Friday, April 14, 2017

The Midnight Max Review; My Favorite Films of 2016


From the Very Best Films of the Year to the Guilty Pleasures, here are my favorite films of 2016 -

  1. 13 Hours - Best Action Film
  2. The Accountant
  3. Allied
  4. Anthropoid
  5. The Arrival - Best Science Fiction Film
  6. The BFG
  7. Blood Father
  8. Captain America: Civil War
  9. The Conjuring 2
  10. Deadpool - Best Superhero/Comic Book Film
  11. Deep Water Horizon
  12. The Edge Of Seventeen
  13. Elle
  14. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  15. Finding Dory
  16. Forsaken
  17. Goldstone - Best Sequel/Prequel (Sequel to "Mystery Road")
  18. Green Room
  19. Hacksaw Ridge
  20. The Handmaiden - Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography
  21. Hell Or High Water
  22. The Hollow Point
  23. The Hunt For The Wilderpeople
  24. Hush
  25. In The Valley Of Violence
  26. In Order Of Disappearance
  27. Ip Man 3
  28. Jane Got A Gun - Best Western, Most Unnecessarily Trashed Film
  29. The Jungle Book - Best Reboot/Remake, Best Fantasy/Adventure Film
  30. Kubo And The Two Strings - Favorite Animated Film
  31. Kung Fu Panda 3
  32. LaLa Land - Best Romantic Comedy, Best Musical
  33. The Legend Of Tarzan 
  34. Lion - Best Drama, Best Ending
  35. Live By Night
  36. Loving 
  37. Manchester By The Sea
  38. Marauders
  39. Midnight Special - Best Original Score
  40. Moana
  41. A Monster Calls
  42. Moonlight
  43. My Blind Brother
  44. The Nice Guys - Best Comedy, Favorite Film of 2016
  45. Paterson
  46. Patriots Day - Best Thriller, Best Film of 2016
  47. Pete's Dragon 
  48. Remember - Biggest Surprise
  49. The Shallows
  50. Standoff
  51. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  52. Tale Of Tales
  53. Toni Erdmann - Only Film of 2016 To Make Me Laugh Out Loud AND Shed a Tear...
  54. Train To Busan - Best Horror Film
  55. Triple 9 
  56. Under The Shadow - Best Film You Did Not See
  57. The Wailing - Biggest Mind Trip
  58. War On Everyone - Biggest Personal Guilty Pleasure, Best Soundtrack
  59. X-Men: Apocalypse
  60. Zootopia - Best Animated Film

Honorable Mentions: Eye In The Sky, Bridget Jones's Baby and Lights Out

More Guilty Pleasures: Ouija: Origin Of Evil, Criminal, The Magnificent Seven, Jason Bourne and Secret Life Of Pets

The Most Overrated: Nocturnal Animals, Don't Breathe, Doctor Strange, Star Trek: Beyond, 10 Cloverfield Lane and Captain Fantastic

The Worst: Gods Of Egypt was the runaway worst, followed by Nocturnal Animals, Hail, Caesear!, London Has Fallen, Central Intelligence, Suicide Squad, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, I Am Wrath, Neighbors 2, Ghostbusters: Answer The Call and Batman v Superman

Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Midnight Max Review: My Favorite Films of 2016, Thus Far...


From the Very Best to the Guilty Pleasures, here are my favorite films of 2016, thus far...

  1. 13 Hours - Most Unnecessarily Trashed Film (Critics), Best Action Film, Best Overall Film*
  2. Captain America: Civil War
  3. The Conjuring 2 - Best Horror Film, Best Sequel/Prequel/Reboot*
  4. Deadpool - Best Super Hero Film*
  5. Finding Dory - Best Animated Film (If only because of "Hank")*
  6. Hush - Best Thriller*
  7. Ip Man 3 - Best Foreign Film*
  8. The Jungle Book - Favorite Film*
  9. Kung Fu Panda 3
  10. Midnight Special - Best Sci-Fi Film, Best Original Score*
  11. The Nice Guys - Best Comedy, Best Film You Did Not See*
  12. The Shallows - Biggest Personal Guilty Pleasure*
  13. Standoff
  14. Tale Of Tales
  15. Zootopia

* Again, Thus Far (From January 1st 2016 thru June 30th 2016)

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Midnight Max Review: My Favorite Films From The Year 2015



 In Alphanumeric order-

(Film Title - Grade - Best of 2015 "Awards")

