Category Archives: MOVIES

Viewing Recommendations


Magnus. WATCH THIS. It’s a documentary about Magnus Carlsen the world chess champion. It’s exceptional. This is my top recommendation for you today.

Supertunnel. This is a short Nova show on the new London subway tunnel. Fairly interesting and exciting from an engineering perspective.


There Will Be Blood. For a movie that we weren’t huge fans of, Jen and I sure did talk a lot about There Will be Blood. It won a bunch of awards when it came out in 2007. Still, I wouldn’t recommend it for a casual Sunday afternoon. It feels like something you’d watch in a college sophomore year film class.


Dallas Buyers Club: Really good! Between this and True Detective, I have a newfound respect for Mathew McConaughey.

American Psycho. I’m surprised I hadn’t already seen this. It was decent. Between the two, I think There Will be Blood has more academic depth, but American Psycho certainly provides plenty of brain fodder.

Library DVD:

Sully. Really great! They got a lot of movie out of that event. Two thumbs up.

Bridge of spies. Interesting because I knew nothing about it… but mostly just decent.

The Walk. Entertaining and light. This is a decent Sunday afternoon movie.

Anyone have recommendations of what they’ve watched and enjoyed as of late?


Recently when I was sick I sat down and watched Rubber. It’s a terrible movie about a sentient homicidal car tire that goes around blowing up people’s heads. That’s really what it’s about.

I watched the whole movie and I really don’t know why. It was dreadful. The movie celebrates the idea of things happening for No reason. And while the introduction of the concept is fantastic, the movie loses it quickly and becomes boring fast. Watch the first 5 minutes of the movie then turn it off.

Still, rotten tomatoes rated this movie 67%?


Movie Fest! (courtesy of Korean Airlines)

I realized yesterday that most of my travel in recent months has been domestic. This out-of-the-blue Korea trip dumped me back into the deep end of frustratingly long airtime. Thankfully, Korean Airlines provides an excellent entertainment console for their guests. This flight had a wealth of personal movie choices and since I couldn’t sleep for crap… what better time to catch up!

I watched four movies.

While I may have been a child of the Alien era, I grew up without a passion for the thriller sci-fi genre. So I actually don’t think I’ve even seen one of the Alien movies. And perhaps for a true appreciation of Prometheus one needs to be acquainted with the Alien story line. There were most certainly subtle allusions that were most certainly way above my head. Still, I enjoyed Prometheus and I thought the cinematography and special effects were pretty impressive.

The Amazing Spider Man:
This is the spiderman movie with that other guy… the not Tobey guy. He was kinda blah. And when it comes to evil villans, Lizard man is not particularly enthralling. Doc Oc? Green Goblin? awesome. Lizards? eh. While the movie entertained, I wouldn’t recommend watching it on any flight shorter than 10 hours.

Safety not Guaranteed:
Oh man, this was everything I could have hoped it would be. Quirky, funny, heartwarming and weird. It comes from the director of Little Miss Sunshine. And while I think most movie buffs disagree, my humble opinion has this movie succeeding everywhere Little Miss Sunshine did not. I would love to hear others thoughts on this one. But… don’t watch the trailer. It’s really not a great trailer and I think it gives too much of the movie away.

Oh Hasbro. You slay me. When this movie first came out we joked about other hilariously ridiculous movie titles:

(read in deep movie voice)

This summer they are coming. They are Hippos. And they are Hungry Hungry.

One man just wants to watch the world burn. His dedication to entropy is relentless. His name? Bucket. Mr. Bucket.


I went into this movie with extremely low expectations. Still, it kept me interested! I had a good time even with much of its ridiculousness. I hope Hasbro keeps going at it. There’s so much potential. My favorite part was, without a doubt, that the enemy’s bombs were actually shaped like the tiny pegs that you stick in the boats in the battleship game. Brilliant!

The Artist

This past weekend, in addition to getting a bunch of new clothes for my fashion goals, I went to see the movie “The Artist” with Jen. I don’t usually see more than about one movie at a theater per year, so this was a special treat.

Holy Frijoles this is an awesome movie. I originally heard about it on an NPR show that was talking about some of the best movies of 2011. Curiously, I had heard no advertisements for the film – perhaps because it started as an independent flick. It’s a silent movie about the silent movie era and I strongly recommend going to see it. It’s top shelf.

Perhaps what impressed me most was the movie’s simplicity. No frills, no CGI, just quality story-telling. It’s a smile inducing film that isn’t tacky or overdone. It doesn’t have that fake romantic comedy feel or any frustration from superfluous action. It feels genuine and sincere.

Admittedly, at times it felt a little long. But the story continually moved forward and my investment in the characters was deep.

