Wednesday, January 10, 2018

2017: The Year Popular Opinion And My Opinion REALLY split

So I was gonna do a Best Of list, but I honestly didn't see too many movies that really excited me this year. I definitely can't do a Best Of horror, cuz none of them really blew me away.

And don't get me started on how over-rated I think Get Out is. This movie was over-hyped to death, and when I saw it(the first week it came out so there'd be no spoilers), I was like..."That's it?"

It's basically Stepford Wives but with an even more ludicrous setup. Yes, more ludicrous than robot wives.

And I'm looking at these lists thinking...when did I diverge so much from what the masses think? A Ghost Story? So boring I only gave it 30 minutes. Kong: Skull Island? Wanted to like it, but it's just so...mediocre. Blackguard's Daughter? Boooooooo-ring.

Super Dark Times. Super drawn-out snooze fest. (another triumph of style over substance--this year's "It Follows")

Logan didn't blow my skirt up, cuz I was hoping for a movie-version of Old Man Logan. Plus, passing-the-torch movies always suck for me.

I mean, honestly, the best movie I saw in the theater this year was Terminator 2: 3D...

So here's my unofficial list of the movies I saw that I enjoyed, in no order:

  • Spider-man Homecoming - Spider-man and Wolverine are my two favorite superheroes, so seeing Spidey return to cinematic greatness was nice. Adding in Michael Keaton was a great touch too.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - Didn't like it as much as the first, but still a lot of fun. And the de-aging of Kurt Russell deserves an Oscar
  • Thor Ragnarok - a little TOO jokey, but most of them hit. It was really strange to watch Thor be fun...
  • It - NOWHERE near as good as the books. Let's get that out of the way. Frankly, not even as faithful as the miniseries from the 80's. But still...stylish, set in the greatest decade of all, and Pennywise was pretty well done. I did enjoy it, but definitely not how much everyone else did.
  • The Babysitter - This has to be the biggest surprise on the list. Had NO expectation for this, as it's a Netflix movie. Didn't know anything about it going in, and it starts like an 80's teen-in-love-with-his-babysitter movie, then takes a great twist. Saw it, and a couple of nights later watched it again with my wife.
  • 47 Meters Down - I saw the original version of this when it was called  "In The Deep", so I don't know if the final version was changed. But it made my wife scream, which doesn't happen often if I'm not inside of her. Thank you, please tip your waitresses.
  • Split - It's nice to see Shyamalan making a come-back. Another solid flick.
  • War For the Planet of the Apes - A good way to finish off the trilogy.
  • John Wick 2 - Man, this picks up where the first left off, and just DOESN'T. STOP. 
  • Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri - This guy has to be one of the most interesting writer/director currently working. Loved In Bruges. Loved 7 Psychopaths. Loved this(though not as much as those). It goes places you don't see coming, and the characters are ALWAYS three-dimensional in ways you don't expect. Highly recommend.
  • The Disaster Artist - Not only funny, but interesting.
A cool "It" poster I saw today...

And here's the list of "Okay" movies I saw.
  • Annabelle Creation
  • American Made
  • Baby Driver
  • The Belko Experiment
  • Blade Runner 2049(if they'd cut this down by 25 minutes, would have been a solid "enjoy" flick)
  • Happy Death Day
  • Better Watch Out
  • The Shallows
  • Cult of Chucky
  • Life
  • Creep 2
  • 1922
  • Gerald's Game
Fair Warning: Haven't seen Raw, It Came From The Desert, Tragedy Girls, Mayhem, Brawl in Cell Block 99, the Big Sick or Shape of Water yet. (all movies that were on best-of lists)

So there you go. If you don't see a movie on those lists, I either didn't see it, or didn't like it. I did just see the new Insidious yesterday, and it's pretty weak. Certainly the worst of the bunch. If I'd seen it on cable then I'd probably say it was okay.

But it's not worth going to the movies for...

Maybe I'll do a Best Of TV list... TV is definitely where the best writing currently is...


Steve Pattee said...

Saw Brawl in Cell Block 99 last night. Loved every fucking minute of it. I love S. Craig Zahler. Dude can write and make movies. I'm already looking forward to his next film, Dragged Across Concrete (what a great fucking title).

Best part about Brawl (aside from the unrelenting brutality) is it doesn't treat the audience like idiots, and it doesn't give one fuck about your feelings.

I'm not saying you'll like it, I'm just saying I loved it.

I also loved IT, so take that for what it's worth.

You have Belko listed twice in okay movies. I need to see that still.

BTW, Brawl is on Amazon Prime right now!

Aric Blue said...

Yeah, I added Brawl to my watch list so will get to it soon.