Eight Men Out (1988) – Review

4 Stars

What is it about the sport of Baseball that so easily translates to the screen? If you were to make a list of the best sports movies of all-time, I’m positive movies about baseball would comprise the majority of the spots. On that proverbial list, would surely be John Sayles’ excellent film Eight Men Out. This is a picture as concerned with organized crime, greed, workers unions, and sports writers as much as it has to do with the game itself. From the opening shot of a young boy running through the crowed streets of Chicago circa 1919 on his way to the ballpark to catch the White Sox, Sayles establishes an authoritative tone on the story, which is told with clarity, and a level of sympathy towards the outcast players.

Godzilla (2014) – Review

2 Stars

Godzilla is a visually stunning movie that dramatically peaks early and then settles for a routine CGI fest that includes battling monsters against a crumbling city skyline. For those picky fans that thought Roland Emmerich’s 1998 film of the same name was derivative, ungainly, and overlong–the latest rendering falls victim to the same perils. Working from a script that runs out of ideas early, the ‘name’ cast tries (mostly) in vein to add gravitas to this silly parable.

Lincoln (2012) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

Lincoln is director Steven Spielberg’s most important film since Munich. Starting things off with a battle scene, depicting the North vs. South warring with one another on a muddy battlefield, recalling the horrific opening of Saving Private Ryan. However Spielberg quickly cuts away from the carnage, as if letting the audiences know that this film (much like its namesake) will posses a quite fury and not the raw aggression and brutality of Ryan.

Top Five Best Matthew McConaughey Movies

This is my list of the top five best Matthew McConaughey movies. McConaughey has been a proven draw at the box office since the mid-90s and continues to be one of the few actors that has been able to transition from action hero to romantic lead and into heavy drama. Lately McConaughey has garnered Oscar buzz for his supporting turns in both Magic Mike and Killer Joe. While he has yet to headline a blockbuster or win an Academy Award McConaughey has complied a solid list of films. The one-time Sexiest Man Alive has recently taken on serious roles in an attempt to distance himself from his clean-cut image.

U-571 (2000)

Box Office Gross: $77,122,415     Adjusted: $0

In this World War II action thriller, American reconnaissance agents learn that a German submarine is sinking. The doomed ship carries an Enigma Machine, a special coding device that allows high-level Axis forces to send messages that can’t be read without a similar encryption mechanism. Obtaining a working Enigma device would be invaluable for the Allied war effort, so a U.S. sub is sent out to rescue the machine. However, German forces have already picked up the sub’s distress signal and are en route to rescue their comrades. U-571 features a distinguished cast, including Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, and Jon Bon Jovi.