May 18, 2013
I do not think there could be a more nostalgic movie for me than THE WIZARD . I have not watched it since it came out now almost 25 years ago. For me, it held up perfectly and was much better than expected it to be to my now 38-year old eyes. The biggest surprise was that it was a road movie to California, perhaps an omen? [Read more]
August 24, 2012
Perhaps there is no other movie like JAWS  I have ever seen for remembering so many small details, like how Brody’s foot slips on the sidewall of the boat, for example. Perhaps there is no movie in history in general that burns into a viewer’s mind like JAWS. This is another of Steven Spielberg’s flawless masterpieces. [Read more]
August 18, 2012
MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA  is a movie that has haunted me for 30 years. I can clearly remember when I first saw it as a young child, that it crushed me that my childhood hero, Godzilla, could be defeated by two larvae just shooting cob webs onto him! I could not accept it. For 30 years I could not. I thought, why did Godzilla not use his thermonuclear breath more? Why couldn’t he just rip off the webbing? I anxiously rewatched the movie this afternoon hoping for answers to these questions. Thankfully, I got them as viewing the movie with a more skilled movie watching mind, I could understand there were mitigating factors. [Read more]
June 23, 2012
What I started in 2007, picked up on in the summer of 2010, I fully intend to finish to the end in the summer of 2012, which is to watch all the Godzilla movies (semi) in order all the way through the modern ones I have never seen before. The Showa era movies bring me back to my childhood, when I used to watch them on Saturday afternoons as part of the “Creature Double Feature” series. Thus, I only watch them now on Saturday afternoons too. This afternoon was GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER  in color and dubbed in English.
March 24, 2012
I have never felt more fear for a character than I did for Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in THE HUNGER GAMES. By the moment she was about to enter the games, I felt petrified for her. Director Gary Ross allows ample, ample time to build up to the games themselves and being totally unfamiliar with the story, I had no idea when that calm before the storm was going to end and all hell would break loose. Likewise, once in hell I did not know how the story would play out and was constantly surprised. THE HUNGER GAMES is riveting and must be seen in a theater, preferably an IMAX theater.
December 31, 2011
There is something really valuable about a great western movie to me. It shows a time when a man of honor and courage could take it upon himself to directly set things to rights when witnessing vile actions. In the old west it seems there were two societies, one in the game, and one not, though both were dominated by those in the game. You had to choose to strap a six-iron to your hip and be in the game, then to choose the side of honor or the side of the low-down. If you chose not to be in the game, the low-down would still not treat you like Switzerland. WINCHESTER ’73 is an intimate, yet sprawling western largely shown from the perspective of the low-down, but dominated by James Stewart as a man of honor.
November 5, 2011
I was jus thinking earlier today, or was it yesterday, that I have not seen a 2011 movie yet of any impact. Impact along the lines of INCEPTION last year or THE DARK KNIGHT or even THE ILLUSIONIST. Then tonight I watched MIDNIGHT IN PARIS and 2011 is saved, I have seen at least one masterpiece movie that I will remember for a long time this year. If you have ever been to Paris, as I have, it will make you think you need to go back, soon. If you have never been, and you saw this movie, you are probably already on a plane there. I could not have watched a more appropriate movie for my own current situation right now. Thank you Woody Allen.
June 12, 2011
I am starting to realize just how special an actor James Stewart was, as one woman describes him in DESTRY RIDES AGAIN, he certainly has personality. Even as a young man of 31 he takes a stagecoach into a town, without any guns, and takes to cleaning up the place and has the gravity to do it just by the strength of his personality.