All Gayness Aside, Penn’s ‘Milk’ Is Great

Milk (2008)

I’m not normally a fan of “based on a true story” movies simply because there normally isn’t enough drama involved (unless you’ve got a story like Miracle).  That said, Milk really wasn’t on my radar cause I’m not a big Sean Penn fan either.  However, once the reviews came out I knew that I had to see it simply to see how well Penn pulled off the role of Harvey Milk. If you’re familiar with … Continue reading

The Oscar Ignored ‘Gran Torino’

Gran Torino (2008)

The fact that this movie didn’t even get nominated for ANY Oscars just goes to show how messed up the Academy is.  From the very beginning this picture grabs you and doesn’t let go.  The dialogue here is absolutely incredible and makes what could be a slow movie absolutely incredible. Clint Eastwood plays Walt Kowalksi, a Korean War vet who has recently lost his wife.  He’s an old school grumpy old man who quite frankly … Continue reading

‘Best Pictures’ That Just Aren’t – The 1990’s

The Oscar Statue

The most prestigious award that any movie can receive is the “Academy Award For Best Motion Picture” — The Oscar.  Once a movie has this distinction it goes down in history as the “best” movie of that year.  The red carpet at the Oscars is a huge event every year where all the stars turn out.  The Academy goes through some sort of review process and determines which picture is truly “the best”.  Ol Chewie’s … Continue reading

Who Wants To Be A ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

There are quite a few movies out there that get nominated for all kinds of awards that are complete crap.  This however, is not one of them.  Slumdog Millionaire has been nominated for 10 Oscars including Best Picture and it may very well be just that (we’ll leave out the fact that The Wrestler and The Dark Knight weren’t even nominated, but that’s another story).  Directed by Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Trainspotting, A Life Less … Continue reading

Damn That Hurts Don’t It? – ‘Road House’

Road House (1989)

My wife and kids were out of town a few weeks back and I had some alone time with the DVR.  I of course took it upon myself to watch a bunch of movies that I’d seen before.  When it comes to 80’s action flicks this is one of the best. The premise of the movie is pretty straight forward: Bar owner buys a place and wants to clean it up Said bar owner decides … Continue reading

Wrestling With Greatness – ‘The Wrestler’

The Wrestler (2008)

This is the type of movie that Oscar loves (as of this writing, Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei have both been nominated for their performances and Rourke has already won the Golden Globe for his).  If you’re a wrestling fan you’ll like it.  If you’re a “smart” wrestling fan you’ll love it.  If you’re not into wrestling or you think it’s “fake” you’ll probably hate this flick but might be able to appreciate some of … Continue reading

‘Best Pictures’ That Just Aren’t – The 2000’s

The Oscar Statue

The most prestigious award that any movie can receive is the “Academy Award For Best Motion Picture” — The Oscar.  Once a movie has this distinction it goes down in history as the “best” movie of that year.  The red carpet at the Oscars is a huge evening every year where all the stars turn out for the event.  The Academy goes through some sort of review process and determines which picture is truly “the … Continue reading

Great Movie With a Terrible Ending – ‘No Country For Old Men’

No Country For Old Men

Before I start this review, I need to inform you that I’m a bit biased… I’m a person that needs the END of a movie to be good in order for me to deem the movie a success.  I’m not saying it needs to be a happy ending by any stretch, but the ending needs to tie the movie up. That being said, this movie was great (so great in fact that it won an … Continue reading