It’s been a busy movie year. I’ve seen a bunch of movies, some that have been legitimately enjoyable while there have been a few stumbles along the way. Now it’s the end of 2021 and it’s time to share my ranking. Enjoy!
32. The Matrix: Resurrections
When I saw the official teaser for The Matrix: Resurrections I wasn’t expecting the best movie ever but I wasn’t expecting a movie that bad.
A few days before the fourth installment hit HBO Max I watched The Matrix with my sister (it was only my second viewing… and it was awesome… again) so I was fresh into this story. Then I watched Resurrections and my head practically exploded.
It’s so bad and as someone who has never been a fan of this franchise, this movie just seemed even worse than I could’ve imagined. The story is an intriguing concept but poorly executed, Yahya Abdul Mateen II is a TERRIBLE Morpheus, and the actors, set designs, and costumes sometimes feel like a high-budget show on Syfy. It’s that bad.
31. The Suicide Squad
There are people who will say this is one of the best comic book movies they’ve seen. I beg to differ. The Suicide Squad is a ridiculously violent, boring island adventure with a bunch of unlikable characters and maybe two standouts. And yeah the villain was actually intimidating…for two seconds. Then he was killed in such a ridiculous fashion that I was left just staring at the screen like, “Really.”
But I’m glad there were people who liked it.
30. In the Heights
In the Heights used to be my least favorite film of the year but there are two films worse than it this year for sure. It’s is still one of the worst musicals I’ve ever seen though.
29. The Little Things
I wasn’t expecting this movie to be good but I wasn’t expecting it to be as bad as it was either. I love a good whodunnit movie but this film just didn’t cut it. And its conclusion was infuriating!
Every year I share the films I watched the previous year and how I ranked them. This list is just…sad, but we were right in the throes of COVID-19 and well, I was stuck to watching stuff on streaming and most of it wasn’t good.
Thank goodness 2021 was better!
15. Artemis Fowl
I cannot express to you just how bad this movie is. Artemis Fowl is a beloved children’s book that Disney decided to adapt into a film for Disney+ and the result was astronomically bad.
This movie was so, so very terrible that having never read the book I was still offended. Here’s a suggestion: never watch this movie.
14. The Trial of the Chicago 7
The Trial of the Chicago 7 is such a crap fest of a movie. It’s one of those cliche movies with a recognizable cast about an important American event that’s getting Oscar buzz not because it’s actually good but because it’s reflective of the times. I watched this movie all the way through only because I had to write a review. And that was painful.
13. Wonder Woman 1984
Yes, the newest Wonder Woman film has suffered the dreadful sequel curse. Riddled with eye-rollable moments and lackluster action scenes which all culminate into a strange sequel that retains practically none of its predecessor’s charm, Wonder Woman 1984 is a botched film that struggles to convey a message that this movie didn’t need to say.
I wanted to watch Wonder Woman 1984 for escapism, not to be reminded of how messed up this world is.
Safety is a cute, inspiring film but it’s ultimately forgettable.
11. Birds of Preyand the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Birds of Prey wasn’t received very well and for good reason. The movie is a bit confusing and muddled in its attempt to be cool and fresh but I find the film somewhat enjoyable, even though I’ve only seen it all the way through once.
10. Project Power
Netflix movies can be pretty crappy but Project Power is a surprise hit. It’s a superhero film that feels way more realistic, delivering a powerful story that’s actually pretty fun to watch. Comic book movie alums Jamie Foxx and James Gordon-Levitt are the stars of this Netflix movie and they do a great job. If you’ve got Netflix, check it out. It’s actually pretty good.
9. Enola Holmes
After having just finished the critically-acclaimed series, Sherlock I was really excited to meet Enola Holmes, Sherlock’s super intelligent and super eager for an adventure sister. The Netflix original film is well-made and actually had some nice surprises. It also manages to be feminist without being too on the nose (yes, I’m talking about you Wonder Woman 1984) or detracting from the overall fun of the mystery. Enola Holmes isn’t great but I personally found it more enjoyable than the two Sherlock Holmes movies starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.
If you like Alien you’ll like Underwater. This movie starts quickly and it doesn’t stop. Get ready for a suspenseful ride.
7. The Invisible Man
Don’t sleep on The Invisible Man. This horrifying thriller is actually really good. With an on-the-edge-of-your-seat story that continues to surprise along the way, The Invisible Man is a must-watch if you have HBO Max.
