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Movies With Migs: A Cinematic 5 Piece

What’s happening readers! I apologize for not posting these reviews earlier than today. I’ve been in the theater a lot these past few months so I have some thoughts and recommendations on a handful of movies! Let’s jump right in!

Everything Everywhere All At Once: In this film Michelle Yeoh plays Evelyn, a woman who is dealing with heavy issues while trying to get her taxes done. Her husband Waymond wants a divorce, her elderly father is over-demanding, and the rift between Evelyn and her daughter is growing bigger and bigger. Her life gets crazier when she finds out there is a multiverse and is told she is the only person who can stop an evil presence that wants to destroy it all. This movie is insane! You know that going in because it’s an A24 production. I had to watch this film more than once to wrap my head around everything that was going on. I dozed off the first time I saw it but don’t tell anyone that. I enjoyed how the story gives you some of everything. There’s crazy action, touching drama, humor, and scenes that may make your eyes wide. I know I said “what in the world” when I saw a goon stick a trophy up his butt so he could power up. Yea…..that happens! It was good to see Ke Huy Quan back in action portraying different versions of Waymond. You may remember him as Short Round (Temple of Doom) or Data (The Goonies). Jamie Lee Curtis is a trip in this also. Overall, I thought Everything Everywhere was good, zany flick. If you haven’t seen it you can catch it in the theater still. It should be streaming soon.

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness: I thought this film was going to be the fallout from the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home but that wasn’t what happened. A young woman named America Chavez is being pursued by dark forces in order to steal her multiverse jumping ability, which she can’t fully control. When she jumps to Earth 616 and tells Doctor Strange what is going on Strange recruits Wanda Maximoff to help protect America. BIG MISTAKE because Wanda wants that power and she turns the situation into a terrifying cat and mouse pursuit. I’m a longtime fan of Sam Raimi so I had a smile on my face when I found out he was directing this. We get homage to Evil Dead, Spider-Man 2, and the horror element was a nice touch. You may have heard about _____, ____, ______, _____, and _____ being in this film but I won’t say those names here. I’ll say it was cool to see the multiverse opened up and explored some. Wanda in this…….MAAAANNNNNNN!!! She doesn’t play around when she goes full Scarlet Witch. I was cheering for her and I probably shouldn’t have. OH WELL!! I watched this movie in IMAX and Dolby Cinema. Both formats were fantastic! I experienced Cine Capri for the first time when I watched Doctor Strange at a Harkins Theatre in Oklahoma. Cine Capri is an 80 inch screen with Dolby projection and surround sound. That was my 5th time seeing the movie! Doc Strange is still playing in theaters but it’s only being shown in regular format now. It’s streaming on Disney+.

Multiverse Of Madness streaming on Disney+

The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent: In this film Nicolas Cage plays Nic “EFFING” Cage. Yes you read that correctly. Actor Nic Cage has been starring in movies for years but the roles aren’t coming in these days and his expensive taste has left him in debt. Cage’s agent informs him that a rich man named Javi wants Cage to come to Spain to attend his birthday party as a special guest and he is willing to pay Cage one million dollars. What was supposed to be a fun weekend and easy payout takes a dangerous turn when CIA operatives tell Cage that Javi is a ruthless arms dealer and they need Cage to help take Javi down. What happens next is pure shenanigans! I enjoyed how meta this film is. The callbacks to movies Cage starred in and the interactions between Cage and Javi are hilarious. It was good to see that Javi is a fan of Mandy. That part of the film made me laugh. Unbearable Weight didn’t do that great at the box office but I enjoyed it. You can buy a copy now or stream it. Check it out if you’re a Nic Cage fan and you haven’t seen it yet. Side note……If you haven’t seen Mandy check that out also. Cage is INSANE in that film!

The Bad Guys: I saw this in Oklahoma at an immaculate Regal Theatre!! I walked into this movie blind and left impressed! In this film a cabal of villains decide they need to change their ways after a robbery gets botched and they get arrested. The leader Wolf agrees to have the gang participate in an experimental group therapy session recommended by the Mayor but the Police Chief isn’t buying it! Can this bad bunch become the “good guys” or are they just putting up an act to stay out of prison? I really enjoyed the story and the animation. The humor lands and the cast/voicing choices were perfect. It’s a fun film for the entire family. I highly recommend checking out The Bad Guys. I picked up the 4K yesterday.

