My Ranking for 2016 Movies Caught out of Theatres

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So this is my second annual movie post – the movies I’ve caught outside of the theatres. The junk movies that I dare not pay full ticket prices for, the ones I just missed, the ones that I just found myself watching one crazy afternoon, evening, late night … on a flight to Melbourne, on a random channel on TV, on my new Netflix subscription (currently on my second month of Netflix). This year I have an assortment of really terrible movies on my list, and some decent ones. More terrible. Unlike last year where I caught some amazing Studio Ghibli gems.

And my rating for them … well, apart from the top three … the rest were just awful:

  1. The Good Dinosaur
  2. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
  3. Love Actually
  4. The 5th Wave
  5. Love & Other Drugs
  6. Goosebumps
  7. Knocked Up
  8. Zapped
  9. The Peanuts Movie
  10. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
  11. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  12. A 2nd Chance

I know some people may be questioning why I put The Peanuts Movie so low – but picture a really long flight and me watching it somewhere in the middle of it. I don’t have much sentiment towards Peanuts, so although I know it’s supposed to be really endearing, it bored me to death. Again, these lists are very subjective.

To better movies out of theatres next year!

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤

My Ranking for 2016 Movies Caught in Theatres

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Yup! Surprise! I think I’ve posted a total of four blog posts this year, and all of them have been so whiny (personally judging my past self’s emotional turmoil). But, it has been a busy year. There were a lot of first and lasts. But I knew, if anything, I had to continue with some of the wrap-ups of the year. If not for readers (if there are any still out there) then for myself.

One that I’ve been particularly consistent in is my list and ranking of the movies I’ve watched in and outside cinemas. So, here are the ones I’ve caught this year (starting from the last place I stopped last year, so technically Dec 2015 onwards) in the order I’ve watched them:

Surprisingly, I’ve watched around the same amount of movies this year as last year. As usual, I usually choose the ones to watch in cinemas either according to their Rotten Tomato ratings, personal preference and, sometimes, I’m roped in to watch a few.

And here are my ratings for them:

  1. Train to Busan
  2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  3. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  4. Zootopia
  5. Deadpool
  6. Moana
  7. Finding Dory
  8. Kung Fu Panda 3
  9. X-Men: Apocalypse
  10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  11. Doctor Strange
  12. Captain America: Civil War
  13. Star Trek Beyond
  14. Apprentice
  15. Ghostbusters
  16. Me Before You
  17. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

To be honest, all the ones around no. 4 to 13 have about the same ranking to me. And honestly, none of them are that terrible – except for no. 15 and no. 16 (both of which I personally hate with a passion due to very different reasons – and which I know have very polarising audience opinions). Be reminded that the way I rank movies is entirely subjective. Some things I factor in include: the experience, whether I’d watch it again, whether it moves away from cliches.

I also didn’t expect that the no. 1 movie I would love so much would be a Korean zombie movie. But hey, the best movies don’t follow the most obvious tropes!

Stay tuned for my ranking of movies outside the cinema next week! (Hopefully next week!)  As well as some other yearly round-ups.

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤

Edited: Added Deadpool because I completely missed out on it.

My Ranking for 2015 Movies Caught out of Theatres

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Hey guys!

So continuing from the movies I’ve watched this year in 2015, here’s the list of movies I watched out of theatres. I had a few goals for movies I wanted to conquer this year, part of it was watching staple movies that are shameful I have yet to watch, like notable sci-fis and 80s teen movies – so I did my best in that arena, and then there were just mindless trashy flicks that I went on marathons of like romcoms and Disney original movies, so those are there.

For some reason I’ve really enjoyed the movies I’ve chosen this year. And there are definitely some movies that will rival my favourite movie of all time, Pan’s Labyrinth. Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle is definitely one of them. I plan to rewatch that in the near future – again and again. Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom is another one. Other movies I intend to rewatch in the future include Two Night Stand and Clueless, definitely some mindless chic-flicks I’d add to my list.

So here’s the gallery and the order I watched them in:

And here’s my ranking:

  1. Howl’s Moving Castle
  2. Moonrise Kingdom
  3. My Neighbor Totoro
  4. Hugo
  5. Two Night Stand
  6. Clueless
  7. Heathers
  8. Lemonade Mouth
  9. Aliens
  10. Blade Runner
  11. 27 Dresses
  12. Pretty in Pink
  13. Love, Rosie
  14. Sixteen Candles
  15. Radio Rebel
  16. Cinderella (2015)
  17. Romeo & Juliet (2013)
  18. The Interview
  19. Ted 2
  20. The DUFF
  21. Pride & Prejudice (2005)
  22. See You in Valhalla
  23. The Spectacular Now
  24. That Awkward Moment
  25. What to Expect When You’re Expecting
  26. Annie

For me, any movie below the 20 mark was forgettable. I think this year Blade Runner was the Tron of last year. I really wanted to like it, but for some reason I just couldn’t like anything past the plot line. Maybe because it just doesn’t hold up over the years, I’m not sure. (Don’t hate me, Blade Runner fans.) I didn’t think it was better than the book it was loosely based off of, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? which was also not as great, in my opinion, as it was hyped up to be – but was still pretty solid.

