Memento (2000)

How reliable is memory? And how do you discern “fact” from “memory” if memory can be altered? These questions are at the heart of Memento, which is a film unique in that we see the story told backwards. We begin at the end of the story and slowly figure out where it all begins through the…

Up (2009)

If the opening sequence for Up doesn’t tug at your heart, there must be something wrong with you. The few minutes of wordless montage showing the near-lifelong relationship of Carl and Ellie is more effective at telling a love story than many full length romance movies. As kids, they were filled with the spirit of adventure…

The Lion King (1994)

As one of my favorite movies of all time, I can pretty much recite the whole of The Lion King while watching. It’s Disney at its best. Every one knows the plot, so I’ll save you the summary paragraph and just say that there’s not much to be done that could make the movie any…

Forrest Gump (1994)

There is something about the opening title sequence for Forrest Gump that just gets me. It’s so simple and so perfect – also something I couldn’t quite appreciate the first time I saw this movie because I was so young (I was six when it first came out). And of course, you have to love the…

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Yesterday afternoon, I made it out to see this year’s Oscar front-runner, 12 Years a Slave. This morning on the tube, I saw an ad for it in a newspaper a fellow traveler was reading and my first thought was, “I should go see that again.” My second thought: “I can’t do that to myself again…

The Apartment (1960)

On the tails of watching Some Like It Hot, I thought I would see another Billy Wilder film and chose The Apartment. It’s a film with many levels – there is definitely comedy, but there’s also a seriousness and darkness at its core. It starts with C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) who works for a corporation in New…

What’s Up With Netflix’s Genres?

Everyone has their own stories of Netflix’s strange categories and microgenres. One of mine? Imaginative Family Feature Animation for ages 11 to 12. Thank you, Disney addiction. You have to wonder where these come from and who comes up with them. Recently, NPR posted an article about the mechanisms behind Netflix’s microgenres that was adapted…