Favorite films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • A Clockwork Orange

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  • Wreck-It Ralph

    ★★★★

  • Inside Moves

    ★★★

  • Us

    ★★★★

  • Rambo

    ★★★★

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  • Excalibur

    Excalibur

    ★★★★

    Can I level with y'all? Like probably a lot of you, life these days frequently leaves me feeling profoundly tired.

    It's not even necessarily the daily to-do list, it's the to-know list, it's all these realities you gotta deal with every time you have to open your eyes, look out at the world, and start your day again. All the facts and complications and disinformation that's constantly being pumped into the ether all day, every day, just waiting for you…

  • Superman

    Superman

    ★★★★★

    Superman killed the 70's disaster movie.
    Really.
    Ostensibly kicked off in 1970 by the success of Airport, movie-going audiences spent a decade getting pummeled by spectacle-laden big budget stories of everyday people getting the bejesus blasted out of them by every type of catastrophe imaginable, and paid gladly for the experience. But then came Christmas 1978, and with it the arrival of Superman: The Movie in theaters, which quickly broke numerous box office records. The following year saw the release…

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  • Wreck-It Ralph

    Wreck-It Ralph

    ★★★★

    The Weekly Animation Challenge 2018
    Week 45: Animated films based on video games
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    Ralph at a support group for bad-guy video game characters has to be one of the best openers to a CGI animated film. John C. Reilly effortlessly establishes setting, characters, perspective, and tone all with such great humor and ease and relatable familiarity to real life (somehow).  It just ropes you in wonderfully.

    Reilly is so good in this as an iconic arcade game antagonist who…

  • Inside Moves

    Inside Moves

    ★★★

    A movie about how going to a bar can fix everything. File this under "they don't make 'em like they used to".

    Decided with the passing of Richard Donner to watch this, a very modest little close-to-his-heart film that Donner decided to make after being fired by the producers of Superman II.

    The film follows Roary (John Savage) a guy whose unsuccessful suicide attempt leaves him partially disabled, and, after being discharged from the hospital, starts hanging out at a…

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  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

    Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

    ★★★★

    The very first shot of Jim and Andy is of a now gray-bearded 55-year-old Jim Carrey, and it feels like he's playing a character. Is this Old Jim we're seeing? Or Documentary Jim? Or are we just so used to Some Character Jim that we don't recognize the real him when we see it? Or even more disconcerting: did Real Jim get tossed aside somewhere along the road to the fame he now enjoys, possibly lost in the funhouse that…

  • Rocky

    Rocky

    ★★★★★

    If ever I'm in a coma and you can't reach me, play some of Bill Conti's score for the Rocky series (Conquest might work best). That about illustrates how deeply Rocky resonates with me, and a lot of other people.

    Poverty. Illness. Discrimination. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

    Rocky speaks past those battles to the deepest part of each of us, the part which may sometimes be beaten but refuses to be defeated. And…