The Pink Panther (1963) review “A totally average start to a funny franchise”

The Pink Panther poster

Color is something we often talk about with movies. Movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel and Blade Runner 2049 are movies frequently discussed for their beautiful color palettes, but before we were talking about colorful movies, we talked about their colorful titles. Many of my favorite movies have colors in the title. Soylent Green’s political intrigue, R.E.D’s hilarious moments and witty dialogue, or the combination of all of those things in Primary Colors, which is a great movie which has not been thought of at all during this very fun campaign year in America.

However, if you ever asked someone to name a movie with a color in the title, they’d say The Pink Panther. A classic comedy which gave us a franchise that lasted almost fifty years before Steve Martin brutally murdered it with two very unfunny films. So how good was the starting point in order to form an eleven film franchise?

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The best and worst Woody Allen films

So originally I was going to open this article by making a dark oke about how Woody Allen and I are kinda similar because we both like old movies, are sarcastic and date girls born in the early 2000s, but after watching twenty two of his forty eight films, I found myself unable to continue on this project, and I feel the need to explain why. I started this project by watching the films that were commonly regarded as the best, so films like Annie Hall, Midnight in Paris, and other such films which aren’t on either list.

But then those got kind of bland and weren’t breaking into the top five anymore, so I decided to reverse the plan and pad the worst films list by watching the least liked Woody Allen films like Curse of the Jade Scorpion or Scoop. Those got even more bland and dull!

So twenty two films in, I called it quits, as I couldn’t bring myself to watch another movie about a man who hates himself and everyone else, cheat on/be friends with someone who cheats on their wife, with themes about how great New York City is, even though they admit that city still kinda sucks. I also knew that nothing would be better than the films I had already watched, and that any additions to the worst films list would have made me question my love of movies altogether. So, let’s get into the best and the worst Woody Allen films.

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150 Best Picture Nominees: Ranked

Best Picture Nominees RankedI want to preface this article by saying that I like about 90 percent of the movies on this list. There’s only about ten out of all of these I don’t like, and that’s just because these really are the best of the best. So if you read this thinking “Wow, how is that movie so low on this list?” The answer is simply because when the average quality is so high, the rest will suffer by comparison. That being said, the Oscars are something that people either hate because they mainly talk about movies which aren’t blockbusters, or people hate them because they don’t choose the right small films/blockbusters to talk about.

Just look at the last three years for a perfect example of this, as on the day nominations came out, people will flood twitter with “SNUBBED” this and “OVERRATED” that. So because school is over, I’m furloughed for another month, and the cabin fever is setting in, I’m going to put all 150 of the nominees I’ve seen in order from worst to best.

I also know that I still have a lot more to watch (There have been 563 nominees over the 92 year history of the Oscars, so I’m barely at the quarter mark) and this list leans heavily on the current history of the Oscars (47 films being from the 2010s), but that’s just because it’s a lot easier to find a movie from today than it is to find Captains Courageous or Twelve O’Clock High. Now, because we have 150 movies to talk about and we’re supposed to have a word limit, let’s get into Tier Five. Continue reading

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War review “Avengers: Meh-ndgame”

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War posterBefore I was the movie aficionado we all know and begrudgingly tolerate, I was a different kind of aficionado, one of DC comic books. Due to this, I find the DC Animated Universe very interesting, as they can tell the stories that I loved to read years ago like Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay and give the story it’s due, while the DCEU films about those same stories like Suicide Squad fall flat on its face, onto a set of stairs, tumbling down them and breaking every single bone. The DCAU has virtually led to this.

Aside from a few very interesting diversions into the multiverse such as Superman: Red Son or Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, the story of the DCAU has all been building to Darkseid destroying Earth with films like Reign of the Supermen and Justice League: War all coming to a head here. Last year showed us that it is possible for major superhero franchises that have been going on for years to end a storyline really well with Avengers: Endgame. In fact, Endgame did such a good job at this, that Apokolips War lifts a large amount of it’s story from Endgame. Continue reading

The films that influenced me: Daulton Meadows

Copy of 25 day film challengeWhen I got the notification about our ten most influential films, I have to say, I immediately panicked. Ten best films, I could go on for hours. Ten worst films, even longer. However, when it comes to the most influential, that’s much harder. Do you focus on the movies that formed you as a human, because if so, I’ve based my entire personality on the Greek Choir from Mighty Aphrodite singing “When You’re Smiling” and that only takes up one spot, or do you focus on the movies you associate with specific memories, like the last time I ever saw a friend before moving away was at a screening of Ghostbusters (2016).

I chose something of a mix, and I’ll admit that some of these were hard to come up with. You don’t realize how few movies that actually matter until you’re forced to compile a list of them. So without any more meandering, let’s talk about the ten most influential movies to me. Continue reading