Super Fly (R)

Starring Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell and Lex Scott Davis, SuperFly (2018) is a remake of Super Fly (1972). It’s a story about a pimp and drug dealer trying to get out of “the game” alive.

I can’t compare this version to the original because I haven’t watched Super Fly (1972) in 40 years or so. Okay? I’m not a person who loves blaxploitation films, and I damn sure wasn’t gonna watch it again now for this review. I mean, I love my blog and everything, but let’s be serious. From what I remember of the plot the remake follows the original fairly closely with some twists and a few changes here and there, while attempting to modernize it. The main thing that has remained with me and those of my generation (and following generations) from Super Fly is, of course, Curtis Mayfield‘s awesome soundtrack.

What flew in 1972,1982, 1992, 2002 or even 2012 doesn’t really fly today. The glorification of the black man as drug dealer, gang banger, pimp, womanizing masochist, woman abuser, etc. needs to be put to rest unless there is some unique perspective or extraordinary story to tell behind it that hasn’t been told yet (i.e., Straight Outta Compton). The entire concept is tired, it’s old, we’ve seen it, we’ve done it, and I can only speak for myself, but I would rather not have to see it any more unless someone is going to do more work than warm up leftovers. Put some heart and purpose and soul and love and work into the project that the audience can feel and see and hear, and maybe, just maybe, something great could come of it. Otherwise, leave this genre in the past where it belongs. I am here for everyone having their stories told and getting work in Hollywood. What I am not here for is weak, tepid, lazy, storytelling; and I don’t care what ethnicity the cast or director or whoever is.

I would have rather seen a straight up remake that went for it – with the 70’s style music, cars, clothes, hairdos, streets, lingo, etc., or a total disassociation where the movie were named anything else, and let the audience pick up on what movie it is attempting to mimic. That would have been a much more interesting way to approach this project. Could have just called it Priest and let those in the know have the light bulb go off.

The action is okay, but how wrong can you go with evil characters, big guns, rival gangs, and one pretty great car chase scene that gets ruined somehow in the end with talking. Shut up and stop over-writing and over-directing! It was one of two blown opportunities for Scott Davis’s character to shine. If we’re modernizing, stop allowing the woman to play the helpless victim who knows her place and needs protection and give her some back bone!

As far as the music goes, the best song in SuperFly (2018) is one of Curtis’s from the original. Musically, there are very few scores composed by one person that can compare to Super Fly (1972). It is one of the few soundtracks in history that grossed more than the movie itself. That would be difficult, if not impossible to replicate, and no one here even tried.

SuperFly (2018) earned 5 out of 10 bloops. It’s Super Fly (1972)-lite without the great music. If kids have zero knowledge of the first movie, perhaps it can draw an audience that enjoys watching stereotypical roles, with stale story lines, serving up the same old-same old, attempting to make what is old, new again. Meh!

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Bloops:

1   =   worst ever, avoid at all cost
2   =   very bad, forget about it!
3   =   poor movie, not recommended
4   =   not good, even for free – NO!
5   =   so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6   =   not bad, could have been better
7   =   good movie, worth seeing
8   =   great movie, don’t miss it!
9   =   excellent movie, a must see!
10 =   a masterpiece, go see it now!

What I’m seeing/reviewing next…

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Already seen it. Review pending.

Ocean’s Eight – Already seen it. Review pending.

