2017 First Watch: The Hangover Part III

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2017 will see me watching some films that I have never seen before and then writing about them. It will be a series of columns cleverly called, “2017 First Watch.”

When The Hangover came out in 2009, it felt like a genuinely fresh comedy helped in large part due to the breakout performance of Zach Galifianakis. Unfortunately, it was so financially successful that it spawned not one but two unnecessary sequels. Continue reading 2017 First Watch: The Hangover Part III

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2017 First Watch: The Pelican Brief

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2017 will see me watching some films that I have never seen before and then writing about them. It will be a series of columns cleverly called, “2017 First Watch.”

The Pelican Brief both ebodies a lot of what made nineties star-driven vehicles unique and compelling while also serving as an example for how movies heavilly driven by assassins and whatnot can stand to feel a bit more ordinary and less choreographed. Continue reading 2017 First Watch: The Pelican Brief

2017 First Watch: Jack the Giant Slayer

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2017 will see me watching some films that I have never seen before and then writing about them. It will be a series of columns cleverly called, “2017 First Watch.”

Bryan Singer’s career this century has been so defined by his involvement (or sometimes his lack of involvement) with the X-Men film franchise that it can sometimes be hard to remember that he directed two non-superhero films in the past seventeen years. Continue reading 2017 First Watch: Jack the Giant Slayer

2017 First Watch: R.I.P.D.

2017 will see me watching some films that I have never seen before and then writing about them. It will be a series of columns cleverly called, “2017 First Watch.”

Before Deadpool became a big hit, the continued belief in Ryan Reynolds from big studios probably seemed like a giant mystery to people. He had yet to star in a major production that was either a significant success with critics or the box office, but he kept seeming to get chance after chance. Continue reading 2017 First Watch: R.I.P.D.