Backlighting: Adam Sandler


Adam Sandler, a comedic icon to my generation after his years on SNL and the hilarious movies my generation grew up with. Comedy classics like Billy Madison, Big Daddy, The Waterboy, and Happy Gilmore were staples in the youth of the 90’s. His career never quiet advanced past that childish humor, something I loved as a young boy. Today I still enjoy his work, just with lower expectations. He recently signed a 4 picture deal with Netflix and released the first of the four in December, The Ridiculous 6. Occasionally he will get out of the immature humor box he seems trapped in and show off his acting chops in movies like Funny People and Reign Over Me. Regardless of what you think of Adam Sandler’s recent work, there is no denying the impact he has had on the comedic movie genre. Thank you, Adam.

My Top 5

  1. Big Daddy (1999)
  2. Happy Gilmore (1996)
  3. The Wedding Singer (1998)
  4. Funny People (2009)
  5. Billy Madison (1995)

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3 Honorable Mentions

  • The Waterboy (1998)
  • Mr. Deeds (2002)
  • Hotel Transylvania (2012)

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The Overrated

  • 50 First Dates (2004)

I don’t necessarily think it’s overrated. Adam Sandler movies sort of fall where I expect them to at this point, but people do seem to enjoy this a lot more than I do. It was fine.


The Underrated

  • Reign Over Me (2007)

Such a great movie that seems to not get its due. Adam Sandler teams up with Don Cheadle in this heartwarming tale of a understandbly troubled man who lost his family in 9/11 and is trying to pick up the pieces. You hear Sandler’s name and you don’t hear this movie and you really should.


The Dud

  •  Jack and Jill (2011)

This was the train wreck we expected from the trailer release to end of the film, but for some reason I had to see it. I love Adam Sandler and if I can see him at his best, then I will see him at his worst. This is really bad though and Al Pachino is in it and I don’t know why.


5 Still on the Watch-list

  • Men, Women, and Children (2014)
  • Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008)
  • Spanglish (2004)
  • Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
  • Going Overboard (1989)

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2015-2016 Winter Movie Preview

Winter preview time! It’s time to look at what has already came out this Winter and what else is on the way. Here are my most anticipated movies for December, January, and February.

Top 5 Most Anticipated Winter 2015-2016 Movies

5. The Big Short, December 11th

  • The Big Short takes on the housing bubble collapse of the mid 2000s. Surprisingly this film is directed by Adam McKay, yes the same Adam McKay that brought us Step Brothers, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. It will be interesting to see how he handles such a complex and serious topic. The cast is heavy as most Oscar bait movies are.


4. Joy, December 25th

  • Joy is the story of Joy Mangano, the creator of the Miracle Mop. The cast is full of David O. Russell’s favorite people based on his most recent films. Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Bradley Cooper lead the way in what hopes to be another great piece of film in Russell’s catalog.


3. The RevenantDecember 25th

  • The Revenant is the story of a man named Hugh Glass, a frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s. This is a story my father-in-law has told me about several times being from South Dakota, the area Glass travelled through. The movie comes from the mind of Alejandro G. Iñárritu, who is fresh off his 2014 Best Picture win with Birman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance.) Expectations are high but some of the stories coming out of production are concerning. Trailer looks amazing.


2. The Hateful Eight, December 25th

– Quentin Tarantino is back with the movie that almost didn’t happen. In pre-production, the script leaked and Tarantino threatened to retire due to it. It was a scary time for Tarantino fans but he moved past it and is back! It’s another western about a bounty hunter and his female prisoner getting stuck in a house with a bunch of questionable people  during a snow storm. The movie appears to be told in a limited story telling type of way.


1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, December 18th

– It’s been 10 years since a Star Wars movie was last released and 32 years since the last good Star Wars movie was released. Expectations are high…. I don’t know what else to say. This was an easy number one for me. Star Wars is back baby!!!


5 Honorable Mentions

  • Concussion, December 25th
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, January 15th
  • Hail, Caesar!, February 5th
  • Deadpool, February 12th
  • Triple 9, February 26th

73rd Golden Globe Preditions

My 73rd Golden Globe Predictions

Total…. 8/25

My picks are in BOLD.


