Friday, April 28, 2017
I like Ben Wheatley, but i don't love any of his films....until now. Free Fire is a perfect film, the acting is great, the score is great, the set design, costuming, lighting, writing, directing, every single aspect. The first 10 minutes is early 90s Quentin Tarantino, the rest of the film feels like a Martin McDonagh film. Brie Larson, a total babe, is spunky in this, Cillian Murphy is fucking great, as is Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, Jack Reynor & Babou Ceesay. Sharlito Copley gives his best performance yet but the actor that steals the show, is Armie Hammer, Armie Fucking Hammer, of all people, amazing. The dialogue is witty, the violence is Sam Peckinpah esque, and it is pretty much non stop. This was the most fun I have had watching a film in a long time, it is perfect! It makes me want to go back and revisit all of his other films, it inspired me for my own films, hell this story is pretty close to a treatment i wrote in high school, and watching this film, reignites that fire to make fun as fun, kick ass cinema, and that is exactly what this film is!
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Okay, the trailer for this was cool, but i didn't expect much....i liked it better than i thought i would....but i still expected more......does that make sense? No? Well, that is okay, cause the plot doesn't make much sense here either. There are great ideas in this film, really great ideas, however none are realized. The idea of big brother is nothing new, but adding it in with modern societies obsession with social media, and everything being connected makes this barely science fiction, but a drama set in modern times. Everyone's accounts connected, with their phones/tablets with them at all times, recording everything. That is basically it....which leads to the anti climatic finale, why, is it anti climatic? Well Emma Watson(who does good acting in this) is trying to out Patton Oswalt & Tom Hanks(Hanks is really good) for their emails.....however, besides their company being creepy, they never really do anything that makes them the antagonists. I was hoping they were behind something, but nope, they just run a company. John Boyega is misused, and his character is trying to convince Watson that there is something fishy going on....okay, please show us what is going on! Watson's best friend, the BEAUTIFUL Karen Gillan, got super stressed out and had to leave the company....why? Please show us, also, pills? When did this happen? The film is full of plot holes, but atleast explain why we need to care about what happens to these characters? Maybe it needed to be longer? Maybe it needed trimming and then adding in the plot details to fill those minutes. The acting is good but ugh, why was it so important to leak emails? This plot gives me a headache. I can see why the critics are hating it. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't good...it wasn't bad, it just had potential to be really good!
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Holy fuck this show is brilliant! The comedic timing from all the actors(ALL the actors) is on point, the dialogue is witty as fuck, super snappy & intelligent! The characters are all well developed, the episodes have call backs to previous ones, yet most are still stand alone, but why would you just watch one? Watch them all, watch all 13 episodes, they are perfect, they are quotable, so fucking quotable. It is like Trailer Park Boys meets Workaholics meets Goon, but in my opinion better than them(save Good, which i fucking love). How this show slipped under my radar until recently is beyond me, Canada has produced a masterpiece in not just sitcoms but in all forms of film! It combines realism & absurdity so god damned well, that it almost doesn't seem like it could be made anywhere else other than Canada! So many sex jokes, so many drug & booze jokes, so many ass kickings, plus Katy & Bonnie are total babes! I know Crave has the show, but damn, this would be perfect to reair on Comedy Central's secret stash, or IFC. I can not wait for season 3!
Friday, April 21, 2017
The past few years we have had a few Kaiju flicks in theatres, we had the the amazing Korean film the Host, the film that it inspired, Cloverfield, a full on tribute in Pacific Rim, modern Godzilla & King Kong flicks, Toho Godzilla, and Jurassic World. Colossal i would rank above Toho & WB's Zilla(and Kong). It is your basic Indie Rom Com, but you take away the rom com, because one of the leads is a psycho, then you place it in a kaiju film. It has tons of imagination, it balances humor & fear well, not fear in terms of horror film fear, but fear as in the human psyche, Jason Sudeikis is great in this, he shows a side of him we have not seen, hell you could take away the monsters & robots and his performance could have carried a dark indie drama, luckily the monsters help make this a slight satire, The monster stuff is cool, it gives some laughs, and also shows how power can consume. The monster being alcoholism is a pretty brilliant way to tackle the issue, for those reading this, the monsters are legit but the film has some very deep thoughts and ideas, you can tell this is a personal film, and in my opinion it is Nacho Vigalondo's best film!
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Marc Webb directed an amazing film in 500 Days of Summer, then he directed the best Spider Man(thus far) and the worse one(thus far). Going back to his indie roots seemed natural, however, this film did not seem like a step up. It is a solid film, but one that anyone could have directed, didn't have the style of 500 Days. While that film mixed happiness & sadness perfectly, this film does the same. It is depressing as fuck at times, but it is ultimately uplifting. Chris Evans gives a great performance, as does Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer, as does Lindsay Duncan. However the film's best aspect is Mckenna Grace, i usually find little kids annoying in films but she is fantastic! Spunky, smart, she plays the role perfectly! The issues are great, and the story unfolds in a damn good way exploring different sides, and finding counter balances. It is not 500 Days of Summer but it is a film that i think would be regarded higher had Webb not directed it with 500 Days on his resume.
A lot of times when the internet is jacking off to a horror film, they don't measure up. This one here totally does. It is pretty much if John Carpenter directed Hellraiser, It has slasher moments like Halloween, an invading force of the unknown like the Fog, questionable team ups like Assault of Precinct 13, and great monster f/x like the Thing. The final act goes pure Hellraiser, hell this easily could have been a Hellraiser flick, the creatures at the end are pretty much cenobites, except their gateway to hell seems like something out of Phantasm. If it is playing near you, check it out, if not, it is on VOD, check it out no matter what.
Ah yes, the Fateful Eight......wait, that is not the name? Oh yes the Fast & the Furious 8, the best & most fun in the series since the original. The first i think is awesome, the second one is not as good but goes for more style, the third one is nothing but style over substance. The fourth one tried too hard to be the legit sequel to the first but was not that good, enter the fifth, where we become over the top as fuck. I still was not sold on it, but the sixth one finally got it right, but was still nothing more than dumb fun. The Fast & the Furious 7, or Furious 7, whatever you want to call it, finally got the heart, not saying the others did not have heart, but the heart of the final scene can make you tear up. I love James Wan but he did not do the best sequel with part 7, nope, this here, the Eighth in the series, sure it is still contrived, sure it is still unbelievable, but it has in my mind, the best story of the sequels and it embraces the B Movie theatrics all the way. Right before the 7th one, John Wick & Kingsmen got over the top action right(well to be fair Shoot Em Up and The Raid films did it first) so this one thinks like them. Jason Staham doing parkour everywhere in a prison, the Rock throwing people around and destroying things with his fists. Hell the humor works the best in this one, the chemistry with Tyreese & Ludacris has always been there, but adding in Nathalie Emmanuel(one of my favs from GoT) brings in a new flavor. Kurt Russell chews the scenery, Helen fucking Mirren does another action flick. Oh and speaking of action babes, holy fuck is Charlize Theron awesome in this, she does the cold & calculating character well here, she has become a genre favorite in recent years, and she happens to be a total knockout in this, smoking hot! I never thought i would like a Fast & the Furious sequel this much, but this was an awesome flick!
