Legally Blonde (2001)

8/10
You would be hard press to find someone who hasn’t seen Legally Blonde, some 16 years after it’s release. What makes this movie so enjoyable is it takes two completely different lifestyles and crashes them together. I think even the most cynical person would find this story about a sorority girl enrolling Harvard Law to prove something really entertaining. The story has such a great cast, that all play their cliché parts perfectly, that make this more than just a chick flick.

Next Stop Wonderland (1998)

1/10
If we were on T line in Boston and the next stop was Wonderland, I’d advise us to keep going. I hate to bash movies, but this movie was just terrible. The acting was so bad that even the characters delivering the lines were cringe worthy. I was never able to get into the story because our two main characters pass each other all movie and wait until the final four minutes to finally meet! There is no way this film is worth a middle of the pack rating it has on various sites because all the bad dates we have to sit through do not save this film from being a complete train wreck.

Infinitely Polar Bear (2014)

7/10
Infinitely Polar Bear is a movie you have never heard of, let alone would actually watch. I took the time to watch this odd movie that is probably Mark Ruffalo’s greatest unknown performance to date. His lifestyle and medical condition is the real heart and soul of this movie about life in the 1970s. You may not fully understand everything that is going on and think that both main characters are complete idiots, but Ruffalo is able to make you see past all the flaws. This was the rare movie that really tries to showcase how tough life can be for people dealing with psychological issues.

Monument Ave. (1998)

2/10
Boston seems to have the most ruthless gangs in America because so many movies about the city focus on organized crime, like Monument Ave. Despite having a bunch of headline actors and actresses, this is a poor man’s version of an actual gangster flick. The setting is gritty, the characters are really messed up, and the story of retribution really lacks all the heart and soul you would expect. If you have never seen this movie, let me tell you are not missing anything special here, even if you like the genre or the cast.

The Verdict (1982)

6/10
The Verdict features a story we have seen a hundred times before, the one where our main character is a lawyer who needs a big case win to save his career. The interesting part of the whole story is the subject matter isn’t what we’ve come to see in other movies. Yes medical malpractice is always the topic, but this case is really special and brings a whole new level of drama to the court room. Paul Newman gives a great performance here, which shows off his amazing versatility as one of Hollywood’s greatest actors.

Shutter Island (2010)

4/10
Shutter Island is the kind of movie you can only watch once. Even though it could be considered a great movie, the twisted ending kinda ruins the build up and any potential future viewings. The detective part of the story is actually really good and very believable thanks to everyone’s performances, which is why people probably like this movie. You are lead down so many different paths, because there’s so many deep layers to the story, that it was disappointing to see how everything unfolded in a rather unexpected ending.

The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

1/10
I always feel bad rating movies so low, but this movie was terrible. It was so uninspiring, boring, and not engaging in the least. The main character is hardly the main focal point and for what happens to him in the end, like come on. The only part(s) I enjoyed were the creative bank robberies. If criminals pulled off jobs like this, it would make for entertaining news. Thankfully this movie is just on the Boston Globe’s Top 20 “set” in Boston, because that’s the only list it would ever crack. How this film has a 7.6 on IMDb is a mystery me.

The Boondock Saints (1999)

7/10
It has been almost a decade since I last seen this film, one I never cared for. Fast forward to last week and I will admit my opinion has changed. William Dafoe steals the show as detective trying to figure out why some crazy stuff is going down and will have you laughing every time he’s on-screen. The Saints are on a mission from God and will stop at nothing until the river is flowing with more blood than water. This film has become cult classic because of how unique this over the top story actually is. It may have taken me a little while, but now I fully understand and appreciate why it is popular.

The Fate of the Furious (2017)

7/10
Fast and Furious used to be about street racing, local crime problems, and beautiful cars. The series is so far gone from that premise, that now it is just about blowing up beautiful cars, international terrorism, and races against time. The only fun reasons to continue watching the most notorious racing family on the globe is to see what crazy stunts they come up to out do the previous movie. Don’t get me wrong, this movie will entertain you and it will make you laugh, but it will also make you not believe in the laws of gravity or physics yet again.

The Case for Christ (2017)

4/10
Christian themed movies always seem to be a hit or miss, with just a handful actually falling in the middle of the pack. There is plenty to like about this true story and then there’s plenty not to like. How you view this film will be based on how strong your faith is, or if you even believe in religion to begin with. It’s funny how the more true to life tales involving religion are terrible with bad acting and writing, yet the movies that focus on faith and the power of prayer are always fantastic. This film got a limited release for a reason, it’s not that good.