63. American Graffiti

A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college. I’ve never kept it a secret that, as a filmmaker, George Lucas infuriates me. Someday I’ll write an entire post on the subject. Anyway, I tried not to let my feelings about George... Continue Reading →

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63. Cabaret

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. One of my absolute favorite things about movie musicals from the 1970s is that most of them explore sexuality in a way that movies before them did not. Cabaret is no different. In... Continue Reading →

Slow Burning Horror: Hereditary (2018)

If I had to describe the film Hereditary in two words it would be slow burning. This film was a lot to take in. It was heartbreaking and absolutely disturbing. It was scary but not in the traditional jump scare way. It’s scary in that it’s one that you think about long after it’s over,... Continue Reading →

64. Network

A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit. Network, having been released in 1976, is 42 years old. And, yet, somehow it manages to fit in tremendously well in this day and age. It managed to predict the future, and it’s unbelievably eerie.... Continue Reading →

Movie Musical Monday: Grease

Let’s tackle the ultimate movie musical classic, Grease, shall we? As much as I want to hate this musical (and trust me, I want to hate it, a lot), I just can’t. The songs are too catchy, the dancing is wonderful, and the one-liners are constant. HOWEVER, like a lot of people, I do have... Continue Reading →

65. The African Queen

In Africa during World War I, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.   Never in my life have I seen a character more annoyingly frustrating in a film than Katherine Hepburn’s Rose Sayer in The African Queen. Look, her performance is great.... Continue Reading →

Netflix Hidden Gems: The Ritual

The Ritual on Netflix is a solid freaking monster movie. Holy hell. In short, the film is about a group of friends who reunite to go on a hiking trip and come across something horrifying. In long, this film is about a group of friends who reunite to go on a hiking trip and come... Continue Reading →

66. Raiders of the Lost Ark

Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. Let me start by saying that I love this film. So the criticisms that are about to follow are out of love, I promise. All in all, Raiders of the Lost Ark is a... Continue Reading →

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