Favorite films

  • Amazing Grace
  • Arsenic and Old Lace
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • High Noon

Recent activity

  • Lawrence of Arabia


  • Robin Hood


  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off


  • The Breakfast Club


Recent reviews

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia


    2022 Film Diary, Entry #50

    “A man can do whatever he wants. You said.”
    “He can. But he can't want what he wants.”

    CONTENT: A masterclass in screenwriting/storytelling (5)
    CRAFT: A masterclass in filmmaking (5)
    REWATCHABILITY: I want to watch it again (4)
    RECOMMENDABILITY: Strongly recommended (5)
    RATING: 19 points = 5 stars = Favorite/Essential film

  • Robin Hood

    Robin Hood


    2022 Film Diary, Entry #49

    “You're no outlaw. Why, someday you'll be called a great hero.”
    “A hero? Do you hear that, Johnny? We've just been pardoned.”
    “That's a gas. We ain't even been arrested yet.”

    [A 83-word review of a 83-minute film]

    It always stings to say this about a childhood favorite, but this isn’t good. Although I gave Sword in the Stone the same score two years ago, Robin Hood is marginally better thanks to memorable characters, catchy…

Popular reviews

  • Brother Bear

    Brother Bear


    “I have a story to tell you. . . . It’s kind of about a man . . . and kind of about a bear. But mostly, it’s about a monster.”

    I feel a little sheepish giving this such a high rating, but this film has stuck with me for years, and even now it moves me like so few others do. I’ll happily defend its merits even as I’ll readily admit its faults. Watch it—or give it another chance—because…

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    “Trust your inner voice”—wait, what?

    A Toy’s Telos, Part IV

    Oh, boy. This review’s going to be messy.

    Let’s start with the positives. I enjoyed this film a lot. I haven’t had this much fun watching a Pixar film since Up gave us Dug the Talking Dog ten years ago. Forky, Duke Kaboom, and Key & Peele—I mean, Ducky & Bunny—make this film a riot, the animation is extraordinarily sharp, and Hanks, Hale, Hendricks, and Potts (sounds like a law firm) really…