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The Big Board
for Max Braden


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Movies I've Seen, Ranked
1. Wind River
    Director Taylor Sheridan got the tone just right on this, just as he did with Hell or High Water. Excellent film.
2. Thor: Ragnarok
    Valkyrie was *awesome* and should have her own movie (or a crossover with Wonder Woman). Funny but never too ridiculous, except maybe Blanchett's posing.
3. Free Fire
    I thought the opening shooting was just going to be my favorite scene of the year and then it turned out the scene -is- the movie. It's hilariously bumbling and drawn out.
4. The Big Sick
    Adorable.
5. Wonder Woman
    Perfect casting for Gadot. Directing style was good enough that I kept thinking this was a Marvel movie. I think I liked Captain America's war origins better.
6. War of the Planet of the Apes
    Excellent commentary on war, with plenty of cues in music and style to callback the 1960s and Vietnam. Bad Chip is both funny and a distraction.
7. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
    I liked Kurt Russell, especially liked Michael Rooker, and there was humor, but I think I enjoyed the first one more.
8. Sleepless
    This would have been a generic action flick, but there is a kickass fight scene between Foxx and Monaghan. I think this is my favorite performance of her career.
9. Get Out
    Solid social/psychological thriller, but the sci-fi twist kind of lost me. Kaluuya's acting is excellent.
10. The LEGO Batman Movie
    Funny, but the LEGO Movie itself was funnier.
11. Logan
    I liked this plenty, though I still prefer Logan's first movie appearance, and I wasn't as blown away as other movie fans were. It's an unfortunate quiet ending for two greats.
12. The Boss Baby
    Baldwin was good casting for the baby. The opening baby production line scene is pretty funny.
13. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
    I almost shut this off in the first scene with ridiculously oversized war elephants, but was sold on the Guy Ritchie tone in Hunnam's street/crew scenes.
14. John Wick: Chapter Two
    The gunplay is impressive, sure, but the side characters are more interesting than Wick. His brawl with Cassian is pretty epic.
15. Spider-Man: Homecoming
    Holland and Keaton both give good performances, but the presence of Favreau and RDJ feel forced, especially in the last scene.
16. Split
    This is a nifty concept and McAvoy and Taylor-Joy put in good performances, but I wanted more from the monster.
17. Beauty and the Beast (2017)
    Nicely produced. Watson's singing isn't as refined as the animated version but that's okay. Luke Evans is pretty good.
18. Atomic Blonde
    Sexy, sure, but the plot is so pointless I thought it should have been titled Dumb Mission. Spyglass extraction scene is really good without music.
19. Baby Driver
    Good, but Driver is better.
20. How to be a Latin Lover
    This comedy is a lot of fun - Eugenio Derbez is really good, and the mix of goofball and sincere tone is just right.
21. Baywatch
    The we-must-save-the-beach is a great running dig at the original series. I think both this and CHiPs are equally good/okay.
22. Rough Night
    Kate McKinnon almost steals this but I think Ilana Glazer actually does. Bell is a highlight but also a drawback for being too in your face.
23. Girls Trip
    I really disliked the musical score and archetype characters, but the absenthe sequence is really funny.
24. Life (2017)
    Dammit, why do movie astronauts (Prometheus too) keep poking fingers at unknown life forms?! Decent thriller.
25. Alien: Covenant
    More dumb characters making dumb decisions. Fassbender has an interesting task, but ultimately predictable.
26. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
    I want to like this series but I feel I'm too old to relate.
27. CHiPs
    About equal with Let's Be Cops - moments of funny.
28. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
    This doesn't come close to Besson's Fifth Element but despite being very long it's not as lackluster as the trailer suggested.
29. Kong: Skull Island
    Better than Godzilla, and the big fights are amusing. Dialogue and acting is fairly hokey.
30. Going in Style
    This was enjoyable as Old People Are Great genre films go.
31. 47 Meters Down
    More exciting than Blake Lively's The Shallows, but more irritating as the girls keep calling each other's names endlessly.
32. Transformers: The Last Knight
    The medieval history connection is kind of cool but that made me want it to be a National Treasure movie.
33. Megan Leavey
    Good, but the tone seemed to struggle with whether it's about Leavey or Rex.
34. Fist Fight
    I like the idea of updating 3 O'Clock High but there were maybe two scenes that made me laugh a little. Jillian Bell didn't click like she did in 22 Jump Street.
35. The House
    Jason Mantzoukas is the highlight. The rest is what you expect from Ferrell and Poehler.
36. Snatched
    More violent than I expected, but I liked that Goldie Hawn was tougher than I expected.
37. The Hitman's Bodyguard
    Entirely too much unnecessary profanity. I liked that the action choreography was a step above most in this genre.
38. The Space Between Us
    Britt Robertson may be good but I didn't like her character at all. I liked Gary Oldman's relaxed persona a lot.
39. The Dark Tower
    Nifty concept but this might have been better as a trilogy or tv series. I liked Elba's Gunslinger.
40. Collide
    Lots of great acting talent, weak dialogue, generic thriller. There may be some good chase action but I glazed over it.
41. The Fate of the Furious
    The prison break/riot is pretty good. The scene with Jason Statham and the baby is either fun or just ludicrous.
42. A Dog's Purpose
    Pleasant and adorable at times, but you can get that faster with pet videos on YouTube. It's not as sad as the trailers suggest.
43. The Zookeeper's Wife
    An interesting bit of history but I didn't click with the acting.
44. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
    I absolutely loved the first movie. This one felt tired and cheap, like it was produced for a Saturday SyFy movie. I liked Barbossa's character more than others.
45. Gold
    This movie tries hard to make you feel the passion for gold discovery but it just didn't click with me.
46. Rock Dog
    Sing! was better, but this was a lot better than Norm of the North. I did like Eddie Izzard's cat.
47. Kidnap
    The scenario is frightening but the writing, especially the dialogue which doesn't do Berry any favors, is poor.
48. Underworld: Blood Wars
    Generic action entry with some new lore for the fans and a new coven location with some nifty effects.
49. Nut Job 2
    The whole we-have-to-save-the-park, don't-be-selfish theme is just too on the nose and boring. Leave this to The Muppets; be funnier.
50. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
    Both this and Underworld have notably long exposition intros. It's pretty much a tie between the two movies for quality.
51. The Mummy
    There's almost a fun movie here but then they try to treat it seriously. Ridiculous mummy concept. Cruise would be good in a Dirk Pitt role.
52. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage
    Donnie Yen's action scenes are probably the best part. Toni Collette looks more grumpy than intimidating.
53. The Circle (2017)
    The message is too on the nose, and it's not like privacy is new issue - Ed TV et al covered this decades ago.
54. The Great Wall
    The set design is nifty and Pedro Pascal is cool, but the rest isn't up to Zhang Yimou's best work. Certainly not Damon's.
55. Ghost in the Shell (2017)
    Not very sexy, not very exciting, and the theme actually felt dated. Most of the Philip K. Dick stories in film are more interesting than this.
56. Power Rangers (2017)
    I think I'd give this the edge over the Ninja Turtles for lack of terrible dialogue, but the robot comedic relief was annoying.
57. The Bye Bye Man
    There are some frights at the beginning but the decisions just get dumb at the end and he's no longer scary.
58. A Cure for Wellness
    Shutter Island was better in this genre but neither film makes me want to see them again.
59. Rings
    I liked it for the investigative aspect of the story, but that also slowed the pace and left little room for scares. Bye Bye Man was scarier.
60. Monster Trucks
    I've outgrown the demo that would enjoy this.
61. Fifty Shades Darker
    Oh please. How do you screw up an erotic thriller?

