Sunday, February 26, 2017

2016 Recap - Visual Content

Only a broadcast as dull as the Oscars and a host as uninspiring as Jimmy Kimmel could bring me to blog my blogs about the films of 2016. Since I only saw three 2016 movies in the theater, I am expanding my list to movies I later saw on television or DVD or streaming or whatever, plus TV shows. TV shows! Much like a film, these shows also use cameras and scripts, and are basically the same thing nowadays, you know?

From best to worst, here is notable 2016 visual content that I consumed!

OJ: Made in AmericaI purposely avoided FX PRESENTS: CUBA GOODING AND JOHN TRAVOLTA SHOW YOU THE REAL OJ SIMPSON because word on the street was this doc was gonna be so great. It was worth the wait. And sure, maybe the 9 hours of my life I dumped into examining some things I already knew about influenced its ranking at #1.

Stranger ThingsI worried this would be, like, a human centipede of E.T. and The Goonies and such other '80s movies. It wasn't!

Better Call SaulI mean, forget about it! Bob Odenkirk, please be my uncle!

The Good PlaceEveryone is talkin' 'bout that finale, but I gotta say, it was great even before that!

The Americans
Oooh, I sure didn't like the confession at the end of the previous season. Didn't like that! But I should have known that the writers would handle it great, because one of those guys faved my tweet once!

The Nice Guys
Whoa, this was so funny and so good!

Search Party
This was TBS very funny!

Popstar: Never Stop Stopping
This movie bombed and everybody can slam a dick, it's great!

DeadpoolI rented this so I could listen to the Hollywood Handbook podcast that was primarily about the movie. Good move by me!

Doctor StrangeIt had some problems, as my man Patrick Walsh and his man Joe DeRosa illustrated in this podcast, but you can't complain too much when you are watching a 3D movie about superheroes.
Star Trek Beyond
Not too shabby!

Midnight SpecialYou see more and more famous actors keep popping in as the movie goes along and you worry, "Uh oh, if it's got this many famous actors in it and never was in theaters, it must really suck!" but it's pretty cool!

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring YearsFootage of screaming teenage girls, footage of concerts. B+!

La La LandMeh

Captain America: Civil WarZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz please shut up and fight somebody! People gave the Star Wars prequels grief for being all about galactic senatorial filibustering, but the constant Avengers chatter about who should watch the watchmen is such the opposite of why I watch.

The Magnificent SevenThis really rides the line between good and serviceable.

Hail, Caesar!
I was disappointed by this Coen Bros flick, but I can't put my finger on why other than to say it was a little boring?

Straight Outta Compton
What a long, long movie.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeI am counting the 15 minutes I saw on Starz or whatever as viewing the entire movie. Boy oh boy, not good!