Movies I Recommend

Here are the most recent flicks I’ve seen that are worth checking out…

  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)–Yes, I liked it. This film blows apart the Star Wars mythology in ways that were badly needed. A bit slow in parts, but worth the ride to see how the future of the franchise is given “New Hope” by what Rian Johnson does in this film.
  • Loving Vincent (2017)–Not the best written or acted film I’ve seen, but worth the price of admission to see the lovely, painstaking work done to recreate the style of Vincent Van Gogh’s artwork. Each of the 65,000 frames was hand-painted by artists echoing Van Gogh’s painting methods, making this the first-ever fully-painted animated feature film. Stunningly beautiful.
  • Baby Driver (2017)–I know it came out months ago, but we just re-watched this on Blu-Ray and as a fan of unique visual styles this film hit a grand slam for me. Edgar Wright’s use of music is unbelievably captivating, making this a musical in a way that differs from La La Land –the characters in this film don’t actually sing and dance in the typical reality-busting way musical characters do, but music does play a vital role in the plot and the choreography of various scenes (including the best car chase I’ve seen since the days of Steve McQueen, and the most fun opening credits sequence EVER). NOTE: Baby Driver is rated “R” for good reason. If you ever want to check out why a particular film received its particular rating, check out the “Parents Guide” on the film’s IMDB page, or look it up on

And in no particular order, here are some of my favorite flicks that you may not have seen…

  • A Man Called Peter (1955)–A moving spiritual biography.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)–Classic movie from a classic novel.  May be my favorite film ever.
  • North by Northwest (1959)–Hitchcock’s awesome spy thriller.  The Bond films modeled themselves on this one.
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994)–Difficult, disturbing, undeniably moving prison drama.
  • The Aviator (2004)–Howard Hughes biopic.  Stirring, sweeping, and an amazing performance by DiCaprio.
  • Catch Me if You Can (2002)–Another biopic, more DiCaprio.  Fun, stylish, and Tom Hanks to boot!
  • Unbreakable (2000)–A superhero origin story with real-world grittiness.  Slow, but worth it.
  • The Third Man (1949)–Noir drama set at the start of the Cold War, extremely stylish and gripping.
  • Singin’ in the Rain (1952)–Only the greatest movie musical EVER.
  • The 39 Steps (1935)–Spy thriller with Hitchcock at the peak of his early years.
  • American Graffiti (1973)–Sorry, geeks.  Star Wars may be Lucas’ biggest hit, but this is his best film.
  • A Few Good Men (1992)–Courtroom drama+Aaron Sorkin dialogue=win.
  • Waking Ned Devine (1998)–Quirky, Irish, and fun.
  • Seabiscuit (2003)–A sports movie with three inspiring stories of redemption: a trainer, a jockey, and a horse.
  • Galaxy Quest (1999)–Hilarious spoof of all things Trek.
  • Downfall (2004)–Extremely violent and disturbing, but this story of Hitler’s last days grabs you and won’t let go.

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