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Top 10 movies of 2019. Least favorite to favorite. Have a great 2020!
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Eyy! New year! To look back on 2018, I thought I would list my favorite films that I saw by the end of the year in order of least favorite to favorite. I hope everyone has a wonderful 2019!
Day 7: “Young Frankenstein” is a film directed by Mel Brooks, and stars Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn, and Cloris Leachmen. The grandson of Victor Frankenstein tries to continue his work to prove that Victor wasn’t as crazy as he seemed. This movie is pretty funny. The performances are really good, especially from Gene Wilder. He can go from calm and collected, to nuts in a second, and pulls both off perfectly. It’s a really good spoof of Frankenstein, it captures the feel very well with great sets, lighting, and music, while adding some really good humor to it. The humor is really good, the timing is on point, it’s very well written, and very well delivered by the actors. I would recommend this film. 4/5.
Day 6: “Venom” is a new movie directed by Ruben Fleischer, and stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Reid Scott, and Scott Haze. Eddie Brock, a down on his luck news reporter is trying to uncover a conspiracy in a science organization, when another life form called a symbiote attaches itself to Eddie. Now they must learn to work together to take down this organization together. This movie is pretty bad, not as bad as some people say it is, but it’s definitely not good. There are some good things about it, Tom Hardy delivers a good performance, him and the symbiote have pretty good chemistry, and actually have some genuinely funny moments together. It’s competently made for the most part, and it’s not really that boring. There is a lot of dumb stuff though. The action ranges from fine to pretty bad. The final battle is pretty bad, there is no tension because it’s just two invincible cgi monsters hitting each other, and the villain’s motivation didn’t feel developed enough, so there wasn’t any weight to it. The cgi is not convincing. The villain is bad, he’s just another uninteresting, and cliche villain. The romance subplot wasn’t very interesting. Some of the performances weren’t very good. And the writing is pretty bad. But, it still does have moments of entertainment throughout the film. 2/5.
Day 5: “It Comes At Night” is a film directed by Trey Edward Shults, and stars Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbot, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough, Kelvin Harrison Jr, and Griffin Robert Faulkner. It’s about a family during trying to survive the apocalypse caused by an unknown virus, when a desperate family comes seeking refuge. This movie is great. It’s very well shot, the acting from everyone is solid, and it’s very well lit. But the strongest point of the film is the story. It is a suspenseful, and depressing movie about paranoia and fear. Throughout the entire movie, the main family grows increasingly more distrustful of the other family, and it got me to think “Something is up with this family, right?” There is never a scene where the other family is alone with each other, you only see them through the lens of the main characters when they are interacting with the other characters, or when they over hear something. This movie is great, and I highly recommend it. 5/5.
Day 4: Yes, this is the first time I’ve seen “Halloween”, directed by John Carpenter, and staring Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Keyes, P.J. Soles, and Charles Cyphers. It’s good. Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis do a good job, it’s shot pretty well, the score is great, and it was very suspenseful. There were some things that I didn’t like, I thought some of the sound design wasn’t great, and some of the acting could’ve been better, but it didn’t really ruin the movie for me. I would recommend watching this classic. 4/5.
Day 3: “It Follows” is a film directed by David Robert Mitchell, and stars Maika Monroe, Lili Sepe, Jake Weary, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, and Olivia Luccardi. A girl named Jay, and her boyfriend have sex, and he warns her that now an entity will follow her, until it kills her. This movie was pretty great. It was very well shot, the score by Disasterpiece was great, and added a lot to the movie. The story was very compelling, the acting was solid, it was very well directed, it had a creepy atmosphere, and was a very effective horror film. It doesn’t rely on jump scares to scare the audience, not that there aren’t any, but they never became annoying like in other horror films. The cinematography, the lighting, the acting, the score, and the direction really helped establish the mood, and made scenes very suspenseful. There were quite a few subtle details that I appreciated. There were a few scenes where I was looking in the background, wondering if any of the extras were “It”. There was some nice foreshadowing, and there were some nice little details in the last few minutes that involves one of the forms “It” takes. I do have a few minor problems with the movie, but none of them really take away from the experience. I highly recommend this movie. 5/5.
