Sorry for being away for so long, I had some personal things to deal with. But I'm back with a vengeance just like that guy in that movie! To make up for this I am doing a bigger list of more movies to enjoy! I won't waste your time any more, let's just get into these movies:Action: Since I saw the Magnificent 7 recently and enjoyed it, I thought I would revisit Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington in The Equalizer. It's a really entertaining movie and I love me some Denzel. He hits all the right points in the movie and is genuinely terrifying at times. It's a bit of a longer movie at over 2 hours, but worth it for some good action bits and fun acting by Mr. Washington.Comedy: 2016 was the year of the sequel to me, but mostly just for Ben Stiller to come back in Zoolander 2. I can't truly say as I've watched it as I'm not a huge fan of Stillers, but I've heard it's not bad. It's just over 100 minutes, so even if you don't like it, it'll be over quickly. If this isn't your thing, watch Harold and Kumar go to White Castle instead. Maybe watch both.Romance: 1984's Splash, starring Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah for sure got the nod from me for romance. It was made the year I was born and I think has one of the best actors of all time in Tom Hanks starring in it. 111 minutes of awesome movie about a guy that falls in love with a mermaid, how can you go wrong?Horror: 2014 was a great year as it was basically the resurgence of my favourite actor ever. Kurt Russell was in three movies in 2015: The money machine Furious Seven, the Tarantino-ized Hateful Eight and the lesser known best of the three in Bone Tomahawk. This western style horror movie has a group of men going into the frontier to save some women from their town who have been kidnapped by natives, but the kicker is that the tribe is a cannibal tribe. Some amazing scenes in this that were very scary and done super well. On top of Russell being in it, just a fantastic movie. 132 minutes moves slow at the beginning, but when it gets going it goes fast and hard... like he lives his life a quarter mile at a time.Drama: While it could also go into some other categories, I put 2010's The Town starring ben Affleck on this list because it is great. It's just over 2 hours long, but Affleck, who looks amazing in this movie by the way, slays the entire time. It's about bank robbers in Boston and I cannot stress enough how great this movie is. It even sparked a newfound love for Jeremy Renner, an actor who I didn't particularly like for a very long time.Science Fiction: Also a cartoon, but I wanted it here as the cartoon section is filled with awesome already, 2015's The Boy and the Beast. A Japanese cartoon about an orphan who is found by a master warrior in "the world of beasts", which is kinda cool. It's as well almost 2 hours long, but cartoons are fun and it's done pretty well. I'll warn ahead of time and say this probably isn't for young kids, maybe double digit ages? Depends on you, but I like to give warning.Cartoon: Stone Age Smackdown is a really entertaining cartoon about wrestlers in the era of the Flinstones. It a cartoon, so your kids can watch it, it's under an hour and it has John Cena! Win-win-win!Documentary: For my documentary section I chose The Blue Planet, it's an 8 part documentary that shows a life of aquatic life and how amazing it is. Water terrifies me, but the beauty in the filming is done so well that it makes me wish I was in The Little Mermaid... I mean.. uh... chopping wood and.. doing manly things! Thanks guys, I hope you enjoy the movies as much as I did!
With another week gone by we have another instalment of Netflix movies that people can watch if you have nothing to do and need to fill time. Or if you have something to do but decide this is a better option. Action: Van Helsing (2004) is awesome. It's Hugh Jackman in his pinnacle, Kate Beckinsale at her most succulent and is about vampires, werewolves and Frankenstein. Great action, awful lines and a super smoking hot ginger vampire! Such a fun movie that holds up, though the bar it's held up to should be low. It is the longest movie on this list at 131 minutes long, but worth every minute.
Drama: The Prince (2014) stars Bruce Willis, Jason Patric and John Cusack in a movie about three guys that cannot show emotion. It's actually about a guy who used to be a mob killer that now is a mechanic and has to get his daughter back before it's too late. I enjoyed this movie a decent amount, but with these three guys being from the neutral planet from Futurama it was really weird to get into. Remember when they were semi and very big stars? I don't want to say any of them have fallen from grace, but I mean... it's only 91 minutes which is great.
Comedy: Another John Cusack movie, America's Sweethearts (2001) also has Billy Crystal, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Hank Azaria and Julia Roberts. It's about a film that's being released under duress as the two main stars of the film, once married, are now in an ugly divorce. Super fun movie that is 103 minutes long and could be 103 longer while still being fun. Cusack is his classic crazy and Hank Azaria steals the show.
Cartoon: John Cusack edition! Anastasia (1997) stars Cusack and Meg Ryan (Hank Azaria edition too apparently). It's a 94 minutes movie that wasn't released by Disney (weird!), about an orphan who is actually a Russian Grand Duchess. She has to get back to her grandmother and take her place on the throne. Pretty good show, albeit the company floundered and shut down after Titan: A.E. was made three years later.
Horror: Jaws: The Revenge (1987) was the fourth instalment in the series that has possibly the best PG horror movie of all time. This movie... is not good. I recommended it because it's ridiculous and hurts that Michael Caine was in it. It's about the wife of Roy Scheider from Jaws who thinks there's a shark that targeted her eldest son and killed him in a revenge style because of the first two sharks that were killed by his family. I mean... how can you not?! Thirty minutes shorter than the first Jaws, this comes in at 90 minutes and is pretty fun, but at the same time may make you hate your life bit.
Romance: Burying the Ex (2014) stars Anton Yelchin and Alexandra Daddario. It's short as well, only 90 minutes. It's about a guy who wants to break up with his girlfriend, but can't because she dies. After some time he gets a new girlfriend but his old one comes back as a zombie and he has to decide what to do with his life... and her death! Pretty fun movie and Yelchin is a blast to me.
