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I Know I Keep Saying It but ‘Mission: Impossible-Fallout’ Is a Great Movie

If you’ve read my blog recently you will know that Mission: Impossible-Fallout was my favorite film of 2018 and for good reason. Yes, there were fantastic films like Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity WarSolo: A Star Wars Story and A Quiet Place, but this latest Misson: Impossible movie stood out among its great-movie-brethren because it was, in a word, amazing. From beginning to end this movie sends its viewers on a rollercoaster ride unlike any other with twists and turns, dips and dives, and by the film’s conclusion it leaves you breathless but wanting more.

After obtaining it on Blu-Ray I had a fetish for the film, watching it over and over again because I just couldn’t get enough. I even revisited the two films before it–Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation–because I was enjoying the franchise so much. Then I got tired and stopped watching it for a little while…until last night.

I was bored, I needed a good movie to watch, and as I rummaged through films on Hulu there was nothing that looked appealing. Bing, goes the lightbulb above my head. I’ll watch Mission: Impossible-Fallout, I say to myself. And I did. And yet again I was blown away.

I know I’ve said it time and time again but this movie is perfect. It really is. Why is it perfect you may ask? Well, I’ll give a quick rundown on the reason why this is clearly one of the best action films of all time.

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A Movie Ranking: Angela Basset

Angela Basset is a beautiful, captivating actress who commands the screen with her presence. Today, for this week’s A Movie Ranking, I wanted to highlight an actress and she was the one I chose. Enjoy!

6. Meet the Robinsons

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I watched this movie as a child and while it isn’t the worst children’s movie I’ve ever seen it’s definitely not the best.

5. Bumblebee

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While this, personally, is not my favorite Transformers movie it’s very cute. Angela Basset does a great job bringing life to the Decepticon Shatter and is one of the better elements of the film.

4. Black Panther

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Angela Basset plays King T’Challa’s mother, Queen Mother Ramonda, and she exudes power as this Wakandan queen. Her words are full of wisdom and she looks like, if it came down to it, she could defend herself rather efficiently against her foes. I’m interested in what else she can add to the story in the future.

3. Avengers: Endgame

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This movie is a masterpiece. No, it’s not the best film in the MCU but it is extraordinary in how it manages to conclude a saga eleven years in the making. I mean, I’ve never been in a movie theater that excited and rowdy in my life. This franchise has impacted the world and deserves every bit of praise it can get.

2. Mission: Impossible-Fallout

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This, in my opinion, is the greatest action movie ever made. Filled with jaw-dropping, heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat action sequences, Fallout stands as one of the best films I’ve ever laid eyes on. Angela Basset’s role as CIA deputy director Erika Sloane is actually my favorite role of hers, as she manages to exude such a sternness in all of her scenes in this movie that is downright riveting. I hope she returns in the sequel because I have a feeling she’d only help the film’s story in a big way.

1. Malcolm X

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This is hands down the best biographical film I have ever watched. Denzel Washington should’ve won Best Actor for his stunning portrayal of the iconic civil rights activist, Malcolm X, Spike Lee should’ve at least been nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, and this movie should’ve been nominated for Best Picture. It’s one of the greatest movies ever made and a true testament to exceptional moviemaking.

That’s my movie ranking for Angela Basset. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a tremendous day.

Ranking the ‘Mission: Impossible’ Films from Worst to Best

I saw Mission: Impossible-Fallout two years ago and I can tell you, it’s still blowing my mind. I’ve seen a LOT of action movies but I’ve never seen an action film quite like this before. It’s astounding to watch and an absolute treat. But this doesn’t dissuade from the other Mission: Impossible movies’ awesomeness. For over two decades Tom Cruise has taken the character, Ethan Hunt, to new locations, new heights (literally,) and new insane obstacles that seem, well, impossible to complete. And yet Ethan Hunt still finds ways to save the world, even if it comes at the last. Possible. Second. It’s the best!

But how do these films rank in this action-packed franchise? That’s what I’m here to share with you. Enjoy!

Mission: Impossible II

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I watched Mission: Impossible II a few years ago and while it did possess one of Tom Cruise’s most jaw-dropping stunts in the franchise the movie was really, really bad. There was WAY too much slow-motion and a little bit too much smooching for my liking. It was so bad in fact that I’m kind of surprised they made a third Mission: Impossible film…but I’m glad they did. 🙂

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‘Mission: Impossible 7’ Is Shaping Up to Be a Compelling Sequel

Two years ago I was lucky enough to see the best action film ever made. Yes, I said it! That movie was Mission: Impossible-Fallout.

