The Fuery Film Review

Hello everyone, let me preface this list with a little bit of backstory.

My name is Alex Fuery and I like movies. So much so that back in June of 2018 I decided to join AMC A-list (not a sponsor…yet?). If you don’t know what that is, basically I pay monthly to see movies whenever I want (up to 3 a week, no restrictions on things like IMAX, Dolby, etc.) 

Fast forward to the present, and I’ve taken all of the movies I have seen and compiled a tiered list for the movies I think are worthy of your time. This isn’t a numerically ranked list though; I have put each movie into one of five categories that I will explain below. 

Tier 1: Buy it. These are the movies that I think belong in everyone’s movie collection regardless of personal bias or genre preference. This doesn’t necessarily mean that these movies are my personal favorites, but I think they are fantastic and belong in every cinema fans collection. 

Tier 2: Watch it. These movies are really good. Go spend the money to see them in the theatre, they’re worth it. The only things keeping these movies from going up to the top of the list include things like genre preference; I wouldn’t recommend a musical to someone who hates music, or a horror movie to someone who hates being scared, or if the movie is really good, but not quite great. Either way, go see it. 

Tier 3: Watch it, but don’t pay for it. These movies are worth the 2ish hours of your day to watch, but maybe wait until they’re out on Netflix/your streaming service of choice. 

Tier 4: No need to see it, no need to avoid it. This tier is made for the movies you put on when there’s nothing else to watch. Maybe you’ve been looking for something to watch for the past 20 minutes and can’t find anything. If one of these pops up, go ahead and give it a watch, but don’t go out of your way to see it. 

Tier 5: Don’t watch it. These movies are just bad, don’t waste your time. 

Again, this list only contains movies I have personally seen in the theatre since joining A-List back in June 2018. I will also keep updating this list as I see more movies in the future. With all of that said, let’s get down to the list. Oh, and I will give a little bit of information about some of these movies, so just to be safe, spoiler alert.

Buy it: 

Jojo Rabbit: For a movie that was billed as Taika Waititi turning a serious book about war into “come watch me play Hitler” this movie was fantastic. It’s ridiculous, hilarious, emotional, deep, and it tells a beautifully tragic story. He perfectly balances over the top comedy with heart wrenching tragedy.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: The only superhero movie so far that breaks into the buy it tier. This movie has ground breaking visuals, A+ voice acting, a great story, and an obvious love and respect for the source material. I would recommend this to even those who say they don’t like superhero movies.

Watch it: 

Avengers: Endgame: Has anyone not seen this movie? Of course it’s great, it broke all the records. The only reason it’s not a ”buy it” is because some people just genuinely don’t like superhero movies, so if you haven’t seen any of them then this ones not going to be for you either. If you’re reading something on TNC though I’m pretty sure you’re cool with superhero stuff. Go watch it again. 

Frozen 2: I’m not ashamed to say that I’m a grown ass man and I’ve seen this 4 times in the theatre. It is a rare sequel that rivals the original. Frozen 2 has great songs, a great story, laugh out loud moments, and a refreshing sense of self awareness. It also manages to do all of this without falling into the trap of overdoing things they found successful in the first movie.

Little Women: This movie was incredibly impressive. I left the theatre trying to think of something I didn’t like about this movie and I couldn’t come up with anything. The acting was fabulous, the characters were believable, and the story was compelling. Don’t brush this one off a just a “chick flick”, do yourself a favor and go check this one out.

Knives Out: A fun murder mystery full of twists and turns that is also refreshingly different that the typical, predictable “who done it?” This movie is also genuinely funny without having to dip into cheesy one liners or over used cliches. Points all around to the stellar ensemble cast and for excellent direction throughout.

Spider-Man: Far From Home: Tom Holland cements his status as the best Spider-Man with this one, don’t @ me. I was there for the Sam Remy’s, and I sat through the Garfield era, this is the true Spider-Man golden age. Jake Gyllenhaal was marvelous (pun intended), add in a twist at the end to make us all pumped for what’s next, and I’m ready for it.

