The Shining

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

The two film genres I do not like: musicals and horror. It makes me uncomfortable to look into somebody’s eyes as they sing, and it’s a waste of time to spend half a film with my hands covering my eyes. Continue reading “The Shining”

Back to the Future

A young man is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence.

Today, October 21st 2015, is the day that Marty McFly time-travels to in Back to the Future Part 2. I asked for the Back to the Future box set on DVD when I was about eleven, because the films were always on around Christmas time and I never got the chance to sit and watch start to finish. Continue reading “Back to the Future”

Paths of Glory

Based on the 1935 novel of the same name, it tells the story of an ill-fated assault on German forces by French soldiers, and the grippling consequences those soldiers face when they refuse to follow through with it.

Having never experienced a Kubrick film before, my expectations for Paths of Glory were surprisingly well-managed. Of course, I’d heard of his greatest works before starting this project: The ShiningDr. StrangeloveA Clockwork Orange… I know he’s widely regarded as one of the best directors of the 20th century. Continue reading “Paths of Glory”

American Beauty

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter’s best friend.

The title is also the name of a breed of roses that is prone to decay beneath the surface. That’s why American Beauty‘s tagline is: “Look closer.” Little thoughts like that, that just add some depth to a film, are why I love films. They’re the little bits of trivia you can spout off at any time, and people go, “Huh.” Continue reading “American Beauty”