You ever watch Memento? You should watch Memento

This is a really tripy movie. It is essentially a murder mystery told backwards. Sort of like an episode of Columbo. We start the movie witnessing a man being killed and over the course of two hours discover the who, where and why. What really makes this film unique is that it essentially plays in reverse.

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Movies I loved when I was younger, but can’t watch anymore.

Maybe I’m just too old and cranky to enjoy them anymore, but there are a few movies I watched often when I was younger and when I try to watch them now… I just can’t.

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The problem with Hawkeye

Anyone wishing that Marvel would announce plans for a Hawkeye movie? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Yeah, I didn’t think so. It’s not that people dismiss him as “just a regular guy with a bow”, Black Widow has no super powers, but people like her, and Phil Coulson’s a normal guy who didn’t exist before the movies, but people LOVE him and he got his own TV show.

So, why do people dislike Hawkeye, or at best just don’t care about him? My theory is he’s just not “Hawkeye” enough.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

I don’t know why I didn’t go to see this movie when it was in the theatre. I wanted to. The people I usually go to the movies with all said they wanted to, but we just never could agree on a time. It didn’t seem urgent to us. Maybe it was because we had already been to see several movies just before it was released and seeing films at the cineplex isn’t as cheap as it used to be. For whatever reason I didn’t watch it became available on Netflix just recently. Now I wish I had seen it on the big screen.

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The Sorcerers Apprentice is an underrated movie

Okay, so maybe I’m not done yet with the magician theme.

When I first saw this movie in the theater, I liked it. I didn’t love it, but it was fun, it was funny, I liked the characters and the plot made sense. Best part was that it turned out not to be a Nicholas Cage movie. He’s in it, he has a major role, but it’s really a Jay Baruchel movie and I like Jay.

Jays character of Dave Stutler is very similar to Hiccup, for whom he does the voice of in the How to Train Your Dragon series. Smart but awkward people who have trouble relating to others. I really wish there had been a sequel because I wanted to see where his character would go.

What really made me appreciate this movie more was watching it again after Marvels Dr. Strange. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange and he was even better in Avengers: Infinity War (which shows how important directors are), but the one thing that bothered me about the movie was how weak and unimaginative the “magic battles” were. Seriously, go watch the movie again, it’s great, but aside from the Inception like imagery, most of the fights between awesome wizards boils down to kung-fu with glowy weapons. Afterwards go watch The Sorcerers Apprentice and you’ll see the difference. The writers and director just let their imaginations off the leash. It’s even better (and you can just keep your outraged hate mail to yourself) than the fights in the Harry Potter movies.

It’s been eight years since the movie was released, so it seems unlikely there will be a follow up at this late a date. From all reports it cost $150 million to make and made more than that internationally, but only $64 million at the US box office. It seems like, despite it turning a profit, because it was not a smash success at home, the mouse house doesn’t want to continue the story, which is a shame.

Bugsy Malone, a Mobster Musical

This was one of my favorite movies as a kid, and I still enjoy watching it as an adult. It’s a musical about prohibition era gangsters, with a cast of only children, and their weapons shoot whipped cream, and their cars are peddle powered. Yes, it’s a little odd, kind of quirky, but honestly the kids do a pretty good acting job and the songs are really catchy.

The only people you will recognize from the movie are Scott Baio and Jodie Foster, who were 15 and 14 respectively when the movie was made. It’s the music that will stick with you though. Paul Williams did an absolutely amazing job writing the score for this move, I would rank the soundtrack among my top 5. So You Wanna Be A Boxer is a great motivational song, Tomorrow will bring tears to your eyes, You Give A Little Love is an ear worm that will stay with you a long time and Bad Guys is just plain fun.

I was hesitant to write about this movie, not because I’m ashamed of being 45 and loving this movie as much as I do, but because it used to be hard to find. Until Blu-rays, it was only available on Region 2 DVD and VHS, plus… not a lot of rental places around anymore.

If you can find it, give it a watch.