AVENGERS: ENDGAME Review

***THIS WILL BE A FULL SPOILER REVIEW! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED*** There was more than one or two moments while watching Avengers Endgame, that I stepped outside of myself for a moment. like Dr Strange in front of the Ancient One, (or the Hulk briefly in this film) I had...

Brent’s Top 10 Movies of 2018

If you’ve been following me on social media for a while, then you know that every year I rank my favorite movies. This is actually the 10TH YEAR I'm doing so (man, we're all getting old). I started by making tacky photo-shopped images with my favorites back in 2009,...

‘Upgrade’ Review

As I try to remind myself every year, the best movies I'm likely to see are ones I hadn't even heard of beforehand. The movies that sneak up on you and smack you upside the head with surprise and startling originality. Upgrade is one of the first movies to do that for...

Top 10 Movies of 2017

Another year is behind us, so that means it’s time for everyone’s ‘my favorite ________ of 2017’ lists. This year, I’m folding to peer pressure and changing the ‘top 8’ favorite movies to ‘top 10’ because honestly, there were too many awesome movies and I originally...

Fall 2017 Update!

Hey, this blog still exists! It’s been about half a year since I’ve written anything up, and it’s been a bussyyyyy time in my life. Got married, started a new position and found out I’m going to be a father next spring! Amidst all of those changes, I’ve still somehow...

Get Out

  It seems like every year in recent memory, there’s been another great new horror release from a first time director, and 2017 is no different. Last year I wrote about ‘The Witch’ from Robert Eggers and previously there was 'The Babadook’ and 'It Follows’. We’re...

Logan

  I’ve never been the biggest fan of the X-men movies. I look at them like I did the Harry Potter series: I’d go see the newest entry, have a fun time, and almost immediately forget about it when I leave the theater (the one exception being Matthew Vaughn’s far...

John Wick: Chapter 2

  John McClane. Jason Bourne. James Bond. Ellen Ripley. These guys (and gal) better watch their backs, because there’s a new action hero on the scene, and for my money, he could take all three of them, no problem. With 2014’s ‘John Wick’, director Chad Stahelski...

Split

  Alright, it’s time to kick off 2017, and what better way to do it than a great new M. Night Shyamalan movie! Yep, I just said those words. Shyamalan has had an insane roller coaster ride of a career so far, starting with the classic ‘Sixth Sense’, followed by a...

Top 8 Movies of 2016

It’s that time of the year again: time for arbitrary and subjective ‘best of the year’ lists for people to disagree with and argue over. I flirted with the idea of expanding mine to 10, but why mess with tradition? I’ve been doing top 8’s since 2009 in one form or...

La La Land

Let me start off by saying that I’m typically not a fan of musicals. I have a hard time explaining why that is, but I just don’t connect with them (the exceptions being Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera) for some reason or another. I can now add...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Gareth Edward’s ‘Rogue One’ kickstarts the first in the standalone 'Star Wars story’ series. It’s a clever way to kick things off, because this is a story in the universe that most are familiar with, but has plenty of twists and turns to...

Arrival

I’ll tell you one thing about Arrival; I needed this movie right now. It’s been a rough week, for reasons I don’t think I need to explain or get into, but this is the kind of movie we could all use right now. Director Dennis Villenueve directs Amy...

Doctor Strange

Fourteen movies in, and you’d really expect Marvel to drop the ball at some point, right? The box office behemoth launched another franchise starter this last weekend with Scott Derikson’s ‘Doctor Strange’, and the answer to my previous...

Hacksaw Ridge

Lets keep the ‘Mel Gibson Returns’ week rolling with his newest movie 'Hacksaw Ridge’. This is a movie I got to catch at a screening on Tuesday, and honestly didn’t expect much from (mistakenly, obviously. This IS a Mel Gibson movie). While the...

Blood Father

Mel Gibson is back, people. I’ll talk a bit about the controversy around him later, but separating art from the artist, Gibson is simply one of the most talented creatives working in Hollywood. After his stint in the Hollywood doghouse, (which the movie...

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

I’ve been wanting to check this movie out for months, because I’m a huge fan of writer/director Taika Waititi (better believe I googled that). He’s made some great things so far (What We Do in the Shadows, Flight of the Conchords) and this movie...

Hell or High Water

Today I decided to check out David Mackenzie’s new movie ‘Hell or High Water’, and man I had no idea how good it was going to be. I’ve heard awesome stuff around the web, but this is seriously one of the best movies of the year so far (man I...

Don’t Think Twice

It’s been a pretty crowded summer at the movies this year, full of sequels and blockbusters, many of which landed with a thud both critically and in terms of the box office. Don’t Think Twice, the second feature from comedian-turned-writer/director Mike...

Sausage Party

Sausage Party is a film that, by any means, should not have been made. That isn’t an insult, but more of a compliment to every person behind the production of this movie. Sausage Party is the funniest, raunchiest, and most surprising movie I’ve seen this...

Suicide Squad

I’ve been back and forth on whether or not to write about this movie, but I have quite a few thoughts on it, so here they are. Suicide Squad is bad. Yep. It’s a bummer, because the marketing for it really sold a fun, action-packed good time at the movies,...

Planet of the Apes

Alright, so I know it’s been quite awhile since I’ve gone back and watched an older movie on here. This has kind of turned into an unofficial ‘new release’ review blog, but I’m going back to the roots of the blog with this one. I got the...

Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond is the epitome of a perfectly light, fun, summer blockbuster. The first entry directed by Justin Lin is (mostly) a huge success for a series that desperately needed to recover from the gloomy and convoluted ‘Into Darkness’. Lin (with help...

Swiss Army Man

People love to accuse Hollywood of being out of fresh ideas. Every week another sequel, prequel or reboot drops into theaters; sometimes to much acclaim, or in the case of this summers lackluster offering of quality sequels, with a dud. However, if you’re...

