Thursday, December 15, 2011

2011 Golden Globe Nominations are Released

Yes I know I haven't posed in months...I wish I had an excuse but its really just laziness, and the fact that I work and am getting an MBA, but mostly just the laziness...

The 2011 Golden Globe Nominees have been announced and you can see the full list here.  As usual, the list has some winners and some (this year HUGE) losers.  My most favoritest and least favoritest nominees can be seen after the jump.

And yes I comment on movies that I haven't reviewed yet, but I've seen the majority of them, full reviews will be coming in the upcoming weeks when I stop being a slob.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


In Short:
A slow developing baseball tale chronicling the evolution and effect of Billy Beane's statistic focused management technique for selecting his players


Full review after the jump…

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Because Aaron Rodgers is Boring Me...

I planning on spending today laying on my couch watching the Packers and then the Brewers...but if you're watching the Packers embarrass the pathetic St. Louis Rams then you know there really isn't much left to watch in this game.  So I've been spending my time perusing some movie trailers and I actually stumbled across quite a few I hadn't seen yet that I wanted to pass along.  Enjoy, and see the full trailers after the jump:

You've Been Trumped
6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park
My Week with Marilyn 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


In Short:
A finely crafted blend of happy and sad and three of the most likeable young actors make 50/50 a unique and enjoyable film


Full review after the jump…

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


In Short:
Sudden bursts of violence interlaced with extended periods of drama building silence set the mood in this extremely unusual and extremely entertaining Oscar contender with a clear 80's throwback feel


Full review after the jump…

Sunday, September 25, 2011

OLD SCHOOL REVIEWS: 25 September 2011

Quick rundown of all the movies I watched recently:
Arthur (2011)
The Expendables (2010)
You Again (2010)

Full reviews after the jump...

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Highlights from TIFF

The Toronto International Film Festival is coming to a close, and it sounds like Shame was the most talked about movie of the festival.  I hadn't heard much of the film prior to the festival, but now I know it stars the up-and-coming Michael Fassbender (who also starred in X-Men: First Class and the soon to be released Oscar contender A Dangergous Method) and tells the story of "30-something Brandon, his myriad sexual escapades, and what happens when his wayward younger sister moves in with him" (IMDB).

For more details on the festival, see the list that indieWire put together giving a rundown of all the films.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


I recently reviewed Creature for the Badger Herald, and you can find my review here.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Name that Movie Poster

If you're a super hip young man such as myself then you are probably spending your Friday night in a similar way to myself; shirtless, eating raw cookie dough, drinking Amp Energy Drinks (despite no intention of moving farther than the distance between the toilet, the fridge, and the couch), trying to act like you don't have a boatload of MBA readings to do, waiting for your stomach to settle from the two pounds of enchiladas you just ate so you can focus on Arthur which you rented from your local Redbox due to lack of other options, and wasting time on Sporcle.

If you fit that description then (1) congratulations and (2) try to beat my scores in the Movie Poster Sporcle games:

Category (My Score)

Total (168/192) (87.5%)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Muppets Teaser Trailer is Awesome

I hadn't seen any of the trailers yet for The Muppets, but this first one is an awesome parody of the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trailer, and the movie is very much now on my radar.  The movie has too many good things going on to fail:

  1. Jason Segel
  2. Muppets
  3. Amy Adams
  4. Amazing Trailers
  5. Muppets
The Muppets is coming out 23 November 2011.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


In Short:
Viruses are no joke, and Contagion does a frightening job of proving that fact in this extremely realistic and (I can only assume) extremely accurate portrayal of what would happen if a worldwide pandemic were to occur


Full review after the jump…

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Apocalypse Must Be Near...

