Drew’s Movie Reviews Turns 7! My Fave Five New Movies I Watched in Year 7

Hello, friends!

Drew’s Movie Reviews has turned seven! That right, yesterday was my blogiversary which means I have been blogging for a full seven years now. Where does the time go? To celebrate, over the last few days I have posted reviews of all the Vacation films, beginning from the 1983 original to the 2015 “reboot.” If you missed any of those reviews, here are the links to those posts:

Vacation
European Vacation
Christmas Vacation
Vegas Vacation
Vacation (2015)

Lastly, to close out my blogging year, here are my five favorite films I saw during my seventh year of blogging:

Good Boys movie poster5) Good Boys

When I first saw the trailer for Good Boys, the first thing I thought of was Superbad but with elementary school kids. And being a big fan of Superbad, I was instantly sold. This is a very crude film. When I say it’s like Superbad but with kids, I mean the sense of humor and language is exactly like Superbad so watching young kids curse like sailors might not be for everyone. However, that’s one of the reasons that this film was so funny to me. Mix that with their naivete and you have a mix for some outrageous and humorous moments. All of the young actors did great and I was laughing from start to finish.

Knives Out movie poster4) Knives Out

After Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I was weary of watching another Rian Johnson film. I’m so glad I gave Knives Out a chance because it was one of the most refreshing films to be released in 2019. This movie is filled with twists and turns. When you think it’s going to zig, it zags. From the time the mystery is introduced to the final scenes, Johnson keeps you guessing. Knives Out breaks the conventions of what you expect from a murder mystery film and that’s part of the enjoyment. On top of that, the cast is top notch. Everyone is great in their roles and it’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite. A second or even third watch is worth it just to better see how each of the pieces are laid out throughout the film and better appreciate how it’s all brought together at the end.

Uncut Gems movie poster3) Uncut Gems

Adam Sandler is often pegged as a comedic actor, so when I saw he was going to be in a more dramatic role, I wanted to check it out. At the center of Uncut Gems is Sandler’s Howard Ratner, a New York City jeweler with a gambling problem and an overall terrible person. Most movies give some sort of redeeming quality to their main character so the audience can root for them. Uncut Gems does not. From the get-go, Howard is set up as a protagonist that is nearly impossible to get behind. The entire movie I was expecting the worst to happen, and this is where my enjoyment of this film comes from. I found myself constantly on edge watching and waiting as Howard’s life goes from bad to worst and he continuously makes bad decisions. And the entire time Sandler is in top form, maybe the best he’s ever been. Uncut Gems is an unusual film but that’s part of its disturbing charm.

Ready or Not movie poster2) Ready or Not

I went to see Ready or Not in the theater on a whim. As it turns out, it was a good whim to follow. I would be lying if I didn’t say that part of the reason this film has ranked so high is from the surprise factor. Ready or Not did not receive much advertising or fanfare before its release so I knew little about it going in and I don’t blame you if you missed this one on its release. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out on a fantastic dark comedy horror. Despite a talented cast around her, Samara Weaving manages to carry the film as the latest member of the Le Domas family. I constantly found myself both sitting on the edge of my seat and laughing at this dark comedy. What an unusual and fascinating combination.

Eighth Grade movie poster1) Eighth Grade

Surprisingly, Eighth Grade was the only film not released in the last twelve months that made it on this list. I guess this last year was not good for me in terms of watching great movies at home. I chose this film for my first entry of the Ultimate 2010s Blogathon to serve as a snapshot of the decade. It was my first time watching it (hence why it’s on this list) and I was blown away. I thoroughly believe this is the best coming-of-age film I have seen. This movie is so raw and accurately captures the pressures of being a teen. Kudos to Elsie Fisher for giving such an outstanding performance that I did not expect from someone her age. For the second year in a row, a coming-of-age film has made my list of essential watches. Not too shabby.


