MY 50 FAVOURITE FILMS OF ALL TIME

Here’s my 50 favourite films of all time. If you don’t wanna watch the video but still check out the list click here  highly recommend you check it out tho  🙂

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Top 20 Best Films of 2018: A Video Countdown

Here’s my Top 20 Best Films of 2018…note that there are so many films I have yet to see like Cold War, Capernaum, Vox Lux, Vice, Burning, Shoplifters, etc…

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Top 30 Most Anticipated Films of 2019

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#30) Motherless Brooklyn (dir. Edward Norton)
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Plot: Set in the backdrop of 1950s New York, a lonely detective with Tourette’s Syndrome ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend.
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bobby Cannavale


#29) Fonzo (dir. Josh Tank)
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Plot: The 47-year old Al Capone, after 10 years in prison, starts suffering from dementia, and comes to be haunted by his violent past.
Stars: Tom Hardy, Matt Dillon, Jack Lowden, Linda Cardellini


#28) Velvet Buzzsaw (dir. Dan Gilroy)

Plot: After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Toni Collette, John Malkovich, Rene Russo


#27) The Beach Bum  (dir. Harmony Korine)

Plot: A rebellious stoner named Moongod lives life by his own rules.
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Isla Fisher, Jonah Hill, Snoop Dogg


#26) The Lion King  (dir. Jon Favreau)

Plot: A re-imagining of the 1994 Disney classic.
Stars: Donald Glover, Seth Rogan, Keegan-Michael Key, Beyonce, Eric Andre 


#25) Godzilla: King of the Monsters  (dir. Michael Dougherty)

Plot: Godzilla collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.
Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler


#24) Avengers: Endgame

Plot: In the aftermath of Thanos wiping out half of all life in the universe, the remaining Avengers must do what’s necessary to undo the deed.
Stars: You know who.


#23) Honey Boy (dir. Alma Har’el)  *based on and written by Shia LeBeouf
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Plot: A child actor works to mend the relationship with his hard-drinking, law-breaking father.
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Maika Monroe, Noah Jupe


#22) Gemini Man (dir. Ang Lee)
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Plot: An over-the-hill hit-man faces off against a younger clone of himself.
Stars: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong


#21) The Woman in the Window (dir. Joe Wright)
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Plot: A woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors only to witness a disturbing act of violence.
Stars: Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Brian Tyree Henry, Gary Oldman


#20) Ford v. Ferrari (dir. James Mangold)
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Plot: The true story of the battle between Ford and Ferrari to win Le Mans in 1966.
Stars: Christian Bake, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal, Noah Jupe


#19) Uncut Gems (dir. Safdie Brothers)sa.PNG
Plot: Kept undisclosed.
Stars: Adam Sandler, Pom Klementieff, Lakeith Stanfield


#18) The Dead Don’t Die (dir. Jim Jarmusch)
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Plot: A zombie comedy.
Stars: Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton


#17) Zombieland 2 (dir. Ruben Fleischer)
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Plot: Columbus, Tallahasse, Wichita, and Little Rock are back.
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin


#16) A Rainy Day in New York (dir. Woody Allen)
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Plot: Two young people arrive in New York for a weekend where they are met with bad weather and a series of adventures.
Stars: Timothee Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall


#15) Parasite  (dir. Joon-ho Bong)
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Plot: A peculiar tale about two families who are worlds apart yet somewhat alike portrays a striking reality of the world we live in.
Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-Jeong Cho


#14) The Lighthouse  (dir. Robert Eggers)
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Plot: The story of an aging lighthouse keeper named Old who lives in early 20th-century Maine.
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson


#13) Knives Out  (dir. Rian Johnson)
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Plot: Described as a modern murder mystery in a whodunit style.
Stars: Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Toni Collette, Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Christopher Plummer


#12) Little Women  (dir. Greta Gerwig)
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Plot: Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Stars: Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Eliza Scanlen, Timothee Chalamet


#11) Jojo Rabbit  (dir. Taika Waititi)
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Plot: A young boy in Hitler’s army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish boy in their home.
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Taika Waititi


#10) Us  (dir. Jordan Peele)

Plot: A mother and father take their kids to their beach house, expecting to enjoy time with friends, but their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some visitors arrive uninvited.
Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke


#9) Star Wars: Episode IX  (dir. J.J. Abrams)
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Plot: The conclusion to the sequel trilogy. Kept under wraps.
Stars: You know who’s in it, don’t need to tell you.


