The holidays have come and gone, the turkeys and hams consumed, the trees tossed on curbs and lights packed up as the countdown to a new year passes in the blink of an eye.
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Please don’t tell anyone about this nonsense, but I’m groaning on the couch on Saturday morning, recovering from two full days of Thanksgiving meals, when my wife opens Netflix and starts Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life.
I’m thinking, ok, I’ll watch a bit of the first episode. I’ve seen a combined 17 minutes of this show in my lifetime, and it didn’t suck. Maybe I can watch Bloodline later, or Narcos. 24 hours pass (Jack Bauer would be proud) and we’re finishing the 4-part Gilmore Girls binge, and I’m thinking it’s really, really freaking good.
But now, I realize, I’m a man hooked by Gilmore Girls. This is a problem.
Thank you for being in my life this year. Thank you for your ability to challenge me, for making me feel more deeply, and for entertaining me when I need it most.
This list of films, new and old, are the best of what I saw of you this year, and for each I offer my reason of gratitude.
You witness ‘Arrival’ both unaware of what you're experiencing yet fully in tune with an emotional development hurtling towards its climax. Afterward, the meaning behind it washes over you in waves. Arrival, for all that it seeks to be and ultimately becomes, is simply brilliant. … [READ MORE]
For an unforgiving violent war epic, it sure has a lot to say about peace and forgiveness. The disconnect is horrifically poetic, provoking the mind as it assaults the eyes with raging fire, shredded limbs, and inexplicable madness. Hacksaw Ridge, in the most morbid sense, is absolutely beautiful. … [READ MORE]
Ever feel like you're wandering aimlessly through life, unaware of the thoughts, fears, and beliefs holding you back? Shaun did. In ‘Shaun of the Dead,’ the title character is a loser, a nobody with a dead-end job incapable of keeping a promise to his girlfriend. He’s living the life of a teenager, … [READ MORE]
It’s a serious film delivering gritty delight to the eye. Your inner child will be thrilled, your adult self in tears. Just the way it should be, right? In a fall ripe with “Based On True Events” docudrama, 'Deepwater Horizon' bursts its way to the top of the of the mess. Dramatic, gripping, … [READ MORE]
You’re better off spending the price of admission on a train ticket and a dirty martini. The Girl On The Train struggles at the pace of a commuter ride, killing it's own momentum every few minutes as it goes station to station, never reaching full speed. Emily Blunt executes her lead role … [READ MORE]
Will Smith takes his best shot at Oscar bait, but the lazy, melodramatic script is alienating to its audience and its subject matter. When Dr. Omalu (Smith) receives his first phone threat in the middle of the night, you’re immediately aware that “Concussion” plays out with surface level … [READ MORE]
After wilting in the unrelenting heat of mindless summer superhero movies, Hell or High Water is the ice-cold trough you pour over your head to save you from death. It does the job with water to spare. Simmering with dramatic depth underneath its cops and robbers template, the forward force of the … [READ MORE]
Jason Bourne steps out of the shadows and back into a familiar, yet repetitive fray. But damn if it doesn’t feel good. Nine years since we assumed the story closed forever, Matt Damon (Jason Bourne) and Director Paul Greengrass team up once again to reignite the franchise and lay promising … [READ MORE]
A heavy-handed paperweight holding down the franchise until its next installment, Star Trek Beyond is a small story at heart, even if the heart is beating fast and pumping blood in scattered directions. It’s obvious from the opening sequence Star Trek Beyond is a diverting effort that will satiate … [READ MORE]