89th Academy Awards: Predictions & Everything you need to know about the Oscars

Host: Jimmy Kimmel

Time: 8:30 pm EST & 5:30 pm PST

Pre-show: 7pm EST. & 4pm PST

Channel: ABC

Presenters & Performers

Alicia Vikander
Amy Adams
Auli’i Cravalho
Brie Larson
Charlize Theron
Chris Evans
Dakota Johnson
David Oyelowo
Dev Patel
Dwayne Johnson
Emma Stone
Faye Dunaway
Felicity Jones
Gael Garcia Bernal
Hailee Steinfeld
Halle Berry
Jamie Dornan
Janelle Monáe
Jason Bateman
Javier Bardem
Jennifer Aniston
John Cho
John Legend
Justin Timberlake
Kate McKinnon
Leonardo DiCaprio
Leslie Mann
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Mark Rylance
Matt Damon
Meryl Streep
Michael J. Fox
Octavia Spencer
Riz Ahmed
Ryan Gosling
Salma Hayek
Samuel L. Jackson
Scarlett Johansson
Seth Rogen
Shirley MacLaine
Sofia Boutella
Sting
Taraji P. Henson
Vince Vaughn
Warren Beatty

Nominees & Predictions:

Best Picture

Who Will Win: La La Land

Who Could Win: Moonlight

Who Should Win: Arrival

Directing

Who Will Win: Damien Chazelle

Who Could Win: Barry Jenkins

Who Should Win: Damien Chazelle

Actor in a Leading Role

Who Will Win: Casey Affleck

Who Could Win: Ryan Gosling

Who Should Win: Casey Affleck

Actress in a Leading Role

Who Will Win: Emma Stone

Who Could Win: Isabelle Huppert

Who Should Win: Amy Adams…. Er… Emma Stone

Actress in a Supporting Role

Who Will Win: Viola Davis

Who Could Win: Michelle Williams

Who Should Win: Naomie Harris

Actor in a Supporting Role

Who Will Win: Mahershala Ali

Who Could Win: Jeff Bridges

Who Should Win: Lucas Hedges

Adapted Screenplay

  • Arrival, Eric Heisserer
  • Fences, August Wilson
  • Hidden Figures, Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
  • Lion, Luke Davies
  • Moonlight, Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney

Who Will Win: Moonlight

Who Could Win: Arrival

Who Should Win: Arrival

Original Screenplay

  • Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan
  • La La Land, Damien Chazelle
  • The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou
  • Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan
  • 20th Century Women, Mike Mills

Who Will Win: Manchester by the Sea

Who Could Win: La La Land

Who Should Win: Manchester by the Sea

Animated Feature Film

Who Will Win: Zootopia

Who Could Win: Kubo and the Two Strings

Who Should Win: Kubo and the Two Strings

Foreign Language Film

Who Will Win: The Salesman

Who Could Win: Toni erdmann

Documentary Feature

Who Will Win: O.J.: Made in America

Who Could Win: I am not your Negro

Cinematography

  • Arrival, Bradford Young
  • La La Land, Linus Sandgren
  • Lion, Greig Fraser
  • Moonlight, James Laxton
  • Silence, Rodrigo Prieto

Who Will Win: La La Land

Who Could Win: Arrival

Who Should Win: Arrival

Film Editing

  • Arrival, Joe Walker
  • Hacksaw Ridge, John Gilbert
  • Hell or High Water, Jake Roberts
  • La La Land, Tom Cross
  • Moonlight, Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

Who Will Win: La La Land

Who Could Win: Moonlight

Who Should Win: Arrival

Production Design

Who Will Win: La La Land

Who Could Win: Arrival

Who Should Win: La La Land

Costume Design

Who Will Win: Jackie

Who Could Win: La La Land

Who Should Win: Jackie

Makeup and Hairstyling

Who Will Win: Star Trek Beyond

Who Could Win: Suicide Squad

Who Should Win: Star Trek Beyond

Original Score

  • Jackie, Mica Levi
  • La La Land, Justin Hurwitz
  • Lion, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
  • Moonlight, Nicholas Britell
  • Passengers, Thomas Newman

Who Will Win: La La Land

Who Could Win: Moonlight

Who Should Win: Moonlight

Original Song

  • “Audition (The Fools who Dream),” La La Land, music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls, music and lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, and Karl Johan Schuster
  • “City of Stars,” La La Land, music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • “The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story, music and lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
  • “How Far I’ll Go,” Moana, music and lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Who Will Win: City of Stars

Who Could Win: How Far I’ll Go

Who Should Win: Audition (The Fools Who Dream)

Sound Editing

  • Arrival, Sylvain Bellemare
  • Deepwater Horizon, Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli
  • Hacksaw Ridge, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
  • La La Land, Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
  • Sully, Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Who Will Win: Arrival

Who Could Win: Hacksaw Ridge

Who Should Win: Arrival

Sound Mixing

  • Arrival, Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye
  • Hacksaw Ridge, Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, and Peter Grace
  • La La Land, Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee, and Steve A. Morrow
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush, and Mac Ruth

Who Will Win: La La Land

Who Could Win: Hacksaw Ridge

Who Should Win: La La Land

Visual Effects

  • Deepwater Horizon, Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Justin Billington, and Burt Dalton
  • Doctor Strange, Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli, and Paul Corbould
  • The Jungle Book, Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon
  • Kubo and the Two Strings, Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean, and Brad Schiff
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel, and Neil Corbould

Who Will Win: The Jungle Book

Who Could Win: Doctor Strange

Who Should Win: The Jungle Book

Animated Short Film

Who Will Win: Piper

Who Could Win: Borrowed Time

Live Action Short Film

Who Will Win: Ennemis Interieurs

Who Could Win: Sing

Documentary Short Subject

Who Will Win: Joe’s Violin

Who Could Win: The White Helmets

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The 3rd Hollywood Persona Awards

The 3rd Hollywood Persona Awards

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Here’s to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem

Welcome all to the Third annual Hollywood Persona Awards, Where we celebrate the best in film. If you’re looking for the worst of 2016, click here!

