Benny’s Quick Reviews

15: Manchester By the Sea (2016)

  • Casey Affleck incredible.
  • Lucas Hedges and Michelle Williams both excellent.
  • Heartbreaking.
  • A refreshing look at grief.
  • Great music.
  • Not enough Bostonians.

Magnificent.

14: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

  • Breathtaking animation.
  • Loved the mix of art styles/comic panels.
  • Tremendous voice cast.
  • Hopeful, moving story.
  • Very funny.
  • Not enough Spider People.

Remarkable.

13: Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

  • Emily Blunt perfect.
  • Great casting.
  • Catchy songs.
  • Loved @Lin_Manuel‘s Hamilton-esque rap.
  • Kept the magic of the original.
  • Not enough cockneys.

(Trip a Little Light) Fantastic.

12: The Lone Ranger (2013)

  • Third act ridiculous/wildly entertaining.
  • Johnny Depp enjoyable.
  • Surprisingly violent.
  • Great cinematography.
  • Fun, and funny.
  • Not enough obeying the laws of physics.

Thoroughly enjoyable.

11: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

  • Hilarious and Wes Anderson-y.
  • Surprisingly touching.
  • The animation majestic.
  • Terrific voice cast.
  • Great Music.
  • Not enough cussing.

Superb.

Christmas Special: 9: ELF (2003)

  • Hilarious and weird.
  • Will Ferrell made for the role.
  • Not enough stop-motion.

Full of Christmas Cheer!

Christmas Special: 10: Jingle All the Way (1996)

  • Silly and fun.
  • Arnie has a knack for comedy.
  • Not enough Santa brawls.

Full of Christmas cheer!

8: Die Hard (1988)

  • Alan Rickman brilliant and iconic.
  • Al Powell is my hero.
  • Endlessly quotable.
  • Underrated camera work and score.
  • Full of humour.
  • Stop reading and go watch it.

THE best.

7: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

  • Zoe Kazan segment excellent.
  • Tom Waits superb.
  • Liam Neeson tale incredibly depressing.
  • The rest a mixed bag.
  • Beautiful cinematography.
  • Not enough singing cowboys.

Worth a watch.

6: Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

  • Rami Malek exceptional.
  • Great casting for other Queen members.
  • Unreal Live Aid sequence.
  • A few inaccuracies but still moving and fun.
  • Weirdly sinister villain.
  • Not enough moustaches.

Tremendous.

5: The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

  • God, Santa’s cool.
  • Kurt Russell having a blast.
  • Lots of fun.
  • Solid effects.
  • Made me feel christmassy.
  • Not enough Ho-Ho-Ho-ing.

Thoroughly enjoyable.

4: Escape From New York (1981)

  • God, Snake Plissken’s cool.
  • John Carpenter is A-Number 1!
  • The score is ace.
  • Set design and cinematography create an absorbing future NY.
  • Not enough Good or Ugly.

Sublime

3: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

  • I wish I were James Stewart.
  • Jean Arthur charming.
  • Frank Capra loves Auld Lang Syne.
  • The Filibuster scene a remarkable piece of acting.
  • Inspiring and moving.
  • Not enough Mel Gibson.

Exquisite.

2: First Man (2018)

  • Astonishing space sequences, visceral and tense.
  • The landing scene majestic.
  • The score is wonderful.
  • I like Ryan Gosling’s face.
  • I dislike Jason Clarke’s face.
  • Not enough Claire Foy.

Exquisite

1: Valerian & The City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

  • Dane DeHaan not as cool as he thinks.
  • Cara Delevingne very good.
  • Both of them together, not so good.
  • Glorious effects.
  • Luc Besson is nuts.
  • Not enough Ethan Hawke.

Thoroughly enjoyable.