Galapagos Affair, The: Satan Came To Eden (2014)
Gambler, The (2014)
Game Night (2018)
Gangs of New York (2002)
What a great film, for really everyone involved. It definitely has a different feel to it than most Scorsese films, but Daniel Day Lewis and his character are phenomenal. Yet another film that I feel like watching again immediately after its over.
Gangster Squad (2013)
Everything it was promised to be, “Gangster Squad” places a brilliant cast into a crime-covered 1949 Los Angeles, with the appropriate motivation to take out Mickey Cohen and with the action and swift moves to follow, delivers one of the best old-town Los Angeles action films to date. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone steal the show with their old-fashioned romance, Gosling continuing to prove that he can do no wrong and Stone revealing her knack for old-fashioned beauty. Sean Penn also delivers epicly as the mob boss, Mickey Cohen, with sharp dialogue that resonates throughout the film and the boxing moves to sell his sorted past. The rest of the cast falls in nicely as well, with Josh Brolin, Nick Nolte, and Giovanni Ribisi all doing their part to keep the film flowing. Director Ruben Fleischer rarely misses a beat with “Gangster Squad” and despite it’s poor press, it will likely find a place in a year from now, on my Top 10 list of 2013. The only thing that could sour me on this film would be to not include the theater shooting cut on the Blu-Ray/DVD.
Garden Party (2008)
Garden Party has the feel of a made-for-TV look at life in Los Angeles. The actors and actresses that we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in the passenger seat are given semi-leading roles. Vinessa Shaw is sexy and sultry, allowing for the possibly the only stand out performance of the film, though Willa Holland of The O.C. fame stands her ground comfortably.
Garden Party (short) (2017)
Garden State (2004)
Let me start with what doesn’t work with “Gasland”. It is far too analytical for the average person. The depth that the director goes into to describe the process of drilling flew over my head. If you’re making a film about a topic you want people to care about, make it understandable within the first few minutes. Secondly, the narrator/directors voice is very monotonous and hard to listen to. Lastly, I felt helpless at the end of this film. I wanted to be able to do something but it offered no solution. Just fear.
Now the good. Once you get into the road trip and visiting the houses of people dealing with flammable drinking water, you really start to feel for these people. They do not come off as people out to make money off the gas companies. They simply want to live. The length the director goes to make you feel for these people is nicely done, but the repetitious nature of the exploration gets old after the fifth or sixth faucet you watch light up. “Gasland” is an example of a subject that we should all be aware of, but in the wrong package.
Gatekeepers, The (2013)
Powerfully candid and sincere, “The Gatekeepers” opens the door of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service, and airs all of its dirty laundry, but what truly makes it remarkable is that the men being interviewed are all former heads of the Shin Bet. Creative in its design of format for an informative documentary, the filmmaker delivers graphics and animated reenactments that immerse the viewer in the stories. Drawing ties to what our secret agencies may also be up to, it is uncanny how much of this resonates into our lives, even if the events being focused on have no real relation to the U.S. besides peace talks headed by the Clinton administration. As intriguing as the film is, take away the graphics and wonderfully sound designed actual footage and what you have is talking heads, which, not ideal, still makes for some attention grabbing material.
Gentlemen Broncos (2009)
Gerald’s Game (2017)
Get A Horse! (short) (2013)
Get Low (2010)
I went from not interested at all, to overly excited about, to just slightly disappointed. Before the film reached theaters, I was put off about the idea of the film for some reason. When I started seeing more trailers, though, I came around and was so excited to see the film. But instead I must have put too high of standards on it because it ended up being just “all right”. The performances are handled well, but the best parts of the film are in the trailer. I know already I will probably grow into this film, so I will be watching it several more times before I make any further judgments.
Get On Up (2014)
Get Out (2017)
Without Aykroyd, Ramis, and especially Murray, this film would lack the humor and camaraderie that made this classic the success that it is. Epic and iconic, Ghostbusters proves that with the right cast and exceptional writing, a film can break boundaries and be remembered forever.