Day 2: “Train to Busan” is a Korean film directed by Sang-ho Yeon, and stars Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma, Su-an Kim, Eui-sung Kim, and Woo-sik Choi. In South Korea, a father and his estranged daughter take a trip to Busan, and it just so happens to be at the start of the zombie apocalypse. Zombies get on the train, and the passengers attempt to survive. It was fine. For the most part it’s pretty well shot, some of the acting was pretty good, I liked a few of the characters, and there were some pretty suspenseful scenes. I think it also gets better as it goes along. I wasn’t very interested in the first ten minutes, but when the zombies started attacking, it got more interesting. from those things, everything else is either fine or bad (mostly fine though ). The direction is fine, the score is fine, a lot of the acting is fine, the story is very cliché, those first 10 or so minutes focuses on the father and the daughter, and this plot line has been done so many times in other movies, and there isn’t much added to it, so I was just thinking to myself, “I’ve seen this before, show me something more interesting”. There was some bad acting, some bad effects, and some moments that were unintentional funny. I definitely wouldn’t say it’s a must see, but it’s not horrible, and there are some pretty entertaining scenes in it. So, feel free to I guess. 3/5.
For the entire month of October, I’ve decided to watch one movie a day(good or bad ) that either has something to do with horror, or Halloween, and give my thoughts. “Why?”, you might ask...cause shut up, I want to, and you’re not my mom. Day 1: “Let The Right One In” is a Swedish film directed by Tomas Alfredson, and stars Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl, Karin Bergwuist, and Peter Carlberg. The movie follows Oskar, a socially awkward kid who gets bullied a lot because of it. He befriends the girl next door, Eli, who also may or may not be a vampire. Don’t go into this movie expecting a horror movie. There are elements of horror in the film, but at its core, it’s more of a romance movie. It’s proof that the concept of a human falling in love with a vampire can actually work, you just have to have talent in the front and behind the camera. The acting is pretty good, nothing absolutely incredible, but it’s good enough. The two main kids are especially good, they have pretty good chemistry together. It’s also very well directed. It flows at nice pace, and is very subtle. This movie is very well shot. There are some really nice angles, and there isn’t a lot of camera movement, so it feels very calm, and when the violence happens, it feels more disturbing. The effects are also really well done. There is a scene that involves a character scaling a wall that was really well done. “Let The Right One In” isn’t a perfect movie, I do have some issues with it. There are a few lines of dialogue that are bad, and aside from a few scenes, I never really felt amazed by the movie. But, I would still definitely recommend it. 4/5.
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Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler, and stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurrira, Martin Freeman, and Daniel Kaluuya. After the death of King T'Chaka, his son T'Challa becomes the new king, and officially become the Black Panther, the protector of the futuristic African city, Wakanda. After all the hype with this movie I was really expecting something really great, but that's not what I got honestly. It's still a fun movie. I love the art design, specifically for the city of Wakanda. The mixture of African cultures with futuristic technology was very cool to look at. The costumes looked nice, and the score was really good. The production design was also pretty good, it's colorful, and when it's done practically, it looks good. There are some pretty solid performances from the cast. I cared about the characters enough. Michael B. Jordan is good as the villain Killmonger, he's not just another evil guy who wants to take over the world, you understand why he's doing what he's doing and his backstory ties in with T'Challa. Finally, Marvel is starting to have good villains! This movie isn't perfect, it's definitely flawed. The action is ok, there were a few action scenes that I liked, but most of the action scenes were pretty underwhelming. And there were even one or two where I couldn't really tell what was happening. An annoyance I had with the movie was that the aspect ratio changed quite a bit. It's really not that big of a problem, but it did bug me every time it happened (just shoot the whole thing with one kind of camera the whole time ). I said when the effects were practical, they were good. But whenever cgi was used it usually ended up looking pretty terrible. The final battle between T'Challa and Killmonger looks no better than a cutscene in my spider man game for the PS2. I cared about the characters, but it could have been handled better. I should have felt the weight of the world on his shoulders when he became king, but I never really did. He either should have been a good warrior that had to learn to become king or the opposite, but he seems like a pretty good king and a really good warrior
