I enjoyed doing last week’s Box Office Report, even though my predictions for this weekend’s numbers is a poor start to my predictions. I only got 2/5 correct but on the bright side, we’re starting to get some big releases after an extremely poor start in September. Here are the numbers for this weekend:

5. DOLPHIN TALE 2- I wasn’t expecting DOLPHIN to make Top 5 this weekend. I was actually expecting WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES to take the 5 spot but I guess people didn’t dig the darker tone of the NEESON thriller.

4. THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU- One of my correct picks for the weekend, the all-star dysfunctional family movie held pretty well.

3.BOXTROLLS- The 2 and 3 spot were a tough call last weekend and they did end up VERY close this weekend. I took the new claymation family flick over MAZERUNNER thinking the family crowds were hungry for a good family flick. Good too see that BOXTROLLS is getting good word of mouth.

2. MAZERUNNER- It’s officially a thing! It isn’t racking up dollars like the HUNGER GAMES, HARRY POTTER or even TWILIGHT and the reception from fans is lukewarm at best but a sequel is already set for a release next year.

1. THE EQUALIZER- Denzel is back in the top spot and MAN was he missed! The trailers showed Mr. WASHINGTON in the role that we love him as most. The badass with a gun! It’s awesome to hear the big openning for EQUALIZER also counts for a sequel, which is a first for DENZEL.

Next Week’s Picks:
1. GONE GIRL
2. ANNABELLE
3. THE EQUALIZER
4. THE BOXTROLLS
5. MAZERUNNER

#TheEqualizer #Mazerunner #Boxtrolls #ThisisWhereILeaveYou #DolphinTale2 #boxoffice #movies #film #cinema #cinephile #movienerd #filmnerd #movielover #filmlover #movieaddict #filmaddict #BoxOfficeReport

THE EQUALIZER is the new DENZEL WASHINGTON flick coming to theares this weekend, in fact it’s playing as I write this. So in honor of the newest addition to Mr. WASHINGTON’S extensive and impressive filmography I thought that I’d make a STARTING 5 featuring my favorite Denzel Washington movies. The man has won multiple Oscars, he can easily switch between a good guy or a villain role, and his movies, especially within the last decade, have all been decent cash grabbers. He’s a true movie star and one of my favorite actors in the business.

5. THE BOOK OF ELI- I don’t think this movie gets the appreciation it deserves. This post-apocalyptic, action sci-fi flick was directed by THE HUGHES BROTHERS, who also made my beloved MENACE II SOCIETY, and when you pair their direction and graphic novelish visual style they brought plus DENZEL’S machete rocking, sunglass wearing, lone wolf character Eli, you get one of the best surprises of 2010. MILA KUNIS and GARY freaking OLDMAN also have parts in this movie and both are very good in their parts but it’s the stylized action, bleak but beautiful cinematography, and Denzel’s reserved but badass performance that always bring this movie to mind for me.

4. REMEBER THE TITANS- Denzel has mostly geared toward the more adult friendly, R-rated movies now a days, but before he was a regular action mogul, to me he was Coach Boone on REMEMBER THE TITANS. This movie has become a staple in the sports movie genre! You don’t bring up the great football without mentioning RUDY, BRIAN’S SONG, and TITANS. While it pretty much follows the same story pattern as most of the other hundreds of football movies out there, Denzel’s memorable performance, the chemistry between the players and the intense direction of the games make this a standout sports movie classic.

3. INSIDE MAN- ANOTHER flick that I personally think doesn’t get the love it deserves these days, SPIKE LEE’S bank heist thriller is one of my favorite DENZEL movies. There’s this grand and cinematic feel to this movie, almost like in HEAT, only thw majority of this film takes place inside and out of the same bank. Denzel plays Detective Frazier, a hostage negotiator who has excellent back and forth dialog with the head bank robber played also very well by, CLIVE OWEN. It’s a really thrilling heist movie, with great acting, and an awesome ending.

2. MAN ON FIRE- Probably his best pure action movie, M.O.F. was an intense and gritty one-man-show that showcased that not only is he awesomely threatening as a bad guy, but when you steal DAKOTA FANNING from him, he’ll unleash all kinds of vigilante justice on those who oppose him. This is an awesome TONY SCOTT directed film and one that can watch start to finish whenever it’s on.

1. TRAINING DAY- Do I really need to explain why I would put this film at my number one Denzel spot? The role of a lifetime came in the ANTOINE FUQUA helmed cop drama-thriller. It earned DENZEL the Best Actor Oscar and cemented him as a screen dominating leading man. I remember watching the movie for the first time when I was 15 and thinking “here’s my generation’s Tony Montana.” Denzel is so good in this role, he’s cool and suave when he wants but also has that Denzel attitude switch that makes us all fear the guy as well. Plus, Snoop Dogg in a wheel chair guys, I mean come on!πŸ˜‚King Kong aint got shit on Alonzo Harris!

HONORABLE MENTIONS: GLORY, FLIGHT, SAFE HOUSE, MALCOLM X, DEJE VU, THE HURRICANE, AMERICAN GANGSTER, PHILADELPHIA.

Well there’s my STARTING 5 DENZEL MOVIES! What are your favorite movies starring Denzel? Do you not like him as an actor? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES!

I love reviewing older, classic films. When I watch a really great movie that was made in the 70’s or some bygone decade, I get that tingle in my cinephilic being that I just gotta discuss it or bring it up to a friend of mine who may have never even heard of the movie! APOCALYPSE NOW, is a film like THE GODFATHER, CASABLANCA or LAWRENCE OF ARABIA; it’s highly acclaimed by nearly every movie lover out there. So it’d be blasphemous for me NOT to talk about this movie and perhaps even introduce the movie to younger cinephiles that haven’t seen anything beyond what’s been released during their recent lifetime. So is APOCALYPSE NOW, really a great piece of art or a long, boring war movie?

MARTIN SHEEN is Special Operations Vet., Captain Ben Willard, a troubled American soldier who is called back to duty during the Vietnam War. His mission is to track down and kill a renegade, Col. Walter E. Kurtz (the great MARLON BRANDO), who has made himself something of a god deep, in the jungles of Cambodia and now controls a small army of natives that obey his every attack and command. To get there, Captain Willard, travels by riverboat up the Nung River which is crawling with Viet Cong and we, as an audience, take this journey with him and meet a plethora of characters that include an extremely young LAURENCE FISHBURNE, ROBERT DUVALL as the darkly comical Kilgore, and DENNIS HOPPER as a tripped out photo journalist who has just been in a war torn jungle too long.

