Top 5 Tuesday: Favorite Childhood Movies

Hey everyone, today marks the start up of college once again. I’ve sort of been falling behind in preparation for classes, but I will not fall behind on Top 5 Tuesdays. So here is the list of my favorite movies from when I was a child, note that these are not necessarily child friendly movies.

5. Batman Forever

I’ve always loved superhero movies, and while Batman Forever still holds a special spot in my heart, it’s not a good movie. It’s great compared to Batman & Robin, but still no where near the Keaton Batman. I personally like that Batman more than Forever, but this is me trying to think in my childhood mindset. I loved the zany Riddler and the more comedic Two-face, but they didn’t age too well.

4. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Easily one of the best Jim Carrey performances. He’s funny, quotable and did I say funny? This isn’t one of my favorites anymore, but I still love it more than most modern comedy films. The sequel doesn’t hold a candle, but Ace Ventura is definitely a must see film for comedy lovers. Laces Out!

3. The Matrix

It’s hard to believe that I quite young when this movie came out. It was a revolutionary film that blew my small mind as a child. I pretty much watched it once a week on VHS when I was a child. It was probably the best movie from my childhood, but oddly it wasn’t my favorite.

2. Mystery Men

Mystery_Men_film_posterI loved superhero films growing up (I still do, but who doesn’t). Mystery Men is sort of a superhero film, but it is crazy and hilarious. Ben Stiller, Paul Ruebens and William H. Macy made my younger self laugh like a never before. I watched the movie pretty much every day and could quote the movie like an expert. It had flashy effects for the time, flashier than what I had seen at least. It had everything my little brain could ever want.

1. The Mask

Jim Carrey, man, he gets me every time. I loved this movie just a slight bit more than Mystery Men and I literally watched this movie daily as a kid. Now looking back, there were a lot of jokes that went straight over my head, but that just makes rewatching it now even more fun. Who would have thought my favorite childhood movie had condom jokes.

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Top 5 Tuesday: My Favorite Movies of 2014

Now I will preface this by saying that I really sucked this year when it came to going to the movies. I think I only saw 4 or 5 movies at the theater and waited for the rest to come in the mail from Netflix. This was a really lazy year for me, so don’t expect Birdman or Boyhood, which I’m sure will find a place on my list once I watch them.

5. 22 Jump Street

22_Jump_Street_PosterThis was easily the funniest movie I’ve seen this year. The Tatum/Hill combo is very deadly, they have some of the best chemistry in recent memory. The film is pretty much one big joke and it pays of very well. It might not be as good as the first, but to strike gold twice in a comedy franchise is very rare, just look at The Hangover movies. You can read more about my thoughts on this movie here.

4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The first Captain America was the weakest of the Avengers movies, but it’s safe to say this was the strongest. It felt less like a superhero movie and more like a political thriller, which made the movie feel new in an era where Superhero movies feel very much the same. This was the point where Chris Evans proved he was the perfect casting for Captain America and it made people excited for the third installment, Civil War. I can’t wait to see Captain America and Iron Man go head to head.

3. Edge of Tomorrow

What a surprise! This might have been the second movie I saw in theaters this year and it made me so happy that I had. It was funny, had a lot of action and great performances by Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise is the kind of actor where if you love him or hate him, mostly hate him, you have to admit that he has a lot of great movies and great performances, like Mission Impossible 4, Tropic Thunder and now Edge of Tomorrow.

X-Men_Days_of_Future_Past_poster2. X-Men Days of Future’s Past

I’m pretty sure this was the first movie that I saw in theaters. If you haven’t seen it yet, rectify that. It’s easily the best in the franchise and doesn’t rely as much on Wolverine as some of the previous movies. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still prominent, unlike in First Class, but McAvoy and Fassbender’s rivalry also takes center-stage. When those two actors are on screen, only good things come from it.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy

This was not only my favorite movie of the year (at the moment) but it was also the biggest surprise. Everything about this movie was amazing. The writing, the directing, the acting, the music and everything in between was a perfect medley of…perfection. It outdid the Avengers in bringing heroes together and introducing me and a lot of other people to Starlord, Gamora and you can’t forget Groot. Man, this was a good movie. I can’t wait to watch it again…and again…and again.

Scrooged (Film Review)

Scrooged_film_posterAh, good old Scrooged, aka Bill Murray’s Christmas movie. There is nothing in this world like Scrooged, obviously it’s an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, but it does so in a way that hadn’t really been done before or since. The film follows Frank Cross, a TV executive that cares so little for his employees that he will fire them in an instant. He hates Christmas and spending time with his brother. It looks as if he will forever be this way until he is visited one night by the ghost of his mentor telling him to change his ways. From there he interacts with the three ghosts of past, present and future.

The movie is hilarious, with many nearly all the jokes still landing after the 20+ years it’s been out. Many of the set pieces and references are a bit old, but the comedy is still very much intact. It also has more heart than imagined. The cast is fantastic, with small roles from Bill Murray’s brothers and a few big names sprinkled throughout. Bill Murray is strong in his role as Frank Cross and Bobcat Goldthwait is just as great as a former employee who gets fired in the first few minutes of the movie. I feel like I’m in the minority in terms of my love of Bobcat Goldthwait’s comedy. He was hilarious in this and the Police Academy movies and directed great films like World’s Greatest Dad and God Bless America. This might be my favorite role of his, it’s pretty minor and very dark, but it’s still hilarious.

