As a part-time critic for The Avro Post, I think it’s important to share what my favourite movies are so that readers can get a better sense of who I am as a moviegoer.
10. The Conjuring
Directed by James Wan, The Conjuring was the first horror movie in a very long time to actually creep me out. It had a very gritty, real tone to it and Wan’s understanding of making sequences tense help draw the viewers in and lure them into a false sense of security. The sequel to this movie managed to scare me, but I felt the story and direction was far stronger in this film.
9. What We Do In the Shadows
Taika Waititi’s major directorial debut saw three vampires; Viago, Vladislav and Deacon, living together in Wellington, New Zealand and it’s a hilarious movie. Loaded with jokes and such a unique premise, the success of this movie allowed Waititi to go on and continue to build his name with projects like Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit and the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder. This movie also received a TV series adaptation that I thought was almost better than the movie it was based on and tackled a lot of humour that pushed the boundaries of TV in some cases.
Damien Chazelle’s first major film came out swinging. A powerful dynamic between Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) and Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) results in a look at how dangerous the pursuit of success can be. The editing in this film is incredible, utilizing the music of the film to elevate the storytelling and keeping the raw intensity of Neiman’s training uncomfortable. I heard about the movie due to its Golden Globe/Oscar campaign and when I got to finally see it on home release – wow! It was the first movie I sat and watched twice (back to back) just to absorb it all.
7. The Big Lebowski
Joel and Ethan Coen are among the my favourite directors and The Big Lebowski plays a big part in that. Despite a long list of great movies like True Grit, A Serious Man, No Country for Old Men and Raising Arizona; there’s something about the absurdity and no-purpose plot to Lebowski that makes it so charming and enjoyable. Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore and Peter Stormare, the film is just a chronicling of one very average man’s miserable day spiralling into something even more ridiculous. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, watch it at your soonest convenience.
6. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
In a franchise that started out strong with the first film in 1996, the Mission: Impossible movies have just gotten better and better. Christopher McQuarrie took over from Brad Bird with Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and then the sequel, Fallout. The sixth film took everything to new heights – bigger stunts, bigger set pieces, bigger cast, you name it. No matter how old he gets, Tom Cruise shows no signs of slowing down and it shows the most in this film, especially after he broke his ankle during a take but kept going.
5. Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
I remember being four years old and my dad rented Star Wars Episode V from a video store (way back when) and it was one of my first ever live action movies that wasn’t directed at children. I was in complete amazement at what I was seeing. The Battle of Hoth, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Bespin, Dagobah… all of these distant and magnificent places and characters accompanied by John Williams’ iconic score. To say it left an impression on me is an understatement, and while I don’t hold Star Wars as near to me as I did as a child, there’s no denying that I’ll be there opening night for every new Star Wars movie.
4. The Godfather
When it comes to classic filmmaking, or films in general, you can’t, under any circumstances, forget Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather. Based on the novel by Mario Puzo, it tells the story of a New York crime family in the 1950s. With a cast that has gone down in the history books; Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan and Diane Keaton, The Godfather appeared on my radar during my formative years, you could call them, the ones we all have in our early to mid-teens, and it opened my eyes to the finer side of film. There’s nothing wrong with explosions and superheroes and action movies, but to ignore what’s considered the classics is doing yourself a disservice, and The Godfather is one of those classics you have to see.
3. Walk The Line
At the time that this movie came out, I was at an age where biopics didn’t exactly do much for me, but Walk the Line changed my life, for lack of a better saying. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon star as Johnny Cash and June Carter, directed by James Mangold, and it’s a fantastic movie. Chronicling Cash’s life from his troubled childhood through his first marriage, his rise to fame, drug abuse and eventual peace and reconciliation with Religion and June Carter. I was floored and blown away by this movie and instantly became a huge Johnny Cash fan. The movie made me also go out and get a guitar and I taught myself to play.
2. The Middle Earth Saga
While this section is encompassing all six films (yes, I love The Hobbit trilogy too), if I was forced to pick one, it would be The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Fellowship kickstarted an interest in fantasy, and in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien in general. It was the first movie franchise to get me going back to the theatre excited, hoping to see a trailer for the following instalment. Return of the King ignited my love of films with “My friends… You bow to no one…” remaining one of my favourite cinematic moments of all time. Beautifully crafted from start to finish with a score that cannot be matched from Howard Shore, The Lord of the Rings is brilliant.
