Last Month in Watched It: May 2018


What I Watched May 2018

Movies:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
  • Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)
  • Molly’s Game (2017)
  • Thank You For Your Service (2017)
  • The Commuter (2018)
  • Game Night (2018)

The Good:

Jessica Chastain and Aaron Sorkin team up in Molly’s Game, the story of Olympic skier turned high stakes poker host. I can’t for the life of me understand why Meryl Streep got nominated over Jessica Chastain for the Best Actress Oscar. Streep is always great but she doesn’t deserve and automatic bid every year. Chastain was a amazing in this movie and should have received a nomination. She carries a good not great movie on her own. Grade B

The Bad:

I have to go with The Commuter for this one. It’s a bad movie that lacks any sort of originality and feels like every other Liam Neeson movie that has came out the past 5-7 years. It a tired premise that worked pretty well for a while. Liam is starting to get that Bruce Willis look… you know… the look that says “I’m too old to be looking like I’m still kicking everyones ass.” Grade D

The Old or Surprising:

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest from 2006 is the old for the month. I’m behind on the Johnny Depp pirate series, so I have decided to play catch up. I really enjoyed the first movie and found the second one to be pleasant as well. I don’t understand the need of them to be so long, this one was two hours and thirty one minutes long. Grade B-

Last Month in Watched It: April 2018

What I Watched April 2018

Movies:

  • Battle of the Sexes (2017)
  • Deepwater Horizon (2016)
  • Lucky (2017)
  • IT (2017)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

The Good:

As someone who is not a big fan of horror movies and put off watching IT for as long as possible… I absolutely loved the movie. It’s such a fantastic adaption of the original material and the cast nailed their performances. It was scary at times and campy at others providing for the perfect mix in my opinion. Grade A

The Bad:

The bad for April is going to be a little film called Lucky, staring Harry Dean Stanton in his final performance. I understand a lot of people have found the beauty in such a simple story about this 90 year old man and his journey through life, and I see some of that beauty but overall I couldn’t get past the poor directing and turtle slow pace. It left me bored and checking the time on my phone… a lot. Didn’t hate it, didn’t love it.  Grade C-

The Old or Surprising:

The most surprising thing about the movies I watched this month, was how meh i was on Deepwater Horizon. Peter Berg was fresh off Lone Survivor, which was a solid movie and followed Deepwater with Patriots Day, an absolute amazing movie. I just thought this was going to be another solid offering that I finally got around to and it’s just ok. Worth a watch but I was slightly let down. Grade B-

Last Month in Watched It: March 2018

What I Watched March 2018

Movies:

  • The Lion King (1994)
  • Brigsby Bear (2017)
  • Colossal (2017)
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Father Figures (2017)
  • War of the Planet of the Apes (2017)

The Good:

This was nearly impossible. I couldn’t decided after going back and forth between two movies. In the end I decided it’s Brigsby Bear and War of the Planet of the Apes. I absolutely loved each of these movies and they were immediately put on the top 10 list for 2017, so how could I single one out. Brigsby Bear is so creative and unexpected while War of the Planet of the Apes polishes off one of the great movie trilogies of all time. Grade for both.

The Bad:

It’s Father Figures. It had a couple ups and plenty of downs but truthfully wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected. I laughed pretty good a couple times and the emotional string it attempted to pull was ever so slightly tugged. Grade C+

The Old or Surprising:

Revisited a classic with the family this month… The Lion King! My son turned 5 this month and we hadn’t watched it in a while. Still such a great movie. The music and the story are some of Disney’s best work. Grade A+

2017 Watched It 100 Movie List Rankings

Here are my movie rankings from 2017. Most are off of the Watched It 100 List.

