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John Krasinski’s​ 5 Favorite Movies & Why he Loves them!

In light of the recent release of filmmaker/actor John Krasinski’s movie “The Quiet Place”, we managed to track down 5 of John’s favourite movies and why he loves them.

If you’re anxious to see more of John, filming of his new Amazon TV Series Jack Ryan is scheduled to premiere this August.

Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)

Ted Kramer’s wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple’s son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.

Director: Robert Benton

Writers: Avery Corman (from the novel by), Robert Benton (written for the screen by)

Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander

John on why he loves this movie:

I was one of those kids who had never seen an indie film before I got to college.

If it wasn’t a big, huge tentpole movie, or if it wasn’t on the radio, I hadn’t

experienced it. Then in college, I started getting into independent movies, which

led me to classic movies, which led me to all this different stuff. The 1970s

movies, for me, were only discovered, unfortunately, as little as six or seven

years ago.

So Kramer vs. Kramer. Some of the greatest writing I’ve ever seen, some

of the gutsiest performances. It’s just so quintessential of what the 1970s were

for me. There’s just this unfiltered, raw energy, and despite how beautiful that

movie is — and obviously, it’s a well-done movie — the fact [is] that they’re

not making movies like that anymore. [Kramer vs. Kramer is about] a horrible

relationship. It’s a really tough situation for the father to be in, and yet

[for] everyone who went and saw the movie, there was this weird understanding or

commiseration with anger. I think people might have been angrier, or willing to

see angry movies.

Ordinary People (1980)

The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.

Director: Robert Redford

Writers: Judith Guest (novel), Alvin Sargent (screenplay)

Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch

John on why he loves this movie:

Timothy Hutton turns in one of the best male performances I’ve ever seen. And that

family dynamic was so subtle in what could have been a really angsty movie.

Everything from the way it was shot to the way it was acted. John Bailey was

actually the DP on my movie that I directed (Brief Interviews with Hideous

Men) and he was saying that when they shot the psychiatrist scenes he

started out with the camera right over their shoulders, and then he moved the

camera back slowly and changed the lighting, because he said that if you’d been

going to therapy for months, then the lighting would be different every time of

the same day. And I thought, “That’s insane that someone thought of that.” And

then he moved the camera back 100 feet so that they were compressed on each

other so it was a much more intimate scene. I was like, “Wait, wait, wait, this

is insane!”

 

The Verdict (1982)

A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling.

Director: Sidney Lumet

Writers: Barry Reed (based upon the novel by), David Mamet (screenplay)

Stars: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden

John on why he loves this movie:

I think it’s probably one of the most inspirational movies for me because of

Paul Newman‘s performance. I think that is, to me, some of the best, [most]

controlled acting in a movie. I think that he has this incredible likability.

Even though he’s a drunk, washed-up lawyer, you’re still rooting for him from

the very beginning.

I’m that sort of weird guy who will watch a movie almost every day if I can.

It’s harder when you’re working on the show. I buy a lot of movies on used DVD

so I can have certain scenes. I was really looking for things to inspire me.

When I got out of college I was waiting tables professionally [and] couldn’t

afford to go the theater [every] night. I think those great movies can actually

make you feel a certain way. Not only emotionally, but if you’re in

this business, it’s one of those things where you see someone do something that

good and it buys you a year of energy. That’s what I was really looking for. It

sounds so cliché,[but I wanted] to bask in the glow some of these amazing

performances, like [those of] Dustin Hoffman and Marlon Brando. But it was also

fun. To get back to what I was saying before, that 1970s raw energy, it’s almost

frustrating now that people aren’t making more movies like that because people

won’t go see them.

On the Waterfront (1954)

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Director: Elia Kazan

Writers: Budd Schulberg (screenplay), Budd Schulberg (based upon an original story by)

Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb

John on why he loves the movie:

That movie for me was my Marlon Brando experience before The Godfather,

before Streetcar. It’s weird to be living in a modern world where

acting has changed. Movies have changed so much, and yet you can still see what

defined [Brando] and his performance. If I told you that so-and-so was the first

person to do something 30 years ago, you’d be like, “Well, I don’t care, because

people do it now all the time.” There’s still nobody doing what he does in that

movie. And so that really changed everything for me. Also, there was something

really exciting and sad about the whole political aspect of that movie. The

whole blacklisting thing.

