Favorite films

  • That Thing You Do!
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Toy Story 3
  • Heavy Metal Parking Lot

Recent activity

  • Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

  • Sin City

  • Amazing World of Ghosts

  • Men in Black

Recent reviews

  • Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

    Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

    Compared to the other Halloween specials I've watched this Spooktober with my daughters, Curious George's is the one that is most clearly "for kids" with little concern for the attention span of the grown ups.

    That's not to say that the hourlong film is poorly made. It's very cleanly animated, with a pleasing, laid-back style consistent across all of the characters and settings. The autumnal colors (with moments are dark spookiness) are attractive.

    Then again, "adherence to basic craft" is…

  • Sin City

    Sin City

    Sin City. What to do with you?

    On the one hand, it remains one of the coolest looking movies I've ever seen. Rodriguez translates Miller's brutal noir world to a living graphic novel. Some of the compositions and lighting are breathtaking, like everything your brain imagines when you look at a beautiful comic frame.

    The entire movie is shot against a green screen, and it's pretty obvious if you're looking for it. But if you're just soaking in the comic…

Popular reviews

  • Toy Story

    Toy Story

    All three of the movies in the "Andy Trilogy" (as I've come to call it) are 5-star masterpieces, but none of them are perfect, and all of them are flawed in different ways. It's actually my favorite series to debate best and worst because it reveals a lot about what different viewers prioritize.

    What I love:

    • The Buzz and Woody dynamic. Every phase of their feud and friendship is delightful and an achievement of screenwriting (not to mention voice…

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    I watched this with my daughters, and it helped me rediscover the fear and romance and hope for redemption baked into the story. The script, characters, and music are all so timeless and perfect.

    "I want adventure in the great wide somewhere."