  1. Blade Runner 2049 – A+
  2. Get Out – A+
  3. War for the Planet of the Apes – A+
  4. Baby Driver – A+
  5. The Big Sick – A
  6. Coco – A
  7. Wonder Woman – A
  8. Brigsby Bear – A
  9. The Shape of Water – A-
  10. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – A-
  11. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – A-
  12. I, Tonya – A-
  13. Logan – A-
  14. Wind River – A-
  15. IT – A-
  16. The Disaster Artist – B+
  17. The Florida Project – B+
  18. Lady Bird – B+
  19. Dunkirk – B+
  20. Spider-Man: Homecoming – B+
  21. The Killing of a Sacred Deer – B+
  22. The Post – B+
  23. Call Me by Your Name – B
  24. Thor: Ragnarok – B
  25. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 – B
  26. Molly’s Game – B
  27. Split – B
  28. Brawl in Cell Block 99 – B
  29. Ingrid Goes West – B
  30. Patti Cake$ – B
  31. Thank You For Your Service – B
  32. Darkest Hour – B
  33. Beauty and the Beast – B
  34. OkJa – B
  35. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – B
  36. The Book of Henry – B
  37. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – B
  38. Justice League – B-
  39. Mudbound – B-
  40. Logan Lucky – B-
  41. John Wick: Chapter 2 – B-
  42. The Wall – B-
  43. Ghost in the Shell – B-
  44. Phantom Thread – B-
  45. Better Watch Out – B-
  46. Power Rangers – B-
  47. American Made – B-
  48. Colossal – B-
  49. The LEGO Batman Movie – B-
  50. Despicable Me 3 – C+
  51. The LEGO Ninjago Movie – C+
  52. Shimmer Lake – C+
  53. Kong: Skull Island – C+
  54. Sleight – C+
  55. Murder on the Orient Express – C+
  56. Free State of Jones – C+
  57. Marshall – C
  58. Life – C
  59. Father Figures – C
  60. The Star – C
  61. Battle of the Sexes – C
  62. Going In Style – C
  63. The Fate of the Furious – C
  64. The Mummy – C
  65. The Hitman’s Bodyguard – C-
  66. A Cure for Wellness – C-
  67. Gold – C-
  68. The Dark Tower – C-
  69. Rough Night – C-
  70. Lucky – C-
  71. Girls Trip – C-
  72. Mother! – C-
  73. Free Fire – C-
  74. Goon: Last of the Enforcers – C-
  75. The Circle – D
  76. CHiPS – D
  77. The House – D
  78. Daddy’s Home 2 – D
  79. Transformers: The Last Knight – D
  80. Bright – D
  81. Fist Fight – D
  82. Baywatch – D
  83. Snatched – D
  84. Monster Trucks – F
  85. The Comedian – F

6th Watched It Awards

Drumroll, please….. The 6th Annual Watched It’s!!!!

And the Watched It goes to…

Best Picture – Blade Runner 2049

Best Director – Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049)

Best Actor – Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

Best Actress – Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Best Supporting Actor – Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)

Best Supporting Actress – Allison Janney (I, Tonya)

Best Animated Film – Coco

Best Documentary – Dear Basketball

Most Surprisingly Good – Wonder Woman

Most Surprisingly Bad – Kong: Skull Island

Most Overrated – Call Me by Your Name

Most Underrated – Brigsby Bear

Worst Film of the Year – The Comedian

Top 10 of 2017

1. Blade Runner 2049
2. Get Out
3. War of the Planet of the Apes
4. Baby Driver
5. The Big Sick
6. Coco
7. Wonder Woman
8. Brigsby Bear
9. The Shape of Water
10. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Bottom 5 of 2017

1. The Comedian
2. Monster Trucks
3. Snatched
4. Baywatch
5. Fist Fight

2017 Watched It 100 Movie List

Here is my list of 100 movies from 2017 I intend on seeing. I did my best and managed to see 63 before the Oscars. I will update this as I continue to make my way through this list. Watched It Awards come out tomorrow night!