The Bad Guys 4K Collector’s Edition

Top Gun Maverick: It’s been close to 40 years since the original Top Gun and Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is still pushing aircrafts past their limits and making his superior officers very angry! He won’t take a promotion past Captain so he can stay in the air but after a failed test flight Maverick is ordered to report back to the Top Gun program as an instructor. His job is to train a group of ace pilots for an upcoming mission that has parameters which have never been accomplished. Maverick only has a few weeks to train the pilots and the situation is further complicated when he finds out that Goose’s son Rooster is one of the trainees. This film blows the original out of the water in my opinion. I like Top Gun but TG: Maverick has a better flow and the aerial camera work and effects are AMAZING!! I’ve seen this film in IMAX, Dolby, and I experienced Regal Cinema’s “Screen X” for the first time. All three formats were visual treats. Maverick is going strong in the theater so if you are a Top Gun fan you will probably enjoy this. If you have the opportunity to experience it in a premium format go that route. You’re in for an eyegasm!!

A clip of Top Gun in Screen X format: https://www.facebook.com/mikeymrmoney/videos/594284912293583

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Migs Rodriguez

Screenings With Migs: The Black Phone (No Spoilers)

What’s happening readers! On Tuesday night I attended an early screening of The Black Phone, the latest horror thriller from Blumhouse Productions. In this film a small town in Colorado is being plagued by a serial killer dubbed “The Grabber”, who abducts and murders boys. 5 boys have been abducted already and when Finney encounters The Grabber he ends up drugged and locked in a basement. Finney’s sister Gwen starts to have dreams that could help but the visions are quick flashes and she isn’t taken seriously until the police realize Gwen isn’t making up stories. Finney’s future is looking grim however he receives a call from a disconnected phone that may prove to be his salvation.

Early screening of The Black Phone

I liked The Black Phone. It didn’t knock me out of my seat but the story is chilling and the leads did a good job. Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw are impressive as Finney and Gwen. Gwen is tough and steals the scene a couple of times. Ethan Hawke is super creepy as The Grabber. Those eerie masks he wears added to the horror of the character. The Black Phone gave me Stephen King vibes and it was amusing to find out King’s son Joe Hill wrote the short story of the same name. I recommend checking this film, especially if you are a fan of the supernatural. Go on discount day. The screening was a good time but you don’t need to spend more than 8 bucks on this one.

Check out my live review here: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CfFzmfBjbsz/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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Migs Rodriguez

Movies With Migs: The Northman (No Spoilers)

What’s going on readers! On the 13th I went to an early screening of The Northman, the latest from director Robert Eggers. I hadn’t heard much about this film prior to the screening but I’m a fan of the director’s style and the cast had some familiar names. I left the screening impressed! Filming took place in Ireland which made for some nice visuals. The plot was a slow burn but still engaging.

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Movies With Migs: Sonic The Hedgehog 2

Our favorite blue hedgehog is back and that means another awesome adventure is in store! After the events of the first film Sonic is living peacefully with the Wachowskis even though he gets himself into trouble moonlighting as “Blue Justice”. Things are well in Green Hills but when Doctor Robotnik devises a way to escape from Mushroom Planet he resumes his evil quest to capture Sonic and steal his power. Robotnik also manages to recruit Knuckles, a warrior echidna who sounds just like Idris Elba and has ties to Sonic’s past. Sonic is outnumbered while the Wachowskis are on vacation but Miles “Tails” Prower tracks down Sonic and is inspired to lend a helping hand. Sonic receives a hidden message from Longclaw telling him to protect an ultimate power that was hidden on earth and the race is on to find the power before Robotnik can reach it!

Private screening of Sonic 2

I’ve seen Sonic 2 twice already and I’m going to see it again! My lovely Editor and I went to an early private screening last weekend. That was a good time. There was face painting for the kids and a festive photobooth set up. I was impressed with the crisp CGI, the relationship between Sonic and Tails, and all the callbacks to the games. Sonic 2 is still one of my favorite Sega Genesis games. I had it when it was first released and spent hours playing. Seeing it brought to life was nostalgic and entertaining!! All the live cast members who reprised roles were good. Jim Carrey is a trip as the evil Doctor. There’s fluff written into the narrative that probably could have been written differently to cut that 2-hour runtime down but it did make for some fun slapstick style moments. We took my nephew to see Sonic earlier today and he loved it! As a long time Sonic fan it makes me happy to see young kids enjoying the movie and all the characters. Sonic 2 is available in Dolby Cinema so I’ll definitely be seeing this one more time in the theater. If you have a subscription service or you don’t mind paying for premium then check it out in Dolby if you can. Those special effects will pop in that presentation. Regular format is fine though. Hit a matinee or Discount Tuesday. That’s never a bad choice in my book.

