A brand new trailer for the next Star Wars installment has just been released! It’s called Star Wars: The Last Jedi, take a look!
It comes out this December, what do you think?
A brand new trailer for the next Star Wars installment has just been released! It’s called Star Wars: The Last Jedi, take a look!
It comes out this December, what do you think?
This was actually a pretty good film. It was tense, interesting, and it kept you on the edge of your seat. Definitely worth watching, there’s some good twists along the way!
Kubo and the Two Strings was super original and inventive, the animation style was great and the characters were really interesting. It was definitely a surprise this year, and was definitely underrated in my opinion!
Arrival was a very interesting movie, it wasn’t a typical blockbuster action alien movie. It was slower, but tense and very smart. It’s one of those movies where you definitely need to see it twice. Even with a few plot holes, it still managed to make you think and wonder.
The Fundamentals of Caring is actually a Netflix original movie, and it was great. It stars Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts and oddly enough, Selena Gomez. But it’s a very charming, funny, and touching movie, in the vein of Little Miss Sunshine and The Way Way Back. Paul Rudd plays an unemployed, depressed middle-aged man who decides to become a caregiver for some extra money, and even though he’s terribly unqualified, lands a job taking care of Trevor (Craig Roberts), a 17 year old boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, confining him to a wheel chair for the rest of his life, and not to mention a messed up sense of humor. After becoming close friends, they decide to go on a road trip to see national landmarks, along the way they meet Dot (Selena Gomez) and Peaches (Megan Ferguson). I really enjoyed it though, I was surprised that I didn’t hear more about it actually, but I highly advise a viewing, it’s definitely worth it!
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a prime example of indie filmmaking. It has the most random story, but with funny and complex characters played by great actors. That’s almost always a recipe for success. I bet you didn’t notice that the old grandpa was played by Sam Neill, also Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park! He’s a New Zealand native, which was where the Director, Taika Waititi, is from, and where the movie was filmed.
Moana – Disney is really trying to diversify it’s princess line up, which I’m all for, and they did a good job with this one, catchy music, touching scenes and funny characters.
Keanu – It was actually really funny, I was surprised, I felt it was pretty underrated.
Central Intelligence – Also an underrated comedy for the year, I actually saw an advanced screening at the beginning of the year, so they may have changed some scenes around for the official release.
Passengers – SUPER underrated, in my opinion. I actually really enjoyed it, I thought it explored a lot of interesting topics, such as loneliness, being stranded, consequences of actions and regret. One thing that critics agreed on was it had a cheesy or too-easy ending, which I could see, but I honestly didn’t mind that much, I enjoyed it for what it was. It was also beautifully shot, and there were some intense scenes for sure!
If you haven’t seen it yet, then you must be living under a rock! It’s amazing, super well written, very tense, and the kid actors are amazing! If you liked the kids, then get excited for Stephen King’s It that comes out later this year, because they’re in it! Also, stay tuned for a second season!
Another great sci-fi series, they did a great job expanding on the original movie’s premises. I wrote an article earlier in the year wondering how they would make a whole series based off of that one movie, but I think they did a great job expanding and adding in new themes. The acting is also amazing! A second season of Westworld will be coming out in 2018 sometime as well.
If you haven’t seen this one yet either, I highly recommend it. It’s hilarious, over the top and goofy, which I love. If you’ve seen the Naked Gun or Police Squad, you’ll love it too! It’s nice to see Rashida Jones playing a leading role as well, she’s usually a secondary character that doesn’t get the spotlight, and she does a great job in this one. The second season will be coming out soon!
If you haven’t started watching Baskets yet, do! It’s hilarious. Zack Galifianakis plays a depressed rodeo clown who went to France to be a classically trained clown, only to flunk out because he didn’t know French. If that didn’t hook you already, then I don’t know what will! Watch it!
The highest grossing films of the year were: Captain America with $1.15B, and Finding Dory and Zootopia both with just over the $1B mark.
Now, there are a few movies that I haven’t seen yet that could change my list, these would be: 13th, La La Land, Fences, Hell or High Water, Moonlight, Hacksaw Ridge, Manchester by the Sea and Silence.
What were your favorites from the year?
