The Goonies (1985) – Encore Review 2


“Don’t you realize? The next time you see sky, it’ll be over another town. The next time you take a test, it’ll be in some other school. Our parents, they want the best of stuff for us. But right now, they got to do what’s right for them. Because it’s their time. Their time! Up […]

The Reader (2008)


“I’m not frightened. I’m not frightened of anything. The more I suffer, the more I love. Danger will only increase my love. It will sharpen it, it will give it spice. I will be the only angel you need. You will leave life even more beautiful than you entered it. Heaven will take you back […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1968


Number of movies seen from this year – 40 Number of movies reviewed – 43 (including 3 Encore Reviews) My #1 this year is a film that I have adored ever since I saw it as a kid.  My mother had us watch it in order to get us a bit more accustomed to being […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1966


Number of movies seen from this year – 39 Number of movies reviewed –  40 (including 1 Encore Review) Another great year for films. My #1 pick is a film I saw once 17 years ago and have been mesmerized by it ever since.  Some of the other films here come quite close to eclipsing […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1965


Number of movies seen from this year – 40 Number of movies reviewed – 42 (including 2 Encore Review) My #1 for this year changed just a few months ago when I finally saw the film that takes that spot from my now #2 which I have loved for 30+ years. They do an amazing […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1964


Number of movies seen from this year – 48 Number of movies reviewed –  52 (including 4 Encore Reviews) Another great year for films. As you can see, there are four films on this list that involve US politics, so it’s clear what was on everyone’s mind following the Kennedy Assassination the previous year. Updated […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1963


Number of movies seen from this year – 42 Number of movies reviewed – 50 (including 8 Encore Reviews) My #1 film for 1963 was chosen for me more than 30 years ago when I first saw it.  I’ve been mesmerized by this film ever since and it remains one of my all time favorite […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1962


Number of movies seen from this year – 38 Number of movies reviewed –  42 (including 4 Encore Reviews) Another great year of films!  Choosing my #1 was not an easy task since any of my top five could have taken the top spot. In the end, I went with the film that I actually […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1961


Number of movies seen from this year – 30 Number of movies reviewed – 34 (including 4 Encore Reviews)   Once again, here’s a year where for me, the #1 film was a no-brainer.  It is filled with a great story, amazing cast and finally, a movie with a message that is always forgotten too […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1960


Number of movies seen from this year – 41 Number of movies reviewed –  44 (including 3 Encore Reviews) This was quite a difficult year to rank because there are so many great films. My #1 and #2 are both among my all time favorite films but #1 still was able to inch out the […]

Back to the Future (1985) – Encore Review 3


“[holding Marty’s video camera] No wonder your president has to be an actor. He’s gotta look good on television. ” – Doc Brown Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in ’85, cable, video, DVD, 7 May 2013, 13 Nov 2014, 8 Oct 2015 and 8 Mar 2017) Link to original review […]

Witness For the Prosecution (1957)


“The question is whether you were lying then or are you lying now… or whether in fact you are a chronic and habitual LIAR! ” – Sir Wilfrid Number of Times Seen – 2 (18 May 2000 and 7 Feb 2017) Brief Synopsis – A British Barrister takes on the case of a man accused […]

Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1938


Here are the ten nominees: (Winner in Bold) The Adventures of Robin Hood Alexander’s Ragtime Band Boys Town The Citadel Four Daughters Grand Illusion Jezebel Pygmalion Test Pilot You Can’t Take it With You Biggest Snub: The Lady Vanishes My Overall Thoughts: Nice year of nominees. All 5 of the nominees that I’ve seen are […]

Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1940


Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold) All This and Heaven Too Foreign Correspondent Grapes of Wrath, The Great Dictator, The Kitty Foyle Letter, The Long Voyage Home, The Our Town Philadelphia Story, The Rebecca Biggest Snub: Pinocchio My Overall Thoughts: The nominees this year were quite diverse and really showed the range and […]

Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1944


Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold) Double Indemnity Gaslight Going My Way Since You Went Away Wilson Biggest Snub: Lifeboat My Overall Thoughts: Once again, the Academy decided to reward a “light” musical instead of making a bolder choice for Best Picture. Both Wilson and Double Indemnity would have been much better choices […]

Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1957


Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold) 12 Angry Men The Bridge on the River Kwai Peyton Place Sayanora Witness For the Prosecution Biggest Snub: Paths of Glory My Overall Thoughts: Another superb year of nominees for Best Picture. Four of the five films are done exceptionally well and have great messages and any […]

Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1960


Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold) The Alamo The Apartment Elmer Gantry Sons and Lovers The Sundowners Biggest Snub: Inherit the Wind and Spartacus My Overall Thoughts: I can’t claim to think that this year had the best year of nominees. For me, the only film listed among them deserving of being in […]

Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1971


Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold) A Clockwork Orange Fiddler on the Roof The French Connection The Last Picture Show Nicholas and Alexandra Biggest Snub: The Hospital My Overall Thoughts: Great year of nominees because each and every one of them has reasons for being considered among the best films of the year. […]

Signs (2002)


“People break down into two groups. When they experience something lucky, group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. […]

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon (2005)


“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” – Neil Armstrong Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Jan 2017) Brief Synopsis – A look at what the 12 astronauts experienced while on the moon in order to give us an idea of what it would be like for us […]

Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1977


Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold) Annie Hall The Goodbye Girl Julia Star Wars The Turning Point Biggest Snub: Close Encounters of the Third Kind My Overall Thoughts: Another great year of nominees. Each of the 5 films chosen are great ones and any could have won the top award. The diversity that […]

Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1981


Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold) Atlantic City Chariots of Fire On Golden Pond Raiders of the Lost Ark Reds Biggest Snub: Prince of the City My Overall Thoughts: This is a year where no one really knew what film would win the final award because different films kept winning at different awards […]

Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1983


Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold) The Big Chill The Dresser The Right Stuff Tender Mercies Terms of Endearment Biggest Snub: Scarface My Overall Thoughts: Another great year for choices for BP. Any of my top three could easily have won it, but the other two were definitely long shots because they had […]

Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1985


Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold) The Color Purple Kiss of the Spider Woman Out of Africa Prizzi’s Honor Witness Biggest Snub: Back to the Future My Overall Thoughts: The Academy voters have always loved epic films and this year was no exception to that rule.  Production-wise, Out of Africa is the best […]

The BFG (2016)


“Why are you giving me a dream?” – Sophie Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Dec 2016) Brief Synopsis – An orphan girl is taken to a far away land by a giant who refuses to eat her despite living among other flesh eating giants. My Take on it – When I heard that […]

Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1995


Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold) Apollo 13 Babe Braveheart Il Postino Sense and Sensibility Biggest Snub: Toy Story My Overall Thoughts: This is another year where the Academy members really fumbled the ball. Three of the five films are truly deserving of being considered for the top spot with the other two […]

Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1998


Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold) Elizabeth Life is Beautiful Saving Private Ryan Shakespeare in Love The Thin Red Line Biggest Snub: Prince of Egypt My Overall Thoughts: This is yet another great year of nominated films, but there is clearly one that is a few levels above all the rest.  The narrative […]

Return to “The Great Escape” (1993)


“This was new to me, I hadn’t realize things like this went on in Hollywood being a little obedient English actor in the theater mostly.” – Donald Pleasance Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Dec 2016) Brief Synopsis – Behind the scnenes documentary about the filming of the film The Great Escape. My Take […]

Groundhog Day (1993) – Encore Review 2


“I killed myself so many times I don’t even exist anymore.” – Phil Number of Times Seen – No clue but more than 15 times (Theater in ’93, numerous times on DVD, 16 May 2013, 25 Dec 2014 and 10 Dec 2016) Link to original review – Here and Here Brief Synopsis – A weatherman […]

Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 2008


Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Frost/Nixon Milk The Reader Slumdog Millionaire Biggest Snub: The Dark Knight My Overall Thoughts: This was the year which helped the Academy decide that 5 Nominations in this category just weren’t enough.  At the time, I agreed with that sentiment, but […]

Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 2012


Here are the nine nominees: (Winner in Bold) Amour Argo Beasts of the Southern Wild Django Unchained Les Misérables Life of Pi Lincoln Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty Biggest Snub: The Impossible My Overall Thoughts: It’s always unfortunate when a film is elevated to a higher praise due to the politics around it than […]

Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 2013


Here are the nine nominees: (Winner in Bold) 12 Years a Slave American Hustle Captain Phillips Dallas Buyers Club Gravity Her Nebraska Philomena The Wolf of Wall Street Biggest Snub: Saving Mr. Banks My Overall Thoughts: Despite having 9 nominees, I think this was a weak year for Oscar because only two of the films […]

Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 2015


  Here are the eight nominees: (Winner in Bold) The Big Short Bridge of Spies Brooklyn Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian The Revenant Room Spotlight Biggest Snub: Inside Out My Overall Thoughts: This was an interesting year for nominees.  I truly believe that 5 of the 8 nominees were really strong contenders for the […]

USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)


“President Truman has chosen you and your crew to lead a highly classified mission” – Admiral Parnell Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Nov 2016) Brief Synopsis – Story of how one of the greatest battleships of World War II was destroyed and how its crew tried to survive for days in shark infested […]

The Toptober Tens #31 – Christopher Nolan Films


For this month’s thirty first and final Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Christopher Nolan films. Christopher Nolan is one of the best young directors around and his movies just keep getting better and better.  Unfortunately, he has only directed 9 films to date, so the tenth choice is taken from his idea […]

The Toptober Tens #30 – Fictional Film Presidents


For this month’s thirtieth Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Fictional Film Presidents films. As a companion top ten to this past Friday’s Real Life President portrayals in films, here’s a list of ten Fictional movie Presidents who also would probably be better choices than the two current candidates. [Even the one who […]

The Toptober Tens #29 – Dennis Quaid Films


For this month’s twenty ninth Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Dennis Quaid films. I’ve been a fan of Dennis Quaid since way back in the 80’s when he was in a bunch of films that I loved.  He has since been in a lot more great films (including one of my all […]

The Toptober Tens #27 – Kevin Spacey Films


For this month’s twenty seventh Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Kevin Spacey films. Kevin Spacey is considered to be one of the best actors around and his resume is quite extensive.  He has played some very memorable characters and he always brings his best efforts. Here are a list of my favorites. […]

The Toptober Tens #23 – Steve Martin Films


For this month’s twenty third Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Steve Martin films. Steve Martin is another comedic actor who thrives when given dramatic roles.  Once again, the majority of these films are from the 80’s and 90’s, but that’s mainly because he was so superb during those decades. Keep in mind, […]

The Toptober Tens #22 – PIXAR Films


For this month’s twenty second Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Realistic War films. Ever since they showed the world their first feature length animated film in 1995, PIXAR has been the world leader of animated films,  Their stories have so much depth and everyone loves most of their unique characters.  Somehow they […]

The Toptober Tens #19 – Leonardo Dicaprio Films


For this month’s nineteenth Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Leonardo Dicaprio Roles. Leo finally got his Oscar this year and I must say that it was about time.  He has been in some really great films over the years and some of his roles has been amazing in them. I don’t think […]

The Toptober Tens #18 – World War Two Films


For this month’s eighteenth Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite World War Two films. I have always been a fan of movies depicting real war and there have been many made about the conflicts around the world during World war Two. Keep in mind, that these are all solely my opinion and part […]

The Toptober Tens #16 – Time Travel Films


For this month’s sixteenth Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Time Travel films. I have always been fascinated by the idea of time travel and since it is such an intriguing realm to explore, movies featuring this genre are so much fun for me to watch. If I were to expand this list […]

The Toptober Tens #15 – Stephen Spielberg Films


For this month’s fifteenth Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Steven Spielberg films. Steven Spielberg is one of the most prolific directors ever and he has helmed many of the top grossing films of all time. I can’t wait for his next film, Ready Player One because it will be quite interesting to […]

The Toptober Tens #14 – Superhero Films (Live Action)


For this month’s fourteenth Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Live Action Superhero films. I have always loved comic books and superheros and once they started to make movies of the characters, I was completely hooked.  I’m more of a fan of DC as opposed to Marvel, but both are nicely represented here! […]

The Toptober Tens #12 – Holocaust Films


For this month’s twelfth Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Holocaust films. As a Jew, I’m very connected to my people’s history and one of the most influential events on that history occurred just 70 years ago… The Holocaust.  Hollywood has made many films depicting the horrors endured by so many people during […]

The Toptober Tens #11 – Kevin Kline Films


For this month’s eleventh Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Kevin Kline films. Kevin Kline has always been one of my favorite actors because it doesn’t matter what movie you see him in, he looks so different in every one and each character has their own distinct look and feel to them. Keep […]

