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hERE'S SOME OF THE FILMS STILL ON THE WATCHLIST(NOT ALL AND WILL REMOVE AS i WATCH THEM): Anomalisa, 45 Years, 99 Homes, Mr.Holmes, The Assassin, Spotlight, Mr. Turner, Amy, Listen to Me Marlon, Iris, Call Me Lucky , Heaven Knows What, Carol, Selma, Tangerine...to name a few...
Total # of 2015(u.s. release) films seen to date - 90
Just missed:26.End of the Tour 27.Just Before I Go 28.Steve Jobs 29.Phoenix 30.Cold in July 31.Black Mass 32.It Follows 32.Burnt 32.straight Outta Compton 33.Chappie 34.Bridge of Spies 35.Suicide Theory 36.Hateful Eight 37.Focus 38.The Overnight 39.No Escape 40.Tomorrowland 41.Age of Adaline
I have yet to see: Sightseers, Tabu, Gangs of Wasseypur, and Iron Sky. I've seen pretty much everything else that looked like it had a chance to make this list. Those films look like they could crack my top25.
JUST MISSED MAKING THE LIST: 26.Looper 27.Hit and Run 28.The Brass Teapot 29.Cloud Atlas, 30.Lawless, 31.Sinister, 32.The Sapphires, 33.The Raven 34.Safety Not Guaranteed 35. The Master, 36.Sessions, 37.Hitchcock, 38.Killing Them Softly, 39. A Thousand Words
These 'sex-romps' did carve out their own little genre - especially from '82 to '86. That's part of what made 1990's "Ski School" such a delight... it was a throwback from the mid-80's...
Nearly every movie on here save "Weird Science", "Just One of the Guys", "The Sure Thing", "The Woman in Red", and "Once Bitten" are R-Rated with plenty of Nudity, but I thought those films belonged because of their heavy use of sexual themes, and when they were released. The Woman in Red is the only PG or PG-13 film that I know of that has full-frontal nudity(however quick it may be). :) Look ma, no more hairy palms.
some flicks were left out for other reasons... "Summer of '42" for timeframe, "Oddballs" for cleanliness(and terribleness), and all the new-age sex-romps like "The Girl Next Door" even though that one is a great example of the genre... everything on this list falls from '79 to '90, and I'm going to keep it that way... Although I'm always on the lookout for stuff I missed. Also, I'm only listing films I have seen, so if you have any suggestions, leave a comment.
These are definitely films that, while not great or academy award-winners - certainly put a smile on the face of nearly everyone who grew up during that era. Most weren't blockbusters(some were like ROcky4), but many garnered VHS rental fame, or had the campiness or unbelievable, unabashed fun to make them eligible for my list.
There are still many films I need to watch but some I anticipate could make a run at the top 25: "ida", "Inherent Vice", "Digging Up the Marrow", and "In Order of Disappearance".... or at least those are the 2014 films on my watchlist.
i have watched 78/82 films from 2014.(will edit)
Remember, it's just an opinion.
Just missed:26.Blue Ruin 27.American Sniper 27.Starry Eyes 28.Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 29.Leviathon 30.Camp X-Ray 31.Life Itself 32.The Judge
You'll see some films that IMDB lists as 2010 films, but most of those are foreign films who's U.S. release fell in 2011.
just missed(in order): Warriors. 26.XMen:First Class 27.Water For Elephants 28.The Music Never Stopped 29.Margin Call, 30.Submarine , 31.Super 8, 32.Ides of March, 33.The Mechanic, 34.Detention 35.Real Steel, 36.50/50 37.Tree of LIfe 38.Samsara
If you like you can invert this to see it from 25-1
THis list contains 4-9's, 11-8's, 18-7's, and 3-6's
just one man's opinion.
It is a particularly exciting year for me at the movies. My two favorite directors, Wong Kar Wai and Brian De Palma released new movies, and a bunch of sleepers are dominating the list.
A Few months ago - I thought that 2013 might have been a pretty weak year for movies, but now that I've come to the end of the watchlist, it was actually a VERY GOOD year for movies. Seldom do I have so many 9's in my top 25, and seldom do the 8's go nearly to the bottom of the list like this. By the time I'm done there may not be a 7 on the whole list. Amazing.
will edit as I see films that deserve a spot on the list. (last edit was out of NINETY-THREE films viewed from 2013). Will likely/eventually be out of about 110.
