Holmes and Watson.
2. Questioning every life decision that led me to attend a screening of Aquaman.
3. Going to see Mary, Queen of Scots in January and by June, not remembering anything about the film… or the act of seeing it at all.
4. Watching a former student show up in a supporting role in Glass.
5. Proclaiming Serenity the worst movie of the last five years, then waiting for the inevitable backlash and for people to actually champion the film.
6. Feeling so happy that Vincent D’Onofrio’s directorial debut, The Kid, made it out to the suburbs. And it’s a western!
7. Feeling so happy that Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase received a theatrical release. This is the kind of film young people should be seeing.
8. Finally getting to see Edison’s Frankenstein and Phantom of the Paradise in an honest-to-goodness movie theater, courtesy of the Davis Theater’s Sci-Fi Spectacular!
10. Misinterpreting the ending of Pet Semetary, then having my wife explain it to me.
11. Seeing Bridge on the River Kwai at the New Beverly Cinema with my son.
12. The shot during the final battle of Avengers: Endgame where, both in the sky and on the land, there are superheroes as far as the eye can see.
13. Finally getting to see the Judy Garland A Star is Born in an honest-to-goodness movie theater, courtesy of Marcus Theaters’ Classic Matinees.
14. John Wick and a bad guy fight with knives—John Wick 3: Parabellum.
15. Giving me hope for the future of movie comedy-- Long Shot and Booksmart.
live 500th podcast recording, following a screening of Back To The Future in an honest-to-goodness movie theater.
17. Befitting its zombie theme, after seeing The Dead Don’t Die, I was a little less alive.
18. Shakespeare plants a garden, All Is True.
19. Young Elton John jumps out the window while singing “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”—Rocket Man.
20. The community celebrates the elderly—Midsommar.
22. Witnessing the enormous new screen at the Pickwick Theater in Park Ridge, Illinois with a screening of, appropriately enough, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster.
23. Feeling guilty because I thought the utter mean-spiritedness of Stuber was actually kind of funny.
24. Jack Malick visits John Lennon—Yesterday.
25. Enjoying the hell out of Crawl, which was what every low budget horror film should aspire to be.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood seven times: (here’s where I channel “Marvin Schwarzzz” lovingly telling Leonardo DiCaprio the various gauges in which he saw his films): twice in IMAX, once on 70mm, three times digitally, and once on 4K Blu-ray disc. This is a fun film to just hang out in.
27. Wondering why Ready or Not didn’t clean up at the box office and thinking maybe it should have been released closer to Halloween.
28. Noticing at a reparatory screening of the latest restoration of The Wizard of Oz that the string making the Cowardly Lion’s tail wag, which was very noticeable during 35mm screenings in the seventies and eighties, had been digitally erased!
29. Nai Nai tearfully waves goodbye to the taxi—The Farewell.
30. Seeing Woodstock in an honest-to-goodness theater on the 50th anniversary of the original concert.
31. Seeing Blinded By The Light and thinking I liked it better the first time I saw it… when it was called Bend It Like Beckham.
32. Finding that Zombieland: Double Tap went down like a bad cheeseburger.
33. Sam Craft tries to take up a collection to pay for her tip—Satanic Panic.
35. Revisiting the Overlook Hotel—Doctor Sleep.
36. Attending a screening of April Wright’s terrific documentary Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace, which was partially filmed at the Music Box Theater, at the Music Box Theater. Very meta…
37. Finding out what’s in the basement—Parasite.
38. Pesci and De Niro share bread and wine—The Irishman.
39. The Ford Motor Company manages to screw Shelby and Miles one last time—Ford v Ferrari.
40. The heirs’ reaction to the reading of the will—Knives Out.
41. Frederick plays the piano—Little Women.
43. Counting myself lucky to have enjoyed so many classics on the big screen this year: Casablanca, Alien, Gone With The Wind, Village of the Damned, The Omega Man, Time After Time, Mars Attacks, Life of Brian, Batman Returns, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Superman, Godzilla’s Revenge, Back to the Future, A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Apocalypse Now, Kiss Me Deadly, Pulp Fiction, House on Haunted Hill, and Night of the Living Dead.
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