As regular readers here know, Barb and I go to a lot of movies – generally one a week. That doesn’t mean we see everything, of course, so view these lists in that context. No particular order within categories.
Here we go:
The Nice Guys
Star Trek Beyond
Hell or High Water
MOVIES WE WALKED OUT ON
The Magnificent Seven
Keeping Up with the Joneses
MOVIES WE WALKED OUT ON & MAYBE SHOULDN’T HAVE
Captain America: Civil War
Kubo & the Two Strings
MOVIES WE SHOULD HAVE WALKED OUT ON
Girl on the Train
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
BEST MOVIE WITH BRENT SPINER
Independence Day: Resurgence
WORST MOVIE WITH BRENT SPINER
Independence Day: Resurgence
MOVIES THAT WERE BETTER THAN THEY HAD ANY RIGHT TO BE
Gods of Egypt
Legend of Tarzan
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
MOVIES THAT WERE WORSE THAN THEY HAD ANY RIGHT TO BE
MOVIES WE ENJOYED BUT BARELY REMEMBER
MOVIES THAT DID THE JOB
Rules Don’t Apply
BEST MOVIE WITH THE GROWN-UP KID FROM PERDITION
Everybody Wants Some!!
MOVIES THAT WE DIDN’T SEE BUT HATE ANYWAY
The Divergent Series: Allegiant
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Office Christmas Party
A few comments, since I didn’t review all of these films here over the year.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR just wore us down. We left with half an hour to go, generally ready to swear off super-hero movies. DOCTOR STRANGE, then, was an intelligent surprise. So was DEADPOOL, and I understand why anyone might not like its over-the-top nilhistic approach, but we both liked the kick to the seat of the pants it gave to super-hero movies.
ARRIVAL is slow and full of itself, and I found its big surprise obvious. THE WITCH was an unpleasant ride to nowhere. NOCTURNAL ANIMALS is misogynistic and generally unpleasant, with only the story-within-the-story having any merit, most of that coming from the always interesting Michael Shannon. RULES DON’T APPLY is an interesting and quirky return to film by star/director/writer Warren Beatty, a loving though occasionally acid valentine to Hollywood and a disguised autobiography. GODS OF EGYPT we watched at home in 3-D and had fun – no apologies forthcoming.
Our local weekly paper, Voice of Muscatine, did this nice write-up on the Grand Master award.
Nice words about the Quarry TV series as one of the year’s best literary adaptations.
And here the Quarry show makes another “best of” list.
Finally, be sure to check out the Quarry Facebook page.
And this just in!
Available February 14, 2017 on Blu-ray™ & DVD
New York, N.Y., December 12, 2016 – Season 1 of the “wildly entertaining” (TV Guide) Cinemax® series Quarry, loosely based on the novels of Max Allan Collins set in and around Memphis, is set to make its home entertainment debut on February 14, 2017. Starring Logan Marshall-Green as Mac Conway, this “impressively flawless” (Washington Post) series follows two soldiers’ return home from a second tour of duty in Vietnam. Quarry: The Complete First Season will be available to own on Blu-rayTM ($34.98) and DVD ($24.98), packed with bonus content including more than two dozen deleted scenes and new footage of interviews where Mac and his comrades testify to the events that led up to their discharge from the Marines. DVD and Blu-rayTM will also include a Digital Download copy.
Set in and around Memphis during the early 1970s, Quarry is a thrilling action drama that centers on the character of Mac Conway, a Marine who returns home from a second tour of duty in Vietnam. With his relationship with his wife Joni growing tenuous, Mac finds himself tempted by a lucrative offer from The Broker, a shady criminal involved in a network of killing and corruption that spans the length of the Mississippi River. After a series of events, Mac – whom The Broker codenames “Quarry” – finds himself conscripted against his better judgment into The Broker’s crew, a turn of events that has dire consequences for both himself and Joni. Gripping and “startlingly good” (Yahoo! TV), with action packed storytelling, the first season of Quarry promises to not disappoint.
Bonus Features include:
- Deleted Scenes – A fascinating selection of more than two dozen deleted scenes from Season 1.
- “Inside Quarry” – Get an inside look at each episode of Quarry with the cast and crew of the acclaimed series.
- “Quan Thang Inquiry Scenes” – Check out declassified interview footage in which Mac (Logan Marshall-Green) and other soldiers testify to the events of the Quan Thang tragedy.
- “About Quarry” – Delve inside the setting, characters and storylines of Quarry with the cast and crew.
- “Music of Memphis” – Join the cast and crew for an inside look at the classic R&B soundtrack and live music seen in the show.
- “Recreating 1972” – The cast and crew of Quarry reveal how they turned back the clock to recreate the sets and styles of Memphis in 1972.
- “Love Letters” – Hear the recorded correspondence between Mac and Joni while he served in Vietnam.
- “Car Chase Picture in Picture” – Join Quarry star Logan Marshall-Green for this action-packed look at the staging of a rough-and-tumble car chase from the series.
- Music Videos – Watch a collection of music videos featuring some of the blistering tracks from the series.
Other cast members include: Nikki Amuka-Bird (“Luther”) as Ruth, a hardworking mother who is Joni’s close friend; Damon Herriman (“Justified”) as Buddy; Edoardo Ballerini as Karl, and Mustafa Shakir as Moses, three of The Broker’s most capable and ruthless henchmen; Jamie Hector as Arthur, Ruth’s husband and Mac’s best friend, who is also a Vietnam vet; Ann Dowd as Naomi, Buddy’s doting but unconventional mother; Skipp Sudduth as Lloyd, Mac’s father; Josh Randall as Detective Tommy Olsen, a dedicated member of the Memphis Police Department; and Kurt Yaeger as Suggs, who has fallen within The Broker’s sights.
Quarry: The Complete First Season
Blu-rayTM & DVD
Street Date: February 14, 2017
Order Date: January 10, 2017
Runtime: Approx. 480 minutes (excluding bonus materials)