Saturday, April 15, 2017
I had seen the original Going in Style once, i barely remember it, there for, it is a perfect film to remake, and it makes sense in today's climate with folks being fucked over by banks. Zach Braff i love, well i loved Scrubs and i LOVE Garden State, like i fucking adore it, it makes me cry, it is not sad, but it makes me cry. His follow ups to Garden State....have been bland, tv movies, Wish I was Here(that had a Garden State vibe, but felt empty) and now this. His career did not have progression, it's almost as if he made one great film, and nothing else. Now that is not a knock on this film, no not at all, just anyone could have made this, it was a director for hire project. Now the film itself, is funny at times, alot of the times the jokes fall flat or make you roll your eyes, but the film has charm, tons of charm. You feel bad for our leads, and they have great chemistry, so their emotions for each other seem legit. Alan Arkin steals the show, he is easily the best part, everyone does good but he stood out. It is not a perfect film, but it is an enjoyable film, it seems like a sunday afternoon movie. It is definitely an old persons film, the theatre was packed with seniors. Don't go in expecting a film that will change your life i swear, but go in just for a decent flick!
Thursday, April 13, 2017
I am not the biggest anime fan, but i was told that Ghost in the Shell is anime for non anime fans, i could not get into it. Akira, Midgame, The Animatrix, Pokemon, DBZ, that i can get into. So i figured, hey, tons of non Marvel fans flock to go and see those, and love em, maybe this will be the case for me! The first trailer was AMAZING, the second one did nothing, the reviews were harsh, i figured, fuck it, i bet it is misunderstood. I really hate writing negative reviews, i really do, but ugh, this was one of the worst films i have ever seen. It is rare for me to say that, i generally find something to like....fine, okay, it looks cool, it is a visually stunning film....but holy fuck, the plot is terrible, the acting is awful, it is a piece of shit. FUck, i almost fell asleep during it. THat is all, i don't even want to write about this film anymore.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Whoa, a two decades(21 years in fact) later sequel that actually is a worthy follow up? Fuck yes, take that Independence Day. This is like getting together with your old friends, you laugh, you talk about the old times, the old times might include when you took money, and now shit might get violent, but fuck it, you are with your old mates! Mark has been clean but his life brought him back home, Spud is a mess, he finds love but finds drugs, Sick Boy has become a con artist and it about to open a brothel, Begbie is back to his criminal ways. Friendships are mended, broken, mended, broken, etc through the entire film, regression happens, steps forward are taken and i loved every second of it. This film looks beautiful, it has a great score, it basically is a perfect sequel to 90s cinema, no joke this is how waiting 20 years to do a sequel should be done. It reminded me of Clerks 2, we loved the first film, we knew the characters but what happened to them? This film answers it, and while there is conflict, the film is ultimately uplifting!
Friday, April 7, 2017
Well this was a great series. Five women, two are friends, one meets another women. Another accused the new girl's son of bullying her daughter. The fifth girl is married to another ones ex husband. Is it a soap opera? Well kind of but it is directed to perfect, written so intensely, editing so gloriously and acted in a triumphant way. You can not discuss this show with out spoilers, and if i mention one, i will mention them all, it is best o let this show unravel in front of you and ambrace its greatness. This is a damn near perfect series!
Thursday, April 6, 2017
This past Sunday, i cried, i witnessed possibly the final match of the Undertaker. a man I have watched, my entire life. I watched wrestling off & on in my early years. It was always on before my uncle would watch football. The Undertaker, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan, those were my guys. Then come January of 1993, this 5 year old asked to watch a new show, Raw, and i was hooked. On Raw and on Superstars they would always build Wrestlemania as the biggest event, and growing up, and still to this day, it is the biggest event of the year, not just for wrestling, but for everything. One of the main components was the Undertaker, I remember renting Mania tapes and watching him run through opponents, then I rented my first live PPV in 1998, Wrestlemania 14, and i have seen them all live ever since. As a 10 year old, I wanted to see him destroy his evil brother, it wasn't until Mania 18 where he raised up Ten Fingers and celebrated his victory over Ric Flair, in what was possibly the match of the night. Beating the streak first was mentioned in a big deal form when everyone online assumed Randy Orton would kill the legend of the streak, well before it became a legend. I thought he was going to, and i still think it makes sense, however, had Orton won that match, then the rest of Takers Mania's would not have felt as important, his Mania 25 epic with Michaels would still have been great, but the build up would have been different. 29 with Punk, would have been the same, and then the sadness of 30 would have never happened, the emotional punch against Orton, 9 years before Brock Lesnar would not have been as impactfull. Who is to say if he would have continued wrestling after say 28 or so, if even that long. Taker helped define Mania, and Mania helped define Taker. Here is the ranking of all of his matches from all of his 25 matches, i have watched them all in the past 2 months, from his first, a glorified squash against Jimmy Snuka to this past Sunday, his damn fine match with Roman Reigns, and his emotional goodbye.
1. Shawn Michaels at 25
The build up to this had Shawn wanting to regain himself, he lost a bit of himself after defeating Flair, then was emotionally destroyed by Chris Jericho, forced to be JBL's servant, to him, he needed to beat the Dead Man. The match was foreshadowed two years prior at the Royal Rumble, in a mini match as the final two, and it set up a fantastic remake a year later. The match told a story, and is easily one of the best one on one matches in Mania history, These two men not only define Mania, but the WWE in general, both combatants started in the later portion of the Golden Era, were top stars in the New Generation, kickstarted the Attitude Era, were legends during the Ruthless Aggression era and by time this match happened, the PG era was in full swing. The was a hard hitting match with two larger than life stars, the type we do not see anymore. Could the streak have ended here? No, it wouldn't have done anything for Michaels career.
2. HHH at 17
17 is my all time favorite PPV, the build up for the entire card was great, each match was solid, yes even the battle royal(it served its purpose). this match what physical,a spectacle at a spectacle. Both men had come into there own with edgier characters in 99 & 00, and this match was badass vs badass, both with metal theme songs. Could the streak have ended here? Yes, sure there was a streak, but it was not THE STREAK. But this was a time when Faces won, so Taker winning did more.
3. Shawn Michaels at 26
This is the rematch of rematches, there is no way to top their previous match, A lot hate the match because of that, but it is unfair to judge a match based on one from a year earlier, some prefer this one, most don't, but atleast do not hate it for it not being 25. The match still hit all the emotional notes, it may not be as emotional as Michaels saying I Love You to Flair, or Takers send off, but it is still a sad moment for an HBK mark. Could the streak have ended here? No, same as the last Michael's entree, it would not have done anything for his future career, however, there was the lingering thought of, maybe this wont be Michaels' last match.Oh yeah, their entrances were glorious!
4. HHH at 28
The end of an era match, this should have been Taker's last match, HHH's last match, the end of the Attitude era. I am glad it wasn't as it lead to HHH having great matches after this, and Taker having great matches aswell. I hear a lot of blood thirsty fans bitching that the match was a watered down Hell in a Cell, maybe there was no blood but the match was hard hitting as fuck, and it told a glorious story, i cried after the match, seeing 3 of my all time favorites holding each other up, it was a poetic moment! Could the streak have ended here? Well HHH was in charge so anything is possible but no, no it could not. HHH knew Taker needed the win!
5. HHH at 27
Taker is great in Face vs Face matches, his two HBK bouts, two of his HHH's matches, Batista, Roman, even non Mania matches, he knows how to do it. Usually both men play it dirty a bit, but with respect always shown. This is one of them, HHH wanted revenge for HBK, Taker wanted to face Wade Barrett(well in real life). Once the match happened, it did not let down, it was pretty much their first Mania match but not as hardcore, and their third match minus Michaels and the Cell. Could the streak have ended here? No
6. Kane at 14
This is a nostalgia ride for me. Kane cost Taker his match with Michaels at Bad Blood in the Hell in a Cell and then set the man on fire in the casket match vs Michaels at the Royal Rumble(damn Michaels pops up alot on this list). When Taker showed up to confront his brother i marked out, and the match did not disappoint. It was in my opinion the second best match of the night(the first featured *gasps* Shawn Michaels). Could the streak have ended here? Yes, but the face was victorious!
