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Avatar: The Way of Water

More Avatar, More Water, More Average
James Cameron gives James Bond's Thunderball competition on how many underwater sequences he can fit in a feature length three hour film. As for the movie, it's alright I guess. Retreads quite a bit from the first film and feels more like style over substance in places with pretty shots and CGI. I didn't get the emotional impact from this one as much as the original.

Jake and Neytiri get way less screentime as it focuses on the children and secondary characters. It's more blue people and more action. Not sure if it justifies the runtime. Think it could have easily cut out 30 minutes without any problems. The score is decent, although James Horner's absence is noticed. If you wanted more Avatar, this delivers I guess but if you were expecting anything new to the story you'll be a little underwhelmed I think.


Strange World

Strangely Mediocre World
Ehhh pretty generic and meh. Didn't feel much for the characters emotionally and the movie wasn't that funny. The Strange World stuff wasn't really anything I hadn't already seen before. Where the plot goes at the end thinks it's more clever than it actually is. I was underwhelmed by the entire execution.

At the end of the day, this is very weak by Modern Disney standards. It's an easy watch and the animation is decent in places, as well as the music, but overall I'm not going to remember much from it that I had already seen these premises/concepts done in movies before. A Mediocre World is what it is.


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Just not the same without Chadwick
Man I miss Chadwick Boseman. It just felt so hollow and empty without him. I was so bored and uninterested the whole time. Sad, but it is what it is and I think this is my least favourite MCU movie. I really didn't care for the characters or what was going on at all. At times I felt like I was watching a weaker Aquaman/Avatar in places. I guess the music is okay and there are some okay shots here and there, but in the end it was way too long for what it was and even Chadwick's farewell seemed a bit rushed if you ask me. I'd rather watch Black Widow again or even Eternals which is saying something.


Black Adam

Surprised this is getting decent reviews
Thought Bland Adam was another misfire for the DCEU Universe. Basically a poor combination of Justice League, Eternals and Shazam! This is a movie I probably won't remember at all in the near future. Too much slo-mo and lack of fun. Pierce Brosnan was probably the highlight as he gives the film a little bit of a spark to the cast of characters.

Otherwise very dull characters which you care little about, wonky special effects in places and humour which doesn't work most of the time. Dwayne Johnson has little charisma in this film and I simply didn't care what happened. This was overall kinda bad honestly.


The Banshees of Inisherin

The In Bruges spiritual successor we needed
Welcome back Martin McDonagh. Despite being a bit hit and miss lately with Seven Psychopaths and Three Billboards despite still being great, The Banshees of Inisherin is up there with In Bruges as a return to top form for the director. An excellent Drama about friendships with well-written characters and plenty of black humour. Nicely shot in Ireland, great performances and lovely music makes this easily one of the best films of 2022. Definitely Oscars worthy for sure. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are great together on screen, as well as the supporting roles of Barry Keoghan and Kerry Condon. A must watch and very well crafted film.


Halloween Ends

My favourite of the new Halloween movies
Surprised at how much I enjoyed this entry, considering many people are saying it's the worst one. I actually quite liked this movie. I was kind of meh on the first Halloween and Halloween Kills just felt to me like filler with kills after kills lacking anything of interest. This seemed more focused on characters and consequences rather than just kill counts.

This movie is very different from the previous two. It doesn't focus on loads of kills and I could see that being divisive with people being disappointed on the lack of Michael Myers and deaths. This time it focuses on a new character that ends up being tied to everything with how people end up turning evil on how they are treated. There's also a good conclusion to the Michael Myers stuff, albeit rushed but decent.


Thor: Love and Thunder

Less godly to Ragnarok but still great
Much messier in execution compared to Thor: Ragnarok, but the humour and style of Taika Watiti keeps it going strong and Russell Crowe was a highlight. Also good uses of music too.


Man vs. Bee

Mr. Bee's mediocre comeback
It wasn't very good. Mediocre Comedy that got a bit too tedious and repetitive for what it was. Might have worked better as a 20 minute short. Biggest problem though it just wasn't all that funny and simply missed Mr. Bean's charm. The CGI was ropey in places too.


What Is a Woman?

It's worth checking out
Feels pretty one sided with specific agendas and biases. However, it's well produced and does offer some interesting opinions and ideas on what defines a person on who they are and tackles things people would avoid talking about in public. Worth a watch regardless of politics.


Top Gun: Maverick

Top sequel that outguns the original
Much much better than I was actually expecting. I find the original to be a very mixed bag, but this was a really great sequel. I was surprised at how much of an emotional punch this one had with Tom Cruise's character revisiting old characters and memories of his early Top Gun years, especially with Iceman. The flight action sequences are incredible and so well done I was hooked the entire time and on the edge of my seat. There's a few nods to the original too and the music still rocks. Honestly this might be the biggest surprise of 2022 for me so far.


