Whelp, this is it! Just one more week! This awards season has been interesting not just for the whole film community but for myself as well. I learned over the past year not to lean on the Academy as the final judge on a film's quality, as they are an industry too corrupted by studio profit to fairly judge each film for what it deserves. Too many high quality films from throughout the whole year, such as It Comes At Night, A Ghost Story, Detroit, and Good Time, were ignored because of poor advertising. Meanwhile, the films racking up all the awards attention, although still good, play it safe in the way their stories are told or let the technicalities take priority over communicating a strong message for society (I'm looking at you, Get Out!) But there are some films here that I do believe deserve the praise they've been getting this awards season, particularly The Shape of Water, and others I think does not deserve any of the attention, such as Lady Bird.
Click here to read my review of Inside Out.
“Cheer up! Stay positive! Always look on the bright side of life!” Wherever we go, at home, at school, or at work, we are always pressed upon by our peers and media to keep up a grin as a solution to hard times. Anything besides happy, we are expected to think that something is wrong with us. If we get angry, we get called aggressive. If we are disgusted, we get called judgmental. If we are fearful, we get called cowardly. If we are sad, we get called negative.
What Inside Out teaches us is that we have multiple emotions for a reason: each one makes up who we are, that means we should not feel ashamed to express tears of sorrow when necessary. No matter what our surroundings try to tell us, it is not always a good thing to keep a happy face. It’s even more important that we make sure people with ASD understand this.
With every situation of moving or switching schools, all sorts of emotional upsets overwhelm a savant’s mind like an overfilled glass continuing to be filled.
Another year for movies has gone. If there's anything I can say about this year for movies is that this has probably been the most polarizing year we've had. With films such as Bright, mother! and Star Wars: The Last Jedi dividing audiences and critics, as well as audiences themselves, the artform of filmmaking is growing more and more subjective, nearly as hotheaded as the political arena. I myself have some opinions that polarize from other popular opinions, which I'll go through in this list of my favorites and least favorites of the year. Bear in mind, I haven't seen all the films this year, so you won't see The Emoji Movie in my worst list, and this is purely subjective. That is, I'm using this time to take off my critic's cap and judge each movie purely by how much I personally enjoyed it.
If you want to see what I pick for the objectively best of the year, you'll have to wait until it gets closer to Oscar Sunday, I'll post my own little awards show when it gets close. So for now, here's what stood out for me in the cinema this year! To make sure we end on a high note...
Well, another year has come and gone. Can you believe it? Feels like it should still be March if you ask me! We’ve seen a lot happen in 2017, as usual there have been shootings, natural disasters, and public disrespect for the government. But also from this year, we’ve been introduced to Fidget Spinners, Disney acquired the film rights to Fox, a solar eclipse hit the US, and Donald Trump accomplished his first year in office, with strongly opinionated results from all citizens. It has been tough for all of us to go through this year and handle the moral outrage that continues on social media whenever a disaster happens, or our president sends everyone into a frenzy when he misspells “coffee” in a tweet.
I don't think I would be where I am today if it wasn't for Pixar. Right from my preschool days, Toy Story was there to entertain me. I had my own Buzz Lightyear figure which sadly got horribly destroyed over the years, and for Christmas at age eight I got my own Woody, who lost his hat while staying at a hotel in Disneyland. I also watched A Bug's Life probably ever other day when I was in Kindergarten, and when my family got the DVD for Monsters, Inc., I again watched it basically every other day. Since this was the era when DVD were brand new, I was so intrigued by the special features that told about the making of the monster world. This fascination carried on for the rest of my youth, from Finding Nemo to Up, I religiously awaited each one, seeing what other lifeless objects Pixar could bring to life. So like everybody else, I was swelled up in tears when I saw what looked like my childhood ending with Toy Story 3. But the real ending of my childhood was Cars 2, the first film by the studio to get a rotten score on RottenTomatoes. I just couldn't believe it! My favorite studio actually made a bad movie?
Since I came to that realization that Pixar was no longer the greatest animation studio in the world, my critic's mindset was initiated. Now, in light of the newest feature film Coco, here is what I believe is the ultimate ranking of all Pixar's work.
Click here to read my review of Hacksaw Ridge.
With all these comic book movies dominating the box office and pop culture, anyone not yet matured could quickly assume that being a hero means possessing supernatural abilities and resorting to violence to solve problems. To you it may not sound like much, but considering how life imitates art and vice versa, this could be seen as a definite contributor to the rise of violence in our nation, and the feel of not being good enough because you don’t have “superpowers.”