I figure I can do a weekly update of movies that will at least keep most people entertained from Netflix. I should warn, it's Netflix Canada, so it may not have everything you want, but one works with what one has.Romance: Before we Go (2014) has Chris Evans in his directorial debut and as an actor alongside Alice Eve. It's a short romance movie about two people that meet serendipitously and spend the night together. Really a sweet movie and super fun. I love Chris Evans and think he gets the best out of Alice Eve, of whom I am not completely sold on.
Action: xXx (2002) would be my choice this week as I saw a trailer for the newest Xander Cage movie at the theatre. It's like James Bond for adrenaline junkies. Not a lot of plot, but pretty fun and you get to see Vin Diesel from a long ass time ago, as well as Asia Argento, the daughter of Dario Argento who is possibly the most famous Italian Director ever.
Horror: Mr. Brooks (2007) brought Kevin Costner back into relevancy. He plays a guy with a split personality, but the rub is that the split personality (played by William Hurt) is a murderer. Costner knows this and basically goes along with it. Super fun show that has Demi Moore looking Fine and Dane Cook in a role that didn't make me hate me life.
Sci-fi: Aaron Eckhart owns the role as Adam in I, Frankenstein (2014). Too bad that every other person in this movie phoned it in. Funny to watch, but don't watch it if you're sick, it will only make it worse for you.
Cartoon: Disney's Atlantis: the Lost Empire (2001) was an under appreciated Disney movie in my eyes. Michael J. Fox plays a scientist who ineptly leads an expedition to the lost city. Super fun and as with all Disney movies, done very well.
Comedy: Mean Girls (2004) holds up guys. Lindsay Lohan is sexy as hell, Rachel McAdams is nuts, Lacey Chabert is sexy as hell, Tina Fey is ALSO sexy as hell. Funny, smart, written well and has Tim Meadows as the principal and he's awesome.
As many of my friends know, John Carpenter is my favourite director. While some of his work is hit or miss, the hits are often so far out of the park that I can't see the ball anymore.His style of direction is unrivalled in the industry and he does so much of the sounds editing and content for his movies. Many of his movies have been remade and reworked, others are in the process of being remade, so i wanted to just do a marathon of his movies that are super fun and should let people have a great time while watching it.Assault on precinct 13 (1976): A really fun action thriller that has iconic moments and looks great on the old grainy film screen. Remade in 2005 with Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne. Minutes Left in the Day: 1,349Halloween (1978): A classic horror movie that puts him firmly in the position of being a Master of Horror (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masters_of_Horror). Also has the pleasure of introducing us to Jamie Lee Curtis, one of the sexiest women of all time. Reworked in 2007 by Rob Zombie. Minutes Left in the Day: 1,258The Fog (1980): A horror classic that has both mainstream and cult success, also starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Remade in 2005 with Rupert Wainwright behind the camera. Minutes Left in the Day: 1,169Escape from New York (1981): The Start of a beautiful friendship with Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, a war hero turned criminal sent on a suicide mission to save the President in a dystopian future. Ripped off and sued over by Luc Besson. Minutes Left in the Day: 1,070The Thing (1982): An adaptation itself, the Thing is the first in the "Apocalypse Trilogy" has been called one of the best sci-fi AND horror films of all time despite early reviews being less than favourable. His second stint with Kurt Russell. A prequel was made in 2011, directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. Minutes Left in the Day: 961Big Trouble in little China (1986): My favourite movie of all time, Kurt Russell plays Jack Burton, an All-American wannabe badass who helps his friend save his fiancé from a demigod hellbent on taking over the Earth. A remake is being worked on with The Rock and Kevin Hart. Minutes Left in the Day: 862Prince of Darkness (1987): The second in the "Apocalypse Trilogy" sees Carpenter work with Dennis Dun and Victor Wong for the second time. It's a supernatural horror film about Satan possessing someone and trying to end the world as we know it. A fun movie that has some really good and creepy moments. Minutes Left in the Day: 761They Live (1988): a world renowned cult classic starring "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Keith David, two men who stop the world from and alien invasion. Has one of the most well known lines in movie history "I am here to kick ass and chew bubble gum... and I'm all out of bubble gum!". Minutes Left in the Day: 667In the Mouth of Madness (1995): Sam Neill in the protagonist role of an investigator sent to discover the whereabouts of a well known horror author, but instead finds that some fiction can come to life. The final instalment in the "Apocalypse Trilogy". Minutes Left in the Day: 572Village of the Damned (1995): Probably the worst movie on this list, it's a remake of a 1960 film of the same name, also seems to be the only film I have seen of Carpenters that doesn't have the flare of all the rest. Something missing, despite having a great cast in it. Minutes Left in the Day: 473Escape from L.A. (1996): The Sequel to 81's New York, this has Plissken trying to save the President's daughter from a savage human who owns the city of Los Angeles. Not a great movie, but has a fun scene of Kurt Russell surfing on a tidal wave. Minutes Left in the Day: 372Vampires (1998): Adapted from a novel, Carpenter has James Woods play a vampire hunter created by the Catholic Church. A western horror that gives some insight to how much fun a horror movie can be. Apparently had a sequel in 2002 starring Jon Bon Jovi that I have not seen. Minutes Left in the Day: 264Ghosts of mars (2002): A ridiculous sci-fi movie starring Ice Cube and Natasha Henstridge (among others) about a group of people sent to Mars, the planet, to investigate all the deaths on the planet. A supernatural movie with supernatural good times. Also has Jason Statham and Pam Grier. Minutes Left in the Day: 166The Ward (2010): The last movie he has directed so far, we follow Amber Heard on her metal travels through a psychiatric ward in Oregon. Very entertaining and I think has a nice finish to the series, though I hope he's far from done directing movies.Minutes Left in the Day: 77