Last Month in Watched It: September 2018

Movies:

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
  • Ocean’s Eight (2018)
  • Skyscraper (2018)
  • Uncle Drew (2018)
  • The Meg (2018)
  • Mission: Impossible Fallout (2018)
  • Lean on Pete (2018)
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018)
  • Eight Grade (2018)
  • Three Identical Strangers (2018)

The Good:

I was finally able to get around to a couple documentaries that people have been taking about on different podcasts, Three Identical Strangers and Won’t You Be My Neighbor. Both were good but only one was loved and it was the one that focused on the lovable Fred Rogers. Won’t You Be My Neighbor is a deep dive into Fred Rogers life and his time with PBS. It’s a heartwarming movie that may need to be accompanied by with a box of tissues. Such a wonderful man.

Grade A

The Bad:

Unfortunately this honor must be bestowed upon… The Meg. Yikes. Now, I didn’t expect it to be the second coming of Jaws but I also expected more than Sharknado with a better budget and imagery. No denying that this movie is beautifully shot at times, but theres also no denying this movie is extremely corny as well. Now, unlike Skyscraper… The Meg owns it. Knows what it is and has fun with it. Unfortunately, it still didn’t work for me at all.

Grade C-

The Old or Surprising:

H

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Last Month in Watched It: August 2018

Movies:

  • Avengers Infinity War (2018)
  • A Ghost Story (2017)
  • Tully (2018)
  • Deadpool 2 (2018)
  • Isle of Dogs (2018)
  • Upgrade (2018)
  • Hereditary (2018)
  • American Animals (2018)
  • Tag (2018)

The Good:

Avengers Infinity War really surprised me. I have probably said this before but, MCU movies rarely blow me away. They’re consistently good and do enough to keep me interested, but this is one of those rare occasions. Infinity War is a fantastic ensamble movie that is pulled off almost to perfection and is easily one of the Top 5 MCU movies I have seen.

Grade A-

The Bad:

T

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The Old or Surprising:

I went back to last year to revisit a movie that made a lot of top 10 lists, David Lowery’s A Ghost Story. It’s an unusual story that probably left audiences polarized in either a love it or hate it. I don’t imagine this has a very big middle ground. The symbolism and imagery are undeniably beautiful but the story does take it’s time and if your not completely sold from the start, it can get long and feel tedious. Personally, I liked it quite a bit.

Grade B+

Last Month in Watched It: July 2018

Movies:

  • Blockers (2018)
  • Life of the Party (2018)
  • The Conjuring (2013)
  • Super Trooper 2 (2018)
  • Thoroughbreds (2018)
  • Love, Simon (2018)
  • Overboard (1987)
  • Overboard (2018)
  • I Feel Pretty (2018)

The Good:

Love, Simon is one of the best coming to age movies I have seen in a while. It’s a reincarnation of a John Hughes style love story that is beyond beautiful and delightful. It also takes on the problems and dilemmas a person might go through when decided when and how to come out… if they aren’t ousted by someone else. This is must see and top 10 of the year I predict.

Grade A

The Bad:

Overboard continues the on the list of remakes we never asked for or wanted. In doing my “research” for this movie, I had to watch the original, something I hadn’t seen yet. The 1987 version is good. It’s a fun movie with a good cast, but on to the remake which sucks. It’s shot for shot at some points and lacks an original spin besides the gender swap of who has amnesia. I did like how some characters unapologetically spoke Spanish. It was nice to not have them speak broken English for a low hanging fruit joke.

Grade D

The Old or Surprising:

Hands down the most surprising thing I have watched this month is Blockers. I had zero hope for this raunchy looking comedy with the stupid title. Then I watched it and this movie got me misty, like in my eyeballs. It’s so much more than a raunchy comedy, it actually has a heart and solid message behind it. Blockers did itself no favors with the crap title and that’s unfortunate because it should be seen. I enjoyed every bit of it.

