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Mother!

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So ever since I saw the first preview for Mother, I knew I had to see it. It was a huge bonus that JLaw was the star. Well it came out today and I went. It was so dope!! Of course, it was weird AF too, because Darren Aronofsky. There is a thin line between super weird and so weird, you’re doing the most. This movie walked the line.

Now that I’m sitting here typing out my thoughts, I don’t think any character had a name! Like, I don’t remember anybody being called by one. They would just start talking to one another. Anywho, Javier’s character is a poet who is struggling to write his next piece. J Law is his meek and mild wife who has spent all of her time rebuilding Javier’s house (now their house) after it previously burned down in a fire.

There is this weird glowing crystal that Javier has on display in his office. We already know something is up with him/them because of it. J Law is somehow connected to the house and can feel it’s life force when she touches a wall. She herself has some type of sickness and treats her symptoms with this glittery powder she mixes with water. So the first time I saw her take that, I’m like so, what is that? Is she a ghost? Not so much a moaning myrtle type ghost, but Casper when he got to be a boy again for the night. And if so, does she know she is? That’s when I started getting suspicious of the husband.

Next, some random man comes and stays and he’s being all weird, the husband opens the house to him and J Law is like, ummmmmm….but goes along with it. Later that night, he is coughing up his lungs in the bathroom and he also has a massive gash on his side towards the back. They never bring that up again in the movie. So why make sure we notice it in the first place if we were never going to get an explanation? The next day rolls around and his wife shows up. Eventually it’s a damn family reunion, because now the sons show up and chaos ensues! No one is listening to her and some shit goes down, and now I’m looking at the husband like, “really”? Then the movie just gets crazier and crazier from there.

I liked this movie because I couldn’t figure out what was going on for the longest. You know how you’re watching a movie, and then you start to predict what’s going to happen next based on what’s happened so far? Well i tried doing that for the first hour and a half was was wrong each time. It wasn’t until about the last 30 mins or so where I was like, “oohhhhh, okkkkkk”. Even then, I was a tiny bit surprised by the ending, I have so many questions. I would type them into this post, but I don’t want to spoil the movie anymore than I have, if i’ve spoiled it at all. Also, there is this once scene that is completely INSANE, so beware. You will know it when you see it.

Yes, this movie is super weird, but I think it’s worth seeing. I think people are either going to hate it, or love it. There is no in between. See for yourselves.

Kylie’s Rating: 4/5

 

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Vincent & Roxxy

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I’ve wanted to see this movie for a while now. 95% because Zoe Kravitz is in it, and 5% because it was shot right here in LA. Well almost a year goes by, wasn’t showing at our local annual film festivals so I gave up on it. Then recently it got a theatrical release date. Limited release though. So you know what that means, LA more than likely wouldn’t get it, and I was right. Well thanks to Vudu, I was able to rent it last night!

I hated it. I wanted to like it, I really did. The script…omg the script! Most of the dialogue was so cheesy, I couldn’t help but to cringe. It also caused me to feel some extreme second hand embarrassment. So when the dialogue wasn’t straight cheddar, it was super predictable. On multiple occasions I finished everybody’s lines like we were BFFS. The movie was about 1hr and 40min, but I felt like the story was empty. Like, there were so many bullshit scenes that ate up the runtime that did nothing for the story. It would go from 0 to 100 real quick straight out of the blue. No lead up or anything. The random heart to hearts at the bar, we could have done with out. Instead they should have replaced those scenes with scenes that tied more into the action.

Based on the trailer, I thought it was going to be Vincent and Roxxy against the world. That was hardly the case. It even seems that way based on the longline. At one point I thought Vincent was some type of human/mythical God hybrid. This movie was all over the place! Their relationship…I can’t. It was cute in the beginning though. They basically only got a beginning now that I think of it. I guess saying I can’t with their relationship isn’t exactly right. What I mean is I can’t with their last encounter. SO CORNBALL!!!

Well kids, I did’t like this movie. I still love Zoe though. Emille Hirsch will always be the homie. They both were too good for this movie. Oh, and Zoey Deutch. It’s available for rent on Vudu. One more random thing. Kid Cudi is in this movie as well.

Kylie’s Rating: C-

 

 

All Eyez On Me

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As you all know, All Eyez On Me hit theaters last Friday. Most of the reviews I read about it were negative. I also saw social media post about the movie being garbage. There were a few people that liked the movie sprinkled in here and there. Well, I don’t let reviews stop me from seeing a movie. I take their praises or condemnation into consideration, but I need to see it for myself so I can form my own opinion.

So All Eyez On Me is a biopic about the legendary Tupac Shakur. Pac is in prison and is being interviewed, so the movie jumps back and forth between the past and the present. The movie is just a collection of some of the most notable headlines. It has a run time of 2hrs and 20mins. It’s like a Harry Potter movie in regards to the length, so be prepared. Go to the bathroom before or during the previews, and choose your snacks wisely!