6. American Utopia
Earlier this year on HBO Max, a live Broadway production filmed by Spike Lee and helmed by Grammy-winning singer/songwriter David Byrne called American Utopia debuted and I decided to watch it. For nearly two hours I was sucked into a performance that had me dancing and totally immersed. I know David Byrne for his most iconic works as a member of the hit band, Talking Heads, but it was nice to see him as an older man still jamming. Now I’m a David Byrne fan.
I was not expecting to enjoy this movie as much as I did but Clouds is undoubtedly, next to The Mandalorian and The Clone Wars, the best original piece of content that has come to Disney+ this year. This movie made me cry SOOOO HARD! It was a really headache-induced morning.
4. Da 5 Bloods
Da 5 Bloods is a powerful film that has unfortunately not received the praise that it should. This movie surprised me in more ways than one and could very likely end up rewarding the film’s lead, Delroy Lindo, an Oscar nomination/win. No, Da 5 Bloods isn’t the best Spike Lee movie I’ve ever seen but it’s undoubtedly one of the best.
Christopher Nolan’s latest endeavor is a mind numbing, mind boggling, ridiculous attempt at trying to be the greatest action movie of all time, resulting in what was instead an inspired fail. Tenet is still one of the most visceral and unforgettable films I have ever laid eyes on but its greatness is just a bit too much. But still, give it a look if you have the chance. It’s worth it.
I never thought I would get the chance to see Hamilton. Disney+ made a dream of mine come true and thankfully, Hamilton lived up to the hype. It was everything I had hoped for and more. The music was scintillating, the performances inspiring, and the story was perfectly told, delivering enough humor, suspense, and drama to refrain from being a bit of a bore. Plus, to see a Broadway musical with a cast so diverse literally brought me to tears.
Hamilton is amazing and if you still haven’t seen it yet I implore you to give it a look. It really is something.
And 1. Soul
I was not expecting Soul to be as good as it was but boy was this film absolutely spectacular. With a story that’ll you have reevaluating your own life and meaning in this world, Soul is a fantastically animated, incredibly moving story that left me not only crying in the end but utterly touched. It’s, in my opinion, the best movie of the year.
So there’s my moving ranking of 2020. What will 2021 bring? Hopefully a better year than this.
What have been your favorite movies of 2020? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great New Year’s Eve.
DC Fandome happened yesterday and man was it boring! Last year’s version of the digital DC Comics celebration event felt so much funner but this year’s version, broken down into four hours to reveal everything new coming to the franchise, was absolutely terrible. And it wasn’t just because the shows looked awful or the comics didn’t seem interesting. Even the content for the new movies coming next year or in 2023 seemed lacking. So yeah, it wasn’t a very fun Saturday in the DC Fandome department but I’m here to talk about what we got. So here we go.
I was excited for Black Adam and I still believe this movie is going to be awesome, specifically with the idea of so many incredibly powerful characters being introduced in this film like Aldris Hodge’s Hawkman, Pierce Brosnan’s Doctor Fate, Quintessa Swindell’s Cyclone, and Noah Centineo’s Atom Smasher. However, this first look compilation featuring behind-the-scenes tidbits and about 30 seconds of nothing was just…annoying.
Last year the cast of characters was already announced and yet this year we still didn’t get a full look at these actors as their characters. That just doesn’t make sense to me! It’s been a whole year and we still can’t see what Aldris Hodges looks like as Hawkman yet?!
And the first footage from the movie was 100% not that great. I get it. Dwayne Johnson was born to play Black Adam, and I actually agree with him, but for this movie to be really special I’m going to need this to be a different type of superhero movie experience.
One where we follow the story of Black Adam, an ultra-powerful villain who has to take on a team of heroes consisting of Hawkman, Cyclone, Atom Smasher, and Doctor Fate. And then, throughout the film, he gradually kills them off and ends up the surviving baddie at the end of the movie. A baddie ready to take on Shazam in, most likely, Shazam 3.
I hope that’s what this movie is all about because if it’s anything else I’m going to be royally disappointed.
Catwoman, she’s one of the most iconic DC Comics characters of all time. She also happens to be one of my favorite comic book characters for her sleek catsuits, her unabashed flirtatious nature, and her incredible ability to kick serious butt. Several women have taken the mantle as the feline and very capable femme fatale and today, for this week’s Who’s Your Favorite? I thought she would be a perfect fit. Enjoy!
