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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I'm glad I saw this because it reassured me of how one actress' range can vary after one film, and that's what Rooney Mara has accomplished. She steals the whole film in every scene she's in and gives us a whole new perspective on Lisbeth, looking beyond the brilliant performance by Noomi Rampace. Even though it's not quite David Fincher's best, I still enjoyed watching his special touch of darkness in this film, as well as a more faithful adaptation of Stieg Larson's novel.

Batman & Robin

You can see all the flaws in 'Batman & Robin' immediately just because it gets so lazy with the direction, in which I say yet again, Joel Schumacher can go die in a hole. The acting is terrible, and the screenplay is over the top tongue in cheek, and nothing makes me care about the story. In fact, Nolan couldn't have saved this picture with the script and actors this film was given. This film is like the Titanic, it's going to sink and no one can stop it from its fate.

10 Things I Hate About You

A surprisingly funny and sincere rom com that's become one of my personal favorites.

The Goonies
The Goonies(1985)

Feels refreshing to see your own childhood journeys portrayed in a film and taken to another level of excitement. Very funny banter between the kids and adults, which is ironic considering almost everyone in the movie acts like a kid. Definite classic for all ages.


A beautiful, but immensely sad, film. Michael Fassbender plays the sex-addicted, out of control brother in 'Shame', while Carey Mulligan plays the lost singer singer who's looking to protect her brother even though she's damaged in many ways herself. Michael played his character in such a chilling and heartbreaking way, you really feel his pain as well. Nobody seems to have an uplifting ending to their story, but in a tale about addiction, it's a tough battle in itself. Steve McQueen has this gift of setting such an atmosphere that it becomes almost distracting from the story he's trying to tell. I saw New York in a whole perspective with the skyscrapers and gorgeous sunsets that filled the scenery so beautifully.

Blue Valentine

It's pretty clear why we have this title, and I don't feel 'Blue Valentine' needs any other one. I think what I liked most about the film is its direction by Derek Cianfrance. He made the film more organic and connective than anything else even though Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams played off each other really well as a destructive married couple on the verge of breakdowns, and maybe that's why I didn't love it and just liked it. I mean, I love dramas that have an emotional core beneath their surfaces, but in 'Blue Valentine' I felt more distant than close to the characters because of how distant they were to each other. And maybe that's a credit to Cianfrance for taking that turn other directors haven't, but for me it was too much to handle at times. I understood their pain through the back and forth, past against present perspective of the couple's relationship, and it's so powerful and heartbreaking. I wanted Gosling and Williams to get past the petty stuff that's lingering above their heads because of the look at their relationship in the past. But in those moments of sincerity matched moments of toxicity, and the bad moments tended to outweigh the sweet moments more. But in reality, that's what you would get in a movie like this, so I bought 'Blue Valentine' the whole way through.

Zero Dark Thirty

This film is like a firecracker: you light the fuse, watch the trail, then see it explode. After the tragic events of 9/11, it was a joyous day on May 1, 2011 when we finally caught Osama bin Laden and returned the favor. So when Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal got the news, you got to think that 'Zero Dark Thirty' was going to have the emotional ending the viewers would want. 'Zero Dark Thirty' was a film that I had high expectations for, and I feel those expectations were all met. I understand the fact that the filmmakers couldn't reveal all that happened, and how Mark Boal worked around certain prospects in writing the film was great. The dialogue was completely engrossing and kept me intrigued in the CIA's strategies, and more importantly, Jessica Chastain's performance as Maya was a revelation that became more and more intense as the manhunt went on. I really believe Chastain is going to win Best Actress, and she deserves it 100%. How much she prepped for the role, and all the stuff her character has to endure needed to be portrayed with emotional fire, and Jessica does just that. There's a numerous amount of supporting characters that have their moment in the spotlight and then are gone minutes later, which kinda left me a little puzzled. But then I realized that their character development isn't as important as Maya's is. Their characters are there to help Maya find bin Laden, and I appreciated them for that aspect alone. Actors like Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Joel Edgerton, and James Gandolfini are examples of supporting actors that had more scenes than others because their characters played more vital roles than others. Jason Clarke and Kyle Chandler played some of the best roles of their careers in this film displaying raw emotion, which gave their characters a lifelike presence for me personally. I really hated Kyle Chandler at times in 'Zero Dark Thirty', constantly questioning Maya and her motives just because he was to scared to take the risks she was willing to take. If anyone else deserves a acting nomination, it's probably Chandler. And when the film reached it's climax at bin Laden's compound, it hit a level of intensity that I don't think can rival any other film of 2012. Kathryn really made me feel like I was there with the SEAL team as they scoured each room until they killed bin Laden. And like everyone in the theater, I was very proud to be an American. You can't deny this film of being an emotional joyride. It's like being dragged through the garden as this decade long hunt is going on. Experiencing gruesome acts of torture, terrorist bombings, and the excursion of human will. But once the film was over, I appreciated what Maya, the SEAL team, and the CIA did for our country more than ever. I wish I could have seen the film earlier so I could put it in my Top 10, but I still commend 'Zero Dark Thirty' for not shying away from the cold truth and giving us a film experience unlike any other in the past couple years.


Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx are amazing in 'Collateral' and make the characters completely engrossing to watch. Michael Mann's best film since 'Heat' in my opinion.

Pitch Perfect

The premise of 'Pitch Perfect' has obviously been told before in droves, but the way this film unfolded was kind of unpredictable at times, plus it had incredibly catchy tunes to keep me entertained. A singing group so diverse it makes Glee look like Mumford and Sons, 'Pitch Perfect' has many likable characters, while at the same time celebrates the art of music in a better than average underdog tale. But like the positives, there are negatives to match also; particularly storytelling that comes off too familiar at far too many times, characters that serve no purpose to the story whatsoever, and gross out humor that's used just to be crude and nasty. I was going from liking this movie to not liking it every 30 minutes, but by the end 'Pitch Perfect' caught me in its songbird grasp and made my feet tap. If anyone's eager to watch a film that's got its melodic and humorous moments in tact most of the time, then go check out 'Pitch Perfect'. It's alright fun.

Django Unchained

The best film of 2012; without a single doubt in my mind. Flawless.


'Warrior' doesn't hold back on the visceral brutality of mixed martial arts, and is still able to keep the family elements in tact also.


Everyone wants to escape their ordinary way of life and live their dreams, but in 'Brazil', it takes that concept to ground-breaking heights of creativity. Terry Gilliam's Orwellian masterpiece has everything I would want in a fantasy film, and then some. The sheer brilliance that is displayed during this film confused me at first, but then I dissected it scene by scene and found practicality in everything; from the set design to the character structure, which classifies 'Brazil' is a visual stunner, a heavy black comedy, and also a social commentary on why technology can be too useful for our own good.

The Thin Red Line

Terrence Malick has only made 6 films in his career, and 'The Thin Red Line' is probably my favorite so far. This existential piece of art follows man in WWII as he crumbles in his own abyss of personal grief and pain that also mixes with the various horrors of war itself. The cinematography and fluid camerawork had me at 'Hello' taking me on a harrowing journey through soldiers souls and the trust they have to share with each other during the Battle of Guadalcanal. You see each of the soldiers unravel, whether it's the most calm man or the most frightened man, and you understand why. They've either left their jobs or who they love at home to fight for their country, but that pride that they first had has been replaced by fear and that's what the main theme is during the duration of the film. I felt for these men so much, and the film succeeded very well in the emotional department. All the actors did a great job in this film, and it was fun to find out who was in the film also, because some only get small cameos and you're kinda confused about why they were in the movie. The way they exude fear during the hill scene is amazing and that's also a credit to Terrence Malick, because he used nature in its most beautiful scenery to place fear in these men. Nature was also a big part of this film, and how it all related to the soldier's will to survive. Some knew they were going to die, and they took in the most beautiful looks at nature before they left the world, and I thought John Toll did an awesome job showcasing nature at its finest. Just a wonderful film overall.

Killing Them Softly

'Killing Them Softly' has the potential to be a gangster classic, but just fall short of that title. Andrew Dominik's newest film stars a tremendous cast including Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, and Scoot McNairy that all get involved in a supposedly protected card game robbery. This is a jack of all trades film because it has all these themes and jams them together like bullets in a .45 with splendor and ease. As the plot gets more murky with complicated characters, the movie gets more interesting, especially Brad Pitt as Jackie and James Gandolfini as Mickey Fallon. It's ironic that Gandolfini and Liotta are in this film because throughout the movie, I was waiting for one of them to pull out a glock and kill someone, but instead we have them just talk about their profession or past, which is fine but bizarre. And by the end of the film, it almost seems unfulfilling due to a message that Dominik must have believed was one man's idea of America. But overall, I had a great time watching 'Killing Them Softly' and is probably my favorite picture by Andrew Dominik.

Not Another Teen Movie

'Not Another Teen Movie' is not as effective as it planed to be because it needs the audience to laugh at all the gags and figure out the films each scene parodies when it does neither of those things that well. I mean, if you're into sex jokes and potty jokes, you might get a kick out of this film, but when a regular film goer watches this it just falls flat. And when 'Not Another Teen Movie' parodies films with ridiculous scenes that weren't that effective to begin with, then it just begins to feel tedious and more confusing for the people that didn't watch those other films. There is one scene in particular that's actually funny and it uses an actor from the film it parodies, and I feel that if 'Not Another Teen Movie' used that idea more for most of the scenes then the film could have worked. Unfortunately, we get a bunch of bad acting, bad jokes, and a girl running around in her birthday suit at times.

Jackie Brown
Jackie Brown(1997)

After the success of 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'Pulp Fiction', the next vehicle by Quentin Tarantino was adapted from the recent novel 'Rum Punch' by Elmore Leonard, but got a little bit of the Tarantino version of blaxploitation era mixed in as well. 'Jackie Brown' is signature Quentin Tarantino dialogue, has a complex crime story, and an awesome comeback performance by Foxy Brown herself, Pam Grier. As a flight attendant, arms dealer, bail bondsman, beach bunny, ex-con, and an agent all become involved in a sting involving half a million dollars in cash, their agendas become more sour and soon realize that no one is worthy of the truth. All of the performances in this film are great, and they each have tons of charisma. Next to Pam Grier, I loved the performance by Robert Forester as the bail bondsman Max Cherry. He was just such a cool character for being the calm dude that stays out of the madness everyone else is getting into. Plus, when he keeps playing that Defonics song, it also explains the growing romance between his character and Jackie Brown. By Quentin Tarantino's standards, 'Jackie Brown' is his dark horse. It's a convoluted story filled with short moments of humor and memorable characters, despite it not being from his own brain. But the reason Tarantino decided to take 'Rum Punch' to a different medium is because it reminded him of his own movies and dialogue, which I feel is cool because that just shows you Tarantino has a style and he only wants that certain touch. More people should watch this film instead of watching 'Pulp Fiction' for the tenth time because they'll understand why he's a legend of dialogue, and a master of genre.

Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)

Ang Lee has given us another instant classic, I think, with 'Life of Pi', a film so visually and emotionally stunning that it felt I was lost in the Pacific as well. The film is such a game changer with its special effects it seems like a documentary about survival. But the story is also heavilly involving and has a very well drawn out character in Pi Patel, the antagonist of this moving tale about one person's will to survive the impossible. After a horrid storm takes away his family and their zoo on a move to Canada across the Pacific, Pi is left stranded on a raft with nothing but hope and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. I felt sorry for Pi the whole way through the movie, because nothing was going his way. He was ridiculed as a child for his name, had to move away from his homeland, and then the most horrible thing you could possibly imagine happened to him. His whole life was taken in an instant, and yet he continues to go on, which I why he's such a good character. The tiger, Richard Parker, is also a great character because he's not just some animal that survived the storm, but he's someone that's grown up with Pi and yet doesn't care for him at all, so when they constantly battle, it shows you how hard the journey really is going to be. What I found to be the most interesting was how well the 3D co-existed with the story. This is some of the best 3D I've seen in years, and that's because it was used to tell an actually story. From fish flying over the ocean to Richard Parker jumping towards the screen out of nowhere, this is a spectacle that's best to be seen on the big screen. 'Life of Pi' has a great chance of winning a special fx Oscar this year, and maybe a couple more in my opinion. One of my favorite films to come out this year so far.


Steven Spielberg hits another homer with the help of Honest Abe in 'Lincoln', the biopic following Abraham Lincoln's final months in office as he fights to abolish slavery. I've said many times in the past how brilliant Daniel Day-Lewis is, and like his past 2 Oscar winning roles in 'My Left Foot' and 'There Will Be Blood' he's just as perfect as he embodies the 16th president with graceful perfection. The way he speaks, the way he walks, the way he looks; Daniel Day-Lewis was Abraham Lincoln for 2 1/2 hours. I just can't praise this man enough, and I could see him taking home his third Oscar sometime next February. But it's not just Lewis who's fantastic, there's like 15 performances that are too. Examples: Sally Field, David Strathairn, James Spader, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, etc. But the person who really stood out to me besides DDL was Tommy Lee Jones who plays Thadeus Stevens, a fellow republican who doesn't have the restraint that Lincoln does and lays down his thoughts up front, and I think his performance is Oscar worthy also. The film itself is totally engrossing and informative, which I enjoyed because in high school I couldn't enjoy history for the life of me. Luckily Steven Spielberg, one of my favorite directors, directed this film and made it a totally enjoyable picture because if someone else decided to direct this film, I don't think it would have been as effective as it was. 'Lincoln', in my opinion, is Spielberg's best film since 'Catch Me if You Can', a sure contender for the Oscars, and an awesome look at one of our greatest presidents to ever take office.

Harold and Maude

What the film essentially says is that some people come and go in your life, but then there some who make your heart skip a beat. Hal Ashby's hilarious, heartbreaking 'Harold and Maude' depicts the relationship of a depressant man in his '20s and a woman of 80 that embraces life to the fullest in such a beautiful manner. The chemistry between Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon went straight to my heart and made me reevaluate my look on love because even if the difference in age was apparent, the complexities of both their characters and how they connected was too perfect to question. Cat Steven's music is a key role in 'Harold and Maude' after lifting each scene with this happy-go-lucky sensibility that's undeniably there. The screenplay by Colin Higgins is perfection and never seems to skip a beat when it comes to Harold's suicide acts or Maude's off kilter moments of random crimes. And by the time Maude's birthday finally arrives, it leaves a stream of tears down one's face when it seems like everything is going great for Harold. If anyone wants to watch something that'll stay with you for a long time and make you want to watch again and again, 'Harold and Maude' is one of those rare gems.

Blow Out
Blow Out(1981)

Brian DePalma's best work in 30 years only came from a re-imagining of 'Blow Up' and the electric chemistry between John Travolta and Nancy Allen in 'Blow Out'. This fierce mystery/thriller follows the life of a movie sound engineer as he tries to uncover a could-be political assassination with nothing but film and a witness to the crime, played by DePalma's then wife Nancy Allen. As Allen's back story uncovers, Travolta realizes there's more to the incident than just a blown out tire, and from that point on is a constant storm of betrayal, murder, a pre-'Dexter' John Lithgow, and an ending that will leave speechless; and not in a good way. As Brian DePalma's career progressed, it seemed to be going well until it reached a point in the '00s that has become stagnant since. It's sad when a filmmaker loses his path in life, and that's definitely affected DePalma. But even if he's out of gas right now, his career has been well worth the lesser entries after making great movies like 'Scarface', 'Carrie', and most importantly, 'Blow Out'. The technical mastery was most apparent to me, as the use of split screens was done very well to show the multiple perspectives of certain characters. Another film I feel 'Blow Out' was inspired by was Coppola's 'The Conversation', not just because they were both same writer/ same director films, but because they both invest the time to unravel the main characters, while at the same time giving them real personalities. You care about John Travolta and Nancy Allen's characters so much, that you become involved in their struggle, which is why the end of the film has such a big effect for me. After it was over, it made me mad at DePalma, but at the same time, it made me respect him more as a writer for taking the unconventional plunge. One of the best thrillers I've seen in recent years.

Santa Sangre
Santa Sangre(1989)

There's this underlying beauty in the freak show known as 'Santa Sangre'. We focus on the journey the main character Fenix has to endure; from his mother's death, to being raised in a mental institution, to the lingering ghoul of his mother trapping him in her "loving" care after his release from the institution. This artsy, surrealistic tale is filmed with a quality so tender yet horrific by director Alejandro Jodorowsky gives off the impression of a traveling circus, when in reality, it's a much deeper story about the need to be free of your demons.


Like all David Lynch films, the unravelling process is always a mixed bag of tricks that leaves me in a state of paralysis, and with 'Eraserhead' it's no exception to confusion. As the story unfolds we learn more about the main character Henry, a mild-mannered man with a pompadour hairdo, and his newfound learnings of his last lover's pregnancy. The story becomes more abstract as we learn more about his new deformed baby and how the child becomes all that people think about Henry in general. The visceral writing and direction by Lynch is apparent from the moment I laid eyes on this unique individual, and what kind of risks he would take to prove himself worthy of public admiration. The black and white was a great direction to take as far as tone goes: dark, moody, unusual, and different. All of which Henry's conscious is made out of. 'Eraserhead' proved Lynch's talents for filmmaking, but more than that, it proved his talents for storytelling.


In 'Skyfall', we leave behind the cool, slick James Bond we once knew from 'Casino Royale' and see a darker shade befall our beloved hero after a mishap in the fray. The way 'Skyfall' is constructed is like a beautiful dream; great acting, precise direction by Sam Mendes, crisp cinematography by the great Roger Deakins, and a heavy score by Thomas Newman. Daniel Craig has never been better as Bond, playing him more as a man than an agent. Javier Bardem as the cyber-terrorist Silva is frightening to such a heightened degree that it's palpable. And Judi Dench returns to form as M, and reveals some shocking secrets that will involve all three of them in this tale of deceit, mystery, and the search for the truth. Being the first Bond film Sam Mendes has directed and the first film Rger Deakins has shot digitally, I think it's a damn good way to walk new paths in their careers, for 'Skyfall' is equally gorgeous as Bond holding a PPK/S nine-millemeter short. To 50 more years!

L.A. Confidential

This movie is not for the simplest of minds, as it crams so much information into one film that your head is scrambled like your morning eggs. Adapted from the novel by James Elroy, 'L.A. Confidential' is a mind bender of a film filled with a twist-induced screenplay, memorable performances, classic '50s music, and too many characters to count on one hand. Half the fun of the picture is unraveling the story as it progresses, and getting more insight on the characters as we continuously examine their motives. As we follow the main three cops (Vincennes, Exley, and White) through this murder mystery, we grow more privy to their motifs in police work and how that interferes with the already convoluted case as it is. Exley is the detective who goes by the book, Vincennes is in it for the public eye and hungry for admiration, and White is the man who uses brute force to get his answers, although using it more for conscious and personal matters. They all have personal politics, and that's why they don't get along. As the film progresses, we see them try to distance themselves from each other and focus on who's committing this murder spree in Los Angeles, until it becomes apparent that the only way to catch this person is if they work as a team. The cast led by Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, and Danny DeVito fire on all cylinders as these multi-dimensional characters that all have an angle in this story of deceit, mystery, romance, and Hollywood's most elite.
Being co-penned and directed by Curtis Hanson, you really get the implication that he's got the handle on this spiderweb of a story, which would make you 100% right. There's not one moment in this movie that will make you guess what happens next, because the film confuses you so much at times you don't know what you think about these characters or how this case is going to be solved. And once you get to the climax, you finally get the closure you've been eagerly waiting for with smoothly handled camerawork and gleeful resolution. As far as crime films go, 'L.A. Confidential' is one of Hollywood's bravest and finest.

Glengarry Glen Ross

Every time I watch this film I get goosebumps. All-star actors across the board giving some of the best work of their careers in 'Glengarry Glen Ross'. The screenplay by David Mamet based of his play is compelling from the moment the film starts to its jaw dropping finale. The dark atmosphere of that street drenched in rain depicts the characters drenched in their own egos, rage, and self-pity as they desperately hope to sell to their deadbeat customers. It's hard to choose who gives the best performance in this film, because all deserve huge amounts of praise; from Al Pacino's Ricky Roma, the leader on the board that uses his way of words to gain customers trust before getting their signature on the contract, to Jack Lemmon's Shelly "Machine" Levine, the oldest salesman in the firm who everyone else thinks has lost his thunder except himself. I like some of these men for obvious reasons, and hate others for obvious reasons, yet they all have one thing in common: the hate they share for their customers. And in suite, I hate the customers as well. And under the direction of Dave Foley, the camera glides with fluid precision during scenes, making me feel more at ease and comfortable with these men as they cheat, lie, and steal their ways into the corporate heart of real estate. 'Glengarry Glen Ross' is a genius display of greed and attitude, as well as one of my favorite films ever made.

Casino Royale

As we're nearing the release of 'Skyfall', I feel it's appropriate to finally review the best Bond film in my opinion: 'Casino Royale'.

James Bond is finally given the proper treatment when Daniel Craig takes on the role of the classic agent and shows his true self behind the cool, suave, and deadly exterior. Following his first mission as a double-0, Bond becomes more vulnerable physically and emotionally as he tries to stop global terrorist funding by competing in a poker match against the evil Le Chiffre. The way 'Casino Royale' is constructed is every action junkie's wet dream, because it constantly throws bare knuckle badassery at the screen so viewers never get bored. But better than that, you get a deeper Bond in Craig than Connery, Brosnan, or Dalton ever gave us; proving that Bond is more than just an indestructible being, but damaged in the aftermath of danger and frazzled when love becomes another betrayal. For director Martin Campbell, Bond is his bread and butter. But given any other kind of source material, and the picture drowns in a sea of tacky special fx and laughable dialogue. In 'Casino Royale' though, he has shown us the real deal James Bond and set the standard for future Bond films to come.

Celeste and Jesse Forever

Throughout 'Celeste and Jesse Forever', there was this underlying message that couldn't find it's way to reach me. The whole film could be told in twenty minutes instead of 90 which is the film's downfall. It's not terrible by any means, as far as the way it looks and how it's filmed, but it needs a few tweaks here and there. I mean, it's a sweet tale with fine performances by Jones and Samberg with some moderately funny dialogue co-written by Rashida Jones, but the story is sort of all over the place which made the film more like a race than a sprint. I wish I could have liked it more, but it is what it is.


Denzel Washington gives the year's most honest performance so far in 'Flight', a astounding return to live-action from director Robert Zemeckis. As the film's first scene begins, I could already tell what kind of film I was in for, as we see Denzel's Whip Whitaker wake up next to his co-worker stewardess after a night of excessive drinking. The character is a straight up mess that has this denial about his alcohol abuse, and the story evolves around that mostly even though it's titled 'Flight'. After this heroic stunt Whip pulls off during a flight to Atlanta, we find out more about his life in general and why he's so tortured by his addiction to alcohol. But while he's dealing with his own demons, he's also getting questioned for the plane's malfunctioning and why it failed. So it's almost like the viewer gets two movies in one: a dramatic character study, and a mystery as well. Although there are lots of great performances by Denzel, this one is just astounding just for being so real and sympathetic. The way he plays Whip is just so heartbreaking and viscerally on point that I got more attached to him. The visuals are top notch during the plane sequence, the script by John Gatins provides a very intense story with a bunch of great characters, and Robert Zemeckis' direction is back on point after a good ten years of lost time. There's been so many great films to come out this year, and 'Flight' is no exception.

Wreck-it Ralph

Not since 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' has a video-game inspired film given me such a great time than 'Wreck-It Ralph' did. Though this is a comedy, it has a very emotional story beneath it all and brings the heart. John C. Reilly gives a very touching and human performance as this huge, brick handed villain Wreck-It Ralph who only wants to be noticed as a good guy. Be his side is the wise-cracking glitch Vanellope Von Schweetz, played terrifically annoying by Sarah Silverman. The two make a very hilarious pair throughout the movie by being total opposites, except for one thing: they're both outcasts in their game worlds, and that's what keeps the story from being all about video game references and pop culture icons. Ralph's journey to become a hero is more about fleeing his title of villain, and when he realizes that the title doesn't make the man, that's when he finally respects his place in his world. 'Ralph' is a very clever and touching film that spans the evolution of video games, and it's got my vote for the best animated film so far this year.

The People Under The Stairs

I found it to be charming in its nastiness.

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts(2012)

As an actor, Josh Radnor is pretty good. But as a writer/director, Radnor is great. And 'Liberal Arts' is flipping great. Radnor does an awesome job playing Jesse, a 35-year old that works in college admissions and is lost in the rat race, until he's invited to his second best teacher's retirement at his old alma mater. There, he meets a vibrant young 19-year old named Zibby who opens his world up to classical music, hand written letters, and the pursuit of happiness. The relationship between Jesse and Zibby is very funny and cute, but I get the whole issue Jesse is addressing when it comes to their age difference. Although it seems sort of weird when they develop this relationship, I couldn't help but hope they work out that issue because it's more about the way they interacted and why they clicked with one another. It seemed as if Jesse was more focused on his own past rather than what was happening with the two of them now, which is why I liked Zibby so much. She helping him loosen up and helped him see life more clearly. I hope to see Josh Radnor's name on a project sometime in the next couple of years. But for now I'll have to keep seeing him every Tuesday on 'How I Met Your Mother'. Awesome job, Ted!

Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas(2012)

This is a film that shouldn't be ignored by the public audience, for 'Cloud Atlas' exudes the deepest of emotions throughout the span of six stories in such a powerful presentation. We see all these different characters played by the same actors, that span the course of centuries, yet relate to each other in many aspects. Where one actor could be the hero of one story, the same actor can be the villain of another, which is what intrigued me a lot during the movie. Though the thing that caught my eye the most was the birthmark each main character had in every story. It's the birthmark that makes the viewers care for these people, cause they're the ones that everything at stake. The film explores themes of love, escapism, religion, and power all in a beautifully dark way that almost feels dream like. The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer have taken a complex novel and brought it to the big screen with gentle care, and I appreciate everything they've done for us viewers as far as entertainment goes.


Zack Snyder must have a ball making these graphic novel films considering how good he is at it. The visual grandeur e and blood soaked battle scenes keep the wheels of '300' turning. Gerard Butler gives a star making performance as King Leonidas, who leads his 300 Spartans into battle against the evil Xerxes and his Persian army. Plus, this is one of the first times I have seen the great Michael Fassbender in a film, and he really gives it his all as Stelios. After his remake of 'Dawn of the Dead', the adaptation of 'Watchmen', and this epic film, I can't wait to see his Superman visions come to life in 'Man of Steel' next year.

28 Days Later

Both scary and original, '28 Days Later' leaves viewers in a state of fast moving zombie paranoia while also questioning the morals of our fellow man.

Magic Mike
Magic Mike(2012)

The whole dynamic of 'Magic Mike' is based upon one man's struggle to get out of the stripping business, which is what makes the story more intelligent than just abs, muscles, and g-strings. What really gets the movie going is the friendship between Mike and The Kid, played very well by Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer. While that part of the story is developing, we learn more about Mike's passion for building furniture and starting his own custom shop. The film is a great look into the mind of a troubled person who seems like he has everything in life, when in reality he is troubled and sad underneath. This film proved to me that Channing can act and he's an great stripper; not that I was judging his stripping as well. And it also shows that director Steven Soderbergh can do any kind of project, even if the project seems very odd or unlikely to be good.

The Squid and the Whale

'The Squid and the Whale' is a piercingly sharp drama about one family's breaking points after the fall of a marriage. It depicts the deepest lows that the sons go through during their parents falling out and how they have to make choices regarding who's right and who's wrong, when really they are both at fault. The screenplay and direction by Noah Baumbach has this Wes Anderson style to it, which is actually produced by Anderson. It feels too realistic at times, like the characters are based off a real life family and Baumbach decided to make a documentary picture. Even though it only lasts 81 minutes or so, it left a strong impact on me and I wish it was longer.

The Imposter
The Imposter(2012)

A firestorm of a documentary, 'The Imposter' is full of extremely tense moments that all collide into a final confrontation between the family of the lost son, the imposter himself, and the skeptical townspeople that uncovered the truth behind this unbelievable jaw-dropping story. What I found most interesting about the film was that the imposter, Frederic Bourdin, didn't feel regret for what he did to the family. He points out how foolish the family was and gives us the rundown on how the whole plan went down; following his journey in Spain, to the transformation into Nicholas Barclay, concluding with the final days of his time with the family and what could have become of Nicholas. We go back and forth from Frederic's perspective to different members of the family, mostly Nicholas' sister that was probably most affected by his disappearance, and it's very powerful stuff. It's hard to say I'll ever watch the film again because it leaves you sort of cold towards the end, but 'The Imposter' should still be seen in droves of audiences across the country by people who enjoy mystery and suspense.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' is more than what audiences might have perceived it to be. After seeing the trailer to this movie, it made me want to read the book to find out more, and I was not disappointed by it in the least. So how does the movie hold up; tremendously well. I saw real frailty and despair in Logan Lerman as the main character Charlie, plus great sporadic energy in Ezra Miller who has lightened up since his 'Kevin' days. But it's Emma Watson that shows viewers how good she is. It's a 180 degree switch from Hermione which is a good thing, because most actors that have been identified as one character their whole childhood must be worried they won't be given respect as they try to reach an adult audience. Luckily, Emma is great in this film. She plays Sam as a charismatic, funny, and mostly heartbreaking character, just like I read her in the book. A film that has music from my favorite era to classic soft rock is nothing else I could ask for in a movie, but when it's boosted by a intricate score than makes the scenes more powerfull than you think they could, well that's just showing off. And you can't talk about the book without mentioning Stephen Chbosky, who does an awesome job at transferring his book to the big screen with sincere dialogue and sensitive direction. I wish more authors were more willing to do that with their books without butchering the things that made them great. This is a movie high school students, college students, and even adults can all enjoy. And it's also one of my favorites of this year.

Seven Psychopaths

Slick dialogue and an odd-bunch of celebrities is what you get when you go to see 'Seven Psychopaths'. After lending his views on the mystery genre with 'In Bruges', Martin McDonaugh has given viewers a wackier, bloodier piece of comedy with 'Seven Psychopaths'. Using such talents like Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, and Woody Harrelson, viewers are taken on such a fun ride with every one of the characters. Even if some characters seem a little underused, the way the movie unfolds is what saves the characters from being forgotten. They all connect in various ways and odd situations, that it becomes all the more hilarious once you realize why they were introduced in the first place. It's very unexpected at times, and that's why I found it so fun. Sam Rockwell gives a great performance in this movie, and he's really the glue that puts this picture together as far as the story goes. But he's also the funniest character in this movie, and he delivers his dialogue with such nuance and eccentricity that it almost becomes too much for you to handle; thanks in part to Martin McDonaugh. As far as screenplays go this year, 'Seven Psychopaths' is one of the best this year, and in my opinion, the best comedy film so far this year.


Third times the charm doesn't mean anything to Ben Affleck when it comes to directing. After two great films ('Gone Baby Gone', 'The Town') Ben Affleck leaves his comfort zone of Boston and shows he can make more than crime films with 'Argo', his third and best film to date. Depicting the Iranian Revolution of 1979-1981, you find out more about this event than what you initially knew. A scheme so far fetched, you could only see it in the movies; so to speak. After seeing Ben in films like 'Good Will Hunting' and 'The Town', now I see what he can do when it comes to acting ability. He's able to give a great performance as long as he cares about the words he's given to say, and it shows in 'Argo' for sure. Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston (Hiesenberg), and John Goodman are all suburb in their roles as well, which is funny because I could see them all being nominated for Best Supporting Actor this year. Chris Terrio's screenplay is awesome as well, delving into different genres; starting as a fierce political thriller, that slides into to a powerful drama, that can also have a comedic attitude towards the way Hollywood works. I'm seeing oscar nominations all across the board for 'Argo', and a promising future for Ben Affleck.


After the first viewing, I was left puzzled and wondering what the motivation was. But going through 'Videodrome' again, I realize it has a lot more to say than what I initially perceived it as. It's more about consumption than violence and how the media becomes part of us in a way. As technology is getting more advanced, we allow ourselves to become more vulnerable to its charms. We go through our lives with the help of cell phones and computers, but once we don't have the access an longer, we become the slaves of the regular world. Lots of messages can be taken from 'Videodrome'; you just have to be willing to find them.

Dogtown and Z-Boys

You don't have to be a skateboarder, surfer, or any kind of thrill seeker to enjoy 'Dogtown and Z-Boys'. Narrated by Sean Penn and directed by former Z-Boy Stacy Peralta, 'Dogtown and Z-Boys' chronicles the skateboarding phenomenon, evolving from a short lived idea to a cultural landmark amongst kids who dreamed of surfing on asphalt. Looking at the Z-Boys today and how skating changed their perspective on life, it gives viewers more to take in than just a sports history lesson.


After 'ParaNorman' was released, I didn't think there was gonna be a darker animated movie this year. Then I saw 'Frankenweenie', and 2 things happened: 1. I was utterly mistaken. And 2. My faith in Tim Burton was restored once again. After watching the original short Tim did back in the '80s, I was really touched by the way a story filled with darkness could have a big heart underneath. And that's what Tim showed with films like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Ed Wood later on in his career; proving he's a creative genius with a odd vision. But lately that vision has been getting cluttered with crap scripts or mediocre remakes that don't supply the heart his older films do. Luckily, 'Frankenweenie', a stop-motion version of his first film, does just that. We feel the same emotions we did during 'Edward Scissorhands', see the same kind of visuals we saw in 'The Nightmare Before Christmas', and hear the angelic Elfman scores again. But more importantly, we get a homage to the classic Universal horror films that inspired Tim Burton back when he was just an aspiring filmmaker. Going back to the 'Frankenstein' films, 'The Mummy', 'Creature From the Black Lagoon', and even 'Godzilla'. 'Frankenweenie' is easily Tim Burton's best film in a decade, and a classic one as well.