I’ve seen a lot of action movies over the years but none had ever been as exhilarating as this movie. With suspenseful storytelling literally from beginning to end, Fallout excelled all of my wildest expectations. Last year I began to research the upcoming Mission: Impossible sequel, waiting for any news about the highly-anticipated seventh installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise. For the last few months, the cast has begun to grow and now even more light has been shed on the upcoming action masterpiece.

In a recent interview, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie obliged that MI 7 will feature not one, not two, but THREE! “obscene” stunts that Tom Cruise will have to perform in this next movie. In fact, he went further to say these stunts made the helicopter stunt in MI-Fallout look like “child’s play.” What?!

That already sounds impressive enough as it is but as we grow closer to filming beginning for the film, the cast has begun to coalesce.

Simon Pegg is returning as Cruise’s loyal compatriot, Benji, and Henry Czerny, who portrayed Eugene Kittridge in the first Mission: Impossible film is also set to return. Ving Rhames’ Luther Stickell is currently questionable to return but the cast isn’t complete yet.

A couple of newcomers to join the cast are Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Mad Max: Fury Road) and Shea Whigham (American Hustle) who will play currently undisclosed roles. But what’s the most exciting and impressive is that it appears this next Mission: Impossible movie will feature women even more prominently than previous installments. Continue reading ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ Is Shaping Up to Be a Compelling Sequel

The Ten Best Movies of the Decade

It’s the final day of the decade, meaning it’s a chance to look back and reflect on the groundbreaking, eye-widening, truly impactful films of the decade that have managed to make me laugh, cry, and downright lose it with happiness. So, with no further delay, here are the ten best movies of the decade.

10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a welcome surprise that I don’t think anyone saw coming. Miles Morales, a beloved rendition of the iconic Spider-Man character, was finally afforded his own film and the result was mindblowing.

With an animation style that feels like watching a comic book in motion mixed with sometimes startling realism at times, Into the Spider-Verse has easily become one of my favorite movies of the decade. Continue reading The Ten Best Movies of the Decade

Looking Back: The Movies of 2018; Ranked from Worst to Best

2018 was a year jam-packed with awesome movies and while there are some films that I didn’t get the chance to see that year (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldGreenbookSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) there were many others that I did manage to watch. And so, on that note, here is how I would rank all of the movies of 2018.

15. Ocean’s 8

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When it was announced that there would be a spinoff to the Ocean’s films but with an all-female cast, I was kind of excited. Especially after seeing the astounding list of ladies that would be in the movie. Unfortunately, this movie was a total flop. It was so boring that I couldn’t even finish the film. Hence, it was my least favorite movie of the year.

14. Venom

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For Venom to be the next to the worst movie of the year in my list then 2018 has been pretty awesome because this isn’t exactly a horrendous movie. I mean, it is, but at least it was somewhat watchable and enjoyable to a certain extent. With better writers, Venom could’ve been a whole lot better and I’m hoping that the sequel can make this story better.

13. Sicario: Day of the Soldado

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Sicario was amazing. The sequel, not so much. I actually fell asleep at a certain point because it was taking too long for anything truly good to happen. Benicio del Toro still managed to shine in the movie but he was bogged down as a babysitter which was kind of annoying considering his character is so much more interesting than that. And the movie clearly ended in the fashion of setting up yet another sequel, turning these films into money grabs rather than movies with actual substance. But maybe the third one will be better. *shrug*

12. A Wrinkle in Time

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I honestly thought A Wrinkle in Time was going to be worse than it was but I found myself actually enjoying it, to a certain extent. It was nice to see women and girls portrayed in such a powerful way and the movie was gorgeous. No, it wasn’t the best film of the year, but it wasn’t the worse either.

11. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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Ever since I watched Jurassic Park for the first time five years ago I have become a fan of this franchise. Unfortunately, since Jurassic Park, there hasn’t been a film in this franchise that has managed to reach the same level of sheer awesomeness and Fallen Kingdom is no exception. This movie was lame and I have no more to say about it.

