Here we go Christmas Netflix movie number two in 2020. Holidate was at least harmless and had Emma Roberts, Operation Christmas Drop has almost nothing going for it at all, the chemistry between the two main leads is just no there. It comes off as awkward and not believable at the slightest, the writing is horrendous it’s on the same level as a LifeTime Channel movie. Which is basically what Operation Christmas Drop is, it’s a LifeTime channel movie that somehow became a Netflix Original which is a very common problem with a lot of Netflix Christmas movies. The whole movie itself is cliched and predictable as well, there’s really nothing in this movie that hasn’t been done before. Completely worthless…
I thought I would never here the word “gay” be used as an insult in a film in 2020 but here we are I guess. The newest Netflix horror movie Nobody Sleeps In The Woods Tonight is the most basic slasher movie, it doesn’t do anything new or interesting. It just copies off of what slasher films have done such as Friday The 13th and Wrong Turn, there is some great kills with some surprisingly great gore. But outside of that this is very bare bones. If you go into this movie only looking for a slasher film to watch then you might enjoy this one. However what really hurts this movie is the terrible writing, it attempts to be meta but completely fails. The movie also tries to throw in some humor that feels very dated or is just not funny at the slightest. Anyone looking for anything new or interesting in the slasher genre might want to sit this one out.
One particular genre of Netflix Original movies I really don’t like are the Holiday/Christmas ones. They are all almost the exact same thing, almost all of them are terrible and it feels like they are coming out earlier and earlier each year. To be absolutely fair Holidate isn’t that bad but that’s mostly due to Emma Roberts who is by far the best thing this movie has going for it. The writing is as predictable as you would expect, the story has been done several times before. Holidate does have some cute moments that do work thanks to some character development, but that there really is not that much else too Holidate. It’s harmless enough and definitely one of the better Netflix Holiday/Christmas movies but that’s not saying a whole lot.
Those of you who know me or followed me for a long time know I like to watch almost any movie. I’ve already said this before but I’ll say it again for newcomers, I like to give every movie a chance to either impress, surprise or disappoint I also go into a movie with a positive attitude (most of the time)….however there is a downside to all of this when you have movies like After We Collided. After made number one on my Worst Films Of 2019 List and it wasn’t even close which is saying a lot considering the other movies that made the list. After We Collided somehow finds a way to be 100 times worse than that, first off let’s start with the exact same problems it shares with it’s predecessor. The acting is still complete garbage, I believe I said this in my After review and if I didn’t I’ll say it now Hero Fiennes Tiffin can not act, his performance is somehow even worse here. Not once does he land a single word of believability, everyone else is about the same Josephine Langford is again very poor, she’s definitely not as bad as Tiffin but that’s really not saying a whole lot. Another major problem is the writing, not once is there anything believable throughout the film, they threw in random curse words this time I guess to get the R rating?!? After We Collided like After also romanticizes abusive and unhealthy relationships, right at the first scene they try to get you to feel sorry for Hardin despite of how much of a complete and total piece of garbage he was in the previous film. They don’t even try to hide this either they do it upfront, the director is Roger Kumble director of Furry Vengeance…long story short his direction is garbage, uninspiring and horribly done. Now for the new issues which there aren’t that many because this movie has almost the same problems as the first movie, After We Collided pretty much goes like this…abusive relationship and sex throughout the movie until it ends which the ending sets up for a sequel….which was one of the most desperate attempts I have ever seen, the movie tries to throw in new characters but none of them serve any point other then to be comedic relief of one note characters who have no personality. Nobody in After We Collided has a character trait outside of being a walking talking cliche, this is exactly why After should have stayed as a fanfiction none of this was original to begin with when After was new it’s been done in other fanfictions. After We Collided also showcases some of the most pathetic excuse of writing I feel like this needs to be said again, not once in this entire movie did I feel anything was believable, not once did I feel connected with the characters all I was feeling throughout the movie was the feeling of “when is this going to be over?” Overall After We Collided is complete garbage and does everything a bad movie can do but 100 times worse, I was very confident nothing would beat Artemis Fowl when it came to worst film of the year. But that’s changed because After We Collided has dethroned Artemis Fowl and it’s not even close. The fact there is going to be a sequel disgusts me enough, it’s unbelievable how there’s truly beautiful films out there that get unnoticed but then you have garbage like After We Collided that studios attempt to shove down your throat.