#8) Proxima (dir. Alice Winocour)
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Plot: An astronaut prepares for a one year mission aboard the International Space Station.
Stars: Eva Green, Matt Dillon, Lars Eidinger


#7) Ema  (dir. Pablo Larrain)
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Plot: A couple deals with the aftermath of an adoption that goes awry as their household falls apart.

Stars: Gael Garcia Bernal, Santiago Cabrera, Mariana Loyola


#6) Lucy In The Sky (dir. Noah Hawley)
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Plot: The story of a female astronaut who, upon returning to Earth from a life-changing mission in space, begins to slowly unravel and lose touch with reality.
Stars: Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens


#5) Radegund  (dir. Terrence Malick)
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Plot: The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.
Stars: Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Nyqvist, August Diehl


#4) Joker  (dir. Todd Phillips)
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Plot: A failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and becomes a psychopathic murderer.
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz


#3) The Irishman  (dir. Martin Scorsese)
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Plot: A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.
Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel


#2) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood  (dir. Quentin Tarantino)
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Plot: A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry in 1969 Los Angeles.
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Margaret Qualley, Al Pacino, Scoot McNairy, Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Emile Hirsch, James Marsden, Damien Lewis, Luke Perry, Bruce Dern, Zoe Bell + more
(the cast is fucking stacked)


#1) Ad Astra  (dir. James Gray)
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Plot: Astronaut Roy McBride travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet.
Stars: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, Ruth Negga



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Climax Review

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CLIMAX was the last film I saw at TIFF and holy shit what a way to end it. If your a fan of Noe’s previous films then I highly recommend you watch this and if not, go into this with caution as this is not for the faint of heart. I’m not a big fan of all his films but what I can say about each and every one is that each one has left an impression with me and has shocked me on way or another. Climax is no exception.

The film is absolute chaos. And I don’t say this in a bad way. From the very start Noe hooks you and boy oh boy, you are in for a fucking treat. A group of dancers celebrate and party and drink unknowingly Sangria laced with LSD.
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Everything is thoroughly done to perfection. From the incredible acting performances to the brilliant/unbelievable cinematography to the unconventional narrative, wonderful choreography and striking/hypnotic synth score. All across the board, its just perfectly crafted and downright mesmerizing.

The camera angles they are able to get is unreal and the way everything’s filmed – every scene seamlessly flows into one another and it feels like you are watching one continuous take the entire time. It’s such a joy to watch.

I’ve never ever seen anything like Climax. It’s original and very unique and no other person but Noe could have pulled this off. Watch this especially on the big screen if you have the chance. I can’t wait to see this again.

Climax is literally a fucking nightmare, but one that’s intense, exhilarating, unique, and thoroughly enthralling from start to finish.  Enjoy the fucking trip. Enjoy CLIMAX.  🙂

Rating – ★★★★★

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Below are the other films I have watched at TIFF:
Mid90s Review
Widows Review
If Beale Street Could Talk Review
Green Book Review
First Man Review
Hold the Dark Review
Wildlife Review

Hold the Dark Review

holdthedark_HERO“Chilling but unsatisfying”


Let me start off by saying I loved Jeremy Saulnier’s previous films, Blue Ruin and Green Room, especially Green Room. So, while I was lining up to see this at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) me, along with several others were really excited to see this and see what Saulnier has in store for us. The story follows Medora Stone’s (Riley Keough) son gone missing in the Alaskan wilderness. She writes to Russel Core (Jeffrey Wright) to find her son and kill the wolf that took him. As this is going on Vernon (Alexander Skarsgard) comes home from the Middle East and things become much more crazy/violent.

