Reviewing A Fantastic Year

2018 has been a fun year for me, from the exciting movies that I’ve watched to my wonderful twentieth birthday. This year has brought many new things and I’ve enjoyed every step of the way. So, since this is the last day of the year, I’m looking back on all of the exciting things that have happened. Enjoy!

(This will be a long read.)

January

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This January it was announced that we would finally get a Black Widow movie which was such an exciting announcement. I’ve been waiting for this for years because she’s such an awesome character who rightly deserves her own film and so this was definitely one of the highlights for me.

February

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When I went to see Black Panther I could only hope that it would turn out to be as amazing as everyone was saying that it was. Thankfully, it was pretty incredible. It was worthy of every bit of praise it was (and still is) getting. Wakanda Forever!

The Solo: A Star Wars Story Super Bowl trailer was off the chain. I still remember my utterly shocked reaction when I saw it for the first time. I had serious reservations about this film but after this trailer, nearly all of my worries were lifted.

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The Movies of 2018; Ranked from Worst to Best

2018 has been a year jam-packed with awesome movies and while there are some films that I didn’t get the chance to see this year (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldGreenbookSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) there were many others that I did manage to watch. And so, on that note, here is how I would rank all the movies I’ve seen this year.

15. Ocean’s 8

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When it was announced that there would be a spinoff to the Ocean’s films but with an all-female cast, I was kind of excited. Especially after seeing the astounding list of ladies that would be in the movie. Unfortunately, this movie was a total flop. It was so boring that I couldn’t even finish the film. Hence, it was my least favorite movie of the year.

14. Venom

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For Venom to be the next to worst movie of the year in my list then 2018 has been pretty awesome because this isn’t exactly a horrendous movie. I mean, it is, but at least it was somewhat watchable and enjoyable to a certain extent. With better writers, Venom could’ve been a whole lot better and I’m hoping that the sequel can make this story better.

13. Sicario: Day of the Soldado

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Sicario was amazing. The sequel, not so much. I actually fell asleep at a certain point because it was taking too long for anything truly good to happen. Benicio del Toro still managed to shine in the movie but he was bogged down as a babysitter which was kind of annoying considering his character is so much more interesting than that. And the movie clearly ended in the fashion of setting up yet another sequel, turning these films into money grabs rather than movies with actual substance. But maybe the third one will be better. *shrug*

12. A Wrinkle in Time

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I honestly thought A Wrinkle in Time was going to be worse than it was but I found myself actually enjoying it, to a certain extent. It was nice to see women and girls portrayed in such a powerful way and the movie was gorgeous. No, it wasn’t the best film of the year, but it wasn’t the worse either.

11. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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Ever since I watched Jurassic Park for the first time five years ago I have become a fan of this franchise. Unfortunately, since Jurassic Park, there hasn’t been a film in this franchise that has managed to reach the same level of sheer awesomeness and Fallen Kingdom is no exception. This movie was lame and I have no more to say about it.

10. Incredibles 2

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This movie was perfect in nearly every sense of the word but it was also perfectly boring as well. I came away from that movie finding myself more disappointed than elated but I am excited to hear that it’s coming to Netflix next month so yeah, it was good. It just wasn’t great.

9. Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Fun, hilarious, great action sequences, Ant-Man and the Wasp was the perfect final Marvel movie of the year because after the heartbreaking events of Infinity War we definitely needed a film with a bit more levity. I also love that this film perfectly sets up Ant-Man’s involvement in Avengers: Endgame and I can’t wait to see what he can bring to the mission of stopping Thanos.

8. Solo: A Star Wars Story

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I never thought I would say there were seven movies better than a Star Wars movie in a single year but for 2018 that is definitely the case. I haven’t watched Solo in over two months which, for me, is a clear sign that it didn’t wow me as much as I hoped it would. But it is a good movie and definitely one of the surprises of the year.

7. A Quiet Place

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When I saw the trailer for A Quiet Place when I went to watch Justice League I knew I wanted to see it because it just looked too unique not to watch. So, I did. And it was pretty good. Was it the best science-fiction film that I’ve ever seen? No. But it was enjoyable and its conclusion was definitely a perfect way to end the movie.

If you like creepy sci-fi movies this is a must-see.

