Review – Young Adult (2011)

Okay, everyone – I know that I’m a TAD late with this review. But with good reason – I didn’t get to see this film until YESTERDAY evening, so I decided that when I had some time this afternoon, I would cough up this review and start my (hopefully) unbroken 2012 film review streak.

Now that my excuse explanation is out of the way, let me go over one thing before I start: I am debuting a NEW format as to how I write my reviews, not necessarily because my old format sucked, but because I think that’s the reason why I’ve been slacking on reviews. Rather than divide my review into 4 sections, I’m just going to write what I’m feeling about each respective film at the moment. In other words, I’ll be combining the first 3 sections into an essay-like format, while my “Conclusion” will basically be a bulleted version of my “Pros” and “Cons” followed by my final score (from 1-5 stars). As with writing in this format, I’ll be giving away very minor SPOILERS in order to get some of my points across. Any review where I give away something significant will always have “SPOILERS” in the title, but from now on, I’m not going to consider minor plot details as spoilers for the sake of being able to give a better review experience for all.

So let’s get on with the show! My first movie review for 2012 is the Jason Reitman-directed Young Adult, starring Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, and Patrick Wilson. Does this Diablo Cody-written film have the potential to bring home some statues this awards season? Well, click on the link and find out!


SportsGuy515’s 5 Best Films of 2011, Part 2 (“The Actual List”)

Sorry about the delay on this one – but I’ll make it up to everyone this week (find out how at the end of this article). With that being said, let’s get to it – MY personal favorite films of the year that was in 2011.


SportsGuy515’s 5 Best Films of 2011, Part 1 (“The Honorable Mentions”)

Just like I announced on our last episode of FORCED PERSPECTIVE, starting today, I’m going to be counting down my favorite (and what I consider the BEST) films of 2011. But before I do that, I want to acknowledge the other films that I feel should be recognized. And so with that, I present those “honorable mentions” in order of “awesomeness.”


Review – Drive [2011]

With FORCED PERSPECTIVE in the middle of its bye-week, I figured I would (finally) bring back my movie reviews with a film that has become one of my favorite films of the year – Drive. Directed by the great Nicholas Winding Refn, and starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston, and Christina Hendricks, click on the link below to learn why anyone calling themselves a fan of film is hereby MANDATED to see this…and listen to some kick-ass sync-pop!


Review – Horrible Bosses [2011]

I hope everyone has enjoyed the first two episodes of FORCED PERSPECTIVE – up now on the site (download Ep. 1 HERE – download Ep. 2 HERE). Among the many films Adolfo and I discussed on the show, there are three recent films that I (still) have not given the proper “full review” treatment to – Horrible Bosses is one of those movies.

So, within the next day or two, I’ll be posting reviews for all of the movies I have yet to cover in full (the other two are Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II and Captain America: The First Avenger). At the end (possibly by late Thursday-early Friday), I’ll be covering a film that I (as of right now) will be checking out tonight – Friends With Benefits.

Alright, with all announcements out of the way, let’s get to my full review of Horrible Bosses

RETRO-Review – Independence Day [1996]

On July 2, 1996 – 15 YEARS AGOIndependence Day invaded the cinema skies. The cultural (and technological) impact that it would leave would be felt for years, eventually becoming known as one of (if not THE) greatest disaster film of all-time.

In honor of the 4th of July – as well as the film’s 15th Anniversary – I have decided to give it the RETRO-Review treatment here at Starring Bill Pullman, Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, and Robert Loggia, and directed by disaster film guru Roland Emmerich, it’s Independence Day.


Review – Transformers: Dark of the Moon [2011]

As someone who enjoyed Revenge of the Fallen more than the majority of people (make of that what you will), I, nevertheless, was still looking forward to this next (and last?) installment of the Transformers franchise. And, man, do I have some mixed feelings on this one. Directed by Michael Bay, and starring Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Josh Duhamel, Patrick Dempsey, Tyrese Gibson, and John Turturro, it’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon. More

Review – Midnight in Paris [2011]

I haven’t been to my local arthouse theatre in maybe about a year or so. But it certainly felt great to be back there today to take my first of what looks to be a big summer for indie films (who says the blockbusters get to have all the fun?). And I couldn’t have picked a better place to start than Woody Allen’s latest film – a film being dubbed “the indie hit of the year” – Midnight in Paris, starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, and Carla Bruni. Was it really worth ALL that hype? Click the link and find out!


Review – Green Lantern [2011]

Well, whaddya know? My plans DIDN’T fall through, for once. Hence, why you’re being graced with my presence for the 3rd time in a week (I wouldn’t get too attached – it won’t happen often).

Today, I will be reviewing the summer’s latest superhero flick (and the first offering from the DC Universe) – Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, and Tim Robbins. Does DC kick the door down strong, or does Marvel still own its ass in the film department (sans the Nolan Batman films)? Click the link to read my thoughts! More

Review – Super 8 [2011]

2 movie reviews in 2 days!?! That hasn’t happened in a LONG TIME – but since, thankfully, the 2011 Summer Movie Season is off to a GREAT start, you may just start seeing a lot more of these within the coming days, weeks, and months (time permitting, of course).

With that being said, let’s get right into my second review of the week – a film that I saw on its opening night (before eventually seeing the subject of yesterday’s review – X-Men: First Class – two days later) – J.J. Abrams’s latest pet project, Super 8 !