Tag: Ben Stiller

Devil’s Advocate Month Mystery Men

Mystery_Men_film_posterSo we continue Devil’s Advocate Month with a different kind of movie. We started out with The Longest Yard. A good movie that was held in the shadow by the far superior movie that it remade. Tonight, we will look at a movie that was made ‘before its time’. These are the tragic movies that the only reasons that they were held down is due to the fact that they were made before an audience was built around the sub genre. There are several movies that were made several years before the audience was created that if they were made during the height of its popularity, they would have killed at the box office and with critics. Movies like this tend to garner a cult following over time, while others… Well others just kind of fade into obscurity. Today we are going to look at one of these movies, Mystery Men. I will say it right now! Mystery Men is the precursor to all modern-day superhero movies and it is finally time it got its due! If you are at all confused, please allow me to explain below after a little synopsis. Continue reading “Devil’s Advocate Month Mystery Men”

Tanner Reviews The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The_Secret_Life_of_Walter_Mitty_posterAh my Christmas day movie and not only that I got to watch it in my favorite theater, The Grandin Theater in Roanoke Virginia. So yes, after seeing Saving Mr. Banks, I saw the second movie on my list The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. A retelling of a 1947 movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is the brain child of comedian Ben Stiller. As the years have gone by, I have really become a big fan of Ben Stiller’s work. In particular with films that he has directed. Tropic Thunder and Zoolander have proven to be very effective and very funny movies and Cable Guy, while being heavily dated was not a bad film to watch. (Reality Bites I have not seen). The Secret Life of Walter Mitty seems to be Stiller’s first attempt at dipping his toe into more serious waters. Don’t get me wrong though, this film is really funny as well. But I think it does show the range that Stiller can reach and not just stay in the comedy genre. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”