Top 10 Movies of 2016

2016 have gone and passed and though it’s been a hit and miss for big budget blockbuster movies, no doubt the year has given us some of the most memorable movies to date.

Counting down is my personal top 10 movies of the year, this list is purely subjective and it’s not an official list of any sort.

10. The Witch

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Coming at number 10 is The Witch, this haunting movie gave me the creeps when I watched it. From the gloomy look to the sound design to the characters it’s a very creepy movie and it’s one that puts shivers down your spine.

9. Deadpool

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Coming in at number 9 is the Merc with the Mouth, Deadpool. Boy am I glad that this film did great. From the jokes to the characters this movie is incredibly funny and solidifies Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. It revitalized his career and without a doubt revitalized the property.

8. Kubo and The Two Strings

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Number 8 is one I was really excited to watch and glad to say I really liked. Kubo and the Two Strings, the stop motion animation was jaw droppingly incredible. The voice acting was great as well as the mythology. Laika studios should be proud of this movie as it is one of the better animations to come out this year.

7. Star Wars: Rogue One

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Number 7 is Rogue One A Star Wars Story, I appreciated this film with the tone it took. With darker tone and more serious characters this broke off from the original movies and gave it it’s own personality. The 3rd act of this movie was an intense edge of your seat moment and every Star Wars fan should check it out.

6. Dr. Strange

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Number 6 is a superhero movie, Dr Strange. Much like Deadpool this is another origin story but an extremely effective one. The mind bending visuals gave me a unique viewing experience and not to mention that Benedict Cumberbatch depicted Dr Stephen Strange perfectly.

5. Nocturnal Animals

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Nocturnal Animals comes in at number 5 and what a great movie this is. The story within a story format worked really well and it’s very tense. All four leads were great in their roles especially Aaron Taylor Johnson. This is an incredibly strong thriller and one that’s worth checking out.

4. The Wailing (Goksung)

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Number 4 is a Korean horror movie, The Wailing. This movie is amazing, it’s got horror, drama and mix in a little bit of mystery and you got this gem. The mythology they used to craft such a gripping story is awesome. One of the better foreign movies this year and it’s definitely worth checking out.

3. La La Land

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Number 3 is La La Land, directed by Damien Chazelle. La La Land is a musical that features Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. This movie is beautiful, from the music to the look to the dance numbers everything about this movie is near perfect. Definitely one of the best movies of the year.

2. Captain America: Civil War

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Adapted from one of the most successful storylines in the comics, Civil War pits Captain America and Iron Man against each other as their different ideologies clash as well as their fists. This is a dream come true for fans who loved the Civil War series and to finally see it depicted in the big screen is incredible. The Russos did a masterful job in adapting the storyline and it makes me want to look forward to their next project.

1. Your Name (Kimi no na wa)

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Coming in at number 1 and my personal favourite movie of the year is Your Name. Makoto Shinkai has done it again with his gut wrenching romance and story telling. The animation on this film is gorgeous, the music accompanies the film very well and our two leads are great. The body swapping story worked really well and was executed perfectly.

So there you go my top 10 films of 2016. There are other great movies that came out this year. Movies such as Arrival, Green Room, Zootopia, Moana and the list goes on but these 10 movies are my personal favourites. Let me know if you agree with me tell what are yours in the comment section below. Thank You for taking the time to read this and until next time!!

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Movie Review: Deadpool

I ain’t super, and I’m no hero. But when you find out your worst enemy is after your best girl, the time has come to be a f****** superhero

-Deadpool

In a year populated with Superhero / Comic-book movies, Deadpool enters the fray first as this lovable anti-hero delivers a truly one of a kind not so superhero movie.

Wade Wilson is a mercenary for hire who’s unfortunately stricken by cancer. Desperate to find a cure, he enlists on a secret experimental program *cough cough Weapon X cough cough*. However things do not go as planned as the program left him tortured and deformed, though cured of his cancer, Wade Wilson came out a completely changed person. Seeking for retribution, Wade Wilson adapts the codename Deadpool and searches for the people who tortured him and save the love of his life.