Ben Wheatley’s adaption of Rebecca I’ve been keeping flipping my opinion on, probably somewhere down the line I’m going to most likely rewatch it again. But for now I can definitely say that there was a lot to like about it but at the same time there is a lot that could have been so much better. The best things Rebecca has going for it are the costumes and the cinematography, they both blended very well together and created some beautiful scenery. The acting from Armie Hammer and Lily James were both solid, but that’s where it ends for me everyone else did a fine enough job but nothing mind blowing. I think the biggest issue this film has is it just doesn’t have the atmosphere, this is especially not going to win many people over who absolutely loved Alfred Hitchcock’s version. The atmosphere isn’t the same and doesn’t really have a unique feeling to it at all. It comes off as this type of atmosphere that would be in any other movie like this one. With that said Rebecca is not a bad film Ben Wheatley definitely does a fine enough job (he’s done far better however) I recommend giving it a go if your curious!
So it’s finally time to actually sit down and talk about this film huh? A Rainy Day In New York has faced delays ever since 2018, you have probably heard of this movie being on release schedules only to be taken off afterwards. It was delayed mostly due to two factors, one the #Metoo movement (rightfully so) and two it was having a hard time finding someone to actually release it in America. So how is the actual film? Well Selena Gomez is actually the best acted in the film and she’s genuinely great too, I was actually very surprised if I’m going to be quite honest. I haven’t really cared much for her film roles other then Spring Breakers (by far her best) and Fundamentals Of Caregiving but she did a solid job. Elle Fanning definitely comes in a close second, she worked with what she had and for the most part did pretty well. Timothee Chalamet however…was pretty terrible, I really don’t know how to describe his acting in this movie but it felt like he really didn’t care at all. It kind of felt like he was held at gun point, it was some of the worst acting by him I’ve seen. The movie itself is just not interesting, it’s a great movie if you want to fall asleep. Waiting for something to actually happen in this movie is like waiting for your turn at a amusement park ride, it’s also one of those films where clearly the writers have no idea how 20 something years old know how to talk, a lot of the lines just don’t feel believable at all. What else can I really say? A Rainy Day In New York it’s a terrible movie that nobody is going to look back at, it’s always going to be known as “that one Woody Allen film that got constantly delayed and has Selena Gomez in it.”
Eternal Beauty is truly something special, it takes a very heavy subject that is really hard to master in film and turns into something hard hitting and beautiful at the same time, Sally Hawkins character Jane has schizophrenia and we see her struggling with it throughout the film. What I really appreciate is how realistic the portrayal of schizophrenia is, Craig Roberts did a magnificent job when it comes to making it as real as possible. There are tons of touching moments from the chemistry of Sally Hawkins and David Thewlis, the writing feels as natural as possible, the family struggles are believable and emotional. Jane’s relationship with her family feels very real, it shows the harsh reality of how some families or people in general treat people with schizophrenia. It’s extremely sad but at the same time the film does have a lot of heartwarming moments, the acting all around is fantastic Sally Hawkins is absolutely perfect and as I said before gives a very realistic performance, David Thewlis is fantastic as well as Penelope Wilton!! Craig Roberts as the director is flawless, he truly knows how to create a very raw experience and how to tell a sad but beautiful story that it’s emotional and quite honestly inspiring at times. Overall Eternal Beauty is a film that you always think about as soon as it ends, give Eternal Beauty a watch as soon as you can!!
