Sunday
Jan202019

Mitch's Top 10 Films of 2018

I graduated Mortuary School, I saw my little girl Harriet turn one year old, and I moved to Owego New York for work.  The fullest year yet and that resulted in a year where I watched less than 40 theatrical films in 2018 and most of them were seen via my Roku at home.  I now have a job that works about 20 more hours a week then before so I pray my trend over the past years of less and less movies doesn't continue but know that I'm trying.  In past years I would give a blurb from the films review but my site hasn't been active for most of the year so it's basic movie popcorn and potatoes and just a simple listing of my Top 10 Films from 2018.  

10.Blakkklansman

 

 

 

9.  A Quiet Place

 

 

 

8.  Mission Impossible: Fallout

 

 


7.  Won't You Be My Neighbor

 

 

 

 

6.  You Were Never Really There

 

 

 

5.  First Reformed

 

 

 

4.  Blindspotting

 

 


3.  A Star is Born

 

 

 

2.  Roma

 

 

 

Drum Roll Please...

 

1.  Paddington 2

Tuesday
Jan022018

Mitch's Top 10 Films of 2017

This year was a pretty good year for films but this was also the year I had my first kid (yay!).  I saw 55 films in 2017, which is my least yet as a reviewer but with the kiddo (yay!) I stopped going to theaters from August to basically the very end of November.  I caught up as best I could, putting up 19 reviews December 13th- December 31st, and sure I have missed some essentials; "The Post", "The Shape of Water", not to mention my favorite director P.T.A.'s "Phantom Thread" but the year is over and it's time to move on to 2018.  

 

10. The Big Sick


“The Big Sick” feels effortless and so easy going to get it’s big laughs and big emotions.  Let’s hear it for the romantic comedy of 2017.

9. The Meyorwitz Stories (New and Selected)


Baumbach’s dialogue is exhausting in all the good ways. 

8. Brawl in Cell Block 99


This one is a throwback.  A grindhouse film that’s deliciously violent, sporting for me what might just be Vince Vaughn’s best work to date. 

7. Three Billboards Ouside Ebbing, Missouri


McDonagh wrote the lead part in mind for Frances McDormand, and luckily for everyone he got his wish.

6. Mudhound


Dee Rees (HBO’s “Bessie”) adapts Hilary Jordan’s 2008 novel “Mudbound” to the screen with a painful beauty that resonates with a human’s good heart.

5. Wind River


“Sicario” and “Hell or High Water” are two films that are both on my in my Top 10 Films in each of their respective years, and “Wind River”, no doubt, making my 2017 list.  What do these films have in common? Taylor Sheridan.

4. Get Out


Jordan Peele's tonal shifts are perfect, his editing is so acute, and his actors are so finely tuned that “Get Out” fires on all cylinders.  This is bad A' horror flick with someting important to say.

 3. Baby Driver


“Baby Driver” is cool; so cool that we wouldn't have hung out in high school...

2. Good Time 


..a pulse-pounding tour-de-force that embodies the kinetic spirit of one my favorite Martin Scorsese films, “After Hours”. 

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1. Lady Bird 


There's real heart and hurt shining through every scene.  By far the most complete and most rewarding film of 2017!

Don't disagree, being silly doesn't look good on you.

Click here for Top 2017 Films Ranked 20-11

 

Tuesday
Jan022018

Mitch's Top Films From 2017 (Ranked #20-11)

This year was a pretty good year for films but this was also the year I had my first kid (yay!).  I saw 55 films in 2017, which is my least yet as a reviewer but with the kiddo (yay!) I stopped going to theaters from August to basically the very end of November.  I caught up as best I could, putting up 19 reviews December 13th- December 31st, and sure I have missed some essentials; "The Post", "The Shape of Water", not to mention my favorite director P.T.A.'s "Phantom Thread" but the year is over and it's time to move on to 2018.  So with no further ado, here are my top films of 2017, starting with 20 ranked down to 11.

 

20. T2:Trainspotting


This is a highly rewarding experience for those who are familiar with and those who fancy the original Trainspotting. 

19. Wonder Woman


The movie succeeds by being a feminist film but not cramming it down our throats.  Women are empowered by this film, but it’s egalitarian to the sexes, not a battle of them.

18. The Disaster Artist


“The Disaster Artist” is basically a buddy movie, wisely focusing on Wiseau and Greg Sestero’s (played by little brother Dave Franco) friendship.

