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The Effects of Personal Experience on Art in ‘The Souvenir’

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– By Sam Hendrian – When an artist creates art, it is undoubtable that she shares a little bit of her soul with the world. But which aspects of her soul does she predominantly share? Personal experience? Lofty ideals? This question is hauntingly and thought-provokingly explored in the 2019 Sundance film The Souvenir, which will be available for rent/purchase on …

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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 Emptiness of Success in ‘Fosse/Verdon’

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– By Sam Hendrian – “You happy now?” These words are spoken by the perceptive writer Paddy Chayefsky (Norbert Leo Butz) to his troubled best friend Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) as he sits with a lap-full of awards in the backseat of a limo, and they brilliantly summarize the thematic core of FX’s biographical mini-series Fosse/Verdon. The story of legendary …

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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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‘The Twilight Zone’ 60 Years Later: Timeless Fables of Human Nature

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–By Sam Hendrian–  “You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension—a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into: THE TWILIGHT ZONE.” This opening narration of Rod Serling’s classic anthology series The …

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5 Powerful Pro-Life Movies (That You May Not Have Known Were Pro-Life)

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–By Sam Hendrian– The value of each human life is a subject often painted in gray colors by modern society. When exactly does life begin, and is it truly valuable at all its stages? The answer to this question has been hotly debated over the past century. The Catholic Church has always affirmed that life begins at conception and is …

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To the Pure, All Things Are Pure: Exploring Questionable Content in Films

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–By Sam Hendrian– “To the pure, all things are pure.” – Titus 1:15 This New Testament quotation is encouraging, for it suggests that if we are truly pure of heart, we need not be afraid of inanimate objects (like works of art) causing us to sin merely by viewing them. For nearly a century, there has been passionate discussion within …

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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 …