The Trial Of The Chicago 7 (2020)

Based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the countercultural protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The trial transfixed the nation and sparked a conversation about mayhem intended to undermine the U.S. government.

The Trial Of The Chicago 7 was definitely one of my most anticipated films of the year, it’s about the 1968 trial of seven men who along with several protestors protested the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Several different things happened all at once Martin Luther King Jr (killed April 4th 1968) and Robert F. Kennedy (killed June 6th 1968) were both assassinated, The Vietnam War was taking place during the time and much more. Now on to the film itself which is quite powerful, one of the strongest things about this film is the acting and the writing, Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Mark Rylance and Frank Langella were the standouts. They all truly did a fantastic job, they all portrayed the actual people quite well and not to mention they looked exactly like them too. The writing I was very impressed by, yes there are some cinematic moments that didn’t actually take place but from what I counted I believe there were only two or three incidents, one of which is really not a huge change. Plus the scenes themselves are still quite great, the music is really well done especially combined with the filming and the tension in the courtroom it leads to several powerful speeches. The Trial Of The Chicago 7 is also has the fastest 2 hours and 10 minutes in a movie I have seen in awhile, mostly due to how invested you get into the film. The court case has a lot turns and so many events that happened to the point where you feel like this was a very short film. The ending is going to be a hit or miss for some people, but for me I thought it was pretty well done. The build up to that moment was perfect and the delivery was both mesmerizing and beautiful! The Trial Of The Chicago 7 makes us look back at a fascinating piece of history that is very relevant today, in fact when you finish the film you are pretty much left saying “not much as really changed at all” it truly is a special type of film! When it comes time for award nominations this will definitely be a frontrunner! Give this one a watch!!

10/10 A+

A Call To Spy (2020)


In the beginning of WWII, with Britain becoming desperate, Churchill orders his new spy agency – SOE – to recruit and train women as spies.


A Call To Spy is about a fascinating World War II story that should have been told in film awhile ago at least now it has been told and it was a pretty good way of telling it. The cast does a really great job in their roles the standouts being Sarah Megan Thomas, Stans Katic and Radhika Apte all three really gave it their all in these roles and the results are impressive. The writing is really solid as well it feels very natural as it should, I say this because a lot of World War II movies as of late have not had very natural writing which is a huge problem, because after all World War II actually happened. So it’s refreshing to see one have a natural feel to it after awhile, the only real main criticism I have with this movie is that I don’t think it needed to be 123 minutes long, at some points it does feel like the movie drags on a bit. But otherwise A Call To Spy is a very solid film, I really hope this is beginning of telling more World War II stories that are barely ever talked about. I recommend giving this one a go definitely one of the better releases (at the time this was written.)

7/10 B

The Glorias (2020)

The story of feminist icon Gloria Steinem’s itinerant childhood’s influence on her life as a writer, activist and organizer for women’s rights worldwide.


The Glorias is the type of film that I really wanted to like more than I did, unfortunately there is a lot holding this movie back from being brilliant. I’ll start with what really worked, Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Bette Midler and Janelle Monae gave strong performances and are what makes this movie stand, I thought the second half of the film was very interesting and had a lot to say. There were some really strong scenes in particular that were quite powerful especially with the ending. As for what didn’t work…the biggest problem was how the movie was put together, so the premise is it shows different ages of Gloria Steinem the problem is it doesn’t do a really good job at it. The editing is just not that great and feels sloppy, combine that with a running time of 2 hours and 19 minutes and you have some problems. It really did not need to be 2 hours, some of it could have been cut and it would have not changed much. Overall I definitely respect what Julie Taymor was going for but it just didn’t really come together. It’s definitely not a bad movie and I do recommend checking it out for the cast alone. Just don’t expect anything incredible.

6/10 C+

Greyhound, The Game Of Death and Desperados (2020)


Early in World War II, an inexperienced U.S. Navy captain must lead an Allied convoy being stalked by Nazi U-boat wolfpacks.

