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

3Nov/140

Nightcrawler (2014)

It's getting closer and closer to awards season and I have continued to wait for that one movie that is really going to establish itself as the movie to beat before the real crop of contenders starts to come out between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some of those that I thought would establish themselves, especially Boyhood, Gone Girl, or Birdman have failed to do so. The movie to beat at this point, for me, is still The Drop. But first-time director Dan Gilroy has made his claim with the creepy, Jake Gyllenhaal (Brothers, Prisoners) Nightcrawler. I feel fairly certain that this will be just one of two movies that I've seen thus far that will wind up in my end of year Top 10. There are others that are there now that, I'm hoping, will fall as we really get into the meat and bones of December. But The Drop and Nightcrawler seem to have cemented their spots.

14Feb/140

2 Guns (2013)

2 Guns is not my type of movie because it isn't really sure what it wants to be. It doesn't really take itself too seriously, but it does contain relationships between the characters that do seem to be meaningful. At times, it's a terrible drama. At times, it's a comedy that isn't funny. At times, it's a lame attempt at a shoot 'em up in Quentin Tarantino style. It's lead actors are all over the place.  In short, it's a movie that doesn't know what it wants to be. It's also a movie that totally wastes the talents of two great actors like Denzel Washington (Training Day, American Gangster) and Mark Wahlberg (Shooter, The Italian Job). It's a little ironic because this was Washington's first movie since his outstanding performance in Flight and the last movie Wahlberg shot before his outstanding performance in Lone Survivor. I wouldn't go so far to say it's a movie that either of these actors wish they had not done, but it is a movie that I wish they hadn't done.