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  • Wayne's World

    Wayne's World 1992

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 03 Jul, 2015

    I never really gave much thought to showing Wayne's World to my niece, but after Jaws segued into Out to Sea, I felt reasonably confident that she might enjoy it. I decided that since I was 13 when I saw this, and she'll be that age in a week, that it was probably okay.

    It's one of the rare comedies that can make me laugh regardless of how many times I've seen it. I was worried that too many of…

  • Out to Sea

    Out to Sea 1997

    ★★★ Rewatched 03 Jul, 2015

    Having just watched Jaws, my niece wanted to watch something lighter before calling it a night. I like having themes to my double-features. I gave her a choice between Out to Sea and Independence Day. After viewing the trailer for the latter, she elected the former.

    I enjoyed the movie when it played in theaters in 1997, and I dig the Lemmon/Matthau pairings in general. I wasn't sure whether she would go for it, because asking an almost-13 year old…

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  • Sicko

    Sicko 2007

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 12 Nov, 2013 3

    Sicko came out in a particularly upsetting time in my life. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2005. Two years later, my health was so unreliable that it was a major reason my family chose to close the doors on the business we'd owned and operated for twenty years. No single topic has dominated my daily life these last eight years more than the vulnerability of the sick and injured in America. Not even Batman.

    Michael Moore is still…

  • The Sting

    The Sting 1973

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2012 2

    The Sting is one of the rarest sorts of films: It's laden with plot twists and surprises, but knowing the payoffs doesn't detract from the joy of repeat viewings. Generally, stories with "Aha!" moments are thrilling the first time through but don't hold up to a second viewing. Not so with the 1973 Best Picture.

    I've seen The Sting several times over the years, most recently 7 March 2010 on DVD. I've loved it since I first saw it on…