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Never Beyond Saving: 10 Cinematic Stories of Redemption

In Culture, Featured by Sam Hendrian

–By Sam Hendrian– Reading the news is rarely an uplifting act, especially when it is saturated with stories of seemingly good people falling from grace. The Joker’s haunting words in The Dark Knight are proven time and time again to be true: “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” From Bill …

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On ‘Support the Girls’, Love Substitutes, and the Dangers of Good Intentions

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Featured, Reviews by Impact Admin

– By Sam Hendrian – Won’t forget, can’t regret/What I did for love. So go the famous closing lyrics of the Marvin Hamlisch/Edward Kleban song “What I Did for Love” from the Broadway musical A Chorus Line. While these wistful words may seem nothing but beautiful at first glance, they bear a darker subtext upon further analysis. Just what exactly …

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On ‘The Exorcist’ and Why Faith is Indispensable

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Featured, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Why do people like watching scary movies? Such is a question that has been pondered by philosophers and everyday thinkers throughout the history of film. While there may be no definitive answer to this question, one likely reason is that humans find excitement in the idea …

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Leaving Home: A Cinematic Perspective

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– By Sam Hendrian – Flying the nest is no easy task for most young people. To leave the comforts of home and venture out into the world is adventurous and brave, but it can also be scary and bittersweet. Homesickness is common to college students who have left their families for the first time, and it is often feared …

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On ‘Casino Royale,’ Redeeming Romance, and Points of No Return

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Featured, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – If cliché has a name, it must be James Bond. This handsome secret agent who fights overly-ambitious super villains while employing ridiculously crafty gadgets and seducing beautiful women in his spare time has, for better or for worse, become an icon of popular entertainment since he …

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On ‘The Dark Knight’ and the Tactics of Satan

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Featured, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Evil is not always depicted accurately in art, especially in works intended to entertain the masses. Bumbling, relatively un-scary villains are all too common in films, and corruption is often startlingly portrayed as lighthearted and humorous rather than a serious threat to the goodness in Man’s …

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On ‘Jaws’ and Resisting Cowardice

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Featured, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Of all the things that unite us as human beings, one of the most prominent is fear. Fears vary from person to person, but they apply similar amounts of pressure; that is, they can make or break a person’s character. Steven Spielberg’s suspense classic Jaws (1975) …

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On ‘E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,’ Friendship, and Motherhood

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Featured, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “I’ll be right here.” Such are the simple but transcendentally comforting words that any of us would love to hear from someone we cherish. A promise of spiritual companionship even when worlds apart, they are the last lines the alien creature E.T. speaks to the human …

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On ‘Schindler’s List,’ Human Value, and the Mysterious Power of Grace

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Featured, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.” So goes a Jewish proverb that Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley) uses to console a regret-haunted Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) at the end of Steven Spielberg’s life-affirming masterpiece Schindler’s List (1993). These simple yet poignant words capture the essence …