The first major appearance for Catwoman was on the iconic 60s’ Batman series and the actress who brought her to life was Julie Newmar. I don’t know anything about this version of Catwoman but I couldn’t leave her off of the list considering that she holds so much importance to Catwoman’s time on the small screen.
Before you had Wesley Snipes making history as Blade or Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther you had Eartha Kitt as the first African-American actress to play Catwoman in the 60s’ Batman series. She wasn’t playing the role of Batman’s love interest in the series but she was still able to kick some serious butt and pave the way for other black actresses to play the character (Halle Berry and Zoe Kravitz.) That’s pretty awesome.
Michelle Pfeiffer is undoubtedly the most iconic version of the character. Transforming from a timid, glass-wearing secretary into a confident, dangerous and very alluring lady in a remarkably shiny catsuit with a whip, Pfeiffer is the best thing about Batman Returns.
Okay…this is my first time seeing this version of Catwoman’s outfit and it’s definitely cool, especially, I’m sure, for guys, but unfortunately the only superhero film to ever be helmed by a black woman would be deemed one of the worst superhero movies of all time.
Anne Hathaway would be the next actress to squeeze into a tight black suit and catch Batman’s fancy as the fascinating Seline Kyle. Now, unlike the other Catwomen who were called Catwoman in their respective roles Nolan referred to her only as Selina, changing her storyline just a bit. Undoubtedly, she’s one of the best things about the film.
And last but not least, there is Camren’s portrayal of the iconic character but what makes her so different is she is the only version that is shown as a teenager who grows up over a course of seasons on the show. That’s pretty cool.
And then, we’ll have Zoe Kravitz next. I can’t wait to see her as Catwoman. *squeal*
So, of these six versions of the iconic Catwoman, which is your favorite? For me, undoubtedly my favorite, despite Michelle’s clear iconicism, my favorite Selina is Anne Hathaway. I think she’s truthfully beautiful, I love her dagger heels, and plus, she’s part of Nolan’s films and I love his concept of these classic DC Comics characters.
I can’t wait to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.
Have you ever seen a perfect movie? A movie so undeniably brilliant and spot on that the more you watch it the better it gets? A movie that’s so good that you kind of can’t believe it’s that incredible? The Dark Knight is that movie for me.
I don’t watch The Dark Knight often. But every so often I get the unshakable desire to see it. And so last night with that fervor upon me I decided to watch it.
For two hours and 32 minutes, I was sucked into the dark and demented world of Gotham where a man as horrifically twisted and brilliant as The Joker resides to wreak havoc on Gotham’s citizens for no reason other than pure amusement. And as the story slowly builds upon The Joker’s madness the movie gets better and better and better until one can only stare at the screen in appreciative awe.
The Dark Knight is unlike any other superhero movie that’s been created. In fact, can we even say it’s a superhero movie? Batman isn’t exactly a hero, as the movie made clear. He’s just a man in a cynical world and sometimes the right choices mean you have to become the villain. Simple as that. But I guess that’s the reason why he’s a hero, right?
Well, I can’t believe I’m saying this but Zack Snyder’s Justice League just might be the best DCEU movie so far. I watched the four-hour extravaganza for the second time a couple of days ago and as I sat back, tossed away my prejudices, and actually paid attention to the film I was taken aback by how surprisingly epic it was.
You know when you watch a film, don’t like it the first time, then you watch it again and love it the second time? That’s what happened to me.
As I watched the long drawn out assembling of the Justice League as they strive to protect the world from Steppenwolf’s plan to summon Darkseid to Earth I found myself getting more and more invested in the story.
Yes, there are still some flaws and yes, there is too much slow-mo and it’s about thirty-forty minutes too long but despite that, I found myself having so much fun watching it.
Barry Allen just might be my favorite DC Comics character after the way he was utilized in the film and the movie actually puts The Avengers to shame if you stack them side by side. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye look absolutely pathetic next to the likes of Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash, and honestly, they’re supposed to.
It’s a shame Zack Snyder has never figured out how to make an epic superhero ensemble movie in two hours or at the most two-and-a-half hours because if we had gotten this Justice League movie in 2017 the SnyderVerse would definitely still be a thing.
Am I jumping aboard the #RestoretheSnyderVerse train? After watching that film the other night, maybe I am.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is available to watch on HBO Max.
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