7. Edge at 24
This was still when Smackdown was the best pure wrestling show of the two brands.....oh wait, it still is! This match felt like a legit huge title match, Taker was slowing down but not too much, Edge was showing signs of slowing down, but if you watch the match, you get an amazing contest. Could the streak have ended here? Yes, yes it could have. Edge had some injuries but no one expected him to retire three years later. It could have made those final three years even edgier(haha) for the sleezy heel.
8. Batista at 23
To me this was one of Batista's best matches, right under Payback 2014 with Evolution vs the Shield and right above his Hell in a Cell match with Taker. It showed Batista was hard hitting and truly deserving of the previous 2 years. Could the streak have ended here? Yes, it could have been Taker passing the torch on as Batista was undefeated at the time and was the young star and the face on SD!
9. Kane at 20
OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! Goosebumps solid goosebumps when this was said! I marked out hard! The Dead Man rose after being gone for months, but he was not the American Badass, he was his old self and he was battling a new Kane, it felt fresh for these two. A great match at a great Mania! Could the streak have ended here? Yes, it could have pushed Kane further into the evil monster heel that he had been the past 9 months.Luckily that did not happen and the streak became a goal for many after this!
10. Ric Flair at 18
The birth of Taker counting his victories, and one of Flairs best WWE matches. The man still had it and this was a brand new Taker, sure he had the American Badass gimmick the year prior but here, was his first heel work with this character, and only his third heel match on Mania all together. Could the streak have ended here? Yes, the face could have one, but it is better for the authority figure to lose and for the Badass to go on to become champion!
11. CM Punk at 29
Punk lost to the Rock, what is bigger than the WWE title? The Undertaker! This match was huge not only for the contest, but for Paul Bearer, whom passed earlier that year. I will get right to it, should the streak have here? It could have, hell maybe Punk would not have bitched so much, and i think he could have, had he not needed to rest up, and had Bearer not have departed. Even if Uncle Paul had still been alive, even if Punk was not going to take a couple months off, i still think Taker would have won, it was needed for Punk to go face, and it helped as the last victory in his Mania undefeated streak.
12. Bray Wyatt at 31
This is the match that the streak should have ended at, Bray should have defeated Cena the year prior, Taker should have defeated Lesnar. Had he lost here, it would have been huge for Bray, hell he never would have needed a single championship. Plus a new streak could have began, not as long obviously but a streak none the less. Regardless it was refreshing being able to watch a Taker Mania match without the anxiety of the streak being on the line, cause from Mania 21 to 30, i was on the edge of my seat hoping tonight isn't the night. Here, i was able to sit back and watch these two horror characters put on a solid contest, and one that fits the spectacle of Mania!
13. Shane McMahon 32
A lot hate this match, they call it garbage, sure the angle leading up to it made no sense, the stipulation was ignored the next night but to me it was a great one off match(though it wasn't a one off) for Shane, and a refreshing Mania opponent for Taker. It had memorable spots and all in all shows why Mania is the granddaddy of them all!
14. Sid at 13
To me this one one of three good matches on 13, the 6 man being a fun brawl, Austin-Hart being amazing, and this here being a solid battle of the giants. Could the streak have ended here? Well the tweener could have won, but better for the face to win, and him holding onto the title meant more, and wound up meaing more as it lead to his loss to Hart, his feud with Michaels and the arrival of Kane.
15. Randy Orton at 21
Orton was the legend killer, all of us on forums assumed Taker would finally lose here, i was a junior in high school and a huge fan of both men, it is an underrated match but one that Orton needed in his return as a heel. Could the streak have ended here? Yes, but as a said, if it had, Takers legacy may not have been as strong had he lost, sure he would still be a legend, but he truly needed this streak, Mania needed this streak, WWE needed this streak.
16. Diesel at 12
This match, along with the main event saved the PPV, jeez, so many Mania's were full of crappy filler until 14. This one is underrated as well, mainly cause folks like to shit on Kevin Nash, sure he isn't Shinsuke Nakamura, sure he isn't even Dean Ambrose, but he is still a showman and knows how to tell a story, and this was a perfect finale for Nash's Mania career. Should that streak have ended here? No, Nash was on his way out.
17. Jake Roberts at 8
Sure it is a squash, but damn, having these two characters in the ring together, brilliance, if it never happened it would have been a dream match, but luckily it did, Roberts was the evil heel, Take had turned face, it worked. Should the streak have ended here? No, Taker needed the win on a huge stage after losing the WWF title.
18 Brock Lesnar at 30
Ugh, this is a good match, it is hard hitting, Lesnar proved he was a beast, and Taker proved how much he cared for the business. Should the streak have ended here? No, i think Lesnar was the wrong guy, but Taker wasn't sure if it was his last match, Vince wanted his last match for him to put someone over, it was up to Taker, Taker agreed. Or so it is told....with that said, holy hell, i was in shock, i still don't believe it to this day. A part of me wishes it was a botch, that you were not supposed to lose, this was one of the hardest moments in wrestling to watch, luckily Daniel Bryan won, but damn, just imagine how the fans would have been even more excited for that win, if they did not have to go through this emotional loss.
19. Roman Reigns at 33.
This is not low on the list, I actually thought it was a damn good match, the others just do more for nostaglia for me, plus this match made me tear up, this was a legit sad match, before it i heard it may be his final match, during it reality sunk in, this will be it, i am viewing it, holy shit, after the match, tears poured out, i stood there in shock, i wasn't mad that he lost, i mean sure i wish his final match had been against Steve Austin, but that is just me, but just knowing that a man i had watched almost every week for 15 years then anticipated whenever he returned the following 9 years, was taking his final bow, i was heart broken. Mark Calaway, i love you sir. You put the business in front of you all the time. You had a outlandish gimmick but it worked, it worked cause it was new & dark, being new helped in the mid 90s, being dark helped in the late 90s, you knew how to reinvent yourself, becoming human, becoming evil, becoming a biker, becoming a living legend, becoming greatness, becoming the icon, becoming Wrestlemania, becoming the WWE, becoming professional wrestling. Besides a few deaths, nothing hits me this hard in the business, only one that comes close, your loss to Lesnar.
20. Mark Henry at 22
This is only one of two matches from the past 15 years of Mania to feel like a midcard Taker match. No one expected Henry to do it, he could have, he was built as a undestructible force but that is how all of his heel runs 2003 on have been. Here however, the streak was known about, but being a casket match against a big man, it felt too much like a mid 90s Taker feud. Should the streak have ended here? No
21. Big Show/A Train at 19
This is a rather sloppy match, but it is Taker's only Mania handicap match(originally a tag match) Not much to say, it is the other midcard feeling match, and considering it had two former wwe champions, that is saying something. Should the streak have edned here? The face losing to two other giants? Hell no!
22. Big Bossman at 15
A rather uncomfortable match to watch, the public hanging of Bossman was a hard pill to swallow, no way to really suspend disbelief, you just had to accept it. Sure Lucha Underground does it, but i prefer more reality focused angles, not saying i don't enjoy horror, after all i am a cinephile, but the ending here never set well with me.Should the streak have ended here? No. Taker and his evil character needed a win, even if his evil character was only worshiping Vince McMahon.
23. Jimmy Snuka at 7
Ah, his first Mania victory, and a glorified squash match. Should the streak have began here? Damn right! This match was historic!
