Ranking all the 2014 films I’ve seen

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I know, I know. It’s February. Don’t Top 10 Lists belong in December? I guess you could make that argument, but the fact of the matter is that I didn’t get to see a lot of 2014 movies until January or February. And, with the Oscars this Sunday, I’d say that the 2014 movie season isn’t officially over until then. So, this is the perfect time to finally release my Top 10 list for 2014. But, instead of making it a Top 10 list, I’m going to rank ALL the movies I saw this past year from worse to best. So, without further ado, HERE WE GO! Continue reading

2014 Oscar Nomination Predictions

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The Oscar season has taken the form of a lot of different narratives so far this year. First, Foxcatcher was supposed to win everything and Channing Tatum and Steve Carrell were both going to be nominated for Best Actor. Then Boyhood was released and shut everyone up. Then Birdman. And then Selma came out of nowhere with a ton of momentum. And then Unbroken and Into the Woods were dropped on Christmas, and left many unimpressed. And then American Sniper took its sweet time being released, and will probably suffer because of it. Continue reading

2014 in Review: The Best Stuff of 2014

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Personally, 2014 has been a crazy year. The quick version of the story is that I graduated college, moved and started my first real world job. 2014 has also been a crazy year for pop culture. 2014 produced a lot of good things, and below you’ll find a list of my favorite of those good things. Continue reading

Oscars 2014: “Ballsy” is the name of the game

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I’m going to start by saying the 2011 Oscars were kind of lame. For those who may not recall, the best picture nominees were:

  • The Descendants
  • The Artist
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Moneyball
  • The Tree of Life
  • Moneyball

Not a bad group of movies by any means (with the exception of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, a film who’s Best Picture nomination still boggles my mind to this day)…they were just all made specifically for the Oscars it seems, in a year that better films were all but ignored (Drive is one of the best films of this decade). Continue reading

What Netflix’s ‘Mitt’ Taught Me About the Way I View Politicians

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Everyone knows by now that Netflix has fantastic programming. House of Cards and Orange is the New Black are some of the most popular shows out there, and for good reason. “TV” shows aren’t the only thing Netflix is killing at right now though. Netflix-produced documentaries are also killing at the moment. Last year, their documentary The Square was nominated for an Oscar. This year, their documentary The Battered Bastards of Baseball (which is about as entertaining as any sports film can get) was picked up to be made into a major motion picture. And, just a few months ago, they released Mitt, an inside look at Mitt Romney during the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. I recently got the chance to watch Mitt, and I have to say, it blew my mind in a very unfortunate way. Continue reading

6 Films That Could Make Great TV Shows

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Remember when you first heard that Fargo was being turned into a miniseries? Remember thinking, “why?” Remember when you watched it and realized, “you know what, this is pretty good.” Well, you weren’t alone. Fargo went on to win Best Miniseries on Monday night’s Emmys, and now, as the television industry does (or any industry for that matter) when things go right, everyone is trying to catch up. This last week has brought news that TV shows based on Minority Report and Shutter Island are in development, which only means one thing–television series inspired by films are now a trend. Continue reading

All the Films I’ve Seen in 2014 Ranked Worst to Best

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With over half the year over, I figured it was a good time to look back and reflect on how this year in film is going so far. While I haven’t seen all the films I’d hoped to see at this point (I’m lacking 22 Jump Street, Boyhood, and Godzilla, among many others), I’ve seen my fair share, and decided to rank them in order from worst to best. All in all, most of the films I’ve seen this year have exceeded my expectations, and they have only heightened my expectations for the rest of the films of 2014. Continue reading

Track-by-Track: Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.”

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30 years ago last month, one of the most iconic American albums of all time was released and sent its artist into the realm of super-stardom. I’m talking, of course, about Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A., and with Independence Day coming in just a matter of days, I can’t think of a better time to look back on the album.

Born in the U.S.A. has sold over 30 million copies and has had seven Top-10 singles. Rolling Stone magazine called it the 86th-greatest album of all time, and the album cover is one of the most striking and memorable covers out there. Despite the acclaim, some fans see this as Springsteen’s sell-out album, coming off a streak of classic albums such as Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, and Nebraska. Even Springsteen himself has expressed mixed feelings towards the album. While it made him one of the most famous musicians of all time, the “grab-bag nature” of the album, as he calls it, made him reassess his music writing process.

While the love-it-or-hate-it nature of the album has spawned countless debates among fans, there is no denial that Born in the U.S.A. contains some of Springsteen’s most beloved songs. Here, in Track-By-Track, we’ll review each track on the album individually and look at just how iconic these songs are. Continue reading

“Trans4mers”–Thoughts/Review/Whatever

I’m conflicted. I saw “Transformers: Age of Extinction” (stupid name, by the way) on it’s opening day (Friday) and walked out of the theater not sure what to think. I wanted to write a review that night. But I couldn’t sort my thoughts out. This continued all weekend, and now here I am, 3 days later, trying to figure out what to write about it. In all honestly, the movie is so terrible that I don’t think it warrants an actual, thought-out review. So instead, I’ll just share a few thoughts I had about it.

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6 Things I’m Expecting from “Transformers: Age of Extinction”

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Ahhh…summer movie season. Nothing like some CGI and simple movie plots to make you appreciate Oscar season even more every fall. As the rich movie executives get richer, and the independent filmmakers are left on the streets begging to make a living, I will confess with full disclosure that I’m a sucker for summer movie season. Michael Bay’s Transformers series, in my eyes, is the epitome of a cliche summer blockbuster, and, as I’m sure you know, the fourth installment opens up this weekend. And as much as I love to hate Transformers, I, once again, confess that I’ll be seeing the new movie.

In my defense, I’m bringing my 9 and 14 year old male cousins with me. These films were manufactured for people like them I feel, and I know we’ll have a fantastic day at the movies. Regardless, I consider seeing a Transformers movie as a way of giving in to a temptation to something you really shouldn’t be doing, like cheating on your girlfriend or stealing candy from a gas station. It may feel good at first, but you know that what you’re doing is essentially wrong. So, as I support the Hollywood-terrible-blockbuster machine this weekend, I already have a feeling that I know what to expect out of this movie based on 1) my past experiences with Transformers movies and 2) What little I know about this movie based on its trailers and Wikipedia page. So, without further ado, here are 6 things I’m expecting from my Transformers: Age of Extinction movie-going experience. Continue reading