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)

W135

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

Movie Review: Spy

5 Spy (2015)

I just got back from watching Spy, and I absolutely loved every minute of it. It is hands down, without a doubt the best comedy that I’ve seen in a long time. It’s easily the funniest movie of the year, and I honestly can’t praise it enough.

Clearly the movie is hilarious. There were so many amazing jokes throughout the film, it’s impossible to remember them all. The dialogue was amazing, it seemed as if there was a joke in every characters lines and I absolutely loved it. I don’t think I stopped laughing for more than a few seconds and that was probably just to catch my breath.

The plot was pretty straightforward, there were no big surprises but I still found it very enjoyable. There were no major plot holes and everything moved along smoothly. The film’s cast was simply fantastic as well. Melissa McCarthy is one of the funniest women alive, and I am such a big fan of her work. I’ve loved her in everything I’ve seen her in and Spy is no exception. She does an amazing job at portraying her character as the shy nerdy type who has a dark/badass side. She has so many memorable lines and scenes in the movie, she really is a pleasure to watch.

Rose Byrne was her usually beautiful and hilarious self. Some of the best scenes in the movie were between Byrne and McCarthy’s characters. Both women just absolutely killed with their delivery of their jokes. I was laughing at pretty much everything that came out of their mouths.

One of the best and most pleasant surprises in the movie had to be Jason Statham. Not only is he arguably the biggest action star in Hollywood right now, but he definitely has the gift for comedy. He has excellent comedic timing and is absolutely hilarious as the straight man. His character was just the best. Everything he said was even funnier just because it was coming from such a serious badass. I know he’s had great success making action movies but I’d really love to see him do more comedies like this because he was simply awesome in it.

The person that I think stole the show though had to be newcomer Miranda Hart. She played kind of McCarthy’s side-kick/best friend and she had me laughing out loud with every single thing she said or did. She is without a doubt one of the best things about the movie, she is just hilarious. I hope they make a sequel just so I get to see more of her. Really, she was that good and that funny.

Spy isn’t just about jokes and comedy though, it’s actually also a pretty great action movie too. The stunts and action sequences were expertly shot and choreographed. This movie had some of the best fight scenes that I’ve seen in a while. I can’t say enough good things about them, they were both funny and exciting at the same time (they were pretty gory too). I especially liked the use of slow motion during some of the fight scenes, it helped make a funny movie even funnier. McCarthy more than held her own as an “action star” doing an excellent job in all that stunts and action sequences. I find it refreshing to see an action-comedy with a female lead. You don’t really see many of those types of movies but I hope that after this one we see more like them.

The movie also had great positive message. With a strong female lead like McCarthy the movie showed that women can be just as funny and badass as men. There is a definite theme of empowering women, and showing how a woman doesn’t need a man to be successful.

Overall, Spy is an absolute comedic masterpiece. I really can’t think of anything that I didn’t like about it, if anything I just wish it was longer so I’d get to see more of it. Director Paul Feig and McCarthy have proven to be an amazing team, and I can’t wait to see their next movie. I just absolutely loved Spy, and I enjoyed watching every minute of it. My face still hurts from laughing so much. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard and so often during a movie. It is without a doubt the best comedy of the year, and I can’t wait to see it again. If you haven’t already done so, go see it!! I can’t recommend it enough. 5/5

New Trailer: Sicario

Sicario is an upcoming crime drama that focuses on the war on drugs along the Mexican border. This movie looks pretty damn good. The cast looks amazing. Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin are all fantastic actors, and judging from the trailer they are set to deliver some great performances. The subject matter seems quite interesting as well. There have been a number of films made recently that focus on cartel violence and the war on drugs, but this to me looks better than anything else that’s come out in recent memory. I am very much looking forward to this film.

Sicario is set to come out in theaters on September 25th

Movie Review: Jurassic World

3.5 Jurassic World (2015)

I finally got around to watching Jurassic World this week. I knew the movie was going to be a big hit, but I had never imagined it would be such a huge commercial success. I was pretty shocked when I found out it had already made more than $200million in the domestic box office on opening weekend. I already wanted to watch the movie, but knowing this made me want to watch it even more. I wanted to see if the hype was warranted. Now that I’ve seen the movie I can see what the hype was about, and why it’s been such a massive success. At the same time however I left the theater feeling a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I thought Jurassic World was a great movie, and I was thoroughly entertained, but this is definitely one of those movies that while good, could have been so much better.

First off, the things I liked about the movie. Obviously the main reason people want to watch this movie is all the action sequences and the dinosaurs. Jurassic World more than delivers on both. This movie has some of the best CGI I have ever seen. The dinosaurs look very very real, it’s amazing how far technology has advanced in the 20 years since the first film in the series came out. The action in the movie is fantastic as well. There are a ton of fights between man and dinosaur and even between dinosaur and dinosaur. The best parts of the movie definitely revolve around the dinosaurs and the mayhem they create.