"Spider-Man: Homecoming" is the newest installment in the "Marvel Cinematic Universe", and the 6th Spider-Man movie to be released in theaters. It is directed by Jon Watts, and stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jacob Balaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, and Jon Favreau. It takes place in New York months after the events of "Captain America: Civil War", Peter Parker (a.k.a Spider-Man ) wants to do more than just stop people stealing bicycles, he wants to be an Avenger, but his mentor Tony Stark doesn't think he is ready for that. But Peter's chance to prove himself has possibly come when a new super villain called the Vulture starts showing up. This is one of my favorite MCU movies, and possibly my favorite Spider-Man movie. Tom Holland's performance as Spider-Man is by far my favorite portrayal of Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire captured the awkwardness of Peter Parker very well, and Andrew Garfield captured the fun of Spider-Man very well. Not that Tobey didn't make funny quips and Andrew wasn't awkward, they were, but I didn't think they captured both parts perfectly. I think Tom Holland does each part perfectly, and it shows that Peter isn't perfect, he makes mistakes, he thinks he can handle situations that can be to big for him, and endangers people around him. I also like that we didn't have to go through the origin story again, we get it, spider bite, uncle Ben dies, with great power comes great responsibility. Michael Keaton as the Vulture was one of the better MCU villians, at first he's just a guy who wants get back at Stark, but then it is revealed that he has more of a personal connection with Peter which was very interesting. The characters were fine, the comedy relief was funny, Zendaya plays a character and she's funny, the love interest is one the weaker aspects of the movie, but wasn't awful, and Tony Stark's relation wasn't gimmicky, it worked for the movie. The movie was very funny, and the effects are really good. For complaints I have, the score wasn't very memorable, the Spider-Man theme song they played was great, but nothing else was that memorable. Does Spider-Man have spider sense? Overall, this is a very fun movie, check it out.
"Wonder Woman" is newest installment of the DCEU. It is directed by Patty Jenkins, and stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielson, Lucy Davis, and Danny Hudson. This film is the origin story of the popular DC character Wonder Woman. While Princess Diana is on her home island Themyscira, a world war 1 soldier named Steve Trevor crashes on the island. After saving him, he tells her and her people about the war, and everyone is in danger from it, so Diana takes him back to the war so they can hopefully end the conflict. This is the first DCEU movie that is actually good, they did it!! The story is fun, and it makes sense (unlike DC's past few films ). Gal Gadot is great as Wonder Woman, she brings a lot of charm to the role, and she gets the character, she is funny, kind, and a badass. Chris Pine is also great as Steve Trevor, he has great chemistry with Gal Gadot. The humor is funny, there are some pretty good "fish out of water" jokes, as well as other funny jokes. And the action sequences are fun, and are significant to the plot. This movie isn't perfect though, the villians underdeveloped, some of the cgi can look pretty fake sometimes, the story is fun but it is also pretty clichéd, and the ending disappointed me a little bit, it was setting up for a better ending, but then it went in a different direction, I don't hate it, but it could have been better. Otherwise, this is the best DC film since "The Dark Knight Trilogy", go watch this movie.
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"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2" is the newest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and sequel to "Guardians of the Galaxy". It is directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Michael Rooker. This movie takes place in... Well, the Galaxy, where Peter Quill a.k.a Star-Lord (Chris Pratt ) appears to have found his father, that's all I want to say about the plot. I personally don't find this movie as good as the first movie, but it is still a pretty entertaining film. The characters are still as memorable as the first movie, plus there is more depth added to the characters, we understand why Nebula is the way she is, and we see Peter bonding with his father after meeting for the first time ever, that's nice to see. The movie has some funny moments in it, the action sequences are pretty entertaining, there are some pretty good visuals with very colorful lighting, and a pretty cool soundtrack. The only flaws I can think of are this yellow alien race that once in a while cause trouble for the Guardians that honestly could have been removed from the film a little bit, and the villian was an interesting one, but when something happens in the final act, I didn't completely lose interest in the villian, but it did decrease a bit, that's about it. Otherwise it's a pretty entertaining movie that I don't find as good as the first, but it is still a fun movie.