So far this year we've had superheroes, khaki scouts, and extraterrestrial engineers, but 'Looper' has them all beat so far. The new film by Rian Johnson is a hell of a time at the movie theater and what I believe is a new Sci-Fi classic for us film lovers. Joseph Gordon-Levitt must be having a great year being involved in such great projects, but this is the film that has made him a true star in my book. He embodies Bruce Willis like he's been waiting for this role his entire life. The voice, the make-up, the attitude; he is Bruce Willis. As far as the real Bruce goes, he's fantastic in this film and must have had a great time filling those action shoes once again. I give huge kudos to Rian Johnson for writing such a unique and clever screenplay, plus directing the film with such ease. I can't wait to see what Rian has in store for his next film because he is a true lover of his craft and proves it exceedingly well with 'Looper'.

Ruby Sparks
Ruby Sparks(2012)

You see Calvin's struggle for authority and power in the relationship because he created Ruby, but it becomes his downfall when Ruby starts to develop real emotions even though she's not techinally real. The underlying message that 'Ruby Sparks' is that you can't change anyone to satisfy your own personal needs or desires; even if they can come from your own mind.

Take This Waltz

Sarah Polley's 'Take This Waltz' is brutal, heartwarming, and raw when it comes to the themes of marriage and infidelity. Michelle Williams give yet another trailblazing performance as Margot, a simple woman who is conflicted between her loving husband, Lou, and a neighbor, Daniel, that she feels a intensely strong connection to. Seth Rogen just continues to impress me as an actor proving that he doesn't have to rely on comedy, but that he can do serious roles as well; even if he can come off as goofy in those roles too. Though at the end of the film, I felt unsatisfied. Maybe it's because of the route the character chose, or just due to it being a bolder choice. But overall, a solid film.

End of Watch
End of Watch(2012)

'End of Watch' has this endless energy to it, whether it's from the gritty drug busts or the great dialogue that is exchanged between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. The two deliver awesome performances in this film, as well as Anna Kendrick. David Ayer did a great job with this film when it comes to the realism. Growing up in Los Angeles, he must have been accustomed to what was happening from the '90s to now, and it definitely shows in this film. And it ties back to another Ayer screenplay, 'Training Day', in a couple scenes, which was a big plus in my book.

The Master
The Master(2012)

Paul Thomas Anderson proves his talents are endless yet again with his latest film 'The Master', a strikingly haunting picture about one man's psychosis and the obstacles that block his path in life; at least how I saw it. Joaquin Phoenix comes back to the big screen as Freddie Quell, a character so distraught and destructive that's worthy of an Oscar statue. Also in the running possibly, Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd, a man that takes Freddie under his wing, or "Cause", and shows him a world beyond the life he used to know. 'The Master' is a film that's brilliant on both sides of the camera, showcasing cinematography to a masterful level exploding an lucsious exuberance of vibrant colors. Paul Thomas Anderson's directing gives us more exquisite camera movement and challenges our brains when it comes to a screenplay loosely based on the religion of Scientology. Mixing all these elements together, you get a drink only Freddie Quell could put together.

The Cabin in the Woods

A meta-feat in the list of modern day horror films, 'The Cabin in the Woods' burns horror film clichà (C)s to the ground offering something more frightening and funny than recent horror films today that feel the need to recycle more than revive.


You can see Nixon in Frank Langella and the fear that devours him in 'Frost/Nixon', a fierce political drama that also serves as an important history lesson on one of the biggest scandals of the 20th century.

Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz(2007)

Between the two films penned by the genius pair of Wright and Pegg, 'Shaun of the Dead' is my personal favorite. But it doesn't mean 'Hot Fuzz' didn't keep me entertained. I literally had a blast with this film, and I commend Edgar Wright for exploring genres like the Columbus he is. 'Hot Fuzz' has that same raunchy flavor like 'Shaun of the Dead' did, but it has a more explosive and British tone than 'Shaun' as well which is what I appreciated the most about it.

Shaun of the Dead

You'd think a British horror/comedy/romance film about about the zombie apocalypse would be the oddest idea. And you would be right, but it doesn't mean 'Shaun of the Dead' didn't do its job absurdly well. The first writing partnership between Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg has the raunchy laughs mixed with the re-animated cadavers hungry for flesh, and balances the two worlds so wonderfully and disgustingly.


Set in the Prohibition era, 'Lawless' is a great example of how man will do anything for his family, his rights, and for himself. Shia LaBoeuf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, and Guy Pearce are all top notch in this movie, and John Hillcoat's direction is great depicting a beat up Virginia town that's more than what it seems to be.

The Grey
The Grey(2012)

Although sort of generic for a survival tale, 'The Grey' has a heart hidden beneath it's action repertoire. Liam Neeson has become the go-to action star of our generation it seems and would I agree with that label... yeah sure. I mean, he displays a sure intensity each time he's on the screen and almost makes you listen to what he has to say. Just goes to show what a transition an actor's career can become.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

The musical of Tim Burton's dreams, 'Sweeny Todd' the film has the pulsating bloody joy the musical had thanks to the powerful voices of Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter. All the songs are delightfully catchy despite having this dark cloud of despair surround them. The way Tim constructed this grim, yet beautiful nightmare really astounded me just because it was a different take on the genre. Almost as if 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' meet 'Edward Scissorhands', got married the next day, and decided to move to London.

Attack the Block

The main purpose is to deliver its viewers something different, which it does so well. It starts is somewhat protestant and unforgiving, but your left having to deal with it in order to care for these characters, otherwise there's no point in this seeing the film unless you wanted to see the monsters with glowing teeth. Otherwise, you'll have a ball with 'Attack the Block'.

Let Me In
Let Me In(2010)

'Let Me In' strikes a chord in viewers hearts whilst making them skip a beat once or twice. Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Moretz each deliver stunning performances as the outcast and the chilled soul who grow closer as she gets thirstier, and writer/director Matt Reeves gives us a horror classic for the new generation.

El Mariachi
El Mariachi(1993)

The tight budget doesn't dismiss the fact that 'El Mariachi' still has the energy of Robert's later films like 'Sin City' or 'Machete', it just shows what one kid with a camera and a dream can accomplish.

Fright Night
Fright Night(1985)

'Fright Night' gives chills and thrills rather than being cheesy like most '80s horror flicks. While at the same time is very funny considering a character like 'Evil' Ed Thompson who gives some of the best lines like "Oh, you're so cool Brewster!" Definitely worth a watch if you're into horror and comedy.

There Will Be Blood

Easily Paul Thomas Anderson's best film, and obviously one of the best movies of the decade,'There Will Be Blood' follows no rules of a conventional epic making the viewer pay attention to who's the real villain in the story: Daniel Plainview or Eli Sunday? For me, its got to be Daniel. He will do anything it takes to be successful, even if it means stealing a dead-man's baby and using him to pass himself as a "family business." Daniel Day-Lewis plays his second Oscar-winning performance that's just shy of perfect, while Paul Dano does a great job playing Eli Sunday, the money-grubbing priest who just wants Daniel to pay for the blood. Although it carries on rather too long, it still enthralls you in it's story and doesn't loosen the tight grip.


Really solid job by Laika again with 'ParaNorman', a tale not for the faint of children's hearts. This is definitely more mature than other animation films, but it doesn't suffer in mediocrity. 'ParaNorman' is so far the year's best animation by breaking boundaries and being more humorous. And Neil is just great as Norman's sidekick.

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Stoner comedies aren't my forte, but 'Harold and Kumar' is always a good watch. Even if the racist jokes, drug jokes, and sex jokes sometimes go too far, it all balances out the two keep getting into random situations. And Neil Patrick Harris(N.P.H for the Doogie Houser fans) is by far the best thing about this movie. He's only in the movie for about 15 minutes, but the way he uses his reputation as Neil Patrick Harris is too good. Overall, it's a great comedy that takes you a wild trip all for tiny burgers.

The Royal Tenenbaums

Although somewhat confusing to non-Andersonites, 'The Royal Tenenbaums' still charms you with it's sweet humor between characters, set design, and quirky acting, especially by the great Gene Hackman.

Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson's latest film describes the personal relationship between two kids in a sort of Romeo and Juliet style mixed with that signature Wes Anderson flair. While the rest of the ensemble cast including Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, and Edward Norton try to find them. The screenplay by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola is probably the best I've heard all year. Using kids as the stars is what's most spectacular to me because they didn't act like kids at all. They seemed more mature than the adults at some points, which caused the adults to act more like the kids. I loved the Sam and Suzy characters the most, of course. They were such great leads for a Wes Anderson movie. So brutally honest and real, yet playful and destructive that their stories would still continue to grow. I think Wes has scored probably his biggest ht yet, and this is going to be another classic amongst us Andersonites.


The makeup job is like a marvel in itself because when you look at the creatures, they are truly frightening. Clive Barker really brought something new to the horror genre, which was this sorta S&M style of terror.

Horrible Bosses

I thought the whole dynamic of killing their bosses was kinda stupid, but the humor from Charlie Day, Jason Bateman, and Jason Sudekis is what kept it going. Jennifer Aniston has never been more funny or sexy and Kevin Spacey owns this movie by being a true 'horrible boss'.


I don't know what is more badass; seeing superheroes act more raw and human since 'Dark Knight', or the buff glowing man who doesn't wear underwear? Either way, a thrill to watch and a clear visualization of the masks we all wear at times.

Drag Me to Hell

Man, this movie takes you for a loop. First I thought it was gonna be a generic demon tale, but then Sam Raimi's name appeared and my perspective changed immediately. The way the 'Evil Dead' trilogy is praised will probably be the way this could be remembered in a decade. I was truly terrified during this film, but also laughing a lot as well. That's what Sam Raimi does so well in his movies. Wholesome beginning, likable characters, then bad things happen to them for no reason, which makes you feel pity for them cause they will be tossed through the fun house until they can't take it anymore. And that's exactly what's going to happen to Christine.

The Dark Knight

Christopher Nolan's second film in the trilogy, 'The Dark Knight' leaves its outer barriers from 'Begins' and puts our favorite villain back into the picture. It's a truly visualized masterpiece of a cat and mouse game between Batman and Joker, but also between Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent who vie for the love of Rachel Dawson. And throughout the whole film, Bruce Wayne has to ask himself if Batman is really worth existing if people are just going to suffer if he's around which is really the twist of it all. It's dazzling as far as Batman gliding along the streets of Gotham, but also really dark with the jarring scenes involving the Joker causing explosive mayhem. Heath Ledger: genius being the strongest word I can think for his performance as the Joker. I mean, I didn't think it was gonna be that menacing and disturbing, but I was just floored by it completely. Christian plays Bruce Wayne at his most vulnerable, and Batman at his most mysterious in this one. And probably the most amazing thing about this movie: the screenplay. I couldn't quite comprehend what was happening some of the time because it was so complex, but that's why it's important to watch this movie more than once. You get to know why Bruce is in pain, you find out why Harvey Dent is the biggest person of interest, and you realize that superhero movies can be more than just that. Christopher, Jonathan, and David have constructed a crime saga more than a superhero trilogy and broken new ground just by making something unconventional, and for that we as viewers have become more sophisticated in our taste of movies. If you haven't seen this yet, you're missing out on probably the best superhero movie ever made. It's just that simple to say.


I mean this without any hesitation; 'GoodFellas' is the best mob movie ever made. Martin made the iconic film of the '70s: 'Taxi Driver'. The defining film of the '80s: 'Raging Bull'. And then made this amazing stroke of genius that made us question all that we thought we knew about him. You can't point many flaws on this movie besides that they didn't use the f-word enough times. I can't say a single word against the acting because every actor embodied what a true gangster should be. Gangsters should take note of this film because it can give them ideas they would consider harsh. Ultimately what I love most about this film is probably just how authentic and real it seemed to be as far as the violence and dialogue. Really doesn't hold back on the honesty and true nastiness these characters' tongues spew out at times. Most people could say The Godfather films are the true epitome of a gangster and they might be right, but if you're truly looking to see real blasts of energy and true depictions of violent acts, watch 'GoodFellas'.

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

After three attempts at a great 'Mission: Impossible', Brad Bird has shown us that the fourth time is the charm. Ethan Hunt and his new assembled team are forced to become "ghosts" after a mission goes wrong and the IMF is framed for it. The clever script and intense action filled agenda is what keeps this picture moving. The acting from Tom, Jeremy, Simon, and Paula is great. And the visuals are just astounding like Tom climbing the highest building in the world, or a chase scene during a sandstorm. This movie was really impressive the whole way through, and I can;t wait to see what they have in store for the next one.


Of course the concept is ridiculous. Of course the plot is weird. But guess what; it's effing hilarious. Do you know why? Seth McFarlane!!! One of the best comedies in recent years.

The Howling
The Howling(1981)

Although it's in the middle of the great werewolf movies, 'The Howling' still succeeds by being completely killer savage with its make-up jobs and brutal death scenes.

A Christmas Story

Looking back, you think this wasn't destined to be a classic. But now you would be dead wrong if you said that.

Charlie Bartlett

As far as the superficial story goes, 'Charlie Bartlett' is kind of uplifting even though it's mostly about selling drugs and striving for popularity.

Office Space
Office Space(1999)

What's the best way to describe 'Office Space' besides "work sucks"? It's just so true to its theme and it doesn't hide its true feelings about going to work. I mean, Mike Judge created 'Beavis & Butthead' and 'King of the Hill'; so when people first heard about 'Office Space' they automatically knew it was gonna be hilarious, and they were absolutely right.

Cool Hand Luke

Paul Newman's best in my opinion. 'Cool Hand Luke' is a film that's superhuman in my eyes; it's universal, life-changing, and inspiring on so many levels.


The grunge scene, funny dialogue, and interesting characters make 'Singles' a given classic for me being born around that time and year. Cameron Crowe, coming off from 'Say Anything', pleases the viewers again just by sticking to what worked in his previous film: the honesty.

Scream 4
Scream 4(2011)

I was getting more into it up until the climax, and then Emma Roberts tried to do her best psycho bitch character... and then I lost my excitement after that.

The Dark Knight Rises

Although the first hour sort of becomes a little rushed at times, it's undeniably thrilling to see Bruce finally return from 8 years of darkness and pain as the caped crusader; realizing that Gotham can be safe again despite his own personal grief as the Batman figure. Going up against two new villains gives the movie a chance to see things from many different perspectives. Bane's terrorist army and plans of reckoning allow us to become scared again after The Joker's tyranny. While Catwoman becomes the voice for Gotham's less fortunate and lashes out against the rich and all-powerful. The film displays true emotion and shows us how we can rise from obscurity and become something bigger basically. Christian Bale has never been better as Bruce Wayne finally making us feel sympathy for him, while the supporting cast including Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotillard, and Michael Caine all give us wonderful performances finally solidifying the Christopher Nolan Batman franchise as one of the best trilogies ever filmed.

- R.I.P to the 12 people who have been murdered in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting. You will all be missed dearly, and may the day that justice be served come soon...

Batman Begins

Christopher Nolan deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for bringing back the superhero Joel Schumacher ruined in a matter of 2 crappy films. 'Batman Begins' is full of great acting, thrilling action sequences, and wonderful dialogue that makes you embrace the Dark Knight once again.

The Exorcist
The Exorcist(1973)

Once known as "the scariest film of all time", and maybe still is "the scariest film of all time", 'The Exorcist' harms viewers minds after the first watch in a matter of devil-induced horrordom.

Night of the Living Dead

George's first zombie film is just amazing. 'Night of the Living Dead' broke new ground as far as horror goes and stays a cult classic to this day.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

'Nightmare on Elm Street' tells us what we are all afraid of in one dream sequence while applies a new sense of direction to what we love in a horror film.

The Hangover Part II

The sequel is equally as raunchy, less funny, but has that panache that drew me into the first one.

Natural Born Killers

It's a scary, visceral experience to watch 'Natural Born Killers' just because you don't expect all the twists and turns that you take throughout the film, and that's the kind of experience you want to have in an Oliver Stone movie. It gets silly at points and leaves you wanting more towards the end, but I still really enjoy 'Natural Born Killers'.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Knowing its only been 5 years since number 3, 'The Amazing Spider-Man' still provides good acting, smart direction, and faithful adaptation from the comics. I feel that this one is a little better than '1', doesn't reach the status of '2', but is a huge step up from '3'.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, and Bill Murray all shine together in 'Fantastic Mr. Fox', and Wes Anderson has proven that you don't need to be educated in the art of animation to make such an astounding animated film like this one.

Bram Stoker's Dracula

I enjoyed Coppola's take on the legendary vampire, but when you throw Keanu Reeves into the mix, it sorta becomes an exercise in learning who fits and who doesn't. Whereas Gary Oldman, the best actor in the whole film, completely immerses himself in the role and shows real light in the dark tale.

Sling Blade
Sling Blade(1996)

'Sling Blade' is a fantastic film by actor/writer/director Billy Bob Thornton, who I feel has lost his luster big time after making this film. I enjoyed the Karl Childers character because it really didn't have any boundaries, and Billy just plays him to a tee.