I, Mitch Burns, work Tirelessly throughout the year to watch as many movies as possible; with two kids, one of which came this year, that’s not always an easy task. Some films I missed this year are Miss Sloane, Rules don’t Apply, Queen of Katwe, Toni Erdmann, The Sea of Trees, Paterson and Knight of Cups. It does bother me, but I can’t watch them all.

Let’s run through all the categories we will be awarding In this article:*

  • Best Films of the Year
  • Best Director
  • Best Male Actor – Lead
  • Best Female Actor – Lead
  • Best Female Actor – Supporting
  • Best Male Actor – Supporting
  • Best Ensemble
  • Best Young Actor
  • Best Newcomer/Breakout Performance
  • Best Animated Film
  • Cinematography
  • Costume Design
  • Editing
  • Writing – Original Screenplay
  • Writing – Adapted Screenplay
  • Makeup & Hair styling
  • Music – Original Score
  • Music – Best original song
  • Production Design
  • Visual Effects
  • Best Blockbuster
  • Best Comedy
  • Best Horror
  • Best Voice Acting
  • Best Characters in a Movie

*No one Actually gets an award

Most categories are in order of the top 5 or top 10, the first on the list being the best, some categories have honorable mentions.

I’ll take this opportunity to say thank you to all my readers, I’m sticking with it.

Without Further ado, here are the winners (and runner-ups) of the Hollywood Persona Awards.

Best Films of the Year

Let’s begin with my top films of the year. 2016 was a bummer of a year, the films I expected to be great were not, my favorite of the year are films I didn’t see coming. 2016 boasted lackluster films from The Coen Bros., Antoine Fuqua and Woody Allen. Most blockbusters and Comedies from 2016 were worse than could have been foreseen.

2016 seems to belong to the unforeseen indies, and smaller fare. While films from Denis Villeneuve and Damien Chazelle could have been expected, Green Room, Sing Street, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople were welcome surprises.

Arrival takes my number one spot, my top three could very well have shaken up at any moment, any one of them could have landed in the number one spot. Arrival takes it for it’s sheer uniqueness and heartfelt emotion. Arrival is a film that will be talked about for years to come, as are the other two, but a great Sci-fi film is hard to come by.

If you have seen all the films on my lists I think you’ll understand their placement. If you haven’t seen them, I suggest you watch them, I guarantee they will evoke something. See beyond my number 10 for more honorable mentions, films that may have been on my top ten at one point in the year.

  1. Arrival
  2. Moonlight
  3. La La Land
  4. Nocturnal Animals
  5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  6. Green Room
  7. Sing Street
  8. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  9. Manchester by the Sea
  10. Don’t Think Twice

Honorable Mentions:

  1. Kubo and the Two Strings
  2. Captain Fantastic
  3. Hacksaw Ridge
  4. The Edge of Seventeen
  5. Deadpool
  6. Zootopia
  7. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  8. A Monster Calls
  9. The Neon Demon
  10. Moana
  11. 20th Century Women
  12. Tickled
  13. American Honey
  14. Lion
  15. Tower
  16. Deepwater Horizon
  17. Don’t Breathe
  18. The Light Between Oceans
  19. The Accountant
  20. The Wave

Honorable Mentions: Loving, Pete’s Dragon, Hell or High Water The Girl with All the Gifts, Train to Busan, The Ivory Game, King Jack, The Witch, The Jungle Book

Best Director –

Chazelle created something so breathtaking, so astounding, modern yet had a feeling of a bygone era. The movie, like his previous film Whiplash, must have taken blood sweat and tears to create.

  1. Damien Chazelle – La La Land (Winner)
    Runner-ups (In order)
  2. Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
  3. Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
  4. Derek Cianfrance – The Light between Oceans
  5. Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
  6. Tim Miller – Deadpool
  7. Jeremy Saulnier – Green Room
  8. Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
  9. Travis Knight – Kubo and the Two Strings
  10. John Carney – Sing Street

Best Male Actor – Lead

If we can separate the art from the artist, It’s safe to say that Casey Affleck gave the best performance of the year, hands down.

  1. Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
  2. Ryan Gosling – La La Land
  3. Viggo Mortenson – Captain Fantastic
  4. Joel Edgerton – Loving
  5. Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool
  6. Denzel Washington – Fences
  7. Jake Gyllenhaal – Nocturnal Animals
  8. Shia Lebouf – American Honey
  9. Michael Fassbender – The Light Between Oceans
  10. Andrew Garfield – Silence

Honorable Mentions: Lewis MacDougall – A Monster Calls,Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge, Andrew Garfield – Silence, Ben Affleck – The Accountant, Colin Farrel – The Lobster, Joseph Gorden Levitt – Snowden, Julian Dennison – Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Paul Dano – Swiss Army Man, Taron Egerton – Eddie The Eagle, Tom Hanks – Sully

Best Female Actor – Lead

In my opinion, there is no Arrival without Amy Adams, Adams gave the film its heart. It’s crazy to think that every woman in my top six is deserving of the Oscar, it could go to any of them and I would be happy. Portman gives the best performance of her career, She probably did the most heavy lifting out of the bunch, yet Stone and Adams outrank her.

