Friday July 13, 2018 marks the official kickoff of the Fantasia Film Festival which ends on August 2, 2018. I’ve been fortunate enough to cover the films featured in the Montreal festival for the last four years and like each year before it the titles just keep getting more and more interesting. Last year I was able to take in titles that ended up being some of my favorite genre offerings of the year (Tragedy Girls and Better Watch Out). So before we press start on this year’s insanity, lets take a look at some of the titles I’m most looking forward to (hopefully) deliver some reviews for as the fest gets under way! Why 17? I dunno, cause it’s not the standard 10 and its an odd number which just seemed like the right thing to do. Also, I miscounted when I did all the write-ups (since I lumped 3 into one paragraph) and didn’t feel like taking two of them off the list–sooo yeah.
Anna and the Apocalypse
Say zombies and you have my attention–then hit me with musical and I start to pull back a bit. However, the buzz for this one out of Sundance is hard to ignore. Plus it’s a horror christmas movie which always excites me. So paint me optimistic with a touch a caution as we await to see if this is a cult classic in the making and not just the classic tune of festival hype.
One of the strongest aspects of this year’s IT was its youthful cast. So with the closure of Chapter One, one of the biggest questions for fans was, “Who’s gonna play who in the sequel?” As you may or may not know, Pennywise is an ancient evil that emerges for a period of time every 27 years to feed in the children of Derry.
Spoilers follow, so if you’re not wanting to be spoiled about the ending of IT or the surviving characters then you’d best turn away NOW. At the end of IT the Losers are able to successfully defeat Pennywise and force him into his 27 year slumber without feasting on a member of their club. To celebrate, the group makes a blood pact to return to Derry to fight Pennywise should It ever return to wreak havoc on the town again. (more…)
You have in front of you the only summer movie prediction post guaranteed to get it all wrong. I’m not a Hollywood analyst out there tracking the interest of movie releases, nor am I an avid follower of the people that actually do that sort of thing. I’m just a dude who writes about beer and movie for fun that likes to swing wildly timely trends from time to time.
Today, it’s ranking this summer’s (2017 for all you futuristic hobos slummin it on the net) movie releases in order of how well I think they’ll do at the box office–just the top ten though. If you read last year’s you already know how comically misinformed this is about it get. Now that we know the game though, let’s just get this over with so I can get back to my case of beer, shall we?
(1) Spider-Man: Homecoming – With a trio of superhero tinged releases to pick from I am hedging my bets that people losing their sh*t at Spidey’s appearance in Civil War translates to big bucks this year. Or by the end of summer I’ll just go along ignoring how painfully wrong I always am and that’s why I don’t get paid the big bucks. (more…)
It was a fairly quiet year of moviegoing here at TGoF. Lots of adjusting to life with a baby along with other typical life happenings that eat into one’s time and energy. The result made it difficult to fit in some of what many would consider the best movies of the year and being a genre lover I always make time for those pesky horror movies–which is why my lists tend to befuddle the more refined movie snobs. However, in review of the movies I saw this year and not being satisfied with the options for a top ten the executive decision was made to this year do a top five instead. Condensing down hopefully just accentuates how great I felt the top choices were as opposed to how weak (yet still highly rated) my overall top ten would have been.
Over the course of the next few weeks it’s possible I’ll make it out to cinema darlings like La La Land and and Moonlight, but for now hopefully you’re eyes will find my choices for what I did see in 2016 acceptable enough. As always thanks for checking out my ramblings and I look forward to getting back in the saddle more and more on 2017! (more…)
Blockbuster season is upon us. Captain America Civil war is poised to kick that door down and rake in the cash. In the spirit of the season TGoF wants to get into the fun of predicting the top 10 money makers of the season. Keep reading to see my picks for the most successful movies of the summer and feel free to leave your choices in the comments! (more…)
The two most telling things I can possible say to anyone getting ready to read my ramblings about the Oscars is that (1) as of writing this I haven’t seen all the movies nominated and therefore can’t accurately speak for many of the nominations those movies have gotten (but I will try), and (2) I don’t necessarily care about the Oscars. I know what movies I saw in 2014 that I loved and many of them would have never had a chance to even enter Oscar discussions. Therefore the Oscars are more of a “cherry on top” should any of the movies I loved actually get recognition- and I’m not that big a fan of cherries.