Chemical Hearts is another high school romance movie, sure it’s better than some of the other ones that have been coming out recently. But that is really not saying much at all, I will say the acting is not too bad Lili Reinhart isn’t too bad and everyone else does a fairly decent job. But everything else just ranges from bad to below average, it feels like the people who worked on this movie just copied off of every other high school romance movie and didn’t do anything to change it up at all. Chemical Hearts really does not have much to say at all, sure there’s a few good moments that are supposed to give the characters some development, but a lot of it is elements that you have already seen several times before. I really don’t know what else to say, if your a fan of high school romance movies you will probably like this…otherwise skip this one.
Why does Ethan Hawks sing “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” in a movie about Nikola Tesla? I swear if someone asked me what is one of the most uninteresting and just downright terrible movies so far this year. I would say it’s Tesla, I mean sure in concept the movie sounds pretty okay a biopic about Nikola Tesla how could you possibly mess that up? Unfortunately the writers wanted something different and then came up with whatever this was, it’s actually really hard to explain because I still don’t know what they were trying to do. The only good thing I can give this movie is Ethan Hawks’s performance, he definitely tries his best in such a terribly written movie. I feel like the worst part about this whole movie is how it is just not interesting at the slightest, it quickly loses the viewer’s interest by not doing anything really. It’s biopic that honestly felt like it did not need to be made, sitting through this movie is like doing chores around the house. You don’t want to do them but if you want to be done you have to do it, just give this one a skip..
When a global pandemic forces a TV actress to escape to her rural hometown, an intruder from her past proves as dangerous as the encroaching virus.
I feel like the biggest problem with Before The Fire is that it does the bare minimum when it comes to it’s plot, it’s supposed to be a pandemic with a deadly virus but really don’t get much of that. Instead you get some very poorly developed characters having drama between one another, there’s moments where the acting isn’t too bad. But a lot of the time it feels like nobody really cared, the writing really doesn’t do much for the film either. As I said it does then are minimum sure the characters mention the virus but they don’t really show much or try to build up to it. It’s just kind of like “hey virus is happening” okay so what do you want the audience to do with that information? Had this been much better written I feel like this could have been so much better.
This is basically a young adult version of “Ghost” and it’s a bad one. At first it may not seem too bad the performances are fine enough and there are actually some pretty okay moments especially towards the end. The problem is a lot of it is just not interesting, the pacing is very awkward at times. At one point the movie is slow but then towards the end which as much as I liked some of the moments during the last act it still feels like they needed to find a way to end this movie so they just rushed through it to get it done. It doesn’t help that a lot of it just typical YA movie elements that have been done to death numerous times. If you have already seen “Ghost” you have seen this movie, with that said I can’t say the movie is horrendous because I have definitely seen worse plus as I said before when it comes to acting it’s pretty decent combined with some really great moments. But I can say this is a movie everyone will forget about as soon as the movie is over.
The fact that I subjected myself with this movie and somehow was able to finish this movie in one sitting is truly amazing, look the first Kissing Booth I thought was bad but not as bad as a lot of people made it out to be. I definitely saw far far worse, this however was just inexcusable…not only is the acting and writing even worse but this movie doubles down on the whole “writers have no idea how actual teenagers talk like” I was certainly not ready for some of the worst lines I think I’ve heard this year. A lot of it feels out of touch, ridiculous and not investing at all. I mean “personal jungle gym” really?!? I seriously hope Joey King was payed good money for this, the worst thing about this movie is the running time…somebody please explain to me how and why is this movie 2 hours and 11 minutes, the first movie was an hour and 50 minutes still too long but you know what at least it wasn’t 2 hours. The pacing is even worse in this movie, just when you think it’s about to wrap and come to a close there is still 30-40 minutes left. Lastly the main character is unlikable everything she says and does make her come off more and more unlikable, it’s mostly due to her decision making and how poorly written she is. Overall The Kissing Booth 2 is a waste of time, please skip this one at all costs!!
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.
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.
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.