Monthly Archives: July 2015

Top 10 Movies I’m Looking Forward to the Most in What’s Left of 2015

2015 has already been a great year in film. This summer has had some of the biggest blockbuster hits of all time.  Movies like Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Furious 7 have smashed box office records and brought in ridiculous amounts of money. We’re barely halfway through the year and there have already been 15 movies to gross over $100,000,000 in the US alone.

This year hasn’t been just about big budget blockbusters though. With films like Ex Machina, Dope and Mad Max: Fury Road there has been no shortage of quality film-making in 2015. Things have been great for fans of film this year, and what’s even better is that the year is not over yet!

So looking ahead, I’ve decided to compile a list of the 10 movies that I’m looking forward to the most this year (that haven’t come out yet). I’ve decided to Include only films coming out after August since I feel like August is still the summer, so that means that even though I am beyond excited to watch Fantastic Four, Vacation, and Straight Outta Compton I’ve unfortunately had to leave those films off the list.

So without further adieu here are the 10 movies I’m looking forward to the most in what’s left of 2015:

#10 Sisters

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are two of the funniest people alive. I love all their work, and I’ll watch anything that they’re in. Sisters looks like a hilarious movie with a great cast. I just don’t see how this movie isn’t laugh out loud funny. I wouldn’t expect anything else from those two ladies.

Director: Jason Moore

Cast: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena

Release Date: December 18th

#9 Legend

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I’m very intrigued by this movie. It’s going to be interesting to see how Tom Hardy pulls of playing both of the main characters in a movie. He’s a fantastic actor, and the plot of the movie seem very interesting, not to mention it’s supposed to be based on real life. Judging from the trailer there should be more than enough action, comedy and drama to go around.

Director: Brian Helgeland

Cast: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis

Release Date: October 2nd

#8 Joy

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Joy is director David O. Russell’s latest film. In the past few years he has made some of my favorite movies of all time (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle) so I’ll pay to see any movie he makes. The film has a fantastic cast (as all his movies do) and Jennifer Lawrence looks great in the trailer, I wouldn’t be surprised to see another Academy Award nomination for her come 2016.

Director: David O. Russell

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez

Release Date: December 25th

#7 The Revenant

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen Leonardo DiCaprio in a movie, but it seems as if it was worth the wait, because The Revenant looks like a great film. Leo is one of my favorite actors of all time, plus he’s joined by fellow superstar Tom Hardy in what looks to be a dark gritty drama that is sure to be nominated for plenty of awards come next year. Not to mention the fact that the movie is directed by last man to win the Oscar for best Picture and Best Director.

Director: Alejandro Iñarritu

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

Release Date: December 25th

#6 The Martian

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Now this is a movie that I do not want to miss! The Martian is based off of the best selling novel written by Andy Wier. This movie has arguably the best cast out of any film this year. It’s almost impossible to name all the big name actors that are going to be in this movie. Add a fresh, unique story and a renowned director and you’ve got the recipe for a great film.

Director: Ridley Scott

Cast:  Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover

Release Date: November 27th

#5 Black Mass

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I feel like it’s been a while since Johnny Depp came out with a great movie. Well it looks like the streak is going to be broken, because Black Mass looks absolutely amazing. Depp’s performance as Whitey Bulger looks chilling. I’m a big fan of mob/gangster movies, and this film seems to follow in the steps of other great film’s in the genre like Goodfellas, The Godfather, and the Departed. I can’t wait to see it!

Director: Scott Cooper

Cast:  Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon

Release Date: September 18th

#4 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

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The first movie in the Maze Runner series took me by surprise. I was not at all familiar with the novels and I absolutely loved the movie. I thought the acting was excellent, the visuals and cinematography were breathtaking, but most of all I just really liked the film’s plot. The Scorch Trials picks up right where the last film left off, and I can’t wait to see it. I have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen, but I know I’m going to love it.

Director: Wes Ball

Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee

Release Date: September 18th

#3 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

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This is the final film in the epic Hunger Games series, and all signs point to it being the best one of them all. I personally thought the last Mockingjay movie was superb so I’m quite excited to see this one. I’ve never read any of the books, so I have no idea what happens, which just makes me want to watch the movie even more, just to see how the story of Katniss Everdeen ends.

