Babadook, The (2014)
Baby Driver (2017)
Babymakers, The (2012)
Not the best film to come from comedy entrepreneur Jay Chandrasekhar, “The Babymakers” is a mish-mash of capable comedic actors in watered down and misused comedic situations. With some laughs sprinkled in throughout the film, the conflicts faced are a little too sporadic and easily resolved, unlike actual life, which often presents the best humor. Paul Schneider fits perfectly into the partial Broken Lizard crew, but with very little to work with, the film often falls flat.
Baby Mama (2008)
Amy Poehler is awesome. Hopefully she keeps up the whole film persona. Tina Fey works well with Amy and maybe we’ll see the collaboration again. The film is just filled with one liners and is hilarious. Nice twists and turns though, as well.
Babysitters, The (2008)
Honest yet undeniably misfired, The Babysitters plays too much on the idea of pimps and hoes instead of aiming at the idea of misguided youth searching for meaning in their lives. The plot grows repetitious with constant shifts in the girls and their attitudes towards one another along with their feelings towards their new found jobs. The motivation of the characters is weak, leaving me skeptical throughout the entire film. The backstabbing seems misguided and uneventful and the ending is downright horrible. John Lequizamo has his moments as do many of the girls, but this film completely misses its mark.
Back to the Future (1985)
A perfect mix between adventure, comedy, and drama. A concept that was truly ahead of its time and still awe-inspiring to this day.
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Slightly less straight-forward as the first film, I still appreciate the twisting, turning nature of the plot. I absolutely love how these films lead in to one another and the end of the second film is by far the best and most epic ending.
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
Science fiction meets western in the third Back to the Future, which couldn’t have pleased me more. Though the Doc’s love story is rather haphazard and overdrawn, the action is in full force. Though I don’t see this is as the end all be all, it is a nice conclusion to a stellar trilogy.
Bad Boys (1995)
Bad Boys II (2003)
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
Messed up film but I loved it. Nicholas Cage as an over the top, strung out cop was fantastic. He gets into so much crap it is so fun to watch him try to get out. Eva Mendes was stunning as well and I definitely enjoyed my first real Werner Herzog experience. I also read that this wasn’t actually a remake and that the original director hates Herzog’s guts… Maybe that is just hearsay though…
Bad Moms (2016)
Bad Moms Christmas, A (2017)
Bad Santa (2003)
Bad Teacher (2011)
Such a piss-poor film with a dreadful main character in Diaz and a cast full of one-dimensional supporting characters so flat and generic that the film becomes excruciating (especially Timberlake’s character). Jason Segal is the film’s only redeeming quality as he is the only character that appears to be human. The humor sticks to the raunchy, which somewhat helps the film stay relevant, but by the end, I felt worse for having sat through this entire film.
Bag of Hammers, A (2012)
Hitting all the appropriate marks and creating a vehicle for unknowns like Jake Sandvig and Jason Ritter, “A Bag of Hammers” may veer off into pure mimicry of Wes Anderson, but if you’re going to imitate, you might as well imitate the best. There is deep emotion in this Indie that reaches the surface a hand full of times and every time it does, its like seeing a gorgeous dolphin coming up for air. Yes, Crano’s debut is sometimes sloppy and sometimes predictable, but for the most part, it’s completely enjoyable, helped strongly by cameos from the uber talented Amanda Seyfried and Rebecca Hall.
Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, The (2018)
Bang Bang Club, The (2011)
Consider The Bang Bang Club a war film where the main characters aren’t soldiers but photographers of war. Built around the relationship between the staff at a foreign newspaper and the high-risk environment surrounding them, Ryan Phillippe, Taylor Kitsch, and Malin Akerman steal the show, adding some relevance to an otherwise unnoticed film.
Bao (short) (2018)
Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)
Barney’s Version (2011)
Talk about a film that depicts reality. We all know life isn’t sunshine and fairy tales and if a moral is to be taken from this film, it is that life just happens. Giamatti is the perfect man to play the real and genuine Barney. The people around him are real, the situations they find themselves in are real, and honestly, it breaks your heart over and over again. The passion in the writing of this film is second to none and I am completely amazed that only the makeup was noticed by the Academy. Absolutely a great film from start to finish.
