Dope (2015)

This film is… well, dope! It was a real surprise to me. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this, but it took me back to the 90’s with Malcom’s love for 90’s Hip-hop and the whole 90’s style. His friends were really funny, especially the girl, who kept getting confused as being a boy. The situations that the group get into were really funny and I learned more about bitcoin in this movie than I’ve known my whole life. I also learned a bit more about drugs than I thought I’d ever learn. The movie is just very entertaining for being a movie almost about drugs, but also how a straight A student with a future at Harvard can get roped into some crazy stuff by growing up in the wrong place at the wrong time. I loved the ending and just once again loved the refreshing tone of the film. Totally worth watching, it’s not whack at all.

85/100

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Grease (1978)

I don’t need a guardian Angel to tell me that this was a movie worth watching. Grease is seriously a fun movie. John Travolta is great as Danny, and is a really great singer and dancer (no kidding). Olivia Newton-John is a dream girl in the film. She’s so cute and innocent as Sandy… except at the end and she’s pretty great in that scene too. Stockard Channing is also really excellent too along with her Pink Ladies gang. The Beauty School Dropout song is definitely my favorite song, and if I am ever in this show I hope I get the Angel’s part. It’s short, sweet and funny. This movie is mega-iconic and is a really easy film to watch again and again.

86/100

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The 5th Wave (2016)

This film didn’t really make any waves for me. I always like seeing Chloe Grace on the screen but there was something weird about her in this post-apocalyptic tale… oh yeah, she had perfect hair and makeup. Sure, it makes her look really beautiful, but I guess when stores are completely looted the Loreal section remained untouched. I liked seeing the different attacks or “waves” from the Others. It felt like the plagues from the Bible. I was able to guess the twist really early on, but I seem to be getting pretty good at that lately. Liev Schreiber is always good, but seems to be typecast into certain roles and I wish Ron Livingston would have had a bigger part in this. The whole movie felt like a mix between Ender’s Game and War of the Worlds. Which normally would be excellent, but alas, this is just another Young Adult novel quickly made into a film before people wise up that they aren’t really that good. Stick to the reading kids, it’s good for you!

60/100

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

I had to belch to get myself down from the elation of this movie. It was quite scrumdidilyumptious! I forgot how many songs were in this movie, it’s not too bad of a musical. Plus I love all the different characters and their parents. Roald Dahl is amazing at creating some really cool and weird characters and this story is no different. Gene Wilder plays the part of Wonka and he is just wonderful. He had me laughing throughout the film. I especially love his dry humor and nonchalant attitude when one of the naughty children were in peril. And poor little Charlie Bucket, you just feel so bad for him… while others are stuffing their faces with chocolate he feels blessed to have even two attempts at a golden ticket. A great movie and still holds up after all these years, you’ll have oompa loompa songs last in your head as long as a gobstopper lasts in your mouth.

87/100

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Minions (2015)

Ba-na-nah. I feel like the Despicable Me series has been hit with a freeze ray. The first one is still really excellent, I didn’t love the sequel and now this prequel is also really not that good. There are a few parts that made me smile, but it doesn’t have the heart that the first movie has. First, I hate the minions language. It’s practically baby-talk with a bunch of Spanish mixed in. Listening to long segments with the minions “talking” got pretty old, pretty fast. I did like when the regular humans came into the picture, especially Scarlet Overkill’s husband. He was great, and was played by Jon Hamm. Allison Janney and Michael Keaton’s part was pretty good too. The movie is pretty short, just like the protagonists but it drags on. I’m hoping they stop making movies in this series, but children are still obsessed with it so I’m not getting my hopes up.

68/100

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The Witch (2016)

This New-England folk-tale got my goat pretty badly. The movie has a slow pace and you don’t know what the heck is going on (until you turn on the subtitles to find out what they are saying in their thick accents). When you finally find out what’s happening, you want more but then the movie ends and sort of just floats away one could say. I loved the character of Black Philip and Thomasin (played by Anya Taylor-Joy) was pretty breathtaking. I loved the setting out in the woods and I loved the whole feeling of unknown and wondering what would happen next. I’m almost hoping for a sequel but I won’t hold my breath. If it wasn’t for the thick accents and slow scenes this movie could have been perfect. One would say it sort of bewitched me.

75/100

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Chinatown (1974)

You’ll never know what will happen in Chinatown and this movie had me guessing. I loved the whole noir feel to it and Jack Nicholson did a fantastic job. There is that one part with his nose that made me look away from the screen, yikes. Faye Dunaway was also very alluring throughout the film. The movie does take a lot of twists and turns but it stays pretty entertaining throughout. There are a few slow parts that hurt the film, but then it pulls you right back in. Some famous scenes and lines from this film. One of Roman Polanski’s better films for sure.

82/100

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