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  • Mary and Max

    Mary and Max 2009

    ★★★★★ Added

    Funny, sad, creative, heartwarming, sentimental, irreverent, moving, touching... Just a few words of the many that could describe this fantastic, gentle story of a pen pal friendship. The extreme cartoonish style of the characters is offset by their fragile and familiar humanity. The people and their world they inhabit is completely artificial, but filled with so much detail and unique character that they seem real and believable.

    The only flaws are that a majority of the story is told in…

  • Cujo

    Cujo 1983

    ★★★★★ Added

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

    The only thing wrong with the film adaptation of "Cujo" is that if you watch it soon after reading the novel, it seems a little thin. On the plus side, in the film the methodical setting up of the reasons to explain why Donna and Tad are so isolated doesn't seem as calculated as it does in the book, therefore making it feel a little more natural. Also, a thousand words can't really match the image of the huge rabid…

  • The Godfather

    The Godfather 1972

    ★★★★★ Added

    Other than the slightly draggy interlude in Italy (which honestly doesn't go over fifteen minutes), this is still one of those three hour movies that just flies by. What new can be said about "The Godfather"? It's justifiably on the short list of greatest movies ever. I suppose part of the reason is that from the source material you wouldn't expect even a good movie, and you'd definitely expect all the gangster movie cliches. Yet it's a great movie that…

  • Day of the Dead

    Day of the Dead 1985

    ★★★★★ Added

    Some of the acting is awful (especially by the bad guys), and most of the cheesy '80's synthesizer score is terrible, but I still think "Day Of The Dead" is a vastly underrated horror film with a great plot that builds expertly on the formula established by "Night Of The Living Dead" and "Dawn Of The Dead." The setting is now an underground bunker, and instead of cowering victims, it's a team of scientists and another team of military types,…

  • The Nutty Professor

    The Nutty Professor 1963

    ★★★★★ Added

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

    Yes, I hate watch Jerry Lewis, and there's nothing like hate watching "The Nutty Professor", his retelling of "The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Hyde" because it's arguably his best film. It's not saying a lot for those that don't care for him, but it still should be recognized. There are so many bad and stupendously unfunny things about Jerry Lewis movies, for me it's like peeking into a strange parallel universe. It's absolutely unbelievable that people actually found…

  • Moving Art: Deserts

    Moving Art: Deserts 2014

    ★★★★★ Added

    "Flowers" is my favorite of this series, but "Deserts" is a very close second. The caves at the end of the film are absolutely stunning. There are so many beautiful and breathtaking images here, making it a very tranquil and relaxing watch. Sometimes it's nice to put away the shakycam, frantic editing, and CGI and just see the beauty of nature.

  • Moving Art: Flowers

    Moving Art: Flowers 2014

    ★★★★★ Added

    Awesome. The only thing wrong with it is that it's too short at just under half an hour. This is the kind of film that makes me want to buy a small tv and DVD player, put it in a corner, and leave it on in an endless loop. It's 90% time lapse of blooming flowers, and 10% landscape shots, including a stunning waterfall.

    There's something magical about seeing the flowers open and close in the time lapse, and there…

  • Head

    Head 1968

    ★★★★★ Added 3

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

    Nobody ever lends money to a man with a sense of humor.

    Boys, don't never, but never, make fun of no cripple.

    This G rated film has real footage of a human being being executed. Top that, "Bambi".

    I love "Head". It's a drug movie supreme. The bad part is that it doesn't look very good. It had a little more money than the Monkees' tv show, but it still looks more like a runaway television production than a proper…

  • The Little Rascals Save the Day

    The Little Rascals Save the Day 2014

    ★★★★★ Added

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

    Fucking cartoon opening titles, fuck yeah. Alfalfa singing “Beautiful Fucking Dreamer” “Come unto me…” Fucking hot. Darla swoons. Darla’s fucking hot. “Hello, why don’t you have a fucking seat right fucking there?” Dateline fucking NBC. Waldo shoots a fucking spitball into Alfalfa’s fucking mouth. The kids are already exchanging hazardous fucking bodily fluids, very fucking unsanitary. Fucking Waldo singing “She’s A fucking Lady”, Tom Fucking Jones rolling over in his fucking grave. Stymie’s dad has two fucking broken legs, foreshadowing…

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane 1941

    ★★★★★ Added 4

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

    "A toast, Jedediah, to love on my terms. Those are the only terms anybody ever knows; his own."

    "It can't be love, for there is no true love."

    1970: Robert Altman's "MASH" overlapping dialogue. 1994: Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" non-linear storytelling. 2008: The Wachowski's "Speed Racer" creative transitions. 2013: Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" long continuous shot going in and through glass, up to a character's face.

    All these techniques, and more, can be seen in the 1941 Orson Welles masterpiece "Citizen…

  • The Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun - Hyde Park Live

    The Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun - Hyde Park Live 2013

    ★★★★★ Added

    As a Rolling Stones fanatic for 37 years, I can say “Sweet Summer Sun” blew me away and exceeded every expectation. It might be the best Stones concert I've ever seen.

    What don’t I like about it? Hmm. I don’t like the way Mick rushes the lyrics to the chorus of “Doom And Gloom.” I’m not that crazy about the occasional slow motion effects, though sometimes it does look pretty cool and provides a little bit of visual variety. There’s…

  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction 1994

    ★★★★★ Added

    I seriously considered docking it half a star because frankly I think the long sequence about cleaning up the bloody car is boring and unnecessary. It doesn't add much to the film, and seems to only serve the purpose of getting Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta to change their clothes (a fun touch as well as a necessary marker because the story is told out of sequence.) There are a few other nitpicks that I could make, but the…