So coming up this week is the release of the next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. This pretty much signals the kickoff of the 2017 summer movie season so before that gets going I wanted to take just a moment to talk about a bunch of movies I saw since like December of last year but didn’t get around to making videos or posts for. I’m thinking 2 sentences or so for each movie.
La La Land: Damien Chazelle cements himself as the next big name in directors with this wonderfully put together musical. Gosling and Stone are both wonderful and the chemistry between the two is stupid dumb good. Also colours, how nice is it in a world where various shades of grey seem to be all filmmakers have to just have vibrant colours throughout?
Silence: This is probably the movie that had the largest effect on me in the past year, a harrowing tale about the limits of human suffering and faith. Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver deliver stellar performances and the cinematography beautifully creates a juxtaposition of the natural beauty of Japan with the soul crushing events that happened to the Jesuit missionaries and their converts in Medieval Japan.
Moonlight: The winner of best picture really deserves this award in my mind. Moonlight is everything Boyhood tried to be a few years back and more without relying on the gimmick of filming over several years. Who knew you could accomplish the same thing with smart casting? Crazy. Regardless Moonlight is beautiful and deeply moving. Of all 2016’s releases Moonlight promises to be the one we talk about 20 years down the road.
Kimi No Na Wa or Your Name: How on earth do stories about Japanese high schoolers always get me so emotionally invested? Like seriously. Your Name has a wonderful story told through beautiful animation especially in the details of the environment. Also there is a twist, and it’s a really good one. Won’t say anything more.
Split: M. Night Shyamalan is back in form. Very little else needs to be said. James McAvoy is also acting circles around the rest of his cast, but that’s bound to happen for folks like him.
Get Out: Terrifying. If you haven’t seen it, the less you know the better off you are when you do see it. 20
Free Fire: What happens when you put a bunch of zany characters in a gun deal gone wrong in the 70’s and spend over an hour on the shootout? A rock solid action comedy apparently. Armie Hammer is a total boss, but anyone who saw The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) won’t be surprised by this.
Logan: Did I do a thing on Logan? I can’t remember, anyways it’s the best superhero movie since Winter Soldier because it’s focused on being a good movie and not a superhero movie. SURPRISE!
Beauty and the Beast: I can’t stress how exceptionally mediocre this movie was. It never seemed to get any real momentum rolling for me and problems with CGI and singing (I legit thought Emma Watson sounded like T-pain for a couple of moments.) kept taking me out of the movie. Be Our Guest was still a fun number though.
Wow it feels good to get that off my chest. OK. Have a nice day, and make some good choices yo.