• Man with a Movie Camera

    Man with a Movie Camera


    First item of this post: I want to acknowledge that I had recently reached above 300 followers on Letterboxd. I thank each and every one of you for following me here, and I'm sincerely grateful for this app and all of you awesome movie buffs.
    "Man with a Movie Camera" is an experimental film released in 1929, and I find it slightly difficult to properly judge a film of its age and kind. To give you an idea…

  • The Right Stuff

    The Right Stuff


    There's really no movie quite like "The Right Stuff." Sure, it can basically be seen as another true story of spacemen that comfortably belongs in the company of films like "Apollo 13" and "First Man." When you're watching "The Right Stuff" though and you reflect on the experience afterwards, it's a lot of other things to boot. The story is an account of real people and events while taking risky artistic liberties with the subjects. While mainly a drama,…

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark


    After nearly forty years of existence along with media content being influenced by it, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" still shows great skill and fun. It's a unapologetic action romp, a comedy routine, and a class act throughout. Honestly though, the movie has been gradually losing me over the years. Say what you want about the successors, but they increasingly improve in adding breathing room into their adventures. I guess the stereotypes and male gaze-y things…

  • Red River

    Red River


    As it happens, I find some connections between "Red River" and movies I'd watched earlier in my "Great Movie" binge. This is the last picture shown to the Abilene folks in "The Last Picture Show", Coleen Gray from "The Killing" appears in the opening here, and here's a collaboration between the Duke and Howard Hawks aside from "Rio Bravo." I'm starting to realize that I easily prefer the Hawks westerns over the John Ford westerns. I still have a…

  • Pinocchio




    "The Blue Fairy grants a reprieve, but Pinocchio lands back in the soup, scooped up by Foulfellow and shanghaied to Pleasure Island, where little boys smoke, play pool, and are recycled into mules for the salt mines ("Give a bad boy enough room and he'll soon make a jackass of himself"). Through the poisons of tobacco and their sins, they grow ears, hooves and snouts; how many kids decided right then and there never to smoke?" --Roger Ebert.


  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The Disney film that started it all.

    I'll confess that I rolled my eyes and snickered during early bits of this during this rewatch. Oh, seeing the Disney tropes and cliches that would eventually be criticized and parodied. When the baby bird sung the high-pitched tune, I couldn't help thinking about the exploding blue bird in "Shrek." Despite those things and Disney's very first animated feature film being 85 years old this year, there is still something about it…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness


    As I'm typing this down this review, it is the Sunday during a new Marvel movie's opening weekend. Oh, what to post about "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" that hasn't been said already? Well, just about everything you heard is correct. Yes, it's an Marvel Cinematic Universe movie referencing past events in the franchise while introducing characters that could appear in later entries. We continue the journeys of Stephen Strange and Wanda in this movie. Although it…

  • Star Wars

    Star Wars


    May the fourth be with you!

    I hope everyone (especially you) had a good day today!

    Since this particular installment is in the Great Movies list, I figure today is appropriate for knocking out this entry.
    After watching "Star Wars" this evening, I think I'll do a marathon of the main canon films sometime.
    Is now a bad time to mention that I feel indifferent about this particular movie?

  • My Dinner with Andre

    My Dinner with Andre


    "My Dinner with Andre" is a meticulously staged and shot production (with long takes, subtle zooms, the use of the back mirror), and Gregory and Shawn providing very stimulating work in their script and performances. It can't be denied that this film is intelligent. Unfortunately, it's intelligent ad nauseam. It was quite possibly novel in 1981 to have a movie with just two characters simply having a conversation at a restaurant, but we've had many influences in its wake…

  • Atlantic City

    Atlantic City


    When life gives you lemons, you give them to Susan Sarandon to caress the juice on herself at the beginning of your movie.

    "Atlantic City" is a gentle and easygoing film for something that contains a few killings, drug dealing, and an ending some viewers probably wouldn't anticipate. Within each scene and every scene throughout, there is an immaculate sense of space and setting. We feel that we are actually at this city and during its transitional period…

  • Vertigo



    My 58th entry for the "Great Movie" binge is this movie from 1958!

    My first review of Vertigo:
    My second review of Vertigo:

    This is easily the best viewing of "Vertigo" that I've had! Having vacationed in San Francisco last August with my parents and sister, all four of us watched this film together and excitedly pointed out many locations that either all of us visited or just my sister had seen. In addition, my sister…

  • Jurassic World Dominion

    Jurassic World Dominion

    I have not seen this movie!

    I would like for "Jurassic World Dominion" to be...at least, the second best installment in this franchise. May this be a respectable conclusion(?) to the series. I can accept a tidal wave of CGI as long as we get a healthy amount of practical effects to boot. Let this "Jurassic Park" movie be as smart as the first movie. Surprise us, thrill us, make us care about the characters, move us a bit. Let…