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2016 Movie Countdown: Bottom of the Barrel (#44-40)

Welcome, one and all, to the new and revised 2016 Movie Countdown. For those who didn’t see my recent update post click here for the full details of this change. Basically, the original format I started this series on was hard to maintain in a timely fashion. That’s why I decided to change things up, so I can complete the countdown just a bit easier. Hopefully, this new format will also be more easily digestible to you guys, too, so you won’t have to keep up with 44 separate posts.

As you can see, I’ve restarted the countdown back to #44 to demonstrate how future installments will go. For those joining us for the first time, this series is an annual tradition where I rank every film I saw in the previous year from least favorite to favorite. It’s not a best and worst list per se. It’s just my personal favorite films of 2016. This year I will be discussing 44 movies (see the full list here) across 5 posts separated by categories: The Bottom of the Barrel, The Mediocre, The Good, The Great, and finally the Top 10. Continue reading 2016 Movie Countdown: Bottom of the Barrel (#44-40)

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2016 Movie Countdown: The Do-Over (#43)

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I only shot him cause you tag-teamed his wife!

The Do-Over is a Netflix original action-comedy film by Happy Madison Productions.

Charlie McMillan lives a miserable life. He hates his job as a bank manager, hates his irritable wife, and despises his rotten step-children. He attends his high school reunion and is surprised to meet up with his old high school buddy, Max Kessler. Max is doing fairly well for himself and invites Charlie to spend the weekend on his yacht. The yacht soon explodes, and Charlie wakes up in a motel room where Max tells him he did it on purpose to fake their deaths and start anew. Max prepares two fake identities for him and Charlie, and Charlie soon accepts his new life. However, things go South when they learn their identities were involved in criminal activities. Continue reading 2016 Movie Countdown: The Do-Over (#43)

My 2015 Movies: Pixels (#23)

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You all must think I’m crazy, and you’re right. I am. Does that change my mind? No. I heeded the warnings from everyone and their mothers who told me this was a piece of garbage. However, I like Adam Sandler, and I like retro video games. Of course I’m going to see it regardless at least to see what exactly went wrong. And you know what? I actually liked it. Continue reading My 2015 Movies: Pixels (#23)

My 2015 Movies: Hotel Transylvania 2 (#28)

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The first Hotel Transylvania blew me away when I first saw it. It was very clever, funny and creative with a good story and lots of charm. I personally don’t understand all the hate it gets. Maybe people threw it under the bus strictly for Adam Sandler’s presence. Or maybe they just weren’t into family friendly movies. Either way, I still enjoyed it and couldn’t wait to see where they went from there. Continue reading My 2015 Movies: Hotel Transylvania 2 (#28)

My 2014 Movies: Blended (#21)

When I say “Adam Sandler”, what goes through your mind? Do you consider him a comedic gem or an old friend who seems to have lost his way? Sandler’s good name has been tossed around in a recent debate over the quality of his current work. We reached a point where some moviegoers are instantaneously turned off by a film with him attached to it. However, I am here to tell you to never judge a book by its cover. Blended is actually enjoyable.

Blended is the third film to star Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore together. Both play single parents who meet each other on a blind date that goes terribly. Sandler has three daughters and Barrymore has two sons. Their paths end up crossing again when they both go on a trip to Africa in place of two former lovers that they both happened to know. Both families are forced to share the romantic getaway suite and deal with each other throughout the entire trip. They don’t get along at first, but that all could easily change with some hilarious misadventures.

You get where the story is going from the start, and I know it. But that’s not the point. Romantic comedies nine times out of ten are never too story-driven. It’s all about the comedic writing, chemistry within your cast, and memorable performances. All of which are aspects that Blended thankfully has.

I found this movie genuinely funny. I admit to being a fan of many Adam Sandler films. (I don’t care what anyone says.). With that said, if you also like Sandler’s style of humor, you won’t be disappointed with some good chuckle-worthy material. However, I would even dare to say that even if you aren’t a fan of Sandler’s recent outings, this may be your exception. I’m not saying it’s as funny as Waterboy or The Wedding Singer, but I can say it’s decent enough to watch.

What sets this film apart from That’s My Boy and Grown Ups 2 is that it’s light on the dumb humor. Every once in a while you’ll find a joke relating to poop or farts, but they aren’t as common here. Instead, most of the jokes are based on the chemistry between the characters. And because the characters are good and funny, the film succeeds in a way that stands out.

