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The Wind Rises: Review

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A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

Why did I come to this movie again?

The hubby and I were poking around through our many streaming services and found this. Neither of us had seen it so we thought we’d give it a shot.

4 of 5

Characters

While this movie seems almost spartan in its dive into the life of the characters, I still found myself intrigued with them.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

This film is loosely based on a true story. It’s always interesting to consider what happened on the other side of a war. Even though the pacing was slow, I never took my eyes from the screen.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

Not sure you can have a plot hole in a film like this. I will say that Miyazaki may have taken some liberties on a few things, but honestly, I didn’t mind.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

None. Although as I said above, it isn’t a fast-paced film. However, each part of it was painstakingly and lovingly crafted. The ravages of the war were kept on the outskirts of the story, but they were there. Simple things felt both real and weighty. Even after back surgery I stayed alert.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

Can Miyazaki make something ugly? The animation is stellar, and the story telling deep and solid.

5 of 5

The End

The end wasn’t so much as an ending as it was a good place to stop the story. I liked it. No surprises. Also no certainty.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

While I doubt I’d watch this movie again, I did love it. This film does a great job of settling the audience into the world and allowing them to see it through the eyes of the characters. In a word, I’d call it, delightful.

5 of 5

Total: 34

That’s a Brown Belt!

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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The Adam Project: Movie Review

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After accidentally crash-landing in 2022, time-traveling fighter pilot Adam Reed teams up with his 12-year-old self for a mission to save the future.

Why did I come to this movie again?

A few friends had said this was movie was cute and since I was down after surgery I thought I’d give it a chance.

4 of 5

Characters

Both versions of Adam are fun. (It’s difficult to go wrong with Ryan Reynolds doing his thing) They each have character arcs. The supporting cast all played their roles. Nothing spectacular there.

If not for the awesome chemistry between older and younger Adam, this would have been a meh film for me.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Nothing about the plot of this show surprised me. Sometimes that’s okay, in this case it left the movie feeling just above okay. The fact that the kid figures out who the mysterious time traveler is in about three minutes was kind of refreshing. No “Oh my gosh, you’re me! You’ve been lying to me this whole time!” moment later on in the movie. I liked that.

The conflict was okay. Time travel is always dicey, and they did a lot of hand wavium, but I didn’t mind that so much.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

It’s a time travel movie, the whole thing is one big plot hole. Or perhaps several plot holes nestled inside one another like a Russian matryoshka doll. The film didn’t take itself too seriously, so that helped to smooth over any scientific issues people might have had.

There was…something…that bugged me. However, I was on the good pain killers when I watched it, so I can’t remember what it was. Huh.

3 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

Some people have complained about the movie being too slow in some parts and too fast in others. I’d have to agree with that. I don’t mind slow-paced scenes as well as fast-paced scenes, but this movie seemed to take them to the extreme. The only comfortable scenes were when the two Adams were shooting dialogue darts at one another.

3 of 5

Cool Factor

Effects were fun. Action scenes stood up to everything else that’s out there right now. No complaints here.

4 of 5

The End

As I stated before, this film didn’t surprise me on any level. That being said, I did like the end. The story led me to expect a few things from the end and they delivered. Good on them and I was happy.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I love a good buddy comedy. At its core that’s what this was. This movie may not have a super high belt score, but I did like it. It swept me away from being uncomfortable after surgery and got me to laugh more times than I remember.

4 of 5

Total: 28

That’s a Green Belt!

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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The Lost City: Movie Review

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A reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt that lands them both in a cutthroat jungle adventure.

Why did I come to this movie again?

This past week was more than a little challenging, not to mention emotional. We wanted something we could just laugh at. So we went to this movie. Plus, the trailers looked hilarious.

5 of 5

Characters

I enjoyed all of the characters in this film. Some of them were practically carboard cutouts, but because the actors did such a good job I didn’t mind. Daniel Radcliff owned his super villain persona loke a boss. The two main characters each had a nice emotional arc, and the whole thing wrapped up nicely.

