This Saturday, May 4th, will see the recording of episode # 200 of the very popular podcast, “Behind the Mikes.”
To celebrate we would like to invite readers of Media Mikes to submit to us their favorite movie franchise. Is it the recent AVENGERS series? STAR WARS? JAMES BOND? LORD OF THE RINGS? Whatever it is, please let us know in the comments below. All votes will be tabulated and the top 3 will be recognized.
Random entries will be chosen and will receive some cool movie swag.
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It is with great pride that we at Media Mikes are able to introduce you to our new film reviewer/writer: Michael D. Smith.
Michael began his film critic path by writing movie reviews for his college newspaper for a couple years. After graduation, he wrote reviews for his hometown paper in Harrisonville, Missouri for six years before becoming the Arts & Entertainment editor and film critic at a publication in Overland Park, Kansas. a position he held for three years.
Our newest “Mike” – Michael D. Smith
In 2009 was offered an opportunity at KCMETROPOLIS.ORG where he predominately covered independent/art house films. He will now cover them for Media Mikes as well as contributing commentary when the mood takes him.
Michael is a long-standing member of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the second oldest film critic group in America.
You can find his first review for Media Mikes, of the film “Mountain,” HERE
After tabulating the votes from more than 3,000 entries, “Get Out,” writer/director Jordan Peele’s debut feature, was chosen the Best Film of 2017 by the readers and staff of Media Mikes. The film also nabbed Peele the award for Best Original Screenplay.
Director Guillermo del Toro was chosen the year’s Best Director for his film “The Shape of Water.”
In the acting categories, James Franco was selected as Best Actor for his role in “The Disaster Artist” while Frances McDormand was chosen Best Actress for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
In the supporting categories, Sam Rockwell was named Best Supporting Actor for “Three Billboards” while Allison Janney was named Best Supporting Actress for “I, Tonya.”
“Coco” was chosen the year’s Best Animated Feature.
“Call Me By Your Name” was recognized for it’s Best Adapted Screenplay. Benjamin Wallfisch was named Composer of the Year for his work on “IT” and “Bladerunner 2049.”
Hello 2018. Which means it’s time to say goodbye to the films and performances we loved in 2017. And once again, the readers of MediaMikes.com will have the opportunity to choose the winners of the 2017 Media Mikes Awards.
All you have to do is let us know your pick as the Best in each of the following categories: Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress and Animated Feature. You can leave your nominees in the comments below or send them HERE
All nominations will be totaled up and the winners announced on Monday, February 12th. (5) random entries, either on this post or via email, will be selected and will receive a selection of 2017 movie swag. Balloting runs through 6:00 pm CST on Sunday, February 11, 2017. Thanks for voting!
As 2017 comes to a close it’s time our film critics look back on the movies they enjoyed and the ones they didn’t. Enjoy!
Mike Smith – You must remember, it takes a lot for me to dislike a film – if it’s in focus I’ll give it a “star” – so the few on my list are, as Joseph Bologna said in MY FAVORITE YEAR, “Stinkburgers!” Happy New Year.
1. ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD – I was a teenager when John Paul Getty III was kidnapped and I was intrigued about the case then as much as I am now. For those of you who may have been out of the loop, director Ridley Scott had already finished this film, with Kevin Spacey appearing as billionaire/grandfather John Paul Getty, when news of Spacey’s “issues” came out. Rather than have his film judged, unfairly in my opinion, with it’s association with the disgraced actor, Scott was able to gather his cast and crew together in late November and re-shot all of Spacey’s scenes with Christopher Plummer now playing the part. That he was able to do this and complete a flawless edit in a month is worthy of an award just on that achievement alone. I wonder if Plummer will thank Spacey in his Oscar acceptance speech?
2. GET OUT – I was late to the table in seeing this (thank you Academy screeners). Writer/director Jordan Peele gives us not only one of the most original horror films ever created, but also uses his art to make us all sit back and recognize the world we are living in.
3. THE POST – Tom Hanks. Meryl Streep. And the master director, Steven Spielberg. Put them together with a story that was actually taken from the headlines and you’ll get a lesson not only in first-rate film making but in how this government is supposed to run. Will make an amazing part of a double feature with ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN.
4. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI – A first rate story backed by powerhouse acting, if this film doesn’t bring Sam Rockwell his first Academy Award nomination then the fix is in. Extra points for it’s make-up work, created by the drummer of my garage band in high school , Corey Castellano.
5. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING – Yes, there have been some great superhero films the past few years, but THIS was the Spider-man we’ve all been waiting for. Instead of the polished young man/junior photographer, we get a nervous, anxious teenager still trying to understand his gift. Extra points for making Aunt May a hottie.
6. IN DUBIOUS BATTLE – The first film on my list to star and be directed by James Franco, this adaptation of a John Steinbeck novel features amazing performances from a cast lead by Franco and Vincent D’Onofrio.
7. THE SHAPE OF WATER – Guillermo del Toro’s love letter to THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, proving that love can exist anywhere. Sally Hawkin’s wordless performance is heartbreaking.
8. THE DISASTER ARTIST – Film number two from Mr. Franco and company. A behind the scenes look at the making of a film that ranks as one of the most unusual off all time.
9. STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII – THE LAST JEDI – I don’t understand all of the backlash this film is taking. Writer/director Rian Johnson has taken the galaxy on a new direction and I have no doubt that J.J. Abrams will bring this final trilogy to a satisfactory conclusion. If you don’t tear up when Luke Skywalker and Princess/General Leia embrace than you’ve obviously gone over to the Dark Side.
10. IT – If you read my review, you know I FRICKIN HATE CLOWNS! That being said, this is the film that kept me up nights long after I first saw it.
BEFORE I FALL – Good lord, what a piece of junk! Imagine if you will the worse movie ever made involving the supernatural and GROUNDHOG’S DAY. Now multiple that by 100. A young girl keeps dying, then coming back, only to die again. After the third time I was silently praying that the next one to die would be me. Note to the filmmakers – Valentine’s Day is on February 14th, not the 13th.
THE SPACE BETWEEN US – This came out a few weeks before BEFORE I FALL, and the latter was so much worse that I found myself apologizing to it on my Podcast. A woman gives birth to a baby while in space. For some reason, this makes him as vulnerable to the world as Sam Jackson was in UNBREAKABLE. Now a teenager, the youngster comes to Earth to meet his on-line gal-pal and find his father – whose identity is obvious 10 minutes into the film.
FIST FIGHT – How in the world can you make Charlie Day UN-funny? This film has three credited writers, none of whom apparently have never heard of comedy. Shame on you. Charlie deserved better.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – Music was amazing, especially the new songs. Emma Watson was amazing. Overall perfect!
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – VOL 2 – Nearly perfect. Love everything about this film. Drax steals the show!
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE – I’ve seen this film probably 25 times already and it only gets better and better with each viewing. So much is packed in here and is super funny and yet still heart filled.
GET OUT – Funniest movie I’ve seen all year (according to the Golden Globes assholes). It is really a creepy mind fuck that does not get out of your head.
IT – Expectations were HUGE and they were destroyed! Great scares. Finally a GOOD Stephen King adaptation
BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Gorgeous, slow moving yet full of detail and deeper meanings. Perfect sequel.
THOR: RAGNOROK – Absolutely insanely funny, easily one of the top Marvel films to date.
COCO – Great songs and a real family message, which I loved.
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – No explanation needed.
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN – Music is outstanding. This movie makes me so happy.
RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER
THE DARK TOWER
THE EMOJI MOVIE
TRANSFORMER: THE LAST KNIGHT
THE GREAT WALL
Lauren Damon – Lauren will share her reasons behind her choices later this week in a separate article.
