I don’t remember the last time I saw a movie in theaters and legitimately struggled to stay awake. The Snowman had an interesting premise so one would think that falling asleep wouldn’t even be an option. That is not the case, though. The Snowman is extremely boring and is overall one of the messiest movies of the year. I checked my watch upwards of 10 times and literally couldn’t wait until it was over.
I’ll be the first to admit that when I first saw the trailer for Only the Brave earlier this year, I didn’t think it looked all that good. All I thought was “Oh great, here’s another cliché biopic.” Well, I’m here to say that I was COMPLETELY wrong. Only the Brave is not only one of the best movies of 2017, but it is also one of the best biopics in the past 5 years. I walked out of the theater completely shocked and amazed at how much I enjoyed it. Read more
Mindhunter is another 2017 hit from Netflix, no doubt. Headed by the brilliant David Fincher, Mindhunter’s analytical writing and “Fincher Stamp” makes it a fantastic watch. The show is extremely slow burning and filled will intense characters and poised direction. It is simply hard to look away and extremely easy to binge watch. Read more
The Florida Project is one of those rare movies that is short on plot, but heavy on realism. Sean Baker proves that he should be regarded as one of the best character directors working today. The Florida Project feels completely unscripted, and that’s what makes it so great. As an audience member, you get the feeling that a camera was just placed in these run-down Florida hotels and they just filmed real life situations. This is truly 2017’s Moonlight, and not one that you want to miss. Read more
Marshall tells the story of Thurgood Marshall and a career defining case that he takes on in Connecticut during 1962. This is one of the most important, shocking, and interesting cases of his career and I wish I could say the movie did it justice. Sadly, Marshall is filled with pacing issues, genre clichés, over the top characters, and inconsistent acting. There are a few scenes that are respectable, but unfortunately in the end there are more issues than anything. Read more
Since the late 2000s, Hollywood has been obsessed with movies that deal with the drug cartel. I personally think the genre is beginning to feel over saturated, with a new movie on the subject matter coming out almost every year and of course Netflix’s hit show, Narcos. When I first saw the trailer for American Made, I thought “Oh great, here’s another movie about Pablo Escobar and the Mexican Drug Cartel.” Well after seeing it for myself, I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised. Tom Cruise is in top form with his role as Barry Seal in this entertaining true story. Read more
Didn’t we already have a movie about the Boston Bombing? Patriots Day came out in 2016 and it told the story of how the police tracked down the bombers following the devastating event. Patriots Day was undeniably great. Stronger is a completely different movie; It doesn’t focus on the bombing itself, instead on Jeff Bauman, one of the survivors from the explosion near the finish line who later became a symbol of hope for Boston. This is a more personal story, and I have to say it is a very human film and one of the better movies of 2017. Read more
There are two directors that I’m DYING to see direct a James Bond movie: Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve. I know it is a long shot to have either of these A-List filmmakers helm a Bond thriller, but The Playlist reported this morning that Daniel Craig wants Denis Villeneuve. The thought of this literally gives me chills, but how likely is it to happen? Read more
Does anyone honestly still care heavily about the Terminator franchise anymore? The last few entries in the franchise have been a mess and completely contradicted each other (Yes, I’m looking at you Salvation and Genisys). After 25 years, the powerhouse actress Linda Hamilton is reportedly returning to the franchise. First reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Hamilton is apparently re-teaming with director James Cameron on the 7th entry in the Sci-Fi franchise. Cameron of course directed the original classics, Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Other than Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton was the other fan-favorite in the first two films with her performances as Sarah Connor. That being said, it could be interesting to see James Cameron and Linda Hamilton work together again. There’s only one problem: Does anyone truly care anymore? Has the Terminator franchise had its time? Read more
Guillermo Del Toro is known for his unique writing and visually pleasing films. Between Hellboy and the extraordinary Pan’s Labyrinth, his ability to tell a story is undeniable. I will say that ever since Pan’s Labyrinth, he hasn’t made a film that had an impact like it did. We got the official trailer for The Shape of Water on September 14th, and it looks like Del Toro may have another “Pan’s Labyrinth Caliber” film on his hands. The trailer is very thought-provoking and seems to be an extremely abnormal and beautiful love story. Read more
I don’t remember the last time a horror movie had as much hype as IT. I am here to say that IT pretty much lives up to the hype. There are a few issues, but overall it is a fantastic mixture of horror and comedy, which I did not expect. Just a disclaimer, I did not read the book. Read more
Indie Films are sometimes the best movies of the year. It is such a shame that so many people miss out on them in theaters. I have love and respect for movies that are made on extremely low budgets, but are exponentially better than movies with $50 million budgets. As the Summer comes to a close, it is only fitting to let everyone know which indie films they’ve missed out on so far in 2017.
I went into The Hitman’s Bodyguard and was at least hoping that it would be a guilty pleasure… With Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds, it would have to be decently enjoyable, right? RIGHT?! Wrong. It is pretty bad overall. There are some pretty big laughs, but that is about it. I really wanted to like this one. Read more
It is so refreshing to see a heist film that has a good blend of comedy, wittiness, and cleverness. Sometimes, heist movies try too hard and have too many twists and turns until it becomes a mess. Logan Lucky is the complete opposite of that. It is truly hilarious and written so well that its difficult to look away from the screen. The entire cast is great as well, making it one of the summer’s best films. Read more