Welcome to the (new and improved) 2016 Movie Countdown. This is my third annual countdown where I run through every film I saw the previous year, giving my brief thoughts on each as we go from worst to best. There are 44 films being covered throughout this miniseries, with Part 1 covering my 5 least favorite films of the year. With the worst behind us, it’s my honor in Part 2 to move up a peg.
Apologies for the big gap in installments. I’ll try my best to provide the remaining parts much quicker. For those who haven’t seen Part 1, I’m separating the Countdown into 5 categories, each varying in quality and number of movies. Today we will be covering 10 films that make up the Mediocre category. These movies are far from the worst 2016 had to offer, but are simply okay. What keeps them from being in the upcoming Good category is a general sense of forgetability or perhaps one glaring flaw that holds it back from being something special. The following films are enjoyable, but not that good. Continue reading 2016 Movie Countdown: The Mediocre (#49-30)
I got a plan. Might get us both killed, but if it works it’ll make a totally boss story. Cool?
Central Intelligence is an action-comedy film starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Calvin Joyner was the most popular guy in high school, even being voted “Most Likely to Succeed”. Twenty years later, Joyner is merely a forensic accountant longing for his glory days and too ashamed to even attend his upcoming high school reunion. Suddenly, Calvin gets a Facebook friend request from a guy named Bob Stone, who he soon finds out is an old high school classmate formerly named Robbie Wierdicht. The two meet up and Calvin is shocked to see Stone is no longer the uncool, fat kid who was always picked on. He’s even more surprised when Stone asks Calvin to decipher some very high end accounting records. Though it all comes together the next day when the CIA knocks on his door searching for Stone, who is actually a CIA agent with a warrant against him. Stone explains to Calvin that he’s innocent and needs Calvin’s help to trace those accounting records and clear his name by finding a highbrow criminal called Black Badger. Continue reading 2016 Movie Countdown: Central Intelligence (#39)
How ironic that Furious 7 was just one good movie away from reaching #7 on my list. Alas, some puns are just not meant to be.
At the start of the Top 10 portion of this countdown, I said that a film must have at least one of two qualities to reach this high point: be incredibly well-made or extremely awesome. The Big Short and Steve Jobs represent those of the first category. So the next couple films will represent the latter category of awesomeness. Continue reading My 2015 Movies: Furious 7 (#8)
It’s hard to believe that The Fast and the Furious came out in 2001. It’s even harder to believe that these films are still being made 14 years later. Yet here we are with the newest in the franchise. Furious 7 had a lot of hype surrounding it, as all films in the series do. But this one had a much greater level of hype for an outside reason that by now everyone is aware of. Disregarding for a moment what this film represents for the series, we have to wonder if this film is worth seeing. Continue reading SBox Recommends: Furious 7 (Review)