The Great Escape

McQueen, Bronson, Garner, and the rest of the crew kick ass in 'The Great Escape'. One of my favorite prison films, 'The Great Escape' describes the personal need of freedom used in a very dramatic and funny way. The intricate set-up on the escape scenes really intrigued me and made me more into the story. And McQueen's motorcycle chase is a masterpiece in modern cinema along side his car chase scene in 'Bullitt'.


One of those Dreamworks productions that can almost stand toe to toe with Pixar.

Shrek 2
Shrek 2(2004)

'Shrek 2' is a pretty funny sequel to the original 'Shrek'. Is it as funny? I don't know, maybe. I do know that I enjoyed all the characters introduced or brought back, and I wish that Dreamworks could've kept the Shrekmania going after this film.

Beverly Hills Cop

Eddie Murphy at the top of his game.


Even though it's crude humor and vulgarity becomes too much, 'Malrats' ultimately succeeds in part to it's funny characters and somewhat interesting plot.

Batman Forever

'Batman Forever' is a convoluted mess of a Batman film. I try not to be too harsh towards filmmakers, but Joel Schumacher can go die in a hole for all I care. The only things I can say I liked were:
1. Val Kilmer as Bruce Wayne
2. Jim Carrey's Riddler
3. Michael Gough as Alfred
4. The special effects
5. Seal's 'Kiss From a Rose'.

21 Jump Street

'21 Jump Street' is a good reboot of the '80s TV drama, and it provides a lot of laughs considering how unlikely the pairing of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum is.

A Bug's Life
A Bug's Life(1998)

'A Bug's Life' depicts the struggle a bug has every day, but in a more imaginative way that only Pixar can breathe life into.

Rear Window
Rear Window(1954)

I love 'Rear Window' sooo much! Alfred Hitchcock's best film in my opinion, 'Rear Window' personally frightens and entices me by being scary, funny, romantic, and thrilling throughout the whole film. Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly are both amazing in this film, as is Raymond Burr playing the man of suspect. Hitchcock's direction is impeccable, and John Michael Hayes' script has a lot of twists and turns which make you very paranoid. It's such a well done picture when it comes to the set design because it makes you feel like you're actually living in the apartment complex trying to find out what's happening from across your window. Overall, I personally love this film and anyone who is a fan of mystery and suspense should watch this film.

Ghost World
Ghost World(2001)

Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson are perfectly cast in this movie. They're at that right age where the urge to get out of school and start life consumes your brain. And considering this is an adaptation of a comic book series, I enjoyed 'Ghost World' very much.

Ed Wood
Ed Wood(1994)

'Ed Wood' is arguably Tim Burton's best work because he made it without that signature fashion he usually does in all his other films. It is goofy and dark, but it's also more mature in some parts which allows the non Burton fans to enjoy it also.


If there's ever been a film that started the spoof genre, I'd think 'Airplane!' is it. Every scene is comedic gold and the laughs have stayed the same all these years.


'Scarface' never takes itself too seriously and shoots for the stars when it comes to pushing the limit. Brian DePalma's direction mixed with Al Pacino's heavy performance makes 'Scarface' Scarface; it's just that simple.


Although it's shot from a one-person narrative throughout most of the movie, 'Elephant' gave me chills all the way through as well. The whole Columbine inspiration sort of brought me into a state of shock because I never understood that moment until I watched this film. And Gus Van Sant's direction is extraordinary as well, putting the viewers in a trance if you will because you can't take your eyes off what is happening. Really enjoyed this film.


Some scenes are too scary for kids to handle, and the story itself kinda digresses from the book it's based upon, but I loved this movie as a kid and still enjoy it today because of Robin Williams' performance as Alan.

The Indian in the Cupboard

'The Indian in the Cupboard' doesn't succeed on acting as much as it does on it's special effects, but I enjoyed it's heartfelt story all the way through.

Scent of a Woman

Pacino owns this film and makes it his bitch! WHO-HA!!!

Full Metal Jacket

You don't know war until you see 3 films: 'Apocalypse Now', 'Saving Private Ryan', and Stanley Kubrick's 'Full Metal Jacket.' Joker, Private Pile, and Srgt. Hartman are the characters that affected me the most. Joker's stance on peace, Pile's transformation from a lovable underdog to suicidal psychotic, and Srgt. Hartman's villainous tirade on all his maggots. Considering this is Stanley's final war film, I'd safely say it ended that part of his career with a bang (no pun intended.)

Three Kings
Three Kings(1999)

David O'Russell's best film in my opinion, 'Three Kings' describes the relationship between soldiers during the Gulf War and gives more insight on how to deal with war itself.

The Shawshank Redemption

Frank Darabont's emotionally packed 'Shawshank' is a story about hope and the struggle to live for what is right. Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins play the two leads with such charisma and emotion you want them to escape so easily out of the prison, while at the same time, find out more ways to keep hope inside Shawshank.

One Hour Photo

Robin Williams plays a pretty despicable villain in 'One Hour Photo' and you really can't take your eyes off him for a second. His character gets under your skin, yet you can't help but like his nice guy exterior.


One of the first all computer-generated effects movies, 'TRON' is a revolutionary film still to this day.

Free Willy
Free Willy(1993)

You can't fight your inner crybaby when watching 'Free Willy' considering how cheesy it is, and the final scene where Willy jumps/flies over the rock wall almost leaves you to tears.


It more entertaining on an action level rather than a horror level, but 'Blade' still entertains through the 2 hour spectrum.


There's the rich kids, jocks, stoners, loners, nerds, and then there's the Heathers. 'Heathers' skews all the cliques there are in high school and makes you wish they didn't exist. It mixes dark comedy with high school drama and works perfectly because everyone wishes that the jock asshole or queen bee bitch would just disappear. But 'Heathers' by far exceeds our expectations, and makes fun of the subject of death without making it seem like an awkward funeral. The dialogue between Veronica and Heather Chandler is very funny alone because it lies on the verge between deeply poetic and completely perverted, which is what almost every high school student talks like; if it was all put into metaphor. Overall, you feel all the emotions that Veronica feels towards Heather Chandler and can relate to her completely which ultimately works. Cult classic.


I enjoyed 'Unbreakable' for making the superhero genre have more depth and surreal.

Project X
Project X(2012)

It works on a teen comedy level, but it's a stupid teen comedy level. The whole point of 'Project X' is to show underage girls naked, cause irreparable damage, and throw in a dirty sex joke every 3 minutes. Now that may have entertained me when I was 13, but now it's become too juvenile.


It's not hard to categorize 'Clueless', but once you start watching it it does entertain you to a certain extent because you either make fun of their morals or stupidity.

Fast Times At Ridgemont High

One of the most influential teen films of all time, 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' has all the makings of teen nostalgia and started many careers for it's stars like Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, and even Nicolas Cage.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' is compelling, but confusing. Gary Oldman's performance is awesome, as always. The story has all these twists and turns which rattle your brain, but it's still fun to try and solve the mystery along side Smiley.


'Prometheus' is the first time they succeeded in making a good sequel, prequel, or whatever it is to 'Aliens'. The special effects are amazing, the acting is terrific, and the pacing is pitch perfect. Although my personal flaws do scream out at me also when it comes to the storyline. Sometimes it would seem as if the lines were kinda corny and more related to 'Alien', and the characters were sort of hard to care for as well. But overall, it's one of the better films of the year and a nice entry into the sci-fi/horror genre.

Sin City
Sin City(2005)

The blood, the grit, the comic look; everything together works so well in 'Sin City' it doesn't seem like a sin at all.

The Other Guys

The odd pairing of Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell surprising worked considering my doubts, and the comedy never seemed to end as far as I'm concerned.

Monster's Ball

Halle Berry's performance is heartfelt and vulnerable, and I'm glad she broke the color barrier at the Oscars when she won Best Actress. Plus having Billy Bob Thornton and Heath Ledger in this film isn't bad as well. And the story itself is haunting and dramatic considering it's about racism but has it's personal moments as well. One of the best from 2001.

Eyes Wide Shut

Stanley, it's not "goodbye"; it's "I'll see you later..."


Utterly charming and sweet, 'Amélie' comes at you like a breath of fresh air that you welcome without hesitation.

The Blair Witch Project

It chills you and thrills you watching 'The Blair Witch Project' because it seems real. The whole documentary style of it makes you scared when they end up getting in some sort of danger. Jerking the camera around may make viewers sort of sick, but it's super effective.


'Aliens' is one of the few sequels that can stand up to it's predecessor; if not be a little better. I think it's James Cameron's best film in my opinion, and I thought Sigourney Weaver was way better in this because Ripley was more developed and got a chance to show she's the real hero.

Ordinary People

'Ordinary People' describes the family relationship in real sensitive matter that it almost becomes too much for the viewer to handle. Timothy Hutton plays the son dealing with his brother's death in a way that seems genuine, while Mary Tyler Moore and Donald Sutherland play the parents who try to hold back all attachment to their grief, which leads to a somewhat unsatisfying ending. But with Robert Redford's direction it's all displayed with a gentile touch.

Repo Man
Repo Man(1984)

Hard to comprehend what goes on during the film, but it still excites you with the punk rock feel and gets your adrenaline pumping at times.

True Grit
True Grit(2010)

The Coen Bros. pay homage to the 1969 classic and throws a curve ball into the mix. You don't see the same kind of power and emotion in Jeff Bridges playing Rooster Cogburn like John Wayne did, but it still does it justice. While the outstanding Hailee Steinfeld shows that she's has just as much grit and growl as Jeff Bridges does; if not more.

Lawrence of Arabia

'Lawrence of Arabia'; the sweeping epic by David Lean is one of those films you're forever changed by after you watch it due to it's colorful aspect, grand scope, and brilliant acting that includes the feature film debut of Peter O'Toole.

Some Like It Hot

One of the best comedies in movie history, 'Some Like it Hot' is wacky, sexy, and all-around hilarious from start to finish. And Billy Wilder gave us all a promise with this film: that no person will ever forget his or Marylin Monroe's names.

Brokeback Mountain

The way Ang Lee directs 'Brokeback Mountain' with such intimacy like Ennis and Jack's relationship makes you sort of develop your own personal relationship with the film also. Heath Ledger proves his real acting ability in this film, Jake Gyllenhall is also really great in the film, while Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway also bring light to their roles as the lied-to partners of Jack and Ennis. The whole film is a look at relationships basically, but on a deeper level because it's also talking about how being gay at that time was sort of like being a social pariah and having to deal with that isolation. As far as Best Picture goes, 'Brokeback Mountain' deserved the win instead of 'Crash' in my opinion because it was a deeper film, a more personal film; it was just the better film.


'Crash' tells a great story with the spiderweb multitude of characters and goes deep into all the trouble that these characters have gotten into. Paul Haggis writes the film with no hesitation and his direction is very personal, but by the end of the Academy Awards ceremony, I think we were all thinking the same thing: What the hell was the Academy thinking? It's a great film, but put it next to 'Brokeback Mountain', it just becomes a small memory to viewers.

The Last Temptation of Christ

Although controversial at the time of it's release, 'The Last Temptation of Christ' gives viewers a deeper look in the final days, fantasies, and regrets of Jesus Christ.


Beautifully shot, great acting, and on location galore brings 'Babel' up a notch every half hour it lasts.

X-Men Origins - Wolverine

Just boring and the story deliver worth a damn. Just sad because it could have been sooo much better.

Mississippi Burning

It doesn't turn away from the horrific truth of racism. Gene Hackman plays a great hero character in 'Mississippi Burning' as does Willem Dafoe playing his right hand man trying to get the truth out of the Southern Klan movement.


'Beginners' is a touching and heartfelt film that seems completely ridiculous but ultimately worked due to the magnificent script and performances by Ewan McGregor, Mélanie Laurent, and Christopher Plummer; who finally got his long deserved Oscar for his role.

Shallow Grave

It's kind of hard to care for all the characters just because they're equally despicable in their own way, but in a way, you still want one of them to get all the riches. Good debut from Danny Boyle, but could use a little tweaking.


'Terri' is a unique film; let's just leave it at that.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Undeniably charming and cute, 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist' gives the viewer what it wants: a love story that you want to be real; not schmaltzy.

Chasing Amy
Chasing Amy(1997)

I don't think I've related to a romantic comedy more than with 'Chasing Amy.' Just the honest script by Kevin Smith and all the actors playing their parts with perfection; even Ben Affleck, makes the film a classic to me now.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

The ultimate acid trip even if you're not on acid or any narcotics.

Love Story
Love Story(1970)

It's almost tough to watch at times because it's so sad or so cheesy. But overall, I still think 'Love Story' has great acting from Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw as the leads and it gets you emotional until the point where one of them loses everything.

Slumdog Millionaire

If you enjoy romance, drama, and adventure, then 'Slumdog' is your destiny. You see the struggle and heartbreak in Jamal's personal journey, and left with a personal message of self discovery. While the slums of Mumbai are ridden with hate, love is what keeps Jamal in the game.

Barry Lyndon
Barry Lyndon(1975)

One of Stanley's under-appreciated works, 'Barry Lyndon' has greatness flowing throughout the whole 3 hours and 23 minutes with Ryan O'Neal playing the lead role flawlessly. The way Kubrick filmed this film is intriguing enough because it's so subtle in each camera zoom and the art direction is perfection making viewers believe they're in the 1700's.

Men in Black
Men in Black(1997)

'MiB' charms with Will Smith's charisma and Tommy Lee Jones' rough center playing the two leads, with a whole bunch of funny lines that are quotable to this day. Plus the visuals are top notch as well.

Annie Hall
Annie Hall(1977)

Alvy Singer is a comedian who falls in love with the woman of his dreams/lounge singer Annie Hall. The simple plot with the gut-busting script makes 'Annie Hall' one of the most endearing and hilarious romantic comedies of all time.

Boyz n the Hood

You see 'Boyz n the Hood' and become speechless by what happens. You thought L.A. was a rough neighborhood, but you haven't seen anything once you watch this movie. It's violent, sad, and real.

127 Hours
127 Hours(2010)

I was tense throughout the whole film because I knew that certain scene was coming up, but '127 Hours' still engrossed me into the story also. And James Franco's performance as Aron Ralston is emotional and gripping.


'Heat' is a well devised, taut, crime drama with electrifying performances all across the board. Michael Mann delivers one of his best with this film, as well as one of the best crime films of all time.

King Kong
King Kong(1933)

'King Kong' is one of those movies that still remains a classic due to it being revolutionary for it's time. The special effects look primitive compared to the movies nowadays, and that's what is so impressive about it. But by the end, it ends up switching genres on us from monster movie to super emotional drama. Seeing it back in 1933 would have terrified America, but now kids get terrified from the latest 'Final Destination.' Amazing to see that transition.


The success of 'Drive' isn't in part to just the performance, but also how it succeed using more dialogue than explosions. Ryan Gosling as "Driver" is unbelievable and makes everyone want to wear his scorpion jacket, as well as the uncompromising Albert Brooks playing Bernie Rose; a role that should have garnered him another Oscar nod. The whole movie's a masterpiece and I can't wait for Nicolas Winding Refn's next film.

The Omen
The Omen(1976)

Highly effective in its source content, 'The Omen' makes you believe Damian is alive and reeking havoc amongst his fellow victims.


Even though it's special effects are third-rate and it's mostly an all senior cast, 'Cocoon' still lets you appreciate it's story and heart.

Little Monsters

Fred Savage is okay, Howie Mandel is okay, the movie itself is just okay.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Although I find Fincher's version superior, I still enjoyed the Swedish entry and particularly Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth.

Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows(2012)

Considering almost everything that goes on in this movie never happened in the tv series, I couldn't quite get into 'Dark Shadows' as much as I hoped. The supporting characters are underdeveloped, nobody's really likable, and the love story is dry. So why did Tim Burton want to do this movie; to team up with Johnny Depp again of course!

Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

'Dr. Strangelove' is one of the greatest comedies of all time because of Stanley's excellent direction, the comedic timing of Peter Sellers, and the constant talk of 'precious bodily fluids.' The movie itself is a political statement because it lets you in on what war does to people and how we can make fun of it at the same time.

Tropic Thunder

Everyone is great in this, but Robert Downey Jr. really sells this movie. I couldn't stop laughing when he was on the screen and 'Tropic Thunder' is a great comedy parodying those garbage Hollywood films I can't stand anymore.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Jason Segal is awesome in this and writes a great screenplay for 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall." But his dong was invited to the party a little too much during the film.


Corey Haim's best performance in my opinion. Any person can relate to 'Lucas' because it involves the awkward moments everyone has in high school, whether it's first love, the want to be popular, or finding out who your true friends are.

Risky Business

Tom Cruise's defining moment and it only involved Bob Seger and tighty whities.

The Blues Brothers

"It's 106 miles to Chicago. We got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses." "Hit it." This movie's a masterpiece.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

The quintessential Thanksgiving/Buddy Adventure comedy. Yeah, that's a genre I think. John Candy's dorkiness mixed with Steve Martin's stern attitude made this film so great.


Mathew Broderick plays the total anti-Ferris Bueller character in 'Election' and Alexander Payne makes his name known with the dark comedic writing.


'Fear' is that simple minded high school drama that soon turns into a simple minded romance, which then turns into a simple minded thriller, and finally ends on cliffhanger that we all see coming. But Mark Wahlberg's acting kept me from turning it off after the first 20 minutes.

The Fly
The Fly(1986)

The gross out audaciousness of 'The Fly' is what makes it a cult classic to this day.


Early River Phoenix is irresistible.


'Avatar' is visually brilliant, but I've seen the story told a lot better in films like 'Dances With Wolves', 'Pocahontas', or 'District 9.'

The Fisher King

Terry Giliam's wacky vision brings 'The Fisher King' into retrospect and Robin Williams' performance as a hobo dreamer is afflicting and hilarious all the way through.

Slap Shot
Slap Shot(1977)

'Slap Shot' is a great movie because it involves all the things people love about hockey: blood & fighting.

Midnight Express

I loved 'Midnight Express' for its gritty realism about life in prison.

Knocked Up
Knocked Up(2007)

Judd Apatow makes us care for the most despicable couple that could get pregnant together. Seth Rogen is a lazy asshole, Katherine Heigl's a stick in the mud that doesn't care about anything but her career. They get drunk one night, do the dirty deed, and 6 weeks later find out they're going to have a child. It seems like the most unlikely romantic comedy that could work, and it does due to the characters revealing their true feelings toward each other during the 9 months before they pop out that adorable baby that wouldn't even be the true spawn of Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl. Now that's it being played repeatedly on E!, people can enjoy the blisteringly funny moments over and over and over again, but only in a censored light.

The Wizard of Oz

You enter this land of enchantment and wonder, but also meet the most despicable and nasty characters as well. As you get through the different sections of Oz, you also meets up with the most lovable characters ever in film history. And by the end, you're left wanting more as Dorothy is finally back with her family. A modern classic that everybody loves and stays in hearts forever.

Source Code
Source Code(2011)

Jake Gyllenhaal gives a great performance in 'Source Code' and has us tensing up during each redo of the same 8 minutes on a train to find a bomb.

Coming to America

Eddie Murphy and John Landis give us a great comedy for the '80s with 'Coming to America.'

Marvel's The Avengers

Oh my god, THIS is what a superhero film should be! Joss Whedon writes and directs the action packed and audaciously funny 'The Avengers' without a flaw. Everyone in this is great and has their fair amount of screen time, but really, the one person who truly deserves credit for bringing his character to life is Mark Ruffalo. He makes Hulk more humane and likable considering how destructive he is. Plus, considering how self-centered Tony Stark/Iron Man can be, he ends up making the most sense out of everyone in the film. I give all the praise I can to this film, and I dare all the other films to beat it out at the box office. And yes, I mean you too 'Dark Knight Rises.'

Captain America: The First Avenger

The acting works, the story is good, but the special effects seem like their from the '40s also.

Jurassic Park

'Jurassic Park' is a visual stunner and technological feat in movie making.

The Wrestler
The Wrestler(2008)

A real look at someone trying to rise from his own personal struggles is what makes 'The Wrestler' so effective. And reviving Mickey Rourke's career is a plus too.

The Hangover
The Hangover(2009)

One the funniest movie of the decade, 'The Hangover' is 50% mystery, 50% crime, and 100% laugh out loud farce. Everything about this movie is nothing but pure genius coming from the writer/director of Old School, Todd Phillips. The real reason this movie was a hit is Zach Galifianakis, and it makes you think of what Alan would be like if Galifianakis didn't play him. No disrespect to actors Cooper, Helms, and Bartha, but Zach is the reason this movie does so well.

The Thing
The Thing(1982)

John Carpenter takes horror films to the next level with 'The Thing'. Seeing all the scary and intense scenes involving the alien, you tense up in your seat hoping to God that the person next to you isn't a replica that's going to kill you.


Today when you hear the name Mike Myers you automatically think of Wayne Campbell or Austin Powers, but in 1979, Mike Myers was the most feared name on the planet. Definitive cult classic and one of the most frightening films ever made, 'Halloween' makes you believe there's a boogeyman out there and he wont stop until he gets revenge.


Soderbergh's style of direction really shows off in 'Contagion' which is why I liked it. And the core fear of disease punches you right in the face immediately which makes the film all the more frightening.


'Up' is another beautifully told story by Pixar Studios, but does more than we expected it to because it's so much more mature than the others. About the most unlikely couple headed for the most unlikely place, Carl Fredricksen is an retired balloon salesman who aspires to go to South America after his wife passes away. Along for the journey is an 8-year old wilderness explorer named Russell who tries to get him to lighten up. Not knowing what to expect while they're there, they find out there's dangers way beyond their expectations. Ultimately, they realize the only way to escape is to work together and in the process, get to know each other. Instant classic for Pixar and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo(2003)

The movie I've seen the most in theaters, so it's kind of a give-in that I love it.


Few laughs come out of 'Hancock', although those laughs are pretty damn boisterous.

Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus(1993)

It's losing its charm each time it is watched in my household, and that's a lot of times. But I still appreciate what 'Hocus Pocus' brings to the table after all this time.

Monsters, Inc.

'Monsters, Inc.' requires less storyline because you instantly love the characters.

Fatal Attraction

A frightening thriller that added a heightened sense of paranoia in marriages and relationships afterward.

No Country for Old Men

'No Country for Old Men' is one of the best from the Coens and Javier Bardem gives possibly one of the best performances of the decade.

Napoleon Dynamite

Classic comedy for the new decade.


It's not the highest quality film Pixar's created, but 'Ratatouille' still succeeds with great set design, interesting characters, and great direction by Brad Bird.

District 9
District 9(2009)

The only thing that's stopping me from giving it a 4 1/2 out of 5 is the fact that almost every character blew up when they died. Other than that, I think 'District 9' is an awesome sc-fi film bridging on the true emotion of all its actors as well as the high quality special effects.

Gangs of New York

'Gangs of New York' is okay for a Scorsese film.

Batman Returns

I give props to Tim Burton for being able to continue the dark vibe I love from the first 'Batman'. Even though it doesn't give off that same energy from the villains like the Jack Nicholson Joker character, I admire The Penguin and Catwoman for their own certain traits. And Michael Keaton still plays Bruce Wayne/Batman great in this one again; he's brooding, he's emotional, he is... BATMAN.


If Tim Burton's 'Batman' wasn't introduced, we probably wouldn't have all the great predecessors by Nolan, which I absolutely love. But I don't give this film 4 1/2 stars just because of that, I give it that rating because it's just an awesome film in general. Keaton does a great job playing a lost Bruce Wayne and a mysterious Batman, while Jack plays a more devious and sinister character as Joker, who is my favorite character in the movie. And sure it's flawed at some points and Jack's performance does overpower Michael Keaton's at most times, but when I watch the film, I really don't care because I love how Tim directed it and the way he portrayed Gotham as the dark, convoluted city that was in the comics.


'Brick' is a film-noir like no other just because it sends the direct message of being original and dark, while paying homage to classic noirs from the '50s and '60s.

Gone Baby Gone

Ben Affleck gets his career back in motion when teaming up with younger brother Casey with his great directorial debut of 'Gone Baby Gone'. Testing the limits of every character, the movie almost makes you question your own beliefs and morals, right up until those final 20 minutes where a choice can become the beginning of life or death for one character.

3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma(2007)

A great western for the new decade, '3:10 to Yuma sends the message across that it isn't gonna be riddled with mediocre acting and blight melodramatic issues. No, this western is the real deal. Gritty, bloody, and 100% rough.

Hard Eight
Hard Eight(1996)

'Hard Eight', or 'Sydney' in Paul's eyes, is a great introduction to Paul Thomas Anderson and a great character study all the way through.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Cleverly using the awkward talents of Michael Cera and combining them with awesome video game special effects, 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' is a great tale for both geeks and popular kids alike, that is if the popular kids can get past their egos.

Almost Famous

Cameron Crowe's direction and script are awesome. But what makes this film amazing is that it's a homage to music and explains why music is universal.

My Left Foot
My Left Foot(1989)

'My Left Foot' is a great tale about rising from adversity and making a believer out of the most unpredictable person. Daniel Day-Lewis plays Christy Brown flawlessly and takes the film above and beyond from what it initially could have been.

Hoop Dreams
Hoop Dreams(1994)

One of the best documentaries ever filmed, 'Hoop Dreams' examines the true lives of 2 aspiring basketball players and their dreams of making it to the NBA. While one seems like his life is in full circle, he ultimately struggles trying to exceed his own expectations. While the other ends up taking the wrong path in school, but ultimately succeeds on the court when everyone doubts him.

Léon: The Professional

Full of awesome action scenes and great acting, 'The Proffesional' is a great entry in Luc Besson's resume.


The whole ordeal in 'Kick-Ass' is hilarious and bad-ass. Chloe-Grace Moretz is the best part of the film because she makes her character unbelievably likeable and you just want her to kick everyone's asses.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

Robert Downey, Jr. playing a cocky playboy millionaire/ superhero... HELL YES!!!

The Artist
The Artist(2011)

'The Artist' illuminates the screen, sending viewers back in time where silence was in fashion, and Hollywood had the final say. Following the careers of George Valentin and Peppy Miller over 5 years, we see the art of film changing dynamics; from silent cinema to talking pictures. While one of them rises, another plunges into their own personal abyss. But when the two find out how much better they are together, their story becomes a landmark in film history.

The Neverending Story

Wolfgang Peterson has so much fun with 'The Neverending Story' it's incredible. I mean, the rock bitter, Atreyu, The Childlike Empress, Falkor the Luck Dragon; all these characters blow my mind!


'Inception' is everything we love in a summer blockbuster and more. Very creative and worth its praises, Inception does what many Nolan films have done in the past, but distinguishes itself amongst the others.


'Antz' is a great film for all ages, even though it's kind of inappropriate at times for younger viewers.

True Romance
True Romance(1993)

'True Romance' exceeds expectations with stylish direction, snappy dialogue from Quentin Tarantino, and great actors all across the board.

We Need to Talk About Kevin

The darkness and mystery of this film is what drew me in instantly. And what can I say about Kevin; basically blending the son from 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore' with Damian from 'The Omen'. He's just a great character that you love to hate.

Do the Right Thing

Focusing on the issues of race and community, 'Do the Right Thing' is ultimately one of those films that stays in your mind after you've finished it.

My Dog Skip
My Dog Skip(2000)

'My Dog Skip' is a great family film, but it's also more mature than most of them.

Il Postino: The Postman (Il Postino)

This is a brilliant example of what makes foreign films relevant to America.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

If you can dismiss the nudity from 'Borat', you will literally be dying on the floor with stomach cramps gasping for air after laughing so hard.

Wedding Crashers

'Wedding Crashers' makes me laugh my butt off 99% through it all. The other 1% is taken over by the wedding compilation montage. ;D

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

The first half of the final installment, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1' gives the mega 'Potter' fans what they wanted, as well as myself. I was anticipating that moment so much when Voldemort would grab the Elder Wand feeling like he's invincible because I knew it make me anticipate the 'Part 2' I was wanting since the beginning of 2010.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' gave in to it's dark material it was based on extremely well, but I do have to say this: I feel that you could make a sexual joke out of some of the dialogue the actors were given. But that's not gonna stop me from putting down as a good adaptation of the book, I mean, it stayed true for almost everything. And the ending almost made me cry. Not because I wasn't expecting it, but because I wasn't emotionally ready for it.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Although I feel this is probably the weakest of the series and the least faithful, seeing the characters have to rally up for what was to come really intrigued me throughout the film. I had more anticipation going into this movie more than any other one before, so not being as satisfied sort of made me skeptical for the next one in the series.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Voldemort is back, and everything has become a battle for survival now. 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' is the only one in the series I didn't go to see in the theater, so I eagerly waited to get it on DVD the first day it came out. And after I finished it, I knew my feelings about 'Harry Potter' weren't going to be the same. I had this rush of heartache come through my body because darkness took over the final hour. I knew the series was going to be completely different after it, but I was still anxious for what was to come from the next film.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

After the first 2 films, I became more enthralled in the story and characters. So, after watching 'Prisoner of Azkaban', I was left speechless in my theater seat. Everything I thought 'Sorcerer's Stone' and 'Chamber of Secrets' did right was hid behind the 2 hours and 22 minutes of dark brilliance I just viewed. Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the rest of the characters sunk deeper into my heart and I knew I wasn't ever let them out. I mean, the acting, the effects, the story was all perfection in this one.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I remember geeking out seeing the first trailer for the next 'Harry Potter' film, and after watching the film, I knew this series was going to keep exciting me.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The beginning of a magical journey, 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' has bedazzled kids for the past decade and was still able to be faithful to it's source material. Although I bet fans of the book wouldn't have thought they'd be as emotionally drawn to the movie as much as they were to the book, which is probably why the movie adaptations kept going on.

Little Miss Sunshine

You think your family's dysfunctional...? Yeah, you're wrong. 'Little Miss Sunshine' is a R-rated family film that is undeniably funny and expressively honest about family dysfunction.


Creepy, funny, and all-around great, 'Proof' solidifies Hugo Weaving and Russell Crowe as A-list actors and leaves you speechless near the end.


Robert Downey Jr.'s performance is top-notch in 'Chaplin', and I felt the personal journey from rising star to sad old man was great.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

It's obviously the worst of the series, but since it took 20 years for 'Indiana Jones' to get revisited, I guess it'll have to do.


'Rear Window' for the younger generation, 'Disturbia' has nice frightening moments and also snappy dialogue that's delivered hilariously great.

Boys Don't Cry

Telling the very important and true story of Brandon Teena, 'Boys Don't Cry' inspires everyone to be themselves, even if they don't belive it's possible. Hilary Swank does an astounding job as Brandon Teena and amazes with this larger than life performance. While supporting actors Chloe Sevingy and Peter Sarsgaard astound as well playing the girl Brandon loves and the man she can't escape from. The movie is a great debut film from director Kimberly Pierce and has the standing power of a terrific independent film.


Kenneth Branagh does a great job at adapting Hamlet to the big screen, and it never seems to lose an ounce of energy during it's 246 minute time frame.

Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids(2011)

Ed Helms and an entourage of co-workers toast themselves to the night of their lives, and enjoy the rest of their business trip breaking the company rules. Good job 'Cedar Rapids'.

Hot Tub Time Machine

Despite the corny premise, I enjoyed 'Hot Tub Time Machine' because it made me laugh harder than the usual braindead comedies that come out nowadays.

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

Great documentary on how one filmmaker's personal struggle lead to great success.

The Incredible Hulk

The second installment in the 'Hulk' franchise is more personal, action packed, and acted way better than the first.

Bridge to Terabithia

I loved the book, and when I heard they were gonna make a film version of 'Bridge to Terabithia' I got really excited. The movie itself is amazing just because it stays faithful to it's material and the actors really play the characters so well. But from what people who haven't read the book don't realize is it's more about friendship and loss rather than fantasy. That idea of the person that makes you the happiest is what was so personal for me.

Mean Girls
Mean Girls(2004)

'Mean Girls' is Lindsey Lohan's funniest film before she decided to take a turn for the worst. The kalteen bar scene, the math whiz rapper, and of course, Damian, always make me laugh my butt off.


I enjoyed 'Waiting' for what it was: a gross out comedy with little heart.


Filled to the brim with nostalgia, 'Matilda' makes me happy every time I watch it because of how personal it can be to children and adults. And Mara Wilson, I feel, plays one of those great heroes in all of movie cinema as Matilda.

Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko(2001)

Frightening, romantic, and amazingly acted, 'Donnie Darko' is a great cult film as well as an intriguing teen drama.


'Zombieland' gives off the impression that it's gonna be another one of those stupid horror comedies, but after finishing it, my perspective was changed completely.

Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai)

The sweeping black and white, Japanese epic by Kurosawa, 'Seven Samurai' deserves all it's praise considering how it's inspired all great art films later on after it was made.

Mean Creek
Mean Creek(2004)

'Mean Creek' allows the bullies of America to question the way they treat others, as well as the victims to question the act of revenge. What's great about this film is that the actors really get into their characters, especially Josh Peck, who plays the confused bully, and soon becomes the ultimate victim.

Leave It to Beaver

Childhood classic even though today I find less charming and a little more annoying, but just a little.

Training Day
Training Day(2001)

Even though they crammed all these hip-hop stars into the film as well just to make it relevant, I still enjoyed it for what it was. And Denzel gives off what I feel is one of those great gangster roles in 'Training Day'.


A unconventional thriller made by an unconventional director.


I enjoyed Liam Neeson's performance in 'Taken' mostly because you could feel the anger radiate off him during the whole film.

The Color of Money

Paul Newman and Tom Cruise are a tremendous duo and pull of a great con in 'The Color of Money'.

Kill Bill: Volume 1

'Kill Bill: Vol 1' is one of the bloodiest films I've ever seen. But in a Tarantino film, blood is what I crave!

Kill Bill: Volume 2

The final installment in the 'Kill Bill' extravaganza relies more on dialogue more than action, and still excites me considering the lack of blood.

Cidade de Deus (City of God)

'City of God' is a brutal and fierce look at crime through the eyes of two different people in Rio de Janiero

Million Dollar Baby

Clint, Hilary, and Morgan are all mo cuishle during 'Million Dollar Baby' because it makes viewers endure the brutal fights in and out of the ring.

