About Logan

My movie philosophy:

I go to movies to experience something I can’t get in my every day life. That can range from being taken to a completely different world to feeling a sense of understanding for something that the human race faces regularly. What it takes for me to get this from a movie, however, is complete immersion into what is going on in front of me. Visual effects, acting, screenplay, and events need to convey this world the filmmaker has created for me. A world can be new and inventive and imaginative, but if the things created and placed in the world don’t fit, the world falls apart and I’m reminded I’m sitting in front of a screen.

Basically it comes down to this: once the movie starts, I don’t want to remember it’s a movie until the credits roll. So many things that infect movies around the industry destroy this illusion.

  • Screenplay: Unless they make sense with when they’re said and what character is saying them, lines that are there merely for entertainment value kill movies.
  • Special effects: These are tools that should be used to make worlds created more realistic, not ridiculous. I don’t like explosions if they’re only there to make the teenagers in the audience grin.
  • Acting: Obviously I need to believe the characters in front of me. With so many famous actors, it’s becoming harder for me to not recognize them through who they’re playing. This shouldn’t be my problem, and they need to step up and act.
  • Story: I’m not so stupid that I can’t tell when entire parts of the movie are pointless. Whether it’s the fault of the editor for removing a crucial scene, or the fault of the writer plain putting in a scene for purposes unrelated to the story, these break the illusion and make me die inside.
I’ll be posting my stand alone reviews on Thursdays, along with my reviews pairing with Brandon on Sundays. Thursdays are my days to post about movies that are more up my alley than Brandon’s, and after a bit you’ll soon sense that just because I have high standards for what I consider to be a truly good movie, I still have movies that I watch for fun, even if I know their terrible. I’m a bit more into the Sci-Fi fantasy films than Brandon is, and I’m a sucker for any comic book movie that looks like it’ll be done half well. On the reverse side, if I see one of those movies that doesn’t hold up, I’m liable to get twice as pissed.

I may be picky, but movies are important to me. The thing is, no matter how important they are to me, they should be more important to the people who write them, direct them, act in them, and work for them. So when I see a movie that those people don’t care enough about to make well, I see little reason to care myself.

My all-time favorites:

All-time favorite movie: Stay

Best actor acting performance ever: Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote)

Best actress acting performance ever: Helen Mirren (The Queen)

Favorite director: Christopher Nolan

Favorite actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Favorite movie villain: Heath Ledger as “The Joker” (The Dark Knight)

Foreign Film: Pans Labyrinth

Drama: Amadeus

Action: Smokin’ Aces

Suspense/Thriller: No Country for Old Men

Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back

Comedy: Gross Pointe Blank

Romance: Lars and the Real Girl

Horror: The Ring

Documentary: Blood into Wine

Musical: Moulin Rouge

Animated: Princess Mononoke

Western: 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

War: Jarhead

Trilogy: Lord of the Rings

Sequel: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Comedy show: 30 Rock

Dramatic show: Dexter


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