The Toptober Tens #9 – Alfred Hitchcock Films


For this month’s ninth Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Alfred Hitchcock films. Hitchcock is known as one of the greatest directors and he directed 53 films.  I haven’t yet seen them all, but here are my favorites from the ones I’ve seen. Keep in mind, that these are all solely my opinion […]

The Toptober Tens #6 – Musical Adaptation Films


For this month’s sixth Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Musical Adaptation films. Many stage musicals are reworked for the screen and many of them have vied for the top spot come Oscar night. The list of film adaptations is vast, and it wasn’t easy to choose only ten, but I somehow managed. […]

The Toptober Tens #5 – Quentin Tarantino Films


For this month’s fifth Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Quentin Tarantino films. On IMDB, QT has 15 credits as Director and 32 credits as a writer.  This list is combined between the two.  His writing is amazing because his dialogue feels so real and we believe that the characters are having real […]

The Toptober Tens #4 – Documentary Films


For this months fourth Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Documentary films. This was not an easy list to make because of the 110 documentary’s that I’ve watched since I started this site, 77 of them have been given a very high rating by me. I have therefore included 5 honorable mentions on […]

The Toptober Tens #3 – Arnold Schwartznegger Films


For this month’s third Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Arnold Schwartznegger films. According to IMDB, Arnie has 59 acting credits.  I’ve seen many of them, but not all and I love so many of the ones that I’ve seen. Keep in mind, that these are all solely my opinion and part of […]

The Toptober Tens #2 – Stephen King Movie Adaptations


For this month’s second Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Stephen King Movie Adaptations. According to IMDB, King has 220 writing credits on movies.  I personally haven’t seen all of his films, but I love so many of the ones that I’ve seen. As you’ll see from the list below, my personal preferences […]

The Toptober Tens #1 – Tom Hanks Films


For this month’s first Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Tom Hanks films. Keep in mind, that these are all solely my opinion and part of what I would like to do is open conversation and dialogue between us all over the choices in these lists Off we go…. Tom Hanks is one […]

Psycho (1960)


“I think I must have one of those faces you can’t help believing.” – Norman Bates Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Sep 2016) Brief Synopsis – After stealing a large sum of money from her boss, a woman stops at a motel and meets the owner who lives there alone with his mother. […]

Chicken Run (2000)


“Pushy Americans, always showing up late for every war. Overpaid, oversexed, and over here. ” – Fowler Number of Times Seen – 2 (cable and 15 Sep 2016) Brief Synopsis – After a rooster gets injured and ends up in a hen house, he works together with the hens to try an escape from the […]

Quick Change (1990)


“Wheddehettu? ” – Cab Driver Number of Times Seen – at least 3 times (Cable in the 90’s, 27 Feb 2002 and 27 Aug 2016) Brief Synopsis – A clown and two accomplices rob a bank and must find a way to get out of New York City with the loot. My Take on it […]

Olive Kitteridge (2014)


 “‘m waiting for the dog to die so I can shoot myself. “- Olive Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Aug 2016) Brief Synopsis – The life of a married couple in rural Maine over the period of 25 years. My Take on it – I have been intrigued to see this film ever […]

12:01 (1993)


“You really like me a lot. You just can’t remember it. ” – Barry Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Jul 2016) Brief Synopsis – A man somehow enters a time warp and keeps reliving the same day where he must find a way to save the woman he adores from being murdered over […]

Temporal Top Ten – 2015


Number of movies seen from this year – 191 Number of movies reviewed – 232 (including 41 Encore Reviews)   Well, I figured that at the half way point of 2016, it’s about time to finally declare my updated list of favorite movies from 2015. Once again, I want to emphasis that this list is […]

The Remembering James Horner Blogathon – Glory (1989)


This is the third of 3 reviews that are part of The Remembering James Horner Blogathon hosted by Bex over at Film Music Central and being .  Tnx for letting me participate! – “There’s more to fighting than rest, sir. There’s character, there’s strength of heart. You should have seen us in action two days […]

Warcraft (2016)


“I’ve spent more time protecting my king, than my own son. Does that make me loyal, or a fool?” – Anduin Lothar Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Jun 2016) Brief Synopsis – On a distant world, a race of orcs have found a say to transport themselves to a new planet and plan […]

