Todd Hill

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Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress Projects are a focus of this profile, both reviews as well as lists/rankings.

Favorite films

  • West Side Story
  • The Great Race
  • Jaws
  • Broadcast News

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  • Ice Station Zebra

    ★★★

  • The Long Goodbye

    ★★★★

  • Saving Private Ryan

    ★★★★★

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    ★★★

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  • Ice Station Zebra

    Ice Station Zebra

    ★★★

    The best thing about this movie is probably its title. It's not a great title, but neither is this a great movie.

    It IS a submarine flick, however, part of a renowned micro film genre that has seen some exceptional titles -- again, not including this one. But we do get a lot -- and I mean a LOT -- of submarine jargon. Periscope up, periscope down, 40 fathoms, etc. It's fun for a while.

    The movie's basic problem is…

  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    ★★★★

    The filmmaker Robert Altman had his issues with Hollywood -- well, he had issues with a lot of things -- which I've always thought accounted to some extent for the shambolic quality of most all of his films. I doubt that was much of a concern to him, as long as he got what he was after, which he usually did, but the horrible sound editing in "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" (1971), for instance, and the disregard for a coherent screenplay…

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  • The Passion of the Christ

    The Passion of the Christ

    ★★

    I was a working film critic for a daily mid-metro newspaper when this film was released, and I gave it the same number of stars then that I'm giving it here. I've never had any problems justifying it. But what sealed it for me was a phone call I received from a woman who identified herself as a minister's wife (which she was, I later confirmed).

    She thought my review was unfair because the only possible rating to give a…

  • Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind

    ★★½

    We, as a society, cannot address our problems with race by hiding our problems with race. This movie is a specific example of that problem, and it should not be canceled by our indignant, easily outraged culture. I'm not here to defend the film. I fully respect anyone's desire to criticize the picture, ignore it, write it off the face of their own personal earth. But it should not be canceled.

    The problem with "GWTW," as I see it, isn't…