Monday, January 16, 2017

Top 30 Movies I Want To See In 2017

I haven't wrote since basically last year at this time when I did this.
Time and inspiration have been issues but I have been watching many a movie this year.
I would estimate around 170 in total(about one every other day).
I was worried about 2017 before doing this list, but it is looking decent.
My top 3 that I have yet to see atm from last year are The Revenant, Hacksaw Ridge and Passengers.
Here are my thoughts and ranks for the films I am excited for (that I know about) - this year.

To recap some I had on my list last year which didn't come out in 2016. 
Gambit - No movie last year, maybe this October?. The X-Men need a kick in the pants.

Super Troopers 2 - Coming in 2017 hopefully, but we've heard that before.

Mallbrats - Sounds like it died or got turned into a tv show.

Clerks 3 - No year given, so not likely this year but still hoping.

Animal Crackers - April - Yes a movie about crackers is still amusing to me.

The Man with the Iron Heart (HHHH) - May 2017 outside the US - Assassination attempt on a Nazi Leader

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword - Releasing in May, looks more down to earth than the Clive Owen one and looks like pieces are shot like a Bourne movie.

Rings - Coming in February - looks like a good sequel to one of my favorite Horror movies.

War Machine - Says 2017, so maybe later on in the year. Brad Pitt, Afghanistan war satire.

The Great Wall - Releasing in February this year. Looks fantastical and stylized but I can get behind it.

Gifted - I'm pretty excited for this. It looks interesting to me about an uncle in a custody battle with his mom over raising his deceased sister's gifted girl.

Risen - Story after the crucifixion. Doesn't look like the kind of movie I want it to be, but will probably see it at some point.

The Promise - Oscar Isaac and Christen Bale in a period piece love triangle.

Honorable Mentions
Darkest Hour
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Release:  November 24th
Gary Oldman as Churchill. Oldman is entertaining. Maybe it can be similar to the King's Speech.

I Am Not Your Negro
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Release:  February 3rd
Samuel Jackson narrates over an unfinished book. I enjoy history movies like this.

The Shack
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Release:  March 3rd
Never read the book, the trailer has some good moments but it looks pretty slow goings.

Get Out
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Release:  February 24th
Looks like a Horror movie, but people will probably get up in arms about it. I don't want to get into it.

Jumanji
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Release:  December 22nd
Just add The Rock to a movie and it will be saved. Jack Black and Kevin Hart join him. I only really remember pieces of the original. Karen Gillan is something great.

Geostorm
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Release:  October 20th
Gerard Butler and Ed Harris. Something about an assassination attempt and space.

Murder on the Orient Express
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Release:  November 22nd
I know it's a remake of a classic. Don't know much else. It does have Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Daisy Ridley.

Split
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Release: January 20th
James McAvoy is a multiple personality. I'm expecting a Prisoners/10 Cloverfield Lane like hostage situation.

Andddd Countdown:
30. The Boss Baby
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Release: March 31st
Alec Baldwin's voice is perfect here. The trailer is funny, but there are quite a few animated movies I don't get to. Secret Life of Pets and Peanuts being two on my list.

29. It
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Release: September 8th
I remember trying to get behind the TV show but couldn't do it. Clowns are creepy, I'm excited.

28. Baywatch
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Release: May 26th
Just add The Rock to a movie and it will be saved. I scoffed at the idea before I saw the trailer.
We can only hope it's close to 21 Jumpstreet or Central Intelligence opposed to the old TV show.

27. The Girl With All the Gifts
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Release: January 26th
Hopefully unique Zombie movie with an already turned zombie(?) having the cure?

26. Annabelle 2
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Release: August 11th
Clearly I'm a Horror movie guy and clearly I don't mind sequels. The bar is low here. But I'm someone who enjoyed Insidious 2 and The Conjuring 2 . Also excited about The Ring 3(above) Haven't watched Ouija 2 though which is supposed to be good.

25. The Dark Tower
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Release: July 28th
Going to show my un-enlightenment here and say I don't know anything about this. But it's reputation precedes it.

24. Blade Runner 2049
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Release: October 6th
I did watch the original once. It's been a long time. I thought it was good, but I clearly am outside the super excited or super disappointed zone this is probably in for some people.

23. Ghost in the Shell
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Release: March 31st
White washing aside, it looks like it could be a faithful adaptation. People didn't like that about Watchmen, and people will probably not entirely dig this. I watched the cartoon once, but remember even less than Blade Runner.

22. Kong: Skull Island
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Release: March 10th
We're basically leading up to a Godzilla fight right? Samuel Jackson and Tom Hiddleston have their work cut out for them. I liked the Peter Jackson King Kong of a decade ago, but it was bloody 3 hours long.

21. Saw: Legacy
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Release: October 27th
I really like the Saw movies. Puts me in the Halloween spirit. They all have something to say unlike most Horror movies. And unlike most Horror movies, the bad guy died 5 movies ago now and doesn't keep coming back to life.

20. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
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Release: July 21st
Again, know nothing about the material this is based on. I am excited about the Fifth Element look the Fifth Element director is bringing. I also liked Lucy. I'm worried there won't be a plot, but the effects look very video game like(in a good way).

