unhinged: next level road rage (movie review)

Note: The film “Unhinged” will be available today on Caribbean Cinemas for showing. If you are interested in seeing it, please follow the precautionary measures, social distancing and always remember to wear your mask.

Review: Russell Crowe's 'Unhinged' Lives Up To Its Title

Unhinged is a 2020 psychological thriller that takes the concept of “road rage” to the next level. Rachel (Caren Pistorius) is running late getting to work when she crosses paths with a stranger (Russell Crowe) at a traffic light. Soon after, Rachel and everyone she loves is the target of a man who just had a bad day and wants to teach deadly lessons.

The movie starts off in a great way. In the opening scene, we have a small peek of Russell Crowe’s character and the essence of how the film is gonna be. Afterward, the sequence after that was a collection of road rage montages that threw me off because it felt a little forced.

During the second act, questions are starting to rise. Why is Russell Crowe’s character acting that way? What are his motives? and that’s where you start to realize the problems with the movie. Writing a film based on a single day can be tricky, but you gotta find a way to make the characters seem real. What drives them to act in a certain way? What does our main antagonist lack? By the end of the movie, we never get to know as to why he takes all his anger and frustration onto his victims. 

On the other hand, the choices that each character makes are just plain odd and pointless. Why didn’t she go to the police station?  The movie suffers as being very predictive and by the end of it, I lost interest. 

Unhinged is the film that is gonna be remembered because of its peculiar circumstance; as the first movie that dropped on theaters during a worldwide pandemic. The movie seeks to strive on the social commentary route. To exploit human emotions in a non-compelling way and relying on shock value. 

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Alex Cox’s western film, Tombstone Rashomon (Movie review)

Directed by Alex Cox, Tombstone Rashomon retells the story of the 1881 O.K. Corral Gunfight. Through time we have seen this recreation in several tv shows and films. As a way to differentiate from his peers, the director has taken a different route and took inspiration from 1950’s famous Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon. He used the movie’s innovative narrative structure to tell the story from six different points of view. 

On the other hand, the movie has a hint of SyFy. How? well the plot itself is structured as a time-traveling film crew that went back in time to the day after the shootout. afterward, is a series of interviews and reenactments of the events that the characters were narrating. 

If you didn’t know, Alex Cox is mostly known for 1984 Science Fiction/Comedy Repo Man (Available on the Criterion Collection). Making his comeback, with once again a Western; after his 2010 film, Straight to Hell Returns. The director has opted for independent films. As a key factor in the development of Tombstone Rashomon, they used crowdfunding via Indiegogo to finance this project. Making it a low-budget film. However, it doesn’t stop them in any way.

The movie focuses on bringing the audience into the western days. Channeling their work on building this universe with great production design and set decoration. One of the things that I like to highlight from this film is the costume design. Giving us a pretty solid and visual statement for the worldbuilding with the prairie dresses and dark / tone down color on men’s clothes. 

 Tombstone Rashomon feels like a passion project. From the way, the actors immerse themselves onto their character to the director making everything possible to have this movie made. Tombstone Rashomon is available on DVD in-store,  online (Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, DVD Planet, and more) and VOD platforms.

 

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“A story of legacy” Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (Movie review)

You walk into la sala of your house and the T.V. is on. What you see captivates you and makes you stop; a man with a majestic cape and shiny rings all-around his fingers allures you to the nearby couch and you sit down. He’s reading the horoscopes and you can’t help but be curious as to what he’s gonna say about your astronomical sign. That’s the power that Walter Mercado had with his audience. But, one day he just suddenly  disappeared. What happened to this mystifying man?

Directed by Cristina Costantini and Kareem Tabsch,  Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado is a Netflix Documentary about the famous astrologer and psychic who’s readings have reached millions of people before his disappearance from the public eye.

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When you see a character such as Walter Mercado you can’t help but sense a mysterious aura from him. Mucho Mucho Amor gives you an insight into his past from growing up in the sugar fields, being a dancer, and an actor in telenovelas. It shows us little details about his life to be able to understand where he comes from. 

