Roy Smith

Roy Smith

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Movie omnivore, librarian, IT instructor, Clevelander. 
Favorites listed below are recent five-star watches.

Favorite films

  • The Sixth Sense
  • The Hurt Locker
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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  • The Sixth Sense

    ★★★★★

  • Tenacious D: Time Fixers

    ★★★½

  • The Blind Side

    ★★★★½

  • Scream 3

    ★★★

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  • The Blind Side

    The Blind Side

    ★★★★½

    When this came out in 2009, I wrote "Far more moving than I thought it would be. A really enjoyable and satisfying film. Especially notable for the fact that white, Southern, financially successful, Republican, Christian, NRA members are portrayed positively. Hollywood usually treats people with even one or two of these traits like A-holes, morons, or both." I was again deeply moved on this viewing, even though many people say that to do so is wrong. The whole "white savior"…

  • Scream 2

    Scream 2

    ★★★½

    I really appreciated the Cleveland International Film Festival posters on the walls of the film class and elsewhere in the building. They fit well amongst all the other knowing nods to film. There are (inaccurate) Ohio plates on cars, but the college stuff was filmed in Georgia and the rest in California.

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  • Cupid for Christmas

    Cupid for Christmas

    ★★½

    Clearly filmed in autumn. Either film in the appropriate season, or set these things in a place without seasons.

  • The Boat That Rocked

    The Boat That Rocked

    Great music. I don't know if the sexuality was supposed to be farce or nostalgia but I found it sad. Some of the best and worst aspects of Boomers on display. It sure has a great cast though.

    Watched and reviewed 2009

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  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    I’m almost certain to wish Scorsese did this instead of Spielberg. Can you imagine?

  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    ★★★★★

    I never thought I could walk into my local theater and choose from E. T., Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the original Fast and the Furious, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and The Fellowship of the Ring all at the same time. Then some guy in China eats an undercooked bat* and now here we are. I can't say I'm suffering. I love watching this stuff.  I've never seen the original Wonka in a theater, or even in High Def. I did…