Best and Worse of Hollywood Summer 2016

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If you are from the northern hemisphere, sadly for you, summer has passed. If you are from the southern part of the globe, luckily for you, the coldest months are over!

Regardless of where you are from, here is our list of the best and the most disappointing films from May to August of 2016.

We don’t pretend to have seen all the films during this period. Some just weren’t worth the money (e.g. Nine Lives: Catvin Spacey and Ice Age: another sequel), while others are still on the “To watch list” (e.g. The Nice Guys, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and The BFG).

This list is purely based on what we have seen!


Our Favorites

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Captain America: Civil War – For a film that was dubbed “Avengers 2.5”, Captain America: Civil War did a tremendous job of differentiating itself from the rest of the Marvel franchise. The Russo brothers once again proved that they know how to tell a grounded story with superheros. They delivered on the promise of Civil War – unlike Batman v Superman which failed to establish a compelling conflict. Definitely a must watch for all superhero/comic book fans.

Kubo and the Two Strings – As previously reviewed on this blog, Kubo blew our mind with its stop-motion animation. To top it off, it has fun and engaging characters and a thrilling story that appeals to both young and old. Simply put, it is a piece of art created by the brilliant crew at LAIKA. I believe this film should be nominated, if not win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature! I would encourage everyone to watch this film.

Star Trek Beyond – As the third installment in the rebooted Star Trek franchise, Beyond struck a great balance between the action and the thinking man’s Star Trek. The devastation of the USS Enterprise crew and their triumphant comeback were enhanced with the glorious soundtrack by Michael Giacchino. Beastie Boys’ Sabotage was also fittingly used in the climax – which sent chills down my spine. Personally I loved the rebooted franchise and this film only served to enhance it. If you enjoyed 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, this is the film for you.

The Lobster – “If you do not find a matching mate within forty-five days you will be transformed into an animal. So, have you thought of what animal you’d like to be if you end up alone?” Pitched as an unconventional love story, one man, David (Colin Farrell) sets out to find love before being turned into a lobster. In all honesty, this was one of the most quirky films I have ever seen – in a good way. We had a blast, but this film isn’t for everyone. If the premise of an unconventional love story interests you – give it a shot. You will be pleasantly surprised.


Biggest Disappointments

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Independence Day: Resurgence – Back in 1996, Independence Day revolutionized the alien invasion genre. It had Will Smith’s charm, Jeff Goldblum’s quirkiness and Bill Pullman’s classic address to mankind. Twenty years later with Resurgence, none of that returned. Will Smith was gone and his fictional son along with Thor’s younger brother was boring to watch. Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman returned but they weren’t given enough screen time to show off their charisma. Ultimately Resurgence was a paint-by-numbers alien invasion film with little heart. If you loved the original, I would recommend lowering your expectation before watching it on TV or Netflix.

Jason Bourne – Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon are back again. This time joined by Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander. I enjoyed the Bourne franchise so far, especially the action set pieces. This film had that in spades. However, after three films, Jason Bourne needs to learn new tricks. Unfortunately this latest installment couldn’t reinvent itself and was predictable from start to finish. If you need this to complete your Jason Bourne Blu-ray collection, go ahead and get it. If not, just rent it.

Do you agree with our list? Let us know!

By: Edward and Vy

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