77 Stars (Desert Island)

If forced to choose a handful of films for life, these make the list. It isn’t about like or dislike; this is unconditional love. (Note: It seems like a lot, but it’s still only 2% of my total, so it can’t be said that I’m indiscriminate!)

Carol

Posted in Movies | Begun 12/21/2015
Carol

The gamut of human emotion and the experience of millions.

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The Martian

Posted in Movies | Begun 10/02/2015
The Martian

Great for the mind, great for the heart, and Ridley Scott is at the top of his game.

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Whiplash

Posted in Movies | Begun 10/24/2014 • Updated Dec 2014
Whiplash

MASTERPIECE.

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The Drop

Posted in Movies | Begun 09/12/2014
The Drop

A decent story exceptionally well told. Suspenseful, surprising, and strangely charming.

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The Other Shore

Posted in Movies | Begun 06/22/2014 • Updated 02/26/2016
The Other Shore

Just *SEE THIS*. Seriously.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Posted in Movies | Begun 12/12/2013
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Peter Jackson has hit a new level of artistic maturity, and his crew have kept right up with him.

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Pacific Rim

Posted in Movies | Begun 07/11/2013 • Updated Apr 2015
Pacific Rim

Update three days post-screening: Bumped it up to 4 stars. Really sticking with me and improving every day. Can’t wait for a second viewing.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Posted in Movies | Begun 12/14/2012
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Scrumptiously harrowing and all we could expect and hope for. Peter Jackson and company are back, and the tradition begins again…

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Take Shelter

Posted in Movies | Begun 06/25/2012
Take Shelter

Qualifying Role For Michael Shannon | Easily one my top ten of all time… maybe five…

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Posted in Movies | Begun 12/21/2011
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

From the top, this time in English.

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Warrior

Posted in Movies | Begun 09/09/2011
Warrior

So good I screened it twice, and have at least three more in me (this year). Thought about it every day for over a month; destined for Desert Island. (Update June 2012: DI status bestowed.)

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Win Win

Posted in Movies | Begun 03/23/2011
Win Win

Went to my Desert Island list on the first viewing.

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Lars and the Real Girl

Posted in Movies | Begun 03/05/2011
Lars and the Real Girl

*Great* pairing with The Station Agent (and oh look, there’s Patricia Clarkson).

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

Posted in Movies | Begun 07/17/2010
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

Quite probably the most brilliant heroine ever written. Go Lisbeth.

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Inception

Posted in Movies | Begun 07/16/2010
Inception

Spectacularly engaging. That is all.

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An Education

Posted in Movies | Begun 05/31/2010
An Education

This. Movie. Is. Magnificent.

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Star Trek

Posted in Movies | Begun 05/05/2009
Star Trek

To quote Harry Knowles of aintitcool.com, “God bless J.J. Abrams!!!” Amen, brother.

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Tropic Thunder

Posted in Movies | Begun 05/31/2008

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48 Hrs.

Posted in Movies | Begun 05/31/2008

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Casino

Posted in Movies | Begun 05/31/2008

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