A teaser trailer has been released for Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming WWII film Dunkirk.
It stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy and Mark Rylance, and comes out next summer.
What do you think?
Wow, this was a tough list to put together, lots of good movies out, some of the biggest blockbusters ever came out this year, and almost all of them are sequels, pretty crazy!
Well, here is my list of my favorite movies of 2015.
Coming in at number 5 is The Martian. I really liked this movie, a lot. It was funny, a little scary, dramatic, and super tense. It was very well made and the acting was great, Matt Damon was awesome as the main character. Even with all of the science it wasn’t boring at all, they did a good job in not overloading the audience.
Wow, this movie was crazy. I feel like people totally forgot that this movie came out in 2015 because I haven’t seen it on anyone’s lists, which is crazy to me. Now, I’ll admit it was a slower film, but never boring, it was definitely captivating. And that ending, did not see that coming, he got played!
So much fun to watch, the effects were great and it was super entertaining, even if it wasn’t the most original plot. It’s the second movie of 2015 that I saw opening weekend that had crowds cheering when the theme song came on, that adds a lot to the experience for me, and probably made me like it even more.
This was definitely a surprise hit. In a year of sequels, this definitely stood out as one that was way better than its source material. I’m not sure how they did it, but they managed to make a movie with minimal plot and dialogue and made it fun, tense and satisfying. Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome came out 30 years ago, and George Miller was able to bring back the mood and feel of the originals while making it 100 times better.
Yes, I know, you’re thinking “Jurassic World? Really? #1? No way!” Well, if you’re thinking that, you’re wrong, Jurassic World was an awesome movie, and being such the Jurassic Park fan that I am, I can’t not put this on my list. It was a fun movie, I don’t care what you say about the plot, it was great. It’s one of those movies that you see on opening night and everyone else is just as excited as you. When the theme song first comes on and everyone starts cheering, it’s a different experience.
The Kingsman – Surprisingly good, super violent but hilarious
Inside Out – Good, but I think it was honestly a little over-hyped for me
Ant-Man – I love Paul Rudd.
Bridge of Spies – Well done sir, well done
Me, Earl and the Dying Girl – Super good, an emotional rollercoaster!
Like I said before, 2015 gave us some of the biggest box office hits ever, with 4 in the top 10 and 7 overall in the top 50
Star Wars hit spot #3 with $2.06B
Jurassic World at #4 with $1.6B
Furious 7 at #6 with $1.5B
Avengers 2 at #7 with $1.4B
Minions at #11 for some reason with $1.1B
Spectre at #40 with $880M
and Inside Out at #45 with $856M
Now, for movies that I haven’t seen yet that could possibly change my top 5 list
Sicario, The Revenant, Everest, Mission Impossible 5, The Gift, Spotlight, The Visit, Spectre, Creed, In the Heart of the Sea, The Big Short, Concussion, The Hateful Eight, and Spy
Tomorrowland, Jupiter Ascending, 50 Shades, Aloha, and Pan
Couldn’t pick just one crappy movie!
What do you think? What were your favorites?
Alright, so since it’s already been out for over a week I feel like I’m finally allowed to write a review about it, so here it is! (Spoilers obviously)
So I’ll start by saying that it was a great movie, super fun and entertaining to watch. If you didn’t see it opening weekend you definitely missed out, it’s the best when the whole audience is cheering when the theme song starts or the opening credits start scrolling, it was the same with Jurassic World, you can just tell that everyone is just as excited as you are.
Now, if you’ve seen it already you probably feel the same way a little bit, but it almost felt like a reboot of episode 4, in that the plot was very similar, Rey started out in the desert, just like Luke, randomly roped into the adventure and finds out that she has the force, like Luke, the bad guy used to be good but went to the dark side, lots of family drama, family counseling sessions seriously needed, Han Solo and Chewbacca randomly roped in, the Empire is strong again, now called the First Order, they rebuild the Death Star, only bigger, but it literally has the same weak spot as the older one, poor construction, BUT despite all of that, it was a super fun movie to watch, almost felt like a much needed update to episode 4, the action was better, obviously the effects were better and the writing was a lot better, sorry Lucas.
