The first part consists of the movies that I didn’t get the chance to see that I heard were terrible and that looked terrible that I didn’t get around to see them. I don’t normally see movies I don’t want to see, but I try to see movies in general so I can have a variety of things, but it just happens where I don’t get to everything.
Bad Movies I Didn’t See but wanted to:
The Mummy, Fifty Shades Darker, Underworld: Blood Wars, Transformers: The Last Knight, Unforgettable, The Dark Tower, The Circle, Flatliners, Snatched, All Eyez On Me, Rough Night, Ghost in the Shell, Kidnap… I could go on but I’m going to stop lol. There were a lot of movies, I meant to watch but never got around to it.
So I ultimately enjoyed watching this, but it has a lot of flaws. The story, how the villains are handled, how the characters are handled. I think it could have been a great experience, but there were a lot of stupid details, characters saying stupid things, the dialogue was really bad at times. The climax was also very lame.
How can you make Jamie Foxx, a charismatic actor, whisper, grunt and seethe the entire time. The story is dumb, the climax is dumb and while there are some good things in it, such as the acting and the two action scenes, everything else, the son’s acting, the villains… I just didn’t buy any of it. Dumb.
This movie was supposed to be funny and while it has funny things, it doesn’t have many laughs throughout. It has a lot of pacing issues, and it’s very similar to everything we’ve seen before. The premise is interesting but it doesn’t add anything new.
This movie was supposed to be good. Unfortunately, it’s not. The acting isn’t bad, at least not from Nia Long and Idina Menzel, but they did not handle the story well. They didn’t allow us to really see how the friendship was built and lasted throughout their years. They rushed over the important parts of their lives. Ugh, it was so upsetting. The music was also very forgettable and you have IDINA MENZEL and you have forgettable songs. Lame.
Again, the acting isn’t bad but the characters are STUPID. They’re all cardboard cut outs of cliche people. The story is super stupid and doesn’t make any sense, characters make super stupid choices. Again, HOW CAN AN ASTRONAUT MAKE IT TO SPACE WITHOUT PASSING ALL TESTS!!!! So dumb. The romance is fine but I don’t necessarily believe it.
It has it’s funny moments, the acting isn’t bad, but the characters aren’t very interesting outside of Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron’s characters. The supporting characters weren’t interesting, the humor didn’t always land, the visuals could also be pretty bad, especially in the scene with the fire and the boat. It was very unfocused and the villain, while a good actress, was a terrible villain.
I really wanted to like this movie, it seemed really interesting but the whole “tulip” thing I thought ruined the movie. The acting isn’t bad, it’s good, the characters can sometimes be interesting, the side characters more so than the main ones. Again, characters also making really dumb decisions and character development was pretty nonexistent.
This movie is terrible. All of the characters, all of them have no motivation for anything they do. The acting is fine, but I cannot imagine how any of these actors thought this script was legit when they read it. Something had to have changed by time they started filming. The action was lame, the romance was lame, the movie didn’t care about the growth of the romance so I didn’t. So dumb. It didn’t know what it wanted to be and the movie failed because of it.
I just watched this, and it’s terrible. I did not laugh once, wait I think I laughed maybe one time but otherwise, I did not laugh at all. There were points where it supposed to be funny and it wasn’t. The character should have been switched, I could not buy Michael Pena in his role, the action was lame, the climax was lame and the gross humor was not funny and I don’t think any of the characters were interesting. This movie was just plain stupid.
This is my list of the worst of the year. There are some dishonorable mentions and it took me a minute to decide between some of them but I had to pick them. I would love to hear your thoughts on the worst movies of the year! Let me know in the polls and in the comments below!
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So 2017 has ended… which means it’s time for the “Best of the Year” to be revealed. So many movies, and going back through, I watched a lot but I also feel like I missed a lot. Hopefully, I do better in 2018 with actually watching the movies I actually WANTED TO SEE IN THE FIRST PLACE! But this post will have a few treats for you.
First, I’m going to name a few honorable mentions that I heard were good but I didn’t see. I may see them before the 2018 Oscars, but I haven’t seen them as of this list.
Best Movies I Didn’t See (But wanted to):
War of the Planet of the Apes, Okja, Dunkirk, Lady Macbeth, The Breadwinner, The Shape of Water, Wind River, Your Name., Detroit, Mudbound, Marshall, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, All the Money in the World, I, Tonya, Molly Game’s, Blade Runner: 2049 (this one I won’t watch until I see the first one).
These next few movies were ones that I saw and loved, or really liked but they didn’t quite make the list. This does not mean they’re not as good as the ones actually on my list, it just means that they didn’t make it into the top 10. Click the titles and you can see my reviews for the movie.
Now without further ado, these are the movies that are my favorite of the year. This is my personal opinion and I’m sure everyone is not going to agree with me, but that’s okay. These movies were the ones that made a lasting impact on me and that I would consider my favorites and the best of the year. I reviewed all of the movies posted, so click the title and you can check out the reviews!
My Top 12 Best Movies of the Year:
I was gonna do just ten but then I forgot I saw Logan, and then I watched Call Me By Your Name and it was already hard enough to pick my list, so I decided to do 12. It’s my list. lol.
Now, I don’t think this movie is like the best thing ever, but I was so shocked while I watched it that I couldn’t stop talking about it after. Movies that I might consider the best, will also be movies that affected me in a way that I can’t stop thinking about it. Jacob Lattimore was fantastic here, and I think he has a bright future ahead of him. The story is one we’ve seen before, but it has combined elements that make it unique. I think it’s a great watch. I really enjoyed it!
This is a monumental movie for everyone. Seeing a female lead comic book movie, where the character is handled so well that she can stand on her, now that’s something special. Gal Gadot was very good as Diana, she had innocence, but she was strong and it was so cool watching the fight scenes. Chris Pine also stood out as Steve Trevor, he wasn’t just a love interest, he was a strong character who stood on his own as well. This movie is special and it was great watching it. The scene in No Man’s Land and in the little city were probably the best scenes in this film. Fantastic. It was also great seeing so many women kick ass on Themyscira.
I had a lot of expectations to see Tom Holland take on this role in his own movie. In the 20 minutes that he was in Civil War, he was great and I was convinced. Seeing this movie, was like watching the animated cartoon or reading some of the comics. While I like the other two actors who have played this role, I think Holland manages to encapsulate the role with perfect balance of being both Peter and Spider-Man. This movie is also not about his origins, but more along the lines of how he became the hero we recognize. He is also a kid, so there is an innocence about him as well. Michael Keaton is also a great villain, he was an every man but he was scary. I very much enjoyed watching this movie and I can’t wait to see where they continue to go with this young character.
I love James McAvoy, he is such a great actor. He plays five different characters that we actually see in this movie. Technically, I would have loved to see him play all of the personalities but I’ll take what I can get. There is a “twist” involved, and without the twist, it’s a fantastic movie, and I know for some, the twist will make or break the movie. The story is also very interesting in how it’s handled. Great movie.
A surprising movie that doesn’t make fun of the worst movie in the world, but tells the story behind that movie. It could have easily been a parody of Tommy Wiseau and The Room, but instead it talks about life in Hollywood, and how hard it is to make it out there. It’s funny for everyone, especially those who enjoy the spectacle of the movie it talks about. This is probably James Franco’s best acting, he’s so natural and it’s obvious that he’s having so much fun in this role but he also keeps it from bordering on the “ridiculous” but instead the human.
The best of the Thor franchise. It took a chance to not only have a serious nature, but to balance the comedic side of the Thor character. It allowed Chris Hemsworth to show that not only is he an actor star as this character, but that he is funny. We were introduced to Valkyrie who was great, Loki and Bruce Banner return as good and interesting characters. This is the first time we truly see Hulk living in the spotlight, even talking and having conversations. It’s big, it’s colorful and bold. This movie is a lot of fun and the music… oh man. Definitely the best of the Thor trilogy.
