December 8, 2013, - 11:51 pm
As many readers know, I’m the longtime movie critic for the SiriusXM Patriot Channel’s terrific morning program, “The Mike Church Show,” and you can hear my movie reviews on the show, every Friday morning between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. Eastern (in addition to reading them here). Every year, the Hollywood movie studios put on a full day of movie screenings for members of the Detroit Film Critics Socity (membership has its privileges, like spending endless hours of life you’ll never get back watching junk food for the mind). But there were so many new movies coming out that the studios wanted us to consider for our annual votes of the best movies, best actors/actresses, etc., that we had two days of this stuff. Every city has its film critics group, which gets recognition for its annual choices for the “bests.” And we have ours in Detroit. My “bests” usually get drowned out, since I’m the lone conservative among the bunch of mainstream liberal movie critics.
So, on Tuesday and Thursday, we saw ten movies (in fairness, I saw two of them on screeners the studios sent us and missed one of the other movies–“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”). I call these days, “Movie Coma Days,” because it’s tiring and my mind is put in a coma seeing all this crap. Most of these movies are 2.5-3 hours long–completely absurd. The egomaniacs actually think I need to watch their repetitive BS, when all of these movies could be under 1.5 hours and make the same points (or be just as pointless). I know it sounds like fun (and it’s not like I’m doing backbreaking work just sitting there in a dark room watching), but trust me, seeing every movie that comes out is work, NOT fun. While this is my choice and I’m not whining, I sit through a whole lot of mind-numbing, absolute dreck and miss a lot of hours of beautiful daylight just to see the few–very few!–cinematic gems and warn you off of the rest. Out of ten movies, I liked 1.75 (I really liked one movie, half liked another, and partially liked a third one).
Below are the trailers for what we saw–just a taste of all the crap I sit through so you don’t have to. Can you guess the 1.75 movies I liked? I’ll bet you can. (Out of the ten I saw, I already reviewed this past Friday–“Out of the Furnace” (read my review).)
Here’s what I saw . . .
* “Lone Survivor“:
* “American Hustle“:
* "Saving Mr. Banks":
* “August: Osage County“:
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