BEST MOVIES OF THE SUMMER (Guardians vs. Dawn Of The Apes vs. Gone Girl)

BEST MOVIES OF THE SUMMER (Guardians vs. Dawn Of The Apes vs. Gone Girl)

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film reviews in five minutes or less. Still battling a cold I developed a week ago, I’m
your host, Jonathan Paula. As 2014 draws to a close, it’s already obvious this has been
a fantastic year for cinema, and some of the biggest releases over the summer are a great
reason for that, so let’s discuss four of my favorites, and the lone disappointment.
We’ll begin with “The Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes”. This clumsily titled science fiction action
film by Matt Reeves is the first sequel to the 2011 “Planet Of The Apes” reboot, and
the eighth film in the franchise overall. Following its July 11, 2014 release, the $170
million dollar adventure was a big success, scoring over $600 million at the box-office.
Ten years after the events of “Rise”, a deadly disease has wiped out most of mankind, leaving
humans and super-intelligent apes on equal footing – but uneasy relations between the
two groups eventually leads to war. Motion-capture extraordinaire, Andy Serkis returns in the
lead role, as Caesar, the highly intelligent leader of the apes. Having built a community
of talking, family oriented primates, Serkis is confronted with the responsibilities of
diplomacy, as he advises his people to remain peaceful and patience, signing, “If we go
to war, we could lose all we’ve built…”, before finishing his thought out-loud by softly
saying, “Home. Family. Future.” As the CGI-character, he is able to effortlessly bring an emotional
and human performance to a decidedly non-human character – most of this accomplished with
a furrow of his brow, or with his menacing green eyes. Unfortunately however, he’s the
only cast member from the last installment to return – and while the original characters,
including James Franco, are referenced, their presence here is definitely missed. Jason
Clarke, Gary Oldman, and Keri Russell all portray hopeful, but cautious humans, who
have survived horrible conditions only to reluctantly be thrust into a war with their
violent primate counterparts. We’re introduced to this growing conflict when a scout party
unwittingly stumbles into ape-territory, sparking an extremely tense stand-off, both sides on
a hair-trigger. Meanwhile, Toby Kebbell and Judy Greer provide the voice and motion-capture
likeness of two other apes that anchor the drama on screen with a surprisingly effective
emotional depth. The tension that builds between these two groups is the entire driving force
of the expertly-paced 131-minute film, which should leave most audiences breathless as
it unravels. The taller 16:9 frame brilliantly captures both the lush forest areas of the
American north west, as well as the haunting desolation of a ruined San Francisco. The
visual effects work from Peter Jackson’s WETA Digital might be their best yet, perfectly
blending the authentic locations and people with digital creatures that are just as lifelike.
The PG-13 rated picture doesn’t have many twists or surprises, but the final climactic
battle between apes, humans, and other apes is a true spectacle to behold… and one of
the more exciting and well-executed action sequences in recent memory. An extended POV-shot
that’s fixed to a mounted tank as it lays waste to enemy forces as bullets and fires
light up the battlefield is a particular highlight. Michael Giacchino’s score provides a deep
and drum like rhythm that further emphasizes the seriousness of the realistic narrative.
Although we’re left with a satisfying conclusion, some plot threads are appropriately left unresolved,
as a third film is already slated for release in 2016. The question remains as to whether
or not this rebooted franchise will come full circle with the images and story we saw in
the 1968 original… but I for one am eager to find out. Covering themes of trust, community,
and betrayal, this is a touching story mixed with captivating and exciting action. An excellent
summer blockbuster I can’t wait to watch again, “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” is the best
“Apes” yet… but let’s see what you had to say about it. With outstanding visuals and a gripping story,
we both agreed this was a worthy successor to the 2011-remake, and an AWESOME film. For
tonight’s poll question: who is your favorite CGI-character in film history? Jar-Jar Binks,
Buzz Lightyear, Gollum? Leave your response as a comment below. Second up tonight, “Boyhood”. Following a strong showing at Sundance, this
extremely ambitious project from director Richard Linklater was released theatrically
on July 11, 2014. The coming-of-age drama film was produced on a small budget of only
$4 million, and has already scored back ten-times than amount at the box office. Shot intermittently
over an eleven-year period from 2002 until 2013, we’re treated to a truly unique experience,
as we watch the talented Ellar Coltrane literally grow up right before our eyes. Co-star Ethan
Hawke remarked on this captivating approach by saying, “It’s a little bit like timelapse
photography of a human being.” The lengthy 165-minute narrative follows six-year-old
Coltrane until he sets off for college 12 years later. Forced to undergo all of the
awkward and embarrassing phases of adolescent and puberty in a feature film can’t be easy,
but Coltrane is an endearing and relatable protagonist. Aging alongside him is Patricia
Arquette as his determined mother, Lorelei Linklater as the typical older sister, and
