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

 

Glass Castle – Trailer vs. Movie #54 (-7.4)

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 average movie goer doesn’t know who Brie Larson is and that is a huge shame.  She is one of Hollywood’s bright stars that everyone needs to pay attention to.  Glass Castle is another great performance from Larson as well as from the entire cast.

Glass Castle is filled with everything I wanted from the trailer.  There is a ton of build of of the characters through there experiences and heart breaking moments.  Stong performances from the kids in this movie especially from Chandler Head playing the younger version of Larsons character and another great performance from Woody Harrelson.

The trailer steers clear of any major spoilers of the story but gives away enough of the tone of the movie that you get exactly what your expecting to see.

This movie is definitely one to go see and lands in my top 3 movies of this year.

Watch in the theater? – Yes

Watch at home? – Yes

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

End Credit Scene? No

 

Detroit – Trailer vs. Movie #53 (-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:

I had high expectations for Detroit.  I am very high on director Kathryn Bigelow’s past films Zero Dark Thirty, Hurt Locker and even going back to Point Break and K-19: The Widowmaker.  The topic of Detroit is something that I feel is very relevant to today’s political environment and had a lot of potential to be a powerful film.

For me Detroit doesn’t live up to the hype.  While I feel that Detroit is a important film for  telling the story of part of the Detroit riots, trouble with pacing fails to bring drama throughout the movie.  You will have a hard time finding more suspense in a movie like this if you look at the middle part of this film.  I don’t want to talk about it because the less you know the more the suspense builds, but the tension of the story is outstanding.

The buildup to the middle and the conclusion, while necessary, fail to start or keep the movie going.  The acting in this movie is very good overall with solid performances from Will Poulter, Algee Smith and Hannah Murray.

The only reason I don’t recommend this in the theater completely is because I don’t think you necessarily miss anything by not seeing in the theater.

The trailer for this movie doesn’t give away much and actually successfully hides the best part of the movie.

Watch in the theater? – Maybe

Watch at home? – Yes

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

End Credit Scene? No

 

The Dark Tower – Trailer vs. Movie #52 (-7.5)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

The Dark Tower was to be a movie unlike anyone has ever seen.  The mashup between Western, Sci-Fi and Modern genre’s is unique for movies and if executed well could be a great movie.  The Dark Tower is not that movie.

The Dark Tower is sadly one of the most generic action movies around.  Nothing surprising, nothing of consequence and nothing memorable happens in this movie.  Idris Elba has a good performance as the “Gunslinger” but other then that no one turns in a good acting performance along with a very forgettable performance by Matthew McConaughey.

There are hints of a fun world to play around in this film that the director never explorers.  There is no good character building here, and all explanations given for motivations are throw away one liners.

The trailer for this movie gives away nearly everything.  There are some small scenes explaining who might be helping “The Man in Black” but other then that you have seen everything.

Overall a disappointing movie, but what can you expect from a 1 hour and 35 minute film.

Watch in the theater? – No

Watch at home? – Maybe

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

End Credit Scene? No

 

A Ghost Story – Trailer vs. Movie #51 (-7.1)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

A Ghost Story is another movie that has a great cast, but is complete garbage.  If you go to watch the movie because of Casey Affleck or Rooney Mara, you will be disappointed because Affleck is only in the movie for maybe 25% of the time and Mara maybe 50%.  And if those numbers are off its because this 1 hour and 32 minute movie felt like it was much longer.  Unless you like watching Rooney Mara eat pie for 5-10 minutes, seriously.

This is much better viewed as a experimental film rather then entertainment.  Any emotional connection never happens for me and even any chemistry between Affleck and Mara is just non existent.

The trailer gives away everything, because nothing happens in this film.

I am going to say I would rather watch CHiPs again rather then this movie making it the worst movie of the year.

Watch in the theater? – No

Watch at home? – No

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

End Credit Scene? No

 

Atomic Blonde – Trailer vs. Movie #50 (-7.5)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

Atomic Blonde is a movie with a TON of great action, but a cliche plot line.  Luckily the incredible action and really good acting from Charlize Theron and James McAvoy easily out weigh the sub par plot.  There have been some comparisons to this being the female version of John Wick, I would say this is more like Jason Borne.

The movie has some of the best action sequences of the year and has the style to go with it.  The cinematography is really well done making for a beautifully shot movie.  The trailer does give away one, or two of the best action sequences in the movie.  It doesn’t give away the plot and there is still plenty of movie to enjoy here.

Watch in the theater? – Yes

Watch at home? – Yes

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

End Credit Scene? No

 

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – Trailer vs. Movie #49 (-6.9)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is not for everyone.  For anyone thinking this is a spiritual successor to Fifth Element, you will be disappointed.  I am not saying Valerian is a bad movie, but to compare it to Fifth Element is a mistake.

