Manchester by the Sea

The whole time the general public has STILL been gushing about La La Land, they have totally missed Manchester by the Sea. 

This movie did not even come close to receiving the same level of hype as some of the other Oscar nominees. This is understandable from the perspective of casual movie-goers. This is understandable from the perspective of high-tech-movie-lovers. This is understandable from the perspective of several different groups of people, honestly.

But somehow, it so not understandable.

Manchester by the Sea  is a beautiful tragedy that deserves so much damn respect.

I left the theater feeling completely rung out. The movie does a full overhaul on your emotions, thanks to both the writing and the acting. It is an emotional masterpiece that never stops pulling on your heartstrings.

I was in a *slight* argument the other day about what makes film art. My opposition stated that a film cannot be art because “you don’t leave the theater wondering how that was made or where the idea came from”. I sincerely wanted to scream “WRONG”, but alas I did refrain. Instead, I politely disagreed and the argument dissipated. I was left thinking to myself, what really does make a film art?

I decided, for me at least, art is anything that makes you feel. Anything that makes you question or think or wonder. Art is totally open. It is definitely subjective.

To me, a film is even more a piece of art than a painting or a portrait. A film can leave me thinking for days, weeks, even years!

Manchester by the Sea exemplifies this type of art. The amount of feeling it is able to evoke is astounding. Though the movie may not be the most mainstream, or technical, or cinematic, or what have you, it makes you feel bounds more than several other current nominees whom I won’t mention.

TL;DR I loved this movie. So much. I cried, I laughed, I cried way more. 4.5 stars.



I Watched Some Movies… I Swear

Remember a lifetime ago when I told you I would write soon? Probably not. That’s okay, let’s pretend it didn’t happen.

I am writing now though! TADA

So. So far this year, I have seen around 10 new movies. That may not sound like much, but the reality these days is that I work in a rental store where I can watch movies for free after they are released on DVD. Which, while totally awesome, means that I’m still watching movies that may have originally been released in 2014, and I now see very few movies in theaters (because why pay $10 for something I can watch later for free).

BUT, there have been a select few that I just couldn’t wait for. Let’s chat about two of them for a moment.

Jurassic World. If you’re human and you’re alive, you’ve heard about Jurassic World. I grew up watching Jurassic Park. It might even be likely that Jurassic Park was one of the first movies I ever watched. Who knows. Point is, I have seen and loved and cherished Jurassic Park many times. Because of this, naturally I had mixed feelings about Jurassic World when I first heard of it. What will they do next? Everyone’s dead. Will I ever be as scared as I was during that T Rex/ Jeep scene? Or that Raptor/ Kitchen scene? 

If you’re anything like me, you probably were a little skeptical at first too. So let me make this clear right now, it has its differences and it is awesome. One day I’ll have a beautiful post outlining everything about it. For now though, let’s give it 4 stars and call it a day.


Moving on because honestly I should be doing so many other things right now. I love this blog and I would probably spend all of my time writing reviews if I could, but it is legitimately so hard to fit this into an every day schedule– or even a once a month schedule apparently. So at this point, my posts are serving solely as a reminder to myself of what I’ve seen and how I’ve felt about it. If you want to know a little secret, I actually have dozens of posts on here that have never been published because of various reasons, but I keep writing them and keep them all in this one location because I have a terrible memory and a love for writing.


Avengers: Age of Ultron was another I decided to splurge on because duh. This sequel (more like installment #11) kept things, for the most part, light and humorous likes its predecessor. I enjoyed the jokes, especially the jabs at Captain America because he deserves it every time. Toward the middle of the movie, however, it did start adding in some darker elements similar to what we saw in Winter Soldier and Iron Man 3, which happen to be my two least favorite Marvel movies of all time FYI.

Every character was given plenty of screen time… some more deserved than others (I’m looking at you Hawkeye). And of course, because we have to pack as much as we can into two hours as possible, every character was given their own to-do lists. Hawkeye gets a family. Thor worries about Natalie and all of Asgard. Iron Man creates an AI. Cap thinks about his friends, his past, and his future some more because what else is he going to do? and Hulk and Black Widow fall in love. I mean what. Was that necessary?

Anyway, Scarlet Witch makes her entrance and proves to us all over again that the X-Men are the greatest characters in Marvel history (though they did mess with their stories, but we all know that that was only because of the rights battle over using the term “mutant” (right?)). So for her, I’d give all the stars. For them all together, I just can’t. We’ll call it a three.


