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-

Last Month in Watched It: November 2017

What I Watched November 2017

Movies:

  • The Wolf Man (1941)
  • The Dark Tower (2017)
  • Girl’s Trip (2017)
  • Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017)
  • Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
  • Going in Style (2017)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
  • The Star (2017)

The Good:

Not a great month throwing out the old in The Wolf Man. Everything else was either a heap of crap or just ok, but the best of the that group would have to be The Star. Not even so much because of the movie, more because of the experience I had with my son and wife seeing it. I am not a religious person but my son and wife are and he was so excited to see the story of Jesus’s birth. The story he had learned so much about at his religious preschool program. Movie had a nice balance of comedy, which I did enjoy. Grade C

The Bad:

The bad is always easy when theres a Michael Bay Transformers movie to talk about. Michael Bay decided he wasn’t done destroying beloved childhood characters and offered up yet another Transformers movie this year. This one is called Transformers: The Last Knight. Basically this movie has been a flop and Michael Bay has stepped away from the franchise. What more could you ask for from this movie? A Bumblebee movie is scheduled for 2018 with a new team behind it, so don’t give up hope on the franchise yet. Grade D

The Old or Surprising:

1941’s The Wolf Man would be the old for the month. With The Mummy being such a flop, I have decided to go back and watch the classics that started the monster craze. The Wolf Man won’t blow you away and there are better classic films, but it’s a fun short watch. Remember short movies? Back when they didn’t have to be almost three hours long. Grade B

Last Month in Watched It: July 2017

What I Watched July 2017

Movies:

  • Free State of Jones (2016)
  • Wonder Woman (2017)
  • Baby Driver (2017)
  • Gold (2017)
  • The Mummy (2017)
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
  • The Fate of the Furious (2017)

TV Shows:

  • F is For Family (Season 2)
  • Preacher (Season 2)
  • Bloodline (Season 3)
  • GLOW (Season 1)
  • Riverdale (Season 1)
  • Fargo (Season 3)
  • Game of Thrones (Season 7)
  • Friday Night Lights (Season 5)
  • Last Chance U (Season 2)

2017 Summer Movie Preview

Summer preview time! It’s time to look at what has already came out this Summer and what else is on the way. Here are my most anticipated movies for June, July, and August.

Top 5 Most Anticipated Summer 2017 Movies

5. Detroit, August 4th

  • Kathryn Bigelow is about all I need to say here. She is an outstanding filmmaker and now she is tackling the rioting in 1967 in Detroit. The trailer looks dark and grim but the fact this is a cinematic retelling of historical events, make it even more of a must see film. She might be shooting for more Oscar’s attention with this one and I can only hope thats what we get.

4. Wonder Woman, June 2nd

  • I

3. War for the Planet of the Apes, July 14th

    • C

2. Baby Driver, June 28th

  • O

1. Dunkirk, July 21st

  • H

5 Honorable Mentions

  • The Mummy, June 9th
  • The Big Sick, June 23rd
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming, July 7th
  • Wind River, August 4th
  • Lucky Logan, August 18th

Last Month in Watched It: May 2017

What I Watched May 2017

Movies:

  • Get Out (2017)
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)

TV Shows:

  • The Mick (Season 1)
  • The Americans (Season 1)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (Season 1)
  • Kevin Can Wait (Season 1)
  • The Last Man on Earth (Season 3)
  • Crashing (Season 1)
  • Legion (Season 1)
  • Community (Season 5)
  • Detroiters (Season 1)
  • 13 Reasons Why (Season 1)

Last Month in Watched It: April 2017

What I Watched April 2017

Movies:

  • Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016)
  • Doctor Strange (2016)
  • Petes Dragon (2016)
  • The Magnificent Seven (2016)
  • Harry and the Hendersons (1987)

TV Shows:

  • The Mick (Season 1)
  • The Americans (Season 1)
  • Big Little Lies (Season 1)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (Season 1)
  • Kevin Can Wait (Season 1)
  • The Last Man on Earth (Season 3)
  • Love (Season 2)
  • Crashing (Season 1)
  • Legion (Season 1)
  • Community (Season 5)
  • The Walking Dead (Season 7)
  • Detroiters (Season 1)
  • 13 Reasons Why (Season 1)

2017 Spring Movie Preview

Spring preview time! It’s time to look at what has already came out this Spring and what else is on the way. Here are my most anticipated movies for March, April, and May.

