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


Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Hacksaw Ridge > Saving Private Ryan. That was what I claimed immediately after my theater viewing of Mel Gibson's (Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ) newest film. I've since slept on this, but haven't entirely backed down from this statement. However, it has been awhile since I've seen Steven Spielberg's 1998 Best Picture and I really should have watched it again before making this bold claim. Nonetheless, it doesn't take away from Gibson's film. Hacksaw Ridge was based on a true story whereas Saving Private Ryan was not. For me, when all else is equal, gives the nod to the one that is more factual based. Don't get my wrong, Saving Private Ryan was an amazing movie. The Invasion of Normandy Omaha Beach to open the movie was one of the most captivating and memorable action sequences in the history of film. When I made the claim that Hacksaw Ridge was a better movie, I almost inserted the caveat that "outside of the opening 30 minutes of Saving Private Ryan, Hacksaw Ridge is a better movie." But that seemed like a copout. If I was this passionate about Hacksaw Ridge, I couldn't spoil it with some kind of condition that limited my case.


The Internship (2013)

The most overlooked movie of 2013 may have been Shawn Levy's (Date Night, Night at the Museum) The Internship. The movie reunited Vince Vaughn (Dodgeball, Old School) and Owen Wilson (Hall Pass, Midnight in Paris) for the first time since 2005's box office mega-hit Wedding Crashers. Fans had been asking for the two to reunite for a movie. Many were calling for a Wedding Crashers 2. It was one of those scenarios where no matter what the pair decided to do that it was destined for failure because it would not be able to live up to the hype. In a way, it's as if The Internship never really got its fair chance and I include putting myself in that lump sum. I remember when I first saw the trailer for the movie. I was UTTERLY disappointed at the end of the trailer when I saw that the movie was only PG-13. I was ready for some R rated comedy between the duo. I wanted it to be as raunchy as Wedding Crashers. Unless the reviews for the movie were absolutely incredible, I knew I was unlikely to see the movie in theater, if at all, because of a rating that I deemed unacceptable for a Vaughn/Wilson comedy. However, I did decide to give it a go when it came on HBO and I'm so glad I did. It's a comic gem.


Wedding Crashers (2005)

While I admit that I am probably one of the last people on earth to watch Wedding Crashers, I will say that I had it in my possession for over three  years. I bought it previously viewed for $5 at Blockbuster a long while ago. It was never a question of if I would watch Wedding Crashers, but just a question of when. When talking about the best comedies of all-time, many people (especially people my age and younger) will list Wedding Crashers in the first two or three movies they mention. When I tell them I haven't seen it yet, I get the response of "Of all the movies you've seen, you've never seen Wedding Crashers?" So, much like the movie I most recently reviewed (The Green Mile), the expectations I had for Wedding Crashers was almost unrealistic. However, much like The Green Mile, the movie lived up to the hype. I'm not ready to put it into a top five comedy of all-time, but I will safely put it in the top ten.


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.