Skyscraper (2018)

Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) a retired FBI rescue team leader, and U.S. war veteran. After the dire situation in Minnesota during a hostage situation, Sawyer starts over with Sarah, they have two kids. Sawyer invests his knowledge in security which grows and eventually gets a contract in Hong Kong, where he currently lives and helped with the construction of the tallest building in the world.

His best friend Ben (Pablo Schreiber) sets up a meeting with Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han), the vision behind the Pearl. The skyscraper is a sheer example of his architectural knowledge. The meeting was about the security of the Pearl.

Swayer finished his finishes his meeting, Ben turns and texts someone unknown.

Something is about to go definitely wrong. It's the feeling in the film. Almost like a Diehard film. You know something is going to go down, just not how. which is not the case for Skyscraper. In a way, you still get that feeling, but the predictability is there. I mean you could just call it right before it happens. The feel now turns into something very different. I believe if this film didn't have the actors it did, this would be a complete B-movie. Without Dwayne Johnson's fan base, and Neve Campbell this film would have done very badly. Unfortunately, that's Hollywood, it's all about the numbers.

Anyway, I thought the film was very good, it's a fun movie that had a Diehard feel to it. The way it went down was very predictable, but who cares, it was fun. Remember that feeling back in the day, where all you cared about was just that; feeling. The plot, effects didn't mean much.

When Sawyer jumped from the crane to the skyscraper it was not only unbelievable but cool. The Fast and the Furious moment. Unbelievable situations, extreme stunts all cool stuff. Normally I would rate films like this very low, but in this case that would be wrong. It still was a fun movie, granted the action scenes were off, but the story, characters made the environment, situations a whole lot better. The fast and the Furious films weren't fun for me. The super fast car going through a window in a sky-rise isn't fun, in fact, it's kinda stupid, boring, all that kinda stuff.

All in all this film to me was pretty good. It had a great beginning, middle, and a super end. It was enjoyable, made me laugh a bit, the action was awesome. What can I say, yes it had issues, but they're not major. It's an action film that has so many predictable situations, which was the main problem, but not so much for me. I still enjoyed the film.

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Tremors (1990)

The small town of Perfection in Nevada has a dangerous problem. The monster that hides below the ground. It is 30ft long detecting anything above the ground. The folks call the creature, a Graboid. The three, yes three Graboid learn quickly as they deal with the people defending their town.

Valentine McKee (Kevin Bacon) and Earl Bass (Fred Ward) are handy enough to work all kinds of jobs. Unfortunately, they're not liked. They hustle they're way out of situations almost to perfection. Fences, railroads, you name it. These guys get it done, sometimes.

They ran into an unearthed car. Strange situations in the desert town of perfection continue to make people a bit edgy.

The comedy in the film is the characters. The way each of them connects with every situation that arises. Especially the creature, Graboid, whatever. The funny parts are the people trying to outsmart the intelligent thing underneath the ground. There funny but in a horror, kinda way it's just uncomfortable enough to scare you as well.

Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross, Reba McEntire, Robert Jayne, Charlotte Stewart, Tony Genaro, and many others make this film very watchable. The horror aspect is the creature, but yet it has to be funny because people do stupid things in the height of danger. The story isn't groundbreaking, to say the least, but it brings out the characters like no other story does. And it's made in the 1990s like most films it has its drawbacks, but that's ok. The film still projected Horror / Comedy altogether.

Tremors was a hit which started slow, and that is ok. At the end of the run at the silver screen, it managed to bring in some good numbers. So good that sequels followed, some good, others really missed the mark. The whole idea even hit the small media, TV. The series, films were still missing their lead, Kevin Bacon. It happens, the main guy went on to star in every picture known to man. In fact, you could link Kevin Bacon to just about anything film wise.

The new Tremors television reboot with some of the stars reprising their roles has been canceled. The network it was stated to air on, didn't pick it up. Sad but that's showbiz, it happens too much. Granted there was a slew of films but 2018 isn't happening right now. The pilot is done, they need a network, and so on. Time will only tell, you never know when some streaming service might pick it up.

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Equalizer 2 (2018)

 

Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) continues to help people, watching waiting for the next client to contact him. His friend and contact that he trusts, with the agency Susan Plummer (Melissa Leo).

