MOVIE REVIEW: FRUITVALE STATION (Ryan Coogler, 2013)

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Emotionally-charged film about a real-life tragedy that will question your faith in humanity.

P.S. I’m still surprised that this didn’t get noticed in the last Academy Awards. Michael B. Jordan was phenomenal and Octavia Spencer proved that her Oscar win was no fluke.

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published April 27, 2014.)

MOVIE REVIEW: BLACK PANTHER (Ryan Coogler, 2018)

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Succeeded as a celebration of such a rich African culture (those costumes!!), but faltered a bit with a seemingly weak storyline. Most of the good scenes involved my new favorite star Letitia Wright, who I recently watched in the Black Museum episode of Black Mirror.

I was surprised with the lackluster action scenes, especially after the excellently-staged boxing matches in Coogler’s Creed (side note: watch Fruitvale Station!!). Chadwick Boseman in the lead also felt bland. Maybe he should have switched roles with the magnetic Michael B. Jordan (or even Daniel Kaluuya).

Still worth a look though, even just for that one scene with Danai Gurira viciously mocking her wig.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published February 18, 2018.)

MOVIE REVIEW: THAT AWKWARD MOMENT (Tom Gormican, 2014)

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My notes on That Awkward Moment:

1. The most awkward thing in this movie was realizing just how unfunny a movie called That Awkward Moment was. (Didn’t make any sense. So did the movie.)

2. Felt like a badly-written guy version of Sex and the City where everyone was playing Samantha.

3. Zac Efron peed horizontally on the toilet. A nude Zac Efron took a girl from behind. Zac Efron wore a prosthetic penis ala Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights.

We get it Zac Efron, you don’t want to be Troy Bolton anymore.

4. I need to watch Fruitvale Station. Michael B. Jordan seemed to be the only decent actor in this movie.

5. Zac Efron wore a prosthetic penis. Oh wait, I said that already.

6. Sharpay wouldn’t be caught dead watching this.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published February 4, 2014.)