Rocketman: For those crying about this movie not having a correct music timeline, cram it. It’s not a documentary, it’s basically a musical. It’s also fabulous. I mean what’s not to love about a movie filled with Elton John songs? Taron Egerton beautifully portrays Elton in a very believable way, and he manages to hold his own as a singer too.

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu: Man this one could’ve been bad. Ryan Reynolds coming off of Deadpool to play Pikachu? I was a little worried going in, but they managed to make something that was both entertaining for kids and nostalgic for those of us that grew up with Ash Ketchum. I was pleasantly surprised to see a movie that was genuinely solid.

Shazam!: Finally! A DC movie that doesn’t suck! (Except you Wonder Woman, you were fantastic.) This movie is fun, funny, and everything you want in a hero flick. Take notes DC, more of this and less of Zack Snyder. Sorry Zack.

Captain Marvel: Marvel just keeps making hits. There are a few things in this movie you could nitpick, but why waste your time? Grab some popcorn, sit back, relax, and watch Brie Larson kick some alien butt.

Bohemian Rhapsody: Maybe it’s not as historically accurate as they try to make it seem. Maybe the living members of Queen were a little greedy with screen time. Maybe that doesn’t matter because this is still a really good movie. Take some points off for Rami Malek lip syncing if you want, but his portrayal of Freddie Mercury is incredible.

Venom: I’m not sure why this movie got as much hate as it did. Don’t get me wrong it’s not a perfect movie. You can complain even more if you’re a comic purist, but this was fun! Venom is funny, action packed, and already working toward joining the MCU.

A Star is Born: Lady Gaga can act, Bradley Cooper can sing, and this movie can join my collection. Touching, heartfelt, and all of those other words you see with movies like this. Honestly, this ones worth the watch.

Ant-Man And The Wasp: What a brilliant job Marvel did by having Paul Rudd play Ant-Man. My biggest gripe is when movies like this use “quantum” to lazily get passed having to explain anything. This movie is very guilty of that, but still definitely worth watching. 

Watch it, but don’t pay for it:

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: In terms of Star Wars movies, this one’s in the middle. It’s not great, and some of the plot points are very convenient and bland. It’s also not bad, and the chemistry that has developed with some of these characters is very charming.

The Lion King (2019): This movie is a classic case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Disney kept this live action remake fairly close to the original with some minor tweaks here and there. Watch it if you’re a fan of Disney movies, but wait until it’s streaming on Disney+.

Booksmart: This movie has the feel of an early 2000’s comedy classic without having that not aging well cringe factor that those movies are starting to have. It’s very refreshing to see a movie with characters that I believe could actually exist in the real world, instead of seeing what some 50 year old rich dude thinks teenagers act like.

Wonder Park: A cute animated movie that any kid would like, and any adult would find totally watchable. What bothers me about Wonder Park is that the park in Wonder Park is called Wonderland. They don’t even say the words “Wonder Park” one time in this movie. Am I being pedantic? Maybe, but what gives?

How to Train Your Dragon the Hidden World: A very well written way to wrap up a great trilogy, but man did they murder any semblance of character development with all of their secondary characters. This one is probably the worst of the three movies, but the other two were amazing so that doesn’t mean this one is bad.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again: This movie is just fun, dumb, and nice. The duel plot lines in different times is well done, the songs are catchy and make you tap your feet, and you’re just in a good mood after watching this. Give it a shot one day if you’re bored and tell me you won’t have Waterloo in your head and a smile on your face.

The Meg: Talk about fun and dumb. This movie is exactly what you think it’s going to be. If you’re down to watch a cheesy shark movie with way over the top everything and so-so acting then you’ll be in heaven.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part: I feel a little bit bad putting this down here with a movie like The Meg, but I already did so there’s no going back. It’s a nice movie. If you liked the first one you’ll probably like this one, but I wouldn’t say it’s worth spending $20+ on. If you can stream it, do it. If you find it on sale, grab it. You’re not missing much if you don’t though.

No need to see it, no need to avoid it:

Jumanji: The Next Level: Classic money grab sequel from a studio. Is it bad? No. Is it good? Not really. Watching Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson play grandparents was kind of funny for a little while, and Danny DeVito is a welcome addition to almost any movie. However, watching Jack Black pretend to be a black teenager wasn’t what anyone needed to see. Not quite racist, but uncomfortable.

Zombieland: Double Tap: This one was almost a don’t watch. Another classic flop of a sequel that relied way too much on riding the wave of the original, but Zoey Deutch has a few moments that are absolutely hilarious as Madison. 

Men in Black International: One of many in a long line of movies that didn’t need to be made, but if you have some housework to do it’s worth throwing on in the background. Charming but forgettable.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: This movie falls victim to what is happening to so many preplanned movie franchises. They take the second movie in the series and make it entirely setup with no real movement behind it. You spend the entire movie waiting for climax and resolution and then the credits start rolling. They don’t care if you like it because they know you’ll be back for the next one. It’s fine, but don’t spend your money on it.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters: Even for a Godzilla movie this was kind of a let down. Maybe I’m a little harsh on it because I have a vendetta against movies that break their own rules. I’m all for agreeing to whatever rules the movie tells me this universe follows, but if you point blank tell me something that is a rule in your universe, then 5 minutes later break that rule, I’m out.

Alita: Battle Angel: I really like the idea of this movie, and Christoph Waltz is an amazing actor, but this one is just another movie that tries to wow you with visual effects in an era where that’s not enough to set a movie apart anymore . It may have worked for Avatar back in 2009, but it’s nothing special now.

Glass: Unbreakable was really cool when it came out, and James McAvoy deserves an award for each personality he played in Split, but this movie just feels forced. It’s unnecessary, and underwhelming. Chalk this one up to another miss from M. Night Shyamalan.

Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch (2018): Why? The animated one from the 60’s is perfect, and the live action one with Jim Carrey became an instant classic. What was the plan here? I guess it’s not terrible. That’s the best it’s going to get from me.

Equalizer 2: Can we please stop ruining good movies with unneeded sequels? Or at least make the sequel interesting. I had to rewatch the trailer to remember what happened in this movie. Although, the scene where he beats the hell out of those frat bro’s is awesome.

Tag: I actually like this movie, and it was the first movie I saw with A-List, but it’s still very dumb. If you pass by it while scrolling through Netflix go ahead and give it a watch, but don’t waste your time searching for it.

The House with a Clock in its Walls: This movie came close to being passable, but then they made me see Jack Black with a CGI baby body and a freakish little head. That’s something I can never unsee. If you ever played the horror game PT and saw the baby in the sink just picture that but with Jack Black’s face.

Don’t watch it:  

Cats: WTF. This acid headed fever dream was doomed from the start. The director didn’t even finishing the movie by the time it came out, and rereleases of the new edit didn’t help. We still had to watch crazy cockroaches with human faces being eaten, the most ridiculous CGI I think I’ve ever seen, and no continuity on the size of these demons. If you are a true lover of the musical then maybe this is for you, but honestly I feel like “Don’t watch it” doesn’t quite cover it.

Dark Phoenix: Other than the big hero deaths, this movie is completely forgettable. I don’t have anything terrible to say about it, but I can’t think of anything good to say either.

Dumbo: Weird. I’m all for Disney movies, and the cast in this movie has a long history of success, but don’t waste your time. If you need to see a dumbo movie just watch the original.

Aquaman: God this movie sucks. Terribly cheesy superhero poses and quips, wasted talent, spotty CGI, and a brutal murder of Africa by Toto thanks to Pitbull. This movie is full of inconsistencies and it’s frustrating to watch. It just sucks.

