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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – Review

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – Budget of $65 million – 1 hour and 37 minutes

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Mavis realizes the more she and her father Dracula work together, the less time they spend together as a family.  She wants to make sure Dennis knows his grandfather.  So, Mavis books a cruise with several stops and the final stop being the Bermuda Triangle.  At first, Dracula isn’t impressed because he believes a cruise boat is just a hotel on the water.  But he changes his mind when he sees Captain Ericka.  Dracula hasn’t told his family, but he has been feeling lonely and wishes he can feel the “zing” again.  He hasn’t felt it since his wife died.  So, having that “zing” come back the moment he sees Ericka puts a pep in his step.  But Dracula doesn’t know that Ericka is the great-granddaughter of his arch nemesis Abraham Van Helsing.  And she has one mission, to retrieve an item to destroy all of monster-kind, including Dracula.

This movie falls in line with the Hotel Transylvania franchise (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It has enough kid humor to keep children entertained while providing the musical score parents will love.  This movie features a DJ mix off you will never forget.  While it does have several aspects you will love, it starts to get boring and predictable.  Your mind will start to wander.  However, it does provide a message of love and loss that children and adult will understand.  See this movie matinee

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

She’s my right arm’s cousin – Frank

When will you Van Helsing learn to get go of that – Dracula

Yes, I’m human but don’t hold that against me – Ericka

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Sicario: Day of the Soldado – Review

Sicario: Day of the Soldado – Budget of $35 – 45 million – 2 hours and 2 minutes

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The U.S. Government want to add Mexican Drug Cartels to the terrorist list after several suicide bombers attacked on American soil with the cartels’ help.  At first, they consider going after the head of the cartel.  However, Graver knows this approach will only create more cartels.  Graver decides to start a cartel war by going after the kingpin’s children.  He will kidnap Isabel with the help of Alejandro.  And during the kidnapping, they will make Isabel think they are saving her in order to gain her confidence.  But when the mission changes Isabel and Alejandro are collateral damage that must be dealt with immediately.  Will Graver hurt or help this situation?

The second act of Sicario, this movie is not a continuation of the first but still keeps the same momentum (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It has lots of action and twists to keep you entertained.  But some moments are just dull and slow.  It was bloody, violent, and with government cover-ups, however, it never fully captivated the audience.  The stand-out moment was the US/Mexican shootout near the border.   It provided more action in that one scene than most action movies have it their entirety.  If you are a fan of the first, you will enjoy this one.  To newcomers, you don’t need to see the first to watch the second.  Also, there is a great potential for a part 3. But this won’t be the cult classic the first movie became.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

You believe that change is the goal. You have been doing this too long to believe that – Cynthia

Remember what happened to the price of cocaine after 9/11. Tight borders are good for business – Gravers

So you want to be Sicario. Sit down. Let’s talk about your future – Alejandro

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Uncle Drew – Review

Uncle Drew – Budget of $17 – 19 million – 1 hour and 43 minutes

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Uncle Drew was the biggest name in Rucker tournament.  However, after a clash with his team members, none of the 5 players showed up.  Now, the tournament has a $100,000 prize and creates legends.  Dax is a Ruckers coach who has lost his players, girlfriend, and home.  He needs this $100,000 to get his life back on track.  As he sits on the sidelines, literally and figuratively, trying to figure out what to do, he sees an old man teaching a young man about the game.  Dax, like most onlookers, laughs at the elderly man, until he starts to win.  Dax quickly finds Drew and ask him to be on his team.  Drew tells Dax it has to be his team and his rooster.  Dax tries to counter but Drew breaks him down.  Dax and Drew go on a road trip to find:

  1. Boots – on a psychiatric hold and in a wheelchair
  2. Big Fella – a Karate instructor
  3. Lights – blind
  4. Preacher – A preacher with a wife who WILL find him

While they all get closer, Drew and Dax are both keeping a secret.  Dax isn’t opening up about his missed hoop dreams and lack of love.  Drew isn’t opening up about his role in the team’s break up.  In order for the team to become a family, everything must come out into the light.

While this movie is better than expected, it’s what you expect.  It has some laughs, some heart, and some good basketball.  The team not only play in the Rucker Tournament, they also play against high school girls.  This movie also has a lot of messages.  First about letting go of the past.  Second, keep playing.  Three, don’t let your pride get in your way.  Even though it has all these messages, it doesn’t get preachy.  So if you are looking for a decent laugh, see this movie matinee.  If you love basketball, wait for Netflix or Vudu.  Stick during the end credits for bloopers and behind the scenes shots.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

A bag of Dax makes more sense – Mookie

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take – Uncle Drew

You’re Gladys Knight and they’re the Pips – Dax

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#SpaceBalls – Review – #ThrowbackThursday

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Spaceballs – Budget of $22.7 million – 1 hour and 36 minutes

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Planet Spaceball has used up most of their air and need to get more to survive. So they decide to steal it from the neighboring Planet Druidia. The Spaceballs’ commander Dark Helmet has decided to kidnap the Druidia’s Princess Vespa and force her father, King Ronald, to give them the air lock code. This code will open up the protective layer, allowing them take the planet’s air supply. But their plan hits a bump when, on her wedding day, Princess Vespa runs from the church and into space. She is rescued by Lone Star and his sidekick Barf. What Vespa doesn’t know is that Lone Star was offered 1 million space bucks to save her … and her ship. With this money, they can pay of the biggest crime boss in space, Pizza the Hut. Lone Star and Vespa are slowly getting to know each other and will soon learn the truth about themselves; but not before Dark Helmet gets in the way. Can Lone Star and Barf save the Princess, save Planet Druidia, and make Dark Helmet pay? We will have to break a few forth walls to find out.

Spaceballs is a cult classic for a reason. This Star Wars parody incorporates movies like Jaws, Temple of Doom, Wizard of Oz, Transformers, Planet of the Apes, and more effortlessly (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The forth wall break is just as funny as exposing the film crew during fight scene. Even watching the movie while they are in the movie is one for the ages. It is easy to see how some films today have tried to replicate this humor but fail miserably. Spaceballs does not rely on vulgarity to be funny but it pokes fun at itself and draws the audience into the film. Watch Spaceballs to see how a real parody and comedy are made.  And watch it twice.  You will mis some of the jokes because you are laughing to hard.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

If you can read this, you don’t need glasses – Opening crawl

You have the ring and your Schwartz is as big as mine. Now let’s see if you can handle it – Dark Helmet

Sorry I had to make a bit stop. I go so excited, I couldn’t hold my oil – Dot Matrix

Or else pizza is going to send out for you – Vinny

Snotty beamed me twice last night, it was wonderful – Commanderette Zircon

Hey, I don’t have to put up with this. I’m rich – Princess Vespa

Did I miss something? when did we get to Disneyland? – Lone Star

That’s funny. She doesn’t look Druish – Barf

May the Schwartz be with you – Yogurt

Sandurz, Sandurz, you got to help me. I don’t know what to do. I can’t make decision. I’m a president – President Skroob

Hello, where have you been? – Prince Valium

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