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CocktailsandMovies.com Best Movies of 2017 – Golden Flask Awards

by Tim Barley

Our first annual Golden Flask Awards include some fun times
CocktailsandMovies.com golden flask awards

As the Oscars are upon us this weekend, I thought I’d take a look at what I thought were the best movies of 2017. No slight meant to great movies like Dunkirk, The Shape of Water and others, but they didn’t make my list. They are great movies. But, there are reasons that I go to the movies and created CocktailsandMovies.com and they weren’t always to see the “it” movie. No pun intended. It’s to be entertained, to laugh and to wonder, and on a very rare occasion, shed a tear. So, not necessarily the best artistically or overall best picture, these movies were the ones that were the best for Cocktails and Movies.

Worst of 2017 – Shitty Well Vodka Bloody Mary Awards

by Tim Barley

Yawn, The opposite of a Golden Flask Award list

CocktailsandMovies.com 2017 Shitty Movie Awards

NOTE: I did not see any of the movies in the above photo.

Each week, on our “Monday Morning Hangover Report,” CocktailsandMovies.com shares with you what happened each weekend at the box office. Every week, we report on the box office numbers and which movies did well and which disappointed by offering up Cristal mimosas and bloody Mary’s. As the Hollywood Award Season culminates with the Oscars, we want to look back at the good and the bad of 2017 as we offer up our First Annual “Shitty Well Vodka Bloody Mary Awards.” Let’s all grab a cocktail and remember (or try NOT to) these films of 2017.

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review – The Best Spidey Film Ever, Full Stop.

By Mike Reyes

Thanks to Jon Watts’ sublime directing, and a cast that’s anchored by a fantastic hero and villain, Spider-Man: Homecoming does whatever a Spider-Man couldn’t do on the big screen.

It’s been a long damned road to Spider-Man: Homecoming. We got two great films out of the Sam Raimi / Tobey Maguire run, with one absolutely abysmal one that shut down the rumored seven film cycle they were attempting. And then there were two very mixed-up films by director Marc Webb, with Andrew Garfield making a great run as Peter Parker / Spider-Man. But neither of those runs could prepare me for Spider-Man: Homecoming, as this latest film did what the franchise has never done before: it made a superior adaptation of the Spider-Man mythos.

Cocktails & Movies Review: “Alien: Covenant” – A Frightening Summer Blockbuster, With An A-List Pedigree

by Mike Reyes

Ridley Scott continues to excite with his Alien franchise, returning to the series’ terrifying, blood soaked roots.

Alien Covenant Waterston

While no one can hear you scream in space, they probably can hear the outcry of upset fans who feel they’ve been done wrong. It’s no secret that Ridley Scott’s 2012 prequel Prometheus has its fair amount of detractors, but I myself am among its champions. I felt it was an interesting origin point for an earlier era in the story that would eventually follow Ellen Ripley’s lineage in grand style, depending on what the next couple of films in the prequels did. After seeing Alien: Covenant, I can safely say that the direction Scott is heading in is an exciting one, filled with much more danger and darkness than Prometheus could have ever promised.

In the vast distance of space, the crew of the “Covenant” are ready to start a new home on a planet that’s just ripe for the living. But after discovering a random signal, they are drawn to a planet that is much closer, and can inhabit human life just as easily. One decision will send a crew of colonists straight into the mysteries of this planet, and all of the terror that their shadows conceal. A very familiar terror, with a very interesting origin story.

In early reactions to Alien: Covenant, I remember reading someone coming out of the premiere saying that they knew this was going to be the new film for Alien fans to argue over. That’s definitely the case, as the latest film in this ever evolving saga has taken an interesting turn, in regards to the origins of the species. While ruining those turns is pretty much high treason at this point, it’s a good bet that I can say the mythos of the Alien saga is moving forward in some pretty interesting ways. The ideas that Covenant has when it comes to the creation of the Xenomorph race are not only intriguing, but also thematically ballsy, as their connections to Prometheus make even that film a little more interesting. And all the while, this film unfurls with genuine pacing and craftsmanship that only Ridley Scott could bring to such a film.

Prometheus Crossing Mission

Though it should be noted that Michael Fassbender steals this goddamned movie from everyone else. We get two scoops of synthetic this round, as Alien: Covenant has Fassbender reprising his role of David from Prometheus, as well as introducing us to Walter, a newer, more tame synthetic designed down the line. In both performances, the man shines, playing one character who feels like a soldier and the other like a mad scientist. Watching the two Fassbenders collide on screen is truly a treat, and a testament to the fact that the man is one of our greatest acting treasures in modern cinema.

That’s not to say that the ensemble containing Katherine Waterson, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bashir, and Carmen Ejogo is weak. In fact, each member of the cast sells their portion of the story with great gusto, with a particularly interesting turn from McBride. In fact, this is probably the most grounded I’ve seen him since his supporting role in Up In The Air, and when you see him upset or scared, you really feel it thanks to his usually egotistical bravado. And Waterson, whom we last saw in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, is definitely ready to be more of a Ripley-esque presence, as she gets to show in certain key moments in this film. While she’s not a full Ripley just yet, I do hope she gets the chance to work in that space, as she’s simply too good not to allow to do so.

Alien Covenant Review

Ultimately, your enjoyment of Alien: Covenant will depend on several things. Chiefly among them will be how much you like Prometheus, and just generally how you like your sci-fi. But one thing applies to all who are interested in uncovering this new film’s mysteries: you really do have to see it for yourself. It is as thrilling as it is visceral, and it might possibly be the bloodiest film of the summer, at least for this moment in time. For someone who’s loved the series since they were a kid, warts and all, I absolutely loved this film, and cannot wait to see where this series goes next.

My Rating: 5/5

Cocktails and Movies Take Out Theater: Draft Day

by Tim Barley

Draft Day keeps the story rolling in the high stakes NFL draft

cocktails and Movies take out theater Draft Day - Costner

Tomorrow is the annual NFL draft. What was once an add-on for the most diehard pro football fans, has turned into a four day extravaganza courtesy of ESPN. Now, it’s held in Philadelphia this year in a purposely built, temporary theater. It’s going to be a spectacle. And while it’s religion to some, most of us don’t care but to see the highlights on the news or shared via social media.

But, one movie came along a few years ago that made the behind-the-scenes drama of draft day come alive for us at Cocktails and Movies. That movie, starring Kevin Costner, is Draft Day.