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


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

In an Oscar season that hasn't been so much a run of disappointing movies as much as has been movies that just didn't wet the appetite, Martin McDonagh's (Seven Psychopaths, In Bruges) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has a chance to finish in my Top 10 movies of the Year, whereas I really don't think it would have had even had a chance since I began writing this blog in 2010. While I really enjoyed its dark theme, its complex characters, and even, to an extent, its quirkiness, this movie was close to perfect. The fact that it seems to be a lock for a Best Picture nomination shows just how down of a year 2017 is for movies.


Everest (2015)

I know I am in a major minority when I give my review of this movie and I know there will be many who wonder what I'm talking about. But...this movie absolutely sucked. I realize that many have never seen a mountain climbing movie or, worse, have only the likes of Vertical Limit to compare it too. But before I get to far into my review of Everest, let me mention a few mountain climbing movies that I would watch a dozen times again before forcing myself to watch Everest. The most notable one to me is a recent one that most people have never heard of. It's the 2008 (or 2010 depending on who you ask) German released North Face (Nordwand). It takes a few minutes to get past the subtitles, but it's worth it. This movie is absolute horrifying in its detail of its climbers experiencing some of the most brutal physical elements in nature. There is also Touching the Void. There is also K2. Heck, I think I'd even put Cliffhanger up there as a more entertaining movie. And while it's not about reaching any sort of summit, the absolute best climbing-based movie is the fantastic 127 Hours, one of the best two hours you can experience with a film (side note...watch the director's cut). But as far as Everest goes, man did I have extraordinarily high hopes for this film. And it disappointed on just about every level.


The Sessions (2012)

I really believe that we we come across some of the greatest people or find ourselves in the most fortunate of situations often we are least looking for those. At times we are presented with the greatest of gifts that, at one point, we could never have imagined and, the next, you can't imagine how you ever functioned prior. I imagine this is how you might feel when you know you have found your life long partner or when you have a child. I've had three of these moments in my life. While I have discussed these other two moments very, very infrequently with anyone, there is one that I will share often. It involves my wonderful niece Jessica. Today (February 17, 2013) is actually her birthday. She just turned 25. She recently married her high school boyfriend. She's a teacher. Besides me, Jessica is actually the only teacher in either of our extended families. She is as wonderful of a human being you will ever meet. She is and has always been so sweet, so kind, and so smart. She's wise beyond her years, but still has this youthful appreciation for all of life's little gems. I love her so much and am so proud to be her uncle. I was asked to be an usher at her wedding this past fall and it was one of the great honors of my life. With only a 12 year age gap between us, I do think of her as a little sister as much as I do a niece. I'll touch on more of this later in this review.