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The Final Girls Review

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A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom’s most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film’s maniacal killer.

Why did I come to this movie again?

The hubby and I found this gem while searching through lists of the best scary movies that aren’t rated R. (For those of you who don’t know, I don’t watch many R-rated movies.) The premise of this one made us laugh, so we watched it. We were expecting campiness and cheese. We got both.

5 of 5

Characters

The main character was too flat for me. For most of the movie she simply looked tragic, which made the end unbelievable.

All of the character arcs were, to be subtle, predictable. Nothing came as a surprise. I did like how the mean girl from the real world figured out she was the mean girl. That was fun. And the girl who only wanted to take her clothes off made me laugh. That’s what you get when you’re not a real character, but a fake character from a movie in a movie. You have to watch it to get it.

3 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Somewhat. Frankly I was there to see how this movie mocked the 80s slasher movies. The main plot was, as I said about the characters, predictable.

3 of 5

Plot Holes

Five people walk through a hole in a movie screen into another movie that they sort of have to play through to get home…there were plenty of plot holes, but honestly, it was pretty clever, so I didn’t mind so much.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

Whenever the main character was looking tragic. Other than that, it kept my attention as much as any ‘okay’ movie does.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

I’m going to rename this the Haha-Factor. Did they nail the horrible writing, dialogue, and characters from an 80s slasher flick? Yes. Did I laugh when people died? Yes. I think they did a great job keeping this purposely campy which made the movie fun.

4 of 5

The End

In general, yes, I liked the end.

The very end didn’t come as a surprise, but I enjoyed it anyway.

To make this movie unique, they should have tried talking to the psycho killer, instead of just failing to kill him again and again.

The “Final Girls” thing was a little heavy handed.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

It was fun. Would I watch it again? Probably not. But I would recommend it to anyone who likes satire and slasher movies.

4 of 5

Total: 28

That’s a Green Belt!

Black Belt: 36-40
Brown Belt: 31-35
Green Belt: 26-30
Purple Belt: 20-25
Yellow Belt: 11-19
White Belt: 1-10


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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Review

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Shang-Chi, the master of weaponry-based Kung Fu, is forced to confront his past after being drawn into the Ten Rings organization.

Why did I come to this movie again?

The movie promised plenty of awesome Kung-Fu action! And some funny stuff.

5 of 5

Characters

There were no big surprises from the characters. I did like the twisted family dynamics, as well as Shaun and Katy’s relationship. Awkwafina is sometimes annoying, but she did a great job in this.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

For the most part, yes. I wasn’t on the edge of my seat, but we had a horrible audience that was super annoying (see the end of the review) so I’m not sure I can fairly judge this category.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

If you consider it’s a Marvel, Kung-Fu movie, then of course there are going to be plot holes. Big ones. Like how come they could bury the gate at the end and have it be fine? Why didn’t they reinforce it?

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

None that I remember. The hubby mostly stayed awake. Honestly, the family dynamics alone were enough to keep me watching.

5 of 5

Cool Factor

Great visuals. Fun story. I enjoyed watching this one.

4 of 5

The End

Other than the gate thing, the end was fine. The resolution with his sister surprised me a little, but not totally.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I basically got what I expected with this one. Which, I have to admit, is a bit more than I expect from other movies because it’s Marvel. I need to watch it again without the distractions.

5 of 5

Total: 35

That’s a Brown Belt!

The distraction:

We saw a Saturday matinee of this movie. The theater was pretty full when I got my tickets online, but I was kind of excited about that because it usually gives a good audience experience with their reactions.

Unfortunately, the two rows in front of us filled up with a very rowdy group of teens and tweens. A huge, family birthday party maybe? Two dozen cousins and four adults? That’s what the numbers felt like.

I tried to be optimistic, hoping they would get into the movie and cheer and such.

This didn’t happen. After thirty minutes most of them got bored, and that’s when the popcorn started flying. Annoying? Yes.

…but wait, there’s more…

A group of four or five teens behind us—unrelated to the first group—talked through huge chunks of the movie. Then they had the audacity to tell the larger group to shut up. Loudly.

For the love…doesn’t anyone teach their kids how to act? (I know, kids do what they want.)

