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A Clockwork Orange (1971)

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“One thing I could never stand was to see a filthy, dirty old drunkie, howling away at the filthy songs of his fathers and going blurp blurp in between as it might be a filthy old orchestra in his stinking, … Continue reading

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The Philadelphia Story (1940)

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“You hardly know him,” says Tracy Lord.  C.K. Dexter Haven responds, “To hardly know him is to know him well.” One of my favorite Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn team-ups is Howard Hawks’ 1938 comedy classic Bringing Up Baby.  They worked so … Continue reading

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

“You’re late,” says Frodo Baggins.  Gandalf the Gray replies, “A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins.  Nor is he early.  He arrives precisely when he means to.” I wasn’t really familiar with J.R.R. Tolkien or his Lord of the Rings … Continue reading

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Spotlight (2015)

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“This city, these people… making the rest of us feel like we don’t belong.  But they’re no better than us.  Look at how they treat their children.  Mark my words, Mr. Rezendes.  If it takes a village to raise a … Continue reading

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Psycho (1960)

“Oh, we can see each other.  We can even have dinner but respectably in my house with my mother’s picture on the mantel and my sister helping me broil a big steak for three,” says Marion Crane.  Sam Loomis responds, … Continue reading

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Leos Carax: An Appreciation

Acclaimed French filmmaker Leos Carax is the subject of a recently released feature-length documentary called Mr. X.  He is a writer and director as well as former film critic.  He is known for painful depictions of love in his films as … Continue reading

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‘The Polar Express’ & ‘A Christmas Carol’

Robert Zemeckis is a writer, producer, and director who first desired to go to film school not long after seeing Bonnie and Clyde with his father when it came out in 1967.  Zemeckis attended USC, where he met Bob Gale … Continue reading