What I do after I see a much older film, is after it’s over I immediately research it, I look into how the movie was made. WHY? Well when you look how far the movie making industry has come along, and just how they make movies today as opposed to 1979, it’s some pretty mind blowing shit. I swear, just look up the making of APOCALYPSE NOW and you’ll think these actors and filmmakers really went through war to make this film!In an age where green screen and special effects give us our AVATARS and AVENGERS and LORD OF THE RINGS it’s easy to overlook that back when they made this film,everything was practical and real,and if you watch this movie while knowing that fact it makes this film all the more amazing!

The story of APOCALYPSE NOW is one as epic as the show that tells it! Capt. Willard isn’t the most stable soldier, he’s a heavy drinker who has already seen his fair share of war.One of my favorite parts of this story actually was surprising to me and that’s that a majority of this movie is set on the riverboat that Willard and his small team are riding on and I thought that made for some excellent character moments and development. You know how in FORREST GUMP, he meets all these different characters through out the duration of the movie? Well that’s how most of the movie’s meatier scenes and performances come here. Certain characters come and go and sometimes the main characters will just happen to pass by some big event that’s happening and I always liked that way of story telling. It makes the movie more real and in the moment. The script is really good and gives each character their moments. ROBERT DUVALL was my 2nd favorite character as he had many great moments. The way everything builds and builds to when we finally encounter Kurtz by the end makes for quite the climax. There’s a narration by SHEEN that plays throughout the movie that give this noirish feel mixed with the epic and disastrous war elements. 

There are some massively epic shots in this movie, the kinds of shots that drop my jaw and leave me astonished. The helicopter attack on a Vietnamese village was awesome. You don’t get scope like that in war movies these days! There are breathtaking, one take shots of helicopters landing and even exploding near actors. Today special effects artists can just add hundreds of extra people to a shot digitally,in APOCALYPSE there are scenes like when the team finally make it to the end of the river that are filled with hundreds of REAL human extras in 1 shot in full costume and makeup. It’s gripping stuff for a viewer like me! I love how you can see the effort and work put into big films like this and have it shine on screen and you feel the atmosphere that this movie beautifully shows. Few other war movies can make such “Horror” look so cinematically beautiful!

MARTIN SHEEN is great as Capt. Willard, not only does he have the biggest character arch but he has this early scene in a hotel room that I thought was intense and from what I read authentic. Apparantly when he punches the mirror in the scene he really started bleeding and kept with the scene. ROBERT DUVALL as Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore was fantastic! He’s such a character and just seeing how this man treated his war torn surroundings as everyday was darkly comical to me. I mean the guy just wants to surf and dodge mortars. When I found out how little screen time he had (as with a majority of the big names on this film), I was surprised but each scene was just filled with great character dialog including the iconic line, “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” HARRISON FORD, DENNIS HOPPER, and a teenage LAURENCE FISHBURNE also have some very good showings but also play much smaller roles than many people would be used to. This is more MARTIN SHEEN’S show, his character is the main one we’re supposed to connect to, but it’s through him that we meet all these other individuals.

The star and MVP of this movie is Mr. MARLON BRANDO as Kurtz. He is heavily regarded as the greatest film actor ever but at the same time he wasn’t the easiest actor to work with. He had never read the film’s script or even the book it was adapted from, he was way overweight for his character description and was just the biggest diva on set which drove director FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA to near insanity. You’d think this off screen drama would effect his performance on screen but GOOD LORD what a performance! Like with many of the other big stars on the movie, BRANDO is on screen for about 15 to 20 minutes but every frame, every line, every word is captivating. BRANDO defines screen presence here, he ad libbed most of his dialog including one of my fav lines “you’re an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill.” His deliverance is flawless; you’d think that every great actor would wanna mold their craft off his influence. The direction and lighting for his speech scene was haunting but sold just what BRANDO can do when he gets into a role and has the right people behind the scenes to add that dramatic punch.

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA is one of the greatest directors of all time, the man puts so much attention to detail and obviously has an eye to make beautiful looking films. The thick jungles and the swampy, grand river make for an unforgettable setting and immerse you into this world. I felt heated and drenched in sweat just watching this movie sometimes! When a movie’s soundtrack consists of heavy amounts of The Doors and classic rock you’re gonna have an awesome playlist, plus the score by CARMINE COPPOLA is great. The action is super abundant but when bullets and explosions happen it puts any TRANSFORMER movie to shame!

I love my war movies dark, gritty, and that really study the themes and hardships of war it’s men. APOCALYPSE NOW is one of the greatest war movies I’ve ever seen! The cast was perfect, COPPOLA’S dedication to the film is felt, and techincally the movie is a marvel in filmmaking.They don’t make em like this anymore guys! It may be on the long side (ESPECIALLY SINCE I WATCHED THE REDUX VERSION) but there’s hardly any other war movies that can match this level of greatness. Of course, APOCALYPSE NOW gets a “GOTTA F*CKIN WATCH IT!”

Have any of you seen APOCALYPSE NOW? Is it too old school for you? Have you seen the REDUX version? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES!

I love reviewing older, classic films. When I watch a really great movie that was made in the 70’s or some bygone decade, I get that tingle in my cinephilic being that I just gotta discuss it or bring it up to a friend of mine who may have never even heard of the movie! APOCALYPSE NOW, is a film like THE GODFATHER, CASABLANCA or LAWRENCE OF ARABIA; it’s highly acclaimed by nearly every movie lover out there. So it’d be blasphemous for me NOT to talk about this movie and perhaps even introduce the movie to younger cinephiles that haven’t seen anything beyond what’s been released during their recent lifetime. So is APOCALYPSE NOW, really a great piece of art or a long, boring war movie?

MARTIN SHEEN is Special Operations Vet., Captain Ben Willard, a troubled American soldier who is called back to duty during the Vietnam War. His mission is to track down and kill a renegade, Col. Walter E. Kurtz (the great MARLON BRANDO), who has made himself something of a god deep, in the jungles of Cambodia and now controls a small army of natives that obey his every attack and command. To get there, Captain Willard, travels by riverboat up the Nung River which is crawling with Viet Cong and we, as an audience, take this journey with him and meet a plethora of characters that include an extremely young LAURENCE FISHBURNE, ROBERT DUVALL as the darkly comical Kilgore, and DENNIS HOPPER as a tripped out photo journalist who has just been in a war torn jungle too long.

What I do after I see a much older film, is after it’s over I immediately research it, I look into how the movie was made. WHY? Well when you look how far the movie making industry has come along, and just how they make movies today as opposed to 1979, it’s some pretty mind blowing shit. I swear, just look up the making of APOCALYPSE NOW and you’ll think these actors and filmmakers really went through war to make this film!In an age where green screen and special effects give us our AVATARS and AVENGERS and LORD OF THE RINGS it’s easy to overlook that back when they made this film,everything was practical and real,and if you watch this movie while knowing that fact it makes this film all the more amazing!

The story of APOCALYPSE NOW is one as epic as the show that tells it! Capt. Willard isn’t the most stable soldier, he’s a heavy drinker who has already seen his fair share of war.One of my favorite parts of this story actually was surprising to me and that’s that a majority of this movie is set on the riverboat that Willard and his small team are riding on and I thought that made for some excellent character moments and development. You know how in FORREST GUMP, he meets all these different characters through out the duration of the movie? Well that’s how most of the movie’s meatier scenes and performances come here. Certain characters come and go and sometimes the main characters will just happen to pass by some big event that’s happening and I always liked that way of story telling. It makes the movie more real and in the moment. The script is really good and gives each character their moments. ROBERT DUVALL was my 2nd favorite character as he had many great moments. The way everything builds and builds to when we finally encounter Kurtz by the end makes for quite the climax. There’s a narration by SHEEN that plays throughout the movie that give this noirish feel mixed with the epic and disastrous war elements.

There are some massively epic shots in this movie, the kinds of shots that drop my jaw and leave me astonished. The helicopter attack on a Vietnamese village was awesome. You don’t get scope like that in war movies these days! There are breathtaking, one take shots of helicopters landing and even exploding near actors. Today special effects artists can just add hundreds of extra people to a shot digitally,in APOCALYPSE there are scenes like when the team finally make it to the end of the river that are filled with hundreds of REAL human extras in 1 shot in full costume and makeup. It’s gripping stuff for a viewer like me! I love how you can see the effort and work put into big films like this and have it shine on screen and you feel the atmosphere that this movie beautifully shows. Few other war movies can make such “Horror” look so cinematically beautiful!

MARTIN SHEEN is great as Capt. Willard, not only does he have the biggest character arch but he has this early scene in a hotel room that I thought was intense and from what I read authentic. Apparantly when he punches the mirror in the scene he really started bleeding and kept with the scene. ROBERT DUVALL as Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore was fantastic! He’s such a character and just seeing how this man treated his war torn surroundings as everyday was darkly comical to me. I mean the guy just wants to surf and dodge mortars. When I found out how little screen time he had (as with a majority of the big names on this film), I was surprised but each scene was just filled with great character dialog including the iconic line, “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” HARRISON FORD, DENNIS HOPPER, and a teenage LAURENCE FISHBURNE also have some very good showings but also play much smaller roles than many people would be used to. This is more MARTIN SHEEN’S show, his character is the main one we’re supposed to connect to, but it’s through him that we meet all these other individuals.

The star and MVP of this movie is Mr. MARLON BRANDO as Kurtz. He is heavily regarded as the greatest film actor ever but at the same time he wasn’t the easiest actor to work with. He had never read the film’s script or even the book it was adapted from, he was way overweight for his character description and was just the biggest diva on set which drove director FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA to near insanity. You’d think this off screen drama would effect his performance on screen but GOOD LORD what a performance! Like with many of the other big stars on the movie, BRANDO is on screen for about 15 to 20 minutes but every frame, every line, every word is captivating. BRANDO defines screen presence here, he ad libbed most of his dialog including one of my fav lines “you’re an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill.” His deliverance is flawless; you’d think that every great actor would wanna mold their craft off his influence. The direction and lighting for his speech scene was haunting but sold just what BRANDO can do when he gets into a role and has the right people behind the scenes to add that dramatic punch.

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA is one of the greatest directors of all time, the man puts so much attention to detail and obviously has an eye to make beautiful looking films. The thick jungles and the swampy, grand river make for an unforgettable setting and immerse you into this world. I felt heated and drenched in sweat just watching this movie sometimes! When a movie’s soundtrack consists of heavy amounts of The Doors and classic rock you’re gonna have an awesome playlist, plus the score by CARMINE COPPOLA is great. The action is super abundant but when bullets and explosions happen it puts any TRANSFORMER movie to shame!

I love my war movies dark, gritty, and that really study the themes and hardships of war it’s men. APOCALYPSE NOW is one of the greatest war movies I’ve ever seen! The cast was perfect, COPPOLA’S dedication to the film is felt, and techincally the movie is a marvel in filmmaking.They don’t make em like this anymore guys! It may be on the long side (ESPECIALLY SINCE I WATCHED THE REDUX VERSION) but there’s hardly any other war movies that can match this level of greatness. Of course, APOCALYPSE NOW gets a “GOTTA F*CKIN WATCH IT!”

Have any of you seen APOCALYPSE NOW? Is it too old school for you? Have you seen the REDUX version? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES!

Lmap does ANYBODY remember this movie?! No?… Nobody?! Sometimes I forget I have these random ass movies. #randommovieselection #randomblurayselection #blurays #bluraycollection #moviecollection #dvdcollection #mycollection #SnowWhiteandtheHuntsman #KristenStewart #ChrisHemsworth #CharlizeThurman #surewhynot #whenyoureskimmingthroughyourmovieshelf

Lmap does ANYBODY remember this movie?! No?… Nobody?! Sometimes I forget I have these random ass movies. #randommovieselection #randomblurayselection #blurays #bluraycollection #moviecollection #dvdcollection #mycollection #SnowWhiteandtheHuntsman #KristenStewart #ChrisHemsworth #CharlizeThurman #surewhynot #whenyoureskimmingthroughyourmovieshelf

Okay, a well known fact about yours truly is that I am a HUGE Batman fanboy! I watched THE DARK KNIGHT maybe over 40 times by now, I own the dreaded Blu-rays of the SCHUMACHER movies to have a good laugh at, I was one of the dudes crying during the last 20 minutes of DKR because it was the end of my childhood movie series, my STAR WARS. So with that said, I’ve never been more indeterminate for a TV show since this Fall’s GOTHAM. Did this Batman prequel do an injustice to my favorite DC characters?