I almost forgot about this, but this is the Wolverine movie we all wanted. It was great to see Hugh Jackman’s swan song in this role. It was Rated R, brutal, beautiful and emotional. I cried watching this movie. Not only was Hugh Jackman the best he’s been in this role, but Patrick Stewart, who also has been Professor Xavier for the same amount of time, was also the best he’s been in his role. Dafne Keene, was X-23 was a standout and I hope she goes on to do great things. It was sad to see him go but Logan is a movie that is the bow to a great character.
5. Call Me By Your Name
I just watched this movie and my entire list imploded. This movie IS SO GOOD. Armie Hammer is definitely a standout in it, but Timothee Chalamet was also very good. The relationship that blossoms in this film, happens very organically, and it does touch on how it is to experience love for the first time. It was very realistic. I was glued to the screen. So good.
A very surprising movie, taking a very interesting look at how black people are viewed. It does have a lot of interesting things to say, especially in the first two thirds of the film, and while I had my problems with the third act, I think this movie had some great acting, great direction by first time director Jordan Peele. and the imagery says a lot. This is definitely an experience that should be enjoyed by movie goers.
I do not generally like scary movies, but this movie is fantastic and I had a great time watching it. The acting from the young actors is so good, that I cannot wait to see what else they do, the story is great and while it was scary to me, I enjoyed how the fears played into the character growth of the young people. I can’t wait for Chapter 2.
Pixar has done it again. A movie that celebrates a culture and family. Coco is an emotional roller coaster of a movie in which things are discovered, earned and lost. I cried watching this movie, the music is mostly memorable but the singing is all great.
This movie felt like I was watching someone’s life. It felt so real and like a documentary that it can relate to anyone’s relationship with their mother. Now, I’m sure that everyone doesn’t have an exact copy of this relationship between mother and daughter, but there are parts that relate. An extraordinary movie, with fantastic acting.
I hope you enjoyed this list. Please let me know what you thought were some of the best movies of the year were down below!
So this is the first time, I’m really doing a “First Look” type of thing with a movie coming out. I kind of did it with Beauty and the Beast with the trailer but this time I’m doing with the first picture they released.
But I think it’s important to note first, that I thought Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was fine. Check out my review here. But I had my issues with it, mainly with it being unfocused and boring. They tried to do too many things in one film and I didn’t really like that. Now, I’ve seen comments about how they felt that these movies were “shoe-horning” the Harry Potter-isms in the movie and this one is going to be even more of that, mostly with Dumbledore being involved, but I think that’s silly because it’s a prequel universe to the Harry Potter timeline… so why wouldn’t they put things we’re already used to seeing in this movie? I mean…?
Regardless though, I think it’s the whole “fantastic beasts” thing that is being “shoe-horned”. The beasts felt like a subplot in the first one and that bothered me with a film called “Fantastic Beasts and WHERE to Find Them”, I mean I get it. But it felt unimportant compared to everything else going on. I thought the film was going to focus on Newt trying to capture these beasts and what not but it didn’t really focus on that. It was part, but it felt sporadic. Why is this one called Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald? Why can’t it just be called “The Crimes of Grindelwald“? That makes much more sense to me than putting the Fantastic Beasts in front of the title. If it’s going to be about them catching Grindelwald, then let’s leave it at that. It can be argued that “fantastic beasts” refers to Credence (Ezra Miller) and the unnamed girl in the picture next to him (Claudia Kim) being that he’s a Obscurus and has somehow survived from being attacked in the last movie. Not that I thought he actually died. He seemed to powerful for that. Claudia Kim is supposed to be a Maledictus, a person who turns into an animal, so maybe that works but it just seems odd and doesn’t fit together “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald“. It doesn’t roll of the tongue lol.
The Picture Itself
So I like it. I don’t think it looks weird or anything. I like the feel of it and it definitely fits into that 20s theme. I like how in the stagnant picture how everyone kind of have their own thing going on.
Albus looks great in his long coat, I wonder though he long it takes him to become the eccentric Dumbledore we know as an older adult.
Grindelwald also looks great, I don’t care what anyone says, but I think Johnny Depp looks great in this picture and I’m excited for him.
Tina and Newt are close together and she is leaning towards him but Newt is just looking awkward as always.
It’s cute that Jacob has his hand on Queenie’s arm and she’s leaning into him.
Theseus almost looks a bit… scary in the center but I also think it’s interesting how Newt is behind him instead of being center himself. Anyway, Theseus and Leta look like a pure blood couple lol.
Credence and Maledictus (I’m sure that’s not her actual name, it’s unknown right now) look interesting in the corner. I mean, honestly, my eyes go to them first. But Credence is hunched over but not in the way he hunched in the first movie, in the first movie, he hunched because he was always scared or sad but here he’s hunched (it really seems like a natural state for him really) and has this look like “mess with me but I’m also trying to control myself” lol, plus with Maledictus hanging on him and she has a sad look on her face too and I love her outfit.
Now if you look at the picture with the YouTube video and how it moves. I can’t find a gif so just look at the video lol.
Albus immediately turns his head and look at Grindelwald, which I think is so interesting. Obviously they have a history and it looks like Albus can’t help himself… plus he’s chasing him. So double entendre lol. Make note that Albus does NOT have the Elder Wand yet.
Grindelwald doesn’t really move, the only thing I thought moved was his expression. If you look closely, he looks like he’s smirking but the smirk goes away. Not sure what that’s about. Does he feel bad about what happened between him and Albus? Meh, I doubt it. Maybe he feels bad about what happened with Credence since he worked so hard to make him trust him. Dunno but it’s interesting. Also make note that Grindelwald has the Elder Wand (one of the Deathly Hallows).
Jacob and Queenie don’t move position, but they both sort of look at Grindelwald. Queenie’s smile goes away when she looks at him and Jacob’s eyes look at Grindelwald.
Theseus and Leta look at each other. That’s about it.
Credence doesn’t move but Maledictus’s expression saddens and she leans on Credence more. I can’t help but wonder Credence does for her what Tina did for him previously, and in a way what Graves did for him.
Tina immediately turns and looks at Newt. However, before he awkwardly looks at her, she turns away. I don’t know how long it’ll be before they *spoiler alert* get together and married but maybe that’s foreshadowing that they keep dancing around each other.
Lastly, Newt shifts awkwardly before turning to look at Tina (who just looks away), he does an awkward double take before slightly glancing at Leta and Theseus.
The Characters Involved.
So we have returning characters but also a good group of new characters. I wanted to go a bit more into them from what we know and to what we might find out.
Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander: He is a self-proclaimed Magizoologist. He has finished his book about magical beasts. He works in the Ministry of Magic in the Beasts Division of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures (whew a mouthful). In this film, he is supposed to be working alongside Albus Dumbledore in apprehending Grindelwald who has escaped from MACUSA, because he has thwarted Grindelwald before. I liked Newt fine, he’s definitely odd but I also don’t think I got attached to him at all because he just felt like he was there. I hate to compare but Harry Potter is so loved because he felt like a real person, regardless of him being new to magic the first time we meet him, he still felt real. Newt doesn’t feel that way yet.
Katherine Waterston as Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein: I’m trying to figure out why she went back to MACUSA after they tried to execute her without any real evidence or trial. That’s weird. But anyway, she’s a MACUSA Auror who works mostly with the Major Investigations Department. Spoiler alert again… she’s Newt’s love interest because they get married down the line. Tina was kind of meh in the first movie, so hopefully they’ll allow her character to be more likable here.Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski: I really liked him in the first movie, he was a great addition. But… why is he here? To be Queenie’s love interest? I like them but I hope he has more to do than that otherwise he’ll feel useless.
Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein: I really liked Queenie, she reminded me of Luna Lovegood. I know that she and Jacob will be reunited even though his memory was wiped at the end of the first movie. I also hope she has more to do because I did really like her. She’s also a Legilimens.
Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone: I love Ezra Miller. LOVE HIM. I knew his character wasn’t dead even though the attack on him at the end of the first film, seemed pretty final but he seemed way too powerful to be destroyed like that. So, somehow he’s returned and I wonder what his role will be like. In the first one, he was so abused that he violently repressed a lot, including his magic, which made him powerful. But, I want to know what happened to him, how he came back etc. Apparently his role will continue to expand in the series which I’m down for because his character was interesting.
Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald: He is a Dark wizard who commits violent attacks throughout Europe and causes mass chaos in US. He wants to build up his forces and create a New Wizarding Order (similar to Voldemort). Apparently he escapes from MACUSA. He shares a long, deep and mysterious relationship with Albus Dumbledore until they got into a big fight. I think Johnny Depp looks very good in this photo. A lot of people have talked about him, and while I agree he looked weird at the end of the first one, he looks much better here. He looks healthy and in his right mind. He looks mysterious and kind of sexy, it’s kind of weird lol. Grindelwald is supposed to be sleazy and that’s what he looks like, he’s the opposite of Dumbledore. I’m very interested in seeing what happens with him. I really want Johnny Depp to get a win, I’ve always loved him and I want him to do well in this movie. I wonder if Grindelwald will get back in contact with Credence as himself this time since he’s been outed and no longer Colin Farrell.
Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore: He is an extremely and powerful wizard in the British Wizarding Community. He is known for his academic excellence and is currently the Transfiguration professor at Hogwarts. He believed in Newt when he was expelled from school which makes sense why he goes to him for help in catching Grindelwald. I think Jude Law also looks FANTASTIC as a young Albus. I’m really interested in seeing how he plays him considering we’ve had two older Dumbledores both being very good at different parts of the character in the Harry Potter films. I can’t wait to see how things turn out when he comes face to face with Grindelwald.
Zoë Kravitz as Leta Lestrange: She’s shown very briefly in a photograph in Newt’s possession. It seemed like they had a thing in school, mostly where Newt liked her. I don’t know much about her but according to the wiki “she is a damaged and confused young woman who still exerts a large amount of control over Newt, who might still be in love with her”. She risked the life of a student at school, responsible for Newt being cast out of a lot of British wizarding society circles, all because he took the blame for some of her crap. She of course is related by marriage to Bellatrix Lestrange. In this film, she is engaged to Newt’s brother Theseus Scamander. As I said, I don’t know much about her but I really like Zoe Kravitz and I know she’ll do a good job, but I’m curious as to what her character will be like in the film. I’m also interested because it’s Zoe Kravitz! So are the Lestranges black or what? That’s so exciting lol.
Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander: The older brother of Newt. They have an interesting relationship in which they don’t really understand each other but they’re nice to each other. He is described as a “war hero” in that he fought in WWI (so did Newt) and works in the Auror Office. He has spent the year hunting Grindelwald and is engaged to Leta Lestrange. I don’t know much about him either. I don’t know if Pottermore goes into detail about him but for one I’m curious to see how he and Newt interact (especially since Eddie Redmayne is older than Callum Turner) and if their relationship is actually a strained one that they pretend isn’t, not to mention, with Newt probably still having a thing for Leta. If you look at the moving picture, Newt does kind of look at her before looking back at Tina (who looks away before he looks at her), so maybe Newt and Theseus don’t really get along. I mean Theseus looks like a douche.
Claudia Kim as a Maledictus: Nothing is really known about her, I’m sure her name isn’t Maledictus but she has a blood curse that causes her to transform into a beast. In this film, she is the main attraction of the wizarding circus and freak show. That’s definitely interesting to see, we already know that the wizarding world can be cruel, especially when it comes to “blood impurities” so I’m curious to see how she and Credence meet since in the picture, she is draped over him. I’m interested in her period. I want to know how she got caught, how long she’s been in the circus and I’m assuming she escapes, so I want to know how.
The Costumes/The Look
So one of the strong points of the first film was definitely the costume and the design. I really liked how the film looked a lot. I think this photo embraces that as well. Yes, I can get this all from a photo. Now to go down the line.
Albus is wearing an AWESOME coat. I want it. I love long coats. I do wonder when he stopped wearing those awesome coats and started wearing those long robes. Don’t go to the dark side Albus! Keep the swanky coat! Plus that beard! He also looks a far cry from the man we end up knowing. Dumbledore has had a lot of sadness in his life so I’m not surprised. Again, he’s not holding the Elder Wand.
Credence really looks different. First of all, you can cut glass on Ezra Miller’s face but this is a big difference to the black coats in the first movie. I can’t help but wonder if he works in the circus and that’s how he meets Maledictus. He looks like he’s wearing worker clothes but the expression on his face is also an extremely new one. It’s angry.
Maledictus looks beautiful. I love her outfit. I wonder what she turns into, maybe some kind of bird due to the detail on her leggings. Or what if she turns into a Occamy!? The design on her leggings kind of look like the scales of an Occamy and her hair style looks like the feathers on its head. Oh man, what if I call that? That would be so awesome!
Leta Lestrange as I said looks nice, I really like the color on her and while I’m sure Leta and Newt are about 29 (Zoe Kravitz is 28) it just makes her look too old. Maybe it’s the type of dress and the hairstyle. She looks beautiful as always but there’s something I don’t like lol.
Theseus Scamander first of all, looks like a douche but he’s wearing a standard three-piece suit. It looks nice but it looks sharp and severe.
Tina looks soooo good here. Her hair really annoyed me in the first film, even if that was the style, but I think this looks much better. I guess going back to work for MACUSA did her good. Her coat is amazing, it looks like silk but hard to say.
Newt looks just like he did in the first film, with that yellow vest and that long green jacket. I like his look. It’s frumpy lol but it works for him. I really like his coat.
Jacob looks the same and he looks nice. I really like his suit too, I think it’s blue and the little detail of his tie is really nice.
I LOOOOVE Queenie’s dress! Oh my goodness that thing is amazing! Her shoes! Wow! It’s quirky and sexy just like her.
Grindelwald is wearing a GREAT coat. It’s kind of like Albus’s but he’s too cool that his is open. I like the pockets of his pants and his vest. He looks like a gentleman but at the same time, he doesn’t because he’s wearing a lot of layers and it seems a bit overkill but it works for him. Plus, the hair, lol this look kind of fits Johnny Depp.
My Hopes for the Film
As I said before, the first one is fine, I didn’t dislike it but I didn’t really like it either. I really want this film to be:
Focused. That was my biggest problem with the first film is that it was unfocused. There was a lot of storylines going on that the movie didn’t seem to know which one it wanted to follow and by time it figured it out, the movie was already ending. There already seem to be a lot going on with Albus and Newt going after Grindelwald who has escaped. I’m sure Tina will be helping in some way as well. Theseus will probably show up as he’s been chasing Grindelwald for a year. What will Queenie and Jacob be doing? Just connecting? Will Leta actually be around or is it really in flashbacks? What about Credence and then Maledictus? There already seems like a lot going on, I just hope that they can handle the multiple storylines and make it come together for the film. I love that J.K. Rowling is writing the screenplay but I think you can tell she’s a novelist.
A Strong Story. This goes hand in hand with it being focused, but I don’t doubt it will be an interesting idea, but I want it to be STRONG. I want to care about what’s going on, not to be bored. It will never replace the Harry Potter stories, but I want these movies to build on the huge and ever-expanding Wizarding World and make me love it even more. The first one didn’t do that, it just felt unnecessary. I want this film (and the ones coming after) to feel necessary. I want the story to be intriguing that I can’t wait for the next one.