  1. '71 - 8.5
  2. The Age Of Adaline - 8.5
  3. Ant-Man - 8.0
  4. Avengers: Age Of Ultron - 8.5 - Best Superhero Film
  5. Backcountry - 8.5
  6. Black Coal, Thin Ice - 8.5
  7. Bone Tomahawk - 9.0 - Best Western, Best Horror Film and Favorite Film of the Year
  8. Bridge Of Spies - 8.5
  9. Brooklyn - 10 - Best Drama, Best Performance From A Female In a Leading Role (Saoirse Ronan) and Best Film of the Year
  10. Carol - 9.0
  11. The Connection - 8.5
  12. Cop Car - 8.0
  13. Creed - 8.5 - Best Sports Film
  14. Everly - 7.5 - Biggest Guilty Pleasure
  15. Ex Machina - 9.0 - Best Science Fiction Film and Best Mind F@ck
  16. Extinction - 7.5
  17. The Gift - 8.5
  18. The Hallow - 8.0
  19. Inside Out - 8.5
  20. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 8.0
  21. Mad Max: Fury Road - 9.0 - Best Action Film and Best Sequel/Prequel/Reboot
  22. Man Up - 8.5 - Best Romantic Comedy
  23. The Martian - 8.5
  24. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - 8.5
  25. Mississippi Grind - 8.5 - Best Film That You Did Not See
  26. Mr. Holmes - 8.5
  27. The Peanuts Movie - 9.0 - Favorite Animated Film and Best Animated Film
  28. People Places Things - 8.5
  29. Pitch Perfect 2 - 8.0
  30. Predestination - 8.0
  31. The Revenant - 9.5 - Best Cinematography, Best Original Score and Best Performance From a Male in a Leading Role (Leonardo DiCaprio)
  32. Shaun The Sheep Movie - 9.0
  33. Sicario - 9.0 - Best Thriller
  34. Slow West - 8.0
  35. Son Of A Gun - 8.5
  36. Southbound - 8.0
  37. Spectre - 8.0
  38. Spring - 8.5 - Best Creature Feature
  39. Spy - 8.0
  40. Star Wars: The Force Awakens - 8.5 - Best Fantasy/Adventure Film
  41. What We Do In The Shadows - 8.5 - Best Comedy
  42. Wild Tales - 8.5 - Best Foreign Film
Honorable Mentions:  The Big Short, Room, Spotlight, The Hundred Foot Journey, In The Heart Of The Sea, The Good Dinosaur and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

More Guilty Pleasures: The Gunman, Tales Of Halloween, Seventh Son, Minions, Tomorrowland and Krampus

The Most Overrated: It Follows

Biggest Disappointment: Crimson Peak

The Worst: The Voices comes in at #1, followed by Jupiter Ascending, Maps To The Stars, Manglehorn, Strange Magic, Chappie, Into The Grizzly Maze and The Assassin

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Midnight Max Review: My Favorite Films of 2015, Thus Far...


From the Very Best to the Guilty Pleasures, here are my favorite films of 2015, thus far...

  1. The Age Of Adaline - Best Drama*
  2. Avengers: Age Of Ultron - Best Comic Book Film*
  3. Backcountry - Best Film You Haven't Seen*
  4. Everly - Biggest Personal Guilty Pleasure*
  5. Ex-Machina - Best Sci Fi Film and Best Overall Film*
  6. Inside Out - Best Animated Film*
  7. Kingsman: The Secret Service
  8. Mad Max: Fury Road - Best Action Film*
  9. Paddington
  10. Predestination
  11. Seventh Son - Most Unnecessarily Trashed Film*
  12. Slow West - Best Western*
  13. Spring - Best Horror Film*
  14. Spy
  15. What We Do In The Shadows - Best Comedy*
  16. Wild Tales - Best Foreign Film*
* Again, Thus Far (From January 1st 2015 thru June 30th 2015)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Midnight Max Review: My Favorite Films featuring the late Christopher Lee (1922-2015)


In Alphanumeric order-
  1. 1941 (1979)
  2. The Curse Of Frankenstein (1957)
  3. Dr. Terror's House Of Horrors (1965)
  4. The Gorgon (1964)
  5. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
  6. Horror Of Dracula (1958)
  7. The Hound Of The Baskervilles (1959)
  8. Hugo (2011)
  9. The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  10. The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
  11. The Mummy (1959)
  12. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Midnight Max Review: My Favorite Films From The Year 1983


In Alphanumeric order...

