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  • Spielberg



    Steven Spielberg is the director whose works I've seen the most of (25 at present). I think the next highest is Ingmar Bergman at 17. I didn't come to Bergman until the last several years, whereas the first movie I ever saw in a theater was E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. I was three years old. I still vividly recall how it felt to be there, though I have no memory of the film itself. At this moment, that film is #12…

  • Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking

    Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking


    Having discovered my free trial of FilmStruck had run its course, and being unable to fall asleep, I decided to dive into my free trial of HBO in Hulu. I wasn't quite in the mood for another narrative film, so I settled on this live performance by the late Carrie Fisher.

    My single favorite joke in the entire show was when she said she had been "invited" to a mental health facility, and that she had gone out of politeness.…

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  • Sicko



    Sicko came out in a particularly upsetting time in my life. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2005. Two years later, my health was so unreliable that it was a major reason my family chose to close the doors on the business we'd owned and operated for twenty years. No single topic has dominated my daily life these last eight years more than the vulnerability of the sick and injured in America. Not even Batman.

    Michael Moore is still…

  • The Sting

    The Sting


    The Sting is one of the rarest sorts of films: It's laden with plot twists and surprises, but knowing the payoffs doesn't detract from the joy of repeat viewings. Generally, stories with "Aha!" moments are thrilling the first time through but don't hold up to a second viewing. Not so with the 1973 Best Picture.

    I've seen The Sting several times over the years, most recently 7 March 2010 on DVD. I've loved it since I first saw it on…