Monthly Archives: December 2013
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22 Jump Street (2014)
Without question, 21 Jump Street (2012) was one of the funniest movies of 2012. The movie was already a reboot of the popular television show from the late 80s and early 90s, 21 Jumpstreet, starring Johnny Depp. 22 Jump Street is the sequel to the reboot, and it looks like it just might be as funny as its predecessor.
I’m sure that we can expect the same raunchy, outrageous, hilariousness as 21 Jump Street. It should be a laugh filled adventure.
The film is set to release on 06/13/14.
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Edge of Tomorrow is about a soldier (Tom Cruise) who gets stuck in a time loop of his last day of battle while at war with aliens.
The film is based on the book All You Need is Kill which was written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, and John-Henry Butterworth wrote the screen play for Edge of Tomorrow. The rest of the noteworthy cast includes Emily Blunt, Jeremy Piven, Bill Paxton, Lara Pulver, Charlotte Riley, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
Time travel has always been intriguing to me. Pair that with Cruise in an action movie written by McQuarrie and I’m sold.
The film is set to release on 06/06/14.
McQuarrie also wrote the screen play for Jack Reacher (2012) and directed the film which also starred Cruise. Of course, it was based on the Lee Child book, One Shot.
McQuarrie is also set to direct Mission: Impossible 5 (2015) which of course, also stars Cruise.
McQuarrie also wrote the screen play for Valkyrie (2008) which also stars Cruise.
Christopher Nolan is one of those directors that only directs superb movies. He has yet to really strike out. Interstellar appears like it will follow his pattern of greatness.
The film is about explorers who discover a wormhole that allows them to travel very long distances through space.
The description doesn’t sound very special, but the film is written by Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan. Christopher Nolan directs and the noteworthy cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Matt Damon, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, David Oyelowo, Topher Grace, and Ellen Burstyn.
I will pretty much guarantee that Interstellar will be awesome. It has a great cast and excellent writers and director. It’s just too bad that we have to wait almost a year until it releases.
The film is set to release on 11/07/14.
Home Alone (1990)
Home Alone is the first movie that I could quote in its entirety line for line and I was maybe 6 years old at the time. I watched the movie for the first time on VHS when I was 5 years old.
The film is the first holiday tradition that I ever had. Christmas just doesn’t seem like Christmas without watching Home Alone at some point.
It’s the movie that boosted Macauley Culkin to superstardom while simultaneously dooming his acting career. Forever, he will always be known as Kevin McCallister, the little boy whose family forgot about him and left him home alone. Thanks to Home Alone, Culkin is the most famous child actor ever. However, Home Alone was the peak of his career and he was only 10 years old at the time. He could never, and will never top that movie, no matter how hard he tries.
Home Alone was touted as the family comedy without the family and it was exactly that. I don’t know if I have ever met anybody who has not seen the film. That is how popular it is. Everybody has seen it.
So, for all of the newborns out there who weren’t in their mother’s womb over Christmastime, the movie is about Kevin McCallister (Macauley Culkin), an 8-year-old boy who gets left at home when his big family goes on a trip to Paris for the holidays. He is left to fend for himself and forced to defend his home against two stupid criminals.
The film was written by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The rest of the noteworthy cast includes Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara, John Heard, Roberts Blossom, John Candy, Devin Ratray, Larry Hankin, Gerry Bamman, and Keiran Culkin.
Home Alone has been one of my favorite movies ever since my childhood. It’s festive, heartfelt and hysterical. It’s everything that a family comedy should be.
Macauley Culkin did an excellent job for his age. Pesci and Stern gave priceless performances as the knuckleheads who insist on trying to rob the McCallister’s residence, even after knowing a little kid is home.
It’s a John Hughes classic that never gets old, no matter how many times you watch it. Trust me, I know. I’ve seen this movie more times that I could ever count.
I rate this movie a 10 on a scale of 1-10.
Buy, rent, or run? Buy.
If you enjoyed Home Alone than you will most likely enjoy:
Out of the Furnace (2013)
There are certain movies that appear to be destined for greatness and Out of the Furnace looked like one of them.
Christian Bale is one of the most versatile actors of our time. I’ve been a fan of his ever since I watched Newsies (1992) for the first when I was a little kid. Bale has become such a great actor that I eagerly await all of his new movies. Out of the Furnace especially sparked my interest after I learned how many other big names are in the cast.
Russell Baze (Christian Bale) goes looking for his younger brother, Rodney, (Casey Affleck) after he goes missing. Russell will stop at nothing to get his brother back and release his own form of justice on whoever is responsible for taking him.
As the title suggests, the movie is rough and only gets more severe. It’s out of the furnace and into the fire. The title did, in fact, suit the film quite well. The movie was injected with pain and anger. Eventually the intensity boiled over and the film sizzled. Out of the Furnace stirs up the emotions and lights them on fire. It’s easily the most powerful movie of the year.
