Month In Review [August 2014]

In order of viewing:
1) Man of Steel [2013] – 5/10
Man of Steel [2013]

2) The Raid 2 [2014] – 9/10
The Raid 2 [2014]

3) Bullet to the Head [2012] – 5/10
Bullet to the Head [2012]

4) Sideways [2004] – 8/10
Sideways [2004]

5) Shut Up and Play the Hits [2012] – 8/10
Shut Up and Play the Hits [2012]

6) Rudy [1993] – 8/10
Rudy [1993]

7) Top Gun [1986] – 6/10
Top Gun [1986]

8) Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl [2003] – 7/10
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl [2003]

9) Hook [1991]* – 6/10
Hook [1991]

10) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes [2014] – 8/10
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes [2014]

11) Batman Returns [1992] – 8/10
Batman Returns [1992]

12) Almost Famous [2000]* – 10/10 (first time watching the Bootleg Cut)
Almost Famous [2000]

13) Bad Words [2014] – 5/10
Bad Words [2014]

14) The Wizard of Oz [1939]*
The Wizard of Oz [1939]

15) Guardians of the Galaxy [2014] – 8/10
Guardians of the Galaxy [2014]

16) The One I Love [2014] – 7/10
The One I Love [2014]

17) The Lego Movie [2014] – 7/10
The Lego Movie [2014]

* denotes rewatch

Video Games Completed:
1) The Swapper [PS Vita] – 8/10
The Swapper [PS Vita/PSN]

2) Crimsonland [PS Vita] – 8/10
Crimsonland [PS Vita/PS4]

3) Iron Brigade [Xbox 360] – 6/10
Iron Brigade [Xbox 360]

TV Shows Finished:
1) Veep [Season 1] – 8/10
Veep [Season 1]

2) Deadwood [Season 1] – 9/10
Deadwood [Season 1]

Best of the Month: Revisiting Almost Famous was my highlight of the month. This was my first time seeing the extended “Bootleg Cut” as well as my first time watching the film on Blu-ray. It was just as much fun as I remembered, and it still remains one of my favorite films of all-time. As for first-time viewings, The Raid 2 was an unexpected highlight. I enjoyed the first entry in this newfound series, but the sequel is an entirely different animal. It’s a bit lengthy since the plot is given a much greater emphasis (perhaps unnecessarily so), but the action delivers in spades. The fight choreography is simply mindblowing, and the end result is the best action flick I have seen all year. I also started watching Deadwood, following along with Dan from Public Transportation Snob as he also watches the series for the first time. It only took one episode for me to get hooked. The cast, the characters, Al fucking Swearengen, the poetic and profane writing… I’m in love with it all. Can’t wait to start season two this month.

Worst of the Month: I saw a few duds last month. Man of Steel lost me about halfway through the film when it turned into generic superhero flick #17129, and it had some of the most shameless product placement I have seen in quite some time (Superman’s a Budweiser fan, really?). Bullet to the Head was an acceptable throwback to ’80s action movies, but it was utterly forgettable at the same time. Finally, I had been anticipating Jason Bateman’s Bad Words, but it left me cold. Bateman’s character’s constant anger and insults had me laughing every now and then, but overall the film fell flat. Maybe I’m just getting old, but I’m having a hard time seeing how giving booze to an 8 year old is funny… but I digress.

Upcoming in September: reviews for Top Gun and Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as a handful of other project entries. Maybe I’ll start writing about new movies again, too!

22 thoughts on “Month In Review [August 2014]

  1. Wendell says:

    Good post. I liked, but didn’t love Man of Steel. We’re pretty much in agreement on the others that I’ve seen except The Lego Movie which I absolutely adored every second of. No grade for The Wizard of Oz?

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      I watched the Wizard of Oz at a “movies in the park” screening. I wasn’t able to give it my full attention so I avoided giving it a rating. I definitely really enjoyed what I saw of it — it must have been my first watch since I was a kid.

  2. Chris says:

    I haven’t even seen first The Raid, let alone the sequel. I should do something about that soon.
    What did you make of Batman Returns? I think Michelle Pfeiffer nailed it as catwoman, though Danny Devito didn’t quite work for me(looked like a costume he was wearing) Returns does have its moments. I prefer Batman (1989) of the two.

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      The Raid movies are both great options if you want to see non-stop crazy action. Apparently the first one is getting a Hollywood remake, too. :

      I really enjoyed Batman Returns, preferring it to the 1989 film. Pfeiffer was great, even though it took me some time to warm up to the Catwoman story arc. I actually liked Devito’s performance, too. I’m going to try to watch the next two Batman films this month since I don’t think I ever saw them as a kid. From the sound of it, I may need some drinks to sit through Batman & Robin. 😀

  3. Kristin says:

    Nice! Looks like you watched a lot of movies last month. Then again, if I made a list, it would probably seem like a lot too. Love Almost Famous! Glad you like that one.

    And I agree . . . Man of Steel was such a disappointment and generic movie.

  4. jackdeth72 says:

    Hi, Eric:

    “Yours or mine, Montana?” A fantastic introduction for Tim Olyphant.

    Oh, and.

    “Swijjen… Hai!”.

    Ian McShane is Al Sweringen! Loud, profane, eloquent, flat out slimy and evil. And he’s okay with that.

    Shakespeare comes to the Old West!

    ‘Almost Famous’ still rocks out loud. Frances McDormand is phenominal!

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Hey Jack, I’m starting to become a big fan of Timothy Olyphant. I hadn’t really seen him in much before, but I’m loving his work in Deadwood. As far as performances go though, I agree with you wholeheartedly on Ian McShane. Al Swearengen is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters in all of TV.

  5. Lights Camera Reaction says:

    Almost Famous [2000]* – 10/10 (first time watching the Bootleg Cut

    So glad you loved it as much as me. It’s my favourite film of all time.
    Glad you’re liking Veep too! It can be a little repetitive at times, but its still a lot of fun.

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