  1. The Big Chill - Memorable Quote: "Amazing tradition. They throw a great party for you on the one day they know you can't come." - Memorable Soundtrack Selection: "Gimme Some Lovin'" by Spencer Davis Group and "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye (A Highly Recommended Soundtrack Purchase)
  2. Blue Thunder - Memorable Quote: "Catch you later!" - JAFO
  3. Christine - Memorable Quote: "Whoa, whoa. You better watch what you say about my car. She's real sensitive."  Memorable Soundtrack/Original Score Selection: "Christine Attacks" music composed by John Carpenter
  4. A Christmas Story - Memorable Quote: "You'll shoot your eye out, kid!" - Memorable Soundtrack Selection: "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" as performed by Bing Crosby and The Andrew Sisters
  5. The Dead Zone - ""Bless me"? Do you know what God did for me? He threw an 18-wheeled truck at me and bounced me into nowhere for five years! When I woke up, my girl was gone, my job was gone, my legs are just about useless... Blessed me? God's been a real sport to me!"
  6. Fire and Ice - Memorable Quote: "Don't hunt for death, boy. It finds us all soon enough."
  7. Gorky Park - Memorable Quote: "Goodbye, pretty lady." - Memorable Soundtrack Selection: Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  8. High Road To China - Memorable Quote: "I should have sold you when I had the chance."
  9. The Hunger - Memorable Quote: "You'll be back. When the hunger knows no reason! And then you'll need to feed, and you'll need me to show you how." - Memorable Soundtrack Selection: "Bela Lugosi's Dead" by Bauhaus
  10. Krull - Memorable Quotes: "Freedom? We have it! And fame? Nah. It's an empty purse. Count it, go broke. Eat it, go hungry. Seek it, go mad!" - " Power is fleeting; love is eternal." and "Rocks in our pockets and gravestones above our heads is all we'll get from this journey." - Memorable Soundtrack Selection: Krull Main Theme by James Horner
  11. Mickey's Christmas Carol - Memorable Quote: "And so, as punishment, I'm forced to carry these heavy chains for eternity! Maybe even longer."
  12. Nate and Hayes - Memorable Quote: "Are you putting down in that book that I'm a pirate? Good! Because I am! Oh, I never flew the skull and crossbones. That's for your fictioneers. But I have sought pleasure and profit all my life at sea without regard for any man's law. That's not to say I didn't have my morals and standards! Sure, I had morals and standards. I never killed anyone who didn't have it coming. I never cheated an honest man. I never pillaged and I never raped."
  13. The Osterman Weekend - Memorable Quote: "The truth is just a lie that hasn't been found out."
  14. Return Of The Jedi - Memorable Quotes: "It's a trap!"  "I have a really bad feeling about this."  "Obi-Wan has taught you well."  "And now, young Skywalker... you will die."- Memorable Soundtrack: "Battle Of Endor" by John Williams
  15. The Right Stuff - Memorable Quotes: Opening Narration: "There was a demon that lived in the air. They said whoever challenged him would die. Their controls would freeze up, their planes would buffet wildly, and they would disintegrate. The demon lived at Mach 1 on the meter, seven hundred and fifty miles an hour, where the air could no longer move out of the way. He lived behind a barrier through which they said no man could ever pass. They called it the sound barrier." and  "Fuckin' A, bubba."
  16. The Star Chamber - Memorable Quote: "Someone has taken justice and hidden it in the law."
  17. Sudden Impact - Memorable Quote: "Go ahead, make my day!"
  18. Tender Mercies - Memorable Quote: "I don't trust happiness. I never did, I never will." - Memorable Soundtrack Selection: "It Hurts To Face Reality" as performed by Robert Duvall
  19. Terms Of Endearment - Memorable Quote: "If you wanted to get me on my back, all you had to do was ask me." and "Don't worship me until I've earned it."
  20. Michael Jackson's Thriller -Memorable Quote: Vincent Price's Narration - Memorable Soundtrack Selection: "Thriller" by Michael Jackson (of course)
  21. To Be Or Not To Be - Memorable Quotes: "Ladies and Gentlemen: In the interest of clarity and sanity, the rest of this movie will not be in Polish" and "If it wasn't for Jews, fags, and gypsies, there would be no theater."
  22. Tough Enough - Memorable Soundtrack Selection: "Rainbows Never Touch The Ground" as performed by Dennis Quaid
  23. Twilight Zone: The Movie - Memorable Quote: "You want to see something really scary?" - Memorable Soundtrack Selection: "The Midnight Special" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  24. Uncommon Valor -Memorable Quote: "Boy, you usin' that oriental martial bullshit on me's gonna get real expensive." - Memorable Soundtrack Selection: "Brothers In The Night" by Ray Kennedy
  25. National Lampoon's Vacation - Memorable Quote: "I think you're all fucked in the head. We're ten hours from the fucking fun park and you want to bail out. Well I'll tell you something. This is no longer a vacation. It's a quest. It's a quest for fun. You're gonna have fun, and I'm gonna have fun... We're all gonna have so much fucking fun we're gonna need plastic surgery to remove our goddamn smiles! You'll be whistling 'Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah' out of your assholes! I must be crazy! I'm on a pilgrimage to see a moose. Praise Marty Moose! Holy Shit!" - Memorable Soundtrack Selection: "Holiday Road" by Lindsey Buckingham