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Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 - Top Movies

A lot of my friends are doing their "Top 10" lists about this time, so I figured I would join the party.  Before I give my list, a little background.

Last year (2015), I jokingly did a "Top 10" movies list for 2013 because I don't get to see a lot of new movies each year.  I usually spend my time catching up on Netflix and Amazon with the big movies from 2-3 years ago.  I prioritize my theater time with the big movies for franchises and directors & actors I'm a fan of.

This year, I made an effort to see more new movies, and actually saw 24 movies in 2016 that came out in 2016!  I didn't see all of them in the theater.  This last week has been catch up time where I watched at least one movie a day while on vacation from work. Still, this has given me enough experience to feel comfortable with a top 10.

Now, my top 10 is just that, the 10 movies I enjoyed the most.  I'll admit there might be better films I saw that did not make my top 10.  This is most likely due to those films not resonating with me at this moment in time.  I'll try and explain that in my list.

Also, I'm a big fan boy.  I don't deny it.  I love big comic book and sci fi action movies.  If on January 1st, 2016 you asked me what I thought my list would look like, it probably would have been something like this:

  1. Captain America: Civil War
  2. Star Wars: Rogue One
  3. Batman v. Superman
  4. Doctor Strange
  5. Arrival
  6. Deadpool
  7. Star Trek Beyond
  8. X-Man: Apocalypse
  9. Jason Bourne
  10. 10 Cloverfield Lane
I don't deny I don't get excited about the smaller, personal, meaningful movies.  But these kinds of movies usually surprise me! 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Arrival - Movie Thoughts *SPOILERS*

I went into the movie Arrival with mixed expectations.  I really enjoyed Sicario, director Denis Villeneuve's last movie, and though I haven't seen Prisoners yet, I've heard really good things about it.  So I had high expectations I would see a good movie.  But I did not really know anything about the movie.

I stayed away from trailers and talk about the movie.  I knew the director and main actors, and I knew it was about aliens on Earth and a language expert attempting to communicate with them.  I had a strong feeling Villeneuve and writer Eric Heisserer had a purpose for telling this story, and I really did not want any hint as to what that would be.

After watching the movie in an empty theater tonight (I don't get to see a lot of movies around their release dates so I get to watch many of them late at night, alone), I walked away profoundly moved by the story, which blew my mind.

I'm writing this because I need to discuss some aspects of the movie to help wrap my mind around them.  So be warned, I will spoil things from here out.  I HIGHLY recommend you go see this movie before reading on.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Captain America: Civil War and my MCU List

I watched Civil War on opening night with a packed crowd of Marvel fans, and boy was it fun!

My initial take: A solid "A" (5 stars), though it will take more viewings to determine its place in my MCU list. (Winter Soldier, Iron Man, and Avengers are also solid "A"s in my opinion, and my top 3 before Civil War).

GREAT setups for the next set of solo MCU movies (Black Panther, Spidey, etc.), and everyone gets at least one "wow" moment.

Can't talk about anything/anyone in the movie without spoiling it.

The action is some of the best ever in a super hero movie, especially the big teased fight.

I felt the story had meat, and the stakes felt real. We'll have to see how it effects the MCU going forward.
There were some brutal violent moments in the film. Not sure if my younger kids are ready for that.

I thought I'd finish this by making a quick list of the MCU movies in order of my favorites.  I left off Civil War as I need to let it sink in before I decide where in my top 5 it will go.  I will also say that I enjoy all of the MCU films.  Ranking one low doesn't mean I think it's a bad movie.

I rank them based on how good a film each is and how much I enjoy watching it again.  Some movies are better the first time than others but don't continue to excite me on future viewings.

  1. Captain America: Winter Soldier
  2. Iron Man
  3. The Avengers
  4. Incredible Hulk
  5. Ant-Man
  6. Guardians of the Galaxy
  7. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  8. Iron Man 3
  9. Captain America: The First Avenger
  10. Thor
  11. Thor: The Dark World
  12. Iron Man 2
There's my list.  What's yours?  :)