Sunday, January 25, 2015

#35: Hot Tub Time Machine - MovieCount 2015

John Cusack was never even asked to come back for the sequel. Kinda BS.

Hot Tub Time Machine
2010
Steve Pink

#34: The Theory of Everything - MovieCount 2015

Wonderful movie. Light on science but full of heart.

The Theory of Everything
2014
James Marsh

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

#32: Foxcatcher - MovieCount 2015

Good movie. I'd like to see a whole additional movie about all the other crazy-ass shit John du Pont did. Look him up. Crazy bastard. This movie is an interesting character study.

Foxcatcher
2014
 Bennett Miller

Saturday, January 17, 2015

#31: Fletch - MovieCount 2015

The author of the Fletch novels had casting approval. He rejected both Mick Jagger & Burt Reynolds before deciding on Chevy Chase.

Fletch
1985
Michael Ritchie

#30: Boogie Nights - MovieCount 2015

Really, a great film about the importance of family.

Boogie Nights
1997
Paul Thomas Anderson

Thursday, January 15, 2015

#29: The Fog - MovieCount 2015

The radio station in this movie was just terrible.

The Fog
1980
John Carpenter

Monday, January 12, 2015

#28: Big Eyes - MovieCount 2015

Favorite movie of the year so far. When I hear the words "Big Eyes" I always think of the Cheap Trick song.

Big Eyes
2014
Tim Burton

#27: Birdman - MovieCount 2015

Michael Keaton was GREAT. The two-hour-long digitally stitched together shot was unique and very cool. As for the rest of the movie; it was pretty good, but not GREAT.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
2014
Alejandro González Iñárritu

Sunday, January 11, 2015

#26: The Raid 2 - MovieCount 2015

More like, Body Count: The Movie. Some of the best, nastiest fight scenes ever.

The Raid 2: Berandal
2014
Gareth Evans

#25: Shut Up and Play the Hits - MovieCount 2015

The documentary parts with James Murphy aren't that great, save for the last scene -- but the final LCD Soundsystem concert is outstanding.

Shut Up and Play the Hits
2012
Will Lovelace & Dylan Southern

#24: The Babadook - MovieCount 2015

This movie is fuuuuuucking crazy. Excellent horror flick.

The Babadook
2014
Jennifer Kent

#23: A Fantastic Fear of Everything - MovieCount 2015

Fantastically odd little movie.

A Fantastic Fear of Everything
2012
Crispian Mills & Chris Hopewell

Saturday, January 10, 2015

#22: Neil Young: Heart of Gold - MovieCount 2015

Heart of Gold is also the name of my favorite movie spaceship.

Neil Young: Heart of Gold
2006
Jonathan Demme

#21: Selma - MovieCount 2015

I will never understand racists. Unfortunately most people today are ignorant of how racism shaped our world. Great Movie.

Selma
2014
Ava DuVernay

#20: Predestination - MovieCount 2015

This movie is effing crazy insane. A definite must-see.

Predestination
2014
Michael & Peter Spierig

Friday, January 09, 2015

#19: Inherent Vice - MovieCount 2015

Disappointingly, my least favorite Paul Thomas Anderson film.

Inherent Vice
2014
Paul Thomas Anderson

Thursday, January 08, 2015

#18: Mean Girls - MovieCount 2015

Great cast. Lohan was really cute in this movie.

Mean Girls
2004
Mark Waters

#17: The Imitation Game - MovieCount 2015

Good, not great, movie about the most unsung hero of the 20th century.

The Imitation Game
2014
Morten Tyldum

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

#15: The Devil's Advocate - MovieCount 2015

Al Pacino absolutely owns his role as The Devil.

The Devil's Advocate
1997
Taylor Hackford

Monday, January 05, 2015

#14: Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued - MovieCount 2015

Making some amazing music with old uncovered Dylan lyrics.

Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued
2014
Sam Jones

#13: To Be Takei - MovieCount 2015

Entertaining & inspirational documentary about the life of George Takei. 

To Be Takei
2014
 Jennifer M. Kroot

#12: Burn After Reading - MovieCount 2015

The Coen brothers art of spiraling out of control for no good reason.

Burn After Reading
2008
Joel & Ethan Coen

Sunday, January 04, 2015

#11: The Day - MovieCount 2015

Sort of like Cormac McCarthy's The Road, but not good.

