- Bernard Delacruz
The West Wing was my favorite TV show at the time and remains a favorite. I can pop in any DVD and know I am going to watch a quality TV episode. In particular, seasons 1–3 show Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) at the top of his TV game.
The Castle of Cagliostro is one of Hayao Miyazaki’s first movies (before starting Studio Ghibli). It set a high bar for action animated films. It has been said that Steven Spielberg has called it one of his favorite movies, period (although the source of that quote has disappeared into the mists of time). The story of thief Lupin III and his sidekicks taking down a counterfeiting ring and saving the beautiful Clarisse is funny and touching.
- The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection (USA) 1999–2006, Warner Home Video
- List price: $299.98 (45 discs)
- Castle of Cagliostro (Japan) 1991, Manga Video
- List price: $19.87
- Mount Miguel High School Senior and KPBS Cinema Junkie Teen Critic
Whenever I feel a bit nostalgic, I watch Ponyo. It’s visually stunning, endearing, and cute. The voices are familiar American actors, the story is well written, and the animation is well done. It’s a subtle, vivid, and magical tale about a girl who used to be a fish.
Another movie that puts me in a good mood (although with a bit of a contradiction) is Wristcutters: A Love Story. It sounds gloomy, the landscape is dreary, and the suicides are graphic. But watching it is a different experience. It’s amusing, interesting, surreal, and emotionally sympathetic. It gives you a small dose of optimism, romance, friendship, and Tom Waits. Also, a character based on Gogol Bordello’s lead singer and a soundtrack inspired by the lighter side of suicide.
- Ponyo (Japan) 2008, Disney Presents Studio Ghibli
- List price: $29.99
- Wristcutters: A Love Story (USA) 2006, Lionsgate
- List price: $14.98
The Cooler is a Casino-type movie set in a low-end Las Vegas joint. It shines for William H. Macy’s performance as a “cooler” that the casino uses to bring bad luck to gamblers. When the cooler wants out of the gig, his boss (Alec Baldwin) sends a smokin’ hot hooker his way. Does the cooler get out?
In Catch Me If You Can, Leonardo DiCaprio plays an American con man who writes and cashes bad checks, impersonates others, and makes a ton of dough in the process. He is relentlessly pursued by a detective (Tom Hanks) who follows him to France, always a step behind his prey. Will he catch him? Christopher Walken plays DiCaprio’s father and turns in a performance that earned him an Oscar nomination.
- The Cooler (USA) 2003, Lionsgate
- List price: $9.98
- Catch Me If You Can (USA) 2002, Dreamworks
- List price: $9.98