- THOR: RAGNAROK
- CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
- I, TONYA
- STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Jeremy Werner – I didn’t rank my top movies of the year because I felt like anyone of these movies could be my favorite on the year. That’s how good 2017 has been to us cinephiles.
Top 5 in No Particular Order:
BABY DRIVER – With Edgar Wright in the driver’s seat, nearly every little thing about “Baby Driver” is perfect, from the action sequences, the dialogue callbacks, and the perfect harmony between soundtrack and cinematography. One of the most accessible and fun movies of the year.
GET OUT – Jordan Peele’s satirical horror has already cemented the first time director in the annals of horror movie history. From the first to final frame, “Get Out” meticulously weaves a thrilling horror,that not only scares, but masterfully comments on 21st century racism.
DETROIT – On that same note, “Detroit” gives a history lesson on America’s racism. Unlike “Get Out,” Kathryn Bigelow couldn’t tinker much with reality. Out of everything I’ve watched on the year, “Detroit” was the most visceral as it unrelentingly forces viewers to live through a horrific and tragic ordeal.
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBINGS, MISSOURI – This may be writer and director Martin McDonagh’s best work, thanks to an outstanding ensemble cast, led by Frances McDormand. The film is a puree of heart-wrenching drama, side splitting comedy, and a mixed message about how morality is never black and white.
THE FLORIDA PROJECT – Some in modern America don’t have a home, or even an apartment, to retreat to at the end of the day. Those lower class families, sometimes with unemployed and/or single parents, scrounge for pennies to pay to live at rundown motels in the shadow of America’s corporate greed. “The Florida Project” is about those people and at times it’s oddly beautiful.
Movies on the Outside Looking In:
BLADE RUNNER 2049
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Movies You Should Never See That Were Unfortunately Released in the Same Year as the Above Movies:
A DOG’S PURPOSE – Mixing reincarnation with a Christian message is confusing, but at its core I believe this film attempts to preach a misguided and dangerous message about humanity’s power and even God’s power over animals. If you’re a dog lover, donate to a local animal shelter instead of buying this dog turd of a movie.
BAYWATCH – So it IS possible for the Rock to make a genuinely terrible film? Lacking in any heart, fun or laughs, this comedy reboot tries to follow in the footsteps of “21 Jump Street,” but instead trips and falls flat. A TV show about hunky beach detectives shouldn’t be that hard to make fun of.
CHIPS – Speaking of reboots, here’s one that should have been left behind at the pitch meeting. Dax Shepard, who I’m sure is a wonderful outstanding guy, continues to find funding for his terrible movies. Dax, maybe the things you liked as a kid should remain a fond memory.
HOME AGAIN – I’m not the target audience for this film, but I’m also not sure who is. It plays out like a weak sitcom before the predictable ending that wraps up every problem with a neat bow tie. I felt like I was watching a “Lifetime” original TV show lacking any creative effort.
POWER RANGERS – I am the target audience for this and I found myself bored. I’m not sure why the Power Rangers needed a gritty reboot, complete with forced subliminal advertising, but I would have been fine with it if it had attempted any character development or compelling storytelling.
Other movies that should be forgotten about forever and never mentioned again: THE MUMMY, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD and XX.
THE DISASTER ARTIST
THE BIG SICK
ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
BLADE RUNNER 2049
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
Started in 2013, “Behind the Mikes” is your weekly Podcast that covers everything Pop Culture. Join MovieMike, Loaf, Loey and, when we can find him, Brett as they discuss the week’s recent movies, share some trivia and put their irreverent spin on everything Pop Culture. It’s a little naughty… but a lot of fun!
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2016 is coming to a close and you know what that means. It’s time to vote for the 4th Annual Media Mikes Awards. Once again you, the readers, help choose our winners in six categories, with the staff of Media Mikes deciding on others. And, once again, (10) lucky entrants will be randomly chosen to win some great swag.
All you have to do is pick your favorites in the following categories: Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress and Animated Feature. When you have your choices, just email them to MikeS@Mediamikes.com That’s all there is to it. Last year over 3,000 readers submitted their choices.
The voting period runs through Sunday, January 8th, with the winners being announced on January 15th.
2015 is almost over and once again it’s up to our staff and readers to decide who did it best in the world of film this year. And, once again, (10) lucky readers will win a nice selection of movie swag – T-shirts, DVDs, CDs, whatever we have in closet. This year readers can send in nominations for the following: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Animated Feature. Other awards will be decided by the staff of MediaMikes.com.
All you have to do is list your choices below. Or, if you prefer, you can send them to MikeS@mediamikes.com. One nominee per category, please. Voting ends on Sunday, January 3, with the winners announced on Monday, January 11. Good luck!
After two weeks of email and on-line submissions by the staff and readers of Media Mikes.com the winners of the 3rd Annual Media Mikes Awards have been announced.
“Birdman” led all films with four awards, including (2) for director and co-writer Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was chosen as the Best Film of the Year. Michael Keaton edged out Jake Gyllenhaal to win the Best Actor Award for his work in “Birdman” while Reese Witherspoon out-dueled Julianne Moore to take the Best Actress prize for “Wild.” Another tight battle saw “Big Hero 6” narrowly out-point “The Lego Movie” for the year’s Best Animated Feature.
In the supporting categories, the races were not even close, with Mark Ruffalo running away with the Best Supporting Actor prize for his work in “Foxcatcher” and Emma Stone doing the same in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in “Birdman.”
In awards voted on by the staff, “Birdman” took home the Best Original Screenplay Award while “The Imitation Game” was honored as the year’s Best Adapted Screenplay. “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” was chosen the year’s Best Documentary Feature. Composer Alexandre Desplat won the Best Original Score Award for his work on “The Imitation Game.”
THE COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS:
BEST FILM – “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
BEST DIRECTOR – Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu – “Birdman”
BEST ACTOR – Michael Keaton – “Birdman”
BEST ACTRESS – Reese Witherspoon – “Wild”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Mark Ruffalo – “Foxcatcher”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Emma Stone – “Birdman”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE – “Big Hero 6”
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Giocabone and Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu – “Birdman”
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – Graham Moore – “The Imitation Game”
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”
BEST ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE- Alexandre Desplat – “The Imitation Game”
After hundreds of on-line and email nominations from readers, the finalists
for the 3rd Annual Media Mikes Awards are in. The nominees are:
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“The Imitation Game”
Wes Anderson – “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu – “Birdman”
“Angelina Jolie – “Unbroken”
Richard Linklater – “Boyhood”
Rob Marshall – “Into theWoods”
Bradley Cooper – “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game”
Ralph Fiennes – “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Jake Gyllenhaal – “Nightcrawler”
Michael Keaton – “Birdman”
Felicity Jones – “Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore – “Still Alice”
Chloe Grace-Moritz – “If I Stay”
Rosamund Pike – “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon – “Wild”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Duvall – “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke – “Boyhood”
Edward Norton – “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo – “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons – “Whiplash”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette – “Boyhood”
Keira Knightley – “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone – “Birdman”
Tilda Swinton – “Snowpiercer”
Meryl Streep – “Into the Woods”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“Big Hero 6”
“Book of Life”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“The Lego Movie”
The winners will be announced during this coming week’s episode of our “Behind the Mikes” Podcast – available this Monday, January 26 – and will be posted here the next day. Thank you for everyone that sent in their nominations!
Another year in music has come and gone here at Media Mikes and that can really only mean one thing. It’s time for our annual year end wrap up where the writers here at the site get together to present our top 5 album releases of the year. We also like to take this time to thank all of our dedicated readers, press outlets and artists who make this site possible. Without all of your continued support we would not be able to do what we do. Here is to a safe and happy 2015. Now without further a due we present to you Media Mikes top 2014 music releases.