24. King Kong Bundy at 11
Like a isaid earlier about Mark Henry feeling like a mid 90s feud, this is what i meant, Million DOllar Corporation stealing the urn, melting it odwn, having a stable of men for Taker to defeat, Henry would have been perfect in this feud. The match, rather meh, should the streak have ended here? No, Taker needed to wipe out this faction.
25. Giant Gonzalez
Ugh, fuck this match, as a kid i loved this Mania, excpet for this match, though i did love Taker coming back out to get revenge on Gonzalez. Should the streak have ended here? FUCK NO
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Whoa, i thought maybe i might like this flick, it might be charming, but holy fuck, i wasn't expecting it to be this good. Simple story of a robbery victim wanting her shit back, only to have it turn in to a bloody great time. Elijah Wood is the shit in this and he gets great moments of badassery, even if it still seems wimpy. Melanie Lynskey gives a great performance here, the two together have great chemistry. THe effects are great, when violence happens, and usually by accident(at first) it is shocking, and humorous, then the final act goes all out with stabbings & shootings and it is glorious! The setting, tone, and music at the end reminded me alot of The Last House on the Left. THis is pure exploitation in the final act, the first half is indeed a charming anti rom com, but everything meshes together in a great way. Kudos to Macon Blair on his first feature!
Damn, this was a great flick. Take a crew of folks from different backgrounds, put them on a ship outer space, then have an alien pick them off one by one. Sounds familiar? Yes, it sounds like Alien, and this film is possibly the closest film to Alien....since....Alien! This feel is atmospheric, it has amazing "long takes" whether it actually was a long take or they hid some takes, it still looks fantastic. The kills are great, and it helps from the tension that is built, and this whole film is a giant piece of high tension. These characters want to protect each other, they argue, but they have each others best interests in their hearts & minds, which is refreshing, as there isn't a antagonist in the group, no one gets greedy or have ulterior motives It is just a crew, scared and alone against a vicious alien. This alien is great, starts off like a small plant, it grows into a slug, then gets this predator face, and this alien is indeed a predator, it sets out to kill, and killing is what it does. This is the best outer space film since Guardians, and it is way better than the pretentious ass sci fi we have been getting every fall for the past few years. The ending is awesome, i predicted it, but it was still a great ending to a great film.
Friday, March 24, 2017
The Power Rangers i grew up with, i watched the original series & saw the first film in theatres. I Gave up after Mighty Morphin ended, but i still held the series in a great form of nostalgia. I remember going to Toys R Us and waiting to be let in, ad they had a special Power Rangers day, those toys were the shit! What was not to love? I loved, and still do love, Kaiju flicks, and this is what Power Rangers is at the core, it is Ultraman but with a team. I recently bought the first issue of the Power Rangers/Justice League cross over....and it was awesome, I also rewatched the original movie....and it is not. I had not watched it in probably 18 years, i have rewatched the show, and it is fine, hell, as i type this, i am binging some of them, 3 in as a matter of fact. No i am not going to watch them all, but fuck it, watch it since i just saw the new movie.....oh yes, the new movie. Well the original show, is stupid, really stupid, it is corny as fuck, but it has charm and the battles were awesome, a new movie is surely going to be the shit? Well, not exactly, it is dumb, but dumb like the show was, you roll your eyes, shake your head, but you have a blast doing so. This is not The Room level of so bad it is good, and it bad like X Men Apocalypse, no, it is not even bad, it is fine, it is just a dumb flick with some funny lines, and some cool moments, the Rita Nightmare scene is awesome! Alpha is the best part, surprisingly, as they made him some what witty and had a dry sense of humor. Kimberly & Trini were fucking HOT! Billy had his moments, it helps that RC Cyler, from Me & Earl & the Dying Girl is a damn good actor, the two female leads were good in their spunky roles and were quite HOT, i liked Zack, you felt for him in this, the Pink Ranger & the Yellow Ranger were fucking HOT, Jason wasn't a total douche like Cyclops or Leonardo, Naomi Scott & Becky G are fucking HOT! The battles could have been better, it felt like the end of the first Thor, but i dig that flick, so fuck it! I had a fun time with it, the mid credit stinger, sets up the sequel, you can guess what it is! THey easily could have done a GOOD version, in the realm of DC or Marvel, and they still could, some day, but for now we get this, and this is basically the series, so if you claim the movie raped your childhood, guess what, it had already been raped, as that wasn't very good either, so enjoy it for what it is, a dumb flick with monsters....well sort of!
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Iron Fist i was stoked for, a kung fu MCU, fuck yeah! It had to be more intriguing than Jessica Jones, had to be better than Luke Cage, and could it top Daredevil, or DD's second season? No it did not top either season of Daredevil, it is on par with Jones I suppose, but that series had a stronger villain. The action scenes here are better for sure, but like most modern TV shows, it gets dull in the middle. They should book these shows like a trilogy, meaning 9 episodes instead of 12. Where in the first three episodes are the first movie, the next three are the second movie, and the final three is the final film. Instead we get a stretched out drama filled with legal matters, uninteresting corporate douches and lots of happenstance. The first episode is awesome, the next few were still good, but once you get to the middle four episodes are boring, the last few get really contrived, almost as if they were writing it as they went along. Which is fine, if you know your ending, but this felt like someone playing with their action figures but they are getting bored while playing with them, and decides to bring in other toys. However this show needed other toys, it should have had more connection to the Defenders, plant those seeds. I feel that the twelfth episode should have been the last one, but the true finale did tie up the lose ends, in a fast way, a way that should have been done episodes earlier but instead we got some boring legal shit. Moving on, the finale wasn't bad, it ended a lot, brought up ideas for either season 2, or hopefully Defenders, as it seems the bit at the end between Davos & Joy seemed to refer to Stick, i am stoked for Defenders, but mainly out of my love of Daredevil!
Sunday, March 19, 2017
As far as Disney's live action remakes go, The Jungle Book is still the best, but in terms of princess remakes, this reigns supreme. This film looks great, the cinematography, set design, costuming, & music are all early contenders for the Oscars. I loved LaLa Land, but as you might know, Emma Watson was supposed to be in that film, now I LOVE Emma Stones, but I think Watson does a better job in the signing department. A lot are complaining that it is too much of a remake of the cartoon, and well...no shit, it is, who gives a fuck? Enjoy it, it is a damn good film!
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Well now, critics that are hating this must not be fans of the horror genre or trash cinema. This is a B Movie, Exploitation, a big budget Troma film. James Gunn has his stamp on this, even if it just is in the writing. The music is amazing, the characters you can relate with, the gore is awesome, the script is funny & intense at the same time. Take Office Space, mix in Battle Royal, with a little bit of the Experiment(the Adrian Brody flick) and you have The Belko Experiment. This isn't Split or anything groundbreaking, it is familiar but that is okay, i just wanted a fun flick, with good kills and this is perfectly paced, it is under 90 minutes, they could have extended it a bit but in the short time they develop the characters that are the hunters and which ones you want to see live. This is a future cult classic for sure!
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Damn, what a brutal show. I was late to the party last year, but binged season 2 in the past day, it is far superior to the first season, and i loved the first season. As i have said Apatow does TV better than film, and this shows it. The first season was lighter while being real, this one was heavy at times. He is a cringe worthy nice guy, she is a bitch, but they click, holy fuck i wouldn't want to be friends with either but sadly i would befriend both. Damn, now to wait another 12 months, fucking binge watching shows. Oh well, beats losing interest week to week.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
It is kind of sad that this show has ended, it started off as your basic Comedy Central series, but it soon became their It's Always Sunny, it then launched not just a cult following but a legit following. The stars have gone on tho have careers, especially Adam Devine. The show ended on a great note, one of the best seasons they had, the second to final episode could have been the finale, but it wasn't structured to be, the final episode is basically a what happens after episode, and it plays the notes perfectly!