  A current mission has gone array, both Dave York (Pedro Pascal), and Susan Plummer had gone to a homicide. The scene went from bad to worse; Most of the bodies were found bloodied. The father of the household was shot point blank. His wife as well, a horrid scene that would make anyone cringe. 

McCall's begins to investigate the case, finds some interesting leads, but as he continues his attention shifts to a teenager, Miles Whittaker (Ashton Sanders). He has surrounded himself with the wrong crowd and the only thing he has to offer society is a life of crime. McCall noticed the teens issues and begins to help him. As he connects with Miles he receives a call that his friend investigating the family homicide has been murdered. Mccall is to perfect in his ways, he finds the problem, and tries to retrace them leading up to the event at hand. The watch, every second count. The trace, he follows a lead to the hotel where she stayed.

The film is fantastic, without giving away any more, if I hadn't given you enough. My apologies folks, it's just one of those movies you could go into, time and time again. By the way, this is Denzel Washington's first sequel, and he chose a good one. The equalizer has an awesome director as well, Antoine Fuqua. The director of Training Day, Magnificent Seven, Ice, has made a gem. 

Cinematically the film takes you into the fight scene. The anger, emotion Denzel brings to the character is amazing. If you loved Man a Fire (2004), you'll love this film. It has that emotion in it. The pure justification of what he has become in the story. There is a reason behind every punch, attack, and kill. The pure presence he brings to the character on film is to be reckoned with.  Equalizer 2 isn't just a sequel but a light story that explodes as it moves from one Act to the other. 

Born to play the part, Denzel Washington makes this film a solid hit. The story arc is really good as well. You feel for the other characters, even if you see them only for five mins. 

"There are two kinds of pain in this world. the pain that hurts, the pain that alters." Robert Mccall

"Today, you get to choose"  Robert McCall
   
 
 

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Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018)

After the events of Captain America: Civil War the side of the heroes that were against the United Nations (The Accords) which happen to be Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). Instead of living a life in prison the authorities were nice enough for house arrest. Continuing his relationship with his friends, and family. 

On a day Lang was playing the drums, singing to the 1970s TV sitcom the Partridge Family. A sting by a wasp, or something very different. His vision blurs. He awakens to Hope Van Dyne / Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) driving an SUV away from his home. Scott had pressed his discontent, but Hope assured him that a decoy is at his house mimicking his every move. 

The film begins with Scott Lang which is in a pickle with the USA government. Granted choosing not to side with Iron Man only proved that his morals are different from the flip side of the team. The wonderful aspect of this film is the way the interaction between characters went. Michael Douglas (Dr. Hank Pym) doesn't want to get help from his buddy from the past, Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne). The past between these two characters is complicated as they get, so the connection between the actors while trying to get the other to help not only went well it proved it could be funny without forcible laughs.  Meaning a scene that forces the scene to be funny instead of the actor's interactions, hence making the film memorable.  

I would say my favorite scene in the film towards the end where Scott is trying to get Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen). The suit was damaged, it went from big too, giant, and back again. The scene was really good because it served a purpose. The scene was set. Go after Ghost, she has the miniaturized lab. They played it right. One gal that could phase in and out. Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) the mob guy wanting the technology for his purpose is chasing Lang and everyone else involved. Meanwhile, Wasp tries to stop Ghost, and on top of that the FBI, all authorities get involved as well. Probably one of the best Marvel chase scenes in the MCU. 

What makes this film so good is the actors that really just did an amazing job with their parts. Michelle Pfeiffer (Janet Van Dyne / Wasp), the FBI dude Randall Park (Jimmy Woo). My personal favorite is the relationship between Lang and his daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson). The little girl really does a great job supporting her father, even though he didn't follow the rules. Great scenes with this MCU film, it was kinda refreshing because I really didn't want another Thor: Ragnarok.  

The main difference between Marvel and DC for the film side is that one side is the Marvel side takes their time with every little plot piece that will come to form later. I love that because you get the big picture later, even though it became Infinity War. 

