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The Films of David Fincher, Ranked

I DON’T HAVE TO EXPLAIN MYSELF TO YOU

10. The Game
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9. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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8. Alien³
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The 2015 Villainy Awards: Winners List

Remembering is hard.

Some people say that the brain never forgets anything–that it only loses its connections. In an effort to regain those connections, to make remembering just a little easier, Always Sometimes Villains presents the 2015 Villainy Awards, a collective list of what the ASV staff enjoyed most about the last year.

Here are the nominees for our favorite movies, TV series, books (and more!) from 2014. For the winners, go here.

We plan to continue this effort as ASV ages, and–regrettably–as remembering gets harder. Unfortunately, memory always fades. But sometimes, they come back. Here’s to always. Here’s to sometimes.

Eyes Forward: Movies, TV, and Video Games in 2015

Wazzup?

2015 may only be five days in, but there is a lot to look forward to as the year unfolds. Below is a list of the movies, TV shows, and video games that I’m most looking forward to seeing/playing in the next year. I’ll update this post as dates change or arise. Let’s hope none of them are delayed, eh?

Note: The green ones are the ones I’m particularly stoked for, and the HUGE GLOWING RED one is my raison d’être.

MOVIES

The Witch (January 27)
Jupiter Ascending
(February 6)
Kingsmen: The Secret Service (February 13)
What We Do In the Shadows (February 13)
Chappie (March 6)
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (March 13)
Ex Machina (April 10)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1)
Jurassic World (June 12)
Terminator: Genisys (July 1)
The Gallows (July 10)
Ant-Man (July 17)
Pan (July 24)
Pixels (July 24)
Fantastic Four (August 7)
The Man from U. N. C. L. E. (August 14)
Everest (September 18)
The Disappointments Room (September 25)
Victor Frankenstein (October 2)
Crimson Peak (October 16)
Spectre (November 6)
Friday the 13th (November 13)
The Hateful Eight (November 13)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (November 20)
The Martian (November 25)
Krampus (December 4)
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (December 18

TELEVISION

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (yesterday!)
Marvel’s Agent Carter (January 6)
American Horror Story: Freak Show (January 7)
Parks and Recreation (January 13) FINAL SEASON
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (January 14)
12 Monkeys (January 16)
The Flash (January 20)
Justified (January 20) FINAL SEASON
Backstrom (January 22)
Community (February 2) FINAL SEASON – I think
The Walking Dead (February 8)
House of Cards (February 27)
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (March 3)
Game of Thrones (April 12)
Orphan Black (April 18)
Bates Motel (Spring, TBD)
Heroes: Reborn (Summer, TBD)
THE EXPANSE (Summer/Fall, TBD)
Halo (Fall, TBD)
American Horror Story (Fall, TBD)
Homeland (Fall, TBD)

VIDEO GAMES

Resident Evil Remastered (January 20)
Evolve (February 10)
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (February 13)
Resident Evil Revelations 2  (February 17)
Total War: Attila (February 17)
The Order: 1886 (February 17)
DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition (March 17)
Final Fantasy Type-0 (March 17)
The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt (May 19)
Batman: Arkham Knight (June 2)

The following video games are confirmed for 2015, but do not have an official release date yet:

Below
The Division
Halo 5: Guardians
The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Mighty No. 9
Mario Party 10
No Man’s Sky
Persona 5
Roller Coaster Tycoon World
Star Fox (Wii U)
Xenoblade Chronicles (New 3DS)
Xenoblade Chronicles X

EXTRA: MUSIC

What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, The Decemberists (January 20)
Policy
, Will Butler (March 10)
Kintsugi, Death Cab for Cutie (March 31)
Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes (April 14)

The albums below do not yet have a release date:

Gracetown, by San Cisco
Untitled Album by
Django Django
Untitled Album by Florence + The Machine
Untitled Album by Muse
Untitled Album by Passion Pit
Untitled Album by Tame Impala
Untitled Album by Adele
Untitled album by The xx

Did I miss anything? What are you most looking forward to in 2015? Let me know in the comments!

Look Back, Look Here, Look There: A Triple Movie Review

2015 A.D. beckons, but I must say, this year, I do not feel ready for it. What am I missing? Haven’t a clue actually. Besides the obvious difference in not being with my family at the moment, I have no annual traditions. I don’t watch the ball drop in NYC. I don’t drink or kiss or sing to begin the new year. I’m not insane enough to venture to The Strip for fireworks and drunken tourists. (For one, I’ll never find my car again.)

So what have I done instead? Watched movies, naturally. Three of them today, in fact – one for the past, one for the future, and one for the present. They’re not at all “New Year’s Eve” related, in the way some films are created for Christmas or Valentine’s Day. I just felt that for any new year tidings, one tends to look to the future – resolutions and the like – seeking to the change the past, while also enjoying the here and now. It’s a difficult balance any normal day of the year, to be sure.

Now if you want to ignore the first two paragraphs, just think of this as a triple feature! Ta-da!

My choices were as follows: Past: Sense and Sensibility; Future: Elysium; Present: The Theory of Everything (this could qualify as past, if you want to see it that way, but since Hawking is still alive. . .)

Read, enjoy, and have a Happy New Year, all you villains (both always and sometimes). Cheers!!! Continue reading Look Back, Look Here, Look There: A Triple Movie Review

‘Tis the Season

The Christmas season spawns a plethora of holiday movie-goers, but for those who either lack funds or simply prefer vegging on the couch, there are several movies on cable TV one can count on to be aired. Some may have outlived their welcome, true, but I can’t deny the nostalgia that accompanies them. Memories of my childhood–that’s what they are. Watching them again as an adult sparks . . . interesting — if not downright disenchanting — opinions; however, I can easily bury those thoughts with hot chocolate and sweets that have no nutritional value.

So, in honor of the cold nights indoors watching movie reruns while the countdown to unwrapping presents ticks in the back of my mind, here’s a miraculously brief list of my favorite Christmas films. FYI, it’s not ranked so don’t twist your britches into candy canes or anything. Continue reading ‘Tis the Season

Double Feature! Reviews for Disney/Pixar’s “Cars” and “Planes”

We have a running joke in my family about Double Features. It stems from my dad and his buying my mom two pairs of tennis shoes for Christmas one year. He found it hilarious for some reason and I recall my mom whacking him with one of those shoes. (It’s one of those you-had-to-be-there situations.) So now we endeavor to buy my dad double features of every gift.

Anyway, that memory has nothing to do with this review.

I haven’t written a movie review in a while now, and for that I apologize, and say only this: the movies and TV shows I HAVE been watching cater to innocent young minds with short attention spans.

Sound like you? Okay, great!

Let’s focus on Disney/Pixar’s Cars (2006) and Disney’s Planes (2013). Seven years and Cars 2 lie between them but my three-year-old loves them both just the same. And why not? With talking vehicles of every kind, speedy action sequences, and brightly-colored animation, these two films are a young boy’s dream. (You know, before puberty ruins it all with . . . hormones.)  Continue reading Double Feature! Reviews for Disney/Pixar’s “Cars” and “Planes”