Saturday, January 26, 2019

Best & Worst Movies - 2018

Time to reflect on last year with excellence, nostalgia and lest we forget embarrassment and disgust.  2018 captivated us with a slue of outstanding films, spanning from action blockbusters to super-hero gems, from fairy-tale wonders to historical dramas and terrifying thriller, remakes and sequels - most of which rocked our world.  Because we all know with every stellar/ground breaking film there are always a few poopers that rear their ugly heads.  With that said, here are my Top Ten Best & Worst Movies of 2018.

~You're the Worst~
Dishonorable Mentions:
I Feel Pretty
Proud Mary
Red Sparrow
Night School

    10.  Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
More like a fallen franchise.  HEY-OH!  The characters are barely developed, their motivations seem flimsy, and the film's third act (set in a cavernous private mansion) is just plain ridiculous. And don't even get my started on the abuse of these animals.  GAH.

I think I got whiplash from my head banging against the back of my seat from the idiotic plots and subplots of this flick.  The third installment in the mind-numbing franchise clearly wants to be abused, mocked and ridiculed by the audience. The difference between that and real S&M is that there is no safe word we can use to make this horrid movie stop hurting our eyes.  Actually, my safe word is "just pass."

8.  Rampage
Oh my gosh. NO.  This pointless, dialed-in blockbuster mostly exists to kill brain cells, and a couple hours of our lives with meaningless, forgettable nonsense that just won't fascinate or excite. HARD pass. 

7.  Hell Fest
If  you're saying to yourself you've never heard of this movie, you're not alone.  I feel like I'm the only one who saw this last year.  This horror movie contributes very little in terms of narrative, scares or imagination. It's just not stylish enough to be a decent film and it’s not cool enough to distract us.


More like I wish I could turn back time and delete this from my evenings events. This dud is a perfect example of a film aiming valiantly for the stars, but unfortunately, it falls flat on its face.  I believe I even fell asleep while watching this bore-snore.

The worst part about this lame horror flick is the shame of how cool it thinks it really is. Sort of like the class dork posing as the class clown.  The movie did have promise, but in the end it was straight up laughable, hokey and unoriginal.  Pretty sure a scary movie is supposed to be, um, scary.  #amiright

4.  The Meg
Even with my super low expectations this movie still managed to disappoint and annoy. This big-budget, deep-sea sinker is nothing more than a mindless, bloodless summer filler.  I would have liked to have seen the movie Eli Roth would have made.  Originally, he was attached to direct and star in, but he left due to creative differences.  Now I'm understanding why.

3.  Venom
I can't even with this movie.  I don't don't know where to begin so I'll just say this... If you are ever sucked up into an alien spacecraft, and the extraterrestrials offer you a choice between getting probed with their instruments or watching Venom then OK, fine, option B, but still. 

Let the guilt and dread and spooky atmosphere and oh, yes, ensuing madness commence! Oh, wait, wrong movie.  It's cute how Lionsgate really wanted their own little "Conjuring" franchise.  And while this pooper did hold potential, in the end it was a ghastly train-wreck. Two words: BORE-ING.

I saw a lot of doozies last year, but this takes the cake. Taking the real heroes from this true-life event and placing them behind the camera isn't the worst idea Hollywood has ever had, but it's also not the best either.  It's clear these men are not actors.  In fact, their acting was so bad I almost walked out of the theater. Stretching a real-life event, all of which took roughly 20 minutes, into a feature length film is what we call unnecessary, boring and a drawn-out, waste-of-time-mess.  

~You're the Best~
Honorable Mentions:
Beautiful Boy
First Man
Three Identical Strangers

I simply loved this movie!  A fine companion piece to the original.  That doesn't mean I can ignore its problems, but I did leave the theater feeling something had been restored in me rather than taken away.  It's well crafted, well acted, and features some terrific live-action/animation combos, costumes and music. Afterwards, I quickly bought the soundtrack. It's fantastic! Emily Blunt does a great job filling Julie Andrews shoes too.  Sure, it's not going to hold the stellar magic of the OG, but it's still a delightful return to the story we all cherish and love. 

"So, perhaps we've learned when day is done, some stuff and nonsense could be fun!"

