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Finding Dory
Finding Dory (2016)
19 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Why "Finding Dory" is a "Disappointment" - Loy Machedo's Movie Review - Finding Dory (2016)

When 'Finding Nemo' released in 2003, no one expected it to be such a phenomenon. Visually Breathtaking, Spectacular Storyline, Well Chosen Cast, Well laced humor and Genuinely touching message is what made this movie - not only the best movie of the year - it earned its rightful place in the list of 100 top movies of all time.

So when Directors Andrew Stanton (Toy Story 2, Wall-E) and Angus Maclane decided to take on the helm of creating a sequel to Finding Nemo - it was a very risky and daunting challenge.

I mean - how can you beat perfect?
Or can you?

Well given the fact that Toy Story managed to achieve a miracle - both with its critics and at the Box Office - it wouldn't be impossible now would it?

So lets get down to the bare bones analysis.

What was amazing about Finding Dory?
1) The Visuals and the CGI are absolutely mind-boggling. If you want to experience this movie in all its fullness and its wonder - trust me - it wouldn't get better than this. So breath-taking are the graphics and the scenery that you would be wonderstruck!
2) The suspense, the humor and the characters - all touching, amazing and noteworthy.
3) Elle Degeneres as Finding Dory - her voice brought in life into the character and into the entire movie itself!

However....This is what sucked big time....

The storyline was more or less in the same, lame, tame format - go out there into the unknown, face larger than life dangers and come back successful.
You would never expect to get bored with such a movie (after all isn't it a Pixar???) but I did catch myself wanting to play a short game on my iPhone because the story started to drag a bit.
After the movie ended...well I did feel empty. I mean, it wasn't the same 'goody-goody' feeling that would feel after watching an Oscar-worthy Pixar movie.....Sadly - this movie ended on a flat note.

In a nutshell - the movie overall wasn't so great. Just the visuals were amazing. Humor was there, Suspense was there, Character were....well the same. Overall - I would recommend watching this movie on the IMAX super large screen only and only if you wanted to feel the effects of the truly mind bending graphics. Otherwise - I wouldn't call this a 'must-watch' movie for the summer.

5 out of 10.

Loy Machedo
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Money Monster
Money Monster (2016)
19 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Loy Machedo's Movie Review - Money Monster (2016)

Who could have ever predicted that a world-class actress could also become a world-class director? Such is the evolution of Jodi Foster who directs Money Monster - sleek, edge-of-your-seat-thriller that right from the first scene takes you into a mad crazy faced paced world of Lee Gates (George Clooney) - who is a flamboyant bombastic engaging and entertaining TV Personality whose highly rated financial network show has made him the most trusted and demanded genius of Wall Street. However after he endorses a high-tech stock that mysteriously crashes - an very unhappy, very angry and very devastated investor takes Gates, his crew and the entire studio hostage.
And that is where the drama starts - which unfolds in real time and in a strange twist of events - ends up with George Clooney having to do what he least thought he would end up doing - supporting the hostage taker.

Mind boggling performances and incredible on-screen chemistry with George Clooney (Lee Gates) and Julia Roberts (Patty Fenn) in the lead role along with Jack O'Connell (Kyel Budwell) as the hostage taker and Dominic West (Walt Camby) as the Fraudulent CEO.

Truly entertaining and exceptionally intelligent. A must watch movie for those who love edge-of-your-seat-thrillers.

8.5 out of 10.


Loy Machedo
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Zootopia (2016)
19 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Loy Machedo's Movie Review - Zootopia (2016)

The reason we all watch or love to watch Disney movies is because it brings back the memories, the moments and the magic of our childhood innocence, its nonsense and its adventure.

Despite all odd that she faced since childhood, Super optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (Goodwin), is the first bunny to wear an uniform of the Zootropolis Police Force.

After moving from her carrot farm with her parents and 275 brothers and sisters, and moving to the city and her dream career - her expectations are slowly shattered as she discovers life is very different in the real world.

Judy the bunny then realizes that instead of trying to solve major crimes is made to focus on issuing parking tickets because her bosses don't take her seriously. It is then she bumps into Nick Wilde (Bateman)

Wilde is a sly law breaker but also one of the last people to see Emmet Otterton before he disappeared - one of 12 Zootropolis residents on a missing animals list. Judy gets wind of the case following a chance meeting at headquarters with Otterton's wife. But she and Nick will need to put aside their differences to solve the mystery.

The movie has incredible humor and amazing moments that not only make you laugh, but cry with inspiration and joy.

Apart from the main characters - there are 2 characters that surely do stand out - the Godfather and the Sloth. Simply amazing and hilarious in its own right.

This is a movie for all ages. Its storytelling ability, its soulful characters and its powerful message is something you would fall in love with.

A movie you cannot watch just once - but again and again and again.....and again.

10 out of 10

Loy Machedo
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Gods Of Egypt
Gods Of Egypt (2016)
19 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Directed by Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City), Rottentomatoes.com gave this movie a horrible rating.
21% by critics and 41% by audiences
That made me decide not to watch it.

However, given that I was limited by choice - I decided to watch this movie - with my finger on the trigger to switch it off as and when required.

However, after the initial few minutes - what do you know...... I was still watching it....

