Alyx’s Worst Movies of 2019

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You’ve seen Alyx’s Best of the Year list so now it’s time for Alyx’s Worst of the Year list. This year has been pretty good with the good movies outweighing the bad ones, at least that I saw but I still wanted to share the movies I saw that I either didn’t like, or I liked/enjoyed but recognized it wasn’t good.
In my opinion these are “Alyx’s Worst” Films of 2019.
Dishonorable Mentions: Anna, Don’t Let Go, Captive State, Ma, The Upside, Godzilla: King of Monsters, Shaft, Five Feet Apart, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, Tolkien
10. The Sun Is Also a Star

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This movie is very disappointing to me to the point it hurts. I was really looking forward to it even when I was skeptical about the casting. But I loved this book, I even reviewed it because I loved it so much. The movie was boring, while I thought the two leads were okay, I still feel like they were miscast. It felt too long, and it felt like nothing was happening. The characters would go place to place and then talk. Rinse repeat.
9. The Lion King

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I wasn’t going to have this on my list at first but then I thought about it and I remembered that while there was stuff, I enjoyed, there was a lot that was wrong. It’s a beautiful movie, don’t get me wrong but this is basically a shot for shot remake of the animated film which is already a great film. The cast had a lot of promise and for the most part, they delivered but there were some moments where the delivery was terrible. Sometimes the music also didn’t always make sense, like why is “Spirit” in the middle of the movie instead of in the credits? Why are they singing a love song about “love tonight” but it’s during the day? Why make Nala say a line like “lionesses attack!” when the delivery is laughable? I just can’t lol.
8. Dumbo

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I love Disney and most times they can do no wrong, but this was wrong. I love the animated film and I am always optimistic about the remakes because I’m interested in seeing what they do. But outside of Dumbo being super cute, I really disliked that they focused on the humans. I DON’T CARE ABOUT THE HUMANS. Some movies just don’t work in live action because y’all want to make the people important and I didn’t come for them! I came for the cute elephant.
7. Brightburn

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This is a movie where I was really interested in the premise because that’s an interesting premise. The idea of someone with great abilities turn evil instead of good? That’s awesome. But the acting was over the top, the story was rushed, and it just seemed like they wanted to get as many “scary/horror” moments as possible instead of giving me a well written story. There was a lot of potential here as well but alas, it was squandered.
6. Glass

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So, I loved Split and I loved James McAvoy’s character and I was into seeing what they would do with it going forward, especially once it was revealed it was part of the Unbreakable universe. This movie was going to bring together three interesting characters annnnddd… nothing. The best part of this movie was any scene with James McAvoy. Don’t get me wrong, Samuel L. Jackson and Sarah Paulson are both great but SLJ sits quietly the entire film. It was so underwhelming, and I cannot imagine what it was like for people who have been fans of Unbreakable since it came out. I mean, I cannot believe that ending and it was so lackluster. Ugh. However, that gif of The Beast running was fantastic.
5. Escape Room

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These people make stupid decisions. Again, interesting premise, especially considering escape rooms are popular. Most of the characters are extremely unlikable and the acting is also not good. It’s just bad. Some of them manage to do well but overall, it’s bad. It’s cliché. Then you have the last act of this film… WOW! This movie is not good. If you want a horror movie based on a phenomenon… don’t choose this one lol.
4. Dark Phoenix

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I normally like the X-men films. I mean, some are way better than others but for some reason, they keep attempting this story without giving it the proper attention it deserves. It felt like nothing was happening except Jean running from place to place crying. What was the point of having that alien race? That felt like it was thrown in at the last minute. Why couldn’t Chastain’s character be like a human embodiment of the phoenix force? I don’t like how they villainized Charles! What was the point of even having Erik in this movie if he effed off to some peaceful colony? People still feel useless, but they keep putting them in these films! I just! I don’t get it! This movie was soulless! The potential is there and that’s why it’s so high! Because it makes me mad!
3. The Intruder

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This is a movie we’ve seen 50 million times and it’s just not good! I hated these characters, especially Megan Goode’s character, she is the reason a lot of the stupid stuff happens in this movie. Girl, your husband said he didn’t like or trust this man, stop letting him come in your house! I wanted to smack the taste out of her mouth. Ugh! Then the music would assault to let me know something was about to happen instead of just letting it happen. If you’re a thriller, THRILL me, don’t ASSAULT me. Man, I want to fight this movie lol. I’m getting mad just thinking about it.
2. Gemini Man

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I did not like this movie and I think it sucks because there’s a ton of potential in it. The acting is fine and most times the CGI is good for young Will but the CGI on other stuff doesn’t work for me. The story also isn’t that interesting, and the movie feels like it was made in the wrong time. It feels dated. I didn’t like it lol.
1. Men in Black: International

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I didn’t really expect much from this movie to be honest but literally no one cared about this movie. Hemsworth and Thompson were great because they are and they have great chemistry but the story, was so bad. I can’t even tell you what happened in it because I literally did not care. This is the worst movie of the year to me because it just felt like them trying to “reboot” this franchise, but they had no idea how to accomplish that.
That’s it! That’s my list! I hope you all have enjoyed spending the movies of 2019 with me! Please in the comments share your WORST movies of 2019. 
Happy New Year!