Interesting Characters. I don’t doubt that the acting will be good as I thought the acting was fine in the first film, I didn’t dislike any character, I just didn’t really much about a lot of them because they didn’t have a lot to do, or they were just there because the script said they had to be. But I really want everyone, including the new characters to be interesting. I’m not asking for the script to go into so much detail about everyone, I mean that’s almost impossible for a movie like this (if it was 3 hours long then I’m sure it could), but at least give us enough that it feels satisfying. I also hope that the returning characters are built upon and not just continuing the story without any real reason of being there.
Good Music. Let’s keep the good music flowing around here! I like good movie soundtracks! It sounds shallow but that’s what I want lol.
So that’s all I got for now. There’s a lot to be said from this one picture and that little video. I think there’s a lot of potential but I also think it could be along the same vein of the first one where it’s just… okay. I don’t want a movie that belongs to the Harry Potter Wizarding World to just be okay. I didn’t get around to reading The Cursed Child but I didn’t hear many good things about it and I don’t want this set of prequels to be thought of collectively like that book(play) is. There’s so much in the Harry Potter world that there is room to be explored and be built upon without having to worry about a set of books to go by, there’s room for new stuff but I hope that doesn’t ruin things.
I’m not really excited from the one picture (trust me, first look photos for other movies have gotten me freaked before) but I’m hopeful.
What do you think of the photo?
Do you think this cast looks good?
What do YOU want to see be explored in this movie?
What is your favorite Harry Potter book/movie?
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So the 2017 Academy Awards! Just like last year, my friend and I tried to watch as many as we could. A lot of them, I saw before the nominations were announced so there some headway regardless. So this piece, is just for me to recap what happened Sunday night, or at least some of the more memorable things. I will also put the winners here as well.
Also, I tried to get all of my reviews up before the Oscars, but between work, school and me being tired, it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to, so I have some movie reviews coming up in the next few days. Hopefully they will go in this order, but we’ll see. There are also some book reviews in there.
Captain Fantastic, Collateral Beauty, John Wick: Chapter 2, Get Out, Moonlight, and Rock Dog.
Kong: Skull Island should be coming some time this week as well.
Oscars 2017 Winners!
Actor in a Leading Role: Casey Affleck- Manchester by the Sea
Actress in a Leading Role: Emma Stone- La La Land
Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali- Moonlight
Actress in a Supporting Role: Viola Davis- Fences
Animated Feature Film:Zootopia
Cinematography:La La Land
Costume Design:Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Directing:La La Land
Documentary (Feature):O.J. Made in America
Documentary (Short Subject):The White Helmets
Film Editing:Hacksaw Ridge
Foreign Language Film:The Salesman
Makeup and Hairstyling:Suicide Squad
Music (Original Score):La La Land
Music (Original Song): “City of Stars” from La La Land
Production Design:La La Land
Short Film (Animated):Piper
Short Film (Live Action):Sing
Sound Mixing:Hacksaw Ridge
Visual Effects:The Jungle Book
Writing (Adapted Screenplay):Moonlight
Writing (Original Screenplay):Manchester by the Sea
The Red Carpet is always amazing. It’s so fun to see what people decide to wear. I know people don’t always pay attention to the guys, but there was some dapper men dressed up last night. Some of my favorite looks.
Viola Davis Hailee Steinfeld Brie Larson
Emma Stone Taraji P. Henson Dev Patel
Janelle Monae Kirsten Dunst Octavia Spencer
Mahershala Ali Riz Ahmed John Legend & Chrissy Teigan
I mean, I think there were others I liked, but off the top of my head, these are the ones I remembered. Now here are the ones I was like… meh.
Dakota Johnson Jessica Biel
This next picture… I liked her dress… but the winner of the night was her hair. I think Halle Berry usually looks great on the red carpet. I’m not a fan of her acting most times but she can show up on the carpet. However, I don’t know what happened with her hair here. It looked like it was going to take flight. Twitter was ablaze with comments, it was hilarious.
Jimmy Kimmel. I don’t know. I mean, there were definitely times where I enjoyed him. The Hunger Games like tribute air drop things were cute. There was a joke he made about Moonlight in the beginning “All of the movies are sad this year, a lot of them have no happy endings unless you count the middle of Moonlight” or something like that, that made me cackle. But he was inconsistent, at least in his humor (but humor is subjective ya know).
I didn’t particularly like the Tour Bus thing. I mean, it was cute, I enjoyed how some of the people were reacting, but after a while, it started to be a bit too long. I know I would have been embarrassed after being walking around a movie lot, or being on a tour bus for a while. I mean, I would want to meet people whose work I admire while looking nice.
Lin Manuel Miranda and Auli’i Cravalho perform “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana.
So I loved this performance. It was so great. The video is below for your viewing pleasure. I did want Lin-Manuel Miranda to win and get his EGOT, I love the movie, I love the song. I wish he would have won but at least we got to see this performance because Auli’i Cravalho is a professional and I think she has a bright future ahead of her.
The Best Picture Flub
You can watch the awkwardness below. So, it’s no surprise that I quite enjoyed La La Land. It was my favorite of the year last year, at least I kept going back and forth with that and Zootopia. I even gave it a 5/5 which I still stand by, going over it again, I would recognize a couple more “cons” but I wouldn’t change my score. With that said, I don’t think it’s Best Picture worthy. I wouldn’t have voted for it, especially after I saw Moonlight. So, I was rooting for Moonlight to win most of the awards it was nominated for: Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Directing, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture.
I thought it was strange how Warren Beatty kept pausing and looking around when he was supposed to be calling the winner. Faye Dunaway laughed and was urging him to say the winner. I thought “what is he doing?”, then he showed her the card and she shouted “La La Land!” and I went “NO! BOOO!” and of course Twitter exploded, as did some of my friends on Facebook. Someone immediately said “F*** right off” (that cracked me up). I was already looking for the gif from Get Out where the “maid” said “no, no, no”. I wasn’t listening to the speeches until Jordan Horowitz (Producer from La La Land) interrupted and said it was a mistake. I sat up so quickly “Are they serious?” “What’s going on?” “This isn’t funny.” I watched as Horowitz said it was a mistake, snatched the card away from Warren Beatty (I mean, chill out lol), and showed us the card. It sure enough said Moonlight. I was so shocked that I couldn’t even react the way I wanted to initially. Mr. Beatty explained what happened and I feel bad for him, but I think he also should have said something when he was confused, instead after Faye Dunaway read the card (which she also should have looked more closely), he just let the crew of La La Land come up. It was strange. I do feel bad for everyone involved. That’s harsh but YAY FOR MOONLIGHT! Much more deserving.
My thoughts on Awards Given
I didn’t get the chance to see everything that won but I saw a nice majority and a lot of the awards I agree with.
I do think La La Land was deserving in their Cinematography and Music (Original Score) wins. I don’t think they should have won Best Director or Production Design (I think I missed something but I’m not sure what it is). I’m still salty about that Original Song though.
Moonlight won for Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Picture, Writing (Adapted Screenplay) and it also should have won for Best Directing (I will definitely go into that when I post my review).
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them rightfully won for Costume Design and should have also won for Production Design. Yay for a Harry Potter film to win an Oscar, it was a long time coming.
Suicide Squad won for Makeup and Hairstyling. I’m legit cackling and rolling my eyes because now that film can call it self an Oscar winner but I mean, one of the things it did right was the look of the characters. So, I guess it can have that.
Zootopia rightfully won for Best Animated Feature Film because it’s amazing. I would have been okay if any of the nominees won because I liked them all, but Zootopia is the better film out of the options (though I think Kubo and the Two Strings was the biggest contender).
I saw someone say on Twitter that Zootopia was the Crash of Animated Films and that actually made me upset. I don’t agree. I saw Crash once, a long time ago and I thought it was preachy and tried to do too much, there was some good stuff in it but it felt forceful (not to mention, no one really wanted it to win). However, Zootopia was very clever in how they handled the topics presented, it’s a very two tones film, very layered. It can be watched as a kid’s movie, no worries in the world, it’s cute, it’s colorful, fun and the characters are all likable. Crash was not like that. On the other hand, it also had a lot of deep undertones, talking about racial and gender equality among other things. I remember seeing it for the first time and going “okay cute movie” then it turned into “wow… Disney, that’s deep.” So I disagree with that statement so much.