Year seven is now officially closed! Thank you for all the support over the last year! I appreciate all of the comments, likes, and views. I wouldn’t keep blogging if it wasn’t for all of you. 😀 Thank you for being here with me on this journey and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings for Drew’s Movie Reviews.

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Until next time, cheers!

My Fave Five Romantic Comedy Films

Hello, friends! And happy Valentine’s Day!

Today is a day of expression. Today is a day of love. Today is a day of romance. When it comes to romantic films, they aren’t usually my cup of tea. However, if you combine romance in a movie with my favorite genre, comedy, well then I’m a little more likely to check that movie out. Over the years, there have been some pretty fantastic romantic comedies, particularly from directors like Gary Marshall, Nora Ephron, and Judd Apatow. I’ll admit that my experience with romantic comedies is pretty limited, not extending much before my lifetime, so all the entries on this list are fairly recent. However, I still believe you will find these to be some pretty solid selections. So without any more delay, here are my five favorite romantic comedy films.

Hitch movie poster5) Hitch

Of all the films on this list of romantic comedies, Hitch is the closest to being a pure romance film. It’s entertaining to watch Hitch, a man who has helped dozens of men find love and relationships, struggle to take the advice he so often hands out. The charismatic Will Smith has magnificent chemistry with Eva Mendes, who plays his love interest, as well as Kevin James, Hitch’s lovable insecure client. While Smith does much of the comedic heavy lifting, James provides a lot of laughs in classic James fashion. There is plenty of heart to be found in this film which is why I find myself continuously coming back to it.

She's Out of My League movie poster4) She’s Out of My League

Jay Baruchel is the embodiment of awkwardness and my spirit animal. When his character, Kirk, meets Molly, a woman he perceives to be “out of his league,” he begins overthinking and gets in his own head. I feel that. As much as I like Baruchel, the supporting cast is top notch in this film as well. With actors and actresses like TJ Miller, Nate Torrence, Kyle Bornheimer, Krysten Ritter, Debra Jo Rupp, Geoff Stults, and Hayes MacArthur, there are laughs aplenty. While some of those names might stand out, their faces surely will. She’s Out of My League gives hope to those of us who might be a little socially awkward that there is someone out there for everyone.

When Harry Met Sally... movie poster3) When Harry Met Sally…

When Harry Met Sally is the oldest film on this list and one of my more recent watches, having first seen it just three years ago. Immediately I understood why it is hailed as a rom-com classic. Vital to any romantic comedy is the chemistry between the two leads and Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan have this in spades. Their bantering feels natural and their improved story during the couples’ stories segments sounds too real to be improvised. What makes this film stand out among other romantic comedies is that it’s story doesn’t follow the same pattern as most similar films, which is refreshing when most films in the genre have a very predictable and similar template. And who can forget that diner scene? I’ll have what she’s having.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin movie poster2) The 40-Year-Old Virgin

Judd Apatow has had several big hits, especially during the 2000s, but The 40-Year-Old Virgin stands out above the rest. Steve Carell is simply charming as the titular 40-year-old. Carell’s unique brand of humor mixed with Apatow’s signature style make a perfect pairing. Every scene is memorable. Catherine Keener is every bit as sweet and charming as an Ebay saleswoman as you’d expect. Together Carell and Keener with Apatow’s direction, give performances that are heartfelt and delightful. Like I’ve commented on about other films on this list, the supporting cast helps make the film. Actors like Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, and Seth Rogan make it so Carell and Keener don’t have to carry the film alone, making every minute enjoyable and memorable, a true mark of an instant classic.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall movie poster1) Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Everyone who has been through a break up knows the heartbreak that often accompanies it. Sometimes you just have to get away to move on. Unfortunately for Peter, he decides that place was Hawaii, where he and his ex-girlfriend Sarah had talked about visiting together. Surprise surprise, he runs into Sarah in Hawaii. Jason Segel is an amazing choice to play the deadpan Peter, which I guess makes sense given the film was written by Segel. Opposite him is Kristen Bell who, in my eyes, is fantastic in everything she does. Throw in the likes of Russell Brand, Mila Kunis, Jonah Hill, and Jack McBrayer and you have a rom-com all-star cast. Forgetting Sarah Marshall is the perfect storm of cast, writing, and directing, offering the perfect mix of comedy and romance in a romantic comedy.