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Well i finally saw Moonlight, and it was definitely better than Arrival and Manchester By Sea but it was not as good as LaLa Land, Hell or High Water or Hacksaw Ridge. It was brilliantly crafted, and was gripping, however, i found some of the shots, especially the close ups to be rather cliche. All the acting was great, but none deserved awards. I loved the structure, it reminded me of A Place Beyond the Pines, and i adore the themes, but i feel that the Academy and all the other award shows only rewarded this film, because they felt they had to.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Thursday, March 9, 2017
The trailers were great, each one topped the last, but i feared the film would suck? Did it? Hell no, it was pretty awesome? Was it better than the original? Hell no, was it better than Peter Jackson's? Hell no, but it was better than 76 and its sequel. The cast is having a great time, and i highly enjoyed the characters, John C. Reilly steals the show, he is great in this! The story, is pretty much a man on a mission flick, set to look like Apocalypse Now, the imagery, the soundtrack, the tone of the soldiers, it all fits! The soundtrack, i should mention, is great, it compliments the entire flick. Now this flick is about King Kong, and he looks great in this! The other monsters all do aswell, they even throw in a giant bug scene, bugs freak me out, it wasn't quite as effective as the Jackson bugs but it still looked cool. I loved the backstory of Reilly's characters and the natives. The battles were all well done, but the best part is after the credits. the stinger, holy hell! Now i wasn't a big fan of the last American Godzilla but showing him, Mothra, Rodan, Ghidorah, made me super fucking stoked! Bring on the Kaijus! Bring on Pacific Rim! I am stoked!
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
FXX is the shit, It's Always Sunny, keeps getting better & better every single year. This year is hd classic episodes of the gang getting into trouble and being all around cocks, however it also had some of the sweetest moments in the shows run. It is paired perfectly with Man Seeking Woman, a show that combines creepiness, cringe worthy moments, with raw & sadness aswell as super bizarre & surreal aspects.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
The only reason i saw this, is because i had a similar concept, and much like Click, my brilliant concept was a let down upon being made before i could. This however is way better than Click, it is just a rather bland film, there is a brilliant film in here somewhere but it is sadly rather Young Adult washed. Hopefully the era of Twilight/Hunger Games is dead, and folks will make darker tones, cause this film could use a darker tone.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
It is no secret that with the exception of the Guardians of the Galaxy, that i prefer the X Men films to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. X Men came out when i was in the 6th grade, it blew me away, i had been wanting to see these characters on the big screen for years, hell i would have been excited even if it was straight to video, and i loved it. X Men 2 was better on every level, and set the new standard for superhero films, until Christopher Nolan came along with a story of a man dressed as a bat. X Men 3 sucked, but never fear, we were going to get a stand alone Wolverine prequel.....and it was worse that X Men 3. Luckily Mathew Vaughn did First Class, which was my favorite X Men film for 6 years....hmm, wonder what is now? That set the films on a new course, which included The Wolverine, one of the most underrated superhero films ever made, and of course Days of Future Past wrapped everything up nicely.....oh wait, there was another one? Fuck Apocalypse. Oh you meant the one before that, Deadpool, well okay! Now, as i said, First Class, was my favorite, now it is Logan, holy fuck, this is a superhero masterpiece. The acting is great, the directing, the sets, the gore, the score, everything! This was a perfect swan song, and a rather sad one at that! For 17 years, Patrick Stewart & Hugh Jackman have been with us, and now for them to wrap up their portion of the series, it is bitter sweet. I could care less if we get a fourth prequel, honestly they should have left it as just two of them. I don't want a fourth main time line, especially since the end of Days of Future Past, showed us the X Men on the right track, and no, we don't need a bridge film between that and this, somethings are best left to the imagination. IF we do get a bridge showing why there are no longer any more mutants, then please let it be in Deadpool 2 or 3.....speaking of which. Since it looks like Deadpool may use time travel with Cable, have them go to 2029, and instead of having X Men 2099, have X Men 2029, because this film gives us a bunch of new mutants to play with. The original trilogy, is over, the prequels are over, the Wolverine films are over. Do 2 more Deadpool flicks, but also if Fox wants to milk the franchise, do a New Mutants or something. Hell when it is all said and done, fox could have 15 films in a 30 year span in this world, and i am all for it. Then please give the rights back to Marvel, and Marvel, let the franchise stay dead for a decade, don't pull a Batman that Dawn of Justice did, let characters retire....for a while. Then you have my blessing to reboot it, but if you do, it wont pack the same punch, nothing will, 17 years, 9 films, it is unheard of for an actor to play a character that many times in so many years with out being recast. Thank you Hugh Jackman, for all your years, thank you as well to Patrick Stewart, you are both fantastic, and both of them did some of their best acting ever in this flick. It has blood, it has laughs, it has heart. I love this franchise, and this is the best of the bunch!
Sunday, February 26, 2017
This year's Oscars are possibly the most Oscar Bait worthy i have seen in over a decade, hell some i haven't even seen, which is a first in over a decade as well. Here are my picks of who should win, who will win and who is more deserving that others.
