Mad About Movies Podcast

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Rating Title/Year Author
B- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Kent Garrison During the film's most triumphant moment, Diana rides lightning through the clouds using the Lasso of Truth. A great music cue here would have been Metallica's 'Ride the Lightning.' She's literally riding lightning!! IT EVEN CAME OUT IN 1984!! EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
A- Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Kent Garrison Reeves & Winter somehow manage to avoid the obvious desperation that can jump off the screen with reboots like these. Maybe it's because the characters of Bill & Ted are so endearing. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
A Tenet (2020) Kent Garrison Like with other Christopher Nolan films, it will take multiple viewings to fully realize the scope of Tenet's groundbreaking accomplishments. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
B+ Mulan (2020) Kent Garrison The live-action Mulan is not bad. In fact, it's exciting at times. But it could have, and should have, been so much more. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
B The Devil All the Time (2020) Kent Garrison Don't watch this film expecting to be filled with joy when credits roll. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
A- Enola Holmes (2020) Kent Garrison Millie Bobby Brown is a star and Enola Holmes really highlights her talent. Can we get a trilogy of these movies, please? EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
A- I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Kent Garrison The picture does exactly what it sets out to do - leave you with more questions than answers. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
A+ The Shining (1980) Kent Garrison I have never watched The Shining and not been blown away. It's an absolute clinic in atmosphere, tension, family drama, production design, cinematography, and so much more. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
A Love and Monsters (2020) Kent Garrison If this sparks a Giant Crab Cinematic Universe, I'm all for it. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
A On the Rocks (2020) Kent Garrison Sofia Coppola knows how to bring out the best of Bill Murray's serious side, plain and simple. On the Rocks is a delight. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
B+ Jungleland (2019) Kent Garrison Director Max Winkler shows tons of promise here. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
A- LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (2020) Kent Garrison Doesn't quite live up to the legacy of the previous Lego film properties, but is a fun for Star Wars fans and if you didn't enjoy it then hey, it's only 40 minutes! EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
F Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Kent Garrison I'm not quite sure why Ron Howard was attracted to this project after reading this clunker of a script. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
A+ Mank (2020) Kent Garrison Fincher's ability to let go of his inhibitions and adopt Welles' style of filmmaking and storytelling adds incredible context to the legacy of Citizen Kane. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
A- Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Kent Garrison Baron Cohen really should get an honorary Oscar for what he's provided with Borat. Every single mannerism is 100% Borat and the real world is convinced there's nothing suspicious. That's acting. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
A- Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Brian Gill Far more enjoyable than I ever would have thought possible, the earnestness of Reeves and Winter carries this long awaited sequel through its low points. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
C Project Power (2020) Brian Gill Project Power executes terribly on what feels like a relatively interesting premise. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
A- An American Pickle (2020) Brian Gill It may not be a perfect vehicle for Simon Rich's but Seth Rogen is a remarkable conduit for his sense of humor. Rogen deserves a lot of credit for pulling off the dual roles. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
B- The Old Guard (2020) Brian Gill A cool premise and Charlize's star power keep The Old Guard afloat but it often feels rushed and thrown together. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
A+ Palm Springs (2020) Brian Gill Samberg and Milioti are beautiful together and Palm Springs has the perfect midsummer vibe. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
B+ Greyhound (2020) Brian Gill A bit slighter than some of its contemporary war movies but Hanks covers over a multitude of sins, or, in this case, mediocrities. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
A+ Hamilton (2020) Brian Gill Rarely does an uber-hyped pop culture phenomenon live up to the hype. Hamilton exceeds its insanely lofty reputation. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
D Artemis Fowl (2020) Brian Gill Disney continues to try desperately to find their fantasy-inspired franchise and this, decisively, isn't it. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
A+ Da 5 Bloods (2020) Brian Gill The performances are magnificent, the story is timely, the content is harrowing. This is Spike at his best. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
F Catwoman (2004) Brian Gill I love(d) basketball more than anything in the world until I watched the basketball scene in Catwoman. Now I hate basketball. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
D Capone (2020) Brian Gill That's enough, Tom Hardy. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
F After Earth (2013) Brian Gill Will Smith and M. Night Shyamalan both at the peak of their respective "lost in the woods" career period, After Earth is a complete disaster. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
F Howard the Duck (1986) Brian Gill I just...I just don't understand. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
F Batman & Robin (1997) Brian Gill It's honestly a miracle anyone was ever willing to see a Batman movie again after this film. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
F Battlefield Earth (2000) Brian Gill Lives up to the hype. This is the worst movie ever made. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
F Jack and Jill (2011) Brian Gill I'm not saying we SHOULD take Pacino's Oscar away from him because of this movie. I'm just saying that's a conversation I'm willing to have. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
A The Invisible Man (2020) Kent Garrison The vision of writer/director Leigh Whannell sets this remake apart, with twists and turns that prevent it from falling into clichés and keep you guessing until the very last frame. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2020
B- The Call of the Wild (2020) Kent Garrison Their intentions were good, but the execution of essentially all of the CGI is so poor that I never felt invested in a story that definitely deserves my investment. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2020
B+ The Gentlemen (2020) Brian Gill The story bogs down in places and some of the supporting characters are not nearly as interesting as Mr. Ritchie thinks they are but the classic Ritchie flair is there and the parts that work really work quite well. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
A+ Parasite (2019) Brian Gill A monumental achievement in film and the rare film that goes from "very good" to "historically great" in its final act. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
A 1917 (2019) Brian Gill An overwhelming accomplishment in filmmaking, 1917 might be more "experience" than "film" but oh, what an experience it is nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
B Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Brian Gill An extremely rough, clunky script hinders what should have been a much better movie, though the movie is fun enough to overcome some of the needless hurdles. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
B+ The Call of the Wild (2020) Brian Gill Manages to get the difficult aspects of the story, its themes and morals, right while failing in what should have been the easier parts (namely, the eye-piercing dog CGI) but the quality of the source material wins out in the end. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
B Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Brian Gill Given its nightmarish production, it's somewhat miraculous that Sonic is as fun and lively as it is, if only moderately so on both fronts. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
A+ Jojo Rabbit (2019) Brian Gill Waititi's voice is so clear through every element of the film, allowing it to walk the fine line necessary for effective satire. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
B+ Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Kent Garrison Much to my surprise, the live-action Sonic has enough fun for kids and enough 90s nostalgia to make the parents remember a simpler time when Jim Carrey and SEGA Genesis were just the coolest. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2020
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