Movies 31-37

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Even though things have been hectic the past few months, I’ve managed to watch some movies. I’m happy that I’ve been able to get to the theater more often and there are a slew of upcoming titles that I’m excited to see. Part of my issue reaching my goal is that I find myself turning on cable and sitting through a movie that is already partway done. While this counts towards watching more movies than tv shows, I’m not counting them on my list unless I’ve seen the whole thing. So here’s the list of movies I’ve watched in their entirety in the past month. I’ll try to be brief…

#31: Hell and Back – Ok, so this movie is really immature, but it succeeded in getting me out of a rut and watching stuff for sheer entertainment value. I laughed more than I cringed, which counts for something. I remember being somewhat intrigued by the trailers for this stop-motion adult comedy, but then I never heard anything else about it. I can see why. While there are some great comedic voices in the cast (including TJ Miller, Bob Odenkirk and the polarizing Nick Swardson) much of the delivery is lacking. I found myself wondering how they got Susan Sarandon to agree to this. The movie really tried to stretch the “they just went there” type of comedy, but it was more distasteful than funny a lot of the time.

#32: Hardcore Henry – The main complaint people have with this movie was that it was like watching someone play a video game, but isn’t that why Twitch exists? Because people enjoy that? I was interested in seeing how a first-person action movie would play out on the big screen and, once I got over the nausea, I was happy to see the first attempt at it. Sure, the plot made like no sense, but I liked how the audience is thrown into the action from the beginning just like Henry. I was actually surprised by the twist, though I’m sure a more attentive viewer will pick up on it quicker. Two things I did enjoy: the parkour sequence and the many iterations of Sharlto Copley’s character. That’s about all I can say without spoiling too much, in case anyone ever plans to watch this.

#33: KeanuLook at the kitty! It’s so cute! No sarcasm at all, that kitten was unbelievably adorable. I kept wondering how on earth they managed to train a cat, or if they just kept the camera rolling with the hopes he would do what they wanted. Anyone who’s ever owned a cat knows they rarely do what you want. Enough about the title cat, though. The movie was really funny and everything you would expect from the comedy duo. The trailers actually didn’t give away too much of the plot, which was refreshing. I expected Key and Peele to go on a John Wick-type rampage, but that’s not really the case. Instead, they create different personae and infiltrate a gang in the hopes that they can get Keanu back from the gang’s leader. The result is some hilarity and surprisingly real consequences. It’s all good stuff. And the almost mandatory cameo is very well done.

#34: Get Hard – Can you tell I’ve been on a comedy kick lately? I watch movies for the escapism and comedies provide the easiest means of that. I liked the movie – it delivers everything you’d expect from Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell -, but I have a huge problem with the main conceit. So Ferrell’s stock-trading protagonist assumes Hart’s character has done time in prison solely because of his race? He even goes as far to explain his rationale and it in no way adds up. Putting aside the lack of comedy in racism, the resulting dynamic is amusing enough. Even better is when some actual gangsters are thrown into the mix. The all-around great cast makes for a better movie than this premise probably deserves. In light of recent tragic events, I would argue that T.I. should just stick to acting. Type-casting aside, he always does a fine job.

#35: Special Correspondents – Netflix continues to release movies that aren’t nearly as high quality as it’s original television series. This movie is pretty forgettable (I watched it not long ago and am struggling to remember key details), but it makes for a decent watch on a night with nothing else going on. Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana play news radio employees who, when unable to go on location to a conflict in South America, make up stories from literally across the street from the New York-based station. It should be noted that Gervais also wrote and directed the movie. His personality is very hit or miss for me. In this case, he leaves behind his more smug characteristics to play an underdog the viewers actually want to root for. It’s a nice change of pace and lends well to the satire of the news industry. I wouldn’t call this a must-see, but I found myself invested in how the story would wrap up all the same.

#36: Money Monster – I had wanted to watch this since the first time I saw a trailer for it. I’ve never seen a real investment advice/talk show, but the premise of a hostage situation on live television appeared to be more thrilling than what the genre has put out lately. It had me on the edge of my seat, straining to make sure I heard every line of dialogue. Better yet, it didn’t go the easy route of making a political statement about one-percenters or anything like that. The direction it did take was far more interesting, and frighteningly plausible. According to my husband, who is far more interested in economics and the stock market than I am, the financial mumbo-jumbo (that’s the technical term, I believe) mostly holds up. I would definitely recommend this movie and I’m keeping an eye out for future Jack O’Connell leading roles (also going back to watch Unbroken). He commanded attention while acting against the likes of Julia Roberts and George Clooney. Not an easy task at all.

#37: Focus – Here’s how I described Focus to my husband, trying to convince him he’d enjoy it: “Will Smith is a con-man and he’s training this lady to con, but you don’t really know who’s conning whom.” His reply: “So it’s like Matchstick Men?” Well, after watching it, the two aren’t on the same level, but I was mostly right about the basic plot. We found ourselves debating how it would unfold while we were watching. The actual outcome wasn’t nearly as complex as we both had thought. The movie was oddly funny; odd because it seemed so out of place with the overall tone. It also dragged considerably in places (which gave us time to debate without missing anything). I’ve been wanting to watch this for a while, but I get now why there wasn’t much hype around it (despite its advertisement being ubiquitous for a while last year). A con movie is supposed to keep you guessing at all turns, but when the answers in your head are more appealing than the ones the movie provides, it’s a little disappointing.

Movies 25-30

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In the craziness that has been my life these past couple of weeks, I did manage to watch a few movies and even made it to the theater. I definitely won’t watch 200 a year at this rate, but I’m sure going to try. Let’s see how the summer treats me.

#25: Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland – I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve seen every episode of the show. I was even happy that this crowdfunded movie gave the creators a chance to round out the story that should’ve ended with a fourth season that never came. So, what did I learn? BMS works best in half-hour spurts. The plot of the movie, much like Thadland itself, got more bleak with each passing minute. It was nice to recall all my favorite quirks about the show, though. If anything, it reintroduced “sloots” to my vocabulary.

#26: Spy – I like Melissa McCarthy a lot, but sometimes her schtick can get a bit overplayed (take Bridesmaids, for example). Her movies can be very hit or miss, but her work with Paul Feig has hit a groove. Every second of Spy is a joy to watch. I like that her character got to grow a bit from awkward (assumed) cat-lady to full-blown badass. Jason Statham was great, too. He seemed to be channeling his comedic side left over from Crank. The movie worked well as a comedy and spy homage and I’m hopeful to see a sequel.

#27: 10 Cloverfield Lane – I haven’t seen Cloverfield, so I can’t really compare it to its spiritual sequel. I do know that, much like a certain Kevin Smith movie I watched recently, this is a two for one and I like one plot much more than the other. The movie could have ended 20 minutes earlier and it would have been perfect. I didn’t need anything that came after. The psychological thriller and the awesomeness of John Goodman are why I would recommend this movie. That’s about all I can say without getting into spoilers.

#28: Burke & Hare – This was a nice palate-cleanser after 10 Cloverfield Lane. As I write this, I’m realizing that I don’t remember much of it. Simon Pegg is always funny and Isla Fisher was unexpected (I didn’t realize that was her on the cover) and great! The movie had some great broad comedy to lighten up the dark humor (Stephen Merchant’s face can be bottled as comedy gold). Anyway, I was amused, but not interested enough to find out how much of it was actually true.

#29: Léon: The Professional – I’ve been wanting to see this movie for some time. I usually don’t go this far back in time when I want to see something because I tend to prefer movies made this century. (If I sound young saying this, I’m not; I just wasn’t blessed with a great attention span and prefer faster pacing.) I became interested in The Professional when I spoiled it for myself. There’s a song by Alt-J called “Matilda” and, while reading the lyrics on Genius, I learned it’s about this movie, specifically the ending. The first line of the song is “this is from Matilda”. Few movies can pull off this amount of charm and violence simultaneously. It’s no wonder Natalie Portman is a great actress when you see how talented she was at such a young age. Luc Besson’s directing is a study of how to make a movie look good. It’s so good that I can ignore the overpowering score.

#30: Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn – I put this on at midnight thinking I would fall asleep watching it. I watched the whole thing, so I guess that’s something. I don’t play a lot of Halo, but I thought they did a decent job of making a live-action view of its world. This was originally a web-series, so most of the complaints about it make sense considering the budget. Of course, it spent more time on the cadets than in the actual war. I thought the military school stuff, though trite, was well done. When Master Chief does show up, it’s kind of a nice surprise, but he does most of his fighting off-screen. The effects that you do get to see are amazing for what it’s worth. If you don’t know anything about the Halo games, this movie will leave you disappointed. It’s definitely fan-service. Upside, I finally figured out why Windows’ virtual assistant is named Cortana.

