Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Summer is only one month and a handful of days away (Who's counting?). But, let's be serious, thanks to George Lucas's shrewd marketing move back in 1977, the summer season truly begins in May!
To celebrate the warmer weather and skin cancer prevention, below are my top picks for guaranteed summer greatness in the theater. Movies that you should never watch on the small screen, but truly need to savor, away from the sun, hunkered down in a La-Z-Boy chair staring at the silver screen. (Is it technically silver anymore since it's digital?)
Sadly, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 will not be on this list. Check out my review on OneSentenceMovieReview via Twitter to find out why!
The Wall (May 12)
Doug Liman (Go!, Edge of Tomorrow, Swingers) points his lens towards two soldiers (one of which is John Cena) facing an Iraqi sniper.
Alien: Convenant (May 19)
Looking forward to the sci-fi carnage. My kids are too, but I probably won't take them.
Baywatch (May 25)
Guilty Pleasure Alert! This new movie by comedy director Seth Gordon looks pretty funny.
Despicable Me 3 (June 30)
Selfishly, this one isn't for the kids. This third Gru outing - with an 80's villian voiced by Trey Parker - is for me and the kids can come to see it if they want.
The Big Sick (June 23)
Silicon Valley's Jumail Nanjiani and Director Michael Showalter (Stella, Hello My Name is Doris) team up for a girlfriend in a coma comedy.
The Beguiled (June 23)
Another Sophia Coppola movie? Sign me up. A remake of the '71 Clint Eastwood classic? Sign me up again.
Baby Driver (June 28)
Director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim) writes and directs what looks to be a funnier psuedo-remake of Walter Hill's 1978 thriller The Driver.
A Ghost Story (July 7)
Not your typical summer fare, I really don't know what to make of this somber, eerie film from Pete's Dragon director David Lowery. But after viewing the trailer, my interest was piqued.
It Comes At Night (July 9)
Death comes knocking in director Trey Edward Shults' horror thriller starring Joel Edgerton (The Gift, Loving).
War For The Planet of The Apes (July 14)
After enjoying both previous Apes films, this third outing looks to close the book what I hope will be the most consistently solid trilogy since Nolan's Batman series.
Dunkirk (July 21)
A war movie from legendary director Christopher Nolan (Insomnia, Dark Knight, Interstellar)? Put it this way, I already checked to buy pre-sale tickets on Fandango. (Not available, yet).
Yep. No Spider-Man. No Wonder Woman. No Valerian And the City of a Thousand Planets. No Cars 3. And definitely No Transformers.
So, tell me, dear reader, what movies are your looking forward to seeing this summer?
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Well, the Oscars came and went. And I finished a poor 14-10. Just goes to show that you never know what's going to happen in the Super Bowl of Movies.
Here are the ones I lost (with the stupid movie that I picked):
Here are the ones I lost (with the stupid movie that I picked):
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Back in the day when my kids were between the ages of one and five, I never thought I'd ever have a chance to pursue my passions again. Now that they're a bit older, I find myself writing more (working on a book), drawing more (going to publish more toons), and watching more movies in the theater (yes!). And the beauty of it all is that I have these two impressionable young minds to educate ... or screw up, along the way.
Well, probably a little of both.
Here are my best movie experiences of 2016. I say 'experiences' because some of these films came out in 2015, some came out a bit later (not this year).
Some other films I wanted to see, but didn't have the time, include Fences, The Edge of Seventeen, Jackie, La La Land, Camera Person, Elle, Moonlight, The Founder, Scorcese's Silence, and Chan Wook Park's The Handmaiden.
Oh yeah, and please tell me your ten favorite film experiences of last year. I'd love to know. And also, can you give my Twitter feed One-Sentence Movie Reviews some love, please?