A couple weeks ago Forbes released its list of the highest paid Actors, well they have now released a slightly expanded list of the highest paid men in entertainment.  Who is the highest paid you ask?  Must be Spielberg, right? Nope.  Then it must be Simon Cowell?  Wrong.  Oprah?  Not a man.  You could keep guessing and I highly doubt you would ever guess the extremely non-talented person occupying number one on the list.  I'll give you clue...his name rhymes with Myler Terry, and his movies and TV shows are mitty and ducking tawful.  Any guesses?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

OLD SCHOOL REVIEWS: 11 September 2011

Quick rundown of all the movies I watched recently:
Final Destination 3 (2006)
The Final Destination (2009)
True Adolescents (2009)
Hall Pass (2011)
Your Highness (2011)

Full reviews after the jump...

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Is something wrong with me if I want to see this movie?

How to Prepare for Oscar Night

Last year I filled the chalkboard in my kitchen with a list of all the Oscar contenders, and this year I'm doing the same.  Cross them off as you see them, and you have an easy way to ensure you've seen all the major Oscar players whose names you can expect to hear on Oscar night.

Plus, this is about the only thing that is remotely artistic that I get to do all year so I need this to keep my skills fresh for when I need to crush my kids in finger painting contests.

And, you'll note that some of the contenders are missing (The Tree of Life, Midnight in Paris, Warrior).  I omitted those because I've already seen them and my chalkboard is only so big so don't hate.

Friday, September 9, 2011


In Short:
Amazing performances, a masterfully symbolic plot, and an enlightening glimpse into the ever growing sport of Mixed Martial Arts all contribute to this exhilarating, emotionally exhausting Drama which is one of the best films of the year


Full review after the jump…

Warrior is finally here!

Warrior gets released today and early reviews are solid.  I am going to see it in approximately 55 minutes and I haven't been this jacked for a movie in a long time.  My review will follow tonight, and I pray to the MMA and movie gods that I am not disappointed.  

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Let the Oscar Predictions begin...

Gold Derby has its first list of predictions for Best Picture at the 2012 Academy Awards.  Of their 10 predictions only two are currently in theaters (The Help, Midnight in Paris), and only 1 of which I have seen (Midnight in Paris, which was enjoyable but I didn't see it as Best Picture worthy).  Looks like a pretty good crop of movies though and should be a good year, and almost every film on their list has at least one mega-Hollywood player in it.  Last year was the first year I had seen every movie with a nomination and it made watching the 5 hour Oscar broadcast astronomically more enjoyable, so do yourself a favor and head to the theater for every nominee.

Gold Derby's Top 10 Best Picture Contenders:
War Horse

The editors also have a more detailed breakdown of each of the major categories here.  And some details statistics on every category here.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Team iLuminate

I have never watched America's Got Talent before, but I caught about 5 minutes of it tonight and saw the performance by Team iLuminate and it was frickin' awesome.  The clip below doesn't even do them justice, but watch all the YouTube videos you can, cause my guess is they will be winning this show and headlining in Vegas.

What Fascinated Me Today: 06 September 2011

Eddie Murphy Eddie Murphy, more famous but way less funny older brother of Charlie Murphy, will host the 2012 Oscars.  Not sure how I feel about this, but it can't be worse than Franco-Hathaway (People).

Lesnar vs Overeem - Not media related at all, but Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem have been booked to fight in a UFC Super Fight on 30 December 2011.  This is a dream matchup and if you were looking for a reason to start watching MMA, this is your reason (ESPN).

A Dangerous Method Who wouldn't love a drama about Sigmund Freud?  This movie looks amazing and expect to hear its name called on Oscar night (IMDB).

Top 5 Films You Missed This Summer – Just had to give this list some attention cause it is about the only other article I've seen all summer that actually had some praise for The Change Up.  I'm sure I still can't convince you it was good, but just wanted you to know I'm not the only moron out there (Criticize This).

Worst Movies of the Summer – Contradicting the past article, this is Peter Travers list of the worst films of the summer, where he does a great job bashing The Change Up (Rolling Stone).

