Project Shanks Monday Night Movie: Chef (2014)

By John Baggett
PSDC Pop Culture Guru

Project Shanks Monday Night Movie: Chef (2014)

Rating: **** 1/2 (out of 5)

The Monday Night Movie is back after a long, mostly unplanned hiatus, but things have calmed down in life for me to get back to this column. And since it is Labor Day, I could have totally done something on the nose, like review Jason Reitman’s film Labor Day, but that would be totes obvious, as the kids might say. (Don’t worry. I hate me for that sentence too.) And because I also can’t think of any Labor Day themed horror movies (because doing a Google search was out of the question), I am doing what I usually do every week – picking something completely at random! This week I am taking a look at the 2014 comedy from writer/director/actor Jon Favreau, Chef. [Read more…]

Top 15 Films of 2014

By John Baggett
PSDC Pop Culture Guru

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! When John is done bitching and instead is itching to bring you cinematic cheer! It’s my Top 15 films of the year.

And one piece of shit.

Worst Film: Dumb and Dumber To

I’m not trying to be mean. If I was going to be mean I’d pick on Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (magic door, still filming). If I was truly going to be mean I would have gone to see Saving Christmas. I could pick on the Grumpy Cat movie but why beat that dead horse? And there are countless direct to DVD or bottom of the barrel or (even worse) Syfy original movies I could have put myself through to find the truly worst movie of the year. But I don’t hate myself that much and I don’t have that kind of time on my hands. (More of one than the other.) So it’s come to this, my worst film of 2014 is Dumb and Dumber To. Not because it offended me or that it was badly directed, but because instead of serving the original movie it instead was 100 unfunny minutes of “Hey, remember 20 years ago? Here’s the same joke again!” It’s the cinematic equivalent of a classic rock band redoing one of their old hits badly. So please remember before you send me a ton of hate mail that I wanted to like this movie and had this movie existed when I was the age the original came out I’d feel differently. But I’m old and bitter now and this movie just wasn’t funny. I laughed more in Tusk. In A Million Ways to Die in the West. Hell, compared to this The Interview is an Oscar contender. So, sorry, Dumb and Dumber To. You coulda been a contendah, instead of a bum, which you are.

Now onto the good shit.

15 – The Sacrament

Ti West took a story we all knew (albeit a fictionalized version) and still managed to horrify and keep us on the edge of our seats. This Jonestown-inspired faux Vice documentary was unsettling from start to finish and proof that reality is stranger than fiction. [Read more…]