Hawke as the absent ex-husband and dad. This core group turn in some excellent performances,
that really carry emotional weight as their lives drift from one milestone to another.
Plenty of other characters float in and out too, and much like real life: they don’t always
get a proper introduction or goodbye, they merely exist as players in the story of our
lives for a few scenes, never to be heard from again. Thanks to its interesting production
calendar, a large majority of the R-rated script evolved as they filmed… resulting
in a very organic, if incohesive narrative. Indeed, “Boyhood” is very inconsistently paced;
moving through the grade school years within 30 minutes, but spending over 90 minutes when
Ellar when finally attends high school. Throughout it all we follow Coltrane, as he deals with
a parade of dysfunctional father figures, drugs, girlfriends, video games, moving away
from home, and discovering his ambitions. No matter how or where you raised, there are
aspects of his character everyone can identify with. He’s not the strongest kid, or most
confident teenager… just an average American boy experiencing the struggles of growing
up. The events of his turbulent upbringing unravel in small vignettes. They’re an honest,
un-manipulated view of life; perfectly encapsulating all the highs and lows of childhood. A campfire
scene filmed in 2008, which sees Coltrane and Hawke debating the then-unknown future
of the “Star Wars” franchise is a particularly amusing scene, that feels so natural… and
it’s exactly something my Dad and I would have been talking about when we were their
age. Another fantastic father-son chat late in the picture puts a nice bow on everything,
when Coltrane flatly asks, “What’s the point”. Hawke’s response, “We’re all just winging
it.” is a good of a explanation as any. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t end on that high note, but
instead drags on for another 15 minutes… that fail to add any real value to the story.
Linklater’s steady and unobtrusive cinematography allows the talented actors to dictate the
energy and direction of each scene. With no original score of its own, the film smartly
includes plenty of popular music from across the years: quickly providing context to when
each moment takes place. It’s weird to call any story set during the 21st-century a “period”
film, but that’s precisely what this feels like. Definitely worth seeing at least once,
if not for its incredible filmmaking methods, than for its compelling characters. Although
it lacks some focus, this an effortless narrative that has a nostalgic quality to that is impossible
ignore. “Boyhood” utilizes unique techniques to craft a wonderful experience about growing
up. Here’s what you had to say about in the YouTube comments. Praise was overwhelming positive for this
one, with you calling it memorable, brilliant, and groundbreaking: your scores averaged to
an AWESOME. A magical film that will almost certainly score a “Best Picture” nomination,
I’ll give it was a NINE out of ten as well. Next up tonight, the biggest movie of the
summer, “Guardians Of The Galaxy”. The latest, and dare I say most ambitious
effort from Marvel Studios was released worldwide on August 1, 2014 to rave reviews and massive
success… grossing over half-a-billion dollars in a single month. Produced on a budget of
$170 million, this sprawling space epic follows Chris Pratt in the lead role, a human light-years
from Earth, caught-up in a massive manhunt for a mysterious orb. When asked why he wants
to save the galaxy, the “Parks And Rec” star angrily yells, “Because I’m one of the idiots
who lives in it!” Fortunately, he does get help along the way from a few truly bizarre
aliens, Zoe Saldana as a green-skinned professional assassin, Dave Bautista as a muscled-up brute
who doesn’t under metaphors, Vin Diesel as walking 12-foot tree who can only speak a
single phrase, and Bradley Cooper as a gun-wielding, talking raccoon. Together, the rag-tag quintet
make up our titular heroes… and are endlessly fun to watch spar, and collaborate with each
other. All threats and antagonists aside, I could watch an entire movie of just these
five characters running errands and bickering amongst themselves. But, for better or worse,
this is a super hero film, so we do need a villain, and while Lee Pace fits the bill,
he’s honestly forgettable and disposable in that role. Meanwhile, other recognizable names
like Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Benicio del Toro, and Glenn Close
populate the 122-minute story with smaller, but no less effective performances. Every
player here does a fantastic job, but special mention needs to be made for Pratt, who truly
carries this film with his charisma and humor, recounting the plot of the 1980’s movie, “Footloose”
to an unsuspecting ally in the guise of an inspirational speech. Later, went confronted
with a seemingly unwinnable situation, he just starts singing to himself, and challenges
his adversary to an impromptu dance-off. In this, the tenth entry in Marvel’s Cinematic
Universe, it’s easy to take special effects for granted… but the visuals here are nothing
short of incredible: especially since every single location and cosmic environment has
been created from scratch. From the volcanic planet of Morag to a giant floating criminal
outpost called “Knowhere” – the attention to detail and realism here is a sight to behold.
Although director James Gunn has been kicking around Hollywood for years, this PG-13-rated
extravagant is easily is biggest project yet, and he absolutely delivers the goods: framing