Greyhound is one of those movies that has a lot of great technical stuff like the action scenes, sound effects, filming and so on but not so good acting (with the exception of Tom Hanks and maybe a few others), writing, character development ect. The action scenes combined with the sound is definitely when the movie is at it’s high point, they are really effected and standout from this mess. Tom Hanks gives a fine performance but it isn’t something I would call amazing or even solid. The major problem here is the character development…it’s nonexistent which is a huge problem especially in a war movie. Where the characters are a very heavy focus without development you lose an attachment and when something terrible happens you aren’t going to feel anything towards any of the characters. The writing is very weak and really doesn’t do a whole lot to help the movie stand, it’s quite honestly some of the most simplistic and forgettable writing I’ve heard so far this year. Filming is definitely strong at least the movie has a very decent look to it which is nice, but as I said the many problems with this movie stick out like a sore thumb. Overall Greyhound is not something I would recommend, unless your a war movie fanatic.

4/10 D+

Kill or be killed is the golden rule of the Game of Death. Sucks for seven millennials who ignored that rule. Now each one’s head will explode unless they kill someone. Will they turn on each other to survive, or will this sunny day be the last for the innocent people of their middle-of-nowhere town?

Game Of Death took way too long to come come out in America and I can easily see why, this is one of those movies where the idea of the movie is far better than the actual film itself. The only thing I can give this movie is a handful of unintentional laughably bad moments that made me burst out laughing. Everything else is garbage, I can not honestly tell which is worse the acting or the writing. It’s filled to the brim of cliches and really doesn’t do anything good, a lot of the movie is stuff you have seen in better movies. The characters are pretty much stock horror movie characters, if you have seen any given horror movie congratulations you are going to know exactly what these characters are like. Overall I really don’t know what else to say. It’s a waste of potential and just a downright terrible movie.

2/10 F


A panicked young woman, with her reluctant friends in tow, rushes to Mexico to try and delete a ranting email she sent to her new boyfriend.


Desperados is a movie I only watched because I heard how bad it is, heck I haven’t even heard of it until the reviews came out. It’s bad as everyone saying it is, it’s an edgy Netflix original comedy. The movie is filled to the brim of Pedophillia jokes, the rest of the humor completely falls flat. None of it is funny at the slightest there’s this one scene where a dolphin humps the main character and slaps her with it’s genitals or the movie implies it. This movie really just feels like a Netflix comedy that some how turned into an edgy comedy. It really doesn’t make a whole of sense what the mindset was when making this movie. The acting is terrible, the writing is formulaic and just horrendous. There really isn’t much else to say if it weren’t for that Dolphin scene nobody would know this movie existed, which is saying something because a lot of people already don’t know it exists.

Disgrace To Cinema F

Hamilton (2020)


The real life of one of America’s foremost founding fathers and first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Captured live on Broadway from the Richard Rodgers Theater with the original Broadway cast.


Hamilton really doesn’t need a introduction, at this point it’s one of the most popular Broadway shows of all time. So a film was definitely going to happen at some point, while this is just a recording of a show it’s still remarkable how they were able to make it look this good. The whole movie itself is like looking at an art museum it’s quite beautiful, I’ve never actually seen the show itself mostly due to how I thought I wouldn’t be a fan of it. But I’m impressed the music really stood out, the combination between many genres of music is quite remarkable and sounds really good, the acting, writing, the filming are beautifully done. The sound in this movie is just excellent in fact if I had to say which movie so far this year had the best sound I would say it’s Hamilton. The pacing is just perfect it’s 2 hours and 40 minutes but you don’t even feel that at all! It goes by very quickly, also stands out is just how well put together it is. The presentation is so well done and masterfully crafted, it’s a huge event that is worth every second! Overall what else can I say? It’s masterfully put together and one of the greatest films so far this year, if you haven’t seen Hamilton yet please do so!!

10/10 A+

Sometimes Always Never, To The Stars, True History Of The Kelly Gang and Greed (2020)

A man searches tirelessly for his missing son who he has not seen in years. When a body is located, the entire family’s life is turned upside-down and they must all learn how to reconnect with one another. This is an interesting one, I watched this several days ago it was hard for me to decide what rating I wanted to give this movie. But after thinking about it the movie has some really solid stuff in it. First off the cinematography is top notch, there are some really beautiful shots that were just wonderful to look at, the acting is quite great everyone does a pretty solid job in their roles. The writing could have been a bit stronger, plus I’m not going to lie this movie at times does come off as a Wes Andreson rip-off. Luckily it’s not to the point where it’s directly stealing, the movie does come up with it’s own ideas and combines the two so it has that going for it. It’s also a very relaxing movie to watch that I would most certainly watch again. I recommend giving this a go!