The Good

One of the most beloved comic book character finally hits the screen with Deadpool. Now he’s been portrayed before from a different movie, but it’s a movie better off forgotten and buried in a “never to watch again” box. This movie on the other hand, does the character justice. It’s everything a Deadpool fan asks for in a Deadpool movie. It’s crude, violent, extremely funny and all around enjoyable. The movie takes advantage of it’s R Rating and it works incredibly well.

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Ryan Reynolds is perfect as Deadpool, it’s as if he was born to play this character. His jokes are witty and delivers them with perfect timing. From his sarcasm, to his foul language to references to other superhero movies from breaking the fourth wall and talking to the audience. These are lines a fan would thoroughly enjoy. The side characters were done well, the addition of Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (geez that’s a mouthful) compliment’s Deadpool nicely, specially Colossus who’s given a much needed personality. Though Deadpool is still the star of the film, Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) gave a nice noticeable performance.

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The Bad

Though the movie is incredibly fun and laugh out loud funny. It’s with flaws, the antagonists Ajax (Ed Skrein) and Angel (Gina Carano) were one dimensional and though they play the villains well, there’s not much else to them. Also some of the CG were obvious and one can tell that there this movie was not made with the same budget as other superhero movies. However these are just minor flaws, and it shouldn’t ruin anyone’s viewing experience.

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Rating

Overall Deadpool has definitely raised the bar for the rest of the superhero movies coming out this year. With a perfect on-screen adaptation of a comic-book character, Deadpool delivers a refreshing take on the superhero genre. It’s a satirical movie who’s not afraid to comment on the cliches and flaws of said superhero movies. It’s self referential yet uses this to it’s advantage to deliver a near perfect anti-superhero movie. Highly recommended for people who are familiar with the product, likewise for people just looking for a good laugh.

Good Bad 4.5/5
  • Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool
  • Well executed use of R Rating
  • Witty and clever laugh out loud jokes / one liners
  • One Dimensional Villain
  • Poor CGI on some scenes

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10 Most Anticipated Films of 2016

2016 will be an exciting time for movie goers as this time we have 6-7 comic book movies coming out, also a sequel to the oscar winning animated movie, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory. A movie set in the same universe as the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them and we have 2 high budget video game movies with, Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft. Overall 2016 will be a great year for movies but for now let’s countdown my 10 most anticipated movies of 2016.

Note: This is only my personal opinion and it is not an official list of anything.

 

10. The Girl on The Train

Starting my list is one of the most popular novels of 2015, the movie adaptation of The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins. I’ve read this book and to be honest I didn’t like it very much. You can read my review here. Though I had complaints about the book, I felt that the story would be better in live-action.

Emily Blunt will be playing the main lead, and she has been impressive, lately she was great in Sicario and I’m hoping she’ll be great in the upcoming Huntsman movie sequel. However I am looking forward to her role as Rachel in this film. This will be directed by Tate Taylor, who is not new with adapting books into film as he also helmed the movie, The Help, which garnered a few Oscar Nominations and won Viola Davis an Oscar for supporting role. Overall, The Girl on The Train should be a suspenseful experience in the cinemas and I for one am looking forward to it.

Stars:
Emily Blunt (Sicario)
Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation)
Luke Evans (The Hobbit)
Edgar Ramirez (Point Break (2015))

Directed By: Tate Taylor
Release Date: 7 Oct 2016 (UK/US)

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9. Suicide Squad

Number 9 is a comic book movie, it’s Suicide Squad. Frankly speaking I don’t know much about Suicide Squad, I’ve seen adaptations of the said group in the CW Tv show Arrow, but beyond that I don’t know much about them. What peaked my interest however, is the ensemble cast. Will Smith will be playing the main protagonist as Deadshot alongside Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as The Joker and also an appearance by Batman played by Ben Affleck as well as many others.

This will be directed by David Ayer, who also did Fury and seeing as this is his first comic-book movie, I’m curious to see what his take on the property. If you’re familiar with his films, they are mostly gritty and violent and it makes me wonder if he’s going to be doing the same with Suicide Squad.

Stars:
Will Smith (Focus)
Margot Robbie (Focus)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Viola Davis (Ender’s Game)

Directed by: David Ayer
Release Date: 5 August 2016 (Worldwide)

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8. The Jungle Book

Number 8 is the live action adaptation of The Jungle Book. I was really impressed when I saw this film’s trailer. It looked exciting, the CG looked impressive and it simply looked like it’ll be an amazing movie to see in the big screen. I liked the animated Jungle Book movies by Disney and I have high hopes for this film.