the attractive cast with bright and colorful lighting inside the steady anamorphic frame.
There’s an effective and atmospheric score from Tyler Bates… that’s all but overshadowed
by the picture’s remarkable pop-music soundtrack, often heard through Pratt’s in-film Sony Walkman.
In an otherwise unfamiliar universe, the inclusion of so many great songs from The Jackson 5,
The Runaways, Blue Swede, and others really anchors this picture in a wonderful, and necessary
way. In fact, the picture’s soundtrack became the only album in history to reach the #1
spot on the US Billboard charts without a single original track. Great excitement for
all ages, this film also reminds audiences that no matter how weird and alone you may
seem, there’s always someone else out there willing to help. I’m sure this movie has some
flaws and mistakes, but to be frank… I was having too much damn fun to even notice. Top
to bottom, this is a flawlessly paced blockbuster with big thrills, great characters, beautiful
visuals, funny dialogue, and spectacular action. “Guardians Of The Galaxy” is one of the best
comic-book adaptations yet, and one I’ll be re-watching this one for years to come. Lots
of feedback for this one, so here are some of your comment reviews. Although a few had less-than-stellar things
to say about it, the vast majority loved this picture’s visuals, humor, and entertainment
factor: scoring it an AMAZING. An instant classic for sure, this gets a TEN out of ten
from me as well. A reminder now to check out the Movie Night Archive channel for an organized
collection of all our reviews, and to hear my thoughts on upcoming movies – including
my initial reaction and thoughts on the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer. Fourth tonight,
I need to rant about “The Expendables 3″… This third entry in the high-stakes action
adventure franchise was released stateside on August 15, 2014… where it managed to
squeak out $15 million in profit above its $90-million budget. Not that the plot matters
any, but the 126-minute narrative follows lead mercenary Sylvester Stallone as he recruits
a new, younger team of killers to take out his old partner, a ruthless arms dealer. Having
finally ditched his unsightly mustache, Stallone leads the absolutely enormous cast with his
usual dry wit and excellent fighting skills, but is far too serious for the ridiculous
premise. Sadly, the same can’t be said for anyone else. Although a number of players
from previous installments, like Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, and Jean-Claude Van Damme haven’t
returned… the cast here is something that would have made 14-year-old Jonathan wet his
bed. “The Expendables 3” features Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren,
Kelsey Grammer, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell, Victor
Ortiz, Robert Davi, Jet Li, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. And while
this is unquestionably the greatest group of action stars ever assembled, it also pains
me to say how horribly mismanaged and wasted they all are – Li and Ortiz don’t even punch
anyone! Statham is still second-billed, but is absent for a great deal of the picture,
finally returning late to bail his friend out of a jam by remarking, “You were stupid
enough to get yourself into this mess! And we’re the only ones crazy enough to get you
out of it!” Meanwhile, the other returning players, Lundgren, Couture, Crews, and Li
have literally less than 15-lines of dialogue between them – and should have probably just
been removed entirely. The new fighters get a smidge more development, but they honestly
don’t deserve it… Rousey’s performance is especially awful, seeming confused and unsure
of herself in the massive sausage-fest. I hope Stallone isn’t leveraging these young
guns to take over the franchise in future installments, because none of them are interesting
enough for the task, and it goes against the very concept of what birthed these movies.
It was wonderful to see Davi in a film again, but his single-scene appearance amounts to
little more than a cameo. Free from his tax-evasion and direct-to-video exile, Snipes is a welcome
addition, and definitely still has his ass-kicking chops, even delivering a great self-referential
joke as his own expense. Grammer is featured briefly during a recruitment phase, and lends
credibility and gravitas to the slower, plot-building aspect of the story. Ford has some of the
best and most vulgar lines, and it was wonderful to see Schwarzenegger once again yell “get
to the choppa!” but the stand-out performances come from Banderas and Gibson… the former
bringing some truly amusing comic relief and Latin charisma, while the latter is an excellent,
and imposing villain. In an effort to convey how sinister Gibson’s war crimes have been,
Stallone is shown a classified dossier with photos of dead bodies, immediately causing
him to well-up with emotion, in what is the most laughable and pointless scene in “The
Expendables 3”. Are we really meant to believe that these hardened hitman would weep at the
sight of death or destruction, especially after they, themselves have murdered countless
hundreds of henchmen? The underutilized and bloated cast issues aside… this film does
unite The Terminator and Indiana Jones on screen together for the first time, and that’s
pretty damn cool. A cold open sequence where our heroes rescue Snipes from a maximum security
train has some genuine thrills and solid gunplay, like when the team uses a high-tension wire
to clothesline enemy sentries on the locomotive’s roof… but the watered down PG-13 rating
is an inescapable misstep for the picture. Unable to show blood, or really violent action,
