The Year of Free Movies

In 2014, the University Mall Theatres, a second-run cinema in my town, created a Kickstarter campaign to fund the purchase of new theater seating. Donors who gave $250 would get their names engraved on a seat, as lasting testament to their generosity. What’s more, they would also receive a pass which guaranteed them free movie…

Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #8 Pixar

I like Pixar movies. Shocking, right? Pixar falls in the same category as John Green, elevating to a higher plane a genre that I adore but that is often dismissed as immature fun (animated films and YA lit, respectively). Simply, if you’re interested in well-told, mature, compelling stories and you’re interested in animation, then Pixar…

Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #10 That Thing You Do!

Whenever someone asks me what my favorite movie is, I get a little bit embarrassed. “It’s called That Thing You Do! It’s a comedy from 1996,” I say. “Oh. So it’s really funny?” “Yes. Well… I mean… I personally think so. It’s not really a punchline type comedy.” “So it’s more, like, surreal? Physical comedy,…

Ranking the Nine Stories in Love Actually

It’s holiday season again, which means it’s time for one of my favorite traditions: Watching the 2003 film Love Actually with my wife, pretending not to like it, but actually enjoying myself. A crucial piece of this tradition is spending some time after the viewing breaking down just how ridiculous, creepy, and strange some of the movie’s nine…

Christmas Classics Countdown Past – #2 (2012)

CHRISTMAS CLASSIC COUNTDOWN #1 – “Holidays Are Coming” Yes, friends and neighbors, the BTMN Christmas Classic Countdown is back…and off to a late start from day 1. I hope you can overlook my tardiness and still enjoy the month to come, as I feature 25 songs and poems from Christmas films and television specials throughout…

Five for Five: Kevin’s Picks

To celebrate our fifth birthday, each Earn This contributor is selecting his five favorite things from the past five years. Here are Kevin’s picks (all related to trends in animated movies). 5. Charming Comic-Relief Characters My list will be all things animated, and something that has impressed me over the past five years is all the…

Interstellar: Don’t reach for the stars

I would love to appear reasonable about a Christopher Nolan movie.  Nolan discussions so easily sink into Scalding-Hot Takes (especially when his fanboys do things like ‘make Interstellar the #12 (!) movie of all-time on IMDB’), and having a strong opinion on him can look like either blindly following the silly sheep or curmudgeonly marginalizing someone just…

Pokemon Movies Retrospective: Kyurem vs. The Sacred Swordsman – Keldeo (2012)

  This is an entry in the Pokemon Movies Retrospective Movie #15: Pokemon the Movie – Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice “That’s a fine sword.” – Kyurem (Japanese dub) Pokemon the Movie: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice, titled 「キュレムVS聖剣士ケルディオ」(lit. “Kyurem VS Sacred Swordsman Keldeo”) in the original Japanese release, is the 15th entry in…

ETCast, Episode 010 – Debating Shrek and The Lion King

Download link (you may have to right click and “Save As”) The ETCast is back! Kevin and I caught up on Skype and debated to movies we disagree about: Shrek and The Lion King. As you know if you’ve been following our Animation Evaluation project, you know that I’m a big fan of both Shrek and The Lion King, while Kevin believes…

Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #14 Rudy

“Having dreams is what makes life tolerable.” Rudy is an excellent underdog movie, doing almost everything right and almost nothing wrong. On a technical level, as the sum of its parts, it’s very good, borderline great. It’s also one of my favorite movies in the entire world. It has X-factor magic in spades, it’s genuinely…