RIP: Ingmar Bergman

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I’ve only seen a few of Bergman’s films, but everyone has left a lasting impression. Wild Strawberries is up there in my list of greatest films ever made, but the Seventh Seal and its chess game with death contains so much imagery that it is what I always think of when I think of Bergman.

To tell the truth I didn’t realize the old man was still alive, but finding out about his death now, brings a pain to my heart. The ever lovely Lisa McKay has a nice write up over at Blogcritcs.

Movie Review: The Simpsons Movie

In the local paper’s review of the Simpsons Movie it stated it was just like the show, only longer. After reading it I said to my wife, “I hope it is like the show during the early seasons, and not so much like the last few years.”

It is pretty obvious I am a fan of the show. I talk about it all the time, I quote it regularly, I’ve pretty much based my life philosophy around Homer Simpson, and I practically reviewed the entire 18th season right here.

When the Simpsons are good, there is nothing better on television, and even when they are bad they are good for a few laughs. Unfortunately, since about season 8 they have been steadily moving towards the latter end of that statement. The show has moved from a cutting edge satire with an underlying heart that made it not only incredibly hilarious, but a rock solid piece of story telling. These days it hangs on by throwing a million gags out at once.

Sometimes those gags are brilliant, but all too often they make me laugh and then immediately forget them. And the show really lacks the heart it used to have. There is still a lot of cheap sentiment thrown in, but the storylines are so off the wall and jagged, that the sentiment falls flat.

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Dreamin’ Songs – “Cherish” By Madonna

200px-madonna-cherish-5328.jpgI admit it. I liked Madonna when I was a boy. I’ll even admit I had something of a boyhood crush on her. Or maybe it was boyhood lust, I don’t know.

This was pre-married to that Brit who used to make interesting, funny, violent films until he got married to an aging pop star and dropped completely off the map. This was pre- way over the top kinky sex and bad teeth Madonna. This was even mostly pre- pushed the envelope way too far with a big, expensive photo book that everyone talked about but no one bought Madonna.

No this was when Madonna was mostly known for her excellent pop music and her pushing the envelope (but not too far) videos. As a kid I dug her catchy singles, and her risqué (but not too risqué) profile.

“Cherish” came in the latter part of my favorite period Madonna (her next album would be the too kinky, too weird, not very interesting Erotica where I lost all interest.) It is a decent, if not all that memorable little tune, but one I still keep on the dial when I find it on the radio.

It is the video, however, that I remember most. It was shot in beautiful black and white by glamor photographer Herb Ritz. It is essentially Madonna dressed in a low cut, short black dress cavorting in the ocean with a little mer-kid. She looks stunningly gorgeous and appears to be having a great deal of fun. Mainly though I liked the low cut, short dress in the ocean part. Madonna was always good at showing some skin in those days, and as a pubescent boy I was always willing to watch.

I don’t have the slightest idea why this song popped into my head this morning. I don’t believe I have heard it recently and lawd knows I don’t really listen to Madonna anymore, but there it was, and here it is.

The Top Five: John Cusack Movies

n2256225079_32323.jpgRandomly, and not very often I have posted lists on this blog. I love lists, to tell the truth of it. I know they are kind of pointless, and they don’t shed any light on anything, and they generally have no meaning outside of those who are posting the lists.

But I love them still.

I love trying to decide what my favorite anythings are (and this is really hard as I don’t really believe in favorites – I mean how does one choose between vanilla and chocolate, caramel and fudge, Ichi the Killer and Kill Bill, Wilco and Ryan Adams, Kurosawa and Scorsese?) But maybe that is why I love lists, they let me choose lots of cool stuff without necessarily choosing a favorite.

Anyways, several months ago I created a Top Five group for Facebook. Have I mentioned I am on Facebook? Have I mentioned how much better it is than myspace? No? Well then you are cordially invited to be my Facebook friend and to join the Top Five.

What is the Top Five you ask? Basically it is me asking for your top five…whatevers and then you providing a response. Discussion ensues. I ask a new question every Sunday and participants answer whenever they want. The Facebook group thing updates the group page whenever someone answers a questions, so even if you answer a question that is months old, it comes right to the top giving everyone an opportunity to read and respond.

We’re pretty small right now in terms of numbers, and even more so in terms of response. But I thought it would be kind of cool to start posting them here. Feel free to join the group and respond on Facebook, or to simply add your own answers in the comments.

I’m starting with the first one, which was posted way back in March, and I hope to update the blog regularly with the old ones, and then every week with the new ones. That’s where it gets tricky as people do answer very randomly. I may have to keep myself a few weeks behind so that everyone has a chance to answer.

Without further ado, here is the question of the week.

What are your favorite John Cusack Movies?

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The Long And Dirty Tale Of The 35″ Television

32604765.jpgShortly after my brief affair with graduate school I landed myself a well paying job. I was young. I was single. I was making a lot more money than I had ever made in my life.

I bought a large, bulky 35″ Sanyo television. This was long before flat screens and wide screens and easily lift able televisions. The thing was massive, weighed a ton and because of the shape of the tube it was incredibly difficult to hold onto.

But it showed a wonderful picture and it was nice and big to look at. I loved it.

Well until I had to move anyways, and then I cursed at its weighty bulkiness. My poor father in law has helped me move it half a dozen times and every time he threatens to drop it accidentally-on-purpose.

With the China move I decided to sell it. I was tired of moving it, we had no room to store it and I figured with the money we’d make over seas I could afford a new one when we got back.

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Maybe All I Need Is A Shot In The Arm

After too many calls and not enough attention paid to the quickly zooming by time, Amy and I finally got all of our inoculations yesterday.  I got two in each arm and now they are extraordinarily sore.  I can hardly lift them.  Yet I still gave the old man a good hand to day with the shovel.

We got them at the local health department.  Government buildings always depress me.  The building itself was old and windowless and run down.  The folks behind the counter were sour and haggard.  But who can blame them living day after day in that drab building dealing with the tired and stupid and irritating masses full of screaming babies and sour smells?

Nicely our nurse was very kind and had all sorts of post cards filling her walls from all over the world as her patients send them to her.   As we were leaving we nearly ran into an armed policemen who then promptly escorted a not-too-happy looking young latino in the bright orange colors of the state pen complete with handcuffs.