10. Incredibles 2

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This movie was perfect in nearly every sense of the word but it was also perfectly boring as well. I came away from that movie finding myself more disappointed than elated but I am excited to hear that it’s coming to Netflix next month so yeah, it was good. It just wasn’t great.

9. Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Fun, hilarious, great action sequences, Ant-Man and the Wasp was the perfect final Marvel movie of the year because after the heartbreaking events of Infinity War we definitely needed a film with a bit more levity. I also love that this film perfectly sets up Ant-Man’s involvement in Avengers: Endgame and I can’t wait to see what he can bring to the mission of stopping Thanos.

8. Solo: A Star Wars Story

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I never thought I would say there were seven movies better than a Star Wars movie in a single year but for 2018 that is definitely the case. I haven’t watched Solo in over two months which, for me, is a clear sign that it didn’t wow me as much as I hoped it would. But it is a good movie and definitely one of the surprises of the year.

7. A Quiet Place

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When I saw the trailer for A Quiet Place when I went to watch Justice League I knew I wanted to see it because it just looked too unique not to watch. So, I did. And it was pretty good. Was it the best science-fiction film that I’ve ever seen? No. But it was enjoyable and its conclusion was definitely a perfect way to end the movie.

If you like creepy sci-fi movies this is a must-see.

6. Bumblebee

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Cute, easy to follow, funny, heartfelt, riveting, oh this movie brought all the feels. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me love Bumblebee even more as a character. And it saved the Transformers franchise big time. If you love Transformers this is a definite must-watch because it’s really, really good. At one time the very words impeccable storytelling and Transformers movie seemed like an oxymoron but Bumblebee is exactly that; a delightful Transformers movie with a perfect story.

5. Teen Titans Go! to the Movies

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This may come as a surprise that I would place this movie so high in my list but I am a legitimate Teen Titans fan. I’ve loved the cartoon ever since I was a child and I love it even more now considering that the creators of the series have turned it into an absolutely hilarious comedy. When I heard they were making a Teen Titans Go! movie I couldn’t be more excited and sure enough it was everything I expected it would be…and more.

I enjoyed this movie so much that I am determined to own it eventually so I can laugh at all of its jokes as many times as I’d like. I love this movie. 🙂

4. Black Panther

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Black Panther is an undoubted triumph, not just for people of color who are so glad to see a film filled with characters that look like them but for the Hollywood industry as well. This film is literally the first superhero film to ever be nominated for a Golden Globe and I am utterly baffled by the awesomeness of that fact.

This was a very well-written, well thought out story and it honestly only makes Marvel look that much better. Ryan Coogler is a brilliant director and storyteller and I can’t wait to see what new things he can bring to the table in Black Panther 2.

3. Aquaman

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If you’ve read my blog recently you will notice how much I have enjoyed Aquaman since I saw it this past Christmas. If you had told me at the beginning of the year that Aquaman would be my third favorite movie of 2018 I would’ve laughed at the absurdity of that prediction but it’s true. Aquaman was awesome in every sense of the word and I’m just counting down the days until I can see it again. 🙂

2. Avengers: Infinity War

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I love Marvel. I love Marvel superheroes. I love the choice of actors who play the roles of these characters. And to see all of their stories and lovable personalities come together into one ultra movie to face an incredible threat in Thanos is hands down movie gold for me. I’ve said it before and I will say it again; this movie was everything I could’ve asked for and so much more.

There were plot twists, plenty of humor, phenomenal action sequences, and its conclusion was so downright unexpected that I am patiently (not patiently) waiting to see what happens. Ugh, it’s so annoying having to wait. But wait I must. 😦

1. Mission: Impossible-Fallout

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This is hands down my favorite movie of the year. It garnered a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes and it totally deserves it. In my opinion, I’d give it 100% because it is literally a perfect movie. From beginning to end the suspense, the action, everything just keeps getting more and more awesome until I feel like I’m going to combust with excitement.

Tom Cruise took this movie to the next level of awesomeness and with a soundtrack that’s so awesome I have it on my Spotify this film just continues to find ways to please.

So, this is my ranking of the movies I’ve seen this year. 2018 has been very fun indeed but it looks like 2019 is going to be an even better year for movies and I. Can’t. Wait!!!!

What would you say has been your favorite movie of the year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular New Year’s Eve.