See my live review here: https://www.facebook.com/MoviesWithMigs/videos/4936934896427228

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Migs Rodriguez

Movies With Migs: Scream 2022 (No Spoilers)

It’s been 25 years since Ghostface made the phone call to Casey Becker, setting off a series of murders that would be emulated by other killers and turning Scream into a horror franchise. Now Ghostface is back in Woodsboro with new victims to claim! Who is going to make it out alive? Who’s the killer? Killers? Why is Ghostface back after all this time? DUN DUNNN DUNNNNNNNN!!!!!

I’m a big fan of the Scream franchise. Scream and Scream 2 are my favorites of the series. Part 3 is cool but I felt like that was a decent point to wrap up the series. 4 has some awesome kills but the story didn’t grab me. It fit the time that it was released but I don’t revisit that one unless I’m watching all of them together.

My Scream Collection

When I saw that there was a new Scream movie coming I was in! Our surviving legacy characters were coming back and would be joined by a new cast. The taglines touted the film as “Fresh” and “Original” so that got me amped up. After my first viewing I was on the fence. I liked the kills and the murder mystery of it all but I didn’t feel like the story was original. It felt like ground from Scream 3 and 4 were being retread. That’s all I’ll say there. I did enjoy how the new characters had ties to characters from the previous entries. The new lead Sam, played by Melissa Martinez, is solid. She portrays a good balance of strength and fear. For me this series is all about Ghostface. It’s always a good time seeing the masked villain on screen. I loved the gore but there were a couple of parts of this film that made me turn my nose up. I was at the theater with some friends and I leaned over to my pal and said “BS!!!” during one of those scenes. I won’t say what happened because it will spoil the scene. Just know I was not impressed! There were nicely set up scenes that provided good chills and the ultra-meta moments were amusing. Overall, I enjoyed the film. I was not blown away but I watched it a couple more times to see if there were clues I didn’t pick up on the first viewing. Scream 5 cleaned up at the box office so Scream 6 has officially been greenlit. Production starts this summer so we shall see. Scream is still playing in the major theater chains so if you are a fan of the series and haven’t seen it yet check it out on discount day. It’s also available to stream on the Paramount+ app.

Major SHOUT OUT to my brother from another mother Thezz Grimes. I’ve known this guy for close to 15 years and Scream is the first movie we watched in the theater. He doesn’t go to the theater but watching Scream was his idea……

Check out my live review here: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CYscii_vx3d/

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Migs Rodriguez

Screenings With Migs: Jackass Forever

What’s happening readers! My first early screening of 2022 is in the books and it was a fun one!! Johnny Knoxville, Steve-0, and the rest of the Jackass gang are back at it and it’s been almost 20 years since the original Jackass movie. I was fresh out of high school when that hit theaters in 2002 and the antics were much crazier than what could be shown on the tv show. I remember laughing, cringing, and gagging. Then they made more movies and pushed the craziness and disgusting acts further. I recently bought the Jackass collection so I revisited 1-3 before I went to the screening of Forever. I forgot about some of those scenes……WHHHHEEEEWWW!!! I understand doing stupid things with your friends but snorting wasabi….NOPE! Purposely inflicting pain to my junk….NOPE! The port-o-potty sling slot….OH HECK NO!!!!!! It’s crazy to watch though. Either you’re a Jackass fan or you’re not. If you are then Forever will be a good time and there are some new faces to the bunch. The old timers did them dirty in some of these scenes! There wasn’t a lot of people in the screening audience but we laughed together and “OOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH’D” together. I heard some gagging as well. Forever dialed down the nastiness compared to the previous entries but there’s plenty of bodily fluids flying around and one scene really grossed me out. I was eating trail mix and I had to stop for a few seconds. Like this guy really did that. EWWWW!!!
Forever featured A LOT of junk. Full frontal junk. If you’ve seen any of the Jackass films then you know the guys use their privates for gags and Steve-O does something INSANE in Forever. I was bug eyed watching that scene. Forever gave me that nostalgic feeling and it’s wild because with every Jackass movie you can feel the hurt and see the disgust but the cast always has good time. This is definitely fan service for all of us who been there since the beginning. Check it out on a discount day if you have theaters open in your area.

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Migs Rodriguez

Screenings With Migs: Halloween Kills (No Spoilers)

Good afternoon readers! Last night I attended an early screening of Halloween Kills and I was impressed! The screening was a good time. The audience shared some “OOOOOOHHHHHHHSSS” and a couple of “OHH SNAP” moments together as we watched Michael Myers continue to bring the havoc to his old neighborhood!

