Mad About Movies Podcast

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Rating Title/Year Author
B+ Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Kent Garrison Margot Robbie is truly a movie star, and Harley Quinn is her signature stroke of charisma. BOP has a weak script, but the colorful action kept me interested for the most part. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
A- Bad Boys for Life (2020) Kent Garrison I didn't expect to have so much fun with a franchise I haven't thought about in 15+ years, but there's just enough well-executed action and dumb humor here to make it worth my while. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2020
A+ Parasite (2019) Kent Garrison Bong Joon Ho has delivered one of the most well-assembled and compelling films of all time, which flawlessly navigates humor, despair, satire, and elements of thrilling horror to create an experience I won't soon forget. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
A+ 1917 (2019) Kent Garrison 1917 is not as much a war story as it is a true showcase of the power of moving images and the medium of film itself. But I am certain it will be talked about for decades to come. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
A+ Jojo Rabbit (2019) Kent Garrison There are very few filmmakers who could have pulled this off, and Taika Waititi is one of them. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
A- The Irishman (2019) Brian Gill Features several stretches of brilliance but rarely focuses on the storylines and plot points I found the most interesting. I'm all for a slow burn and a long runtime but The Irishman puts that to the test in its final act. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
B Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Brian Gill Lacks some of the charm of the first film and falls into several of the typical "unexpected success that must now be sequelized" traps but the cast carries the movie through its weak spots. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
A Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Brian Gill The pacing in the first act leaves something to be desired but at the end of the day, the joy I felt watching this beloved story come to its conclusion could not be diminished. The action, the characters, and the overall world won me over one last time. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
A+ Little Women (2019) Brian Gill Greta Gerwig solidifies her place among the great filmmakers in the industry with a fresh and breathtaking approach to a well-worn story. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
A+ John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019) Richard Bardon Mulaney, Sawyer, and Bolin create the perfect template to allow the true stars of the special - the cast of kids - to flourish, in this incredibly unique hour of joy. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2019
A+ Uncut Gems (2019) Richard Bardon It's far too rare to find films like this that explore real worlds and people that are, to this point, unexplored territory. A frantic, masterful, delight. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2019
F Cats (2019) Richard Bardon A truly terrible 'Memory' that will haunt me for a thousand lifetimes. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2019
A+ Uncut Gems (2019) Kent Garrison There are very few young filmmakers these days who truly 'get it' as much as the Safdies. Their commitment to authenticity sets them apart in a big way, and Uncut Gems is their crowning achievement thus far. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2019
F - - - Cats (2019) Kent Garrison Having a literal cat claw at my eyes for an hour and forty-nine minutes would have been less painful. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
A Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Kent Garrison The Rise of Skywalker is thrilling, emotional, and poignant. It really is the perfect ending to the Skywalker Saga. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
A+ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Richard Bardon Thrilling, charming, at times cheezy - like all Star Wars films - convenient, and wonderful throughout. Kudos to Ridley for putting a daunting franchise on her back. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
A The Irishman (2019) Kent Garrison The Irishman is carried by numerous career-defining performances and Scorsese is incredibly still at the top of his game, with perhaps his most delicately crafted film yet. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
A Doctor Sleep (2019) Brian Gill It would be near sacrilege, of course, to argue that Doctor Sleep is BETTER than The Shining but it is more developed from a story standpoint and will make for more pleasant re-viewings than its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
A A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Brian Gill Heller, Hanks, and Rhys work together to create one of the most genuinely warm, earnest films of the year and Heller's ability to navigate around spots that could become hokey or overly feel-good cannot be overstated. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
A+ Ford v Ferrari (2019) Brian Gill Two powerhouse movie stars, a director flexing in the midst of his prime, and an interesting story told in a flashy-but-substantive manner. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
A Knives Out (2019) Brian Gill Johnson is at his best when he's playing in his own sandbox. His take on the whodunnit is delightful and the Craig-de Armas-Evans triumvirate pops off the screen at every turn. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
A- Frozen II (2019) Brian Gill A bit lesser than the previous film and, perhaps blessedly for all the parents out there, the songs are not quite as catchy, but Frozen 2 does world building quite well and earns high marks for charm. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
B+ Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Brian Gill It's a shame, really, that Dark Fate seems destined to be the end for the franchise as it has far more quality than any of its post-T2 predecessors. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
A Knives Out (2019) Kent Garrison Knives Out is a glorious clash of egos from the first frame to the last. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