every scene is chopped to pieces, leaving nothing but a loud and messy experience vaguely
resembling explosive carnage. I honestly don’t think there was a single action shot lasting
longer than one second, resulting in a confusing experience that never allows the stunts to
breath, or the battles to have any chronology. With awful and incomprehensible cinematography,
it’s hard to tell what’s a visual effect, and what’s practical – but a number of explosions,
and other sequences looked decidedly computer animated. Which leads me to believe director
Patrick Hughes blew all his money securing the cast. The heavy, drum-like beat of Brian
Tyler’s score is mostly reworked cues from the previous films, but is serviceable enough.
Unraveling at an unrelenting, yet laborious pace, this is a preposterous experience that
has absolutely no lasting impact or moral integrity. For fans of these iconic heroes,
“The Expendables 3” delivers enough enjoyment for a single viewing – but the bloodless and
poorly constructed fights are a disappointing waste of superstar potential. Well, now that
that’s out of my system, here’s some of your reviews. There’s no other way to say it: everyone thought
this was a huge let-down, but still decently enjoyable – you scored it a FIVE out of TEN.
Not nearly on par with its predecessors, the I’m reluctantly scoring this an ALRIGHT as
well. Finally tonight, let’s check out “Gone Girl”. Adapted from Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel of
the same name, this David Fincher mystery thriller was an immediate box office hit,
grossing over four times its $60 million dollar budget within only a month after its October
3, 2014 release. Following the suspicious disappearance of his wife, Ben Affleck is
forced to deal with a growing media circus that begins to suspect he may be complicit
in the crime. This however, is a gross oversimplification of the R-rated narrative. The twisty 149-minute
plot is presented in parallel narratives, one set in the present, the other in flashbacks.
It’s during the later that we follow Rosamind Pike’s side of the story, where her undeniable
talent positively commands the screen. The gorgeous Rosamund has been kicking around
Hollywood for over a decade, beginning her career as a Bond girl… and she’s quietly
turned in a dozen great performances since then – but it’s her sultry portrayal of a
forgotten housewife in “Gone Girl” that will undoubtedly make her a household name. I wouldn’t
be surprised if she scored her first Oscar nomination next year. Although this show-stopping
performance all but overshadows her co-stars, Neil Patrick Harris as an obsessive former
flame, Kim Dickens as an unrelenting homicide investigator, and even Tyler Perry as an savy
lawyer contribute some very effective beats in their supporting roles. Affleck meanwhile
is the true center of the picture, and he carries the delicate emotional range on his
broad shoulders easily. When he’s forced to improvise and lie regarding his missing wife
during a live television interview, he balances his anxiety and confidence brilliantly. Earlier
in the picture, unable to recount his wife’s blood-type, a younger officer is eager to
pin the crime on Affleck. He reminds Dickens that that simplest explanation is often the
correct one, to which the doubtful detective responds, “Actually, I have never found that to
be true.” This is a smart and modern story
with realistic dialogue, that employs the “unreliable narrator” mechanic in wonderful
ways that are best left unspoiled. In fact, the audience is kept in the dark and misdirected
almost as often as the other characters, making the few bits of dramatic irony that much more
effective. Despite the layered, and pitch-perfect editing, this complex narrative does take
a few too many detours before arriving at its satisfying, yet surprising conclusion.
Fincher’s meticulous attention to detail pays off with some gorgeous cinematography… every
part of the anamorphic frame is lined with sharp lighting and cold backgrounds. The passive
sounding score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is a droning and uncomfortable one, constantly
instilling a sense of dread and uneasiness. A harsh, yet stylish examination of 21st century
marriage, dishonesty, and the media’s obsession with a good story – this is a decidedly original
and fascinating film every adult should seek out and watch. “Gone Girl” is a sexy thriller
with a fantastic and unpredictable narrative. And here’s some of your comments about it. This was smart and twisty thriller that demands
your full attention: and we all agreed, it was also an AWESOME movie. Finally tonight,
let’s check out your Tweet Critiques to see what you’re saying about films currently playing
in theaters. If you see a new movie in theaters, Tweet
your review with the #JPMN hashtag. Tonight we review five movies from summer 2014…
next week we’ll take a look at five films from the fall: “Nightcrawler”, “The Theory
Of Everything”, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”, “Horrible Bosses 2”, and coming
out next week, “The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies”. Once you’ve seen these films,
share your opinions by voting in the polls below, or by leaving a comment review. If
you’re tired of seeing the same dozen users submit reviews every week, leave your own
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  1. Really proud of how this one turned out… maybe the best episode of Movie Night yet? I'll let you be the judge of that. In the meantime, please enjoy – and thanks for watching!

