Coming-of-Age Drama

mid90s

mid90s

iTunes / Amazon Full disclosure: I was a full-fledged adult in the mid-nineties. I had graduated college, moved to NYC and had a job and an apartment and ev...
Hot Summer Nights

Hot Summer Nights

I mean how do I not watch a coming-of-age crime drama set in 1991? And starring this Timothy (sorry, it's spelled Timothée?!) Chalamet kid I've been hearing so much...
Patti Cake$

Patti Cake$

There's nothing like watching a movie about New Jersey in New Jersey. Well, not about New Jersey, so much as enveloped by New Jersey. Such is the case of Patti ...
The Wackness

The Wackness

Rating:  I had every intention of having this on in the background as I surfed and/or paid bills online. It was yet another film meant for those way yo...
The Squid and the Whale

The Squid and the Whale

Rating:  Writing family dysfunction is a film favorite. When it comes down to it, whose family isn't dysfunctional? We all have a wealth of material ...
Everything Is Illuminated

Everything Is Illuminated

Rating:  Let me just start by saying that I loved this book. That pretty much sinks any chance that I'm going to like the movie, right? Adaptations oft...
Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun

Rating:  I'm completely ignorant about history. I think there was some war in the late 30's and early 40's, and I believe there were a bunch of count...
Almost Famous

Almost Famous

Rating:  Every guy (and most women) dreams at some point of standing on stage rockin' out to thousands of adoring fans. Those of us with little or no m...
Lawn Dogs

Lawn Dogs

Rating:  The creepiest thing about this movie is the fact that it stars the little dead girl from under the bed in The Sixth Sense. Despite the prese...
Hurricane Streets

Hurricane Streets

Rating:  Gritty. Dramatic. And, as usual, somebody has to end up dead. Isn't this basically the plot and outcome of every indie movie ever made? Did ...
American Beauty

American Beauty

Rating:  It's still amazing to me that Kevin Spacey directed Albino Alligator, one of the worst movies ever made. Otherwise, this guy has been making s...
The Cider House Rules

The Cider House Rules

Another in a long line of adapted John Irving novels, this one in particular captures the essence of what I think John Irving is going for in his books. Gone ar...