All posts by sleeplessdave

I love to write, and I love all things geek: movies, TV, comics, and more. Stories provide an escape from this increasingly loathsome world. In my site and my writing I try to celebrate the worlds that allow us to escape: from the shores of Middle-Earth, to atop The Wall and Castle Black, to the bridge of the USS Enterprise, and to a galaxy far, far away.

My Favorite Scene: Any Given Sunday (1999) “A Game of Inches”

Either you’re a huge fan of Oliver Stone, or you likely can’t stand anything about Oliver Stone: the man’s polarizing.  Personally, I’m not a fan.  Any Given Sunday is, to me, one of Stone’s best films.  It’s overlong and hackneyed at points, but it also was a prophetic and revealing portrait of the real culture of professional football and its consequences to those who play it long before the issues it raises became mainstream sports conversation.  The centerpiece of the film is, without a doubt, another great monologue from Al Pacino.

Is there another actor who has more memorable career monologues than Pacino?  The most iconic is, obviously, Scent of a Woman, but there’s Dog Day Afternoon, And Justice for All, a couple from the Godfather films, Heat, and on and on.  “A Game of Inches” has to be counted right up there.  As pre-game speeches go, they don’t come better.  As the best sports-related motivational speeches do, it also translates to life as a whole, and whatever else you may take away from Any Given Sunday.…this scene makes the career portfolio of one of the greatest actors of all-time.

Al Pacino and Jim Brown in Any Given Sunday

Tag Trailer #1 (2018) *A Game 30 Years in the Making*

After the awesomeness earlier this year that was Game Night, is it too much to dream we may have another comedy on the way?  The premise for Tag, which is reputedly a true story (which I would love to know more about), is that it’s a game of tag among five friends that has now gone on for 30 years and has turned their lives into an absolute frenzy of opportunistic mayhem.  It has a great cast with Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm (who is so much more funny than he is even a great dramatic actor), Ed Helms, Isla Fisher, and Rashida Jones among others.  The trailer really made me laugh, and if they can sustain that kind of absurdity through a whole film-always the trick with comedies even those with a great premise-then this should be a fun addition to an already packed June schedule.  Tag is scheduled for a June 15, 2018 release.  YOU’RE IT!
Tag Poster

Deadpool 2 Trailer #1 (2018) *They Will Call Us X-FORCE!*


The insanity that is Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool will be back for more on May 18th, but this time with his partner: bounty hunter for the future and perpetual crankypants – Cable.  Josh Brolin is pulling heavy superhero duty between Deadpool 2 and Avengers: Infinity War in May.  The marketing for this film has been utter nonsense, which is just what it should be as nothing says total absurdity quite like Deadpool or a world in which a Deadpool franchise is a huge success.  This is the first trailer that actually reveals much about the film’s plot, which looks like the genesis for some X-Force films (the taxi driver is back and so is TJ Miller, that’s all I need to know).  FOX has jumped Deadpool 2 from opening the week after Solo: A Star Wars Story to now opening May 18, 2018 (the week before Solo and three weeks after Avengers….why does no one ever release films in August….WE WILL STILL GO!!!).  DP2 will have a lot of work to do to top the first installment, but the thing about sequels is, they generally open MUCH bigger than the original, so expect a new record for an R-Rated film opening. Continue reading Deadpool 2 Trailer #1 (2018) *They Will Call Us X-FORCE!*

In Theaters This Week (3/23/2018): Pacific Rim: Uprising, Sherlock Gnomes, Isle of Dogs

Paul the Apostle of Christ

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.   The king looks like he may finally be dethroned as six new releases take on Black Panther. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (3/23/2018): Pacific Rim: Uprising, Sherlock Gnomes, Isle of Dogs

My Favorite Scene: Pacific Rim (2013) “Gipsy Danger vs. Leatherback”

Pacific Rim may not be del Toro’s best work, but you can’t help but admire the unabashed enthusiasm of it.  Like a little kid with a $100 million budget to make a film about giant monsters fighting giant robots, del Toro goes over-the-top all the way from beginning to end, and if you put your brain in a jar, it’s just a ton of fun.  It also doesn’t hurt he named the robots Jaegers, which happens to be MY name, so the sheer auditory rush of 30% of the lines of dialogue in this film is a very personal, very 10-year-old gone mad kind of glee.

The best parts of the film are-wait for it-the fights between giant monsters and giant Jaegers.  My favorite fight is the return to action for the hero robot: Gipsy Rose as it takes on the Kaiju nicknamed “Leatherback”.  Any fight where things the size of skyscrapers are pummeling each other with cargo containers is something that is just fundamentally RIGHT.  The film is also notable for containing perhaps my favorite character name of all time: Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost.  That character’s son (played by John Boyega) will star in the film’s sequel, which has-dare I say-Jaeger sized boots to fill?  RISE JAEGERS RISE!Gipsy Danger vs. Leatherback in Pacific Rim