36. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

British POWs are forced to build a railway bridge across the river Kwai for their Japanese captors, not knowing that the allied forces are planning to destroy it. You know, I think the one thing that this film made me realize, more than anything, is that I have no grasp on how plastic explosives work.  Directed by David Lean and written by Carl Foreman and … Continue reading 36. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Notoriously Bad Films: The Master of Disguise (2002)

I really feel like I took one for the team here, guys.  For those of you that are blessed enough to not be familiar with 2002’s Master of Disguise, I envy you. This film, no doubt, was the nail in the coffin for Dana Carvey’s film career. Strike one is that the film was produced by Happy Madison Productions, a company that, at the time, was … Continue reading Notoriously Bad Films: The Master of Disguise (2002)

90s Flashback: The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

Talk about a well written film. The Talented Mr. Ripley, released in 1999, was written and directed by Anthony Minghella, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. The film starred Matt Damon as the titular Mr. Tom Ripley, Jude Law as Dickie Greenleaf, Gwyneth Paltrow as Marge Sherwood, Cate Blanchet as Meredith Logue, and the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman as Freddie Miles. The film follows Tom … Continue reading 90s Flashback: The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

Soul (2020) : A Small Step in the Right Direction

My hands covered my mouth and my eyes welled up with a of couple tears with the last line and shot of Disney/Pixar’s newest film, Soul. I don’t know what I had been expecting, but I at least should have known that this film would affect me emotionally, just like nearly every other Pixar film. Written by Pete Docter, Mike Jones, and Kemp Powers, and … Continue reading Soul (2020) : A Small Step in the Right Direction

Wonder Woman 1984 : Not the Best, But Definitely Not the Worst

If the entire film was as good and as well paced as the third act, Wonder Woman 1984 would have left me feeling elated. Unfortunately, that is very much not the case.  Wonder Woman 1984, the sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman, is directed once again by Patty Jenkins, and written by Jenkins, Dave Callaham (The Expendables, Zombieland: Double Tap) and Geoff Johns (Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics). … Continue reading Wonder Woman 1984 : Not the Best, But Definitely Not the Worst

Kevin McCallister is a Sadistic Child (and Other Home Alone Observations)

In order to refresh my memory, I have watched both Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and I can say three things with complete confidence: 1. Kevin McCallister is a sadistic child, who only gets worse over time, 2. Kevin’s father, Peter, has to be a member of the mob, and 3. After Lost in New York particularly, both Harry and Marv should be … Continue reading Kevin McCallister is a Sadistic Child (and Other Home Alone Observations)

37. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed. I so wish this film dove deeper than it does. The Best Years of Our Lives, directed by William Wyler and written by Robert E. Sherwood, only scratches the surface of what life for returning veterans.  All three veterans in the film are dealing with … Continue reading 37. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

That’s So 2000s: The Wedding Planner (2001)

There’s something very  specific about early 2000s romantic comedies. From the language to the situations to the questionable morals, you absolutely know when the rom-com you’re watching was made after 2000.  I watched The Wedding Planner for the first time, in full. And, honestly, I feel dumber because of it. Now, I’m a person who enjoys romantic comedies very much. I mean, When Harry Met Sally is one … Continue reading That’s So 2000s: The Wedding Planner (2001)