Summer in LA

my top two movies of 2016

I’ve tried to pick two movies out of the year that were my favorites.  One tends to be the movie I’ve viewed the most, a lot of the times it’s the movie that I’ve paid to see more than once.  And the other movie is one that I just want to be recognized or pointed out. This year continued with the nostalgia trip.

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the magnificent seven (2016) – a remake of a remake is… my friend?

The Magnificent Seven is the 2016 remake of the 1960 western of the same name, which is a remake of the classic 1954 film Seven Samurai. This time we have Antoine Fuqua directing, with a screenplay from Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk. This version stars; Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Lee Byung-hun, Vincent D’Onofrio, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett and Peter Sarsgaard. It’s about a small town that’s being bullied by a larger force and they pool some money together to hire men to help them out of this situation. Continue reading

hell or high water – classic crime heist against the financial crisis

Hell or High Water is an heist crime film that’s set in modern day Texas, which makes it a revisionist revisionist western. The film is directed by David Mackenzie, written by Taylor Sheridan, and it stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges.
It’s about two brothers who rob a series of banks to save their family farm, and the Ranger looking to arrest them. Simple enough right? Continue reading

queen of katwe – we’re all pawns in life…

Queen of Katwe is a biopic, sports drama, loose on the sports aspect. This film is directed by Mira Nair with a screenplay by William Wheeler, the film stars; David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and Madina Nalwanga. The film is about Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan chess champ from Katwe, we see her journey as she makes her way to the World Chess Olympiads. Never heard of her story? You should, and you will. Continue reading

kubo and the two strings – every bit as enjoyable as the critics say

Kubo and the Two Strings is a 3D stop motion action adventure fantasy film. It’s directed by Travis Knight, written by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler. The film features the voice talents of; Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara and George Takei. This is the latest film by Laika and it tells the story of a boy named Kubo who must face beings not of this world in order to find out who he really is.

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pete’s dragon (2016) – more than a remake/update

Pete’s Dragon is the 2016 version of the original premise from the 1977 film. This version is directed by David Lowery with a screenplay from Lowery and Toby Halbrooks. It stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Robert Redford. It’s about a kid who survives a car crash, who’s then orphaned, and then meets a dragon in upper north west. Flash forward to six years later and how does the “modern” world deal with this unlikely pair. Continue reading

finding dory – it has heart and humor

Finding Dory is the sequel to Pixar‘s Finding Nemo. Dory is directed by Andrew Stanton, who also directed the first film, and he’s back as a writer and director, sharing the directing duties with Angus MacLane. Victoria Strouse and Bob Peterson share the writing duties with the original story by Stanton.
The film is about Dory finding her parents, but the problem is, she suffers from short term memory loss. It features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy. Continue reading

my top two movies of 2015

I’ve tried to pick two movies out of the year that were my favorites.  One tends to be the movie I’ve viewed the most, a lot of the times it’s the movie that I’ve paid to see more than once.  And the other movie is one that I just want to be recognized or pointed out. This year was the year for nostalgia.

2015
(it’s a tie for most viewed in the theatre)
Mad Max: Fury Road (3 times in the theatre)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (3 times in the theatre)

Turbo Kid

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the intern – where bickle meets fantine

The Intern is a comedy written and directed by the great Nancy Meyers. It’s about a founder and CEO of a fashion e-commerce company who agrees to a senior internship outreach program. The film stars Anne Hathaway as the company CEO and Robert De Niro as the senior who gets the internship. Rounding out the cast are Adam DeVine, Nat Wolff, Christina Scherer, Anders Holm, Zack Perlman and Rene Russo. Continue reading

fear the walking dead – waiting for it to premiere

Fear The Walking Dead is the spin off of The Walking Dead tv show. This spin off must’ve been one of the most highly anticipated ones for this summer. We’re now four episodes in and there’s still nothing I can’t sink my teeth into… Continue reading