The living room is now full of suitcases and clothes as my wife tries to determine which clothes fit and look good and should be worn in China, and which will sit in a closet for a year.

The sister left for China again early this morning.  This has seemed to throw things off a bit for us.  Having her around was a great source of comfort as she continued to show great excitment for our arrival in China as we struggle with the stress and the great unknown.  Now that she is gone, it feels all weird again.

Shortly, I suspect I will be starting a seperate China blog.  I will still post longer stories and things here about China, but I have decided to keep the daily, very bloggy posts about my experiences in China seperate from this that has become more pop culture oriented. 

I haven’t thought of a witty name for it yet, so if anyone has suggestions, do comment.

You Can Go Home Again

Terrible title, I know.  I meant to say this the other day, but I was busy. We moved out of the apartment yesterday and headed to my folks in Oklahoma.  We will be here about two weeks and then fly to China.  During this period I really have no idea how much I will be writing.  I’ll try to do updates, but I expect I will either be working with pop or running around with mom.

Um, yeah, that’s really all.  I don’t know why I like to do updates like this as there are maybe two people who read regularly and actually care.  All the rest come randomly from search engines.

The Movies I’ve Seen Since 2007

July 2017

The Crucible – **1/2
The Changeling (1980) – ***1/2
Doctor Who: The Arc of Infinity – ***
The Fury (1978) – ****
Contagion – ****
Species – **
The Bourne Identity – ****
Baby Driver – ****1/2
At World’s End – ****
Hot Fuzz – ****
Shawn of the Dead – ****

June 2017

Hinterland: Devils Bridge – **1/2
Doctor Who: The Armageddon Factor – ***1/2
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – ***
My Neighbor Totoro – ****
Zodiac – ****
Phenomena (1985) – ***
The Mummy (2017) – **
La La Land – ****1/2
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage – ****
Shotgun Stories – ****
Gone Baby Gone – ***1/2
Sherlock: The Six Thatchers – ***1/2
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – ****
Hitchcock/Truffaut – ***1/2
Spotlight on a Murderer – ***1/2
The Godfather – *****
Evil Ed – **
Wonder Woman – ****

May 2017

Batman v Superman – ***
Prometheus – ****
Wolfguy – ***
Alien: Covenant – ***1/2
Man of Steel – ****
The Witch – ***1/2
Sabotage (1936) – ***1/2
Silence – ****1/2
Noroit – **1/2
Smokey and the Bandit – ***1/2
Duelle – **1/2
Arrival – ****
Foreign Correspondent – ***1/2
Burden of Dreams – ****
Blow-Out – ****
Long Strange Trip – ****
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – ***
Aliens – ****
X-men – ***1/2
Umbrellas of Cherbourg – ***1/2
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time – ***
Midnight Special – ***1/2

April 2017

Property is No Longer a Theft – ***1/2
Doctor Who and the Daleks – ***
Guardians of the Galaxy – ***1/2
Spirited Away – ****1/2
Dead or Alive 3: Final – **
Dead or Alive 2: Birds – ***1/2
Dead or Alive – ***
House 2: The Second Story – **
The Graduate – ****
House (1986) – ***
The Story of Sin – ***
Tangled – ***1/2
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – **
Blue Ruin – ****
D.O.A. (1950) – ***1/2
L’Avventura – ****
Multiple Maniacs – **/12
Beauty and the Beast (2017) – ***1/2
The Accountant – ***1/2
Suspiria – ****
The Infiltrator – ***1/2
Doctor Strange – ****

March 2017

Donnie Darko – ***1/2
The Delinquents – *1/2
Sully – ***
Drunken Angel – ****
Judex – ***
Logan – ****
Doctor Who: The Power of Kroll – ***
The 39 Steps – ****
Dig Two Graves – **1/2
Cinema Paradiso – ****
Lovers on the Bridge – ***1/2
Howls Moving Castle – ****
Shut In – *1/2
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets – ***
Girl on the Train – ***
Ghost in the Shell (1995) – ****
All About Eve – ****1/2
We are the Flesh – **

February 2017

Inferno – **1/2
Dark Passage – ***1/2
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town – ***
Lego Batman Movie – ***
The Nice Guys (2016) – ****
West Side Story – ****
TMNT (2007) – **1/2
Star Trek: Beyond – ***1/2
A Few Good Men – ***1/2
Howard’s End – ****
The Amazing Spiderman – **
Doctor Who: The Stones of Blood – ***1/2

January 2017

Superman II – ***
What About Bob? – ***
Jaws – ****1/2
Dirty Dancing – ***1/2
Don’t Breathe – ****
Pinocchio (1940) – ****
The Fog (1980) – ****
X-Men Apocalypse – **1/2
The Royal Tenenbaums – ****1/2
Superman: The Movie – ****
Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet – ****
Singin’ in the Rain – ****
Sing – ***
Dumbo – ***1/2
Coraline – ***1/2
Number 17 (1932) – ***1/2
The Thin Man – ****
Hell or High Water – ****
Doctor Who: The Ribos Operation – ***1/2
Captain America: Civil War – ****

Total Movies Seen in 2017: 124

December 2016

The Driller Killer – **
Diamonds are Forever – ***1/2
Moana – ****
Kubo and the Two Strings – ****
Creepshow 2 – **
The Young, The Evil and the Savage – ***1/2
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – ***1/2
North by Northwest – ****1/2
Love Actually – ***1/2
Vertigo – ****1/2
It Follows – ****
Rear Window – ****1/2
Green Room – ****
Frank and Lola – ***1/2
The Age of Innocence – ****

November 2016

The Autopsy of Jane Doe – ***1/2
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – ***
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – ****
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them – ****
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox – ***
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For – ***
Finding Dory – ****
10 Cloverfield Lane – ***1/2
Spectre – ***1/2
The Last Seduction – ***1/2
The Hills Have Eyes (1977) – ***
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – ***
In a Lonely Place – ****
Slugs – ***

October 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3 – ***
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – ****
Vamp (1986) – ***
Call Northside 777 – **
Animal Crackers – ***1/2
The Cocoanuts – ***1/2
Cape Fear (1962) – ****
Alien – ****1/2
Turner & Hooch – ***1/2
Memento – ****
The Lady Vanishes (1938) – ****
Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet – ***
The Uninvited (1944) – ***1/2
Seven Samurai – *****

