I love movies. I majored in film criticism at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in the early 1970s, with plans to become a film director; but because the industry was going through difficult times and had bleak prospects for the future, I switched to art. Today my involvement is mostly to write about it, both from the perspective of criticism and scriptwriting. I hope you enjoy my articles and that you learn to love film as much as I.
Waitsel’s Best Movies of 2014 – American Sniper, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Chef, Grand Budapest Hotel, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Hundred-Foot Journey, Million Dollar Arm, The Fault In Our Stars, The Giver, Unbroken. Waitsel Smith
Waitsel’s Best Movies of 2013 – 42, All Is Lost, Frozen, Gravity, Man Of Steel, Much Ado About Nothing, Oblivion, Philomena, Prisoners, Rush, Saving Mr. Banks, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Wolverine. Waitsel Smith
Seabiscuit: An American Legend – Seabiscuit was a broken-down, angry horse that had been used to train “better” horses. What no one realized was that he was the better horse. He was little, but he had heart. And once he found a trainer that believed in him, he showed just how much heart he had.
Waitsel’s Best Movies for Men – Part 2 – Cinderella Man, Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan, The Fugitive, Henry V (1989), Die Hard, The Natural, The Right Stuff, Cool Hand Luke, Gold Finger, The Great Escape and more.
Waitsel’s Best Movies for Men – Part 1 – True Grit (2010), Casino Royale (2006), O Brother Where Art Thou?, Braveheart, Field Of Dreams, Back To The Future, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, The Sting, Bullitt, The Searchers and more.
Man Of Steel (2013), starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner – Retelling of the story of Superman. Excellent cast and production.
42 (2013), starring Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford and Lucas Black, it tells the story of Jackie Robinson who broke the color barrier in baseball. Very inspirational.
Waitsel’s Best Christian Movies – The Passion Of The Christ, Jesus Of Nazareth, Soul Surfer, The Blind Side, Seven Days In Utopia, Ben-Hur, A Man For All Seasons, Amazing Grace and more. Waitsel Smith
Waitsel’s Best Movies of 2011 – The Artist, War Horse, Midnight In Paris, Hugo, The Help, Moneyball, Captain America, Super 8, Thor, Mission:Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Soul Surfer and much move. Waitsel Smith
Waitsel’s Best “Little” Movies – The Best Independent Films of All Time – The World’s Fastest Indian, Get Low, Miss Potter, I Am David, Dear Frankie, Keys To The House, The Chorus, October Sky, Big Night, The Mighty, Babette’s Feast, Summertime and more. Waitsel Smith
Waitsel’s Best Movies of 2010 – Secretariat, The King’s Speech, Get Low, Inception, True Grit, Robin Hood, Red, Toy Story 3 and more – plus what to look forward to in 2011, and much more. Waitsel Smith
Waitsel’s Best Movies of 2009 – The Blind Side, Inglourious Basterds, Avatar, Star Trek, Sherlock Holmes, Julie And Julia, The Proposal, Up and more – plus what to look forward to in 2010 and even more. Waitsel Smith
Waitsel’s Comedy Rx – Part 2 – Twenty More of the Funniest, Happiest, Most Entertaining Movies of All Time – The Marx Brothers, Toy Story, Second Hand Lions, Big Fish, Spiderman, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Truman Show, Heaven Can Wait, The Sting, An American In Paris, more. Waitsel Smith
Field Of Dreams (1989), starring Kevin Costner, is about a baseball diamond in the middle of a cornfield in Iowa, and the place where dreams come true.
David Lean’s Summertime (1955), with Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi – A very romantic film set in a very romantic city.
Roman Holiday (1953), starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn – Perhaps the most perfect romantic comedy ever made.