Favorite Summer Movies

There used to be a time when I craved the summer movie. The fun, the sun, the pure escapism. I hate to say it, but I’ve grown increasingly underwhelmed by the recent summer movie crop. I’m wondering if this is a consequence of a superhero landscape that turns months like February, March, even November into prime blockbuster slates, or if this is indicative of a booming streaming culture where most of us are apt to skip the theater altogether. It might even be a case of  poorly chosen IPs recycled to cash-in on existing fanbases.

To renew my faith, I’d like to reflect on a cherished theater-going staple by cobbling together a list of my absolute favorite summer movies, ones I had the privilege of seeing while the going was spectacular. Whether summer movie season is at an end or suffering through a morally bankrupt slump, I’d like to key in on the films that made the whole craze worthwhile. Continue reading

Parks and Recreation: Top Ten Moments

Parks and Recreation is ending next week. Though I refuse to admit that it’s all coming to a close, I’d still like to take this time to reflect on my personal favorite moments. This is more of a quiet protest on my part to prove that no other comedy series out there deserves your love and attention. So, to further entice you, I am going to share my ten most treasured memories of this comedic gem of a show. Whether you’re a fan or not, my hope is that this list will get you to revisit these episodes or finally check out the show for yourself, and maybe tune in for the finale next Tuesday or whatever. Shall we begin? Continue reading

Best Films of 2014

Another year of movies is underway, but don’t forget about last year just yet. 2014 had a lot of cinematic gems, from small indie films with tremendous heart and soul, to mainstream blockbusters that challenged audiences intellectually. What I’ve compiled here is my top ten favorite films of 2014. Keep in mind, this was not an easy list to create. I went back and forth on a lot of these, and lamented those that I had to leave by the wayside. Nevertheless, these are all films that define the unique variety that 2014 had to offer, and I believe they are still worth seeing if you haven’t already.
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Best Films of 2013

What do we mean when we say “best film”? Films that have garnered unanimous praise? Films that launch an endless buzz of awards consideration? Yes, the best films usually do get people talking. But to me, the best films of the year are quite simply the ones that stay with me long after I’ve left the theater. The ones that pull me in and won’t let go, the ones with the power to move me even as I sit comfortably in my seat. What I’ve compiled here is a list of movies that have struck me emotionally as a viewer and left the storyteller in me completely floored. These movies have either devastated me or inspired me, sometimes both. These aren’t the kinds of films that are forgettable, but rather linger in your heart whether you want them to or not. Lucky for you, I’m here to tell you all about them and why you should see them if you haven’t already. Continue reading