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


Logan (2017)

James Mangold's (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line) Logan is about to set the standard for the next wave of superhero movies...the death of a major character. In an age of movies (particularly superhero ones) where we've seen sequels, prequels, and reboots, we have yet to see the beginning, middle, and definite conclusion of a story. We've seen plenty of superhero movies that COULD be a conclusion story, but we've all learned the hard way that we think is the end probably isn't the end unless we see that character killed off. And, let's be honest, even then we don't really know. When there is the potential for hundreds of millions of dollars to be made, who are we to believe that the end is the end. Often times, the end is determined by a crappy movie in a series that doesn't resonate with audiences or critics. Sometimes, that movie can be a concluding story, but often times it is not. But (spoiler, but not really) based on what happens at the end of the film, I don't expect to see him back. I know I probably will in some other fashion, but that can be an argument for a different day. Until then, I'll continue to sing the praises of Logan. And at the time of this review, I have it as a top five Marvel movie of all-time.


Les Miserables (2012)

So it turns out, to no big surprise, that I'm not really a fan of musicals. I haven't seen Moulin Rouge! or Chicago. Even though I've been told how great both movies are, I haven't yet found the desire to even give either movie a chance. There was something about Les Miserables, however, that piqued my interest. I'm pretty sure it was the Anne Hathaway trailer. I've said on my blog many times that Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams are, in my opinion, the two best actresses in the world. I'll go out of my way to see any movie that either of these actresses star in. I thought the Hathaway "I Dreamed a Dream" trailer was perfectly made. It won me over on the spot. I put aside any reservations I had and promised myself I would see it.


Deception (2008)

Continuing to get my Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine, Incendiary) fix, I caught the directorial debut of Marcel Langenegger, 2008's Deception. While captivating at first with its slow, almost methodical building of suspense, this movie ultimately tries to outsmart itself by trying to offer twist after twist after twist. By the time the movie crawled to its conclusion, we either figured out what the twists were or they were so far-fetched and ridiculous that we didn't really care about them.