  2. Loved the Guardians reference in the Intro Song.  Great stuff as always!  I'll rate next weeks movies when I get a chance at seeing them.

  3. The Theory Of Everything: a moving tale, how ever this film becomes a little self-indulgent and leaves a little to be admired, 6/10.

  4. hunger games mocking jay part 1: so much better than the previous entries, this is a clever, emotional and action packed romp, 8/10.

  5. Nightcrawler: A atmospheric thriller with smart writing and steller story telling making you completely hooked all the way through, one of the best of the year, a must see mainly for Jake Gyllenhaal giving the performance of his career 10/10

  6. Nightcrawler: Jake Gyllenhaal is scary as the protagonist, and you root for him even while he does terrible things. 8/10

  7. The Hunger Games:Mockingjay Part 1: Even though I don't like the idea of splitting this one book into 2 movies, this was a good installment to the franchise. Packed with suspense, drama, some thrilling action, and a shocking cliffhanger, this movie is a  great watch for fans. 8/10
    Also my favorites CG character is the new guy, Rocket Raccoon from "Guardians of the Galaxy". 

  8. Aye, definitely been a strong year for mainstream cinema. People can bash on this comic-book movie trend all they want, it's resulting in some great films. I'd vote Guardians, personally. Humour and pathos blended well – that's how you get a genuinely comic-book tone.