7/10 B


Under small town scrutiny, a withdrawn farmer’s daughter forges an intimate friendship with a worldly but reckless new girl in 1960s Oklahoma.


I really don’t have a lot to say about this one, mostly because a huge portion of the movie just did not do anything for me. I will say the first act of the movie was pretty strong and I liked where the movie was goin, but then it just kind of does a complete turn around in a not very good way. The performances were strong, the writing was solid but could have used another look, I do appreciate what this film was trying to do I just think it didn’t do it very well.

6/10 C+

Based on Peter Carey’s novel. The story of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities during the 1870s.


Justin Kurzel redeems himself with this movie and I couldn’t be happier, he directed Snowtown, Macbeth (Which I love) and the abomination Assassin’s Creed. True History Of The Kelly Gang is very raw and quite powerful, it really does not shy away from violence which is good to see especially knowing the topic of the film. It’s very well directed and has a lot of emotion put into it, the movie hits really hard when comes to the writing. It’s very well written with some very dark scenes that truly hit it out of the park, the running time of 2 hours and 4 minutes may seem like a problem at first but trust me when I say that it really is not a problem. It’s one of those movies where you really don’t feel the running time at all. It’s a very engaging movie that drags you into it due to just how interesting it is! This is one I highly recommend!!

8/10 B+


Greed tells the story of self-made British billionaire Sir Richard McCreadie, whose retail empire is in crisis. For 30 years he has ruled the world of retail fashion, bringing the high street to the catwalk and the catwalk to the high street. But after a damaging public inquiry, his image is tarnished. To save his reputation, he decides to bounce back with a highly publicised and extravagant party celebrating his 60th birthday on the Greek island of Mykonos.

I mean I’ll give the movie this….it’s not as bad as I thought it would be? That still doesn’t make it necessarily “good” I put good in quotation marks because I truly don’t know how I feel about this movie. It feels like the type of movie that wants to tackle a bunch of issues but the stuff it says about said issues everyone and their grandmother already knows. The humor isn’t all that funny, I remember laughing about maybe two times when I watched it. A lot of it heavily relies on dropping names of celebrities, movies and more. Then there’s the movie’s own humor which really doesn’t stick, as far as acting…I guess it’s okay? Nobody really did a terrible job there was just nothing really noteworthy to mention, I really don’t know this movie just kind of exists. It’s not hurting anyone it just happens to be there and that’s all there is to it. If it sounds interesting to you by all means give it a shot but I wouldn’t recommend it.

5/10 C

Beneath Us, Resistance and Uncorked (2020)


The American Dream becomes a nightmare for a group of undocumented day laborers hired by a wealthy couple. What they expect to be their biggest payday turns into a terrifying fight for survival. Let me tell you as soon as the trailer hit the web I had a very bad feeling about this movie, but like I always say “I want to be surprised and maybe this will be good!” It definitely wasn’t that…anyway this is basically a discount Get Out, which is why there really isn’t much to be said here but I’ll try. First off the acting is just horrendous it gets way too cartoonish especially from antagonists, like there are moments in this movie that get way too silly. The writing is just straight up garbage that’s all there is to it, I can understand what they were trying to go for but between some horrible acting and direction it just doesn’t land it’s mark. The movie also tries to do a lot of what Get Out did the difference here is, Get Out was smart and you know had characters that had actual development and could be analyzed. The problem with Beneath Us is it doesn’t have that, the movie throws you into the story and just shows the characters none of them have any real development and they all just feel like stock characters. It feels like it’s almost trying to be a parody of Get Out, even If Get Out didn’t exist this movie would still fall flat due to the horrible direction, acting and writing.

