Spared or Spoiled Movie Reviews: Logan

The rules are simple. The good get spared. The bad get spoiled.


I did not like this movie. I thought it was a child’s idea of what an adult movie would look like. Violence and cursing. “Please daddy can I stay up and watch Logan with you? I won’t get bad dreams honest. No? Why not? Why should I listen to you anyway? You’re not my real father.”

Go to bed. Because I said so and I’M AN ADULT!!!*

“It’s bedtime. Let’s find another nice family to kill.”

(Off topic* For the last several months, whenever I stop myself from doing something stupid or childish, I yell out, “I’m an adult.” in a fake stage voice out of pride and silliness. Which is admittedly stupid and/or childish but it has become my new mantra and the theme of this review for some reason)

Logan (20th Century Fox)

Directed by James Mangold

Written by Scott Frank, James Mangold & Michael Green

Starring Hugh JackmanPatrick StewartRichard E. GrantBoyd HolbrookStephen Merchant & Dafne Keen

I’ll put up my review now. The last post was me being happy with the theme of the movie Logan and what it means for comic book movies. I did not hate the movie as much as you might think. But I did not like it as much as most of you did. I thought the violence was unnecessarily um… violent. I’ve always believed that when it comes to Wolverine the idea of him doing those brutal things to people is sufficiently gruesome enough and not every kill has to be shown in gory HD detail. I thought the writing was sloppy. The plot was non-existent. The performances were good if only the actors were playing other characters. The only thing recognizable about those characters on the screen was the way they looked. I liked the theme though. I really did. Lone Wolf and Cub meets Mad Max meets Tuesdays with Morrie. That’s the reason I can say I didn’t hate the movie. The execution just left a hell of a lot to be desired. And obviously I’m going to spoil the shit out of it. And rant, and rant, and rant.

Verdict: SPOILED

“Are we really going to do this again? The first time was brutal enough.” “Honestly father. I thought at the very least you would see the irony in a Logan review being unnecessarily brutal… father?” “What are you like 60?”


The 25 Worse Things About The Movie Logan by Mel Rook

I started listing things and just kept going so there’s much more than 25 and they’re in no particular order because honestly I got bored.

To the list…

1) Wolverine’s adamantium does not corrode: I waited for them to say that he had some kind of radioactive substance in his body or that he was being poisoned because his fucking skeleton would not be leaking into his blood stream and affecting his healing. Not even acid would do that.

(Can we get someone in here who’s actually read the source material)

2) Wolverine is not a werewolf: Adamantium bullet? For fuck sake. Maybe it would go through his metal skull and then again maybe it wouldn’t. But Wolverine is not the fucking metal around his bones. Why would shooting him in the head kill him? Wolverine is not a zombie either. He heals after much worse injuries.

(Read the books)

“These are just props. No one actually fucking read them.”

Speaking of adamantium.

3) They put adamantium in the little girl’s body? Well then that means she can never grow any taller. It’s not an organic material. They encased her bones in a metal cage. She’s a human bonsai tree. What the fuck idiots?

(She’ll never be an adult… not like me. I’m an adult!!!)

Let’s move on to the unnecessarily violent action sequences.

4) The bad guys are like cannon fodder: They run right into the line of fire again and again. To the last man. They look like bad ass mercenaries but act like lambs being lead to the killing floor.

And what’s with all the gore? vicious kills of guys who can’t move. Vicious brutal kills by a little girl. It’s way over-the-top. In Deadpool it was necessary and comical. Here it’s just a way of screaming. “I’m a comic book movie for grown-ups!”

But let’s talk about the victims… the endless stream of so called bad guys.

5) Five guys show up for a fight and Wolverine kills twenty guys: Hub-cap thieves or industrial corn farmers or bad-ass mercenaries with cybernetic implants, more people die in the fights than actually show up for the fights. Just count them. I know continuity is an adult film-making concept but come on guys. At one point Bizzarro Wolverine is killing ranchers off camera but you can hear him and there’s like fifteen death screams for like eight rednecks. It’s dumb. The movie is dumb!!!

(I’m an adult!!!)

“The guy behind me knows I’m going to kill him right? Well then what the hell is his motivation?”

The little girl, Laura was made in a lab and yet…

6) She’s incredibly wise for someone so young: She doesn’t speak for half the movie and won’t shut up for the second half. I guess she had to speed learn English or something. She’s a kid. They learn things fast… like driving a car for instance.

