January 31, 2019

2019 Movies and Reviews

I’ve been wanting to write movie reviews for a long time. Based on the professionals who do it, it never seems to match what I’m looking for. When I end up talking to people about a movie, or a TV show, I rate it high and so do the people I work with or talk to. I’ve had discussions with people in lines at the grocery store because someone said something to me or near me about a movie and it ultimately ended up with “reviewers don’t know what they are talking about.” Well, I’m sure they do, it is just different that what a sector of society is looking for. So, I’m going to go down this road. A long time ago I read about what should be involved in a review:

An introduction that includes the name, release date, some context about the movie [or TV show] that is being reviewed. Maybe even some snippet that grabs a person.

A summary of the show that is being reviewed, something concise, unlike this post.

A deeper analysis of the show, its plot, important elements, things that stand out. Discussion about the A story, B story and the characters involved. Mention things like camera work, verbiage used, semiotic ontology, symbology, atmosphere, perhaps even meaning and messaging as I perceive it. Here is where I diverge. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Looking deeper at a movie like Dumb and Dumber which gets a 46% from top critics according to Rotten Tomatoes, but the audience of Rotten Tomatoes gives it an 84%, I agree with the audience. Great movie, just plain stupid fun and no need to dig deeper. Then I have “How to Get Away with Murder” which is a show that has been running for 5 seasons, it has both All and Top critics rating it a 100%, and the audience rating it 95% and all I want to do is change the channel. Sometimes, something just doesn’t click. So, I’m going to find some elements that can be applied to all shows and movies and that will be the foundation of the rating.

A small portion will be my opinion, but I’m not watching a movie to see the deeper meaning. I’m there to enjoy a movie, sure there may be a deeper meaning, but we all have an absolutely unique view based on our upbringing, our cultures, our lifestyles, and beliefs, morals, the source code of our lives. Life… finds a unique way.

I’ll then provide a conclusion based on the elements I find. This will not be a 5 point scale, or 10 point scale. It’s impossible to summarize a movie review, in my opinion, by a simple scale. Why? See above. Too many variables. It just doesn’t work for me. I’ve loved 1-star movies and hated 5-star movies. I walked out of “The Talented Mr. Ripley” which earns a 83/79/80 (All Critics, Top Critics, Audience) on Rotten Tomatoes. Based on conversations at the time, it is possibly because we ended up seeing an edit of the movie that was odd. Example, we could see the lighting, microphone, and in a couple shots above the ceiling showing the rain making equipment and studio/stage lighting and gantry equipment.

So, that said, the movies below are coming out in 2019. I’m planning to see as many of them as I can. If I don’t catch them immediately upon release, I’ll watch them when they drop to iTunes. I’ll end up talking about those I see on The Continuity Report via Twitch because that is one of the many shows I want to launch for ohmTown. The Continuity Report is built around the script supervisor who makes sure that “continuity” of a scene, such as an actor holding a cup in the left hand and then switching to the right hand between shots is brought to the attention of the director so a shot can be redone or at least, the economics of the shooting can be evaluated to see if its worth fixing. In essence, its a detailed report of the day’s shooting. I was watching “The Good Cop” on Netflix a couple months ago and noticed a scene where the actors bounced a cop from left to right and even on opposite side of an arm of the table. Sure, some would dismiss it, but it bugs ME. I also hate it when people act like a cup is full, but toss it around like a football while still maintaining the sip..sip…sip. Yeah, it doesn’t work for me.

17 Bridges
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
A Dog’s Journey
A Dog’s Way Home
A Madea Family Funeral
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Alita: Battle Angel
All You Need Is Love
Angel Has Fallen
Annabelle 3
Arctic Dogs
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Artemis Fowl
Black and Blue
Blumhouse Horror
Boss Level
Brian Banks
Captain Marvel
Captive State
Charlie’s Angels
Child’s Play
Cold Pursuit
Dora the Explorer
Downton Abbey
Escape Room
Fighting with My Family
Five Feet Apart
Ford v. Ferrari
Frozen 2
Gemini Man
Godzilla: King of Monsters
Good Boys
Happy Death Day 2U
Hobbs and Shaw
Hotel Mumbai
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Isn’t It Romantic
It: Chapter 2
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Jumanji Sequel
Kingsman 3
Knives Out
Last Christmas
Limited Partners
Little Women
Margie Claus
Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame
Masters of the Universe
Men in Black: International
Minecraft: The Movie
Miss Bala
Missing Link
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Pet Sematary
Pixar’s Toy Story 4
Playmobil: The Movie
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Queen & Slim
Rhythm Section
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Sonic The Hedgehog
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Spies in Disguise
Star Wars: Episode IX
Summer 2019
The Addams Family
The Angry Birds Movie 2
The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Best of Enemies
The Call of the Wild
The Curse of La Llorona
The Goldfinch
The Good Liar
The Hunt
The Hustle
The Informer
The Intruder
The Kid Who Would Be King
The Kitchen
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
The Lion King
The New Mutants
The Prodigy
The Secret Life of Pets 2
The Sun Is Also a Star
The Upside
The Woman in the Window
What Men Want
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Wonder Park
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Zombieland: Double Tap

More to come…

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