Cayle’s Top 10 Best Movies of 2017

Hello, welcome to my top ten list of 2017. These films are my personal favorites of the past year. There are a few guidelines for this list:

  • I had to see them between January 1st and December 31st of last year. However, I can’t see every movie that comes out. I’m sure that The Post and Call Me by Your Name are great films. However, I did not get to see them because they were not released in my city at the time.
  • I had to see them in theaters. Sorry, VOD exclusives…
  • They had to have a score of 9 or higher.

Anyway, here are my top ten films of 2017.

10.) Mother!

I’m still surprised that this film was green-lighted by a major studio for a wide release. This film is a nice antidote to the formulaic blockbusters that are released en-masse by Hollywood. Not only that, this film contains great performances by Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. However, this film is not for the faint-hearted.

9.) Get Out

2017 was an interesting year for the horror genre. First, the recent adaptation of It is now the highest-grossing horror movie of all time and now, Get Out might be getting Oscar nominations.

Get Out is a clever satire that explores the idea of passive-aggressive racism. This film pushes the boundaries of what a horror film can do. Jordan Peele has the potential to be a great director.

I’m aware that I originally gave this film an eight out of ten. However, this film managed to grow on me. That’s the power of cinema for you…

8.) The Shape of Water

Guillermo del Toro once again knocks it out of the park with The Shape of Water. Although the film has a bit of a weird premise, the film manages to sell it thanks to its direction and screenwriting. The film has arguably one of the best ensemble casts of the year.

7.) Logan

Deadpool and this film are both game-changers for the superhero genre. Both films solidify the existence of the R-rated superhero movie, albeit in different ways. Logan shows that a comic book movie can have depth and range thanks to its direction by James Mangold. However, I’m afraid that this trend will not continue after the Fox-Disney merger is finalized.

Logan is a great finale for the characters of Wolverine and Charles Xavier respectively. Hugh Jackman gives the performance of his career in this film.

6.) Coco

This film is proof that Inside Out was not a fluke…Pixar is back, baby. This film shows why we loved Pixar in the first place thanks to its great storytelling and its heart. Speaking of the latter…

This is a film that almost made me cry thanks to its affirming themes of family and creativity.

5.) Your Name

I know that Your Name is technically a 2016 release. However, it did not get a wide release until April of this year. Living in the Midwest sucks sometimes…

Anyway, Your Name is a refreshing take on a tired science fiction trope (i.e. the “body swap” narrative). Throughout the duration of the film, you get to see how the relationship of the main characters grow due to their unique situation. The film is a visual spectacle thanks to its stunning animation and gorgeous backgrounds.

In my opinion, this is Makoto Shinkai’s best film to date. It’s a crying shame that The Boy and the Beast and this film were snubbed at the Oscars.

4.) Dunkirk

Dunkirk is pretty much Christopher Nolan’s Saving Private Ryan. Although it’s not as violent as the latter due to its PG-13 rating, it’s still an intense war film. You can feel the hopelessness of the situation thanks to Nolan’s direction. This film manages to combine the unconventional narratives of Nolan’s early films with the visuals of his later films.

The film is a great tribute to everybody involved in the Dunkirk evacuation.

3.) The Disaster Artist

While I was making this list, reports of James Franco’s sexual misconduct came to light. If these allegations are true, then James Franco is a piece of shit. However, this didn’t keep me from enjoying this film.

The Disaster Artist is surprisingly the most pro-artist film of the year aside from Coco. James Franco manages to humanize the otherwise enigmatic Tommy Wiseau. The Franco brothers manage to capture the odd friendship between Wiseau and Greg Sestero.

The Disaster Artist: it will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you question your reality.

2.) Baby Driver

For a while, Baby Driver was my favorite film of 2017. In fact, it was almost number one on this list. That’s how good this film was.

Edgar Wright has an impressive resume that consists of the likes of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Baby Driver contains all the best elements of a great Edgar Wright film: witty writing, great music, rapid-fast editing, and of course, genre-mashing.

1.) Blade Runner 2049

In my opinion, Blade Runner 2049 is one of the best sequels of all time. The original Blade Runner is arguably one of the most influential science fiction films of all time. Not only did this film managed to live up to the hype, it also managed to exceed all expectations. Blade Runner 2049 manages to expand on the themes of the original film. The film also manages to explore more of the world that was presented in the original.

Director Denis Villeneuve manages to pay homage to the visuals of the original film while giving them his own flair. Out of all the films that came out this year, Blade Runner 2049 has the best cinematography. I will riot if Roger Deakins does not win the Oscar for Best Cinematography.

While Ryan Gosling was great, Harrison Ford was even better. It’s his best role in recent memory.

Thanks for reading my top ten list! Have a happy new year!