Gotham City is our setting, only it’s a younger city here. James Gordon (BEN MCKENZIE), is a young detective still getting used to the crime afflicted streets of Gotham, and with his veteran partner Detective Bullock the two get wrapped up in a homocide that just so happens to be the murder of the The Waynes. Gordon promises young Bruce Wayne he’ll find his parents’ killer but at the same time he has a whole city full of scum to deal with. JADA PINKETT SMITH plays Fish Mooney (that’s the REAL name) who’s this mobster chick who I’m guessing is a character made for the show, she was the main antagonist. Then you have appearences of younger versions of Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler that will soon tie into the show’s main plot, no doubt.

My biggest problem, the thing that caused so much hesitation on giving GOTHAM my full attention, comes in a pair for me. First, is a problem that hindered before I saw the pilot and actually still stands as one of my faults with GOTHAM and it’s simply that it’s a TV show. After growing up with CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S Batman movies as a teen, my standard for anything Live-action Batman has been set for a long time! Obviously the budget isn’t here like it was for the trilogy of the movies released in theatres so we’re not gonna get the best production value for the show, but I didn’t get that emotional and epic immersion with this first episode I wanted. Even compared to today’s other TV monsters like BREAKING BAD or WALKING DEAD, things about GOTHAM felt a little mediocre.

Now, let’s get to my other problem. This is the pilot episode, so I automatically give GOTHAM a break because there’s a whole season of TV left, however this episode was just jumbled and stuffed with too much plot and unneeded characters. It felt like AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, all these huge and well known characters were either shoehorned in or, I thought, could’ve been more effective if they were introduced in later episodes or even seasons. Maybe they wanted to feature as many recognizable franchise characters out the gate to rack in the viewers, and while that’s a good marketing stragety, it just felt bloated.

Now enough bitching, did I like ANYTHING?! Well BEN MCKENZIE plays our Jim Gordon on GOTHAM, and while I OBVIOUSLY prefer my Commissioner Gordon with more facial hair (as evident in my picture) I thought McKenzie was okay. He has a grit to him that works really well for a younger James Gordon but I’d like to see more range in his character in the future. JADA PINKETT SMITH is on here, somehow πŸ˜… she wasn’t bad at all, she was actually pretty intense butbher character just seemed so generic and cookie cut which doesn’ help this show stand out from other crime dramas with better villains. How about the Batman villains? Well Penguin (ROBIN LORD TAYLOR) is the most prominent in this episode and I thought Taylor’s performance was actually okay. There’s alot of potential here that we can get our first great Penguin performance since DANNY freakin DEVITO! DONAL LOGUE has been in a lot over the years and I thought his character worked really well with Gordon and his performance actually made for a good side character to have, instead of someone you just get annoyed of.

The show looks decent, it doesn’t look as polished as most FX or AMC shows. Hopefully if the show stays on for some years then the show’s budget and production value can increase. The story was bloated but hopefully as the season goes there will be more room for character development and some more tension in it’s action and suspense. Plus, Batman fans like myself could get a kick out of the origin stories of other Batman characters. I give GOTHAM, a “CHECK IT OUT!”

Have you guys seen the GOTHAM Pilot? Are you in to watch the show? Which Batman character would YOU give an origin show? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK TV!

Okay, a well known fact about yours truly is that I am a HUGE Batman fanboy! I watched THE DARK KNIGHT maybe over 40 times by now, I own the dreaded Blu-rays of the SCHUMACHER movies to have a good laugh at, I was one of the dudes crying during the last 20 minutes of DKR because it was the end of my childhood movie series, my STAR WARS. So with that said, I’ve never been more indeterminate for a TV show since this Fall’s GOTHAM. Did this Batman prequel do an injustice to my favorite DC characters?

Gotham City is our setting, only it’s a younger city here. James Gordon (BEN MCKENZIE), is a young detective still getting used to the crime afflicted streets of Gotham, and with his veteran partner Detective Bullock the two get wrapped up in a homocide that just so happens to be the murder of the The Waynes. Gordon promises young Bruce Wayne he’ll find his parents’ killer but at the same time he has a whole city full of scum to deal with. JADA PINKETT SMITH plays Fish Mooney (that’s the REAL name) who’s this mobster chick who I’m guessing is a character made for the show, she was the main antagonist. Then you have appearences of younger versions of Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler that will soon tie into the show’s main plot, no doubt.

My biggest problem, the thing that caused so much hesitation on giving GOTHAM my full attention, comes in a pair for me. First, is a problem that hindered before I saw the pilot and actually still stands as one of my faults with GOTHAM and it’s simply that it’s a TV show. After growing up with CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S Batman movies as a teen, my standard for anything Live-action Batman has been set for a long time! Obviously the budget isn’t here like it was for the trilogy of the movies released in theatres so we’re not gonna get the best production value for the show, but I didn’t get that emotional and epic immersion with this first episode I wanted. Even compared to today’s other TV monsters like BREAKING BAD or WALKING DEAD, things about GOTHAM felt a little mediocre.

Now, let’s get to my other problem. This is the pilot episode, so I automatically give GOTHAM a break because there’s a whole season of TV left, however this episode was just jumbled and stuffed with too much plot and unneeded characters. It felt like AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, all these huge and well known characters were either shoehorned in or, I thought, could’ve been more effective if they were introduced in later episodes or even seasons. Maybe they wanted to feature as many recognizable franchise characters out the gate to rack in the viewers, and while that’s a good marketing stragety, it just felt bloated.

Now enough bitching, did I like ANYTHING?! Well BEN MCKENZIE plays our Jim Gordon on GOTHAM, and while I OBVIOUSLY prefer my Commissioner Gordon with more facial hair (as evident in my picture) I thought McKenzie was okay. He has a grit to him that works really well for a younger James Gordon but I’d like to see more range in his character in the future. JADA PINKETT SMITH is on here, somehow πŸ˜… she wasn’t bad at all, she was actually pretty intense butbher character just seemed so generic and cookie cut which doesn’ help this show stand out from other crime dramas with better villains. How about the Batman villains? Well Penguin (ROBIN LORD TAYLOR) is the most prominent in this episode and I thought Taylor’s performance was actually okay. There’s alot of potential here that we can get our first great Penguin performance since DANNY freakin DEVITO! DONAL LOGUE has been in a lot over the years and I thought his character worked really well with Gordon and his performance actually made for a good side character to have, instead of someone you just get annoyed of.

The show looks decent, it doesn’t look as polished as most FX or AMC shows. Hopefully if the show stays on for some years then the show’s budget and production value can increase. The story was bloated but hopefully as the season goes there will be more room for character development and some more tension in it’s action and suspense. Plus, Batman fans like myself could get a kick out of the origin stories of other Batman characters. I give GOTHAM, a “CHECK IT OUT!”

