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.

30DPC Day 19: If television shows were real …

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19. If one TV show could be real, which one would you want it to be? Which one would screw our world over?

I’m probably cheating here, ’cause my choice is more of an online TV show, but if there were one TV show that could be real, I’d probably want it to be Video Game High SchoolHonestly, I do not want a lot of the other television shows I watch to be real. I don’t like the idea of real life Teen Wolf, Buffy the Vampire Slayer nor Doctor Who. Because with all of the heroic and amazing protagonists and gadgets, there comes the terrifying monsters that go with them.

I think VGHS would be an awesome choice because it would be amazing if all the gamers out there could have an option to join a school that would hone their gaming talents and that would enable them to join pro-circuits or just be incredible in their talents.

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Plus I like the idea of technology being so much further ahead just because such a school exists. It would also possibly reduce the amount of stereotypical games out there as game developers aim to make far more realistic and ambitious games, without all the niche platforms and makers being the ones monopolising the industry.

As for a television show that would probably screw the entire world over, I don’t really watch a lot of those kinds of television shows, but the most traumatic for me to exist in the real world would be Game of Thrones. I mean (spoilers) senseless beheadings, murders and barely any consequences from them? Being able to sell your siblings as barter trade? Having rulers like Joffrey dictating how the world should be run? Nope, just nope.

But that’s just me. I just don’t want to be around when winter comes. I don’t think I’d fair well against white walkers. Honestly, I don’t think I’d really make it past two episodes.

So, which television show would you want to be real? Which one do you think would completely screw the world over? Let me know.

And 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 ❤

Nostalgia and Criticising Others’ Childhoods

Nostalgia has been a recurring topic lately in my classes. We were talking about how this current generation think they’re the best, i.e. they have an incredibly high level of self-esteem. However, previous generations adamantly attest that it is the complete opposite: this generation is self-centred and demanding of things that they should not demand, e.g. higher pay when they start working and more vacations.

And during our discussions we all boiled it down to nostalgia. The older generation will always reminisce about how they grew up as a child and assume that the new generation should follow the status quo, i.e. go through everything they’ve done. But isn’t that wrong?

And I kind of connected this to when we were introducing ourselves in another class and the teacher and an older student were complaining about how Harry Potter was not as amazing as everyone thinks it is and that it doesn’t have anything new that has already been done, e.g. C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. I took that moment to look around in the circle and saw some interesting expressions – people who obviously looked a bit insulted.

Credits go to Gawker.com

Credits go to Gawker.com

Personally, I believe that the trends of a person’s childhood, whatever they’ve grown up with, is something personal, something of their own. The same way I grew up with Harry Potter, Lizzie McGuire and Simple Plan, I’m sure that the people of this generation are growing up with The Hunger GamesHannah Montana and One Direction. Sometimes it can’t be helped what is immediately available to us when we grow up and how it influences us; and while we may not all love the movies and books present, it is still a nostalgic attachment for us. More importantly, while we can discern that they are not the best and, heck, not innovative or new, they are still the first things we came across and the first things we see and read.

Hence, I believe it is ridiculous to assume that a kid today who loves The Hunger Games and spends their allowance on concerts and movies that others think are just badly made carbon copies of what they grew up with is stupid. We are forgetting that there will always be a generation before us who will assume the same of us.

And it is equally ridiculous to assume that we should all be the same. The caveman cannot gripe that today we don’t have to deal with running away from predators and starting a fire. Similarly, generations before us cannot gripe that we spend too much time on technology – because how can we equate today what “too much time” is? Likewise, we cannot assume that children today should grow up the same way that we did. Since we went through a particular route as a child, it does not mean that we should force our children to go through the exact same. Times change and progress will not be progress if we continue on an endless cycle. (I believe this is the central concern of many dystopian novels these days.)

Yes, I know, this is another rant, but I felt it was really something bugging me at the moment. Reviewers always complain and generalise young adult content without considering that they probably went through the same process when they were younger – terrible Mario Bros and Street Fighters movies were prevalent in the 90s but looking back and they become cult favourites with nostalgic fan boys quoting lines and scenes, overanalysing scenes that aren’t really meant to be analysed.

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Credits go to pixelbedlam.co.uk

Terrible novels in the past are now classics and canoned. Who says this won’t be the same for Twilight fifty years down the road? Who says literature students won’t end up studying the words and writing dissertations on its cultural influence?

There will always be imitations and adaptations in every generation – and maybe it’s also inevitable that as we get older we become more nostalgic and more skeptical of what comes out from the cultural milieu. But I think an overarching rule should always be to never insult someone else’s childhood. “Oh you loved Harry Potter? But it’s just a rip-off of -” No. No. I grew up with it and it was what really got me into other books and movies.

