Disclaimer I went to this screening blazed as shit but my eyes were only red from the crying.
Tonight I had the pleasure of viewing the latest Reinaldo Marcus Green film and it left me feeling empowered, optimistic and humbled all in one. This is more than a story of a father who wanted to see his children have a better life than his upbringing, this beautiful biographical drama is a story of a Black and Successful family that was built from the collaborative brilliance, perseverance, and love from parents who maintained faith in their vision and their children through many trials and tribulations. From the start of the film, Will Smith's voiceover sets the tone. His dialect takes a little bit to get used to at first, which is a good thing because you almost forget that it is Will Smith in the film. Even more incredible was the screen acting of Saniyya Sidney (Fences), Demi Singleton, and Aunjanue Ellis (If Beale Street Could Talk). The entire staff from the writers to the camera crew, editing staff, and the scoring composer did an amazing job collaborating to keep you reeled in. You barely notice the two and a half hours you spend watching this film.
I need to take a moment to give a round of applause to the supporting cast, which helped mold this film into a well-rounded story and not a rendition of Pursuit of Happiness. This total package did a great job and keeping you on an emotional yo-yo.
One great takeaway from this film is that there are bumps and bruises along the road to success but the good thing is the universe favors the brave. I must add that this was the first review that I did not leave my seat for a concessions trip or even to pop out for a quick smoke because the movie didn't blow my high.
I give this film a rating of 5 joints out of the 5 possible.
It would be fun to see Serena and Venus's response to this film.
Has Hollywood fixed its remake flop issues or will DUNE prove to be another attempt at taking a movie from the 80s and slapping a big budget on it to attract viewers?
This star-studded cast had me skeptical if everything would mesh or if Legendary Pictures were attempting to purchase a successful movie by having such huge names. So I took the time to watch DUNE, the remake of David Lynch and Frank Herbert's 1984 sci-fi film and an adaptation of Franks' writings. This movie, unlike its predecessor, made well good use of today's technology. The CGI and graphics team does not disappoint, from the explosions and otherworldly views both in space and on the different planets to the giant creatures that rule over the deserts on the planet Arrakis. If you've never seen the film or read the books here is the setting of the film. The year is 10191, Spice is the most valuable substance known in the universe, and it just so happens to be only sourced in the sands of the deserts of Arrakis. After a royal decree awards Arrakis to Duke Leto Atreides, his bitter enemies Harkonnens rage war to take the land back. It is up to Paul (Timothée Chalamet), Leto's son who possesses special abilities, to lead the Fremen, the natives of Arrakis, in a battle to take back control of the planet and its spice. Although I knew the outcome of this film, I still watched with an open mind because this is the start of a series and I am curious to see where the franchise goes from here. I was also intrigued to see how much they were able to do with a 165,00,000 budget. Filming, which wrapped up in 2019 took place in Stadlandet, Norway, and the heavenly Liwa Oasis of Abu Dhabi. Not only does it help to have a cast that can hold their weight on the screen, but it does also help that Hans Zimmer never misses when scoring a film. Hans's brilliance can be heard through this film and adds the perfect amount of color to the film. I went in skeptical and left fulfilled. This is a great film to get high to and enjoy. Whether you are watching at home on HBO Max or at the theaters, this is worth the 2.5+ hours of your time and it won't blow your high you may need a pick me upper (dab, edible, or joint) halfway through if you're an everyday smoker.
I give this film 4.20 out of 5 joints..
Here's the trailer from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros newest film DUNE:
Last Friday, I received an email from Warner Bros about this early screening for a new Hugh Jackman film that somehow managed to slip under my radar. I instantly looked up the trailer and was intrigued. Not only because of the fact it's HUGH JACKMAN on the big screen for the first time in 2021 but because this story captivated me within what was 167 seconds of the trailer. I took notice that the film is written and directed by a unique mind, Lisa Joy. The same Lisa Joy Nolan that brought Westworld to HBO. The staff put together an amazing cast in this film including Hugh Jackman, Thandiwe Newton, Rebecca Ferguson, Cliff Curtis, Angela Sarafyan, and more. It is refreshing to see when a well-written script, outstanding scoring, and great actors come together that it creates something like this.
This psychological sci-fi love story submerges viewers in a world that could take place in what very could be our not too distant future if we do not get our hands on climate control. Along the journey, we follow Nick Bannister (Jackman), an entrepreneur who has created a very lucrative business idea that allows users in this bleak realm to relive their favorite memories and escape from the terrors they face. Nick is a middle-aged man who seemingly has never fallen in love until he's met Mae (Rebecca Ferguson). This isn't your typical boy meets girl love story and this film has quite a few twists and turns, it kept me guessing and at the edge of my seat. The only time I was not at the edge of my seat was when I had to get up and get some snacks for the munchies. A great film to see stoned, the visuals and graphics artist did very well creating what wasn't achieved on sets. The CGI at points had me locked in just as much as the acting and scoring.
I give this movie 4.20 / 5.0 joints only because it felt a little rushed at some points. Having more screen time never hurt anyone. Even with that said, it is on the recommended list.
View the trailer for Reminiscence, which comes out worldwide in theaters and on HBO Max on Friday, August 19, 2021.
LaTosque, founder of Speaking Into Existence and host of Cannabis and Coffee with LaTosque has been getting stoned and watching films for over 10 years. Now he gives you his expert opinion on those films and how they'll appeal to a true stoner.