In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

A tale of a whale. This actually was a lot cooler than I was expecting. I was thinking this was just a Moby Dick movie, but it’s actually about the author of Moby Dick getting the details about a giant whale attack for his story. I love that kind of framing device, just like Finding Neverland wasn’t exactly just a Peter Pan movie. Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy were really good. Chris Hemsworth was a great leading man. I love the whale in the film too, it has an interesting behavior to it that made the film seem fresh. I just thought the whole thing was surprising and really good.

80/100

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The Girl on the Train (2016)

I’d rather just ride a train. This movie had one giant pitfall to overcome. Can it be translated from it’s wonderful book form to a workable movie? The answer is no. The main reason for that is that the Girl on the Train book by Paula Hawkins is about a hero with a faulty alcoholic memory that is trying to solve a missing person case. This part is hard to do because so much of it is internal. Her trying to work things out in her sloshed mind. I think all the acting was well done, especially by Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux and Haley Bennett. I just had little hope for this being a good movie, after I broke my rule and read the book first. Oh well, I hope this at least gets more people to try the book, because it was awesome.

60/100

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

It was a bit of a trial making it through this movie. It was just running, with more running. It wasn’t maze running though, so I feel cheated with the title. The kids in this movie are all really annoying and make some pretty boneheaded moves. Once again, another Hunger Games / Divergent / City of Bones… Young Adult book mess. I blame Harry Potter on films and books like these because of its immense success. All the actors in this film are pretty much no-names except maybe Alan Tudyk and Patricia Clarkson. The last quarter of the movie gets pretty good but it sure makes you sit through a lot of boring running before that. Hang up your running shoes and sit down a while you’re driving me crazy!

65/100

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Mr. Holmes (2015)

It’s retirement, dear Watson. This film was a really fun one to watch. Have you ever wondered what the heroes from our favorite books or movies do in their old age? Well wonder no more with this movie! Ian McKellen does a great job as Sherlock Holmes. He’s 93 in this movie and trying to work out the details of an old case. He has a lot of scenes with this young boy named Roger and they have excellent chemistry together. Laura Linney also plays a good part of Roger’s mother. There are a lot of flashbacks and memories to sift through, but it is a good experience overall. It still feels like the kind of Sherlock Holmes movie you would come to expect. Really interesting mysteries and good clues to follow. Some things get better with age.

81/100

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Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

An adaptation screw-up of fantastic proportions. I need to just stop watching Wes Anderson films. I walk away seething just about every time. Where people see a whimsical movie, I see a bastardization of a great children’s book. Roald Dahl would put Anderson in the Chokey for this one. I just read the book yesterday and watched this movie for the first time. The scenes are completely out of order and all these new weird characters are added in for no good reason. The book was great, why add your crappy characters Wessy? I may have to just have a personal rule to not watch anymore Wes Anderson films, even if it means I don’t ever finish a top 100 list from a certain year. I’m giving ten points for great animation visuals… but -90 for directing, writing and voice acting. I feel like I need a bath.

10/100

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The BFG (2016)

I’ve always heard from my mother how great this book is, as she used to read this as a teacher every year to her young students. I love all of the Roald Dahl books that I’ve got my hands on and they are wonderful. This movie on the other hand is just good. Nothing truly excellent about it. I thought the little girl Sophie was really cute and reminded me of the other Roald Dahl character “Matilda”. The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) was also a cute character, for a giant at least. The bad guys were also pretty cool, they are your typical Human “Bean” eating giants. I’m just not sure what this movie was missing, it just felt pretty boring at times, Spielberg has lost his magic from the olden days of E.T. This wasn’t a giant leap for movies, it’s not bad, but I wouldn’t climb a beanstalk or anything to watch it.

76/100

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The 5th Wave (2016)

This film didn’t really make any waves for me. I always like seeing Chloe Grace on the screen but there was something weird about her in this post-apocalyptic tale… oh yeah, she had perfect hair and makeup. Sure, it makes her look really beautiful, but I guess when stores are completely looted the Loreal section remained untouched. I liked seeing the different attacks or “waves” from the Others. It felt like the plagues from the Bible. I was able to guess the twist really early on, but I seem to be getting pretty good at that lately. Liev Schreiber is always good, but seems to be typecast into certain roles and I wish Ron Livingston would have had a bigger part in this. The whole movie felt like a mix between Ender’s Game and War of the Worlds. Which normally would be excellent, but alas, this is just another Young Adult novel quickly made into a film before people wise up that they aren’t really that good. Stick to the reading kids, it’s good for you!

60/100

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