Can we talk about the spoilers? What was more surprising to you, that Kylo Ren was Han Solo and Leia’s son or that he killed Han Solo? On a side note, I think Harrison Ford only agreed to be in the film on one condition, that they kill him off in the first one so he didn’t have to be in any more, what a grumpy old man.
Anyway, one thing that I was a little disappointed about was the casting choice of Kylo Ren, he wasn’t scary looking enough, he didn’t have some crazy scar or an old decrepit face, he looked like he was in a shampoo commercial or something, I mean come on! Make him repulsive, or at least don’t show his face in this one and have him be in the sequel or something.
Probably the best part of the film was BB-8, the best droid ever! Funny, cute and cool.
I would definitely rate this a Go See It Right Now!
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I love Daniel Craig. I love James Bond. I love Daniel Craig as James Bond.
Unfortunately, Spectre was all story and no stuffing. No meat and potatoes. Just a cumbersome four-Bond-movie story arc, not enough Christoph Waltz, and a complex origin story.
Spectre is overly-interesting. There’s too much going on. Once the audience begins to realize that Spectre is a James Bond movie whose sole focus is revealing Bond’s origin story, things get a little confusing. So, there’s this evil bad guy that’s been following Bond since they were kids and has since destroyed everything and everyone he’s loved to get back at him for his father’s preference to Bond over his own son? Not to mention unraveling the Spectre corporation, falling in love with his long-time enemy’s daughter, protecting Britain from an over-the-top Orwellian plot by a secret Spectre agent that’s trying to put the whole world under surveillance (oh, and don’t forget Bond’s “00” occupation is in jeopardy)…more explosions, please!
Daniel Craig does well with the script he was given, but give Michael Jordan a wiffle ball and he’s bound to score a few baskets. The script was weak, and dialogue was far too poor in too many scenes, and we’re left scratching our heads during the excessive exposition and grand panoramic shots that are sadly devoid of any explosions, gunfire, car chases, or even a rambling villain laying out his entire plot. No, Spectre is guilty of weaving a complex backstory that attempts to connect Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall into one big gasp-so-that’s-what-it-all-means conclusions that’s just too top-heavy to work. There’s too much of this tired story and not enough action.
Even Bond’s villains are lacking. The main baddie, the incomparable Christoph Waltz, Academy Award Winner and top of the proverbial draft class for new Bond villains, is barely introduced halfway through the film, and is sorely lacking in any kind of serious “Gosh-this-guy-is-creepy” behavior that Waltz was born to play. He’s sadly more of a weak, full-of-himself flat character that doesn’t finish the shot at the rim (he constantly thinks he finally got Bond even after Craig resurfaces time and again). The mini-boss character, the bicep-flexing mountain of muscle (whose favorite and perhaps only way to kill someone is by gouging their eyes out) eventually succumbs to a clever but cliche fight tactic (the ol’ tie-a-rope-to-his-ankle-when-he’s-not-looking one, classic) Bond uses.
Overall, Spectre accomplished an important feat in the canon of James Bond – it reveals a colorful (if overly complex) origin story of our gun-slinging secret agent, and carries the story to conclusion as we see Bond ride off into the sunset, girl and car in all, finally retiring from the illustrious life of an assassin. However, Spectre stumbles in the sense that it relied too heavily on this origin story formula, and doesn’t produce what any red-blooded American (or British) citizen wants from a James Bond flick – gratuitous explosions, excessive gunfire, and high-speed classic car chases.
At least Daniel Craig had ample time to smirk and glare. I love when he does that.
Overall, I’d give it a
So, I just watched The Martian, and it was a pretty incredible film.
It’s based on the 2011 book of the same name by author Andy Weir. I wasn’t too sure what to expect going into it since I haven’t read the book. I was thinking, is it kind of like Interstellar? Gravity?
It was neither, but both, at the same time!
All 3 of these movies are prime examples of modern space travel films, and are similar but different in many ways. Gravity was about surviving alone in space, Interstellar was about traveling through space and The Martian was about learning to adapt to living in space, Mars specifically. There was also some Cast Away thrown in there as well.
It was definitely a trip though. So the plot of the movie (SPOILERS) is a team of astronauts are on Mars, but when a storm passes, one of the astronauts (Matt Damon) is struck by a communications satellite (of course) and they lose sight of him. The rest of the team has to leave or else they’ll all be dead, so they make the decision to leave him behind.