Chris Pratt was his usual awesome self, he nailed his character as the tough guy badass, and he was also quite funny in the few scenes where he actually had comedic dialogue. The rest of the cast was nothing special, but It was great seeing Jake Johnson (New Girl) as one of the Jurassic World employees. I will say however that I was thoroughly impressed by the fact that Bryce Dallas Howards character wore high heels throughout the entire movie. She runs in heels better than most people do in running shoes, it really is an amazing feat.

The main thing that I disliked about the movie was the fact that it was painfully predictable. The movie was pretty straightforward, nothing really surprised me. I was even able to predict exactly how certain characters would die, which is never a good sign when it comes to a movie like this. Pretty much all the characters were one dimensional. You could tell who the good guys and the bad guys were right from the start and those roles didn’t change at all throughout the film. Everything was a little too obvious for my taste. I never really felt scared for any of the main characters, which is a bit sad considering the type of film Jurassic World is.

Not only was the movie predictable, but the number of plot holes was pretty obvious as well. I can overlook a certain amount of plot holes, particularly in summer blockbuster type movies, but Jurassic World had just too many to ignore. There were far too many lucky coincidences for my taste. Also, most of the dialogue in the film was pretty cheesy. I wouldn’t really say the acting was bad, I just think the actors didn’t have the best dialogue to work with.

I know I’m being pretty harsh on this film, and that’s probably due to my high expectations going in. The thing about Jurassic World that upsets me isn’t that it’s a bad movie, I would actually say It’s a pretty good movie, it’s just that it could have been so much better. At the end of the day Jurassic World is not the smartest or well thought out movie, but it is entertaining, and it more than delivers on the action side of things. I wish it would have been better, but I would still recommend watching it. For all my criticisms I still left the theater in a good mood, and feeling entertained. 3.5/5

UFC Rankings Matrix – June 2015

There has been a ton of great UFC action in the past month. Since I posted my last Rankings for the month of May (HERE) there have been 5 UFC events, and 59 fights (including 2 title fights).

In the past month we’ve seen #4 Stipe Miocic cement himself as the future of the Heavyweight Divison by absolutely destroying the great #7 Mark Hunt. We’ve witnessed the crowning of a new UFC Lightheavyweight Champion in #2 Daniel Cormier and we’ve seen some MMA legends come back and pick up some much needed finishes (#5 Carlos Condit & #15 Dan Henderson). Not to mention the very underrated superfight between #3 Frankie Edgar and #4 Urijah Faber. All in all these past 30 days have given us some fantastic fights and there has been plenty of movement in the rankings because of it.

Without further adieu, here are my UFC Rankings for June 2015 (Click on Images to see them Full Size) (Champions in bold):

Women’s Strawweight (115lbs) W115 June

* 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

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

Upcoming Fights

#1 Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs #5 Jessica Penne on June 20th @UFN69

#4 Michelle Waterson vs #28 Angela Magana on July 12th @TUF 21 Finale

#6 Tecia Torres vs #17 Angela Hill on June 13th @UFC188

#10 Joanne Calderwood vs #16 Bec Rawlings on July 18th @UFN72

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Women’s Bantamweight (135lbs)

W135 June

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

#12 Holly Holm vs #13 Marion Reneau on July 15th @UFN71

#14 Jessica Andrade vs #23 Sarah Moras on July 15th @UFN71

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

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Flyweight (125lbs)

 125 June

Biggest Move

#8 Zach Makovsky up 3 spots from #11

#10 Henry Cejudo up 2 spots from #12

#9 John Moraga down 2 spots from #7

#12 Ali Bagautinov down 3 spots from #9

Upcoming Fights

#10 Henry Cejudo vs #17 Chico Camus on June 13th @UFC188

#16 Scott Jorgensen vs (135lbs) Manny Gamburyan on July 15th @UFN71

#19 Patrick Holohan vs Vaughan Lee on July 18th @UFN72

#20 Neil Seery vs #25 Luis Smolka on July 11th @UFC189

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Bantamweight (135lbs)

135 June

Biggest Move

#9 Francisco Rivera up 2 spots from #11

Upcoming Fights

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

#11 Eddie Wineland vs #14 Bryan Caraway on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#16 Thomas Almeida vs #18(125lbs) Brad Pickett on July 11th @UFC189

#21 Rani Yahya vs #23 Masanori Kanehara on June 27th @UFN70

#27 Cody Garbrandt vs Henry Biriones on July 11th @UFC189

#29 Russell Doane vs Jerrod Sanders on July 12th @TUF 21 Finale

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Featherweight (145lbs)

