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1. As much as I love Citizen Kane, it’s my own firm belief that The Birth of a Nation is the greatest American movie. It goes without saying that it’s also one of the most anti-American movies, but the subject matter remains as relevant, intriguing, and unsettling as it was almost a century ago.

2. A key maxim when I watch movies is: If there is an unrated, extended, intended, or director’s cut, and it’s just as available as the theatrical cut, I shall watch it.

3. I review every movie I watch, unless it has already been reviewed here, and with the exception of less than five movies, I’ve followed this as a law since this blog’s genesis on July 30, 2011.

4. I hold strong distaste in the MPAA, and if you haven’t found out…you will.  (Since when are nudity–”Slap it with an R rating!”–and language–”Slap it with an R rating!”–more concerning than gun violence–”That can do for a PG-13.”)

5. My favorite filmmakers include Woody Allen, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, the Coen brothers, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg.

6. Last I checked, I’ve cleared off 148 of IMDb’s Top 250.  About 125 of those (a solid half of the list) have been reviewed here.

7. I hate the word “Hollywood,” because over the course of about thirty to forty years, the connotation has gone from oh-so-positive to oh-so-negative.  It bugs me trying to tell between the two.

8. I love writing reviews of awful movies.  When you can get away with it, trashing what is utter trash can be so fun.

9. This blog features seven reviews a week.

10. Never let me hear that a review is a “complaint” or “just too mean,” etc.  It’s complaining and meanness with reason, if nothing else.


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  • Quick Recommendations

    No film is recommendable to everyone, because if it strongly appeals to many audiences, it's going to be poorly received by at least one audience. These 25 classics, however, I would recommend to eight and a half, if not nine in every ten people.

    2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

    BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN

    BEFORE SUNRISE

    BEFORE SUNSET

    BEFORE MIDNIGHT

    THE BIG LEBOWSKI

    BLUE VELVET

    THE BIRTH OF A NATION; OR THE CLANSMAN

    CITIZEN KANE

    CITY LIGHTS: A COMEDY ROMANCE IN PANTOMIME

    DAVID LEAN'S FILM OF DOCTOR ZHIVAGO

    EYES WIDE SHUT

    FIGHT CLUB

    GOODFELLAS

    THE GRADUATE

    KILL BILL: VOL. 1

    KILL BILL: VOL. 2

    MARIO PUZO'S THE GODFATHER

    MARIO PUZO'S THE GODFATHER: PART II

    MARIO PUZO'S THE GODFATHER: PART III

    MATCH POINT

    PULP FICTION

    REQUIEM FOR A DREAM

    THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED

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