2018 AUGUST MOVIE RANKINGS:
This past month proved to be difficult in squeezing out a film worth celebrating. Granted, the majority of the bunch were rated Juicy Popcorn, but hardly any stood out. I’m hoping September provides some goods moving forward and I can analyze some classics along the way (you won’t believe how many top-tier pieces of cinema I haven’t seen). Without further ado, here’s the august 2018 movie rankings!
#7- “A Perfect Getaway” (2009)
60%= Burnt Popcorn
Pros: Solid acting, mysterious (until the ending), and the cinematography was good.
Cons: The plot twist wasn’t plausible and the style of the film changed towards the end for the worst.
#6- “About Time”
70%= Burnt Popcorn
Pros: Good performances, solid concept, lovely soundtrack, and intriguing second half.
Cons: The focal relationship was rather hollow (which was the centerpiece of most of the feature) as was the character of Mary (portrayed by Rachel McAdams).
#5- “Big Trouble in Little China”
71%= Burnt Popcorn
Pros: Highly entertaining, campy, funny, and great props/costuming.
Cons: No character development, confusing at times, and one-dimensional acting (like the script gave them much to work with).
#4- “This is Where I Leave You”
78%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Solid cast, has charm, garners a few laughs, and a somewhat fresh set of characters to watch.
Cons: The story didn’t really wow me (nor did it seek to do so) and there was a character twist that I found distasteful.
#3- “You Were Never Really Here”
86%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Gripping, bone-chilling, brilliant performances, fresh, and unpredictable.
Cons: The ending felt cut short, but I really couldn’t tell you where else it could’ve gone (I’m divided on the finale).
#2- “Mission: Impossible- Fallout”
88%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Fun, action-packed, great stunts, entertaining, solid acting, and beautiful cinematography.
Cons: It has a similar plot structure to its predecessors as well as several familiar plot devices.
#1- “Shutter Island”
93%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Fantastic acting, great cinematography, cool setting, and interesting story.
Cons: Certain story elements are predictable.
Summer has ended, and “Shutter Island” takes home the title. It will go up against “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “Darkest Hour” (2017), “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Isle of Dogs,” “Dances with Wolves,” “Scarface,” “Rain Man,” and the rest of the monthly winners to decide who will become the next Movie of the Year!