Frozen's top movies of 2017

I did a list for this half way through 2017, and that list has considerably changed. 2017 ended up being one of the best years for films.

Usually I would write an in-depth expansive post about why I made the picks, but this time I will be as brief as I can possibly be, simply because I really think these movies should be given a watch. Seriously check them out. Anyway, here it goes:

1. Dunkirk

Technically masterful and hauntingly visceral, Dunkirk is an immersive and relentless experience. I haven't seen many movies as heart-pounding as this, the film is pure relentless stress. Nolan's usual pitfalls (dialogue/characters) are a non-factor here, because the film is intentionally low on both of those things. It's a case of a filmmaker choosing to play up his strengths, and I think it worked beautifully. I would say this film is on par with The Dark Knight, probably better actually.

2. Blade Runner 2049

Definitely on par with the original. The imagery is beautiful, while the scope and budget for this is clearly bigger than the original Blade Runner, this movie still manages to ask thought-provoking questions regarding its subject matter without beating you on your head with a message. The synth is beautiful too, of course. I wouldn't hesitate to call this film a masterpiece, as is the Final Cut of the 1982 original.

3. Get Out

A horror-comedy which manages to have a likable lead character, thought-provoking and relevant social commentary while also giving a lot of thrills. This movie is one of a kind, I was expecting for this to be preachy about its race message but surprisingly it wasn't. Definitely one of the best horror films of all time, if you'd consider it a horror.

4. Three Billboards Outside Missouri

The less I say about this film, the better. Go in blind. This movie won Best-Picture at the Golden Globes recently, and even though I would disagree with that win, I understand why it won.

5. Logan

A deeply haunting and tragic character study of one our beloved cinematic icons. This movie is an emotional rollercoaster, which ironically feels more higher stakes than your average ''save the world'' MCU movie released every 6 months.

6. The Disaster Artist

A great movie about the making of one of the worst movies ever made, with an Oscar-worthy performance from James Franco.

7. Lady Bird

I don't know why this wasn't nominated for Best-Director....


Why 'Logan' is definitive proof that X-Men should never go back to Marvel

When Days of Future Past was released in 2014, it was good evidence that X-Men didn't need to go back to Marvel in order for an X-Men film to be good. Days of Future Past was quite arguably, the best comic-book film of 2014 (even better than Winter Soldier and GOTG).

Despite the rockiness with X-Men Apocalypse, I think 2017's Logan cemented the idea even further. While Days of Future Past was a good movie, Logan is arguably a great one. Not only is it one of the best reviewed films of 2017, but there was much discussion that it is perhaps the only comic-book movie to really come close to The Dark Knight.

Had X-Men went back to Marvel, we wouldn't have gotten a film like Logan. The MCU would never dare to make such a film, in one form or another, it would have been dumbed down.

When the MCU hits high, we get good superhero films like Winter Soldier, but when Fox hits high, we get great superhero films like Logan.


Christopher Nolan films ranked (new revised list)

My rankings, including his latest entry:

1. Dunkirk (2017)

The critics were right when they said that this is far and away Christopher Nolan's best film. The film is completely immersive and heart-stopping from start to finish, and is free from the heavy exposition that Nolan's films have been criticized for. Criticisms may be leveled towards ''weak'' character development but once you see the film it becomes apparent why there's no need to have scenes of soldiers around a campfire talking about their wife and kids back home, instead what Nolan does it throw you straight into the war and makes you empathize with the situation.

I really don't want to give too much away because the film is already as short as it is at 107 minutes long, you've just got to see it for yourself but this film is definitely has a strong chance of getting Oscar noms for Best Director and Best Picture.

As far as I'm concerned, Dunkirk is far above any other film Nolan has done, even The Dark Knight. It is in its own league and ranks as one of the best war films in the last two decades.

2. The Dark Knight (2008)

Arguably the first comic-book film to truly transcend the genre, The Dark Knight is a thrilling action-drama with superb performances from Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart and specifically - Heath Ledger. Ledger's performance is mesmerizing and the conflict displayed between Batman and The Joker is compelling. Honestly I could write an entire essay on why this film is great, but 9 years later it's clearly held up as not only the pinnacle of its genre but also as one of the best films of the 2000's.

3. Inception (2010)

A smart action-thriller with superb action sequences. Inception leaves a lot to its viewers but nonetheless does a good job of providing blockbuster entertainment while challenging the viewer. The score is also the amazing. Nonetheless, the film does tend to get a bit clunky at times.

4. Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar looks beautiful and its ambition is admirable. The emotional moments, in my opinion pay off. But the main issue with the film is that the last act gets messy and arguably, even silly - it didn't need to be as complex as it was and it drags the film down. The acting, cinematography and score still bring the film up, but Interstellar's flaws are quite glaring.