  1. Amy Adams – Arrival
  2. Emma Stone – La La Land
  3. Natalie Portman – Jackie
  4. Annette Benning – 20th Century Women
  5. Viola Davis – Fences
  6. Ruth Negga – Loving
  7. Isabelle Huppert – Elle
  8. Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures
  9. Amy Adams – Nocturnal Animals
  10. Elle Fanning – The Neon Demon

Honorable Mentions: Hailee Steinfeld – Edge of Seventeen, Blake Lively – The Shallows, Emily Blunt – The Girl on the Train, Felicity Jones – Rogue one: A Star Wars Story, Jane Levy – Don’t Breathe, Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins, Sasha Lane – American Honey, Shailene Woodley – Snowden

Best Female Actor – Supporting

I’ve found myself having trouble with this category, this year and in the past, as when women  are antiquated to a supporting role they aren’t given as much to do as their male counterparts in a supporting role. My list of male supporting roles are stronger performances, It’s hard to believe that Spencer was even nominated for her performance in Hidden Figures, and Michelle Williams has very little screen time. The Academy seems to have brushed over 20th Century woman, as Gerwig and Benning both gave terrific performances, but the year belongs to Harris and her incredible work in Moonlight.

  1. Naomie Harris – Moonlight
  2. Nicole Kidman – Lion
  3. Greta Gerwig – 20th Century Women
  4. Felicity Jones – A Monster Calls
  5. Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea
  6. Sigourney Weaver – A Monster Calls
  7. Elle Fanning – 20th Century Women
  8. Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
  9. Anya Taylor-Joy – The Witch
  10. Janelle Monae – Moonlight

Honorable Mentions: Jena Malone – The Neon Demon, Janelle Monae – Hidden Figures, Hayley Bennet – The Girl on the Train, Kirsten Dunst – Hidden Figures, Margo Martindale – The Hollars, Rebecca Ferguson – The Girl on the Train

Best Male Actor – Supporting

Mahershala Ali kind of came out of nowhere and delivered a swoonworthy, memorable performance in Moonlight, a film full of terrific performances. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who I’ve had mixed feelings for before, gives an amazing performance in Nocturnal Animals, it’s too bad him and Shannon couldn’t have gotten the nomination for an Oscar.

  1. Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
  2. Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals
  3. Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals
  4. John Goodman – 10 Cloverfield Lane
  5. Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
  6. Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
  7. Sam Neil – Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  8. Trevante Rhodes – Moonlight
  9. Ashton Sanders – Moonlight
  10. Hugo Weaving – Hacksaw Ridge

Honorable Mentions: Ben Foster – Hell or High Water, Chris Pine – Hell or High Water, Daniel Radcliffe – Swiss Army Man, Jovan Adepo – Fences, Michael Fassbender – X-men: Apocalypse, Stephen Henderson – Fences, Stephen Lang – Don’t Breathe, Thomas Jane – The Veil, Vince Vaughn – Hacksaw Ridge, Zac Efron – Neighbors 2

Best Ensemble –

Harris, Monae, Ali, Rhodes, Sanders, etc. almost every performance in Moonlight is Awards worthy.

  1. Moonlight
  2. Sing Street
  3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. Captain Fantastic
  6. Hacksaw Ridge
  7. Hidden Figures
  8. Hell or High Water
  9. Nocturnal Animals
  10. Don’t Think Twice

Best Young Actor –

The actor playing the lead character in A Monster calls makes or breaks that film, and MacDougall Makes it. His performance had to be heartfelt, without overacting, emotional without being whiny, and he nailed it.

  1. Lewis MacDougall – A Monster Calls
  2. Sunny Pawar – Lion
  3. Neel Sethi – The Jungle Book
  4. Julian Dennison – Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  5. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo – Sing Street
  6. Lucas Jade Zumann – 20th Century Women
  7. Alex Hebert – Moonlight
  8. Kelly Thornton – Sing Street
  9. Oakes Fegley – Pete’s Dragon
  10. Angourie Rice – The Nice Guys
  11. Lulu Wilson – Ouija: Origin of Evil
  12. Jaeden Lieberher – Midnight Special

Best  Newcomer/Breakout Performance-

My list here is alphabetical, hard to pick who “Broke Out” the most, I think we’ll see as these actors below make an appearance in more and more films.

  • Alex Hebert – Moonlight
  • Angourie Rice – The Nice Guys
  • Ashton Sanders – Moonlight
  • Ferdia Walsh-Peelo – Sing Street
  • Haley Lu Richardson – Edge of Seventeen
  • Julian Dennison – Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Kelly Thornton – Sing Street
  • Lewis MacDougall – A Monster Calls
  • Neel Sethi – The Jungle Book
  • Oakes Fegley – Pete’s Dragon
  • Sunny Pawar – Lion
  • Tami Sagher – Don’t Think Twice

Best Animated Film –

 

  1. Kubo and the Two Strings
  2. Moana
  3. Zootopia
  4. Finding Dory
  5. The Secret Life of Pets
  6. Kung Fu Panda 3
  7. Storks
  8. Sing
  9. Trolls
  10. The Angry Birds Movie

Cinematography –

  1. Moonlight
  2. Arrival
  3. Nocturnal Animals
  4. La La Land
  5. Manchester by the Sea
  6. Hacksaw Ridge
  7. Lion
  8. American Honey
  9. The Light Between Oceans
  10. Loving

Costume Design –

  1. La La Land
  2. Nocturnal Animals
  3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  4. Sing Street
  5. Hacksaw Ridge
  6. The Light Between Oceans
  7. Jackie
  8. The Witch
  9. Hidden Figures
  10. 20th Century Women

Editing –

  1. Moonlight
  2. La La Land
  3. Nocturnal Animals
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. Arrival
  6. Jackie
  7. Deepwater Horizon
  8. Hardcore Henry
  9. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  10. 20th Century Women

Writing – Original Screenplay

  1. 20th Century Women
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. The Lobster
  4. Don’t Think Twice
  5. Sing Street

Writing – Adapted Screenplay

  1. Arrival
  2. Moonlight
  3. Deadpool
  4. Nocturnal Animals
  5. Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Makeup & Hairstyling

  1. Deadpool
  2. The Neon Demon
  3. X-Men: Apocalypse
  4. Jackie
  5. Hacksaw Ridge
  6. La La Land
  7. Star Trek: Beyond
  8. Suicide Squad
  9. Swiss Army Man
  10. The Witch