Marooned (1969)


“Okay Buzz you’re right. To hell with waiting for a bunch of slide-rule jockeys. We used to fix the airplanes we flew with paperclips. Lets get into our hard suits and fix this bird. ” – Jim Pruett Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Jun 2016) Brief Synopsis – After their spacecraft malfunctions in […]

We Were Soldiers (2002)


I think you oughta get yourself an M-16. – Lt. Colonel Hal Moore Sir, if the time comes I need one, there’ll be plenty lying on the ground. – Sergeant Major Basil Plumley Number of Times Seen – At least 3 times (Theater in 2002, 5 Jul 2009 and 7 Jun 2016) Brief Synopsis – […]

That’s So 80’s! – The Monster Squad (1987)


THIS IMAGE-DRIVEN SERIES SHINES AN OBNOXIOUS PASTEL NEON LIGHT ON THE 80-EST 80s MOVIES AROUND.  THAT’S SO 80s! takes a nostalgic trip down VHS memory lane, remembering some of the cheesiest movies from one of the cheesiest decades.   Fellow movie connoisseur MOVIEROB joins forces with SLIP/THROUGH for a semi-regular column highlighting some of the best scenes (and […]

The Thomas Crowne Affair (1968)


“What do you get for the man who has everything? ” – Vicki Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 May 2016) Brief Synopsis – A successful businessman orchestrates a heist of a Boston bank and gets away with millions, an insurance investigator set out to find the culprit not expecting to fall in love […]

A Fistful of Dollars (1964)


“I don’t think it’s nice, you laughin’. You see, my mule don’t like people laughing. He gets the crazy idea you’re laughin’ at him. Now if you apologize, like I know you’re going to, I might convince him that you really didn’t mean it.” – Joe Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 May 2016) […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1979


Number of movies seen from this year – 66 Number of movies reviewed – 61 (including 3 Encore Reviews) Once again this years top ten is a mix of old and recent favorites. My #1 is a movie that I have loved for as long as I can remember. #5, #6 and #10 are comedy […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1977


Number of movies seen from this year – 44 Number of movies reviewed – 47 (including 9 Encore Reviews) Anyone who knows me, will not at all be surprised by my #1 this year. My #2 is one of the best rom-com ever and does a great job of portraying a real relationship. #3 and […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1975


Number of movies seen from this year – 46 Number of movies reviewed – 42 (including 3 Encore Reviews) My #1 this year is the movie that started the Summer Blockbuster craze that still permeates today 40 years later. Most of the rest of the films on this list were favorites of mine over the […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1974


Number of movies seen from this year – 49 Number of movies reviewed – 44 (including 4 Encore Reviews) This was the year I was born, so obviously I never had the pleasure to see any of these films on the big screen. For me, choosing #1 was a no-brainer despite everyone loving my #2 […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1973


Number of movies seen from this year – 57 Number of movies reviewed – 54 (including 2 Encore Reviews) This year is also filled with a mix and match of recent and old favorites. My #1 is a movie I just saw within the last year and love it being that I really enjoy conspiracy […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1971


Number of movies seen from this year – 45 Number of movies reviewed – 47 (including 7 Encore Reviews) The #1 film for me this year has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember.  I know many of the songs by heart and can watch it over and over again […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1970


Number of movies seen from this year – 42 Number of movies reviewed – 45 (including 3 Encore Reviews) I actually haven’t seen that many movies from 1970, but some of these truly are excellent and rank among the best of the whole decade. 6 of the ten are war movies 1 classic Shakespeare adaptation […]

Dead Again (1991) – Encore Review


“Karmically, self-defense is quite cool. ” – Cozy Carlisle Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in 1991, Video, Cable, DVD, 25 Jan 2015 and 14 Apr 2016) Link to original review – Here Brief Synopsis – When a private detective takes on a case of a woman with amnesia, he gets […]

The McKenzie Break (1970)


“You seem to have won an argument over handcuffs” – Willi Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Feb 2016) Brief Synopsis – A battle of wits in an Allied run POW camp between a German prisoner and the British commandant is blown out of proportion when the prisoners attempt an escape during WWII. My […]

Movies From the Hat III – Anastasia (1997)


