DECEMBER MOVIE RANKINGS:
Well…I don’t know what to say. I only got to review five films this month, which wasn’t the amount I wanted (though I have some on the back-burner waiting to complete for a movie marathon). 2017 as a whole was a solid year; not necessarily for film, but for other things. The Lord has blessed me strongly, and He continues to enrich my life in many ways. All we need now is for Hollywood to release more interesting features instead of rehashing old stuff.
#5- “The Shack”
30%= Burnt Popcorn
Pros: A few okay performances, and a nice song by Aloe Blacc on its soundtrack (that’s about all I can squeeze out of this).
Cons: Completely misses the point of Christianity and the Trinity as a whole; there are several heresies that lie within this feature. Also, Sam Worthington had a terrible performance.
#4- “Alien: Covenant”
70%= Burnt Popcorn
Pros: Beautiful cinematography, amazing landscapes, good acting by some, chilling score, and there were some interesting scenes (mainly involving “Prometheus” stuff).
Cons: Predictable, can’t juggle between horror or sci-fi narrative, and incredibly unoriginal when it comes to the xenomorph. They should’ve stuck with a “Prometheus” sequel idea.
#3- “All the Money in the World”
81%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Solid performances, good score, beautiful cinematography (it’s a Ridley Scott feature), and some interesting scenes.
Cons: There isn’t much to make this feature memorable because it lacks a strong, high-stakes narrative. It is entertaining for what it is, but outside of aesthetics it isn’t as gripping as the true story itself.
#2- “Lars and the Real Girl”
86%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Original story, fantastic performances, engaging characters and dialogue, quirky score, and holds some great climactic scenes.
Cons: The ending doesn’t sit all too well for me, primarily because the theme (while nice) can make things a bit too unrealistic and absurd when it came to the finale.
#1- “The Disaster Artist”
90%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Good acting, interesting story, funny, engaging characters, and tells a nice message of making it into the business.
Cons: There are so many plot devices going into this that the film struggled to give enough attention to each of them, especially the development surrounding Greg.
There you have it folks. The year is officially wrapped up, with “The Disaster Artist” going up against “La La Land,” “The Fall” (2006), “Arrival,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Moana,” “Lion,” “A Monster Calls,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Watchmen,” “War for the Planet of the Apes,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Get the Gringo,” and “Road to Perdition” in January to decide what film will become the next Movie of the Year! Have a Happy New Year fellas!