This will be directed by Jon Favreau who did, Iron Man and Chef, who I’m sure will do an amazing job bringing these characters to life. I personally can’t wait to see this film and I guarantee this will be a great cinematic experience.

Stars:
Bill Murray (A Very Murray Christmas)
Ben Kingsley (The Walk)
Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

Directed by: Jon Favreau
Release Date: 15 April 2016 (Worldwide)

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7. Magnificent Seven

First off, no it’s not number 7 because of the title, that’s purely coincidence. Secondly what a cast this movie will have. I am sold with just Antoine Fuqua, Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. But you add in names like Vincent D’Onofrio and Chris Pratt. Then I’m pumped.

A remake of the 1960s Western Classic of the same title, which is a remake of the 1954 Japanese Film Seven Samurai. The Magnificent Seven is about Seven Gunslingers who protect a small town from invading bandits. I’m not a fan of western but I am really excited to see this film, and just looking at the cast. I can tell this is going to be great. I just hope it won’t follow the previous films beat by beat but have some original content but either way, it’s still one of my most anticipated films of the year.

Stars:
Denzel Washington (The Equalizer)
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Vincent D’Onofrio (Netflix’s Daredevil)
Chris Pratt (Jurassic World)

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Release Date: 23 September 2016 (UK/US)

6. Inferno

Say what you will about Dan Brown books turned movies, but the truth is I enjoy watching Tom Hanks play the charismatic Codebuster, which is Robert Langdon. It’s been 7 years since he portrayed the character on the big screen and with Ron Howard directing once more I’m sure fans of the books and films, if they even exists, won’t be disappointed.

I have read the book and I’m excited to watch this on screen. I’m hoping it to be as suspenseful if not even more suspenseful than the book and maybe even bring in some unexpected twists and turns.

Stars:
Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Omar Sy (Jurassic World)
Irrfan Khan (Jurassic World)

Directed by: Ron Howard
Release Date: 14 October 2016 (Worldwide)

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5. Warcraft

Possibly the most baffling entry on this list, especially at number 5. But please hear me out, I have played the first Warcraft game on PC, also played the sequel repeatedly and I enjoyed the heck out of the story in Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos as well as the expansion game, The Frozen Throne. So I hope you can understand why this is number 5.

As a gamer myself I’m a rooting that this will be the first video game movie which is widely successful. I’m a big fan of fantasy and to see a Warcraft movie done well on the big screen, will give a great satisfaction. Fingers crossed this doesn’t bomb.

Stars:
Travis Fimmel (Vikings)
Paula Patton (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol)
Robert Kazinsky (Pacific Rim)
Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)

Directed By: Duncan Jones
Release Date: 10 June 2016 (USA)

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4. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Well this was bound to pop up somehow right?, entering at number 4 is Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. I personally haven’t seen live action Batman and a live action Superman in a movie together but thank God I’m about to witness one.

Though the whole film looks like a set up for The Justice League, just the on screen presence of the two comic book icons should be strong enough to drive this movie. Zack Snyder who directed, Man of Steel, is also directing Batman V Superman so this should be a fun cinematic experience with a lot of jaw dropping special effects.

Stars:
Henry Cavill (Man from U.N.C.L.E)
Ben Affleck (Gone Girl)
Gal Gadot (Fast and Furious movies)
Jessie Eisenberg (American Ultra)

Directed By: Zack Snyder
Release Date: 25 March 2016 (Worldwide)

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3. Doctor Strange

Coming in at number 3 is the Sorcerer Supreme himself, Doctor Strange. The second movie in Marvel’s Phase 3. I for one can’t wait for this movie, I have been wishing for a live-action adaptation of Doctor Strange and to see photos of Benedict Cumberbatch in costume. I think he looks amazing.

Being directed by Scott Derrickson, who’s filmography mostly consist of horror movies. It should be interesting to see how he adapts his style of film making on Doctor Strange.