Ghostbusters 2 (1989)
There are rare moments that are reminiscent of the first film, but otherwise Ghostbusters 2 falls into the gimmickry, that though worked in the first film, becomes repetitive and unoriginal in the second film. The “5 years later” concept never worked so well and the side jobs the ‘Busters have taken on make for hilarious portions of the film, but regardless, the film becomes just another chapter in their one-and-done paranormal activities.
Ghost Rider (2007)
This was better than I thought it’d be, but I thought it would totally bomb. I really enjoyed Sam Elliott, he made the movie for me with his voice and character. Cage finally showed some emotion in his film. Eva Mendes is so gorgeous, this movie really brought out that in her.
Ghost Ship (2002)
Giant Mechanical Man, The (2012)
“The Giant Mechanical Man” is a quaint little love story with a subtle performance from Jenna Fischer, who proves she should definitely be in more films, while Chris Messina steals the show, as he often does, harnessing a way with words unmatched by most actors today. Often just scratching the surface of an actual deeply romantic film, had the writing been more developed and dug passed its casual conversations and repetitive, everyday life dialogue, “The Giant Mechanical Man” could have been so much more.
Gift, The (2000)
Gift, The (2015)
Dated and blatant, Where The Heart Is basically tries too hard and mish-mashes far too many events and ideas into one film. A critic said it best when he referred to it as “a great big ol’ commercial for the Wal-Mart”.
Girlfriend Experience, The (2009)
Soderbergh takes a lot of chances with “Girlfriend Experience”. The film ends up visually stunning, shot on the RedOne. The feel of the film is very real and documentary-like, mostly to do with the male actor playing the boyfriend and trainer who came off genuine. Was iffy the first time I saw the film with a pornstar leading the cast, but Soderbergh turns her into a legitimate actress by not delving into explicit sex scenes. Not your average film.
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Though Winona Ryder’s performance is all over the place, Jolie delivers one of the (if not the) best performance of her career, completely stealing the show. So many of these women have gone on to bigger and better things including Elizabeth Moss and the late Brittany Murphy. What feels like the female version of “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”, minus the evil nurse who is replaced by the charming Whoopi Goldberg, Girl, Interrupted manages to truly engage while still completely losing its footing on more than one occasion.
Girl on the Train, The (2016)
Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, The (2010)
By far the best of the series. It was compelling and captivating in a way that was lacking in the first two. It was easy to follow, suspenseful, and the acting was brilliant. If the first two films were for nothing else, they at least added back story to this final film and made it feel bigger and more impacting. Very glad this trilogy didn’t completely waste my time. Curious to see what Hollywood can do with it.
The Girl Who Played with Fire (2010)
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The (2011)
Almost exactly like the Swedish version (except everyone speaks English), there are parts of the original that work better just as there are parts of this version that work better. Besides preferring Noomi Rapace to Rooney Mara, the rest of Fincher’s cast works much better in their respected roles.
Glass Castle, The (2017)
Glass House, The (2001)
All the right elements are present in The Glass House, but the presentation is lacking. Leelee Sobieski has a distinct acting style that I have always enjoyed (plus she is gorgeous) and Stellan Skarsgård is one of the best villain performers of all time, but the film fails to impress through most of its duration. The action sequences are basic, the twists are seen from a mile away, yet for some reason this film remains a guilty pleasure.
Even though “Goats” is a coming-of-age story about a boy, played by Graham Phillips, David Duchovny’s character, Goat Man, is the center of attention. He can do no wrong and when he disappears, you’re wondering more about him and his tribulations, than what is happening to the boy and his family. While there’s really nothing new at work in this film, the cast fills out nicely and Duchovny proves he has a true gift for acting.
God Bless America (2012)
A perfect bite out of the current state of pop-culture, “God Bless America” not only says and does what a majority of the population is thinking, but it does so in a realistic and justified manner. Following a similar progression to the classic “Bonnie & Clyde”, this social statement film does fall off into inexplicable rants to get its point completely across, but never wavers into the deranged or psychotic, and leaves the motives strictly surface level.
