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So, I just came back from seeing "Doctor Strange" and...

...it was pretty good!

The effects are great, really capturing how dazzling and awe-inspiring magic should be. All the different dimensions and spells were really well done.

The action is great, the writing is great, and the actors are all great.

I like how Doctor Strange here is snarkier and more of a smart-ass, it's a vast improvement over the tradiotionally stoic and humorless (and therefore, one-note) depiction of Strange.

The ties to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe were very well done, tying to both the upcoming "Thor: Ragnarok" and the ongoing story arc with the Infinity Stones.

My only complaint is that Strange at the beginning starts a bit whiny, constantly complaning about the events that happen around him and about his injured hands.But he gets better as the movie progresses, so it's not a major complaint.

Finally, let's adress the elephant in the room, the one thing that pissed everyone off:

Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One.

I...don't have a problem with it.

The overall basics of who the Ancient One is as a character (a powerful sorcerer that teaches Doctor Strange magic) are there. The movie does a great job of creating a very wise and powerful, yet friendly and relatable character. Very similar to characters like Yoda, Gandalf, Princess Celestia or Albus Dumbledore.

And I don't think the fact that a white woman plays the character detracts anyting from it. The role is very race-neutral and gender-neutral.

So, I definitely recommend this one.
So, I just came back from seeing "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them" and...

...the acting was great. The action was great. The effects were great.

It was the writing that was the problem.

I know J.K. Rowling wrote the script herself...but I guess having other writer filter her vision is for the best.

This movie trie to do too much in too little time. It crammed together several different plots in a blender and hit "puree". Newt's search for the escaped magical creatures. The tension between muggles/non-maj/whatever and the wizarding community. Credence and his rise as a Dark Phoenix/Dark Trixie/Dark Willow/Midnight Sparkle/Gaia Everfree/Majin Vegeta-type character. The love story between Queenie and Jacob. It was too much to take together, it was too hard to follow.

And speaking of Queenie, what it is with the tail end of 2016 and CloudCuckoolander females? First Tulip in "Storks", then Poppy in "Trolls", now Queenie in this movie. It's getting tired at this point.

So, do I think this is a bad movie? I wouldn't go as far as saying that. It's certainly enjoyable, but it feels like it could use a different writer, and perhaps a different editor as well.

In the end, I only recommend you if you are a fan of the Harry Potter movies and books. Otherwise, you should skip this one.
WORST

10-THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER'S WAR

I'm sorry, but this movie is just made of fail.

If it wants to be a faithful adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's "The Snow Queen", it makes way too many changes.

As a sequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman", it lacks the epic tone and engaging characters of the first one.

As a fantasy movie in and of itself, it's flat, boring and half-assed. Even Ravenna, the best thing about the first movie, is not interesting.

8-BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

When I first reviewed this movie, I said that at least the Batman half of this movie is good.

Now, I take it back.

It isn't.

It really, really isn't.

So, we either follow a murderous Batman that has none of the strong moral code of the original comic Batman, or a Superman that doesn't make any sense and is surrounded by people who don't act or talk like normal people.

So yeah...this one's a turd all around.

7-WARCRAFT

Just...what the fuck?

What the fuck did I watch?

Nothing about this movie makes any fucking sense. The plot makes no sense. The bdialogue makes no sense. The setting makes no sense.

And the stuff I did understand...wasn't good. It was just your generic fantasy movie, only withjout the high quality and excellent writing that something like "Lord of the Rings" or "Willow" has.

Maybe if I played the games, I would appreciate the movie more...but I haven't. So, as its own thingf, it's not a very good movie


6-X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

This movie opens with a little girl getting killed.

It doesn't advance the plot in any way.

She is never mentioned or referenced again.

She's just a shock death.

Much like Linkara, the idea of using a little girl for a shock death disgusts and sickens me.


5-SUICIDE SQUAD


Seriously, who thought it was a good idea to make a movie about the Suicide Squad?

