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


Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016)

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is not your typical Ang Lee (Lust, Caution, Hulk) film. It doesn't have the effortless flow near the sweeping landscapes of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Life of Pi, or Brokeback Mountain. While these three movies netted the legendary director three Best Director Academy Award nominations, including two wins, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk likely will not make earn him nomination number four. It's awkward and clumsy at times. It has unnecessary elements in it. And, most importantly, it lacks any sort of immediate or emotional impact that the trailers lead you to believe that it has. The premise felt very much like Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Father. I expected much more with each of these movies than what was delivered. There were some good things about Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. It is much better than its current 43% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 


Still Alice (2014)

Still Alice is a slightly above average movie with the best lead performance you will see by an actress all year. In my opinion there are only a couple of shoo-ins at this year's Academy Awards. I think that most of the categories are predictable, but that there will be a couple of surprises. The big ones that will not be surprises are Patricia Arquette (Best Supporting Actress - Boyhood) and Julian Moore for her performance as a 50-year-old woman suffering from Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease in this Still Alice. Each year there seems to be a movie that is earns a big award that is not really recognized in any other category. This year, that movie is Still Alice. I'm not a huge fan of Moore. I think she's good, but she's slightly overrated. Nonetheless, she is due to be recognized and this is the lead performance that is head and shoulders above the other contenders.


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.