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


The Shallows (2016)

Congratulations to all associated with, what will be, the biggest surprise moneymaking movie of 2016. Jaume Collet-Serra's (Non-Stop, Run All Night) The Shallows will have used a highly successful marketing campaign (which included showing its terrifying trailers during sporting events and popular primetime television shows) along with positive scores from the critics (75% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) on its way to making, my guess, more than $300 million worldwide by the time everything is said and done. This will make The Shallows the biggest non-superhero, non-G-rated movie to be released in the first half of 2016. It's exactly everything you would expect it to be and, for a majority of its audience, that will be perfectly fine. If you want an escape from reality fare, this could be the movie for you. If you want to take your thinking cap off for an hour and a half, this ould be the movie for you.  If you want a movie that builds upon each and every single scene in its quest to terrify you, this could be the movie for you. Even if you are just looking for a movie with beautiful cinematography, this could the movie for you. But if you are looking for something that is even the slightest bit believable or you care about any top of quality acting in your lead or sub-characters, The Shallows most certainly is not your movie.


Non-Stop (2014)

Liam Neeson (Schindler's List, Taken) continues his one great movie, one terrible movie, one great movie, one terrible movie streak with the intense Non-Stop, perhaps the second most exciting airplane movie ever made (and no I'm not ranking it behind Snakes on a Plane).  I think it Air Force One set the standard back in 1997, but Non-Stop is exactly that...nonstop. It'll keep you glued to the screen for its 1 hour 47 minute running time. Is this movie plausible? Absolutely not. Does that deter from the experience? Only if you'll let it. Are the coincidences totally out of control? Of course they are? But if you want to be entertained with an action-oriented whodunit, you could do much, much worse. I wish I had scene this movie on the big screen. So far 2014 has been terrible for movies, but Non-Stop is the best movie of the first half of the year.