My honorable mentions are Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Yes Man, Home Again, There’s Something About Mary, and Crazy, Stupid, Love.

What are some of your favorite romantic comedy films?

Until next time, cheers!

My Fave Five X-Men Films

Hello, friends!

As you may have noticed, I have been going through an X-Men film phase of late. With the end of Fox’s era of X-Men films, I decided to go back and watch the entire franchise, reviewing the films I had yet to review on the site along the way. Kicking off with 2000s X-Men and concluding with next year’s New Mutants, and consisting of three spin-off series, the franchise has had its ups and downs over its nearly twenty-year run. Recently, I created the definitive viewing order for all twelve of the currently released X-Men movies. But now, it’s time to look at which movies I liked most in the franchise. Here are my fave five X-Men films.

X-Men: Days of Future Past movie poster5) X-Men: Days of Future Past

I can hear you saying “What? Days of Future Past is only number 5??” Yes, but that’s nothing against the film. Days of Future Past is a magnificent film. However, it lacks the heart that most of the other films on this list has. But it does have an abundance of everything else: action, excitement, character development, and Wolverine. This is great to bring all the major characters from the core X-Men films up to that point together and gave the series the much needed reboot it needed (even if the continuity continued to make no sense afterwards). It deserves all of the praise that it has received but it is not the best film in the franchise in my opinion.

Logan movie poster4) Logan

Over the last twenty years, the superhero genre has exploded and, dare I say, has become saturated. With the genre becoming congested, new entries need to do something different. Logan did just that. Rather than go the traditional superhero route, James Mangold and company told a western / noir film that happened to feature superheroes. The result was one of the best character studies in the genre. With the success of Deadpool the year prior, Fox elected to make this film R-rated, which enabled Mangold to give us the unleashed Wolverine we have been waiting for since he hit the screens in 2000. Over the years, Hugh Jackman came to embody the character of James Howlett, aka Wolverine, aka Logan, and Logan was the perfect farewell to the character, a sobering film filled with emotion and weight, yet brimming with hope and optimism.

X-Men: First Class movie poster3) X-Men: First Class

After the conclusion of the X-Men trilogy with X-Men: The Last Stand, spin-off films for Wolverine, Charles Xavier, and Magneto began being talked about. Wolverine’s spin-off became X-Men Origins: Wolverine whereas Xavier’s and Magneto’s became X-Men: First Class. Set in the midst of the cold war between the United states and Russia, First Class shows how the X-Men came to be, breathing a breath of fresh air into the franchise after the critical flop that was The Last Stand. First Class centered around the idea that the X-Men are family, way more than X-Men or X2: X-Men United did. It might not be the flashiest or most exciting entry of the franchise but if offers some of the best character-driven moments of it.

X2: X-Men United movie poster2) X2: X-Men United

For the longest time, X2: X-Men United was the benchmark the series needed to follow to create a great X-Men movie. It was clear since X-Men that Wolverine would play a prominent role in Fox’s X-Men franchise. X2 puts Wolverine front and center, making his unknown history the focus of the story. But where this film excels is that even though the main plot line focuses on Wolverine, the movie isn’t about him, not entirely anyway. Plenty of time is spent with the younger mutants, showing how the Xavier’s and Magneto’s conflict and general discrimination affects them. The heart in this film has never been captured since (First Class came close). And for that reason, X2 has continued to rank so high for me.