September 2016

Sunset Blvd – ****1/2
Doctor Who: Robot – ***
Beauty and the Beast – ****
Dead-End Drive-In
The Little Murders of Agatha Christie: The Knife On the Neck
The Little Murders of Agatha Christie: The Ebb and the Flow – ***
Box Trolls – ***1/2
The Little Murders of Agatha Christie: Five Little Pigs *1/2
The Little Murders of Agatha Christie: The Moving Finger – ***1/2
Snowden – ***1/2
The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum – ****
The Little Prince – ***1/2
The Never Ending Story – ***1/2
Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701’s Grudge Song – **1/2
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – ****

August 2016

Worricker Trilogy: Page Eight – ****
Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable – ***
Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 – ****
Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion – ****
Cat Woman – * 1/2
Doctor Who: Invasion of the Dinosaur – 8881/2
Spy Kids 2 – **
Crimes of Passion – **
Batman: The Movie – ***
Suicide Squad – *1/2
Raiders of the Lost Ark – *****

July 2016

Spy Kids – ***
The Burbs – ***
Jurassic World – ***
Jurassic Park III – **1/2
Murder Unincorportated – **1/2
Jurassic Park: The Lost World – **
Danger Pays – *1/2
Tokyo Mighty Guy – ***
Swinging Cheerleaders – **1/2
Jurassic Park – ***1/2
Finding Nemo – ****
The BFG – **1/2

June 2016

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – ***1/2
Casper (1995) – **1/2
Fantastic Four (2015) – **
Return of the Killer Tomatoes – **
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer – **1/2
Doctor Who: Warriors of the Deep – **1/2
The Martian – ****
The Vanishing (1988) – ****1/2
La Chienne – ***1/2
Fantastic Four (2005) – **1/2
Blood Bath – ***
Operation Titian – ***
Taxi Driver – ****1/2
The Good Dinosaur – ***
Small Soldiers – **1/2

May 2016

The Jungle Book (2016) – ***
The Doctor Who Movie – ***
Doctor Who: Full Circle – ***1/2
Doctor Who: Warriors of the Deep – ***
The Lady in Red Kills Seven Times – ***
The Night Evelyn Returned From the Grave – ***1/2
The Mummy Returns – **1/2
Outlaw:Gangster VIP 2 – **1/2
Macbeth(2015) – ***
Captain America: Civil War – ***
Penguins of Madagascar – **1/2
Bandits – ***
Outlaw: Gangster VIP – ***

April 2016

Minions – **1/2
The Mummy (1999) – ***
Jane Got a Gun – **1/2
On the Waterfront – ****
Brief Encounter – ****
The Zero Boys – **
Death Walks at Midnight – ***
Bride of Re-Animator – ***
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – ***1/2
Death Walks on High Heels – ***
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith – ***1/2
The Forrest (2016) – *1/2
Peter Pan (1953) – ***1/2

March 2016

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean – **1/2
Doctor Who and the Silurians – ***
Black Mama, White Mama – **1/2
Ant-Man – ***1/2
The Avengers: Age of Ultron – ***
Doctor Who: The Keys of Marinus – **
Hollywood Ending – ***
Zootopia – ***1/2
Sheba, Baby! – **
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones – *1/2
Aenigma – *
Scooby Doo 2 – **

February 2016

Opera (1987) – ***1/2
Ponyo – ***1/2
Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – *****
Pray for Death – **
Deadpool – ***1/2
Spotlight – ****
Scooby Doo – **
Hair, Caesar! – ***1/2
Trumbo – ***
Doctor Who: The Time Warrior – ****
Oklahoma! – **1/2
The Stendhal Syndrome – **1/2

January 2016

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace – */12
Shivers – **/12
Kung Fu Panda 2 – ***
Doctor Who: Planet of the Daleks – ***
The Revenant – ****
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – ****
Sherlock: The Abmoniable Bride – ***
Doctor Who: Frontier in Space – ***
Sleeping Beauty – ***
The Tenderness of Wolves – **1/2
Thor: The Dark World – **1/2

Total Movies Seen in 2016: 154

December 2015

Star Wars: A New Hope – ****
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – ****
The Illusionist – **1/2
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – ****
White Christmas – ***1/2
Spider-Man 2 – ****
What Have You Done to Solange? – ***1/2
Spider-Man – ***
Doctor Who: Inferno – ***1/2
Star Wars, Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi – ***
Roman Holiday – ****

November 2015

Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back – ****1/2
Iron Man – ***1/2
Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope – ****
Ex Machina – ****
Don’t Look Back – ****
Inside Llewyn Davis – ****
Hyde Park on Hudson – **1/2
Three Coins in the Fountain – **
Evil Dead 2 – ****
Doctor Who: Edge of Destruction – ***
Zathura: A Space Adventure – ***
Doctor Who: The Daleks – ***

October 2015

Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key ***
The Black Cat (1982) – ***
The Last Starfighter – **1/2
Back to the Future, Part 3 – ***
Back to the Future, Part 2 – ***1/2
Back to the Future – ****
Frozen – ***1/2
Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child – ***
How to Train Your Dragon – ***
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) – ***1/2
Halloween – ***
The Martian – ****
Doctor Who: The Sontaran Experiment – ***

September 2015

Cop Car – ***
Family Plot – ***
Psycho – ****
The Beast – *
Immoral Tales – **
Sleepy Hollow – ***1/2
Doctor Who: The Power of Kroll – **1/2
Nightcrawler – ****
Finding Nemo – ****1/2
Aladdin – ***1/2
Two Days One Night – ****

August 2015

Van Morrison: Another Glorious Decade – **1/2
Monster Squad – **
Under the Skin – ****
Frozen – ***1/2
The Last Waltz – ****1/2
La Grande Bouffe – **1/2
O Brother, Where Art Thou? – *****
Thief – ***1/2
Pitch Perfect – ***
Life Itself – ****
The Dead Zone – ***
Maverick – **1/2
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – **

July 2015

Cemetery Without Crosses – **
Double Indemnity – *****
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – ***
Ice Age: Meltdown – **1/2
John Wick – ***
Edge of Tomorrow – ***1/2
X-Men: Days of Future Past – ****
Despicable Me – ***1/2
Book of Life – ***
The Tall Blonde Man with One Black Shoe – ****
101 Dalmations (1964) – ***

