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


Child of God (2014)

I would like to say that I am a big fan of author Cormac McCarthy. I absolutely loved his novel "The Road" and thought the film adaptation of movie was spectacular. It was one of those movies that I went in not knowing what to expect, but came out loving it. I read the book after seeing The Road in the theater and I thought that the book was just as good as the movie. I liked the movie so much that I created my own movie trailer on it. I enjoyed No Country For Old Men, but I certainly didn't think it was the best movie of 2007. I have yet to read the novel, but I will at some point. I picked up two more of his novels this past year. The first was a book called "Outer Limits" which I enjoyed parts of. The second was "Child of God" which I also enjoyed parts of. Both movies I thought were really, really random and very different from "The Road" and how I would expect "No Country For Old Men" to read.  I had heard James Franco (As I Lie Dying, The Sound and the Fury) was directing an adaptation of a McCarthy novel, but I actually didn't know it was Child of God until I had finished the book. I also did not know how many directorial credits Franco had to his name. Say what you want about him, the man is pure talent. I love Franco at times and I'm not his biggest fan at others. I thought his performance in 127 Hours was one of the best acting performance I've ever seen. I thought he was great in movies like Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Pineapple Express, the Spider-Man movies, and the under-appreciated Annapolis. But then he does movies like This is the End and The Interview which I thought were just awful, awful movies. But Franco can do drama, comedy, action. He can act, direct, and produce. He really is super talented. But I thought he did do justice to Child of God. He made a slightly incoherent book into a movie that I enjoyed watching on my couch. 


Date Night (2010)

I'm not the biggest fan of romantic comedies despite what my VHS movie collection of the 1990's might suggest. I'll be the first to admit that despite all of the crappy romantic comedies (i.e. just about every Ashton Kutcher movie), there are some good ones. I'm a big fan of movies like (500) Days of Summer, Notting Hill, and The Money Pit.  Date Night falls right in line with those movies. The biggest difference between Date Night and the other three is that it's not quite as heavy. Not that the three movies that I just mentioned are by any means downers, but they do have slightly more sentimental moments than Date Night. Date Night is pure fun while still bringing a very important message into focus, that being the perseverance necessary to sustain a loving marriage while it feels sometimes like forces from every direction are trying to pull it apart.


127 Hours (2010)

After seeing an episode of Animal Planet's I Shouldn't Be Alive a few years ago that showed the story of Aron Ralston, the adventure seeker who got his arm pinned between a boulder and a rock wall and the central figure in Danny Boyle's 2010 127 Hours, I figured that the only way that the movie would really be able to have an affect on me was if there was a masterful lead acting performance, some stylish directing by Boyle, or, in the most likely scenario, a combination of both of these. As you will read below, that was exactly what happened.