Three Movies to Start the Summer (in the theatre!)

It is so good to be back in the movie theatre again. The viewership 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,... Continue Reading →

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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 →

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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 →

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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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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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How I Rate the Movies

Rating movies couldn't be any more subjective, personal, and inconsistent. One thing is for sure: A "great" movie doesn't necessarily mean it is a "favorite" movie. I mean, my favorite bad movie is Weekend at Bernie's (for obvious reasons), but I won't be seeing the great Gone with the Wind again because it will take... Continue Reading →

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A Cult Theme Gone Sour in Midsommar

Like milk, everything has an expiration date. I’m not sure which one started the rotting process – The Endless, Hereditary, Wild Wild Country, Us, Apostle – but, the cult-themed movie is starting to smell. Even Tarantino has Charles Manson ready to open on July 26, but I think he might be a subplot and can... Continue Reading →

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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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