June 2015

Sherlock: The Great Game – ***1/2
Sherlock: The Blind Banker – ***
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – **
Sherlock: A Study In Pink – ***1/2
The Rewrite – **1/2
Big Hero 6 – ***
Ella Enchanted – **
Kung Fu Panda – ***
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) – ***
Inside Out – ****

May 2015

Big Eyes – ***
The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir – ****
Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani – ****
Cars – ***
Mad Max: Fury Road – ***
Doctor Who: The Androids of Tara – ***
Ghost Story: Turn of the Screw – **
The Immigrant – ***
The Avengers: Age of Ultron – ***1/2

April 2015

Clueless – ***
Nurse – *1/2
Doctor Who: The Mark of the Rani – *
Alice in Wonderland (1951) – ***
James and the Giant Peach – ***
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not – ***
The Soft Skin – ***1/2
Flushed Away – **
The Iron Giant – ****
The Wizard of Oz – ****
The Kingsmen – ***

March 2015

Chef – ***1/2
Into the Woods – ****
Happy Ending – **1/2
The Great Escape – ****
How To Train Your Dragon 2 – ***1/2
Who Framed Roger Rabbit – ****
Doctor Who: Castrovalva – **1/2
Doctor Who: Logopolis – ***1/2
Doctor Who: The Keeper of Traken – ***
Whisper of the Heart – **1/2

February 2015

Shrek – ****
Tangled – ***
Toy Story 2 – ****
Driving Miss Daisy – ****1/2
The Saphires – **1/2
The Grand Budapest Hotel – ****
Nicholas Le Floch: The Rue De Francs-Bourgeois Case – **1/2
Nicholas Le Floch: The Rogue’s Banquet – **1/2
Marie and the Moment of Death – **1/2
Marie and the Perils of Greed – **
The Story of Adele H – ***1/2
The Lego Movie – ****
The Princess Bride – *****
International Settlement – ***1/2
Poirot: Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case – ****
Poirot: Elephant’s Can Remember – ***
Poirot: The Big Four – **1/2

January 2015

Strange Magic – *
Above Suspicion: Silent Scream – ***
Above Suspicion: the Red Dahlia – ***
Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent – ***
Above Suspicion – **1/2
The Sound of Music – ****
Monsters University – ***

Total Movies Watched in 2015: 134

December 2014

The Polar Express – ***
Frozen – ***
The Wolf of Wall Street – ***1/2
The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears – ***

November 2014

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone – **1/2
Intersteller – ***
The Avengers – ***
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – ***
Antz – **1/2
Scanners – ***1/2
The Blue Room – ***

October 2014

Dressed to Kill (1941) – ***
The Big Doll House – ***
Congo – **
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids – ***
A Long Way Down – ***
LA Confidential – ****
Gone Girl – ****

September 2014

Howl’s Moving Castle – ****
Doctor Who: Carnival of Monsters – ***
My Neighbor Totoro – ***1/2
The Lego Movie – ***1/2
Jack the Giant Slayer – **
Doctor Who: The Creature From the Pit – ***
From Up on Poppy Hill – ***
Doctor Who: The Mind Robber – ****

August 2014

Charade – ****
The French Minister – ***1/2
Love Crime – **1/2
World War Z – ***1/2
Robin Hood (1973) – ***
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas – **
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas – **

July 2014

Hercules (2014) – **1/2
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle – *1/2
Last Vegas – **1/2
Enders Game – **
Persona – ****1/2
R.I.P.D. – *
Stranger than Fiction – ****
Blue Jasmine – ****
Fruitvale Station – ***
Doctor Who: The Leisure Hive – **1/2

June 2014

Monuments Men – **
The Grand Budapest Hotel – ****
Saving Mr. Banks – ***
The Fault in Our Stars – *1/2
Captain Phillips – ***
An Adventure in Time and Space – ***1/2
Emma (1996) – **1/2
The Woman in White – **
Jane Eyre (1997) – ***
The Death of the Heart – **1/2
The Lady’s Not For Burning – ****

May 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past – ***1/2
Poirot: The Clocks – ***
Poirot: Hallowe’en Party – ***
Poirot: Three Act Tragedy – **
Jack Taylor: Shot Down – **1/2
Jack Taylor: Priest – **
Jack Taylor: The Dramatist – **1/2
Tremors – ***
Bird on a Wire – **
The Evil Dead (2013) – **1/2
We Bought a Zoo – ***

April 2014

The Chorus – ***1/2
Cargo – ***
Gravity – ****
Vampyres – **1/2
Zombie Holocaust – **1/2
Moonraker – ***
The Incredibles – ***1/2
Monsters, Inc. – ***
American Hustle – ***1/2
Le Petit Nicholas – ****

March 2014

Philomena – ****
Now You See Me – ***
So I Married an Axe Murderer – **1/2
The Killer Inside of Me – **1/2
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – ***
Videodrome – ***1/2
My Week with Marilyn – ***

Scott Pilgrim vs the World – ****
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec – ***

February 2014

The Wolverine – ***
The Purge – **1/2
The Bay – ***1/2
Amelie – ****1/2
The Fantastic Mr. Fox – ****
Wild Grass – ***
Apres Vous – ***1/2
Gaslight (1944) – ****
Horror of Dracula – ***1/2
The Bridge on the River Kwai – *****
The Postman Always Rings Twice  (1981) –  **1/2
The Jungle Book – ****

January 2014

Vera: Prodigal Son – **1/2
Vera: Young Gods – ***1/2
Vera: Poster Child – ***
Vera: Castles in the Air – ***
Rosemary’s Baby – ****
The Intouchables – ****
The Spiral Staircase – ****
Love in the Afternoon – ***
Enough Said – ***1/2
Barefoot in the Park – ***
Love Actually – ****
Love in the Time of Cholera – **1/2
A History of Violence – ***

Total Movies Watched in 2014: 107

December 2013

Don Jon – ***
Pacific Rim – ***
Terminator 2: Judgement Day – ***1/2
Thor – **
The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines – **1/2
The Librarian: Quest for the Spear – ***
Call of the Wild (1935) – ***
Jesse James – ***
His Girl Friday – *****
Rules of the Game – ****

