Each year, and especially this one, the Oscar nomination list is met with some form of controversy. That’s because snubs are inevitable. Among other notable snubs for this year were Straight Outta Compton for Best Picture and Will Smith for Best Lead Actor. But to me, there was no bigger snub than that of The Peanuts Movie not being nominated for Best Animated Film. Well for what it’s worth, at least it gets my award for best animated film of the year. Continue reading My 2015 Movies: The Peanuts Movie (#15)
Up until a few months ago, the only person in my house who had seen the Entourage series was my dad. Once he saw that this movie was coming, he convinced me and my family to give the show a try. We ended up marathoning the show in a little over a month. Literally, we saw this movie right after we saw the series finale. Sure it got mixed to negative buzz, but we were to into the show to care. And we ended up walking out with a smile on our faces and an heir of satisfaction. Continue reading My 2015 Movies: Entourage (#18)
The Hunger Games is a great film franchise with an excellent story, great acting and gritty tone. I can see how this became the go-to book adaptation after Harry Potter and Twilight ended, and that remains impressive considering how much competition arose in recent years. Though, Hunger Games made one drastic mistake: it split that last book into two parts. The result was a good and well-written story in Mockingjay represented by two okay movies. Continue reading My 2015 Movies: The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2 (#19)
NOTE: This review is spoiler safe. See link for spoiler discussion below. Enjoy!
Here we are, folks. The end of the year. December. Christmas time. Winter. Or as I’d like to call it: Star Wars Season? Yeah, that’s what we’ll call it. The point is that Episode VII is finally here.
Quick backstory on me. For those who haven’t been with this blog for very long, I am what you consider a “new” Star Wars fan. I saw my first Star Wars movie at age 15 (three years ago), completed the original trilogy just back in April, and only started the prequels this month. I am a fan of the series, but I have no personal nostalgia toward it. (I go more into this topic here). I’m bringing this up just to give you an idea of my perspective going into this new trilogy.
Three years ago also happened to be the time when Disney first acquired Lucasfilm. I remember being on web forums at the time and hearing friends complain and worry as I sat back listening with a veil of indifference. As I went further into the movies, hype slowly started building around me, and once I finally completed Return of the Jedi I was officially part of the hype train. From there, me and my parents introduced my other siblings to Star Wars through a marathon and made plans to see the new film ASAP.
Now is the moment of truth. Was my hype justified, and was the force as strong with this movie as I was made to believe? Continue reading SBox Recommends: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (Non-Spoiler Review)
NOTE: SBR never spoils. You are safe. Enjoy!
Let’s be real. The 1976 film Rocky (aka Rocky 1) is the greatest boxing movie of all-time. There, I said it! Feel free to disagree if you want, but that’s my personal, albeit possibly biased, view. I say biased, because of where these films take place. Philadelphia is my hometown. It’s where I call home despite the fact that I’ve been away from it almost four years now.
Now in Philly, there are certain things you must love in order to properly call yourself a Philadelphian: cheese wiz, Will Smith,
Bill Cosby and the Rocky movies. I personally was late to seeing the Rocky movies for the first time. I was about 11 when I was shown Rocky II-IV. I saw the first one on my own and to this day have yet to complete V, let alone start VI. Nonetheless, I love the Rocky films I’ve seen, and was even excited when I heard rumors of a possible “Rocky 7” years ago. Eventually this idea became Creed.
This is probably the most nervous I was about a film this year, even more than The Force Awakens. We’ve had lackluster Rocky movies before, so it’s incredibly possible that this could end terribly. It was a huge sigh of relief when people started saying the film was great, but I had to see it for myself. It took longer to get to it than expected, but I finally saw it a month later in a small, yet surprisingly packed, theater. All I can say now is, “Thank God!” Continue reading SBox Recommends: Creed (Movie Review)
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)
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)
It’s hard to believe that The Fast and the Furious came out in 2001. It’s even harder to believe that these films are still being made 14 years later. Yet here we are with the newest in the franchise. Furious 7 had a lot of hype surrounding it, as all films in the series do. But this one had a much greater level of hype for an outside reason that by now everyone is aware of. Disregarding for a moment what this film represents for the series, we have to wonder if this film is worth seeing. Continue reading SBox Recommends: Furious 7 (Review)
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)
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)