Have you guys seen the GOTHAM Pilot? Are you in to watch the show? Which Batman character would YOU give an origin show? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK TV!

Something tells me, I’d get along well with the Efron and his crew in Delta Psi Theta. Who wouldn’t smoke a blunt with McLovin and #TheLittleFranco?! I love when Blu-ray exclusives come with shirts, plushes, or figures. As a Man-Child, it’s awesome to put new additions to the parade of characters that stand on top of my movie shelves guarding the livingroom from burglary and injustice πŸ˜ƒ. This shirt from UNIVERSAL was an awesome extra item to my Blu-ray pack for the movie NEIGHBORS, check out my short review here on my Instagram, and most importantly it fits! Praise the t-shirt gods down in the homeland, Mexico! πŸ˜‚πŸ‘• Now, if you’ll excuse me I’ll be attending that barrel party scene. Goodnight πŸ”₯😀πŸ˜₯😊

#Neighbors #tshirt #exclusive #DeltaPsiBeta #bluray #cinephile #movienerd #filmnerd #movielover #filmlover #movieaddict #filmaddict

Something tells me, I’d get along well with the Efron and his crew in Delta Psi Theta. Who wouldn’t smoke a blunt with McLovin and #TheLittleFranco?! I love when Blu-ray exclusives come with shirts, plushes, or figures. As a Man-Child, it’s awesome to put new additions to the parade of characters that stand on top of my movie shelves guarding the livingroom from burglary and injustice πŸ˜ƒ. This shirt from UNIVERSAL was an awesome extra item to my Blu-ray pack for the movie NEIGHBORS, check out my short review here on my Instagram, and most importantly it fits! Praise the t-shirt gods down in the homeland, Mexico! πŸ˜‚πŸ‘• Now, if you’ll excuse me I’ll be attending that barrel party scene. Goodnight πŸ”₯😀πŸ˜₯😊

#Neighbors #tshirt #exclusive #DeltaPsiBeta #bluray #cinephile #movienerd #filmnerd #movielover #filmlover #movieaddict #filmaddict

This is gonna be an interesting one! If you were to ask my girlfriend, @mistress_poisonivy, “what kind of movies does Anthony really like?” The poor girl will probably tell you either, superhero movies or really twisted and distrubing films. For example, the recently released TUSK, would be a perfect twisted and disturbing movie that you would most definitely see lined up on my movie shelf. Now I DO love my Marvel and DC, action hero flicks, but my demented self can’t get enough of movies that turn mass audiences away, have people hiding their eyes from the sick content on screen, the ones that we’re never meant to show our god fearing grandmas and the kids. What does that say about me? Well, I’m afraid to find out πŸ˜‚ but anyway here is MY LIST of movie moments that made me feel dirty all over by just watching them! To put it in perspective, I don’t even have the KILL BILL scene where she slaughters an army of swordsman. So, WARNING: DISTURBING SUBJECT MATTER DISCUSSED. MATURE READERS ONLY PLEASE! AND SPOILER WARNING I recommend only reading my in depth thoughts if you’ve seen these movies as well, otherwise NONE OF THIS will make sense, when actually all these scenes, shock and all, play into their respective plots.

5. OLDBOY- One of my favorite foreign films of all time is also a greatly written tale. It’s one of those revenge movies with a big pay off ending, which is the only one on this list I won’t completely get into just because the ending adds to the power of the movie. When I first watched OLDBOY, I remember watching the ending and was shaken, I felt almost cold and violated, and the ambient noises happening in the background only adding salt to the wound! MIN-SIK CHOI’S, amazing acting also makes the whole ending that much more bothersome as every emotion he puts on screen is felt by us, it’s a really effective and disturbing end.

4. PULP FICTION- Of all the movies on my list, PULP FICTION might just be the most widely acclaimed and admired. Well for good reason I guess, but I ADORE this movie! The cast, TARANTINO’S direction and script, and that soundtrack all make this film a classic, but it’s the scene with BRUCE WILLIS and poor VING RHAMES and in the basement of that pawn shop that made a home in the memory of 12 year old Me. Seeing that fat, sweaty gimp crawl out from a LOCKED CHEST and going medieval on Marsellus Wallace’s ass LITERALLY, that always scared me to my core! I’m serious, it’s a classic scene and that’s a testament to QUENTIN TARANTINO’S filmmaking skills, to make a scene this disgusting and creepy and have it fit in this over the top and mostly hilarious movie is a task, for sure.

3. THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2(THE FULL SEQUENCE)- I’ve seen both HUMAN CENTIPEDE movies, the first was a shocking little horror movie that I actually enjoyed, even though the script was weak. The sequel though is an entirely different monster! Shot entirely in black and white, with the exception of a few fecal effects, this chapter takes tasteless to another level. Not only does it quadruple the bodies, it quads the torture and shock value! There is a character in this movie, a pregnant woman,like near delivery! She manages to escape the freakshow, locks herself in the kidnapper’s car, and tries to escape. The psycho (LAURENCE R. HARVEY) chases her, trying to get her out of the car and causing enough distress to trigger a premature birth of her baby.In the chaos of just escaping her ass-to-mouth death trap, it isn’t too far from reality just exactly how this woman does what she does in this scene; after the newly birthed baby falls to car floor and ignoring her pain, she slams on the gas pedal of the car which also squishes the infant to mush. She drives off hystercally screaming and that scene is what made this more shock trash than a movie to me. I’m a father now, so this scene, even more so now, just rubs me in every wrong way! I don’t recommend this movie AT ALL to anybody but the hardest of horror and gore fans.

2. IRREVERSABLE- GASPAR NOE is a unique director, his movies always felt almost dreamlike and other worldy. A trademark of his is how he can hold a shot and his actors for a scene and have that scene go on and on without a noticable cut. One of his, and the cinema world’s, most disturbing and unforgiving scenes though is from the infamous, backwards story telling, IRREVERSABLE. The scene has the beautiful MONICA BELLUCCI walking through a dimnly lit underground tunnel on her way to a party. The shot follows her from behind all the way from her apartment door until she crosses paths with a drunk stranger down in the tunnel. The sicko at first verbally abuses her, than gets really violent, very quickly. This stranger beats BELLUCCI to the tunnel’s garbage littered floor and then rapes her for almost 10 whole minutes. Note that this entire sequence is shot, edited and acted as 1 entire scene. From a filmmaking POV, it’s quite a shot. However, the scene itself is haunting and sickening. I’m never one to actually turn my head away from a screen no matter what’s showing, but this scene actually struck me as completely disgusting.

