Man I cannot wait for this movie and I generally do not like horror movies. I find most modern ones to be kind of trite. But this looks damn good.
- Get Out – As someone’s who dated a lot of white women (not on some fetish level), this movie struck a poignant nerve
- Logan – Hugh Jackman has played the character of Wolverine since 2000 and the movies he’s been in have fluctuated in quality. But leaving the franchise on a high note.
- Split – Talk about a surprise. A great small film with some big aspirations. James McAvoy deserves an Oscar for his performance(s) in this one.
- The Lost City of Z – Hey look Charlie Hunnam can act. A dramatic look at a real life explorer who found himself more at home in the jungles than with his own family.
- John Wick: Chapter 2 – A movie that knows exactly what it is and relishes in it.
- Fifty Shades Darker – what an awful movie. The BDSM community should be offended by this monstrosity
- Transformers: The Last Knight – just kill the franchise and reboot it. The Transformers deserve better
- Baywatch – When a studio sees the success of 21 Jump Street but fails spectacularly trying to replicate it
- Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – the nightmare is finally over
- Ghost in the Shell – whitewashing controversy aside…this is a style over substance movie
This movie looks terrifying. Despite pictures being released of Pennywise, the trailer never really features a lingering shot of the monster clown. This helps build up suspense for when we get an actual reveal. Plus, that slideshow sequence was absolutely terrifying. I am not the biggest horror fan but this movie has me hyped.
So a new year is upon us and thus that means a whole field of new movies to be released. Since it’s so early in the year, it’s a bit more questionable about the smaller releases in the year. So this list will primarily consist of the bigger movies but there will be smaller releases here and there:
10. The Founder – Honestly who hasn’t been to McDonald’s in their lifetime? So when a movie comes out about how McDonald’s was taken from a small chain to a worldwide franchise, it sparks my interest. As with most large corporations, there had to be shady dealings to get the company where it is today. Michael Keaton lately has never done wrong even in stuff like Need for Speed.
9. Logan – the suuposed final movie for Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart as Logan/Wolverine and Professor Xavier. Much about the movie is unknown except that it will be R rated and feature a little girl and the Reavers.
8. Kingsman: The Golden Circle – the sequel to the surprise hit of 2015. I highly enjoyed the first movie and wonder where the sequel is going to go. All we know is that the Kingsman will be interacting with their American equivalents.
7. Kong: Skull Island – well it is a movie about a giant ape. The largest version of Kong put to screen.
6. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Spider-Man is one of my favorite heroes and this will be his first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
5. Get Out – as someone who’s been in a lot of interracial relationships, this kinda hits close to home. I think we’ve all been there where we visit our significant other’s family and you dont know how they’ll be. Now add in a horror element and you’ve got one of my most anticipated movies.
4. Thor: Ragnarok – Thor + Hulk to stop the destruction of everything. Count me in
3. Wonder Woman – the premiere female superhero finally getting her own movie
2. Star Wars: Episode VIII – it’s no secret that I’m a Star Wars nut. So here we are with the continuing adventures of the Skywalker saga
1. Justice League – I’m a fan of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice despite its flaws. The Justice League is my favorite superhero team. So even though people have been iffy on the DC Extended Universe, it will still be interesting to see how the premiere team of the DC Universe comes together on the big screen for the first time.
10. La La Land – not what I was expecting
9. Fences – a film carried by strong performances with two powerhouse actors in the lead
8. The Nice Guys – a welcome throwback
7. Rogue One – putting the war in Star Wars
6. Hell or High Water – an exploration of the middle America
5. 13th – an exploration of how far America has come and how far it hasn’t
4. Captain America: Civil War – it’s either Captain America 3 or Iron Man 4 or Avengers 2.5 but what a great film
3. Zootopia – an animated film with some deep pathos
2. Arrival – the alien invasion movie much more than about an invasion
1. Moonlight – the exploration about the black man in America
10. Suicide Squad – what a bland movie. I’ve seen it twice and nothing about it resonates
9. X-Men: Apocalypse – what a snooze fest
8. Assassin’s Creed – the movie adaptation of a dying video game franchise
7. Boo! A Madea Halloween – Tyler Perry doing Tyler Perry things
6. Yoga Hosers – well this was a thing
5. Zoolander No. 2 – the sequel no one wanted
4. Ride Along 2 – Kevin Hart screaming for 90 minutes
3. Alice Through The Looking Glass – another sequel no one wanted
2. Gods of Egypt – the not so mighty Gods
1. Independence Day: Resurgence – the sequel that everyone thought they wanted but realized they didn’t
God that’s a really dumb title.
First and foremost…when did these motherfuckers become The Avengers? Remember when this series first started and they were just street racers? That seems like it was a completely different franchise at this point. But here we are.
These movies are what they are now. A slick look, well choreographed set pieces, one dimensional characters who speak in bumper sticker slogans, the constant use of the word “family”. But it looks like after the events of the previous film that the characters now officially work for Kurt Russell’s mysterious government agent to take down Charlize Theron’s character. Oh and Vin Diesel’s character Dom looks to have switched sides.
Let’s be honest we know he hasn’t turned. It’s probably part of some convoluted plan to expose her. Why else would the team seemingly be working with Jason Statham’s character who killed one of their team already?
This series is ridiculous but every entry always manages to draw me in with something. This time it is director F. Gary Gray and Charlize Theron. A great director and one of the best actors currently working. Oh and apparently Helen Mirren will be in the movie in some capacity. I can’t promise I’ll see the movie in theaters as I more than likely won’t. But I will check out.
How does this series really differentiate itself from Vin Diesel’s other action series, xXx?
Arrival is the latest movie from acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve. It stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. This is an alien invasion movie but not one that we have become accustomed to in more recent years. There are no big explosions or action scenes. It is a much more thoughtful science fiction film. When 12 mysterious spherical objects arrive on Earth, the world’s nations don’t know what to make of the situation. All the objects do is hover over the ground and open up at scheduled times. So how do people react when they think they might be being invaded but not sure?
Amy Adams plays a linguistics expert Louise Banks is brought in to help decipher the aliens’ language. Jeremy Renner is mathematician Ian Donnelly also brought along by Army Colonel GT Weber played by Whitaker. The only thing known about the aliens is that they protect themselves with a barrier and communicate with symbols that looks like rohrscach tests. This is also happening throughout the world as the world’s nations are trying to be in contact with one another about what they discover but also keeping secrets.
The movie is a bit tricky to go into detail about as there is much nuance throughout and subtle twists and turns. This is the Amy Adams show though. The movie is focused all around her character and what this event is having on her life. If there were a weaker actress in the lead, it probably would collapse under its weight. Renner and Whitaker are always top notch actors and do not disappoint here. It’s also great to see Renner in a non action or character and playing a scientist.
Why the aliens are here and what they are all about is a mystery that goes on throughout the movie. So when it is finally revealed, it answers questions yet still leaves many more in the air. It might leave some wanting more but that is not this type of movie. This is certainly Villeneuve always does as he always leaves things in the air and leaving things up for viewers to answer. A special mention should go out to cinematographer Bradford Young who highlights the beauty in the simplicity in the areas that the alien ships land near.
Arguably this is one of my favorite films of the year. It makes you think and does not hold your hand. The actors and not even just the main three all give nuanced and great performances. The direction and cinematography are excellent and just add that extra layer to make the film stand out. It is highly recommended and should be checked out and not just by science fiction fans but by those who enjoy great storytelling.