Sunday, October 19, 2014

10 Best Superheroes Relay

Bubbawheat over at Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights (another blog title I'm jealous of) passed me the baton to his very interesting 10 Best Super Heroes relay. This isn't just any old relay where you swap one, add one, and keep going. His rules are very specific:

1. The list of movies will be passed to another blogger who will post their list within a week.

2. The blogger will take their list, remove 3 movies – with explanations, and replace with 3 new movies – with explanations.

3. If a movie lasts five rounds without being removed, it becomes locked in; it is permanent and can no longer be removed from the list.

4. If a movie is removed three different times, it is locked out and can no longer be put back onto the list by someone else.

5. Once four movies are locked into place, bloggers will replace 2 movies.

6. Once eight movies are locked into place, bloggers will replace 1 movie.

7. Once all ten movies are locked into place, the relay will be complete.

Here's the relay as I received it. The locked titles are in bold.

The Avengers

The Dark Knight

Spider-Man 2

Iron Man


The Rocketeer

The Incredibles

X-Men: First Class 


Blade 2 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier 

Superman II 

I'm removing:
X-Men: First Class - This is not the best X-Men film out there, so it simply cannot stay.

Kick-Ass - Because it's kind of overrated, and I have another "random person becomes a masked vigilante movie in mind."

I'm adding:

X2: X-Men United - Now THIS is my favorite X-Men movie.

Super - Super may be the least well, "super" movie on this list, but I absolutely love this little seen indie and I think it deserves a spot for charisma alone.

It was tough only removing 2, I actually wanted to remove several, but this was a fun twist on the normal relay. I'm passing this long to the very funny M. Brown at Two Dollar Cinema

Other participants:
A Fistful of Films
The Focused Filmographer
Life vs. Film
Simplistic Reviews
InSession Film
Dell on Movies
Jeffrey K. Lyles’ Movie Files

Friday, October 17, 2014

Indie Gems: Third Person

Liam Neeson finally gets to chill out in a film.

No one gets taken, he doesn't have to save the world. It was nice. Third Person follows three different stories about relationships that are eventually interwoven. There's writer Michael (Neeson) who's trying to finish his novel in Paris. He invites his mistress, Anna (Oliva Wilde) to join him. There's Julia (Mila Kunis) in New York City who struggles to get her shit together after she nearly kills her young son in tough love gone wrong type incident. She's trying to win visitation rights from her ex husband, Rick. (James Franco) Then in Rome, there's Scott (Adrian Brody) a business man who wants nothing more than to leave before he gets caught up helping a desperate woman, Monika (Moran Atias)

I had never heard of this movie until I randomly came across it in Netflix, but the reviews were mostly awful. I guess it's because a film maker like Paul Haggis comes with a good reputation. I did not find this as lackluster as most. I actually thought it was very interesting. The cast is obviously great, and Kunis and Wilde in particular get to shine here. The film does get a little long, but it's never boring and it's a good take on the interwoven love story gimmick.

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "Does she know it was her on the phone?" - Elaine (Kim Basinger)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday Movie Picks: Found Footage Films

This week's theme from Wandering Through the Shelves is Found Footage Films. Here's three of my favorites.

1) Cloverfield

This film had a genius marketing strategy. It showed the infamous shot of the Statue of Liberty's head getting thrown in the street, then only a release date. No title and nothing else about the plot. The film itself was very clever and lived up to the intriguing hype. (IMO anyways) Although I did get a little motion sickness when they were running up the stairs with the camera pointed down. 

2) Home Movie

You kind of have to suspend your disbelief during an important part of this film, but other than's creepy as hell.

3) Zero Day

This is one of the most interesting films about school massacres out there, and it feels so authentic. I know this isn't the typical horror film, but it's still prety frightening what these kids pull off.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DVD Review: The Came Together

This is what happened when a parody fails

Romantic comedies suck, so when I heard Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd were starring in a film that spoofs them, I was all over it. Though I should've known better since this film seemed to come out of nowhere.

