“Upgrade” Movie Review | The Sleeper Hit of 2018


In the distant future, a brutal mugging leaves Grey Trace paralyzed and his beloved wife dead. Not content with how his life has been changed, a billionaire inventor offers Grey a solution- an artificial intelligence implant called STEM that enhances his body. Now with his life upgraded, Grey uses his newfound superhuman skills to hunt down the men who ruined his life and seek the vengeance he feels he deserves.


If this is the future that’s in store for us, then it’s a truly horrifying future to live in. There are people in this film that have mechanical implants that are crudely done, such as guns being implanted into people’s arms.

As a film with a small or limited budget- I was very impressed with what was done, mostly due to Leigh Whannell’s directing. In case y’all don’t know who Leigh Whannell is, he’s one of the creative producers of the first SAW film- a film he also starred in, and he directed Insidious Chapter 3. The camera angles and tricks used in this film were both very impressive and effective to tell the dark gritty mood of this film, but also to ramp up the action in this film.

If y’all saw the trailer to this movie, you might’ve mistaken the actor in this film as Tom Hardy because how similar both men look, sorry to disappoint you, Logan-Marshall Green isn’t Tom Hardy, but he might as well be with his amazing acting chops in this film. He was able to balance horror, comedy, drama, and the robotic movements the AI implanted into his body had him doing. All these different things were done seamlessly and without that, I’m not sure the movie would have succeeded as well.

Another thing about this movie I enjoyed were the dark tones of the film, and the action. There’s gore in this film, but it’s not over-used and whenever it is used… it’s used effectively to let the audience know that things have gotten serious.

One of the things that I didn’t like about this film is how some of the characters aren’t completely fleshed out… you have some villains that are just bad guys with mechanical enhancements. You have a female detective that you don’t know much about. And the billionaire inventor is a weird, quirky, anti-social Leonardo DiCaprio clone that was made in a lab somewhere.

However, the ending to this film was so dark, so clever, that it somehow evened everything out for me… the more I think about it, I feel like this would be great for something like “Black Mirror”, a Netflix show that is the Sci-Fi, modern day Twilight Zone.

As a jaded Movie Critic, it’s hard for me to find a movie that feels different, and breathes fresh air into my lungs as I’m surrounded by giant Blockbusters that all feel so manufactured and by-the-numbers. It’s nice to finally have something fresh and different in the theater, and I feel like this movie is gonna take a lot of people by surprise.


I said a lot of good things about this film, but it’s not a perfect film, the problems are still there- but that doesn’t mean it isn’t enjoyable… I came to see the action and it delivered that and more. I’m giving “Upgrade” a 8.5/10 or a B+

This is the Sleeper Hit of not only the Summer, but I’d also say it’s the Sleeper Hit of 2018. I defiantly recommend giving this film a watch!

Deadpool 2 Review


Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy of supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling mutant, Cable.


As a huge fan of the first Deadpool movie, I was very excited to see what they were gonna do with the sequel. But I’m gonna be honest, I think the first Deadpool movie is better, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that this one isn’t good.

Now it’s time for my formula of what I liked, and what I didn’t like….

The positives for this film are, it’s extremely funny- if you don’t laugh once, or at least chuckle- then you’re either easily offended, or you just have no sense of humor. The action in this movie is amped up to 10 and there’s some cool action sequences that are an improvement upon the first film. I thought the X-Force character, Domino was a cool addition to the film, she’s funny and a complete badass- and I loved how stylish her ‘lucky’ powers are filmed and used. Speaking of the X-Force, I won’t go into it too much- but I absolutely loved how they were used in this film. It’s so hilarious and unexpected that I feel like I should praise the film for deciding to do that, it might be a slap in the face to hardcore comic book fans, but I feel like the team did their job. The fourth wall breaks are amazing, and the mid-credit scene was so meta- I loved it.

Now let me get into the negatives:

The kid that Deadpool is trying to save from Cable, I honestly felt no attachment to. Some of the CGI was a bit spotty in my opinion, I appreciate what they were trying to do- but I felt like they were being a bit over zealous. As much as I liked Josh Brolin’s portrayal of Cable, I felt like the character lacked any personality and he seemed like a cardboard cut-out that was put in the film. And my final critic is I wasn’t too fond with the main story of the film, I felt like the story in this film was weaker than the first Deadpool movie’s story. The first Deadpool was focused on one thing start to finish, and this one seemed to be all over the place in my opinion.