1/10 F
The story of a group of Jewish Boy Scouts who worked with the French Resistance to save the lives of ten thousand orphans during World War II. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, it pains me to say movies like this are bad. Because they do mean well and they do have good messages. However when you read the actual true events of this movie which were incredible (I highly recommend looking up the story of Marcel Mangel) and then watch this movie you can easily see that this movie could have been A LOT better. First off….was no other actor available? Look I like Jesse Eisenberg but he just did not fit this role at all, maybe it’s because at this point in his career a majority of his roles have been some nerdy or geek type role. I mean for what his performance was it wasn’t necessarily bad it was just very weird. The writing I was pretty disappointed with, sure there were moments where I thought they did a decent job, but it felt very stale for the most part. The writing also felt very weak, which is not what it should feel like when you are doing a movie like this…The filming was quite good that’s probably the best thing I can say about this movie, It’s one of those movies where you want to like it really really badly but the flaws stick out like a sore thumb and just can’t be ignored. Overall it isn’t the worst thing out there but again it’s one of those movies where looking up information online about the real event is probably a much more interesting thing to do.

4/10 D+

Elijah must balance his dream of becoming a master sommelier with his father’s expectations that he carry on the family’s Memphis BBQ joint.
Introducing one of the most “whatever” films of the year, I understand this movie has a good message and I definitely respect that. However it really doesn’t enough to back itself up, the acting is fine as well as the writing for the first two acts, it’s nothing mind blowing or nothing that hasn’t been done before but it’s serviceable…that is until the third act. I’m not exactly sure what happened here but the third act feels like it was made by a completely different director, the pacing is even worse then it was in the first two acts, the acting and writing were nowhere near as good and it was just a very weak ending. I feel like something that didn’t help the movie was the pacing, it was way too slow for it’s own good which is a shame, because this could have honestly been much better.

4/10 D+

1917 and Waves plus a few 2020 releases!

Sorry for the few days without posting was a bit busy! The next post will wrap my worst movies of 2019 list just need to wrap a few things up and make sure I’m placing the movies where I want to! The post will be either up later today or tomorrow! For now enjoy these reveries!

1917

Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers’ brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap.

I’m going to give some brief thoughts about this one and try not to make it so long, I really liked the performances from everyone in the movie. Especially Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay both gave off genuine feelings someone would have during war especially the fear. The filming is hands down the best element in this movie Roger Deakins does such an incredible job he does a great job of making the cinematography create an atmosphere which is so well done and intense. Sam Mendes does a really great job in the director’s chair like Deakins he creates this atmosphere that is so well done and intense. It really drags you at the edge of your seat, the movie was apparently done in one take which is absolutely crazy to think about especially when you actually see the movie for yourself. The movie does a fantastic job when showing how horrifying the subject matter really is, war itself is a very scary thing and this movie does show what it’s like. Overall 1917 is a really great film, definitely worth checking out you won’t regret it!

9/10 A

Waves

Traces the journey of a suburban family – led by a well-intentioned but domineering father – as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss.

This is hands down the biggest disappointment of 2019, I wanted to like this badly but the flaws really stick out like a sore thumb that they just can’t be ignored. I’ll start with what I did like however and that’s the acting, cinematography and Taylor Russell’s character as well as Sterling K Brown’s character. The cinematography really does capture the setting pretty well and the acting does lead to some great moments! Another thing I do like about this movie I almost forgot to mention is the second half of the movie, this movie is split into halves but the first one is just messy and terrible while the second one is really strong and quite great. Emily is a lot more likable and relatable of a character than Tyler is, which leads me to what I hated about this movie. As I mentioned before the first half of this movie is messy and just terrible, Tyler is easily one of the worst things about it. The movie tries desperately for you to feel sorry for him but I’m sorry he’s a complete asshole who I’m not going to feel bad for. Some of the actions taken in the first half of the movie is really over the top, the writing was a complete mess in the first half. It completely destroys any emotional moment there was supposed to be had, there is this one moment in particular that is destroyed by the use of one of Kanye West’s songs it really doesn’t fit and just comes off as edgy. Which I really feel bad saying this because I really like the director Trey Edward Shults (It Comes At Night and Krisha) overall as I said before Waves is very disappointing, I’m not going to say to not watch this one because some people love it others don’t so it’s your call! 

5/10 C

The Last Full Measure

Thirty-four years after his death, Airman William H. Pitsenbarger, Jr. (“Pits”) is awarded the nation’s highest military honor, for his actions on the battlefield.

