I’ll admit it, I knew little to nothing about this movie before seeing it the first time. It was packaged up in a lovely little film festival in between dozens of other movies I was excited to see. I had seen the trailer and I thought to myself, ‘I like music, I like weird and quirky, and Michael Fassbender is not to bad to look at’. Instead what I got was so much more. Frank ended up being one of the best movies of that little film festival. I have watched and re-watched it. I have told my family and friends to watch it. It is a movie with heart and soul, a movie that stays with you. It is silly and fun, it is heart breaking and thought provoking. It’s almost perfect.
I recently had the rare opportunity to see a movie in the middle of the week. Okay, truth be told, I was bullied into going to the movie. But one thing is certain, I am a good friend, and one of my best buddies was celebrating a milestone. Well, a milestone of sorts, a milestone I was proud of at least, and a milestone that I was more than willing to attend. Our little but well known film club was celebrating its 200th film. And celebrate we did, with food, drinks, sweatbands, and the wonderfully intimate King Georges.
Once again, I have the pleasure of reviewing a movie that is absolutely impossible to find for viewing from my couch. And in this case, what a tragedy. Luckily, I just so happen to be a member of an incredible film club (and sister club) that is lucky enough to view amazing movies at our local Alamo Drafthouse. And thank God for this! With a crazy group of Psycho Cinema peeps, I was able to FINALLY see True Romance…again….for the, I don’t know, hundredth time. It truly is a tragedy that this movie isn’t more readily available. With an all star cast, amazing plot, and blood and gore from start to finish, this movie is a must see.
Rucker Park is pretty much synonymous with kick ass basketball. Dr. J, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant have all graced its courts. Once a year it hosts the top high school players in the country, and it is a huge event for the sport of basketball. Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot follows eight of the “Elite 24” players before and during the tournament at Rucker Park in the fall 2006. The audience is taken on a journey of high flying, flashy teenagers as they start their rise into fame. These kids are the perennial future of the NBA.
I was extremely excited to have the opportunity to see The Assassin. Quite honestly, the title alone had my attention. As a connoisseur of martial arts movies, I jump at the chance to see a new release. From grind-house kung-fu of the 70s to the more epic and high flying kung-fu of recent, I enjoy them all. There is a beauty in material arts films that you just can’t find in most action movies and The Assassin is no exception.
The Lost Boys is one of those movies that I have carried with me from youth to my middle age. One of those movies that I have never forgotten and one of those movies that I will watch ever single chance that I can. This movie has everything. Kiefer Sutherland. The Corey’s. Weird comic books full of wisdom. And vampires. Yes, VAMPIRES!
Before Sharknado, we had Jaws.
Jaws. Best movie ever.
That should be the review. But, I doubt that I can get away with that. If you haven’t seen it, what is wrong with you? Stop reading this now, and sit down and watch it. And if you haven’t seen it in awhile, uninterrupted and without commercials, do yourself a favor, watch it again. Jaws is the very definition of a summer movie, or what summer movies use to be; big, engrossing, and explosive….literally. Part horror (for me it is my worst nightmare), part drama, and part action, this movie has it all; a riveting plot, great acting, and absolutely fantastic directing. Jaws continues to captive audiences and transcend generations even after 40 years. It is iconic and simply put, contains some of the best scenes in a movie… ever.
Growing up in the late 80s and early 90s, my formative years included heavy doses of NWA. High school for me was rolling down the windows in my car (sadly not a six four), blasting Straight Outta Compton, and going word for word with Ice Cube and Eazy-E. Now, as a soccer mom with 2.5 kids and a minivan*, it might be a little unsettling that I can still rap along with the boys while Dre keeps the beat. To say that I was excited to see this movie would be an understatement. However, I was also apprehensive. Would I be disappointed? Would the movie do the crew justice? I knew one thing, it wasn’t just going to be all about the music.
Upon hearing that this summer was the 20th anniversary of Kids, I begged Andy for the chance to review it, to see it 20 years later through different eyes. Much has changed in the last 20 years; movies have changed, the world in which our children grow up in has changed, and I, myself, have changed. Would this movie that brought up so many emotions for me at 19, change as well?
Wow, what a title, right?! And in all honesty, I can never remember the whole thing. But, I can promise you one thing, the movie will not be forgotten.