‘Just Mercy’: How Could This Movie Not be Nominated for Best Picture?!

I watched Just Mercy for the first time on Juneteenth on TBS. I’m going to be honest. I was bored at first but then…once the story got moving it didn’t let up. Just Mercy is a depressing yet empowering story depicting the struggles of the common black man and how we find ways to overcome the prejudice that tries to beat us down. It’s an even more poignant film when you look at the world around us at this very moment, at the people of all races who are finally standing up and saying enough is enough.

Just Mercy on several occasions had me crying as I stared at the screen, either horrified by what I was witnessing or inwardly cheering at the triumphs that so many of my people don’t get a chance to enjoy.

It was a beautiful story, led by two brilliant performances by Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan, both of whom got snubbed at the Oscars and the Golden Globes despite giving some of the best performances of their lives.

Selma, a story told a million times through documentaries and personal accounts was nominated for Best Picture six years ago. So how could a movie that tells the story of a relatively unknown African-American whose deeds are just as impactful as Martin Luther King’s not be nominated for Best Picture also? Continue reading ‘Just Mercy’: How Could This Movie Not be Nominated for Best Picture?!

‘Ford v. Ferrari’: A Heck of a Good Movie

I knew when it was announced that Christian Bale and Matt Damon were going to star in a film about the rivalry between Ford and Ferrari that it was going to be a good movie. Turns out, I wasn’t wrong.

Ford v. Ferrari was one of eight films to get nominated for Best Picture last year and deservedly so. The movie tells a well-told story of the rivalry between the car companies and the classic bromance between two men who have a common purpose; that being highlighting Ford as the greatest car company that it could be at the time.

Based on the true story of race car driver Ken Miles, this movie never stops to bore you. It’s constantly keeping you on your toes, whether the scene is taking place on the race track or in a restaurant.

The screenplay is well-written and had me laughing an occasion of times. The actors cast for every role was perfect. And even though I would still award Parasite for Best Picture (for its blatant originality) this was definitely one of the best films of 2019 and is a definite must-watch.

I’m giving this 97 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is darn near perfect and I honestly didn’t expect it to be that good.

It is currently available to stream on HBO Max.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: A Decent Superhero Movie That Had Me Riveted

I’ve been very interested in watching X-Men movies lately and my latest venture led me to watch X-Men: Apocalypse. I’m one of those casual X-Men fans who watch the movies but don’t take the story that seriously, especially that I’ve watched the X-Men films in such a wrong order (X-Men: Days of Future PastLoganX-Men: Dark PhoenixX-Men: First ClassX-Men, and just now, X-Men: Apocalypse.)

Before I share my review of this particular film let me share with you micro-reviews of these other X-Men movies to give you an idea of how I feel about these movies.

X-MenNot a bad Marvel film, especially for 2000. A-

X-Men: First ClassSuper wack, especially the CGI. In fact, I couldn’t finish it because it looked so bad but I got the gist. C+

X-Men: Days of Future PastA heck of a good X-Men movie that actually takes its story seriously. A

X-Men: Dark PhoenixNot nearly as bad as the fans and critics say. There were some great action sequences that had me pumped. After watching all of these films, I’m actually kind of excited to maybe see this movie again. A-

LoganRaw, gritty, fantastically written, dark, the best X-Men movie ever made by far. A+

Okay, there are my micro-reviews. So now that you know how I feel about those films let me tell you, in greater detail, how I feel about X-Men: Apocalypse. Continue reading ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: A Decent Superhero Movie That Had Me Riveted