Daniel's Critical Corner

January 15, 2017

Daniel’s Critical Corner: The Best of 2016

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Float Like A Butterfly, Sing Like A Bee.

Hello Everyone !
~ Welcome to Daniel’s Critical Corner ~
Prepare Your Acceptance Speeches !  It’s Time For:
The Best of 2016

Well folks, today is your lucky day !  In the midst of several award shows,
here comes my thrilling take on 2016’s cinematic offerings.  It was indeed
one heck of a crazy year, but visiting the movie theaters was a great way
to beat the heat (and escape election woes).

 We will never forget the epic battle between Jill Stein and Gary Johnson !!!
Then there were those other two that kept making the news.  Ryan Lochte
and Michael Phelps.  Ha-ha !

Alright, here are ten of my favorite flicks (in no particular order) !!!

The Best of 2016:

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Florence Foster Jenkins

*Hits all of the right notes (and plenty of wrong ones).
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Doctor Strange

*Khaaaaaaan !  Whoops…  I mean Straaaaaaange !

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Count Dracula, Eat Your Heart Out !!!

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Love & Friendship

*Also known as “The Real Housewives of London”.

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Queen of Katwe

*A true champion !

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Kubo and the Two Strings

*Two much fun !

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We Made It To The Monkee’s Reunion Tour !

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Manchester by the Sea

*Brings about an ocean of tears.

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Hell or High Water

*One helluva thrill ride !

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The Finest Hours

*Nautical heroics amid waves of adventure.

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The Finest Hours (Disney) 2016

You Threw The Necklace Overboard ?

For The Fifth Time, This Ain’t The Titanic !

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La La Land

*Is landing plenty of awards !

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Moana

*Rock-solid entertainment.

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 And now, here are some very honorable mentions !

The Terrific 25:

~ Loving
The BFG ~
~ The Jungle Book
Hacksaw Ridge ~
~ Captain America: Civil War
Star Trek Beyond ~
~ Moonlight
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ~
~ Zootopia
Miles Ahead ~
~ Bridget Jones’s Baby
Lion ~
~ Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Lights Out ~
~ Deadpool
Nerve ~
~ Ghostbusters: Answer the Call
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ~
~ Pete’s Dragon
Hidden Figures ~
~ Ouija: Origin of Evil
The Secret Life of Pets ~
~ Deepwater Horizon
Finding Dory ~
~ Hail, Caesar!

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^ Listed above are many of last year’s most notable films !

Now, let’s take a quick (and disapproving) look at these stinkers

Dishonorable Mentions:

Inferno

*Lukewarm entertainment.
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Ben-Hur

*Ben there, done that.
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Shut In

*You will want to shut it off !
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Ha-ha ! Thanks for visiting Daniel’s Critical Corner !
Have a great 2017, and I’ll see you back here soon !!!

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This post is dedicated to:

~ Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds ~

Always in our hearts.

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October 31, 2016

Halloween Favorites: Volume X

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These Films Are Hair-Raising !

Hello Everyone !
Welcome to my parlor…
Time to feast your eyes upon:
Halloween Favorites: Volume X

In the darkness, shadowy figures make their way through town.  If a wary
soul pays close attention, whispers can be heard just above the ominous
autumn winds.  Some lurk just beyond graveyard gates, whilst some hide
behind misshapen trees.

Soon, bloodshot eyes will be focusing on your humble abode.  You might
want to bolt the door, lock the windows, and pull the drapes !  Otherwise,
trick-or-treaters and their frazzled parents will probably notice that you’re
watching “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”.  Egads !  How can you save
face?

Fear not.  Just plan on checking out some of the following movies.  When
possible, view them in HD (Horrific Demise).  Muah-ha-ha !!!

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Pillow of Death

*Frightening Fluff.

He Knows You’re Alone

*Because you forgot to wear deodorant !

Lights Out

*The electric bill is way too high.

The Last Exorcism

*I doubt it.

The Grudge

*Let it go already !

Young Frankenstein

*Never gets old.

Ouija: Origin of Evil

*A terrifying board meeting.