This is my 1,997th movie review Thanks to Kim for recommending this film to me! “[after Anastasia hands him a dynamite and it’s about to explode] What do they teach you in those orphanages?” – Dimitri Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Feb 2016) Brief Synopsis – An animated musical about the possible discovery […]

That’s So 80s! Does VALENTINE’S


6 Movies, 2 Nerds, 1 Decade. THIS IMAGE-DRIVEN SERIES SHINES AN OBNOXIOUS PASTEL NEON LIGHT ON THE 80-IEST 80S MOVIES AROUND.  THAT’S SO 80s!… Source: That’s So 80s! Does VALENTINE’S   When it comes to movies about romance to view around Valentine’s Day, the 1980’s is filled with so many choices to make our hearts […]

Top Ten Movies of 2015


I realize that most people have already presented their lists of their favorite 2015 released movies, so despite it being the beginning of February, after having seen 101 movies released in 2015, I feel confident enough to present my top 10 movies from last year. Some of my choices might slightly go against the mainstream […]

Die Hard (1988) – Encore Review 3


This review will be slightly different than I’ve done in the past. I had an opportunity earlier this week to be part of an amazing podcast over at That Moment In with David and Nelson (of Film Munch) where we dissected the original Die Hard movie. We spent 40 minutes discussing the impact of this […]

Die Hard (1988) – Encore Review 2


“I’m Agent Johnson, this is Special Agent Johnson. No relation.” – FBI Agent Johnson Number of Times Seen – Seriously too many to count  (Video, Cable, 13 Oct 1992, DVD, 4 May 2000, Jan 2012, 24 Nov 2013, 30 Nov 2014 and 4 Nov 2015) Link to original review – Here and Here Brief Synopsis […]

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)


“We make films. We’ve been making them since we were little… ” – Greg Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Oct 2015) Brief Synopsis – A high school senior who spends a lot of time creating movie parodies with his best friend (co-worker) befriends a classmate with cancer which changes his life and social […]

Paper Towns (2015)


“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person. ” – Quentin Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Oct 2015) Brief Synopsis – A teenager goes on a road trip with his friends to try and find his missing neighbor. My Take on it – After seeing, reading and […]

Point Break (1991)


“Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true. ” – Bohdi Number of Times Seen – Who knows? (Theater in ’91, cable, video, DVD and 4 Sep 2015) Brief Synopsis – A rookie FBI agent must go undercover as a surfer to try and find a band of bank robbers […]

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)


“Makoto: Time waits for no one ” – Yuri Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Sep 2015) Brief Synopsis – A young girl gets the ability to travel in time and chooses to make everything perfect in her life…until she realizes how it effects everyone else around her. My Take on it – Anyone […]

Sudden Death (1995)


 “He hit his head on the ice. He hit it so hard that his kids will be born dizzy. ” – Announcer Number of Times Seen – 1  (27 Jul 2015) Brief Synopsis – When terrorists take over a Hockey stadium an kidnap the Vice-President, a fire marshal must figure out how to stop them […]

Divergent (2014) – Encore Review


“You’re different. You don’t fit into a category. They can’t control you. They call it Divergent. You can’t let them find out about you. ” – Tori Number of Times Seen – 2 (27 Jul 2014 and 14 Jul 2015) Link to original review – Here Brief Synopsis – In a futuristic society where everyone is […]

Temporal Top Ten – 2014


Number of movies seen from this year – 213 Number of movies reviewed – 259 (including 46 Encore Reviews)   I loved the movies of 2014, not only because it was the first full release year where I reviewed every movie I watched, but because there are at least twenty films that could have found […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1996


Number of movies seen from this year – 130 Number of movies reviewed – 104  (including 11 Encore Reviews) 1996 was yet another very prolific movie year for me.  I saw a lot of these films in the theater and making the choices for the top 10 wasn’t easy at all. My #1 was actually […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1990


Number of movies seen from this year – 130 Number of movies reviewed – 116 (including 15 Encore Reviews) I’m usually not a fan of non-English language movies at all, but this year’s #1 actually is in Polish, German, Russian and Hebrew without a word of English.  I fell in love with this movie when […]

Temporal Top Ten – 2010


Number of movies seen from this year – 153 Number of movies reviewed – 165 (including 12 Encore Reviews)   2010 was another great year for movies. My #1 is once again another Nolan movie which completely blew everyone’s mind when it came out. I know that one day he will he recognized for his […]