    Solid video, by the way, good work. And I'm very sorry, I know you must hear this all the time, but…the music. What is it?

  9. What I'm the most upset about is the fact that when I was a REALLY little kid, I ALWAYS told my parents a good idea for a movie would be to film a movie with a kid, and film it over many years, using the same actors hahaha. Someone beat me to it! :/

  10. The Theory Of Everything: Carried by oscar worthy performances by Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne, the film is an engaging mix of biopic and romance and should not be missed. 9/10 

  11. Nice reviews! Guardians and Apes are 9/10 for me, I haven't seen the others yet. My favorite cgi creature is Gollum, he was so meme oracle, well acted, quotable, funny, and dark when needed. Probably the most layered cgi character in a live action film.

  12. Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1:
    Slow at times, once it gets going, it's filled with action and suspense. The late Hoffman plays a much stronger role than the last film. The cliffhanger will leave you pissed off, 9/10

  13. Great cold open Jon. I really like how you are lining up quotes with the segments of the film. It takes a lot of time to track those segments down. Also, I love that you have been cutting a lot more clips in when you mention different characters and actors. I'm not sure how often you've been doing this before I noticed, but doing this has helped captivate our audience as well. Keep it up Jon. Hope to collaborate with you one day.

  14. I really don't get why people loved Guardians of the Galaxy. To be honest, I think it is one of the worst Marvel movies yet. The plot is simply too simple and it was too much "funny stuff". Had the movie been released as a comedy, then it would have been a better movie in my eyes. I really can't take the movie seriously when it stands side by side with Spider Man, and Iron Man. Though these to movies have some "funny stuff" in them as well, it's on a different level.
    I really can't put my finger on why I disliked this movie so much.

  15. Horrible Bosses 2: Consistently funny & remarkably seamless with the original in all areas.  The stakes are amped up just enough & everyone fits back into their roles perfectly.  Very impressive as far as comedy sequels go. 8/10

  16. I was absolutely disappointed with how little I saw of Terry Crews in Expendables 3. He's my favorite character in the movie series. That alone made the movie almost unwatchable for me.

  17. Another great one Jon. And I agree, quite possibly your best to date. I'm unfortunately stuck in the Hobbit trilogy so I'll be going to see it. I'll let you know how big of a disappointment it is over the weekend. :-/

  18. Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1: Solid, but feels like only half of a movie, despite it's two hour runtime. Great performances all around, but really wish they just went with a longer single movie. 7/10

  19. The best blockbuster of the summer is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes without a doubt!
    If you want to add the whole year, Interstellar, Gone Girl (don´t know if it is considered a blockbuster) and Edge of Tomorrow. Funny but no comic book movies and their generic plots there (as always), the last part of Hunger Games is also better, if only for the acting and for achieving such success without having almost any action.

  20. Nightcrawler: A solid performance by Jake Gyllenhaal makes the movie very watchable, although the story isn't very well written. 8/10

  21. You seem to really enjoy this episode, great to see you're back up after having seemed a little less motivated/happy for a while 🙂 

  22. I did give DotPotA a 9 at first, but the more I thought about it, the less grand it seemed. Went down to an 8, but still really good and my no. 10 of the year. (It's mostly due to the human characters not being very interesting.)

    Boyhood… I haven't seen Boyhood despite being a huge Linklater fan. I'm assuming I'd love it. Your review was very concise though and probably has described it better than any review I've seen of it so far.

    Guardians of the Galaxy looked like something I'd like (despite not giving two shits about Marvel), but I ended up loving it. I'd give that a 9/10. Just a great blend of humor and heartfelt moments. 

    I don't care at all about Expendables, so I didn't see III, but a friend said it was the most fun of the three.

    Gone Girl was just great, weird… wonderful. Great examination of current media culture and relationships. Just what I'd expect from Fincher. 9/10.

