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

2Oct/162

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

If you're going to make a big-budget disaster movie, it might as well be based on a true story. Personally, I'm so over the huge blockbuster disaster movies like The Day After Tomorrow, Poseidon, Independence Day, The Core, Volcano, Into the Storm, Armageddon (which I actually really like), San Andreas (which I also kind of liked), Dante's Peak...the list goes on and on. The point of these movies, and so many others, is to make a big buck. Forget about the plausibility, most of these movies are utterly ridiculous. The hero(es) always overcome the most extreme circumstances and, often, end up saving the world in the end. Now while the 2010 disaster which caused the worst offshore oil spill in United States history and made British Petroleum (BP) the most villainous company on the face of the planet at the time, the story of Deepwater Horizon does take some liberties along the way. While the unfortunate events on that night of April 10th certainly did happen, the events on that rig felt very much like James Cameron's Titanic after the ship hits the iceberg. 

27Sep/140

The Maze Runner (2014)

Lord of the Rings meets The Hunger Games. That was what a lot of people were using as a comparison to Wes Ball's The Maze Runner. If that was the comparison, I figured the movie would be a surefire hit. Its reviews  on Rotten Tomatoes have been mixed, but there have certainly been more positive ones than negative ones. As a write this review, keep in mind that I did read the book. In fact, I read the book this summer when I saw that this movie was coming out in September. I did not realize at the time that this was a book that was young adult literature. I should have done my research, but I was totally hooked by both the title and the book's premise. While the book was well written, I kept asking myself why I was reading it as a 38-year old man. I had the same conversation with myself as I sat watching the movie on opening weekend. This is a really cool movie...if you are a teenager. But never did I feel like it was a cross between Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games.