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Chris’ Top 10 Worst Movies Of 2017

Chris’ Top 10 Worst Movies Of 2017


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Even if a year is “Good,” there will always be a bad movie.


Now with that said, this list is all my opinion. What I think is “Bad,” doesn’t mean that you think it is. You may love it and I may have seen it in a totally different light than you. 


I also want to state there probably won’t be a bunch of the “Conventional” picks on here. I did not see the Emoji Movie. I mean, I could put that on here just by reputation alone but if I didn’t see it, it doesn’t count.


Now, are you ready? Because I think some of these will surprise you. Let’s begin.


10. Kong: Skull Island


Score: 3/10 (Skip It)

RT: 79%


When this film came out, I was excited. The previews made it look fun but the movie failed on so many levels. 


The action was eh. The characters were boring. The story was just there to fill up time. It was just a worthless film through and through.


At least John C. Reilly was good in it. He was essentially the only redeeming part after all.


9. Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets


Score: 4/10 (Redbox It)

RT: 53%


This film succeeds at being a visual spectacle and nothing else. The plot is interesting for a bit and then that becomes confusing and uninteresting after about 10 minutes.


One of the redeeming factors is that the main two characters are enjoyable for the first 5-10 minutes…. That’s about it. They also just drop off after awhile and become extremely stale.


The movie is pretty to look at. If you turn off the volume and just watch the film for it’s visuals, you’ll be fine. Other than that, there’s not much else there.


8. Atomic Blonde


Score: 4/10 (Skip It)

RT: 76%


For an action movie, this film is slow. Scenes just drag on and on. And then there’s the plot…. Oh man is it confusing.


Look, if I really payed attention to the movie, I’m sure I could’ve followed the story better but I just started zoning out after awhile. There’s just nothing here that’s really worth watching and even when’s there’s a good action scene, it’s followed up by another long talking sequence. *Sighs*


It’s really more boring than anything else. Maybe you’ll find some enjoyment from it but I surely didn’t.


7. Life


Score: 3/10 (Skip It)

RT: 66%


Did you forget about this movie? Because I did.


This film is just another boring movie. On top of that, the characters are just pointless. They’re there to die and nothing else. 


They don’t develop the crew well. The creature just becomes a knockoff alien from other Horror Space films. And the ending just makes you think there might be a sequel, even though I’m not sure if anyone would want one. It’s just bland and another forgettable movie.


6. The Mummy


Score: 4/10 (Skip It)

RT: 17%


I was more generous to this film than most critics. But that’s not saying much.


Look, it’s another confusing movie to follow. The characters are just there. And this film is supposed to setup the “Dark Universe” and it didn’t succeed at all.


I’ll give it this, Tom Cruise tried. That’s about it.


5. Ghost In The Shell


Score: 3/10 (Redbox It)

RT: 42%


I can’t tell you how badly I wanted this film to be good. Anime in America is slowly growing more popular and gaining more respect, and then this piece of shit movie comes out and sets back the anime industry another few years.


Okay, that might be exaggerating but this film didn’t help.


The movie is just all over the place. Characters just do things. Scarlett does something. The film tries bringing up provocative questions but it doesn’t have enough time to answer those like the anime does. It’s just another botched live action adaptation of an anime.


I’ll say this, I know it’s going to sound shallow, but Scarlett Johansen looks good throughout the movie. So there’s that.


4. Geostorm


Score: 3/10 (Skip It)

RT: 12%


This film is so stupid that I’m pretty sure I lost brain cells watching this thing.


I thought this movie would be like The Day After Tomorrow. Something that’s not great but at least semi entertaining enough to enjoy. Yeah….


The problem is that it has way too much science mumble jumble going on for it to be interesting. The action is short lived and it’s not that entertaining either.


If it has one thing going for it, it’s that Gerard Butler seems to be having fun. That’s about it.


3. The Circle


Score: 2/10 (Skip It)

RT: 16%


You’d think Tom Hanks and Emma Watson could make this movie interesting. But nope.


A lot of the issues with the films in this Top 10 list come down to the plot being boring/forgettable. Honestly, I forgot this movie existed until I saw someone mention it the other day. I mean, that’s sad.


There are no redeeming factors here. Tom Hanks tries a little and Emma Watson seems to put some effort forth than him but that’s about it. Everything else is long, drawn out, and uninteresting. Just don’t waste your time with this one.


2. Alien: Covenant


Score: 4/10 (Redbox It)

RT: 71%


This film is painful to watch. 


This was supposed to be a sequel to Prometheus but they brought back only one of the characters from that. (Which, I mean, they could only bring back two but they didn’t bring back the one that mattered.) Also here are too many characters and the plot tries to be something more than what it is.


Micheal Fassbender is fun throughout this movie but everything else is just wasted potential. There was no point to this film, except for one thing, and that never needed to be explained. 


Just fuck this movie.