Top 5 Most Anticipated Spring 2017 Movies

5.Ghost in the ShellMarch 31st

  • I struggled with the 5 spot for the Spring  Preview. It was down to a couple different movies, all have their flaws but all are also things I’m excited to see. Finally, I decided on Ghost in the Shell because it just looks different and new to me. I’m not familiar with the source material and I know nothing about the story but I love the feel of the trailer and the world it takes place in. It might be a total flop. Who knows.

 

4. Beauty and the Beast, March 17h

  • This movie has my wife over the moon. She loves Beauty and the Beast and I’ll admit it’s easily one of my favorite Disney classics as well. Great story with beautiful and fun songs. There really isn’t much more to say here, The Jungle Book was great and I expect this to be in the same ballpark. A trend that will continue to whatever the next live action adaptation Disney decides to do. This is easy money for Disney.

3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, May 5th

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 was an absolute blast, as far as comic book movies go. I really had a fun time with it and now we get to go back to that universe with the same cast and director… sign me up. Sequels typically don’t meet the expectations set from the original, so I expect a drop off but by much.


2. Kong: Skull Island, March 5th

  • Kong: Skull Island put out an amazing first trailer which has my exceptions high. Only real concern that i have, is that Godzilla put out one of the best trailers that i have possibly ever seen and the movie turned out to be just good not great in the end. It’s in the two spot because I have a feeling Kong: Skull Island will give me a little more of what I wanted from Godzilla.

1. Logan, March 3rd

  • The superhero movie we always wanted. Hugh Jackman makes his exit, supposedly, as wolverine in the R rated movie Logan. I have avoided the other stand alone Wolverine movies, but Logan has be on the edge of my seat with excitement. How far will they go? Is it really the end of Jackman playing wolverine? I can’t wait.

5 Honorable Mentions

  • Power Rangers, March 22nd
  • Life, March 24th
  • The Fate of the Furious, April 14th
  • Alien: Covenant, May 4th
  • The Wall, May 12th
  • Baywatch, May 25th

Last Month in Watched It: March 2017

What I Watched March 2017

Movies:

  • Nocturnal Animals (2016)
  • Ghostbusters (2016)
  • The Founder (2016)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
  • Logan (2017)
  • Passengers (2016)
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

TV Shows:

  • This Is Us (Season 1)
  • The Mick (Season 1)
  • The Americans (Season 1)
  • Big Little Lies (Season 1)
  • Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Season 1)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (Season 1)
  • Kevin Can Wait (Season 1)
  • The Last Man on Earth (Season 3)
  • Taboo (Season 1)
  • Love (Season 1, 2)
  • Crashing (Season 1)
  • Legion (Season 1)
  • Community (Season 5)
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season 12)
  • Detroiters (Season 1)

89th Oscar Predictions

My 89th Academy Awards Predictions

Total…. 17/24

My picks are in BOLD.

Best Picture

  • La La Land
  • Moonlight – WINNER
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Lion
  • Hidden Figures
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Fences

Best Director

  • Damien Chapelle (La La Land) – WINNER
  • Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
  • Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)
  • Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)

Best Actor

  • Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) – WINNER
  • Denzel Washington (Fences)
  • Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
  • Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
  • Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

Best Actress

  • Emma Stone (La La Land) – WINNER
  • Natalie Portman (Jackie)
  • Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
  • Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)
  • Ruth Negga (Loving)

Best Supporting Actor

  • Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) – WINNER
  • Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
  • Dev Patel (Lion)
  • Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Viola Davis (Fences) – WINNER
  • Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Naomi Harris (Moonlight)
  • Nicole Kidman (Lion)
  • Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)

Best Animated Film

  • Zootopia – WINNER
  • Moana
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • The Red Turtle
  • My Life as a Zucchini

Best Cinematography – La La Land
Best Costume Design – Jackie (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
Best Documentary – O.J.: Made in America
Best Documentary Short – Joe’s Violin (The White Helmets)
Best Film Editing – Hacksaw Ridge
Best Foreign Language Film – The Salesman
Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Star Trek Beyond (Suicide Squad)
Best Original Score – La La Land
Best Original Song – “City of Stars” (La La Land)
Best Production Design – La La Land
Best Animated Short – Piper
Best Live Action Short – Ennemis Intérieurs (Sing)
Best Sound Editing – Hacksaw Ridge (Arrival)
Best Sound Mixing – Hacksaw Ridge
Best Visual Effects – The Jungle Book
Best Adapted Screenplay – Moonlight
Best Original Screenplay – La La Land (Manchester by the Sea)