A lot of the criticism I am seeing about this movie is that, 1. the audience wanted to learn more about Pac as a person, not the rapper (I guess go beyond the headlines), and 2. that some of the accounts were inaccurate depictions.  If you are judging the movie on those two points, then I see why people thought the movie was garbage. It didn’t go beyond the surface of him, but was it suppose to? According to Jada, we know of at least one inaccuracy of events in the story. I’m sure there are more. Haven’t read about anyone else calling it out, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Sounds to me what the people were expecting was a documentary in movie form. I know a documentary is still a movie, what I mean by movie form is that it’s a factual account in the words of Pac himself, but told through a character. Am I making sense? That’s not what a biopic is from my understanding. Just to be clear, I googled the definition of biopic and documentary to make sure I understood the difference between the two to confirm what I was thinking.

Documentary – 1. Consisting of official pieces of written, printed, or other matter. 2. A movie or a television or radio program that provides a factual record or report.

Biopic – A film or television biography, often with fictionalized scenes.

abbreviation for (biographical motion picture), is a film that dramatizes the life of a non-fictional or historically-based person or people. Such films show the life of a historical person and the central character’s real name is used.[2] They differ from films “based on a true story” or “historical drama films” in that they attempt to comprehensively tell a single person’s life story or at least the most historically important years of their lives.

Based on the definition of a Biopic, I think this movie was spot on. There are plenty of documentaries on Tupac that people can watch to get to know the side of him that wasn’t shown as much in All Eyez On Me. Not to mention the countless books about him. As far as Jada and whoever else who knew him, who are calling out the fictionalization of the film, I think they have every right to. They actually knew them, but I don’t think normal everyday folk can use the feelings of his actual acquaintances as fuel for their “this movie sucks because…” narrative. She at least said the acting was good! Which it was! Demetrius Shipp Jr. was an awesome! Everybody was, honestly. The mom had to grow on me though because in the beginning of the movie she was giving me 1800s slave vibes with the way she delivered her lines. She started sounding more like I would expect someone from whatever year the scene they were portraying, as the movie progressed. Basically, by the 90s, she no longer spoke like Harriet Tubman like she did in the 70s, Lol.

You know that hashtag “I left when Pac..” that was on insta and twitter? Where did that come from? I don’t get it. Did it start when 50 Cent said they had Pac using a iPhone 7 in the movie? I read some of the posts and all of them made references to something modern happening in the movie. Unless I missed something, I didn’t see anything like that. Everything appeared to be right for the time period. If y’all saw what sparked this , or any thing that was too modern to be in the movie, let me know.

So there you have it. I thought the movie was good! If you’re looking to learn things about him that you didn’t already know, you probably won’t like the movie. If you want to see some of the biggest Tupac headlines played out on screen, while jamming to some of his hits, you’ll probably like it.

Kylie’s Rating – A

 

As You Are

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A couple of days ago I was alerted to the news that As You Are was available to rent on iTunes and Vudu. I was super excited because i’ve been waiting on this movie to drop ever since it created a buzz at the Sundance Film Festival last year. Actually, that was just a bonus, I really initially was only interested in it because  Amanda Stenberg was in it. When both the La film festival and NOLA film festival rolled around and weren’t screening that movie, I thought all hope was lost. And it kind of was until this week.

Ok, so I rented it and it took me two days to finish it. Man, I don’t think I liked it. The movie is set in the 90s and is about 3 friends, Jack, Mark, and Sarah. Jack and Mark become step brothers of sorts. Not really, their parents just start dating and move in together. The boys have a pretty good brotherly relationship until they take it to the next level. Now Jack is in love with Mark. Mark is with it to an extent. Sarah ends up dating them both throughout the movie. When she moves on to Mark, Jack is super upset. Not at her, but at Mark because he thought him and Mark would be together based on the game Mark had been spitting to him. At this point, they no longer live together because their parents have broken up. Mark’s dad is an abusive security officer and beats Mark into submission anytime he gets out of line. And because he suspects he’s gay. Mark ends up dead via a gunshot wound. When he died he was with Jack in the woods. So did Mark kill himself, or did Jack kill him? That’s ultimately what the movie is about. Finding out what happened in the woods.