Barry Munday (2010)
“Barry Munday” is an indie comedy that nicely rides the line between smart and raunchy, but never really delves fully into either. A blend of “There’s Something About Mary” and “Meet the Parents” without all the slippery slope underdog story. The film has quite the ensemble cast with Judy Greer steering back into her nerdy persona. The gorgeous Chloe Sevigny was worth every minute of her small role and even Billy Dee Williams graces the film. Not what I expected from the film, which is definitely a good thing.
Relying heavily on John Travolta’s skills in front of the camera, Basic is held down mostly by its debilitating sets (basically just an office and a hospital bed) while completely keeping the audience in the dark with contradicting stories of what actually happened during the routine training gone bad, until, at one point, nothing makes much sense. Saved by an unforgettable twist ending, however, Basic is still able to reach a level of mediocrity worthy of at least being called an average thriller.
Basic Instinct (1992)
“Basic Instinct” is the perfect mix of sexual thriller and mystery, keeping you guessing until the very last shot of the film. Sharon Stone couldn’t be sexier, the perfect casting choice for the film, matched splendidly with Michael Douglas who can play both easy and vulnerable along with coy and domineering. Many will argue that the plot is too tight-knit in setting up two pairs of reasoning for the subsequent murders, but I enjoyed every minute of the film, wanting more and more of Sharon Stone throughout.
Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
There is a glimpse of what “Basic Instinct 2” could be in the first five minutes of the film, when Sharon Stone is speeding down the road in a hot car while touching herself. The film looks sleek and stylish, one-upping the original film’s sexually intense opening. But after that, the film falls into a race against itself, trying to recreate the same moments from the original without giving us anything. Sharon Stone teetered on being evil in the original, but in the sequel, we know how the previous film ended and therefore know Stone’s character for what she is, destroying the illusion. Stone is sexy as ever, still taking control of her scenes, but none of the other characters add up and the whodunit portion of the film falls flat and melodramatic.
“Batman” is easily one of the closest comic book to silver screen adaptations ever made (alongside Spider-Man), but without Jack Nicholson, the film would not have been as classic as it is. Kim Basinger was hardly allowed to be sexy and Keaton is hardly in the film, leaving the rest of the weak cast (a black Harvey Dent?) to struggle in holding up the film. It is impossible to accept the film as reality (unlike Nolan’s new interpretations) and for that, the film fails to pack a punch.
Batman & Robin (1997)
Batman Begins (2005)
This movie rocks pretty hard for a “beginning” superhero movie. Lived up to the original movies, especially with Christian Bale at the helm, but the chase scene was done poorly, and the entire end of the film seemed rushed. Katie Holmes isn’t the best for her character and I’m glad they replace her in the next one. Can’t wait to see the Joker in the next one.
Batman Forever (1995)
I once considered this my favorite batman film (before the Nolan franchise), but being tainted by the reboot and having grown-up, the film just doesn’t stand up any. Works perfectly for a straight-out-of-a-comic-book adaptation, with the hokey dialogue and shifting camera movements. Definitely matched the “sex” factor from the second film as well as the goofy villains from the first.
Batman Returns (1992)
By far the best Batman film of the original series, “Batman Returns” takes all that was positive in the first film and gives it a darker and sexier presentation. Danny DeVito as Penguin highlights as one of the best performances in his career and makes the film the true disturbing masterpiece that it is.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Worth the Odessa staircase sequence alone. The rest of the film was less than noteworthy. The fact that they can put on a scene like the Odessa steps back in ’25 shows how amazing Eisenstein was and how much of an impact he had on the future of cinema. I wasn’t blown away by the film, but the Odessa steps sequence will impact me as a filmmaker from now on.
Beach, The (2000)
Always forget this was Danny Boyle’s but once you start, it is easy to see Boyle’s unique touch, especially in the video game adaptation with Leonardo DiCaprio in the woods. The tone of the film has a suspenseful edge that really works and Tilda Swinton’s presence helps that exponentially. The imagery during the shark bite sequence is truly disturbing and realistic.
Bear Story (short) (2014)
The Twilight version of Beauty and the Beast. Honestly, my biggest objection to the film is the make-up on Alex Pettyfer throughout the film. The scars work but why all the unrealistic other crap? The tattoos and prosthetics appear drawn and applied by a child. And “Don’t Embrace The Suck”? Where do I even begin… Mary-Kate Olsen actually pulls off the role of the witch and is far from the worst part of the film. The loose and agonizing love story brings shame to the age-old tale. Some stories should just be left alone.