Warcraft

Warcraft is not a great movie, but it is a pretty solid Warcraft movie. Duncan Jones, the director of Reddit’s favorite ‘underrated gem’, Moon, and the actually underrated 'Source Code’, does his best to craft a huge, populist blockbuster that...

Green Room

If you didn’t suffer from anxiety before watching Green Room, you certainly will after. This is quite simply one of the most brutal, tension-filled and unpredictable films you’ll see this (or any) year. Director Jeremy Saulnier’s follow up to his...

Captain America: Civil War

I’m going to say this up-front: this review is going to be 100% unabashedly, embarrassingly positive, across the board, so sorry if that annoys you. What Marvel has put together with Captain America: Civil War is something of a miracle, on the same level as the...

Batman v Superman

“What is happening right now?” I said to my friend David sitting next to me during our very dark, moderately 3-D matinee showing of Batman V Superman. It dawned (of justice) on me that this was the third time I was asking this; partly joking, but mostly...

The Witch

It seems like over the past few years, there has been a steady influx of great new horror movies slowly starting to revitalize the genre. Last year was the amazing ‘It Follows’, and Australian horror film 'The Babadook’ the year before that. The...

Deadpool

The second I left the theater last night, I was looking forward to writing about Deadpool. After a month and a half of obligatory early-year meh-vies, (did I coin that? I don’t know but I’m rolling with it) 2016 is finally off to the races with one of the...

Love and Mercy

It’s been a slow start for movies in 2016, so I decided to revisit some stuff I missed last year. Love and Mercy is a sort-of biopic of Beach Boys songwriting genius Brian Wilson. Where it diverts from the norm is in its narrative structure, choosing instead to...

Top 8 Movies of 2015

Alright, it’s time for the 7th annual ‘Top 8’ list. 2015 has been another great year for amazing cinema, and has seen the release of a few movies that are actually now all-time favorites of mine. Just like the last few, these 8 are in no particular order, unless I...

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Before I really get into this, let me just say this upfront: wait to read this until AFTER you’ve seen the movie. I didn’t want to spoil anything originally but I want to dive into all aspects of this movie, so you’ve been warned. This is (mostly) why I’ve taken...

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Upon finishing Return of the Jedi earlier today, I realized that I’m pretty sure this is my favorite Star Wars movie. I know that’s not a popular opinion, as people have a few problems with this movie (most of them small and furry) but it really took me...

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Man, The Empire Strikes Back is a weird movie. I mean that only as a compliment, but it diverts heavily from where the series began in A New Hope, and I forgot by just how much. Widely regarded as the best of the Star Wars saga and everyone’s favorite, Empire is...

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

After sitting through all the prequels again, it feels great to finally watch a Star Wars movie. All joking aside though, this is probably the 30th time I’ve seen this movie in my life and it’s still such a fun ride. After the muddled, noisy, and frankly...

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Last night I wrapped up the prequel series and man, does it feel good. Although it had been quite awhile since I saw Revenge of the Sith, I forgot how much I enjoy the conclusion to the story of Anakin’s downfall, and the rise of the empire. This entry, far more...

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

The Star Wars recap week leading up to The Force Awakens continues here on Brentwatchesmovies, today with Episode II: Attack of the Clones. I forgot how much of an improvement this movie is over Phantom Menace, in many ways. Sure, it still isn’t a great movie by...

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Trade negotiations. Senate hearings. Political instability. All hallmarks of a great Star Wars movie… or so George Lucas thought, when he returned to the monster franchise he created. Over the next week I’ll be revisiting every Star Wars movie and writing...

Creed

I know it’s been awhile (due to a drought of good movies in theaters + laziness) but after seeing Creed today, I had to get back to the blog about it. I thought I’d already seen the best movies of the year, with ‘The End of the Tour’ and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ but man,...

Top 10 Movies of 2017

Another year is behind us, so that means it’s time for everyone’s ‘my favorite ________ of 2017’ lists. This year, I’m folding to peer pressure and changing the ‘top 8’ favorite movies to ‘top 10’ because honestly, there were too many awesome movies and I originally...

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Fall 2017 Update!

Hey, this blog still exists! It’s been about half a year since I’ve written anything up, and it’s been a bussyyyyy time in my life. Got married, started a new position and found out I’m going to be a father next spring! Amidst all of those changes, I’ve still somehow...

read more

Get Out

  It seems like every year in recent memory, there’s been another great new horror release from a first time director, and 2017 is no different. Last year I wrote about ‘The Witch’ from Robert Eggers and previously there was 'The Babadook’ and 'It Follows’. We’re...

read more

Logan

  I’ve never been the biggest fan of the X-men movies. I look at them like I did the Harry Potter series: I’d go see the newest entry, have a fun time, and almost immediately forget about it when I leave the theater (the one exception being Matthew Vaughn’s far...

read more

John Wick: Chapter 2

  John McClane. Jason Bourne. James Bond. Ellen Ripley. These guys (and gal) better watch their backs, because there’s a new action hero on the scene, and for my money, he could take all three of them, no problem. With 2014’s ‘John Wick’, director Chad Stahelski...

read more

Split

  Alright, it’s time to kick off 2017, and what better way to do it than a great new M. Night Shyamalan movie! Yep, I just said those words. Shyamalan has had an insane roller coaster ride of a career so far, starting with the classic ‘Sixth Sense’, followed by a...

read more

Top 8 Movies of 2016

It’s that time of the year again: time for arbitrary and subjective ‘best of the year’ lists for people to disagree with and argue over. I flirted with the idea of expanding mine to 10, but why mess with tradition? I’ve been doing top 8’s since 2009 in one form or...

read more
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