So, I understand that we’re already like two months into 2017, and everyone’s already had their fill of reminiscing about how terrible of a year 2016 was. But since the Academy Awards won’t be passed out until Sunday, I feel like I’m still (barely) within the acceptable time frame to have my say. So please […]Read more "Top 10 Films of 2016"
Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn Written by: Nicolas Winding Refn, Mary Laws, Polly Stenham Starring: Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Keanu Reeves Grade: B- Nicolas Winding Refn is one of my favourite directors, a purveyor of incredible visuals with little concern about how anyone feels about his films beyond himself. Maybe it’s […]Read more "“The Neon Demon” (B-)"
Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos Written by: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux Grade: B I find it unfortunate that this was my first chance to experience a film by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, as the concepts behind his pieces have always struck me as rather […]Read more "“The Lobster” (B)"
Directed by: Zack Snyder Written by: Chris Terrio & David S. Goyer Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg Grade: D+ Comic book heavyweights Batman and Superman engage in the purported battle of the century while the conniving genius Lex Luthor seeks a way to acquire power of his own in the latest […]Read more "“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (D+)"
Directed by: Byron Howard & Rich Moore Written by: Jared Bush & Phil Johnston Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba Grade: B It shouldn’t be too controversial of a statement (I hope) that Disney have been off their game for the last 20-odd years. The once groundbreaking studio arguably hasn’t produced a truly great […]Read more "“Zootopia” (B)"
Directed by: Robert Eggers Written by: Robert Eggers Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw Grade: B+ With the slasher and torture-porn subgenres having mostly withered away while indie directors are afforded more and more creative licence to explore new ideas, I feel as though horror is entering a new renaissance. Sure, there […]Read more "“The Witch” (B+)"
Directed by: Tim Miller Written by: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (based on the character by Rob Liefeld & Fabian Nicieza) Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, and Ed Skrein Grade: B+ I’ll probably alienate half of the people that read this blog with the following paragraph, but here it goes anyway. I don’t really care […]Read more "“Deadpool” (B+)"
Directed by: Joel & Ethan Coen Written by: Joel & Ethan Coen Starring: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich Grade: C It’s always a minor event of sorts whenever the Coen brothers finish and share their latest film. The duo’s influence in the last 25+ years has been astounding, and they’re never afraid to violate […]Read more "“Hail, Caesar!” (C)"
Directed by: Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu Written by: Mark L. Smith & Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu (based in part on the novel by Michael Punke) Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson Grade: B+ I had a lot of mixed feelings about The Revenant in its immediate aftermath, and I still have them nearly 48 hours removed. […]Read more "“The Revenant” (B+)"
So I was going to wait until I saw The Revenant before doing my 2015 write-up, but I got impatient. I’m sure it’s good, and I’ll share my thoughts once I have seen it. All things considered, 2015 was a solid year for film. I don’t think there was anything particularly groundbreaking per se, unlike […]Read more "Top Ten Films of 2015"