Sometimes my top 25 lists(see previous yrs) might include films that imdb says were released the previous yr... but I go by the us dvd or major u.s. theatrical release dates... not festivals etc..
at times it was rough. had to cycle through some rough patches... Spring Breakers... it "looked" good, but what the heck was that about? Pain and Gain... much, mUCH more pain than gain... Rapture Palooza? Take me Away.
here's the Just missed list:26.The East 27.Mental 28.Blue Jasmine 29.Only God Forgives 30.The Prey(french)31.Warm Bodies, 32.StarTrek:Into Darkness 33.Maniac, 34.Fruitvale Station, 35.Before Midnight, The World's End, Grandmasters, Rush, Eden, Side Effects, Man of Steel, Gangster Squad, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The World's End, Oblivion, Captain Phillips, Last Vegas, Trance, Redemption, Red 2, Extracted, Hatchet 3, Stoker, Olympus Has Fallen, Dark Skies
I suggest inverting the list.............................................\/
Night Owls (2015)
Rosa Salazar saves this picture for me... only very mild spoilers
She's great. Her dialog and character has depth and impact, and she does a fantastic job with the physical nature of her role here.
Night Owls isn't a new formula.. it's basically "The Apartment" from 1960 with a modern "Very Bad Things"/"The Overnight" kinda vibe to go along with it.
The lead actor here is also fine, but maybe a bit too obtuse, weak, and perhaps gullible to be a likable character. The other issue I have is his job. The whole sports theme, for me, seemed like a bad idea. I wish they would have made the role of "Will" a white collar financial type or something a bit more of a 'professional' dynamic. For me that whole sub-plot is kinda weakened by making him a college football coach. Even some of the writing there is a little sloppy. Like if he's such a legendary coach with such a flawless track record, then why is he at such a small school. That's a minor quip, but it's more of a dynamic thing, as the film has that high-brow look and feel, and that dynamic just doesn't work for me.
All nitpicking aside. The leads here have some chemistry, and there's some decent laughs(mostly physical comedy). I did feel some emotion and their connection.
The film isn't overlong or fancy. An adult-indie that is pretty fun for the first hour. The ending is a bit predictable but not terrible.
Wouldn't mind seeing Rosa in some bigger roles.
A Lonely Place to Die (2011)
I usually dismiss small stuff like bad decision making and improbability when it's in small doses. I mean they are movies after all. BUT, this film is totally ridiculous.
From repelling down a sheer-face-cliff with half the rope to reach the bottom, to not crossing a not-so-fast river, and not being able to hear someone 15 yards away, because of the 'fast-rushing-water'. It's truly absurd more often than it's not.
THere are endless examples of this garbage in this flick, and the rest of it isn't much better. The acting is average, the story is just dull, the writing is deplorable, and the end-result, is perhaps the worst 6.3 movie I've ever seen.
This sat on my netflix q for a few weeks. What a waste of space... and time.
It is a very lonely place to die indeed.
Pretty boy tumbles down a mountain, bashes into a tree, lands looking like and sounding-like he broke his leg. Gets up only to be running in the next scene and looking like a polo model in the face and clothes. I could go on... I'd rather not. Pass.
I had a few good laughs, but I'm pretty sure this is 'supposed' to be a thriller.
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
lacks the focus and characters of its' predecessor...
Well, I'll start with the positives.
THe film isn't 'bad', and the soundtrack is just lights-out. It has a few genuinely funny moments, and the first half is pretty strong.
BUT... the film loses steam and focus down the stretch.
Blake Jenner, like Wiley Wiggins, appears to be the no-name actor that is the focus of attention, but unlike Wiley in D.A.C., we don't feel for his plight and some of the one-on-one scenes with his girlfriend are real snoozers. Actually it's some of their scenes late in the film that really start sinking this ship right before the lame, capsized ending.
Everybody Wants Some is one of the worst kinds of slightly above average films - in that it had potential to be great, and every bit as good as Dazed and Confused. It got lost along the way, and in it's effort to create a 'party' film, it failed miserably in creating a cohesive film with any semblance of a build-up, climax, or send-off.
If not for a few great looking and sounding scenes in the first half, and a few funny moments, we'd have a real stinker.
The ride into the sunset was a fitting ending to Dazed and Confused. Perhaps this trip is over. It might have made a good baseball movie if it had decided to go more in that direction. The film is competently directed, and will put a smile on your face, but those smiles start to fade and become more forgettable as the film reaches the 7th- inning stretch. It's like the light beer version of Dazed and Confused. When you finish, you wonder why you cared about a fewer calories, and long for the flavor of the original.
fizzles into a big pile of nothing down the stretch
I don't know how else to explain it.
