The Eyes Of Tammy Faye Turns Jessica Chastain into Tammy Faye!

An intimate look at the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker.

The Eyes Of Tammy Faye is interesting and sort of surprising, right from the beginning it gives this bizarre style to it that I had no idea what to make of it. There are very standard biopic bits during the first half that aren’t too exciting but not anything really bad, Jessica Chastain gives one of her best performances here and is more than likely going to get nominated when the award shows start. And as she should she becomes Tammy Faye, she nails every single thing about her from how she acted and spoke to her style of singing. Speaking of which the songs were very great, despite Christian music certainly not being my type of music I still found myself singing along and have actually listened to a few of the songs since I saw the film. Andrew Garfield is also pretty great as well, while he isn’t as good as Jessica Chastain he still delivers a fantastic performance and was very believable as Jim Bakker. There are moments when he even becomes Jim Bakker it gets pretty scary, Cherry Jones who plays Rachel LaValley deserves to be talked about more for her performance. She’s hilarious, she gives this sarcastic yet loving performance that really makes you smile. The major flaw with The Eyes Of Tammy Faye is skimming over certain subjects. Especially with her connection to the LGBT community sure it’s shown in the film a few times and it does show she genuinely cares about the community, however it doesn’t feel like it’s discussed very much. I would have also loved to see the film dive a bit deeper on the shadiness of televangelist, but for what the movie did talk about it did a solid job. The writing definitely improves as it goes on, it starts out good enough but just very strange for the sake of feeling strange, but as the movie reaches its 30 minute mark it improves quite well. Overall The Eyes Of Tammy Faye is quite great, it does feel like a very standard biopic at times but there is a lot to like about this one, I recommend watching this one solely because of the performances!

The Eyes Of Tammy Faye is available in theaters!

7/10 B

Worth is both interesting and emotional when it comes to interview scenes!

An attorney in Washington D.C. battles against cynicism, bureaucracy and politics to help the victims of 9/11.

Worth is a pretty solid movie that tells the true story of lawyer Kenneth Feinberg who battles a ton of obstacles to help the victims of 9/11. Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci both give very solid performances, Worth is at it’s best when it focuses on the victims of 9/11 particularly the interview scenes. It has a lot of human interaction during those scenes and has a huge sense of rawness to it as well, that ultimately make this movie an emotional ride at times. I do wish the writing could have been a bit stronger in some areas, particularly the first act that does take a bit to get going. Worth is overall a solid enough movie that is quite interesting and delivers the emotional moments quite well.

Worth is now available on Netflix!

7/10 B

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (2021) Movie Review!

The origins of Sarah Fier’s curse are finally revealed as history comes full circle on a night that changes the lives of Shadysiders forever.

The final part of the Fear Street trilogy is here, and while it is a decent way to end the trilogy I don’t think it’s as strong as the previous two movies. The first half of the movie tries to be The Witch but doesn’t do a good job at it at all, I completely understand what they were going for but it just didn’t work. The acting definitely helped the first half of the movie move along as it was pretty solid all around, I think what hurt the first half of the movie was the dialogue at times it really did not fit the setting they were going for, the second half of the movie however I thought was pretty solid. It brought back what the last two movies had which ended up being an enjoyable ride with some great kills and tension. The biggest flaw with this movie is that like how I compared the two parts of the movie feel like they were made by two completely different directors, one wanted a slow Witch type feel movie which didn’t work and the other wanted what the last two Fear Street movies are fun slasher movies. It may sound like I didn’t like this one but that’s not the case I did enjoy for what it was the acting as I said was very solid throughout, the second half is a ton of fun and the movie wraps up the trilogy quite nicely!

Fear Street Part Three is now available on Netflix!

7/10 B

The Courier (2021) Movie Review!

Cold War spy Greville Wynne and his Russian source try to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The Courier is based on a very interesting true story that I highly recommend reading about! The film itself is quite great, it’s a very strong and suspenseful thriller packed with tons of great performances and a lot of emotional moments. Benedict Cumberbatch gives one of the strongest performances of his career, he steals the show and completely dives into his role. The atmosphere of the film is seriously well done and completely matches for what the film is trying to go for, the dialogue is very well written and compelling as well! Jessie Buckley is also fantastic in her role, like Cumberbatch she dives into her role and goes all out. The score gives the right mood and atmosphere that the film is going for, The Courier is a really well put together film that I highly recommend checking out!

8/10 B+

Sundance Review : Judas And The Black Messiah (2021)

The story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, and his fateful betrayal by FBI informant William O’Neal.

Judas And The Black Messiah was definitely one of the biggest highlights of Sundance 2021 hands down. This film was also one of my most anticipated films of 2021 and it does not disappoint at all! There’s so much to talk about here so Iet’s get started, first off all of the performances were fantastic. But the standouts are definitely Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield and Dominique Fishback. All of which do an incredible job in their roles, Daniel Kaluuya captures the spirit of Fred Hampton. How he acts, how he felt, how he thought about certain situations, his relationships with other people. It’s all there and really makes the film that much more powerful, LaKeith Stanfield also does a fantastic job with playing William O’Neil in fact I feel this is one of Stanfield’s best performances so far in his career, like how Daniel Kaluuya captures the spirit of Fred Hampton. Stanfield captures the spirit of William O’Neil incredibly well it’s like you are being thrown back in the past and witnessing events take place all over again. Speaking of which I feel that’s what this film does an incredible job, it feels like a huge time capsule and a truly fantastic one. It captures the moments that will make you angry in the best way possible, mostly due to how incredibly well written this film is, given the events that happened and just how beautifully made this film is. Shaka King should really be proud of himself because this is so far one of the best directed films I’ve seen so far this year, he captures every important moment about Fred Hampton and what made him who he was. Shaka King also captures the relationships that Hampton had and why he is an important figure. The last 20 minutes of the film will make you angry and rightfully so, because of what happened to Fred Hampton. The last 20 minutes are powerful and horrifying they don’t sugarcoat anything at all, the film doesn’t hold back at all which is very important when you talk about films like Judas And The Black Messiah. Overall Judas And The Black Messiah is a fantastic film, it’s wonderfully crafted and a very powerful film that as I said before will make you so angry. I can’t wait to see what Shaka King does next! Make sure to see this film on HBO Max when it comes out tomorrow February 12th!

10/10 A+

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+