I was born at the wrong time to hate M. Night Shyamalan. I was six when Unbreakable was released, eight for Signs, ten for The Village, and fourteen for The Happening. The first of his films that I was of age to see in theatres was The Last Airbender, and by that time the hate for Shyamalan had already seeped into the culture. My first real experience of him was before I had seen any of his films. In the 2007 South Park episode “Imaginationland”. He is called in by the government to find a creative way to defeat terrorists and all he can do is recite dumb plot-twists. Continue reading “Best Films of 2015 – M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit”
I have a testing process for movies. I’ve loved and been burned too many times by the hot new kid on the block (cough cough Avatar cough cough) to not have a buffer. My rating system is built on the principle that no film can get a 10/10 without watching it a second time. It gives me a chance to think about the film, what it means to me, whether what I saw was pure spectacle or pure genius. So around the end of every year, I start going through the films that I’ve loved in the previous 11 months and seeing if they hold up or not. One of the films that I did that with this year was the subject of this review, Magic Mike XXL, and my appreciation for the film has only increased on each viewing. Continue reading “Best Films of 2015 – Gregory Jacobs’ Magic Mike XXL”
2015 was a great year for film. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise because if you didn’t see it you just weren’t paying attention. Even in films that I didn’t particularly like or outright hated, there were incredible performances on our screens all through this year. So as the first part in my 2015 retrospective I want to give you my favourite 37 performances of this year.
Why 37 you ask? Because this list could have been 60 or even 100 performances long if I had wanted it to be. Initially it was a list of 50, but when I got to around number 30 I realized there weren’t too many more that I really wanted to point out. So here are my top 10 performances with explanations and then numbers 27 more listed alphabetically.
#10 – Michael Shannon as Mr. Green in The Night Before
Hi there, long time no see. I kind of took an extended mental health break after the election but I’m back now and it’s to whine about one of my biggest pet-peeves: Neil deGrasse Tyson’s movie commentaries.
Normally I just ignore him because his commentaries are just loaded with lots of nothing. They give online media the opportunity for click-bait headlines like “Neil deGrasse Tyson debunks ‘Star Wars’ science on twitter.”
Now, I understand the corollary between familiarity with a subject and interrupted verisimilitude. I get it, historians are always going to point out historical flaws in movies and scientists are always going to bawk at bad science. I really get it. But I do ask two things from those who seek to stand so high and mighty over us – make sure you know what you’re talking about, and stay curious.