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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Batman Returns

My all-time favourite film. period. Tim Burton's Magnum Opus IMHO. The ultimate expression of his Gothed-out, Nilihistic, pedantic mind. I absolutely LOVE IT. Awesome cast, great art direction, great score and a memorable Siouxsie theme song. If "Blade Runner" is the poster child for dystopia then THIS film is it for Nihilsm!

Mommie Dearest

Setting aside the cult and camp status of this infamous film, and the questionable veracity of Christina's story, Faye Dunaway's performance as well as the incredible physical transfomation are legendary.

The Iron Lady

Meryl Streep's performance was exemplary. It's the underlying bones of what she had to work with that's questionable. The film overall paints Thatcher in a favourable light, However it portrays the older Maggie as suffering from dementia and hallucinations, with which added nothing overall to the storytelling. Still worth seering though.

The Paper Chase

A good story, well-made and well-written. With the exception of John Houseman it suffered from the over-acting typical of 70's films. That and an unrealistic portrayal of college life.


A nicely made but exceedingly long and rather boring film.


Maybe it's my age... being that this film came out during my formative years. But I love it. An over-the-top comedy with an awesome cast, great one-liners and terrific script. That's my very biased opinion.


A fun film done without excessive sex or gore.

Serial Mom
Serial Mom(1994)

Probably my favorite John Waters film. As is often the case the production posse actors are often more enjoyable than the headliners (Mink Stole and Patty Hearst) an over-the-top fun film that succeeds in offending everyone.

The Cheap Detective

Helps greatly if you yourself are a fan of classic Hollywood films and are familiar with them, as the film is a pastiche of several well-known classics. Has a fun cast, and is good for a few chuckles.


actually saw this film when it was initially released. t is a thought-provoking and edgy film, albeit with unsympathetic characters. it's a pessimistic film released at the tip end of a very pessimistic and transformative time in the world culturally.

The Stepford Wives

The mood, production and underlying story in this film are done very well... However the acting was quite trite. Definitely a product of it's time. Both in good and not so good ways. Nevertheless it's a much better story than the 2004 remake.

The Stepford Wives

Despite the all-star cast, the silliness of this version and the bizarro ending mean that this remake can't touch the original version. Nicole Kidman is no Katherine Ross.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

The Director's edition does improve overall on a film i fondly remember from childhood. Although longish (I used to fall asleep during the original director's cut without fail, now it's hard to find) it is done very well. Probably my favorite of the first round of ST films. Has one of the best movie soundtracks of all time.

The Long, Long Trailer

A fondly remembered film from my childhood, this movie is really silly with unconvincing special effects and a lot of second unit work. Watchabhle but will be most enjoyed by diehard Lucy and Desi fans.

The Devil Wears Prada

Obviously Silvio Horta took a great deal from this film to develop "Ugly Betty". A good cast and story. Enjoyable story.

Bram Stoker's Dracula

A darker and edgier film made in a very dark and cynical period. Overall it is done superbly but a few dull surprises in both Reeves and Ryder. Gary Oldman and Hopkins were beyond reproach.


A silly, implausible dystopian film. However, I love dystopian films. Worth watching for Dennis Hopper alone.

Needful Things

One of the very few horror films I like. Great cast, soundtrack and some great kickers and one-liners. A cynical, comical film that was released in a very cynical time.

Driving Miss Daisy

An utterly flawless and charming story with an absolute first-rate cast. A true classic.

Revenge of the Nerds

Since I never saw this film when it came out, surprisingly well-done. Lots of crude humor but it was well-written. Kind of politically incorrect from a modern perspective. Could not be made today without a lot of edge-softening.


Has some interesting and funny moments. All-star cast to be sure. Grace Jones is not to be missed and is off the rails outrageous as you might expect

Our Nixon
Our Nixon(2013)

Fairly neutral documentary on the Nixon years. Somewhat more forgiving of Nixon than other projects have been.

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

Of course the director never comes forward to declare what his political positions might be. Haters will hate. FNC is a massive American success story that the Left just can't handle.

Only The Young

Having grown up in Southern California myself many years ago I enjoyed this piece. Interesting that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows(2012)

With all of the elements available for a great Gothic dramady unfortunately it fell flat in a number of key areas.Tim Burton gave it the old college try... and it was more mainstream than one might expect from him. Great Cast and a surprise ending.


A thought-provoking and well-made documentary that unfortunately didn't offer any real solutions to the issues raised.


Could not be made in today's climate. A twisted and biting black comedy that had the Zeitgeist perfect.

Phil Spector
Phil Spector(2013)

Very nicely done short and to-the-point story that definitely skewed towards Spector's story. Pacino is fantastic and while Helen Mirren gave it the old college try... I do think Bette Midler (the origional choice) would have better portrayed Linda Kenney baden.

Raising Arizona

A fun and silly film that is a shear delight to watch. Has some classic one-liners.

Game Change
Game Change(2012)

Well made production... IF you accept the narrative as being accurate. Julianne Moore is very versatile.

The Hunger Games

Very well done. I was VERY surprised at how good the film was. Had some real touching moments and some serious action.

Shanghai Surprise

Watching the talented Paul Freeman and some other 80's B-movie favorites are the only reason to dial up this stinker

These Old Broads

Cute and funny the way Carrie Fisher does. Had a disturbing plot twist towards the end... but thoroughly enjoyable.


The film had a great cast... but not the best dialogue ever written. It also suffers from a general feeling of slowness... and a failed attempt to be gritty and/or shocking. All that having been said. I have always really liked the film.


Better than I was expecting it to be.


Great human casting, but the CGI Scooby fell short. To say nothing of the plotline.

The Hobbit
The Hobbit(1978)

Fond childhood memories of this production.


All flash and dash and no substance. Disappointing considering Wolfgang Petersen has made some fine films.


Absolutely genius dialogue and performances by the excellent cast ground this hyperbolic satire film firmly into the big leagues as one of the best films of all time.

The Addams Family

Elaborate sets, an all-star cast, and smart direction makes this film a winner for the young at heart.


Had some great albeit unexpected (or perhaps unintentional) comic moments. Toshiro Mifune shines and shows why he was the master of his craft in Japan.


a fun a delightful re-telling of a classic story

The Wiz
The Wiz(1978)

Well-made and rather longish. An enjoyable period diversion for the more circumspect.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I certainly don't go for westerns by and large but growing up with this film made it the standout. Probably the best western ever made. My favorite to be sure.


Very silly rather ethnic film that had its moments

Michael Jackson's This Is It

Don't mess with Michael! Kenny Ortega does it again with his great dog and pony show style of direction in this enjoyable concert film


a fun and silly little film that appeals to adults as well as older kids

Mars Attacks!

Had a few cute moments but not the best from Tim Burton


Although it suffered from some hammy acting (Mostly by Chamberlain), It was well-written and very detailed. (to the point of being excessively slow). Toshiro Mifune was beyond reproach, as was most of the Japanese cast. John Rhys-Davies and Vladek Shebal also get major props.

New Jack City

a lot of hammy acting by most of the cast, crappy direction and a failed attempt at grittiness saved only by Wesley Snipes strong performance as the bad guy you love to hate.


This rather run-of-the-mill Warner Bros. thriller... a forerunner to international intrigue films such as "The Bourne Identity" or a Tom Clancy... was so well-written and made that by happy accident it has gone on to become one of the greatest films ever made. The dialogue is simply iconic and the film is loaded with history.

Red Beard
Red Beard(1965)

a long and slow film worth watching for the genius of Toshiro Mifune

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

An all-star cast and iconic characters didn't hold this story together very well. Several significant plot holes and an over abundance of digital effects left this picture rather flat in my opinion. The weakest entry in the saga.

The Net
The Net(1995)

A very hackneyed production. Hollywood pulls out all the stops in the arena of ridiculousness.


Fun yet predictable comedy that is enjoyable and fun to watch. Good casting. Rather shocking to see the very talented Jane Fonda in fluff like this but still an enjoyable picture.

Grumpier Old Men

One of the few sequels that bests the original, predictable but very charming story that sported a flawless cast.

Grumpy Old Men

Cute and charming story with a great cast


a very gritty story that pulls no punches

The Help
The Help(2011)

An excellent and moving story. Great job by the diverse and talented cast. A spiritual successor to "The Long Walk Home" or even "Steel Magnolias"

Muppets From Space

cute and enjoyable family picture. Not quite up to the level of previous muppet entries, but still watchable.

Analyze This
Analyze This(1999)

great off-the-wall comedy with a great performance by Billy Crystal and Joe Vitrerlli

The Fog
The Fog(1979)

Has all the usual John Carpenter scare tricks and scary music. great ensemble cast and cool creepy music. Low on the gore factor.

I Like It Like That

A cute story that sported a good cast and an awesome soundtrack

Captain America: The First Avenger

Started out well enough but ended up a mess.


A comedy classic full of a world of puns and great sight gags.

The Terminator

It's a good sci-fi film, but in a RARE case, the sequel is actually better.

The Concorde... Airport '79

I remember enjoying this as a kid. Now looking at it years later i can't imagine why. Pretty bad, pretty bad.


Halfway decent but overly long thriller. Demi Moore was born to play this kind of part

The Running Man

a silly ass movie that had some pretty awesome dialogue. Richard dwason did great as the big bad. Better than I was expecting it to be.

Mississippi Burning

I saw this on the big screen when it was released. A gripping no-holds barred story with Gene Hackman kicking ass as the anti-hero and Wilem Dafoe playing against his usual type.

I Love You to Death

Moderately funny film that sported a good cast that underwhelmed us with their performances

The Expendables

The casting and cameos were nice. other than that a predictable action yarn.


A great story with shades of "Stagecoach" done with a lot more character development and verve

Where the Day Takes You

this is another of those films that paint Los Angeles as an utter shithole. However really such a story could be told in any big city in this country.

The Desert Fox

a decent but busy film that mostly is accurate, but features very little of Rommel's legendary battlefield tactics and record, and mostly focuses on his disagreement with Hitler and support of the conspirators.

Evil Under the Sun

A light-hearted adaptation of a classic Agatha Christie Story. Well done. Great ensemble cast.

30 Minutes or Less

Stupid as all hell but... funny!

The First Wives Club

A chick flick to be sure but an awesome ensemble cast in this.

The Revenge of the Pink Panther

Had its moments but otherwise nowhere near as good as the previous film

How to Marry a Millionaire

Cute comedy that sported a great cast. An early Cinemascope picture.

Brokeback Mountain

A bad soft-core gay porn fantasy film. Heath Ledger's mumbly dialogue and over-the-top accentuation didn't help matters


A great story. Rosie Perez can ACT! Isabella Rossellini can't.

All About Eve

Super well-written. An unabashed classic.

9 to 5
9 to 5(1980)

HIlarious film with a great cast. Suspiciously similar to it is "Teaching Mrs. Tingle"

The Pink Panther

Had some funny moments but not as funny as films that followed it

The Fearless Vampire Killers

A fun sendup/spoof of horror films from Roman Polanski, who would very shortly go to direct a REAL horror classic. (Rosemary's Baby). Worth watching if nothing else to appreciate the beautiful Sharon Tate.

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Four stars if the Special Edition. Why oh why does George Lucas feel the need to tinker with these films? A classic that's best left as is!

The House of the Spirits

It predated "City of Your Final Destination" by 12 years but similar nonetheless. A long boring yarn also set in South America

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Jane Russell and Monroe were dolled up to the teeth in this Technicolor song-and-dance yarn.