9.  Smallfoot
There are so many cute-but-disposable animated features every year, but there always manages to be one or two that steals just a little of Disney's thunder. Last year, that film was the effortlessly (and unexpectedly) charming Warner Bros. release of Smallfoot. Half-comedy, half-adventure, and 100 percent insightful.  This flick flew under the radar, but make no mistake it's definitely worth your time. It's cute, fun, funny and it has such a positive message that is quite relevant given today's climate. I simply love this charmer. 

"We're about to blow some tiny minds."

One of the many elements that makes this movie so remarkable is director Lanthimos’s fisheye-lensed cinematography and his comedic characterization of his cast - who entertain themselves by racing ducks, shooting birds and throwing fruit at naked men. His three female leads, meanwhile, are equally tremendous - pitiful and bitter Colman, cunning and ruthless Weisz, and clever and amoral Stone.  I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this film!

"Did you just look at me?  Look at me!  How dare you look at me!"

                        7.  Bohemian Rhapsody
This popcorn flick is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. Rami Malek knocked it out of the park with his portrayal of the rock legend himself!  And while it doesn't do the best job following history, it's still wildly entertaining, exciting and just plain cool. If you're even the slightest fan of this rock band this movie is a must-see!

"I pity your wife if you think six minutes is forever."

This incredible true story is both an emotional drama as well as an educational piece to those who know little about conversion therapy.  Every so often a powerful/deeply moving film comes along that you're absolutely glad you saw, but have no need to see it again. That doesn't mean I wouldn't recommend it, because I definitely would.  While it's super uncomfortable in parts, it's also incredibly gripping.  Overall, it's a heartbreaking tear-jerker, but mover over, it's an eye-opener at the very least.

"I’m not going to pretend I hate my father! I don’t hate my father!"

This modern-day horror flick is fantastic on all accounts!  It's about a family of four who must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures show up and hunt by sound - the family's  survival is ultimately threaten.  John Krasinski hit a home run when he wrote, directed and acted in this awesome thriller! You won't be disappointed!  It's fresh, it's engaging and it's an undoubtedly taxing affair on the nerves.

"I love you. I've always loved you."

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist who goes on tour through the 1960's American south.  Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen vibe so well together with such attention and subtlety that they avoid the cliches or sentimentality that might be the normal byproduct of their scenes.  It's eye opening, funny, charming and quite lovable. 
"Kentucky Fried Chicken! In Kentucky! When's that ever gonna happen!"

Who knew the sixth installment in the franchise would be the best one yet.  I mean, c'mon!  This is one terrific thriller that holds some of the best action sequences around.  It’s kind of like action poetry.  It's smart story-telling, with edge of your seat intensity, jammed packed with crazy thrills.  You will  not be disappointed.  Oh and did I mention Henry Cavill is in it? #dayum

"What's done is done... when we say it's done."

Bradly Cooper killed it with his first directorial debut!  Despite its long history and many incarnations, Cooper manages to bring something authentic and new to the table with his iteration of a classic film story.  The chemistry between Cooper and Lady Gaga felt so real!  It was simply intoxicating. This show stunner does an excellent job touching base on hard hitting and relevant topics as well.  It's fantastic! And it's going to take home some Oscars too.

"I just wanted to take another look at you."

1.  Vice
This docu-drama explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.  Why this movie works so well is McKay's direction - it plays back and forth in time giving it an extremely interesting and fresh feel.  It's clever, it's surprisingly funny, it's ruthless and wildly entertaining.  Christian Bale is superb and knocks it out of the park! #GrandSlam  Do I hear Oscar calling? 

"So we gonna do this thing, or what? I mean, is this happening?"

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There ya have it folks - 2018 in a nutshell. But with that now behind us, it's time to look ahead. This coming year is going to be amazing! There are a ton of superior movies at our doorstep.  We have Star Wars episode IX, Steven King's terrify horrors - Pet Sematary and IT: Chapter 2. Not to mention the fantastical movies Disney has is store with Dumbo, Aladdin, Lion King and Infinity War: Part 2. It's an exciting year for film!
Did your best/worst movie of 2018 make the cut? Something I missed? Let me know what your Best & Worst movies of 2018 were and why.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Trailer Park - 2018

Source: IMDb

A big part of Hollywood film is the build-up, which is why it is a common practice to release trailers for trailers these days. Over the years movie trailers have become their own magnificent works of art, reaching new heights and bounds of excellence. Trailers are a huge deal - their popularity is really only second to the movies themselves. Some might even say trailers are better than the real McCoy. And, of course, there are those that are simply the tip of the iceberg.