1. Beauty And The Beast


Score: 4/10 (Redbox It)

RT: 70%


I started to hate this film more and more over time.


This was so unnecessary. The singing isn’t very good. The CGI is bleh looking. And the acting is so so. I mean, how do you take an Oscar nominated film from 1991 and fuck it up? How?


Emma Watson is the lead here and the biggest question is why? She’s not a good singer. She’s not that good of an actor. And she’s British, in a French setting. What were they thinking? 


Okay the French setting isn’t really an issue but still this film just misses on every mark it tried to set. There really wasn’t anything original done too it either. It’s not like they set out and tried to recreate the movie. They just copied scenes and music from the animated feature. So what was the point of making a live action film then? Oh right, money.


There are some decent live action movies. I mean, The Jungle Book was pretty solid. But Beauty And The Beast wasn’t. It didn’t even come close to living up to the original and it’s a shame that kids are going to grow up with this version instead of the much superior one from ’91. Just sickening.


And that’s my list. If you disagree or think I left another off, let me know in the comments below. I’ll be sure to tell you my thoughts about that particular movie, if I’ve seen it and why it didn’t make the cut.


Other than that, there might be one more small list here coming out soon. If not, this will be the official wrap up of 2017.


As usual, thanks for reading!

Chris’ Top 12 Best Movies Of 2017

Chris’ Top 12 Best Movies Of 2017


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We have arrived to the end of the year! And, honestly, it was pretty solid year as a whole.


Now, I didn’t get to see as many films as last year. Last year I came in at a staggering 82 movies and this year, 53. 


The hardest part about seeing a lot of these films is their scheduling. A lot of the “Oscar bait” movies come out all at once and it makes it really difficult to see them all. So, a lot of those probably won’t make this list.


Now, lastly, this is my list. I rank these films based on what kind of impact they left on me and how much replay value they hold. 


You may say “Chris, you gave that movie a low score.” And I’ll say “Yeah but I liked it/it grew on me.” And vice versa.


I’ve been doing these lists for the past 3 years now, I think I have a good grasp on this. So let’s get into this.


RT (Rotten Tomatoes)


12. Mother!


Score: 8/10 (Pay The 8)

RT: 71%


Mother is one of those films that will not appeal to everyone. Hell, I struggled a bit getting through it but then I realized what it was all about and my mind totally changed my mind.


This movie is very different from the norm, but I think that’s what gives it, it’s charm. I may not watch this film a thousand times but it’s one that I’m willing to visit a few times over.


11. The Greatest Showman


Score: 6/10 (Redbox It)

RT: 53%


I love the soundtrack….


Look, this is my guilty pleasure movie. I know there are problems but I just enjoy the dancing sequences and the music too much. I even bought the soundtrack man. I rarely do that for any film.


The plot is messy, the characters aren’t developed well, and there’s a lot of made up Hollywood magic but it’s still a fun movie to watch.


10. Thor: Ragnarok


Score: 8/10 (Pay The 8)

RT: 92%


I think this could be higher on the list but I’m scared that the comedy might be too much.


Thor is fun, entertaining, and very funny but I’m not sure if all of the jokes would land the same way like they did the first time. That’s my biggest concern. But it was still a great time at the theater.


9. Get Out 


Score: 7/10 (Pay The 8)

RT: 100%


I think I didn’t appreciate this movie as much as I should have.


Get Out has great commentary, good jokes, and a fun thriller side to it. I don’t think it’s perfect but it’s a movie I’m willing to revisit.


8. Wonder Woman


Score: 8/10 (Pay The 8)

RT: 92%


DC did something…right?


Wonder Woman is a fantastic character and I’m glad they didn’t mess this film up. It tells a great origin story and it’s inspirational for girls all over.


Yes, there are problems with the movie but a lot of it is overlooked because how good Wonder Woman is as a character and I think that’s the most important part here. That and DC did something right for once.


7. It Comes At Night


Score: 8/10 (Pay The 8)

RT: 86%


So many audience members left this movie disappointed but I didn’t. 


I think if you saw this film in theaters the first time and was disappointed, you should go back and try it again. Because, now that you know how everything plays out, you might enjoy it more.


I think there’s a lot more hidden in this film than the typical scary movie everyone was expecting. I blame the trailers for decieving the audience for this one but do try it again. It may surprise you.


6. Dunkirk


Score: 10/10 (Blu-Ray It)

RT: 93%


I hope this film isn’t just a “Theater only” type of movie.


Dunkirk is just beautiful to watch. Yes the characters lack a bit but it’s a movie that is gorgeous to watch. The only thing that I worry about is will translate to the home theater experience?


Either way, it’s still a tremendous film.


5. Spider-Man: Homecoming


Score: 8/10 (Pay The 8)

RT: 94%


Spider-man is my favorite Marvel hero and thank God Marvel got him back.