Director: Francis Lawrence

Cast:  Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Clafin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Stanley Tucci, Jena Malone, Donald Sutherland

Release Date: November 20th

#2 Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

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It is finally here, The Force is awakening!! The Star Wars franchise has one of the biggest fan-bases in all of pop culture. It’s been a decade since that last Star Wars film came out in theaters so it’s understandable why so many people are so excited about it. Personally I have very high hopes for this movie, I’m a big fan of director JJ Abrams (I really like what he did with the Star Trek films), and judging from the trailer it looks like a stunning movie. I’ll be honest it was tough for me to rank this  #2 seeing as how its arguably the most anticipated movie of the year, but there are simply too many questions about this film and how good it will really be. As excited as I am about this movie coming out, I’m even more excited about the next film on the list.

Director: JJ Abrams

Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Release Date: December 18th

#1 Spectre

So here it is, the movie I am most looking forward to in 2015 is Spectre. The latest installment in the fantastic Daniel Craig James Bond series. The previous 3 films in the series have all been superb (Casino Royal and Skyfall are 2 of my favorite films of all time), and all signs are pointing to this movie being even better. The trailer alone looks amazing, I really like the direction the story is headed in and everything looks simply stunning. The main reason why I’m so excited for this movie though has to be Christoph Waltz. Not only is he one of the greatest actors alive, but in my mind he seems like the perfect person to play a bond villain. I can’t put into words how excited I am to see this movie. I want it to be November 6th already hahaha.

Director: Sam Mendes

Cast:  Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Ralph Fiennes

Release Date: November 6th

So there it is, the 10 movies I’m looking forward to the most in the rest of 2015. I put a lot of hard work into this so I hope you enjoyed reading.  So what do y’all think? Do you guys agree with my list? Please don’t forget to like, comment, and share!!

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UFC Rankings Matrix – July 2015

Since I posted my last UFC Rankings Matrix in June there have been 7 UFC events, and 77 fights (including 4 title fights).

In the past month we’ve seen the crowning of a new UFC Heavyweight Champion in #1 Fabricio Werdum. We’ve continued to see the rise of the destructive #1 Joanna Jedrzejczyk, and we witnessed arguably the greatest UFC event of all time in UFC189. An event that featured the crowning of #2 Conor McGregor as well as the fight of the year between #1 Robbie Lawler and #2 Rory MacDonald.

There has been plenty of movement in the UFC rankings in the past month so without further adieu here are my UFC Ranking Matrix for July 2015 (Click on Images to see them Full Size) (Champions in bold):

(Past Rankings: May 2015 June 2015)

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Women’s Strawweight (115lbs)

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* I included the fights from the 20th Season of the The Ultimate Fighter even though they were technically “Exhibition” matches because they were part of the tournament that crowned the inaugural champ.

Biggest Move

#2 Jessica Aguilar signing with the UFC (technically not a move, but still worth noting)

Upcoming Fights

#2 Jessica Aguilar vs #3 Claudia Gadelha  on August 1st @UFC190

#10 Paige VanZant vs #25 Alex Chambers on September 5th @UFC191

#11 Maryna Moroz vs #15 Valerie Letourneau on August 23rd @UFN74

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Women’s Bantamweight (135lbs)

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Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Ronda Rousey vs #8 Bethe Correia on August 1st @UFC190

#3 Miesha Tate vs #7 Jessica Eye on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#4 Sara McMann vs #10 Amanda Nunes on August 8th @UFN73

#21 Jessamyn Duke vs #25 Elizabeth Phillips on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

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Flyweight (125lbs)

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Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Demetrious Johnson vs #3 John Dodson on September 5th @UFC191

#2 Joseph Benavidez vs #10 Henry Cejudo on September 5th @UFC191

#5 Ian McCall vs #14 Dustin Ortiz on August 8th @UFN73

#19 Ray Borg vs Geane Herrera on August 8th @UFN73

#20 Chris Kelades vs #26 Chris Beal on August 234d @UFN74

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Bantamweight (135lbs)