Deadpool movie poster1) Deadpool

While I’ve talked a lot about heart and emotions so far, Deadpool doesn’t have the same emotional impact as the other films on this list, it was the first to be different. Despite an abominable version of the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ryan Reynolds never gave up on the character of Deadpool. Thankfully his perseverance paid off and we all won because of it. Like Jackman and Wolverine, Reynolds uniquely epitomized Deadpool. Deadpool is one of my favorite comic book characters so to see him brought to the big screen so perfectly and accuratly brought me great satisfaction. This continues to be a film I can watch over and over again and the jokes never get old or any less funny.


And there you have it! Next year will see the release of New Mutants, the final X-Men film before Marvel Studios brings the characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It’s doubtful that New Mutants will find its way onto my top five given the caliber of the films on it but who knows, maybe I’ll be surprised!

What are some of your favorite X-Men films? Are you looking forward to a reboot of the characters when the appear in the MCU?

Until next time, cheers!

Drew’s Movie Reviews Turns 6! My Fave Five New Movies I Watched in Year 6

Hello, friends!

Today is a special day. Today is my the sixth blogiversary! I celebrated the occasion by reviewing Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. If you missed any of those reviews, here they are:

Spider-Man
Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 3

Since “Year 5” was a bit extended due to my six month hiatus last year, I haven’t seen as many movies during Year Six as normal. However, I still did see some pretty fantastic films during that time. Here are my fave five films I watched during my sixth year of blogging.

Aquaman movie poster5) Aquaman

The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) doesn’t have the best track record. I think Warner Bros. recognized that directors should have the freedom to make their movies their way, even if they exist within the larger universe, which is exactly what James Wan is allowed to do with Aquaman and it payed off. This movie has its share of problems but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still a ton of fun. Wan injects a blend of humor and action with a sprinkle of his signature horror elements in the right spots to create an enjoyable action adventure, leaving me actually excited for a DCEU sequel.

Juno movie poster4) Juno

I’ve heard of Juno and how good it was for years but it was one of those films that I never watched for one reason or another. When discussing this year’s Ultimate Decades blogathon with my co-host, she recommended this 2007 film to me and I figured “what the heck?” After watching it I was saying to myself “what the heck!? Why didn’t I watch this sooner?” It is extremely heartfelt and way more captivating than I expected it to be. Ellen Page and Michael Cera were phenomenal, playing off each other’s senses of humor  wonderfully. Dramas are hit or miss with me but this was a definite hit!

Spider-Man: Far From Home movie poster3) Spider-Man: Far From Home

After the epicness that was Avengers: Endgame, we needed a more relaxed film. That’s not to say Spider-Man: Far From Home is a walk in the park but it does lack the scale of Endgame. Tom Holland has really come into the role of Peter since Captain America: Civil War, and has probably become my favorite Peter Parker between the three actors to have portrayed him since 2002. Jake Gyllenhaal has a unique take on Quentin Beck, adding to the relatively unimpressive comic book version of the character. The end of the film finally sees Spidey swinging through NYC, making me even more excited for Holland’s third solo Spider-Man film.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie poster2) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse immediately makes itself standout from other Spider-Man films with its truly one-of-a-kind animation style that makes you feel like you are watching a comic book come to life. We’ve seen plenty of big screen versions of Peter Parker so Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse takes a different approach and presents us Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man, for the first time. There is a lot to enjoy between the characters, story, and animation. Opening up the multiverse creates literally endless story possibilities and I can’t wait to see what they come up with for the inevitable sequel.

Avengers: Endgame movie poster1) Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame. Wow. What an emotional end to what is now being called the “Infinity Saga”. Marvel Studios crafted one of the finest pieces of pop-culture history. Where Avengers: Infinity War brought together story threads from all the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films, Endgame wraps up those story threads in an emotional and exciting way, closing out the chapters of most of the Avengers we have followed since 2008. It is hard to believe we will see another cultural cinematic event like this anytime soon. Love you, 3000.


