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Ranking the Movies of 2021: From Worst to Best

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

The Matrix Resurrections' Review: The Wachowskis Were the Oracles All Along  | WIRED

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

The Suicide Squad' Isn't a Typical Superhero Movie - The Atlantic

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.

⭐½

30. In the Heights

In the Heights (2021) - IMDb

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

The Little Things' movie review, Denzel Washington thriller - Los Angeles  Times

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!

⭐⭐

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I Watched ’The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’ and It Made Me Cry a Lot

Before I begin this review I must let you know, Benedict Cumberbatch is my favorite actor. Every time he’s making a new movie or show I am intrigued and so when I heard of one of his latest films, The Electrical of Louis Wain, the biopic of a famous British painter who brought cats to life in extraordinary ways.

Well, this film was far better than I expected. I had heard the buzz a few months back when it was debuting at the film festivals but it still took some time for me to finally check it out. I’m glad I did.

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain - Rotten Tomatoes

This movie is remarkable in its ability to transport you into a whole other world and with Benedict Cumberbatch’s incredible acting leading the way the film became one I will not soon forget.

To my great surprise, the film was more sentimental than I could’ve possibly imagined. I found myself crying profusely on a number of occasions and when the film concluded I was in a puddle of my own tears.

Yes, Cumberbatch deserves an Oscar this year. The work he puts into every role he plays is mind-boggling. He can transform from a young, genius detective in Sherlock to a fire-breathing dragon in The Hobbit to a cape-wearing superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and so much more. His level of range is phenomenal and even though I haven’t seen The Power of the Dog yet…I’m rooting for him over Will Smith for Best Actor. He’s an absolute master at his craft and there aren’t many actors like him anymore.

Oh geez, this has turned into a Cumberbatch appreciation post. All in all, The Electrical of Louis Wain is a surprisingly fantastic film and I highly recommend it.

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

The Movies of 2020; Ranked from Worst to Best

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

Artemis Fowl' Gets Premiere Date On Disney+ – Deadline

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 movie review (2020) | Roger Ebert

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

Patty Jenkins Compares WW84's Message to Its Predecessor | CBR

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.

12. Safety

Trailer For a New Inspirational Disney Sports Movie SAFETY — GeekTyrant

Safety is a cute, inspiring film but it’s ultimately forgettable.

11. Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

Birds of Prey': Who Are the Birds In Harley Quinn's Upcoming Movie? -  Entertainment

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

Project Power': Review | Reviews | Screen

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

On the Rearranged Sherlockian World of Enola Holmes ‹ CrimeReads

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.

8. Underwater

Underwater review – Kristen Stewart's soggy, silly monster movie | Kristen  Stewart | The Guardian

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

The Invisible Man haunts us the way abusers always have - The Verge

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

David Byrne live on Broadway, NYC: Still the best musical experience on the  planet | NME

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.

5. Clouds

Clouds movie review & film summary (2020) | Roger Ebert

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 movie review & film summary (2020) | Roger Ebert

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.

3. Tenet

Tenet: Christopher Nolan Didn't Show Films That Inspired Him to Cast |  IndieWire

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.

2. Hamilton

Hamilton is coming to theaters and Disney+, thanks to Disney's endless  hunger for content - The Verge

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

Netflix And Movie Trailers Of The Week: Invisible Man, Soul, And More -  CINEMABLEND

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.

‘Dune’ Might Win Best Picture and ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Could Join the Race

I can’t believe this is a post I’m writing but here we are.

Ever since Dune came out it’s been kind of obvious that it would garner a bunch of award nominations thanks to Denis Villeneuve doing something no other director has been able to manage; make a great Dune movie.

It managed to surpass my expectations and showed that the film was adaptable to the big screen after all. So far, the film has not won any major awards yet but with the Critics’ Choice Awards hopefully, just a few weeks away (it was supposed to take place on January 9 but with the sudden outburst of COVID it’s been delayed indefinitely) it’ll be the first test on whether the sci-fi epic has a real shot at nabbing Best Picture next year.

Jane Campion's 'The Power of the Dog' Is a Gorgeous Western | Time

It however does have some stiff competition against the critically-acclaimed Netflix film The Power of the Dog directed by Jane Campion (The Piano) thanks to Benedict Cumberbatch’s rave reviews for his apparent outstanding performance as an incredibly mean homosexual cowboy. The role has been said by many to be his best performance.

Belfast review - More like Bel-too-fast amirite? - ScullyVision

And then there’s Kenneth Branagh’s under-the-radar Belfast which has started to ramp up as one of the best films of the year.

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Analyzing the Teaser Trailer for ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’

Well, the teaser trailer is here and that means it’s time to start theorizing about what this movie could be about to show us as well as the potential storyline taking place in Doctor Strange’s latest trippy adventure. Enjoy!

The teaser trailer starts off by having Doctor Strange echo the words he told Peter Parker: “The multiverse is a concept about which we know frighteningly little.”

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The first shot we see of Doctor Strange is here in the broken watch that Christine gave to him as a present. This shot reminds me of a scene from What If…? where we see Doctor Strange lamenting Christine as he holds the Eye of Agamotto.

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One thing What If…? made very clear was Doctor Strange’s love for Dr. Palmer and despite things not working out between them in Doctor Strange it doesn’t mean that he’s forgotten her.

Will Christine be a partial driving force of this movie? It’s very possible.

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The Teaser Trailer of ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Is Here!

Yes! Even though I saw it in IMAX last Friday I’ve been waiting for this trailer to release officially so I can break it down and here it is for all to see. Enjoy!

There’s a lot I have to day but for right now I’ll just leave it at this.

As someone who absolutely LOVED Doctor Strange in What If…? seeing Doctor Strange Supreme at the end of this trailer is SO EXCITING!! I couldn’t be more thrilled right now.

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