The Great Wall Review


The Great Wall is best put as a Chinese film with a Hollywood budget… made by Hollywood. It basically is a shell of a film that I’m sure if it actually was made with a lower budget and made solely by the directors ideas, it could actually be great. But this is a classic case where the studios butted in and wanted to basically slap on a directors name to the final project. 

Matt Damon is dull in this film which is sad to see, and honestly outside of the action scenes there’s really not much more to it. I walked in really wanting to like this film but I honestly just felt bad for everyone involved. There really wasn’t much heart or spirit in this movie which desperately needed it.       2/5

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X-Men Original Trilogy Thoughts

I have been watching the X-Men movies lately to get ready for Logan to come out in a couple weeks and I just got done watching X-Men, X2, and X-Men the Last Stand. Honestly, these movies still hold up, at least the first two, and I’m glad the first one particularly was such a success that allowed the comic book movies that we are surrounded by today are able to exist because of it.

I personally think that the first X-Men film is a little lack luster especially now over the years that have past. It’s a technically sound film still, but the scale of it is very small compared to what we’re used to seeing. I mean I do understand why people would enjoy that aspect to it. Especially if they’re tired of the comic book films getting bigger and bigger like they have been lately. I think this film sets everything up nicely but honestly unless I’m watching the second one too, I don’t see myself watching it that often.       4/5

X2 has to be probably in my top 3 out of all the X-Men films still, I still do need to see The Wolverine though. I think the fact that the story is a bit more on the personal side and the fact that there’s a lot more characterization in this one over action set pieces. It honestly feels more of a personal film even if the action and special effects got bigger. I honestly could watch this one as just a great movie at any time.                              4.5/5

Now, this is where things get messy. X-Men the Last Stand honestly is just a popcorn film, but especially after X2, it really isn’t that great. If I wanted to just have background noise on though I might just have it on, but if I actually wanted to focus on the story telling or characters there’s plenty more films in the series I could choose from that would be a better fit than this one. And also I wish someone would do the dark phoenix arch justice, here’s hoping the new X-Men film does just that.                     2.5/5

Overall this trilogy is basically just a great stepping stone to what’s to come. I honestly think that there are better comic book movies out there but considering these were some of the first major blockbuster ones that could have made or break the blockbuster genre we know and mostly love today, I still find some enjoyment in them to this day.

Fist Fight

Fist Fight is a movie that I honestly really looked forward to. Nothing about it seemed like I should fear for the best of everyone’s careers after this movie came out. I love Charlie Day and Ice Cube. I thought that this honestly wasn’t their best work though, mostly. When it comes to the quality of the film, I thought that it was filmed nice and everything looked great. The acting I thought was pretty good from most people. I really do think that Ice Cube wasn’t giving his all like he does in the Jump Street movies or even in the Ride Along films sadly. I honestly just thought that for every funny joke, it was followed by an unfunny one.

I really hope that this movie doesn’t bomb though because I really would like to see Charlie Day do more outside of Always Sunny in Philadelphia, I just wish that this movie packed a lot more of a punch than it did. Oh irony.

I’m going to have to give this film a 3/5. I honestly can see some people having seen the trailers and being turned off by it, but I was probably one of the few that actually got excited for this the more I saw of it before tonight. I will say that it is at least worth a watch. Sadly just not at full price, either rent or catch it on HBO or whatever movie channel it decides to land on.

My thoughts on Cinema in 2016

It’s that time of year again folks! Where we sit down and realized that there were a ton of great films this year and that ultimately it gets tougher and tougher to rank them when so many are just as great as some others. Well without a further a due… here are my top 10 movies of the year!