Robin Hood (2018): Yikes. Let’s be honest here, the bar for a Robin Hood movie is set somewhere around “good, not great”. This one misses completely and manages to underperform all of the previous adaptations.

TNC and Vivid Event… (Rocket League Tournament)

This last Tuesday, the 7th of January, was one to remember for a long time. Thanks to our friends in Vivid (@WeAreVivid), we got to experience a very enjoyable Rocket League tournament. Manny and I got together with a couple of the members for a LAN event where they hosted a 2v2 Rocket League tournament. I still can’t believe in such short notice we arranged 16 teams for the competition. The members of Vivid were such great sports and were fierce competition. They put our skills to the test throughout the brackets. Thank you to the Vivid organization for letting us be apart of this event, and a huge thanks to Zookuzero (@Zookuzero) for doing a phenomenal job hosting the event. Huge congratulations to @Squiggly_YT and his teammate on their success! Please share some love and give all of them some love on social media!

     Going into the event, I was not too sure what I should expect. I had no clue about the number of people that would enter the contest, the quality of players, or the seriousness of the tournament itself. Zookuzero did such a great job getting everything together in such short notice, and his casting during the games was impeccable. For someone who has minimal casting experience, at no point did I question his commentary. Thanks to his broadcast, it made me take a look at that side of esports more in-depth. I spent part of my day observing various esports casters because of the tourney. I was interested in what makes each caster unique, and it is honestly amazing to see each person’s style. I believe there is a chance I will dip my feet into the world of casting thanks to Zookuzero.

     I am eager to see where the Vivid and Nerd Chambers connection will take us both. I am sure we will see more tournaments like this and other collaborations between the teams in 2020. We are both hoping to make it to similar paths, and with each other, I am sure we will get there. I hope we can continue to partner together for more events like this in the future. What would you like to see from our upcoming collaborations with Vivid? If you have any ideas, let us know down in the comments! Thank you for all the support!

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My Top Five Games of the Decade (Brandon)…