    None of these movies ended up in my top 5 of the year which is:
    1. Birdman
    2. Whiplash
    3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    4. The Immigrant
    5. Blue Ruin

  23. I feel as though your appraisal of Guardians of the Galaxy might've been a bit overdone. It was fantastic, yes, and so much fun, but there were a few mistakes a little too obvious to just slip under the radar. Still, I'd say it's a solid 9 out of 10.
    I also kind of wish you'd talked a bit more about Rosamund Pike's revelatory performance a bit more. She was absolutely spectacular and her performance carried the film.
    I also think you might've misunderstood the final 15 minutes of Boyhood. Maybe you might appreciate it a bit more with a second viewing.
    All in all, this is a fantastic video, possibly your best.

  24. I Started watching your videos a while back and have been wondering why your videos haven't been getting as many views as they used too. Its strange because the content never changed. I Actually like this format better, but I still miss the one rating thing that included: Technical, Acting, Plot, ETC. Still love the show and Enjoy watching it 🙂

  25. Horrible Bosses 2: On par with its predecessor, it drags on a bit too long and underuses some of its stellar comedic cast, but it made me laugh, 7/10

  26. Nightcrawler: Anchored by great dialogue and a chilling Jake Gyllenhaal performance, this thriller is undoubtedly underrated, 8/10

  27. The Hobbit; The Battle of the Five Armies: Not only the best of the trilogy, but it is up there with the Lord of the Rings films! 9/10

  28. Great episode as always Jon, here's my reviews for next weeks episode:
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1: A disappointment from start to finish, 4/10

    Horrible Bosses 2: Not the best comedy sequel, but it's still worth checking out, 8/10

    Nightcrawler: This has got to be one of Jake's best performance… seriously he scare the shit out of me, 9/10

  29. Nightcrawler: Jake Gyllenhaal gives one of his best and creepiest performances in this savage and brilliant critique of the modern news media. 10/10

  30. The Hobbit 3: Highly entertaining film with lots of action sequences and some funny bits that ,however, felt forced at times. With some scenes that were so hard to take it seriously, the movie failed to fulfill its true potential. In my opinion, it was a good stand-alone film, not an appropriate Tolkien trilogy ending. 8/10.

  31. My top 3 of this year
    1. Dawn of the planet of the Apes
    2. Guardians of the Galaxy
    3. The Hunger Games 3 part 1
    btw i havent seen the hobbit the battle of five armys yet and guardians of the galaxy came sooooooooo close to the 1st spot but i have to go with dawn because of the amazing story and performances that i rarely see in a movie 

  32. Mockingjay Part 1: Not nearly as suspenseful or thrilling as the previous 2 entries, this feels all too much like half a better film, and would've benefited from having the second part attached. 6/10

  33. Hey Jon, I was wanting to know if you're still doing a live time movie event show on December 27th, and if you found out which movie we would be watching. By the way this is one of the best movie nights I can remember, Great Job!!!

  34. Oh boy. I really wish I could keep up with your videos Jon. You used to choose on average at least one of my comments every other episode but I really haven't had time lately to be able to post, nor to see as many movies as I would like to. I wish I could support you on patreon and it will happen soon enough but I am going through a financial drought myself and can't afford it. But hard work pays off and not just for me, I promise I will remember you when the time comes.

  35. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1: Though I still question the decision to split the last book into two parts, this is still an engrossing, well directed and acted teen dystopia. 9/10

  36. I don't tend to watch these as often as other fans of your channels do, so I figured I'd take a moment to congratulate you on doing a great job with this video.

    It's well made and gives me a good taste of what movies were like this year.

  37. I just saw you in the comments under Chris's Youtube being really arrogant about your number of subs and video views. I had to come see what all that was about. Guess I just gave you more views but you're not a nice person it seems. But if views is all that matters then yeah I fed into the trap. lol

  38. Mr. Paula, I read on one of your tweets that you were watching the last film to win the Big Five (picture, actor, actress, director, screenplay) at the Oscars, Silence of the Lambs, correct? How about a compare and contrast vid featuring that one and the first Big Five winner, Frank Capra's "It Happened One Night"

    Also another idea, one I don't think you have done yet: a critique of some of the films of the late visual effects genius, Ray Harryhausen.

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