DC, on the other hand, is a much Darker world that delivers or most of the times fall short. The main reason for this is because of a lack of effort.  The characters are all there, all they have to do is write a story that can transcend to something beautiful.  Unfortunately, failures have disrupted there universe. I'm hoping it will change soon. Because I love Marvel, but I love DC as well. Not going to trash DC because they have made some great memorable tv shows that Marvel has yet to catch up to. With time they will become epic like those DC universe tv mediums. 

Getting back to Ant-man. The one thing I did not like and I say this with ease. The after the credits scene with the folks vanishing out of thin air making that final connection to Infinity War.

I wanted something very different. Not the killing of great characters for no reason. Why not have that small group that unites the other heroes against the Titan.   Oh well, either way, the film was really good check it out while you still can.  
 

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Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)

Terrorist bomb a Kansas City department store. 15 people are killed in the attack. 

Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) is given orders to take on a Mexican Cartel suspected of transporting terrorists across the border. Graver will have to use extreme measures anything goes per DOD (Department of Defense).

Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) is hired as Graver's black ops in the operation. Alejandro kills a lawyer from a major Cartel, while Graver kidnaps a kid from an opposing faction. The plan was to simply start a war, fake a rescue operation with the girl, Isabela Reyes (Isabela Moner). 

 Alejandro Gillick (Del Toro) and Matt Graver have found out intelligence involving their operation. The Mexican Cartels didn't transport terrorists over the border. Putting Graver and his partner in a dangerous position. The CIA and the United States must erase all evidence of the operation; Graver now must kill the girl, erase all American involvement. Gillick refuses to kill the young girl and turns on his partner. 

The film was done well, from the extreme shootouts to the grim reality of terrorism. I disagree with the critics on this one. The Mexican Cartels are just that. They're not very friendly, so they were written like that. This is not a politically correct film. To me, it's perfect in every way. The movie is a look at terrorist activities and what can happen if a bomber has a bomb. It's a film depicting the bad guys period. 

What can I say it's a good film that depicts very bad people. The fact that critics are pissed about how Mexicans and Muslims are depicted is absolutely ridiculous. It's a movie putting the good guys and the bad guys together. A story it becomes, and then when the final product is released the public makes the final decision which sometimes could have ill will effects. It was a great film, continuing the world of the Cartels in a dangerous light. 

Brolin and Del Toro were great reprising their roles as Graver and Gillick. The connection between these two characters is very impactful. the sheer,m driven nature of the main characters makes this film a hit automatically. The timing also was done well. The film wasn't boring. It flowed pretty well. Depends on what you like in movies. The audience makes the final say. Love or hate it this Brolin and Del Toro performance is nothing less than brilliant. 

All in all, you want a great action packed film filled with some unique twists, then check out this movie. If your the type that gets offended then simply don't watch it, period. The whole Mexican, Muslim adverse depiction is completely wrong. It's tired Hollywood liberals got nothing better to do than to complain about a movie. 
 

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Luke Cage (Season 2)

The season begins with Luke Cage (Mike Colter) doing what he does best, that is cleaning up the streets of Harlem. As far as the bad side of Harlem, Shades (Theo Rossi) has returned for this season. He continues to hide in the shadows, even his boss, and lover Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard) doesn't know of his true intentions. 

Misty Knight (Simone Missick) continues to confront her demons. The loss of her right arm has changed her dynamic, but thanks to Danny and Colleen she has a new purpose in life. Her bionic arm, Luke Cage, fighting the good fight. Until a new villain has arrived in Harlem. His name or at least what he is called. The Bushmaster (Mustafa Shakir) has something new to offer Harlem, a new brand of offering and it comes in blood. Bushmaster wants revenge for what Mariah's family has done to his family long ago. A past filled with blood, seeking revenge for the past.

The barbershop is back, Luke's hangout or at least till Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) the love interest, and superhero medic as made herself a huge piece of the Luke Cage puzzle.

Without going into deep spoilers, this season has a lot to offer. From great fight scenes to deep-rooted plot lines that make up the world of Luke Cage. The struggle is real but as you can see the life of a hero has it's up and down. Luke Cage this season his some really good twists, something worth watching.

The music as well as the set backgrounds, Harlem, all the unique make-ups that make Luke's story is here in season 2. Introducing new characters, friends, love interests, and a whole lot of ass-kicking by our hero. I give this latest season huge props because it manages to continue the Luke Cage story without destroying the diverse connections from the first season. 
  
