August Movie Rankings

2019 AUGUST MOVIE RANKINGS:

Now we’re talking: twenty-one film reviews. Goodness gracious, the amount of time it took me to create this post… almost makes me think it’s not worth it to review this many movies in a given month. But, here we are, three marathons and a buttload of analyses later. Who flopped worse, and who took the month? Let’s find out…

#15- “The Poison Rose”
29%= Burnt Popcorn
Pros: Funny, but not in the good way. Also, it can have some interesting qualities to it. What those are is up to you.
Cons: Some of the performances can be downright laughable, the noir vibe does not mesh with the filmmaking style/setting, and the plot is completely messy.

#14- “Carnal Knowledge”
58%= Burnt Popcorn
Pros: Good acting, has some interesting dialogue moments, and there is good chemistry been Garfunkel and Nicholson.
Cons: Plays out like your average raunchy teen film (though was very inventive in its time), and by the end of the movie you realize nothing matters.

#13- “Dinosaur” (2000)
64%= Burnt Popcorn
Pros: The voice acting is solid and there is entertainment value to be found.
Cons: The concept has been done again and again, the characters aren’t interesting, and the ending doesn’t really give into history (might seem harsh and unnecessary, but come on).

#12- “Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School”
65%= Burnt Popcorn
Pros: The animation is alright, the voice acting is pretty good, and there are some funny moments.
Cons: The story is all over the place, never really focusing on anything and leaving us with a fairly slow/messy adventure.

#11- “My Favorite Martian” (1999)
67%= Burnt Popcorn
Pros: Fun chemistry between Daniels and Lloyd, has entertaining moments, and funny.
Cons: Mostly all dialogue is on-the-nose, the performances are over-exaggerated, and the concept/plot devices aren’t original.

#10- “Dunston Checks In”
71%= Burnt Popcorn
Pros: Orangutan humor, fun story, and enjoyable.
Cons: Everything that is conventional about it isn’t really interesting (family drama, career conflict), and there isn’t much outside of entertainment value.

#9- “The Missouri Breaks”
73%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Brando and Nicholson share the screen, can be entertaining, the performances are solid, and the story is more or less enjoyable.
Cons: The story is pretty basic and can lead to dry/slow moments, especially since it’s dragged out for over two hours.

#8- “Annie” (1999)
75%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Great music, entertaining performers, solid sets, and a fun experience.
Cons: Predictable (even if you don’t know the story of “Annie”) and I wish it was more cinematic than blocked like a play.

#7- “Space Jam”
76%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Fun, enjoyable concept, funny (whether it’s bad or good), and is great for the kids.
Cons: Michael Jordan’s acting is quite horrendous, things happen that aren’t really explained, and specific arcs can be brought up and finished in a matter of minutes.

#6- “Prizzi’s Honor”
86%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Fresh role for Nicholson, entertaining, fun, and good chemistry between Nicholson and Turner.
Cons: The story can be pretty airy, the flow can be drawn out towards the third act, and the ending is pretty controversial.

#6- “It” (2017)
86%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Scary, good acting, finds a healthy balance between horror and thriller, and has good cinematography.
Cons: Character development was rather shoddy, with some characters sharing personalities (the fathers) and others have little development to make you care.

#5- “The Conjuring”
87%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Thrilling, engaging story, great cinematography, solid acting, and good special effects.
Cons: Some of the heartfelt moments feel a bit too close to Hallmark and there can be some scenes that come off silly.

#4- “The Tigger Movie”
88%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Great animation, beautiful story, solid theme, and good voice acting.
Cons: Can be slow, as well as predictable. But it’s a family film, so what do you expect?

#3- “In Bruges”
89%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Unique style of filmmaking, fun, solid acting, great chemistry between two leads, and an overall entertaining experience.
Cons: The beginning is a bit rough to get things going.

#2- “Inglorious Basterds”
92%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Wonderful dialogue, enriching scenes, funny, highly entertaining, great actors and performances, and unpredictable.
Cons: Besides Shosanna, there is hardly any character development, leaving this film to be mainly a collection of great scenes rather than a flawless whole movie.

#2- “About Schmidt”
92%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Spectacular acting (particularly from Nicholson and Bates), interesting story, great central character to see developed, funny, and a perfect blend of charming and depressing.
Cons: Kathy Bates nude? Give me a break. Also, there are some scenes that can stray from the story and don’t bring much cohesion.

#2- “Reservoir Dogs”
92%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Witty dialogue and performances, great writing and direction, and entertaining.
Cons: Some scenes can be a bit dull/slow.

#2- “Gone Girl”
92%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Unpredictable, stellar acting, engaging story, and fresh mystery.
Cons: Has a bit too much nudity and sex for this hombre, and the ending is questionable in regards to quality.

#1- “Django Unchained”
95%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Amazing performances, great score, crazy climactic scene, and thrilling adventure.
Cons: The pacing can be all over the place.

Juicy Hall of Fame Inductee“Saving Private Ryan”
96%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Has one of the best scenes in cinema history (Omaha beach), great acting, solid direction, and strong theme.
Cons: There could’ve been more focus on the individual characters in terms of development (all a matter of preference).

Juicy Hall of Fame Inductee“Pulp Fiction”
98%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Unique way of storytelling, engaging characters, brilliant performances, great dialogue, and highly entertaining.
Cons: Nitpicks.

And just like that, “Django Unchained” won the month, and will go on to face “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Green Book,” “First Man,” “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Toy Story 4,” “A Few Good Men,” and the winners of the remaining months to see what film will be declared Movie of the Year.

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