Blog Introduction

Note (6/11/17) – I have changed my method for my rankings.  Instead of a 1-10 system, I have decided to rank the movies based on if you should see it in the theater, at home, or not at all.  There will also be a best of 2017 section for the top 10 movies of the year.  Each movie will still be ranked from first to last, but will no longer have a number associated with it.


 

I’ve been debating about starting a blog for a while now, but coming up with something that was worth writing about and convincing myself to do it have been a struggle.  First off, I LOVE MOVIES.  Its a huge passion of mine.  I love going to the movie theater and being entertained.  Nothing makes me more satisfied then going to the movies and watching something that is everything I wanted to see or something completely unexpected that made me think about what was behind the movie.

The purpose of this blog is three things.

1.  One thing that really drives me crazy is watching a movie trailer and feeling like I have seen everything there is to see for the movie.  All the funniest jokes have been said, the best action scenes have been revealed and worst, the entire plot of the movie was spoiled.  My original thought for this blog is to watch the trailer and then compare the movie to the trailer, did I see the entire movie in the trailer or was the trailer done well enough to get me excited but it didn’t spoil it for me.

2. English and writing are not my strongest points.  I want to use this blog to try and be a better writer.  Does writing a blog on a semi-frequent basis help me accomplish that?  There will definitely be times, and you have probably seen them in this blog already, that my writing is just complete garbage or my english is crap.  Its a work in progress no doubt.

3.  This is the least important, but there will be mini reviews of each movie as well.  Can I write a good review?

This blog may never be read by a single other person but I’m looking at this as a passion project.  In 2016 I saw 43 movies in the theater, and 29 in 2015.  I have a lofty goal of seeing 100 movies in the theater this year.  I don’t know how easy or difficult this will be, but I feel like there are a lot of good movies that come out each year that I never see.  When award seasons come out there are so many that are nominated that I didn’t see and I want to see if I can change that.  That being said I am already behind in my quest.  Its Febuary 26th and I have only watched 7 movies this year, I should be closer to 20.

If you are reading this, thank you.  Please be patient with me but hopefully this will be a fun and relieving journey

-Kent

 

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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women – Trailer vs. Movie #74 (-5.6)

As is typical with all my posts, please be aware there are possible spoilers.

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

I am having a bit of a hard time envisioning who the audience is for Professor Marston and the Wonder Women.  My best guess is someone that likes films that tell true life stories, but this film is not a patty cake warm fuzzy movie.  This movie will make people feel uncomfortable or even shocked.

The trailer hints at the polyandrous relationship between the main characters, but this is the focus of the movie.  There is a focus on the relationship between the two women and the man, but also between the two women and each other.  The movie is not a comic book film, the creation of Wonder Woman is a very small part of this.

I did like this movie, but it is definitely not for everyone and will probably not be a movie that I watch again.

Watching the trailer you may have been slightly deceived about what the true nature of this movie is.

 

Watch in the theater? – No

Watch at home? – Yes

I watched the trailer, have I already seen the movie? – No

End Credit Scene? No

 

 

 

 

Flatliners – Trailer vs. Movie #73 (-6.5)

As is typical with all my posts, please be aware there are possible spoilers.

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

 

Flatliners is a remake of the cult hit from 1990.  Do not think this is a sequel because Kiefer Sutherland is in this movie.  He doesn’t play the same character and has a Easter Egg like one liner referencing the 1990 movie.

This current iteration fails in almost ever sense.  While there is a bit of doing what the movie said it would, exploring what happens when we die, most of the film is trying to be a suspenseful horror movie that just isn’t scary.  Each character only goes flatlining once and then they are “haunted” by their past the rest of the movie.  It relies heavily on jump scares.

Do your self a favor, avoid this movie and go watch the original.

Watch in the theater? – No

Watch at home? – No

I watched the trailer, have I already seen the movie? – Yes

End Credit Scene? No

 

 

 

 

Blade Runner 2049 – Trailer vs. Movie #72 (-4.9)

As is typical with all my posts, please be aware there are possible spoilers.

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

Blade Runner 2049 is the new perfect followup to Blade Runner.  My fear was Blade Runner 2049 was simply going to be a money grab.  Call it Blade Runner, make lots of loud bangs with some actions scenes and call it good.  This fortunately is not the case.

First is Blade Runner 2049 is one of the most visually striking films of the year.  The cinematography is amazing, the score is top notch and sound design is incredible.

The comment can be made that the story is slow at times, and this is defiantly true.  The movie is a slow burn with a few really good action sequences, but this is also how Blade Runner was.

Blade Runner 2049 does a good job of taking the story to a good place and doesn’t spoon feed the viewer, letting the audience decide what is happening in the movie.

The trailer doesn’t give away anything of importance.

 

Watch in the theater? – Yes

Watch at home? – Yes

I watched the trailer, have I already seen the movie? – No

End Credit Scene? No

 

 

 

 

Victoria and Abdul – Trailer vs. Movie #71 (-5.7)

As is typical with all my posts, please be aware there are possible spoilers.

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

Victoria and Abdul is based on the over decade long relationship between the Queen of England and her servant.  Judi Dench give a amazing performance as Queen Victoria.  The whole film is lots of fun, but also hits on some serious topics.  There will be people that do not like the film because of the implication that Queen Victoria read the Quran and spoke Urdu.

The film shows just how fearful people can be of someone and a culture they do not understand.  And to what lengths they will go to.

While the trailer does give a lot away, it leaves out enough to make some very surprising and enjoyable moments in the movie.

Watch in the theater? – Yes

Watch at home? – Yes

I watched the trailer, have I already seen the movie? – Kind of

End Credit Scene? No

 

 

 

 

American Made – Trailer vs. Movie #70 (-4.5)

As is typical with all my posts, please be aware there are possible spoilers.

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

American Made is a movie based on a true story, and a story you would never believe possible could have ever happened in a movie.  The case of reality being stranger then fiction.  While it’s not clear to me how much of this movie actually happened, if even a little bit of it did it’s a pretty amazing story.

The story of American Made can be compared to Forest Gump in the sense that Forest Gump interacted with many famous people throughout the film, same goes here, but in this case its not fiction.  The acting in the movie was good enough for the story, no one will win a Academy Award here, but it was still entertaining.  As always Tom Cruise is the same character in every movie, but it works here.

The trailer gives away most of the plot, but there still a bunch of details of the movie that make this movie worth watching.

Watch in the theater? – Yes

Watch at home? – Yes

I watched the trailer, have I already seen the movie? – Kind of

End Credit Scene? No

 

 

 

 

Battle of the Sexes – Trailer vs. Movie #69 (-5.3)

As is typical with all my posts, please be aware there are possible spoilers.

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

Battle of the Sexes is exactly the movie you would expect from seeing the trailer.  Incredible performances by Emma Stone and Steve Carell take you deep into women’s tennis before it had a true breakout onto main stream.

While watching the trailer you really have seen most of the movie, but there is a lot more here just under the surface.  The film really shows what challenges were, and still are, faced by women’s sports and even more difficult if you were not attracted to a “normal” sex.

While you don’t need to see it in the theater to get the full experience of this movie, its a good movie to go out and see.

Watch in the theater? – Yes

Watch at home? – Yes

I watched the trailer, have I already seen the movie? – Kind of

End Credit Scene? No

 

 

 

 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Trailer vs. Movie #68 (-5.2)

As is typical with all my posts, please be aware there are possible spoilers.

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

I had somewhat high hopes coming into Kingsman.  I didn’t watch the first one in the theater, but when I did watch it, the movie was pretty unique.  It pushed the boundaries of what a action film is in style and content.  The Golden Circle is a step backward.  As much as it could I feel like The Golden Circle played it safe.  Sure there are some parts that tried to be a little on edge, but it never really pushed its self like the first film.

I do enjoy this movie more then some of the other action movie entries this year, but I think this was a missed opportunity to keep pushing what action movie can be.  Acting was sometimes good, sometimes not so good.  The plot is full of holes and things just don’t make any sense.  For example, the reason given for the main villain to take out the Kingsman is never explained.   If you are going to see this movie because Channing Tatum is in the trailer, you will be disappointed.  He’s basically in one scene.

All that being said I think it’s still better then most of the action movies to come out this year, its just a disappointment that it wasn’t better.

Trailer #1 doesn’t give away everything, but there is one big spoiler.  Trailer #2 gives almost everything away.  There is one great cameo that they did manage not to show though, that has a bigger roll then Channing Tatum, so that was pretty nice to see.

Watch in the theater? – Maybe

Watch at home? – Yes

I watched the trailer, have I already seen the movie? – Yes

End Credit Scene? No

 

 

 

 

LEGO Ninjago – Trailer vs. Movie #67 (-5.9)

As is typical with all my posts, please be aware there are possible spoilers.

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

The hope for me going into the LEGO Ninjago movie is that is would be close to as good as The LEGO Movie or LEGO Batman.  Unfortunately Ninjago is far below either of those movies and could be closer to a direct to DVD release movie.  Gone is most of the humor that a adult would like and is replaced by really campy humor focused on kids 8-12.

Watching the trailer, more then 1/2 of the trailer is not in the movie.  The “reveal” I am your son Lloyd is done a completely different way in the movie taking out the humor and gone is the bride leaving her husband to get stepped on.

This is a barely watch at home movie for me.  No heart, little humor that I liked, and a cookie cutter story.

Watch in the theater? – No

Watch at home? – Maybe

I watched the trailer, have I already seen the movie? – Yes

End Credit Scene? No

 

 

 

 

American Assassin – Trailer vs. Movie #66 (-4.9)

As is typical with all my posts, please be aware there are possible spoilers.

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

American Assassin is based on a novel written by Vince Flynn, and that’s almost where the similarities between the book and movie stop.  If you are expecting a film based on the book you will be very disappointed.  Watching the trailer I had a pretty good idea going in that the movie was nothing close to the book.

So with that being said I’ll just focus on the movie.  I’ll be honest it wasn’t great.  Pretty run of the mill action movie.  No surprises, no risk taking, pretty standard stuff.  Your basic popcorn flick.  Most of the movie I was kinda bored really.

Watching the trailer you almost watched the movie.  They show off nearly every set piece and give away the main villain and his objective.

 

Watch in the theater? – No

Watch at home? – Maybe

I watched the trailer, have I already seen the movie? – Yes

End Credit Scene? No

 

 

 

 

Mother! – Trailer vs. Movie #65 (-5.9)

As is typical with all my posts, please be aware there are possible spoilers.

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

Mother!  is not a movie for everyone.  Mother!  is not a movie that a lot of people will enjoy.  Watching the trailer it is very reasonable to expect the movie is psychological thriller that will be frightening and creepy.   It was actually hard to understand what this movie was about from the trailer.

What you got from this movie was a movie filled with metaphors and symbolism.   I frankly didnt understand most of the movie, but after doing some research later the movie actually is very cleaver.  Unfortunately while watching the movie if you don’t pick up on what the meaning of what is happening its unlikely that you will enjoy it.  And that is the downfall of this movie, if your trying to be super cleaver and your audience doesn’t understand it, likely they will hate it.   This is what lead to the really bad audience scores.

If you are up for a artsy movie that is difficult to understand, then this is for you.  If that last sentence just makes you want to throw up, avoid this movie at all cost.

Watching the trailer is not even close to watching this movie.

Watch in the theater? – Maybe

Watch at home? – Maybe

I watched the trailer, have I already seen the movie? – No

End Credit Scene? No

I usually don’t do this, but this is a unusual movie.  If you want some help with understanding this movie or want to know what it’s about there is a good video from reviewer Jeremy Jahns.