1. ANTI CHRIST- I’ve always been fascinated by the work of LARS VON TRIER, I know I’m in a total minority there, but he isn’t afraid to tell a story the way he wants to tell it. So I respect that and for the most part, his movies have all intrigued me in some way. ANTI-CHRIST is probably my favorite movie of his for many reasons! The movie has some graphic and pretty real looking sex scenes, and once the 3rd act hits and the movie become almost a horror, is when the movie REALLY got to me. There’s a scene where CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG, takes a thick log and (brace yourself fellas) slams it down on WILLEM DAFOE’S sensitive parts. The sound of the weight just dropping and seeing it bounce off the man’s junk is sheer pain felt through the screen. Oh we’re not done here kids, it gets much more harsh! We then get a nice close up of Mrs. GAINSBOURG’S character giving her now unconscious husband a hand job, which then leads to what I’ll only describe as a life ruining, eruption of blood. It’s BAD! I haven’t screamed so hard in a hundred horror movies.

Call me sick, call me demented but hey movies are meant to bring countless different emotions and feelings out of us. Not all those will be happy feelings, but they become movie memories and that’s always special to me!

What about you guys? What’s the most disgusting and haunting movie moment you’ve been forever scarred by? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES!

Another new segment to this page never hurt anybody. Plus, if you haven’t guessed by now I may have a bit of an addiction for talking about movies (OBVIOUS SARCASM IS OBVIOUS). So how about every Sunday, I try to break down what movies made the most bank each weekend. You ever wonder why “EVERY” other trailer says their movie is “#1 in America”, I’ll tell you why. Plus, I’ll give my predictions for next week’s Top 5 movie money makers.

5. DOLPHIN TALE 2- The family audiences have slim pickings at the movies, D.T. is in Top 5 but with BOXTROLLS coming out this weekend, you can bet families will flock to that and leave our handicapped, flippered friend in the dust.

4. NO GOOD DEED- Last week’s numero uno, dropped a bit thanks to the new flicks this week. It still had an impressive opening weekend.

3. THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU- With the number of stars in this movie and the familiar, dysfunctional family set up that usually shows up this time of year, this one was bound to make some kind of cash.

2. A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES- LIAM NEESON is back in the top 3 of the box office. This wasn’t as big an opening as NON-STOP in March, but seeing as this is more of a grounded, slow paced flick, it’s smaller number it’s no shock.

1. THE MAZE RUNNER- This week’s top dog is no shocker, the latest teen novel to big screen adaption was a banker. It’s numbers didn’t hit DIVERGENT and nowhere near HUNGER GAMES numbers but as of today, the weekend was successful enough that we’re getting a sequel next year. It’ll be interesting to see if this action flick can hold against DENZEL WASHINGTON next week.

Next Week’s Picks: 1. THE EQUALIZER
2. THE BOXTROLLS
3. THE MAZERUNNER
4. THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU
5. A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES

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Major Movie Review: TUSK (2014)

I’m a huge KEVIN SMITH fan. I’ve always found ways to enjoy his movies, even the ones that have divided audiences and fans like RED STATE. TUSK might just be his most divisive movie yet, it’s seriously unlike anything I’ve seen from the creator of CLERKS and MALLRATS or any filmmaker out there and MAN, it’s quite the disturbfest!

Wallace Bryton (JUSTIN LONG where have you been) is a podcaster, who, with his buddy Teddy (HALEY JOEL OSMENT), host a radio show called the Not-See Party. They look up videos on the internet of people humiliating themselves and laugh about it. Sounds like my kind of career. After watching a particular video featuring the Kill Bill Kid, Wallace decides to travel to Manitoba, Canada to meet this internet sensation. However, circumstances come up and Wallace is forced to find a new story to cover and finds it in a public bathroom post by a man named, Howard Howe. Mr. Howe writes that he has many grand stories to tell which is what our main protagonist is looking for, so Wallace finds this man in hopes of hearing a decent, replacement story for his show. Well Wallace goes missing shortly after meeting with Mr. Howe and it’s up to “best bro” Teddy and Wallace’s girlfriend (GENESIS RODRIGUEZ) to find him in the backwoods of Canada. That’s the best I can do without spoiling anything!

I love what KEVIN SMITH is doing at this point in his career. He’s done the big studio flicks like COP OUT (which ISN’T horrible), he’s done the classics like CLERKS, and now he’s pretty much doing whatever fucking movie comes out of that brilliant, stoner mind. RED STATE was a movie that perfectly leads into this newer, horror side, of SMITH. Like in his last movie, TUSK is drenched in a darkly gloomy and cinematically horrific feel. It’s actually impressive to me how SMITH can show this darker side of his storytelling while also keeping that familiar comedic balance in his movie’s script.The script is what I have my big hopes set on in any KEVIN SMITH movie and here in TUSK, while nowhere near as great as the CLERKS movies or CHASING AMY, is still full of interesting character dialog and jokes that hit more than miss. There’s a scene in a gas station that had a suprise reference to a canadien teen show that I’m sure my sister got a fan girl squeak out of. 

However, when I thought about this movie overnight, I couldn’t help but think that the movie may have been overly long, and it’s not even a 2 hour show! The pacing situation is really because of the movie’s editing and storytelling. This isn’t a typical, beginning to end movie. You get alot of flashbacks to  certain points in times for different characters and the scenes involving OSMENT and the girlfriend also felt like they added time that almost didn’t need to be there. More on that later, but while it didn’t kill the movie for me, the runtime really started to grind once some big reveals happen, and when they happen…UGH! 

JUSTIN LONG is technically the main character here, he’s the main guy we’re supposed to go on this ride with. Let me tell though, this has gotta be one of the best performances I’ve seen from him. I mean he’s no HESTON or anything, but he has some pretty intense and FUCKED UP scenes to go through, but when you feel for the guy, YOU FEEL FOR HIM. When you’re scared for him, YOU BITE YOUR NAILS! It’s actually the last scene that kinda certified JUSTIN LONG’S acting as fresh for me. I’M SERIOUS, while everybody else in the theatre was laughing because of what was happening on screen, I actually felt kinda sad for the character. Hey, if you know the scene, you’ll know what I mean. HALEY JOEL OSMENT, man this guy I can do a whole blog on, he’s actually decent in this movie. He’s more of a sidekick charcter but then he may have more of a subplot to him. Maybe… I won’t say πŸ˜› The chick who plays LONG’S girlfriend was also not too bad,she has this little speech scene I thought she nailed. The standout of this show is the great, MICHAEL PARKS as Mr. Howard Howe. The dude nailed his role in RED STATE as a villain and he turns up the psycho factor here BIG TIME! His performance is over the top while also maintaining that super creep factor. Almost Buffalo Bill level creepy here. It’s no wonder QUENTIN TARANTINO loves to constantly put this guy in his movies. 
Now, as I said before, there is a subplot going on with OSMENT’S character that introduces another side-character, and he’s played by a certain movie star, I won’t say who, but it gripped me at first! I was loving it, he was funny and completely changed the movie for me for good more than worst, thankfully.