Molly (Poehler) is a naive women running a cute candy shop in New York City and Joel is a jerk who works for a gigantic candy company that's going to shut her store down. They meet, they hate each other, then they fall in love. They're relaying this story to two of their friends over dinner (Played by Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper)

God, this movie wasn't even funny. Sure everything they said about romantic comedies was true, and there were a lot of talented people here, but it just fucking sucked. There's no less harsh way of saying it. The biggest miracle was that I actually sat through the whole thing. 

Recommended: No

Grade: F

Memorable Quote: "So I met this guy, he went down on me and I came in like a minute...oh, got to go, bye dad!" - Melanie (Noureen DeWulf)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Rambling TV: Boardwalk Empire and The Walking Dead recaps + other TV thoughts

Oh man, Sunday was a good night for TV. Boardwalk Empire managed to break my heart several times, but luckily The Walking Dead made me feel a little better. (Didn't expect that after the awful season 4, huh?) Click those gifs to be redirected to their makers.

Boardwalk Empire
While Nucky spent the entire episode moping over Sally's death, getting drunk, fighting, then trying to fuck a few prostitutes, not everyone else was as lucky.

Van Alden and Eli's plan to rob Copone obviously goes wrong. "This was not thought through." Van Alden says at one point. When they're caught, and Capone unexpectedly comes back to his suite early and interrogates them, Van Alden picks the worst possible moment to let his pent up rage out. (Story of his life) as he's choking out Capone, he's met with a bullet to the head. (and loses a good portion of his skull along with it.) Eli confesses that what he was after, and as he and the double agent assigned to kill him walk out, he gives him some cash to catch a bus ticket home. I'm assuming this is the last time we see Chicago. We all know Capone gets nailed on tax evasion in a few years.

That felt kind of rushed, but since the show skipped the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, I'm not surprised. It just sucks to see my favorite character go...again.

Speaking of which, with Van Alden dead, my next favorite character fell to Chalky..LOL, NOPE! He confronts Narcisse about Daughter, and instead of killing him in front of Daughter and her...daughter, Narcisse offers a job to Chalky to help take down Luciano and Lansky. The entire time during this conversation, I'm thinking "that's not how I thought this would go." Apparently the TV read my mind because Narcisses essentially takes Chalky out back and shoots him in one of the most depressing endings since the Season 2 finale. Ugh. That killed me.

This week's flasbacks were Nucky and Mabel's pregnancy, which if you remember him explaining what happened during this to Margaret in Season 1, you know how depressing this is. They also find Gillian at the end of the episode. I was really hoping for a Jimmy flashback during all of this, but since we only have two episodes left, I don't think we're getting it. Young Eli is hilarious, trying to talk to Nucky about messing around with June the first time, then correcting him on his swearing. They did a great job casting these two guys.

The Walking Dead
Okay, let's move on to the show I love to hate, only last night I couldn't really hate anything about it.

Rick and co are still in the train car, trying to cut up pieces of wood to make weapons, prepared to fight their way out, when suddenly they're gassed and Rick, Bob, Daryl, and Glenn are taken to a trough where they will have their throats slit, be butchered, then eaten. Gareth comes in to casually get some counts as Bob tries to beg his way out. He also asks Rick about his gun bag he buried in the woods, Rick tells him how he's going to use a machete with a red handle to kill him. (foreshadowing!) Then there's an explosion...

Earlier, we saw Carol, Ty, and Judith in the woods. They run across another Termite talking over a walkie talkie about Michonne and Carl, they tie the guy up, demand answers, and when he has none, Carol goes in full rambo mode to save her friends at Terminus while Tyreese stays behind with Judith. The man in the cabin keeps telling Ty that since he's a good man, he'll die today. He brow beats Ty for awhile, then eventually lunges at Judith and threatens to kill her unless Ty takes care of the walkers outside the cabin. He does, comes back in and beats the guy up while screaming "I won't." over and over. Tyreese will not kill anyone.

