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2017 Movie Countdown: The Mediocre (#36-28)

Welcome, one and all, to the first installment of The Ranting SBox’s Annual Movie Countdown (2017 Edition)… also simply known as the 2017 Movie Countdown. For the fourth year in a row, it is my duty and honor to present you guys the 36 movies I saw throughout 2017 ranked from worst to best. If you’d like more information on the mini-series in question or if you’d like to see the full list of movies I’ll be covering in this countdown, click here for the Intro post and join me back here every Sunday from now until February 4 to see how the list continues.

Now, today is not a Sunday, but because I started the countdown late this year I decided to get the first of these 4 posts out as soon as possible. And as you may guess, this post starts with my least favorite films of the year. Thankfully, I only flat-out hated one movie from last year, which means instead of starting with the traditional “Bottom of the Barrel” category, we’re moving right into the next step up: “The Mediocre”. Continue reading 2017 Movie Countdown: The Mediocre (#36-28)

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Intro to 2017 Movie Countdown

Greetings one and all, and welcome to yet another year of life on this beautiful planet of ours. What makes this planet so beautiful you may ask? Well, just take a look at all the exciting things that happened last year. There was a guy who turned into a multiple-personality disordered super villain back in January. In February, two teachers got into a fist fight. Giant alien robots were fighting over the summer, and a guy in red and blue spandex teamed up with another guy in a flying metal suit. Some kids fought off a killer clown back in September, and then in December the greatest show ever was put on.

Every year is exciting when you’re a movie fan.

Yes, we here at The Ranting SBox love our movies, which is why I am so happy to kick off 2018 with one of the blog’s longest lasting traditions: the annual movie countdown. For those unfamiliar, every year in January I like to look back at all the movies I saw the previous year (in this case 2017) and cover them from worst to best throughout the months of January and February. It’s one of my favorite things to do on the blog, and despite these countdowns always proving to be a huger endeavor than I realize, I can’t help but look forward to it every year. Continue reading Intro to 2017 Movie Countdown

SBox Soapbox: My Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

Greetings, one and all! Allow me to personally welcome you to the year 2018. Man, if you are anything like me, just saying the words “welcome to 2018” gives you the chills. Then again, it is pretty cold at the moment, even here in South Florida, so who knows? Maybe those chills are more hypothermia than anything else.

Alternatively, if you’re like me, the fact that it’s 2018 is reason enough to be excited out of your mind. Just look at all the big and exciting movies set to come in the next 365 days of life. Whether it’s the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a long-awaited adaptation of your favorite book, a remake of one of your most cherished films, the sequel to one of your favorite movies, or something completely new and original, 2018 appears to have a ton to offer moviegoers over the next 12 months.

Some movies may end up exceeding expectations and other will fall well beneath them, but for now, let’s highlight some of the movies I’m personally the most excited to see this year. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: My Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

SBox Recommends: The Greatest Showman (Movie Review)

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Welcome back to SBox Recommends, where our motto is “Every film has its fans”. Here I see a movie, review it, and then find out who will like it most and who will like it least.

Despite it not being a franchise movie and me not having been to the circus ever, The Greatest Showman has strangely been on my radar all year. I remember as early as last December I was looking at the upcoming year in film in order to commit certain release dates to memory (yes, I’m that nerdy) and constantly seeing that title every time. “The Greatest Showman”; it’s the kind of name that grabs your attention even in a crowd of hundreds of titles. I kept wondering as the year progressed, what is this movie and what is it thinking trying to come out around the time of Star Wars? Also, what the hell kind of combo is Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron anyway?

Eventually, I finally received my answer and that intrigue I felt all year suddenly felt justified. The first trailer served that title justice as it, true to character, stood out from the crowd and got me excited for, of all things, a musical. I personally haven’t seen a musical in the theater since Hairspray, so I was eager to give my old mystery movie the opportunity to earn that fascination I’ve inadvertently built up over the course of a year. Did it succeed? Continue reading SBox Recommends: The Greatest Showman (Movie Review)

SBox Soapbox: Should Disney Reboot the X-Men or Just Leave It Be? (Part 1)

Thursday was quite the eventful day for a variety of reasons. For one, the FCC and Ajit Pai have finally achieved their dream of killing Net Neutrality, completely disregarding consumer well-being for the sake of filling the already full pockets of a handful of individuals. As you can tell, I’m pissed, but we’re not here to talk about that. We’re here to talk about the good things that happened that day, like Disney buying 20th Century Fox for the low, low price of $56 billion.

It’s been the topic on everyone’s mind for the past month, but it’s finally time for me to talk about it. Through Disney’s purchase of most of Fox’s assets, Disney has gone from the top movie studio on the market to… well, the top movie studio on the market by an even bigger margin. This deal has massive reach and a lot of properties are now under the Disney banner, such as Avatar, Planet of the Apes, The Simpsons, X-Files, Predator, and Family Guy. Most of all, Marvel Studios now has access to the final 3 properties outside Disney’s reach: X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Should Disney Reboot the X-Men or Just Leave It Be? (Part 1)

SBox Recommends: Justice League (Movie Review)

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Welcome back to SBox Recommends, where our motto is “every film has its fans”. Here I see a movie, review it, and then find out who will like it most and who will like it least.

