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I love film. And pro wrestling. And beer.

Favorite films

  • Heat
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

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  • George Carlin's American Dream

    ★★★★★

  • Mirai

    ★★★★

  • Near Dark

    ★★★★

  • Sorcerer

    ★★★★

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  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    Coen Brothers Filmography Rewatch #12

    *I recently acquired Adam Nayman's book The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together, wherein he examines each of their films from 1984 to 2016. As they are my favorite filmmakers, I will be reading a chapter at a time and watching the accompanying film. Whenever possible, I'll try and recount my first viewing.

    "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

    In 2007, I was the GM…

  • The Last of the Mohicans

    The Last of the Mohicans

    ★★★★★

    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…

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  • George Carlin's American Dream

    George Carlin's American Dream

    ★★★★★

    It's fascinating to think of how Carlin's legions of fams were introduced to his work. How old are they, and how old was George at that time? What version of the man did they first see at work? And how did it impact them?

    For me, it was 1996. We had just joined America Online, and I was learning the basics about downloading audio files. A great friend exposed me to Back in Town, and I was blown away, from…

  • Mirai

    Mirai

    ★★★★

    Family Movie Night

    This had been hanging around my list for a little while, and since my kids have responded so well to anime aimed at kids, I thought this sounded like a great choice for our Friday family movie.

    The film does a great job encapsulating the moods, feelings, emotions and imagination of youth, especially being an older sibling when a new baby comes home and pushes you out, focusing the attention of your parents onto them. Kun retreats…

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  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★½

    I had been entirely too excited about this for months, and I was so happy that it delivered on such a big level. Robert Eggers is three for three for me, and based on my first impression, this may have instantly become my favorite amongst a trio of strong films.

    What really knocked me out was the scale and the commitment to his vision that Eggers and his team executed. There are versions of this movie that are shot on…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    Defies description in the best ways. All the rave reviews you've seen are spot-on, and this will likely still be at the top of my list at the end of the year.

    I don't even want to try and throw words at this. It is such a wildly uninhibited display of fearless imagination that I was just astounded the entire time. It makes you laugh, gasp, cheer and cry, delivers some awesome fighting action and heavy family drama with equal…