What a year for superhero films, huh? It’s probably good that we are getting a breather from the MCU for now, now that the Infinity Saga has finished. There were some pretty amazing announcements that came from the Marvel panel at San Diego Comic Con this year so I can’t wait to see what Phase Four brings. Unfortunately, the Fox’s X-Men series went out with a whimper with X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Hopefully under the Marvel Studios banner, the X-Men characters can return to their former glory. As for the DCEU, well they seemed to have distanced themselves from a shared universe and are focusing on stand alone stories, which honestly is probably their better option right now.

And that does it for another year at DMR! Thank you to all my followers, and anyone who has liked, commented, shared, or simply visited the site. You all make this worthwhile and an enjoyable experience. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next 12 months. 🙂

Until next time, cheers!

My Fave Five 2000s Comedy Films

Hello, friends!

One of my favorite film genres is comedy. If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you probably already knew that. They say laughter is the best medicine and I enjoy a good laugh. When getting this post together, I was thinking about doing my fave five comedy films of all time. However, seeing as how we are in the middle of the Ultimate 2000s Blogathon, I decided to instead focus specifically on that decade. It is difficult compiling a list of my top all time favorite comedy films but it was a little harder of a challenge to come up with my top comedies of the 2000s. After some toiling, here are my five favorite 2000s comedy films.

Step Brothers movie poster5) Step Brothers

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly were a powerhouse comedy duo of the 2000s. Step Brothers was the second film they lead together, the first being Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and the most recent was 2018’s Holmes and Watson. While I laugh during Talladega Nights, I laugh hysterically during Step Brothers. Ferrell and director Adam McKay took what made Talladega Nights a hit and refined it, creating more memorable scenes, laugh-out-loud moments, and instantly quotable lines. Say what you will about Ferrell and Reilly, but they have some of the best comedic chemistry of our time. Add in Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins, Adam Scott, and Kathryn Hahn and you have a cast any comedy film will be jealous of.

Superbad movie poster4) Superbad

Towards the end of the first decade of the 2000s, Michael Cera was moving from television onto the big screen. That transition was a gift from the movie gods. Cera’s deadpan delivery and comedic timing are gifts to cinema. He plays the awkward teen like no other actor I have seen, making him the perfect fit to play Evan, a kid who wants to throw the perfect party for the girl of his dreams. Next to him is Jonah Hill playing Seth, who is more confident but just as awkward as Evan. Christopher Mintz-Plasse makes one of the best acting debuts as Fogell, aka McLovin. Written by Seth Rogen, whom Hill’s character is named after, Superbad is one of the funniest yet most accurate depictions of what it’s like to be a high schooler.

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story movie poster3) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Everybody loves a good underdog story. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story takes the well-known sports movie cliches and parodies them; taking a team of misfits and showing them work their way from unlikely team to dodgeball champions. Lead by Peter Le Fleur (Vince Vaughn), the Average Joe’s Gym is fighting to keep their gym getting bought by Globo Gym, lead by White Goodman (Ben Stiller). For me, Stiller is what makes this film so funny. Yes, Vaughn is great, but Stiller has some of the best lines in the film and adds such a flare to his delivery that makes his delivery all the better. The comedy is such a product of its time but Dodgeball proved what that decade-defining humor could be at its best.

Wedding Crashers movie poster2) Wedding Crashers

Every movie on this list so far are outstanding because the lead duos play off each other so well. Wedding Crashers is no exception, and probably the best example on this list of how a pair with fantastic chemistry can elevate a movie. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, Vaughn’s second appearance on this list, play two best friends who crash weddings to get laid. There is a set of “Crasher Rules” that Jeremy (Wilson) and John (Vaughn) are always throwing back and forth at each other, which I’ve always thought was entertaining. The beautiful ladies Amy McAdams and Isla Fisher prove that they have just as much comedic talent as the boys. If I ever need a film for a quick pick-me-up, this is high on my list.

