Martha Marcy May Marlene Movie Review 

Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) escapes from an abusive cult and reunites with her older sister. Though, the details of her time spent in the cult are sketchy, it quickly becomes clear that her mind has been reprogrammed by the leader Patrick (John Hawkes).
Martha struggles to assimilate back into modern society. Her sister, Lucy (Sarah Paulson), does what she can to make Martha feel comfortable but she has no idea where she was for the past couple of years.
Lucy is also preoccupied with trying to get pregnant so she can start raising her own family with husband Ted (Hugh Dancy). Ultimately, they decide to get Martha some professional psychiatric help.
This movie is full of great performances. Elizabeth Olsen really stretches her acting chops. It’s hard to believe she’s related to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The cinematography is quite unique and so is the story.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give Martha Marcy May Marlene 8 tamales! ūüėé

Ratter Movie Review 

‚ÄčRatter stars Ashley Benson as Emma, a graduate student living on her own in New York City for the first time. Little does she know that a hacker has gained access to all of her technological devices and proceeds to stalk her every move.
He watches her as she cooks, eats, dances, sleeps, and bathes. Eventually, he tires of just watching her from afar and starts physically stalking her. Why? Who knows why? No clearly defined reason is ever divulged.
The majority of the movie consists of video footage recorded from the hacker’s point of view. In other words, video recorded via Emma’s laptop, tablet, and smartphone. I liked this aspect of the movie because it makes the viewer feel as though they are watching actual events unfold.
Unfortunately, the story does fall a bit flat and most of the characters seem way too one dimensional. Ashley Benson gives a decent performance but even her hotness isn’t enough to add any depth to an otherwise stagnant story.
If you’re into movies with a voyeuristic edge then you’ll no doubt enjoy Ratter.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 7 tamales! ūüėé

A Bigger Splash Movie Review 

‚ÄčWhile vacationing on a Sicilian island with her boyfriend (Matthias Schoenaerts), a rock star (Tilda Swinton) receives an unexpected visit from an old flame (Ralph Fiennes) and his seductive daughter (Dakota Johnson).
I had never heard of this movie before renting it but I’m glad I took a chance on it. Though, it might be a little too artsy for some people… it’s still worth watching at least once.
The entire story revolves around the familiar yet uncomfortable relationship between four people. Rock music is also a central theme but the only rock music played throughout the movie is that of The Rolling Stones.
Tilda Swinton plays Marianne Lane, a well known but fictitious rockstar who cannot speak due to a recent vocalcord surgery. She isn’t very believable as a rockstar but still gives a strong performance.
For me, the best performance comes from Dakota Johnson as Penelope Lannier. I mean, forget her in Fifty Shades of Grey. Her role in this movie is definitely worthy of praise and admiration.
I will admit that the first half of the movie is slow going but once it reaches the half hour mark the story takes an unexpected turn. I refuse to reveal exactly what happens. That would only spoil it.
If you like artsy movies with a rock theme and a little bit of mystery then I recommend watching A Bigger Splash.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 8.5 tamales! ūüėé

Nerve Movie Review 

‚ÄčNerve is about an online dare game, in which people give participants anonymous dares for money. The participants compete with each other to win the grand prize as the dares get tougher. Things get worse when the tasks get increasingly dangerous and lives are at stake.
I didn’t know what to expect from Nerve. I mean, I knew it was based on a novel but the only thing I knew about the novel was that it has a lot of mixed reviews. Still, I enjoyed this movie a little more than I thought I would.
I suppose one could compare it to similar movies such as The Hunger Games but in truth… it’s more like a postmodern Roman gladiator games with a lot of social media influence.
Emma Roberts and Dave Franco give fairly decent performances as Vee and Ian, the game’s newest popular couple. Their dares start out pretty simple but eventually become much more risky and lethal. I won’t give away too many details but there are some very interesting twists and turns. I was also really surprised by the ending.
If you like suspenseful movies that highlight the pitfalls of social media then you might enjoy watching Nerve.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 8 tasty tamales! ūüėé

The Hateful Eight Movie Review 

‚ÄčWhile racing toward the town of Red Rock in post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) encounter another bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson) and a man who claims to be a sheriff. Hoping to find shelter from a blizzard, the group travels to a stagecoach stopover located on a mountain pass. Greeted there by four strangers, the eight travelers soon learn that they may not make it to their destination after all.
Quentin Tarantino’s movies are not for everyone. You either love ’em or hate ’em. Personally, I don’t hate ’em but I don’t consider myself to be a huge fan of his work. 
I expected The Hateful Eight to be an interesting western with that classic Tarantino twist and that’s exactly what it is.
Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell both give strong and awesome performances. The story is very well written but it’s mostly dialogue driven. I believe Tarantino is known for having really interesting dialogue in his movies. This one is no exception.
Of course, no Tarantino movie would be complete without a messy ending. I’ll spare you the gory details but it does wrap everything up nicely. My only complaint is that the run time is just a bit too long but it at least allows each character to explain who they are and what their motivation is.
If you’re up for watching a western movie with a little bit of mystery and hyper realistic violence then I recommend watching The Hateful Eight.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 8 tasty tamales! ūüėé

A Bigger Splash Movie Review 

‚ÄčWhile vacationing on a Sicilian island with her boyfriend (Matthias Schoenaerts), a rock star (Tilda Swinton) receives an unexpected visit from an old flame (Ralph Fiennes) and his seductive daughter (Dakota Johnson).
I had never heard of this movie before renting it but I’m glad I took a chance on it. Though, it might be a little too artsy for some people… it’s still worth watching at least once.
The entire story revolves around the familiar yet uncomfortable relationship between four people. Rock music is also a central theme but the only rock music played throughout the movie is that of The Rolling Stones.
Tilda Swinton plays Marianne Lane, a well known but fictitious rockstar who cannot speak due to a recent vocalcord surgery. She isn’t very believable as a rockstar but still gives a strong performance.
For me, the best performance comes from Dakota Johnson as Penelope Lannier. I mean, forget her in Fifty Shades of Grey. Her role in this movie is definitely worthy of praise and admiration.
I will admit that the first half of the movie is slow going but once it reaches the half hour mark the story takes an unexpected turn. I refuse to reveal exactly what happens. That would only spoil it.
If you like artsy movies with a rock theme and a little bit of mystery then I recommend watching A Bigger Splash.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 8.5 tamales! ūüėé