19. Dunkirk
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Release: July 21st
The trailer failed to excite me, but the Interstellar one didn't either. Christopher Nolan has more than earned my trust at this point.

18. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
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Release: October 6th
The first was surprisingly good. I'm excited to see what they come up with for a sequel.

17. War for the Planet of the Apes
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Release: July 14th
I liked the first one of the series quite a bit more than the second. The fighting just wasn't as interesting as the development in Rise. Hopefully they can do something a little different than last time.

16. Free Fire
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Release: March 17th
I thought it sounded uninteresting and silly until watching the trailer. I ended up getting quite a Snatch and Resevoir Dogs type feel.

15. The LEGO Batman Movie
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Release: February 10th
I liked the first LEGO movie, or at least it was decent. Making a whole Batman movie is hopefully a great idea.

14. Life
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Release: March 24th
Sci-fi discovering Alien life film. Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds. Seemingly good budget. I am sold.

13. Wonder Woman
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Release: June 2nd
I want it to be good, but I'm not as excited as I have been for the previous titles in this universe.

12. Beauty and the Beast
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Release: March 17th
Cinderella and The Jungle Book were both really good. I'm expecting this to be as well. Maybe we'll get a Lion King or Aladdin la movie one day.

11. The Mummy
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Release: June 9th
Sounds like the beginning of a series with Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll. I do wish Arnold Vosloo was the mummy again but losing Fraser doesn't hurt as much.

10. Power Rangers
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Release: March 24th
It might suck right? Or maybe it will be an updated version and not so meant for children. I have hopes atm.

9. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
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Release: May 26th
I've enjoyed all the Pirates movies thus far. They do seem to get progressively worse, but they are still above the positive meter for me. It works because of Johnny Depp but Orlando Bloom seems to be coming back which is also exciting.

8. Transformers: The Last Knight
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Release: June 23rd
Very similar to Pirate for me in that they seem to be getting worse with each outing. By I'm still holding hope as long as they have that Optimus Prime voice. I do like seeing Bumblebee fighting Optimus. Hopefully we get Unicorn.

7. Logan
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Release: March 3rd
I'm skeptical of the setting of this movie. I'm also skeptical of the villains here. But here's more hope in that it defies all that.

6. Alien: Covenant
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Release: May 19th
I haven't been this excited about an Alien movie since..well maybe Alien verse Predator. But that was basically the last one. Hopefully they can tie the mess that was Prometheus into the Alien world we love. I really don't hope it becomes a slasher in the second half.

5. Spider-Man: Homecoming
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Release: July 7th
I'm someone who thought The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was really terrific in a lot of ways. Adding Iron Man really helps adding to my excitement here. Spider-Man is one of my favorite characters but Tom and Marvel have a lot to prove.

4. Justice League
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Release: November 17th
How will Superman return? That's what I care about more than the villains turn out to be. I liked Jesse and Ben in the last movie so hopefully we get more of them if we aren't getting as much MOS. I'm all for fleshing out new characters as well but it won't have the same feeling Avengers had.

3. Thor: Ragnarok
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Release: November 3rd
Adding the Hulk to this put it over the top for me. I wasn't a huge fan of the last two Thors but they weren't bad either. Addition by subtraction with Natalie Portman. It's really about Tom Hiddleston and how great he can be.

2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
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Release: May 5th
The trailer had me with baby Groot - I am Groot?

1. Star Wars: Episode VIII
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Release: December 15th
I want to know who Rey's parents are. Who Snoke is. What happens to Leia. What happened to Luke. What is the fallout of Han's death. What happened to Finn. How the heck is this supposed to be darker. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

My Top Ten Movies of 2016

My Top Ten Movies of 2015

I did catch up on The Martian, Creed and the Big Short, but there are still a number from 2015 to add on to the 2016 list. I did miss Fantastic Beasts, The Secret Life of Pets and Finding Dory but otherwise I think I hit all the popular ones.
I rank these on a basis of how much joy I received watching it and how much future watch-ability I think it has in store.
For example two of my favorite movies of recent years - Avengers and the Star Trek reboot, I can watch these anytime and quite often.
While things like Good Will Hunting, Interstellar, Inception - I think they are among the best movies but they are quite heavy to throw in casually.

Quick run down of some other films that came out in 2016 which I have witnessed.

Sausage Party -
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The family behind us getting up to leave 2 minutes in was probably my highlight. I do enjoy Seth Rogen's tale of making this movie if you have not heard it and are interested.

Zoolander 2 -
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Didn't live up to the original of course. Probably not as good as even Anchorman 2. Will Ferrell can make me laugh with little effort though and maybe this movie needed more of him.

Zootopia -
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Cute movie, I've watched most of it twice so I'm counting it.

Batman the Killing Joke -
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I hadn't read the comic before hand but they did it into an animated feature. It's a good story, dark, but I can see why dark knight fans enjoy it.

Sully -
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Tom Hanks did a decent job. Aaron Eckhart seemed overcast a bit. It was an enjoyable story, I just didn't dig the editing - there was probably a better movie in there somewhere.

