The B+ Movie Guide: Part XVIII

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In May of 2012, Colin said I should make a list of movies that need to be seen, because he felt there were huge gaps in what he’d seen, and wanted something to do. The idea was that I’d make up a list, as “homework” for him, and he’d use that as things to watch.

So we came up with a giant list of 500 movies that worked, and Colin went about finishing it. And now that it’s finished, we’re gonna write it up. Because you don’t watch a giant list of movies without documenting that you did it.

We’re going through the entire list, little by little, for posterity’s sake. And here’s the next set:

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Go Watch Pixar’s “Inside Out”

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I’ve always loved Pixar’s movies.  The only times they’ve ever failed me were with Cars 2 and Brave, and they’re one of the most successful studios of all time.

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The just released Inside Out is easily one of their best films ever though. Directed by Pete Docter, who was behind most of my favourite Pixar movies (Monsters, Inc., Up, Toy Story, and Wall-E) this film is a masterpiece that explores emotions, growing up, and the very fundamentals of how our brains work. It was an incredibly moving film that deftly moved me from grief to laughter many times, and like most Pixar films, doesn’t even seem like it was made for kids.

So many of the plot points hit home for me: moving to a new city, anxiety over meeting new friends, feeling like something was wrong if I wasn’t happy, and not understanding the…

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Reservoir Dogs (1992)

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As I watch more and more Quentin Tarantino movies it becomes clear to me that the central point around which his entire career pivots is masculinity. Whether his films feature women prominently (Kill Bill, Death Proof) or not at all (this film!), they usually serve as an examination or interrogation of manhood. What does it mean to be a man? Is it noble or toxic? In later films, he comes down hard on the side of the latter. But this first effort seems more open to the idea of masculinity as noble and honourable.

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X-Men: Apocalypse Picture Gallery: Psylocke, Apocalypse, Magneto and More!

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X-Men: Apocalypse, Olivia Munn, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Psylocke, Magneto, Apocalypse, X-Men

2015 has been pretty light on comic book movies with nothing from DC and only Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron from Marvel (no, I’m not forgetting Fantastic Four, but I’m pre-trying to).  2016 will see the beginning of the explosion in the genre that will soon have us with 8-9 films a year between just the two big publishers.  The DC Cinematic Universe will finally have more than one film, adding Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and The Suicide Squad.  Marvel begins MCU Phase 3 with Captain America: Civil War and Dr. Strange.  FOX is also going to bring us X-Men: Apocalypse (X-Men VIII if we’re counting the Wolverine films) as well as solo films for Gambit and Deadpool.

Magneto, Michael Fassbender, X-Men: Apocalypse

These images come courtesy of Entertainment Weekly and 20th Century FOX, who had previously released them, but in much blurrier resolution.  It gives us…

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