I AM (de) GROOT!!
Is it too soon to call this my favorite Marvel movie ever? Perhaps. But holy crap - with another inevitable viewing or two - it absolutely has a chance of claiming that title because it is basically perfect.
No seriously. You will have a grin on your face from beginning to end while watching this movie.
Writer/Director James Gunn has assembled here a perfect blend of action, comedy, and heart driven by engaging, likable, and fascinating…
For whatever reason I had never actually gotten around to watching 'The Big Lebowski'....until today.
And maybe it was because of years of friends fervently quoting it and oodles of fan love in the online community but I overall came away underwhelmed.
Sure, I laughed out loud quite hard on a number of occasions and found a lot to visually admire in the typical Coen Brothers style, but I don't think it ranks up there with many of the films they've done before and after this.
I do find myself craving a white russian though....
If someone had told me ten years ago that Ben Affleck was about to direct three standout films in a row with the third film destined for numerous Oscar nominations, I would have slapped said person hard and unleashed a barrage of expletives at him/her with a thick (and horribly fake) Boston accent. At the time no one would have thought me out of line, but sure enough, Affleck has proven me wrong in a very big way.
Michael Moore has the power to turn people against each other in record time if you happen to disagree on his merits as a documentary filmmaker but with Bowling For Columbine I truly believe he defined a time period of American history better than any other cinematic resource. He asks some very difficult questions here that ultimately can't be answered definitively but as a conversation starter this is perfection.
The saddest thing about it though is that 10 years later…