November 2013

Blood on the Docks: Angels Passing – **1/2
Blood on the Docks: Cut to Black – ***
Blood on the Docks: One Under – **1/2
Mary Poppins – ****
Hunter Games: Catching Fire – **
Wreck-It Ralph – **1/2
Poirot: The Hollow – ***
Poirot: Death on the Nile -***
Poirot: Five Little Pigs – **1/2
Life of Brian – ****
Three Faces of Eve – ***

October 2013

Aftershock – *
Michael Clayton – ***1/2
The Fugitive – ****
Room 237 – ***
You Only Live Twice – ***
Mommie Dearest – *1/2
Embrace of the Vampire (2013) – **
Embrace of the Vampire (1995) – *
Eyes Without a Face – ****
The Birds – ****
Detective Montalbano: A Ray of Light – **1/2
Detective Montalbano: Angelica’s Smile – **1/2
Detective Montalbano: Mirror Effect – **1/2

September 2013

Hot Fuzz – ***
Magic Mike – ***
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – ***
Cache – ****
Go – **1/2
Autumn Sonata – ****
Singles – ***

August 2013

The Blues Brothers – ***
Elysium – ***1/2
Becoming Jane – ***
The Breakfast Club – ***
Sixteen Candles – ***
The American President – ***

July 2013

Diamonds are Forever – **
Skyfall – ***
Doctor Who: The Three Doctors – ***
Laura – ***1/2
The Magnificent Seven – ****
Maniac Mansion – *
Cars – ***
Adam’s Rib – ***
The Avengers – ***
The Lone Ranger – **1/2

June 2013

Detective DeLuca: An Unauthorized Investigation – ****
Detective DeLuca: Carte Blanche – ****
Detective DeLuca: Cloudy Summer – ****
Detective DeLuca: Via delle Oche – ***
Frantic – ***
Night of the Living Dead – ****
Wild Strawberries – ****1/2
X-Men – ***

May 2013

Star Trek: Into Darkness – **
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – ****
Doctor Who: The Visitation – ***
Let the Right One In – ****
Beck: The Weak Link – ***1/2
Beck: The Silent Scream – ****
Beck: In the Name of God – ***
Run Lola Run – ***1/2
Beck: THE VULTURE – ***
Beck: The Japanese Painting – ***1/2
Iron Man 3 – **
Band of Outsiders – ****
Finding Nemo – ****
Star Trek: The Motion Picture – **

April 2013

Maigret: Maigret and the Wine Merchant – **1/2
Maigret: Maigret and the Princess – **1/2
Maigret: To Any Lengths – **1/2
Maigret: Maigret has Scruples – **1/2
Maigret: Maigret and the Tramp – **1/2
Life is Beautiful – ***1/2
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country – **1/2
Cat ‘O Nine Tails – ***
Straw Dogs (1971) – ***
Django Unchained – ***
Hitchcock – ***
Zero Dark Thirty – ***

March 2013

Babette’s Feast – *****
Flight – ***
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix – ****
Children of Paradise – ****
Killing Them Softly – **1/2
Argo – ****
Aladdin – ***
Ju-On the Grudge – ***
Star Wars, Episode I – The Phantom Menace – **
Oz the Great and Powerful – **1/2
Catch Me If You Can – ***1/2
Eastern Promises – ***

February 2013

Unbreakable – ***
Trouble with the Curve – **
Welcome to the Sticks – ***1/2
With a Friend Like Harry – ***1/2
Interiors – ***1/2
Manhattan – ****
To Rome with Love – ***
Brave – ***
M – ****

January 2013

Samurai I – ****
Grateful Dead: Sunshine Daydream – ****
Prometheus – ***
Jack Reacher – 1/2*
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) ***

Total movies watched in 2013: 117

December 2012

The Hobbit – ***
Bringing Out the Dead – ***
Star Trek: Insurrection – ***
Young Adult – ***
Conspiracy Theory – ***
LA Confidential – ****
Thank You For Smoking – ***1/2
Chasing Amy – ***
Fever Pitch (1997) – ***
Pearl Jam: 20 – ****
Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell – **1/2

November 2012

Showtime – **
Bottle Rocket – ***
9 – ***
A Cat in Paris – **1/2
Norwegian Ninja – ***
Inside Deep Throat – ***
Cabin in the Woods – ***
From Russia with Love – ****
Romantics Anonymous – ***1/2
Black Heaven – ***
Eat Drink Man Woman – ****
Boogie Nights – ****
Little Nicholas – ***1/2

October 2012

Tucker & Dale Vs Evil – ***1/2
Haywire – ****
Nobody Else But You – ***1/2
Cheerleader Massacre – 1/2
Casino Royale (2006) – ***
Insomnia (2002) – ***
The Seven Year Itch – **
Event Horizon – ***
Beyond the Door – **
Bloods and Crips: Made in America – ***1/2

September 2012

Sabrina (1954) – ****
Boyz N The Hood – ***
The Seventh Seal – *****
Margin Call – ****
Private Parts – **
Talk Radio – ***1/2
Primary Colors – ****
Red Riding: 1974 – ***1/2
Super 8 – **1/2
The Women on the Sixth Floor – ****

August 2012

Red State – *1/2
Absence of Malice – ***
Weird Science – **
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey – ****
North by Northwest – ****
Arsenic and Old Lace – ****
La Femme Nikita – ***1/2
Full Tilt Boogie – ***
Curious George 2: Follow that Monkey! – **
Inspector Bellamy – ***
Captain America – ***
Shallow Grave – ****
Venus – ***1/2

July 2012

Out of Sight – ****
To Catch a Thief – ****
Romancing the Stone – ***
Moonrise Kingdom – ***
Night at the Museum **1/2
The Princess Bride – *****
The Dark Knight Rises – ***1/2
Alien – *****

June 2012

Friday the 13th Part III – **
Roman de Gare – ***1/2
Goldfinger – ***
Sex and the Single Girl – ***
Hard Boiled – **
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: ***
Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope – ***
Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol – ***
I’m Not There – ***
Thieves Like Us – ***

May 2012

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – ****
Clerks 2 – **
Delicatessen – ****
Doctor No – ***
The Avengers – ***
Bullets Over Broadway – ****
The Right Stuff – ****
The Long Goodbye – ***
Sex and Lucia – **1/2
Minority Report – ***