Other Reviews

Hereditary
Book Club
Avengers: Infinity War
You Were Never Really Here
Rampage
A Quiet Place
Ready Player One
A Wrinkle in Time
Lady Bird
I, Tonya
The Florida Project
Black Panther
Molly’s Game
The Post
Phantom Thread
Den of Thieves
All the Money in the World
Coco
The Greatest Showman
The Disaster Artist
Call Me By Your Name
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape of Water
Marshall
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Victoria and Abdul
Thor: Ragnarok
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Mother!
It
Good Time
Atomic Blonde
Dunkirk
Girls Trip
Spider-Man: Homecoming
The Big Sick
Baby Driver
All Eyez on Me 
It Comes at Night 
The Wedding Plan 
Wonder Woman
Everything, everything
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Raw
Kong: Skull Island
Logan
The Girl with All the Gifts
A Cure for Wellness 
Get Out
Hidden Figures
Fences
Moonlight
Hell or High Water
Loving
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Nocturnal Animals
Captain Fantastic
Elle
Jackie
I Am Not Your Negro
The Lobster

Hereditary (R)

Written and directed by Ari Aster and starring Toni Collette, Alex Wolf, Milly Shapiro and Gabriel Byrne, I can’t even really tell you what Hereditary was supposed to be about. What I can tell you is, whatever this movie was attempting missed the mark. Here’s how it is described on IMDB (2018): “When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry.” So we’ll just go with this description, I guess.

I kid when I say I don’t know what it was about. I fully understood what happened in this movie, but the execution of that idea is weak and long-winded. With that being said, let’s get into it, shall we?

The horror here is expertly executed and is by far the strongest element of the film. The special effects, camera work, set design, make up, etc. are glorious for those who know good gore. The problem is that there is zero suspense in too many of the scenes in between the horrific moments. The pacing is off and even stagnant at times. Overall, I wasn’t afraid, creeped out or anxious. I was, however, on the edge of my seat a couple of times (and had one helluva jump where I yelped and cussed out loud! You know, that good kind of jump that shocks and leaves you with your mouth hanging open in disbelief! Yeah, it was one of those.) but that feeling was extremely inconsistent and when that feeling wasn’t present, Hereditary felt like some sort of “slice of life” film.

The drama is kind of interesting, until it isn’t, because it takes so very painfully and tediously long to get to the point and the story is soooo long winded. I turned my phone back on to check the time and see how much more of this I had to endure. I was one hour in and I debated whether or not to walk out. I figured I was already invested so I may as well get through it. This is not how one should feel whilst watching a movie.

The mystery is so convoluted it plays like a mystery inside of a riddle inside of who gives a hoot anymore because the story of the mystery is not very well told to begin with. Sure, I enjoy a film that doesn’t hold me by my hand and spell every little thing out for me, with that big “AHA! moment near the end; but along with all of that, there has to be enough explanation of the facts to get the audience to the AHA! (I don’t know how many times I have to write that before anyone pays attention.) Important things that should have been expounded upon were glossed over and unnecessary events could have been cut out. In this way, Hereditary reminded me of Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! (here’s my review), but a “lite,” less good, less well made, mess of a movie, version. And at least while watching Mother, even though it was crazy and self-indulgent, I was invested throughout most of it and wanted to see what crazy thing would happen next.

Along with those long, exhaustive spans of suspense-free time that wore me out, there were times when the audience just had to laugh (at times quite inappropriately), because any type of reaction was better than the “nothing” we were feeling. (I will speak for the audience here. The theater was filled to capacity. Don’t you hate that? But the boredom was palpable.) We also laughed quite a bit because some of the dialogue was so strangely written in places. There were several “Who says that!?” moments.

Hereditary earned a sad 4.5 out of 10 bloops. The storytelling is convoluted, too long, too boring at times, and some scenes are just poorly written. The horror is splendid, particularly for a movie that is lacking in suspense. It pains me to pan a movie because I understand the creativity and work that goes in to making one and people were so looking forward to this one, but Toni Collette’s and Ann Dowd’s talents were wasted here.

Thank you for reading. You can scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page, hit the “follow” button and enter your email address to subscribe to bloopbymimi, and never miss a review; or you can follow me on twitter (which I must get more savvy with and active on!) @bloopbymimi1

Bloops:

1   =   worst ever, avoid at all cost
2   =   very bad, forget about it!
3   =   poor movie, not recommended
4   =   not good, even for free – NO!
5   =   so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6   =   not bad, could have been better
7   =   good movie, worth seeing
8   =   great movie, don’t miss it!
9   =   excellent movie, a must see!
10 =   a masterpiece, go see it now!

