2021 Movie Draft: Half Nelson (2006)

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: 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: Possum – 2018

Origin/Director: United Kingdom/Matthew Holness Viewings Tally: This is my first viewing! I wanted to review a relatively new horror movie, and, once again, my Letterboxd cohorts made the recommendation. Synopsis: A disgraced children’s puppeteer returns to his childhood home and is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured him his… Continue Reading →

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 →

Flashback: The Dark Knight (2008)

No CGI-infested, Jack Nicholson-spectacled, comic book-possessed entry of the Batman filmography can ever top the mastery behind Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008).   When it was first released, this masterpiece with wings had three audiences: One for the sequel of Nolan’s Batman Begins (2005), one for another interpretation of what was the sixth Batman-related… Continue Reading →

Flashback: Inglourious Basterds (2009)

With a misspelled title, extremely revisionist writing on World War II, and a wallop of violence and twisted humor, Inglourious Basterds (2009) may be the most divisive of the Quentin Tarantino canon. The title pays homage to an overlooked 1978 Italian exploitation war flick (with the correct spelling of Inglorious and Bastards) and refers to… Continue Reading →

Flashback: Persepolis (2007)

Rather than constantly panning mainstream banalities, good film critics need to find hidden treasures unheard of by most of the public. So, when I unearth a black-and-white animated movie about a young woman coming of age in Iran during the Islamic revolution, I hope you keep reading!          I, myself, had never neither heard of nor… Continue Reading →

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