 

Movies 20-24

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Looking at my progress thus far, I think it’s safe to say I can get in about 200 movies this year. I’m not making any promises, but I’m curious to see where things land. I know I’ll watch more in the summer, when there’s less tv. Anyway, here’s what I watched this past week.

#20: Tiny Furniture – Alright, so I’ve been on a Lena Dunham kick lately. I’m constantly in denial about my status as a millennial, feeling that I’m not on the same page as “kids these days”. I looked it up, though, and LD and I are about the same age which is a sobering fact. She is so well-versed in depicting the aimlessness of “our generation”. In the film, she plays a character with more similarities to her real life than Hannah in Girls. It was nice to see some of the other actors from Girls playing distinctively different characters, as well. Oh, and there’s Merritt Weaver, who is always a pleasure. I kind of wish the audience got to see the aftermath of what happened in the final act, but I get it. We are as in the dark about her future as she is at the end of the film.

#21: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water – I’m a big kid and I love Spongebob. There, I said it. I used to watch the original SpongeBob Movie all the time. My excuse to see this one was using it with my students to study characters. It was a pretty big hit with the 10 to 12 year-olds and I was laughing with them at times. The trailer made it seem like the bulk of the movie was the CGI stuff, but they don’t get to dry land until more than halfway through. Once they did, the super hero versions of the characters were a lot easier to stomach than the 3-D models of their regular forms. I also loved that Sandy was just a squirrel. The first movie will always be my favorite, along with the classic first two seasons of the show, but I liked it enough.

#22: Frank – Why did it take me so long to watch this?! It’s been in my Netflix queue for probably a year now, but I would’ve watched it sooner had I known how great it is. If you haven’t seen it yet, but have heard all the rave reviews, I want to let you know they are all true. Micheal Fassbender’s performance makes you wonder if anyone else can be that affecting from inside a papier-mâché head. And, despite what Clara says, him describing his facial expressions is a really sweet running joke. As someone who ponders the correlation of the artist’s temperament and psychology way too much, I thought the film did a great job of depicting it in a different way. The music jokes were also great. “Someone’s thinking in C!”, and having a band with a name not even the band members can pronounce come to mind. This is a film that gets it and “I love your wall”.

#23: Tusk – Kevin Smith is really getting out there as he ages. In college, I watched Clerks, Mallrats and Chasing Amy on a loop for a few months (that’s what most kids do, right?). I love these films, but I also loved the huge leap he took with Red State. Tusk is another one of those strange films that makes me wonder what goes on his head. It’s really two movies in one, which is good because I don’t think I could’ve handled much more of the walrus stuff. The opening is the kind of two guys talking stuff you’d expect from the writer/director. Justin Long is always fun to watch and it’s really funny when he calls everyone “the worst” while his character actually is the worst.  I could’ve stayed with those opening moments forever, but that’s not what this movie is about. I wouldn’t call it straight horror, but it is really uncomfortable to watch. Like, I don’t know if I can listen to “I Am the Walrus” the same way ever again. The second half of the story is full of off-beat humor surrounding some very dark content. I kept thinking “this is so Coen brothers”, then the movie name-drops The Big Lebowski and Smith sticks his tongue out at you from behind the camera. I’m still not sure how I felt about this one, but, while looking some stuff up, I saw that Clerks III and something called Mallbrats are in post-production. If those are anything like Clerks II, I would rather get more of Kevin Smith’s crazy side.

#24: San Andreas – It was on cable, so I watched it (after catching the tail end of Furious 7 for the 8th time). I just love how the Rock can be a real-life super hero and nobody questions it. I mean, he’s huge. How would you know if he can lift a car or not? I was knocking this movie when it first came out because disaster action movies are usually pretty terrible. This one was surprisingly entertaining, as well as super cheesy. Most marriages don’t make it through the loss of a child, but teaming up to save your other child pretty much guarantees reconciliation. I liked that they kept the science guy and the action guy as separate stories, avoiding those usual hilarious conversations that debate brain vs. brawn in a cheeky way that’s totally not annoying. Sorry. Anyway, it was nice to see some non-American actors from shows I enjoy – Hugo Johnstone-Burt (Constable Collins on Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) and Art Parkinson (Rickon from Game of Thrones).

