365 Movies By Day Reviews of Movies I Watch that I Feel Like Writing About


Allied (2016)

While a 65% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes would suggest that a movie should be checked out (2 out of every three critics liking the film), sometimes you wonder why the score isn't higher. Allied, the Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, The Walk) World War II love story set in both Casablanca and London about two intelligence officers from opposite sides of the world says a lot. The movie, set in both Casablanca and London, has been loosely referred to as Mr. and Mrs. Smith (because of Brad Pitt) meets Casablanca (because of the period and location). While I understand the reference, this is far from the truth. I did not like either of these other two movies (I know. I know. Casablanca is one of the greatest movies of all-time...yawn), but I really enjoyed Allied.


The Imitation Game (2014)

The one movie of 2014 that I really was not looking forward to seeing but knew that I had to see was, without a doubt, The Imitation Game. I learned early in the year that this would end up being one of the movies to beat, but there was something about the trailer that told me that the movie would probably be well made and tell a great, true story, but also be extremely boring and long. Boy was I wrong. The first thing to point out was that this movie was only 1 hour ad 50 minutes. I love a movie that can tell its story under two hours. I understand the standard is tending to be closer to 2 hours and 15 minutes (with many, many movies pushing or exceeding 3 hours), but that doesn't mean I have to like it. Secondly, this movie was never dull. In the wrong hands, this movie as being a complete snooze-fest. It was anything but. This is why,without even having seen some of the probably Oscar nominated movies yet to be released (most notably Unbroken, American Sniper, Selma, Mr. Turner, and Into the Woods), I am ready to give Morten Tyldum a Best Director nomination. The only other nomination I have cemented is Richard Linklater (Boyhood). The direction in this movie was outstanding and I am confident there will not be three better directed movies in 2014 that I have yet to see.