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Justice League

Welcome back, everyone, to the Visually Stunning Movie Podcast. This time out, we’re on to the second potential Fall/Winter season blockbuster:

Justice League

DC and Warner Brothers are trying to build on the phenomenal success of the stand-alone Wonder Woman.

Can Batman/Bruce Wayne successfully unite this disparate group of heroes to battle the evil Steppenwolf? Can Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg save Superman and save the planet from obliteration?

(By the way: isn’t the planet in imminent danger of obliteration in all these superhero movies?)

I get the feeling we’re not all going to agree on this one, if history is any indication….

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: ┬áIf 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…

Coming Soon to a Podcast Near You.

Hey, all! Just dropping a quick note to let you know what’s on deck for you over here at the Visually Stunning Movie Podcast.

So have a listen, and we’ll talk with you again soon!

Another Bonus Episode! DC’s Justice League

Another quick hit bit of audio for you all. This time, after a recording session on another movie, I asked Ryan and Jason about a development concerning the upcoming DC film,

Justice League

Have a listen and let us know what YOU think about it.