Favorite films

  • The Godfather
  • Calvary
  • The Third Murder
  • Memento

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  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    ★★★½

  • The Celebration

    ★★★★

  • Searching for Sugar Man

    ★★★★

  • Pickpocket

    ★★★

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  • The Amusement Park

    The Amusement Park

    ★★★½

    thejaggedword.com/2021/07/09/the-un-amusement-park/

    Originally commissioned and produced to be released in 1973 as a sort of Public Service Announcement by the Lutheran Service Society of Western Pennsylvania (according to the end credits), it has only now become available for viewing. According to Romero’s widow, the Lutheran Service Society did “use it initially, but I suspect that they thought it was a little edgier than they would have liked.” Watching it now, it seems like the beginning and ending were Romero’s nod to…

  • Let Him Go

    Let Him Go

    ★★★½

    thejaggedword.com/2021/07/02/let-him-go/

    Enough Redbox points for a free movie, expiring TODAY. No movies I have a strong desire to see. Crapshoot. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn’t. If the movie ends up being bad, the positive side is that I only wasted time, and not money. If it ends up being good, it feels like a small win. I’ll take what I can get.

    If the possible choices are divided equally between those on the good side and those…

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  • Light from Light

    Light from Light

    ★★★★

    thejaggedword.com/2020/05/22/everything-has-its-end/

    "I love you. I forgive you. And one day we will wake up and the horrors will be no more. We will have lived through all the misery and the dread, and (if there is any sense of time in the new creation), we will find that we’ve been, for a long while past, so happy."

  • La Promesse

    La Promesse

    ★★★★

    thejaggedword.com/2020/11/27/the-promise/

    "Out of the films by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne that I’ve seen, I can’t think of one that doesn’t contain a character similar to Igor, who perseveres in doing what is right, in spite of every reason not to do so. Though the larger, impersonal forces surrounding these characters threaten to overwhelm them, the Dardennes tell the stories of people who somehow manage to shine a little light in an often dark world. And although there is very little explicit religion in their films, their central characters reflect divine illumination in their faithfulness, steadfastness, forgiveness, endurance, and compassion."