Ricky Gervais: SuperNature

Return comeback for Gervais
Welcome back Ricky! Just what I needed a good laugh and for you to not give a crap about who you offend to entertain. Thanks for calling out all the stupidity and hypocrisy. Just what we need in today's crazy world of what we live in.


Everything Everywhere All at Once

More than meets the universes
Bit overlong, but trippy weird fun. Leaves a big impression on you in some way or another. Solid performances and lots of interesting concepts and bizarre senses of humour. Nice emotional story giving multiverses a theme of purpose.


Kamera o tomeru na! supin-ofu: Hariuddo daisakusen!

Lightning in a cashgrab bottle
The appeal is basically gone now. This doesn't really bring anything new to the table. If you've seen the first one, this is a weaker rehash. Shorter, less effective and not as interesting.


The Bad Guys

Best Furry movie of 2022!
Step aside Turning Red! This is the best Furry movie of 2022! Stylish animation and a good Ocean's Eleven-esque/heist family friendly tone to it. Got a good set of characters, action, quirkiness, humour, and heart. Perhaps the film is a little predictable, but it stays engaging so I don't think it's too much of a problem. Seemed to be well liked by both kids and adults. Better than some of Pixar's latest stuff honestly.


Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Best Video Game Movie easily!
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is basically everything the first Sonic movie should have been. While the first film wasn't bad per se and perfectly watchable, it was very basic and clearly limited in scope and budget. Still alright overall.

Thankfully, with a sequel greenlit it feels like this time the writers and director could do much more. The CGI game characters get more of the spotlight than the Human characters, the jokes land better and there's just much more going on here that fans will recognise from the games. With Tails and Knuckles added into the roster, it adds more character dynamic and banter that fleshes them out more in the story.

Robotnik also gets to shine more too thanks to Jim Carrey's performance and having more gadgets and locations to juggle with. The weakest parts of the movie are when Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Robotnik aren't on screen, but the scenes are still perfectly watchable and better than almost everything in the first film. There's more locations too and gimmicks to play around with in the movie as well.

Without spoilers, fans will be most happy with Sonic 2 and even people who aren't a fan of Sonic will still get a kick out of it. Although this ain't saying much, I can confidently say this is the best Video Game Movie I've seen easily. It really felt like they put their soul and effort into it and kids will have a blast with this. Don't forget to stay to the end for a surprise. There will definitely be a third film coming.



Venom doesn't seem too bad now
No surprises this was awful. Jared Leto is terrible and Matt Smith was annoying. CGI was laughingly bad and the slow-mo action and wonky editing made things borderline unwatchable. Writing was all over the place too with some terrible dialogue. There's little fun and it took itself way too seriously. Honestly, this made Venom seem alright in comparison.


The Oscars

Let's be honest here
The Oscars suck nowadays. There's not much excitement or thrill on who is going to win or be nominated anymore. Honestly, when Will Smith hitting Chris Rock is considered the highlight of this year's ceremony, it just goes to show how mediocre and superficial it really is. You're better off just watching the highlights rather than sitting through the entire thing.


The Batman

The Disappointing Batman
Wasn't a fan of Emo Batman. Sorry Robert Pattinson. Film was just a bit bleh and felt like it was trying too hard to emulate Christopher Nolan and David Fincher. In the end, the mystery was a bit meh and not worth the three hours of what was mostly a run-of-the-mill Superhero film lacking much excitement or thrill. The Riddler was a bit lame too. Forgotten most of the movie and characters already. Underwhelming.


Licorice Pizza

Weaker but still decent for Paul Thomas Anderson
As expected from Paul Thomas Anderson, a masterfully directed piece of work. That being said, I didn't love this one as much as some of his other films. It's not bad. It has easy to relate characters and a nice time setpiece in history to connect to. I just felt the meandering-ness of the film didn't stay engaging to me as much as something like Boogie Nights or Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

There's a couple of funny moments and great performances. The score and production design is solid. I guess to me the simple story and how it ended up playing out felt a bit underwhelming. Licorice Pizza is not a bad film though, still kind of good-ish. Definitely deserves a couple of Oscar nominations. I just expected more from it after all the praise.


Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

Harry Potter and the trip down Memory Lane
A 20 year celebration reunion of Harry Potter. Mostly for the fans and the experiences and memories of working on the films with most of the crew and actors. I did get the feels watching this, as I grew up with the films roughly the same time as the kids. Cool to revisit specific sets again from the films. Only thing missing is J. K. Rowling herself. A good time to revisit the films again and cherish the nostalgic memories.


