21-25!

Continuing on with the movies I’ve seen for the first time this year…

21. It Follows (2014)

I’m not one for watching a huge amount of horror movies but this year I’m trying all things new and this didn’t disappoint as I thought it was going to. The story follows a woman who is being followed by an unexplained supernatural force after having sexual relations. She can pass the curse on by having sex with somebody else but eventually the unknown entity will come back for her with the intention to kill. The unknown being can take any form so you never really know who it is that is coming for you, only way to tell is you are the only person to see the person. The movie was very intriguing, very different from most modern horror/thriller movies by not having to rely on jump scares all the time to create the scary atmosphere. There was an eeriness about the movie as it progressed and at times did have me on the edge of my seat, which was highly unexpected for a modern horror to do so. The only problem with this movie is that you never really find out what the supernatural force is or why it’s doing what it’s doing, that was the only disappointing part of what otherwise was a very decent movie. 7/10

22. War Dogs (2016)

This is based on the true story of two friends who rejuvinate their friendship and start up their own company exploiting the Iraq war by being able to bid on U.S Goverment weapons contracts. Jonah HIll plays the eccentric one of the two whereas Miles Teller tries to be a bit more cautious and conservative about the whole thing especially the risks involved. Miles Teller is slowly but surely putting together a pretty decent résumé, with the exception of Fantastic Four of course, once again he does well in this role and puts in a completely beleiveable performance whereas Jonah Hill just seems to be playing a very similar character he plays more often than not. This was an enjoyable ride throughout and an interesting light hearted take on arms dealing. The amount of comedy was just about the right amount so it didn’t take away from the drama which was unfolding. 7/10

23. A League of Their Own (1992)

The story revolves around two sisters who get selected to be a part of the first female baseball league and their rivalry both on and off the field. Tom Hanks and Geena Davis star in this movie and are supported by Madonna, Lori Petty & Rosie O’Donnell and it was mostly because of the supporting cast that I couldn’t quite enjoy this movie as much as I wanted to. Madonna did alright but Lori Petty, known to most as Lolly Whitehill from Orange is the New Black, was graining all the way throughout. As the movie progressed she was getting harder and harder to watch as her voice was like nails on a chalkboard by the end of it and the jealousy shown by her character to her sister (Geena Davis) was becoming an annoying feature of the story. Rosie O’Donnell was also a disappointing character as she played the tough girl type and in my opinion didn’t do very well with it, wasn’t believable and was almost as annoying as Lori Petty. Tom Hanks’ performance was quite mediocre which was probably the most surprising as he generally doesn’t really do bad performances. Despite these acting flaws, I enjoyed the story that was being told and thought the end reunion scene was a very nice way to finish, I probably wouldn’t be recommending this to anybody any time soon but I’m glad it wasn’t a complete waste of time.  5/10

24. Swiss Army Man (2016)

Any negative review of Swiss Army Man that I’ve read always mentions the fart jokes throughout and just focuses on this one part of the movie to criticise it heavily. Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe star in this very strange and unpredictable journey of companionship, adventure and survival. This is a very hit or miss movie and I can understand why people would love it and why others would hate it but the acting alone and the story telling by both Dano and Radcliffe is a joy to watch and Daniel Radcliffe does escpecially well considering he plays a corpse throughout the movie. I enjoyed the originality of it and the story which was quite bleak and depressing had a good portion of comedy to take the edge away. Swiss Army Man is definitely worth a watch at least once, whether it has any rewatch appeal is another question, only time will tell. 6/10

25. Moana (2016)

This is the latest animated Disney movie to hit theatres and as the majority of the Disney animations before Moana it was a good, enjoyable movie which can be enjoyed by the whole family. Being a fan of wrestling from a very early age, I’m always intrigued with the adaptability of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as it seems he can quite literally do anything and do a good job doing so. The story of Moana was pretty solid but for me it lacked that huge song, I associate pretty much every Disney movie with a massive song that is hugely recognisable but Moana lacked this, which was quite disappointing. 6/10

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