I'm not sure how many times I've seen "The Godfather" since its release in 1972 (which I remember vividly, having stood in line longer than I ever had to for a film up until that time), but it seems like every time I rewatch it's still an amazing and singular experience. It's simultaneously a flawlessly-written and beautifully-scored drama, a superb character study in which even the smallest characters ring true, a breathtaking schooling in color cinematography, and overall a remarkable…
My Neighbor Totoro 1988
"My Neighbor Totoro" is probably my favorite Miyazaki film. It's not a complex story, nor is it his best or most detailed animation, but that doesn't matter ... this film is pure magic. I'm not just referring to Totoro, Catbus or the soot sprites ... the real magic is in the way it recreates the nostalgic atmosphere of childhood summers, those long and beautiful days of wonder when the world was all ours.
Set in rural Japan during the mid…
With a plot in which young romance meets fantasy adventure, Makoto Shinkai's "Suzume" could be considered suspiciously similar to his last two films, "Your Name" and "Weathering With You," each of which features a young couple joining forces to deal with an impending threat having a supernatural twist. In this case, young Suzume falls for Souta, a young man from a family of "Closers," who for generations have been securing doors between dimensions which, when left open, allow earthquake-causing giant…
She Said 2022
I love journalism dramas, from fact-based tales like "Spotlight" and "The Post," to paranoid conspiracy thrillers like "The Parallax View," they all suck me in pretty easily, and "She Said" is no exception. Based on Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey's book of the same name, these are the New York Times reporters (played by Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan) who broke the Harvey Weinstein sex abuse story .
As true-history stories go, this is one of the better ones... it…
The Seventh Seal 1957
Weird movie. Takes place near the sea, but there wasn't a single seal.
Ice Station Zebra 1968
I watch this movie over and over. I don't go out. I pee in jars.