The Hangover movie poster1) The Hangover

Almost anyone who has had a night of partying and drinking has had to deal with a hangover the next morning. Like any great comedy, The Hangover takes something as common as dealing with drinking too much and cranks the craziness to max. They say “two is a party, three is a crowd” but that does not apply to this film. Zack Galifianakis gets my vote as the actor with the best lines in the film but really, Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, and Ed Helms all have their own stand-out moments. Plus, there are plenty of cameos in this road trip-esque film that each scene is unique and funny on its own. Not only is The Hangover my favorite comedy of the decade, it is one of my favorite comedies of all time.


Honorable mentions include Bruce Almighty, School of Rock, The 40 Year Old Virgin, EuroTrip, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

If you want to check out any of the entries for the Ultimate 2000s Blogathon, you can see a list of all of them here.

What are some of your favorite comedies from the 2000s?

Until next time, cheers!

My Fave Five A Christmas Story Scenes

Hello, friends!

Today is Christmas! You know what that means: A Christmas Story marathon on TBS. A Christmas Story is one of my favorite Christmas films, so of course I love that I can just turn on the TV and have it playing in the background. To celebrate this yearly marathon, I’m taking a look at several of my favorite scenes from the film. Before you get to the list, you can read my review of the movie here. Now that you’ve read my thoughts on the film, here are my five favorite scenes from A Christmas Story.

5) Randy puts on his snowsuit

I reference this scene all the time. Whenever I find myself in a lot of layers I describe myself as “Randy from A Christmas Story.” But that’s not why this scene is on this list. I just get a laugh every time I see Randy’s mom try to put his arms down and they just won’t stay down. Then she’s like “Eh, forget it,” and just leaves it to his teacher at school to deal with.

4) Ralphie meets the mall Santa Claus

This scene is one of my favorites because of Ralphie’s reaction to Santa telling him “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.” Santa was Ralphie’s last hope; His mom told him he’d shoot his eye out, his teacher told him he’d shoot his eye out, and now Santa has told him the same thing. You can’t help but feel Ralphie’s disappointment when Santa himself echoes that sentiment. He now thinks his chances of receiving the Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas has just gone down to zero. Such a Christmas heartbreak.

3) Ralphie shoots his eye out

This is it. This is the big moment. This is what Ralphie’s journey of the entire movie has been leading to. He finally got his #1 Christmas present: the Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Now that he has the gun in hand, he heads out to the backyard to shoot it… and nearly shoots his eye out. After being constantly told that he’d shoot his eye out but continuously asking for it anyway, he finds out his mother, his teacher, and Santa were all right. Then he figures out a lie to tell his mom, simply because he didn’t want her to say she told him so. This is the moment Ralphie losses his childhood innocence.

2) “Oh, fudge!”

I think that for the most part, parents take a “do as I say, not as I do” approach to their kids’ speaking profanities. While they may swear up and down, their kids shouldn’t do the same. Ralphie found this out when he said the queen mother of dirty words in front of his father. I laugh every time I hear adult Ralphie describing the word he said without actually saying the four-letter word.

1) The Old Man wins a major award

Probably the most iconic scene in the entire movie and forever changed the way people say “fragile,” often followed up with “it must be Italian.” Like this scene, the leg lamp has become an icon of A Christmas Story. The best part about this scene is everybody’s reaction: the Old Man is excited, so is Ralphie (although probably for a different reason), Mother Parker is disgusted and reluctant to let her husband display the lamp so prominently in their front window, and Randy is just sort of there. No one really seems to know what it’s an award for but that doesn’t matter because the Old Man won a major award.


There are so many memorable and quotable moments from A Christmas Story so this is just the tip of the iceberg. If I were to include of my favorite scenes, I would end up eventually just have to post the entire movie!

What are some of your favorite scenes from A Christmas Story? What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?

Until next time, merry Christmas and happy holidays!