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  • Patton

    Patton

    ★★★★½

    Film #20 of Scavenger Hunt 64
    Task 18: Watch any film that has been nominated for an Academy Award for its screenplay or direction

    My grandfather served in Patton's army, though I don't know if that was in North Africa, Italy, or both (I know Pap was in both, just not with whom). He died when I was four, so obviously he didn't talk about the war with me, but my mom remembers a few things he said (he was…

  • What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?

    What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?

    ★★★

    Film #2 of Scavenger Hunt 65
    Task 6: Watch a film from a notable director that is in their bottom 5 films based on average rating.

    When you're third lowest-ranked film is still sitting at a 3.2, and it's only the second film you made and you were a college student ... Scorsese makes other directors student films look even worse than they already did, because he already shows immense promise as a director. It's this little story about a…

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  • 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…