Movie Review: The Intruder (2019)

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Summary: A young married couple buys a beautiful house on several acres of land, only to find out that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property.
Pros:
The Cast. I don’t find the characters that interesting or even that well written, but the acting is the most important. Dennis Quad is spectacular because he’s clearly very dedicated to the character and what he does and he goes all out, to the creepy facial expressions, with how he moves. Not to mention, the way his character jumps back and forth in his personality, lol he’s good and probably a highlight. Michael Ealy plays Scott, the husband and he’s clearly the skeptical one in the relationship because he doesn’t really like the house nor does he like or trust Charlie, especially after their first meeting. Meagan Goode is Annie, the wife and her character is fine, like she’s not like a horrible person or anything but she could have easily prevented a lot of this stuff if she just stopped trying to be so nice. You can be nice but have boundaries, she did not. But I generally like Meagan Goode, she’s a good actress and I think most of the time I like her characters and she plays this character well, it’s just the writing for Annie isn’t great! She’s frustrating and not in a good way.
Some Great Tension. There are some moments where the tension is felt when the movie doesn’t try to force it but instead lets it happen. You know something is going to happen, but the movie allows the actors to show us that they’re uneasy or something like that. A good example of this is when Mike is outside smoking during his first visit of the new house. Or when Scott wakes up in the middle of the night because he heard a noise. Those were some good moments because it was in the moment without the movie going “Oh! Here comes a scary moment! Or an uneasy moment!”
Interesting Premise. It’s not an original story nor is it original in how it’s told. Screen Gems has their formula for movies like this and I was like ehhh, but I will say this one had promise and I might have been interested if they handled it a little better. It would have been a better thriller if it was a thriller throughout the entire film instead of it being in certain places with those formulaic “jump scare” moments that turns into a horror film at the end.
Cons:
Stupid Characters. These people are STUPID! Annie is the worst of it all, yes, she’s a sweet and welcoming woman, and I love how on the special features, they talk about her character and singing her praises, but SHE IS PART OF THE PROBLEM IN THIS MOVIE. Scott expressed many times that he did not like Charlie, or he did not trust him, etc. but she completely ignored his wishes and continued talking to the man, even inviting him into their home. Sure, you can prevent what he was doing in certain places, but she could have had her husband’s back way more. Then we have Mike and his girlfriend, no idea what her name was, but we never see the girlfriend again, no one even asks when something happens to Mike. I mean, ask her if she’s seen him maybe?? Also, how did that random man know that Scott bought Foxglove? Was there an announcement in the paper or something? Lol it was just so random.
Cheesy Dialogue. There’s plenty of it, like when Charlie is talking to Annie, he just says some of the most ridiculous stuff that she just giggles at. “Oh, I feel bad for him”, she’s a fricking broken record and the times Charlie must be menacing, the dialogue isn’t that great that you’re like “oh okay… go sit down.”
No Horror or Thriller Elements. It really works on the thriller aspects throughout the film but then really try to amp of the thriller/horror aspect in the last act of the film, but I don’t think you’ll jump or anything. If you do, it’s because the movie forced you too because of the MUSIC.
Overall, I wasn’t that interested in this film to begin with because there are like five others that are similar and it’s annoying because while they are using black actors and have black characters, the writing is never that great. It never quite delivers the way they try to. It always seems so forced. In this one, some of the positives are the cast, particularly the main trio because I think all three actors do a good job, particularly Dennis Quaid as Charlie who was insane lol. I think the premise was interesting and had a lot of promise AND it does manage to have tension they worked hard to build at times, but it worked better when it rose on its own. It never works the same when they force tension. The characters are stupid, all of them. All. The dialogue is super cheesy, like the last line in the movie made me laugh when the intention was to be all serious. Nope, I laughed. Then of course, the horror and thriller elements were formulaic or didn’t really exist. In the end, if you like these actors or movies similar, then sure, you might enjoy this. I can imagine this being a movie where people yell at the screen, but I don’t think it’s even worth that kind of reaction.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.
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