Saturday, May 21, 2016

#99. Hardball (2001)

Director: Brian Robbins
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, John Hawkes
Running Time: 106 Minutes
Conor O'Neill (Reeves) is a down-on-his-luck gambler in debt to dangerous loan sharks. Desperate for cash, Conor reluctantly takes a job coaching a youth baseball team. The "team" turns out to be a ragtag group of tough-talking kids from Chicago's inner city. Secretly, Conor plans to desert the team after he wins a big bet. But the stakes are higher than Conor imagined: The kids need someone to believe in. As Conor wrestles with his past, the kids start to teach him some lessons that will forever change his future -- that responsibility and trust must be earned and hope can appear in the most unlikely places.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Coming Soon: The 4,000 Movies Challenge

As some of you know, despite the scarcity of reviews I watch hundreds of movies each year. There are probably a couple thousand movies currently in my film library which I have yet to watch, the goal of Mike's Cinema back in the day was to help remedy that but I never actually followed through. With Film Crazy, I've decided to make a personal challenge for myself. At last count, I had 4,000 movies in various formats and in time would like to have 4,000 reviews documented. This challenge could take months or more likely, years to accomplish. The ultimate goal is to make regular updates.

My original thought was to start this at the beginning of next year, but why wait? Best to start sooner than later. Oh, and for every significant milestone; I'll be giving away some exclusive Film Crazy swag to some lucky followers!! Be it a bumper sticker, a t-shirt, a mystery box of DVDs, a sports cap or coffee mug - all extremely limited as they won't ever be sold. Oh, and I'm confident that as this site takes off I'll gain some outside support from film studios to give away film screenings and other promotional items.

Let the journey begin . . . . . . .

Sunday, April 3, 2016

A college degree doesn't guarantee you a job

Director: Vicky Jenson
Starring: Alexis Bledel, Michael Keaton, Jane Lynch
Running Time: 88 minutes
Ryden Malby (Alexis Bledel) has a master plan, Graduate college, get a great job, hang out with her best friend (Zach Gilford) and find the perfect guy. But her plan spins hilariously out of control when she's forced to move back home with her eccentric family. By the time she lands her dream job, Ryden realizes it's meaningless without the man of her dreams...and the people she loves.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

And the Worst Movie Award Goes to...

Many of us watched the Academy Awards last weekend, and in light of the big update to this site I decided I wanted to kick it off with something special. As you may know I have seen hundreds if not thousands of movies, so it should come to no surprise that I've seen some really bad movies. I'm not talking about movies that are so bad, that they're good. Those I consider guilty pleasures which I'll save for another time. I'm referring to something that I actually suffered through, something I actually had to ask myself; "Can I have that hour and a half of my life back?" I'm sure we've all been there at one point or another, maybe more than once even.

Sadly this has happened to me on more than one occasion. Even sadder, I can guarantee I still own those movies in question. Anyway, I could easily point out a Tyler Perry flick or a direct-to-video release starring Nicholas Cage but considering we all know going into such a movie that it's going to bad, I won't say they deserve the worst movie award. The movie, I think deserves this award just happens to be one I watched in theaters when it was first released, nearly falling asleep multiple times, and yet still bought it on DVD during a video store closeout sale a few years back.....

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Intern (2015)

Director: Nancy Meyers
Starring: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo
Running Time: 121 minutes
Ben Whittaker is a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.