7) She knows how to drive a car: For someone who has never left the lab, she parks the truck perfectly her first time behind the wheel.

(We’re all real proud of you Laura)

But how did she get Wolverine’s dense, metal bone having, passed out, grown man’s body into the stolen truck anyway? Never mind… it’s movie magic!!!

9) Shane, the classic western is on TV in the hotel room in the movie that we’re watching. And there is more emotion on the screen than at any time in the actual movie: Shane is not playing in the theater. Logan is not Shane. Logan will never be Shane. Logan… apologize to Shane.

“I can lift a man ten-times my size because… I’m a little adult!!”

10) What’s the bad guy’s motivation? Were they supposed to take Laura back alive? So that they could kill her later? Were they supposed to leave Charles alive. The “weapon of mass destruction” he had become. Were they supposed to keep Wolverine alive? What are the bad guys even doing?

“What’s my motivation? Am I a bad guy in this scene? Does the blade go through the back of my head from underneath the chin or the eye socket or is this yet another beheading? Wait… what’s my motivation again?”

(Grow Up)

Oh yeah let’s talk about this degenerative brain disease that causes people for miles around to have seizures when Charles has one. Then again let’s not it’s just dumb. Take your damn pills Charles.

(He can do as he pleases. He’s an adult!!!)

11) The young mutant clones are all so well-adjusted: Are we sure the corporation was treating them badly? They seem well-educated and healthy for lab experiments that they wanted to become super weapons. They should not have let them watch all those old westerns and read all those comic books.

And yeah…

12) Why are there X-Men comics in the movie? At no time in the X-Men timeline in any of the movies or comics are they accepted as heroes or even anti-heroes. We’re supposed to buy that they’ve been wiped off the face of the Earth. All of them including their children… their entire bloodline, but still the kiddies love to read about them in the comic books.

(I need to calm down before I have a seizure of my own)

“Professor. tell me how Magneto’s helmet works again.” “It works like a Faraday cage.” “Sure but in order to cover his head in all six directions wouldn’t he have to…” “It’s just a comic book you jackass.”

13) Logan is not in some dystopian future even though the film-makers forget and try to make it look like it is. I think they had Mad Max on the brain while filming. It’s the future, sure. You can tell by the tech. The self driving trucks and whatnot. But everything else is business as usual. Kids going to prom. People going to Vegas. Horses on the highway. Just because the last mutants are hiding out in some abandoned factory across the border doesn’t mean the world isn’t still spinning… just spinning without X-Men.

14) If they wanted to do the Old Man Logan story then they should have done that story. A darker, further in the future, story where super-villains divided the world up. They lame-assed it here. They lame-assed it real good.

15) What the fuck’s up with Callaban. I’m guessing the half werewolf, half zombie, Wolverine from Logan needed a vampire servant or some shit. Was Stephen Merchant supposed to be comic relief? because… not funny.

16) So is that tank that they keep Charles in supposed to act like a Faraday cage? Is it to protect others or to protect him. Because it doesn’t work for others. His seizure thing goes right through the tank. And if it’s supposed to hide him, well then they’re doing it wrong. The main mercenary bad guy cannon fodder guy actually says, “Keeping him in the tank. That was smart.”


“Well it’s obvious someone didn’t think this through.” “Don’t look at me. I’m the not at all funny comic relief. What do I know?” “You know enough to stay out of the sun.”

17) Hi I’m a nurse working for a secret corporation in the future but when I enter their top-secret facility they don’t take away my cell phone because… well because of plot. If you’re watching this then I must be dead… or I showed it to you because it’s evidence of the corporation’s wrong doing or you’re watching it on YouTube. I don’t know. If you’re watching this you must have pressed play. I was recording this when they broke in but I was still able to hide it and leave you note. And also they killed me but didn’t search the room. Whatever… my boyfriend worked there.

Let’s go back to the science behind this adamantium bullet for a second.

18) Did they mean adamantium tipped? That’s what they meant right? Still shouldn’t be able to kill Wolverine but you guys do see the error in your logic don’t you? Indestructible metal and all.

19) The coordinates are in the comic book. The coordinates are in the comic book. Just let that sink in for a second. Precise Longitude and Latitude? Because Stan Lee was thinking ahead and because of… you know plot?


“He’s being so cruel.”

So did those kids build that house when they got to the coordinates that are from a fucking comic book or was the house already there? Asking for a friend.

20) The dialogue is crappy, people. The best line in the movie is a quote from another film. And she doesn’t even quote the burial scene in it. She watches Shane’s monologue to the kid and she watches the burial scene as well, so that when she quotes the final monologue during a burial scene it makes sense to us. It doesn’t. It’s fucking stupid.

(Hell I can still hear that kid yelling, “Come back, Shane! Mother wants you!” and it brings a tear to my eye today. They should be ashamed of themselves. That’s film-making. That’s real emotion. How dare they even compare Logan to that)

21) Is she a clone of Wolverine or is she his kid?

“He is NOT the father.” (Thank you Maury).

“Daddy!!!” (Use your words, Laura.) “AAAAARRRRGH!!!”

So they’re kids when it’s convenient. Weapons when it’s necessary. She’s a sweet kid when it’s cute. She’s a trained killer when it’s necessary. Because of plot, is that right?

Back to the seizures one last time… Because of their healing ability the two mutants are not as affected by Charles Xavier’s powerful seizures. Because of healing and… plot. Or is it their metal skulls?

(Tell me!!!)

22) Take your fucking medicine, Charles: “But I’m so sad about killing people, Logan that I can’t take my medicine that stops me from killing people.”

“Logan?” “Yes, Charles.” “When we’re on this boat you’re saving money to buy, how will I get my medication?” “Don’t ask me stupid questions, old man.” “But if we’re just getting on a boat to die then why does it have to be so expensive?” “You always were a pain in the ass, Professor.”

I almost forgot the dumbest part.

23) Let’s stay in this lovely family’s home. It’s not like we’re being chased by killer mercenaries. It’s not like the old man in the wheel chair (let’s take him upstairs by the way) is an out of control weapon of mass destruction or anything. And the feral kid isn’t a ticking time bomb of rage. And Wolverine himself isn’t fucking suicidal. Let’s repay their kindness by getting them all killed. That makes total sense.

Best part of the movie is when the father decides to shoot the real Wolverine knowing that he wasn’t the guy who killed his family directly… Indirectly, though… hell fucking yeah. He killed those nice people. “We almost killed an entire hotel full of tourists in Vegas. Let’s have a sleep over in the country!”

(I’m an adult!!! And I wrote me a comic book movie!!!)

Here’s something else stupid.

24) We’re going to buy a boat: Yeah because a guy with heavy metal bones and an old man who can’t use his legs are a great idea on the open water.


If they’re not going out on that boat so that Logan can “Fredo Corleone” the Professor then I don’t know what the fuck’s going on.

“Pay attention Laura. You may have to drive me somewhere… without knowing where you’re going, knowing how to drive, being able to reach the pedals or how to read. And you’re going to have to steal a truck. Are you watching me? You need to watch me.”

Did no one read the script before making this movie???? No one??

Was there not an adult somewhere who could point out how dumb these things were?

What a great idea it was to do an adult comic book movie. Too bad they couldn’t find an adult to make it. Am I being too harsh?

And finally…

25) They tried to pattern Logan after the American western but totally missed the point. Wolverine is not a gunslinger. Wolverine is a fucking samurai. There’s a reason why I think the second Wolverine movie is the best one of the three, because it’s the only one that gets him right.


Honor. Solitude. Bad-ass.


Whiny. Little. Bitch.

Okay I’m done.

– Mel


Photos From Around The Block: After Fury Road

I saw Mad Max: Fury Road at my favorite theater. So I did what I did for Age of Ultron. I went to an afternoon show, so that when I left the theater the late afternoon sun would just be starting to make the colors pop. But this time I brought my whole kit with me because last time I only brought out one lens and found myself wanting.

I even got to see the old school again.

I even got to see the old school again.

Also this time around I walked downtown from Lincoln to Columbus past Julliard and Lincoln Center and past my old college. And I took a lot of pictures. These are twenty of my favorites, after I show you this pic of bananas and strawberries (my favorite fruit)

In NYC, the freshest fruit is in the street not in the stores.

In NYC, the freshest fruit is in the street not in the stores.

