There’s one very interesting plot twist that I refuse to reveal. It would spoil too much of the movie. (Shame on those of you who have already spoiled it!)
Overall, Independence Day Resurgence is an action packed trip down memory lane… with about fifty percent more alien fight scenes.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it a delicious 9 tamales! 😎

Hardcore Henry Movie Review 

​Hardcore Henry is definitely one of the best action movies I’ve ever seen! That may sound like an over exaggeration but I swear it’s not.
Henry is brought back from the dead as a half human half robot hybrid by a woman claiming to be his wife. Before she can activate his voice function, armed thugs storm in and kidnap her. Henry then spends the rest of the movie battling scores upon scores of bad guys and inevitably faces off against a very powerful bad guy known only as Akan.
The action and special effects are pretty much nonstop. What I liked most was the first person perspective throughout the movie. It really made me feel like I was playing an action packed video game! I hope more action movies are made in the same vein. It seems to be a very overlooked and underappreciated style of cinematography.
There are also some very unexpected plot twists. The final fight scene alone is worthy of as much praise as the entire movie.
If you like action movies that keep you on your toes and make you feel like you’re the main character then I highly recommend watching Hardcore Henry!
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 9 tamales! 😎

Green Room Movie Review 

​Green Room was not what I expected it to be but I found it intriguing nonetheless.
It starts out like some kind of low budget docu-drama about an unknown punk band touring the upper northwest coast. Like most bands, they endure the usual hardships: no food, no gas, no money. 
Then, right when they’re about to call it quits, they get offered a high paying gig at a club frequented by skinheads. They’re reluctant at first but decide to do it because… they gotta eat something other than ramen noodles.
It takes a while for the crowd to warm up to their brand of acerbic punk music but they get through their set unscathed. They get paid and quickly load up their equipment. Then their bassist realizes she left her cell phone charging in the green room (backstage area). Unfortunately, when they go to retrieve it, they walk into the aftermath of a horrific crime scene. Things become much more complicated after that.
Anton Yelchin (Rest In Peace) gives a strong performance as Pat, the street smart guitarist. Patrick Stewart also gives an interesting performance as Darcy, the head of that particular white supremacist group.
The ending leaves much to be desired but makes some sense. If you like psychological thrillers with a minimum amount of gore you might like Green Room.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 8 green tamales! 😎