The Godfather (1972)

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Writers: Mario Puzo (screenplay by), Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay by)

Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

John on why he loves this movie:

Only because it’s everybody’s number one choice. I kinda feel, in this day and age —

not to be sounding bad in any way — we live in a culture where something’s

good, and some people will say it’s awesome, and they may not have even seen it

or they didn’t like it. But they want to agree with the cultural zeitgeist. I

feel like that movie has stood up to time [and] criticism, and yet everybody can

find the exact same reasons as to why it’s awesome. I mean, it’s so

well-written. It’s a slow movie that you’re still riveted by. It’s [got]

character development unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. And of course, the

performances are wild.

 

Top 5 Most Iconic Golf Movies Ever Made

It’s Master weekend folks and to celebrate we’ve decided to list the Top 5 Most iconic Golf Movies Ever Made. Also, all the pictures in the post can be saved and used as your Computer/phones wallpaper!

Happy Gilmour (1996)

One of the most iconic movies I’ve ever watched! As a young hockey player who had little to no exposure to Golf, this movie made me fall in love with the game. Happy Gilmour is one of Adam Sandler’s best characters!

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Caddyshack (1980)

I didn’t see this movie until well after its premiere but it stood the test of time and became of these movies you put on when you can’t decide what to watch. The all-star cast including, Chevy Chase, Harvey Dangerfield, and Bill Murray will have you in stitches for the entire movie.

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Tincup (1996)

Kevin Costner absolutely crushed the box office in the 90’s, heck, he’s still doing well for himself (Draft Day). If you’ve ever played golf and have had a particularly frustrating round, you will relate to Costner’s character in this movie. It’s kind of like a more serious Happy Gilmour because Costner is considered the “Bad Boy” on the course. I always seem to catch this movie on TV and I always end up watching/enjoying it.

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The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

I had virtually no idea what this movie was about until I stumbled across it on the gold Channel. Luckily, it was just starting, and I watched it straight through to the end. I actually really enjoyed this movie, its based on a true story, the main character (Shia LeBeouf) overcomes tremendous adversity, and it involves the story of “The Greatest Game Ever Played”

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The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

First off, Robert Redford director this movie! It absolutely bombed at the box-office but I can honestly say that I enjoy it everytime I watch this movie. something about the classic underdog story that gets me every time. Perfect movie to watch on Sunday morning before the Masters.

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If we missed any of your favourite Golf be sure to list them in the comments below!

5 Essential Tips for Watching a Scary Movie

With “A Quiet Place” being released tomorrow, I’ve complied a list of 5 Essential Tips for Watching a Scary Movie.

Make sure to have a pillow or arm to grab onto during the build up to any scene you know will make you jump. This will literally save your life, because, as we all know hiding behind a pillow confuses would be murders/ghosts.

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Make sure to have a Happy/Feel good movie to watch after the horror movie! This is essential to surviving any scary movie. What kind of a psycho murder goes to bed directly after watching a terrifying movie? Popular choices include any Disney movie, almost any Jim Carrey or Adam Sandler movie.

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Drink all the wine prior to starting the movie. I cannot stress this enough! I can’t even begin to tell you how many wine stains have accumulated on my couch from watching scary movies.

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Check in with family and friends at the end of the movie and before bed. We all know that by watching particularly terrifying movies we increase the likely hood of those things happening to us. It’s Science. By checking in with family and friends we are doing the opposite of what every person that is murdered in a scary movie does, thus, escaping a similar fate.

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Remember it’s just a movie and it’s probably not going to happen to you. Get in bed, relax, take it easy, don’t think about the fact that you just witnessed some truly terrifying shit and that if you shut your eyes you’ll likely be murdered. Also, always remember, if you get under your covers you are protected from most scary things! Again, Science!

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You should be all set for any scary movie now! If you have anything you do to prepare for a scary movie post in the comments below.

Top iTunes Movie Charts with quick reviews April 1, 2018

U.S. iTunes Top Purchase/Rentals April 1st, 2018:

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Amazing but I’m Biased, not sure that it was better than the Force Awakens but damn I loved this movie (And every Star Wars Movie)
  2. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Entertaining but felt like it wasn’t a good enough remake
  3. The Greatest Showman – It was alright, the soundtrack was great, the movie was just ok, if you’re into musicals you may enjoy more than I did.
  4. Molly’s Game – It was just ok, I thought it was going to be incredible, but it wasn’t if it wasn’t based on a true story it would be awful.
  5. The Foreigner – Jackie Chan action/thriller, can’t go wrong if you like Jackie, the story was kind of good too, definitely an enjoyable movie for action lovers.
  6. Pitch Perfect 3 – Not as good as the first one, or the second one, I think they should have stopped after the first one but that’s just me.
  7. I, Tonya – Great movie, the acting was amazing, and the story was crazy, for the first time since reading about this I felt bad for Tonya.
  8. Thor: Ragnarok – Marvel does it again with another action-packed superhero movie, my only beef is that Marvel keeps making comedy a big part of their superhero movies, still incredible though.
  9. Coco – Disney/Pixar does it again, love this movie, the songs are amazing and the visualize are on point. if you like animated movies, you’ll love this.
  10. Downsizing – Weird movie, very very frustrating, and I swear I wanted to smack Matt Damon’s character a few times but it was an interesting take on the future, worth watching once but don’t expect much.

