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  • American Made

    American Made

    ★★★

    It's kinda a mess as a movie--inconsistent tone and pace, and lots of weird camera angles and editing choices--but there's tons of little entertaining moments and film as a whole is totally enjoyable. Cruise is fantastic here, one of his best performances in years, even if he's like 15 years too old for the role.

    7 B

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    ★★★★★

    The Silence of the Lambs doesn't have a wasted second, features three absolutely iconic characters and performances* and a bunch of other smaller great ones too**, is shot and scored brilliantly***, and features so many deservedly famous quotes and moments that you lose count within about twenty minutes. If there's a thriller better than this, I haven't seen it.

    Great poster too

    9 A+

    *If you're having a conversation about the most memorable performances in film history, its hard to…

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    After fifteen years and at least a dozen viewings, it still gives me chills.

    10 A+

  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    ★★★★★

    My enduring love for The Emperor's New Groove notwithstanding, this is probably the best animated film ever made, with a beyond impressive blend of thematic depth, narrative and moral complexity, memorable characters, and absurdly beautiful animation and music.

    I went with the English dub this time around, and it's a tough choice on whether I prefer it or the Japanese version. On the one hand, I have to admit some of the voice acting in the English dub isn't perfect,…