I never hated the other Spider-man actors but Tom Holland is so much more superior to them. He embellishes everything Andrew and Toby did for the character. 


Yes, there are a lot of jokes in this film too, but I think the main difference is how good Micheal Keaton is as a villain. He helps set this movie apart from so many others in the Marvel franchisees. Him and Tom just sell this film and it’s just great to see a full and complete Peter Parker as opposed to just half a one.


4. Guardians Of The Galaxy 2


Score: 6/10 (Pay The 8)

RT: 82%


See? I told you my score doesn’t always matter.


I’ve come around on this movie. I still have issues with it but Guardians Of The Galaxy just hits to close to home with me. The cast is so likable. The team is so adorable. And the action is always a ton of fun.


Both Guardian movies are in the top 5 of my Marvel Rankings list, so it makes sense that this film is right up here towards the top.


3. Baby Driver


Score: 10/10 (Blu-Ray It)

RT: 97%


This movie is beautiful on so many levels…. Except you Kevin Spacey. You piece of shit.


Look I’m not going to hate a film because of what someone did off screen. It’s sad but it doesn’t mean I still can’t enjoy a movie because of one person because there were a lot of other people who worked on this film who aren’t trash and they deserve respect.


Now the film itself is just awesome. If you love car chases and good characters, unlike The Fast And The Furious franchise, you’ll love this movie instantly. I’m sure it has flaws but you won’t have time to really think about them because there’s will always be something going on.


2. Coco


Score: 9/10 (Blu-Ray It)

RT: 96%


I sat alone with a bunch of kids surrounding me and I cried…. I’m surprised the cops didn’t come and take me away.


Coco isn’t the best Pixar film but it has a strong case for being in the top 5. The movie has a great message about family, finding yourself, and it’s so creative. 


When Pixar puts their minds too it, they can create phenomenal films with ease. It’s just a shame they have titles like Monster’s University, Brave, Cars 2, and The Good Dinosaur in their lineup. I guess you can’t be perfect all the time though.


1. The Disaster Artist


Score: 10/10 (Blu-Ray It)

RT: 93%


This film is just beyond amazing.


I don’t know if there’s a point where I wasn’t laughing during this movie. I don’t know if there was a point where it wasn’t good. Everything about it just felt perfect…. Okay there was a few things but they were very minor.


This film works on so many levels. Even if you haven’t seen The Room or know anything about it, I think you’ll still get a kick out of this movie. Tommy Wiseau is a person that’s way out there that you can’t get enough of watching him. Even when he’s being a douche.


The acting is great. The comedy is great. The directing is great. If this movie isn’t nominated for Best Picture, then fuck the Oscars. I’m not saying it needs to win but it definitely deserves the nomination.


And that’s my list. I think my Top (However many) Worst movies will be more interesting than this one.


I know there was a ton of “Super Hero” films on here but in all honesty, they were good and they really left an impact. Sure, there are probably a ton of other films that are actually “Better” but I just haven’t had the time to see them or they weren’t in my area. So take that as you will.


But that’s all I have for now. I honestly can’t wait to do my worst list. I think I’m going to create some controversy with that. Or maybe not. You’ll just have to find out.

Chris’ Ranked Series: Marvel Cinematic Universe

Chris’ Ranked Series

Marvel Universe

I did it! I finally took the time to watch all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Now, I’ve seen some of these films already but there were quite a few that I didn’t bother watching for the longest time and I finally took care of those.

Before I begin, I want to state that this is my list. I will not be giving scores because I actually didn’t hate any particular movie and the scores will just end up being in the way the in end. Also, there is a big portion of this list that will just be “Meh.” More or less that just means these films just sort of needed a placing. That’s what happens when you decide to rank every Marvel film available. But enough stalling. Let’s get into it.

16. The Incredible Hulk

If it’s not this one, it’s definitely the next one on this list that is the least liked film of the current Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This movie is mainly a snooze fest. While the ending isn’t all that bad, the story and villain are just awful. On top of that, the main leads Edward and Liz are struggling to make things happen on screen. Though their chemistry does work. You do feel the romance between the two but it’s not enough to save this film from being at the bottom of the list.

15. Iron Man 2

I will talk about this with the other films and after the countdown but the Iron Man series is very “Meh” with me and Iron Man 2 did nothing to change my opinion. The movie drags it’s feet for a very long time until something happens and when something does occur, it’s basically irrelevant. The villain was obnoxious. The plot was there to fill up time. And Robert Downey Jr seemed bored.

The film could’ve helped itself out if the would’ve stuck with Ivan as the main villain but they wasted him every chance they got. Just a total waste of a film really.

14. The Avengers

This is going to sound strange… Maybe even Dr. Strange…. Yeah, not funny. But this movie didn’t really do anything for me. Sure, there’s a bunch of action but it’s all fan service. Thor fights Hulk. Hulk fights Black Widow. Iron Man and Captain America. And so on.

