April Film Wrap Up

Finally got my April Movie Wrap Up posted. I only saw three new films last month, and sadly the month started off with the year’s trend of not so great movies. Thankfully it ended with two really good films. Check out my thoughts in the video below.

 

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Avengers: Endgame Movie Review

I saw Avengers: Endgame a month ago and have some thoughts on it. Check out my review below, and, if you want some more in depth analysis, check out the podcast I was on here.

 

Best Movies of 2018

In 2018 I saw seventy-two films in theaters, fifty-six of which were new releases. Below is a video in which I discuss my favorite films of the last year but first, a couple of honorable mentions.

 

Chappaquiddick

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This was a very straight forward, pared down film. It tells the story of the events leading up to and following the night that Senator Ted Kennedy drove his car off a bridge on Chappaqquidick Island. The filmmakers did their best to use only verified information to tell the story and I thought the result was very effective.

 

Avengers: Infinity War

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Of course I loved Infinity War. I did a whole review project leading up to its release, that’s how excited I was. I worried a little that it wouldn’t be able to live up to all that had been built up but it did. Each of the characters got a good amount of screen/story time, and it still impresses me that they were able to get all of those people into one film and not have it feel overstuffed. As an added bonus I saw the film in Hollywood at a late screening Thursday (release) night and Kevin Feige and Joe Russo surprised the audience beforehand just to say thanks for being fans. That was an awesome, totally “Hollywood” experience, and it amped me up right before the movie started.

 

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

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Here Ethan Hunt is dealing with the “fallout” of the events of Rogue Nation, and bringing together a team to yet again fight against a disaster of epic proportions. The Mission Impossible films have become kind of like the James Bond films in that they follow a typical formula and have recurring elements, which I think actually adds a lot to them, and makes the characters and storylines more meaningful. I enjoyed looking forward to this film, and prepared by rewatching and reviewing all of the previous films. In the end, I was impressed with the film’s ability to still surprise me with its incredible stunts, and unexpected heartfelt story.

 

The Old Man and the Gun

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This was a nice surprise. Based on a true story, Robert Redford plays Forrest Tucker, a bank robber and prison escape artist. It is a slow moving story that really shines thanks to some solid, and understated performances. I wasn’t expecting anything from the film when I went into it and I thought the whole thing was rather charming. There is an especially great scene between Redford and Casey Affleck, who plays the detective investigating Tucker’s string of robberies.

 

Green Book

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I was a little wary of yet another indie film with a social message simply because there have been so many lately, and they’ve followed the same basic story structure. While Green Book does take on a more traditional format, and does have a social message at its heart, it stands apart thanks to the moving performances from its two leads. It is a story of two people from different worlds coming together that moves at a leisurely pace but really works thanks to Mahershala Ali, and especially Viggo Mortensen.

 

And now for my Top Ten Favorite Films of 2018:

#30DaysofFavorites: Favorite Movie Quotes by Year

 

A couple of years ago my dad had an idea to list out his favorite movie quotes for every year he’d been alive. I’m stealing this idea for today’s 30 Days of Favorites project entry.

 

 

1988 – Die Hard

1988

 

1989 – Christmas Vacation

1989

 

1990 – Goodfellas

1990

 

1991 – Beauty and the Beast

1991

 

1992 – Army of Darkness

1992

 

1993 – Jurassic Park

1993

 

1994 – True Lies

1994

 

1995 – Braveheart

1995

 

1996 – Scream

1996

 

1997 – The Lost World: Jurassic Park

1997

 

1998 – The Truman Show

1998

 

1999 – Galaxy Quest

1999

 

2000 – Gladiator

2000

 

2001 – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

2001

 

2002 – Spider-Man

2002

 

2003 – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

2003

 

2004 – Kill Bill: Vol. 2

2004

 

2005 – Batman Begins

2005

 

2006 – Cars

2006

 

2007 – Sunshine

2007

 

2008 – Iron Man

2008

 

2009 – Zombieland

2009

 

2010 – How to Train Your Dragon

2010

 

2011 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

2011

 

2012 – The Avengers

2012

 

2013 – Star Trek: Into Darkness

2013

 

2014 – Nightcrawler

2014

 

2015 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

2015

 

2016 – Hell or High Water

2016

 

2017 – Wind River

2017

 

2018 – Avengers: Infinity War

2018