To the photos…

Watering the Clouds

Watering the Clouds

The clouds were beautiful today.

Bus Stop Sky

Bus Stop Sky

The blue sky and light clouds gave everything a bluish hue.

Sheet Music

Sheet Music

This one makes the buildings look like blank sheets of music. Or just rest after rest after rest after rest… silence notated. I loved the clouds.

An Airplane with Flare

An Airplane with Flare

But I didn’t spend the entire after noon staring at the sky.

Guy in  a Cart 1

Guy in a Cart 1

I stared at this dude. I like these two…

Guy in the Cart 2

Guy in a Cart 2

because it’s like I tilted it and then that happened.

Mid City Reflection

Mid City Reflection

Maybe it’s just me. I love the broken reflections on buildings.

Don't Block (me)

Don’t Block (me)

I called this one Don’t Block (me).

The Sun

The Sun

The reflection of the low sun off the buildings.

The Sun Too

The Sun Too

This one shows the low clouds and the sun.

The Old Empire

The Old Empire Hotel

I don’t know why I like this pic, but I do. Maybe it’s the nostalgia.

People Crossing the Road

People Crossing the Road

There are bunches of students everywhere in this area. Dancers, Artists. All over the place. They needed to put a sign. It’s easy to get run over by them. They’re scary.

The Circle and the Globe

The Circle and the Globe

Columbus Circle made me want a fish-eye lens to catch all the magic.



While Lincoln Square screamed for a zoom lens to people watch.

What is Starbucking?

What is Starbucking?

Each letter gets its own spotlight.

Above the Blue

Above the Blue

But that blue sky kept calling my name. I love these clouds. It’s almost like the wormhole opening up on DS9. (sorry non-nerds)

Upside Down

Upside Down

Right side up.



Check out Christopher’s bad-ass curved short sword. (yes I know. A lot of blood on that sword. If it were my choice this would be Harriet Tubman Circle)

Fountain Folks

Fountain Folks

It took me a while to get everyone to pose correctly for this one. But you’d be surprised how long New Yorkers will hold completely still for a complete stranger. (I’m kidding of course. New Yorkers are mean. Every single person in this picture will stab you)

The Blue

Feathered Clouds

But those feathered clouds really made my day.

I took sooo many pictures of the clouds.

So, the movie was good. I had a nice walk. Took some pictures that I actually liked.

What a lovely day.

Until next time,

– Mel

Spared or Spoiled Film Reviews: Mad Max – Fury Road

The rules are simple. The good get spared. The bad get spoiled.

Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mad Max Fury Road Poster

Directed by George Miller

Written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy & Nico Lathouris

Starring Tom HardyCharlize TheronNicholas HoultHugh Keays-ByrneRosie Huntington-WhiteleyRiley KeoughZoë KravitzAbbey Lee & Courtney Eaton

Let’s get right to it. This movie was amazing. The best of the year so far. The best Mad Max movie and having said that it goes without saying, George Miller’s best as well. Beautifully shot from the first frame to last. Great acting. Wacky as all hell. Exciting as all get out. Fantastic. And never was a movie more made for 3D than Mad Max: Fury Road. It is amazing. Wow. This is just my first paragraph. Where do I go from here? Well obviously I’m not gonna spoil it. I guess I’ll just talk about the elements that really work and how George Miller just became one of my favorite directors. Yeah that sounds about right.

What a Lovely Day

Verdict: SPARED

Fury Road war party

Hot rods, Muscle cars, Mack Trucks and Motorcycles… What a lovely day.

My three favorite elements of Mad Max: Fury Road are the Photography, Performances and Music. I’m gonna start with the music because outside of a movie musical or band bio I’ve never seen music handled in this way. George puts the band on-screen. (maybe I have seen it done that way before because now that I think about it sounds familiar) It’s mostly heavy metal riffs and Kodo drums played over light orchestral strings but it is a beautiful and powerful and, because the guitarist and the Kodo drummers are in the movie, it’s pretty damn wonderful and kind of freaking cool.

Mad Max Fury Road Tom Hardy Muzzled Blood Bag

“I’m not the one who needs the muzzle.”

Tom Hardy (slated for two more of these bad boys) takes over for Mel Gibson and does a stellar job although he’s three down the list of the best performances in this movie. He brings a little of Mel to his take on Max but makes it his own. The Mad Max movies are wacky. It’s a post- post- post apocalyptic desert-scape where the human race has been affected by radiation and the world is inhabited by tons of crazy characters. Some of them quite Mad. We’re all mad here.