April 2012

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – ****
Midnight In Paris – ****
The Ghost Writer – ***1/2
The Muppets – ***
Lawrence of Arabia – *****
Drive – ***1/2
The Adventures of Tin Tin (2011) – ***
The Ides of March – ****
The War Room – ***1/2
Horrible Bosses – ***
Black Swan – ***1/2

March 2012

Matrix Revolutions – **1/2
Matrix Reloaded – ***
The Matrix – ***1/2
Monkey Business – ***
The Front Page (1974) – **1/2
Beauty and the Beast (1941) – ****
North Country – ***
Syriana – ****
Pitch Black – ***1/2
Intolerable Cruelty – **1/2

February 2012

Mutant Girls Squad – **
The Man Who Wasn’t There – ***
Primal Fear **1/2
Sucker Punch – **
Scream 4 – **
Unstoppable – **1/2
The Next Three Days – **1/2
The Incredibles – ****
Fargo – ****
Solaris (1972) – ***

January 2012

Sunshine – ***1/2
The Hudsucker Proxy – ***
Barton Fink – ****
Roxanne – ***
Miller’s Crossing – *****
Raising Arizona – ****
Throne of Blood – *****
Crimewave – **
From Hell – **1/2
Blood Simple – ****
Batman: Year One – ***
The Outsiders – ***

Movies Watched in 2012: 126

December 2011

Die Hard 2: Die Harder – *1/2
Die Hard – ***
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – ***
Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows – ****
Hugo – ****
Ichi the Killer – ****

November 2011

The Big Lebowski – ****
An American Werewolf in London – ***
Superman II – **
Eight Days a Week – *
Grown Ups – *
Dead or Alive 1 – **
12 Angry Men – *****
Les Diaboliques – ****
Malcolm X – ****
The Expendables – *

October 2011

Kill Bill, Vol. 1 – ***
A Face in the Crowd – ****
Gosford Park – ****
Winter’s Bone – ****
X-Men First Class – **1/2
Believers – **
Pale Rider – *1/2
Conan Obrien Can’t Stop – **1/2
High Noon – ****
Following – ***

September 2011

The Beach – ***

Scott Pilgrim vs the World – ****
Paul – ***
Broken Flowers – ****
Despicable Me – ***
Day Watch – ***
Night Watch – ***
Blast of Silence – ***
A Serbian Film – I don’t know how to rate this film.
L’Auberge Espagnole – **1/2
Scream 3 – **1/2
Rango – ***1/2

August 2011

Sorry Wrong Number – ***
Spellbound – **1/2
Fight Club – ****
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles – **1/2
The Last Wave – ***
Akira – ***
Se7en – ****
The African Queen – ****
Murder, My Sweet – ***
Return of the Living Dead – **
Caddyshack – ***

July 2011

Glengarry Glen Ross – ****
Fright Night 2 – **1/2
The Untouchables – ***
Across the Universe – **1/2
Fright Night – ***
Larry Crowne – **
Easy A – **

June 2011

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – ***
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps – **
Trainspotting – ****
Pee-Wees Big Adventure – ****
Kiss Me Deadly – ***
The Royal Tenenbaums – ****1/2
Blade Runner – ****
Salt – *
Let Me In – ***
127 Hours – ***1/2
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson – ***
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring – ****

May 2011

Once Upon a Time in the Old West – ****
Rendition – ***
The Goonies – ***
Heavenly Creatures – ****
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 – ***1/2
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – ****
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix – ****
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – ***1/2
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban – ****
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – ***
Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone – ***
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – ***
#1 Cheerleader Camp – *
The Fighter – ****
The Malteze Falcon – ****1/2
Young Sherlock Holmes – **

April 2011

The King’s Speech – ****
Three Days of the Condor – ***1/2
Charade – ****
It Happened One Night – ****
Million Dollar Baby – ****
O Brother,Where Art Thou? – ****
Casablanca – *****
Secret of Kells – ***
The Odd Couple – ***
Wonder Boys – ***1/2
Scream 2 – **1/2

March 2011

Scream – ***
The Boston Strangler – ***
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – ***1/2
Grand Illusion – ****1/2
The Silence – ****
Date Night – **
Unknown – *
Happy Go Lucky – **1/2

February 2011

The Princess Bride – *****
Rio Bravo – ***
Inn of the Sixth Happiness – ***
The Naked City – ***
Cheap Detective – **
The Crazies (2010) – **1/2
Hot Tub Time Machine – **1/2
Superbad – **1/2
Five Easy Pieces – **1/2
Down by Law – ***
Buried – ***
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans – **1/2

January 2011

The Girl who Played with Fire – **
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – ***
Teeth – *
The Road – ***
The Social Network – ***1/2
The Fly (1986) – ***
True Grit (2010) – ****
In the Name of the Father – ****
Hellboy – **1/2
Citizen Ruth – ***

Total Movies Watched in 2011: 126

December 2010

Some Like It Hot – ****
Iron Man 2 – **1/2
Love Actually – ****
Kick Ass – **
Leaves of Grass – ***1/2
Deliverance – ***
Inception – ****
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 – ***1/2
Being There – ****

November 2010
Holiday Inn – **1/2
Arsenic and Old Lace – *****
Alice in Wonderland (2010) – **
Planet of the Apes (1968) – **1/2
Toy Story 3 – ***
The American ***1/2

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

How to Train Your Dragon – **

July 2010

The Purple Rose of Cairo – ***
A Simple Twist of Fate – **
The Invention of Lying – ***
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) – ***

June 2010

Drag Me to Hell – **1/2
Joint Security Area – ***
Visitor Q – **1/2
The Hills Have Eyes (1977) *
Toy Story 3 – ****
City of God – ****
City of Men – ***1/2
Fantastic Mr. Fox – *****
Precious – ****
Book of Eli – *1/2

May 2010

Prince of Persia: *1/2
Mystic River – ****
The Double Life of Veronique – ***
Moon – ****

April 2010

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – **1/2
Crazy Heart – ***1/2
Avatar – ***
Green Zone – ****
Cat Balou – **1/2
Up in the Air – ***1/2
The Hitcher (2009) – *1/2
Out of the Past (1947) – ***
Last House on the Left (1972) – *1/2
Girl on the Bridge – ***1/2
Shutter Island – ***
A Night In Casablanca – ***1/2
Compulsion – ****

