Mad About Movies Podcast

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Rating Title/Year Author
C Stuber (2019) Brian Gill Bautista and Nanjiani both have their moments but their moments rarely take place together and that lack of chemistry only serves to highlight the flaws in the action-comedy hybrid. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
A+ Toy Story 4 (2019) Brian Gill Quibble about the necessity of this movie if you must but once the curtains are pulled and the opening credits begin, sit back and engross yourself in another magnificent adventure with Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
A Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Brian Gill Perhaps a bit lesser than its predecessor but by no means a disappointment. Holland is superb in both facets of the dual-role and the fun of the story and setting help move the MCU along in a post-Endgame world. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
C+ Dark Phoenix (2019) Brian Gill Far from the worst of the X-Men films but it might be the most disappointing. Such a sour note for an ambitious, occasionally significant franchise like this to go out on. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
A- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Kent Garrison Marvel Studios keeps the energy up, the tone light, and the stakes high, making for some of the most exciting Spider-Man sequences ever put on film. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
B+ Child's Play (2019) Kent Garrison All I wanted in this reboot was for it to recapture the campy fun of the original, and it does just that. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
B+ Toy Story 4 (2019) Kent Garrison Toy Story 4 delivers laughs, heart, and arguably the best performance by a spork of the past decade. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
F - - - Men in Black: International (2019) Kent Garrison It's legitimately impressive how a property this fun and actors this charismatic can be completely negated by a script that should have never gotten past the pitch meeting. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
B- Dark Phoenix (2019) Kent Garrison As an X-Men movie, it's passable. But as the conclusion of many X-Men movies, we can't help but feel disappointed. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
B Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Brian Gill Most of the human-focused portions of the movie are bad, but at the end of the day, I was here to see a super-charged Godzilla fight other giant monsters and I got what I came for on that front. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
C+ Aladdin (2019) Brian Gill The two leads have great moments but the direction is lazy and mismatched to the content. Far too much of Will Smith's Genie feels desperate and falls flat. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
B Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Kent Garrison If you're wondering if Godzilla: King of the Monsters lives up to the spectacle, the answer is yes. And honestly, what more could we want from it? EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
C Aladdin (2019) Kent Garrison The scenes that venture away from the source material are so dull and unmemorable that all you're left with are much worse live-action versions of your favorite Aladdin songs. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
B- Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Brian Gill Ryan Reynolds single-handedly saves Detective Pikachu from becoming the total train wreck it so frequently attempts to become. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
A John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Brian Gill Parabellum fully realizes the inherent insanity of the John Wick Universe and leans into its identity with glorious, reckless abandon. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
A- John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Kent Garrison There's nothing quite like the anticipation of not knowing which inanimate object John Wick is going to kill someone with next. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
B- Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Kent Garrison Detective Pikachu should launch an investigation into why this movie fell so flat. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
A- Long Shot (2019) Brian Gill Theron and Rogen have oddly effective chemistry and Levine's direction allows the film to navigate around some of the low points in the script. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
F Hellboy (2019) Brian Gill It takes a lot to make me wonder if I'm watching the worst movie I've ever seen. I began those calculations in the first 10 minutes of Hellboy's staggeringly stupid runtime. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
C Dumbo (2019) Brian Gill You'll believe an elephant can fly but you won't believe Tim Burton can make a movie this bland. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
C+ Captive State (2019) Brian Gill There are some good ideas at the heart of Captive State and sometimes they work well. But too often, the good gets tangled and twisted up in unnecessary B-story and plotting that ruminates when it should be on the move. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
B+ Long Shot (2019) Kent Garrison Rogen and Theron are a winning combination, and the 'Must Have Been Love' duet has already cemented itself as one of my favorite scenes ever in a rom-com. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
A Avengers: Endgame (2019) Kent Garrison Endgame's true feat is how it flawlessly subverts our expectations without feeling like betrayal. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2019
A- Shazam! (2019) Kent Garrison I can't even deny it. Shazam is a freakin' blast. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
B- Dumbo (2019) Kent Garrison The fact that they could stretch "Look how cute and sad this baby elephant is!" into 112 minutes is actually pretty impressive. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