'Kubo & The Two Strings': Imaginative 3D stop-motion film that has both a very creative storyline & stunning art direction. @kubothemovie— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) December 1, 2016
'Deadpool': Dir Miller perfectly combines Vaughn's KICK-ASS with Raimi's DARKMAN, drapes it in a 'Marvel' movie & smothers it in NSFW spunk.— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) October 6, 2016
‘Brooklyn’: No explosions, SFX, blood or guts; simply a charming 50's #love story about an Irish immigrant trying to make it in #NYC— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) March 31, 2016
#7 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE
'10 Cloverfield Lane': Goodman steals the show as a schizophrenic prepper in this well-acted, horror-thriller, non-sequel. #Cloverfield— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) March 13, 2016
#6 THE LOBSTER
'The Lobster': A uniquely absurd look at monogamy, loneliness, and the endless search for a soul mate .. but a very odd search. #TheLobster— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) November 7, 2016
#5 HACKSAW RIDGE
'Hacksaw Ridge': Gibson dips into his bag of ultra-violence to create a poignant, thrilling, pro-American, anti-war movie. #HacksawRidge— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) December 14, 2016
#4 THE REVENANT
‘#TheRevenant ’: Revenge is a dish best served cold, literally, in this beautiful, brutal Inarritu film with acting props to Leo & Hardy— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) January 31, 2016
#3 HELL OR HIGH WATER
'Hell Or High Water': Gritty bank heist film w/ fine character development shows that it's no country for young men either #hellorhighwater— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) December 29, 2016
#2 MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
'#ManchesterByTheSea ': Casey Affleck plays a tortured soul in a Lonergan film that's so well written & acted, you'd think it was real.— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) December 31, 2016
# 1 ARRIVAL
'The Arrival': Director Villeneuve creates one of the smartest sci-fi alien visitation movies I've seen in quite some time. @arrivalmovie— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) November 14, 2016
ALMOST MADE THE CUT:
- The End of the Tour
- Pawn Sacrifice
- Me & Earl & The Dying Girl
- Green Room
- Finding Dory
- The Bronze
- The Jungle Book
- Don't Think Twice
- Midnight Special
- Diary of a Teenage Girl
CHECK OUT MORE OF EIMER'S FAVORITES:
- Eimer's Favorites of 2015
- Eimer's Favorites of 2014
- Eimer's Favorites of 2013
- Eimer's Favorites of 2012
- Eimer's Favorites of 2011
- Eimer's Favorites of 2010
- Eimer's Top 141 Favorite Movies of All-Time
Friday, December 30, 2016
Like Ulysses getting mesmerized by the Sirens' enchanting song, I've been slowly lulled into the dreamy pit that known as streaming television. Thus, my movie watching has suffered immensely. I find that December, January and February are the times that I ramp up my film watching and knock out (almost) one film a day for two and a half months in the winter.
That said, surprisingly, I've come across a number of duds that I've viewed this past year. Some of these films have made the critics top 10 best list. Some of these films have made audiences swoon with delight. But, not me.
Enjoy this 'worst of' list with a grain of salt. I'm sure there are much more terrible movies out there. But, thanks to Rotten Tomatoes, I've been able to stray away from some of the super duds.
THE 5TH WAVE
'The 5th Wave': It's as if THEY LIVE & INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS mated & spawned a dopey, shallow, clichéd tween. #5thWaveMovie— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) May 7, 2016
MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN
'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children': Tim Burton's adaptation is an incomprehensible, utterly confusing pile of #peregrine poop.— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) December 17, 2016
'Suicide Squad': You have these great evil characters, impressive budget, fab director and talent & this is the best you could come up with?— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) December 16, 2016
'The Witch': Almost like a slow #BlairWitch origin story, the film uses moody music & screaming children to terrify, but it mostly annoys.— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) August 25, 2016
A WALK IN THE WOODS
‘A Walk In The Woods’: If there was a better director & better script, this Appalachian Trail wanderlust film would've been a lot ... better— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) April 4, 2016
‘Bone Tomahawk’: Avoid this horror/western mash-up that wasted good talent to make a drudgingly slow, anticlimactic pile of horse manure.— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) January 20, 2016
THE SCORCH TRIALS
'The Scorch Trials': This Maze Runner sequel treads a familiar teenage post-apocalyptic zombie-virus plot line that we've all come to detest— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) January 11, 2016
NORM OF THE NORTH
'Norm Of The North': With a flimsy script, dull story, and shoddy animation, you'll dream for this clunky Polar Bear toon to go extinct.— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) May 16, 2016
'Pan': This way too expensive, supposed 'fresh' take on Peter Pan is so over CGI'd that the actors themselves even appear to be coded.— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) June 16, 2016
What about you? What was your worst film of this year? Let me know and I won't watch it.‘The Intern’: Started off strong & somewhat entertaining, then mutated into an over-acted, predictable Hollywood sapfest. #TheInternMovie— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) June 22, 2016
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