May 2014 Movie Report

The summer movie season has begun and it has started with a bang! Tons of blockbusters hit the screen as well as a couple smaller films that really hit. So I wanna discuss my brief thoughts on the best and worst films of the month as well as a rating and ranking of each one I saw. Keep in mind that there were a few films that I have not seen yet, but I’ll edit the list when I see more. So here we go!

Best:

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As someone who was never a crazy big fan of the franchise, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” shocked me with it’s complex narrative, strong characters, and such a brilliant balance of the dramatic and the comedic. Filled with powerhouse performances like Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, and stand-out James McAvoy, this is a summer blockbuster that is remarkable on all levels.

Worst:

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Let me say this up front: I am a huge Spider-Man fan. I’ve loved the character ever since I was in elementary school. That’s what makes it so painful to say that “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is anything but amazing. Sure, there’s some good work done by cast members Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, but the overabuncance of  storylines, atrocious villains, and nonsensical action sequences cause this to just be a numbing theater experience. Also, Paul Giamatti as Rhino is one of the worst things to happen in any blockbuster in recent years.

So with that out of the way, here’s my ranking of the movies released in May:

1. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” – A
2. “Godzilla” – A-
3. “Chef” – B+
4. “Neighbors” – B+
5. “The Double” – B
6. “The Normal Heart” – B
7. “A Million Ways to Die in the West” – D+
8. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” – D

As for the films I haven’t seen yet this May, I missed out on seeing major releases like “Maleficent” and “Blended,”  as well as some  independent films like “Palo Alto,” “Night Moves,” and “Filth.” Once I see them, if I do, I’ll make sure to update this list.

What did you guys think of the month of May? What was your favorite movie of the month? What was your least favorite? Make sure to comment and vote in the poll below.

Thank you guys so much for reading and, as always, “Follow the Screen, Scene X Scene!”

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