This is why the story of Desmond Doss is a lifesaver: his story shows us all what it really takes to be a hero. No more of that supernatural powers to inflict damage nonsense, this real life hero is an average guy with nothing too special about him, and won’t even dream of firing a bullet for any reason. Yet despite not having any weapon of protection on the war field, he still saved many lives through his love and commitment to his service.
More people, particularly those with autism, need to understand the value Doss’s story offers to the well-being of the 21st century. He proves to every man, woman, and soldier that you don’t have to resort to violence to be a hero, but rather that being a hero is all about helping people and saving lives. Those on the autism spectrum need to understand how good, strong heroism starts with who they’re lead to look at as role models.
Click here to read my review of this movie.
One of the most dangerous things about movies is that they are commonly the first reaction a viewer gets on what the real world is like. Especially with younger kids, it’s their first glimpse at reality before they step into it. With the case of Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, it is offering a false reality about how love and sex ought to be treated from the inspiration of a true story that started as a joke. The movie right from the beginning admits it’s not quite true to the real story, and even the real Mike and Dave have said on Jimmy Kimmel that it’s hard to say how much of the film is accurate, but they estimate about 80%.
The point being, reality is dangerously skewed in its adaptation to film. There is a scene in this movie where a Pacific Islander masseuse strips himself naked, oils himself, and massages the bride’s naked body with his own body, specifically emphasizing the butt area. If something like this was really happening, it would quickly be considered rape. Her fiancé does find out about it later, but it’s in a moment that’s played for laughs to make him look stupid. The lesson: you can go out and have the best orgasms of your life, and nobody has that right to stop you. Then anyone seeing this is going to subliminally pick up that message and mimic the behavior in real life.
Today, I want to talk about something that has seriously angered me about the film industry, one that I’m sure most everyone else is furious about as well: the obsession with sequels, remakes, and reboots.
I recently saw news about plans to make a sixth Terminator movie. Like others, my reaction was, “What? Seriously? Why? Nobody is asking for this!” Now, I never saw any Terminator films past the second one (which is one of my top 20 favorite movies of all time) but I heard near-unanimously awful things about them. I’m not being prejudiced, it’s just that there has been a pattern where I disliked a sequel that was made just because the first was successful. I did not enjoy any of the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, the second and third Men in Black, Monsters University, the third and fourth Shrek movies, and the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Each of these left a very dissatisfied feeling for me because of a lack of care as to why the original was great to start with.
Click here to read my review of Logan.
You may relate to the countless individuals in the world who misunderstand autism. Well today, I will give you an easy parallel to autism: Mutants. Yes, the mutants in the X-Men universe share similarities to autism.
Six-Word Lessons for Dads with Autistic Kids, Lesson #12: They May Have Very Obsessive Interests.
Each of the X-Men are abnormally strong at one skill; Logan/Wolverine possesses physical strength and endurance as well as claws used for fighting, while Professor X has phenomenal mind-bending powers. Likewise, somebody with autism could have a “freakish” advanced skill, including math, memorization, art, or anything else.
Six-Word Lessons for Autism Friendly Workplaces, Lesson #84: Autistic Employees Can Be Literal Thinkers.
In Logan, the border patrol wanted to take advantage of the mutants’ skills to become future weapons. While an autistic scenario looks a little different, abnormal traits still leave individuals on the spectrum as easily susceptible to being used by someone else. For example, others I knew in high school took advantage of my autism by mocking my ridiculous mentality to sound funny for their friends.
I didn’t even get into the whole Pokémon craze until age ten, when Ruby and Sapphire came out. Yes, I was admittedly behind on the trend, but ever since, I became so obsessed by the fantastic designs of the different creatures, I even spent countless childhood hours drawing my own Pokémon, including a region map for them to live, new battle moves, and an Elite Four.
A friend and I even had an activity every recess in fifth and sixth grade: we acted out our own Pokémon adventure, with some cartoon characters as trainers. We thought, “what Pokémon would SpongeBob have? What about the Powerpuff Girls?” Our imaginations explored all possibilities every day at those recesses.
Now after growing up, I still like to occasionally draw my own Pokémon, yet since this blog is called “Trevor’s View on HOLLYWOOD,” I want to combine my love for Pokémon with my love for movies. Then maybe later I will consider sharing my own original Pokémon creations.
So what if some of your favorite movie characters coexisted with Pokémon? Here are 12 movie characters as Pokémon trainers: