Archive for April, 2020

2020: The Year in Reviews (Part I)

Well, this has been a weird one, huh? We’re four months into the year, and theaters have only been open for about, two-and-a-half of those months. Most stuff has been pushed either to VOD or rescheduled altogether. Though I guess the byproduct of that is that most, if not all stuff that came out this quarter has been made available to stream quicker than usual. So, if you cared enough to do so, you could have seen pretty much everything that’s come out. Normally by this time, I’ve usually got like 15-20 films I haven’t seen. This year? Five. I’ve seen all but five movies that have come out, and one of them came out today and I just haven’t been able to watch it yet. The other four are ones that hit theaters before the pandemic hit and haven’t yet been put online for streaming

Though the situation does also leave us wondering what’s gonna happen in these next four months. I can’t even imagine what the next third of the year is gonna look like if theaters don’t open during that time. There might only be like 30 movies that come out. I guess we’ll see. Until then, let’s all try to not die.

Here are reviews of everything I’ve seen between January and now: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Movie Posters of the Decade (60-51)

I’ve said it for near ten years now — the movie poster is a lost art. So many of them nowadays are just so bland, and it feels like it’s getting harder and harder to get a poster that truly feels like something special; selling a film on a single, memorable image. Getting you to understand immediately what the film is about while also staying in your mind. It’s hard to remember posters. If I told you offhand to name ten truly memorable posters from this decade off the top of your head, you’d have trouble doing it. And even if you got to ten, chances are some of them are just because the film was so big and widespread that you remember it just because it was so out there.

Anyway, the point of this list was me looking back on my years of going over my favorite posters (and I started this list in 2011, so I’ve done nine years of it officially on the site) and revisiting all the posters from all the years and picking out the ones that I think have held up to me as the best examples of truly strong imagery.

So, with that said, here are my favorite posters from this past decade: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #124 – “Home,” from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

 

124. “Home,” from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

This entire soundtrack is just banger after banger after banger. They really went all out with this, and it’s one of the best soundtracks of the decade. I don’t even know what there is to say about this song. It’s just great. They’re all great.


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Pic of the Day: ♫ “Help / I need somebody / Help / Not just anybody / Help / You know I need someone / Help / When I was younger, so much younger than today / I never needed anybody’s help in any way / But now these days are gone, I’m not so self assured / Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened up the doors / Help me if you can, I’m feeling down / And I do appreciate you being round / Help me get my feet back on the ground / Won’t you please, please help me.” ♫ (55th Anniversary)


Mike’s Favorite Movie Posters of the Decade (70-61)

I’ve said it for near ten years now — the movie poster is a lost art. So many of them nowadays are just so bland, and it feels like it’s getting harder and harder to get a poster that truly feels like something special; selling a film on a single, memorable image. Getting you to understand immediately what the film is about while also staying in your mind. It’s hard to remember posters. If I told you offhand to name ten truly memorable posters from this decade off the top of your head, you’d have trouble doing it. And even if you got to ten, chances are some of them are just because the film was so big and widespread that you remember it just because it was so out there.

Anyway, the point of this list was me looking back on my years of going over my favorite posters (and I started this list in 2011, so I’ve done nine years of it officially on the site) and revisiting all the posters from all the years and picking out the ones that I think have held up to me as the best examples of truly strong imagery.

So, with that said, here are my favorite posters from this past decade: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #125 – “Stay Alive,” from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

 

125. “Stay Alive,” from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

This movie blew me away when I saw it back in 2013. It’s such an underrated gem of a film. And this song is spectacular. It’s not totally relevant to the song, but it doesn’t matter. It’s a brilliant song that captures the hope and the inner journey that takes place within the film. It’s one of those songs that, as a song, I’d rank way higher on this list, but in terms of it’s use within the film, I can’t really justify putting it much higher than this outside of, “I just really like the song.”


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Pic of the Day: “All my brothers and brothers-in-laws tell me what a good-hearted guy I am. You don’t get to be good-hearted by accident. You get kicked around long enough, you become a professor of pain.” (65th Anniversary)