My Favorites

It’s Friday. (More than) half the country is in a funk. Thanksgiving is next week. Work is crazy. So, instead of obsessing over politics or reading another essay about how to hack your way to greatness, I thought I’d just go light today and run down a list of my favorites.

In Appreciation of: “Once Upon a Time in America” – The Best De Niro Gangster Film You’ve (Probably) Never Seen

“This was a murdered movie.“ So begins Roger Ebert’s home video review of Once Upon a Time in America, the final film from legendary director Sergio Leone.

21 Acclaimed Films I (Still) Have Yet to See

Note: I originally published this in early 2016 and in the 18 months since, I still have not seen any of the films on this list, including the two most recent Best Picture winners. The list continues to grow… When my wife and I first started dating, I lived in Philly and she lived justContinue reading “21 Acclaimed Films I (Still) Have Yet to See”

My 10 Favorite Podcast Episodes of 2015

We are living in the age of the podcast. Old media individuals (including the incomparable Howard Stern) may call them “losers” and scoff at audience size or ad revenue, but podcasts are both the present and the future. One look at the phenomenon of Serial proves that.

Quentin Tarantino’s Amateur Film

Quentin Tarantino is a genius. We can argue the details, but as a filmmaker, he is almost unmatched. Pulp Fiction alone changed cinema forever. He can work in any style and deliver a fantastic film. Nearly every film is not only good or even great, but spectacular. Even his weakest effort (and the fact that noContinue reading “Quentin Tarantino’s Amateur Film”

Movie What Ifs

It is often said that so many things need to go right on a movie set that it’s amazing that any films survive long enough to make it to the theater. Also, many scripts and plans take years to develop with various directors and actors becoming attached to productions before dropping out of them andContinue reading “Movie What Ifs”

Quentin Tarantino’s Original Wish List for the Cast of “Pulp Fiction”

Pulp Fiction is one of those films where it’s hard to imagine anyone portraying the characters other than the actors that were ultimately in the film. However, this list of Tarantino’s dream actors for the cast is great. For me, the most interesting case is Lance, the drug dealer in a robe, who was ultimatelyContinue reading “Quentin Tarantino’s Original Wish List for the Cast of “Pulp Fiction””