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  • The Big Short

    The Big Short 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Jan, 2016

    This one definitely needs to be seen again. And I wouldn't be surprised if I have just seen the next Best Picture winner. There's no way any American, anyone in the world, can't relate to this movie. And if you can't, you must admit it's pretty funny.

    Adam McKay's movie is a machine with so many moving parts; the whole thing could collapse at any moment. It gets close, but it doesn't. The machine overheats sometimes, but 'The Big Short'…

  • Doctor Zhivago

    Doctor Zhivago 1965

    ★★★ Rewatched 03 Jan, 2016

    I remember really liking this one when I saw it a few years ago, but now I'm older and my tastes in film has changed.

    'Doctor Zhivago' is a very handsome picture, and it's never boring, but it gets close to it. This is David Lean at his most indulgent. 'Zhivago' is so big and epic that any face of intimacy is lost on the grandeur of it all. It's a romance where romance is the picture's weakest aspect. 'Zhivago' left me cold, like a Russian winter, and as much as I like Omar Sharif, I think he was miscast.

    Long live 'Ryan's Daughter'!

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  • L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential 1997

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Dec, 2012 1

    Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential is a jazzy crime drama that pays homage to film-noir that preceeded, namely Chinatown.

    The performances are memorable, and each character is interesting enough to make you anticipate their next appearance. In my eye, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger were standouts as a man-beating detective and a prostitute that looks like Veronica Lake.

    I'm going to keep the plot very... hush-hush. This is a film for you to discover for yourself.

  • Mean Streets

    Mean Streets 1973

    ★★★★★ Watched 22 Aug, 2013 1

    Of all the character's in Martin Scorsese's first masterpiece Mean Streets, the most important is the streets of Little Italy. The streets are not mean, they are made mean by the greedy hoodlums that reside on such roads. De Niro steals the show as a debt-heavy, trigger-happy hoodlum Jonny Boy. Harvey Kietel's duty as a conflicted man between mob and religion is good too. Scorsese's use of familiar locations, color, and music work beautifully. It's a wonderful precursor to GoodFellas.

    Maybe someday I will watch this and GoodFellas back-to-back. That wouldn't be bad.

    EDIT: My grammar here blows. Oh well.