A struggling actor (Paul Rudd) and his screenwriting roommate (Patton Oswalt) embark on an attention-grabbing journey through Los Angeles to become famous.
I came across the trailer for Nerdland a week ago and decided that it seemed funny enough to rent. Boy, was I right!
Not only is it funny but it’s also pretty weird. The kind of weird that borders on genius.
Make no mistake… this animated movie is NOT for the eyes of children. I repeat… it’s NOT FOR THE EYES OF CHILDREN!
Though, I’m pretty sure a large percentage of kids have already seen this movie.
If you like hilariously weird animated movies then you might enjoy watching Nerdland.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 8 spicy tamales! 😎
When his beloved grandfather leaves Jake clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers – and their terrifying enemies. Ultimately, Jake discovers that only his own special peculiarity can save his new friends. Based on the novel “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children,” written by Ransom Riggs.
I did not like this movie but that might be because I read the book before watching it. Still, I believe that even if I hadn’t read the book I still wouldn’t have liked the movie.
Way too many details have been altered and condensed in order to make the story slightly more palatable.
I don’t want to sound like a book snob but the book is definitely better.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 6 tamales! 😎
Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy) is a bioengineered child who began walking and talking after one month of existence, exceeding the wildest expectations of her creators. When Morgan attacks one of her handlers, a corporate troubleshooter (Kate Mara) visits the remote, top-secret facility where she’s kept to assess the risks of keeping her alive. When the girl breaks free and starts running amok, the staff members find themselves in a dangerous lockdown with an unpredictable and violent synthetic human.
For the most part… this movie is an intriguing scifi thriller. Unfortunately, the bulk of the action occurs much too soon and seems somewhat forced.
Kate Mara gives the most interesting performance but probably because her character has the biggest secret.
If you like intriguing scifi movies that aren’t bogged down by too many details then I recommend watching Morgan.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 7 tamales! 😎
*This is a spoiler free review.*
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Logan definitely exceeded my expectations!
I must admit… I didn’t care too much for the previous Wolverine movies. Sure, they were decent action packed comic book adaptations but they were also severely limited by their PG-13 rating(s).
I believe Logan’s R rating allowed the story to remain true to its animalistic roots.
Hugh Jackman gives one of his best, if not the best, performances of his career. Patrick Stewart reaches new depths as Professor X and Dafne Keen is superb as X-23.
If you’re a fan of the Wolverine and/or X-Men movie franchise then I highly recommend watching Logan!
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 10 delicious tamales! 😎
*I’ll be posting a spoiler filled review at a later date.*
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! 😎
When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
Before I watched this movie I assumed it was some kind of Independence Day rip off but I was wrong.
Yes, all the traditional elements of an alien invasion are present but trust me when I say this is NOT your typical alien invasion scenario.
I don’t want to divulge too many details but the story definitely takes an interesting turn. The ending is also guaranteed to leave you scratching your head and pondering the fate of mankind.
Amy Adams gives a fairly decent performance as Louise Banks. The rest of the cast is also pretty good but ultimately… it’s the story that really drives this movie.
If you like scifi movies that make you think then I highly recommend watching Arrival.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 9 tasty tamales! 😎
In an emotionless utopia, two people fall in love when they regain their feelings from a mysterious disease, causing tensions between them and their society.
I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. It’s not your typical utopian/dystopian movie. Well… it is and it isn’t.
Nia (Kristen Stewart) and Silas (Nicholas Hoult) are illustrators living in a utopian society sometime in the distant future. At first glance everything seems peaceful and perfect; a veritable paradise. But every paradise has its price.
After a worldwide apocalypse reduced almost everything to rubble and killed billions of people a small group of survivors figured out how to manipulate and change human DNA in order to ensure the survival of future generations. Of course, the quickest way to accomplish this was by getting rid of mankind’s ability to feel any emotion.
Yes, this inevitably created an entire race of non-thinking, non-feeling beings who were easy to control and therefore easy to use for the construction of a new civilization.
All was going according to plan until long repressed human emotions began resurfacing causing people like Nia and Silas to gravitate towards each other and experience deep feelings, like love, for the first time.
Both Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult give riveting performances. The cinematography is also pretty unique.
This movie might not appeal to everyone but I do believe it offers some meaningful insight into the human condition.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give Equals 8 tamales! 😎
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! 😎
After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.
I didn’t know much about Doctor Strange to begin with but I was pretty impressed by this movie. I like the fact that the source of his powers come from the infinite energy of the multiverse.
I also really enjoyed the many cleverly choreographed action sequences. Most of them reminded me of another movie with very similar scenes, Inception.
The ending leaves something to be desired but I assume there are many sequels in the works. I wouldn’t be surprised if Doctor Strange shows up in the next Avengers movie or several other Marvel movies.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give Doctor Strange 8 tasty tamales! 😎
X-Men Apocalypse is so incredibly awesome! It has an excellent balance of action and drama. It’s way better than stinky ol’ Captain America Civil War!
Apocalypse is a centuries old mutant with immense power. He’s also supposed to be one of the first, if not the first, ever known mutants. He awakens from a very long slumber and finds himself in the year 1983.
Disgusted with the state of society, he begins recruiting other mutants to become his “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” in order to “cleanse” the planet and start anew. Naturally, his horsemen include: Magneto, Psylocke, Storm and Angel.
I won’t give away too much but I’m pretty sure it’s easy to deduce that the X-Men eventually destroy Apocalypse. There are plans for another sequel due out in another couple of years.
Oh and I really like Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) taking on the role of temporary leader of the X-Men. It suits her well. I also like the fact that a song from my all time favorite band, Metallica, played in the background during the first scene with Angel. (Fun fact: Metallica’s debut album, Kill ‘Em All, was released July 25, 1983.)
The first half hour of the movie almost drags on but then the action kicks in full force! The CGI sequences are really something to behold. I mean, it’s as though the boundaries of CGI technology were really pushed to the limit.
Overall, this is one of the few comic book based movies that stays true to that familiar comic book vibe.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give X-Men Apocalypse a delicious 8.5 tamales! 😎