Movies on Film

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (★★★★★)
By this point you have likely seen a lot of Marvel films. For the most part those films tend to stick to a pretty strict formula: Likeable heroes, compelling antagonists, mind blowing special effects, cheeky dialog and epic battle sequences. Captain America: The Winter Soldier still has all of those things, yet it also has the courage to go new places and do things that no other Marvel film has even thought about doing. When you think of comic book films, topics such as personal privacy, politics and drones aren’t the first things that usually come to mind, but those are the themes that Captain America tackles here. In a lot of ways, the film feels more like a political thriller than your standard popcorn superhero flick.
It’s a refreshing change. One that I personally think makes Captain America: The Winter Soldier the best Marvel movie yet.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (★★★★★)

By this point you have likely seen a lot of Marvel films. For the most part those films tend to stick to a pretty strict formula: Likeable heroes, compelling antagonists, mind blowing special effects, cheeky dialog and epic battle sequences. Captain America: The Winter Soldier still has all of those things, yet it also has the courage to go new places and do things that no other Marvel film has even thought about doing. When you think of comic book films, topics such as personal privacy, politics and drones aren’t the first things that usually come to mind, but those are the themes that Captain America tackles here. In a lot of ways, the film feels more like a political thriller than your standard popcorn superhero flick.

It’s a refreshing change. One that I personally think makes Captain America: The Winter Soldier the best Marvel movie yet.

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Veronica Mars (★★★★☆)
Veronica Mars is an example of fan service done the right way. It’s a film for Veronica Mars fans by Veronica Mars fans. Literally. After raising nearly 6-million dollars on Kickstarter last year, director Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell were finally able to show Warner Bros. that there was indeed public interest for a film. Heck, even I contributed to that Kickstarter. That’s right. I like think that however good this film is it’s because of those $25 I gave them. I wish they could tell you exactly what your money went towards. I’m just curious. Did my $25 go towards wardrobe? Did it pay for Ken Marino’s hair gel? Who knows. Personally, I’m going to pretend that it paid for Max Greenfield’s pizza. That guy is awesome.
Anyway, as for the finished product, well, it’s very much what you would expect a Veronica Mars movie to be. With the same creative minds and cast in place, the movie feels like a proper followup to the show. It has all the intrigue and snarkiness that would expect and manages to get a ton of cameos and guest appearances without being overkill. For fans of the show, it’s obviously a must see. For those of you that don’t like the show, well, you’re dumb. Stop reading this because obviously you’re a terrible person. But for those that maybe haven’t seen the show, I think you’d still enjoy it. It’s basically Kristen Bell solving mysteries for a bunch of Samsung-loving overprivileged white kids. It’s pretty great.

Veronica Mars (★★★★☆)

Veronica Mars is an example of fan service done the right way. It’s a film for Veronica Mars fans by Veronica Mars fans. Literally. After raising nearly 6-million dollars on Kickstarter last year, director Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell were finally able to show Warner Bros. that there was indeed public interest for a film. Heck, even I contributed to that Kickstarter. That’s right. I like think that however good this film is it’s because of those $25 I gave them. I wish they could tell you exactly what your money went towards. I’m just curious. Did my $25 go towards wardrobe? Did it pay for Ken Marino’s hair gel? Who knows. Personally, I’m going to pretend that it paid for Max Greenfield’s pizza. That guy is awesome.

Anyway, as for the finished product, well, it’s very much what you would expect a Veronica Mars movie to be. With the same creative minds and cast in place, the movie feels like a proper followup to the show. It has all the intrigue and snarkiness that would expect and manages to get a ton of cameos and guest appearances without being overkill. For fans of the show, it’s obviously a must see. For those of you that don’t like the show, well, you’re dumb. Stop reading this because obviously you’re a terrible person. But for those that maybe haven’t seen the show, I think you’d still enjoy it. It’s basically Kristen Bell solving mysteries for a bunch of Samsung-loving overprivileged white kids. It’s pretty great.

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This one hurts.

I wanted to post something about Harold Ramis’s passing yesterday but just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Instead I sat in bed all day long and watched the great films that he left us. I watched National Lampoons Vacation, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters — watched that one twice actually. The fact that Harold’s movies are just as good today as they were back then speaks volumes about the mans understanding of comedy.

Harold Ramis is one of the largest reasons that I love movies the way that I do. Knowing that we’re never going to see anything new from him again is sad. Knowing that he passed away during the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters and is going to miss out on all the great celebrations that were planned for that is just heartbreaking.

If for whatever reason you’ve not taken the time to watch Harold’s films, do yourself a favor and remedy that immediately. He was such a talented writer; such a great performer and was one of the greatest influences in the history of comedy.

This one hurts.

I wanted to post something about Harold Ramis’s passing yesterday but just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Instead I sat in bed all day long and watched the great films that he left us. I watched National Lampoons Vacation, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters — watched that one twice actually. The fact that Harold’s movies are just as good today as they were back then speaks volumes about the mans understanding of comedy.

Harold Ramis is one of the largest reasons that I love movies the way that I do. Knowing that we’re never going to see anything new from him again is sad. Knowing that he passed away during the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters and is going to miss out on all the great celebrations that were planned for that is just heartbreaking.

If for whatever reason you’ve not taken the time to watch Harold’s films, do yourself a favor and remedy that immediately. He was such a talented writer; such a great performer and was one of the greatest influences in the history of comedy.

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The Wolf of Wall Street (★★★★★)
After experimenting with different genres for the last several years, director Martin Scorsese is back with a film that can be best described as vintage Scorsese. ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is the true story of Jordan Belfort, a cutthroat stockbroker that makes millions by deceiving his clients to invest in crummy stocks. Jordan is portrayed by Leonard DiCaprio, who does a fantastic job at playing a grade A scumbag. In fact, that’s one of the stranger things about this film: Aside from maybe Kyle Chandler’s rather small role and the incredible Rob Reiner, every single character in The Wolf of Wall Street is a genuine douchebag that you’re rooting against for the entire film. They’re sexist, they’re homophobic, they’re racist, they’re these slimeballs that sit atop their mountain of coke and hookers and poke fun at everyone that’s not as rich and sleazy as they are. They’re the worst people ever. Yet the film — all three hours of it — is completely fascinating. 
At some point ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is going to offend you. If you can get past that, you’re in for some vintage Scorsese brilliance.

The Wolf of Wall Street (★★★★★)

After experimenting with different genres for the last several years, director Martin Scorsese is back with a film that can be best described as vintage Scorsese. ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is the true story of Jordan Belfort, a cutthroat stockbroker that makes millions by deceiving his clients to invest in crummy stocks. Jordan is portrayed by Leonard DiCaprio, who does a fantastic job at playing a grade A scumbag. In fact, that’s one of the stranger things about this film: Aside from maybe Kyle Chandler’s rather small role and the incredible Rob Reiner, every single character in The Wolf of Wall Street is a genuine douchebag that you’re rooting against for the entire film. They’re sexist, they’re homophobic, they’re racist, they’re these slimeballs that sit atop their mountain of coke and hookers and poke fun at everyone that’s not as rich and sleazy as they are. They’re the worst people ever. Yet the film — all three hours of it — is completely fascinating. 

At some point ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is going to offend you. If you can get past that, you’re in for some vintage Scorsese brilliance.

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totally fappable.