Music – Original Score

  1. La La Land
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Lion
  4. Arrival
  5. Jackie

Honorable Mentions: Moonlight, Kubo and the Two Strings

Music – Best original song

  1. “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” by Emma Stone – From La La Land
  2. “Drive it like You Stole it” by Sing Street – From Sing Street
  3. “Never Give up” by Sia – From Lion
  4. “Up” by Sing Street – From Sing Street
  5. “How Far I’ll Go” Auli’I Cravalho or Alessia Cara – From Moana
  6. “Shiny” by Jemaine Clement – From Moana
  7. “City of Stars” by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone – From La La Land
  8. “Try Everything” by Shakira – From Zootopia
  9. “Start a Fire” by John Legend – From La La Land
  10. “Another Day of Sun” by La La Land Cast – From La La Land

Honorable Mentions: “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake – From Trolls, “Good Girls” by Elle King – From Ghostbusters, “Heathens” by Twenty-One Pilots – From Suicide Squad, “Just Like Fire” by Pink – From Alice through the Looking Glass, “Not Today” by Imagine Dragons – From Me before You, “Someone in the Crowd” by La La Land Cast – From La La Land, “You’re Welcome” by Dwayne Johnson – From Moana

Production Design –

  1. La La Land
  2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  3. Kubo and the Two Strings
  4. The Light Between Oceans
  5. Jackie

Visual Effects –

  1. The Jungle Book
  2. Arrival
  3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  4. A Monster Calls
  5. Deepwater Horizon

Honorable Mentions: The Wave (Bolgen), Sully, X-Men: Apocalypse, Captain America: Civil War,

Best Blockbuster (Action, Sci-Fi, Superhero, etc.) –

  1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  2. Deadpool
  3. The Accountant
  4. Hardcore Henry
  5. X-Men: Apocalypse
  6. Civil War: Captain America

Best Comedy –

  1. Don’t Think Twice
  2. The Edge of Seventeen
  3. Deadpool
  4. The Nice Guys
  5. Neighbours 2

Best Horror –

  1. Green Room
  2. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  3. The Neon Demon
  4. Don’t Breathe
  5. Train to Busan
  6. The Witch
  7. Ouija: Origin of Evil
  8. The Conjuring 2
  9. Lights Out
  10. Hush

Best Voice Acting –

  1. Ginnifer Goodwin as Officer Judy Hops – Zootopia
  2. Dwayne Johnson as Maui – Moana
  3. Alan Tudyk as K-2S0 – Rogue One: a Star Wars Story
  4. Auli’I Cravalho as Moana – Moana
  5. Art Parkinson as Kubo – Kubo and the Two Strings
  6. Liam Neeson as The Monster – A Monster Calls
  7. Jason Bateman as Nick Wilde – Zootopia
  8. Zooey Deschanel as Bridget – Trolls
  9. Ben Kingsley as Bagheera – The Jungle Book
  10. Andy Samberg as junior – Storks

Honorable Mentions: Ellen DeGeneres as Dory – Finding Dory, Mark Rylance as The BFG – The BFG, Taron Edgerton as Johnny – Sing

10 Best Character in a Movie –

  1. DeadPool (Ryan Gosling) – Deadpool
  2. Chirrut Imew (Donnie Yen) – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  3. Bobby Andes (Michael Shannon) – Nocturnal Animals
  4. Brendan (Jack Reynor) – Sing Street
  5. Hank (Ed O’neill) – Finding Dory
  6. Juan (Mahershala Ali) – Monlight
  7. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  8. K-2S0 (Alan Tudyk) – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  9. Officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) – Zootopia
  10. The Cast of 20th Century  Women

Honorable Mentions: The Monster (Liam Neeson) – A Monster Calls, Flash (Raymond S. Persi) – Zootopia, Jesse (Elle Fanning) – The Neon Demon, HeiHei (Alan Tudyk) – Moana, Mauia (Dwayne Johnson) – Moana.

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The Worst and Most Disappointing of 2016

Worst Films of the Year


I watched over 120 films, and hear are the ten worst, starting with the “Best” of the bunch:

10. They’re Watching

  • The ending is batshit insane, if it wasn’t for the end of Sausage Party, the Ending to They’re Watching would be the most insane ending of the year. It’s almost worth watching because of that, although the 80 minutes of clunky buildup, bad acting, and detestable characters, are not worth the poor visual effects pay off

9. Maggie’s Plan

  • I couldn’t stand listening to three rich white people complain about their minor problems and how horrible life is for one more minute.

8. Morgan

  • You won’t see the twist coming, but that is not worth the boring story, poorly choreographed action, and contrived plot.

7. Cell

  • You can almost feel Cusack and Jackson not wanting to be there, they’re in pain and it’s no wonder why. The story is slightly interesting, but it isn’t plausible, and it’s delivered in an incredibly boring way.

6. The Forest

  • A horror movie should equal out to be boring and uninteresting

5. Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

  •  How do you take an idea that seems so great, and make it one of the longest, self indulgent, uninteresting, frivolous superhero film of the last ten years. DC has a long road ahead of them.

4. Sausage Party

  • Over-sexualizing the food world isn’t humor, there needs to be actual jokes in your humor. Sausage Party is filled with jokes that two 13 year old klids would come up with around a campfire.

3. Yoga Hosers

  • Too absurd to be taken seriously, not funny enough to be taken as a joke. Just plain stupid, through and through.

2. Cabin Fever

  • The original is a cult classic, not great but creepy and smart, but we didn’t need a shot for shot, literally word for word, remake.

1.Ice Age: Collision Course

  • The original is forever sullied in my mind now, after watching the last two in the series that will not die. it’s all slapstick and childish games, and no heart. It deserves the title of worst film of the year for taking characters I once loved and tarnishing them.