Godfather, The (1972)
Godfather, The: Part II (1974)
Godfather, The: Part III (1990)
Go-Getter, The (2008)
A directorial debut to be proud of, The Go-Getter has the feel of a really good 90’s film, updated slightly for contemporary audiences. Zooey Deschanel and Jena Malone have stellar showings, being the perfect faces for an independent film such as this. Lou Taylor Pucci carries the lead well, as the gentle car thief that travels to inform his drifter brother that their mother has passed away. His naivety and along with the slow-moving pace of the film help create a mellow drama along the likes of All The Reals Girls and Dandelion.
GoldenEye (007) (1995)
Often considered the best of the Brosnan Bond films, “GoldenEye” updates the films while still sticking to the same basic story line. Brosnan, however, lands as one of my least favorite 007s, with too much bravado and not enough suave. Famke Janssen has a nice showing as one of the main hench-women, fighting Bond on several occasions, while Sean Bean offers up one of the better surprises of the film, which helps make it the success that it is.
Goldfinger (007) (1964)
One of the best Bond films thus far, Goldfinger is such a great villain, who sets himself apart from the previous Bond villains simply by childishly toying with Bond. The situations Bond faces blindly somehow work and one of my favorite parts of the film is Bond’s struggle with women and sex as a distraction from his job and his attempt to eventually use that to his advantage with Pussy Galore.
As much as I enjoy Amanda Seyfried, Gone fails to highlight any of her actual talent while relying on a cockamamie thriller structure to force time constraints that aren’t there, produce unrealistic motives in all characters, especially the generic police department bent on never believing Seyfried’s character no matter what, and delivering one of the worst trail of clues I’ve ever witnessed in a mystery solving storyline. At one point, the film becomes more about Seyfried’s character commandeering as many vehicles as physically possible in 94 minutes than actually furthering any sort of plot and in a world where you can pay a complete stranger to borrow their car for the day with the promise of “returning it tomorrow” on the honor system makes it pretty damn easy for her to get around.
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
There is a heart to Gone Baby Gone that sucks the viewer in and grabs them from the second the film starts. Ben Affleck directs his brother Casey Affleck to perfection, displaying Casey in one of the best roles of his career. The story is told brilliantly, almost in two separate parts, and raising almost unanswerable dilemmas that the characters face. Gone Baby Gone delivers gripping situations and rich character development in a way unmatched by any similar missing children storylines.
Gone Girl (2014)
Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
Goodbye World (2014)
Good Day To Die Hard, A (2013)
Plain and simple, “A Good Day To Die Hard” leaves an impenetrably bad taste. For an action film on its 5th installment, “Good Day” is dull and uninspired. The dialogue begs the question whether anything is actually said in the film, with a cycling of absentee father remarks and the screaming of each others names. The villains are scattered, haphazard, and void of any real personalities or traits (despite a random carrot and dancing moment which came off like an after thought) of any kind to keep them interesting, let alone distinguishable from one another. At times I questioned whether the filmmakers had ever made an action film before or if they had even seen an action film prior to producing this one, as there is zero suspense and zero question whether the main characters are going to survive. Even the film work at its core is flawed, as I sat questioning whether I could tolerate the entire film during its first chase scene which can only be described as erratic, implausible, unbearable, and nauseating. While unable to focus on any element on screen with the abysmally ill-paced editing and jarring floating camera, there was literally no style or rhythm to the cut, causing me to constantly look away from the screen. Down to even the sound design, the film fails, with some of the worst foley work I’ve ever witnessed, including comical punch noises and crashing that compares to a child’s interpretation of the sounds produced. John McClane (played by Bruce Willis) was an after thought to the plot, placed in the film solely to place it under the “Die Hard” umbrella. Although Jai Courtney has an extremely bright future as an actor, this film does not showcase that in the slightest bit. Had any attention been placed on making this film exciting and epic, and had it lived up to its wonderful and intriguing marketing (half the scenes from the trailer are absent), this could have been the film to beat all “Die Hard” films. Instead it becomes explosions connected by moments building up to more explosions, rushing past any form of storytelling or character growth.
Good Dinosaur, The (2015)
Good Heart, The (2010)
Frustrating and poignant, heartbreaking and beautiful, “The Good Heart” relies heavily on its cast to bring to life the less than amiable nature of the script. Very dry for the most part, you really have to enjoy Cox and Dano to get anything from this out-of-touch-at-times look at two lonely men.