The Elephant Man

A portrait of human extortion and inner beauty.

Boogie Nights

Director/Screenwriter Paul Thomas Anderson delivers with his second feature film 'Boogie Nights' showing the porn industry's ups and downs without making it seem like a failed adult film. While Mark Wahlberg proves himself to be a Hollywood heavyweight outside of the recording studio.


Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of the God of Thunder based on the classic comic is stunning with the acting and the effects.


Frightening, sweeping, and mostly gripping; 'Platoon' delivers the truth of serving in Vietnam. Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, and surprisingly, Charlie Sheen, are all great as the lead roles; just trying to dodge bullets from their enemies and also their own. And most importantly, Oliver Stone's direction and script, inspired from personal experience from fighting in Vietnam, are the base of the whole film which ultimately lead the film to the Best Picture Oscar.

Smokey and the Bandit

Burt Reynolds kicks ass as the Bandit, and gives everyone the impression that driving fast and escaping "Smokey" is the right way to go.

American Pie
American Pie(1999)

Funny, but sometimes too gross to a fault; 'American Pie' is a film that everyone knows and talks about still since it first came out in theaters.

Gods and Monsters

Ian McKellen's performance as James Whale is fierce and gives his character life to the fullest. And one of those rare, but great, performances by Brendan Fraser, who seems to have sold his soul to the awful children's film devil.


'Pi' is that special Aronofsky film that plays as a mystery thriller, but also in my mind, as a noir.

Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot(2000)

Inspirational, endearing, and also hilariously funny at times, 'Billy Elliot' gives you the feeling that anything is possible if you believe in your dreams.


Great job with the special effects, and the story was ok.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Tim Burton's new journey through the factory is beautiful and colorful. And Johnny Depp's performance is kooky, a little bit over the top, but still gets the job done.

Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2(2004)

Great sequel for the Spider-Man franchise, and one of those superhero movies that leaves you mesmerized after it's over.

Dawn of the Dead

One of the best horror movies ever made. You see so much blood, brains, and gore you don't want it to end. All other zombie movies take notes from this, but don't do it as well because they're either too special effects ridden or have terrible make-up. This film has everything going for it.


I'm able to dismiss everything that is bad about 'Transformers'; mostly the acting by Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson. On the technical side, it's absolutely amazing.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Only worth someone's time if they're looking for something that makes absolutely no sense and is 100% bullsh*t.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

That classic Christmas movie everyone loves and can relate to at times.


One of the best action on top of action movies ever made! When you've got a super-advanced robot police officer pitted against Red Forman, you're left in a blaze of bullets, blood, and male testosterone.

The Last Samurai

For me, I feel 'The Last Samurai' gave me nothing original. The only enjoyable things about it is Ken Watanabe's performance and the costumes. Everything else I felt was just useless and awful.

The Town
The Town(2010)

One of those bank robbery movies that actually works. Now that Ben Affleck has found his right place; one that's behind the camera, we can finally take him seriously again. The cast including Jeremy Renner, John Hamm, and Pete Postlethwaite really shine in their roles and give off the ultimate impression of real Bostonians. And by the destructive shootout of a climax, you're left with one big smile on your face, fully satisfied.


'Hugo' leaves one speechless, as well as bewildered after they realize why movies resonate so much with us.

Hot Rod
Hot Rod(2007)

What's did you expect from a movie about a man who can't seem to grow up? The movie is hilarious at most parts, while also giving in to its cheese factor immensely also.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

A nice adaptation from the epic novel The Odyssey, the Coens. once again bring their flair of film making back into viewers brains, as well as being able to make them question the plot constantly.

The Hunger Games

'The Hunger Games' is a stunning adaptation with minor flaws; not being visceral enough being one of them. The great performance by Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss is what makes the movie all the more better. #bemyfuturewifejeniifer

About a Boy
About a Boy(2002)

'About a Boy' is about growing up, and figuring out how to grow up at the same time. It has Hugh Grant's genuine brand of British humor mixed with the simplicity of a regular romance to create a fresh film for all to enjoy.

Reservoir Dogs

"Are you gonna bark, little doggie? Or are you gonna bite?" Quentin Tarantino's first film and my personal favorite, 'Reservoir Dogs' unravels the lives of 6 men as their jewel heist turns into a bloody mess. A great cast of completely different men includes Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, and Tim Roth as the main criminals in this messed up situation, while characters played by Chris Penn and Lawrence Tierney are trying to "calmly" fix the botched job. Full of incredible dialogue and shot wonderfully by Tarantino, 'Reservoir Dogs' continues to thrill audiences with the stylized action, and the catchy songs that comes along with it.


Kinda stereotypical, but always, ALWAYS, hilarious.

Eastern Promises

An intense mob thriller that leaves it all on the table.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen are fantastic as two best friends coping with one's recent cancer diagnosis and how they're going to try to beat the odds in '50/50'.

The Lost Boys

Fun movie considering how cheesy the plot is. 'The Lost Boys' basically uses the hottest actors of the time, puts them in the most random setting, and yet it works sort of brilliantly. Even though it has Joel Schumacher; quite possibly, one of the worst directors, as it's man in charge.

Back to the Future

'Back to the Future' is a smart and inventive sci-fi film for its time and is still a classic to this day. Whoever doesn't like this movie can make like a tree and get out of here.

Broadcast News

'Broadcast News' has that feeling of never-ending relentlessness towards making the viewer choose who Jane should pick, and who really deserves her love.


Not bad for Disney's formula to make books less great. Didn't disappoint.

Super 8
Super 8(2011)

J.J. Abrams's homage to the Spielbergian sci-fi films like 'Close Encounters' and E.T. is emotionally captivating and heartfelt. But what 'Super 8' has to offer really is the theme of friendship and adventure that is portrayed throughout most of the film.

My Week with Marilyn

Michelle Willams' performance as Marilyn Monroe his near perfect in this stunning adaptation of Colin Clark's book about one man's marvelous memories with one of the silver screen's most memorable leading ladies.

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)

Great music, great effects, great acting, GREAT.MOVIE.

Role Models
Role Models(2008)

The mixture of two adults, one nerdy teenager, and one foul-mouthed black adolescent equals an awesome comedy.


An amazing and haunting multitude of characters that don't relate much to each other until a once in a lifetime event occurs that ends up tying them all together for one interesting night. 'Magnolia' is Paul Thomas Anderson's longest film, his most in-depth film, and one of the weirdest films I've seen, but love.

Fright Night
Fright Night(2011)

Doesn't compare to its predecessor due to the lack of humor and the increase of useless 3-D.

Punch-Drunk Love

Adam Sandler gives his best performance in a film that doesn't have stupid jokes or Adam Sandler acting like a complete dumbass. 'Punch-Drunk Love' unfortunately gives you less of that signature Paul Thomas Anderson style that you love as well.

The Incredibles

The most violent of all Pixar's films, 'The Incredibles' is an amazing spectacle of animation for kids and adults to enjoy.


'American Graffiti' for the younger generation, 'Superbad' tells every 17-year old's fantasy through the eyes of three awkward and confused teens. Cera, Hill, and Mintz-Plasse play their characters so brilliantly because they display nerds like it's an art form. Judd Apatow just gets us so well when it comes to comedy, and this is the gold standard to what all other raunchy teen comedies strive to be.

Homeward Bound - The Incredible Journey

Following these animals for an hour and a half, you really understand the relationship between pet and owner, plus the meaning of "man's best friend."

The Lion King

Probably, the greatest film Disney's made without the help of Pixar.

The Big Lebowski

Following the success of their past comedies like 'Raising Arizona' and 'Fargo', 'The Big Lebowski' is another great example of the Coen's genius writing style.

Miller's Crossing

A well made crime drama set in a time where crime was the only way to live.

American Graffiti

Superbad ripped this off, and should include a text saying it did in the credits. Now back to the film, 'American Graffiti' is amazingly brilliant when describing life in the '50s and the transition from being a teen to being an adult.


Makes kids appreciate their youth, and adults want to go back to their childhood.

American History X

Edward Norton's performance is impeccable in 'American History X' and nobody really holds back on the real truth of racism.


Dealing with such themes as love and friendship with an amazingly brilliant script, 'Rushmore' has everything a high school or college kid would want in a movie.

Edward Scissorhands

Johnny Depp embodies all the emotions of a true outcast and delivers as Edward Scissorhands. Tim Burton's dark visions and vibes do come out as well and almost acts as a character as well in this picture. Plus with the added play of American suburbia Edward gets thrown into, you only feel more sorry for him being the outcast. Ultimately, the movie gives us the notion that Edward will always be remembered and have a little bit of him inside of us.

The Prestige
The Prestige(2006)

Full of thrills and suspense, 'The Prestige' teaches us the value of magic and how competition can become the end of something brilliant.


A comedy that proves that the women can be as funny as the men; if not funnier.

Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

Will Ferrell's inquisitive timing mixed with the rest of that goofy news crew makes one funny gem of a film.

School of Rock

Jack Black's childlike behavior and stage antics mixed with an entourage of mini-rockers make 'School of Rock' an unforgettable movie.


'Juno' takes an odd turn on the theme of teen pregnancy with the amazingly funny script and usage of music. Ellen Page shines as the wise ass teen with a not-so heart of gold, as well as a powerful supporting cast including Jennifer Gardner, Jason Bateman, and the "Awkward Teen King", Michael Cera.

Say Anything...

Cameron Crowe's first and personal best, 'Say Anything...' provides the laughs and heart, making an indelible impression on moviegoers since 1989.


A darker look into the lives of drug addicts, with a refreshing heist story thrown in as well.

The Virgin Suicides

'The Virgin Suicides' makes viewers understand what teenage girls go through, and the pain that enraptures the Lisbon Sisters.


Alexander Payne's best film in my opinion, 'Sideways' is an emotional, but hilarious, journey to find one's true happiness.


'Chronicle' may have the look of 'Paranormal Activity', but has the frightening soul of Cronenberg's 'The Fly'.

The Social Network

David Fincher takes his art form to another dimension with 'The Social Network'. Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of the book was amazing and intertwines the emotions of every character brilliantly. Jesse Eisenberg's performance is one that comes in a while where you actually think he's the real person, while Justin Timberlake shows no mercy as the main antagonist Sean Parker. And newcomers Andrew Garfield and Armie Hammer show that their names can be just as important as their bigger co-stars. In my opinion, the best picture of 2010.

Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen's ode to Paris confirms that he hasn't lost his touch after 'Bullets Over Broadway'. Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, and the rest of this stellar cast take us through Paris' golden age and back; exploring the theme of love and what it truly means to be in love.


'Moneyball' delivers due to the great performances by Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, but also makes the viewers understand the sport of baseball more than ever. A home-run winner on all accounts.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' surprises fans after the disappointment of Tim Burton's failure of a remake; using the amazing special effects mixed with great performances by James Franco and Andy Serkis.

The Tree of Life

Terrence Malick's vision strikes a chord in some people, while tricking others having a tough time understanding the plot. But all in all, 'The Tree of Life' is a great piece of film making by such a unique director.

Requiem for a Dream

What we can safely say from ''Requiem for a Dream' is that drugs aren't the best way to live financially in the new millennium. And in 'Requiem for a Dream', that statement is proven by 4 powerhouse performances, along with the stunning vision of Darren Aronofsky.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

'E.T.' is one of the most heartfelt and emotional movies not just by Steven Spielberg but ever made in cinema history, and not loving 'E.T.' is like being inhuman. We've all had those feelings of not being understood and being alone at times, and E.T. and Elliot are the two embodiments that coincide and find what's needed at that time: a friend.


Well made and ground-breaking, 'Alien' takes the haunted house story to another level. Set in outer space way in the future, 'Alien' shows what happens when there's nowhere to hide from an unstoppable force. Powerful and totally scary with the subject matter, you're never able to expect what will happen when the alien attacks and what Ripley and the crew will do to survive. Ridley Scott, I think, made himself a known director with 'Alien' and ponders what he could have done with 'Aliens' if he directed it instead of James Cameron. The alien is amazing alone just because of the design by H. R. Giger and how realistic it looked when captured on film. Classic horror movie.

The Last King of Scotland

Forrest Whitaker's Oscar-winning portrayal of Idi Amin is amazingly vivid and haunting in 'The Last King of Scotland'. The film is a fierce thriller focusing on the theme of power, and how that power can sometimes become deadly when you don't know how to use it.

The Kids Are All Right

'The Kids Are All Right' is definitely the most original film of the year in my opinion. I guess when you realize your sperm donor is trying to become part of your family you can only express your true feelings. Overall the movie sends a message of realizing who you are and what you want in life and that's always a plus. But if you plan on watching the film, just be aware of all the craziness that you'll witness. But still, a very funny film and I think people of all sexualities would like it as well.

Detroit Rock City

Horny, high school adventure to see Kiss; count me in.

The Bad News Bears

Crackin' bats and taking names, 'The Bad News Bears' lives on with its free-willing spirit and relentless humor.

American Beauty

Every shot is like art and watching it once isn't enough. It only gets better each time you view it. Kevin Spacey delivers one of the finest performances of his career as Lester Burnham, as well as Annette Bening and the supporting cast of youngsters. Probably the most surprising being Mena Suvari coming from 'American Pie', who is tantalizing on the outside, while far from it on the inside. Which proves that sometimes beauty is only skin deep. With stunning direction by British theater director Sam Mendes and a highly imaginative screenplay by Alan Ball, 'American Beauty' makes you look closer at what's truly beautiful in the world.

500 Days of Summer

"There's no such thing as love, it's fantasy." That's Summer's logic towards romance, yet Tom feels that "one" for him is Summer. They like each other but have different viewpoints on the word 'relationship', so what are they to do: Not put a label on it. '(500) Days of Summer' is probably one the greatest rom-coms of the decade, which is funny because it does it's best to be mostly comedic. Yet you can't help love that the two can't really keep away from each other without feeling some sort of anger or love towards each other. It's got everything a romantic comedy needs and more with the use of such great actors like Joseph Gordon- Levitt and Zooey Deschanel playing the lead characters, while having their sleuth of friends playing the roles of "relationship experts". You love every moment of clarity from the characters and don't feel the need to resist it because it relates to your own life and relationships you've had in the past.

The Sandlot
The Sandlot(1993)

Who ever says this movie doesn't hit home for them is lying to you and himself.

Stand by Me
Stand by Me(1986)

'Stand by Me' is very reminiscent of what a kid goes through in life and is one of the best from Rob Reiner. Featuring four up and coming great teen stars(River Phoenix, Will Wheaton, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O'Connel) as kids taking a life changing adventure of self-discovery and realizing loss. We're able to understand the journey in each of the kids perspectives. Chris is looking to get away from his bad reputation, Gordie wants to escape the inevitable truth about his brother's death and neglect from his family, Teddy is trying to live in his father's shoes and make him proud, and Vern is just trying to live his life to the fullest without any guilt or remorse. Great movie with a powerful message, 'Stand by Me' will stand the test of time for decades to come.


Most people will say 'The Dark Knight' or 'Inception' are Christopher Nolan's best, but if you really want his one mind-twister of a film, you have to watch 'Memento'. Everything about this film makes you confused just because your following Leonard through a short-term memory loss mystery trying to find his wife's killer. The screenplay by Christopher and Johnathan is amazing by itself. Constantly putting you through the twists and turns of Leonard's psychosis until you eventually find out who's responsible for the murder, which gives you a whole new look on the mystery genre.

The Shining
The Shining(1980)

Looking at Steven King's brilliant novel on celluloid is just breathtaking. Stanley Kubrick combines his great directing talents with one of the greatest acting talents, Jack Nicholson, to create one of the greatest horror movies to date. It's spooky atmosphere and chilling dialogue make the film so scary. You're set in the mountains, in a haunted hotel, just running for your life from the person that's supposed to love you the most; that's when it becomes Panickyland.


'Rango' is a true original. Putting this chameleon in such a random setting is what I most loved about it. Just the fact that he can go from family pet to the baddest reptile-slinger in the West is just pure fun.


The juggernaut herself; 'Titanic' is a sweeping, romantic epic that makes girls cry to this day. Even though the movie focuses more on the romance between Jack and Rose instead of the Titanic actually sinking to it's demise, that is until it's grand spectacle of a climax. And even though it didn't entirely deserve Best Picture of 1997, it's still considered to be one of the best love stories of all time.


The astounding imagery and great performances make this film in my opinion. 'Atonement' requires nothing more than the novel it's based upon to dazzle viewers. I found this film amazingly beautiful from the first watch and James McAvoy's really sold me on why their love became to be.

War Horse
War Horse(2011)

Mixing the heart-wrenching simplicity of 'E.T.' with the action-packed battles of 'Saving Private Ryan', 'War Horse' is the Spielberg classic we've been needing for the new millennium.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

We experienced the magic for 10 years. Every spell, quiditch match, and lesson learned from Dumbledore. We saw Harry, Ron, and Hermione grow from ages 11 to 17 right before our eyes. We watched Harry experience numerous challenges whether it was finding a sorcerer's stone or trying to fly a broom. Whether he had to slay a basilisk or try to pass Snape's potions exams. Or the never ending battle against the Dark Lord and the numerous verbal battles brought upon by Malfoy. We loved every magical moment and wished the story would never end, even though we knew it eventually would. But even though we finish our decade long adventure, we'll always have the stories to tell to the next generations to come and have a scar to show for it.


