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One thing I love as much as movies is History. So, when a movie is made *based* on true stories of events in history, especially within my lifetime, I must see them. “Vice” is one of those movies, it is about the life and political career of Dick Cheney, the man behind the George W Bush presidency, and over 30 years of Republican politics.

*The MEAT* The story is flat out *Incredible* it is brought to you by the same team that made “The big short” and it’s made the same way too, it has thought-provoking scenes that explain complicated political scenarios in a lighthearted fashion, so someone like me can understand it. “Vice” is super interesting to say the least.

*The POTATOES* Christian Bale is *Outstanding* as Dick Cheney and Amy Adams is great too. Both, thanks to the make up department, are unrecognizable in their roles. Steve Carrel is good, and Sam Rockwell plays a perfect George W.

*The Verdict* Since it is Oscar season, “Vice” will be up for plenty of awards. Christian Bale and the Make-up department are almost guaranteed a trophy. I do *Highly* recommend this movie, it is very well done. But I must say, it doesn’t necessarily have to be seen on the big screen because while it is a great movie in my book, you can definitely take in its full effect in your own home when it becomes available.

p.s. There is a pretty good mid-credits scene at the end of the movie, so don’t leave too soon.

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birdboxI usually like to give no spoiler reviews to help people with their decision on whether to see a movie in the theaters or wait for it at home. But I watched this movie “Birdbox” on Netflix last weekend and I just had to write a review.

*The MEAT* this is a very unique and original story. “Birdbox” is a *Thriller* in the genre of apocalyptic end of the world stories goes, that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. And makes you think about how You would survive.

*The POTATOES* I’ve always said, you need a great Actor/Actress to carry a movie. And Sandra Bullock is just that! She is *Fantastic*, and once again, shows why she is an A-list Actress for sure. Speaking of great, John Malkovich is in this movie and plays a supporting role that you will love.

*The VERDICT* I *Highly Recommend* “Birdbox” to see wherever you can. It’s a Netflix original and I just loved it because it’s fun, exciting and suspenseful. Every now and then, Hollywood just gets it right.

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The verdict is in. #Bumblebee. The #Transformer movie we didn’t know we wanted according to the podcast. Here is the Spoiler free Meat and Potatoes review.bumblebee-poster-35462

   Whether we wanted it or needed it, they made another Transformers movie. After the last one, I was done with the franchise, it was THAT bad. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the first and third one, Thought Michael Bey did a good job bringing a toy line to the big screen, but the franchise got stale quick. So, it was with big hesitation I went to see the new Transformers movie, “Bumblebee” and find out if they can rescue this franchise with a solo story of one of its most beloved characters.

*The MEAT* The story is a prequel to the original “Transformers” movie with Bumblebee being the main character. The story is *basic* at best, but just enough to keep you in your seat.

*The POTATOES* Hailee Steinfeld is very good, she is a good actress that will be a great one very soon and this movie shows how close she is to that. John Cena plays the antagonist and well, he comes off as very cheesy, or maybe just bad. That’s the thing, I can’t tell if he was playing that role a certain way for seriousness, or was he goofing it up for kids to laugh at him. Either way, *I did not like him. *

*The VERDICT* So I’m kind of torn with my verdict. On one hand I appreciate the simple story of “Bumblebee”, and thought it was ok, but on the other hand they really made this movie more for kids and the younger generation. Which is ok, but all the other Transformers movies had much more for adults and this movie wasn’t marketed as a kid’s movie either, so that confused me. The “Spider-verse” cartoon was more for adults than “Bumblebee”. So, I will recommend “Bumblebee” for kids, but not something adults would find too entertaining. Save your money and *wait for the video* to see it.

#MovieReview #SpoilerFree #MeatnTaders #5280Geek

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If you are trying the fill out your weekend I think this should be added to the list. Here is the spoiler free review of #Aquaman.aquaman-ver11-xlg-1542296717274   

When I first heard they were going to do an Aquaman movie for real, my first thought was, is it going to be under water? We are talking about a comic book hero who is over 76 years old and has been the butt of hero jokes for almost as long. His biggest power is that he talks to fish for crying out loud.

*The MEAT* I will give all the creators involved with “Aquaman” a huge round of applause for taking over 76 years of comic continuity with many different versions of Aquaman and coming up with a *Great Story* that combines all the best of Aquaman.

