My Favorite Movies #63 – Rocky IV

Rocky IV 1985 Directed by Sylvester Stallone Netflix says... Rocky must come out of retirement to battle a gargantuan Soviet fighter named Drago, who brutally punished Rocky's friend and ex-rival, Apollo Creed. Seeking revenge in the name of his fallen comrade and his country, Rocky fights Drago in Moscow. Okay, for those of you not familiar … Continue reading My Favorite Movies #63 – Rocky IV

AFI #1 – Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane 1941 Directed by Orson Welles Netflix says... Still considered one of the greatest films ever made, Orson Welles's complex and technically stunning film chronicles newspaper baron Charles Foster Kane's rise from poverty to become one of America's most influential men. Well, here we are. We made it to number one on the American … Continue reading AFI #1 – Citizen Kane

AFI #4 – Raging Bull

Raging Bull 1980 Directed by Martin Scorsese Netflix says... Robert De Niro won an Oscar for his portrayal of self-destructive boxer Jake LaMotta in Martin Scorsese's widely acclaimed biopic, which paints a raw portrait of a tormented soul unable to control his violent outbursts. You know, as much as I like a decent boxing movie, … Continue reading AFI #4 – Raging Bull

Miss Hannigan

Note: This post is written under the assumption that you, the reader, will have a working knowledge of the 1982 film version of Annie. If you've never seen it or are entirely unfamiliar with how that little story goes, turn back now. Go watch it. Then come back. You'll thank me later. Y'all... Why does … Continue reading Miss Hannigan

AFI #16 – Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard 1950 Directed by Billy Wilder Netflix says... Running from debt collectors, screenwriter Joe Gillis stumbles upon the crumbling mansion of former silent-film star Norma Desmond. As he begins penning a comeback screenplay for her, their professional relationship evolves into something more. Oh, good. More noir... I'm still not sure I'm a fan of … Continue reading AFI #16 – Sunset Boulevard

AFI #18 – The General

The General 1926 Directed by Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton Netflix says... Rejected by the Confederate Army, Johnnie Gray sets out to single-handedly win the war with his cherished locomotive in this classic silent film. When Northern spies steal his train, the intrepid Johnnie takes on the entire Union army to get it back. Aww … Continue reading AFI #18 – The General

After Seeing Wonder Woman

A week ago, I saw Wonder Woman in IMAX 3D. It was wonderful. Five days ago, on a whim, I decided to see it again. This time, I went to a cheaper matinee with a standard 2D viewing. It was still wonderful. Two days ago, I saw it again with a group of friends. It … Continue reading After Seeing Wonder Woman

AFI #19 – On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront 1954 Directed by Elia Kazan Netflix says... Winner of eight Oscars, director Elia Kazan's classic morality tale stars Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy, a has-been boxer who experiences a crisis of conscience while working for mobbed-up union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb). Terry turns a blind eye when Friendly's thugs kill … Continue reading AFI #19 – On the Waterfront

AFI #20 – It’s a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life 1946 Directed by Frank Capra Netflix says... It's a wonderful film. Frank Capra's inverted take on A Christmas Carol stars Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a good man who's spent a lifetime giving up on his dreams in order to keep life in his small town humming. When a guardian angel … Continue reading AFI #20 – It’s a Wonderful Life

AFI #21 – Chinatown

Chinatown 1974 Directed by Roman Polanski Netflix says... With a suspicious femme fatale bankrolling his snooping, private eye J. J. Gittes uncovers intricate dirty dealings in the Los Angeles waterworks and gets his nose slashed for his trouble in director Roman Polanski's complex neo-noir classic. So... if it's filmed in color, does that make it … Continue reading AFI #21 – Chinatown