Monday, September 5, 2011

50 Most Anticipated Movies of the Fall

Vulture put together a list of the 50 most promising movies coming out in the next couple of months, and it's a fair guess that most of the Oscar big hitters are on this list.  Real Steel being in the top 5 is pretty weak because that movie looks awful to me, but take a look at the list and start knocking these off as they come out.  Number one is Drive and there has been a lot of buzz about this film.  I haven't watched the trailer yet because the article says the trailer is a bit of a spoiler, so I recommend you follow the same path.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: Our Idiot Brother

In Short:
Paul Rudd delights in this clash-of-cultures comedy that proves that even those with the best intentions can run into crappy situations


Full review after the jump…

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

OLD SCHOOL REVIEWS: 30 August 2011

Quick rundown of all the movies I watched recently:
Quiz Show (1994)
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Something Borrowed (2011)
Final Destination (2000)
Final Destination 2 (2003)

Full reviews after the jump...

Monday, August 29, 2011

The VMAs have come and gone

EW graded each of the performances at last night's VMAs, and reading this is about all the information I really needed.  The show usually lasts about 4 hours and I get bored after about 10 minutes so I skipped it this year.  Sounds like here were the major highlights:

  • Beyonce is preggers (EW)
  • Lady Gaga came in drag (EW)
  • Justin Bieber made some kind of inappropriate joke to Selena Gomez (MTV)
  • The first Hunger Games Teaser was premiered (YouTube)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

"American Horror Story" looks pretty legit

FX has a new show premiering on October 5th called American Horror Story, and the information (Collider) I've read about it makes it sound very appealing.  It is from Ryan Murphy, who is currently working on Glee and previously created Nip/Tuck.  According to the shows Facebook page, it "revolves around The Harmons, a family of three who move from Boston to Los Angeles as a means to reconcile past anguish".  This quick preview has a very Nip/Tuck-ish feel to it, and that could be good because Nip/Tuck started out pretty amazing until it turned god awful at about season 3.  FX usually pumps out some quality programming, so I recommend you give this one a try on October 5th.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

IMDB TOP 250: Breakdown by Decade

A couple of weeks ago I had a post that used data from the IMDB Top 250 to determine what the best years ever for movies were.  In addition to that breakdown, I also tried to figure out what the best decades ever for movies were, and you can see my findings below, with more details after the jump:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


In Short:
Contradicting almost every review you will read, The Change-Up delights with crude and hilarious jokes and actual has an enjoyable story beneath the dick-and-fart jokes


Full review after the jump…

Monday, August 22, 2011

OLD SCHOOL REVIEWS: 22 August 2011

Quick rundown of all the movies I watched recently:
The Beaver (2011)
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer (2010)
Super Size Me (2003)
In Bruges (2010)

Full reviews after the jump...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

30 Best Twist Endings

I love a good surprise ending, unless of course it is any M. Night Shyamalan movie after Signs, then I just dread the awful, forced twist that you know is coming.  Total Film put together a list of the 30 best twist endings in movies, and there are quite a few on there I haven't seen so I may have to change that.  Some of the sleepers on the list that some of you probably haven't seen, but should, include:

WARNING!!!  The Total Film article is FULL of spoilers so read at your own risk...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hulk Hogan is an American Hero

WWTDD (Some horribly trashy blog I read) posted this story today in which Linda Hogan (ex-wife of The Immortal Hulk Hogan) claims that he and Brutus the Barber Beefcake were lovers.  There is nothing more pathetic in the world that a pathetic old woman trying to hang on to her once minor fame by making outrageous claims about an American Icon.  Good work Linda, hope you're pleased with yourself.

Gay or not, look at these frickin' heroes...(Yes I'm a wrestling die hard, and yes this has nothing remotely to do with movies or media in general, so don't hate me)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: Forks Over Knives

In Short:
A compelling and convincing look at the way Westerner's eat and the potentially catastrophic effects it has on our health


Full review after the jump…

Monday, August 15, 2011

How to Get Cheaper Movie Tickets...