17. Colossal


I know Anne Hathaway’s has gotten the scorn of many movie goers, but the kid can act and it’s nice to see those talents put to the test.

16. War Machine


“War Machine” snuck up on me making for an oddly enjoyable film.

15. Ghost Story


There is very little dialogue, and much contemplating of existence, “A Ghost Story” is greatly helped by Lowery’s editing and Daniel Hart’s composing.

14. Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond- Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention to Tony Clifton


This film lets me savor a former obsession of mine that I hope only gets finer with time.

13. John Wick: Chapter 2


What grabs ahold of you here is the excellent world building...

12. Dunkirk


I’m glad I saw Dunkirk, it really is worth a watch, but a little too much British stiff upper lip shown by Nolan makes this not essential viewing.

11. Girls Trip


All hail the coming of Tiffany Haddish.

Click here for Mitch's 2017 Top 10 Films

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Jan102017

Mitch's Top 10 Films of 2016

 

I feel like that I've been to less movies this year than in years past but that this year definitely harvested a very decent crop.  As always I have missed a few that I shouldn't have but that's just the way it is.  As for the Top 10 Films of 2016, this is just the way that it is.

Click here for 2016 Films Ranked 20-11

ps. shame on those who do their list starting at one and going upwards.  I loathe you.

10.  Too Late

I hope you’re walk into “Too Late” with an empty stomach, because you’re about about to be served a whopping film buffet of awesome.  

9. Hail, Caesar!

It's the Coen Brothers for goodness sake!  Woefully underappreciated and absolutely marvelous.  

8. The Wailing (Goksung)

A daft mixture of Coen brothers dark inept humor, eye scorching gore, and a mystery worth chasing after.

7. La La Land

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling pair up for the third time and better than ever. The two’s natural chemistry is unparalleled in young Hollywood, and they don’t disappoint here.

6. Silence

At this screening I noticed a handful of people walking out before it was well over.  Most of the time that is an example of a poorly made film, but not always.  Martin Scorsese’s latest, “Silence”, is an example of the latter.

5. Everybody Wants Some!

Here is a film perfect in it’s slice of time, killer soundtrack, super talented unknown cast that shouldn’t stay unknown, and perfect in it’s easy going swagger

4. Hell or High Water

A summer film that feels like it should have been released in awards season.  Pine, Foster, and Bridges electrify almost as much as the biting script.  A knock-out must-see!

3. Moonlight

Tender and somber among many things, Barry Jenkins “Moonlight” is hard to quantify but easy to qualify as one of 2016’s best films.

2. Manchester by the Sea

Lonergan’s brilliantly unfolding script and Affleck’s sadness helps to traverse an incredibly deep and profound story.

 

Drum Roll Please....

 

1. Arrival

I wept watching this.  It arrived at the right time, how cathartic it is for a story to come along that shows the immense benefits reaped from such a noble endeavor that is communication. 

Till next time...

Tuesday
Jan102017

Mitch's Top Films From 2016 (Ranked #20-11)

May be the lightest film going years since I've started the site.  I've seen about 65 theatrically released films in 2016 and as always I have a 'best of' list.  Here are Top Films of 2016 ranked 20-11.
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...this film’s light will definitely shine through for all ages.
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All of Ryan Reynolds strengths finally and properlly used in a movie.  About time.
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...a wonderfully weird, wonderfully feel-goody film that shows the wonderful pleasure of incomplete people coming together for completion.  
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Hearkens back to the beautiful misery that is “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”.
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I truly believe children can come out of this film with a better grasp on understanding why racism and stereotyping is wrong and hopefully so can some adults.
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This is the type of modern horror which I’ve come to praise.
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It may be the deepest and most thought provoking fart joke in cinematic history and is definitely worth a toot or two.
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Denzel pisses me off sometimes with complete payday schlubs like “The Magnificent Seven”, but Denzel’s acting prowess is in the top 1% of every actor in the world and when he chooses to showcase that, well, you better buy a ticket. Buy a ticket to "Fences".
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He mines that genre’s tropes for all it’s worth with his fantastic leads, and just like in “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang”, he just absolutely rocks it with a very funny and very compelling detective story.
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Just missing cracking the top 10 is Tom Ford's thriller that carries the feeling of getting lost in a good book where the dialogue jumps off the page, and that page gets closer to your face with each turn.