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


Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America: Civil War is perhaps the greatest superhero movie that has not been directed by Christopher Nolan. My two favorite superhero movies (The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises) both belong to him. At of this post, my third favorite would probably be a toss up between Batman Begins, Iron Man, and Captain America: Civil War. There are others (such as The Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, etc.) that are up there, but there is clearly a distinction between the top 3 or 4 and all of the others. It is my hope that superhero movies continue to get better, but unfortunately, it feels like for every good one we get, we get 3-4 bad ones. So when we get a movie like Captain America: Civil War, it's important to take pause, see it, praise it, and encourage more movies like it because we know that poor movies will continue to be made because all of them seem to easily gross over $100 million. And the reason they day is our fault. We continue to see these terrible movies. But that is a different story for a different day.


The Big Short (2015)

Completely flying under the radar in an otherwise crowded December release schedule (Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Concussion, Joy, The Hateful Eight, The Revenant) is Adam McKay's (Step Brothers, The Other Guys) The Big Short, a movie that is neither short on star power or storytelling. While most will find this movie riveting, it will, unfortunately, hit a little too close to home for many viewers. This movie, while at times difficult to understand, will leave you dumbfounded that what happened actually happened not in some far off land in a period of time long ago, but right here in our own backyard just a few years ago. I promise not explain this movie and then talk about some of the pros and cons. I will do my absolute best not provide in spoilers in this review.


The Wrestler (2008)

Darren Aronofsky's (Black Swan, The Fountain) The Wrestler was my most anticipated movie of 2008. Professional wrestling is my guilty pleasure. I don't watch it every week and I certainly never order a pay per view (ok maybe Wrestlemania every now and then), but I definitely know what is going on. I also have a few compilation DVDs of some of my favorite wrestlers. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) really is a soap opera for men. When I first heard there was a movie coming out called The Wrestler, I figured it would be some lame comedy that made fun of the world of professional wrestling. When I heard that it was not, but was being referred to as not just one of the top 10 movies of the year but the performance of Mickey Rourke's (A Prayer For The Dying, 9 1/2 Weeks ) career, I knew it was a movie I would see just as quickly as I could. The main problem was that I had to wait forever to see it. It was only being filmed in cities like New York and Los Angeles for the longest period of time. Once it came closer to Washington DC, it was still in just one theater which was not very close to my house. Finally, some two months after dying to see the movie, I finally got my wish when it came to our local artsy theater. By that point, the movie probably had no chance of living up to its hype.


Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Crazy, Stupid, Love. is a very good, lighthearted, good summer fun, romantic comedy. I have stated in many of my reviews that I believe 2010 to be the great the greatest year of movie releases in my lifetime. I have also stated this this to be the case despite having that one really, really scary movie or that one really, really funny movie. While 2011 has not come close to measuring up to the 2010 (and based on what I've been seeing/reading about the fall/award season releases), it has had some good movies. In fact, it's had three movies already that I would put in my Top 2o comedies of all-time. I don't think any of these are in that Top 10 range, but Horrible Bosses, The Hangover Part 2, and now Crazy, Stupid, Love. all fall into that second tier. I believe Bridesmaids will probably also fall into this group once I finally see it. In terms of pure comedy, Crazy, Stupid, Love. doesn't have as many laugh until your stomach hurts movies, but I would say that it is the best overall movie in this group. This movie had the potential to be great, but like many very good movies that don't reach that great status, there is a flaw in the screenplay that is very hard to ignore.