Honorable Mentions: Ratchet & Clank, The Evil in Us, Arrowhead, The Veil, The Boss


Most Disappointing Films –

  • Suicide Squad
    • I found Suicide Squad to be fun, if nothing else, but there was potential here for this to be a welcome shot of life into the superhero  genre
  • Hail Caesar
    • The Coen brothers may have had fun watching this, but it definitely didn’t resonate with the audience like their other films have.
  • The Magnificent Seven
    • What could have been good Western fun, comes across more like a cheesy satire of the genre.
  • The Secret Life of Pets
    • all the ingredients for a good kids film were there, but it couldn’t quite get off the ground
  • The Shallows
    • I enjoy shark films as much as the next person, but the logic flaws in this film put too much of a damper on my enjoyment.
  • Snowden
    • It’s evident it was too soon for a film to be made on this subject matter, we’re not far enough removed from the situation to enjoy something like this thoroughly. especially since you’ll know every detail if you saw last years documentary “Citizenfour”
  • Sing
    • So many great Voice/singing talents in a been there, done that story
  • Café Society
    • Woody Allen continues to prove he makes one for him, and then one for us. This one is for him.
  • Central Intelligence/Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
    • Great cast in each film, brought down with non-existent or silly humor
  • Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children
    • Tim Burton is just phoning it in now, this feels like someone mimicking old Tim Burton films, and not very well.

Worst Characters in a Movie ­-

These are the characters that brought the movie down, irritated & frustrated me, and stuck out enough to make me remember them for their terribleness. In Alphabetical Order:

  • Alex (Dylan Minette) – Don’t Breathe
    • Let’s be honest here, *Spoilers* his death came as a pleasant surprise. He was whiny and love struck in the worst way.
  • Bailey (Ty Burrell) – Finding Dory
    • An irritating beluga whale with powers to see things hundreds of miles away. It just gives children the wrong idea of echolocation.
  • Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) – Central Intelligence
    • I have tried hard not to jump on the Kevin Hart hate train, but this film doesn’t really help that. Central Intelligence puts his character in the role of whiny loser, and it doesn’t work.
  • Efram Diveroli (Jonah Hill) – War Dogs
    • Jonah Hill can play a white, rich cretin well. It’s scary.
  • Gunter (Nick Kroll) & Lance (Beck Bennett) – Sing
    • Two irritating characters that really brought this movie down for me. an archetype and a cliche respectively.
  • King Louie (Christopher Walken) – The Jungle Book
    • In a film full of talking animals, This scene is the only scene that didn’t only take me out of the film, it lifted me out of my seat and shook me like a giant orangutan.
  • Maggie (Greta Gerwig), John (Ethan Hawke) and Georgette (Julianne Moore) – Maggies Plan
    • Three idiots complain for 2 hours, I couldn’t hate the three of them more.
  • Pete the Bartender (Michael Rapaport) – Sully
    • A small character, you might not remember him, but you can’t tell me his scene wasn’t egregious and clearly untrue.
  • Seok Woo (Yoo Gong) – Train to Busan
    • Well he may redeem himself in the end, it wasn’t worth the entire build up of an annoying character
  • The Entire Cast of Sausage Party
    • Read above in “Worst films of the year”

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Oscar Nominees: Surprises, snubs and my score

Best Picture:

La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Fences
Arrival
Lion
Hidden Figure

My Score: 1 wrong. I had guessed Silence would get in over Lion.

Snubs/Surprises: This category barely has a snub in it, People will say Deadpool is a snub but it’s only a snub if you really thought it’d nominated, and I don’t think anoyone really thought it’d be nominated.Silence Might be considered a snub.

Best Actor:

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Denzel Washington (Fences)
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Viggo Mortenson (Captain Fantastic)

My Score: 1 wrong. I had guessed Joel Edgerton (Loving) would get in over Viggo Mortenson.

Snubs/Surprises: I thought Edgerton would get in over Mortenson considering the films they were in, but I’m happy, Viggo gave the better performance in my opinion. Some may say Tom Hanks is the snub here for Sully.

Best Actress:

Emma Stone (La La Land)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)
Ruth Negga (Loving)

My Score: 1 wrong. I had guessed Amy Adams (Arrival) would get in over Meryl Streep.

Snubs/Surprises: It’s a God damn travesty that Meryl Streep got in for Florence Foster Jenkins over Amy Adams. Meryls performance was just fine, in a movie that was just fine. Arrival gets a Best Picture nom, but there is no Arrival without Amy Adams. Anette Bennings performance in 20th Century Women is supposed to be incredible, and Oscar worthy.

Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”)
Jeff Bridges (“Hell or High Water”)
Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”)
Dev Patel (“Lion”)
Michael Shannon (“Nocturnal Animals”

My Score: 1 wrong. I had guessed Aaron-Taylor Johnson (Nocturnal Animals) would get in over Michael Shannon.

Snubs: No snubs, either one of them would get in for Nocturnal Animals, sucks for Johnson, but both great performances.

Supporting Actress:

Viola Davis (“Fences”)
Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”)
Nicole Kidman (“Lion”)
Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”)
Michelle Williams (“Manchester By the Sea”)

My Score: 0 Wrong

Snubs/Surprises: None really for me, I haven’t seen 20th Century Women yet, but people say Greta Gerwigs performance should have been nominated.

Best Director

Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Dennis Villeneuve (Arrival)
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)

My Score: 1 wrong, I had guessed Denzel Washington (Fences) would get in over Mel Gibson.

Snubs/Surprises: I can’t believe Mel Gibson got in, In my opinion I think he deserved it over Denzel, but his history makes it a big surprise. Denzel deserves it because he directed himself to an Oscar nomination, but Mel Gibson definitely had a lot more work on his film and delivered a great product.

Animated Feature

“Kubo and the Two Strings” (Laika/Focus Features)
“Moana” (Disney)
“The Red Turtle” (Studio Ghibli/Sony Pictures Classics)
“Zootopia” (Disney)
“My Life as a Zuchinni”

My Score: 1 Wrong, I had guessed Sing over My Life as a Zuchinni

Snubs/Surprises: Finding Dory is a snub, although I haven’t seen The Red Turtle or My Life as a Zuchinni. I knew Finding Dory wouldn’t get in, yet I still got one wrong, by guessing Sing would get the nom.

