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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…

Gifted

Welcome back!

This time out we’re talking about the new Chris Evans movie

Gifted

Also starring Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate, and introducing Mckenna Grace, Gifted is the story Frank, of man trying to raise his genius niece, Mary, to be a “normal” kid, just as his dead sister wanted.

Throw in a grandmother who drove her equally gifted daughter to the brink of success and despair, and you’ve got a pretty nice set-up.

Does it live up to its potential?

Let’s find out.

 

Best Friends – “Gifted” Movie Team-up

Hey, everyone! Just a quick note.

I’ll be posting our review of the new movie Gifted tonight, but wanted to share some information on this outstanding team-up between Fox Searchlight and the Best Friends Animal Society.

Click HERE to find out how you can support this great organization and help save some animals.

Enjoy our review later, and go save an animal and make a friend for life.

All my animals are rescues, and always will be.

 

Coming Soon to a Podcast Near You

Greetings, everyone!

It looks like we will be seeing the new Chris Evans movie

Gifted

tomorrow night (Monday).

We plan on recording our review on Tuesday night, late.

Why late? Well, Ryan has a screening of The Fate of the Furious Tuesday night, and is flying out for the Star Wars Celebration in Florida on Wednesday.

Jason and I are not.

And we hate him for it.

Well, maybe not hate. More blindingly jealous, really.

Anyway, watch for our review of Gifted to be up as early as Wednesday evening.

See you around!