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Big Brother 24: Sin City- 9th place
Bitch Survivor 15: THE RETURN- 4th place
Survivor IMDb 50: The Big Bang - Fans vs. Favorites- 5th place
Movie Idol V: All-Stars- 15th place
PRP's The X Factor: Season 1- 12th place
Zuchini Man's Survivor XIX The Maelstrom- 7th place
Bitch Survivor 16- Big Brother Style- FINALIST, 3rd place
Firebolt's Hot Guydol IMDb- 11th place
The Challenge IMDB: Rivals- 11th place
Bitch Idol- 13th place
Survivor IMDB 51: Public Invasion- Runner-up
Zuchini Man's Survivor XX The Final Season- 30th place
Discuss list here http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000088/nest/223268911?d=223268911#223268911
Café Society (2016)
Could have been a lot better
Woody Allen assembled a very fine cast here, so why didn't the film work more than it did. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad film at all, but a particularly good one? I feel like it could have been, with some more refining in its narrative and writing structure. As it is, it feels very disjointed, and it also doesn't seem completely sure of the type of film it wants to be. Pile that together with the fact that the film's ideas aren't really original and you come off kind of unimpressed. It's still worth a watch though. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart give some really good performances and they make their scenes work, for the most part. The latter especially has come a long way from being ridiculed for her acting back in the Twilight films. Not a great film, but a one that you may mostly like.
Stranger Things (2016)
Such a lovely, nostalgic, wonderful piece of work
Absolutely in love with this show. Halfway through it just felt like a childhood favorite, one I could just ease into watching and feel so, so comfortable. You can definitely feel its Spielberg influence, and yet it manages to stand out among all other TV shows right now. It's a great blend of coming-of-age childhood drama, comedy, horror, and fantasy. I don't think it's always perfect, but it has such simple, great characters. Out of all of the Netflix shows I've seen as well, it's perhaps the one with the biggest heart. Such a joy to watch, I did not want to keep progressing though the season because I did not want it to end.
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
Meryl Streep is really great
Meryl Streep is a great actress. No doubt about that. But am I a fan? To a degree, but in the last decade she has made a lot of really mediocre choices. She has a tendency to overact and to choose performances that rely more on mimicry than actually inhabiting a character. However, she really does here. She brings a lot of emotional weight to the role and she really shines without calling so much attention to her, which is something that she's usually struggled with in the last few years. Hugh Grant is also a delight, as is the simple, engaging screenplay. This isn't an amazing film, but it does its actors and its primary figure a lot of justice.
Don't Breathe (2016)
Feverish, brutal, and so much fun
I knew basically nothing other than hearing it was a "home invasion" horror film. I intentionally didn't read anything on it or watch any trailers, and thank goodness. It safely continues the trend of great horror this year. Wickedly brutal, bonkers crazy, and so, so ridiculous. That last thing is said with absolute love and glee though. Like 10 Cloverfield Lane earlier this year, it knows it's basically a B-flick in every sense of the word and Fede Alvarez runs away with it. The film never actually turns into a comedy horror film because it's never that obvious, and yet you can sense the filmmakers laughing with glee while making it. The filming and directing itself is really well done. Although it doesn't hit the the genre highs that Green Room (a film that is also similar in its frenzied and feverish pacing and narrative) hit, it still does so much justice to this genre. The acting itself is also pretty good, with Jane Levy continuing to be the MVP and continuing her talent from Evil Dead. She and Alvarez make a great team.
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Decent, but mostly forgettable
I thought this was decent enough. It pretty much follows the same formula as the first film, but honestly, this did not need to be over two hours long. They overdo the set-up in the first hour. There's so much repetitiveness in its jump scares and horror scenes. By the time the second hour does come along, it also overdoes it to an even larger extent. A lot of scenes kept making me roll my eyes. It also seems that despite wanting to make Patrick Wilson's character more important, it managed to restrict Vera Farmiga's character. Despite following much of the formula of the original film, this still felt really cluttered and messy. It spins its wheels a lot. Despite the many criticisms I have of it, it did manage to entertain me. I don't think the original film is entirely greatness by any means, but it was still better than this.
The Neon Demon (2016)
Transfixing, hypnotizing, and unforgettable
I started off thinking that this would be another Only God Forgives. I thought much of it was kind of vapid, but as it continued I also became more entranced by it. Does it make sense? Only on a basic level, but Refn does a great job of keeping your attention and I'm still scratching my head over those last ten minutes. I thought it over-stayed its welcome, but I'm also very intrigued by those last ten minutes. They completely went over my head, it'd be great to hear some theories.
Some kind of stupid dialogue and some scenes bordering on being so ridiculous as to be laughable, but overall it was a transfixing piece of work that kept me up longer than I wanted, replaying many of its scenes in my head. More than anything, I can finally say that Drive isn't the only Refn film I like, and it also continues the trend of great psychological horror this year.
Sleeping Giant (2015)
I didn't expect much from this film. It didn't look bad, but I just thought maybe it'd end up being a forgettable independent coming-of-age film. Luckily, I found it to be a lot better than that. I thought the acting was a bit inconsistent overall (the lead male being the best actor of the boys), but the sensitive, nuanced direction and screenplay helped the film become something actually special. It's a film that is willing to contemplate ideas that do weigh a lot, but I bet a lot of people the same age as these characters might actually relate. I don't think it's a great, original film, but definitely well-executed for the most part.
Un monstruo de mil cabezas (2015)
Well-done for the most part
I will say that this was a thoroughly entertaining flick, but there were various problems throughout. From a character perspective, they were well-written and although short, the film's themes and ideas come across clearly. However, some of the cinematography is really distracting and instead of feeling like it was deliberate, it just comes across very strangely. Maybe it was intentional, but I found it to be lacking. However, that's as far as the flaws go. The performances are pretty good and the film's pacing is well-maintained through. It doesn't rush through things but it also takes its time. This is a solid film that is definitely recommended.
Hell or High Water (2016)
Excellently-written and acted
This is definitely the type of simple film that many might dismiss when first hearing about it or seeing the promotional footage of it. What's really surprising about it is the amount of emotional and dramatic weight that it carries. It's not primarily interested in gun fights or car chases. Instead, it's interested in exploring the dynamics of race and culture, and in depicting everyone as flawed individuals who you still feel empathy for. It gives you a portrayal of what poverty and the economy can do, even when never attempting to justify the horrible behavior on display or trying to make excuses for its characters. It's filled with wonderful, thoughtful dialogue while also playing out like a realistic morality tale. The three leads are also fantastic, especially Ben Foster, who deserves to get more roles as the talented character-actor he is. This is highly recommended.
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Thrilling, moving, and so beautifully crafted
Stop-Motion animation can be a thing of pure beauty. I've been a fan of Laika's previous films (particularly Coraline and ParaNorman to a great extent), and so I really was excited for this. Based on the trailers, it looked like a dazzling experience and I was sure that it would not fail to meet expectations. I was right. There's a real sense of artistry to the film that is missing in a lot of other kids' animated films. It's about family, the power of memory, and longing, and it manages to create some truly memorable, fantastic villains that happen to be both well-written and really terrifying. More than anything, the themes at its core really resonate. This may likely be the best animated film of the year.