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


Alien: Covenant (2017)

Ridley Scott's (Gladiator, The Martian) brainchild franchise proves a few things. The Alien series still has legs. Its sequels continue to evolve. And Scott has no plans of letting his baby fall into the wrong hands again. Ridley's monster first burst onto the screen in 1979's Alien, a movie that did for space travel what Steven Spielberg's Jaws did for swimming on beaches just four years prior. It certainly wasn't the first movie set on a spaceship. And it certainly wasn't the first horror film. But, if it wasn't the first horror film set in space, it was certainly the first one we all remembered as being the first one. And, just as the tagline of the original movie poster suggests, In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream, nothing can be truer as sit down and prepare ourselves for one of the Alien movies (minus the two Alien Vs. Predator movies of course).


All the Real Girls (2003)

Director David Gordon Green is quietly creeping into the upper echelon of movie directors. He is probably a name most people still have not heard of. Green is known for doing these smaller, independent, character driven movies that are often set in anytown America. To me the movies are extremely realistic because they dive so deep into raw, everyday emotions, specifically dealing with love and lust and jealousy and anger and hurt. Keep in mind as I say this that he also has directed stupid humor comedies like Pineapple Express, The Sitter, and Your Highness, but that just further shows how ultra-talented the man is. The movies that I am talking about are George Washington, Undertow (which I actually didn't like but appreciated), and particularly Snow Angels, a movie I admire in every aspect. I'd actually need to go back and watch Snow Angels again (a movie, coincidentally, that I watched for the second time ever no more than 3 or 4 months ago) before deciding if I like it or All the Real Girls better. To me, both of these movies capture the pureness of simple film-making.