Movie Reviews 2020 & 2021

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Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir (2021) Netflix

Rating: 4 out of 5.

June is Rebuild Your Life Month ๐Ÿงฐ

With that in mind, watched Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir for Movie Reviews 2020 & 2021.

Read Amy Tan’s highly popular novel ๐Ÿ“–, The Joy Luck Club when it came out in the late 8๏ธโƒฃ0๏ธโƒฃs; an inspiring & beautiful storyโฃ๏ธ It’s a fictional example of women’s remarkable ability to adapt & rebuild their life ๐Ÿฆธ๐Ÿฝ.

When I heard they were making The Joy Luck Club into a movie ๐ŸŽฆ, I couldn’t wait to see it in theaters. Always skeptical ๐Ÿค” when Hollywood adapts a book, but surprisingly director Wayne Wang really brings the written ๐Ÿ“ word to life. He captured every character’s story ๐ŸŽŽ & included all relevant elements to keep the film interesting.

Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir

Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir is an hour โž• 4๏ธโƒฃ1๏ธโƒฃ-minute documentary of the authors life. As a reviewer on IMDb writes:

As the movie opens, Ms. Tan is introduced at the Lesher Speaker Series to give a talk about her life experiences. We then go back in time as we are introduced to Amy’s parents, who arrived separately in California in the late 1940s to escape the chaos in China. Amy retells how her mother, not the easiest person in the world, would install a common sense about her Chinese heritage. But then at age 15, Amy’s dad and her oldest brother both died within 6 months of each other due to illness…

What struck me ๐Ÿ™Ž๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ was the number of other novels ๐Ÿ“š Amy Tan has written in her 69 years, including children’s books. Very interested in reading ๐Ÿ‘“ some of her other works, because I did love ๐Ÿ’™ Mrs. Tan’s writing style in The Joy Luck Club.

I don’t want to give away ๐Ÿคซ too much of the film, but will say this is a FANTASTIC “Rebuild Your Life” ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ story. I highly recommend this delightful โœจ documentary.


Mank (2020) Netflix

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Anyone that knows me knows I LOVE GARY OLDMAN๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’˜ Long before Gary Oldman won his Academy Award ๐Ÿ† for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or the kids thought he was cool ๐Ÿ˜Ž as Sirius Black ๐Ÿง™ in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, I have loved him as an actor.

I’ve always said any actor ๐ŸŽญ that has the range to play Sid Vicious ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽค (Sid and Nancy) & Beethoven ๐ŸŽน (Immortal Beloved) in their career is GENIUS๐Ÿ˜€! I have said it before, Gary Oldman, is #๏ธโƒฃ1๏ธโƒฃ on my laminated list; he was HOT in his day ๐Ÿคญ

You have seen Oldman in a million movies ๐ŸŽฅ, you just didn’t remember it ๐Ÿค”. Here are a few of the most notable:

Mank Review ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿฝ

I could write โœ๐Ÿฝ an entire movie reviews 2020 – 2021, on Gary Oldman’s career ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ but you are here for my opinion of Mank ๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

IMDb says: 1930’s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes ๐Ÿ‘€ of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter ๐Ÿธ Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races ๐Ÿƒ to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane (1941).

This all black & white film ๐ŸŽž was directed by the great David Fincher (House of Cards, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Fincher takes you back in time โณ when movie making was still in its infancy ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ; which is great knowledge ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿซ of how movies were created in the 1930s.

In my television reviews ๐Ÿ“บ this week, wrote about actress Lily Collins (Emily in Paris). For this role ๐Ÿคน Lily brings in her British roots (daughter of legendary English musician Phil Collins). She totally holds her own acting with Oldman ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Can’t say I have been a huge Amanda Seyfried fan ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ; however, she does a stellar job ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธportraying Marion Davies. Amanda makes you want to know more about the exciting life of Davies (American actress, producer, screenwriter, and philanthropist ๐Ÿฆธ๐Ÿผ)

Watched the movie several times not only for the incredible fashion๐Ÿ‘— but, because I miss the days when movies where made this beautifully ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿฝ. Where every cinematic shot is it’s own story ๐Ÿ“–

Mank definitely deserved all 8๏ธโƒฃ Oscar nominations (Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Oldman), Best Achievement in Directing (Fincher) Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Seyfried) Best Achievement in Costume Design ((Trish Summerville)) Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling & more) โž• 2 wins it received (Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Achievement in Cinematography)โ—๏ธ


The United States vs. Billie Holliday (2021)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ripped straight from IMDb: The United States vs. Billie Holliday Follows Holiday during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.

I wanted to see if director, Lee Daniels could hold a candle ๐Ÿ•ฏ to 1972s Lady Sings the Blues starring Diana RossBilly Dee Williams & Richard Pryor๐Ÿ˜˜

The United States vs. Billie Holliday stars โญ๏ธ Andra DayTrevante Rhodes & Garrett Hedlund.  

Seeing Andra’s ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿฝ work on this incredible film PROVES she deserved every 2021 award she won ๐Ÿ’ฏ(Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, Oscar Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, African-American Film Critics Association: Best Actress & Black Reel Awards: Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female).

This ๐ŸŽฅ is a great way for a young Black audience to learn Billie’s story in a way they can relate. Lee Daniel’s does a HELL OF A JOB and am so proud The United States vs. Billie Holliday won Best Picture amongst our people (African-American Film Critics Association)โ—๏ธ


Thunder Force (2021)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

You know I love women kicking butt ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ so this movie was a must watch๐Ÿ‘€ Besides, who wouldn’t want to see a movie starring Melissa McCarthy & Octavia Spencer ๐Ÿ˜

Written & directed by Ben Falcone this picture mixes the love of Marvelesque superheroes ๐Ÿฆธ๐Ÿฝ with the reboot trend of adding a young actor to bring in the Gen Z audience.

I can watch Jason Bateman read the phone โ˜Ž๏ธbook & die laughing ๐Ÿคฃ, however, this role was a bit off for me. Jason DOES deliver his comedy genius ๐Ÿคก in spite of weak character development.

There is nothing earth shatteringly ๐Ÿ†• about the plot but the acting IS up to Melissa & Octavia comedy standard.

The storyline is predictable but the action is fun. Definitely laughed a few times but not 5-star worthy.


Bad Boys for Life (2020)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

It’s been 17 years since the last Bad Boys movie and I have to say, if you are going to wait that long in between movies it better be amazing ๐Ÿ˜ก Fortunately, the 3๏ธโƒฃrd installment of Bad Boys DID NOT disappointโ—๏ธ

The casting (stars Will Smith & Martin Lawrence), story & acting, were executed with a genius ๐Ÿ‘; worth the long wait! Directors, Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah, bring back Joe Pantoliano. Joe does a stellar job, once again, as the fidgety police captain๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿป

The newest cast members, which includes Vanessa Hudgens, are hilarious๐Ÿคฃ Their performance as the police squad sent to help our heroes ๐Ÿฆธ๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ get the bad guys, elevate the plot & make it easy to digest for younger audiences.

The comedy is SPECTACULAR and I give the movie ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ in the emotional & action categories. I love seeing women kicking butt๐Ÿฆธ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

The cinematography was just as incredible as the previous Bad Boys movies ๐Ÿฅณ; bringing in new directors really paid off.

Giving Bad Boys for Life a 4.5 out of 5 stars for Movie Reviews 2020 & 2021. The violence is a bit gratuitous ๐Ÿ˜ฑ but get it appeals to Gen Z audience.


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