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"Power Rangers" is a new movie based on the popular show from the 90s "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers". It is directed by Dean Israelite, and stars Bryan Cranston, Naomi Scott, R.J Cyler, Becky G, Dacre Montgomery, Ludi Lin. It takes place in the small town of Angel Grove, five teenagers find these power coins that give them super powers, they also find this underground base, with this floating head named Zordon who tells them that they need to become a team to defeat the evil Rita Repulsa from destroying the world. Here's a surprise, this doesn't really feel like a terrible cash-grab, it's actually a pretty good movie in my opinion. A lot of this is because of the main characters to me, they really try to flesh the characters out, and make them good characters, and I thought the succeeded in doing that, unlike in the show where they were all just a bunch of goodie goods, these characters have their own problems that they have to get through, and they have really good chemistry with each other, and the actors who played them did a pretty good job. The whole time they were on screen, I was intrigued, my favorite scene in the movie is a scene where they were at a campfire and told them things about each other. I though Bryan Cranston, he is honestly who I would have picked to do this, and he did a good job. Bill Hader was good as Alpha 5, that annoying robot from the original show, but isn't annoying in this movie, I actually liked him. This of course isn't a perfect movie, it is flawed. Elizabeth Banks as Rita gave a pretty over the top performance that was entertaining, but doesn't really really fit with the rest of the film. There were plenty of stupid moments throughout the film, if you plan on seeing this movie, keep these words in mind, nuns, scissors, and Krispy Kreme, I find those moments funny in how stupid they are, but they are still stupid. And there are many times throughout the movie where I was thinking to myself "Please hold the camera still, stop shaking it, stop turning it around like that, my eyes would appreciate that". There are some tone issues in the beginning, but it's fine the rest of the time. I would honestly recommend this movie.
"Beauty and the Beast" is a live action remake of the animated Disney classic "Beauty and the Beast". This movie is directed by Bill Condon, and stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, and Hattie Morahan. If you don't know the story, a prince is cursed by an enchantress because of his selfishness to live as a beast, and all of the members of his castle get transformed into clocks, candlesticks, teacups, etc. And there is Belle played by Emma Watson, who has to learn to love the beast, so that the spell can get reversed. I think this film looks really good, the costumes are great, the production design is really good, the sound design, the lighting, it looks very good. The soundtrack was also very good. The performances were very good as well, Emma Watson is great as Belle, Dan Stevens is great as the beast, everyone is very good. But the film doesn't feel like it needs to exist. Many people love the original movie, if you have something that people love, why would you remake it, unless it's better than the original, but that doesn't sound like that's the case for this film. But I guess what matters is that the film is pretty damn good, you have a better film that you can watch, but I think this is also film worth watching at least once.
"Kong: Skull Island" is the second installment of a new Godzilla monster universe, the first being "Godzilla (2014 )". It is directed by Jordan Vogt- Roberts, and stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Tian Jing, and John C. Reilly. This movie takes place in the 1970s after the Vietnam war, John Goodman's character discovers uncharted territory, so he and a bunch of scientists and soldiers go check out this land, where they find a bunch of monsters, a giant gorilla, and John C. Reilly. There are some good parts in the movie, when Kong is destroying stuff and punching things, it's pretty fun to watch. Some of the shots are pretty good, and some of the monster designs are pretty cool. But the human characters, aside from Samuel L. Jackson, and John C. Reilly, they really aren't very interesting, and when they are pretty much the thing we are supposed to be focused on, that is a problem to me. I think that the comedy in the movie fails as well, the only laughs I got were from John C. Reilly, but it wasn't what he said, it was the charisma that he brought to the movie that made me laugh. Some of the editing choices were weird for me and at parts it felt kinda slow. You can go see it if you want, if you wanted Kong punching things, it's there, I just think there are better movies in theaters right now.
"Logan" is the newest installment in the X-men movie franchise, and supposedly Hugh Jackman's final portrayal as the beloved character Wolverine. This movie takes place in the near future, where there aren't many known mutants anymore, an older, more bitter Logan is taking care of a sick Charles Xavier (needless to say, they have both seen better days ). Then this mutant girl arrives, some bad people are looking for her, both Logan and Charles get sucked into this as they try to aid her. Hugh Jackman's performance as Logan is great! And it should be, he has been playing this character for almost two decades. Patrick Stewart is great as Charles Xavier, and Dafne Keen is great as the little girl. The action in this movie is brutal!! This is Logan's first R-rated movie, and this really shows, it is also well filmed, well edited, well acted, and very well choreographed, I like it! But it also has some really good drama to it, especially between Logan and the little girl. This doesn't really feel like a comic book movie, it feels more like a gritty western that just so happens to have comic book characters in it, I think that really works for this movie. Overall , this is a great movie, you should definitely consider watching it!!