A Us (2019) Kent Garrison Us is an absolute clinic in great horror filmmaking. Peele's knack for creating iconic images on screen is truly something special. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
A+ The Social Network (2010) Kent Garrison A rare example of what can happen when a director, writer, cast, composer, and subject matter all work together perfectly. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
C+ Captive State (2019) Kent Garrison Captive State is two hours of connect-the-dots plot devices leading to a payoff that wants to be a twist, but ends up being an eye-roll. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
A+ The Social Network (2010) Brian Gill Quite possibly (if not definitively) the best mainstream movie of the decade. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
B+ Captain Marvel (2019) Brian Gill The strong lead and the fun, nostalgic-but-not-too-nostalgic vibe floats the movie through some iffy direction and an underutilized supporting cast. This is a good launching point for something that will hopefully be great when it's all said and done. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
A+ How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Brian Gill A touching and fitting end to one of the very best animated franchises in film history. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
B+ Captain Marvel (2019) Kent Garrison Captain Marvel brings a fresh jolt of energy to the MCU. If Brie Larson doesn't win you over, the cat certainly will. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
A How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Kent Garrison These movies just keep getting better and better. I hope they make at least 19 more of them. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
F Minions (2015) Kent Garrison This film should be prefaced by a warning message like you'd find on a pack of cigarettes... "BEWARE: Long-Term Exposure to the Minions Could Carry Serious Health Risks." EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2019
C Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Brian Gill The visual spectacle is compelling in places and Cameron's penchant for worldbuilding is on full display. But far too much of the plot is a mess and the dialogue makes "Unobtainium" seem elevated. Overall, it's a massive misfire and a missed opportunity. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
A- The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Brian Gill While lacking a bit of the first's inspiration and relying too much on the human world surrounding the LEGO Universe, The Second Part still does its job quite well in providing quality entertainment for both kids and adults alike. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
C Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Kent Garrison I don't feel one bit guilty for not enjoying 'Cyberpunk Rollerball' in 2019. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
A- The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Kent Garrison Remember how much you loved The Lego Movie. Now scale back your expectations by like 17%. That's The Lego Movie 2. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
C Glass (2019) Brian Gill I admire Shyamalan's ambitions but Glass feels like several movies crammed and compressed into one and it almost always highlights the wrong movie at the wrong time. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
B+ Bumblebee (2018) Brian Gill The 80's setting adds to the fun, lighthearted atmosphere of the film that was so confusingly absent from the Bay Transformer movies. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
A Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Brian Gill It took about 10 seconds for my reservations to subside as it dawned on me how much I cared about Mary Poppins and how badly I needed her in my life. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
C Aquaman (2018) Brian Gill It's certainly more entertaining and competent than most of the previous DCEU films but that makes its silly missteps and bloated plot all the more frustrating. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
B+ Vice (2018) Richard Bardon While disappointing (Rockwell's performance alone almost sunk this one) the reinvention of form by McKay and the perfect performance by Bale leads me to think this one will grow in my estimation in time. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
C Glass (2019) Richard Bardon Far more of a mediocre Split sequel than a continuation of Unbreakable/new exploration of Glass. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
B- Glass (2019) Kent Garrison I love me a good M. Night Shyamalan film. Unfortunately, this isn't one of them. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2019
B- Vice (2018) Kent Garrison The most disappointing part of Vice is that Bale's commitment to the role is wasted on a cheesy script that tries too hard to fit McKay's style instead of being tonally consistent. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
B Bumblebee (2018) Kent Garrison All of the Transformers films before this one have been steaming piles of poo. So the fact that this one is watchable means, by default, that it's the best Transformers film ever. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
B- Aquaman (2018) Kent Garrison Take one cliché from every comic book movie of the past decade, put them in a blender, then throw that blender into the ocean. Boom. You've got yourself an Aquaman movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
A+ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Brian Gill Beautifully structured, beautifully told, and beautifully rendered on screen. This is one of the decades greater accomplishments in filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
D Robin Hood (2018) Brian Gill Brazenly, perhaps even purposefully stupid and inept in virtually every facet of the filmmaking process, the newest version of Robin Hood takes "unnecessary" to an entirely new level. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018