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Eddie The Eagle
18 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Even if you don't know the story of the world's most popular ski jumper, you will still enjoy the movie. Eddie the Eagle is pure lighthearted fun and features Hugh Jackman being ridiculous which is always nice. The soundtrack is perfect and gets you in the mood to try out for the Olympics before the Doritos take over. Go watch Eddie the Eagle and have a good time.

No Country for Old Men
24 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

For once, a movie that everyone said was great turned out to be even better than I expected it to be. I was completely fooled multiple times by the direction the story took, and while this was a slow paced movie at times, it was over before I knew it. The two hours flew by and I enjoyed every minute of it. I would recommend this to everyone and I can't wait for you all to experience Javier Bardem's performance. Wow.

Cosmos: War of the Planets
25 days ago via Movies on Android phone

It was indescribably bad. It gets the extra half star for being so awful it was funny. Seriously, nothing made sense. The writing was just ridiculous. It's like they were making it up as they went along.

Jason Bourne
Jason Bourne (2016)
2 months ago via Movies on Android phone

I haven't done one of these in awhile. I hope you enjoyed your time away from me. The time has come though to ramble on about what I've recently watched, only to lose you somewhere in the second paragraph. Whatever, let's just do this..

Jason Bourne! Because giving it a creative name was just entirely too difficult. See? You didn't know if I was talking about the movie or the character. So stupid. Anyway, the fourth Bourne movie with Matt Damon in the lead role was mostly what I expected with some fantastic action sequences, decent surprises and a mildly interesting story. If you have ever listened to me ramble about movies for any amount of time, you will soon discover that I love the Bourne movies. They're seriously some of my favorite films of all-time. This newest Bourne adventure certainly fits with the rest of the series, but a lot of it felt like we were just going through the motions a lot of the time. That's not necessarily a bad thing though..

Let me describe this for you in the best way that I can. I'll give you a completely unrelated example and somehow connect it to this movie. Okay, so there's a game called The Last of Us that most of you probably know. It featured one of the best stories in video game history. On the PS4 version, it came with a bit of extra content called Left Behind. It added a bit to the story and while I was playing it, I loved it. As soon as it was over, I was saying something along the lines of, "well that was cool, but now what?" That is exactly how I feel about the latest Bourne films. I mean, Matt Damon had like 22 lines in the entire film. I wanted more of him! He gave us the action, we followed along with another interesting (yet occasionally cringey) story, but I feel like this isn't going to lead to anything. As much as I'd love to hear Alicia Vikander say "enhance" like I'm watching an episode of CSI from 1999, I doubt they're going to continue with it. That's part of what made the original trilogy so interesting. You knew that Bourne was going to figure out his backstory and give us an exciting adventure in every single movie and they would just seamlessly flow from one film to the next. With this latest Bourne, they sort of gave us a one off adventure without a clear idea as to why it even happened in the first place. But who knows.. maybe I'm overthinking it? Whatever.

To wrap it all up, I would recommend that you see this latest Bourne. Don't go into it expecting the original trilogy. Sure there are a ton of similarities, but this one was a lot more "sit back and enjoy" as opposed to "figure it out" like we had with the originals. I think I've put entirely too much thought into this. What can I say though? It's worth the effort of typing all this on my phone so I can talk about one of the coolest film franchises in history. Enough reading what I have to say. Go watch the movie and have a good time. I hope you like it.

San Andreas
San Andreas (2015)
4 months ago via Movies on Android phone

A disaster is afoot! Not at hand, just afoot. The Rock is on his way to save us all as apparently a decently sized earthquake is on its way. The San Andreas fault is notoriously unstable so it seems like a good place to film a disaster movie. This CGI spectacular certainly had quite a bit to look at if nothing else. Every single building was wiped off the face of the Earth. The ground opened up and devoured the entirety of southern California.. except... guess who? One does not simply kill The Rock, but the movie would have you believe there is danger at any turn.

At least you might think there was danger had you not seen every single other disaster movie ever made. San Andreas borrowed from them all but this wasn't always a bad thing. The visuals again were all up in your face but one major positive of nearly all disaster films is that those visuals are excellent. Sure it was all still ridiculous but it was fun to watch the destruction of that scourge of humanity known as Hollywood.

The main problem with this film and all other disaster flix is the way every main character just happens to make it. The only thing worse would be if each character hid inside lead-lined refrigerators. Those can keep you safe from nukes, you know. There's nothing like watching the main characters become masters of parkour with elements of Assassin's Creed thrown in, all while Tom from HR's lardy frame plummets to his death. Basically just picture Piggy from Lord of the Flies there.

I feel I almost got off topic there. It wouldn't be hard to do as no one watches a disaster movie for the story which begs the question as to why the legendary (to me at least) Paul Giamatti was cast in this film. He of course was perfect and filled the movie with enough proper acting chops to fill the Royal Shakespeare Theater but he felt so out of place among the idiots and the fortunately still alive Californians. I shudder to say Paul wasn't needed in this film but those few moments he was on screen were the few brief periods of time that I thought I was watching a proper movie.

Despite nearly everything I've mentioned, the movie was not a baddie. San Andreas was perfectly average with a cookie cutter story and impressive visuals. The Rock played The Rock about as well as anyone can. Will you remember this film for generations to come? Nah. If you're just looking to kill some time however, by all means go for it. You know exactly what you're going to get.