FF 065: Thor: Love & Thunder (2022) Review

#065: THOR: LOVE & THUNDER (2022) REVIEW

Airdate: August 10, 2022

Thor returns with the help of Valkyrie, the Mighty Thor and the Asgardians of the Galaxy to battle and save the Gods from Gorr the God Butcher. Is he successful? Should Thor lay down his hammer and call it a day? Does the Mighty Thor get a proper storyline? Tune in to find out.

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FF 057: The 355 (2022) Review

#057: THE 355 (2022) REVIEW

Airdate: April 20, 2022

The 355 showcases a global group of female spies forging a tenuous agreement to work as one to save the world or die trying. The film streams on PeacockTV and Forever Fangirls watched it to see if the spy thriller was a successful mission or should be purged from the system.

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FF 056: The Lost City (2022) Review

#056: THE LOST CITY (2022) REVIEW

Airdate: April 6, 2022

The Lost City starring Sandra Bullock as a romance author and Channing Tatum as her cover model hit theaters in late March. Forever Fangirls went out to the theaters for the first time in two years to see an early screening. Was the film worth it? Or did the hosts just focus on the popcorn?

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FF 055: Turning Red (2022) Review

#055: TURNING RED (2022) REVIEW

Airdate: March 23, 2022

Turning Red’s tagline states “growing up is a beast”… but a red panda is so cute and fluffy! Forever Fangirls watches the new Pixar critical success and we can guarantee a red panda is CUTE & FLUFFY!


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FF 054: Encanto (2021) Review

#054: ENCANTO (2021) REVIEW

Airdate: March 9, 2022

Encanto (2021) reached into the hearts of millions with its music, stunning animation, and how no one talks about Bruno-no-no-no. Forever Fangirls discuss the good, the bad, the cute… and of course we dare to talk about Bruno.

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FF 053: Marry Me (2022) Review

#053: MARRY ME (2022) REVIEW

Airdate: February 23, 2022

Marry Me starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson launched on Peacock and theaters just in time for Valentine’s Day 2022. The streaming provider told Forever Fangirls they needed to watch the film based on their viewing history. So they did. Now they go through the Good, the Bad, the Cute… and in this case… the “does this belong here?” category.

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FF 052: CODA (2021) Review

#051: CODA (2021) REVIEW

Airdate: February 9, 2022

CODA (child of deaf adults) premiered to rave reviews, awards, and accolades. A listener suggested we stream it and see if it was worth the hype. Was this film a coming of age story for the ages that you just MUST watch? Was it worth the bidding war that Apple ultimately won? Tune in to find out what we thought.

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FF 051: Eternals (2021) Review

#051: ETERNALS (2021) REVIEW

Airdate: January 26, 2022

If you could prevent the suffering of humanity, would you do it, or would you follow orders? That’s the dilemma the Eternals face. Living on Earth for 7000 years, they’ve never interfered with anything. Not even Thanos’s snap. But with the world on the brink of destruction, what will they do? The Eternals film answers those questions, but it is worth the watch? Forever Fangirls streams the Disney+ movie to find out.

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Top 5 Films We Watched in 2021

This year has been very… different. Due to the coronavirus, the entertainment industry found new ways to give us entertainment and further their streaming services. HBO launched all Warner Brothers films on day one, later in the year they released in theaters at the same time. Disney+ housed a premier access model. For an additional fee, you could see a few select fils that were released in the summer. They changed the model later in the year to allow for a 45 day lag between the theatrical release and when it was available via streaming. We like this recent model and hope it continues.

Note: There is a tie for first place. So technically there are 6… because why not.

1. Free Guy (Tie)

Who doesn’t feel like an NPC (Non-Playable Character) in real life sometimes? It’s why video games and social media have become lifelines during the pandemic. They allow us to live the idealistic version of ourselves and interact with others. Behind the wonderful effects remains a story with a lot of heart. You can be the good guy and be exactly who you were meant to be. You just need to have faith in yourself and take the chance.

1. Gunpowder Milkshake (Tie)

Of all the films released this year, Gunpowder Milkshake hit every mark. We’re not sure if it was the cast, if we were in the right frame of mind when we watched it, or if it was just that good to us. Either way, we would (and have) watched it more than once. It’s just that entertaining. Make a bowl of popcorn and just enjoy the spectacle of the entire feature.

2. Cruella

The first Disney entry on our list is one that took us by surprise. Emma Stone was spectacular in the leading role and gave us everything we could want and more from the character of Cruella. The film suffers from some CGI issues that could not be ignored after a while, but overall, the film was really enjoyable. We understand many fans out there don’t want villains to have backstories, but we like them. Villains shouldn’t be one dimensional people. As Kevin Bachelder has said many times, “villains are the heroes of their own stories.” We really enjoy seeing them.

3. Black Widow

The Marvel film fans have been clamouring for finally released in 2021 and did not disappoint. Natasha Romanoff’s origin story gave us a truly heartbreaking film with funny moments. Between Yelena’s pose comments, and her subsequent disgust over using it, to the secret whistle between sisters, Black Widow had action, emotion, and comedy. Its biggest downfall was twofold. First, it felt really late to the MCU. The fans have been asking for an origin story for years and it felt that without the events of Endgame, this might never have happened. Second, the after credit scene felt like it cheapened the entire story and made it about one of the original Avengers. Everything fans were irritated about regarding Black Widow being overlooked or minimized was reinforced.

4. Raya & the Last Dragon

Raya & the Last Dragon had everything one could want in a fun Disney film. The battle for bringing an entire community together with dragons is a fun family film. Plus, Tuk Tuk is absolutely adorable. Where is seems to stall is in the overly idealistic overtones that were formulaic to a fault. With so much available in the story, we wanted more beyond the obvious message. Overall, it’s an enjoyable watch with stunning visuals with amazing actor portrayals.

5. Sweet Girl

Another surprise film was Netflix’s Sweet Girl. We’ve seen Jason Momoa in action films before, but never one like this. Playing a father and husband who fights to help his wife fight cancer. After insurance companies get involved, so do the conspiracies and back door dealings. The story isn’t perfect and requires some suspension of disbelief; however, the ending was something we did not see coming. That’s saying something for Kimberly, who usually sees twists in plot lines from a mile away.

Like we said, this year has been different from years past. The truth is, theaters are still not back to where they were before the pandemic. We don’t know if the larger 20+ screen multiplexes are approaching the end of an era. Maybe theatrical releases with the 45 day window before streaming services and VOD will be the new norm. With TV’s, sound systems, and theater seats wildly available, the landscape is  quickly transforming.

So, what will 2022 bring? We’re unsure, but what we do know is that we cannot wait to cover the upcoming films for you.


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Moxie (2021) Review

A FUN COMING OF AGE MOVIE

Moxie, based on the book by Jennifer Mathieu, was released on Netflix original film on March 3, 2021. Our niece saw this film and recommended it to us. To be honest, she was right. This was a fun watch.

This film tackles female empowerment in the archaic institutions of male dominated school systems based around athletics. It’s a difficult topic and one that Moxie does and does not cover fully. The fact is, no film that covers these topics will ever fully get it right. There will always be something that could have and most likely should have been addressed.

Looking at the film as a whole, it is about one voice being powerful enough to invoke conversation and action. A girl creates a magazine after being inspired by a new classmate who stands tall regardless of those trying to knock her down. Along the way, she has several missteps but in the end, finds her way.

Since we’ve never read the novel the film is based on, it is hard to judge whether the film took some creative liberties or not. Although a bit dated, the film is a fun watch with solid performances.


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