thedefkid

I used to be big into movies. I spent my 20s overseas and forgot, but now I'm making up for lost time.

Favorite films

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Pride & Prejudice

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  • The Wolf of Snow Hollow

    ★½

  • Everyone Says I Love You

    ★★★

  • The Summit of the Gods

    ★★★★

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    ★★★½

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  • Everyone Says I Love You

    Everyone Says I Love You

    ★★★

    The clearest thing in the world about Everyone Says I Love You is that its creator, the ever-prolific Woody Allen, just does what he loves. He loves old movies, so he made The Purple Rose of Cairo. He loves schmaltzy Hollywood musicals, too, so he made this one.

    That I love the former and not the latter is primarily down to how scattered this one is in terms of quality. When it's on, such as during the absurd hospital dance…

  • Requiem for a Heavyweight

    Requiem for a Heavyweight

    ★★★★

    ♪ In the clearing stands a boxer
    And a fighter by his trade
    And he carries the reminders
    Of every glove that laid him down
    Or cut him till he cried out
    In his anger and his shame
    "I am leaving, I am leaving"
    But the fighter still remains ♪

    – Simon & Garfunkel, "The Boxer"

    How does a movie starring Anthony Quinn, Mickey Rooney, and Jackie Gleason, written by Rod Serling, and directed by Ralph Nelson go so quietly into…

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  • Pride & Prejudice

    Pride & Prejudice

    ★★★★★

    Several years back, when I was still teaching high school, one of my colleagues suffered a back injury that forced her to take extended time off. Her absence opened the door for me to take over her extracurricular class. Each class had an 8-week run, and since I was extremely busy with my regular work my proposal to the school was to watch short documentaries and then discuss the themes with my students. It went over well, and the school…

  • Decalogue VIII

    Decalogue VIII

    ★★★★½

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

    A couple months back, I wrote a review for the 2019 film Mr. Jones, a solid biopic of journalist Gareth Jones centered on his experience sneaking into and around Ukraine during the Holodomor. It hit hard for me in many respects, not least because it covers a part of the suffering of Eastern Europe that is rarely seen in English-language films: the terror famine inflicted there by the Soviet Union in the 1930s.

    Unfortunately, that region of the world saw…