OCTOBER MOVIE RANKINGS:
Unfortunately, only four films were reviewed in the month of October, but it is what it is. I got a taste of the decent and the awful, with really no solid middle ground (besides my second analysis of “Blade Runner”). Thus, the movie of the month will be a low-scoring one. Hopefully I will return in November with a bang…
#4- “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”
42%= Burnt Popcorn
Pros: It was nice to have Will and Elizabeth back, the cinematography and costume design was beautiful, and there were a few select entertaining parts.
Cons: The film essentially parodied itself, the acting was sub-par, the visual effects were too abundant (making the movie look fake), and there were too many plot devices being shoved into the story.
#3- “The Mummy” (2017)
61%= Burnt Popcorn
Pros: Great cinematography, some decent acting, surprisingly funny in parts, and can be entertaining.
Cons: Heavy in visual effects (making it look fake, like “Pirates”), the conclusion was sub-par, and the whole film spent most of its time setting up a universe rather than fleshing out its own story.
#2- “The Tall Man”
75%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Unpredictable, okay performances, amazing final monologue, and cool shots.
Cons: The cinematography felt like that of a film student’s, and many sequences leading up to the big twist felt jumbled and unrealistic, making the ending monologue seem more like an afterthought than pay-off.
#1- “Get the Gringo”
77%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Solid performances, wicked opening scene, interesting direction, and fresh idea.
Cons: The concept of the prison can get way overblown and there are many sequences that ask for clarity.
Well, that wasn’t much competition. Along with the remaining movie of the months, “Get the Gringo” will go up against “La La Land,” “The Fall” (2006), “Arrival,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Moana,” “Lion,” “A Monster Calls,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Watchmen,” “War for the Planet of the Apes,” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” to decide who will become the next Movie of the Year!