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  • Top 5 films for this year for me have gotta be:

    5.Don't Think Twice - A movie about improv. I'm sure it'll just be funny and that's it, right? Actually, this movie touches on some real emotions while following the troupe around. It also deals with themes like success and friendship in a great way - while still making you laugh. I saw this in a theater where no one else bought tickets, so it may have added to the experience.

    4.The Nice Guys - I went into this movie with zero expectations. I've never actually seen a Shane Black movie before but from the outside, I thought things like Lethal Weapon looked kinda cheesy. This movie was outright hilarious and had a great noir feel to it, something we don't get too much of these days. I may have made a mistake in my previous judgements and I'll spend the next year watching some Shane Black classics.

    3.Doctor Strange - My favorite super-hero turned into a movie... how is Marvel going to mess this up? Well... they didn't. I thought they handled the character well and there's a lot of trip-out visuals and philosophy thrown in to appease fans, while still being a Marvel spectacle to make money. The villain wasn't fantastic but I sure hope they make a few more Strange movies.

    2.Hunt for the Wilderpeople - Taika Waititi is quickly becoming one of my favorite directors. I saw What We Do in the Shadows earlier in the year and it quickly become a classic comedy in my eyes, so I was foaming at the mouth to see this. While not quite as funny, it does have more heart and tells a great story.

    1.The Lobster - I already loved this movie before going into it. It has so much to say about all the weird things we attach to relationships and just humanity in general. The second half of the movie is arguably weaker but the ambiguous ending was more than enough to make me happy.

    Honorable mentions : Rogue One, Green Room.



  • Hmm. that's always hard for me to do given the volume of movies I see every year. I've seen probably 80-100 new films this year, and I'm still not caught up. :)

    Honorable Mentions: The Witch, Midnight Special, Eddie The Eagle, Everybody Wants Some!, The Nice Guys, Star Trek Beyond, Pete's Dragon, Kubo and the Two Strings, Ouija: Origin of Evil (most improved category),The Jungle Book, Frank and Lola, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, Microbe and Gasoline, Kedi, Train to Busan, The Wailing, Doctor Strange, Arrival, Edge of Seventeen, Zootopia, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Deadpool, The Lobster, Swiss Army Man, Keanu, Hunt For The Wilderpeople.

    5: Rogue One
    4: Tower
    3: 10 Cloverfield Lane
    2:The Patriarch
    1: Green Room

    Still to go: Don't Breathe, The Handmaiden, The Birth of a Nation, Moana, Hacksaw Ridge, Jackie, La La Land, A Monster Calls, Silence, 20th Century Women, Moonlight, Manchester By The Sea

    any one of those may replace any of my top five. Not sure yet.



  • @TokyoSlim I forgot The Witch came out this year, that was also great. The Handmaiden, Swiss Army Man, and La La Land are high on the list of things to watch.


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    Oh ya, I watched The Witch about a week ago too. Excellent movie. It just goes for it in terms of being very creepy and nails it.



  • Spent a lot of this week at the theatre.

    Watched:

    • Passengers -- Interesting story and I really enjoyed the whole sci-fi aspect of it.
    • Assassin's Creed -- Being a huge fan of the series, I really enjoyed most of the film and I kinda even understood the overall story much better than the disjointed storytelling of the main plot in the games. Hoping they make a sequel but who knows.
    • La La Land -- This is the movie that hit me the most as being my top favourite film after Rogue one. I am a HUGE fan of musicals and every time the genre is resurrected the films fall flat. But this one had that old hollywood feel. The numbers blended in with the story and didn't feel out of place. It didn't break the flow of the story. True, the talent wasn't on par with the greats, but it's good. And it made me cry. Strong story. I highly recommend it.


  • Rogue One
    Didn't really have any interest in seeing it, but I saw it because I got to hang out with some friends I don't usually spend that much time with anymore.
    As for the movie itself it was extremely underwhelming. It felt unneccesary, bland, poorly paced and had a weak script & characters. It wasn't a bad movie but there's nothing about it I actually liked (apart from maybe the action scene at the end).
    I also don't like how they keep casting these thin female actresses with no charisma to play these tough guy chicks, especially when they have to try and give some inspiring speech or takes down countless stronger looking characters. It feels so fake and ridiculous that it takes me out of the movie hard.

    Gonna try and watch The Nice Guys, Arrival and A Monster Calls next.



  • I watched Green Room last night as it is currently on Netflix. As much as I enjoyed the atmosphere and tone of the film nobody stood out as having much presence and because of that there was no real impact in the deaths that occured throughout the film. Also it was being billed as hyper graphic and while some scenes were stomach turning it wasn't anything I hadn't seen in other films elsewhere. Overall it was worth streaming.