Taylor’s 2014 Awards

I know it’s late, and technically the award season is already over, but here are my awards just for fun! I made them about a month ago, and I have seen several movies since then that definitely would have made it in if I would have seen them earlier, i.e. Whiplash and Big Hero 6. I saw over 115 movies this year; some were amazing and some were not so amazing. Here are the best and a few of the worst:

Worst Films:

5. The Rover

4. Rio 2

3. The Nut Job

2. Noah

1. Wer


Visual Effects:


4. Hobbit

3. Interstellar

2. Guardians of the Galaxy

1. The Lego Movie


Production Design

5. Hobbit

4. Interstellar

3. Fury

2. Snowpiercer

1. Grand Budapest Hotel




3. X-Men

2. Guardians of the Galaxy

1. Grand Budapest

Sound Design:

4. Fury

3. Locke

2. The Boxtrolls

1. Interstellar



5. Imitation Game

4. Nightcrawler

3. Boyhood

2. Gone Girl

1. Grand Budapest Hotel




5. Gone Girl

4. The Imitation Game

3. The Boxtrolls

2. Grand Budapest Hotel

1. Interstellar



5. Grand Budapest Hotel

4. Hobbit

3. Begin Again

2. Guardians of the Galaxy

1. Interstellar


Supporting Actress:

4. Carrie Coon- Gone Girl

3. Rene Russo- Nightcrawler

2. Tilda Swinton- Snowpiercer

1. Kiera Knightley- Imitation Game



4. Keira Knightley- Begin Again

3. Emily Blunt- Into the Woods

2. Helen Mirren- Hundred Foot Journey

1. Rosamund Pike- Gone Girl


Supporting Actor:

4. Tyler Perry- Gone Girl

3. Evan Peters- X-Men

2. Shia- Fury

1. Logan Lerman- Fury



5. Ralph Fiennes- Grand Budapest

4.David Oyelowo- Selma

3. Jude Law- Dom Hemingway

2. Tom Hardy-Locke/ Drop

1. Jake Gyllenhaal- Enemy/Nightcrawler


Best Cast:

4. X-Men

3. Fury

2. Gone Girl

1. Grand Budapest


Adapted Screenplay:

5. Guardians of the Galaxy

4. The Imitation Game

3. Hobbit

2. Snowpiercer

1. Gone Girl


Original Screenplay:

5. Boyhood

4. Locke

3. Interstellar

2. Nightcrawler

1. Grand Budapest Hotel


Best Director:

5. Richard Linklater- Boyhood

4. Dan Gilroy- Nightcrawler

3. Christopher Nolan- Interstellar

2. Wes Anderson- Grand Budapest

1. David Fincher- Gone Girl


Best Animated/Kid’s Movie:

5. Alexander and the Terrible..

4. Book of Life

3. Lego Movie

2. How to Train Your Dragon 2

1. The Boxtrolls


Best Action:

5. Sabotage

4. Divergent

3. Nonstop

2. Fury

1. John Wick


Best Horror:

4. Deliver Us From Evil

3. As Above So Below

2. Annabelle

1. Oculus


Best Fantasy:

3. Guardians of the Galaxy

2. Hobbit

1. Days of Future Past


Best Sci-Fi:

5. Zero Theorem

4. Edge of Tomorrow

3. Signal

2. Snowpiercer

1. Interstellar


Best Romance/Romantic Comedy:

5. Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

4. Longest Week

3. What If

2. Begin Again

1. Adult World


Best Comedy (Dramedy?):

5. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible…

4. This is Where I Leave You

3. Dom Hemingway

2. Frank

1. Grand Budapest Hotel


Best Drama:

5. Selma

4. Imitation Game

3. Enemy

2. Gone Girl

1. Nightcrawler


Best Films of 2014:

10. Enemy

9. Boxtrolls

8. Guardians of the Galaxy

7. Hobbit

6. John Wick

5. Interstellar

4. Gone Girl

3. Nightcrawler

2. X-Men: Days of Future Past

1. Grand Budapest Hotel

Still Watching Movies, I Swear

IMG_6435So, it’s been a while since our last post. We knew this would probably happen.

The past few months have been over-flowingly filled with getting a new puppy (meet Smeagol, our pride and joy!), moving (twice!), getting new jobs (Garret is now a parks and rec man, and I work in a video store!), starting classes again, and of course watching movies.

