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On ‘The Breakfast Club’ and Youthful Restlessness

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

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “When you grow up, your heart dies.” So goes the haunting statement made by high schooler Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) to her fellow detention inmates towards the end of John Hughes’s popular film The Breakfast Club (1985). While such a bold statement may seem unfairly cynical, …

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On ‘Vertigo’ and Twisted Love

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Captivating performances. Entrancing cinematography. Hauntingly seductive and beautiful music. Compelling and relevant themes. Masterful direction. These are just some of the many characteristics that make Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo one of the greatest movies ever made. Released in 1958, it was not initially hailed as a masterpiece …

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On ‘American Graffiti’ and Having the Courage to Leave Our Comfort Zones

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

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Spoilers Below Before there was Luke Skywalker, there was Curt Henderson. Ring a bell? Probably not. He is the ordinary but immensely relatable young man at the heart of American Graffiti, George Lucas’s first hit film that came out four years before Star Wars. A fun, …

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On ‘Casablanca,’ True Love, and the Importance of Memories

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “We’ll always have Paris.” So goes one of the many famous quotes from Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca, a Best Picture-winning wartime romance film that is hailed by some as the greatest Hollywood movie ever made. Released in 1942 as World War II raged across the globe, it …

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On Greed and Father-Son Relationships in ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Definition of “parable”: a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. In many ways, this is what the Indiana Jones films are at their core: highly-entertaining parables with simple but relevant themes such as the drastic consequences of greed and the vitality of …

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On ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and Why Marriage Matters

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “I’ll have what she’s having.” So goes the legendary line delivered by director Rob Reiner’s mother at the end of a decidedly off-color (if undeniably funny) scene in the classic 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally. This particular scene signifies the film’s large preoccupation with …

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On ‘Groundhog Day’ and Escaping Spiritual Time Loops

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Those convinced against their will are of the same opinion still. So goes the old maxim that succinctly states how immensely hard it is for human beings to truly change. In the 1993 comedy classic Groundhog Day, Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is a cynical, sarcastic, generally …

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Pride, Fatalism, and Human Connection in ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “Madness. Madness!” So go the tragic final words of David Lean’s The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), a spectacular and deeply-moving WWII adventure film that still entertains and challenges over sixty years later. Starring Alec Guinness, William Holden, and Sessue Hayakawa, among others, it paints …