Now let’s talk about this at a technicle point, it’s a good looking movie. There’s a creepy atmosphere throughout and KEVIN SMITH can really get a good looking shot when he wants. The movie’s soundtrack didn’t blow me away me away like it did with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and the film’s sound weren’t too mindblowing either, which sucks because I love some great and creepy sound and ambience with ny gritty, thrill rides. The make-up is the cherry, THE MONEY MAKER! When it’s revealed, what exactly is going down with this Howe character and you see the outcome, it is cinematic and movie theatre GOLD! The feeling I got, in that theatre with all those other people and my girlfriend, is why I love going to the movies. It sucked everbody in that theatre room, onto the screen, and in the moment. It’s disgusting, foul, but you will not be able to stop a laugh from escaping your palm covered mouth! It’s a sight to behold, but with my pacing issue that I mentioned earlier, I think the big money shot came too early and as you kept seeing the effects as the movie progressed, it did wear off it’s shock value. REGARDLESS, there are scenes in this movie that won’t leave your innocent little subconscious for days.

I’m always gonna have a love and respect for KEVIN SMITH, the man does whatever movie he wants to make and while this movie proves that his style is not for everybody out there, it’s unique, it’s memorable and TUSK is a good showing from SMITH’S dark side. The horror part can easily please even hardcore horror fans and fellow, dedicated SMITH aficionados will find that his comedic touch, while subtle, is still up to play. The pacing and tone shift are gonna be big blows to this movie though, but with terrific lead performances and the sheer experience I had, it’d be wrong of me to not give this a fresh rating. I give it a “CHECK IT OUT!”

So have you guys seen TUSK? Do you wanna see it? Have you even heard of this movie? What’s your favorite KEVIN SMITH movie? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES! My adorable Mr. Tusk in the picture was kindly provided by lil sister @kurtcobianca, he wouldn’t stop screaming during the pic!

Major Movie Review: TUSK (2014)

I’m a huge KEVIN SMITH fan. I’ve always found ways to enjoy his movies, even the ones that have divided audiences and fans like RED STATE. TUSK might just be his most divisive movie yet, it’s seriously unlike anything I’ve seen from the creator of CLERKS and MALLRATS or any filmmaker out there and MAN, it’s quite the disturbfest!

Wallace Bryton (JUSTIN LONG where have you been) is a podcaster, who, with his buddy Teddy (HALEY JOEL OSMENT), host a radio show called the Not-See Party. They look up videos on the internet of people humiliating themselves and laugh about it. Sounds like my kind of career. After watching a particular video featuring the Kill Bill Kid, Wallace decides to travel to Manitoba, Canada to meet this internet sensation. However, circumstances come up and Wallace is forced to find a new story to cover and finds it in a public bathroom post by a man named, Howard Howe. Mr. Howe writes that he has many grand stories to tell which is what our main protagonist is looking for, so Wallace finds this man in hopes of hearing a decent, replacement story for his show. Well Wallace goes missing shortly after meeting with Mr. Howe and it’s up to “best bro” Teddy and Wallace’s girlfriend (GENESIS RODRIGUEZ) to find him in the backwoods of Canada. That’s the best I can do without spoiling anything!

I love what KEVIN SMITH is doing at this point in his career. He’s done the big studio flicks like COP OUT (which ISN’T horrible), he’s done the classics like CLERKS, and now he’s pretty much doing whatever fucking movie comes out of that brilliant, stoner mind. RED STATE was a movie that perfectly leads into this newer, horror side, of SMITH. Like in his last movie, TUSK is drenched in a darkly gloomy and cinematically horrific feel. It’s actually impressive to me how SMITH can show this darker side of his storytelling while also keeping that familiar comedic balance in his movie’s script.The script is what I have my big hopes set on in any KEVIN SMITH movie and here in TUSK, while nowhere near as great as the CLERKS movies or CHASING AMY, is still full of interesting character dialog and jokes that hit more than miss. There’s a scene in a gas station that had a suprise reference to a canadien teen show that I’m sure my sister got a fan girl squeak out of.

However, when I thought about this movie overnight, I couldn’t help but think that the movie may have been overly long, and it’s not even a 2 hour show! The pacing situation is really because of the movie’s editing and storytelling. This isn’t a typical, beginning to end movie. You get alot of flashbacks to certain points in times for different characters and the scenes involving OSMENT and the girlfriend also felt like they added time that almost didn’t need to be there. More on that later, but while it didn’t kill the movie for me, the runtime really started to grind once some big reveals happen, and when they happen…UGH!

JUSTIN LONG is technically the main character here, he’s the main guy we’re supposed to go on this ride with. Let me tell though, this has gotta be one of the best performances I’ve seen from him. I mean he’s no HESTON or anything, but he has some pretty intense and FUCKED UP scenes to go through, but when you feel for the guy, YOU FEEL FOR HIM. When you’re scared for him, YOU BITE YOUR NAILS! It’s actually the last scene that kinda certified JUSTIN LONG’S acting as fresh for me. I’M SERIOUS, while everybody else in the theatre was laughing because of what was happening on screen, I actually felt kinda sad for the character. Hey, if you know the scene, you’ll know what I mean. HALEY JOEL OSMENT, man this guy I can do a whole blog on, he’s actually decent in this movie. He’s more of a sidekick charcter but then he may have more of a subplot to him. Maybe… I won’t say πŸ˜› The chick who plays LONG’S girlfriend was also not too bad,she has this little speech scene I thought she nailed. The standout of this show is the great, MICHAEL PARKS as Mr. Howard Howe. The dude nailed his role in RED STATE as a villain and he turns up the psycho factor here BIG TIME! His performance is over the top while also maintaining that super creep factor. Almost Buffalo Bill level creepy here. It’s no wonder QUENTIN TARANTINO loves to constantly put this guy in his movies.
Now, as I said before, there is a subplot going on with OSMENT’S character that introduces another side-character, and he’s played by a certain movie star, I won’t say who, but it gripped me at first! I was loving it, he was funny and completely changed the movie for me for good more than worst, thankfully.