145 June

Biggest Move

#18 Thiago Tavares down from #14

Upcoming Fights

#1 Jose Aldo vs #4 Conor McGregor on July 11th @UFC189

#6 Dennis Bermudez vs #12 Jeremy Stephens on July 11th @UFC189

#11 Dennis Siver vs #19 Tatsuya Kawajiri on June 20th @UFN69

#14 Hacran Dias vs #23 Chas Skelly on June 27th @UFN70

#28 Niklas Backstrom vs Noad Lahat on June 20th @UFN69

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Lightweight (155lbs)

 155 June

Biggest Move

#3 Donald Cerrone up from #4

Upcoming Fights

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

#6 Gilbert Melendez vs #7 Eddie Alvarez on June 13th @UFC188

#8 Michael Johnson vs #17 Beneil Dariush on August 23rd @UFN73

#9 Edson Barboza vs #27 Paul Felder on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#11 Jorge Masavidal vs (WW) Cezar Ferreira @TUF 21 Finale

#12 Al Iaquinta vs #13 Bobby Green on July 15th @UFN71

#14 Josh Thompson vs #16 Tony Ferguson on July 15th @UFN71

#20 Ross Pearson vs #26 Evan Dunham on July 18th @UFN72

#21 Joe Lauzon vs #28 Takanori Gomi on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#25 Rustam Khabilov vs Danny Castillo on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

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Welterweight (170lbs)

 170 June

Biggest Move

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

Upcoming Fights

#1 Robbie Lawler vs #3 Rory McDonald on July 11th @UFC189

#7 Matt Brown vs Tim Means on July 11th @UFC189

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

#9 Kelvin Gastelum vs #22(185lbs) Nate Marquardt on June 13th @UFC188

#10 Jake Ellenberger vs #20 Stephen Thompson on July 12th @TUF 21 Finale

#11 Rick Story vs #16 Erick Silva on June 27th @UFN70

#17 Gunnar Nelson vs #21 John Hathaway on July 11th @UFC189

#19 Brandon Thatch vs John Howard on July 11th @UFC189

#22 Alan Jouban vs Matt Dwyer on July 15th @UFN71

#27 Lorenz Larkin vs Santiago Pnozinibbio on June 27th @UFN70

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

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Middleweight (185lbs)

185 June

Biggest Move

#5 Gegard Mousasi up 2 spots from #7

#14 Dan Henderson up 5 spots from #19

Upcoming Fights

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

#4 Lyoto Machida vs #8 Yoel Romero on June 27th @UFN70

#10 Michael Bisping vs #11 Thales Leites on July 18th @UFN72

#20 Urija Hall vs Krzysztof Jotko on June 20th @UFN69

#26 Thiago Santos vs Steve Bosse on June 27th @UFN70

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Lightheavyweight (205lbs)

205 June

* 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

#2 Daniel Cormier up 2 spots from #4

Upcoming Fights

#2 Daniel Cormier vs #4 Alexander Gustafsson in late 2015 @TBA

#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 #23(185lbs) Tom Lawlor on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#18 Illir Latifi vs #28 Hans Stringer on July 18th @UFN72

#20 Nikita Krylov vs #25 Marcos Rogerio de Lima on June 27th @UFN70

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Heavyweight (265lbs)

 265 June

Biggest Move

#5 Andrei Arlovski up 2 spots from #7

Upcoming Fights

#1 Cain Velasquez vs #3 Fabricio Werdum on June 13th @UFC188

#10 Josh Barnett vs #12 Roy Nelson on September 27th @UFN78

#11 Frank Mir vs #20 Todd Duffee on July 15th @UFN71

#14 Bigfoot Silva vs #23 Soa Palelei  on August 1st @UFC190

#15 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs #19 Stefan Struve on August 1st @UFC190

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

New Trailer: Z for Zachariah

Wow, does this movie look good or what?

Z for Zachariah is a post apocalyptic sci fi film set after a nuclear war. The movie is about 3 survivors, how they come together and how they start their new lives as possibly the last human beings on earth. Judging from the trailer alone there is going to be a ton of great drama, and tense situations in the film. The movie has such a great cast, which includes the beautiful Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall street), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and Chris Pine (Star Trek). I already know the love triangle between Robbie, Ejiofor and Pine is going to be fantastic. This really is one of the movies I am most looking forward to this year.

Z for Zachariah is set to come out in theaters on August 21st.

New Trailer: The Martian

This is the trailer for Ridley Scott’s latest project. The Martian is based on a best selling novel written by author Andy Weir. I haven’t personaly read the book, but I’ve heard great things.

The movie takes place in the future during a manned mission to Mars. Matt Damon’s character is left behind when his fellow crewmembers assume he died. The movie is about one man surviving against all odds. It looks interesting to say the least.

Let’s be honest, this movie looks amazing. I mean the cast alone is spectacular, its going to be interesting to see how the filmakers use so many famous actors in the movie. I really can’t wait to go see it.

The Martian is set come out in theaters on November 25th.