While there are some great action scenes the plot is crap. The storyline is just “Let’s assemble the Avengers finally” and other basic stuff that essentially happened in the last few movies. And while Loki isn’t a bad villain he’s more or less just there. Simply put, this movie is just here.

13. Iron Man

Is it wrong that I think this film is a product of it’s time? Let me explain.

At the time, when the movie came out, Marvel wasn’t looking the best. Sure, Spider-Man was a success but 3 hurt the franchise severly and the other Marvel films? Let’s just leave those alone. So when Iron Man came about, it was fresh. Light hearted. Quick, witty dialouge. And so on. It was something Marvel fans thrived for and at the time, this was the film that helped reversed Marvel’s streak of some hits and complete misses.

Now, looking back on this movie, it’s not that it’s dated necessarily, but more along the lines of it’s old in the MCU. There are way better films that came out down the line and while this movie was a “Pioneer,” it really just doesn’t do much for me a whole now. That and Tony Stark starts the wear me down after awhile.

12. Thor

I actually don’t mind Thor. I like his character, along with Loki’s, a lot. It’s the surrounding cast that really doesn’t do much for me.

Natalie Portman is fine but not used all that well. The old guy is just “Crazy old guy.” And Kat Dennings…. Okay, I don’t hate her in this film but I totally get why people don’t like her all that much.

My enjoyment comes from Thor and Loki. You can tell these two are having a ton of fun on screen and it really translates to the auideince.

11. Thor: The Dark World

This one is slighty better than the original and that’s mainly because Loki is so prominent throughout. Kat is more annoying this time around but you learn to ignore her and Natalie, come on man. She’s a genius, at least she’s supposed to be one, fucking write her character with more interesting stuff than “I’m going to say science stuff to sound really smart and then basically get pushed aside while Thor does his thing.” The other female leads in these movies generally have something to do, other than Liz, why not take advantage of Natalie’s character? Come on guys. Not cool.

10. The Avengers: Age Of Ultron

So this has the better villain than the first one. That and the script is better in my opinion. Instead of the whole fan service deal, there’s more focus on bettering the group and working as a team. Which is so much more interesting to watch…. Even if it’s not executed the best but it’s still better than the first entry of this series.

9. Captain America: Civil War

Did you like watching the Avengers fight each other? You do?! You’re in luck because that’s this whole movie in a nutshell.
Look, there’s some story line about this villain and Iron Man vs. Bucky and some other shit but that’s not why you’re really here. You’re here to see our super heros fight.

Honestly, this film is really good but it’s one of those that once you’ve seen it once, you don’t really need to watch it again. It’s more or less filler. Good filler but nothing more than that.

8. Dr. Strange

If the villain was any good what so ever, this movie could move up the list but as of right now, 8 seems fitting.

Benedict Cumberbatch is great in this film, the CGI is top notch, and the story is really solid. But we’ve seen this arc before. It’s basically Iron Man but more arrogant. If you could believe that. Still really good but definitely not one I look forward to watching over and over.

7. Iron Man 3

Best villain in all of the Iron Man series. Not like that was really hard to beat though.
This Iron Man has some snooze moments but it’s mainly just fun. You get to see Gwyneth kick some ass. Iron Man is in a good mood. And the action is fun. The ending really helps make this film come alive too. The only reason it’s not higher is because of the boring moments and when they hit, they hit hard.

6. Captain America: Winter Solider

Captain America has a good storyline to it (Other than Civil War). And Winter Soldier really adds to Chris Evan’s character.
There is some good depth here and the action is great. Watching Black Widow and Captain America work together/grow in friendship is ton of fun and the plot is really engaging. Other than that, it’s just a solid movie all around. Can’t really complain.

5. Captain America: The First Avenger

I feel this is the best of the Captain America series because of one thing. Agent Carter…. Okay, not just because of her but she has a part in it.

Captain America is just a good triumphant story about a man who wants to do good for others but is too small to do anything. Once he gains his super power, you just start rooting for him on the spot. You want him to succeed at everything because it’s fucking America damn it and fuck them Nazis. America out!

Oh and Agent Carter, possibly the best female lead? I’ll get there in a second.

4. Ant-Man

Surprised? Me too.

To be honest, this a just good story of a man down on his luck. Sure, he put himself there but he’s doing what he can to get back on top. Paul Rudd is excellent in this role and other than the villain being the weakest part, the movie really grabs me. I don’t know whether it’s the action or the comedy or the friendships built but this film really took ahold of me the first time I saw and that feeling didn’t leave upon the second viewing either.

3. Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man is my favorite super hero. So judge me if you must.