The Caretakers

Dull, trite insane asylum story

Bad Day at Black Rock

Talk about a hostile town.

Ticked-off Trannies With Knives

Really Really bad. But it had its moments

Dick Tracy
Dick Tracy(1990)

Like "Darkman" made to ride the coattails of "Batman". Ensemble cast and decent performances. All around decent action pic.

Medusa - Dare to Be Truthful

Absolutely hilarious send-up of "Truth or Dare" that actually is very well-made, fun, and with pretty damned good Mock-u-Donna songs!

Madonna: Truth or Dare

Fondly remembered film for me. One of the singer's best performances. Insightful with a large helping of sadness in regards to her life (at that time. Now she's no doubt happier)

The Godfather, Part III

Michael pays for his sins in this well-made epilogue to the legendary saga. Excellent casting and lavish production with the exception of course, of Sofia Coppola.

Tokyo Godfathers

a bit involved and slow-moving but an otherwise excellently made and produced film

Kiss Them for Me

a mildly funny wartime comedy

The Godfather, Part II

One of only 3 sequels I know of (the other two being "Empire Strikes Back" and "Batman Returns") That were actually BETTER than the original film. Absolutely excellent. May be a bit too slow-moving for viewers under 40.

The Godfather

One of my favorite films and one of the best of all time

Falling Down
Falling Down(1993)

A wonderfully biting and pessimistic view of Los Angeles in the early 90's... when it really was the shithole it's portrayed to be. I love it. Probably my favorite Joel Schumacher film. Hard to believe he would go on in just 5 short years to direct such a turkey as "Batman and Robin"

Seraphim Falls

A good film that suffered from excessive length

The Blob
The Blob(1958)

very trite and dated production.


a good allegory otherwise ruined for me by one gross and totally unecessary scene.


a decent picture from the decade of dystopian films, the Seventies.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Enjoyable spoof of the Connery-era Bond films

Harriet Craig

She gets her comeuppance in the end. One of Joan's bitchier performances


Visually stunning but quite the muddle in terms of plot. It's anime so it's SUPPOSED to involve suspension of disbelief. Still, my problem with Steampunk is that it straddles the line a little too much.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

An overly long and over-the-top production. Good casting that COULD have done so much better.

Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island

New animation and voice work edited into basically a clip show of classic Warner Bros. shorts. Fond memories from childhood. Doesn't seem fresh nor dated. Watchable.

Under the Cherry Moon

Another of Prince's music video-like films. I totally loved the soundtrack but the rest of the picture was a mess. Under different direction it COULD have been better. Formulaic.

Autumn Leaves

An odd romance picture. But, Joan Crawford played it flawlessly

It Could Happen to You

In one word: SMARMY. Good casting. Feelgood story, but improbable.

The Living Daylights

Timothy Dalton represents a (welcome?) distinct change from the more easygoing and often comical Bond of Roger Moore in this somewhat grittier film. had some great stunts and a cool (if 80's) score by John Barry

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Has the same broken aesop feel to it of the earlier films. Good special effects (no CG yet) and a good cast.

A View to a Kill

In classic over-the-top John Glen/Roger Moore fashion, this film is both fun and really, really cheesy. Has all the usual (Great!) supporting cast of the Moore-era Bond pictures, and one of the best Bond Villains of all time in Christopher Walken and Grace Jones. Awesome score and theme song.

The Game
The Game(1997)

They seem to love casting Michael Douglas as an investment banker type.

Batman & Robin

So much over-the-top camp and silliness it's hard to believe that it resides in the same continuity as the Tim Burton films. Joel Schumacher has made some fine films but this isn't one of them.


Seemed promising on paper (I mean, with Liam Neeson starring how could it suck?) but fell way flat in execution. Takes too long to get going. This film was obviously made to cash in on the Batman (1989) craze, right down to the Danny Elfman soundtrack.

Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation

Boring and tedious sci-fi/war pic. Nowhere near as good as the first film. Like a SyFy movie of the week. Yawn.

My Favorite Year

This film was VERY well-written and an absolute scream. Not to be missed by a longshot! full of awesome dialogue and slapstick gags of all kinds. Great cast.


They say nothing succeeds like excess, or succes is excess, or something like that. This over-the-top Bond film was incredible. An awesome villain in Michael Lonsdale, unbelieveably complex stunts (all pre-CG) and a great score.


The first big-budget superhero film of the modern era. Simply incredible job of doing so. Awesome cast, story, dialogue and score, with just the right amount of action, backstory and humour.

Dazed and Confused

Kind of like a cross between a stoner film and a coming-of-age film. Wasn't too bad.

Why We Fight
Why We Fight(2006)

Similar to Michael Moore's films but not as preachy.

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

This film is so bad I'm SHOCKED the cast from the previous films signed off on it at all. With that in mind it should be titled "Superman IV: The Quest for More Money"

Battle: Los Angeles

It's hard to believe this film got green-lighted. Much more of a SyFy Original Movie than anything even closely resembling a major release. More Jitter-cam than you can shake a camera at.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

George Lazenby's only outing as 007 was an excellent entry into the series. With an incredibly awesome score and secondary theme song by John Barry. Telly Savalas played an excellent action-oriented Blofeld. And then there's Diana Rigg as well.


Long and involved. All the endless underwater antics made me seasick. For a better telling of this story, watch "Never Say Never Again"

Bowling for Columbine

Pretty much a rant of Michael Moore on the need to abolish or heavily regulate (further) gun ownership in the U.S. While I don't agree with the message of the film it was poignant and interesting at times.

La Bamba
La Bamba(1987)

A decent biopic. Similar to "Selena" but not as good.

Superman III
Superman III(1983)

While maligned by the critics I've always liked this picture. Definitely campier and lighter than the previous two films. Richard Pryor and Robert Vaugh are just plain awesome in this.

You Only Live Twice

My second favorite Connery-era Bond film, after "Diamonds are Forever". Had an awesome score, and Donald Pleasence was great as Blofeld (All the Blofelds were great in my opinion). Took the Bond clicheés from the prior films and ramped them way up.

The Man with the Golden Gun

Plenty of gags and lighted-hearted action in this oft-maligned Bond outing. Had some truly classic one-liners and a great villain by the renowned Sir Christopher Lee.

Superman II
Superman II(1981)

a good follow-up to the first film. Featured a cornucopia of pre-CG special effects

Licence To Kill

Probably the darkest James bond outing. Timothy Dalton was great but the story was convoluted. Doesn't have a sense of fun to it at all.

Live and Let Die

Roger Moore's first outing as 007 had more typical Bond gags and gambits than you can shake a stick at. Yaphet Kotto made an awesome Bond Villain.

Never Say Never Again

Had a great cast but was almost comical in tone. Irvin Kershner never did touch the job he did on the "Empire Strikes Back" again.


Had a good cast and story but the ending was a surprise that didn't make sense

For Your Eyes Only

The darkest and grittiest of the Moore-era Bond Films. The great ensemble recurring cast is back (except Bernard Lee) and Julian Glover made an especially cruel and subdued Bond villain. Very watchable and believable.


The film that started all the Bond clicheés in film. The titular antagonist is awesome as are the henchmen. A classic.

Dr. No
Dr. No(1962)

Though this was the film that started it all.. I Felt it to be slow-moving, dry, and confusing in terms of plot.

Only the Lonely

This is a delightful, family-oriented light romantic comedy. John Candy is loveable and benign in this story, which Maureen O'Hara TOTALLY runs away with in her supporting role. Anthony Quinn and James Belushi also add nicely to it. Marred only by the weak acting of Ally Sheedy (Not a big shocker there)

Hollywood Canteen

Wartime song-and-dance number with ALL of the big Warner Bros. stars of the day (Notably absent but mentioned several times was Humphrey Bogart). Cute at times but otherwise trite even taking into account the time it was made

Sherlock Holmes

Good casting let down by the wrong director for the source material. Strays too far from the formula.

War of the Worlds

Despite the best efforts of Cruise and Spielberg it could not TOUCH the original film.

Stand by Me
Stand by Me(1986)

This another one of those coming-of-age films that, well it wasn't MY age and in a big case of personal bias, i couldn't relate to. (At least I'm admitting it freely) Somewhat similar to "American Graffiti". A good cast but really rather boring.

Modern Girls
Modern Girls(1986)

A supermassive 80's explosion in film. Possibly one of the biggest ever filmed. Not too bad. Short, sweet, and cheesy as were a lot of films from the period.

Edward Scissorhands

Has ALL of the typical Tim Burton features. I Mean ALL of them ( Danny Elfman, Johnny Depp, little models of buildings everywhere, Gothed-out feel and classic Horror film actors to name a few) A very nicely done Fractured Fairy Tale.

The Dark Knight

The film had it's moments and Heath Ledger made a fine Joker but it felt like a prime time TV drama, had a convoluted plot, and a weak female lead in Maggie Gyllenhaal. Doesn't even come close to equaling the Tim Burton films.

The Wedding Singer

For anyone born in the years of '66-'76, a real treat in terms of the music and setting. Surprisingly silly and fun.

Last Exit to Brooklyn

I saw this film when it came out. It, along with "Monster's Ball" and "Alien 3", are the most depressing films I have ever seen. NOTHING good happens to these kids in this picture. The gang rape scene probably is the creepiest rape scene ever made.


For the time and the circumstances, an excellently made sci-fi film. It's on par with anything from Hollywood during the same time frame


My favorite Joan Crawford picture. Similar to "Fatal Attraction"

Ed Wood
Ed Wood(1994)

The film was funny and well-made. Good cast and the usual Tim Burton touch for the macabre and kooky as only he could do. Martin Landau received a well-deserved Oscar for his genius performance as Bela Lugosi

Rising Sun
Rising Sun(1993)

The premise was good, but the film fizzled despite the promising casting of Connery and Snipes. Not a lot of action in this supposed action pic, and cross-cultural aspect was handled badly.

Planet of the Apes

I think they must have strong-armed Tim Burton into making this, because it sucked and didnt have a lot of his usual brilliance.

Cape Fear
Cape Fear(1991)

It made me get up, lock my door, and look out the windows such was the terror and fear implicit in this film. Excellent all-star cast.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

This well-done production pulls no punches as it relives the grittiness and romance of the glory days of the British at sea. Why they never made a second Master and Commander film is beyond me.


An excellently made biopic that shows Nixon, a troubled but great individual realistically and surprisingly, sympathetically. My favorite Oliver Stone film.

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

an overall good epic that suffered from excessive length, especially the last hour or so and a few improbability issues... Like Ingrid Bergman playing an Englishwoman and Curt Jurgens playing a half-Chinese officer. That having been said, they did a fine job.


Had all of the features of a typical James Cameron production. Moving if smarmy love story that pulled it away from top marks. But the rest of the picture was without equal. Gloria Stewart, Kathy bates and David Warner were particularly memorable.

The Last Samurai

This was a very well-made and poignant production. Great period piece and all-around excellent cast. A bit violent and longish.

X-Men: First Class

This film came along obviously to give the franchise what must have been deemed necessary: The full Dawson/Buffy treatment. While it had some memorable scenes it couldnt touch the first three films in terms of casting.


I suppose kudos are due to Hollywood for tackling a very thorny issue at the time in the best way they could, but it still suffers from triteness through and through. Thank goodness this wasn't the end of such stories, but only the beginning.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

A refreshingly cute story, done without the usual gratuitous sex and profanity. Similar to it's contemporary, "Bend It Like Beckham".

