Let me tell you about the first time I saw Gladiator. I had been married for almost 5 years. My wife, son and I were visiting my in-laws in Jacksonville, Florida. My father-in-law used to work on industrial heating and cooling/refrigeration units. For a while he worked at NASA. In the spring of 2000 he … Continue reading Gladiator


Ranking the Best Picture Winners of the 90s

If you had asked me to rank these best pictures 6 months ago it would have been very different. I would never have thought Shakespeare in Love would have been so high or Forrest Gump so low. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Schindler’s List (1993) Braveheart (1995) Shakespeare in Love (1998) Dances With Wolves … Continue reading Ranking the Best Picture Winners of the 90s


Let me tell you about the first time I watched Titanic. I was 25 years old, visiting my family for Christmas. The word was already out about Titanic which was released December 19, 1997. So we all headed down to the local megaplex and settled in for a three hour epic that we all knew … Continue reading Titanic

The English Patient

Lately I’ve been reminiscing (and writing) about the first time I watched certain best picture winners. I have distinct memories of The Silence of the Lambs, Unforgiven, Schindler’s List and Forrest Gump. That’s not the case with The English Patient. I know I’ve seen it before but there’s nothing specifically memorable about the experience. By … Continue reading The English Patient

Schindler’s List

Let me tell you about the first time I watched Schindler’s List. I was 21 years old and home for Christmas with my parents. My family, which is of Jewish decent on my mother’s side, all went to see the movie. I don’t recall but it might have been for my father’s birthday which falls … Continue reading Schindler’s List