One of the themes that the documentary touches on is the famous androgynous look he always portrayed. Making people question his sexuality and the media always commenting on it whenever in talk shows or plain awful comedy skits that made fun of him. But even with all the rumors, speculations, and shaming, he was able to stand up and bring optimism in people’s lives. Including representation in the communities that looked up to him.

Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado documents the life of the well-known puertorican astrologer through his ups and downs. Showing how he struggled with homophobia and exploitation. Despite the negativity that surrounded him. Walter became this beacon of hope to his viewers; always spreading positivity is his readings. The documentary captures beyond just a man with an extravagant cape. It’s a story of legacy, how years from his disappearance on television, people always celebrated this iconic character with a wave of nostalgia and impacted millions of people with messages of hope. 

 

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“A look into the pin-up culture” Bombshells and Dollies (movie review)

It’s the early 1950s, where rockabilly was born, the car industry created the classic models we’ve come to love and pin-up girls took the fashion industry by storm. Directed by Dan Halperin, Bombshells and Dollies is a documentary on Pin-Up Girl Lifestyle; following contestants on their road to The Miss Viva Las Vegas Pinup Contest.

50’s clothing, retro make-up, and curled hairstyles are mashed together and pin-up fashion is created. But, what exactly partakes in being one? Bombshells and Dollies give us a glimpse of a subculture that not many people know of. Throughout a series of interviews, the documentary explains the lifestyle of a pin-up girl and their love for rockabilly.

Additionally,  it gives us some small history and context for the viewers. Taking their time to explain themes such as fashion, cars, tattoos, music, and their important convention that is “Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend”. It opens a space for people to talk about their love for this subculture and way of life.

 On the other hand, the main focus of this film is the contestant. Each having an opportunity to speak about how important this community is to them. How throughout this life-changing decision they have come to love themselves and radiate body positivity.  A highlight of this documentary is how it shows women from different backgrounds and stories come together for their passion for pin-up. But most importantly, showcasing body acceptance, self-expression, and confidence. 

 Bombshells and Dollies is streaming on various online digital platforms such as Amazon, DirecTV, AT&T, FlixFling, Vimeo on Demand, Vudu & FANDANGO.

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“New Town, New Crimes” Agathe-Christine: Next Door Spy (Movie review)

Written and Directed by Karla Von Bengston, Agathe-Christine: Next Door spy tells the story of ten-year-old Agathe Christine or AC for short, who runs a detective bureau in the basement of her apartment complex. After moving to a new town, she tries to uncover a new mystery that has risen in her neighborhood, but soon after Agathe Christine will find out it’s a more complicated case. 

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When it comes to animation there are different styles that can set apart your film.  It could be rotoscoping, claymation, etc. One of the main characteristics of this film is the use of cut-out animation. An interesting technique where you use flat characters and background made from paper, carton, card, or fabric to create movement. The animator moves these items under the camera lens in order to tell a story. Of course with the help of a software you’ll be able to bring these intricate flat pieces to life. Being a fan of animation, the use of this technique brought a certain charm to this movie with the different flat textures. 

To go along with this animation and taking into consideration it being a children’s movie, they chose a bright color palette that brings the attention of the targeted audience. However when Agathe goes into, what I like to call  “Detective mode”, they do a homage to the old noir style. A nice little touch to the movie that I so much liked. 

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On the other hand, as the name of the main character implies, it’s based on the writer Agatha Christie, known for her famous detective novels and plays. The film becomes a little tribute to this famous writer and at the same time it influences the story. Meanwhile, the qualities that the protagonist brings to the table sets an example for children. To be resilient, courageous, and best of all,  always be yourself.  

Agathe-Christine: Next Door Spy, originated from Denmark, is a fun movie where you sit down for a good movie night with your family. It’s a heartwarming film that children can be entertained with and adults can find a certain appreciation for. Where can you watch this movie? Agathe-Christine: Next Door Spy will be released onto various digital platforms on June 16 (InDemand, Amazon, iTunes, DirecTV, AT&T, FANDANGO, FlixFling, Vudu).

