The Silence of the Lambs

Let me tell you about the first time I saw The Silence of the Lambs. I was 19 or maybe 20 years old hanging out with friends at Jeannie’s house. Jeannie was beautiful, fun, smart and sweet. Now, I didn’t specifically have a crush on Jeannie any more than any guy around. We all liked … Continue reading The Silence of the Lambs


Dances with Wolves

I saw this film during its original theatrical release. I also saw it later on video (probably VHS). It has since become part of the fabric of our pop culture. But I didn’t remember the movie being so interesting. It has some serious flaws but as a film it is very engaging with a cohesive … Continue reading Dances with Wolves

Ranking the Best Picture Winners of the 80s

In the 1980s the Academy seems to be getting into a little bit of a rut. The “Decade of Excess” had more than its fair share of sweeping international epics. However, most of the Oscar winners that didn't fit into that mold turned out to be the best of the decade. Ordinary People (1980) Platoon … Continue reading Ranking the Best Picture Winners of the 80s

The Last Emperor

I’ve now officially seen every best picture ever. The Last Emperor was the final best picture winner on my list that I had never seen before. I was surprised and impressed with this movie. It was nothing like what I was expecting. The Last Emperor is a gorgeous masterpiece of cinematic art. The film has … Continue reading The Last Emperor