As you've seen on this blog, I see lots of movies.  And as you also know, movies ain't cheap.   Well I've found a pretty simple way to minimize the effect movie tickets have on your wallet, if you have a Marcus Theater near you of course.  If you click on the following link, it will take you to the Marcus Theater store and its 20 pack of VIP Silver tickets.  The tickets are $6 each and you get 10 $3 Snack Cash coupons as well.

So some quick math for you:
Typical Movie Night:
2 tickets = $20
2 sodas = $10
1 Popcorn = $5
TOTAL = $35

VIP Silver Movie Night:
2 tickets = $12
2 sodas = $4
1 popcorn = $5
TOTAL = $21

That is a 40% Savings each and every time you go to the movies!  I burned through my first 20 pack in about 4 months, and I highly recommend you go with this strategy if you have a Marcus Theater in your area.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

OLD SCHOOL REVIEWS: 14 August 2011

Quick rundown of all the movies I watched recently:
Happy Gilmore (1996)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Tangled (2011)
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Full reviews after the jump...

MOVIE REVIEW: Crazy, Stupid, Love

In Short:
An awesome cast carries this romantic comedy that tells the story of a recently divorced Steve Carrell and a hard pimpin' Ryan Gosling and the tumultuous path both their love lives take


Full review after the jump…

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Warrior Trailer

I went to see Crazy, Stupid, Love today and one of the previews shown before it was for the MMA drama Warrior starring the up and coming star Tom Hardy.  I had heard rumblings of an MMA movie coming out and was skeptical, but now after seeing this awesome trailer I am extremely excited to see it.  I'm sure my love for the trailer is slightly biased cause I'm an MMA fan, but you can't deny that the movie looks promising.  It looks like a present day Rocky.  I can only hope it has a couple drawn out training montages.  Warrior opens September 9th.

Laura Bush: MURDERER

Buzzfeed had slide show today of celebrities who have killed people and there were definitely names of people on there I didn't know about.  Also gotta love the inclusion of OJ on the list.

Other notable people on the list:
-Laura Bush
-Matthew Broderick

Thursday, August 11, 2011

New 50/50 Trailer Looks Promising

The trailer for the upcoming 50/50 has been out for awhile but Collider had a post for the newest trailer today and the movie looks pretty good.  Joesph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anna Kendrick all star in the cancer dramedy, and with a cast like that you can't go wrong.  And if you don't like Joseph  Gordon-Levitt then watch (500) Days of Summer cause that is about as close to perfect as a romantic comedy gets.  50/50 comes out September 30th.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Top 25 Movie Pep Talks

IFC pumped out this list of the best inspirational speeches that have ever been given in movies, and overall it is pretty solid.  The only two glaring errors are that William Wallace's speech at 11 is a travesty and a sham and mockery, and Bill Pullman's speech at 3 must be a joke cause I always have to look away during that scene of the otherwise amazing ID4 because his acting is too awkward to have to watch for 3 straight minutes.

MOVIE REVIEW: Friends with Benefits

In Short:
Surprisingly funny romantic comedy that overcomes the predictable plot with likeable characters and a superstar performance by Woody Harrelson


Full review after the jump…

Monday, August 8, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: Cowboys & Aliens

In Short:
An alien flick with nothing at all to separate it from any other sci-fi flick of the summer


Full review after the jump…

MOVIE REVIEW: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

In Short:
A solid return to form for the series and a great example of CGI done right


Full review after the jump…

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

AV Club's Best of 2011

AV Club posted a pretty interesting article today asking all their writers the following question:
We’ve passed the halfway point of 2011. What are your favorite 2011 books, movies, albums, songs, TV episodes, etc. to date? What’s likely to turn up on your year-end favorites list?
As usual a lot of the items getting mentioned are super-Indie stuff that 99% of people haven't heard of.  Usually there picks are pretty solid though so you may want to check some of them out.