The other supporting cast, like Karen Allen and John Glover are perfect in their roles. John Glover plays the corporate douche amazingly and Karen Allen plays Frank Cross’s former love with heart, making the viewer hope they can push their issues aside and be together. (Though, that is pretty predictable). Everything about this movie is wonderful, from the comedy to the acting. It’s silly, emotional and leaves you excited for the next viewing. For me, it’s a must watch every Christmas.

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Camp Takota (Film Review)

Camp_Takota_Official_Movie_PosterI should probably preface this by saying that had this not been on Netflix streaming, I probably would not have watched this. I have nothing against Grace Helbig, I find her hilarious but her plugs for the film seemed like I wouldn’t like it. After watching the first minute or two, I felt like my first impression was a correct one. Anyways, here the review.

So within the first minute or two of the film, I feared this would be one that I would turn off before the midway point. Grace Helbig is very stiff in her performance, especially in the beginning and the guy playing her fiance was just as stiff. When they were on-screen together, it felt very much like a student film. Once the Hart ladies get on-screen, it all gets a bit better. They seem to elevate one another when they’re together. There are still scenes between them that feel very amateur, but it’s leaps and bounds better than the beginning. The movie’s performance never fully escapes the student film feel, but it more often has glimpses of a good independent film. The three leads, while staples on Youtube, could all have a future in film with just a little improvement.

Mamrie_Hart_and_Grace_Helbig_at_No_Filter_in_December_2013The story is pretty interesting. The film follows Helbig’s character, Elise. Elise has a great life, she’s engaged and working a great job until her life takes a turn for the worse. She resorts to going to her childhood camp, Camp Takota to get away. The script has good jokes and an interesting enough plot. It’s not a slice of perfection, but it’s solid enough. It’s also great to see a movie with female protagonists written by women. Not only is Mamrie Hart the best performer in the movie, she is one of the reasons why the script and the dialogue was so strong. Sure, boiled down this is a story about relationships, but it’s also about moving on and being happy being yourself, which is an important message not always preached. Sure, there’s wrenches in the mix, but that’s a common trait in any film. One could argue that it wraps itself into a little bow a little too cleanly, but I’ll admit, I was a sucker for that ending.

Some of the biggest issues were with the visuals and the sound. Some shots had audio not lined up, mostly which reaction shots, which isn’t a bad thing normally but the angle of the shots they do made it very apparent. Other times the audio quality was sub par, ruining any sort of pretty visuals. There’s an over use of dissolves, which are often unneeded in between shots, also there are some scenes that end with a fade to black and no audio whatsoever. The loss of visuals is fine, but having some sort of music or natural sounds or room tones prevents the oddness from coming through. Without it, it feels like a really strange mistake.

It should be known that this film is more adult-oriented, which can be confusing by the title and the basic plot description. Dialogue doesn’t pull punches and the main subject matter is more for late teens to young adults. I’d say it’s more for young women, but men can also enjoy it since most of the humor isn’t gender-specific. It’s a fun watch, has good laughs and glimpses of some really good performances.

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Your Choice Friday (Week 3)

 

This week has movies that Netflix has on my Top Picks list. I honestly haven’t heard much about any of these movies and I’m going to keep it that way until I have to sit down and watch whatever you guys pick. This week, like the last two weeks is sure to be fun for all.

InAPPropriate Comedy Review

This review contains strong language.

Why did this movie win? Why did I have to watch it? I don’t know, but it was fucking torture. Because it’s so painful to write about it, this review will be very short and not so sweet. The acting was terrible. Having already seen The Amazing Racist on YouTube, what was arguably the most funny part of the movie was spoiled for me. While it’s not hilarious, this part of the movie is the most laugh worthy. Flirty Harry was decent, but like everything else in the movie, it needed better writing for it to be more than sub par. Pretty much all the skits felt like they were written prior to 2007. Blackass? Seriously a Jackass joke is the dumbest thing to have in a recent movie. Fuck, this was terrible. If I have to give this a score, it’s a .5 out of 5. So bad, avoid at all costs.

Your Choice Friday (Week 2)

This week is movies that I have no intention on ever watching. Last week was classics and good/decent movies that I planned on someday seeing, but this week I don’t think I will watch any of these movies without your vote. Take This Waltz, while sounding interesting, seems like it would be a snoozefest, which is what has deterred me for the longest time. Greenberg is similar, I’ve heard it’s boring and I am not a fan of boring. Tonight You’re Mine sounds interesting enough, but I have not read any reviews and Netflix is sure I won’t be a fan. inAppropriate Comedy is self-explanatory, it’s a terrible movie that you would only vote for if you had a deep-seeded hatred for me. 😀 No matter what your opinion is on marijuana, I think everyone can agree that Reefer Madness is completely off on its display of marijuana’s effects, for that reason I never hope to watch it, unless you vote for it here.