  1. Arrival
  2. La La Land
  3. The Nice Guys
  4. Swiss Army Man
  5. Don’t Breath
  6. Nocturnal Animals
  7. Sing Street
  8. The Lobster
  9. Kubo and the Two Strings
  10. Shin Godzilla

Now some films might have been better made than these or what have you but I honestly think that these films are what stood out to me the most when it came to how they looked sounded and ultimately made me feel leaving the theater. Now, there were plenty more than 10 movies that made me feel like there’s a reason why I go to the theater weekly and sit down and watch these films of course. But I ultimately was able to chisel my list down to these 10. 


These next few movies though are movies that I considered for my list but when I started to actually rank them these just fell short of the list, now these aren’t in any order except that out of all the movies that I saw these could have easily been placed in the bottom five of my list and I wouldn’t have been ashamed about it.


Sausage Party

The Edge of Seventeen

Lights Out

Doctor Strange

Rogue One A Star Wars Story

Zootopia

Captain America: Civil War

The Jungle Book

Green Room

The Witch

Hush

Accountant

The Shallows

Hail Caesar

Ouija Origin of Evil

Sing

Hardcore Henry

Conjuring 2

Finding Dory

Star Trek Beyond

Moana 

Deadpool


Now when it came to my least favorite films of the year it was quite simple which ones I hated and which ones I despised. Now granted some movies just left me feeling dissapointed, like blair witch, in which case I was super excited back when it was calling it The Woods, then they went and let the cat out of the bag with the title of Blair witch and caused me to absolutely lose all excitement for it right there and then. Now without further a due here are my least favorite movies of the year. 

  1. The Forest
  2. Dirty Grandpa
  3. The 5th Wave
  4. How to be single
  5. Fifty Shades of Black
  6. Ride Along 2
  7. Morgan
  8. Alice Through the Looking Glass
  9. Batman Vs Superman (Theatrical Edition)
  10. Risen

And now here is the list of all the films I saw all year so you can get a better grasp behind my thinking of these list and how I got to the final conclusion.

  1. Swiss Army Man

  2. Finding Dory

  3. Popstar

  4. X-Men Apocalypse

  5. Conjuring 2

  6. The Nice Guys

  7. The Lobster

  8. Gods of Egypt

  9. Hardcore Henry

  10. The Witch

  11. Green Room

  12. Neighbors 2

  13. The Jungle Book

  14. Alice Through the Looking Glass

  15. Captain America: Civil War

  16. The Forest

  17. Hush

  18. Batman Vs Superman

  19. The Boss

  20. 10 Cloverfield Lane

  21. Whisky Tango Foxtrot

  22. Eddie the Eagle

  23. Triple 9

  24. London has fallen

  25. Zootopia

  26. Zoolander 2

  27. Kung Fu Panda 3

  28. Hail Caesar!

  29. Risen

  30. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

  31. Deadpool

  32. Fifty Shades of black

  33. The 5th Wave

  34. Dirty Grandpa

  35. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

  36. Ride Along 2

  37. How to be Single

  38. The Boy

  39. Sing Street

  40. The secret life of Pets

  41. Sing

  42. Rogue One A Star Wars Story

  43. La La Land

  44. Office Christmas Party

  45. Nocturnal Animals

  46. Allied

  47. Moana

  48. Siren

  49. Arrival

  50. Doctor Strange

  51. The Edge of Seventeen

  52. Deepwater Horizon

  53. Magnificent Seven

  54. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

  55. Ouija Origin of Evil

  56. Shin Godzilla

  57. The Girl on the train

  58. don’t breath

  59. clown

  60. Keanu

  61. War Dogs

  62. Sausage Party

  63. Blair Witch

  64. Sully

  65. Storks

  66. Masterminds

  67. Kubo and the Two Strings

  68. Batman The Killing Joke

  69. How to be Single

  70. The Brothers Grimsby

  71. Lights Out

  72. Suicide Squad

  73. Ghostbusters

  74. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

  75. The Purge Election Year

  76. The Shallows

  77. The Legend of Tarzan

  78. Accountant

  79. Morgan

  80. Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them

  81. Star Trek Beyond