The King's Man

Worth a watch if you like Kingsman
Taking an unusual direction from the previous two Kingsman movies, The King's Man ends up being far more serious and heavily influenced by historical events that happened a hundred years ago. Because of how much the film tries to tie these events into the story, it can feel confusing and messy with what is going on. Depending on expectations, people may end up being disappointed with this prequel.

Matthew Vaughn's stylistic direction still flourishes in the action sequences and panning shots. The new set of characters in this prequel/origin story include standouts such as Rhys Ifans playing the crazy Russian Rasputin chewing the scenery and acting crazy, and Ralph Fiennes' Oxford playing a dad who ends up bringing some genuine strength and emotion to the spy role with great stability.

Other characters also play their parts well, and the film looks pretty good in terms of production values and historical accuracy. If one thing is missing, it's the sense of charm and silliness of the first two films. That being said, the last third of the film did get me invested again. However, it wasn't quite enough to make up for the first hour or so of the film. The little glimpses of humour is present, but much rarer as the film focuses more on Drama.

My overall thoughts on The King's Man is I appreciate them trying something different here, despite not staying as consistently entertaining as the first two films. The twists and turns are a little hit and miss, but the way it ties into Kingsman at the very end works really well. In the end, I'd say The King's Man is worth at least a single watch, despite being much different and more different in perspective.


The Matrix Resurrections

The Matrix Retreading
Laughingly bad. Filled with loads of "Remember this?" flashbacks and obnoxious slow-mo and blur. Dull and confusing story, dumb dialogue, and crap action sequences you won't remember at all. Another rehash stinker. Just a quick cash-grab and all the talent from the original Matrix trilogy is gone and left with a movie that wasn't needed in the first place.


Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man gets another masterpiece
One of the best Spider-Man movies ever. Spider-Man: No Way Home is a fanservice galore fest done extremely well with jokes, emotion, and heart added to the mix. Not only giving closure to so much of Spider-Man's character, but also for the fans who always wondered how certain things would play out if they happened. This is a movie you need to witness.

Picking up right off from Spider-Man: Far from Home, the film gets straight into action with dealing on consequences and trying to amend outcomes. In some ways similar to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the film stays interesting from scene after scene and never misses a beat. Solid action set pieces and character interactions give the film a lot of fun things to work with, and by the end everyone was clapping and cheering.

Without spoilers, No Way Home will please most people who are familiar with all the previous Spider-Man films. I got a little emotional and attached when certain characters popped up again and I definitely didn't feel the movie was a quick-in cashgrab at all. The performances were all really good, the special effects were top notch, and some of the music will be familiar to the fans.

In the end, it proves Marvel can still pull off a really entertaining yet rewarding movie for Spider-Man fans. Some minor criticisms I have is there are a few contrivances and maybe some characters could have gotten a bit more screentime, but in the end I had such a blast with what the movie set out to do. No Way Home will probably be my favourite film of 2021. Try to go without spoilers though, it will be more satisfying.


Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Ghostbusters Afterfan-service
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the successor film to the franchise we've all been waiting for, and it ends up being kind of a mixed bag. I really liked the first half setting the franchise into today's society and giving the new characters some time to develop and get along with each other. The nods to the original Ghostbusters are not too obnoxious at this poiny and Egon is utilised well in the beginning. The lead granddaughter was perfectly cast for Egon and she did a great job overall, as well as the rest too.

Unfortunately, the movie eventually goes in the direction of essentially being a beat-for-beat remake of the original, which ends up making the second half fairly dull. There's almost no surprises and the fanservice-y stuff becomes more irritating and shoehorned in. The film gets lazier and lacks any original bone in its body. There's missed opportunities to utilise the original Ghostbusters team and they do it poorly without satisfaction.

By the end I was left with an odd feeling. A feeling that it should have been better and gone in a more ambitious direction than playing it safe and trying to cater to a new audience. I didn't hate it though. In the end, it was worth at least a single watch. Slimer was surprisingly missing, but Stay Puft appears. The visual effects looked decent and the music was similar to the original. Only fans would really get anything out of this, as newcomers would get lost with all the references and callbacks it throws.


Home Sweet Home Alone

Why bother?
Seriously, this is pretty bad, and I still had super low expectations for this. I guess it's better than Home Alone 4 I suppose. At least one of the Home Alone cast members came back and has the best scenes, but it's mostly unfunny, badly acted, and a poor rehash of the original. A cashgrab and nothing more from Disney.


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