Arrival(A Monster Calls should have been nominated)
Fences (have not seen)
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures (have not seen)
La La Land (should win & will win)
Lion (have not seen)
Manchester by the Sea (Swiss Army Man should have been nominated)
Moonlight (have not seen)
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival (J.A. Boyana for A Monster Calls should be nominated)
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle, La La Land (should win & will win)
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (have not seen)
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea (Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert for Swiss Army Man should be nominated)
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea(will win but i think Paul Dano for Swiss Army Man should have been nominated)
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land (should win)
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences (have not seen)
Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight (have not seen but will win)
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water (should win)
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea (John Goodman for 10 Cloverfield Lane should be nominated)
Dev Patel, Lion (have not seen)
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals
Emma Stone, La La Land (should & will win)
Natalie Portman, Jackie (have not seen)
Ruth Negga, Loving (have not seen)
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins (have not seen)
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, Fences (have not seen but thinking she will win)
Naomie Harris, Moonlight (have not seen)
Nicole Kidman, Lion (have not seen)
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures (have not seen)
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea (Felicity Jones should be nominated for a Monster Calls)
Lion, by Luke Davies (have not seen)
Arrival, by Eric Heisserer (Patrick Ness for a Monster Calls should be nominated)
Moonlight, by Barry Jenkins (have not seen)
Hidden Figures, by Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder (have not seen)
Fences, by August Wilson (have not seen)
Manchester by the Sea, by Kenneth Lonergan (Daniel Scheinert & Daniel Kwan for Swiss Army Man should have been nominated)
Hell or High Water, by Taylor Sheridan
La La Land, by Damien Chazelle (should & will win)
20th Century Women, Mike Mills
The Lobster, by Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos (Shane Black for The Nice Guys should have been nominated)
Bradford Young, Arrival (Natasha Braier for The Neon Demon should have been nominated)
Linus Sandgren,La La Land (should & will win)
Greig Fraser, Lion (have not seen)
James Laxton, Moonlight (Have not seen)
Rodrigo Prieto, Silence
Documentary feature(have not seen any)
Fire at Sea
I am Not Your Negro
OJ: Made in America (will win)
Documentary short:(have not seen any)
Extremis (will win)
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets
Foreign language film(have not seen any)
Toni Erdmann, Germany (will win)
The Salesman, Iran
A Man Called Ove, Sweden
Land of Mine, Denmark
Sylvain Bellemare, Arrival (A Monster calls should have been nominated)
Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli, Deepwater Horizon (have not seen)
Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright, Hacksaw Ridge
Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan, La La Land (should & will win)
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, Sully (Green Room should have been nominated)
Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye, Arrival (A Monster Calls should have been nominated)
Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace, Hacksaw Ridge
Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow, La La Land (should & will win)
David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth, 13 Hours (Neon Demon should have been nominated)
Justin Hurwitz, La La Land (should & will win)
Mica Levi, Jackie (have not seen)
Nicholas Britell, Moonlight(have not seen)
Volker Bertelmann and Dustin O'Halloran, Lion (have not seen)
Thomas Newman, Passengers (Neon Demon should have been nominated)
City of Stars, La La Land (should & will win)
How Far I’ll Go, Moana (have not seen)
Audition, La La Land (instead of two for Lala Land i would have put the Riddle of the Model of Drive it Like you Stole It from Sing Street in here)
The Empty Chair, Jim: The James Foley Story (have not seen)
Can’t Stop the Feeling!, Trolls (have not seen)
Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte, Arrival (Imperium should have been nominated)
Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Nice Guys should have been nominated)
Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh, Hail, Caesar! (Neon Demon should have been nominated)
David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, La La Land (should & will win)
Guy Hendrix Dyas, Gene Serdena, Passengers (Star Wars should have been nominated)
Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton, Deepwater Horizon (have not seen)
Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould, Doctor Strange
Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon, The Jungle Book (should & will win)
Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff, Kubo and the Two Strings (have not seen)
John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (A Monster Calls should have been nominated)
Makeup and hairstyling
Eva von Bahr and Love Larson, A Man Called Ove (have not seen but will win)
Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo, Star Trek Beyond (should win)
Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson, Suicide Squad (Hacksaw Ridge should have been nominated)
Mary Zophres, La La Land (should & will win)
Madeline Fontaine, Jackie (have not seen)
Consolata Boyle, Florence Foster Jenkins (have not seen)
Colleen Atwood, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Neon Demon should have been nominated)
Joanna Johnston, Allied (have not seen)
Joe Walker, Arrival (Swiss Army Man should have been nominated)
John Gilbert, Hacksaw Ridge
Jake Roberts, Hell or High Water
Tom Cross, La La Land (should & will win)
Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon, Moonlight (have not seen)
Live-action short (have not seen any)
Ennemis intérieurs, Selim Azzazi
La femme et le TGV, Timo von Gunten
Silent Nights, Aske Bang, Kim Magnusson
Sing, Kristof Deák, Anna Udvardy (will win?)
Timecode, Juanjo Gimenez
Animated short film(have not seen any)
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl (will win?)
Animated feature film (have not seen any)
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia (will will)
Thursday, February 23, 2017
2017, how I love you, so far there have been 5 films this year that have been awesome. For this early in the year, that is fantastic. From now on, January & February will no longer be considered dump months, look at the reviews for Split, Lego Batman, John Wick 2, look at the money they made, hell this weekends Get Out is currently sitting at a 100%. The film is fucking amazing, it starts off in a classic horror way, from there we get to know the leads, and then we enter her family, the whites that seem to have a lot of black servants. I predicted the twists at the start, but that did not ruin my enjoyment. Bradley Whitford & Catherine Keener are great in this, their son, Caleb Landry Jones runs with his role, Allison Williams does her best acting yet, way better than Girls(except her ass eating scene). The lead, Daniel Kaluuya, is super charming in this, i have been a fan of his since Sicario, and and re watched his work in Kick Ass 2 and saw his episode of Black Mirror, dude is destined to be a star! Through his acting you legit feel his nerves, anxiety, paranoia and fear. His best friend, LiRel Howery, steals the show, the dude blends humor in such a great way that it doesn't distract you from the horror. And this is a horror film, a legit creepy one, one that makes you think, i wonder if this could happen. Jordan Peele i love, i loved Key & Peele plus on interviews, the dude is a legit nerd, and this film is directed to perfection, the camera moves in great ways, the edits & sound mixing add a lot to the film and at times it feels like a 70s horror film, but not in a throwback sort of way. The font on the opening credits geeked me out, the score is perfect, and the imagery is at times simple and other times surreal, yet all brilliant! This is the sort of horror film Kevin Smith should aspire to make, nay the type of film anyone should aspire to make!
Sunday, February 19, 2017
On paper, a sci fi, fantasy retelling of the Great Wall of China, should be a B Movie fans dream. Only this film doesn't portray itself as a B Movie, instead it is dead serious. Overly serious fantasy is the go to in film & TV these days with Game of Thrones, but unlike Game of Thrones, this here is wooden, and not at all entertaining. Atleast it is well crafted right? I mean it comes from Yimou Zhang, the director of Hero and Curse of the Golden Flower....nope, it still sucks, this is indeed an awful film across the board. Matt Damon must have really thought he was doing the Chinese justice when he signed on to this, plus the great Willem Dafoe is wasted in this film, and you just don't waste his greatness.
Charlie Day is great, in It's Always Sunny, is is amazing, in his cameos in films such as Vacation, he steals the show, hell he is even the best part of the Horrible Bosses films. Ice Cube was great in Friday, together, the two have chemistry, they just needed a better film. This is indeed a comedy that critics are hating that i will agree with. Comedy seems to be the new punching bag, and i don't want to beat a dead horse as to why this film is bad, but the very talented cast, deserves a better script. The script doesn't need a master director, anyone could do this picture, it's just the jokes are lame and the plot screams 00's Adam Sandler. Perhaps is this was in the hands of Will Ferrell it would have fared better, but somehow, i doubt that.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Take the best parts of the King of Comedy and Funny People, add them together.....well obviously it is better than the Comedian, now take the worst parts of those films, they are still better than the Comedian. The cast phones it in, the script is dull, nothing works. If you want a real film about comedy, watch Sleep Walk With Me or Don't Think Twice It is not that the film is awful, it just isn't good.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
A Cure For Wellness is a Cure for Gore Verbinski! The dude has always made solid flicks(well maybe not the past decade) but has always come off as a studio director for hire. Now he has a film with a vision, a film with atmosphere, a film he directed the fuck out of! If Richard Matheson wrote a book, a book that Stanley Kubrick wanted to direct but never did. If Richard Kelly decided to adapt it in tribute to Kubrick but wanted Terry Gilliam to direct, plus Damon Lindelof produced it along with Zack Snyder being the Director of Photography, then this would be that film. Congrats Gore, you made a compelling film, an unnerving film, a film with shades of Ken Russell, and yes, this film is, as i mentioned unnerving. It build up slow, but not with a slow pace, it lure you in, you take your hit of acid, and wait, then you feel it, and it is great, you don't know what to expect, then blood & fire, oh yes, the come down period. This film is an acid trip of a film, and i would love to trip while watching this, and fully intend to actually do so in the future. The plot even deals with experimental drops on the tongue, and is full of 60s psychobabble quack doctors. The acting is great, the art direction is beautiful, the cinematography is gorgeous, the set design & costuming is top notch, the effects are fantastic.....why the fuck is this rotten on Rotten Tomatoes? I loved every single second of this film, and it fully inspired me, it reignited the passion i have been losing, as a matter of fact, this is the third film from 2017 to do so, along with Split & John Wick, this year has been amazing for films so far!This is the type of film i wanted to make a decade ago, i was highly influenced by Lost, Donnie Darko, 12 Monkeys, Eraserhead, A Clockwork Orange, and other mind fuckish & mind altering films. I don't care, i found this to be perfect! THe marketing, not so much, some ads are saying you will have trouble sleeping, many will go in expecting a satanic or supernatural film, but it is scarier than that, it is about the human mind, and the sick fucks that populate this planet. Now i am going to eat an orange, go to sleep and have amazing dreams because of the fucked up & hauntingly beautiful images i saw in this motion picture. Because it is full of amazing shots....but as beautiful as it is at times, it is equally as dark, there is one scene towards the end that is rather tough to watch, but that was the intention, this film has balls & is innovative, even if the plot is the Prisoner meets Shutter Island, it does so with a twist!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
1. Bobby Roode vs Shinsuke Nakamua: Takeover San Antonio
2. John Cena vs AJ Styles: Royal Rumble
3. Kevin Owens vs Roman Reigns: Royal Rumble
4. Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega: Wrestle Kingdom
5. Adam Cole vs Kyle O'Reilly: Wrestle Kingdom
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
I didn't expect this flick to be this bad, the trailer looked good i thought, lil sappy, but good. The date being pushed back, and back and back, was not good. The reviews were horrendous, but alas i gave it a shot. The cast does as good of a job as they can with the script at hand. It really goes no where, and just feels lazy, great concept but it doesn't know how to build on itself.
