January 2017

Movie Lists

The Worst Movies of 2016

This past year offered plenty of bad movies, but unfunny comedies, shabby horror movies, and excruciating documentaries truly challenged the critics at Wylie Writes.  Here are some of their “Worst Of” lists, and don’t forget to click highlighted titles for reviews.


Arbor Demon

Longtime lovers Dana (Fiona Dourif) and Charles (Kevin Ryan) are in a relationship rut.  She wants more, and he thinks life is pretty swell.  The mere mention of having kids sends Charles into stammers, while Dana sighs and continues to suppress signs of her newfound pregnancy.


A Dog’s Purpose

By: Nick Ferwerda A Dogs Purpose tries to demonstrate how strong a bond between man and man’s friend can truly be.  It’s also about a dog (voiced by Josh Gad) finding what its life purpose is over the course of multiple lives and many different experiences.  It’s odd how five screenwriters (including W. Bruce Cameron – the author of the best-selling book this film is based on) have failed to authenticate characters or emotion – it’s all a…

Movie Lists

The Best Movies of 2016

All eyes may be on Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea, or any of the other Oscar darlings, but 2016 offered a lot of other great movies.  Below are Wylie Writes’ top picks;  don’t forget to click the highlighted titles to read each contributor’s review!


Take the 10

The trailer for Netflix’s Take the 10 does no favours for this surprising flick.  It plays up slapstick yucks and crude dialogue, and, worst of all, it believes its the first movie to incorporate violent thugs in broad comedy – it’s detrimental advertising.  Luckily, writer/director/star Chester Tam has a trick up his sleeve.


The Skyjacker’s Tale

The Skyjacker’s Tale starts out well enough.  Director Jamie Kastner sets the scene with a reenactment of an in-flight hijack situation.  Ishmael Muslim, a convicted felon, orders the pilot to change the plane’s route and head to Cuba.  The claustrophobic filmmaking, the period detail, real testimonials, and the actors playing their designated roles make this first act particularly tense – the audience anticipates the rest of the documentary.