Beautiful Boy (2011)
In what could have been a truly moving drama about two parents dealing with their son being involved in a school shooting/suicide, becomes a flat and rather emotionless film. From prior performances, Michael Sheen and Maria Bello both have shown the capacity to take your breath, yet come off removed from this would-be heartfelt piece. Instead, they mope their way through this rather original depiction as only shells of themselves. The idea is sound, but the execution is lacking.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Having grown up with the film, not only does it hold up, but the remastering of this animated feature film is absolutely jaw dropping, bringing a sleekness and polished look to this 90’s Disney film that makes it feel like it was released ten years later than it was. Belle is one of my favorite princesses, as she sets a wonderful example for little girls who admire her. The Beast and his reactions are often humorous and his staff of furniture and utensils steal the show. With two of the best Disney musical numbers to-date, specifically “Beauty and the Beast” and “Be Out Guest”, the film itself ranks as one of my all-time favorite animated Disney films. Although certain aspects of the film are tarnished as I grow up with this film, including the muddled plot points like the Beast’s age before the spell and the span of time throughout the film, however, small gripes aside, “Beauty and the Beast” is a near perfect film in general and will hopefully continue to entertain for generations to come.
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Beautiful Mind, A (2001)
Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)
Beaver, The (2011)
I am willing to give The Beaver and director Jodie Foster the benefit of the doubt. The film covers tons of ground and touches on what it takes to feel complete. The family dynamic leaps off the screen, unique in its approach, creating a sensible yet exotic dramatic experience. Normally not a big fan of Mel Gibson, his melancholy behavior forms what could be his best dramatic performance yet. Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence prove their depth and, in my honest opinion, these are the top two young stars to keep an eye on in the next few decades.
Beavis and Butt-head Do America (1996)
With a little more Betelguese, who should be the star of the film given the title, this could have been a much more enjoyable dark comedy. Especially with the unrecognizable Michael Keaton at the helm, owning every scene he does appear in. Instead, the mishaps of the newly departed, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, steal the spotlight, giving this quirky Burton classic a mediocre run at best.
Before I Wake (2016)
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)
An interesting little film. Tries a little too hard with its constant shift of non-linear storytelling. The performances are absolutely amazing, from Hoffman and Tomei, with two performances unlike anything in their repertoire, all the way down to the small performances by Amy Ryan and Brian O’Byrne. Pretty hard to relate with anyone in the film, but ultimately it succeeds in depicting the ugly underside of a crumbling family.
Every so often I take a look at an actor and ask myself why I enjoy their work. I recently looked at Ewan McGregor and asked myself why. Sure, people love him for his work in Moulin Rouge and Star Wars (Trainspotting and Big Fish for the cult classic lovers), but honestly, nothing stuck out for me to completely enjoy his body of work. Do not get me wrong, I respect McGregor immensely and would never steer away from one of his films, but there was just something missing. Beginners gives me a reason to shadow that doubt. His quirky, yet worldly portrayal of Oliver in this film brings out the best he has to offer, delivering a slightly dark romantic comedy. In no way discrediting McGregor, Melanie Laurent stole the spotlight; absolutely blowing me away with her performance as Anna. Though she does not speak throughout the entire beginning of the film, you cannot help but fall madly for her. Christopher Plummer rounds out the trifecta with a deep-hearted and completely committed performance as Oliver’s elderly, dying, and openly gay father. Get passed the structural mish-mash of the film and Beginners is a perfect example of why I thoroughly enjoy Ewan McGregor’s work.
Beguiled, The (2017)
Being Flynn (2012)
“Being Flynn” is a showcase of stellar performances from actors who continue to reset the height of the bar. Robert De Niro steps outside of his normal range of emotions and proves that we haven’t seen the last of his great performances. Paul Dano continues to impress, bringing a new essence to acting with his “passenger” demeanor and uncanny reactions to the world surrounding him. The material is never flat-out with emotions running deep in all characters, providing a rich and well-written dark drama.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Being John Malkovich is smart humor at its finest. Cusack, Keener, and Malkovich deliver some of the most memorable performances of their careers. Even Diaz steps out of her normal, sexy facade and ugs up for an original, one-of-a-kind performance. Kaufman is inventive and outside the box, and that makes this film worth all the praise that it receives.