What I’m seeing/reviewing next…

I’m so far behind I don’t know where to begin! I haven’t been to the movies in a full month due to circumstances beyond my control, and I, along with this blog, have been slowly dying!!! I haven’t even seen Deadpool! So, bear with me while I catch up. In the meantime, I still have to see what is upcoming and keep up there as well. Such is blog life…

Ocean’s Eight – Which, by the way, if I didn’t have this blog I would have zero interest in seeing and I am hoping to be pleasantly surprised. While I cared for each of the stars of the original Ocean’s Eleven (1960), I didn’t care for Oceans 11 because it was simply a chance for a bunch of rich guys who happened to be friends to get together and goof off on screen. It is for the same reason I did not care for the 2001 remake and have never watched any of its subsequent installments.

Plus I have a few older reviews on ice I’ll be putting out whether the movie is still in the theater or not. It’s gotta come out on blue ray/dvd and start streaming sometime, so I might be able to help you save a couple of hours of your life doing something more constructive than watching a bad movie. You’re welcome..

Other Reviews

Book Club
Avengers: Infinity War
You Were Never Really Here
Rampage
A Quiet Place
Ready Player One
A Wrinkle in Time
Lady Bird
I, Tonya
The Florida Project
Black Panther
Molly’s Game
The Post
Phantom Thread
Den of Thieves
All the Money in the World
Coco
The Greatest Showman
The Disaster Artist
Call Me By Your Name
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape of Water
Marshall
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Victoria and Abdul
Thor: Ragnarok
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Mother!
It
Good Time
Atomic Blonde
Dunkirk
Girls Trip
Spider-Man: Homecoming
The Big Sick
Baby Driver
All Eyez on Me 
It Comes at Night 
The Wedding Plan 
Wonder Woman
Everything, everything
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Raw
Kong: Skull Island
Logan
The Girl with All the Gifts
A Cure for Wellness 
Get Out
Hidden Figures
Fences
Moonlight
Hell or High Water
Loving
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Nocturnal Animals
Captain Fantastic
Elle
Jackie
I Am Not Your Negro
The Lobster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Club (PG-13)

Starring Jane Fonda (80), Candice Bergen (72), Diane Keaton (72) and Mary Steenburgen (65), Book Club tells the story of four best friends who rediscover themselves while reading the Fifty Shades (of Gray, Darker and Freed) trilogy in the book club they started 40 years earlier.

I list the ages of the actresses because it is important to do so since the movie is about aging and humorously challenges the audiences’ ageist ideas. Written/directed by Bill Holderman and co-writer Erin Simms, Book Club does a good job of looking at aging from different perspectives, under different circumstances, with individual outcomes. Book Club never gets too heavy while delivering a message to empower seniors and educate those who hope to become seniors one day; that message being, the labels “Older” and “Old” do not have to be synonymous with “lifeless.”

Book Club vaguely reminded me of The Golden Girls. There is a reason why everyone loved/loves The Golden Girls so much. That show shocked us by shattering our collective ageist stereotypes like no other show before it. Any time this is attempted in the post-Golden Girls era, it creates an endearing nostalgia in me for those who were not only the first, but the best to ever do it. I’m all for any project which further destroys the outdated images of older women being “dried up” and sexually disinterested.

This movie is super cute. How could it not be? Look who’s in it! Four women who have held themselves together pretty well over the years (of course, keeping in mind that they are rich, which arguably makes it easier to do). I must say, Diane Keaton makes me want to make her some cheese grits with pork chops and gravy. She is (a phrase I thought I would never use in this lifetime) too thin. Those beautiful, stylish, often-times voluminous clothes that are her trademark now wrap around her too much and dwarf her, making already slight figure look frail and poor at times. Love her though, but Dear Diane, please put on 10 pounds. It’s okay now! She delivers in true Keaton fashion, doing what she does in the way only she can. Jane Fonda can do no wrong on a screen as far as I’m concerned. Candice Bergen looks great and even pokes fun at her weight. Steenburgen’s voice is just comic gold here.

