Swan Song is a interesting and thought provoking Sci-Fi film!

When a loving husband and father is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he’s presented with a controversial alternative solution to shield his family from his loss – replace himself with a carbon copy clone.

Swan Song was definitely a surprise, it’s a different type of Sci-Fi film than the genre is use to. It’s a film that explores the inner thoughts of humans as well as emotions, Mahershala Ali continues to show that he knows how to lead a movie. Ali in the leading role gives this film so much strength and character, It’s a very deep and almost feels personal type of performance that really sticks with you. The writing is really strong here, this is the type of writing where things could have easily gone horribly wrong and we would have been left with a very mediocre movie, luckily that’s not the case here because the writing Is very emotional and sticks with you. It examines how we feel or what we feel during situations it’s a special type of study about yourself. I do feel some of the other performances such as Awkwafina are on the weaker side, they most certainly aren’t bad at all, just nowhere near the level of Mahershala Ali. But really that’s not much of a huge issue because Swan Song is an incredibly solid film that I highly recommend giving a go!

Swan Song is available on Apple TV+

8/10 B+

Most Anticipated Films Of December 2021!

Well we are here! The final month of 2021, what a year it has been! We have seen fantastic films that I’m excited to talk about when I do my top 100 best films of the year and we have seen terrible movies that I’ll be talking about with my top 100 worst films of the year. But before all that let’s talk December 2021! It’s a month that is filled with very interesting releases that I’m quite excited to see, since the format I did last time was successful and a lot of people loved it I will be sticking with that. Name the movie and release date then move on to the next movie. There’s only so many times I can say “I’m super excited for this movie” or “I saw the trailer and I’m hyped” until it becomes redundant. So here’s the list folks!

20. Mother/Android – December 17th (Hulu)

19. Silent Night – December 3rd (VOD)

18. Swan Song – December 17th (Apple TV+)

17. Shaun The Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas – December 3rd (Netflix)

16. Being The Ricardos – December 10th (Theater) and December 21st (Amazon Prime Video)

15. The Unforgivable – December 10th (Netflix)

14. Spider-Man No Way Home – December 17th (Theater)

13. Bendetta – December 3rd (Theater) and December 21st (VOD)

12. Flee – December 3rd (Theaters)

11. The Hand Of God – December 3rd (Theater) and December 15th (Netflix)

10. The Novice – December 17th (VOD)

9. Red Rocket – December 10th (Theaters)

8. Matrix Resurrections – December 22nd (Theaters and HBO Max)

7. The Lost Daughter – December 17th (Theater) and December 31st (Netflix)

6. Don’t Look Up – December 10th (Theater) and December 24th (Netflix)

5. Memoria – December 26th (Theaters)

4. The Tragedy Of MacBeth – December 25th (Theater) and January 14th (Apple TV+)

3. The Power Of The Dog – December 1st (Netflix)

2. Nightmare Alley – December 17th (Theaters)

1. Licorice Pizza – December 25th (Theaters)

And there you have it! I will be making a list of films I need to watch and review before I finalize my best and worst list very soon! Some 2021 films are going to be releasing in 2022 as usual so it will be a wait. But I promise you the lists will be worth it as I’m going to make things more interesting!

Cherry (2021) Movie Review!

Cherry drifts from college dropout to army medic in Iraq – anchored only by his true love, Emily. But after returning from the war with PTSD, his life spirals into drugs and crime as he struggles to find his place in the world.

Cherry is one of those movies that I seriously wanted to like, from what the plot sounded like it sounded pretty interesting. I was willing to give the Russos a chance to impress along with Tom Holland as the leading the role. Cherry not only disappoints but manages to be extremely painful as well, while it might not be one of the absolute worst of the year it’s still quite appalling. Tom Holland does the best he can with a very surface level script that goes into almost no detail at all, what ultimately kills Cherry is a mixture of a lot of things. First off the writing is all over the place, it feels like a bunch of ideas that felt like they were their own movies but for some reason got mixed together in the middle of development. Ciara Bravo’s performance is just horrendous and quite honestly painful to watch, sure everyone else isn’t good either but her performance in particular felt like she wasn’t even trying. As much as I hate to use this word in my movie reviews or just in general but Cherry felt pretentious, it felt like it was trying to be way more than it really is. Between the music and the cinematography it really made itself sound like it was talking about something that hasn’t been talked about before which is utterly ridiculous. The running time of 142 minutes was painful, this is the type of movie where you feel each and every minute of the running time. Cherry fails to draw your attention and instead wastes time by dragging each and every scene, then there’s the direction which I have no idea what either of the Russos were doing I definitely feel there could have been potential here if it was better directed. Plus if the movie itself actually had a plan, as it goes on you start to see how Cherry goes nowhere and really shows it doesn’t evolve as a film. Overall Cherry is terrible and forgettable which is very unfortunate, Tom Holland will definitely go on to do better things which is the good side to all of this if you want to look at things positively.

3/10 D-

Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry (2021) Movie Review!

An intimate look at the singer-songwriter’s journey, navigating life on the road, on stage, and at home, while creating her debut album.

