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

17Jul/160

Me Before You (2016)

I saw Me Before You back in 1991. It was called Dying Young and Julia Roberts was the star. It kind of stunk. I am completely joking, but I promised myself I would use this as the first line of this review regardless. The truth is I didn't see Dying Young until like 2005. That part is actually true, but the real truth is that these movies aren't even in the same league. Dying Young wasn't as poor as I thought it would be, but I really don't remember much about it. Me Before You, on the other hand, was an extremely profound movie that I will remember from years on out. And I also believe it is a movie that showcased the range of Emilia Clarke (HBO's Game of Thrones) and firmly planted her as a leading actress for the next 10-15 years. The film also introduced Sam Claflin to the rest of the world that has not seen The Hunger Games franchise where he played the role of Finnick. Before I get into firmly into the nuts and bolts of this review, I want to state that I was blown away by every aspect of this tear-jerker. While it was clearly designed to tug at our heartstrings, it felt completely authentic. It was carried by an absolutely superb performance by Clarke and backed up heavily by Claflin, who did just enough to play second fiddle. I remember seeing Brooklyn last year. Brooklyn was a movie that I adored, but I couldn't understand it when I could hear the sniffling and see the watery eyes of all those seating near me. In Me Before You, I understood it completely.

12Jul/150

Terminator Genisys (2015)

I wanted to like Terminator Genisys. I really, really did. I know it got slammed by the critics (26% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), but I am a fan of the franchise. I even watched Terminator Salvation (a movie that Christian Bale should never have wasted his time with) a few days prior in anticipation of this movie. I knew all about the movie's problems. I knew that fans of the franchise would be, at the very least disappointed. I knew that many of the die-hards were upset with this movie. I had heard that it was confusing and difficult to follow. I knew that that the trailer gave away the movie's major twist. Yet I was willing to forget all of these things and held out hope that this movie could be more. I mean this was The Terminator franchise. It couldn't be worse than PredatorsLive Free or Die Hard, or Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull could it? Those three movies were packed full of junk (especially Indiana Jones) and should have never been made. Well I am happy to report that Terminator Genisys was better than the three movies I just mentioned combined...but it still was disappointing. It was action-packed. It is very, very reminiscent of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (a movie that, in 1991, was so far ahead of its time in terms of CGI that it was absolutely ridiculous). It told a story that would have been good...had it completely disowned the previous movies in the franchise (especially the original and Terminator 2: Judgment Day). Terminator Genisys made it appear as if the first four movies in the franchise never happened. Really? That's the story? What would have happened if what happened didn't happen? This is a Terminator film. Most of us don't want to turn on our minds too much for a summer action flick like this.