Today’s Movie Review – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Last week, while looking for something to watch on the various streaming services to which I have access, I settled on The Avengers, if only because I only saw it once and I just felt like watching something that I could half pay attention to while doing things on the internet. Plus, the lovely Kim has been woefully negligent in watching the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, only watching Iron Man and nothing else. Even though she didn’t pay much attention to Avengers, she humored me nonetheless, though she might just be more of an X-Men fan.

Nevertheless, I convinced Kim to accompany me to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier despite having not seen the first movie and wanting to see Oculus instead. We went to the theater in Savoy because we were on that side of town, and as a result, we were able to splurge a bit for D-Box seats. For those unfamiliar with these particular seats, they vibrate and shift slightly a bit with the action, and, frankly, they weren’t really worth the premium paid for the tickets. Maybe Captain America wasn’t the right type of movie to get the full experience, but i wasn’t a fan. Continue reading “Today’s Movie Review – Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Today’s Movie Review – The LEGO Movie (2014)

The LEGO Movie was the number one movie this weekend, and had the second largest February opening, right behind Passion of the Christ back in 2004, with just short of $70 million. My girlfriend and I were among the millions earned this weekend, as we stopped by our local cineplex and watched the movie in 3D. The movie didn’t disappoint, and I was enthralled from the first minute.

It isn’t often that a movie transports you immediately to your childhood. I’ve experienced the sensation a few times in the past few years of watching movies: seeing The Lion King (again) when it was released in 3D was a treat, and reminded me of when I first saw the movie as a teenager at the Reel Theater in Magna, Utah. Hearing Optimus Prime speak for the first time in the first Michael Bay Transformers “reboot” was the best part of any of those three movies. Finally, Wreck-It Ralph contained enough video game nostalgia to make any fan of ’80s and ’90s video games enjoy themselves. Continue reading “Today’s Movie Review – The LEGO Movie (2014)”

And the Nominees Are…

For those people that enjoy movies, today is a day that can both be exciting and frustrating, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for the 86th Academy Awards. After taking a look at the list, I realized a couple of things: first, I have missed out on a lot of the “best” movies at this point, which is a departure from last year, and, second, this year was a pretty good one for movies, especially considering some of the movies and performances that didn’t make the cut.

The major categories (Best Picture, Director, Acting categories) will be what I focus on here because they have the most resonance, though there are some other comments I’ll make regarding movies in general this year at the end.

Best Picture: