2021 Movie Draft: Ratatouille

2021 Movie Draft: Round 7, Pick 8 Featured on SLICEOFLIFE.COM Genre: Animation Starring: The voices of Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Janeane Garofalo There’s something about mice, rats, and other rodents that either touches your heart or crawls up your skin. Movies seem to idolize these little creatures. From Fievel of An American Tail (1986) to... Continue Reading →

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2021 Movie Draft: Pan’s Labyrinth

2021 Movie Draft: Round 5, Pick 10 Featured on SLICEOFLIFE.COM Genre: Fantasy Let Your Eyes Do the Talking How extraordinary it is to see a film with such imaginative power that it can recapture images seen only in our dreams (or our nightmares). Pan’s Labyrinth is such a film, and its visionary experience puts you... Continue Reading →

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Reely Bernie’s Top Ten of 2020

Ugh, what a year. I'm finally compiling the movies I enjoyed from 2020, and I find myself laughing at the horror of it all. It wasn't a bad year in film, but it wasn't all that great either. The year in general ended with a silver lining, as my wife and I welcomed a healthy... Continue Reading →

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2021 Movie Draft: Hot Fuzz

2021 Movie Draft: Round 4, Pick 1 Featured on SLICEOFLIFE.COM Genre: Comedy Hot Fuzz is a balderdash buddy cop flick with the machinegun fire of both action and British wit. The only comparison to the film’s slapstick originality would be Airplane! (1980) and the previous debauchery of the comedic Pegg and Frost duo, Shaun of... Continue Reading →

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2021 Movie Draft: The Greatest Showman

2021 Movie Draft: Round 3, Pick 4 Featured on SLICETHELIFE.COM Genre: Musical The Greatest Showman on Repeat By Bernie Sauer Even though I adore a classic like The Wizard of Oz (1939) or The Sound of Music (1965), commend Les Miserables (2012) for its groundbreaking technical achievements, and praise postmodern movie musical revivals like The... Continue Reading →

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2021 Movie Draft: Half Nelson

2021 Movie Draft: Round 1, Pick 4 Featured on SLICETHELIFE.COM Genre: Drama Half Nelson: An Overlooked Indie Gem By Bernie Sauer Mr. Dunne is the middle school teacher every student wants: He’s sharp, funny, sports a cool, unshaved mug, and coaches basketball on the side. By day, he brings out the best in his students... Continue Reading →

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Reely Bernie Horror Fest Officially Begins!

It all starts with this leaf. For me, this fallen amber-hued leaf represents the promise of the upcoming autumn season, which is undoubtedly my favorite season of the year. Radiant colors begin appearing on trees and end up on the ground to a crackling sound that brings you back to younger days. This is the... Continue Reading →

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Tenet: Why So Serious?

A friend of mine suggested an interesting notion for Christopher Nolan to consider: What about just writing the screenplay and leaving the artistic decisions to a different director? Would the never-ending 150 minutes go by faster? Would the main characters possess a heart and earn viewer empathy? Finally, would Nolan’s astounding time warp perplexities include... Continue Reading →

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Beastie Boys Story a Nostalgic Trip

It’s the summer of ‘94 in my best friend’s basement, and we’re watching MTV music videos at full blast. Soon, we see three skinny, pale guys dressed in ‘70s era undercover cop garbs with fake mustaches running wild through alleyways. Their hideous striped ties and shaggy wigs fly in their faces. The music behind the... Continue Reading →

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Magnolia: How do you make God laugh?

As much as I want to discuss the ending to Magnolia, I am also ecstatic for the human being who has yet to see this remarkable film (and that extraordinary ending). I promise I am not giving anything away when I say that the ending has a lot to do with what is happening to... Continue Reading →

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Reely Bernie's Top Ten Movies of 2010-2019

Top Ten lists are the most personal, subjective, and ludicrous arrangements in the universe. If there’s one essential purpose to their existence, it’s that they instigate conversation, harmless controversy, and passionate opinion sharing. Ambiguous weight is placed on terms like “Top,” “Greatest,” or “Most Influential.” Overall, I think these lists we make are simply our... Continue Reading →

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The Last Blockbuster

For me, it was the smell. An amalgamation of Milk Duds, buttery popcorn, and hard-shell plastic would rush through my nose the moment I opened the glass door. It was the smell of nostalgia long before I was old enough to be nostalgic. It reminded me that movies were comfort, and comfort was home. In... Continue Reading →

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Underrated Christmas Movies for All!

A Christmas movie may include anything from Jesus Christ’s birth to the gruesome pressures of trying to please family members around the dinner table. It can involve the magic of time travel and flying reindeer, or the lack of magic when life is lonely. Either way, the Christmas movie absolutely has to involve these two... Continue Reading →

Reely Bernie Horror Fest: The Babadook – 2014

An insecure single mother and her erratic son read a random bedtime story for children and quickly find out the book has invited a third presence in their dark, lonely home. Claustrophobic, remorseless, and brutal even to the innocent, Australian Director Jennifer Kent's expressionistic creation doesn’t let up. All places of comfort – a mother’s... Continue Reading →

Reely Bernie Horror Fest: Halloween – 1978

Before Jason Voorhees of the Friday the 13th series and Freddy Krueger of the Nightmare on Elm Street entries, Halloween’s Michael Myers epitomized the American slasher film and haunted the autumn leaf-covered suburbs with that silly but terrifying Captain Kirk mask. “Slasher” might be an impertinent descriptor, however. Yes, there is a lot of slashing... Continue Reading →

Reely Bernie Horror Fest: The Innkeepers – 2011

Origin/Director: USA/Ti West Viewings Tally: This is my second viewing! I loved it when it first came out nine years ago! Synopsis: “Some guests never checked out.” During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel’s haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in... Continue Reading →

Reely Bernie Horror Fest: Lake Mungo – 2008

Origin/Director: Australia/Joel Anderson Viewings Tally: This was my second viewing! It had been five years since, and I wanted this to fulfill my found footage subgenre in my horror lineup. Synopsis: After 16-year-old Alice Palmer drowns in a local dam, her family experiences a series of strange, inexplicable events centered in and around their home.... Continue Reading →

Reely Bernie Horror Fest: Relic – 2020

Origin/Director: Australia, USA/Natalie Erika James Viewings Tally: This is my first viewing! I figured I should add a recent horror release to my list, and this one received above average reviews last summer. Synopsis: When Edna – the elderly and widowed matriarch of the family – goes missing, her daughter and granddaughter travel to their... Continue Reading →

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