Half the movie are flashbacks giving us the groups backstory, and the other half is present day inside the interrogation room. The cop really irks my nerves. He’s playing good cop. bad cop and it’s so cliche and lame. It’s so easy to predict 95% of the entire movie from the first 10 min, yet it takes nearly 2 hours to get to the point. So now you have to sit through this long drawn out movie just to see what really happened to Mark. I am not a fan of this movie at all. Well, only a little cause of Amanda #Rue4Life, who by the way isn’t even in it enough for my liking. Let the records show that in addition to it taking me 2 days to finish the movie, I also paused it 3 times on night 2 to see how many minutes I had left. There was a lot of unnecessary filler material in there in my opinion. At then the movie finally ended and i was like…

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I’m not going to go into detail about the end, but you can probably gather how it ends based on the above picture. Don’t let my opinion of the movie keep you from seeing it. I always like to read reviews, but still see the movie for myself because I might disagree with the reviewer. You can find As You Are on iTunes and Vudu

Kylie’s Rating: C-

Wonder Woman

I’m not really into action movies, but I wanted to see this one and it turned out to be AMAZING!!! I remember seeing a trailer for Wonder Woman on tv some months ago and was NOT impressed. I was like, “Omg, that looks so cheese!.” Then I went to the movies one day and it was one of the previews prior to my movie. After seeing it on the big screen, I was like, “Holy shit! That looks amazing!”. I also feel like this was a different trailer than the one I had seen on tv. Either way, that combo worked for me.

Only super hero movies I’ve ever seen were all 3 Iron Men and both the avengers movies, which I loved. And both Guardians of the Galaxy movies if that counts. And I only saw those because Scar Jo was in the avengers, and Zoe was in GOTG. If I like an actor/actress, I will go see whatever they’re in. Never cared to see any of the other individual hero’s stories, until Wonder Woman.

The storyline was good and the amount of action was just right! I’m glad it took a while for her to be full out Wonder Woman. By that I mean i’m glad she wasn’t fighting right out the gate. Gave us a chance to get to know the characters better instead of learning about them in between battles.

As expected, there were a couple of cheesy moments. I won’t tell you what they were, you’ll know them when you see them. *Cringe*.

Am I tripping or was it not a rumor years ago that Megan Fox was going to be Wonder Woman? Either way, i’m glad she wasn’t although I lover her. Never gave it any thought of who should play her anyway, but i’m glad it was Gal Gadot. She was perfect! Now I feel like I need to rent Keeping up with the Joneses!

P.s – Professor Lupin, how could you?! 😦

Kylie’s Rating: A

Everything, Everything

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Ok , so last night I saw Everything, Everything. I’ve been waiting for this one since it was announced Amandla Stenberg would be staring in it (Rue 4 Lyfe). Any who, once that announcement was made, I immediately purchased and read the book. It was pretty good.

Now back to the movie. So the soundtrack bangs. How do I know that? Because like 75% of the scenes were accompanied by a song. It was almost like a visual album! Lmao. I was kind of hating that, but then I remembered this movie is about teens, made for teens. I am not their target demographic. So I’ve decided not to hold that against the film. I think all the acting was good, although some scenes oozed with cheese. And making the cheesiness more apparent, were this gaggle of teen girls who would crack up EVERY TIME one of those faithful lines were uttered. Which was pretty often. Their laughter eventually started to make me cringe with second hand embarrassment right before I knew a lovey dovey line was about to be delivered. They kind of ruined my experience, TBH. Somehow the lines didn’t seem so corny in the book.

The movie stayed pretty true to the book. They cut out the part where Maddy visits Carla prior to her departure with Olly, which kind of made me mad. I love Carla! We needed that scene!!! They did update the story a little by making Maddy and Olly’s main means of communication through txt and not instant messenger like in the book. I can dig it. I initially liked how they had them together as if they were talking face to face during some of their txting conversations. Keeps you from having to read their messages on the side of the screen. Nick Robinson did an awesome job as Olly, btdubs!

Overall, the movie was cool. Cute. Definitely worth seeing. Plus it’s an added bonus that the book was written by a black woman, movie was directed by a black woman, and it starred a black girl. That’s dope. #Blackgirlmagic

Kylie’s Rating – B

P.s – Can y’all believe there were people trying to dog Amandla about this movie for being mixed and not counting as a black girl? They were like this isn’t a real accomplishment because she’s light skin and we need dark skin representation in lead rolls. I get that. Colorism definitely exists in Hollywood, and the world in general. That being said, you can’t use this particular movie as an example of colorism in Hollywood prevailing once again. Why? Because in the book she was mixed (although black and chinese). So, FOH. Let her get her shine on in peace.

The Awkward Years

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The main reason I wanted to see this movie is because Hailee Stienfeld was in it. I honestly didn’t care what it was about, I just knew it was going to be good! And of course I was right. It was even better than I hoped it would be!

If you can’t guess what this movie is about based on the title alone, I will tell you. It’s follows Nadine (Stienfeld) through her teenage years. It will take you back to around when she was 7 and show you how she became such an awkward outcast asshole, and progress from there until she’s on “the edge of 17”. Yeah, she’s kind of an asshole.

I’m not really sure how to describe this movie. It is of course another coming of age story, but it so much better than the recent movies like it. I think what made this movie so great, aside from the cast, is that it gives you just the right amount of certain emotions. It’s funny throughout, but you will also feel sad, anxious, and down right heartbroken at times. Right when things are getting pretty heavy, some comic relief comes in and brightens the mood back up. I loved it!

Kylie’s Rating: A+