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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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Death on the Nile Review

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While on vacation on the Nile, Hercule Poirot must investigate the murder of a young heiress.

Why did I come to this movie again?

I’m not an avid fan of Agatha Christie, but I do know that this is one of her most popular books. The film looked beautiful, and I love Kenneth Branagh.

5 of 5

Characters

I have read enough Agatha Christie—although not this book—to know not to expect a huge amount of depth with her characters. She often relies on stereotypes and cliches to get the reader through her stories. That being said, I liked the ensemble for this film. Each character had enough depth that they gave me plenty of reason to suspect them.

The actors and actresses did a wonderful job, and this was Gal Gadot’s best performance outside of the first Wonder Woman movie, in my opinion.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

The murder takes forever to actually happen, but I knew it was coming so I was on the edge of my seat. I have no idea if the prologue scene with Poirot is cannon, but it did give the audience a reason to cheer for him a little more than usual. In general Poirot is egotistical and disagreeable, a fact which he’s more than willing to share himself, so the added insight to his past worked for me. Like I said, I haven’t read the book, so it may be enraging to die-hard fans.

The high body count surprised me.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

Christie’s mysteries are pretty tight. All of the clues were there, and I actually figured out who did it a while before the reveal. That’s always fun.

There were a few little things that threw me out of the story. Like why were there a bunch of women carrying the bodies around? It’s like they just appeared for those scenes and then disappeared.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

The pacing in this film looked slow from the preview, so I wasn’t surprised when it took a while to get going. Even after the initial murder the director never rushed. There were a few times I got bored of close-ups of the characters, but other than that I settled in with my popcorn and soda and had a lovely time.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

Stunning is the word that comes to mind when I think about this movie. It felt like each shot was carefully considered. (I’m sure that’s normal for a film, but this one made me feel it.) It made me want to go back in time and go to Egypt before Cairo had grown around it and it was flooded with tourists. That shot of Abu Simbel when they come around the bend of the Nile took my breath away. I have a thing for traveling and unique places, so I loved that aspect of this movie.

5 of 5

The End

As I stated above, I figured out who did it, but then doubted myself for a bit until the big reveal. The added almost romance for Poirot added just a bit of conflict that I think added to the ending of the film.

5 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I liked it! I have no idea how well this story followed the book, but I enjoyed it.

4 of 5

Total: 35

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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American Underdog Review

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The story of NFL MVP and Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, who went from stocking shelves at a supermarket to becoming an American Football star.

Why did I come to this movie again?

I love a good underdog story. I love American football. I heard this was good and thought I’d go see it.

5 of 5

Characters

I didn’t actually know anything about Kurt Warner except he was an NFL quarterback, so this movie was a delightful surprise. I thought Zachary Levi did a sensational job with his character. Anna Paquin was also wonderful. The characters felt real—like they could be your neighbors. I loved the guys who played Kurt’s buddies, the kid in the grocery store, and pretty much everyone.

5 of 5

Did I care what happened?

It’s an underdog show, of course I cared what happened. I have no idea how many of the little conflicts really happened, but the writers did a good job keeping the pressure on the characters. Enough that I only felt the movie slow down a couple of times.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

Can you have plot holes in a show based off a true story? If anything I’d say his tryout with the Packers was fake, but knowing my luck that’s probably exactly what happened.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

Like I said, the momentum slowed down a bit too much once or twice, but nothing to get too upset about.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

This isn’t a flashy movie, like the superhero films, but I did like all of the football stuff. Watching this determined man try again and again to live his dream was inspiring, and that’s where the cool factor came into the story. Also, Anna Paquin killed looking like the real Kurt Warner’s wife.

4 of 5

The End

I cried. Twice.

5 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I would see this film again. It joins the ranks of Rudy, Cool Runnings, and the Blind Side in the underdog section of my movie collection.

5 of 5

Total: 36

That’s a Black 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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