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Be Honest.  Does This Make My Eye Look Big?

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Cujo

*Who let the dogs out?

The Lost Boys

*Should have asked for directions !

Ginger Snaps

*And hums (while listening to music on her radio).

Frozen Ghost

*Chilling.

Them!

*A favorite ant comes to visit

Blair Witch

*No relation to Linda.

Don’t Breathe

*Someone farted.

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Look !  It’s Another Political Billboard Ad !!!

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

*Also known as Election Day !

Dark Water

*Wasn’t that a song by the Doobie Brothers?

The Devil’s Rejects

*Prada knockoffs.

I Am Legend

*Sounds like someone has a big ego.

Drag Me to Hell

*Just don’t drag me to see “Hello Dolly”.

Curtains

*Scarlett O’Hara looks great in ’em.

Boo!  A Madea Halloween

*Scares up plenty of laughs.

Final Destination

*We’ve reached the end !

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  Have a happily haunted Halloween !!!

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October 13, 2016

Coming Soon: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

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Coming soon to a galaxy near you:

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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^ Official Trailer #2

Time to reach for the stars !!!

 In theaters 12/16/16 

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September 6, 2016

Coming Soon: “The Wild Life”

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Coming Soon: The Wild Life

Here’s a trailer to be wild about:

“Animal Island”

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It looks like fuzzy fun for the whole family !!!

In theaters 09/09/16

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June 9, 2016

“Finding Dory”: Speak Like a Whale Day !!!

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Finding Dory: Speak Like a Whale Day

Helllloooo !!!

Pixar Animation, The Walt Disney Studios, and Disney Parks
are declaring Saturday, June 11th, 2016 to be “Speak Like a
Whale Day” !!!

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Let’s all have a whale of a good time !!!

Finding Dory is in theaters 06/17/16

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March 3, 2016

Coming Soon: “Finding Dory”

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Coming Soon: Finding Dory

Nemo’s pal is set to make a splash this summer !!!

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Just keep swimming (and smiling) !!!

In theaters 06/17/16

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January 5, 2016

Daniel’s Critical Corner: The Best of (and the Rest of) 2015

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Time To Shut The Door On Yet Another Year.

Hello Everyone !
~ Welcome to Daniel’s Critical Corner ~
Today We Celebrate:

The Best of (and the Rest of) 2015

Hello from the other side (of my computer screen).  I am suffering from a
touch of whiplash at the moment, due to the fact that I’ve been glancing
back quite a bit at 2015’s film offerings !

This past year was memorable.  So many awesome cinematic treasures to
appreciate !  Of course, the definition of treasure is highly subjective.  All
of the pirates in “Pan” can offer a better perspective on that…

Sadly, not all Rogers are Jolly.  It’s either sink or swim !  Thank goodness
something always rises to the top !  Here are the movies that managed to
make wonderful waves !!!

The Best of 2015:

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Cinderella

*You’ll have a ball !

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Jurassic World

*If something chases you, be sure that you can run in heels.

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No, Mom, I Said I Saw A Dinosaur
Not Dinah Shore !

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The Martian

*One of my favorites.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

*A force to be reckoned with !

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Ant-Man

*Big on adventure !

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The Dry Cleaners Shrunk My Suit  !!!

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Inside Out

*It’s what makes us smile and pout.

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Creed

*Really packs a punch !

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Spare Parts

*Inspirational (and put together nicely).

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^ Esther Williams Fans.

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Furious 7

*The ultimate road trip !

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Bridge of Spies

*Thanks, Hanks.

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There you have it !  Ten of my favorite films from 2015.  Let’s
take a look at some equally noteworthy titles !!!

