I first want to state that I fully believe that America, and this great holiday in particular, are meant to be celebrated outdoors. Not necessarily in those ridiculous looking American flag shorts you bought online a few years ago to “stand out” and then dug through your closet to find late last night to wear again today after partaking in that case of Sam Adams… but who am I to judge? You just do whatever that bald eagle that lives within your heart tells you to do.
However, if you’re a movie junkie you can always find a way to make time to squeeze in a movie viewing or two. Maybe you can even choose to treat yo self and extend your celebration of America a few more days. In any case, what I wanted to do this year is create a list of movies that you should consider watching to celebrate America in all of it’s glory this weekend.
There are lots of great viewing options that I’m sure you’ve watched over and over to celebrate the Fourth of July (Independence Day, Rocky/Rocky IV, The Patriot, Saving Private Ryan, etc.), but I wanted to propose some other options for you of films that really embody America to me. These films celebrate the American Spirit and from my perspective are underseen and underappreciated these days. I know how much you wholeheartedly love that President Whitmore speech, and it probably still occasionally gives you goosebumps like the rest of us, but maybe just this year consider viewing just that two minute clip and then investing that other two and a half hours in a new story that might just make you love America even more?
I’ll just leave this list here and let you and that bald eagle sort through those feelings. Read more
Alright, so before we dive in, I want to acknowledge that I got a little carried away and there are a lot of movies listed below. I set out on this journey because I had no idea what to expect from the movies in 2015 and finished my research beyond excited for what’s to come. It appears as though we’re in for a great year and I hope that many of these live up to their billing. Most of these dates are locked in, but I’m sure some will change. There is also a section at the bottom for films slated for 2015 that don’t have a release date yet. Read more
New Year’s Day this year was a cold, rainy one in Manhattan. The bright lights of Broadway had always seemed to warm the chills running through my body, particularly on that date. Read more
It’s a time-honored tradition of mine to provide an Oscar recap the day after the annual Academy Awards gala each year. It’s also becoming a regular ritual to summarize what a bore the telecast was. Read more
The Oscars are set to take place Sunday night, and, as usual, most of the winners seem pretty clear-cut before the ceremony even starts. Despite the minor drama in Best Picture, the Academy’s yearly show should be fairly by the books. Read more
So over the past several years, as 10-15 of you have seen (thank you!), I’ve done my top movies of the year lists. I’ve ranked anywhere from my top 25 to my top 50. Even the year I did my top 50, I semi-embarrassingly felt I had to make some tough cuts. I clearly see too many movies. But in an attempt to avoid ever becoming this guy, or this guy, both of whom not only saw way too many movies in 2014, but also have a lot of super questionable choices, I’m going to try out a new, awards-style format to display my favorite films of the year. I think the people deserve an awards process that doesn’t pander to Hollywood campaigns and that’s what I aim to do here. The “Grouchos” name comes from the obvious resemblance of our logo here at The Wise Guise to Groucho Marx and the fact that I’m pretty unabashedly a movie snob that easily gets grouchy arguing about movies. Just seemed fitting.
These awards are a kind of hybrid combo version of my personal favorites and what I personally thought was the “best,” all leaning more heavily towards my personal favorites in each category. I am the sole voter for these awards and, as you will see, I reserved myself the right to have as many nominees as I saw fit for each category. In addition to the winners, I would urge you to take close note of the nominees in each category. I took a lot of time to put real thought into my personal nominees regardless of what the Academy or Hollywood Foreign Press or anyone else has done.