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Ghostbusters (1984)::rating::5
M ore than anything, Ghostbusters taught me that joy can live within the finest details.  In the forty years since its release, I have savored every nuance of this movie--every quotable bit of dialogue, every sarcastic Bill Murray smirk, every note of its maddeningly catchy theme song.  Put all of it together, and you have one of…
Pulp Fiction (1994)::rating::5
Q uentin Tarantino’s masterpiece bears the off-kilter zeal of a crazed saucier–the kind of Creole chef who uses two teaspoons of Sherry for the recipe, then drinks the rest straight from the bottle.  From Akira Kurosawa to Arthur Penn, from Buddy Holly’s rock nerdery to James Dean’s leather-jacket cool—just about any pertinent pop culture reference…
The Marvels (2023)::rating::2.5
A s a Star Trek nerd, I remember the 90s as an embarrassment of riches.  Actually, it was a never-ending glut:  We got seven seasons of The Next Generation, plus seven of Deep Space Nine!  But wait, there's more--seven seasons of Voyager, featuring a holographic doctor and a chef that looks like a warthog!  Toss in four feature…

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