After a pretty good year for movies it’s hard to rank them in a definitive list, but here I am anyway. I will note that there are some notable omissions as I haven’t gotten to watch many films over the last few weeks. Movies like The … Continue reading Top 10 Movies of 2017
I think it’s important that I don’t include “television” in the title being that none of these series actually aired on television (in America at least). I can hear the Game Of Thrones fans grunting right now, but who cares. GOT is a good show, but to … Continue reading Top 7 Shows of 2017
2017 has been a pretty damn good year for movies. As I run down the list of films I’ve seen this year I find that most of them were at least enjoyable. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t certain movies that were absolutely awful. I … Continue reading Top 5 Worst Movies of 2017
I was about to start my best movies list when I realized that there are certain movies on that list I didn’t get the chance to review. On top of that, there are a few other movies that I didn’t get a chance to review that I want to speak about. So as my holiday gift to you, here are some rapid fire reviews for your enjoyment.
Netflix’s live action adaptation of the beloved anime Death Note is one of the year’s most interesting movies. From its inception, controversy surrounded the film due to the outcry claiming white washing. When the movie was finally released it got slammed immediately for not staying true to the source material and raised the question of what actually makes a good adaptation. In all honesty, I really do like the attempt they made with this film. When I watch movies adapted from other material, I tend to put aside the source material in order to judge a movie on its own merits. This isn’t a great movie though, there are glaring issues here for sure. I still give credit to Adam Wingard for taking an established universe and shuffling the pieces in order to express his own creativity. Even if the pacing was atrocious and there were several logical inconsistencies, there was still a lot to like here. For one I loved Wingard’s approach to the cinematography. Some of the shots here are beautiful, especially with the use of lighting. Along with that we got some great performances out of Lakeith Stanfield and Willam Dafoe. Overall, it was an ambitious attempt that despite having great highlights, fell short of being good.
Death Note gets a 62/100
Blade Runner 2049
I never liked the original Blade Runner so it was going to take a lot to win me over with this sequel. Sadly, after its almost 3 hour run time I can’t say it did. This movie moves so slow that I caught myself falling asleep multiple times. I understand catching a moment and having the camera linger on certain things can help move the story. I don’t think that’s what happened here though. Sometimes it felt as if the director was saying “look at this beautiful camera shot.” Admittedly, the cinematography in the film is absolutely breathtaking. If the film doesn’t take home every cinematography award this year I would be shocked. Its beauty isn’t enough for me though. The story was okay and the performances were fine, but nothing special. Overall, it’s a technical achievement that I can appreciate more than I can enjoy.
Blade Runner 2049 gets a 73/100
Pixar’s latest attempt at making their audience cry comes in the form of Coco. A movie that celebrates Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). What this movie attempts to do is bring an authentic representation of Mexican culture through this holiday, and I believe they succeeded. Coco is a beautifully animated movie filled with a cool story and truly emotional moments. Thematically the movie hits on all fronts, tackling ancestry, family, and death. There are certain story points that are predictable and slightly rushed though. And it follows a similar formula to most Pixar movies. Those small problems don’t change that Coco was everything it was advertised to be.
Coco gets a 80/100
Easily the most criminally underrated movie of the year, Sleight is an original spin on the superhero genre. I love superheroes and I love when directors can take that premise and turn it on its head. The lead performance from Jacob Latimore is good enough on its own for admission, but there’s much more. There is this grounded emotional core at the heart of the movie that is complimented by its somber tone. The ending also leaves things open for a sequel. Considering this film was made with a $250,000 budget I think a sequel is likely.
Sleight gets an 85/100
It was really hard for me be excited about Spider-Man: Homecoming when I heard it was being made. We’ve already been through 2 other Spider-Man franchises so this felt like overkill. Once I actually saw it though, I came out pretty happy. Spider-man: Homecoming is an extremely fun ride. I know some people are holding out saying Tobey Maguire is the one true Spider-Man, but those people are insane. Tom Holland is easily the best on screen Spider-Man we’ve been given so far. He’s complimented amazingly by Michael Keaton’s Vulture too. Keaton gives the best performance of the movie and is my favorite comic book movie villain of the year by far.
Spider-Man: Homecoming gets an 83/100
Here we are at the latest installment of the biggest movie franchise out there. I have to admit that I’ve never been particularly impressed with Star Wars. While I’ve seen all of the movies, I can say that none of the main saga films have … Continue reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review
While watching a great movie always gives me a feeling of satisfaction, I’m also someone who can enjoy what would be called a “bad” movie as well. There are movies that are bad to the point that you never want to go near them again, … Continue reading The Disaster Artist Review
Justice League is exactly what the DCEU needed. It is the absolute best superhero movie ever…or not. I wish I could’ve started this review by raving about how everything in Justice League was top notch and that there’s nothing to worry about moving forward. If I did say … Continue reading Justice League Review