 Honorable Mentions:

~ Mad Max: Fury Road
Straight Outta Compton ~
~ The Big Short
The Peanuts Movie ~
~ Spectre
The Good Dinosaur ~
~ McFarland, USA
Mr. Holmes ~
~ Spotlight
Brooklyn ~
~ I Am Big Bird:
The Caroll Spinney Story
Southpaw ~
~ Spy
Minions ~
~ Carol
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl ~
~ Ex Machina
Shaun the Sheep Movie ~
~ Sisters
Avengers: Age of Ultron ~
~ Trainwreck
Sicario ~
~ When Marnie Was There
Janis: Little Girl Blue ~
~ The Visit
The Hunger Games:
Mockingjay – Part 2 ~

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Those movies are a breath of fresh air !  And fresh air is
going to be required here pretty soon ! Time to peek at
the worst films of 2015.  Get a whiff of these stinkers
below…

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Dishonorable Mentions:

The Fantastic Four

To say it was decent would be stretching the truth.

The Green Inferno

It’s not easy being green.

Hot Pursuit

Went cold.

Pixels

GAME OVER 

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Ha-ha !  Have a wonderful 2016.  Come back soon !!!

Daniel’s Critical Corner: Always a “10” out of “10” !!!

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December 7, 2015

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Featurette

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

“Legacy” Featurette (Debuted at Comic Con Experience in Brazil)

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What a stellar featurette !!!

In theaters 12/18/15

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October 29, 2015

Halloween Favorites: Blood Moon Mania

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 There Are Just Too Many Movies To Choose From !

Hello Everyone !
~ I Bid You Welcome ~
Tickling Your Funny Bone Today:
Halloween Favorites: Blood Moon Mania

Good evening.  Or Morning.  Or good whatever (depending on when you’re
reading this).  Ultimately, it doesn’t matter when you view this hauntingly
hilarious list.  Night crawlers and day dwellers alike will be thrilled !

Well, at least I hope all of my readers will be satisfied ! Who knows what
morning-people enjoy as Count Dracula retires to his coffin ?  I suppose
they watch “Good Morning America” while eating a healthy breakfast that
features grapefruit.  Then, they probably go for a bike ride (even if there
is a chill in the air).  Scary !!!

The chilly air is a signal that autumn winds are flushing out specters from
their shadowy hiding places.  As Halloween approaches, we will be in our
warm abodes, just waiting for ghastly goblins to encroach upon our front
doorsteps.  Costumed crusaders craving candy !  Trick-or-treaters !

Here are some spellbinding cinematic suggestions (to help get you past
the craziness).

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Onibaba

  *Ba ba ba ba Barbara Ann !

Night of the Living Dead

*They’re coming to get you, Ba ba ba ba Barbara !

Crimson Peak

*These people need to see Dr. Phil immediately.

We Are Still Here

*Might as well pull up a chair.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

*Is clearly photoshopped !

Island of Lost Souls

*Fans of “One Direction” these days.

The Invisible Man

*Has to be seen to be believed !

The Cat and the Canary

*Feathers are ruffled.

Friday the 13th Part 2

*Parts is parts.

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It’s Hard To Pick My Favorite Sequel !!!

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The Old Dark House

*Needs a few light bulbs.

Goosebumps

*A gaggle of giggles.

Cujo

*The original “Grumpy Puppy” (no offense to Earl) !

The Last Witch Hunter

*Entertaining (for a spell).

The Book of Life

*Lively indeed !

Maggie

*Schwarzenegger terminates zombies.

The Man in Half Moon Street

*Sounds like a wardrobe malfunction !

Zombies on Broadway

*No, it’s not Angela Lansbury’s latest production.

Dracula Untold

*Do tell !

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Forgetting My Comb Was A Grave Error.

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The Visit

*Old-fashioned scares !

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

*She misplaced her car keys.

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

*Thanks to Instagram !

Terror Train

*Stays on track.

Dracula’s Daughter

*Is batty.

The Wolf Man

*Hair today, gone tomorrow !

It Came From Outer Space

*And now resides in Roswell.

The Exorcist

*Will make your head spin.

Jaws

*Fin.

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 Happy Halloween !!!

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March 4, 2015

Coming Soon: “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

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What’s all the rageThe new “Age” !!!

~ Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron ~

Coming to theaters soon !!!

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* * * May 1st, 2015 * * *

From Marvel Studios

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