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Best Year Ever 2018: Movies

I saw quite a few movies this year in theaters. These were my favourites. Again, in no particular order. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Winchester Read my review on Winchester here. A Star is Born Black Panther Annihilation Deadpool 2 Hereditary Ant-Man and the Wasp A Quiet Place Avengers: Infinity War Clicking on the movie posters will take you to purchase them through Amazon. Every purchase goes right back to the site. Thank you for your consideration!

The Red Shoes (1948)

I fancy myself an armchair movie critic, so I will be reviewing films of all shapes, sizes, and genres with my sui generis perspective. OpenCulture has Martin Scorsese’s 85 films every aspiring filmmaker needs to see. Although I am many years removed from such an aspiration, the critical analysis of movies and filmmaking is something I never stopped doing. I figured I would incorporate a few of them into Silver Screen Sundays as I go along, which I will also call Scorsese Sundays when I review something from his list. I’ve seen quite a few of them already, but not enough! Luckily, The Red Shoes was screened on TCM as part of their Oscar winner series they run annually, and I managed to catch it. The movie won for Best Original Score and Best Art Direction, and was nominated for Best Picture (Hamlet won), Best Original Screenplay (The Treasure of…

Winchester (2018)

I fancy myself an armchair movie critic, so I will be reviewing films of all shapes, sizes, and genres with my sui generis perspective. I saw Winchester last Monday after work, so I’ve had a few days to nosh on it. I had been keeping up on the press for it since it was announced. I almost went so far as to watch the premiere at the actual Winchester Mystery House. That meant touring the mansion, enjoying a reception, and then walking across the street to CineArts on Santana Row to watch it, but it’s still getting caught up in the reality of it. I’m a huge fan of Mrs. Winchester. I’ve owned annual passes to the House over the years. It’s one of the best examples of Queen Anne architecture that survives to this day. I really enjoyed it. It took generous liberties with Mrs. Winchester’s story, but who’s…

Best Year Ever 2017: Movies

My penultimate offering for Best Year Ever, movies. I saw a LOT of movies this year, which isn’t saying much, since I’m a cinephile in every definition. These are a few of my favorites that I’ve seen this year. Click through the pictures to purchase them on Amazon. Honorable Mentions: North by Northwest, The Graduate, and…

Fruitvale Station (2013)

Sorry for not keeping up with this. Life’s been a handful to say the least. I’m trying to sort things out, so hopefully I can start posting regularly again. I still vividly remember watching the footage of Oscar Grant’s murder on New Year’s Day 2009. Phones were becoming smarter every day. Citizen journalism was on the rise, even if it didn’t have a name then. The videos disturbed me greatly. So I resisted watching this movie until I was better prepared to consume it. Ryan Coogler – being a Bay Area native – perfectly captures the Bay Area culture that I miss so much. Coogler showed the world what it was like growing up in the Bay in subtle ways, not even taking into account that they filmed on location when and where they could. The dialogue stood out to me in a finite sort of way, the diction was…

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