Mike Gencarelli: Site Owner
1.) The Amity Affliction- “Let the Ocean Take Me”
2.) Kontrust- “Explositive”
3.) Marketa Irglova- “Muna”
4.) Pink Floyd- “The Endless River”
5.) You+Me- “Rose Ave”
Adam Lawton: Music Editor
1.) Against Me!- “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”
2.) The Gaslight Anthem- “Get Hurt”
3.) Judas Priest- “Redeemer of Souls”
4.) Foo Fighters- “Sonic Highways”
5.) CJ Ramone- “Last Chance to Dance”
Jeremy Werner: Staff Writer
1.) Dog Fashion Disco- “Sweet Nothings”
2.) Mastadon- “Once More Round the Sun”
3.) Skindred- “Kill the Power”
4.) Weird Al Yankovic- “Mandatory Fun”
5.) Slipknot- “.5: The Gray Chapter”
- Monster Energy’s Welcome to Rockville Announces Tequila World and Onsite Sponsor Activites for Florida’s Biggest Rock Festival April 25 & 26
- Vanilla Ice & Coolio Headline Tin Roof’s First Outdoor Concert
- Queensrÿche Launch “Building the Empire”, a New Album – Pre-order via Pledgemusic
- LOUNA Releases Astounding New Music Video for ‘Business’, an “Oz” Themed Representation of Religious Oppression and Terrorism
- SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Roger Waters to launch new Pink Floyd Channel
After much deliberation, MovieMike (Mike S), Loaf (Jeremy) and Brett (B.C) sat down this week and came up with their top 5 (and worse 5) films of 2014. For those of you that listen weekly, we say thank you. For those who haven’t and would like to know how we made our choices, click here http://behindthemikes.podomatic.com/entry/2015-01-04T21_34_18-08_00
Mike Smith’s 5 Best Films of 2014
2. “American Sniper”
3. “Grand Budapest Hotel”
4. “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”
5. “The Imitation Game”
The fact that four of these films are based on real people (with “I’ll Be Me” a documentary) doesn’t escape me. “Unbroken” was the most inspirational film of the year in my opinion.
And the WORSE!!
1. “Winter’s Tale”
2. “About Last Night”
3. “If I Stay”
4. “Into the Storm”
5. “The Crown and the Dragon”
What a horrible month February was. I had the great displeasure of seeing “Winter’s Tale” and “About Last Night” on consecutive weeks.
Jeremy Werner’s 5 Best Films of 2014
3. “The Lego Movie”
4. “Love is Strange”
5. “Under the Skin”
And his bottom 5:
1. “The Nut Job”
2. “Endless Love” (another February stinker)
3. “That Awkward Moment”
4. “Dracula Untold”
B.C. Allen’s top 5 of 2014
1. “Inherent Vice”
2. “The Rover”
3. “Jodorowsky’s ‘Dune'”
4. “The Raid 2”
5. “The Look of Silence”
And the 5 he will NEVER watch again:
3. “Obvious Child”
5. “Transformers 4: Age of Extinction”
Here’s what some of our critics are looking forward to in 2015:
Mike G: “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens,”, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Jurassic World.”
Mike S: “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens,” “Minions,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,”, Untitled Steven Spielberg Cold War Thriller and “Ted 2.”
Lauren Damon: “Crimson Peak,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Jurassic World,” “In the Heart of the Sea” and “The Walk”
Jeremy Werner: “Chappie,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Inside Out”
With another year is coming to an end, we look back at are favorite and least favorite films from the year. To be honest, 2014 was not a huge year for movies, I found that a lot of my choices were littler known titles and not too many of the big mainstream films. I am including some trailers below as well if you are interested in checking any of these out for yourself! So for better or worse, here are my picks for the best and the worst of 2014!
Big Hero 6
Edge of Tomorrow
For No Good Reason
Guardians of the Galaxy
The LEGO Movie
The Wind Rises
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Into the Woods
Even though 2014 was a bit lackluster, 2015 is going to be a HUGE year for film! We have “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”, “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awaken” and “Jurassic World” just to name a few!! Can’t wait!!