  • Watched Spectre, which is a James Bond thing I guess. About as good as the last couple, which is to say not very good. Like Quantum of Solace, it relies a lot on knowledge of the film before it, recycling locations and dredging up plot strands. Why is the bad guy bad? Because the bad guys were bad in previous films, you see?

    Most Bond films, even the bad ones, seem to drum up some global or societal threat, but this one, literally an all-seeing, all-hearing threat never really feels like it. All it is, is an excuse for henchmen to show up on Bond's doorstep, poorly armed and easily dispatched as usual.

    My hunches, and reluctance to see it earlier were well-placed.



  • @Ringedwithtile Yeah, I just watched Spectre and found it kinda bleh.
    I though did adore Casino Royale but have liked every one after more and more.

    Spectre suffered from the same thing as Star Trek Into darkness. Don't pretend your villain isn't the obvious character he is. It put me off seeing this until now. The characters weren't great, and suddenly Bond is in love again? He knew the girl for two days, at most. The threat i thought was also trying too hard to be relevant, with the big brother thing. Even the song wasn't good, at least Skyfall had a great Adele song.



  • It's not a movie but I just finished watching dirk gently's holistic detective agency on Netflix and boy did I love it!
    It was super hard for me to get into because the first 3 episodes really didn't make sense as they were setting all the strings but then it was a nonstop ride to the finish where all the lose ends really came together nicely. I'd love to get into it in a spoilery way but I won't. I will say however that I think the writing was brilliant in the meta message it leaves with the viewer at the end and that it's definitely worth checking out


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    I watched The Lobster tonight and it is one weird movie. I really liked how everything was delivered in a dry manner. It just helped the lay the foundations for how unusual the lore in the movie is.



  • @Mango I've been wanting to watch this for awhile because I saw the mini series (or was it a tv movie .. I can't remember).. But definitely want to give this a shot!



  • @tokeeffe9 I loved this movie. It didn't really care too much to explain itself and just told its story.



  • I recently watched Sing Street as it is currently on Netflix. It is a heart warming coming of age story with some great original music as well as nods to 80's classics. I found myself rooting for the characters from beggning to end. Highly recommended if you are a fan of music particularly from that era.



  • Rogue One! Went with my sister to see it in the cinema, and had great fun ^^ I am really delighted with the amount of good Star Wars we're getting lately, and hopefully more to come.



  • @Hesperus I would highly recommend it and if you find it hard to watch at first I would encourage you to stick with it because I found the payout to be worthwhile in the end.

    by the time it was done I needed a 2nd season asap



  • Dr. Strange - I went and saw this because Marvel and heard great things about it but I did not like it at all. It's just a personal thing though, I enjoy the superhero movies that are more grounded and based in reality. It visually looked cool and their were fun scenes and funny parts but collectively its not my cup of tea.
    Spectre - It was alright. I definitely liked it better than Quantum of Solace but not as much as Casino Royal.
    Ratchet & Clank - Not a great movie but its one of my favorite game IPs so I wanted to see it. It was decently fun to see all of the throwbacks and jokes from the original 4 games.



  • Saw La La Land in theaters a week ago and absolutely loved it. In a year where Civil War, Doctor Strange, the Little Prince, Rogue One, and more came out, I think this one was my favorite of 2016. The music's been stuck in my head indefinitely, and I have a feeling I'm gonna be a Damien Chazelle fan for the foreseeable future.

    I've also just started the Aaron Sorkin Screenwriting MasterClass, which has been very interesting, but it had me watch Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for the first time. As someone who's never identified as a "western" fan, I actually really enjoyed it, and it's made me more interesting in checking out others in the genre.



  • I just watched Les Misérables. Dear Lord, this was a magnificent movie! I would have never guessed that I'd enjoy a musical this much, but this grapped me from you-know-where right from the start and didn't let go until 2,5 hours later. So many great performances, so many beautiful and impressing songs. Just wow. And I loved the way they kept coming back time after time, like the very first song, that might have been my favourite. "Look down! Look down! You're standing in your grave." What an awesome piece of cinema, this one.



  • I watched a documentary called Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films. For anyone unaware, Cannon Films was a production company known for their rushed, low-budget, low-quality movies, many with a "funny bad" reputation. Notable titles include American Ninja, Superman IV: Quest for Peace, Delta Force, Captain America: The First Avenger, the Death Wish series (aside from the first one), and, of course, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. I watched it mainly for the laughs, but it was also very interesting. It features interviews from actors, directors, writers, editors, producers, etc, all of whom have crazy stories of working there. I highly recommend it, it's a very entertaining look at the kings of schlock.