6. Bumblebee

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Cute, easy to follow, funny, heartfelt, riveting, oh this movie brought all the feels. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me love Bumblebee even more as a character. And it saved the Transformers franchise big time. If you love Transformers this is a definite must-watch because it’s really, really good. At one time the very words impeccable storytelling and Transformers movie seemed like an oxymoron but Bumblebee is exactly that; a delightful Transformers movie with a perfect story.

5. Teen Titans Go! to the Movies

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This may come as a surprise that I would place this movie so high in my list but I am a legitimate Teen Titans fan. I’ve loved the cartoon ever since I was a child and I love it even more now considering that the creators of the series have turned it into an absolutely hilarious comedy. When I heard they were making a Teen Titans Go! movie I couldn’t be more excited and sure enough it was everything I expected it would be…and more.

I enjoyed this movie so much that I am determined to own it eventually so I can laugh at all of its jokes as many times as I’d like. I love this movie. 🙂

4. Black Panther

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Black Panther is an undoubted triumph, not just for people of color who are so glad to see a film filled with characters that look like them but for the Hollywood industry as well. This film is literally the first superhero film to ever be nominated for a Golden Globe and I am utterly baffled by the awesomeness of that fact.

This was a very well-written, well thought out story and it honestly only makes Marvel look that much better. Ryan Coogler is a brilliant director and storyteller and I can’t wait to see what new things he can bring to the table in Black Panther 2.

3. Aquaman

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If you’ve read my blog recently you will notice how much I have enjoyed Aquaman since I saw it this past Christmas. If you had told me at the beginning of the year that Aquaman would be my third favorite movie of 2018 I would’ve laughed at the absurdity of that prediction but it’s true. Aquaman was awesome in every sense of the word and I’m just counting down the days until I can see it again. 🙂

2. Avengers: Infinity War

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I love Marvel. I love Marvel superheroes. I love the choice of actors who play the roles of these characters. And to see all of their stories and lovable personalities come together into one ultra movie to face an incredible threat in Thanos is hands down movie gold for me. I’ve said it before and I will say it again; this movie was everything I could’ve asked for and so much more.

There were plot twists, plenty of humor, phenomenal action sequences, and its conclusion was so downright unexpected that I am patiently (not patiently) waiting to see what happens. Ugh, it’s so annoying having to wait. But wait I must. 😦

1. Mission: Impossible-Fallout

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This is hands down my favorite movie of the year. It garnered a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes and it totally deserves it. In my opinion, I’d give it 100% because it is literally a perfect movie. From beginning to end the suspense, the action, everything just keeps getting more and more awesome until I feel like I’m going to combust with excitement.

Tom Cruise took this movie to the next level of awesomeness and with a soundtrack that’s so awesome I have it on my Spotify this film just continues to find ways to please.

So, this is my ranking of the movies I’ve seen this year. 2018 has been very fun indeed but it looks like 2019 is going to be an even better year for movies and I. Can’t Wait!!!!

What would you say has been your favorite movie of the year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular New Year’s Eve.

Looking Back: The Movies I’ve Seen of 2017; Ranked from Worst to Best

It’s been a year full of movies, good and bad, and while I haven’t seen all of the films this year I have seen a whole lot of them and so because it’s the last day of the year I figured I might as well rank them. So, here’s my list. Enjoy!

16. The Mummy

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When I heard they were remaking The Mummy I was kind of skeptical at first but then I heard that Tom Cruise was playing the lead and I got excited. Tom Cruise has been making fantastic movies for decades. There was no way he could star in a film about some explorers who run into real life mummies and the movie end up becoming a fail. How terribly wrong I was. From the first trailer, I saw I knew this film wasn’t going to be as good as I had hoped but this movie wasn’t just boring or corny. It was poorly written, the plot was terrible, and it was painful watching Tom Cruise and Russel Crowe, who are both great actors, stoop down to the level of this horrid film.

I was hoping I was going to enjoy this movie but I ended up disliking nearly everything about it. This is undoubtedly the worst movie I’ve seen this year.

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What’s Your Favorite ‘Avengers’ Movie?

