The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
This is one of a handful I’d actually forgotten about and were this a more traditional Top 10, would have easily made my list. It’s fun, hysterical, poignant, and oddly action-packed. It set me about revisiting (and writing on) Con Air earlier this year, and for that alone it was worth it. I think this would have been a hard sell to get Ryan to watch, and the fun would have been had in me endlessly pestering him to see it once it was streaming, and him ignoring my request because he was a season behind on Yellowstone or something. He would have loved it once he did see it.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
This is the oddest duck on this list, I think. I saw it in the theatre (on a date no less) and walked out just appreciating it, not really loving it. It’s maybe a case of knowing that there was a lot of drama behind the scenes; writer/director shake-ups, COVID delays, etc. So, the story here wasn’t the story that the film started as, and instead, it’s just what it had to be to move the MCU forward. Then, when it hit Disney+ I rewatched it with Jace, worried that it may be a little dark for someone his age (let’s just say he’s younger than 7), but who’s also a big MCU fan. He really liked it, and seeing it with him helped me to truly appreciate it for what it was instead of being upset at what it wasn’t.
I will pretty much watch any Stephen King adaptation that gets released. I had hopes this would be a decent one, based on the production company and the talent involved. I still think there’s a good story in there, and maybe even a good series/universe to explore, but no one seems to be able to really capture it. One day. Fortunately, I got to watch it from the comfort of my bed.
Chip n Dale: Rescue Rangers
Try as I might, I haven’t been able to convince anyone I know to sit down and watch this absolute treat of a film. It’s like they suddenly all inherited Ryan’s spirit about my recommendations. Ryan, however, would have watched it on Day One and bugged the hell out of me to get on board (I didn’t see it until months after it was released). I think Alanis Morrisette would define this as ironic. So, go watch it, it’s delightful.
Top Gun: Maverick
I don’t know that I need to say much about this one, as it made a gajillion dollars and almost everyone has seen it at least once. Easily one of the most exciting theatre experiences I had this year, and if you missed seeing it in IMAX, you may have still enjoyed it, but not as much as I did. I will say I got to go with one of my best friends, Shaun, who is a massive fan of the original, so that alone made it doubly enjoyable. And yeah, we both remarked how we wished more than anything that Ryan could have been there. The three of us saw Bad Boys for Life together, I believe it was the last film Ryan got to see in a theatre.