March 2010

The Third Man – ****
Wages of Fear – ****
Elizabethtown – **1/2
Full Metal Jacket – ****
The Nightmare Before Christmas – ***
Men Who Stare At Goats – ***
The Thin Red Line – ****
Ponyo – ***
Boxcar Bertha – **
Hannah and Her Sisters – ***1/2
The Soloist – ***

February 2010

Raising Arizona – ****1/2
UP – ****
Spartan – **1/2
Inkheart – **
Julie & Julia – ****
Serious Man – ****

January 2010

I Am Legend – ***1/2
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) – ***1/2
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End – **
Omega Man – *1/2
Tropic Thunder – **1/2
Clockers – ***
Inglorious Basterds – ***
Up In The Air – ****
Once – ***1/2
True Grit – ***
Australia (2009) – **
My Name is Bruce – **1/2
In Bruges – ***1/2
District 9 – ***

Movies watched in 2010: 77

December 2009

Whisper of the Heart – ***
Sherlock Holmes – ***
Towelhead – ***
The Lady Vanishes – ****
Stand By Me – ****
Girl Boss Guerrilla – ***
Angels & Demons – **1/2
The Fantastic Mr. Fox – ****
The Changeling (1980) – ***

November 2009
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra – *
500 Days of Summer – ***1/2
Away We Go – ****
Sin Nombre – ****

October 2009

September 2009

Casablanca – *****

August 2009

Roman Holiday – ****
Sunshine Cleaners – ***1/2
Grand Torino – ****
Killshot – ***

July 2009

Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince – ****
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – ***1/2

June 2009

The Proposal – **1/2
Up – ****
Hancock – **
The Happening – **1/2
The Dark Knight – ****
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – **1/2
The Reader – ***
Brubaker – ***
The Great Escape – ****
The Magnificent Seven – ****

May 2009

There Will Be Blood – ****1/2
X-Men Origins: Wolverine – **1/2
Muriel’s Wedding – ****
The Savages – ****
Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) – **
The Simpsons Movie – **
Star Trek (2009) – ***
S*P*Y*S – *1/2

April 2009

The Wrestler – ****
City of Ember – **
Galaxy Quest – *** 1/2
Changeling – ***
The Big Sleep (1978) – ***
American Splendor – *** 1/2
Grave of the Fireflies – ***1/2
Rachel Getting Married – ***

March 2009

Princess Mononoke – ****
The American President – ***
Miracle at St. Anna – ***
Reign Over Me – ***
Ghost Town – ***
Let the Right One In – ***1/2
The Watchmen – ***1/2
The Killing Fields – ****
Rashomon – ****1/2
Judgment at Nuremberg – ****
Eagle Eye – *

February 2009

I’ve Loved You So Long – ****
Vicky Christina Barcelona – ***1/2
Stay – **
Taken (2009) – ***

January 2009

Leatherheads – ***
Friday the 13th, Part II – **1/2
Friday the 13th – ***
Asphalt Jungle – ****
The Bad Lieutenant – ***1/2
Lifeboat – ****

Total Movies Watched in 2009: 66

December

Blood Diamond – ***
The Music Man – ***1/2
Slumdog Millionaire – ****1/2
Coffee and Cigarettes – **1/2
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) – ****
Under Capricorn – **
Transiberian – **1/2
Get Smart – **1/2
Ninotchka – ***1/2
The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice – **1/2
Bride Wore Black – ***
Harold and Maude – ****1/2

November 2008

Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope – ****
Two Weeks Notice – **
Lust/Caution – ****
Tell No One – ***
Charade – ****
The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse – **
Quantum of Solace – ***
The Story of the Weeping Camel – ****

October 2008

Thriller: They Call Her One Eye – ***
Battle Royale – ****
Kiki’s Delivery Service – **1/2
Lady Snowblood – ***
The Remains of the Day – ****
Apaloosa – ***
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – **1/2
Iron Man – ***1/2

September 2008
The Fall (2006) – ***1/2
Burn After Reading – ***
Nim’s Island – **
The China Syndrome – ***

August 2008

Batman Begins – ***1/2
The Dark Knight – ****
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – *
X-Files: I Want to Believe – **

July

Charlie Bartlett – ***
Flawless (2008) – **1/2
Shine a Light – ****
Lars and the Real Girl – ***
Superman Returns – **
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – **1/2
War of the Worlds (2005) – **
Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life – *
Definitely, Maybe – **
Flight of the Living Dead – **
Cleaner – **1/2
Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer – **
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian – **1/2

June

Pickpocket – ***
Meet Bill – *1/2
King Fu Panda – ***
Definitely, Maybe – **
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead – ***
Southland Tales – **
Be Kind Rewind – ***1/2
In the Valley of Elah – ***
D.O.A Dead Or Alive – *
The Andromeda Strain (2008) – **1/2
Three Colors: White – ***1/2
Elizabeth – ***1/2

May

Heathers – ****
The Crow – ***
The Oxford Murders – **
The Mist – *1/2
Funny Games US – **1/2
Three Colors Trilogy: Blue – ***
Notes on a Scandal – ***1/2
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) – ***
National Treasure: Book of Secrets – *1/2
JFK – ****
First Blood – ***1/2
The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe – ***

April

High Fidelity – ****
Aliens – ***
Saving Private Ryan – ****
Black Snake Moan – ***
Young Frankenstein – *****
Eagles Vs. Shark – ***1/2
Into the Wild – **1/2
Silk – **
Charlie Wilson’s War – **1/2
Mighty Aphrodite – **1/2
Taxi – **1/2
Juno – **
The Longest Day – ***1/2

March

Cassandra’s Dream – ***1/2
Talk to Me – ***
A Fish Called Wanda – ***
There Will Be Blood – ****
Bug – **1/2
Bridge to Terabithia – **1/2
Hollywoodland – ***
Mirrormask – **1/2
Lost in Translation – ****
Michael Clayton – ****
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford – ***

February
The Golden Compass – **1/2
What’s Up, Tiger Lily? – **1/2
My Blueberry Nights – **
No Country for Old Men – ****
The Darjeeling Limited – **1/2
Gandhi – ****
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – ****1/2
Mr. Magoriums Wonder Emporium – **1/2