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Onward: A beautiful story about brotherhood. (small movie review)

Disney’s Pixar new film Onward is set in a suburban fantasy world. The story is about two teenage elf brothers, Ian (Tom Holland) and Barley (Chris Pratt) Lightfoot that go on a journey to discover if there is still magic left in the world in order to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him.

From UP to Coco, Pixar always knows how to move us with their compelling stories and Onward is no exception. This movie tells a story about brotherhood, love, and personal growth. Being a film that’s marketed for children they really did a great job to showcase mature situations in a way that kids could understand and at the same time be entertaining. The script is well written and I can’t find a flaw in it. In addition, the characters are very relatable one way or another.

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When it comes to Pixar, they are topnotch in the animation industry. Onward shows us what it’s like to live in a world where there’s little magic left behind. The film is visually pleasing and I think you should expect a couple of cosplay of the main characters in a Comic-Con near you. On the other hand, the voice acting was great and the chemistry between them made the relationship of these elf brothers more believable.

I honestly enjoyed this film very much and it even made me shed a couple of tears by the end of it. Onward is a moving and heartfelt movie about brotherhood. It has an amazing script and animation as expected from Pixar. All the characters are relatable. I can definitely say this is an Oscar contender film.

I give this movie 4.5/5 pants.

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sonic the hedgehog is a fun film (small -movie review)

Sonic comes to earth to escape forces that seek to harness his power of super-speed and hides away on Green Hills , Montana . After accidentally causing a massive power outage, Sonic is targeted by the government who then hire Dr. Robotnik to hunt him down. Meanwhile, Green Hills sheriff Tom Wachowski meets Sonic and decides to help him evade capture, collect his rings, and stop Dr.Robotnik from using Sonic’s powers.

What Can I say about Sonic the Hedgehog ? The movie has a certain charm to it. The jokes are fun and were making the audience in my theater laugh. It also had a number of film references that I certainly enjoyed. Can you believe that Sonic is a Keanu Reeves Stan ? Me neither !

On the other hand , the actors did a pretty good job with what they had. One of the surprising cast members was Jim Carrey. It’s been a while since we last saw him in a film (since 2016) and he’s back to reprise the villain Dr. Robotnik. Known for his body humor he brought  his A-game and gave us a cartoonish interpretation of Eggman.

If you didn’t know,  Paramount Pictures launched the First trailer of Sonic the Hedgehog  On November 8 , 2019 ; revealing a pretty disturbing design of Sonic. As a result , the trailer received a big amount of backlash and hate. After hearing the fans , Paramount Pictures delayed the movie to redesign it. It was a wise decision from the creators to hear the fan and follow their opinion.  Also a round of applause for the design and VFX team to take their time to create what the fans wanted. Other than that , the effects were wonderful and a job well done.

Sonic the Hedgehog was fun and full of nostalgia . It’s an entertaining family film that kids and fans of the franchise would like .

I give this movie 3 / 5 Golden Rings.

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Birds of Prey: a win for DC comics movie universe (movie review)

Birds of Prey or as the long title says Birds of Prey And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is a Spin-off that’s told by Harley herself. When Gotham’s narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis ( Black Mask)  puts a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya’s paths collide have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.

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When I first heard that the spin-off was being made I was skeptical about it because of the outcome of Suicide Squad and how harsh the critics were with this film. But after watching the movie all my expectations have exceeded and left me with great satisfaction. 

One of the Good qualities that Suicide Squad had was the introduction of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. The small moments we had of her seemed to be what I liked about the movie. Now, Birds of Prey takes her character to another level of craziness. Even the film also behaves just like her with the amount of madness that each scene has. Margot Robbie embodies the character soo well and I can’t see another actress that can pull it off other than her. Meanwhile, Ewan Mcgregor shined as the cynical and narcissistic villain that is Black Mask. I honestly can’t complain about the acting. Birds of Prey had a great cast ensemble and everyone did an amazing job.