Ok, now back to my Double XP weekend.

Movies 16-19

Ok, so we’re all done with catch up. This is my first time in a while, trying to come up with what to say about these films, so here goes nothing.

#16: Funny or Die Presents: The Art of the Deal – Yeah. This was so much fun to watch. I felt a little guilty adding this to the list. Exactly how long is feature-length? Anyway, I know it’s too long to be a short film. Johnny Depp can actually be a chameleon. Who would’ve thought? Every little mannerism was just spot on. It’s hard not to wonder if they timed the release to hurt him in the election. (Though, I do believe that’s true about Mitt Romney and “The Book of Mormon”, so I guess I’ll believe anything.) Too bad it doesn’t seem to be doing much damage. The movie, however, is hilarious and the guest appearances are perfect. Let’s all hope the real Trump doesn’t get all litigious and have it taken down. Though, from the look of his campaign, I’m pretty sure he’s happy with any mention of himself in the media.

#17: Snowpiercer – I managed to describe the last movie without getting too political, but it may be an even bigger challenge here. I got a huge laugh out of the opening, and I’m not sure that was the intended response. But the world’s governments attempt to fix a problem (as in do their job), only to have it backfire in the worst way possible is spot-on humor. The rest of the movie was pretty entertaining. I dug the whole concept without getting too caught up on how impractical running a train around the world would be. Like, if you dig deep enough, can’t you find warmth underground? Speaking of chameleons, Tilda Swinton killed it. I was sad to see her go.

#18: Get on Up – I grew up with James Brown. His music might as well be the soundtrack to my childhood, my dad was such a big fan. It took me a while to understand why this movie wasn’t a hit. I had watched bits and pieces whenever it was on tv and it instantly brought me back to that time period (which I, admittedly, didn’t live through, but have gotten more than enough anecdotes to understand the overall feeling of the era). Now that I have finally gotten around to seeing the whole thing, I get why this movie isn’t getting some Ray-level praise – even though I would argue that they are equally revolutionary to the world of music.  The issue with this biopic is that it focuses maybe too much on the live performances. And on top of that, they are lip-synced. Ok, so James was a legendary live performer and the movie goes to great lengths to show this. Chadwick Boseman does a great Brown and the lip-syncing is done very well, but it’s not worth spending so much time away from the characters. I feel like they really just scratched the surface of all the drama in the life of the man and instead added a bunch of music videos to make people feel nostalgic. I would watch it again for the music, but there’s not much story there.

#19: Deadpool – This movie is awesome. I don’t think I knew how much my life needed a super-violent, super-funny anti-superhero movie. I laughed. I cringed. I’ll probably see it again before it leaves theaters (there’s not much else to see now anyway). I love how self-aware it is and, having starred in a super flop, Ryan Reynolds is perfect for it. I think it’s about time we got a grown up comic book movie. I also can’t wait to see what kind of crossover will happen within the Marvel-verse. Will they really let our most beloved X-men appear in this potty-mouthed series? I guess we’ll see.

Movies 10-15

Almost caught up to the last few I’ve watched. I guess these cover the first week of February. I was getting a little stuck; it took me a while to write about these because I didn’t know what to say about them. Turns out, when I start typing, the words find a way out. I still feel bad that I didn’t love Inside Out, though.

#10: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Another movie from my A-Z list crossed off. I remember seeing the trailers for this movie when it was first released and being excited about what looked like the return of the gripping thriller. Watching it proved to be more work than entertainment. Don’t get me wrong. I liked it, but it took all the attention I could muster to follow the whole fricking thing. I didn’t see the reveal coming (it can’t be the charming, good-looking one!), so that was a pleasant surprise.

#11: The Overnight – “This series is called portals.” I judge everything by its cover art. Don’t we all? The picture and description on Netflix instantly made me think of one of my favorite movies, Carnage. Two couples played by great actors (maybe not as great as the cast of Carnage, but few actors are) working off each other for most of the film. Okay, so the comparison between the two pretty much ends there. Having Taylor Schilling acting as an audience surrogate is something I’ve grown accustomed to and, as the night progresses, I’m right there with her, wondering “what is happening?”. The climax (absolutely no pun intended) when it comes is as inevitable as the awkward aftermath and I think I just wrote myself into liking this more than when I first saw it. Either way, my point is everyone should watch Carnage.