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has produced some fantastic movies in the last ten years but for the past six years, we’ve got three incredible Avengers movies that have brought together fascinating superheroes to fight incredible threats. Next year we’ll be getting the finale of The Avengers films and so, in anticipation of that awesome fact, this week’s segment of Who’s Your Favorite will involve, well, The Avengers. I hope you enjoy. 🙂

The Avengers

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The Avengers could’ve been a flop, with a poor script, but with Joss Whedon’s direction and Kevin Feige’s oversight this film turned out to be a massive success. It brought together six amazing heroes in a fight to save Earth from Loki’s tyrannic dominion and it was simply awesome.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Three years later we were gifted with yet another Avengers film that provided our favorite heroes an even greater threat in Ultron and introduced some cool characters with Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Vision. This movie gave us an even deeper insight into Black Widow’s past and helped bring us even closer to the imminent threat of the one and only Thanos.

Avengers: Infinity War

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This film was being set up for ten years straight and when it finally arrived it was worth every year of waiting. Thanos’s determination to see his mission fulfilled was very strong indeed and he refused to be denied his destiny, proving to be quite the obstacle for The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Infinity War is much more than an adventure for pretty stones. It is a movie whose center is set with emotion, for every character in the film, hero or villain, and it is what has made this movie such a triumph.

Of course, there is the highly-anticipated Avengers: Endgame which is set to come out next April and that is an exciting prospect in itself. But, of these three films, which one is your favorite?

Mine is undoubtedly Avengers: Infinity War. It was everything I could’ve wanted and more.

I’m excited to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.

Throwback Saturday: Um, ‘Aquaman’ Is Going To Be Awesome!

Aquaman released a teaser trailer a few months ago and while I did enjoy it to some degree it didn’t exactly entice me to watch it as much as I would’ve hoped. Well, yesterday an extended video for Aquaman came out and so, naturally, I had to check it out. Here it is.

Usually when a movie releases a five-minute! trailer that’s bad news but I have to say, for once, this was one of the smartest decisions I’ve ever seen a movie production do. Warner Bros. knew that people weren’t overwhelmingly excited to see this movie so they decided to show us what this film truly has to offer and I am beyond impressed.

This is honestly the first time I’ve watched one of the DCEU films with as much joy as I watched this trailer. It almost felt like I was watching one of Marvel’s movies as it displayed some fantastic action, lovable characters, and some legitimately good humor. Up to this point I didn’t know how I felt about Aquaman. He looked cool, seemed cool, but he wasn’t able to shine in Justice League. Well, in this movie, he’s clearly going to shine and I. Can’t. WAIT! To see this film!

Aquaman just may be the best movie in the DCEU so far with its incredible directorial vision, awesome looking action, and the sheer concept of Atlantis. I honestly couldn’t be more excited.

What do you think of this extended trailer? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.

Have You Seen ’10 Cloverfield Lane’?

Okay, let me tell you a little about 10 Cloverfield Lane. A few days ago I was bored and I wanted to watch a good movie. There was nothing on tv, I didn’t want to revisit one of the films that I’ve watched before, I was determined to watch something I’ve never seen before. At first, my family and I were going to watch The Conjuring 2 but I’m too much of a scaredy-cat and so we didn’t get very far with that. And so instead we turned another movie on. It was 10 Cloverfield Lane.

At first, I was watching the movie a bit disinterested but it wasn’t long before I couldn’t tear my gaze from the screen because I had to see what was happening. The story follows a woman named Michelle who, after leaving her fianceé, gets in a terrible life-threatening accident and finds herself locked away in a stranger’s basement. I’ll leave the description of the movie there because this is a film you’ll have to discover yourself.

This movie shouldn’t have been called 10 Cloverfield Lane. It should have been more appropriately titled Plot Twist because this film would not stop surprising me at every turn. It kind of felt like a mystery film because I was trying to figure out what was going on but the movie kept managing to surprise me at every turn.

And the conclusion of this film is downright shocking. I mean, it is so unexpected that it’ll leave you utterly flabbergasted.

I’m giving this movie 98 out of a 100 and 4.8 out of 5 stars. This is practically a perfect movie but the ending is so upsetting (in a good way) that I took the score down just a bit. If you want to watch a riveting film then I suggest this one. It’s filled with suspense from beginning to end and I highly recommend it because it’s kind of amazing.

It’s rare to watch a movie that keeps you on your toes the entire time but this is definitely one of those films.

If you’ve seen 10 Cloverfield Lane then I’d love to hear your opinion on it because this movie was quite the doozy indeed.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a splendid day.