As much as I wasn’t a huge fan of the story on this film, I had a lot of fun! I laughed a lot, I enjoyed the action. The references were great, and there’s some cool surprises that caught me off guard.

So with all that being said, I’m giving Deadpool 2 a 7.5/10 or a C+

Now hold on, hold on! I know y’all are probably upset that I gave it that grade, but it’s honestly a fun time, you know what, forget it- I stand by my grade.

Batman Ninja movie review


In this groundbreaking anime adaptation of the legendary Batman franchise, Gotham City is swapped out for feudal Japan, where Batman fights his infamous foes as an armored ninja. With Catwoman, Two-Face and the Joker all showing up to battle the Bat, will Bruce Wayne be able to save the day?


When I heard the concept to this movie, it had me intrigued. I’m a fan of Batman and a fan of anime, so going in you’d think that this would be awesome right?

Before I get into my review, let me tell you guys how I ended up watching this movie and the version I watched. I rented this movie on Amazon Video for $5.99 and I saw the English Dubbed version because that’s what played first. Apparently this was done in Japan first, and they decided to port this to America with American voice actors, and the script ended up being translated into English.

So, with all that being said, let me get the positives out of the way:

I love the 2D/ 3D animation style that’s done in the film, in pictures it doesn’t work that well, but seeing it in motion is where it really shines. The voice actors that impressed me were Grey DeLisle (Catwoman), Tom Kenny (Penguin), and Tara Strong (Harley Quinn), everyone else is passable in my opinion. The character designs are fantastic for the most part, although I wasn’t really thrilled with Bane’s design. The one on one fights are done extremely well. And there’s a scene involving Red Hood that is done completely in a watercolor style that’s beautifully done.

Now let’s get into the negatives of this Straight-to-Video movie:

The Joker is extremely irritating to me, and not in a good way. The movie goes completely off the rails around the 17 minute mark in the film. Not all the humor worked for me. And the minute a giant robot, that had a Power Rangers type of transformation, started fighting a giant version of Batman, made of monkeys and bats, I immediately tuned out of the film… speaking of which, the deus ex machina ending irritated the hell out of me.


Overall this film is completely batty (see what I did there? 😉) and the few moments I liked in this film got squandered away by the bad stuff pretty quickly and too often for my liking.

I’m going to give “Batman Ninja” a 6/10 or a D.

It’s not completely horrible, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely enjoyable as well.

It’s a real bummer because I was actually kinda hyped to see this movie.

Avengers: Infinity War (Non-Spoiler) REVIEW

Plot: Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.


10 years, 18 movies… That’s what has led up to this film. I feel like in order to get the most enjoyment out of this film, you have to put in the work and dedication by watching at least 90% of the films in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) however, that doesn’t mean the average audience member isn’t gonna get something enjoyable from this film… it just means you may have a lot of questions that you’ll have to get your friend or family member to fill you in about.

I would describe this film as a superhero WWE WrestleMania event, meaning there’s a lot of characters on the screen beating the crap out of each other for the majority of the film. Calling this film ‘action packed’ is a bit of an understatement, but there’s also Marvel’s signature moments that gets some chuckles.

One of my only complaints in this film is that we meet The Black Order, also known as The Children of Thanos- and we don’t really get to see any development or backstory from them… except for Ebony Maw who is pretty much Thanos’ Hype Man in the film.

Speaking of Thanos… I don’t ever wanna hear anyone defend Steppenwolf from ‘Justice League’ because THIS is how you truly make a terrifying, awe-inspiring, and powerful villain for a bunch of heroes to fight. Josh Brolin did an amazing job as Thanos. He’s a self-assured villain who has his own ideals, and morals. He’s planned for this moment for years, and he will let nothing get in his way of achieving his goal. He’s also a villain that’s cool, calm, and collected- he never has to shout or raise his voice because he doesn’t see the point in it. And to be honest, after hearing his reasoning for what he wanted to do, I have to admit I kinda saw where he was coming from, and in a way I kinda rooted for him to win.

I won’t go into spoilers, but I will say that if you’ve attached yourself to a certain character in the MCU, you’ll have to say goodbye to them in this movie, because a lot of characters die in this film. At the end of the film, there wasn’t a single applause in the theater- everyone was silent due to sheer shock and awe. I feel like this is exactly how it was to see ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ in the theater back in the day, and I gotta hand it to the film makers for creating that feeling for the audience.


