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My Favorite Movies of 2017.

December 29, 2017

Alphabetically:


Alien: Covenant


Big Bear


The Big Sick


Blade Runner 2049


Brigsby Bear


The Disaster Artist


Forever ‘B’


The House


I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore


Infinity Baby


Killing Gunther


Logan


Logan Lucky


Lucky


Spider-man: Homecoming


Step


War for the Planet of the Apes

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My Favorite Albums of 2017.

December 21, 2017

Alphabetically:


Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights


David Bazan – Care


Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps


Bully – Losing


Jason Isbell – The Nashville Sound


Lo Tom – Lo Tom


Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile To The Surface


TW Walsh – Terrible Freedom


The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding


Derek Webb – Fingers Crossed

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Recent Viewings.

December 19, 2017


Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I’m so torn by this movie… the best parts are some of the best parts in the whole franchise, but the low parts are pretty low. Maybe not prequels low, but there were just some strange choices. Overall, this is a fun, high-energy installment of the Star Wars saga. The music is awesome, as always, and the acting is fantastic. I mostly could’ve done without so much comedy. It just felt forced. No pun intended. Or was it? I DON’T KNOW ANYMORE! Honestly, I think I need to see it again to have a good opinion, but for now, it fell a little short to me.
B


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

This is definitely better than the first one of this series. I liked seeing more of the characters from my childhood. It’s not really a good movie, but it’s nostalgic, and I like that. Worth seeing if you are/were ever a fan of the Turtles.
C


The Disaster Artist

So good. The first half(ish) of the movie is just about Tommy and Greg meeting, which I didn’t expect. It wasn’t all that funny, not in a bad way, but it had me a little worried. But don’t fret, once they start filming The Room, it’s hilarious. Before the credits they show a lot of side-by-sides of scenes they reshot for The Disaster Artist from The Room (that’s not confusing, is it?). I could’ve watched those all day. So freakin’ funny. I hope they reshot the whole movie and release that at some point. Also, stay for the post-credit scene. Hilarious.
A


Killing Gunther

This movie is super funny. Teran Killam is great, but Bobby Moynihan really steals the show. It’s shot documentary style, which can be gimmicky, but I thought this one was really well done. You can tell some thought was put into it. Solid acting, solid plot, solid ending. The humor may not be for everyone, but it was right up my alley.
A


Logan Lucky

This movie was really fun. It’s definitely pretty unrealistic, but it’s a pretty unique take on a heist movie. I thought Channing Tatum and Adam Driver worked really well as brothers, and there might have even been a part where I cried a little. Don’t tell.
A


Atomic Blonde

Stylistically, this is a pretty cool movie. Plot-wise, it’s a little too convoluted. I feel like it thinks it’s much more clever than it actually is. There is one fight scene in particular that is super awesome, though, and probably worth seeing the movie for (although something very similar was done, and done better, in Daredevil). Still, it’s quite impressive. Overall, pretty meh, but enough action to keep your attention.
C

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Recent Viewings.

December 12, 2017


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

I love these characters. The movies are fun. This one isn’t as good as the first one. But it’s still good. This is an amazing review.
B


Baywatch

Is this a great movie? Nope. Is it better than I expected? Most definitely. I laughed-out-loud quite a few times. It gets a little too crude for my taste a time or two, but overall it’s pretty decent for a silly movie. Not for all, but good for some.
C

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Recent Viewings.

November 21, 2017


The Big Sick

This is just an all-around good movie. It’s an uplifting, true story from one of my favorite actor/comedians, Kumail Nanjiani, about the beginning of his relationship with his now wife, Emily. It’s at times funny, and at times sad, but it’s 100% heartfelt. Recommended.
A


War for the Planet of the Apes

I love this trilogy. It’s so interesting to follow the growth of Caesar from Rise to War. The cgi is incredible, the acting is fantastic, and the story is surprisingly complex. Obviously if you’ve seen the other films, you’ll wanna see this. And if you haven’t seen the others, I’d recommend the whole series. Do it.
A


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

This is a really fun “prequel” to the Harry Potter series. The imagination put into the creatures in this movie was really fun, and the story was unique and interesting. I really liked the characters, too, especially Jacob (Dan Fogler). If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter universe, you’ll dig this.
B


