Favorite films

  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  • Predator
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Princess Mononoke

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  • The Cabin in the Woods

    ★★★★½

  • Wreck-It Ralph

    ★★★★★

  • Brave

    ★★★★

  • Django Unchained

    ★★★★½

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  • Prometheus

    Prometheus

    ★★★★

    Prometheus is a film I’ve been waiting to see for a long time. I wasn’t dying to know more about the space jockey from the original Alien film, no - but I hadn’t seen a strong, thought-provoking science fiction film using a franchise I dig as a backdrop.

    And, as best I can tell, Prometheus fit the bill.

    All the pieces were in place. Ridley Scott was running the show, Michael Fassbender (one of my current favorite actors) was featured,…

  • Hysteria

    Hysteria

    ★★★½

    A cute, simple little film that is exactly what it seems like - which is a good thing - whimsical, light fare with an underlying social message that can come off as fun is harder to do than you'd think. Everyone has chemistry here, and Hugh Dancy (who I'm really not familiar with) is quite charming as the skittish male lead. The real star of this film, though, is the bearded Rupert Everett, who steals scenes with ease.

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  • Shame

    Shame

    ★★

    I was certainly anxious to see this film. I've become a big fan of Michael Fassbender, and loved him in everything he's done so far. I expected a dark character study here, which is what I got - but I got almost no plot. The characters are pretty empty as well, just working on cliched stereotypes to move things along. Fassbender's character, Brandon, is in ad sales, we presume, making enough money to finance a lifestyle where he can have…

  • A Serious Man

    A Serious Man

    ★★★★★

    Oh, the Coen brothers. Where do I start?

    If you’ve heard anything about their new film, A Serious Man, you may have heard the comparisons to the story of Job. (The guy in the bible.) That’s certainly a good starting place, but I think it’s best to use that story as an influence, and consider the characters to be completely independent.

    The film opens with a sort-of flashback, to olden times. A seemingly harmless old man comes in out of…