Billie Eilish is currently one of the biggest stars, I’ve been a huge fan of her’s since she started. This documentary is unlike any documentary about a celebrity it’s a coming of age story from when Billie was at the age 16 (when R.J. Cutler started filming her before her success) to where she is now as one of the biggest stars in the world. I feel like what I have always liked about Billie Eilish is that she comes off as one of the most real celebrities, she genuinely cares for her fans and audience and when you actually sit down and listen to her speak it’s quite impressive. That documentary proves that point even more, it shows a very human side to Billie, as I said earlier it’s a coming of age story and a truly beautiful one as well. You learn almost everything about Billie to the point where it feels like you are having a conversation with someone you listening to her tell you about her life. Billie talks about her Tourette’s syndrome and how she has suicidal thoughts but she expresses that through words rather than actions. One of the strongest things aspects is Billie’s beautiful relationship with her family, each of her family members taught her something for instance her mom taught her about songwriting, her dad taught her how to play the ukulele and the piano finally her brother produced her and was her songwriting cohort. The interactions between her and her family is seriously some of the most beautiful interactions I’ve seen in a long time, they all are there for each other no matter what and it’s truly a beautiful thing. As the documentary goes on you learn more and more about Billie and how she got to where she is now and you as the viewer get completely invested into it. A lot of things a lot of documentaries about celebrities don’t really do at all is show a human side to the celebrity they are talking about, a lot of the time it feels like we don’t learn much about their personality or how they are as people. Sure we are given information and told they are “nice and incredible” but we never see that at all. With Billie Eilish The World’s A Little Blurry we get to see Billie’s actions, how Billie is as a person, how Billie reacts to certain situations and how she thinks and feels, it’s truly refreshing to actually see something completely different. And by the end of the film it feels like you know every single thing about Billie, her personality is truly beautiful, her determination is very inspiring, and her love for her fans and family is truly a beautiful thing. The documentary made me cry at least 3 different times it’s mostly due to Billie’s journey as an artist and just how beautifully made this documentary is, this is the type of filmmaking that really gets me the most. Seeing the life, or lives of a certain person or group of people is truly amazing and inspiring. You also start feeling like you can relate to Billie given how much information you are told, any documentary that can get you to feel relatable to a celebrity and to bring out a human side of them I feel is successful. Overall Billie Eilish The World’s A Little Blurry is masterful, I absolutely recommend you check this one out. It’s definitely one of the highlights so far this year!

10/10 A+

Palmer (2021) Movie Review!

An ex-convict strikes up a friendship with a boy from a troubled home.

Palmer is a beautiful story about a man trying to move on with his life after being in jail for some time, for starters Justin Timberlake does a fantastic job in the leading role! This is by far his best performance in quite some time, it was very refreshing to see him do something a lot different from his other recent roles, he put so much heart and soul in his role and really made you connect with him. Ryder Allen is quite fantastic as well, he does a fantastic job in his role especially for a child actor. In fact he gives quite possibly gives one of the best performances from a child actor I’ve seen in a very long time. He really captures his role quite well and gives a very raw performance as well, the writing is smooth and is actually straightforward! It tells a beautiful story that has bumps in the road that Timberlake and Allen have to go through, the writing also has a lot of powerful moments as well! Especially towards the end, Fisher Stevens does a great job at directing the film. Keeping as authentic as possible and makes the audience feel connected to Timberlake and Allen! Overall this is definitely something I recommend watching!!

8/10 B+

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special (2020)

When the world is faced with a holiday cheer crisis, the North Pole knows only one person who can solve it: Santa’s great friend, Mariah Carey.

I completely forgot to review this when I posted my batch of reviews on my site, guess I’ll talk a little about this since there really isn’t much to go over. This special feels like a huge advertisement for Mariah Carey’s Christmas music and it doesn’t really hide that at all. The songs are fine enough outside “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Jennifer Hudson however steals the show when she’s with Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande. There’s a Peanuts bit that is really just there for no other reason, I love The Peanuts but here it just kind of feels forced. Now granted the special is only 43 minutes and there is a lot decent bits that are quite fun to look at. But otherwise this is a very bare bones special, nothing really great but ultimately harmless.

6/10 C+

On The Rocks (2020)

New York author and married mother-of-two Laura has become suspicious that her career-driven husband may be having an affair with a coworker, a speculation encouraged by her caddish, bon vivant father.

While On The Rocks might not be as good as some of Sofia Coppola’s other films such as Lost In Translation or The Beguiled it is still a fantastic film. First off Marlon Waynes gives his best performance in a VERY long time, this is the Marlon Waynes I missed. He truly does a very good job in his role, Rashida Jones and Bill Murray both do an excellent job in their roles as well. They give very raw and natural performances, the writing is pretty well done. It has this natural feel to it which comes off as if you are having an actual conversation with somebody it does add quite a bit to the film. The film itself is absolutely beautiful the filming is really well done especially when combined with the setting, it gives this relaxing type feel which I definitely feel fits the movie well. It’s such a relaxing type movie with a very smooth atmosphere that really stands out! Overall On The Rocks is a very strong addition to Sofia Coopla’s directing career, it’s beautiful, raw, natural and takes a simple story and makes it interesting! Definitely recommended!!

9/10 A