Best Picture – Drama

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Room
  • Spotlight
  • The Revenant — WINNER
  • Carol

Best Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Joy
  • Spy
  • The Big Short
  • The Martian — WINNER
  • Trainwreck

Best Director

  • Todd Haynes (Carol)
  • George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
  • Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
  • Ridley Scott (The Martian)
  • Alejandro G. Inarritu (The Revenant) — WINNER

Best Actor – Drama

  • Will Smith (Concussion)
  • Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
  • Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) — WINNER
  • Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy

  • Al Pacino (Danny Collins)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Infinitely Polar Bear)
  • Christian Bale (The Big Short)
  • Steve Carell (The Big Short)
  • Matt Damon (The Martian) — WINNER

Best Actress – Drama

  • Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
  • Cate Blanchett (Carol)
  • Rooney Mara (Carol)
  • Brie Larson (Room) — WINNER
  • Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy

  • Lily Tomlin (Grandma)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (Joy) — WINNER
  • Melissa McCarthy (Spy)
  • Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van)
  • Amy Schumer (Trainwreck) 

Best Supporting Actor

  • Michael Shannon (99 Homes)
  • Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)
  • Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) 
  • Sylvester Stallone (Creed) — WINNER
  • Paul Dano (Love & Mercy)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) — WINNER
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)
  • Helen Mirren (Trumbo)
  • Jane Fonda (Youth)
  • Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)

Best Animated Film

  • Inside Out — WINNER
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • Anomalisa

Best Screenplay

  • Emma Donoghue (Room)
  • Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer (Spotlight)
  • Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs) — WINNER
  • Charles Randolph, Adam McKay (The Big Short)
  • Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight)

Best Picture – Foreign Language

  • Mustang – France
  • Son of Saul – Hungary — WINNER
  • The Brand New Testament – Belgium, France, Luxembourg
  • The Club – Chile
  • The Fencer – Finland, Germany, Estonia

Best Original Score

  • Carter Burwell (Carol)
  • Daniel Pemberton (Steve Jobs)
  • Alexandre Desplat (The Danish Girl)
  • Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight) — WINNER
  • Ryuichi Nakamoto, Alva Noto (The Revenant)

Best Original Song

  • “Love Me Like You Do” (Fifty Shades of Grey)
  • “See You Again” (Furious 7) 
  • “One Kind of Love” (Love & Mercy)
  • “Writing’s On The Wall” (Spectre) — WINNER
  • “Simple Song #3” (Youth)



Best Television Series – Drama

  • Game of Thrones
  • Mr. Robot — WINNER
  • Narcos
  • Outlander
  • Empire

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Casual
  • Mozart in the Jungle — WINNER
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Silicon Valley
  • Transparent

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture 

  • American Crime
  • American Horror Story: Hotel
  • Fargo 
  • Flesh & Bone
  • Wolf Hall — WINNER

Best Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture

  • Patrick Wilson (Fargo)
  • Idris Elba (Luther) 
  • David Oyelowo (Nightingale)
  • Oscar Isaac (Show Me a Hero) — WINNER
  • Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall)

Best Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture

  • Lady Gaga (American Horror Story: Hotel) — WINNER
  • Queen Latifah (Bessie)
  • Kristen Dunst (Fargo)
  • Sarah Hay (Flesh & Bone)
  • Felicity Huffman (American Crime)

Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama

  • Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
  • Jon Hamm (Mad Men) — WINNER
  • Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) 
  • Wagner Moura (Narcos)
  • Live Schreiber (Ray Donovan)

Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama

  • Taraji P. Henson (Empire) — WINNER
  • Robin Wright (House of Cards)
  • Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder)
  • Caitriona Balfe (Outlander) 
  • Eva Green (Penny Dreadful)

Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Aziz Ansari (Master of None)
  • Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) — WINNER
  • Rob Lowe (The Grinder)
  • Jeffery Tambor (Transparent)
  • Patrick Stewart (Blunt Talk)

Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) — WINNER
  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
  • Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin)
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) 

Best  Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series, or Television Film

  • Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline)
  • Christian Slater (Mr. Robot) — WINNER
  • Tobias Menzies (Outlander)
  • Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
  • Damian Lewis (Wolf Hall)

Best  Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series, or Television Film

  • Regina King (American Crime)
  • Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)
  • Uno Aduba (Orange is the New Black)
  • Maura Tierney (The Affair) — WINNER
  • Judith Light (Transparent)

Last Month in Watched It: December 2015

What I Watched December 2015


  • Fletch (1985)
  • The Good Dinosaur (2015)
  • Rocky III (1982)
  • American Ultra (2015)
  • Goosebumps (2015)
  • Pan (2015)
  • The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
  • The Overnight (2015)
  • Dances with Wolves (1990)
  • White Christmas (1954)
  • The Hateful Eight (2015)
  • The Peanuts Movie (2015)
  • Joy (2015)
  • Sicario (2015)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Spotlight (2015)
  • The Revenant (2015)
  • Steve Jobs (2015)

TV Shows:

  • The Knick (Season 2)
  • Master of None (Season 1)
  • F is for Family (Season 1)
  • Making a Murderer (Season 1)
  • Married (Season 2)
  • Gotham (Season 2)
  • The League (Season 6)
  • The Last Man on Earth (Season 2)
  • Fargo (Season 2)
  • The Man in the High Castle (Season 1)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season 2)
  • 30 Rock (Season 4)