The Babysitter

This thing is ridiculous. And super fun. It’s a horror/comedy, which means it’s super bloody and crude and, also, really funny. There were plenty of “what are you doing?” moments that were frustrating, but I just had to keep reminding myself what I was watching and how silly it all was, then it wasn’t such a big deal. If you aren’t put off by silly, over-the-top gore, and you like weird, unique movies, you’ll probably like this.
B


Are You Here

This movie is… interesting. It’s a comedy. Kinda. It’s a drama. Kinda. It’s hilarious. Sometimes. It’s depressing. Sometimes. It feels like it’s not sure what it wants to be. And then it feels like it’s exactly what it was planned to be. The weird thing is, when I think about all of that, it seems like something I wouldn’t like, but I did like it. It’s nothing I’m going to look forward to watching over and over, but if this sounds intriguing to you at all, check it out. It’s on Netflix.
C

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Recent Viewings.

November 9, 2017


Baby Driver

I like this movie, in theory. To me, they just took everything a little too far. I liked the whole music video feel, but it got to a point where it was just cheesy. The chemistry/relationship/acting between Baby, the main character, and his love interest was just bad. Laughable, even. From the beginning, the way they talked and treated each other was so over-the-top and unrealistic. The chase scenes were really funny, especially the one on foot, surprisingly. Overall, I had a good time watching this, but I feel like they could’ve pulled back the reigns a bit and it would’ve played better.
C


The House

This movie is funny as butts. I mean, really funny. I’ve noticed it has some pretty low ratings and bad reviews. Pft. That’s dumb. We were laughing pretty much non-stop. The cast is amazing. The plot is ridiculous. Will and Amy are awesome together. If you’re looking for a straight up silly, laugh-out-loud movie, this is it.
A


Brigsby Bear

I honestly loved this movie. I usually love everything Kyle and company do on SNL (etc.), so I expected this movie to be strange and funny, but I didn’t expect it to have so much heart. It’s a genuinely lovely movie. I definitely laughed out loud, but I may have also shed a tear or two.  I also really enjoyed the performance from unknown (to me) Jorge Lendeborg Jr. I tried to stay in the dark as much as possible about what the movie was about, and I think that was a good strategy. Going into it cold will make for a stranger, more fun experience.
A


Wonder Woman

I know this is going to be an unpopular opinion, but I didn’t love this movie. It just felt a little silly to me. Yes, I know it’s a super hero movie. And don’t get me wrong, Diana is a badass. My favorite parts of the movie were when she was kicking some bad guy butts.  But… I just didn’t care at all about what was going on for the first half of the movie. It was boring. Once she put on her costume and started blocking bullets, I was more on board, but even then the cgi wasn’t very good and the scenes between fights were rough. I do look forward to seeing what DC does with the character, and their movies overall, but, at this point, they still can’t hold a candle to anything Marvel’s done.
C

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Recent Viewings.

October 9, 2017


Little Evil

This is a fine little movie for a turn-your-brain-off, cheap movie night. It’s on Netflix, has Adam Scott, and isn’t terrible. What a great review!
C


Spider-man: Homecoming

Logan, maybe my favorite superhero movie ever, came out earlier this year. It was dark, and gory, and great. This movie is on the complete opposite end of the superhero movie spectrum. And I loved it. It’s just so fun, and funny, and… great! And the kid who plays Peter is perfect. This is by far the best iteration(?) of Spider-man, and I look forward to seeing where it goes from here.
A


Blade Runner 2049

Nate, Barry, and I watched the original Blade Runner Thursday night in preparation for a Friday night viewing of 2049. I hadn’t seen it in years, and honestly didn’t remember much of anything about it. I liked it. It’s a cool story with a killer soundtrack, and some really impressive visuals, especially for 1982. So, with a fresh viewing of the original, I was excited to see this new sequel. And it did not disappoint. This may seem silly, but I think it’s a near perfect movie. My only real complaint, if I have to have one, is that it could stand to be a little shorter. Not that I would necessary take anything out, but at almost 3 hours, I was definitely ready to stand up and stretch. The visuals are amazing, the soundtrack, again, is great, and the acting is superb. I found the story super interesting, and the little easter eggs and callbacks really fun. I honestly can’t wait to see it again.
A

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