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My 2015 Movies: Get Hard (#32)

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As I said last time, the rest of these movies won’t be too much on the negative side. There are three phases to this countdown: movies I wouldn’t see again, movies I would see again, and the few in the middle-ground. Middle-ground films aren’t bad, but my chances of watching them again are slim. We’re in that period as of right now.

Get Hard stars Will Ferrell as a wealthy, snobby businessman. Everything was working out for him until he is falsely accused of fraud. He is sentenced to jail with just a couple weeks to get his affairs in order. He meets Kevin Hart, a common-man who washes Ferrell’s car. Convinced that Hart has been to jail previously, Ferrell is prepared to pay him for “jail training”. Once Ferrell goes to jail, he wants to be ready. Despite not being an ex con, Hart agrees for the money and attempts to train him.

This movie does have a great concept, and even the story is competent. Ferrell and Hart have great comedic chemistry, and both have a good amount of time to shine here. As for humor, the movie has its moments. The method of which they simulate prison life for Ferrell is humorous. I remember laughing a lot throughout the movie. This of course has to do with me being a fan of these two actors.

My problem with Get Hard is very simple: I don’t remember much about it. As I was writing the synopsis above, my memory was slowly being jogged. Even then I still don’t recall much of what was said or the majority of its jokes. This movie simply didn’t stick with me. This doesn’t mean the movie is bad. It just means that it’s only funny in the moment. The absence of a stand-out joke can sink a good comedy unfortunately. That’s why the film is ranked a bit on the low side.

Had I seen more bad movies this year, this movie wouldn’t appear as low as it does. It’s not your fault, Get Hard. It’s just that you are one of a lot of decent and good films I saw this year.

This was one of two 2015 films for both of these two actors, and I think this was the lesser film for both of them. Ferrell is doing fine with Daddy’s Home, which I hear good things about. Can’t speak for that film unfortunately, but I can speak for Hart’s other 2015 film. We’ll discuss that another time.

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My 2015 Movies: Paranormal Activity – The Ghost Dimension (#33)

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I think I did a pretty good job in 2015 of heeding people’s warnings. I didn’t see many bad movies this year. Even this particular movie I didn’t despise, though it’s not that great of a film. So, this will be my final entry on the “negative” side. Continue reading My 2015 Movies: Paranormal Activity – The Ghost Dimension (#33)

Intro to 2015 Movie Countdown

Update: Added 2 movie to the list. The number is now 33.

Update 2: In early March, I realized I forgot one movie. The number is now 34.

Here we stand at the end of another year. As we look forward to a new and exciting year of new soon to be hits, we also look back fondly at the impressive year in cinema that was 2015. We remember it for both its incredible contributions and for its equally numerous failings.

Many big name movie blogs are doing their Top whatever number films of the year right about now, and I’d like to do one of my own. However, I haven’t seen nearly as many as those sites have. I have seen 34 movies in 2015, give or take a couple. So, I decided to tackle this topic a different way. Throughout the month of January and leaking into the month of February, I will be discussing all the movies I saw this year one by one, starting with the worst and leading up to my personal best. Continue reading Intro to 2015 Movie Countdown

My 2014 Movies: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (#4)

I may not be a comic book guy, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Spider-Man. He’s my favorite superhero between Marvel and DC. I grew up with the original Sam Raimi trilogy starring Toby Maguire, and still love them to this day despite how silly people say it is. When the time came for the franchise to switch gears, despite my initial skepticism, I ended up enjoying Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man. It was a good change of pace from the more lighthearted films prior.

So, I left that film just as excited for the film’s sequel as I’m sure everyone else was. Little did everyone realize how split we would all be. Similar to Man of Steel, this film was a love or hate situation. The film was actually so controversial and complex in nature that it indirectly paved the way for a third reboot. Question is: which side of the fence are you on? Buckle up people, because you’ll either want to hug me or punch me in the face after this. Continue reading My 2014 Movies: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (#4)

My 2014 Movies: 300: Rise of an Empire (#5)

Let’s state this outright: the 2007 war movie 300 is one of the best movies made in the 21st century so far. I don’t know a soul who doesn’t love this movie-  a fact that gives me faith in humanity. It’s a modern-day masterpiece and one of my favorite films ever. It’s one of those perfect movies that I feel can’t be touched… but they did. Among hearing of the sequel to 300 I rolled my eyes. But as the trailers began to show themselves, I decided it was a must-see. What do you know; it totally is.

Continue reading My 2014 Movies: 300: Rise of an Empire (#5)

My 2014 Movies: 22 Jump Street (#6)

I’ve been discussing comedies for several slots now. But it appears that this is the last dedicated comedy on the list. Ladies and gentlemen, my comedy of the year goes to 22 Jumpstreet.

22 Jump Street is the sequel to the 2012 reimagining of popular 80s show 21 Jumpstreet. Our two favorite cops, Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum), return to the Jumpstreet division in order to bust another drug operation. This time, it’s at a college where a new drug called WHYPHY killed a student of the university. With this new case come new obstacles, new situations, and a whole bunch of new jokes with the duo plus Captain Dickson (Ice Cube). Continue reading My 2014 Movies: 22 Jump Street (#6)

My 2014 Movies: The Interview (#7)

If any film could be considered the defining movie of the year 2014, it is this film. Not so much for what the film is or what it stands for, but for where this film unintentionally stands in film history. To remind you of the infamous Sony hack that occurred due to this film would be pointless because we all already know. Besides, that’s not what this post is about. Removing all of that controversy from the equation, the truly important question is whether or not The Interview is worth watching or not. If you ask me, the answer is yes. Continue reading My 2014 Movies: The Interview (#7)

My 2014 Movies: Ride Along (#8)

I’ve been waiting to talk about this movie. This was the first movie I saw in 2014. It was January, my mother’s birthday, and she chose to watch the latest movie starring one of my favorite stand-up comedians. January seems to be the month of the Kevin Hart film, and this is one of the first movies I’ve seen with him. I also happen to be a sucker for buddy-buddy cop movies, and Ice Cube has earned my respect as a comedic actor in his past movies. When you place these elements together, you get Ride Along, one of the funniest films of the year. Continue reading My 2014 Movies: Ride Along (#8)

My 2014 Movies: X-Men Days of Future Past (#9)

Marvel has been hitting their films out of the park in recent years. That’s why I have no guilt with placing every single Marvel outing from 2014 into the top 10 of this countdown. Let’s begin with one of the few franchises that are no part of the MCU as of right now. While it can be said that the X-Men franchise has had a rockier road compared to other Marvel franchises, I’m glad to say that this is probably the best X-Men film ever made.

X-Men: Days of Future Past acts both as a sequel to First Class and a futuristic reimagining of the original X-Men trilogy. (It’s very hard to explain). Continue reading My 2014 Movies: X-Men Days of Future Past (#9)