X-Men Apocalypse -
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I love X-Men, but this was probably the most disappointing turnout since X-3. Apocalypse wasn't scary or threatening given how great of a villian he really was. Too much time was spent with Storm, Psylocke, and yes of course Wolverine. Quicksilver once again stole the show though I'm really disliking the shared universe concept we seem to be in when the future of the franchise depends on how well a movie does. When it fails like this, the movie fails even harder.

Tickled -
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Kind of a messed up, but entertaining documentary about tickling. That's not really an opinion, but just wanted to share that this is a thing.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies -
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It delivered like it promised, though I still like Abraham Vampire Hunter more.

Independence Day: Resurgence -
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Like the original this was not. I do love Jeff Goldblum in everything, but this movie was screaming figuratively and literally at the lack of Will Smith. The aliens were sweet though. I have no idea how Liam Hemsworth keeps getting acting roles.

Ghostbusters -
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This is literally what no one wanted. Melissa McCarthy was dialed back thankfully. The presently modern effects were nice. What the heck was that plot though. Why was Neil Casey the antagonist? Was that literally the best they could come up with? The best jokes involved soup and how dumb Chris Hemsworth was.

Suicide Squad -
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At least this one had Will Smith. I don't know if he did enough to save it. Lots of silly things and things that went flat. I personally liked the Joker, but he suffered from Wolverine syndrome in that he didn't fit in the movie and hurt the film overall. Though I did think Leto did a good enough job where they should give me at least another chance if not his own movie.

Warcraft -
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Knowing a bit about the lore, I enjoyed it. I could definitely see how a casual audience member would not get it. Video game movies aren't always the best, but for other reasons than you would expect me to say - acting, story, directing. Even if all of those hit, it still might not work out. Gul'Dan was a badass.

The Magnificent Seven -
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The original was very good. I really had my expectations high for the cast they gave us here. They did a decent job, but neither the fighting nor the plot gave me quite what I had hoped for.

Central Intelligence -
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Really surprised me at how much I liked it. I should probably stop underestimating the Rock. Quite similar to how I felt after watching Rush Hour the first time.

Gods of Egypt -
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Gerald Butler was pleasant, but I wanted more out of him. Special effects were running wild through-out the entirety. Story wasn't super original but it had some new things to say. It was probably better than Clash of the Titans in lots of ways.

Top 10 time.

10. Bad Santa 2
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I didn't expect to like this much, but maybe I was in the proper mood for it. If you watched the first one and liked it, this was a pretty good sequel.

9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
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Speaking of sequels. I understand people's complaints with this incarnation of the Turtles(very Michael Bayey). But apart from the original TMNT movie, this one had me geeking out the most (at the Technodrome). Kang, Bebop and Rocksteady were welcomed with open arms. I would be all for another showing of this group though I doubt we are going to get it.

8. Star Trek Beyond
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In many ways I liked it better than Into Darkness. I probably had my expectations way too high last time. I've only watched this one once so time will tell if it stands the test of time. But there were many good and different things with this one that the last didn't really deliver.

7. Dr. Strange
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Everything that Benedict Cumberbatch does is amazing. So no surprise here that this was liked by me. Typical Marvel movie - humor, special effects, lame bad guys. I don't think it was much better or worse than Thor or Captain America's first showings.

6. Batman Vs. Superman
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Probably the pick I would have to defend the most. I know there were lots of problems with it, but it might be a guilty pleasure. Man of Steel(the character) didn't do anything I loved here. Doomsday was a good villain but was taken care of too quickly. The actual BVS fight could have gone on another 10 minutes and I don't think anyone would have minded. Too much shoehorning in other DC characters. I think Jesse Eisenberg was fantastic - which I know people disagree with. Even a Ben Affleck Batman can make a movie watchable. I think the thing that made them stop fighting was pretty clever.

5. The Jungle Book
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Watched it twice and the original for the first time. The monkeys are my favorite part of both. I did enjoy Bill Murray's Baloo quite a bit.

4. Arrival
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This could have gone south pretty easily for me. Alien movies are tricky. Between ID4, Contact, District 9, Mars Attacks, War of the Worlds and plenty others - you better do something different or better than that. But to my surprise, it did.

3. Deadpool
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Basically a comedy opposed to an actual superhero movie(even though he's a villain).  Right from the very beginning, you just know you aren't watching a typical movie. Fairly by the numbers plot.

2. Star Wars Rogue 1
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They could have crapped out 2 hours of a Jar Jar Binks adventure but thrown in a Darth Vader scene and I would have gone to see this. It adds quite a bit of lore to Star Wars and episode 4 in particular. K2S0 was the star of the show but our two main characters were both really good as well. The CGI Peter Cusing and Carrie Fisher were surprising inclusions, but I welcome both of those.

1. Captain America: Civil War
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My expectations and excitement were high and I think it delivered. It went even further to show how bad Marvel's movie villains are but that might be my only complaint in a movie with Spider-Man fighting opposite Ant-Man. So many insect super heroes! Left me wanting even more.