Genre Grandeur – Akira (1988) – Justine’s Movie Blog

My choice this month for Movierob’s Genre Grandeur is Akira, a landmark in Japanese animation and a cool dystopian sci-fi.

As always, thanks Rob for putting these together and for letting me participate!


For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Dystopian Movies, here’s a review of Akira (1988) by Justine of Justine’s Movie Blog

Thanks again to James of Back to the Viewer for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by S.G. Liput of Rhyme and Reason.  We will be reviewing our favorite fantasy/sci-fi animated movies (non-Disney or Pixar) . Please get me your submissions by 25th May by sending them to  Try to think out of the box! Great choice S.G.!

Let’s see what Justine thought of this movie:


akiraposterThe dystopian genre is always an interesting one. There’s so many great movies that have come out of it, Blade Runner being my all time favorite. But since I’ve already gushed about it on my own blog, I’ve decided to focus on a less obvious choice. Akira, aside from being a great dystopian sci-fi…

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Genre Grandeur – Elite Squad (2010) – Justine’s Movie Blog

My entry for Movierob’s Genre Grandeur for the month of March (Latin directors) is Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, a great foreign crime drama from Brazilian director José Padilha.

Thanks again, Rob!

intro_clip_image004For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Latin Directors, here’s a review of Elite Squad by Justine of Justine’s Movie Blog

Thanks again to Anna of Film Grimoire for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by James of Back to the Viewer.  We will be reviewing our favorite movies featuring a dystopian world (past or future). Please get me your submissions by 25th April by sending them to  Try to think out of the box! Great choice James!

Let’s see what Justine thought of this movie


Brazilian director José Padilha may be more widely known for his recent attempt at a Hollywood reboot, RoboCop. I admit I still hadn’t bothered to watch the film, because…well, Hollywood reboots generally suck. I had read, though, that he was frustrated with the lack of creative control he had over the film. Welcome to Hollywood…

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Meathead March – Stand By Me (1986) – Justine’s Movie Blog

Thanks again, Rob, for letting me participate in another of your wonderful blogathons! My choice for a Rob Reiner directed flick is Stand by Me. I bet you couldn’t guess that I love coming-of-age films.

meathead march blogathonFor today’s first review of Stand By Me (1986) for the Meathead March Blogathon, here’s a review by Justine of Justine’s Movie Blog.

Thanks Justine!


Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me is probably one of the most successful classic examples of a coming-of-age film that has touched many people’s hearts. There’s plenty of things in this film that just work, there’s no other way to put it really. The cast, the music, the story, and the overall themes of childhood friendship and loss of innocence are elements that work towards this creation of the first successful adaptation from a Stephen King short story, “The Body.”

The story begins with an older Gordie (Richard Dreyfuss), who, upon looking at an article in the newspaper about one of his friends, reminisces of the days when he was a young boy. Flashback to Gordie (Wil Wheaton), Chris (River Phoenix), Teddy (Corey Feldman), and…

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Genre Grandeur February Finale- The Perks of A Wallflower (2012) – Justine’s Movie Blog

My entry for Genre Grandeur at Movierob’s blog is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I fell in love with this coming-of-age film when I saw it three years ago, and even though there’s so many to choose from, I had to choose this one to write about. Seriously, I cry every time, not even sure why.

Thanks, Rob for letting me choose this month! I hope everyone else who participated enjoyed revisiting their favorite films in the genre. I know I enjoyed reading the reviews.

Be sure to check out Movierob’s blog if you haven’t already, and as well as the other bloggers who participated 🙂

For this month’s final entry for Genre Grandeur February – Coming of Age movie’s, here’s a review of The Perks of A Wallflower (2012) by Justine of Justine’s Movie Blog who chose this month’s genre for us all.

If you missed any of them, here’s a recap:

This month we had 12 review for GG:

  1. The Kings of Summer (2013) – Digital Shortbread
  2. Starter for 10 (2006) – EmmaKWall
  3. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) – Tranquil Dreams
  4. An Education (2009) – Film Grimoire
  5. An Education (2009) – The Girl Who Loved to Review
  6. Mean Girls (2004) – Life of this City Girl
  7. Frances Ha (2012) – Sidekick Reviews
  8. Taps (1981) – MovieRob
  9. American Graffiti (1973) – MovieRob
  10. Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) – MovieRob
  11. Footloose (1984) – MovieRob
  12. Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) – Justine’s Movie Blog

Thanks to everyone who participated this month!

In addition, I…

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007 December – GoldenEye (1995) – Justine’s Movie Blog

My second James Bond review for Movierob’s 007 December blogathon is none other than GoldenEye, the defining Bond movie of my own childhood. It’s the best Pierce Brosnan Bond movie, and it spawned one of my most favorite N64 video games.

Go check out the rest of the many awesome Bond reviews from this month!

Thanks again, Rob!

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Up next for today’s Bond movie, GoldenEye (1995), here’s Justine of Justine’s Movie Blog with her thoughts on it.

Thanks again Justine!


Having grown up in the ’90s, Pierce Brosnan was the very first Bond I’ve ever seen. To me, he simply is James Bond, and although I’ve come to love other Bonds even more, he’ll always be the first for me. Incidentally, my first encounter with GoldenEye was as a Nintendo 64 video game that was really popular back then. It was a first-person shooter and I was really good at it. If you played multiplayer with me and the golden gun, I assure you, you’d lose. I hadn’t seen the movie until many years later, but when I did, it was a sweet nostalgia. That’s what it’ll always be for me–a reminder of when I was an 8-year-old girl killing everyone in a James Bond video game. Sweet…

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007 December – From Russia With Love (1963) – Justine’s Movie Blog

My review for MovieRob’s 007 December Blogathon is one of my favorite James Bond movies–From Russia With Love.

Thanks, Rob! 🙂

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For today’s 3 review of From Russia With Love (1963), I’m happy to present a review by Justine of Justine’s Movie Blog.

Thanks again Justine!

fromrussiawithloveposterFrom Russia With Love is the second Bond film in a long-running series and arguably, one of the best examples of what the James Bond stories are all about. It is, first and foremost, a Cold War spy thriller, and it has all the elements you need in a Bond film–action, romance, cool gadgets, and a great setting.

James Bond (Sean Connery) is sent on a mission to retrieve a cryptographic device from the Soviets called a Lektor, which is something MI6 has wanted for years. What he doesn’t know is that SPECTRE has devised an intricate plan to steal the Lektor and sell it back to the Soviets, and at the same time, exact revenge on Bond for killing Dr. No. SPECTRE operatives…

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Genre Grandeur – Die Hard (1988)

My choice review for this month’s Genre Grandeur is Die Hard. Check it out over at MovieRob! Yippee-ki-yay motherfu- …Have a nice day!

For the next entry in this month’s Genre Grandeur, here’s a review of Die Hard (1988) by Justine of Justine’s Movie Blog.

Next month’s Genre will be Holiday movies (it can be any film about any holiday).  To participate, just send me your review by 23rd of December to and I’ll post it!

Take a look at what Justine thinks of Die Hard…..


die-hard-movie-posterI’ll admit Die Hard may not be the most original choice for a favorite ’80s action flick. But in a way, it breaks the mold of all the other shoot ’em up action movies with the really muscular heroes and overwhelmingly cheesy dialogue. Yeah, I love all those other movies too, but Die Hard won me over with a simple, yet skillfully written plot and a great, sarcastic main character who is basically just an ordinary guy thrown into an extraordinary situation.

John McClane (Bruce…

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MovieRob’s 007 December Blogathon


I just want to let everyone know that MovieRob is hosting a blogathon in December dedicated to all things James Bond and he is looking for more participants. You can view the list of movies here on his blog.

There are 26 movies to choose from and multiple people can choose the same one. So if you have a favorite Bond movie you’d love to review, but haven’t gotten around to it, do it! Otherwise, it’s a good opportunity to watch one you’ve never seen before and give your take on it.

I encourage all regular bloggers on here to participate in blogathons and guest posts, because it not only allows you to network with people who love the same things you do, but it also provides a way to gain more exposure to your own blog, so you should take advantage of it whenever the opportunity arises.

MovieRob hosts different blogathons often, including his Genre Grandeur feature every month where he asks people to review their favorite movies in a chosen genre.

So, head on over to his blog right now, click the follow button if you haven’t already, check out the list of Bond movies and leave your choice in the comments! The deadline is by November 27th, so that gives you plenty of time to watch an awesome Bond movie and write up something good, then send your review in to

Thanks everyone, and have a great day. 🙂

Genre Grandeur – Goodfellas (1990)

Check out my post for this month’s Genre Grandeur hosted over at Movierob. The genre is biopics, and with so many great biopics to choose from, I went with good ol’ Goodfellas. Great biopic and a great gangster movie.

If you aren’t already, you should head on over to Movierob’s blog and follow him. He hosts plenty of guest posts, including the Genre Grandeur every month. Next month’s genre is going to be 80’s action flicks (great pick, by the way.)

Thanks, Rob!

Here’s a review by Justine of Justine’s MovieBlog for this month’s Genre Grandeur – Biopics of the Scorsese gangster movie Goodfellas (1990)

Next month’s Genre chosen by Kieron of What About the Twinkie? is 80’s action flicks, so send me the review of your favorite film in that genre by 25th Nov to and I’ll post it.

Let’s see what Justine thought of this movie…


goodfellas_1990Next to The Godfather trilogy, I’d say that Goodfellas is one of the greatest American gangster movies ever made. When I think of it that way, I almost forget that unlike The Godfather, it’s not just a gangster movie, it’s a biopic on the life of a real man, Henry Hill. Hill was an associate of the Lucchese crime family in New York City. He became well known for being a rat, giving up his friends to the FBI and testifying against…

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Alfred Hitchcock Blogathon – Sabotage (1936) – Justine’s Movie Blog

Thank you to Rob (Movierob) and Zoe (The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger) for letting me participate in your Alfred Hitchcock Blogathon!

Check out my review for one of Hitchcock’s lesser known films from 1936, Sabotage. While you’re at it, read up on some of the reviews that have already been written (and there’s plenty more to come). Hitchcock has made a large quantity of films in his career, and a lot of them are what I would consider to be “must-sees” for movie lovers everywhere. So what better time to become acquainted with them than the month of his birth?


For our next Alfred Hitchcock review (our 18th so far), here’s a review of Sabotage by Justine from Justine’s Movie Blog.  If you don’t already follow her site, I urge you to do so, she reviews such an eclectic gamut of films so there is always something interesting to read.

Thanks Justine for being a part of this!


Before director Alfred Hitchcock took his movie making talents to the United States, he was making classic films in his home country in the UK. One of these films was called Sabotage. Sabotage isn’t one of Hitchcock’s most well known movies, but it is, in my opinion, one of his most well made, and what I would consider an unpolished gem. Based on Joseph Conrad’s novel, The Secret Agent, Sabotage is purely a thriller, exposing Hitchcock’s special talents when it comes to presenting suspense in film through the use…

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