So what makes a trailer great? Great trailers "tease" without revealing too much. They build excitement for the movie while giving the audience an alluring taste of the final product. And they always leave you wanting more. 

Below are some key ingredients for a great trailer: 
1. The two minute mark. Trailers now-a-days can give WAY too much upfront. If by the end you feel you saw the whole movie then what's the point in actually seeing the whole movie? Keep it tight, keep it simple. Less is more.
2. The set up. Too often trailers give us too much information regarding the plot or not enough. Successful trailers find that sweet spot right in between. 
3. Introduction. If you have a star studded cast, it's easy to get wrapped up in giving everyone face time. Instead, great trailers focus on two or thee characters that will get the audience excited. 
4. Music. Music is crucial! Music evokes emotion and emotion drives movement. If the music genuinely reflects the mood of the movie, you’re golden. 
5. Capture the mood. Great trailers focus on emotion instead of just plot points. It gets the audience excited to enter whatever world they're trying to sell you. 

With that said and in no particular order I give you my Top Ten Best Movie Trailers of 2018.

Honorable Mention:
A Star Is Born
The Lion King
First Man

Ready Player One (Trailer 2)
If there's anything we take away from this trailer it’s that nothing exceeds like pure imagination. Using popular music is pretty commonplace when cutting trailers now-a-days, and no trailer last year excelled more than adding the remake of "Pure Imagination” by Bryan Nguyen (feat. Merethe Sotvedt) to the dreamy, insane tone of the trailer. It's beautiful, exciting and captivating. Brilliant!  

Bohemian Rhapsody (trailer 1)
I mean, C'MON!  One can't deny the pure genius behind one of the most explosive trailers of 2018. It's handcrafted to perfection! It has it all - action, intrigue, excitement and boldness. And one can't have a trailer about one of the greatest bands ever without sprinkling Queen tunage in the mix.  The songs were perfectly matched to every beat. We will Rock You!

The Girl in the Spider's Web (trailer 1) 
Sure, the movie was less than stellar, but as a stand alone work of art, this trailer flies off the charts. It does a superb job grabbing your attention right off the cuff, which is the sole purpose of a good trailer. It's dark, it's moody, it has edge and lastly it's extremely hypnotic in every way that counts. Perfection!

Dumbo (trailer 1) 
Dumbo was always one of the most heartbreaking stories of the Disney classics.  And this remake, directed by Tim Burton, is ready to pull those heartstrings once again when one of the most innocent & sweetest characters in cinema flies onto the silver screen via live-action. This trailer is visually stunning, but it's the emotional punch it packs that hits home. The enchanting story and music are both phenomenal.  I cannot wait to own the soundtrack! And I'm super-duper escited to see the movie!
Release Date: March 29th

Won't You Be My Neighbor? (trailer 1)
This trailer explores the late Rogers’ life in a deeply meaningful way, one that goes behind the TV personality that kids and adults everywhere have come to know and love. The music masterfully matched the tone of the trailer so beautifully one can't help but feel uplifted afterwards. And hopefully, this movie will inspire a new generation of neighbors to be a little kinder to one another.

White Boy Rick (trailer 1)
  There is something totally cool about this trailer, and it has everything to do with the music, the era (I'm obsessed with the 80's), the stylings, and of course the gritty story, all of which intrigue us to the max. While the film portrays itself as a Matthew McConaughey-starrer, the main character is actually played by Richie Merritt. This actor came out of nowhere.  Not too shabby for your first film debut! I wasn't the biggest fan of the movie itslef, but this trailer kills it!

