Three years ago Knives Out hit theaters around Thanksgiving and it was an instant hit. Daniel Craig starred as a brilliant detective with a distinctly Southern twang, Benoit Blanc, in a murder mystery that was well-written and delivered plenty of twists and turns along the way. When it was announced that there would be a sequel, I was excited but understandably skeptical. Could Rian Johnson do it again?
Could he make another delightfully witty, genuinely shocking whodunnit with a cast of characters we’d never forget? Spoiler alert, he did. In fact, Glass Onion, in my opinion, is better than the original.
When Enola Holmes came out two years ago I was expecting to be bored and maybe even annoyed with the new take on the iconic Holmes story. Instead, I was swept along for the ride, becoming entirely invested in Sherlock’s little sister, played by Millie Bobby Brown.
Just this past weekend, the film’s sequel, aptly titled Enola Holmes 2 came out and I am happy to say it was very entertaining.
Netflix continues to try to make very good original movies on their streaming platforms and this film had all the recipes for success. It was directed by the Russo Brothers. Yeah, those guys who brought Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame to life. The writers were Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the same writers who also brought Infinity War and Endgame to the big screen in resounding fashion while also writing one of the best political action thrillers ever made, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And it starred Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, two actors who have had their fair share of successful movies and memorable performances.
So how did something that seemed so perfect go so wrong? Honestly, I’m not quite sure.
Ryan Reynold’s latest film, an emotional sci-fi flick about reconciling with your past self (literally) just dropped on Netflix yesterday and I decided to check it out.
Reconnecting with Shawn Levy, the director who helped bring the surprisingly good film Free Guy to life, The Adam Project is a film that starts off pretty good for the first forty minutes and then divebombs from there.
The story, on the emotional side of things, is well-written and made my eyes wet on a couple of occasions. However, there’s another side to the story and that’s the meat of this film’s problem.
Remember, this is a sci-fi flick and that means there’s time travel. Adam Reed (Ryan Reynolds) ends up traveling back in time to save his wife Laura (Zoe Saldana) but ends up running into his twelve-year-old self (Walker Scobell) instead. What then transpires is a save-the-world sort of adventure but the actual plot is so confusing I gave up trying to figure out what was happening along the way.
The Adam Project is a typical Netflix matinee film. They get an A-list star to make you want to watch the movie and then that movie turns out to be just…okay.
I’ll give The Adam Project 83 out of 100 and 3 out of 5 stars. It’s not a bad movie. It’s just a mediocre one.
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Every movie Dwayne Johnson touches gets a surprising amount of attention and Red Notice is another one of those films. The movie would go on to have the most opening-day views for any film in Netflix history. Think about that.
So of course, having Netflix, I decided to watch it and yeah, it’s okay. This is not a movie that’s trying to be good. In fact, it embraces its ridiculousness all the way, resulting in a silly action-comedy that takes it A-list trio and uses them for what they’re good at.
Dwayne is basically Hobbs from Hobbs and Shaw, Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool, and Gal Gadot is a sassier Wonder Woman. They work well together because they’re professional but you can definitely feel the bad script…a lot.
All in all, Red Notice is nothing special but it’s a decent matinee. I’m going to give the movie 75 out of 100 and 3 out of 5 stars.
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I’m one of those African-American young women who love Westerns. In fact, I’ve loved them ever since I was a kid. Gunsmoke is one of my favorite shows of all time alongside Avatar: The Last Airbender and Sherlock and if I find a Western film I’m watching it because I absolutely love this genre.
Of course, I haven’t seen all of the great Westerns, but I’m finding more every year and it is a rewarding experience.
Now Netflix has given me something I always wanted to see but was never given; a Western starring Black cowboys. When I saw the trailer for The Harder They Fall I knew for a fact I was going to watch it. And when it dropped yesterday on Netflix I sat down with my sister, who’s also a Western fan, and we watched the two-hour and ten-minute film.
First off, The Harder They Fall is not an instant classic; it’s a mediocre Netflix cowboy flick whose shining brilliance is assembling a Black cast that brought flavor to a story that was very bland. Regina King was the undoubted MVP of the film. She imbued every scene with a sense of power that had me whooping and cheering for her, reminding us why she’s the only actor in the cast who has an Oscar.