Archive for February, 2020

The 2020 Film Release Calendar: October

This has been perhaps the strangest Release Calendar I’ve ever done. Because the Oscars were held a few weeks earlier than they usually are, I wasn’t able to fit in the majority of the calendar before them. Usually I get the whole thing done by late January. And now, we’re post-Oscars, and I’m only on March. And the only reason January and February got done is because I wanted to get them up before some of the films actually came out.

But, here we are, working our way through the rest of the calendar for all the films to look forward to. I think you all know how this works — I’m gonna preview everything that’s set to come out (and a lot more that isn’t), and then guess what I think I’m gonna rate them all when I do manage to see them. And then we’ll use this as evidence of my ineptitude come the December wrap-up articles. These are my own twenty-seven 8×10 colored glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.

Anyway, here’s October: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #193 – “When Can I See You Again,” from Wreck-It Ralph

 

193. “When Can I See You Again,” from Wreck-It Ralph

Ah yes, that song from Wreck-It Ralph from the group that brought us “Fireflies.” I remember hearing this song the first time during the end credits of the movie and thinking, “Owl City… really?” But you know what? It’s a really charming song that perfectly fits the film it’s in. And end credits song, admittedly, but it’s just a very likable song that puts a smile on your face. Slightly concerned that the content is basically what people ask in movie theaters nowadays — “When are they gonna make another one?” — but we’ll just ignore that part and treat it like most bubblegum pop and not actually pay attention to the lyrics.


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Pic of the Day: “The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.”


The 2020 Film Release Calendar: September

This has been perhaps the strangest Release Calendar I’ve ever done. Because the Oscars were held a few weeks earlier than they usually are, I wasn’t able to fit in the majority of the calendar before them. Usually I get the whole thing done by late January. And now, we’re post-Oscars, and I’m only on March. And the only reason January and February got done is because I wanted to get them up before some of the films actually came out.

But, here we are, working our way through the rest of the calendar for all the films to look forward to. I think you all know how this works — I’m gonna preview everything that’s set to come out (and a lot more that isn’t), and then guess what I think I’m gonna rate them all when I do manage to see them. And then we’ll use this as evidence of my ineptitude come the December wrap-up articles. These are my own twenty-seven 8×10 colored glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.

Anyway, here’s September: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #194 – “A Million Ways to Die,” from A Million Ways to Die in the West

 

194. “A Million Ways to Die,” from A Million Ways to Die in the West

One thing (of many) I respect about Seth MacFarlane is his commitment to original music. He did it on his show and he’s done it in the three movies he’s directed to this point. This is a perfect song for his movie. It’s totally trading on “Blazing Saddles,” but the song still has to hold up on its own, which it does. Though while “Blazing Saddles” is a very straightforward song (Mel Brooks tells the story about Frankie Laine singing it and actually crying because he loved the song so much, not knowing what the movie was it was being recorded for), this one is sung straightforward, but all the lyrics are comical. So it’s never gonna hold up over time the way Blazing Saddles is, but it’s still a very nice tune.


Pic of the Day: “I never even knew the dame.” “You know she’s been murdered, don’t you?” “Yeah. So was Julius Caesar. I didn’t know him either.”

 

 


The 2020 Film Release Calendar: August

This has been perhaps the strangest Release Calendar I’ve ever done. Because the Oscars were held a few weeks earlier than they usually are, I wasn’t able to fit in the majority of the calendar before them. Usually I get the whole thing done by late January. And now, we’re post-Oscars, and I’m only on March. And the only reason January and February got done is because I wanted to get them up before some of the films actually came out.

But, here we are, working our way through the rest of the calendar for all the films to look forward to. I think you all know how this works — I’m gonna preview everything that’s set to come out (and a lot more that isn’t), and then guess what I think I’m gonna rate them all when I do manage to see them. And then we’ll use this as evidence of my ineptitude come the December wrap-up articles. These are my own twenty-seven 8×10 colored glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.

