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A Movie Ranking: Scarlett Johansson (Updated)

The last time I wrote this post I hadn’t seen Ghost in the ShellJojo Rabbit, and Marriage Story. So, with no further delay, let me update this list.

13. Ghost in the Shell

Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell (2017)

To be fair, I haven’t seen this movie all the way through but I did see enough of it and it is pretty terrible. It’s cultural appropriation on steroids (the character that she plays is supposed to be Asian and even has an Asian mother!) The bodysuit is so flesh-colored and tight that it honestly feels like you’re watching Johansson traipse through a movie naked, minus the explicit lady parts. This was just not my style.

12. Lucy

Scarlett Johansson in Lucy (2014)

From Luc Besson, the mind behind the critically-acclaimed wonder, The Professional, comes Lucy, the story of a normal American woman who, by accident, is exposed to a drug that slowly opens 100% of her brain.

The first third of the movie was actually pretty entertaining but with a story as complex as the idea of a human possessing that much knowledge and power, the film turned south real fast. But hey, you should check it out.

12. Iron Man 2

Scarlett Johansson in Iron Man 2 (2010)

Scarlet Johansson’s debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was nothing short of exciting and it wouldn’t be long before she would become a fan favorite.

11. The Jungle Book

Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley, Giancarlo Esposito, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o, and Neel Sethi in The Jungle Book (2016)

Voicing the wise snake of the jungle, Kaa, The Jungle Book is a delightful remake of a Disney classic.

10. Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Avengers: Age of Ultron is pretty good but compared to these next six films it pales in comparison.

9. The Avengers

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Scarlet Johansson’s second dive into the MCU was even better as she became the hero we didn’t get to see in full detail in Iron Man 2.

8. Captain America: Civil War

Scarlett Johansson in Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America: Civil War was the film that turned Black Widow from Avenger to a leader. Gone was the flirtiness that partly dominated her story replaced with a steely resolve to have to make the right choice. This version of Black Widow is the one we’ll see in greater detail next summer with Black Widow and I couldn’t be more excited.

7. The Prestige

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An amazing movie from beginning to end, The Prestige is unlike any film you’ll ever watch and Scarlet Johansson’s Olivia Wenscombe is the puzzle piece that brings it all together. However, it is a tad bit confusing and it would be easy to lose interest because it takes its own time to establish the mystery.

6. Marriage Story

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I just watched this the other day and I was thrilled to discover it lived up to the hype. The film was perfectly written, balancing humor with real-life problems that brought a sense of moroseness to the movie that never ceased. Scarlett Johansson tried to garner an Oscar win for her role in this film but ultimately, it wasn’t even her strongest performance last year. I’ll get to that performance later. But, this was a great movie that left me very satisfied.

4. Jojo Rabbit

Sam Rockwell, Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, Rebel Wilson, Thomasin McKenzie, and Roman Griffin Davis in Jojo Rabbit (2019)

When I learned that Jojo Rabbit, a comedy written and directed by Taika Waititi, was actually getting a bunch of praise I wanted to see it. I finally watched it the other week and I LOVED IT! It was darkly comedic and yet it was so striking in its assessment of the Nazis and their evil beliefs, as well as vilifying hatred that still lingers to this day.

Scarlett Johansson received her second Oscar nomination for her supporting role in this movie and if not for Laura Dern’s impeccable portrayal of Johansson’s lawyer in Marriage Story she could’ve won.

3. Avengers: Endgame

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While Black Widow’s role in Avengers: Endgame was much smaller than I expected it doesn’t take away from the impact she had on the story or the MCU overall. Without her sacrifice, The Avengers would not have been able to defeat Thanos, and while it was a sad turn of events for such a beloved character it was the right choice made by the Russo Brothers and the writers of the film, Christopher Markus and Stephen Mcfeely.

2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Scarlett Johansson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

This film was the first time we got to see the spotlight placed on Black Widow and it was fascinating. We got to grasp a deeper side to Natasha Romanoff that had only been sparsely touched in The Avengers and it made her character that much more interesting. Plus, we got to see her in super-spy mode and it was awesome! This was the movie that made me love Black Widow.

1. Avengers: Infinity War

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Honestly, is this even a surprise? Avengers: Infinity War is my favorite Marvel movie and, subsequently, this is my favorite role of Black Widow’s as well. The new hairdo, the awesome new outfit, and the stern-no-nonsense persona, Black Widow shined in Infinity War in ways that I hope will be replicated in the Black Widow movie.

So, there you have it, folks! My updated movie ranking of Scarlet Johansson.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day.

Throwback Friday: Ranking All of the Christopher Nolan Movies I’ve Seen; from least Favorite to Favorite

Considering that TENET‘s official trailer has just come out, here’s my ranking of every Nolan movie that I’ve seen. Enjoy!

Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite director/writers in Hollywood. His movies have fascinated me over the years with their bold storytelling, trippy concepts, and dazzling plot twists that have managed to make each of his films that I have seen not only extremely enjoyable but very memorable as well.

7. The Dark Knight Rises

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I love The Dark Knight trilogy. They are easily some of the best superhero movies ever made with complex storylines and fascinating characters played by brilliant actors. Unfortunately, The Dark Knight Rises was a bit too eloquent for its own good. With a two hour and forty-four-minute runtime, this film drags along, slowly building up to a mediocre final confrontation between the good guys versus the bad guys. While the movie is still better than most films it’s nowhere near as good as its two predecessors or the other Christopher Nolan movies. Hence, it’s my least favorite.

