Mark’s Mid-Year Top 5 Films

Well, we’re seven months into 2017, and we’ve covered a lot of movies for you all. If you’re a regular listener, you’ll know that we don’t always agree on those movies, so we thought it would be fun to do a quick listing of our individual “Top-5” lists for our favorite movies we’ve covered on the podcast so far this year.

These aren’t Oscar predictions or anything, just our favorites, although there may be some cross-over to those lists, eventually…

Now, we’re all going to bring some different criteria to these lists, so don’t be surprised if they’re wildly different [in fact, I’m typing this before I’ve even gotten Ryan and Jason’s lists, so they might be waaayyyy different from mine; we’ll see].

I’ll post Ryan and Jason’s lists as soon as they finalize them and get them to me **cough, cough**.

There’s still a lot of movies left to come before December 31st, but here’s where I stand so far [links to our reviews provided for your listening pleasure]:

Mark’s Top-5:

#5) Raw: Ryan and I saw this little gem back in January during Sundance, and I’m still struck by it. The way it turns the horror genre on its head, while simultaneously taking horror fans back to what made the “classic” horror films so great, lands it here at #5.

#4) Logan: This was an early contender for my favorite film of the year, so it easily belongs in my Top-5.

#3) Wonder Woman: Not only a DC movie worth watching [without caveat], not only a successful, female-centered superhero movie, the cultural impact of WW cannot be understated. The fact it’s just a good, fun movie to boot, well, it deserved its spot in this Top-5.

#2) John Wick, Chapter 2: Still one of the best examples of world-building and character development I’ve seen in a while, JW2 is the first movie in a long time that completely stands alone, while simultaneously forcing me to ask “what happens next?”

and #1) War for the Planet of the Apes:  If you had asked me at the beginning of the year where this movie would fall, I wouldn’t have said Top-5, much less #1. But here we are, driven by Andy Serkis’ riveting performance as Caesar: Apes. Together. Strong. So strong they are at the top of my list so far.

Honorable mentions:

Gifted: a more subdued, emotional performance by Chris Evans, with an outstanding young co-star in McKenna Grace, and of course the real star of the film: Fred, the one-eyed cat.

Split: A great performance by James McAvoy in a movie mostly brought down by the last three minutes of M. Night Shyalmalan’s forced tie-in to a previous film. I hope his performance isn’t forgotten about later this year…

The Dark Tower

Welcome back to the Visually Stunning Movie Podcast.

Here’s another movie there has been a lot of excitement about. Starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, based on a series of books by horror-master Stephen King, it’s:

The Dark Tower

I’ll be honest: though I’ve read my share of Stephen King novels, the Gunslinger books weren’t included, so I’m coming into this blind.

Let’s see how well they pulled off King’s notoriously hard-to-adapt material, shall we?

Atomic Blonde

Next up, it’s the new Charlize Theron action-spy flick,

Atomic Blonde

Set in Berlin, 1989, just as The Wall is on the verge of coming down, we already know the soundtrack is going to be great, but what about the movie?

Let’s go find out!

Trailers from SDCC weekend

Hey, all! Jason and I just wanted to take a couple of minutes and talk about some of the trailers that released this past weekend during San Diego Comic Con, so have a listen.

We hope you’re looking forward to seeing some of this stuff as much as we are.

And this one isn’t available on the podcast feed, so it’s just for you folks that follow us here on the website.

Aren’t you lucky?

Cheers!

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