There have been some amazing video games that have released. That being said, this decade my hold the torch for the best decade for a very long time. We might be able to jump fifty years into the future, and people could still be talking about this decade as one of the bests. Games like GTA5, Skyrim, and Fortnite dominated the last decade. The last week on our live show we gave our Listener Topic, “What are your top 5 games of the decade”? We received some great responses from you all, but here are my top 5 games of the decade.
Out of all the games on my list, if you would have told me that Mortal Kombat would have made my Honorable mention… I would have laughed in your face a decade ago. This is the one type of game I was never into. I loved every other game type at the time… Multiplayer, Shooters, Story, RTS, EVERYTHING except fighting games… When this game came out, the trailers were just too hype for me to pass on the opportunity. The game was so clean and the fatalities were INSANE! My buddy Adam was super into the franchise, so I decided to join him for Mortal Kombat X. I have never put so much time into a game that I never understood how to play. After a few weeks of constant practice, I was able to hold my own in ranked play. It was one of the best accomplishments I have felt in a video game. From being a hardcore button masher into some nasty combos I saw myself improving. It made my experience with fighting games so much better.
The decade started strong with Halo Reach. It blew my mind with a great way to bring back Halo after the third installment. Halo Reach did such a great job making you care about all of the characters in the campaign. The game did such a good job pulling at your heartstrings throughout with all of the heartbreaking moments. The multiplayer was also groundbreaking for the new mode they added, Invasion. It was a great new spin on the game that was much needed. The best way to explain this game mode was sort of like Conquest from the Battlefield franchise. Your team had to push through and take over each base that the defending team had. The final thing that was a polarizing asset to Halo Reach was the customization shop. It gave you something to work for when it came to the multiplayer experience. Going for all the fun cosmetics gave you a whole new layer to your Halo experience!
After Halo Reach, I was struggling to find some sort of single-player game. I tried out Fallout New Vegas because I remembered how much I enjoyed Fallout 3 back in the day. Fallout New Vegas was a very shocking experience for me. Not only did this game provide me with a love for a single-player adventure, but it also showed me how some games can have great replay value. You could play this game in so many different ways, and every time could be a completely different ending. The weapons were so well put together, the enemies were great, and the side quests pull you into the game! This game by far has one of my favorite stories in any game. It honestly has me extremely interested in Outer Worlds for how well they made Fallout New Vegas…
The next game on my list is Borderlands 2. Thanks to the first game in the series, I was so hyped for the sequel. I have never had a game that brought so many inside jokes to myself and a group of friends for all the insane moments in Borderlands 2. The character development was so fun to watch between some of the main NPCs in this game. I have never had a game that made me fall in love with so many character’s personalities. Thanks to Borderlands 2 I still have faith in story-driven games. Even though Borderlands 3 may have disappointed in comparison to 1 and 2. I still love this franchise more than any other.
The game that brought more friends of mine together in the last decade had to be Overwatch. Not only did we have times where we were playing competitive Overwatch. We were even together watching the Overwatch League tournaments. This game swept the world with the fast-paced team-based shooter. Not only was the gameplay so smooth and enjoyable the characters were so fun to play. The lore behind the charterers gave a whole other aspect for people to enjoy Overwatch. I have never seen so many people flock to one game so fast. Blizzard did it again with its amazing rendition of a team-based shooter.
Finally… my favorite game of the decade has to be Rocket League. I have not continuously played a single game for such a long time outside of Rocket League. For such a simple concept of rocket-powered cars playing soccer, a game has never been so enjoyable for so long. The game is constantly evolving with players finding new mechanics in a game that hasn’t changed in the four years it has been out. When it first hit the PSN store it dropped for the game of the month, and people flocked to this game. It started as just a fun game to play with friends to one of the biggest Esports around. This is one of those games I could see myself playing for another decade easily. Just like League of Legends this game could keep afloat for its super fun E-Sports reputation!
There have been thousands of games to come out over the last decade, but which games were your favorite? Did I completely flop on missing something from my top 5? What game are you surprised from my list that Someone could enjoy this much to add to their list? What games do you believe will make it into your list for the next decade? let us know in the comments below! If you enjoyed the article make sure to leave alike! If you have a topic you would like to see us write about let us know on Twitter or Facebook @TheNerdChambers. Thank you for your support!

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PlayStation State of Play 12/10 – Our Favorite Announcements

For those of you that may have missed it, PlayStation showed its final State of Play broadcast of 2019 early Tuesday morning to show off more of what’s in store for PlayStation fans. The broadcast was the typical 20 minutes in length and was full of gameplay trailers and announcements. We picked out a few games from the show that we feel like stood out the most.

Untitled Goose Game

One of the biggest memes in the gaming community this year is Untitled Goose Game. A game that’s simply about a goose causing mischief. People all over social media have been joking that this is the best game of 2019 but there is actually a lot of charm to this game. Watching the trailer to kick off the show I have to admit I was laughing pretty hard at the idea of this game. Running around and just being a cynical pest of a goose sounds like a that would be really fun to play on a couch with a couple friends. This game is actually the earliest arrival of the group, you can play Untitled Goose Game on PS4 starting December 17th!

Spellbreak

Our second pick from the state of play is Proletariat’s new spin on the battle royale genre Spellbreak. This is a game that has been in early access on PC for some time now but it will finally be debuting on a console next Spring on PS4. What piques our interest in Spellbreak is that it has a completely unique combat system that we have yet to see in battle royale games and that is spell-based combat. Spells come in different elements and can be strengthened throughout a match. For those of you that enjoy battle royale games will definitely want to give this game a try when the beta starts in the Spring.

Dreams

Okay this may be a personal pick and the other guys may not be as interested in Dreams as me but this was one of the best games to be shown off in the show. The big announcement for Dreams is that the game will be going full release February 14th, 2020 exclusively on the PS4. The game going full release means that we are more than likely going to see the campaigns that we were assured will be apart of Dreams. I am very interested to see what sorts of experiences will be in store for players when actual professionals get their hands on the creation tools that Dreams offer its users.

