My Favorite Films of 2015 (1-5)

Woah! That was fast. All of a sudden here I concluding my list of my favorite 2015 films, feeling wistful that my barrage-watch of many recent titles is but a memory. It’s not all bad news, though, as now I have an excuse to give a handful of unabashed recommendations and plow forward into the movies of tomorrow. Perhaps they will not literally come out tomorrow (it’s boring-ass January), and they sure as hell won’t include the mediocre Tomorrowland, but you get the idea. Enough dilly-dallying; let’s get down to business. Continue reading “My Favorite Films of 2015 (1-5)”

My Favorite Films of 2015 (6-10)

With those pesky honorable mentions out of the way, it’s time to get to the meat of the list. Today I’ll tackle films six through 10 on my 2015 list, with the top five coming tomorrow. These are all movies I greatly enjoyed, and ranking them was quite a chore. After much deliberation, this is where I wound up, although some of the positions could easily vary in retrospect once time has done that thing it likes to do where it warps my viewpoint into a different focus. If you haven’t seen any of these, I strongly recommend you go out and do so. They’re all way better than Captain Superhero 9: More Superhero-y. Continue reading “My Favorite Films of 2015 (6-10)”

My Favorite Films of 2015 (Honorable Mentions)

Finally, after extensive preparation (read: watching a bunch of movies) I am prepared to offer up my favorites from 2015! Making a list of my favorite films of the year proved difficult in ways making a list of my favorite music never does. I don’t experience as many new movies as I do albums, so that presents an issue up front. Add in that a glut of heralded films never reach theaters until the end of the year these days, and I think I have a decent enough excuse to wait until January to ensure a quality list. Continue reading “My Favorite Films of 2015 (Honorable Mentions)”

The Old and the New Elevate a Good Royal Rumble

The unusual structure of the Royal Rumble provides many an opportunity to shake things up, and yet despite mostly predictable results, the 2016 version of the event still managed to be a whole lot of fun. Every match on the card was at least solid, and the 30-man main event bucked conventional wisdom just enough to stay interesting and place a bit of doubt in the back of my mind as to how everything would unfold. Continue reading “The Old and the New Elevate a Good Royal Rumble”

What’s In A Name?

Celebrities are all around us, guys. One can’t turn to his left without encountering a famous person doing something or other, and thanks to a carnivorous news cycle, we all get a front row seat. What’s that? Jennifer Lawrence said a thing? Holy shit! Wait, now Johnny Depp has three ostriches? Bela Lugosi is dead? It’s all just too much to drink in. Perhaps the over-familiarity we’ve developed with celebrities precludes us from judging these wealthy books by their titles. So, if I had no idea who a particular celebrity was, what would I assume about said person based on his or her name alone? It’s time to find out. Continue reading “What’s In A Name?”

In Defense Of: Modest Mouse’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

In Defense Of is a feature in which I come to the unsolicited rescue of a piece of entertainment that I happen to enjoy quite a bit despite some sort of fan or critical backlash against it. I’m a real-life Batman.

Modest Mouse slugged out a decade of scrappy, deranged music before “Float On” happened. The first portion of that decade found the band testing its own limits and wading into deeper and deeper waters; the rest of it was devoted to making startling indie classics like This is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About and personal favorite Lonesome Crowded West. Then there was the stunning The Moon and Antarctica, a decidedly toned-down affair every bit as monumental despite a new approach. For those invested in Isaac Brock and company, commercial success seemed both impossible and like some sort of street-cred condemnation. Continue reading “In Defense Of: Modest Mouse’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank”

The Slow Descent As Presented By Bootu Inc., Episode 3

Van and I have recorded our third podcast, once again primarily using our voices and microphones to bring the production to completion.  This time around, we discuss the breezy genius of The Big Short, Nintendo’s acid-trip version of Tetris, and the perils of overzealous marketing at the USA Network. There may or may not be additional content featuring guest star Admiral Ackbar; that is for us to know and you to find out. Subscribe on iTunes or any other podcast app to listen, or just click away after the jump. Continue reading “The Slow Descent As Presented By Bootu Inc., Episode 3”

The Big Short Makes Math and Corruption Highly Entertaining

The Big Short (2015)

Rating: 8.5/10

The subject matter of The Big Short is the worldwide financial collapse of 2008, and the only way to explore what happened is to get highly technical. This means director Adam McKay must do exactly what author Michael Lewis did when he wrote the nonfiction book this material is based on: he must find a way to make the average consumer entertained by numbers, financial concepts, and the inner workings of corporate corruption. Against all odds, he succeeds wildly and creates one of the best movies of 2015. Continue reading “The Big Short Makes Math and Corruption Highly Entertaining”