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Top 10 Favourite Films of 2016

Hey, hey, hey ladies and gents, how’s it going? So 2016 is almost over and most of the major film releases have come and gone and while tis year has been a bit on the disappointing side when it comes to some of the major blockbuster films and the summer in particular, there has still been some really cool films that’s dropped this year and I’m here to give you my top 10. Now before we begin know that this is my opinion so don’t get on my case if your films aren’t on my list, okay? Cool, let’s get going

Honorable mentions:

  • The Nice Guys
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Moana
  • The Accountant
  • Don’t Breathe
  • The Edge of Seventeen
  • Arrival
  • Hunt For the Wilderpeople

10. Green Room

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Original review available here

This is a recent entry in my list as I saw it last week and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, I mean I’d heard a lot of good things about this film over the course of this year but when watching it was just super engaged and captivated by the chaos, violence, darkness and the characters. I’m not a fan of horror films at all, but this film had me from beginning to end and I think I liked it more because I went in blind with little information on the story, the performances were all really solid especially from Patrick Stewart,ย Alia Shawkat, Imogen Poots and the late Anton Yelchin.

9. Hell or High Water

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Original review available here

This film was such a nice surprise, it was one of the few films that was hyped up during the early reviews that lived up to the hype. This film was engaging, dramatic and featured incredible performances from Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine especially. I wish more people had seen this film, I recall it being pretty intriguing in the beginning, but it just got better and better and by the end I was loving it.

8. Zootopia

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Original review available here

Zootopia was a film I had next to no expectations for, the trailers looked interesting enough but I thought this would just an okay to decent Disney film, and yet it ended up being one Disney’s best films in recent times. This film was fun and colourful little adventure, and yet it did get pretty dramatic, emotional and had a lot of interesting themes and issues that relate to the world we live in today. I loved the characters, animation, soundtrack and the pop culture references, and just the fact that was humour for kids and adults was just want I wanted.

7. Doctor Strange

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Original review available here

I really like this film, one of the best aspects was the fact that it was another origin story that was familiar yet unique with its mythology, locations, characters and mystical/supernatural powers and locations. The film had an interesting interpretation of magic, really cool and vivid visual effects, crazy and creative action sequences, a lovely film score and really solid cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

6. Jungle Book

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Original review available here

Jungle Book was another one of the best surprises of 2016, I thought the film would be decent, but ti was so much better than I expected and I enjoyed it more than the original in a lot of ways. What I loved about this film was its ability to take the foundation of the orignal cartoon but find ways to modernise it with some updated story and character elements, and by expanding upon a few elements, it made for a more interesting experience with more depth and darkness. The voice cast were great especially Idris Elba as Shere Khan and those visual effects were INSANE, so damn impressive and probably the most realistic talking animals ever produced in film.

5. Midnight Special

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Original review available here

I was really annoyed I missed this in the cinema because when I watched it in the summer I enjoyed it so much and it jumped into my top ten immediately. I love sci-fi films and love films with mystery and suspense, and this film had that. I really liked the story and characters just wanted to know how everything would play out, and throughout the film’s engaging and making you question the end game. And while the ending has led some to either love or hate the film, I thought the ending was solid and fascinating, oh and the performances were all really good especially from Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton.

4. Rogue One: A Star War Story

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Original review available here

This film has a lot of elements that I would consider to be favourite of the year material, but there are a few minor issues that prevent it from being in my top three. Rogue One presents a side of the Star Wars universe that we’ve not yet seen in live-action, mainly the darker, grittier and realistic side of things. While we know of the tale of how rebels stole the Death Star plans, but we never saw the specifics, and this film told that story in an interesting way which expanded the mythology of SW, showed more the war-like events that take place in this universe and had great ties to the all of the SW films and TV shows. With really impressive visual effects, cool characters, awesome action sequences and one of the most exciting third acts of any film ever, Rogue One ended up being a really good session considering all that the reshoot hullabaloo.

3. Kubo and the Two Strings

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Original review available here

Ah Kubo, I really wish more people had seen this film. Laika is a studio that I had a great deal of respect for and ever since Coraline they’ve been delivering new and interesting content in their films in terms of the stories, characters and especially with the animation and this film I think might be their best to date. I saw this film opening day and then again around a month later and still really enjoyed it, besides the gorgeous art direction and animation, the film had a great sense of atmosphere, adventure, playfulness, drama and emotion, with great characters and a story which felt familiar yet had really important themes and mythology thanks to the Japanese setting.

