2016 Movies Ranked

  1. Arrival
  2. The Lobster
  3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  4. Hidden Figures
  5. Moonlight
  6. Deadpool
  7. Captain Fantastic
  8. Don’t Think Twice
  9. Manchester by the Sea
  10. Doctor Strange
  11. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  12. Captain America: Civil War
  13. La La Land
  14. Florence Foster Jenkins
  15. The Light Between Oceans
  16. Star Trek Beyond
  17. Kubo and the Two Strings
  18. My Life as a Zucchini
  19. Midnight Special
  20. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  21. Miss Peregirne’s Home for Peculiar Children
  22. The Founder
  23. X-Men: Apocalypse
  24. Love & Friendship
  25. Finding Dory
  26. Hail, Caesar
  27. A Monster Calls
  28. Ghostbusters
  29. Into the Forest
  30. Suicide Squad
  31. Cafe Society
  32. The Jungle Book
  33. Batman v. Superman

Jan 2017 TV TBW

Image result for x files jan 3 Jan 3: X-Files- 10-episodes of the revived series on FOX



Image result for end of the fucking world netflixJan 5: The End of the F***ing World- Dark comedy based on a graphic novel which follows a teen couple on a road trip intends to kill the girl at the conclusion of their journey on NETFLIX

Image result for philip k dick primeJan 12: Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams- 10-episode sci-fi anthology based on Philip K. Dick’s short stories on AMAZON PRIME





Image result for futile and stupid gesture  netflixJan 26: A Futile and Stupid Gesture- a biopic about the life of National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney on NETFLIX

2017 Movies Ranked

  1. Get Out
  2. Dunkirk 
  3. Lady Bird
  4. Wonder Woman
  5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  6. The Shape of Water
  7. Brigsby Bear
  8. Thor: Ragnarok
  9. The Lure
  10. Logan
  11. The Big Sick
  12. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  13. IT
  14. Colossal
  15. It Comes at Night
  16. Dean
  17. Dave Made a Maze
  18. Loving Vincent
  19. Beauty and the Beast
  20. The Glass Castle
  21. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  22. The Girl with All the Gifts
  23. War for the Planet of the Apes
  24. Okja
  25. The Lego Batman Movie
  26. The Beautiful Fantastic
  27. Justice League
  28. Passengers
  29. Ghost in the Shell
  30. Tulip Fever
  31. Alien: Covenant
  32. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  33. Kong Island
  34. A Ghost Story

***31 actually seen in 2017

2017 Movies TBW

T2 Trainspotting
I, Tonya
The Disaster Artist
Blade Runner 2049
The Greatest Showman
The Post
Call Me by Your Name
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Lost City of Z
The Circle
Phantom Thread 
The Florida Project
Murder on the Orient Express
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
All the Money in the World
Darkest Hour

TBW Movie List for 2018

Here are a few movies on my tenative “To Be Watched” movie list for 2018. Any you want to see? What did I miss?


Please Stand By (1/26)-Dakota Fanning plays a young autistic woman who runs away to submit her manuscript to a “Star Trek” writing competition.

FEBRUARY 2018Black Panther Poster

God Particle (2/2)-Don’t know much except sounds like it is the next the Cloverfield series.

Black Panther (2/16)-I believe I will enjoy this.

Annihilation (2/23)-Read this book. Enjoyed the mystery, but hopefully, the movie will explain what the heck was going on.


Ready Player One PosterMARCH 2018

Isle of Dogs (3/23)-Wes Anderson, Stop Motion Animation, ’nuff said?

A Wrinkle in Time (3/9)-One of my favorite books as a kid.

Ready Player One (3/30)-One of my favorite books as an adult.


The New Mutants PosterAPRIL 2018

A Quiet Place (4/6)-Directed by John Krasinski. A family living on a farm hides from a supernatural evil attracted to sound by avoiding making sound and communicating in sign language.

X-Men: The New Mutants (4/13)-That poster looks neat.

Avengers: Infinity War PosterMAY 2018

Avengers: Infinity War (5/4)-Every superhero ever in a movie together.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (5/25)-Trying not to hear too much about this, but sure seems like it might be a cluster.

Untitled Deadpool Sequel PosterJUNE 2018

Deadpool 2 (6/1)-Duh.

The Incredibles 2 (6/15)-Been too long since the last one.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (6/22)-Doesn’t seem like it is has been long enough since the last one.

Ant-Man and the Wasp PosterJULY 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp (6/6)- Honey, I Shrunk the Superfhero: Part II

Alita: Battle Angel (6/20)– cautiously optimistic


Captive State PosterAUGUST 2018
Captive State (8/17)-  The occupation of Chicago by an extra-terrestrial force AND it has John Goodman.

The Happytime Murders (8/17)-Puppets and murder! “When the puppet cast of an ’80s children’s TV show begins to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.”


Image result for venom 2018OCTOBER 2018

Venom (10/5)-Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock. I like it.

Bad Times at the El Royale (10/5)-Just keeping my eye on this…too early to tell.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix PosterNOVEMBER 2018

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (9/2)-Can never have too many X-men movies, right? Right?


Mortal Engines PosterDECEMBER 2018

Mortal Engines (12/14)-Post-apocalyptic steampunk world where entire cities have been mounted on wheels. Okay you have my attention.

Aquaman (12/21)-I am keeping an open mind.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Stop what you are doing and read this book right now.

Another Earth and The Help

Reviewed by Ms. Critic

After throwing back some Midol and curling up with the heating pad, I turned to the trusty tele to find some comfort. It was actually Mr. Critic who selected these movies from Netflix, probably from my prompts of wanting to see more “girl movies”.

