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  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia 1962

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 09 Aug, 2014

    Brilliant, fascinating, and always a pleasure to experience, especially on the big screen in 70mm. This is the sixth time I have seen it, and is the fifth time I have seen LAWRENCE OF ARABIA in a movie theater, after marveling at previous showings at the Ziegfeld and Paris theaters in New York, as well as viewing prints at the Crest and Cinerama Dome theaters in Los Angeles. Each experience was special, and unique, yet somehow watching the 1962 masterpiece…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey 1968

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Dec, 2012 3

    Still stellar, still amazing. No matter how many times I watch Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, I still find myself amazed by its genius...and mystery.

    That said, the "new" 70mm print shown this evening at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art was a disappointment. The picture had soft focus in more than a few places (which may have been a projection issue) which took away from the incredible visuals Kubrick used. The colors looked worn and drawn...with…

  • All the President's Men

    All the President's Men 1976

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 26 Aug, 2012

    Had to watch this 1976 classic again, as I just finished reading the book for the first time. Since I was a little boy, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN has been one of my favorite in which I could watch again and again...and I have.

    What's great about ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN? Everything. William Goldman's fantastic script, which is very faithful to the book, yet at the same time infuses Woodward and Bernstein's story with just the right amount of…

  • The Godfather: Part II

    The Godfather: Part II 1974

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 28 May, 2012

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I still don't know how Coppola did it. I mean, he made THE GODFATHER, a fantastic, award-winning box office smash. Coppola could have done anything for its sequel. He could have tried to replicate what was great, and commercial about THE GODFATHER. He could have taken the money and phoned it in, and is still would be good enough. Yet instead, Francis Ford Coppola chose to make a masterpiece, a work of genius that stands the test of time, and…

  • The Godfather

    The Godfather 1972

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 27 May, 2012

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A real treat to watch this in Blu-ray for the very first time. I first saw THE GODFATHER when I was 12 years old, and it had a profound effect on me that has lasted to this very day. Watching the film tonight was like visiting an old, dear member of my family...whom I have been absent from for far too long.

    What's great about THE GODFATHER is...everything. That's right, everything. THE GODFATHER is a perfect film. It has the…

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood 2007

    ★★★★★ Added

    A masterpiece from Paul Thomas Anderson. Words can't describe the incredible experience I had watching this movie at the Arclight Hollywood. The writing, the Johnny Greenwood score, and the direction is through the roof, and Daniel Day Lewis is fantastic. Stanley Kubrick may have loved this movie, as his influence is all over it. What I saw and heard at the Arclight the night I saw this, was pure perfection...artistry at its finest. The movie is so good, that I am afraid to see it again.

  • Toy Story 3

    Toy Story 3 2010

    ★★★★★ Watched 19 Jun, 2010

    TOY STORY tells the continued saga of Andy's toys...Woody the hero cowboy (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear the spaceman (Tim Allen), Jessie the cowgirl (Joan Cusack), Rex the dinosaur (Wallace Shawn), Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles), Mrs. Potato Head (Estelle Harris), Barbie doll (Jodi Benson)and Hamm the piggy bank (John Ratzenberger, whose voice appears in every Pixar movie). It's been over ten years since the last TOY STORY adventure...and Andy...the young boy who owns them, is now all grown up and…

  • Up

    Up 2009

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 May, 2009

    UP is a fantastic film...moving, imaginative, funny, charming, and by the far the best film of the year. I laughed, I cried, and felt completely entertained by this great film. The story, of a grieving widow who travels (with the help of stowaway child) to an exotic locale in South America by balloons attached to his very creative, and deeply sensitive...probably the most mature Disney/Pixar film ever. UP should win every award there is just for the genius montage…

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story 1961

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 05 Jun, 2010

    WEST SIDE STORY is one of my favorite movies of all time...I own it on DVD, yet I have never before seen it on the big screen...the way it was meant be seen. When I was a kid, I used to watch WEST SIDE STORY on local station WNEW Channel 5 in New York every time it came on. I think my mother got me into it, as I recall watching the movie with her on a few occasions...and remember…

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Jul, 2011

    Strangely, I did not appreciate this movie when I was younger. I enjoyed it as a kid, yet never loved it. It wasn't until 1999 (when I saw the Director's Cut of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND at the Cinerama Dome) that I fully realized what a brilliant movie it is. When I watched it again on DVD in 2001, it truly lifted my spirits...and gave me hope at a time in my life when I had none. Steven…

  • Woodstock

    Woodstock 1970

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 07 Sep, 2009

    Few films (if any) have made as big an impact on my life than WOODSTOCK, which I first saw on cable TV when I was probably 12 years old. Since that time, I have watched WOOSTOCK on numerous occasions over the past 27 years or so...even getting the opportunity to see the movie on the big screen twice in 1994 (for the 25th Anniversary).

    The version I saw in '94 was a new "Director's Cut"...clocking in over 3 1/2 hours,…

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2009

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 May, 2011

    One of my first Blu-Ray purchases, and the very first movie I watched on my Samsung 3D HDTV. Baby ISH talked me into going to see the film when it came out, and I absolutely loved it. Watching at home, in 3D, I loved it even more. It has amazing 3D animation, and a very funny, clever script. The guys who made this (Lord and Miller) now have a big hit with 21 JUMP STREET.

    Based on the Ron & Judi…