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Zoom (2016)
10 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is such a trippy, clever, little movie. It's super fun to go back and forth between the three storylines, and then seeing how they intersect, and eventually, interact. It's a lot to wrap your head around, that's for sure. But I don't think it was about the end result, but more about the ride that you go on. I've really liked Alison Pill since Scott Pilgrim, and this is a great role for her, she is super funny in it. Gael Garcia Bernal is a lot of fun playing Edward, an animated film director. Michelle's storyline (played by Mariana Ximenes) has the most tonal shifts and changes, since she is actually in the movie that Edward is making (and is writing the story of Alison Pill's character's life. Told you it's trippy.). But you can see the cinematography change depending on how Edward's movie is being filmed. Overall, this is really clever, and a pretty fun watch.

Sisters (2015)
12 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I've been meaning to see this one for awhile, because I love Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and I love them even more when they are together. Throw in a cast of basically their friends, and we have a movie. Unfortunately, this doesn't quite live up to its potential. The Fey/Poehler magic is definitely there. But the script tries to put the characters in boxes. Fey's character is the "bad one" and Poehler's is "the good one". While the two of them are very funny, there wasn't a whole lot of room for complexity. (Fey gives it a valiant effort with the daughter subplot, but it just couldn't be taken seriously with all of the ridiculousness happening.) Basically, this two hour movie could have been cut by about 30 minutes. It was like there was one joke too many. Bobby Moynihan had one too many drug jokes, Maya Rudolph had one too many stuck up suburban lady jokes, Kate McKinnon had one too many lesbian jokes, etc. The list goes on because there were some brilliant comedians in this movie, and they all had funny moments, but in the end, it was just too much. So, when it tries to be sentimental in the end, it doesn't fully hit. So, basically what I'm trying to say was that this could have been brilliant, but instead, it was just ok.

Ghostbusters (2016)
12 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

So, to be perfectly honest, I did not go into this with high expectations. I didn't think a reboot was necessary, and the only reason I even considered going was the four main actresses. And you know what? I was pleasantly surprised. The writing was quick and funny, the special effects were amazing, and it had enough homages to the original to satisfy fans while still letting these ladies be their own story. I particularly loved the part with the Youtube comment about them ("Ladies can't catch no ghosts"). Which I'm pretty sure was a real comment left online about the reboot. And as expected, the four main ladies were fabulous. All of them were smart, and hilarious. It was nice to see Kristen Wiig play more of the straight man, as was to see Melissa McCarthy not play someone gruff and low-brow. And the chemistry between the two of them from Bridesmaids is still totally there. Leslie Jones was hilarious, because duh, Leslie Jones. But I will say for me, Kate McKinnon stole the show. I'm pretty sure I laughed at everything that came out of her mouth, and I lived for her fight moment at the end with her ghost pistol-whips. Throw in using Chris Hemsworth playing a hot dumb dude in distress to make fun of typical movie tropes, and I was throughly entertained the whole time. Was this reboot necessary? I think my answer is still no. But that doesn't negate how much fun this was to watch.

Captain America: Civil War
13 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I'm not going to lie, I've been looking forward to this one since the first teaser trailer. And I think it lived up to the hype. I would of loved it if it surpassed the hype, but I was thoroughly entertained the entire time. I found myself going back and forth as to whose side I agreed with more (as did some of the characters). It was interesting to watch though. The dynamic between every character was really clear, and it was interesting that although they fought each other, they still maintained those relationships. While seeing that they all were still friends and respected each other was great, it also meant that the stakes were not as high. Everyone was just running around trying to punch each other, at worst knock somebody out. So that big fight, while still really cool, I didn't sense that any of them was really in danger. We did get a knock down drag out fight in the end, and that made sense with what was going on. I know I'm being a bit nitpicky, because I did really enjoy this overall. It was really cool to see that many people on one screen, and all of those actors just work so well off one another. The special effects are awesome, per usual. And two new characters (Black Panther and Spider Man) were introduced really well. While I wish it had been a tad more epic and surprising, I still really enjoyed it.

Ant-Man (2015)
13 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This was the last of the movies that I needed to catch up on before watching Civil War. And I thought it was fine. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it. It was just fine. Paul Rudd is a great choice for Scott Lang. It was well cast overall. Michael Peņa is a standout, but then again, when is he not? I'm not a fan of bugs in general, so I was a little worried about the whole ants everywhere thing, but it only skeeved me out once or twice. The special effects are really cool, and the fights are really well choreographed, with the way he incorporates shrinking and enlarging into his fighting style. Overall, this is a middling entry into the MCU.