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (trailer 1)
This trailer unleashes monstrous proportions of excitement! What's so remarkable about it is how beautiful the story unfolds - downplaying the massive creature in favor of an intense monologue... #brilliant  In voice over we hear Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) offer up reasons for earths destruction, all backed by Clare De Loon.  In fact, this duo is precisely why this trailer makes the list. It is absolutely mesmerizing! Plus, I'll see anything Eleven is in. #amiright This movie is going to be huge! "Long live the King."
Release Date: May 31st

Mission: Impossible - Fallout (trailer 1)
It's never wise to underestimate the stylings of Tom Cruise.  Say what you will about the guy, he sure knows how to deliver a superb action flick.  This trailer is an absolute marvel! It stokes up a sense of jaw-dropping next-level action sequences that have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The crisp film-editing and matching blows from that bathroom fight scene, set to the beat of Imagine Dragons’ Friction, is a master-stroke. And extra points to Henry Cavill for dramatically reloading his bicep guns.  Um, yes please!

Shazam! (trailer 1)
It's no secret things around DC haven't always been the greatest.  However, post Wonder Woman and Aquaman things are slowly looking up.  Case and point - Shazam!  Basically, this story finds the middle-ground between the grown-up wish-fulfillment of Big and the teenage superhero of Spider-Man.  This trailer shines with pops of witty banter, fun visuals, and what looks to be a delightful central performance by  the gorgeous Zachary Levi. Also, I'll see anything Jack Dylan Grazer is in.  Needless to say, I'm excited for this popcorn flick to shine on the big screen!
Release Date: April 5th 

Bad Times at the El Royale (trailer 1)
Right from its opening needle-drop to the tune of the Motown hit ‘This Old Heart Of Mine’, the first trailer for Drew Goddard's mystery is stylized beautifully.  This thriller is both promising, vibrant yet playful. The spot-on retro set design, the dreamy cast of shadowy customers, and the tantalizing teases circling the creepy hotel is exactly why this insane trailer made the cut.  Tell me you're not intrigued. 

Trailer editing is very much a work of art and when done right it's a thing a beauty! The end product can motivate, captivate and generate major buzz-feed. Was there a particular trailer in 2018 that you remember being wicked-awesome? Feel free to share your opinions in the comment section below.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Summer Blockbuster Hotties - 2018

Time to indulge in a bit of sizzling hotness of the Summer Blockbuster variety.  With these Top Ten Hotties infiltrating our movie theaters this summer it's going to be hard to stay away. And if Hollywood has taught us anything it's there is no shortage of stunning beauties in their midst. Don't believe me? Take a look and enjoy! Caution: May cause third degree burns

~ Mouth Watering Bombshells ~
This former model and Academy Award winner is one of the most fearless actresses in Hollywood. She has a lot more to offer than just a pretty face with amazing hair and a body that just won't quit. This talented, long legged beauty is consistently taking on complex roles that do not always show off her gorgeous attributes - they are beyond gorgeous. You don't want to miss her in Tully, which is already in theaters. 

Up Next: Flarsky hits theaters next year. It's a story about a political journalist tries to hook up with his old babysitter, who now holds an important government position. 

This sparkling diamond is one classic beauty. Aside from being absolutely stunning with her innocent brown eyes and flawless skin, this British babe is one of the more down-to-earth actresses Hollywood has to offer. She has this girl-next-door vibe to her, yet can definitely vamp it up HOT on the red carpet. Get excited for her upcoming role in the sequel/prequel where she plays the young Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, hitting theaters July 19th. 

Up Next: Untitled Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis Project. Plot kept under wraps. Believed to be musically themed and be set around the 1960s or 1970s. 

This mouth-watering sex-kitten is adorably sweet! The young, sassy and devastatingly beautiful actress landed the coveted role as the warrior queen Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones back in 2011, which shot her to stardom.  And she doesn't seem to slowing down anytime soon. She killed it in this summer's blockbuster Solo: A Star Wars Story where she plays the love interest to the legendary young Hans Solo, which is currently killing it in theaters now. 

Up Next: Above Suspicion, which is due out later this year, is a chilling true story of a newly married FBI poster boy assigned to an Appalachian mountain town in Kentucky. There he is drawn into an illicit affair with an impoverished local woman who becomes his star informant. This scandal shook the foundations of the nation's top law enforcement agency, ending in the first ever conviction of an FBI agent for murder.