On the technical side of the film, I was impressed by how well made it was. The cinematography was spectacular and the color palette gave us vibes straight out of a comic book with its vibrant colors. On the other hand, being that it’s Cathy Yan’s second film it is clear that she has an eye for direction. They also brought John Wick 3 stunt coordinator and provided us with some phenomenal and entertaining fighting sequences. The soundtrack was just a bop after bop and I loved it. Resultado de imagen para birds of prey"

However, the only problems I had with it were the odd choices of the back and forth narrative but at least it wasn’t overbearing that it made the movie lose the story. Plus, being an origin story of the group Birds of Prey it didn’t have much of a moment together as it should have been. Other than that, I have no complaints. 

 Birds of Prey is the closest DC movie that feels like a comic book. It’s entertaining and a blast to watch. Fans of the franchise would certainly be satisfied with the film. 

I give this movie 4 /5 egg sandwiches. 

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Underwater: a January creature feature (movie review)

It’s notorious that once you drop a horror movie in January means that it’s not gonna be any good. But this film brought a lot of surprises to the table. Directed by William Eubank, Underwater is about a crew of underwater researchers that must find safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory. However soon after, the crew encounters unexpected visitors.

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Being a film with an 80 million budget it clearly shows where most of the money went. This creature feature contains a great production design that gives us an atmosphere true to its story with; accompanied by a color palette of muted colors. With the help of the cinematographer of A Cure for Wellness and The ring, this film contains a lot of close-ups and extreme close-ups to help build the tension and to show the emotions of each character clearly.

To enhance the eerie feeling, one of the choices that they made is very dim to no lighting at all. But at one point it felt that it was a bit overused and a cheap way to create jump scares. On the other hand, the creature design was great and it gives us a very love crafting feel to it.

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One of the highlights of Underwater is the leading actress, Kristen Stewart. Giving us a great performance as Noah. Bringing a strong emotional presence and showing the intensity of the situation.

Is this movie by any means original? the answer is no. Right off the bat this film felt like Ridley Scott’s Alien but underwater. Even the first time the creature came on the screen I was waiting for it to pop out of the stomach ( just joking). Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed watching it and it’s one of the good movies that have come out in January.

Underwater is certainly categorized as a good b-movie. It’s a creature feature that has intense moments; eerie and claustrophobic feel to it. Kristen Stewart shines and it’s a film a would recommend watching.

I give this movie 3/5 diving suits .

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Like a Boss: a female-driven comedy (small movie review)

Directed by Miguel Arteta, Like a Boss is about Best friends Mia and Mel who own a cosmetics company but unfortunately, they are in-depth. They get an offer from Claire Luna, a notorious person from the makeup industry to help them pay. Too tempting to pass up, Mia and Mel agree but soon after, this negotiation threatens their business and personal relationships.

When I first saw the trailer for this movie my first thought was, “This is not my type of humor” but nevertheless I gave it a chance. Surprisingly I had a couple of laughs throughout the film. There were some unexpected jokes that made me think “who would even come up with that?!”.On top of that, it was well-received with the audience bringing some laughter in the theater.

One of the comedic remarks was Mia and Mel’s friendship played by Rose Byrne and Tiffany Haddish. Being a film centered in their relationship they had to have some chemistry in which they achieved. The one who brought out most of the punchlines was Tiffany Haddish with her comebacks and overt the top personality. On the other hand, we had Salma Hayek playing Claire Luna. Representing in a very cartoonish way a woman driven by money with a very thick accent. Again, using her for comedic purposes.

Now, don’t get me wrong. The film has flaws, the jokes get repetitive throughout the third act and the pacing felt dragged but nevertheless, it’s a very cheesy almost campy movie that it had good moments and a great ensemble cast. Like a Boss feels like that kind of movie that you put on a sleepover and share a couple of laughs with your friends.

I Give this movie 2.5/5 makeup bags

 

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