Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition (2016)

A Little Background: I didn’t go see this film in theaters for several reasons. First, I did not like Man of Steel at all. Second, I am just sick and tired of Hollywood superhero movies. Third, the early critical reaction was pretty rough. And lastly, because I knew there would be a director’s cut and I…

Mel Brooks

Born: June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY Notable Works: The Producers (1968) Blazing Saddles (1974) Young Frankenstein (1974) Academy Award Nominations: 1969 Best Original Screenplay for The Producers (won) 1975 Best Adapted Screenplay for Young Frankenstein 1975 Best Original Song for Blazing Saddles Personal Favorite: The Producers (1968) One of the greatest American comedy filmmakers,…

Meryl Streep

Born: June 22, 1949 in Summit, NJ Notable Works: Kramer vs. Kramer (1972) Sophie’s Choice (1982) The Bridges of Madison County (1995) Academy Award Nominations: 1979 Best Supporting Actress for The Deer Hunter 1980 Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer (won) 1982 Best Actress for The French Lieutenant’s Woman 1983 Best Actress for Sophie’s…

John Goodman

Born: June 20, 1952 in Affton, MO Most Notable Works: Barton Fink (1991) The Flintstones (1994) Monsters, Inc. (2001) Personal Favorite: The Big Lebowski (1998) One of the greatest acting professionals in the last 30 years. And maybe one of the most underrated as well. Goodman regularly plays supporting roles, many of them very minor….

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

A Little Background: Yes… sometimes my former twelve-year-old self chooses what movie to watch. To be honest, my motivation for going to see this was to distract myself from a certain local sports team. A certain local sports team that just won a certain championship after digging themselves out of a hole in historic fashion….

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

A Little Background: I waited way too long to write this up and now it’s been over two weeks since opening night. My apologies, hopefully it’s still fresh enough in my mind. Wolverine and Deadpool spin-offs aside, this was the sixth entry to the long running X-Men film franchise. Apocalypse marks the fourth X-Men film that…

John Wayne

Born: May 26, 1907 in Winterset, IA Died: June 11, 1979 in Los Angeles, CA Notable Works: Stagecoach (1939) Red River (1948) The Quiet Man (1952) Academy Award Nominations: 1950 Best Actor for Sands of Iwo Jima 1961 Best Picture for The Alamo 1970 Best Actor for True Grit Personal Favorite: The Searchers (1956) 176 films….

James Stewart

Born: May 20, 1908 in Indiana, PA Died: July 2, 1997 in Beverly Hills, CA Notable Works: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) Rear Window (1954) Academy Award Nominations: 1940 Best Actor for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1941 Best Actor for The Philadelphia Story (won) 1947 Best Actor for…

Ranking Star Trek

Thanks to JJ Abrams, Star Trek is back on track and relevant again. Unfortunately, it’s starting to look like Justin Lin will undo all that progress with the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, but I guess we’ll see soon. Anyway, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, I thought I’d take some time to…