Favorite films

  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • The Lord of the Rings Collection
  • Nostalgia for the Light

Recent activity

  • The Bad Guys


  • Fear in the Night


  • Beep Prepared


  • The Straight Story


Recent reviews

  • Flavors of Youth

    Flavors of Youth


    Film #9 of The Weekly Animation Challenge 2023
    Week 33: Anthology Film

    Three stories follow young adults looking back in some way toward childhood and family. All are beautifully animated, which isn't surprising given CoMix Wave Films previous gorgeous animation in Makoto Shinkai's films.

    The first and last stories are lovely and solid pieces of storytelling, the middle much more mediocre. In the first we meet a young man who reminisces over a delicious noodle soup. It really captures the…

  • The Dead Don't Die

    The Dead Don't Die


    Film #16 of Scavenger Hunt #94
    Task 30: Watch a film featuring Tilda Swinton

    Film #3 of Horror x52 2023
    Task 17: Comedy Horror

    Hermit Bob is the hero this film deserves.

    In all seriousness, this is a bone-dry, deadpan comedic look at the effect of a zombie apocalypse on a small town, mostly told through the eyes of its local three-man police department.

    I think you're either really going to enjoy this, or you're going to completely hate it.…

Popular reviews

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro


    Totoro is a perfect film; charming, magical, nostalgic. Totoro is a movie of simple beauty, of the enchantment of childhood and the magic of nature. It's a film of patience and the unfolding of life around us. It's a film with a simple story and superb animation. It's a film about wonder, about growing up, about responsibility, about children who act like children, and the profound reality of being human. A perfect film. Sit back and enjoy.

  • Corpse Bride

    Corpse Bride


    Film #16 of Smiler Grogan's Scavenger Hunt
    Task 10/30: A film with a score by Danny Elfman

    Film #1 of Hoop-Tober 3.0

    This is a seasonal favorite of ours; we try to watch it every year. It's such a practically perfect Halloween film. The atmosphere is superbly gothic, creepy, otherworldly. This is done with every detail - the character design, the choice of color palette, and, of course, the music. Both the score and the songs really work to enhance…