My opinions on some of the items they mentioned:
TV - Breaking Bad - As good as television gets.
MOVIE - The Tree of Life - Way too over the top, but will win some Oscars.
MOVIE - Source Code - Duncan Jones kills it again and seems to be here to stay.
BOOK - Bossypants - Tina Fey is the real deal and while this book isn't as good as 30 rock, still a hilarious read

Hollywood’s Highest-Earning Actors

Forbes just released its list of highest paid actors and there are some surprising names on there.  Will Smith?  Apparently he got paid $36 million for MIB 3.  Tim Allen?!?!?!  Tim the Toolman Taylor?  I'm assuming that money is for voicing Buzz Lightyear, because lord knows he hasn't been in a good movie since Jungle 2 Jungle  (hopefully you can sense the sarcasm in that statement)...

1. Leonardo DiCaprio ($77 million)
2. Johnny Depp ($50 million)
3. Adam Sandler ($40 million)
4. Will Smith ($36 million)
5. Tom Hanks ($35 million)
6. Ben Stiller ($34 million)
7. Robert Downey, Jr. ($31 million)
8. Mark Wahlberg ($28 million)
9. Tim Allen ($22 million)
10. Tom Cruise ($22 million)
11. Jim Carrey ($20 million)
12. Daniel Craig ($20 million)
13. Robert Pattinson ($20 million)
14. Brad Pitt ($20 million)
15. Matt Damon ($18 million)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Walking Dead - Season 2

New trailer for Season 2 of The Walking Dead was released at Comic-Con this week, and it looks every bit as good as season 1.  If you haven't seen season 1, it is only 6 episodes so you should probably just go to Amazon, lay down the $9.99 and watch all of it today.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Finally...some respect for WWF entrance music

1990's WWF was as good a source of entertainment as there has ever been in the history of this planet. And if you disagree, I just don't give a damn.  Oh, and I am not referring to it as the WWE cause that is just ridiculous.

Bill Simmon's wrote a pretty awesome article today on the art of the wrestling entrance and I highly recommend it. And just for your entertainment, I've included one of the original entrance videos from the greatest entertainer of our time; Mr. Terry "Hulk Hogan" Bollea.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Amazing Spider-Man Teaser is out

When I heard they were doing another spider-man movie with Andrew Garfield taking over for Tobey Maguire I assumed they would not start the story over from the start.  Judging, from this first trailer it looks like I was wrong...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What Fascinated Me Today: 19 July 2011

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES –This is old news by now, but HP7 Part 2 had a teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises before it.  The trailer is pretty blah, but you get your first peak of Bane so that's something at least.  At the end of the day, this is a movie that could have no trailer, no poster, no press at all, and it would still make $150 million opening weekend (Facebook).

DJANGO UNCHAINED - Kevin Costner is reportedly going to be a part of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming western flick.  He is rumored to be playing a hard-ass slave owner who trains his slaves to fight eachother for slave owners' amusement.  I could see this casting job going either way, but it's a Tarantino movie so I'm sure it will all work out (Collider).

BREAKING BAD  Season 4 of the Emmy winning show premiered on AMC Sunday to huge ratings.  This show has always been amazing, but after last years awards season showing it seems like it is going to finally get the ratings it deserves.  If you're new to the show, then the Season 4 premiere was a perfect indication of what the show is like; very slow plot development followed by moments of rediculous, absurd, unforeseen, explosive action...and I love every second of it (EW).

ANOTHER EARTH – I think I'm a little late to the game on hearing about this upcoming movie, but it was a smash at Sundance and is getting released this week.  The trailer looks pretty incredible, although quite a bit similar to the premise of Lars von Trier's upcoming Melancholia.  Read the linked interview with one of the stars (who also happens to be Ethan from Lost) and you'll get a better feel for the movie (HP).

CHARLIE KAUFMAN – What drew me to this article was (1) the fact the Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze are making another movie together (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) and (2) the fact that they may have the recently un-retired Joaquin Phoenix star.  However, what stole the show on this article was the following comment on the message board:
A Man Of Discerning Taste
13 JULY 2011 | 8:01 PM CDT
Are you intentionally ignoring that Kaufman embodies the very worst of modern hip faux-intellectualism? (Jonze too, I guess. It's kind of hard to care one way or another about him.)

The "very worst of modern hip faux-intellectualism"?  There is a special place in hell for people who use phrases like that on internet message boards.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

In Short:
A perfect ending to the highest grossing movie series of all time filled with action, thrills, and even some laughs


Full review after the jump…


Quick rundown of all the movies I watched recently:
The Hangover (2009)
Fargo (1996)
The Departed (2006)
The Proposal (2009)
Let Me In (2011)

Full reviews after the jump...

Saturday, July 9, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: Horrible Bosses

In Short:
A hilarious cast and a number of memorable scenes make this one of the most enjoyable comedies of 2011


Full review after the jump…

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: Midnight in Paris

In Short:
Owen Wilson is surprisingly likeable in this quirky romantic comedy which re-uses the same plot line a few too many times


Full review after the jump…

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Quick rundown of all the movies I watched recently:
Star Trek (2009)
District 9 (2009)
Up in the Air (2009)
Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
Layer Cake (2004)

Full reviews after the jump...

Monday, July 4, 2011

IMDB TOP 250: Breakdown by Year

Over the past couple of days I’ve been doing some analysis on the IMDB Top 250 to try to get a feel for what the 10 best years for movies were.  The results were pretty interesting, with full details available after the jump.

Monday, June 27, 2011


In Short:
Diaz and JT are simply not funny in this wannabe-raunchy comedy that gives a couple laughs but overall dissapoints


Full review after the jump…

Friday, June 24, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: The Tree of Life

In Short:
Planet Earth meets 1950’s Texas in this over the top Palme d’Or winner which is sure to leave audiences confused and/or angry and/or emotionally exhausted


Full review after the jump…

Friday, June 17, 2011

What Fascinated Me Today: 17 June 2011

HARRY POTTER  - J.K. Rowling, who must be the richest person on the planet at this point, is supposedly making more HP books.  Initially this excited me, but the last set of books ended well and this addition will probably not do anything to improve upon the originals.  But it’s a guaranteed extra billion for her…so why the hell not (People)

OPRAH – Oprah was on some radio show or TV show or something recently and she claims she is going to interview one Orenthal James Simpson (aka that guy that killed Nicole Simpson and Ron Gold and got away with it via Johnny Cochran) and she thinks she is going to get him to confess.  Not happening Big O, but good job keeping your name in the news (TV)

TUPAC – Some schmo (Dexter Isaac) in prison for life is claiming he had a hand in the killing of Tupac in 1994.  Probably just some lifer looking for some attention (The Boombox)

DAVE CHAPPELLE – Earlier this week there were claims that Chappelle was making a new TV show strictly for online use (e.g. Hulu, Netflix) but now it is sounding like that may not be true.  Whether he comes back or not, his two seasons of Chappelle Show remain some of the best TV to ever exist.  Although my favorite skit from the show doesn’t get a lot of hype, watch it HERE and remember how amazing that show was (PopEater)

GREEN LANTERN – I love Ryan Reynolds, but holy hell does this movie look awful.  Although I have been incredibly excited for it to open, so it can stop having its (what feels like) 5 minute trailer play before every movie I go see.  It did good in midnight showings and is looking like it will have a ~$55M opening weekend.  I don’t care, it still looks stupid (Collider)

15 MOST INTENSE MOVIE MOMENTS - Pretty cool article on Rotten Tomatoes today (RT)

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES – The first teaser trailer (which is being shown before The Green Lantern) leaked online today.  Doesn’t really give you any idea of a plot line but still exciting to see anything about an upcoming Christopher Nolan movie (Inside Pulse)