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  • Titanic

    Titanic

    First time watch for my 14 year old daughter. Shocker: it was a big hit.

  • Iron Man 2

    Iron Man 2

    ★★

    Sick so needed a film I didn't need to think for. Success.

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★

    Dad win showing my daughter her second Wes Anderson since Fantastic Mr. Fox, and it was a hit. Welcome to a larger world of glorious quirk and perfectionism.

  • Sixteen Candles

    Sixteen Candles

    First time watch. My 13 year old seemed to love it. I wonder if she was born in the wrong decade or if these films transcend the 80's.

  • Multiple Maniacs

    Multiple Maniacs

    ★★★½

    Mark considers John Waters’ low-budget second full-length feature film and first in the Criterion Collection. He discusses Waters’ filmic influences, his Cavalcade of Characters, his audience, and why he makes filthy films. Always keep your rosary beads clean and watch-out for lobsters!

    criterioncast.com/reviews/blu-ray-reviews/mark-reviews-john-waters-multiple-maniacs

  • Serial Mom

    Serial Mom

    My first John Waters. Sad, I know......Pink Flamingos and Multiple Maniacs are next.

  • A Monster Calls

    A Monster Calls

    ★★★★

    My daughter was upset with me after she found out this was based on a book, and I made her watch the movie first. 1. She prefers to read the book before the movie (I know, I'm trying........) and 2. She like me likes depressing stories. In my defense I did not know it was based on a book but isn't 50%+ percent of cinema that way anyway?

  • The Maze Runner

    The Maze Runner

    ★★½

    Curious for the sequels and some nice Lord of the Flies vibes, but boy the last 1/3 leaves you wanting.....

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★

    Worthy sequel but the motivation and pace of the original bests #2.

  • Tokyo Story

    Tokyo Story

    ★★★★★

    Finally checked this one off my blindspot list.

  • The Manchurian Candidate

    The Manchurian Candidate

    ★★★★

    Discussed with Aaron West and Paul Cobb on Criterion Close-Up podcast:
    criterionblues.com/2016/05/22/ccu38-the-manchurian-candidate/

  • Duelle

    Duelle

    ★★★★

    Briefly discussed with Scott Nye, Aaron West, and Martin Kessler on Criterion Cast podcast:
    criterioncast.com/podcast/on-the-screen/episode-16-out-1-and-the-jacques-rivette-collection