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Like "Tron Legacy"... had many, many shout-outs to the first film. Otherwise it had a weak story, and weak acting by the ensemble cast. Shia LeBeouf was just too young for this part, and the whole thing was toned way down from the grittiness of the first picture.

Wall Street
Wall Street(1987)

One of the most iconic films of the 80's, still relevant today. Great cast and story.

Action Jackson

I know it's cheesy as all hell, but i like it! Full of corny one-liners.

Tron Legacy
Tron Legacy(2010)

Made in the style of sci-fi pics as of late. Lots and lots of blue lighting and minimal colour saturation. The special effects were superb, Has about a million shout-outs to the original, and I enjoyed Michael Sheen's performance. Beyond that it was boring.


Considering the era in which it was made, a breakthrough film in CGI and overall production. Great Cast, Iconic imagery, dialogue, and score. One of my favorite Disney films.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

As seems to be the case on this site, whenever the critics hate it i seem to love it. Truly suspenseful film that was light on the gore. So i enjoyed it. A thinly veiled allegory designed to propagandize as well as entertain.

Batman Begins

This reboot was OK. It certainly wasn't Tim Burton's Batman. Well-made with a good cast, nevertheless I was left wanting. The production wasn't nearly as clever or memorable than "Batman" (1989).


I was expecting something along the lines of "Runaway Train"... but it was way more like CSI: Siberia. Despite being shot on location in China and Russia there was very little eye candy. (except for super-hot Eduardo Noriega). Very much a TV movie with a little added gore and not much else


Kudos to Tom Cruise for taking on the role of Stauffenberg. The picture accurately (by all accounts) paints Stauffenberg as a true hero, rather than the anti-hero that Speer was, for example. A well-made production. More hats off for the realistic portrayal of Hilter rather than a wild-eyed, shrieking banshee as in similar films (Derek Jacobi comes to mind). Finally, Terence Stamp *ahem*.. stomped the role of Beck superbly.

X-Men: The Last Stand

A visual paradise of special effects and a terrific ensemble cast featuring many of my favorite actors and characters. Pure eye candy. But not as good otherwise as the preceding films.


A great action/fantasy film that brings to life one of my favorite comic book stories. very nicely done. Had an all-star cast that were quite memorable. Great story and a few great one-liners.

X2: X-Men United

A fun ride of a film, done extremely well. Great cast and story. incredibly creative sequences.


An interesting if campy look at the phenomenon that is Star Trek


A chilling and nihilistic film. Well-made.


Very fond childhood memories of this sci-fi allegory for Nazism. Not so well done in retrospect, but hey, it was 1983...

Only the Brave

Similar to "Passchendaele". Lane Nishikawa does a great Edward James Olmos imitation... or is that really his real voice?! The film was very predictable and the antithesis of poignant.


Mia Farrow plays a complete Woody Allen avatar in this star-studded but otherwise excessively chatty and uninteresting picture.

101 Dalmatians

A fun and entertaining family film. Glenn Close was perfectly cast.


It was cute with a great cast. Not groundbreaking but memorable

Absence Of Malice

Despite a great cast this was one of the most boring pictures I've ever seen.

Dog Day Afternoon

I just couldn't suspend my disbelief and otherwise enjoy the story. It was too far fetched

Die Another Day

Incredibly awesome action sequences and a great production overall. Not quite up there with the other Pierce Brosnan films (He's my favorite Bond) but had plenty to offer.

The World Is Not Enough

Had a great cast and action sequences. Sophie Marceau outshone Robert Carlysle as the deliciously evil French bitch Electra King. Who Mourns for Electra? Me. Not quite as good as the previous two pictures, nor the film that follows it.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

One of the best James Cameron films. Notice that the usual JC touches are on board (Hot chick with big guns, nukes, steam, flashing lights, small confined spaces, Jenette Goldstein, etc.) Great cast, story and a runaway incredible action flick.


The title is a misnomer there was nothing Gothic about this film. Halle Berry, for all her beauty, is like the Isabella Rossellini of the Aughts in terms of talent sorry to say. Very hackneyed story and production. Robert Downey Jr. was still high apparently too. Weak dialogue.


What a lot of foolishness. Not the best John Waters film, but watchable for those who can appreciate his utter camp.

Partie de Campagne (A Day in the Country)

A very short and cloyingly sweet French film. Had an incessant score that even judging by the standards of the time was also excessively saccharine.

Super Size Me

Somewhat lighter than a Michael Moore film, but very similar. Broke no new ground. But, it was interesting and informative. I'd probably watch another of this guy's films.

Ladies They Talk About

Even for a prison film this one is a stretch. Barbara Stanwyck remains my favorite leading lady from the Golden Age, and this film IS watchable. Just a bit silly from a 21st century perspective. Gawd how I hate the 21st Century!

The Birdcage
The Birdcage(1996)

Great Americanized version of "La Cage Aux Folles". Awesome cast and production. Very fondly remembered for me.


An Entertaining and wonderful story. one of my favorite Disney pictures.

Places in the Heart

An all-around tour de force by an incredible cast. Sally Field's second (well-deserved) Oscar win. Ended on a "real" note. Missed top marks due to a few anachronisms that bugged me (They're poor farmers living in Depression-era TX, yet the farm is electrified? C'mon! Really??)

Norma Rae
Norma Rae(1979)

What more can you say about this based-on-a-true-story story about the plight of textile workers in the 60's South? Sally Field blows you away in her first Oscar win. Iconic climax.

The Morning After

Jane Fonda and Raul Julia ran away with this picture.

Pacific Heights

This is a good story with a good cast, but the writers didn't do the research too well. The Japanese tenants are played up with all the generic Asian clichées possible, and while California law does favor the tenant (I know from firsthand experience), it's taken over the top in this film. Similar to "Noise". Good picture to be rebooted/remade someday.


Awesome all-star cast, including Toshiro Mifune. Otherwise rather shopworn and done without the great special effects of other war movies. Too much time spent in war rooms and too little time spent actually fighting the battle.


Joe Pesci and Lorraine Bracco ran away with this picture. Very gritty and compelling.

Operation Pacific

The Duke plays the Duke. Mildly entertaining at best. Patricia Neal however, was quite good.


The film was really rather trite, with an attempt to be gritty by the use of numerous clichées. Probably was gritty at the time it was released but society has moved the bar. Watchable but not memorable.

Son of Frankenstein

Ran a bit long but enjoyable. The obvious inspiration for "Young Frankenstein" which it is quite similar to. If you've seen that film before this one, it may strike you as unintentionally humorous and/or campy.


Strictly for fans of Ms. Bankhead, dahhling. Robert Montgomery doesn't show you much either. Probably the only film where Bankhead doesn't play herself.

The Limey
The Limey(1999)

Terence Stamp did an awesome job in this thriller.

The Dead
The Dead(1987)

John Huston's penchant for storytelling is on display in this period piece. Similar to any number of Irish-based films before the Troubles. Anjelica huston kind of hanms it up in this. eh. it was aight.

History of the World---Part I

Great all-start cast and silly but funny story. A little too heavy on bathroom humor but still good despite this.

Dance with Me

Although the story was as old as the hills, the rest of the production was very well done. Good casting, Awesome soundtrack. You'd SWEAR it was produced by Emilio Estefan what with songs by Thalia, Gloria Estefan, and even a cameo by Albita, but after checking the credits that's not the case. Much better than I was expecting it to be.


An excellent job by both lead actors and poignant storytelling led to an excellent true story RE-telling.

The Back-up Plan

Standard romantic comedy that was laden with a lot of kinda gross realism scenes that turned me off and didnt add anything to it.

The End
The End(1978)

Better than I was expecting it to be.

Battle of Britain

Quite good and more than a little bit Bond-like. The European theater's answer to "Tora! Tora! Tora!"

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Had its moments but ran rather long. Baron Cohen was hilarious. Shameless product placement. Story had an overly obvious outcome


Excellent, poignant war film.

American Graffiti

There were many coming-of-age films that were way better than this picture. The incessant 50's soundtrack running throughout the whole film, was meant to tie it together but had the effect of driving me nuts. George, cut out the music. We get it. Nostaglia for you. Sheesh.

Live Free or Die Hard

Suffered from the series usual impossibility issues, but quite entertaining nonetheless. Much better than the preceding two Die Hard films.

Charge of the Light Brigade

This picture couldn't seem to decide whether it was a serious or light-hearted production... and that cost it points big.

Paradise Road

One of the most real and poignant WWII Interment camp pictures i have seen. Right up there with "Empire of the Sun". Excellent performances by a diverse cast.

Blazing Saddles

Nowhere nearly as good as other Mel Brooks films. Madeleine Khan's Dietrich impression was dead-on however and very funny.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

The pet Ol' Ace should have been chasing was a turkey... because that's what this film was. Nowhere near as good as other Jim Carrey vehicles.

The Roaring Twenties

A good gangster picture from the classic era.

Die Hard: With a Vengeance

Better than the picture that preceded it to be sure. Jeremy Irons wasn't quite up to Alan Rickman's performance, but made an awesome villain anyway.

I Want to Live!

A bit trite at times but otherwise a very powerful production. The graphic and detailed scene of the gas chamber preparations and the death watch at San Quentin is unforgettable.

Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants)

A chilling and poignant film set in Occupied France during the War, done without any violence or bloodshed, but chilling nonetheless.

Die Hard 2
Die Hard 2(1990)

Derivative story, shopworn premise and predictable outcomes. Nowhere near as good as the first film.

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

Had a nice cast and was light enough for me to enjoy it (I'm not a big fan of most horror flicks due to my dislike of graphic violence). Similar to "Tales of the Crypt".

National Lampoon's Animal House

Predecessor to "Caddyshack". Funny but not as good as that picture. Iconic dialogue.

Die Hard
Die Hard(1988)

If one takes into account the time it was made, a groundbreaking action thriller that spawned a slew of copycat productions. Today we might say the premise is clichéed. Alan Rickman was absolutely, deliciously, and thoroughly evil. I give it 4 stars grudgingly... primarily for Rickman's outstanding job.

The Spy Who Loved Me

Filled with impossible stunts, tongue-in-cheek humour, cartoonishly silly characters and an awesome cast, this picture is one of my favorite bond films. Has all of the elements one needs in a good 007 outing and more.

Ghostbusters (1984 Original)

Classic big-budget comedy film. An awesome cast and a memorable score.

Ghostbusters 2

Not nearly as good as the first film. Takes way too long to get going. Otherwise, a fine production that reassembles the whole cast from the original. Personally memorable theme song.

Show Boat
Show Boat(1936)

As one might expect from the title, a lavish and well-made production for the time. Great songs and story.

Three Came Home

Well-made production that doesn't portray the Japanese as harshly as similar films. Ended on a happy note. My favorite film with both Claudette Colbert and Sessue Hayakawa.

Widows' Peak
Widows' Peak(1994)

Well-made, good casting, and a charming story.

Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre(1944)

My mother swears by this adaptation of the famous Gothic novel, however i found it to be hackneyed and altogether rather boring. That and i just prefer Olivia De Havilland to her sister.

Killer Tomatoes Strike Back

Sooooo baaaad... Nice to see FT and Professor Gangrene back! Not as good (bad?) as the film that follows it: "Killer Tomatoes Eat France"

A League of Their Own

A bit on the long side but a good story and a great cast.

