The long delayed list continues, and has no signs of stopping!
123. Uncle Drew (2018)
Famous basketball players in layers of bad old age makeup… that’s the joke.
124. American Animals (2018)
One of the year’s most unique films, American Animals mixes documentary interviews with dramatic performance to tell the true story of a rare book library heist which took place at Transylvania University in Kentucky back in 2004. The film explores how a group of seemingly ordinary college students became capable of such an act, and the paper-thin line that separates a person from becoming a criminal.
125. Sicario Day of the Soldado (2018)
The first Sicario was a flawed but powerful movie about the futility of the drug war. Emily Blunt’s character is absent from this film, and with her gone, so is that which made it so powerful. This sequel instead focuses on Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro’s characters, who were vital to represent the hard-nosed and cynical veterans who clashed with Blunt’s naïve righteousness.
126. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
What a goddamned joke these films have become. Jurassic World 2: Jurassic Park 5 takes the stupidity to the logical next step; bringing dinosaurs to the rest of the planet. This series is in very real danger of approaching Michael Bay’s Transformers series in terms of mindlessness. The only thing keeping me from pushing it that far is that the movie does cross a line somewhere in the 2nd act and starts to become comical.
127. Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
Spike Lee’s WWII epic was a bomb in the box office and divided critics sharply. I have to say, I rather enjoyed it. The film weaves a murder mystery into a story about Black American soldiers fighting the war in Northern Italy. They encounter a wounded boy and take him to a village to safety, only to find out that they are completely cut off from the rest of their comrades. Far from the dud that it was dismissed as upon release, the movie has a respectable place in Lee’s filmography. Lee cannot be accused of being subtle thematically, but then again that lack of subtlety may be just the right kind of medicine the world needs right now.