Casey Affleck vs Denzel Washington for Actor in a Leading Role.
So I saw both films, I think Manchester by the Sea was a great movie as was Fences. I thought both actors did great jobs in their roles, and I think it’s easy to see why Denzel wanted that award so much, August Wilson is important to him, that play is important to him and I personally think he should have won. It seemed to me that Casey Affleck thought the same thing due to his reaction to winning. I’m sure he was grateful for the win, but he seemed so flustered that his head was down almost the entire time. Both films are a lot to take in and both performances were nuanced in their own way but I thought Denzel Washington was stronger. I knew it was going to be between the two of them but it was interesting to see what happened.
Emma Stone for Actress in a Leading Role.
I don’t really have a problem with this only because La La Land was the only film I saw in the Actress in a Leading Role category. I wanted to see the others, but I didn’t get the chance unfortunately. I thought Ruth Negga had a chance from what I heard of her performance (plus, it would have been nice to see all Actor awards held by black people but ya know), but I wasn’t upset by this because of that fact. I may feel differently once I see the other films (like how I was upset at Jennifer Lawrence beating out Quvenzhané Wallis that one year) but can’t say about it for now. Besides, I thought Emma Stone did very well in La La Land, she was the star of that film. Just make smart after Oscar choices Emma. I’ll still like you though regardless.
Actor and Actress in Supporting Roles.
Viola Davis in Fences
Oh my goodness, so deserving. I still feel like she should have been nominated for Actress in a Leading Role and I think she should win for that but who knows if they would have picked her over Emma Stone in that category. Her speech was amazing. She is amazing. That dress was amazing. VIOLA!!! She is the only black woman to have an Emmy, Oscar and Tony all for acting. A coworker said that now Beyonce just needs to sample Viola’s speech in a song so Viola can get her Grammy and have her EGOT lol. I agree! She can do no wrong to me, she is amazing. I also know she had me all the way stressed out on that “How To Get Away with Murder” finale though. I need answers Viola.
Mahershala Ali in Moonlight.
I don’t want to talk about this much here as I’m going to do a review for the film, but this dude is amazing. First thing I saw him in was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 and 2 (unfortunately) which I didn’t realize he was in those. He was a standout in Free State of Jones and then of course “Luke Cage” where he was also a standout (scary dude), he was in Kicks (which was one of my favorite movies last year) and then this film. He deserves all the awards. His speech was also very well done. He seems so likable, and he is fine. I can’t wait to see what else he’s going to do.
So that’s my Oscars 2017 Recap. Stay tuned for my Captain Fantastic movie review!
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There are so many great movies coming out this year! It’s crazy. Get ready for the Superhero masses! Disney live action films! Pixar! There’s so much! So this post is highlighting the films that I am looking forward to the most, I’m going to put them in order by month so that way, you know what’s to come on a monthly basis. As I become more aware of things coming out, I may add more to the list.
Hidden Figures – Jan 6, 2017
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner
I’m excited to see this film because it’s not only based on a true story, but it highlights the story of these intelligent black women and brings them to the forefront. I’m ready to learn and see this story. Plus, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer are great actresses and I’m interested to see what Janelle Monae does as this is her first feature film.
Split– Jan 20, 2017
Starring: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor- Joy
This movie looks really weird and cool. I haven’t seen James McAvoy in everything but I am definitely dying to see him play a part like this where his character has like 25 different personalities. Stuff like that is always intriguing to me, of course it’s how the movie portrays and handles it that makes or break it.
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage– Jan 20, 2017
Starring: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen
Upfront, I’ve never seen the other two but I really like Vin Diesel and I’m told his first movie is really cool. So I’m looking forward to watch the first one, not interested in seeing the second one with Ice Cube though, so I can watch this one too. Plus, Donnie Yen is in it and he’s awesome.
The Red Turtle– Jan 20, 2017
This is an Japanese animated film and it has no dialogue and I heard it’s fantastic. So I can’t wait.
The Space Between Us– Feb 3, 2017
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson
I actually had a screening for this but I must have missed it. *Sad face* But I think it looks cute. I’m not like out of chair to see it but I do want to see it, plus the cinematography looks fantastic. Asa Butterfield plays the first human born on Mars and he forms an online relationship with a Earthen, he has his first travel to earth and gets to experience things he’s only read about. There are also arises problems with his body as Mars’ atmosphere is different.
John Wick: Chapter 2– Feb 10, 2017
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Ruby Rose, Ian McShane, Bridget Moynahan
First of all, if you have not seen John Wick, definitely check that out because it’s awesome! I love Keanu Reeves and he was awesome in that role, so I cannot wait to see this one. I wonder who did what to him this time because in the first movie, he was a retired hit man and these thugs killed his dog… so… is it his cat this time? lol no I’m kidding, it’s something about John Wick going off to help a former friend.
A Cure For Wellness– Feb 17, 2017
Starring: Jason Isaacs, Dane DeHaan
An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps but soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. I like Jason Isaacs and Dane DeHaan so I’m definitely curious but this movie looks so weird!! Check out the trailer!
Get Out– Feb 24, 2017
Starring: Allison Williams, Keith Stanfield, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener
A young African American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s cursed family estate. I thought this was a parody at first but it looks weird. I need to know more! It’s a horror and I don’t really do horror but I do want to see this, I can’t say when I’ll see it but I do want to see more. Where are the black people disappearing too??
Logan- March 3, 2017
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Doris Morgado
In the near future, an aging Wolverine and Professor X must protect a young female clone of Wolverine from an evil organization led by Nathanial Essex. I want to see it but I’m not jumping out of my seat. I really like maybe two of the X-men films (X2: X-men United, Days of Future Past) and I like X-men and X-men: First Class but the others are meh to me. So I’m interested to see what they do with it but I’m also a little nervous.
Before I Fall– March 3, 2017
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Jennifer Beals
February 12 is just another day in Sam’s charmed life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she’s in danger of losing. This is a Young Adult adaptation and though I haven’t read the book yet, the trailer definitely had my attention. These YA ones don’t have a complete good track record, but I’m interested. Plus, I do like Zoey Deutch.
Kong: Skull Island– March 10, 2017
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson
King Kong Origins. I just want to see Tom and Brie if I’m being honest lol. But the trailers did look really cool, I treat this like I treated Godzilla.
Beauty and the Beast– March 17, 2017
Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellan, Ewan McGregor, Luke Evans
An adaptation of the Disney fairy-tale about a monstrous prince and a young woman who fall in love. Should I even say anything?? I love Disney! I love the animated version! I am SUPER excited!!!! *freaks out* I just hope it tops all the other live action adaptations because I think each one has been better than the last (discounting Pete’s Dragon as that wasn’t better than The Jungle Book).
Power Rangers– March 24, 2017
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, Bill Hader, Naomi Scott, R.J Cyler
A group of high-school kids, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world. For obvious reasons, I’m curious to see how this goes. As I’ve been binge watching the show from the beginning, I quite enjoy it and it’s cheesiness. Of course, it’s “darker” and “grittier” but I’m interested to see what they do with it.
When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before. I can’t even. I saw this trailer and I can’t even. Why in the WORLD would Dom, whose been preaching about family since Day 1, turn on his family. I need to know. Plus, these are fun and ridiculous movies, I have to see it.
