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What’s That House?

44 films

Films where an extraordinary house figures prominently, and where that real house is. Click on the Read Notes glasses for…

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Amazing Grace
  • The Australian Dream
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Black Panther

The Black Experience

50 films

Films I’ve seen that depict some aspect of the Black experience in this world. Everything from documentaries to dramas to…

  • About a Boy
  • Almost Famous
  • The Bodyguard
  • Dope
  • Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Alternate Universe Tunes

25 films

Films that feature fictional characters that create music (as opposed to biopics or musicals of any type where the songs…

  • 17 Again
  • Being 17
  • Breathe
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Dirty Dancing

17: The Year the Protagonist Grew Up

31 films

Films where the protagonist is 17 years old where they do a lot of growing up.

Most 17 year-olds are…

  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • American Pie
  • Animal House
  • Another Country
  • Au Revoir les Enfants

School Days

79 films

Films that feature school, from elementary to university, in everything from classic dramas to raunchy and ridiculous comedies.

17 year-olds…

  • Back to the Future Part III
  • Before Sunrise
  • The Darjeeling Limited
  • From Russia with Love
  • The General

Ticket to Ride: Take the Train

44 films

Films shot on a train or with significant sequences on a train.

  • American Psycho
  • The Big Hit
  • Chicago
  • A Christmas Story
  • Cinderella Man

Toronto Plays Anytown

35 films

Films shot in Toronto, but where the story is set elsewhere. Click on the Read Notes glasses for details.

A good…

  • Dr. No
  • From Russia with Love
  • Goldfinger
  • Thunderball
  • You Only Live Twice

The Cranky Fan’s Bond Film Appreciation… or Otherwise

21 films

Having seen the old Bond films several times each, well, not so much the Pierce Brosnan ones, what happened during…

  • Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus
  • Big Time
  • Cathedrals of Culture
  • Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio
  • City Dreamers


32 films

Films about Architects and Architecture, or where the subject has a significant role.

For films more focused on urban planning,…

  • American Flyers
  • Boys
  • Breaking Away
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Copenhagen

Bicycles are Life

12 films

Films where bicycles are prominent as a featured mode of transportation or are key to plot points.

  • 2 Days in the Valley
  • 52 Pick-Up
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • Act of Violence
  • The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

Los Angeles Plays Itself

227 films

220+ movies that revel in their Los Angeles setting.

  • Above and Below
  • Anbessa
  • Battle for Brooklyn
  • Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus
  • Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Oh the Urbanity!

28 films

Films about urban issues that I have seen over the years.

For films more focused on architecture, check out my…