Movie Reviews

I should have done this a long time ago… but what can I say… I’m shy.

No really I figured, like a lot of writers I assume, who would care what I have to say on movies? But I do have my own distinct opinion on what’s good and what sucks, my own favorite actors, directors and even writers- so why not?

A self critique first;

I tend, like the BS I write on the Occasional Opinion side of this blog, to see things on a multi sided level. Sometimes on three and four different sides. I rarely take a one sided stance on matters. If it seems so it’s usually I haven’t voiced the other sides of a view loudly enough, and you should look closer. It’s there.

How this translates to a movie review is simple, I’ll take into account the purist view, the pop fan view, the view of the once in a while movie viewer as well. The guy or gal who just wants to go see a movie and doesn’t care about all those little agenda’s some reviewers seem to have.

Which brings me to what you won’t find here as a result…

I’ve often read or listened to a review of a movie and could clearly discern a negative bias to an actor, a director or even a genre or age group… I’ve always thought reviewers like that need to do the public a favor and shut the fuck up. Those assholes give up the right to influence people by taking a stance on one side of the road in my humble opinion. Movies i think, aren’t made for a select group of people, they’re made for everyone. And everyone should have the right or wrong to walk into a movie and decide for themselves if it’s for them or not, given the most basic and fair influence from a review. Calling a movie shit because you yearn for the quivery feeling you got with Fried Green Tomatoes or Chariots of Fire makes no sense. You’re reviewing Good Fellas! (for example). It makes no sense to do anything less than shake those preferences off and serve the public you are lucky to have read or listen to you and involve you in their decision. People repeat reviews whether they listen to them or not- and that second hand recipient of that review may be influenced where as the first person is not. It’s irresponsible and I condemn the practice.

I’ll tell you whether it’s worth while spending your money to go see a movie or not, without bias to any of those things mentioned. All I care about is good movie making, good writing, and good fun.  I’ll throw my opinion in there of course while shoring it up with that humbling fact- it’s just my opinion. I’ll always (unless a movie is utter shit on all levels) tell the potential viewer they should go and see for themselves.

Too many times I’ll see a movie months, years after it’s release and think to myself, “but I heard this was good” or “I heard this was shit” and think the opposite- knowing I’d been the victim of some biased reviewer out there and some fool parroting their words.

So I’m going to work this in the following way since I think I can only create a page with this theme and then I can’t parent a post, but only other pages to it… I’ll be posing Reviews to the Occasional Opinion main blog… but I’ll update this page with links to them so that you can come here and see them exclusively without the other nonsense I write distracting from what you want to find.

Thanks for reading!

First Up…

Wish I Was Here 2014
Zach Braff, Joey King, Kate Hudson, Pierce Bloom, Josh Gad, Mandy Patankin

Into the Storm 2014

Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh

Sin City, A Dame to Die For

Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke

Calvary (2014)

Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly |

The Drop (2014)

Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini

A Most Wanted Man  (2014)

Phillip Seymour Hoffman,


Frank (2014)
Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhall, Domhnall Gleeson

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