Best Documentary:

“13th”

“Life, Animated”

“OJ: Made in America”

“I am Not your Negro”

“Fire at Sea”

My Score: 2 wrong. I had guessed The Ivory Game and Zero Days over Fire at Sea and I am not your Negro.

 

My Final Score: 36/44


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Suicide Squad (2016) Review

Suicide Squad

Reviewed by Mitch Burns


Directed by: David Ayer (Fury, End of Watch)

Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-agbaje, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Scott Eastwood, Adam Beach, Karen Fukuhara, David Harbour, Jim Parrack, and Jared Leto

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It must be said that I had fairly low expectations going in to Suicide Squad, and the problems with this movie are devastatingly obvious, but I can not in good conscious say I didn’t have a fun time. It’s like eating something that tastes good, but smells really bad.

Following the events of Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and (Spoiler alert) Superman’s death, Agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) feels that in a world where Aliens come down from the sky, it would be wise to have a defense system. Waller’s plan is to use supervillains, that are currently behind bars, as a defense system by putting bombs in their necks that can be remote controlled to go off if they act up.

The Squad includes Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Killer Croc ( Adewale Akinnuoye-agbaje), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), and Slipknot (Adam Beach). The squad is led by Colonel Rick Flag (Joel Kinneman), who along with his bodyguard Katana (Karen Fukuhara), are in charge of this Suicide Squad.

No sooner does the group form (Wouldn’t you know it) When an ancient evil force begins to wreak havoc on the city. It falls upon the newly formed group of super-villains to bring down this evil force and protect the city, all the while trying to get along. It doesn’t help matters when The Joker (Jared Leto) steps in; trying to steal his girlfriend Harley Quinn back from Waller and the Squad.

When you boil it down to a few paragraphs it really doesn’t seem as convoluted and messy as the film actually turns out to be. The story spends a huge chunk of time on exposition, to the point where you would almost think it’s a joke, the way the beginning of the film starts and stops. Honestly, we didn’t need an explanation of why each character is in jail, there background, there skills, etc. Especially since the characters are simple and Straight-forward, Boomerang is Australian and throws a boomerang, Killer Croc is a crocodile man, Deadshot shoots, Harley Quinn has a bat… etc.

I have been known to forgive lousy exposition now and then, but the script is altogether lousy and so unimaginative that you can’t help but wonder who green-lit this script. This is clearly a case of too many cooks in the kitchen, I don’t understand how anyone looks at this script and says “perfection”.

I couldn’t help but feel that I just watched some decently talented actors walk around Midway City and kill the odd guy. The Squad are sent to an office building where they’re forced to fight there way to the to top (Raid/Dredd style), this is a large majority of the story and it’s absolutely worthless! It’s a waste of our time, because…

*Spoiler*

… at the top they find Waller (Davis) and a group of armed people who need to be escorted out. Honestly a huge waste, if the film had an interesting “Bad guy” they wouldn’t have had to fill the film with this bogus malarkey.

Even with all the destruction and mayhem (which felt very reminiscent of the destruction in Man of Steel) The stakes feel incredibly low. The “Big Bad” is a horribly constructed and monotonous, *Spoiler* The enchantress is the bad girl, she resurrects her evil brother and they decide to eradicate mankind, so they go to the middle of midway city and dance around a big purple light. What?

The tone is dark, but not dark enough, with random comedic beats that are rarely funny, and clearly thrown in to try a lighter, Marvel-esque approach. The pacing is off, the film stops and starts, winding through plot holes and logic gaps without a care.

Suicide Squad is quite honestly a bad movie, so why did I kind of enjoy it?

Well, for one, the characters they do manage to develop are interesting, Harley Quinn (Robbie), Deadshot (Smith), and Rick Flag (Kinnaman) are the standouts in my opinion. This is the first time Harley Quinn has been brought to the live-action screen, and I think they did a good job with her character. One scene stood out in-particular, a simple scene with Quinn sitting on a taxi pretending to be happy when really shes crushed inside. Robbie was the possibly the best choice to play the Jokers girlfriend, and besides some corny dialogue, Harley Quinn is really the best part of the entire film.

Clearly, Will Smith is the biggest actor and highest paid among the group, so his character Deadshot must be the lead. The decision to make Deadshot the focal point of the film, when all eyes are clearly going to be on the Joker and Harley Quinn, seems a bit forced. Although, besides a scene near the end involving Deadshots daughter, his story-line doesn’t feel as contrived as it could have been. Smith is as good as usual, and his character is interesting, he’d be a great villain on his own.

I haven’t heard much talk about Rick Flag, but I found his character to really bring the film and group together, and Kinnaman’s portrayal was top notch. Flag grounds the film and brings a tiny bit of reality to this crazy story. Waller (Viola Davis) is an almost unbelievable character, and does quite the opposite of grounding the film in reality. I love Viola Davis, I really do, but she really just came across as a disgruntled office employee.

Now, The Joker. The clown prince.
I never, ever, for one second thought The Joker was going to be the villain in this film, I’m baffled people thought so to begin with. Why would Harley Quinn try and stop her boyfriend?
I honestly thought he was going to be a part of The Squad itself, but maybe that was crazy thinking as well. Now, you may think I’m just going against the grain here, but I personally thought we were given a good amount of The Joker in Suicide Squad. I obviously knew going into the film to expect less of him than we all originally thought, but his amount of time onscreen was sufficient for me. Although, what they chose to have the Joker do in this movie, was baffling. I would have just kept him in some of Harley Quinns flashbacks, and the end scene, and that’s it. The Joker is really an unnecessary addition to this film, he had almost nothing to do.

