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The Impractical Nature of Dreams in ‘Rudy’

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By Sam Hendrian This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback Series. “Well, you know what my dad always says: Having dreams is what makes life tolerable.” Technically speaking, the word “dream” is synonymous with “hope,” “goal,” “aspiration,” and several other abstract nouns. Yet it seems to operate on a whole level of its own, transcending any concrete definition …

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Controlling Happiness in ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

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– By Sam Hendrian – “Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel.” These relatable words spoken by Charlie Brown to Linus at the beginning of the 1965 TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas perfectly capture the numbness that the commercialization of Christmas has brought over time. It’s the most wonderful time …

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The Dangers of Idealizing Love in Richard Linklater’s ‘Before Trilogy’

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– By Sam Hendrian – “The concept is absurd. The idea that we can only be complete with another person is evil. Right?” This fascinating question proposed by Celine (Julie Delpy) to Jesse (Ethan Hawke) in the second film of Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy succinctly captures the central theme at play in all three films. Is the idea of “soul …

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Blindness of the Heart in ‘Bride of Frankenstein’

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– By Sam Hendrian – “But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” – 1 John 2:11 Blindness is not limited to the eyes. There are many people who force their hearts to read braille, and even then, …

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What ‘Taxi Driver’ Has to Say About Finding Purpose in the Wrong Places

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– By Sam Hendrian – This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback Series “You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to ME?” These words have been parodied so many times in films over the years that it is easy to forget where they originated from: Martin Scorsese’s 1976 film Taxi Driver. Controversial for its graphically violent climax and morally ambiguous …

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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 complex, challenging themes of the …

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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 one of the powerhouse studio’s …

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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 a rebellious son’s second chance …

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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 of humor and regret. Why …

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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 …