Favorite films

  • Three Colors: Blue
  • Braveheart
  • Open Range
  • It's a Wonderful Life

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  • Speed

    ★★★½

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    ★★★★½

  • Road House

    ★★★

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    ★★★★

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  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    What can I say about It’s a Wonderful Life that hasn’t already been said? I can tell you it’s one of my top 5 favorite movies, and it is. I can tell you as a child it changed the way I viewed and thought about movie storytelling, and it did. I can tell you this should be your entry point into the filmographies of James Stewart and Frank Capra, and it should be. I can tell you that, despite its…

  • A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    My family always made it our tradition to have A Christmas Carol involved somehow in every Christmas season. Sometimes it was reading Charles Dickens’s original novella. Other times, an audio dramatization. Occasionally, it was the 1951 British movie version, sometimes referred to by the title Scrooge, starring Alastair Sim, which I also highly recommend.

    Other times, we watched one of the other versions of the story. But my favorite version of A Christmas Carol, by far, has always been the…

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    Is “art film” The Lighthouse — which appears to be made with the art house theater in mind, not mall theaters — actually a crowd pleaser? It seems it may be!

    I loved The Lighthouse. Not that this proclamation will come as a surprise to anyone who follows my film writing. I loved writer/director Robert Eggers’s last film, the Calvinist/Colonial America/New England folktale/supernatural horror picture The Witch, and I enjoy Eggers’s well-written, well-read, well-researched, extremely technically minded approach to filmmaking…

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    Leonard Maltin wasn’t kidding when he called Into the Spiderverse “the most spectacular animated feature” he’s ever seen! I finally saw it, and it is truly incredible, an exhilarating experience. A true achievement for the medium, for the genre, for film in general. I’m not joking! It is the best Spider-Man movie, without a doubt in my mind, for the way it depicts the idea at the heart of the Spider-Man comics of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko: that Spider-Man…