Has anyone else seen it who would like to comment without giving away too many details?

MBandA Round Five

This is fifth and final round of the Movie Before and After adventure.
To learn how this works, go here.

Please feel free to post answers in the comments!

25. A plane full of escaped criminals play basketball with their talented stray dog
(answer in comments – Sander!)

26. Napalm in the morning wakes up four women who reminisce about their childhood in 70’s
(answer in comments – point goes to Sander!)

27. While on land, Ariel goes to the big city, gets confused for a rich girl, and dates a senator
(answer in the comments – Sander’s going for the sweep!)

28. A boy discovers he’s actually a powerful wizard, and that his mother isn’t crazy after all, robots from the future really ARE trying to kill them
(answer in the comments – Sander!)

29. A man, hypnotized by Tony Robbins, finds the murderous rage of Michael Myers strangely desirable
(answer in the comments! – Sander!)

30. Serial Killer wants to wear a costume made from the hide of a small hand-puppet featured in a children’s television show
(*note: television show)
(answer in comments – Sander again!)

Sander comes from behind with an epic win!

Final Point Tally:
Sander: 11
Jocelyn: 8
Tom: 7
Tyler: 2
Chris: 1
Nicole: 1

Thanks to everyone for playing! I hope it was fun!

MBandA Round Four

This is Round Four of the Movie Before and After adventure.
To learn how this works, go here.

Please feel free to post answers in the comments!

19. Disenchanted with the biz, a film producer joins the Jamaican bobsled team
(answer in comments – Tom!)

20. A Czech doctor and his two girlfriends’ lives are changed forever in the late 60’s when the Soviets find a small doorway that leads inside the doctor’s head
(answer in the comments – Tom again!)

21. Tom Selleck and friends try to take care of Tina Fey’s surrogate child
(answer in the comments – Three in a row for Tom!)

22. Four fashionable mid-thirty’s New Yorkers assist in the birth of a calf
(answer in the comments – Jocelyn!)

23. A unpopular girl finds out she’s the princess of a country where Tyler Perry cross dresses
(answer in the comments – Tom!)

24. Seven friends reunite for a weeklong reunion at a summer camp in Ontario to kill people based on what their neighbor’s dog tells them
(answer in the comments – Tom once more!)

WOW. almost a full sweep by Tom today!

Point tally thus far:
Jocelyn: 8
Tom: 7
Sander: 5
Tyler: 2
Chris: 1
Nicole: 1

Note: tomorrow’s game will post promptly at 9:30am EST

MBandA Round Three

This is Round Three of the Movie Before and After adventure.
To learn how this works, go here.

Please feel free to post answers in the comments!

13. Jessie Spano degrades herself on spring break
(answer in comments – Tyler joins the game!)

14. A world where food is made out of a man who is on death row
(answer in comments – Sander!)

15. Eddie Murphy talks to animals who live with four sisters during Civil War
(answer in comments – another for Sander)

16. A German submarine protecting an enigma machine is boarded by an american convict pretending to be crazy
(answer in comments – Tyler again!)

17. A princess lives with dwarves in 1900’s pre-nazi Germany
(answer in comments – Nicole gets a point!)

18. A kindly old man claiming to be Santa Claus seeks revenge on Bison and Balrog
(answer in comments – Sander again!)

Point tally thus far:
Jocelyn: 7
Sander: 5
Tom: 2
Tyler: 2
Chris: 1
Nicole: 1

Note: tomorrow’s game will post promptly at 9:30am EST

MBandA Round Two

This is Round Two of the Movie Before and After adventure.
To learn how this works, go here.

Please feel free to post answers in the comments!

7. Giant mechanized spider terrorizes President Grant while singing, “I feel pretty! Oh so Pretty!”
(answer in comments – Jocelyn)

8. Parents get revenge on rapist prison escapees who fail to disappear in the rapture
(answer in the comments – way to go Tom!)

9. Jason Voorhees wakes up to find he’s switched bodies with his totally uncool mom
(answer in comments – Jocelyn again!)

10. Heroine addicts’ lives fall apart when they become 1960’s soul singers
(answer in the comments – point goes to Jocelyn)

11. A poor atheist boy finds a golden ticket in his candy bar and moves to a town where he is scorned by the local religious for his sweet confections. Also? Pirates.
*(note, this one doesn’t exactly follow the game rules)
(answer in the comments – Tom again!)

12. Rejected robotic boy survives 2000 years to find the cure for those plagued with a bloodthirsty virus
(answer in the comments – Chris!!)

Point tally thus far:
Jocelyn: 7
Sander: 2
Tom: 2
Chris: 1

Note: tomorrow’s post will appear promptly at 9:30am