THE FIRST 10 FILMS I SAW IN 2016 - POSSIBLY RANKED, DEFINITELY STARRED
Using a 5 star system with the following meanings: 0 stars, don't waste your time cuz I wasted mine for you; 1 star, it was entertaining enough; 2 stars, yeah, sure, watch it; 3 stars, good; 4 stars, great; 5 stars, I would buy the DVD. PS: I ended up not ranking. It's in the order I viewed them. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I'm a wild card.
- •The Intern ⭐️⭐️Bit of a rambling narrative about a thirty-something workaholic and a seventy-ish widower who fall in best friend love. The ending was like, meh. Would've otherwise gotten 3 stars. Robert De Niro kinda just smiles and shrugs the whole time like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. You can tell he's enjoying his life and dgaf.
- •Burnt ⭐️⭐️⭐️Bradley Cooper is jackass chef who tries to make a comeback and earn that elusive third Michelin star. Learns he can't do it alone. Sienna Miller, my favorite chameleon SIENNA MILLER, THE CHAMELEON: A STUDY, also stars as an awesome chef who is a bit of a love interest, but I like that the romance isn't the main course. (See what I did there?)
- •Sicario ⭐️⭐️My heart was pumping and Emily Blunt was amazing for the first half. The score is this pulsing horn type noise (á là Inception) that really adds to the suspense/thrill. Then the second half happens and I'm all like, "Whaaa?" 🤔🤕 And suddenly it's a movie about Benicio del Toro. My bad for not seeing that coming a hundred miles away.
- •Mad Max Fury Road ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Charlize Theron is A++. Tom Hardy reprises his role as Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. Loved the filming/editing that gave the movie this kind of choppy, frenetic feel. Don't watch if you have a migraine or a concussion. #justsaying #beentheredonethat Also, the guitar-playing crazy was 👌👌
- •Grease Live ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Does this count? I'm gonna say it counts. This was so good. This was one of my favorite movies as a kid. With the exception of the new Carly Rae Jepsen song, loved this mix of the movie and the musical. Vanessa Hudgens was absolutely the star of the show, IMO. Julianne Hough had a surprisingly decent singing voice. Loved the behind-the-scenes action and the Joe Jonas cameo.
- •The Last Witch Hunter ⭐️⭐️⭐️If you love Vin Diesel, you'll like this. If you love semi-scary and fully-camp witch movies, you'll also like this. Entertaining and gory. Plus: Elijah Wood! Michael Caine!
- •Spectre ⭐️⭐️⭐️I love Bond films but I was sick when I watched this. So I should definitely give it another go. And Daniel Craig's comments during the press tour kinda put a bad taste in my mouth. But, yeah, interesting plot twists... ?? I'm sorry, this blurb is so phoned in. ☎️
- •The Drop ⭐️⭐️I didn't finish watching this because I was afraid something bad was going to happen to the puppy Rocco. (I'm going to have to Google this to see if it's safe to finish...) But Tom Hardy does another superb turn as Bane and this was James Gandolfini's last film. 💫
- •Ask Me Anything ⭐️⭐️⭐️I started watching this thinking it was a true story based on a teen's memoir. So the end really had me like 😱😱😱 But then I googled it and it's not. So, phew 💦 (Not a spoiler, I'm just an idiot?) The story probably hit too close to home for American audiences (just graduated teen starts blogging about her sex life), which could be why it went straight to Netflix; it apparently won some international awards.
- •Man Up ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️4.75 stars on Netflix so I thought I'd give it a try. The title was like, eh, but I love Lake Bell, (I'm not sure why they made her do an English accent... it wasn't terrible but definitely weird) and Simon Pegg and it turned out to be a funny and heartwarming rom-com. I'd say definitely watch this!
- •The Dark Knight Rises ⭐️⭐️⭐️My sister and I were half-watching this on tv - it was the first time my dad was seeing it, though. I was like: "You're going to be SO surprised to see who the bad guy is! Such a twist!" But we were grilling and cooking dinner at the same time so we weren't 100% invested and I ended up having to tell him what happens. I don't think I did it justice... But Tom Hardy as Bane? 💯