DECEMBER MOVIE RANKINGS:
The final month of the year, December sees which film will be the final candidate for the Juicy Awards. This was a fun month as I was able to review some Coen brothers releases as well as the new Star Wars film. Now all that is left for this year is the awards in January. Read on and enjoy!
#9- “No Escape” (2015)
68%= Burnt Popcorn
Pros: Realistic in its gruesomeness, good acting, and entertaining.
Cons: Characters are dull, the conflict itself has no deep reasoning to it, and the editing style can be distracting at times.
75%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Interesting concept, very good acting, and cool action scenes.
Cons: Very predictable and little character development.
#7- “Paper Towns”
80%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Relatable (for a teen), fun story, good directing, nice theme, good acting, and funny at times.
Cons: Has plot holes and can be predictable.
#6- “Raising Arizona”
83%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Funny, good characters, great acting, and fantastic directing.
Cons: Once the main conflict was resolved the story lost traction and the ending was cliché.
#5- “Blood Simple”
85%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Great first attempt by Coen brothers, interesting story, thrilling, awesome directing, great acting, and haunting scenes.
Cons: Issues are only found in the story, which are spoilers if I write them (if you want to know, click the link attached to the film’s title).
#4- “Jingle All the Way”
86%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Hilarious, solid acting for a comedy, different story, cool action scenes, and fun.
Cons: Outrageously silly (can’t be taken seriously).
#3- “The Good Dinosaur”
87%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Stellar animation, good voice acting, funny, has some adult humor, nice characters, and a fun story.
Cons: Fast pacing can make the story jumbled and the comparison of real backgrounds and cartoonish characters can be distracting.
90%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Amazing acting, has some original elements to worn story, cool fighting scenes, and some scenes can make my eyes water.
Cons: There is a lot of cussing and the story of boxing has a lot of been-there-done-that qualities.
#2- “Miller’s Crossing”
90%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Fascinating story, fantastic directing, great scenes, good dialogue, great acting, and cool time setting.
Cons: The first act is rather slow and the musical score doesn’t really suit the film.
#1- “Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens”
94%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Great revival, amazing special effects, great acting, fun adventure, fantastic characters, great music score, and it makes me feel good inside.
Cons: The story takes a lot of plot devices from the classics, making it predictable.
Juicy Hall of Fame Inductee– “Fargo” (1996)
95%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Engaging dialogue, interesting characters, amazing story, gruesome scenes, and phenomenal acting.
Cons: Some choices in the writing makes no sense (but it’s not major since it is based on true accounts) and it isn’t a perfect release.
Juicy Hall of Fame Inductee- “Moneyball”
97%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Amazing dialogue, realistic, interesting story, rich character development on Billy Beane, and fantastic acting.
Cons: It is not perfect.
Our finalists are in for the running of Movie of the Year for 2015: “The Truman Show,” “Rocky,” “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” “Rocky Balboa,” “Whiplash” (2014), “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Inside Out” (2015), “Ex Machina,” “Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Bridge of Spies,” “The Gift,” and the final candidate, “Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens.” See you in January.