The Day
2011
Douglas Aarniokoski

#10: Escape from New York - MovieCount 2015

More like Escape from St. Louis, where they filmed it.

Escape from New York
1981
John Carpenter

#9: The Purge: Anarchy - MovieCount 2015

FAR superior to the first Purge. The Conservative Right's wet dream.

The Purge: Anarchy
2014
James DeMonaco

Saturday, January 03, 2015

#8: X-Men: Days of Future Past - MovieCount 2015

Part 7, my favorite of the series.

X-Men: Days of Future Past
2014
Bryan Singer

#7: The King of Comedy - MovieCount 2015

A ride inside the mind of a crazy person.

The King of Comedy
1983
Martin Scorsese

#6: An American Werewolf in London - MovieCount 2015

Amazingly, the first time I have watched this beginning to end.

An American Werewolf in London
1981
John Landis

#5: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - MovieCount 2015

More enjoyable on the second viewing for some reason.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
2013
Peter Jackson

Friday, January 02, 2015

#4: Dracula Untold - MovieCount 2015

Decent enough. Not as bad as the reviews I read. Nice to see a badass vampire for once.

Dracula Untold
2014
Gary Shore

Thursday, January 01, 2015

#3: Dawn of the Dead - MovieCount 2015

My favorite zombie movie.
Zack Snyder's directorial debut, George Romero remake, written by James Gunn: Trifecta.

Dawn of the Dead
2004
Zack Snyder

#2: 47 Ronin - MovieCount 2015

Not shitty like I heard, just over-the-top crazy.

47 Ronin
2013
Carl Rinsch

#1: The Abyss - MovieCount 2015

Arguably James Cameron's finest film.

The Abyss
1989
James Cameron

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

#275 - MovieCount 2014 - Trading Places

MERRY NEW YEAR!

Trading Places closes out my 2014 movie count. Slightly lower than most years. There were a few periods of no movies at all, including 3 weeks around Mardi Gras. New count starts tomorrow.

#274 - MovieCount 2014 - Wayne's World

Chris Farley's movie debut.

#273 - MovieCount 2014 - The Lost Boys

RIP, head vampire, Edward Herrmann.
Coincidentally I was going to watch The Lost Boys today anyway. 

#272 - MovieCount 2014 - Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

"You see, a pimp's love is very different from that of a square."

Monday, December 29, 2014

#271 - MovieCount 2014 - Cocktail

I think I got way more emotionally invested into this movie than I should have tonight.

#90 SeriesCount 2014 - Black Mirror - Series 2

2nd go-around for the 2nd season.

#270 - MovieCount 2014 - Lincoln

Charles Darwin was born on the same day as Abraham Lincoln. Darwin is the President of Evolution.

(I lifted that from one of my old posts)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

My top 5 albums of 2014...

I hate ranking my favorite albums of the year. Some albums take a while to digest. Some albums might not seem as great six months later, some albums don't get a close enough listen to as I intend, some are probably not listened to in the right mood... 

I had a list of over 30 albums I cut down to 20, then 10, then 3, then back up to 10, then 3 lists of 10, then 4 lists of top 5s, then a top 6 with a next 20 and a bottom 5, then down to 8, then finally a top 3, then caved to making it finally a somewhat interchangeable top 5.  It happened a little something like that, actually. 

Without any comment whatsoever, my top 5 albums of 2014...

#5) The War On Drugs - Lost in the Dream

 #4) Bobby Bare Jr. - Undefeated

#3) Delta Spirit - Into the Wide

#2) Spoon - They Want My Soul

#1) Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams


Now, I DO have opinions on over 2 dozen albums. Some very good albums that just barely missed the cut, albums I will want on this list tomorrow, great live albums, compilations, singles, excellent EPs, new bands, new-to-me-bands, old bands with great new albums, comedy albums, even mediocre albums. Metal, country, hip-hop. It's a very painful process. But nobody really wants to hear my opinion on over 2 dozen albums, I'm sure about that. But listen to these 5 at least. And if you really want, hit me up for my opinion on any other album.


#268 - MovieCount 2014 - High Tension

Great, gruesome French flick. Would have liked to have seen more Fight Club-like flashbacks after the twist that would clear up some plot holes.

Friday, December 26, 2014