I found Leto’s performance to be sufficient, and I personally think it will be super interesting to see Leto’s Joker go up against Affleck’s Batman someday. I will not compare him to Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight, these are clearly two different jokers, and we will never, ever get a performance like Ledger’s again. I applaud the minds that decided to make Leto’s joker more of a gangster/thug, it feels authentic, and it could really work in future films. Overall though, The Joker should not have been in this film, and Leto really tried here but his performance was wasted.

The other characters are either straight forward, or forgettable. Jai Courtney, who I’ve never been a fan of, is unrecognizable and the funniest part of this film, as Boomerang. Killer Croc, Slipknot, Diablo, Katana, and Enchantress are forgettable or just serviceable. Waller, as I said, is an over the top character, and just logistically did not make sense. Scott Eastwood is in this, and he’s practically useless, I don’t even think he had a character name.
Also, I can’t be the only one who think Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project) and Jim Parrack (True Blood) look incredibly similar. I didn’t realize until afterwards that they were two different people, which made for some confusion on my part.

So, for me the good characters made this bad movie entertaining. Even the characters that I didn’t find all that interesting, I found their abilities were brought to the screen in wonderful ways. Diablo, Killer Croc, and The enchantress’ brother all have interesting, unique powers that are realized with great effects and thought.

The story is incredibly straight forward, a bit silly, but there’s something fun about it all. It never feels like a slog, it never bores, I would rather watch this 1000 times over watching Batman vs. Superman once. DC is quite clearly trying to rush films out the door before they’re ready, although this time it feels as if at the last minute they over-saturated it with “Fun” music, and threw in some shitty jokes to give it a tone closer to Marvels. Sadly, it doesn’t work, and dammit did I really want this to be a hit.

Grade: C-


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Cell (2016)

Cell (2016)

Reviewed by Mitch Burns


Directed by: Tod Williams

Starring: John Cusack, Samul L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman, Owen Teague, Alex Ter Avest, and Stacey Keach.

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The last time John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson teamed up to bring a Stephen King novel to the screen was 2007’s 1408. Many considered that a success, and Stephen King novels have a sordid history of not making great films, so maybe Cusack and Jackson should have stopped while they were ahead.

Cell has a sordid and painful path to the big screen. Dimension films purchased the film rights for Stephen Kings bestseller in 2006, the same year the book was published. It was announced that Eli Roth would direct after finishing Hostel 2,  Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski  were hired to write the script. In 2007, Roth began to have doubts about directing Cell, and it wasn’t until 2009 that it was confirmed that he wouldn’t direct it. Talk about development hell.

Surprisingly, Stephen King announced in 2009 that he had written a screenplay with Adam Alleca (Last House on the Left). This saddens me, as it seems that King REALLY wanted a Cell film adaptation, and a good one. Now, listen to this timeline, in 2012 Cusack was signed on, in 2013 it was announced that Paranormal Activity 2 director Tod Williams would be directing and it was also announced that Samuel L. Jackson was cast as Cusack’s co-star. Then, 5 months later Isabelle Fuhrman and Stacey Keach were cast and filming began and ended in January 2014.
Then it took them 2 and a half years to release the bloody thing. It took Ten years to turn Stephen Kings novel into 90 minutes of pure garbage.

The film follows Clay Riddell (Cusack) who’s just landed at an airport and is talking on his cellphone with his estranged wife and son. lucky for Clay, his phone battery dies seconds before a signal is emitted from all cell phone’s worldwide, turning anyone listening to the signal into zombie like killing machines. The airport quickly turns into a blood-soaked mayhem, as the “Phoners” begin killing anyone not effected by the signal.

The logic here is mystifying, The noise turns any human listening to it into a killing machine that mimics a bird and makes the noises of dial-up internet. How do these “Phoners” know who’s affected or not? How close would you have to be to the signal in order to be turned? suspend disbelief people.

Riddell escapes the airport, and quickly meets up with two other survivors Tom McCourt (Samuel L. Jackson) and Alice Maxwell (Isabelle Fuhrman). Together the three survivors must traverse a new landscape where from sunrise to sunset they are being hunted.

Now, it sounds incredibly interesting, I gave it a chance on the IMDB description alone, but sadly it’s all pretty dull. Never have I ever felt like a movie was merely a collection of scenes mushed together. You can almost hear the director calling “Action” and “Cut” and “That’s a wrap”.

No pun intended, but Jackson and Cusack “phone” their performances in, neither of them are happy to be their, and it’s painfully obvious. Then there’s Poor Isabelle Fuhrman who apparently had a small role in the first Hunger Games. She was probably stoked to get the female lead in a Stephen King adaptation with Cusack and Jackson, and she acts her heart out, but it falls flat and this won’t be the breakthrough role she had hopped for.

Cell bumps along, characters are introduced suddenly and then dead without even a shrug from the other characters. Cusack is supposedly on a desperate hunt to find his wife and son, and I honestly forgot that’s what they were doing. The characters goals are rarely talked about, although maybe it was, I just couldn’t believe that such little emotion could come from a father (Cusack) fighting to save his life and desperately hoping his wife and son are alright. I assume Cusack would have the same facial expression when ordering a footlong at Subway.

The budget and Box Office figures are M.I.A, but the special effects feel incredibly low budget. There is an opening sequence in an airport that’s quite intense, even with Cusack standing in the middle of it all looking like a stunned idiot, although it’s stuff you see on TV almost nightly.

The reason Cell doesn’t get an F is because several times I did feel creep-ed out. Several portions of the film have a creep factor and that surprised me. The overall idea of the story was interesting, but that can all be attributed to Stephen King. In Actuality, King changed much of his original story for the film adaptation. Once the movie ended I went to Wikipedia and read the plot for the book, and it seemed a very different story, especially the end.

Speaking of the end? It felt…well, dumb. It left unanswered questions, left me feeling very unfulfilled and displeased. The sad part is, Stephen King wasn’t a fan of the original ending of his novel so he changed it to this. Completely baffling in my opinion.

