The post’s title is fairly self explanatory, and in spite of not being able to make it out to everything I intended to see this year I still think it was another great year for movies. I seem to say that every year seeing as how there’s always a nice list of movies to pick from when it comes to what were my favorites. This year though, it felt like there was a larger than usual gap in what critics and larger blogs have pinpointed as the best films of the year destined for Oscar gold and the movies I’m about to list below. Doesn’t really matter to me since the Oscars every year are a glaring example of why I don’t put much faith in the yearly awards shows, and why life if some much better if you just embrace what you like instead of what a group of snobs are telling you to like. With that being said…read this list of movies that I’m telling you to like.
J/K….but ya know, since you’re here maybe just take a peek anyway. Thanks!
(10) You Were Never Really Here – Fans of Lynne Ramsay, especially those who may have watched We Need to Talk About Kevin (or rewatched, but I dunno who would do that to themselves) should have known what to expect here. Joaquin Phoenix puts in a stellar yet subtle performance as a tortured veteran doing some pretty depressing work who gets caught up in an even darker conspiracy. (more…)
Did I miss the memo? Is being involved in some weird occult/cult shenanigans all the rage now? The Endless, Pyewacket, and now Hereditary are riding high in many critical circles and each have their own little twist on the taboo. So, if spreading funky juju all over my essence is now the in thing then apparently my Saturday night is all booked up. Oh yeah, and this tiny little indie movie came out this weekend, Incredibles 2, maybe you’ve heard of it. I don’t think I need to explain why these two movies are different, but they’re similar only for the fact that they have to deal with the complexities of family. Also, one has way fewer beheadings than the other–let’s find out which one, shall we?
A couple weeks have passed since I first screened Hereditary and there is one thing I can say for certain–not a day has passed that I haven’t thought about it. Granted a lot of it was people asking me what I though and if it was as amazing and scary as the ads and critics had said it was. Putting it right out there, as I walked out of the theater I was extremely conflicted and two weeks later not much else as changed. I’m still of the mind that I like this movie, and the one thing I’m fairly certain about is that it’s absolutely not the horror juggernaut that the marketing has billed it as. In fact, unless you don’t regularly watch horror movies it’s not all that scary. It’s unsettling and there’s lots of disturbing visuals, but I never once worried about sleeping at night–and neither should you. (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…)
In 2016 we saw Batman twice in theaters and for most of us, we left those two encounters less than enthusiastic. With Warner Bros. flailing wildly in need of a hit, in steps some tiny plastic toys to save the day. Even with as good as The LEGO Batman Movie is, it also amplifies how inept Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were at the most fundamental level–being entertaining. In a way, the latest in the Batman universe acts as a sincere apology for the aforementioned disappointments.
To be fair The LEGO Batman Movie has the benefit of irreverent humor that leans heavily in meta territory. The film exists in a world where Gotham City and its citizens are kind of tired of Batman’s shenanigans. Years of fighting bad guys and yet crime rates are as high as ever. Even Batman’s greatest enemy, Joker, has decided that he must concoct a new scheme to get the Caped Crusader in touch with his emotions. With the help of a recently adopted orphan, Dick Grayson, and the city’s new commissioner, Barbara Gordon, Batman embarks on a mission to save his tarnished reputation and the city. (more…)
It’s been a while and there are plenty of movies in my rear view so to conserve some space you can check out my reviews of some recently released flicks all in one place- as well as beer recommendations to go with. Read on to check out some reviews for the following: Warcraft, Angry Birds, Captain America: Civil War, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Manson’s Lost Girls, and The Ones Below!
Zero. That is exactly the amount of not hours, not minutes, but seconds I’ve spent playing World of Warcraft. So what business have I to attempt to review a film that is so obvious in its attempts to please its fans? Technically none. As a fan of cinema and someone who tries to see anything and everything that I possibly can it behooves oneself to have a voice amongst those who are like me, but maybe are on the fence about spending money to see it. (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’s been a long time since Hiccup and Toothless caught audiences and critics by surprise- just as long since they entered and stole our hearts. It was probably a little unnatural how much I loved HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, but fact of the matter is that there was nothing about the film that I didn’t love. So it only seems inevitable that the sequel can’t possibly live up to such a high bar right? Wrong. While HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 does feel a little less surprising, it feels like much more well-rounded film experience with even more of an emotional core.
Picking up where the first film left off the citizens of Berk are living harmoniously with their newfound fire breathing companions. It seems as though nothing could disrupt the utopia that Hiccup and Toothless helped build in the Viking village. That is until Hiccup stumbles upon a group of dragon trappers claiming a man by the name of Drago is amassing an army of dragons and it’s only a matter of time till Berk is in his crosshairs.
How glorious was it to see those iconic Muppets back on the big screen a few years back? Well, I guess I can’t speak for everyone, but it was pretty glorious for me. When Rainbow Connection kicked in during the finale I could hardly hide the goosebumps. Very often these family movies really make me feel like the young at heart softy that I am, but every so often the old curmudgeon in me shines through. As much as I loved THE MUPPETS, it couldn’t stop me from being a little underwhelmed by MUPPETS MOST WANTED.
Maybe I loved the reboot a little too much that my expectations were too high? In any event, MUPPETS MOST WANTED finds the characters with a new tour manager Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais), who helps international criminal and Kermit doppelgänger (except for a mole hidden to conceal his real identity), Constantine, take Kermit’s place as the fearless leader of the Muppets. Meanwhile, Kermit is mistaken for Constantine and jailed. The Muppets continue their world tour while Badguy and Constantine attempt to pull off a legendary heist and Kermit attempts to escape incarceration before it’s too late. (more…)
The circumstances in which you view a movie have more influence than you might realize on how you feel about the movie in general. There isn’t a one us that hasn’t lost someone close, granted it may not be fresh in your memory when you watch a movie like HEAVEN IS FOR REAL. In the interest of full disclosure, when I screened this film I was less than 24 hours in to losing something very close to me and my wife- our “furry child,” Cooper. In all honesty this was a film I had not expected to like in the slightest. However, it has hit me at a time of vulnerability and it’s impact could certainly be boosted by the circumstances.
This film is not about the loss of a family pet, but it is about loss, the fear of loss and the hope/fear that our loved ones are taken care of when they are then from us. Based on the true story of Todd Burpo (Gregg Kinnear) who comes as close as one can to losing his young son, Colton (Connor Corum). When Colton miraculously recovers Todd and his wife, Sonja (Kelly Reilly) are relieved, until Colton starts to recount impossible details. What starts out as simply “lucky guesses” regarding how Todd and Sonja spent the time while Colton was under gets spooky when he is able to identify family he never knew that passed before him. Todd’s church is left reeling from the confusion and fear that comes from their faith as Todd himself tries to come to terms with what this experience truly means. (more…)
The dilemma for an aging movie lover is sometimes feeling like a creep seeing a kids movie in a theater and not having kids of your own, but also being enthralled by the very same movie intended for children. Personally, I don’t yet have that hangup because I love being transported into my own youth by these nostalgia projects and THE LEGO MOVE did nothing if not make me feel like a kid again. It’s early in the year, but if I see another film that had me grinning ear to ear from beginning to end, I’ll be shocked.
THE LEGO MOVIE brings the popular childhood figures to life with Emmett (Chris Pratt) as a plain faced conformist who wants nothing more in life but to fit in with everyone else. He meets Wild Syle (Elizabeth Banks) during a fall that lands him with a mysterious piece stuck to his back. As it turns out the piece is the key to foiling Lord Business’ plan to make every world in the LEGO universe stay the same forever- promptly putting an end to any and all building and imagination. (more…)