#12: Duplicity – I watched the opening of this movie while reading an A.V. Club article praising its composition. It is a beautiful scene, which is why I got sucked into watching the whole thing. I did not know that I’d be in for a mix of romance and corporate espionage. I’m still not sure that those things can even blend, nor can I tell you how the movie ends. All I know is that it was nice to see Paul Giamatti as frustrated and empowered, rather than the regular sad-sack.

#13: Inside Out – I’ll probably need to watch this movie when I’m in a better mood, i.e. not in the dead of winter. I was really upset that I didn’t get what everyone was raving about. The voice acting was great. The story was, well, what you’d expect from a Pixar movie. The fact that I wasn’t overcome with joy (pun intended) by the end made me feel like an emotionally disconnected monster. Either I’m too cynical, or this movie just didn’t do it for me,

#14: The Big Short – I listened to the screenwriter of this film on The Black List podcast describing how they were able to make the very technical aspects of the housing market crash accessible to wide audiences. I wish all my econ. classes were this easy to understand. Once I got over the wigs, I was amazed at how easily I could follow all of the action leading up to the biggest financial crisis of modern times. It’s also great how I could enjoy watching the characters while deep down despising what they were doing (a little reminiscent of The Wolf of Wall Street, in a way). The big question is who would resist taking advantage of it if they saw it coming?

#15: Amy – I’m going to resist gushing over this. I was a fan of her music and I’m glad the documentary didn’t trash her reputation or make her out to be someone she wasn’t. I also liked the lack of camera time for those being interviewed. This was clearly made for people interested in the woman behind the music, not those trying to profit off of her early demise.

So, I’m going to keep plugging away and try to update more often so I’m not stuck trying to remember details. Did I mention you should watch Carnage?

Carnage.

Movies 5-9

No one’s perfect. It’s our flaws that define us. At the beginning of this quest, I told myself that I was going to stop binge-watching tv shows to make more time to watch movies. I even deleted all the shows in my streaming queues so I could focus on the task at hand. Then all the hype around Making a Murderer popped up online and, literally the second week in, I was back to my old ways.

Anyway, since the time when I first wrote this, I have gotten better at sticking to my guns and not getting sucked in. This first review does allude to what a waste of a weekend Making a Murderer was, so I thought I’d explain. I watched all of these in the 2nd and 3rd weeks of January.

#5: The Master – Wow. The first word that comes to mind is “beautiful”. The images on screen paired with that score completely erased all the despondency that Making a Murderer left in me. I was delighted to watch gone-to-soon Phillip Seymour Hoffman at his best with an equally amazing cast (including Rami Malek, star of my second weekend diversion – Mr. Robot). I had read so many confused reviews that I was expecting an insanely long, rambling think-piece that would leave me confounded for days. I don’t know if it’s because I got lost in the beauty, but I couldn’t disagree more. What an enjoyable end to such a frustrating weekend.

#6: Goodnight Mommy – This Austrian horror had me gripped from the start. As I’ve already admitted, I’m not a fan of subtitles, and fortunately there isn’t much reading to do. The sparse dialogue made the beginning even more tense as I wrapped myself in blankets in a state of “wtf?”. So many questions: Where is Lukas?; Do we know the other kid’s name?; Seriously, though, WTF?! I grew up in a family full of twins, but this movie made me legit creeped out by them. The reveal at the end was so crazy, I think there may be a re-watching of this in the future. In one word, brutal.

#7: Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Ah, lucky number seven. Full disclosure: I’ve never been a Star Wars fan. The reason for this may be lack of exposure. I didn’t have someone in my life that introduced me to them as a kid, so the only one’s I’ve seen all the way through are Episodes I and II, which I saw in the theaters (I was in middle school). That being said, I do fully appreciate these movies’ standing in pop culture as a whole and probably know more than any non-fan should (for instance, I watched a large part of The Empire Strikes Back for a class on film music). Anyway, you can’t be a pop culture fanatic and manage to avoid the ubiquitous franchise. Before heading to the theater, though, I brushed up with some videos and articles discussing the plot of the first 6 movies, just so I wouldn’t be completely lost. It turns out, that I would’ve survived without it, because this is a complete re-boot. I enjoyed it, immensely. I thought Rey and Finn were adorable. And since I spent all weekend watching the first season of Girls for the first time, I now recognize Kylo Ren as Hannah’s creepy boyfriend, so that should make future viewings interesting. The 3D was also probably the best I’ve ever seen in IMAX. Afterward, my husband schooled me on all the references to the previous films that I probably missed, but I didn’t care much. As a stand-alone movie, it was one of the best I’ve seen in a while.

