This week we put horror movies aside (travesty, I know!) for a good ole traditional Christmas movie. I’ve picked one that isn’t too popular so hopefully you haven’t seen it already. This is my mom’s all-time favourite Christmas movie so it quickly became a staple at our household. It might be a little emotionally manipulative (listen to some thoughts on manipulation in movies here) but you’ve been forewarned. And it’s a Christmas movie, so what do you expect?
I remember The Devil’s Advocate as being a one of a kind, powerhouse of a movie when I first watched it when I was young and impressionable. In hindsight, it probably isn’t the greatest movie ever made, and the idea certainly isn’t new, but it’s still pretty darn good.
Today marks my last day at my current job. It’s strange because I’ve been there for nearly ten years and I don’t think I’ve really wrapped my head around the fact that I won’t be going back there after today. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great change in my life and I really needed it, but it’s still odd to think of never going back to a place that I’ve been going to for so long. I think the reason I stayed for so long is that it was comfortable. I knew all the people, exactly what I needed to do and I was good at it. There were other excuses that I would use but it always boiled down to becoming comfortable. Now though, I need a new challenge. That brings me to today’s recommendation, in which Kumiko sets out on a new journey and abandons everything in her old life.
Time for another roundup of some mediocre and downright awful films that you should steer clear of.
Hello and happy Friday, all! This week has been crazy for me. I’m terribly sorry for not keeping up with all the posts that have been going up from all my fellow bloggers out there. I feel like the Queen of Slime, the Queen of Filth, the Queen of Putrescence. Boo. Boo. Rubbish. Filth. Slime. Muck. Boo. Boo. Boo.*
*Beware, this post is funny and full of quotes (even though Game of Thrones doesn’t have anything to do with The Princess Bride).
For tonight’s recommendation I have a movie that stars my all-time favourite movie star crush: the incredibly handsome and ever charming, Kevin Costner. Now that you all know about my undying love for Kevin, I have to admit that I might be a bit biased when it comes to his movies. There are a lot of movies he did that received pretty terrible critical reviews and I still LOVED them. Namely, Waterworld, which has a whopping 42% on Rotten Tomatoes and The Postman which has an incredibly underwhelming 9%. I really liked these movies. Anyone else out there with me on this? I should have added them to my Guilty Pleasures list that I did with David over at That Moment In but I really don’t feel all that guilty about it. I digress. Mr. Brook didn’t receive the best reviews but it’s still a good movie and certainly worth a watch tonight. Let me tell you why.
“Mary Dinkle’s eyes were the colour of muddy puddles. Her birthmark, the colour of poop.” And so begins an incredibly endearing movie about unconventional friendships, what it is to be normal, and how our connections with other people touch and shape our lives.
I went to see Terminator Genisys over the weekend and, overall, I found it to be pretty good. There are a lot of negative reviews out there at the moment, mostly from critics, but it really wasn’t that horrible. The main thing that it has going against it is people’s preconceived notions that it will be bad. The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day are such incredible films that it’s easy to see why an audience wouldn’t think anything could possibly be as good, or even remotely close to as good, as they are. There are so many expectations that go along with films on this level of greatness. If I look at it as a comparison of those films, then yes, this is not a good film at all. However, if I look at it as an individual entity that takes some plot points from another movie, then it was actually a good piece of entertainment.
In honour of Canada Day on July 1st and my birthday yesterday, I decided to pick a decidedly Canadian film to recommend tonight. I first saw this one years ago and it’s just as good now as it was then. It’s a really innovative concept and it’s executed quite well considering the budget that it was working with. If you haven’t seen it yet, I’m confident that if you watch it tonight, you will not be disappointed.
Well, I promised something awesome for today and it doesn’t get much more awesome than this. When I wrote the review for The Raid: Redemption, there was a lot of confusion as to whether or not that was the original or the sequel. It’s definitely confusing that it’s titled that way. The Redemption insinuates there’s something we already know about that needs redeeming, which leads us to believe it’s the sequel. Regardless, The Raid: Redemption is the original; the sequel is simply titled The Raid 2 (sometimes it is called The Raid 2: Berandal). After the review of the original, I received a lot of requests for a review of this one, and I do what I can to make you guys happy. So, hold on to your butts (Jurassic Park reference), this movie is quite the ride.