1. The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Much like the Middle Earth saga before this, if I had to narrow the choice down, it would be Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, and I feel like that counts as one pick because it’s telling one over-arching story with the Infinity Stones and Thanos. Growing up as a fan of superheroes, what Marvel Studios has managed to achieve over the past 11 years is beyond astounding. The action, the stories, the characters – all on this continuing, ever-evolving journey. The riskiest thing Marvel Studios did one day was make Iron Man – now we’re moving into a time where we’re getting movies like The Eternals, Shang-Chi and Disney+ shows for characters like Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk and it’s glorious.
Honourable mentions: Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese), The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan), The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson), SAW (James Wan), Logan (James Mangold), Toy Story (John Lasseter), Inside Out (Pete Doctor) ■
First trailer for 'Wonder Woman 1984' arrives
Gal Gadot returns as the Amazonian warrior.
Set in the tubular 1980s, Diana Prince returns in her first appearance since Justice League.
With CCXP underway down in Brazil, Marvel, Star Wars and now DC have all had a presence in showcasing some of their upcoming projects, with Wonder Woman 1984 being one of the biggest pieces of media being shown off.
Set in the year 1984, Diana Prince comes into conflict with the Soviet Union and also finds a powerful adversary by the name of Cheetah (Kristen Wiig).
You check out the first trailer for the film below. ■
Upcoming movie trailers
What movie trailers will release this week.
The week of Dec. 2 will see a slew of movie trailers hitting the internet.
With the week now in full swing, we have three confirmed trailers hitting the internet this week with one that is strongly rumoured to be releasing tomorrow (Dec. 3).
The first one being the rumoured one, the teaser trailer for Marvel Studios’ Black Widow is expected to release on Dec. 3. Footage had debuted for the fans in attendance at San Diego Comic Con back in the summer, and with Star Wars hitting theatres soon, you can bet that Disney will want to promote their next big Marvel film alongside their Christmas box office behemoth.
NO TIME TO DIE
The next James Bond film, No Time To Die, brings Daneil Craig back to the role of Bond for one last outing. Director Sam Mendes has given up the directorial reigns to Cary Fukunaga after Spectre turned out to be a lacklustre film which certainly stuck out as the Bond film before that one, Skyfall, is considered one of the best Bond films. The teaser for No Time To Die premieres on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
BIRDS OF PREY, OR THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN
Having already received the teaser trailer for the film back in Sept., Warner Bros. is looking to amp up the marketing for the film since it will open in theatres in Feb. 2020. It was recently confirmed that the film will have an R-rating (as will James Gunn Suicide Squad sequel) so whether or not we’ll see any of the R-rated content in this trailer is up for debate.
WONDER WOMAN 1984
The sequel to the first Wonder Woman follows Diana Prince in the year 1984, and frankly, not much else is known about the film’s plot. We know Chris Pine is back as Steve Trevor and Kristen Wiig will play Cheetah, but a lot of the more juicy details are being kept under wraps. WW84 is the only other film to feature one of the members of the Justice League in a post-Justice League era of DC and Warner Bros. The teaser for WW84 is expected to premiere during the weekend alongside Birds of Prey at CCXP (Brazilian Comic Con) so a specific date and time is not yet locked. ■
What's coming to Disney+ this month
What’s new this month.
After its first and very successful month of release, Disney has released the December lineup for their streaming site.
With a number of series debuting in November, Disney is starting turn up the heat in terms of what’s becoming available. While the Marvel and Star Wars catalogs are slowly filling up, the original series are keeping viewers attached to the service. The Mandalorian has taken the world by storm as being one of the best pieces of Star Wars content since the original trilogy.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum has brought the eccentric actor around the United States in search of answers in relation to the attraction with tattoos, ice cream and sneakers, and Goldblum shows every bit of interest in these topics as you would hope he would.
Below is a list that Disney released via a YouTube video today, highlighting the coming content for the month of December.
– Glory Road
– Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts
– Garfield: The Movie
– One Day At Disney
– Thor: Ragnarok
Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27:
– One Day At Disney (Shorts); episdoes 1, 2, 3, 4
– The Mandalorian; episodes 5, 6, 7, 8
– The World According to Jeff Goldblum; episodes 5, 6, 7, 8
– Pixar in Real Life: Finding Dory Aquarium Escape
– High School Musical: The Musical: The Series; episodes 5, 6, 7, 8
– Encore!; episodes 5, 6, 7, 8
– Marvel’s Hero Project; episodes 5, 6, 7, 8
– Forky Asks A Question; New Shorts
– Disney Family Sundays; episodes 5, 6, 7, 8
– The Imagineering Story; episodes 5, 6 (Dec. 6, 13)
– Alice Through the Looking Glass
– SparkShorts: Wind
– George of the Jungle 2
– Pick of the Litter; episodes 1 and 2 (20, 27)
– Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
– Marvel’s Spider-Man ■
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