Flying Off Into the Sunset: Assessing Furious 7

No matter how much danger and damage covers the screen, death is not supposed to truly consume an action movie.  Almost always, the concept of it, of genuine sadness, of legitimate worry, is a mirage.  Action flicks toy with it for the sole purpose of exhilarating us with its resounding defeat.  And that’s what makes…

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,…

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…

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…

Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #15 The Shawshank Redemption

When I saw The Shawshank Redemption in high school, it was one of the movies (along with, believe it or not, The 40 Year Old Virgin) that convinced me that movies could tell stories on a more profound level than simple entertainment. Shawshank has a little bit of a strange backstory. It was a pretty…

The Absurd Fiction and Uncomfortable Reality of Gone Girl

(Article contains spoilers.) It’s been so long since a movie in theaters has looked worthy of your afternoon and $9 that Gone Girl should be a thirst-quencher.  After a disastrous summer that left audiences covering their eyes, the mere promise of a watchable film is enough to drag you out the door to a 10:00 AM…

Pokemon Movies Retrospective: The Guardians of Alto Mare (2002)

This is an entry in the Pokemon Movies Retrospective Movie #5: Pokemon Heroes – Latios & Latias “If the Soul Dew should be used for evil, its power will be tainted, and the Soul Dew will disappear along with the island.” – Legend of the Soul Dew (Japanese Dub) Pokemon Heroes – Latios & Latias, 「水の都の護神 ラティアスとラティオス」(lit.…

Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #62 The Usual Suspects

Have you seen The Usual Suspects? No? Then STOP READING THIS, queue it up on Netflix — assuming it’s still streaming… I feel like half the time I want to watch something there, it’s been taken down since I last checked — and avoid all other discussion of the movie. So much of it is…