Michael Green

Michael Green

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I am a teacher and a movie lover looking to watch and appreciate new films, while connecting with other movie lovers.

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  • Cold Mountain

    Cold Mountain

    ★★★

    It’s The Odyssey during the Civil War. It’s long, but I would be a liar if I didn’t admit the finale got me emotionally. Liked Zellweger. Not unhappy I caught up with this. The opening scene of the Siege of Petersburg and infamous crater episode was good! Watched on HBO Max.

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★½

    Hadn’t seen this since music class in the late 90s and thought it held up relatively well. Minus the use of Natalie Wood as a Puerto Rican character and some other whitewashing, which was common at the time and wouldn’t fly today; the music, message and spectacle pulled me in. Moreno was my standout performance. Forgot how much racism, nativism and hate fuel the story. Still feel like this is relevant and timeless in its simplicity. Interested to see what Spielberg does with this classic. Watched on Amazon Prime.

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★★

    Movies are magical to me and always have been, Wes Anderson’s masterpiece fable is such an example. His take on an action/war movie is light, fast paced and funny. In the end though it has enough heart and deep ness to speak to my emotions too. Love this film and don’t think there is a director who I like more, and who captures the pure magic of cinema for me right now! Watched on DVD.

  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory

    ★★★★★

    Gets better with every view; Douglas is controlled, but lashes out (with good reason) when needed. Might be the best anti-war film, and is without doubt one of Kubrick’s best films. It’s a superb war film (great battle sequence!) and is also a compelling court drama. At 88 minutes there is not a wasted moment; Kubrick is at the top of his game. Watched on Hulu with TCM.