A A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Kent Garrison Tom Hanks effortlessly transforms into Mr. Rogers, but what really makes the film work is the attention-to-detail and honesty of the storytelling. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
A+ Ford v Ferrari (2019) Kent Garrison Ford v Ferrari is a lot more than just a fun ride. It's a truly great film. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
A Doctor Sleep (2019) Kent Garrison Flanagan hits all the right notes in a film that is sure to be an absolute thrill for fans of Kubrick's The Shining. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
B Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Kent Garrison Dark Fate oddly feels like both a missed opportunity and a fitting send-off for the Terminator franchise. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
B+ Ad Astra (2019) Brian Gill The action sequences work surprisingly well, the existential bits decidedly less so, but overall, it's a solid venture for Brad Pitt: Movie Star. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
F Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Brian Gill One of the worst scripts put to screen this year and the problems certainly don't stop there. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
D Gemini Man (2019) Brian Gill It is embarrassing that a movie with this much star power with this much money being poured into the attempts at visual spectacle couldn't spare a pittance for a script doctor to clean up the horrific dialogue. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
A- Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Brian Gill I wasn't pining for a return to this world so far down the line from the original. But the chemistry between the leads still works and the setting is fun enough to offset a clunky third act. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
A- Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Kent Garrison It certainly is fun to return to Zombieland after all these years. The dialogue is still razor sharp, the kills still make you squirm and Harrelson once again makes a case for a Tallahassee Cinematic Universe. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
C- Gemini Man (2019) Kent Garrison Ang Lee does himself a disservice here by not leaning fully into the spectacle, with a script that bogs down the action to almost a complete standstill. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
B- Joker (2019) Kent Garrison Todd Phillips attempts to deliver a complex character study in the guise of a comic book film, but does so without any use of nuance or subtlety whatsoever. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
F - - - Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Kent Garrison What should have been a throwback to campy '80s fun ends up being one of 2019's most self-serious bores. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
B Ad Astra (2019) Kent Garrison Ad Astra can't quite decide if it wants to be as existential as 2001 or as visceral as Gravity, but the spectacle it provides is worth the ride. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
A+ Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Brian Gill Easily the most accessible Tarantino movie yet, Hollywood serves as a greatest hits album for the filmmaker and DiCaprio-Pitt pairing shines throughout. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
A The Farewell (2019) Brian Gill One of the most authentic, beautiful movies of the year complete with outstanding performances and a perfectly-honed script. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
F The Goldfinch (2019) Brian Gill The ambition, pedigree, and assemblage of talent is there but that's where The Goldfinch's virtues end. It's kind of remarkable how bland and misguided this movie turned out and that no one in the chain of command put a stop to this long before shooting. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
A- Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Brian Gill The movie threatens to run itself right off the rails over and over again but maintains its abject absurdity throughout by the slimmest of margins. Thus, it is unbelievably stupid and also unbelievably fun. Long live the Fast Cinematic Universe. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
A The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Brian Gill LaBeouf is excellent but the film's treatment of Gottsagen's Zak and the buddy-buddy relationship between the two leads. The Falcon is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise dour late summer film landscape. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
B- The Lion King (2019) Brian Gill It is, most of the time, visually stunning. But I'm not sure there's even one aspect of the movie that improves upon the original and a great many aspects that are significantly worse. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
F - - - The Goldfinch (2019) Kent Garrison Watching someone literally paint a picture of a goldfinch for 2 and a half hours would have been more entertaining. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
B It: Chapter Two (2019) Kent Garrison The film as a whole is somewhat of a slog, but Skarsgård's Pennywise is such an enigma that I can't help but want more. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
B+ Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Kent Garrison This film is a perfect bridge between Goosebumps and Nightmare on Elm Street. If you're looking to be creeped out, look no further. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
B+ Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Kent Garrison Hobbs & Shaw is a non-stop thrill ride, and a ridiculous one at that. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
A Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Kent Garrison It's obvious on screen that Tarantino is having the time of his life, and the duo of Dalton & Booth might be his most entertaining achievement to date. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
F - - - The Lion King (2019) Kent Garrison Just about every choice Favreau made as director was the wrong choice, and his insistence on '100% realism' in a film in which the animals talk, sing, and do choreography makes my head hurt. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
A Midsommar (2019) Kent Garrison Ari Aster honestly might be the next Kubrick. He pushes the limits of the medium in almost every way, and the results are stunning. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019