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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 year. At first glance, Carl …

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‘The Rider’: 2018’s Best (And Most Overlooked) Film

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–By Sam Hendrian– “If any animal around here got hurt like I did, they’d have to be put down.” These haunting words said by ex-rodeo rider Brady Blackburn to his autistic sister Lilly succinctly summarize both the central conflict and the prevalent message of human dignity in Chloe Zhao’s fact-inspired The Rider. Tragic yet subtly uplifting, it is powered by …

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The 14 Greatest Cinematic Couples From Outside the Romance Genre

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–By Sam Hendrian– Valentine’s Day is here once again, and cable TV channels will likely be flooded with romantic dramas and comedies. Harry and Sally, Rick and Ilsa, Noah and Allie, and countless other couples will be generating sentimental tears in many a living room. But what about great cinematic couples who are not from romances genre-wise? Do not they …

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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 audial dialogue despite the fact …

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A Catchy Tune is Born: 15 Memorable Movie Songs

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–By Sam Hendrian– From Mary Poppins Returns to A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody, 2018 proved that using songs to advance and/or enhance a movie’s plot is once again a relevant cinematic technique after years of declining in usage. What is it about lyrical music that makes onscreen images extra resonant? In order to answer this question, let us …

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10 Major Movie Anniversaries in 2019

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–By Sam Hendrian– Well, 2019 is in full swing, and while there are plenty of new films to look forward to, it is fun to take a look back at some of the classics that helped shape American cinematic culture. Here are ten culturally-significant movies that are celebrating major anniversaries this year. 1. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (80th anniversary) Directed …

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The Slavery of Sin and Manipulation in ‘The Favourite’

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–By Sam Hendrian– *WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS.  “Sometimes, you look like a badger. And you can rely on me to tell you… Because I will not lie! That is love!” These words spoken by the headstrong Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) to the unpredictably temperamental Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) in Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite ring with both truth and a …

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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 Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) and the …

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Advent Aphorisms: 10 Inspiring Christmas Movie Quotes

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–By Sam Hendrian– As wonderful as they are supposed to be, the days leading up to Christmas can often feel rather hollow. Beyond the obvious superficiality of commercialized cheer, even religious rituals and the true meaning of the season may become darkened by rote routine and existential doubts. When illusions of meaninglessness creep into our souls, it is important to …

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With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility: The Timeless Wisdom of Stan Lee’s Stories

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–By Sam Hendrian– “That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero.” These earnest words said by legendary comic book writer Stan Lee capture the virtuous spirit of the many superhero stories he co-created throughout the years. From Spider-Man …