There's Something About Mary

A fun, sometimes gross slapstick comedy. Well-made and good casting.

The Rescuers Down Under

Well-made and great voice cast

The Onion Field

A longish but gripping crime and courtroom drama. A young James Woods was excellent.

A Royal Scandal

An all-star cast didn't save this very chatty comedic picture from imploding onto itself. Strictly for fans of Ms. Bankhead, dahhhling.

Paris, Texas
Paris, Texas(1984)

This art film had a good cast and an interesting premise. The title is integral to the plot of the film however it's shot mostly in Los Angeles and Houston. Ended on a nice note.

Spice World
Spice World(1998)

Lots of big name cameos and certainly upbeat and fun, but mostly a 90 minute "I'm so fabulous" romp for the party-happy Spice Girls. The Bananarama of the 90's.

Raging Bull
Raging Bull(1980)

Not sure why I thought i wanted to see this picture. Well-made but depressing and violent

Batman Forever

Without Tim Burton at the helm the series began to languish under the freakish Joel Schumacher and his campy homoeroticism. Nonetheless the casting was still good and this picture had a ton of great lines. Nearly all of them uttered by Jim Carrey.


One of my all-time favorites. Genius casting, Genius (Gothic) art direction... and all the usual Tim Burton signature features (Except Johnny Depp). Incredible soundtrack AND Gothed-out score. I'd give it six stars if I could.

Saving Face
Saving Face(2005)

A good cast and a strange, off-kilter story. Similar to "The Wedding Banquet"

Bullets or Ballots

Classic gangster movie with a great cast and moved along nicely


The movie ws kind of cute, it had it's moments. Decent cast and story

Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman

Although I love Julie Brown, this picture was silly in the extreme and rather forced.


A classic, brilliant comedy with a great cast and unforgettable theme.


A reasonably cute family movie. I've seen better, I've seen worse. Watchable

The Jazz Singer

The first talkie was surprisingly well-made for 1927. Interesting picture that was part-talkie, part-silent. Judaism is a prominent feature in this groundbreaker.

Slumdog Millionaire

Although I always enjoy watching the adorable Dev Patel, the film was all over the place and had a predictable outcome. Like a good Bollywood production, right up to the song-and-dance finish.

Good Morning, Vietnam

A frank story about the Vietnam War very well done. Awesome cast and no-holds-barred production.

A Stolen Life

Bette Davis does it again playing herself and two distinct twin characters. A good story from her prime Warner Bros. years. The only picture Bette Davis ever produced

The Lion King 1 1/2

Nice fluff that fills the bill for Lion King fans... and I know my share of them!

Switching Channels

Had a few good laughs but basically a rip-off of "Broadcast News"

Logan's Run
Logan's Run(1976)

Another of the great dystopian films of the 70's.


Combines horror and science fiction with terrifying efficiency. One of my favorite Ridley Scott films. Awesome cast and dialogue. Gave me nightmares for years as a child.


Probably my favorite James Cameron film. had all the classic JC touches (Plot tension inside of a closed, vulnerable space; Pipe and steam filled blue-gray narrow corridors, Flashing lights, Bill Paxton and Jenette Goldstein) Great cast and awesome production. Iconic imagery and dialogue.


This picture is one of the MOST DEPRESSING films I have EVER seen. Like "Monster's Ball and "Last Exit to Brooklyn", NOTHING good happens in this super-sad sequel... that just sucked. You could skip over it completely and you wouldn't miss a damned thing. Ripley dies in the end. There. Now you can jump to "Alien Resurrection"

Alien Resurrection

Although not as good as the first two Alien films, certainly better than Alien 3. The cast did a good job, and the story wasn't any more far-fetched than the previous entries. One gets the feeling that Winona Ryder and Sigourney Weaver really enjoyed themselves in the production of this entry, and it shows.


IMHO. a bit better than the film that preceded it. Nice location shoot in one of my favorite places, Houston, TX. Really enjoyed Blythe Danner's performance.


Could be filed in the 70's dystopian films set. A better book than a film. that having been said, Yul Brynner's performance was memorable.


Very typical screwball late 80's comedy. That having been said. I love this movie!

The Last Temptation of Christ

An odd and unnecessary examination of Jesus' life from a somewhat humanist perspective. The controversy surrounding the film was unwarranted

Fresh Horses
Fresh Horses(1988)

I saw this picture in the theater when I was in high school with my choir friends. It was a convoluted and dull character study.

Queen of Outer Space

Corny, campy, cheesy and mysoginistic. Zsa Zsa vas lahvley, Dahling.

Too Close to Home

Typical Lifetime movie... good cast. Judith Light is always quite good


The film had a shopworn premise, and an decent cast who did OK. The soundtrack was good.

Private Benjamin

Great cast and story. One of my favorite comedies.

Addams Family Values

A big sequel that delivers the goods. Great ensemble cast.

The French Lieutenant's Woman

A convoluted story difficult to keep up with. Good cast and good editing.


This movie was lost on me. Didnt enjoy it. couldnt get my head unscrambled

Zorro, the Gay Blade

An annoying score, weak cast and silly premise sliced up this turkey to shreds.

A Night to Remember

A well-made production that was more technically focused and broad-spectrum than the similar "Titanic".

The Silence of the Lambs

Had some major plot holes but all in all a smart pyschological thriller

The Hindenburg

All in all not the worst disaster picture i've ever seen. The final destruction scene waqs deliberately shot in B & W in order to intersperse the famous actual newsreel footage no doubt. As for the cast, Once again Patton (tries) to save the day.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Although the premise was jejuene, The picture w a s cute, and the reassembled cast from the first film did a fine job.

The Russia House

Decent espionage picture with a well-rounded cast. Not the best performance by Michelle Pfeiffer.

Mr. Holland's Opus

Well-made production. A bit on the highbrow side.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Genius production that has become a classic.

Room Service
Room Service(1938)

Well-made in typical RKO fashion.Not the best from the Marx Bros. Lucille Ball had only a very minor role and not comedic.

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

A fun Mel Brooks screwball comedy

The Talented Mr. Ripley

The film was quite good, but the notion of a homosexual, disturbed killer who actually comes out on top (no pun intended) is rather disturbing in this day and age. The cast did well.

Erin Brockovich

Very well done. A nice surprise


Not too bad considering the era in which it was made


Similar to "This is Spinal Tap" Not as good as that film but funny nonetheless

Three Amigos!

Funny and silly, and has some great one-liners

Escape from New York

One of my favorite films, probably the best dystopian film ever. Awesome cast, great story and loaded with tons of tongue-in-cheek humor and one-liners that make it so memorable. Way better than the sequel.

John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.

This dystopian sequel is nowhere near as good as the original, and it sits smack in the middle of a set of films i like to call the "Hollywood hates Itself" set. Had an OK cast but little new ground is covered. Used every shopworn negative notion about L.A. ever proferred... THAT part i Loved!

Malcolm X
Malcolm X(1992)

A rather overly sympathetic production. Good Cast. Probably Lil' Spike Lee's best.

Sleepy Hollow

Very well done in Tim Burton style. Probably his best since "Batman". Miranda Richardson was especially memorable. Great Cast.

Who's Harry Crumb?

Not an Oscar winner by a longshot but still one of my favorite movies. Has some classically stupid lines!


Good but loooonnnngggg

Guarding Tess

A cute story done very well. Shirley MacLaine did superbly.

Silent Movie
Silent Movie(1976)

Another great parody by the talented Mr. Brooks. Very cute and funny and a great cast.

Before and After

A good story that unfortunately didnt end on such a great note. Good casting and watchable

Dangerous Liaisons

Similar to "Valmont" but not as good.


A great cast. Great film for short attention spans. Fun and tongue-in-cheek.

Bad Teacher
Bad Teacher(2011)

A wacky, silly picture that is almost beyond suspension of disbelief... or is it? The cast did great and it WAS funny as hell.

The People Vs. Larry Flynt

Thought-provoking, fascinating, and well-done. Like "JFK" whether you love or hate this man it's a very interesting story. The cast, which did not seem like so much on paper, did an awesome job. Great picture.

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

Midnight Movie cultl picture stuff at its greatest. Oh, brother was this bad!

Pirates of Silicon Valley

What a difference 13 years makes. Now Apple is the Cat and MS is the Canary. Quintoxically, Steve is dead and Bill is still with us. Great story and cast.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

We really DON'T need another hero...The film was well-made... but outside of the girl from Nutbush's performance, it left me wanting. Now I know where the production designers of "Waterworld" got their inspiration from. Good soundtrack.

Ice Station Zebra

A good picture to be rebooted someday, and shortened. Even for it's time the production was rather trite. Seeming more like a TV movie than a feature film. It does have some good moments of suspense; just altogether done rather poorly.

Conspiracy Theory

I like the premise behind this picture, as well as Patrick Stewart. Cool story.


Hom-hum period piece. I was hoping for more from the cast but alas, it was not meant to be. The slow, annoying score only contributed to the picture's dreary feel.

The Social Network

Great cast and absolutely gripping story. What a surprise. This was better than "Pirates of Silicon Valley", Which I loved.


Had a few good moments but not as good as "Arthur". Quite racy at times.


A bit on the long side. Had a good cast and an uplifting story

Rooster Cogburn

Essentially a retelling of "The African Queen" in a western setting. Good casting and moved along reasonably well.

Murders in the Rue Morgue

Bela Lugosi was great in this classic Universal horror picture. Engaging and cool despite the film being 80 years old

The Birds
The Birds(1963)

Considering the film is nearly 50 years old, a good production with good special effects. Fascinating (and refreshing) was the lack of a music score throughout virtually the entire movie. Tippi Hendren was better than other Hitchcock leading ladies. Jessica Tandy was especially memorable.

Wrongfully Accused

Incredibly stupid. With only a few very cheap gags worth chuckling at.

North by Northwest

Martin Landau's performance was exceptional in this Hitchcock classic. Cary Grant was a tad weak as the protagonist. Eve Marie Saint continues the Kim Novak tradition of ho-hum leading ladies. Watchable overall but there are better Hitchcock entries


A rather clichéd production overall, with weak dialogue. What saves it is the overall true-to-life tragedy of Selena's life, Edward James Olmos and Jennifer Lopez' performance, and the very well-done ending.


A well-made production but an absolutely stupid story and premise. Insulting to families everywhere. I guess Rob Reiner must have been working out some unresolved childhood issues.

Longtime Companion

A product of the time it was made. Serves as a good historical marker for the early days of the AIDS epidemic and LGBT history in general. Though-provoking and sensitive. Kind of a "gay" movie but mainstream at the same time.

Rumble in the Bronx

Very corny dialogue and so-so dubbing is balanced out by the great fight sequences by the talented Mr. Chan.

Dude, Where's My Car?

Really silly but had its moments. Loved the Chinese Foooood scenes

Mystic River
Mystic River(2003)

As usual Sean Penn was totally awesome in this otherwise slow-moving drama.

Butterfield 8

Good story that suffered from a hackneyed production. Good film to be rebooted someday.

Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins

Slow-moving and banal, not the best from Guy Hamilton. Weak casting.

Mister Johnson

This film reminded me somewhat of "The Deceivers", which also starred Pierce Brosnan in the role of a British Colonial official. An interesting character study. The ending was a surprise.


Decent WWI story. Was a little better than I was expecting it to be. I love the trend of late to shift some historical focus to the Great War; Refreshing!

The Mechanic
The Mechanic(2011)

An OK thriller on a great location shoot marred by excessive graphic violence.

