Tuesday, September 15, 2009

50 Favorite Movies

Here is an unorganized list of my 50 Favorite Movies. Feel free to mock and chastise or praise and herald as you wish.


Big Fish
Independence Day
Brothers Bloom
Armageddon
Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
Gladiator
The Matrix
Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Rushmore
Night Watch
Across The Universe
Full Metal Jacket
The Nightmare Before Christmas
A Very Long Engagement
Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy
The Devil's Advocate
Dogma
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Guys And Dolls
Amadeus
Inglorious Basterds
Forrest Gump
About A Boy
Iron Man
The Dark Knight
Sunshine
The Patriot
Rent
Stranger Than Fiction
The Lion King
Repo! The Genetic Opera
Men Of Honor
Boondock Saints
Rock Star
Apollo 13
Garden State
Let The Right One In
Gone Baby Gone
Finding Neverland
The Crow
Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
Step Brothers
Amazing Grace
October Sky
Shaun Of The Dead
Constantine
The Usual Suspects
The Assassination Of Jessie James By The Coward Robert Ford
Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father

Monday, July 13, 2009

2009 a good year for movies?

So I've been totally behind on writing on this thing but here goes.

2009 has been one of the better years for movies in the past decade or so. Mind you, last year we had Iron Man and The Dark Knight. However, the year on a whole wasn't spectacular.

Here's my evidence as I see it. (Skipping the bad ones of course)

Movies that have been released:

Taken
Watchmen
Sunshine Cleaning
I Love You, Man
The Soloist
Star Trek
The Brothers Bloom
Drag Me To Hell
The Hangover
Land of the Lost
Transfomers: Revenge of the Fallen
Bruno

Movies I'm Looking Forward to Seeing In Theaters:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
District 9
Inglorious Basterds
Halloween 2
9
Whiteout
Shutter Island
Funny People
Where The Wild Things Are
Saw 6
2012
Brothers
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Sherlock Holmes

Movies That Came Out or Are Coming Out That I Want to See on DVD:
The Unborn
Phoebe In Wonderland
The Last House On The Left
The Great Buck Howard
State of Play
Management
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Terminator Salvation
Away We Go
Moon
The Hurt Locker
500 Days of Summer
The Time Traveler's Wife
Surrogates
Couples Retreat
Antichrist
Planet 51

Disappointments This Year:
Knowing
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Angels & Demons
Up
Public Enemies

I Know I'll get some flack for the disappointments, except for Knowing....it was just that bad. But remember these are just my opinions. Official thoughts on some of the films I've seen this year will be coming shortly.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Podcast #3

A Week Late, But Not Sweating It


This is our third podcast. We discuss lots of random things. Enjoy!

Intro Song is "Painted By Numbers" by The Sounds

Beer Pong Table Pictures Link...

Saddest Picture Ever Link...

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Podcast #2

Throwing Darts For Burgers

This is our second cast. We discuss our Oscar picks. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Garden State Outtakes....by Will Green

video

This was the outtakes from Will's Garden State project. Random and totally late....but here it is.

I'll link to the actual video when he gets it on his blog.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Podcast #1

So Will and I finally got done with our first podcast. Being as it is too difficult for someone with as little web knowledge as I have to actually get the podcast up on iTunes, the podcast will be showing up on each of our blogger accounts. This is our first cast, so it's a little rough around the edges, but we're hoping for improvement soon. Enjoy!

BS From The Second Story Balcony: Introductions

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Frost/Nixon

Batman had the Joker. Ali had Joe Fraser. And Nixon had his Frost.

In all of these scenarios, our Hero is met by a Villain. Each presents his side and asks the audience to root on one of them. Never before on film is a battle so magically portrayed as it is in Frost/Nixon.

The story follows the interviews led by David Frost (Michael Sheen, who played this role in its Broadway run) of ex-President Richard Nixon (Frank Langella, who also comprised this role on Broadway). The film is a, now considered long, two hour epic of a battle that takes place in the living room of a Republican man fond of Nixon. This battle, not on of swords and guns, but of words and intellect, is a sight for sore eyes, ready for a new kind of movie. These two duke it out harder than Rocky and Apollo, and in the end all you want is more. After seeing this movie, I felt compelled to seek out more information about these two, both character and performer, to learn where such acting came from and where such a story took place.

I could bore you with the semantics of it all, where each person was from, what they spent their life building up to this role, both in real life and on film. Instead, I will pull this film up to the pedestal it belongs on. Frost/Nixon IS what a movie is supposed to be. I feel that Michael Sheen's performance will get him an Oscar Nomination, and gets him dreadfully close to Sean Penn, who in my eyes is the front runner after his performance in Milk. Now the challenge becomes, who gets the Supporting Actor nod in this film.

As with most films, the other actor who is on screen most will get this, in this case Frank Langella (Nixon), but this is where I come to a crossroad. The performances given by the slew of supporting cast give each of them a chance at this. Now I am uncertain as to how this category is nominated and awarded, however, if it is similar to the Original Song category and one can have several nominees from a single film, here would be my push. Nominate Frank Langella, Sam Rockwell, and Kevin Bacon for this category. Each of them gives a standout performance in this movie. While Kevin Bacon is a shade off his role as the lead in The Woodsman, his ability to portray the chaos of being Nixon's go-to guy post-Presidency is hard to miss. Sam Rockwell also gives a shining performance as author James Reston Jr., who pushes to delve deeper into the "betrayal of the American people" by Mr. Nixon.

The obvious choice, however, is Frank Langella. His performance gives all those pushing for a post-humonous Oscar bid for Heath Ledger, including me, a run for their money. I can honestly say that no character that I have seen in recent years has had me feeling truly sorry for the bad guy more than Langella does with Nixon. His range of emotion, from anger to almost childish antics to sadness that seats you next to Nixon on the roller coaster he was on. His ability to show us all that people do bad things, and honestly feel sorry for the mistakes they've made, tears at your insides as Nixon is reduced to a child clinging to a blanket for security. All-in-all, this film is a must see, a force to be reckoned with, and proof that Ron Howard just keeps directing better and better films.