What’s Still Good and What you Should Avoid at All Cost.
January is in the books and while there was certainly plenty of garbage in and out of the movie world. Let’s talk about what you should still look for and what you should hopefully avoid altogether.
Lost in London
Director: Woody Harrelson
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Willy Nelson
IMDb:8.0 of 182 ratings
An experimental film which combines theater and film into one thing. A comedy about misadventures in London which wind up to some jail time.
Reel Red Reviews was kind enough to let me use her review. Please check it out.
Matter of Taste
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Starring: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman
The true story of McDonalds and its beginning. I am not a fan of fast food and the various implications it can have on one’s health. If you like pop culture history or McDonalds. You may enjoy this film, but it sure isn’t for everyone.
The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (2016)
Seems to be a Christian inspired comedy about a guy who pretends to be Christian in order to get a much needed job. Only to discover it is the most important role of his life.
Starring: Tye Sheridan
I’m a big Tye Sheridan fan (although he really has one masterful performance to date, though I’ve never seen him suck.) A dark thriller about a dysfunctional family. A coming of age film with a cruel twist I guess you could say.
The Red Turtle (2016)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy
A dialogue-less animated film about a castaway on a deserted island. A surreal artist animated film. If you appreciated animation as an artform, you’ll likely love aspects of this movie. If you like things a bit more mainstream, avoid this completely.
Genre: Horror, Thriller
A lot of people are loving this movie. They praise James McAvoy on a solid performance and say this is the second finest film M. Night Shyamalan has created. (I’m guessing Sixth Sense remains his best.) If you like the work of Shyamalan and especially his horror, then please check out this film. It is worth your time. If you’ve discredited Shymalan. (I don’t blame you.) I strongly suggest giving this film a viewing at some later point. (I definitely will.)
Aristotle Full Throttle is an awesome youtube reviewer who is talking about Split. .
Also, for a second opinion here is JumpcutUk review-https://jumpcutuk.com/portfolio/split/
Sophie and the Rising Sun (2016)
Almost nobody has seen this movie. It holds a 7.2 with a mere 57 ratings. About interracial lovers in a small South Carolina fishing village during the 1940’s.
Chances are you can’t find this right now, but if later on you happen to catch it. I would consider watching. If you like those sorts of dramas.
Especially in January there are a lot of leftover films from 2016 and not all of them are going to get recognized as they probably should be here. However, when I find a review of one worthy of reading. I will present it.
Such is the case with Reel Red Reviews and her take on Martin Scorsese’s Silence (2016) https://reelredreviews.net/2017/01/18/silence-2016/
JumpcutUk review of Silence is here as well- https://jumpcutuk.com/portfolio/silence/
Again, here is my take on A Monster Calls
Reel Dude was nice enough to let me show off his amazing review. Please check it out. It has great insight about this film and why you should probably watch it.
Just Cutting It
Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)
Kate Beckinsale is once again in another one of these movies. It’s Vampires vs Werewolves all over again. Slightly different storyline.
They keep making these movies and I don’t know why. Is this terrible? Not really, but is it good? No.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Genre: Action, Horror, Science Fiction
Another franchise that needs to end already. They keep unleashing these mediocre films and there is a cult following. I suppose it doesn’t hurt to have something like this now in January. Makes certain people happy.
Trespass Against Us (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime Drama
Another ambitious film about a man trying to escape his criminal past and family. Featuring the work of Michael Fassbender, and Brendan Gleeson. Not the worst film you could watch in January by far, but it may not impress much either.
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Despite the work of Matthew McConaughey, Corey Stoll, Craig T. Nelson, and Edgar Ramirez, the general population seem to suggest this movie is average at best. If you appreciate a talented cast with a less than interesting subject of high-end gold discovery and smuggling. Check this one out.
A Dog’s Purpose– As if the film wasn’t already reprehensible on content alone. The film production has been uncovered where there is some animal abuse. That sickens me. Hollywood has a notorious record of cruelty towards animals, but it has been getting better. This is just a black mark on 2017 and I’m certainly glad I won’t have to hear a thing about this film.
100 Streets (2016) Lucky if 100 people enjoyed it.
The Book of Love (2016) Time to pick up a different book.
Nerdland (2016) Nerdy can be great, but not so much this movie.
xXx: Return of Xander Cage– The fact they made this film is an insult. Watching it may just be a smack in the face. Stupid fun I suppose, but we have a lot of that these days.
Sleepless (2016) Think Taken, but more like Taken 2, except maybe even worse.
Monster Trucks (2016)- Mindless fluff that maybe not even five year old’s will enjoy.
The Comedian (2016)- Always a surprise to me when talented and funny people make a terribly unfunny film.
Arsenal – I’m out.
The Bye Bye Man– Finally time to say bye bye to this dreadful film.
Special Thanks to Reel Red Reviews, Red Dude Reviews, Aristotle Full Throttle, and JumpcutUK for their awesome contributions