The Green Knight’s Quasi Triumph

There's nothing like watching a new movie in which you have no expectations or context. Regarding The Green Knight, I may have been in a more undemanding position than my friend who already went in with a vast foreknowledge of this 14-century, Arthurian chivalric poem, entitled Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (author unknown). Where... Continue Reading →

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Flashback: The Visitor (2007)

The best dullest film I have seen is 1981’s My Dinner with Andre, which literally involves a dinner conversation between two people (in 1996, Christopher Guest mocked the film by creating plastic action figures to act out the scenes in his Waiting for Guffman). Although My Dinner with Andre is just a conversation at a... Continue Reading →

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Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain

The celebrity chef culture is like a world in and of itself. It involves impeccable technique, a palette, and, of course, a ferocious ego. Some chefs earn Michelin stars and hide behind the kitchens of their exorbitant restaurants. Others take to televised competition entertainment. Anthony Bourdain? Well, he covered it all from journalism, tourism, and... Continue Reading →

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Three Movies to Start the Summer (in the theatre)

It is so good to be back in the movie theatre again. The vulnerability, air conditioning, and the screen of hopeful unpredictability are all part of the magical moviegoing experience that you simply cannot recreate at home with the pause button and ability to leave the action whenever you please (air conditioning optional). Today, I... 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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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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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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Flashback: Fargo (1996)

There’s a twisted part of me that considers Fargo (1996) to be a comedy. I don’t think the Coen Brothers would contest this. In fact, I think they were going for comedy all along. A coworker and friend of mine introduced me to the movie experience collection app, Letterboxd. If you are an avid movie... Continue Reading →

2021 Movie Draft: The Matador

2021 Movie Draft: Round 12, Pick Featured on SLICEOFLIFE.COM Genre: Crime/Film Noir *Note: I want to take this opportunity to thank “hanspostcard” of SLICETHELIFE.COM for inviting me on this 2021 Movie Draft journey of rediscovering and sharing personal movie favorites in different genres. The community created by this website has been more than congenial and... Continue Reading →

2021 Movie Draft: Poetry (2010)

2021 Movie Draft: Round 11, Pick 6 Featured on SLICEOFLIFE.COM A Gleam of Light in a Very Dark Place It is far easier to appreciate this treasure of a movie than to recommend it. Poetry (2010) is two and a half hours long, you probably haven’t heard of any of the actors or actresses, and... Continue Reading →

2021 Movie Draft: Ratatouille (2007)

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 →

2021 Movie Draft: Word Wars and Wordplay

Round 10, Pick 2 Featured on: SLICETHELIFE.COM Genre: Documentary The Word on These Documentaries Let me start by saying I’m terrible at crossword puzzles, and I’m a bad sport when it comes to Scrabble. I’d like to say my talent is in reviewing intriguing movies for people to enjoy, even if they’re simply about spelling... Continue Reading →

2021 Movie Draft: Frost/Nixon

2021 Movie Draft: Round 9, Pick 3 Featured on SLICEOFLIFE.COM Genre: Historical/Biographical Forget Rocky vs. Creed, Luke vs. Vader, or Batman vs. Joker. These cinematic duels rely more on testosterone than wit, and, sometimes, wit throws the stronger punch. Take the notorious interview between President Nixon and David Frost, for instance. There are no boxing... Continue Reading →

2021 Movie Draft: Sahara

2021 Movie Draft: Round 8, Pick 4 Featured on SLICEOFLIFE.COM Genre: Action/Adventure Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn, Penelope Cruz Implausible Fun in the Desert Sometimes with action/adventure movies, you have to turn off the brain, firmly place the tongue in the cheek, and enjoy the ride. Unless you’re expecting the next groundbreaker since Raiders of... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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