Stephan’s Top 10 Movies of 2018

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I saw more movies in theatres this year than in any other year of my short life so far.

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Stephan’s Top 10 Movies of 2017

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While 2017 was a year of big losses for minorities and underrepresented groups in the real world, the opposite is true for movies in 2017. I was delighted to see the big winners of 2017 be films starring underrepresented groups. From Jordan Peele’s Get Out becoming the highest-grossing original debut ever to Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman becoming the highest grossing superhero origin film at the domestic box office, this year was full of record-breaking moments for non-white, male directors, actors and actresses. Continue reading

The Last Jedi Review (Spoiler Free!)

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is an epic space opera released in Canada on December 15th, 2017. The film was written and directed by Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) and stars Carrie Fischer (@carrieffisher), Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself), Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) and Oscar Issac.

I’ve waited almost two years since Rey and Finn reignited my love of Star Wars in 2015’s The Force Awakens to continue their adventure across the galaxy. In those two years, I’ve poured over theories, critiques and speculations about the state of the galaxy to the point where I was so eager to see what’s next that there’s no way anything could’ve met my excitement. The Last Jedi didn’t answer all my questions, it didn’t fill all the Star Wars-sized holes in my heart but it was a satisfying, jaw-dropping and gut-wrenching chapter in the Star Wars Saga that begs another two years of anticipation for the conclusion. Continue reading

Justice League Review

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Justice League is a superhero film released in North America on November 17, 2017. It was directed Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder), written by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon (@jossand stars Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck), Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot (@GalGadot), Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa (@PrideofGypsies) and Ray Fisher (@rehsifyar).

There’s a whole lot of conversation online about how the DC Extended Universe is in a state of disrepair. Despite Wonder Woman being the most successful movie of 2017, every other DC film has been quite a disappointment. From 2016’s laughable Batman V Superman to the somehow Oscar award-winning Suicide Squad, the falters and fumbles of DC to present a compelling cast of characters sadly continues with Justice League. Continue reading

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a superhero comedy film released in North America on May 5th, 2017. It was directed and written by James Gunn (@JamesGunn) and stars Chris Pratt (@prattprattpratt), Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) and Kurt Russell.

I’m a huge fan of the first Guardians of the Galaxy. It breathed fresh air into the superhero genre and was a great Hollywood debut for the Parks and Rec beloved Chris Pratt. The soundtrack was in my head for months and I adored the intro scene in the cavern set to Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love,” which set the fun tone that carried all the way throughout the comedy space romp. But the same cannot be said for the sequel. The first film was so special and perfect in its own way, much like how awesome the first Avengers was, that there’s absolutely no way the sequel could live up. And just like how Avengers: Age of Ultron failed to recapture that original magic, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a lacklustre sequel that feels messy, forced and, like the film’s five post credit scenes, entirely unnecessary. Continue reading

Logan Review

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Logan is a superhero drama film released in North America on March 3rd, 2017. It was directed by James Mangold (@mang0ld) and stars Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman), Dafne Keen (@DafneKeen) and Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew).

I grew up on the X-Men movies. My mom would rent each one as it came out and we’d watch it and nerd out over all the cool characters. Eventually, I was old enough to see them in theatres. They became events, my parents and I would see them on release and geek out afterwards the whole way home. I eagerly awaited each one, albeit a little less each time. And after 2016’s disappointing X-Men Apocalypse, I wondered if my love of this series was fading. These were the characters of my childhood- Professor X, Magneto, Storm and of course: Wolverine. These characters were so cool to my 10-year-old brain, so awesome and powerful. But as I grew up, the series didn’t really grow up with me. It floated in the mediocre middle ground of superhero storytelling that relied on flashy characters and drawn out action scenes to carry them rather than meaningful plots and dialogue. So I went into Logan with tempered expectations, but after the first scene these expectations were as shattered as the bones of several unfortunate thugs… Continue reading

Top 5 Movies of 2016

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We typically write about games, but Jen and I saw so many movies this year we wanted to share our favourites. There were so many great films this year and so many awesome performances. It was another great year for strong female leads, from Star Wars to Moana to Ghostbusters– the next generation of young girls and boys will grow up with the best cast of diverse and empowered female characters ever. So here’s our favourite films from the year that was 2016. Enjoy! Continue reading