No Concessions | Movie Reviews

Much like someone may prefer cats to dogs or Coke to Pepsi, I’ve always chosen TV over film. I think primarily because one doesn’t have to leave the comfort of one’s house to do so. (Anyone born after 1996 may not understand this premise). Secondly, with TV series a rather bad episode or season can be forgiven with the promise of something better. A bad film experience can’t be compensated — that is time you’ll never get back. Thirdly its an arm to attend and a leg to eat at the theater. It’s a no for me. So here at LorinHates, I’ll occasionally expound on my cinematic encounters. Luckily I’ve traversed to the local AMC theater multiple times in last two months. Here are my thoughts.




Get Out


Jordan Peele’s sociological thriller seemed like an internet hoax when I first caught whiff of it late last year. A horror film from 1/2 the mind of Key & Peele sounded absurd and something I wasn’t interested in. But my Spidey-senses tingled after catching the trailer. Everything looked legit, but trailers are deceiving (here’s looking at you Prometheus.) Nonetheless I purchased my ticket opening night and settled in for something I never do: horror in the theater. I’m an easy scare so I’ve never voluntarily opted to view a horror film outside of the comfort of my own home, where I can shield my eyes or physically hide. I was completely vulnerable to the movie theater experience. And honestly I think it was for the best. As many know the film is great and has outperformed in almost all capacities. A black film — directed, written and led by black men — of horror proportions from the African American’s perspective grossed over $100 million on a $4.5 million budget. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to Peele’s future social horror films.

Dr. Strange

I opted to skip Marvel’s newest cinematic chapter mainly because I didn’t care. I was familiar with his backstory after watching an animated version on Netflix. After seeing who was cast, and the whole Ancient One blunder I decided to just wait it out. I think the visual effects is the only thing I regret not seeing on the big screen. Other than that the story was pretty run-of-the-mill as origin stories go. Cumberbatch was a good Strange, and Mikkelsan’s villain was cool — however I think Ejiofor will present a mightier threat in the sequel. And we’ll have a new Ancient One!


In the same vein, I wasn’t as eager to see Ryan Reyonlds as every Ryan Reyonlds character ever in Fox’s first fanboy approved XMen movie. I found myself surprised at how much I enjoyed the story. While I was sure 75% of the film’s comedic relief would get on my nerves, I tolerated a good 60% of it. Some of the best action scenes in a XMen film and I’m looking forward to the sequel.


From one lost Marvel property to another, Fox’s Logan finally did the Xmen’s Beyoncé justice. Hugh Jackman’s farewell to the character he brought to life 17 years ago went out in a brutally emotional, yet poignant bang. The distant future (looking a lot less futuristic as we would have expected) is practically mutant-free as the Sentinels and other government-funded properties eradicated natural-born mutants. As a replacement experimental weapons were forged unsuccessfully for federal use. This is the world we find Logan surviving in as a party limousine driver. His days of heroism are over until a mysterious girl enters his world. It’s one last hit for the Canadian import. With great performances from Patrick Stewart and newcomer Dafne Keen, Logan bolstered much more than the normal superhero flick. Quick pause for the cause: Eriq La Salle and Elise Neal’s cameos — though short — were great to see. And while I knew it wasn’t going to end well for them, seeing POC in the film without their pigment being part of their narrative was brilliant. Also kudos to the youth that played Dafne’s family. They rocked.

Power Rangers


As soon as it was announced, I knew I was seeing it. Didn’t matter if I was pleased with the new suits. Didn’t care if Alpha 5 looked more like a thing from a Windows 98 video game. I didn’t care that they erased the seemingly positive, peppy Saved By the Bell characters of 1995  for a more realistic The Breakfast Club-influenced cast of teens. As a kid of the 90s, I was going to be in theaters March 24, 2017 for the reboot of Saban’s Power Rangers. The 20-plus years franchise went back to its roots to introduce five teenagers with attitude to a whole new generation.

And I loved it.

From the slight change in the rangers’ origin to the new, sleek look of their armor and zords. I felt like a kid again rooting against the evil Rita Repulsa as Jason, Kimberly, Zack, Trini and Billy grew together as a team, and more importantly, friends to save the day. With the director eyeing six sequels, I’m saving money now to hopefully see the introduction of the Green Ranger, Lord Zedd and possibly Thunderzords.

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