Steve Talks 2016 Movies

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2016, you Inglourious Basterd.

Hey all, Steve here. I’ve been doing a top 10 and a worst 10 year end list every year since 2011. This year I tossed this little piece together instead of top 10’s because the second half of 2016 is nearly a complete blur to me. A lot of great movies came out (as did a lot of piss poor ones) and I didn’t see many of them. 2016 may have taken a lot of celebrity lives away from us, but in July it took my father away from me and my family. Since then, I have done a lot of sharing on social media, but I haven’t had the desire to see many films or write many reviews. The time for all of that has come to an end now and it is time for this critic and co-founder of this site to get right back on his horse. I’ve got to thank the rest of the crew for carrying the load during the second half of the year.

All that being said, all I am going to do here is go through some of the flicks 2016 gave us and give you a line or two. Obviously, I won’t comment on those that I have yet to see. It will be a busy start to 2017 for me with all of the catching up I have to do, but catch up I will. Hope this is enjoyable for you all.

And if it isn’t, as always, you know I don’t care! =)

Deadpool

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How great was Deadpool? The rated R stamp absolutely helped this one along. It was the best “superhero” flick of the year for me, but don’t tell him I said that.

How to be Single

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Rebel Wilson isn’t as funny as many people make her out to be. I saw this one with my wife and it is not one to ever speak about again. Most of the jokes fell flat and it was probably better off not being made at all.

London Has Fallen

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In the follow-up flick to Olympus Has Fallen, here comes London Has Fallen. This one was entertaining for the most part, but like most of these kinds of movies, it bordered on ridiculousness.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Batman v Superman is one of those movies that is absolutely critic-proof. It didn’t matter what any of us said, people were still going to theaters to see it and drive revenue through the roof. It was pretty ridiculous, though. I sat through the extended cut and while it was slightly better, it still wasn’t the movie that anyone wanted it to be.

The Jungle Book

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I absolutely LOVED The Jungle Book. It was absolutely fantastic and a ton of fun to see with my son. We have watched it several times since we saw it at the press screening together. Every aspect of The Jungle Book was masterfully done.

Captain America: Civil War

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Another one that I had a blast seeing. You all know I am quite partial to Spider-Man and well, you know. My son loved this one as well and it is another one we have seen several times together. The best part of it was that I kept it a secret from him that Spider-Man would be in this flick. Imagine his shocked face when he saw his favorite in a movie he really shouldn’t be in. It was great!

The Angry Birds Movie

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What in the world were they thinking when they made this one. A movie out of an app. Come on. I sat through half of this with my son and we both got bored and decided to watch the glue dry on a puzzle we put together instead. Pure trash…even for the kiddies out there.

The Conjuring 2

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The first Conjuring was fantastic, so it was going to be difficult to follow up with a part 2. Well, Mr. Wan was able to do just that for me. While it wasn’t as good as the original, it really did not disappoint. For all you horror fans out there, you should have your card taken away if you haven’t seen this one yet.

Now You See Me 2

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Kind of a “meh” follow-up to the original. If you liked the original then you would have wanted to see this, but I hope your expectations weren’t all that high.

Finding Dory

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As the father of a 5 year old boy, I have to see these kinds of movies. Although, deep down I really couldn’t wait to see this one. I thoroughly enjoyed it and absolutely wouldn’t mind seeing it a few more times. It has a ways to go before it catches up to the original, which I have probably seen close to 100 times. No, I am not exaggerating.

Independence Day: Resurgence

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I was so looking forward to this one. Really. For some odd reason, Independence Day is one of my favorites. I can watch it any time and any place. I laughed through most of this one because of how crazy it was and how corny it was. Man, do I wish Will Smith would have been in it. Out of respect for the original, I won’t say it was horrible, but it was pretty bad.

The Shallows

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Blake Lively is the only reason to watch this one. I’ve got nothing more to say about it.

Bad Moms

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I actually enjoyed this one, but I must say that Kathryn Hahn is not funny to me at all. All in all, a nice little comedy.

Suicide Squad

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Here. We. Go. Some critics have described Suicide Squad as disjointed and ridiculous. I found it to be a lot of fun and I enjoyed it when I saw it at the press screening. Will Smith and Margot Robbie obviously stole the show and it was pretty ridiculous that the Joker (after all of the hype) got about 7 minutes of airtime. Maybe it is that I can’t hate anything that Margot Robbie is in. I don’t know what it is, but again I had some fun with this one. I have been told by Jader that the more you watch the less you like, so I have stayed away from the extended cut.

War Dogs

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I loved War Dogs. It was action packed and really funny. It is a great flick to get your mind off things and it is also one of those that you have to remind yourself it is a true story because people can’t be that stupid, right?

Snowden

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Snowden was a good, but not great film. It is a really divisive film and I felt it could have pushed it a little further than it did. I just felt it was played a bit too safe.

The Girl on the Train

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I tried to stay with this yawn-fest, but I just couldn’t. One of the more boring films that I saw all year. I might have even dozed off during the screening. Yes, for me it was that bad.

Deepwater Horizon

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A fantastic flick with a fantastic cast. You know what is going to happen, but you still are on the edge of your seat. That’s what does it for me with movies based off of real life experiences.

Bad Santa 2

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13 years later, you would think they could have come up with something better. The first half of the movie I laughed a ton and it was just like old times. Then the second half kicked in and it was all downhill from there. I get it – you were looking forward to this if you loved the first one. Wait…if you didn’t love the first one then there is something really wrong with you. Yep. I said it.

Why Him?

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One of the worst “comedies” I have seen recently. When we leave the press screenings, a representative from the movie studio is out there waiting for our reaction. My reaction to this one? I told her that I had to go watch a couple of episodes of Breaking Bad to wash the filth of Why Him? off of me.

Fences

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Thankfully, Why Him? was not the last movie I screened in 2016. It was Fences and it was outstanding. Denzel dominated on screen and in the directors chair. Viola Davis was great (again). This one is full of emotion from start to finish and from happy to pissed off. One of the top films of 2016.

There you go, people. I hope you enjoyed it and I wish you nothing but the best in 2017. 2016 was a hell of a ride and for most of us, it was a ride that we don’t ever want to go on again. I’m thrilled to be back on the horse and can’t wait to kick some serious ass in 2017! Happy New Year!