Christian Bale does not cease to impress. Nobody could have done a better job in his role, and the only thing better than Bale’s performance was the fact that the rest of the film was filled to the brim with extraordinary talent working alongside him. The entire cast was firing on all cylinders.
This movie is not for anyone with a weak stomach. The violence is brutal and the language is harsh. The filmmakers’ gloves came off in order to make a film so sharp that the jagged edges will cut into your mind and all sorts of emotions will come leaking out. Out of the Furnace will stick with you long after it ends.
The movie deserves to be nominated for an Academy Award in just about every category available. It gets my vote for Best Picture of the Year and Bale deserves the Best Actor award, hands down.
I rate this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10.
Buy, rent, or run? Buy.
If you liked Out of the Furnace, then you will probably enjoy the following films:
Christmas Vacation (1989)
Watching the movie Christmas Vacation has been a Christmastime tradition for as long as I can remember. I don’t remember the first time that I watched it, but I know that I was very young and it was likely on television.
Christmas Vacation is National Lampoon’s third Vacation movie. This time, the Griswolds are not going anywhere for vacation. Instead, they have decided to host a big family gathering for Christmas at their house. Like previous Griswold vacations, things do not go as planned and quickly spin out of control.
The film was written by John Hughes and directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. The noteworthy cast includes Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, Randy Quaid, Brian Doyle-Murray, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Doris Roberts, Diane Ladd, E.G. Marshall, Miriam Flynn, William Hickey, Mae Questel, and Sam McMurray.
The movie is absolutely hilarious! It’s my favorite of the Vacation movies. It’s the ultimate dysfunctional family comedy. It’s everything a family comedy should be, and more.
Christmas Vacation is one of the funniest Christmas movies ever made and it’s usually the first Christmas movie that I watch each year. The festive soundtrack and the chaotic family gathering help to give you a feeling of Christmas.
There are so many memorable scenes, brilliant dialogue, and one-liners. The comedy is sarcastic and poetic.
Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid both give unforgettable performances. Christmas Vacation is easily each actor’s best and funniest movie.
The film has a very obvious John Hughes feel to it. Even though Hughes didn’t direct, he still wrote and produced the movie.
Christmas Vacation is a timeless Christmas classic. I’ve seen it dozens of times and it never gets old. It’s one of the funniest Christmas movies ever. It always puts me in the Christmas spirit. Christmastime is not complete without watching Christmas Vacation.
I rate this movie a 10 on a scale of 1-10.
Buy, rent, or run? Buy it and make it a part of your holiday tradition.
If you liked Christmas Vacation then you will probably enjoy:
Home Alone (1990)
“Silent Night” Movie Titles Lyrics Remix
Silent Hill (2006), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
All is Lost (2013), All is Bright (2013)
Rounders (1998) Young Guns (1988) The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) Mother’s Boys (1994) Child’s Play (1988)
Holy Man (1998) Love Me Tender (1956) Mild Afternoon (2011)
Sleepless in Seattle (1993) War and Peace (1956)
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (2003) Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Son of No One (2011) Friday Night Lights (2004)
Radiant City (2006) Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam (1986)
Dawn of the Dead (2004) The Raid: Redemption (2011) Maria Full of Grace (2004)
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), Lord of War (2005) Birth (2004)
Jesus of Montreal (1989), Lord of the Flies (1990) Birth of the Living Dead (2013)
Silence of the Lambs (1991), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The Good Shepherd (2006) Out of Sight (1998)
Glory (1989) Love Streams (1984) Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Oh Heavenly Dog (1980) The Host (2013) The Hallelujah Trail (1965)
The Passion of the Christ (2004) Savior (1998) Natural Born Killers (1994)
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) Six Gun Savior (2014) Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
My wife and I started changing the lyrics to “Silent Night” to different movie titles and it started off as a joke. I decided to see how far I could take it and this was the result. I will never think of “Silent Night” the same way again. Which version will you sing this Christmas?
R.I.P. Paul Walker
The actor most known for his role in The Fast and the Furious movies died yesterday afternoon (11/30/13) in a car accident in Valencia, CA. His friend Roger Rodas was driving. Walker had been at a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide earlier in the day. Both men were found dead in the wreckage of a red Porche. Walker was only 40 years old.
It’s sad and shocking news. I’ve been a fan of Paul Walker’s movies ever since I saw him in Pleasantville (1998). It’s awful to see him go way before his time.
Paul was not known for dramas, rather he was most known for action movies and thrillers.
My favorite Paul Walker movie is Running Scared (2006). Other great Walker movies include Eight Below (2006), The Lazarus Project (2008), The Fast and the Furious (2001), Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013), and The Death and Life of Bobby Z (2007).
Walker was supposed to be in Fast & Furious 7 in 2014.
Hours (2013) will be Paul’s second to the last movie to be released. It is set to be released later this month. The last movie that he made was Brick Mansions (2014).
The world lost another great actor. He will be missed.
Paul Walker movies that I have reviewed include: