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…

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…

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

A Little Background: Directors Joel & Ethan Coen just can’t make bad films. Hail, Caesar! marks their seventeenth full feature, dating back to 1984, when they debuted the neo-noir thriller Blood Simple. Of course, every director has their head-scratchers, but even The Ladykillers and The Hudsucker Proxy have their moments of charm and brilliance. With this…

The Jungle Book (2016)

A Little Background: The story of The Jungle Book has always meant a lot to me. The very first time I ever went to see a movie in the theaters, it was a re-showing of the 1967 animated classic. I absolutely loved it. I had the soundtrack on cassette and would listen to it with…

Super 8 (2011)

A Little Background: After watching this the other day, I felt compelled to write something up on it. This wasn’t the first time I had seen it, I went to see it twice in the theater and probably four or five times since then. I still believe that this film is the best tribute to…

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

A Little Background: One of my favorite movie sub-genres is Film Noir. A genre famous for it’s gritty black & white portrayal of morally ambiguous characters in compromising situations. These crime dramas dominated the 1940s and 1950s, and they only get better with age. Director John Huston is cited as making the first major film noir The…

Arlington Road (1999)

A Little Background: A couple months ago, I watched the American Masters documentary,  Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides. I’ve always been a fan of Jeff Bridges, The Big Lebowski and The Fisher King are two of my favorite films. But this documentary made me want to dig into some of his older or lesser-known pictures. So I’ve…

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)

A Little Background: I realize that it’s been over three months since Episode VII was released… but back when I saw it on opening day, I didn’t have this blog yet. So I thought I’d take advantage of my second viewing to try and gather my thoughts on it. For the most part, my opinion didn’t change this…

The Ten Commandments (1956)

A Little Background: With Easter upon us, I thought it would be the perfect time to revisit this classic epic. I’ve probably seen it close to a dozen times, but I can always find something fresh in each repeat viewing. For instance, how was I supposed to know that notable uncredited roles in this film include…

White Hunter Black Heart (1990)

A Little Background: Sometimes you adapt real life events. Sometimes you take real life events and people and exaggerate them to the point of being completely unrecognizable. And sometimes… you take real events and real people, slightly exaggerate them, slightly change their names, and wind up with White Hunter Black Heart. The Film: Based on the…

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015)

A Little Background: Comparing books to movies is ridiculous. But sometimes it’s just unavoidable. I hated 2002’s The Count of Monte Cristo, but only because it’s my favorite book and I wanted so much more of the story to be adapted. Another one of my favorite books is The Great Gatsby, which has been adapted to…