5 Unbelievably True facts about the making of the Movie’s you Love

Lord of the Rings (2001), Christopher Lee, who played Saruman, informed Peter Jackson the proper sound a man made when being stabbed in the back. His expertise stemmed from his time as an undercover agent with the British Intelligence during WWII. So, in other words, Christopher Lee was a real life, James Bond.

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Monster’s Inc. (2001) is beloved by people around the world, partly because of the loveable Monsters, but, mostly because of the adorable portrayal of Boo by actress Mary Gibbs. When shooting began, Gibb was so young that she had trouble sitting still to record her lines, which lead to her having to be followed around with a microphone so the crew could then piece together pieces of the random things she would say during her play time and put it into the movie as her dialogue.

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Home Alone (1990) Everyone’s favourite Christmas movie! In the scene near the end when the Wet Bandits finally catch Kevin and Hang him up on a coat hook preparing to finish him off, Harry, played by Joe Pesci threatens to bite one of Kevin’s fingers off, well guess what, during filming Joe Pesci actually bit Macaulay Culkin finger, leaving a scar that’s still visible to this day.

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Titanic (1997) In one of the more iconic scenes of the movie, Jack (Leonardo Dicaprio) sketches Rose (Kate Winslet) nude while she is wearing the heart of the ocean, what you may not know is that the drawing from the movie was actually drawn by the director James Cameron

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Elf (2006) During the scene where Buddy the Elf is testing Jack in Box’s, Will Ferrell’s response was genuine, Director Jon Favreau had a remote control and would decide when they would go off.

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Top 3 Movies on Netflix that are Based on True Events

There’s something about a movie about real events that always seems to enthrall the audience. Going back 50,60, 100 years and seeing what life was like, is inspiring and also enlightening. Without further ado a list of some of the best movies based on Real Life Events with some fun facts about each.

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

 

The harrowing story of a Army medic in World War II who risked life and limb rescuing those who treated him poorly. Desmond Doss was a hero amongst men, his courage, and resolve serve as a benchmark as too what people should strive too. FACT: The real Desmond Doss treated and recused nearly 300 men during his 3 week deployment.

The Man who Knew Infinity (2016)

Dev Patel portrays Srinivasa Ramanujan, the brilliant mathematician from Indian who travelled from his home land to study Math at Cambridge. This movie takes place in 1913 and is set during wartime England. I enjoyed this movie from start to finish and I think it was because I had no idea Srinivasa Ramanujan existed prior to watching this. It was a inside look into the mind of genius and should be on everyone list. FACT: As his mentor Professor G. H. Hardy (Played by Jermey Irons), a celebrated mathematician himself who considered his own life’s greatest contribution to mathematics as the discovery of Ramanujan, put it, numbers were “personal friends of Ramanujan.” 

 

Lee Daniel’s The Butler (2013)

The story of  a butler who served every president from Truman to Reagan and weathered the worst of the country’s brutal racial history. A great, although, sometimes difficult to watch movie, about the longest standing butler in the Whitehouse. Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey lead this star studded cast and truly put further inspiring performances. FACT: When he started at the White House in 1952, he couldn’t even use the public restrooms when he ventured back to his native Virginia.

5 Thoughts when you have Social Anxiety and you’re at the Movie Theater

“I have to pee, oh god, everyones going to look at me! They’re going to know I have to pee, or worst they’ll think it’s a number 2, I’m fine, I’ll wait till the movies done, its fine”

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Me: Let’s sit right in the middle!

Also Me: Oh, there 3 or 4 people kind of near the middle better just sit off to the side, don’t want to annoy them by sitting too close.

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Feeling trapped in a confined spaces with a bunch of Strangers in the dark is totally fine for anxious people.

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That awkward moment when your butt fall asleep because you’ve been sitting for 2 hours but you don’t want to get up and walk around for fear of annoying other movie goers

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When someone who’s 7 Feet tall is sitting behind you and accidentally keeps hitting the back of you chair but you don’t want to cause a scene so you convince  yourself that you enjoy it.

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