Superheros, Superbad & just bad.

Over the past week or so I watched: The Avengers (2012), 21 Jump Street (2012), Superbad (2007), Iron Sky (2012), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), The Impossible (2012). The Avengers This might be one of my favorite movies ever as it is almost non-stop fun throughout the whole viewing experience on every viewing. It holds up so well because Age of Ultron doesn't quite equal the fun or story of the first Avengers movie and as good as Civil War is, that movie was still not as amazing. Noms: Scarlett Johansson for supporting actress, score, visual effects, screenplay, special effects, directing. Letterboxd review. 21 Jump Street This was more fun than I expected although the summer blockbuster co

Not a Split Decision

Ed. Note: Sean Davis has won the race to review the first movie released in 2017 with M. Night's Split (2017). I rarely fall asleep, or even doze off, during movies (especially when I’m in a theater) but I found myself nodding off during “Split”. “Split” is the latest from M. Night Shyamalan, and to his credit, the best part was the “twist” at the end of the film. Other than that, and James McAvoy’s really great performance, the movie was far too slow paced for me. McAvoy plays a character that has 23 distinct personalities; he rotates primarily between about 3 or 4. Two of them, “Dennis” and another I can’t remember, are very disturbed individuals. “Dennis” has an affinity for young girls,

The 5/10 year re-rating.

This past week I watched Death Proof (2007), Hitchcock (2012), Michael Clayton (2007), Seven Psychopaths (2012) , Prometheus (2012) and Into The Wild (2007). I mentioned briefly that in the Zodiac review that this year I will be reviewing movies from 2007, 2012, and 2017 to give a little context to see if the movies from not that long ago were as good as they seemed at the time and to see how their popularity has lasted beyond the year that they came out. Death Proof This was fairly forgotten at the time it came out because it was released as a double feature with Planet Terror and a good number of fake trailers by prominent directors. Planet Terror was just a B movie for me to sit through

Rerating the Films of 2015

There is a thought that it might be more fitting to give movie awards after enough time has passed to see how the films have resonated artistically and in culture. So, as we're a year removed from 2015 and I've had more time to catch up on more movies from that year. I've also had a chance to see how these movies have sat with me, what I tend to re-watch, and what might have dropped in my original top 15 from January. 1. Star Wars Episode VII​ It's a fun movie. It doesn't stop getting fun for me and it has made its way into my rotation of "throw something on" movies. It has some issues in it, R2-D2 wakes up seemingly only when it's nice for the plot, but some of the other issues people h

What's your Sign? You're a Cancer?

This year I'm going to look back at the movies of 2007 and 2012 to give a ten and five year re-evaluation of how the movies of these years hold up today. And so, today I kicked off this project by seeing Zodiac. Zodiac wasn't nominated for any Oscars, it was David Fincher's first film in five years after directing Panic Room. It's a clean, well directed movie with great performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo that has a message about the uncertainty of real life narrative. Through out the movie it's hard to tell which sources are fully believable about who the Zodiac killer is, if any of them. I think it's that uncertainty of what the story of the movie actually is, and the lo

Classics of 2016

My last movie of 2016 was Psycho (1960). We recently took a trip to L.A. and got a chance to see the the Bates Motel and House on the Universal Studio tour. While I was studying or the bar I realized one of the buildings by where I would get lunch was the hotel setting for the very first scene of Psycho. It would give me a nice warm feeling to see that cinematic history every day, and to notice it without any plaques on the outside of the building (it was a police museum as of four years ago). Seeing these locations and rewatching the movie soon after seemed to put a good cap on my year of writing about every movie I watched. Vertigo is listed as the best film of all time on one major li

Catching up with 2016

I finished up two more of the more critically acclaimed movies of 2016 today with Sing Street (2016) and Jungle Book (2016). Sing Street is a movie very similar to one I've wanted to to write. It's a movie about a Irish teenager in the '80's who starts a band to impress a girl. The music and the story are so great that I was okay with it being a story about a guy in a band just to impress a girl. My vision of a band movie is more autobiographical of having a band because a group of friends had nothing else to do so they made music. My vision of a movie like that is more of a garage band where there's nothing else to do and where love songs get made fun of within the band. Jungle Book is

Dog Movies

Yesterday we watched Best in Show (2000) and Marley and Me (2008). My wife dreams of doggies. Yesterday we did a double dip of dog movies. Best in show is probably the best of the Christopher Guest formula. My wife found the dogs pretty cute but I think we agree that Marley and Me is a little better for dog action and surprisingly is better directed and has bigger laughs. Best in show was a favorite comedy for a while and maybe the jokes and the format have gone a little stale after the many other incarnations of the same movie in a different setting, although they're all entertaining enough. I never want to enjoy Marley and Me. I'm not the biggest dog person and I don't care for the tea

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