I don’t read the comics but judging by all of the Spider-Man movies I’ve seen, Tom Holland is the best version by far. The villain, Micheal Keaton, is actually fantastic. And this film really did a great job of sort of reintroducing Spider-Man but also realizing we’ve all seen this reboot done before.
This movie really hit home for me and I can’t give anything lower than a 3 on this list.

2. Guardians Of The Galaxy 2

Did you see this coming any? I know I didn’t at first.

I’ll dive a little more into it in a second but this movie is good. I reviewed when it came out and I didn’t give it the best score. It was the second time through that it all really made sense to me. I made an error that day for sure.

I still stand behind my original thoughts on parts of the film but what I missed was the friendship and teamwork that was built on screen and towards us, the audience.

When it comes to Marvel movies, this one really ranks high amongst them. It’s possible that I’m overrating this film a ton but it really tugged at my heart strings in the right moments and I just can’t let that go of that feeling I get when I see these guys on screen.

1. Guardians Of The Galaxy

This was a surprise hit when it came out and it’s stuck with me ever since.

First, villain sucks. I know. Done. Second, I love this movie and I would watch it the most times out of all these films. Because that’s what you’re really doing when you make one of these lists. You’re asking yourself “What movie would I watch over and over again?” And for me, it’s this one.

I will admit, it’s probably not perfect. Or tightly written. Or whatever garbage you want to say about it. But it’s just fun from start to end. The characters are loveable. The acting is really good. And the action is great. Sure, it has it’s flaws but it always grabs at my heart for some reason. The emotional moments really hit home and that really makes the film connect with me as a whole.
Guardians Of The Galaxy is just film that will never leave my mind and I’m so glad I saw it.

Best Female Leads

A lot of these movies have female leads that are sort of/are romantic leads. So I thought it would be fun to rank them accordingly. This list is based on how useful they are in the fighting or how useful they are on the sidelines. Because love can used for more than war.

Liz Taylor (Betty Ross)

If there’s one thing you can’t take away from Betty is that she does love Bruce. Thing is, she gets more shafted than Jane (Thor) does. Betty is more or less just there to hold Bruce, and while that’s fine, they don’t give her anything  to do and that’s just really sad. Potential wasted.

Natalie Portman (Jane Foster)

Same problem as Betty but she does get to do a little more in these films. Not much but it’s at least something.

Rachel McAdams (Christine Palmer)

The thing here is Christine hasn’t had her chance to really shine yet. She’s a doctor so she does have a great chance to contribute. The one thing she is really able to contribute is her love and affection towards Dr. Strange. Well, maybe she’s not totally in love with him anymore but you can tell she has great deal of well being towards him and he can really use that from time to time.

Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne)

Playing off of Paul Rudd, Hope gets to have a lot fun in her role. Unfortunately she gets the same treatment as Christine. But Hope will be heavily apart of the next Ant-Man film so that should help a ton.

Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter)

Now, in the movie she’s a bit under used but she does have her own TV show. I never got around to viewing it but if you have your own show you’re already better than the other four by default. Also, she’s just badass in the short few moments she has on screen.

Zoe Saldana (Gamora)

One green girl I’d never fuck with. She’s brutal, strong and holds her own just fine. Her romance with Star-Lord is a bit weak but her skills are tremendous on their own.

Scarlett Johansen (Black Widow)

So she should get the top spot, right? Well she’s missing one thing and that’s the love aspect. While she can kick anyone’s ass on this list with ease, she just doesn’t have great chemistry with her partner Bruce. Black Widow is best left alone. Unless you really think this Bruce thing needs to go somewhere, then by all means, go ahead.

Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Pots)

Maybe Pepper can’t kick ass consistently but oh my God does she do everything for Tony and then some. She runs his company. She deals with his arrogance. Hell, at one point, she has a power to melt things and she totally attacks the villain in Iron Man 3. She does everything. Pepper really is a role model and should be looked up to as strong influence amongst, not just girls, but everyone in general. Now if she was a trained soldier, she’d probably be unbeatable.

If I left some women off, I apologize. I was mainly only targeting the main female leads in these films. Like Mary Jane hasn’t really come into the picture yet for Spider-Man so I can’t really count her but I’m sure I’ll revise this list someday. Not soon. But someday.

Best Actor For The Role
This is going to be short. These are the actors that have done the role perfectly and you can’t seen anyone else doing them. Now what qualifies as “Perfect” varies from person to person but, at this moment, I can’t see anyone else replacing these people.

3. Tom Holland (Spider-Man)

As of right now, no one can replace the best Spider-Man in the business. But can there be problems down the line? Sure. Tom may not be able to do grown up Spider-Man but I think he deserves all the chances he can get until he proves otherwise.

2. Tom Hiddleston (Loki)

I really don’t think anyone else can step in and take over this role. It’s hard to imagine anyone else grasping the fun, decieving, role of Loki. I’m sure there might be “One person” but you go ahead and try to name them. I dare ya.

1. Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man)

Look, he’s the man that started it all and he’s the man that should finish it all. Robert is just Iron Man. Even when he plays a different role in a movie you just look and say “There’s Tony Stark.” He can never escape it and I don’t think he necessarily wants too. Robert as Iron Man forever.

I’m sure there are other roles that can’t be filled by other actors but you can name them down below. I’d love to see them.

Best Series

This is the final section. Here I’m ranking each super hero with more than one film to their name. And while there are sequels to be made still, I’m just going by what’s out there now.

Iron Man

Sadly, I just didn’t get into this franchise. As you can tell by my rankings, none of the films are that high to begin with. Tony Stark just isn’t my favorite character of the bunch and he just doesn’t click with me as a whole. Add in the slower moments of these films and you’ve got the “Worst” series of all the Marvel movies at the bottom of the list. (Even though two of the three films really aren’t that bad).

The Avengers

I’m going to go ahead and count these because there are way more to come and it does contain super heroes.

The movies just don’t do a whole lot for me. There are a lot of fun parts to them but the substance is so so. If these were never made, I don’t think I’d mind it. And while this series is going to get better, it just has too, it’s just not the greatest as of right now.

Thor

Thor and Loki make this franchise for me. And early reports are saying Ragnarok will be good.

Even though there’s a lot you can complain about, I just like Thor and Loki. You never know what Loki is going to do next and Thor is charismatic. These two are a ton of fun to watch on screen and I can’t wait to see more.

Captain America

This may have the best overall story of the current series available, but Civil War is what makes this come in at second.
The first film is really good. Possibly the best of the whole first phase. The second is just as good, some even think better, than the first. And third, eh. It’s fun but it just seems to be there for no reason other than to create “Controversy.”

It’s a solid series, but it can’t beat the next one on the list.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Well, if they’re 1, 2 on my overall list, how can’t I think they’re the best series?

Look, these movies give you everything. Great comedy, good friendship, a lack of other Avengers, a decent villain (Second one), and one hell of a ride at the theater.
These films are awesome. Now I just hope they don’t mess this up. Because they probably will. But I hope not.

And that concludes my rankings. I could do villains but really it comes down to Vulture (Micheal Keaton, Spider-man) as the best evil guy. He’s relatable and Micheal just knocks it out of the park with his acting. Sure, there are others that aren’t awful but they’re more or less forgettable and not really worth the time to rank them.

If you think my list is wrong, go ahead and complain in the comment section below. I’ve got time to rebuttal your argument just to prove that you’re wrong. (Okay, no one is wrong. Unless you put The Incredible Hulk first. Then you’re just out of line).

As usual, thanks for reading!

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!

Top Ten Movies of 2015

Hello, folks. Welcome to my annual list of favorite movies for the year of 2015. Before starting off this list, I want to mention that there are some movies I didn’t get to watch due to other obligations. These films include The Gift, Black Mass, and Sicario amongst others. Then there are those other movies that were in “select cities” before my cutoff date of January 1st such as The Revenant. Without further ado, here is my top ten list.

10.) Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation

It seemed that the Mission: Impossible franchise reached its apex with 2011’s Ghost Protocol. Thankfully, Rogue Nation proves that the franchise still has plenty of thrills left to go thanks to Tom Cruise and the gang.

9.) The Peanuts Movie

I’m surprised this particular film hasn’t been on a lot of critics’ best-of lists. I thought this was a surprisingly faithful adaptation of the famed Peanuts franchise considering the fact it’s from Blue Sky Studios.

8.) Bridge of Spies

Although it’s not as good as 2012’s Lincoln, this is still a great film thanks to director Steven Spielberg. Not only does it have great performances by Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance (who deserves a Best Supporting Actor nod), it also has great dialogue (courtesy of the Coen Brothers).

7.) Kingsman: The Secret Service

I thought this was a better tribute to the old-school James Bond films than Spectre itself. Matthew Vaughn does an excellent job of mixing action and comedy. If Idris Elba doesn’t become the next James Bond, Colin Firth might be a good candidate.

6.) Star Wars: The Force Awakens

To say this film was the most anticipated movie of 2015 would be the understatement of the decade. The hype train was as far as the eye could see. Thankfully, JJ Abrams managed to pull it off. This film captures the magic of the original trilogy while creating a new story of its own. Plus, this film has the best overall acting of the entire series.

5.) Spotlight

While both Spotlight and The Big Short had similar themes, I thought that Spotlight had better execution of its themes thanks to its writing. It’s great to see to Michael Keaton in another awesome role after his career apex in 2014’s Birdman. Heck, the ensemble cast in general is one of the best I’ve seen all year.

