TOP TEN OF 2017

As I continue playing catch-up on reviews, I wanted to take a moment to address my top ten list for this past year.  I realize some of these movies still lack reviews, while this list will no doubt change as time goes by-in referring back to last year's list, I can't help but realize how wrong I was and how poorly some of my choices have aged.  Though this year's group gives me hope, I'm not holding my breath.

1.  Brigsby Bear
2.  Star Wars: The Last Jedi
3.  Coco
4.  Stronger
5.  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
6.  Thor: Ragnarok
7.  Logan
8.  Wonder Woman
9.  The Lego Batman Movie
10.  Baby Driver

Honorable Mentions: 

It
War for the Planet of the Apes
Dean
I, Tonya
The Disaster Artist
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Dunkirk
Get Out

2016...

As one looks back on the theatrical sludge that was 2016 in film, it’s safe to say that the year was, in many ways, nothing more than a vast, desolate expanse of disappointment.  What should have been sure-fire blockbusters ended up becoming some of the most hated movies of the year, the normally profit-heavy summer movie season was anything but, and movies that initially caught my own personal attention haven’t exactly evolved into movies I wish to revisit anytime soon. 

As a result, my top ten list underwent a strange metamorphosis as the year went by, to the point where I don’t believe it’s possible to create one at this time.  Movies I ranked highly at first all but dropped off the list entirely, and a few moved up for that same reason.  Some titles, however, have held tightly onto their respective slots, and when all was said and done what should have been a top ten became a top five, with the mighty Rogue One: A Star Wars Story coming out on top, Arrival in a close second, La La Land in third, the severely underrated Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping in fourth & Captain America: Civil War more than likely close behind in fifth.  Beyond that, I find it difficult to choose films that could fill out the remaining openings-it’s all a bit hazy from that point forward.  What I will say, however, is that the five films I’ve mentioned aren’t just great for 2016-these are outstanding achievements regardless of what year it may be, and I can safely say that they deserve spots somewhere on my list of All-Time Favorites, especially Rogue One

Other than that, one can only hope that 2017 can succeed where 2016 failed.  Here’s to better cinema for all!

BRIAN’S MOST ANTICIPATED OF 2016

BRIAN’S MOST ANTICIPATED OF 2016

Another year of sequels, remakes, comic book adaptations, true stories, a Star Wars spin-off and the dreaded all-female Ghostbusters reboot.  Maybe that’s why I’m looking forward to Midnight Special so much.  Please know that this list is subject to change.  Undoubtedly, there will be other movies, little films throughout the year that creep up onto my radar much like an unexpected Haircut 100 reunion at a Kardashian family get-together.  That being said, this list is as comprehensive as it gets at the moment.

FILMS I OMGCAN’TWAITPLEASEBERELEASEDNOW:

Deadpool
Midnight Special
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Captain America: Civil War
Jason Bourne
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Suicide Squad

FILMS I’LL SEE, BUT VIEWING A TRAILER WILL HELP:

Ghostbusters
The Magnificent Seven
Deepwater Horizon
Gambit
Inferno
Doctor Strange

MUSIC BIOPICS THAT I’LL SEE DESPITE THE I-LIKED-IT-THE-FIRST-TIME-WHEN-IT-WAS-CALLED-WALK-THE-LINE PREMISE:

I Saw The Light

FILMS I FEEL OBLIGATED TO SEE, DESPITE THE TRAILER BEING LACKLUSTER:

Zoolander 2
Neighbors 2
X-Men: Apocalpyse
Star Trek Beyond
Independence Day: Resurgence

FILMS I JUST FLAT-OUT FEEL OBLIGATED TO SEE:

Now You See Me: The Second Act

FILMS INTENDED FOR CHILDREN THAT I WILL SEE, BECAUSE THAT’S JUST HOW I ROLL

Zootopia
The Secret Life Of Pets

Did anyone see that 13 Hours movie yet?  Any good?

BRIAN’S TOP TEN OF 2015

I realize, upon glancing at this list, that the average person will most likely not agree with much of it.  Specifically, the inclusion of Vacation, which received negative reviews upon release, including some particularly scathing words from rogerebert.com who deemed the film “repellent”.  Even more confusing is the fact that I considered it a better film than such titles as Kingman: The Secret Service, another entry from last year that I thoroughly enjoyed.  What can I say other than that I’m incredibly nostalgic and Vacation completely catered to that?  

As for the rest of the list, it’s pretty straightforward.  A considerable amount of props must be distributed in the direction of The Peanuts Movie, a unexpectedly fun filmgoing experience.

  1. Creed
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  3. Jurassic World
  4. The Peanuts Movie
  5. Straight Outta Compton
  6. The Martian
  7. Vacation
  8. Love and Mercy
  9. Kingsman: The Secret Service
  10. The Walk

I also am now continuing to realize how perplexing it must be, seeing Vacation on the list and not, say, The Revenant, The Hateful Eight or Ex Machina.  I did enjoy those films, just not as much as Vacation.

So there.