Perhaps the problem here is the subject matter. There was another "invention film" that wasn't great called "Flash of Genius" with Greg Kinnear, and while that film also waned down the stretch, it was better than this one.
Jennifer Lawrence is about the only redeeming quality here. Everything is just so unlikable or shallow about every other character in the film.
"Joy" is overrated here at 6.7, and is probably on the way to 6.4- land before long. I'd go 52/100.
When our lead here finally get's rich, it comes off as a poorly explained and rushed conclusion. We sit for an hour-and-a-half waiting for a payoff, and what we get is a legal-boring-non-twist, and a brief explanation on what made her rich. Is that what we were meandering through all that average film for? Oh geeesh. The end is very anti-climatic. This film, along with "Race", "THe Brother's Grimsby", and "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot", had me in movie purgatory for my two days off, making me wish I had actually gone to one decent movie at the theater, and not wasted 12-15 bucks on this lot of terribly average, if not flat-out disappointing films.
The lone bright-spot was "London Has Fallen"(6.5/10), which at the very least was an unabashed, yet still frenetically-fun rehash of the original. And no I don't have to have action to enjoy a film.
There is very little "Joy" to be found watching "Joy".
The Program (2015)
A couple of good things about it, but still suffers next to "Stop at Nothing"
Foster is solid in the lead role here, and it's nice that we get to see all the shots of Lance doping that we never got to see before, even if it's not real.
Those two aspects give the film a little edge, but not much else does.
The racing sequences are a total loss. A mix mash of real footage, that looks like grainy real footage, and not Foster, and then there's the film footage which has zero style. THere's nothing interesting at all about the racing sequences.
Also, the film really leaves out some of the juicy stuff. Wanted to see more from those that threw him under the bus. The Wife(betsy?), and our co-star journalists' story is practically empty.
The film, imo, just fails to capitalize on so much here. It's not a bad film by any means, but it's not a good one either. Frears has really been going downhil for a while now. I keep going-in thinking I'm going to get a fresh version of "The Hit" or "Grifters" and I keep coming out with some really mediocre films. If not terrible(see:Lay the Favorite). The Queen was decent( a bit overrated though). Philomena was alright. The last one I really liked from him was "High Fidelity", and that was 16 years ago.
"The Program" has as many problems and glaring omissions as it does positive qualities. Foster is good. Nice to see all the needles and blood. But, I was afraid I was going to get what I got, which was a film that really suffers next to the brilliant documentary, "Lance Armstrong:Stop at Nothing". I give that one an 8.5, and this a 5/10.
Even though Foster did a good job and looks a lot like Lance in the face - his build really doesn't fit the part at any time, even with the physical changes he made throughout the film. That's a minor quip though, as the major quips are just not capitalizing on so many of the other characters who were seriously involved in this downfall, and not making the film 'exciting' in any way whatsoever. Making this about the journalist, and then not developing that character AT ALL.
Ted 2 (2015)
Google Grand Canyon and you get a much better film than the original.
Ted 2 is a funny, cash cow with loads of cameo's, Americana, pot, and filth. But somehow the jokes aren't as forced, nor as political or religious as the original, and the story is actually a little better as well. Mark and Ted have better chemistry the second time around, and amanda is a nice addition too. I don't know if the jokes are THAT much better, but the performances are an improvement. If a bear can act, he IS a person.
I have to admit - I kept putting this off because I really didn't care for the original. I just didn't feel a connection between John(Wahlberg), and his re-animated Teddy. Night and day here. This, while no Godfather 2 or Empire, rises into the rarefied air of sequels that were better than the original. Filth aside, the sequel just works better than the original in nearly every conceivable way. If the scores don't reflect that -then strike that up as the trend and not the reality.
I thought i was off the talking, stuffed-animal movie-boat, but I guess I'm back-on now. I won't be as hesitant if we're graced with a third film.
My opinion(sure this wont help the 'helpful' reviews):
Ted - 40/100 Ted 2 - 57/100
Hope it helps. Search your soul - you know it to be true.
Hilarious from start to finish.
At this point I've only seen 7 or 8 films from 2016, so it's no surprise here that Zootopia moves into the #2 spot behind Deadpool.
It should stay in the top 10 till next spring when I round-out the list by finishing about 100 films. It's solid.
