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Archive for December, 2015

Mike’s Top Ten Films of 2015

This is the first top ten list I’ve posted on this site that I’ve actually been excited about. Every other year, I’m usually struggling to get certain films seen under the wire, or I don’t have enough films that I really feel confident about in saying they were my favorites. I always feel like I need more time or don’t have enough movies.

This year was amazing. I had a full ten that I was ready to go with before Thanksgiving. And I had extras to make up a legitimately solid 11-20, all this with a solid 6-7 films I still needed to see that easily were in the top ten conversation. I’m ready this year. I’ve got 20 choices that could all be in my top ten.

2015 was a year where I found myself more open to liking movies than I’ve ever been. I went to the theater more than I have in a long time. Last year, I opened my list up to include four tiers of films. This year, I could have gone to five. The films feel all around better than they’ve been since 2012. (more…)

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Pic of the Day: “Every time you leave me for a minute, it’s like goodbye. I like to believe it means you can’t live without me.”

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The Unforgivable Films of 2015

For every yang, there is a ying. If I can pick my favorite films from a year, I can most certainly pick my least favorite.

The Unforgivables List began in 2010. I watched the movie The Switch (Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston and the jizz cup), and I got maybe 40 minutes into it before I got so irrationally angry that I had to stop and tell all of my friends they should avoid the movie like raw meat from the floor of a dive bar in Mexico. They thought what I wrote was funny. So I put it up on here, along with tirades against other movies that made me angry from that year. And then it became a thing I do.

This will be the sixth Unforgivables list. Previous “winners” (along with The Switch) have been Just Go With It, Big Miracle, Identity Thief and Heaven Is For Real. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “You ladies decent?” “I am. I can’t speak for these two.”

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2015: The Year in Reviews (Observations & Wrap-Up)

As we do every year, I’ve gone over all twelve months of the year, as well as all the films that haven’t come out yet. And now… we analyze it all.

For reference purposes, here are all the articles involved in this:

2015 Film Release Calendar

2015: The Year in Reviews

January

January

February

February

March

March

April

April

May

May

June

June

July

July

August

August

September

September

October

October

November

November

December

December

Films Without Release Dates (A-L)

Films Without Release Dates (M-Z)

2014 Holdovers

Unreleased Films

 

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Pic of the Day: “What do you propose?” “It’s simple. We, uh, kill the Batman.” “If it’s so simple, why haven’t you done it already?” “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.”

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2015: The Year in Reviews (Films That Didn’t Get Released)

We’ve gone over everything that came out (almost all of which I saw, in case I hadn’t mentioned). Now we’re gonna go over what didn’t.

This list is populated predominantly with indies that weren’t given release dates, many of which will end up on VOD at some point over the next year, films I’ve been tracking for over a year that still haven’t come out, or movies that got pushed into the new year, probably because of quality issues. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, in some cases. Because it allows me to reevaluate. I can decide if I want to keep paying attention to it or drop it altogether.

These are all movies that either had dates and got moved, or are ones I talked about back in January that still haven’t come out. I’ll remind you what each film is about, tell you what the status of it is, and decide whether or not I want to continue paying attention to it for next year’s Film Release Calendar.

Here are the films of 2015 that didn’t get released: (more…)