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I Just Saw...
Inside Man (2006)
Director: Spike Lee
Rating: 8/10
I love when Spike Lee tackles a controversial subject, but with "Inside Man", he proves that he can do a Hollywood type film pretty well. The tension he's able to build is done so well, and it kept me guessing at every turn. Denzel Washington is fantastic, Clive Owen is great, and the rest of the supporting cast does a very good job. The story itself is also really intriguing, and learning the motives behind the robbers was really awesome. The stuff with Jodie Foster could've been minimized a bit, but overall this is an engaging and tension filled thriller that is sure to please even the Spike Lee haters. #InsideMan #SpikeLee #DenzelWashington #CliveOwen #JodieFoster #ChristopherPlummer #WillemDafoe #ChiwetelEjiofor

Chi-Raq (2015)
Director: Spike Lee
Rating: 7/10
"Chi-Raq" is as unique and oddly playful as films can get. While it has an important message to tell, it's able to find weird and humorous ways to portray it, even if Spike Lee is literally telling you the problem. The film starts off with a statistic, saying that more people in Chicago have died of gang violence from 2001-2015, then Americans who have died in Iraq between 2003-2011. It is set in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, a place filled with tons of gang violence. After the death of a young seven year old girl, a group of women take action and withhold sex from their gangster husbands unless they stop their violent ways. There's a lot more to the story, but that is essentially the main plot line. The main character is Lysistrata(Teyonah Parris), who is the lover of one of the gang members named Chi-Raq(Nick Cannon). Teyonah Parris is really great here. Her voice is strong and she gives a very emotional performance, and she has this great sexiness to her. Nick Cannon does a good job also, in particular a scene he has with John Cusack that was incredible to watch. Jennifer Hudson is terrific, John Cusack as a priest is fantastic, and Samuel L. Jackson is hilarious and entertaining to watch. The dialogue is also really unique, which adds to this really interesting vibe. It was like Terrence Malick dialogue except it's sound more hip then whisper tone. The cinematography from Matthew Libatique was really great as usual. Even though the film is very preachy, it is able to come across an important message about violence and gun control and I found myself really interested in it. The story itself wasn't always compelling, as I found myself waiting for the next thing to occur. Because while I was never bored, I never found myself being emotionally invested with this characters other than its surface level message and I wanted to know more about these characters. In the end, "Chi-Raq" does impress. Spike Lee is bold and daring for making a film like this, and his message gets through. (CONTINUED IN COMMENTS)

I Just Saw...
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Director: Billy Wilder
Rating: 9.5/10
This was an absolute blast of a film to watch. It is endlessly hilarious and so much fun to watch. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis have such amazing and terrific chemistry together. Watching them argue in women's clothing adds to the hilarity of the moment. Marilyn Monroe is fantastic as well, and her felt very real and gave off such a natural performance. While it is a comedy, and at points being outrageous, it never feels like nonsense. Each situation Lemmon and Curtis find themselves in feels like a logical place they'd be. Wilder's direction and writing is really swift and fast-paced, and there was never a dull moment throughout the film. An absolute classic of comedy, and one of the funniest films I've seen. #SomeLikeItHot #BillyWilder #JackLemmon #TonyCurtis #MarilynMonroe

I Just Saw...
Moonlight (2016)
Director: Barry Jenkins
Rating: 10/10
So I actually saw this film before the Oscars last year and I thought the film was okay, but it might've been because the hype was so massive that my expectations were on an insane level. Now having revisited the film, I can say it is one of the most mesmerizing experiences I've had watching a film. It sucks you in from the first frame all the way to the last. It is so gorgeously and intensely shot, with the use of blue and purple adding a dreaminess quality. The score by Nicholas Britell was so haunting and beautiful to listen. The piece "The Middle of the World" is one of the best pieces of music I've ever heard. Every performance here is absolutely fantastic. Each actor playing Chiron builds upon each other and is so engaging to watch. Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris are both brilliant in their roles. The story is so gripping and emotionally moving that I couldn't take my eyes away. It creeps up on you so subtly that I didn't notice its emotional impact until the end. It felt like I got hit by a train. "Moonlight" is stunning and mesmerizing, and is a film to behold. #Moonlight #BarryJenkins #MahershalaAli #NaomieHarris #AlexHibbert #AshtonSanders #TrevanteRhodes #AndreHolland #JanelleMonae