But because we have spent a lot of this time watching movies, we definitely have plenty that need to be talked about. We have seen about 20 new releases since our last post. While a handful of those have been painfully average movies, a good few were enough to remind us what really awesome story-telling and cinematography are all about, and what they are not about.

We have also seen many, many older movies in this time as well. I have gotten some chances to redeem myself for some of the classics (calling them classics for a lack of a better word… favorites?) that I never got around to watching before, like The Usual Suspects, Heathers, American Psycho, Se7en, etc. After watching each one of them I felt like hitting myself in the face for waiting so long to see them. I mean come on, they’re perfect. No wonder it’s been 15- 25 years since they came out and people still obsess over them. I mean damn, who knows how many conversations I sat through wondering why everyone was talking about what was in the box or who is Keyser Soze? I finally know these things! If you don’t dream of getting to wear the color red (or of killing the girl who does), or of Christian Bale (and then feel awkward about it because you know he’s insane), or of any of those movies; go watch them. Seriously. There really is a reason why each of those still exists in film conversation today.

The point to this post really is no matter how busy we get with everything else, we’re still watching movies.

I’ll post soon.

Garret’s Top Animated Features 50-1

50. Shrek (2001)
49. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
48. Titan A.E. (2000)
47. Cats Don’t Dance (1997)
46. Surf’s Up (2007)
45. Chicken Run (2000)
44. Megamind (2010)
43. Happy Feet (2006)
42. Pinnochio (1940)
41. Oliver and Company (1997)
40. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
39. Snow Whit and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
38. Corpse Bride (2005)
37. The Land Before Time (1988)
36. A Bug’s Life (1998)
35. Balto (1995)
34. Toy Story Trilogy (1995/99/2010)
33. The Lion King (1994)
32. Robin Hood (1973)
31. Ratatouille (2007)
30. Monsters Inc. (2001)
29. The Incredibles (2004)
28. Osmosis Jones (2001)
27. Hercules (1997)
26. Aladdin (1992)
25. Mulan (1998)
24. Anastasia (1997)
23. All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989/96)
22. The Black Cauldron (1985)
21. ParaNorman (2012)
20. Lilo and Stitch (2002)
19. The Lego Movie (2014)
18. The Secret of NIMH (1982)
17. The Iron Giant (1999)
16. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
15. 9 (2009)
14. James and the Giant Peach (1996)
13. The Fox and the Hound (1981)
12. Alice in Wonderland (1951)
11. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
10. The Dark Crystal (1982)
9. Fantasia (1940)
8. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
7. Coraline (2009)
6. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
5. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
4. Rango (2011)
3. The Road to El Dorado (2000)
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
1. The Prince of Egypt (1998)

Taylor’s Top Animated Movies 50-1

50. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)
49. Balto (1995)
48. Cinderella (1950)
47. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
46. Madagascar 3 (2012)
45. All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
44. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
43. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
42. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
41. Kung Fu Panda (2008)
40. The Jungle Book (1967)
39. Tarzan (1999)
38. Robots (2005)
37. The Road to El Dorado (2000)
36. The Lego Movie (2014)
35. Robin Hood (1973)
34. The Prince of Egypt (1998)
33. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
32. Oliver & Company (1998)
31. The Fox and the Hound (1981)
30. The Princess and the Frog (2009)
29. The Lorax (2012)
28. The Dark Crystal (1982)
27. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
26. Pocahontas (1995)
25. Ratatoulle (2007)
24. The Polar Express (2004)
23. Peter Pan (1953)
22. A Bug’s Life (1998)
21. The Swan Princess (1994)
20. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
19. Up (2009)
18. The Aristocats (1970)
17. Mulan (1998)
16. Anastasia (1997)
15. Toy Story trilogy (1995-)
14. The Lion King (1994)
13. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
12. Aladdin (1992)
11. Hercules (1997)
10. Coraline (2009)
9. Monsters, Inc (2001)
8. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
7. Brave (2012)
6. Meet the Robinsons (2007)
5. Alice in Wonderland (1951)
4. The Incredibles (2004)
3. The Little Mermaid (1989)
2. Frozen (2013)
1. Tangled (2010)