This was a fun flick, nothing great, but a fun throwback to films of the 60s, with a touch of 90s kids films. The cast is charming, you can tell they are having a fun time, the flick has a cool concept, and cool visual, the story is a little weak, but fuck it. If you are a horror fan and looking to connect with your child, and build a bridge to better films, this is it!
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Fuck yes, over the top action films are back! Roger Corman is also back, him producing got me excited for this, and the film didn't let down. Fuck the remakes, this is a sequel we should have had in the 80s but it is even better now, as it feels like a love letter! Remake by way of a sequel sort of thing. Boobs, gore, dark humor, everything you should want in a B Movie, an Action movie. I wish it would have had a theatrical run, as this would have been awesome to catch on the big screen, but alas it is streaming on Netflix, so check it out. The satire is there, and in today's climate, satire is good, so earn your points and enjoy the film for whatever reason, satire, comedy, action, whatever, it hits all the right notes!
What the fuck? The past few years DC has been delivering solid animated films, so solid that i decided to start putting them on my year end lists, but last year's Killing Joke was pretty bad, sure we got Return of the Caped Crusaders, but that was a tongue in cheek 66 inspired film. The other night i saw the Lego Batman movie, possibly my favorite animated film in a decade or so, if not longer, but again, tongue in cheek. Most of the Batman comic inspired animated films have had dark undertones, Dark Knight Returns being the best of the bunch, Killing Joke had the R rating, but it did nothing with it, it also did nothing with the script, but compared to Justice League Dark, it is a masterpiece. Constantine is awfully boring in this, Zatanna is dull as fuck, Swampthing is perfect, and i hated Batman. THe story makes Suicide Squad look like a Wes Anderson script, this is easily the worst thing DC has done since the live action Green Lantern.
1. Green Room
One of the most intense films in recent years, Anton Yelchin is fantastic in this, and will be missed, i would have loved to have seen him & Jeremy Saulnier to continue to work together.
2. Swiss Army Man
Super emotional & though provoking film, Paul Dano & Daniel Radcliffe are perfect!
3. Monster Calls
I teared up a few times, it works as a great coming of age film, a depressing drama, brilliant animation & fantasy!
4. Rogue One
It may not be Force Awakens, but this flick gets better every day, and it isn't nostalgia, the second time i saw it, it was just as good!
5 Neon Demon
Easily the most beautiful film of the year, par none! Oh and has the ballsiest ending for a theatrical film in years!
6. Nice Guys
The wittiest film of the year!
7. 10 Cloverfield Lane
A sequel that isn't really a sequel, and is actually better than the first! John Goodman does the best acting of 2016 in this film!
8. Sing Street
I loved the songs in Once but this is perfect! I loved it, great coming of age flick, goes deep in to relationships, friendships & ones art, perfect film!
9. LaLa Land
Possibly the best film of 2016, gorgeous film, great music, i hope it sweeps the awards!
10. Edge of 17
Most John Highes esque film in years, YEARS!
11. Morris From America
Much like Edge of 17, another great coming of age
12. Hectic Knife
Low budget done right, trash cinema in a hilarious way, meta all the way.
13. Doctor Strange
Best comic book film of the year, best Marvel film since Guardians of the Galaxy.
14. Hell or High Water
Bad ass flick, great shoot outs, glad it is getting award attention.
15. Jungle Book
My favorite Disney Animated film is the Jungle Book, this flick is actually a wonder if only for the visuals but if you love the cartoon, i hope you love this!
16. Star Trek Beyond
Easily the most episodic feeling episode of any of the Trek films!
17 Phantasm Ravager
I don't know all what happened, but i enjoyed every minute! I adore this franchise!
Best slasher film in a few years!
19. War Dogs
A lot hate this, i loved it. So many said it was a disgrace for Todd Phillips to homage Martin Scorsese, fuck that noise, the dude is trying to grow, and made his best film!
Fun, fun fucking flick! Great concept and totally surprised me!
21. Batman v Superman
Fuck you, i liked it, yes DC needs better scripts but honestly the extended cut clears a lot up. Visually, this is how a comic book film should look!
22. TMNT Out of the Shadows
This flick made me totally re-fall in love with the Turtles, to me it was a adaptation of the cartoon.
23 Civil War
To me the Marvel films are beginning to feel the same, which isn't a bad thing, hell so many of the Friday the 13ths feel the same, but you expect more from Marvel. I think they need more daring directors. Fun flick though!
Stupid ass film yet brilliant film, hardcore meta.
25 Sharknado the Fourth Awakens
Not the best in the series but a blast to watch!
26. Mr Right
The best script Max Landis has written, Sam Rockwell is the shit in here as is THE Anna Kendrick.
A film that all aspiring horror filmmakers should watch.
28 They Look Like People
This is the type of film folks that say there is nothing on Netflix need to watch, look for the smaller flicks!
29. The Purge Election Year
Not quite as good as the previous installment(which was on my top 5 that year) but still a fun ride! Hope the next one is nothing but chaos as a prequel. Like a year one!
30. Conjuring 2.
Not the masterpiece the first was, but still better than most theatrical horror films.
and the rest of the list..........
31 Hardcore Henry
High concept, great concept and a cool fucking flick!
High concept, great concept and a cool fucking flick!
I think i found myself anti Deadpool because of everyone jizzing over it, but fuck that, this is a fun flick, and a badass flick!
33. Yoga Hosers
Not a perfect Kevin Smith film, i mean none that aren't in the Askewniverse are, but this was a lot of fun. He is still better than this!
34. Return of the Caped Crusaders
Best animated film of last year, if you are not a fan of the 60's series, don't bother!
A comedy version of John Wick but with a cat? Sold! Underrated film from last year!
Best Jake Gyllenhaal performance in a while(and that is saying something)
37 Hacksaw Ridge
Was not expecting Mel Gibson to give us possibly the bloodiest film of the year!
38 Midnight Special
Pretty much a non remake remake, of Starman!
39. Live By Night
Ben Affleck had huge shoes to fill after Argo, is this as good? Hell no, but i think it is a decent second place!
40. Don't Think Twice
Possibly the best film about comedy, atleast about improv.
41 Fundamentals of Caring
I love road films, and this film has a great cast, and a cast that brings so much life to the quirky characters!
This film should be nominated for awards in acting, directing and best picture, criminally overlooked.
43 The Accountant
It isn't quite John Wick but this is a fun shoot em up! I think critics wanted a Oscarbait motion picture but instead got a B Movie.
44 Magnificent 7
You know what? I think i like this better than the first remake!
45. Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
Honestly, it is better than most of the Potter films!
Fuck you part 2! Sure the script is a cluster and the plot makes no sense but i had a blast with it!
47. The Shallows
If it were not for the ending, this film would rank so much higher!
Yep, i liked it. It was a fun flick, the opening scene alone is worth it! If the film had maybe been just like that, i would have ranked it higher for sure!
Jim Jarmusch's best film in over a decade!
50 Blue Jay
Great indie, brilliant dialogue, very heartfelt!
Saturday, February 11, 2017
When it comes to animated flicks, i usually only check out ones that speak to me. Coraline, Wreck IT Ralph, Big Hero 6, etc. I love the DC animated films but last year gave us a high piece of anticipation that failed in the Killing Joke & a highly entertaining Return of the Caped Crusaders. THe Lego Movie i was underwhelmed by a few years ago, but now all is forgiven, DC has delivered possibly the funnest animated film they have ever been attached to plus a Lego movie that I wanted. This was a geeky ass flick celebrating Batman comics, the serials, the 60s series, the Burton/Shcumacher flicks, the Nolanverse and Batfleck. Booms & pows, arrogance, being a playboy, the innuendo of Batman & Robin, a great score, funny ass easter eggs(such as a sign stating Batman Forever) plus it is now a christmas movie as the mother fucking GREMLINS are in it! I want to see this again just to attempt to catch everything i missed. This was a love letter to Batman fans, to toy fans and all around one of the funniest films i have seen in a while, on top of being the best animated film i have seen in years.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Whoa....and not a Keanu Reeve whoa, a whoa i give, cause i say whoa in these things all the time....now, Whoa, that one was for Keanu! Holy shit, this is how you do a sequel! It was more insane than the first, the fighting & shootouts seemed more stylized, seeing it in theatres you could feel the gun shots in the vibrations. You want the plot? John Wick kills people, much like the first one, and honestly, I don't know which one i liked better! From the first scene we are tossed in to this chaotic world of assassins & crime, all in vibrant colors & blood mixed in with the black suits, from there we get introductions of the main villain, shit blows up, vengeance is to be served, and we know exactly what the fuck to expect, 90 minutes of beautiful violence, holy fuck is this a beautiful film! The set design, costume design & sound are all amazing and does the cast justice, this may not be an actors film, but everyone is having fun, and it translates to the audience. I was worried the film may have been tame after the last one, to appease critics, but nope, it went all out, balls to the wall, blood on the screen, jizz in your pants!
Monday, February 6, 2017
It has now been a week since the Roman Rumble, oops, i mean the Royal Rumble, damn you number 30. Well here is a ranking of the matches, starting with my personal favorite!
This was a perfect Rumble, the star power alone gave it a huge feel, Undertaker, Kane, Big Show, The Rock, Steve Austin, Rikishi, it was loaded with main eventers. The mini hardcore rumble was fun, Kane destroying everyone was brilliant, his reunion with his brother was well done, Austin beign assaulted and coming back to win the whole thing, great storytelling!
Who won this one? I am still not sure, Big Show got eliminated by someone. Seriously though, Benoit was a wonder in this match, the in ring work along makes this one of the best.
This ranks high for two reasons, The Undertaker & Shawn Michaels, the final two was almsot a mini match, and a foreshadowing of the Mania classics.
The returns of Mr. Perfect & Goldust, the gimmick revivals of the Godfather & Val Venis, the big fight feel of HHH vs Steve Austin, pretty much a perfect Rumble!
Rumble debuts of many legends, Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Batista, Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, and it shows how great & underrated the Ruthless Aggression era was.
The coming out party of John Cena & Batista, ignore the spotty finish with Vince, everything leading up to it, and taking place after was terrific!
Another great Ruthless Aggression Rumble, and one that has a lot of heart. The Rey victory almost tear jerking, sure i wanted Matt Hardy to win, but sadly that wish was DELETED!
Yep, the best in a decade, well over a decade, sure we knew HHH would win but there was that hope that Dean Ambrose was going to pull it off! Oh and i marked the fuck out hardcore for AJ Styles!
One of the most underrated Rumbles, plus the return/victory of Edge cemented it!Plus CM Punk's mic work was amazing!
There is something about Madison Square Garden, so when Jimmy Snuka & Roddy Piper had their showdown, and the rest of the stars in the ring let them duke it out and show respect, you know it was a special novelty. Hell even MSG popped for the return of Cena!
Ric Flair vs Shawn Michaels, yep, it happened here, Flair steals the show, and steals the victory, along with the WWF title!
Say what you want about the 40 man Rumble but the anticipation of the Corre vs the Nexus(a feud that never happened) the blowout of CM Punk vs Cena, hell pretty much everything Punk in this match was great. The false finish with Santino Marella was perfect!
This is a Rumble that gets better on repeated viewings, the story of HHH vs Legacy was hinted at, as it was the Mania main event and was the focal point. Sadly the rest of the year was rather bland.
Fuck you, i like it, Austin vs McMahon, Austin vs the Corporation, The Corporation vs DX, stars like Edge making their Rumble debut, this was jsut a fun Mania.
MSG, you did it again, this was the Rock's Rumble, but besides that, it was alot of fun, the run ins by Kai En Tai & the Mean Street Posse became overdone but serves their point, the dance off with Too Cool marked me out as a 12 year old(fuck i feel old) and a tease at what type of monster in the Rumble that Kane would become.
Fuck Roman at number 30, but other than that, i highly enjoyed this years Rumble, sure Taker, Brock & Goldberg were kind of wasted, but it is all to build the bigger picture, fuck it we had Tye Dillinger!
I didn't watch it live, but listened to it on scramble, and knowing Austin won, was golden for me. Watching it now, it is underated, the shit with Mick Foley & Terry Funk was fun, Foley entering three times was a great idea, the ring pausing to take out Austin was perfect, i am highly nostalgic for 1998 in general!
This was a VHS go to for me, they lacked star power but i loved the feel of this one(actually loved the undercard) plus in a way, it was the first where the winner faced the champion, though not intended.
A lot of jobbers in this, a lot of talent that didn't deserve to be in there, but Stone Cold Steve Austin single handedly saved this match.
The match should have been won by Chris Jericho, even though i was hoping for Kofi Kingston(i hope for him every year) but i think the mvp was the Miz!
First with a screwy finish but Bret Hart & Lex Luger were both treated as stars.
Sure it screwed over Daniel Bryan, but the Shield told the story, the hints at their split, the rise of Roman Reigns, ugh, fuck it, he should have got the upset win, and gone on to be a badass, instead of the joke he is today.
The final 4 was one of the best, sure i may not be big on three of em, but Ziggler was in the final four! As for Cena, Ryback & Sheamus, it was the three babyfaces WWE wanted you to cheer so that alone felt huge!
Roman fucking Reigns, it was expected, but it was so forced....ugh.
Warrior vs Hogan, that is all!
Rather bland match, luckily HBK won, this entering him fully into the main event!
Terrible Rumble partipants with the exception of HBK & Davey Boy Smith, they stole the show
What a cluster fuck of a year, this Rumble match foreshadowed just how bad Mania would be.
Not much to write home about, just a battle royal where participants came out one at a time, nothing special