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).


Jackie (2016)

Less than a month ago, I would have said Natalie Portman (Black Swan, Brothers) was the one lock for an Academy Award win. Her portrayal as the grieving Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the wake of her husband's assassination by Lee Harvey Oswald. Portman just looked the part and it felt like this was the role she was born to play. Portman is a fantastic actress, and she did an above average job in Jackie. But this movie was so flat and depressing that I wonder if it's going to be enough to take out Emma Stone in La La Land, the movie that has been gaining lots and lots of steam in recent weeks. As I look at this list of contenders for Best Actress, I'm not overly impressed. This definitely helps Portman. This film only had to be pretty good to convince me that she should win. Unfortunately, the movie did not live up to my expectations at all. While I learned a lot about Jackie Kennedy, her relationship with her family, the media, and the people of America, and the events that occurred on November 22, 1963, and the week afterward, I felt this movie overall was very dark and very dull. Though only an hour and a half, it felt like a three-hour snoozefest. It's hard to recommend a movie that felt more like a history lesson that you should be required to watch in your 11th-grade US History class.


Spotlight (2015)

There are a couple of different ways to start the review for Spotlight. I could talk about the cast (quite possibly the ensemble cast of the year). I could talk about the hypocrisy that is organized religion. I will mention both of these in this post. But I will choose to start with the old fashion major newspaper reporting that used to be our number source of reliable news. In many ways it is sad that newspapers aren't what they used to be and never will be again. With the invention of the Internet, it was only a matter of time before most newspapers folded while others had to majorly trim their staff, editions, and number of pages produced with each issue. Where will The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and The New York Times be in 20 years? Well if the changes in the previous 20 years are any sort of indication, I'm not sure these newspapers will even be around in 20 years. If they are, they might be entirely electronically based. I still think there will be a place for newspapers big metropolitan newspapers such as these, but it just will not be in the print variety. For me, there are still things that I am interested in the Washington DC area that I feel can really be only fully addressed in something like The Washington Post, but I haven't purchased a physical newspaper in over a decade and only read one if I saw it sitting at a bar when I'm eating dinner, in the school library, etc. Likewise I do go online to The Washington Post go get the same information that I cannot find elsewhere, but their website isn't nearly as user-friendly as some of the other sites I go to. And finally, after I read a number of articles, I'm told that I reached my limit for the month and that I need to pay for a subscription to read anymore. Well...how hard is it to use a different device that hasn't yet recognized me to access the same material? And am I really going to need to read more than five articles a month? Nope. I have other resources that I still have at my disposal. Long story short...I still want/sort of need these major newspaper articles to survive. Yet I haven't given a cent towards any of these papers in over a decade and I don't plan to. If these newspapers are going to survive, they need to do something to tap into my monetary resources.