What I Watched This Weekend (Sept. 8th)

Weekly I give you my What to Watch This Weekend piece, where you can check it out here, but I wanted to start a new series where I breakdown the things I watched in the previous weekend.

I will share each film that I watched during the weekend, give a little review, and an overall star rating for each of them.

I’ve got another 8 films on the slate for you guys today.

Tenet – In Theaters Now

I saw Tenet for the 2nd time, and this time in 4DX and it was just as good if not better as the first time.

Check out my full review of the film here.

Mulan – Streaming on Disney+ Now

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Mulan battling amongst men to become a soldier and consistently one-using them was nothing short of motivational to watch. The fight sequences were shot perfect, and I do feel these would’ve felt more important or better had I seen the film in the theaters.

Yifei Liu was a fantastic Mulan. Liu had heart, she had passion, she carried herself within this role well, and you bought her playing this badass like character.

The cinematography was breathtaking, and the colors were so vibrant and had this beautiful pop to them that engulfed you in this world.

Mulan puts Disney back on the right track after that monstrosity of a film called Lion King. It was fun, it was action-filled, and the story was a breeze.

Love, Guaranteed – Streaming Now on Netflix

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Wayans makes fun of Pumpkin spice, and I almost turned the film off.

Rachel Leigh Cook and Damon Wayans Jr. have a chemistry that makes the film work. They play well off each other, and it makes you invest in what is going to happen between Susan & Nick.

We get a stereotypical love story here, and the film knows what it is, and that’s what makes it work. They don’t try to be too fancy or crazy. Mark Steven Johnson puts the story in front of us and executes it well.

Overall, a very easy watch, and recommend checking it out.

The Argument – Available on VOD Now

Rating: 3 out of 5.

We have a couple who have an argument and aren’t sure who won the argument. So, they invite the friends back over to their house to do a re-do the night to see who won the argument.

Everything goes wild as their friends start to invest in the night and realize their relationships aren’t perfect either.

The film takes a crazy turn with some very funny lines throughout. The Argument is a craftily written comedy that is fun, unique, and different.

Critical Thinking – Available Now on VOD

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

We have this moment at the beginning of the movie that is easily one of the most brutal WTF moments I’ve ever seen come out of nowhere in a film.

This story is a hard one to watch, kids trying to overcome their circumstances at home, not afforded the same opportunities as other kids because they are in the inner city. It’s heartbreaking how this is how society is.

John Leguizamo’s directorial debut is filled with raw emotion that is shot in a way that keeps you on the edge of your seat regardless of already knowing the outcome. His final shot sequence looked straight out of a long time director’s playbook.

Critical Thinking has a powerful story with great writing, performances, and direction. The runtime of the film was my only grip as it felt like it was 3 hours long at times but outside of that, a very good movie.

The Owners – Available on VOD

Rating: 2 out of 5.

We have seen this movie over and over again. A bunch of kids are filled with greed and the idea of stealing from someone and go into a house to rob them, and it goes south fast.

Maise Williams can act, and I honestly can’t wait for someone to give her a serious opportunity to act in a more important film.

Get Duked – Available on Amazon Prime

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I can’t imagine how gangster a vegetable can be.

It was extremely long for no apparent reason. I never thought it was going to end. The film is a bit messy and all over the place, but the laughs hit more than they don’t.

Get Duked is one of those movies that you turn your brain off and enjoy the comedy put in front of you. It is far from perfect and has its flaws, but none-the-less I enjoyed myself.

Color of Money – Available to Purchase

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I was looking to watch something I already knew I loved after watching some rough films all weekend, and I settled for one of my all-time favorite movies, Martin Scorsese’s The Color of Money.

The movie came out in 1986 and is still one of the best-directed films that not enough people talk about. Martin Scorsese should have held up his first Oscars trophy after this phenomenal direction within this film. From the impeccable camera angles to the frames of which he provided us, this film is nothing short of perfect.

Tom Cruise was robbed of a nomination in this film as well. He was magnificent in this chess matchup with Paul Newman throughout the movie. Newman, who won the Oscar, was fantastic himself. They had great chemistry that made the movie work even better. Toss in a side of Mary Mastrantoniowho had my favorite line of the film: ‘You win one more game, and you’ll be humping your fist for a long time.’ and Forest Whitaker, and we have a great acted movie.

The score was magnificent as well. If you have never seen this film, go out of your way to spend the money to watch it.

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