Hey,
this blog still exists! It’s been about half a year since I’ve written
anything up, and it’s been a bussyyyyy time in my life. Got married,
started a new position and found out I’m going to be a father next spring!
Amidst all of those changes, I’ve still somehow managed to see a bunch
of movies over the last 6/7ish months. I wanted to do a kind of catch-up
on here to make up for lost time, a kind of ‘speed round’ for the blog.
I’ll still do my end of year top 8 early January I’m sure, but I wanted
to get something up before then (and I’ll be honest, we ran out of work
at my job today and they’re making us watch Hocus Pocus on
a super small TV in the auditorium so I’m boooorrrred). So anyway, here’s
some thoughts on a selection of movies I’ve caught over the last few
months!

I
wanted to write about this one from earlier in the year because I wrote
about Director Nacho Vigalondo’s other film ‘Timecrimes’ way back in
the day for the blog (check it out with the archives link above if you
feel like it). This movie was a ride. From moment to moment, I had no
idea where this movie was going next. Vigalondo makes movies that nobody
else could, straight from his wild imagination. Anne Hathaway and Jason
Sudekis are both great in their roles, especially the latter in a
shockingly dynamic role that I won’t spoil here. There are a lot of
gender politics at play in this one that I wasn’t expecting, but it
makes for a poignant finished product that I’m super glad I caught in
theaters. Check this one out at Redbox if you want a dark, funny and
totally original, unpredictable experience.

What
else could I say about this one that hasn’t been said by most critics
and obviously the worlds box office. This movie clicked with seemingly
everyone, taking the #1 spot at the box office for 2016 so far,
surprising everyone. I had a blast with this movie, with it’s creative
and beautifully shot action scenes and measured pace. Wonder Woman isn’t
afraid to slow down and let its characters breathe a bit, creating one
of the best relationships I’ve ever seen in a superhero movie between
Steve and Diana. Gal Gadot is revelatory as Diana and Chris Pine is as
good as ever. I’ve always been more of a Marvel fan, but I’m truly happy
that the DCU finally got a win, and I hope they have plenty more to
come.

I’ve
been eagerly waiting for the latest from Edgar Wright and as expected,
it did not disappoint. The guy is one of the most exciting new directors
working right now, possibly the MOST exciting, and his latest is a pure
blast of energy like only he can deliver. More akin to a musical than
his usual dark action/comedies, he’s doing something different and more
challenging with Baby Driver. He’s getting even better as an action
director, and the editing especially in this movie deserves an Oscar.
This is one of the most fun movies you’ll see all year, and I’ll
recommend it to everybody I meet.

If
you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that
director Bong Joon-ho is one of my favorite directors working today. I
wrote about The Host and Snowpiercer on here, and his latest might be my
favorite work of his yet. His usual balancing act of tones is on
display in Okja, a movie that is equal parts a Spielberg Amblin-era film
with some Miyazaki, and a good amount of dark satire to top it off.
It’ll make you second guess eating meat for a while after watching
it. Okja also has one of the most bonkers, out-there performances of the
year with Jake Gyllenhall’s psychotic TV nature-show host. This one is a
Netflix exclusive, so definitely carve out some time for Okja.

The
third attempt at Spider-Man finally nails the character like only
Marvel studios could. Don’t get me wrong, I really love Raimi’s Spidey 1
and 2, but Tom Holland is the PERFECT Peter Parker AND Spider-Man. The
movie is more of a coming of age story than a typical superhero movie,
and it benefits from having a much smaller scale than a lot of the
typical Marvel/superhero movies. It also benefits greatly from taking
place in this universe Marvel has been crafting for almost 10 years now.
It also has probably the best Marvel villain yet in Michael Keaton’s
‘Vulture’, a character as grounded and human as our heroes. It’s another
great addition to the MCU, and I can’t wait to check this one out
again.

The second to last one I wanted to write about is ‘It’, the surprisingly huge box
office sensation. I didn’t expect much out of this movie for one reason
or another. The trailers were effective, but I just expected a run of
the mill jump-scare fest. I had also watched the original
movie/miniseries awhile back and thought I knew what to expect. The
movie definitely has plenty of jump scares, but I was surprised at how
much heart the movie had. The cast of child actors were great across the
board, and I was surprised at how emotionally engaged I was with their
journeys through the movie. On top of that, all of the creepy clown
stuff really worked for me, and Skarsgard killed in the role of
Pennywise (no pun intended). I was surprised at how much I enjoyed It,
and I’m stoked to see where the story goes next in part 2

I
really can’t believe this movie exists in its current form. The fact
that Marvel locked down Taika Waititi for a ‘Thor’ movie is ridiculous,
and that he didn’t quit mid-production is even more shocking in this
Hollywood climate. Thor Ragnarok is a breath of fresh air for not only
the Thor series (yes it’s obviously the best of the three) but really,
for Marvel as well. In my opinion, it one-ups Guardians vol. 2 (which
isn’t on here but I really enjoyed) by being a straight-up delivery
machine of fun and hilarious moments. Jeff Goldblum at his Goldblumiest,
Waititi as the scene stealing ‘Korg’, and Thor actually being an
awesome, badass character?! Yes!

 

That’s
going to do it for this speed round on the blog! I just wanted to do a
bit of a catch up on some of what I’ve been watching lately. I’ve seen a
lot more than these, and will definitely write up more near the end of
the year. Some of these might be on my faves list but most won’t be. If
there’s something surprisingly absent from here, chances are it’ll pop
up later this year. Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed reading this, and
as always hit me up to talk about any of the above movies! I’ve been
busy with my movie podcast ‘Director Showdown’ that I make with Adam
Daufen, so go check that out on iTunes if you haven’t and thanks for
reading!

 

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