Happy New Years Eve everyone! Big plans on the agenda for tonight? Not too much is happening over here, I'm STILL battling an endless sickness (along with what seems like the rest of Edmonton!), so we will be taking it easy at home tonight. The Oilers game, a movie, a little champagne and a lot of puppy cuddles...that's on my agenda for today.
Since it's the perfect time to curl up and watch a good flick, I'm going to give you my favourite movies from the past year. I haven't made it out to see many of the new 'Oscar' buzz movies yet (I really want to see La La Land), but there have still been some good picks from throughout the year.
A superhero movie with a little extra grit? Works for me. I thought Deadpool was hilarious and Ryan Reynolds was perfect as the lycra clad, potty-mouthed anti-hero. I've never even been much of a Ryan Reynolds fan, but with this performance and his ridiculous Tweets, I'm slowly becoming a convert. If you haven't watched Deadpool yet you absolutely should, it's on Netflix now.
Hell of High Water
Not at all a superhero movie. Sometimes slow burn movies are just straight up boring, and other times everything comes together just so, and you find yourself on the edge of your seat simply from good storytelling. Hell or High Water fits securely in that second category. It's a heist movie, but with a lot more background and a lot less action. Stellar performances by Chris Pine (another actor I don't really like), Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges will pull you in, and you'll find yourself rooting for the bad guy (or is he?)
I think this is the first alien movie I've watched that doesn't treat the aliens as evil creatures whose sole purpose is to destroy humans...and that's a good thing. Arrival focuses on how we could possibly communicate with aliens if they ever do come to Earth. Amy Adams is excellent as Louise Banks, a linguistics professor who is tasked with figuring out how to talk to the aliens and give us a fascinating look into how we form language and how different things could be. The film feels timely with the greater arc of international relations and how cooperation between countries is critical.
Captain America: Civil War
Another superhero movie! If you don't know this about me yet then you obviously haven't read my views on movies, but I really like the fun (aka. mostly Marvel) superhero movies. All those serious DC Comics ones I can pass on, but I love me some Avengers. I'm pretty sure Civil War is the only movie I have ever gone to see twice in theaters, and the second time was completely by choice...I actually went by myself when I was stuck in Calgary for an afternoon. The only weird thing about it is that it's a Captain America movie, but it has basically all of the Avengers in it. Whatever, it's lots of fun and you can now find it on Netflix. #teamcap
I was a little young for the first Ghostbusters, so it was never really a classic movie for me, but that didn't stop me from liking the new version any less (or maybe that helped?). I thought the all-female cast worked and am not sure how you can fault any of those four ladies...they were all great! There was a lot of hype surrounding the release and maybe it didn't quite meet expectations, but it was a perfect summer movie and gave little girls four strong role models to look up to.
The Nice Guys
Ryan Gosling just makes good movies, and I love his dry humour in The Nice Guys. I like a good drama or action movie but when a comedy is done right that is really my favourite kind of movie. The Nice Guys is packed with funny jokes but is also smart, well acted and has a good storyline.
OJ: Made in America
I guess technically this is a miniseries but it was made to be an extra-long documentary so I'm putting it in the movies category (and I already have the other OJ show in my TV picks). This version of the OJ story is the documentary version, so you're not going to find performances by big name actors like in the TV series but that doesn't mean it's any less enthralling and you'll come out with a more complete knowledge of the crime and the trial. I found the whole thing really absorbing, and we binged through the full eight hours in just a couple of days.
I debated adding this one to my list because I think I'm a little biased when it comes to Jake Gyllenhall (#celebritycrush). The bf also thought it was good though, so that reassures me a bit. Nocturnal Animals is not a movie for everyone, it's dark and moody and weird but for those who can get behind that are in for a treat. I think it's a bit like Drive, another one of my favourites, in that it has this slow paced intensity that is really unnerving. It's also a really gorgeous film to watch, thanks to the direction of Tom Ford.
Two Thumbs Down
Not everything was rosy in movies this year, there were some duds. There's always so many movies to see that I'm usually pretty fussy about what I'll actually pay to see in theaters but once in awhile I don't believe all the bad reviews. That's what happened with Independence Day Resurgence...the reviews were horrible but I thought 'how bad can it really be?' Really bad is the correct answer; so bad that it's one of the worst movies I've ever seen. I have no idea how they made such a bad movie, total disappointment!
The next one that was a disappointment (but nowhere near as bad as Independence Day) was the new Jason Bourne movie. This one wasn't even that bad, but everything in it just felt like a re-run of the past films. I liked that Matt Damon was back, but there wasn't anything fresh about the storyline. I'd give it a miss unless you're just trying to pass the time on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
The last one that I saw and didn't really enjoy was Triple 9. I'm sure there were many worse movies than this out there, but I just didn't watch them. You know how I said above that some slow burners are just straight up boring, that's this movie to a tee. The bf loves heist movies so we gave it a chance, but it really is just dry. I honestly don't even remember what actually happens, nothing stuck with me.