Hold the Dark like his previous projects has great performances, gorgeous cinematography (shot in Alberta), a dark/gloomy story/atmosphere/mood, and a very intriguing story but unlike his previous two projects, suffers from its slow burn pacing. While the story has much to offer and as it progresses you learn more about what happens, its still not enough for me to completely engross me all the way through.

The pacing notably drags for me in the second-half and the ending left me very unsatisfied especially with the events that transpired. After the screening, me and several others were talking about Hold the Dark and we all basically had sort of the  same question “Is that it?”  “What was that ending?” etc.

Overall, I believe this is a must-watch if you love slow-burn thrillers and enjoy Saulnier’s previous work but if you are not a fan of either, then I’m not sure you would enjoy this very much. The characters are interesting, the performances especially from Jeffrey Wright are fantastic, the Alaskan wilderness/overall cinematography is breathtaking to the eye, but unfortunately the story as interesting as it is, doesn’t have enough substance to warrant the run-time.

Rating – ★★★


Below are the other films I have watched at TIFF:
Mid90s Review
Wildlife Review
Climax Review
Green Book Review
First Man Review
Widows Review
If Beale Street Could Talk Review

Wildlife Review

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“Calm Destruction”


Paul Dano’s directorial debut follows a story about a boy named Joe (Ed Oxenbould) trying to take a hold of his parent’s marriage falling apart while also dealing with his mother falling in love with another man (Bill Camp). His father Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal) loses his job and his mother Jeannette (Carey Mulligan) has to look for work as a result.

Told from the point of view of Joe, you see the destruction/crumbling of his family. The film might be slow to some and I found the pacing throughout perfect. It’s a slow-burn family drama. The cinematography is gorgeous. close-ups of each characters, Dano holds it for the perfect time, and you feel their emotion. When Carey and Jake are conversing with one another, you feel like you are right there in that room witnessing it just as Joe is, or on the other end of the spectrum, Carey with Joe, Jake with Joe etc.

Wildlife is a wonderful directorial debut featuring powerhouse performances from everyone involved, gorgeous cinematography, a tight screenplay by Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, and an intriguing story about a family falling apart in 1960s America. 

Rating – ★★★★


Below are the other films I have watched at TIFF:
Mid90s Review

First Man Review
Green Book Review
Climax Review
Widows Review
Hold the Dark Review

If Beale Street Could Talk Review

 

First Man Review

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“Houston, Damien Chazelle has done it again”


We all know the story but to those of you who don’t, the film is about Neil Armstrong’s (Ryan Gosling) ascent onto the moon and the events that lead up to it. Clocking in with a run-time of 2 hours and 20 minutes, First-Man I found was way too long and could have been 15-20 minutes shorter. Although the story I found was interesting, there was not enough substance to completely grip/hook me completely throughout.

In terms of the visuals, its absolutely gorgeous. From how everything was shot, making you feel super claustrophobic and how the sound design/mixing completely emulates how that experience would sound. You are inside the cockpit along with the astronaut. You feel every shake which also brings me to another thing – the use of shaky-cam I thought was overdone and kind of took me out of it at times.

The performances are all great. Gosling steals it along with his wife, Janet (Claire Foy) and the supporting cast deliver as well. Another thing I thought was great was the score. I really liked the soundtrack. 

In conclusion, First Man is really well done and you can clearly see the amount of detail that was put into this film and it is a must watch on the big screen for sure. With that being said, First Man didn’t hook me all the way through and I found it really hard to relate to Armstrong and found it a bit dull at times.

Rating – ★★★½



Below are the other films I have watched at TIFF:
Green Book Review
Widows Review
Mid90s Review
Hold the Dark Review
Climax Review
Wildlife Review
If Beale Street Could Talk Review

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