The Bitter Tea of General Yen

a lavish Pre-Code production. Nils Ashter does a convincing representation of the titular Chinese warlord.


The last of the big budget 70's disaster pictures had some good special effects for the time. Was a tad slow-moving but not as bad as the reviews might let you believe. The authentic Russian spoken by Wood and Keith in the film is a nice touch.


Joan Crawford, older here but sure of herself as ever, did quite well in what otherwise might have been forgotten as a rather trite production. Look for both Geoffrey Keen and Michael Gough in this thoroughly British picture that was well-made a la Hammer Films

Working Girl
Working Girl(1988)

Great story. One of my favorite films. The awesome cast kicked butt all the way around. Great dialogue.

Return to Oz
Return to Oz(1985)

A well-made production that suffered from a convoluted plotline and a weak cast, with the exception of Jean Marsh... looking remarkably similar to Mary Steenburgen.

Death at a Funeral

At times quite funny. Screwball comedy to be sure. Good Cast and quick-moving

The Golden Arrow

Weak dialogue and rather trite production. Bette Davis is here, younger and of course, always playing herself.

The Mirror Has Two Faces

One of the few romances I go for. Perhaps because it speaks to points of my life and the choices I made at those times. Delightful cast and dialogue, story and premise. Lauren Bacall was fabulous.

The Great Lie

Mary Astor shines bright in this very well-made production from the prime Bette Davis years at Warner Bros.

The Preacher's Wife

A bit on the long side but a sweet, uplifting story. Probably the best acting job done by the late Whitney Houston.

Meet Dave
Meet Dave(2008)

Really not that bad as a fantasy/sci-fi flick. Borrowed more than a little from Star Trek. Cute and fun as a family film. Ponderous and overpowering score. Turn down the volume!

The Thomas Crown Affair

Nowhere near as interesting as was expected. Rene Russo sure could pull off a dead ringer for Teri Hatcher in this film. Probably the worst film I've seen that starred Pierce Brosnan. He's usually much better than this.

Grand Prix
Grand Prix(1966)

Longish but intense at moments. John Frankenheimer makes great action sequences.Decent casting but Toshiro Mifune is always a pleasure to watch.

Walk the Line

Incredibly well-made film that pulled few punches. Both Phoenix and especially Witherspoon did an awesome job. Great soundtrack.


An iconic western that catapulted John Wayne into superstardom. Reminded me of "Lifeboat" in the sense that you have this diverse cast of characters cooped up into a small, vulnerable space. Some cool stunts for 1939.

Lilo & Stitch

Cute movie that appeals to the kiddies but not so interesting for the adults. Makes for a nice TV show though.

20,000 Years in Sing Sing

Considering the film is 80 years old, a fine production. Spencer Tracy is in high form along with a very young and pretty Bette Davis.


Slow-moving. More about style it seemed than substance. Good cast who, with the exception of Jude Law, underwhelmed us with their delivery. Nevertheless it's watchable.


An excellently made production with an excellent ensemble cast. All the details were sweated and it shows. One of my favorite movies. Interesting and engaging whether you buy the underlying conspiracy theory or not.

Seven (Se7en)

This combo Gothic/noir picture was good, but had some seriously disturbing dialogue and imagery. The epitome of the Nine Inch Nails experience in a movie


You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear... And if you put lipstick on a pig, you've still got a pig... or something like that.


Decent typical Disney fare of late. Had a good cast who, unfortunately underwhelmed us with their performances. Might be interesting for the tweenies but otherwise longish and rather convoluted.


Had a few cheap laughs but basically really silly. Had some cool cameos. Done in the style of the "Naked Gun" films.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Charming, funny comedy with two great actors doing a tour de force.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

A classic 60's horror pic. Both greats are here in full form. Iconic one-liners (though unintentional)

Tank Girl
Tank Girl(1995)

Just plain stupid. Even the fantastic Malcolm McDowell could not quench the thirsting for decency in this turkey

The Forgotten

A bit hard to keep your head straight in this oddball picture. Alfre Woodard was quite good, but the picture itself was kind of... wha???

The Last Station

Awesome cast. Very cerebral and engaging.

Uncle Buck
Uncle Buck(1989)

Moved more slowly than other John Hughes productions. The Late John Candy did quite well. A nice sunday afternoon kind of picture.

Dead Ringer
Dead Ringer(1964)

Well-made thriller weighed down only by the annoying, harpsicord-dominated score. Excellent Cast and Bette Davis, always playing herself, did superbly

Muppet Treasure Island

Broke no new ground but was an enjoyable family film. Great human casting on this one

The Love Guru

Silly ass movie that I really enjoyed. Great cast and funny gags.

The Bodyguard

Not too bad really. A bit long. Costner did tremendously well. Whitney Lord, rest her soul... wasn't much of an actress but she gave it her best shot. Overall, a carefully executed production designed to do what it did. Make a killing for all involved. Incredible soundtrack.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Had some good moments but a rather silly premise. Good casting.

The Black Hole

An ensemble cast led by the excellent Maxmillian Schell gave a good if cerebral performance in this Disney sci-fi pic that obviously was made to capitalize on what was en vogue at the time. Good special effects. Rather dark by Disney standards. Bore more than a passing similarity to Disney's own "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"

Jumpin' Jack Flash

i dont care what the critics said about this picture I love it. One of my all-time favorites from childhood. Funny dialogue and filled with a ton of one-liners and zingers makes this GenXer standby a gem. Look for the cool cast of 80's SNL regulars and a few surprises (Like Johnathan Pryce and Robert Guillaume)

My Dinner with André

Unique film that takes a good listener to appreciate. Intense, meaty dialogue on the widest array of subjects. Very cerebral.


Cute and watchable Disney family fare

I Married a Witch

An adorable comedy from the Classic Age featuring the incredibly beautiful Veronica Lake. The rest of the cast was awesome too. Very fun and light and a well-made production.

Fast Times At Ridgemont High

A great cast and soundtrack coupled with numerous vigniettes from the era in which it was made knock this great high-school coming-of-age flick out of the park. Sean Penn was absolutely fantastic as the stoner Spicoli.

The Lion in Winter

Although acclaimed with a great cast and meaty dialogue this breathless reaching picture was longish and rather boring

Robin and the Seven Hoods

A decent song-and-dance comedy picture that revolved mostly around the uninteresting Bing Crosby. Too little Rat Pack. Was well-made however.

Breakfast For Two

Barbara Stanwyck does quite well in this otherwise smarmy and trite RKO production from the 30's.

The Man Who Would Be King

Good cast and a great location shoot but I found it to be be boorish and slow-moving

Psycho II
Psycho II(1983)

Decent sequel to the classic horror picture. Meg Tilly and Vera Miles did exceptionally well. More of a thriller than a slasher picture.


Outstanding performance by Dame Helen Mirren in this well-made pre-CGI Sci-Fi sequel. I liked it better than the original except of course the musical score wasn't nearly as clever.

Carlito's Way

a gritty crime drama with outstanding performances by the excellent Al Pacino and Sean Penn. John Leguizamo is great as the small-time hood who has the last laugh.

Lawrence of Arabia

Whew! What a looooonnnnggggg film! Beautiful cinematography. David Lean's masterpiece. An all-star cast did a great job. Everyone should see it once to appreciate Lean's genius in moviemaking. Then never again (giggle).

The Star
The Star(1952)

One of all-time favorite classics. Bette Davis TOTALLY plays her character to the hilt with lots of lit ciggies being flayed about and lots of clipped words and pouting. Can be a bit trite at times.

Enemy Mine
Enemy Mine(1985)

Louis Gossett, Jr. was awesome in this fondly-remembered childhood film (for any GenXer I'd say). Although I'm not wild about Dennis Quaid he did alright as well. Similar to "Hell in the Pacific" although this film ended on a much better note.

Now, Voyager
Now, Voyager(1942)

Decent character study. Not my favorite Bette Davis film. Henreid and Claude Rains were memorable.

The King's Speech

A lush and thoughtful period drama with great performances By Firth and Rush. More like this please!

L.A. Confidential

A gritty, hard crime drama set in 1950's Los Angeles. Danny Devito and Kevin Spacey were awesome.

The War of the Roses

An absolutely hilarious black comedy film. Great Cast.


Takes a while to get going but quite enjoyable. Awesome cast. Similar to "Mission Impossible"

The Mask of Zorro

Excellent action film from the talented Martin Campbell. Had a great cast and never a dull moment.


The film pulled no punches. Sean Penn was absolutely fantastic and shows his enormous talent for playing any kind of role

Dragon Seed
Dragon Seed(1944)

A lavishly made war epic. Rather unusually cast with white actors playing many of the roles of the Chinese peasants. A product of the time it was made, showing the Japanese in a very unfavorable light. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it

Good Will Hunting

Lots of foul language. Might be interesting to count the number of F-words uttered in this film. That having been said, it was pretty good.

Megazone 23 - Part 2

As good but altogether different from the first film, both in feel and stylistically. Awesome animation, music and production in an animated film. The biker gang battle with the police in the beginning is lifted right out of "Streets of Fire". One of my all-time favorites

Interview with the Vampire

A stunning if gory interpretation of a multi-layered story. Neil Jordan did as best as anyone could adapting the challenging book to the big screen. Tom Cruise and Kirsten Dunst were especially memorable.


Considering the era in which it was made, a great job of special effects. Otherwise the movie was typical of sci-fi films of the era. Look for a young Leonard Nimoy as a teletype clerk.

The Times of Harvey Milk

Insightful documentary of the legendary LGBT icon. Compassionate narration by Harvey Fierstein.

Streets of Fire

This film had a great soundtrack and songs. The acting style and the blocking of the cast was just like that of a a musical production. The film however can't be called a musical. Not sure what to call it but it was different. Similar films include "Megazone 23" and "Graffitti Bridge"


A charming film with a surprise ending. Olympia Dukakis really earned the Oscar she won for this.

The Hours
The Hours(2002)

An all-start cast and great performances didn't save this sluggish and convoluted picture from itself. It did have a great score however

The Muppets Take Manhattan

Not quite up to the standard set by the previous film. Good family fare.

The Year of Living Dangerously

Linda Hunt's performance was spectacular. If only the rest of the film held up to it. Sigourney Weaver, who is usually so memorable, was rather blah and with an unconvincing British accent to boot. Mel Gibson was there. "Nuff said.

Mister Roberts

I loved this film growing up and it's even funnier now. Sterling performances from a great cast. I can see how this film that started out as a play would play out very well on the stage. A classic.

Kiss of the Spider Woman

A thought-provoking unusual story. Although William Hurt won the Oscar but it really was Raul Julia who did most excellently. And of course, Sonia Braga plays three distinct roles as well.

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Beautifully shot in typical David Lean fashion. Thought provoking and complex.

The Thin Red Line

Visually stunning and raw without being excessive. Except the running time, which is more torture than a WWII Internment Camp in Burma. But if you can suffer through it it's worth it. Great ensemble cast. More esoteric yet similar in theme to "All Quiet on the Western Front"

Damnation Alley

A film I remember from childhood. Watching it now it was just plain silly. The killer cockroaches scene gave me nightmares for years. What a turkey.

Kingdom of Heaven

Ridley Scott's Crusader spectacle was incredibly made but excessively long and far too much graphic violence and gore... Although none too many of Scott's film are for the faint-of-stomach or children. The Siege of Jerusalem climax was otherwise very well done. Great all-star cast. This movie gets high marks from me BUT you may wish to watch it on broadcast TV where the blood-and-guts factor is (a little) toned-down.