I will say I do enjoy watching the Oscars….some of the time. I feel like the ceremony is too long and there are too many categories I don’t really care that much about. However, I do enjoy watching seasoned actors giving their acceptance speeches, especially if I’m a big fan of said actor/actress. In the event any of my favorite movies, actors, actresses, scores, and writers get recognized for movies I enjoyed during the year I get a pretty satisfying rush even having not been involved in their success. But seeing as how I don’t really hold the Oscars near and dear to my heart it’s more of a momentary celebration than anything I remember long after its over. So…all that being said aren’t you pumped for my predictions now? (more…)
It should go without saying each year, but I still feel like I need to state loudly and clearly that I do not make it out to see every movie that most will be talking about at the end of the year. This year in particular saw a decrease in the amount of highly praised movies that (1) saw release in my neck of the woods and (2) I actually had time to make it out to see. Second, I am far more geek than I am snob, so my choices do not always fall in line with your typical paid film writer- I like what I like and I’m not even slightly sorry for it. That being said, I still tend to enjoy a lot of the same movies that tend to get Academy recognition, but I do enjoy to throw a wrench in the mix by making some picks you may not see on other top 10’s out there.
It’s been a great year for movies to be sure. And I tried make diversify my list a little by limiting my choices in the following ways: I like superhero movies, but I only wanted one represented on the top 10 and I like dorky R rated comedies, but again I wanted to only have one represented in the list. Now, with that being said here are a handful of honorable mentions: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Enemy, Locke, 22 Jump Street and Neighbors. Lastly before I get to the list just to beat anyone to the punch, here are some movies I really wanted to see, but either haven’t had the time or opportunity to see before the clock ticks out on 2014: Birdman, Foxcatcher, Boyhood, and The Imitation Game. Looking forward to 2015 there are obviously a handful of movies I’m looking forward to, but the granddaddy of them all is none other than Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. It’s going to be a long countdown to that release, so let’s just move on to a much shorter countdown shall we? (more…)
Now that the best horror of 2014 is out of the way maybe it’s about time to bring things down a bit before I bring them back up with my Best of 2014 list. Horror remains my favorite overall genre of films which is why I still dedicate a top and bottom post each year (with the exception of 2013). The bottom of list was a little bit of a slower process that was ever changing because I kept forgetting about movies that I watched that I truly hated. I generally try to keep a running tally of the movies I watch each year and sort them by letter grade but sometimes time gets away from me and I don’t get around to writing a review or I just forget to add it to the list.
I mentioned that I was generally quite happy with 2014 in horror overall, but I did see quite a bit of pretty average to mostly mediocre horror titles this year. The 2014 dishonorable mentions are: At The Devil’s Door, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Life After Beth and Devil’s Due. I’m going to try and keep my thoughts a bit more brief on these picks just cause I don’t want to go into the new year depressed, but here are my choices for 2014’s worst horror titles. Also, no trailers since I really don’t want them to fool you into thinking you should check them out. If you still want to see them, by all means, but I relieve myself of responsibility as of now. (more…)
I kind of took a rain check on a traditional top 10 list in 2013. In some ways it felt like a major relief, but I still made a post of my favorite movies and disappointment but in a “one breath” type of way. Yet, I’m still not going to start off with a long winded intro when most people just want the main course and don’t wanna fill up on appetizers.
Before we get started though I will say that I’ve been generally quite happy with 2014 in horror- though I’ll get to the low points later this week. The following 10 movies are of course my representation of the years best, but lest we forget some honerable mentions such as Grand Piano, Godzilla, Afflicted, The Signal and Late Phases. Well I suppose now that I’ve warmed you up a little now’s as good a time as any to dive into my picks for the 10 best horror 2014 had to offer! (more…)
Sometimes around the months of June and July I think it’s fun to take a look back at the movies I’ve been able to see so far in the year. For one, it’s fun to take a look back and see if there’s anything that’s gotten better over time since I watched it and stuff that’s soured on me since. Then as you are about to see I like to take the five that I feel best represent what I’ve enjoyed at that point in the year and see how my taste leans- basically if I’m picking up what Hollywood is throwing down or are the indie filmmakers still pumping out under appreciated gems. Lastly at the end of the year I think it’s fun to revisit this list to see if my picks held up for the whole year or if the year is simply front loaded with movies that make you appreciate the end of the year flicks that much more.
Every year I predict that the list will end up being a mixture of Hollywood dazzle and indie resourcefulness- but it usually depends on just how active I’ve been in keeping up with heading out to the theater or being lazy and resorting to On Demand viewing. I tend to spend equal amounts of time renting movies On Demand and trying not to be a cave dweller by leaving my humble abode to spend time amongst other people to enjoy movies which is why my mid year list tends to show some love to both big budget and ultra low budget films. I’m a sucker for super hero movies, raunchy comedies, heady thrillers and mixture of quirky indies/bizarre black comedies so my lists tend to drift from your typical film snob- but that’s a good thing right? (more…)