2017 Movie List

77/100

January 2017 – (2/2)

  • Gold
  • Split

February 2017 – (5/5)

  • John Wick: Chapter 2
  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • Fist Fight
  • A Cure for Wellness
  • Get Out

March 2017 – (7/7)

  • Power Rangers
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Logan
  • CHiPS
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Life

April 2017 – (6/6)

  • The Fate of the Furious
  • The Circle
  • Going in Style
  • Sleight
  • Free Fire
  • Colossal

May 2017 – (4/7)

  • Baywatch
  • The Wall
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Alien: Covenant
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
  • Snatched

June 2017 – (10/13)

  • Wonder Woman
  • Transformers: The Last Knight
  • The Mummy
  • Despicable Me 3
  • All Eyez on Me
  • It Comes At Night
  • Beguiled
  • Baby Driver
  • The Book of Henry
  • Okja
  • The Big Sick
  • Rough Night
  • The House

July 2017 – (4/7)

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Dunkirk
  • A Ghost Story
  • Brigsby Bear
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Atomic Blonde

August 2017 – (6/7)

  • The Dark Tower
  • Wind River
  • The Hitman’s Bodyguard
  • Lucky Logan
  • Detroit
  • Patti Cake$
  • Ingrid Goes West

September 2017 – (6/7)

  • Kingsmen: The Golden Circle
  • American Made
  • IT
  • Battle of the Sexes
  • Lucky
  • The Florida Project
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie

October 2017 – (6/11)

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Mother!
  • Only the Brave
  • Geostrom
  • Better Watch Out
  • Thank You For Your Service
  • The Mountain Between Us
  • Wonderstruck
  • Suburbicon
  • Marshall
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

November 2017 – (12/14)

  • Justice League
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Coco
  • Daddy’s Home 2
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Molly’s Game
  • Mudbound
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Darkest Hour
  • Last Flag Flying
  • A Bad Moms Christmas
  • Lady Bird
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

December 2017 – (9/14)

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • The Disaster Artist
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • Downsizing
  • The Shape of Water
  • The Greatest Showman
  • Stronger
  • Hostiles
  • I, Tonya
  • Father Figures
  • Phantom Thread
  • Brawl in Cell Block 99
  • All the Money in the World
  • The Post

90th Oscar Predictions

My 90th Academy Awards Predictions

Total…. 20/24

My picks are in BOLD.

Best Picture

  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Post
  • The Shape of Water – WINNER
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director

  • Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
  • Jordan Peele (Get Out)
  • Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
  • Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread)
  • Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) – WINNER

Best Actor

  • Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread)
  • Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)
  • Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) – WINNER
  • Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.)

Best Actress

  • Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)
  • Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) – WINNER
  • Margot Robbie (I, Tonya)
  • Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird)
  • Meryl Streep (The Post)

Best Supporting Actor

  • Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)
  • Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
  • Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water)
  • Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World)
  • Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) – WINNER

Best Supporting Actress

  • Mary J. Blige (Mudbound)
  • Allison Janney (I, Tonya) – WINNER
  • Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread)
  • Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
  • Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water)

Best Animated Film

  • Coco – WINNER
  • The Breadwinner
  • Loving Vincent
  • The Boss Baby
  • Ferdinand

Best Cinematography – Blade Runner 2049
Best Costume Design – Phantom Thread
Best Documentary – Icarus
Best Documentary Short – Heroin(e) (Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405)
Best Film Editing – Dunkirk
Best Foreign Language Film – A Fantastic Woman
Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Darkest Hour
Best Original Score – The Shape of Water
Best Original Song – “This is Me” (The Greatest Showman) “Remember Me” (Coco)
Best Production Design – The Shape of Water
Best Animated Short – Dear Basketball
Best Live Action Short – DeKalb Elementary (The Silent Child)
Best Sound Editing – Dunkirk
Best Sound Mixing – Dunkirk
Best Visual Effects – Blade Runner 2049
Best Adapted Screenplay  Call Me by Your Name
Best Original Screenplay – Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Get Out)

Last Month in Watched It: February 2018

What I Watched February 2018

Movies:

  • Darkest Hour (2017)
  • A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)
  • Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
  • Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)
  • Justice League (2017)
  • The Post (2017)
  • Marshall (2017)
  • Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 (2016)
  • Dear Basketball (2017)
  • Heroin(e) (2017)
  • Phantom Thread (2017)
  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017)
  • Lou (2017)

The Good:

See my review here… Blade Runner 2049

The Bad:

Daddy’s Home 2 would have to be the bad for the month. Had low expectations for this sequel but the trailer actually made me slightly hopeful. Mel Gibson and John Lithgow were great additions to the cast, but unfortunately they were poorly used and a bad script kills this comedy. Not the worst sequel but far from the best. Grade D

The Old or Surprising:

What surprised me most this month was that the Pixar’s offering for Best Animated Short wasn’t my favorite. Dear Basketball written and narrated by Kobe Bryant was fantastic. That’s not to say Lou was bad by any means, but it’s rather refreshing to see something new on top. Grade A

Blade Runner 2049 Review

Full disclosure, I just saw the original Blade Runner in October of last year and my takeaway from that film was lukewarm at best. After digesting the movie for a couple days, I realized that my presumptive expectations of Blade Runner being a science fiction action film, when in reality it’s a science fiction noir, were to blame. After seeing Blade Runner 2049 and going into it with the proper mindset, I badly want to re-watch the original Blade Runner and reevaluate my opinion of it. Surprisingly, Blade Runner 2049 is one of the best movies I have seen from 2017.

Blade Runner 2049 is everything I could ever ask for from a science fiction noir film and more. Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins have come together and built a masterpiece that didn’t get its due credit, much like the first film. Denis Villeneuve took this project on knowing that a large portion of the Blade Runner fanbase, were unsure they wanted this cult classic story ever touched again. He did it with care and vision and delivered the proper tone and feel that the first one gave off. The cinematography is off the charts thanks to now 14th Time nominated Best Cinematographer, Roger Deakins. By far the most beautiful movie I have seen in recent years and hands down favorite to finally win his Oscar.

Ryan Gosling continues to take on any genre and deliver a strong performance, while Harrison Ford returns to his role as Rick Deckard. Ford’s performance is strong and begs the question of how close was he to a Best Supporting nomination. Jared Leto is fine and Robin Wright is good as usual, but Sylvia Hoeks is a scene stealer. She plays the ruthless character of Luv, Niander Wallace’s (Leto) hench-woman.

Please check this movie out and give it the cult classic credit it well deserves. I loved it and will rewatch the original Blade Runner after I catch up on Oscar movies. Blade Runner 2049 is a must see film. Yes it’s long but it somehow leaves you wanting more.

Grade A+

Backlighting: Jóhann Jóhannsson

I just heard the sad news of Oscar winning composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s passing at the age of 48. As my love and passion for film continues to grow, I have started to remember names and faces like I used to do with my favorite sports teams. Now, instead of knowing the Braves AA backup catcher, I remember the composer or cinematographer of my favorite movies. I don’t know many composers off the top of my head, but Jóhann Jóhannsson was one I knew and knew quite well. I have a spotify playlist dedicated to my favorite movie scores and Jóhann is a big part of it.
 
I first noticed his work with the film, The Theory of Everything. A powerful Eddie Redmayne performance driven home by Jóhann’s beautiful score. He has also teamed up with probably my favorite director working right now, Denis Villeneuve, on several projects including Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival. He won a Golden Globe for his original score for The Theory of Everything and an Academy Award for his original score for Sicario. At just 48 years of age, it feels as if Jóhann was just beginning an amazing career. Sad loss for the world of film and music.
 
RIP Jóhann Jóhannsson

My Top 5 Songs

  • “Forces of Attraction” The Theory of Everything Soundtrack (2014)

 

  • “Flight From the City” Orphée (2016)

  • “Cambridge, 1963” The Theory of Everything Soundtrack (2014)

  • “The Beast”  Sicario Soundtrack (2015)

  • “Fordlandia”  Fordlandia (2008)