The world is on fire and we’re inching closer to WWIII. What a time to die be alive! Before we subsume to a fiery oblivion, I wanna reflect on the spectacular year in film that was 2019. (At least we’ve got things to talk about in those nuclear bunkers.) There were notable gems early in the year, some unexpected event films, while the biggest twist for me was realizing streaming services can do more than churn out “content.” As we head into a homogenized entertainment market run by comic books and superheroes, and veritable streaming giants vying for our wallets, it’s next to impossible these days to pit our attention on one thing at any given moment. These were the movies of 2019 that held my undivided attention. We’re all gonna die. Continue reading
It’s that time of year when yours truly unveils his list of favorite things in film. As of this moment, I am formally retiring my “Best of” lists and rebranding under the less consequential, “Favorites.” I’m tired of getting into spats about which films were the best, worst, overrated, etc. I’ve reached my limit as far as pretentiousness and outrage, and it was 2019.
This past year was another one for the books. I was genuinely surprised by what entertained me, some in unexpected and others in truly unsettling ways. I give you my list of favorite movie moments of 2019. I don’t know if this is a precursor to my eventual list of favorite films; some moments in certain movies spoke louder to me more than others. It’s a varied bunch to say the least. Rejoice or rebuke this year in film, I was never bored. These were the movie moments that delighted me. Continue reading
There used to be a time when I craved the summer movie. The fun, the sun, the pure escapism. I hate to say it, but I’ve grown increasingly underwhelmed by the recent summer movie crop. I’m wondering if this is a consequence of a superhero landscape that turns months like February, March, even November into prime blockbuster slates, or if this is indicative of a booming streaming culture where most of us are apt to skip the theater altogether. It might even be a case of poorly chosen IPs recycled to cash-in on existing fanbases.
To renew my faith, I’d like to reflect on a cherished theater-going staple by cobbling together a list of my absolute favorite summer movies, ones I had the privilege of seeing while the going was spectacular. Whether summer movie season is at an end or suffering through a morally bankrupt slump, I’d like to key in on the films that made the whole craze worthwhile. Continue reading
Parks and Recreation is ending next week. Though I refuse to admit that it’s all coming to a close, I’d still like to take this time to reflect on my personal favorite moments. This is more of a quiet protest on my part to prove that no other comedy series out there deserves your love and attention. So, to further entice you, I am going to share my ten most treasured memories of this comedic gem of a show. Whether you’re a fan or not, my hope is that this list will get you to revisit these episodes or finally check out the show for yourself, and maybe tune in for the finale next Tuesday or whatever. Shall we begin? Continue reading
Another year of movies is underway, but don’t forget about last year just yet. 2014 had a lot of cinematic gems, from small indie films with tremendous heart and soul, to mainstream blockbusters that challenged audiences intellectually. What I’ve compiled here is my top ten favorite films of 2014. Keep in mind, this was not an easy list to create. I went back and forth on a lot of these, and lamented those that I had to leave by the wayside. Nevertheless, these are all films that define the unique variety that 2014 had to offer, and I believe they are still worth seeing if you haven’t already.