Lady in RED. Boy-yoi-yoing! The enthusiastic Aussie is not only smart and beautiful, but the MILF is funny as hell! But sorry gents, this mouth-watering bombshell is taken. Along with making us laugh while looking fab she's also married to one of the most controversial funny man in Hollywood. Be sure to catch her in this summer's comedy, Tag.  Look for it in theaters on June 15th.

Up Next: The Beach Bum coasts into theaters later this year. It's a story about a rebellious stoner named Moondog who lives life by his own rules.

This all around American woman is stunning beyond compare! Not only is she gorgeous, but when the girl acts she takes home Academy Awards. Her sparkling eyes, her dazzling smile, her comedic wit can all win you over in seconds. Don't miss her as this summer's biggest heist caper flick, Ocean's 8, which is currently in theaters now. 

Up Next: Bird Box arrives in theaters December 21st. It's a sci-fi thriller about a woman and a pair of children who are blindfolded and have to make their way through a post-apocalyptic setting along a river.

~ Lip-Smacking Man-Candy ~
Many of us first met him as Ted. We grew to love him as Neo. But no matter what, this tall, dark and handsome man has us smacking our lips for more. His lay-low, shyness add to his sex appeal for sure. So you're damn right this stud made the cut!  This leading hottie has been in the biz for decades and doesn't seem to be slowing down any time soon - thank the high heavens!  He'll be hitting the silver screen thrice this summer with two thrillers - Siberia, out July 13th, and Replicas, out August 24th. And a dramedy/romance in Destination Wedding, out August 30th - which I'm sure he'll be hella foine in all three. 

Up Next: Look out for May 17, 2019 because that's when the third installment in the John Wick series hits theaters - John Wick 3: Parabellum.  (Say it aint so!!) 

Hubba-Hubba! They sure know how to grow 'em gooooood across the pond. The 31 year British hottie is one absolute hunka-hunka burning love! But sorry ladies, he's taken, as in married. His British charm adds to his sex appeal. And his tender, humble smile will easily render the ladies helpless in a matter of seconds. Fall in love with him in this summer's heart-wrenching true story, Adrift, currently in theaters.

Up Next: The Nightingale, which comes out next year, takes place in 1820s Tasmania. It's about a young Irish convict woman seeking revenge for the murder of her family, and takes an Aboriginal male tracker with her through the interior and gets much more than she bargained for.

Time to fall in love with Handsome Rob all over again... and again, and again. This British heart-throb is for sure one delicious piece of lip-smacking man-candy, and a nice addition to our summer blockbuster hotties list. This dark and brooding stud-muffin definitely oozes sex appeal, no question. You don't want to miss him go head to head with a giant shark in this summer's cheesy blockbuster The Meg, which will be unleash everywhere on August 10th. #ICantWait

Up Next: Hobbs and Shaw hits theaters sometime next year. It's a spinoff of The Fate of the Furious, focusing on Johnson's US Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs who forms an unlikely alliance with Statham's Deckard Shaw.

You're damn right this stone fox of a man made the list! I mean, on a scale of one to even... I can't. Trying to justify his sex appeal is like trying to explain why the sky is blue. It just is. We don't question it, we don't debate it, we just accept it. Aside from being blessed genetically, this devastatingly gorgeous Brit is an excellent actor, humble and quite intelligent.  Watch him head it out with Tom Cruise in this summer's (bound to be) smash hit, Mission: Impossible - Fallout.  It flies into theaters July 27th. 

Up Next: Nomis is an action thriller about a weathered lieutenant, his police force, and a local vigilante are all caught up in a dangerous scheme involving a recently arrested, troubled man who's linked to years of female abductions and murders. This film will hit theaters later this year.

This sex-on-a-stick screams God bless America!  His abs are so tight you can grade cheese on 'em.  Not only does he have perfect bone structure and a chiseled hard naughty-body, but this DILF is hilarious! With his confidence and comedic timing it's no wonder this yummy man made the cut. Don’t miss him reprise his funny-man super hero role in Deadpool 2, which is in theaters now.

Up Next: Detective Pikachu will slide into theaters May 10, 2019. It's an animated flick based on the popular Nintendo game, Pokemon.