2. Captain America: Civil War

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Original review available here

What can I can about this film that hasn’t been said already? Civil War was a damn good time in the cinema and in a lot of ways set a benchmark for not only superhero films and mainstream blockbuster films to follow, and I think a fair amount of people agreed that there wasn’t many, if any films that was able to match the quality that this film provided. Now sure the villain wasn’t the best, there were some convenient plot elements and if you weren’t up to date with the MCU films then you wouldn’t be able to fully invest in the story, but the pros of this film outweigh the cons by miles. This film was dramatic and hilarious, introduced Black Panther in fabulous way and reintroduced the world to Spider-Man, had some incredible action sequences and delivered great fan service for comic book fans. This was easily one of my favourite experiences in the cinema. ๐Ÿ˜€

1. Sing Street

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Original review available here

While I loved Civil War, I think Sing Street just edges it out for being an original film that came out of nowhere as one of the best feel-good films I’ve seen in a while. I had heard a lot of talk online on Collider Movie Talk and Schmoes Know Show about this film so I checked it out in September and was really surprised with how heartfelt, beautiful and fun the film was with its story, characters and soundtrack. It had the right balance of realism and fantastical elements. Oh and can I just mention that soundtrack again, all of the 1980’s choices of songs were great, but its the orignal songs that will make you want to buy the soundtrack, the sounds of “Up” and “Drive It Like You Stole It” are my favourites. ๐Ÿ™‚

So that’s my top 10, hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to drop me a comment below, tell me you like my choices or tell me I’m totally wrong, I don’t care. ๐Ÿ˜› Anyway thanks for reading and I’ll see ya with new film reviews in 2017! ๐Ÿ˜€

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Sing Street

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another one paragraph review and today I’ll be talking about Sing Street. Now I don’t know how this film flew under my radar during its UK release, but I never even heard of it until I think either late July/August on Collider Movie Talk and I finally watched it last week and good gravy, it was fabulous and I’ll tell you why in this review.

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The plot can be summed up as the following: “A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.” Sing Street has beautiful feeling about it that is almost indescribable. One thing I love about certain films are stories focusing on young people discovering their talents, growing up and learning life lessons, but I also adore the forming of young love and the bond between friends, and this film captured of those elements in spades. I loved the story and appreciated how this film had a lot of drama in background that sometimes bled into the foreground, a lot of heavy subject matters are covered and when they bubble on the surface and finally when they explode it does so in a spectacular manner. I also love this film’s sense of humour, youthful nature, and attention to detail when it comes to the early days of music videos and different popular music genres of the 1980’s. The cast was all really good in their roles. Firstly we have to talk about Ferdia Walsh-Peelo who was just amazing as Conor “Cosmo” Lalor, I really liked how determined, charismatic and delightful he was in his quest to impress a girl, escape the dramas of his school and home life and discover his talents. Also Lucy Boynton as Raphina was the definition of enchanting, she was so mysterious, intriguing and wonderful, but I also liked the extra layers to he that got discovered later on. Aidan Gillen and Maria Doyle Kennedy were really engaging and dramatic as Robert and Penny, and Jack Reynor as Brendan probably the delivers the best of his career as his character has such charm, wit and hidden depth. As someone who hated Reynor in Transformers 4, I was so surprised by how much I loved im in this film. And finally I really enjoyed Mark McKenna and Ben Carolan as Eamon and Darren as they were the most notable, funny and interesting members of the Sing Street band. Oh and the music, Jesus, it is amazing. I love this film’s respect and homages to the music of that era through the band’s original music which was so catchy and varied that you’ll want to get the soundtrack soon after the film ends. And I especially liked the use of musicians from that period withย  The Cure, Duran Duran, Hall and Oats and Spandau Ballet being real highlights for me. In the end it’s incredible how this film can make you feel elated, shocked and melancholy all at the same time, but I think the best films are the kind that can make you feel all sorts of emotions and Sing Street does that in spades. The film has an inspirational and feel-good vibe to the point that it is impossible not to recommend it.

So have you seen Sing Street and if so what do you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts n the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! ๐Ÿ˜€

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2016 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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