Kids should stay entertained with the animation and the animals, but most of the humor is really adult humor. For that reason, it may be just about the best Disney/pixar animated film for adults in terms of the humor. THere are no lulls in that aspect. You will laugh early and often. Credit the writers.
The plot is a bit thin, but very few animated films have complex/truly-original plots.
Worth owning. This redbox sat on the shelf for way too long, but after finding the time, I don't feel bad about dropping 13-15 bucks on it. Still, should have just bought it.
recommended. 81/100 Personally, I enjoyed-it more than Frozen, or some other higher profile animated films over the last few years, but that's perhaps due to the lack of music and the increase of adult humor.
Midnight Special (2016)
first 30-45 minutes fantastic.. fades a bit.. serious plot stretches.
This looked to be right up my alley. Decent ratings. Sci-Fi that flew under the radar. Edgerton, Shannon...
And the film really hits some super-high notes to start. Great intrigue. Great thrilling bass music just add to the tense nature of the first half of this film. 30 minutes-in, I thought this was going to be an early contender for top 2-3 of 2016... Deadpool and Zootopia sitting 1-2 right now, but I had only seen 7 films from '16.
"Midnight Special" is a tough film for me to review and rate. The first half is soooo strong and interesting. Real care going into the shots, the look, and the sound. And like I said it's so right up my alley. Has an 80's pace and feel, and really all the potential in the world to be a fantastic film.
BUT, it fails to cover many bases in the second half. Lots of goofs, continuation issues, just huge plot holes, and too much that really doesn't make sense down the stretch. So much can be brushed-off do to the divine/supernatural arguments, but after so many plot holes open-up - you start to get tired of dismissing them with the anything's possible with this kids' abilities argument, and it all starts to weigh more and more on the viewer as the film goes on.
I wanted sooo bad to love this. And I still think the film has just an amazing start. There's a Dennis Villaneuve type vibe that Nichols has going here with tense situations, sound, and effective action sequences in small doses. Many moments where I couldn't turn away, and couldn't wait to see what happened next. Still, you can't just freeze-reality this much without taking a hit in the ratings/review department.
I think 7 is fair, but only a soft 7. Half-way through, I thought this was going to be a little masterpiece.
But no cigar.
the ONLY thing wrong is the plot holes... but there are many.. everything else is aces... shame.
You'd like this if you liked:Starman(even), Near Dark(a touch better), ET(better), Miracle Mile(better), Invaders From Mars(just a touch below), and Firestarter(about even).
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Soft 7 - gripping, interesting characters.. somewhat lackluster finish..
The strongest thing that Cloverfield Lane has going for it is that the acting is good and it's probably a touch better than it's predecessor. A TOuch! Maybe not too - I may have to watch this again. My initial thoughts on the original Cloverfield was that it was a 6/10, but after reviews, I up'd that to a 7. This may go the other way. It's close - they're actually 2 really different films - making me wonder if/why they didn't connect them in some way.
The film quickly jumps right into the meat of the subject matter, and overall it doesn't feel as slow or as monotonous as other 'close-quartered' devices.
It is about the middle of the film that we get some justification for the situation; squashing some speculation and setting up what really could have been an epic finish.
Unfortunately, low budget films like "Southbound", "Miracle Mile", or blockbusters like "12 Monkeys" handle similar situations with far more effectiveness in(terms of the ending) than does Cloverfield Lane.
There's a few mistakes in the last 10 minutes that were a bit glaring, and the CGI, for a big-budget film like this, was a little below par.
Fortunately, the rest of the film will keep you interested. It's SUPER early, but 10 Cloverfield Lane looks to be one of those that may, or may not stick around for the Top 25 of 2016.
It Follows (2014)
fresh idea ruined by monotonous panning
I like the premise of the film, and the start the film seems to have a care for cinematography and overall style. It has some great sound editing to boot.
BUT... after 20 minutes I started to ask myself, "is every shot going to be a slow pan?", and the answer was unfortunately, YES.
We're talking a ridiculous amount. It can't lead into or exit a scene without it. they should have called the film, It Zooms.
The film gets a lot right though. It looks great(other than the monotonous panning), and the story-line is definitely interesting and fresh. As I said the sound editing and the creepy music are just fantastic.
In the end though, I think the writers and directors had some real problems with how to end the film. Fares average on the scare-meter, but I think the 'style' it gets sooo much credit for is a bit overdone at times. The movie ended and my eyes were slow-panning for a week.