The Circle– April 28, 2017
Starring: Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega, Karen Gillian
A woman lands a job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, where she becomes involved with a mysterious man. I love Emma Watson, I like John Boyega and of course Tom Hanks, but this movie looks out of it’s mind. I’m definitely interested. I want to read the book first, but we’ll see what happens.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2– May 5, 2017
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper
Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. I mean do I even need to say anything?? Marvel Studios next film and I’m so excited. The first one surprised me, I didn’t think it would be bad but I didn’t anticipate who much I would really like it. So I’m excited, plus I love Rocket and Groot (who is now Baby Groot). I’m always interested to see what Marvel Studios does next.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales– May 26, 2017
Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Orlando Bloom
Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon. Okay, so the best one will always be Curse of the Black Pearl, I didn’t like On Stranger Tides, so I’m not like out of my seat for this one but I am curious. I do think Captain Jack Sparrow is one of Johnny Depp’s best characters but I never thought that character could lead his own film, which I why I think the fourth one was lame. He didn’t have interesting characters like Will and Elizabeth to bounce off of, but it looks like Will is back so I really mostly just want to see Orlando Bloom be Will Turner again lol. It was these movies that sparked my crush on him lol.
Wonder Woman– June 2, 2017
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen
An Amazon princess leaves her island home to explore the world and, in doing so, becomes one of the world’s greatest heroes. I didn’t like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice but I did like Wonder Woman in it, so I’m interested, plus the trailers look amazing. So my expectations are high but not by much.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle– June 16, 2017
Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore
When an attack on the Kingsman headquarters takes place and a new villain rises, Eggsy and Merlin are forced to work together with the American agency Statesman to save the world. I adored the first one, Matthew Vaughn has returned to direct, thank goodness, because I don’t appreciate him leaving and letting Kick Ass 2 suck like that. I loved everything about the first one, and I love Taron Egerton and it looks like Colin Firth is back (he was great), I don’t know how they’re going to top it. But I hope they do. Please be good. Also, ugh Tatum… didn’t realize he was in this.
Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017
Starring: Tom Holland, Donald Glover, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero. I can’t even! It looks so good! He was so great in Civil War and I thought Tom Holland did such a great job! I don’t even care we’ve had three different actors play the character because this looks like the best rendition yet. I have such high hopes. I’m so glad Sony pulled their heads out of their egos and paired up with Marvel Studios to do this, we can’t suffer through anymore films because ya’ll want to keep film rights! Thank you so much for doing this. Now, I’m hoping for a truly great Spider-man film. Also, not an origin story. I also still believe Zendaya is Mary Jane. I’ll talk about that in another post, I’ll link it here later. Also, Peter’s crush Liz Allen is a black girl, lol whoo!
War for the Planet of the Apes– July 7, 2017
Starring: Andy Serkis, Judy Greer, Woody Harrelson, Aleks Paunovic
A nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar become embroiled in a battle with an army of humans. The first two are excellent, so this should be just as good. I’m not worried about that thing of “the third is always the worst” because we’ve had some good trilogies so I’m sure this will be great too. Plus, it looks so intense.
Unknown Plot. But third Thor film, perhaps this one will be better than the first two but I’m curious to see what happens. Ragnarok is like Asgard’s “end of the world” so… definitely curious.
Justice League– Nov 17, 2017
Starring: Amy Adams, Batffleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. A little less faith in this compared to Wonder Woman but I’m still interested. I liked Battfleck so he should be fine, Zack Synder is directing again *rolls eyes* so it’s going to be all super dark looking and stuff. *sighs*. However, I love Ezra Miller and I’m interested to see him be a huge nerd in his role as Barry Allen/Flash. I’m probably most excited to see what he does out of everything.
Coco– Nov 24, 2017
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renee Victor, Anthony Gonzalez
Coco follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who sets off a chain of events relating to a century-old mystery, leading to an extraordinary family reunion. I know nothing about this film, but I saw some concert art and what not and it looks beautiful! Plus, it’s Pixar so I’m definitely interested to see what kind of mystery this will be.
Star Wars: Episode VIII– Dec 15, 2017
Starring: Carrie Fisher, Tom Hardy, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac
Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga. I really liked The Force Awakens, so I’m interested to see where this story goes. I hope Finn wakes and joins the journey, I’m interested to see what Poe does as he was easily my favorite character from Episode VII. I hope to see more of Kylo Ren’s story, who is Snoke (why is his design lame?), more of Captain Phasma etc. Also BB-8! lol but yes, more Poe please. I think I like the pilots because I really liked Bodhi Rook from Rogue One and he wasn’t the “lead” but ya know lol.
Movies I’m curious to see but not really “anticipating”:
Free Fire– March 17, 2017
Starring: Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer
Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival. Again, I really like Brie Larson and it looks HILARIOUS and so much fun! I’m not like omg I have to see it but I will try.
Ghost in the Shell– March 31, 2017
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Wincott, Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche
A cyborg policewoman attempts to bring down a nefarious computer hacker. I’m interested but I’m not for the casting of Scarlett Johansson, I don’t think she can lead a film, but also, the whole controversy thing. If I go see it, I will watch it and if she’s good in the part fine, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that she should have been an Asian actress. But whatever. It’s done, but the story and the look of the film looks really cool.
Wonder– April 7, 2017
Starring: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin
A young boy born with a facial deformity is destined to fit in at a new school, and to make everyone understand he’s just another ordinary kid, and that beauty isn’t skin deep. I work a public library so I see this book all of the time and I do want to read it. But wow! Stephen Chbosky (Perks of Being a Wallflower) is directing it, and I love Jacob Tremblay (Room) so I’m curious.
Sleight– April 7, 2017
Starring: Jacob Lattimore, Dule Hill, Seychelle Gabriel
A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents passing and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her. I mean, I’m not thinking it’s going to be good but I like magic, so we’ll see.
Baywatch– May 19, 2017
Starring: Alexandra Daddario, Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron
Two unlikely prospective lifeguards vie for jobs alongside the buff bodies who patrol a beach in California. Looks ridiculous but I did use to watch the show, sort of, so hopefully it’s funny.
Life– May 26, 2017
Starring: Jake Gyllenhall, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson
An international space crew discovers life on Mars. Looks interesting, good cast.
Cars 3– June 16, 2017
Starring: Owen Wilson
Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world. Um, this still baffles me, but I liked the first one enough. I mean, it’s stupid, but whatever. This looks dark and I wonder what they plan to do with it.
Despicable Me 3– June 30, 2017
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Steve Carell, Miranda Cosgrove
Balthazar Bratt, a child star from the 1980s, hatches a scheme for world domination. lol sure, why not? The first two are cute and the trailer made me laugh.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – July 21, 2017
Starring: Cara Delevingne, Ethan Hawke, Dane DeHaan, John Goodman
Time-traveling agent Valerian is sent to investigate a galactic empire, along with his partner Laureline. Dane DeHaan lol, but it looks fun.
Jumanji– Dec 22, 2017
Starring: Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black
In a brand new Jumanji adventure, the tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji’s world – pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. To survive, they’ll play as characters from the game: meek Spencer becomes a brave explorer (Dwayne Johnson); hulky jock Fridge becomes a tiny genius (Kevin Hart); It-girl Bethany becomes a bookworm professor (Jack Black); and unathletic Martha becomes an amazonian warrior (Karen Gillan). To beat the game and return to the real world with their lives, they’ll have to start seeing things in an entirely different way. It’s not a remake but a sequel… so I’m not over the hills with it, but I’m curious to see what they do.
Pitch Perfect– Dec 22, 2017
lol I don’t even know but sure. Let’s see what ya’ll got. Are they still in college though? Or is it all new people?
So, what movies are you looking forward to this year? Did I cover everything you’re interested in? If so, let me know what it is! If I missed it, let me know what you’re looking forward too! Don’t forget to like and follow this blog!
This is my personal list of the best films of this year. I loved all of the movies on this list, or really liked them, and recognize they are good films. This list is my opinion, it’s alright if you don’t agree. There were a lot of movies I liked this year so this list took a while to get down to ten but that’s why I have honorable mentions lol. I haven’t seen everything that came out so some things aren’t on here unfortunately. Click HERE for my worst list.
