Monthly Archives: December 2013

Redband Trailer for 22 Jump Street (2014)

22 Jump Street Homemade Poster


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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 Depp22 Jump Street is the sequel to the reboot, and it looks like it just might be as funny as its predecessor.

This time, instead of Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) going undercover as students in high school, they have gone on to infiltrate a college campus undercover as college students.

The movie was directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Ice Cube, Amber Stevens, Jimmy Tatro, Wyatt Russell, Jillian Bell, Dax Flame, and Johnny Pemberton.

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.





Trailer for Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Edge of Tomorrow Poster

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)


Tom Cruise returns for another Sci-Fi action thriller.  It will be two Sci-Fi movies in a row for him after Oblivion (2013).

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 SakurazakaChristopher 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.


Teaser Trailer for Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar Movie poster

Interstellar (2014)


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.


Happy Birthday to Joel Winspear, My Father

Happy Birthday to Joel Winspear, My Father

Dad and I Wedding

The man ultimately responsible for my time on this earth turns 60 years old today!

The farthest back that I can remember is when I was 4 years old.  Before that, it’s all just a blur.  My dad was 36 years old when I was 4 years old.  He wasn’t much different back then as he is now.  He has been the most consistent person throughout my entire life.  I owe a lot of who I am today to my father.

Looking back on it all now, it’s insane to think that he and my mom had 5 kids.  We each took our turns at putting him through hell.  I’m sure that we are the cause of any gray hairs and or wrinkles.  How he puts up with us sometimes, I have no idea.

The two of us have not always met eye to eye on things, but in the end, that was me just being a stubborn teenager and him being the same old genuine guy that he has always been.  As I have grown older, I have gained more and more respect for my dad.  The respect was always there, but my eyes just weren’t always open to it.  As I have learned more about life, I have come to realize that my father has helped me through a lot of it.

How anyone supports 5 kids is a miracle in itself, but my dad didn’t think twice about it.  He just did it.  And, in a lot of ways, he still does.

I have to say, it’s probably my father’s fault that I have a film addiction.  But, that’s just because he was nice enough to take me and the rest of my family to the movies often.  He got us all interested at a young age, and it sort of just became a family thing.  Movies are one thing that we all have in common.

Movies are not the only things that my dad got me into.  He has always been big into sports, and that is another bug that I caught when I was just a kid.  Whether it was a basketball game, baseball game, or even soccer game, I got to see dad rooting for me in the stands.  Sometimes we would play catch or shoot hoops and those things would always make my day.

We are not a checkers family.  Our family plays chess.  In fact, the boys in my family play chess very well.  Who do you think we have to thank for that skill?  Well, my dad, of course.  My dad taught me how to play chess when I was 4 years old.  At the time, it was probably mostly because he would play with my older brothers and certainly I wanted to do whatever they were doing.

I lost hundreds of games of chess to my dad, until one day I won.  It was a big deal to me because my dad is not the type of person to let you win.  He is not going down without a fight and that is something that he instilled in us at a very young age, whether he knew it or not.  The chess games became less and less one sided and eventually I was able to win more often.  He taught me that in order to get better at something, you have to accept the challenge and learn from people that are more talented than you.  You have to face the challenge until you overcome it, and then learn from it.

The other great thing about chess that I learned from my dad, which really also applies in life, is to think a few moves ahead.  Don’t simply concentrate in the moment, but try to anticipate what the future may hold.  Once you see it, make it happen.

My strong work ethic comes from my father.  But, probably the biggest thing that he has taught me over the years is to never give up.  No matter how many times I fall, my dad taught me to get back up, and get back up swinging.

Dad, I am proud to call you my father.  You have been a great friend in my life.  I love you and I hope that your birthday is the best that it can be.

Happy 60th Birthday Dee-Dah!


Home Alone (1990)


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.

Home Alone Culkin eyebrows

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 Culkin Stern BB gun

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.

home alone pesci fire

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.

Home Alone Stern Pesci

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:

Christmas Vacation (1989)

Out of the Furnace (2013)

Out of the Furnace poster

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.

Out of the Furnace Bale

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.

Out of the Furnace Affleck Bale

The film was directed by Scott Cooper and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Woody Harrelson, Willem DafoeForest WhitakerZoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, and Tom Bower.

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.

Out of the Furnace Harrelson Affleck

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.

Out of the Furnace Bale Saldana

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:

The Machinist (2004)

American Hustle (2013)

Prisoners (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

Christmas Vacation (1989)

Christmas Vacation Poster

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 Dinner Table

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.

Christmas Vacation Quaid Sewer

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.

Christmas Vacation Family Tree Living Room

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.

