Midsommar… not exactly a movie review

Recently I watched Midsommar on Amazon Prime. I read comments following the YouTube trailer so I knew going into it that it would be weird, possibly disturbing, and it’s a horror movie. I even prayed to God that if this movie was going to harm me that I’d be compelled to turn it off!

I watched it over the course of two days, because that’s just what I do, starting it late one night and finishing it the next night. Sometimes I start a movie way too late and can’t stay awake. What can I say, I’m 41 yrs old!

So my expectations were high regarding it’s wow factor, it’s horror factor. I have to admit, there were some strange things going on, but it wasn’t quite as emotionally disruptive as I was expecting. It’s not so much that it’s a wild and crazy movie, but the story is pretty wild. What I enjoyed is that it didn’t get into a situation where everything was happening in someone’s mind, know what I mean? Like those movies or shows that end with the main character waking up and oh wow, it was all a dream! I hate those endings. So this was very much something that could really happen in real life, and I appreciated that.

There are a handful of scenes that are for adults only, not that kids would even want to watch this one haha. I’ll be reading an explanation of the movie after I post this but if you’re into movies that aren’t cookie-cutter, that don’t follow a formula, and if you like horror but not in the “everything happens at night” kind of way, you should give this movie a try! But like I said, there are a few scenes that are easily considered disturbing, so if you’re curious about those, do some research first to make sure you’re up for it.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

1917, the movie… my thoughts in less than a hundred words

This…

 

 

 

 

 

 

movie……

 

 

 

 

is…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

freaking…..

 

 

 

 

amazing.

 

 

 

Cancel other plans.

 

 

 

 

 

Go watch it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank me later.

 

 

 

 

-Out of the Wilderness

Mine (Netflix) a short movie review (warning: spoilers)

Last night I was searching for an action/thriller movie to watch on Netflix and started watching a 2017 movie called Mine.

Just from watching the trailer you know this guy accidentally steps on a mine and for the rest of the film has to figure out how to survive until he can be rescued. To break it down simply there was the setup, the problem, and the solution. I loved the setup. The main character, Mike, and his fellow soldier Tommy are on a secret mission to kill this certain guy. Mike is a sniper who’s within range of killing this guy but for compassionate reasons decides to abort the mission, which Tommy disagreed with. The pair then have to retreat back to their base but then things go off the rails. All of this was pretty intense! I liked it.

Then we get to the mine and Mike can’t move or else he’ll set off the mine. I got bored quickly and fast-forwarded through most of this. He meets some people that walk by in the desert, survives a nasty sand storm, and even gets shot a couple times.

I picked back up near the end where the story wraps up. It had a sweet moment that I won’t give away, but I don’t know if sitting through the entire middle would have been worth it.

Overall I enjoyed the setup and the more thrilling scenes when he and Tommy were on the run. After that it kind of lost my interest. But I suppose if you like war movies and psychological dramas then you’ll enjoy this one.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

6 Underground (Netflix, 2020) movie review- no spoilers


Many fans of this movie are already calling for a sequel, and my hunch is, they’re right on the money. It’ll no doubt have a follow up after the story in this one ends. The nice part is they didn’t leave you with a cliffhanger so you’ll finish this one in a good mood. Especially if you like Ryan Reynolds! His signature style of acting is all over this one. 

Just by watching the trailer, and because Michael Bay is the director, you know this movie is going to have action, action, and more action. Oh, and explosions. Well, it has all of that x 100. What I will remember about this film is the way it was shot and edited. I’ve never seen a movie with so much close-up detail in the action sequences. Many times I had to blink with an expression of amazement in what I was seeing. With that said, there were wide shots, too, where you’d expect medium or close-up. For instance, during a car chase they use an aerial shot of the entire downtown cityscape. In a teeny tiny part of the shot is the lead car streaking around a street. You may see the car, you may not. Nonetheless, the story continues and you may just need to go back 10 seconds to see again what you missed. 

I really like that about this movie. The story itself is entertaining, too. If you like action, humor, and grand explosions, this movie is definitely one you’ll enjoy. Note, though, that the language is quite colorful. Lots of f bombs throughout. 

If you watch this movie, comment below with your favorite parts, least favorite parts, and your overall opinion. Talk with you soon! 

-Out of the Wilderness

A Fall From Grace (Netflix, Tyler Perry) 2020 – spoilers!

I watched this movie last night, and I’m glad I did so before reading reviews because as you’ll read in this one and this one (WARNING: both links contain movie spoilers), when the movie ends, we are left with a lot of thoughts and questions.

I’ll try not to reveal anything that gives the movie away so you can make a judgement for yourself whether to watch it or not, but I do think it’s worth watching just to see if you can pick apart the story and the way it’s told. PS. I love Cicely Tyson. I wanted to like the movie and there are parts of it I did in fact like, but overall I was full of questions. OK, I do have a spoiler. The woman at the center of the whole story marries a younger dude, and then he turns out to be a real punk and basically just married her for her money. He “knows the law” so he orchestrated his relationship with her so that he can benefit monetarily. That’s sorta the plot of the whole movie, but soon after this, we, as the audience, find out he’s up to no good there’s a scene of him cheating on his wife in their house. I’m going to have to look this up, but isn’t marriage infidelity a legitimate legal reason for divorce and/or not sharing spousal assets? So this guy, since he cheated, would no longer have any rights to the property or wealth of his wife, right?

