Matt Damon burst onto the Hollywood scene when he and his friend Ben Affleck (whom you may also have heard of) came out of nowhere with a script they co-wrote and starred in: Good Will Hunting. One of the best Oscar moments in recent memory is the two of them going bezerk after winning Damon’s only Oscar to date for the film’s screenplay. Damon has gone on to be one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in The Bourne movies, Ocean’s trilogy, Saving Private Ryan, The Martian, Interstellar, and more than a dozen other huge hits. Post-The Martian, Damon has been in a bit of a slump, and it remains to be seen how much his career will be hurt by his ties to disgraced Hollywood mogul and sexual predator Harvey Weinstein (Damon has admitted he knew of Weinstein’s atrocities and did not come forward). On-screen, he’s one of the most versatile and talented actors of his generation. Time will tell what his sins of omission will do to his career going forward.
WatchMojo’s back with another movie list: this time featuring the Top 10 Movie Fistfights of all-time. Bit of a violence warning on this, but if you hadn’t figured that out from the category title, then the warning probably won’t be read until after the video. The guidelines for the list were that the fight had to be fist-intensive so too much kicking got it tossed, and fights could not take place within the confines of sports, so no boxing matches (but then they include bare knuckles brawling from Sherlock Holmes, which smacks of self-rule breaking….ANARCHY!). I’m not exactly sure when WM put this out, but I think it’s at least three years old, but it does have some great selections….and a few that I think could easily be improved upon. Die Hard, Fight Club, The Winter Solider, and The Dark Knight Rises? Absolutely. Picking a Rowdy Roddy Piper movie over the fight on the tarmac from Raiders of the Lost Ark? That seems a bit dodgy to me. CineFix is the king of movie lists as far as I’m concerned, and WatchMojo’s are always entertaining, but seem to have always room for improvement. I think Raiders is a clear inclusion. What do you think needs to go on this list?
If you ignore the tacked-on Bourne Legacy, the Bourne series has been the standard in action-adventure. It’s grounded realism and intelligent plots were a good part of the reason the Bond series had to be dragged out of the 1970’s. Jason Bourne is the first film reuniting series star Matt Damon and director of films two and three, Paul Greengrass, in nine years. Was Bourne going to be back to his old tricks, or should this series have ended with The Bourne Ultimatum?Continue reading Movie Review: Jason Bourne (2016) *Is Bourne Back?*→
We are now two days away from the fifth entry in the Bourne series: Jason Bourne. The film marks the return of Matt Damon to the title role and director of films two and three: Paul Greengrass. Most likely, this will be the last Damon Bourne film. We’re looking at the first three entries in the series in this column leading up to the film (because really why submit yourself to The Bourne Legacy?). Two weeks ago, we looked at The Bourne Identity, last week we looked at The Bourne Supremacy, and this week we look at the last film to feature Damon & Greengrass: 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) *Hand Towel Throwdown*→
“Yeah, but the book was better.” How many times have you said that coming out of a movie? I say it nearly all the time because I read everything and then everyone tells me to shut up and throws something at me. There are times; however, when the movie manages to outpace its source material. I’m not talking about great books that are even better movies (The Godfather, The Princess Bride, The Shawshank Redemption, etc.). I’m talking about books that are utter crap and that somehow, someone managed to drag a good story out of the dreck. I’m going to just include Forrest Gump as an emeritus member of the list because I hate the movie (yes, I’m the one) and anyone I’ve ever talked to who has read the book, thinks it killed fine trees for no purpose. The Social Network nearly made the list, but the book by Ben Mezrich isn’t really bad; it’s just the movie is so SO much better. I’m also making this an all fiction list, but if I were doing non-fiction, at the top of the list would be A Beautiful Mind. I defy you to try to slog through that (highly inaccurate) bio of John Nash and then not go running into the arms of one of the best movies of the last decade.