2014: A Year of Moviegoing

2014, like any year prior to it, was a magnificent year for moviegoing. Granted, there were the duds, the sequels, the franchises and once again, a Michael Bay Transformers movie took the number one spot at the box office, but they pale in comparison to the slew of inventive, creative and original movies that found their way on to screens big and small. Depending on who you read, there were somewhere between 600 and 900 movies released in 2014. Certainly no shortage of options for adventurous moviegoers. Of those 600 to 900 new releases, I clocked in with 200 (an arbitrary goal I set for myself last January, … Continue reading 2014: A Year of Moviegoing

Born On This Day – July 12, 1975

“I worry it’s gonna fall apart every minute of every day! But we try not to care. You can’t play not to lose. You kind of have to put your ego aside and accept the fact that careers are long, and there’s gonna be stuff people like and stuff that people don’t like, and you try to get better every time, and always put something out that you’re proud of. And let the chips fall where they may. And weirdly enough, we’re learning that from Ice Cube.” –Phil Lord Continue reading Born On This Day – July 12, 1975

Movie Beat – 06.13.14

22 Jump Street – The meta-named “21 Jump Street” program was such a success that the division is loading a lot of money into the follow-up, “22 Jump Street”. The name change is due to an address change and this time, the boys are going to college. The incredible team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller look to crack the sequel code and they just might do it. Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman are back and Peter Stormare, Dave Franco and Amber Stevens join in on the fun. Out in wide release from Sony Pictures.   All … Continue reading Movie Beat – 06.13.14

THE LEGO MOVIE

Most Hollywood movies can be neatly summed up and packaged in one 140-character sentence. The official term for it is “High Concept”. To try to sum up The Lego Movie in a single sentence or label it high concept is nearly impossible, and frankly, wrong. There are those who have tried (“It’s like Toy Story in The Matrix.”), but any summation falls short to the experience of what The Lego Movie has to offer, and The Lego Movie has a lot to offer. Any fears that The Lego Movie is nothing more than an elongated commercial for a Danish building block, … Continue reading THE LEGO MOVIE

Movie Beat – 02.07.14

After The Dark – Armageddon is here and not everyone can be spared. There are twenty-two people, but only ten spaces in the bunker. Each person has a unique skill, a special trait, but which ones are expendable and which ones are necessary? This is the philosophical quandary that a teacher poses his class. It’s starts civil, but it quickly falls apart as the students are reduced to an animal mentality. James D’Arcy, Daryl Sabara, Rhys Wakefield, Bonnie Wright, Sophie Lowe and Freddie Stroma star in this morality question posed by writer/director John Huddles. In limited release from Phase 4 … Continue reading Movie Beat – 02.07.14