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The Fabelmans 2022
I've waited months for this, but in my city it's only playing at one theater and the times haven't lined up for me until yesterday. And as a bonus treat, my son wanted to go with me so we got to have another good time at the movies together.
But this isn't the kind of film I typically take him to. He loves Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark and read a book about Spielberg a few years…
The Last of the Mohicans 1992
This instantly became one of my favorite films when I first saw it, and it has remained so for the past twenty-five years. My mom sat me down to watch it around 1996 or so, not knowing whether or not a thirteen year-old could truly appreciate it. Before tonight, my most recent viewing was also with my mom, back in 2018. A local, arthouse theater, which I ran as General Manager from 2006-2009, had a month-long series dedicated to Daniel…
Thunder Bay 1953
Alternate title - Capitalism: A Love Story
When I saw that this starred not just James Stewart but also Dan Duryea I was beyond excited. While the execution of the film was good and I enjoyed my 100 minutes, I couldn't help but hold the worship of oil against it in my final rating.
I loved watching Stewart and Duryea talk their way into and out of situations far beyond their reach, and by the time they strike oil in…
Bend of the River 1952
"That kind can't change."
Now that my obsession with animation has finished for the time being, I decided to tackle something else and start crossing more films off my watchlist. First up, Criterion's collection of Anthony Mann-directed films starring the great James Stewart. And I figured the best way to go about it would be chronologically, even if there are some I'm more interested in than others.
This is a story about Manifest Destiny, greed, and personal growth, and I…
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 1993
AniMAYtion watch #55
Pure brilliance, and a testament to achieving more in under 90 minutes than a lot of films accomplish in two plus hours. This is just flat-out great, my initial review sums up my feelings.
RIP Kevin Conroy
Princess Mononoke 1997
AniMAYtion watch #56
This is only my second viewing, but my God does this film blow me away. My first time was just after COVID hit and things began to shut down at a rapid rate, and once we were all sent home from work I decided I needed to finally check out some of these Studio Ghibli films I'd always heard about. Somehow, I never got back to it until now.
Simply put, this is just a stunning piece…