There were also about 73 times I thought to myself, “Why is this woman not secretly recording everything her husband is saying?” Doesn’t someone always secretly record something in these kinds of movies?? And as soon as she figured it out, the con-man was nothing but extremely truthful about every single thing he did… and why he was doing it. It’s almost harder to NOT record him, he’s confessing so much and so often.

Then there’s the music. I’ll be kind and say most of the score/soundtrack was good. It either added to the story or was unnoticed (unnoticed in that it didn’t distract from the telling of the story). But a handful of times, I must say the sound effects and music were straight out of a 1970s thriller movie. Woman grabs a knife [insert dramatic violin stinger here]. It made me laugh every time it happened, which was more than once.

Those were the only times I laughed, that I can remember. Tyler Perry’s usually good at blending humor into his movies, but this one definitely took on a more serious tone, with no comic relief.

So in the end, I think viewers will be left with more questions than answers which is where I’m at right at this very moment. Why did this happen? Where did that come from? Why didn’t they explain this at all? But the movie was free so who are we to complain… I guess…

If you watched, how do you feel about it? What things did you notice that didn’t seem to add up? Chime in below and thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Toy Story 4 review (no spoilers)

Yes, I’m a 41-year-old man and yes, I just watched Toy Story 4… and LOVED IT! I’ll try not to give too much away but as an adult, I found it very funny. I didn’t think the plot was really dramatic but gosh, there were so many funny parts. One thing Disney does really well is having the perfect script line at the perfect time, basically it’s all about timing, and they nailed it again and again in this one.

The characters were all so likable, even the terrifying ones (you’ll know who I mean if/when you watch). The one who stole the show was a new character named Forky. He’s not trash, but he’s made from trash. There’s also a character voiced by Keanu Reeves who did a great job in that role.

I think kids do (or will) like this movie, and if you’re an adult who enjoys a good wholesome funny Disney movie, you need to see this one. It’s great! If I had to rate the 4 in order of my favorites, here’s how I’d rank them:

Toy Story

Toy Story 4

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 2

Thanks for stopping by! If you watch this movie, let me know what you thought about it in the comments below.

-Out of the Wilderness

The Art of Racing in the Rain… movie review (warning: spoilers!)

Oh my goodness, this movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, please do. Especially if you’re a lover of dogs. I will warn you though, it’s one that will have you sniffling and wiping away tears more than once… unless you’re one of those cat people. Hee hee meow.

The Art of Racing in the Rain was a book before it was a movie, and one which I read a few years back. Sidenote: one of the best books I’ve ever read! So when my friend told me it was becoming a movie I had mixed feelings. Not because I wouldn’t want to see it, but the opposite! I knew I’d want to see it but wasn’t sure about going through the heart wrenching parts again.

The movie was in theaters, I didn’t go. Then it went to DVD, I didn’t buy. But then I mustered up some courage and brought home the DVD. Even then, it took me a few days to muster up more courage to watch the movie. I don’t know what it is, but any movie about a dog really gets to me. Short tangent: I still remember watching Benji as a young boy and being so affected by it. There was a scene where the family was moving away but just before they left the house for the last time, Benji escaped. They couldn’t find him so they got in the station wagon and were leaving for good. Then Benji returns home and is running behind their station wagon, like “Don’t forget me!” Whew, that was a memorable scene. Rant: Who moves away without their dog? That should be a crime! Maybe that family was more into cats. Hee hee meow.

I knew going into this movie I’d have to have my big boy pants on.

Well, I made it through pretty much OK! There was humor, drama, sadness, thrills, and love. The perfect recipe for a great movie… and great book, too. It had been a while since I read the book so I was happy to not remember every little detail, which helped make the movie “new” in a way.

There were 3 dogs that played the part of Enzo and I was so impressed with them. I watched the DVD extra about these dogs and it’s really impressive how well they were trained, and how the handlers worked with them to get the emotion and action they wanted for the film. Even while I was watching the movie, I thought many times, “Wow, the dog is showing such genuine emotion, this is great!” It never looked fake, ever.

I haven’t had any spoilers yet, but now I simply must share my favorite scene. Very near to the end of the movie, Denny (the main male character) is driving a vintage Ferrari with Enzo buckled in as the passenger. As wind blows through his ears and fur, Enzo is reflecting on his life with Denny and their family. His narration pauses, and Denny steers the car around the track, looks over to Enzo and says, “You’ve been a good friend. A real good friend.” Oh my goodness. Another cat slam: If that scene doesn’t cut right through your heart then you must be one of those cat lovers. Hee hee meow.

You definitely need to watch the movie, and snuggle up with your furry loved ones while you do. Ruff ruff!

-Out of the Wilderness