Hart’s War (2002)


“Strange thing about war wounds- the older you get, the less proud of them you become.” – Col. Werner Visser Number of Times Seen – 2 (22 Apr 2008 and 16 Jun 2015) Brief Synopsis – In a German POW camp during WWII, an American officer who was a law student is charged with defending […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1999


Number of movies seen from this year – 152 Number of movies reviewed – 128 (including 19 Encore Reviews)   1999 was an amazing year for movies and it’s also one of the few years when I agree with the 5 best picture nominees. As you can see, they all appear on this list. #1, […]

Temporal Top Ten – 2005


Number of movies seen from this year – 125 Number of movies reviewed – 118 (including 13 Encore Reviews)   2005 was definitely a weak year for movies overall IMHO. As you will see from my list, it is populated by very few movies nominated for the mainstream awards which usually is considered a stamp […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1997


Number of movies seen from this year – 142 Number of movies reviewed – 118 (including 15 Encore Reviews)   1997 was another excellent year for movies. I had a lot of trouble choosing between my #1 and #2 picks because I really like both movies so much. They are quite different thematically but each […]

Temporal Top Ten – 2012


Number of movies seen from this year – 158 Number of movies reviewed – 180 (including 22 Encore Reviews)   2012 was a great year for movies. My #1 this year was IMHO one of the best made musical adaptations to the screen. I really could feel the character’s plights and the production and music […]

Temporal Top Ten – 2011


Number of movies seen from this year – 164 Number of movies reviewed – 181 (including 15 Encore Reviews) As always, my choices for the best movies of this particular year don’t conform with all of the mainstream choices, but that’s one of the things that makes me unique. This year had 9 Oscar nominated […]

Temporal Top Ten – 2006


Number of movies seen from this year – 138 Number of movies reviewed – 135 (Including 13 Encore Reviews)   This is a year where I was completely blown away by some of the movies. My list is populated by a number of movies which are known by most to be great, but most of […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1985


Number of movies seen from this year – 131 Number of movies reviewed – 129 (including 19 Encore Reviews) This year was a very influential year for me in my moviewatching.  I was 11 and some of the movies on this list are high among my all-time favorites. My #1 , #2 and #3 are […]

Temporal Top Ten – 2008


Number of movies seen from this year – 157 Number of movies reviewed – 135 (including 19 Encore Reviews)   2008 was a very interesting year for me on movies. There were few movies that I can claim that ‘blew my mind’ (besides my #1 obviously), but there were so many movies that I found […]

Temporal Top Ten – 2004


Number of movies seen from this year – 123 Number of movies reviewed – 125 (Including 4 Encore Reviews) 2004 was an interesting year for me in my life. It was the year I got married for the first time and I was also in the Police Academy for the first 5 months of the […]

Temporal Top Ten – 2009


Number of movies seen from this year – 143 Number of movies reviewed –  152 (including 18 Encore Reviews) 2009 was a fun year for movies. This was the first year where the Oscar Best Picture list was expanded from just 5 movies. 4 of the 9 nominees make this list (The actual BP winner […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1994


    Number of movies seen from this year – 161 Number of movies reviewed – 125 (including 20 Encore Reviews) 1994 was a great year for movies.  It even includes some of the best movies of the decade Once again I had a bit of trouble deciding between #1 and #2 and despite loving […]

Temporal Top Ten – 1986


      Number of movies seen from this year – 124 Number of movies reviewed – 111 (including 13 Encore Reviews) Being that I was only 12 in 1986, only 5 of these movies were seen in the theater, the other 5 (#8, #5, #4, #2 and #1) were seen on cable or video […]

Oscar Best Picture Winner Reviews


Here is a list of all the Best Picture winners at the Academy Awards with my review of each and every one of them. I’ve now seen them all (as of 28 Feb 2019) I have added an * next to my favorite Best Picture of each decade (an ^ indicates a movie which previously […]

Broken City (2013)


“There are some wars you fight and some wars you walk away from. This isn’t the fighting kind” – Mayor Hostetler Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 April 2013) Brief Synopsis – A former NYPD detective is hired by the Mayor to run surveillance on his wife. Nothing will ever be the same for […]