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

Extremely funny film. Very tongue-in-cheek dark humor. Peter Sellers was absolutely genius playing three different roles. Try and catch the subtle messages abounding in this film. Similar to "Canadian Bacon"

Down Argentine Way

Beautifully-made but trite musical comedy shot in flawless Technicolor. Although Carmen Miranda gets top billing in this film she's only on-screen a very short time in the beginning and halfway through. Note Leonid Kinskey (Sasha from "Casablanca") as Tito. This picture drips Hays Code. But wasn't really too bad.

Flying Down to Rio

This big budget RKO offering was more of a vehicle for Dolores Del Rio than Fred and Ginger. Rather silly and trite from a modern perspective. The song and dance numbers were great but there were too few of them frankly.

Air Force One

One of my all-time favorite action films. Wolfgang Petersen makes great action films and this is his best. An awesome cast. Ford and Oldman are perfect together.

Moulin Rouge!

An interesting if unconventional musical. Gets props from me for bucking the trend. Didn't think i was going to like it but I did. Similar to "Burlesque"

The Last Metro (Le Dernier Métro)

Long film that was pretty good as a period piece. Not quite up to the hype though.

Spy Hard
Spy Hard(1996)

Corny Leslie Nielsen film that had an ensemble cast. Decent for a few guffaws but not his best to be sure.

In Her Shoes
In Her Shoes(2005)

A chick flick but not too bad. Toni Collette was fabulous


I saw this film first-run way back in the day in a drive-in theatre in Southern California. Seeing it thirty years later it wasn't that bad. Eastwood does a fine job and there's a good supporting cast. Takes a while to get going. The special effects were good considering this is one of the last films before the CG effects era began.


Greta Garbo was superb in this classic comedy that she should have won the Oscar for. Ran a tad long but had a great mix of comedy and character development.

The Great Mouse Detective

More of a cartoon than an animated feature. Decent Disney fare. Good editing job.

'Breaker' Morant

Similar to "A Few Good Men" but better, and without the stirring one-liner to remember it by. Well-made and rather intricate but good nonetheless.

Meet John Doe

Typical trite Frank Capra film with Gary Cooper as his everyman. For a better pairing of these two great actors, watch "Ball of Fire".

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)

J.J. Abrams re-imagining of the original wasn't my cup of tea. It was indeed too much like Babylon 5 or BG and too little Star Trek. I'm really over the whole shaky-camera technique to try and create tension. Once again, like in "ST Nemesis" we have an evil Romulan hell-bent on planetary destruction. Not sure why everybody flipped over this film. Zach Quinto did make a fine Spock however.

Halloween H20

Had a decent cast but a rather flawed premise that seemed to exist to get Jamie Lee back in front of Michael Myers.

A Few Good Men

Longish but good. Similar to "Breaker Morant" but not tied together quite as neatly.


It was difficult to suspend disbelief in this action film packed with jaw-dropping special effects. Everything else seemed to drop onto the very highway the protagonists seem to be driving on. Corny moviemaking and weak acting sucked up my higher marks.

The Odessa File

Good story that had a surprising ending. Maxmillian Schell was genius.


A bit longish but quite good. For once a cast that seemed ho-hum on paper did much better than I was expecting. Similar to "Dangerous Liasons". This film was the more serious production and probably the better of the two.

Teaching Mrs. Tingle

I have to admit I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this film. Similar to "Nine to Five" but not as good. Dame Helen Mirren was deliciously evil and gets top props as the titular antagonist (antihero?). Watchable and fun in spite of itself.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

Cloyingly sweet and politically correct musical interpretation of a classic. Whitney Houston was the best part of this story. Had a good cast who underwhelmed us with there delivery. It looked like it was shot on the backlot of Disney studios or maybe Disney-MGM theme park.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Weak acting, unconvincing sets and special effects all left this TV remake of a classic Disney film dead in the water.

The Lion King

Very nicely done iconic Disney film. Certainly to rank in the top ten Disney films of all time. The editing was superb as were the iconic songs.The voice talent was multi-faceted and pretty much beyond equal.

Family Plot
Family Plot(1976)

Decent but convoluted comedy/mystery film. Had its moments but definitely not the best from Hitchcock

La Passion de Bernadette (The Passion of Bernadette)

Wonderfully made film that, although sad, was inspiring at the ending. Recommended for all devout Catholics


In spite of the fact it was critically panned I thought this silly, cheesy 80's comedy was hilarious. Meryl Streep demonstrates her ability to do comedy, And Roseanne actually wasn't all that bad. Ed Begley, Jr. sucked but we expected that. Entertaining film that had a decent storyline.


Longish and rather intricate, It tried to be a serious Holocaust film but was in reality considerably lighter than other productions. That having been said, the cast did a fine job.

The Madness of King George

Nigel Hawthorne was genius in this dramady based upon actual events. Had a great ensemble cast of well-known Brits

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

While entertaining it was nowhere near as good as the first film.

Witness for the Prosecution

Charles Laughton was simply incredible and had just the best dialogue in this witty and gripping courtroom drama with a wild ending. Not to be missed.

All Quiet on the Western Front

When taking into account this film is over 80 years old, it was a very well-made production with a powerful message about the futility of war. Longish but watchable for any film buff.

Maximum Overdrive

I love this cheesy, 80's sci-fi/horror flick. Sometimes you just want a movie to entertain you in spite of how bad, trite or silly it may be, and Maximum Overdrive delivers this in spades. How can you not love the machines-gone-wild story all to the tune of a lotta 80's AC/DC???

Dead Poets Society

In the words of Ted Moseby's rhetorical question: "How GOOD was Dead Poet's Society?!" A bit longish but Robin Williams and the rest of the cast, Including B-movie actor Kurtwood Smith, did a splendid job in this now iconic story of hopes, wishes and dreams, and balancing all aspects of life in a quest for wholeness

Blade Runner
Blade Runner(1982)

Overrated. Ridley Scott's attempt at mixing film noir with sci-fi fell short on both counts. The cast seemed to hold promise on paper but not in execution. Overall this dystopian flick didn't live up to the hype. There are much better entries from Mr. Scott.

The Sugarland Express

Well-made early Spielberg film. Goldie Hawn did much better than you might have been expecting. Good Cast.

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Watchable entry in the prequel series, This film contends with the deletion of the awesome Liam Neeson, which is balanced by the addition of the legendary Christopher Lee. The film score wasn't as stirring as in the previous film. Incredible battle sequences marred only by the ludicrous light-sabre duel between Yoda and Dooku.... I mean, really?

Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel(1932)

A nice sunday afternoon kind of film. Greta Garbo was beautiful and wanted to be alone. Joan Crawford was interesting in this film made 16 years before "MIldred Pierce" and some thirty years before "...Baby Jane"


Intense, creepy psych thriller that stands the test of time. Has an incredible soundtrack. Iconic film that has influenced the style of the first "Tales of the City" and of course, "High Anxiety"

Hotel Rwanda
Hotel Rwanda(2004)

Don Cheadle and Nick Nolte were excellent in this chilling thriller about the genocide in Rwanda. Terrifying without excessive gore or graphic violence. Bravo!

Destry Rides Again

Very light-hearted western. Had loads of laughs (albeit dated humor) and great dialogue. Stewart and Dietrich were divine together

Tatie Danielle

One of the best black comedies I have ever seen.This old lady is just totally evil! The film was uproariously funny, with lots of little side vigniettes that added to the theme that real life is often just plain ludicrous. In spite of the language barrier some things are universal and it comes out in this gem of a film. Ends on a wonderful note.

Michael Collins

Very good historical drama that paints a radical terrorist almost as the father of his country. The underlying theme is just that. De Valera got the power and the glory and Collins got...well I don't want to spoil it. Liam Neeson was fantastic. He always is though. The score was rather overpowering at times. Best enjoyed with diminished volume.

Transilvania Seis, Cinco Mil

Features a veritable CORNicopia of 80's B-movie stars. The film itself was a mess and halfway through one is left wondering why it was ever made. Peeyoo.

The Glass Key

Rather convoluted crime drama starring the beautiful, ultimately tragic actress Veronica Lake. Enjoy her beauty because as she freely admitted herself, her talent was pretty much non-existent.


Good cast and the usual Tim Burton touches (Pedantic score by Danny Elfman, ghoulish yet silly makeup effects, somewhat morbid storyline, and little models of buildings everywhere). Note this film was made when Michael Keaton was his muse rather than the now ubquitous casting of Johnny Depp (Don't misunderstand, I like Tim Burton).

The Time Machine

A very watchable now classic sci-fi film done very tastefully. The special effects may seem dated for younger viewers but... another fondly remembered childhood film for me. Paradoxically embodies the ideals of the Age of Reason and yet ignores certain known facts concerning what would be the natural development of civilization.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Started off well but fizzled midway through. The songs weren't as catchy and clever as the previous two films. Disney didn't stray too far from the established formula, which was both good and bad. They waited until the ultimate entry to try and develop the main characters, which was too little too late. Too much dialogue that didn't matter and too few new ideas.

High School Musical 2

Well-made and had some catchy (if not bubble-gummy) tunes, but not quite as good as the first film.... Sharpay is back though up to her elbows in scheming. Her brother Ryan gets a little more development in this film. Watchable.

High School Musical

Cute production that was well-made with a great cast. Ashley Tisdale stole the show as the breakout character of Sharpay Evans.

Breaking Away

Charming coming-of-age story. Inspiring. Similar to "Stand and Deliver"

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Maggie Smith was excellent as an eccentric and unconventional schoolteacher in this period story. Good dialogue in an otherwise conventional production for the era in which it was made.

The Gay Divorcee

Cute classic film with an ending that out-Berkeley's Ol' Busbey! Great songs. Might be a bit cloying for modern tastes.

White Chicks
White Chicks(2004)

Has a few amusing moments. Terry Crews was hilarious as the white-girl-obsessed guy.

The Rains Came

A lavish production for 1939. Interesting Story... although from a modern perspective it may seem culturally insensitive somewhat.

A Passage to India

One of my all-time favorites.... Loaded with spectacular visuals, an interesting cast, and a great interpretation of E.M. Forester's intriguing story. Watch it several times to catch the numerous details that make it so telling of the iniquities of the final years of the British Raj.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Watchable with a few chills but not as good as the original. That having been said, Keanu Reeves did a nice job.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Groundbreaking science fiction film that 60 years later, still delivers it's important mesage to humanity, and a few chills along the way. Micheal Rennie's masterpiece.

Waiting to Exhale

a great film and a great cast. The message here is...friendship... above all else. A theme that really rings home with me. Very well done by the wonderful Forest Whitaker.

Black Swan
Black Swan(2010)

Started out well but I found myself lost at the reasoning behind Nina's pyschosis. The scenes of graphic sexuality and self-mutilation were a bit much for me as well... call me old-fashioned if you wish but...I felt it could have been better. Natalie Portman IS quite talented however.

Key Largo
Key Largo(1948)

Longish but classic suspense film

House of Dark Shadows

Rather reminiscent of the Hammer Films horror movies. It was pretty decent, And Joan Bennett made a good Elizabeth Collins. Grayson Hall was wonderful

Crazy People
Crazy People(1990)

Dudley Moore is a great character actor, and he shines in this light-hearted film about truth in advertising. Although panned I thought it was hilarious.