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A Movie Ranking: Christian Bale

Christian Bale has become one of my favorite actors over the years clearly because of his role as Batman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy. But over the years I’ve seen him in other films and have been more than impressed with his ability to transform into different characters. So, for this week’s A Movie Ranking, I wanted to highlight Christian Bale.

7. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

Christian Bale and Rohan Chand in Mowgli (2018)

I have tried to watch this movie three times and all three times I have never been able to finish it. So I have this film at the bottom of this list. Continue reading A Movie Ranking: Christian Bale

A Movie Ranking: Scarlet Johansson

Scarlet Johansson isn’t the highest-paid actress in Hollywood these days for no reason. She’s put in the work, transforming from a superhero in the Marvel movies to a wife dealing with the hardships of divorce in the upcoming critically-acclaimed Netflix film, Marriage Story.

She’s also become one of my favorite actresses because, hey, she plays Black Widow, duh. So, for this week’s A Movie Ranking, I decided to make her the topic of discussion today. Enjoy!

10. Lucy

Scarlett Johansson in Lucy (2014)

From Luc Besson, the mind behind the critically-acclaimed wonder, The Professional, comes Lucy, the story of a normal American woman who, by accident, is exposed to a drug that slowly opens 100% of her brain.

The first third of the movie was actually pretty entertaining but with a story as complex as the idea of a human possessing that much knowledge and power, the film turned south real fast. But hey, you should check it out.

9. Iron Man 2

Scarlett Johansson in Iron Man 2 (2010)

Scarlet Johansson’s debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was nothing short of exciting and it wouldn’t be long before she would become a fan favorite.

8. The Jungle Book

Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley, Giancarlo Esposito, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o, and Neel Sethi in The Jungle Book (2016)

Voicing the wise snake of the jungle, Kaa, The Jungle Book is a delightful remake of a Disney classic.

7. Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Avengers: Age of Ultron is pretty good but compared to these next six films it pales in comparison.

6. The Avengers

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Scarlet Johansson’s second dive into the MCU was even better as she became the hero we didn’t get to see in full detail in Iron Man 2.

5. Captain America: Civil War

Scarlett Johansson in Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America: Civil War was the film that turned Black Widow from Avenger to a leader. Gone was the flirtiness that partly dominated her story replaced with a steely resolve to have to make the right choice. This version of Black Widow is the one we’ll see in greater detail next summer with Black Widow and I couldn’t be more excited.

4. The Prestige

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An amazing movie from beginning to end, The Prestige is unlike any film you’ll ever watch and Scarlet Johansson’s Olivia Wenscombe is the puzzle piece that brings it all together.

3. Avengers: Endgame

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While Black Widow’s role in Avengers: Endgame was much smaller than I expected it doesn’t take away from the impact she had on the story or the MCU overall. Without her sacrifice, The Avengers would not have been able to defeat Thanos, and while it was a sad turn of events for such a beloved character it was the right choice made by the Russo Brothers and the writers of the film, Christopher Markus and Stephen Mcfeely.

2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Scarlett Johansson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

This film was the first time we got to see the spotlight placed on Black Widow and it was fascinating. We got to grasp a deeper side to Natasha Romanoff that had only been sparsely touched in The Avengers and it made her character that much more interesting. Plus, we got to see her in super-spy mode and it was awesome! This was the movie that made me love Black Widow.

1. Avengers: Infinity War

blackwidowavengersinfinitywarposter.jpg

Honestly, is this even a surprise? Avengers: Infinity War is my favorite Marvel movie and, subsequently, this is my favorite role of Black Widow’s as well. The new hairdo, the awesome new outfit, and the stern-no-nonsense persona, Black Widow shined in Infinity War in ways that I hope will be replicated in the Black Widow movie.

So, there you have it, folks! My movie ranking of Scarlet Johansson.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day.

What’s Your Favorite Christopher Nolan Movie?

As you may know, Christopher Nolan is an incredible filmmaker who doesn’t just make movies that perform well at the box-office. Instead, he makes movies that intend to leave you stunned and truly appreciative of the outstanding work he has just displayed on the big screen. I didn’t know much about Christopher Nolan until I saw Interstellar. After that, I became obsessed with his work. I have watched most of his films and have loved every single one of them. Christopher Nolan still hasn’t won an Oscar but he has been nominated five times for one. And honestly, nearly all the movies he has made deserves an Oscar nod.

For this week’s Who’s Your Favorite? I thought it would be perfect to make this amazing director the topic for today. Here’s the list of his best movies. Continue reading What’s Your Favorite Christopher Nolan Movie?

Who’s Your Favorite Movie Director?

What is it that makes us love a movie? There are so many answers to that simple question. One of the staples of a film, however, is the movie’s director. There are thousands of directors around the world but there are those certain directors whose work you recognize immediately. I love movie directors. Their distinct take on filmmaking is fascinating and can help elevate a film from good to great.

And that’s why I wanted to make this the topic of this week’s Who’s Your Favorite? So, who’s your favorite movie director?

For me, my favorite director of all time is undoubtedly Christopher Nolan.

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From his work on The Prestige,

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to his outstanding vision for The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan is a genius of filmmaking. His directorial prowess is rather evident with all of his movies and whenever I see his name next to a film I can’t wait to watch it.

There are, of course, other directors that I can name off of the top of my head that I think is incredible. Steven Spielberg, for one, Ridley Scott, James Cameron, the Coen Brothers; these are directors with specific points of vision that turn the films they help create into utter masterpieces.

Without directors, movies would be bland portraits of art but with them at the helm films can help transport us to a fictional world that captivates our attention for hours on end. And that’s why I love movies.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day. May the Force be with you.