So, soon it is going to be Christmas 2020 on Netflix and all around. It is therefore time for holiday movies or at least movies during the season. Covid-19 has stranded many of us. Thankfully, the likes of Netflix are offering distractions and entertainment. Netflix particularly offers Christmas holiday movies and series as well as films that can be watched in that period even though they are not set around the holidays. These are some that we have watched and either recommend or regret to have seen. Well I don’t regret things, I write a review and then it becomes worth my time, saving others’. I chose the first one and then just clicked on whatever was next and recommended. So, these are the films I watched and how they made me feel alongside their ratings.
Christmas made to order: Christmas Romantic Comedy
I was looking forward to seeing the two good-looking lead characters. The acting is telegraphed, the beatiful main actress seems to have messed up her face with some type of filler which makes it a little hard to look at her the same way (I was hoping she was one of those who just age gracefully, she definitely has the face for it), the meet cute is extremely boring and unoriginal. The trialed, tested and exhausted script is therefore extremely unoriginal: basically the usual one party loves Christmas, the other one does not so the whole plot is about the former convincing the latter that she is right. Is there any of these movies that just respect differing opinions and stops thinking that not loving Christmas is a disease originating in a little childhood trauma that the power of boners just overcomes the time it takes to complete a movie. Oh my God, it is strenuous so little there is chemistry between these two beautiful people and in that way the movie does not stray from its predecessors, hoping that the Christmas context and backing music would provide enough magic to glitter over that blandness. it all feels forced and still sounds and feels like a first table-read. So many things feel all at once cliché and wrong, caricatural, the constant nad unsubtle guilt-tripping, the unprofessional nosiness, the coincidental everything and everyone, the magical change of mind as an effect without logical cause or emotional trail, complete the stupid wannabe twist where they break up because of a silly thing and rekin because…, eurgghh… I guess that one idea that was not explored is for you to market yourself with a dash of self-righteousness to the family and the guy through Christmas, oh no, it has been done too. Maybe romantic comedies are about exhausting formulae.
3.5 out of 10
Blood of Zeus: Mythology cartoon series
Mythology always has that edge of mystery, fantasy, power that draws us in. Blood of Zeus is no different. Netflix shows Season 1, surprisingly as short as 8 episodes, centred around demigod Heron. The story is gripping enough, the drawings are ok, the animation feels at timex a little subpar (as if the last stage of the process) was missed in places. Almost as if they were rushing to deliver something for the covid-stranded people, hungry for adventure by proxy. The cartoon is entertaining, the season is short enough to be watched in one go and before you know it, it is completed and you are yearning for more. not lengthened
6.9 out of 10
Christmas Wonderland: Holiday Romcom
Surprise! Romance on a bed of holidays. Much better acting on our second holiday comedy. But exposition happens almost immediately and one after the other with as much awkwardness as there would be if they were vomiting it. The leads look more real, I guess and act it as well. I still feel t
4.1 out of 10
Most of the Bourne films: Great close-up well-choreographed action with political twists
Netflix is unfortunately not showing the last Bourne but it is a pleasure to get at least all the other movies in the “series”
7.5 out of 10
New York minute
slightly exhausting at first when it appears all the cliches will soon be lined-up but then I guess it is what a family movie should be. a little bit, a lot exagerated in part but mostly in good measure very unlikely to happen in real life but all fun and doubled up with the twins. For the early teenager in us all. Silly but worth it
6.5 out of 10
My Christmas Inn: Holiday Romcom
So, this is another which has ok acting if I ignore the cliches that shadow every Black / African American’s stereotypical way of speaking from the parents eg. The inn was in the title, the coincidentally real estate agent was in the close entourage and within the first 10 minutes exposited as such,
I wish any black and white movie was more than just token colours put together in a grey tableau / moving image
we have it all: narration, a perfect person that everyone loves and who bequeath something that would guilt-trip her relative into
I’m starting to think that it is all about family-grounded Christmas lovers advertising the righteousness of their ways to stage
this is the fastest turnaround though from i hate this guy and now i don’t and i am not into christmas and now I am. I don’t understand is how a one hour and a half movie manages to rush every important part and (falling for each other, first declaring feelings. We had a telegraphed moment and the chemistry is scripted. Do scriptwriters and good actors and get told not to upstage Christmas and downact?
But mostly, a romcom wouldnt be a romcom woithout a misunderstanding as ridiculous as its premise. If I could make a wish this late in time, it would be to please, give me a movie not a reenactement.
3.8 out of 10
Father Figures is surprising. It is hard to hate, love or anything. It is a film with good intentions I believe, springled with forced, silly humour. at least because Glenn Close is in it. The cast deliver some great acting, from the leads Ed Helms and Owen Wilson to It is a drama made as a cmedy. At times, goofy and over the top, the end brings it back altogether in a surprising(?) twist. One word, The Universe.
7 out of 10
Unpatronisingly cute, surprisingly DC Comics (I thought I knew all their works). Some classic cliche sprinkled here and there. It is amazing how American movies have made taking pills (especially without water or with a hot or alcoholic drink) as natural as drinking or eating. Wait is it the habit of all badass killers to hide their matos under cement and free it with a hammer à la John Wick? Wait, Morgan Freeman is in it? Dame It is getting cuter. Bruce Willis is at one of his best. quenches any paranoiac thirst. I found a few people a little too orange but nothing unwatchable. I really liked it.
