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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 ...

Crazy? Or Sixth Sense?

I saw Call Me Crazy (USA, 2013) at a screening NAMI San Diego had to highlight mental health in the media. It’s fantastic because it highlighted the relationships affected when someone is living with a ...

Choices from Down Under

One film I am grateful for is Rabbit-Proof Fence (Austrailia, 2002). It gut-punched me when I first saw it back in 2002. As a white kid from Appalachia, I’ve never known what it’s like to ...

David Tennant at his recent best

Broadchurch Broadchurch, a British murder mystery, stars David Tennant as a brooding investigator and an exceptional ensemble cast. Though the crime-serial genre is familiar, the storytelling here shines in its intricacies and nuances. Everyone’s guilty ...

Jingoistic male stereotypes

Mission: Impossible: The Original TV Series I grew up watching this series when I was a lad and enjoyed the smooth, concise manner in which Dan or Jim went about their business of protecting the ...

A silent classic and a binge-worthy space show

Pandora’s Box G.W. Pabst’s Pandora’s Box silent classic is near perfect (Germany, 1929, Criterion). It’s about the rise and fall of Lulu, the dancer/streetwalker who captivates all men in her path with her uncommon beauty ...

Five minutes in, eyes are glued

Jim Carrey took the “I’m funny but take me serious” route to a whole different level with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. One of the only movies I crave watching over and over. Simply ...

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