I’ve had 24 hours to process this film, and I’m in between a rock and a hard place with my rating. I really enjoyed the film, but there were some stuff that didn’t exactly work. Overall though, with as many characters as there are in this film, I’m impressed with what they were able to do. If I have to snap my finger (😉) in order to get a proper grade, I’ll give Avengers: Infinity War a 8.5/10 or a B+.

“Rampage” Movie Review

Plot: Rampage is a 2018 American science fiction monster film directed by Brad Peyton, loosely based on the video game series of the same name. It follows a primatologist named Davis Okoye who must team up with George, an albino gorilla who turns into a raging creature of enormous size following a rogue experiment, in order to stop an invasion of monsters.

Review: In case y’all didn’t know, this movie is based off a 1980’s game of the same name where you play as humans who have drank a formula that turns them into giant animals (a gorilla, a wolf, and a lizard) and you’d go around destroying the city… and if you died, you’d revert back to your human state. I didn’t play that version, but I played the PlayStation arcade version with the better graphics, and this movie is TOTALLY different from the games… but is that a good thing or a bad thing?

It’s a bit of both. I admire how much story they were able to do with the simple plot of the games, but that plot gets stretched REAL thin once you’re about halfway through the movie. I really enjoyed the beginning and the ending, the middle is when the movie gets super goofy. I liked the relationship between Dwayne Johnson and George the gorilla, and for the most part the creature designs were cool- the only one I wasn’t a fan of the way it looked was the giant wolf, I felt like that design was the weakest. I thought all the destruction the animals do in the film were really cool, and they really tore up Chicago. Jeffery “Lean” Morgan was pretty much just playing Negan from “The Walking Dead” and yes, I changed his middle name cuz that dude was leaning a majority of the time.

Now that I got the positives out of the way, kinda, let’s get into the negatives: the main villains of this film were just Team Rocket from Pokémon pretty much, The Rock gets shot with a bullet and he’s down for a minute, but then he gets back up and gets stronger somehow, I don’t know. There’s about three helicopters that get destroyed in this film because the director did San Andreas and he’s got a helicopter fetish for some reason, and the whole science on why the creatures are acting up makes no sense.

Overall it’s an enjoyable film, but it’s definitely not gonna win any Oscars, but that’s fine. I still think they should’ve gone with the humans turning into animals idea, but apparently from what I read, the director thought that was silly- so what do I know?

Grade: I’m giving “Rampage” a 7/10 or a C. I had fun but that middle part was really really goofy.

“Truth or Dare” Movie Review

Plot: Olivia, Lucas and a group of their college friends travel to Mexico for one last getaway before graduation. While there, a stranger convinces one of the students to play a seemingly harmless game of truth or dare with the others. Once the game starts, it awakens something evil — a demon which forces the friends to share dark secrets and confront their deepest fears. The rules are simple but wicked — tell the truth or die, do the dare or die, and if you stop playing, you die.

Review: Normally I like to lead in by keeping y’all guessing on whether or not I liked the movie I saw…. But I can’t in this case. Y’all have seen the trailers for this, so y’all know this is a bad movie. The surprising thing about this, is it’s unintentionally hilarious!!

Here’s all the things bad about the movie: none of the characters are likable, the stupid Snapchat face isn’t scary- it’s goofy looking to the point I laughed out loud in the theater every time it popped up, the rules to the game make no sense, how the game kills people is laughable, the origins of the game coming to life is completely absurd, and how to stop the game is so convoluted. And on top of all that, there’s every single horror movie cliche: stupid jump-scares, doing research on the ‘antagonist’, the old person who has all the answers, and a open-ended conclusion that makes no sense- and it’s only there for a possible sequel.

Look, I normally don’t do this- but guys…. PLEASE don’t see this movie. At least not in theaters, if you have to- just rent it for a beer and pizza night.


I’m giving “Truth or Dare” a 6/10 or a D.

The only reason why this movie isn’t an F like “Winchester” is because I actually get some unintentional laughs in this movie- and I couldn’t in “Winchester” because that movie was SO BORING!

Trust me, I’m trying to help y’all here!

If it helps, I was literally the only person in the theater!

“A Quiet Place” REVIEW|The best horror movie of 2018?

Plot: A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.