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
Bel Ami (2012)
Although “Bel Ami” fails to fully tear Robert Pattinson away from his vampire upbringings, the fact that the viewer is mostly supposed to dislike his central character provides for some on-par reactions. With a lovely cast of females surrounding him, especially Christina Ricci, who grows more gorgeous with every role she plays and continues to prove that she will one day be an Academy Award winning actress, the focus is taken off Pattinson and his inability to reach beyond a certain base-set of emotions and transcends into a sexy, albeit slightly melodramatic, period piece.
Bellflower is an Indie film that never quite feels Indie. A romance and L.A. coming-of-age film that never really comes off romantic, locational, or enlightening. I am not sure the characters ever even discover anything about themselves, however, this stylish and gritty little number is just crazy enough to work. How Evan Glodell found the ambition to write, direct, and star lead, I truly may never know. But his passion and artistic vision show through like the brush strokes of a painter. To produce a film as genre-breaking and well-crafted as Bellflower on his first crack as writer/director, definitely invests me to see what he can fire out next.
Benchwarmers, The (2006)
Beneath the Dark (2010)
I appreciate what they were trying to do here, but none of it worked. Sadly, the only achievement in this film is that the actors could keep a straight face.
Berberian Sound Studio (2013)
Best and the Brightest, The (2011)
At this point in Neil Patrick Harris’ career, he could sell just about any film. The problem with The Best and The Brightest is that it under-utilized him. The situation that Jeff and Samantha endure while attempting to get their child into school after a big move is so far-fetched that it becomes impossible to enjoy. Though I believe people can be duped, this film comes off like one of those poorly produced National Lampoon or American Pie spin-offs. However, the dead-pan performances from NPH and new-comer Peter Serafinowicz make the film much more than it is.
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The (2012)
Best Laid Plans (1999)
Quite possibly one of the most ridiculous plots ever! Besides the young and in-her-prime Reese Witherspoon and the extraordinary Alessandro Nivola, this film is lackluster and not worth the ending.
Best Of Me, The (2014)
Better Life, A (2011)
A Better Life is a heart-breaking story that does not tote as being based-on-a-true-story, but might as well be. It follows one Hispanic father’s plight to give he and his son a better life (hence the title) by buying a truck and becoming his own boss. The plot is never easy, allowing the viewer to feel the struggle, especially when his truck is stolen. Bichir delivers an award-worthy performance, making it justified that he was nominated for Best Actor by the Academy. The film never comes off preachy and simply makes a solid statement about illegal immigration.
Beyond the Lights (2014)
Big Daddy (1999)
Big Eyes (2014)
Big Fan (2009)
Bigger Picture, The (short) (2014)
Big Hero 6 (2014)
Big Lebowski, The (1998)
Big Nothing (2007)
The acting is right, but the script is all wrong. All three actors play off each other well, but the constant shifting of the plot gets zanier and zanier with each passing twist. Being a story about a troubled writer, I would have almost given this film the benefit of the doubt if it had gone with the twist that these crazy turns of events were all part of a story written by David Schwimmer’s character. By the time Jon Polito’s character gets involved, I was completely done with this film.
Big Short, The (2015)
Big Sick, The (2017)
Big Wedding, The (2013)
Big White, The (2005)
Bill Burr: I’m Sorry You Feel That Way (2014)
Billy Madison (1995)
Besides “Happy Gilmore”, “Billy Madison” tops my list of favorite Sandler films.
Bird Box (2018)
Birth of a Nation, The (2016)
“Biutiful” completely blew me away. I apparently had literally no idea what this film was about. Expecting a heartfelt, drug-related expedition into the life of Javier Bardem’s character, the film actually involves a struggling father, trying to handle his disintegrating life that continues to flow through his fingers. Rather bleak and raw, the film tests the boundaries of an audience, not only in how long they will sit in a theater but also how close to death they are willing to get. I appreciated the emotionally destitute nature of “Biutiful” and left feeling satisfied.
The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015)
Black Death (2011)
Visually appealing throughout, Black Death’s only downfall is that the casting relies too heavily on Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne, who carry the film nicely, but could have used some bigger names in the supporting roles. The film does reach extremely graphic levels of gore and violence, but its style and thought-provoking subject matter regarding the views of religion and death make this film worthwhile.
