My 2018 Complete Movie List: #80 – #71

Here are the movies that came in at #80 – #71 on my complete movie list for 2018. Expect to see a movie about a vice president, a couple sequels and more.

 

80. Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare

Read my review right here!

79. The Oath 

  • Wish I would have read “the oath” when it was displayed at the beginning because of course it’s talked about throughout but it’s details aren’t mentioned again
  • The scene with the CPUs in the TV room lasts way too long and ends up being a lot of arguing and yelling about the same thing
    • We are treated to a quick tasing, a stabbing and some gun waving to split the scene up
  • Chris ( Ike Barinholtz) was a “watching the news” addict and his addiction was disgusting
  •  The big CPU storyline was too much at the forefront when I didn’t think it was going to go that way at all
  • The movie was funny at times because of the funny Barinholtz
    • The humor did undercut some of the serious moments and make those moments feel less dramatic
  • The last 2/3rds of movie could have been avoided if Chris would have been forceful and kicked the CPU guys out of his house
    • They weren’t cops and had no jurisdiction there
    • Really they were trespassing
  • To Sum it Up: The satirical and dramatic take on the current political climate had good intentions but played out in an unfocused way

78. Beautiful Boy

  • This movie is very quiet or the theater I was in had the crappy sound system
  • Once Nic (Timothée Chalamet) decides to leave rehab for college, the movie montages for a while until he relapses
    • It felt weird to watch because the story shifted back and forth from the past in an off manner
  • The movie has a bunch of montage style scenes and it makes the pacing feel weird and uneven
  • I enjoyed the score
    • Was much less generic than I expected
  • The performances were solid
    • Chalamet was the clear standout
  • Nic gets sober, relapses, sobers up, relapses and so on and so on
    • That same song and dance got tiring
    • I feel like the same drug abuse story could have been told differently and more compelling but I get this is based on someone’s life
  • To Sum it Up: Wasn’t the most engaging time at the movies but the story and it’s dark nature keeps you attentive

77. Bad Times at the El Royale

Watch my review right here!

76. Vice

  • The first half felt like an all over the place, jumbled history lesson of Dick Cheney’s early days
  • The joke of the movie ending midway through with the credits and all that happy stuff was pretty funny
  • So Cheney is to blame for ISIS huh?
  • I don’t know why I thought Cheney accidentally shooting that person would be made a bigger deal of
    • I guess that’s all I really remembered of him
  • The cast all brought their A game when it comes to portraying these real life people (I assume)
    • Christian Bale, as always, gets lost in his character to the point you don’t see him on screen anymore; You just see Cheney
    • Wish I could have seen Sam Rockwell bumble around as George W. Bush more
  • The narrator reveal was a creative idea
    • From the beginning , you don’t know who the man is supposed to be and he acknowledges that. He says you’ll find out later but so much happens going forward that I forgot about wanting to know the answer when it is revealed
    • The reveal then feels like it comes from out of nowhere and is a pleasant surprise
  • Director Adam McKay cuts to random shots throughout the movie. Some instances I understood and some I didn’t
    • I would have liked to see some of that cut back because some of the metaphorical imagery was going way over my head
    • Enough of the political stuff was already going over my head so I didn’t welcome more unnecessary confusion
  •  Even though I’m politically illiterate and wasn’t fully comprehending everything quickly, I enjoyed the second half more than the first
    • Seeing the behind the scenes handling of the government shenanigans is way more interesting than just politics itself
  • I like the comedic aspect McKay included in this “drama” but still wasn’t enough
  • To Sum it Up: McKay is a filmmaker I enjoy but this “award contender era” he’s in isn’t clicking with me

75. Skyscraper

  • Dang, Ben (Pablo Schreiber a.k.a. Pornstache) let a crippled Will (Dwayne Johnson) beat him up on one leg
  • The final shootout scene in the Pearl (or the room with all the mirrors) was cool and props to them on how the used the mirrors
  • It’s refreshing to see Johnson not play this unstoppable figure
    • I mean he was still beating people up but he was limping around and really looked like a wounded ol’ vet
    • This is the closest to human we will probably ever see him in an action movie
  • I wasn’t feeling the special effects much
    • It’s like the movie wanted the look to be more stylish and less believable
  • Nah, I’m not rocking with how the fire was put out in the building
    • Some people might like that it has a specific call back to a conversation at the beginning but not me. Too easy of a resolution
  • Had lots of action so it seems like I would probably find it entertaining if I didn’t take power naps during the viewing
    • My sleep prevented me from seeing Johnson do the epic jump into the skyscraper
    • my sleep prevented me from knowing why the bad men wanted to burn down the skyscraper
  • To Sum it Up: To be honest, I fell asleep on a big chunk of the beginning/middle area so I’m not fully sure how I feel about this

74. Tomb Raider

Read my review right here!

73. Pacific Rim: Uprising

Read my review right here!

72. The Grinch 

  • This version of Mr. Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch) seemed toned down and not as mean as he should be
  • The movie super breezed through the Grinch stealing Christmas, his heart getting huge and giving all the Christmas stuff back
  • Cumberbatch was good as the Grinch but he didn’t bring that menacing Scrooge attitude
    • In the movies defense, I’m sure they weren’t going for that completely
  • Some funny moments
  • Illumination is really killing it lately with its animation and its ability to be competition to Pixar
  • To Sum it Up: This movie added nothing to a story I’m very familiar with

71. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

  • The return of Hogwarts reveal wasn’t that interesting
    • The movie just played it like the location was any ordinary location and not the return of a place that was so important in the Harry Potter movies
  • Young Newt (Joshua Shea) captured the older Newt’s (Eddie Redmayne) mannerisms very well
  • Redmayne might be a super odd ball in these movies but the more and more I watch him in this franchise, the more I respect his talents to act like that very well
  • Credence (Ezra Miller) looks much older in this one compared to the first one
    • You would think this is a few years in the future
  • Credence siding with Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) seemed forced because the reasoning didn’t seem clearly stated  beforehand like Credence said it was
  • Once again, the Niffler is the best part of the movie
  • Visually, the end looked cool
  • This entry really makes me feel like this series having five movies is a stretch and unnecessary
    • This movie isn’t wack but it felt like a story that could have been done in much less than two hours
    • It did, however, make me anticipate the next entry more than I did this one
      • I didn’t hype this one at all
      • The Dumbledore reveal could make for some potentially fun storytelling
  • This had less fun moments than ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’
    • Might need to see the beasts more often for the next three movies
  • What crimes of Grindelwald did we witness?
  • Why didn’t the movie just say straight up that Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Grindelwald had some romantic feelings for each other?
  • To Sum it Up: Thanks to this entry, this series seems even more like a cash grab and less like the culmination of all parties involved actually believing they have a good story to tell over five movies

 

My 2018 Complete Movie List: #90 – #81My 2018 Complete Movie List: #70 – #61

 

(Photo Credit: Universal Pictures; ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS; Universal Studios)

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