This was a very very meh movie for me, while I did like the cast Samuel L Jackson being the best in the movie. I felt the movie had a weird tone change every 25 minutes with some very cheesy lines, that quite honestly felt out of place. It also feels like a movie that should have strictly only put on VOD but for some reason got a theater release, the acting from everyone was pretty okay nothing to spectacular but nothing really bad either. I really don’t know what else to say really it’s a very below average movie that could have been much better.

5/10 C

Premature

A 17-year-old girl’s world is turned upside down when she experiences her first great love.

To be quite honest I’m not 100% sure how I feel about this movie, I know that I liked it but this really tried to go for the Barry Jenkins approach which there is nothing wrong with that at all. However this movie only does an okay job at it, Zora Howard easily steals the show! She is fantastic in her role and her character feels very realistic which I really liked, the directing I thought was pretty well done as well. What damages this movie the most Is the pacing, the running time is 84 minutes the pacing for whatever reason was very slow at the beginning which just doesn’t give the film enough breathing room. Some people are going to like this movie, some others aren’t going to like it. I do recommend giving this a go if it sounds interesting to you.

6/10 C+

The Sonata

A young violinist unravels her long lost father’s past, triggering dark forces that reach beyond her imagination.

This is the type of movie where I would just watch it once and then probably never look back on it. I feel like this movie really reminds me of The Perfection only it’s nowhere near as effective, acting and writing wise it’s fine enough but it really doesn’t give anything special. It has it’s moments such as the first act which I do think is decent but overall this is a huge mixed bag.

5/10 C

A Hidden Life (2019)


The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

What can I say about Terrance Malick the guy is truly amazing at what he does, this movie has to be one of my favorites of his. For starters let’s get the obvious out of the way the cinematography is absolutely stunning especially when you combine that with the locations this film was shot it’s so captivating! The direction is quite honestly some of the best of 2019 Malick goes for a very real feel and it’s present throughout the film, it can get quite tense and uncomfortable at times but I feel like that’s what makes the film. August Diehl and Valerie Pachner both do an incredible job in their roles and really pour their heart and soul into their performance. The movie itself is very depressing I really don’t recall the last time a film made me pretty depressed after watching it but this surly did it. It’s a very deep film that may seem straightforward by reading the plot but let me tell you it’s a lot more then that, the film really starts to question certain things and by the end you are left sitting there thinking about it all. The movie is close to 3 hours long this is one of those movies where it doesn’t even feel like 3 hours long because you get sucked into the movie and are so into it. The writing is quite honestly some of the best of 2019 there’s a lot in it that really makes this film strong, a lot of quite moments, a lot of dark and heavy moments and much more! Overall A Hidden Life is a fantastic film it’s such a shame this film is getting nowhere near as much spotlight as it really should. So if you ever get the chance to watch this film please do so.

10/10 A+

A Hidden Life (2019)


The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

What can I say about Terrance Malick the guy is truly amazing at what he does, this movie has to be one of my favorites of his. For starters let’s get the obvious out of the way the cinematography is absolutely stunning especially when you combine that with the locations this film was shot it’s so captivating! The direction is quite honestly some of the best of 2019 Malick goes for a very real feel and it’s present throughout the film, it can get quite tense and uncomfortable at times but I feel like that’s what makes the film. August Diehl and Valerie Pachner both do an incredible job in their roles and really pour their heart and soul into their performance. The movie itself is very depressing I really don’t recall the last time a film made me pretty depressed after watching it but this surly did it. It’s a very deep film that may seem straightforward by reading the plot but let me tell you it’s a lot more then that, the film really starts to question certain things and by the end you are left sitting there thinking about it all. The movie is close to 3 hours long this is one of those movies where it doesn’t even feel like 3 hours long because you get sucked into the movie and are so into it. The writing is quite honestly some of the best of 2019 there’s a lot in it that really makes this film strong, a lot of quite moments, a lot of dark and heavy moments and much more! Overall A Hidden Life is a fantastic film it’s such a shame this film is getting nowhere near as much spotlight as it really should. So if you ever get the chance to watch this film please do so.

10/10 A+