2021 JUNE MOVIE RANKINGS:
Alright, we’ve got some grease to the wheels now; both for this website and Hollywood at large. Big theatrical releases are slowly coming back, with a few fun titles to round out the box office. Of course, we’ve got a ways to go before we can attain what was lost during COVID, but at least we’re taking a step in the right direction. I’m hopeful, though I am eager to show up to a theater and not have sequels as my only choices to select from.
Let’s see how this past month stacked up…
#5- “Blue Miracle”
74%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Beautiful cinematography, solid performances, and a story that works for the family.
Cons: Predictable, and the pacing can wane from time to time.
#4- “News of the World”
75%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Interesting profession/journey, strong chemistry between leads, heartwarming theme, and well shot.
Cons: Familiar narrative and the story doesn’t really connect with me as much as I’d want it to.
#4- “The Terminal”
75%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Wonderful performances, funny, smart (at least in the first half), and endearing of a story.
Cons: Severely hokey, and the narrative shifts in the third act (kind of crumbling it).
#3- “In the Heights”
79%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Fun/catchy music, great choreography/set-ups, entertaining performers, and for the most part enjoyable.
Cons: Plays into dilemmas that we have seen before, with the story being stretched out to a rather long runtime.
83%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Surprisingly good, brilliant performances (Stone and Thompson in particular), killer music (though it was a bit much from time to time), fantastic production design/costuming, and an entertaining origin story.
Cons: Some moments were pretty silly.
#1- “A Quiet Place Part II”
89%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Solid follow-up, terrific sound design, great acting, interesting world-building, bigger action, and leaves you eager for more.
Cons: It doesn’t feel like a complete film, but rather a bridge (the ending felt like it needed to have a few more minutes).
A sequel wins the month, with “A Quiet Place Part II” going against “When Harry Met Sally…,” “Coherence” (2013), “The Elephant Man” (1980), “Dead Poets Society,” “Drive,” and the other monthly winners next January to compete for Movie of the Year.