the revenant

If Leo doesn’t win the Oscar this year, it’s pretty much hopeless.

The Revenant is about a group of fur trappers who get ambushed by Indians and are forced to find another way home.  Along the way Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) gets attacked by a bear and left for dead by Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy).  Glass has to fight to survive so he can exact his revenge on the man who wronged him.

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hateful 8

I’m almost positive Quentin Tarantino is a little messed up in the head.  But boy is he brilliant.

The Hateful Eight is the latest film from the aforementioned director and is about a group of bounty hunters who get stuck in a cabin during a blizzard.  One of them is transporting a prisoner worth a lot of money.  Things start off fine, but when bad things start happening, it becomes clear not everyone is who they say they are.

spotlight

Man, Michael Keaton is on quite a roll lately isn’t he?

It’s the time of the year where I try and catch up on Oscar-buzz movies before the actual Academy Awards ceremony in February.  Spotlight is one of those movies, so I decided to check it out.  It is about a group of newspaper reporters for the Boston Globe who specialize in investigative journalism.  They were the first to uncover and report on the sexual molestation of children by priests in the Catholic Church.

This review is spoiler-free.

star wars TFA

Ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause please for J.J. Abrams.  Star Wars is back, my friends.

I know I’m a little late on this, but I wanted to see it twice to give you the best review possible.  I have to keep it short to avoid spoilers and trust me, you don’t want this movie spoiled for you.  The Force Awakens follows a new generation of characters who, with the help of some of the old characters we know and love, take on the evil First Order, led by Kylo Ren.  Trust me, that’s all you need to know about the plot.  See the movie to find out more.

The things I do for you guys… I rewatched all 3 of these movies completely to ensure that they were fresh for this review and for the podcast this week (spoiler alert- this is the topic for that).  So… you’re welcome. Anyway, let’s get this over with.  My reviews for some movies that, well, aren’t very good. Also, there may be spoilers.  Just a heads up for those lucky enough to have not seen these movies. 

DVD movie reviews are occasional posts that review recent DVD releases that I did not review while they were in theaters.

slow west

After having it recommended to me on several occasions, I figured a slow Sunday was a good time to check out Slow West.

Slow West is about a teenage boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who is traveling through the American old west looking for his lost love.  Along the way he meets an outlaw (Michael Fassbender) who serves as a protector for the boy.  They have to fend off all sorts of dangers of the old west, including everything from nature to Native Americans to bounty hunters.

Top 10 lists will be a list of 10 movies that will be published once a week and will either have to do with a movie coming out that week or just what I want to do at the time. 

In honor of the excellent looking Rocky spin-off, Creed, coming out this week, I’m looking at the best boxing movies.  This list shows that when I do these lists, I try to keep the picks somewhere in between the best overall movies and the ones that entertain me the most.  Because if I just went off my favorites, Rocky IV would be at the top.  And if we are being honest, Rocky IV doesn’t belong at the top of any list.  Well maybe a Top 10 most patriotic movies list.  But not this one.  Does it make it at all? Find out below. Let’s get to it: Ding!