The Invisible Man

A classic sci-fi film from the Golden Age.

My Beautiful Laundrette

This awesome cross-cultural story has two of my favorite British actors, Saeed Jaffrey and Roshan Seth. A young Daniel Day-Lewis also plays an excellent part. Similar to (foreshadowed?) "Bend it like Beckham" but much more serious. Also related in theme is "Madame Souzatska". All three are great storys.

In Bruges
In Bruges(2008)

I was unimpressed with this film, despite my love of Belgium. The scenery was beautiful however it was a mish-mash of confusing storylines and gratuitous violence, Including the graphic murder of a child. What happened to the Code?

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

This film had really big shoes to fill and it did. Incredibly lush production and a great cast

Soylent Green

The best of the 70's dystopian films.

Japanese Story

A very peculiar film. Toni Collette was great but it was no "Muriel's Wedding"

The Train
The Train(1965)

A great action film that was overly detailed and excessively long

Killer Tomatoes Eat France

This baaaaad movie was hilarious. One non-stop trashing of France and everything French. If you love this kind of biting farce (and I do) you'll get some chuckles out of this movie!

Area 88 - Act I: The Blue Skies of Betrayal

The Area 88 series is a great story about a young Japanese soldier-of-fortune forced to work as a mercenary for an unnamed Middle Eastern power in a vicious war. Great animation that, may seem dated by today's standards. Still a great story

Chôjikû yôsai Macross: Ai oboeteimasuka (Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love?)

My all-time favorite Japanese film, and one of my all-time favorite movies PERIOD. Unmatched production. Fifty years ahead of it's time. Wonderful music, story and even dialogue. Don't watch the dubbed version. Best in the original Japanese.

Fiddler on the Roof

Very interesting story. Trying to balance tradition with change makes this a poignant tale. Very well done with great music

Baby's Day Out

Lots of slapstick in this fun family film. It's formulaic but cute. Joe Mantegna was great.

Margaret Cho - Notorious C.H.O.

Absolutely hilarious. Especially poignant for those of us who grew up with a lot of Asians. Her impressions of her mother will induce seat-wetting!

Boiler Room
Boiler Room(2000)

Excellent film about the securities industry and their infamous "chop shops". Missed top marks only due to a few factual inaccuracies (I formerly worked as an Investments Compliance Officer) Similar to "Wall Street". In fact, that film is referenced a couple times inside of this film.

Megazone 23 - Part 1

This classic Japanese anime is not to be missed. Very well-made and absolutely iconic imagery, music and tone. One of my all-time favorite movies animated or not.

Inherit the Wind

A classic film based on real events. Fantastic story and dialogue

Pink Panther 2

In spite of the promising cast the story was weak. Nowhere near as good as "The Pink Panther" (2006)

Jerry Maguire

Tom Cruise did just "FINE!!!" in this well-done story about sports management. Cuba Gooding, Jr. was the breakout character indeed.

Death on the Nile

Excellent whodunit film. Ustinov and an all-star cast shine superbly in a fairly recent production in the classic filmmaking style. Wonderful dialogue and poignant flashbacks keep the story moving.

Star Trek: First Contact

Without question THE best of the TNG films, and right up there with ST II and ST VI in the entire franchise. Extremely well-made and a better time travel story than the similar "Star Trek IV". Stewart shows a great range of talent and Alfre Woodard was great.

Star Trek Generations

Although panned by most of the critics I felt this film had a lot to offer. The story wasn't any more far-fetched than any of the other ST films, and it did tie up the transition from the original series to the TNG movie-era. Great cast, memorable dialogue and spectacular special effects. Malcolm McDowell is the best ST villain after Khan and maybe Gul Dukat.

The Dirty Dozen

A great story in spite of the passage of time. Lee Marvin Rocks! a bit longish and takes a good while to get-a-going but worth the wait

Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country

My favorite of the original series movies. Nicholas Meyer is back with his gritty, gripping interpretation of the future as not for the faint-of-heart. Great cast and story and an edge-of-your-seat climax.

Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home

Wraps up the story arc started in STII. Well-made, light-hearted story involving time travel with lots of great dialogue.

Star Trek III - The Search for Spock

Not as gripping as the previous film, but it was well-made and has entered popular culture for it's story of friendship and honor contrapoised with the message of the last film.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Boldly goes off in a direction never before attempted in the ST franchise. Nicholas Meyer's gritty, graphic and downright scary interpretation of space keeps you on the edge of your seat. He takes away the rather sterile and sanitary portrayal of space travel so evident in earlier films. Iconic

Tomorrow Never Dies

This is my personal favorite Bond film of them all. It had all of the classic elements of a good Bond film, great locations, a naval storyline, and an awesome BBC supporting cast including Samantha Bond, Colin Salmon, Geoffrey Palmer and Dame Judi Dench.


Probably the best James Bond of all time. Had something for everyone

On Golden Pond

Perfect casting that matched Jane Fonda with her father and a story that mirrored their real-life relationship and difficulties. Jane should have gotten the Best Supporting Actress nod for this. A true classic.


Great action sequences, some of the best of the Moore-era sight gags and plenty of one-liners and zingers make this sleeper Bond film one of my top picks. Since "my" Bond is Roger Moore I like all of his entries and this one has grown on me. Walter Gotell, Geoffrey Keen and Maude Adams are fantastic. And there won't EVER be such a GREAT title for a Bond Film again!

Stage Fright
Stage Fright(1950)

While Marlene Dietrich was completely and totally glamorous in this Hitchcock classic, Jane Wyman was the real surprise. Handling the lead role with excellence and a range of talent you might not be expecting. Wonderful use of classic Hitchcock ahead-of-his-time directing technique and a wild climax.


Trite, contrived and ridiculously overworught. Difficult to suspend disbelief in this disaster flick that should have gotten washed up like the Earth did. Where's a Gamma Ray Burst when you need one? :)~

Hell in the Pacific

Toshiro Mifune was fantastic as was Lee Marvin in this WWII film that was the inspiration for "Enemy Mine".

Less Than Zero

Iconic film for any Gen Xer who, like me grew up in go-go Los Angeles in the late 80's. Robert Downey Jr. foreshadows his own life as the troubled, strung-out Julian. An excellent job...maybe too excellent :(

Monsoon Wedding

Convoluted and rather boring. I barely made it through it

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

This classic B Movie starring the classic DD femme macabre is so cheesy it comes out as brie. Absolutely packed with one-liners, silly sight gags and underwhelming acting. Totally recommended!

The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Uproariously funny film with just the best classic Peter Sellers gags. Absolute classic comedy

Double Indemnity

Stanwyck and Robinson are great in this classic film noir. Misses my top rating only due to a rather poor choice in the lead in Fred MacMurray.


Fantastic action film that had incredibly awesome car chase sequences through Vieux Nice and Paris. Top notch casting and it even features a great classic McGuffin! Loved it and can watch it again and again.

Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor(2001)

The best thing about this film was the special effects and overall production, which obviously broke the bank. Otherwise despite a promising ensemble cast the trite and smarmy romance aspect sunk this longish war epic just as sure and certain as the bomb that did in the USS Arizona. For a better telling of this story watch the similar "Tora! Tora! Tora!" instead.

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Dated but excellently balanced story about the attack on Pearl Harbor as seen from both perspectives. Special Effects are lavish even taking into account the fact the film is over 40 years old. Very watchable for history/war buffs (like myself). Far better than the similar "Pearl Harbor".

Space Jam
Space Jam(1996)

Cute family film that held my interest

A Story of Floating Weeds (Ukikusa monogatari)

Beautifully-made and stylistic film entry from the the tip end of the silent era. Pleasing piano score and frequent dialogue cards keep the story moving. Very nicely done. Early Showa era film gives a glimpse of antebellum Japanese life and society.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

My all-time favorite movie. The pinnacle of special effects in a film before the computer animation revolution. Iconic story, imagery and characters.

Canadian Bacon

This great satirical film is packed with a great cast and a hilarious premise along with little tidbits of biting farce. Reminded me of Paul Verhoeven's style of satire with the media blurbs. Totally funny for any kind of political junkie and definitely Michael Moore's best film IMHO.

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother

Despite a great cast of comic legends this film fizzled.

True Stories
True Stories(1986)

Really good in a zany, social commentary kind-of-way. David Byrne is excellent and the other major characters are well-developed in this oddball 80's movie. Plus great songs by Talking Heads.

Mandela and Deklerk

Caine is excellent as De Klerk. It's a good comprehensive overview of the end of Apartheid

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Like a lot of Monty Python humor, this film was lost on me. It made no sense to me at all.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

An intense and moving film. Extremely well-made and it has stood the test of time. Dreyfus is a bit weak in the lead role but overall this great production really stands out.


I loved this movie. An early Spielberg film with a fantastic cast and lavish production. It foreshadowed "Raiders of the Lost Ark" in the production design. Great use of farce comedy and a fast pace. Toshiro Mifune and Christopher Lee are great antagonists bickering and arguing with each other in different languages trying to figure out where Hollywood is to shell it from a Japanese submarine. Uproariously funny

Mr. Moto's Last Warning

Peter Lorre was a very talented actor. I love everything Japanese or relating to Japan so I had to see this pre-Pearl Harbor suspense film. While essentially a B Movie it was enjoyable. If nothing else to enjoy Lorre's range of talent playing different ethnic roles.

The Big Bus
The Big Bus(1976)

This big budget spoof of irwin Allen films had a great 70's cast. Joe Bologna was a decent stand-in for Pacino... or so that's how it struck me. Jose Ferrer, Stockard Channing, and Lynn Redgrave were especially good in their respective roles


One of those great stage plays that didn't translate well onto the big screen. Gere is pompous and overwrought. Queen Latifah however, was quite enjoyable

Legal Eagles
Legal Eagles(1986)

This formulaic suspense/courtroom drama didn't break any new ground but it was decent. Daryl Hannah and Debra Winger are quite good. And there's a well-rounded supporting cast (bias alert I love Christine Baranski) Redford was pretty good too. the score was a tad overwrought. Best watched with diminished volume.


One of the few long running-time films that I was actually sad to see end. Roshan Seth and Saeed Jaffrey were great in this as they are in all films I've seen them in. And of course there's Sir Ben Kingsley.

The Maltese Falcon

The classic McGuffin movie!

Fantastic Voyage

It may seem dated but this movie I remember vividly from childhood. More of a serious tone than the similar "Innerspace". Decent cast and what was for the time, cutting edge production. May bore younger film-watchers as it's rather slow-moving. but good nonetheless.

Walk on the Wild Side

Great cast, intricate storyline, and beautifully shot on location in New Orleans. Had a definite "All About Eve" feel to it right down to Anne Baxter's excellent performance.

My Life as a Dog (Mitt Liv som Hund)

This is a cute and earthy movie about a boy's coming of age. Interesting insight into rural Swedish life in the 1950's. A bit slow-moving.

At the Circus

Classic Marx Bros. schtick and a great foil in Margaret Dumont. Not to be missed. A gem.

Kurutta ippêji (A Crazy Page)(A Page of Madness)

This excellently made silent film makes groundbreaking use of camera technique and imagery we now take for granted. IMHO it just further illustrates the advanced nature of Japanese culture, art, aesthtics and technology in the late Taisho era going into Showa when things began to spin out of control for that great nation.


A fun and action-filled science-fiction pic. Similar to "Fantastic Voyage" but much lighter and funnier. A great family pic that i'd have given a "5" to had it not been for a little strong language.