I Just Saw...
Black Mirror: Nosedive (2016)
Director: Joe Wright
Rating: 9/10
So I've started watching "Black Mirror", and even though it is a TV show, every episode is different so I can rate each episode differently. Anyways, "Nosedive" is the first episode of "Black Mirror" I' chose to watch and I loved it. Joe Wright is a very admirable director, and Seamus McGarvey is a great cinematographer, and their work here was very slick and very stylized. The writing from Michael Schur and Rashida Jones was also extremely well done, being both sharp and darkly comical. This is also the best performance I've seen from Bryce Dallas Howard who is absolutely fantastic. The way her character degrades as the episode goes on was both hilarious and somber at the same time. I really bought her as this character, and it was hugely entertaining to watch her onscreen. Alice Eve is terrific as well. I really loved the episode's themes and ideas, and it reminded me a lot of "Ingrid Goes West", albeit that film was more realistic in its events. Overall tho, it's a pretty awesome episode led by stellar direction, writing, and a fantastic performance from Bryce Dallas Howard. ITS ON NETFLIX! Also I never thought I'd see Joe Wright direct something that wasn't a British period piece. #BlackMirror #Netflix #JoeWright #RashidaJones #BryceDallasHoward #AliceEve #JamesNorton

My February watches! It was another pretty awesome month of watching movies. Gotta love having a week long break.
1. Thor: Ragnarok (8/10)
2. Rush Hour (7/10)
3. Boy (7/10)
4. Mississippi Grind (7/10)
5. Victoria (5.5/10)
6. Half Nelson (6.5/10)
7. Krisha (Rewatch, 9/10)
8. Cartel Land (8/10)
9. Paris Is Burning (8/10)
10. Knight of Cups (6/10)
11. Tangerine (Rewatch, 9/10)
12. To the Wonder (7/10)
13. Michael Clayton (7/10)
14. Ocean's Twelve (8/10)
15. Tracks (5.5/10)
16. Ocean's Thirteen (7.5/10)
17. The Men Who Stare at Goats (7/10)
18. Best of Enemies (7.5/10)
19. Edward Scissorhands (8/10)
20. Fruitvale Station (Rewatch, 10/10)
21. Black Panther (6.5/10)
22. Dope (Rewatch, 8/10)
23. Creed (10/10)
24. 42 (7.5/10)
25. Million Dollar Baby (9/10)
26. Ant-Man (Rewatch, 7.5/10)
27. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (7.5/10)
28. Mulan (6/10)
29. A Town Called Panic (7/10)
30. Pocahontas (6.5/10)
31. A Beautiful Mind (9/10)

I Just Saw...
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Director: Ron Howard
Rating: 9/10
This is an emotional and beautiful film that is led by an absolutely brilliant performance from Russell Crowe, who portrays John Nash and his condition so flawlessly and so perfectly without becoming over the top or unrealistic. Jennifer Connelly as the wife is great as well, adding to the emotional support of Nash's troubling condition that was so heartbreaking to watch. Ed Harris and Paul Bettany are awesome as well. The film is very well paced and knows when to pull the heartstrings, and its emotions feel earned and at times it was hard to watch. Roger Deakins' cinematography and James Horner's score added a lot to the film. A very compelling and moving biopic worth watching for Russell Crowe's insanely amazing performance alone. #ABeautifulMind #RussellCrowe #JohnNash #JenniferConnelly #EdHarris #PaulBettany #RonHoward

I Just Saw...
Creed (2015)
Director: Ryan Coogler
Rating: 10/10
Ryan Coogler took essentially a dying franchise and not only breathed new life into it, but also created a wholly new environment for these characters. His direction is so swift and masterful, and the way he moves the camera is so flawlessly executed. Michael B. Jordan is outstanding, Sylvester Stallone is fantastic, and Tessa Thompson does a great job. The boxing matches when they occur are glorious and so entertaining to watch, but also come with a sense of intensity and dread. Maryse Alberti's cinematography puts you in the moment in every frame, and the score by Ludwig Göransson was big and loud and awesome. It's a compelling drama, an intriguing character study, and an entertaining sports film, and it is one of the most cinematic movies I've seen in recent memory. #Creed #RyanCoogler #MichaelBJordan #SylvesterStallone #TessaThompson

There has been so much talk about "Black Panther" about its mostly black cast and black director but there is one more achievement that has been completely overlooked. This is cinematographer Rachel Morrison, who became the first female in the Oscar's history to be nominated for best cinematography for her work in "Mudbound". She is also the first woman to do the cinematography of a Marvel movie, that being "Black Panther". I love the vibrant pop of "Dope", to the more realistic and somber take in "Fruitvale Station" and "Cake". I absolutely love the use of purple in"Black Panther", to the harshness of the dry weather in "Mudbound". She deserves so much more love, so her are some of her most aesthetically pleasing shots from some of her films. Congrats on your success!
1. Fruitvale Station (2013)
2. Cake (2014)
3. Dope (2015)
4. Mudbound (2017)
5. Black Panther (2018)

Black Panther (2018)
Director: Ryan Coogler
Rating: 6.5/10
Anyone who knows me well knows that the only Marvel movies I get hyped for are their comedies. But when I saw the talent with "Black Panther", I became very intrigued and it looked really really cool. The main story picks up after the events of "Captain America: Civil War" where T'Challa aka Black Panther(Chadwick Boseman) is about to take over the throne as king of Wakanda after the death of his father. However, his throne is challenged when a mysterious man named Killmonger(Michael B. Jordan) threatens to kill him and take the throne for himself. This is a fun and entertaining movie, but calling it an important movie is just way off. As for them pros, all the performances are very well done, with Michael B. Jordan and Andy Serkis as the standouts. Jordan's performance felt natural and raw, and I could see the pain through his eyes. Andy Serkis isn't in the film all that much, but I can say he was definitely the funniest part and the most entertaining character to watch. The action scenes were pretty cool, with my favorite being in a casino. It was very handled and had a really impressive one minute one take. Rachel Morrison's cinematography was really great for what she was given, but anything involving the use of purple I found to be very aesthetically pleasing. My favorite part would have to be the soundtrack, which was very unique and added to a lot of the coolness factor I keep referring to. The end credits song by Kendrick Lamar and SZA was particularly my favorite, but every use of the original music was very well incorporated. As a story, it was very formulated and it didn't feel like they tried to make it more unique. I also don't get the political message it was going for, which isn't really a flaw more so me just not understanding I guess. The CGI is so noticeably dull and artificial that it was sometimes hard to take certain scenes seriously when all I could notice was a fake sky and a bunch of fake images. The comedy aside from Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman was unfunny and somewhat cringy. They made a "WHAT ARE THOSE" joke and it was painful. (CONTINUED IN COMMENTS)

Crazy to say this but HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY to this account! I started it out as an idea to see what would happen. I could never had predicted I'd have over 1,500 followers and made so many new and awesome friends. Thanks everyone for reading and supporting this movie account, you guys are all awesome and I can't wait to continue to talk about more movies!

I Just Saw...
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Director: Tim Burton
Rating: 8/10
The production design and cinematography are the highlights of this film. They are achieved so brilliantly and the way shots are framed elevate the film's strange and charming nature. Johnny Depp is awesome as Edward, as you feel a sense of humanity in him despite inhuman looks. Diana Wiest is really great as the woman who takes in Edward. Alan Arkin is hilarious as usual. The comedy is very well done and pretty hilarious, even if the gag is constantly repeated I still found it very funny. It was more toward the 3rd act with Winona Ryder's boyfriend that I thought the film became really lame and cliched. Also the stuff with Winona Ryder could've been handled better. Overall, it's quite charming and hilarious and its production value and cinematography elevate the film's unique style and sense of strange beauty. #EdwardScissorhands #JohnnyDepp #TimBurton #WinonaRyder #AlanArkin #DianeWiest

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