*The POTATOES* Having Jason Momoa in the title role was the first thing they did to make the Aquaman character cool and hard to make fun of. Amber Heard does a good job as well playing his strong female lead. And Patrick Wilson, who is no stranger to comic movies is terrific as the Ocean Master, the movies main villain. Now its not Oscar worthy acting, but for comic films and for DC, its *very good acting*

*The Verdict* “Aquaman” starts off as a typical comic movie, but once it gets into the depths of the oceans, it becomes something truly *Epic* new and Fun. Most importantly Director James Wan actually figured out how to make it under water and even talk under water.

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 “Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse” is a movie I just had to see. It is getting great reviews and I’ve always loved the Spider-man character from when I was young, plus the animation looks pretty cool in all the previews. Although, I’m not a big fan of alternate reality and multiple Spider-man stories, I am excited to see how they introduce Miles Morales (AKA New Spider-man) to the movie audiences.

*The MEAT* The story was all about Miles Morales and how he becomes the new Spider-man. And they throw in the typical alternate universe stuff that can be very confusing to the casual movie going person who isn’t familiar with the comics. But this time they do it right! And it is a very *Well Done* story that is quite enjoyable. 

*The POTATOES* Since this was a cartoon, I won’t critique the acting. But what I want to emphasize is just how *Amazing* the animation was. It was a unique look that hasn’t been done to this degree before, it was cool, colorful, interesting, fast and in a style all its own. The world looked real and alive, while at the same time, the characters reminded you that you were still watching an animated picture.

*The Verdict* This movie was a *Blast* it was exciting, funny and just all around a great time for the whole family. I recommend it for the largest screen you can find with 3D. I hope Sony will do a bunch more sequels because I would love to go back to this universe again.

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Michael_B._Jordan“Rocky” has and always will be in my top 10 movies of all time, it’s a classic, something about the underdog story and the music, just gets me every time. With that success came another 6 “Rocky’s” and I will admit, they were all fun up until number 5, that’s when they officially jumped the shark and I was done. Fast forward to a few years ago when “Creed” came out. I thought it was a ridiculous premise and refused to see it because, well I was sure I seen it before. Curiosity got the best of me and I wound up watching it on an airplane. Wow! It totally surprised me on how good it actually was, and Sylvester Stallone gave an outstanding performance with the character he made famous almost forty years ago. So, it is with high hopes I go and see the next chapter in the “Rocky” saga, “Creed 2”.

*The MEAT* The story ties in well with “Rocky 4” and continues the story of the son of Apollo Creed. This time he gets to face the son of the man who killed his father in” Rocky 4” which, of course brings Rocky back to face his past. This premise *Works well* for fans of the new and old.

*The POTATOES* Sylvester Stallone reprises his Rocky character perfectly, and that’s to be expected, I will say he did a much better acting job in the first “Creed” movie though. But Michael B Jordon does a great job as Adonis Johnson (Creed), the lead character and I’m thinking Jordon’s acting is ready for the next level now, he just keeps getting better with each performance he plays. Which gives the overall acting a solid *Good*

*The Verdict* “Creed 2” is predictable, fun, exciting, and heartwarming. In other words, It’s just as good as most of the “Rocky” movies. That is 2 through 4, (the first one is untouchable), of course. I do recommend this movie for the Big Screen because it’s a *Great Popcorn flick* and enjoyable for all.

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  bohemian-rhapsody-biopik- I’ve been looking forward to seeing “Bohemian Rhapsody” ever since they first announced they were going to make a Queen biopic film. Full disclosure, I’m a big Queen fan and have always been fascinated by the story of Freddie Mercury, arguably one of Rock’s greatest front man of all time. The previews look great, opening weekend was a hit, and fans are loving it. Only problem is the reviews have been mixed so far, and the Critics have not been too kind. I will try to keep an unbiased opinion here.

*The MEAT* The story just skimmed the surface of the origins of Queen and Freddie’s Mercury’s life. It lacked the depth of what made Freddie and his band mates one of Rock’s best bands in history and it just smoothed over all the incredible personal conflicts that should have had a lot more to do with this movie. They *missed the mark* for sure.

*The POTATOES* Rami Malek plays an outstanding Freddie Mercury. He channels Mercury’s demeaner and presence perfectly, especially in all the concert scenes, which is important because Freddie is the movie. They did a great job of casting him. Everyone else was *okay* nothing over the top or memorable, and that’s the way it should be.

*The Verdict* If you are a fan of Queen and their music, then you will love this movie because it shows like a Tribute film and I recommend seeing it on the big screen with Dolby enhanced sound, the concert footage and music are outstanding, and well worth it. But if you are a movie fan that is expecting more of a Biopic film, like “Walk the Line” or “Ray”, then save your money and watch it in your own home someday. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was fun but overall it lacked the substance that Queen had and quite frankly needed to be shown. For that it left me *Dissatisfied* overall.