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Black Mass (2015)
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018)
Black Panther (2018)
Black Sheep (1996)
Black Sheep (short) (2018)
Black Snake Moan (2007)
Pretty sweet movie. Finally a movie that shows the real “disease” that is sex addiction! 🙂 Rack it up as Jackson’s 2nd straight movie with the name snake in it. See the movie, it won’t disappoint.
Blackthorn depicts the life of Butch Cassidy as an old man, having survived the conclusion of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Blackthorn has all the bells and whistles of an old-fashioned Western and Sam Shepherd displays a true knack for the gritty gunslinger. The story holds up the original and for a film that basically went completely under the radar, Blackthorn offers a truly great companion piece to the original, minus the flashbacks, which were completely unneeded.
Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Blades of Glory (2007)
Blair Witch Project, The (1999)
Still one of the most revolutionary films of its time, The Blair Witch Project opened the door for every shaky camera film that we enjoy today (i.e. Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity). Though most of the film is just three people arguing in the woods, the sound design and sheer creep factor plays well on screen, creating a truly unique horror film.
Blind Side, The (2009)
Blind Vaysha (short) (2016)
Blood Diamond (2006)
With a star like Leonardo DiCaprio at its helm, Blood Diamond entertains, but only at a base level. Delving into the state of our nations, specifically in South Africa, Blood Diamond helps present viewers with issues facing our country in a captivating and entertaining way. But on a purely cinematic level, the film comes off systematic and fails to launch past its star in DiCaprio, who carries most of the film with a flawed lead character that seeks redemption. The war scenes are expertly deployed and the cinematography and set design come off truly authentic, creating a perfect world for this otherwise standard thriller.
Blood Into Wine (2010)
The half of this film that is an actual, serious documentary, is thoughtful and endearing, while the attempt at offhand humor bleeds false and uninteresting. Feeling padded to reach the 90 minute mark, this film would have worked much better as a shorter film. The lower thirds introducing each person interviewed were the most creative graphics I have seen in a very long time, especially in a documentary, and they added the only truly unique feel to the film. Informative and meaningful, Blood Into Wine follows Maynard James Keenan and his wine-making venture quite wonderfully.
Blue Crush (2002)
Blue Streak (1999)
Blue Valentine (2010)
Painful and pleasant all at the same time and giving off such a true-to-life authenticity, “Blue Valentine” is unabashed by the Hollywood constraints of a romantic, cookie-cuttter mold. It embodies the perfect blend of Indy and Hollywood production without “selling out” (for lack of a better terminology). Ryan Gosling delivers the external role while Michelle Williams daunts the task of the internal, which neither fails to impress.To me, the film feels like you are a passenger on two trains aimed directly at each other and you know sooner or later both rides are going to end. I am so pleased this got Oscar attention this year.
Done extremely well. It taught me and entertained me. The main thing this movie did for me was make me wish we could have a president or even a candidate that the country can get behind. Maybe by seeing this movie someone will be inspired like the Kennedy’s were. Huge superstar cast and wonderful underlying stories. Gotta see this movie.
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Bone Collector, The (1999)
The definition of a gritty thriller, “The Bone Collector” rarely strays from the textbook suspense tricks. However, with Denzel Washington able to keep the film afloat while remaining in a bed the entire film is a testament to the man’s superior acting ability. Also, Angelina Jolie delivers an acceptable performance, nailing the New York accent, as well as reflecting the constant struggle between what her character wants and what Washington’s character wants from her. Although the urgency of the film staggers and the illusion is lost after multiple viewings, there is something to be said for this novel adaptation.
Boogaloo and Graham (short) (2014)
Boogie Woogie (2010)
Sexually charged and overly hip, Duncan Ward’s “Boogie Woogie” is wildly perverse and devastatingly disclosed. Centered around the art world and a famous painting, the lives of those invested unravel on screen. Filled with gorgeous women (Heather Graham, Amanda Seyfried, and Gillian Amderson) as well as two amazing performances from Christopher Lee and Danny Huston, the film gains back in performances what it loses in being inordinately enigmatic.
Dated and blatant, Where The Heart Is basically tries too hard and mish-mashes far too many events and ideas into one film. A critic said it best when he referred to it as “a great big ol’ commercial for the Wal-Mart”.