4.) Mad Max: Fury Road

In this age of CGI over-saturation, it’s great to see big-budget movies such as this one use practical effects again. George Miller deserves a nomination for Best Director for his work on Fury Road.  This movie proves that an intelligent action film could do well at the box office. If this is the direction of future action movies, count me in. Valhalla approves.

3.) The Hateful Eight

I know that this movie is a divisive one, even among Tarantino films. Personally, I thought it was another great addition to his resume. I thought it was a great mystery movie that has a great script. Not only that, it also has a great ensemble cast that consists of the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Jason Leigh amongst others.

2.) The Martian

After a string of mediocre movies, it’s great to see a great Ridley Scott movie again. It’s probably the best representation of the Martian landscape I’ve seen in a movie. Although Matt Damon is a great lead with his upbeat sense of humor, there are no passengers in this movie with its great ensemble cast. This is the best hard science fiction script to be put on the silver screen since Moon.

1.) Inside Out

If this isn’t the comeback story of the year, I don’t know what is. Similar to Ridley Scott above, Pixar has been going through a rough patch over the past few years. Thankfully, they have managed to re-discover their gift for great storytelling. In my opinion, Inside Out has the best script of any movie I’ve watched all year.

Thank you for reading! I hope you’ve had a great new year!

Top Ten Studio Ghibli Films

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Instead of a review this week, I’d figured I’d write a top ten list of my personal favorite Studio Ghibli films. I must point out that the Studio Ghibli movies I haven’t watched (yet) are “Only Yesterday”, “Ocean Waves”, “Pom Poko”, “My Neighbors the Yamadas”, “The Wind Rises”, “The Tale of Princess Kayuga” and “When Marnie Was There”. After I watch those movies, I will do an updated version. I hope you enjoy reading this list…

10.) The Cat Returns

Remember that Cat Baron in “Whispers of the Heart”? Apparently they made a spin-off movie starring that character and it’s awesome. It’s the closest thing to an animated version of “The Princess Bride” we have (Cary Elwes voices the titular Baron in fact). The reason why it’s not higher on the list is because of its rather short runtime of 75 minutes.

9.) The Secret World of Arrietty

Based on a fairly popular children’s novel, “Arrietty” manages to take its intriguing premise and make it larger than life (pun intended). I really liked the friendship between Arrietty and Shawn. I’m glad that I managed to watch this particular movie in theaters.

8.) My Neighbor Totoro

I’m quite aware this is a favorite of Studio Ghibli fans. Heck, Totoro is pretty much the mascot for Studio Ghibli. The reason that this movie isn’t higher up on this list is because it lacks a plot. Whatever it lacks in plot, it makes up for in situations. This film is a perfect example of a typical childhood Saturday.

7.) Kiki’s Delivery Service

It’s another great example of a coming-of-age story by Studio Ghibli. Like My Neighbor Totoro, it makes use of situation instead of conflicts. It’s a very unique that witches aren’t seen as outcasts but as gifted individuals.

6.) Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind

Although it was made a year before Studio Ghibli was founded, it is retrospectively referred to as one by fans. Even Studio Ghibli considers it to be an honorary Ghibli film. It’s a well-animated post-apocalyptic tale with strong characters. Not only that, “Nausicaa” has a surprisingly subtle environmental message.

5.) Porco Rosso

Out of all the movies on this particular list, “Porco Rosso” may be the most underrated Studio Ghibli film. This film deserves more attention. Michael Keaton is perfect as the titular character with his abrasive yet lovable personality. Out of the more humorous Studio Ghibli movies, this may be the best one.

4.) Grave of the Fireflies

This is a very emotional movie. It’s a great film that contains great animation and a very mature script dealing with how people can get desperate in a bad situation and how pride could get the best of us. It’s not the type of movie you would watch over and over again but it’s special in its unique way.

3.) Castle in the Sky

Considered the first “official” Studio Ghibli film, it is a great old-school adventure film in the vein of such classics like “Indiana Jones”. Not only it has a great story, it also has some great action scenes that are also very comedic in nature. It also has some very memorable characters such as band of pirates led by their mother (played by the always awesome Cloris Leachman) and the antagonist Muska (played by Mark Hamill…yes that one).

2.) Princess Mononoke

This may be Hayao Miyazaki’s most mature work to date. The best part about this film is its great characters. The film eschews the traditional good vs. evil plotline in favor of character development instead. For example, we have the character of Lady Eboshi. In another movie, she would be an outright villain if it weren’t for the fact that she provides not only employment but also refuge for the outcasts of society such as prostitutes and lepers. Like Nausicaa, it has a very subtle environmental message.

1.) Spirited Away

This is the movie that won Hayao Miyazaki the Oscar. It is very imaginative movie with very imaginative characters. It may be the “Alice in Wonderland” of the 21st century. Not only that, it also serves as a great coming-of-age story in which Chihiro becomes a more mature individual because of the experience she had in the movie.