JUNE MOVIE RANKINGS:
Not the amount I wanted to get, but it’s all good (also, sorry in the terrible error in both this ranking’s banner and ill number placement of “Wonder Woman” and “Cars 3,” even though they are tied). June was a pretty good month this year, outside of reviewing films. I got a job, have been prepping to participate in a 48 hour film project in July, and spent some time on vacation. Everything has been going fine, and I hope things have for you too. The movies I reviewed were a rather varied group, ranging from dramas to hilariously bad flicks. Let’s see who won the month.
#7- “The Happening” (2008)
16%= Burnt Popcorn
Pros: Are there really any? I guess the cinematography was pretty good as well as the locations. I also got a good laugh out of the story.
Cons: Terrible acting, discombobulated story, silly dialogue, and an ending that was confusing.
#6- “The Equalizer” (2014)
50%= Burnt Popcorn
Pros: Some decent acting, beautiful locations, and an interesting plot at first.
Cons: The story got too big for the concept’s britches, resulting in a zany action ride that was slow, boring, and funny in certain cases. Also, McCall couldn’t even get touched when he fought, so there was hardly any struggle.
#5- “Cars 3”
80%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Entertaining, amazing animation, good voice acting, and a touching arc with Doc Hudson that cements the plot.
Cons: The first half was a bit slow and it took until the training sequences for things to pick up pace; the story could’ve been more dark and unpredictable as well.
#4- “Wonder Woman”
80%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Cool action, great cinematography, solid performances, great chemistry between two main characters, and good visual effects.
Cons: The supporting characters were rather hollow, the villains were terribly developed, and certain moments serve as filler.
#3- “Get Out” (2017)
82%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Great performances, good direction, engaging story for the most part, and an interesting concept.
Cons: Predictable, the comedy injected towards the end felt more like a distraction, and the ending lost the story’s sizzle.
83%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Great cinematography, terrific acting, interesting story, solid character development, great musical score, and beautiful locations/set design.
Cons: The build up towards the climax was often slow, some of the CGI was noticeably fake, and the ending was iffy for me.
#1- “A Monster Calls”
92%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Beautiful cinematography and visual effects, heartwarming story/lesson, great acting, and happy-sad conclusion.
Cons: The ending was a bit predictable and the story had some dry spots.
Juicy Hall of Fame Inductee: “Braveheart” (1995)
Pros: Epic story, awesome action sequences, great performances, killer musical score, and a revenge tale for the ages.
Cons: There are a few slow moments in the plot.
With June now over, a new movie of the month victor is crowned. This time around, it’s “A Monster Calls,” which will go up against “La La Land,” “The Fall” (2006), “Arrival,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Moana,” “Lion,” and whatever winners are chosen in the following months to decide which one will become Movie of the Year!