At the end of the day, we can share in our love of books and movies together – but also respect others for what got them into books and movies too.

Till next time!

Cumuloq ❤

30DMC Day 29: Your least favourite movie

Hello there everyone,

I can’t actually fully comprehend that this is the second last post for this 30 Day Movie Challenge. Unlike the 30 Day Book Challenge, which I was able to more closely monitor ’cause it was normal working days, the 30DMC was a lot more difficult for me to keep track of – June holidays going on, odd waking up hours, other movies to watch and things to do. I’m personally very thankful that my worry wart nature has me scheduling posts a day ahead in case I miss one. (My internet was done all yesterday.)

Any who, let’s get on to my least favourite movie …

Epic Movie 

Epic-MovieOh. Wow. Another parody movie. And this time they try to squeeze in as many references as possible from “epic” styled (is that even a style?) films and this includes The Da Vinci Code, Nacho Libre, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Snakes on a Plane, The Chronicles of Narnia, Superman Returns, X-Men, Click, Harold and Kumar, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Casino Royale, The Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift, Harry Potter, Rocky, Punk’d, American Pie, Talladega Nights and Mission Impossible. 

Frankly, it is stupid to even try to summarise the film – ’cause it is a whole load of plots put together that ultimately make no sense. I shall just quote Radio Times:

“There’s very little that’s epic about this senseless parody, but then there’s very little that’s funny about it, either… It’s mind-numbingly, tediously unamusing and is so devoid of imagination it even parodies self-mocking films.”

The reason why this movie gets me exceptionally sore is that I went in to the cinema with my brother to watch this (since there was nothing else to watch and at least some of those parody movies were bearable and decent enough) and I believe it was the first movie I’ve ever been to that I’d wanted my money back – just ’cause of the movie itself. And probably the first movie I thought of walking out from except that it cost my money to watch it.

Worst of all (I have a feeling I’ve written this post before, probably in my other blog) there were children in there. A whole lot of families! ‘Cause I think it was Children’s Day and there really wasn’t anything else to watch in the cinema.

Epic-Movie2Now, if you don’t know, let me inform you here, this film is filled with innuendos and, while it is a parody, it is just stuffed with incredibly terrible influences on young minds – women getting bitch slapped and taking off their clothes for no reason, grown men acting like absolute imbeciles and just foul-mouthing everywhere. So I was so surprised how parents could just bring their kids into that cinema – what did they expect besides crude humour? And what were the staff thinking even handing the tickets over to the parents? “Enjoy the show! You’re kids are going to be scarred for life!”

Furthermore, (and yes I’m not done with this rant), it debuted number one at the box office! Like, how? This practically gives these terrible writers a green light to make more of these kinds of movies ’cause they’re making money from it (and you can bet that they definitely did, ’cause a lot more other crappy movies came out from this, including Vampires Suck – which was my runner-up to this category).

All of this is money that can be better spent through charity or legitimate humanitarian efforts for lesser developed countries – you know, actually making the lesser fortunate smile and laugh. ‘Cause trust me, throughout this movie, the only reason why you’ll laugh is ’cause you feel sorry for the jokes and actors in it. For a comedy, the audience was incredibly silent. I wanted to like the movie (’cause I spent money on it) but there was literally nothing tickling about the “jokes” told.

Others will agree with my choice here, Rotten Tomatoes has this movie ranked as the 21st in the 100 worst reviewed films of 2000s with a rating of 2%. And at the 28th Golden Raspberry (Razzies) Awards, the writers were nominated for the “Worst Screenplay”.

Well, I think I’m done here. Once again, check out Rhey of Sunshine‘s blog for her take on this challenge. Tomorrow will be our last day of it, our favourite movie!

Till then!

cumuloq ❤

The Best and Worst of RedditAsk

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Sometimes when I’m bored, I go on RedditAsk to see what people have to answer to some of the questions out there. Sometimes the questions are weird or amusing and sometimes the people who answer are either complete trolls or just hilarious undercover comedians. Here are ten questions and their top answers to make the start of your week a little more bearable.

1. Amnesia Fail 

amnesia

2. Pick Up Line Plot Twist 

best way to start a convo

3. Cat Teeth vs. Human Teeth

cat teeth vs human teeth

4. Coma

coma answer

5. Double Standards

double standards

6. The Decision or the Speed?

fastest regret

7. Enter With a Bang

golden ticket

8. Reddit After Hours

knees bent the other way

9. Magicians of Reddit

magician reveal

10. Hate

something you hate

 

So which one’s your favourite? Let me know in the comments below.

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