Frozen's top 5 greatest films of all time

I'm sure I made a list like this before but I have been watching a lot more films lately so decided to remake my list of what I think are the greatest films ever made:

  1. The Godfather Part II (1974) - In my opinion, the perfect film. Pacino's performance = GOAT; the story was compelling and the flashbacks scenes mesh really well
  2. The Godfather (1972) - Only slightly weaker than the second film, simply because I think the second film has superior performances and character progression
  3. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) - Simply a great piece of storytelling, atleast 3/4 of this film is depressing and yet it still provokes a range of emotions from the viewer. A good example of why films don't have to be 'artsy' to be considered great
  4. Citizen Kane (1941) - Although personally I have issues with it, it's effect on cinema cannot be denied
  5. Once Upon A Time in the West (1968) - Leonne's masterpiece. The drawn out shots seem tedious but still manage to bring about a lot of tension; the characters in this film are all archetypes yet Leonne makes it work, although slow moving I believe this film to be the perfect western

My thoughts on the GameSpot merge

It must have been desperate; although I like GameSpot (well, the users anyway; not the shitty staff), the site has been sliding downhill for a long time; especially in terms of activity too. Gaming websites in general are in massive decline thanks to YouTube. Merging it with ComicVine will not inject life into it, and it is just trying to delay the inevitable.


Age of Ultron review (spoilers)

Not a very long review; quite short and brief.

Overall, I liked this film. I enjoyed it - and I'm surprised the reviews aren't as strong as they are for other Marvel installments.

What I like

Right off the bat, the highlight of this film must be the Hulk vs Iron Man fight. It was excellent; although I'm disappointed Iron Man won, the action was paced at a good speed and the fight wasn't too destructive {although one empty building gets massacred}. It was like the fight was ripped straight from the comics. Stark's humor during this scene and cheap-shots made the scene all the more enjoyable.

The humor was far superior in this film. It wasn't stupid and pandering to the kiddies, it was much cheekier and wittier. In addition to the dialogue, it was a good mix.

Hawkeye was expanded upon; while in the first Avengers, he was just ''the guy who is there'' --- in this film, his motivations are revealed (his wife and kids) and it's emphasized how he really is part of the glue holding the team together, keeping it stable.

Ultron was much more bad-ass than Loki, though I'm bias, as I dislike Loki.

The teases in the film were good; Thanos with the infinity gauntlet mid-credits and the Planet Hulk teaser left me wanting more, as I knew vaguely of what was to come.

What I didn't like

The first half hour or so of the film was rushed. Within a few minutes of Ultron's inception, he was evil and his motivations were akin to the steryo-type mockery of AI we usually see. Ultron's origin was all too convenient and the same old tired formula repeated itself.

Black Widow's horniness for Bruce Banner felt completely forced. There was absolutely no hint of that in the first film. Perhaps Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner were right in saying that she is a slut.

Ultron's power levels were nerfed and far too inconsistent. At one point he's fighting Iron Man, and then at another he cannot even kill a female Scientist.

Also, the Maxmimoff twins. Their motivations were revealed with a few lines of dialogue. It felt so rushed and plot-convenient that I honestly didn't care for them. I was disappointed with their roles. I don't blame them, I blame the writing.

The final battle was a bit too hectic, felt like something from Transformers, albeit more fun.

The Verdict

I might re-write a longer and more comprehensive review later, but I liked this film. So gets a 3.8-4/5 from me.


Heart transplant recipient Anthony Stokes dies, under the radar?

For a summary of why this is important and what this is, I'll quote another site:

You probably don't remember Anthony Stokes, but backi n 2013, he was briefly famous. Stokes was a 15-year-old Georgia kid with a bad heart: Born with an enlarged heart, doctors gave him roughly six months to live if he didn't get a transplant. The problem for Stokes-besides his terrible medical condition-was that the medical authorities wouldn't put him on the transplant list because they deemed him to be a high risk for non-compliance. You see, Stokes had not just a history of bad grades but a criminal record, too. "We follow very specific criteria in determining eligibility for a transplant of any kind," a flack from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta said at the time. "They said they don't have any evidence that he would take his medicine or that he would go to his follow-ups," said Stokes' mother.

But this is America, so you can already guess how this story went. Stokes' family went to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. They cried racism. Then social media and "#BlackTwitter" (their term, not mine) kicked in. And the doctors at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta freaked out because there are few things as unsettling as being called a racist by hordes of people on the internet. So the doctors reversed course and put Stokes on the transplant list. And, by the grace of God, Stokes got a heart. (Which means that someone else, by necessity, did not.)

And then the left-from the Huffington Post to Think Progress to Gawker to Ebony-did a victory lap. To their mind, they had won another victory in the culture war, exposing racism, shaming the power structure, and making the world a more perfect place.

Last Tuesday, a little less than two years after Stokes was gifted a heart, he-allegedy-broke into an 81-year-old woman's home and, upon being discovered, fired gunshots at her. He-allegedly-fled the scene in a car that police later determined had been stolen. Police pursued Stokes in a high-speed chase. After a few miles Stokes-allegedly!-hit a pedestrian, whereupon he crashed the stolen car and died. (We don't have to cover ourselves on this last bit; he is indisputably dead.)

There's a great parable wrapped up in this story. And yet in the public consciousness, the death of Anthony Stokes barely registers. He's not even a footnote. But he should be. Because he got a heart that could have gone to someone else if not for the online mob and charges of racism. He got a heart-and someone else did not-because of the culture war. And he wasted it.