January Film Wrap Up

For detailed reviews of all the movies I saw in the month of January, watch my Wrap Up. For just a few quick thoughts on each of the films I saw, here is a brief reflection.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Really great animation, and an interesting story. Thought the hype was a little overrated but overall really enjoyed the film.

Disappointing last minute turn of events that didn’t make any sense, and made the previous hour and a half feel pointless. The acting was okay and the film looked great but there was no action for a majority of the film, and the dialogue wasn’t that great.

The Kid Who Would Be King
This was actually quite entertaining. The kids were all pretty good and the story had a good message. The special effects weren’t the best and some of the plotlines were a bit cheesy and predictable but in the end it was entertaining for the two hours I spent watching it.


#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



1989 – Christmas Vacation



1990 – Goodfellas



1991 – Beauty and the Beast



1992 – Army of Darkness



1993 – Jurassic Park



1994 – True Lies



1995 – Braveheart



1996 – Scream



1997 – The Lost World: Jurassic Park



1998 – The Truman Show



1999 – Galaxy Quest



2000 – Gladiator



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



2002 – Spider-Man



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



2004 – Kill Bill: Vol. 2



2005 – Batman Begins



2006 – Cars



2007 – Sunshine



2008 – Iron Man



2009 – Zombieland



2010 – How to Train Your Dragon



2011 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2



2012 – The Avengers



2013 – Star Trek: Into Darkness



2014 – Nightcrawler



2015 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens



2016 – Hell or High Water



2017 – Wind River



2018 – Avengers: Infinity War


Top Ten Films of 2017: Honorable Mentions

I recently posted this video counting down my Top Ten films of 2017.

In it I mentioned that there were several films that did not make the list but deserved some recognition. These are those films, in no particular order, with some brief commentary on why you should see them.

The Greatest Showman
Who doesn’t love musicals? If you don’t you must hate music, and joy because that’s all that they are. They are pure joy, and musicals featuring Hugh Jackman are especially joyous (even Les Miserables, though admittedly less so). This loosely follows the story of P.T. Barnum’s life. It’s an original story, with original music. It’s uplifting, the songs are catchy, and it’s so pretty to look at.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Of course after I talk about the joyous musical, I must mention the depressing comedy, which sounds like an oxymoron but really is perfect for describing this film. It is marketed as a comedy but it is a dark comedy. It deals with some very serious issues, and it isn’t always pleasant. The performances were great, and the story was quite moving.

Thor: Ragnarok
I have not been a big Thor fan but after this, he just moved up in my Avengers rankings. This film was hilarious, and took to heart the lessons taught by Guardians of the Galaxy, which were that you can have fun, and create a hell of an entertaining film that still adds to the greater Marvel universe. Plus, Jeff Goldblum!

This is how a horror film remake should work. It takes the original material, doesn’t mess with it excessively, and builds a solid story with quality actors to deliver one of the year’s creepiest films. The opening scene sets the tone for the entire movie, and left me with some very strange nightmares.

Get Out
Speaking of horror films, Get Out was a surprise hit earlier in the year. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and thought it was very tense, and had a clever premise that played out very well.

Spider-Man: Homecoming
Yet another Marvel film, and essentially another remake. Finally someone got Spider-Man’s story right. I love Andrew Garfield, and liked Tobey Maguire’s take on Peter Parker but this role needed to be cast younger, and turing it into what is basically a teen movie that happens to star a superhero was the perfect approach.

The Hero
Sam Elliot is awesome, and should narrate everything. This was a small film that gave Elliot a chance to show audiences just how good an actor he really is, while also tackling a sobering story. If you missed it, definitely check it out on whichever streaming service you subscribe to.

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Wonder Woman
I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as many other people did but I definitely thought it was a step in the right direction for the DC films, and Gal Gadot was perfect in the title role. It still suffers from a weak third act, and CGI villain but overall it is a really entertaining superhero movie.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Couldn’t do an Honorable Mentions list without including Guardians Vol. 2. This was a perfect follow up to the galactic hit original, and upping the game by having Kurt Russell as the villain was a sure way to make it leave a lasting impact. Can’t wait to see the gang again in Infinity War.