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 Judge (2014)

The Judge was exactly what I thought it would be...an average fictional movie that was released in the heart of better movies that were based upon true stories. There was a lot of hype around this movie, but I had a feeling that it would do nothing for me. And that was exactly what happened. Audiences seemed to really like this movie while critics slammed it. I'm in favor with the critics. At best, this was an average movie. At worst, it was a movie that tried every trick in the book to get you to think it was a great movie. The fact that Robert Duvall (Apocalypse Now, The Apostle) got a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination is a bit of a joke. His performance is a bit of an embarrassment when you compare it against the four other nominees. The highlight to this movie is not the story. Nor is it Duvall. If you are going to see this movie at all (which I would recommend you don't), you would see it for Robert Downey Jr.'s (Iron Man, Chaplin) very good performance.


Chef (2014)

The feel good movie of the year so far and one that completely flew under the radar (despite its 88% fresh rating and $31 million box office gross) without a question is Chef, a movie written, directed, and starring Jon Favreau. Yes, that Jon Favreau. The same guy that you've seen in character roles in movies like Swingers, The Wolf of Wall Street, John Carter, Elf, and the Iron Man franchises for the last 20 years. Unbeknownst to me until a couple of days ago is that he is an accomplished director. He's directed Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Elf among others. All three of this movies were satisfying movies that earned will over $150 million at the box office. I enjoyed all three of these movies. And while I would still rank the first Iron Man as his best film, Chef is an absolute gem. It is heartwarming, funny, poignant, and original. It does for 2014 what The Way, Way Back did for 2013. Both movies were lesser known. Each earned about the same amount of money at the box office. And each had about the same rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While I was a big, big fan of The Way, Way Back, there was something about Chef that has reserved a permanent place in my 2014 Top Ten list.


Iron Man 3 (2013)

So continues other comic book franchise on the big screen. It seems like the norm these days is if a movie can make $150 million domestically, sequel after sequel will continue to be made. I understand that. It makes sense. However, it doesn't mean that I have to continue to support the franchise even if I considered the first movie in the series to be awesome. Most times I will give the series the benefit of the doubt if I like the first one. While I loved Iron Man, Iron Man 2 wasn't nearly as great because the wow factor had been eliminated. It was still a fine super hero movie, but I never felt like what I was watching was anything special. Such is the case with Iron Man 3. It is a very entertaining movie, but as will be the case with the almost certain Iron Man 4, Iron Man 5, etc., that special originality feature that comes with every first movie in a series will be eliminated. So while I appreciate that attempts to make Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, etc. entertaining movies, I won't have much feeling other than been there/done that. I expect that I will like each new movie in the series a little bit less than the preview. That has certainly been the case thus far.