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Film in Review

By Bill Arceneaux

On November 8th, I will have turned 30 years old. As a film critic and movie obsessive, I relate almost all of life’s moments – the good and the bad – through the cinema. What follows is a list of 30 films that I will be considering during my age transition, along with brief statements on why they were picked. They are in no particular order. In lieu of gifts, feel free to send DIG, either on social media or by email, your own list. I will be happy to examine and engage. Thank you.

30 Flicks… for turning 30

  • Clerks 2 – I watched this three times in the theater. For me, it is Kevin Smith’s best, and cuts deeply, believe it or not.
  • Lost Highway – A VHS wonder. This was how I felt during the middle school/high school change.
  • The Wrestler – Pro Wrestling is my second obsession. This nails the industry perfectly all the while being a dedicated fan.
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – What was Emma Stone smiling at? What did she see?
  • Rushmore – The one ‘90s movie that understood who I was and what I wanted to be.
  • Sideways – Even in mid-life, crisis can come up. Nice.
  • Grandma’s Boy – The silent Harold Lloyd film. Like The Wizard of Oz, he had courage all along.
  • Life is Beautiful – The goofy dad winning a war through goofiness. This is my dad. This will be me.
  • Melancholia – My experience in exposure therapy. Just as scary as a planet destroying a planet.
  • Cloud Atlas – The closest any movie will come to nailing down my “none of your business” spiritual beliefs.
  • Idiocracy – I worry about the future, but even in our stupidity, there is slight optimism.
  • The Squid and the Whale – Confronting centralized fear. Just another day for me as a kid.
  • Birdemic – What I could’ve made in my videography interested middle school years.
  • Waiting… – Stuck in a dead end job doesn’t mean trapped.
  • Eyes Wide Shut – The line between dream and reality never had so many consequences.
  • Rocky – Fight for maturity.
  • Rambo IV – Fight for resolution.
  • Interstellar – I was always a space nerd. What is time? What is out there? How does it relate to now? To here?
  • The Trial – Early on, I always felt guilty of something. Even when nothing had happened.
  • F for Fake – Legacy isn’t important to me. Yet.
  • Jackie Brown – Desperate actions at a desperate age.
  • Super 8 – Hits all the sentimental buttons, which I’m a sucker for. Just let go.
  • Toy Story 3 – Few movies hit the mark so well when it comes to expressing growing up and moving on.
  • The Toxic Avenger – Even when a greased up radioactive monster, Toxie is still just a kid at heart.
  • Harry and the Hendersons – I miss my dogs.
  • UHF – Will never become unfunny.
  • Synecdoche New York – Missing the forest for the trees. Something I try not to do.
  • Glengarry Glenn Ross – Motivational and depressing all at once.
  • Naked Lunch – Why do we write?
  • Star War Episode IV: A New Hope – I don’t think I need to explain why.

For more from the author, follow him on Twitter at @BillReviews and visit his page at Medium.com/Flicker-Fading.


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