Favorite films

  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • The Lord of the Rings Collection
  • Nostalgia for the Light

Recent activity

  • Thir13en Ghosts


  • Feels Good Man


  • The Night of the Hunter


  • Princess Tam Tam


Recent reviews

  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter


    Film #30 of Scavenger Hunt #86
    Task 6: Watch a film noir from the main era (1940's-1950's).

    Film #20 of The Criterion Challenge 2022
    Task 46: Michael K. Williams’ Closet Picks

    Two children and a cache of stolen money are the target of a serial killer preacher during the Great Depression.

    The great tragedy of this film is that Charles Laughton never directed another film. I have to think his vision was too far ahead of his time, because this…

  • Princess Tam Tam

    Princess Tam Tam


    Film #29 of Scavenger Hunt #86
    Task 20: Watch a film starring a Black woman. I'm talking top billing here!

    Writers block takes a novelist and his partner to North Africa, where they meet beautiful and spirited Alwina, and dream up a scheme to 'civilize' her, take her back to Paris with them, and pass her off as foreign royalty.

    So, the obvious reason to watch this is Josephine Baker, who absolutely sparkles on screen. She has beauty and charisma…

Popular reviews

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro


    Totoro is a perfect film; charming, magical, nostalgic. Totoro is a movie of simple beauty, of the enchantment of childhood and the magic of nature. It's a film of patience and the unfolding of life around us. It's a film with a simple story and superb animation. It's a film about wonder, about growing up, about responsibility, about children who act like children, and the profound reality of being human. A perfect film. Sit back and enjoy.

  • Corpse Bride

    Corpse Bride


    Film #16 of Smiler Grogan's Scavenger Hunt
    Task 10/30: A film with a score by Danny Elfman

    Film #1 of Hoop-Tober 3.0

    This is a seasonal favorite of ours; we try to watch it every year. It's such a practically perfect Halloween film. The atmosphere is superbly gothic, creepy, otherworldly. This is done with every detail - the character design, the choice of color palette, and, of course, the music. Both the score and the songs really work to enhance…