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


Promised Land (2012)

If you can sort of set aside your belief system for a movie that tries it's hardest to be believable, you will enjoy Gus Van Sant's (Good Will Hunting, Milk) Promised Land. The movie takes on a highly controversial topic, but also a topic that will continue to be talked about more and more and more in the near future. Because the topic is so controversial and so important it seems highly unlikely that just two natural gas company executives, played by Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity, The Departed) and Frances McDormand (Fargo, North Country) would be the sole representatives trying to win over a rural town to vote for their company to move in and start drilling their farms.


Into The Wild (2007)

The Sean Penn (The Crossing Guard, The Pledge) directed Into the Wild had all the promise of a movie that could have lived in the lives of high school students around the country for years to come. The novel with the same name penned by Jon Krakauer is part of the high school curriculum in many school systems around the country. The movie is rated R. I've seen it twice. Had a couple of scenes been toned down, the movie could very easily have garnered a PG-13 rating, thus allowing it to be viewed in English class after the reading the book. I don't know if Penn thought about this when making the movie and, if he did, if he even cared. It is, however, food for thought.