Black Adam

2 STARS

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writers: Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Aldis Hodge, Pierce Brosnan, Noah Cenitneo, Quintessa Swindell, Sarah Shahi, Bodhi Sabongui, Mohammed Amer, Marwan Kenzari

Let’s get really honest for just a sec: DC and Warner Bros. haven’t exactly had a good time of it with their movies. Things started off okay with Man of Steel in 2013, but somehow everything seemed to go downhill from there. In my opinion, they fared a little better with 2017’s Wonder Woman, but again, things took a turn after that. The movies haven’t been particularly consistent or well thought-out, and, frankly, Marvel Studios and Disney just do a far superior job of bringing a cinematic universe to life. Now, almost ten years after the DCEU began, we have the latest offering in Black Adam. Is DC finally breathing some new life into the worn out DCEU, or should Black Adam have remained buried for all eternity?

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Tiny Tapes Reviews – October 2022

So it has been a little while since the last TTR… my bad… but life has been a little… well, you know.
But here we are again with a few more short and snappy reviews! As much as I’d love to delve deeply into each film, time contstraints limit my brain power. But that’s enough of that, let’s get into it!

October’s TTRs consists of: Blue Bayou, The Garden of Words, Incantation, ‘Everything, Everywhere, All At Once’, The Matrix Resurrections, Don’t Make Me Go, Lightyear, The Gray Man and Pinocchio.

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Nope

3 STARS

Director: Jordan Peele
Writer: Jordan Peele
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Brandon Perea, Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott, Jacob Kim

When you think of Jordan Peele (if you do at all), what comes to mind? His mega-hit Get Out? His other unsettling dystopian movie, Us? Maybe his comedy collaborations with Keegan-Michael Key? Or perhaps just as a voice from Toy Story 4? Whatever you think (or don’t think) of Peele, I bet one of the last things you’d associate him with is aliens. Horror, yes, but UFOs? Certainly not. Yet, here we are, with Peele’s latest project brimming with physical horror (mainly) rather than psychological. It’s always good for a filmmaker to branch out, see if they have hidden talents in any other genre, keeping them from repeating the same tropes again and again. Has Peele found another string to add to his bow, or has he strayed too far from the formula that has worked for him previously?

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Elvis

Director: Baz Luhrmann
Writers: Baz Luhrmann, Jeremy Doner, Sam Bromell, Craig Pearce
Cast: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge, Helen Thomson, Richard Roxburgh, Kelvin Harrison Jr., David Wenham, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Luke Bracey, Dacre Montgomery

Another year, another biopic based on a famous figure from musical history. This time, the legendary Elvis Presley has his life portrayed for the first time in a theatrical film and is given the unique Luhrmann treatment. It’s no secret how tumultuous Presley’s life was, specifically during his career, making it perfect fodder for filmmakers to create and audiences to watch. With the success of other biopics based on musicians, thinking particularly of 2005’s Walk the Line based on the life of Johnny Cash and 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody based on Freddie Mercury and Queen, does Elvis join their ranks of success, or is it just an unabashed way to make money off the Presley legacy?

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Top Gun: Maverick

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5 STARS

Director: Joseph Kosinski
Writers: Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Val Kilmer, Bashir Salahuddin, Charles Parnell, Glen Powell, Monica Barbaro, Lewis Pullman, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Greg Tarzan Davis, Ed Harris

Thirty-six years ago, our lives (or those who were actually alive at the time, and of a particular age) were graced with the late Tony Scott’s Top Gun, a movie that many considered a flop before it was even made, because who would want to watch a movie about pilots? Now, in 2022, you might as well ask who wouldn’t want to watch a movie about pilots… fighter pilots, featuring insane aerobatics, a top cast and helmed by a crew of very experienced filmmakers. Top Gun is a much-beloved movie, and it’s no surprise a sequel took this long to appear. Has it been worth the wait, or should it have been “bombs away” on the very notion?

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