Mad Max Fury Road Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult

“Who’s he calling mad?” “I think he’s referring to you, baldy.”

Nicholas Hoult plays a “War Boy”. An infected kid destined to live a half-life, used as warriors and hunters. He is outstanding. And Charlize Theron is great as well. She doesn’t have to earn her Oscar every time out. But she can still act her ass off. But then also there is this rogues gallery of hideously hysterical and over the top villains. Like something out of Frank Herbert. (George Miller needs to direct ALL the Dunes… after he directs all the sequels that is)

Fury Road

“Direct all the dunes. Direct all the dunes. Direct All The Dunes? Are you mad?”

And the weapons and contraptions and gadgets and modifications and the cars and the chases and the stunts. And cool death after cool death at high speed. WHERE DO I SIGN? This is my new favorite driving movie. And the character development at break neck speeds. Relationships and rivalries and the way they change and evolve and how survival and a lack of resources effect everything everyone does. And it’s all unspoken. I loved this fucking movie.

Charlize Theron one-armed bad-ass

“We get it. You liked the movie. Now shut it.” 

Let me just make a list here. Great writing. Great performances. Beautiful imagery and music. Great directing. Funny, wacky, exciting, explosive, loud as hell. Cool. Interesting. I think the only time George stumbles is when he tries to bring the sexy. “Add a few scantily clad models.” Check. (I’m not complaining) And I forgive him. You hear that George? I forgive you for putting hot girls in my action movie.

Nicholas Hoult

“You shut the hell up!”

Mad Max: Fury Road is phenomenal.

I’m done.

– Mel

Five Favorite Foreign Filmmakers from 5 Regions (Part Six: The Rest of the World)

After compiling my five-part foreign filmmaker series there were about a handful of great artists that were left off the list. So this is in effect part six of that five-part series. We had: Asia, Europe, The UK, Canada, Latin America and now…

The Rest of The World

There were three Australians, one Russian and one African director that absolutely had to be added to my favorites. I’m almost certain my picks from these regions will surprise you. And the 5, 4, 3, 2 & 1 film I chose from each director are some of the best and most entertaining movies of the series.

(Full disclosure: It was dumb of me to start this series before compiling the whole damn thing. I won’t make that mistake again)

To the list…

First up… from Australia… the great…

Peter Weir (Australia)

Peter Weir

The first director on this Rest of The World list is one of my favorite directors from the 80’s, he directed the films, Witness and Dead Poets Society; two of my favorites of all-time. I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve seen Witness. Or how often I quote it. I still quote it constantly. (“Stop the boy from ringing that bell. Stop him now. Get outta here now.”) And Dead Poets is one of those inspirational films that I like to drag out when I’m searching for inspiration.

From a time when Robin Williams was my favorite actor and Mel Gibson was still sane, Peter Weir is a director’s director who paints with powerful emotion & great performances, breathtaking visuals & real stories.

Here are five perfect films from a director who was the vanguard of the Australian New Wave; Peter Weir:

The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

The year of living dangerously

Witness (1985)


Dead Poets Society (1989)

Dead Poets Society

The Truman Show (1998)

The Truman Show

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Master and Commander

Peter Weir was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Direction on each of these films except for The Year of Living Dangerously. In 1985 He won the DGA award for Witness but hasn’t yet won an Oscar. This is a travesty, in my opinion. He has, however, won the BAFTA for directing The Truman Show and for Master and Commander.

Peter Weir

Peter Weir is one of the greatest living filmmakers.

Next, staying in Australia, we have the versatile…

George Miller (Australia)


George Miller, the second Australian on this list, is the director of the Mad Max films and the Happy Feet animated movies (Mel Gibson and Robin Williams again. I’m sensing a pattern). He has a broad range, to say the least.

But by far my favorite of his works is the brilliant adaptation of John Updike’s The Witches of Eastwick with Jack Nicholson and Susan Sarandon. And yes I quote it all the time. All the time. (In fact none of what comes out of my mouth is my own words)

Here are four fantastic films:

Mad Max (1979)

Mad Max

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

Mad Max 2

The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

The Witches of Eastwick

Happy Feet (2006)


He also directed the segment Nightmare at 20,000 Feet from Twilight Zone: The Movie which is arguably the best of the four segments. He is working on a fourth Mad Max film Mad Max: Fury Road which looks like a step beyond Thunderdome. But even the differences between the first Mad Max and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior are stark.