Also, not every film on this list I did a review for, but the ones I did, I will put a link.
Honorable Mentions:The Jungle Book, The Neon Demon, Kung Fu Panda 3, The Lobster, Eye In the Sky, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
My Top 10 Best Films of 2016
10. The Boy and the Beast
I didn’t do a review for this film, but this is an anime film. Chris Stuckmann said it best it’s like Karate Kid with anamorphic animals. A human boy finds this world, he doesn’t have a relationship with his father and he ends up becoming the apprentice to this bear like man. It’s so beautifully animated, the characters are fantastic, and while they’re not all “good people” I think they’re all likable to the point where you can’t help but feel connected to them. Especially Ren, the main character. I loved his relationship to his mentor, it came off antagonistic a lot but you could tell they cared about each other. It’s very emotional and heartfelt but I do think it’s very interesting, especially the third act. It’s kind of weird but it’s great.
I loved this movie, but it was so under the radar that I don’t think many people saw it. However, I loved the cinematography, I thought the direction was great because it felt like I was actually there alongside Brandon trying to get his shoes back. Oakland looked real. I thought Jahking Guillory did a great job holding his own in this role, I hope to see more from him in the future. The story is a bit basic but the journey this character takes over something that seems so trivial is amazing because in this world, those shoes mean something to him. I also loved the idealism of the astronaut being there. It’s a very unique film.
8. Swiss Army Man
I actually debated with myself a lot about doing a review for this one but I ended up not doing it because it’s so hard to get my thoughts out about it. But it’s so good. It’s weird, believe me it’s weird, but Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe work so well together, it’s hilarious, it’s emotional and kind of sad in many areas but it’s also kind of uplifting. The music is FANTASTIC, probably one of my favorite elements about the film. The cinematography is so crisp and clear. Definitely check this one out.
I think is a great character study film. Between Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, the talent and emotion explodes from the screen. August Wilson is a fantastic writer and these characters are complex human beings. Outside of a few editing choices, I think the direction is great, I loved how the camera would sometimes view the characters from a window, or through the tree branches, or through the fence… it was amazing. I do think it was a bit wordy but the words are magical, they build these characters up in ways that allows them to be understood. All of the characters are interesting people. Viola Davis though, she’s a powerhouse.
I don’t think it’s any surprise that this is on my list because I adore Disney. The music. THE MUSIC! The animation! The visuals! Moana and Maui BOTH are so great characters! The voice acting, Auli’i and Dwayne were both so good here. THE MUSIC! The animation! This is classic Disney, sure the story is basic but the wrapping is amazing because while we’ve heard the story before, the culture used, the way the story is told, the music used to tell it is all so new. Disney needs to keep moving forward like this, new cultures and have the voice actors be people who mirror those characters.
This film was very necessary in for comic book films. I do believe it’s a great film and the experience in the theater was so fun that it’s unforgettable. This is definitely something that’s rewatchable over and over again. I think it was necessary because so many comic book movies could have been rated R, should have been rated R but of course ya know, general audience and stuff. But Deadpool IS and that helps the future of these films, they shouldn’t be so scared anymore. PLUS, Ryan Reynolds owns this role, the inclusion of Colossus and NegaSonic Teenage Warhead was great, their chemistry together and then their chemistry with Wade is gold. The humor, the opening scene ALONE is gold. I loved it. I had such a great time, I don’t think I laughed so much at a superhero movie in forever.
I looooove this movie. Laika is amazing! The animation in this film! Look at the picture! Look at it! The main three characters are absolutely amazing and so interesting. Kubo is your “hero” of course, but he’s a storyteller who uses magical origami to tell them. His instrument is the object in which he uses to channel his magic. He embarks on a quest to find a magical armor and the journey is so much fun. Along the way we meet Monkey and Beetle whose relationship is so humorous, playful and sometimes antagonistic but they work together because they both end up caring about Kubo. The eyes are so very important in this film and the animation and design, spectacular. Also the music. Wow. I saw this movie earlier in the year and I have not forgotten about it. I think it’s one of Laika’s best films and one of the best animated films I’ve seen.
First of all, I love the MCU, I love superhero films and this is one of the best. What Marvel Studios has done is create this world, and these characters where they are so likable, relatable and so emotionally grabbing that in this film, there is no way (unless you are just soo biased) that you do not flip flop sides or at least understand where the other is coming from. I am unwavering Team Cap BUT the script was so well written in terms of this rift in the Avengers that I could not believe that I was understanding Tony’s side (unlike the comics where he’s just a douche). Both Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. do so well. The inclusion of Black Panther and Spider Man were stellar choices, they weren’t underused or overused and it helps continue to build this world. The film was funny but it was also emotional. The action scenes are top notch, the airport scene and the end fight between Cap, Bucky and Tony was so gut-wrenching that I almost cried. There are a few plot elements that are questionable but I do believe it was handled very well here. This is my second favorite Superhero movie ever and it’s definitely one that I would watch quite often.
The way I feel about Zootopia… such a clever film. Very different from what Disney usually gives us and I loved it. I think Zootopia has a lot of hidden gems. Judy and Nick are great interesting characters, they both are very different and work so well together. Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman were great in these roles. The music is nice and the song is catchy, the animation is beautiful, the world created in this film is expansive. There is so much more than can explore, I hope they do. It’s hilarious, that slot scene gets me every time, it’s emotional, I think I’ve cried each time I’ve watched it. The underlying message is relevant and I don’t think they do it in a manipulative way. I think they handled it for an animated film with class. I personally think it’s more for adults than for kids but kids will enjoy it and I think adults will appreciate what it’s saying. A definite must watch.
I actually flip flopped between this and Zootopia for a while. If you’re a musical lover, this film is for you as it’s a love letter to musicals but more importantly, it’s a love letter to those people who are dreamers. Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling who have such great chemistry together, this film highlights those people who go out in search of their dreams but they also have to figure out their lives as well. Will they follow their dreams and rule out love or will they try to have both? Is it possible to have both without one being pushed back. The music here is so beautiful, all of the songs are original and I think they’re so dreamy. The cinematography is beautiful. I have never been to L.A but I think this film make it look so… lol grand. The characters are also very well written, it’s impossible to dislike either Mia or Sebastian, and I think it’s impossible to not understand them. You have to. If you’re not a fan of musicals, that’s alright because this film is not a song every second, nor is it just random singing, it has a purpose. It fits with the story, it propels it forward and honestly, it’s not like there’s a ton of singing in it. But the music, dancing, singing is a character in itself. La La Land is a feel good movie and as a dreamer, this is my favorite film of the year.
I hope you enjoyed this list. If you agree, let me know in the comments below, same if you don’t. What films of the year do you have on YOUR list? There is a lot I missed this year but I also think I did a great job in what I saw lol. If you haven’t seen any of these, please check them out! Also, check out my blog for other reviews!
People normally do the BEST first but since there was more on that last to consider than this one, I’m going to put this one out first. Plus, save the best for last right?
This is my personal list of the worst films of this year. I either didn’t like them, perhaps had a bad experience watching it or I may have liked them but they were bad movies, I can identify bad movies even if I liked them. This list is my opinion, it’s alright if you don’t agree. I haven’t seen everything so films that you might have thought were terrible, I probably didn’t see. I don’t always make it a habit to see bad movies, or movies that look bad, or movies I don’t want to see period but things happen lol. Also, not every film on this list I did a review for, but the ones I did, I will put a link.
Dishonorable Mentions: Regression, The Free State of Jones, The 5th Wave
This is here because this has the most rewatchable value to me. I liked a lot of the movie but I can’t necessarily say the entire thing was a great experience. I mostly liked the characters. The new young squad (especially Nightcrawler) but they were way underutilized, Erik and Charles of course. I think Oscar Isaac was a good casting choice but they did him wrong with all that makeup and costuming. However, Apocalypse the character did not live up to his name, I’m sick of Mystique being a forefront character when she’s not, outside of Magneto, the Horsemen were useless. There were some missed opportunities and I think the climax was kind of lame. Plus, what was up with that Phoenix thing? I thought Jean isn’t supposed to be aware of that? Weird.