If you are reading this I’m assuming you have already seen Halloween (2018) and are familiar with the story. If not…..go watch it! Halloween Kills starts where Halloween ended and our buddy Mike hasn’t been brought down by the fire that Laurie started in her fortified compound of a house. As soon as he steps foot outside the terror resumes! Myers is on a rampage once again and when the body count starts to rise the residents of Haddonfield decide to go on the offensive to protect their town while shouting “EVIL DIES TONIGHT!!”. I really enjoyed the story presented and how it added lore to Michael’s history. If you love the original you’ll be pleased with the interesting connections and callbacks. Bravo to the writers of the script and a standing ovation for the kills! There was a scene that made a good portion of the audience yell. That was a fun moment! Even though I won’t/don’t discount the other films that came after Halloween 78 I dig this series retcon. I like how tough Old Woman Laurie continues to be and Myer’s savagery and ruthlessness hit like Rob Zombie’s Halloween film. Yes to the gory splatter! My one gripe was how it kept being stated that the original Halloween massacre was 40 years ago. WE KNOW!!! Several cast members just had to say it…..repeatedly. It was a teeny annoyance but oh well. I’m looking forward to seeing Kills again. The film hits theaters everywhere tomorrow night and will be available to stream on Peacock. I’m going to take advantage of my A List and see it in Dolby Cinema however if you aren’t using a subscription service you don’t need to spend the extra money on this unless you really really want to. It will pop more if you watch in premium format but regular format is fine. Hit that discount day!

Check my live video review here: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CU8zACHj93r/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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Migs Rodriguez

Screenings With Migs: Copshop (No Spoilers)

Good afternoon readers! Last week my lovely Editor and I attended an early AMC screening of Copshop, an action thriller starring Gerald Butler, Frank Grillo, and Alexis Louder.

Frank Grillo plays Teddy, who is a shady businessman that has gotten himself into a lot of trouble and is on the run in Nevada. Teddy is on the run because two contract killers are coming after him to collect the bounty on his head. One of those hitmen is Gerald Butler. Teddy decides the best way to get protection is to assault Officer Young (Alexis Louder) and get himself locked up. Young discerns that there is more to Teddy’s story that he is telling and that he isn’t as innocent as he makes himself seem. When Bob (Butler) and the other hitman show up to the police station it gets crazy! Bullets and blood galore!! I enjoyed the tense moments and the cheeky humor. I’m a fan of Butler and Grillo so it was cool to see them on screen together. Their interactions are funny. Alexis Louder is the standout though. She goes hard as Officer Young and held her own up against the tough guys! The thrills were solid for the most part. There was a couple of scenes that I thought were “ehh” but overall it was a good time. The film gave me Smokin’ Aces vibes. I kept thinking that in my head as I was watching. When I checked the credits I found out that Joe Carnahan directed both films so that made sense. If you are a fan of the cast members and you like action thrillers I recommend checking out Copshop. Early showings start tomorrow night and it hits theaters everywhere Friday. If you have theaters open in your area it’s a good flick to see on a discount day or a matinee.

Check my live review here: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CTlRWApD6xR/

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Migs Rodriguez

Screenings With Migs: The Night House (No Spoilers)

Good afternoon readers! When I saw the trailer for The Night House a few weeks back I knew I was in. It looked creepy and that is enough to get me in the theater. I went to an early screening on Monday and I dug the film! I’m going to watch it again because I think I missed a couple of things. I see myself saying “ooooohhh” the second time around!

This movie is the Rebecca Hall show. She puts on an emotionally gripping performance as Beth. Beth has been dealing with the suicide of her husband Owen. They’ve known each other for several years so not only is she grieving but she’s confused as to why he did what he did. When Beth is clearing Owen’s belongings out of their house she starts hearing noises. Seeing shadows. Getting phone calls from Owen. Or is she? Is Beth’s mind messing with her because she’s all alone in a big lake house or is there something else going on……

I liked this thriller. It’s a slow burn however Hall’s performance and the unraveling of the mystery kept me intrigued. I liked how atmospheric the house and the lake were. The setting was eerie and it makes you wonder what Beth was actually seeing. I didn’t find this to be scary but high on the bugged out factor and there were some well crafted moments of tension. There was one part toward the end of the film that made me say “ehhh” buuuuuuttttt it’s okay. I still ran with it! If you are a fan of thrillers then check this out. Hit that discount day or the matinee. You don’t need to spend more than 8 bucks seeing this one.

Check my video review here: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CSqC9cMDtjC/

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Migs Rodriguez