The Coen Bros. magnum opus; 'Fargo' is just an unbelievably smart and thought-inducing thriller that gets a little bit better every time you watch it. McDormand and the rest of the cast are dynamic in this film, just killing each of their performances during each scene. Plus, it's one of the best Academy Award-winning performances of all time in my opinion for Frances McDormand. But what sets 'Fargo' over the top from regular thrillers is the Coen Bros. signature twists and turns that never seem to fail, even if they tend to confuse the viewer for the majority of the film.

A Clockwork Orange

London has never been so gritty and monstrous before in a film. 'Clockwork' is chilling, scary, heart-pounding and I love every moment of it. Stanley Kubrick's direction is gold standard and Malcolm McDowell as Alex is probably the best villain there ever was before Hannibal Lector arrived. Although some people don't agree with the plot, I personally felt it was remarkable and a great adaptation of Anthony Burgess' novel.

The Cider House Rules

A great film just by being so honest with the subject matter, but also by giving the viewer something to relate to. Michael Caine, Tobey Maguire, and Charlize Theron are all great in this film, and their characters all have something to learn as well which makes their performances all more satisfying. And I felt my connection to the character of Homer more powerful than anything just because I've had that feeling of wanting to explore the world and experience life beyond where you grew up.

The Descendants

Alexander Payne is such a great filmmaker just upon the fact that he can take on such random subjects and make them monster stories, and that has what 'The Descendants' has proven. I loved Shailene's performance just because it was so heartbreaking and real, as well as Clooney's struggle to "keep his head above water." And as I watched the characters find their way through the problems, I felt like I was being taught a life lesson along the way. Just a really great film in my opinion on the basis of three major elements: Location, Writing, and Acting.

Ghostbusters (1984 Original)

Looking at 'Ghostbusters' after 25 years is still just as funny as was when it first came out and we almost have to thank Ivan Reitman for this gem of a comedy.

The Matrix
The Matrix(1999)

Even though 'The Matrix' leads with the quintessential cheese of Keanu Reeves, you're still able to enjoy it with a great plot, awesome characters, and some of the best special effects ever put on film.

Never Let Me Go

I wish I could get the pain and anguish out of my heart after watching this.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

In the film that has so many great performances, including Jack Nicholson's most entertaining role to date, 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' lets viewers take a look inside the mind of the mentally ill; while losing respect for the people that "take care" of them. Adapting such a great story about good v. evil, Milos Forman made a name for himself in the industry bringing out everything that was great about the novel.

Dog Day Afternoon

One of Al Pacino's greatest performances, one of Sidney Lumet's greatest films, and probably the heist film that sets the standard for all heist films after it; 'Dog Day Afternoon' examines the robbery of a New York City bank and the robbers that do so bad at their jobs. Just watching Al Pacino and John Cazale try to rob this bank is hilarious. They're nervous, scared, and just anxious to get the job done; but when the police catch word of it all, the robbery soon becomes a cat and mouse game of epic proportions. Having everything a moviegoer loves, 'Dog Day Afternoon' lives on since it's 1975 release.


The crude and hilarious dialogue in 'Clerks' is almost too funny to bear at times. Kevin Smith has become very influential in indie world and truly deserves all the praise he gets and because of 'Clerks', every slacker in America now has an excuse to laze around the work counter and play hockey on the rooftop until they lose their puck.

Garden State
Garden State(2004)

Zach Braff's great idea of self-discovery hits viewers so hard, not just because they can relate to the character, but they can also relate to the feeling of emptiness.

Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver(1976)

Martin Scorsese's introduction to super status, 'Taxi Driver' introduces us to one of the greatest vigilantes in film history, Travis Bickle. As the streets of New York become filthier with the street walkers and bloodshed, Travis travels deeper into his own abyss of darkness. And an angel is sent from the presidential candidate's office who he feels can save him. But a date to the adult movies ruins his chances and eventually makes him snap. So with a barrage of guns and a new 'do, he seeks vengeance for his wrong doing. And while doing so, he also has the urge to help out a new friend who quietly pleas for his help. So with one final push, Travis lets his conscious take control of the situation and makes a political statement. Looking back at the relationship these two have had the past 40 years, you see that Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese are like wine and cheese: they just go great together.

Midnight Run
Midnight Run(1988)

Martin Brest hits another home run with 'Midnight Run'. The comedic timing between Robert De Niro and Charles Brodin just never seems to end and you're just wanting Robert to just slap the hell out of Charles at times so he'll shut up. Yet he's what brings out Robert's best lines so we can't really complain too much. Very wacky buddy who aren't really buddies adventure movie is a just a recipe for success. SO FUNNY!!!


'Adventureland' is the unhappiest place on Earth; where the rides are faulty, the food is awful, and the best experience of it all is leaving. And James is perfect for the job, considering he's fresh out of Harvard and broke. Meeting new friends/co-workers helps him cope with the horrid job, as well as life itself. But having a muse one of his co-workers, Em, ends up becoming too much to handle with Mike around; causing him to question who's real and who's fake. The movie is refreshing and gives off the kind of vibe I like to see in a coming of age story, and the performances are all great, which is surprising considering Kirsten Stewart isn't romancing with a vampire for once.


Spoofs are always the same, but with 'Scream' you get a different kind of quality in a spoof. You don't have to be a big horror fan to understand the rules to survive in a horror movie, but you should be willing to refresh yourself on some classics to understand the dialogue between characters and the mystery of Ghostface, rather than just watching Scary Movie for the 10th time. Overall, 'Scream' is a horror classic and people from every generation should watch it to get a laugh and scare out of it.

Good Will Hunting

A beautiful film about self-discovery and the people around you that make you who you are. With a stellar cast and brilliant screenplay, 'Good Will Hunting' delivers you something totally original and life-changing.

Rosemary's Baby

'Rosemary's Baby' lifts Roman Polanski's epic legacy further and further, doing a great job at bringing the scares, but more against the future mothers in America. Mia Farrow is great as Rosemary, as is Ruth Gordon, who won her only Oscar as the devil worshiping nosy neighbor Minnie Castevet. But most importantly, it inspired an entire generation of filmmakers from decades on to live up to the powerful that it is.

The Pianist
The Pianist(2002)

Polanski shows us the horror of the Holocaust through the eyes of a Jewish pianist, making possibly one of the biggest impact films about WWII ever. Adrien Brody's Oscar-winning performance as Wladyslaw Szpilman is amazingly brilliant and explains the struggle to survive during that time, even if there isn't hope in yourself most of the time.

The Departed
The Departed(2006)

Out of all of Scorsese's pictures, 'The Departed' is probably the most well written plot, as well as being his first mafia film set out of New York. The riveting performances by Leo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg make this movie. Billy Costigan and Colin Sullivan are on opposite sides of the Boston Police department, but Colin is in cahoots with the Irish Mafia leader, Frank Costello. The department puts Costigan in charge of taking down Costello and the mob from the inside, but once inside the department realizes there's more going on besides the normal crime scene. Suspecting there's a rat, Costigan needs to bring him down before Costello finds out he's more than just an ex-con.

The Warriors
The Warriors(1979)

You never get the full rundown, but its just fun to take the ride in 'The Warriors'. In an all-out gang war, The Warriors struggle to survive the brutal night, while questioning whether or not they're own members were the cause of the death of the highest gang in New York. At times, the acting seems cheesy considering all the formulaic overtones, yet you still enjoy the journey back to Coney Island.

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

'Precious' goes right to your heart and never seems to let go of your pity.


'Rudy' gives the underdog hope in life that anything you put your mind towards is achievable. Sean Astin embodies the whole character and brings you into the pain and troubles Rudy goes through. Considering most football players range the scale between 250-300, Rudy challenges our expectations and inspires the nation in the process. Channeling the spirit of 'Rocky', 'Rudy' gives everyone hope that the underdog will rise to the occasion.

The Deer Hunter

'The Deer Hunter' brings the heart as much as it does the intensity about the Vietnam War and what stays with you afterward. Robert De Niro plays Michael, who is the leader of his gang of friends and is leaving for Vietnam with his other friends Nick and Steve, who just gets married. They both have the same feelings for the lovely Linda, who loves both of them as well. As it goes back and forth from the scenes in Vietnam when they struggle to survive, and back at home where Michael is distraught from his visions of war and Steve is put in a wheelchair because he lost his legs. While Nick has disappeared into Saigon and become a changed person. And the only person that can save him is his best friend Michael, if he could only remember him. The movie is very powerful with it's intense scenes of war including the Russian roulette scenes that leave us gripping our seats with such anticipation which truly deserve Oscars among themselves. A true masterpiece.


'Unforgiven' takes note of the classic westerns from the past and combines them all into one unforgettable gunslinging experience. Retired outlaw William Munny is offered the chance to ride to Big Whiskey to redeem the towns' prostitutes after a bad meeting between them and some perpetrators who went too far. Munny will only agree if he gets a fair share of the reward and has the help of his old friend Ned Logan to ride with him and The "Schofield Kid". While there, they realize Sheriff "Little Bill" won't let his rule go down so easy, in which Ned Logan pays the price too dearly. And when he gets word of what has happened to his friend, William Munny knows the unforgiven must pay the price. With the outstanding direction and lead acting from the master Clint Eastwood and stellar performances by Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, and Richard Harris, 'Unforgiven' proves itself to be one of the best Westerns ever made.

Fight Club
Fight Club(1999)

'Fight Club' is an amazing film and David Fincher's masterpiece. The first time you watch it, you don't expect it to be what it's about and are taken along for the trippy ride. The Narrator and Tyler Durden are the protagonist and antagonist in this film but their identities are switched from time to time so it makes you really confused about who they are. While the "muse" of the two characters, Marla, throws you for a loop as well considering that she likes both of them and also calls The Narrator Tyler at some point in the movie. So it really confuses you from time to time but overall a blast to watch. Based off Chuck Palahniuk's hit novel from 3 years earlier, 'Fight Club' bruises your psyche as well your body with the violence and clever set-up.

The Hurt Locker

What we hear about war is tragic; 'The Hurt Locker' is everything that we heard about and more. The deeper you get into the story, the more intrigued you are because the war in Iraq is something we're all dealing with right now. You feel the pain and you feel the emptiness that these characters feel which gives you a sense of oneness all together. Powerful clips include all the disarming scenes, as well as the intense shots between the bomb squad and the Iraqis during the shootout in the desert. Plus, the film was made by the first Academy Award winning female director Kathryn Bigelow which is very seldom to see and I respect the lasting female directors like her so much. More importantly, I feel that this film is important because it shows that the quieter films can be just as important as the big special-effects films made today. Truly amazing film, you owe yourself the time.

In the Name of the Father

'In the Name of the Father' is Jim Sheridan's masterpiece as far as I'm concerned. It kind of follows the same lessons that 'The Remains of the Day' but takes the ploy of innocence as well and blends it all together into one story. Following the true stories of IRA bombings in Ireland during the '70s, Gerry Conlon and his father Giuseppe are wrongly accused of murder and convicted in prison. While in there, they learn more about each other and grow closer together than before as an actual family. While telling their story, it focuses also on Gerry's case after his father's death in the prison and what will be the final verdict on the bombing incident. Dramatic and redeeming, 'In the Name of the Father' gives everyone hope on what can be done in life and what can be eventually fixed. With amazing performances by Daniel Day-Lewis and Pete Postelthwaite and the staying message that the truth can set you free, 'In the Name of the Father' definitely proves itself to be one of the best of '93.

The Remains of the Day

James Ivory tells another great tale about realization and truth in 'The Remains of the Day'. Set during the times of WWII and remaining years after, we follow butler Mr. Stevens' story in a rich British household; who's owner is affiliated with Adolf Hitler, which leaves him quiet and emotionless. But housekeeper Miss Kenton tries to break him of that because she realizes he's not expressing his true feelings. Ultimately, the two form a friendship that lasts after their time at the household. But years later, Stevens realizes he made the mistakes he should of fixed in the past, ultimately affecting his and Miss Kenton's lives dramatically. Very beautifully told and leaving a good message, 'The Remains of the Day' makes us want to scream out, be heard, and fix our own mistakes.

Black Swan
Black Swan(2010)

Natalie Portman gives probably her best performance to date in 'Black Swan' as the sweet and fragile Nina Sayers who is poisoned by the struggle to succeed and eventually spirals into cataclysmic trauma. Darren Aronofsky puts his signature touch on the story of Swan Lake and makes it his own in such a twisted way. The choreography and cinematography are astounding in this picture and don't spare a moment of suspense. What I thought was the best part of the film was the fact that Nina had to endure pain and remorse to find the braver side of herself, in which she achieves her main goal. Even though it's kind of sad at the end, you feel satisfied as well considering she 'felt it'. Great film.

Children of Men

'Children of Men' tells you something completely foretold and feared in all minds whether it's men or women. We all would like to have children sometime in life, but what if that wasn't achievable anymore and child-birth became obsolete. That theory becomes reality in this haunting and fast paced picture about living in a time where it almost seems impossible. Clive Owen plays the protagonist Theo who seems to be out of touch with the world and doesn't really have his own views on what is happening around him until he's pulled into the fray of action. And realizes that helping someone in need is more important than helping yourself at times.

Top Gun
Top Gun(1986)

Overall, the movie is satisfying to watch because of the rivalry between Maverick and Iceman; even though it should be focusing more on the fact that they're there to train for a better purpose. Also focuses more on the romance between Maverick and Charlotte because like all action films there must be a love story. But it is an '80s classic and has probably one of the best lines in all of movie history, so I guess you can respect it enough to watch it.

Love Actually

Very refreshing and full of laughs from the director/writer of Four Weddings and a Funeral, 'Love Actually' has everything you love in a romantic comedy. Filled with an all-star cast, the stories intertwine without fail and give everyone hope that love is attainable.

Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3(2010)

After a decade of clown fish, superheroes, French sewer rats, and a robot named WALL·E, it's great to see the toys are back in town. The darkest and most gut-wrenching, 'Toy Story 3' is a story for all ages; but more importantly a life long message: There's friends, and there's people you love like family.

Point Break
Point Break(1991)

You really can't deny Keanu Reeves' acting in 'Point Break' because it's basically the role he was born to play. He's got the surfer accent, plays a FBI agent in L.A. who needs to learn who to surf to get in the crowd of surfers who are presumed to be bank robbers. If they didn't have Keanu, Patrick, or Kathryn Bigelow as the director, it would be a completely different film. While having a great chase scene, and a live-action skydiving scene all included is a double plus in my opinion. So, give it a break; it was the '90s.

The Silence of the Lambs

In 'The Silence of the Lambs', we follow the story of Clarice Sterling trying to find the incomparable serial killer 'Buffalo Bill', but in order to do that she must get some inside information from former psychiatrist turned cannibal Hannibal Lecter. And as the mystery of where 'Buffalo Bill' still remains unknown, the body count is left skinned one by one. But 'Buffalo Bill' isn't the only villain they have to worry about, because Hannibal Lecter is slowly digging into Clarice's subconscious. Making her reveal past mistakes and haunting memories when she least needs the stress. Based off the best-selling novel by Thomas Harris, 'The Silence of the Lambs' brings the scares as much as it brings the acting prowess.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

After the success of 'Fellowship' and 'Two Towers' it wasn't a surprise to see fans line up around the corner at every cinema in America. When we get back to the journey, Frodo and Sam are know the puppets to Smeagol's strings. They think they're on their way to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring, but Smeagol has plans to sabotage them so he can get his "precious" back. Back in Rohan, Aragorn and the gang are celebrating the defeat of Sarumon's army, but after a mistaken meeting between Pippin and the Eye of Sauron through Sarumon's palantír Gandolf and Pippin must ride to Minas Tirith to keep it safe from Sauron. There, the steward Denethor calls upon his son Faramir to go on a suicide mission to reclaim Rohan because the orcs have ridden the townspeople out. Aragorn is worried that he isn't going to return to Arwen, who's dying because she didn't leave for the Undying Lands. Elrond knows the only way to save her is if Aragorn fulfills his duty and casts back the Army of the Dead who betrayed the King of Isildur many years ago who need to own their allegiance. Éowyn confesses her love for Aragorn, but Aragorn has to affirm his love for Arwen to her. Éowyn and Merry also plan to fight in the battle but Denethor feels that they won't be much of attributions to their army, yet they disguise themselves to fight in the battle. The battle is enthralled with action and intensity considering all the different creatures that are included like the oliphaunts, Witch-King, and his Nazgûl. And as the final battle is going on, you realize there isn't going to be another really big moment like this again at the movies just because of the mass intensity and rapture of action that's taking place. You realize that you're witnessing the end of a journey that has had us enthralled for the past three years, moments that will never exit our brains because they we're so mesmerizing. But most of all you're witnessing the end of the magic and fantasy that was captured to perfectly by Peter Jackson, who must have been crying every minute during the last day of shooting. "Fantasy is an 'F' word that hopefully the 5-second delay won't do anything worth." said Peter when 'Return of the King' won the Oscar for Best Picture and what I think he meant is that fantasy shouldn't be minimalistic in the history of cinema and should be recognized more often. 'Return of the King' has the certain parts to it that just enter our brain and makes us never forgot the scope of imagination it displays, while bringing the saddest moments that we almost can't take at times. But with the end of this journey came with satisfaction knowing years later another journey will begin with another fellow Hobbit, but that is another story...

