Detective Pikachu

At first glance, what’s not to like about this movie.  Ryan Reynolds + Pokemon sounds way too good so I just had to see it for myself.


Detective Pikachu is about a guy named Tim Goodman who’s given up Pokemon training after the death of his mother and absence of his dad.  When he hears about the mysterious disappearance of his father, Tim attempts to be like his father and become a detective for his death.  Along the way, he finds his dad’s Pikachu who can talk to him.

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Overall, I’d give this movie a stale rating.  I felt like there were some instances throughout the movie where the plot just fell apart and ceased to make sense.  On a more positive note, the CGI in the movie was really good.  Even though this Detective Pikachu failed to bring a solid story, it paves the way for future live action Pokemon movies to come.

The Benchwarmers

This movie has always been on my watch list,  but I never got the chance to watch it until recently when I saw it on Netflix.  I’ve heard stories about how it’s a mix between the Sandlot and Napoleon Dynamite, and honesty I can’t think of a better combo.


The Benchwarmers is basically about three nerdy, unathletic men, who never got the chance to play sports when they were little, making up for the lost time by playing baseball against little kids.  They end up entering in a tournament sponsored by a billionaire and gain the support from around the world with their success

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The production of the movie is questionable at some points, but honestly it doesn’t matter.  The Benchwarmers is a comedy after and was meant to be taken lightheartedly.  Also, the ending gives a good message.  I’d give this movie a solid stale rating

Coco- Another Pixar Masterpiece

In honor of Dia de los Muertos and the snow day, I decided to watch Pixar’s Coco on Netflix.  Going into this movie, I had low expectations.  I thought it was going to be too childish for my taste.  Just like the rest of Pixar classics, this movie defies age.  It can appeal and even force a tear out of everyone.


Coco is a story about Miguel and his struggle to become a musician during the Day of the Dead holiday.  Things quickly go south when Miguel decides to steal the guitar from the beloved musician Ernesto de la Cruz.  As soon as he plucks the strings, he phases to the Undead World.  Miguel’s mission suddenly changes.  He needs to find an ancestor’s blessing before sun rises and he gets trapped among the dead.

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Overall, I’m giving this movie a fresh rating.  Part of why I love this movie so much is how Spanish culture assimilated into the movie.  It’s not done in an offensive or stereotypical way, but as a means to educate people on the holiday.  Since we live in such a diverse country, I think it’s important that we learn about and accept our differences.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi- 1 Step Forward for the Universe

Episode 8 of Star Wars was definitely revolutionary, but was it what all Star Wars Fans wanted?

The Good

The movie did 2 things that this movie nailed

1). Appealing to old Star Wars Fans- They brought back Luke Skywalker as a mentor figure and Yoda as a ghost.  Do I need to say more?

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2). Using new cinematic technology- The scene towards the end over the movie where the rebel ship jumps into lightspeed and crashes into the empire command ship is an absolute masterpiece of screenplay.  It never fails to send chills down my spine.Image result for light speed crash in the last jedi

The Bad

I think this movie wanted to be innovative and as a result had a lot of issues.

1). The Leia Flying through Space Scene- Prior to The Last Jedi, we had never seen Leia use the force.  However, that doesn’t explain the fact she was able to survive the vacuum of space without a spacesuit.

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2). Death of Snoke- This scene definitely surprised people in the audience, but I think it was a cheap way to turn some heads.  The character was undeveloped.  By killing him, Disney lost out on a lot of story potential.

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3). James Corden- Look, I know he is a super well known figure and Star Wars fan, but does that really justify him getting screen time?  I feel like sticking him into a movie series with such a rich history undermines the gravity of this type of movie.

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The Rating

Overall, I would give this movie a fresh rating.  I think people like to bash on this movie because it is different from the original Star Wars trilogy.  If people can learn look past that, they’ll finally see the good in the movie.