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.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

In a day and age where it seems like a new superhero movie is getting released every other week, it is hard for an average mainstream moviegoer to know which ones are worth watching, which ones should be skipped, and what order should you watch these movies in. This seems to be of particular importance with the Marvel movies and of even more importance with The Avenger movies. I have done my best to see The Avenger movies as they've been released, but there have been some that I have found to be absolutely terribly along the way including Thor: The Dark World and Avengers: Age of Ultron. It certainly has not helped that Marvel characters who aren't Avengers (like Spider-Man) are starting to show up in movies featuring The Avengers. It's only a matter of time before all of these other Marvel characters (Ant-Man, Deadpool, etc.) start appearing in each newly released movie. At that time, it just might be time to give up. Don't even get me started about the future when either Marvel or DC buys the other out and we get characters like Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron-Man, Thor, Captain America, Flash, Wonder Woman, The Green Lantern, Hulk, etc. all end up in the same movie. It won't occur for awhile, but when this market becomes stale many, many years from now, there will be too much money sitting on the table to not do it. The purists will be upset as well those who write the comics (though they most likely already are), but, if I've learned anything, it's that money speaks.


Disconnect (2013)

Following the pattern of such successful smashes as Crash, Traffic, and Babel (all of which earned Best Picture nominations with Crash winning the top prize) Henry Alex Rubin's (Murderball) first non-documentary film Disconnect is a movie that tells three distinct stories at the same time that have little connection with each other and only minor overlapping, but one in which many of its main actors are not on the screen at the same time. It's a formula that, when done correctly, is magical, but, when done poorly, can be a disaster. Disconnect was done right. It really is a daring movie and deals with not just one, but three of the most prevalent technological safety issues of the day in cyber bullying, security fraud/identify theft, and the predatory practices of recruiting minors to become online porn performers. Each story could probably be its own movie, but Disconnect does an awesome job of telling all three and showing the raw emotion associated with each. On top of that, the performances are top notch. And while this movie came in at 68% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, it earned only $1.4 million at the box office. Both are way to low for a movie of this magnitude, officially classifying Disconnect as a hidden gem that I think everyone should see.


Warrior (2011)

When I first saw the extended trailer for Warrior, the first Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) movie that was really made into a drama, I thought for the first 30 seconds how stupid the movie WAS going to be. As the trailer progressed, the movie began looking more and more interesting. As the trailer came to an end, I kept waiting to see the "Based on a true story" line because if this wasn't based on a true story, it looked like a more intense MMA version of Rocky. The trailer gives the entire story away. Two brothers who have grown distant end up facing each other in the championship fight of a MMA tournament. If there had ever been a more predictable trailer, I would be interested to know what that is. Then when I saw that the biggest name in the movie was Tom Hardy (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Inception), I was 100% convinced that the movie would be terrible and would flop in the theater. Boy was a wrong on all accounts.