Mud (2013)

Mud, Neckbone, and Ellis take on an unexpected friendship with a ton of baggage in a rural Mississippi town. Mud, played by Matthew McConaughey, is on the run from bounty hunters for a committing a crime of passion and is hiding out on an Island in Mississippi just down the river from a rural fishing community. Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) are two young boys on a constant search for adventure to escape the mundane life they live at home. The thing that brings these two boys and this criminal on the run together, a boat stuck in a tree. Reese Witherspoon plays Juniper, Mud’s love interest and she is very good as well.

This movie was amazing. I absolutely loved it and I can only hope that Matthew McConaughey’s performance isn’t forgotten come award season. I know he has a couple other movies coming out where he is already being praised for his performance in those as well. 2013 might be the year of Matthew McConaughey and he probably wont keep his shirt on the whole time but what we do know is that he has started strong with his performance in Mud.

Rating – 9/10

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Movie 43 (2013)

A movie built around movie pitches based as short skits. Not a horrible idea, but you must have more than one funny skit. It was raunchy and over the top in all the wrong ways and to make it worse… the cast potential was through the roof. So many funny actors but so little laughs. Oh and just when you think it’s over, it’s not. The animation version of PETA will not be happy. The movie is a turd and quite possibly the top turd of 2013 in the 3rd annual Watched-Its.

Rating – 3/10

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2013 Fall Movie Preview

Fall preview time! It’s time to look at what has already came out this Fall and what else is on the way. Here are my most anticipated movies for September, October, and November.

Top 5 Most Anticipated Fall 2013 Movies

5. Don Jon, September 27th

– Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his directorial and writing debut, as well as stars in Don Jon. I am a huge Joseph Gordon-Levitt fan and can’t wait to see what he does when he is in full control. The movie looks like it is based on porn addict or womanizer type male lead.

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4. Prisoners, September 20th

– As a new parent, this movie is my worst nightmare… Hugh Jackman’s characters daughter and her friend go missing. Asking the age-old question, at what lengths will father go to find his daughter. It has come out with strong reviews and looks like a thrill ride.

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3. The Wolf of Wall Street, November 15th

– An article recently mentioned The Wolf of Wall Street would be pushed back but on the happenstance that it is not, it has to be on this list. Based on an autobiography, Martin Scorsese’s latest movie will tackle the corruption on Wall Street.

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2. 12 Years a Slave, October 18th

– Based on a true story of a man’s fight for survival and freedom in pre-Civil War times. The trailer looks great and cast is solid and includes last years Best Actress nominee for Beasts of the Southern Wild… Quvenzhane Wallis.

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1. Gravity, October 4th

– I hate the idea of 3D movies, so I refuse to see them… with one exception, Gravity. This looks amazing. The trailers are vague and not giving us much which is just how it should be. Can’t wait to see this 3D movie. Looks beautiful.

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5 Honorable Mentions

  • All is Lost, October 18th
  • Captain Phillips, October 11th
  • The Counselor, October 25th
  • Dallas Buyer Club, November 1st
  • Thor: The Dark World, November 8th

Brave (2012)

The other big animated movie of 2012 besides Wreck-It Ralph, was Brave. A story about a young princess named Merida (Kelly McDonald) striving to be anything but your typical princess. When young girls, like my niece, think of princesses they think of glass slippers and beautiful dresses, well Merida is more into archery and adventure.

As the old story goes, the young princess doesn’t want to be the prim and proper princess her mother the queen wants her to be. The battle of traditional vs a non-traditional approach to marriage and how a princess should behave brings Merida to a witch in the forest that changes everything.

The movie was good and of the animated movies I saw in 2012 it is definitely at the top with Wreck-It Ralph. Again, it just comes down to me enjoying the arcade world I can relate to from my childhood over the classic princess story.

Rating – 7/10

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Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

I finally got around to seeing Wreck-It Ralph and really enjoyed it. It’s fun for all ages, from the interesting games Ralph and friends invade and to the old characters brought back for older gamers like myself.

Basically Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of being the bad guy and wants to be the good guy for once and win a medal. To do this and to prove his doubters wrong, Ralph infiltrates a different game and steals the medal causing chaos in the arcade. He ends up in the racing game called Sugar Rush and meets a spunky young girl named Vanellope (Sarah Silverman.) Vanellope is a glitch, which is a mistake in the games hard drive that causes her character to not perform correctly during the game. Because of this she is not allowed to race… or is she?

I have now seen both Brave and Wreck-It Ralph and have given the Best Animated Film of 2012 Watched It to…. Wreck-It Ralph. The movie was entertaining the entire journey, where at times kids movies can have lulls in them and be extremely boring for adults more often than not. That wasn’t the care here and I would say both movies are enjoyable, I just enjoyed the arcade world more since I grew up a gamer.

Rating – 8/10

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Top 5 Football Movies

With professional and college football well under way, I think we need a top 5 list of my favorite football movies!

5. The Waterboy (1998)

– Well you need to know he loves his mama very much and he is a connoisseur of high-quality H2O.

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4. The Blindside (2009)

– The story of Michael Oher, from a damaged child to first round draft pick in the NFL.

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3. Friday Night Lights (2004)

– In Texas, football is huge. In Odessa, Texas… football is everything.

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2. Remember the Titans (2006)

– High school football team takes on racial equality, in their own locker room as well as on the field.

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1. Rudy (1993)

– The inspiring story of a young man overcoming the odds and achieving his dream.

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Honorable Mentions

  • Varsity Blues (1999)
  • Any Given Sunday (1999)
  • Jerry Maguire (1996)
  • The Program (1993)
  • Invincible (2006)

Last Month in Watched It: September 2013

What I Watched in September 2013

Movies:

    • Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
    • That’s My Boy (2012)
    • This Is The End (2013)
    • Brave (2012)

The Good:

The good has to be Zero Dark Thirty and thats not saying the other two are bad. This Is The End is very funny and I will get to Brave in a second. Kathryn Bigelow takes her talents back to the battlefield of war as she did in 2008 with The Hurt Locker, which was my favorite film of 2008. Jessica Chastain delivers a great performance in this retelling of the events that took place in May of 2011. The night when Seal Team 6 ended the long hunt for Osama bin-Laden. 8/10 for me.

The Bad:

That’s My Boy was unsurprisingly a dud. Adam Sandler is comedy legend that has gone off the rails and Andy Samberg is very hit and miss for me. I didn’t have high hopes for this movie but it did offer up a couple laughs. Time is precious and you shouldn’t waste it on That’s My Boy. I gave it a 4/10 on IMDb.

The Old or Surprising:

Didn’t see a whole lot this month. Nothing old and nothing all that surprising but I will talk about Brave a little. The message and story from Brave make it a must watch, especially for young women. It combines that message with gaelic history and makes for a fun watch. I gave it a 6/10 due to my exceedingly high Pixar expectations.