Why should I care what happens to a bunch of villains?

I want to see Harley Quinn fighting Batman.

I want to see Deadshot fighting Batman.

I want to see Killer Croc fighting Batman.

I want to see Captain Boomerang fighting Flash.

I don't want to see any of them fighting other villains.

And why so few Joker? This is the character's first appearance in the big screen after "The Dark Knight", and he's barely in it! And when you compare him to Jack Nicholson, Mark Hammill, Heath Ledger, or even Cesar Romero, Jared Leto is so boring and blase that he completely ruins the character.

4-MAX STEEL

This movie was just...lame.

"Power Rangers", "Guyver", "Chronicle", "Star Kid", "Ben 10"...all did the plot of this movie way better.

The acting is horrendous, the plot is half-assed, the effects and terrible, and this is just an excuse to revive a toy-based franchise that should have stayed dead.

Oh, and Josh McGrath is dead before the movie even starts. As in, the original Max Steel from the original 90s TV show. Yeah, way to piss off anyone remotely interested in watching this.

3-STORKS


The concept of human beings actually being created and delivered via storks had great potential.

This movie squanders said potential.

It's just a lame, unfunny movie, full of idiotic jokes and idotic characters.

And there's a joke about wolves wanting to eat a baby. Not cool movie, not cool.

2-ANGRY BIRDS

This movie...was horrendous. Nothing about this movie worked. Nothing.

The characters are obnoxious, the writing is terible, the jokes are beyond unfunny.

But the worst part is that Red, the main bird, is portrayed as antisocial and grouchy...and they portray this as a bad thing, they say he has an obligation to be happy and calm 24/7.

No, he doesn't. Fuck this movie.

1-ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE

And once again, the one number one spot goes to the movie with the least amount of effort put in. And in a year with no Argentina Sono Film movies, this movie takes it.

No one in this movie tried. No one made the minimum amount of effort. They rushed in the movie just to cash-in on the "Ice Age" name.

Everything is half-assed. The writing is half-assed. The unfunny jokes are half-assed. The action scenes are half-assed.

It just insults your intelligence, and thus is the worst movie of 2016.

BEST

10-THE JUNGLE BOOK

This movie has great acting, great special effects, great action scenes, and overall, a great sense of adventure and excitement.

But what makes this movie truly great it that it manages to be a very close adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's book while keeping the best elements from the 1967 version intact.

And yeah...in this day and age, I have to give this movie extra points for actually casting an Indian boy as Mowgli.

9-THE LEGEND OF TARZAN

And the same thing can be said about this movie. It manages to be a very faithful adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' books, and using the best from the Christopher Lambert and Johnny Weismuller and Disney versions, while still doing its own thing.

It was great action, great writing, and all the actors are great.

8-FINDING DORY

This movie is not only as good as the first one, it's even better.

The characters are all great, the jokes are hilarious, the writing is excellent.

But the most important thing of all is how Dory's condition is depicted. At no point does the movie make fun of her or her condition. It is portrayed in a very realistic manner, and you really feel for Dory and her plight.

7-CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

This movie was just great.

It managed to have an intense, mature storyline while still keeping the fun superhero tone of the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.

It manages to depict a conflict between superheroes in a very realistic and well-written manner.

And it had a villain that was cunning, clever, charming, and who actually wins at the end. All while having no superpowers whatsoever.

6-THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

This was something I wanted to see for a long time:

a great Western movie.

No deconstruction, no twisting the genre. Just straightforward Western action.

The actors are all great. You can feel the camaraderie between them, they have great chemistry and you really feel they would give their life for each other.

The villain is great, again very cunning and sinister while also being charming.

The action is great, never once holding back on any aspect.

5-KUNG FU PANDA 3

This movie is just as good as the previous two movies. It has the same amount of heart, the same amount of passion, the same great jokes and great action, and it further advances the story of Po in a wonderful way.