That’s the key to the entire equation. The characters are really enjoyable and likeable. Their quirks work to their strength, and the actors seem to have been having a blast playing these characters. Though, the most captivating of all character interactions, as you’d expect, is that of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

These two have always been a powerhouse duo both comedically and romantically. And considering that they spend about half of the movie at each other’s throats (which is a departure from their previous collaborations), it introduces a comradery that you haven’t seen previously. You’d be surprised how much comedic material can come from these two not standing each other. And by the time they inevitably warm up to each other, it’s convincing enough to be effective.

As you would expect, Happy Gilmore films such as this one has good basic production values. The African location makes for some beautiful scenery and plenty of natural lighting. Cinematography is fast and cartoonish in some areas, but slows down when necessary during intimate moments.

I’ll admit to having a difficult time deciding whether this would rank higher than Top Five. While Top Five probably has smarter jokes, I chose Blended for its accessibility. And to those who have missed out on this movie, I would say it’s very accessible. I recommend you give it a go if you get the opportunity. It’s probably not one to seek out, but if you’ve had reservations before, you need not worry too much here. This is the best Adam Sandler movie in a long time for sure.

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My 2014 Movies: Top Five (#22)

This was the last movie I saw in the theater in 2014. I was in New York, and there were two parties: one group saw Into the Woods and the other saw Top Five. I was in category B. Now I know a lot of people will have a problem with my placement of this movie on the list. I’ll get into why in a moment.

Chris Rock directs and stars in Top Five. He plays a very famous comedian (stand-up and film) named Andre Allan, who after dealing with alcoholism and controversy sets out to rebrand himself. Before the release of his new, more serious movie about the Haitian Revolution and his big wedding with a reality TV star, he takes part in an interview with a New York Times journalist named Chelsea, played by Rosario Dawson. Andre isn’t too thrilled with the interview, and jaded by his fans’ disinterest in his new work and constant requests for returning to comedy. He soon concedes with Chelsea to be rigorously honest throughout the interview.

The film is basically a day in the life of a transitioning, typecast celebrity. It highlights the revelations he goes through with the help of this reporter as well as the struggle to be more than what you’re known for. Can you do other things in a way people can understand and accept, and does branching out mean leaving the one thing you’re known for behind? These are two of many themes the story of Top Five tackles.

That’s the first and primary thing you can praise the movie for. Of all the films I discussed so far on this countdown this is probably the most cleverly written and directed. Again, the movie delves into many themes, both of which speak to celebrities and people in general.

Top Five is ingeniously and cleverly written and directed. As Chris Rock’s directorial debut, he couldn’t have done better with this story. On the surface a lot of the film’s issues seem to only apply to celebrities. It really can apply to anyone, though. Many of us try to take on other roles and are boxed-in by the expectations and stereotypes of others. You can tell he really knew what he was doing and what he was trying to get across.

The movie is also well acted by every last individual actor. You will see that the movie wields a lengthy all-star cast. Any fan of comedy will recognize at least one person in the film, but most likely a lot more. As a high-budget production, the film also has high production value, great camerawork and a high-brow soundtrack.

Then we get to the comedy of the movie. This may be where I get the most flack, but hear me out. I am not saying the film is not funny. It’s hilarious and anyone will tell you that. I recall three or five instances in the film where I busted a gut laughing. I won’t be the one to spoil it for you, though. Honestly, the movie’s place on the list is to no fault of the film itself. The problem is with me.

This movie is different from other comedies. The modern-day format of comedy has jaded me with what is usually a never-ending onslaught of jokes. This movie is mostly about its story than its jokes. My issue is one of expectations and hype. Both were through the roof before I saw the film and before I had a chance to come back to earth. The result was unfounded disappointment.

This is an incredibly selfish reason to underrate a movie, but at least I have the sense to concede and tell you what a great film it is. Had this list been based on quality, this would be a lot higher than it is. This list, however, is based on my enjoyment of the film. I do plan to see the movie again, knowing what I’m getting into, and most likely coming out with a much higher opinion than I do now. As it stands currently I thought the movie was good where it is.

It may seem low to some, but understand that I saw a lot of good movies this year, this is one of them

I would recommend the film without a shadow of a doubt to any and all fans of comedy. You will enjoy the film just fine as long as your expectations are in the right place. Do not overestimate to a ridiculous standard like I did. I got overexcited, but I can almost guarantee you will enjoy the film. Even if you’re not big on comedy, the story is surprisingly good. Take my thoughts for what their worth. I found it good, but you may find it great.

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My Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

The film industry had a very busy and important year in 2014. Major deaths, major hackings, and major headaches a plenty. However, from a quality standpoint, 2014 pulled through. With 2014 being one of the greatest years for major releases, 2015 may seem to be hard to beat. However, there is a lot to look forward to in the coming year.

That’s why I’d like to share some of the movies I’m looking forward to most this year. These are in no particular order:

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