Few more minutes passed by and I still continued watching it...

And a few more minutes......and watching it....

And before I knew it - I finished watching the entire movie.

So, lets get to the point and address the main point.

Why this movie sucked (according to the majority)
1) Cheesy, childish movie plot
2) Silly plotline
3) Predictable Storyline
4) Illogical action scenes
5) Over the top Childish Graphics
6) Even silly stuff - The Sun God is on a spaceship?

So then why did I like this movie?
Read the above 6 points.

See, its like this - like any other over-the-top fictional action movie you have to suspend disbelief. And then again - you need to keep in mind - this is not historically raw as in Gladiator rather supernatural of making you believe the 'gods' of sun, beauty and prosperity are very real.

I just could categories this as a siller & childish version of the X-Men.

However, at the same time do not forget you have actors like Gerard Butler (300), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Headhunters, Blackthorn), Brenton Thwaites (Oculus, Ruben Guthrie, Elodie Yung (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Chadwick Boseman (Captain America, Get On Up, 42, Draft Day), Geoffrey Rush (The Kings Speech, Shakespeare in Love) - this movie does have some strong talent working together.

So now the moment of truth...
Should you watch this movie or not?


If you are looking for an entertaining, sword swashbuckling fire-from-the-eyes-and-fingers super power filled with gods kind of a nonsensical movie - well just grab your bucket of popcorn and look no further.

How hard does it get to be entertained with nonsense?

Loy Machedo's Overall Rating
6.5 out of 10

Loy Machedo
Personal Branding Strategist
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Mad Max: Fury Road
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"Mad Max," "Road Warrior," "Beyond Thunderdome." With those three pictures, filmmaker George Miller gave moviegoers in the 1980s a glimpse of a post-apocalyptic future - bone dry, violent and populated by biker gangs gone ballistic. Then he spent 30 years making really sweet movies, like "Babe: Pig In The City" and "Happy Feet."
Well, now in a Space of 2 Hours, 70 Year old George Miller refined what it meant to watch a Hardcore Action Movie for this Century - sadly without a sensible storyline or a proper actor taking the helm as its lead actor - with the reboot of "Mad Max: Fury Road."
Lets start with the Storyline first.
The storyline - for all its sensibility and simplicity - could be summarized as follows -
1) The good guys escape from Point A to Point B fighting off everyone who come in their path.
2) After they reach Point B - they decide - Oh Well - this is a bad idea.
3) So then they decide to go back - from Point B to Point A - and once again fight and kill everyone who come in their path.
Now Lets Zone Out.
Right from the get go - without wasting any time, the movie builds up into a raw blood thirsty high-octane gorgeous, scrap metal demolition derby of a popcorn picture.
Which is not bad.
However, it too much. Too much. Too Much.
Too Much to the point it overshadows everything else.
The overdose of over-the-top action scenes start assaulting your senses with such fervor that after sometime you start getting exhausted with numbness rather than excitement. And at some point you would want to stop, take a breather and wonder - what exactly is going on here?
Had it not been for the powerful presence of Charlize Theron (Imperator Furiosa) and Hugh Keays-Byrne (Immortan Joe) - Tom Hardy with his Stone-faced zombie like expression would have made this movie into a disaster. Seriously - he gave us better emotional expressions with his mask covering his whole face when he played Bane in Batman than as Max Rockatansky.
But lets be nice here.
Not everything in the movie was that bad.
The stuntwork to the cinematography, sound design, set design and music was truly breath-taking. Audiences were dragged into this beautiful, dystopian nightmare world from the get-go, which kept us intrigued and immersed throughout.
The cars and costumes and crazy stunts were truly magnificent.
Director George Miller also brought in the cool rides - Jeeps that look like porcupines, what appeared to be a '59 Cadillac mounting a monster truck. Also, a rig with an electric guitarist strapped to the front with the guitar belching fire - now that was really cool.
I also loved the religious fervor of the War Boys, their faces sprayed with shiny chrome paint, their devotion to Immortan Joe and devout belief in a warlike afterlife - which was a rather strange yet commendable twist in the whole plot.
And how can I forget to praise the Stunt Performers - who worked with real rigs rather than computer effect?!?!
Those pole riders who kept swaying high above the action - hired from Cirque du Soleil gave the movie its realism that was truly required.
So then - why did I not like this movie?
Here is my list of what I hated about the movie.
Point 1:
The Storyline - There is none. It just senseless, mindless and pointless action.
Point 2:
Tom Hardy - Seriously - Why??? Why??? Why???
Mel Gibson was truly the best Mad Max that was ever made and created. But Tom Hardy was a disaster for this role.
Point 3:
'Fury Road's' ending is too neat and tidy. To some degree, Max did save the day in the end. But Furiosa survives. She brings her people home to the promised land. All but one of Immortan Joe's wives survive also. Too Vanilla for its own good.
Loy Machedo's Moment of Truth
Given that we're living in shallow times where people celebrate style over substance, it will probably end up a huge hit and as a cult classic much like the original. At its core, Mad Max: Fury is nothing more than an expensive, overlong B-movie with A-list actors.
Loy Machedo's Overall Rating
6 out of 10
Not Bad. But Again Pointless & Senseless Movie.