Jexi movie review – too much cursing :(

I watched this movie on DVD from Netflix (yes, Netflix still does DVDs!) and in a nutshell, it’s the Wal-Mart version of Her. It’s listed as a comedy (Her is not a comedy, mind you) and there definitely was an attempt at making me laugh– somewhere in the onslaught of curse words there was a joke or two… I think. I remember laughing a few times. I wish I would’ve counted all the a-words, s-words, f-words, but I’m not sure I can count that high. I’m not against cussing in movies, but there’s a point when it’s just too much and this movie went beyond that. It’s like they hardly tried to create thoughtful, clever comedy and thought by throwing in an f-bomb it would make something funny.

The plot was OK if you can suspend reality for an hour and a half. I mean, if anyone owned a phone that did the things this one does (“Jexi” is like Siri, Alexa, etc), the phone wouldn’t last a day. But for this movie to work, you absolutely cannot think in terms of reality.

I did learn something though! Kid Cudi is pronounced like, cutt-y, not cute-y. I had no idea.

If you’re desperate for a movie and have already washed your hair, shaved, showered, done the dishes, laundry, finished the work you brought home, mowed the grass, shoveled the driveway, called your parents, napped, clipped your nails, washed your house… then I guess you can take a chance on this one.

If you’ve seen it, what are your thoughts about the movie? Let me know in the comments below!

-Out of the Wilderness

Burden – a movie review without spoilers!

I watched this movie only a few days ago and it has stuck with me. It’s not that it’s full of all the things I like- comedy, drama, love, thrills. But Garrett Hedlund, who plays KKK member Mike Burden, did amazing work portraying a conflicted man. Mike was evil — racist and hateful — but clearly showing signs of shedding the archaic, perverse way of life that is the KKK. I couldn’t help but yearn for him to leave this hateful group, even feeling sorry for him as he was pulled in two very different directions. I was also very surprised this movie was based on events that happened only a couple of decades ago. In 1996, weren’t we passed this type of hatefulness? I guess not.

I don’t think this counts as a spoiler, but a line that I absolutely loved came from Mike Burden as he chatted with Pastor Kennedy:

“Sir, if I call you my enemy, I’ll walk through Heaven and I will punch God just to get to you. If I call you my friend, I’ll walk through Hell and I’ll slap the devil for you.

Isn’t that something?

Mike Burden’s girlfriend Judy, played by Andrea Riseborough, also left a memorable mark for me from this movie. She is a great example of what unconditional love can look like. I thought the acting all around was really great, and was surprised to see Usher in there, too.

If you need a movie for a rainy night and want one that will move you, I encourage you to check this one out. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

-Out of the Wilderness

Rim of the World – Netflix (no spoilers!)

I recently watched Rim of the World (Rotten Tomatoes, 48% audience score) because I’m always months and months behind everyone else. Yes, that means next year I’ll watch “Tiger King.” Just get over the fact that this little blog post is going up a year after the movie debuted on Netflix and let’s move right along 🙂

PS. In my defense, I haven’t had Netflix for about a year. I’ve been a Hulu subscriber and watching wholesome stuff like this.

Here’s the trailer, if you haven’t seen it before:

My summary of this film in one word: “ewwww,” pretty much solely based on the overuse of inappropriate language like cursing and sex jokes. It’s as if the script was written by an adult and hey, it was! Zack Stentz swings and misses with this one, sorry “bro.” For reference to what I mean about the language, I always go back to Michelle on Full House. No real kid talks like she did on that show. She was clearly performing lines written by adults. 

The idea for the story was interesting enough. Hey, I love a good adventure film! To it’s credit, there were a few funny lines and moments, too, especially throwing out a bottle of aged wine because it’s not new enough. That was very much what a kid would say and do. But it was simply too much of the sex jokes, and other behavior associated more with how adults behave rather than kids. Although there IS such a thing as TikTok… so maybe kids know a whole lot more than when I was a tiny teen??

Going back to the first 15 or 20 minutes of the film, kids show up at a summer camp and that’s all well and good, but no parent would let their kid stay at a camp where the counselors are cursing, making out, or just plain creepy… and that was just during the “parent drop-off” on day 1 of camp! To say this particular part of the movie is not at all believable needs to be taken with a grain of salt because it’s a movie, I get it, but they should’ve have made the camp more realistic to set up how “out of this world” the rest of the story was.

Basically, it lost me at “hello.”

If you have a free night and need a movie that won’t feel like a waste of time… this movie is NOT for you. I don’t recommend it, especially for kids. Just watch a few inappropriate TikTok videos and you get the gist of this movie. You’d be way more satisfied watching Feel the Beat, which is also on Netflix and will have you laughing, cheering… without all the adult language and themes.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Uncut Gems… review from a regular guy (no spoilers)

Me. I’m the regular guy as referenced in the title of this post. As in, I’m not a movie critic. But that won’t stop me from giving this review! I’d been curious about this movie because it stars Adam Sandler, who is definitely known for being a funny guy. He’s so likable in real life, so I think that’s why people always give any movie he’s in a chance. In this one, which is not a comedy, Adam takes on a serious character, even if this guy is someone we laugh at. “At” being the key word there. His character, Howard, is always getting himself in trouble and Sandler does an excellent job portraying him as the bug in the old adage, “Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug.”

I won’t give anything away except to say this: at the end of the movie I think I felt exactly how they wanted me to feel as a viewer. Pity, some sympathy, and just sad for Howie.

This movie is definitely NOT family friendly, but I’m assuming if you’ve seen the trailer you already knew that. Lots of language and some adult scenes throughout.

I’d say it’s worth watching if you’re OK with the adult nature of it but just be warned, it’s not a feel-good movie by any means.

-Out of the Wilderness

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