7.5 out of 10
Music and Lyrics
As good any lesson in songwriting as another. If you love pop there are actually some lovely songs in there and the way that they capture the good, the bad, the ugly (or as they call it LA, the sexy) and the just ridiculous in its culture. I don’t want to say that Drew’s character’s ex issue is stupid but I definitely think it. Very much enjoyed it at times and sometimes had to battle with the cliches. Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant have great, fully developed characters, being subtle in their lead. There are some real laughs and some truly sad moments in their interactions. When you hear Hugh’s dialogue, you know it could never have worked but with him. I especially like his insistance or that of the script writer to use expressions such as “as were you”: I can almost hear TBBT’s Sheldon Cooper echoing a “yes, that is how it’s said”. Not so for Barrymore: positively not typecast but negatively replaceable, neutrally did play her part well. But even more than the great leads, the supporting characters are so real and unbelievable all at once. Haley Bennett truly shines as Cora Corman, the main pop singer, playing the part like she was born to be that star. Kristen Johnston is just incredible, a real force in the film and unforgettable in its complete and unapologetic uncensorship as a. Truly entertaining with different tones and strength from the subtler characters to the less so.
6.8 out of 10
Christmas Land: Holiday Romcom
Well, the thesaurus keeps warm at Christmas because the movies seem to have only swapped words… ok and actors. OMG, child actors…
This is watchable in effect but can be a little inspid in its treatment of the genre, mainly because it does not sway from the beaten road or add to it. From the granma exposition at the outset, geared towards children who should really know who she is unless their parents are bad parents for letting them with what would be as a consequence a stranger, to the condescending script and introductory read, we know we are in for a few sighs. A lot of pretty people and a loose script might make for cinema in a stranded universe but certainly there are further choices, surely.
4.8 out of 10
As good as it gets
Jack Nicholson is back as Mr Udell or OCD-riddled Grinch without the Christmas. There is no doubt his character who would blossom in a Covid-19 situation. The movie opens up with a series of racist, homophobic, animal-phobic, antisemitic punches on a bed of bad manners. And when you are ready to hate him altogether, then Jack Nicholson’s character turns into this more than tolerable person. I don’t know what to think of it. It is just a little too annoying. Helen Hunt’s character is great until she isn’t. This strong women sells well going from a panic-driven life to a freeer life. As for her interaction with Mr Urdell, it feels more like a new form of Stockholm syndrome where the jailer added to his patronage a whispered financial debt. I don’t want to talk further about it. It is uncomfortable to think that the most beautiful words would be rose petals on the mud he has been constantly laying. Putting names to attitudes, likee OCD, seems to be the scientific way to fabricate pseudo-tolerance to further the plot. Lame.
4.5 out of 10.
Couples Come Dine With Me
$%£ out of 10
The secret: Dare to dream – Realistic-feeling Romcom
So it is refreshing to watch a romcom and not be pounded unsubtly with obligations that the main characters get together because they are single or ther partners are somehow flawed enough to be expositely obvious about it from the outset. There are also real life things that happen that do not make everything aboout getting our people together. Great kid acting. great acting period. Details did bother me, like: I know they have little money but they have no umbrella, she can’t run to get her recently cold-ill son and her guest? and the mum of three who needs a man to make things better? ungrateful brats at first almost made me scream at the TV but clearly they were just having a bad day. It is good but it hardly escapes the stereotypical 30 minutes row misunderstanding breakup before the make up. Did the row had to taint the birthday party? Is it not possible to take someone aside and ask the questions (and even listen to the answers)? Amicable breakup, man buying love, people not knowing what they want, now that is realistic romance. The Universe talking, inventors, Einstein’s quotes, a view from the stars. Now that is romance. Well done, Katie Holmes.
7.3 out of 10
Operation Christmas Drop: Romcom on a bed of heartfelt charitable true story
I actually watched the whole movie without getting to my pen and it was good. Don’t get me wrong. It did not escape some of the clichés but somehow, maybe because I have seen worse
what a refreshing thing to see humans . a little anticlimactic final kiss but that will do I guess. thankfully there is a little at the end to show us that operation christmas drop is a real thing and how heartwarming is that. so a foot into reality, the real meaning of christmas, lessons in efficiency, assertiveness and debrouillardise, To watch. so
7 out of 10
Midnight at the magnolia: Romcom where friendship turns into romance
The advantage of friendships that turn into romance is that they don’t have to convince us that they know each other and they run more of a chance to be longterm than some of the other type of romcom. Nonetheless, these are still no new territory. The movie does it quite ok actually with so 30 minutes before the end mark they had a fight but wow it did not feel forced. I slid through it without realising. I only saw it 17 minutes before.its=’s cute enough and passes the 5 mark
5.5 out of 10
So undercover: Teen movie
So Miley Cyrus is a teenage Miss Congeniality and gets Kappaed to protect some girl. Osbourne girl is there. We know the formula and the cliche and yet it is hard to avoid the movie all the same. It’s so fitting for Cyrus to be that character and she is convincing. There is not much to say beyond this and the rating. Entertaining with a dash of mystery, blackmail, Kelly Osbourne trying accents… Bonus outtakes in the end, à la Jackie Chan- Movie.
6.5 out of 10
Spiderman into the spider-verse: Animated action
There is so much I could say about this but avtually I am not going to, U’m only going to rate it, because this is something to be watched. Brilliant, original, intelligent, fummy, detailed, clever… you see, I am repeating myself. Scores please.
9 out of 10