Once he wakes, he realizes that he’s left behind, and has a metal rod stuck through his torso, that part was pretty gross. He decides to start recording video journals since he can’t communicate with anyone else, so that’s where we hear most of his thoughts. Luckily for him, he’s a botanist, and figures out an ingenious way to grow food, which I literally would have never figured out in a million years. I’d be dead by like day 3 anyway since I’m an extrovert. But of course, something goes wrong, and he’s back to square one.
Meanwhile, NASA is back on Earth like, wtf? Do we spend hundreds of millions of dollars to rescue this one guy or deal with a crew that’s pissed off, hmmmmm. They obviously choose to save him (Donald Glover ftw) and through a bunch of physics and science I don’t understand, they finally rescue him.
Something interesting though, there was no bad guy. No villain, no traitor or conspirator to sabotage everything, I was totally waiting for that. But no, just space, and nature, and physics, and gravity, you know, the usual stuff. So I thought that was some pretty good screenwriting right there. I was also super stressed out when the other astronaut was maneuvering through OPEN SPACE OUTSIDE THE SHIP WITH NO ROPE OR TETHER. I mean come on! Are you serious? I was totally waiting for him to slip and drift into nothingness, but he was fine, damn.
Oh wait, sorry, that screenshot was from Interstellar…
On a serious note, it was a very realistic (In some ways) take on what it would be like to be stranded on another planet.
Matt Damon was great in it, and the rest of the cast was a nice surprise.
I’ll admit though, I was secretly waiting for a scene like this:
I mean come on, it’s on Mars, but alas, it was nowhere to be found :[
Overall though, it was a great movie; well acted, well casted, well directed and shot and I actually learned something through watching this movie. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some farms to start growing on the moon.
I’d give this movie a:
So, I just watched Ant-Man this past weekend, I didn’t exactly know what to expect. A few weeks ago it didn’t have that great of reviews, but over the weekend the consensus started to rise. Currently on Rotten Tomatoes it has a critic score of 80% and a user score of 92%, which is actually pretty good.
I enjoyed the movie a lot, I think it was really funny, and it didn’t take itself too seriously, which is good, because the plot and even the idea of an Ant-Man is a pretty silly concept. At certain points it almost felt like a comedy movie instead of a superhero film, which I’m actually ok with!
I’ll just say that Paul Rudd was great in it, I like Paul Rudd a lot. He was a good choice for the role too, since he doesn’t take himself too seriously.
It was an all-around fun time. Paul Rudd’s criminal friends were super funny, especially Michael Pena, hilarious. And there were some fight scenes that were funny too, like the toy train set scene, which was in the trailers, so don’t get mad at me for spoilers! But in the scene, Ant-Man and Yellow Jacket were fighting, ant-sized, obviously, and what would be normally scary, if it were full-sized, the Thomas the Train Engine train hit Yellow Jacket, and then it cuts to the wide shot and shows a little plastic train tipping over. Lots of jokes like that made this movie a lot better.
Here’s a spoiler, just so you know. There’s a pretty crazy “Quantum Realm” sequence. After Ant-Man shrinks himself down to molecular size, he is sucked into the Quantum Realm, where apparently time and space are irrelevant. After entering this realm, Ant-Man falls unconscious and he drifts into what feels like a dream sequence, basically. Or the black hole scene in Interstellar, that’s what I thought when I saw it. It’s basically just a world of infinite reflecting shapes and energy, but right before he goes fully unconscious he uses one of his enlargement discs, which ultimately saves him, although he remembers nothing from the Quantum Realm. It’s a pretty crazy scene that didn’t quite fit with the rest of the movie, but it gave the film a little more depth.
I’d give this film a:
Now that we’ve just hit the half-way point of 2015, I wanted to make a list of my favorite movies of the year so far. I wanted to do a Top 5 list, but I realized that I’ve only seen 5 movies this year, and I wanted to keep the list to only movies that I’ve seen, so without further ado, my Top 3 Movies of 2015 so far.
Coming in at #3
This movie was a lot of fun; it had great action, a funny plot and lots of good British humor.