Review: In my opinion, this movie is a mix of “I Am Legend” and “Don’t Breathe” the reason I make those comparisons is because in “Don’t Breathe” the characters are being hunted down by a blind man who has a heightened sense of hearing which makes him extremely dangerous, and “I Am Legend” because in that movie it follows the day to day living of Will Smith who has adapted to living with these creatures by himself and his dog.

This movie sent the message VERY early that if you make ANY noise, that will result in your death by these creatures. I found the day to day living with this family to be interesting in how they figured out how to live without making any noise because the film has taken place many many days after whatever event transpired to cause this. All the actors/ actresses did an AMAZING job at portraying different emotions without sound, either by body language and/or facial mannerisms. Another thing I liked in this movie is they slowly throughout the movie reveal the creatures in small glimpses until you finally see it more clearly towards the end, and this movie is absolutely tension-filled.

After that mess with “Winchester” and “The Strangers 2” my faith in there being good modern day horror movies have finally been restored, and as of this moment until there’s a better movie that comes out- I’d say this is the best horror movie of 2018!

Grade: Shh, I’m giving “A Quiet Place” a solid 9/10 or an A!

I’d definitely recommend seeing this!

“Best F(r)iends” Movie Review


A drifter encounters a quirky mortician and both learn a lesson about friendship and loyalty.


Tommy Wiseau’s film “The Room” is one of my all-time favorite guilty pleasure films, along with Nicholas Cage’s “The Wicker Man” so trust me when I say seeing Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero again on screen in theaters was an opportunity I wasn’t gonna pass up!

When the film opened up with Greg’s character, Jon, passed out on the ground sporting a beard and wearing a blood spattered white t-shirt, I knew I was in for a wild ride.

As far as the filmmaking goes, I will say that this was done more competently than “The Room” as far as the directing and cinematography of the film, and for those of you who want classic quirky lines from Tommy, you get plenty of those… there are a lot of lines that Tommy’s character says that had me and the whole theater dying.

To say this was a unique movie experience would be an understatement. If you’ve already seen “The Room” then you know what you’re getting yourself into. If you’re not a fan of weird, quirky movies- then you should probably avoid this like the plague.


I’m giving “Best F(r)iends” a 7.5/10 or a C+

I can’t wait to see Best F(r)iends Volume 2 in July!

“Unsane” movie review


Sawyer Valentini relocates from Boston to Pennsylvania to escape from the man who’s been stalking her for the last two years. While consulting with a therapist, Valentini unwittingly signs in for a voluntary 24-hour commitment to the Highland Creek Behavioral Center. Her stay at the facility soon gets extended when doctors and nurses begin to question her sanity. Sawyer now believes that one of the staffers is her stalker — and she’ll do whatever it takes to stay alive and fight her way out.


While doing my research about this film, I found out that this whole film was filmed on a iPhone, and while watching the movie, you can definitely tell that’s the case, but I felt like that worked in the movie’s benefit. There’s a lot of shots that are close and personal making it almost feel like you’re with the characters. There’s also a lot of really cool editing that plays with your sanity, making you question your own well being while watching the film. All those were done well, but everything kinda fell apart for me towards the end of the film. I know what they were going for, but I don’t really think they succeeded with their intent, which is a bummer since it was a fairly decent film until the final ten minutes.


I’m going to give “Unsane” a 7/10 or a C.

I definitely feel like it should be seen at least once in the theater, but I wouldn’t go out of your way to see it, especially since I know that’s it’s not a film for everyone.

“A Wrinkle in Time” movie review


Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin O’Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe.


I knew going into this movie that I’m probably not the targeted audience for this film, and I was fine with that- but I thought it was a bad sign that the film opened with a video package from the director saying that the film is for people with child wonderment, and I took that as a sign that the studio had absolutely no confidence in this film.

Is this movie weird and trippy? Definitely! And I was rocking with it for the first half of the film because I was getting used to it… it’s just that last half that gets so absolutely bizarre and so nonsensical in the sniffing glue type of way that I felt myself getting lost in the film. There’s two movie tropes I absolutely cannot stand that this movie uses, and those tropes are ‘love is the answer, love conquers all’ and that Evil is nothing but a black cloud with tentacles and a deep voice. The reason I hate those tropes is because I find them lazy, and it was especially lazy here. The actors weren’t terrible, so I’ll give them that. But like I said, this isn’t a film made for me.


I’ll give “A Wrinkle in Time” a 7/10 or a C. I didn’t love the movie, but I didn’t hate it either, it’s kinda Middle In The Road for me.