Ghost of Tsushima

The last of our favorites from Tuesday’s State of Play was the next game from developers Sucker Punch, Ghost of Tsushima. The short teaser they gave us rounded out the presentation and is having gamers wait until tonight’s Game Awards show to know more information. There was one thing they did say that was of note to me which is that gamers will be able to dive into this experience soon. It is something of note because we have yet to receive even a release window for the game, but there were several rumors in the past stating that we would see Ghost of Tsushima in February of 2020 so it could be that we see that release date drop tonight at The Game Awards. It would also make sense because Naughty Dog just recently delayed the Last of Us 2 until May, leaving the door open for another exclusive to drop in February.

Make these video games into TV shows already!

There have been a plethora of new Netflix/Amazon/Films that have been released over the last decade which have phenomenal success. Different series has stemmed from books, movies, original ideas, and some from video game franchises. With all of the amazing shows that have dropped, there are still some video games franchises that NEED a television series finally… Here are some that we came up with…

There are so many different video games that need cinematic adaptations, but we will focus it down to just three for the sake of your sanity. The number one game that needs to have a series is Overwatch. The lore in the universe that we have been given has been incredible, and there is so much to expand on from there. That being said, I would like to see this show as a fully animated show. As cool as it would be to see some of the characters brought to live-action, Blizzard does an unreal job with the cinematic they have provided us in their videos. Sometimes, I get lost watching their cinematics because of my admiration for the work they put into them. They are so well made creating unique design and animation styles that scream Blizzard. These short films are on a new level of story telling through animation. You could have a full series about a certain event, a character, or even an event that was seen by different character’s perspectives. Not only would this help enhance the Overwatch lore they have already built, but it will help Blizzard reach a wider audience. I’m sure Blizzard could get some amazing writers on an Overwatch series project so please make this happen!

Just like Overwatch, another game has some AMAZING lore behind its characters, yes you guessed it… League of Legends! This is another game that definitely needs some sort of series. Whether it is a mini-series or a full-fledged season after season I would love indulge in this full cinematic world. Just like Overwatch, I believe this game would fit best as an animated series instead of live-action. I hate to say because a live adaptation can be mind-boggling, but for Riot, their cinematic videos blow us away. I’m sure with the proper writers on board this show could flourish and prosper. They could do all the different factions, the world around them, or just like a possible Overwatch show have character-based series of episodes. You can’t tell me a mini-series on the battle between Lucian and Thresh would not be fantastic to experience a full-fledged adventure!

Finally, the last video game universe that needs some sort of film adaption whether it is TV or movie is… Fallout. This universe has so many places it can go which has been proven in the handful of games that have been released. They all have the same concepts of post-apocalyptic world, but each game gives us unique stories with the baseline of a fallout. With all of the different factions, weapons, and characters that have been met over the last few games you could easily make a series about this show. This is the one show out of these three that I believe would be best filmed as a live-action adaptation. The visuals that could be brought together with the creatures and weapons would be outstanding. The only real problem with that is the CGI definitely cost a pretty penny with today’s standards. Therefore there would have to be a great production company to pick up a film of this nature to back the content creators. There are plenty of different ways a production company could story board a show like this. Follow a single character for multiple seasons, or jump around to multiple cities that were devastated by a nuclear war. There are plenty of different ways a series could work, but it NEEDS to happen sooner rather than later. This universe deserves it with all the love the Bethesda team has given it over the years.

There are many more video game universes that need to see some sort of film adaption whether that is a Netflix, Amazon, or a blockbuster film series but these are my top three. Which did we miss that you would like to see adapted into a series? Should they be live-action or animated? Television, film shorts, or blockbuster movies? Let us know what you think in the comments below! If you enjoyed the article leave a like and share it with your friends! Thank you so much for your support!

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