Showing 1 - 4 of 4 Movie Blogs
Who doesn't love movies? And who doesn't love movie reviews? And more importantly, who doesn't love to see two guys insulting one another?
Welcome to MATT & MIKE'S MOVIE MANGLE - the film review web series that reviews movies old and new and does it's level best to give you high-end clips of your favorite scenes. Sadly, due to lack of funds and any kind of Hollywood connections, the clips are usually re-enactments, but stay very close to the source material! Really!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FrAvLM7API (<--- ALIEN)
Matt, the cultured cinema veteran and graduate of many alma maters of prestigious renown, introduces you to the world of the film with little known facts, fun trivia, and general suaveness.
Mike, the Michael Bay-loving, testosterone-fueled Yankee fan informs the proceedings with unsubstantiated "fact," rumor, innuendo, and anything that will annoy his co-host to the point of suicide.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nr1cunbFuJE (<--- PSYCHO)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQC4D_sohEk (<--- ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE)
Join them as they scour cinema history with a fine-toothed bulldozer and render formerly diamond-like gems of films back to sooty coal.
http://www.youtube.com/user/MOVIEMANGLE?feature=mhee (<---- Our YouTube Channel)
Be sure to comment and request movies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope you enjoy!
0 Comments | Send This |
Yeah. I just read Fred Durst's 5 Favorite Films. Shockers. No, really. "Chinatown," "Harold and Maude," "The Bicycle Thief." Nobody who wants to look "schooled" in film uses those as their faves. It reminds me of the great story my pal Javi told me. He was in his first film class at NYU and the professor (ingeniously) went around the room asking everybody what their favorite movie was... y'know, to get it out of the way. EVERYBODY said some strange, unique, bad art film. Everybody. Then it came to Javi. "PREDATOR," he said. "Maybe JAWS." "PREDATOR - great movie!" said the Professor. From that point on, the rest of the class started to name movies that 1.people knew and 2.were ACTUALLY their favorite films.
With that said, here are my Current Five Faves - you decide if I'm being obnoxiously elitist or not.
(I'm going by the movies I watch over and over. Some movies, like "Hero" and "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" are faves for a few days...... these are the go-tos that never die.)
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. The best. THE best. End of story. Every scene has a plot point, the characters are well-crafted and iconic, Spielberg was at the top of his game, Lucas could still invent a good storyline, and Kasdan did his best work, in my opinion. And, of course, it made Harrison Ford into my biggest hero ever.
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Yes, it's cliche to have a STAR WARS movie in a guy's Top Five, but come on - for entertainment value and storytelling, this thing is jam-packed. Again, characters incredibly well-drawn, a great narrative, and it's a cliff-hanger. It was mentioned somewhere that Mark Hammill was not a great actor, but he got better by JEDI.... I call false. think about it: he was whiny in SW because Luke was whiny. Anybody ever think that Yoda was a puppet? No. That wasn't Frank Oz - it was Mark Hammill reacting - THAT is great acting.
GHOSTBUSTERS. Other than RAIDERS, I've probably seen this the most. The idea, characters, story and execution are all incredible, and the special effects still hold up after twenty-some years. Any talk of sequels, etc. should go away, as you can't get this kind of movie back again - just look at GB2.
THE HAUNTING. Not the Jan de Bont fiasco, but the original Robert Wise film of Shirley Jackson's THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE. Saw this for the first time in high school and it's scared me ever since. Armed with only light, sound, black and white stock, and raised wallpaper, Wise creates one of the creepiest ghost sequences ever put on film. Add that to the great ensemble cast and a tight script and you have my vote for single best ghost movie ever.
WAITING FOR GUFFMAN. I could argue that SPINAL TAP was the height of comedy for the Christopher guest crowd, but the sheer innocence of the characters in GUFFMAN bring it over the top. Flawless performances, a brilliant staging of a fantastically awful show (watch the DVD for amazing cut scenes), and great comedic timing (in the editing, as well) make this a movie that makes me chuckle every time I watch it, even though I'm reciting the words.
