I must have watched Apple’s holiday commercial 100 times, and it still brings a tear to my eye.
The brilliant actor-comedian Brad Garrett — so funny onstage, so incredibly talented and improvisational, yet so delightfully wicked in the occasional film and TV role — reveals a lesser-known much softer side as the town’s spooky outcast.
A new movie came out this past weekend which is sweeping across America. It’s called “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
The critics reviews have been scathing. Slate.com gave it a 10 on scale of 100. RotttenTomatoes was far more generous, scoring it a 29/100. One critic wrote: “….another incompetent endeavor from an almost shockingly untalented filmmaker.” Another penned: “There’s not an ounce of fun to be found in the film’s entire two and half hours.” Then, there was this zinger: “If Christopher Reeve were alive he’d be suing for character libel.”
[No, people aren’t interrupting. That’s not true. It’s all in your imagination. People have always been like this. Besides, who wants to listen to someone else rambling on and on, when I have something far more important to say?]
On television, inside the workplace, while on leisure, within families, across all social media platforms — there’s a serious crisis in communication happening right now, and it’s….
[A serious crisis? Puh-lease. We don’t want substance. We want entertainment. We’re attracted to fireworks, not campfires. Get real. This is 2016. Civility is old-fashioned.]
We’re plagued with an epidemic of interruption which threatens to….
[An epidemic! — what in the hell are you taking about?]
Well, if I can now be permitted to finish making my point — WITHOUT INTERRUPTION — I’ll explain.
Today would normally be a self-absorbed exhibition of passion for the annual Academy Awards presentation, taking place this evening in Hollywood.
However, for the first time in a very long while, I haven’t seen enough of the movies and performances which were nominated in each of the major categories to provide a truly fair assessment. So this year, I’m doing something different.
I went back and looked over all the films released in 2015 and made my own list from top to bottom of those movies I viewed on the big screen. For those interested, here’s the complete catalog of every major film released last year: CLICK HERE.
What follows are the movies I saw in theaters (I’m biased toward the theatrical experience — giving little or no merit to watching on later on video), ranked best to worst, along with my brief comments about each film. I also included a list of movies which were purposely avoided, in addition to those I either missed or chose not to see for other reasons. That way, readers will know I didn’t forget some films, only that I didn’t have time to see them all: