Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
Or Reset Your Avatar
These are not the best films I have but the ones I am most likely to watch now and in the coming years, the movies that never seem to cease being very entertaining in one form or the other. I am fortunate to own many movies so it�s not easy paring down to this short list, which will change regularly depending on what films lose favor, what new gems I discover and what new Blu-Ray transfers come out, perhaps elevating my rating of the film. (BD = Blu-Ray)
All The Pretty Horses
American Gangster BD
The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford BD
An American Werewolf In London
Apocalypse Now Redux BD
The Asphalt Jungle
Baseball: A Series By Ken Burns
Batman Begins BD
A Beautiful Mind
Big Trouble In Little China BD
Black Hawk DownBD
Blue Velvet BD
The Book Of Eli BD
The Boston Strangler
The Bourne Supremacy BD
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
Cast A Deadly Spell
The Cat In The Hat
A Clockwork Orange BD
The Dark Knight BD
Days Of Heaven
Devil In A Blue Dress
Dirty Harry BD
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Experiment In Terror
Fantastic Mr. Fox BD
Field Of Dreams
For A Few Dollars More BD
Ghost Dog: Way Of The Samurai
The Greatest Game Ever PlayedBD
The Grey Fox
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of AzkabanBD
Henry, Portrait Of A Serial Killer
I Remember Mama
Kill Bill - Vol. 1BD
Kill Bill - Vol. 2BD
The King Of Comedy
The King's Speech BD
The Lady From Shanghai
La Femme NikitaBD
Last Of The Mohicans
La Vie En Rose
The Legend Of 1900
The Little Shop Of Horrors ('60)
Looking For Comedy In the Muslim World
Man On Fire (BD)
The Man Without A Past
Map Of The Human Heart
Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World BD
The Mission BD
Narrow Margin (�90)
Night And The City (�50)
No Country For Old MenBD
One Hour Photo
Panic In The Streets
The Polar ExpressBD
Portrait Of Jennie
The Public Eye
The Quiet American
Raiders Of The Lost Ark
The Remains Of The Day
Road To PerditionBD
Romeo Is Bleeding
Run Lola RunBD
Silence Of The LambsBD
Taxi Driver BD
Three Days Of The Condor
To Have And Have Not
Toy Story 1, 2 & 3BD
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
The Tree Of LifeBD
The Triplets Of Belleville
2001: A Space Odyssey BD
Visions Of Light: The Art Of Cinematography
The War (Ken Burns WWII series)
Water For Elephants BD
Some Favorite Characters
"Roy Hobbs" (Robert Redford) in The Natural
"The Joker" (Heath Ledger) in The Dark Knight
"Mona Demarkoff" (Lena Olin) in Romeo Is Bleeding
"Bill �The Butcher� Cutting" (Daniel Day-Lewis) in Gangs Of New York
"Jennie Appleton" (Jennifer Jones) in Portrait Of Jennie
"Major Charles Rane" (William Devane) In Rolling Thunder
"Art Weingartner" (Rick Ducommon) in The 'burbs
"Anton Chigurh" (Javier Bordem) in No Country For Old Men
"Inspector Sidney Wang" (Peter Sellers) in Murder By Death
"Jerry Lundegaard" (William H. Macy) in Fargo
"Frank Booth" (Dennis Hopper) in Blue Velvet
"Igor" (Marty Feldman) in Young Frankenstein
"Jack Grimaldi" (Gary Oldman) in Romeo Is Bleeding
"Lt. Vincent Hanna" (Al Pacino) in Heat
The Land Unknown (1957)
Not Bad.....Not Bad At All
This is a decent sci-fi flick from the Fifties ('57). It's entirely watchable, in that it had enough varied action to keep one's interest and didn't overdo any sappy romance angle, although there was one there.
This is no Jurassic Park when it comes to showing dinosaurs but, hey, the film was made over 55 years ago and special-effects were primitive back then. They're still not bad....in fact, good for that period. That, and this was most likely a low-budget film. It also may be a no-name cast for many readers here although those who grew up in the '50s might remember Jock Mahoney from the western"Yancy Derringer."
Still, the acting was fine, the story acceptable and, as mentioned, it moved well with a couple of surprising twists. I liked the fog-shrouded lost-world atmosphere and I was glad to see this in a widescreen DVD format with a good transfer.
If you're a fan of this genre, or hokey '50s sci-fi films, this is a movie to check out.
A Little Of This, A Little Of That....And A LOT of Fun!
Frankenweenie was a pleasant surprise: a very entertaining film that was fun for a number of reasons. The story featured drama, comedy, suspense, action and even a little romance.....it had everything. Plus, it had a terrific black-and-white palette. The stop-motion animated movie looks gorgeous.
Anyone who is familiar with the original Frankenstein film and Bride of Frankenstein had to get laughs out of the references to those 1930s classics. I know I did, laughing out loud several times. There also were touches in here of other pretty famous movies such as Godzilla, Gremlins, Gremlins 2, The Mummy and probably a couple of others that don't immediately come to mind.
All of that is involved in this story about a young "Victor Frankenstein," whose beloved dog "Sparky" is killed and then brought back to life by the young kid scientist (who went on to bigger things, as you know.) In this story, it's fairly mild until a bunch of weird schoolmates want to cash in on Victor's secret for re-animation. Then it gets tense/dark......probably a little too much for young viewers, so parents beware. However, for teens and up - particularly adult film buffs - this is a fun flick, start-to-finish.
The Good & Bad
GOOD - Gorgeous photography, beautiful small town and fall foliage.....likable lead character in young boy "Timothy," played winsomely by CJ Adams. For a kid with little acting experience, he's very good. The story is somewhat interesting and hooks you in early, making you care what happens to that boy. However, when it's all said and done, you just know that this film could have been so much more, because the premise is a good one. Nice, sweet ending in which Disney is always good at doing, leaves one with a nice feeling but it doesn't save the film.
BAD - The typical goofy Disney parents. Hollywood can't quite get "normal people," because those never seem to exist in movies. In this case, they are wacky and the two actors - Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton - both overact to the point of nausea at times. Timothy's girlfriend, "Jon." played by pretty Odeya Rush, is in the same grade as Timothy? She is obviously two or three years older. While he is about 11-12, she has the face and body of a 15-16-year-old. Most of the adults are all cartoon-like characters and unlikeable, except for "Uncle Bub" and his wife, "Aunt Mel."
Speaking of Uncle Bub, it was good to see character actor M. Emmet Walsh again. The man's getting up there in age but always fascinating to watch in his minor roles.
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
Film Improved As It Went On
This film got better and better and went along. By the midway point, I thought it was okay, but nothing special, but by the end it turned out to be an entertaining film overall. In another words: a strong second half.
Make no mistake: this is a kids movie. However, there are things an adult can enjoy. While I found very few laugh-out-loud things, it still kept a smile on my face for a decent part of it.....and the colors were astounding. Please see this on Blu-Ray, if you have the opportunity. I don't have a 3-D player so I can't comment on that aspect. Bet it looks cool.
Overall, a fun film that I'd watch more than once.
The King's Speech (2010)
Worthy Of All The Awards
I enjoyed this the first time but on the second, I really appreciated this film and am very glad it won the awards it did. What superb acting, direction and cinematography. What an interesting - and different - story.
I know Colin Firth won the "Best Actor" Oscar but I just loved Geoffrey Rush in here as the speech therapist, "Lionel Logue." He was riveting, throughout the movie (not that Firth wasn't great as King George VI). Helen Bonham-Carter was very good, too, in an understated role as the king's wife, the famous Queen Elizabeth.
Kudos to Director Tom Hooper and Director Of Photography Danny Cohen. They made the picture just stunning to view.
Don't let the storyline fool you. Yes, it's about a king who had a stuttering problem and the man who helped him. Sounds boring, but it isn't. It's well worth your time.
Men in Black 3 (2012)
Series Keeps Getting Better
Sequels are supposed to get weaker and weaker but I have found just the opposite with Men In Black. I think they've gotten better with each film.....at least, entertainment-wise. MIB3 is simply the funniest of the lot and has a nice little unexpected sentimental ending.
If you simply want a fun 100-or-so minutes of escapism with a bunch of laughs and outrageous scenes, this movie will deliver that.
A highlight to me was the performance of Josh Brolin, playing a young "Agent K." Man, did he have Tommy Lee Jones' character down pat - voice, inflection, mannerisms.....just incredible. Kudos to Brolin.
The Last Days of Pompeii (1935)
Very Involving Story Which Still Holds Up Today
Yes, the movie is over 75 years old and dated....but the story is excellent and powerful..... and one that anyone can enjoy in any era. "If it's good in the past, it's still good," as Sly & The Family Stone commented at 1969's famous Woodstock concert.
To me, the biggest attraction of the film is the involving story. From early on, you really care about "Marcus" (Preston Foster) and then his adopted son "Flavius" (DavidHolt/John Wood). Foster is good in his lead role and very convincing as the hard-luck and bitter man who turns into a gladiator and then rich entrepreneur, so to speak. As hard a man as he is, he has a really soft spot for his family and will do anything for them (either wife or kids, depending on where you are in the story.)
All the characters are interesting. The only one who was a little bizarre to me was Basil Rathbone's "Pontius Pilate." I've never seen Pilate portrayed in such a sympathetic, friendly light as he was here, as Marcus's boss and then friend. Now Pilate may not have been the totally evil man many people perceive him to be, but he's no "good guy," that's for sure, and yet he was portrayed as such.
Regardless, the film is a good one with a dramatic ending and good special-effects for the mid 1930s. The most important "special effect," though, was not the eruption of Mount Vesuvius but the transformation of "Marcus's' hard heart. This was truly a man who "saw the light" near the end of his life, thanks to one Man.
Taken 2 (2012)
No Credibility, But A Fun Ride
Well, if you liked the original Taken, and if it is suspense and action you crave, look no further than this sequel. You should wind up very pleased.
Liam Neeson plays the same role in a similar scenario. Instead of going to France to rescue his daughter "Bryan Mills" now is in Turkey on business and winds up attempting to rescue his ex-wife and keep his daughter safe at the same time. They joined him for a little R&R after things got tense at home. They were in for a surprise. The Romanian family of all the people "Mills" killed in the first film are out for revenge.They have waited six years and when they hear that Mills is in nearby Istanbul, they go after he and his family.
The length of this movie just about right, An hour-and-a-half - with the last hour almost non-stop action, is fine. Any more than that would have been too much. It would have been overkill, you could say. Actually, it's overkill already. This is escapist fare with little credibility (Neeson kills an unknown slew of foes while none shoots him, his daughter changes quickly from someone who can't pass her driving exam to a professional stunt car driver in unfamiliar and crowded streets, etc.).
Nonetheless, it's fun to watch and the 90 minutes go by fast.
CSI: Miami: Countermeasures (2011)
Saving Natasha, But Not The Season
I'm so sorry this begins the final year of this entertaining program.
As always, this opening episode deals with the story that ended the previous year. In this case, Natalie is locked in a car's trunk while the car speeds off a pier into the ocean. Nearby Horatio has been shot in the chest/abdomen area and is lying on the pier.
Of course, everyone knows our heroes aren't going to die, so the question is how they survived and how they capture the people responsible. In this story, there are two guys to go after.
In real life, there is no way "H" could do the things he does despite a serious injury, but - hey - it's all make-believe solely for dramatic purposes....and it's fun to watch.
Some Real Negatives, Yet Still Fun To Watch
I remember years ago when I first heard the word "gratuitous ." it was pertaining to movies having "gratuitous sex or violence." Well, folks....this is one of those gratuitous violence movies. I can't recall a film in which the good guy killed more people per minute of screen time than Jason Statham's character in "Safe." I mean, it's unbelievable!
That, some corny and stupid dialog and no likable characters all should have added up to a lousy movie experience....yet, I still found it entertaining. Go figure. Maybe it's some of the stylish shots or the fact that Statham - no matter how crude - always seems to play a character that's fun to watch. The story wasn't bad, either: a stone-cold killer with a soft heart for a wayward kid.
If you are in a hostile mood and want a movie to get lost in, to unload some anger, Statham and this movie is your ticket!