The Many Deaths of ‘Point Break’

1991’s Point Break is no doubt a great film. It also has a significant amount of death scenes, specifically in the second half. If you haven’t seen the movie yet (which I have no idea why that would be the case), stop reading now or prepare for spoilers.

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Whose Run Was Better? ’92-’96: Tom Cruise vs Tom Hanks

This is the first piece in a series I’m currently calling “Whose Run was Better?”(better title forthcoming, I hope). The premise is to look at two actors and their respective film runs. Most of the time, the time periods for two actors does not line up. HOWEVER, sometimes, if we’re lucky enough, two great actors put together the greatest runs of their careers AT THE SAME TIME. To that end, I present the following: Continue reading “Whose Run Was Better? ’92-’96: Tom Cruise vs Tom Hanks”

Sandra Bullock Week!

“You didn’t leave me! I can’t believe it..you didn’t leave me.” This line can be heard a) in the film Speed, or b) in my living room after I made my wife watch seven Sandra Bullock movies over the course of a week. The answer is both. Seriously, I’m really surprised she didn’t leave me. Imagine having your significant other ask tell you that two hours of your free time everyday for the next week will be filled with something you didn’t ask for, even wanted in the first place.

How does something like this happen? Well, in this case, I had already watched ‘A Time to Kill’ and ‘The Proposal’ with my wife, then decided that I needed to dedicate an entire week to Sandra Bullock movies. Over the course of a week, we watched the following seven films: Miss Congeniality, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous, Speed, The Heat, The Blind Side, Gravity, and Our Brand is Crisis. In case you were wondering why I didn’t include some of her more highly acclaimed films such as 28 Days or Crash, I should tell you that my criteria for selection was somewhat random. Some films I’ve never seen before, others I’ve seen, but not in a long time, others I had only seen part of, and other I hadn’t seen at all. I only have so much time during the day so cuts had to be made. Also, Sandra Bullock Month would not have gone over well[1]. What follows is our collective experience watching these films, including my wife’s hilarious (and sometimes controversial) comments.

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King of the Sports Movie

Everyone needs to know their wheelhouse. And one man who knows his is Kevin Costner. His wheelhouse is sports movies. There isn’t another actor on this planet that I would rather watch in a sports movie than him.

My wife questions whether or not he’s a good actor, I say that it doesn’t matter because he knows his audience and he knows what works.

To that end, I decided to breakdown a few of Costner’s most notable sports movie roles and decide which was the most Costner-esque.

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High School Movies – Part 2!

Part 2! Below are my favorite high school movies that were released after I was out of high school. This is a short list with three no-brainers that are all essentially tied for number one. Everything else felt like a flash in the pan: funny at the time, but no real staying power. Maybe I’m getting too old?

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High School Movies – Part 1

I love high school movies. In fact, it may be my favorite film genre. Certainly in the top 3. I first fell in love with them when I was in middle school, when they gave me unrealistic expectations about how cool high school was going to be. But movie high school and IRL high school are two vastly different things. Which is fine. I had a good experience, it was just a bummer that I couldn’t wander the halls whenever I wanted and actually had to go to class to graduate.

There are a number of high school movies that I’ve enjoyed over the years, so nailing myself to a top 5 or top 10 list didn’t seem reasonable. So, I decided to make separate lists of my favorite high school  movies that came out before I was in high school, while I was in high school, and after I was in high school.

For Part One, I’ve listed favorite high school movies that were released during my high school tenure, which started in September of 1997 and ended in June of 2001.

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