Last Update 9/9/21

 

Shang-Chi (2021)

The latest Marvel movie is fun although I am not particularly fond of full bore magical battles. Some of the martial arts sequences are pretty good though. Shang-Chi is the estranged son of an immortal man who wants to dominate the world and can do so thanks to some magical rings. He is essentially the Mandarin from the comics, although with differences, and introducing the fake Mandarin from the earlier films as a minor character was a nice touch. I won't spoil the story by revealing much but it has epic battles, evil monsters, nasty henchmen, and an amusing girlfriend who sometimes steals the stage. 9/9/21

The Suicide Squad (2021)

With very few exceptions, I think DC has translated to a steady stream of lousy movies. This is one of the exceptions, though it still would rank as pretty minor in the Marvel universe. A squad of variously powered or gifted criminals are given a chance to reduce their prison sentences by carrying out a clandestine raid on an island nation that appears to be developing alien technology. Most of them are cannon fodder and half are dead within minutes. The big bad is kind of silly, but the movie itself is often deliberately so. Harley Quinn's escape sequence is excellent. Can't say much more without spoilers but it was fun overall. 8/11/21

A Quiet Place 2 (2021)

I was actually offended by this expensive piece of crap. The premise itself is stupid. How could an intelligent species develop that could not tolerate sounds? How could they build spacecraft? How could human resistance collapse so quickly? I love a good monster movie but this was dumb, boring, and frequently irritating. This is not just stupid and illogical, it is boring. Long periods of nothing happening. Characters who are never developed. Gaps of logic that are appalling. There are so many good idea that have never been used, why this ridiculous crap? There was not a single scene in this movie that I enjoyed. 8/6/21

Black Widow (2021)

Natasha finally gets pretty much her own movie - although she has been killed off in the Marvel universe. The movie was worth waiting for. She and her quasi-sister are pitted against an evil mastermind and his large force of mind controlled killers. The action scenes are spectacular - this was as good as the very best James Bond adventures - and the non-action sequences are entertaining as well. I never felt my attention wavering. I won't provide any spoilers here, but I only saw one glaring plot error - and it is minor and very late in the film. The casting was excellent throughout and the special effects were, as always in the MCU, spectacular. More story line than in most, and a couple of twists I didn't see coming. I will watch it again. 7/27/21

The Deep Ones (2020)

Based sort of on the work of H.P. Lovecraft but it's really a remake of Rosemary's Baby. A couple rent a seaside house and fall under the spell of an older married couple who are part of a mysterious cult worshipping a god from the sea. The husband is reprogrammed after sucking on a green tentacle. The wife is to be the victim. The acting is not awful but the special effects are inept and uninteresting. The story is obviously far from original. I never liked any of the characters well enough to care about their fate and my attention was wandering freely even during the climax. 7/2/21

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