Anyway, here’s August: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #195 – “So Long,” from Concussion

 

195. “So Long,” from Concussion

I love Leon Bridges. And I really like this song. Slight downgrade from me on the list just because the song is completely irrelevant to the movie. It plays over the end credits and really has nothing to do with it whatsoever. Seems like they just got a new song from Leon Bridges and put it in their movie. Which is cool, but this could literally be a song in the Mr. Rogers movie and still fit. So that’s why it’s only #195. But it’s still a very lovely song from one of the very few people making music nowadays whose stuff I actually like and listen to.


Pic of the Day: “Jesus, I am so scared. I’ve spent twenty years building up my ego, and when I really need it, it locks itself in the john.” “It’ll come back to you, trust me.”

 

 


The 2020 Film Release Calendar: July

This has been perhaps the strangest Release Calendar I’ve ever done. Because the Oscars were held a few weeks earlier than they usually are, I wasn’t able to fit in the majority of the calendar before them. Usually I get the whole thing done by late January. And now, we’re post-Oscars, and I’m only on March. And the only reason January and February got done is because I wanted to get them up before some of the films actually came out.

But, here we are, working our way through the rest of the calendar for all the films to look forward to. I think you all know how this works — I’m gonna preview everything that’s set to come out (and a lot more that isn’t), and then guess what I think I’m gonna rate them all when I do manage to see them. And then we’ll use this as evidence of my ineptitude come the December wrap-up articles. These are my own twenty-seven 8×10 colored glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.

Anyway, here’s July: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #196 – “Garbage Truck,” from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

 

196. “Garbage Truck,” from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

This is the most indie garage rock song ever. I love it. A lot of underrated music in this movie, which is wall-to-wall full of music. People forget how good the songs in this movie are.


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Pic of the Day: “I sold flowers; I didn’t sell myself. Now you’ve made a lady of me, I’m not fit to sell anything else.”


The 2020 Film Release Calendar: June

This has been perhaps the strangest Release Calendar I’ve ever done. Because the Oscars were held a few weeks earlier than they usually are, I wasn’t able to fit in the majority of the calendar before them. Usually I get the whole thing done by late January. And now, we’re post-Oscars, and I’m only on March. And the only reason January and February got done is because I wanted to get them up before some of the films actually came out.

But, here we are, working our way through the rest of the calendar for all the films to look forward to. I think you all know how this works — I’m gonna preview everything that’s set to come out (and a lot more that isn’t), and then guess what I think I’m gonna rate them all when I do manage to see them. And then we’ll use this as evidence of my ineptitude come the December wrap-up articles. These are my own twenty-seven 8×10 colored glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.

Anyway, here’s June: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #197 – “Montage,” from Swiss Army Man

 

197. “Montage,” from Swiss Army Man

Who’d have thought a movie about a farting corpse would have such sweet and lovely music to it? It’s hard not to be swept away by the beauty of this song. I’m doubly impressed by it because the entire song is literally a joke! It’s a song called “Montage” that plays over a montage. So rather than writing a song like the one just below this song on the list, that plays over a montage, they literally just wrote a song that announces the montage as a montage. Which is amazing.


Pic of the Day: “You know what I remembered in my dream?” “No, what did you remember?” “I remembered when I was older.” “When you were older?” “Yes, you were also there, but you were different. Do you remember?”


The 2020 Film Release Calendar: May

This has been perhaps the strangest Release Calendar I’ve ever done. Because the Oscars were held a few weeks earlier than they usually are, I wasn’t able to fit in the majority of the calendar before them. Usually I get the whole thing done by late January. And now, we’re post-Oscars, and I’m only on March. And the only reason January and February got done is because I wanted to get them up before some of the films actually came out.

But, here we are, working our way through the rest of the calendar for all the films to look forward to. I think you all know how this works — I’m gonna preview everything that’s set to come out (and a lot more that isn’t), and then guess what I think I’m gonna rate them all when I do manage to see them. And then we’ll use this as evidence of my ineptitude come the December wrap-up articles. These are my own twenty-seven 8×10 colored glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.

Anyway, here’s May: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #198 – “Don’t Look Down,” from Danny Collins

 

198. “Don’t Look Down,” from Danny Collins

An underrated tune from an underrated movie. This one got dismissed when it came out (I’m culpable here, too), but I’ve rediscovered it over the past five years. The premise of the film is based on a a real musician, who found amongst his things a letter than John Lennon had written to him 35 years prior. So they took that idea and wrote this movie around Al Pacino, basically playing a Neil Diamond-type singer who is now 70 and finds this letter, which makes him realize all the shitty choices he’s made in his life. So he goes to reconnect with his estranged son, Bobby Cannavale, who’s secretly dealing with this illness that he hasn’t told his wife about.

This song is the one that Pacino slowly writes over the course of the film. The first song we hear of his is an empty pop-type diddy, but this is the introspective ballad he writes as he truly comes to terms with the choices he’s made. And while you don’t really get the full tune, because it plays over the montage, and while Pacino’s voice isn’t the strongest, it’s a really nice song. It’s the kind of song that belongs on a list like this, because it’s an original song written for a movie that actually has narrative importance to the film.


Pic of the Day: “The other day, I cried. But you know what? Fuck that day. That’s why God, or whoever, makes other days.”

 


The 2020 Film Release Calendar: April

This has been perhaps the strangest Release Calendar I’ve ever done. Because the Oscars were held a few weeks earlier than they usually are, I wasn’t able to fit in the majority of the calendar before them. Usually I get the whole thing done by late January. And now, we’re post-Oscars, and I’m only on March. And the only reason January and February got done is because I wanted to get them up before some of the films actually came out.

But, here we are, working our way through the rest of the calendar for all the films to look forward to. I think you all know how this works — I’m gonna preview everything that’s set to come out (and a lot more that isn’t), and then guess what I think I’m gonna rate them all when I do manage to see them. And then we’ll use this as evidence of my ineptitude come the December wrap-up articles. These are my own twenty-seven 8×10 colored glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.

Anyway, here’s April: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #199 – “Girls,” from Sing Street

 

199. “Girls,” from Sing Street

Our first of the songs from this wonderful movie. Don’t worry, they’re all gonna be on here. This is what original film songs are about. Not that, “We wrote a dumb pop song for our end credits.” This movie’s got hits. They wrote every song for the band, and they’re all fantastic. This is the weakest of the bunch, but it’s still good enough to have made this list. It’s just a lovely tune.


Pic of the Day: “Little by little the look of the country changes because of the men we admire. You’re just going to have to make up your own mind one day about what’s right and wrong.”

 

 


The 2020 Film Release Calendar: March

This has been perhaps the strangest Release Calendar I’ve ever done. Because the Oscars were held a few weeks earlier than they usually are, I wasn’t able to fit in the majority of the calendar before them. Usually I get the whole thing done by late January. And now, we’re post-Oscars, and I’m only on March. And the only reason January and February got done is because I wanted to get them up before some of the films actually came out.

But, here we are, working our way through the rest of the calendar for all the films to look forward to. I think you all know how this works — I’m gonna preview everything that’s set to come out (and a lot more that isn’t), and then guess what I think I’m gonna rate them all when I do manage to see them. And then we’ll use this as evidence of my ineptitude come the December wrap-up articles. These are my own twenty-seven 8×10 colored glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.

Anyway, here’s Wonderwall March: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #200 – “Threshold,” from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

200. “Threshold,” from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Shout out to “I’m So Sad, So Very, Very Sad” and “We Hate You, Please Die” (sweet, love this one). There wasn’t enough room.

But what a perfect way to begin this list. “We are Sex Bob-omb and we’re here to make you think about death and get sad and stuff!” It’s such a high energy song. Also, written by Beck, in case you couldn’t tell by the sound.


Pic of the Day: “I remember one morning getting up at dawn, there was such a sense of possibility. You know, that feeling? And I remember thinking to myself: So, this is the beginning of happiness. This is where it starts. And of course there will always be more. It never occurred to me it wasn’t the beginning. It was happiness. It was the moment. Right then.”