I laughed out loud a couple of times, but the humor in Book Club is subtle, mature and well balanced. It’s like a coming of age story for the older generation. And this is not just another “chick flick.” Don Johnson (68 and still hot by the way), Ed Begley. Jr. (68) Andy Garcia (62 who looks better than he ever did before) and Craig T. Nelson (74) play the male counterparts to these ladies and do a great job. So there is a realistic male perspective to this story as well.

Book Club earned 7.5 out of 10 bloops. It is a good movie that shouldn’t be missed, but I’ll stop short of declaring it “great”. It is an enjoyable movie that will appeal to all ages, from the older crowd, to Fonda’s new found fans from Grace and Frankie, male and female alike.  Book Club helps to debunk stereotypes about older people, and allows older actors and actresses to shine. Go see it with your girls or drag your old man or your old lady. I think you’ll all enjoy it.

Thank you for reading. You can scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page, hit the “follow” button and enter your email address to subscribe to bloopbymimi, and never miss a review; or you can follow me on twitter (which I must get more savvy with and active on!) @bloopbymimi1

Bloops:

1   =   worst ever, avoid at all cost
2   =   very bad, forget about it!
3   =   poor movie, not recommended
4   =   not good, even for free – NO!
5   =   so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6   =   not bad, could have been better
7   =   good movie, worth seeing
8   =   great movie, don’t miss it!
9   =   excellent movie, a must see!
10 =   a masterpiece, go see it now!

What I’m seeing/reviewing next…

I’m so far behind I don’t know where to begin! I haven’t been to the movies in a full month due to circumstances beyond my control, and I, along with this blog, have been slowly dying!!! I haven’t even seen Deadpool! So, bear with me while I catch up. In the meantime, I still have to see what is upcoming and keep up there as well. Such is blog life…

Ocean’s Eight – Which, by the way, if I didn’t have this blog I would have zero interest in seeing and I am hoping to be pleasantly surprised. While I cared for each of the stars of the original Ocean’s Eleven (1960), I didn’t care for Oceans 11 because it was simply a chance for a bunch of rich guys who happened to be friends to get together and goof off on screen. It is for the same reason I did not care for the 2001 remake and have never watched any of its subsequent installments.

Hereditary – I’m not certain how good this movie will be or what it’s supposed to be about, but I am there for anything starring Toni Collette,

Plus I have a few older reviews on ice I’ll be putting out whether the movie is still in the theater or not. It’s gotta come out on blue ray/dvd and start streaming sometime, so I might be able to help you save a couple of hours of your life doing something more constructive than watching a bad movie. You’re welcome..
Past Reviews

Avengers: Infinity War
You Were Never Really Here

Rampage
A Quiet Place
Ready Player One
A Wrinkle in Time
Lady Bird
I, Tonya
The Florida Project
Black Panther
Molly’s Game
The Post
Phantom Thread
Den of Thieves
All the Money in the World
Coco
The Greatest Showman
The Disaster Artist
Call Me By Your Name
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape of Water
Marshall
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Victoria and Abdul
Thor: Ragnarok
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Mother!
It
Good Time
Atomic Blonde
Dunkirk
Girls Trip
Spider-Man: Homecoming
The Big Sick
Baby Driver
All Eyez on Me 
It Comes at Night 
The Wedding Plan 
Wonder Woman
Everything, everything
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Raw
Kong: Skull Island
Logan
The Girl with All the Gifts
A Cure for Wellness 
Get Out
Hidden Figures
Fences
Moonlight
Hell or High Water
Loving
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Nocturnal Animals
Captain Fantastic
Elle
Jackie
I Am Not Your Negro
The Lobster