George Miller

George Miller is a versatile cinematic master.

And now we travel to Russia for some awkward action…

Timur Bekmambetov (Russia)

Timur Bekmambetov

With tensions rising between Russia and the West, I offer an olive branch in the form of a spot on my Rest of The World list (I got this diplomacy thing) for Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov. Timur combines the action sensibilities of John Woo with the atmospheric artistry of Jean-Pierre Jeunet with a dash of John Carpenter for good measure.

This is of course ignoring the hilariously awful Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (you know what, olive branch rescinded. How you gonna do our 16th like that?) but Bekmambetov has always been a film director who dances to his own drummer.

Here are three awesome films that do not take themselves seriously at all:

Night Watch (2004)


Day Watch (2006)

day watch

Wanted (2008)


The duology; Night Watch and Day Watch are two of the most kick-ass action, horror, sci-fi, foreign films I have ever seen. Obviously try to get the unrated versions. He duplicates the kick-ass but leaves out the horror and sci-fi with the American action film Wanted. But then loses his mind with that Abe Lincoln film. Timur Bekmambetov is an acquired taste. Get back to your roots Timur.

Next… we go back down-under for the sublimely beautiful films of…

Baz Luhrmann (Australia)

Baz Luhrmann

Baz Luhrmann may take five or six years between films but it is time well spent. He brings his theatrical sensibilities, that rich atmospheric attention to detail, to his films. He puts in as much time with the costumes and the music and the sets as he does with the actors and the photography.

I would love to compare him to Kubrick but they are completely different animals visually and thematically. But like Stanley, Baz is a hands-on detail oriented task master with a strong idea of the finish product before he shoots a frame of his huge fantastical theatrical presentations.

Here are two beautiful films that are visually and aurally exquisite:

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)


Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Moulin Rouge

Baz Luhrmann can also be called an acquired taste. You either love him or you hate him. And while I fall into the love group, I didn’t like his take on The Great Gatsby as much as other people. I still loved the Baz Luhrmann-ess of it but I didn’t like the music choices and the story itself is so frivolous.

However, as one of the world’s biggest Shakespeare fans (Shakespeare’s collected works was one of my first books as a child), I loved his take on Romeo & Juliet. It was true to the source in all the right ways and updated for this century in all the best ways (I’d say Shakespeare in Love is the only film portrayal of the lovers that I felt was better, and that one was hidden within a larger story). The way I figure it though, we’ll get the next Luhrmann film sometime in 2020. Baz takes his time so be patient.

And finally to the bottom of the dark continent…

Neill Blomkamp (South Africa)


Neill Blomkamp has only made one film that I really liked (but I liked it so much); the amazing District 9. Yet even after the nightmare with the Halo movie (still want that one please) and the disappointment of Elysium (oh so close),  I am still excited to see what he does next. I am endlessly impressed with his vision and I still loved the look and feel of Elysium. We’ll just chalk that up to a sophomore jinx.

Neill and Matt

The world has waited for a sci-fi director with the guts and talent to bring science fiction film back to the realm of real hard-hitting social commentary like it was in the 60’s.

Here is one truly amazing film by Neill Blomkamp:

District 9 (2009)

District 9

In District 9, Blomkamp brings a realism and a documentary feel to a sci-fi drama like I’ve never seen before. An instant cult classic. So good.

district 9 stillDistrict 9 has some of the scariest but most sympathetic aliens in sci-fi history. Can’t wait to see what he does next with the robot drama Chappie.

And that’s it. I’ve separated the filmmakers by region (because I said I would). It was not fun. It was very hard.  I would list my favorite American directors but that would be even harder to do and the list would end up being anywhere from fifty to a hundred names long.

As it is there were 8 to 10 languages (depending on dialect), 5 or 6 continents (depending on… I don’t know… continental drift), 8 or 9 months (I started this thing last June! Mazel Tov), 30 fantastic filmmakers (if I say so myself) and 90 great films.

Now go watch ’em all.

I’ll wait…

– Mel