Sam Jackson was hilarious in it, and there are a couple of surprises that definitely threw me off.
I didn’t exactly know what to expect going into this movie, but I was pleasantly surprised with it, and that girl with the sword leg was pretty badass.
And now for #2
Action packed and lots of fire, the best combination for a post-apocalyptic adventure.
It’s funny how little dialogue is needed to make a good movie, there really isn’t a whole lot of talking. Tom Hardy probably spoke one complete sentence collectively throughout the whole movie.
It took a really long time to make this movie, 30 years to be exact. Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome came out in 1985, pretty crazy. Fury Road is a pretty good follow-up to Beyond Thunderdome, arguably the worst of the original 3, comparable to the Jurassic Park franchise.
I knew going into it that it would be a stressful movie, one of those movies where the protagonist would be constantly attacked and never gets a break, and it didn’t disappoint.
And my favorite film of the year so far:
Of course this would be my favorite so far, I wouldn’t necessarily be surprised if it stayed number one for the rest of 2015. I’ve been waiting for this movie for years, and obsessively for the past 6 months or so. Obviously I’m a huge fan of the originals, so I loved all of the little Easter Eggs hidden throughout the movie. But besides that, it was just a fun movie. It had good, tense action, people and dinosaurs that you can route for and good surprises.
I thought the raptor trainer subplot would be lame, but it was actually really cool, and it was so badass when the T-Rex finally showed up.
The dinosaurs looked great, and the dino fighting was awesome. I would go see this in the theaters at least 2 more times!
Chris Pratt was awesome in it, and I can’t wait for more Jurassic Worlds! They better not screw it up and just do remakes of the 2nd and 3rd Jurassic Parks.
Now for the other 2 movies that I’ve seen this year, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Tomorrowland.
The Avengers was good, but these other 3 definitely surpassed it, even literally, now that Jurassic World has passed it in the box office. Jurassic World is now the fifth highest grossing film ever made, pretty insane! And as for Tomorrowland, it just wasn’t that great. Visually it was beautiful, but story-wise it fell flat, it was just missing something, I’m not sure what exactly, but it didn’t work because of it.
Now here are the movies that I haven’t seen from this year that I still want to see:
And the movies coming out later this year that I want to see:
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Rock the Kasbah
The Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 2
Bridge of Spies
Star Wars VII
In the Heart of the Sea
What were your favorite movies of this year so far? And what movies are you looking forward to seeing?
For anyone else who saw Jurassic World, you know that it’s a very worthy sequel to the first, surpassing both The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3.
I was pleasantly surprised with it, since I had mentally forced myself to set the bar pretty low, just in case, you know? It’s been heavily advertised for over 6 months, ever since the first trailer came out on Thanksgiving, with the websites and everything following, so you never really know if they’re promoting it heavily because it’s really good or because it’s really bad, luckily this time it was really good.
No one knew how popular it would be though, it’s surpassed all of Universal’s and even Colin Trevorrow’s (most likely) expectations, making $500M in it’s opening weekend, the fastest of all time, and now it’s gone on to reach the $1B mark in two weeks, surpassing my predictions of $750M total. I think the resurgence of the Jurassic Park name after 14 years, new dinosaurs, a fresh director, and of course, Chris Pratt, had a lot to do with the popularity. There’s dozens of Instagram accounts and websites dedicated to this movie, ever since news of a final script came out, now what are they going to do? I guess wait for the sequel, which is inevitable. How could Universal pass up another $1B? That would be pretty dumb of them.
Anyway, on to the actual review! Spoiler alert, of course, but if you haven’t seen it yet, why not??!!
I thought it was great, I saw it twice in the theaters, and it was fun both times, even though I already knew the ending the second time I watched it, it was still just as exciting and fun.
The first time I saw it I thought I knew what to expect, but I really didn’t. I thought the trailers had given away too much, but they really didn’t, a lot of the plot and even subplots weren’t revealed through any of the trailers. The one thing though, I wish they hadn’t revealed so much about the Indominus Rex in the trailers, it would have been more of a surprise. I have a few issues with this new hybrid monster though. I think it was pretty scary, super smart and psychotic, but I think they could have even taken it a little bit further. I think they should have asked one of the animators of Adventure Time to design it, it would have been a pretty ridiculous looking creature, but even more scary. I also wish they would have made the roar a bit more iconic, like the T-Rex’s roar, it’s so iconic and memorable. I felt like the I-Rex’s roar was a bit bland. Also, I wish they would have used the camouflage effect more, they only showed it once briefly, but I wish they used it one or two times more, it was a pretty cool scene.
The raptors were pretty awesome in this movie too, smart and cunning, and a little unpredictable. I originally thought the raptor training idea was a bit cheesy, or it would ruin the movie, but it really didn’t, they did a good job with it, it was actually pretty cool, and Chris Pratt totally owned it!
You might have noticed also in the trailers there was a line about the dinosaurs communicating, and I thought that might have been cheesy too, but like I mentioned earlier, they didn’t give away enough context in the trailers to understand the scene, it was really cool in the movie. It turns out that the I-Rex is part raptor, and convinces the other raptors to turn against the humans that they were originally helping, creating utter chaos, it was awesome.
One of my favorite scenes in the movie was when Bryce Dallas Howard’s character was driving the van down the road and the raptors started chasing it, while the kids were in the back with the doors open. That was pretty tense, especially when that other raptor jumped through the driver window trying to attack her. They revealed that in the trailer too, which I wish they didn’t so it would have been more of a surprise.
Another awesome scene was when all of the flying dinosaurs got out, after Simon Masrani crashed his helicopter into the aviary dome. I did not expect him to die so quickly in the film! I thought he’d at least make it to the sequel, but nope, done, in a fiery crash.
All the flying dinosaurs got out and started attacking the main boardwalk of the park, diving on people and picking them up.
Obviously one of my favorite scenes is the ending battle, but I’ll save that for later.
And then there’s the one death scene that had everyone talking, when a Pteranodon picks up Zara, who is watching the kids, and drops her in the big Mosasaurus tank. That’s when you start thinking the worst, but then it gets even worse!
More Pteranodons start attacking her, picking her up and dragging her underwater, but then the huge Mosasaur jumps out of the water and swallows her up, eating a Pteranodon as well.
Fun fact, that’s the first time a female character has been killed in a Jurassic Park movie.
Now, a lot of the criticism of that scene was that it felt unwarranted, or extra cruel, and it was. I wish they had built her up to be more of a villain, or at least more annoying. They didn’t develop her character much, it was obvious she wasn’t very good with kids and didn’t care about them, but I mean come on, at least make her rude to them, insulting them or something so you really dislike her, but no, just indifferent towards her.
It reminds me of The Lost World, when the T-Rexs eat Eddie Carr by ripping him in half like a wish bone, that was pretty gnarly.
Let’s just get to the ending, because it was totally awesome! The whole film you’re waiting for the T-Rex, because you only catch a small glimpse of her in the beginning, but you know she’s coming back for something awesome! Just when you think the I-Rex is about to win and kill both the humans and the raptors, Claire sneaks away and frees the T-Rex, cue the ominous music. When you see those eyes appear out of the darkness, you know it’s going down! Now, how she outruns the T-Rex I don’t know, but she makes it back to the fight arena and tosses the red flare at the I-Rex. That’s when you know it’s about to get crazy.
There’s a lot of roaring, fighting, biting, smashing into buildings and rumbling. Just when it looks like the I-Rex is going to finish off the T-Rex, Blue comes in clutch! Blue jumps on the I-Rex, allowing the T-Rex time to get up. The I-Rex is cornered, and all of the sudden, CHOMP, the Mosasaur jumps out of the water and bites down on the I-Rex’s neck, dragging her back into the water. The first time I saw it I jumped out of my seat, it was so awesome! I did not see that coming at all! Some people said they saw it coming because they noticed the I-Rex was on the edge of the Mosasaur tank, but I didn’t notice that at all.
I know this article is super long, but I just have a lot of thoughts about this movie that I need to write down!
One more thing, I wish it was raining, at least during the ending scene. Everything was wet, but I didn’t notice any rain, and rain is a staple of the Jurassic franchise!
So, I thought Jurassic World was awesome and totally worthy of the Jurassic name!