Now let’s talk about this at a technicle point, it’s a good looking movie. There’s a creepy atmosphere throughout and KEVIN SMITH can really get a good looking shot when he wants. The movie’s soundtrack didn’t blow me away me away like it did with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and the film’s sound weren’t too mindblowing either, which sucks because I love some great and creepy sound and ambience with ny gritty, thrill rides. The make-up is the cherry, THE MONEY MAKER! When it’s revealed, what exactly is going down with this Howe character and you see the outcome, it is cinematic and movie theatre GOLD! The feeling I got, in that theatre with all those other people and my girlfriend, is why I love going to the movies. It sucked everbody in that theatre room, onto the screen, and in the moment. It’s disgusting, foul, but you will not be able to stop a laugh from escaping your palm covered mouth! It’s a sight to behold, but with my pacing issue that I mentioned earlier, I think the big money shot came too early and as you kept seeing the effects as the movie progressed, it did wear off it’s shock value. REGARDLESS, there are scenes in this movie that won’t leave your innocent little subconscious for days.

I’m always gonna have a love and respect for KEVIN SMITH, the man does whatever movie he wants to make and while this movie proves that his style is not for everybody out there, it’s unique, it’s memorable and TUSK is a good showing from SMITH’S dark side. The horror part can easily please even hardcore horror fans and fellow, dedicated SMITH aficionados will find that his comedic touch, while subtle, is still up to play. The pacing and tone shift are gonna be big blows to this movie though, but with terrific lead performances and the sheer experience I had, it’d be wrong of me to not give this a fresh rating. I give it a “CHECK IT OUT!”

So have you guys seen TUSK? Do you wanna see it? Have you even heard of this movie? What’s your favorite KEVIN SMITH movie? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES! My adorable Mr. Tusk in the picture was kindly provided by lil sister @kurtcobianca, he wouldn’t stop screaming during the pic!

So for my second installment in my STARTING 5 series, I wanted to go totally different from my first list which was about GIANT MOVIE MONSTERS. Last night, I watched THE FAULT IN OUR STARS with my girlfriend and needless to say, tears did fall!So, I thought,”why not follow towering beasts with tear inducing stories?”These movies and their scenes still stick in my memory and everytime I watch these movies, I am guaranteed to have that damn lump in my throat and a tissue.But that’s good,as humans it’s good and healthy to go through many different emotions and when I wanna feel like a 4 month old crying to be held, I go back and watch these sobfests.

5. STAND BY ME- I am at an exciting stage in my life, it’s new and at times terrifies me but fatherhood has opened up my mind and now more than ever, I get flashbacks of childhood. The years of carelessness and imagination that you only get as a young boy. There’s a beautiful speech given by RICHARD DREYFUSS’ character at the end of this movie and says in that speech, “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?” That line resonates so much and not only friendship but just the sense of wonder that comes with boyhood. All that oozes from STAND BY ME and by the time this movie ends I’ll ALWAYS be weeping!

4. TOY STORY 3- I think you’ll notice that most of these “sobfests” are movies aimed more toward the family genre, well with the 3rd and apparantly last chapter in the Pixar trilogy there’s no acception. This is a great and really funny threequel to the already great TOY STORY series but there are two scenes at the end of the movie that both really suprised me with how emotional they are! The boiler room scene had me shitting my pants AND balling like a baby at the same time, you don’t see childhood characters holding hands to their doom often. Then of course, there’s Andy leaving Woody and the gang with their new caretaker Bonnie. Ugh, everytime with this movie? Pixar you cruel geniouses!

3. SCHINDLER’S LIST- What more need be said, you know? Spielberg’s classic film potrayed retellings of the cruel liquidation and holocaust of jews during WWII and with this movie, I’ve come to respect and admire STEVEN SPIELBERG. Did you know, despite the critical AND box office success of the movie when it came out, Mr. SPIELBERG didn’t take a DIME of payment out of respect for all the lives lost. You can sense the amount of care and senstivity put into this haunting but beautifully made movie, especially in the scene where Oskar Schindler (LIAM NEESON) breaks down and repeatedly says “I could’ve saved one more.” That acting mixed with JOHN WILLIAMS remarkable score leaves me geniunely pouring tears.I really wanna review this movie further!

2. FRUITEVALE STATION- Like SCHINDLER’S LIST, here’s a film based off a true story only this story happened very recently AND it’s a story taken place in our home country, the U.S.A. If you don’t know the story, Oscar Grant (MICHAEL B. JORDAN) is a young man living in Oakland, California. On New Years Day in 2009, Oscar was shot in the back by a police officer killing him shortly after. This is one of the most difficult films for me to watch, and I can watch some pretty vile shit. Just knowing where the film will eventually lead brings an insane amount of fear and anger to me and that’s all credit to JORDAN’S performance and the direction that had the entire movie just build and build to what becomes one of the most effective and tragic endings to a movie I have ever seen. Again, a full review is needed.

1. The Lion King- Sure, my list is all over the place with movies about the holocaust and talking toys being burned alive, but for my number one spot I had to go with the movie and scene that never escaped my memory. For a lot of us, it may have been our first introduction to death and OF ALL THE PEOPLE to throw it at us! Disney has had plenty of tear inducing moments, but none have made me cry more AND consecutively than the king of all animated movies (in my opinion) THE LION KING. You all know the scene! That one eyed bastard Scar tricks his bro Mufasa, letting him fall to the river of wildabeests below. Then the dust clears only for us to see the now fatherless Simba trying to wake his father’s body, even pulling at his ears and crying for help. It’s a scene that has grown to almost be whatever when people think about it, but when a scene in an animated movie can be so powerful, memorable and sad even almost 2 decades after it’s release it needs to be appreciated more. Damnit, review coming soon for this one too!

Honorable Mentions!: FIELD OF DREAMS, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, UP, THE GREEN MILE, GLORY, FREQUENCY, DUMBO, THE LAND BEFORE TIME, THE ELEPHANT MAN, THE HUNT, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, ETC.

Well guys what do have for me? What are YOUR saddest movies and scenes? The ones that make you want a hug or the ones that just leave you letting all the sadness out. Let me know what other lists you guys would like to see me cover, drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES!