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Have You Seen ‘The Three Amigos’?

Last night I was a bit bored so I decided to find a brand new movie to watch. I came across this film, The Three Amigos, and decided to check it out. I’m glad I did. The Three Amigos stars three Saturday Night Live legends; Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short, in a comedic western focusing on, well, the Three Amigos.

The story is set in 1916 and begins by showing a young Mexican woman and her younger brother (I assume) looking for help. A man by the name of El Guapo (played by Alfonso Arau) has her small town under his control and she’s trying to find somebody to defeat El Guapo. As she goes into a church to ask for help she notices that they are playing a movie that features The Three Amigos. She becomes inspired and sends The Three Amigos a telegram promising them one hundred thousand pesos if they defeat El Guapo.

The Three Amigos, however, are simply actors who end up getting fired because their Three Amigos sequel was a box-office failure. In sudden need of work they get the telegram promising a hundred thousand pesos if they stop El Guapo but instead of understanding what the telegram is actually asking of them they think it’s another acting gig. Can you see where this is going?

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‘Big Hero 6’ Is a Fascinating Display of Creativity

Okay, I know I’m late. Big Hero 6 came out four years ago. How am I just seeing it now? Well, when it did come out all those years ago I wasn’t very interested in seeing it. I was busy watching Interstellar and being excited to see the The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. So, yesterday, after years seeing this movie but actually never watching it I decided to finally see what the Oscar-winning Big Hero 6 was all about.

As soon as the movie started I was hooked.

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The movie begins with 14-year-old protagonist, Hiro, who’s a brilliant kid that likes to play the illegal sport in the fictional town, San Franyko, bot fighting. He can get hundreds of dollars in a single match and so, of course, he’s hooked. It takes his older brother, Tadashi, however, successfully redirect his focus to a more productive career.

He takes Hiro to an incredible school that focuses on helping brilliant young adults’ imaginations come to life. It’s at this school that Hiro meets the healthcare robot that will ultimately change his life, Baymax.

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‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Is a Waste of Time

I saw Sicario and it was AMAZING!!! It was a great movie with a great story, great cast, great characters, great music, you get it, everything about it was GREAT! So when they announced that they were making a sequel I was super excited to see it. Last night I finally watched it and I couldn’t have been more disappointed.

At first the movie was going along in classic, riveting Sicario fashion but it didn’t take long to realize this wasn’t going to be the same enjoyable experience I had with the first film. The film is filled with slow dialogue that tries to be serious and intense but it only ends up succeeding providing a great nap.

I held on as long as I could but after a while the movie became tiresome to watch. Benicio del Toro’s gritty/intimidating character, Alejandro, was reduced to a babysitter who had to watch over one of the Mexican drug bosses daughter that he had kidnapped. (I won’t get into great detail because that’ll take too long.)

And while the film tried to retain the same austere atmosphere that the first one so perfectly perceived it became boring rather than riveting, which was a major shame considering that Sicario was SO good.

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My Partial Review of ‘Ocean’s 8’

This past summer a star-studded all-female cast tackled one of the greatest heist series in recent memory–the Ocean’s movies–with their own take on the classic heist tale. Sandra Bullock stars as Danny Ocean’s sister, Debbie Ocean, and the rest is history.

I tried to watch this movie last night but it was so boring I couldn’t even finish it. One of the reasons why I love the Ocean’s trilogy is because of the unique cinematography and the directorial view of Steven Soderbergh. Ocean’s 8 doesn’t have that in the slightest.

The music isn’t good, the plot is horrendously boring, and like I said before, I couldn’t even finish it. The screenwriters thought they were writing a smart script but it came off as stale and dry. The characters weren’t thoughtfully written or memorable.

All in all, once again a remake starring an all-female leading cast failed to deliver. It seems so strange that most popular films starring men never seem to suffer from bad writing or stale plot points. From Ghostbusters to Ocean’s 8, however, these all-female reboots are simply embarrassing to behold. Hopefully the next Terminator movie, which is boasting three female leads, will be the first female-led film with a legitimately fantastic storyline.

I’m giving this film a 71 out of a 100 and 2 out of 5 stars. This movie is the definition of boring.

I thank you for reading my review and I hope you have a fantastic day.

Have You Ever Seen ‘Labor Day’?

I don’t watch romance movies often. In fact, I can count on one hand all of the romance movies I have ever watched. But this is one that easily stands out among all genres of movies for its complex yet incredibly creative and thoughtful tale of love and all of love’s trials and tribulations.

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To be honest, it’s a rather cynical love story. Kate Winslet plays the role of a lonely single mother named Adele whose husband has had an affair with his secretary and left her to fend for herself off of child support. Josh Brolin plays newly-escaped convict, Frank, who takes Adele and her son, Henry, hostage.

What was supposed to be a simple pit stop for Frank before he moved on to his next destination ended up turning into the wildest Labor Day weekend story you’ve ever seen as both he and Adele gradually began to fall in love with each other.

Labor Day, at its core, is a story about simply that; love. It tells the faults of love. The beauty of love. The passion of love. The emotional rollercoaster of love. The drastic mistakes caused by love. And the desire for love.

The son, Henry, wants a father to love so he sees Frank as a somewhat surrogate daddy. Adele is about as lonely a woman can get so just the idea of someone loving her for who she is takes for a smitten spin. And Frank, like Adele, is also just wanting to have a woman who loves him and only him.

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Wow, ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ Is Kind of Good

It has been a glorious Saturday for me and what better to do on a Saturday morning than watch a good movie? I filed through Hulu, trying to find a film that I like, to a certain degree, but haven’t watched very often and I stopped on Captain America: The First Avenger. The last time I watched the film I enjoyed the first half but I kind of went blank on the second half of the movie. It seemed rushed, poorly edited, and a little bit corny, if I was being honest. But, for the most part, it is a Marvel movie (I love Marvel films) so I decided to give it a try today. I’m so glad I did.

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Even though I’ve seen the movie before the last time I watched it was a long time ago so I forgot so much. This time I was able to fully concentrate on the film and it was kind of fascinating seeing all of the references that the later Marvel movies took from this one film. Like Captain America’s suit in The Avengers for example.

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I never understood why Marvel would give him such a horrendous suit in The Avengers when his classic suit was clearly so much better. Today I just figured out the story behind the ultra tight Captain America outfit.

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When Steve Rogers first became “Captain America” he was presented as a figure in advertisement to make people want to join the army and his suit was a super tight suit. When Agent Coulson told Steve that his new suit was fashioned off of the original design now I get it and I have to admit, that’s pretty cool.

His suit in The Avengers is still the wackest rendition of the iconic outfit but at least now I understand why it looks the way it does.

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Now I Know Why ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Is A Disney Classic

A little over four months ago I watched the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson. For the most part I really enjoyed the live-action Beauty and the Beast for its beautiful cinematography and its dazzling songs and characters. Then a couple of days ago I decided to watch the classic animated version of Beauty and the Beast for the first time and I can honestly say, I was blown away.

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Disney makes amazing animated films (The Lion KingTarzanMulan, etc.) and Beauty and the Beast is not an exception in the slightest. I was riveted as the movie told the classic fairy tale of how Belle learned to love the cursed Beast in such an impeccable fashion.

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And the songs. Oh my goodness, the songs had me singing and smiling and covered me in chills. I LOVE Disney songs for all of the above reasons and Beauty and the Beast has some rather magnificent melodies to listen to.

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By the time end came around with “Beauty and the Beast” playing I was sitting in a pool of tears. I don’t know what came over me (it was probably Disney magic) but I just couldn’t hold the waterworks in. I’m a sucker for love stories and I love happy endings and so this was a double whammy. Woo, it got to my emotions hard.

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