What a year for film thus far! We had some epic superhero showdowns as Batman took on Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and we had Captain America take on Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War. As you would soon find out, superhero films only make up 20% of our top-10 list of 2016 thus far and you are going to be quite surprise what is number 1!
The visual effects team did no wrong, as every single leaf, vine, and hair on Baloo’s back was vastly immersive. Incorporating this level of CGI into the real world can only bring us back to 2008’s Avatar, and it isnt distracting one bit. The characters rarely (if ever) feel like CGI characters, but part of that could be due to the cast voicing the characters. It takes a story that we are all familiar with, but makes it grittier and an astonishing visual modern masterpiece that will set a standard for anyone that wants to blend CGI and the real world.
There are a lot of characters within Everybody Wants Some!! and Linklater gives everybody an opportunity to shine. Glenn Powell’s Finnegan and Jake are by far the standouts. Jake is our only jokes, who well, does not act purely as a joke. By far an individual that everyone could relate to and Finnegan’s quips and constant rejection never gets tiring as it is a recurring joke within the film. But it is another character that makes this film so exceptional. The beauty of Linklater is that he is able to make characters out of traits that directors don’t usually take advantage of. We saw this with time in Boyhood and he uses behavior as a character in his latest effort. Doing so, his films demands multiple viewings to fully understand Linklater’s thematic choices and that is especially true with Everybody Wants Some!!
Anything and everything you could ever want to see from a follow-up film of Cloverfield is found within 10 Cloverfield Lane. For fans of the original film, to fresh eyes entering the Cloverfield universe for the first time, this is a well-crafted unique experience that all can enjoy. This is the type of film that leaves you feeling satisfied, and craving more at the same time. It’s a memorable experience and a great accomplishment. It’s films like 10 Cloverfield Lane that remind me of why I love cinema so much, and hopefully, when you witness it, you’ll also fall in love.
Though Finding Dory isn’t the perfect Pixar sequel that we wished for, reuniting with the characters that we know and love with the addition to new ones and a very thought out story and style makes this journey unforgettable. Just like a lot of Pixar films, this benefits from a genuinely moving story. The emotion in this film is real and genuine. The film also challenges a good lesson for parents and people to not be prejudice with people with disabilities but instead be patient with.
What makes The Nice Guys such an entertaining film, is of course your main leads and their comedic chemistry. This film isn’t a comedy, but a majority of the film is very comedic. This film is centered on a mystery, but the film inserts comedy as an aspect to get the film moving at a steady pace. Gosling is a dumb alcoholic private investigator whose daughter is more of an adult than him, and Crowe is a tough guy with a heart of gold. It doesn’t take itself too seriously which is something that makes this film a lot of fun. This is all towards the direction and writing from Shane Black. How he gets his cast to have a certain charm to them with a distinct personality despite their plenty of flaws is outstanding. It isn’t all explained to you most of it is very subtle and has a distinct originality to it. He takes a lot of detailing of even the art of filmmaking from the shot composition to even the rule of thirds. It’s as if Black was in a film class and one of his assignments was to make his own 70s style film noir that relates to the 70s and has in his own personal style this was his project. The Nice Guys is a timeless caper that is well paced, greatly detailed, tightly written, and hysterically funny all the through that you would want a sequel for.
With top notch direction from the Russo Brothers, Captain America: Civil War is a game changing Marvel film that takes us into depth with our favorite heroes even when they’re stripped of their powers while perfectly building up new ones that delivers for general and comic book audiences alike. This is Marvel Studio’s best film to date bar none. The film is nearly 3 hours long but this moves so fast and paced perfectly. It sets up a villain who is just an average person that genuinely gets the war started. And has you squealing in happiness in seeing Spiderman, Black Panther, and Ant-Man fight alongside the Avengers.
You will walk away from Midnight Special with the idea that you have just seen visual storytelling at its best as scenes of a father doing whatever it takes to get his son to his destination will resonate with you. There are certain things that words just simply can’t properly describe such as fatherhood, faith and the pain of a sick child and Nichols understands that fully and uses visuals what words fail to do.
Deadpool was everything fans were hoping for and more. The reason why this film is so high on this list is not because Ryan Reynolds killed the role as the Merc with the Mouth or due to all the comedy that is evident from opening credits to the post-credit scenes. Deadpool destroyed box office records due to being a R-rated superhero film which should only make fans more excited for what is to come in the superhero movie genre. We are already getting our first R-rated superhero animated film in The Killing Joke and it is not a far stretch to assume that we will be getting more R-rated films before it is all over.
Prejudice and diversity are themes that are heavily present in society today and the fact that Zootopia, a family film, surrounds their entire film around these themes deserves a standing ovation. The creators of the film does not take long to address these themes as the film starts off with a history lesson of Zootopia and how animals were over the whole predator/prey way of living and decided to live in unity. You might have seen the sloth scene in the trailers but the scene is still hilarious on a second watch and so on. Parents and kids will love the well-intended message in Zootopia and the the whacky characters that it contains.
The thing about Sing Street which makes it different from the other two films in Carney’s filmography is that this time around, he’s telling a coming of age story centered around teenagers in high school. You would think a film like this will follow in the footsteps of films such as 2009’s Bandslam, but instead the film manages to be it’s own story. The young talent in this film are all phenomenal. They don’t come off as character types, but instead come off as real people. There are moments I forgot I was watching a film but instead watching a Day in the Life of. The shining stars of the film are Ferdia Walsh-Peelo as Conor, and Lucy Boynton as Ralphina.But the number one thing that makes this film work is the music. Not only does the music of Sing Street make your head bop, but it makes you wanna go straight to iTunes and download the entire album [which I am doing right now]. The original music written for the film is so tight that it integrates to the story and creates some really catchy tunes. With a killer soundtrack that satirizes the music of the 80s and fleshed out relatable characters with depth, Sing Street is a magnificent coming of age film from John Carney perfectly connects music to beauty of life.