Top 25: First Quarter Of 2016

Top-25 copySo, I have been ranking the top 25 for each month in the challenge and I am about to up the ante by ranking the top 25 films of the first quarter of 2016. That is right, I am going to rank the top 25 films of the first quarter which means all the films from January up to April which makes it the first quarter of the year. Just in case you were wondering what didn’t make the list, well it’s simple, it’s whatever movies are not listed in this list. There are some films that are still the clear cut top films and some that may surprise you. Check it out below:

25. Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

24. Oldboy

23. Cinderella Man

22. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

21. Trainwreck

20. Kingsman: The Secret Service

19. Fargo

18. Goosebumps

17. The Hateful Eight

16. The Dark Crystal

15. Midnight Cowboy

14. The Gift

13. The Fifth Element

12. Bridge Of Spies

11. City Of God

10. The Good Dinosaur

9. Zootopia

8. Legend

7. Alice In Wonderland

6. Dope

5. Room

4. Mystic River

3. Creed

2. The Jungle Book

1. Deadpool

Top 25 Of February

Top-25 copyI have decided after seeing what a friend was doing with his challenge that I would rate the month of February as far as the films I watched. So, I have decided to list my top 25 films of each month and we are starting with the month of February. I will look at all the films I watched and I will rate them from 25 to 1 with one obviously being my favorite film of that particular month. At the end of the year I will rate the top 25 of the year if I make it to that point and hopefully I do. Obviously there are films that are left behind from the list considering some months have 30, 31, and this year February has 29 days. So, some films are unfortunately left behind and I will tell you that The Witch, Sharknado 3, The Punisher, and Black Mama, White Mama are left off the list. I’m not really going to explain why, but rather just show what my top 25 was. So, here is the list:

25. Jem And The Holograms

24. Freaks Of Nature

23. Good Guys Wear Black

22. The Other Woman

21. The Ladykillers

20. The Visit

19. The Last Witch Hunter

18. Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

17. The Transporter Refueled

16. The November Man

15. Eulogy

14. Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm

13. Johnny Dangerously

12. Johnny Got His Gun

11. Triple 9

10. Trainspotting

9. Reservoir Dogs

8. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

7. Friday Night Lights

6. The Fifth Element

5. Oldboy

4. The Dark Crystal

3. Cinderella Man

2. The Good Dinosaur

1. Deadpool

Day 59: Cinderella Man (2005)

Cinderella-Man-600x333I am a sucker for sports movies if you couldn’t tell from yesterdays post, but I am also a sucker for true stories. In early to mid-2000’s, Russell Crowe (Gladiator) was the hottest thing going in Hollywood and in 2005 he  would starred in Cinderella Man. Cinderella Man tells the story of the original underdog in boxing in former world heavyweight champion James J. Braddock. In the 1930’s, things were bad in America as the country was still in a depression. For James J. Braddock and his family, things were just as bad. His boxing career was going nowhere and he could barely afford to feed his family. That is until his manager Joe Gould (Paul Giamatti) gets Braddock a second chance at redemption. All he has to do is beat a couple of guys and he gets the shot of a lifetime against heavyweight champ Max Baer (Craig Bierko). The film also stars Renée Zellweger (Empire Records) as Mae Braddock, Paddy Considine (The World’s End) as Mike Wilson, Bruce McGill (Law Abiding Citizen) as Jimmy Johnston, Matthew G. Taylor (Pacific Rim) as Primo Carnera, Rance Howard (Chinatown) as Announcer Al Fazin, Troy Amos-Ross (Resurrecting The Champ) as John Henry Lewis, and the film was directed by Ron Howard (Apollo 13).

cinderella_manBesides being a fan of sports movies and/or true stories, I am also a huge fan of Boxing films and this is up there with a lot of them. Boxing has always been one of those sports where an underdog can surprise people (and inspire) and be champion. Cinderella Man is definitely that underdog story and Russell Crowe’s performance in the film is amazing. Of course, he’s not the only one who did an amazing job as Zellweger and Giamatti deserve some kudos as well. The writers did an amazing job making sure you saw how desperate the times were back in the early 1930’s and how resourceful people had to be back then.We haven’t seen a depression like that since then and I hope that we never get to ever. The action in the ring is amazing and a strong point as you see every punch and every bit of blood that is splattered. I love some of the camera shots where it looks as if you are the boxer entering the ring and sometimes it looks as if you are taking the punches and getting dazed. The costume department and hair/makeup deserve some kudos as well making us feel like we are being transported to those times. I love the look and feel of the prohibition/great depression era s far as hairstyles and clothing are concerned. Ron Howard is a true master of cinema and he has proven it to us over the years with the plethora of work. There are so many great boxing films out there, but try this one. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.