Stars:
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Tilda Swinton (Trainwreck)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (The Martian)
Mads Mikkelsen(Hannibal)

Directed By: Scott Derrickson
Release Date: 4 November 2016 (USA)

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2. Deadpool

The comic-book movie hype train continues as Deadpool enters at number 2. Finally and I mean finally we’re going to have a Rated-R  comic book movie which is a part of Marvel comics and even better this is probably the best way to portray this character on screen. I’ve read several Deadpool books and man they’re always fun to read. To finally see him in the big screen is definitely a dream come true to some people.

Ryan Reynolds is perfect as Deadpool, he has shown that he’s got the charisma and the mouth to make capture this character. Seriously hoping Fox doesn’t screw this up like they did with Fantastic Four but looking at the trailer you can tell, they already did a great job with the movie.

Stars:
Ryan Reynolds (Self/less)
Ed Skrein (Transporter Refueled)
Morena Baccarin (Gotham)
TJ Miller (Silicon Valley)

Directed by: Tim Miller
Release Date: 12 February 2016 (USA)

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1. Captain America: Civil War

If you didn’t predict this from a mile away, then you obviously haven’t been paying attention. Of course this was going to be my number 1 most anticipated movie of 2016. I am a huge fan of the event of the comics. 2 superheroes, neither are bad but different ideologies cause them to clash to each other causing all sorts of chaos on their wake.

I for one can’t believe they’re making this film, I honestly couldn’t. Even after the second Avengers I had doubts but seeing the trailer, my excitement for the movie cannot be contained. Not only did Marvel have the guts to makethis movie but they also made agreements with Sony to bring Spider Man into this film. Which shows that despite the lack of superheroes compared to the comics, they want to make this right. They want to start Phase 3 with a bang and Captain America Civil War is the perfect movie to start phase 3.

This movie feels like an Avenger movie with most recurring characters appearing on the film. They even went all the way back to The Incredible Hulk movie to bring William Hurt to reprise his role as General Ross. And to put the icing on the cake, The Russo brothers are directing this, who did Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Which is one of the best Marvel Movie out there. I seriously can’t wait for this film, I’m sure it’ll be all sorts of amazing.

Stars:
Chris Evans (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up)
Anthony Mackie (The Night Before)
Sebastian Stan (The Martian)

Directed By: Joe and Anthony Russo
Release Date: 6 May 2016 (USA)

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So there you go my top 10 most anticipated movies of 2016. Again this is just movies that I’m looking forward to. There are a lot of movies to look forward to in 2016, Finding Dory, X-Men Apocalypse, Zootopia, Hail, Ceasar!, Star Wars: Roue One, Moana, Gambit, Now You See Me 2, Bourne Film etc. But these 10 are the one I’m looking forward to the most. Feel free to comment what are yours on the comment section below. Have a Nice Day.

Graphic Novel Review: Deadpool vs Carnage by Cullen Bunn

Everything I do from here on out is random. I can’t be stopped! can’t be caged! can’t be tracked my every action is a tribute an offering to the almighty CHAOS

– Cullen Bunn, Deadpool vs Carnage

Now this was a fun read, two murderous psychopaths butting heads in the most bloodiest, craziest but also hilarious battle I’ve seen in a graphic novel fight. Cletus Kasady aka Carnage just escape prison and his first action is go on a killing spree, though his killings are random, his main objective is to feed chaos. While Deadpool watches the TV about Carnage’s killings he believed the Universe gave him a sign to hunt down Carnage and stop him on his murderous spree.

There is really nothing here other than, Deadpool and Carnage fighting each other. There’s no deep story, no lessons to be learned just a straight brawl and it works really well. One of the main reason it works is because the story knows it. It knows what it’s doing and it knows what’s it supposed to be.

The fight themselves are entertaining as both of them don’t really get hurt, thanks to their regenerative powers. This results in creative ways to out each other off and each fight only gets better and better. The humor is there delivered mostly by Deadpool and he’s always charming and funny however Carnage does deliver some funny moments as well though most of it is unintentional.

Overall this was an entertaining read, possibly not for everyone as the fights themselves are violent and there are a lot of collateral damage whenever they face off but the comic book is quite unsympathetic on that area and it focuses mostly on their battles. Highly recommended for Deadpool and Carnage fans and maybe most of Marvel readers.

Rating: 4.7/5