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  • The Wizard of Oz 1939

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 11 Jan, 2015

    Though The Wizard of Oz is pure magic and has stood at #2 on my Flickchart for at least a year now, I went into this afternoon's TCM/Fathom Events screening of its 75th anniversary restoration with a heavy heart. I had a hard time even paying attention, in all honesty, though my eyes scarcely left the screen.

    I did have occasion to explain aspect ratios to a family sitting behind me, after one little boy asked what the on-screen text…

  • Blended 2014

    ★★★ Watched 03 Jan, 2015 2

    This was one of eight UltraViolet movies given to me for being a member of the Warner Bros. A-List Community. In truth, I had little interest in seeing it but with my niece staying the night, she surprised me by picking it. She'd seen parts of it recently but not the whole thing. And since she has me wrapped around her little finger, we watched it.

    Critically speaking, the movie is unoriginal and lazy with archetypes instead of characters and…

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  • 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 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…