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Top five movies of the summer

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September 21, 2016

Hello everyone, I hope you had a great summer filled with great movies! In case you missed some over the summer, here are the five best films that came out. Of course, everyone is entitled to their own opinions but these were the films that I enjoyed the most.

5. ‘The Conjuring 2’: The first Conjuring film was one of the better horror movies to come out in the last several years. It was actually scary, it had great tension, great acting and directing, and much more. ‘The Conjuring 2’ followed up with that and added all of those qualities and more. One of these qualities was the excellent plot that focused on much more than just horror. This film takes time to further develop its characters and grow them into people that you really care about. When they are in trouble you are tense and waiting to see what happens. This is something that a lot of modern day horror films fail to accomplish: well-rounded and interesting characters. Definitely check it out if you are a horror buff.

4. ‘Nerve’: ‘Nerve’ really surprised me and I mean that in a good way! When I first watched the trailer months ago, I thought that it was a really unique idea but nothing more. I was really surprised because I was really wrong about this film! I really enjoyed the uniqueness of ‘Nerve’ and thought that it was a very interesting story that has a lot to offer. For those unaware, it is about an online/app game that comes around once a year and people sign up to do dares that are harder and harder for money. Along with an interesting plot, ‘Nerve’ had some great suspense and some fantastic visuals to go with it. Everything is very colorful and full of the city lights and neon. Equally electrifying as the lights was the great soundtrack throughout.

3. ‘The Nice Guys’: Every now and then a movie comes along that really makes you admire film making. We live in a day and age where Hollywood seems to be more concerned about quantity over quality, so whenever a good quality film like ‘The Nice Guys’ comes around, it is a breath of fresh air. ‘The Nice Guys’ had all the ingredients that add up to not only an entertaining movie, but a very well done movie as well. Great acting from Ryan Gosling and Russel Crowe, fun action, lots of humor, a very well written script that engaged audiences and kept you guessing, and an awesome late 70’s vintage feeling. ‘The Nice Guys’ should have done a lot better and received more recognition but was overlooked because of ‘Neighbors 2’ and ‘Angry Birds.’

2. ‘Sing Street’: Ever see a movie that when it’s over, you just feel invigorated and full of hope? Well that is the feeling that ‘Sing Street’ gives you. A story about a group of boys who form a band because one boy named Conor was trying to impress a girl. One thing leads to another and soon a band and real friendships start to form. I very rarely ever say that a movie is near perfection but this movie just might be. Everything from the writing and directing, the amazing performances of these young kids and to the ideas and themes that take hold in the film was all fantastic. One of the best coming-of-age movies I have ever seen. Please go check this one out!

1. ‘Swiss Army Man’: Where to begin with this movie….. I honestly don’t know where to start so I will just start by saying that this was the greatest nonsensical movie that I have ever seen. It was so much fun! Believe me, I was confused about what was going on and that really is the point. It really isn’t made to make complete sense at first and it is made to keep you in a state of wonder. This state of wonder was so much fun and you are just along for the ride and seeing where it will take you. Beyond the obvious weirdness of ‘Swiss Army Man’ are some really deep themes that will leave you pondering this film for days. This has become a cult classic and is a movie that I will never forget.

Honorable Mentions:
– ‘The Neon Demon’: ONLY for “film enthusiasts.” Really messed up movie but cinematically brilliant.
– ‘Eye of the Sky’: Suspenseful for the whole run-time and dealt brilliantly with the morality of modern day warfare.
– ‘The Shallows’: A good shark attack movie starring Blake Lively.
– ‘Hell or High Water’: A slow-building modern day western that was probably the best quality film overall. However not for everyone.