All the sizzling, hot babes in this segment turned K-Rated's hotness dial up to... Eleven. What can I say, 2018 doesn't mess around. See you at the movies!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The 2018 Academy Award Nominees

Source: Firstshowing 

The countdown is on! We are days away from the 90th Academy Awards ceremony!  Can you feel the movie magic?! Soon enough we'll see if Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri or The Shape of Water will take the goldGet Out could even win the top prize too - talk about a major surprise, right. Only one way to find out!  Tune in to ABC this Sunday, March 4th, 5pm PT, where Jimmy Kimmel will return a second time to host The Oscars! For a full list of all the nominees click here

In the meantime, check out this stellar Oscar nominees montage - courtesy of Louis Plamondon aka "Sleepy Skunk." This short video highlights all the major nominees this year. I am so thrilled with the Best Picture nominees!  Every movie was outstanding and non of them were super dreary and/or depressing - the Academy tends to go in that direction a lot. My #1 favorite film of 2017 was definitely Lady Bird.  I would love that movie to win, however, I strongly doubt it will.  My money is on The Shape of Water. Either way you spin it, this should be an exciting Oscars show! 
Via YouTube. Description from editor Louis Plamondon: "Every year, Cineplex (the Canadian version of AMC) asks me to put together a two minute mashup of all the films nominated for an Academy Award set to a piece of classical music. Continuing with the tradition, here's my entry this year." The 90th Academy Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, March 4th, 5:00pm PT. The Shape of Water has the most nominations this year, with 13 total. Have you seen all these nominees? Which movie do you think will win Best Picture?

Monday, January 29, 2018

Top Ten Best & Worst Movies - 2017

2017 captivated us with a slue of outstanding films - spanning from action blockbusters to super-hero gems, fairy-tale wonders to refreshing comedies, historical dramas to terrifying horrors flicks, all of which rocked our world.  This year was incredible!  Though, there were a few movies I didn't get to in time - Phantom Thread, The Florida Project, It Comes at Night, Mother!, Flatliners, The Snowman, The Man Who Invented Christmas and Downsizing.  As you can see I missed a few (ahem, or not). Who knows what these two lists would have looked like otherwise. With that said, here are my top picks. Enjoy!


I'll take "Lame Book-to-Film Adaptations" for $2000, Alex. I mean, come on! What started off as a cool premise ended with one of the dumbest anticlimactic endings ever. Sure, it had a few cool twists, but all-in-all I was pretty let down... even with my low expectations.

More like 47 Meters down the pooper! GAH. This "Lifetime" movie isn't as smart as you would think and not as cleaver as you would hope. It’s never a good sign when within five minutes of the movie you guess the ending. Predictable and lackluster at best. Next.

Yeah. Like how one can't forget wasting their time and energy on this curb-stopping snooze-fest.  The best thing about this flick is the inevitable episode of How Did This Get Made that will fasho inspire it.

More like Before I Fall into a coma from hitting my head so hard on the back of my seat because this movie is hella weak.  It's dreary in tone and subject, which mirrors the long and drawn out plot. No one is even remotely likable either, and the ending begs the question "I wasted all this time for that?!  I want my money and time back!  Just watch Groundhog Day instead.

Just your typical action-packed blockbuster, only this time around it packs a soggy punch, backed by some laughable acting, weak stunts and ugly wigs. The worst part about this lame-o is the shame of how cool it thinks it really is - sort of like the class dork posing as the class clown. Meh.

Scarlett Johansson works overtime to salvage this dismal Bridesmaids knockoff, which is basically a chick retreat of The Hangover and Weekend at Bernie's.  It's too over the top and warrants very few laughs. 

If you are ever sucked up into an alien spacecraft, and the extraterrestrials offer you a choice between getting probed with their instruments or watching The Cure for Wellness then OK, fine, option B, but still...

If you are about to go over a ledge of a roaring waterfall and someone tosses you a line and shouts, "I'll tow you to shore, but then we have to watch John Wick 2," take the plunge. And I don't want to hear about how you can't swim, either.

Just when you thought the void couldn't get any darker, along comes the sequel to "Fifty Shades of Grey," and it's even lower in intellect than the first. It easily could be titled "The Normalization of Boring Christian Grey." The plot is so scattered it's ridiculous. To call this watchable is fake news. 

