Welcome Exiles to this week’s What’s On The Grill?, the weekly mini-review corner where we get to blast about whatever we’ve caught recently, feasted on with our eyes as some say.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
“Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.”
4.25/5- I really did end up enjoying this. I wasn’t immediately sold as others but I would say this rivals as one of the best animated movies of all-time. The soundtrack has been stuck in my head since I watched it days ago. I really dug the animation and the direction was pretty stellar. Nic Cage as any animated character is almost too perfect. There are several scene and moments that are pretty epic and I love how there was always a slight alteration or take on things we have seen time and time again to make them feel fresh. I didn’t care for Hello Kitty Spidey but that’s probably because I had no who the hell she was. The leap of faith with “What’s Up Danger” playing in the background was easily my favorite.
“Arthur Curry, the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land.”
3.5/5- This was better than I expected but it definitely struggle in some areas with it just feeling corny at times. Jason Momoa is pretty great as Aquaman and the underwater scenes were done exceptionally well. is Patrick Wilson ever not solid? I can not say enough how much I love that Dolph Lundgren is getting some mainstream wide release love. The Trench dive was pretty cool as was the underwater Star Wars like final battle. I wouldn’t mind seeing a sequel.
“A young woman develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic.”
3.5/5- I continue my Cronenberg kick with a fun infection movie and shows his improvement as filmmaker in his second full length film. he continues to still be pretty shocking even after all these years and hello Marilyn Chambers!
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
“A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.”
4.5/5- Oof. If this isn’t a punch in the gut of a movie. Loss and grief are never easy subjects and you can feel the emotion through the screen here. Everyone does a great job but Casey Affleck just knocks it out of the park here. His exchange with Michele Williams in the scene from the gif above is one of those that is extremely hard to watch because of how well it is done. As a father I couldn’t imagine being in Lee’s (Affleck) position. It’s one of those movies that is almost too real to handle at times.
“Ensconced in her sprawling California mansion, eccentric firearm heiress Sarah Winchester believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.”
2.5/5- A punch in the might have been welcomed here with this bore fest. Nothing here was appealing or memorable in the slightest. Made me dislike Helen Mirren more though, so that’s a plus.
“A security expert must infiltrate a burning skyscraper, 225 stories above ground, when his family is trapped inside by criminals.”
2.5/5- Speaking of uninteresting. I have seen everything in this film done a million times before and done much better. Usually the best thing about a bad The Rock (sorry can’t call him Dwayne) movie is The Rock at least but man was he lame here. I immediately forgot everything that happened in the film the moment it happened.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
“During an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.”
2.75/5- I should have just combined Solo, Skyscraper and Winchester into one review to save from having to repeat my boredom for the third time here. I’m not the biggest Star Wars fan but there are some I enjoy. Glover as Lando was the only memorable this here that made this movie worth watching.
That’s it for another What’s On The Grill?, folks!
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