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Man Up (2015)

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Man Up (2015)


Simon Pegg
Lake Bell

Directed by Ben Palmer

Man Up is one of those nice cool movies you probably will not hear about. I came across it while seeking for something to see this weekend and seeing the picture of Simon Pegg on the cover inspired me to give it a try.

It delivers. The fun thing about this movie is the cast, the two leads Simon Pegg and Lake Bell can’t be more equally matched for this movie. Their chemistry is engaging and it makes you want to fall in love and never be afraid to take a chance on love.
As far as Romantic Comedies go this is wonderful. Funny, witty and all around cool is what Man Up delivers.

Every Romantic Comedy shows you the guy and the girl and how the hook up. The path to the hook up is something we are all too familiar with, based on the fact that there is nothing new under the sun. When watching such movies as this, you expect things to go same way, but wonder how the movie will be if it didn’t. Well this movie decided to follow the same path as the other movies go, but then twist and turns in the areas we want them to, and leave you wondering, how are these guys going to end up together now?

Well they did.

Wonderful directing by Ben Palmer this British movie stars an English man and an American lady, where the lady has to put up an English accent, Lake Bell did well with her accent, but I wonder why they didn’t just cast an English actress. But I guess the casting director knew something about how these two will look on the screen, well done sir, because they looked great.

The movie plot is straight and simple Nancy (Lake Bell) is 34 and lonely, giving up on love and just living. Jack (Simon Pegg) is 40 and lonely, struggling to cope with his divorce as his wife left him for his friend.

Jack was off for a blind date, while Nancy was just off after a lady she met in a train who left her book behind for Nancy. Nancy was standing at the spot holding the book which Jack and the lady he was to meet decided will be how they will recognize each other.

Jack approached Nancy thinking she is his date and rushes her off on their date not giving her room to explain, well she played along, until midway in their date she owns up.

Want a Rom-Com for you and your lover to kick back and watch this weekend?

Go see Man Up, you will be glad you did.

Straight Outta Compton (2015)

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Straight Outta Compton (2015)


O'Shea Jackson, Jr.
Corey Hawkins
Jason Mitchell
Paul Giamatti

Directed by F. Gary Gray

Straight Outta Compton is straight out great. The movie will be more like a history reference of how gangsta rap came to be.

I have never been much of a rap/Hip-Hop fan, and by the time N.W.A was throwing in the hits I was too young to listen to them. But no music lover will say he has not heard of the great lyricist Ice Cube or one of the best producers out there Dr. Dre, so not being old enough to have experienced what N.W.A was all about, didn’t stop me from enjoying this movie.

Other than watching a combined life story of five (5) men who rather sing about what they see daily on the streets of Compton than pretend it isn’t happening, the movie delivers in the aspect of fun and entertainment. Although the group is made up of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, DJ Yella and MC Ren To be honest though the movie only focused on the lives of Eazy-E, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, but I guess the rest didn’t have as much impact in the music scene like the three.

The movie delivers some hard blows, as we get to see our stars in their most vulnerable and it seemed like Ice Cube had his head screwed right at all times, not wanting to be screwed by anyone and rather be alone than be anybody’s fool paid off in the end for Him.

Directed by F. Gary Gary Straight Outta Compton starts with an introduction to the man who made N.W.A happen, Eazy-E. Eazy sold drugs on the street and made enough money from it, one day he was approached by his friend Dr. Dre to invest in the music business and start a label, which Eazy did and named Ruthless Records.

After his first hit song “Boyz-n-the-Hood” which was written by Ice Cube and produced by Dr. Dre became a hit, N.W.A was formed and with that came their controversial hit song "F@#k tha Police". The group grew and toured around America selling out concerts.
Ice Cube left the group after he felt cheated by the contract agreement he was asked to sign. This had a huge impact on the group as Cube was their primary writer.

Cube went on to be a successful solo artist. Dr. Dre also left the group when he found out the contract agreement he signed was also one sided favoring Eazy. Years after Eazy discovered he too was being screwed over by his partner Jerry Heller, this information led to their breakup and Eazy working on reuniting the N.W.A before tragedy struck.

If you haven’t seen Straight Outta Compton, you should.

Fantastic Four (2015)

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Fantastic Four (2015)


Miles Teller
Michael B. Jordan
Kate Mara
Jamie Bell
Toby Kebbell

Directed by Josh Trank

Finally I got to see this movie.

We all need to see this movie in the freest possible way there is, this movie is so weird (weird as in you would be amazed by what is going on) it shouldn’t pass your freebie radar. It is not worth a dime of your money.

You have to be very alert to see this movie because the lines will bore you and the events in the movie were so well spaced out, you can get lost.

The movie starts with young Reed Richards trying to build a teleport machine in junior high and we get to see him and Ben Grimm bond on the experiment, which eventually worked. Then the movie jumps to senior high where the two get to meet Sue Storm who happens to be like an adopted sister (or real, didn’t quite that part) of Johnny Storm.

Sue, Johnny and their father working with Victor Doom have been working on a teleport machine of their own, just that it was lacking some key technology to work perfectly a technology Reed Richards had.

Now imagine this, I had to sit through the movie which is 90 minutes long (but felt longer) and wait until 15 minutes towards the end of the movie before anything action related really happens.

Here is what led to it, the group travel to through the teleport machine to another dimension (Sue didn’t follow them, but stayed behind on Earth to monitor the travel. Things went wrong and tadaaa!!!!

We have, Mr Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, The Thing and Doctor Doom.

It was like never ending talking, and the whole story change will make you wonder if you were actually watching Fantastic Four.

I think this was a quick reboot and Fantastic Four doesn’t deserve to be treated as such. Fox, not wanting to lose rights to this franchise have actually lost 10s of millions to keep it for some years. It reminds me of Punisher and Ghost Rider. The first part of these movies were good, but when there were nearing the date of return back to Marvel, Lionsgate decided to try and keep the franchise. The ended up throwing money away.

If you watch this movie, you will love the first two Fantastic Four movies Fox did initially in 2005 and 2007. In fact, those movies are a masterpiece compared to this one.

Well, this box office bomb and universally panned movie is one to avoid.
The movie is like a total joke and the biggest joke is Fox had (they could still do it) a sequel in mind. For any studio to put money into this movie, is like setting millions of dollars on fire. Josh Trank (the director) did all his can to distance himself from this movie, that is how crappy it is.

Spielberg is counting down the time when all this superhero craze movies and series will come to a close, a countdown many don’t share… but we all know it is coming.