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Favorite Movies:
Pan's Labyrinth, Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance, Dogville, Brazil, The Maltese Falcon, Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Reservoir Dogs, The Third Man, Blue Velvet, Dead Man, Pulp Fiction, La Vie en Rose (La Mome), Coffee and Cigarettes, The Big Lebowski, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Sweet Smell of Success, Chinatown, Kill Bill: Volume 2, A Boy and His Dog, Million Dollar Baby, Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Corporation, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Children Underground, Memento, Run Lola Run (Lola rennt), Seven (Se7en), Hotel Rwanda, The Thing, Day of the Dead, Fargo, Cabaret, Manos: The Hands of Fate, The Grudge, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Dances With Wolves, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Being John Malkovich, The Truman Show, Best in Show, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Safety Last!
Favorite Actors:
Harold Lloyd, Humphrey Bogart, Andrei Tarkovsky, Peter Lorre, Clint Eastwood, Peter Sellers, Orson Welles, Ivana Baquero, Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Lloyd, Joseph Cotten, Johnny Depp, Isabella Rossellini, Benicio Del Toro, Michael McKean, Fred Willard, Stephen Colbert, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Alfred Molina, George Pal, Bob Hoskins, Tom Savini, Basil Rathbone, Harrison Ford, Bruce Willis, Hugh Laurie, Steve Carell, Michael Madsen, Ethan Coen, John Cleese, Woody Allen, Morgan Freeman, John Goodman, Tom Hanks, Fred Williamson, Tony Curtis, Warren William
I try to give star ratings according to the genre, the context of the time it was made, and the subject matter being tackled. A movie tackling really big themes and making bold steps deserves a reprieve from a few blunders, whilst a formulaic comedy really needs some perfect footwork to be worth watching. At the same time, some genres really can't get a whole lot better. No Blaxploitation can really be called cinema, but for their context in cinema history, are given fair ratings. That said, the 4 and 5 star films manage to transcend their genres limitations (An action film with a good plot, a horror film with a good acting, a comedy with character development, etc.) 3 star films are average, they fall in line with their genres expectations, whilst 1 and 2 star movies might give you a pretty poor impression of the entire genre itself, and leave a bad taste in your mouth even for good movies of a similar theme. That isn't to say the movie itself is bad, it merely shows the rather seedy, unsuccessful side of a genre. Plan 9 From Outer Space is a film worth watching, but because it represents the same Sci-Fi genre as "Alien" or "The Day The Earth Stood Still." Poor films are necessary to appreciate the good ones. Finally, entertainment value is something I really can't rate, but I'll note in a review. I really enjoy some pretty terrible movies, but I'll star them for how they are crafted and executed, and only rarely will I favor or deride a movie for its sheer entertainment value alone, or simply because I dislike it's content. When I do, it'll be obvious.

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