Where I thought this film really shined was the chemistry among the cast. Everyone played well off of everyone else, leaving me laughing the entire time.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

I was expecting cheesy romance and action. I got both. Nothing came as a great surprise, but I did enjoy watching. The hubby stayed awake 97% of the movie, so that’s enough to give it a 4 out of 5 by itself.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

It’s a stupid action film about a lost treasure on an island that already has people on it. The whole thing is a plot hole. However, I brushed past the first thing that sort of threw me out of the story and decided I didn’t care. If you’re looking for historically accurate turn on the History Channel or something. If you want to be entertained, ignore the plot holes and keep watching.

3 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

The pacing in this film slowed down just enough to remind us of the internal conflicts of the characters, then we were off for some more fun. No yawning.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

I’m going to focus on the comedy here. This movie is funny. A bit irreverent, if you’re sensitive about that, but the hubby and I laughed out loud a lot. We’ve already quoted a few lines from it to those who have seen it. I thought the humor was spot on. The filming was fun and the vistas beautiful.

5 of 5

The End

No surprises, but I liked it.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

Loved it. Maybe it came at a time when I needed to just laugh and it’s not as entertaining as I remember, but I’ll for sure watch it again.

5 of 5

Total: 34

That’s a Brown Belt!

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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The Batman: Review

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When the Riddler, a sadistic serial killer, begins murdering key political figures in Gotham, Batman is forced to investigate the city’s hidden corruption and question his family’s involvement.

Why did I come to this movie again?

I’d heard so many mixed reviews about this movie that I decided I wanted to see it. It makes me curious when my writing friends are divided 50/50 on either loving or hating a film.

Also, I like Batman in general and wanted to see what they’d done with this reboot.

5 of 5

Characters

This is a bit strange, I’ll admit, but I felt more grounded in this Batman movie than any other one before this. I think that’s because I watched a couple of seasons of Gotham and knew more about the crime bosses and the police guys. Because of that I could follow more of what was going on in the city than usual.

Robert Pattinson did okay as Batman. (I was worried) He was awful as Bruce Wayne, but since Bruce’s character was only on screen for maybe fifteen minutes of the entire movie, it was fine. Loved Serkis as Alfred. I didn’t catch it was Colin Farrell under the makeup for Oz.

Paul Dano, who played the Riddler, did a great job.

None of the characters in a Batman movie are new or fresh. This cast meshed well and entertained me.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Yes. I’ve heard a lot of people complain about this movie being slow. I guess I can see it, but I was expecting the slow burn and frankly enjoyed it. There have been a lot of movies bloated with action scenes lately. This is not one of them.

I thought it was fun to see Batman have to do a bunch of detective work and get yanked around by the Riddler for most of the movie. Batman is still young in this film, so he’s a bit slow. Which I didn’t mind.

I was never on the edge of my seat, but I stayed interested.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

It’s a superhero movie. Of course there were plot holes. There was one scene that started out in the day and ended during the night. Not that much time passed. The car chase was totally ridiculous. Stuff like that. In general I only got tossed out of the story a time or two, so that’s not bad.

The clues the Riddler gave were a bit ambiguous for me, but I’m not a mystery person.

3 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

This is a slow Batman movie. It’s also almost three hours long. I didn’t yawn, but the hubby started to drift off a few times, and there were a few things that could have been sped up.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

The shots are beautiful. The cast is great. Even though this isn’t an action-filled Batman movie, it did impress.

I did like the little things like Bruce using his floor as a case board and that coming back later. (no spoilers here)

4 of 5

The End

I liked Batman’s little turn at the end. Riddler in Arkham was meh for me.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I’ll probably watch this one again, but not in the theater. I had put aside any expectations going in and rather enjoyed the movie.

5 of 5

Total: 33

That’s a Brown Belt!

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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