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Entertaining topics of 2019 (Happy New Year)

I wanted to share some of the more entertaining stories that I’ve personally followed this year. Take a look at the list below.

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Stuber: Best buddy cop movie of the summer? (review)

You may find this a surprise, but I enjoyed Dave Bautista during his wrestling days with WWE. He’s played in some great roles since then, like Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy most notably. But I was intent on seeing Stuber because I knew it would be a good showing for Bautista who plays Vic Manning in the film. I was not wrong. For me, Dave Bautista was hilarious in this movie.

The comedy in Stuber was spot on! I genuinely belly laughed during this movie. I enjoyed the ride. Seeing how this buddy comedy begins by Vic Manning’s daughter, Nicole, scheduling him an Uber.

Stu, played by Kumil Nanjiani, was very true to life in how he reacted to the circumstances he was thrust into. How would you react if a cop got in your car and pretty much made you take him into dangerous neighbors while he investigated drug deals and cop killers?

“You give people glocks instead of love!” – Stu

Stuber (2019) Bautista and Kumil

Vic and Stu’s dynamic was hilarious. Vic is very brutish for a lot of the movie, but you start to see Stu crack his shell because they are opposites and the friction they have with one another brings them closer.

Stu is 100 percent out of his element, but somehow gets acclimated to Vic’s police antics very quickly. Their relationship progresses throughout the movie until they finally become friends.

The entire movie was great, but the fight at the animal hospital and the fight the outdoor store were my favorite moments in the movie. I liked these moments the best because they triggered key development in Vic and Stu’s relationship.

I also thoroughly enjoyed that Vic held his squinting expression throughout the majority of the film. How was he supposed to know his informant would call the same day he got Lasik eye surgery? The story is compelling and I love the bread crumb explanation that we get during the climax of the film to tie everything together.

Overall, this is a great funny movie. I think it’s the best buddy cop movie I’ve seen in a while. I’d definitely recommend going to see it if you want to have a good laugh.

Spider-Man: Far From Home was such a good movie! (review)

Spider-Man: Far From Home was seriously a great movie. It was on par with, if not better than, Spider-Man: Homecoming. I was engaged during the entire movie. From the student tribute to Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Widow, all the way to the post scene credits, this was an excellent ending to the past 10 years of awesome entertainment that the MCU has provided us.

Some spoilers ahead, no major ones

Spider-man far from home, new suit

Peter Parker’s journey from the beginning of the film to the end of the film was very relatable. He mourned Tony Stark through the whole movie and used his school trip as a way to get his mind off things. Peter clearly wanted to regain some sense of normality in his life and dodge the responsibility that Tony bestowed upon him in death.

He tries to express his feelings to MJ, makes up an excuse to Nick Fury for not being able to help fight the elements, and even easily trusts the next father figure he’s introduced to in Quenton Beck.

Peter’s not thinking straight through most of the movie and that’s how he’s taken advantage of. Honestly, Mysterio teaches him a valuable lesson, even though it’s at the expense of a lot of things.

Speaking of Mysterio, Jake Gyllenhaal was excellent in this role! I’m familiar with the Mysterio character, so I already knew he wasn’t really a friend of the Avengers. However, I was almost fooled into thinking Quenton Beck actually wasn’t the con-artist we know him as in the comics and in the animated series.

Watching Quenton Beck turn into Mysterio and finding out his motive was such a good reveal. I never saw it coming. It was really well done. His entire build up was really well done. And the illusion sequences were the best part of the movie.

Spider-Man, peter parker and Mysterio, quenton beck

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury was on point and the surprising reintroduction of J.K Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson was perfectly annoying. If you’ve played Spider-Man (the most recent video game release) you’ll appreciate that the news broadcasts of the Daily Bugle have been incorporated in Spider-Man: Far From Home as well.

Glad to see both J.Jonah Jameson and the Daily Bugle make their way into this iteration of Spider-Man.

Usually, I get a tad annoyed by adding love scenes into action movies. I don’t understand their purpose and sometimes I feel like they draw away from the important happenings going on. But, MJ and Peter were super cute and awkward. This version of Mary Jane is sarcastic and at least tries to hold her own during situations of trouble. So I liked it.

I want to spoil you! That’s how fun and good the movie was. But I won’t. That’s how good it was!

If you haven’t seen Spider-Man: Far From Home, you should definitely make time to. It’s refreshing and the post-credit scenes will make your jaw drop. I’m excited about the next phase of the MCU, even though we have to wait a few years for it to begin.

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Avengers: Endgame | My experience in the theater

Watching Avengers: Endgame was a great experience. I completely understand why the Russo brothers didn’t want anyone to spoil the movie on social media. Still I ended up watching the movie a week after its release and I had to pretty much stay off of Instagram and Twitter to make sure I didn’t have things ruined for me.

One week later, the Avengers: Endgame has passed Titanic as the highest grossing film in history and it’s not hard to see why. The run time of this film is just over three hours and I never checked my watch.

I sat down in a full theater with my popcorn, nachos, and orange drink to watch Hawkeye and his daughter shoot bows at a bullseye and then the rollercoaster began.

I didn’t care to look at people in the seats around me because I was focused. But, it was clear that we all were ready to experience the end of the Avengers journey as we know it.

Everyone was on the edge of their seats. We all gasped when Captain Marvel randomly showed up to aide our favorite heroes. We laughed when the rat happened to be at the right place at the wrong time. We sobbed when Peppers told Tony to go on the mission that could change their very existence.

The room erupted with excitement during the quest for the infinity stones and growled with anger when Nebula couldn’t control herself. We cheered when Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America stood up to Thanos. And we cried when this epic ride concluded.

I don’t think I’ve experienced such an emotional rollercoaster since The Avengers: Infinity War. The best thing about going to see this film, was the fact that everyone in the room was on the journey together. We were all in sync and it made the time we spent together all the more treasured.

Despite knowing that there was no special scene after the credits, we still waited just in case. And when we heard the faint, “clink, clink, clink”, we identified it.

When I found out this would be the end of an era, I hoped for Endgame to be a love letter to the fans. I can definitely say it is.

It felt like a wink to the last 11 years of people dissecting every frame of every movie from Iron Man to Ant-Man. It felt like an acknowledgment to everyone who wanted to know what the heroes did once we weren’t looking. And it definitely was a huge thank you to actors who brought the life and personalities to these wonderful characters.

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