I’ve been really excited for The Monuments Men ever since I saw the first trailer back in December, and I’m happy to say I wasn’t let down. Some movies you watch because the storyline is intriguing, others because you really like the actors that are in it. For me, even if I wasn’t into war films there are so many great actors I couldn’t NOT watch it. I think you can call The Monuments Men the love child of George Clooney, as he wrote, directed, and stared in it. And of course, where there’s George Clooney, Matt Damon is soon to follow. Then with John Goodman, Bill Murray,Hugh Bonneville, Cate Blanchett, and Bob Balaban backing up Clooney and Damon, I was sold at first sight.
The premise of the movie is during World War II, Clooney convinces the President that art and the accomplishments of man is worth protecting. They must save millions of pieces of master works of art before the Nazis destroy it all.
The Monuments Men wasn’t a fantastic or very profound film, but I really enjoyed watching it nonetheless. I think the story was told really well, and there are some deeply touching moments that remind you of the realities of war, and I think are worth the price of admission alone. With a cast like Clooney had, there is really no way to go wrong, and I think they all took the movie very seriously. I highly recommend watching it in theaters, in fact, I just might go watch it again.
If you’re still on the fence, watch the trailer below.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit brings us a reboot, modern-day telling of Tom Clancy’s most famed CIA operative, Jack Ryan. This is his starter story, how Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) first got involved with the CIA, and how he was thrown into operations. The plot for the movie is unremarkable, and some might even go so far as to say ‘trite’. However with the likes of Kevin Costner, Keira Knightly, and Chris Pine, the acting was well done, and kept me engaged. If this movie was done with lesser actors, I would go from feeling “it was okay” to “there’s another two hours of my life I won’t get back.”
When watching this movie, throw out all you know about Jack Ryan from The Hunt for Red October and previous Jack Ryan films. It’s a modern retelling of the character that (mostly) keeps to the origin story. Shadow Recruit is your average, run of the mill action movie, while lacking the typical mind-bending plot elements and excessive explosions of the average spy movie. As a stand alone film Shadow Recruit is only remarkable in its unremarkable-ness. However it does set up the character quite well, and I see promise for future films in the franchise. I have faith the following Jack Ryan movies will be much better, and as always, will let you know what I think when they come out.
I give Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit a 3/5 for still keeping me interested in the character, while lacking notable substance. If you’re still on the fence, watch the trailer below.
Okay, so if there was a chance if I could marry my Vibram FiveFingers (AKA toe shoes), I just might. I love them so much, I have to share that love with all of you. The model I have (pictured above) are the KSO Trek, they’re made out of Kangaroo leather and are more comfortable than they have a right to be.
The Wolf of Wall Street. Oh man, where to begin. First off, if you haven’t read Jamie’s review of the film, do so. You know how trailers are released and they look next to nothing like the film? It’s the same case for The Wolf of Wall Street. I don’t know what I expected, but it sure wasn’t what I saw.
Lets get on with the easy stuff, the acting was aces, while I don’t think Leonardo DiCaprio will be getting his Oscar for the role, he does an amazing job as always. Full committed to the character, depth, easily believable. Jonah Hill as Donnie, fantastic. Hill showed he can do more than just comedy. The storytelling was enjoyable as well. I liked the narration by the DiCapprio’s character, and Martin Scorsese is a brilliant director.
Here we have Part Two of our Four Part review series on Goose Island Beer Co.
This time around it’s all about Goose Island’s India Pale Ale. I must say, I enjoyed this immensely more than the Honker’s Ale. Disclaimer, I also really enjoy IPA’s, so that was no big surprise here.
The India Pale Ale is 5.9% ABV, and 55 IBU. (For those who don’t know, IBU stands for International Bitterness Units, for more on that, read this Popular Science article.) You can see after it pours, it’s a clear, coppery color, with a quarter-inch head on top.
It’s time for another beer review! It’s always great to try new things, and not just review a company you know you love.
That’s why I picked up a 24 pack of a brewery that I have never head of before, Goose Island. In this special 24 pack was 4 different brews from Goose Island, so it seemed like a great way to try many new beers in one easy Costco shopping spree.
The first brew I consumed was Honker’s Ale, so let’s get to it.
I have to start this post off with full disclosure- I am an Aaron Sorkin junkie. I absolutely love The West Wing and Sports Night. He also wrote The Social Network, and helped write Moneyball.
So after my second or third watch-through of The West Wing, I had the bright idea to look up what Sorkin was up to lately, and that brought me to The Newsroom. I absolutely love this show.