Let me confess one thing before I get started. I’m the kind of girl who is clueless about movies. I don’t really care for previews nor do I follow what is new or the creation of films. And it’s because Mr. Critic is 100% competent in this area. I often turn to him like a confused senior and ask “honey have we seen that yet?” (read “honey, I can’t remember a damn thing about any film ever, did I watch this movie, and also, where did I park the car?”) Rest assured reader, I am writing this just after seeing both films so my memory banks for these two haven’t dumped yet. Thank God I’m still young!

The first movie was Another Earth. In my naïve way I asked Mr. Critic what movie he picked and what it’s about. He told me it’s about what it would be like if there was a mirrored earth. “Don’t worry, it’s not a sci-fi,” he assured.

What followed was a film totally unexpected. The story unfolds in a quiet, surreal manner, with a patient and subtle suspense that urges you to continue to watch. The tragedy unfolds when a promising teen makes a mistake so large, it sends her to prison. And that is just the first few minutes of the movie. It later continues with her release to the public that coincides with the contact of another earth. Another Earth is presented as symbol of redemption for the lead character, while others are uneasy with the idea that their lives are a mirrored on this newly found sister planet. I’m not going to tell you much more in fear that I give away the entire plot, however I will share that in my vulnerable state, I cried like a baby. The movie is seductive with its haunting views of another Earth in the sky. Something so beautiful and familiar (since it looks just like our Earth) yet entirely out of place when viewed next to the moon in the skyscape. It’s the simple shots and quiet moments of this film that make it so attractive. Not everything is explained in this film, which adds to the mystery and intrigue.

Next we watched The Help. I had read the book previously and had bawled my eyes out on the pages of this story already. Apparently I had many tears to spare because this did not make me immune to another ugly cry, or maybe I should say a series of ugly cries. This tale of racism in Mississippi stayed true to its book roots with its main focus of triumph of adversity. Unlike Another Earth, The Help uses humor and easily accessible and familiar characters to unfold a complex plot. This is a Steel Magnolias type of movie of feel-good sisterhood and courage juxtaposed with uptight southern bells—the ultimate super villains. The connection to the characters is somewhat lacking only because of the shear volume and lack of inner monologue that a book is better at uncovering. However, the movie did a good job of uncovering racism without being preachy or political.

So if you’re in need of an escape to another world, try one of these movies, just make sure to pack your tissues for the emotional journey ahead.

Review of Best Original Song Nominees

So this year only two songs have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song: “Man or Muppet” and “Real in Rio”. Take a listen.

Real in Rio

Man or Muppet

First let me say, I am disappointed that there are only two songs. Either the Academy needs to change their rules or somebody needs to step up and start writing some better songs for movies.

And in reviewing these songs, to me, there is one clear winner. Although “Real in Rio” will make a great half-time, marching band song someday, it just does not even come close to the greatness of the Muppets. First, the song is written by Bret McKinzie of the Flight of the Conchords, who has written some fantastically funny songs, and I would love to see him honored for creating another hit. Second, this song isn’t just funny, but I think it speaks to the heart of most men as we grow up. Are we to lose that crazy, childlike Muppet inside of us to become an “adult” or should we embrace that weird, felt-like, googley-eyed personality? Those of you who know me, know which path I have chosen, which I’m sure at times drives my wife crazy.

“Man or Muppet” is a wonderful song on so many levels and Mister Critic picks “Man or Muppet” to win.

What do you think?

The Obligatory “I’m back” Post

Yes, that’s right. Mister Critic is back to biz-natch and ready to blog it up. Here’s a little something to break the ice and get us back into the swing of things.

Thirtysomething, 24 Years Later

Reviewed by Ms. Critic

I’ve been caught up. Swept away to a world not too different from my own, watching Thirtysomething on Netflix has been my dirty little secret. The first taping of Thirtysomething was in 1987. So you’d think that something created so long ago, a silly sitcom would really not resonate with a thirty-year-old of today. You’d think our facebook, iphones and tech gadgets would make us somehow superior or at least different. We’d perhaps struggle with different world politics, a different economy, different family values.  Has life really changed much in 24 years?

This year I turned double digit threes and can really identify with the clash between adulthood obligations and ideology that is unique to thirty-year-olds for generations now. It’s kind of a middle place, a waiting place. I feel the adulthood angst carried with me everywhere I go. Thirty is the age when you realize, you are not really that special (if you are lucky, your parents or spouse still think you are). You didn’t marry Prince Charming, didn’t solve world hunger, didn’t make millions on Wall Street. Thirty is a mediocre age where you accept you are just one of many people trying to live your life avoiding trauma. Watching Thirtysomething I identify with the Steadmans who work hard to balance their careers while raising a family under the roof of a decrepit house. I identify with Eylln who cautiously navigates her relationship with her parents who recently divorced. Or there is Melissa who spends more time hiding behind the camera rather than making connections because it’s safer. And I identify with Gary who wants to make the world a better place but doesn’t know where to begin. These characters are so much like my friends and me with the same obstacles and joys that the dated 80’s style become as invisible as the Emperor’s New Clothes (well almost. I still can’t get over that Elliot a grown man, wears large decorative pins on his suit coats, very strange indeed).

Watching Thirtysomething I don’t feel so alone feeling unsure. I am reminded that everyone is plugging away at their journey, not really understanding where they will be taken next. I’m comforted that although my real life Thirtysomething friends have very different lives; we are able to learn from one another and share our life experiences. And thanks to fictional Thirtysomething, I realize it doesn’t matter what era you were born in (or if you wore hideous pins or feathered bangs) the destination is not what is important. It’s the journey that makes life worth living.