Valerian is a hardcore Sci-Fi film.  Acting is below average, visuals are stellar, but story is where things go wrong.  Valerian has some very cool and fun moments, but the story is all over the place and that’s the film’s fatal flaw.

The trailer for Valerian doesn’t give away anything of the plot of the movie.

Watch in the theater? – Only if you are a huge genre fan

Watch at home? – Yes

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

End Credit Scene? No

 

Dunkirk – Trailer vs. Movie #48 (-7.6)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

Dunkirk is not your typical WW2 movie.  There are typical things that you would expect to see, but this is a movie about desperation.  You could almost compare this movie to Jaws in a way in that there is the constant threat of the Germans showing up, but they are rarely seen but felt at every turn.

A few reviewers have called this the best Christopher Nolan movie ever made, I would disagree with that statement.  I would rank this probably 3rd or 4th, but Nolan has made a bunch of my favorite movies so this is not a knock on him at all.

I really don’t want to say to much about the movie because it is difficult to talk about the movie without spoiling the experience.  I think its better going in as fresh as possible.

The trailer doesn’t spoil too much, but being as this is based on a true story its kind of like saying the Titanic trailer doesn’t point too much, the boat sinks in the end.

 

Watch in the theater? – Yes

Watch at home? – Yes

I watched the trailer, have I already seen the movie? – Not really

End Credit Scene? – No

 

War for the Planet of the Apes – Trailer vs. Movie #47 (-7.0)

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 will admit that I am not a huge fan of this series.  War for the Planet of the Apes is a satisfying end to the trilogy but I was hoping for more.  Character development is everything in this movie.  There is one solid action scene in the movie, the rest are pretty pedestrian.  If your going for action you will be disappointed.

Luckily the characters are strong enough to drive the movie, even if there are a few that can be pretty cliche.  Caesar played by Andy Serkis is the stand out as you would expect, but Woody Harrelson does a good job with the screen time he is given as the primary antagonist.

I would rate this as my second favorite Apes film behind the first one.  I was really impressed how the did the recap of the previous to movies at the start of the film.  I honestly didn’t remember the whole story of the last one.

The trailer gives a way a lot.  There is only a couple of minor plot points that are held back.

Watch in the theater? – Maybe

Watch at home? – Yes

I watched the trailer, have I already seen the movie? – Pretty Much

End Credit Scene? – No

 

Beatriz at Dinner – Trailer vs. Movie #46 (-6.6)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

Beatriz at dinner is a film with a agenda and its not shy about hitting you right in the face with it over and over.  Some people may agree with it, some may not, but I doubt there are many people that won’t either like or hate this movie because of it.

There are strong acting performances here from Salma Hayek and John Lithgow, but in my opinion they are overshadowed by what this film is really about.  Because the agenda of this movie is so much in your face I have a hard time recommending this to anyone that doesn’t already agree with it.  I don’t see this movie changing anyone’s mind about immigration, the environment, etc.

The trailer makes this film look like a comedy that may lean on the dark side, but I would have a hard time agreeing with that.  I found it more intriguing when Salma Hayek’s character was a fish out of water in opposition to the other characters.  She doesn’t belong in this world and how she approached trying to fit in was the most interesting part to me.  The trailer gives some of what this film is about, but does a pretty good job of hiding it.

Watch in the theater? – No

Watch at home? – No

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

End Credit Scene? – No

 

Spiderman: Homecoming – Trailer vs. Movie #45 (-7.3)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

Spider-Man: Homecoming might be the best Spider-Man film ever made.  The movie is filled with lots of good action, comedy and is a fun high school drama as well.  Tom Holland makes his second appearance as Spider-Man and doesn’t disappoint.

There are many critics that are saying Robert Downey Jr’s Ironman has too much influence on this movie, but I would say it’s actually pretty spot on.  While Ironman’s influence is all over the movie, Downey’s screen time is probably less then 15 minutes.

Michael Keaton does a great job with the portrayal of the Vulture.  The reason for him existing is set up pretty well and is tough enough to give Spider-Man real problems.  Setting up something rarely seen in a Spider-Man film, Peter Parker becoming vulnerable.  One issue with comic books recently is the climax of the film, ending usually in a big boss battle, is a let down.  Spider-Man: Homecoming has a pretty satisfying ending.

The trailer does give away the biggest plot point of Spider-Man needs to stop the Vulture, but it still hides a lot of what is going on.  I think there is still a lot to see that is either kept out of the trailer or the trailer actually miss leads you.

Overall Spider-Man is a fun movie and a great addition to the MCU.

 

Watch in the theater? – Yes

Watch at home? – Yes

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

End Credit Scene? – Yes, 2 of them.