Carol sees Rick and co being dragged into the train car. She disguises herself in walker guts to move along unnoticed, and blows up a gas tank to cause a distraction. She shoots several Termites, and goes through various rooms. She finds Rick's watch and Daryl's crossbow and takes them. She runs into Mary, who tries to explain that the people who ran terminus raped and killed, but they took it back. (Then made the jump to cannibalism? What?) Mary and Carol fight a little, Carol shoots her in the leg, looking for answers. When Mary gives none, Carol opens the door like a BAMF and lets the walkers have her.

This gives Rick time to stab the people guarding them with the wood from the boxcar, he and the other four leave to free everyone else. Glenn says they need to free others because that's still who they are. They shoot at Gareth, who looks like he fakes getting hit, but they escape before the heard moves in.

In the woods, Carol appears as they're digging up the guns, and the group looks happy. Daryl runs to her, picks her up and hugs her and cries. He obviously missed her. Rick asks her if "she did that." when she nods, he embraces her and says "thank you." She leads them to Tyreese and Judith, and tearful reunions take place.

After the credits, we see Morgan of all people is out in the woods too. 

As some of you may know, Rick and and Carol reconciling was big on my list of wants. I hated what season 4 did to their friendship and them hugging without Judith being involved yet was everything. I loved it so much. And Daryl and Carol's hug? That was almost too good to be true. I love them together. Carol and Michonne were even in the same frame for a second, progress! These two ladies need to be in more scenes. I can only hope that the rest of the season is like this. We really should take the time to appreciate that it was Carol who was crucial to their escape. Carol, the once abused house wife who stepped up to help her friends. She's the best.

Other random TV thoughts:
Gotham is still trying to find its footing, though the ending to Monday's episode was intriguing. Speaking of super heroes it looks like Agents of SHIELD finally found its own footing.. This past episode was pretty great. Iain De Caestecker (my personal favorite) really shined. The Big Bang Theory introduced Raj's girlfriend, and of course she is a total bitch to Penny. Because we must always be reminded that Penny is the pretty one and girls hate her.  19 Kids and Counting was such a bore this week, but the internet snark was not. They got their awful "I survived Roe v Wade/I am the generation that will abolish abortion" shirts blurred by TLC. (thank God) Jim Bob and J'Chelle managed to turn a triple date into the creepiest thing ever, AND someone actually did a tally of Jessa and Ben's wedding registries and found out that they are registered for over 30k in goods (including multiple guns, a Mac Book Air, fast food giftcards, and an iPad.) Typical wedding gifts you know. Frugal my ass. J'Chelle also managed to make her daughter's birthday all about her. "I'm taking her on a special trip to ride horses...because I need to conquer MY fear of horses!"

Friday, October 10, 2014

Indie Gems: Touchy Feely

Well this is strange..

One morning, a normally happy massage therapist, Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt) wakes up and realizes she's now disgusted by the human touch. She can't touch her clients, she can't touch her boyfriend. She spends hours staring at skin trying to get out of this funk. At the same time, her normally uptight brother, Paul's (Josh Pais) dentistry business that was one foot out the door now flourishes after patients claim he cured their TMJ by just touching them.

Lynn Shelton is becoming one of my favorite female directors. I loved Your Sister's Sister and Touchy Feely, while more bleak, as a similar feel. The story feels very original and the cast is great. Ellen page, Scoot McNairy, Allison Janney and Ron Livingston make up the supporting roles. Josh Pais was my favorite in this. He was so restrained as Paul. You could almost feel how uncomfortable he was. If you touched him, he'd probably flinch away. But the look on his face would be begging for contact. 

I need to check out Hump Day, another of Shelton's films. She also has Laggies in theaters now.

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "...take off your shirt." - Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thursday Movie Picks: Zombie Movies

This is my first time participating in Wandering Through The Shelve's weekly series. The idea is to talk about three films that fit into the weekly theme. This week is zombie movies, so here are my favorites.

1) Dawn of the Dead (2004)

It's rare that a horror remake is better than the original, but I think this one absolutely is. It found a good balance of humor, gore, and just being generally interesting. 

2) Zombieland

I love the cast in this one. Plus, when I first saw this in theaters, it was one that served alcohol during the show, and that just enhanced the whole experience. 

3) Shaun of the Dead

I have yet to meet someone that doesn't like this film. This is a parody done right.