Favorite films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Children of Men
  • Jurassic Park

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  • Decision to Leave

    ★★★★

  • Mars One

    ★★★½

  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    ★★★★½

  • The Menu

    ★★★★

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  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    ★★★★★

    Why does Jurassic Park succeed where the sequels fail? Two words: Steven Spielberg. (Yes, I am aware he directed The Lost World too.)

    Spielberg is a master at making an action/thriller with emotional depth. Not only are the dinosaurs cool yet terrifying, but you care about the people being terrorized. I dare you to find someone who does not fear for Tim and Lex, screaming for help, as the T-Rex destroys their car.

    While we're on it, the T-Rex attack is one of the finest scenes in movie history. No music, just the roar of the T Rex and the sounds of destruction. Amazing.

  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    ★★★★★

    Watched with my 2-year old son. Here are some of his observations:

    - Darth Vader is "sick" (ill)
    - Every planet was "Earth"
    - The Death Star was "Moon" (that's no moon, son)
    - Every spacecraft was a "rocket ship"
    - "The robot (C3PO) walks on 2 legs!"
    - Chewbacca is his favorite character
    - Jawas are scary

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  • Decision to Leave

    Decision to Leave

    ★★★★

    I've seen multiple outlets describe Decision to Leave as "Hitchcock-ian" and I have to agree with this description. Hitchcock's influences are all-over this movie, from the camerawork to thematic content.

    Park Chan-Wook is less concerned about the how/why of this murder mystery and more about the characters the story envelops. Coupled with a wide-array of creative camera shots, Decision to Leave is a modern take on the classic Noir.

  • Mars One

    Mars One

    ★★★½

    I can understand why so many are highly rating Mars One, but for me this Brazilian family-drama didn't leave much of an impression. Props to the actors who played the parents though, they had great facial expressions and reactions throughout the movie.

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  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front

    ★★★★½

    Another great addition to the "war is hell" canon of movies. A re-adaptation of the 1929 novel by the same name, All Quiet on the Western Front shows how war makes hollow shells out of young men and delivers some visuals not yet scene in a WWI movie.

    Discussed in full on episode #554 of the Cinereelists video podcast.

  • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

    Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

    ★★★★

    One of the best animated movies of 2022. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish continues the recent trend of using various animation styles within the medium to create a visually interesting movie. Add-in some fun secondary characters (and a truly scary wolf voiced by Wagner Moura) and you get a "kid's movie" that can be enjoyed by all.