I’m fairly certain that Cusack and Jackson are happy this wasn’t the hit Stephen King hoped it would be…

Grade: D+


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Captain America: Civil War (2016) review

Captain America: Civil War

Reviewed by Mitch Burns


Directed by: Anthony and Joe Russo

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Jeremy Renner, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, William Hurt, Frank Grillo, Alfre Woodard, John Kani, Marisa Tomei, and Daniel Bruhl.

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*Below I have constructed a rough outline of the plot, I consider it to be Spoiler Free, nothing more than what is shown in the trailers. I will inform you, the reader, when I decide to enter spoiler territory.

Captain America: Civil War or Avengers 3, you can choose to call it either as both titles fit perfectly. If we’re going to call it Avengers 3, it’s the best Avengers movie yet, if we want to call it Captain America, it is the second best Captain America film, after Captain America: Winter Soldier.

Following the events of New York in the first avengers, and the events in Sokovia in Avengers: Age of Ultron, where there were civilian casualties, some people around the world don’t see The Avengers as quite the Superheroes they claim to be.

Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is leading his team of Avengers, Falcon/ Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), on a mission in Lagos. When Scarlet Witch attempts to save Captain America from an explosion, she inadvertently causes the deaths of a few Wakandan Humanitarian workers.

This is a breaking point, The U.S Secretary of State, General Ross (William Hurt), informs the Avengers that the United Nations is looking to pass a ruling that the Avengers would henceforth be governed by a panel on the United Nations, called The Sokovia Accords. Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) agrees with the accords and tries to convince the other Avengers to sign. Captain America does not agree, and he’s not alone. Each Avenger has their own reasons for agreeing or not agreeing.

With a major divide among the group of superheroes, it becomes apparent that they must fight for what they believe in.

Civil War has a rough time finding it’s footing, but I don’t blame the writers or directors as they had very rocky ground to work on here. This was a big story to tell, with a lot of characters. It’s a Captain America story through the heart of it, but it deals with a lot more than any standalone MCU film has, such as almost every other Avenger and a lot of Iron Man.

The film suffers under the weight of all it’s characters and dauntingly large story. Tt has tonal and pacing issues galore, but it shouldn’t bother most; and with a 90% Rotten Tomatoes score I see it isn’t. I do think that Civil War could have used a tiny bit more editing and some tightening up a bit. Particularly some scenes involving the Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and our new villain Helmut Zemo (Daniel Bruhl). I think many people can admit to that, although I will also admit that most every scene felt  tangentially necessary, or was at interesting/fun.

What makes this movie great, and made Avengers: Age of Ultron a nudge above average, are the characters. In Civil War we’re given the Avengers, minus Thor and Hulk, but adding some new faces on the team such as Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), and Spider-Man (Tom Holland). On top of three new faces on the Avengers docket, we also get more time with Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) who only just made their debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and a larger amount of screentime for War Machine (Don Cheadle) who has honestly been a very minor character thus far.

It’s reach a point in the MCU where I don’t expect much out of these films, they probably won’t ever be on my best of the year lists, but I will continue to see them for the characters.

I’m a fan of Captain America/Steve Rogers. In my opinion he’s the most compelling character next to Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, and both have a large amount of screen-time here. I’m also very intrigued by Scarlet Witch and Vision, as their powers are obviously very strong and interesting, and while Civil War gives a nice dose of each character, it felt like only the tip of the iceberg.

It isn’t until the latter half of the film, when the new characters and a returning character appear, that we get any humor. In a series of films that seem to keep a jokey tone, it was quite a relief to see the arrival of these characters. I was almost begging for them to arrive, and with them a dose of laughter. (non)Spoiler: There are laughs.

Now I will jump into some *spoilers*, if you aren’t interested in spoilers, scroll to the bottom to see my grade.

Civil War is tense, it is the only film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe where I couldn’t predict where the movie was headed. I was consistently surprised, and I I’d be lying if the final 20-25 minutes didn’t leave me shocked.

Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) was an interesting villain, and he’s the main reason I’d like to see this again, as I didn’t understand his motives, or where his story was headed until the final moments. Maybe others picked up on parts or all of it earlier, but much of his story-line remained cloaked in mystery for me.

The best part of Captain America: Civil War is it’s ability to make the viewer never comfortably settle on one side of the argument. Once you feel like you may align with Team Captain America, then you’re conflicted, then you side with Team Iron Man (and repeat). This was my experience anyhow, and I loved it. It’s a film packed with emotion and tension, one moment I was rooting for one side, the next I was pissed off at that very team, It’s quite literally a roller coaster of emotion, and in that regard, it succeeds.

Now, this is very spoilery: Tony Stark watches the video of his mother and father being killed by a brainwashed bucky, while an un-brainwashed Bucky stands 10 feet way. This is the most tense & emotional scene in the MCU thus far.
I wanted Stark to just kill Bucky at that point, I didn’t care anymore and I actually believed Steve would just let Tony do it. Then we come to learn that Rogers knew the whole time. I was quite shocked to then see Steve and Bucky beat the shit out of Iron Man. I thought Iron Man was actually dead for a moment.
This epic battle was irritatingly interrupted by cut scenes of Zemo and Black Panther, something that would have worked better as one scene after the fight.

Speaking of Black Panther, we’re supposed to be getting a Black Panther movie, but I don’t see how it can be an origin movie, which I would be fine with. Civil War really served as Black Panthers origin movie(?), the death of T’Challa’s father and his urge to seek revenge are what creates Black Panther. Right? Unless Black Panther was a creation T’Challa’s before now and that will be a movie on its own.

Well I must digress, as I’ve written over 1000 words and I don’t have much more to say. Civil War was fun, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I figured I would, as it took turns and made decisions unexpected by me, which is really all I can ask for with these movies anymore.

p.s. After seeing Civil War, I am slightly optimistic for the new Spider-man franchise. Tom Holland did well, so we shall see. I am not getting my hopes up.

Grade: A-


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