Christmas Vacation Chase Tree

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)


Home Alone (1990)

Redbox Movie Reviews December 2013

Redbox Movie Reviews December 2013

redbox box

I have seen 95 of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox.  Of those 95 films, I have written a review for 60 of them.  My reviews will let you know what I think are the best movies currently available at the Redbox and what are the worst movies currently available at the Redbox.

I like a wide variety of movies.  My list consists of comedy movies, horror movies, action movies, drama movies, western movies, science fiction movies, foreign movies, comic book movies, family movies, war movies, etc.  I’ve reviewed almost every genre you can think of, so hopefully it will suit whatever mood you are in.

Note: I will continue to update this list throughout the month of December.  Each month I will keep updating a new list that will have more and more movies on it.  If you like what you see, I hope that you will come back for more in the future.

Click on each title below for a trailer, pictures, cast list, my rating, and my review of that movie.

2 Guns (2013)

6 Souls (2009)

42 (2013)

Admission (2013)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Bullet to the Head (2012)

The Call (2013)

The Company You Keep (2012)

The Conjuring (2013)

Curse of Chucky (2013)

Dead Man Down (2013)

Django Unchained (2012)

Elysium (2013)

Emperor (2012)

Evil Dead (2013)

The Frozen Ground (2013)

Gangster Squad (2013)

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

The Guilt Trip (2012)

The Hangover Part III (2013)

A Haunted House (2013)

The Heat (2013)

The Hunger Games (2012)

The Iceman (2012)

Identity Thief (2013)

The Impossible (2012)

InAPPropriate Comedy (2013)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

The Internship (2013)

Jack Reacher (2012)

Killing Season (2013)

The Last Stand (2013)

Mama (2013)

Man of Steel (2013)

Mud (2012)

Now You See Me (2013)

Oblivion (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Only God Forgives (2013)

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Pain & Gain (2013)

Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

The Purge (2013)

Red 2 (2013)

R.I.P.D. (2013)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Stoker (2013)

Stuck in Love (2012)

This is the End (2013)

Tomorrow You’re Gone (2012)

Trance (2013)

Vehicle 19 (2013)

Violet & Daisy (2011)

The Way, Way Back (2013)

We’re the Millers (2013)

White House Down (2013)

World War Z (2013)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

If you like what you see then click on this link: to check out the rest of my site.  Movies are what I do.

Netflix Watch Instantly Movie Reviews December 2013

Netflix Watch Instantly Movie Reviews December 2013


Netflix Watch Instantly has drastically improved its movie selection over the last few years.  They still have more movies that are available to rent on disc than they do to stream, but if you do a little bit of searching then you will be able to find plenty of good movies that are worth streaming.

I have seen literally hundreds of movies that are currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly and literally thousands of movies that are currently available to rent on disc.

I have been writing movie reviews for a year now, but I have been mainly focusing on reviewing newer movies.  Because of this fact, I have not reviewed very many movies that are currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly.  I plan on fixing this problem soon.

I will continue to update and add to the list below throughout the month of December, and make a new list each month.  My lists will hopefully help you find good movies to watch and bad movies to stay away from.  I will hopefully be able to help save you time searching for a good movie to stream on Netflix Watch Instantly.  My reviews will tell you what are some of the best movies available on Netflix Watch Instantly and what are some of the worst movies available on Netflix Watch Instantly.

The Netflix Watch Instantly movie library changes periodically as their contracts with different movie companies run out or are renewed.  Here is a list of movies that I have reviewed that are currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly.  Click on each title below for my full review of that movie, my rating, the movie’s trailer, the movie’s poster, and pictures from that movie:

6 Souls (2009)

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Brubaker (1980)

Christmas Vacation (1989)

Cop Land (1997)

Dead Man Down (2013)

Dredd (2012)

End of Watch (2012)

Fire with Fire (2012)

Flight (2012)

The Guilt Trip (2012)

Happy Gilmore (1996)

A Haunted House (2013)

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

The Hunger Games (2012)

The Iceman (2012)

InAPPropriate Comedy (2013)

Jackie Brown (1997)

Killing Season (2013)

Leave (2011)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Only God Forgives (2013)

The Paperboy (2012)

The Possession (2012)

Red Dawn (2012)

Robot & Frank (2012)

Skyfall (2012)

Stolen (2012)

Yes, the list is short now, but as the days and weeks and months go by, I will have plenty of more reviews for you to read and I will help you find the hidden gems within the Netflix Watch Instantly movie library.  Movies are what I do.

“Silent Night” Movie Titles Lyrics Remix

“Silent Night” Movie Titles Lyrics Remix


First Verse:

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)


Second Verse:

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)


Third Verse:

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?