Movie Review: “The Lego Batman Movie”

Not only is “The Lego Batman Movie” a solid parody, it is also a better Batman movie than “Batman v. Superman” thanks to the movie’s understanding of the titular superhero. This is pretty disheartening considering the fact that Warner Bros. is pumping millions of dollar into an apparent stillborn franchise. Like “The Lego Movie”, “Lego Batman” has a great moral underneath its manic persona. However, I felt this movie appealed more to a younger audience while its predecessor appealed to pretty much everyone. Overall, “The Lego Batman Movie” is a solid spin-off movie.

SCORE: 8/10

Cayle’s 2017 Oscar Predictions

Hey, this is Cayle and here are my quick Oscar predictions. These are for the main categories only. Sorry if I didn’t get into detail about my picks but I’m pressed for time. If you read it, that’s great. If you didn’t…that’s also great too. Thanks!

BEST PICTURE: La La Land

BEST DIRECTOR: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

BEST ACTOR: Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”

BEST ACTRESS: Emma Stone, “La La Land”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Viola Davis, “Fences”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: “La La Land”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: “Arrival”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: “Zootopia”

Movie Review: “Split”

The concept of multiple personalities is considered an overrated movie trope due to its overuse as a cheap plot device. Thankfully, this isn’t the case thanks to James McAvoy’s performance. If he didn’t pull it off, the movie wouldn’t work as well. It’s also great seeing Anya Taylor-Joy again after her breakthrough performance in “The Witch”. For the other two teenage characters, however, I felt that they could be written out. Although I liked Betty Buckley’s performance, I felt that her character only existed for expositional purposes. If it weren’t for the ending, I would give this movie a 6 or a 7. However, I can’t cover this aspect of the movie without spoiling it. I might consider doing a spoiler review for this movie if there’s enough interest. Otherwise, it’s an 8 for me.

SCORE: 8/10

Cayle’s Top Ten Movies of 2016

 

Hello, welcome to my more detailed top ten list of 2016. I tried to go to see as many films as possible within the year. I didn’t get to see every movie in 2016 due to their limited release such as “Manchester by the Sea” and “La La Land” for example. Anyway, here is my list…

10.) Hacksaw Ridge

There were several movies I wanted to put in the number ten spot. I decided to go with Hacksaw Ridge since I found it to be the most intense war movie since “Saving Private Ryan.” I felt that this movie contained Andrew Garfield’s best performance to date. Say what you want about Mel Gibson but damn, does he know how to direct a movie.

9.) Don’t Breathe

“Don’t Breathe” is the best horror movie of 2016 and possibly the best home invasion movie since “You’re Next”. Stephen Lang plays a frightening yet complex villain in this particular movie.

8.) The Boy and the Beast

Mamoru Hosoda knocks it out of the park once again with “The Boy and the Beast”. What makes “The Boy and the Beast” great is the father-son relationship between the human Ren and the bear-man Kumatetsu. That, and its fantastical animation. This is one of the most underrated movies of 2016.

7.) Hell or High Water

What makes this movie great is its cast and its Coen brothers-esque dialogue between its characters. It’s great seeing Jeff Bridges in a great movie again.

6.) The Nice Guys

Another underrated gem is “The Nice Guys”. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe have a great comedic chemistry between them. Shane Black knocks it out of the park once again with his witty script. This film makes a great companion piece to “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang”.

5.) Zootopia

Disney had a great year with the release of this movie and “Moana”. While both films were awesome in my opinion, “Zootopia” won out due to its handling of mature topics such as racism and discrimination. The characters of “Zootopia” are likable. Although it has great comedic moments, it does have a heart.

4.) Deadpool

I would be surprised if this movie doesn’t become a game-changer in the superhero genre. Ryan Reynolds manages to redeem himself as the merc with the mouth. Reynolds manages to capture the anti-hero’s mannerism’s with such precision. Plus, it works as a date movie.

3.) Captain America: Civil War

This may be a controversial opinion, but I think “Civil War” is the best MCU movie since the original “Iron Man”. The best aspect of this film is the conflict between Steve Rogers/Captain America and Tony Stark/Iron Man

2.) Arrival

“Arrival” is a great science fiction movie with a very intelligent script. I thought it was a well thought-out scenario over the possible language barrier between humanity and extra-terrestrials. “Arrival” may be the most thought-provoking movie of the year. Denis Villeneuve has the potential to become the next big director.

1.) Nocturnal Animals

Where do I begin?

“Nocturnal Animals” has a great script that does a fantastic job tying three different storylines together. I was surprised that this was only the second film directed by Tom Ford. He has the makings of a master director already. I love his noir-ish approach to the movie. I felt he was snubbed for the Best Director category at the Oscars. Speaking of snubs…

I thought that Amy Adams was snubbed for her performances in the aforementioned “Arrival” and this movie. But the real crime is the snubbing of Jake Gyllenhaal. He was truly the standout role in this movie. In terms of supporting actors, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Michael Shannon gave really fantastic performances as characters in the titular novel within the movie. Aaron was really haunting as the leader of a gang of West Texas rednecks. I felt that he deserved the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. Oddly enough, it was Michael Shannon was nominated for Best Supporting Actor category at this year’s Oscars. I really liked his character as well.

Thanks for reading and have a happy new year!