Garret’s Top Animated Movies 100-51

100. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
99. Open Season (2006)
98. A Monster In Paris (2011)
97. Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)
96. The Sword in the Stone (1963)
95. A Troll in Central Park (1994)
94. The Rescuers (1977)
93. Spirited Away (2001)
92. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
91. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
90. Peter Pan (1953)
89. Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
88. The Swan Princess (1994)
87. The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
86. Home on the Range (2004)
85. Quest for Camelot (1998)
84. The Little Mermaid (1989)
83. Tangled (2010)
82. Ferngully: The Last Rain Forest (1992)
81: Brother Bear (2003)
80. Flushed Away (2006)
79. Shark Tale (2004)
78. The Princess and the Frog (2009)
77. Monster House (2006)
76. We’re Back! (1993)
75. Madagascar (2005)
74. Robots (2005)
73. Chicken Little (2005)
72. An American Tale (Series) (1986/91/98/99)
71. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012)
70. The Lorax (2012)
69. Frozen (2013)
68. A Goofy Movie (1995)
67. Bambi (1942)
66. Hoodwinked! (2005)
65. Bee Movie (2007)
64. Meet the Robinsons (2007)
63. The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
62. Up (2009)
61. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
60. Tarzan (1999)
59. The Jungle Book (1967)
58. Brave (2012)
57. Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
56. Dumbo (1941)
55. Kung Fu Panda (2008)
54. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
53. The AritoCats (1970)
52. Finding Nemo (2003)
51. Wall.E (2008)

Taylor’s Top Animated Movies 100-51

100. The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
99. Hoodwinked! (2005)
98. Rio (2011)
97. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
96. Surf’s Up (2007)
95. Epic (2013)
94. Open Season (2006)
93. Shark Tale (2004)
92. Chicken Little (2005)
91. Bambi (1942)
90. Arthur Christmas (2011)
89. Fantasia (1940)
88. Over the Hedge (2006)
87. The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
86. Monster House (2006)
85. Pinocchio (1940)
84. Pippi Longstocking (1997)
83. The Wild Throneberrys Movie (2002)
82. Wall- E (2008)
81. Charlotte’s Web (1973)
80. ParaNorman (2012)
79. The Rugrats Movies (1998, 2000, 2003)
78. Dumbo (1941)
77. Rise of the Guardians (2012)
76. Finding Nemo (2003)
75. Horton Hears a Who (2008)
74. Megamind (2010)
73. Space Jam (1996)
72. Happy Feet (2006)
71. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
70. Ice Age (2002)
69. The Land Before Time (1988)
68. Rango (2011)
67. Madagascar (2005)
66. Monsters University (2013)
65. Osmosis Jones (2001)
64. Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)
63. Brother Bear (2003)
62. A Goofy Movie (1995)
61. Cars (2006)
60. Thumbelina (1992)
59. James and the Giant Peach (1996)
58. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
57. Lady and the Tramp (1954)
56. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
55. Despicable Me (2010)
54. The Lion King 1 1/2 (2004)
53. The Iron Giant (1999)
52. Shrek (2001)
51. The Secret of NIMH (1982)

This Week on Garret and Taylor Watch Movies

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We have been working on compiling a complete list of our favorite movies, which has proven to be quite difficult. We had trouble limiting ourselves to only 100 movies, so we broke it down and decided to make a live-action movie list and an animated movie list. This week we both will be posting each of those Top 100 lists.

There will also be a few movie reviews coming soon.

Taylor’s The Lego Movie Review

For my first separate movie review, I wanted to start off with something light. So I present, The Lego Movie.

the lego movie

I read somewhere where someone said that this movie was “the best film about blocks you’ll ever see” (remind me to find where I read that one day) and I loved how true and hilarious that is at the same time. Because yes, it is a film about blocks, but somehow it managed to really be a genuinely good movie. Of course it is a kids’ movie, but I promise you’ll laugh just as much as any kid will.

First of all, this movie has the advantage of being uber- nostalgic. I know that I always had tons of legos laying around everywhere when I was a kid, and I still love a lot of the characters they brought in. They even managed to do a really good job of mixing in well-known characters with some brand new ones (um hello, how cute was Uni-Kitty!?).

Second of all, the digitization! The movie had a pretty big budget, but who even cares when it looks that amazing! It’s the closest thing digital can probably get to stop-motion, and it manages to look flawless while doing it!

**Spoiler Alert!**

I found myself really into the story, which I was slightly shocked about because that doesn’t happen all that often with kids’ movies. And when they stepped out of the lego world and showed what was going on in the real world, I thought I might be pulled out a little bit, but I wasn’t at all! They managed to make it all work really well and the story fell right into place.

All in all, The Lego Movie was a great nod to your childhood and great laugh for you even in your adulthood, 4 stars.