Is there a longer list? Of course? ALIENS, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, Naoh Baumbach's KICKING AND SCREAMING, CINEMA PARADISO, SPIDER-MAN, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, ...WHEN HARRY MET SALLY....... but these five see their way into my DVD player at least once a year guaranteed, if not more frequently.
0 Comments | Send This |
To say that this was a disappointment would be ludicrous. To say that it was bad is giving it high marks. To call it embarrassing is much closer to the mark.
It starts off bad from the first shot - why oh why do TV movies have to look like TV movies? Editing too quickly, zero character development, BAD acting.... this movie has a GREAT cast - and they're screwed from the get-go with a laughable script, awful dialogue, and basically a terrible idea.
I was hoping this was in the vein of WICKED. Not so. At all.
If this idea was simply going to rip off The Wizard Of Oz and not drag it through so much putrescent sludge, I would have been maybe a little less harsh, but this is an insult.
And: I didn't like it.
0 Comments | Send This |
In reading another post regarding the 10 best movies of 2007, I arranged all the films I actually saw and have them in various categories.
Number 23 - so glad I didn't have to pay for this. Awful.
Transformers - Why oh why do people think this was good?
30 Days Of Night - No words for how bad this was.
Lions For Lambs - pointless, preachy and predictable. And bad.
Beowulf - If only there had been decent storytelling.......
No Country For Old Men - Don't get it. I really don't.
The Messengers - wow bad. Definitely the worst I saw in 2007
Smokin' Aces - Forgettable. And terrible unrealistic ending that angered me.
Ocean's 13 - so sad. The first one rocked. This blew.
Spider-Man 3 - I wrote a better script in my head. A shame.
I Am Legend - Will Smith was great. Too bad the CGI zombies weren't.
Golden Compass - Loved the book. Movie was well-acted and had great CGI. I was bored.
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium - they screwed up the ending to what could have been one of the best fantasies of the year.
Bridge To Terabithia - I cried. I admit it.
Hannibal Rising - much better than HANNIBAL
Breach - good political thriller
Meet The Robinsons - cute
Fracture - surprisingly good thriller!
Pirates 3 - Not the best, but still fun!
Hot Fuzz - Incredibly well done throughout
Evan Almighty - I really liked this and I'm not sure why it got such bad press
Live Free Die Hard - not exactly a return to DIE HARD, but still fun
Order of The Phoenix - Always fun. Too short, but still very well done.
Sunshine - I liked this one - the end is a little much, but I was okay with it
Simpson's Movie - It's the Simpson's. Come on. President Schwartzeneggar.
Stardust - LOVED this movie! Finally seeing some good Gaiman on screen!
Superbad - I laughed very hard despite myself.
Valley of Elah - saw it at a screening and was really surprised at how good it was. Tommy Lee Jones was, shocker, excellent.
Across The Universe - gorgeous, moving, fun, and my first date with my girlfriend!
Assassination of Jesse James.......... - WAY too long, but a great performance by Brad Pitt and great mood.
Zodiac - Fincher. the End.
300 - SO much fun and amazing visuals!
Grindhouse - I think I'm the only person who didn't like Tarantino's movie - but the rest of it was amazing!
28 Weeks Later - actually better than the original!
Charlie Wilson's War - Excellent acting, brilliant script, and poignant!
The Orphanage - scariest movie of '07.
Into The Wild - just amazing. No other words.
The Mist - loved it, even though the end depressed the hell outta me.
Juno - a gem. And I use that word being fully aware of how pretentious I sound.
3:10 To Yuma - awesome! Christian Bale can do no wrong.
Bourne Ultimatum - THE best movie of 2007 in my opinion. Genius.
Ratatouille - Okay, this is a close second.
1408 - Didn't do well, but I loved it! Great execution of a great story!
Sweeney Todd - Depp, Burton, Bonham-Carter.... incredible.
Gone Baby Gone - excellent first film by Ben Affleck.
0 Comments | Send This |