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The second film of the trilogy begins where the first left off. Frodo and Sam are now on there own, without their fellow hobbits Merry and Pippin who have been captured by the orcs of Sarumon's army; who ultimately escape and flee into the darkness of Fangorn Forrest. But Frodo and Sam don't know they're being followed by the lurking slime known as Smeagol, who wants his "precious" back once again. And Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli are led to Rohan by Gandolf the White; who was presumed to have died in the first film, where King Theoden is being taken over by the evil powers of Sarumon. King Theoden's niece Ãowyn feels that Aragorn and his men have what it takes to defeat Sarumon's army with Rohan's army joining them in battle. Ãowyn ends up falling for Aragorn, but Aragorn doesn't know if he feels the same knowing he made his promise to return to Arwen. And with the battle between good and evil at the end, it just shows that Sauron's army will keep growing and Frodo and Sam need to keep moving. 'The Two Towers' is an amazing follow-up to 'Fellowship' and features the same ever-amazing cast and adding the new characters like King Theoden, Faramir, and the amazing Smeagol voiced by Andy Serkis. Peter Jackson's direction style really showed off in this chapter and made everyone excited for 'Return of the King', which rightfully deserved everyone one of it's 11 Oscars. People who aren't fans or haven't heard of LOTR should be aware of what they're missing out on; truly the movie experience of a lifetime.

It Might Get Loud

Everyone enjoys rock-n-roll, and it wouldn't be anywhere as good without it's most faithful companion: The electric guitar. And 'It Might Get Loud' makes us appreciate it so much more than usual. The Edge, Jimmy Page, and Jack white star in this documentary about their beginnings with the electric guitar and also what it means to them when they play it. We learn secrets from their most chart topping hits, while at the same time giving us insight on what gave them inspiration to write them. Very fun to watch and also to rock out to; rock fans, buy it now!

Raging Bull
Raging Bull(1980)

Feel the true story of pain, struggle, and fight of Jake LaMotta in 'Raging Bull'. Robert De Niro is amazing as the violent and stubborn LaMotta who feels that the title is unattainable because of his own personal struggles yet keeps on taking punch after punch for that belt. But his battles don't end in the ring, as he realizes his brother/manager Joey(Joe Pesci) and girl Vickie(Cathy Moriarty) are losing faith in him as well as their love for him. Which only becomes worse when his years as a retired night club owner in Miami make him resent all that he did in the past. Martin Scorsese makes probably the best film of the '80s, the best sports movie ever made, and possibly the best film of his career with 'Raging Bull'. The scenes in the ring are stuff of legends as far as movies go because you can feel every punch that's thrown and all the blood that drips from Jake's face, while the scenes at the community pool and the scenes at the dinner table are just as memorable as well. 'Raging Bull' is by far an instant classic and a work of art crafted together by a master filmmaker known simply as 'Marty'.

Lost In Translation

A disillusioned movie star and a distraught wife find each other and strike up the most unlikely friendship in the most unlikely of places in 'Lost in Translation'. Bill Murray, being the comic superstar that he is, plays a more dramatic role than usual and does an amazing job at it. And co-star Scarlett Johansson is as bright as she is stunning which is very refreshing considering some of her past work. What I liked most about the film is the stunning cinematography and all the sights Tokyo has to offer. It kinda made me want to do whiskey commercials. The movie deserves it's praise not only for the acting but for it's brilliant direction and screenplay, both by Sofia Coppola. Movies like this only come around once in a great while and people should recognize what 'Lost in Translation' has to offer.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

At the beginning of this story, we got to see a magical world called 'Middle Earth' and all the creatures that inhabited it. Where we meet the most unlikely hero, Frodo, who is entrusted with a gift. The One Ring; an object so powerful that whoever has it is unstoppable. Which is why it needs to be destroyed in the place of it's birth; Mount Doom. So with the help of the wizard Gandolf and his friends Sam, Merry, and Pippin; Frodo and the gang start the journey of a lifetime. Along the way, we meet the courageous Aragorn, the stealthy and sleuth Legolas, small but powerful Gimli, and the brute Boromir who help them along the way as well. Aragorn's also fighting to come back to his love, the beautiful elf Arwen, who's father Elrond thinks that a human and an elf can't fall in love. But during the journey, they don't only face the evil of the Ring; they have to keep away from the orcs, the Eye of Sauron, and the rest of the evil creatures of Saurmon's army. Ultimately, Frodo has to try to lure himself away from the verges of the Ring which is a true testament to why he was chosen to destroy it. Very faithful to J.R. Tolkin's first novel, the first film in the trilogy is great and makes us think of the fantasies that enter our dreams day after day when we were younger.

Saving Private Ryan

When you see the messengers of WWII tell Mrs. Ryan that all of her sons have died in battle, when you know one's still out there; you shed a tear. When you see all the disembodied on the beach at Normandy; looking at the blood in the water; you shed a tear. When you see the older James cry over the sight of Miller's gravestone; you cry with him. 'Saving Private Ryan' brings veterans back to the sheer terror of war and what they had to do to survive. While the younger generation witness the horror and truly understand what it means to be a veteran. Steven Spielberg probably makes his best film since Schindler's List and wins his second Directing Oscar and third Oscar overall, which shows he's not past his prime and will continue to make great films like this in the future.

Catch Me If You Can

Leo and Tom play the cat and mouse game to an art form in the true story of 'Catch Me If You Can'. Frank Abagnale Jr. is the ultimate conman, while Carl Hanratty has the ultimate goal to catch Frank. It doesn't get more complicated than that, yet Spielberg makes it a hit. I like how easy Frank makes it to pass as a pilot with Pan Am, while he can make his own Harvard degree like it's a macrame sculpture and makes you eat it up like hotcakes. Probably not the best Spielberg movie, but it's one of the best for the new millennium.

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)

There's nothing I can say that there hasn't been said about 'Pulp Fiction'. Amazing, funny, unique, gory, violent; you can go on and on about this film because it's that good. Quentin Tarantino is usually considered the greatest director/writer of the '90s and truly deserves that title because creating characters like Jules Winnfield, Vincent Vega, and Marcellus Wallace gives you nothing but true praise. While mainstreaming the profession of a 'gimp' and perfecting the art of resuscitation with a nice adrenaline shot to the heart. It seems like if this movie wasn't thought of you couldn't really define the decade, so you really have to thank Quentin and Roger Avery for this genius. So sit back, get comfy, and enjoy all the madness 'Pulp Fiction' has to offer because you're gonna never gonna watch a movie the same way ever again.


'Braveheart' is THE epic of the '90s, and most people would think 'Titanic' would be that; but not me. I've always enjoyed the plot idea of fighting not just for love, but for country. It just adds the quality that both men and women were going to be interested in this movie. Mel Gibson got it right in the '90s and it's unfortunate that he screwed up his career because he really is a great actor and director. So if you want to see a sweeping epic of mind blowing violence with beautiful imagery, 'Braveheart' is what you should be watching right now.

Groundhog Day

'Groundhog Day' has all the makings of a classic rom-com. A great set-up of characters with the equal sensibility of comedic timing between them all. Bill Murray and Andie McDowell make a great pairing and do a great job of hiding their feelings towards each other until they really get to know each other towards the middle of the film. People should really recognize the classic comedies of the '90s and this is one of them.

Dazed and Confused

Everyone can relate to this movie because of two reasons. 1. The last day of school is always a blast. And 2. The crazy antics you get into during summer are some of the best times of your life. And in 'Dazed and Confused', you get the best of both worlds without everything seeming like your typical high school movie. Amazing performances by Jason London, Mathew McConaughey, and Ben Affleck; as well as some of the more unknown actors like Wiley Wiggins, Adam Goldberg, and Rory Cochrane. Some went off to become big stars, while other become indie favorites. Either way, this movie was basically the launching pad for amazing careers all. Told the life of teenagers in the '70s very truthfully and gave us a look at what are parents and grandparents went through at that time. Amazing film all the way through and a definite favorite of mine.

Sixteen Candles

'Sixteen Candles' is the unfortunate truth of what every girl goes through when they discover boys don't have cooties beautifully told through director/screenwriter/"high school psychologist" John Hughes. Molly Ringwald embodies the character of Sam so well and makes us believe all of the problems she faces with her family forgetting her birthday to the guy of her dreams is with the hottest girl in school. Just a typical high school student role and yet she does it better than anyone else at that time. Always laugh after laugh when you watch it and the smart-ass sarcasm never gets old.

The Karate Kid

'The Karate Kid' is an '80s classic and every underdog in life can relate to it. Ralph Macchio and 'Pat' Morita play the dynamic karate duo and make it a heart-warming friendship because of the fact that their both outcasts in their environment. Probably the most inspiring movie of the '80s; makes us think of our own friendships and what we can achieve in life even if we're the least expected to be.


'Traffic' is the defining crime movie of the decade because of its wonderful cast, terrific script, and brilliant direction by Steven Soderbergh. It's very fast paced movement with the camera and the tone of which the film delivers with each shot is telling us what each character goes through knowing that drugs are the reason everything is a mess around them. But it's ultimately a beautiful story because the characters can only depend on each other to get through the pain. In my opinion, not winning Best Picture was a snub against the film; damn you Gladiator!!!

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Mathew Broderick plays the ultimate rebel in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' showing vice principals NO mercy! We're taken along for the ride in the 1961 Ferrari 250GT California with Cameron and Sloan through the streets of Chicago and love every second of it. But with a tight ass like Ed Rooney and a jealous sister like Jeanie, Ferris can only hope these aren't the last good moments of his life, but ultimately Ferris follows one rule: let loose. Because life moves pretty fast, and if we don't stop and look around once in a while we could miss it.

The Breakfast Club

John Hughes' finest look into a teenager's soul. Relative towards every generation and doesn't let us resent the 'worst' years of our lives, no matter how hard we try...

True Grit
True Grit(1969)

John Wayne's Oscar-winning portrayal of Rooster Cogburn stands the test of time in the original 1969 version of 'True Grit'. I saw the remake before the original and now I don't know which one I like more. The first has that true cowboy sense having John Wayne's masterful Western persona, while the remake has you looking in a completely other direction with Maddie Ross being more of the leader rather than Rooster. Either one you watch, you'll love just because they're true Westerns and not over glorified like a post-Dances With Wolves Kevin Costner Western.

Into the Wild

'Into the Wild' is amazing because it makes you understand the true beauty of the wild and also what incredibly dangerous about it as well. Emile Hirsch plays Christopher McCandless who is trying to find himself by traveling to Alaska, and in the process makes friends around the country and changes their lives as well. Indescribable with the cinematography and amazing written by Sean Penn, 'Into the Wild' delivers something special that any regular adventurer experiences.

Minority Report

You are just glued to the t.v. during 'Minority Report'. Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell shine with their ongoing battle to find out the truth and play such a great game of cat and mouse. Spielberg creates another masterpiece, even though it's probably not one of his more well known pictures. Still a classic in my opinion, everyone should see this.


Brian DePalma's haunting film adaptation of Stephen King's novel, 'Carrie' is a blend of your typical high school outcast with the touch of a vengeance seeking vigilante thrown into one girl. Very scary and reminds you of your high school experiences as far as being misunderstood at times. Plus if you're into '70s John Travolta, it's got a splash of that as well. Horror classic, in my opinion.

V for Vendetta

'V for Vendetta' has standing power and makes you wish you were a masked vigilante named V. The Wachowski Brothers have written such an amazing film and have another masterpiece on their hands beside the 'The Matrix' trilogy and 'Bound'.

An American Werewolf in London

What separates 'An American Werewolf in London' from the typical werewolf story is it's unique blend of horror and comedy. John Landis does so much with comedy and to mix it with horror is such a curve ball in this film, but in a good way. Probably the most iconic scene in the film is the transformation scene. Features a terrific make-up job by Rick Baker and does a spectacular job at realizing the pain of transforming into a werewolf. Classic horror story that has all the great scary moments you love.

Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump(1994)

'Forrest Gump' is the ultimate triumph. Robert Zemeckis takes his unique vision and lets us follow a simpleton's journey through America's most important dates in history, while more importantly, he looks to find himself and his true love in the process. Tom Hanks makes his name remembered with this performance and inspires every person in America that anything is achievable. Plus with the amazing supporting cast, superb special effects, and the clear message that anything is possible, 'Forrest Gump' is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.

X-Men: First Class

The best 'X-Men' of the series in my opinion. Features a great cast that ranges from the veterans James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Kevin Bacon while newcomers Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult shine own their own. Loved every moment of the action and really enjoyed watching Erik's dark path to becoming the vengeful Magneto. Refreshing to see after the disappointment of 'The Last Stand' and 'Origins: Wolverine'; see it now!

The Santa Clause

A childhood favorite of mine, 'The Santa Clause' is more than just a holiday film; it's a comedy classic as well. Tim Allen is brilliant as Scott Calvin, who proves that the Santa Claus we all have learned about as kids can be displayed as more than just a jolly old saint.

Gran Torino
Gran Torino(2009)

Clint Eastwood makes his directorial visions come alive again with 'Gran Torino'. This story about the sad truth of aging and the horrors of racism gives us more reason to idolize Clint's talents in front and behind the camera.

I Love You, Man

'I Love You, Man' is everything a guy goes through in life in 2 hours. The comedy chemistry between Paul Rudd and Jason Segal is undeniable; makes you think of all the good times you have with your own best friend. Whether it's slappin' tha bass, or chowing down on fish tacos, you have to see this movie to believe it.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Childhood classic for decades, 'Willy Wonka' is one of the those movies that makes your heart melt into a chocolate river. Some people may think it's scary considering the oompa loompas and Gene Wilder's 'there's no where we're going' schpeil, but overall it is very delightful with all the great songs and fun for all ages to watch again and again.

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

Charlie Kaufman writes down magic once again with 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'. I loved the usual romantic comedy taking such a sharp left turn like this movie did. It's uncompromising what the main characters would do to just forget about each other, but beautiful when Joel(Jim Carrey) will do anything just to take it all back.

There's Something About Mary

Everyone has that girl that they strive to be with, but 'There's Something About Mary' takes that idea to a whole different level. Clever and witty, the film never seems to disappoint and gave everyone a taste of Ben Stiller's comedic genius. I mean, who doesn't get a crack out of someone getting their frank and beans caught in their fly? Spoiler alert...

Win Win
Win Win(2011)

'Win Win' delivers the hilarity and heart. Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, and novice Alex Shaffer give great performances in this film about finding yourself and realizing the true meaning of family. Paul Giamatti deserves a Best Actor nomination for his role as Mike Flaherty and shows that he has many great performances to come in the future. Very good indie movie...

Schindler's List

Steven Spielberg takes the horror of the Holocaust and makes one the most indelible and memorable historical pictures since 'Lawrence of Arabia'. Plus, 'Schindler's List' proves that Steven Spielberg has more to offer than making your inner-most fantasies come to life and does such a brilliant job at it. Performances by Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsly, and Ralph Fiennes are some of the finest of 1993 alone, who bring such power and emotion into their roles, while striking images alone are enough make tears stream. If you're not into history watch 'Schindler's List' because it will make you understand easier than what you've learned in the classroom. Easily the best film made that year in my opinion.

Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2(1999)

With the success of the first film, it was obviously going to be a winner. And with the addition of new toys and new friendships, 'Toy Story 2' was another treat from Pixar to savor. It's great, but not better than the first in my opinion.

Toy Story
Toy Story(1995)

Disney/Pixar's first and the best in my opinion, 'Toy Story' lets us go back to a time when life was simple and we all had a favorite toy to play with. Highly creative with the use of the biggest toys invented at the time, while creating new toys like Woody and Buzz and making it a 'who loves who' more kind of rivalry between the two. A movie that both children and adults love, 'Toy Story' never seems to fail.

The Princess Bride

A fairy-tale story made real through the vision of Rob Reiner. A well-written script with a superb cast, 'The Princess Bride' delivers all that you would want in a bedtime story.

Blood Diamond

'Blood Diamond' sets off amazing performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou, while exemplifying the sin of greed in such a brilliant way.

Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino shows you what could have been during WWII and creates characters that portray nothing but violence and scrutiny. Over all the movie is kind of sickening to watch, but you don't want to look way at the Jew's point of view and what they have to do to survive. This film proves that action only improves with that certain Tarantino touch and we'll be getting more of that in the years to come.

The Mask
The Mask(1994)

Jim Carrey gives one of the greatest performances of his comedic career in 'The Mask'. The special effects give us a crazy look into what goes on the Mask's head and what we're left with is tears of joy streaming down our faces.