Let me know if there are any movies you think I’ll like based off of this list that I can try catching next year. Lately, I’ve been focusing a lot more on movies out of the cinema box office as opposed to in them. The next movie I’m currently eyeing is Studio Ghibli’s Castle in the Sky. Apart from that, I’ll just see where my browsing takes me.

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤

My Ranking for 2015 Movies Caught in Theatres

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Hi everyone!

So, last year, around this time, I ranked the movies I watched in 2014 in cinemas. You can check it out here. This year I’ll be doing exactly the same thing. Last year I managed to watch twenty of them, this year, so far, I’ve watched fifteen. Personally, for me, the less movies I watch in theatres the better, especially if I avoid some really terrible ones – though that can’t be helped all the time.

Again, like last year, take note that the movies I’ve watched are up till now and not for the whole of 2015. Like last year, I’m missing out on the ones in December.

So this is how I’d rank these movies:

  1. Inside Out
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Kingsman: The Secret Service
  4. Ant-Man
  5. The Martian
  6. The Theory of Everything
  7. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  8. Jurassic World
  9. Paper Towns
  10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
  11. Pitch Perfect 2
  12. Insurgent
  13. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
  14. Into the Woods
  15. Fantastic Four

I have to say that this year there were a few surprisingly great movies I did not expect to love but completely did from the action genre, like Mad Max and Kingsman. And then there were some movies that were just downright disappointing like Scorch Trials and Fantastic Four.

Stay tuned for my list of movies I watched “out of theatres” next week! There’s a whole lot more this year and I’m honestly a lot more excited to share those ones with you guys, because I definitely struck off some great movies I’ve been wanting to watch in a long while.

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤

My Ranking of Random Movies I Watched For the First Time in 2014

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Hi guys!

So as you saw last week, I ranked all the movies I’ve currently watched for 2014. Here is another list for the movies that I watched outside of theatres this year for the first time.

As you can probably tell, they are a very different sort from the kind that I usually catch in theatres – they’re not really blockbusters and most of them are the kind deemed “trashy”. Others just can’t be found in cinemas. And, because of how diverse these movies are, this was a very difficult list to assemble. Some (like the documentaries vs. the others) were like comparing apples to oranges – pardon the use of a cliched euphemism.

Here is the gallery of them (in the order at which I watched them), and the ranking:

  1. Indie Game: The Movie
  2. About Time ♥
  3. Speak
  4. Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
  5. WarGames
  6. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  7. The First Time ♥
  8. The Internship ♥
  9. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 ♥
  10. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice ♥
  11. Stuck in Love
  12. Free to Play
  13. Panopticon
  14. Tron: Legacy
  15. Fun Size
  16. Vampire Academy
  17. Final Destination
 ♥ Watched more than once

I don’t know why but I feel like I need to make a personal apology for Tron – I honestly wouldn’t have watched it if it wasn’t on TV during the time, and I did try to give it a shot. But for me it was absolutely boring. The plot was overused, the mise en scene was excruciatingly minimalist (in the worse way) – and I love Daft Punk and all but the music really didn’t create anything meaningful for me in terms of atmosphere. To me, the Tron universe seems like the worse place to be stuck in. Like being stuck in another dimension in a grey box with lines. Oh, and I really did not feel attached to any of the characters … so, maybe on second thought I shouldn’t apologise for not liking it. I’ll just admit it: I don’t like Tron.

So, for 2015 I pretty much have a list of 90s movies that I have yet to watch but probably should. That’s on my agenda for movies outside of cinemas for next year.

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤

My Ranking for 2014 Movies Caught in Theatres

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Hello there everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve made any other post apart from an update.

Today I’ll be going through the movies that I’ve watched in theatres for 2014 and will be ranking them from best to worst.

Take note that these are the movies that I’ve only watched up till now. So this means it may not contain your favourites and may miss out some great movies because I never watched them yet (since they are coming out in December). Also, take note that even though a movie may be at the bottom, it doesn’t mean that I regard them as the worse movies ever – after all I did take the time to actually go see them instead of a handful of others. And the ones that are at the bottom of my list are usually ones that I was dragged along to watch.

So, without much ado, here is the gallery of the movies watched (sorted in the order I watched them in) and a ranking of them. Enjoy.

  1. Big Hero 6 ♥ 
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy 
  3. Edge of Tomorrow 
  4. The Lego Movie ♥  
  5. How to Train Your Dragon 2 
  6. The Fault in Our Stars
  7. Mockingjay – Part 1 
  8. The Maze Runner
  9. The One-Hundred Foot Journey 
  10. The Wolf of Wall Street 
  11. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 
  12. The Book of Life
  13. Mr. Peabody and Sherman 
  14. X-Men Days of Future Past 
  15. Penguins of Madagascar
  16. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 
  17. Annabelle
  18. Non-Stop
  19. Divergent 
  20. Dracula Untold
 ♥ Movies I watched in theatres twice

So, are there any movies you caught in 2014 that you think I should catch and deserve to be at the top of the list?

The next list I’ll be ranking are movies I managed to catch this year that weren’t in theatres. 🙂

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤

The Dystopian Trend: The Giver, The Hunger Games and More

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The-Giver

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Currently reading Lois Lowry’s The Giver and, maybe it’s ’cause I’ve just been stuck reading dystopian novels, but I was wondering why the dystopian teen trope has been perpetuating a lot lately. And this has very little to do with the fame of Harry Potter and Twilight. On the contrary, I’d put The Hunger GamesDivergent, The Maze Runner and The Giver in another separate category of its own.

The trope I’m talking about (and have probably already spoken of in a previous post, specifically this one) is that of a contained world, a world governed by very specific rules and one teenager who is brave (or foolish) enough to question the status quo.

Understood, The Giver was written way back in 1993 – when I probably should have read it when I was a kid but didn’t. But there must be some reason why Hollywood is so adamant in making these particular books movies now.

And, understood, Hollywood’s choice in movies may not be of particular concern to us – but it should be. I believe it’s been made aware many times that there has been a close relationship between Hollywood movies and politics and even the CIA. If you’re unsure of this situation, read this article by The Guardian here, or this article by Salon of “When the CIA infiltrated Hollywood”.

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The question is: what is with this fascination with this particular (aforementioned) trope?

In all these movies there is a central figure to the dystopian world which you can point the blame to – in the upcoming, Mockingjay Part One, it is clearly President Snow: white, pure, sterile. His symbolism and propaganda is blatant. He stands for all colours united as one (white incorporating all colours), and at the same time he is the white out, the eraser of every thing that leaves a blemish on society, the correction pen to your mistakes. In Divergent it is Jeanine Matthews who attempts to create a serum that literally controls everyone’s movements.

There is a clear evil in all of these stories: the desire to subjugate a society into abnormally restrictive behaviour.

Is this how we’re supposed to see the world as teenagers? Is this the impression we seek to present our children? That any form of control should be rebelled against? And if we do not allow them this extreme of freedom – do they assume any action we have upon them is the exact opposite?

Back to The Giver, as I’m reading this novel I have also the tendency to read reviews at the same time, just the first few comments of them, the good and the bad. Reading these reviews I see extremes: those who praise the novel for its insightfulness and those who condemn it for its propaganda – I have yet to see what the eventual message of the novel is, but I can only assume that the debate stands thus: how much control over a nation is too much control? And are authors, and then, Hollywood, currently sending the right message to teenagers today in their interpretation of novels.

Novel interpretation is a slippery slope – a bias movie crew (screenwriter, producer, director and actors alike) can easily skew the opinions of easily impressionable masses, especially if your target audience is children and young adults.

Personally for The Hunger Games Trilogy, I felt that a weaker reader could easily misinterpret the final novel of the trilogy. Katniss could easily be a symbol of retribution, revenge and rebellion – instead of hope for negotiation and change for the better. Reading The Maze Runner, readers who are unable to discern a unreliable narrator could easily see Thomas as a role model instead of an incredibly flawed yet justifiable hero.

These books rarely make it clear to readers that the protagonist is not the hero, the dystopian society is not essentially hell, President Snow is not essentially the villain – and movies less so.

At the end of the day, I’m not condemning this genre, or the people who perpetuate this trend. But I’m just wondering what impact this trend may have on children – will they be more rebellious to controlling governments because of these movies (is this an intended influence by political figures on Hollywood? Just a thought?) or will this bring about positive change as children question more of what is good and bad in our society as a whole.

The only thing I hope for is that these movies open fruitful discussions that enable youths today to see the idea of control and propaganda and dystopia in all its nuances – and to never fall in either extreme, to never ’cause violence for peace or peacefully resign to violence.

– cumuloq ❤