Graffiti Bridge

This film was definitely one of Prince's weirder trips captured on film. I loved the soundtrack when it came out and the music is great. The acting however, left a lot to be desired. Watchable if you're a big Prince fan (I am) but otherwise this sequel to "Purple Rain" ends up sleeping under a bridge.

House (Hausu)

This film showcases the very Japanese interpretation of suspense and horror. Done very lightly and tongue-in-cheek. An underground film to be sure.

The Andromeda Strain

Extremely tech-heavy early 70's doom-and-gloom film. Lavish production that ended on a whimper

Poetic Justice

A decent story about life in the ghetto, and about black relationships. Janet wasn't half bad. Tupac could act. Brenda Jenkins/Regina King did really well. A decent sunday afternoon movie


Gritty crime drama showing both the inhumanity of the police and the same of the gangs in South Central L.A.. Pretty accurate depiction from my memories growing up in Southern California. Penn and Duvall were especially memorable.

Go West
Go West(1940)

While cute and enjoyable... missing is Margaret Dumont and a lot of the better Marx Bros. schtick. Not the best entry in the Marx Bros. stable


Well-made but looking back thirty years it seems just plain silly

Fei ying (Silver Hawk)

Well-made and Michelle Yeoh is fabulous, but not a lot of action in this action movie

Valley of the Dolls

Kind of like "All About Eve" for the go-go late 60's. Sharon Tate, Susan Hayward and Patty Duke were memorable in this film about drugs and booze and the ins and outs of show business.

The City of Your Final Destination

Possibly the worst Merchant Ivory production of them all. Plods along like it's chained to a field plow. Good cast but just plain uninteresting.

Big Trouble in Little China

A fun and fast-paced pre-CG action movie. Great Cast and never a slow moment.

The Deceivers

I thought the film was quite enjoyable. Brosnan and Jaffrey were fantastic, and the film moved nicely. Nicholas Meyer shows again why he's great at creating tension in any kind of story and pulls no punches.


I guess it helps to like Cher or Christina (and I do) if you choose to see this movie. The story is as old as Hollywood. Another "Moulin Rouge". That having been said, I enjoyed it.

Maid in Manhattan

This film was formulaic but nicely done and cute.

Grown Ups
Grown Ups(2010)

One expects SO much more from the veteran SNL cast than this movie delivers. Kind of like a cross between "The Four Seasons" and "On Golden Pond" except its supposed to be comedy. A lot of not-really-funny sight gags. A lot of grumbling by five aging Gen Xers trying to have a good time but you probably won't.

Ball of Fire
Ball of Fire(1941)

Very cute movie with great action, music, premise and dialogue. Stanwyck shows to the world why she is my all-time favorite actress. Not to be missed for those of you in the classic movie set.

Mary, Queen of Scots

Well made period piece with good dialogue. Glenda Jackson was especially superb. Biggest flaws were an inherent sense of triteness coupled with serious historical inaccuracies


The film had an interesting premise; Since just about everyone can relate to an unreasonably noisy neighbor. The cast performed well enough and it held my interest. A decent sunday afternoon light thriller.

Soul Food
Soul Food(1997)

Decent drama about the ins and outs of a large black family. Vanessa Williams shows she can act, in case "Ugly Betty" didn't convince you.


Honestly Mariah didn't do any w o r s e than Whitney. Don't dust off the Oscar noms but... not as bad as the bad press might lead you to think. A smarmy rags-to-riches story. Ms. Scarey didn't look it at all. She looked and sounded flawless.

The Young Victoria

Well-made and lush period production.


Here's the WWI Flying Ace soaring high in his Sopwith Camel! This was a great seat-of-your-pants action movie. Every red-blooded American schoolboy's fantasy... at least for us Gen Xer's. Enough dogfights to put Snoopy to shame and the usual predictable Hollywood treatment of heroes, romance and plotline. Very refreshing to see something being made about the Great War for a change. More please!

Dead Ringers
Dead Ringers(1988)

I didn't enjoy this film as much as "the Mission" and "Reversal of Fortune". Frankly, Bujold is a rather weak actress and her accent seemed fake in this film. Irons is great and the premise is promising. Good film to perhaps be rebooted someday.

Smokey and the Bandit II

If you're a fan of the original you'll probably like the sequel, which is notched up some no doubt due to its rather weak script. Great cast, some cute scenes and a couple good chuckles but we could have done without the gratuitous cameos by the stars of the moment. I enjoyed it! But, then I have fond memories from childhood (This may have been my dad's favorite movie)... that and I loved "the Big Bus". Go figure.

Smokey and the Bandit

A classic expression of 70's popular angst. Great cast, stunts and many memorable one-liners. Loved it as a kid and it's still great!

Horse Feathers

Great dialogue full of zingers, double-entendres and one-liners in this classic comedy. Thelma Todd looks gorgeous and she died way, way too young.

Airport '77
Airport '77(1977)

This sequel wasn't too bad... Boasting an ensemble cast of many Hollywood favorites and having good special effects. The premise was a stretch but then that's de rigeur for these types of films. Better than "The Towering Inferno" IMHO but definitely cut from the same bolt of Irwin Allen fabric.

The Towering Inferno

Typical Hollywood movie making from another era. One that probably is best forgotten. The great ensemble cast couldn't save this film from weak dialogue and a rather silly premise. There are better disaster flicks. But hey, they do bring in the bucks.

Absolute Power

A great cast and a promising story that could have been so much better. Let down by weak dialogue and sloppiness in the execution of the details. The production staff should have watched a little History Channel to pick up on how large and involved the Secret Service staff truly is.

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2

Formulaic Disney Family fare


I'm no big fan of most musicals but Lloyd Webber's Evita was so well done in terms of it's commentary politically and socially it can't be ignored. If ever there was perfect casting for a film adaptation of a musical this is it. Madonna worked very hard on this and it shows. Pryce and Banderas shine equally bright in this wonderfully made, quick-paced and timeless story of the Argentine Icon.

Home Alone
Home Alone(1990)

This sweet holiday film had all of the classic John Hughes elements and a great cast. Plenty of sight gags and physical humor in a well-made production that ran just right. Not too long or too short. I'd have taken the kid from "Problem Child" over Macaulay but that's just a subjective preference as he did fine being the lead. And you can't beat Joe Pesci. In anything!

The Name of the Rose (Der Name der Rose)

A well-done film with solid characters and performances marred only by the hyper-realistic scenes of animal slaughter and needless gore

East Side, West Side

A bit longish and convoluted. Barbara Stanwyck is great but we don't see so much of her in this film even though she has top billing. Cyd Charisse was awesome and incredibly beautiful.

The Pope of Greenwich Village

I'm not sure what the big deal was about this film. Eric Roberts liked to drove me nuts as this hyper-nervous small time hood who always seems to be stepping in a cowpie. Darryl Hannah did fine as she always does. Mickey Rourke is consistent. Might just be my personal distaste of him getting in the way. Anyway it was low budget and all over the place, I can think of better ways to spend two hours

The Great Muppet Caper

Great, Great film. One of the best family films I have ever seen. And the best part is... they did it all WITHOUT CG Effects! Real movie-making!

Victor Victoria

Great Story, outstanding production design in a watershed film that was like the "Cabaret" ramped up for the 80's. Lesley Anne-Warren and Julie andrews were awesome. marred only by a weak leading man in James Garner


Kind of like "Body of Evidence". It was shot well though had a nice feel to it. but the premise was overwrought. Billy Baldwin stinks.

My Name Is Julia Ross

Great performances by the Late great Nina Foch (Frannie Halcyon from the first "Tales of the City") and Dame May Whitty in this short and sweet B film from the classic film noir era.

Old Gringo
Old Gringo(1989)

Better than I was expecting. Jimmy Smits was quite good as was Jane Fonda

The Man Who Came to Dinner

This was a nice holiday film. Bette Davis is very subdued comparatively. Billie Burke is great as is Ann Sheridan.

Diamonds Are Forever

My favorite Sean Connery bond film. The first of the "modern" bond films IMHO. Lavishly produced with a healthy serving of zingers and double-entendres. Charles Gray is excellent as Blofeld. Jill St. John comes up rather weak but that's about the only thing stopping this film from getting top marks

Wanted: Dead or Alive

Pretty much a B- action movie that even Rutger Hauer couldn't save. Robert Guillame just plain stinks in this um... stinker

Bringing Up Baby

Definitely the definitive screwball comedy. Has plenty of good moments. A bit too "chatty" and a bit on the long side. Kate Hepburn is better in dramatic roles IMHO

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

What a surpising film. The score, although dated was thought-provoking and fitting of the overall tone. The Interment Camp subject matter is handled a little lighter than in most films about that topic, and Ryuichi Sakamoto is FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC as the sexually confused antagonist (antihero?) Takeshi too runs away as another excellent antihero. Iconic

Raiders of the Lost Ark

An absolute masterpiece film. Wonderful villians, flawless dialog, great acting and directing and a score that perfectly ties all the pieces together.

Groundhog Day

My understanding is that you have to see this film more than once to appreciate it and the message behind it. I suppose because I only found it to be mildly entertaining. The time loop storyline I feel, has been handled better in other media

Black Widow
Black Widow(1987)

Starts off good but runs low on steam halfway. Theresa Russell is flawless. Wondergirl Debra Winger leaves a little to be desired.

The Last King of Scotland

Forest Whitaker blew me away in this. He's always been a great actor in everything I've seen him in, but he still blew me away capturing the utter demonic insanity and look of Idi Amin. James McAvoy also hit home as the naive Scottish Doctor. Not to be missed. Even the violence was handled fairly well although the flesh-hanging scenes were very intense and creepy to watch.

The Fabulous Baker Boys

It's hard to find a bad movie that has Jeff Bridges in it. And I think IMPOSSIBLE to find one that features Michelle Pfeiffer. Good film, made in that kind of "Wall Street"/"Sliver" feel to it. A product of it's time, The late 80's. The Red Dress Piano scene is legendary.

Gold Diggers of 1935

This second installment in the series is a gem, Classic 30's raconteur-style comedy and a GREAT production by Busby Berkeley. Also Gloria Stuart (Rose Dawson in "Titanic") is adorable as the principal ingenué.

Gold Diggers of 1937

We can see by the end of the 30's the Gold Diggers had mined out all the nuggets and get left with a dry hole.. Even Joan Blondell and the evergreen Dick Powell can't save this lowball from fizzling. You'll be U.N.I.T.E.D. (U Need Insurance To Escape Death) in your opinion of needing to take out some after suffering through this yarn about enterprising young gentlemen and ladies financing a broadway show using Life insurance. There is the great Busby Berkeley spectacle of course but it's at the very end and isn't as clever as in the previous two films.

American Me
American Me(1992)

The closest thing I've seen to a Chicano version of "Menace II Society". EJO is good, but party due to the depressing subject matter it get kind of lost in the mix. EJO is much better in "Stand and Deliver" and the subject matter is far more inspiring. Overall the movie tried hard to be gritty, but EJO isn't John Singleton and it shows. If you're a fan of crime dramas you'll like it otherwise it's questionable.

Les Miserables

Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush are primus inter pares in this lavish retelling of Hugo's masterpiece

Scenes from a Mall

Another nice "sunday afternoon" kind of film. Definitely Woody Allen kinda stuff but Bette Midler is terrific and the cerebral laughs are folded in for good measure. Recommended