The large group in front of us was made up of Pacific Islanders, which I would normally be excited about because I know the parents usually have high expectations for the behavior of their kids. No idea where any of that was in the theater.

So, yeah, I need to see it again. I still enjoyed the show, but I think I’d like it more without the distractions.

And no, we didn’t complain to the theater. They would have given us free tickets, but I figured why punish them for the behavior of some dumb kids? Now if I could have gotten the absent parents to pay for the tickets, I’d have been all over that.


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Free Guy Review

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A bank teller discovers that he’s actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game.

Why did I come to this movie again?

The previews of this show were hilarious! I was expecting cheap jokes, fun action, and all-around silliness. The show did not disappoint.

5 of 5

Characters

I liked Guy and the rest of the NPCs as much as I thought I would. The girl did a great job. The other real-world characters were great. My one problem, and this is my problem was the bad guy. He does the voice for the rock dude in Thor: Ragnarok and every time he spoke, I got twitchy because I expected him to be computer generated. It was actually kind of distracting.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Yes. I was rooting for the good guys the whole time, wondering how they would get out of their messes, and in general enjoyed the film.

5 of 5

Plot Holes

This is a movie about a video game character that becomes self-aware. That in and of itself is quite a plot hole. However, none of the video game vs real life bothered me. Instead, there was a moment near the end when I was like, there is NO way they’re letting him out of the office with his laptop. That was the one thing that totally pulled me out of the movie.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

None that I remember. The hubby even stayed awake.

5 of 5

Cool Factor

The effects and filming were good. Fun, but not distracting. I expected cool action, and got it. It reminded me of a lot of things (The Lego Movie and The Truman Show) but stood well on its own.

4 of 5

The End

Other than the laptop thing, the end was good. The Dude character still has me laughing!

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

Like I said, I was expecting cheap jokes, fun action, and all-around silliness. The show did not disappoint, and it even managed to explore the meaning of humanity. I’d totally see it again in the theaters.

5 of 5

Total: 36

That’s a Black Belt!

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Ranking System
White Belt: 1-10
Yellow Belt: 11-19
Purple Belt: 20-25
Green Belt: 26-30
Brown Belt: 31-35
Black Belt: 36-40


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Luca Review

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On the Italian Riviera, an unlikely but strong friendship grows between a human being and a sea monster disguised as a human.

Why did I come to this movie again?

It’s been kicking around Disney+ for a while, and since a few friends said it was cute, we finally decided to watch it.

4 of 5

Characters

The characters were solid, but…almost uninteresting. Unlike other Pixar movies, this one didn’t delve into the emotional depth that I’ve come to expect. I did like the characters—they were cute, but predictable. The bad guy was too over the top for me and had no redeeming qualities.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Most of the time. There were a few too many montages that got a little dull. Frankly, I think this film was pointed at a younger audience, and I bet they loved it.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

Uh, yes. The film is about sea monsters, which are only rumors but literally have an entire civilization less than a mile from your village. That’s a bit iffy. And while I did like the resolution, I thought it was a bit of a stretch considering there wasn’t a great deal of set-up for it.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

No yawning, but I did check my phone a few times. Which means it got a bit slow here and there. However, this film never promised an action-packed pace, which I thought was nice for once.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

I loved the animation. Some people thought the characters were ugly or too simple, but the film itself was quite simple, so I didn’t mind. The village was amazing and felt like a real place with real people.

4 of 5

The End

I thought the end was predictable, but good. As I said above, there wasn’t a great deal of set-up for the big turn of the people at the end, but if you’re looking for a feel-good film that leaves you hoping the world is a better place than it seems to be, this movie is for you!

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I know my review makes it seem like I didn’t like the movie, but I did. While, as I said, it felt simple, I think that’s exactly what they were going for. Instead of layers upon layers of plot, Luca stuck to the relationship between two misfit sea monsters and how they try to blend in with humanity. Frankly that’s a great theme for kids (and some of us adults) these days. In the end it’s all about acceptance of what’s on the inside and not the outside of a person, and that’s never a bad thing.

5 of 5

Total: 32

That’s a Brown Belt!

Ranking System
White Belt: 1-10
Yellow Belt: 11-19
Purple Belt: 20-25
Green Belt: 26-30
Brown Belt: 31-35
Black Belt: 36-40


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