Cult Classics: Big Trouble in Little China

“You know what ol’ Jack Burton always says at a time like this?” “Who?” “Jack Burton. Me!” Jack Burton and his truck, The Pork Chop Express, barrel into San Francisco’s Chinatown with a delivery while he gives a monologue over the CB airwaves that summarizes his character and general attitude: “When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac…

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Perfect Movies: Amadeus

What makes a genius? Divine inspiration? Hard work? A discipline forged in fire and molded by repetitive strikes from the hammer in the soul? Or just the foolish manic artistry that comes from torrents of flowing ability? The answer is yes. All of these disparate elements create what we consider “genius” into this world: the…

Cult Classics: Waking Life

“Dream is destiny,” says a little girl playing with a paper fortune teller with a little boy in the opening scene to Waking Life. In the next scene, the little boy steps outside at night and observes a comet. His feet lift off the ground and he tries to hold onto the handle of a…

New-to-Streaming Films to Watch in June 2017

This new recurring feature of the site (labeled under “Streaming Picks”) is going to be an ongoing  feature on Me Like Movies where I look over what’s new on streaming sites (the “Big Three” at least–Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime) and then pick my top recommendations for what to watch. This is not going to…

Perfect Movies: The Blues Brothers

“We’re on a mission from God.” And it’s not just a boast or else some tough-sounding phrase when spoken with a thick Chicago accent: Jake and Elwood Blues are literally chosen by God to save the orphanage they grew up in. Not that either of them are religious or even particularly good people: Jake just…

Great TV: Parks & Recreation

There may be no more likable or positive show that has aired on television so far in the 21st century than Parks & Recreation. Although created by the same producers that adapted The Office for American television, in both spirit and characterization it’s the polar opposite of that other (far more popular) show, which was…

Totally 80’s: Cartoons!

I spent the first half of my childhood in the 1980s, from 0 to 8, living a Totally 80’s lifestyle in the best way possible: with tons of toys and tons of television. Not that my parents plopped me in front of the TV and forgot about me but they saw that I liked it and…