Monthly Movie Review: June

I watch a lot of movies these days. It keeps me distracted when I’m home from work. I thought I might try a monthly movie “review”. The word “review” shouldn’t be taken to seriously.

Here are some of my top picks from June.

Eye in The Sky


This drama about a drone strike operation in Kenya is surprisingly riveting. Much of the film centers around the ethical decision whether to strike, when a young girl innocently enters the blast zone, to sell bread. Its an interesting look into drone warfare, and portrays a single decision that stresses everyone involved, creating a lot of emotions.

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This was really entertaining and well made. Very suspenseful, and good acting. Its mostly played as an abduction film, but the motivation is some sort of possible¬† disaster above ground. Its much better than what the apparent “Cloverfield” link suggests. Goodman plays a seemingly deranged doomsday prepper really well, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead is good as always.

The Ones Below

ones_below_dinnerAn expecting couple moves in to the lower unit of a duplex in London. There’s something off about them to the couple who lives upstairs, also expecting. An incident leaves the wife of the new couple to lose her child. This sets up an intense psychological thriller with some unexpected twists.


clown-eli-roth-imageThis is a bizarre horror movie about a man who finds a clown suit in one of his real estate properties, and wears it to his son’s birthday, after the clown they hired doesn’t show. After the party, he realizes he can’t get the suit off, and discovers that the suit is not what it seems. I appreciated the fact that a premise as ridiculous as this could be pulled off so well.

Midnight Special

MIDNIGHT SPECIALThis is a sci-fi drama. It was a bit slow for me, but it has an interesting story. A boy with mysterious abilities is abducted by his birth father from a religious cult. At the same time, the FBI is searching for the boy. The cult sees the boy as some sort of god, while the FBI sees him as a weapon. His family just wants to protect him, as they, and the boy himself try to understand his purpose in life.

I went through all the movies I’ve watched this year so far. Here they are in rough order of rating (the middle of the list gets sort of fuzzy):

  1. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  2. Eye in the Sky
  3. Room
  4. The Invitation
  5. The Martian
  6. Krampus
  7. What Lies Beneath
  8. Truth
  9. Shaun of the Dead
  10. Hot Fuzz
  11. Hush
  12. Predestination
  13. Brooklyn
  14. The Ones Below
  15. The Wave
  16. Deadpool
  17. Django Unchained
  18. Now You See Me
  19. A Million Ways to Die in the West
  20. Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow
  21. Dead Silence
  22. Moon
  23. Hide and Seek
  24. The Witch
  25. The Other Side of the Door
  26. 4th Man Out
  27. Ant-Man
  28. Clown
  29. Valley Uprising
  30. The Heat
  31. Identity Thief
  32. The Ring
  33. London Has Fallen
  34. Crimson Peak
  35. Annabelle
  36. Mama
  37. Spectre
  38. Mission Impossible II
  39. The Orphanage
  40. Camp Takota
  41. The Lovely Bones
  42. The Purge
  43. Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
  44. Midnight Special
  45. The Boy
  46. In the Heart of the Sea
  47. The Mothman Prophecies
  48. Spotlight
  49. The Others
  50. They’re Watching
  51. Chernobyl Diaries
  52. The Forest
  53. Hannibal Rising
  54. Red Dragon
  55. Blade Runner
  56. Event Horizon
  57. The Visit
  58. 12 Monkeys
  59. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  60. The Awakening
  61. The Faculty
  62. How to be Single
  63. Zoolander No. 2
  64. Intruders
  65. Sinister 2
  66. The Ring Two
  67. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  68. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
  69. Sisters
  70. The Funhouse Massacre
  71. As Above, So Below
  72. The Presence
  73. The Frame
  74. The Grudge 3

“The Grudge 3” was one I particularly dislike. “The Frame”, had potential, but ended up feeling like a pretensions student film.