RetroViews Archive

What You Ought to Know About RetroViews:

I started this column in June 2015. Whereas my regular film reviews are reserved exclusively for new releases, this series allows me to write about older titles. I mainly release new installments in the series when a movie becomes important culturally — for example, I revisited the “Jurassic Park” series just prior to the release of “Jurassic World.” I’m not opposed to occasionally selecting a film out of the blue to write about, but I don’t think I’ll be doing that often. This archive lists the reviews chronologically, by order of publication — the reason being that I don’t consider this a one-and-done project. It’s possible I will revisit a film multiple times and write about it after each viewing, sharing any new insights I’ve gained into it. I wouldn’t expect that to happen often, but don’t be surprised if it does. So — how are my RetroViews different from my regular reviews? Well, given that they focus on older films, each review assumes the reader has already seen it — there are spoilers, and I don’t devote any time to explaining the plot or characters. Also, on occasion, they may be more focused — talking about one specific thing the film under discussion does right or wrong in as much detail as possible rather than automatically going for a full overview (though that’s likely to be the majority of it). I have two subcategories of RetroViews: Childhood Favorites and Favorites. All are listed under the main series, but I’ll have a separate list for Favorites — my own personal canon that I’ll develop over time, in essence. Anyhow, I’ve explained myself enough. Happy reading!


1. Jurassic Park (1993)

2. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

3. Jurassic Park III (2001)

4. Dumbo (1941)

5. Toy Story (1995)

6. A Bug’s Life (1998)

7. Toy Story 2 (1999)

8. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

9. Finding Nemo (2003)

10. The Incredibles (2004)

11. Cars (2006)

12. Ratatouille (2007)

13. WALL-E (2008)

14. Up (2009)

15. Toy Story 3 (2010)

16. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

17. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)

18. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)

19. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

20. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

21. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

Favorites: This is an archive of RetroViews where I review one of my all-time favorite movies and explain why it rocks. Main series RetroViews that qualify will also be listed here. Also, side note: These are listed in order of publication on this website, not in the order that I like them.

1. Jurassic Park (1993)

2. Toy Story (1995)

3. Finding Nemo (2003)

4. WALL-E (2008)

5. Up (2009)

6. Toy Story 3 (2010)

7. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

8. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

9. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

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