 

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Incredibles 2 (2018)

After the battle with the Underminer (John Ratzenberger) the city is in shambles. The heroes have caused too much damage throughout the city, and the time for the age of heroes has ended. The Cops protecting the peace have turned on the Incredible family. Now what is left of the hero residences have gone into hiding; Vigilantism is no longer accepted. 

A mysterious figure by the name of Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) approached Elastgirl /Helen Parr (Holly Hunter) with a deal of a lifetime. Fight crime under his supervision and if things are done right, maybe the future of superheroes will be under a different light. 

Helen takes the offer while Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) watches the kids/team. Violet Parr (Sarah Vowell), Dashiel Parr (Huck Milner), Jack-Jack Parr (Nicholas Bird), and the babysitter and best friend Lucius Best / Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson).

Meanwhile, a villain emerges by the name of Screenslaver (Bill Wise). His voice and the distorted image is viewed through the TV sets all over the city. Any media, electronic device, this mastermind has injected himself into the minds of the people. Every time the villain makes a broadcast, whoever looks at the monitor or TV set will experience control like no other. The mind and body are under the control of the Screenslaver.   

The animated extravaganza has been dormant since 2004. The wait is over, the classic story of the Incredible family has returned. This time around our heroes have new challenges, laughs, fun. The pleasure of making this film is noted, not just by the way of the actual voice actors, but the style and overall handling of the story. It took a long time, but thanks to the director, Mr. Brad Bird. He did it right, an effort most directors want for their film. 

My favorite part in the story is when little Jack-Jack has his own superhero fight. The notorious Racoon outside their backyard. The battle was amazing, it brought in so many laughs, what a delight it was to see both a baby and a Racoon fight. The imagination and pure excitement delivered that scene. 

I would love to see a live-action Incredible film. The actors would have to be picked carefully, with an intact special effects team that creates the Incredible world without looking like a cheap B-Movie. A fun idea, just me pouring out my love for films by making an animated film a live-action one. Sounds simple enough, but in Hollywood, nothing is simple just complicated as hell.   

Aside from the story, the ambiance was amazing. Bird delivered a story that tickled us in 2004. This time Bird looked at the audience as he watched everyone laugh. Sit tight and enjoy this gem of a film. It really deserves high marks. Enjoyable for anyone who has a love for the superhero stuff, maybe not an Avenger, but enough to get folks back in watching great films once again.

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Cloak & Dagger (2018)

Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) is path is set when her father swerved out of an oncoming car's way. An unfortunate event turned the life of a young girl into complete hell. After the loss of her father, Tandy had her mom Melissa Bowen (Andrea Roth) to count on, but as per her path, this young girl found that life on the streets is much better than living with her drunk mom.

Her road had reached a dead end; beneath the water was a light, that light was a connection she had never felt as a little girl. It wasn't until later that Tandy's powers manifested. The power was drawn to another; Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph).

 The boy had a different life, one with an older brother. Caught in conflict, proving that he is something more to his brother. Tyrone had made a very bad choice which brought him in the deep water diving for his older brother's body. The darkness had caught up to Tyrone, the light had an effect bringing both children together, a connection that will grow later. Tyrone coming from wealth, while Tandy suffering from the demons that haunt her existence. The children, both suffered and somehow endured, they're time will come, light and darkness will come together and survive the cataclysms of life.

Cloak and Dagger has a teenager feel to it, which I don't mind at all. Reminds me of the New Mutants. Before the X-men became someone. Not an X-men series, but the series has elements that I really love; Like the way, they use their powers. The uniqueness of the abilities in action is done well. They don't go off into something huge, bigger than the story. Granted Cloak powers are extremely powerful; The showrunners don't go off the script. They stay pretty strong to the comic, which is great while toning the powers down making the realism of the story stronger than the comic. Personally, I like the changes they made. Tandy and Tyrone are switched. meaning Tandy is wealthy while Tyrone is on the streets. The show is different, and to some folks, it bothers them, to me not a big deal. It's minor and I'm just glad they decided to make this show. Cloak and Dagger in the comics were adults, in the show they're teenagers. not an issue. Just write some great stories and the show will take off. 


 

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