#8: Anomalisa – The best part of having this list of movies to watch is that I’ve already forgotten what most of them are and why I wanted to watch them in the first place. Enter Anomalisa. I’ve made a point to stop “IMDb’ing” movies as I watch them. It’s a hard habit to break, but it’s really kept me more in the moment, enjoying the art instead of satisfying trivial urges. So, that’s what I did. I lived in this world for the full 90 minutes, completely unaware of what I was supposed to be getting from it. It was dream-like. I couldn’t believe how intricate the puppets and scenes were, how human the characters were despite the obvious seams (and, for most of them, identical voices). It was just so weird and amazing at the same time, hilarious and heart-breaking. I was not at all surprised that this movie came from the writer of one of my all-time favorites, Being John Malkovich. I could say a lot of the same for that movie as well. This movie reminded me why it’s always better to go in blind, because I would have been drawing comparisons the whole time, which would’ve taken away from my experience. Side note: the thing I really wanted to look up was the voice actor of Michael. It was bugging me that it sounded so much like Gabriel Byrne. Turns out he and David Thewlis have similar voices.

#9: Soaked in Bleach – I love conspiracy theories. They are an art unto themselves. So when a different point of view is presented in a decent documentary, I could start to believe it. I know, on an intellectual level, that all docs are presented in a way that shows the maker as exposing the ultimate truth, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the ride. I like it when questions are raised that I hadn’t considered. I also like poking holes in theories. When Montage of Heck came out last year, I began to believe that Courtney Love was maybe the worst person in the world (a belief solidified by Dave Grohl’s reaction when she hugged him on stage at Nirvana’s Hall of Fame induction). Does that mean I think she did it? No, but it’s pretty messed up that murder was never even considered. Maybe not messed up, exactly. You have a police department that is desperate to get a high profile case off its hands and assuming what seems obvious would get it done. I’m just glad that someone is asking questions [read as James Adomian’s Jesse Ventura].

Movies 1-4

These are the movies I watched the first week of January.

#1: Alan Partridge – This one has been sitting in my queue for a while. I love Steve Coogan. I’ve never seen the show this movie spun out of, but I’ve seen all 13 episodes of Saxondale multiple times and would encourage everyone else (especially classic rock fans) to do the same. I’m not sure if more familiarity with the characters would have made this movie more enjoyable, but I liked it just fine. It got a few good laughs out of me on a lazy morning after a long couple of days of New Year’s festivities, so that’s something.

#2: The Ridiculous 6 – This was a sheer “Netflix is already on, might as well watch something else” choice of movie. I chuckled a few times, but couldn’t shake the guilt of knowing the racial tension that occurred on set. It was nice to see Sandler as the straight-man for once, but then I fell asleep. (Again, it was post-New Year’s.) I woke up during the end and felt like the climax I missed was probably every thing I would have expected. Even though I didn’t technically see the whole thing, I’m counting it because it was that predictable (probably why I fell asleep, actually).

#3: The Hateful 8 – Now that’s more like it. I missed you, Quentin. I wish I had seen this on film, with the overture and intermission, but I’m glad I saw it in a packed theater anyway. While watching those beautiful outdoor panoramas, I kept thinking “how has he only made 8 films?!” There should be more. And more of Samuel L. Jackson in full badassery (I really hated him in Django; like, I know you’re supposed to hate him, but it was very upsetting for me). Anyway, this ties with Reservoir Dogs for 3rd place; under Kill Bill: Vol. 1 at 1, and Pulp Fiction at 2. I’m curious where other people put it, so let me know if you disagree. My list could easily change each time I watch or re-watch one of his films.

#4: Pitch Perfect 2 – This one was a no-brainer for my list, since I’ve had it ready to go on my computer for a while now. Well, I’m a music nerd and I loved it. Is that surprising? Besides it being a musical (should I do musicals next year?), I really enjoy Anna Kendrick and her whole thing with the German chick was hilarious. “Fat Amy” is a little tired at this point, though. I wonder what the 3rd one will do with these characters. I’d also like to point out that as nerdy as I am, I do not enjoy the onslaught of a capella in the real world. I blame these movies for picking up the torch that should’ve fizzled out with Glee.