January 2007

Somewhere in Time – **1/2
21 Grams – **1/2
Mission Impossible II – **
Born into Brothels – ***
I am Legend – ***
Oldboy – ****1/2
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King – ***1/2
Gremlins – **
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – ***1/2
No Country for Old Men – ****1/2
Stardust – ***
American Gangster – ***1/2

Total Movies Watched in 2008:117

December 2007

Wall Street – ***1/2
While You Were Sleeping – **
Letters From Iwo Jima – ***
Flags of our Fathers – ***1/2
Curious George – **
Babel – ***1/2
The Pursuit of Happyness – ***
La Disparue de Deauville – **
30 Days of Night – **
A Bridge Too Far – ****
Love Actually – ***1/2
The Thing – ***1/2

November

Gone With The Wind – ***1/2
The Seventh Seal – *****
We Were Soldiers – **1/2
Shoot the Piano Player – ***1/2

October
How to Eat Fried Worms – ***
3:10 To Yuma – ***1/2
Hills Have Eyes 2 – 1/2
For Your Consideration – **1/2
Hostel 2 – **1/2
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart – ***
Groundhog Day – ***1/2
A Few Good Men – ***1/2
Jaws – ****
The Last King Of Scotland – ***
Shortbus – ***1/2
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade -***1/2
Breach – ***
Toy Story – ****1/2
Before Sunrise – ***1/2
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – ***
Raiders of the Lost Ark – *****

September

Roman Holiday – ****
28 Weeks Later ***
Halloween (2007) **1/2
300 ***1/2
Ratatouille ***
1408 – **1/2
Paris Je T’aime – ***1/2

August
Waitress – **
Next – *
Spiderman 3 – **1/2
This Film Is Not Yet Rated – ***
Hot Fuzz – ***1/2

July

Zodiac (2007) – ***1/2
Pan’s Labyrinth – ***1/2
The Simpsons Movie – **1/2
Live Free or Die Hard – **1/2
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – ***
A Bug’s Life – ****
Transformers – **1/2
Shrek the Third – **1/2

June

It Happened One Night – ****1/2
The Philadelphia Story – ****
Toy Story 2 – ****
Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai – ***1/2
Children of Men – ***1/2

May

Clue – ***
Be Cool – **1/2
Night Shift – ***

April

Ikiru – *****
Ray – ***1/2
Oliver Twist – ****1/2
Grindhouse – ***
Cinderella (horror) – **1/2
Slaughter Night (SL8N) – *
Arachnophobia – ***
Curse of the Jade Scorpion – ***

March 2007

Knife In the Water – ***
The Yes Men – **1/2
Shutter – ***
Casino Royale (2006) – ***1/2
Suspiria – ****
The Constant Gardener – ***1/2
Scoop – ***1/2
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – ***
The Perfect Crime (Crimen Ferpecto) – ***1/2
Sherlock Holmes Goes To Washington – **

February 2007

The Departed – ****
Marie Antoinette – ***
Shopgirl – **1/2
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – ***1/2
Science of Sleep – ***
Princess Blade – **1/2
The Devil Wears Prada – ***
Brick – ***1/2
Day of the Dead – **1/2

January 2007

Madagascar – **1/2
Talladega Nights – ***1/2
Pulse – *
The Outlaw Josie Wales – ***1/2
Black Dahlia – ***
Lady in the Water – ***
The Weatherman – ***
Nanny McPhee – ***
Flower of Flesh and Blood – 1/2
24 Hour Party People – **1/2
Pulse – **1/2
Sahara – **1/2
Cars – ***1/2

Total movies watched in 2007:10

Ryan Adams Came Back To Louisville, And I Missed It

Ryan Adams came back to the same theatre I saw him in Louisville on July 11.  Perhaps it was because he was sorry for being such a pansy pants,  maybe it was because the fans cried out and demanded he come back, perhaps Louisville is a convenient spot for a tour.  Whatever the reasons, he came back, and I didn’t go.

The reasons for me not going range from our need to save money, having no time for fun things when we have to prepare to move and for reasons so heartbreaking and horrific that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to tell.

Turns out a marvelous taper was on the scene and has uploaded the show to archive.org.  I’m just listening to it now, and I think I may have to break down and weep right here in the middle of the library.

The sound quality is pristine.   This is the best audience recording I’ve ever heard.  There is little crowd noise, excepting the screams between songs, the vocals sound amazing and all the instruments are clear and beautiful.

Beyond that this is the Ryan Adams performance I  have inappropriate dreams about.   Geezum this is beautiful stuff. Ryan is on.  I mean ON.  The band is as tight as a band can be.  They jam.  They dance.  They have harmony that angels wish for.

I’m trying to not think about how I could have gone.  I’m trying to not think about why I didn’t go.  I’m trying to not feel like the miserable louse that I am.

But I can’t stop it.

If Not For The Grace Of God, And Duct Tape

05027a.jpgAm I the only one who thought “duct tape” was “duck tape” for the longest time?

My parents came about a week and a half ago and took out all our furniture. They left us a blow up mattress to sleep on, and two lawn chairs to sit on. The chairs are fairly old, and I am fairly fat, which turns out to be not such a good combination.

Last week the left arm rest disconnected itself from the back of the chair. For those familiar with these type of chairs you will note that the arm rest connection is vital to the entire chair holding itself together. It broke when I happened to be sitting in it and I’m sure I let out a few words that my mother will later yell at me for. Luckily we have rolls of duct tape laying around for the move and I fixed the chair as much as nature will allow.

Turns out this broken, er fixed chair is still more comfortable than the other as the other sags a good deal in the seat part. The seats of these things are supported by a cross section of cords, and those cords are beginning to loosen with our fat heinies.

This morning, the same arm broke in half, right where it meets its little support bar in the middle. Again I was sitting in it. Again I said words. While duct taping it together I knocked over my freshly made smoothie. For the record, freshly made smoothie spilled on the long since vacuumed carpet looks like something the cat barfed up.

Unfortunately the fresh roll of duct tape isn’t exactly fixing the situation. Oh, the chair will hold me, but due to the nature of this break, my weight is still pulling the arm apart. If I have to say any more words, my mother will come straight here and whoop me.

I think I’ll sit on the floor.