Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)

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Year: 2017
Director: Jon Watts
Genre: Action
Date Watched: July 20, 2017
Category: #1 A film released in 2017

I was actually really skeptical about this movie. Mostly because I’m 27 and this is already the third version of Spiderman movies that I’ve been alive and old enough to see. I was never a huge fan of the version that starred Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire. But I really loved the Amazing Spiderman series with Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield which were released in 2012 and 2014 not even 5 years ago. So I was left asking myself what is going to be so great about Spiderman: Homecoming that it warrants an entirely new movie just a few years after the last movie was released? It seemed basically like a money making endeavor to me.

All of that being said, my friends and fiancee were super excited to see this movie so I tagged along. And you know what, as much as it had a lot of similarities to the previous movies, I thought it was super clever and incredibly well done, enough so that I actually really enjoyed it. The casting was really good, as was the plot which was just a little bit more in depth than the other movies.

Perhaps most exciting was the new improved spidersuit provided by Iron Man himself. It has so many great new features that I’m excited to see being used. At the same time though I’m a little conflicted because it’s made Spiderman much less about his cool abilities and much more about the tech that he uses, tech that he didn’t even make himself. Part of what makes the Iron Man technology so great is that Iron Man did actually make it himself.

I’m looking forward to the upcoming movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to see what they incorporate.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

 

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Nerve (2016)

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Year: 2016
Director: Ariel Schulman & Henry Joost
Genre: Action/Mystery
Date Watched: July 10, 2017
Category: #8 A streamed film

This movie is half romance, half ‘the dangers of social media’. I half expected this movie to be terrible but it was so intriguing that I decided to give it a shot anyway.

Vee is a senior (played by Emma Roberts), she’s not as rich as the girls she goes to school with and doesn’t quite fit in. But she has friends anyway. One of her friends is playing an online game called Nerve. You can pay to be a watcher or you can play the game and potentially earn a bunch of money. To earn money you have to complete dares which start out quite mundane and become more gutsy as the game goes on. Failing a dare results in elimination.

Nobody thinks Vee has the guts to play, but she decides to give it a shot. Her first dare is to kiss a stranger, another shown in the movie’s trailer is to try on a rather expensive dress.

But starting the game is much easier than finishing it.

I love the first half of the movie which focusses on playing the game, but then things take a strange turn and ultimately I don’t quite agree with where the movie ends but, I still really enjoyed it, especially with cameos from some of favourite Orange is the New Black actresses including an incredibly adorable Samira Wiley.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Suicide Squad (2016)

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Year: 2016
Director: David Ayer
Genre: Action
Date Watched: June 20, 2017
Category: #18 A film that has won an Oscar

I really wanted to like this movie despite everyone telling me how bad it was. Every friend who watched this and every review I’ve seen told me not to bother but, I decided to watch it anyway. Please don’t make the same mistake. This movie is not worth your time.

Okay so I definitely see why it won an Oscar for it’s makeup because it was spot on, and there were moments that I thought were really well done but, as a whole it’s pretty terrible. I loved the Joker and Harley Quinn relationship and perhaps if the whole movie has been Joker and Harley Quinn it might have fared better. But the real problem is that they tried to introduce us to a huge cast and have us 3619164954_d3bd1e25dbcare what happened to them in a relatively short movie as well as introducing not one but two villains. If you’ve ever seen those venn diagrams that say “choose 2” (like the one left). In this case you could have a movie that’s a watchable length, great characters or a good plot. Sadly these guys chose to skip the plot. There was no plot at all, where did the bad guys come from? What were they? Who knows…

Rating: 2/5 stars

Pete’s Dragon (2016)

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Year: 2016
Director: David Lowery
Genre: Family
Date Watched: June 10th 2017
Category: #39 A movie about animals

I have no idea if I ever saw the animated version of this as a kid but it sounds like just the type of thing I would’ve loved. Either way, I don’t remember seeing it so there will be no comparison of the two here.

I really loved this movie in part because the dragon is really just a giant green dog which is so adorable. I find it kind of hard to believe that a kid could get lost for so long and survive so long with just a dragon for help but at the same time, it’s kind of believable too.

In case you’re wondering what I’m talking about because you’ve never heard anything about this movie. The premise is that a young boy (Pete) is in a car crash in which his parents die and he runs off into the forest  where he comes across a giant green dragon who he befriends and helps him survive. It’s several years later that he is found by adults who obviously want him to join a regular family and go to school like a normal kid. I won’t give away anymore than that.

As much as I loved this movie I’m not sure I would’ve loved it when I was a kid. It was a little slow to get started and a bit more serious than most kids movies you will see. So just keep that in mind if you’re sitting down to watch it with kids. It’s a little dark and probably aimed at kids a little older than the original would’ve been.

Rating: 4/5 stars.

Doctor Strange (2016)

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Year: 2016
Director: Scott Derickkson
Genre: Action
Date Watched: May 20, 2017
Category: #37 A movie with a Rotten Tomato score above 90%

I spent the first half of this movie convinced that Doctor Strange was one of the biggest assholes I’d ever seen. First he has an accident that is caused entirely by his own recklessness then spends ages complaining about the things he can’t do because of it and spending money he doesn’t have to fix himself when it’s likely not going to work anyway.