Grade B

Last Month in Watched It: June 2018

Movies:

  • Black Panther (2018)
  • Tomb Raider (2018)
  • Annihilation (2018)
  • A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
  • Paddington 2 (2018)
  • A Quiet Place (2018)
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)
  • 12 Strong (2018)
  • Peter Rabbit (2018)
  • Unsane (2018)
  • The 15:17 to Paris (2018)
  • Death Wish (2018)
  • The Death of Stalin (2018)
  • Ready Player One (2018)
  • Rampage (2018)
  • Red Sparrow (2018)
  • The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
  • I Kill Giants (2018)

The Good:

A Quiet Place

Grade A

The Bad:

The 15:17 to Paris is a great and heroic story poorly executed by a decent director with a too grand of a vision. The idea of using the actual heroes to play themselves in the film was a bold and risky move, that ultimately didn’t pay off. I found the acting distracting and the 90% of the film to be extremely boring. Now, we get to the part on the train, the part that is the focus of the story, that part was amazing. Extremely gritty and moving to see what these heroes did to save the lives of the passengers of that train. This is a very bad movie but it’s almost worth watching just to see the last 15 minutes or so. Grade D

The Old or Surprising:

This might be purely based on the wealth of nostalgia I witnessed and went though while watching Ready Player One, but I loved it and I really didn’t think I would. I love Stanley Kubrick and the scenes that take place at the Overlook Hotel brought so much joy to my Kubrick loving heart. Ready Player One itself is a fun ride with plenty of flaws but it really feels like Spielberg had fun with this one after making several intense and good dramas. Grade B+

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+

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

Last Month in Watched It: January 2018

What I Watched January 2018

Movies:

  • Lady Bird (2017)
  • I, Tonya (2017)
  • Coco (2017)
  • Patti Cake$ (2017)
  • The Shape of Water (2017)
  • The Room (2003)
  • The Disaster Artist (2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Wind River (2017)
  • The Florida Project (2017)

The Good:

The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro is beautiful love story between a deaf cleaning lady at a government facility and an amphibious man from the sea. The cinematography is some of the best of the year, which we have become accustom to with del Toro’s work. Award season should be kind to this movie. Grade A

The Bad:

The Room, from 2003, is widely considered one of the worst movies of all time. I’m going to agree that it’s bad, but strangely fascinating at the same time. A must see movie if you want to be in the “club.” Grade F

The Old or Surprising:

I truly had no real expectations of Coco. The trailers looked solid but they didn’t have me counting down the days. When I finally saw it, it immediately became one of my favorite movies of the year. Easily a 10/10 movie for me and I’ll even go as far to say it’s the best Pixar movie of the past few years. Best since Toy Story 3 and Up I would say. Grade A+

Last Month in Watched It: December 2017

What I Watched December 2017

Movies:

  • The Book of Henry (2017)
  • Office Christmas Party (2016)
  • Better Watch Out (2017)
  • Logan Lucky (2017)
  • Four Christmases (2008)
  • Mother! (2017)
  • Bright (2017)
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
  • Call Me By Your Name (2017)

The Good:

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the movie with the too long title that somehow works perfectly. Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell deliver performances that rival their performances in Fargo and Moon. The movie is touches on several genres which for some made for a confusing tone. I personally loved it. Woody Harrelson is great as well. Grade A-

The Bad:

Bright was by far the worst movie I saw last month. The writing is horrific. It starts by building up a cool world you want to spend time in and follows that with a poorly written storyline. I heard they have a new writer for the sequel, so maybe theres hope this world will be explored more when it’s in better hands. Grade D

The Old or Surprising:

What surprised me most this month was “Mother!,” it was so far from what I expected it to be. Darren Aronofsky is normally a director I can rely on to deliver a great piece of film that will be on my top 10 of the year. The heavy handed symbolism of Mother! didn’t land with me. Maybe i need to see it again. Beautiful film to look at. Grade C-