The story of the DC Extended Universe is a tragic one to say the least. Created as a response and competitor to the rising Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DCEU got its start back in 2013 with the split receptive Man of Steel. Since then, the franchise struggled to find a solid audience with one mixed to poorly received film after the other. But then came 2017 — a year of potential optimism for the DCEU — which brought about their first hit, Wonder Woman. The film became one of the most beloved of the year, and represented a golden opportunity for the DCEU to finally, FINALLY get on stable footing with critics, audiences, and the box office. But that opportunity only rests on one other variable: the success of Justice League.

Now, I won’t blow smoke up your collective asses and pretend things are looking good for the movie so far, because holy crap! However, despite all the skepticism, the steep odds for success, and the so-so word of mouth, is it still worth seeing? Continue reading SBox Recommends: Justice League (Movie Review)

SBox Recommends: Thor — Ragnarok (Movie Review)

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Welcome back to SBox Recommends, where our motto is “every film has its fans”. Here I see a movie, review it, and then find out who will like it most and who will like it least.

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe (aka Hollywood’s elaborate game of cinematic connect-the-dots) is a series made up of multiple different movies, it’s important to remember that it was all built on the back of three trilogies starting around the same time: the Iron Man trilogy, the Captain America trilogy, and the Thor trilogy. These trilogies not only launched the MCU, but also remained a constant of the series throughout the years. These are what brought everything together and developed the core of what the MCU is all about narratively and tonally. And now it’s time for the last of these trilogies to come to an end.

Everybody knows the Avengers is incomplete without everyone’s favorite, ginormous, Shakespearean, hammerhead blondie in a cape to bring it all together. Even if you believe his movies are the weakest of the MCU, you gotta love Thor. In a story of traditional heroes with grounded backstories, Thor and his films provide a necessary sense of variety to the series which I appreciate. So, between my love for the Thor movies, my anticipation for Avengers 3, and the addition of the Hulk of all people to the story, how could I possibly miss the final installment in this often underappracieted trilogy? Let’s see if Ragnarok is worth getting excited for! Continue reading SBox Recommends: Thor — Ragnarok (Movie Review)

SBox Recommends: It (Movie Review)

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Welcome back to SBox Recommends, where our motto is “every movie has its fans”. Here I see a movie, review it, and then find out who will like it most and who will like it least.

When thinking about horror movie villains, many memorable and iconic characters may come to one’s mind. Whether it’s more classic villains like Dracula or Frankenstein, slightly more contemporary ones like Freddie Kruger or Jason Vorhees, or even cult favorites like Chucky or Eraserhead, horror films have captured the imaginations of many with these clever, conniving, and threatening characters. However, what list of popular horror villains would be complete without the clown prince of nightmares (not to be confused with the clown prince of “crime”) himself, Pennywise the Dancing Clown — otherwise simply known as It? Continue reading SBox Recommends: It (Movie Review)

SBox Soapbox: Why Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Doesn’t Need to Show Freddie Mercury’s Death

This week was a huge one for the upcoming musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, based on one of the most renowned bands in music history, Queen. Not only did we gain a new member to the cast with Lucy Boynton set to play Mary Austin, but we also got our first official look at Rami Malek as the legendary frontman, Freddie Mercury. This news follows a recent stream of news about the project, including the casting of Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as Brian Man, Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon, and Allen Leech as Paul Prenter.

The film has been a long time coming and has been highly anticipated since its announcement back in 2010. In that time, fans who have followed the production have debated over a few aspects of the upcoming film, including the apparent timeline of the movie as it pertains to the untimely passing of Mercury. At one point, the script allegedly intended to place the events of his death in the middle of the movie (which came with its own set of debates), but it seems now that the film will be set between the formative years of the band and their famous performance at Live Aid. This gives Bohemian Rhapsody a relative timeframe of 1970-1985, skipping Mercury’s death entirely. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Why Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Doesn’t Need to Show Freddie Mercury’s Death

SBox Soapbox: Should The Simpsons Continue As a Movie Series After the Show Ends?

It’s so hard to believe it’s been a decade since our favorite family on television adopted the Spider-Pig, escaped to Alaska, saved Springfield from being destroyed at the hands of EPA, and discovered the treasure of Imaweiner. The Simpsons Movie was a huge success both financially and critically when it came out in 2007 and still stands out today as one of the best animated films of the 21st century. I know that latter statement is quite a big claim, but I stand by it. That movie was damn good with all the charm, wit, and borderline insanity you’d expect from The Simpsons show. Easily one of the best examples of how TV to film adaptations should be, and one I’d recommend to anyone.

So with that said, where’s the sequel? Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Should The Simpsons Continue As a Movie Series After the Show Ends?