Movies@Home

Movies@Home

Laugh, cry, hate yourself

I’m a sucker for character studies of unlikeable people, and Listen Up Philip (USA, 2014, Tribeca Films) pulls no punches. Jason Schwartzman is repellant and yet strangely relatable as a pompous author who alienates everyone ...

Funniest blooper reel ever

On a cold, wet night (on the rare occasion we get one in San Diego), my first suggestion is John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness (USA, 1994, New Line Cinema). I recommend the Blu-ray ...

Stuck in the ’70s

Warren Oates, the great character actor of many Sam Peckinpah films, got to be a star in Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (USA, 1974, United Artists). It was made after the commercial failure ...

I ain't 'fraid of no ghost

Just because Halloween’s over certainly doesn’t mean horror films are just put away and never to be seen again. That’s why my first pick is Nightbreed (USA, 1990).Scream Factory has just released a Blu-ray of ...

Alternate universes

Life on our planet is beautiful, and Planet Earth captures it in all its glory. Stunning cinematography keeps me daydreaming about the lengths these videographers had to go to for shots. A forest blooms and ...

The cartoon! NOT the James Cameron film

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the movie! It’s a really great movie adaptation of the famous Douglas Adams book. It does a great job of keeping true to the type of humor you find in ...

Tropical Elvis, tropical Wayne

Donovan’s Reef: This movie is about an idyllic beach-bum lifestyle. Lee Marvin and John Wayne hang out drinking and fighting in Wayne’s (Donovan’s) nautical bar on a beach in the Hawaiian Islands. The movie is ...

Fave shows

I’ve never watched a series before that has held me captive for five seasons such as Breaking Bad. I mean, this show has everything. Unreal cast with writing that is pure genius. If one Googles ...

Polynesian picks

The DVD of Tiki, Vol. One: The Rise and Fall of Backyard Polynesia is an entertaining documentary about the origins of Tiki from primitive culture to the atomic age, narrated by Tiki Oasis’ MC King ...

Home Movies: The Big Heat

Though I review movies for a living, I try not to recommend movies to other people too often, even movies I like. Maybe especially movies I like. Because when someone urges something on me — ...

Worlds of color and whimsy and erased memories

I was intrigued by the title Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (USA, 2004), although Jim Carrey isn’t one of my favorite actors. I’m currently still in love with this film, which is part sci-fi ...

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