Honestly though, that just makes his transformation from Doctor Strange MD to Doctor Strange superhero that much more amazing.

The whole movie is a little unbelievable and a little on the trippy side with bending reality and what not but at the same time it’s great because isn’t that what we all want? To be able to bend time and pull a weapon out of nowhere.

Mostly I’m just excited to see what happens when Doctor Strange meets Tony Stark. I don’t know if there’s a room big enough to fit both of their ego’s.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

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Year: 2013
Director: Alan Taylor
Genre: Action
Date Watched: May 10, 2017
Category: #9 A superhero movie

Okay so my fiancee doesn’t love the Thor aspect of the Marvel franchise which is why we never got around to watching this movie I suppose. Finally though she decided to give it a shot and actually enjoyed it.

Having a Thor movie set predominantly in Asgard rather than on Earth was great it was like we finally got a chance to see what Asgard could be, what Thor could be, and that was something pretty cool.

Thor was more like an origin story, whilst not quite like the origin stories we’re used to it does show Thor before he became a king and a ruler of Asgard. Thor 2 shows a Thor who has learned from past mistakes and is becoming who he was born to be (leader of Asgard).

Honestly, despite there being less laughs in this one than the previous one I liked this one much more than the previous one.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Passengers (2016)

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Year: 2016
Director: Morten Tyldum
Genre: Action/Drama/Science-Fiction
Date Watched: May 10, 2017
Category: #25 A film about travel

This is a great premise for a movie, and absolutely topical. Space travel, cryogenics, AI and so on. Of course a ship malfunction has one passenger wake up early and even with som much to explore he gets lonely so he wakes up someone to be his friend. A girl.

What follows is a weird combination of love story and mystery as they try to solve the problem of what’s wrong with the ship and come to terms with living the rest of their lives on board the ship. The idea that they might spend their whole lives trapped in this one place with only one other person for company is horrifying. While it sounds like it could be fun to begin with I think it would get boring quickly, even in such an amazing place as a space ship.

This is a great movie though, almost like Castaway for a new generation, with less focus on survival and more on the emotional aspects of isolation.

Rating: 4/5 stars

The Girl on the Train (2016)

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Year: 2016
Director: Erin Cressida Wilson
Genre: Drama/Mystery
Date Watched: May 6, 2017
Category: #14 A drama

I was a little bit apprehensive when I heard that Emily Blunt had been cast as the main character in this movie, not because I don’t love her as an actress but more that I imagined her as being slightly older (until I was reminded that Emily Blunt is no longer a 20 something). As it turns out Emily Blunt was the perfect choice, but not just that so was Haley Bennett as the girl who went missing and Laura Prepon as the roommate.

If you’ve read the book then you’ll notice that the movie does stick to to the plot of the book quite well. Right down to the surprise ending.

Honestly, this book and the movie were slightly uncomfortable to read and watch for me because there is not a single likable character in the whole thing for most of the movie, maybe because I spent the whole thing hating each character for a different reason from the ex-husband who didn’t help his wife with a tough time to the missing girl who seemed to hate the baby she was sitting for and was sleeping with someone who wasn’t her husband. At the same time is really is a great movie (and a great book).

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)

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Year: 2016
Director: Kirk Jones
Genre: Romance/Comedy
Date Watched: May 6 2017
Category: #17 The last film in a series

There is nothing more true about this movie than the tagline – People change. Greeks don’t. It’s the perfect summation of the movie, aside from the age of the characters very little has changed since the original movie.

I loved the original movie, it had jokes and transformation and the merging of families, so I expected to like this movie too. Except, what I find is more of the same stuff from the original movie, nothing has changed. This time it’s their daughter who is feeling embarrassed by her family rather than Toula and for some completely unknown reason John Stamos appears sporadically but otherwise it’s just a rehash of the same jokes and the same tensions and it’s just not funny the second time around.

It’s rare for me to watch a movie and think it’s awful, I even liked Grease 2 but this movie is truly forgettable, I don’t really have anything nice to say about it except that it’s nice to see the cousin coming out with his family being happy for him.

Rating: 2/5 stars

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Title: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2mv5bmtg2mzi1mtg3of5bml5banbnxkftztgwntu3nda2mti-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_
Year: 2017
Director: James Gunn
Genre: Science Fiction/Action
Date Watched: May 9, 2017
Category: #28 A science fiction film

I’ve been excited for this for a while even though the first film had become completely fuzzy in my mind, but after a quick rewatch off we went to the cinema to see the new one.

I might be in the minority here but I actually like vol. 2 better than vol. 1. Vol. 1 for me had the novelty factor in that it was new characters, new location, new technology etc but vol. 2 made me really care about the characters and relationships. Even better it changed my opinion of several characters throughout the movie from Yondu to Peter. But also… Baby Groot made this movie hilarious.

One of my favourite scenes has to be Baby Groot being told which button not to press but also the first scene in the movie with Baby Groot dancing while everyone else is fighting.

But Yondu’s arrow is a close second in entertainment value for me. I want one.

Rating: 4/5 stars