Fred Topel

The 10 Worst Movies of 2018

It must have been a pretty good year if I only have 10 picks for the Worst Movies of 2018 list, and even those were a stretch. Admittedly, I’m spared a lot of January movies while I’m busy covering Su...

The 15 Best Movies of 2018

The holidays are upon us and I’ve seen pretty much all the new movies I’m going to see this year, so it’s time to pick the Best Movies of 2018. In past years I was picking top 17, 16, etc. movie...

Between Worlds Movie Review: Dumbstruck

I’m always up for a new Nicolas Cage movie, and I still watch his straight to video movies. At least, when I find out about them. He’s had a few slip by me, but when Between Worlds fell into my lap, I...

Bird Box

Bird Box Movie Review: A Not Looking Place

Well, my favorite genre of film is the post-apocalyptic movie where the survivors have to find supplies and adapt to the new normal. My favorite is Will Smith in I Am Legend with the run of New York, ...

Seven Pounds

Seven Pounds Reminds Us To Have High Standards For Redemption

I already loved Seven Pounds when it came out 10 years ago. I was one year out of my divorce and reading a lot of spirituality to figure out how to make my new life my best life. Dale Carnegie’s How t...

Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual HIstory

Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History Review: Behind the Scenes WITH A VENGEANCE

I’ve been impressed how these anniversary coffee table books have provided new information about some of the movies I’ve studied most in my life. There are no movies I know more about than Back to the...

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’s 25th Anniversary: This Grape Ages Like Fine Wine

The movie adaptation of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape opened 25 years ago today, although I didn’t see it 25 years ago. Gilbert Grape wouldn’t come to Annapolis until March of 1994. It wasn’t even my ch...

Rain Man 30th Anniversary: Definitely Still Great

30 years ago, Rain Man opened and began its path to becoming the number one movie of 1988 (although it’s gross would make most of that money in 1989, playing through June), four Oscars and a place in ...

Backtrace Movie Review: Stallonely In My Memory

If you think the new straight to video Stallone movie is just a generic crime movie that cast big names to put them on the cover, you’d be right. I watch these just in case they actually do something ...

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