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Biggest Move

Michael McDonald dropped from rankings

#6 Johnny Eduardo up 4 spots from #10

#7 Eddie Wineland up 4 spots from #11

#13 Thomas Almeida up 3 spots from #16

Upcoming Fights

#1 TJ Dillashaw vs #2 Renan Barao on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#7 Eddie Wineland vs #15 Bryan Caraway on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#10 Francisco Rivera vs #4 (125lbs) John Lineker on September 5th @UFC191

#11 Frankie Saenz vs Sirwan Kakai on August 8th @UFN73

#12 Iuri Alcantara vs Leandro Issa on August 1st @UFC190

#17 Yves Jabouin vs Felipe Arantas on August 23rd @UFN74

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Featherweight (145lbs)

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Biggest Move

#2 Conor McGregor up 2 spots from #4

#9 Jeremy Stephens up 3 spots from #12

#10 Dennis Bermudez down 4 spots from #6

#13 Tatsuya Kawajiri introduced to rankings

#14 Dennis Siver down 3 spots from #11

Upcoming Fights

#1 Jose Aldo vs #2 Conor McGregor on TBD

#6 Max Holloway vs #8 Charles Oliveira on August 23rd @UFN74

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Lightweight (155lbs)

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Biggest Move

#10 Tony Ferguson up 6 spots from #16

#12 Myles Jury down 2 spots from #10

Jorge Masvidal dropped from 155 rankings

Upcoming Fights

#1 Rafael Dos Anjos vs #3 Donald Cerrone  in December @TBA

#8 Michael Johnson vs #16 Beneil Dariush on August 23rd @UFN73

#9 Edson Barboza vs #26 Paul Felder on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#17 Jim Miller vs Danny Castillo on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#21 Joe Lauzon vs #27 Takanori Gomi on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

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Welterweight (170lbs)

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Biggest Move

Hector Lombard dropped from rankings

#8 Rick Story up 3 spots from #11

#11 Stephen Thompson introduced to rankings

#12 Jake Ellenberger down 2 spots from #10

#14 Gunnar Nelson introduced to rankings

Upcoming Fights

#8 Damian Maia vs #23 Neil Magny on August 1st @UFC190

#11 Rick Story vs #16 Erick Silva on August 23rd @UFN74

#23 Josh Burkman vs #30 Patrick Cote on August 23rd @UFN74

#30 Ben Saunders vs Kenny Robertson on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

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Middleweight (185lbs)

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Biggest Move

#4 Yoel Romero up 4 spots from #8

#15 Kelvin Gastelum introduced to 185 rankings

Upcoming Fights

#1 Chris Weidman vs #2 Luke Rockhold in Late 2015 @TBA

#5 Gegard Mousasi vs #27 Roan Carneiro on September 27th @UFN76

#13 Derek Brunson vs #28 Sam Alvy on August 8th @UFN73

#22 Urija Hall vs Joe Riggs on August 8th @UFN73

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Lightheavyweight (205lbs)

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* Even though #1 Jon Jones is technically not the champion anymore, I still have him ranked as #1 since he was stripped of the title and didn’t actually lose the belt to another fighter.

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#2 Daniel Cormier vs #4 Alexander Gustafsson on October 3rd @UFC192

#3 Anthony Johnson vs #17 Jan Blachowicz on September 5th @UFC191

#5 Rashad Evans vs #6 Ryan Bader on October 3rd @UFC192

#7 Glover Teixeira vs #8 Ovince St. Preux on August 8th @UFN73

#10 Shogun Rua vs #11 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on August 1st @UFC190

#13 Rafael Cavalcante vs #14 Pat Cummins on August 1st @UFC190

#16 Gian Villante vs #20 Tom Lawlor on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#21 Nikita Krylov vs #25 Marcos Rogerio de Lima on August 23rd @UFN74

#23 Sean O’Connell vs #28 Misha Cirkunov on August 23rd @UFN74

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Heavyweight (265lbs)

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Biggest Move

#1 Fabricio Werdum up 2 spots from #3

Upcoming Fights

#10 Josh Barnett vs #12 Roy Nelson on September 27th @UFN76

#14 Bigfoot Silva vs #25 Soa Palelei  on August 1st @UFC190

#15 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs #20 Stefan Struve on August 1st @UFC190

#24 Jared Rosholt vs #29 Timothy Johnson on August 8th @UFN73

New Trailer – Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

The new trailer for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is finally out and it looks amazing!!! Unlike a lot of people I’m actually a big fan of the original Man of Steel movie. I’ll be the first to admit that it wasn’t perfect by any means, and it was definitely a little too cheesy at times, but I still loved it. I think what I liked the most about it was the main villain General Zod (played by the great Michael Shannon) and his clash against Superman who I consider to be greatest hero of all time.

To me what makes Batman V Superman so exciting is the fact that it has so many iconic and legendary characters in it. I’ll watch anything with Superman or Batman in it, so a movie with both of them (not to mention fighting each other!!) is almost like a dream come true.

From what the trailer shows, the film is definitely going to address all the rampant destruction that Superman caused in the last movie during his final fight with Zod, and I really like that. I like that there are consequences and real life situations in the DC universe, I appreciate that Zach Snyder is attempting to tell a more realistic story (well as realistic as you can get with superheros). Plus I’m very interested to see Ben Afflecks performance as Batman as well as where this film leads us in the greater DC universe.

I already know that 2016 is going to be an amazing year in film with so many great movies coming out (Captain America 3: Civil War, X-Men Apocalypse, Deadpool, Suicide Squad, etc), but if I had to pick 1 movie that I’m most looking forward to it has to be Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. I can’t wait for it to be March already!!

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to come out in theaters on March 25th

Movie Review: Dope

4 Dope (2015)

This review is a few weeks late since I saw the movie back in June, but better late than never! This movie is so good it deserves to be talked about more. Dope has a mostly unknown group of actors but it is such a great movie. It has an excellent performances by the cast, a fantastic soundtrack, and a a hilarious yet thought provoking plot.

The film’s story is very original, it does gets a little too far fetched sometimes with the character’s schemes and their use of technology, but the film is so enjoyable to watch that I give the filmmakers a pass.Even though its technically a high-school movie, Dope is very different from any other “high school movie” that I’ve ever seen been before. For one the film takes place in Inglewood, California in a neighborhood referred to as “the bottoms”. It’s not often that you see major motion pictures set in the hood, where the main characters aren’t gangsters, rappers, or thugs. What makes Dope unique is that the 3 main characters are all nerdy kids that want to go to college. Dope is both a hilarious and dramatic film that pays attention to an often ignored side of our society, and does an excellent job at telling an original story.

There are plenty of things to like about this film. It’s beautifully shot, and edited. The film has a fantastic soundtrack, great visuals and very well made montages. The dialogue is very funny and witty too. What made the movie for me though had to be the performances by all the main characters. Shameik Moore (who plays the main character Malcolm) in particular gave a superb performance, I see a bright future in the movie business for him. There is one scene in particular where he finally stands up to his tormentor that was so good it gave me chills. Tony Revolori & Kiersey Clemons were excellent as well, they both did great jobs at making their characters funny and relate-able at the same time. I also enjoyed the supporting role performances by Blake Anderson (of Workaholics fame) as well as rapper A$AP Rocky‘s  first big role in a motion picture.

Another great thing about the Dope is all the questions that it raises. There aren’t too many films out there that focus on high school kids that go to school in the ghetto, Dope does an excellent job at telling a unique story that focuses on an ofter ignored minority in our country. The film deals with themes like drugs, violence, bullying, gang mentality, pressure from society, and what it means to be black nowadays.

Dope is a far from perfect film, but it’s refreshingly original and it breaks the mold of what a high-school/coming of age movie is supposed to be like. Dope isn’t scared to ask hard questions, and shine a light at some ugly aspects of our society. It is a very thought provoking film, but it is also very funny and so enjoyable to watch. I don’t know much about director Rick Famuyiwa‘s work but I’ll be sure to check out his future projects. Dope is an amazing movie and it deserves all the praise it gets. if you haven’t already done so, go see it! 4/5