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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…

Superheroes and How to Depict Them

While that title might sound a little lofty, here’s what you’re going to get: we’re going to talk about how superhero movies have both succeeded and failed in depicting their heroes.

What this means is that we touch on everything from Logan, to Deadpool, to The Amazing Spiderman, to the upcoming DC movies (especially The Flash) to The Fantastic Four, John Wick, and more.

Heck, we even sneak in a Star Wars reference as we break down what, in our eyes, makes these types of movies succeed or fail.

Do we tangent?

Oh, yes. Yes, we do. Mightily. Sorry about that, but it’s a hazard of the job, really. Can’t be helped.

Nevertheless, we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it.

John Wick: Chapter 2

Very exciting… very exciting, indeed!

This time out, Ryan and I are going to talk about the new

Keanu Reeves film,

John Wick: Chapter 2

A lot of action, a lot of bullets, a lot of blood.

A lot to talk about.

Let’s get into it!

Coming up on the Visually Stunning Movie Podcast…

It’s going to be a busy week for us and for you all, as we will (Universe permitting, of course) be giving you episodes discussing

  John Wick 2

 The Lego Batman Movie,

and possibly even A Cure For Wellness

Join the VSMP crew for some stimulating movie conversation!

And don’t forget to check out our other reviews!