Your Name (2016)

brooke First off, I want to say that anyone who hasn’t seen Your Name needs to go see it. It’s the kind of movie that deserves to be seen with little or no knowledge of the plot.

casey Japanese animation remains a major blind spot in my film self-education. Is it all as good as Your Name? Anyway, it’s gripping, beautifully animated, and strikingly original in its blend of teen romance, Freaky Friday-esque body switching, and, for good measure, a dash of spiritualism and sci fi. Read More

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Best Of 2016 at the Movies

casey Our little movie blog is a year old!
We originally created it as a way to talk about Roger Ebert’s Great Movies as we worked our way through the list, but it quickly expanded into our writing about almost EVERY movie we watched. It’s a hell of a lot more work, but at least we’ve got plenty of material for a Best of 2016 post.

brooke It’s hard to believe we survived an entire year of watching movies… oh wait, we do that all the time anyway! Oscar nominations are out, people are pissed about all the snubs, and now it’s time to do some snubbing of our own.
Seriously though, 2016 was a great year for movies and there’s a lot to look back on. Have you got a top five list to share with the good readers of Brooke and Casey at the Movies? Read More

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

brooke True story: This is the movie I never knew I was waiting for. I’ve needed to see it ever since I found out what vampires are; it’s a horror comedy slash mockumentary that’s everything I’ve ever dreamed of.

casey Step aside, Blade II, there’s a new Casey’s Favorite Vampire Movie in town!

brooke What We Do in the Shadows is funny and original and I love it. Within minutes it sunk its teeth into me (pun intended). Read More

Rogue One (2016)

casey Hey, I actually liked Rogue One.

brooke And I really liked Rogue One!

casey After feeling like The Force Awakens was a resounding “meh,” I was primed to be a bit cynical going into Rogue One, but instead I came away feeling like someone had recaptured the old Star Wars magic while doing something new with it. I think the movie has some significant flaws, and we’ll see how it holds up over time, but having grown up long after the original trilogy came out I can confidently say Rogue One has been my favorite Star Wars experience in the theaters. Read More

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

brooke Welcome to our special edition: Revenge of the 6th!
Before I go crazy fangirling over how much I love this movie, let’s do a quick plot summary. By now, nearly the whole world has Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so I trust I don’t need a spoiler alert, but I’m not going to make any promises that we’ll keep it 100% spoiler free.

casey Obi-wan is still dead, unfortunately. Read More

World of Tomorrow (2015)

brooke I want to start by saying that I never thought I could love a short cartoon more than I loved Don Herztfeldt’s Rejected Cartoons.
But here we are, 16 years later, and he’s completely outdone himself

casey World of Tomorrow is friggin’ beautiful. One of the funniest and saddest films I’ve seen in a long time. So much emotion from a fifteen minute cartoon about crudely drawn stick figures.

brooke It’s a masterpiece. I sincerely hope that teens worldwide cling to it the way I did with Rejected.

casey The difficulty in writing about World of Tomorrow is that because of its brevity it’s hard to recap without spoiling the little twists that make the movie wonderful. Don’t worry, we won’t ruin it…. but readers ought to watch it themselves. It’s on Netflix right now!

brooke As of February 2016! Here’s hoping it stays on Netflix forever. Read More

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

casey Of all the classic movies we’ve discussed to date, Dr Strangelove is the first that we’d already seen. It’s one of my very favorites.

brooke True story. I believe you first showed it to me three or four years ago.

casey AAAAaaaaaaand?

brooke I really liked it then, and it was fun to watch it again.

casey I think it’s one of the funniest movies ever, almost effortlessly so…although Stanley Kubrick is not the kind of director who does “effortless.” But his cold war satire is entertaining on the surface while offering a sharp rebuke of the lunacy of Cold War ideology. Read More