Other Movies Released to Date
62. The Shack
63. Gifted
64. Phoenix Forgotten
65. Before I Fall
66. The Belko Experiment
67. Smurfs: The Lost Village
68. The Case for Christ
69. Born in China
70. Unforgettable (2017)
71. The Promise (2017)
72. Lowriders
73. The Wall
74. Everything, Everything
75. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
76. It Comes at Night
77. Cars 3
78. All Eyez on Me
79. Despicable Me 3
80. Wish Upon
81. Dunkirk
82. The Emojii Movie
83. Detroit
84. Annabelle: Creation
85. The Glass Castle
86. Logan Lucky
87. Leap!
88. It
89. Home Again
90. American Assassin
91. Mother
92. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
93. LEGO Ninjago
94. Friend Request
95. American Made
96. Flatliners
97. Blade Runner 2049
98. The Mountain Between Us
99. My Little Pony
100. Happy Death Day
101. Birth of the Dragon
102. The Foreigner
103. Professor Marston & The Wonder Women
104. Tyler Perry's Boo 2
105. Geostorm
106. Only the Brave
107. The Snowman
108. Same Kind of Different as Me
109. Thank You For Your Service
110. Jigsaw
111. Suburbicon
112. A Bad Moms Christmas
113. Lady Bird
114. Daddy's Home 2
115. Murder on the Orient Express
116. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
117. Justice League
118. Coco
119. Roman J Israel Esq.
120. Polaroid
121. Darkest Hour
122. The Shape of Water



     


 
 

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