Movie Reviews

Tremors 5: Bloodlines (2015)

Tremors 5: Bloodlines (2015)

Director:

Don Michael Paul

Writers:

William Truesmith

M.A. Deuce

John Whelpley

Starring:

Michael Gross

Jamie Kennedy

Natalie Becker

Blurb:

Burt and Travis battle ass-blasters and graboids in South Africa.

Review:

Tremors 5: Bloodlines started with negative points because of Jamie Kennedy. I do not know why but I can’t stand that man. His face pisses me off. So I found this movie difficult to watch.

Five movies in, and I’m starting to understand why I like this franchise despite it being in a genre I usually dislike. It’s the romance. Each movie has a little bit of romance that is enough to lighten things for me. There’s also the depiction of women, with almost all of them being badasses in their own right.

I was looking forward to watching Bloodlines despite Kennedy because fans seemed to like this one better than the last two. Sadly, I’ve got to disagree. I wasn’t a fan of the inclusion of bad guys, other than the graboids. I thought Michael Gross having a love child was stupid. The whole way things were handled with capturing the creatures just felt off to me. I did like that Kennedy wasn’t the love interest, but I wasn’t invested in the romance at all because those characters seemed to be just off on their own. They had to do with the main plot, but they weren’t connected to Gross until the end. I wasn’t a fan.

2/5

School of Rock (2003)

School of Rock (2003)

Director:

Richard Linklater

Writer:

Mike White

Starring:

Jack Black

Mike White

Joan Cusack

Sarah Silverman

Miranda Cosgrove

Blurb:

After being kicked out of his rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of an uptight elementary private school, only to try and turn his class into a rock band.

Review:

I watched School of Rock way back when it came out, but I have never had a desire to watch it since. However, scrolling through Instagram, as you do, I came across some people talking about it, and I decided to re-watch with new eyes. Thankfully, it was streaming on HBO, so I was able to.

My feelings on School of Rock remain the same. The movie is fine, I don’t find it funny, but it’s kind of cute. Jack Black’s character is mainly a positive influence on the kids, and the ending is the best outcome, but I’m not sure if his actions outweigh the lies he told. I guess I’m not rock n’ roll enough.

It’s a sweet film, and I enjoy Jack Black and the kids, but sadly it’s not a movie for me.

3/5

Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)

Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)

Director:

Richard Benjamin

Writers:

Phoef Sutton

Lisa-Maria Radano

Starring:

Shirley MacLaine

Ricki Lake

Brendan Fraser

Blurb:

Connie, unwed and pregnant, is heading to Boston by train when she meets wealthy newlyweds Hugh and Patricia. The train crashes, and when Connie comes to in the hospital, she is mistaken for Patricia, who died in the crash with Hugh.

Review:

With Brendan Fraser.

Sorry, I had to. When I found this movie, Starz ended the description that way, and it struck me as hilarious, so everything in our house has been with Brendan Fraser.

Anyway, Mrs. Winterbourne was a perfect adaption of a romance novel. I haven’t read the book it’s based on, but it hits all the marks you would expect from that type of book. We have mistaken identity, an instant dislike by one of the protagonists, and then falling helplessly in love. Someone is blackmailed, there’s a murder, and rich bitches get told off. It’s all perfectly over the top.

My only complaints are that Brendan Fraser’s feelings and personality changed without much reason. Also, I’m not much of a fan of Ricki Lake. Other than those two things, the movie was pretty solid. Not something I need to own, but I’d watch it again.

3/5

Bad Trip (2020)

Bad Trip (2020)

Netflix Movie

Director:

Kitao Sakurai

Writers:

Eric André

Kitao Sakurai

Andrew Barchilon

Dan Curry

Starring:

Eric André

Tiffany Haddish

Lil Rel Howery

Michaela Conlin

Blurb:

This mix of a scripted buddy comedy road movie and a real hidden camera prank show follows the outrageous misadventures of two buds stuck in a rut who embark on a cross-country road trip to NYC. The storyline sets up shocking real pranks.

Review:

I never really got into the Jackass movies or TV show and I only kind of like Sacha Baron Cohen stuff. I’ve seen them, but it wasn’t for me. Bad Trip, on the other hand, was freaking hilarious. It had enough of those types of gags, without going too far, and there was a “story.” They weren’t mean to people with their pranks. Well, mostly not mean.

I’m a fan of Tiffany Haddish after watching Girl Trip, and I absolutely loved her parts of the movie. Watching a clip where she escaped from prison is what brought Bad Trip to my attention. I laughed through this movie. There were a few moments when I was afraid that the people in the South would play into stereotypes, but for the most part, they didn’t. I was happy about that, and I don’t want to know if it took multiple takes to get there.

There was only one skit that I rolled my eyes at, but it was amusing enough not to be a deal-breaker. It was more of a there is no way anyone thought that was real sort of thing.

All in all, I really liked it.

4/5

Moxie (2021)

Moxie (2021)

Director:

Amy Poehler

Writers:

Tamara Chestna

Dylan Meyer

Starring:

Hadley Robinson

Lauren Tsai

Alycia Pascual-Peña

Nico Hiraga

Blurb:

Fed up with the sexist and toxic status quo at her high school, a shy 16-year-old finds inspiration from her mother’s rebellious past and anonymously publishes a zine that sparks a school-wide, coming-of-rage revolution.

Review:

Listen, I am not a fan of young adult and high school centered media. Except, apparently, I am? Netflix has me watching and enjoying movies and TV shows set in high school, with Moxie being the most recent. It’s mind-boggling. I didn’t have a horrible experience in high school. I have just never liked angsty teens.

Moxie is about a school in Texas that has a problem with toxic masculinity. It isn’t until a new girl in school pushes back and inspires another girl that things start to change, though. Everything bad that happens in this movie is entirely too believable. What I love, though, is that the students fighting back are able to make a difference. Even if it’s just learning that they aren’t alone. The female bonding was awesome.

Something that I love to see is women working together instead of working against each other. For too long, the toxic idea that if another woman succeeds, then you can’t. Having that be completely flipped and women beginning to rely on and help each other is wonderful.

Moxie was inspiring. It was hopeful and fun. There was a complete, angst-ridden meltdown at one point, but I fast-forwarded through it. I would watch more young adult movies like this in a heartbeat.

4/5