The best thing is that it takes the concept of chi, a very complicated concept, and manages to depict it in a pretty understandable manner.

4-ZOOTOPIA

This movie is another great additon to the Disney animated classics.

It has great characters, great writing, great action, and gorgeous animation.

But the most important thing of all is that the message is great. It may be a message we've seen before, but now more than ever is when it's most relevant. And the movie pulls no punches when delivering said message.

3-PETE'S DRAGON

This movie takes a movie that was nothing to write home about, and turns it into something spectacular.

It has a lot of heart, great acting, great writing, and great special effects.

The relationship between Pete and Elliot is just beautiful.

2-THE BFG

And the same could be said for this movie. It has great action, great special effects, great writing, and it depicts the relatinship between Sophie and the BFG in a beautiful way.

It's amazing because everyone knows I'm not the biggest Roald Dahl fan, but this movie manages to capture all the tenderness and heart of the one Roald Dahl book that I do like.

1-KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

This movie is just perfect.

The action scenes are spectacular. The acting is top notch. The animation is breathhtaking.

But most important of all, this movie has a lot of passion put into into. There's a lot of heart in it, a lot of intelligent writing, compelling characters, a true sense of wonder and adventure permeates every frame of this movie.

It is, by far, the best movie of 2016.
My top 10 Best and Worst Movies of 2016
It's November, so it's that time of the year again...time to clear the year on my gallery by picking the top ten worst and best movies of the year.

As always, I need to clarify:

-there are a lot of movies that I haven't seen this year

-this is just my own opinion. It doesn't have to match yours or anyone else's


So...here it is.
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...but "Legend of the Everfree" isn't the only movie I saw today.

I also saw "Storks".

And, honestly...

...I had a much better time with "Legend of the Everfree".

"Legend of the Everfree" is only bad in how it relates to the TV show, and the previous "Equestria Girls" movies (ESPECIALLY "Rainbow Rock").

As a movie itself, it's fun, entertaining, and clever. It's not gonna win any new fans, but it's still well made as a movie.

The same cannot be said for "Storks".

"Storks" is unfunny, annoying, and it just an insult to the viewer's intelligence.

At least "Legend of the Everfree" has SOME clever characters, SOME likable characters, and several funny jokes.

"Storks" has no clever characters, no likable characters, and not one of the jokes is funny.

What's sad is that the story of an universe where children are actually delivered to their parents via storks has a lot of potential. But this movie completely wastes that potential.

So, when putting the two movies back-to-back...save your ticket money, stay home and watch "Legend of the Everfree". It'll be a far more rewarding use of your time.
So, I just came back from seeing "Doctor Strange" and...

...it was pretty good!

The effects are great, really capturing how dazzling and awe-inspiring magic should be. All the different dimensions and spells were really well done.

The action is great, the writing is great, and the actors are all great.

I like how Doctor Strange here is snarkier and more of a smart-ass, it's a vast improvement over the tradiotionally stoic and humorless (and therefore, one-note) depiction of Strange.

The ties to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe were very well done, tying to both the upcoming "Thor: Ragnarok" and the ongoing story arc with the Infinity Stones.

My only complaint is that Strange at the beginning starts a bit whiny, constantly complaning about the events that happen around him and about his injured hands.But he gets better as the movie progresses, so it's not a major complaint.

Finally, let's adress the elephant in the room, the one thing that pissed everyone off:

Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One.

I...don't have a problem with it.

The overall basics of who the Ancient One is as a character (a powerful sorcerer that teaches Doctor Strange magic) are there. The movie does a great job of creating a very wise and powerful, yet friendly and relatable character. Very similar to characters like Yoda, Gandalf, Princess Celestia or Albus Dumbledore.

And I don't think the fact that a white woman plays the character detracts anyting from it. The role is very race-neutral and gender-neutral.

So, I definitely recommend this one.

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