In quick fashion, Mae goes from joking about drinking the company Kool-Aid to guzzling it, no questions asked.  We can almost see her brain cells disappear as she buys into The Circle's ever-intrusive game plan. This been-there/done-that plot is outrageously ridiculous, with a dialed-in, anti-climatic, WTF ending ever. GAH.  You're the worst!


Disney excels in creating movie worlds, just like this real-life spin on 1990's enchanted animated movie, which charmed us to our core. "A Tale as Old as Time" shines through with flying colors. It's a heart-warming, magical must-see you don't want to miss!

"What do you want to be for the rest of your life, Cogsworth? A man or a mantle clock?"

9.  Wonder
Maybe this little movie isn't solely about a kid who's disfigured, but about whatever you and I choose to see in it.  It's wildly charming and brimming with profound messages that are sprinkled throughout. You will laugh, you will cry, you will fell hopeful, but more than anything this feel-good "wonder" will make your heart soar!

"I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives."

In the midst of all the hard hitting dramas last season, here comes a refreshing, cinematic delight.  It's wildly hilarious with a surprisingly thought-out plot.  Sure, it's a reboot/remake, but whatever! You will be glued to your seat cheering for more. Jack Black's portrayal of a teenage girl is both the best part and on-point. You will never have more fun at the movies! But above all, this blockbuster reminds us why we go to the movies to begin with... to be entertained. 

"It's insane I'm not Instagraming this right now."

The fate of Western Europe hangs on Winston Churchill in the early days of World War II, in this straightforward day-by-day depiction of world-changing events. Gary Oldman (one of my favorite actors) wheels the iconic charter vividly to life with such ease you forget it's only acting. Well done.

"Will you stop interrupting me while I am interrupting you!"

Despite its bleak topic, it's the ever so powerful strength and performances delivered by McDormand, Harrelson and Rockwell (love him, BT-Dubs) that keeps this movie sturdily anchored in a compelling realistic reality.

"It's 'Persons of color'- torturing business, these days, if you want to know. And I didn't torture nobody."

5.  Get Out
At first I wasn't sure what to make of this thriller, but the more it resonated with me the more I came to realize how incredibly outstanding this movie truly is.  It's absolutely brilliant and effortlessly original. It's dark, creepy and full of twits and turns. Heck YES!

"You know I can't give you the keys, right, babe?" 

4.  IT
This little shop of horrors is a masterpiece of cinematic fright. 'It' so effortlessly blends the perfect amount of horror, humor and heart. There's definitely a skillful balance of nostalgic sentiment and hair-raising effects. It does so well paying tribute to the original source without suffocating any of it. Needless to say, fans alike will not be disappointed.

"I'm sorry, who invited Molly Ringwald into the group?"

3.  The Post
Steven Spielberg brings genius to the silver screen, once again, with his absorbing take the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-hitting editor. Spielberg offers a tight, lucid and highly satisfying account of the Pentagon Papers from the point of view of The Post. It's surprisingly thrilling and powerful with outstanding acting and direction. Amazing.

"My decision stands, and now I'm going to bed."

2.  Dunkirk
Visually stunning? Absolutely. Monumental? No question. Edge of your seat, gripping? Most definitely! This show-stopping, historical stunner was a real eye-opener with wit, smarts and intense thrills. Not only did it seriously blow our collected minds to pieces, but it met every high expectations we had.  Nice work! This is one movie that most-definitely needs to be seen on the IMAX screen. 

"Men my age dictate this war. Why should we be allowed to send our children to fight it?"

1.  Lady Bird
I can't say enough good things about this dramedy! This heartfelt, coming-of-age story perfectly captures the bittersweet transition from adolescence to adulthood with such ease, awkwardness and realism.  This sweet and quirky film is brilliant on all accounts and had me smiling from ear to ear throughout the entire movie. The effortless flow of character-driven action will both amuse and endear and quite simply make you say you're the best!

"Listen, if your mother had had the abortion, we wouldn't have to sit through this stupid assembly!" 

It was a stupendous year it film, no question. I thoroughly look forward to seeing what 2018 has in store. See ya at the movies!

The floor is now yours! Did your favorite movie of the year make the list? Something I missed? Let me know what your Best and Worst movies of 2017 were in the comment section below.

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