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Spiritual Blindness and the Sanctity of Life in Disney’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

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– By Sam Hendrian – This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback Series “I ask for nothing/I can get by/But I know so many/Less lucky than I” -Esmeralda, “God Help the Outcasts” This haunting prayer uttered by the gypsy Esmeralda partway through Disney’s animated classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame succinctly captures the beautifully …

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Embracing Our Greater Calling in ‘The Lion King’

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback Series – By Sam Hendrian – 25 years ago, Walt Disney Animation Studios released its own take on the classic story of Hamlet called The Lion King. Featuring a thematically-rich story padded with fun, sometimes soul-stirring songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, it arguably remains …

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Field of Dreams: A Poignant Reflection on Father-Son Relationships

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series. – By Sam Hendrian – There is an old saying that we do not fully appreciate people or things until they are gone. This is often true for parent-child relationships, a theme which the 1989 sports/fantasy film Field of Dreams explores beautifully. The story of …

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The Dangers of Nostalgia in ‘The Incredibles’

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “Ah, those were the days.” Whether these words are uttered by a wistful grandparent, a midlife crisis-plagued adult looking through an old yearbook, or a bunch of high schoolers reminiscing about the ease of elementary school, they ring with a mixture …

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Hidden Brokenness and the Dangers of Sentimental Attachment in ‘Up’

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – An old Native American proverb says, “Do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in their moccasins.” These wise words summarize one of the many rich themes at the heart of Disney/Pixar’s Up, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this …

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The Simplicity of Sincere Romance in ‘City Lights’

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – The old maxim “Love is blind” has become so cliché that it is almost cringe-worthy to hear. Nevertheless, this hackneyed expression is given a beautifully literal meaning in Charlie Chaplin’s timeless romantic comedy City Lights. Released in 1931, it has no …

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‘The Graduate’ – A Timeless Examination of Spiritual Emptiness

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – BEN BRADDOCK: “Mrs. Robinson, do you think we could say a few words to each other first this time?” MRS. ROBINSON: “I don’t think we have much to say to each other.” This rather pathetic bedroom exchange between the 21-year-old Benjamin …

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‘The Apartment’: A Poignant Commentary on Virtuous Romance

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “Some people take, some people get took. And they know they’re getting took and there’s nothing they can do about it.” These piercing words said by Fran Kubelik to C.C. “Bud” Baxter in 1960’s The Apartment summarize the film’s rather bleak …

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

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– 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 …