I enjoyed the experience of watching the movie but I think it was a mess. Some of the characters were interesting but they hardly get enough time to really flesh them out or for the audience to really connect with them. I enjoyed Harley Quinn, The Joker (probably in the minority), Deadshot and Amanda Waller and to some degree Captain Boomerang but everyone else got pushed the side. The storyline was jumbled, I was sick of hearing “we’re the bad guys” but you never really see that other than everyone trying to escape once they’re out of prison outside of Harley Quinn. We get it, you don’t have to keep telling us. The villain was LAME and that stupid beam of light. Gosh.
Out of all the movies on the list, I like this one the most… HOWEVER I know it’s pretty terrible. Most of our faves from the first film have returned, with some new additions but the plot… lord have mercy the plot is all over the place. There is a lot of holes, I know “magic” but magic cannot fill a plot hole or bad/confusing writing. I get the movie, I get the overall idea, but there was some details that should have had some extra care. I think Jack still gets shafted, there was a lot of weird stuff that happened with him towards the end that don’t really make sense (how are you in two places at once bro?), why does everyone go through so much work just to do one thing? It’s a bit overkill. Also, the twist with Morgan Freeman was not a twist, the look of Woody Harrelson playing a twin brother was cringe inducing, a lot of choices made were stupid… villains why would you think you killed someone when you didn’t even check to see if they were dead? Loose ends man. Also, the final “trick” was soooo overkill, it was fun to watch but makes no sense lol.
There were definitely parts I liked: Batman, Wonder Woman, that 6ish minute fight between Batman and Superman but that was probably about it. I was so upset when I was finished with this movie because it should have been two films, it was such a great set up for a Justice League movie but it should have been more than just a set up movie since it’s these two comic book ICONS squaring off. Superman was hardly in this, what exactly what his problem with Batman? He didn’t have one because it didn’t make sense for him to have one, they show someone with a Bat brand but is that it? Also, Clark is the worst journalist ever, why would he NOT know who Bruce Wayne is? I mean, Lois Lane is your girlfriend, if all of you guys exist in the same universe, someone needs to know who Bruce Wayne is. What was the deal with Lois? Her whole plot seemed to be shoehorned in with the bullet thing. Martha…? So? I don’t need to keep seeing The Wayne’s die, we know, they’re dead. Stop. Lex’s plans were muddled (though I did enjoy him to an extent) and it was just too much for one film. Should have been Batman v Superman and then a Dawn Of Justice film. Instead they shoehorned cameos in there, I just meh. I hate hearing “the extended edition helps”, well I shouldn’t have to buy a whole other movie for the first movie I saw to be better. The theatrical film should have been the right movie. No thanks.
I saw this with my younger brother and I think this movie is stupid lol. “Out of the shadows”? Where? lol I like the turtles, I appreciate they made their designs smaller than they were in the first film, I don’t think this movie really grasped itself. Of course Leo and Raph have to fight each other, of course Donnie has to use technobabble that means nothing, of course Sensei is also not very much in this movie unless he randomly shows up to give a word or two of wisdom. Tyler Perry… what? Bebop and Rock Steady were a love/hate thing. What was with that genitalia joke? Ugh. Casey Jones and April O’Neill were miscast, I mean I like Stephen Amell for the most part but I think he was trying to hard and lord Megan Fox is so miscast. The action was cool, the fight scenes, mostly the scene with the tank in the water was awesome but outside of that… meh. Also, who designed Krang? Ugh so nasty. Also, lol of course the villain is amassing a weapon in the middle of the sky.
5. The Young Messiah
I didn’t review this. It was one of those movies that I just wanted to see and boy was it bad. I dig the idea of showing a film where Jesus is an adolescent but I just think everyone phoned it in. The little boy who played Jesus… I don’t know who told him that what he was doing was good because it wasn’t. He kept shaking his head the entire time he spoke, it was so irritating! The whole point of a movie like this is to encourage hope for what Jesus will become but none of that is here. It’s boring, it’s tedious, it’s way to long and there is this demon dude in the movie who just feels random.
I think we all knew this was going to be a bad one. Zoe Saldana was woefully miscast and I think she knew it too. All that makeup on her, horrible. Why do that? If you have to put that much makeup to look like someone you KNOW you don’t look like… then DON’T BE THE PERSON!!! I do think you can tell Zoe Saldana has extreme love for Nina Simone but that doesn’t mean she should have played her, she could have been involved but not as the character. I was surprised that she could sing but obviously not Nina. The movie also this weird look, I understand they were trying to capture the time period, but the movie looked like they didn’t have enough money to really do much in post production. Definitely not a rewatchable movie. It just feels so dark, so muddy and there’s nothing interesting about it. Nina Simone should be in an interesting movie BUT SHE’S NOT! WHAT!? LAME!
3. The Divergent Series: Allegiant
I actually forgot this movie came out this year because it was so terrible. After seeing Insurgent I kind of figured it’d get worse. Being that this is the last book of the trilogy, for some reason, they wanted to split the films which was a bad choice, the book wasn’t that good. No. All of the characters became boring, Tris became way too trusting and everything interesting about her from the first movie, falling away and her becoming stupid. I did not appreciate the fact that Four is never humanized by Tris calling him by his real name “Tobias”. The dialogue was stupid, it was too long and tedious, it was boring. No real stakes were created. Characters that should have been there weren’t, characters that may have betrayed/died inspired nothing because we didn’t get the chance to be with them. Yeah… terrible. It’s sad that the last part is no longer happening but if you’re not going to follow the source material enough, then don’t do it. I’m all for changing things for film because not everything translate well, not to mention, maybe they will fix something that didn’t work in the books… but don’t change it to be cute. It doesn’t work.
2. The Purge: Election Year
Worse experience ever. Also no review. I hated this movie with a passion. I actually almost walked out with my friend and we were going to see Tarzan instead. It was so stupid, just too much, it makes no sense. I don’t care if it’s part of a trilogy, I don’t care… I hated it. How are these people getting guillotines and stuff?? How are they getting these weapons!? Why are you so mad about a friggin candy bar!? How could you drive your car with all of those Christmas lights on it? Why are people killing so much? Why is no one robbing banks? Why aren’t we seeing that type of crime being committed…I highly doubt a lot of people would be using murder on their purge night. Sure, no one will be robbing banks, or electronic stores or anything like that. Ugh. I get the point, I get it, I get it, I get it. Doesn’t mean it was done with good execution. Stay in your lane.
Oh my goodness… this movie is terrible. You guys… the premise was stupid, the characters were stupid, the execution was horrible. So the girl goes crazy once she puts on that red dress and changes her hairstyle? lol okay. The boyfriend=overacting. I feel like everyone in this movie was tricked lol. It was just all terrible. The story could have been interesting, but nope, it turned into the typical “i’m crazy and I love the husband and I’m going to make sure the wife is out of the picture” thing. Ugh!!! The dialogue is laughable, the stakes are are nonexistent, it’s not thrilling but instead cringeworthy and the climax was extremely over the top. This movie could have benefitted from better writing and better care because it’d be cool to be black actors in movies like this but… the writing HAS to be good.
So yes this is my list lol. I still haven’t seen everything which probably would be here if I did IE: Max Steele, Meet the Blacks, Fifty Shades of Black, Norm of the North, Nine Lives etc… but again I don’t make habits to see movies I think will be bad or don’t want to see lol.
Let me know if you agree with this list. Let me know if you don’t. What films from 2016 made your list for the Worst? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to like this blog!
P.S. It’s okay if you disagree with me, remember this is my personal list but please don’t be rude about it. We can have a dialogue if you’d like, I’d welcome it, I love hearing differing opinions.