Back again with another list and like last year I will be covering my favourite films that I saw this year no matter what year that they came out.
Beyond the Mat: Starting off the list with something that I am surprised that I had just gotten around to watching, the wrestling documentary: Beyond the Mat in which Barry Blaustein documented events of three professional wrestlers, Jake ‘the Snake’ Roberts, Terry Funk and Mick Foley as well as things that happened in WWF at the time as well as ECW. But some of the best things that happened in the film was learning more and more about the real life of them. Dealing with some of the harder things in life, especially since that across the three there were a lot of interesting stories being told. With Foley story he was in the height of his career being in the main event stage for WWF, winning the championship as well as the infamous I Quit match in which was so brutal Foley’s family, who were in the crowd had to leave. With Funk’s story he was dealing with wanting to retire since he was at the time 53 and needing a new knee, but with Funk, he is a grizzly old vet and he still is wresting to this day. But the most saddening was Roberts, he was a coke addict and also had a lot of other problems, but the focus of his segment was that he wanted to reconnect with his estranged daughter which was achieved in the end. Overall it was a good documentary and I wish that there were more like this out, that weren’t just made by the company.
John Wick Chapter 2: Keanu Reeves is a badass in this film and I am looking forward to when they bring out Chapter 3, for the main fact that it will be John Wick vs the World and its something that is going to be very well handled.
Logan: So, I am very curious now on what they are going to be with Disney now bought Fox and what they are going to with the X-Men franchise. But this was one of my favourite X-Men films that I have seen since it pretty much was a good send off for the franchise and a great way to send off both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Steward’s characters with the death of Xavier being one of the parts that I found to be one of the saddest things about the film as well as a theory on what happened to the mutants. I guess that between the events of either Days of Future Past or more likely The Wolverine in which Onslaught had happened and had wiped a large proportion of the mutant population. But the end of the film was the other rather sad scene with Logan using all of the ‘BESERKER’ drugs and having a last stand off against Weapon XIII in which he managed to defeat him, but at the cost of his own life, and we see Laura mourning over Logan corpse along with the rest of the runaways heading over the border to Canada. The good news that I have heard from this is that there are plans to make a X-23 so that is something to look forward to.
Wonder Woman: Who’d thought that DC were able to make a good film because I had little hope going into it, but I have got to say it was a lot better than what I thought it was. The good thing about it is that the film took the same approach that Captain America took, that being set during the War and Diana wanting to be a part of it, but in her mind so that she can take down Ares, who she thinks is leading the Germans, but when the reveal happened it did have me thinking, really that’s who it is, but then started thinking more and more it made more sense, having a person that seemed to be an ally for the Allied Powers to then turn out to actually be Ares was a good move, misdirection. I also liked the scenes with Diana going through war torn France helping soldiers in the trenches and helping them win a few battles showing off her skills and becoming a beacon of hope for the soldiers that are fighting.
Ouija: Origin of Evil: For a sequel movie to be better than what came before it is usually a hard thing to come around, but this is something that I was surprised about. It was a rather good film and the story made a lot more sense than what the first film was. The story told the tale of what had happened to the previous occupants of the house from the first film and what happened to them to lead to the events that happened in the first film. I liked this since that there was more story to it and it made sense. The mother bought a Ouija board to help her with her charlatan act of communing with the dead, but her youngest daughter becomes more entranced by it when she starts calling after her father, but it turns out that there are darker forces at work when a spirit of an evil Nazi doctor uses his influence and then starts to go after her mother and elder sister. In the end the elder sister is forced to kill her sister and when the cops arrive, she is arrested for killing her family and then the film ends leading into halfway through the first film.
Shin Godzilla: I was so looking forward to seeing this film since that I am a huge fan of both the Japanese and America versions of Godzilla (with the Roland Emmerich version being an exception) and when I heard that this was going to be getting a limited release in the UK, I told my friend that we were seeing it and by god we weren’t disappointed. Godzilla was a massive destructive force in the film and it is something that I haven’t seen in a long time since that for the past few years before the film it was usually Godzilla vs Monster of the film, but this one was also a bit different. The film starts off with this weird looking monster coming out of the sea and it looks like a weird looking chicken and we were thinking on who the hell it was, then we get further in the film and see that it is actually the first form of Godzilla and we saw an evolution chain for him, which is rather cool to see. But the thing that I really did like about the film, beside the giant monster destroying most of Tokyo was the political side that we got, focusing on all of the destruction that is happening, trying to find where the monster had come from and most importantly how they were going to try and destroy Godzilla. It is a rather fun film and I have to try and pick it up since its now released for Home Entertainment.
It: I didn’t know what to think about this film when I saw trailers for it, but when I got around to seeing it, I found it to be a rather good film and for a remake as well it did a lot of things better than what the TV movie did. The thing that I did like most about this was that the entire film was focused around the Losers Club and that’s all the focus that we got, unlike the original version in which we had it set in modern days and then flashbacking to the past. Another thing that I liked about the film was that there were a lot more creative scares for the film for each member of the Losers Club since that it focused on weird and creative fears, but for more of that you can search back on my site for my Good/Bad Review that I did back in October. Hopefully when Part 2 comes out, it will be as entertaining as what the first part was.
Thor Ragnarok: Out of all the Marvel films that have came out this year, Thor Ragnarok was my most favourite of the year since that it did something that I found to be rather lacking from both Guardians and Spider-Man, that being the comedy was a lot better. One of my favourite jokes that was in the film was the centripetal force joke that was at the beginning of the film, it was a little bit nerdy, but it is one that I liked. The film on whole was entertaining, Chris Hemsworth was on point with his timing, a lot better than what he was in Ghostbusters and the rest of the cast was amazing. I am really hoping that Taika Waititi will be returning to the MCU since that he was an amazing director for the film as well as having a very amazing roll in the film.
Murder on the Orient Express: Another film that I wasn’t sure how to feel about, but I was blown away by the film. The film is one of the most beautifully shot films and the story telling engine was wonderful to be retold on the silver screen. Kenneth Branagh doing duo roles as director as well as playing Hercule Poirot in which I was a little apprehensive about, but he did do a good job playing the Belgium detective. The ensembled cast for the film was really great as well since you had people like Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Defoe, Daisy Ridley and even for the short amount of time that he was in the film Johnny Depp was good in it. But the ending is something that I found to be the best thing about the entire film, as it turns out everybody was behind the murder in all of an act of justice and Poirot decides to live a lie and lets all of the suspects escape.
The Princess Bride: This film is one of my favourites because it is a feelgood film that still holds up today. A film that mixes love and romance with action and adventure is something that I really enjoy. Plus, the story has a rather good narrative as the story is told as a story by Peter Falk to his grandson since that he is feeling under the weather and it was something that his father and grandfather did. The film is enjoyable, and my favourite scenes are pretty much any scene with Indgo Montoya in it since that he pretty much steals the film and my favourites are the duel that he and the Dread Pirate Roberts have near the beginning of the film since that it is entertaining and the duel that he has with Count Rugen so that he can finally get his revenge after Rugen killed his father.
It’s a Wonderful Life: I just watched this film for the first time ever just a few days ago and I wish that I had watched it earlier in life since that it does tell a very good story which is that even giving up your dreams means that you can have a wonderful life, but it did end up resolving our main character to try and commit suicide for him to realise what he had and that his life was better. I think the only problem that I had with the film was that a getting to the ‘wonderful life part’ since that part of the film has been done multiple times in different shows and mediums. For instance The Muppets did a version of this and it did focus a lot more on the Wonderful Life part. But nevertheless it was an enjoyable film and I plan on watching it again next Christmas.