I make it a point to not see any movies these days (except Star Wars). They are all cheesy sequels (Independence Day 2), horrible/predicatble superhero movies (every single Marvel movie; and I was only able to stomach half of Suicide Squad, on a 14 hour flight!), or remakes or based off of books (Harry Potter), or based off of real events (Deepwater Horizon; which I actually really enjoyed!). There is no originality in Hollywood anymore. The only movies that are remotely good in my list are the ones that are based on actual events.
The last movie I actually forked over money to watch was Rogue One back in December, which at first I thought was going to suck but then everyone I knew said it was awesome and the huge Star Wars fan in me had to see it and it turned out to be amazing. I hope they drop the cheeky stuff for Episode 8 and the Han Solo spin-off and make it a true epic.
Deepwater Horizon totally blew me away, although I didn't see it in theaters (my roommate Redbox-ed it and we both watched it). I grew up in Houston and was in high school when that disaster happened so I was intrigued by the story and actual litigation in the aftermath as it was constantly on the news. My history teacher at the time was an oil industry brat so he would spool us up on what was going on also.
The other aforementioned movies in my post were total letdowns (save for Harry Potter, just not an HP fan so I don't care to watch those. May the Force be with you.). I grew up watching Independence Day as a kid and watched it a couple weeks ago on DVD. It seems cheesy today, but it was the 90s, you take the good with the bad. Resurgence was, IMO, way to cheeky for my likening with everyone being someones kid and all the easter eggs. They were literally trying to remake the first one!!!!! Good thing I saw that on a plane, for free.
And Suicide Squad. Good God what a disappointment. Every single character is exactly what you could imagine beforehand. The idealistic, country boy Army man as the leader leading a gang of misfits that includes (but not limited to); a sexy crazy chick whose character appeals to all the emos in my generation that acts like a child, the assassin that is incredibly good with guns who kills to feed his daughter; the ex gangster turned good and is in self-inflicted exile from all of his powers; etc... and the emo Joker? No, just no. Joker loves to screw with Batman as the symbol of the never-ending struggle between law and chaos and actually recognizes that as his purpose in life, not some emo guy who goes to the club all the time and misses his girlfriend. This is the kind of movie you expect from the generation that had its formative years shaped by the Twilight series. It's like being crazy is the new "designer illness", especially if you look on Facebook...
*Steps off soapbox*
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