Good Luck Chuck (2007)
Critics hated this movie. I gotta say I loved it. It was unlike many romantic comedies I’ve seen in my life. Dane Cook seriously is one of the funniest men alive. Everything he says is hilarious. There were a few parts that I could have done without in the movie, that almost ruined it, but in the end, I laughed quite a bit.
Good Marriage, A (2014)
Good Neighbors (2011)
Good Neighbors convinces the viewer that they have the plot figured out, then finds a unique way to completely turn that plot on itself. If Hitchcock would have ever made a film completely stacked full of McGuffins, this would have been it. Scott Speedman and Emily Hampshire have a comfortable presence on-screen and take this film from potentially campy to intriguing and bitter.
Good Old Fashioned Orgy, A (2011)
Goods, The: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)
Jeremy Piven is amazing! The movie… not so much. Pretty sure I laughed only a couple times, mainly in the beginning. Jeremy Piven carried most of the film, but with the jokes being very hit or miss (mostly miss) just wasn’t enough to make me like this film. Probably will never see it again sadly.
Goofy Movie, A (1995)
Despite its success, “Gothika” squanders its star power with unnecessary shocks and unrealistic motives. The twists and turns are forced and the constant screaming is headache inducing. There are no explanations to the supernatural portions of the thriller and though the director attempts at a horror genre, there is little there to grasp, apart from the dreary, darkness of the film. Who would have thought that a film where Halle Berry appears naked quite frequently is incapable of holding a viewer’s attention?
Graduate, The (1967)
Grandma’s Boy (2006)
Gran Torino (2009)
Greatest Showman, The (2017)
Green Book (2018)
Green Lantern (2011)
Despite my initial leeriness towards this film, Green Lantern was not as horrible as it appeared to be. Though the CGI was palpable and heavily overproduced (the animated suit was way too much) and the writing paper thin, containing very little character struggle, the film was baseline entertaining. With a surprisingly noteworthy performance from Blake Lively on top of a commendable performance of which we have grown to expect from Ryan Reynolds, the film ended up coming off just fine, though, greatly in need of some work.
Grey, The (2012)
A physical, mental, and visceral ride that tests the viewer just as much as it tests its characters. The Grey supplies an almost first person window into some of the most gut-wrenching situations a human can experience. Liam Neeson is about the only actor who could pull this role off, leading a group of mostly unknowns (apart from Dermot Mulroney), who add an element of believability. The plot and timing are reminiscent of a horror film, with the wolves acting as the stalking killer, jolting the audience every time they attack. In addition to being filmed absolutely gorgeously, The Grey doesn’t spare any punches.
Grinch, The (2018)
Grown Ups (2010)
Grudge, The (2004)
Slightly weak on the scares, The Grudge has a tough time finding its footing, especially in the slew of all the American remakes of Japanese horror films-that-did-them better like The Ring and Dark Water. With an amazing sound design and a scene that has stuck with me for over 8 years, had The Grudge not muddied into too many of the same ideas and gimmicks employed by similar titles and replaced Sarah Michelle Gellar with someone outside of the norm, this could have been an excellent horror film.
Guard, The (2011)
From the start of the film, you are aware that The Guard is a different brand of comedy, captured only by its leading man Brendan Gleeson who plays this part unlike any other actor could, and its self-aware, off-the-wall comedy that delivers a subtle humor with an Irish tinge.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Guilt Trip, The (2012)
Highly relatable and impressively heartfelt, “The Guilt Trip” takes the unlikely pairing of Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand and makes the script work for them. Although there’s nothing extremely new pouring out of the scenes of this film, the delivery and pacing work to the film’s advantage, allowing the audience’s investment without beating a dead-horse. Streisand is unequivocally sincere in her role as mother, proving her strong poise in front of a camera has not dwindled, but has blossomed, with age. Rogen delivers well enough as the role of the annoyed son, and steps away from his crude humor roles that he’s known for, showing an impressive maturity that was yet unseen in his previous performances. At the perfect length for a comedy and carrying the needed grandness of a road trip adventure, without much expectations walking into this film, “The Guilt Trip” was a welcomed surprise.