Book of Life, The (2014)
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)
The only thing going for this film is actor Jeffrey Donovan. Though he cannot carry the entire film by himself, the film relies too heavily on trying to trick the audience with what is being seen (and not seen) on screen compared to what is being recorded on tape throughout the film. The haunted house element completely kills the film, which really should have taken place entirely in the woods like the original. The sad part is that this sequel held absolutely nothing revolutionary, contrary to its groundbreaking predecessor.
Boondock Saints, The (1999)
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Good but not great, Sacha Baron Cohen definitely coins his own humor with the comedy Borat, which tends to use the fish-out-of-water technique to deliver a film that I feel would have been funnier 10 years earlier. Call it desensitization, but this rude, brash comedy style is far less offensively comedic than it is trying to be and with the “shockumentary” attempt at getting real people’s reactions, it comes off similar to an episode of Jackass or some candid camera show than an actual living, breathing feature.
Born Killers (2005)
Borrowed Time (short) (2015)
Boss, The (2016)
Boss Baby, The (2017)
Bourne Identity, The (2002)
An excellent first chapter to the Bourne series, Matt Damon delivers just enough to get by as Bourne, taking the Indie drama performances that he is known for to the next level, introducing hand-to-hand combat to his repertoire. Also great in her role, “Run Lola Run” star Franka Potente takes her first major step into American cinema. With enough thrills and exposition to get the job done, “The Bourne Identity” not only works great as a solo film, but sets up the series wonderfully.
Bourne Legacy, The (2012)
Jeremy Renner comes off much more an action star than Matt Damon and carries “The Bourne Legacy” excellently. Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton provide the perfect supporting cast, breathing a freshness into otherwise basic character-types. “Legacy” takes a step away from the complicated espionage and amnesia-racket from the prior films and goes for the basic survival story of two people against the government. With some perfectly timed surprise attacks and wonderful hand-to-hand combat from Renner, the only thing missing were more fight scenes.
Bourne Supremacy, The (2004)
“The Bourne Supremacy” is a worthy addition to the series. Although providing less combat and suspense, it supplies just as many thrills and chase scenes as the previous installment. Joan Allen and Karl Urban pick up wonderfully where Chris Cooper and Clive Owen left off in “Identity” while the returning cast, mainly Brian Cox and Julia Stiles, give impressive, repeat performances. Not entirely as solid as “Identity”, this film is still able to hold interest and brings something new to the spy thriller.
Bourne Ultimatum, The (2007)
On par with the first two films, “The Bourne Ultimatum” is fast paced and chalk full of twists and turns. Matt Damon makes the role of Bourne his own and looks good doing it, alongside returning cast members Julia Stiles and Joan Allen who both fit back in quite nicely. David Strathairn takes on the role that Chris Cooper and Joan Allen leave open from the previous films. “Ultimatum” finds a way to keep this spy thriller interesting even while recycling many of the basic plot lines from the previous films.
Boxtrolls, The (2014)
Boy & the World (O Menino e o Mundo) (2015)
Boy Erased (2018)
Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
Three great performances early on in three great careers.
Pixar captures the heart and humor of this fairy tale perfectly, offering uncountable memorable moments. Though not their greatest venture to date, Brave belongs in the top tier of their arsenal, with the most stunning visuals in their repertoire, a suitable score, and impressive voice acting. Portraying intense emotional reactions in animated characters has become Pixar’s staple, in turn causing great emotional responses in their audiences and by making those connects, Brave becomes much more than an animated film and I see bright futures for this film in the award seasons to come.
Bread Factory, A: Part One – For the Sake of Gold (2018)
Bread Factory, A: Part Two – Walk with Me a While (2018)
Breadwinner, The (2017)
Break-Up, The (2006)
Far from your cookie-cutter Hollywood romance, The Break-Up rips your heart out in more of a drama than a comedy. A majority of this film feels like real life and I appreciated the emotions caused because of that. Vince Vaughn is allowed to be his ranting self which edges on his comedic genius.
Great meld of high school and noir. The dialogue really brings the best out of the actors, especially J. Gord and O’Leary. Could have used some more Emilie De Ravin, but really enjoyed the other strong female roles. Definitely on my favorite films list.
Brick Mansions (2014)
The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)
Was good for the most part. Karloff did a very nice job of playing Frankenstein’s Monster again. Very cool scenes like the one with the miniature people. Shows how far they’d come so long ago.
Bride Wars (2009)
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009)
The film was overall alright. I was on the brink of laughing with Will Arnett, Will Forte, and a few other interviews, but was ultimately unimpressed by it all. The only interview I invested in was the airplane story and I am not even sure why… Ben Gibbard’s (Death Cab For Cutie) was a pleasant surprise. Overall, my contempt for John Kransinski continues (not a fan of The Office… at all).
Bright Star (2009)
Poetic and organic, Bright Star gives an authentic glimpse into the life of 1818. With a lyrical dialogue and great performances all-around (especially from Paul Schneider), the film offers reality and simplicity bundled in an age-old love story.
Bring It On (2000)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
WORST MOVIE EVER!!! At times I got a headache due to system overload, referring to the scene where the ladies are yelling, cary grant is whining, and the dog is barking in one whole unrecognizable comedic stint. HATED the acting. HATED the story. HATED THIS MOVIE. Seriously questioning Howard Hawks.
Broadway Idiot (2013)
Broken Arrow (1996)
John Travolta makes the best villain ever! Not as good as in “Face/Off”, but still an enjoyable performance. Definitely worth the constant explosions!
Carried only by its impressive leading man, Tom Hardy, Bronson breaks past the fourth wall and alienates most of its audience with constant male nudity and a half-baked look into the psyche of one of the most unruly inmates of all-time. Though the story holds together well and Hardy fits the role to perfection, the film remains a one-trick pony that grows old after the first few encounters.
Bronze, The (2016)
Brothers Grimsby, The (2016)
Brother’s Keeper (1992)
“Brother’s Keeper” is an interesting documentary about an old man from the backwoods brought up on charges for murdering his elderly brother. Not sound of mind and living in dismal conditions with his remaining brothers, Delbert, a man who has never been very popular is bailed out of jail by several members of the community in his hometown of Munnville. As the court date grows closer, the town rallies more and more behind Delbert as the media becomes more prevalent in the case, bringing about some very eloquent speakers despite their down-home appearances. This documentary is a great frame of reference of where our justice system has fallen and brings to light questions about morality and ethics that we face in our society even today. Joe Berlinger starts off a profound career with this film, to later bring films like the “Paradise Lost” trilogy.
Bruce Almighty (2003)
One of the best and most inspiring documentaries I have seen in a long time. Buck shows a side of human compassion that is rarely seen these days, which is emotionally moving while entertaining. I hope Buck can hold on to enough steam to ride into the Oscars next year, because it is definitely my top pick thus far. With a stellar soundtrack and a natural production quality, no matter what your stance on horses or cowboys, everyone should see this film.
Bull Durham (1988)
Damon Wayans and Adam Sandler prove to be a good match, in this action comedy that delivers more drama than comedy. The cop posing as a criminal plot line works well, especially in the relationship and strain that is caused between the two leads. Despite the horrible reviews for this film, I really enjoyed it.
Dark and gritty, Bullhead is a powerhouse of a drama. Coming from a viewer who has had it with the overuse of flashbacks in films, Bullhead finds a way of utilizing the technique in a much more pleasing fashion, blending the life of main character Jacky as a boy with his beefed-up (pun intended) and steroid-laden older self. The shocking revelation of Jacky’s past enriches this film with a depth that saves it from being just another mob-infringed thriller gone bad. Matthias Schoenaerts lands a role he was born for and reminds of Tom Hardy early in his career.
Along the lines of “Sin City” and “Watchmen”, “Bunraku” creates an artistic and graphically induced world while steering clear of the laughable and pretentious world of a film like “The Warrior’s Way”. The characters are interesting with the actors fitting their parts surprisingly well. The visuals are up to par with high budget films, with many of the stories being told through paper cutouts. The fight scenes grow slightly extended, but with the “Kill Bill”-like set up to the villains, the viewer is constantly engaged in the story.
Interesting concept. Hard to believe the entire film is set in a coffin. It keeps you embraced for the most part but I honestly wish I would have left a minute or two before the ending. Just bad… Proof that a bad ending can ruin the entire film.
Burn After Reading (2008)
Burning Man (2012)
Burning Palms (2011)
Burning Plain, The (2009)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
One of the best Westerns ever made, Paul Newman and Robert Redford make one of the best pairings in cinema history as Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. There is not a low point in this film and every scene has something to offer to the film as a whole. Rounded off with the beautiful Katharine Ross, it hard not to love this film.